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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBob Dylan Blood on the TracksBright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Converge Jane DoeDark Tranquillity The GalleryAlongside albums like Slaughter of the Soul and The Jester Race, The Gallery is one of melodic death metal's most praised and influential efforts. It takes the harsh, growled vocals and brutality of traditional death metal and adds more than enough melodic sensibility to make the music not just heavy, but elegant and tasteful as well. Despite lacking the distinctive keyboards in their later albums, it's the most consistent and all-around amazing album they have released. Highlights include the head-banger and air guitarist's delight "Punish My Heaven", guest female vocals on the title track, slowly-bookended "Lethe", and acoustic instrumental "Mine is the Grandeur...", which flows perfectly into the all encompassing finale "...Of Melancholy Burning". But make no mistake, The Gallery is amazing from start to finish, and the rest of Dark Tranquillity's catalog has proved it's anything but a fluke.Death Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismHoward Shore The Fellowship of the RingIron Maiden The Number of the BeastJohn Mayer ContinuumKamelot The Black HaloA rare find in not only power metal but music as a whole, The Black Halo is an album that more than defies expectations. To call this power metal doesn't do it justice - Kamelot take the straightforward metal formula and add their impressive control of dynamics within brilliantly tight but uncomplicated songwriting and musicianship. Top this all off with perfectly complementary keyboards and a singer whose voice reflects his classical training in every positive way, and you have The Black Halo in a nutshell. On a near perfect album, it's intimidating to pick highlights, but the vocal tour-de-force "Abandoned" and orgasmic 9 minute monster "Memento Mori" end up being the defining moments here. There are flaws, yes, but they're so incredibly minute that it hardly even matters. Finally, this is part two of a double concept album, and even that is executed extremely well.
If there are power metal albums better than this, they're about as rare as the Fountain of Youth.Protest The Hero KeziaOne has to wonder if anyone expected something like this to come from the same band who made A Calculated Use of Sound, a debut that didn't even hint at what they would become. But after a year spent learning to play what they'd already written, Protest the Hero made Kezia, one of the most all around brilliant metal albums I've yet to encounter. Musically, it's flat out jaw-dropping; a nonstop assault of punk-ish metal, technicality and divinely orchestrated chaos. Lyrically? One of the best concept albums of all time, a three-act discourse with amazingly written socio-political and religious lyrics. Even my main initial problem - Rody Walker's voice - is quite unique and simply takes time to get used to (and/or come to love). One could try to pinpoint highlights, but the album's so full of memorable moments that doing so is an almost completely futile exercise - just like trying to find similar albums as good as this. Classic and essential in just about every way.Refused The Shape of Punk to ComeRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessThe most consistent, cohesive, catchy and impressive album Rise Against has released, featuring Tim's best vocal performance and a large share of their best songs. Striking a perfect balance between the raw fury of their past and giant hooks of the present, The Sufferer and the Witness is not only Rise Against's best album but one of the best albums of the decade. If I'm wrong, show me a ballad by a similar band that's as amazing as "Roadside", but until then, I'll be enjoying the fact the replay value here is as strong as the music.Rx Bandits MandalaSublime covering De-Loused in the Comatorium. If that doesn't entice you, I don't see how anything else I can say will.The Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Roots Game TheoryU2 The Joshua Tree4.5 superbAnberlin CitiesBright Eyes Lifted or the Story is in the Soil...Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCoheed and Cambria NeverenderDark Tranquillity Damage DoneDark Tranquillity FictionIt doesn't seem very often that a band almost touches a classic so long after releasing it, but that's exactly what Dark Tranquillity has done here. Twelve years after the essential melodic death metal album The Gallery, Fiction sees the band pouring every one of their strengths into 10 ridiculously good songs. Almost like an unintentional greatest hits, the ten songs here musically encapsulate everything that has and still makes DT such an amazing band. When it's all over (ending with their best closer since, well, The Gallery), this album serves as hope that Dark Tranquillity won't be burning out anytime soon. (although honestly, have they ever made us worry about that?)Disillusion Back To Times Of SplendorDropkick Murphys The Warrior's CodeFear Before The Always Open MouthFeist The ReminderFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsFrank Sinatra In The Wee Small HoursFrank Sinatra Classic Sinatra: His Greatest Performances 1953-60In Flames ColonyIn one sentence, it's the perfect balance between "true" melodeath and the catchier, more commercial elements that would start to compromise their sound on Clayman. That, and it's bookended by "Embody the Invisible"/"Ordinary Story" and "Man Made God", which should be all I have to say to anyone who's heard them.Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonJay-Z The Black AlbumThe Black Album isn't Jay-Z's last album, but if he'd stayed in retirement, it would have been, and Hova would have thus bookended his career with his strongest release since the essential Reasonable Doubt. Lyrically, it's only bettered by his aforementioned debut, and the production is impeccable, unmatched by everything else he's ever done. The album only falls below its remarkably high self-established standard twice, and even then "Threat" and "My 1st Song" would likely be highlights on any album from a lesser MC. Sure, the albums before and after this were duds, but if Jay had retired for good, The Black Album would have assured the hip-hop community would be missing him. The rest of us are just hoping he can make something this good again.Jay-Z Reasonable DoubtOne of the greatest rappers of our generation at the absolute top of his game, Reasonable Doubt is an essential near-classic that no hip-hop fan would be without. Here, the soon-to-be superstar unintentionally trumps every performance afterwards over old-school production, making everything after it sound just a little..."uninspired"?. The guest spots don't hurt either, especially when the late Notorious B.I.G. makes "Brooklyn's Finest" one of Reasonable Doubt's greatest moments. But as good as it is, it doesn't deserve full marks; a couple stronger tracks, better hooks or stronger production would elevate it to that level. Irregardless, we know he's never going to top this, and in some ways, it doesn't really matter - this album would hopefully have gotten Hova into the history books by itself.John Powell How to Train Your Dragon OSTJohn Williams Minority Report (Soundtrack)Judas Priest PainkillerKamelot EpicaLiving Sacrifice Conceived In FireManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingFor me, Mean Everything to Nothing is a bit of an enigma. I both love Andy Hull's voice and find myself slightly annoyed by it. Manchester Orchestra's wonderful brand of alternative/indie rock isn't truly unique, but I can't think of anything that sounds really similar to this. It's amazing, but almost feels like it shouldn't be. Personal indecision aside, the chilling "I Can Feel a Hot One" is reason enough to listen to this album, and the rest of it will make you thankful you did. It's catchy, it's clever, it's accessible, it's fun, and the best part? One gets the feeling that they're capable of something even better.Megadeth Rust in PeaceMichael Jackson ThrillerMuse AbsolutionPolar Bear Club Chasing HamburgRegina Spektor FarRise Against Revolutions Per MinuteRob Dougan Furious AngelsSarah Fimm Red Yellow SunSarah Fimm could have gone on making the spacey, soothing trip-hop of her first three albums and her tiny but devoted fanbase probably wouldn't have cared - she was pretty damn good at it, after all. But in a period of about nine months, she made two brilliant choices: releasing a free EP that both reached new fans and hinted at a new direction, and completely ditching trip-hop for the new-age/folk/pop hybrid on Red Yellow Sun. While different, Red Yellow Sun sees Fimm exhibit the same strengths as before: the low-key instrumentation complements her voice perfectly, the songwriting never feels tired, and her amazing, soothing voice never falters. The only obvious flaw is a section in "Crumbs and Broken Shells" where guest Peter Murphy's operatic warble sounds grating against Fimm's smooth, controlled vocals. Ending with an awesome climax and one of the year's best closers, Red Yellow Sun is yet another excellent album that (if number of ratings are any indication) will hopefully get the recognition this woman's been deserving for awhile.Soundtrack Mass Effect 3 SoundtrackStreetlight Manifesto Everything Goes NumbStreetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the BetweenThe Beatles RevolverThrice Vheissu4.0 excellentA Fine Frenzy One Cell in the SeaA Fine Frenzy Bomb In A BirdcageAFI Sing the SorrowAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalAnberlin VitalAntonio Vivaldi The Four SeasonsBlindside SilenceBob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob DylanBob Dylan Highway 61 RevisitedBright Eyes CassadagaChevelle Wonder What's NextChiodos IlluminaudioCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionColdplay Viva la VidaColdplay Prospekt's MarchCommon BeConverge You Fail MeConverge Axe to FallConverge All We Love We Leave BehindCryptopsy None So VileCursive Mama, I'm SwollenDanger Mouse The Grey AlbumDark Tranquillity CharacterDark Tranquillity Where Death is Most AliveDeath Cab for Cutie The Photo AlbumDropkick Murphys BlackoutDropkick Murphys The Meanest of TimesEdge of Sanity Crimson IIEdge of Sanity CrimsonIn the 13 years since its release, Crimson has attained an almost legendary cult status among metalheads - and for the most part, it deserves it. Very few bands have attempted (or succeeded at) something like this; a single 40 minute song chronicling post-apocalyptic Earth, worldwide infertility, a false messiah, betrayal and revolution. But as good as the idea behind this progressive (melodic) death metal album is, its execution leaves a little to be desired. The band isn't able to keep Crimson interesting for all of its duration, and there are some stretches in the middle (about as long as a normal song) where little to nothing interesting happens. As amazing a musician as he is, Dan Swano's singing voice leaves something to be desired, but luckily he doesn't use it all that often.
So for the record: Is Crimson unique? Definitely. Impressive? No question. Amazing enough to call classic? Not really.Eluveitie SlaniaElvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 HitsFeist Let It DieFlorence and the Machine LungsFrank Sinatra My Way - The Best Of Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra Sinatra Reprise-The Very Good YearsFrank Sinatra Nothing But the Bestfun. Some NightsGodspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaIn Flames The Jester RaceIn Flames Come ClarityIron Maiden Dance of DeathIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Edward The GreatJames Newton Howard SignsJay-Z The BlueprintJohn Mayer Battle StudiesJohn Murphy Sunshine (Soundtrack)John Williams Jurassic ParkKamelot KarmaKanye West Late RegistrationKanye West The College DropoutKillswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingLess Than Jake Hello RockviewLiving Sacrifice The Hammering ProcessLiving Sacrifice The Infinite OrderLo-Fi Scorpio NoirMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningMetric FantasiesMichael Jackson Off the WallMisery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum HeartMos Def The EcstaticMuse Origin of SymmetryMutemath Mute MathNas & Damian Marley Distant RelativesOpeth Blackwater ParkParadise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites UsParamore Riot!Pearl Jam TenPharoahe Monch DesirePig Destroyer TerrifyerPriscilla Ahn A Good DayProject 86 Drawing Black LinesProject 86 ...And the Rest Will FollowProtest The Hero FortressQueen Greatest Hits OneRadiohead OK ComputerRammstein Reise, ReiseRammstein had been slowly but steadily improving since their debut, and the majority of Mutter said they were ready to make something truly great. A bit ironic, then, that the band had to (in some ways) abandon their traditional sound to make their most varied, ambitious and consistent album to date. Here, these six Germans bring their signature industrial ("Mein Teil" and the title track), bluesy acoustic rock ("Los"), epic power ballads ("Ohne Dich", "Amour"), and even poppy industrial ("Moskau") - and best of all, they succeed at just about all of it. The major change of this album coupled with the disappointing follow-up suggest that they'll never make an album this good again - but to their credit, none of the other German industrial bands have either.Rammstein VölkerballRegina Spektor Begin To HopeRegina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureRx Bandits The ResignationRx Bandits ...And the Battle BegunSara Bareilles Careful ConfessionsSara Bareilles Kaleidoscope HeartSarah Fimm White BirdsSarah Fimm NexusSarah Fimm Karma PhalaSet Your Goals Mutiny!Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of UsSights and Sounds MonolithIf the artwork or album title isn't a very good indicator, then "Sorrows" should make it clear: Monolith is a big album. Not really in length (although it is almost an hour long), but in scope. The huge, Vheissu-esque atmosphere helps this post-hardcore/progressive/rock hybrid retain an epic feel for most of its duration. Add in wall-of-sound production (it is produced by Devin Townsend), wonderful pop punk-esque melodies and consistent songwriting, and you have one of 2009's most interesting albums. With a debut this good, a sophomore slump still means a pretty good release, and it's not too often you can say that.Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978Steven Price GravityStreetlight Manifesto The Hands That ThieveThe Beach Boys 20 Good Vibrations: The Greatest Hits The Beatles Let It Be… Naked Like a gorgeous woman, Let it Be is even better naked.The Beatles Rubber SoulThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Beatles Help!The Beatles 1Like many 'greatest hits' or 'best of' collections, the problem with 1 isn't what it contains but what it leaves out. Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road are represented by a maximum of three songs each, while Rubber Soul, The White Album and Sgt. Peppers... get absolutely none. Of course, it was during their early years when the Beatles had more hit singles, so an album of "number one hits" won't be as comprehensive as it should be. Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is this: while a collection of many great songs, anyone who listens to just this is really missing out.The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Calm Blue Sea The Calm Blue SeaThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Roots Things Fall ApartThe Roots Rising DownThird Eye Blind Third Eye BlindThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVTyler Bates 300 SoundtrackU2 Achtung BabyU2 U218 SinglesUnderoath Define the Great LineUnearth The Oncoming StormVERSA VersaEmergeWeird Al Yankovic Running With Scissors3.5 greatAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsAmplive Rainydayz RemixesAnberlin Blueprints For The Black MarketAnberlin New SurrenderAnberlin Dark Is The Way, Light Is A PlaceAt The Gates Slaughter of the SoulAugust Burns Red MessengersCome on people, it's not that good. In fact, this should be one giant borefest: it's not original at all, and like most any metalcore album it's pretty repetitive. There is, however, some x-factor that makes Messengers just...work. Hopefully their rate of improvement continues through to the next album, but for now August Burns Red have yet to make anything near a classic album.August Burns Red ConstellationsBlindside About A Burning FireCarcass HeartworkChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Chevelle Vena SeraChristina Perri lovestrong.Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay Mylo XylotoCommon Like Water for ChocolateConverge Petitioning the Empty SkyDark Tranquillity HavenDark Tranquillity The Mind's IDeath Cab for Cutie PlansDeath Cab for Cutie Narrow StairsDemon Hunter The TriptychFair The Best Worst-Case ScenarioFaith No More Angel DustFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeThe only Foos album worth your time or money. As good as the singles from their other albums are, nothing else has managed to be as consistent or interesting as this. Yeah, just about everyone has probably heard "Monkey Wrench", "My Hero" and career highlight "Everlong", but to leave it at that is ignoring the wealth of good material here. "Hey, Johnny Park!", "Up in Arms", "Wind Up", "My Poor Brain", heck, pretty much the whole thing is great. everything else they've released up has failed to measure up to this, but for just one album, the Foo Fighters could do no wrong. If only they could replicate such success again.Fort Minor The Rising TiedMost of us probably figured that Shinoda would release a side project, but I doubt many thought it would be this good. A bit like Kanye West, he lacks more than a little in the rapping department, but his skills as a producer easily overshadow this (with the obvious difference that Shinoda plays most of the instruments). There are definitely some duds ("In Stereo", "Slip Out the Back") but The Rising Tied succeeds due to its multiple guests, strong production and excellent singles. Now if he can quit Linkin Park...Frank Sinatra Songs For Young LoversGay Witch Abortion MaverickIn Flames ClaymanJay-Z American GangsterJay-Z Fade to Black (DVD)John Mayer Room for SquaresJohn Williams The Patriot (Soundtrack)Killswitch Engage As Daylight DiesLo-Fi Scorpio Lo-Fi ScorpioLostprophets Start SomethingLupe Fiasco Food & LiquorManchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a ChildMaroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before LongMetallica MetallicaMetallica Death MagneticMetric Live It OutMetric SyntheticaMisery Signals ControllerMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMuse H.A.A.R.PMutemath ResetMxPx Ten Years and RunningMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeNas STILLmaticNewsboys Take Me To Your LeaderNewsboys Shine: The HitsNine Inch Nails The SlipOpeth WatershedParamore Brand New EyesBrand New Eyes sees Paramore mature even more within the confines of their alternative/pop punk sound, but it also begs the question: Is this the best they're capable of? When a band covers At the Drive-in live, listen to Thrice, "borrow" a lyric from Refused and write something very similar to (if not stolen from) a mewithoutYou song, surely great but still generic pop punk isn't all they can do. If there's any justice in the world, this will be Paramore's last album on the Fueled By Ramen label. In the meantime, Brand New Eyes is a helluva lot of fun, and Hayley's vocal prowess makes up for her band's somewhat mundane performance.Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.Project 86 Songs to Burn Your Bridges ByQueen Greatest HitsRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRammstein MutterRefused Songs to Fan the Flames of DiscontentRelient K mmhmmRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoRise Against Appeal to ReasonAppeal to Reason has been taking quite the bashing since its release, and most everyone has the same complaints:
"The music isn't 'passionate' enough."
"Those lyrics on 'Hero of War' suck."
"The polka-esque part in 'Entertainment' doesn't work at all."
I disagree, but even if that was all true, that doesn't stop a large majority of the album from being good or great. "Re-Education Through Labor", "Kotov Syndrome", "Savior", "Whereabouts Unknown"....Appeal to Reason delivers the goods. Changing their sound a bit doesn't mean they've lost any "passion", it just means Tim doesn't wanna shout all the time - or something like that. Whatever. Album is great, but why listen to me? I'm just a fanboy.Sara Bareilles Little VoiceScar Symmetry Holographic UniverseSikTh Death of a Dead DaySoulstice Dead Letter PerfectSoundtrack Across the UniverseSpoken Last Chance to BreatheSum 41 ChuckSum 41 All Killer No FillerSystem of a Down ToxicityThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Earth Bleeds Keepers of Values (Demo)The Empire Shall Fall AwakenIt's undoubtedly better than Killswitch Engage's new album, but Awaken isn't exactly something to get excited about. There's some pretty nice Meshuggah-influenced metalcore to found here, and with 8 songs spanning 40 minutes, the focus is on interesting songwriting instead of catchy choruses and predictably placed breakdowns. That doesn't mean there aren't breakdowns, in fact, one of the problems is that the not-so-common breakdowns are cliche and boring. The lyrics are also a bit too preachy (Leach trades his old spiritual/philosophical themes for political ones) and the shredding can be more flashy than it is interesting. Besides those points, Jesse's performance is great, and if it's true his band is made of jazz musicians then theirs is pretty commendable as well. Despite its faults, Awaken is a strong metalcore album, and one hopes The Empire Shall Fall improve from here (instead of going the other way like a, ahem, certain former band).The Mars Volta OctahedronThe Roots PhrenologyThe Roots How I Got OverThirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to MarsThirty Seconds to Mars This Is WarThis Time Next Year Road Maps and Heart AttacksU2 All That You Can't Leave BehindUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireUpon Beauty Rests For the Days We Fear the Air We BreatheVarious Artists Halo 2 Original Soundtrack-Volume 1Various Artists The Matrix Reloaded OSTVarious Artists The Matrix: Music From The Motion PictureVERSA PerceptionsVERSA Fixed at ZeroWeird Al Yankovic Poodle HatWeird Al Yankovic Bad Hair DayWeird Al Yankovic Off the Deep EndWeird Al Yankovic Straight Outta LynwoodX Japan Art of Life3.0 goodA Fine Frenzy Oh, Blue Christmas EPA Fine Frenzy PinesAerosmith Just Push PlayAll That Remains This Darkened HeartAlter Bridge One Day RemainsPlaying a somewhat refined but still generic form of radio-ready hard rock, Alter Bridge's debut is a rather average album. Guitarist Mark Tremonti displays much more talent than he did in Creed, and full-out shredding solos have shown up in several songs (thanks to vocalist Myles Kennedy playing rhythm). Kennedy also displays much more range than Scott Stapp, and thankfully significantly less swagger as well. Still, the album has several faults: the typical song structures, boring and sometimes awful lyrics, as well as little that distinguishes the songs from each other (or other bands on the radio, for that matter). It's occasionally quite enjoyable, but ultimately just another mainstream rock record.Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder GodI must have missed whatever everybody else caught, because I have yet to understand what so many people love about Twilight of the Thunder God. If you've read any one of the reviews, you'll know the album does absolutely nothing new in the melodic death metal subgenre or with it's Viking/Norse mythological lyrics. And that's the problem.
The guitar riffs, the drums, the various growls/screams, the lyrics....it's all been done before, and in various cases much better. "But it'll make your balls bigger!" Yeah, so will various other albums, ones that are much more memorable and ultimately better than this. I'm not saying that Twilight of the Thunder God is bad - it actually leans over on the good side - but there's so little (if any) material that's interesting, unique or impressive enough to make it worthwhile.Angels and Airwaves LoveAnna Nalick Wreck of the DayApologetix New And Used Hits:The Best of ApologetixArch Enemy Rise of the TyrantAs I Lay Dying An Ocean Between UsAudio Adrenaline UnderdogAudioslave AudioslaveAuditory Aphasia The PeripateticsAustrian Death Machine Total BrutalB.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby RayBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectIt's a Between the Buried and Me album, which means there's some cool parts, some laughably bad stuff, a ton of semi-coherent wank, and Tommy Rogers' still bad harsh vocals. This could be excellent if it was half the length, but as it is it's just acceptable.Birdy BirdyBrand New DaisyChevelle Sci-Fi CrimesColdplay X & YCross Movement Holy CultureCute Is What We Aim For RotationDark Tranquillity ProjectorDark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal NightDark Tranquillity We Are the VoidDavid Bazan Curse Your BranchesDel tha Funkee Homosapien Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)Demon Hunter Demon HunterDemon Hunter The World Is A ThornDestroy The Runner I, LuciferDisciple Back AgainDisciple Scars RemainDragonForce Sonic FirestormDragonForce Valley Of The Damned (Demo)Edict AugustEisley Room Noises"It is a Christianality theme, it is fictional, but no religion in the music, it is Okay, it is funny, do you need some coffee from a Christian coffee shop?"
The quickest way to describe Room Noises is to compare it to Feist or Metric - female-fronted indie pop with basic instrumentation and simple song structures. The problem is, it's not as catchy as either aforementioned artist, and there's little else to keep one interested besides a strong vocal performance from Sheri Dupree (one of four siblings and their cousin who form Eisley). Her backing band might as well be studio musicians or even pre-programmed loops, considering their contribution to the album is completely forgettable.
So basically, the only truly interesting thing associated with this Room Noises is the memes.Erin McCarley Love, Save the EmptyEternal Tears of Sorrow Children of the Dark WatersEvanescence FallenFalling Up CrashingsFalling Up Dawn EscapesFireflight UnbreakableFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFort Minor We Major (Mixtape)God Forbid IV: Constitution of TreasonGood Charlotte The Young And The HopelessHans Zimmer Gladiator (Soundtrack)Haste the Day Pressure the HingesHouse Of Heroes The End is Not The EndIt's about as classic as every other pop rock/pop punk album of the past decade. What we have here is a supposed "rock opera" that could have been written by just about anyone else, and aside from the closing track, there's nothing that conjures up the grandeur such an album should have. Physical copies of The End is Not the End must release some very powerful hallucinogen, because the last time I checked, a lot of catchy hooks, and mediocre everything are not enough to earn a near perfect score.In Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeInhale Exhale I Swear...Iron Thrones Visions of LightOpeth minus the acoustics fronted by Tommy Rogers minus the suck make a progressive (melodic) death metal album minus replay value and truly impressive qualities. There's not much else to say about this, other than it's free, generic and too repetitive for its own good - you more or less get what you pay for here.Jay-Z Kingdom ComeJay-Z Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. CarterJay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJohn Mayer Heavier ThingsJohn Mayer Born and RaisedJuggernautz JuggernautzJustifide The Beauty of the UnknownKamelot Poetry for the PoisonedKanye West 808s & HeartbreakKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West has made an amazing album, worthy of the praise it's received and more. I am of course referring to his debut The College Dropout, which follows the unofficial hip-hop guideline of therefore being his best album. As always, West's unbelievable ego is very apparent on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but this time it manifests itself through overly long songs and now un-modified singing, mainly in the second half. The album starts out good: "Dark Fantasy" and "Gorgeous" are both good opening tracks, even if Kanye lacks whatever fire he used to have. "Power" is fantastic, even if it's outdone by the GOOD Friday remix. "All of the Lights" sports the best beat here and Rihanna's guest spot is - as usual - a welcome highlight, and "Monster" is better than anything from 808s and Heartbreak, despite Nicki Minaj's annoying performance. It's here where the problems - and the singing - start. "So Appalled" has uninspired performances from everyone involved. "Devil in a New Dress" sounds like a College Dropout b-side, with the most mundane beat here. "Runaway" sports the most annoying use of piano I've ever heard, and ends with 3 minutes of pointless noise. "Blame Game" basically wastes the usually-awesome guest John Legend before ending with pointless Chris Rock banter. Why it took people six years and the wrong album to realize West's quality as an artist is beyond me, but this is Merriweather Post Pavilion once more and somebody forgot to spike my drink - again.Katy Perry One of the BoysKaty Perry Teenage DreamLacuna Coil Shallow LifeLady Gaga The FameSynthetic, generic, homogenous, and completely unimpressive, but also catchy enough to be mildly entertaining. It's very much the same thing that's been played on top 40 radio for quite awhile now. And I'll stick with singers who don't get their melodies out of the same can as their beats ok thanks.Less Than Jake TV/EPLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park MeteoraLiving Sacrifice In MemoriamLostprophets Liberation TransmissionMastodon Crack the Skyemaudlin of the Well BathMax Tannone JaydioheadMax Tannone Jaydiohead: The EncoreMercenary Architect of LiesMick Boogie and Terry Urban Viva La HovaMissy Higgins On a Clear NightMuse The ResistanceMutemath SpotlightMutemath ArmisticeMutemath Flesh and Bones Electric Fun DVDNewsboys ThriveNewsboys Step up to the MicrophoneNirvana NevermindParamore All We Know Is FallingPax 217 EngagePillar FireproofPillar Broken Down: The EPPillar Where Do We Go from HerePolar Bear Club Clash Battle Guilt PrideProject 86 Rival FactionsProject 86 The Kane MutinyProtest The Hero ScurrilousRammstein RosenrotRed Innocence and InstinctInnocence and Instinct marks a definite improvement for Red, and anyone saying differently is a loon. The problem, however, is that the band has gone from derivative and boring to derivative and "okay"; riffs have improved, strings work better and songs don't drag as much, but it's still a trip through extremely familiar mainstream rock territory. It's nice to see a band moving towards potential when the opposite seems to happen so often, but Innocence and Instinct is just a growing boy cleaning up his mess, nothing more.Relient K ApatheticRelient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It ReindeerRise Against The Unraveling (Re-Issue)Rufus Wainwright Want TwoSanctus Real Fight The TideSanctus Real Say it LoudSenses Fail Still SearchingSet Your Goals Burning At Both EndsSkillet Alien YouthSmash Mouth Astro LoungeSteve Jablonsky Transformers - The ScoreSum 41 Underclass HeroSwitchfoot The Beautiful LetdownThe Ascendicate To Die As KingsThe Beatles A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles With the BeatlesThe Fray How to Save a LifeThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieThousand Foot Krutch PhenomenonThrice BeggarstobyMac MomentumTrivium ShogunVertical Horizon Everything You WantWeird Al Yankovic AlapaloozaYellowcard Ocean Avenue2.5 average50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'A Day To Remember HomesickAC/DC Back in BlackAfter The Burial Rareform (Re-release)Better production and a now tolerable vocalist are small improvements on what remains a boring breakdown fest full of wasted potential (i.e. technical ability).After The Burial In DreamsAll That Remains OvercomeAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAs Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your DarkestAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAtreyu Lead Sails Paper AnchorAugust Burns Red Thrill SeekerAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBoys Like Girls Boys Like GirlsBreaking Benjamin PhobiaBring Me The Horizon Suicide SeasonBullet For My Valentine The PoisonA surprisingly decent album. No, the band does absolutely nothing new in the almost completely stale metalcore genre, but the execution is done well enough that it's not a real chore or pain to listen to. The instrumental performances are pretty solid, and with all the screaming you might not notice the lyrics might as well be written by Hawthorne Heights. Yes, there are much better bands that play quite similar music; yes, they'll be forgotten in several years along with 80% of the metalcore 'scene'; and no, The Poison isn't a terrible album. Actually, it's better than several other bands at the bottom of the spectrum.Bullet For My Valentine FeverChildren of Bodom BlooddrunkChiodos Bone Palace BalletCross Movement Higher DefinitionDaughtry DaughtryDemon Hunter Summer Of DarknessDemon Hunter Storm The Gates Of HellDisciple DiscipleDisciple By GodDragonForce Inhuman RampageDragonForce Ultra BeatdownEnrique Iglesias EscapeFoo Fighters One by OneGood Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and DeathHaste the Day When Everything FallsHawthorne Heights Fragile FutureHeaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)On the outside, Iconoclast seems like a great album: the vocals are semi-unique, lead single "Endzeit" is metalcore at its best, and it's based around several sociopolitical lyrical themes. Coming from Germany, I hoped these guys would stand out from all the other metalcore being produced on our side of the Atlantic.
Listening to the album is another story, because the hopes instilled by "Endzeit" quickly turn out to be empty promises. Nearly all the riffs are quite forgettable, the vocals become tiresome halfway through, and the lyrics aren't that great either. After giving this more than a fair chance, the only tracks that stand out are (you guessed it) "Endzeit", "Black Tears" (a well done Edge of Sanity cover), and the two instrumentals, "Awoken" and "Equinox". Here's hoping these guys put more of their apparent ideological passion into their music, because for now, they're not doing anything truly interesting.Hoobastank HoobastankI, Omega Tale of the Complex CircuitInhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the SacredIron Maiden No Prayer for the DyingJay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the CurseJay-Z The Blueprint 3Proof that the good material on American Gangster was a fluke and the few gems Jay's produced since coming out of retirement aren't worth all the crap one has to sift through.Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision CourseKanye West GraduationKillswitch Engage The End of HeartacheKillswitch Engage Killswitch Engage IIKutless KutlessKutless Sea of FacesLifehouse No Name FaceLinkin Park ReanimationLinkin Park A Thousand Sunsmaudlin of the Well Part the SecondMetallica LoadMy Chemical Romance Danger DaysNewsboys Not AshamedOh, Sleeper When I Am GodOmar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John FruscianteOwl City Ocean EyesP.O.D. SatellitePax 217 TwoseventeenPillar The ReckoningProject 86 Truthless HeroesTake the serious potential for another amazing post-hardcore album that the band who recorded Drawing Black Lines had going for them and then throw it all away because the record label wanted them to record a run-of-the-mill hard rock album. Then, make the vocalist sing constantly instead of doing whatever he wants, which would usually include shouts, screams and rapid-fire lyric delivery. Oh yeah, and his lyrics need to be stripped of any shred of brilliance they had before, save a few great lines. This hellish recording situation for the band results in an album that's too uninspired and [back then] uncharacteristically simplistic to be anything more than "good", which is why fans with their heads straight will not choose it as their best album.Project 86 Picket Fence CartelApparently this all we're gonna get from latter day Project 86, an inoffensive and sometimes interesting hard rock album that sounds like a band making music they don't completely care about. Almost everything on Picket Fence Cartel sounds as tired as Schwab's vocal performance, and serves as further proof ...And The Rest Will Follow was their last worthwhile album.Protest The Hero A Calculated Use Of SoundAs awesome as they are now, just two years before Kezia Protest the Hero wasn't all that great. Sounding more like a hardcore punk outfit before their transition to metal, A Calculated Use of Sound quite rarely impresses and all too often bores the listener. Why? There's nothing here that really could blow anyone away. The instrumental performances are pretty standard, with young Tim and Luke playing punk-ish riffs for the duration of the album. Worst of all, every person who gets annoyed by Rody's vocals now will want to kill themselves listening to this. By no means does music need to be technical to be interesting, but even then there aren't any real positives to be found here. A Calculated Use of Sound may provide an interesting look at the band's origins, but otherwise it's pretty forgettable.Red End of SilenceRelient K Relient KRelient K The Anatomy of Tongue In CheekSanctus Real The Face of LoveSkillet CollideSkillet ComatoseSmash Mouth Summer GirlIt is/was their best album since Astro Lounge, but Summer Girl is just Smash Mouth being Smash Mouth.Story of the Year Page AvenueTaylor Swift FearlessThe Agony Scene The Agony SceneThe Agony Scene The Darkest RedThe Beatles Please Please MeThe Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches BelowThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Nightwatchman The Fabled CityIt's better than One Man Revolution, but of course, that's not saying much. The Fabled City sounds fairly similar to the album before it, except that several of the songs sound more like "rock" than just "folk". Morello once again has an okay singing voice, but his almost nonexistent range and monotone delivery get pretty boring fairly quickly. And of course, the lyrics range from 'okay' to 'bad' or 'terrible'.Thousand Foot Krutch Set It Off (Remastered)Throwdown VendettaTrain TrainTrapt TraptUnderoath They're Only Chasing Safety2.0 poorAC/DC AC/DC LiveAfter The Burial RareformAs Blood Runs Black Allegiance"Hey, we're As Blood Runs Black, an awesome new death metal band. We play our instruments pretty darn well, but unfortunately it doesn't cover up the fact that we have close to no songwriting abilities at all. Do you like to mosh and headbang to breakdowns? Then this album is for you, because there's at least 20 on here! In fact, some of the songs basically revolve around them. We could play some more actual riffs, but we just love our breakdowns so much. So do all the fans, cause this new subgenre called 'deathcore' is really picking up steam. Well, gotta go, we've been charged with breakdown abuse and the music police are after us. Remember kids: CHUG CHUG!!!"Atreyu A Death-Grip on YesterdayAttack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!Avenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenBetween the Buried and Me The Anatomy OfBlake Lewis Audio DaydreamBon Jovi Have a Nice DayBon Jovi BounceBon Jovi This Left Feels RightBowling for Soup A Hangover You Don't DeserveBritney Spears ...Baby One More TimeBullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, FireChris Cornell ScreamCommon Universal Mind ControlCreed Human ClayDrop Dead, Gorgeous In VogueEiffel 65 EuropopFall Out Boy Infinity On HighFalling Up CaptivaFive Finger Death Punch Way Of The FistGood Charlotte Good Morning RevivalGreat Northern Trading Twilight for DaylightGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownHawk Nelson Smile, It's the End of the WorldHawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Is My FriendYet another bad album from Hawk Nelson. Despite small improvements in the lyrics and singing, the music on Hawk Nelson is Your Friend still boils down to average guitar parts, inaudible bass and lackluster drumming. Not only does is it constantly fail to impress, but it's often painful to listen to. Perhaps the worst thing about Hawk Nelson is My Friend is the fact that the band has yet to truly musically mature or improve after three albums. You might be okay having Hawk Nelson be your friend, but I certainly am not.Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were LonelyHoobastank The ReasonI Killed The Prom Queen Music for the Recently DeceasedIn Flames A Sense of PurposeIt Dies Today LividityLil Wayne Tha Carter IIIMetallica ReloadNewsboys GoNewsboys DevotionNewsboys Love Liberty DiscoNorma Jean O' God The AftermathNumber One Gun Celebrate MistakesOh, Sleeper Son of the MorningPanic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutPillar For the Love of the GameScott Stapp The Great DivideSmash Mouth Smash MouthSmash Mouth Get the PictureThe Devil Wears Prada PlaguesThe Nightwatchman One Man RevolutionThe Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake ItThis Beautiful Republic Even Heroes Need A ParachuteThousand Foot Krutch The Art of BreakingThree Days Grace One-XA copy of their painful mainstream hard-rock debut album, only a little better and not as painful.tobyMac Welcome to Diverse CityTrapt Only Through the PainTrivium AscendancyTRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of NeutralVERSA Cities Built on SandWinds Of Plague Decimate The Weak1.5 very poorAtreyu The CurseAttack Attack! (US) Someday Came SuddenlySince none of the other soundoffs has been able to properly analyze or dissect Someday Came Suddenly and the crabcore phenomenon, I would like to (if allowed) point you towards the Guardian, which summarized things better than anyone else has:
www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/24/attack-attack-stick-stickly-videoAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldChiodos All's Well That Ends WellFM Static What Are You Waiting For?FM Static Critically AshamedHawk Nelson Letters To The PresidentKJ-52 CollaborationsLinkin Park Minutes To MidnightMyChildren MyBride UnbreakableMyChildren MyBride Lost Boymeh riff meh riff drum fill barf barf barf meh riff drum fill barf barf brodown meh riff brodown
Repeat ten times, and end with a tiny, ineffective antidote in the form of a clean instrumental. (No stupid but amusing song about Halo this time)
Enjoy LOST BOY!!Norma Jean The Anti MotherPanic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.Plus One The PromiseProtest The Hero Sequoia Throne: RemixedSimple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsSuicide Silence The CleansingBoring, predictable, repetitive, lifeless, generic......throw whatever adjective you want at it, but the point is you've most likely a metalcore/deathbore album that sounds just like this.The Turning Learning To LoseThree Days Grace Three Days GraceTrivium The CrusadeWold Screech Owl1.0 awful(hed) p.e. New World OrphansLike an extremely misguided Linkin Park or Insane Clown Posse meets Rage Against the Machine cover band from hell, (hed)pe attempt to mix hip-hop, punk, rock and metal together. The sad thing is that for some rare, brief moments (usually when they stick to rock), the band sound like they know what they're doing, but then they launch into something like terrible rapping or a mish-mash of all three genres. Couple this with the fact that the lyrics are either political or sexual (both written with the understanding and ability of a 12-year-old), and you have one awful record/band. Someone please drive their tour bus off a cliff, pronto.Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesbrokeNCYDE I'm Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It!DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in FleshEleventyseven And The Land of Fake BelieveInsane Clown Posse The Great MilenkoInsane Clown Posse The Amazing Jeckel BrothersMoevot AbgzvoryathreRascal Flatts Me And My GangRascal Flatts Feels Like TodaySoulja Boy Souljaboytellem.comWaking The Cadaver DemoWaking The Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
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