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294 reviews/ratings
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Awake Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal | review permalink
THE BLACK MAGES - The Black Mages: Battle Music of Final Fantasy Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Declaration of a Headhunter Rap Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Extension of the Wish Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Twilight In Olympus Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Mutter Industrial Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - The Wake Of Magellan Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Poets And Madmen Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Risk Hard Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal | review permalink
CONSORTIUM PROJECT - Consortium Project Progressive Metal | review permalink
SONATA ARCTICA - Ecliptica Power Metal | review permalink
KISS - Destroyer Hard Rock | review permalink
H-BLOCKX - Time to Move Rap Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Do You Wanna Start a War Heavy Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Silence Speaks Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Pigwalk Rap Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAINT ASONIA - Saint Asonia Alternative Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - Faces Power Metal | review permalink
RED CIRCUIT - Homeland Progressive Metal | review permalink
RED CIRCUIT - Trance State Progressive Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Transcendence US Power Metal | review permalink
WINGDOM - Reality Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - A Change of Seasons Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Octavarium Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Systematic Chaos Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Sehnsucht Industrial Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Rising Rap Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Iced Earth US Power Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Night of the Stormrider US Power Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Tyranny Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - II = I Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Chimera Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - A Twist in the Myth Power Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Revoiced Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Southern Born Killers Rap Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Load Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Death Magnetic Thrash Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Here Come the Infidels Rap Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Happenstance Heavy Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - V: The New Mythology Suite Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Odyssey Progressive Metal | review permalink
EVERGREY - Recreation Day Progressive Metal | review permalink
EVERGREY - The Inner Circle Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Parallels Progressive Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Chasing the Grail Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Black Clouds & Silver Linings Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Paradise Lost Progressive Metal | review permalink
JOHN ARCH - A Twist of Fate Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - A Dramatic Turn of Events Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - S&M Symphonic Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Astronomica Heavy Metal | review permalink
BEYOND TWILIGHT - The Devil's Hall of Fame Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - When Dream And Day Reunite Progressive Metal | review permalink
TRANSATLANTIC - SMPTe Non-Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - W.A.R.P.E.D. Power Metal | review permalink
DOMINICI - O3: A Trilogy, Part 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Legacy Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM | review permalink
THOUGHT CHAMBER - Angular Perceptions Progressive Metal | review permalink
OSI - Office Of Strategic Influence Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Best Of The Beast Heavy Metal | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
ETERNITY X - The Edge Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Inside Out Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock | review permalink
PRIMUS - Tales From the Punchbowl Funk Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Disconnected Progressive Metal | review permalink
ICYCORE - Wetwired Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live Scenes From New York Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Prelude To The Millennium - Essentials Of Symphony - Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Room V Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Grace Under Pressure Non-Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - The Game Gothic Metal | review permalink
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA - The Lost Christmas Eve Symphonic Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Manifest Tyranny Progressive Metal | review permalink
DOMINICI - O3: A Trilogy, Part 3 Progressive Metal | review permalink
SICK SPEED - The Way I Am Heavy Metal | review permalink
CLAWFINGER - Deaf Dumb Blind Rap Metal | review permalink
F5 - A Drug for All Seasons Alternative Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Sin and Bones Heavy Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal | review permalink
STATIC-X - Machine Industrial Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Cryptic Writings Heavy Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Judas Heavy Metal | review permalink
BEYOND TWILIGHT - Section X Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Reise, Reise Industrial Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - HVY1 Rap Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Youthanasia Heavy Metal | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Meteora Nu Metal | review permalink
WINTER ROSE - Winter Rose Glam Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Spreading The Disease Thrash Metal | review permalink
BODY COUNT - Body Count Crossover Thrash | review permalink
PAPA ROACH - Infest Nu Metal | review permalink
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity Alternative Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Between the Walls Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Something Wicked This Way Comes US Power Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Ten Thousand Fists Alternative Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Gutter Ballet Heavy Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Nine Power Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Indestructible Alternative Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live at Budokan Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Garage Inc. Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Progressive Metal | review permalink
MULLMUZZLER - Keep It to Yourself Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Sirens US Power Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Snappin' Necks Rap Metal | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory Nu Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Secrets of Life Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal | review permalink
IRON SAVIOR - Iron Savior Power Metal | review permalink
JAMES LABRIE - Elements of Persuasion Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ReLoad Heavy Metal | review permalink
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - System of a Down Alternative Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Shadow Gallery Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Symphony X Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Carved In Stone Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal | review permalink
MAGNUM - Kingdom Of Madness Hard Rock | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Herzeleid Industrial Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Power Of The Night Heavy Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Handful Of Rain Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Very Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - St. Anger Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Burn My Eyes Groove Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell Groove Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Fozzy Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Iron Maiden NWoBHM | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM | review permalink
ATMOSFEAR - Inside The Atmosfear Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Master Of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Damnation Game Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - The Great Revival Rap Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Strange And Beautiful Hard Rock | review permalink
JOHN PETRUCCI - Suspended Animation Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Hall Of The Mountain King Heavy Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - All That Remains Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Piece Of Mind NWoBHM | review permalink
RUSH - Rush Hard Rock | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal | review permalink
NEAL MORSE - God Won't Give Up Non-Metal | review permalink
MULLMUZZLER - MullMuzzler 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Eternity Power Metal | review permalink
ENCHANT - A Blueprint Of The World Metal Related | review permalink
CONCEPTION - Parallel Minds Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live at the Marquee Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANGUISH - Symmetry Progressive Metal | review permalink
DALI'S DILEMMA - Manifesto For Futurism Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - Masquerade Gothic Metal | review permalink
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA - Christmas Eve and Other Stories Symphonic Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Once in a LIVEtime Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Edward The Great Heavy Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - The Immunity Zone Progressive Metal | review permalink
THE BLACK MAGES - The Black Mages II: The Skies Above Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Siége Perilous Power Metal | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Non-Metal | review permalink
7 MONTHS - 7 Months Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years Thrash Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Adema Nu Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Violate This Rap Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Return to Wacken Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct Heavy Metal | review permalink
SONATA ARCTICA - Ecliptica - Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition Power Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - The Fourth Legacy Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Countdown to Extinction Thrash Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Groove Metal | review permalink
BEYOND FEAR - Beyond Fear Heavy Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - The Mold Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Hidden Treasures Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - Music Man Power Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Live On The Edge Of Forever Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Sampler 01 Thrash Metal | review permalink
MIND KEY - Journey Of A Rough Diamond Progressive Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Believe Alternative Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Remains Alive Heavy Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Eternal Prisoner Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Days of Purgatory US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The World Needs a Hero Thrash Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Unstable Nu Metal | review permalink
CLAWFINGER - Use Your Brain Rap Metal | review permalink
SEVENDUST - Home Nu Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Commissar Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Playing Off the Board Progressive Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Nothing Else Matters (S&M version) Thrash Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Battalions of Fear Speed Metal | review permalink
DRAGONFORCE - Valley of the Damned Power Metal | review permalink
DEEP PURPLE - Shades Of Deep Purple Proto-Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Awake Demos 1994 Progressive Metal | review permalink
STATIC-X - Wisconsin Death Trip Industrial Metal | review permalink
PAGAN'S MIND - Infinity Divine Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Follow the Blind Speed Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003 Progressive Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - The Sickness Nu Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Hollow Years Metal Related | review permalink
METALLICA - The Unnamed Feeling E.P. Thrash Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Fright Night Power Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Crimson Glory US Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal | review permalink
PRIMUS - Frizzle Fry Funk Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Terria Progressive Metal | review permalink
OPETH - Blackwater Park Progressive Metal | review permalink
ADRENALINE MOB - Adrenaline Mob Groove Metal | review permalink
CONCEPTION - The Last Sunset Progressive Metal | review permalink
DEREK SHERINIAN - Black Utopia Progressive Metal | review permalink
ETERNITY X - Zodiac Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - The Dungeons Are Calling US Power Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Fight For The Rock Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Tales From the Twilight World Power Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Trance-Like State Progressive Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Killers NWoBHM | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Night On Bröcken Heavy Metal | review permalink
TO/DIE/FOR - All Eternity Gothic Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - Komödia Gothic Metal | review permalink
ATOMIC ROOSTER - Space Cowboy Hard Rock | review permalink
ETERNITY X - Mind Games Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Dominion Power Metal | review permalink
PRIMUS - Sailing the Seas of Cheese Funk Metal | review permalink
ELEGY - Lost Progressive Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - II Power Metal | review permalink
IVORY TOWER - Ivory Tower Power Metal | review permalink
ENCHANT - Wounded Metal Related | review permalink
MAGNUM - Magnum II Hard Rock | review permalink
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Burnt Offerings US Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Beyond Magnetic Thrash Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Wild Obsession Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Dark Saga US Power Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Show No Mercy Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Fistful Of Metal Speed Metal | review permalink
KISS - Kiss Hard Rock | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Violated Rap Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Insomniac's Dream Nu Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Six Feet Down Under EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Armed And Dangerous Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Six Feet Down Under Part II Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Number of the Beast Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal | review permalink
SEVENDUST - Sevendust Nu Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Nasty Reputation Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Another Stranger Me Power Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - War Of The Worlds US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Live Trax Thrash Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Battle Hymns Heavy Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - Curb Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Scenes From A World Tour (Christmas CD 2000) Progressive Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Melancholy E.P. US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Crush 'Em Hard Rock | review permalink
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Rising Force Neoclassical metal | review permalink
THE QUIET ROOM - Introspect Progressive Metal | review permalink
KISS - Hotter Than Hell Hard Rock | review permalink
MEGADETH - Still, Alive... and Well? Thrash Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Far Beyond Driven Groove Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Fly by Night Hard Rock | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Crawling Nu Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Silent Man Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Through Her Eyes Progressive Metal | review permalink
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - The Red Hot Chili Peppers Non-Metal | review permalink
BODY COUNT - Born Dead Rap Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - The State Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
S.O.D. - Speak English or Die Crossover Thrash | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Enter the Realm US Power Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Live aus Berlin Industrial Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - The Memory Remains Heavy Metal | review permalink
AGE OF SILENCE - Complications: Trilogy of Intricacy Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal | review permalink
MESHUGGAH - Catch Thirtythree Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Until It Sleeps Heavy Metal | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Spontaneous Combustion (as Liquid Trio Experiment) Non-Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Breadline EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
PARADISE LOST - Lost Paradise Death-Doom Metal | review permalink

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 97 3.44
2 Heavy Metal 39 3.05
3 Thrash Metal 33 2.64
4 Power Metal 21 2.95
5 Rap Metal 14 3.50
6 US Power Metal 13 2.77
7 Hard Rock 12 2.75
8 Nu Metal 10 2.80
9 Industrial Metal 7 3.43
10 Alternative Metal 7 3.71
11 Non-Metal 6 2.83
12 NWoBHM 5 3.00
13 Groove Metal 5 2.60
14 Gothic Metal 4 2.75
15 Heavy Alternative Rock 3 2.33
16 Funk Metal 3 2.67
17 Metal Related 3 2.33
18 Speed Metal 3 2.00
19 Symphonic Metal 3 3.67
20 Crossover Thrash 2 3.00
21 Death-Doom Metal 1 1.00
22 Glam Metal 1 4.00
23 Neoclassical metal 1 2.00
24 Proto-Metal 1 2.00

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DREAM THEATER Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour

Live album · 2006 · Progressive Metal
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They did it in 2000 with ‘Live Scenes from New York’, and again in 2004 with ‘Live at Budokan’, and come 2006, Dream Theater are at it once more, trying to outdo themselves with ‘Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour’, another three-disc live album that shows the kings of progressive metal at their very best.

“So what makes ‘Score’ any different?” you ask... allow me to explain.

‘Live Scenes...’ was focused around the ‘Scenes from a Memory’ album and a multitude of big, prog epics, while ‘Budokan’ had an abundance of heavier, more energetic and varied material. Interestingly, with the exception of a few songs, both albums had different sets, and this continues with ‘Score’. Based around the ‘Octavarium’ album and a retrospective look back at the bands career in chronological order, there is, once again, a varied set here which is different than previously.

With a fantastic production (this almost sounds like a studio release, at times), and superb performances (c’mon, it’s Dream Theater), ‘Score’ is over two hours of prog greatness. With such epics as ‘Octavarium’, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence’ in its entirety, as well as often overlooked tracks such as ‘Afterlife’, ‘Innocence Faded’ and ‘Vacant’, there’s a well-rounded set here. And ‘Another Won’ and ‘Raise the Knife’, both previously unreleased on studio albums, are welcome and popular additions. There’s the “Octavarium Ochestra” in there too, which has fans raving. Though to be honest, I find their contributions a bit lacking, especially when Jordan Rudess could perform most of this on his keyboard by himself.

Overall however, ‘Score’ is another live success for Dream Theater. While ‘Live at Budokan’ remains my favourite, this, along with ‘Live Scenes from New York’ completes the perfect live album trilogy, and is a highly recommended addition to any prog collection.

DREAM THEATER Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

Boxset / Compilation · 2008 · Progressive Metal
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Released in 2008, ‘Greatest Hit’ (a reference to the bands one radio hit, ‘Pull Me Under’) is a compilation album by progressive metal giants Dream Theater. With an abundance of incredible material to choose from, it should have been easy enough to make this a three-disc box set that would be the defining progressive music collection. Instead, this is more of a two-disc cash-grab, a quick and easy effort to introduce new fans to the band.

Admittedly, for that purpose, it works. However, for the die-hard fans, this is more of a disappointment.

Firstly, it’d be near-impossible to truly do this kind of band justice with a compilation. Since most of their most popular songs are around ten, fifteen or even twenty minutes in duration, you’d require at least five discs just to fit them all in. And since we already have these songs anyway, why bother?

So instead, the band went the route of using radio edits. A risky move, for sure. It’s cool as a fan to own different versions of the songs we already know and love... but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’d want to hear it repeatedly. I’d rather stick with the originals. No cuts. No censored profanities. No nonsense.

But that’s not all, there’s three 2007 remixes of Dream Theater classics from the 1992 ‘Images and Words’ album, and while the compositions themselves are perfect, the remixes are pretty ugly and messy. The mix seems a bit unbalanced and some random noises and sound effects kind of ruins things. Once again, I’ll stick with the originals.

However, for the Dream Theater newbie, this is a great starting point. With all the hits, including ‘Pull Me Under’, ‘Take the Time’, ‘Home’, ‘As I Am’, ‘Another Day’, ‘The Spirit Carries On’, ‘Sacrificed Sons’ and ‘Hollow Years’, this is still a great retrospective of the bands career. But for long-time fans such as myself, this really serves as nothing more than another CD to add to the collection.

METALLICA Garage Inc.

Album · 1998 · Heavy Metal
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Released in 1998 during the heyday of their alternative rock phase, ‘Garage Inc.’ is a two-disc compilation of covers by heavy metal legends Metallica. Regardless of your thoughts on the band cutting their hair, Napster, Lars’ drumming, selling out, Kirk’s wah pedal, James being a table, or the countless other things the band have had thrown at them over their careers, one statement that holds up true is that Metallica have always done an incredible job at covering other artists songs.

Of course, part of that is probably the fact that about 95% of these bands would be absolutely unheard of if it weren’t for Metallica in the first place. But regardless, Metallica have an incredible talent of doing covers in their own way to truly make the songs their own. With beefier guitars, production and Hetfield’s trademark vocal style, pretty much all of these tracks are better than the original.

The first disc consists of covers recorded for this album in 1998, and while the song list is a little hit or miss, for the most part it’s a solid effort. Well produced, well performed, and special mention to Hetfield’s strong vocals here. The likes of ‘Die, Die My Darling’, ‘Turn the Page’, ‘Astronomy’, ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and ‘It’s Electric’ make this an interesting listen.

The second disc is a compilation of any covers the band had recorded in the past, either for various EPs or as singles b-sides. Some are better produced than others, but overall they’re a solid bunch too. ‘Am I Evil’, ‘So What’, ‘Blitzkrieg’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Breadfan’, ‘Last Caress’ and ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ are more-or-less Metallica songs now. Such is the quality of these covers when compared to their original counterparts.

‘Garage Inc.’ came out at a weird point in Metallica’s history. After going alt rock with ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’, but prior to working with an orchestra and all the drama that would follow with Napster and ‘St. Anger’, this album just kind of sits there, a small, subtle reminder that despite everything, Metallica were still metal fans at heart, who’ve never been afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. At an excessive two and a quarter hours in duration, this can be a pretty enduring listen, but there’s enough decent material here to make ‘Garage Inc.’ as vital a part of Metallica’s discography as any of their studio releases.

AGE OF SILENCE Complications: Trilogy of Intricacy

EP · 2005 · Progressive Metal
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“Meh”.

I bought this CD in a shop in Germany for 50 cents or something equally daft. I’d never heard of Age of Silence (and apparently, neither had anyone else, since they were in the literal bargain bin), but it was a metal CD, so why not?

Labelled as avant-garde metal... whatever the hell that means... this sounds a lot like something Devin Townsend would do, complete with obscure, gloomy cover art and unusual song titles. Age of Silence have a big sound, with multiple-layered guitars overproduced to give each of the three tracks a huge feeling about them. But otherwise, these songs are fairly dull. The overbearing “big” guitar chords are heard through each track, leaving me feel like there’s been an ongoing chord played throughout the entire EP.

But it doesn’t stop there. It starts to overshadow the vocals, any lead parts, the drums... the whole lot. I don’t “get” this kind of music. I understand it’s based more on ambience and what-have-you, but for the most part this is just pretty boring and repetitive. There’s one or two moments where something might sound catchy or interesting, but as a whole, considering this is only a three-song EP, it’s not really anything I’d come back to.

The shop I’d bought it from was probably relieved to be rid of it.

METALLICA Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)

Single · 1999 · Thrash Metal
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In an age where CD singles are extinct (or at the very least, nothing more than collectibles for die-hard fans), ‘Nothing Else Matters’ serves as nothing more than a three-song sample of Metallica’s 1999 album, ‘S&M’.

‘S&M’, a live album which saw the metal legends collaborating with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, is an outstanding release, and holds up well to this day for its fantastic performances and sound. It’s well worth checking out, and mostly makes this CD single redundant.

But with that said, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ are done incredibly, with the orchestra perfectly adding to the metal classics, without being either underwhelming or overbearing. And ‘-Human’ (pronounced “Minus Human”), a new song exclusive to the album, is a great addition, and is a nice little extra for this CD, and shows that even in 1999, amidst their alternative rock lunacy, that Metallica could still out heavy most bands on the planet.

While this is redundant today, especially to fans who already own the S&M album, it’s still a nice collectible for anyone that has to own everything that Metallica has ever put out.

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    Rammlied, named after one of their songs. And the "lied" bit nicely suits the tribute band gimmick.
  • Posted 3 months ago in Rammstein
    I play in a Rammstein tribute band. 

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