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Essential Masterpieces Top 50

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
3. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
4. Dream Theater - Images And Words
5. Metallica - Ride The Lightning

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Created by lte1 on 22.04.2016

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Current Top 100, 5 Years On

Back when I joined the site in 2011, I did a customary top 100 album list. Every year since then, when I've looked back at it it's become increasingly unrecognisable from my own tastes. Seeing bands I once listened to daily vanish from my playlists, new bands emerge as favourites, and bands even come and go in my reckonings during that time period (Iced Earth, Alcest, even Pain Of Salvation and more certainly peaked in my listening habits around 2011-12 to slowly vanish into obscurity). Now that it's just gone 5 years since I did that list, I thought I might do an updated list just to see how much my tastes have shifted. Whilst compiling the list, I pretty much worked on gut instinct, which was weird as I found myself almost disregarding albums I know I like whilst promoting albums I'm honestly undecided on - it almost seemed to veer away from album quality at times to embracing a subconscious effect the albums have had. Anyway, here it is, plus some honorable mentions that I was surprised missed out.

1. Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
5. Protest The Hero - Kezia

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Created by musclassia on 23.03.2016

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Progressive Metal Bands For People Who Hate Prog

Progressive metal has some of the most creative musicians in metal, but the tendency for progressive bands to make extremely long, technical songs with no sense of structure can be turnoff to some people, and often these bands take themselves too seriously, making them unenjoyable for people who like their metal to have some good rock n' roll fun. These bands frequently avoid such prog cliches, they are completely capable of writing a pop song without sacrificing complexity if they choose to, and weave a range of influences in creative and even fun ways.

1. Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution
2. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
3. Toe Hider - What Kind of Creature Am I?
4. Coheed and Cambria - Volume 4
5. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

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Created by Ganondox on 16.10.2015

Top 10 Favorite Album Of The 2013

1. TesseracT - Altered State
2. Cult of Luna - Vertikal
3. Riverside - Shrine of New Generation Slaves
4. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth
5. Leprous - Coal

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Created by Sultan Shahrokh on 25.09.2015

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2010-2014: Top 100 Albums (WIP)

2008 might've been my first proper taste of metal, with the acquisition of albums from the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath and that most grandiose of gateway bands, DragonForce. 2009 might've seen me expanding my palette, with Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, and more entering my world, and Guns N' Roses triumphantly re-entering it. But 2010 was when I delved into more 'intense' stuff with Machine Head, In Flames, and most notably of all, Sylosis, and saw my relationship with metal shift from ever-increasing interest into full-blown love affair. To commemorate this 5-year anniversary, and because I love making lists, I decided to do a retrospective of the best albums and songs that have been released during this time period, and give brief tributes to them. Yay music!

1. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Protest The Hero - Volition
4. Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
5. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone

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Created by musclassia on 08.01.2015

Top Albums In 2013.

1. Mercenary - Through Our Darkest Days
2. Orphaned Land - All Is One
3. Royal Hunt - A Life To Die For
4. Katatonia - Viva Emptiness: Anti-Utopian MMXIII Edition
5. Delta - The End Of Philosophy

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Created by Progpostman on 27.10.2014

Bands To Keep Track Of While Waiting For A New Tool Release

Well, it's been over 8 years since their last album, at it this rate it may be over a decade. While we are waiting, here are some other bands with a similar sound to check out. Also don't forget to check out Maynard's other projects, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.

1. Soen - Cognitive
2. Deftones - White Pony
3. Karnivool - Sound Awake
4. Chevelle - Point No. 1
5. September Sky - Bright Sides to Dark Days

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Created by Ganondox on 28.07.2014

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2013 --/-/-/-- Architects Of The Modern Age .

1. Persefone - Spiritual Migration
2. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
3. Witherscape - The Inheritance
4. Leprous - Coal
5. Avatarium - Avatarium

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Created by Hazelnut Nero on 29.06.2014

Favorit Releases Of 2013

My favorite albums of 2013. A year with a lot of great releases for prog fans!

1. Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)
2. Dream Theater - Dream Theater
3. Haken - The Mountain
4. Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam
5. Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything

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Created by Darth Mitchell on 27.04.2014

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My Favorite Albums Of 2013

All genres...

1. Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
2. In Solitude - Sister
3. True Widow - Circumambulation
4. Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods
5. Mazzy Star - Seasons Of Your Day

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Created by Night Sight on 10.04.2014

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Metal Top 50 (myFavorites 2013)

1. Carcass - Surgical Steel
2. Sodom - Epitome Of Torture
3. Gorguts - Colored Sands
4. Hail of Bullets - III The Rommel Chronicles
5. Omnium Gatherum - Beyond

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Created by Alexbridger on 09.01.2014

Top 30 Albums Of 2013

1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us is the Killer
2. TesseracT - Altered State
3. Deafheaven - Sunbather
4. Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
5. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

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Created by FullyOttoMatic on 17.12.2013

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Favourite Album's Of 2013

My favourite albums of 2013. (In order of preference, and only including albums I would rate 7+).

1. Deafheaven - Sunbather
2. Protest The Hero - Volition
3. TesseracT - Altered State
4. Ovid's Withering - Scryers of the Ibis
5. Means End - The Didact

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Created by Moose on 01.11.2013

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Top Album 2013

1. Haken - The Mountain
2. The Ocean - Pelagial
3. Witherscape - The Inheritance
4. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
5. Persefone - Spiritual Migration

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Created by Pelagial on 19.10.2013

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Evolution: Sailing The Seas Of Prog

Recently, instead of scouring too much the albums of the year I'm in, I decided to take a deeper journey and appreciate progressive music (prog metal/rock). While I'm still in the early beginnings of my journey, I decided to make a list to the albums I fully listen to so that I can keep charting my voyage in these vast seas. Some albums are not yet added because I need to listen them well and grab my favorites out, and some bands are on queue. I'm also eager to hear some recommendations, so thanks in advance for them!

1. Ayreon - The Human Equation
2. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
3. Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia
4. Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence
5. Dream Theater - A Change Of Seasons [EP]

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Created by Iron Nostarion on 22.09.2013

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