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5.0 classic
Against Me! Searching for a Former Clarity
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD
Converge Jane Doe
Deep Puddle Dynamics The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Neurosis Times of Grace
NOFX The Decline
NOFX So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes
Radiohead Kid A
The Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever Told
I can't help but be in awe of how far this album has come. Originally, I was quite disappointed with how the album tended to shift between the fast, Kelly-led, punk songs (which I loved) and the somber melodicism of McCaughan's tracks (which I couldn't really stand). However, in time this album has grown to not only be my favorite from the band's discography. A concept album of sorts, the tracks are split up exactly evenly between the two vocalists, and relay a collage of subtle-shifting emotions that encapsulate the spirit of youth and growing up. If ever there was a soundtrack to my adolescent years, I can safely say that nearly every song from this album would be on it. In short, it is stunning, beautiful, meticulously crafted, and a definite must-hear for anyone who yearns for the memories of youth and less complications.
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute

4.5 superb
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Against Me! The Disco Before the Breakdown
Air Moon Safari
Alias The Other Side Of The Looking Glass
Alkaline Trio Goddamnit
Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split
American Steel Jagged Thoughts
Ampere / Daitro Split
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Bad Astronaut Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First
Bad Religion Generator
Bane Give Blood
Battles Mirrored
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Cursive Domestica
Daitro Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes
Damien Rice O
Deftones White Pony
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 is one of those albums that honestly took time to grow on me. But once I sat down and gave it my undivided attention, it became pretty much a classic in my book. No matter what, I highly doubt this album will ever sound tired to me. Its the best hip-hop album ever written in my book, replete with superb production, excellent lyricism, an uber concept, and some of the smoothest rhymes Ive never heard. If the song "Madness" doesnt make you pop a boner, you are a cyborg
Dispatch Bang Bang
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
Fugazi The Argument
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Glassjaw El Mark
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Handsome Boy Modeling School White People
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells
Jawbreaker 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jets to Brazil Perfecting Loneliness
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
John Mayer Continuum
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kid Dynamite Shorter, Faster, Louder
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
While I obviously don't orgasm over this album as most people do, In the Court of the Crimson King is a fantastic album, and one of the few progressive albums that I can thoroughly enjoy. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is hands down one of the greatest songs ever created, blowing through seven minutes of wailing guitar and horn lines, and some of the most dynamic drumming out there, and "The Court of the Crimson King" is also a powerful closer to the album. However, it comes right after "Moonchild", which kills the momentum set by the other tracks. Regardless, ItCotCK is one of the pioneer records of a genre that would see many imitators, but few that would reach the high bar set from this album.
Lagwagon Trashed
Lagwagon Live In A Dive
Latterman No Matter Where We Go...!
Leonard Cohen Songs From a Room
Lifetime Jersey's Best Dancers
Lifetime, New Jersey's very own melodic hardcore vets, album Jersey's Best Dancers shows them at their peak. Intense, heartfealt, and energetic, this album excels because of it's youthful energy. This album essentially made a bluerprint of the style that bands like New Found Glory and Set Your Goals would utilize to a great extent in their music. "Young, Loud, and Scotty" is a typical break up song lyrically (ala Jawbreaker) but rocks harder than most of the Kid Dynamite Discography, while "Theme Song for a New Brunswick Basement Show" captures the spirit of Jersey lyrically while turning down the tempo a bit for maximum resonance. The album's only issue? It's a touch formulaic and can tend to blend together a bit at times. Other than that, it is certainly a worth addition to anyone's collection.
Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)
maudlin of the Well Bath
Minor Threat Out of Step
Modern Life Is War Witness
Mr. Bungle California
Neurosis Given to the Rising
NOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough
NOFX Punk in Drublic
NOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)
NOFX 7" Of The Month Club (February - July)
NOFX/Rancid BYO Split Series Vol. 3
NoMeansNo Wrong
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Propagandhi Potemkin City Limits
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Rise Against Revolutions Per Minute
Rites of Spring End on End
Rx Bandits ...And the Battle Begun
So the latest record from former third wave ska posterboys RX Bandits is quite a departure from their earliest works and continues in the vein of Progress and The Resignation. Filled to the brim with smooth and mellow vocals, sugary three part harmonies, and asskicking guitar riffs, while using their horn section only sparingly, the RX Bandits have put out one of the biggest surprise records of the year in ...And the Battle Begun. From the Police-esque title track to the nearly free form opus of Epoxi-Lips to the Mars Volta-esque 1980, this album offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Sick of It All Yours Truly
Sick of It All Live In A Dive
Small Brown Bike Our Own Wars
Small Brown Bike Dead Reckoning
Sol Invictus In the Rain
Soundtrack Ocean's 12 OST
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Strike Anywhere Exit English
Strung Out An American Paradox
Strung Out The Element of Sonic Defiance
Subtle ExitingARM
Sun Kil Moon April
Sundowner Four One Five Two
I can only attribute liking this album as much as I do to one thing: I am the resident sputnikmusic.com Lawrence Arms fanboy. Yes, that band is easily my second favorite of all time, if only because of how much I can relate to the band on a personal level. Anywho, this album is pretty rocking for being all acoustic. Like the other TLA related side-project, The Falcon, I was expecting sort of a fun record that was alright to pull out on occassion, but was otherwise fairly lackluster. However, I was greeted with a strong acoustic effort rooted in folk and indie with some of the most honest and heartfelt songwriting from McCaughan that I've heard in quite a while. Songs like "Steal Your Words", "This War is Noise", "Midsummer Classic", and "Endless Miles" are all song of the year contenders for me, while only one song really disappoints in the sea of them ("The Sea of Lights"). 4.5 personally, but a 4 for anyone else who listens to it if you are not completely engrossed with the Lawrence Arms as I am.
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Steal This Album!
The Clash London Calling
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Fall of Troy Ghostship
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!
Oh! Calcutta! is quite frankly a fantastic album. All of the songs teem with an undeniable energy and are played with so much passion, its hard not to be swept up by them. For having only three members, the Lawrence Arms put on a great musical performance here, sticking to their roots in gritty pop-punk, but also throwing in some fantastic dynamics and time changes. Having two vocalists (Bassist Brendan Kelly and Guitarist Chris McCaughan) with two distinctly different styles (Kelly with a more brash, raspy, and urgent; McCaughan with a more mellow singing voice) and having them both switch up roles mid song proves to be one of the albums greatest strengths. The lyricism is honest and heartfelt, while not falling into any pitfalls or cliches. In fact, I'd go so far as to say if "Beyond the Embarassing Style" were replaced with "The Rabbit and the Rooster" (a bside from the album), this album would be a classic, at least on a personal level.
The Locust New Erections
The Swellers My Everest
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice Vheissu
It's sweeping. It's epic. It's got replayability like few other albums. It's not hard to find something to like about this album. Certainly a more artistically mature effort compared to their previous works, sacrificing that wall of guitar noise and Iron Maiden-esque riffage for mellow passages, light electronic works, pianos, and sweeping organs. For those who prefer more aggressive music, "The Earth Will Shake" and "Hold Fast Hope" are just two of the albums finest cuts in that category. Prefer epic tracks? Look no further than "Red Sky" and "Stand And Feel Your Worth". More of a mellow person? "Atlantic" and "Between the End and Where We Lie" should suit your tastes just fine. If it only wasn't for the flop of "Music Box", this album might be a classic. I highly reccomend this album to just about everyone, unless you are a member of the nazi party. Then you might kinda sorta not enjoy it.
Thrice Red Sky
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
So as much as I hate to like some cliche post-rock, I end up doing it all the same on occasion. I could really drone on about how the album is filled with all of the qualities that make post-rock great, but read any Godspeed review to figure out what those are. Basically, this album carries an atmosphere of hopefulness and peaceful serenity that a lot of post-rock neglects. Granted, the generally upbeat atmosphere throughout the album makes for a short loss of dynamics, but its just so empowering that it's hard not to listen to this album with a smile plastered on your face. If nothing else though, check out "We Flood Empty Lakes"; it is arguably one of the best songs ever, with one of the most emotional crescendos I've ever heard at around the 9:45 mark.

4.0 excellent
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner
Adolescents Adolescents
Aereogramme My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go
AFI All Hallow's
Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy
Against Me! Crime as Forgiven By
Against Me! New Wave
Alkaline Trio Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio Remains
ALL Problematic
All the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To Waste
Amanda Woodward La Decadence de la Decadence
American Steel Rogue's March
American Steel Destroy Their Future
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Melodic guitar harmonies and leads, punishing blast beats, and some of the most accessible growling in modern death metal all make With Oden On Our Side a must-have for anyone who is even semi-interested in getting into the genre. While it isn't the most technically impressive death I've heard (Cryptopsy), nor is it the most melodic (In Flames), it is definitely the most accessible and easily enjoyable. With only one really subpar track ("Hermod's Ride to Hel"), and a slew of excellent compositions ("Valhall Awaits Me" and "Under the Northern Star" come to mind quickest), With Oden On Our Side is an excellent,albeit repetitive, effort from these Viking Death legends, and possibly their strongest work to date.
Ampere All Our Tomorrows End Today
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Avail Over the James
Bad Astronaut Acrophobe
Bad Astronaut Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment
Bad Brains I Against I
Bad Religion Suffer
Bad Religion No Control
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction
Bad Religion Live at the Palladium (DVD)
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution A Call To Arms
Bane The Note
Bedouin Soundclash Sounding A Mosaic
Beirut Gulag Orkestar
Belle Epoque A La Derive
Big D and the Kids Table Good Luck
Blacklisted Peace On Earth, War On Stage
Blacklisted Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
Children of Bodom Follow The Reaper
Chuck Ragan Feast or Famine
Circle Takes the Square Circle Takes the Square
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge No Heroes
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cynic Focus
DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask
Daughters Hell Songs
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the Brain
Descendents 'Merican
Descendents Cool To Be You
Descendents Somery
Dillinger Four Situationist Comedy
Don Caballero American Don
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Eluvium Copia
Embrace Embrace
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Eminem The Eminem Show
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Fugazi 13 Songs
Fugazi Repeater
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep
Good Riddance Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
Gorillaz Demon Days
GZA Liquid Swords
Handsome Boy Modeling School So ... How's Your Girl?
Hot Cross Cryonics
Hot Cross Risk Revival
Hot Water Music A Flight and a Crash
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Indian Summer Discography
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Islands Arm's Way
Jawbreaker Bivouac
Jeromes Dream Completed
Joshua Fit For Battle To Bring Our Own End
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
King Crimson Red
King Crimson Lizard
Lacuna Coil Unleashed Memories
Ladytron Witching Hour
Lagwagon Resolve
Lagwagon Blaze
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Feelings
Lagwagon Hoss
Well, I have to say, what Lagwagon concievably lacks in originality, they more than make up for in just overall kick assery. This is considered by many fans to be their best album, and with songs like "Move the Car", "Violins", "Razor Burn", and my personal favorite "Name Dropping", its not hard to imagine why. This album is perfectly constructed from start to finish, and while not varying much stylistically, it reminds us that the best thing about most melodic punk bands like NOFX and No Use For A Name is consistency.
Last Laugh No Regrets
Latterman ...We Are Still Alive
Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country
Melt-Banana Cell-Scape
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Modern Life Is War Midnight in America
Mono Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered....
Moss Icon Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly
Much the Same Survive
Murder by Death Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Nada Surf Lucky
Navio Forge As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into...
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
No Use for a Name !Leche Con Carne!
NOFX The War on Errorism
NOFX Ribbed
NOFX Pump Up the Valuum
NOFX 10 Years Of Fuckin' Up
NOFX White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
NOFX Never Trust a Hippy
NOFX Wolves in Wolves Clothing
NOFX They've Actually Gotten Worse Live
None More Black This Is Satire
Only Crime To The Nines
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Paramore Riot!
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pennywise Pennywise
Pg. 99 Document #8
Propagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Protest the Hero Kezia
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rancid Rancid [2000]
Rancid Rancid
Refused Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Rehasher Off Key Melodies
Santana Supernatural
Satyricon Nemesis Divina
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
Seaweed Four
Set Your Goals Reset EP
Sick of It All Built to Last
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Sleater-Kinney The Woods
Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport
Son Lux At War With Walls And Mazes
Sonata Arctica For the Sake of Revenge
Soundtrack Team America: World Police
Stratovarius Episode
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Strung Out Live in a Dive
Strung Out Twisted By Design
Strung Out Exile In Oblivion
Strung Out Crossroads and Illusions
Strung Out Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
Swing Kids Discography
System of a Down Hypnotize
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Shake The Sheets
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Hearts of Oak
Texas Is the Reason Do You Know Who You Are?
The Bouncing Souls Anchors Aweigh
The Bouncing Souls How I Spent My Summer Vacation
The Bouncing Souls The Gold Record
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Gaslight Anthem SeƱor and the Queen
The Hold Steady Stay Positive
The Kodan Armada Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost
The Lawrence Arms Apathy and Exhaustion
On the Lawrence Arms' third full length album, even more growth is exhibited from their urgent and brash early works. Guitarist Chris McCaughan and Bassist Brendan Kelly split the tracks just about evenly, with Kelly taking the more brash punk tracks, and McCaughan leading the more mid-paced and melodic tracks. However, it is the juxtaposition of the two which makes the album as special as it is. Musically, it's no frills pop-punk in the vein of Jawbreaker, with a midwestern tinge not unlike Cap'n Jazz. And while sometimes being lyrically trite (although rarely), and musically repetitive, Apathy and Exhaustion is still a great and unique pop-punk record with enough emotion to appease just about everyone.
The Lawrence Arms Ghost Stories
Yeah, the production on this album basically sucks ass. But in this case, it's really a non-issue; the songs themselves are so awesome that it is easy to see past the fact that this album sounds like it was recorded on an iPod while all of the guys were hung over. Though the re-recorded versions of "Turnstyles" and "The Old Timer's 2x4" are infinitely better than these versions, the album still has several stand-out tracks in "Ghost Stories", "Sixteen Hours", "Light Breathing", "106 South" and "Minute". This was where the Lawrence Arms crafted the template for the albums to follow, with Kelly and McCaughan trading off lead vocal duties between songs. While not nearly as polished as their later work, Ghost Stories offers plenty for fans of the band, and maybe fans of the more raw sound prevalent on Guided Tour of Chicago.
The Lawrence Arms Cocktails and Dreams
Cocktails and Dreams is the typical stop-gap rarities release from Chicago punk trio the Lawrence Arms. Songs from rare splits, compilations, and even a few re-recorded songs from their second full length, Ghost Stories. Thankfully, unlike many b-sides collections out there, Cocktails and Dreams is on par with the majority of the Lawrence Arms' full length releases. Containing some of the band's most classic cuts such as "100 Resolutions", "Quintcentuple Your Money", and "Nebraska". While hitting some tremendous heights, some songs just pale in comparison to others, particularly through the middle of the album. However, for someone who is a seasoned veteran fan of the band, or for someone just looking to get a glance at what the band is all about, this is an excellent addition to anyone's collection, if only for the breathtakingly emotional remake of the classic "Turnstiles".
The Locust Safety Second, Body Last
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Matches Decomposer
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Swellers Beginning Of The End Again
The Thirty Years War Martyrs Among the Casualties
Thee Silver Mount Zion Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Tom Waits Orphans
Transistor Transistor Erase All Name and Likeness
Underoath Define the Great Line
Warped Tour 2003 Compilation
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
You and I The Curtain Falls
You and I Discography

3.5 great
A Day In Black And White My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys
A Wilhelm Scream Mute Print
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
AFI AFI
Against Me! Against Me!
Against Me! Americans Abroad! Against Me! Live In London!
Alkaline Trio Good Mourning
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns
Amplive Rainydayz Remixes
Atmosphere Seven's Travels
Autopilot Off Make A Sound
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell
Big D and the Kids Table How it Goes
Bleeding Kansas Dead Under Decor
Boysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague
Broadway Calls Broadway Calls
Burial Untrue
Burton Wagner 21
Cap'n Jazz Analphabetapolothology
Chuck Ragan Los Feliz
Circle Jerks Group Sex
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cursed III: Architects of Troubled Sleep
Cursive Happy Hollow
D12 D12 World
Daft Punk Human After All
David Bowie Let's Dance
Death By Stereo Into the Valley of Death
Dispatch Silent Steeples
Dizzy Gillespie Afro
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Envy Insomniac Doze
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Gallows Orchestra Of Wolves
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
So basically, everyone jizzes over this album like it is the defining example of post-rock. Is it really a 5 though? Nah, not by a long shot. Really, it's pretty standard fare for the post-rock genre. Yeah, it's dark and has wicked atmosphere, which is what makes it so great, but it's also fairly boring, even for post-rock. The guitar-lines are basically standard, while at times the string section seems almost out of place and instead of creating an atmosphere, tries to work as its own entity and fails. Also, I'll be damned if the last two tracks don't sound eerily similar in their build-ups. Oh well, the album is good, but overshadowed by all of their other releases except for Yanqui.
Hopesfall Magnetic North
I Would Set Myself On Fire For You I Would Set Myself On Fire For You
In/Humanity Violent Resignation: The Great American Teenage Su
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Isis Panopticon
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Jawbreaker Dear You
Jawbreaker Unfun
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
John Mayer Heavier Things
Julia [USA] Julia
Kalmah They Will Return
Kidcrash Jokes
Lagwagon Double Plaidinum
Less Than Jake Anthem
Less Than Jake Hello Rockview
Less Than Jake GNV FLA
Life at These Speeds Life at These Speeds
LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out
Mad Caddies Rock the Plank
Mad Caddies Keep It Going
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Leviathan
Millencolin Life On A Plate
Millencolin Machine 15
Misfits Walk Among Us
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying
Murder by Death Red Of Tooth And Claw
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
No Trigger Canyoneer
No Use for a Name Making Friends
No Use for a Name The Feel Good Record of the Year
Off Minor Problematic Courtship
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Off Minor Some Blood
Onelinedrawing Sketchy EP #1
Only Crime Virulence
Orchid Orchid
Our Brother The Native Make Amends, For We Are Merely Vessels
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
Polar Bear Club Sometimes Things Just Disappear
Protest the Hero Fortress
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The Bends
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Rancid Let's Go
Rancid Indestructible
Rancid Life Won't Wait
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Saetia A Retrospective
Scott Walker The Drift
Sick of It All Death to Tyrants
Sick of It All Scratch the Surface
Slayer Christ Illusion
Okay, so this was basically my first full length foray into Slayer, and it wasn't really bad. I mean, the band is pretty skilled at their instruments; the guitarists sure do know their scales well and the drummer is pretty fast with a lot of double bass work. The bass is, well non-existent because it's thrash and they are basically just there for appearance. Regardless, the album falters quite a bit when it comes to the vocals and lyrics, both of which are really laughable. It's basically 40 some odd minutes of "Ohhhh look how evil we are rawr" which is pretty lame and shitty in both concept and execution. The album also tends to be quite repetitive, but not to the point of being unlistenable. Overall, the album is pretty good, but marred by several issues which keep it from getting more play from me.
Smoke Or Fire Above The City
Smoke Or Fire This Sinking Ship
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights
Strike Anywhere To Live in Discontent
Strike Anywhere Dead FM
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
System of a Down Toxicity
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Texas Is the Reason Texas is the Reason
The Black Maria Lead Us To Reason
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Falcon Unicornography
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Flaming Tsunamis Fear Everything
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim
The Locust The Locust
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Mars Volta Amputechture
So Amputechture. Its probably been the most anticipated release of the year for not only me, but many others. Following in the footsteps of the sprawling epic, 2005's Frances the Mute, Amputechture really finds the band at a crossroad in terms of where to take their sound to keep it fresh. They do a relatively good job adding bits of variety into their sound (see the flamenco guitar driven spanish ballad of "Asilos Magdelena"). While still trying to go for an epic feel, something Frances excelled at, they discard almost all ambience on this album in favor of just an instrumental wankfest. At times, it works brilliantly (see "Day of the Baphomets" for probably the best TMV song ever), while at others, it just feels tired and like they are rehashing old ground ("Meccamputechture"). All in all, Amputechture contains some of The Mars Volta's finest cuts and is all around an amazing album. But when some parts of an album are that good, the flaws of it seem just that much more apparent.
The Matches A Band In Hope
The National Boxer
The String Quartet Strung Out on Panic! At the Disco
Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...
These Arms Are Snakes Easter
This Is Hell Sundowning
This Runs Through Until Forever Finds Me
Warped Tour 2004 Compilation
Yellowcard Paper Walls

3.0 good
A Day In Black And White Notes
A Wilhelm Scream Benefits of Thinking Out Loud
A Wilhelm Scream Diver
AFI The Art of Drowning
Alkaline Trio Crimson
Alucard After Dark
American Steel American Steel
At the Drive-In Hell Paso
AVAST! Faultlines
Bad Religion 80-85
Black Flag Loose Nut
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Catch 22 Permanent Revolution
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Converge Caring and Killing
D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Every Time I Die Hot Damn!
HORSE the band R. Borlax
HORSE the band Pizza
I really think the only way to sum up this album is the way Alternative Press did. Album get's a 5 for the concept, but a 1 for the execution. That averages to a three. The end.
Hot Cross A New Set of Lungs
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits
Nerf Herder My EP + 4 Songs
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Maybe I just don't get it; maybe it is just because this is textbook industrial, but I just don't get what is so special and classic about this album. Yeah, it's dark, and tortured, and some of the songwriting is really great, but musically, this album is just really frustrating. The production is just god-awful, even for being industrial, and the music is just sort of average all over and really not fun to listen to. Granted, Renzor sure does know how to pen some awesome lyrics, but thats about all this album has going for it. Except for Hurt. Hurt is the best song I've ever heard. Ever.
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
NOFX Fat Club 7 (7")
Pink I'm Not Dead
Propagandhi How to Clean Everything
Rise Against The Unraveling
Rufio MCMLXXXV
Some Girls Heaven's Pregnant Teens
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Stretch Arm Strong Free At Last
Strung Out Another Day In Paradise
System of a Down Mezmerize
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Bouncing Souls Hopeless Romantic
The Dillinger Escape Plan Plagiarism
The Lawrence Arms A Guided Tour of Chicago
The Locust Plague Soundscapes
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds
Thee Silver Mount Zion This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather and Sing
Warped Tour 2006 Compilation
Welcome the Plague Year Welcome the Plague Year
Welcome the Plague Year is a bit of a polarizing effort. On one hand, it is epic screamo, which by definition is a great genre known for its intense build ups, emotional breakdowns, and fantastic interludes which emanate such an intense mood throughout. On the other hand however, WtPY is pretty much standard fare for the genre. Instead of offering electronic interludes and soudscapes like Circle Takes the Square, or beautiful violin passages such as I Would Set Myself on Fire for You, they stick to basic post-rock guitar lines, reminscent of Mogwai or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And while the album is all around solid and in no way really bad, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from its contemporaries and push the boundries of modern screamo.
With Honor This Is Our Revenge

2.5 average
Botch We Are the Romans
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon
Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Good Riddance My Republic
Hit the Switch Domestic Tranquility & Social Justice
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Some of the heavy songs on hear kick a lot of ass. Hell, even one of the proggier songs, Sleeping Giant, is the best on the album. However, most of this album is straight garbage, and for every The Wolf is Loose, Sleeping Giant, Circle of Cysquatch, or Pendulous Skin on the album, there is the pseudo progressive noodling of This Mortal Soil or Siberian Divide, which both sound horribly rehashed from tracks on Levithan and Remission such as Seabeast or Ole Nessie. Regardless, even some of the harder hitting tracks like Hand of Stone and Capillarian Crest just sound really contrived and uninspired. Also, this album is one of the most lyrically pretentious albums ever, especially with it's inane concept revolving around crystals and mountains. It's almost like a bad joke; the band won a grammy with a song about people who live in trees. Well, little did they realize that the joke was on them.
No Doubt Rock Steady
No Use for a Name Keep Them Confused
Opeth Blackwater Park
Silverstein 18 Candles: The Early Years
The Early November The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path
The Killers Sam's Town
Warped Tour 2005 Compilation
Whole Wheat Bread Minority Rules
Zao The Funeral of God

2.0 poor
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anti-Flag The Terror State
Arsis United in Regret
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Cartel Chroma
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Comeback Kid Broadcasting
Crime In Stereo Crime In Stereo Is Dead
Okay so I was never huge on Crime in Stereo before this release. Yeah, they played melodic hardcore with a lot of heart and a political edge and what not, but I had never really gotten the hype. This album just leaves me further baffled. It honestly sounds like Crime in Stereo decided to go "hey, hardcore isn't getting us popular, let's try this post-hardcore nonsense that everyone is trying and getting popular on". I'm sure it wasn't their train of though, but man is this a huge step back. This album lacks intensity on nearly every level. It almost sounds like Armor For Sleep+lots of distortion and better lyrics. Honestly, "XXXX (The First Thousand Years of Solitude)" is the only truly great song, and although there are a couple of other decent cuts in there, most of it is outweighed by a shit-ton of crap tracks, most notably "Unfortunate Tourists". Overall, highly disappointing.
D.R.I. Live
D.R.I. Full Speed Ahead
Death By Stereo Death for Life
Eighteen Visions Eighteen Visions
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Go Betty Go Worst Enemy EP
Kanye West Late Registration
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Love Equals Death Nightmerica
Matchbook Romance Voices
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Saosin Saosin EP
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks...
Sparta Threes
The Aquabats The Fury of the Aquabats!
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Mars Volta Scab Dates
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Youth Group Skeleton Jar

1.5 very poor
AFI Decemberunderground
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Big D and the Kids Table Strictly Rude
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Circa Survive Juturna
D.R.I. Definition
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Evergreen Terrace Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in this Business
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
From First to Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body...
Guttermouth Eat Your Face
Hatebreed Supremacy
Heavy Heavy Low Low Everything's Watched, Everyone's Watchin
Kings of Leon Because Of The Times
mc chris Life's A Bitch And I'm Her Pimp
Mindless Self Indulgence You'll Rebel To Anything
Pennywise From The Ashes
Primus Pork Soda
Reel Big Fish Cheer Up!
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
The Ataris Welcome the Night
The Bled Found in the Flood
The Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the Duke
This Providence Our Worlds Divorce
Underoath Act of Depression

1.0 awful
Agnostic Front Another Voice
Aiden Nightmare Anatomy
Aiden Rain In Hell
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Bowling for Soup Drunk Enough To Dance
Cracker Kerosene Hat
Fear Before Art Damage
Four Letter Lie Let Your Body Take Over
On a weekly basis, I always end up changing my mind when it comes to the question of the worst band ever. More often than not, I settle on Underoath for an easy target, specifically because They're Only Chasing Safety is just that bad. Well, the only way that album could possibly be any worse, is when Four Letter Lie released what I can only describe fairly as a TOCS remix in Let Your Body Take Over. Honestly, this is the most derivative trash Ive ever bothered to give a chance. Im not even slightly exaggerating when I say that every line the screamer screams sounds exactly like Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath, except I enjoy it even less (shocking considering Spencer is my least favorite vocalist this side of Bjork and Lord Worm). Even the little wails at the end of lines. I really never thought I would find something that could be possible less entertaining than Kidz Bop, but this has made me strongly reconsider that position.
Guttermouth Shave The Planet
Gym Class Heroes The Papercut Chronicles
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely
New Found Glory Catalyst
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The Sound of Animals Fighting Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
This album is literally how AIDS was created. Some Ethiopian randomly picked up a copy of this in the United Nations aide package for the day, and instead of stale saltines, was stuck listening to this generic shitheap of a record. The screaming is atrocious, the singing is mediocre and generic, and the band is just so uninspired and cliche that it's hard to find a single redeemable quality about this album. Don't let anyone fool you; this is easily one of the worst albums ever. The lyrics sound like they were carbon-copied from Linkin Park with a few Biblical references thrown in just to up the pretentiousness. Fans of new Underoath should stay far away from this, fans of old Underoath should stay far away from this, and fans of this record should put a bullet in their skull.
Wolfmother Wolfmother
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