Average Rating: 3.06
Rating Variance: 1.05
Objectivity Score: 97% (Very Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBlack Sabbath Black SabbathBlink-182 Enema of the StateBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeCircle Takes The Square As the Roots UndoConverge Jane DoeI swear to God that this is the perfect album for a girl breaking your heart. The lyrics, the music, the atmosphere...It's all there. I just wish this record didn't mean as much to me as it does, because my heart can't take it anymore.
Thank you Jacob Bannon. Sometimes I wish I could grasp the emotion and pain that you express in this album. Then again, at other times I realize that that is a burden my body doesn't want to bear.Dream Theater Images and WordsDrudkh Blood In Our WellsDrudkh Forgotten LegendsDrudkh Autumn AuroraGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaGospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldGZA Liquid SwordsHave A Nice Life DeathconsciousnessJohn Frusciante Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-ShirtKing Crimson RedLynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerdmaudlin of the Well BathNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNick Drake Pink MoonNobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy VI: Original SoundtrackOff Minor The Heat Death of the UniverseOpeth My Arms, Your HearsePg. 99 Document #8Radiohead OK ComputerRush 2112Sigur Ros ( )The Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe short listed giant named Frances the Mute more than met anyone's expectations to follow De-Loused in the Comatorium. The Mars Volta switched to a stronger progressive rock approach with more tone and pace changes, song intricacies, and song lead ins. Cassandra Gemini, the album closer, is a 32 minute monster and a masterpiece of prog rock. After a few strong listens, it has become a looking forward to what I call the magnum opus of the album and The Mars Volta thus far. But that aside, the rest of the album shouldn?t be discarded either. The entire album has a Latin flare to it that is undeniably enjoyable and relieving to hear. Cyngus...Vismund Cyngus and L'Via L'Viaquez are both great songs that have long outros that feature talking, birds chirping, post rock elements, and near ambience. This effect takes getting used to, and in my opinion is a little long between tracks 3 and 4, but still done quite well. The Widow, the radio hit of the album, is very entertaining, and the album's equivalent of Televators, but its ending is just too damn long. After such a great track, the music editing and effects just drag on for two minutes without change, a slight disappointment. Lastly, Miranda That Ghost Just Isnt Holy Anymore is an extremely beautiful slow song that is the most emotional and experimental of the five tracks. I wish it's beginning was shorter once again, but i have learned to put up with this. This album is an absolute must have, a grower that nestles into your heart with each listen. The Mars Volta define themselves with their sophomore effort.Titus Andronicus The MonitorFrom whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some Trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide.Ulver BergtattWolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars4.5 superb7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's LullabyAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBear vs. Shark Right Now You're in the Best of HandsBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBlack Sabbath Master of RealityIt might be a little too bold of a statement to say that this album gives the framework for the history of metal that followed, but I'm going to say it anyway. It has the subject matter, the atmosphere, and the RIFFS to rival the best of the best. When it comes to metal, Tony Iommi started it all. This album may not have the eponymous "Black Sabbath" or the mainstream staples "Iron Man" and "Paranoid," but damn does it have everything else. Blink-182 Blink-182Cat Stevens Tea for the TillermanCatch 22 Keasbey NightsConverge You Fail MeConverge Petitioning the Empty SkyConverge When Forever Comes CrashingCursed ICynic FocusCynic Traced in AirDaniel Bjarnason ProcessionsDark Tranquillity The GalleryDeath The Sound of PerseveranceDeath HumanIt is quite simply put, the greatest expression of traditional Death Metal ever written. Albeit only 34 minutes in length, Chuck Shuldiner?s 4th studio album with his legendary band named Death is the embodiment of what Death Metal, and all extreme metal should strive for. There is no wasted time, no weak riffs, nothing that isn?t inspiring and powerful. From the beginning ferociousness of Flattening Of Emotions, to the ending cascade of Vacant Planets, these 8 songs showcase the ingenuity of the premature subgenre, while still being able to go beyond the constraints of it to unseen territory, that many could argue have yet to have been equaled. Not to mention that the fact that this beast was written by the Godfather of Death Metal, in a time as early as 1991, speaks enough for itself. Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless NightsDeltron 3030 Deltron 3030Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over MeJay Mascis is most likely my favorite guitarist. He takes the most simple of ideas and expands of them, he flows with the music, and he showcases his talent in the most subtle and most powerful moments that one can. With his slight country draw, his wailing leads, and consistent songwriting, he has proven Dinosaur Jr to be the premier Indie Alternative Rock band of the last twenty years, yet he would not be anywhere if it were not for their legendary 1987 album, You?re Living All Over Me. Although it may never reach the same highs as his later works, it?s production may be lower, and his voice may be a bit off key, the Dino composed 10 songs that work more solidly together than any other outing of the entire 1980s (what a shitty decade). His lyrics are always simple, sweet, and genuine. The basslines never stray far enough outside the rhythm guitar, and the drums never take center stage, but it is in this album that Dinosaur Jr. is one band rather than a single man project, it is the embodiment of their energy and raw sound. 8 songs that add upon each other?s strengths, leading into the most chilling song they ever put out, Poledo. Quite simply put, creepy and confusing, it is a window into a different part of Mascis that is never shown again. It fades out with a long drone, into a cover of Just Like Heaven by the Cure, and they do it so much better than Robert Smith could have. Plus Lou Barlow?s growling mixed in with alternative music is just awesome.Disillusion Back To Times Of SplendorDismember Like an Ever Flowing StreamDownfall of Gaia Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranesdredg El CieloElliott Smith Either/OrEluvium CopiaGiles Corey Giles CoreyGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.Iron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden KillersJesu JesuJesu SilverJohn Frusciante The EmpyreanJohn Frusciante Estrusmaudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body MapMegadeth Rust in PeaceMew FrengersmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allModern Life Is War WitnessMoonsorrow V: HavitettyNeurosis Times of GraceOff Minor InnominateOff Minor Some BloodOpeth Still LifeOpeth Blackwater ParkPanopticon CollapsePink Floyd Wish You Were HerePorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPulling Teeth Paranoid Delusions/Paradise IllusionsQueens of the Stone Age Rated RRadiohead The BendsSay Anything Say AnythingSights and Sounds MonolithSolstafir KoldSombres Forets Royaume De GlaceSombres Forets QuintessenceSuffocation Pierced from WithinSummoning Oath BoundSummoning Minas MorgulSun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great HighwaySun Kil Moon AprilThe Allman Brothers Band Eat a PeachThe Allman Brothers Band Idlewild SouthThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice VheissuUnbroken Life. Love. Regret.Wolves in the Throne Room Two HuntersYndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss4.0 excellentA Place to Bury Strangers Exploding HeadAgainst Me! Reinventing Axl RoseAgalloch The MantleAlcest Souvenirs d'un autre MondeAmerican Football American FootballAnberlin Dark Is The Way, Light Is A PlaceAnd So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From AfarArcade Fire FuneralArcade Fire The SuburbsArghoslent Hornets of the PogromArvo Part Tabula RasaArvo Part LitanyAt the Drive-In VayaAtheist Unquestionable PresenceBaroness Red AlbumBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBlack Sabbath Mob RulesBlack Sabbath DehumanizerBob Dylan Blood on the TracksBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBuried Inside Spoils Of FailureComadre A Wolf TicketConverge No HeroesConverge All We Love We Leave BehindCursed III: Architects of Troubled SleepCursive DomesticaDark Tranquillity Damage DoneDark Tranquillity The Mind's IDark Tranquillity FictionDarkest Hour Undoing RuinDinosaur Jr. Where You BeenAt first the album seemed linear, one-angled, and it dragged on a bit towards the end. Yet, upon further, deeper listens, the music began to speak to me in a different way. It doesn't grasp the listener at the first, or second, or maybe even fifth listen. But suddenly it becomes different notes, different vocals, different music on that Nth listen. On that Nth listen it just fits, it works, and it hit me. Where You Been is a deeper and more complex album than you would initially realize on first listen. It might boil down to be alienating at first, Johnson's inaudible bass may begin peeve you, or simply J Mascis doesn't end up having your style of voice. Yet, the impurities of this album is what makes it so honest and fascinating. There is no heart wrenching pain, no hidden messages, no joyous celebration, no over-production. It's crude, unperfected, surface oriented alternative rock. Yet, whenever i spin this CD, it makes me just want to sit down and...smile. Dinosaur Jr. BeyondDinosaur Jr. Farmj mascis gets a blowjob from his guitar and makes it sound good for an hourDio Holy DiverDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryEdge of Sanity CrimsonElectric Wizard Come My Fanatics...Eminem The Marshall Mathers LPEmperor In the Nightside EclipseEntombed Left Hand PathFunebrarum The Sleep of Morbid Dreamsthis has WAR, 666% HEILWORTHY RIFFS, and a sprinkle of AAARRRGGGGHHHHGarden of Shadows Oracle MoonGodflesh StreetcleanerGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gorguts Considered DeadGorguts The Erosion of SanityGwynbleidd NostalgiaHave A Nice Life VoidsHeaven In Her Arms ParaseleneIced Earth The Glorious BurdenIn Mourning Shrouded DivineIn Pieces Lions Write HistoryIron Age The Sleeping EyeIron Maiden Iron MaidenIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIsis OceanicIsis Wavering RadiantJesu Pale SketchesJoanna Newsom YsJohn Frusciante Shadows Collide with PeopleJohn Frusciante CurtainsJudas Priest PainkillerKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingKnut ChallengerKrallice KralliceKyuss Blues for the Red SunMastodon Crack the Skyemaudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustiblemaudlin of the Well Part the SecondMesa Verde The Old RoadMF DOOM MM.. FoodMortification Scrolls of the MegillothMortification MortificationMos Def The EcstaticMount Eerie Wind's PoemMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet RevengeMy Education Bad VibrationsMy Heart To Joy Seasons In VerseOpeth MorningrisePg. 99 Document #5Pig Destroyer TerrifyerPorcupine Tree Stupid DreamPunch PunchQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafQuo Vadis Day Into NightRadiohead Kid AThis album is given so much praise for its shock value and uniqueness. It's not as unique as people make it out to be either. The album starts off with some of its more electronic influenced songs, pulls out a jazzy/bass-driven song, brings in a beautiful acoustic ballad, How to Disappear Completely, that is haunting as it is moving. The next three songs can wane on anyone's patience as they either deliver nothing new, or are a crappy attempt at ambiance (treefingers). Then we get to the highlights. Idioteque is the most accessible, fun, and yet deepest lyrics of the album, and yet has all the stops of extreme electronica. Then is Morning Bell which drops the ball from amazing to just good, and then the album concludes on the wonderfully emotional Motion Picture Soundtrack. It's a beautifully moving track reminiscent of 'A Day in the Life' by the Beatles. This album takes some good listens to get into, but it keeps you hooked from then on.Radiohead Hail to the ThiefRome Flowers From ExileRosetta Wake/LiftRush Moving PicturesSigh Imaginary SonicscapeSigh Hangman's HymnSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaustQuite possibly the most surprising release of 2008, having followed the almost uninspired 4th studio album by Icelandic Post-Rock legends Sigur R?I did not think that this would show anything more than a continued downward trend. In fact I played the opening song Gobbledigook once, and immediately turned it off thinking that it was nothing more than crap. Then after my visit to UT in early November, I was asked why I don?t listen to happy music by two of the women I went to see there. I was quite simply put, offended. A day later from returning from the trip, I put this album back on and was completely and utterly floored by it.
With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly is quite simply put, a more powerfully hopeful record than anything I?ve ever heard before. From the playfulness of Inn??Syngur Vitleysingur, the unforeseen epic nature of Festival and ra B?r, to the lamenting hope of All Alright, Jonsi Birgisson creates the perfect environment for a reflective and joyous beauty. That even in the darkest and most subtle times, we can smile and listen to our music.Six Organs Of Admittance Luminous NightSteven Wilson InsurgentesStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodSummoning Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your FameSummoning StrongholdSummoning Dol GuldurSummoning Old Mornings DawnSymphony X The OdysseyThe Allman Brothers Band BeginningsThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Flaming Lips Clouds Taste MetallicThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThe Microphones The Glow Pt. 2The Music Welcome To The North Different than the previous debut album, Welcome to the North's pace is much quicker, precise, and an all around better record. It's quality is spread pretty cleanly through the eleven tracks, and the jam band rock is easily described as both fun and satisifying for those deep listeners. However not the most original of the British Indie bands, The Music only offers a different tone. Their almost calming ambience on some tracks is very nice. It's a hard difference to describe, but whatever it is, it's there, and it brings the record to a very solid outcome. This is by far the best album i ever bought on accident.The National BoxerThrice The Illusion of SafetyThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IITransatlantic Bridge Across ForeverTrophy Scars Never Born, Never DeadUlver Nattens MadrigalUnderoath Define the Great LineUnited Nations United NationsUnwound Leaves Turn Inside YouWeakling Dead as DreamsWeekend Nachos UnforgivableWindir ArntorWolves in the Throne Room Black CascadeYes Close to the EdgeZao The Funeral of GodZao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest3.5 greatAdebisi Shank This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi ShankAgalloch Pale FolkloreAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAnimal Collective Strawberry JamAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective Fall Be KindArcade Fire Neon BibleArghoslent Incorrigible BigotryArsis A Diamond for DiseaseArvo Part Te DeumAt the Drive-In In/Casino/OutBaroness Blue RecordBlack Flag DamagedBlack Sabbath Heaven and HellBlackfield Blackfield IIBlink-182 Greatest HitsBlue Sky Black Death Late Night CinemaBoris PinkBotch We Are the RomansBurnt By the Sun Soundtrack to the Personal RevolutionBurzum Det som engang varBurzum FilosofemCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCapsule (US) BlueCave In Until Your Heart StopsCoalesce Functioning on ImpatienceCoalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just ListeningConverge Axe to FallCSTVT Summer FencesCursed IICursive Mama, I'm SwollenDaitro YDark Tranquillity CharacterDark Tranquillity HavenDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeath SymbolicDeerhunter MicrocastleDesidia DesidiaDeVotchKa 100 LoversDinosaur Jr. BugDinosaur Jr. I Bet on SkyDo Make Say Think Other TruthsDornenreich FlammentriebeDr. Octagon Dr. OctagonecologystDream Theater Train of Thoughtdredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The DelusionDrudkh EstrangementDrudkh MicrocosmosEdge of Sanity Crimson IIElectric Wizard DopethroneElliott Smith Elliott SmithEminem The Slim Shady LPExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFleshgod Apocalypse OraclesFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeA very solid performance by Dave Grohl Inc. indeed. I personally think its there stand out album with such tracks as "My Hero", "Monkey Wrench", and my personal favorite "Everlong". However, unlike most Foo Fighter's albums, there are other songs you wont skip. The first 11 songs are pretty strong, and i find none of them filler. Maybe Doll isnt the most appropriate minute and a half opener to Monkey Wrench, but its fairly good, and it's not too sappy like Grohl's later efforts at the acoustic. Anyway, this is must for any Foo fan, Nirvana fan, and just Alternative rock jock in general. However, after Everlong i would quickly press stop. The last two songs make me cringe with mediocrity.Gaza He Is Never Coming BackGenghis Tron Board Up the HouseGod Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGorillaz Demon DaysGray Ghost Deep In The Shallow EndHarvey Milk Life... The Best Game in TownHope For The Dying Hope For The DyingHot Cross CryonicsIced Earth Horror ShowIn Flames The Jester RaceIn Flames ColonyIn Flames WhoracleInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsIntronaut PrehistoricismsIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden Piece of MindJaga Jazzist What We MustJeff Buckley GraceJesu ConquerorJesu Sun Down / Sun RiseJesu Why Are We Not Perfect?Jesu/Battle Of Mice Jesu/Battle Of Mice splitJohn Frusciante The Will to DeathJohnny Foreigner Grace And The Bigger PictureJosh Reichmann Oracle Band Crazy PowerJudas Priest Stained ClassJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeKilling The Dream In Place, ApartKilling The Dream FracturesKrallice Dimensional BleedthroughKylesa Static TensionsKyuss KyussLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLong Distance Calling Avoid The LightLynyrd Skynyrd Second HelpingMadvillain MadvillainyMagrudergrind MagrudergrindMelvins HoudiniMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMetallica Ride the LightningThis is an absolutely amazing album. Not only does it constitute as one of the greatest Metal albums of all time, it brings forth a new intricacy into Thrash Metal, with some tracks verging on Progressive. For starters the sound and production in this album is leagues better than Kill 'Em All. It feels like a Metal album as the tone of the guitars explode into your ears. Every song on this album is top notch, with Creeping Death and Escape being the closest thing to filler. If you call really good songs instead of amazing songs filler...
Anyway, the two highlights are the heart-wrenching Fade to Black, describing a man's travel into death. The string arrangement by Hetfield is absolutely amazing, followed by the heavy burst of Kirk's metal guitar rampage. The other is The Call of Ktulu. Although it is no Orion, it defines the album's progressive and thrash elements with a certain edge and power that hadn't been created by a metal band yet, in my opinion. Ktulu powers along for 8 solid minutes riffing, switching time signatures into a more ballad-like approach (if you can call it a ballad), and then returns with the wail of another Kirk solo. Now this might seem familiar, but if sounds like nothing 1984 had ever heard.Mew No More StoriesMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMirrorthrone Carriers of DustMirrorthrone GangreneModern Life Is War Midnight in AmericaMoonsorrow VerisakeetMoonsorrow KivenkantajaMorbid Angel Altars of MadnessMoss Tombs of the Blind DruggedMotorhead Ace of SpadesMotorhead OverkillEach of these songs are purely fun and nostalgic (even though this album was released 11 years before i was even born). Their simple, raw nature is what makes each one of them so individualistic and appealing. From the raspy speech to grinding guitar chords, excellent drumming, and headbanging bass 'riffs'. To anyone who loves their classic metal origins, buy this album. In its veins lie some of the real roots of metal in its purest form. One word can summarize this album. Baddassery.Muse Origin of SymmetryMy Bloody Valentine LovelessNaked City Naked CityNas IllmaticNegura Bunget OMNeurosis The Eye of Every StormNick Drake Bryter LayterNirvana In UteroNobuo Uematsu Distant Worlds: Music From Final FantasyOmar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Vol. 1Pain Of Salvation Remedy LanePaysage d'Hiver WinterkaeltePig Destroyer Phantom LimbPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd AnimalsPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPorcupine Tree DeadwingPorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPorcupine Tree Nil RecurringPulling Teeth FuneraryRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRefused The Shape of Punk to ComeRegina Spektor FarRelient K Forget and Not Slow DownReverend Bizarre In The Rectory Of The Bizarre ReverendRome Confessions D'Un Voleur D'AmesRosetta A Determinism of MoralityRush A Farewell to KingsRush Permanent WavesRussian Circles StationSigh Scenes from HellSigur Ros Agaetis byrjunSkycamefalling 10.21Slayer Reign in BloodSleep Sleep's Holy MountainSlough Feg Ape UprisingSpires (USA) Flowers And FireworksStevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the WeatherSuffocation Effigy of the ForgottenSuffocation Blood OathSunny Day Real Estate DiarySymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedyThe Allman Brothers Band Brothers and SistersThe Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers BandThe Chasm Farseeing the Paranormal AbysmThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeThe Mars Volta TremulantThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThere isnt as much to say about this album as there was about the two predecessors. The first four songs are quite strong and have taken a more "precision first" and an almost jazzy influence. Asilos Magdalena is the middle eastern string arrangement that makes me skip it everytime, except i have to give it credit for the good lyrics that it contained. Then is Viscera Eyes, the more radio friendly song from their At-The Drive In days which is great, but doesnt offer as much growth as the rest of The Mars Volta's work. Next, Day of the Baphomets tops the list on the level of experimentation, and it seems to switch time signatures the most out of all. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it is just simply put, “a grower” and isn’t easy to get into at first. Lastly, El Ciervo Vulnerado is a little repetetive at times, without the same flare as Vicarious Atonement, but still is a powerful track and is a good ending to Amputechture. Even though a slight drop in performance for Omar and Cendric, it is still an overall great album, and is a must for any Mars Volta fans or prog rockers.The Mars Volta OctahedronThe Music The MusicHaving listened to Welcome to the North first, i already heard the more precise and perfected sound of The Music. However, that isnt to say their self-titled album isnt good. They have a different tone to most British rock bands, and although somewhat underground in name and fame, they hold a very nice effect over all that seems natural and seemingly mainstream at times. It's a good album that only really trips up on the track Getaway, but its still a good buy for those who are British Indie/Jam fans.The National High VioletThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Saddest Landscape You Will Not SurviveThe Sawtooth Grin CuddlemonsterThe Tallest Man on Earth Shallow GraveThe Who TommyThrice BeggarsThrone Of Katarsis Helvete - Det Iskalde MÃ¸rketTrapped Under Ice Secrets of the WorldTwilight Monument To Time EndUnbroken RitualWaldo Wittenmyer & The Wall Of Sound Let's Get ConnectedWolves in the Throne Room DemoWolves in the Throne Room Celestial LineageYes RelayerYes The Yes AlbumYo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as OneYo La Tengo Popular SongsZao (Self-Titled)Zao The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here3.0 good+44 When Your Heart Stops BeatingAgainst Me! White CrossesAghora FormlessAhab The Divinity Of OceansAletheian Dying VineAmetsub The Nothings Of The NorthAnimal Collective FeelsArcturus The Sham MirrorsArsis A Celebration of GuiltArvo Part AlinaAs I Lay Dying Beneath the Encasing of AshesAs Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With YouAsphyx Death... The Brutal WayAt The Gates Slaughter of the SoulBecoming The Archetype Terminate DamnationBlack Pyramid Black PyramidBlack Sabbath Vol. 4Black Sun Aeon Darkness Walks Beside MeBlacklisted No One Deserves To Be Here More Than MeBlink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketBlonde Redhead 23Bob Dylan Highway 61 RevisitedBonnie 'Prince' Billy Beware!Borknagar The Olden DomainBrutal Truth Evolution Through RevolutionBurzum Hvis lyset tar ossBurzum AskeCandlemass NightfallCarcass Necroticism: Descanting the InsalubriousCat Stevens Teaser and the FirecatChildren of Bodom Something WildCKY Volume 1Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay X & YCymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are MountainsDan Deacon BromstDan Swano MoontowerDarkest Hour The Eternal ReturnDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDarkthrone Transilvanian HungerDeerhunter Halcyon DigestDestroyer KaputtDinosaur Jr. DinosaurDinosaur Jr. Without a SoundDinosaur Jr. Green MindDio The Last in LineDissection Storm of the Light's BaneDoomriders Darkness Come AliveDream Theater Octavariumdredg Leitmotifdredg Catch Without ArmsDrudkh The Swan RoadEagles Hotel CaliforniaEdge of Sanity Purgatory AfterglowEminem Curtain Call: The HitsEmperor Anthems to the Welkin at DuskEnvy / Jesu Envy/Jesu Split EpEnvy side was kind of a disappointment in my eyes. All three songs featured fairly standard post rock song structures. The first song had Japanese spoken word, which worked against the song, and the heavy post-hardcore build up at the end of the second song felt severely out of place. The third Envy song was by far the best, but still nothing that great.
As for Jesu, the first song takes a fairly standard, yet still good, Jesu idea and played it for way too long. 13 minutes of an electronica heavy loop, with only mild guitar distortion leads to a song twice as long as it should be. Nearly every other Jesu song over 10 minutes surpasses this one. However, the second Jesu track completely saves the split in my opinion. A fantastic , heart-warming track that still keeps the nihilistic attitude of past Jesu releases. The double bass buildup towards the end was definitely the kicker, seeing as its something Broadrick hasn't yet tried with his new project thus far. Excoriate On Pestilent Winds...Fen The Malediction FieldsFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesGorod Process of a New DeclineGrizzly Bear VeckatimestHave A Nice Life Time of LandHeaven and Hell The Devil You KnowHilltop Hoods State of the ArtHopesfall The Satellite YearsInfinite Body Carve Out The Face Of My GodInsomnium In the Halls of AwaitingIntronaut VoidJapandroids Post-NothingJesu Lifeline EPJesu Opiate SunJimmy Eat World Bleed Americanjj jj nÂ° 2John Frusciante DC EPJohn Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer A Sphere in the Heart of SilenceLaconist Adveniat InfernusLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLiving Sacrifice The Hammering ProcessMartin O' Donnell Halo 2, Vol. 2 OSTMastodon RemissionMegadeth Killing Is My Business...Metallica Master of PuppetsmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMF DOOM Born Like ThisMinsk With Echoes in the Movement of StoneMirrorthrone Of Wind and WeepingMogwai Happy Songs for Happy PeopleMortification Post Momentary AfflictionMuse AbsolutionMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeNeuraxis The Thin Line BetweenNirvana NevermindObscura CosmogenesisOmar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John FrusciantePassenger Action Passenger ActionPelican What We All Come To NeedPete Yorn musicforthemorningafterPink Floyd Atom Heart MotherPissed Jeans King of JeansRadiohead In RainbowsWow, by all means of the word surprised, I am surprised. This album has astonished me with its beauty and dexterity. It is a mold between Hail to the Thief and OK Computer, returning the use of traditional instruments such as the guitar and piano. It is quite mature and evenly recorded, not a single bad track. Easily the album of the year and a classic to come. A wall of sound, echoes, and sound manipulation has made this album produced extremely well, yet at the same time, real. This album is beyond all expectations that I had, and I'm sure anyone had.Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikConsidered a landmark in Funk Metal and Alternative history, Blood Sugar Sex Magik is considered the Magnum Opus of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I partially agree with the former statement. This is the magnum opus of the RHCP as we know them by 1991. The first 13 songs rock like hell, but starting with The Greeting Song, the RHCP provide their age old problem of filling the tail end of the album with unneeded and mediocre filler. Apache Rose Peacock isnt an album ender, but anything is better than ruining the last tracks of an album. I dunno, im not a fan of the last four tracks. It really brings the album down for me. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumWhat surprised me about Stadium Arcadium is that there is none of the old 'Red Hot Filler' that plagues the second half of the album like in BSSM, Californication and By the Way. Sure there a 3 or 4 songs that I dislike, but for the peppers to pull of a 28 track double album like this blew me away. They pull from all of their styles, extreme funk to slow jam to an almost ballad-like approach. The first two songs are very easily the highlights of the album next to "Readymade", "Wet Sand", and the title track, but nearly ever song on here is enjoyable and well crafted. Another noticeable thing is that the amazing Frusciante /actually/ showcases his talent on more than one song. Unfortunately, that doesn't take away from the fact that there aren't enough great moments to outweigh the just good moments. Inevitably, the album consists of too many just "slightly-better-than-filler" tracks. Relient K mmhmmRelient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three DoRush SignalsRush HemispheresSaetia A RetrospectiveSay Anything ...Is a Real BoySigur Ros Takk...Skogen VittraSlint SpiderlandSlough Feg HardworlderSol Let There Be A MassacreSolstafir Masterpiece of BitternessStreetlight Manifesto Everything Goes NumbSum 41 Does This Look InfectedTaking Back Sunday Where You Want To BeTaking Back Sunday Louder NowThe Appleseed Cast SagarmathaThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Flaming Lips Transmissions From the Satellite HeartThe Flaming Lips The Soft BulletinThe Mountain Goats All Eternals DeckThe Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist CastleThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart BelongThe Smashing Pumpkins GishThe Thermals Now We Can SeeThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThe Who Who's NextThese Arms Are Snakes Tail Swallower and DoveThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThursday A City By the Light DividedTiamat WildhoneyTrapped Under Ice Stay ColdUrna Iter Ad LucemWeezer WeezerWhy? Eskimo SnowWolves in the Throne Room Malevolent GrainWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Xasthur To Violate the ObliviousXasthur The Funeral of BeingZao Liberate Te Ex Inferis2.5 averageAbsu AbsuAC/DC Highway to HellAC/DC Back in BlackBeing one of the best selling and most legendary albums of all time is more than enough reason to purchase this album. However, it's main notary is that AC/DC and Brian Johnson were able to come back from the devastating loss of Bon Scott with an even more powerful album than the last. Not to mention that Back In Black and You Shook Me All Night Long are amazing anthems which have become a pure definition of AC/DC and the 70's rock n' roll they represent (Irony aside of its '80 release). The difference between Back in Black and Highway to Hell is that this album doesnt have the consistent good filler songs that Highway to Hell had. Particularly Givin the Dog a Bone and What Do You Do For Money Honey are a foreshadowing of Johnson's weak and clichéd lyrics later in the 80's. However, that aside, when the song was good...it was amazing, non-stop rock n' roll.Amorphis Silent WatersArch Enemy Doomsday MachineArch Enemy Wages of SinArchitects Hollow CrownAt the Drive-In Acrobatic TenementAudioslave AudioslaveAudioslave Out of ExileBattle Of Mice A Day Of NightsBattles MirroredBecoming The Archetype The Physics Of FireBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectBlack Flag My WarBlack Sabbath ParanoidBlack Sabbath Sabbath Bloody SabbathBoston BostonBox Car Racer Box Car RacerBuilt To Spill There Is No EnemyBurst Lazarus BirdCarcass HeartworkCeremony (USA-CA) Rohnert ParkChildren of Bodom HatebreederDark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal NightDeftones Diamond EyesDirty Projectors Bitte OrcaDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceEagles On the BorderWhen it comes down to this album, On the Border has some very nice tunes and catchy hooks, but all in all, the great songwriting ability of the Eagles doesn't always shine through. Too often do they find themselves rehashing the same old material, or they exhibit their obligation to a southern jam. Intended to be fun, they often drag and bore, losing at the song's most obvious purpose. The album is also often plagued with clich? unoriginal lyrics about love. Being from a time where love and women are all that is sung about in popular music, the Eagles contribute yet another album that would have been lost with the test of time had it not been for their future releases and great singles.Eminem RecoveryGive up the Ghost Background MusicGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeGreen Day American IdiotGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHigh on Fire Death Is This CommunionIced Earth Burnt OfferingsIced Earth Framing ArmageddonImmortal Diabolical Fullmoon MysticismIncubus Morning ViewIncubus Light GrenadesInsect Warfare World ExterminationInterpol AnticsJesu InfinityJimmy Eat World InventedJohn Butler Trio Grand NationalJohn Frusciante Inside of EmptinessKayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper TongueKilling The Dream Lucky MeKillswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLynyrd Skynyrd Street SurvivorsMastodon Blood MountainMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Metallica Kill 'Em AllMisfits Walk Among UsModest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad NewsMumakil Behold The FailureNirvana BleachBleach is an "Alright" album. It doesnt get more above average than this really when it comes to rock. It starts fairly solid with Blew and Floyd the Barber, then gives a more Alternative foreshadowing with About a Girl, and it slowly gets more and more mediocre. It helps that Nirvana made this, i'm sure, but the album isnt too exciting for non-Nirvana fans. Then again, for $600, i guess this record is a "masterpiece" in some retrospects. It also makes one wonder how Nirvana jumps from this album to their next Magnum Opus, Nirvana in just two short years. One has to wonder...No-Man Schoolyard GhostsOpeth Ghost ReveriesOranssi Pazuzu Muukalainen PuhuuFantastic Ideas, but extremely dry album that dragsOzzy Osbourne Blizzard of OzzPeste Noire Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francorpg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!Porcupine Tree SignifyPrimordial To the Nameless DeadPropagandhi Supporting CasteRadiohead The King of LimbsRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRiverside Anno Domini High DefinitionSolstafir Svartir SandarSum 41 All Killer No FillerSummoning LugburzTaking Back Sunday New AgainTalk Talk Laughing StockThe Antlers HospiceThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles 1The Black Dahlia Murder NocturnalThe New Pornographers Electric VersionThe New Pornographers Twin CinemaThe New Pornographers Mass RomanticThe Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa MiThe White Stripes White Blood CellsThe Who The Who Sell OutThe Who My GenerationThee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen MoonsThom Yorke The EraserToby Driver In the L..L..Library LoftTouche Amore Parting The Sea Between Brightness And MetUnE-yArDs w h o k i l lTV on the Radio Dear ScienceUlcerate The Destroyers of AllUnderoath Lost in the Sound of SeparationWolves in the Throne Room Wolves in the Throne Room2.0 poorAC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapTo me Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is by all means equal in entertainment and playable to its predecessor High Voltage. It's title track along with Rocker are the stand out tracks, and overall the album seems to cohere better than High Voltage. However, there is no monstrously awesome song that serves as a climax or milestone in the album. Not to mention it has Squealer and Big Balls which brings the whole album down with its ineffective double entendres and almost annoying lyrics. Although this album receives high praise as their #3 release, I think it?s the weakest of Bon Scott's.AC/DC High VoltageWhen it comes to straight up, hardcore, and simple rock n' roll, High Voltage is a milestone. First released in 1975, its main songs are quite catchy, memorable, and above all, exciting to listen to. AC/DC is awesome. But it suffers where they also lack. Depth. Little Lover and She's Got Balls are stupid lyrics with a decent riff behind them, and The Jack's cool blues theme barely boosts it to an above average song with its also shallow poker lingo. But with that aside, It's a Long way to the Top is one of AC/DC's most famous songs ever, along with personal favorites of TNT and High Voltage. When AC/DC does it right, they do it damn good.Air Pocket SymphonyAlexisonfire Old Crows / Young CardinalsAll Shall Perish The Price Of ExistenceAmon Amarth Fate of NornsAmorphis EclipseAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperArch Enemy Anthems of RebellionAs Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your DarkestAs I Lay Dying Frail Words CollapseAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAs I Lay Dying A Long March: The First RecordingsAs I Lay Dying An Ocean Between UsAsia AsiaAudioslave RevelationsAugust Burns Red MessengersBathory HammerheartBeherit EngramBlackfield Welcome To My DNABlink-182 Dude RanchBrand New DaisyBurial UntrueBurzum BurzumChildren of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollChiodos Bone Palace BalletCoalesce OXColdplay ParachutesDeerhunter Weird Era Cont.Def Leppard HysteriaDestroyer 666 DefianceDr. Dre The ChronicDragonForce Sonic FirestormDragonForce Inhuman RampageDrudkh Handful of StarsEagles Of Death Metal Death By SexyEmbrace Of Thorns Atonement RitualEminem The Eminem ShowExtra Life Made FleshFoo Fighters Foo FightersFranz Ferdinand Franz FerdinandGreen Day DookieIn Flames ClaymanIncubus Make YourselfIntronaut Valley of SmokeIwrestledabearonce It's All HappeningJ Dilla Jay Stay PaidKayo Dot Blue Lambency DownwardKillswitch Engage As Daylight DiesKroda FimbulvinterLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLinkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park Live In TexasLostprophets Start SomethingLynyrd Skynyrd Nuthin' FancyMastodon LeviathanMayhem De Mysteriis Dom SathanasMegadeth So Far, So Good...So What!Menomena MinesMetallica ...And Justice for AllI'm sorry, i just finished this album again...start to finish...and these tracks seem to run all together and sound so similar. They weren't given the same effort, have the same beauty, and nothing memorable when it comes to hooks. The musicianship is amazing, and Kirk's solo's have never sounded so good, but once you get past that, there is really nothing deeper to find in the record. Everything is surface based.
Excluded from these thoughts are Blackened, the title track, and One of course. One is absolutely amazing. I think any Metal fan should purchase the album just for these tracks, but be prepared to grow tired of the recycled guitar sounds and riffs throughout the whole second half of the album.
Where's my bass guitar?MGMT Oracular SpectacularModest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestMuse ShowbizA good starter album for Muse, one of my favorite bands by the way, but its problem is that its less of an album and more of a collection of songs. The flow lacks and its cohesiveness leaves a little to be wanted. Showbiz followed by Muscle Museum are the main stand out tracks, and the first nine songs stand fairly well seperately as songs, but the last three really lack. They are slow and plainly put, unentertaining…my main falldown with the album.Muse Black Holes and RevelationsThis album could have been great. Starlight through Map of the Problematique is absolutely killer to listen to. However my main problem with this album is firstly it alludes to the slow song overdose on Showbiz. Secondly, the political theme. There is a difference between a political song and a political album to me. A political song is one's opinion and holds the same weight as a girlfriend to that person at times, but a political album about their disproval over two guys seems really shallow. Take a Bow, Soldier's Poem, and Exo-Politics suffer because of the blatant overdose of hatred for these people rather than disagreement and their frustration with it. I don't take lightly on such shallow abuse of one's ability to communicate their ill-conceived opinions on something they really have no intelligence about. But that's just me. If you took a hacksaw to this and came out with six songs, it would be one of my favorite EP's ever, but not so much as an LP.Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!Opeth WatershedOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Pharoahe Monch DesirePink Floyd The WallPoison the Well The Tropic RotPrimordial The Gathering WildernessProtest The Hero KeziaQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead Pablo HoneyRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayThis is worst and has most filler of all of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's albums with Frusciante. By the Way starts off with an absolutely stellar song, followed by another 5 great songs, and then hits a brick wall and remains average to above average at best (minus Venus Queen). By the Way also offers the most radio-friendly selection of songs (if RHCP weren't friendly enough), but this effort comes out as more of an entourage of half-baked slow songs for the RHCP. Don't get me wrong, they are good songs since Flea, Frusciante, and Chad Smith help make the Peppers possibly the most talented band of the '00's, but for the Peppers, they should also make music on par with their style and talent.Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the BetweenThe Clash London CallingThe Clash The ClashThe Decemberists Castaways and CutoutsThe Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe New Pornographers ChallengersThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Weakerthans Reunion TourThe White Stripes The White StripesThe White Stripes Get Behind Me SatanThrice Identity CrisisTrophy Scars Bad LuckUlcerate Everything Is FireWardruna Runaljod - Gap Var GinnungaWintersun WintersunXerath Xerath I1.5 very poor'N Sync No Strings AttachedAbigail's Ghost d_letionAC/DC Let There Be RockAFI DecemberundergroundAll Shall Perish Hate. Malice. RevengeAnaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black WidowArch Enemy Rise of the TyrantArsis We Are the NightmareAs I Lay Dying The Powerless RiseAtreyu A Death-Grip on YesterdayBoston Don't Look BackChildren of Bodom Follow the ReaperCKY Infiltrate Destroy RebuildDavid Bazan Curse Your BranchesDef Leppard PyromaniaDemon Hunter Demon HunterEagles Of Death Metal Peace Love Death MetalEminem EncoreFoo Fighters In Your HonorFoo Fighters One by OneGood Charlotte The Young And The HopelessGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IImpending Doom Nailed. Dead. RisenJay-Z The Black AlbumKansas LeftovertureKansas Point of Know ReturnKanye West GraduationKasabian KasabianKeane Under The Iron SeaKillswitch Engage The End of HeartacheKillswitch Engage Killswitch EngageLed Zeppelin In Through the Out DoorLeviathan The Tenth Sub Level of SuicideLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish...Lostprophets Liberation TransmissionMetallica Death MagneticModest Mouse The Moon & AntarcticaModest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankNirvana IncesticideOhana Dead BeatPantera Cowboys from HellPantera Vulgar Display of PowerPowderfinger Golden RuleScar Symmetry Holographic UniverseSex Pistols Never Mind the BollocksShadows Fall Of One BloodSlayer World Painted BloodSo Many Dynamos The Loud WarsThe Decemberists Her Majesty the DecemberistsThe Music Strength In NumbersThe White Stripes ElephantThe White Stripes De StijlUlver Wars of the RosesUnexpect Fables of the Sleepless EmpireVektor Outer IsolationWhitechapel This Is ExileZZ Top Tres Hombres1.0 awfulAC/DC PowerageAC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute YouAfter Forever After ForeverAngels and Airwaves I-EmpireArt Brut Art Brut vs. SatanAs I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying/American TragedyAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesAtreyu The CurseAtreyu The Best of AtreyuAtreyu Lead Sails Paper AnchorBackstreet Boys MillenniumBlack Eyed Peas ElephunkBritney Spears BlackoutCKY An Answer Can Be FoundCreed Greatest HitsDef Leppard On Through the NightDragonForce Valley of the DamnedFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFranz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much BetterGirl Talk Feed the AnimalsGorillaz GorillazGuns N' Roses G N' R LiesHawthorne Heights If Only You Were LonelyHIM Dark LightHollywood Undead Swan SongsIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision CourseJourney EscapeKasabian EmpireKorn See You on the Other SideLinkin Park ReanimationLinkin Park Minutes To MidnightAnyone that gives this above a 2 is insane, or being forced.
I hate politically charged albums. They are so shallow and inconceivably limiting. Don't care if i agree with you, just don't sing about it.Metallica St. AngerMetallica MetallicaMuse The ResistanceMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...My Chemical Romance Danger DaysPearl Jam TenPearl Jam Pearl JamQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisRamones RamonesRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk"A wide array of hardcore funk metal" is the best deion i can think of. Mother's Milk is fairly refined without really being precise. Johnny Frusciante guitar doesnt wail and doesnt melt your face off like he will in the future, but the rhythm and funk levels are still pretty spot on. Chad Smith and Flea are as excellent as ever, but the really problem is Anthony Keidis. He has yet to develop a singing voice, and for those fans of the later RHCP, this is a major turnoff. An even larger hindrance to the album's success is Keidis's lyrics. It doesn?t possess anything besides surface meaning, and the hooks of the fun songs are lacking. Not to mention there is a fair share of filler that seems rushed and not taken care of. Higher Ground is the obvious track pick, but besides that, you have to dig way too hard to find some other good music for non-funk fanboys.Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.comSystem of a Down Steal This Album!The All-American Rejects The All-American RejectsThe All-American Rejects Move AlongThe White Stripes Icky ThumpTool 10,000 Days
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