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Find the best metal albums we have chosen for you, click on the title of the album to access to it’s detailed post. You’ll find the related albums of the band at the bottom of it’s post. Use the search textbox upper to quickly find your favourite bands, artists or songs. Enjoy! \m/

Dreamtale (Beyond reality)

To be fully accurate, there are some Stratovarius influences in some of the themes, and there is also a bit of Yngwie’s influence in the main theme of this album’s epic “Heart’s Desire” (the song “Devil in Disguise” off of Eclipse comes to mind). We’ve also seen a fair share of influence from Fates Warning, particularly when you listen to some of the acoustic tracks on here, not to mention a slight Queensryche tinge in the way the intro theme of “The Dawn” transitions in and out at various points in the album. And of course, comparisons to “Tarot” are also likely as two of the more powerful songs on here are sung by their vocalist Marco Hietala.

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The Rasmus (Hide from the sun)

Hide from the Sun is the sixth studio album by the Finnish rock band The Rasmus, originally released in mainland Europe, the UK, Scandinavia and Japan on 12 September 2005. It received Platinum status in Finland and sold more than 15,000 in the UK alone. All in all “Hide from the Sun” sold 400,000 copies worldwide.

It was released in the U.S. on 10 October 2006, and featured a selection of B-side remixes and special edition bonus tracks. The U.S. edition also included the previously unseen video for “Immortal”.

The name “Hide from the Sun” is a quotation from the song “Dead Promises”.

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Stratovarius (Eternal)

After some quality time with Eternal, it’s obvious Stratovarius felt the need for a course correction after Nemesis, as this is a heavier, more aggressive album, returning to their older sound and playing the listener with one speedy power anthem after another.

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Stratovarius (Destiny)

The album, not considering the bonus song, starts and ends with the same type of song: an epic, full of melodies and tempo changes. “Destiny”, the title track is the first one and the best of the album. The track starts off slowly with a chant but it rapidly turns into shredding of guitars and keys. At about three-quarters of the song you will find what it is probably one of the best solos ever played by Timo Tolkki. As for the second epic, “Anthem of the World,” the praise goes to the lyrics, made by Tolkki.

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Scar symmetry (Pitch black progress)

Out of the bands that are usually tagged as Gothenburg metal, Scar Symmetry is one of the bands that get the most positive responses from the metal community. If you aren’t familiar with what is this Gothenburg metal sub-genre, it’s basically a branch of what is usually referred to as Swedish death metal, which is itself really just a sub-genre or melodic death metal. Gothenburg metal was first born in the town of Gothenburg in Sweden before expanding to the rest of Sweden and eventually beyond, and had enough specific elements, noticeably in the grooves and in tone to get its own sub-genre composed of well-known bands like Dark Tranquility and Soilwork. The genre receives most of its negative criticism because of how the clean vocals are used in a “poppier” and maybe more formulaic structure, usually to give punch to the chorus and make it cleaner and catchier.

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Rhapsody of fire (The eighth mountain)

The Eighth Mountain is an intentional return to classic Rhapsody [of Fire] material and this is the album’s strength. The band’s classic neo-baroque sound is clear throughout, with De Micheli’s guitar gymnastics evoking Malmsteen à la Turilli (“Clash of Times” or “Master of Peace”).

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Rammstein (Sehnsucht)

1997’s “Sehnsucht” is the second studio album from the most exposed German singing band on earth, Rammstein. In their characteristic style, quite difficult to label, but I guess close to Industrial Metal. Those six former East-Germans reached a status of international stars with this very album, especially in the United States, all of this starting after some of their songs were selected for a movie soundtrack [‘Lost Highway’ by David Lynch]. Then, this album just overwhelmed everybody who had the chance to listen to it, and all of this despite of the fact that all the songs use the natural language of the band, German. It even became mandatory for the band to sing in German since it has become one of the trademark of their music.

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Nightwish (Oceanborn)

First of all, Oceanborn is a huge step when thinking about Nightwish’s debut album, Angels Fall First. All the elements of folk music and ambience are forgotten, and instead Nightwish have concentrated on using Tarja Turunen’s wide voice and playing pure heavy metal. Or, well, another description could be opera metal.

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Nightwish (Dark passion play)

The dismissal of front woman Tarja Turunen from the storied symphonic metal band Nightwish was and continues to be one of the most controversial events in European metal. For many listeners, dedicated or otherwise, Turunen was Nightwish. While Tuomas Holopainen has always been the true creative force, her once distinct soaring operatic vocals were always the most instantly definable elements of the Nightwish sound. In the now infamous open letter to Turunen, the band proclaimed that they expelled her from the band due to her growing arrogance and lack of dedication to the band, as well as her husband’s manipulations in their internal affairs.

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Nightwish (Wishmaster)

“Wishmaster”, the band’s third studio album, was released in May 2000 and the “Wishmaster” Tour started from Kitee, the home town of the band. After the show the band received gold discs for their second album Oceanborn and the singles “Sacrament of Wilderness”, “Walking in the Air” and “Sleeping Sun”. Wishmaster went straight to number 1 on the Finnish album charts and stayed on the pole position for three weeks. In those three weeks it also reached the gold disc mark. Wishmaster was approved by both the fans and the media and it was named the album of the month by the German magazine Rock Hard in their issue 6/2000, past the long-awaited new releases by Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

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