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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBuckethead The Elephant Man's Alarm ClockBurzum BurzumDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechEdge of Sanity CrimsonFaith No More Angel DustFrank Sinatra In The Wee Small HoursGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Isis OceanicMegadeth Rust in PeaceMiles Davis Bitches BrewMiles Davis Kind of BlueMr. Bungle CaliforniaNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good EnoughOpeth Blackwater ParkOpeth Still LifeOpeth In Live Concert at the Royal Albert HallPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetStrapping Young Lad CitySwans The SeerThe Moody Blues Days of Future PassedUlver Bergtatt4.5 superbAaron Goldberg WorldsAgalloch The MantleAl Di Meola Elegant GypsyAlanis Morissette Jagged Little PillAnathema JudgementBuckethead BucketheadlandBuckethead Bucketheadland 2Buckethead The Cuckoo Clocks of HellBuckethead In Search Of The - Volume 1: 'I'Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 6: 'R'Buckethead ColmaBurzum Hvis Lyset Tar OssCamel MirageColin Stetson New History Warfare, Vol 2: JudgesConverge Jane DoeConverge All We Love We Leave BehindCryptopsy None So VileCynic Traced in AirDan Swano MoontowerDeafheaven Roads To JudahDeath SymbolicDeath Grips The Money StoreDevin Townsend TerriaDevin Townsend InfinityDiablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's PinataEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEstradasphere Palace Of MirrorsEstradasphere It's UnderstoodFair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsGiant Robot Giant Robot (NTT)This is considered by many fans to be the holy grail of all Buckethead albums, and with good reason: it encompasses everything from lightning fast guitar shredding to Jimi Hendrix-esque funk breakdowns to country jamborees. Also prevalent are voice samples from movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Clockwork Orange. The only disappointment on here is the pointless "Idle Hands", a track that barely tops the one minute mark and doesn't contribute to the album in any significant way. The other pieces on here are almost all great, though; particularly the slightly funky "Scraps", wacky experimental rocker "Binge Buddies", and the beautiful "Mrs. Beasley." If you are a Buckethead fan, or even just a fan of good music, then you have no excuse to not check this out- especially considering you can download it for free (and legally) online.Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Guthrie Govan Erotic CakesJimmy Eat World FuturesKelly Bailey Half-Life SoundtrackBrilliant music. This is a varied collection of tracks (the styles here range from ambience to rock to electronica) and is one of the best video game soundtracks I've ever heard. Opener "Adrenaline Horror" is vaguely reminiscent of a track from the movie Aliens; "Vague Voices" is delightfully creepy; and "Drums & Riffs" is fantastic. Even if you aren't a fan of the game, this is worth looking into. Get it now.Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?This was, for a while, my favourite Megadeth album. This has since changed (with 'Rust In Peace' overtaking it in my books,) but that doesn't make this CD any less great. This record boasts some amazing tracks, from thrash anthem "Peace Sells," to the superb "Good Mourning/Black Friday," to closer "My Last Words." The guitar playing on this album is incredible- in 1986, very few bands shredded as much as Megadeth does on here. Every song on here features at least one wickedly fast guitar solo (most contain two, three or even more). However, there are three main complaints with this album: Mustaine's vocals, the production, and the length. Firstly, I throughly enjoy Mustaine's vocals. He may not have the sleekest voice ever, but his trademark 'snarl' fits the music perfectly. He really has his own style of vocals. Second of all, the production. I own the 2006 re-release of this record, so I can't really comment on it (as the production has been improved for this version). I will say, however, that the rough production probably increased its raw sound, which in turn makes it feel more 'real,' almost. Finally, the length. Here is where the main problem lies. At only thirty-six minutes, this record flies by. Every song on here is quality, however, and I would take an awesome thirty-six minute album over a terrible 78-minute one anyway. However, a song or two more would have been welcome here. The bottom line: should you buy this? Yes. It is a classic thrash album that should be heard by anyone who considers themselves a metalhead (or anyone else for that matter).Megadeth EndgameMeshuggah IMetallica Master of PuppetsNaked City Naked CityNe Obliviscaris Portal of INightwish OceanbornOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth My Arms, Your HearseOpeth MorningriseOpeth OrchidOutworld OutworldPaul Wardingham Assimilate RegeneratePig Destroyer TerrifyerPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPraxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)Refused The Shape of Punk to ComeScale The Summit The CollectiveSeptic Flesh The Great MassShai Hulud Reach Beyond the SunSigur Ros ( )Slayer Reign in BloodSteven Wilson Grace for DrowningStrapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy ThingAn extremely raw, brutal, and heavy album. The production is a bit rougher than Devin's usual, but still has his trademark layering going on. This is probably the most "industrial" of all the Strapping Young Lad albums, due in large part to the drum machine which gives the album a very mechanical feel at points. The record loses some steam in the latter half but is, for the most part, engaging and interesting all the way through. Even though Devin himself has largely dismissed this album since its release, I think it's still a superb record and definitely worth a listen.System of a Down System of a DownThanatopsis AxiologyThe Devin Townsend Project GhostIf "Deconstruction" is Hell, then "Ghost" is heaven.The Devin Townsend Project AddictedThrice Major/MinorUlver Blood InsideWilliam Shatner Has BeenWindir 1184Yellowcard Southern Airthose two soundoffs are the same stop cheating >: ( 4.0 excellentAbsu AbzuAgalloch Ashes Against The GrainAgalloch Marrow Of The SpiritAlcest Les Voyages De L AmeAn Endless Sporadic AmeliorateAnathema Weather SystemsAnathema We're Here Because We're HereAnd So I Watch You From Afar GangsAnthrax Worship MusicArsonists Get All The Girls MotherlandAsh Borer Cold of AgesAt the Gates Slaughter of the SoulAtheist Unquestionable PresenceAuthority Zero A Passage In TimeAuthority Zero is one of the most underrated punk bands ever, and this album is proof of that. A fantastic fusion of punk rock, ska, and Spanish-music, A Passage in Time is simply a great, fun listen. Furthermore, the band have a very energetic sound to them, which contributes a lot to the overall vibe of the album. Highlights include the title track, punk rocker "Everyday," the short but sweet "La Surf," and the longest track on the album "One More Minute;" how this song wasn't a huge hit is beyond me. Highly recommended.Behemoth DemigodBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBetween the Buried and Me Between the Buried and MeBeyond Creation The Aurablink-182 blink-182Borknagar BorknagarBorn of Osiris The DiscoveryBreaking Wheel Breaking WheelBuckethead KaleidoscalpBuckethead Giant RobotBuckethead In Search Of The - Volume 2: 'N'Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 3: 'S'Buckethead Electric TearsBuckethead In Search Of The - Volume 5: 'A'Buckethead Monsters & RobotsBuckethead Decoding the Tomb of BansheebotBuckethead It's AliveBuckethead The Shores of MolokaiThis is a fantastic album, and Buckethead's best since 'It's Alive.' The riffs on here are jaw-droppingly good, and the electronic drumbeats- when utilized- add a lot of personality to the ordeal. I didn't care for some of the blatant Dubstep-influenced stuff ("Smile Without a Face") and the album felt a little bit short overall, but it's still an excellent slab with a lot of killer moments, great flow, and no filler at all. Highly recommended.Burial UntrueBurzum Det Som Engang VarBurzum FilosofemClown Core Clown CoreCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Converge Axe to FallI like the part where he goes GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JDFLKADJSFKJAIDSFADGADFGADFGADFGDeftones White PonyDethklok The DethalbumDream Theater Images and WordsDrudkh Eternal Turn of the WheelEarth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I Edge of Sanity Crimson IIEdge of Sanity UnorthodoxEdge of Sanity The Spectral SorrowsEmperor In the Nightside EclipseEnslaved FrostEnslaved RIITIIREstradasphere Buck FeverThis album covers nearly every genre on the planet, from jazz to death metal to video game music (and everything in between). It's only fault is that it's a bit overlong, but for the most part this an extremely interesting and enjoyable release. Not a flawless record, but a very unique one which I recommend you check out.Every Time I Die Ex LivesExotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of TonguesExplosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceFantomas The Directors CutFantomas Suspended AnimationFrank Zappa Apostrophe(')Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home ArmageddonGaza No Absolutes In Human SufferingGodflesh StreetcleanerGodspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.OGodspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IInfectious Organisms Human ExperienceIsis PanopticonJanelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)Jesse Cook The Rumba FoundationKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKatatonia Dead End KingsLight Bearer LapsusLo-Pan SalvadorLovage Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady ByLudicra Fex Urbis Lex OrbisMachine Head The BlackeningMasada AlefMastodon Blood MountainMastodon's "Blood Mountain" is right up there with the best albums of 2006. Starting with the opening drum fill on the aptly-titled "The Wolf Is Loose," the album takes off. From straight-up heavy metal songs like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony Of Birchmen," to progressive anthems "Sleeping Giant" and "Siberian Divide," this record is one that will be in your CD player for a while. The drumming has an almost jazz-influence, with sporadic fills and tom hits all over the place. The guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal; crushingly heavy riffs interlaced with fantastic guitar solos. The bass, while it doesn't get much time in the spotlight, ties in with the guitars well and is actually audible for most of the album (which is more than can be said more many a metal album). The vocals are also great. Very unique, the two vocalists in the band successfully create memorable melodies and lines throughout the record. The appearance of guest vocalists, such as Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, only increase the quality of the album. For all the good on this album, however, there are a couple of weak spots- closer "Pendulous Skin" comes to mind, as does the slightly underwhelming "Hunters Of The Sky." These are minor complaints, however- small blemishes on one of the best metal albums of 06. Highly recommended for everyone.Mastodon Crack the SkyeMastodon LeviathanMastodon The HunterMike Patton Mondo CaneMorbid Angel Altars of MadnessMr. Bungle Mr BungleMuse AbsolutionNaked City Torture GardenVery abstract listen. Most of the forty-two songs on here are under a minute long, causing the whole album to blaze by in under a half an hour. Just because it is short, however, doesn't mean it is bad. A crazy combination of jazz and grindcore, every song on here brings another head-smashing riff to the table (aside from perhaps the relatively calm "N.Y. Flat Top Box"). The guitar work is mostly fast, distorted chords, but occasionally there is a brief solo (intro "Blood Is Thin"). The bass mostly sticks to the same notes as the guitar, but amazingly, can be heard above all the chaos. The drumming is fantastic. Blast beats, fast fills, and quick changes fuel this. John Zorn plays the saxophone on this record and does so like a madman. High squeals and tons of seemingly random notes are all over the place on the album. Finally, vocalist Yamatsuka Eye is like a demented version of Maximum Bob. I don't think there are any actual 'lyrics' on this album- moreover, there are yells, screams, whines, and plenty of weird noises. What most people don't realize, however, is that this is actually a compilation album of the 'hardcore miniatures' from two of the band's previous efforts: the self-titled 'Naked City' and 'Grand Guignol.' If you're looking for a way to blow your mind in less than half an hour, this is the way to do it.Naked City Grand GuignolNapalm Death ScumNecrophagist Onset of PutrefactionNeurosis Through Silver in BloodNevermore Dead Heart In A Dead WorldNiechec Smierc w miekkim futerkuNo Use for a Name All The Best SongsNOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)Nyktalgia NyktalgiaOpeth DamnationOpeth DeliveranceOrchid Chaos Is MeOSI BloodPaul Gilbert Get Out of My YardPorcupine Tree DeadwingPropagandhi Failed StatesPrototype ContinuumRussian Circles EmprosSeptic Flesh CommunionSteven Wilson The Raven That Refused to SingStrapping Young Lad AlienSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedySystem of a Down ToxicityThat Handsome Devil A City Dressed In DynamiteThe Devin Townsend Band SynchestraThe Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineThe Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead SceneThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape PlanThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Killers Hot FussThrice The Artist In The AmbulanceTrophy Scars Never Born, Never DeadUlver Shadows of the SunUlver Wars of the RosesUnexpect In a Flesh AquariumWormrot DirgeX-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-EcutionersYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes3.5 great3 The Ghost You Gave To MeAbnormality 2007 DemoAbsu AbsuA reasonably entertaining black/death/thrash/whatever metal album. Aside from having some of the best song titles in recent memory ("Of The Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are The Attendance Of Familiar Spirits," "Magick Square Cipher," "In The Name Of Auebothiabaithobeuee,") this record contains some wild riffing and fantastic instrumentation. There isn't really a bad track on here per se, it's just that many of them sound similar to each other, so at times you think, "Didn't I just listen to this song?" I still recommend Absu's self-titled record to fans of the band and also metal in general, however.All That Remains The Fall of IdealsAnathema A Natural DisasterAnneke van Giersbergen Everything Is ChangingArsis We Are the NightmareUndeniably a fun listen, Arsis' "We Are The Nightmare" is a technical death metal album filled to bursting point with riffs, wickedly fast double bass playing, blast beats, and the same type of harsh vocals that bands like Absu employ. The problem here is that each track sounds quite similar to the last, so it becomes hard to distinguish individual songs from one another. The production is fantastic however, and the album is full of great riffs and guitar soloing (not to mention the brilliant drumming). Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of technical metal and want something new to listen to.Arsonists Get All The Girls The Game Of LifeAsh Borer Ash BorerAtheist JupiterAugury Fragmentary EvidenceAugust Burns Red Sleddin' HillA fun listen, though I would have liked to see a little more variation in beat/tempo across the album.Austrian Death Machine Total BrutalHilarious. Austrian Death Machine, a side project of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, is a metal 'band' based on the governor of California (or should I say gummibear of Candicornia?) himself, Arnold Schwarzeneggar. The reason I put quotation marks around the word band is that Lambesis is the (almost) only one who contributed anything to this album. He drums, plays guitar, bass, and does vocals. The only other guy in the band is the one impersonating Arnold. A parody metal band based on the Terminator sounds like it could be a huge disaster- however, there are some surprisingly good songs on here. Tracks like "I Am A Cybernetic Organism, Living Tissue Over (Metal) Endoskeleton" with its great chorus, "You Have Just Been Erased" and its shreddy lead guitar line, and "It's Not A Tumor" (whose subject matter should be obvious) are all fun-filled metal romps with hard-hitting riffs and solid drumming. The band's MySpace promises "a continuously fast paced tempo you can always circle pit to, the obvious build up to a breakdown you'll know how to mosh to, classic sing alongs to pile up and sing along with, a guitar solo in every song." They aren't lying. The problem with this album is that the songs start blurring together towards the end, and even the funny skits start getting less funny. Also the disappointing "Not So Hidden Track" (which leads nowhere) is an almost anti-climatic ending to the album. Worth checking out, especially if you're an Arnie fan. Austrian Death Machine A Very Brutal ChristmasAuthority Zero AndiamoBATS Red In Tooth and ClawBehold... The Arctopus SkullgridBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectNot as good as Colors, but still has some cool songs. It's grown off me since its release, though (writing this in January 2013).Bjork BiophiliaBomb the Music Industry! VacationBoris Heavy Rocks IIBrand New DaisyBuckethead Bermuda TriangleBuckethead Inbred MountainBuckethead In Search Of The - Volume 4: 'E'Buckethead Look Up ThereTwo long jams from Buckethead, somewhat reminiscent of tracks from his infamous "In Search Of The..." collection. The guitar work on here is phenomenal; the riffing is excellent, and the solos are also top notch. The only problem with this release is that it doesn't really feel like an "album-" more like two cool jams Buckethead decided to release. Which is fine (I would rather see a release like this than one with a bunch of unnecessary filler tracks,) it just makes for a somewhat fragmented listening experience.Buckethead Electric SeaBurzum HliðskjálfCannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed FaceCannibal Corpse TortureCloudkicker ]]][[[Cobra Strike 13th ScrollCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionColin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More LightCrowbar Sever The Wicked HandDarkthrone The Underground ResistanceDeftones Koi No YokanYokant rate this album before it's released. Or leave a soundoff apparently, since mine was dele ted.DevilDriver The Last Kind WordsDropkick Murphys BlackoutEdge of Sanity Until Eternity EndsEnslaved VertebraeWhile the excellent performances across all instruments are let down somewhat by a subpar production job, this doesn't stop Enslaved's "Vertebrae" from being a great record. The guitar playing is particularity impressive, with the jaw-dropping solo on track three "Ground" providing one of the record's best moments. Other highlights include the first minute and a half of opener "Clouds" and the entirety of track five "New Dawn." There are some negative things about this album, however: as I mentioned before, the production is disappointing, particularly on the harsh vocals, and I don't like how many of the tracks begin with the sounds of sliding guitars or other random noises, as it doesn't really add anything to the record. Still though, this is a very good release, which I, for the most part, recommend.Enslaved The Sleeping GodsEnslaved EldEvanescence EvanescenceExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFaith No More King for a Day... Fool for a LifetimeFoo Fighters Wasting LightFuneral for a Friend ConduitGordian Knot EmergentGreen Day American IdiotMany seem to hate this album, mainly because of the so-called 'forced politicial-ness' of it. I, however, find no problem with this, and in fact I think in some cases it makes the record more interesting. While Green Day may not be the most informed when it comes to politics, I applaud them for attempting something different, as opposed to the usual derivative pop-punk album. In fact, some of the songs on here aren't half-bad. 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' is one of the best pop-punk songs I've heard in a while, 'Give Me Novocaine' is an underrated rocker, and 'Whatsername' is a solid closer with some effectively used layered vocals. Of course, there are some annoying tracks: 'Holiday' immediately comes to mind as being one of the most irritating tracks of the last ten years. Other duds, such as the boring 'Are We The Waiting' and the uninteresting 'St. Jimmy', do nothing to add to the album but merely take away from its score. The big talking points of the album are the two nine minute songs: 'Jesus Of Suburbia' and 'Homecoming', respectively. The former is fairly interesting, with an intricate structure and many different parts. 'Homecoming' is the stronger of the two, which features Tre Cool singing for one of the few comic relief moments on the album. This album is a strong pop-punk album, whose pros outweigh its cons, and while some may disagree with me, that's fine- all I ask it that you listen to this with an open mind.Hugh Laurie Let Them TalkIhsahn EremitaImmolation Majesty and DecayIn Flames ClaymanJeff Loomis Zero Order PhaseKatatonia Brave Murder DayMachine Head Unto the LocustMegadeth United AbominationsMegadeth Killing Is My Business...Megadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMichael Angelo Batio No BoundariesThe first three and last three tracks of this album are some Batio's best ever; "No Boundaries" in particular is a modern shred classic, and a must-hear for anyone interested in the genre. The middle of this record does drag, though, and is no where near as strong as its start and end.Michael Romeo The Dark ChapterMike Patton Crank: High VoltageMike Patton A Perfect PlaceMike Patton The Solitude of Prime NumbersMogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You WillMr. Bungle Disco VolanteNaked City RadioNapalm Death Smear CampaignNapalm Death UtilitarianNecrophagist EpitaphNo Use for a Name Keep Them ConfusedNoise Lounge Have A Seat Take In The Smooth Sounds Of...Opeth WatershedOpeth HeritageOSI Fire Make ThunderPeter Holmgren Exotic Island EPPrimordial Redemption At The Puritan's HandProtest the Hero KeziaPunky Bruster Cooked on PhonicsRadiohead The King of LimbsRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureSaul Williams Volcanic SunlightSenses Fail Let it Enfold You-Special EditionSilverstein Discovering the WaterfrontSoundtrack Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Special EditionSoundtrack: 5/5 - Bonus disc: 1.5/5 - Total: 3.5/5Spiral Architect A Sceptic's UniverseStorm Corrosion Storm CorrosionStratovarius ElysiumA fairly cool but not particularly remarkable power metal album. The instrumentation is great throughout, particularly the guitar and keyboard, but some of the tracks just feel derivative and unnoteworthy. The ambitious 18-minute title track which closes the album is excellent, however, as is opener "Darkest Hours." Sylosis Edge of the EarthSystem of a Down Steal This Album!T.R.A.M. Lingua FrancaTesseracT OneThe Devin Townsend Band Accelerated EvolutionThe Devin Townsend Project EpicloudDeconstruction is one of his most popular and well-received albums? Huh?The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running BoardThe Living End Modern ArtilleryThe Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation AnthropomorphicTomahawk TomahawkTomahawk Mit GasTony Sly 12 Song ProgramUlcerate The Destroyers of AllUlver KveldssangerUlver Nattens MadrigalUlver Silences Teaches You How to Sing EPUnexpect Fables of the Sleepless EmpireUnida Coping With The Urban CoyoteVarious Artists Short Music For Short PeopleVintersorg JordpulsWintersun Time IWell, at least the title makes sense. Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 StarsYellowcard Ocean Avenue3.0 good+44 When Your Heart Stops BeatingAbigail Williams BecomingAlkaline Trio DamnesiaAnathema SerenadesAnd So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright FuturesAutopsy The Tomb WithinI'd enjoy this a lot more if it wasn't for the vocals, which are way too high in the mix. At times they even sound comical. However, the instrumentation is solid- opener "The Tomb Within" contains Slayer-esque guitar solos and great verses. A decent death metal outing.Autopsy Macabre EternalAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetBenighted Asylum CaveBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future SequenceBilly Talent Billy Talentblink-182 Dude RanchBloodbath The Fathomless MasteryBootsy Collins Christmas Is 4 EverBox Car Racer Box Car RacerBrown Brigade In the Mouth of Badd(d)nessBuckethead Enter The Chicken (Reissue)Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 7: 'C'Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 8: 'H'Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 9: 'O'Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 12: 'H'Buckethead Empty SpaceBuckethead The Silent Picture BookBuckethead RacksBurzum FallenBurzum AskeCannibal Corpse Evisceration PlagueCloudkicker FadeDance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain IIDevilDriver BeastDevin Townsend PhysicistDevin Townsend Ziltoid the OmniscientEarth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light IIEl Stew The RehersalEnslaved Vikingligr VeldiEnslaved ThornEstradasphere QuadropusFantomas FantomasGob Foot In Mouth DiseaseGuns N' Roses Chinese DemocracyIn Flames Sounds of a Playground FadingIn Vain AEnigmaJimmy Buffett Songs You Know By HeartJohn Dineen SentientCool release, ranging from piano balladry to ambient to electronica.Lagwagon BlazeLeonard Nimoy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer SpaceMerzbow MerzbeatMerzbow 1930Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 3) - 1980 – Remblandt AssemblageMeshuggah ChaosphereMichael Angelo Batio Hands Without ShadowsBoth the title track and "Dream On" are superb. The rest of the album isn't as strong; a lot of the tracks here are simply too long, and as is typical on Batio's albums, the hyperspeed guitar shredding loses its lustre after a few songs. At least he put his own spin on the covers here, though, unlike Holiday Strings.Michael Angelo Batio Planet GeminiThis record begins with the typical hyperspeed shredding one expects in an MAB release, but the last six tracks are just all over the place. There is space-y ambience, a Doom-sounding videogame part, two tracks with vocals that come out of nowhere, and even a country section. Of course, this all adds up to one of the more interesting records put out by Batio, though it doesn't all work.Mike Patton Pranzo OltranzistaMr. Bungle The Raging Wrath of the Easter BunnyNada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent to AstronomyNaked City Heretic, Jeux des Dames CruellesNeurosis Honor Found in DecayNevermore Dreaming Neon BlackNightwish ImaginaerumNOFX Wolves in Wolves ClothingNone More Black This Is SatireNone More Black File Under BlackOm Advaitic SongsOpeth Apostle in TriumphPainKiller Buried SecretsPeeping Tom Peeping TomPennywise All or NothingPraxis MetatronA very odd album by Praxis. Their previous effort, 'Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)' I consider to be one of the greatest experimental albums of all-time- here, however, the material is even more all over the place. Opening with a fantastic acoustic ballad featuring something that almost sounds like a recorder ('Wake the Dead'), it quickly goes into the effect-laden heavy metal outing 'Skull Crack (We Are Not Sick Men)' (featuring voice samples from Bruce Lee's 'The Chinese Connection'), and then into the Buckethead classic, 'Meta-Matic'. From here on in, the album gets very avant-garde in spots- the ambient 'Cathedral Space (Soft Hail of Electrons)' and the chilling 'Double Vision' are just two examples that come to mind. 'Turbine' features a heavy metal riff that was made for headbanging along too, and 'Warcraft (Bruce Lee's Black Hour of Chaos)' contains some insanely fast shredding courtesy of Buckethead. There is also a light sprinkling of funk here with 'Cannibal (Heart Shape of the Iron Blade)', though it's more dark and experimental than the funk featured on 'Transmutation'. Pick this one up if you like experimental works or were a fan of any of the other Praxis releases, but be warned- this is an odd one.Protest the Hero ScurrilousRings of Saturn DingirSoen CognitiveStrapping Young Lad The New BlackSum 41 Does This Look InfectedSum 41 ChuckSystem of a Down MezmerizeThat Handsome Devil The Heart Goes to Heaven, The Head Goes to HellThe Contortionist IntrinsicThe Devin Townsend Project DeconstructionFirst thought: I wish that some of the guest artists had been utilized more in the forefront (in some cases I can hardly tell that they are there). With that being said, the first three tracks on here are excellent, as is number five "Sumeria." However, "The Mighty Masturbator" and the title track are both pretty bad, the former being far too long and the latter almost unlistenable at points. The "humour" of the album also gets in the way at times. A very ambitious record, "Deconstruction" may not totally succeed at what it sets out to do, but it is without doubt an interesting listen.The Devin Townsend Project KiThomas Giles PulseTomahawk OddfellowsUlver MetamorphosisWilliam Shatner The Transformed Man2.5 averageA Million Dead Birds Laughing XenAbide No Coming Back (EP)Abysmal Dawn Leveling the Plane of ExistenceA very unremarkable album on the whole, Abysmal Dawn's "Leveling the Plane of Existence" may feature ten tracks, but they all (save the fifty-six second interlude "Our Primitive Nature") sound almost exactly the same. Unfortunately, the great musicianship can't stop this record from running together and, ultimately, becoming a chore to listen to in full.Aerosmith Devil's Got A New DisguiseAlestorm Black Sails at MidnightAlkaline Trio My Shame Is TrueThe first two tracks are good, but the album gets, for the most part, pretty generic and boring after that. Tim Mcllrath's cameo was a cool addition, though.Anal Cunt I Like It When You DieAnimals as Leaders WeightlessAs Blood Runs Black AllegianceAustrian Death Machine Double BrutalAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldBlind Witness Nightmare on Providence Streetblink-182 NeighborhoodsBoris Attention PleaseBorknagar UrdBuckethead Slaughterhouse on the PrairieBuckethead's first of many releases from 2009, and it is a decent one by the eclectic guitarist. It starts with two previously free-to-download songs from his website, titled "Lebron" and "Lebron's Hammer," respectively. From then on, the album descends into traditional Buckethead stuff- fast riffing, heavy usage of the killswitch and other effects, and of course some incredible guitar soloing. What's wrong with this album is that at times, particularly towards the end of the album, it feels as though Buckethead is just going through the motions, especially on tracks like "Goat Host" which really don't seem to have much effort put into them. There is some great stuff on here, though: "Don't Use Roosts if You Raise Broilers" and "Premonition" come to mind as both being solid tracks by Buckethead- it's just that there are parts of the album that feel a bit lacking.Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 11: 'T'Buckethead Spinal ClockOne of Buckethead's most minimalistic releases yet, Spinal Clock is the type of album that prefers to make its point not by hitting you with sound, but by lacking it. This is a very experimental release, with a majority of the nine tracks on here having almost no melody or flow. The highlights for me are the last two songs: "Skeleton Dance" is the closest thing to a traditional song on here, containing a breathtaking Medieval-style riff, and "Bayou By You," which sounds like something from The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell transposed and played on a banjo. One of Buckethead's most polarizing efforts yet, Spinal Clock is not for those without an open mind, but if you can keep one throughout, appreciation for the inventiveness of the compositions will bloom and you may end up enjoying it. For me though, the first seven tracks are just too sparse and minimalistic to merit much playtime.Burzum From The Depths Of DarknessCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: DescensionDropkick Murphys Going Out In StyleEdge of Sanity CrypticEdge of Sanity InfernalEmmure Speaker of the DeadEnslaved BlodhemnThe intro is absolutely fantastic, and the choir/ambient ending to the last track is cool as well. However, the rest of the album all runs together for me. None of it is "bad," but I can't tell any of it apart. Evile Enter the GraveThis is a record that starts out very well, but quickly becomes boring. Opening track "Enter The Grave" is fantastic, and the other highlight comes in the second track, "Thrasher" (of Rock Band 2 fame). Both songs feature incredibly fast and precise guitar playing, yelling vocals, and breakneck drumming, all of which continue for the rest of the album. And continue for the rest of the album. And continue for the rest of the album. Every song is played in the same key, and aside from the slow intro to "We Who Are About To Die," there is almost no variation whatsoever in any of the songs on here. The band obviously had fun recording this, but it's just way too repetitive to be enjoyable in its entirety. Check out a couple of the tracks (preferably the first two,) but hold off on buying the whole album.Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareFaith No More Album of the YearFall Out Boy From Under The Cork TreeFantomas Delirium CordiaFirst of all, this is not your typical album. It's one song that is almost one and a quarter hours long. Immediately all hope of this album ever being accepted into the mainstream or played on the radio is smashed. So, what's left? Well, this album is intended to be the audio equivalent of surgery without anaesthesia- an interesting idea. This record is like a combination of ambiance, metal, noise music, and many other genres. Patton doesn't "sing" in the traditional sense- there are no lyrics to be found here, but rather moans of pain, humming, yelps, and freak outs. The other instruments aren't as upfront as they are on the other Fantomas albums, with the exception of maybe the drums (at 30:30 there is a drum solo). The big problem with this album is replayability. I rarely find myself coming back to it, partly due to the length, and partly because of the weirdness of it. Also, the fact that the final nineteen minutes are the same repetitive tracking noise over and over again is minorly annoying. This is really unlike anything you'll ever hear, both in good and bad ways.Fleshgod Apocalypse AgonyGavin Harrison & 05ric CirclesThe drumming and other instrumentation is absolutely excellent. (Nice mix too.) However, the vocals can be very annoying at times, and some of the songs feel like they don't really go anywhere.Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy HoursIngested Surpassing the Boundaries of Human SufferingJohn 5 REQUIEMKlaxons Surfing the VoidLight Bearer Silver TongueMajesty Shadows EPMD.45 The CravingMerzbow Merzbox (Disc 2) - 1980 – Metal Acoustic MusicMerzbow Merzbox (Disc 4) - 1981 – Collection Era Vol. 1Meshuggah KolossMichael Angelo Batio TraditionThis album has some cool tracks on it, such as "China," "I Can't Take it No More," and "Voices of the Distant Past." The sheer speed and virtuosity of Batio's playing is also incredibly admirable. However, the whole affair (bajillion notes a second, every second) gets tiring quickly, and almost half of the record is made up of previous songs with the lead lines taken out (to play over, I suppose... but good luck with that).Midtown Living Well is the Best RevengeMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet RevengeNevermore In MemoryNOFX CoasterOSI Office of Strategic InfluencePaul Gilbert VibratoPennywise PennywisePhillip Phillips The World from the Side of the MoonThis album has some really great cuts, such as "Man on the Moon," "Home," and "Drive Me," however much of it is dull, generic pop-rock. It is also overlong; the second half in particular really drags.Pig Destroyer Book BurnerPlain White T's Every Second CountsPorcupine Tree The IncidentPraxis SacrifistSleep Terror Probing TranquillityStrapping Young Lad Strapping Young LadSum 41 Half Hour Of PowerSum 41 at their youngest and most raw. This album features their metal-influence more strongly than any of their others, although the pop-punk catchiness they are known for is still audible on some tracks. Opener 'Grab The Devil By The Horns' is instrumental, aside from a scream from the band in the middle, and is basically a guitar solo and showcase of metal riffs in one. The next track, 'Machine Gun' is my favourite off the album. Hilarious and also catchy- particularly the "WAHHHHHHH!!!!!! FREAK OUT!!!" part. Essential listening for any Sum 41 fan. What plagues this album, however, is also what makes it so fun to listen to- the immaturity. While undoubtedly fun to make, this album goes wildly up and down in quality like a roller coaster. 'What I Believe' is a very dull pop-punk outing, while 'Second Chance For Max Headroom' is probably my second favourite off the album, with a jazzy breakdown featuring brass instruments and piano playing. This record is also very short at only a half an hour long. If you can get past some of the bland ('What I Believe', 'Summer') and oddly-placed ('What We're All About', '32 Ways To Die') tracks, then you can find some fantastic ('Machine Gun', 'Second Chance For Max Headroom') songs here.Testament Dark Roots Of EarthThe Blood Brothers Young MachetesThe Great Kat Worship Me or Die!Today I Caught The Plague Ms. Mary MallonTransplants TransplantsTrivium In WavesUlver VargnattVarious Artists Rock Against Bush Vol 2Whitechapel This Is ExileThis Is Exile is an album full of the traditional deathcore stuff: drop-C guitar chugging, blast beats, ineligible vocals, and breakdown after breakdown after breakdown. Granted, Whitechapel doesn't overuse the breakdown quite as much as some other bands in their genre, but honestly: what is the point of starting a song with a breakdown? Oh, and while on the point of things which have no point, the bassist might as well have stayed home during the recording of this record, seeing as you can't hear him anyway. Moving on... there are also two instrumental tracks on here that try and break things up a bit- the first, "Death Becomes Him" is a pointless chugging exercise, but the second "Of Legions" actually features some cool sound effects- it's just a shame that there is so much repetitive chugging on top (I wouldn't mind it if there was some variation). Closer "Messiahbolical" is one of the highlights, though they are few and far between. Don't bother with this.Yellowcard Lights and Sounds2.0 poorAnal Cunt Top 40 HitsAnal Cunt Fuckin' AAnathema Alternative 4Atreyu Lead Sails Paper AnchorAuthority Zero 12:34Sadly, this is a disappointing release from an otherwise fantastic band. While there are a couple of great songs on here, like "No Regrets" with its excellent bass line, and the power ballad "Talk Is Cheap", the rest of the album doesn't have any sort of spark at all. Authority Zero seems to have abandoned most of the ska-influence from their previous albums with 12:34, instead going for a more pop-punk-ish sound. It can work at points- the title track is one instance where the band manage to combine fast verses with a catchy chorus- but unfortunately, the rest of the time it just comes out sounding dull and un-inspired. The one other track worth mentioning is the penultimate "Broken Dreams" which has a great guitar solo and almost metal feel during parts of it. This is not really worth checking out unless you're a die-hard fan of the band, and if you are, I warn you- you may be disappointed.Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy OfBuckethead In Search Of The - Volume 10: 'F'Burzum Dauði BaldrsBurzum BelusDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsEdge of Sanity Nothing But Death RemainsGrumblecunt GrumblecuntMegadeth Th1rt3enMegasus MegasusMegasus is by far my favourite track here. The lack of guitar solos, which, when utilized, are fantastic, is off-putting. The biggest problem with this disc is that the songs go on for waaaay too long most of the time, churning out dull drop B riff after dull drop B riff. Closer "Iron Mountain" and the infamous "Red Lottery" are the worst offenders here. The production is low and muddy, which can work for this style of music- here it just gets grating on the ears after too long. This is, overall, a disappointing release. 'Megasus' is head and shoulders above the rest- nothing else on here is worth your time.Metallica ReLoadMichael Angelo Batio Holiday StringsA collection of rather blase Christmas tunes. There's nothing "wrong" with this CD, but there's nothing very interesting about it either. Just a note: there's no shredding, but rather it's all acoustic, with cheap-sounding symphonic backing tracks.Midtown The Sacrifice Of Life EPMike Patton Adult Themes for VoiceMuse The 2nd LawAlbum cover looks like broccoli _______________________Nitro Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S.Norma Jean RedeemerSerj Tankian HarakiriSymphony X IconoclastThe Black Dahlia Murder DeflorateIncredibly dull and boring basically sums up The Black Dahlia Murder's latest effort. Despite the addition of Arsis guitarist Ryan Knight, the songs all feel very flat and uninspired- while there are moments which show promise, and the instrumentation is all fantastic, the album is a chore to listen to in full since all of the songs run together. The Great Kat Beethoven On SpeedThe Great Kat Guitar GoddessThe Great Kat Digital Beethoven on CyberspeedThe Used In Love and DeathThree Days Grace One-XTyler The Creator GoblinUlver Rehearsal1.5 very poorAiden DisguisesAlestorm Back Through TimeAt their best, Alestorm are fun, entertaining, enjoyable metal. Their problem has always been how to maintain listener interest in their pirate-y ways across the span of an entire album. Unfortunately, this album does not tackle this problem. In fact, "Back Through Time" is probably the band's weakest effort yet, featuring a combination of generic new tracks and songs that sound as though they could be b-sides from the previous album. Granted, the title track is good, however the others are pretty much indistinguishable from not only each other, but songs from previous albums. Anal Cunt 5643 SongAnal Cunt Morbid FloristAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperBehold... The Arctopus HorrorscensionThis album is completely random and atonal, but not in a good way like much of Skullgrid. The band was trying way too hard to be faster and more extreme or something, because this is effectively a bunch of unlistenable noise. Every so often something will stand out (a lightning speed solo or a melody) but it only lasts for a second (or two, if you're lucky) before disappearing into a mess of noise again. Very disappointing and, quite frankly, bordering on abysmal.Buckethead KFC Skin PilesIt's hard to rate this EP since it was designed to be remixed and scratched by DJs. However, from a listener's perspective, this is pretty terrible- it ranges from way too jumpy to way too repetitive. The samples are great though.Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 13: 'E'Buckethead Underground ChamberDragonForce Ultra BeatdownDreka Dreka Dreka Faceless, Robotic, Government ThugsSome cool sounds can be found here, but for the most part this is just your typical harsh noise album. That cover art is truly terrible though (as can be said for most Smell the Stench releases).fresh beatZ Premo BeatZ EPfresh beatZ The Life Of A Scholarfresh beatZ The MisunderstoodGreen Day InsomniacJustin Bieber My WorldJustin Bieber My World 2.0Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 1) - 1979 – OM ElectriqueMetallica St. AngerMichael Angelo Batio Lucid Intervals and Moments of ClarityBatio's weakest solo album. The whole thing feels really long and drawn out, and virtually nothing of interest happens across the almost hour-long runtime. Morbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusNew Found Glory CatalystNickelback Dark HorseThe only reason this gets a 1.5 and not a 1 is because of the song "Just To Get High." I have to admit that this song is great, especially by Nickelback's standards- the good ambient guitar intro combined with a semi-shred guitar solo (!) make this by far one of the best songs done by the band. The rest of the album, unfortunately, is the same generic garbage that Nickelback seems to fill every one of their albums with. Add in some truly abhorrent lyrics about sex (see S.E.X) and you get this album. Download "Just To Get High", to hear a decent Nickelback song for a change, and forget about the rest of the album- unless for some perverse reason you want to hear Chad Kroeger sing "Sex is always the answer." I know I don't.Nitro O.F.R.Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutParamore Riot!Sleep Terror ParaphileSolefald Black For Death: An Icelandic Odyssey Part 2Suicide Silence The CleansingSum 41 Screaming Bloody MurderScreaming Bloody Murder's ambition is commendable, but it is overlong and many of the tracks are just plain boring. The title track is kinda cool, and there certain moments that show promise, but this is overall a tedious record that doesn't live up to the expectations it sets upon itself.System of a Down HypnotizeThe Great Kat Rossini's RapeThe Great Kat Bloody VivaldiThe Great Kat Wagner's WarThe Sound of Animals Fighting Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...Weezer Raditude1.0 awfulAs Blood Runs Black InstinctbrokeNCYDE BC 13 EPThis is very close to being unbearably bad. In fact, this is so terrible that you almost feel embarrassed for the guys who recorded it. I can't think of a single thing about this album that is positive. The artwork is bad, the track titles laughable, and when you get to the actual songs themselves... well, I think you can see the pattern here. Most of this release is terrible screaming over looped electronic drumbeats, featuring some of the worst lyrics ever written. Avoid at all costs.Burzum UmskiptarCarbonized Gnawing Mandible Harvested and DisposedDoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in FleshDown With Webster Time To Win Vol. IDrifting Icon Submerged in the AndromedaExoskeleton Plutonian HerdI can't explain to you how horrible this album is, you really just have to experience it for yourself. Let's start with the vocals. Whoever the hell this guy is, he has one of the most painful voices I've ever heard. All he does is randomly scream into the microphone at totally inappropriate times throughout. What he is trying to do here, other than make everyone who listen's ears bleed, I don't know. The drumming here is incredibly basic. He mostly sticks to crash + snare beats while occasionally deviating to do fills. Unfortunately, what little talent this guy has is completely ruined by the travesty that is the guitar playing on here. Possibly the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard- it sounds like they are retuning during the songs at points. The tone on these things makes them sound like nails on a chalkboard. And not just any nails: 5-inches long and razor sharp. As to whether there's a bass player on the album, I don't know, because he's totally inaudible (if he's even there at all). This record is total agony and should be avoided at all costs... unless you want a laugh. In that case, check out the second track "Death Orgasm."Grumblecunt I Piss ShitHasan Land of the UnknownLou Reed and Metallica LuluMetaL BrotherS Thunders - DemoMetaL BrotherS Demo Whiskey in the JarMillionaires Bling Bling Bling!Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsWaking The Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a NecromanglerWilliam Hung InspirationXardas Chapter ISome guy jamming on a guitar for fifteen minutes and thirty-seven seconds. It could have worked out, maybe, if there was some variety in the playing on here, but there isn't. Essentially the same riff repeated constantly for fifteen long and dull minutes. The sad thing is that some of the noodling on here seems to have potential- it's just repeated over and over again until you go into a coma. Luckily this is a free download- had I paid money for this, I would have been seriously annoyed. Oh yeah, did I mention there's a Lebanese TV show playing in the background the entire time?
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