The Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament: Sweet Sixteen

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The round of 32 of the Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament is over. Let us commence with the weepening and gnashening of teeth. Things will only get harder from here out as classic albums are pitted against modern masterpieces.

While the opening volleys of the bracket resulted in a few predictable ends (I mean really, how was Abigail not going to win that match?), upsets still abound. Hail of BulletsBathory, and The Sword all find themselves exiting the polls in shame and anguish! Oh, the cruelty! But there can be only one! Who will emerge with the crown?

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. Y’all did pretty well with the first 16, so let’s see how strong your resolve is in the right side of the bracket. Be judicious as you cast your stones below.

The new bracket (stab to embiggen)


Mastodon’s Leviathan vs. Dream Theater’s Scenes from a Memory

Moby Dick vs. Reincarnation

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Which concept is better?

Blut Aus Nord’s The Work Which Transforms God vs. King Diamond’s Abigail

Metaphysical Ponderings vs. Spooky Ghosts

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Which concept is better?

Therion’s Secret of the Runes vs. Cult of Luna’s Vertikal

Odinism vs. Self-Alienation in Metropolis

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Which concept is better?

Nocturnus’s The Key vs. The Ocean’s Pelagial

Sci-Fi Occultism vs. Oceanic Psychosis

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Which concept is better?

Queensryche‘s Operation: Mindcrime vs. Edge of Sanity’s Crimson

Disillusioned Junkie Turned Revolutionary vs. Children of Men, kinda

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Which concept is better?

Iced Earth’s Night of the Stormrider vs. Meshuggah’s Catch Thirtythree

Pagan Earth’s Revenge vs. Psychological Paradoxes

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Which concept is better?

Opeth’s Still Life vs. Vektor’s Terminal Redux

 Oppressive Religion vs. Finding Immortality…in Space

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Which concept is better?

Blind Guardian’s Nightfall in Middle-Earth vs. Ulver’s Nattens Madrigal

 How Melkor Lost All His Friends vs. Wolves and Other Spooky Night Stuff in the Dark Side of Man

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Which concept is better?
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  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    All hail the King!

    • Óðinn

      Thank-you. 😉

  • “Ymer is born, fire and ice
    Chaos will form, Megin will rise

    Fader Ymer drack från urkon
    En ström av mjölk som gav oss liv.”

    Nice to see Secret of the Runes entered the next path, at least.

    Also, voting between Blind Guardian and Ulver was the most painful of this hour for me.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      I wouldn’t say Therion had an especially difficult first round seed.

      • Yeah, but I thought they were going to be pwned in the first round since this is not the merol people likes around here.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    SERIOUSLY?!

    • Rain Poncho W.

      Which thing are you mad about?

      • Joaquin Stick

        ALL OF THEM! (Just 2 for me)

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        BATHORY

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          They should have put Octagon on here. It’s their only good album.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Can you leave

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Never!

          • Howard Dean

            Wow. Janitor Jim be clownin’ HARD up in these comments.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            I’ve never been a fan of Bathory. That’s the only album I could get into of theirs.

      • Sgt. Al Powell

        Christ, man. Can’t you see what’s happening? Can’t you read between the lines?

      • Doom Scientist

        You know, the THING.

  • Lacertilian

    Gotta say, Night Of The Stormrider vs Catch-33 was tough for me to split.

    • Any time I find myself in a predicament, I look at my current avatar and think to myself, “even the great Jimmy McNulty had puzzling life choices to make sometimes…” and I feel a lot better!

  • Scrimm

    Bye Queensryche.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      NOPE

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      Crimson 2 was the masterpiece, not this one

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        FALSE

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          opinions are like assholes my man

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            YEAH, MINE IS BETTER

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            in your opinion

      • Scrimm

        Both

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          if they put 2 up there it would beat mindcrime, but Mindcrime is a strong concept album, my subjective opinion is that it should go all the way to the final, and barely lose to the King

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Scrimm plz! You’re breaking my heart!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Lotta people with no class around here

      • Scrimm

        I know a bunch of people actually voted against Crimson.

      • Doom Scientist

        There’s just no accounting for taste.

  • Howard Dean

    Dream Theater, King Diamond, Therion, Nocturnus, Edge of Sanity, Iced Earth, Vektor, and Ulver.

    You’re welcome.

    http://cbsnews3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2016/10/25/dbb2650f-4604-4a6d-95e0-1e20e4e60816/resize/270x/f7c18a40518ce11368b9b6dfc9fd19a4/yearbook.jpg

    • You’re seriously fucking up if you vote anythign over Blind Guardian

      • Howard Dean

        That was definitely the toughest decision of this round for me. But Nattens Madrigal is such a great concept album, and one of the OG raw BM albums. I couldn’t say no to Ulver.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      I voted relatively close to you. 5/8 ain’t a bad cross-pollination.

  • krisdaschwab912

    Well…Gojira and Devin Townsend both lost to “hurr Durr old metal is better” fans. Great job.

    Still voted for Abigail in this round but Queensrhyche can suck it.

    • Howard Dean

      That’s the worst fucking butthurt argument I’ve ever heard before.

      http://i.imgur.com/0qpnJCr.jpg

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      how did either of those bands do something innovative in the concept album environment?

      • Joaquin Stick

        Alien invaders who just want some good coffee sounds innovative to me.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      NOPE.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        —Scrimm “Pope of NOPE” 2015

    • Found the poser

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Queensryche is god tier. Geoff Tate is so much better than Devin Townsend.

      • Geoff Tate is not better, but that album sure is

        • krisdaschwab912

          I could concede that point or at least why people like Mindcrime.

      • krisdaschwab912

        Nothing Geoff Tate has ever done holds a candle to some of Devin’s strongest releases (City, Ocean Machine, Terri’s). Actually, most of Devin’s work is strictly better IMO. But to each their own.

    • Spear

      DT should have won that matchup, but I’d take King Diamond over Gojira any day.

      • AndySynn

        I would LISTEN to Gojira over King Diamond any day of the week… but FMTS feels more like just an “album” and not a “concept album” to me. So that was kind of an easy win for KD (even if FMTS is easily, easily, one of the best albums of the last 20 years).

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Only Mindcrime and Abigail are real.

    • Doom Scientist

      So is Leviathan.

  • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

    Mastodon, Blunt Ass Nord (someone has to be the contrarian this round), Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Edge of Sanity, Meshuggah, pass, pass

    • Óðinn

      Blut Aus Nord is going to lose this round by a large margin, but I’m with you. King Diamond’s voice is fucking annoying.

      • Found another poser

        • GoatForest

          Are you a maniquin or a manican’t?!

        • Óðinn

          Yeah, his name is King Diamond. 😉

          • Doom Scientist

            LEAVE THE HALL.

          • Óðinn

            Fine. I’m Óðinn, so I have my own mead hall anyway. Harrumph! 😉

      • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

        I love King Diamond’s voice, actually. I just felt compelled to vote against it for the sake of voting against it.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    If Mindcrime doesnt win so help me…

    • It’s not going to win

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        I can’t hear you!

    • Rain Poncho W.

      I want to know what you’ll do.

      • Doom Scientist

        I’ll think bad thoughts about those who voted opposite from me while shaking my fist at the screen.

    • JWG79
    • Doom Scientist

      I don’t like it either, but it doesn’t look good.

    • Spear

      Mindcrime has a decent concept and decent music, which means it doesn’t stand up to most anything else on this list. “Decent” doesn’t cut it.

  • RustyShackleford

    Damn, I didn’t think it would be so hard to pick between a Dream Theater album and a Mastodon one. I know that DT gets a lot of flack for the recent output because it’s major lolbuttz, but that is one album that I really really love. Gotta vote for it. Fight me. YEP!!!!

  • Really surprised Vektor is struggling, but I like both albums so whatever.

    Also, voting a LOTR concept album out second round is DISGRACEFUL. Dont’ even do it.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Lord of the Rings and Blind Guardian are cool and all, but…

  • AndySynn

    I’m voting for what the better realised “concept album” is, not just what my favourite album is. I mean… I would honestly say that Dante XXI does a much better job with its actual “concept” than Catch 33 did, even though it lost. And Pelagial is a lot more style than substance.

    • anesthesiac

      Pelagial is maybe less lyrically driven, but the fact that they use their instruments to convey the story gives it serious substance, imo.

  • JWG79

    I can’t actually tell if I got all (but one) of the answers right or not, a few of them seem to be borderline me being on the wrong side of the cool kids club.

    You’re all wrong about Pelagial, though.

    • Pelagial is good.
      Hey did you know your movie The Void is getting rave reviews? I’m excited to see that one.

      • Doom Scientist

        I’m pretty happy about that. As soon as the VOD is up I’m getting it. I’d go see it on the big screen, but late night bus/train service is nonexistent in Boston.

        • Pretty cool that it made the big screen circuit!

      • JWG79

        I hope to get my digital copy tomorrow via VHX and be watching it by evening.

        I almost missed it because the pre-release viewing code got sent to an email address I was forced to stop using due to it being hijacked.

        Wasn’t even on my Indiegogo account anymore, but I guess they used an old mailing list…

  • Waynecro

    This is hard, and I feel guilty because I didn’t study.

  • Scrimm

    How long before the poll is bombarded with power metal fans coming jusr to vote for BG?

    • How long before you posers learn to make the correct choices?

      • Scrimm

        Not long then

    • GoatForest

      I’m a black metal guy through and through, but even I cannot resist the might of Blind Guardian.

  • Dental_Damnation

    Abigail and Leviathan are on a crash course that will probably be my favourite matchup. I still see The King taking the crown tho 👑

    • I’m down for the King

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Much as I love Leviathan, King Diamond probably deserves it.

  • JWG79

    Also, there’s a weird dig by the writer of that PC Mag article about Mastodon the social media experiment referencing Mastodon the band, dismissing them based on just the idea behind Leviathan.

    Hopefully her inbox doesn’t fill up with angry Mastodon fanboys who can’t leave well enough alone. That would totally show her, wouldn’t it? (sarcasm, obviously).

  • Al Bvndy

    So I’m late to this bracket and ima let y’all finish, but Tuomas Holopainen (of Nightwish fame) – The Life and Times of Scrooge is the best album concept of all time!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt-YszoU87s#

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Voting Leviathan over Scenes From A Memory was tough but I had to do what I had to do

    • Lacertilian

      No hesitation from me.

  • Krisztiánó homoszexuál

    No Prowler in the Yard at all?

  • Shakes 999

    I will personally cuntpunt every single one of you who didn’t vote for Vektor. It’ll look like a Browns/49ers Thursday night game.

  • dan

    The Armed, untitled. End of story.