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The Metal Authorities top album's

#1 Ranked album of  All Time   - Black Sabbath - Paraniod-1970

2021 - First Fragment - Gloire Eternelle- Unique Leader

2020  - Green Carnation  - Leaves of Yesteryear  - Season Of Mist

2019 -   Devin Townsend-  Empath  - Inside Out

2018-  Amorphis - Queen of Time - Nuclear Blast

2017- Ne Obliviscaris - Urn  - Season of Mist

2016 - The Devin Townsend Project  -  Transendence  (Inside Out)

2015 - Native Construct   - Quiet World - Metal Blade

2014-Album of the Year  Triptykon- Melena Chasmata-

 2013 Album of the Year- Dillinger Escape Plan- One of us is a Killer- (Sumerian)

2012 Album of the Year- Ihsahn-Eremita (Mnenosyne)

2011 Album of the Year- The Devin Townsend Project- Deconstruction (Insideout/HeavyDevy Records)

2010 Album of the Year- Ihashn-After (Candlelight Records)

2009 Album of the Year- The Devin Townsend Project-Addicted-(Insideout/HeavyDevy Records)

2008 Album of the Year Opeth-Watershed (Roadrunner Records)

2007 Album of the Year- Therion-Gothic Kabbalah (Nuclear Blast Records)

2006 Album of the Year- Dragonforce-Inhuman Rampage (Roadrunner Records)

2005 Album of the Year-Opeth -Ghost Reveries -Roadrunner

2004 Album of the Year-Iced Earth -The Glorious Burden-SPV Records

2003 Album of the Year-Vital Remains-Dechritainize-Olympic Records

2002 Album of the Year-Manowar-Warriors of the World-Metal Blade records

2001 Album of the Year- Behemoth-Thelema .6-Olympic Records

2000 Album of the Year- Opeth-Still Life--Peaceville records-                               ( Still Life wasn't released in America till 2000)

1999 Album of the Year- Testament--The Gathering--Spitfire

1998 Album of the Year- Slayer- Diabolus in Musica --Sony

1997 Album of the Year- Megadeth- Cryptic Writtings-Capital

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Metal Authority's  Top 100 albums of 2021

Rank Artist Album Genre
1 First Fragment Gloire Eternelle Prog Tech Death
2 Betwwen the Buried and Me Colors II Prog Core
3 Iron Maiden   Melodic Heavy Prog
4 Voices    
5 MØL   Post Black Shoegaze
6 Dessiderium Aria Melodic
7 Obscura   Prog Death
8 Mastodon   Groove,Melodic,Prog
9 Thy Catafalque   Various Avant-Garde
10 Archspire   Tech Death
11 In Mourning   Melodic
12 Cannibal Corpse   Gore Death
13 The Ruins of Beverast   Doom Melodic 
14 Helloween   Power Speed Heavy
15 Omnimium Gatherum   Melodic
16 Be'lakor   Melodic
17 Spiritbox   Core
18 King Buffalo Acheron Doom Psych
19 KK'S Priest Semons of the Sinner Heavy Power
20 Frontierer    
21 Rivers of Nihil    
22 Vola    
23 Carcass   Melodic Death
24 Ad Nauseam   Death Wall of sound
25 Leprous    
26 Gojira    
27 Esa Holopainen    
28 Therion    
29 Cynic    
30 Soen    
31 Loch Vostok    
32 Swallow the Sun    
33 Fractal Universe    
34 Eternity's End    
35 Worm    
36 Qrixkour    
37 King Woman   Doom
38 Liquid Tension Experiment   Prog
39 Exodus   Thrash
40 Old Nick   Darkwave
41 Vomit The Soul   Death
42 White Stones   Melodic Extreme
43 Scale the Summit   Prog
44 Erra   Core
45 Waking the Cadaver    
46 Diablo Swing Orchestra   Exp
47 Devin Townsend The Puzzle  
48 At The Gates   Melodic Death
49 Dream Theater    
50 Whitechapel    
51 Khandra    
52 Wolves in the Throne Room    
53 PrimalFrost    
54 Seth   Black
55 Mare Cognitum    
56 Deafheaven   Shoegaze
57 Spectral Wound    
58 Alluvial    
59 Scarcrow II Prog Retro Rock
60 Monolord   Doom
61 Lantlos    
62 Dreamshade    
63 Seven Spires    
64 She Said Destroy Succession Melodic Death Thrash
65 Every Time I Die    
66 Hypocrisy    
67 Onto Others    
68 Alusrium    
69 Cradle Of Filth    
70 In Vain   Power Heavy
71 In Vain    
72 Monster Magnet   Psych Doom Groove
73 Trivium    
74 King Buffalo   Psych Doom
75 Frozen Soul   Thrash Death
76 Jinjer Wallflowers Melodic Extreme Core
77 Accept To Mean to Die Heavy Hard
78 Burning Witches    
79 HippoTraktor    
80 Dying Wish Fragments of a Bitter Memory Melodic Deathcore
81 Iotunn Access All Worlds Melodic
82 Lingua Ignota Sinner Get Ready  
83 Nervosa   Thrash
84 Pestilence   Prog Melodic
85 Mental Cruelty A Hill to Die Upon Deathcore
86 Hannes Grossman To Where the Light Retreats Prog Death
87 Baest Necro Sapiens Death
88 Black Label Society Doom Crew Inc. Southern Groove
89 Blanket    
90 Evergrey    
91 Vildhjarta    
92 Lucifer    
93 Darkthrone    
94 Ghost Iris    
95 Flotsam and Jetsam    
96 Aeon   Death
97 Untamned Land    
98 Slaughter to Prevail    
99 Immortal Guardian    
100 Desaster Churches Without Saints Black Thrash

Metal Authority's Top Albums of 2020 

Rank Artist Release Genre Label
#1 Green Carnation Leaves of Yesteryear Melodic Season of Mist
#2 Loathe I Let it in and it Took Everything Alt Core Fusion Shaptone
#3 Testament Titans of Creation Thrash  
#4 Exocrine Maelstrom Tech Prog Death Unique Leader
#5 Ulcerate   Tech Extreme  
#6 Benighted   Extreme  
#7 Methwitch   Extreme Core Black Noise  
#8 Deeds of Flesh Nucleus Tech Death Unique Leader
#9 The Reticent   Melodic  
#10 Deftones   Alt  
#11 Black Crown Initiate   Melodic  
#12 Killer Be Killed   Groove, Core, Thrash, Prog  
#13 Paradise Lost   Melodic  
#14 Haken Virus Prog  
#15 Demons and Wizards   III Heavy Power  
#16 Ozzy Osbourne   Heavy  
#17 Gaerea      
#18 Pain of Salvation   Prog  
#19 Kveletak      
#20 Oranssi Pazuzu   Exp Black  
#21 Anaal Nathrakh   Soundtrack to Hell  
#22 Pallbearer   Doom  
#23 Enslaved   Exp  
#24 Sepultura   Thrash Groove Tribal  
#25 Katatonia City Burials  Dep Rock / Metal  
#26 Havok                              #27 Countless Skies  
#28 Defeated Sanity                              #29 The Ocean    
#30 Igorrr                              #31 Necrophobic  
#32 Intronaut                              #33 Ingested  
#34 Black Curse                              #35 Doomraiser  
#36 Ensiferum                              #37 Code Orange  
#38 Open The Nile                              #39 Arise in Stability  
#40 Imperial Triumphant      

Metal Authority's Top Albums of 2019

Ranking Band Release Genre Label
#1 Devin Townsend Empath Exp Inside Out
#2 Numanorean Adore Post Black Season of Mist
#3 Opeth  In Cauda Venenum Prog Nuclear Blast
#4 TOOL Fear Inoculum Prog Alt RCA
#5 Leprous Pitfalls Prog  Inside Out
#6 Borknagar True North Prog Folk Viking Century Media
#7 Alcest Spiritual Instinct Post Shoegaze Nuclear Blast
#8 Cattle Decapitation Death Atlas Death Metal Blade
#9 Soen Lotus Silver Lining Melodic Hard Rock
#10 Allegaeon Apoptosis Metal Blade Melodic Death
#11 Blood Incantation Hidden History of the Human Race   Death
#12 Wilderun Veil of Imagination   Melodic
#13 Evergrey     Melodic Prog
#14 Dragonforce     Heavy Power Prog
#15 Shadow of Intent     Extreme
#16 Finsterforst     Folk
#17 In Mourning     Melodic Doom
#18 Fallujah     Death
#19 November's Doom     Melodic Doom
#20 Jinger     Deathcore
#21 Whiteward     Black
#22 Merrow     Instr Prog
#23 Amon Amarth     Pagan
#24 Dillusion     Melodic
#25 I.L.L.Y.R.I.A.     Post Black
#26 Devourment     Death Grind
#27 Rammstein     Rammstein
#28 Dream Theater     Prog Metal
#29 Fleshgod Apocalypse     Sym Extreme
#30 Dreadnought     Doom
#31 Shock Narcotic #32 Rings of Saturn  
#33 Swallow The Sun #34 Tyr  
#35 Hanging Garden #36 Enterprise Earth  
#37 Tomb Mold #38 Mayhem  
#39 Brain Millard #40 Cellar Darling  
#41 The HU #42 Blut Aus Nord  
#43 Hannes Grossman #44 Darkwater  
#45 Crystal Lake #46 Eternity's End  
#47  Xoth #48 Carbomb  
#49 Hour of Penance #50 Rotting Christ  
         
         
         
         

The Morbid One's Top albums of 2019

Ranking Band Release Genre
1. =10.5 Leprous Pitfalls Melodic Progcore
2. = 10.3 Numenorean Adore Melodic Post Black
3. = 10.2 Devin Townsend  Empath Exp
4. = 10.1 Tool Fear Inoculum Alt Prog Metal
5. = 10.0 Dreadnought   Doom
6. =9.94 Opeth   Prog
7. Alcest   Post
8. Cellar Darling   Sym Folk
9. Disillusion   Melodic
10.  Cattle Decapitation   Death
11 Eternity's End   Power
12 Dream Theater   Prog

 

Metal Authority's Top Albums of 2018

Ranking Band Release Genre Label
 #1 Amorphis Queen of Time  Melodic Nuclear Blast
 #2 The Ocean Phanerozoic   I EXP Metal Blade
#3 Between the Buried and Me Automata Part 2 Prog Core Sumerian
#4  VoiVod The Wake EXP Century Media
#5 Dir En Grey The Isulated World EXP Okami
#6 Andrew W.K. You're Not Alone Alt Bee & El
#7 The Atlas Moth Coma Noir Atmo Doom Prosthetic
#8 Sigh Heir to Despair EXP Spinefarm
#9 Alkaloid Liquid Anatomy Prog Extreme Season of Mist
#10 Rivers of Nihil Where Owls Know My Name Tech Melodic Death Metal Blade

Metal Authority's Top Albums of 2017

Ranking   Band                                           Release                         Genre   Label                 
#1 Ne Obliviscaris Urn Melodic Season of Mist
#2 The Faceless Of Becoming A Ghost Melodic Death Sumerian
#3 Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day Prog Inside Out
#4 Vintersorg Till fjalls, del II Folk Napalm
#5 Akercocke Renaissance in Extremis Melodic Extreme Peaceville
#6 Igorrr Savage Sinusoid Exp Metal Blade
#7 Buckethead  Pike 273 Guillotine Furnace Inst Prog Bucketheadland
#8 Enslaved E Melodic Nuclear Blast
#9 Converge The Dusk is In Core Epitaph
#10 Rings of Saturn Ultu Ulla Tech Death Nuclear Blast
#11 Pyramaze Contingent Power Inner Wound
#12 Leprous Malina Prog Core Inside Out
#13 Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black Gore Metal Blade
#14 Soen Lykaia Melodic  
#15 Next to None Phases Prog Core Inside Out

Metal Authority's Top 100 albums of 2016

Ranking Band Release Genre Label
#1 The  Devin Townsend Project Transendence Prog Inside Out
2 Opeth Sorceress Prog Moderbolaget
3 Ihsahn Arktis. Melodic Prog Mnemosyne
4 Gojira Magma Melodic Prog Roadrunner
5 Witherscape The Northern Sanctuary Melodic Century Media
6 Testament Brotherhood Of the Snake Thrash Nuclear Blast
7 Obscura Akroasis Prog Death Relapse
8 Vektor Terminal Rudux Prog Thrash Earache
9 The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation Prog Core Party Smasher
#10 Haken Affinity Prog Inside Out
11 Lizzard Professor    Prog  
12 Jeff Hughell   Inst Prog  
13 Braindrill   Tech Death  
14 An Endless Sporadic   Inst Prog  
15 Gorguts      
16 Alcest   Melodic  
17 Katatonia   Melodic  
18 Bethlehem   Black  
19 Maschine   Prog  
20 Solution.45   Melodic Thrash  
21 Falujah   Tech Death  
22 AnimalS As Leaders   Intrumental  
23 Protest The Hero   Prog core  
24 Anthrax   Tharsh  
25 Hammer's of Misfortune   Exp Doom  
26 Vader   Death Tharsh  

Metal Authority's  2015

Ranking Band Album Genre Label
1 Native Constuct Quiet World Prog Metal Blade
2 Gorod A Maze Of Rececyled Creeds Tech Death  
3 Psycroptic Psycroptic Extreme Prostheric
4 Dodheimsgard In Umbra Omega Exp  
5 Loch Vostok From These Waters Melodic Thrash Vicisolum
6 Enslaved In Times Melodic Viking Nuclear Blast
7 Solefald World Metal, Kosmopolis Sud Avant Garde Folk Indie
8 Symphony X Underworld Prog Metal Nuclear Blast
9 Intervals A Voice Within Inst Prog  
10 Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic Prog Core Metal Blade
11 Baroness   Retro  
12 Royal Thunder   Retro  
13 Death Dealer   Power  
14 Swallow the Sun   Melodic  
15 Hate Eternal Infernus Death  
16 Periphery Omega Prog Core  
17 Kingcrow   Prog  
18 Ghost Meloria Retro  
19 Cattle Decapitation   Death  
20 Miss May I      
21 Finsterforst Mach Dich Frei Pagan Folk Napalm
22 Enterprise Earth Patient 0   Stay Sick
23 Sigh Graveworn Exp  
24 Caligulas Horse Bloom Prog  
25 Napalm Death      
26 Veld Daemonic The Art of Dantalian Death  
27 Scale the Summit V Inst  
28 George Kollias   Death  
29 Drudkh      
30 Sirenia The Seventh Life Path Sym Gothic Napalm
31 Soilwork   Melodic Thrash  
32 Carach Angren This is not a Fairytale Black Season of Mist
33 Ensiferum      
34 The Project Hate   Exp  
35 Iron Maiden   Power  
36 Haste the Day      
37 Moonspell   Melodic  
38 Battlecross   Thrash  
39 Arcturus Arcturian Avant Prog Prophecy
40 Alkaloid      
41 Amorphis   Melodic  
42 Nile   Death  
43 Sadist   Prog Thrash  
44 Soufly      
45 Lamb Of God      
46 Veil of Maya      
47 Leprous   Prog Core  
48 Six Feet Under   Gore  
49 Black Dahlia Murder   Death  
50 Ahab The Boat of the Glen Kerrig Doom Napalm
51 Dealey Plaza      
52 Cage Ancient Evil Power  
53 Children Of Bodom   Melodic Thrash  
54 Elitist      
55 Paradise Lost      

Metal Authority's 2014

# Band Album Metal Type  
 #1 Triptykon Melena Chasmata Exp Doom Tormentor's and Hatchet's #1
#2 Behemoth The Satanist Death Soulstalker's #1
#3 Ne Obliviscaris Citadel Exp Melodic Prog  
#4 Fallujah The Flesh Prevails Tech Death  
#5 Eluveitie Origins Folk Deadnight's #1
       

Metal Authority's 2013

# Band Album Metal Type  
#1 Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us is a Killer  Math Core Soulstalker's #1
#2 Witherscape The Inheritance Melodic Buddy Christ's #1 
#3 Voices From the Human Forest Create a Fugue Of Imaginary Rain   Hatchet's #1
#4 Leprous Coal Prog Core Djent The Morbid One's #2
#5 Exhumed Necrocracy Death Gore Impaler's #1
#6 Ulcerate Vermis Death Torementor's #1
#7 Disperse Living Mirrors Prog Cattle Decatator's #1
#8 Gloryhammer Tales from the Kingdom of  Fife Sym Power Dungeon Master's #1
#9 Newsted Heavy Mtal Music Thrash DJ Dimes #1
#10 Deeds of Flesh Portals of Canaan Death  
#11 Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam Death  
#12 Andy Winter Incomprehensible EXP  
#13 Protest the Hero   Prog Core Djent  
#14 Gorguts Colored Sands Avant Death  
#15 Fleshgod Apocalypse Labyrinth Sym Death  
#16 Ashes of Ares S/T Power  
#17 Inquisition Obscure Verses the Multiverse Black  
#18 Finntroll Blodsvert Folk  
#19 Broken Hope Omen of Disease Death  
#20 Rings of Saturn Dingr Tech Death
 

The Morbid One's Ratings 2012

# Band Release  Rating Metal Type
1 Ihashn Eremita 10.0 Melodic
2 Moonloop   9.95 Melodic
3 Faceless   9.875 Melodic Death
4 Spawn of Possession   9.875 Tech Death
5 Steve Vai   9.875 Prog
6 Manowar   9.87 Kings of Metal
7 My Dying Bride   9.86 Doom
8 Between the Buried and Me   9.853 Prog Core
9 Cattle Decapitation   9.85 Death
10 Contortionist   9.83 Prog Core
11 Cryptopsy   9.81 Death
12 Ensiferum Unsung Heroes 9.80 Viking Folk
13 Wintersun  Time I 9.79 Sym Death
14 Periphery   9.78 Prog Core
15 Borknagar   9.78 Melodic
16 Over Your Threshold   9.77 Prog Death Thrash
17 Ram Zet  Freaks in Wonderland 9.76 Avant Black Goth
18 Devin Townsend Epicloud 9.75  
19 Carach Angren   9.75 Symphonic Black
20  Metsatol   9.73  
21 Baroness   9.73 Stoner Rock
22 Dragonforce   9.72 Prog Power
23 Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata 9.70 Swing Symphonic
24 Gorod   9.70 Tech Death
25 Rhapsody   9.69  
26 Sigh   9.66  
27 Cannibal Corpse   9.64  Death
28 Soulfly   9.62  
29 Anaal Nathrakh     Exp Ind Black
30 Sabaton     Epic Power
31 De Profundis Emptiness Within    
 

The Metal Authority's TOP 120 Metal albums of 2012

#  Band Album Metal Type  
1 Ihsahn Ermita Melodic The Morbid One and Black Swan
2 Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Humanity Extreme Torementor
3 Sigh In Somb Ex Black
 Av Garde
Hatchet
4 The Faceless Autotheism Melodic Death Cattle Decapitator
5 Wintersun Time I Sym Melodic Extreme Soulstalker
6 Moonloop Deeply from the Earth Melodic MO#2
Royal Thunder CVI   BS#2
8 Converge All we Love we Leave Behind    
9 Pig Destroyer Book Burner    
10 Cryptopsy S/T Extreme  
11 Meshuggah Koloss Djent  
12 The Devin Townsend Project Epicloud Class all his own  
13 Spawn of Possession Incurso Tech Death  
14 Vintersorg Orkan Folk  
15 Dying Fetus Reign in Supreme Death  
16 Blut Aus Nord 777    
17 Sabaton Carolus Rex Epic Power  
18 Arjen Anthoney Lucassen Lost in the new Real Prog  
19 Atoma Skylight    
20 Horn of the Rhino Grengus Doom  
21 Steve Vai The Story of Light Prog  
22 Liberteer Better to Die on your Feet then to Live on your Knees    
23 Enslaved RIITTIIR Melodic  
24 Cannibal Corpse Torture Death  
25 Between the Buried and Me Paralax II Prog Core  
 

Frank The Morbid One's 1999 Top Ten

Rank Artist Album Genre
#1 Testament The Gathering Thrash
2 Dream Theater Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory Prog
3 James Murphy Feeding the Machine Prog
4 Immortal At the Heart of Winter Black
5 Hypocrisy S/T Melodic
6 Krisiun Apocalyptic Revalation Death
7 Immolation Failures for Gods Death
8 Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst Death Gore
9 Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black Melodic
10 Mercyful Fate 9 Black Sym Heavy

 

 

The Soulstalker’s Reviews:

 ‘The Satanist’ by Behemoth

            2014 is sure to be chocked full of bone-splitting Metal releases from many of the [Metal] community’s heavyweights.  Just a month into the New Year and the bar is being raised and set by artists spanning all veins of the genre’s lifeforce.

            Of course, there is great anticipation of new At the Gates material and Jazz/Prog-Death fans rejoice with a new Cynic album dropping worldwide in the next week.  But taking the eyes of the road for a moment; the kings of extreme, Behemoth, have just dropped a bomb on the entire years’ playing field for Metal music.

            Returning triumphantly after more than one illness in the organization that is Behemoth, the band has offered up a nine track opus [on Metal Blade Records in the US] that is sure to earn you a trip to your local confessional (Just Kidding).  But in all seriousness, this album is as up front as it gets.  All of the songs are appropriate in length and they still managed to retain the bombastic nature of emotion displayed in the more recent Behemoth releases.

            Aside from the sheer catchiness of ‘The Satanist’, the re-visitation to old school black metal beats [at points] and “ode to shred guitar legend” riffs will undoubtedly keep this record in the 2014 rotation.

Track Rundown:

1)      Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel:
Initiate desolation and godlessness.  This track (and first single) sets an eerie tone that can be followed throughout most of the album.  ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ is a warning shot for what’s about to come your way.

2)      Furor Divinus:

For the second song on the album, ‘Furor Divinus’ holds war waging drum beats with venom spit straight from the serpent’s mouth.  Three minutes of intensity and peril.

 

3)      Messe Noir:

Warning…This track is a fucking slaughter.

 

4)      Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer:
Some of the best hooks from ‘The Satanist’ are packed into this track, right in the middle of the album…And there’s that Goddamn Gabriel blowing his Trumpets, again!

5)      Amen:
This song, for most listeners, will be the realization that it is 2014 but this album is completely KVLT.

6)      The Satanist:
To display a waltz down a left-hand path is to write a song so extreme that it endorses this polished “old” Blues Rock sound in the form of a killer solo…And is that more trumpeting?!

7)      Ben Sahar:

Signature Behemoth elitism speaks for itself, here.

8)      In the Absence of Light
This track is a lesson in black metal blasting, footwork and proper use of sustain.

9)      O Father O Satan O Sun!:

An epic end to ‘The Satanist’ concept.  Starting beautifully, it ends up leaving this resonant resistance [to things kept sacred] in the back of the mind.

 

What do you do when your band’s front-man beats leukemia and your band’s world class drummer doesn’t die from appendicitis?  Well, clearly this material is that of their best work, spanning the past five years (or close to it).  So you flip-off the sky and release the beast that is, ‘The Satanist’.

 

Soulstalker, out

10.5 Perfect
10 almost perfect
9.5 Killer
9 great
8.5 good
8 Above Av
  Anything lower is a waste of time

2013 Album Track Reviews

Andy Winter - Incomprehensible- Experimental The End Records released on January 22 2013 Track#1=10.5 #2=9.5 #3=9.5 #4=10.5 #5=10 #6=9 #7=10.5 #8=10
 

Avatarium- S/T- Doom                                      Nuclear Blast release November 25th 2013         Track#1=9.5 #2=9 #3=10.5 #4=9 #5=10 #6=10 #7=9

Black Sabbath -  13  -  Godfathers of Metal             Universal release  June 11th 2013          Track#1=10 #2=10 #3=9 #4=10.5 #5= 9 #6=9 #7=10.5 #8=10

Carcass- Surical Steel- Death Metal                  September 17th on Nuclear Blast       Track#1=Intro#2=9.5 #3=9 #4=9.5 #5=10 #6=10 #7=10 #8=10.5 #9=9.5 #10=10 #11=9

Death Dealer - War Master - Power        Independent - June 12TH                          Track#1=9 #2=8.5 #3=9.5 #4=10 #5=10.5 #6=9.5 #7=9 #8=10.5 #9=9.5 #10=10

The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of us is a Killer- Mathcore  Sumerian Released on May 14th 2013     Track #1=9 #2=9.5 #3=10 #4=10.5 #5=9.5 #6=10.5 #7=10 #8-Intro #9=10 #10=10.5 #11=9

Dream Theater -  S/T  - Prog Metal                        Road Runner released on September 24th  Track#1=intro #2=10 #3=9.5 #4=10.5 #5=9 #6=9 #7=9.5 #8=10 #9=10.5

Extol - Extol - Melodic Thrash                          Facedown Records released on June 25th      Track#1=9.5 #2=10.5 #3=9 #4=9 #5=9.5 #6=10 #7=intro #8=9.5 #9=9.5 #10=10

Frynask - Eldir Nott - Black                               Megaforce released on November 25th 2013          Track#1=intro #2=10 #3=9 #4=intro #5=10.5 #6=intro #7=10

Gorguts  - Colored Sands - Death Metal           Season of Mist Released on September 3rd 2013   #1=10.5  #2=9.5  #3=9.5  #4= 9.5  #5=intro #6=10.5  #7=10  #8=9  #9=10.5

Immolation -Kingdom of Conspiracy- Death Metal   May 4th 2013 on  Nuclear Blast                                    Track#1=10 #2=10.5 #3=9.5 #4=9 #5=9 #6=10.5 #7=9.5 #8=10 #9=9 #10=9.5

Ihsahn-Das Seelenbrechen-Melodic Experimental         Mnemosyne/Candlelight- October 29th     Track#1=9.5 #2=9 #3=10.5 #4=10.5 #5=9.5 #6=10 #7=9.5 #8=10 #9=9 #10=9

Joe Satriani-Unstoppable Momentum-Instumental Prog     Epic Records released on May 7th  Track#1=9.5 #2= 10 #3=10.5 #4=10.5 #5=8.5 #6=8.5 #7=9 #8=10 #9=10.5 #10=10 #11=9

Leprous -Coal - Prog Melodic                                Inside Out Records Release May 28th 2014  Track#1=10.5 #2=9.5 #3=9.5 #4=10 #5=10.5 #6=10 #7=9.5 #8=10.5

Nero Di Marte     S/T        Prog Core Djent                 March 2013 on Prosthetic Records  
Track#1=9.5 #2=10 #3=9 #4=9.5 #5=10.5 #6=10.5

Oceano  -     Incisions    -    Extreme                    Earache Release September 30th 2013   Track#1=8.5 #2=9 #3=9.5 #4=10 #5=9 #6=10 #7=9 #8=10.5 #9=9.5 #10=10 #11=9 #12=9

Rings of Saturn - Dingir - Technical Death   Unique Leader released on February 5th 2013   Track#1= 10 #2=9.5 #3=10.5 #4=9.5 #5=10 #6=10.5 #7=10 #8=9 #9=9.5 #10=10

Sirenia - Perils of the Deep Blue-Symphonic/ Gothic     Nuclear Blast released on July 9th  Track#1=intro #2=10.5 #3=9.5 #4=9.5 #5=10 #6=9 #7=10 #8=10.5 #9=9.5 #10=10.5 #11=9.5

Soilwork - The Living Infinite- Thrash                      Nuclear Blast Release March 5th 2013  Track#1=intro #2=9.5 #3=10 #4=10.5 #5=9 #6=10 #7=9 #8=8.5 #9=10 #11=intro #12=10 #13=10 #14=10.5 #15= 9.5 #16=9.5 #17=intro #18= 9.5 #19=10 #20=9.5

Thought Chamber - Psykerion - Prog Metal     Inside Out Records release  September 30th Track#1=10 #2- #3=10 #4=- #5=10.5 #6=10 #7=- #8=9 #9=9.5 #10=10 #11=10 #12=9 #13=9.5 #14=10.5 #15=10 #16= 9.5 

iwrestledabearonce - Late For Nothing- Prog Core  August 6th  Century Media                                Track#1=9.5 #2=9.5 #3=9 #4=9.5 #5=9.5 #6=8.5 #7=10.5 #8=10 #9=10 #10=10 #11=9 #12=9.5

Witherscape  - The Inheritance  -  Melodic   Century Media released on August 6th 2013          Track#1=9.5 #2=10.5 #3=10.5 #4=10 #5=9 #6=9.5 #7=9.5  #8=9.5 #9=outro                           Dan Swano and Ragnar Wilderburg

2012 Album Reviews

Manowar

At first I didn't think that the latest album "The Lord of Steel" from the Kings of Metal (Manowar) was as good as their last two L.P's, however, this album gets better with every spin. Even some of the more lower rated tracks are as catchy as hell and will get stuck in your head with multiple plays. I have tracks like Manowarriors, Touch the Sky, El Gringo and Annihilation down as perfect tracks, and about four others close to perfect. A couple of things that really stand out on this album are the bass tone, Eric's killer voice, the lyrics, and the drumming.

 

The Lord of Steel was released in 2012 on Magic Circle Entertainment.

 

If you are a true Manowarrior you will love this album. 

Heaven's Cry

Prosthetic Records knows they're Prog big-time, so when they signed Heaven's Cry (from Canada) I figured that they had to be a good Prog band. Well, I was wrong. They found a  killer gem in Heaven's Cry. They are capable of writting catchy top notch Progressive Metal, and they are very talented. Come to find out, Heaven's Cry has two previous albums out that Prosthetic just re-released. In 2003 if I would have known about their 2003 release Primal Power Addiction, I would of put in my top 20. Their 1996 Debut is a top 50 album of that paticular year. Heaven's Cry's 2012 release Wheels of Impermanence is hands down a top 20 Prog release for 2012. I think if this band puts out a couple of albums they could really become contenders.

Moonloop

Moonloop's new album Deeply from the Earth (out on listenable records) is highly recomended for Melodic Metalheads. This album has all the great elements that helped early Opeth become one of the best Metal band's ever. There is a couple of blast beats on this L.P., so to call it Meoldic Death Metal wouldn't be out of bounds. But it might scare some people away!