The Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament: Final Four

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I didn’t ask for this. A lot of you aren’t going to be happy, but the invisible hand has chosen our final four contestants. Who will emerge supreme?

Round Eight was the battle royale of upsets. Bands I would have banked on being shoe-ins for the grande finale (King Diamond, especially), have been ousted. In fact, this tournament is now exclusively the domain of progressive-leaning records, which is both oddly fitting and somehow infuriating. Whom will you choose in the midst of your blind rage? Cast your vote and rally your troops.

Remember, your goal is to not just choose the album you like the most, but to try to pick the album whose concept best fits the music. I don’t know if that’s what all you dad proggers are doing, but it should be. Be judicious as you cast your stones below.

The Final Four (stab to embiggen)


Mastodon’s Leviathan vs. Cult of Luna’s Vertikal

Moby Dick vs. Self-Alienation in Metropolis

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end_date 12-05-2017 00:00:00
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Which is the better concept?

Queensryche‘s Operation: Mindcrime vs. Opeth’s Still Life

Disillusioned Junkie Turned Revolutionary vs. Oppressive Religion

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start_date 04-05-2017 11:00:00
end_date 12-05-2017 00:00:00
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Which is the better concept?
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  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    We all knew how it was gonna end. It was only logical that Leviathan would win. It wasn’t the best, the fastest, the prettiest or really the most anything. But it was willing to sleep with all the councilmen and not afraid to stoop into blackmail.

    • “SSSSPLIT YOUR LUNGS WITH BLOOD AND THUNDER, WHEN YOOOUUU SEEE THHHHE WHIIIITTEE WHAAAAALE”

      10/10/WOULDLEVIATHANAGAIN

      GL

    • Leif Bearikson

      Lord knows I’ve spent plenty of nights with Leviathan

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      Whale oil was America’s first big business.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Judging by the votes for each bracket, Mindcrime is gonna shit it in.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Ugh, that’s another one that’s always near the top.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I’m going to go out on a limb claim that Mastodon’s advancement is a strong indicator of he number of people who come here that were born after(or not too many years prior) Abigail came out, not that the Mastodon is a stronger concept album

    • Doc Torluv

      The ONLY explanation…

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Oth, even though I didn’t vote for Leviathan once, if the majority of this blog’s readers were born before Abigail and had lead it to victory, it wouldn’t mean Abigail’s the better concept album either.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        If the demos were older I’m almost certain the vote would have swung the other way

  • Queensryche is sooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooo
    ooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooo fucking boring.

    God damn!

    GL

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      GL plz! I worship at the altar of Geoff Tate each night before I go to bed!

  • fuck everyone who voted in this stupid tournament on this stupid site

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    KNOW THAT ON THIS DAY THE 4TH OF MAY OF THE YEAR 2017 IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT THE TOILET COMMUNITY TRULY ARE POSERS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. NOT ONLY WAS BATHORY CAST ASIDE BUT NOW YOU HAVE DISGRACED BLIND GUARDIAN AND THEIR MASTERWORK ALBUM NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE EARTH. YOU CHOSE A SAPPY TEAR-FILLED ALBUM WRITTEN BY A PROGDAD OVER A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST FANTASY AUTHOR OF ALL TIME. YOU’RE ALL DEAD TO ME.

    • tldr *farts*

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      AND HOLY SHIT HOW COULD YOU NOT PICK ABIGAIL?!

      • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

        Because I’m under 30 and like Mastodon.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I’m on the wrong side of 40 and I picked Mastodon. Even though it’s been many months since the first month of the release of Leviathan

          • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

            I’m surprised anyone remembers that album at this point.

    • Doc Torluv

      Bland Guardian covered a Candlemass album? Hunh.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      GORAK TRIBVUTE THE FALLEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      https://youtu.be/4Fpcf05J2rg

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      Blind Guardian ain’t good tho

      • tigeraid

        pls don’t.

        • Sir Ukkometso The Based

          Oh, I do.

    • Howard Dean

      To paraphrase Carl Panzram (everyone’s favorite serial sodomizer and murdered):

      “I wish you all had one neck, and that I had my hands around it.”

    • tigeraid

      I generally agree with all of this. The TRUE Warriors of the toilet have been dealt a mighty blow, this day.

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        Nay, the warriors stand strong and are unfaltered.

        • tigeraid

          Dammit, you’re right. I rally beside you. RIDE FORTH!

          • The Mighty Thorange

            WE RIDE AT DAWN IN THE NAME OF TRUE METAL! WITH STEEL AND FOR HONOUR AND GLORY WE SET FORTH TO DEFEND ALL THAT IS TRUE AND THE POSERS SHALL FALL IN THE FIRES OF AGONY!

    • The Mighty Thorange

      ALL IS FALSE! EVERYTHING I ONCE HELD TRUE AND DEAR TO MY HEART HAS TURNED TO ASHES IN MY DESPAIR! THIS DAY I MOURN WITH YOU, BROTHER OF TRUE METAL! BUT FEAR NOT! ALTHOUGH OUR CHOSEN ONE WAS BROUGHT LOW AND FELL INTO SHADOW, WE WILL CARRY THE TORCH AS WE DEFEND IT’S MEMORY WITH GLORIOUS STEEL!

    • The Mighty Thorange

      In all honesty, I do fucking love Opeth and Mastodon. BUT NONE COMPARE TO THE GLORY AND MAJESTY OF BLIND GUARDIAN AND TOLKIENS MAGNUM OPUS!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Yeah, but what are ya gonna do?

  • RiotAct13

    Fuck, I will be so fucking pissed if Mindcrime wins. That album is glorified power metal, sue me.

    Fuck you guys for not including a Fates Warning album.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      Fates didn’t really have a true concept album(AtG was close) prior to Ray Adler joining, and all FW after John Arch left is garbage

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          ok fine No Exit had a few moments.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Except that Perfect Symmetry and Pleasant Shade of Grey were just as good as No Exit.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            so not nearly as good as John Arch FW

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Both versions of FW have their peaks. I’d say Awaken the Guardian is still my favorite, but I don’t think it’s necessarily “better” than some of the Alder albums.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            Hey we agree on AtG!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            It is pretty terrific, isn’t it?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ8nkl9tvBw

          • RiotAct13

            I think that post-Arch FW has albums that are great if not as good. APSOG was a great concept album. Definitely better than Mindcrime.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            The KIT live show release is waiting on my doorstep for me right now.

          • RiotAct13

            Fuck, I forgot all about that. Seen it yet?

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I bough the record and the shirt. I don’t need the visuals. Freedom Jew saw it in person though.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Hey I haven’t forgotten about sending you a goody bag.

        • Dumpster Lung

          I definitely like the Arch-era more, but I eventually warmed up to the Adler stuff, and it’s great, just not the same style.

    • Pentagram Sam

      For me, I just dont want it to be number one cos then it’s the same as every other concept list, Mindcrime Mindcrime Mindcrime, always Mindcrime number one.

      Garrrr.

      hahah not trying to be butt angsty, but seriously, every other concept list out there ever always has Mindcrime in one or top four. JUST ONCE LET SOMETHING NOT THAT KNOWN TAKE IT

      • RiotAct13

        I can’t stand the album.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        There’s probably a reason why it’s always number 1

    • CyberneticOrganism

      JET CITAAY WOOOOOOMAAA… oh wait that’s a different album

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Alright mister the gloves are off. Mindcrime is the best album Queensryche ever did and it’s not power metal. It’s Queensryche’s opus and a hallmark of the genre known as metal. They deserve it more than Mastodon or Opeth. Also although I love Fates Warning I don’t think they’d win.

  • Wet W’s Whistle

    This whole thing has been worth it just to see how mad everyone (especially Boss) gets on the internet.

    Also, Randall, you dug your own grave by bringing the dadproggers here.

  • I’m going out on a limb and claiming that a given album’s status of “classic” isn’t directly proportional to it’s status of “high quality” (though the two attributes may often coincide).

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I’m going out on a limb and guess you’re talking about Abigail here?

      • This tree is going to topple!!
        Alas, there is no specificity in my statement. If a person chooses to apply my rule to Abigail, that’s his or her choice 😉

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          I like Abigail well enough, but I’m completely aware of your shaky history with KD 😉

          • Abigail is probably a terrific concept album. i just wish i could get past those vox to enjoy the music. but since this competition isn’t about the music, i cannot in good conscience cast a vote in that bracket.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Not able to enjoy those vox, that’s a paddlin’

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            To be honest, I liked his vocal work with Mercyful Fate better.
            I also dig Mercyful Fate’s vibe more than his “solo” stuff’s. The solo stuff has a bit of a “creepy stories to tell your kids in the dark” kinda feel, while (early) MF has a genuine fiendish aura.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Don’t Break the Oath is probably my fav 80’s metal album

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Possibly my fave KD-associated album as well; though Melissa is a close second.

        • I’m going out on a limb and choosing to interpret you as a giant poser

          • i wrote a positive review of a Limp Bizkit album for chrissakes. i’m surprised you guise let me stay here!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Every album is a classic to someone.

      • Agreed. I sounded bitter yesterday, and for that I apologize. It was more just a reaction to the mindset that I often see here of “King Diamond wins because King Diamond”. I need to learn to put things into perspective, for this is probably how many folks feel when I run around declaring the awesomeness of Van Halen.
        A lesson learned on my part!

  • I have no dog in this fight, but I’d be disappointed with anything other than a Mastodon win to prove that whales are the best concept.

  • I still think it’s bullshit that Dubya didn’t include Picnic of Love in the competition like I suggested. Woulda gone all the way, I tell ya.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I respect your feelings as an admin

  • Pentagram Sam

    Voted for Leviathan. Cannot bring myself to choose between two band’s former glories in Opeth and Queensryche. I imagine Mikael sighing while telling me to grow up because he did, and then imagine Tate leering at my crotch with a big open chested vest, No.

    • Dumpster Lung

      LOL

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Zero fucks given how the competition’s gonna end up. I hold most of the albums that were nominated at the beginning in high esteem – save for the few I don’t like of course – and I’ll never understand how Secret of the Runes managed to snuff out Temple of Shadows, but as for the rest…so many albums I like and own, so many albums that could grab victory for all I care.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      I DEMAND BLOOD!!

    • I submitted both Angra and Therion album because I like them so much. So, it was a matter of luck, jajaja.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Or, depending on the way you look at it, a matter of bad luck hahaha.
        I was just surprised because Temple of Shadows is universally regarded as Angra’s masterpiece, while Secret of the Runes is seen as a good album, but not Therion’s pièce de résistance. On top of that tribal/ethnic folk music-influenced prog metal (Angra) seems the easier genre to get into and the more popular genre than bombastic sympo-metal (Therion).

  • AndySynn

    Keeping the Vertikal faith alive.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Vertikal is easily one of my favorite albums ever, right up there with classics like AJFA and Obscura, but I’m genuinely surprised it has hung in there this long.

      • I just voted for it to spite mastodon

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          I have never loved you more than I do in this moment.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Oh man, I just broke the tie in CoL’s favor. This is going to be close.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Not even close now.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          The only good album in the final 4 is Mindcrime.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I just voted Mastodon to spite you.

      • Old Man Doom

        AMEN

  • Howard Dean

    You guys fucking suck.

    • HD plz! i voted for “Pelagial” because The Ocean is so good

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Interestingly, Mike Browning of Nocturnus was actually sharing these posts!

  • GrungierNine0

    And here I am, still salty as hell that Nightfall In Middle-Earth got canned.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I have a lot of time for three out of four of these (two of these three are pretty much all time faves) so I’m not too disappointed even though I reckon King Diamond being knocked out is pretty uncool.

    • Guppusmaximus

      The sad part for me is the choice of concept from King.
      Them >>> Abagail

  • KJM, Dr. Disco

    Sorry but if I don’t like the music, I’m not going to give two shits what it’s about. Sue me.

  • tigeraid

    This Blind Guardian-less Final is a farce and I’m greatly disappointed in the entire community.

    (But still secretly elated that Iced Earth made it to the semis.)

  • Dumpster Lung

    I was personally sort of looking forward (in a masochistic sense, I suppose) to having to make a fairly tough decision between Leviathan and Abigail early on, but nope!

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    Yup I will be nuking all of you fucking weiners.

  • James

    Fills my heart with joy.

  • Maik Beninton™
  • Joseph Schafer

    Just here saying Operation:Mindcrime and Leviathan are 2 of my top 3 albums ever. Queensryche is truer than everything.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I love you man. Queensryche is the best. Geoff Tate is one of my heroes.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Wait, Abigail didn’t make it but Still Life did? Fuck this shitty shit. I don’t even want to fathom when Mindcrime loses.

  • krisdaschwab912

    Fucking Queensrhyche keeps winning. I don’t get it.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I get it.

    • Jointsalot

      Linking it on their fb page sure helps

  • The Wolf

    Abigail losing to Leviathan is a travesty. Also Nightfall really should have beaten out Still Life.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I voted Leviathan and Still Life