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AYREON - Into the Electric Castle Progressive Metal
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AYREON - 01011001 Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - One Hour by the Concrete Lake Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - Remedy Lane Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal
THERION - Vovin Symphonic Metal
THERION - Theli Symphonic Metal
GAMMA RAY - Power Plant Power Metal
AGATHODAIMON - Blacken the Angel Gothic Metal
THE GATHERING - Mandylion Gothic Metal
THE GATHERING - Nighttime Birds Gothic Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Bloody Kisses Gothic Metal
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Velvet Darkness They Fear Gothic Metal
THE SINS OF THY BELOVED - Lake of Sorrow Gothic Metal
TIAMAT - Wildhoney Gothic Metal
ANATHEMA - Alternative 4 Metal Related
ANATHEMA - Judgement Metal Related

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Power Metal 77 4.05
2 Progressive Metal 71 4.23
3 Traditional heavy metal 54 3.56
4 Death Metal 47 3.54
5 NWoBHM 45 3.60
6 Gothic Metal 41 4.01
7 Black Metal 34 3.69
8 Symphonic Metal 34 3.60
9 Thrash Metal 30 4.05
10 Metal Related 27 4.26
11 Hard Rock 22 3.93
12 Doom Metal 18 3.75
13 Proto-Metal 15 4.13
14 Alternative Metal 9 3.78
15 Folk Metal 4 4.00
16 Glam Metal 2 3.00
17 Industrial Metal 2 3.00
18 Hardcore and crust 1 4.00
19 Avant-garde Metal 1 2.00
20 Grindcore 1 3.00

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ANATHEMA Falling Deeper

Album · 2011 · Metal Related
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Actually, Falling Deeper is not a studio album, it is a compilation of old songs newly rearranged in an orchestral and mostly acoustical way. Where Hindsight (2008) contains rearrangements of songs from their post-Eternity era (1996-now), Falling Deeper contains rearrangements of songs from their early days (1990-1995).

Three songs from the Crestfallen EP (1992) are featured, namely Crestfallen, They Die and Everwake. Sleep In Sanity and J'ai Fait Une Promesse are originally from Serenades (1993). The other songs are originally from the 1995-releases Pentecost III (Kingdom and We The Gods) and The Silent Enigma (Alone and Sunset Of Age).

When I initially started to write this review, I wanted to make song-by-song review, in which I wanted to make a comparison of each track with its original song. Although, it would give a wrong impression of the album. As a whole, the album is a beautiful and atmospheric piece, with acoustic arrangements and angelic female vocals. Some tracks, like Kingdom, are unrecognizable compared to its original. Is it better? Is it worse? Sometimes it is inevitable to make a comparison, but forget the past. This is the new sound of Anathema. Together with Hindsight and We're Here Because We're Here, Anathema are writing a new chapter in their career. A promising chapter and I can't wait to hear their next studio album.

Now back to reality. I just listened to this album and the last song, Sunset Of Age, reminds me how great The Silent Enigma actually was. I think I am going to listen to that album now.

AYREON The Final Experiment

Album · 1995 · Progressive Metal
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After leaving Vengeance, guitarist Arjen Lucassen started to write this masterpiece "Ayreon - The Final Experiment". A rock opera with 13 lead singers (a.o. Edward Reekers from Kayak, Barry Hay from the Golden Earring, Jan-Chris de Koeijer from Gorefest), several backing singers and 7 instrumentalists, produced in a low budget way. This album is the first rock opera since the sixties and seventies, when such as Tommy, The Wall or Jesus Christ Superstar were popular. And Arjen became a trendsetter, because after this release, many other rock- and metal-operas were made, such as Avantasia, Aina and Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus. Four stars.

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