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25 exceptional albums from 25 different artists

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Arc Tan Gent
Arc Tan Gent
"A very unique deep-rooted sound, an unparalleled work of metal genius that is epic but never distended. Everything about this record stands out as an achievement in itself. (Also see Tool)"
Mutter
Mutter
"A band with such a colossal and crushing sound,  that it separates them from nearly all else. Their metal enormity helps you to envisage civilizations akin to 'His Dark Materials'.(Also see Metallica)"
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
"A beautiful and strange entity combining a multitude of instruments mixing rock and folk. To try and describe its sound is to do it an injustice, it must be heard.(Also see Nick Cave and the badseeds)"
Sleep & Release
Sleep & Release
"A brooding contemplative album that is in no way afraid to swing from one extreme to the other, mixing slower acoustic almost organic strings and guitars with pure rock fury. (Also see Biffy Clyro)"
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
"Soundscapes so beautiful and vast you can immerse yourself in them, changing your immediate outlook. No vocals except spoken word parts giving you much needed perspective. (Also see Silver Mt Zion)"
Harvest
Harvest
"A great album for connecting to the past, if you yearn for times bygone or an older more classic style of music, this is the album for you. An album uncomplicated by modern times.(Also see Nick Drake)"
Imaginations from the Other Side
Imaginations from the Other Side
"An amazing collection of pummeling metal anthems and balladry evocative of all things Tolkein. Fantasy metal at its best, immensely powerful without ever descending into cheese.(Also see Iced Earth)"
Valley Of The Damned
Valley Of The Damned
"Every song is an amazing sing/headbangalong anthem that will raise a grin from ear to ear. Their music stands alone in the UK and is all the better for it. Pure power metal.(Also see Rhapsody)"
Blackwater Park
Blackwater Park
"Opeth effortlessly combine eretheral soundscapes with epic riffage and extremely diverse vocals to create a stunning sound, like no other death metal band. (Also see Extol)"
Music Has the Right to Children
Music Has the Right to Children
"This is an amazing album of electronic based music that stirs deep seated nostalgia and reminiscense of when the world offered you a more innocent outlook on life. (Also see Lemon Jelly)"
Blackened Sky
Blackened Sky
"An album full of sing along heart-rending alterna rock anthems. A record completely full of magnificantly thrilling songs to rock out to, while taking your heart along for the ride.(Also see Crackout)"
Mer De Noms
Mer De Noms
"A band with a distinctive sound of alternative heavy rocking intensity like no other. The singing on this album is astoundingly beautiful, bringing your emotions to the fore. (Also see Tool)"
Black Market Music
Black Market Music
"The most varied and my personal fave of placebo's albums. (They are all brilliant.) It rocks in all the right places and gives a very introverted feel without being despondent. (Also see My Vitriol)"
100 Broken Windows
100 Broken Windows
"Contains a perfect mix of bothy rockin tunes and contemplative slower numbers to enjoy in the company of others. Think the sound of  youth culture in the Scottish Highlands. (Also see Snow Patrol)"
Ride The Lightning
Ride The Lightning
"A stone cold classic with a huge variety of brilliant sounds, from the melodic strumming of 'Fade to Black' to the thrash speed of 'Creeping Death', this is THE Metallica album. (Also see Megadeth)"
BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE
BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE
"A death metal band like no other, all their music is centred around ancient egyptian civilization. They authentically craft their brutal sound into something trully ancient. (Also see Napalm Death)"
Brave New World
Brave New World
"Maiden at their brightest and best. Every one is a winner here, with the galloping guitars and soaring vocals saturating every track, sheer metal power is brought to your ears. (Also see Helloween)"
The Sophtware Slump
The Sophtware Slump
"Every sound here posses a fragile melancholic beauty, that is intwined in the faint futurism of their lyrical performance giving a wistful air of a future that could have been. (Also see Mercury Rev)"
Deviant
Deviant
"A superb album of rebellious and defiant alternative industrial metal, their sound stands out immensly from other home grown bands of the same ilk. A band to be treasured. (Also see System of a Down)"
Machina / The Machines Of God
Machina / The Machines Of God
"The sound of a brilliant rock band, rocking out. The shimmering guitars and ever more intensifying sound serves to build on the already stratospheric previous pumpkin acheivments.(Also see Zwan)"
No World Order
No World Order
"Epic power metal of a momentous nature, this music has an urgency to it that thunders along taking you with it. You are given the keys to an alternative reality. ( Also see Sonata Arctica)"
Wishmaster
Wishmaster
"Nightwish combine nearly operatic female singing with metal riffage. And boy can she sing.  Their sound is of the gothic metal nature that can trully sweep you away. (Also see Lacuna Coil)"
White Pony (Uk Version Partial Enhancement)
White Pony (Uk Version Partial Enhancement)
"This album brought a new dimension to the Deftones sound, a slow burning metal amalgam of riffing intensity. They don't let up and the strength of every song shines throughout. (Also see Blinside)"
Music for People
Music for People
"Vast, as there name suggests, are a rock band on the grander scale of things. Their massive emotion drenched sound often incorperating sweeping orchestral manouvres. Rock at its finest.(Also see Live)"
FOLLOW THE REAPER
FOLLOW THE REAPER
"A superbly fast and technical melodic death metal band whose guitar playing will often leave you gasping for breath. Their hammering guitar sound is relentless in its assault.(Also see Arch Enemy)"