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Username Valdis   (number: 11782)
Name (Nick) Sisslith  (ex-Valdis23)
Average of Ratings 79.5  (506 albums)   [ Rating detail ]
Join Date October 16, 2014 00:08 Last Login February 27, 2018 19:42
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Country Spain Gender / Birth year
Occupation Student
Interests Music, Sport, Reading, Cinema, Writing

"If music be the food of love, play on"

My ratings:

100 - Masterpiece
90 - Excellent / Great
80 - Notable / Very good
70 - Good
60 - Fine / Okay / Acceptable
50 - Average / Mediocre
40 - Bad / Very bad / Horrible
Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
X Japan - Best-Fan's Selection
Versailles - Chateau de Versailles -Jubilee-
Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith
Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished
Gentaro Satomura - Light and Shadow
Vinnie Moore - Mind's Eye
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Marty Friedman - Scenes
Kamijo - Imperial Concerto
Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Rising Force
Bon Jovi - Cross Road
Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
Galneryus - The Flag of Punishment
Pomegranate Tiger - Entities
Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
Versailles - Chateau de Versailles -Holy Grail-
Hizaki Grace Project - Prayer
Hizaki Grace Project - Curse of Virgo
Jupiter - Arcadia
Marty Friedman - Wall of Sound
Tony MacAlpine - Maximum Security
Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide
Lorn - Arrayed Claws
Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
Veonity - In the Void
Hizaki Grace Project - Rosario
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Alice Cooper - Killer
Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Marching Out
Melechesh - The Epigenesis
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Bon Jovi - New Jersey
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Helloween - Helloween
Brian Hunsaker - Across the Galaxy
Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
Galneryus - Advance to the Fall
Set and Setting - A Vivid Memory
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Artist Genres Country Albums Votes Date
preview Atlases Post-Metal, Atmospheric Sludge Metal Finland 4 1 Dec 8, 2017
preview Inferitvm Black Metal Spain 3 1 Oct 13, 2017
preview Genocide Generator Grindcore, Brutal Death Metal, Industrial Metal Germany 2 2 Sep 18, 2017
preview Tyakrah Atmospheric Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal Germany 2 2 Sep 15, 2017
preview Brünndl Pagan Black Metal Italy 2 2 Sep 14, 2017
preview Fellwarden Atmospheric Black Metal, Blackgaze United Kingdom 3 1 Sep 7, 2017
preview Mediis Tenebris Depressive Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal France 1 1 Sep 1, 2017
preview Codeia Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock Germany 1 1 Aug 31, 2017
preview SaaR Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock France 1 1 Aug 31, 2017
preview Wampyrinacht Black Metal Greece 2 1 Jun 1, 2017
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cover art Artist Album Release date Rating Votes Date
Penumbra preview preview Penumbra  [EP] 2017-10-27 75 1 Dec 8, 2017
Endless Journey preview preview Endless Journey  [Split] 2017-12-01 80 1 Dec 8, 2017
The Way Forward preview preview The Way Forward 2017-12-01 90 1 Dec 2, 2017
Die on My Ride preview preview Die on My Ride 2017-06-02 60 1 Dec 2, 2017
Wintergedanken preview preview Wintergedanken 2017-10-22 70 1 Oct 23, 2017
W2246​-​0526 preview preview W2246​-​0526  [EP] 2017-10-20 55 1 Oct 22, 2017
The War of the Witches preview preview The War of the Witches  [EP] 2016-11-05 65 1 Oct 13, 2017
The Warlock preview preview The Warlock 2015-10-31 - 0 Oct 13, 2017
III preview preview III 2017-06-08 55 1 Oct 4, 2017
Soul in Sight preview preview Soul in Sight 2016-05-01 70 1 Sep 28, 2017
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preview  Tengger Cavalry preview  Die on My Ride (2017) (60/100)    Dec 2, 2017
Die on My Ride Folk metal is a very broad musical genre. It encompasses a wide range of styles, from "Celtic metal" (e.g. Skiltron) to "Mesopotamian metal" (e.g. Melechesh). I’ve listened to many different forms of folk metal, the last one being "Chinese metal" by Dream Spirit. But never before had I heard of a "Mongolian metal" band.

Tengger Cavalry, which means something like "cavalry of the sky god" (Tengger seems to derive from Tengri, a Mongolian and Turkic deity), have been in the metal scene for seven years. They are quite a prolific band since they have released thirteen studio albums so far. "Die on My Ride" is their penultimate offering, and it is an unusual one.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is the highlight of the album. Although most of the guitar riffs and solos are pretty basic and simple, some of them (the galloping riffs on Die on My Ride or the ones on Cursed, for example) are catchy and interesting enough to keep the listener’s attention. Nevertheless, a few songs, such as Independence Day and To the Sky feature several parts that are extremely dull and uninspired. To be honest, at those moments I just wanted to skip both songs.

Now then, not everything is doom and gloom. The folk passages are undoubtedly the best part of the record. For instance, the opener track, Snow, is perfect to set the mood: the igil and the morin khuur, accompanied by a delicate piano, create some emotive and slow fo ... See More
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preview  Dream Spirit preview  将·军 (2017) (80/100)    Oct 27, 2017
将·军 It is true that nowadays metal music has spread throughout the world, and never before had it been so popular. Countries like China, however, still remain quite unknown in the metal scene. Proof of this is provided by the Encyclopaedia Metallum, where less than 300 Chinese metal bands are listed on the database. What is more, very few of these bands, such as “Tang Dynasty” or “Suffocated”, are really known in the West.

Despite the fact that “Dream Spirit” was formed in 2005, they didn’t release their debut studio album, “Mountains and Rivers”, until 2014. Three years later, this Chinese metal band present the world their second work: “General Triumphant”.

As the title suggests, this is a concept album which focuses on a fictional ancient general and his adventures (military, political, etc.). A detailed explanation of the album's background given by the band can be found at the end of the review, if anyone is interested.

General Triumphant consists of 44 min of pure Chinese folk metal blended with traditional heavy metal and symphonic metal elements, although the latter are relegated to a second place. Nevertheless, they are predominant and effectively used in the opening track to set the mood, along with traditional Chinese musical instruments.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is excellent. Every song is well-structured, the riffs and guitars verses are solid and catchy, and the album features various great, technical and melodic guita ... See More
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preview  Jupiter preview  Tears of the Sun (2017)  [EP] (85/100)    May 26, 2017
Tears of the Sun After the departure of bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki, Jupiter released the single "The Spirit Within Me", which featured Rucy and Daisuke playing bass and drums, respectively, as guest musicians. However, it wasn't long before they joined Jupiter as permanent band members. A few months later, the new line-up released their latest work: "Tears of the Sun".

There are several things that quite surprised me whilst listening to this EP. First of all, their music is progressively becoming darker. Unlike many bands of the genre who soften their sound throughout the years, Jupiter seem to have much interest in adding death metal traits -we could already see this in previous songs, such as "Allegory Cave" or "Darkness"- and atmospheric elements into their musical pieces -just listen to the track "The Crucifixion". It is precisely in this song where Zin delivers an impressive performance by blending his tenor voice with death metal growls. Nevertheless, Jupiter's unique sound is still very recognizable, and a great example of it is the title track, in which the initial choir followed by a blast of symphonic metal and the melodic, neoclassical and highly proficient guitar solos by Hizaki and Teru are the band’s trademark.

Secondly, the production, both mixing and mastering, is simply flawless. It is so polished and well-done that it reminded me of albums like “Into the Legend” by Rhapsody of Fire, where it is a noticeable ... See More
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preview  Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum preview  Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchniu zadyjakaĺnaha kaŭčęha zasnawaĺnikaŭ... (2016) (70/100)    Jun 15, 2016
Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchniu zadyjakaĺnaha kaŭčęha zasnawaĺnikaŭ... I am not a big fan of brutal death metal, but this album's unusual title and its dark and eerie cover art definitely caught my attention.

Regarding the music, I believe that the vocal work is quite average. In fact, the singing sounds similar to other innumerable bands, and the mediocre production of the album does not help to solve it. Nevertheless, the instrumental work is fairly good and creates an obscure atmosphere throughout the record. Those ephemeral and sinister Middle Eastern melodies are the best part of it.

In relation to the rest of "Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje...", there are many different elements present in the cover art and within the enigmatic lyrics, which must contain hidden meanings and deep symbolism. However, the whole thing seems very complicated, and I do not have the time nor the will to decipher it.

Finally, I would recommend listening to this album only because of its occultism and strange attractiveness. Perhaps, I will listen to it again someday.

An interesting analysis of the title and cover art can be found here: http://canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/explaining-eximperitus
preview  Symfonia preview  In Paradisum (2011) (70/100)    Apr 25, 2016
In Paradisum This album has been strongly criticised by a huge part of the metal community. It is true that with this experienced and masterful line-up anyone would expect a memorable album. Of course, this is not the case. In Paradisum lacks originality and creativity, its production and covert art are mediocre, the composition is very generic, the vocals are weak in several songs and many lyrics are cheesy and boring. So what? This does not mean that it is a bad album. In fact, it is quite solid for a power metal album. We could highlight the following elements, which make In Paradisum a plain, yes, but enjoyable album nonetheless: catchy and powerful choruses, very well executed guitar and keyboard solos, well-placed interludes, nice melodies overall and some meaningful lyrics.

What we have before us is a power metal album in every sense of the word. This will not be an album to be remembered, a masterpiece or a classic. In Paradisum is just another good power metal album, generic and extremely influenced by other great power metal bands, but entertaining and convincing enough if you listen through it.
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs preview  Orphaned Land preview  Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (2018) (100/100)    Feb 27, 2018
I can’t put into words how amazing this album is. Magical, wonderful and flawless at all levels.
Diluvienne preview  Ecloss preview  Diluvienne (2018)  [EP] (80/100)    Feb 27, 2018
"Diluvienne" is a very cohesive album. It starts with some abrasive black metal accompanied by subtle keyboards, but, after this furious opener, comes the best part of the record: melancholic and dreamy post-rock passages intertwined with raging atmospheric black metal. Just great. Stunning debut by this French one-man act.
Fabio Lione / Alessandro Conti preview  Fabio Lione / Alessandro Conti preview  Fabio Lione / Alessandro Conti (2018) (80/100)    Feb 27, 2018
What would anyone expect from a collaboration between Fabio Lione and Alessandro Conti? Exactly. Outstanding vocal performances and memorable power metal tunes... And they really deliver. Overall, the songwriting is quite good, especially various guitar solos, and the album features an effective blend of speedy power metal and melodic ballads. Highly recommended.
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Rose & Blood (Indies of X) preview  X Japan preview  Rose & Blood (Indies of X) (2001) (75/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Some of this demo songs are really good. X Japan should have included them in their albums.
X Singles preview  X Japan preview  X Singles (1993)  [Compilation] (70/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Good songs, but little variety.
Trance X preview  X Japan preview  Trance X (2002)  [Compilation] (40/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Poor record.
Symphonic Silent Jealousy preview  X Japan preview  Symphonic Silent Jealousy (1992) (60/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Weaker than Symphonic Blue Blood.
On the Verge of Destruction preview  X Japan preview  On the Verge of Destruction (1995)  [Live] (80/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Very good live performance, although the drum and guitar solos were too long for my taste.
Symphonic Blue Blood preview  X Japan preview  Symphonic Blue Blood (1991) (70/100)    Feb 27, 2018
Interesting arrangements. Recommended for fans.
Best-Fan's Selection preview  X Japan preview  Best-Fan's Selection (2001)  [Compilation] (100/100)    Feb 27, 2018
X Japan's fans indeed knew which songs to choose for this superb compilation.
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Life Life (100/100)    Aug 31, 2017
preview  Adagio preview  Life (2017)
Led Zeppelin IV Stairway to Heaven (100/100)    Jul 20, 2017
preview  Led Zeppelin preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Rock and Roll (100/100)    Jul 20, 2017
preview  Led Zeppelin preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Black Dog (100/100)    Jul 20, 2017
preview  Led Zeppelin preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin III Since I've Been Loving You (100/100)    Jul 18, 2017
preview  Led Zeppelin preview  Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Over Wide Spaces Wings' Motion (90/100)    Jun 8, 2017
preview  Concordea preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
Over Wide Spaces Breathe New Life (90/100)    Jun 8, 2017
preview  Concordea preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
oltreLuna [.subLuce.] (90/100)    Jun 3, 2017
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura preview  oltreLuna (2017)
oltreLuna [.Pianeta.Zero.] (90/100)    Jun 3, 2017
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura preview  oltreLuna (2017)
An Extraconscious Lucidity Pyre of Ascendance (90/100)    May 25, 2017
preview  Mare Cognitum preview  An Extraconscious Lucidity (2012)
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cover art Band Lyrics Album Lyrics Date
Narnia Narnia Lyrics (58) Narnia Lyrics (9) Oct 7, 2016
Heroes of Mighty Magic Twilight Force Lyrics (36) Heroes of Mighty Magic Lyrics (12) Sep 21, 2016
Luminiferous Aether Mare Cognitum Lyrics (20) Luminiferous Aether Lyrics (5) Sep 16, 2016
Malkhedant Elffor Lyrics (11) Malkhedant Lyrics (4) Sep 7, 2016
A Frozen Flame of Ice Far Beyond Lyrics (6) A Frozen Flame of Ice Lyrics (6) Sep 7, 2016
Dreamless Fallujah Lyrics (48) Dreamless Lyrics (12) Apr 29, 2016
Rain Forest Concerto Moon Lyrics (10) Rain Forest Lyrics (4) Apr 1, 2016
Akróasis Obscura Lyrics (54) Akróasis Lyrics (9) Mar 13, 2016
From Father to Son Concerto Moon Lyrics (10) From Father to Son Lyrics (4) Mar 12, 2016
Fragment of the Moon Concerto Moon Lyrics (10) Fragment of the Moon Lyrics (2) Mar 6, 2016
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