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Favourite metal genre(s):
Heavy/power, progressive, doom 

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.

Let it be noted that while there is a strong correlation, the albums I rate objectively highest and my top favorite albums are not exactly the same. My current favorite albums are as follows:

1) Holocaust - Covenant
2) Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
3) Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
4) Kamelot - The Black Halo
5) The Mist of Avalon - Here and After
6) Kamelot - Epica
7) Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Part II
8) Cauldron Born - Born of the Cauldron
9) Dragonforce - Valley of the Damned
10) The Cure - Disintegration

11) Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
12) Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera
13) Omen - Battle Cry
14) Insomnium - In the Halls of Awaiting
15) Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance
16) Ningen-Isu - Odoro Issunboushi
17) Longings Past - Meadows of Maseilya
18) Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead
19) Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
20) Dragonforce - Sonic Firestorm

21) Dragonforce - Inhuman Rampage
22) Falconer - Falconer
23) Falconer - Northwind
24) Blind Guardian - A Twist in the Myth
25) Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Part I
26) Tiamat - Prey
27) Ashbury - Endless Skies
28) Pearl Jam - Ten
29) Moist - Silver
30) Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

The primary criterion which separates this list from the list of albums I consider to objectively be the best is nostalgia. The basis for the list is how often I play the album and how much I enjoy it when I do play it, and nostalgia plays a big role in that.