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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAC/DC Back In BlackAntonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95Arnold Bax Piano Sonata No. 2 in G majorBjork HomogenicBlack Sabbath Black SabbathDefinitive was the word and Black Sabbath was the result. Even though 'metal' as we see it today has its roots buried deep in classical and blues, it was Black Sabbath that essentially mingled the two seemingly incompatiable genres together. Not only was it fun to make a scary record, it was also fun to see the unjustified reaction to what was seen to some in those days as the diabolus in musica; in other words, music not for Churches. Perhaps some of the intial reactions were justified during the opening sequence of "Black Sabbath's" gloomy bell tolls, thunderstrikes and dissonant powerchords, but from here the group rarely get much darker, opting for more blues rock band-jams that only sound heavy due to Tony Iommi's distortion factor. It's an essential addition to anyone's metal collection, but also to those who appreciate music that defines as much as it pleases.Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody SabbathBurial UntrueBurial KindredOne word. Genius.
Cat Stevens Tea for the TillermanChristina Aguilera Back to BasicsCrowded House WoodfaceDavid Bowie HeroesDisney Soundtracks FantasiaEdvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A MinorEminem The Marshall Mathers LPFrank Sinatra In The Wee Small HoursGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu GurrumulGustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printempsJethro Tull Thick as a BrickJohn Cage 4'33"I spent 4'33" just thinking about what I could write here, then I decided that I shouldn't waste my time. Go figure.John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric ClaptonKate Bush Hounds of LoveKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLady Gaga The FameLed Zeppelin RemastersLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No.9, Op.125Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No.8, Op.13Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.6, Op.68Massive Attack MezzanineMeshuggah IMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningMichael Jackson ThrillerMike Oldfield Tubular BellsNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralOlivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps, I/22Opeth Still LifeOpeth Blackwater ParkPantera Vulgar Display of PowerPhilip Glass Etudes for Piano, Vol. 1Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd AnimalsPink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd Pulse (DVD)Radiohead OK ComputerRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRush Moving PicturesRush 2112Slayer Reign in BloodStevie Ray Vaughan In StepSystem of a Down ToxicityThe Blues Brothers Music From The SoundtrackThe most important thing about this movie is that it opened the eyes of a public who were getting way too much sweet-candy-new-wave-disco-electronic-gizmo-gadgetry, and not enough Rayban-sunny-raw-blues. Not too far down the timeline and Stevie Ray Vaughan's shortlived stardom would revive this brilliant style of music. For now though, the soundtrack races along in an ol' 1974 Dodge cop carrier with plenty of raw energy, soulful fun, and an all star ensemble cast. Why not let the showmanship of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, and the Blues Brothers Band itself with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, take you on their extravagant mission from God?The Rolling Stones Let It BleedTool LateralusOne of the most fascinating things about this album is that fans either hold it either just above AEima, or just below it. Below and you're likely to be offering reasoning such as "not enough rock and too much concept". True, Lateralus isn't the dark narcissist as their 1996 effort was; Lateralus is an album that shows the perfect balance between amazing musicianship, flow and optimism. Keenan's lyrics yearn from brighter places, whilst Carey and Chancellor manage to put on a rhythm section that is to die for; and Jones shows that his proficiency in creating memorable grooves in groove-less territory is one worth remembering. Songs such as Schism, Lateralus, The Grudge pin out the peaks, but even with that analogy, the entire album is just like one giant plateau of goodness.Tool Aenima4.5 superbA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAC/DC High VoltageArch Enemy Wages Of SinArch Enemy Burning BridgesArnold Bax Tunes, for pianoArnold Bax Symphony No. 6 in C majorBen Folds Rockin' The SuburbsBlack Sabbath ParanoidBritney Spears Greatest Hits: My PrerogativeBuckethead Population OverrideBudgie Never Turn Your Back on a FriendCarcass HeartworkChildren of Bodom Follow the ReaperColin Stetson New History Warfare, Vol 2: JudgesDaniel Bjarnason ProcessionsDaniel Bjarnason discovers the movements of impressionism, serialism, and minimalism in the same breath through this spastic-bombastic collection. It's about as divine as it is chaotic, and sprawling as it is cohesive, however don't let this spontaneous dynamic deter you if you're a haphazard classical listener who's only familiar with, well, the 'classics'. For those, his piano driven arrangements are the highlight here as they feel both structured, yet natural in equal measure. Similarly, his use of ill-defined percussion accentuates many forces within the often Messiaen-like string arrangements that would otherwise feel cyclic. However, to truly feel the experience, you need to stop reading this short summation, find your local dealer and support one the year's most redolent releases.Dark Time Sunshine VesselDemolition Hammer Epidemic of ViolenceDire Straits Love Over GoldDisney Soundtracks TangledEric Whitacre Whitacre: CloudburstErik Satie Trois GymnopediesFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeFranz Liszt Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, for two pianos, S. 657George Winston DecemberGreen Day International SuperhitsHeaven and Hell The Devil You KnowIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathJethro Tull AqualungJimi Hendrix Valleys of NeptuneJohann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor2.5 Nick!!! wtf... anyway.
Musicians studying counterpoint can find plenty of other Bach to digest and disect, and sure, this might not be his most tantalising piece. However, it's a brief body of mystifying music that shows the pure capability of the church organ before it got bastardised into playing only at weddings. Despite others like Camille Saint-Saens (particularly his Organ Smyphony) and Olivier Messiaen (his La nativite du seigneur suite) later having their own magical prowess, Bach's ability here to show exactly how the organ is quite possibly the only natural instrument that can voice almost all others is easily the most distinguishable to listeners worldwide from the work's opening mordent. Not only does it resonate like a tuba and carry like a flute, it also saws like a violin, and squeals like a trumpet. Ironically, these rich harmonics also make it one of the most difficult to control instruments; Bach doesn't seem to be affected by this, adding melodic accompaniment in places where it seemingly would be impossible to fit.John Butler Trio ThreeJohnny Winter White, Hot & BlueJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsKate Bush The Kick InsideKing Crimson RedKorn Greatest Hits Vol. 1Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's YouLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No.5, Op.67Marilyn Manson Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)Meshuggah Catch ThirtythreeCatch Thirtythree may be one of Meshuggah's most daring releases, but it's also their most interesting. One reviewer likened the work to that of a four movement symphony -- this is probably a good analogy for those still coming to grips with 33's experimentalism. Yes, the first section revolves around the same rhythmic interlock, but careful examination will reveal that it's more complex then what it's made out to be. The rest, follows a similar notion, though don't become too fixated on the physics here. In any case, if you're wanting to get into Meshuggah, this might ironically be the best place to start, because everything else they've done will be merely desert for your ears; get through the main course, and you'll be set.Meshuggah Nothing [Re-release]Metallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica S&MMichael Giacchino UpMichael Jackson BadMoby PlayMudvayne L.D. 50My Chemical Romance The Black ParadeNeil Young HarvestNine Inch Nails The FragileNirvana IncesticideNirvana NevermindOpeth My Arms, Your HearsePantera Cowboys from HellPhilip Glass Akhnaten, operaPink Floyd PulsePJ Harvey To Bring You My LovePrince 1999Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64Scott Walker TiltShania Twain Come On OverSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSlayer's Seasons in the Abyss is their last true thrash metal work, which equals in both performance and musicality. There is no doubt the both Reign in Blood, and South of Heaven managed to fortify their foundations, but Seasons truly is one of their best efforts. Much like Reign in Blood, the album both begins and ends amazingly in both songs "War Ensemble" and "Seasons in the Abyss" respectively. The latter is certainly one of their best outfits ever recorded, and perhaps one of their most original, biding towards a lengthier more instrumental flow. Though some of the riffs are recycled from track to track, it doesn't make them any less enjoyable within their own context, and therefore makes this album a near classic for Slayer.Slayer South of HeavenSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Slipknot Vol.3: (The Subliminal Verses) [Reissue]Soundtrack The Truman ShowSoundtrack Forrest GumpSpice Girls SpiceStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodSwarms Old Raves EndThe Rolling Stones Tattoo YouThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntRaw folk that's as evocative as the playing style that Kristian Matsson creates. Brilliant is hardly a word that sums up this tantalising interaction between man, nature, guitar and lyric.Ulver BergtattVali ForlattZelienople The World Is A House On Fire4.0 excellentA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAC/DC Highway to HellAC/DC Let There Be RockAdele 21Alban Berg Piano Sonata, Op. 1Alice In Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAnathema HindsightAnathema Weather SystemsAnberlin New SurrenderAngus Stone Broken BrightsArch Enemy StigmataArch Enemy Doomsday MachineArnold Bax Symphony No. 7 in A flat majorAsh Borer Ash BorerB.B. King One Kind FavorBasement Jaxx RootyBen Folds Five Whatever and Ever, AmenBetween The Buried And Me The Great MisdirectMunro srtikes the nail; Between the Buried and Me finally pursue coherence and discover its beauty. There's a deserted tumbleweed sound all over this record that makes it fitting for both where the band are, and where they've come from initially. Sure, "Swim to the Moon" is total overkill (and Thor, the drum solo is pretty stock actually), but the rest is both beautiful and intense enough to leave this listener totally satisfied.Bic Runga DriveBlack Sabbath Master of RealityBlink-182 Blink-182Bon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBritney Spears BlackoutBuckethead The Cuckoo Clocks of HellBuckethead Pepper's GhostButch Walker Sycamore MeadowsCat Stevens Teaser and the FirecatChevelle Wonder What's NextChildren of Bodom HatebreederChimaira ChimairaChristina Aguilera Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of HitsChristina Aguilera BionicClutch Earth RockerCombat Astronomy Flak PlanetCombat Astronomy BarricadesCombat Astronomy Kundalini ApocalypseCradle of Filth MidianCrowded House IntriguerCynic Traced in AirDanny Elfman BatmanDire Straits Brothers in ArmsEmiliana Torrini Me and ArminiEminem The Eminem ShowEnslaved VertebraeEskimo Joe Black Fingernails, Red WineFrank Turner England Keep My BonesGorillaz Demon DaysGreen Day DookieGreen Day American IdiotHans Zimmer InceptionHenry Cowell Piano MusicIan Anderson Thick as a Brick 2Immolation Majesty and DecayIn Flames The Jester RaceJames Blake James BlakeJames Horner Apollo 13 [Promotional Release]Jem Finally WokenJethro Tull Songs From The WoodSuch a whimsical album, and one of their more enjoyable. Less concept, more fun, and some awesome jams along the way.Johann Sebastian Bach Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BJohn Butler Trio One Small StepJohn Talabot FinJohn Williams Schindler's ListKanye West 808s & HeartbreakKate Bush 50 Words for SnowKiller Mike R.A.P. MusicKing Crimson DisciplineKing Crimson THRAKKlaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black PearlKorn KornKorn Take a Look in the MirrorKylie Minogue Body LanguageLady Gaga The Fame MonsterLed Zeppelin PresenceLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No.3, Op.55Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.4, Op.60Lupe Fiasco Food & LiquorMachine Head Burn My EyesMarilyn Manson Antichrist SuperstarMastodon LeviathanMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah obZenWhere could they possibly go after Catch Thirtythree? Back to basics of course. It's hard to fault the best rhythm section on this side of the universe, with crushing descents like "obZen", "Bleed" and "Combustion" to droning chaos in the remainder. It's all too easy to fixate on how the band "are an epitomy of complex time signatures"; in reality they just play syncopated 4/4 grooves with incredible rigity not even a drum machine could understand, which is why obZen's blend of post-thrash and groove works to Meshuggah's advantage in this case.Meshuggah KolossMetallica Garage Inc.Metallica MetallicaMichael Jackson Off the WallMichael Jackson Number OnesMidnight Oil Diesel and DustModest Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare MountainMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMotley Crue Too Fast for LoveMudvayne All Access to All ThingsNick Cave and The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerkuOm Advaitic SongsOpeth DamnationOutKast StankoniaPaul Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier)Paul Simon So Beautiful or So WhatPeriphery PeripheryPhil Collins Face ValuePhilip Glass GlassworksPhilip Glass Violin ConcertoPhilip Glass Metamorphosis I-V, for pianoPhilip Glass KoyaanisqatsiPhilip Glass Symphony No. 8Pink Floyd The WallPJ Harvey Is This Desire?PJ Harvey Let England ShakeQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRammstein MutterRammstein Reise, ReiseRed Hot Chili Peppers Greatest HitsRihanna Good Girl Gone BadRihanna Rated RRihanna LoudRob Dougan Furious AngelsRush Permanent WavesRush Fly by NightRy Cooder Paris, TexasRy Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit DownSantigold SantogoldSavage Garden AffirmationSeasick Steve You Can't Teach an Old Dog New TricksSepultura AriseSilverchair The Best Of: Vol. 1Silverchair DioramaSlayer War At The WarfieldSlayer Decade Of AggressionSlayer God Hates Us AllSlayer Christ IllusionSlipknot SlipknotSlipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]Static-X Wisconsin Death TripStevie Ray Vaughan Soul to SoulStone Sour Stone SourSum 41 ChuckSystem of a Down Steal This Album!The Cranberries No Need to ArgueThe Presets ApocalypsoThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowThe Veronicas The Secret Life Of...The Weeknd House of BalloonsThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesTool UndertowTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social NetworkTV on the Radio Dear ScienceU2 Achtung BabyU2 The Best Of 1980-1990Vanessa Amorosi Somewhere in the Real WorldVektor Outer IsolationWarning Watching from a DistanceWeezer The Green AlbumYusuf Islam An Other Cup3.5 great*NSYNC Greatest HitsAbel (NY) Make It RightAC/DC PowerageAge of Evil A.O.E.Alfred Schnittke Piano Sonata No. 1Amia Venera Landscape The Long ProcessionAmon Amarth Twilight Of The Thunder GodAnathema We're Here Because We're HereAndrew Jackson Jihad Knife ManAngus & Julia Stone A Book Like ThisAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionArnold Bax Symphony No. 1 in E-flat majorArnold Bax Symphony No. 3Arthur Honegger Pacific 231, for orchestraAtoma SkylightAudioslave AudioslaveBela Bartok Divertimento, Sz. 113Beyonce 4Bic Runga BelleBirdy BirdyDebuting with an album of covers sounds like a weak way to enter the industry, but Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, ?a Birdy, manages to pull enough strings to remove herself from whatever tangled notions that may be present. Her collection portrays a quaint, emotive voice amongst roomy decay, bubbly piano, and poignant string arangements. Unlike her peers -- the divas Adele, Duffy and the late Amy Winehouse -- Birdy’s voice is audibly younger, less trained and more organic. It will be interesting to see if she plots a path towards something other than the popular soul pop we've been exposed to for a while now, but for some reason, I don’t think this will really matter in the end. Black Sabbath Vol. 4Bob Dylan Time Out Of MindBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon IverBoney M. Nightflight to VenusBritney Spears BritneyBritney Spears CircusBuckethead Electric SeaBurial Street HaloC.B Murdoc The GreenCharles Ives Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840â€“60Chevelle Vena SeraChildren of Bodom Something WildChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Coldplay Mylo XylotoCynic Carbon-Based AnatomyDarren Hayes This Delicate Thing We've MadeDeftones Diamond EyesDimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness TriumphantDisturbed BelieveDon Davis The MatrixEvery Time I Die Ex LivesEvoken Antithesis of LightFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsFoo Fighters Foo FightersFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters One by OneFoo Fighters Wasting LightGabriella Cilmi Lessons to Be LearnedSee, when I first heard "Sweet About Me" I thought I was listing to a late twenties British soul singer; its then no suprise that this 16 year old caught the eye of promoter and record executive Michael Parisi during 2007 in Melbourne. What follows is Lessons to be Learned, which for a debut safely prods the audience with derivative but wonderfully composed acoustic/pop-rock pieces designed to enhance the breathy vocals. Standouts include "Sweet bout Me", "Einstein" and "Got No Place to Go".George Butterworth The Banks of Green WillowGeorge Winston ForestGil Scott-Heron Pieces of a ManGojira L'Enfant SauvageHigh on Fire De Vermis MysteriisHugh Laurie Let Them TalkIron Maiden Brave New WorldJames Blake Enough ThunderJem Down to EarthJessie Ware DevotionJohn Butler Trio Grand NationalJon Lord SarabandeKate Miller-Heidke CuriouserKorn IssuesLa Roux La RouxI wish I enjoyed this as much as I do looking at Eleanor Jackson's awesome hair style, but really this is quite listenable. "Tigerlily" is the album's gem with "Bulletproof" and "In for the Kill" following close behind.Lady Gaga A Very Gaga HolidayLadyhawke LadyhawkeLana Del Rey Born to DieLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin The Song Remains The SameLeft Lane Cruiser Junkyard Speed BallLily Allen Alright, StillLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No.8, Op.93Machine Head Through the Ashes of EmpiresManchester Orchestra Mean Everything To NothingMastodon RemissionMastodon Crack the SkyeImagine if! No that would just be too easy! Imagination and this album come in two forms; allies and enemies. There's enough material on here to say this album succeeds; good song writing, effortless melodic and rhythmic structure, dimensional vocal devlivery; but it fails to add another limb to the Mastodon itself. So far it would be safe to say it has about three. So crippled and limping along, yet still with great power and enegry, this Mastodon still packs enough grunt to turn heads, especially those who are just escaping their bad music teen years. An album that will polarise a few more Remission and Levithan fanatics, but an album that works all the same, and that's all that matters.Mastodon The HunterMeshuggah NothingMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah NoneMudvayne The End of All Things to ComeMuse AbsolutionNatalie Imbruglia Left of the MiddleNatalie Imbruglia Come to LifeNine Inch Nails With TeethNirvana In UteroNorah Jones Little Broken HeartsOpeth MorningriseOpeth WatershedOpeth's Watershed is great, just don't go kill yourself over it. From the refreshing album opener, "Coil," to the atypical album finaliser "Hex Omega" the group introduce new and old sounds. The resulting effect is a recording that's a mixed bag of magnificence, and a sometimes anti-progression. "Burden" seems to separate the album, from the earlier more experimental flow, and the later half, progressively influenced which is honestly more enjoyable. But does that make the album any less great? Certainly not. Coupling the excellence of Still Life, and Damnation, and their 70's progressive influences, the band have produced something to which is has a collective grasp on both what they do best, and what their influences have done best. The fanboys will 5 star it, and normal society will just, enjoy it for what it is - a great, album...Orrery Nine Odes to OblivionOzzy Osbourne No More TearsPantera The Great Southern TrendkillPhilip Glass Symphony No. 9Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37bRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead Kid ARage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRage Against the Machine RenegadesRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRihanna A Girl Like MeRush Caress of SteelRy Cooder Paradise And LunchRy Cooder Get RhythmSantigold Master of My Make-BelieveSepalcure SepalcureSepultura Chaos A.D.Shadows Fall The War WithinShania Twain The Woman in MeSilverchair FrogstompSlayer Live UndeadSleigh Bells Reign of TerrorSpice Girls SpiceworldStatic-X CannibalStone Sour Come What(ever) May [Special Edition]Sum 41 Does This Look InfectedSystem of a Down System of a DownSystem of a Down MezmerizeTerry Riley In CThe Butterfly Effect Begins HereThe Dissociatives The DissociativesThe Rolling Stones A Bigger BangThe Veronicas Hook Me UpThe Vines Highly EvolvedTool 10,000 DaysA wonderful album, that just lacks staying power at times. It was going to be tough to break the bow-shock that Lateralus forged 5 years earlier, and this album both hits it, and misses it. The opener Vicarious is fantastic both musically and lyrically, but hints at at running out of ideas part sounding closer to Schism Pt. 2. Then there is the newly formed "Jambi," which is what they were talking about when citing Meshuggah as one of the prime influences. The stirring quality that is witnessed in songs like "10,000 Days" is really a refreshing experience, as is "Intension" where Danny Carey gets to use some of those gadgets hes had for ages properly. Then there are the obvious moments such as "Right in Two" and "The Pot," both of which use similar motifs from previous albums. Many will love this recording, and other will enjoy it with a bit of disappointment, after all this is Tool, and really anything they do will be held with high appraisal.Type O Negative World Coming DownVan Halen A Different Kind of Truth3.0 good3 Doors Down The Better LifeAC/DC Black IceAgalloch Faustian EchoesAir Le Voyage Dans La LuneAlcest Les Voyages De L AmeAngus & Julia Stone Down the WayArch Enemy Black EarthArch Enemy Dead Eyes See No FutureArch Enemy Rise Of The TyrantArnold Bax Symphony No. 2 in E minor/C majorArnold Bax Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minorAstra The Black ChordAstra's otherworldly tones are pulled unreservedly right from the 1970s book of progressive psychadellica, and then offered in 2012 packaging. There are copious amounts of Mellotron, blues licks in bouncing stereo, and just about every other prog cliche. At times they're ripping off Pink Floyd to the note, such as the opener which may as well have been titled 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond v2012', other times it's King Crimson copping the flack - but interestingly they do it all with some sense of authenticity. This in the end is what makes The Black Chord listenable, despite its deprivation of memorable weight. If it weren't for some well placed distinctions here and there ('Barefoot in the Head' in particular) The Black Chord would not only feel like another imitation, but a poor one at that. Thankfully, they manage to pull it off, only just, though. Atreyu The CurseBaroness Yellow and GreenBasil Poledouris The Hunt for Red OctoberBen Folds Songs for SilvermanBen Folds Way To NormalBeyonce I Am... Sasha FierceThe problem here is that more actually means less. Disc 1 is fairly bland, where as its counterpart has some of her most catchy hooks ever. If you cut the fat, Sasha Fierce seems more real than it's actually made out to be. See "If I were a Boy", "Single Ladies", and "Sweet Dreams" as symbols to this.Black Sabbath SabotageBob Dylan Love and TheftBrand New Deja EntenduBritney Spears In The ZoneBuckethead Acoustic ShardsBurial Truant/Rough SleeperCake Fashion NuggetCalvin Harris I Created DiscoCavern CavernChildren Collide The Long NowThey aren't so much about being the next big thing for Oz, but if they keep up the effort, who knows... these guys might just be it. The Long Now, what ever it means, is mostly a collection of post-grunge alt. rock escapism tracks that detail the positives of living away from Earth's slummage; not necessarily a concept, but more of a subtle theme for the wheels to follow. Vocalist/guitarist, Johnny Mackay, covers his inabilities to sing by repeating phrases and slurring like a drunk, doing so in a way that is fitting to the group's rhythm heavy sound. And whilst there's enough material on here to initially make it worth your while (see: Farewell Rocketship/Seasons Changing/Brave Robot), it may not be as pretty after the third or fourth spin for some; by then they've already found something else better.Children of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollChristina Aguilera Christina AguileraChristopher Lee A Heavy Metal ChristmasClint Mansell MoonClubroot III - MMXIICombat Astronomy Dematerialised PassengerCradle of Filth NymphetamineDisturbed The SicknessDmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102DragonForce The Power WithinDuffy RockferryEd Sheeran +Enslaved RIITIIREnya And Winter Came...Eskimo Joe A Song Is A CityEskimo Joe GirlEvanescence FallenFear Factory DemanufactureFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceGarbage Beautiful GarbageGreen Day InsomniacHans Zimmer Gladiator (Soundtrack)Hanson Middle of NowhereHole Live Through ThisIn Flames A Sense of PurposeIn Flames Sounds of a Playground FadingJennifer Lopez Love?Jet Get BornJethro Tull Stand UpJohn Butler Trio Sunrise Over SeaJohn Murphy 28 Days Later SoundtrackKate Bush Director's CutKate Miller-Heidke TelegramKate Miller-Heidke NightflightKimbra VowsKing Crimson BeatKing Crimson Three of a Perfect PairKorn Follow the LeaderKorn See You on the Other SideKylie Minogue AphroditeLamb of God ResolutionLana Del Rey ParadiseLaura Stevenson Sit ResistLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin In Through The Out DoorLeonard Cohen Old IdeasLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No.1, Op.21M.I.A. MayaMachine Head Unto the LocustMadonna MDNAMarco Beltrami 3:10 to YumaMarilyn Manson Mechanical AnimalsMarilyn Manson The Golden Age Of GrotesqueMarina and The Diamonds The Family JewelsMarina and The Diamonds Electra HeartMegadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Meshuggah Contradictions CollapseMetallica Death MagneticMichael Jackson DangerousMillencolin KingwoodModest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition [Ravel Orch]Ravel's interpretation of Mussorgsky's masterpiece is well thought out, but the piano is really where this work shines.Modest Mussorgsky Une Larme ("A tear"), for pianoMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreMurderdolls Beyond The Valley of the MurderdollsMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought...Natalie Imbruglia Counting Down the DaysNatalie Walker SparkNe Obliviscaris Portal of INickelback Silver Side UpNirvana BleachOpeth DeliveranceOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth HeritageHeritage = [Watershed's sound + (3 years - growls)] / (sqrt 1970s prog influences)Orianthi BelieveThere's organisation about Believe. Firstly it was relesed at the perfect time; just after the release of This Is It, but more importantly the music feels tight and well balanced. Orianthi could well have been bundled as the one of the placentae associated with the demise of Michael Jackson, but she pulls of a record thats catchy and fun, though admitedly a little bland at the edges. Afterall there's only so much you can do with a stock angsty voice, even if the guitar work is impeccable. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love BelowPeriphery IcarusPhilip Glass Symphony No. 2, for orchestraPhilip Glass Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"Pink Floyd The Division BellPink Floyd Delicate Sound of ThunderPink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of ReasonPJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The SeaPussycat Dolls PCDRadiohead The BendsRadiohead In RainbowsRammstein SehnsuchtRammstein HerzeleidRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRobert Schumann Fantasie in C major, for piano, Op. 17Rush SignalsRustie Glass SwordsRy Cooder Chicken Skin MusicSamuel Barber Adagio for StringsShadows Fall The Art of BalanceShadows Fall RetributionShania Twain Up!Slayer Show No MercySlayer Haunting the ChapelWhile being a thoroughly enjoyable listen, Haunting the Chapel wont really have many wanting to comeback to it on regular occsaions. Naturally a lot of EPs are like this; becoming part of the binding glue between the real releases, and the excuse to make your CD collection look artificially inflated. But for one keen on the early developments of the band with their true speed, punk influences and agression intact, make sure you attain a copy of this pre-mini classic.Slayer World Painted BloodSlipknot IowaSlipknot 9.0: LiveSlipknot All Hope Is GoneThe missing elements during All Hope is Gone eventually add to Slipknot's knack at being the masters at mediocrity, but at the same time the masters of their musical art. Behind all the Halloween gimmicky-imagery there's yet another album, but one that lacks focus, consistency, and as Tyler had said, "ends up being mixtape fodder more than anything."
Without, knocking about all the dynamics involved, All Hope is Gone will please some, especially those who didn't enjoy Vol 3., cause others to once again stubbornly acquire more their hate for the band, and finally collect a few disenchanted onlookers that were seeking something other than a heavier version their beloved sister band, Stone Sour.Soso (SWE) T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C.Stevie Nicks In Your DreamsStone Sour Come What(ever) MayStone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1Strung Out An American ParadoxSystem of a Down HypnotizeTesseracT OneThe All-American Rejects The All-American RejectsThe Killers Hot FussThe Mars Volta NoctourniquetThe Used The UsedThy Catafalque RengetegTool OpiateTool SalivalTrivium AscendancyTrivium ShogunType O Negative October RustVESSL GoddessVildhjarta MasstadenTorn between clean "canyon reverb" interludes and overtly digitized riffs, Vildhjarta offer a well rounded debut, but only in chunks and pieces. There's nothing really bad about it, but there's nothing all that great either. The concept while intriguing isn't savoured by the countless allusions to a style which is aging much faster than its proponents.Wintersun WintersunZomby Dedication2.5 averageAndrea Bocelli IncantoAqua AquariumArch Enemy Khaos LegionsArnold Bax Symphony No. 4Arsis We Are the NightmareAshlee Simpson I Am MeAtreyu A Deathgrip On YesterdayBaroness Blue RecordBetween The Buried And Me ColorsColo(u)rful; yes, conceptual; no. Aside from the fleeting moment of power and grace, colours is a complete mess of abstraction that could have been much better executed. Hardly deserving of the wide acclaim it receives, but, thankfully their at least trying.Between The Buried And Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBlack Sabbath Technical EcstasyBruno Mars Doo-Wops & HooligansBuckethead Giant RobotCake Pressure ChiefChevelle Sci-Fi CrimesChevelle Hats Off to the BullChildren of Bodom Skeletons in the ClosetChimaira Impossibility of ReasonCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowConverge Jane DoeCorrosion of Conformity Corrosion of ConformityCreed Human ClayCreed WeatheredEminem EncoreEmpire Of The Sun Walking On A DreamFoo Fighters In Your HonorGood Charlotte Good CharlotteGrimes VisionsHans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesHilary Duff MetamorphosisHIM Love MetalHop Along Get DisownedJethro Tull This WasKate Miller-Heidke Little EveKeane Perfect SymmetryKilling Heidi ReflectorKorn UntouchablesKorn Korn III: Remember Who You AreKylie Minogue XLady Gaga Born This WayLinkin Park MeteoraMachine Head The BlackeningMaroon 5 OverexposedMatthew Morrison Matthew MorrisonMetallica St. AngerMetallica ReloadMetallica Some Kind of MonsterMetallica Beyond MagneticMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet RevengeNatalie Imbruglia White Lilies IslandNazgul De Expugnatione ElfmuthNine Inch Nails BrokenOlafur Arnalds For Now I am WinterOpeth OrchidParkway Drive Killing With A SmilePeriphery Periphery II: This Time It's PersonalPhilip Glass The Hours (Soundtrack)Pink Floyd The Final CutPrince BatmanProtest The Hero FortressRihanna Music of the SunRingo Starr Y NotRingo Starr Ringo 2012Rise Against Appeal to ReasonRy Cooder Bop Till You DropSatyricon VolcanoSilverchair Young ModernSlayer Diabolus in MusicaSlipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.Soulfly ProphecySoulfly EnslavedSummoning Oath BoundThe Corrs In BlueThe Rolling Stones Voodoo LoungeThe Used In Love and DeathTrivium In WavesWednesday 13 Transylvania 90210Wolfmother Wolfmother2.0 poor3 Doors Down Time of My LifeAll Saints All SaintsArch Enemy Anthems Of RebellionArch Enemy The Root Of All EvilAudioslave RevelationsBon Iver Blood BankBritney Spears ...Baby One More TimeBuckethead Albino SlugChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Chevelle Point #1Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & StrungoutChildren of Bodom Relentless Reckless ForeverChimaira The InfectionChristina Aguilera Mi ReflejoCradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's ThunderDesign the Skyline NevaehEvermore DreamsGabriella Cilmi TenTen is where Gabriella Cilmi needed to go after her punchy debut. It will prove as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, naturally, but is still a record that's plagued by incoherent poppy-electronic songwriting that sits awkwardly alogside her voice. Sometimes the crunchy elements blend well together like during "On a Mission" and "Hearts Don't Lie", but the rest requires a little too much forced tolerance. Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight RisesHans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark KnightIron Maiden Dance of DeathJames Horner AvatarJason Mraz We Sing, We Dance, We Steal ThingsJay-Z and Linkin Park Collision CourseKaty Perry One of the BoysKisschasy United Paper PeopleKorn Life Is PeachyLed Zeppelin CodaMarilyn Manson Portrait Of An American FamilyMeshuggah The True Human DesignMetallica LoadMichael Jackson InvincibleMichael Jackson This Is ItMudvayne Lost and FoundMudvayne The New GameOperator Please GlovesOpeth BurdenPantera Far Beyond DrivenParamore Riot!Parkway Drive HorizonsRammstein Liebe Ist FÃ¼r Alle DaGet your knickers in a knot over their worst album since, well ever - why? Are there still a few fetishes lingering out there? Naturally their vulgar humour taints this record, perhaps more so than previously, but that's not the issue, nor is it the fact they've done nothing to their original sound. It's simply the fact that there's hardly a song on here worth the $25 bucks (unlike Mutter or Reise, Reise for example), leaving you not only laughing at 'Pussy', but also laughing at yourself for being such an idiot buying it (if that's how you've attained this of course)...Rihanna Talk That TalkSlipknot Iowa (10th Anniversary Edition)Staind Break the CycleStatic-X Shadow ZoneStatic-X MachineStatic-X Start a WarStone Sour Audio SecrecyThe All-American Rejects Move AlongThe Contortionist IntrinsicThe Rolling Stones Steel WheelsTrivium The CrusadeZao Parade of Chaos1.5 very poorAlien Ant Farm ANThologyAsking Alexandria Reckless and RelentlessAudioslave Out of ExileBright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital UrnBritney Spears Oops!...I Did It AgainChildren of Bodom BlooddrunkUnfortunately the release is repetitive, even more-so than Are You Dead Yet?, which actually have many good moments such as Living Dead Beat, Are You Dead Yet?, If You Want Peace... Prepare for War, In Your Face and finally Bastards of Bodom. This album hardly stands up to previous albums, and sadly shows that Bodom are becoming more redundant with each release.
The review mentions technicality, which I would totally disagree with due to the fact that most of the tracks are cyclic efforts, showcasing little more than everything else they have done, just with a lot less memorabilia to bring back home. Technicality goes way beyond just solos and riffage. And, while Alexis musical ability is good, his song writing isn't (at least on this release).
Good points would of course have to be the emergence of Warman's keyboards, however they are like the rest of the album cyclic and monotonous.
Perhaps the next release will prove more interesting, until then, this album is another release showing Bodoms demise into redundancy.CKY Infiltrate Destroy RebuildDrowning Pool SinnerEiffel 65 EuropopEmmure The Respect IssueGood Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and DeathGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownHellyeah HellyeahHellyeah StampedeHilary Duff Hilary DuffJet Shine OnJourney Trial By FireKevin Rudolf In The CityKillswitch Engage Killswitch Engage IIThe problem is that while dawdling on the toilet of ideas where progression comes as close as Howard Jones' lyrics do to relevance; Killswitch forgot remind us that being engaged is perhaps not the best alternative when you need to follow up on last time's borefest. Producing yet another waste filled bowl of poor musical material, not even good enough to be processed by a sewerage treatment plant, the band only come close to reality in a few fleeting moments across the album's entirety. While there's certainly been worse this year already, Killswitch only add to 2009's shitlist.Lamb of God WrathLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish...Linkin Park Minutes To MidnightMachine Head SuperchargerMarilyn Manson Smells Like ChildrenMorbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusMudvayne The Beginning of All Things To EndNickelback Dark HorseP.O.D. SatellitePussycat Dolls Doll DominationRihanna UnapologeticSimple Plan Still Not Getting Any...Slayer Divine InterventionSlipknot Welcome to Our Neighborhood [DVD]Soundtrack Twilight Official SoundtrackSpice Girls ForeverStory of the Year Page AvenueWe Are Smug We Are SmugWeezer Make Believe1.0 awfulA Perfect Circle eMOTIVeAqua AquariusAtreyu Lead Sails Paper AnchorBaha Men Who Let the Dogs OutEminem RelapseKe$ha CannibalWell, there's amazing pop; good pop; pop that while purely commercial, still works; pop that is so blatantly Auto-Tuned that it... still somehow works. Cannibal (and Animal) is none of these, no, it falls into the category of, bogan pop. Indeed, bogan pop is pop derived from a socio-economic class of musicians so terrible that even real-world bogans are allowed to be critical.Korn UntitledKorn CollectedIf you're looking for an example of a pitiful, unneccessary release, look no further. Korn trying to Collect(ed) $$ from their Sony BMG days, and all that's eventuated is an album that has wasted polycarbonate and paper and ink.Marilyn Manson The High End of LowMethods of Mayhem Methods of MayhemPapa Roach MetamorphosisShort Stack Stack is the New BlackSimple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsSimple Plan Simple PlanSoulja Boy Souljaboytellem.comStatic-X Cult Of StaticVanessa Amorosi The PowerWilliam Control Hate Culture
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