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5.0 classic
Bad Astronaut Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem
Bad Brains Bad Brains
Quite easily the best hardcore album ever. Super fast, concise, adrenaline-fueled rage with a message. And a couple of great reggae tunes thrown in too. Don't listen to anything that fool below me says as he's full of failure. BB used to be a jazz-fusion group a'la Mahavishnu Orchestra and it shows with all the crazy start-stops and time-changes - these guys were by far the most musically talented hardcore band out there. Dr. Know is probably the best punk guitarist in history bar-none, H.R. was the most possessed, James Brown-on-crack manic frontman ever at the time, and the rhythm section smokes it and lights up another one. While some may put Cro-Mags or Minor Threat above this, just remember that the Brains were what those kids were trying to emulate, not the other way around. Nothing has touched it in the whole 26 years since its recording and that should say it all.
Bad Religion No Control
Cave In Jupiter
Converge Jane Doe
Deftones White Pony
Faith No More Angel Dust
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
There isn't much more to say that hasn't been said - Worship & Tribute is, by far, one of the landmark, must-have post-hardcore albums of all time and for good reason. While perhaps not as good as EYEWTKAS song-to-song, as an album this flows like no other. Absolutely amazing lyrics, incredible rhythms, some of the best vocal work this side of Mike Patton, and the best genre-jumping you'll hear on one CD. From the aggressive, unrelenting "Stuck Pig" to the soft inflections of "Must've Run All Day" to the crushing melodies of "Trailer Park Jesus", to the climatic tension of "Two Tabs Of Mescaline"... I could go on forever about the near-perfection of W&T, but instead I'll say this album slays without quarter and you owe it to yourself to get it NOW.
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
This album bends you over a table and gives you the business. And you fucking LOVE it.
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Words don't do it justice, really. Simply the greatest double album ever made by a rock band and possibly the best album of the era.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
NOFX The Decline
Simply put, The Decline is the creative zenith of mid-90's pop-punk and NOFX's career. In its eighteen-minute runtime it shows just how much talent and creativity the genre is capable of, it has not and will not be topped, and stands as one of the finest songs created in the last two decades, haters be damned.
Peter Gabriel Melt
I heart this album so much dear God. PG's indisputable masterpiece, dark, twisted and warped but so compelling and forward-thinking for its time. Phil Collins plays like a beast on this record, fusing tribal African rhythms (no cymbals of any kind were used on this album) with jazz, world music and Gabriel's dark, brooding prog-pop. The uniform bleakness and production on this record was truly groundbreaking for its time, heralding the creation of the boomy 80's "gated reverb" drum sound that dominated pop and rock music for a decade as well as being one of the first bands to combine harsh electronic sounds with progressive world/pop music, almost like a more linear Kid A. It even had political significance, helping to turn Western attention onto the plight of South Africa's apartheid laws with single "Biko", written about the slain civil rights leader. The album melts genres together into a tapestry of dark weird electronic Afro-funk pop songs that defy genre or label. More importantly, it has a cohesive sound that makes it a record to listen to front to back to really get the full experience. This is the album that finally and rightfully cemented Peter Gabriel as a viable, powerful solo artist and also proves in and of itself why this album is still vital 30 years later.
Prince Purple Rain
Prince Sign o' the Times
Propagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Greatest punk/thrash album of the last decade or so? Fuck yes it is.
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Even without Shape, Refused were already a top notch hardcore act that belonged up there with the Sick Of It Alls, Madballs and Earth Crises of the punk/hardcore scene with 1996's fantastic Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent. Let's be real though - anyone and everyone who ever listened to hardcore knows that The Shape Of Punk To Come is arguably the most important and influential record in the genre of the last 15 years, and widely agreed to be one of the best albums ever put to tape by a wide variety of people and media. It broke down the boundaries of what hardcore could do by adding electronica, rock, bass-and-drum, and jazz elements to the hardcore template and was the first shot signaling the approaching dominance of post-hardcore, carried on by bands like At The Drive-In, Thrice, Glassjaw and Thursday at least in spirit. Refused created an album that defied genres and conventions and did it with a style that no other band could touch, and even 11 years later its dominance is unquestioned.
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Strung Out The Element of Sonic Defiance
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions
Unadulterated runaway pop brilliance. Brian Wilson went fucking bonkers writing this, and it's kind of a small tragedy that this album wasn't released when it was. The Beatles wrote Sgt. Peppers using Pet Sounds as their blueprint, but if Smile hadn't been shelved (thereby allowing Sgt. Pepper's a clear shot to change music and history forever), you can bet your ass music would be completely different today.
The Beatles The Beatles
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Weezer Pinkerton

4.5 superb
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bad Astronaut Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment
Absolultely stunning album. It's not Houston, We Have A Drinking Problem (a personal classic and near-perfect album), but considering that half of the album was recorded post-humously without Derrick Plourde, AND that the album was considered unlistenable for a while, Joey Cape gains new respect here. From the guarded optimism of "Good Morning Night" to the jarring trainwreck rock of "Best Western", the haunting, folksy acoustic melodies and brooding strings of "Minus", and all the way to the eight-minute masterpiece of "The F Word", Cape and Co. pulled out all the stops here to give Derrick and Bad Astronaut their final send offs. Not surprisingly, Plourde's signature drumming leaves an unmistakable mark on the music, reminding everyone that he was truly a giant among men. The album has a truly schizophrenic quality here, with the post-Derrick tracks sticking out, but the incredible catharsis present here will truly touch anyone with a heart who's ever lost someone. Despite its unfinished/broken sound, this is arguably Cape & Bad Astronaut's finest performance. Buy this NOW.
Bad Brains Rock For Light
Bad Brains I Against I
Bad Brains Banned in DC: Bad Brains' Greatest Riffs
Bad Religion Suffer
Bad Religion The Process of Belief
Bad Religion Generator
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Bad Religion 30 Years Live
No way this could be bad. Bad Religion are a force to be reckoned with live, and with Brett on third guitar the sound is fuller especially on guitar-heavy tracks like "Man On A Mission" (probably my favorite track on here). Another plus is the rare, almost-never-played-live tracks that make this more than a Tested / Live At The Palladium redux. The mix is immaculate and much more muscular than their other live records, and despite a few obvious vocal overdubs, 30 Years Live stands as the definitive Bad Religion live document.
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Bjork Homogenic
This is pretty incredible and definitely one of those "have to experience it before you die" albums, for anyone who loves great music. That's after one listen for me.
Boston Boston
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Botch We Are the Romans
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Brand New follow up everyone's favorite record, TDAG, with a very dense, strange record that's sure to alienate their pop fanbase that nutted over Deja Entendu and may even confuse those that loved the previous record. BN do away with most of the pop hooks and have instead focused their energies on a record that is lean, mean, and at times jarring to listen to, but not without it's own level of brilliance. Songs like "Vices" and "Gasoline" merge raw noise breaks with Lacey's piercing screams (sounding very reminiscent of In Utero) whereas songs like "At The Bottom" and "Bought a Bride" often come across as a mix of the newer sound with flashes of TDAG. I guarantee a lot of their fans will hate this, but those who like growers are going to love this, and Daisy is a strong record as any to go out on.
Candiria 300 Percent Density
Candiria Kiss The Lie (Vinyl/Digital)
Cave In White Silence
God this is so good. A sludgy, lo-fi doom-ridden blast of noisy hardcore with some post-metal thrown in. Much heavier than anything they've done since Until Your Heart Stops but retaining the spacey awesome guitars that are their latter-day trademarks, White Silence may well become the ultimate Cave In statement and unquestionably the heavy record to beat of 2011. Simply stunning.
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Probably in their top 3, right behind Jane Doe and Forever Comes Crashing. Simply flawless, peerless in their genre and an easy AOTY contender. And this is their 8th album lmao
Cynic Traced in Air
D'Angelo Voodoo
Dag Nasty Can I Say (Reissue)
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys Plastic Surgery Disasters
Dead Kennedys Frankenchrist
Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Death Grips The Money Store
I hated Exmilitary so fucking much but wow this is like 100% better
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Pretty damn near incredible album. There's really so many great moments on this record it's hard to list. It's not quite at the level of White Pony (and really, what is?) but it's most likely second-illest. Chino's singing is better than ever with some truly awe-inspiring moments ("Combat", "Cherry Waves", "Rats!Rats!Rats!"), Chino and Stephen's guitar interplay is the best yet (and possibly last since Eros is all Stephen), Chi actually writes some sick basslines ("Cherry Waves"), Frank Delgado puts out his finest keyboard/DJ work yet, and Abe is as smooth and sick as ever. The strongest part of the album is the experimentation, though. The sonic backdrops provided by Delgado work perfectly with the ambient, major-key melodies that litter this record. Not to mention that there's hardly a single weak track on the whole album (with the obvious exception of "Pink Cellphone" and the monotonous, pointless inclusion of Serj on "Mein"). The second-best Deftones record and a personal fave.
Deftones Koi No Yokan
In all seriousness, this blows away anything the Deftones have done on a musical level pretty handily, and that's no small feat in itself. White Pony seems almost simplistic compared to what Chino and the boys have produced here, and even the venerable Diamond Eyes and SNW all seem like mere precursors to what Koi No Yokan has to offer.
Depeche Mode Violator
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
Dr. Dre The Chronic
dredg El Cielo
Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime
Drive Like Jehu Drive Like Jehu
Eagles Hotel California
earthtone9 Arc'tan'gent
earthtone9 seem to be one of those bands whose sound was a bit too ahead of their particular time. Coming across as a mix of Deftones, Tool, and even Alice In Chains' oppressive atmosphere rolled into one, the U.K.-based earthtone9 are a band who should have gotten ten times the critical and commercial success that they did, so potent and original was their sound that seemed to combine influences from just about everything that was great in 90's alt-rock. Nowhere is that more apparent than when listening to 2000's arc'tan'gent, an album that almost manages to outdo even White Pony in its mix of technicality, ferocity and rage while bringing in some of the more spiritual overtones of latter-day Tool with amazing tribal rhythms and brutal yet tasteful guitar work. Simply one of the best heavy albums ever recorded.
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
Eric Clapton Unplugged
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Fugazi The Argument
Fugazi 13 Songs
Fugazi Repeater
Gatsby's American Dream Ribbons and Sugar
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Does Daryl Palumbo have to choke a bitch? Answer is YEP. If you, too, would like to choke a bitch, this album is for you.
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Simply astonishing how this band continues to evolve. If this is only a taste of the LP we're in for something insane. So goddamn good!
Glassjaw Our Color Green (The Singles)
Green Day Dookie
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Helmet Meantime
HORSE the band The Mechanical Hand
HORSE the band Desperate Living
1-2-3 H the B, 1-2-3 H the B. HORSE the motherfucking band, motherfucker. Yeah this rules
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells
Hot Cross Cryonics
Hot Water Music Caution
Hot Water Music Fuel for the Hate Game
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual
Janelle Monae Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Ever wonder what it would be like if Prince, Michael Jackson, Andre 3000, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and Gnarls Barkley all somehow procreated and distilled their strengths into one being? Janelle Monae and The ArchAndroid say what up. "Cold War" might be the best song Gnarls Barkley wish they wrote. I love the Off The Wall throwbacks in "Locked Inside", the Beatlesque guitar on "Oh, Maker", her more-than-capable flow on songs like "Dance Or Die" and "Tightrope", the punk energy of "Come Alive"... the whole thing is just great. And the production! Some of the finest of any record I've heard in a long time, like worth a FLAC copy good. It just oozes freshness and innovation with distinct nods to the past.

She's 24 and it's only her first record. If Puffy keeps his head out of his ass and pushes her hard as the next big thing/"savior" of pop music, just watch this chick take over pop. I'm a fan of the GaGa but even her "ambition" pales in comparison to the raw talent on display here. With time and diligence, Janelle Monae could be the new Lauren Hill, Prince and MJ all in one, and The ArchAndroid is strong evidence in support of that.
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jerry Cantrell Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2
Completely and criminally neglected, this album may just be the best AIC album never released since 1992's Dirt. Simply put, more people should listen to this. Amazing songwriting, nostalgia (the vocal harmonies are simply awesome and pure AIC), haunting atmosphere and mood (the album was dedicated/written right after the tragic death of Layne Staley), and a stellar rhythm section (provided by none other than Rob Trujillo of Metallica/Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves on bass and Mike "Puffy" Bordin of Faith No More/Ozzy fame) make this album the one that Alice In Chains should've gone out on. Cantrell proves that he was the real man behind the curtain in a LOT of AIC's best material, and the result of Degradation Trip 1&2 is simply that both discs are better than just about all modern rock/alternative rock out today. Covers so many moods and styles with great guitar riffs/solos and highly emotive singing courtesy of Cantrell. Get this right effing now.
John Mayer Continuum
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye goes back to hip-hop, adds in everything else he's ever done, reconstructs it all and puts out his very best and most consistent work yet. Although he really does shoehorn in everything (including the kitchen sink) which causes some too-long runtimes and bloating around the edges as well as having way to many guest stars of iffy caliber (Jay-Z being one of them - dude, hang it up), this is a fantastic effort, through-and-through. "So Appalled" might have the best beat he's ever made, no small statement. I highly doubt this is going to be the hip-hop AOTY though as several releases are of a better caliber (BLACKENEDWHITE being the first pick for me).
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Krule 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
This is so good haha this ginger is really talented
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Feelings
Lagwagon Putting Music In Its Place [Box Set]
Lagwagon's first five albums are almost perfect examples of innovation in the mid-90's Epitaph/Fat Wreck Chords skate punk sound. Hearing them remastered (especially early albums like Duh and Trashed and the rough-mixed Double Plaidinum), packaged in with what is likely every b-side, outtake, and scrap of music recorded during all five album sessions, their very first demo as Section 8, photos, artwork, and liner notes along with assorted live performances on DVD AND posters for like $40 is a stupid good deal. Lagwagon never put out a bad album, but their first five are by far their gold standard and the blueprint for probably hundreds if not thousands of bands. So uh get it.
Lagwagon Duh (Remastered)
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Feelings (Remastered)
Lagwagon Trashed (Remastered)
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
Still got it. Plant needs to get over himself and do a proper tour.
Letlive. Fake History
Daryl Palumbo + Claudio Sanchez + Poison The Well + Hopesfall + jazz rhythms = mega fucking win. There are so many awesome moments all over this record it's pointless to list them. letlive definitely have a pastiche of influences, some more obvious than others, but put them together masterfully into their own sound better than a lot of their peers. There are a few metalcore-by-numbers tracks, but nothing really dips into bad quality. Anyone who likes any of the aforementioned singers/bands/genres should make listening to this a big, big priority as it's definitely one of the strongest records out this year so far.

Wow Nick total 180
Lifetime Jersey's Best Dancers
Lifetime Hello Bastards
maudlin of the Well Bath
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Megadeth Rust in Peace
MellowHype BLACKENEDWHITE
Reasons that MellowHype's BLACKENEDWHITE is the rap album to beat of the year:

1.) Hodgy Beats is a monster on the mic with a ton of style and charisma
2.) Left Brain is one of the best / most innovative producers currently in hip-hop
3.) Odd Future collectively shit on 95% of the rap game lyrically, including the washed-up "greats" who refuse to retire and retain some of their dignity as they hit their 40's
4.) ????
5.) PROFIT!

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Guy below is a tard
Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid Soundtrack
Metallica Master of Puppets
Mew Frengers
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Michael Jackson Thriller
Modern Life Is War Witness
Muse Origin of Symmetry
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana Nevermind
NOFX Punk in Drublic
NOFX So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes
NoMeansNo Wrong
Opeth Blackwater Park
OutKast Aquemini
Peter Gabriel Growing Up: Live (DVD)
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Wow. Fucking wow. This album RIPS. Definitely what Versions should have been. Amazing guitar work, insane drumming, some highly-improved clean vocals and a crushing, oppressive atmosphere, along with some varied songwriting and highly seductive melodies. The coolest thing is that just about everyone wrote these guys off years ago, but The Tropic Rot should change that pronto. Could be the best post-hardcore of the release of the year. We're waiting, Glassjaw.
Portishead Dummy
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Umm did anyone really doubt this would be spectacular? Supporting Caste is pretty much the ultimate Propagandhi record. It combines the aggression and brilliant guitar of TETA with the longer, epic prog moments hinted at on PCL (check out the insane rhythms of "Night Letters") combined with the catchy songwriting of Less Talk, More Rock. Only turned up to 11. The musicianship is just unf*ckwithable and the lyrics as always are intelligent and in-your-face. The first half of this record is pretty much classic while the second half even in its weaker moments slay most other bands' full-lengths. The strongest aspect of the record is undeniably the guitar interplay between Chris and The Beaver, which should by all means blow your mind if you have a pulse. The album, unlike Potemkin, never gets too long in the tooth and wastes not one second or falls flat musically. Might just top TETA with time and it flat-out blows Potemkin out of the water. Album of the year contender without a doubt.
Propagandhi Failed States
Even Supporting Caste didn't prepare for the aural onslaught that is Propagandhi's Failed States. The band dives full on into prog-thrash with no apology and pretty much just beats the shit out of you the entire 37 minutes without mercy. It's most like TETA but heavier and more complex, and the Rush influence is HUGE in some songs. It's not an easy listen but oh so rewarding, and definitely their most unforgiving offering yet. It just fucking kills. Easy best of 2012. Favorite songs: the whole thing
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Definitely one of the better albums of the year, and not quite up to the level of Rated R or Songs but it's really right underneath them, and I mean that in the best way. I Appear Missing is probably the best thing the band has done in 12+ years
Quicksand Slip
Radiohead In Rainbows
The modern Radiohead's most accessible album. Minimalist, beautiful and infectious in its simplicity, In Rainbows proved that Radiohead didn't need to write every song in 9/8 with jarring electronics to still be an incredibly complex, forward-thinking band. Tied with The Bends as Radiohead's third best album behind OK and Kid A.
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Although the album is sorta back-loaded it's fucking great. From opener "Bloom" we know right away that this isn't going to be In Rainbows with its glitched-out reggae downbeat, horn sections, repeated electronic pulses, and incredibly busy rhythm. Thom Yorke and (to a lesser extent) Jonny Greenwood own this album more than any other in Radiohead's yet, with the rest of the band contributing more in the first half (Phil Selway giving probably his best performance yet on drums) and the back being mainly ballads and stripped-down ambient/acoustic tracks (with the exception of the full-band "Separator"). The plus is that at a lean 37 minutes, not a minute is wasted and it's easy to listen to over and over. The only real downside being that ultimately this is the first Radiohead album where they slip into a comfort zone instead of innovating like normal. Which is fine.

The rhythms are Radiohead's most deliciously-twisted yet (Selway and Colin are the clear standouts on the first half) and the heavy reliance on electronics (moreso than any of the older stuff) brings this more towards the Kid A/Amnesiac side of the spectrum. But then that fucking epic second half comes in on Radiohead's catchiest (and now most infamous on teh webz) single yet in "Lotus Flower", before lulling us into dreamy sleep with the piano-led ballad of "Codex", almost certain to be a future Radiohead classic. Then the haunting, acoustic overtones of "Give Up The Ghost" drift in, with the constant repeat of "don't hurt me". Then Thom goes "I think I should GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE UP THE GHOOOOOOOOOST" with that amazing falsetto and you wonder how you didn't know already that this is just as good as any of their other albums are.
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rich Kids on LSD Riches to Rags
An unsung classic of mid-90's punk rock. Fast, furious, truly jaw-dropping musicianship - think a more hardcore, less melodic A Wilhelm Scream with nods to 80's thrash. It's not hard to see that many of Lagwagon's former and current members are typically RKL alumni as this record sounds like Lagwagon's Trashed turned up to about 15 in every category. Get this right now.
Rush Moving Pictures
Shai Hulud That Within Blood Ill-Tempered
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer South of Heaven
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Soundgarden Superunknown
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Strung Out Live in a Dive
Strung Out An American Paradox
Strung Out Twisted By Design
Strung Out Exile In Oblivion
Strung Out Top Contenders: The Best Of Strung Out
Television Marquee Moon
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
Option Paralysis just might be the one to tell CI to go sit in a corner.
The Fall of Troy Ghostship
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Police Synchronicity
One of the best albums ever recorded. Synchronicity was somewhat of a return to form following the horn/synth-heavy Ghost In The Machine while also being the most experimental of The Police's discography. This record expanded the pop music vocabulary in many different ways, not least of which being stellar, timeless singles such as "Every Breath You Take", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King Of Pain" and "Synchronicity II" which showcased Sting's god-given pop smarts, Andy Summers' complex walls of guitar, and Stewart Copeland's manic drumming while also being complex and artistic. While it may not be as consistent-sounding as albums like Regatta de Blanc and Outlandos d'Amour, the true strength of Synchronicity lies in the peerless songwriting and variety of styles employed. It takes a little while to sink in, but once it does it's not hard to see why The Police remain one of the most popular bands of all time, critically and commercially.
The Police Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings
Starting out as a bunch of jazz/progressive musicians masquerading as punks during the punk explosion of the late 70's, it was pretty clear with one spin of "Roxanne" that The Police were on to bigger and better things. Combining the energy of punk with reggae stylings, jazz-inflected melodies and God-given pop hooks, The Police sounded like no other band at the time and were truly a pop band for real musicians. With Sting's distinct vocals, godly songwriting abilities, jazz-funk basslines combined with Andy Summers' pioneering use of chorus and delay with jazz-inflected chord voicings (which essentially created an entirely new guitar style that has been shamelessly copied by virtually every pop/rock band since) and Stewart Copeland's unparalleled groove and virtuosity on the drums, The Police pretty much took over the world and were one of the biggest bands to ever walk the Earth. While considered inconsistent on record by some, The Police wrote arguably some of the most timeless singles ever: "Roxanne", "So Lonely", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Message In A Bottle", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Every Breath You Take", "Synchronicity II", and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" are only a few in a long line of pop brilliance, and considering that this box has their entire recorded output (including b-sides), you'd be a fool not to get this. Simply put, one of the best bands to ever exist.
The Police Certifiable: Live In Buenos Aires (CD/DVD)
After a 23-year absence, The Police return in (almost) all of their former glory. One of the best things about this live album is the extended jams, solos, and re-arrangements that breath fresh air into the old songs ("Wrapped Around Your Finger", "Driven To Tears", "King Of Pain", and the "VIMH/WTWIRDYMTBOWSA" medley simply destroy the old album cuts), which of course still sound fresh even today. Sting's bass work is stronger than ever and pushed up in the mix. Stewart Copeland is still a drumming prodigy and the star of the show, playing tastefully and unloading the heavy artillery when needed. Andy Summers fiery playing belies his 64 years of age, tossing off solos left and right along with his trademark chorus/effect-laden chordal patterns. The band truly sounds amazing, hands-down. Despite a few stumbles ("Don't Stand So Close To Me" is a bit too pedestrian, "Truth Hits Everybody" is about half-speed, and Sting can't quite hit those notes like he used to) the band is tighter and better than ever before, and like Sting said, they were really good to begin with. Simply put, there aren't any bands like this around anymore and that's a shame.
The Strokes Is This It
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday Full Collapse
Thursday No Devolución
Can we please kill that myth of Full Collapse being their best record now?
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones
Tom Waits Bone Machine
Tom Waits Orphans
Tool Aenima
Trophy Scars Hospital Music
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Generic John Hanson 5'd This Sputnik Sound OffrHaven't heard it yet but it's a 4.5
Tyler the Creator Bastard
Considering that this is the first record from the 18-year-old Tyler The Creator (founder of LA rap crew Odd Future), and that he composed the beats, lyrics and music virtually by himself, you have to hand it to the kid. Bastard could easily pass as a veteran's record with the hard-as-fuck lyrical content and ridiculous flows coming out of Tyler's mouth. From the opening title track all the way to "Inglorious", Bastard is a high-energy, passionate record replete with fantastic wordplay, production and beats that seems to mesh the free-association of Ghostface's Supreme Clientele, Lil' B and e-40 with the horror/shock rap of the 90's like Necro, Cage, and Kool Keith, with some evil Neptunes synths/keys on top of that. With all of that, there's a surprising vulnerability underneath it all, with constant mentions to Tyler's deadbeat father, family problems, etc. - there's some REALLY heavy shit on this record (think DMX's "X Is Coming" only turned up to 15 on the "That's Fucked Up!" Scale). If there was a paternal-minded counterpart to Marshall Mathers LP, Bastard is probably the closest to it. VCR/Wheels, AssMilk, Jack And The Beanstalk, Blow, Seven, Bastard, French!, and Slow It Down are all some of the best hip-hop tracks of 2010 without doubt (yeah it came out X-Mas 2009, whatever). Go to oddfuture.com and download this for free right now, and watch for amazing things to come in the near, odd future. A few hairs short of a modern classic.
United Nations United Nations
F*cking insane grindcore meets Thursday meets Daryl Palumbo ripping his vocal chords to shreds over some insanely technical guitar riffs and insane drumming, with some killer melodies thrown in to make it sexy. Finally, a Daryl P. side project that doesn't suck ass. But yeah, T.S.R.
United Nations The Next Four Years
Hey Geoff, I know you got a new band and all and imma let you finish, but this stuff will be better than anything you put out with them
Weezer Weezer
Weezer Weezer (Deluxe Edition)

4.0 excellent
311 311
311 Transistor
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
A Wilhelm Scream Mute Print
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner
A Wilhelm Scream A Wilhelm Scream
A Wilhelm Scream Partycrasher
AFI The Art of Drowning
AFI Sing the Sorrow
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
AFI All Hallow's
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains The Essential Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Haters are gonna hate, but this record is undeniably good. The combination of Cantrell and DuVall on vocals, while not quite reaching the heights of the Layne years, do AIC's legacy more than just a little justice, and personally I think DuVall's vocals add a new dimension and twist to the AIC sound while Cantrell's singing keeps that classic sound. Musically this is vintage AIC, complete with crushing riffage and oppressive atmosphere. And it's REALLY heavy, probably their hardest record yet. Just repeat after yourself: this kicks the crap out of anything in modern rock today, Layne's dead, and despite that fact, Black Gives Way To Blue is still really good.
Alkaline Trio This Addiction
Anthrax Among the Living
At the Drive-In Vaya
At the Drive-In This Station Is Non-Operational
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Bad Astronaut Acrophobe
Bad Brains Black Dots
Bad Brains The Omega Sessions EP
Bad Brains Live at CBGB 1982 [DVD]
Bad Rabbits Stick Up Kids
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate
Bad Religion Live at the Palladium (DVD)
Bad Religion True North
Hands down, Bad Religion's best since The Process Of Belief.
Beastie Boys The Sounds of Science
Beastie Boys Ill Communication
Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Beastie Boys Aglio E Olio
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Best album since Check Your Head and it completely kills The Mix-Up and To The 5 Boroughs. They still got it. "Lee Majors Come Again" and "Say It" = automatic fire
Beatallica Beatallica
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
While IMO this doesn't top the ambition and overall feel of Colors, The Great Misdirect is easily BTBAM's most fluid, cohesive listen yet. The tech is off the charts and I'm happy they're putting the metalcore on the backburner for a more progressive sound. Really really awesome stuff.
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Black Flag Damaged
Black Flag My War
Black Star Black Star
Blacklisted Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Botch American Nervoso
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)
Brian Wilson Smile
Candiria Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Candiria Surrealistic Madness
Candiria Toying With The Insanities Vol. 1
Candiria Toying With The Insanities Vol. 2
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Cave In Planets of Old
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Choke There's A Story To This Moral
Choke Slow Fade Or: How I Learned To Question Infinity
Sprawling, catchy, magnificently written, and progressive in the truest sense of the word, this band (and album) caught me completely by surprise. Choke just may be Canada's best-kept secret. Take a little Rush, a little Thrice, and some Drive Like Jehu time signature change-ups and sprinkle a heap of melody, and you've got these guys in a nutshell. Beautiful ambient parts mesh with furiously tense, interweaving guitar parts that never seem to repeat, hard-hitting drumming with subtle meter/time shifts all over the place, and a vocalist who oftentimes doesn't seem to be singing the same song the band is playing, and yet it all makes perfect sense. And when the swirling maelstrom of noise comes together, it will send chills up your spine. BUY THIS ALBUM.
Circle Takes The Square Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes The Square Rites of Initiation
It's pretty damn good. Spirit Narrative is fucking bonkers
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Converge Axe to Fall
Godfuckingdammit Converge, I was all set with my 2009 AOTY until you came and done fucked my shit up sideways! In all seriousness, Axe To Fall after even one listen pretty much destroys any and all competition for the top honors, and aside from Jane Doe (and that might be tentative) this is the best shit this band has EVER written. I don't know how Converge got even more brutal AND catchy at the same time and I don't care - this record eats the competition, shits them out and beats the pile with a sledgehammer. Fuck I might even give this a 5, which happens to be the same amount of fingers that fit into radianteclipse's vagina!
Cream Disraeli Gears
Crime In Stereo The Troubled Stateside
Crime In Stereo Crime In Stereo Is Dead
Crosses EP
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin
David Bowie The Next Day
David Gilmour Live in Gdansk
Dead Kennedys Bedtime for Democracy
Death (MI) ...For the Whole World to See
Death By Stereo Day of the Death
Death By Stereo Into the Valley of Death
Death By Stereo If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You Die
Death By Stereo Death Alive
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones have yet to release a truly bad record, and Diamond Eyes is further proof of that. It's one of the heaviest Deftones releases yet while simultaneously being the most lush, atmospheric record the band has put to tape. While it doesn't break down as many sonic barriers for the band as White Pony and Saturday Night Wrist did, it instead finds immeasurable power in how well it melds the fury and aggression of the old 'Tones with the hypnotic soundscaping and melodic beauty of their later work - all while being their most progressive musical outing yet. The entire band simply kills it, with Chino in particular giving a standout performance with the always-stellar Abe on drums, Stephen dropping his best Meshuggah-meets-Cure riffage in recent memory, and Quicksand vet Sergio filling in admirably for the ailing Chi on bass. It's their most immediate record since Around The Fur and rivals SNW and Pony as one of their best records yet. It's simply a beautiful journey front-to-back. Anyone else wondering just how good Eros will be considering this one took only 25% of the time to make?
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode Black Celebration
Depeche Mode Sounds Of The Universe
Descendents Milo Goes to College
Dillinger Four C I V I L W A R
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Domo Genesis Rolling Papers
Jesus the beats on this album are so good. Rolling Papers is about exactly what you know it's about, and in that sense and how it works in conjunction with said theme, it's fucking great. Domo may not be pound-for-pound as exciting lyrically as Tyler, Earl, and Hodgy Beats in the Odd Future crew, but his flow is nevertheless confident, clever and has more swagger than most "veteran" rappers in the game right now. The title track is pure earsex, showcasing a lot of the album's reliance on Tyler The Creator and Left Brain's amazing production job, while lyrically it's much more accessible and far less offensive than much of OF's work. "Rolling Papers", "Clear Eyes", "SteamRoller", "Domier", and "Supermarket" (check out the hilarious lyrical battle, grade-A stuff) all make this worth a listen. And it's free (I know a good use for that $20...).

Swag.
dredg Leitmotif
earthtone9 Omega
earthtone9 IV
Sooo good. Not arc/tan/gent but pretty damn great in its own right.
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...
Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
Eric Clapton From The Cradle
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Faith No More The Real Thing
Fear Before Art Damage
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Fiction Plane Left Side of the Brain
Fiction Plane Sparks
Fiction Plane, and Joe Sumner (Sting's son) in particular, escape the shadow of The Police... by becoming the heirs apparent to The Police of our generation. Fiction Plane come from a more indie/alt-rock angle but blend all the manic energy and experimentation of the legendary band with a modern twist. Previous album Left Side Of The Brain - a great album in its own right - only hinted at what the band could do here. To say that Joe sounds almost identical to his father in his prime is an understatement, and with the anthemic guitar work of Seton Daunt and subtle powerhouse drumming of Pete Wilhoit, some of the detours on Sparks are truly awesome and unexpected. Songs like "Tommy" blend a heavy grunge verse riff with a rousing chorus, only to truly go into outer space with a mind-bending storm of proggy madness and back again to sludge, along with songs like "Out Of My Face" and "Push Me Around" sounding like an honest-to-God 2011 version of what The Police could have been if Sting wasn't a douche and if Maroon 5 weren't so lame, these guys cover huge musical ground. It's defiantly indulgent and erratic and a lot to absorb, but there's some truly incredible moments on here. Why isn't this band huge? Everyone get this now, it's brilliant.
Finch (US) Say Hello to Sunshine
Easily the best and most underrated Finch album. Say Hello To Sunshine is a much darker, heavier affair, forgoing the pop-punk stylings of their debut album (the incredibly overrated What It Is To Burn). Everyone in the band stepped up their game here, especially Nate with his vocals. He has a Mike Patton Jr. thing going here and he pulls it off pretty flawlessly. The band's rhythm section has improved tremendously, favoring odd-time signatures and sudden meter shifts while the two guitarists trade off with some killer, off-kilter guitar riffs reminicient of Thrice making love to The Mars Volta. Aside from a few semi-clunkers (Hopeless Host, Bitemarks And Bloodstains), this is about as flawless mix of post-hardcore, prog, and alt-rock as you'll get.
Finch (US) Finch
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Fleetwood Mac The Dance
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea
Fugazi End Hits
Fugazi Furniture
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Fugazi Steady Diet of Nothing
Fugazi Red Medicine
fun. Aim and Ignite
Further Seems Forever The Moon Is Down
Garbage Garbage
Gatsby's American Dream Volcano
Gatsby's American Dream Gatsby's American Dream
Give up the Ghost Year One
Glassjaw El Mark
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Good Riddance Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day Kerplunk
Heiruspecs A Tiger Dancing
Hella There's No 666 In Outer Space
Helmet Betty
Hot Water Music Forever and Counting
Hot Water Music A Flight and a Crash
Hot Water Music No Division
Hot Water Music Never Ender
Hot Water Music Live At The Hardback
House Of Blow Myspace Songs
HRVRD Animals EP
Hum Downward Is Heavenward
Hunt / Gather Former Rust EP
Husker Du Zen Arcade
Ignite Our Darkest Days
Ignite A place called home
In Flames The Jester Race
In Pieces Lions Write History
Incubus Make Yourself
Isis Panopticon
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jawbreaker Dear You
Jawbreaker 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jeff Beck Blow by Blow
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun
John Mayer Where the Light Is
John Mayer Trio Try!
Judas Priest Painkiller
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
This is undoubtedly great because of its consistency more than anything... but come on, you act like epic/genre-bending R&B has
NEVERRRRR been done before... it's like no one on this site ever listened to Michael Jackson, Prince, D'Angelo, Outkast, lol
even Janelle Monae. Get some perspective kids, the only reason you're cumming over this is because mainstream music has
fucking sucked for like ten years and JT reminded people that good songs >>>> gimmicks
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West Yeezus
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kid Dynamite Kid Dynamite
Kid Kilowatt Guitar Method 1996-1999
Kidcrash Jokes
Killing Joke Killing Joke (2003)
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Lagwagon Resolve
Lagwagon Duh
Lagwagon Blaze
Lagwagon Hoss
Lagwagon Double Plaidinum
Lagwagon Trashed
Lagwagon Live In A Dive
Lagwagon Hoss (Remastered)
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Presence
Achilles' Last Stand alone is worth the purchase. Oh and it's a great album too.
Lifetime Lifetime
Lifetime, after a ten-year break, are back and in charge again. Forget FOB, Bayside, etc... this is the real pop-punk deal. Sweet-like-candy hardcore with heartfelt lyrics, breakneck tempos, and all-around incredible energy. This album pretty much picks up right where Jersey's Best Dancers left off... this album could've easily been made in 1999 and if it had, I'm pretty sure Lifetime would be far bigger than the underground (yet highly influential) cult following they have. It's not quite as good as Jersey's Best Dancers (which I consider a melodic-hardcore masterpiece), but more than effective on its own rights. If you even remotely like pop-punk or hardcore you owe it to yourself to get this now. Welcome back guys.
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Marathon Marathon
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Crack the Skye
ZOMG this album doesn't own, it rapes your soul! And stuff. To be honest, this is probably Mastodon's most cohesive album yet. The hooks are better than ever, Brann lays back just enough to let everyone else shine a bit more, and both guitarists have stepped the game up considerably with some quite awesome guitar solos. Buuuuuuuuut the vocals still suck 50% of the time, the concept is incredibly mind-numbingly retarded (I mean seriously read the excerpt from Brann Dailor on Wikipedia), and some of the songs go a little too far up their own asses. Otherwise, solid, kick-ass metal record but there's no way in hell this is 2009's Traced In Air as there's no comparison to that record.
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
Album is really really good. But a little less first half "Heaven And Weak", a little more second half "Heaven And Weak" next time dudes. Not to say it isn't great - it most certainly is - but one of the best attributes of motW was how they juxtaposed crushingly heavy sections with absolutely beautiful passages in the blink of an eye. The record is quite pretty but I want some fug in there too.
Megadeth Endgame
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Metallica S&M
Method Man Tical
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Millencolin Pennybridge Pioneers
Million Dead A Song to Ruin
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus The Bear do it again, offering up a collection of their staple tracks (along with a brand new one) and giving them the acoustic once-over. Many of the tracks stay very true to the original arrangements, but considering that many of MTB's riffs are sampled/looped, the fact that it's all transcribed onto acoustic is pretty cool. Unlike many bands who just throw a few generic open chords together to make the "Acoustic Version", MTB go the Thrice route and re-arrange the songs, some with just enough subtleties ("Knights"), others a complete reworking ("Burying Luck", "Throwin' Shapes") to effectively make them sound fresh and new.
Minus the Bear Into the Mirror
Minus The Bear return from 2007's brilliant Planet Of Ice with this teaser EP, consisting of "Into The Mirror" and "Broken China". The former song sounds kind of like a sleazy porn film, bolstered by sparse, staccato keyboard chords and complete with plenty of references to coke ("There's a mirror for the 'cane in the bathroom"). The song itself may be one of the catchiest MTB has written yet. "Broken China" is probably the heaviest and weirdest MTB song released so far, with heavy downbeats and some awesome guitar freakouts in the bridge. Appetite whetted yet? Get it now since it's only $2.
Misery Signals Mirrors
Misery Signals Controller
While it doesn't smack you in the earhole like Mirrors did front-to-back, Controller is Misery Signal's most polished, complete outing, and Karl's vox absolutely slay. The band have stepped it up in the melody department while simultaneously coming up with some of their most punishing riffs and songs ever. Possible heavy/metal record of the year, at least until Deftones/Glassjaw/Metallica (yeah j/k) drops, anyways.
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Mr. Bungle California
Muse Absolution
Muse Hullabaloo (Live CD or DVD)
Muse Absolution Tour
Muse H.A.A.R.P
MxPx Let It Happen
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Nine Inch Nails And All That Could Have Been
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
The increasingly prolific Trent Reznor does it again. A scant two months after the release of his massive Ghosts I-IV album, Reznor drops The Slip (for free no less). This is some of the man's strongest work in years, combining the slick atmosphere and sonic landscapes of Ghosts and The Fragile with some of With Teeth's pop/rock aesthetic. While it's no The Downward Spiral or The Fragile (and really, stop expecting the sequels fanboys), the songwriting is more accessible and focused than Year Zero and stronger overall than any of With Teeth. The end result is a great record that is arguably Reznor's finest work in the last eight years.
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Does not disappoint. Stronger than any of his post-Fragile work
Nirvana Incesticide
Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
No Knife Riot For Romance!
No Knife Fire In The City Of Automatons
No Use for a Name Hard Rock Bottom
No Use for a Name More Betterness!
No Use for a Name Making Friends
NOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough
NOFX Ribbed
NOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)
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 I Heard They Suck Live!!
NOFX They've Actually Gotten Worse Live
NOFX/Rancid BYO Split Series Vol. 3
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
OFWGKTA Radical
Operation Ivy Energy
Orphans of Cush White Noize
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Parades Foreign Tapes
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Pearl Jam Ten
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pennywise Full Circle
Pennywise Straight Ahead
Peter Gabriel So
Peter Gabriel Scratch
Peter Gabriel Us
Peter Gabriel Up
Pianos Become the Teeth Old Pride
Prince 1999
Prince Musicology
Prince 20Ten
20Ten may have been the record that almost killed off teh internet, but at least it's pretty damn good. This is Prince's most solid offering in years, arguably trumping even the last five or so records he's put out that were considered to be returns-to-form, or at least a semblance of it. On 20Ten Prince melds his jazzier, funkier stylings with the Minneapolis sound that he pioneered over twenty years ago, clearly paying tribute to the pop stylings that made him such a massive crossover success and in turn making the freshest Prince album in almost twenty years. The internet may be over, but Prince proves with 20Ten he was only warming up.
Propagandhi Potemkin City Limits
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against the Machine Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Rancid Rancid [2000]
Rancid Life Won't Wait
Refused Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
Refused Refused Are Fucking Dead
Probably one of the most pretentious acts of bloated ego-masturbation ever perpetrated by any band ever, but the truth is, they really WERE a big deal and they backed up their shit musically like no one else, no matter the time, place, or crowd size.
Righteous Jams Rage of Discipline
Rise Against Revolutions Per Minute
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Clockwork Angels
Putting an album out this fucking good almost 50 years into a rock band's career pretty much never happens, but Rush pull it out somehow. They should probably retire after this because it'd be close to impossible to top, and I mean that in the best way.
Rx Bandits Mandala
Santana Abraxas
Saosin Translating the Name
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Shai Hulud Reach Beyond the Sun
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slayer Still Reigning
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Sonic Youth Murray Street
Sons Of Abraham Termites In His Smile
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden King Animal
Sparta Wiretap Scars
Sparta Porcelain
Spinal Tap This Is Spinal Tap
Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Montreux: 1982 & 1985 (DVD)
Stevie Ray Vaughan The Sky Is Crying
Stevie Ray Vaughan In Step
Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul to Soul
Sting Ten Summoner's Tales
Stone Temple Pilots Core
Stone Temple Pilots Purple
Stone Temple Pilots Thank You
Strung Out Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
Strung Out Prototypes and Painkillers
Sublime Sublime
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
Suicidal Tendencies Freedumb
Superjoint Ritual A Lethal Dose of American Hatred
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Steal This Album!
System of a Down Toxicity
Television Live at The Old Waldorf
The Beach Boys Sunflower
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Clash London Calling: Legacy Edition
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Doors The Best of The Doors
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!
The Lawrence Arms Apathy and Exhaustion
The Lawrence Arms A Guided Tour of Chicago
The Lawrence Arms Cocktails and Dreams
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
Really takes a few listens to get it all, but honestly this is what Octahedron should have been; a rather concise set of songs that balance tunefulness and TMV's penchant for insanity without going too far in either direction. Aside from new drummer Deantoni Parks' human drum machine spasms of craziness, this is TMV at their most stripped-down and restrained (essentially a power trio with a keyboard + vocals now), and Noctourniquet benefits greatly from it. Sonically it veers from straight ballads to atonal post-punk spats to heavy electronic ambient, all within individual songs at times, but sounding strangely straightforward and polished for TMV. For this first time in, well, ever, it almost sounds like a real band playing instead of 29 session musicians having an orgy listening to Zappa and King Crimson.
The Nation of Ulysses Plays Pretty for Baby
The Nation of Ulysses 13-Point Program To Destroy America
The Ocean Precambrian
The Ocean Fracture The Sunmachine And The Ocean
I'm friends with the drummer =D But in all seriousness, The Ocean Fracture's debut shows a startling level of promise, mixing post-rock/metal with breaks of vicious screamo/post-hardcore. Their newer stuff points to a more mature, concise direction (check out the Youtube video for "Sutured To The Infrastructure", it's the ultra win), but The Ocean Fracture have plenty to be proud of with The Sunmachine And The Ocean.
The Offspring Smash
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police Outlandos d'Amour
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins Rotten Apples
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
as long as those three dudes responsible for maybe 3 songs in their entire band's discography aren't here, I will not call this smashing pumpkins because it's not

oh well I guess we'll listen to this awesome new SP record while you stew

postedit: andcas I'm fully aware D'Arcy Wretsky was in the band, dudes was just a blanket term. I agree the classic band played and sounded better live and in studio but for all intents and purposes the band's classic material was written, composed, and played in-studio by Billy Corgan, as have 90% of their songs. Functioning unit of equals? Ever read about the making of Siamese Dream? Or heard that their keyboard player DIED in a drug o.d. with Jimmy Chamberlain? And that D'Arcy was fired because she was a crackhead? But a reallllll fan would know that lol... I wore out two Siamese Dream cassettes and Mellon Collie was the first CD I ever owned btw
The Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the Duke
The Strokes Room on Fire
The Strokes Angles
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Who Tommy
The Who Who's Next
The xx xx
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Thrice Red Sky
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice Beggars
Thrice continues to surprise with Beggars. The album is definitely a bit more uptempo (in spots) than either Vheissu or The Alchemy Index, but unlike past works, Thrice has learned how to really groove within a song as opposed to letting the structure control the music ("All The World Is Mad", "The Weight"). The band has also continued their unabashed love of Radiohead ("Circles", In Exile") and has almost completely jettisoned their post-hardcore past, with the exception of "Talking Through Glass" (which just may be one of the best songs they've ever done). Let's face it, Thrice will never put out Illusion Of Safety 2. The record does slip a little with some of the slower, quieter numbers as they all sound very similar to one another, and the album lacks the epic production/composition of Vheissu and Alchemy, but this record is far and away the most cohesive work they've done since Vheissu.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits
Tom Waits Bad As Me
More like Bad Ass Me
Tomahawk Mit Gas
Tomahawk Tomahawk
Tool Lateralus
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Tub Ring The Great Filter
U2 Achtung Baby
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 War
Underoath Define the Great Line
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
United Nations Nevermind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures
UN is back firing on all cylinders with their cleverly-titled/lawsuit-baiting Nevermind The Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures EP. Musically it's not much different from the material on the self-titled, aside from some slowed-down numbers like "O You Bright & Risen Angels", displaying an almost Modern Life Is War vibe. And that's not a bad thing, considering how great that album was. While the vocals could have been mixed a little higher, the furious energy of the title track and "Communication Letdown" should dispel any notions that this shit doesn't still rule.
Van Halen 1984
Van Halen Fair Warning
Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth
Holy shit this album destroys. Makes every modern rock band look like toothless fairies in any serious comparison, and these guys (well, 75% of them) are twice their age. It hardly matters that most of these songs were conceptualized throughout the band's career - what band doesn't do this? - this is vital, hard-hitting, dirty rock and roll performed by veterans in dying need of a rebirth, and on that level it not only succeeds, it writes the fucking blueprint for how a veteran rock band considered all but dead for the last, oh, 30 years should conduct their affairs. If this doesn't give modern rock the giant left hook to the face it needs, we're all doomed.

As Is = Rock/Metal SOTY contender easy
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
White Zombie Astro Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction, a
Whole Wheat Bread Hearts Of Hoodlums
Wow. Imagine my surprise seeing three black kids, aged 18-20 from Florida (with the singer/guitarist sporting giant liberty spikes) playing flawless Southern Cali-approved skate punk at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY back in 2005. It was naturally a bit disconcerting but awesome to see (and hugely energetic live) I copped their debut, Minority Rules which was essentially an album with 60% pop-punk, 40% rap with absolutely no coherence at all and nothing truly original. But on THIS album? To say that it's a completely different band that's made a GIANT leap forward in talent is an understatement. This is a real band emerging, mixing thrashy pop-punk riffs with reggae, Dirty South, acoustic ballads, hardcore-barked rap flows sometimes all in one track and somehow it's fucking working? Did my head just explode? This doesn't make sense. But it's so good. I can't believe NO ONE'S discovered this by now, almost two years later. We here at Sputnik Music suck hard for overlooking this gem. Seriously, listen to this. That this was COMPLETELY overlooked and forgotten, especially in every way on any Best Of 2009 lists I've read, is pretty sad. Don't suck at life and get this shit now.
Will Haven Carpe Diem
Will Haven Voir Dire
ZZ Top Eliminator

3.5 great
+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating
311 From Chaos
311 Soundsystem
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Static Lullaby A Static Lullaby
AFI Burials
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
Alice in Chains Facelift
Alkaline Trio Crimson
Anamanaguchi Dawn Metropolis
Anberlin Blueprints For The Black Market
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Bad Brains Quickness
Bad Brains Into The Future
Bad Brains' best album since Quickness, hands down.
Bad Religion All Ages
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction
Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Bad Religion Back to the Known
Bad Religion The Gray Race
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell
Bad Religion The Dissent of Man
Battles Mirrored
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys To the 5 Boroughs
Beloved Failure On
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Billy Idol Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
Blacklisted No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me
Blacklisted Eccentrichine
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
blink-182 surprise everyone and put out a record that not only sounds modern and fresh, but covers every musical territory the band has staked out since their debut. It would be hard to find a fan who won't love this as it's got just about everything you'd want in a blink-182 album. And that's why it kicks loads of ass.
Blink-182 Dogs Eating Dogs
Candiria What Doesn't Kill You...
It's pretty disgusting when a band as revolutionary in sound as Candiria is gets absolutely no respect or recognition outside of the NYC hardcore fans. Candiria showed everyone on this record that they had quite the melodic side as well, mixing their mathy hardcore-meets-jazz-meets-metal sound with some honest-to-God pop sensibilities ("Remove Yourself" is INSANELY catchy). Carley Coma's vocals improved tenfold, capable of going from guttural roars into smooth melodic crooning. The band themselves have become even better, with Kenneth Schalk laying down some truly awe-inspiring grooves amidst the crazy technical drumming. Newcomer Micheal MacIvor's bass lines provided a newfound melodic counterpoint to John LaMacchia and Eric Matthew's palm-muted angular riffs. While labeled by many as a "sell-out" (and there are definitely cheesier moments that are clearly trying to be overtly radio-friendly), What Doesn't Kill You... brought a whole new dish to Candiria's table, which contributed to the alt-metal assault of their final record (and IMO, magnum opus), Kiss The Lie. So yeah get this.
Candiria The C.O.M.A. Imprint
Casket Salesmen Sleeping Giants
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
Cave In Tides of Tomorrow
Chevelle Point #1
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle La Gargola
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Coheed and Cambria Live At La Zona Rosa
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Yeah, it's been said and will continue to be said - Chris Pennie's influence permeates Year Of The Black Rainbow in almost every way, from the electronic swells of "Guns Of Summer" (featuring what is probably the sickest instrumental work the band has done yet) to the dark brooding synths of "Far", along with drumming that puts the phoned-in Good Apollo: Foo Edition (and their entire past discography) to shame while being surprisingly restrained and tasteful throughout.

Throughout the album every band member has standouts and plays a bit more outside the typical Coheed box. It's way less poppy and a lot more moody and dark, from the weirdly atonal/minor riffs of "This Shattered Symphony", the insane DEP-meets-Rush rhythms of "Guns Of Summer" and the almost Mars Volta groove of "In The Flame Of Error", Coheed bring a strange mix of electro-prog-pop that shows a much more experimental side of the band and a much needed (did I say evolution? Let's say "sidestep") in sound after the pedestrian NWFT.

Oh btw Pennie composed the electronic stuff so he gets just as much credit as the rest. If anything, Claudio and Travis stepped back hard and let the rest of the band carry it a bit, to great result.

2011 Edit: Ya this actually isn't that great but w/e
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Converge No Heroes
Corrosion of Conformity Animosity
Crime In Stereo I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
David Gilmour On An Island
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising
Dead Kennedys Mutiny On The Bay: [Live]
Death By Stereo Death for Life
Death By Stereo Black Sheep Of The American Dream
Much better than the last album. About as close to a return to form as we'll get.
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Def Leppard Pyromania
Deftones Deftones
Denali The Instinct
Denali Denali
Depeche Mode Ultra
Descendents Cool To Be You
DMX Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eric Clapton Journeyman
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
If you compared this to The Beatles please piece yourself
Faith No More Album of the Year
Faith No More This Is It: The Best of Faith No More
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Filter The Trouble With Angels
Finch (US) A Far Cry From Home: Tokyo 2009 (International)
Finch (US) Epilogue
Forgive Durden Wonderland
Foxboro Hot Tubs Stop Drop and Roll!!!
Foxy Shazam The Flamingo Trigger
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
Further Seems Forever Penny Black
Great album. Reminiscent of a more mature The Moon Is Down. Carraba sounds fantastic.
Gang of Four Return the Gift
General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
Ghostlimb Bearing & Distance
Glassjaw The Don Fury Sessions
While it's awesome to hear demo versions of EYEWTKAS tracks, not to mention two or three forotten gems (Matchbook Blackbook, Harlem, Flagburning Dakota) and a bonafide classic (Star Under My Bed), the production is just bad and the band hadn't settled into the power and intensity of their later work. Still great stuff.
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple
Gogol Bordello Super Taranta
Green Day International Superhits
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
Green Day 39/Smooth
Green Day Awesome As Fuck
Greg Graffin Cold as the Clay
He Is Legend 91025
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Hopesfall A Types
Hopesfall Magnetic North
Hopsin Raw
HORSE the band R. Borlax
HORSE the band A Natural Death
Hot Cross Risk Revival
Hot Snakes Audit in Progress
Hot Water Music The New What Next
Hot Water Music Finding The Rhythms
Hot Water Music Till the Wheels Fall Off
Hot Water Music Exister
Great comeback record, but a little too much of a "Chuck Ragan solo album" vibe on some tracks. Either way, a solid album lacking in standout tracks.
HRVRD The Inevitable And I
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Come Clarity
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Incubus Light Grenades
Infant Sorrow Get Him To The Greek
James Brown Live At The Apollo
Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jerry Cantrell Boggy Depot
Jimi Hendrix Blues
Joey Cape Bridge
John Mayer Battle Studies
Album's really really good but it's no Continuum. I see this being a grower though.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Plastic Fang
Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Lamb of God Sacrament
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Solid album marred by horrible production, a drop in songwriting quality, and a lack of real innovation, but even if letlive DO rip off every post-hardcore cliche possible, they're still intense and fun on their A-game, and they're arguably doing that sound better than anyone else right now. Empty Elvis, American Black Market, That Fear Fever, The Dope Beat and 27 Club kick loads of ass and prove they've still got it, but it's not even near the level of Fake History really.
Mad Caddies Rock the Plank
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon The Hunter
It's been out literally an hour calm down with your stupid fucking 5s scrubs
Matchbook Romance Voices
Matisyahu Live At Stubb's
Max Tannone Jaydiohead
MellowHype Yellowhite
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Beyond Magnetic is Lulu damage control, an EP of b-sides from the Death Magnetic sessions. All of these songs are better than literally any random second of Lulu, which says exactly nothing, but when these songs are arguably just as good if not better than the majority of the album it was culled from, it's not a terrible start to redeeming their horribly self-maligned reputation amongst their fans (and, likely, the entire music-loving world at this point). The b-sides seem to meld their Load and Death Magnetic sides much more comfortably and naturally than Metallica forcing themselves to re-package MOP riffs yet again, and should be the musical direction this band follows in the future. Too bad these are four years old and less than a month ago the same band released Lulu.
Mike G ALI
Short but sweet. Mike G is the sleeper talent in OF and has a definite character and style all his own. He may not seem like he's amazing due to his slow, laid-back thug stylings that don't tie up tongues like Earl and Hodgy, but after seeing him live he won me over with his energy and delivery. GOLD will probably be better than this, but ALI is still a great record through-and-through.
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
This is much better than I thought it was going to be. It's definitely better than OMNI, but comes across to me as an amalgam of POI + bits of Menos + the better parts of OMNI. Aside from some really contrived lyrics in some spots (Listing being particularly cheesy), this is pretty much the same MTB with a few new tricks up their sleeve, while silencing some of the bitchy old-schoolers; Toska in particular should satisfy anyone who thought Dave Knudson forgot how to play guitar, Diamond Lightning competes with their very best material, and Cold Company ranks with Lotus and 5 Guitar Band as one of their all-time best epic closers. The hooks are more refined and catchier than ever, and MTB seems to have nailed that sweet spot between pop and proggy indie rock experimentation that eluded them on OMNI. If a criticism can be labelled to it, it's the band's simply not writing songs of Pachuca Sunrise/Monkey!Knife!Fight/Drilling caliber like they used to. It's hard seeing this top their first three records, but still a great album.
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Mos Def The New Danger
Muse Showbiz
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Muse Hullabaloo Soundtrack
Mutemath Mute Math
MxPx Life in General
Nelly Furtado Loose
New Found Glory New Found Glory
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nirvana With the Lights Out
NK Basement Tapes Vol. 1
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
No Trigger Canyoneer
No Use for a Name !Leche Con Carne!
No Use for a Name All The Best Songs
No Use for a Name The Feel Good Record of the Year
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
NOFX The War on Errorism
NOFX Heavy Petting Zoo
NOFX Surfer
NOFX Coaster
After spending some quality time with the album today, I've changed my mind a bit. Through-and-through it doesn't touch the mid-90's stuff, but Coaster is definitely the best record NOFX has done since Pump Up The Valuum. While it's their most mid-tempo, poppy outing yet, the songs are all overwhelmingly good, minus a few clunkers ("Creeping Out Sara", "The Quitter"). "Eddie, Bruce & Paul" might just be the best song the band has done since the SLATFATS days (musically, not counting The Decline), the variety of music is excellent, and the songwriting is what Wolves In Wolves' Clothing and War On Errorism should have been. The true star of the record is El Hefe, who proves his name by laying down some REALLY excellent solos and leads all over the place and it's about time Fat Mike let his skills really shine. It's no Punk In Drublic or SLATFATS, but Coaster is a more than worthy addition to NOFX's catalogue.
NOFX Self Entitled
Definitely better than Wolves or Coaster, not sure about the rest but it's solid.
OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2
It's good, but shouldn't they rename it The Hodgy Beats Tape with Guests OFWGKTA? He's on like every goddamn track. And yes, Earl's verse on Oldie = godlike
Only Crime Virulence
A very very good album, although it falls short of expectations. I mean, come on! Let's all consider that this band is
made up of vocalist Russ Rankin (Good Riddance), drummer Bill Stevenson (those little bands Black Flag, Descendents,
ALL...), guitarists Aaron Dalbec (Converge, Bane, Hagfish) and Zach Blair (GWAR, Hagfish), and bassist Doni Blair
(Hagfish, Armstrong). I mean this should be the best f*cking hardcore band EVER. And even at this seemingly 50%
effort, they churned out a record as excellent as Virulence. The album is far more focused and heavy than To
The Nines
could've hoped to be (although the first record is in fact very good). Their next album is what I'm really
looking forward to. It's a bit of a letdown that this album shat on Good Riddance's latest record, considering how great
Russ' voice and lyrics are here. A must-buy for melodic hardcore with a dissonant edge, not to mention absolutely
superb musicianship (especially Bill's drumming) and lyrics.
Opeth Watershed
OutKast ATLiens
Ozzy Osbourne Live and Loud
Peter Gabriel Car
Peter Gabriel Security
Pianos Become the Teeth Saltwater
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Poison the Well Versions
Prince 3121
Prince Batman
Prince LOtUSFLOW3R
Probot Probot
Propagandhi How to Clean Everything
Propagandhi Less Talk, More Rock
Protest the Hero Fortress
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Refused The EP Compilation
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against The Unraveling
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Saetia A Retrospective
Say Anything Say Anything
Shadows Fall Of One Blood
Shadows Fall The War Within
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer World Painted Blood
LOL at the people bitching as to why Slayer didn't change their sound. Uh fucking A Thor you gave Christ Illusion a 4 and this is virtually the same record, maybe give or take some br00tality + a ridiculously shit mix courtesy of the guy that killed Death Magnetic (yeah you fucking asshole Greh Fidelmann, you fucking suck and never get near a mixing board ever again). Dudes this age are usually planning their check-out ticket, not delivering thrash that (no matter how crap compared to RIB/SOH) still kicks the crap out degenerates like Metallica and breaks necks everywhere.
Sonic Youth Goo
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
Soundgarden Down on the Upside
Sparta Threes
Spinal Tap Back From The Dead
Spinal Tap Break Like The Wind
State Faults Desolate Peaks
Stone Temple Pilots No. 4
Stone Temple Pilots Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican...
Strung Out Crossroads and Illusions
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
Strung Out Agents of the Underground
Very very good record. Melds the pop with the punk/metal superbly and does it a lot better than Blackhawks Over Los Angeles did, but in general has a bit more of an aggressive edge than the aforementioned album while retaining a distinct melodic nod to their Twisted By Design/STWB days, so musically it seems to be the culimination of Strung Out's long and celebrated line of stellar releases. One very cool thing is the production, which while distinct is quite raw and the virtual opposite of the gloss and overproduction (especially on vocals) of Exile and Blackhawks. Jury's still out on whether it will stack up to Exile In Oblivion, AAP or Element, but this is hovering right around them. Here's to 20 more years dudes.
Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down Hypnotize
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Testament The Gathering
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Black Keys Thickfreakness
The Cars Move Like This
An utterly fantastic return-to-form after a 24 year absence, Move Like This has The Cars sounding both fresh and charmingly retro, harkening back to the day when bands this good used to be on the radio all the time. With 10 songs at just under 40 minutes, it's a lean, taut record that sounds like it stepped right out of 1985, with no discernible difference to their already-proven songwriting style. Despite the absence of late singer/songwriting partner Benjamin Orr, Ric Ocasek has no problem carrying the album with his own instantly-recognizable pipes, and songs like "Blue Tip", "Too Late" and "Sad Song" rank with some of the band's best material since their first three records. It's catchy, fun, with great musicianship and a timeless quality to it. While it's not going to reinvent the wheel in any way, Move Like This is arguably one of the strongest comeback records in recent memory.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Plagiarism
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Fucking Champs IV
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Jet Age Of Tomorrow Journey to the 5th Echelon
The Lawrence Arms Ghost Stories
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Network Money Money 2020
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Offspring Americana
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds
The Police Ghost in the Machine
The Police Live!
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth
The White Stripes Elephant
Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation
This Is Hell Sundowning
This Is Hell This Is Hell EP
This Is Hell Misfortunes
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thrice Come All You Weary
Thrice Major/Minor
It's good. Definitely better than Beggars, but still way below their best.
Thursday Waiting
Thursday Five Stories Falling
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
A great album marred with absolutely godawful overproduction.
Thursday Common Existence
By far the most consistent record Thursday has done since War All The Time. Common Existence is a focused, aggressive record that more or less erases the doubts anyone had following their last lukewarm effort. The screamo-meets-Envy sound attempted on the Thursday/Envy Split is now perfected and pays off in spades. Although there are still a few minor production flaws, songs like "As He Climbed The Dark Mountain", "You Were The Cancer", "Friends In The Armed Forces", and "Unintended Long Term Effects" show why Thursday is and always will be a head above their post-hardcore brethren. Now go tell Daryl to finsh the f*cking Glassjaw record, Geoff.
Tool Undertow
Tool Opiate
Tool 10,000 Days
Trocadero Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue
Tyler the Creator Goblin
Not as good as Bastard but still pretty great.
Tyler the Creator Wolf
Solid improvement in almost every area over Goblin, hands down.
Unearth The Stings of Conscience
Van Halen Van Halen
Van Halen Van Halen II
Velvet Revolver Contraband
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer Hurley
Hurley does nothing other than confirm what many people have said for years - Rivers Cuomo is the biggest and best musician troll to ever exist IRL.
Weezer Death to False Metal
Whole Wheat Bread Minority Rules
Zozobra Bird of Prey
ZZ Top La Futura
Album has no right being as good as it is, but there you go. Sounds pretty much just like their 70's output, dirty greasy and fun. These dudes are so old they make Bad Religion look like Cobra Starship and yet still put out some kickass music. "I Gotsta Get Paid" might be one of the band's most brilliant songs ever, and Gibbons still dials in the tasty blues riffs throughout. Complete return to form and a fine listen.

3.0 good
A Static Lullaby ...And Don't Forget to Breathe
A Wilhelm Scream Benefits of Thinking Out Loud
AFI Answer That And Stay Fashionable
AFI Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
AFI Very Proud Of Ya
AFI I Heard a Voice DVD
AFI Crash Love
Alexisonfire Crisis
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Bad Brains I and I Survived
Bad Brains Build A Nation
Bayside The Walking Wounded
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
Beastie Boys The Mix Up
Bigwig Stay Asleep
Blaqk Audio CexCells
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Easily the worst post-Dude Ranch blink album. I used to like it a lot when I was 17 but I quickly realized how contrived, tasteless, and flat-out uninspiring this album is, even compared to Enema Of The State. The songwriting is rushed and simply horrid at times ("First Date") and they blatantly recycle old riffs instead of learning how to play guitar a little bit (compare the riff of "Online Songs" to "Boring" from Dude Ranch... almost completely identical). Travis is still good as always but most of this album bites it hard. Not surprising considering Tom/Mark said it only took them two weeks to write the whole thing.
Blink-182 Buddha
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show
Bloodhound Gang Hooray For Boobies
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Bush The Sea of Memories
Cave In Antenna
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Vena Sera
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chickenfoot Chickenfoot
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
CKY Volume 1
Classic Case Losing At Life
Coheed and Cambria Live at the Starland Ballroom
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Darkest Hour Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation
Darkest Hour So Sedated, So Secure
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Grips Exmilitary
So this is like way angrier than ANY RAP EVER, something I'd know from listening to exactly 0 hip hop artists in the last twenty years, but a dude from a neckbeard band is the beats guy on this, so it's automatically GREAT. And did I mention it's angry? That's so /33t cuz hip-hop is NEVER ANGRY! The lyrics are just so deep, insightful and weave a tale of angry anger, with poignant lines like IT GOES IT GOES IT GOES x 9! And they shout a lot! Let me tell you, if you love obnoxious bottom-feeding Scarface wannabes bellowing into a mic like a ghetto Hitler with hardly any thought, prowess or subtlety YOU WILL NUT FOR THIS.

But on account that it's way more underground and way less good, YEP BETTER THAN GOBLIN bahahahahaha
Deftones Adrenaline
Depeche Mode Exciter
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward
DMX ...And Then There Was X
Drist Orchids And Ammunition
Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden
Eminem Recovery
The big dog is finally off his chain again. Bullshit rappers, start running.
Every Time I Die The Big Dirty
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Fiction Plane Everything Will Never Be OK
Glassjaw Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
This is the album where Glassjaw began to really start to develop it's current sound. Not to mention the Hannukah Grinch, Justin Beck himself, plays the drums on this album/lineup. "Star Above My Bed" and "Black Coffee" are some of their fan-favorite songs and display a staggering mix of power where good ol' Long Island HC came together with Glassjaw's growing fascination with Stillsuit-style post-hardcore, which continues even into their current-day sound, tremendously on Worship And Tribute. This EP is notoriously hard to find, but can be found on Glassjaw.net if I'm not mistaken. A more-than-worthy listen to anyone who even remotely likes post-hardcore.
Green Day Warning
Green Day Shenanigans
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
They're not getting a free pass on this one. Whereas American Idiot was a fresh new take on the Green Day sound (for the most part), this record takes BJ Armstrong's obsession with The Who just a little too far. The consistency is simply not there and while the melodies and songwriting are all pretty standard-issue Green Day (i.e., catchy and fun), there's no musical substance underneath the proceedings. And come on, 18 songs of three-chord jams? They could have taken six off and it would have been much better in the end. And wtf is with these lyrics? Armstrong was never a literary wordsmith but these are TOYPAJ blink-era bad, if not worse. Overall, not shit but certainly GD's weakest album in a long time.
Green Day ¡UNO!
Green Day iDOS!
Hatebreed Perseverance
Hatebreed Supremacy
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Head Automatica Decadence
HORSE the band Pizza
HORSE is back a scant year after the release of The Mechanical Hand with the Pizza EP. The good news? It's
HORSE. The keyboards are in full swing here, serving up deliciously twisted melodies (check out the bridge and outro
of Crippled By Pizza) and walls-of-sound that serve as sonic backdrops to Dave Isen's fleet guitarwork. Band-wise,
everything's tight. The not-so-good? The songs here just aren't anywhere as good as their previous work. I mean
Pizza NIF is great, Werepizza and Antipizza rock, and the TMNT theme is absolutely classic, but the super-clean
production takes a lot of the aggression out of HORSE's sound, the drumming is off in parts (they've since kicked Eli
out), and David Isen's manic guitar work from The Mechanical Hand is nowhere to be found here, not to mention
the guitars are buried in the mix to the point that you can barely hear them. Oh yeah and Werepizza is too damn long
and doesn't really go anywhere. Maybe the lessened quality is because EVERY song is literally about pizza, but it
seems HORSE is taking an even more commercial tack this time around and I'm not sure that's a great idea. Hopefully
their new album (out in 2007) will be a bit better.
Incubus Morning View
Isis Wavering Radiant
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Jimmy Eat World Damage
Kanye West Graduation
Kidcrash Snacks
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Leftovers
Lagwagon I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Meteora
LOURDS LOURDS
Matchbook Romance West For Wishing EP
Midtown Living Well is the Best Revenge
Minus the Bear Omni
OMNI is really strange record. You really WANT to love it, but know that something's just not there. Whereas Planet Of Ice excelled at melding high-octane guitar work with strong melodies and a central theme, OMNI kinda just plods at times, trying to find its footing. It's clearly trying to please all sides of the MTB camp, going from poppy/dancy tracks to prog-rock workouts, but giving neither side the TLC it needs to really blossom. The added emphasis on Alex Rose's keys comes at expense of Snider and Knudson's guitar tandem taking a backseat, to mixed results.

While it's still a great record and many of the tracks are vintage MTB (Secret Country, Summer Angel, Hold Me Down, Into The Mirror/Animal Backwards), it's missing the catchiness of their past catalogue and the huge riffs and forward-thinking songwriting that made Planet Of Ice such a truly great record, and it simply drags at times where a cool guitar riff or prog section probably could've saved it. Despite all of this, OMNI is still a good record, it's just not Planet Of Ice good.
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse Sad Sappy Sucker
Moneen The Theory of Harmonial Value
Mutemath Armistice
MxPx Teenage Politics
MxPx Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Nervous Light of Sunday 弱心光景
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones
New Found Glory From the Screen to Your Stereo
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
Nirvana Bleach
No Trigger Tycoon
I dunno. It's a standard modern hardcore record much like the Strike Anywheres and Rise Againsts, only with more balls. Problem is, there's thousands of bands who already do that. It's good and all but there's nothing that hasn't been done 4 million times before, and when bands like Crime In Stereo, Propagandhi, A Wilhelm Scream, etc. have put out defining hardcore/punk albums several times since No Trigger's last album that even 3-5 years later blow Tycoon out of the water, it kinda makes you wonder why they wrote a record that could fit right into 2004. It just sounds outdated, and after a six-year wait and dozens of albums of the genre that do what they do only better, why drink America's Choice when you can get Pepsi?
No Use for a Name Keep Them Confused
No Use for a Name The Daily Grind
NOFX S&M Airlines
NOFX Pods and Gods
NOFX Wolves in Wolves Clothing
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Papa Roach Infest
Pennywise Land Of The Free?
Pennywise Unknown Road
Pennywise All or Nothing
Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back
Peter Gabriel New Blood
Much like his cover album Scratch My Back, the originals are simply a lot better.
Prince MPLSoUND
Protest the Hero Kezia
Album is MAD overrated but not total garbage. The singing can be pretty unbearable at times in how he overuses
that pop-punk warble mixed with hair-metal backup harmonies and flagrant, ridiculous dramaticism that would
make Matt Bellamy and Freddie Mercury wince simultaneously. The guitarists have some serious jack-off
competitions seemingly every other bar, seemingly trying to fit as many crazy sweeps into one second as possible
(regardless of sense/purpose/taste), the drummer plays the same ol' hardcore/thrash cut-time beats with little
variation, and the music/lyrics reek of religious lofty pretentiousness. In other words, a great Victory Records band.
And the production, especially on the drums, sounds completely fake and ProTooled up. Oh yeah is there bass on
this record? Despite all of that, it's hard to ignore the band's talent and knack for catchy melodies and progressive
experimentation. They will certainly be huge in the future with their mix of pop-punk, metal, thrash, and
progressive styles so long as they reign in their giant egos. But come on people... we have all heard this music
before, somewhere, sometime, probably better done and Kezia isn't half as innovative or classic as anyone says it is.
Puscifer "V" Is For Vagina
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Rancid Indestructible
Rancid Let the Dominoes Fall
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Rob Zombie Educated Horses
Saosin Saosin EP
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Slayer God Hates Us All
Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves
Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots
Story of the Year Page Avenue
Strung Out Another Day In Paradise
Sum 41 Chuck
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Superjoint Ritual Use Once and Destroy
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Beach Boys That's Why God Made The Radio
Better than I thought it would be. While 2/3 of the album is pretty crappy (the lyrics in general are terrible throughout), the opening and final three tracks = best songs Brian Wilson has written in some 30+ years, hands-down. Now if only he did an album like that, we would've had something special.
The Beatles Help!
The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fucking Champs III
The Fucking Champs V
The Gaslight Anthem Handwritten
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Smashing Pumpkins Judas O
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina II - Friends and Enemies of Modern Music
The Smashing Pumpkins American Gothic
The Strokes Comedown Machine
Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War
Kanye: Yo Jared Leto, I'm real happy for you guys about that drama wit'cha label and all and I'ma let you finish, but my cameo on "Hurricane" is the best cameo on a rock record of all time. OF ALL TIME!

In all seriousness, this album can be summed up like this: do you like U2? Well, 30 Seconds To Mars does. A LOT.
Thrice First Impressions
Tomahawk Anonymous
Transplants Transplants
Trocadero Ghosts That Linger
U2 No Line on the Horizon
Underoath The Changing of Times
Weezer The Red Album
Weezer Raditude
Holy crap, Weezer put out a record that's mostly listenable?! I've accepted that they'll never return to the brilliance of Blue and Pinkerton, but for a modern Weezer with four relatively crap records under their belt, this isn't bad at all, but it's also not great either. There's very few standout tracks - the most obvious being "If You're Wondering" and "I'm Your Daddy", along with "Trippin' Down The Freeway - but everything is pretty much just middle-of-the-road 'good' to f*cking terrible ("In The Mall" srsly what the fuck?). The lyrics are laughably bad (which I believe is quite intentional; the guy's an English major from Harvard for Christ's sake), and it's unabashedly pop, but Rivers writes a catchy fucking tune. And "Get Me Some" fucking shreds with the sw33t lixx.
Welcome the Plague Year Welcome the Plague Year
Will Haven The Hierophant
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

2.5 average
A Day to Remember And Their Name Was Treason
A Day to Remember For Those Who Have Heart
AFI Decemberunderground
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Armor For Sleep What To Do When You Are Dead
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Bad Brains God of Love
Bad Brains Rise
Bad Religion The New America
Bad Religion Tested
Bayside Sirens & Condolences
Blues Traveler Four
Chevelle Live From The Road
Chickenfoot III
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Classic Case Dressed To Depress
Did I really write all of that? I used to smoke a lot of pot. Albums really not that great tbqfh and it's pretty obvious Durijah's better playing in Glassjaw instead of a poor man's Glassjaw cover band.
Death By Stereo Death Is My Only Friend
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again
Depeche Mode Speak And Spell
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Eighteen Visions Obsession
Envy Recitation
Post-Hardcore/Screamo Envy >>>>>>> Post-Rock Envy. Yeah. Album is painfully boring, slow and would've been awesome about five years ago, but... meh. Dead Sinking Story kicks this album's ass and takes its lunch money.
Far At Night We Live
Far's first album in 12 years, At Night We Live is, sadly, a definitely subpar outing compared to their old stuff. All happy and no heavy, and that's NOT what a Far album should sound like. There's very little intensity and they went for a really straightforward sound with little variation apart from a few tracks. The weird "Far" melodies are still in there in spots but it just seems like they halfassed a lot of material on this. It sucks to say it, but the album is just boring. There's several moments where it can sound indistinguishable from a lot of modern rock. Really simplistic riffs with no real color to them, bass is pretty decent but nothing special, and WTF Chris? I SWEAR TO GOD one of your drumbeats sounded exactly like the one from Green Day's "Know Your Enemy". That's fucking BAD. It's hard to really remember a single song that made me say "this is amazing". Maybe "really good".

I don't wanna completely slag it. It's still not a bad record in comparison to a lot of stuff out there. It's just a below-average Far record. I will give it up to Josh and his great singing throughout the record. There are some times when Shaun does a pretty decent job on the riffs... while simultaneously failing to truly interest. The rhythm section, well, they can keep time good.

I guess to sum it up, upon first listen me and my g/f were going "this is not Far" with just about every song. I'm all for bands changing styles for a true evolution in sound a'la Thrice/BN/GJ, but this was a leap into a really stale direction IMO. Fucking Meh.
Good Riddance My Republic
Hatebreed Rise of Brutality
Head Automatica Popaganda
Just Surrender Phoenix
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Lady Gaga Born This Way
If Fame Monster was Gaga blowing her creative load, this is her finding out there's no more juice left. More like Bored This Way, really.
Letlive. Speak Like You Talk
Letlive. Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between
Lucky Boys Confusion Commitment
Matchbook Romance Stories and Alibis
MellowHype BLACKENEDWHITE (Re-Release)
BLACKENEDWHITE is great because it flows, has a great atmosphere with consistently awesome beats throughout and some exceptional rapping. And it was a free-for-download album which is always great. Now take that record, re-release it on a semi-big indie label to, add two wildly out-of-place new tracks, take away a huge chunk of the original album's best songs and you've got BLACKENEDWHITE 2.0. And you have to buy this version. I know... what?

It makes it all the more annoying and bewildering that this neutered, compromised crap is what MellowHype wants the majority of new listeners to hear (and buy) when the original, untouched product is clearly better (and free). A slightly touched-up mix and two new songs don't mean anything compared to the absence of "Gram", "Loco", "Chordaroy" (meaning no Earl verses at all), "Hell" (arguably the best hook MellowHype ever had), "Based" and "Stripclub", wounding the "official" release of BLACKENEDWHITE horribly and making the album significantly worse on a lot of levels. How the fuck did shit like "Rico" survive when four better songs died so it could live?! Wasn't Circus a fucking bonus track? Now it's the album closer! "Gram" was considered by Tyler to be the best music OF had ever put to tape at one point, wasn't it? Remember: they want you to buy this version.

It's inexplicable and baffling to me that a remaster/reissue made for RETAIL has LESS music than the FREE original version and so many more flaws... but that's exactly what we have here. Bur we do get two new tracks thrown into the middle that at best segue into a better track ("IGotAGun" which admittedly transitions well into "Fuck The Po- oh WAIT, it's now re-titled "F666 The Police"... wtf?) and at worst, kill the flow hard by sticking out like a sore thumb ("64" being tossed assfirst between "Brain" and "Loaded", two of the album's more chilled-out songs). It's all the little compromises to the original release's tracklisting, content and flow (and yes, the retarded little song title changes) that makes it seem a lot more like a weak sellout than one of the rap albums to beat of 2010.
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Midtown Forget What You Know
Minus the Bear Interpretaciones Del Oso
Here's a perfect example of why the majority of remix albums suck. Menos El Oso was a quality album that was better left alone. The album was spectacular in almost every way. The myriad of DJs/artists present here on Interpretaciones Del Oso simply miss the mark 80% of the time on this record. When they're not completely stripping any vestige of resemblance from great songs ("Hooray", "The Fix"), they're butchering it with ill-advised sampling and/or unnecessary "ambience", oftentimes mixing the vocals right out of the track in question. The only remix I truly didn't despise was "Drilling", which kept the original vibe/melody while changing everything else. The rest? Go listen to Menos El Oso instead and avoid this like the plague.
Muse The Resistance
Album isn't horrible but by far Muse's weakest effort. While it's definitely very well-made (i.e., spent a lot of money on super-sparkly production), there's a lack of rock on this one and too much keys/piano. Musically it's still Muse, only watered-down, and not even in the same league as Absolution or OOS. "Unnatural Selection" is easily the best song on the record (probably because it sounds like an Origin cut), but "MK Ultra" (did anyone else see that title and think "cheesy fighting game title"?) is pretty awesome too. "Exogenesis" is pretty overrated, certainly not the album-saver people are hailing it as, but definitely one of the highlights even if it kinda falls on its face.

The first half unfortunately does a great job of killing the momentum for this record, as "Uprising" is by far the worst opener Muse has written as of yet and "Resistance", while catchy, is musically ho-hum. "Undisclosed Desires" just sucks, flat-out, and sounds like a bad Depeche Mode b-side with even worse lyrics. And let's not forget "I Belong To You" which seems to be the most tepid song this band ever wrote. What happened to the dope guitar riffs? Dominic's drumming on BHAR? The dynamic songwriting? Interesting, varied production? Truly versatile music? And did I mention the lyrics are REALLY bad on this record? Mr. Bellamy, your band is already huge and you didn't need to dumb your music down so the stupid American teenyboppers that will forget your song in one week would "get" it. Stop jacking off, realize that you'll never be Chopin or Freddie Mercury, let your bandmates shine for once and come back in a few years when you freshen up, please.
Muse The 2nd Law
Somehow manages to be better and worse then The Resistance. Matt learned how to play guitar again but forgot how to write good songs, it seems. And did they replace their drummer with a robot? Supremacy, Animals, Survival and Isolated System are pretty good, the rest is pretty forgettable (in the case of Unsustainable, just unforgivably bad) or just better-done on their other albums. Bellamy's riffs are pretty much the only thing keeping this from being a giant pile of shit. Muse, might be time to hang it up.
MxPx The Ever Passing Moment
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
NOFX Liberal Animation
Saosin Saosin
Story of the Year In The Wake Of Determination
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
The Ataris Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next Twelve Exits
The Ataris End is Forever
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
Music = really tech and still not as catchy/fun as their old stuff
Vocals = stop fucking singing Thomas Erak you SUCK! I don't care what your French vocal-coach girlfriend tells you, she's lying and you suck!
The Offspring Splinter
The Offspring Conspiracy of One
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina - The Machines of God
The Used The Used
The Used In Love and Death
The Used Maybe Memories
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Trivium Ascendancy
Weezer The Green Album
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds

2.0 poor
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
A Static Lullaby Faso Latido
Aiden Rain In Hell
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Atreyu Fractures In the Facade Of Your....
Bad Religion No Substance
The absolute worst Bad Religion album since Into The Unknown. There's about four good songs on this, and none of them are even as good as the b-sides from Stranger Than Fiction. So yeah.
Bad Religion Into the Unknown
Bayside Bayside
Depeche Mode A Broken Frame
Drowning Pool Sinner
Finch (US) What It is to Burn
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Make no mistakes, this is an abortion of almost St. Anger levels, but the sad thing is that Metallica's contributions aren't bad at all. If this was an instrumental album, or even a proper Metallica record with actual singing and lyrics, it'd probably be a 3-3.5.

But then Lou Reed comes in with his atonal warbling artsy bullshit that makes you want to kick puppies, and you kinda wonder how in the fuck two cultural/musical icons responsible for some of the best albums ever recorded could have ever though this was a good idea.
Maroon 5 Hands All Over
Is anything more annoying than this guy's voice? He sounds like Charlie Brown's parents trying to be seductive
Metallica St. Anger
New Found Glory Catalyst
NOFX Maximum RocknRoll
Pennywise The Fuse
Pennywise From The Ashes
Shaquille O'Neal Shaq Diesel
Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
The Ataris So Long, Astoria
The Ataris Welcome the Night
The Blood Brothers Crimes
The Smashing Pumpkins Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1
Ugh. Fuckin UGH. Dude, just stop. Go listen to Black Gives Way To Blue to look at a proper 90's band comeback template. And while you're at it Billy Corgan, please hire some old Pumpkins/puppets back to at least look like you give a fuck about your legacy, aight?
Transplants Haunted Cities
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Weezer Make Believe
Yellowcard The Underdog EP
Yellowcard One for the Kids
Yellowcard Midget Tossing

1.5 very poor
Aiden Nightmare Anatomy
Aiden Our Gangs Dark Oath
As I Lay Dying Beneath the Encasing of Ashes
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Atreyu The Best of Atreyu
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Glassjaw Impossible Shot

1.0 awful
Atreyu The Curse
Drake Thank Me Later
Here you go: thank you, Drake, for ensuring that I needn't waste any time listening to you in the future. Thanks also for proving that mainstream rap is still in just as shitty a condition as it was last year. Or maybe I should thank you for wielding your insane powers of suck to save me from going past track 4 and actually listening to this entire steaming pile of baby shit you, 40, Weezy and your other 392 guest stars cooked up? SRSLY THANKS BRO UR TEH FUCKIN BEST
Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
LOL
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely
Kill Hannah For Never & Ever
I guess the best way to describe this band, and their subsequent albums, is the live show I saw last night. They along
with Strata opened for 30 Seconds To Mars. I'd heard the single "Lips Like Morphine" and thought "hey, that chick-
fronted band isn't too good". And when the guitarist came out onstage, I was like "damn... that's not a girl."
Surprisingly, neither is the singer, although looking at them/listening to them, you'd never be able to guess. They
all wear more makeup than just about any girl I know. As for the music, take the absolute worst levels of mascara-
induced, No-way-they-can't-possibly-be-men crying-fit hilarity of the uber-l33t Hot Topic screamo crowd, mix it
with post-80's new wave garbage and you basically have this in a nutshell. Painfully derivative, shamelessly scene, and
encompassing far too many gag-inducing cliches that make 90% of modern music suck horribly, this album is better
left in a dark corner of a crack den, which is just how the band would probably like it. In a dark corner, I mean.
Macho Man Randy Savage Be A Man
The Alpha and Omega of suck. It's so hilariously and completely ass on every level you can't help but love it. RIP to the best troll of the rap game.
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Owl City just might be the most manufactured batch of fake sentimental pop drivel I've ever listened to and also doubles as sonic proof that the music industry is, indeed, doing it for the lulz. It's either that or clear signs of the coming Apocalypse. Owl City's architect/creator/fucktard Adam Young whines and cries his way through an album full of Postal Service covers OWAIT he "wrote" this shit? If you love tepid, sappy keyboards, lyrics so bad it literally gives you pain inside, autotuned crackers, and music so inoffensive it makes Colbie Caillat look like Converge, then Ocean Eyes is THE album for you.
Plain White T's Every Second Counts
Spin Doctors Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Doo-do-do!!! Da dip da doo da dubba wubba wubba wubba oh my GOD what in the hell am I listening to?!? Why does this music exist??? Terrible music from a band that spent too much time hitting the bong and not enough time on a.) good music b.) not scatting c.) writing songs without horrible pop-culture references to Superman. Great beer coaster.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
Vanilla Ice To the Extreme
Waking the Cadaver Demo
Waking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
Waking the Cadaver Beyond Cops, Beyond God
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