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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBad Astronaut Houston: We Have a Drinking ProblemBad Brains Bad BrainsQuite 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 ControlCave In JupiterConverge Jane DoeDeftones White PonyFaith No More Angel DustGlassjaw Worship and TributeThere 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 WorldThis album bends you over a table and gives you the business. And you fucking LOVE it.Led Zeppelin Physical GraffitiWords 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 LightningNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNOFX The DeclineSimply 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 MeltI 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 RainPrince Sign o' the TimesPropagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's AshesGreatest punk/thrash album of the last decade or so? Fuck yes it is.Radiohead Kid ARadiohead OK ComputerRefused The Shape of Punk to ComeEven 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 InnervisionsStrung Out The Element of Sonic DefianceThe Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys The Smile SessionsUnadulterated 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 BeatlesThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamWeezer Pinkerton4.5 superbA Wilhelm Scream Career SuicideAlice in Chains DirtAlice in Chains MTV UnpluggedAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBad Astronaut Twelve Small Steps, One Giant DisappointmentAbsolultely 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 LightBad Brains I Against IBad Brains Banned in DC: Bad Brains' Greatest RiffsBad Religion SufferBad Religion The Process of BeliefBad Religion GeneratorBad Religion Against the GrainBad Religion 30 Years LiveNo 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 ClawBeastie Boys Paul's BoutiqueBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBjork HomogenicThis 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 BostonBotch An Anthology of Dead EndsBotch We Are the RomansBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBrand New DaisyBrand 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 DensityCandiria Kiss The Lie (Vinyl/Digital)Cave In White SilenceGod 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 UndoCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria NeverenderConverge All We Love We Leave BehindProbably 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 lmaoCynic Traced in AirD'Angelo VoodooD'Angelo Black MessiahOnce again even fourteen years after Voodoo,
D'Angelo puts out a better Prince record than the
man himself. Album of the year and there's probably
no competition, it's that good.Dag Nasty Can I Say (Reissue)Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting VegetablesDead Kennedys Plastic Surgery DisastersDead Kennedys FrankenchristDead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me DeathDeath Grips The Money StoreI hated Exmilitary so fucking much but wow this is like 100% betterDeftones Saturday Night WristPretty 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 YokanIn 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 ViolatorDepeche Mode Songs of Faith and DevotionDr. Dre The Chronicdredg El CieloDrive Like Jehu Yank CrimeDrive Like Jehu Drive Like JehuEagles Hotel Californiaearthtone9 Arc'tan'gentearthtone9 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 StoryEric Clapton UnpluggedFinch (US) Say Hello to SunshineEasily 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.Fleetwood Mac RumoursFugazi The ArgumentFugazi 13 SongsFugazi RepeaterGatsby's American Dream Ribbons and SugarGenesis Selling England by the PoundGlassjaw 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 BookSimply 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 DookieGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHelmet MeantimeHORSE the band The Mechanical HandHORSE the band Desperate Living1-2-3 H the B, 1-2-3 H the B. HORSE the motherfucking band, motherfucker. Yeah this rulesHot Cross Fair Trades and FarewellsHot Cross CryonicsHot Water Music CautionHot Water Music Fuel for the Hate GameIncubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo HabitualJanelle Monae Metropolis Suite I of IV: The ChaseJanelle Monae The ArchAndroidEver 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 GraceJerry Cantrell Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2Completely 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 ContinuumKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye 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 KingKing Krule 6 Feet Beneath the MoonThis is so good haha this ginger is really talentedLagwagon Let's Talk About FeelingsLagwagon Double PlaidinumLagwagon 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 IVLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin Celebration DayStill got it. Plant needs to get over himself and do a proper tour.Letlive. Fake HistoryDaryl 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 180Lifetime Jersey's Best DancersLifetime Hello Bastardsmaudlin of the Well Bathmaudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body MapMegadeth Rust in PeaceMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEReasons 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
Guy below is a tardMetal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid SoundtrackMetallica Master of PuppetsMew FrengersmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMichael Jackson ThrillerMinus the Bear Planet of IceModern Life Is War WitnessMuse Origin of SymmetryN.W.A. Straight Outta ComptonNine Inch Nails The FragileNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 RemasterNirvana In UteroNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana NevermindNOFX Punk in DrublicNOFX So Long and Thanks for All the ShoesNoMeansNo WrongOpeth Blackwater ParkOutKast AqueminiPeter Gabriel Growing Up: Live (DVD)Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long AfterPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd The WallPoison the Well The Tropic RotWow. 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 DummyPropagandhi Supporting CasteUmm 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 StatesEven 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 thingQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkDefinitely 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+ yearsQuicksand SlipRadiohead In RainbowsThe 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 LimbsAlthough 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 MachineRich Kids on LSD Riches to RagsAn 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 PicturesShai Hulud That Within Blood Ill-TemperedSlayer Reign in BloodSlayer South of HeavenSonic Youth Daydream NationSoundgarden SuperunknownStevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the WeatherStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodStrung Out Live in a DiveStrung Out An American ParadoxStrung Out Twisted By DesignStrung Out Exile In OblivionStrung Out Top Contenders: The Best Of Strung OutTelevision Marquee MoonThe Beatles RevolverThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead SceneThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisOption Paralysis just might be the one to tell CI to go sit in a corner.The Fall of Troy GhostshipThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Police SynchronicityOne 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 Zenyatta MondattaThe Police Message in a Box: The Complete RecordingsStarting 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 ItThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesThrice The Illusion of SafetyThrice VheissuThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThursday War All the TimeThursday Full CollapseThursday No DevolucionCan we please kill that myth of Full Collapse being their best record now?Tom Waits Rain DogsTom Waits SwordfishtrombonesTom Waits Bone MachineTom Waits OrphansTool AenimaTrophy Scars Hospital MusicTrophy Scars Holy VacantsGeneric John Hanson 5'd This Sputnik Sound OffrHaven't heard it yet but it's a 4.5Tyler the Creator BastardConsidering 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 NationsF*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 Nevermind the Bombings, Here's Your Six FiguresUN 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.United Nations The Next Four YearsHey 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 themWeezer WeezerWeezer Weezer (Deluxe Edition)4.0 excellent311 311311 TransistorA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsA Wilhelm Scream Mute PrintA Wilhelm Scream RuinerA Wilhelm Scream A Wilhelm ScreamA Wilhelm Scream PartycrasherAFI The Art of DrowningAFI Sing the SorrowAFI Black Sails in the SunsetAFI All Hallow'sAlice in Chains Jar of FliesAlice in Chains Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains The Essential Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains Black Gives Way to BlueHaters 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 AddictionAnthrax Among the LivingAt the Drive-In VayaAt the Drive-In This Station Is Non-OperationalAt the Drive-In In/Casino/OutBad Astronaut AcrophobeBad Brains Black DotsBad Brains The Omega Sessions EPBad Brains Live at CBGB 1982 [DVD]Bad Rabbits Stick Up KidsBad Religion The Empire Strikes FirstBad Religion Recipe for HateBad Religion Live at the Palladium (DVD)Bad Religion True NorthHands down, Bad Religion's best since The Process Of Belief.Beastie Boys The Sounds of ScienceBeastie Boys Ill CommunicationBeastie Boys Check Your HeadBeastie Boys Aglio E OlioBeastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part TwoBest 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 fireBeatallica BeatallicaBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectWhile 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 FootBlack Flag DamagedBlack Flag My WarBlack Star Black StarBlacklisted Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than GodBlink-182 Blink-182Blink-182 Dude RanchBotch American NervosoBox Car Racer Box Car RacerBrand New Deja EntenduBrand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)Brian Wilson SmileCandiria Beyond Reasonable DoubtCandiria Surrealistic MadnessCandiria Toying With The Insanities Vol. 1Candiria Toying With The Insanities Vol. 2Cave In Until Your Heart StopsCave In Planets of Old Cee Lo Green The Lady KillerChoke There's A Story To This MoralChoke Slow Fade Or: How I Learned To Question InfinitySprawling, 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 SquareCircle Takes the Square Rites of InitiationIt's pretty damn good. Spirit Narrative is fucking bonkersCity of Caterpillar City of CaterpillarCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessConverge You Fail MeConverge Petitioning the Empty SkyConverge When Forever Comes CrashingConverge Axe to FallGodfuckingdammit 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 GearsCrime In Stereo The Troubled StatesideCrime In Stereo Crime In Stereo Is DeadCrosses EPDaft Punk Tron: LegacyDangerDoom The Mouse And The MaskDarkest Hour Undoing RuinDavid Bowie The Next DayDavid Gilmour Live in GdanskDead Kennedys Bedtime for DemocracyDeath (MI) ...For the Whole World to SeeDeath By Stereo Day of the DeathDeath By Stereo Into the Valley of DeathDeath By Stereo If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You DieDeath By Stereo Death AliveDeftones Around the FurDeftones Diamond EyesDeftones 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 AngelDepeche Mode Music for the MassesDepeche Mode Black CelebrationDepeche Mode Sounds Of The UniverseDescendents Milo Goes to CollegeDillinger Four C I V I L W A RDMX It's Dark and Hell Is HotDomo Genesis Rolling PapersJesus 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 Leitmotifearthtone9 Omegaearthtone9 IVSooo 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 FullEric Clapton From The CradleFair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a LifetimeFaith No More The Real ThingFear Before Art DamageFear Before The Always Open MouthFiction Plane Left Side of the BrainFiction Plane SparksFiction 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) FinchFleetwood Mac Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac TuskFleetwood Mac The DanceFoo Fighters Wasting LightFrank Ocean Channel OrangeFrodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The SeaFugazi End HitsFugazi FurnitureFugazi In on the Kill TakerFugazi Steady Diet of NothingFugazi Red Medicinefun. Aim and IgniteFurther Seems Forever The Moon Is DownGarbage GarbageGatsby's American Dream VolcanoGatsby's American Dream Gatsby's American DreamGive up the Ghost Year OneGlassjaw El MarkGnarls Barkley St. ElsewhereGood Riddance Bound by Ties of Blood and AffectionGreen Day NimrodGreen Day InsomniacGreen Day KerplunkHeiruspecs A Tiger DancingHella There's No 666 In Outer SpaceHelmet BettyHot Water Music Forever and CountingHot Water Music A Flight and a CrashHot Water Music No DivisionHot Water Music Never EnderHot Water Music Live At The HardbackHouse Of Blow Myspace SongsHRVRD Animals EPHum Downward Is HeavenwardHunt / Gather Former Rust EPHusker Du Zen ArcadeIgnite Our Darkest DaysIgnite A place called homeIn Flames The Jester RaceIn Pieces Lions Write HistoryIncubus Make YourselfIsis PanopticonJapandroids Post-NothingJawbreaker Dear YouJawbreaker 24 Hour Revenge TherapyJeff Beck Blow by BlowJimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising SunJohn Mayer Where the Light IsJohn Mayer Trio Try!Judas Priest PainkillerJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceThis 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 >>>> gimmicksKanye West 808s and HeartbreakKanye West YeezusKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeKid Dynamite Kid DynamiteKid Kilowatt Guitar Method 1996-1999Kidcrash JokesKilling Joke Killing Joke (2003)Killswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingKiss Kiss Kiss KissKyuss Blues for the Red SunLagwagon DuhLagwagon BlazeLagwagon HossLagwagon TrashedLagwagon Live In A DiveLagwagon Hoss (Remastered)Lagwagon HangA slightly heavier, riffier & more metal Lagwagon than you might be used to, but Hang proves that
Joey Cape still has it. Close to half the album can comfortably sit in their "classics" column
and the other half are only fucking excellent, pretty much.Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin PresenceAchilles' Last Stand alone is worth the purchase. Oh and it's a great album too.Lifetime LifetimeLifetime, 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 NothingMarathon MarathonMastodon LeviathanMastodon Crack the SkyeZOMG 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 Combustiblemaudlin of the Well Part the SecondAlbum 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 EndgameMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica Live Shit: Binge & PurgeMetallica S&MMethod Man TicalMichael Jackson Off the WallMillencolin Pennybridge PioneersMillion Dead A Song to RuinMinor Threat Complete DiscographyMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMinus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like ThisMinus the Bear AcousticsMinus 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 MirrorMinus 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 MirrorsMisery Signals ControllerWhile 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 VolanteMr. Bungle CaliforniaMuse AbsolutionMuse Hullabaloo (Live CD or DVD)Muse Absolution TourMuse HAARPMxPx Let It HappenNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNine Inch Nails BrokenNine Inch Nails And All That Could Have BeenNine Inch Nails Year ZeroNine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IVNine Inch Nails The SlipThe 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 MarksDoes not disappoint. Stronger than any of his post-Fragile workNirvana IncesticideNirvana From the Muddy Banks of the WishkahNo Knife Riot For Romance!No Knife Fire In The City Of AutomatonsNo Use for a Name Hard Rock BottomNo Use for a Name More Betterness!No Use for a Name Making FriendsNOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good EnoughNOFX RibbedNOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)NOFX Pump Up the ValuumNOFX 10 Years Of Fuckin' UpNOFX White Trash, Two Heebs and a BeanNOFX Never Trust a Hippy NOFX I Heard They Suck Live!!NOFX They've Actually Gotten Worse LiveNOFX/Rancid BYO Split Series Vol. 3Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?OFWGKTA RadicalOperation Ivy EnergyOrphans of Cush White NoizeOutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love BelowPantera Cowboys from HellPantera Vulgar Display of PowerParades Foreign TapesParkway Drive Killing with a SmilePearl Jam TenPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Pennywise Full CirclePennywise Straight AheadPeter Gabriel SoPeter Gabriel ScratchPeter Gabriel UsPeter Gabriel UpPianos Become the Teeth Old PridePrince 1999Prince MusicologyPrince 20Ten20Ten 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 LimitsPublic Enemy Fear of a Black PlanetQueen A Night at the OperaQueens of the Stone Age Rated RQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeQueens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the WoodsRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead The BendsRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRage Against the Machine Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)Rancid ...And Out Come the WolvesRancid Rancid Rancid Life Won't WaitRefused Songs to Fan the Flames of DiscontentRefused Refused Are Fucking DeadProbably 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 DisciplineRise Against Revolutions per MinuteRush Permanent WavesRush Clockwork AngelsPutting 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 MandalaSantana AbraxasSaosin Translating the NameSepultura Beneath the RemainsShadows Fall The Art of BalanceShai Hulud Reach Beyond the SunSilversun Pickups SwoonSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSlayer Decade of AggressionSlayer Christ IllusionSlayer Still ReigningSnoop Dogg DoggystyleSonic Youth Murray StreetSons Of Abraham Termites In His SmileSoundgarden BadmotorfingerSoundgarden King AnimalSparta Wiretap ScarsSparta PorcelainSpinal Tap This Is Spinal TapStevie Ray Vaughan Live at Montreux: 1982 & 1985 (DVD)Stevie Ray Vaughan The Sky Is CryingStevie Ray Vaughan In StepStevie Ray Vaughan Soul to SoulSting Ten Summoner's TalesStone Temple Pilots CoreStone Temple Pilots PurpleStone Temple Pilots Thank YouStrung Out Suburban Teenage Wasteland BluesStrung Out Prototypes and PainkillersSublime SublimeSublime 40 Oz. to FreedomSuicidal Tendencies FreedumbSuperjoint Ritual A Lethal Dose of American HatredSystem of a Down System of a DownSystem of a Down Steal This Album!System of a Down ToxicityTelevision Live at The Old WaldorfThe Beach Boys SunflowerThe Beatles Rubber SoulThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Black Keys Attack & ReleaseThe Clash London Calling: Legacy EditionThe Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineThe Doors The Best of The DoorsThe Fall of Troy The Fall of TroyThe Gaslight Anthem Sink or SwimThe Gaslight Anthem The '59 SoundThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!The Lawrence Arms Apathy and ExhaustionThe Lawrence Arms A Guided Tour of ChicagoThe Lawrence Arms Cocktails and DreamsThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThe Mars Volta NoctourniquetReally 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 BabyThe Nation of Ulysses 13-Point Program To Destroy AmericaThe Ocean PrecambrianThe Ocean Fracture The Sunmachine And The OceanI'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 SmashThe Offspring Ixnay on the HombreThe Police Reggatta de BlancThe Police Outlandos d'AmourThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Smashing Pumpkins Rotten ApplesThe Smashing Pumpkins Oceaniaas 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 btwThe Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the DukeThe Strokes Room on FireThe Strokes AnglesThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThe Who TommyThe Who Who's NextThe xx xxThin Lizzy JailbreakThirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to MarsThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice If We Could Only See Us NowThrice Red SkyThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThrice BeggarsThrice 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 HitsTom Waits Bad As MeMore like Bad Ass Me Tomahawk Mit GasTomahawk TomahawkTool LateralusTrophy Scars Bad LuckTrophy Scars Darkness, Oh HellTub Ring The Great FilterU2 Achtung BabyU2 The Joshua TreeU2 WarUnderoath Define the Great LineUnearth The Oncoming StormUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireVan Halen 1984Van Halen Fair WarningVan Halen A Different Kind of TruthHoly 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 easyWeezer Everything Will Be Alright in the EndRivers finally gets his head out of his ass, drops the gimmicky songwriting and puts out the best Weezer album since Pinkerton. Welcome back guys.Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes MontgomeryWhite Zombie Astro Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction, aWhole Wheat Bread Hearts Of HoodlumsWow. 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 DiemWill Haven Voir DireZZ Top Eliminator3.5 great+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating311 From Chaos311 SoundsystemA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepA Static Lullaby A Static LullabyAFI BurialsAlexisonfire AlexisonfireAlice in Chains FaceliftAlkaline Trio CrimsonAnamanaguchi Dawn MetropolisAnberlin Blueprints For the Black MarketAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenBad Brains QuicknessBad Brains Into The FutureBad Brains' best album since Quickness, hands down.Bad Religion All AgesBad Religion Stranger Than FictionBad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?Bad Religion Back to the KnownBad Religion The Gray RaceBad Religion New Maps of HellBad Religion The Dissent of ManBattles MirroredBeastie Boys Licensed to IllBeastie Boys To the 5 BoroughsBeloved Failure OnBetween the Buried and Me The Anatomy OfBilly Idol Idol Songs: 11 of the BestBlacklisted No One Deserves To Be Here More Than MeBlacklisted EccentrichineBlink-182 Cheshire CatBlink-182 Enema of the StateBlink-182 Neighborhoodsblink-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 DogsCandiria 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. ImprintCasket Salesmen Sleeping GiantsCave In Perfect Pitch BlackCave In Tides of Tomorrow Chevelle Point #1Chevelle Wonder What's NextChevelle La GargolaChildren of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollCirca Survive Blue Sky NoiseClipse Hell Hath No FuryCoheed and Cambria Live At La Zona RosaCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowYeah, 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/eCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: DescensionColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsConverge No HeroesCorrosion of Conformity AnimosityCrime In Stereo I Was Trying to Describe You to SomeoneCynic Carbon-Based AnatomyDarkest Hour Deliver UsDavid Gilmour On An IslandDe La Soul 3 Feet High and RisingDead Kennedys Mutiny On The Bay: [Live]Death By Stereo Death for LifeDeath By Stereo Black Sheep Of The American DreamMuch better than the last album. About as close to a return to form as we'll get.Death Grips No Love Deep WebDef Leppard PyromaniaDeftones DeftonesDenali The InstinctDenali DenaliDepeche Mode UltraDescendents Cool To Be YouDMX Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My BloodEarl Sweatshirt EARLElton John Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailEric Clapton JourneymanEvery Time I Die Ex LivesIf you compared this to The Beatles please piece yourselfFaith No More Album of the YearFaith No More This Is It: The Best of Faith No MoreFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFilter The Trouble With AngelsFinch (US) A Far Cry From HomeFinch (US) EpilogueFinch (US) What It Is to Burn XFinch (US) Back to OblivionAfter a nine year break between albums, Finch returns with Back To Oblivion. The album
generally blends the darker melodies and maturity of SHTS with the simpler, more melodic
stylings of WIITB, but overall it sounds more like a natural evolution of what they were
going for on the s/t EP. If any criticism can be leveled towards it, I'd say it's a
little too safe in certain parts (Alex Pappas is a huge backward step from either Drew or
Marc on drums) and lacks the intensity and creativity of SHTS, but it's still a very solid,
well-crafted album.Forgive Durden WonderlandFoxboro Hot Tubs Stop Drop and Roll!!!Foxy Shazam The Flamingo TriggerFuneral Diner The UnderdarkFuneral for a Friend Welcome Home ArmageddonFurther Seems Forever Penny BlackGreat album. Reminiscent of a more mature The Moon Is Down. Carraba sounds fantastic.Gang of Four Return the GiftGeneral Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-EcutionersGhostlimb Bearing & DistanceGlassjaw The Don Fury SessionsWhile 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 CoupleGogol Bordello Super TarantaGreen Day International SuperhitsGreen Day American IdiotGreen Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy HoursGreen Day 39/SmoothGreen Day Awesome As FuckGreg Graffin Cold as the ClayHe Is Legend 91025Heaven and Hell The Devil You KnowHopesfall A TypesHopesfall Magnetic NorthHopsin RawHORSE the band R. BorlaxHORSE the band A Natural DeathHot Cross Risk RevivalHot Snakes Audit in ProgressHot Water Music The New What NextHot Water Music Finding The RhythmsHot Water Music Till the Wheels Fall OffHot Water Music ExisterGreat 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 IIn Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Come ClarityIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Incubus Light GrenadesInfant Sorrow Get Him To The GreekJames Brown Live At The ApolloJane's Addiction The Great Escape ArtistJay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJerry Cantrell Boggy DepotJimi Hendrix BluesJoey Cape BridgeJohn Mayer Battle StudiesAlbum's really really good but it's no Continuum. I see this being a grower though.Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Plastic FangJulian Casablancas Phrazes for the YoungJurassic 5 Quality ControlKanye West Late RegistrationKanye West The College DropoutKillswitch Engage The End of HeartacheLagwagon ResolveLamb of God SacramentLed Zeppelin CodaLed Zeppelin In Through the Out DoorLetlive. The Blackest BeautifulSolid 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 PlankManic Street Preachers The Holy BibleMaps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, HousesMastodon Blood MountainMastodon The HunterIt's been out literally an hour calm down with your stupid fucking 5s scrubsMatchbook Romance VoicesMatisyahu Live At Stubb'sMax Tannone JaydioheadMellowHype YellowhiteMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica MetallicaMetallica Death MagneticMetallica Beyond MagneticBeyond 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 ALIShort 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.Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMos Def The New DangerMuse ShowbizMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMuse Hullabaloo SoundtrackMutemath Mute MathMxPx Life in GeneralNelly Furtado LooseNew Found Glory New Found GloryNew Found Glory ResurrectionNine Inch Nails With TeethNirvana With the Lights OutNK Basement Tapes Vol. 1No Doubt Tragic KingdomNo Trigger CanyoneerNo Use for a Name !Leche Con Carne!No Use for a Name All The Best SongsNo Use for a Name The Feel Good Record of the YearNoel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsNOFX The War on ErrorismNOFX Heavy Petting ZooNOFX SurferNOFX CoasterAfter 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 EntitledDefinitely better than Wolves or Coaster, not sure about the rest but it's solid.OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2It'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 = godlikeOnly Crime VirulenceA 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 WatershedOutKast ATLiensOzzy Osbourne Live and LoudPeter Gabriel CarPeter Gabriel SecurityPianos Become the Teeth SaltwaterPoison the Well You Come Before YouPoison the Well VersionsPrince 3121Prince BatmanPrince LOtUSFLOW3RProbot ProbotPropagandhi How to Clean EverythingPropagandhi Less Talk, More RockProtest the Hero FortressQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRefused The EP CompilationRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureRise Against The UnravelingRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessSaetia A RetrospectiveSay Anything Say AnythingShadows Fall Of One BloodShadows Fall The War WithinShadows Fall Fallout From The WarShai Hulud Misanthropy PureSikTh Death of a Dead DaySlayer Hell AwaitsSlayer World Painted BloodLOL 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 GooSonic Youth Rather RippedSoundgarden Down on the UpsideSparta ThreesSpinal Tap Back From The DeadSpinal Tap Break Like The WindState Faults Desolate PeaksStone Temple Pilots No. 4Stone Temple Pilots Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican...Strung Out Crossroads and IllusionsStrung Out Blackhawks Over Los AngelesStrung Out Agents of the UndergroundVery 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 & FriendsSum 41 Does This Look Infected?System of a Down MezmerizeSystem of a Down HypnotizeTeam Sleep Team SleepTestament The GatheringThe Beatles A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles Please Please MeThe Black Keys ThickfreaknessThe Cars Move Like ThisAn 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 PlagiarismThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerThe Fucking Champs IVThe Gaslight Anthem American SlangThe Jet Age Of Tomorrow Journey to the 5th EchelonThe Lawrence Arms Ghost StoriesThe Mars Volta TremulantThe Mars Volta OctahedronThe Network Money Money 2020The Number Twelve Looks Like You MongrelThe Offspring AmericanaThe Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The BondsThe Police Ghost in the MachineThe Police Live!The Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Smashing Pumpkins ZeitgeistThe Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an ElegyThe Strokes First Impressions of EarthThe White Stripes ElephantThin Lizzy Bad ReputationThis Is Hell SundowningThis Is Hell This Is HellThis Is Hell MisfortunesThrice Identity CrisisThrice Come All You WearyThrice Major/MinorIt's good. Definitely better than Beggars, but still way below their best.Thursday WaitingThursday Five Stories FallingThursday A City By the Light DividedA great album marred with absolutely godawful overproduction.Thursday Common ExistenceBy 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 UndertowTool OpiateTool 10,000 DaysTrocadero Roses Are Red, Violets Are BlueTyler the Creator GoblinNot as good as Bastard but still pretty great.Tyler the Creator WolfSolid improvement in almost every area over Goblin, hands down.Unearth The Stings of ConscienceVan Halen Van HalenVan Halen Van Halen IIVelvet Revolver ContrabandWeezer MaladroitWeezer Death to False MetalWhole Wheat Bread Minority RulesZozobra Bird of PreyZZ Top La FuturaAlbum 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 goodA Static Lullaby ...And Don't Forget to BreatheA Wilhelm Scream Benefits of Thinking Out LoudAFI Answer That and Stay FashionableAFI Shut Your Mouth and Open Your EyesAFI Very Proud of YaAFI I Heard a Voice DVDAFI Crash LoveAlexisonfire CrisisAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBad Brains I and I SurvivedBad Brains Build A NationBayside The Walking WoundedBeastie Boys Hello NastyBeastie Boys The Mix UpBigwig Stay AsleepBlaqk Audio CexCellsBlink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketEasily 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 BuddhaBlink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis ShowBloodhound Gang Hooray For BoobiesBrand New Your Favorite WeaponBright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital UrnBullet for My Valentine The PoisonBush The Sea of MemoriesCave In AntennaChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Chevelle Vena SeraChevelle Sci-Fi CrimesChickenfoot ChickenfootChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Chimaira The Impossibility Of ReasonCKY Volume 1Classic Case Losing At LifeCoheed and Cambria Live at the Starland BallroomCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowDarkest Hour Hidden Hands of a Sadist NationDarkest Hour So Sedated, So SecureDeafheaven SunbatherDeath Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDeath Grips ExmilitarySo 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 bahahahahahaDeftones AdrenalineDepeche Mode ExciterDepeche Mode Some Great RewardDMX ...And Then There Was XDrist Orchids And AmmunitionEagles Long Road Out Of EdenEminem RecoveryThe big dog is finally off his chain again. Bullshit rappers, start running.Every Time I Die The Big DirtyFall Out Boy Take This to Your GraveFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeFall Out Boy Infinity on HighFiction Plane Everything Will Never Be OKGlassjaw Kiss Kiss Bang BangThis 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 WarningGreen Day ShenanigansGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownThey'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 PerseveranceHatebreed SupremacyHe Is Legend I Am HollywoodHead Automatica DecadenceHORSE the band PizzaHORSE 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 ViewIsis Wavering RadiantJimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJimmy Eat World ClarityJimmy Eat World DamageKanye West GraduationKidcrash SnacksLagwagon Let's Talk About LeftoversLagwagon I Think My Older Brother Used To ListenLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park MeteoraLOURDS LOURDSMatchbook Romance West For Wishing EPMidtown Living Well is the Best RevengeMinus the Bear OmniOMNI 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.Minus the Bear Infinity OverheadIt's slightly 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 and Heaven Is A Ghost Town 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. The main criticism however is that the
band's simply not writing songs of Pachuca
Sunrise/Monkey!Knife!Fight/Drilling caliber like
they used to and the songs kind of just exist and
don't really go hard enough in either direction,
much like its predecessor. Not to mention that
Jake's lyrics and vocals are stuck on autopilot and
Erin Tate basically died/fell asleep during the
recording. Minus The Energy/Songs/Fun lawlModest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestModest Mouse Sad Sappy SuckerMoneen The Theory of Harmonial ValueMutemath ArmisticeMxPx Teenage PoliticsMxPx Slowly Going the Way of the BuffaloMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeNervous Light of Sunday 弱心光景New Found Glory Sticks and StonesNew Found Glory From the Screen to Your StereoNine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3DNirvana BleachNo Trigger TycoonI 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 ConfusedNo Use for a Name The Daily GrindNOFX S&M AirlinesNOFX Pods and GodsNOFX Wolves in Wolves ClothingPanic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutPapa Roach InfestPennywise Land Of The Free?Pennywise Unknown RoadPennywise All or NothingPeter Gabriel Scratch My BackPeter Gabriel New BloodMuch like his cover album Scratch My Back, the originals are simply a lot better.Prince MPLSoUNDProtest the Hero KeziaAlbum 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 VaginaRadiohead Pablo HoneyRancid IndestructibleRancid Let the Dominoes FallRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRed Hot Chili Peppers I'm With YouRise Against Appeal to ReasonRob Zombie Educated HorsesSaosin Saosin EPSay Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)Shadows Fall Threads of LifeSlayer God Hates Us AllSonic Youth A Thousand LeavesStone Temple Pilots Stone Temple PilotsStory of the Year Page AvenueStrung Out Another Day In ParadiseSum 41 ChuckSum 41 All Killer No FillerSuperjoint Ritual Use Once and DestroyTaking Back Sunday Tell All Your FriendsThe Beach Boys That's Why God Made The RadioBetter 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 NeedlesThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Fall of Troy ManipulatorThe Fucking Champs IIIThe Fucking Champs VThe Gaslight Anthem HandwrittenThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and GraceThe Smashing Pumpkins Judas OThe Smashing Pumpkins Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of ModeThe Smashing Pumpkins American Gothic The Strokes Comedown MachineThirty Seconds to Mars This Is WarKanye: 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 ImpressionsTomahawk AnonymousTransplants TransplantsTrocadero Ghosts That LingerU2 No Line on the HorizonUnderoath The Changing of TimesWeezer The Green AlbumWeezer HurleyHurley 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.Welcome the Plague Year Welcome the Plague YearWill Haven The HierophantYellowcard Ocean Avenue2.5 averageA Day to Remember And Their Name Was TreasonA Day to Remember For Those Who Have HeartAFI DecemberundergroundAnberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a PlaceArmor For Sleep What To Do When You Are DeadAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesBad Brains God of LoveBad Brains RiseBad Religion The New AmericaBad Religion TestedBayside Sirens & CondolencesBlues Traveler FourChevelle Live From The RoadChickenfoot IIICirca Survive On Letting GoClassic Case Dressed To DepressDid 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 FriendDeath Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting YesDepeche Mode Construction Time AgainDepeche Mode Speak And SpellDream Theater A Change of SeasonsEighteen Visions ObsessionEnvy RecitationPost-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 LiveFar'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 RepublicHatebreed Rise of BrutalityHead Automatica PopagandaJust Surrender PhoenixKillswitch Engage As Daylight DiesLady Gaga Born This WayIf 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 TalkLetlive. Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In BetweenLucky Boys Confusion CommitmentMatchbook Romance Stories and AlibisMellowHype 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 St. AngerMetallica ReloadMetallica LoadMidtown Forget What You KnowMinus the Bear Interpretaciones Del OsoHere'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 ResistanceAlbum 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 LawSomehow 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 MomentNew Found Glory RadiosurgeryNicki Minaj Pink FridayNOFX Liberal AnimationSaosin SaosinStory of the Year In The Wake Of DeterminationSum 41 Half Hour Of PowerTaking Back Sunday Where You Want To BeTaking Back Sunday Louder NowThe Ataris Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next Twelve ExitsThe Ataris End is ForeverThe Fall of Troy In the Unlikely EventMusic = 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 SplinterThe Offspring Conspiracy of OneThe Smashing Pumpkins Machina/The Machines of GodThe Used The UsedThe Used In Love and DeathThe Used Maybe MemoriesThirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieTrivium AscendancyWeezer The Red AlbumYellowcard Lights and Sounds2.0 poorA Perfect Circle eMOTIVeA Static Lullaby Faso LatidoAiden Rain in HellAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperAs I Lay Dying Frail Words CollapseAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAtreyu Fractures in the Facade of Your....Bad Religion No SubstanceThe 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 UnknownBayside BaysideDepeche Mode A Broken FrameDrowning Pool SinnerFinch (US) What It Is to BurnLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightLou Reed and Metallica LuluMake 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 OverIs anything more annoying than this guy's voice? He sounds like Charlie Brown's parents trying to be seductiveNew Found Glory CatalystNOFX Maximum RocknRollPennywise The FusePennywise From The AshesShaquille O'Neal Shaq DieselSonic Youth NYC Ghosts & FlowersSum 41 Screaming Bloody MurderThe Ataris So Long, AstoriaThe Ataris Welcome the NightThe Blood Brothers CrimesThe Smashing Pumpkins Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1Ugh. 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 CitiesUnderoath They're Only Chasing SafetyWeezer Make BelieveWeezer RaditudeHoly 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.Yellowcard The Underdog EPYellowcard One for the KidsYellowcard Midget Tossing1.5 very poorAiden Nightmare AnatomyAiden Our Gangs Dark OathAs I Lay Dying Beneath the Encasing of AshesAtreyu A Death-Grip on YesterdayAtreyu The Best of AtreyuChiodos All's Well That Ends WellGlassjaw Impossible Shot1.0 awfulAtreyu The CurseDrake Thank Me LaterHere 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 BESTFall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your GirlfriendFive Finger Death Punch American CapitalistLOL Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and WhiteHawthorne Heights If Only You Were LonelyKill Hannah For Never & EverI 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 ManThe 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 RevengeOwl City Ocean EyesOwl 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 CountsSpin Doctors Pocket Full of KryptoniteDoo-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 ItVanilla Ice To the ExtremeWaking the Cadaver DemoWaking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a NecromanglerWaking the Cadaver Beyond Cops, Beyond God
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