Extra Cheese: My Love Affair with Concept Albums

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Maybe it’s metal’s deep-rooted affinity for theatricality that makes it such fertile soil for concept albums. It feels like every day some technical death metal band releases an album based on cosmic metaphysical blah-dee-blah or ionized extra-dimensional doodley-doo, but doing it right takes more than finding all the biggest words in Physics Today and mashing them together for song titles. An effective concept album unifies the songs and draws the listener in to its narrative. That’s easier said than done, as the effective exposition of that narrative often comes at the expense of lyrical delicacy. Simply put, things can end up really, really cheesy.

I have a love/hate relationship with a number of especially cheesy concept albums – I love them, and everyone hates me because of it. To me, they’re more than collections of songs; they’re adventures. I fucking love adventures. I’m going to tell you about a few of them here, so those of you who are lactose-intolerant need not read any further… and should be killed.


Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle Earth

Nightfall

The Silmarillion is the Tolkien-nerd’s Holy Bible. Within its sacred pages lies the primordial lore of Middle Earth – The Valar and the Maiar, the Creation of elves and men, and the battle against the Dark Lord Melkor Morgoth. Blind Guardian‘s musical adaption of the book is everything a basement-dwelling, collectible sword-swinging metalhead like you could ask for. Those familiar with The Silmarillion‘s stories will recognize names, places, and events as the immortal Hansi Kursch guides them through battle after battle by the power of  his righteous voice. Never heard of the book? Give it a go anyway. Concept aside, it’s one of the best power metal albums ever recorded. Thus sayeth the (Master)lord.

 


Carach Angren – Death Came Through a Phantom Ship

Death

Hands off that flusher, pal! Give me a second here. I wanted to hate this at first, too. Corpse-painted weirdos playing entry-level symphonic black metal and dressing up like 17th century pirates? Pass, right? WRONG, PEASANT. This album rules. This devilishly handsome Dutch trio specializes in ghost stories, and in Death Came Through a Phantom Ship they want to tell you all about the Flying Dutchman – the dreaded ghost ship doomed to aimlessly sail the high seas until the end of time. Spooky shit. As you’d expect, it doesn’t take long for this thing to fly straight off the cheese charts. Seregor takes a very narrative approach to his lyricism and his vocals are among the most intelligible in the business, so sometimes he just sounds like he’s sitting around a fire snarling ghost stories to his fellow campers. Which would be both ridiculous and awesome. But for some reason, it works. Their enthusiasm is infectious and I can’t help but be drawn in by their peculiar brand of story-telling. Climb aboard, bros.

 


TurisasStand Up and Fight

Stand Up and Fight

Turisas is a curious band from Finland. Like most bands from Finland, they paint their faces and wear shirts only when absolutely necessary, but that’s where most of the similarities end. Vocalist Mathias Nygård fancies himself a thespian, and who the hell are you to say otherwise? Back up his sultry Viking croon with a full-blown orchestra and you get Stand Up and Fight!  It’s about the Byzantine Emperors’ personal force of bodyguards/mercenaries called the Varangian Guard, and I can’t resist its bombastic vision of a proggy folk-metal arena-rock musical. It’s exuberant, it’s unique, and it’s tons of fun. You might like it.

 


Slough Feg – Traveller

Traveller

There are probably more Bronies than Slough Feg fans in this world, but their followers are faithful and true. Most of them will swear by Twilight of the Idols or Down Among the Dead Men, but this sucker right here is my personal favorite. Traveller is based on a sci-fi role-playing game from 1977 which I know nothing about beyond the content of this album. It follows the exploits of an intrepid space marauder named Baltech and a psychotic, gene-splicing Professor determined to conquer the universe with an army of spacedog/human hybrids. Admit you’re at least intrigued. This is heavy metal. The riffs rock hard. The story is a blast. I can’t recommend this cheese enough. Bang your head and sing about space. “CRONOR! MORA! FIRGR! GLISTEN!”

 


Ayreon – The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

Ayreon is the brainchild of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, and the only way I can describe The Theory of Everything is by calling it an hour-and-a-half-long power-prog rock opera. Is Lucassen eccentric? You betcha. Is he also a genius? I think so. The story involves seven characters voiced by seven different, insanely talented vocalists. The unflushable line-up includes JB Christoffersson of Grand Magus, Tommy Karevik of Kamelot, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, Marco Hietala of Nightwish, and John Wetton of the legendary Asia. You heard me right. John Wetton. Of Asia. You know – “it’s the heat of the moment, heat of the moment, the heat of the moment showed in your eyes?” Everyone on the roster has serious pipes, and they manage to breathe life into to otherwise admittedly shallow characters. This was my AOTY last year. If you can handle the dairy, you really need to check this out.

 


What about you? Are there any cheesy concept albums you just can’t help but love? Share them with your toilet family. And remember – sometimes the smelliest cheese is also the tastiest.

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  • Mook Styfawker

    Deconstruction by the Devin Townsend Project. Non-metal albums would be The Wall by Pink Floyd. I’m not too big on concept albums, to be honest, especially ones with a clear story where every song feels out of place without the other ones.

    • ParallaxativeHyperStool

      Deconstruction is probably my favorite Devin Townsend album along with Ziltoid, both concept albums with very silly concepts and very wonderful progressive music.

  • RuIN?

    I can’t imagine why a band like Carach Angren gets hate from certain black metal fans. Are they any less kvlt than others? Bravo Masterlord for trumpeting them for that album is very solid. In other news, at one point in my life when I was trying to get into KISS, I bought Music from the Elder. I had no idea…….I swear.

    • Mook Styfawker

      My philosophy on people who only like “kvlt” bands is that they probably have tiny comfort zones and refuse to expand past them. (No offense to you).

      • RuIN?

        None taken Mook. I like those dudes. They do a good job at whatever it is they are trying to do. I just have a hard time with figuring out what the trve kvlt dvdes are hearing that makes shit kvlt or not. If it is piss poor production and indecipherable satanic lyrics then keep it. I’ll listen to CA anyday.

    • W.

      I really enjoy some Carach Angren.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      hhahhahaa, the first time i ever really listened to kiss was when i saw them on that old show solid gold, it was on saturday afternoons and had these dancers twisting their bods to the top ten hits. There was also one lip synced performance a week, and that week it was kiss – a world without heros from the elder. At the end there is a closeup of a tear running down genes face. I like to think it was because he was thinking of the not even gold sales of the elder and the second cancelled usa tour in 2 years. They didn’t tour for unmasked either in north america. Ironically the music on the elder is better than the stuff on dynasty or unmasked. The ridiculous concept fucked it up, plus the internal strife with ace and peter was at an all time high. Even bob ezrin ( who had just manned the boards for the legendary wall) couldn’t salvage that album.

      • RuIN?

        I remember Solid Gold. I paid very little to no attention to KISS for a long time. I remember just coming to an agreement with myself that if I saw it on MTV I would just assume it was the only thing on the album worth listening to. I have never spent a single dime on them since The Elder Incident. Somehow I still feel that I’ll be ok.

    • Rob M

      Its not just Carach Angren…those same people generally disregard all symphonic black metal bands because they feel like it takes a genre thats considered exclusive and challenging to get into and watering it down for wider audience appeal

      Its basically the same arguments you see about melodeath vs regular death metal

  • FeelTheDarkness

    VoiVod’s Nothingface.

  • Gorgasm

    Great imagery with a groovy soundtrack. I wish this could be a movie.

    http://youtu.be/PjKI_U9ENwU

    • ParallaxativeHyperStool

      Warp Riders is by far, like by a huge margin, my least favorite The Sword album. I thought Apocryphon was a much better example of what their newer sound can culminate to, and still like Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth the best just for the raw riffage and nerdy ass vocals.

      • Mon*Star

        Gotta disagree. I love all their albums but Warp Riders is by far my favorite. Maybe because it’s the one least like the others. I dig it when bands try new things, without changing their core sound of course, even at the risk of angering the fan base.

      • Cock of Steele

        Is it wrong that I’m the opposite? I thought Warp Riders had the perfect amount of good groove+riffs.

    • my enthusiasm for this band went downhill when the lead vocalist told me that he doesn’t like metal.

      • Gurp

        Seriously? Doesn’t he play guitar too?

        • yup, some friends and i did drugs with them after a show in detroit years ago. rhythm guitar maybe? he wasn’t a nice fellow, but everyone else was cool!

          • Gurp

            Talk about weird…

          • you wanna know weird? many people accuse members of The Sword to be hipsters who play Sabbath-y metal just to make money. i can (sort-of) confirm this about the lead vocalist, but not the others.

          • Gurp

            Oh yeah, I knew that. They even got branded ‘hipster metal’ at some point. Those accusations start to make sense after hearing your story.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        yea, thats like having a girlfriend who tells you right off the bat she hates sex and is only doing it because she has to. Turn off city. Metal musician’s who don’t like metal just kind of suck, its true, i agree 100%.

      • Was it a Chris Cornell “We’re not a metal band” because they didn’t want to be the same genre as Warrant or a “I’m only doing it for the Benjamins” kind of statement???

    • KJM

      Love this album and this band.

  • ParallaxativeHyperStool

    As a big BTBAM fanboy I have to drop Colors and the Parallax albums as favorites. Really dug that most recent Ayreon too, the cheesy lyrics don’t bother me it all, makes it fun to follow along with the story, and some great heavy prog rock in there. I love a ton of 70s prog concept albums that I could name drop to seem cool but anyone who’s into that already know what I’m talking about. For modern metal besides BTBAM, I dono, the Ocean is definitely one. There’s probably others but I don’t take the time to geek out on it as much as I did in High School and shit. I used to really be into Coheed and that whole story but I sort of dropped off after their 3rd album or so. I heard songs from the recent double album that sound cool but still haven’t taken the time to get back into them. Also I’m not a big Dream Theater fan but Scenes from a Memory is some dope shit.

    • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

      The Ocean is real good shit. I still jam Pelagial once in a while.

      • ParallaxativeHyperStool

        Pelagial is amazing. I still think I like Anthropo/Helio better, there are moments on that that just hit my FUCKYEAH zones in all the right places. And for the older rotating lineup stuff, Precambrian is a fucking legendary album.

        • W.

          Precambrian is uhhhhhmazing.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Pelagial is a great album, but I like the instrumental version better.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      If you like heavy prog rock, Pain of Salvation’s Remedy Lane is the way to go:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUPrdJrkYj4

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Dude, I love Remedy Lane. It’s my favourite prog metal album.

  • “Time” by ELO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    back me up, @dario_argento:disqus

    • ParallaxativeHyperStool

      Dig seeing some ELO love in this community.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      Never heard it bro, but i don’t turn off their shit when it comes on sirius, and that “do ya” song ace covered is a pretty rocking tune.

    • KJM

      I like ELO just fine.

  • Xan

    You listed an A class list. Blind Guardian’s Nightfall in Middle-earth is easily my favorite power metal album of all time. Turisas’ first three albums were amazing. Their newest one was utter crap (in my opinion).

  • YourLogicSucks

    Man, no one here will have a clue what I am talking about, but the album BE by Pain of Salvation was my jam a few years ago. I developed something of an obsession trying to understand the concepts behind it.

    • just yesterday i posted on HeavyBlogIsHeavy asking somebody to explain Pain of Salvation to me. i’ll give it another shot, but i just don’t get it…

      • YourLogicSucks

        Haha they are like my favorite band to not recommend to anyone. I am a huge fanboy and could probably write a massive article, but I don’t know if anyone would be interested. I can’t defend them because I get why people don’t enjoy the music, but for whatever reason they just have special place in my music library.

        • i liked a few tracks off of Road Salt One; but couldn’t get my fingers in much more. i think the fact that they’re your “favourite band not to recommend to anyone” is the exact reason you SHOULD write an article about them!
          see, i feel like i should enjoy them (as i’m a giant Porcupine Tree and Riverside fan), i just need somebody to hold my hand during the process…

          • YourLogicSucks

            There are really only like 5 bands that I am qualified to write about, so I am not sure if Joe accepts writers who have like a days worth of info to provide. Maybe I’ll write something up about PoS in the next few days, and if it’s not worthy of article status, I’ll just post it here in the comments.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      Pain of Salvation is one of the three bands I recommend to my non-metal friends (along with Alice in Chains and Type O Negative). MS was trashing them a while back, but they’re one of my favorite prog bands.

      • KJM

        I remember waking up the morning of my 43rd birthday to the news that Peter Steele had died. From now on my birthday will be linked to that tragedy. Ugh.

  • W.

    I’d have to say one of my favorite concept albums is Dreaming Neon Black by Nevermore.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YFQHYMiRQ&list=PLZVI7qOCz2HZiz7fdJFj498YAviUPvuW6

  • Riverside – Shrine of a New Generation of Slaves!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAqU-RDnYyY

    • YourLogicSucks

      I don’t think I have listened to any Riverside since Second Life Syndrome. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    Protest the Hero’s Kezia, earlier Coheed and Cambria albums, He is Legend’s I Am Hollywood, Vildhjarta’s Måsstaden, BTBAM’s Colors, Thrice’s Alchemy Index, and fuck it, The Devil Wears Prada’s Zombie EP, because zombies, and that shit bangs.

    • RuIN?

      Holy moly, the Zombie EP is my shit.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        It rips harder than any of their other shit. Full of sick riffs and neck-snapping breakdowns.

        • RuIN?

          I want to put the bass tone from Survivor in a pipe and smoke that shit. Woop Woop!!

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            I AM ONE OF THE LAST FEW STANDING

    • As someone who fucking hates the devil wears prada, the zombie ep is amazing.

    • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

      Kezia is great. I think I can attribute my breaking into more extreme metal to many a listen through of that album. I freakin’ LOVE Blindfolds Aside.

      And, you know, BTBAM is cool too. Yeah.

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      Zombie EP for fucking dayssssssss, that and Colors are probably my favorite concept albums.

  • Phuo

    Opeth – Still Life
    Rush – 2112
    Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Mastodon- Crack the Skye

    • I know Queensryche lost their way, but damned if Operation Mindcrime isn’t still awesome.

      • crazytaco_12

        Agreed, Operation: Mindcrime is probably my favorite concept album of all time, so damn intricate and precise

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        Oh…IT IS. I scrolled through all the comments just to make sure it was mentioned…the fact that it wasn’t the first thing posted seems weird to me!

  • Xan

    Great use of the peasant insult.

  • RuIN?

    I am going to the way back machine and say that Seventh Son of a Seventh Son fits the bill as cheese and also for awesome.

  • Paris Hilton

    The best parody of a power metal ballad ever.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALrQqbXdSI0

  • I’m stepping to in namedrop my favorite non-metal concept album and getting back to work before i can see y’all can making fun of me: Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River. It follows a thematic concept of the struggles of troubled folk singer Tim Hardin (who ultimately killed himself). The album has some really intense moments and I highly recommend listening to the whole thing. There’s even an appendix album that was released shortly after with additional dope tunes.

    Anyway, here’s the pop tune from the record.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K7RokHjYd4

    • W.

      Back to work, lemming!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Maybe not a favourite around here, but I’m really fond of Fear Factory’s Obsolete. The whole man against machine thing is not exactly new (ahem), but the end of the album gets me. All hopes are built up, you think humanity is going to win and then comes the last song : the story’s hero has been captured, imprisoned and thus has utterly failed mankind. To me, the depression that pulses throughout this song is devastating and this surprise ending to the story is what makes it stand out.

    • Scrimm

      Awesome album.

    • W.

      I think this cat just listened to Timelessness.

      http://i.imgur.com/byfeWkn.png

      • Looks like Bojangles got a tan

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        Depressed cat thread!

        • W.

          I’m all out of depressed cats, but I have an entire folder of pictures of bears.

          • Gurp

            Do they shit in the woods?

          • W.

            All of them.

    • Agreed. Their last good album IMO.

  • Scrimm

    I think this fits the criteria for both concept and cheese. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fOprNSFCX4

    • Guppusmaximus

      Cheese?! I highly disagree… I am still disappointed that his movie to accompany this fine masterpiece never saw the light of day.

      • Scrimm

        But cheese is awesome, so I must also highly disagree. Also, there was apparently some little known European movie years ago kinda based on this but good luck finding anything about it now. Drives me nuts I cant remember the title.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Damn you… for not remembering the title:)

          • Scrimm

            I know and now I cant find a single mention of it anywhere but I remember reading about it several times in the 90’s. I have to keep looking.

        • KJM

          I love cheese, in food, music, and movies.

  • Gurp

    I’ve seen Slough Feg’s name pop up a couple times in the last few months, always spoken of in reverent tones. I’d look them up, but then I’d be both a brony AND a fan of a cheesy-ass concept album (and thus Slough Feg), and I don’t think that much cringe needs to exist in one person.

    Might regret giving that bit of detail away…

    • W.

      Just don’t tell Paris.

      • Gurp

        HEY PARIS

  • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

    I wholly approve this post. Ayreon is a way of life and I shall purchase every single release Arjen chooses to put out, and I shall do so with no shame.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I remember the first time I heard Ayreon. I was on a long road trip and new I needed music to pass the time, so I put The Human Equation on. That album made made me fall into a trance, and I felt like I was thinking differently after it.

      • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

        I won’t tell a lie – THE never really sank in like 01 or The Theory did. I’m 99% sure it has something to do with my general dislike of James LaBrie. I’ll have to take an afternoon and listen through it again sometime though.

        I also tend to sometimes neglect Universal Migrator as well, which shouldn’t be understated either. Even those albums trump THE for me. My House On Mars is such a perfect opener for Part 1 that it’s hard to top IMO.

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    nuff’ said

    • some of my metal friends talk shit on pink floyd. what would you do if your friends did that kind of thing around you?

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        hahahha, they don’t , of course i haven’t visited with anyone since i worked at the bar 10 years ago. Everyone respected floyd then though. I consider the wall to be metal, the reason being it has influenced so many metal bands with the heavy themes of depression, drug abuse, and dissolutionment. Just tell them to play you a song with more emotion than comfortably numb, or a better solo. They won’t find one. Nothing comes close.

        • KJM

          “The Thin Ice” is Gilmour’s best work on that disc.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        find new metal friends, haha

    • KJM

      I take a back seat to no one in my love for Floyd, but I don’t like how Roger essentially turned the other 3 into hired guns. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen this movie.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        he started calling the shots on dark side, and every choice and idea he had through the wall was the right one as far as the bands popularity with critics & fans went. And of course from the money end of things it was pretty lucrative as well. I did read that if the wall had tanked the band would have been in the poor house do to some money mismanagement. I guess it cuts both ways. I would have liked to have seen much more input from gilmour but he either sat back or just did not have the where with all to fight with a megolmaniac perfectionist like waters. And roger had a shitload of good ideas. I guess we will never know the inner workings and dynamics of a band filled with so many musical geniuses butting heads at every turn.

  • Owlswald

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SXrYLlgaxM. And not the version they re-recorded with Matt Barlow.

  • Cockypock Aioli

    I like Cradle of Filth’s Damnation and a Day. Cradle will always meet the cheese standard and I think that album is underappreciated. Call it a guilty pleasure. I’ll redeem myself now by listening to an obscure black metal band from Svalbard no one has heard of.

  • J.R.

    I have found my place at last.
    my favorites include Kamelot’s “Epica” and “Black Halo.”
    I also enjoy Unleash the Archers’ “Demons of the Astrowaste”, Eluveitie’s “Helvetios”, and Kalter’s “Ubuntu”.

    That Unleash the Archers though is maximum Stinky Cheese. But a good stink. Like a fart that you smell and make a face but you keep huffing it anyway.

    • Christian Molenaar

      Kalter are waaaaaaay underrated.

      • J.R.

        apparently they have a video out for Rythm of Passion II and man, it has been longer than I thought since I heard this album. It’s just so darn magical. in a bröötal way.

  • Guppusmaximus

    I may not be the Religious type but I thoroughly enjoyed “Snow” from Spock’s Beard and all of its cheesiness! Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Pt. 2” was pretty damn good as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9LUUZleMcs

    • ParallaxativeHyperStool

      Hell yeah Spock’s Beard. Neal Morse is a helluva guy.

  • Poop Mango

    That Slough Feg album is one of my all-time favourites. Mike Scalzi has a perfect theatricality to his voice in that he sounds like he could be singing musical theatre, rather than he’s just some power metal dude with an enthusiastic falsetto trying to sell you on his generic swords and sorcery lyrics. The Hammers Of Misfortune albums he was on were their best work IMO (also concept albums, but more hard rock than metal), largely because Scalzi’s vocal work gave it a real 70’s rock opera feel.

  • Mon*Star

    I’ve never been an Edguy fan, but I can’t get enough of their new concept album “Space Police”. That shit’s bursting with cheese, tasty riffs, memorable choruses, and song titles like “Do Me Like a Caveman”.

  • Cock of Steele

    I didn’t really get into concept albums until I listened to M-16 by Sodom and Abigail.

  • SLOUGH FEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE THE RED MEN FEATHERS IN OUR HEADS MEN DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN UM-POW-WOW

  • Bert Banana

    There is nothing cheese about Nightfall in Middle Earth. NOTHING! It’s glory in it’s purest form

  • MickeyMouseWhoreHouse

    Gotta go with Defeater. All of their LPs tell the depressing story of one family. Each album is told from a different family member’s perspective and it’s just absolutely amazing.

  • Huggy Bear OH YEAH

    Reinkaos. Unholy. *puts on aqualung, prepares for flushing*

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Sitting on a park bench
      eyeing little girls with bad intent.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Did somebody say concept albums? Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull is great. Also pink Floyd’s concept albums. And Deatspell omega’s trilogy. Frank Zappa’s mothers of invention had great concept albums

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Also Gentle Giant’s the power and the glory.

    • KJM

      I have “thick” on vinyl, the full newspaper version.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Damn dude. I can only dream of that. I have the new cd reissue that has the newspaper with it.

  • KJM
  • KJM

    Speaking of QR, has anyone heard the latest about the guy who used to be Geoff Tate? Interview after interview he blahblahblahs about how he wants to make a clean break with the past and go in a new direction, then today he announces that his FakeRyche band will now be called(wait for it)…OPERATION MINDCRIME. >_<

  • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

    Do Awaken the Guardian and Spectre Within by Fates Warning count as concept albums??? They’re both very theatrical, story tellers. Count them both right up there with my all time faves

  • The Flying Scotsman

    Edge of Sanity – Crimson
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=St6lJaiHYIc

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      swano = best producer in extreme metal – best all around musician – i mean this guy can play every instrument WELL, write great songs, sing. He just does it all and on a very high level.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral = greatest concept album ever

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      OHHH shit I didn’t even think of this! Without a doubt man

  • Bucket ‘o Blood

    Not metal (far from it, in fact), but my favourite concept piece is Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique: Épisode de la vie d’un artiste … en cinq parties.
    It’s a bit long, but the 4th and 5th movements (the March to the Scaffold and the Witch’s Sabbath, respectively) are two extremely intense pieces, and well worth the listen.

    http://youtu.be/0DWjI1uLSzw
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphonie_fantastique

  • Gloryhole Castration

    I know I’m going to get flushed but being a huge Sci-fi/Industrial fan, Fear Factory’s ‘Obsolete’ still rocks me, even if their newer material isn’t that great.

  • Ayreonaut

    Fuck yeah

  • Yass Cybion by Kalisia is such a fun album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0f_N6nTpmA