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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAesop Rock Labor DaysAmebix Arise!American Football American FootballAmerican Football is what I like to call a "cult band", a band which is heavily influential to their respective genre despite only hanging around long enough to release one or two things. American Football undoubtedly had a huge influence on emo and math rock, and their self-titled proves why. From the unmistakeable classic opener known as "Never Meant", to the wonderfully written "Stay Home", American Football is an exercise in emotion and nostalgia. Even the two instrumental tracks, "You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon" and "The One With The Wurlitzer" are emotionally poignant, and that is without Mike Kinsella's angelical voice. The trademark twinkly guitar sound is likely the best we'll ever hear from any band, and the drumming is stellar as well as fun. For every time you have ever reminisced about your past, American Football has created the soundtrack, one that would serve to cement the legacy of the man (rather, the legend) himself, Mike Kinsella. Atmosphere Overcast! EPAugust Burns Red MessengersAugust Burns Red ConstellationsHere is where the Pennsylvania quintet really started to distance themselves from the rest of modern metalcore scene. While Messengers does have an extreme amount of sentimental value to me, Constellations is objectively a better album. The album does have the technical, fast-paced riffage that August Burns Red is known for with songs such as "Thirty and Seven", "The Escape Artist", and "Meddler", but where the album really shines is the experimentation. Songs like "White Washed" and "Marianas Trench" employ fantastic build-ups not usually seen in metalcore, while other songs have nice acoustic/ambient breaks that provide a rest from the hectic atmosphere. Where the experimentation really comes to a head is "Meridian", a chilling track bordering on post-metal. If there is a better mainstream modern metalcore album, I have yet to hear it.Avenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenPeople throw the word "sell-out" around a lot these days, but most of that is bull. It's not selling out if the band makes some money and is played on the radio. Selling out is when a band changes their style to get more money and exposure. Before Avenged Sevenfold sold out (Which only worked on "City of Evil"), they made what has to be a metalcore classic. The atmosphere on it is so dark, sometimes in a depressing way ("I won't see you tonight Part 1"), or in an urgent and passionate way ("Second Heartbeat"). Jimmy Sullivan's drumming is fantastic, and the dueling guitars are excellent. Shadows' vocals are decent; singing clean is his strongest point. The songs seem to take on a life of their own in the bleak, black void that is the atmosphere. It's great, and looking at Avenged Sevenfold now, they needed this album.Botch We Are the RomansBotch American NervosoBurial UntrueCharles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner LadyConverge Jane DoeEminem The Marshall Mathers LPEminem The Slim Shady LPI often ask myself, what tortures a man's soul so that he doesn't want to live? Whatever the reasons, in 1996, Marshall Mathers, an aspiring rapper from Detroit, attempted suicide. From the ashes of the failed attempt, another part of him was born, and he called it Slim Shady. Slim's sole reason for existing? To piss the world off and upset the order. We all know this now, but when this album came out, few had expected anything like it. The angry, tortured, frustrated, sad, and pretty funny songs that appear on this LP are nothing short than the raps of a man who, as one of the classics on the album states, "Just Don't Give A F***"Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...Since Godspeed was the first post rock band I ever listened to, I assumed other post rock bands would sound similar. They actually play a pretty strange style of post rock, now that I've listened to other bands. Explosions In The Sky, alternatively, are pretty straight-forward with what they do. Whereas Godspeed drops a bomb on you and burns the whole city down, Explosions In The Sky moves by like a forceful hurricane, and "Those Who Tell The Truth..." is a fantastic example of that.Fleetwood Mac RumoursGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Everything that can be said about how incredible this album is has already be said, so anything from this point on is redundant. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it.Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaIced Earth Burnt OfferingsKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityCompton, U.S.A made him an angel on angel's dust.La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...Linkin Park Hybrid TheoryLorde Pure HeroineNeil Young After the Gold RushNeil Young Everybody Knows This Is NowhereRadiohead OK ComputerI was hearing this for the first time when LeBron James decided he'd come back to Cleveland. This album now holds a special place in my heart, 5'd so hard for every reason.Red Hot Chili Peppers By the WayThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityGood Lord... This album is twisted, unrelenting and punishingly heavy. Way ahead of it's time, a true classic. The Pogues Rum Sodomy & the LashThee Silver Mount Zion Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...I've always considered TSMZ to be GY!BE-lite, always sort of hanging in the shadows of a much larger project. While this is by no means a bad thing, it can cause struggles with a bands own identity. That is, if you don't make an ambitious, beautiful record such as this. The follow up to 2000's He Has Left Us Alone..., Born Into Trouble is exactly the type of record TSMZ needed to separate themselves from their parent band, and it is done expertly. This album can certainly get some tears out of the listener with songs like "Sisters! Brothers!..." and "Built Then Burnt", but it also has songs that display a sense of urgency, like "Take These Hands And Throw Them In The River" and "C'mon COME ON". The true highlight is "Could've Moved Mountains", which just may be one of greatest post-rock songs ever made. Though on the whole TSMZ tends to stay in the shadow of GY!BE, this album proves that they are most certainly their own band, and are capable of making fantastic records, too.Thomas Newman Wall-EWeezer Weezer4.5 superbAerosmith Toys in the AtticAesop Rock Music For EarthwormsAesop Rock DaylightAesop Rock is undoubtedly one of the kings of underground hip-hop, and possibly the biggest reason for that is because his lyricism is second to none. On this EP, Aes reworks his most famous song ("Daylight") on a track called "Night Light", spits wonders over an El-P produced track on "Nickel Plated Pockets", and even shares the spotlight with fellow rapper Blueprint on "Alchemy". But perhaps the greatest moment on this EP is one that isn't even included on the tracklist. A hidden track called "One Of Four" that ends the silence after "Maintenance" is easily Aes' most confessional and heartfelt song. It is a self-produced track that is dedicated to four people that saved his life during a time of depression. It is surely not as lyrical as other Aesop Rock songs, in fact likely being his least lyrical, but nowhere else do we find such a straightforward, personal, and emotional Ian Bavitz. This EP is a must-have for all of Aes' fans, and a rewarding listen for underground hip-hop lovers.Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...It's hard to pin it down, but something about this album screams "nightlife" to me. Maybe it's the guy smoking on the album cover. Maybe it's the riff-driven fun packed in the tracks of this album, which seem as if they're being played inside a smoke-filled bar between drunken bouts. Either way, I'd love to listen to this thing on a night on the town.Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst NightmareAtmosphere Sad Clown Bad Dub IIAugust Burns Red Rescue and RestoreBob Marley and The Wailers Catch A FireBob Marley and The Wailers The Wailing WailersBrian Eno Ambient 1: Music For AirportsCaravan In the Land of Grey and PinkCaravan If I Could Do It All Over Again...Celtic Frost Morbid TalesConverge Petitioning the Empty SkydiSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence into the PeripheralDjRum MountainsEarl Sweatshirt EARLEminem The Eminem ShowFleetwood Mac Fleetwood MacFort Minor The Rising TiedFrank Ocean Channel OrangeGorillaz Demon DaysGreen Day DookieHere Comes the Kraken Here Comes the KrakenHorrorshow The Grey SpaceIced Earth Night of the StormriderInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsJames Horner AvatarJohann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052Johnny Cash American RecordingsKendrick Lamar Section.80Linkin Park MeteoraMarxman 33 Revolutions Per MinuteMayday Parade A Lesson In RomanticsMichael Jackson ThrillerNeil Young HarvestNeil Young On the BeachDespite having great financial success with his 1972 album Harvest, Neil Young found himself depressed. One of his best friends, named Danny Whitten, had overdosed on heroin in 1972 after being fired from Young's band, Crazy Horse. And so, in 1974, when On The Beach was released, audiences were met with dreary production and a pessimistic Neil, in stark contrast to Harvest. Lyrically, Neil is at the top of his game, with the hopeful "Walk On" and political "Vampire Blues" as obvious examples. However, it is side B of the album, containing three of his best songs, lyrically and instrumentally, in "On The Beach", "Motion Pictures", and "Ambulance Blues" that cement this record as one of Neil's best. For Neil, this is the fourth record in a row, chronologically speaking I might add, that has been hailed as a classic by critics around the world, something as challenging as it is impressive. New Order MovementNorma Jean O' God The AftermathNujabes Metaphorical MusicOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis Definitely MaybeOpeth Still LifeParamore Riot!Paramore Brand New EyesPixies DoolittlePixies are a band that I had a hard time getting into at first. Surfer Rosa had some of the greatest material ever written in alternative rock, but felt a bit jumbled and messy to me. After getting used to them, I realized how much genius really went in to the Pixies music. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in their magnum opus Doolittle. They turn in their most coherent work here, but also their funnest and most memorable. Songs like "Here Comes Your Man", "Monkey Gone To Heaven", and "No. 13 Baby" are catchy and brilliantly written. Even the shorter songs, which for me were Surfer Rosa's weakness, are much improved this time around with songs like "Mr. Grieves", "There Goes My Gun", and "Crackity Jones". Altogether, Doolittle is a cornerstone of alternative rock that every fan of the genre must have. Protest the Hero KeziaProtest the Hero A Calculated Use of SoundRadiohead The BendsRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikSadistik UltravioletSocial Distortion Social DistortionSoundtrack (Film) O Brother, Where Art Thou?System of a Down ToxicityThe Black Crowes Shake Your Money MakerThe Black Keys Rubber FactoryThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisWhereas TDEP peaked in intensity on their sonically insane debut Calculating Infinity, they have peaked in creativity on their fourth full-length album, Option Paralysis. Whereas the former of those two can be described as chaos, the latter can more accurately be described as organized chaos. For while their debut was certainly innovative, that innovation took a backseat to the sheer intensity of the record. Here, the intensity is still very much alive, but the spotlight is on the innovation this time around. And with such songs as "Farewell, Mona Lisa", "Gold Teeth On A Bum", and "Widower", it's very easy to see why. This album often feels like a more realized version of Miss Machine, which can only be a good thing in this case. With this release, The Dillinger Escape Plan has certainly cemented themselves as one of the most unique, creative, and interesting bands in the world today.The Faceless Planetary DualityThe Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is ThereThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You ExperiencedThe Prodigy Music for the Jilted GenerationThe Prodigy ExperienceThe Sisters of Mercy First and Last and AlwaysThe Strokes Is This ItThe War on Drugs Lost in the DreamMy vote made this go from a 4 to a 4.1. Thank me later, Adam Granduciel. Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...Thomas Newman Finding Nemo SoundtrackTiny Moving Parts Pleasant LivingOne of the best emo/math rock combinations ever put to wax. How has no one 5'd this yet?
EDIT: Well, after repeated listens this has grown off a little bit, but it's still AOTY for me.Trophy Scars Bad LuckTrophy Scars Holy VacantsWeezer PinkertonWinter Into DarknessWire Pink Flag4.0 excellentA Day to Remember For Those Who Have HeartA Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths of RhythmAC/DC T.N.T.Aerosmith RocksAerosmith Get Your WingsAesop Rock FloatAesop Rock AppleseedWhy is this record not noticed? Aesop Rock is too dope!American Football American Football EPAnimals As Leaders The Joy of MotionArctic Monkeys HumbugArsonists Get All the Girls PortalsAs Blood Runs Black AllegianceAugust Burns Red Thrill SeekerAutechre GarbageAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBaths Ocean DeathBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBlessthefall His Last WalkBob Marley and The Wailers Soul RevolutionBob Marley and The Wailers Burnin'Before The Wailers became Bob Marley & The Wailers after founding members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer took off for solo careers, they released a sort of last hurrah in the form of 1973's Burnin'. While previous releases focused mainly on laid-back themes, much of what is contained on Burnin' is a call to action. With songs like "Get Up, Stand Up", and a cover of Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff", the album has a more revolutionary feel than previous albums. Still, songs like "Pass It On" still show the peace-loving, dope-smoking side to The Wailers we all know and love. Some of the best songs they've ever written also appear on the album in the form of "Hallelujah Time" and "Burnin' And Lootin'". Don't pass it up if you're a fan of The Wailers and reggae in general.Botch An Anthology of Dead EndsBurial BurialBurial Street HaloCage The Elephant MelophobiaChevelle Point #1Chevelle have always been known for their soft-loud dynamics, which has often garnered them comparisons to alternative metal giants Tool and Deftones in this regard. Their humble, yet very solid beginnings are seen here on the Steve Albini produced Point #1, coming on to the scene with a bang. The best work on this record is an exercise in soft-loud dynamics, with "Point #1", "Dos", and "Long" providing excellent examples. They even manage to get some catchy riffing in on "Mia" and "Peer". The louder songs on the record sometimes overstay their welcome, but they are still decent enough to warrant a listen. Though their debut wasn't a commercial success, it did well critically, and is a great starting point for anyone wishing to get into Chevelle's discography.City and Colour SometimesCity and Colour Bring Me Your LoveCity and Colour Little HellCloud Nothings Attack on MemoryCode Orange CyclesConverge When Forever Comes CrashingDeath Scream Bloody GoreDeath Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the MoonDel tha Funkee Homosapien I Wish My Brother George Was HereDomo Genesis No IdolsEarl Sweatshirt DorisEarth Earth 2Earth Extra-Capsular ExtractionEminem The Slim Shady EPEnigma MCMXC a.D.Explosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceFela Kuti ConfusionFrank Ocean Nostalgia, UltraFrom A Second Story Window Not One Word Has Been OmittedGodspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gorillaz GorillazGorillaz Plastic BeachHave a Nice Life The Unnatural WorldIced Earth The Dark SagaIced Earth Something Wicked This Way ComesAbout three years removed from their lethal thrash/power metal magnum opus Burnt Offerings, Iced Earth was at an impasse. The direction they went in on 1996's The Dark Saga was to ditch most of the thrash metal and focus on the power metal sound they would soon become known for. The move received mixed reactions, even though The Dark Saga was received decently. On 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes, they harken back a bit to the older, thrashier days, and to great effect. The three-headed monster that ends the album; "Prophecy", "Born Of The Wicked", and "The Coming Curse" is an obvious highlight, but slower songs like the heartfelt "Watching Over Me" get the job done as well, showcasing that Iced Earth can play all of their styles with professional level skill. Into the Moat Means By Which The End Is JustifiedJamiroquai Emergency on Planet EarthJohn Murphy 28 Days Later SoundtrackJohn Williams Saving Private RyanJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsKendrick Lamar Kendrick LamarKraftwerk AutobahnLa Dispute Rooms of the HouseLantlos Melting SunLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinMacklemore and Ryan Lewis VS.Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The HeistManners Pale Blue LightThis album is one of the most depressing albums I've ever heard. The lyrics are heart-rending and the dissonant guitars are both haunting and sorrowful at the same time. The vocals sound as if the vocalist is pleading with every tormenter he's had to stop his torture. It's a true, soul-bearing melodic hardcore release, that succeeds in all it tries to accomplish. Listen here: http://mannersct.bandcamp.com/album/pale-blue-lightMarvin Gaye What's Going OnMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEMiss May I Apologies Are for the WeakNew Order Low-LifeOf Monsters and Men My Head is an AnimalOpeth MorningriseOpeth My Arms, Your HearsePhantogram NightlifePomegranate Tiger EntitiesProtest the Hero VolitionProtest The Hero have always been known for their ability to play their respective instruments at a ridiculous level, even at the young age of sixteen. Whereas when they started, it seemed they always had some sort of political message behind their music, they gradually drifted away from that, in the process losing some of the magic that had captivated listeners on Kezia. 2011's Scurrilous was an admittedly fun record, but it left a lot to be desired. Now, with 2013's Volition, they are still sweeping-picking and shredding away, but this time more urgency and maturity. Walker's vocals have improved, evident even from the first lines of "Clarity". While a bit on the inconsistent side, Volition has some of the best songs Protest The Hero have ever made ("Mist", "Plato's Tripartite", "Skies"), proving that even after eleven years, Protest The Hero still have it, and are still relatively young to boot.Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)Rasputina Oh Perilous WorldRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRogue Wave Descended Like VulturesRogue Wave Out Of The ShadowRogue Wave Asleep at Heaven's GateRogue Wave Nightingale FloorsI think the thing I admire most about Rogue Wave is their consistency. Each one of their albums is worth a listen, and they have written some truly great songs throughout the years. Nightingale Floors is no different. Released three years after Permalight, which was a bit rough around the edges, Nightingale Floors is a testament to how consistently great Rogue Wave has been. Although the album gets off to a bit of a slow start, the middle of the record contains some of Rogue Wave's best tracks, and closes on a very strong note on "Everyone Wants To Be You", an excellent combination of indie and post-rock. The album has something for everyone, from acoustic tracks like "The Closer I Get" to the swirling indie-rock they've perfected on songs like "Siren's Song" and "S(a)tan". Altogether, another great release by Rogue Wave, and I certainly did not expect anything less.Rush 2112Steve Jablonsky Transformers - The ScoreSwans FilthSwans To Be KindThe Black Dahlia Murder NocturnalThe Black Keys ThickfreaknessThe Contortionist ExoplanetThe Cure FaithThe Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineThe Faceless AkeldamaThe Internet Feel GoodThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red GlassesThe Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Specials SpecialsThe Stone Roses The Stone RosesThe Strokes Room on FireThe Who My GenerationThe Words We Use MoralsThee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on EverythingThelonious Monk MonkTouche Amore ...To the Beat of a Dead HorseTyler the Creator BastardThis album is, without a doubt, Tyler's most consistent and overall best album he's put out so far. His lyrics are personal without sacrificing wordplay, and the sinister production on this thing is excellent. He lays it all out for you in the form of a therapy session, and is unapologetic about everything he has to say. Granted, it may get a little drawn out towards the end, and thus, loses a bit of steam, but the album is consistent in what it does, which is draw out Tyler's life as it is: Depressing, funny, strange, and eventful.Washed Out Life of LeisureWolves in the Throne Room Celestite3.5 greatA Breath Before Surfacing Death Is Swallowed In VictoryA.R. Rahman Slumdog MillionaireIt was good, don't get me wrong, but I still don't see how this won the Oscar for best film score over "Wall-E"Aerosmith AerosmithAnberlin Blueprints For The Black MarketAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalApocalyptica Worlds CollideArctic Monkeys Suck It and SeeArsonists Get All the Girls The Game Of LifeArsonists Get All the Girls MotherlandAtmosphere Leak At WillAutechre AntiAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetBADBADNOTGOOD BBNG x Odd FutureOn this interesting little EP, the jazz trio from Toronto put their own spin on songs made by Odd Future's own Tyler The Creator. Tyler has always had a love for jazz and incorporates jazzy influences in some of his music. Naturally, this is a match made in heaven for these artists. Some of the tracks feature Tyler himself rapping over a BBNG rendition of a song he wrote, but where the EP really shines are the two "Session" tracks. Here, it's just BBNG, playing a medley of tracks from Bastard and Goblin. Any fan of jazz will like this, and any Odd Future fan will fall in love with it.BADBADNOTGOOD IIIBetween the Buried and Me Between the Buried and MeBlessthefall AwakeningBob Marley and The Wailers Soul RebelsBorn of Osiris The New ReignBrian Eno Ambient 4: On LandBrian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & SoundtracksCage The Elephant Cage the ElephantChevelle La GargolaCloud Nothings Here and Nowhere ElseCode Orange Love Is Love // Return To DustCorelia NostalgiaDomo Genesis Rolling PapersI suppose if the term ?Stoner Rap? is acceptable, then Domo Genesis is probably one of the more famous artists within it, and his debut shows why. Domo's ganja-obessed, smooth lyrics combine effortlessly with some cloudy production by fellow Odd Future members Tyler, The Creator, Left Brain, and Syd Tha Kyd. Tyler drops a couple of nice verses as well, best exemplified with Domo in the jab-trading song,?Super Market?. The subject matter is a bit samey, but overall this is a decent release, one that would only be built upon by Domo Genesis.Domo Genesis Under The InfluenceEmissary EmissaryEnya WatermarkEscape the Fate There's No Sympathy for the DeadExplosions in the Sky The RescueGod Is An Astronaut A Moment of StillnessHaste the Day That They May Know YouHester Prynne The Goswell DivorceHodgy Beats UntitledHorsepower Productions In Fine StyleI Killed The Prom Queen BelovedSo many breakdowns... So much nostalgia... This brings me back!Iced Earth Iced EarthIced Earth's debut has much more of a thrash metal sound than the power metal sound they are now famous for, but that doesn't make it any less good. The licks by Randall Shawver and Jon Schaffer are really nice, and the album is excellent lyrically despite having two instrumental tracks, which are both good. Gene Adams' vocals are the main detractor, though (They're really bad), and Mike McGill's drumming is nothing to write home about either. Despite that, the album is still able to hold its own pretty well.Interpol AnticsIntervals In TimeIntervals A Voice WithinJack The Giant Killer Dead Mans DemoThe crap that is most of deathcore is quite deplorable, but every once and a while a good band will spring up like this one did. The vocalist's high scream is absolutely bone-chilling, and the guitarists are quite technical for deathcore. There's even a solo in the last song, and it's fantastic. Complementing the technical guitars, the drummer's fills really spruce up the tracks as well. The lyrics might be a bit immature, and it's really short, but it makes up for it in this regard.Jedi Mind Tricks The Psycho-SocialJohnny Cash Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue GuitarKendrick Lamar O(verly) D(edicated)Knives Exchanging Hands The War Of Speech, The Weapon Of WordsLorde The Love Clublovechild demonstrationlovechild In Heaven, Everything is FineManners ApparitionsMeek Mill DreamchasersMellowHype YellowhiteMike G ALIMiles Davis Birth of the CoolMuddy Waters Folk SingerMunicipal Waste Hazardous MutationMuse MuseNew Order Power, Corruption and LiesOFWGKTA RadicalOpeth OrchidParamore All We Know Is FallingParamore ParamorePhantogram VoicesPixies Surfer RosaPrimordial A Journey's EndRogue Wave PermalightRush Caress of SteelRush Fly by NightSkillet ComatoseSon Lux Alternate WorldsStructures All of the AboveTenacious D Tenacious DTesseracT OneThe Black Dahlia Murder UnhallowedThe Black Keys The Big Come UpThe Black Keys Magic PotionThe Contortionist ApparitionThe Contortionist LanguageThe Contortionist has been received as one of the best deathcore bands in recent history. Their debut album, Exoplanet, was a breath of fresh air in a very stale deathcore scene, taking traditional deathcore elements and mixing them with elements of djent, ambient, and progressive metal in the vein of Cynic. They shed most of their deathcore influence on 2011's Intrinsic, which was met with mixed reactions. Now, they have released a more focused and all around better album in Language. The clean vocals employed on Intrinsic make a return here, but they fit much better with the music this time around. The first three tracks are excellent, melding all of their influences into this third of the album, even harkening back to their Exoplanet days on "Language II: Conspire". The middle of the album, though, is a bit of a drag. Songs like "Integration" and "Arise" are sort of just there, not really doing anything. However, the album does close on a strong note with "The Parable", which is entirely indicative of what The Contortionist can, and hopefully will, accomplish in the future.The Cure Seventeen SecondsThe Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches BelowThe Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape PlanThe Faceless AutotheismThe Killers Hot FussThe Lonely Island IncredibadThe Number Twelve Looks Like You An Inch of Gold for An Inch of TimeThe Panacea ChiropteranThe Who A Quick OneThree 6 Mafia Chapter 2: World DominationTNGHT TNGHTTouche Amore Touche AmoreTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social NetworkTyler the Creator WolfUncle Tupelo No DepressionWithin the Ruins CreatureWolves at the Gate We Are the OnesWoods of Ypres Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of the Earth3.0 good808 State QuadrastateA Day to Remember And Their Name Was TreasonAffiance No Secret RevealedArsonists Get All the Girls Hits From the BowAtmosphere Lake NokomisAtreyu The CurseAugust Burns Red Looks Fragile After AllBeneath the Massacre Evidence Of Inequity [EP]Betraying the Martyrs The Hurt, the Divine, the LightBlessthefall WitnessBone Thugs-N-Harmony Creepin On Ah Come UpBring Me the Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made ForBuck Owens I've Got A Tiger By The TailCage The Elephant Thank You Happy BirthdayCircle of Contempt Entwine the ThreadsDecades Of Despair AliveEarth Phase 3: Thrones and DominionsEnter Shikari Nodding Acquaintance Every Time I Die From Parts UnknownGenghis Tron Board Up the HouseGorillaz G-SidesIwrestledabearonce IwrestledabearonceKeith Urban Defying GravityLCD Soundsystem LCD SoundsystemLinkin Park A Thousand SunsBefore this album, Linkin Park was not a band you could describe by using the word "experimental", as their style consisted of straightforward Nu-metal with some pop sensibilities. Here, though, Linkin Park rework their entire sound into something much more electronically driven. Sure, this is far from Hybrid Theory and Meteora era Linkin Park, but that does not mean there isn't something here to enjoy. It might be hit-or-miss, but when they hit, they hit right on the money. Some truly excellent songs such as "Iridescent" and "The Catalyst" shine through what is otherwise an underwhelming release, as there is a bit too much filler on this album for it to be considered great. Still, credit is due to them for switching up their entire sound and still putting out a halfway decent album.Machito KenyaMake Them Suffer NeverbloomMiserable Failure HopeMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...Neil Young Neil YoungNorma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the ChildParamore Singles ClubParamore is as Hayley Williams is. That has always rung true, even when the band was stable in its lineup. Still, that is probably for the best, as Williams has always been adept at getting everything out of catchy hooks and energetic vocal performances. 2011 EP The Singles Club reaffirms this through its short runtime, with "Monster" being a great highlight. Other than that, the songs range from decent to boring. "In The Mourning" sounds far too similar to Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" to grab any attention, and "Hello Cold World" adds nothing new to the table. "Renegade" is decent enough, but is heavily out-shined by "Monster". All in all, it is a solid showing from Paramore, but it's nothing we haven't seen before.Primordial The Burning SeasonProtest the Hero FortressProtest the Hero ScurrilousRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteThe more I listen to the Chili Peppers, the more I appreciate John Frusciante's influence on them. It's a shame he wasn't on board for 1995's One Hot Minute. The follow-up to the 1991 classic Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a bit of an underwhelming release, but it has flashes of brilliance that warrant it a listen. It is a funky album, but it has heavier riffs than it's predecessor. However, some of the softer songs on the album, like "My Friends" and "Tearjerker" are the best featured. It drags heavily in the middle, but it is bookended by a couple of great songs in "Warped" and "Transcending". Though Frusciante was missed, One Hot Minute is not without substance, even if it is spread out over the album. Also, for you Flea fans, he has a solo song called "Pea" that is kind of humorous.Seether DisclaimerSet Your Goals Mutiny!Stan Getz Getz/GilbertoSuicide Silence The CleansingTalking Heads Talking Heads: 77The Beatles Long Tall SallyThe Black Dahlia Murder MiasmaThe Black Dahlia Murder A Cold-Blooded EpitaphThe Black Keys Attack & ReleaseThe Black Keys have a reputation for playing no-frills, raw blues rock. So what exactly happens when you sprinkle some electronic noises on top of the slowest album the Keys had made at the time? Not a whole lot as it turns out. The album truly shines for the first five tracks (not counting the opener), but tails off into uninspired and underwhelming territory in the middle. Though it does close on a good note with "Things Ain't Like They Used To Be", there is simply too much filler on here for it to be great. It is nice that the Keys chose to experiment a bit, but it doesn't really pan out. The electronics are oddly placed and for the most part unnecessary. There are good tracks to be found, but overall Attack & Release doesn't do much, and is likely the worst album in The Black Keys' discography.The Contortionist IntrinsicThe Devil Wears Prada ZombieThe Internet Purple Naked LadiesThe Red Shore UnconsecratedThe Red Shore The Avarice Of ManThe War on Drugs Slave AmbientThirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to MarsTool UndertowTycho Adrift From HomeTycho AwakeTyler the Creator GoblinWashed Out Within and Without2.5 averageA Day to Remember HomesickA Day to Remember What Separates Me From YouArsonists Get All the Girls Listen to the ColorThe first self-released record by experimental deathcore band Arsonists Get All The Girls is their most grind-influenced release, but is also their most unvaried. Many of the shorter songs bleed together and sound very similar, and the electronics that the band is famous for are at a creative low here, despite the all-electronic "Balloon Battle". Still, the album does have some bright spots in "Watchers" and "MK DELTA: Glorified Killers", which are coincidentally the two longest songs on the record. The return of Remi Rodburg is a decent touch, but his vocals have become rougher since The Game Of Life. The song remains the same, though: if you like Arsonists Get All The Girls in all of their off-kilter humor, you'll like this record. If you don't like Arsonists Get All The Girls, you will have a hard time getting into this.rAsking Alexandria Stand Up and ScreamAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesAtreyu A Death-Grip on YesterdayAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldBlessthefall Hollow BodiesChelsea Grin Desolation of EdenChelsea Grin EvolveHester Prynne Black Heart MarketHoobastank HoobastankIzmo Early NightLinkin Park Hybrid Theory EPLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightOFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2Periphery IcarusPixies EP2Skrillex My Name Is SkrillexSky Eats Airplane The Sound of SymmetryStructures Life Through a WindowSuicide Silence You Can't Stop MeTo say that Suicide Silence lost a key member in vocalist Mitch Lucker is a massive understatement. The man was the face of deathcore, for better or worse, and his death has affected millions of fans around the world. So when Eddie Hermida, ex-vocalist of All Shall Perish, joined up with Suicide Silence after Mitch's untimely death, would the band form a new identity? Not quite. Hermida turns in a fantastic vocal performance on the record, but aside from that it does not stray from the path Suicide Silence has followed all along. That is not to say there aren't moments where genuine improvement shines through ("Ouroboros", "We Have All Had Enough"), but for the most part the album is a mish-mosh of everything they've done up until this point, albeit sounding more lively than they have in a while. Suicide Silence have improved a bit, but they will need much more improvement if they are going to make a great album in the future. Taylor Swift Beautiful EyesThe Contortionist ShapeshifterThe Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful DiscordThe Devil Wears Prada Dead ThroneThough TDWP seems to have matured from their early days on this album, they also lose part of themselves in the process. Sure, there aren't as many meet-headed breakdowns, but there is a distinct lack of the infectious choruses that made WRAABB such a fun album. It also stands to mention that Mike Hranica's vocals have gotten rougher this time around. And while there are some good songs on here in the form of "My Questions", "Born To Lose", and "Holdfast", the majority of the songs are too boring to have any effect. Still, the improvement in the songwriting is apparent, and if they can keep that up while also regaining their penchant for catchy choruses, they may be able to make a great album sometime in the future.Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieTool Opiate2.0 poorA Plea for Purging A Plea For PurgingChelsea Grin My DamnationGorillaz The FallI'm sure I'm not the only one who believes that Gorillaz had a very anticlimactic end to their storied career. It's not even that The Fall is that bad of an album, but it's just so pedestrian. It feels so uninspired, uninterested even. There are no tracks on the album that are really hate-able, but only a few that are enjoyable. It's just there, just kind of in the background not really doing or saying anything. It reeks of wasted potential, as we all know they're capable of much better. It doesn't even feel like a Gorillaz record, because whereas Demon Days and their self-titled were as innovative as they were fun, The Fall is neither of them, just banal and boring. It almost makes me wish that Damon Albarn would resurrect the project just to give it the ending it truly deserved.Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersSuicide Silence No Time to BleedSuicide Silence The Black CrownThe Devil Wears Prada Plagues1.5 very poorAnnotations Of An Autopsy Welcome To Sludge CityChelsea Grin Chelsea GrinSuicide Silence Suicide Silence1.0 awfulbrokeNCYDE BC 13 EPWaking the Cadaver DemoActual Lyrics to "Chased Through The Woods By A Rapist":UGH!! I LIEK TO CHEW ON GUM!! I LIEK TO GO TO BED!! I LIEK TO HOLD YOUR ARM!! I LIEK! SHREDDED! WHHHHHHEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAATTTTT!! GOODFORDIGESTIONITCLEANSYOURINSTESTINES ITS WHEAT!! SHREDDED WHEAT!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhLLmWp9JwM
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