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Diamanda Galas Malediction and Prayer
The cover may look like a Celine Dion album, but don't be fooled. While Malediction and Prayer is not as abrasive as much of Galas' work-- it is a live record of cover tunes, featuring only piano and vocals-- it is still a heavy, emotionally weighty listen. Track two, "The Thrill Is Gone," is one of the few tracks to feature Galas' signature shrieking, but the songs don't need them to be impactful: see "My World Is Empty Without You" and "Gloomy Sunday." The last half drags a little, but Malediction and Prayer is overall an effective demonstration of Galas' musical versatility. 3.8
Radiohead Kid A
Could there have been a follow up to OK Computer? Kid A features tinges of electronics and more emphasis on repetition than that record, but it all goes together so well-- again. The production is stellar, the atmosphere is engaging, every song is brilliant... just listen to this album.
Glassjaw Coloring Book
While lacking the incredible energy of Worship and Tribute, Coloring Book boasts a unique atmosphere, good songwriting, and some great clean vocals from Daryl Palumbo. It's really catchy in spots, too ("Vanilla Poltergeist Snake"). 3.7
Meshuggah Nothing
I have mixed feelings regarding Nothing. On one hand, it's an overlong record that takes a singular concept-- slow distorted chugging polyrhythms-- and drills it into the listener, song after song, with little variation. On the other hand, it does that one concept so well that I can't help but admire it. Ultimately, while I rarely find myself listening to the entire album in sequence, Nothing gets so much right that I can't award it any less than a 4.5. This is not an easy listen, but it's a bold and uncompromising one, and the musicianship, as per usual with Meshuggah, is phenomenal. 4.5
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid in Earth
Haunting doom with fantastic female vocals and a healthy dose of dark atmosphere. Songs alternate between clean and distorted passages but the tempo is always quite slow and there is a consistent sense of beauty in the proceedings. 4.3
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
As someone who loved Infestissumam, I am pleased to report that Meliora is every bit as good. It contains some of Ghost's best songs ever ("From the Pinnacle to the Pit," "Cirice") and excellent production and performances. Ghost have proven with this record that their unique take on heavy metal has staying power. 4.3
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
I love this album. It has fantastic production that distinguishes the numerous effect-laden layers while allowing the drums to sound massive and the vocals to cut through, the songwriting is interesting while retaining order and catchiness, and the performances-- particularly the vocals-- are fantastic. Worship and Tribute is energetic, unique, and engaging. One of the best post-hardcore albums ever recorded. 4.8

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  • SmileNerd You sir, have an amazing username and profile picture.
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  • johnnydeking29 HYPEEEEE
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  • johnnydeking29 I need to check that too; you need Book M and Book of Horizons right now though. Both incredible albums.
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