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Objectivity Score: 83% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicRise Against Revolutions Per MinuteEvery band makes one album that eventually becomes one of the "comparatives" for its genre. This is one of punk's comparatives. Rise Against weave a web of emotion and raw energy into RPM, their sophomore outing (and last one with Dan Precision on guitar.) Tim McIlraith's voice is just as gritty and lovable as always, and his lyrical prowess shines on this album of all, particularly in songs such as the singles Heaven Knows and Like the Angel. Every instrument, while by no means technical, is extremely proficient and polished, tightly strung together in each track. Joe Principe especially impresses, with driving bass line and catchy hooks abound. Simply put, this album and this band as a whole, will definitely go down in history's CD player.Sigur Ros ( )4.5 superbAnimal Collective Fall Be KindNot even a year, and it's fantastic. Son of a bitch, AC. Son. Of. A. Bitch.Bon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessStreetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the BetweenWeezer Pinkerton4.0 excellentJapandroids Post-NothingJonsi GoLess Than Jake Losing StreakmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allPropagandhi Supporting CasteRancid ...And Out Come the WolvesRancid Let's GoRancid Let the Dominoes FallOh, Rancid. A band so very consistent in a genre rife with the weak and flimsy, and a beacon for ska, pop-punk, and reggae tastes alike. Even over fifteen years and numerous side projects later, the foursome is still somehow able to churn out 15-20 tracks per album and make each one fresh and fun. From the boppy title track and first few songs, to the breezy synth in songs like "That's The Way It Is Now," Let the Dominoes Fall is just another strong addition to Rancid's enviable discography and a big fan's wet dream.Say Anything Say AnythingThe Impossibles Anthology '94-'98 The Taj Motel Trio Part of the ProblemA somewhat under-the-radar group, The Trio have crafted some of the catchiest ska tunes I've heard in years on their third full-length. "Part of the Problem" delivers the absurd notion of having numerous enduring hooks and tunes without sounding samey (as in no pop punk with horns or ska by numbers syndrome to be found.) Production is crisp and satisfying, and every facet hits its mark, from pleasingly clean vocals to catchy horn melodies and even lyrics that don't necessarily suck. Great for a "happy day" playlist, fantastic for an old skafag, and just plain well-done.3.5 greatAloha Home AcresBandits of the Acoustic Revolution A Call To ArmsI am obviously beating a dead horse by saying this, but I must say this EP is the epitome of third-wave ska. That being said, not all of it will appeal to everyone. Each song touches on a slighty different area of the spectrum, from the boppy anthem of It's a Wonderful Life to the emotional memorial-style rendition They Provide The Paint For The Picture-Perfect Masterpiece That You Will Paint On The Insides Of Your Eyelids. The cover of Dear Sergio just loses the raw attitude it had in its former incarnation, with the strings simply ruining the song. Yet, one cannot deny the sheer greatness of this album. The original version of Here's to Life is better than the bare Streetlight version, as the string section and slower horns mix well with Tomas' talented vocal and lyrical prowess. The piano is icing on the cake in the bridge, smoothly shifting the feel of the song. This album hops every style of revival ska, and hits each with dead-on accuracy. Still, not all the styles of revival ska are necessarily good in one's eyes (or should I say, ears.)Four Year Strong Enemy of the WorldHans Zimmer InceptionI always love Zimmer's work and this is another quality entry into his catalog. It was a step down, in atmosphere and overall sound, from the Holmes OST in my opinion, but still very powerful and foreboding. Also, BRMMMMHans Zimmer Sherlock HolmesInfant Sorrow Get Him To The GreekLady Gaga The Fame MonsterNada Surf LuckyStreetlight Manifesto 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume ISome of the covers are forgettable, and they absolutely demolished They Provide the Paint. But others (like Just, Me and Julio, and especially Such Great Heights) are Streetlight caliber stuff in disguise.The Lonely Island IncredibadThe Seedy Seeds Count the Days3.0 goodA Day to Remember For Those Who Have HeartHave Heart Songs to Scream at the SunLady Gaga The FameLess Than Jake GNV FLARise Against Appeal to ReasonThis is the point where the road splits for Rise Against. After the success they've seen thus far polishing their basic sound, they need to choose whether they continue making music like about half on Appeal to Reason, or embrace the intricacies the other half delivers to evolve. This factor is what makes AtR a grab bag: songs like Savior, Hairline Fracture, and Dirt Whispered all display what Rise Against could be capable of if they take the initiative and move on, while the Re-Education and Collapse-esque ones see the staleness factor rising rapidly within the band's music as it stands now. On its own, AtR is still Rise Against, devoid of some of the fire they used to have but not by any means bad. It's just one of those inevitable disappointments.Saves the Day Under the BoardsThe Khayembii Communique The Khayembii CommuniquéThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones Let's Face ItThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones pioneered the very limited skacore genre, slowing down traditional third-wave and mixing in hardcore undertones to create a more passionate, harder sound. After many short-length albums showcasing their new sound, the band finally struck a chord with the media in their breakthrough album. The songs on this album mix the two aforementioned styles well, with Dicky Barrett's rough voice blending flawlessly with the low brass. The single, The Impression That I Get, launched the band to stardom with chart-toppers and an appearance on Sturday Night Live. Most of the tracks are upbeat in traditional ska style, but have creative and emotional lyrics as well as simple surf-guitar licks and noticeable bass technicality. The best Bosstones album, and the only one worth getting; deserves a listen if you're either a stony hardcore fan or a laid-back ska lover.
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Noise Brigade2.5 averageEnter Shikari Common DreadsDespite their self-avowed classification as "trancecore," Enter Shikari are anything but innovative, but at least they don't sound gimmicky anymore. Fairly consistent songs, overall polished vocals, and an actual purpose to the instrumentation as a whole make Common Dreads their most solid release to date.Iwrestledabearonce It's All HappeningProtest the Hero FortressSo you've found the band Sonata Arctica while rustling through the deep underbrush of Google blogspot, and have been intrigued. The guitars are crisp, production is top-notch, and everything about the music just pours energy. Problem is, the music's too fast, it's not heavysupercore enough for you, those silly vocals leave absolutely no room to be interpreted deeply, thus validating why you listen to them in the eyes of the public. Well, sir, have we got something for you: Protest the Hero's Fortress! Yes, PTH have taken the power-metal formula and tuned it to your own socially-apt, metalcore (or whatever you call it these days) frequency. Music's too complex? Well, just ask your friendly neighborhood Walker or Hoskin to think up two or three catchy riffs and spread them across the album (heck, they might even go so far as to add a few spicy scales!) Need some better lyrics and cheesier vocals, but don't want to lose the Craig Owens-like qualities they carry? Pick up a Nietzsche book and flip to any page, while simultaneously watching Clash of the Titans. Copy down whatever pops into your head into a song. Voila; you are well on your way to emulating the Arif method! Of course, we can only do so much to keep your music simple and digestible (drummers are persnickety creatures, after all,) but if you act now, we'll even send you the over-produced re-release, with more dubs and overlays than you can shake a trident at! This offer only viable via the Metal Militia, so call now!Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey NightsThe Skatastrophes 'Bout Damn Time2.0 poorGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsI don't think I've ever found an album more underwhelming than Turn on the Bright Lights. Introduced to it during my Radiohead phase, I expected greatness considering the praise it received. What met my ears nearly put me to sleep; tired, droning melodies behind a vocal line that sounds like it could emanate from the hung-open maw of a drugged rhino. Nearly every song failed to keep my attention (the few exceptions being Stella/Diver and Lief Erikson;) periodically I dig the album up to give it another shot, only to find that this hasn't changed at all. Bottom line, this is tranquilizer-in-a-CD, a trait that still haunts my view of Interpol.1.5 very poorAsking Alexandria Stand Up and ScreamWhat is it with the British and fucking trancecore?Math the Band Banned the Math1.0 awfulSoulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com
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