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Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Following the involved, laboured, miasmic recording of The Mantle, Agalloch decided to strip back their sound and create an album that was simpler and more focused. Ashes Against the Grain was the result, and it is my favourite record from the band. On it there are lots of influences at work, including post-rock, black metal, and folk music, but the songwriting is tight, the record is the right length, and the atmosphere is consistent. Furthermore, the production is phenomenal (including one of my favourite snare drum sounds of all time). Ashes Against the Grain hits all the right notes (including an absolutely stellar noise closer, "The Grain").
American Football American Football
This is an album which is beautiful in every way, even its imperfections- like that girl you loved then, you love now, and you know you will love for as long as you live. Like anyone, she has flaws, but that doesn't matter to you, because those flaws are part of what make her so perfect. American Football captures a late, teenage summer night perfectly. The spot on production and superlative instrumentation ensure a masterfully created atmosphere, and ultimately it is that atmosphere which solidifies the record as one of the best indie releases- hell, just best albums- of all time.
Anathema Judgement
Judgement is one of my favourite albums of all time for a few reasons. 1) Its complete honesty, and the unbridled and raw emotion with which that trait manifests itself. 2) The production is absolutely spot on, perfectly blending the frequent combinations of electric and acoustic guitars. The vocals sit at just the right spot in the mix as well. 3) The songwriting and album pacing are flawless. None of the tracks sound the same, but they all fit together and contribute to the overall theme and mood of the record. I haven't even mentioned the excellent performances or the incredible lyrics, yet this album possesses both of those qualities as well. Judgement is, quite simply, one of the best albums ever recorded, and you owe it to yourself to listen to it.
Buckethead Bucketheadland
Buckethead Bucketheadland 2
Burzum Burzum
Burzum's first record is an atmospheric masterpiece, captivating from beginning to end and assuredly one of the best black metal albums ever recorded. It's difficult to articulate just how this record achieves such an engrossing atmosphere, but through some combination of its lo-fi production, hypnotic but never boring instrumentation, and tortured vocals, it does. Countless black metal bands have adopted this formula and tried to obtain the same result. Very few have succeeded. Burzum is a phenomenal record and absolutely essential listening for not just black metal fans, but music lovers in general.
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun was not a grower album-- it hit me immediately. During the course of the first track I could tell this record was something special. On an atmospheric level, it is one of the most effective albums I have ever heard. Imagine dark, cavernous, coiling cathedrals, and massive spires rising into a black sky. Both vocalists, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, are phenomenal. The record flows flawlessly, and it is exactly the right length. The production is fantastic. Even the cover art is perfect. All in all, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is one of the best albums ever recorded.
Deftones White Pony
White Pony successfully blends genre after genre and becomes in the process a dark, engaging, and atmospheric listen. The songs are all different enough from one another that it never feels as though you've heard the same track twice. The production is superlative, and the performances are much the same- Chino's vocals in particular are wonderfully emotive, ranging from airy and serene to downright devastating. White Pony is an extremely unique and varied listen which you should get right now. One of the best albums of the 2000's.
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Saturday Night Wrist is a cloudy, ethereal listen. There is a strong shoegaze influence on here. The production is fantastic, and the atmosphere is engrossingly hazy. And you know what, for all its detractors, I kinda dig "Pink Cellphone." On par with White Pony.
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin was not happy with how Physicist turned out, and neither were most of his fans. While not a bad album, it was hampered by a poor production job and a, compared to his two solo records which preceded it, rather one-dimensional approach. While on the road with Strapping Young Lad after Physicist's release, Devin set out to write a more "personal and honest record" and penned Terria. Not only did he succeed, but he succeeded with flying colours. Terria is my favourite album of the 2000's and one of my favourite records of all-time. It is an incredibly detailed, brilliantly written, and perfectly paced album with outstanding performances and a uniquely superb production job. Like Infinity, Terria takes time to grow on you- but, if you give it that time, then rest assured it will. What Ocean Machine is to the... well, ocean, Terria is to the Earth. An incredible record.
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
If I had to choose one album as my favourite of all-time, it would be this one. Ocean Machine: Biomech enthralls for its entirety, from the first second of "Seventh Wave" to the last second of "Thing Beyond Things." It is incredibly mixed, brilliantly written, and perfectly structured. The lyrics are phenomenal, and the performances are too. Suffice it to say, Devin Townsend has crafted an absolute masterpiece with this album. Ocean Machine: Biomech is a truly magnificent work of art.
Diamanda Galas Plague Mass
Saint of the Pit, The Divine Punishment, and You Must Be Certain of the Devil comprise Galas' "Masque of the Red Death trilogy," three records about the treatment of AIDS victims and the predominant view of AIDS in late 80's, early '90s America. Angry and disgusted at the shunning of these victims, Galas unleashed her fury on those three records, and after their release put out Plague Mass, a live record consisting of songs from those records, as well as some other tracks (including bits of tracks which would later be released on her album The Singer). Galas performed the piece in a New York Catholic church, half-naked and covered in fake blood. The church walls reverberate her deathly wails and shrieks and the performance is intense and frightening. Galas' voice is incredibly powerful. The performance is largely a capella, but occasionally drums and other instrumentation enter the fold. Plague Mass is a difficult listen, but it is also a masterpiece.
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Very few bands would even attempt a one-song album- but not only did Edge of Sanity do it, they blew it out of the water. Quite simply, this is the band's masterwork. Finally, the progressive elements the group have toyed with more and more since Unorthodox have been fully realized. And not only are these elements incredible, but the straight-up metal ones are too. The riffs are stunning all the way through. Furthermore, Swano's vocals and lyrics are excellent, Akerfeldt's contributions are integrated perfectly, the instrumental work is spot-on, and the production and mix are virtually perfect. Crimson is a bold, impressive tour de force of progressive death metal, and a landmark record.
Faith No More Angel Dust
A follow-up to the The Real Thing was always going to happen. That record was too big a success for it not to. However, rather than another poppy smorgasbord record, Angel Dust happened. This is due to Mike Patton now having a hand in the writing, as well as the experimental leanings of three of the other band members (guitarist Jim Martin excluded). Angel Dust is a completely different album than The Real Thing, and it is better in every way, too. Gone are Patton's whiny vocals and the predictable arrangements. Instead, we get a versatile, whimsical performance from Patton and a collection of songs which twist and turn but never lose momentum or focus. No two songs sound alike; the production is stellar; and the sample use is fantastic. Angel Dust is a cinematic, atmospheric masterpiece and it is not only the one of the best albums of the '90s, but one of the best rock albums of all-time.
Finch Say Hello to Sunshine
Nate sings 'This is the worst thing that you've ever done' on Say Hello to Sunshine's opener "Insomniatic Meat," and ironically many Finch fans felt that way about the album when it was released three years after the band's debut. Indeed, what doomed Say Hello to Sunshine was its lack of immediacy: this is an album which- due to its odd time signatures, quick changes, and variety- requires many listens to appreciate, and most of Finch's young fans simply didn't have the patience to absorb it. For the rest of us though, Say Hello to Sunshine is a brave and adventurous follow-up, featuring some of the best tracks of the decade, fantastic production, and a uniquely dark and tantalizing (at times Burtonesque) atmosphere.
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
In the Wee Small Hours is one of the most significant and influential records of all time because it was the first concept album ever released. Beyond that though, the songs themselves are fantastic in every respect (aside from maybe a couple of forced lyrical rhymes) and Sinatra sounds phenomenal. Take for example "Can't We Be Friends?"- the emotion in his voice is incredible. If you haven't heard In the Wee Small Hours then do so immediately. Not only is it one of the most important albums in music history, but it is a damn good listen on its own terms.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
f#a# is a bleak, dreary listen. It is the sound of the apocalypse. Lift Your Skinny Fists is the sound of rising from the rubble; the sound of hope. It is a happier record than f#, but it's hardly upbeat; rather, it is a hopeful, almost forlorn, sort of happy. However, like f#, Lift Your Skinny Fists sees GY!BE executing a concept flawlessly. This is some of the most moving instrumental music ever recorded. Every song works. Fantastic production. Excellent samples. Just set aside 87 minutes and listen to this album. You won't regret it.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
This is one of the best albums ever recorded. It sounds overwrought-- it equates the apocalypse to capitalism-- but the execution is flawless. It is a bleak, heavy listen, though the title is, funnily enough, hopeful. f#, a#, infinity: the power of music to persevere through any horrors and evils the world sees. "East Hastings" is one of my favourite songs of all time, but the entire album is filled with utterly fantastic music. A must hear record.
John Zorn Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
Kayo Dot Coffins on Io
Coffins on Io is one of my favourite albums. The atmosphere evoked is so effective-- exactly the retro '80's sci-fi vibe (a la Blade Runner) that Driver was going for-- and the songwriting is so interesting that I can't give it any lower than a 5. Though Kayo Dot has been a notoriously inconsistent group, I'm pleased to report that Coffins on Io is fantastic.
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
An intricately composed and meticulously detailed work of art. Choirs of the Eye is a masterwork in organic, avant-garde songwriting- the record contains genres as diverse as jazz, ambient, black metal, and progressive rock, and still manages to maintain flow. No moment feels out of place or wasted. The production is similarly stellar. It is said that some of the songs here used over one hundred tracks in their recording, yet every note of every instrument is clear, and their tones are fantastic. Choirs of the Eye excels in every facet, and is a modern classic.
Kelly Bailey Half-Life
Brilliant 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.
Mr. Bungle California
California is an exceptional record. It is so crammed with details- including the artsy and complex "The Holy Filament" and the wacky "Goodbye Sober Day"- that it never gets boring. Every track has immense replay-ability and there is no weak spot on the album. Mr. Bungle's skill at combining several genres into one song is partly responsible for this. Every time you listen to the album you will find something you had not noticed before. The most accessible Bungle record, and perhaps also the best.
Naked City Naked City
I absolutely love this album. It is daringly original, entertaining as hell, and produced and performed impeccably. Perhaps the most impressive thing about it, though, is how it mix and matches genres as diverse as jazz, grindcore, and movie themes and manages to remain, in its own bizarre way, extremely cohesive. A truly outstanding release.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a perfectly paced, expertly constructed record. I didn't always think that, though- the record took a while to grow on me. Initially, the off-tune vocals were an annoyance; but they, and the rest of the album, made perfect sense after multiple listens. The bottom line is that if you took any song- or indeed, any moment of music- off this record, then it would become less effective. Every second here is needed; there is not one wasted moment- and that is the mark of a truly exceptional album.
NOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough
This is the best punk record ever released, and it's ostensibly a collection of B-sides. Pretty ironic. But because there are zero inhibitions behind the music, it embodies the punk aesthetic perfectly. It's a hilarious listen that never gets dull throughout its two discs and 47 tracks. This is due to its varietous nature (the electronic-tinged "Pods and Gods," the dub mix of "Eat the Meek," the complete ridiculousness of "I Gotta Pee") and childish but hysterical lyrics. The booklet has some of the best liner notes I've ever read, too. 45 of 46 Songs is fantastic. Don't come for tastefulness or class or technicality, come for crass, unadulterated awesomeness.
Opeth Still Life
Peter Brotzmann Machine Gun
The best free jazz album of all-time. Machine Gun is a noisy, frenetic burst of manic energy. The intensity is ratcheted up to 11, with only occasional, well-placed sections of breathing space occurring throughout. Indeed, this record becomes so intense at points that it borders on noise music. Machine Gun is a chaotic whirlwind, and a must-hear album.
Pierre Henry Messe Pour Le Temps Présent et Musiques Concrètes
Radiohead OK Computer
Concept and execution align nigh perfectly on OK Computer. This is a record about technology's increasing influence on the world, and the dangers that arises. Yorke's unique, emotive vocals sit in just the right place over the textured arrangements. The performances are spot on and the production is ingenious. Effects are never overpowering, but rather add to the music. "Paranoid Android" is one of my favourite songs of all time, but every track here is fabulous. It took many listens to fully appreciate, but OK Computer is a masterpiece.
Radiohead Kid A
Could there have been a follow up to OK Computer? Kid A features tinges of electronics and more emphasis on repetition than that record, but it all goes together so well-- again. The production is stellar, the atmosphere is engaging, every song is brilliant... just listen to this album.
Strapping Young Lad City
What a year 1997 was for Devin Townsend. Not only did he release Ocean Machine: Biomech, probably my favourite album of all-time, but he also put out City- another one of my favourite records ever. City is one of heaviest, and certainly the angriest, album I've ever heard. However, this anger and heaviness belie the fact that it is intelligently written and perfectly structured and contains some of the best production work heard on any record ever. Seriously: that mix is flawless. The performances are absolutely superlative as well- Devin's vocal work here is perhaps my favourite performance of any metal CD. Furthermore, while every track is incredible, I do have to say that "Oh My Fucking God" might just be my favourite song ever recorded. Listen to it, and the rest of this album, as soon as possible (if you haven't already).
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Bergtatt is one of the best black metal albums ever recorded. The atmosphere is engrossing from the opening drum fill of "Capitel I," and indeed, not one second is wasted on this perfectly paced masterpiece. The production is some of the best ever in black metal, riding the line perfectly between muddy and clear. Garm's vocal performance is extraordinary. His clean vocals juxtapose beautifully with his harsh and mirror the equally diverse instrumental backing admirably. Furthermore, the album manages to be atmospheric without ever growing dull. This is due to the combination of the engrossing atmosphere and the exceptional songwriting, which ensures no section overstays its welcome. Bergtatt is a perfect entry point for those unfamiliar with black metal.
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack
One of the most beautiful, fitting soundtracks I've ever heard. I'm a sucker for spacey electronic music, and this contains some of the best of that style out there- though to parson this soundtrack down to that one genre would be erroneous. There is a variety of different styles on here, including jazz ("Love Theme"), oriental ("Blimpvert"), and 50's pop ("One More Kiss Dear"), and they all work well, especially in the context of the film itself. Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack is one of the best out there.

4.5 superb
Aaron Goldberg Worlds
Agalloch The Mantle
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
A landmark record. Jagged Little Pill has sold over thirty-three million copies (the best ever for a female solo artist), won three Grammies, and topped the charts for weeks after its release. Much of the reason for this success is that Morissette puts her all into this record; so much so that, at times, her vocals skirt with over-the-topness- but thankfully they never descend into it. The production is excellent, and the bass playing of Lance Morrison (as well as guest Flea on "You Oughta Know") is fantastic throughout. The negatives here are that the drum loops can be boring at times, and I never really liked closer "Wake Up." Nonetheless, this is a very important, influential, and well done record. Highlights: "You Oughta Know," "Forgiven," "Mary Jane." 4.5
Annette Peacock I'm the One
My first exposure to Annette Peacock, and what an amazing album it is. The opening title track features one of the most impressive vocal performances I've ever heard, and moreover the album's unique blend of avantgarde, jazz, and blues sensibilities with rock and electronic arrangements sounds strikingly current (this was released over forty years ago). On here, you get tender ballads ("7 Days"), funky stuff ("Pony"), intense synthesizer rock ("Blood"), and more. 4.8
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Buckethead The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Buckethead The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 1: 'I'
Buckethead Electric Tears
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 6: 'R'
Buckethead Colma
Buckethead Pike 13
Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Camel Mirage
Casualties of Cool Casualties of Cool
clipping. CLPPNG
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Converge Jane Doe
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cynic Traced in Air
Dan Swano Moontower
Darkspace Dark Space III
Darkspace Dark Space III I
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Death Symbolic
Death Grips The Money Store
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Death Grips Exmilitary
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Death Grips Government Plates
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Death Grips The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death
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Deftones Koi No Yokan
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Deftones Diamond Eyes
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Devin Townsend Infinity
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Devin Townsend Project Ghost
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Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
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Devin Townsend Project Addicted
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Devin Townsend Project Ki
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Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
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Diamanda Galas The Litanies of Satan
WARNING: Only fans of avant-garde and/or other extreme music need apply. The Litanies of Satan is perhaps one of the most terrifying records ever recorded. Diamanda Galas' shrieks, wails, screams, and other vocalizations sound like noises from the pit of Hell itself. The vocal talent on display here is extraordinary. It's over-the-top at times (the "I'm talking about steak" moment on track two) and with a runtime under half an hour, it's a little short. But, nonetheless, The Litanies of Satan is a frightening and intense journey into some dark musical depths. 4.5
Diamanda Galas You Must Be Certain of the Devil
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Dog Fashion Disco Adultery
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Electric Masada 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Four
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
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Enslaved RIITIIR
RIITIIR is a grower. It contains some of Enslaved's best songs ("Death in the Eyes of Dawn," "Roots of the Mountain") but they, and indeed the whole album, require multiple listens to appreciate. The performances are great across the board, but what steal the show for me are Ivar's clean vocals. The improvement is obvious; they are fantastic, and the choruses on which he sings comprise some of the record's best moments. The only songs which don't quite do it for me are the last two- they are good, but each feels a little drawn out. Overall though, RIITIIR is a superb record and shows Enslaved's relentless commitment to progression. 4.5
Estradasphere Palace Of Mirrors
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Estradasphere It's Understood
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Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
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Frank London Scientist at Work
Frank Sinatra Ultimate Sinatra
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Giant Robot Giant Robot (NTT)
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
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Godflesh Streetcleaner
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes
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Isis Oceanic
Oceanic is an incredible record on a number of levels: it mixes atmosphere and heaviness near seamlessly, it succeeds with flying colours at its concept (musical rendition of the ocean), and it is extremely cohesive. While it can sometimes get a little repetitive ("Hym"), these moments are few and far between and, when they do appear, are very minor issues. The production is excellent too. One of my favourite metal albums. 4.6
Jimmy Eat World Futures
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
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John Murphy 28 Days Later Soundtrack
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John Zorn The Big Gundown
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John Zorn Astronome
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John Zorn Kristallnacht
Karlheinz Stockhausen Hymnen
Kayo Dot Hubardo
2013 AOTY -- A mammoth, sprawling, incredibly interesting release. This double disc, 100-minute album does not feel that long in the slightest thanks to the unpredictability and uniqueness of its songs. No two sound the same. However, while they are mostly stellar, there is a relative dud track ("The Second Operation (Lunar Water)") and occasionally one will go on for too long. Also, the music doesn't always line up to the story being told- it's as though they are, at times, out of sync with each other. Despite these flaws though, no other album I heard this year struck me as strongly as Hubardo. It is an engaging, effective listen, and the best record of 2013. 4.6
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
The problem with Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue is that drags at times. "___On Limped Form" takes too long to end and "Amaranth the Peddler" takes too long to get going, causing the latter part of the record to grind to a halt for a while. "Aura on an Asylum Wall" is absolutely fantastic, however, and the vocal excursions on "Gemini Becoming the Tripod" are superb. Perhaps my perspective will change upon further listening (this feels like a grower album to me), but as of now Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue is an avant-garde record that doesn't TOTALLY satisfy, despite moments of brilliance. 4.5
Marc Ribot Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7
Mastodon Leviathan
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maudlin of the Well Bath
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maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
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Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
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Megadeth Rust in Peace
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
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Megadeth Endgame
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
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Meshuggah I
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Meshuggah Nothing
I have mixed feelings regarding Nothing. On one hand, it's an overlong record that takes a singular concept-- slow distorted chugging polyrhythms-- and drills it into the listener, song after song, with little variation. On the other hand, it does that one concept so well that I can't help but admire it. Ultimately, while I rarely find myself listening to the entire album in sequence, Nothing gets so much right that I can't award it any less than a 4.5. This is not an easy listen, but it's a bold and uncompromising one, and the musicianship, as per usual with Meshuggah, is phenomenal. 4.5
Metallica Master of Puppets
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
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Napalm Death Scum
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Nightwish Oceanborn
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Orchid
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Ornette Coleman The Complete Science Fiction Sessions
Disc one is Coleman's Science Fiction record plus two tracks from Broken Shadows, another record of his which was recorded at the same session as Science Fiction. It also contains two previously unheard alternate takes from Science Fiction (of "Street Woman" and "Civilization Day"). Disc two is the rest of Broken Shadows. Science Fiction is probably one of the best jazz albums of all time, and while Broken Shadows is weaker, you can't go wrong with this release. Both records feature varied jazz music, though within that variation it's all energetic, exciting stuff. 4.5
Outworld Outworld
Paul Wardingham Assimilate Regenerate
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Paysage d'Hiver Paysage d'Hiver
It took a few listens for me to appreciate, but this really is a superb black metal record. Yes, it's repetitive, but never boring- there are gorgeous melodies and a fantastically absorbing atmosphere on here that ensure it always stays interesting. 4.5
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
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Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
Ray Lynch Deep Breakfast
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Scale the Summit The Collective
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Shade Empire Omega Arcane
One of the most ambitious albums of 2013, Omega Arcane aspires to be no less than a symphonic death/black metal masterpiece. And, for the most part, it succeeds. The performances of the band are spot-on; the orchestra is integrated extremely well into the music, never overpowering the band itself or getting pushed to the background; and the production is superlative. The record's greatest flaw stems from that aforementioned ambition, however: it's too long. Omega Arcane could stand a 15 minute trim. Another minor issue is that "Devolution," an interlude track, appears too late in the album. It would have been perfect right after the 13-minute epic "Disembodiment." Regardless, I highly recommend Omega Arcane- despite its flaws, it is a high-reaching, and ultimately superb, record. 4.5
Slayer Reign in Blood
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
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Sublime Sublime
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Swans The Seer
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Swans To Be Kind
Kindly Bent to Be Kind for the Blind Focus Annihilator of Filth, also known as the Seer of all Still Life in Blackwater Park who crafts the Illusion of Safety while remaining a Jane Doe. The Satanist of Vheissu fears this being, and often seeks Shelter while providing a Great Misdirect in the form of Chinese Democracy. (The being is politically active and its favourite album is American Idiot.) In closing, I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!

EDIT: I think I like this even more than The Seer. While that album succeeded more atmospherically, this one is more diverse- and in a two-hour plus album, diversity is welcome. "Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture" is the only misstep- it's a little overlong. Regardless, To Be Kind is one of the best records of the year. 4.8
System of a Down System of a Down
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Thanatopsis Axiology
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Thrice Major/Minor
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Thrice Vheissu
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulver Shadows of the Sun
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulver Blood Inside
I absolutely love this album. The sample use is ingenious, Garm's vocals are outstanding, the production is spot on, and the atmosphere is engrossing. Also, it's really, really catchy in spots, which is a remarkable achievement considering the extensive layering and unorthodox melodies used. 4.9
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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William Shatner Has Been
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Windir 1184
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Yellowcard Southern Air
those two soundoffs are the same stop cheating >: (

4.0 excellent
Absu Abzu
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
An Endless Sporadic Ameliorate
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Anthrax Worship Music
Arsonists Get All the Girls Motherland
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Authority Zero A Passage In Time
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Authority Zero Rhythm and Booze
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth The Satanist
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me Colors
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me Alaska
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Blink-182 Blink-182
Borknagar Borknagar
Born of Osiris The Discovery
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Brand New Daisy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Brand New Deja Entendu
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Breaking Wheel Breaking Wheel
Buckethead Kaleidoscalp
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Buckethead Giant Robot
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 2: 'N'
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 3: 'S'
Buckethead Inbred Mountain
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 5: 'A'
Buckethead Monsters & Robots
Buckethead Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Buckethead It's Alive
Buckethead The Shores of Molokai
Buckethead Hold Me Forever (In memory of my mom)
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Burial Untrue
Burzum Det Som Engang Var
Burzum Filosofem
Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is Beauty
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Clown Core Clown Core
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Never Were The Way She Was
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Converge Axe to Fall
I like the part where he goes GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JDFLKADJSFKJAIDSFADGADFGADFGADFG
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Cop Shoot Cop Ask Questions Later
Unique industrial record. Some tracks are too long and repetitive ("Furnace") but on the whole, it works quite well. 4.0
Darkspace Dark Space I
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Deafheaven Sunbather
Black metal has been available in Living Colour for years, I dunno what Shane is talking about.
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
I'm not sure what to make of this record- and I think that's exactly what Death Grips intended when creating it. I have admiration for the increasingly experimental direction the band is heading in, but at the same time prefer the Exmilitary and The Money Store-era to it. Some of these tracks lack anything that really grabs me. MC Ride is great here, though. And the production is excellent. And some of the tracks ("Have a Sad Cum," 'Fuck Me Out") are incredibly interesting. I have in the past praised Death Grips for never releasing the same record twice, and the trend continues here. Regardless of your opinion of their output, that trait alone is extremely admirable. 4.4
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Diamanda Galas The Singer
Dog Fashion Disco Ad Nauseam
DFD's most focused record. There are no country songs or elevator music interludes or string-backed avant-garde spoken word pieces here; rather, every song falls pretty neatly into the rock/metal category, albeit with a distinctly dark atmosphere and Todd Smith's Patton-esque vocals. "Last Night Never Happened," "Golden Mirage," and "Starving Artist" are the highlights, but there isn't a weak song in the bunch. While I miss the eclecticism that characterized the band's previous works, Ad Nauseum is ultimately a great record-- if narrower in scope than DFD's other albums. 4.0
Drudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheel
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Enslaved Frost
Erik Friedlander Volac: Book of Angels Volume 8
Estradasphere Buck Fever
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Fantomas The Director's Cut
Fantomas Suspended Animation
Bizarre- and I mean that in the best possible way. This is a record of what can perhaps be best called 'audio sketches,' but really any description I could write wouldn't do it justice. I recommend listening to this and making sense of it yourself. (Yes, I'm aware this is a cop out thing for a reviewer to say, but eh.) 4.1
Fightstar One Day Son This Will All Be Yours
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Frank Zappa Apostrophe
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ghost (SWE) Meliora
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Haken The Mountain
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ikue Mori Hex Kitchen
Infectious Organisms Human Experience
Isis Panopticon
James Horner Commando
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Jesse Cook The Rumba Foundation
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Filmworks XIII: Invitation to a Suicide
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Templars-In Sacred Blood
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn The Crucible
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Music for Children
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Filmworks: 1986-1990
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Rimbaud
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Katatonia Brave Murder Day
It doesn't always hold my attention, but the atmosphere is very absorbing and the melodies are excellent. 4.1
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Katatonia Dead End Kings
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Everyone knows I'm not much of a hip-hop guy, but To Pimp a Butterfly received so much praise that I had to get it. And I'm glad I did, because this a fantastic record on a number of levels: variety, production, lyrics, imagination, ambition, flow. "For Free? (Interlude)" and "The Blacker the Berry" are two of my favourite songs of the year. If I was more into hip-hop as a genre this would get a higher score from me; as it stands, I get the album, but don't entirely feel it. 4.3
Koby Israelite Orobas: Book of Angels Vol. 4
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Light Bearer Lapsus
Lo-Pan Salvador
Lovage Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By
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Mariam the Believer Blood Donation
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Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier Malphas: Book of Angels Volume 3
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Masada String Trio Haborym: Book of Angels Volume 16
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Mastodon Blood Mountain
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Mastodon Crack the Skye
Max Roach We Insist! – Freedom Now
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Medeski, Martin and Wood Zaebos: The Book of Angels, Vol. 11
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Meshuggah Chaosphere
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Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
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Mike Patton Mondo Cane
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Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Muse Absolution
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
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Naked City Leng Tch'e
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Naked City Torture Garden
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Naked City Grand Guignol
Napalm Death Utilitarian
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Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
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Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
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Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerku
Ninjaspy Pi Nature
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NOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)
Nyktalgia Nyktalgia
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Opeth Damnation
Opeth Deliverance
Orchid Chaos is Me
OSI Blood
Pat Metheny Tap: Book of Angels Volume 20
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Paul Brody's Sadawi For the Moment
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Paul Gilbert Get Out of My Yard
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Propagandhi Failed States
Prototype Continuum
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Imagine Thrice, Brand New, Fair to Midland, and Muse at a Hallowe'en party. That's the best way I can describe Queens of the Stone Age's latest ...Like Clockwork. It is a creative and interesting record which manages to be experimental and original while still retaining catchiness and a degree of mainstream-appeal. The album really is a genius concoction in a lot of ways. The production is fantastic too, with the bass audible throughout. The first half is slightly weaker than the second, though, with "If I Had a Tail" the biggest weak spot (aside from the awesome outro). Regardless, I highly recommend ...Like Clockwork. One of the year's most interesting and best records. 4.4
Russian Circles Empros
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Senses Fail Renacer
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Septicflesh Communion
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Shai Hulud Reach Beyond the Sun
Reach Beyond the Sun contains fantastic instrumentation, interesting songs and song structures, a lot of energy, and remarkable consistency. Though not perfect- the second half isn't quite as strong as the first- it's undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year. 4.3
Sigur Ros ( )
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
TesseracT Altered State
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That Handsome Devil A City Dressed in Dynamite
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid in Earth
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The Cracow Klezmer Band Balan: Book of Angels Volume 5
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The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution
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The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
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The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
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The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
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The Frank Lowe Orchestra Lowe & Behold
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The Maine Forever Halloween
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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
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Thrice The Illusion of Safety
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Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Ulver Perdition City
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Ulver The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
Wintersun Wintersun
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Wormrot Dirge
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X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

3.5 great
3 The Ghost You Gave To Me
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A Lot Like Birds No Place
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Abnormality 2007 Demo
Absu Absu
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Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
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Alkaline Trio Damnesia
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Allan Holdsworth Atavachron
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Ambitious Lovers Greed
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Anathema Weather Systems
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Anathema A Natural Disaster
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Anathema Distant Satellites
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Anneke van Giersbergen Everything Is Changing
Anneke van Giersbergen Drive
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Arsis We Are the Nightmare
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Arsonists Get All the Girls The Game Of Life
Ash Borer Cold of Ages
Ash Borer Ash Borer
Atari Teenage Riot Delete Yourself!
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Atheist Jupiter
Augury Fragmentary Evidence
Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal
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Austrian Death Machine A Very Brutal Christmas
Authority Zero Andiamo
Bad Rabbits American Love
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BADBADNOTGOOD III
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Banquet of the Spirits Caym: Book of Angels Volume 17
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Bar Kokhba Lucifer: Book of Angels Volume 10
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BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Behold... The Arctopus Skullgrid
Ben Goldberg Quartet Baal: Book of Angels Volume 15
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Bjork Biophilia
Bob Ostertag Attention Span
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Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Boris Heavy Rocks II
Buckethead Bermuda Triangle
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 4: 'E'
Buckethead Look Up There
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Buckethead Electric Sea
Buckethead Teeter Slaughter
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Burzum Hliðskjálf
Burzum Aske
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Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face
Carcass Surgical Steel
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Cloudkicker ]]][[[
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Cloudkicker Beacons
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Cobra Strike 13th Scroll
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
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Darkspace Dark Space II
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David Moss Dense Band
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Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg
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Deftones Around the Fur
This is a decent record, but it's hurt by a lack of dynamic changes and the relative sameness of all the songs. It gets me bobbing my head at times though, and Chino gives a great vocal performance. Around the Fur is not at the same level as Deftones' later material, but it's more good than bad. 3.7
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Deconstruction is one of his most popular and well-received albums? Huh?
Diamanda Galas The Divine Punishment
Less abrasive than The Litanies of Satan, but still by no means an easy listen. This is apparently a record regarding how the Catholic Church treats AIDS victims (AIDS being a prevalent theme throughout Diamanda's work, as her brother died from the disease). Musically, it sounds like someone going through an exorcism. It's very dark, very unsettling, and frightening in spots. The arrangements range from minimal to incredibly layered, often with many voices-- but there are some fantastic a capella moments too. Not for the faint of heart. 3.9
Diamanda Galas Saint of the Pit
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Diamanda Galas Malediction And Prayer
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Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
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Dream Theater Images and Words
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Dropkick Murphys Blackout
Edge of Sanity Until Eternity Ends
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Edge of Sanity Unorthodox
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Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
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Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
One of the best Edge of Sanity albums. Purgatory Afterglow sees the band progressing from The Spectral Sorrows and Unorthodox into even more, well, progressive territory. The full realization of this sound would come with Crimson, but Purgatory Afterglow is nonetheless a strong record- although the clean vocals are too hard to hear, and some of the tracks run together a little. 3.9
El Stew The Rehersal
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Enslaved Vertebrae
While 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 they don't add anything to the record. 3.7
Enslaved The Sleeping Gods
Enslaved Eld
Estradasphere Quadropus
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Evanescence Evanescence
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
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Faith No More Sol Invictus
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Aside from some of the guitar solos, not much on Darkness in a Different Light wowed me, but it is nonetheless a solid and enjoyable prog metal record. 3.7
Fightstar Behind the Devil's Back
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Finch Epilogue
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Funeral for a Friend Conduit
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Glassjaw Coloring Book
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Gordian Knot Emergent
Green Day American Idiot
I have to applaud Green Day for attempting something different and going for broke with this record. And, at times, American Idiot is fantastic. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Give Me Novocaine," and the 9-minute epic "Jesus of Suburbia" are all excellent tracks. However, "Holiday" is absolutely atrocious, and other duds such as "Are We the Waiting" and "St. Jimmy" do nothing to help the record. I have affection for American Idiot's ambition, and while it isn't perfect- and the wisdom of its political notions is questionable- it got people talking, and that is more than can be said for many albums. 3.7
Hoppy Kamiyama Ongaku-o 2: Welcome to Forbidden Paradise
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ihsahn Eremita
Immolation Majesty and Decay
In Flames Clayman
I love the atmosphere and instrumentation on this CD, and "Suburban Me" is one of my favourite In Flames songs ever. However, many of the tracks on here are very similar, and this causes much of the album to run together. 3.7
Intergalactic Maiden Ballet Square Dance
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Jeff Loomis Zero Order Phase
John Carpenter Halloween 20th Anniversary Edition
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Locus Solus
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Spillane
Spillane consists of a twenty-five minute long file card piece (in which Zorn writes different musical sections on cards, then arranges them, creating a series of 'sound blocks'), a two-part eighteen minute blues piece written for and featuring Albert Collins, and an avant-garde song featuring a ton of quick-cut transitions, with a Japanese narrator occasionally speaking overtop. The file card piece is fantastic, and the avant-garde song is fantastic too. However, while the blues track is decent, it is overlong. Zorn used crime writer Mickey Spillane's work as the unifying theme for these songs, hence the album title. 3.8
Marissa Nadler July
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Masada Alef
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth The System Has Failed
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Meshuggah None
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Meshuggah The True Human Design
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Michael Angelo Batio No Boundaries
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Michael Buble Let It Snow!
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Michael Romeo The Dark Chapter
Mike Patton Crank: High Voltage
Mike Patton A Perfect Place
Mike Patton The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
An enjoyable record, but the last three tracks don't do as much for me as the first seven do.
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Nicely textured and interesting dreamy shoegaze record. It's at times a little overly repetitive, and I feel like some more crescendos or changes in dynamics would make it more engaging, however it isn't boring (usually) and is regardless a very good record. 3.9
Napalm Death Smear Campaign
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Necrophagist Epitaph
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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No Use for a Name All The Best Songs
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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No Use for a Name Keep Them Confused
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Noise Lounge Have A Seat Take In The Smooth Sounds Of...
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
OSI Fire Make Thunder
Paysage d'Hiver Die Festung
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Pelican Forever Becoming
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Peter Holmgren Exotic Island EP
Praxis Metatron
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Prelapse Prelapse
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Punky Bruster Cooked on Phonics
Queensryche Queensryche
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Saul Williams Volcanic Sunlight
Scale the Summit The Migration
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Senses Fail Still Searching
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Soundtrack (Film) Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Special Edition
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Steve Beresford Signals for Tea
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Strapping Young Lad Alien
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Stratovarius Elysium
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Sylosis Edge of the Earth
System of a Down Toxicity
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
T.R.A.M. Lingua Franca
TesseracT One
The Killers Hot Fuss
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Ocean Pelagial
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Tomahawk Tomahawk
Tomahawk Mit Gas
Tony Sly 12 Song Program
Transplants Transplants
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulver Kveldssanger
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Ulver Silence Teaches You How to Sing EP
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulver 1993-2003: 1st Decade In The Machines
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Unida Coping With The Urban Coyote
Various Artists Short Music For Short People
Vintersorg Jordpuls
Wintersun Time I
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Witherscape The Inheritance
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Yamataka Eye & John Zorn 50th Birthday Celebration, Volume 10
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

3.0 good
+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating
Alcest Écailles de Lune
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Alcest Shelter
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Anathema Serenades
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Anathema Pentecost III
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Autopsy The Tomb Within
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Benighted Asylum Cave
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Not as good as Colors, but still has some cool songs. It's grown off me since its release, though (writing this in January 2013).
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Beyond Creation The Aura
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Billy Talent Billy Talent
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Bootsy Collins Christmas Is 4 Ever
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer
Brown Brigade In the Mouth of Badd(d)ness
Buckethead 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 Space
Buckethead The Silent Picture Book
Buckethead Racks
Buckethead Pumpkin
I'm not sure why there's been such a negative reaction on here to this release, unless it's due to animosity towards the Pikes series in general. All in all, this is a pretty successful ambient record, and great for Hallowe'en night. My issues with it are that some of the tracks are awfully short, and the banjo is distracting at times ("Pumpkin Pikes 3," "Pumpkin Pikes 6"). Often, the songs would be more absorbing without it. Still, Pumpkin is by no means awful and, if you're in the mood for some ambient stuff, worth checking out (especially considering it's free!) 3.2
Burzum Fallen
Burzum Sol austan, Mani vestan
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Cannibal Corpse Torture
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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CHON Newborn Sun
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Cloudkicker Fade
Crosses Crosses
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Darkspace Minus One
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Devin Townsend Physicist
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Ass-Sordid Demos I
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved Thorn
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Estradasphere The Pegasus Vault EP
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown
Great vocals from Keith Buckley, and I like the experimentation ("Moor," the piano on "El Dorado"). The energy and heaviness are awesome too. However, the songs tend to run together. 3.4
Fantomas Fantomas
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Fred Frith The Technology of Tears
Friction Replicant Walk
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Gob Foot In Mouth Disease
Gorguts Colored Sands
Great instrumental performances and many excellent riffs, but I wouldn't call Colored Sands the AOTY contender many would. A lot of these songs go on for too long, and as a result the record gets kind of boring, especially in the latter half. The vocals are too quiet in the mix as well, though admittedly other than that the production is fantastic. Lastly, "The Battle of Chamdo" is a nice track on its own, but is out of place in the context of the album. 3.4
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
In Vain Aenigma
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Incubus Morning View
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Jamie Saft Trio Astaroth: Book of Angels Volume 1
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Jimmy Buffett Songs You Know By Heart
John Dineen Sentient
Cool release, ranging from piano balladry to ambient to electronica.
John Zorn O'o
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn The Gift
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn The Dreamers
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Spy vs. Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Elegy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn Simulacrum
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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John Zorn & Bobby Previte Euclid's Nightmare
Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space
Louis Armstrong New Orleans Nights
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ludicra Fex Urbis Lex Orbis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Machine Head Unto the Locust
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Masada String Trio Azazel: Book of Angels Volume 2
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth United Abominations
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Megadeth Th1rt3en
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Megadeth Youthanasia
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Merzbow Merzbeat
Merzbow 1930
Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 3) - 1980 – Remblandt Assemblage
Michael Angelo Batio Hands Without Shadows
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Michael Angelo Batio Planet Gemini
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Mike Patton Pranzo Oltranzista
Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Naked City Radio
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Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
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Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nightwish Imaginaerum
None More Black This Is Satire
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Om Advaitic Songs
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Opeth Apostle in Triumph
Opeth Pale Communion
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PainKiller Buried Secrets
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Paysage d'Hiver Einsamkeit
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
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Pennywise All or Nothing
Praxis Sacrifist
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Puscifer "V" Is For Vagina
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Puscifer Cuntry Boner
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Queensryche Empire
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Relient K Mmhmm
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Rings of Saturn Dingir
S.O.D. Speak English or Die
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Secret Chiefs 3 Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Senses Fail Let It Enfold You (Deluxe Edition)
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz Abraxas: Book of Angels Volume 19
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Soen Cognitive
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 Chuck
Swain Howl
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System of a Down Steal This Album!
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That Handsome Devil The Heart Goes to Heaven, The Head Goes to Hell
The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
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The Dreamers Ipos: Book of Angels Volume 14
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Living End Modern Artillery
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation Anthropomorphic
Thomas Giles Pulse
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
William Shatner The Transformed Man
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters

2.5 average
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Xen
Abigail Williams Becoming
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Abysmal Dawn Leveling the Plane of Existence
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Aerosmith Devil's Got A New Disguise
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Alkaline Trio My Shame Is True
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Amber Damned Echoes - EP
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Anal Cunt I Like It When You Die
Anathema Alternative 4
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Anathema Eternity
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anathema's vocalist Darren White left the band after Serenades, and the group decided to induct guitarist Vincent Cavanagh as his replacement. As most fans know, Vincent remains their vocalist to this day, and on The Silent Enigma he does a decent job. Oddly, he sounds better here than on the follow-up Eternity- maybe because this one relies more on growling/speaking than singing? Anyway, this record has its moments, and the atmosphere it creates is fantastic, but it ultimately feels drawn out. Songs go on for too long without really doing anything. This was the band's last release of their doom metal phase, though even here you can make out hints of what was to come ("...Alone"). 2.5
Animals As Leaders Weightless
As Blood Runs Black Allegiance
Austrian Death Machine Double Brutal
Authority Zero The Tipping Point
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Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Bjork Vulnicura
Great mix, Bjork's performance is excellent, the album concept is cool, and I love the strings. However, the songwriting does little for me. None of the songs here, with the possible exception of opener "Stonemilker" and penultimate number "Mouth Mantra," feel like they go anywhere. They are simply long, monotone stretches of electronic drumming and swirling strings with Bjork vocalizing overtop. This results in a listen that's never bad, but rarely gripping, either. 2.5
Black Flag Damaged
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Blind Witness Nightmare on Providence Street
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Borealis Fall From Grace
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Boris Attention Please
Borknagar Urd
Brötzmann Clarinet Project Berlin Djungle
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Buckethead Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
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Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 11: 'T'
Buckethead Spinal Clock
One 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. 2.6
Burzum From the Depths of Darkness
Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
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Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Cynic bent their sound with kind intentions, and it freed us from any notions of their next album being great. Yeah, that was kind of forced. Whatever. The problem with this record is that it's like a nice breeze. It's not unpleasant to listen to, but nothing really happens for its duration. It just blows by... like a breeze (there's the connection). I can't say that this is a bad album, because it's not, but it's not a very captivating one either- and for a band as established as Cynic, that is pretty surprising. 2.8
David Moss Full House
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Deftones Back to School (Mini Maggit)
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Deftones Deftones
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DevilDriver The Last Kind Words
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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DevilDriver Beast
Devin Townsend Project Z2
SKY BLUE: Very Epicloud-esque. Overproduced in spots, to my ears. Also, the poppiest thing Devin has ever released. It has some good songs: most notably "Universal Flame," which is my favourite track across both discs, and "Midnight Sun." Overall though, disappointing in that it lacks the diversity and depth of Devin's best releases. 3.0

DARK MATTERS: I admire the creativity in the narrative and dialogue, but the problem with this disc is the music itself: it does nothing for me. There are some good moments scattered across the eleven songs here (most notably in "War Princess," the disc's strongest song) but it consists almost entirely of go-nowhere riffs that are repeated far too many times. The songs should have come first, and then some dialogue could have been stuck between them (as separate tracks) or at their beginning/ends; instead, we get overlong, repetitive metal riffs with dialogue stuck overtop. Along with the first Ziltoid, this is Devin's weakest album. 2.1

OVERALL RATING: 2.5
Diamanda Galas Schrei X
Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones The Sporting Life
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Dropkick Murphys Going Out In Style
Edge of Sanity Cryptic
After the release of Infernal, Dan Swano left Edge of Sanity. The rest of the band, with Andreas Axelsson taking the lead, hired a new vocalist named Robert Karlsson and put out Cryptic less than a year later. Aside from a few cool moments (the end of "Bleed You Dry"), the album is a pretty generic offering. All of the songs sound relatively the same, and the vocals are too quiet in the mix. Overall, Cryptic is a largely forgettable record and nowhere near as good as most of the band's other work. After this album, Edge of Sanity disbanded until 2003, when Dan Swano resurrected the name for Crimson II. 2.5
Edge of Sanity Infernal
After Crimson, the rest of Edge of Sanity confronted Swano and had an ultimatum of sorts: they were tired of the progressive stuff, and wanted to get back to their roots. It was out of this dispute that Infernal was born. Unfortunately, the album is wildly inconsistent, and you can tell from listening that it is the product of a band divided. Indeed, the only common thread between the songs here is drummer Benny Larssen, who played on all eleven of them. Swano penned and performed five, and the rest of the band, with guitarist/vocalist Andreas Axelsson taking the lead, wrote the other six. Though there are some decent songs on here- namely "Hell Is Where the Heart Is," "Helter Skelter," and "15:36"- Infernal remains an extremely uneven, and almost uncomfortable, listen. 2.6
Enslaved Blodhemn
The 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.
Enslaved In Times
A big step down from their last two records. In Times feels as though Enslaved is going through the motions. The clean vocals sound bored and the riffs are uninteresting. "Daylight" is a decent closer, but that's the only song on In Times anywhere close to the quality of either Axioma Ethica Odini or RIITIIR. Disappointing. 2.5
Evile Enter the Grave
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Faith No More Album of the Year
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fantomas Delirium Cordia
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Finch Back to Oblivion
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Finch What It Is to Burn
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Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Gavin Harrison and 05ric Circles
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
Ingested Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering
Intervals A Voice Within
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Jimmy Eat World Static Prevails
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Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
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John 5 Requiem
John Zorn Moonchild
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John Zorn Ipsissimus
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Karnivool Asymmetry
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Kayo Dot Stained Glass
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Klaxons Surfing the Void
Lagwagon Blaze
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Light Bearer Silver Tongue
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Machine Head The Blackening
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Masada Quintet Featuring Joe Lovano Stolas: Book of Angels Volume 12
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Mastodon The Hunter
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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MD.45 The Craving
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Megadeth Cryptic Writings
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth Hidden Treasures
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 2) - 1980 – Metal Acoustic Music
Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 4) - 1981 – Collection Era Vol. 1
Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah obZen
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Michael Angelo Batio Tradition
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Midtown Living Well is the Best Revenge
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Mr. Bungle The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny
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My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Mycale Mycale: Book of Angels Volume 13
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Nevermore In Memory
Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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NOFX Coaster
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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NOFX Wolves in Wolves Clothing
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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None More Black File Under Black
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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OSI Office of Strategic Influence
PainKiller Guts of a Virgin
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Paul Gilbert Vibrato
Paysage d'Hiver Nacht
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Pennywise Pennywise
Phillip Phillips The World from the Side of the Moon
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Plain White T's Every Second Counts
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Queensryche The Warning
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Radiohead The King of Limbs
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Rollins Band The End of Silence
While I love Rollins' impassioned vocal performance, and the production is good too, many of the songs on The End of Silence just go on for too long. Half of the record's tracks are over 7 minutes long, and would be more effective at a shorter runtime (the same goes for some of the under 7 minute songs as well). 2.6
Septicflesh Titan
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad
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Streetlight Manifesto The Hands That Thieve
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Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
This is Sum 41 at their youngest and most raw- and I suppose with that mind it shouldn't be any surprise that what plagues this record is also what makes it so fun to listen to: the immaturity. You can tell the band had fun recording this, but it goes wildly up and down in quality like a roller coaster, and is also very short at only half an hour long (hence the title). 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. 2.8
System of a Down Mezmerize
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The Blood Brothers Young Machetes
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Delicious Bread Collection We Have No Fucking Clue What We're Doing
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Great Kat Worship Me or Die!
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The Great Kat Beethoven On Speed
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The Kindred Ms. Mary Mallon
Thrice Identity Crisis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Tomahawk Oddfellows
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulcerate Vermis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Ulver Vargnatt
Various Artists Rock Against Bush Vol 2
Whitechapel This Is Exile
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Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yes Relayer
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2.0 poor
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
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Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
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Anal Cunt Top 40 Hits
Anal Cunt Fuckin' A
Anathema The Crestfallen
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Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Authority Zero 12:34
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 10: 'F'
Buckethead The Boiling Pond
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Buckethead Celery
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Burzum Dauði Baldrs
Burzum Belus
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Deftones Covers
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Deftones Adrenaline
Bad production, underdeveloped songwriting, and the first five songs blur together. "Engine Number 9" is the best track here. "Root" and "7 Words" are fun, too. Overall though, this is the weakest Deftones album. It can be safely skipped and you won't miss much. A chore to slog through. 2.3
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
A below average death metal record with very little variation between the songs. As a result, this sub-30 minute album feels three times as long. The production is bizarre, with songs getting randomly quieter in spots, as though the volume was turned down or something. One of the band's weakest efforts. 2.3
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
Finch Steel, Wood and Whiskey
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire
The constant mid-tempo, pounding rhythms on this album actually gave me a bit of a headache (and not in a good way). I found this overall a very tedious listen; some of these songs would be cool on an album with more stylistic variation, but as it stands A World Lit Only by Fire is essentially the same thing ten times in a row. I like some of the rhythms ("New Dark Ages") and I can appreciate the heaviness, but as a whole this is a dreadfully boring, and at times unpleasant, record to endure. 2.1
Grumblecunt Grumblecunt
Jad Fair & Kramer Roll Out the Barrel
Bizarre collection of Captain Beefheart-esque tunes from two musicians I've never heard of. The only reason I got this is because John Zorn plays sax on it, but he's not actually featured much. Most of the songs are short, and the vocals are terrible ("Eye of the Hurricane"). Some of the tunes are hilarious ("Twist and Shout," "King Kong"), some are enjoyable in a way ("California," "Best Left Unsaid"), but I can't help but feel that I just wasted an hour of my life listening to this. 2.2
Jimmy Eat World Damage
Awfully dull and uneventful, and the vocals are too quiet for much of the record. An album like this really relies on its lyrics, and when you have to struggle to hear them, that's a huge problem.
John Zorn Taboo and Exile
The second in Zorn's Music Romance series. The first was Music for Children which, funnily enough, represented childhood. This one (according to Allmusic, at least) is about that space in between childhood and maturity where everything is uneasy and you are caught between two worlds (the record title is thus illuminated: taboo, in that inhibitions are ingrained in this period of development, and exile, as in the feeling often associated with it; also, perhaps that taboo creates exile? I'm getting carried away here...) The music is, suitably, darker (for the most part) and more hypnotic than on Music for Children, but it still cycles through genre after genre effortlessly. The problem here is that the songs simply aren't very interesting. Almost nothing on this record grabs me, and, unlike Music for Children, it has a sort of cobbled together feel. Mike Patton shows up for vocals on the quick hardcore blast "Bulls-Eye," and "The Possessed" is an extremely atonal saxophone showcase for Zorn. Otherwise, not worth the time. 2.3
John Zorn The Book of Heads
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
Not my cup of tea. The production on the three middle songs just sounds bad (and not in a good, lo-fi manner) and the fact that the songs don't seem to go anywhere doesn't help matters. I do like opener "Lethe", though, and the closing track is interesting. 2.3
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Most of Blue Lambency Downward doesn't really do it for me, flowing by in a kind of haze, too slow and meandering. Toby Driver has stated that with this record he was attempting to make meaningful crescendos without resorting to tempo/volume increases or layer additions, and I'm not sure he fully succeeded. It's difficult to say whether these songs crescendo or not, which, I suppose, means that they don't. I appreciate how Driver isn't repeating the same album over and over, but the bottom line is that I just don't find this particular effort a very interesting or enjoyable one. 2.3
Kayo Dot Coyote
Coyote is frequently regarded as Kayo Dot's weakest effort. I think it's about on par with their last release, Blue Lambency Downward. That isn't a good thing, because I didn't really like that album either. The issue with Coyote is that it is just, well, kind of boring. Most of these songs paddle around, directionless, and then end. Maybe that's because this is supposedly a long-form composition; either way, it's not very interesting music. Opener "Calonyction Girl" is the exception-- it has some cool riffs, and though the violin is a little nauseating at times, overall the song works. 2.2
Megadeth Risk
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Megadeth Super Collider
Though it has some nice sections ("Off the Edge," the title track), the awful lyrics and unoriginality of Super Collider ultimately condemn it to a place near the bottom of Megadeth's discography. 2.4
Megasus Megasus
"Megasus" is an excellent track, but the rest of this disc disappoints. The biggest problem with it 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. Furthermore, the lack of guitar solos (which, when utilized, are fantastic) is off-putting. The production is low and muddy, which can work for this style of music- here it just gets grating on the ears after awhile. "Megasus" is head and shoulders above the rest- nothing else on here is worth your time.
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Meshuggah Psykisk Testbild
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Meshuggah Selfcaged
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Metallica Reload
Michael Angelo Batio Holiday Strings
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Michael Angelo Batio Intermezzo
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Midtown The Sacrifice Of Life EP
Mike Patton Adult Themes for Voice
Muse The 2nd Law
Album cover looks like broccoli _______________________
Naked City Heretic
For Heretic: Jeux des Dames Cruelles, Naked City split up into improvisational duos and trios and recorded (mostly) short songs as a soundtrack to a BDSM porno film (titled Jeux des Dames Cruelles, or, translated, Ladies Cruel Games). Were the band watching the porn while recording? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that this is easily the group's weakest record yet. The majority of these improvisations are uninteresting, go nowhere atonal noise fests; occasionally there is an interesting cut ("Sweat, Sperm + Blood," "Slaughterhouse/Chase Sequence," "Fire and Ice (Club Scene)," which is the only song here featuring all six band members) but, with the record clocking in at over 56 minutes, they are few and far between. 2.1
Nightingale Retribution
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Nitro Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S.
Norma Jean Redeemer
Pig Destroyer Book Burner
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Protest the Hero Kezia
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Serj Tankian Harakiri
Silverstein Rescue
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Symphony X Iconoclast
System of a Down Hypnotize
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Testament Dark Roots of Earth
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Contortionist Intrinsic
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Great Kat Bloody Vivaldi
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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The Used In Love and Death
The Young Gods The Young Gods
This album bores the Hell out of me. Mostly awful vocals and repetitive instrumentation combine for a very poor release. "Did You Miss Me?" has the best potential of anything here, but the horrendous vocals ruin it (look up the live version, with Mike Patton on vox, for something fantastic). The opening track has its merits too (the vocals actually work here), but overall, The Young Gods just doesn't do it for me. 2.1
Three Days Grace One-X
Trivium In Waves
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Ulver Rehearsal
Ulver Metamorphosis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Uri Caine Moloch: Book of Angels Volume 6
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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1.5 very poor
Aiden Disguises
Alestorm Back Through Time
At 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 that problem. In fact, Back Through Time is 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. 1.6
Anal Cunt 5643 Song
Anal Cunt Morbid Florist
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
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Arsonists Get All the Girls Listen to the Color
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Behold... The Arctopus Horrorscension
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Buckethead KFC Skin Piles
It's hard to rate this EP since it was designed to be remixed and scratched by DJs. However, from a listener's perspective, it's pretty terrible, ranging from way too jumpy to way too repetitive. The samples are great though. 1.8
Buckethead In Search Of The - Volume 13: 'E'
Buckethead Underground Chamber
Buckethead The Mark Of Davis
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Burzum The Ways of Yore
Boring as hell. The truly awful chanted/spoken vocals by Varg do nothing to help matters. Furthermore, the decision to end the album with re-records of two songs from previous records is just lazy. I get that "To Hel and Back Again" is noticeably different from its predecessor, "Til Hel og tilbake igjen," but that song was just released on Fallen 3 years ago. Recycling such recent material just screams laziness to me- unless there's some big "concept" connecting the re-recorded songs to their predecessors (which I doubt). A few cool effects save The Ways of Yore from a 1... barely. 1.5
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain II
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
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Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
The production is clear and the record is mixed well, but the songwriting does nothing for me. Every track just feels like a series of sections placed back and forth clean vocal and screamed, with little consideration for flow or dynamics. Because of this, they all blur together in a sea of guitar dweedles. And the clean vocals are just horrible. They are unbearably over-the-top and the melodies are from B-rate bubblegum pop territory. It gets points for the production and some of the instrumental sections, but overall Instant Gratification is obnoxious, sugary, pop-core nonsense with some ghastly clean vocals and lyrics. 1.8
Deftones B-Sides and Rarities
Like most B-sides records, this is wildly inconsistent. B-Sides and Rarities consists of three acoustic versions of previous Deftones tracks (one of which is a live recording), a bunch of covers that were-- mostly-- later released on the band's Covers record, and a couple of originals (including a hip-hop track). Besides the acoustic versions of "Change" and 'Be Quiet and Drive," which are just as good as the originals, there is nothing of note here. Avoid. 1.8
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Dreka Dreka Dreka Faceless, Robotic, Government Thugs
Some 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 EP
fresh beatZ The Life Of A Scholar
fresh beatZ The Misunderstood
Green Day Insomniac
Hoobastank The Reason
"The Reason"-- the song-- is a huge guilty pleasure for me, so I got this album. I made it through three songs, at which point I realized I was completely wasting my time. This is perfectly competent but also perfectly uninteresting radio rock. I think the title track is great, but the rest... 1.8
Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World
An earnest, but extremely forgettable and badly produced, pop-punk record. There are three parts of this record that are memorable: the hilarious ending to "Cars," the opening instrumental half of "Scientific," and the violin-laden ending to "Usery" (which is also the only hint of what the band would later become). Most of the vocals here are sung by rhythm guitarist Tom Linton, not Jim Adkins as on later records (but you can't make out most of what he's saying anyway). 1.7
John Zorn The Classic Guide to Strategy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Justin Bieber My World
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Merzbow Merzbox (Disc 1) - 1979 – OM Electrique
Metallica St. Anger
Michael Angelo Batio Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity
Batio'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. 1.8
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Mystic Fugu Orchestra Zohar
The Mystic Fugu Orchestra consists of John Zorn and Yamantaka (Yamatsuka) Eye. This is their only release: eight songs inspired by the music of historic Judaica. To simulate the sound of a gramophone recording (and thus make the whole thing sound more 'ancient'), a heavy layer of surface noise was added on top of the music. What results is not unpleasant, but is also pretty worthless. The surface noise dominates the mix-- what's underneath sounds nice enough, but it's almost indecipherable. And the whole thing is only 23 minutes long. Apparently, Zorn and Eye tried to trick people into thinking this was some long lost 'ancient recording' when it was really just them dicking around in the studio with some noise added overtop. A funny gag-- but then we're left with the music, and it's just dicking around in the studio with some noise added overtop. 1.5
New Found Glory Catalyst
Nickelback Dark Horse
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Nitro O.F.R.
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Paramore Riot!
Sleep Terror Paraphile
Does thirteen minutes of badly produced death metal riffs, guitar shredding, and jazz parts all thrown together haphazardly sound appealing? If you answered yes, then boy, do I have the album for you! 1.5
Sleep Terror Probing Tranquillity
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Solefald Black For Death: An Icelandic Odyssey Part 2
Bad production (see the first song), some of the worst harsh vocals I've ever heard (see the second song), and a complete lack of focus (random jazz instrumentals and foreign language spoken word segments with no connection to anything else). The instrumental work is solid (hence the .5), but not even it can save this horrendous record. 1.5
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
Screaming 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.
The Great Kat Rossini's Rape
Once again we have one track worth checking out (in this case, the opener, a cover of Rossini's "William Tell Overture") and a bunch of other crap. "Sodomize" and "Castration" are two of the worst Kat originals ever, distinguishable from one another only because of the frantic keyboard playing on the latter. The other cover, Bazzini's "The Road of the Goblins," is mixed badly, with everything but the violin and lead guitar relegated to an irritating background hum, and this renders the track rather terrible. 1.5
The Great Kat Guitar Goddess
This time around we have a disastrous "The Barber of Seville" cover- Kat's tweedly guitar just gets annoying- and two barely listenable originals titled "Dominatrix" and "Feast of the Dead." The latter attempts to spice things up with some tribal drumming, but it comes off a little tacky and isn't integrated well into the song. Lastly is "Sarasates Gypsy Violin Waltz," which is the only track worth hearing. The recording quality is kinda grainy on this one for some reason. 1.8
The Great Kat Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
The Sound of Animals Fighting Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...
The Used Imaginary Enemy
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Waking the Cadaver Real-Life Death
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Weezer Raditude

1.0 awful
Abide No Coming Back (EP)
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
Arnold Schwarzenegger Total Body Workout
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
As Blood Runs Black Instinct
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
brokeNCYDE BC 13
This is very close to being unbearably bad. In fact, it is so terrible that you almost feel embarrassed for the guys who recorded it. I can't think of a single positive thing about this EP. The artwork is bad, the track titles laughable, and when you get to the 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. 1.0
Burn Victim Demo
Burzum Umskiptar
Carbonized Gnawing Mandible Harvested and Disposed
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
Down With Webster Time To Win Vol. I
Drifting Icon Submerged in the Andromeda
Exoskeleton Plutonian Herd
Exoskeleton's "Plutonian Herd" has the distinction of being perhaps the worst album I've ever listened to. 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. 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." 1.0
Grumblecunt I Piss Shit
Happy Days A World of Pain
Easily some of the most inept black metal I've ever heard. The mix is completely dominated by the badly performed vocals, and the instruments are relegated to a fuzzy background hum. In rare instances where you can hear the instruments (the vocal-less first track), they are so badly performed you realize why they pushed them so far back. Lo-fi is one thing. Unlistenable is another. 1.1
Hasan Land of the Unknown
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
MetaL BrotherS Thunders - Demo
The internet is responsible for many great things. Providing a vehicle for twelve-year olds to release their shitty music is not of them. 1.0
MetaL BrotherS Demo Whiskey in the Jar
Millionaires Bling Bling Bling!
All of the beats are terrible, the vocals are unbearable, and the songs are abysmal. This whole EP a disaster. Listening to this is like trying to swim through quicksand; it feels like it's never going to end. I can not think of a single positive thing to say about it. Without money, our society would probably disrupt into chaos- or we could just play this album non-stop in the streets. That would probably do it too. 1.0
Nickelback The Best of Nickelback Volume 1
I don't what's worse: the fact that Nickelback has released a "greatest hits" collection, or the fact that the title implies a second volume is on the way. 1.4
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
The Delicious Bread Collection Tales from the Yeast Side
★★ I formerly had a soundoff for this album, but Sputnik doesn't let you delete soundoffs, so I
replaced the soundoff with this. Check out my new account, EasterInTheBatcave, for all of my
soundoffs and reviews, including the one for this album. ★★
The Great Kat Wagner's War
Kat tries her hand at "The Ride of the Valkyries" again with the opening track here. The symphonic elements, including operatic vocals, are welcome, but the awful lead guitar playing ruins everything. Beyond that, we have four Kat originals (which are in her typical vein: short, loud, and pretty incoherent) and two other classical cover tracks which show promise, but are just annoying to listen to. The muddy drum mix is absolutely terrible as well. The worst Kat EP- almost unlistenable at points. 1.3
Waking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
William Hung Inspiration
Wu-Tang Clan Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
I can't believe I spent 5 million dollars on this shit
Xardas Chapter I
Some 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? 1.0
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