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5s Ranked

A warning to all: This list has some unpopular opinions. Many of these albums you will probably disagree that it is a 5. These are my opinion. Thanks.
25Circle Takes The Square
As The Roots Undo


I hate to put this album at last, it's an amazing piece of music, but I don't feel that strong of a connection to it. Still though, a fantastic album worthy of being a 5/5. Although, it's probably not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
24Adventures
Adventures


I found out about this band like many others have, through Code Orange Kids. Sharing 3/4 of the members, Joe (bass), Jami (drums), and Reba (guitar) their music has the same feel to it as COK. The only difference is this band is an indie/emo band, and god do they know how to push my buttons. I didn't enjoy this as much as their more recent album, but I loved this too much none-the-less.
23The World Is A Beautiful Place And...
Whenever, If Ever


Can't wait till I have this thing on vinyl, such a great emo record. It rides the line between catchy and sad perfectly. Also a very nostalgic vibe here. All around I just love this record, especially the vocals.
22I Hate Myself
10 Songs


Yet another emo/screamo album in my bottom four. This though, this record has two of my favorite songs of all time, Caught In A Flood With The Captain Of The Cheerleading Squad and Conversation With Dr. Suessicide. One of the most depressing albums of all time, the band name perfectly describes this band.
21Adventures
Clear My Head With You


Got this album shipped to my house in white vinyl form. God it sounds great. Adventures matured just a bit from the last record, and created something even better, with one of my favorite songs of the year on it, PROMISE. So fucking good.
20The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


I feel like this should be higher. The word "masterpiece" is thrown around a lot. I truly feel like this album is a chaotic masterpiece, that inspired many mediocre mathcore bands to come out of the woodwork just with it's sheer heaviness and abrasiveness. Fantastic record, embodying the emotion of rage.
19Dance Gavin Dance
Happiness


This is the only DGD record without Jon Mess on screamed vocals. As much as I love Mess' vocals and lyrics, I think Will Swan fit perfectly into this album. His lyrics actually remain relatively coherent, unlike Mess, and his vocals are deeper and more heavy sounding. Honestly I enjoy DGD with Mess more, but this is still a classic in my book.
18La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...


This album hits harder than Manny Pacquiao from the first listen. A tale of two loves becoming separated may sound corny to some, but the way La Dispute execute this story with such passion really shows the emotion displayed in this record. "I think I saw you in my sleep, lover, I think I saw you in my sleep, you were stitching up the seams on every broken promise that your body couldn't keep."
17Veil of Maya
[id]


This was my very first "favorite album of all time". I held this album in more high regards a few years ago. Granted, my music taste has "matured" a bit more, but I can't help but have a connection to this album. Not to mention I just love everything about from start to finish. Marc Okubo is still one of my favorite guitarists of all time.
16Loma Prieta
I.V.


This was the very first screamo album I heard. The very first. I'm definitely very late hopping on the skramz train, but this is the album that sold me on the genre. I watched Anthony Fantano's review on this album, and went into it with high expectations. This record reached all of my expectations, and smashed them into the ground.
15Cloudkicker
Beacons


I think it's incredible how an instrumental record can tell a heartbreaking story, just through guitar, bass, drums, and song titles. My third favorite Cloudkicker album is still an absolute classic to me. This is his most metal release, forgetting The Discovery, and god can Ben Sharp riff. That man is a genius guitarist.
14Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance


This was the first DGD record I ever heard. I actually didn't like it that much at first, but good god did it grow on me. I had to listen to Uneasy Hearts Weigh The Most 100 times until I was used to their style, as this band was the start of my maturing music taste, and from there I just fell in love with this album.
13Explosions In The Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place


This is a post-rock staple, and the true musical embodiment of tranquility. I don't know how else to describe this record other than beautiful. This is what I would listen to when I would skip class and go to my dark corner. I guess I have an emotional attachment to this album, but nevertheless it's still absolutely marvelous.
12Touche Amore
...To the Beat of a Dead Horse


This is one of the only 5/5s I remember giving on my very first listen. You have to be in a hopeless mood to truly enjoy this album, but god do the lyrics seem to speak to me personally. This album if full of emotion and relatability.
11Adept
Another Year Of Disaster


Alright, I take back what I said about [id]. THIS was my very first "favorite album ever". Say what you want about it, immature lyrics, too many breakdowns, I love it all. This album is the reason why I love music. Adept is the very first band that I actually felt connected to, and that opened me up to a world of music that I would never have known about, if it wasn't for this Swedish post-hardcore outfit. A very personal record for me.
10Dance Gavin Dance
Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean


I wrote a whole review about this album, I'm not gonna type it out again. Good. Good. Good. Emotional. Good.
9Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


If there's one thing I can thank sputnik for, it's introducing to me some of my current favorite music. This album is a prime example. Every song here is upbeat, passionate, and has incredible lyrics. There's a reason why this ska album is held in such high regards.
8Cloudkicker
Fade


An album that's helped me through tough times. Ben Sharp reaches a perfect balance between his heavy side and his calm side here. The song Seattle on here is pretty much his current magnum opus, showing what he is capable of. This a great instrumental album that anyone can enjoy.
7Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


duh
6Mogwai
4 Satin


Mogwai's forgotten classic is criminally underrated. This was the first EP Mogwai ever released, and contains only three songs. This EP is truly short and sweet. I find it hard to describe my feelings about this album, but every song, including the feedback ridden closer, just make me feel things that most music can't make me feel... Impossible to describe, but I just love everything about 4 Satin.
5Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)


Like I even need a reason to rate this thing a 5. It's known as the album that just blows you away entirely and destroys you. Listen to this if you haven't. Odds are you probably have, and you know why I've rated it a 5.
4Converge
Jane Doe


Ryan Flatley's sput review sold me on this. Everything about this album is fantastic, and although I'll never be able to describe it as well as Ryan did, it's basically an album about a woman you once loved becoming nothing to you. Oh yeah, and the instrumentals are chaotic, crazy, and packed with energy. Have fun!
3Cloudkicker
Let Yourself Be Huge


I own this album on coke bottle green vinyl, and it just might be my prized possession. I used to listen to this album once a day, every day, after coming home from school. I still should listen to it everyday really, it is one of the most soothing and calming records I have ever heard. All the way through this album makes me feel like I'm floating on a cloud. So warm. So great. Ben Sharp.
2Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain


I have probably listened to this album more than any other album ever. How I feel about this album is exactly how Channing Freeman feels about The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. I don't know what is used to mean to me, and I don't know what it means to me now. The connections are just there.
1Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...


In my opinion this album is the pinnacle of human achievement, and the greatest piece of art in music form to ever grace the Earth. Now, THAT is a hyperbolic claim that this album deserves. I could write a book about this album. It has an unfathomable sentience to it, it feels alive. It's like every time you listen to it, the end of the world IS happening. This is an album that truly needs to be experienced from start to finish. When looking at music as an art form, and not an object to be mindlessly enjoyed, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven is as good as it gets.
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