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My review rating system:
91-100%: The best of the best. Damn near flawless, and has to be quite ambitious to boot.
81-90%: Strong album. Not top tier, has some flaws but not enough to detract much from the album. Essential for fans of the genre.
71-80%: Decent album. Low second tier or third tier, usually either inconsistent or not ambitious enough to become terribly memorable. Recommended for fans of the genre, but not required.
61-70%: Somewhat listenable album. Bottom half of the third tier, and getting into stuff that has only a few redeemable qualities to keep it from being downright mediocre. Recommended only for fans of the band or those especially devoted to becoming familiar with the genre.
51-60%: Mediocre album. Might have a redeeming quality or two, but nothing that ever puts it into listenable territory. Usually not actively bad, just boring in some way.
26-50%: Garbage. No redeeming qualities, and there have to be flaws that put it below even the most mediocre of albums. Not worth hearing at all for any reason.
0-25%: Pure aural agony. Listening to the album for any length of time is actively painful. Egregiously bad in multiple facets.
Listed here are the 10 metal albums which are most important to me, personally - note that this does not necessarily mean the 10 albums I'd give the highest numerical review score, as a personal connection with the music is not necessarily the same as an album being objectively good. Note also that while I assign these an order, this doesn't necessarily reflect their relative importance to each other; though I've tried to rank them as best I can, emotional connection is difficult to empirically measure.
1) Holocaust - Covenant
2) Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera
3) Kamelot - Epica
4) Tiamat - Prey
5) Longings Past - Meadows of Maseilya
6) Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
7) Hybernoid - The Last Day Begins
8) The Mist of Avalon - Here and After
9) Insomnium - In the Halls of Awaiting
10) Funeral - Tragedies