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10Fall City Fall
1629


I've never had so much fun listening to a record that it remained on repeat for 10 or more listens, this release achieved that. These guys may be green, but they bring something interesting to metalcore. These guys show that two vocalists used correctly can really pay off. The deep gurgled churns coupled with the manic-depressive quasi-rapping make for this albums definite highlights. Plus these guys understand how to make a suitable atmosphere and it makes this album even more of a spitfire.
9Anathallo
Canopy Glow


Oh, the vocal melodies! I found this one to throw me off, a lot. But in the best possible way, every song I expected a progression and every time it surpassed my expectation. Every song has a similar feeling, but that's not a bad thing, because every song is good, there's just no risk here.
8Dax Riggs
Say Goodnight to the World


There's something charming about the bleakness this album has to offer. It still features the soulful Dax Riggs belting to the best of his ability, but what makes this one head and shoulders better than 2007's We Sing Only of Blood or Love is the composition. The band really stepped up for this release, the music is finally given room to breathe. Sure, Dax still uses his voice as an instrument, but he does it more tastefully than in past ventures.
7 Leftover Crack
Fuck World Trade


This album is angry. Hearing Stza Crack's razorblade voice list off bands he thinks are insincere (or just plain bad) within the first 2 minutes of the record really sets the tone. This is an album that has to be taken with a grain of salt. The use of hyperbole is as apparent as a rap record, but a lot of people take it very literally. Musically the band only improved on previous formulas and even throws in some curve-balls, that sometimes work, and sometimes fall short of excellence, but overall this is a genre bending release that is sincere, and in the end that's all you can ask of your music.
6Between the Buried and Me
Colors


Good albums have good songs on them. Great albums create a journey through the good songs they have on them. This is a case of the latter. Colors has the precision of metal acts of the present and past, but what makes it so much better is the songwriting. It's so intricate that upon repeat listens you are constantly bombarded with nuances infused into the album. It isn't the most accessible record, but if you are able to discern how intelligent it is, you're half-way there.
5Murder by Death
Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?


Concept records are risky, because they have to keep your attention about one general topic for the entirety of the album. However, this one pays off due to an interesting scenario full of lyrical imagery painted by Adam Turla. Oh yeah, and the musics great too.
4Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York


While this may not be a legitimate studio release, that is irrelevant because; #1 Nirvana is a much better live band than studio band, and #2 it cemented the fact that Kurt Cobain is a great songwriter.
3Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


Good bands don't pigeonhole themselves into genres, and while this may be a "ska" album, at the same time it is so much more. It doesn't fall into any of the banalities or pretensions that plague bands of this era, it is what it is. Solid composition, great lyrics (and lyrical content), and superb musicianship make this a universally likeable record.
2Cobalt
Gin


Everything about this album just works together flawlessly. From the acoustic intro of "Gin" to the 1990's chain gang field recording hidden track, everything just fits. One band member is driven by emotion, while the other is driven by music. In my opinion, Phil McSorely lending himself solely to vocals and lyrics was the best thing that ever happened to this band.
1Cursive
The Ugly Organ


Rarely has an album hit me with enough emotion to make it difficult to listen to, but Tim Kasher has managed to do this on a couple occasions (SEE: The Good Life's Album of the Year). From the opening lines in "Some Red Handed of Sleight of Hand" you realize the name is not deceiving or ironic, Tim Kasher is on The Ugly Organ and you're invited along for the ride.
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