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5.0 classic
Anata Under a Stone With No Inscription
This album is perfect from start to finish. It's both mind numbingly complex yet is somehow really catchy. Hard to accomplish. Just like a lot of those riffs. Not to mention the drummer is a beast. What really puts it over the top for me is the absolutely juiced production value. It makes it sound like a classic. One of my favorite metal albums of all time.
Aphex Twin Syro
Eyehategod Eyehategod
Faith No More Angel Dust
Unbelievable. I remember listening this album in high school and feeling like I was possessed. The other half of the time, it scared the crap out of me. Seeing the song Caffeine performed on MTV in the early 90s was unbelievable. The band just seemed so disturbing, and the audience just stood around captivated and confused. Lots of depth to this album, it grows on you, it has a wide variety of different types of songs, and it just moves you. Everything you need for a classic.
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Megadeth Rust in Peace
simply unbelievable. mustaine is out of his mind on this, putting forth his best megadeth record by far. sure, there may be one or two tracks that aren't quite up to the rest of the offerings, but "Take No Prisoners" and "Holy Wars" would make this album classic regardless of what else was on there. simply one of the best metal albums of all time.
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
pure interdimensional bliss! obscured painted sound layers underneath distorted caked magnetic tape. I could list my favorite songs, but they wouldnt be much better than the other stuff on here, just get it if you haven't alreadyy!
My Bloody Valentine EPs 1988-1991
Oneida Anthem of the Moon
Prefuse 73 One Word Extinguisher
Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
Wow, what a unique, mind blowing epic of an album. Still probably their best album, although I love them all. Top notch musicianship, interesting, abstract storyline, etc. Just get it if you haven't already!

4.5 superb
Acid Bath When the Kite String Pops
This is a classic metal album spanning all genres of metal. one of the first alt-metal bands that stayed true to the tradition. it's a shame this band only put out two albums
Amon Tobin Supermodified
This album is near perfect. I love some of the more mellow moments, and the really dark stuff is really cool as well. There's one or two tracks I could have done without, saving it from a perfect score, but there's no other album like this out there imo. Btw, the graphic for this on this website I think is actually the cover for permutation, not supermodified.
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
the mozart of the 20th century as some have said. this album is just raw fun poked at everyone. I can't really see why anyone wouldn't get this genius suite
Brant Bjork Jalamanta
Cathedral The Last Spire
Cephalic Carnage Misled by Certainty
Cheer-Accident Fear Draws Misfortune
Clutch Blast Tyrant
This is Clutch at its rip-roarin best, with superior production to boot. The best thing that Clutch has done since Pure Rock Fury
Dalek Absence
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
one of the most original hiphop albums in my collection, this is both heady material and a fun listen. cinematic in scope, yet a good party album, del and dan are in top form.
Don Caballero Singles Breaking Up
Down NOLA
easily one of my favorite metal albums of all time, I'd give it a Classic rating except that their albums after this weren't so classic. and you know they can do better.
Dysrhythmia Psychic Maps
a couple of the tracks drag a little bit, but on the strength of tracks like Room of Vertigo, Festival of Popular Delusions, and Iron Cathedral, etc I have to give this a superb rating
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
Estradasphere Palace Of Mirrors
Fennesz Venice
gorgeous rivers of textured ambience, from a guitar and a laptop. very unique and cool, makes you think of the sunlight filtering through everything
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Gorguts Obscura
it's near unlistenably bizarre heaviness it's only weak trait, this album is some of the best death metal I have ever heard. the drummer sounds like he is on infinite bpm and the guitars are giant sludgehammers of doom with high caliber rapid fire machine guns attached to them conjuring some sort of dark ritual
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Jawbox For Your Own Special Sweetheart
This was one of my favorite albums when it came out, I think I nearly wore out the tape. Savory is indeed an amazing song, and the rest of the album is very creative and distances the band from the rest of the dischord groups. very catchy but in their own way... I think this was a very influential album.
John Coltrane Giant Steps
one of my favorite jazz albums of all time. Coltrane puts forth one of his best efforts of his entire career, and is a good middle point between his more traditional earlier works and his later more avant garde stuff like 'ascension'
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Latitudes Individuation
Madvillain Madvillainy
Melody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo Chamber
looooooove this album, will go on my overlooked list for 2012
Melvins Houdini
Melvins Bullhead
Meshuggah Koloss
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday
Simply one of my favorite hiphop discs of all time! Doom's delivery is sort of in a drunken master style, and his tales of experience and wisdom are among the best in hiphop. Not to mention, I love the obscure samples and dusty production value. If you haven't heard Metal Face Doom, you haven't heard nuttn
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
this is one of the most inventive and re-interpretive cds in my collection, which is sort of a rare category but few bands pull this off. speed metal jazz sessions mix with supernatural film scores and avant garde jazz freakouts. made by a gradeschooler
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Nels Cline Destroy All Nels Cline
chilling, mind blowing stuff! extremely original guitar mastery! utter chaos forming into subtle beauty. the only way to describe this would be to play it for you.
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
the most memorable album of this era imho. I saw this presented live in des moines and it was the shit with jim rose sideshow circus and an early version of marilyn manson opening
Oneida Secret Wars
Opeth Blackwater Park
Oranssi Pazuzu Valonielu
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
simply the best Pantera album. defines a generation with tracks liks fucking hostile and a new level not to mention mouth for war.or this love. the heaviest mainstream metal except maybe some of slayer
Pinback Blue Screen Life
this is some of the best pop music I've ever heard. much better than anything on the friggin radio at this time. pinback needs to be heard, if for nothing else, for the rhythms.
Polvo In Prism
Primus Pork Soda
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Radiohead OK Computer
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rush Moving Pictures
I gave this album a superb just for yyz alone. limelight is also one of my favorite rush songs; just a stellar outing for a very important band.
Rush R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
Sax Ruins Yawiquo
Sleep Sleep's Holy Mountain
another one of my favorite metal albums, this is just pure metal from start to finish. If you don't like this, you're probably not into metal
Squarepusher Just a Souvenir
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
The Faceless Planetary Duality
one of the fastest bands I've ever heard, and it's also very technical. off the top of my head only origin and necrophagist are on this level
The Jesus Lizard Liar
Tool Lateralus
This is the best Tool album, albeit it's not its most popular. This is Tool taking it to the next level with even more Floyd and King Crimson influences and turning the radio world on its head with extra long compositions that threw a chink into the armor of the clear channel dominion.
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
wow, this puts shivers into your spine at least one point during it's long playing time, over 2 discs or records. the cd does come out into a nice two folding double album. this is a very underrated record, since it didn't sound that much like some of their older material. but it's a very moving masterpiece of astounding poignance that it is not to be missed.
Ween The Mollusk
Yes Fragile
This album is gold. One of my favorite springtime cds to bust out and listen to. It just has an organic feel about it, and it's Yes' best outing. Roundabout is probably one of the coolest things you'll hear on classic rock radio. What keeps this from a perfect rating imo is some of the noodly solos in between songs. but other than that, pure genius!

4.0 excellent
311 Transistor
Amon Tobin Foley Room
I loved the idea behind this album, but was a little disappointed to find out he didn't exclusively just use the source recordings and threw in some other stuff... but it still worked really well and got the idea across. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as supermodified or permutation (maybe it's something about the obscure records he used), but this is still a daunting project and it had some very memorable moments.
Amon Tobin Permutation
this is my favorite jazzy sounding electronic record, well along with Flanger - Nuclear Jazz. It's awesome how all his albums have different sounds and feels, but still have his trademark chaotic drums all over them. This is the graphic for supermodified, however.
Anal Cunt Fuckin' A
Augury Fragmentary Evidence
Baroness Red Album
Southern rock/metal absorbing a bunch of styles including prog rock, blues, post-hardcore (more isis than neurosis), with great vocal melodies and a few instrumental thrown in. Nicely done.
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)
Cheer-Accident Enduring the American Dream
CHON Newborn Sun
Clutch The Elephant Riders
Clutch Strange Cousins From The West
Cobalt Gin
Converge No Heroes
This is probably my favorite Converge album, or at least tied with Jane Doe. The production is top notch and is one of the loudest things you'll ever hear. These guys know how to write a riff, there's no doubt about it. And they are unrelenting, the drummer sounds like he wants to bash in your skull nearly at all times. The main things that hold them back imo are the vocals being much too one dimensional, and they have a knack for drawing things out far too long on some songs. Other than that, this is one of the best releases the year it came out.
Cynic Traced in Air
David Lynch The Big Dream
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Deathspell Omega Kenose
Deathspell Omega Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice
Decapitated Carnival Is Forever
Deerhunter Microcastle
Deftones White Pony
Don Caballero What Burns Never Returns
Don Caballero American Don
Don Caballero World Class Listening Problem
Don Caballero Punkgasm
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Failure Fantastic Planet
very good album! fantastic planet took a while to grow on me, considering how good 'magnified' was. but it's a "fantastic" album, recommended for a wide range of music fans.
Faith No More The Real Thing
Mike Patton's major label debut is as exciting now as it was back then. Just a moving, adventurous disc. Sleeper song on here for me is The Morning After. Also love From Out of Nowhere and Zombie Eaters (as well as the Slayer tinged Surprise! Your Dead!)
Future of the Left Travels With Myself And Another
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Isis Panopticon
spacious and elegant, this is one of the better Isis records (along with everything before it). few complaints here except that this would lead to a more complacent sound.
Krallice Krallice
the songs "Wicked Wisdom" and "Energy Chasms" along make this a must have for metal, punk or black metal fans. fierce shredding abounds!
Mastodon Blood Mountain
this is by far mastodon's best album. it has both supremely heavy and technical moments, as well as psychedelia. I hope on the next one Brann Dailor lets it all loose, because I feel he is somewhat restrained on this... could have something to do with the production though. the album loses a few points too because the lyrics are pretty bad. But all in all, this is still one of my favorites. I think their next one will be their coup de grace
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Meat Beat Manifesto Answers Come In Dreams
Meshuggah obZen
Mitochondrion Parasignosis
Nirvana In Utero
Oneida Happy New Year
Oneida Rated O
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Pallbearer Sorrow And Extinction
Portishead Third
What a great comeback album. And to throw in a lot of avant garde stuff, and use actual instruments rather than samples, takes a lot of cajones for a band this big. This singing is as beautiful and as fragile as ever, if not more so. I give it excellent just for the tracks "Hunter", "Small", and "We Carry On" alone. everything else is good too, although Machine Gun gets old after a while. I even found myself singing along with Deep Water out of nowhere one day after I woke up. Who would have thought a ukelele song about melting ice caps could be so catchy.
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
one of my favorite radiohead albums. It has some of my favorite songs of theirs (and it has some of their worst ones). I really like Wolf at the Door. it always puts chills up and down my spine.
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Rush Grace Under Pressure
A very very amazing cd. One of the best "mainstream" albums of the 80s. Geddy tones it down a bit, but the compositions of these songs are damn near perfect!
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
Probably my least favorite Mars Volta record (I still love this record), the most exciting thing is the new drummer, Thomas Prigden. He's sort of a more rocking/hard hitting Zach Hill channeling a bit of Neal Peart. Also, it's quite possibly MV's noisiest album, but simultaneously most catchy. I would have liked the disc more if it weren't for Tourniquet Man, the worst song they've ever done imo. That said, my favorite songs on here are conjugal burns, cavalettas, ouroboros and metatron, the epic length mind melter on this one. Oh yeah, and that one song that was the first single was really cool too. I guess the main reason (other than I think all of their albums before this are pure genius, yes, even amputechture) that I don't like this one as much (I'd probably give it a superb) is the production is very tinny and overproduced.
Thou Heathen
Tribulation The Horror
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain
just extremely inventive raps and production to be found here. heck, you might even like this if you don't like hiphop

3.5 great
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Buckethead The Dragons Of Eden
Burst Lazarus Bird
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Corrosion of Conformity Corrosion of Conformity
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Disma Towards the Megalith
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
I liked this a lot at first, but on repeated listens it didn't quite live up to it's initial luster. The production is very flat, and overly loud. Some of the songs sound like sophomoric experiments, just throwing in cool sounding samples with non-reckless abandon. That said, it was a great introduction to this artist, and it's very unique and original, even if this has been done before.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Meek Is Murder Algorithms
Oneida The Wedding
Oneida Preteen Weaponry
Opeth Watershed
Orange Goblin A Eulogy for the Damned
Pig Destroyer Natasha
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Rush Test for Echo
good stuff! no, great stuff! this is a very tight record... there's some hits and misses on here, but I still think it's amazing to see these guys continue to be one of the only bands to last this long with the same 3 guys over 30 some years.
Rush Snakes & Arrows
I think that I am one of the few people that actually liked Vapor Trails more than this one. I was a little bit let down when this came out; but it's still Rush goddamnit, and these guys are the best.
Sigur Ros Ágætis byrjun
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
Swarms Old Raves End
Sylosis Edge of the Earth
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble From the Stairwell
Tool 10,000 Days
While this is Tool's worst album, there's still a whole lot to like here. The production on this cd is friggin sweet. Maynard's vocals blend in with some kind of computer effects, Adam Jones' guitar has never sounded better, and of course the rhythm section is killing it as always. My main gripe is that there is a ton of filler on here, and that Lateralus was way better (half of this sounds like it's Lateralus b-sides)
Transcending Bizarre? The Serpent's Manifolds
Trenches The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All

3.0 good
Bell Witch Longing
Beyond Creation The Aura
Clutch Earth Rocker
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
DIR EN GREY Uroboros
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
High on Fire Snakes For The Divine
Hungry For Hands I Was Hungry For Hands
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Iron Maiden Live After Death (DVD)
Jesu Ascension
Justice Cross
I just like this album because of it's very unique sound. There's about 3 tracks that I'll listen to though... the rest I can do without
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral
Maserati Inventions for the New Season
Megadeth Endgame
Melvins The Bride Screamed Murder
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
Oneida Each One Teach One
Origin Entity
Prefuse 73 Preparations
Red Fang Murder the Mountains
Rush Clockwork Angels
Starfucker Reptilians
Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at the El Mocambo (DVD)
Swans To Be Kind
TesseracT One
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 (Re-release)
Verse Aggression
Witch Mountain Cauldron Of The Wild

2.5 average
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Baroness Yellow and Green
Carach Angren Where The Corpses Sink Forever
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Dan Deacon Bromst
DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Yay, they play really really well, virtuoso like even. But this is pure cheese. Not very original either.
DragonForce Twilight Dementia
Eminem The Eminem Show
Exivious Exivious
Fallujah Nomadic
Fever Ray Fever Ray
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Hope For The Dying Dissimulation
Mew No More Stories
Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise
Novembers Doom Aphotic
Protest the Hero Fortress
what a stupid name for a band. this music is nothing special. I did like the rhythms quite a bit though.
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)
The Clash London Calling: Legacy Edition
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network

2.0 poor
*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Lil B Task Force
Mudvayne The New Game
Nachtmystium Silencing Machine
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The Dear Hunter Indigo
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Prodigy Invaders Must Die

1.5 very poor
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
wow, it's surprising how bad this was compared to their original material. one of the biggest letdowns, it sounded like a really cool idea to hear them do more covers (in addition to the great Failure cover)
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Lie Down in the Light
Hinder Take It to the Limit
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade

1.0 awful
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Cute Is What We Aim For Rotation
Miley Cyrus Breakout
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale
The National High Violet
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