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5.0 classic
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...
Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Black Moon Enta Da Stage
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Boom Boom Satellites EXPOSED
Com Truise Cyanide Sisters
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain II
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
Demolition Hammer Tortured Existence
Depeche Mode Violator
Depeche Mode Black Celebration
Emery While Broken Hearts Prevail
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Gob Foot In Mouth Disease
GZA Liquid Swords
Idiot Pilot Strange We Should Meet Here
What do I call this album? Simply Amazing? Utter nonsense? Or how about something you have never heard before? Idiot Pilot combines screamo, rock, and electronica into a beautiful concoction that is certainly another deity compared to its individual parts. With both singing and screaming, there is at least one track for every mood making this a universal album. This is definitely a treat for listeners who want a new experience.
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Interpol Antics
Johnny Truant In the Library of Horrific Events
Emotion is simply irradiated in all directions from this band. Each track has a unique mood and atmosphere that can be determined quite easily. However, the vocals are what truly set Johnny Truant on a pedestal of its own, as they cover all the grounds (lows, mids, and highs) with such distinction. Regardless of where you are and what your state of mind is, a mere vocal line from the singer is enough to tell you that what you're listening to is indeed Johnny Truant. It is a shame to see that this band is not together anymore.
Linkin Park Reanimation
Lords of the Underground Here Come the Lords
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Mesh We Collide
As good as real European synthpop will ever get. We Collide sits on the fine line that separates complete use of synth with a mixture of guitars and pulls it off flawlessly. Each track is full of hooks and catchy lines that will relay through the mind for quite some time. Due to the unpopularity of such a genre, if there is any listener wanting to get in on the action, this is the album, let alone the band, to start with. Dreamweb Crossroads
Crossroads marks the final chapter from the Mind.In.A.Box album triology. Right from the first album, Lost Alone, the listener was told a story about lies, betrayal and simply just finding yourself. This album focuses on the the latter, with beautiful and emotional cuts such as The Place and Amnesia. Not to worry though, aside from the lyrics, the music is right on par with club worthy tracks, filled with brilliant synth movements and danceable beats. Definitely one of the deepest (and best) futurepop records you could ever listen to; a true journey. Lost Alone
This is not what I had wanted,
I have to leave this place.
This is not what I had dreamed of,
I need to gain more space.
This is not what I intended,
I have to leave these shores.
This is not what I had hoped for,
I need to close these doors.
Misery Signals Controller
Mobb Deep The Infamous
Nas Illmatic
New Order Substance
Orphans of Cush White Noize
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Swarms Old Raves End
Swarms Swarms
The Birthday Massacre Violet
TBM is still reminiscent of older synth based goth bands, but there is a new school feeling in their music. If you compare this to their second album, this album has a much darker feel not only through the music and vocals but also in the overall production. Chibi has a wonderfully angelic voice that in now way clashes with the much darker music but she is able to bring it to a screech in certain songs.
The Birthday Massacre Walking With Strangers
So if you are not a fan of rock dripping with synth lines and string patches, this band is really going to bring the pain. These guys (and girl) are amazing at what they do; catchy power chord progressions with a little synth hook at every corner, topped off with Chibi's angelic vocals are what make this album irresistible. Listeners who dug Violet might get a surprise when listening to this album due to the overall bright feeling this album gives off, not only through the music but also the production. Nevertheless, The Birthday Massacre feeling is still very much alive and is sure to please old fans as well as new ones.
The Birthday Massacre Imaginary Monsters
"Bloc not 5ing this would have just made things awkward." - Gmork89
The Strokes Is This It
The Strokes Room on Fire
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

4.5 superb
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
First, we need to clarify that this is an instrumental metal album. However, it's quite unlike those Satriani or Vai records and more closer to a band like Scale the Summit in the sense that there is attention towards a full band rather than just the guitarist. Particularly with Animals As Leaders, this really lets the listener appreciate the the guitarist's and drummer's talent with how well the clean and distorted bits blend along with the programmed drums. Ranging from metal to jazz, the guitars are often coupled with electronic noise and ambiance and it adds so much more to the listening experience.
Annihilator Alice in Hell
Annihilator Never, Neverland
Arctic Monkeys Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Arctic Monkeys Humbug
Arctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes Down
Armageddon (SWE) Crossing The Rubicon
Artillery By Inheritance
Assemblage 23 Meta
Atheist Piece of Time
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Augury Fragmentary Evidence
August Burns Red Constellations
Balance and Composure Separation
Balance And Composure/Tigers Jaw Split
Benea Reach Alleviat
Benediction Transcend the Rubicon
Benediction The Grand Leveller
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Boom Boom Satellites Back On My feet
Boom Boom Satellites To The Loveless
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brutality Screams of Anguish
Burial Kindred
Called to Arms Peril and the Patient
Camel Mirage
Camel Camel
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Chrom Synthetic Movement
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Coldplay Parachutes
Coroner Mental Vortex
Coroner No More Color
Coroner Punishment for Decadence
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
CunninLynguists Will Rap For Food
CunninLynguists Oneirology
CygnosiC Fallen
Cynic Focus
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
Feed into the new Dance Gavin Dance album, don't be fucking cynical!
Dark Angel Darkness Descends
David Wise Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Demigod Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode The Best Of - Volume I
If you're a fan of just the Depeche Mode songs you hear on the radio, this is definitely the album you need above all their other ones. It contains an immense number of popular singles ranging from early Depeche Mode to Playing the Angel (released only a few years ago).
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Dio Holy Diver
Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Drawn and Quartered Hail Infernal Darkness
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dynospectrum Dynospectrum
Electrocution Inside the Unreal
Emery The Weak's End
Emery The Question
Endemic Terminal Illness
FACT may be one of the freshest bands I have listened to in quite some time. To sum up their overall sound, there is a bit of technicality similar to (but a lot less than) to Protest the Hero mixed with screaming but much more dominantly, clean singing. Due to the bands origin, there may be an issue with the heavy Japanese accent in the clean vocals as well as a fair amount of autotune. But do not mistake this for something coming right out of Rise Records. Each song has a bright cheery atmosphere regardless of the the lyrics but most of the songs barely pass the three minute mark which is a bit of a downside. However, in the short time that you finish listening to the entire album, you have this feeling to play the whole thing again due to the uplifting mood that this band brings forward.
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele
Gorod Leading Vision
Gravediggaz 6 Feet Deep
Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes
Hands Give Me Rest
Havok Time Is Up
Heathen Breaking the Silence
Heathen Victims of Deception
Hocico Signos de Aberracion
Darkness on disc, Hocico delivers darkness that you can actually listen to. This harsh EBM album is full of catchy hooks and beats like you would expect, but the sheer coldness felt from the vocal + music mixture is unlike anything else you might have heard before. A definite must have for any electro-industrial fan.
Hocico Memorias Atras
I always had a feeling Hocico would age like a fine wine, and Memorias Atras supports my argument. Not to say their older material is poor (ie. it's fantastic) but Hocico once again remain as one of the leading artists in aggrotech, this time with modern production. This album still feels like the ol' days but it definitely has the ability to draw in some new fans.
Hocico Tiempos De Furia
Hocico does it again with Tiempos De Furia. Pure agression spat out over club worthy music has always been a difficult concoction for acts today, especially those attempting to do an entire album's worth. Hocico's experience allows them to speed things up like on Bite Me! and suddenly switch to half time on Lost Fate yet still make both styles equally listenable. Tiempos is definitely one of the strongest industrial albums of 2010, and it proves that this old dog does not need to learn any new tricks.
Ice Cube Death Certificate
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Ice-T O.G. Original Gangster
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Interpol Our Love to Admire
Interpol Precipitate
Interpol Interpol EP
Iron Braydz Devil May Cry
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Jeru the Damaja The Sun Rises in the East
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kalter Spiritual Angel
King Diamond Abigail
Kreator Coma of Souls
Kreator Pleasure to Kill
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
M9 144,000
M9 High Fidelity
Madvillain Madvillainy
Malevolent Creation Retribution
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral
Masta Ace Slaughtahouse
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matthew Good Avalanche
MC Ren Kizz My Black Azz
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Merciless Unbound
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Ride the Lightning
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Misery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum Heart
Misery Signals manages to combine vocals so raw with heartfelt lyrics and beautiful music. This is one album that stands out among the metalcore releases not only from the same year but also to those being out put out to this very day. While the previously mentioned ingredients sound so common and easy to blend, that is only half of it. With this album, Misery Signals gets their message across whether expressing through brutality, beauty, or both in just a single song. There is no sign of force on this release, meaning instrumentation is not trying too hard to sound technical nor are the vocals trying to sound as brutal as possible. The album just flows like a liquid running from your ears to your heart.
Moby Play
Monstrosity Millenium
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Motorhead Overkill
Motorhead Bomber
Muse Absolution
Mutemath Mute Math
Mutemath Odd Soul
New Order Low-Life
New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
New Order Brotherhood
Noisia Yellow Brick/Raar
Opeth Blackwater Park
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pete Rock and CL Smooth The Main Ingredient
Pete Rock and CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Queens Of The Stone Age are truly kings of the rock age.
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Razor Evil Invaders
Razor Executioner's Song
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Robin Trower Bridge of Sighs
Robin Trower Long Misty Days
Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday
Robin Trower For Earth Below
Royal Republic We Are The Royal
Showbiz and A.G. Runaway Slave
Showbiz and A.G. Goodfellas
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Sinister Cross the Styx
Sinister Diabolical Summoning
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
this is one hell of an album, especially coming from slipknot. each instrument has its own identity on the record and can be easily identified by the listener. i could even say this album is more intelligent than their previous ones, since those focused purely on pounding drums and low tunes buzzing riffs. the two of those elements are obviously on this album, but they seem to be more beautiful for some reason. Lyrics are not as blunt this time around, even though they exhibit "fuck the world" mentality quite often. but the one thing that i truly adore on this album is the production/mixing. I love how each guitar is panned fully to either side and how the record has that raw finish on it; there are many sharp corners, almost no smooth curves.
Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin'
Sodom Agent Orange
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)
Sybreed Antares
One might get chilly when listening to this industrial metal we cal Antares. In other words, the entire album has this very icy feel to it which is something not many albums can create. A heavy use of synths and ambient noise help create the climate plus a vocalist who is able to sing ad scream in the coldest way. Modern touches are added to the overall sound including vocoded vocals and fierce polyrhythms. Any fan of Fear Factory or Soilwork or even industrial metal in general should give this try. Remember to dress warmly!
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair
Tears for Fears The Hurting
Testament The New Order
Testament The Legacy
Textures Silhouettes
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
The Beneath So Came the Decimation
Even for a metalcore band, there is great use of synth over some very tasteful riffing and soloing. What really stands out in this band are the vocals. 2 vocalists deliver both screams and clean singing (mostly about religious themes) but the purity in their voice is unmatched. Quite difficult to explain in words, but the clean vocals pierce ears only in a way that dimineralized water can.
The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles
Lightning strikes thrice. Yeah you read correctly. Effin' thrice.
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Black Keys Thickfreakness
The Bravery The Bravery
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean? Basically
The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better
The Presets Apocalypso
The Used The Used
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Thursday
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
Triple Darkness Anathema
Uneven Structure Februus
Unida Coping With The Urban Coyote
Van Halen Van Halen
Vicious Rumors Digital Dictator
VNV Nation Matter Plus Form
VNV Nation (the guys that coined the term "futurepop") create their best album. While other releases had the beauty, the darkness, and the catchy-ness; this album focuses more on the music to really get that body of yours moving in one way or another. But don't think that the beauty and the emotion is gone; tracks like Homeward got you covered while Chrome and Lightwave bring the aggression. The ending track, Perpetual, brings all three elements not only making it the best song on the album, but on of the best futurepop songs ever.
VNV Nation Burning Empires
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery Full House
Whirr Distressor
Your Demise Ignorance Never Dies

4.0 excellent
3 The Ghost You Gave To Me
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Abramelin Abramelin
Acceptance Phantoms
Aesthetic Perfection Close to Human
EBM fueled by nothing but emotion and rich arpeggios. Despite the obvious mood the lyrics give, the actual tone of voice is more than enough proof to show the hatred that Close to Human spews out. This album allows you to either get up and dance, or simply get lost in the music which is what a decent EBM album should be capable of.
After the Burial Rareform (Re-release)
As strange as it may seem, we finally have production value that lives up to the value of the band with this re-release plus a new and capable vocalist. On the outside, this may seem like a young Meshuggah wannabe, with all the repetition of poly-rhythmic chugging. However, what really brings this album to life are the guitar leads. All of them have this uplifting sound to them to balance out the harshness coming from the rhythm section. It really helps to create an original album in a sea of stale.
Agressor Neverending Destiny
Alarum Eventuality
Troy from Mastodon teams up with Cynic, and that is not an exaggeration. a listener will get the best of both worlds when they hear that familiar gruff yet smooth vocal style with dizzy jazz leads and solid riffing.
Alarum Natural Causes
Eventuality Pt. 2 you could say? And that's certainly not a bad thing, since Alarum are at the head of the pack when it comes to progressive, thrash metal. Fortunately, the addition of some new music styles, such as funk, are a welcomed addition to the band's technical palette.
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
Algebra Polymorph
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
"God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man... Alice in Chains inherit the Earth."

That is one big pile of shit.
Alien Vampires Harshlizer
Amduscia From Abuse To Apostasy
Amduscia Madness In Abyss
Amduscia Melodies For The Devil
If there was ever an album title so fit to describe its content, this would be the best one ever. Take the title "Melodies For The Devil" literally, and you will not be disappointed. Not only does Amduscia simply kill it in the melodic department, but the "Devil" really comes alive in the vocals and lyrics. In other words, the usual hate spewed by the vocalist is also masked by this eerie distortion that has potential to make your skin crawl. A near perfect aggrotech album from an artist that truly deserves it.
Amduscia Dead Or Alive
Anacrusis Manic Impressions
Anacrusis Screams and Whispers
Anberlin Cities
Anberlin Vital
Andy Timmons That Was Then, This Is Now
Andy Wood A Disconcerting Amalgam
Angels & Agony Unison
Antithesis Dreaming Reality
Apollo Brown The Reset
Architects Ruin
Arctic Monkeys Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
Arctic Monkeys Fluorescent Adolescent
Arctic Monkeys Leave Before The Lights Come On
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
Armor For Sleep What To Do When You Are Dead
Artillery When Death Comes
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
Asphyx The Rack
Asphyx Last One on Earth
Asphyx Asphyx
Aspid Extravasation
Assemblage 23 Failure
Assemblage 23 Storm
Assemblage 23 Compass
Assemblage 23 Addendum
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Atheist Elements
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Atmosphere Overcast!
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Au Revoir Simone Move in Spectrums
Autopsy Severed Survival
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Balance and Composure Only Boundaries
Balance and Composure The Things We Think We're Missing
Baphomet (NY) The Dead Shall Inherit
Baron Von Luxxury The Last Seduction
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Beheading of a King Quasar: Preserving Legacy
Behemoth The Satanist
Better Off (I Think) I'm Leaving
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Screams Our Last Days On Earth
Beyond Creation The Aura
Were you disappointed with Obscura's Omnivium? Is that modern tech death hole in your heart getting bigger and bigger? If so, Beyond Creation has written an album that is sure to fill up any and all voids. The Aura is a perfect example of modern death metal done right; from the vocals to the riffs to the guitar solos and even to the damn fretless bass solos. What really makes this work is the immaculate production. Not only can you hear the fretless bass whine in every song, but the levels are set in such a way so that you can simply hear everything very comfortably. And did I mention these guys are from Quebec? So yeah, it's possible that they know their shit when it comes to death metal...
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day
Billy Idol The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
Billy Talent Billy Talent
Billy Talent Billy Talent II
Billy Talent Dead Silence
Binary Star Waterworld
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club B.R.M.C.
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Bloc Party Another Weekend in the City
Bloc Party Intimacy
Bloc Party Four
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal
Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade
Bolt Thrower ...For Victory
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Although Born Of Osiris is an act that properly uses odd time signatures like any technical band, using the word "progressive" with a band that barely has songs over 3 minutes seems like a contradiction. The use of synths in metal nowadays is not uncommon and it's more than likely always going to be the usual sawtooth or string sound but this band actually uses other sounds (not noise) as the base of their synth lines and it works pretty damn well.
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
Brutality When the Sky Turns Black
Buckethead Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot
Burial Truant/Rough Sleeper
Burial (NL) Relinquished Souls
C-Lekktor The Silence Procession
C-Lekktor Tendencias Suicidas
Cacophony Go Off!
Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony
Caliban The Awakening
Camel Moonmadness
Cancer Death Shall Rise
Cancer To the Gory End
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Cannibal Corpse Gallery of Suicide
Cannibal Corpse The Wretched Spawn
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Cannibal Corpse Worm Infested
Cemetary An Evil Shade of Grey
Cheatahs Cheatahs
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Chimaira Chimaira
CiLiCe Deranged Headtrip
Circa Survive Juturna
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Circa Survive Violent Waves
Circle of Contempt Artifacts in Motion
Clubroot II - MMX
Clubroot Solar Flares
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Com Truise Galactic Melt
Com Truise Fairlight
Common Like Water for Chocolate
Common One Day It'll All Make Sense
Common Resurrection
Compton's Most Wanted Music to Driveby
Condition Critical Operational Hazard
Constants Pasiflora
Coroner R.I.P.
Crionic Different
CTRL Loaded Weapons And Darkened Days
CTRL Make Things Right
CunninLynguists Dirty Acres
CunninLynguists Southernunderground
CygnosiC A Deity In Pain Reborn
When I first read that CygnosiC's debut album was going to be re-released I immediately thought the idea was pointless. While this is very rare to happen to a harsh EBM album, these re-releases usually consist of the same material plus a couple of remixes. However, A Deity In Pain Reborn is a most welcome release from the Greek act. Because the original release was so damn solid, having it re-recorded, re-mixed, AND re-mastered just made Reborn sound so much better. Along with this in sound came newly recorded vocals which were a definite improvement over the vocals on the original album. They are identical to the vocals on CygnosiC's second album, meaning they are clear, less distorted, and certainly unique in the genre. And of course adding several remixes to the track list is a nice touch.
Cynic Traced in Air
Cynic The Portal Tapes
Dance Gavin Dance Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Dance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask
Dark Time Sunshine ANX
Das EFX Dead Serious
David Gilmour On An Island
Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire
Deas Vail Birds & Cages
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Death Angel The Ultra-Violence
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Decapitated Nihility
Deceased Luck of the Corpse
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deep Purple Deep Purple in Rock
Deep Purple Fireball
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Deep Purple Burn
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deftones White Pony
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Deicide Once Upon the Cross
Deicide Legion
Deivos Gospel of Maggots
Deivos Demiurge Of The Void
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the Brain
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
i think it is safe to say that this album is the point where synthpop with a more rock-ish feel has taken flight and succeeded. DM has put out a great album that is still filled with wonderful lyrics and music that come from previous work, but they bring out a more rock feel to every single track. i don't have to warn listeners that this is not a happy album, as the lyrics and even the music create a dark atmosphere. But, this is exactly what one is expecting when they listen to DM.
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode Speak And Spell
Depeche Mode Delta Machine
Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Diamond D Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations
Diffuzion Body Code
Even though the female fronted ebm act Diffuzion remains in the shadows in terms of overall sound, there is a danceable like quality to a few of their songs in hopes that you don't curl up into a ball when listening to this album. Songs like Delicious display this quality while other songs like Our Wings are Gone and Falling bring the chills. Diffuzion does what Stray does, except slightly better.
Digable Planets Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
Dinosaur Jr. I Bet on Sky
Disma Towards the Megalith
Dismember Pieces
Divinity Allegory
Pure chaos, and it actually sounds good. This melodic metal album starts strong and ends strong, so it would be wise to assume the middle is strong (if not stronger). Time signatures crazy enough to break your neck, solos that are sometimes melodic but then revert to chaos and noise. Powerful vocals that can handle singing and screaming, guitarists that can hold their own, and an amazing drummer complete this package. This album is still metal guys, don't worry. But those looking for something more melodic should listen to The Singularity.
DJ Muggs Vs GZA Grandmasters: Remix Album
DJ Muggs Vs GZA Grandmasters
Dj Muggs Vs. Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills
Doomtree Doomtree
Drawn and Quartered Extermination Revelry
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
dredg El Cielo
dredg Catch Without Arms
Drive Characters In Time
Dungeon Elite [**] New World Disorder
Echo Image Compuphonic
Compuphonic is how synthpop should be done, as it is the perfect sound to describe the genre. A wonderful clean voice, tasty synth lines, plus that key ingredient of amazing songwriting make this an album not only enjoyable for listening, but also for getting those hips on the dance floor. For synthpop, it is normal to follow a standard song structure, but the important thing is creating variance between them by using different synth lines and choruses. I probably don't have to mention that Echo Image accomplishes this rather well. Favourite tracks: Fading, Need to be Proud, Good Intentions.
Elder (USA-MA) Dead Roots Stirring
Eligh & Amp Live Therapy at 3
Emery I'm Only A Man
Empty Never Get To You
Enduser Even Weight
Enforcer Death By Fire
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Epidemic Exit Paradise
Eric Johnson Bloom
Eric Johnson Venus Isle
Eric Johnson Tones
ERRA Andromeda
ERRA Augment
Evidence Cats & Dogs
Exarsis The Brutal State
Exciter Long Live the Loud
Exciter Exciter
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican
Exivious Liminal
Scale The Summit, but with longer beards, balder heads, and bigger balls.
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Exodus Tempo of the Damned
Exodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Extol The Blueprint Dives
FACT In the Blink of an Eye
hmmmm, so it looks as if my worst fears have come to life. sure, the album is NOT bad, but it lacks the freshness that their self titled had. Remember when you heard rock, synths, and technical playing all in one song? well, two out of the three are almost gone in The Blink of an Eye; this time around, rock is the only sound that prevails and it leaves the listener unsatisfied as if they just listened to a totally different (and average) band.
Fake The Envy Disintegrate
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Falling Up Captiva
radio rock mixed in with a bunch of experimentation can go two ways: good or sour. No need to hold your nose, there is no sour here; Falling Up creates a great album filled with beautiful vocal harmonies and tons of new sounds you would never hear in any rock album. However, there are things that remain from classic Falling Up. If you were not a huge fan of the religious lyrics, now is no time to get your hopes up; God-filled lyrics are aplenty but the great thing is that they do not come off as being preachy or forceful. In previous releases, Falling Up embraced a nu-metal sound but on Captiva that entire sound has been ditched. Captiva is rooted directly in radio friendly rock but don't let that boring genre stop you from listening; Captiva aims high and scores high.
Falling Up Fangs
Surely we all know that Falling Up will never return to numetal and in Fangs we are not surprised. In fact, this album sounds different even when compared to Captiva, the album before this. While Falling Up continue to create radio friendly rocks tunes just like from Captiva, the overall sound seems darker. However, this is partly because of different production that creates a much more moody atmosphere. Overall, the songs split up between up beat tracks and slow emotional ones. Standout tracks: Streams of Woe at Acheron; Magician Reversed; Goddess of the Dayspring, Am I; Swimming Toward Propellers.
Feathers (US) If All Now Here
Feral Dragged To The Altar
Forced Entry Uncertain Future
Foreign Beggars Asylum Speakers
Foreign Beggars Stray Point Agenda
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Funebre Children of the Scorn
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon
Gary Clark Jr. The Bright Lights
Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu
General Monks Each Step Becomes Elevated
Ghostface Killah Fishscale
Ghostface Killah More Fish
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
Gifts From Enola Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorod Process of a New Decline
Gorod A Perfect Absolution
Grave Back From The Grave
Grave Miasma Odori Sepulcrorum
Greenleaf Nest of Vipers
GZA Beneath the Surface
Half Dub Theory Acute Case
Hard 2 Obtain Ism and Blues
Havok Burn
Havok Point of No Return
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Heart Dreamboat Annie
Heathen The Evolution of Chaos
Heaven Shall Burn Whatever It May Take (Reissue)
Heavenward Within These Dreams
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Helstar A Distant Thunder
Heltah Skeltah Nocturnal
Hermitude HyperParadise
Hidden Orchestra Night Walks
Hieroglyphics 3rd Eye Vision
Hieronymus Bosch Artificial Emotions
Hieronymus Bosch The Human Abstract
Hocico A Call for Destruction
Hocico Cronicas Letales I
Hocico Cronicas Letales II
Hocico Bite Me!
Hooverphonic Blue Wonder Power Milk
Hour of Penance The Vile Conception
Hour of Penance Paradogma
Hour of Penance Sedition
Howling A Beast Conceived
Highly influenced by that fictional creature who has a hard-on for a full moon, the three piece death metal band Howling have made A Beast Conceived not only fast and nasty, but also thrashy, melodic, and definitely raw. The album really sounds like it was recorded on a low budget in the early 90's and that really adds to the charm of the finished product. One more thing...HOLY FUCK THE VOCALIST IS A WOMAN?
I Am Abomination Let The Future Tell The Truth
Icarus the Owl Icarus the Owl
Ice Cube The Predator
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings
Iconcrash Inkeroinen
Idiot Pilot Wolves
Immolation Hope and Horror
Immolation Close to a World Below
Immolation Providence
In Mourning Monolith
In Vain Mantra
In Vain Aenigma
Incantation Onward to Golgotha
Incantation Diabolical Conquest
Incantation Mortal Throne of Nazarene
Incantation The Infernal Storm
Incantation Vanquish in Vengeance
Innerpartysystem Innerpartysystem
Insomnium One for Sorrow
Interpol Fukd ID #3
Interpol Interpol
Inure The Offering
Invocator Through The Flesh To The Soul
Iris Disconnect
Iris Wrath
Despite only two years between Wrath and their previous album, Awakening, Iris seems to have gone through such a big change in sound that you would think they'd have been inactive for at least ten years. Wrath takes everything from previous albums but then filters out all of the industrial element. Remember though, there was not much of that element to begin with (Iris is more on the synthpop side) so what is left on Wrath is a collection of very solid and very friendly synthpop songs. Another thing to mention is that this collection of songs is more on the rock side, meaning they resemble fellow bands like Mesh more than they do with, say, Echo Image. Regardless, Wrath finds that special balance between rock and synths to create some very very very catchy songs.
Iris Blacklight
Blacklight demonstrates how Iris can easily move in and out of a more rockish territory compared to the usual synthpop we are more familiar with. This was initiated on their previous album, Wrath, and it proved successful. Iris can sound fantastic when it comes to blending guitars and synthpop together to create a soft yet sometimes aggressive sound and that also makes it very difficult to pick the best songs since each has unbelievably catchy choruses and other parts.
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
J-Live All Of The Above
Jack White Blunderbuss
Janus Nox Aeris
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Jeru the Damaja Wrath of the Math
Jimi Hendrix People, Hell, and Angels
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Joe Bonamassa Had To Cry Today
Joe Bonamassa You & Me
Joe Bonamassa The Ballad of John Henry
John Coltrane Lush Life
John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
John Mayer Room for Squares
John Talabot Fin
Joy Division Closer
JR and PH7 The Standard
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Painkiller
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest Ram It Down
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kashmere In The Hour Of Chaos
Kimbra Vows
King Diamond Conspiracy
King Diamond Fatal Portrait
Kno Death Is Silent
Kreator Enemy of God
Kreator Extreme Aggression
Kreator Violent Revolution
Kreator Endless Pain
Kreator Flag of Hate
KRS-One Return Of The Boom Bap
Kuedo Severant
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Kyuss ...And the Circus Leaves Town
Leather Nunn Take the Night
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Liege Lord Master Control
Life in Your Way Waking Giants
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Live In Texas
LL Cool J Radio
LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out
Long Arm The Branches
Lord Finesse Funky Technician
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
M83 Before The Dawn Heals Us
M9 Orion's Stencil
Main Source Breaking Atoms
Malevolent Creation The Ten Commandments
Man Without Country Foe
Manage (Live) In Protest
Mantic Ritual Executioner
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Martyr Warp Zone
Martyr Hopeless Hopes
Martyr Feeding the Abscess
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Massive Attack Collected
Masta Ace Sittin' on Chrome
Masta Ace Take A Look Around
Masters Of Illusion Masters Of Illusion
Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Megadeth Endgame
Mekong Delta Intersections
Melody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo Chamber
Memphis May Fire The Hollow
Men Without Hats Love In the Age Of War
They're the band known for that one hit wonder forever ago but hold up; it's the year 2012 and Men Without Hats' new album is actually really solid. While Love In The Age Of War may lack in variety to some, every single song is well written and catchy synthpop similar to what you'd hear in the 80's. Anyone who can get into a bunch of songs abundant with synths, drum machines, weird lyrics, and more hooks than all the Peter Pan movies put together should definitely check this out. Old dogs don't have to learn new tricks if they're still succeeding at their current ones.
Mercyless Coloured Funeral
Mercyless Abject Offerings
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah obZen
Method Man Tical
Method Man 4:21... The Day After
Method Man Tical 2000: Judgement Day
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
MF DOOM Born Like This
Micall Parknsun First Second Time Around
Michael Jackson Thriller
Michael Jackson Bad
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Midnight Resistance Remote
Midnight Resistance The Mirror Cage
Miles Bonny Lumberjack Soul
Miles Davis Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Nefertiti R.E.T.R.O
Mind.In.A.Box pays homage to the good ol' days of bleeps and bloops. But due to the sheer brilliance of Mind.In.A.Box as an artist, there is no way this could be annoying or bad, and listening to this album proves it. Right away you can tell there is a vintage mood in the air because of the opening instrumental. It consists of a very old style of synth repeating itself to create a the perfect mood to get you ready for the remainder of the album. Unfortuately, there are not too many vocals on the album which is shame considering how great Box's vocals are. However, in the songs that do have vocals you can hear how Stefan has adopted an almost opera style especially on the closing track Whatever Mattered. In conclusion, this is still the Mind.In.A.Box we love with the same mood, just a different sound. Revelations
Mint Julep Save Your Season
Mint Julep Adorn
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Minus the Bear Omni
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Mobb Deep Hell on Earth
Moby 18
Moby Everything is Wrong
Moby Destroyed
Model Kaos Ghost Market
Monstrosity Imperial Doom
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death
Morgue Eroded Thoughts
Mortification Post Momentary Affliction
Mos Def Black on Both Sides
Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Muse Showbiz
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Hullabaloo (Live CD or DVD)
Mutemath Reset
Mutemath Armistice
N.W.A. The Best of N.W.A
Nahemah The Second Philosophy
Nahemah A New Constellation
Naive Illuminatis
Necrophobic Bloodhymns
Necrophobic The Nocturnal Silence
Neil Young Greatest Hits
Neurotech Decipher Vol. 2
Neuroticfish Gelb
Neuroticfish Les Chansons Neurotiques
Neurotic songs? pass. No, wait; don't let the album's title fool you. This disc is chock full of catchy futurepop. In fact, THIS is what futurepop should sound like. Crisp production along with synth arppegios and depressing lyrics might sound like your typical mix, but Neuroticfish plays along and does it WELL.
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
New Order Get Ready
Night Sins New Grave
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
Nocow Like Apart
Nocturnus The Key
Nocturnus Thresholds
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Obituary Cause of Death
Obituary Slowly We Rot
Obliveon From This Day Forward
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Obscura Retribution
Obscura Omnivium
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
Onyx Bacdafucup
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Organized Konfusion Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Overkill The Years of Decay
Overkill Under the Influence
Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon
Panic Lift Witness To Our Collapse
Panic! At the Disco Vices & Virtues
Musically, Vices & Virtues brings flashbacks of glorious 80's pop; simple 4/4 drums, backing OH-OH-OH's (and other similar structured backing vocals) around every corner, and some of the freshest sounding synths and other sounds. Pair these with modern and bright production as well as Urie's (now matured) vocals and you have a very anthem-like album. Unfortunately, the clever and snappy wordplay found on Fever is missing...
Paradox Collision Course
Paradox Electrify
Pendragon Pure
With vocals similar to that of Steven Wilson, they are almost always the soft side, never really turning on the fire, even though the band might be playing like it's the end of the world. Leads are not shreddy but they fit perfectly throughout the songs; always changing depending on what the moment calls for. Overall, Pendragon's Pure is definitely an album worth listening to for fans of progressive bands like Riverside, Porcupine Tree or Sylvan.
Periphery Periphery
Probably one of the most hyped up releases of the year so far, and Periphery's self titled is well deserving of it. I must admit that I was unimpressed with the opening tracks, particularly the first two; they consisted of the usual chugs and polyrhythms while the vocals were totally average (ie. they were not demonstrating their potential). However, once I entered the middle portion of the album, I knew I was listening to some very special songs. Not only was there more variation in the music (leads and solos) but the vocalist really started to show his range, holding out long notes full of passion and sizzle. As if three guitarists wasn't enough, the album is packed with atmospheric pads in the background plus a few bits of drum programming, which really bring out that Animals as Leaders type of vibe. Another highlight of the album is the wonderful production, although it should be no surprise considering we have veteran musician Bulb in the front seat.
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
All they have is just bao nuh bao duh nuh nao we neh nuh nah nuh neh no...
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Meddle
Polluted Inheritance Ecocide
Polyenso Birth.Eater
Pride and Fall Elements of Silence
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Volition
Volition is PtH as you might expect, but with several new influences in the mix. Speaking of, the trip to a high end studio has definitely helped in creating a clear yet organic sound on the album. You can definitely tell the two guitarists and bassist have gotten better at playing their instruments and while they don't have any shame in showing off their chops on Volition, the eleven tracks remain straightforward and fresh sounding. But despite who's behind the kit, I still don't find myself ever paying attention to the drums.
Psyborg Corp. The Mechanical Renaissance
Everything you could ever want in a modern industrial act is right here in The Mechanical Renaissance. This long awaited album has actually built up well deserved hype for months and it has delivered exactly what industrial fans have expected if not more. A unique harsh voice backed by danceable beats and synths create songs that are equally catchy and brutal.
Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Pulp Different Class
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rabbit Junk REframe
The only experience I've had with JP Anderson is The Shizit, and his album is hell on disc, fueled with rage and no other emotion. In Rabbit Junk, there is still a lot of fury to be shared, but imagine that mixed in with almost a pop-like element. As disastrous as it sounds on paper, REframe is really a killer album; Anderson brings the rage while his leading lady handles the "yeah yeah yeah!" So as raw as this album sounds (yes, even literally) REframe is a very fresh sounding album, unlike anything you could ever listen to. Highly recommended for those into The Shizit, Mindless Self Indulgence, or any other similar industrial rock/metal acts.
Rabbit Junk Project Nonagon
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead In Rainbows
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rainbow Rising
Rainbow Long Live Rock & Roll
Raised By Swans Codes and Secret Longings
Ramming Speed Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Rammstein Völkerball
a live cd/dvd can be good in two ways. one is that the band changes things up in their songs, either improvising their lines or adding jams between songs. Another way is that the band makes minimal changes to their songs but sounds amazing live, either as good as on disc or better. In Volkerball, Rammstein does the latter.
Ras Kass Soul on Ice
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Revocation Chaos of Forms
Riot Thundersteel
Rival Sons Pressure And Time
Riverside Voices In My Head
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
If you look back at previous Riverside albums, each of them contains two sounds: laid back, quiet parts and the furious rock stuff. In fact, there were some songs that were devoted to just one of these sounds. On Anno Domini High Definition, it seems as though blood is boiling; most of the album is fast and furious with even some very powerful screaming coming from the vocalist. There are still numerous quiet parts in this collection of songs, but the entire album gives off a very pissed off feeling, and suits Riverside very well.
Robben Ford Sunrise
Robben Ford Tiger Walk
Robben Ford Soul On Ten
Robben Ford Truth
Robben Ford The Inside Story
Robben Ford Bringing It Back Home
Ford truly does bring it back home on his latest release. The entire album is strangely cohesive and has a very prominent "live" vibe, which not only adds to the overall enjoyment of the album but also makes you wonder if the songs were recorded in chronological order in a live setting. You also get a very laid back feeling when listening to the album which isn't a bad thing at all, considering Robben shines best when performing at a slow or mid paced tempo along with a bunch of other instruments, whether they be a Rhodes pianist or a trumpeter.
Robin Trower In City Dreams
Rory Gallagher Deuce
Rory Gallagher Calling Card
Runemagick The Supreme Force of Eternity
Rush Clockwork Angels
Rx Bandits Progress
Sacred Oath A Crystal Vision
Sacred Warrior Wicked Generation
Sacred Warrior Rebellion
Sacred Warrior Obsessions
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Sainthood Reps Headswell
Saosin Saosin
Sarin Sunday The Path Before Us
Sarin Sunday The Lonely Hike
Satellite A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset
Scarface The Diary
Scientifik Criminal
Scientifik The Most Blunted
Scorpions Animal Magnetism
Scorpions Lovedrive
Scorpions Virgin Killer
Scorpions In Trance
Senses Fail Renacer
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Sights and Sounds Monolith
SikTh How May I Help You?
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Silversun Pickups Seasick
Sin Cos Tan Sin Cos Tan
Skrein The Eat Up
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
This album will stand apart from other albums of the same genre, I guarantee it. There is an extremely heavy use of electronics/prgramming in every song and I'm not talking about amateur synth lines and pads. This album contains unique programming whether it be bleeps and bloops, drums, or some other sounds. This along with the very technical guitars make this album very very enjoyable.
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer Haunting the Chapel
Slayer South of Heaven
Sleep Sleep's Holy Mountain
Slo Burn Amusing The Amazing
Slowdive Souvlaki
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Sodom M-16
Sodom In War and Pieces
Solace (CAN) Call & Response
Solitary Experiments Compendium
Solitary Experiments has always been one of the top bands when it comes to futurepop with elements of EBM. However, all of their work seems to have one certain (and unexplainable) characteristic missing. That said, this album is something I have never seen in an industrial/futurepop remix album. Not only are songs remixed and remastered, but many of them contain guest vocals from well know industrial acts such as X-Fusion and Agonoize. They add so much more to the original tracks and so that they do not only live up to the originals, but they are given new life so that they appeal not only to the older listeners but even to new listeners looking for modern sound and production.
Solitary Experiments Mind Over Matter
Solitary Experiments Compendium 2
It's odd to see that although Compendium 2 is a series of b-sides and rarities, most of them are way better than some of the songs that have appeared on actual Solitary Experiments LP's. This fact makes Compendium 2 an album in itself, as opposed to just a compilation. Definitely one of the strongest futurepop albums released in 2010.
Souls of Mischief 93 'til Infinity
Spice 1 Spice 1
Spice 1 187 He Wrote
Spock's Beard V
Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers
Spock's Beard The Light
State of the Evol Love Industry
Gold in the form of futurepop is what I would call this album. Every single song covers a variety of moods, and each song has hooks and beats that you can either sing or dance along to. On the outside, this album may seem like just an ordinary futurepop record. Once you start listening to it, you get this urge to tap your foot, nod your head, or whatever people do these days. Hell, there's even a song devoted to sex.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan In Step
Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Stolas Living Creatures
Stratovarius Twilight Time
Stumbleine All For Your Smile
Stumbleine Drifting Youth
Stumbleine Spiderwebbed
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour - The Remixes
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Substructure Monolith
Suicide Commando Implements of Hell
He killed her with a hammer, in her sleep. Cut off her head and hands. And then put her vocal chords in the garbage disposal and threw darts at her severed head....
...Severed head.
Cannibalizing...raping her headless body...

Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Sungrazer Mirador
Swarms I Gave You Everything
Swarms Nostalgia
Sweet Trip You Will Never Know Why
Swollen Members Bad Dreams
Sword Metalized
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
At first, I thought this would be typical All That Remains/As I Lay Dying metalcore meaning that I would be listening to something I'd pretty much heard before. However, this band brings in elements from the past and fuses them with metalcore to create genuine thrash that is almost invisible in modern metal acts today. Solos/leads are executed at just the right moments and they exhibit the strong talent that the guitarists possess. The drummer also has his chops high and with aid from the bassist, there is an unbreakable rhythm as the vocalist unleashes mostly political inspired lyrics.
Sylvan Sceneries
Syrian De-Synchronized
System Syn End
Systemshock Virus-Electro
Just looking at Systemshock gives you an idea of what they're music is going to sound like. I walked into Virus-Electro a bit skeptical because of this, but what I got back simply blew my mind. Not only is Virus-Electro amazing, but it is also a possible contender for album of the year! There is a perfect equilibrium between industrial and rock (although more bias for industrial :D) and it just sounds so natural. The vocals are fantastic and original, very little screaming but plenty of distortion to make an aggro type of sound. Synth lines are excellent and do a brilliant job of driving each song while the guitars chug out the rhythm chords and sometimes even come out for a simple solo or two. I a very proud of these newcomers Systemshock for releasing such a brutal yet fun industrial album for the year 2010.
Testament Practice What You Preach
Testament Souls of Black
Testament The Formation of Damnation
Testament Dark Roots of Earth
Tha Alkaholiks 21 & Over
Tha Dogg Pound Dogg Food
Thank You Scientist Maps of Non-Existent Places
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)
The Angelic Process Weighing Souls With Sand
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Birthday Massacre Hide and Seek
Watchu think was gonna happen?!
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Black Keys Magic Potion
The Chameleons Script of the Bridge
The Chameleons Strange Times
The Chasm Deathcult for Eternity: The Triumph
The Chasm Reaching the Veil of Death
The Chasm Procreation of the Inner Temple
The Chasm From the Lost Years
The Chemical Brothers Singles 93-03
The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day
The Cinematic Orchestra Horizon
The Cinematics A Strange Education
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Coup Steal This Album
The Crown Deathrace King
The Crystal Method Tweekend
The Crystal Method Vegas
The Cure Disintegration
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution
The Echoing Green In Scarlet And Vile
The Epilogues Cinematics
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Futureheads The Futureheads
The History Of Apple Pie Out Of View
The Hives Tyrannosaurus Hives
The Hives Veni Vidi Vicious
The Hives Barely Legal
The Intersphere Hold On, Liberty!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The Joy Formidable A Balloon Called Moaning
The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Kymatica 2011 EP
The Machine Calmer Than You Are
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The New Division Shadows
The New Division The Rookie
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Organ Grab That Gun
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police Outlandos d'Amour
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely
The Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & Melody
The Shizit The Shizit
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Smiths The Smiths
The Smiths Meat Is Murder
The Strokes Angles
The Subways Young For Eternity
The White Stripes Elephant
The White Stripes Icky Thump
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
Therion Beyond Sanctorum
Thin Lizzy Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Thin Lizzy Vagabonds of the Western World
THYX The Way Home
I sure as hell ain't complaining why this isn't that much different than Stefan's other project Mind.In.A.Box. One comment I do have is how more of the songs on The Way Home follow a more standard song structure than any of the songs on a Box album. You will hear distinct parts in each song meant to represent the verse, chorus, etc. which leads me to believe that while the instrumentation remains the same as in Mind.In.A.Box, THYX is overall a bit less experimental, a bit less progressive, but much more club friendly. You will still hear epic buildups in several songs in typical Box fashion, but nearly every song has a driving pulse serving another purpose.
Tigers Jaw Two Worlds
Tigers Jaw Spirit Desire
Torche Harmonicraft
Toxik Think This
Tripwires Spacehopper
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium Shogun
Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History
UFO Lights Out
UFO Obsession
UFO No Heavy Petting
UFO Force It
UFO Phenomenon
Ulrich Schnauss A Strangely Isolated Place
Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Underoath Disambiguation
Vader Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Valkyria Valkyria
Van Halen Fair Warning
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Outer Isolation
Vicious Rumors Vicious Rumors
Vildhjarta Masstaden
Vildhjarta Thousands of Evils
Vio-Lence Eternal Nightmare
Violator Chemical Assault
VNV Nation Futureperfect
VNV Nation Empires
VNV Nation Automatic
Voivod Killing Technology
Vomitory Raped In Their Own Blood
Walking With Strangers Hardships
Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse
Washed Out Within and Without
Waves Under Water All Of Your Light
Wayd Barriers
Weezer Weezer
Weezer Weezer (Deluxe Edition)
What's Left Of Her Perceptions
Whiplash Power and Pain
White Arms of Athena Astrodrama
White Lies Ritual
You almost have to ask yourself if you're listening The Killers at times, or hell, even an old Tears For Fears album. The vocals are much more expressive this time around plus there is an upbeat synth-heavy vibe in nearly every song.
Wintersun Wintersun
Woe Of Tyrants Behold the Lion
Holy hell, little did I know that I was going to be in for a treat when I listened to this. Seeing as I was in love with Threnody and Kingdom Of Might, I thought that perhaps the band's first effort, Behold the Lion, might be average (surely it would be impossible for the band to be out 3 amazing albums). But once I got listening, I felt as if these songs simply stood out from the usual death metal tracks I've been hearing; the entire album combined groove, aggression, and melody all into one amazing sounding package which was exactly what I look for in death metal. And to make matters better, each song was flared with a bit of southern sizzle, especially in the leads and solos.
Woe Of Tyrants Kingdom of Might
Very solid release from a young death metal act. Every single lick and solo has gotta be some of the tastiest sounding passages I've heard in quite some time. Still a shred galore and sure to cause your neck to snap due to all the headbangable parts, but the melodic aspect just soars miles ahead and really grabs you attention.
Woe Of Tyrants Threnody
Woods of Desolation As the Stars
World's Fair Bastards Of The Party
Wot Gorilla? Kebnekaise
Wretched (USA-NC) Beyond The Gate
Wu-Block Wu-Block
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever
Wu-Tang Clan The W
Wynardtage Sleepless In Heaven
X-Ecutioners Built From Scratch
The X- Men do one thing on this album, and that is scratch. Better yet, they do it brilliantly, not over doing it on any song so that it just sounds like noise. However, we know that there are a number of people who do not enjoy instrumentals for so long and prefer singing to go along with them, regardless of genre. That prayer is answered in this album, as the The X-Men invite several guests, most low brow, to the mic stand. My only complaint of this album is the numerous skits, most about 1 minute or so, that are disguised as tracks. They may appear comical at first but then they grow annoying and that start to look immature compared to the actual songs.
Yppah Eighty One
[:SITD:] Icon:Koru
Icon:Koru is harsher, faster, and just plain damn heavier than what you may be expecting. That's not to say this is a totally different [:SITD:] you'll be hearing, because all of those typical things they do in their music are still there but let's be frank: [:SITD:] was always a little more brutal than their contemporaries anyway. Let's just say [:SITD:] has been spending a lot more time at the gym and that Icon:Koru is what they see in the mirror every time they flex.

3.5 great
2Pac Me Against the World
3rd Bass The Cactus Album
A Day to Remember Common Courtesy
A Hope For Home The Everlasting Man
Right after listening, it sounds like A Hope For Home has put a large amount of effort into getting a message across to the listener. In such a class of music, long song lengths are a plus but only when used sparingly. But on The Everlasting Man, we are treated with a relatively high number of longer songs, all with a progressive structure. Also, it is easy to hear the large influence this band has from Underoath. With twin guitars, twin vocals, and keyboards, Hope's music comes off as almost a carbon copy of Underoath except it does not execute as smoothly. Lyrics consist of overly religious lyrics which may turn off the listener. As a result, we have a young band that is just trying way too hard.
A Lot Like Birds Plan B
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
A Love Like Pi The Atlas And The Oyster
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Abandon All Ships Geeving
Above The Law Livin' Like Hustlers
Above The Law Black Mafia Life
Accessory Titan
Advance Deus Ex Machina
Aeternam Disciples of the Unseen
After Me, The Flood Remembrance
After the Burial Rareform
i would say that the only thing that bothers me about this album is the mixing; the bass drum is incredibly over powering and actually hurts your ears at times when wearing headphones at high volume. but speaking about the actual album content; yes, nothing new is attempted here but what this band does, they do it very well. Leads are incredibly melodic and go so nicely with the aggressive chug chug happening in the background.
After the Burial In Dreams
After the Burial correct all the flaws that were present in their previous album. Ranging from the lack of a definite song structure to just too much chugging and not enough variation. The presence of clean vocals is a nice touch, as they appear sparsely throughout the album, and they don't take away from any aggression that the band is trying to put out. Each of the 8 songs on In Dreams has a formula to follow, and it works in such a way that the listener doesn't get lost in the song. My only issue with the album is its length; with only 8 songs, it wouldn't have killed the band to maybe add two more songs to the mix instead of leaving listeners wanting more. I mean, they DID have 2 years to write this.
Aktive.Hate In Terrorem
In Terrorem might be your typical aggrotech album, but it still succeeds in delivering catchy and brutal songs. There is a particularly heavy use of guitars on this album which is a nice touch, yet they still remain in the background simply chugging rhythm chords. The definite highlight of the album is the track Mixed Feelings as it has an unbelievably catchy chorus that has CLEAN VOCALS. YES. CLEAN FUCKING VOCALS. This is not only the best song on the album but certainly one of my favourite tracks of the year.
Alarum Fluid Motion
Alcest Shelter
Aliases Safer Than Reality
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alice in Chains Facelift
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Alphaville Forever Young
Amia Venera Landscape Amia Venera Landscape
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Anacrusis Suffering Hour
Anacrusis Reason
Anagnorisis Beyond All Light
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Angels & Agony Avatar
Angels & Agony Eternity
Angels On Acid Blood Sweat and Tears
What really makes Blood Sweat and Tears stand out from the rest of the pack is the inclusion of a psytrance element in the music. On paper, this sounds like a typical feature in today's ebm and aggrotech but surprisingly it is a very rare thing to hear. Fortunately, Angels On Acid executes it well which further strengthens their more abundant use of beats, arpeggios, and harsh vocals. The album does not appear to be very long, but it is made longer with the addition of five remixes of songs alreaady existing on the disc. Luckily they do not add any faults to the album as they are all fairly good songs, yet remain as their own instead of sounding too much like the original mixes.
Animations Animations
Animations is one of those neo-prog instrumental bands that fuses progressive metal and jazz into a very nice listen. Right off the bat, you know there'll be a ton of wank, but at the same time there is emotion flowing through each song. The tracks range from 4 minutes all the way to 18 minutes, but each has its own mood so that the listener can tell which song is which and so that they do not get bored. Every band member is infinitely skilled on their respective instrument which is a must for a band like this, but they also know the lesson of when enough is enough.
Annihilator Annihilator
Annihilator Feast
Anthrax Among the Living
Apollo Brown and O.C. Trophies
Apoptygma Berzerk Welcome To Earth
Apoptygma Berzerk Harmonizer
Apoptygma Berzerk You and Me Against the World
Apop finally do what many synthpop try and fail to do and that is to create a synthrock album that is both catchy and worth hearing. Tracks like Cambodia and Back on Track are just screaming to be sung a long to and with the entire album being so upbeat, it's hard not to let that voice of yours shine. But don't think this album suffers from ADHD because there are couple slow tunes in the mix that serve a purpose and are not just filler.
Apoptygma Berzerk Apbl2000
Apoptygma Berzerk 7
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Architects Nightmares
Architects Hollow Crown
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
Arctic Monkeys Brianstorm
Arctic Monkeys AM
Damn the backing vocals on this album are amazing.
Art vs. Science The Experiment
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Ashbury Heights Three Cheers For The Newlydeads
As much a synthpop album as one can want. The duo of Ashbury Heights utilizes only synthesizers to create an extremely catchy album that one can either dance along to or sing along to (or both if he/she is in a gutsy mood). Luckily, we also hear both male and female vocals in a few of the tracks which is always a joy when it comes to synthpop like this. Top tracks include Derrick Is A Strange Machine, Christ, and Eternity At An End.
Asphyx On The Wings of Inferno
Asphyx Deathhammer
Asphyxia Sense Of Decay
Assemblage 23 Contempt
Assemblage 23 Defiance
Assemblage 23 Document
This EP consists of several remixes of one of the very first Assemblage 23 songs plus another b-side. What really makes this remix album amazing is the variety of different paths that each remix takes. A major problem with an album like this is that it may get boring because of a single song being remixed over and over again. Or simply, the remixes are terrible. However, Document is literally re-shaped in every single remix. Standouts include the the Das Ich, Forma Tadre, and Ultimate-Gloom-Mix B takes.
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Atheist Jupiter
Atoma Skylight
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Leveler
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
AZ Doe or Die
AZ Pieces of a Man
Azure Ray As Above So Below
B.B. King Completely Well
B.B. King One Kind Favor
Babylonia Later Tonight
Beach House Bloom
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys Ill Communication
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Becoming The Archetype Celestial Completion
Benediction Subconscious Terror
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Big Daddy Kane Long Live The Kane
Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz Here
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground
Big L The Big Picture
Big L 139 & Lenox
Big Pun Capital Punishment
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Black Star Black Star
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Blaqk Audio CexCells
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bloc Party Four More
Bloc Party The Nextwave Sessions
Bloodhound Gang Hooray For Boobies
Bloodhound Gang Hefty Fine
Blue Foundation Life Of A Ghost
Blue Stahli Blue Stahli
It's funny because even though this is produced by Klayton (the man behind Celldweller), Blue Stahli is better than anything he's put out since Celldweller's debut album. Yes, Blue Stahli is literally a clone of that smooth, polished industrial rock sound that Celldweller helped bring up, but there are times when he really does sound like Maynard James Keenan which add a bit of freshness to the overall sound.
Blue Stahli The Devil: Chapter 01
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos
Bolt Thrower War Master
Bolt Thrower Mercenary
Boom Boom Satellites Embrace
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer
Boy Kill Boy Civilian
Boys Night Out TrainWreck
Boys Night Out Make Yourself Sick
Braid/Balance and Composure Split
Brand Nubian Everything Is Everything
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
Broken Note Terminal Static
Brotha Lynch Hung Season of da Siccness
Brother Ali Shadows On The Sun
Brother Ali Champion
Burial Street Halo
Burial Rival Dealer
So this is what it feels like to cry in 2013
Bury Your Dead Beauty and the Breakdown
Caliban Say Hello to Tragedy
Caliban I Am Nemesis
Unexpectedly (at least to me), I Am Nemesis is Caliban's most focused, heaviest, and cohesive album yet. You'll hardly find the predictable screamed verse-clean chorus song structure that seems to haunt modern metalcore bands these days. Instead, I Am Nemesis is chock full of atmosphere and emotion; more so than any other Caliban album.
Camel The Snow Goose
Cannibal Corpse Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse Vile
Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face
Canvas Solaris Cortical Tectonics
Canvas Solaris Penumbra Diffuse
Canvas Solaris The Atomized Dream
Captain, We're Sinking The Future Is Cancelled
Carbon Based Lifeforms World Of Sleepers
Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden
Carnage Dark Recollections
Casual Fear Itself
Celldweller Celldweller
Cenotaph (Mex) The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows
Centuries Apart Malachi
Ceruleus Trenches
Cesium_137 Identity
Cesium_137 are blessed (or perhaps even cursed) with the gift of remaining consistent throughout every single album they write. But even though they stick to standard structured futurepop, they still seem to create an album with songs that sound different that a previous album. Identity is the album to prove this; with amazing tracks like Embers, Dither, and Firewalker the album remains to be something you could listen to over and over without getting confused or bored.
Cesium_137 Proof Of Life
Cesium_137 Intelligent Design
Chemical Breath Fatal Exposure
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Chimaira Resurrection
Chimp Spanner At the Dream's Edge
Chiodos Illuminaudio
Chrom Electroscope
Chronographs Nausea
Cilvaringz I
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Circa Survive Appendage
Circle of Contempt Entwine the Threads
City in the Sea Below the Noise
IMMENSE clean vocals only to be let down by fairly uninspired music, containing those typical melodic guitar lines and metalcore breakdowns.
Cloudkicker The Discovery
When it comes to instrumental music, the artist usually needs to work harder to cut through than if there was a vocalist. Cloudkicker does just that despite using any leads or solos, which is quite unbelievable. Chord progressions are really what the listener has to rely on to enjoy a song and luckily most of them are just perfect. The use of background noise and a few effects such as delay enhance the listening experience as well.
Cloudkicker The Map Is Not the Territory
Cloudkicker Portmanteau
Cloudkicker Beacons
Clubroot Clubroot
Clubroot III - MMXII
Clubroot Summons
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Com Truise In Decay
Common Be
Conflicted Social Disorder
Corelia Nostalgia
Counterparts Prophets
A young metalcore band that reminds us all of old Misery Signals. While the songs are much shorter, they still contain clean breaks, mathy chug riffs, and gruff yet heartfelt vocals.
Covenant Northern Light
Covenant Skyshaper
Covenant Modern Ruin
While Covenant don't change their literal "sound" on Modern Ruin (ie. if it ain't broke, don't fix it), they certainly improve in songwriting as the three piece creates more traditional sounding EBM/futurepop tunes which is exactly what they excel at.
Crazy Town Darkhorse
Crazy Town step it up with a more serious approach to song writing. Most of the tracks are still nothing special, but it all depends on the listener. There are still the familiar "fuck my ex" tunes such as Waste of My Time but with solid rock hits like Decorated or Drowning this album really has potential to connect with angst ridden teens or maybe just us regular folk.
Cream Disraeli Gears
Crimson Glory Crimson Glory
Crosses Crosses
Culture Kultur Reborn
As much of a futurepop record as one can get. However, it is still possible that the love for many of the tracks may die out. In other words, they will start to become bland and lose their catch. But depending on the listener, there are still hooks, arps, beats and a voice more than capable of delivering the goods. Standout track is definitely Wonder.
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume One
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume Two
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Cyanotic MedPack Vol. 1
CygnosiC A Deity In Pain
CygnosiC Fire And Forget
Cyrus Malachi The Isis Papers
D.I.T.C. D.I.T.C.
Da Lench Mob Guerillas in tha Mist
Daath The Hinderers
A true American metal band with two very knowledgeable guitarists might hint that this is an amazing album. However, this is where assumptions might not be so accurate. Many of the songs follow the same structure resulting in difficulty to figure out which song is which. The only real excitement the listener might get are from the leads, which follow very irregular scales despite what the background chords may be. Fortunately, this album does show a lot of promise for Daath.
Daath The Concealers
Pure metal is what these guys put out; crushing and fast, Daath never gives the listener a chance to breath, except for a few soft parts (those are only like 5 seconds long though). However, don't think this to be some mindless headbanger's album as there are a ton of grooves to nod your head at plus lyrics that truly make you think. My only issue with this album is that there is still too much potential that has not been reached. The two guitarists in this band are ridiculous, but they do not fully show off their skills which I know they possess.
Daath Daath
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Homework
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
Daft Punk Tron Legacy: Reconfigured
Perhaps this soundtrack has been reconfigured so much that you forget it's just a soundtrack? This remix album aims to get Tron on the dancefloor and it certainly succeeds. Anyone who found the original soundtrack to have a few highlights but nothing more should definitely give this a spin. It is unfortunate that not every track on the original was remixed, but each remix is quite unique so that you won't really mind if there are two remixes of End of the Line, etc.
Damn the Machine Damn the Machine
Damnation Rebel Souls
Dark Angel Time Does Not Heal
Dark Angel Leave Scars
Dark Angel We Have Arrived
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Day. Week. Repeat. Envelopes
Dead Congregation Graves of the Archangels
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
Death And The Lament Between Still Dimensions
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
I guess it can't be too much of a surprise when many of the tracks on this particular "electro-punk" album are very short. However, the band retains fury and groove in such a way, that a listener can dance to one track and suddenly jump up and down to the next.
DeathevokatioN The Chalice Of Ages
Deathrow Riders of Doom
Decapitated The Negation
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Deicide Deicide
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Demented Ted Promises Impure
Demigod Shadow Mechanics
Depeche Mode Exciter
Depeche Mode step into the modern world with Exciter. Every song has a smooth, sensual, R&B vibe accompanied by the fantastic vocals of Gahan and Gore.
Depeche Mode Ultra
Depeche Mode A Broken Frame
Depeche Mode Sounds Of The Universe
Destroid Silent World
Destruction Infernal Overkill
Destruction Thrash Anthems
Destruction Spiritual Genocide
Devin Townsend Infinity
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Diffuzion Winter Cities
Digitalism Pogo
Digitalism Blitz
Dinosaur Pile-Up Nature Nurture
Dio The Last in Line
Disembarkation Rancorous Observation
Diverse For All It's Worth
Divinity The Singularity
As much as I loved their chaotic debut, Divinity straighten their ties and iron their shirts. In The Singularity, you are treated with a set of wonderful progressive and melodic death metal songs. You won't find any short tracks on this one like in their debut, but each song still grabs your attention with twisting time signatures, wonderful solos and riffs, and tons of synths in the background. Amazingly, this album was all produced/mastered/mixed by the band yet it sounds like it's been done in a professional studio. A true gem from an underrated band.
DJ Muggs and Planet Asia Pain Language
Doomtree No Kings
Dormant Ordeal It Rains, It Pours
Dr. Dre 2001
Drained Scorn Release The Hate
It's amazing how Drained Scorn almost sits in the middle when it comes to focusing on thrashy aggression or ditching it all and writing with slow groove. Release The Hate has songs that rely on either mood and some very special ones that have both. While these latter ones are not the standout tracks, they are still effective in getting your rear end to the dance floor or tempting you to just sit in silent darkness.
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Images and Words
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It
Edge Of Dawn Enjoy The Fall
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Eiffel 65 Europop
Eleven Tigers Clouds Are Mountains
Elitist Caves
Elitist Reshape Reason
Yes, the drums sound like crap and sure, you could even argue that all the songs sound the same on this thing. However, for those really into that relatively new brand of metalcore (you know, the one dubbed as progressive, with all the melodic wank and djenty rhythms?), Reshape Reason will certainly be a treat.
Emarosa This is Your Way Out
Emery We Do What We Want
Like the title says, they do what they fucking want. Similarly, I'll rate this what I want. But seriously, as much as I love my Emery this may be their least satisfying album to date. Most noticeably, it's in the vocal harmonies; you might notice that, well, there are barely any which is a shame because that's literally a signature of Emery. Vocal harmonies are replaced by harsh vocals (which may or may not be a problem for you) but with all of this aside, this is still Emery as clever and sharp as ever. The music has improved technically and there is more thought put into what the keys are doing in each song. On first impression I thought the album was perfectly fine for some other band's debut album but one could expect a little more when it comes to Emery. EDIT: Nevermind this shit is awesome.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Endanger Eternalizer
Energetic Krusher Path to Oblivion
Enshine Origin
Enslaved Ruun
Entombed Left Hand Path
Entombed Clandestine
Epidemic Decameron
ERRA Impulse
Escape With Romeo History
As this was my first and only listen of Escape With Romeo, I thought this greatest hits compilation would be the most suitable way to judge the band. As soon as I got through the album, I was incredibly confused about what to label this band. Synthpop? Rock? Alternative? But with more listening, the label started to become meaningless and I realized just how good Escape With Romeo was. Poetic and thought provoking lyrics are the true stand out on History, especially on a track like The Godz Look Down On Us.
Escape With Romeo Samsara
Evan Brewer Your Itinerary
Everything in Slow Motion Red
Everything in Slow Motion Phoenix
Exhorder The Law
Exivious Exivious
Exodus Fabulous Disaster
Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Exodus Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in Darkness
Facing New York Get Hot
Fail Emotions Transfornation
Fail Emotions Speed Of Light
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Falling Up Dawn Escapes
Falling Up Exit Lights
Falling Up Your Sparkling Death Cometh
Falling Up Hours
Fallujah The Harvest Wombs
Fallujah Nomadic
Fallujah takes a huge step forward on Nomadic and the execution is brilliant, aside from some questionable drum production. My only issue is that out of the three tracks on this EP, "Silent" is pretty much skip-worthy ambient nonsense. I don't think it would have killed the band to add another "real" song to the track list. Of the two remaining songs, there are a ton of influences on them from all genres of metal. As long as Fallujah remain on this path, their next LP is sure to get them some well deserved attention.
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have Now
All That We Have Now is another testament to how only the Japanese can make trancecore enjoyable. Take this album and hell, the whole genre seriously and you're going to have a bad time.
Fischerspooner Odyssey
Fliptrix Force Fed Imagery
Flourishing The Sum of All Fossils
Fluke Puppy
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
For the Fallen Dreams Changes
I suppose you could call this a poor man's Misery Signals? But since that may be offensive, Misery Signals Jr. will do. Unlike many of the Rise albums today, Changes stands out in a heavier, technical, and more melodic sense. Not that there's autotuned clean vocals or anything, but the melodic licks escaping from the guitars create a perfect balance to the gruff vocals and chugging chords.
For the Fallen Dreams Relentless
Forbidden Forbidden Evil
Forced Entry As Above, So Below
Foreign Beggars United Colours Of Beggattron
Foreign Beggars Bukkake Ski Trip
Fractal Gates Beyond The Self
Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Freakangel The Faults Of Humanity
Freakangel Let It All End
Friend For A Foe Source of Isolation
From Exile Just Like You Imagined
Front Line Assembly Implode
Funebrarum The Sleep of Morbid Dreams
Gama Bomb Citizen Brain
Gamma Ray Land of the Free
Gang Starr Hard to Earn
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Geto Boys Grip It! On That Other Level
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Ghosts Of Paraguay On The Run
Glaciers Of Mountains and Monuments
Gob Muertos Vivos
God Is an Astronaut The End of the Beginning
God Is an Astronaut God Is an Astronaut
God Module Victims Among Friends
God Module Perception
God Module Viscera
Gorguts Obscura
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Gorod Neurotripsicks
Gorod Transcendence
Grave Into the Grave
Grave You'll Never See...
Grave Endless Procession Of Souls
Graveyard (ESP) The Sea Grave
Green Day American Idiot
Gru Cosmogenesis
Grum Heartbeats
Guthrie Govan & The Fellowship The Basement Club Band
GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword
Hacride Amoeba
Hadouken! Oxygen
Haji's Kitchen Twenty Twelve
Haken The Mountain
Hands Creator
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Hard-Fi Stars Of CCTV
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Havoc (USA-CA) The Grip
Havok Unnatural Selection
Havok are continuing to succeed at what your precious dinosaur bands from the 80s suck at doing now
Heart Little Queen
Heaven Shall Burn Antigone
Heaven Shall Burn Whatever It May Take
Heaven Shall Burn Deaf to Our Prayers
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)
Heavy Load Death or Glory
Helloween Walls of Jericho
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Helloween Helloween
Helstar Nosferatu
Hexen State of Insurgency
Hidden Orchestra Archipelago
Hieroglyphics Full Circle
Hieronymus Bosch Equivoke
Hocico Sangre Hirviente
Hocico Wrack and Ruin
Hocico comes back to the style of their first album: cold, but with very simple song structures. While the album before this was full of catchy arps and beats, it still had that Hocico feeling. Here, much of those catchy elements are missing so there is possibility that one may even get bored with this if they are used to second-album-style Hocico.
Hocico Los Hijos Del Infierno
Hocico Odio Bajo El Alma
Hocico Cronicas Letales III
Hocico El Ultimo Minuto
Hollerado White Paint
Hollow Modern Cathedral
Hollow Architect of the Mind
Holy Other Held
Horrendous The Chills
Hotel of the Laughing Tree Terror and Everything After
House Vs. Hurricane Perspectives
I See Stars 3D
Hmm, perhaps it is the early novelty, but this album stands out more than any other post-hardcore/pop album put out this year. Yes, nothing new is attempted here and while listening to this album, you will hear the screaming, the breakdowns, the synth leads, and perhaps not as noticeable, you will hear the autotune engulfing the singer's voice but this is not a surprise, as any band in this genre uses it liberally. However, there is some unknown element that 3D possesses that raises them higher than anything. It ain't the lyrics; most of it revolves around relationships but there are some catchy lines that prove the lyricist to have some intelligence. It ain't the piercing screams. It ain't the sugar cleans, and it ain't the guitars...
I See Stars The End of the World Party
If you can get over the fact that the singer now sounds like he's ten years old (believe me, that's a high hurdle to get over) then you have the familiar sound of I See Stars. There is also a noticeable lack of synths on the album which is a shame because they are what brought 3D to a new pedestal. Aside from the overly sugary parts on the album, they are unequally balanced by the AMAZING heavy parts; with an amazing screamer it's surprising he wasn't utilized enough on World Party because his moments are honestly the only thing you'll look forward to when you listen to a song from this.
I See Stars New Demons
I, Omega Tale of the Complex Circuit
I, the Breather These Are My Sins
Ice Cube Kill at Will
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Iced Earth Iced Earth
If These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could Talk
Ignivomous Contragenesis
Ignominious Incarceration Of Winter Born
Definitely a young UK death metal that stands above the rest. Brutal vocals, tons of great riffing and a melodic element that really makes this a worthwhile listen. You won't hear breakdown after breakdown on this album like so many other bands suffer from.
Immolation Here in After
Immolation Failures for Gods
Immolation Unholy Cult
Immolation Dawn of Possession
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy
Still bitching about the "production"? Get your head out of your ass.
Imperative Reaction Imperative Reaction
In Every Breath Awakening
In Flames Clayman
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
In Strict Confidence La Parade Monstrueuse
In Strict Confidence proceed even further into the rock genre, but they never forget where their true roots lie. This album finds an equilibrium between both rock and industrial music and spits out some very catchy tunes. With the familiar "beauty and beast" vocals, two separate moods are created in nearly every song. Silver Bullets is easily one of my favourite songs this year.
In Strict Confidence Silver Bullets
Easily one of the best songs I've heard this year. The remixes and extra tracks aren't bad either, but they pale in comparison to the title track.
Incantation Primordial Domination
Informatik Syntax
Informatik Nymphomatik
Informatik Re:Vision
Informatik Arena
Innerpartysystem The Download EP
Insomnium Across the Dark
Inspectah Deck Uncontrolled Substance
Into the Ocean Ruins
IN[TOXIN] The Future Is Now
The Future Is Now is meant for the club setting and almost nothing else. Providing exquisite beats and synths to dance to, there isn't much else going on with this album. The various samples used in each track provide an extra spice that could otherwise cause the album to be a little too repetitive.
Irepress Samus Octology
Iris Awakening
Iris Reconnect
Iron Thrones Visions of Light
Take the hit or miss vocals of Tommy Rogers from BTBAM and add the simple yet effective music of solo Devin Townsend and you get Iron Thrones. Very epic yet brutal at the same time. While there might not be much singing, there are numerous guitar solos that provide more than enough melody.
J-Live The Best Part
Jack Slater Blut Macht Frei
A lot more death-y than their latest release, Slater combine all that we love from tech death: great vocals, twin guitar assault and bass that is loud enough to hear that familiar rattle. Leads are much more abundant than in their newer album, and they utilize nontraditional structure plus many of them use those good ol' whammy tricks that have not been used in death metal for quite some time. By the way, prepare for a saxophone solo in Narbe Part 3.
James LaBrie Impermanent Resonance
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jay-Z The Black Album
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Jean Baudin Solace
Jeff Beck Blow by Blow
Jesu Silver
Jesu Conqueror
Jimi Hendrix The Cry of Love
Joe Bonamassa Sloe Gin
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl
Joe Satriani Super Colossal
John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
John Maus A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased
John Mayer Heavier Things
John Mayer Continuum
John Mayer Battle Studies
Journal Unlorja
I'll admit I was a little hesitant to give this a listen due to the high similarities between Journal and over the top bands like The Crinn. However, I was treated to a collection of songs and one minute interludes on Unlorja that where just fantastic. Forget the spastic image that you may get if you simply just visit the band's myspace; in fact, Journal really knows how to mix chaos and musicality into one listenable concoction. Sure, there is dissonance quite often, but it just seems to fit most of the time, and either way, all is forgiven once beautiful guitar (or vocal) melodies start appearing. My only issue with this album are the vocals, and while they may be great, there are not enough cleans on this album as there should be. The vocalist sounds like a standard metalcore screamer but when he starts singing it's as if the guy from Textures has suddenly taken over.
JR and PH7 The Update
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Turbo
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
Junius Reports From The Threshold of Death
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers
Kalisia Skies
Kalmah Swamplord
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Kalter Ubuntu
Karate High School The League Of Tomorrow
SOMETIMES WHEN YOU LOSE YOU WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN....huh? oh sorry. This is just a hint to the unbelievable treat your ears will receive. Take your pick from strong vocal, guitar, or synth hooks. Catchy as hell post-hardcore, The League of Tomorrow never over does it on the synths nor are the synths barely audible. This isn't like those serious RARARARA albums you've grown to hate, this album allows any listener to go wild and not be judged.
Kasabian Kasabian
Kekal 1000 Thoughts of Violence
Kekal The Painful Experience
King Crimson Red
King Diamond ''Them''
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Klashnekoff The Sagas of Klashnekoff
Klatu Mutual
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Road to the Riches
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or Alive
Korzus Discipline Of Hate
Kowalski For The Love Of Letting Go
Kreator Terrible Certainty
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
Kriminal Minds Resistance Against
Kryptic Minds Can't Sleep
Kuedo Videowave
Last Chance to Reason Level 2
Last Chance to Reason Level 3
Late Phantom Papers
Late Night Alumni Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Etc.
Finding a balance between chill music and music I can be active with has always been a challenging thing for me. Chill music is something I can listen to only when I'm in a relaxed mood and doing very light activities. However, Of Birds has the power to fill both of these shoes; even though a quick skim may give the sound of a pure chill album, there is a subtle energy on this album that really makes it a well rounded listen.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Leprous Bilateral
Letting Up Despite Great Faults Untogether
Lich King World Gone Dead
Lich King Born of the Bomb
Lights Siberia
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Loading Data Double Disco Animal Style
Loolacoma Animam
Lord Finesse Return Of The Funky Man
Los Campesinos! No Blues
Lostprophets Start Something
Lute West1996
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
M83 Digital Shades Vol. 1
M83 Saturdays=Youth
M9 Magna Carta
Magic Wands Aloha Moon
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Malefice Entities
A young UK metalcore band that, while does nothing new, brings in the good ol' headbanging that we've been craving for. Nowadays, many young bands are competing over who can sweep the fastest or skip the most strings, but Entities ditches the gimmicks and brings the listener back to the 90's in terms of song structure yet keeps the overall feel of the album in current taste. Tons of groove, some singing leads, and a capable vocalist all complete the package.
Malevolent Creation The Fine Art of Murder
Malevolent Creation Envenomed
Mangled Torsos Drawings of the Dead
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Mark Lanegan Imitations
Were it not for the vocals, I would call Imitations the biggest snooze fest of the year. However, Lanegan's unique and gravelly croon perfectly compliments the unplugged backing tracks, resulting in a rather satisfying and soothing listen.
Marty Friedman Dragon's Kiss
Massacra Final Holocaust
Massacre From Beyond
Massive Attack 100th Window
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Massive Attack Protection
Masta Killa No Said Date
Master Slash Slave Scandal
Indie rock mixed with bleeps and bloops. Actually a very catchy outcome as you get a guitar and drum duo plus melodic synths to create a true listening experience. Lyrics involve love and heartbreak (of course) and they flow out from very expressive vocals.
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon The Hunter
The Hunter has a very heavy emphasis on melodic vocal hooks much more than you would expect from Mastodon. What results is a very enjoyable (and certainly catchy) album that still delivers the typical Mastodon instrumentals that you would know from Blood Mountain and Crack The Skye. If you don't like it, well, that's just the curl of the burl.
Matthew Good Band In A Coma: 1995-2005
Maximo Park Quicken The Heart
Maximo Park The National Health
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II
MED Bang Ya Head III
Memphis May Fire Challenger
Mental Discipline Constellation
Constellation is an odd futurepop album in the sense that it has a different singer on every one of its tracks. Each of these vocalists is no slouch either, coming from well known acts such as Culture Kultur, Endanger, and !Distain. This adds a huge level of freshness to the album overall as does the well produced music, full of mid paced beats, melodic arpeggios, and huge synth strings. Having just a single vocalist on Constellation would still produce a solid album, but featuring several just makes it that much better.
Mesh A Perfect Solution
Mesh takes the genius from We Collide and runs with it. Even though A Perfect Solution increases the aggression, it lacks much of originality since it is just too similar to We Collide. The biggest annoyance with this album are the song lengths. Most of them are in the 5 and 6 minute zone which is very unnecessary since the last couple minutes of every single track has some useless instrumental tune to finish off the song. However, given that this album is just a leech off the spectacular We Collide, you're definitely going to hear some amazing songs.
Mesh An Alternative Solution
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Metallica
Method Man and Redman Blackout!
Mew Frengers
Mew No More Stories What Used To Be Revelations Club.Mixes
Mindless Faith Just Defy
Minerve Love Traces
Love Traces is enough proof to realize that Minerve is a very solid futurepop act. There isn't much deviance from the standard "main-synth-line-followed-by-the-verse-chorus" but it actually works well. However, the excellence of the band can be seen in the choruses; great lyrics are added on top of these catchy synth lines (as mentioned) to create passages so deep you'd need to try extremely hard to stop yourself from singing along. My major issue with this album is the length. It may be unusual to see 15 tracks but it is made worse due to the fact that at least 5 of these tracks are just remixes of already existing tracks. The remixes aren't terrible or anything, but they could easily be replaced with some original material.
Minerve Please
Please is the perfect continuation from Love Traces, the album released in 2007. Please has the same style and content, in terms of lyrics and vocals but there seems to be more emphasis on writing catchy synthlines this time around (which is nice). A few of the songs even sound more aggressive than anything off Love Traces, which alters the mood of the album in a good way. However, Please suffers the same fate as Love Traces and that is too many remixes. While there are only 3 on Please, this is still 2 too many and what makes it even worse is that all 3 of the remixes are terrible. This little error comes of as laziness from Minerve, since they could have easily written 2 original tracks to replace these useless remixes.
Mint Julep Songs About Snow
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Misery Signals Mirrors
Misery Signals Absent Light
Mithras Behind the Shadows Lie Madness
Mithras Worlds Beyond the Veil
Mobb Deep Murda Muzik
Moby Innocents
Moneen The Red Tree
Monstrosity In Dark Purity
Monstrosity Spiritual Apocalypse
Morbid Angel Domination
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Morbid Saint Destruction System
Morbus Chron Sleepers in the Rift
Coolest album art I've seen this year
Morbus Chron Sweven
Wucky number sweven
Morpheus Descends Chronicles of the Shadowed Ones
Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth
Mortification Mortification
Mos Def True Magic
Mozart Season Apotheosis
Murs Love And Rockets Vol.1
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Mutemath Spotlight
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
My Hero Is Me The Crywolf Broadcast
Mythosis Mind Built Prison
N.W.A. Niggaz4Life
Nas It Was Written
Necrophagist Epitaph
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Neosignal Energy
Neuraxis The Thin Line Between
Neuropa The Blitz
Neuropa could actually be 1980s era Depeche Mode brought back to life! In The Blitz, Neuropa pay homage to the danceable beats and thought provoking lyrics that Depeche Mode was able to ace on their albums Speak and Spell or A Broken Frame. Only difference is, we get a modern sound (this is 2007, after all) which may attract listeners turned off by retro production. Sure, we don't get the vocal sex of Dave Gahan, but ya can't have it all...
Neurotech Blue Screen Planet
Neurotech Antagonist
Neurotech The Decipher Volumes
Neuroticfish No Instruments
New Order Movement
New Order Technique
New Order Waiting for the Siren's Call
Nidus Expire Mute Planet
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster
No Consequence In The Shadow of Gods
A young tech metal band from the UK featuring two vocalists is one of those things I just love. Here we got No Consequence, a band that mixes the musical stylings of Protest the Hero but with breakdowns. Don't run away though, these breakdowns are tastefully used and are not the kind that take up a whole damn song. Beautiful leads with some soft clean bits and tons o' chugging help create a wild listen. The main problem with the band are the two vocalists; normally, we would expect there to be contrast between their voices ie. Sikth and The Arusha Accord, where one vocalist has a higher/lower voice than the other, etc. Unfortunately, I had difficulty determining who was singing what part in a given song.
No Consequence IO
Nocturnus Ethereal Tomb
Nocturnus Nocturnus
Non Phixion The Future Is Now
Northlane Discoveries
Nothing Guilty of Everything
Nowen Essence of Fear
Nuclear Assault Survive
O.C. Word...Life
O.C. Jewelz
Obfusc Midnight Dome
Obie Trice Cheers
Obituary The End Complete
Obliteration Nekropsalms
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
I got a fool with no rating already complaining about my rating
Obscure Descension Obscure Descension
Occam My Rorschach
Of Machines As If Everything Was Held In Place
Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
Onslaught The Force
Onslaught VI
Onyx All We Got Iz Us
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
Oppressor Solstice of Oppression
Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion
Orgy Vapor Transmission
Orgy Candyass
Ouroboros Glorification Of A Myth
Overkill Horrorscope
Overkill Taking Over
Overkill Feel the Fire
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
P.O.D. Satellite
P.O.D. Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years
P.O.D. Murdered Love
Painted in Exile Revitalized
If you can get through the unbelievably horrendous intro of Skylines and maybe the entire track Distanced By Dissonance, which is just so boring compared to the other two songs, then you will be treated to a great mix of deathcore style vocals and low end with smooth jazzy interludes. Although the latter may seem out of place, they feel very natural and useful; never forced or thrown in just for the sake.
Pallers The Sea of Memories
Panic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Paradox Product of Imagination
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Pariah (GBR) Unity
Patriarchs Emerge
With the roaring vocals of Misery Signals, the melodic and licky music of It Prevails, and the Christian lyrics of Life In Your Way, we get an album from Patriarchs. In other words, you can feel the emotion coming from both the singer and his band yet at the same time you are hit with relentless brutality. It is also worth mentioning that the end of Freedom is one of the heaviest moments of 2010 I have heard so far.
Paul Gilbert Silence Followed By A Deafening Roar
Paul Gilbert Fuzz Universe
Pearl Jam Ten
Periphery Icarus
Pestilence Spheres
Pet Shop Boys Please
This is some of the stuff that started it all; one of the very first Pet Shop Boys album. Very similar to Erasure, Please gathers more pop into its sound instead of anything else. You won't even find any simple guitar on this, as everything is synth. While Depeche Mode and New Order were incorporating guitars into their music at this point in time, Pet Shop Boys were new on the scene, and created one hell of a danceable album.
Pet Shop Boys Electric
Phaeleh Within The Emptiness
Phaeleh Fallen Light
Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs
Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pitchblend The Lines Of Unreason
Placebo Meds
Polyenso One Big Particular Loop
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Portishead Dummy
Possessed Seven Churches
Priestess Hello Master
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Protector A Shedding of Skin
Protector The Heritage
Protest the Hero Gallop Meets the Earth
Prozzak Hot Show
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us
Quarashi Jinx
Queen Latifah All Hail The Queen
Queens of the Stone Age Stone Age Complications
Queensway Automatic Lover
Quo Vadis Defiant Imagination
Death metal that ventures from old school brutality to new school virtuosity. To be specific, Defiant Imagination dips its feet into very solid riffing and leads with vocals very similar to common acts such as Gorod. However, the album truly shines with the bass, which is an uncommon thing in metal. Instead, you can simply hear the fretless wonder literally everywhere on the album. Skip to a random part in a song and BAM, bass! Even better, the bass has a mind of its own; venturing off and playing lines that the guitarists could only dream of playing.
Rabbit Junk Rabbit Junk
Rabbit Junk This Life Is Where You Get Fucked
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rakim The 18th Letter
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Recon (USA-CA) Behind Enemy Lines
Red Cell Hybrid Society
"Eureka, I've done it!" is the slogan Red Cell must have used after they listened to the finished product of Hybrid Society. Very rarely do I come across an album that is both harsh and catchy, meaning that these albums still focus on one aspect more than the other. However, with the case of Hybrid Society, both elements are in equilibrium and you end up with hard hitting ebm vocals mixed with futurepop-like music.
Red Fang Murder the Mountains
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Redemption Snowfall on Judgment Day
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Reggie and The Full Effect Under The Tray
Reggie combines punk pop with a lot of keyboard use. This fact alone helps this album stand out from the rest of the pack. Even better, they manage to do a good job on this record so that its sound remains fresh. Singalong choruses plus a unique voice make this album so catchy it should be a crime. Top tracks are Congratulations Smack and Katy, What Won't Kill You Eats Gas, and Happy V-Day.
Repugnant Epitome of Darkness
Reso Valken
Resurgency False Enlightenment
Revolution Of The Mind Honor In Sin
Rinoa An Age Among Them
Rival Sons Head Down
Rivers Of Nihil The Conscious Seed of Light
Riverside Memories In My Head
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Rob Swift War Games
Robben Ford Talk to Your Daughter
Robin Trower Caravan To Midnight
Robin Trower Victims Of The Fury
Robin Trower Roots And Branches
Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Tattoo
Rotersand Random is Resistance
A bit of an odd record coming from an artist like Rotersand. In the past, they were more EBM with harsh vocals and a repeating synth line throughout. In other words, very simple. Here, Rotersand keeps their heritage but adds a futurepop influence. While still dark with those signature moody vocals, the music is relatively upbeat with some songs even featuring enormous buildups to danceable, trance-like synth lines.
Royal Thunder CVI
Hard rock with stoner and drone influences fronted by very strong and burly female vocals. My main issue with CVI is that the majority of the songs could easily be shortened as they tend to drag at times.
Royksopp Melody A.M.
Runemagick Moon of the Chaos Eclipse
Runemagick Requiem of the Apocalypse
Running Wild Gates to Purgatory
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Counterparts
Rx Bandits The Resignation
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sadistik The Balancing Act
Sadus Swallowed in Black
Sadus Illusions
Savatage Sirens
Saving Grace Behind Enemy Lines
like many other metalcore albums, it does have the habit of being a bit too repetitive. HOWEVER, that does not cover up the fact that this is a great band and album. tons o' breakdowns and grooves and the best part are the lyrics that advise listeners to believe in themselves no matter what.
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Scale The Summit is unlike many of the instrumental artists you will ever listen to. This band keeps up with the technicality and progression that instrumentals try to achieve but they never seem to overdo it. In other words, there is no part in the album that is typical "shred." The technicality of this band may be a bit subtle but it is easy to conclude that these guys are very talented.
Scale the Summit The Collective
Scale The Summit certainly display an increase in emotion on The Collective (as opposed to the monotone "chill" vibe" that came from the majority of Carving) which is interesting to notice from an instrumental band. By utilizing different modes, scales, and note choices Scale The Summit are totally redefined. Not only is there more technicality coming from all 4 members, but there is much more variation displayed in guitar effects and instrument techniques. The inclusion of these variances and emotions make The Collective not only one hell of a ride, but also a ride to be enjoyed for years to come.
Scale the Summit The Migration
School of Seven Bells Ghostory
Scorpions Blackout
Scorpions Love At First Sting
Scorpions Savage Amusement
Scorpions Taken by Force
Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow
Scorpions Lonesome Crow
Seabound Double-Crosser
Secret Band Secret Band EP
Section Brain Hospital Of Death
Sepultura Arise
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Shrapnel (UK) The Virus Conspires
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Sinister Hate
Skid Row Skid Row
Skid Row Slave to the Grind
Sky Architect Excavations of the Mind
Sky Eats Airplane The Sound of Symmetry
Consisting of just three songs, Sky Eats Airplane's new EP is simply a continuation of their self titled LP. In other words, there is a mixed bag of tunes with both math-y rhythms and chug as well as radio friendly choruses. Luckily, each song is also sprinkled with a little something special aka. melodic guitar leads and heavy electronic use. While the new singer does still sound like the old one, his overly sugar sweet clean vocals may be a turnoff to some listeners, while his screams may impress them at the same time.
Skyfire Esoteric
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Hell Awaits
Sleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everything
Slowdive Just for a Day
Slutvomit Swarming Darkness
Sodom Persecution Mania
Sodom Tapping the Vein
Sodom Better Off Dead
Sodom Code Red
Sodom Sodom
Solar Fake Broken Grid
Solar Fake Frontiers
Solar Fields Leaving Home
Solar Fields EarthShine
Solitary Experiments In the Eye of the Beholder
Solstice (USA-FL) Solstice
Sorrow (UK) Existence
Sorrow (UK) Dreamstone
Soulfly Savages
Soundtrack (Film) Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Speak Of The Devil Speak Of The Devil
Spock's Beard Beware of Darkness
Starfucker Jupiter
Starfucker Reptilians
State of the My Time Away
Steel Panther Feel the Steel
Steel Panther Balls Out
Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy
Stray Abuse by Proxy
Female vocals behind a wall of glass. That is the best way to describe this cold, dark and lonely EBM album. The chick we all know from Unter Null provides unusually haunting vocals filled with emotion and laced with a vocoded effect. This album is surely something you cannot dance to, not because of it's overwhelmingly dark mood, but because there are almost no drums to create a foot tapping beat. It's going to be a cold experience; please put on your sweater.
Stray Letting Go
Stumbleine The Night Before
Stumbleine Ghosting
Stumbleine Sunshine Girls
Stumbleine Things Don't Sparkle Like They Used To
Submotion Orchestra Blind Spot - The Remixes
Submotion Orchestra 1968
Lightning strikes thrice, but guys please don't stray TOO far from your Finest Hour sound please!
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Suicidal Angels Dead Again
Suicide Commando X.20 (Remixes)
Aggrotech remix albums tend to be either better than the original album, or simply average. In the case of X.20 Remixes, we have the former. Well known industrial artists take the task of remixing some of Suicide's greatest hits to really enhance the listening experience. Not only are they more suited towards modern listeners, but they also contain musical elements that would never be found on any aggrotech album; some of these being clean vocals or acoustic piano.
Suicide Commando X.20 (Best Of)
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sumatra Heliocratic Infinity
Sunpocrisy Samaroid Dioramas
Swarms Low Sun
Swollen Members Balance
Swollen Members Beautiful Death Machine
Sylosis The Supreme Oppressor
Sylosis Edge of the Earth
Despite a new vocalist, Sylosis do nothing new on Edge Of The Earth and while that may sound like an insult at first, what could they possible change from their spectacular brand of modern thrash metal? Right from their debut EP Casting Shadows, Sylosis have brought their A-game every single time with the riffs, the blasts, the growls, and the solos. Edge Of The Earth is simply another no frills thrash record that is, well, pardon my French, heavy as fuck.
Sylosis Monolith
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Take a band like Dream Theater. Now, remove the vocals, the annoying synth sounds, the long song lengths, and the same recycled riffs. What's left is literally nothing, except fancy drums and bass which are actually a good thing. In this release Symphony X gathers up these two elements and adds their own sound. Abandoning the heavy power influence, what we have here are crunchy guitars and synth that does not overpower the overall sound. What really stands out here are the gruff vocals; the singing has that gravelly sound to it which definitely helps bring out the snarling beast of the band. Riffs may borrow ideas from thrash but still retain originality. Whether they come in at full speed or in the lovely half-time, the listener will find himself bobbing along without thinking. In conclusion, Paradise Lost strays from past Symphony X releases by losing the power metal sound. Instead, what the listener gets is a healthy dose of progressive metal.
Syrian Alien Nation
Syrian still remains true to their futurepop style but adds a touch of guitars into the mix for Alien Nation. The outcome is decent, as the some of the melodic lines intended for a synth have been spiced up with an overdriven guitar. One track, Helium, even has a Middle Eastern main theme using a sitar and vocals, yet it still remains in the usual futurepop body in the hopes that it is enjoyed by everyone. Hypercube takes on rave style main theme making it perfect for the clubs. Although Alien Nation can still be categorized as futurepop, it is so diverse that it is a definite must for any fan.
Syris Unseen Forces
System of a Down Toxicity
System Syn Postscript
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tank Filth Hounds of Hades
Tank Power of the Hunter
Tank Honour and Blood
Tankard The Morning After
Tankard Chemical Invasion
Taste On the Boards
Telepopmusik Genetic World
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
The Aristocrats The Aristocrats
Okay so here's the story: you have Guthrie Govan on guitar who every one knows is one of the best in the world. Then you have Bryan Beller on bass who has worked with James LaBrie, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, and others. Lastly, on drums, is Marco Minnemann who has pretty much worked with guys like Paul Gilbert to bands like Necrophagist. That alone is enough to tell you this instrumental trio has insane chops but more importantly, amazing compositional skills. In 9 songs, that is exactly what you get; each musician showcasing their skills in the most musical way possible without any sense of egomania, whether it be in styles of rock, jazz, blues, or a fusion of all three.
The Arusha Accord Nightmares of the Ocean
The Arusha Accord The Echo Verses
So you miss Sikth, huh? you wish you had them back? Maybe add a couple more hardcore influences like Architects in the mix? Look no further than The Arusha Accord. These men are able to create the most ferocious music yet still remain nimble. You ain't gonna find no 4/4 timing in this stuff, so if you've just come back from listening to the radio, please put on a helmet and remain in your seat.
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Beauty Of Gemina Iscariot Blues
The Beneath City of Light
Take the vocal styling of Protest the Hero plus the instrumentation of BTBAM Colours and you have this album to a standard deviation of 0.000001. No kidding. Opera style melodies with great gowling/screaming plus riff-fests mixed with piano licks make this a great progressive listen.
The Birthday Massacre Nothing And Nowhere
The Birthday Massacre Looking Glass
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Maria A Shared History in Tragedy
The Chameleons Why Call It Anything?
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
The Color Morale My Devil In Your Eyes
The Crystal Method Legion Of Boom
The Crystal Method Community Service I
The Crystal Method Community Service II
The Cure Pornography
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
The Devil Wears Prada 8:18
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Doors The Doors
The Dreamside Spin Moon Magic
Female fronted Gothic metal in vein of Within Temptation and Theatre of Tragedy. While this does not have the familiar "beauty and beast" vocals in every song, our heroine has one hell of a singing voice. Luckily, the vocals are not the only thing to grab your attention; the instrumentation is way above average and in many songs you will hear a sweet solo or lick that seems to fit perfectly in the song. Top tracks are Into A Frenzy, Forsaken, The Feast is Set, and Slay Your Dragons.
The Echoing Green Music From The Ocean Picture
An album much different than The Echoing Green's earlier material as it takes on a more industrial sound. Not to call this a Wumpscut album, but there is a new level of maturity in the sound while all the elements of the previous albums are still present. That said, it lacks a bit of the catchy-ness that these other albums had. Best track is easily Epiphany, a very slow and droning track that manages to have tons of swag at the same time.
The Echoing Green The Echoing Green
The Egocentrics Center of the Cyclone
The Faceless Akeldama
The Faint Danse Macabre
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Ghost Inside Returners
The Graduate Only Every Time
The Hives Lex Hives
Lex Hives is classic Hives like they've always been: quick, furious, and fun.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jonah Veil End of A Burden
The Joy Formidable Wolf's Law
The Killers Sam's Town
The Machine The Machine And Sungrazer Split
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Modern The Modern LP
Catchy synthpop with both male and female vocals are something I just love and this is no exception. You get great synth lines, moderate guitar work, and most importantly very strong choruses. Songs like Sometimes, Jane Falls Down, and Industry are some of my most played tracks of 2008/2009 for a reason...
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Panic Division Versus
This is one band that blends electronic elements and mainstream rock almost flawlessly; neither part is over done. Lyrics are about the usual heartbreak and relationships, but the singer delivers them with a wonderful, mellow voice. Don't get me wrong though, despite the mellow aspect, the lyrics are still able to penetrate even the most stubborn ears. There is a small flaw in the album which is that the songs might get repetitive at times meaning that there is a lack of originality between songs. I have seen this curse happen with many bands that blend these two genres together.
The Panic Division Eternalism
Eternalism may be The Panic Division album I have been waiting for. While there aren't any songs that touch the caliber of their big single Versus from way back, each song is great in its own right. The Panic Division intertwines electronics beautifully with big and catchy choruses and spacey guitar lines which may not be anything new for them, as they've been doing it well since their first album, but Eternalism remains much more consistent quality-wise than any of the band's other albums.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
The Police Synchronicity
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Roots Illadelph Halflife
The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come
The Sorrow Blessings From a Blackened Sky
I can understand that when a band's first album is put into the metalcore genre, it is very difficult to get out of it or be original. With that said, this really is one of those normal sounding metalcore albums, except I prefer them much more when compared to some of the more popular acts. These guys deliver the breakdowns and solos as always but the important thing is that the breakdowns are not over done and the solos are not super shreddy. There are three vocalists in this band; the two screamers deliver wonderful fury and the clean vocalist delivers the cleanliness. One of my favourite tracks of all time is actually the last song on this album, Savior Welcome Home.
The Sorrow Origin of the Storm
There is definitely something different about this album over the previous one. Musically, it is about the same in terms of guitar skills and riffing; but vocally, it stands out. In the first album, the screaming was a bit monotonous whereas in this album, the singer attempts to stretch his range and occasionally scream in high pitches which actually works really well. It looks like The Sorrow is a little more comfortable in their skin because the first album seemed a bit mechanical. This time around, everything sounds so smooth and natural and nothing seems exaggerated.
The Sound Of Arrows Voyage
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth
The Subways All or Nothing
The Vines Highly Evolved
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
The Wonder Years The Upsides
The Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
The Word Alive Deceiver
Thin Lizzy Fighting
Thin Lizzy Nightlife
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thursday No Devolucion
Tiger Baby Open Windows Open Hills
Tigers Jaw Tigers Jaw
Torchure The Essence
Tourniquet Stop the Bleeding
Toxic Holocaust Conjure and Command
Toxik World Circus
TraKKtor Halo Of Lies
Trinodia Human History
Triple Darkness Last Dayz
Tyske Ludder Diaspora
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 The Best Of 1990-2000
UGK Super Tight...
Ugly Colors Perfect As We Are
Ulrich Schnauss Goodbye
Ultramagnetic MCs The Four Horsemen
Underworld 1992 - 2002
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth The March
Unida Unida - Dozer [Split EP]
Unida The Great Divide
Unleashed Where No Life Dwells
Unleashed Shadows in the Deep
Unter Null Moving On
Vader The Ultimate Incantation
Van Halen 1984
Van Halen Van Halen II
Van Halen Diver Down
Various Artists For The Masses
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Veil of Maya Eclipse
Vektor Demolition (Demo)
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain
Volor Flex My Story
Volumes The Concept of Dreaming
Vomitory Redemption
Votum Harvest Moon
Vuvr Pilgrimage
Warbringer Waking into Nightmares
Warbringer Worlds Torn Asunder
We Are The Illusion The Podium of Lies
With the addition of angelic clean vocals, backing synths, and tons of melodic licks/solos to a super djent-y band, The Podium of Lies is a great listen for anyone into similar bands such as Born of Osiris, Elitist, or Circle of Contempt. The crystal clean production definitely helps as well.
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer The Green Album
Westside Connection Bow Down
Whiplash Ticket to Mayhem
Whirr June
Whirr Pipe Dreams
Windhand Soma
Winter Soul Reactor
Very solid aggrotech from an artist you probably have never heard of. While they might not be as household as Hocico, they produce tracks of near equal quality and should not be overlooked from those looking for some great aggrotech.
Winterhawk Revival
Winterwolf Cycle of the Werewolf
Within Temptation The Unforgiving
Woe, Is Me Number[s]
Wrath and Rapture Wrath and Rapture
So here I am thinking this is some boring Winds of Plague rip off, when the track Disembodiment starts playing...I kid you not, in the middle of the song there is a funk section. Yes, this band take more from a band like BTBAM than Winds of Plague, but they manage to keep it in their pants at the same time. There are beautiful melodic solos, great vocals with the creme de la creme being the symphonic parts. While they still have quite a hold on each song, they do not overpower any of them and instead just let the listener know, "Hello, here I am." The one problem with this album is its length. Sure, ten songs seems reasonable to some, but not when four out that ten are 2 minute instrumentals. It seems like a waste, when these instrumentals could easily support vocals and become real songs to be enjoyed by all.
Wretched (USA-NC) The Exodus of Autonomy
Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
Wu-Tang Clan Legendary Weapons
X-Divide X
A combination of synthpop/futurepop done right for once. While on paper, making a successful combo of the two genres sounds so easy, yet when it comes to the final result, the ears always give the last words. Amazing music combined with a voice that drifts in and out of a vocoder help freshen up this release and achieve a status that many acts try and fail to achieve. Every song has a memorable chorus (a key in this genre) plus we get some great remixes of already awesome tracks.
X-Fusion Thorn In My Flesh
X-Fusion What Remains Is Black
X-In June Hall Of Truth
Xentrix Shattered Existence
Yazoo Upstairs at Eric's
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Your Memorial Atonement
Your Memorial Redirect
Zealotry The Charnel Expanse
ZZ Top Eliminator
ZZ Top Texicali
[:SITD:] Rot
Rot is what I like to call you very standard EBM/futurepop. In fact, with all the synth lines going on, you may mistake this album for something done by VNV Nation. But just because SITD has changed a bit, it does not mean they've lost their touch; Rot is filled with some very catchy tracks such as Redemption, MK Ultra, and Destination so even though the aggression is gone, perhaps that dancer inside you may come alive.

3.0 good
16Volt SuperCoolNothing
16Volt Beating Dead Horses
2Pac Thug Life
2Pac All Eyez on Me
9th Wonder The Wonder Years
A Cosmic Trail The Outer Planes
A Kiss Could Be Deadly Farewell
A Life Divided The Great Escape
A Lot Like Birds No Place
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
A7IE The Shattering
AADF Process
Abandon All Ships Malocchio
Accessory Forever and Beyond
Accessory More Than Machinery
Acid Engine Beast
Acid Acid
Actress R.I.P
Acylum The Enemy
I'm not sure which is more disturbing: the actual album or what was going through the heads of this duo when they were making the album.
Aeges The Bridge
Aesthetic Perfection A Violent Emotion
Fans of the older Aesthetic Perfection may be shocked when they listen to their latest release. This album takes on a more modern approach with more mainstream song structures as opposed to a lead synth line taking control of a song. Here, there is more verse-chorus type of writing which may lead the listener to believe that Aesthetic Perfection has gone commercial. This is partly true also due to the lack of emotion in the songs; they seem fit for a club, but for personal listening they may get stale very quickly.
Aesthetic Perfection The Devil's In The Details
AFI Burials
After the Burial Forging a Future Self
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Aghora Formless
So I'm sitting under a tree, sighing about the lack of good female fronted technical bands. All of a sudden, Formless drops from the sky (EUREKA). Aghora combines Alarum/Cynic-like jazz leads and cleans plus great riffing, also similar to Alarum and Cynic. In other words, this is band is just like Alarum or Cynic musically. However, instead of gruff vocals we are treated to a beautiful female lead in vain of, say, Lacuna Coil.
Akala Doublethink
Aktive.Hate X-Synthesized
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Alexisonfire Crisis
Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals
Alice in Videoland She's A Machine!
Alice in Videoland A Million Thoughts And They're All About You
Alien Vampires Fuck Off and Die
Alkaline Trio Crimson
All Shall Perish Awaken the Dreamers
Alpha Eleventh Trip
Alpha Point High Like The Angels
Amduscia Death, Thou Shalt Die
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Amorphis Eclipse
An Obscure Signal Creations
Anata The Conductor's Departure
Anata The Infernal Depths of Hatred
Anathema Weather Systems
Anberlin New Surrender
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Andy Timmons Resolution
Angel Dust To Dust You Will Decay
Angelcorpse Exterminate
Animals As Leaders Weightless
You can't believe your eyes and I can't believe my ears, but Weightless is actually really disappointing...Boring, low string riffs accompanied by flurries of high string work are just not going to cut it this time (especially when every band and their mother is doing the same thing). You'd think that being in a proper trio, Tosin and co. would have perhaps made something that would rival even their debut but damn it's barely even competition.
Animosity Shut It Down
Animosity Empires
Anomalous Cognitive Dissonance
Antilove The Affinity of Alice and He
Here we have metalcore with an electronic edge. This means you get a simple metalcore band plus power pop synths. The final product definitely isn't something to write home to because of the downfalls that come with such a concoction. These being autotune plus lack of aggression. The former speaks for itself (heavy use in the choruses in various songs) but the latter is a bit more complicated. When it comes to metalcore, the idea is usually to be as aggressive as possible, and the band actually accomplishes this. However, once the synths start kicking in, you hear cheesy poppy lines that could easily be manned up if the patch was changed. Another turnoff is the awful production; very low quality makes the album sound like it came from a basement band.
Anubis A Tower Of Silence
Anvil Metal on Metal
Anvil Forged in Fire
Apollo Brown Clouds
Apoptygma Berzerk Sonic Diary
Apostasy (CHL) Sunset of the End
APOSTATE Against All Odds
Apples of Idun Disaster Art
Apples of Idun is one of those bands that can manage being 50% industrial and 50% rock. While not perfect, their latest release Disaster Art is a perfect example to show what they can do plus demonstrate how industrial and rock and live in harmony. Catchy choruses, heavy synth use and mix of heavy hitters and ballads make this a solid industrial rock release.
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcane Roots Blood & Chemistry
Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together
Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aria Aesthetic Aeon
Army Of The Pharaohs Ritual Of Battle
Arsonists Get All the Girls Motherland
Artillery Fear of Tomorrow
Artillery B.A.C.K.
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
As I Lay Dying Awakened
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
Asa Withdrawal
ASAP Mob Lord$ Never Worry
Ashbury Heights Morningstar in a Black Car
Asphyxia Unreleased
Assemblage 23 Let The Wind Erase Me
Assemblage 23 Bruise
Astronote Weapon Of The Future
Atsuko And Sangam Tomodachi
Audioslave Audioslave
Augury Concealed
August Burns Red Messengers
Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal
Austrian Death Machine Double Brutal
Autoclav1.1 Love No Longer Lives Here
Autoclav1.1 Embark On Departure
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
AWAR Things Of That Nature
Ayria Plastic Makes Perfect
B. Dolan Fallen House Sunken City
Babylonia Tales Of Loving Hearts
Backyard Mortuary Lure of the Occult
Baring Teeth Atrophy
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Yellow and Green
Barren Earth The Devil's Resolve
Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Beati Mortui Let The Funeral Begin
Let The Funeral Begin is chock full of fast paced aggrotech, similar to that of Suicide Commando and Winter Soul. Unfortunately, this album ain't got nothin' on any release of said bands. The first song, Vision of Hell is wonderful, and it actually brought my hopes up for the rest of the album. But a few tracks later, even though I was still listening to the album, my mind was elsewhere. Why? Because the rest of the album was BORING. Apart from the first song, there is nothing really to grab onto, no awesome synth line, nothing; it all just passes you by. I still feel as though there is massive potential in Beati Mortui, due to the abundance of female vocals (similar to older Unter Null, mind you) so I look forward to their next work.
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth Evangelion
Believer Gabriel
Believer Transhuman
Benea Reach Possession
Even more disappointing than the album art is that Possession fails to stand out from a metal scene already supersaturated with harsh/clean vocals, odd timed rhythms, melodic guitar lines, and ethereal atmospheres. Benea Reach's vocalist remains the VIP of the band like on their previous releases but it just isn't enough this time. Possession can still be an enjoyable effort from the Benea Reach in its own right, but don't expect the same greatness they achieved on Alleviat.
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Beyond (DE) Fatal Power of Death
Bibio Silver Wilkinson
Big Black Delta Big Black Delta
Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Big Deal June Gloom
Big Wreck In Loving Memory Of
Bispora The Pineal Chronicles Phase I: Furtherance
Bitcrush In Distance
An extremely calm album, perfect for enjoying those quiet sunsets. Vocals are evident, yet they are very sparse; Bitcrush allows the music (consisting of drums, clean guitars, and ambient synths) to do most of the "talking". There are also no issues regarding In Distance being too long or boring since each song has its own identity, yet they all still retain an overall calm mood. My favourite track is easily And Triage.
Bitcrush Collapse
Black Country Communion Black Country
Black Milk Album Of The Year
Black Moon War Zone
Black Sabbath 13
Blackfield Blackfield IV
Bleeding Rainbow Interrupt
Bloc Party Silent Alarm Remixed
Bloc Party Bloc Party
Bloc Party Intimacy Remixed
Blood Stain Child Epsilon
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Blue Stahli B-Sides And Other Things I Forgot
Blur Parklife
Blutengel Child of Glass
Boards of Canada Twoism
Body Count Body Count
Bodycall States of Exception
Bodycall Mechanically Recovered Meat
Bolt Thrower In Battle There Is No Law!
Bonded by Blood The Aftermath
Boom Boom Satellites Full of Elevating Pleasures
Boom Boom Satellites Out Loud
Boom Boom Satellites On
Boris New Album
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Brand New Deja Entendu
Bring Me Solace The Sightless Inquisition
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season Cut Up!
Broadcast the Nightmare Twenty Twelve
Uh oh, not another young band who thinks their the most technical and ferocious metalcore band out there...Yes, these were my initial thoughts but as soon as I started to listen, I realized these guys were pretty damn technical and ferocious. Yet, they remain relaxed in their songwriting; you won't find any wank fests on any song, as the licks and sweeps are scattered out nicely throughout the entire album. Lots of tasteful chug balances it all out as well. The vocals are on the higher side, so they go very well with the anger inside the music. And as a bonus, amazing production helps this album soar among the rest. This band definitely shows promise.
Brothertiger Golden Years
Brutality Ruins of Humans
Buckethead Shadows Between The Sky
Burst Lazarus Bird
Busta Rhymes The Coming
C-Drone-Defect Neural Dysorder Syndrome ReduX
C-Lekktor X-Tension In Progress
Camouflage Sensor
Camouflage Voices & Images
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Cannibal Corpse Butchered at Birth
Canvas Solaris Irradiance
Capharnaum Fractured
Carcariass Killing Process
Carcass Surgical Steel
Some of these song titles are dafuq
Cassius The Rawkers
Catharsis (USA-CA) Pathways To Wholeness
CeDigest Walking in the Flesh
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Cesium_137 Science And Sound
Chemical Breath Values
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Vena Sera
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Out of their six albums, Hats Off To The Bull is perhaps the only album I can listen to without skipping or deleting a track. So would that make this their best album? Maybe not to some, but that certainly makes it the one most quality controlled.
Chief Kamachi Rise and Rhyme, Vol. 1
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Corn on the COB have certainly improved from the last two albums. However, Halo Of Blood definitely has an Are You Dead Yet? type of vibe which may not be what the die hard fans have been waiting for.
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Chimaira The Age Of Hell
Chromatics Kill For Love
City Of Ifa Blue Shoes
Class Actress Rapprocher
Cliff Martinez Drive
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Club 8 Above the City
Clubroot Remixes Vol. 1
Cocteau Twins Treasure
Code 64 Departure
Code 64 Trialogue
Code 64 is back with generally the same formula that Departure had except for a few minor additions here and there. Fortunately, this is not a bad thing as Code 64 is exceptional at creating that model futurepop sound and you can certainly hear it on Trialogue. My favourite tracks are easily Progenitor and Oblivion (Seeds of Utopia III). However, this same-y path comes with some problems. The major one being that Trialogue may not have the lasting power as some of the other releases this year due to the fact that nothing new is attempted. It is likely that you will end up keeping a few tracks and then perhaps forgetting about the rest.
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria Neverender 12%
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Coldworker Rotting Paradise
Colony 5 Buried Again
Colony 5 Colonisation
Common Can I Borrow a Dollar?
Conception The Last Sunset
Conducting from the Grave When Legends Become Dust
Like a plague that takes over many young bands today, this album may seem a bit repetitive at first. But with further listening, I was to determine which song from which and suddenly the entire album seemed spectacular; almost like a neat cohesive package. Riffing was solid and groovy, while the leads brought the perfect element of melody. The vocals are almost a cross between early Between the Buried and Me and Lamb of God, which is another key that the band possesses.
Conducting from the Grave Conducting from the Grave
Contact Play Champion Fraff
Convulse World Without God
Coprofago Unorthodox Creative Criteria
Coprofago Genesis
Cream Fresh Cream
Crosses EP
Crosses EP II
Cruciamentum Convocation of Crawling Chaos
Cryptopsy And Then You'll Beg
Cryptopsy Once Was Not
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
CTRL Fragmentary Moments
Cubical Sphere Promo
Cue to Recall Polarity
Cults Static
Cut Copy Bright Like Neon Love
Cut Copy Free Your Mind
Cyaegha Steps of Descent
Cyanotic The Medication Generation
Cynic Re-Traced
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Cypress Hill Black Sunday
Cypress Hill x Rusko Cypress Hill x Rusko
Dagoba Post Mortem Nihil Est
Damien Thorne The Sign of the Jackal
Dance Gavin Dance People You Knew/Perfect
Daniel Land, & the Modern Painters Love Songs for the Chemical Generation
Darkness (DEU) Death Squad
Dave Gahan Hourglass
Gahan brings the most sensual vibe you could imagine in Hourglass. The atmosphere consists of only this feeling, with each song being very smooth to the ears. This is definitely more rock oriented when compared to even the most recent Depeche Mode albums, but there is still a heavy hint of electronics amongst the guitars and drums. Top tracks are Saw Something and Kingdom.
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
De/Vision Popgefahr
De/Vision Rockets And Swords
Dead And Divine The Machines We Are
A release even better and much more mature than their first album. You won't find any cheese here, as Dead and Divine has grown up into a solid post-hardcore act. Great vocals, standard instrumentation and many areas to sing along to. Top track is definitely Teeth; not quite the usual post-hardcore tune but overall a slow and dark song.
Dead By Sunrise Out of Ashes
Dead Poetic Vices
Death Angel The Dream Calls For Blood
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Death From Above 1979 Romance Bloody Romance
Deceased As the Weird Travel On
Decoded Feedback Aftermath
Decoded Feedback disKonnekt
Defeater Travels
Deftones Covers
Deicide Serpents of the Light
Demigodz KILLmatic
Demonical Hellsworn
Destroid Loudspeaker
Destruction Mad Butcher
Destruction Eternal Devastation
Destruction Sentence of Death
Destruction D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
Destruction Day of Reckoning
Desultory Bitterness
Detroit Diesel Terre Humaine
Devil Sold His Soul A Fragile Hope
Devin Townsend Physicist
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
This makes up for Ki, Ghost, and Deconstruction.
Die Sektor Applied Structure In A Void
Digital Daggers The Devil Within
Digitalism Idealism
I could tell before even listening this would be one of those albums where I'd enjoy one or two tracks and discard the rest. My hypothesis was correct, and it turned out that Pogo became one of my favourite songs of that year. However, the rest of the album is bland, boring, and offers nothing new. However, this album would make a perfect album to play in the background of a party or a club, if that means anything.
Digitalism I Love You, Dude
Dinosaur Jr. Green Mind
Dioramic Technicolor
Disclosure The Face - Remixes
Diskonnekted Hotel Existence
Dismember Indecent & Obscene
Disperse Living Mirrors
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed Indestructible
Diversant:13 The End Of Days
DJ Jazzy Jeff The Return of the Magnificent
DJ Z-Trip Shifting Gears
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Dorsal Atlantica Searching for the Light
Dot Execute [dotEXE]
Dr. Dooom First Come, First Served
Dragonette Galore
Drake Take Care
Drawn and Quartered Return of the Black Death
Drawn and Quartered Feeding Hell's Furnace
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
dredg Leitmotif
Dungeon Elite [**] Meteorite
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Editors The Back Room
Eidolon Seven Spirits
Eidolon Nightmare World
Eight and a Half Eight and a Half
Eighteen Visions Eighteen Visions
Eisley The Valley
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Elitist Earth
Solid and groovy metalcore, much like Elitist's Caves EP. You get the same single note poly-rhythmic lines while a melodic lick plays over top just as you would expect any similar band to do, but Elitist excel at it much more than their peers (note choice, phrasing, tone, etc.). My only true problem with this is the addition of three instrumental versions of the same tracks appearing on this EP. I don't see why anyone would bother listening to them if the version with vocals is just a few track-skips away.
Elitist Between The Balance
While not the disaster I thought it was going to be, Between the Balance definitely lives up to its name in the sense that it combines that typical djent sound with that typical "Rise" sound. So even though what you end up with is probably the most unoriginal thing you have ever heard, Elitist manage to pull it off well.
Elysian Wires of Creation
Eminem The Eminem Show
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
Empty Open Aeon
Endanger Addicted To The Masses
Enduser Bollywood Breaks
Enduser Left
Enduser Comparing Paths
English Dogs Forward into Battle
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enter Shikari Tribalism
Entities Aether
Entombed Crawl
Entropy (CAN) Ashen Existence
Epidemic (Hip-Hop) Somethin' For Tha Listeners
Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
Eric B and Rakim Follow the Leader
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton
Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom
Esoteric Paragon Of Dissonance
Esquizofrenia Veneno En Las Venas
Evan Brewer Alone
Evanescence Fallen
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
Every Time I Die The Big Dirty
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Exeloume Fairytale of Perversion
Exit Calm The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be
Exodus Pleasures of the Flesh
Exodus Let There Be Blood
F.A.Q Whitechapel
F.A.Q takes the path of futurepop and tries something new. You can find tracks here that are almost progressive; they start of slow and simple, then build up and then come to a halt. A very odd characteristic since music of this type is very simple. After listening to a few tracks, you can tell that a lot more focus was put into the music (more like the percussion) than an ordinary futurepop album. A few songs feature drum n' bass like structures and consist of no singing at all. Futurepop that is not quite futurepop...
Facing New York Facing New York
FACT Never Turn Out The Light To Keep Myself
FACT Eat Your Words
FACT burundanga
Factory of Art Grasp!!!
Failure Fantastic Planet
Fake The Envy Interlude
Fallen Figure Devival
FaltyDL You Stand Uncertain
Farmakon A Warm Glimpse
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Feeder Silent Cry
Fellsilent The Hidden Words
Fifth Angel Fifth Angel
Filter Title Of Record
Filter The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Finch (US) What It Is to Burn
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Fleshwrought Dementia/Dyslexia
Fliptrix Theory of Rhyme
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Foals Total Life Forever
Foreign Beggars Beggattron Remixed EP 1
Forevermore Sojourner
Forgiven Rival This Is A War
You won't find anything out of the ordinary in this metalcore/post-hardcore band except one thing. There is not one singer, there are not two singers, but there are three singers. Honestly, this makes them stand apart from the rest in a way, as we have the usual assault of a screamer, and then the soothing melodies of two singers. Nothing is drowned in autotune, but instead we have a collection of songs that actually have heart in them. Top tracks are The Grey and Like the effects of the Wind.
Four Year Strong Rise Or Die Trying
Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
Fractal Gates Altered State Of Consciousness
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
From A Second Story Window Conversations
From Exile Monolith
Front Line Assembly Artificial Soldier
Front Line Assembly Fallout
Front Line Assembly Improvised. Electronic. Device.
Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
Funeral Party The Golden Age Of Knowhere
Funerus Reduced to Sludge
Future Trail Paralysis
Futures The Karma Album
Galleons Swans EP
Gamma Ray Master of Confusion
Gang Starr Daily Operation
Gang Starr Step in the Arena
Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy
Gary Numan Dead Son Rising
Gary Numan Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)
General Fiasco Unfaithfully Yours
Catchy indie rock similar to that of Bloc Party and Two Door Cinema Club. My major issue with this album, which happens to lower the quality of this album substantially, is the prepubescent sounding vocalist.
Ghost Brigade Guided By Fire
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Gladiator Designation
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Glis Phoenix
Phoenix is as mixed bag as you can get. Glis admitted himself that this was a very personal effort so what you get are songs that range from twinkly M83-esque ballads with female vocals to modern era New Order styled pop-rock to the typical hard hitting, beat driven ebm tracks he is known for.
God Forbid Gone Forever
God Forbid Determination
God Forbid IV: Constitution of Treason
God Module Empath
Gojira Terra Incognita
Gomorrah Caress the Grotesque
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Gorefest False
Gory Blister Skymorphosis
Gory Blister Graveyard of Angels
Gravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel
Greeley Estates Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East
Greg Howe Introspection
Grendel (NL) Inhumane Amusement
Guardians The Alignment
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Gym Class Heroes The Papercut Chronicles
GZA Pro Tools
Hacride Lazarus
Hadouken! Every Weekend
Haiku d'Etat Haiku d'Etat
Haken Visions
Hatchet Dawn Of The End
Hate Solarflesh
He Is Legend It Hates You
Hellbringer Dominion Of Darkness
Hellogoodbye Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Helloween The Time of the Oath
Helstar Remnants of War
Helstar Glory of Chaos
Her Bright Skies A Sacrament; Ill City
Her Name In Blood Decadence
Here I Come Falling Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory
although this is a good album, a curse befalls on this album; repetition. This album is nothing new, and even worse, after listening to it several times, you start to get confused about which song title goes with which song. Synths are not used too much as one might expect so nothing seems to gimmicky but this album definitely brings out the headbanging feeling a person is supposed to get when listening to this genre.
Heritage What Waits in the Water
Hexenhaus A Tribute to Insanity
Hexenhaus The Edge of Eternity
Hidden Hospitals 002
Hooded Menace Fulfill the Curse
Hooverphonic A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
HORSE the band Desperate Living
Hot Action Cop Hot Action Cop
Hotel of the Laughing Tree Mammoth Skin
Hour of Penance Pageantry For Martyrs
Howler America Give Up
Hypno5e Acid Mist Tomorrow
Hypocrisy Abducted
Hypocrisy The Final Chapter
Hypocrisy A Taste of Extreme Divinity
I Am Abomination To Our Forefathers
I Are Droid The Winter Ward
I See Stars Digital Renegade
IAMX Dogmatic Infidel Comedown OK
Wow, remixes and reinterpretations better than their originals? Impossible! IAMX gathers some tracks that span their discography and lets some other artists rework them (we even have a remix done by the famous Combichrist). What really makes this album shine is the fact that while the remixes sound like totally new songs, they still keep the essence of the originals. For example, my favourite IAMX track, I Am Terrified, gets redone and the results are spectacular. While not as good as the original, it adds a much more heavier industrial element that works perfectly well with the untouched vocals.
Icosian When I Stopped Calling It Home
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
Illogicist Subjected
Illusion Of Light Skylight
Immolation Harnessing Ruin
Impaler Charnel Deity
Imperative Reaction As We Fall
In Every Breath Distrust
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames Colony
In Flames Whoracle
In Strict Confidence Utopia
In Vain The Latter Rain
Indukti S.U.S.A.R.
Informatik Beyond
Informatik takes an interesting turn in sound on their album Beyond. Instead of the heavy ebm/industrial sound, Informatik almost cheers up with a more rock and arena sound. In other words, guitars are more abundant than ever and we are even treated to almost live sounding drums. There is still synth use, but this time around it has decided to sit in the back seat while the other instruments shine. While Beyond may separate the hardcore Informatik fans from the rest of the group, there is still much to be enjoyed on this album; the vocals are still as beautiful and unique as ever, while the lyrics still revolve around depressing themes just like in the good ol' days.
Iniquity Serenadium
Insanity Death After Death
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Interpol Remix EP
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Inverse So True
Invocator Weave The Apocalypse
IN[TOXIN] Pioneers Of The High Frontier
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
Iris Hydra
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Ironchrist Getting the Most Out of Your Extinction
It Prevails The Inspiration
It Prevails Capture & Embrace
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
Jaga Jazzist One-Armed Bandit
Jakalope It Dreams
James D. Stark Music of the Night
Calling all goths! No, not really, I am sure this album could possibly be listened to by anyone....Synthpop with an extremely dark and gloomy feel to it. You're not going to find any of that upbeat stuff but never fear, the hooks are definitely there. The two tracks I kept off of this are Hell and Ready and both of those tracks are amazing. The latter of the two gives the expected sensual feeling one gets from a solo male singing in that low voice of theirs and because it is the first track on the album, the energy courses through the rest of the disc until the very end.
James LaBrie Static Impulse
Janus Red Right Return
Javelynn Chimaera At Heart
Jeff Beck Wired
Jeff Beck Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Jehst The Return of the Drifter
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Joe Bonamassa Driving Towards The Daylight
Joe Satriani Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum
John 5 God Told Me To
John Mayall Crusade
John Mayer Born and Raised
Jonny Craig A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Judas Priest Hell Bent for Leather
Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young
Junkie XL Booming Back At You
Junkie XL Saturday Teenage Kick
Just Like Vinyl Black Mass
Justin Timberlake Justified
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
k-os Joyful Rebellion
Kaiser Chiefs Employment
Kalmah They Will Return
Kamelot Karma
Kasabian Empire
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Keane Hopes & Fears
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Killarmy Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Kitten Like A Stranger
Kontravoid Kontravoid
Kosheen Solitude
Kuedo Dream Sequence
Kyuss Wretch
Kyza The Experience
Ladytron Witching Hour
Ladytron 604
Ladytron Gravity the Seducer
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God Wrath
After the first listen, that many of the songs on this album sound the same. however, that might contradict the rating i have given it so i will clarify; despite some of the songs sounding similar, this does not make the album terrible in any way. The style they use throughout is good but it just gets repetitive once you get to the end of the album. It almost ends up being an album of hit or miss.
Lantlos Lantlos
Late Night Alumni Empty Streets
Late Night Alumni Haunted
Lazarus A.D. The Onslaught
Lead Hands Lead Hands
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Lemming Project Extinction
Levi/Werstler Avalanche of Worms
When I listen to Daath, I always feel as if the guitars were holding back. Both guitarists attended the famous Musician's Institute yet when the time came to show off their skills in the form of Daath, I was a bit disappointed to hear standard metal. That all changes on Avalanche of Worms, as I was treated with instrumentals that used the most delicious and unique musical scales and tricks I could think off. Don't think this is all wank, because the album consists of equal parts solid riffing and great lead work. This album ranges from pure thrash all the way to entire songs that could be ripped off from a twisted carnival's soundtrack. Altogether, you are left with one hell of a guitar trip.
Levin Torn White Levin Torn White
Liege Lord Burn to My Touch
Life Cried Banished Psalms
Banished Psalms is an aggrotech album just oversaturated with emotion and heart. It is unlike any other album of that class, since the songs don't seem to make you want to get up and dance (even though they are filled with catchy beats and synths) but instead you feel like sitting in a corner and just think about stuff. Vocals are definitely the crown jewel of Banished Psalms, as it gives off a more natural vibe than other acts out there.
Lifeboat Frames
Lights Out Asia Tanks And Recognizers
Lights Out Asia Garmonia
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I
Limp Bizkit New Old Songs
Liquid Divine Autophobia
Lostprophets The Fake Sound Of Progress
Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul
Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul II
Machinemade God Masked
Malevolent Creation Eternal
Malevolent Creation In Cold Blood
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Mankind Is Obsolete Rise
Mantric The Descent
Mantus Demut
You don't need to understand the German lyrics to enjoy this decent gothic metal duo. Keep in mind, this ain't no Rammstein either; think of a female fronted, non English speaking Katatonia right down to the simple music and scattered synths.
Maps Vicissitude
Marsheaux Inhale
Massacra Signs of the Decline
Masta Ace MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne
Mastodon Remission
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster III
Mechanical Moth The Sad Machina
Mechanical Moth Fallen Into You
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Melvins Houdini
Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments
Merciless The Awakening
Merciless The Treasures Within
Mercyful Fate In the Shadows
Mesh Fragmente 2
Mesh In This Place Forever
Mesh The Point At Which It Falls Apart
Meshuggah I
Meth, Ghost and Rae Wu-Massacre
Method Man and Redman Blackout! 2
Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Metric Live It Out
MF Grimm The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man
Miami Horror Illumination
Mike G ALI
Mike G Verses
Mindless Self Indulgence Frankenstein Girls Will...
Minerve Breathing Avenue
Misery Mystic
Mobile Tomorrow Starts Today
Moby Wait for Me
modernsextrash penumbra
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Monkey3 Beyond The Black Sky
Monuments Gnosis
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Morbid Jester Gates to Valhalla
Mortem (Per) Demon Tales
Mos Def The Ecstatic
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory
Motionless Battle The Universe Defiant
Judging from the cover of The Universe Defiant, this album looked like it would be chock full of glitchy nonsense like an old HORSE The Band album and I was hesitant to even give this a listen. However, once I got through the first song I realized this was just a front, because the album actually contained beautiful melodies whether done by a piano or a saw lead. Although most of the sound is electronic, lives drums are added plus some electric guitar, which set the album apart from its contemporaries. Any left over space is filled with soothing string patches. Despite the lack of glitchiness, this is still a fast paced album, but due to the melodic lines being thrown in every 10 seconds, it doesn't really matter.
Motionless in White Creatures
Motorhead Motörhead
Motorhead On Parole
Motorhead Aftershock
Mozart Season Nightmares
Mozart Season continue along the same path as their Apotheosis EP. What I find strange is that although I really enjoyed that last EP, I found this one to be lacking. There was still a fair share of clean singing and harsh screams, as well as enough riffs and melodic lines similar to those on Apotheosis. But more than likely, this is an EP that will definitely be enjoyed by those who liked the previous EP.
MSTRKRFT creates an album that just begs to be played during the night scene. Robotic riffs and foot tapping beats make this an album that is perfect for clubs, parties, or even just your personal enjoyment.
Mutiny Within Synchronicity
My Bloody Valentine m b v
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Mythosis Counter Fate Illusions
Namnambulu Distances
Namnambulu is definitely an act that has just more than its foot in the door when it comes to futurepop. With countless albums and ep's the duo has been producing numerous singles and they are quite the role model for other acts. However, Distances shows a bit of laziness in the fact that there isn't really much on this album. You'll get a bunch of futurepop songs that are really just hit or miss (depending on the listener) but luckily that signature Namnambulu sound is still there. Fortunately, my personal favourite track Deception remains as one of my favourite songs of 2010.
Nas STILLmatic
Nas Life Is Good
neath The Small Untruths
Necro Facility Wintermute
Necrophobic Death To All
Neon Indian Era Extrana
Nervecell Psychogenocide
Nervosa Victim of Yourself
Neuraxis A Passage into Forlorn
Neuraxis Asylon
Neuroticfish Limited Behaviour
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
New Found Glory Hits
New Order Republic
New Order Lost Sirens
Nightfall Parade into Centuries
No Consequence Pathways
Pathways is almost a prelude to No Consequence's 2009 LP In The Shadow Of Gods. Similar musical styling includes melodic guitar passages, spastic time shifts, and several technical riffs. However, unlike the LP, Pathways only has one vocalist performing which may not be too much of a concern for fans of the band. If anything, the only turnoff I can see is the very raw production and sound on this EP.
Nocow Ruins Tape
Nocow And Hmot Lost In Taiga
While the Nocow side is great, the entire collection is let down by the awful and annoying Hmot side. The musical styles from each artist are very distinct, and do not sound good together on a disc.
Noisia Block Control
Noisia Split The Atom
Noisia Imperial
Norma Jean Meridional
Nuclear Assault Game Over
Nujabes Metaphorical Music
Nujabes Spiritual State
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Obituary World Demise
Obliteration Perpetual Decay
Obliteration Goat Skull Crown
Obsidian Point Of Infinity
OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Oh, Sleeper The Titan
Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
Old Apparatus Realise
Omega Lithium Dreams In Formaline
Onry Ozzborn Hold On for Dear Life
Orbs Asleep Next to Science
Organized Konfusion The Equinox
Orianthi Believe
Just looking at the front cover tells you this is nothing more than a pretty face behind a guitar. However, put the soul of a shredder in that pretty face and you get Orianthi. This album is comprised of radio friendly rock songs with blazing and melodic solos and leads. Big choruses, solos to hum to, and powerful vocals make this a fun ride. It just might just be the best of both worlds.
OutKast Aquemini
OutKast ATLiens
Overkill Ironbound
Overkill The Electric Age
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
P.O.D. Fundamental Elements of Southtown
P.O.D. Testify
P.O.S. Never Better
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Papa Roach Infest
Parabelle Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even
Paradise Lost Host
Paradise Lost Believe In Nothing
Paramore Riot!
Parralox Recovery
Paul Banks Banks
Paul Oakenfold A Lively Mind
Paul Wardingham Assimilate Regenerate
Pendragon Passion
Pendulum Immersion
Persefone Truth Inside the Shades
Persefone Core
Persefone Shin-Ken
Perversion Pillars of the Enlightened
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun Monumental
Pharoahe Monch Desire
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd More
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Placebo Without You I'm Nothing
Placebo Black Market Music
Planas The Long Game
PMtoday And Then The Hurricane
PMtoday In Medias Res
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Pressure Points Remorses to Remember
Pride and Fall Nephesh
Pride and Fall In My Time of Dying
Propagandhi Potemkin City Limits
Propagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Propagandhi Failed States
Protest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Prozzak Saturday People
Psy'Aviah Introspection/Extrospection
First 6 songs are quite good, but sadly the remaining 7 songs are terrible.
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression
Purity Ring Shrines
Purtenance Member of Immortal Damnation
Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Queensryche The Warning
Queensryche Promised Land
Quidam Alone Together
Quo Vadis Day Into Night
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Radius System Work In Progress
Radius System Changes
Raekwon Lost Jewlry
Rammstein Rosenrot
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Random Axe Random Axe
Raunchy Wasteland Discotheque
Razor Violent Restitution
Razor Malicious Intent
Razor Custom Killing
Re:Legion 11.11.11
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Reso In Da Mix
Reveille Bleed the Sky
Revenant Prophecies of a Dying World
Revocation Empire of the Obscene
Revocation Existence Is Futile
Revocation Teratogenesis
Revocation Revocation
Rhyme Asylum Solitary Confinement
Rinoa Rinoa
Riot Rock City
Rob Swift Roc For Raida
Robben Ford Discovering The Blues
Robyn Body Talk
Rolo Tomassi Astraea
Roniit Roniit
Roots Manuva Brand New Second Hand
Rory Gallagher Blueprint
Rotersand Truth is Fanatic
Royal Republic Save The Nation
Save The Nation has nowhere near the wit, the cleverness, nor the imagination that Royal Republic's debut album We Are The Royal had. While it still remains catchy in RR style and has their signature, unmistakeable sound, it seems as though the band got lazy when writing this album despite it being 15 (albeit, short) songs long. Many of the chord progressions and melodies are so generic and obvious you can actually sense what the next note or chord will be during your first listen of any song on this album.
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Rush 2112
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Rush
Russian Circles Geneva
Sabotage Hoka Hey
Sacred Reich Ignorance
Sacred Warrior Master's Command
Sacrilege GBG The Fifth Season
Sadist Season In Silence
Sadus A Vision of Misery
Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.
Sarcofago Rotting
Savatage The Dungeons Are Calling
Saves the Day Through Being Cool
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Scariot Strange to Numbers
Sceptic Unbeliever's Script
Sceptic Internal Complexity
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions
Seance Fornever Laid to Rest
Second Version eVidence
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
A solid release from an otherwise bland genre. Despite only a rating of 3, this is quite an achievement. This band takes Saosin vocals and mixes it with the musical styling of Of Machines. Whether you are fan of either band or not, this is definitely one to check out for a fan of post-harcore.
Sectu Inundate
Selebrities Lovely Things
Senses Fail Still Searching
Sentenced Shadows of the Past
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Serosia Perspective And Balance
Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of Us
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Shad When This Is Over
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Shadows Fall Fire From the Sky
Shapeshifter The System Is A Vampire
Shiny Toy Guns We Are Pilots
Short On Time Sanctuary
I do hate calling a certain band a complete ripoff of another band, but Short on Time truly is another (poorer) version of Protest the Hero. Musically, they are identical to the Kezia era with enough riffs to cause your fingertips to catch on fire plus all those mini tapping bits stuck in between. However, we see a difference in the vocals; in terms of vocals, Short on Time is pure punk. Yes, the kind you hear on the radio or back in the late 90's. It does add a nice new flavour to the sound, but to most it may seem out of place.
Shot Heard Around The World How Empty We've Become
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Sienna Skies The Constant Climb
Silent Auction H on Earth
Potential is wasted on with this synthpop trio's album H on Earth. There are some great moments in a few individual songs, but they are soon muffled by boring and typical songwriting. There is still an excellent share of vocals between the man and woman, and there is never a thought that perhaps one style is outperforming the over. Unfortunately, what makes this the ultimate disappointment is how long the album is; with 14 tracks (including 2 remixes), you would expect there to be a high chance of finding something really good, but it is such a rare thing for such a long album. Top songs are easily Reverie and NB Sadness, the former being remixed decently by futurepop geniuses Mind.In.A.Box.
Sims Bad Time Zoo
Sinew Pilots of a New Sky
Sinister Aggressive Measures
Sirens(USA-NJ) Gates
Sirens(USA-NJ) For What Remains
Skold Anomie
Skyfire Mind Revolution
Skyharbor Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos
Skynet Skynet
Sleep Volume One
Sleetgrout We Had A Carnival
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Slowdive Pygmalion
Slum Village Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.1
Small Black Limits Of Desire
Smothered The Inevitable End
Snake River Conspiracy Sonic Jihad
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Sodom Obsessed by Cruelty
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Solar Fields Blue Moon Station
Soldout More
Solipsist The Human Equation
Sorrow (UK) Art Is Dead
Soulwax Nite Versions
Spawn of Possession Cabinet
Spawn of Possession Noctambulant
Spawn of Possession Incurso
Spektralized The Puzzle
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Starfucker Miracle Mile
State of the Black City Lights
State of the Inpendum
Steve Vai The Story of Light
Avoid tracks "John The Revelator" and "Book Of The Seven Seals" at all costs. The rest of the songs are standard and enjoyable Vai (depending on how much you actually like him), ranging from the Hawaiian inspired song Creamsicle Sunset, the ballad-like Weeping China Doll, to the waves of arpeggiated chords in the title track.
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Came for the Steven Wilson. Stayed for the Guthrie Govan.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul to Soul
Still Corners Strange Pleasures
Still Life Still Mourning Trance
Strapping Young Lad Alien
Strapping Young Lad City
Strike Master Up for the Massacre
Structures All of the Above
Subscribe Stuck Progress to the Moon
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Suffocation Breeding the Spawn
Suffocation Blood Oath
Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam
Suicidal Romance Shattered Heart Reflections
Perhaps the most outstanding element in Shattered Heart Reflections is the dominating female vocals. Although the idea on paper has been done a million times, the vocals are just spectacular; cutting right through everything and piercing the listener in unimaginable ways. Unfortunately, there are still those ideas on this album that have been done a million times and are simply thrown into the songwriting. This actually brings down the shining vocals, as they could have been utilized far more effectively.
Supreme Beings of Leisure 11i
Surveillance (US) Oceania
Swallow the Sun Hope
Swallow the Sun New Moon
Swollen Members Black Magic
Sword Sweet Dreams
Sybreed Slave Design
Sybreed The Pulse of Awakening
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Damnation Game
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Symphony X Iconoclast
Synkro Broken Promises
System Syn All Seasons Pass
Tankard Zombie Attack
Tegan and Sara Sainthood
Television Marquee Moon
Temple Of Baal Verses Of Fire
Terminal Function Measuring the Abstract
TesseracT Concealing Fate
TesseracT One
Testament The Ritual
Textures Polars
Textures Drawing Circles
The Academy Is... Almost Here
The Audition Controversy Loves Company
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beauty Of Gemina At The End Of The Sea
The Binary Code Suspension Of Disbelief
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Keys The Big Come Up
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Black Keys Brothers
The Black Keys El Camino
The Bunny The Bear The Stomach for It
The Chant A Healing Place
The Chemical Brothers Surrender
The Cinematic Orchestra Motion
The Clash London Calling
The Color Morale We All Have Demons
Sounds nothing out of the ordinary, but that is no easy task when the band is pure metalcore. Instrumentation is average, but thankfully there is not a breakdown very 5 seconds. What really puts this band out there are the two vocal types: singing and screaming. While the screaming is not perfect, it has that "gasp" in it that really makes it sound like the man is screaming his heart out. The singing is also similarly beautiful; a cross between Underoath and Emarosa. No use of auto-tune is evident nor are any other studio tricks on the album. Highly recommended for the Rise fans.
The Comsat Angels Sleep No More
The Contortionist Apparition
The Cure Boys Don't Cry
The Dandy Warhols Welcome To The Monkey House
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
The Dear Hunter Black
The Dear Hunter Indigo
The Dear Hunter Orange
The Dear Hunter Blue
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Dear Hunter White
The Dears No Cities Left
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dream the Chase Found Again
The Dreaming Puppet
The Echoing Green The Winter of Our Discontent
The Eyes Of A Traitor A Clear Perception
The Faceless Autotheism
Last year it was GOD IS DEEEEAAAD. This year it's I AM GAAAAWWWD. Stay tuned for next year. EDIT: Wait now they're saying GOD IS DEEEEAAAD shit...
The Faint Blank-Wave Arcade
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Flashbulb Arboreal
The Haarp Machine Disclosure
The Hives Black and White Album
The Human Abstract Nocturne
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
The Hundred in the Hands Red Night
The Joy Formidable The Big More
The Joy Formidable Cholla
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Lonely Island The Wack Album
The Medic Droid What's Your Medium
The Messenger Let's Get Dangerous!
The Mire Volume: II
The Naked and Famous In Rolling Waves
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The New Division Night Escape
The Panic Division Sleepwalker
The Pass Melt
The Presets Pacifica
The Prodigy Music for the Jilted Generation
The Prodigy Their Law:The Singles 1990-2005
The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
The Prodigy More Music For The Jilted Generation
The Prodigy Invaders Must Die: Special Edition
The Project Hate MCMXCIX Bleeding The New Apocalypse
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Reign Of Kindo This Is What Happens
The Reign Of Kindo Play With Fire
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Ropes Post-Entertainment
The Safety Fire Mouth Of Swords
The Shizit Script Kiddie
The Sorrow The Sorrow
The Sorrow Misery Escape
The Sound From The Lion's Mouth
The Static Jacks In Blue
The Strokes Comedown Machine
The Vines Melodia
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Of all the mirror shots this man takes, he picks that one to be the album cover?
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
The Word Alive Life Cycles
Theatre Of Tragedy Assembly
Theatre Of Tragedy Musique
Theatre Of Tragedy Forever Is the World
Theatre Of Tragedy Addenda
This Is A Shakedown Love Kills
Dance rock that sounds a bit too similar to Innerpartysystem. You might even call the two bands identical right down to the lyrics. Nevertheless, Love Kills aims and getting your ass on the dancefloor and it really is hard not to when you listen to tracks like Circles and Comeandcutmyheartout.
This or the Apocalypse Haunt What's Left
Thomas Giles Pulse
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Thrice Major/Minor
Through Solace The World On Standby
Although this sounds like one of the usual hardcore tinged metalcore acts, you are still treated to a set of fist pounding and heart wrenching tracks similar to that of It Prevails (if not better). The gruff vocals seem to be the focal point on The World on Standby, but the instruments pull their weight delivering speed and beauty through thoughtful riffs and melodic leads. Favourite tracks are Aspects of Dreams and Lead By Example.
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Tonedeff Archetype
Tool Lateralus
Tool 10,000 Days
Torae For The Record
Torche Torche
Torche Meanderthal
Torchure Beyond the Veil
Toro Y Moi Causers of This
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Trouble
Tourniquet Psycho Surgery
Tourniquet Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
Trauma (PL) Archetype of Chaos
Treble Charger Wide Awake Bored
Treble Charger Detox
Trepalium XIII
Trioscapes Separate Realities
Triple Darkness Cold Blooded
Trivium In Waves
Trivium Vengeance Falls
Not as bad as I thought it was going to be actually. There aren't any terrible moments on this thing but like In Waves, Vengeance Falls suffers from being way too long. However, I would say this album as a whole is better than In Waves.
Twelve Foot Ninja New Dawn
Two Door Cinema Club Beacon
Tying Tiffany Dark Days, White Nights
Tyler, the Creator Bastard
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Tyrant Goatgaldrakona Horns In The Dark
Uberbyte DOS
UFO No Place to Run
UGK Ridin' Dirty
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Uneven Structure 8
Uneven Structure 8 (Re-release)
Unter Null Sick Fuck
Unter Null's finally stepped inside the zone and created a harsh yet danceable EP. The majority of the songs are remixes of her track Sick Fuck, but they all do justice to the original song. They maintain the anger that the track has, and then add some. But because they all stick to that formula, the remixes start to lack an identity from one another and you start to notice more similarities between them than any differences.
Uppermost Revolution
Vader De Profundis
Vale of Pnath Vale of Pnath
Van Halen Women and Children First
Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth
Vanguard (SWE) Sanctuary
Various Artists The Matrix: Music From The Motion Picture
Vessels White Fields and Open Devices
Viatrophy Viatrophy
Vicious Rumors Welcome to the Ball
Vigilante The New Resistance: North American Special Edition
Vio-Lence Oppressing the Masses
Virgin Steele Guardians of the Flame
Visions Of Trees Visions Of Trees
VNV Nation Praise the Fallen
VNV Nation Judgement
VNV Nation Of Faith, Power, and Glory
Voicians EscApe
If Voicians focused on making actual songs with vocals, EscApe could have been at least a full point higher. Most of the tracks here are instrumental, so that may limit the number of people who would enjoy these tracks constantly. However, when Voicians does add some vocals to the songs, they become much better most of the time. A perfect example of this is Loner, which is easily the best song on the album. Sure, Voicians could be considered a poor man's Celldweller but the fact that EscApe is an album to simply just enjoy and dance to, it doesn't really matter.
Voivod Dimension Hatross
Voivod Target Earth
Volumes Via
Vomitory Primal Massacre
W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P.
War of Ages Fire From the Tomb
So there is always thought that every song will sound the same when it comes to initially listening to a metalcore album. I must admit, i had this thought when i first started listening to the tracks but upon my second listen, i realized that they were all quite distinguishable. But moving on to the actual songs, the riffs are so wonderful and are not always composed of the same ol' ones with a dropped open note. Also, even though this may be a common thing nowadays, there are solos in almost every song. These solos truly bring the songs to life and they are full of melody with just enough shreddy bits. Like many War of Ages fans will know, the lyrics are positive themed and they kind of balance out the seesaw with the furious music on the other side.
War of Ages Arise and Conquer
Warbringer War Without End
Wavves Afraid of Heights
We Were The Fires Of Rome Live From The Forest Floor
Weezer Pinkerton
White Lies Big TV
With Life In Mind Grievances
Wolverine Still
Wolverine Communication Lost
World's End Press World's End Press
Wynardtage Desperation
Wynardtage A Flicker Of Hope
It's quite amazing (and sad) to hear a harsh ebm album where the "faster" songs are all plain jane and the slower (yes, I said SLOW) songs are ten times better. A Flicker of Hope is exactly the case, where tracks like White Frost and Hurricane Age are brilliant, yet surprisingly clean sounding. It's a new sound for Wyndartage, and he pulls it off so well that I feel bad for not liking the rest of the songs on the album. The rest are not bad by any means, but just too generic. Given that Wynardtage has been releasing an album EVERY year since 2006, I think it's safe to say he's getting pretty damn tired.
Wynardtage In The Mix (Chapter One)
X-Fusion Dial D For Demons
Xerath I
This band is known for blending math metal with orchestra movements and that is exactly what this album comprises of. Think of modern acts such as Textures and Hacride but with a symphony. However, this does mean that the atmosphere from Textures and Hacride are missing from Xerath. There is almost no room for such element since the orchestra takes over whenever the guitars are resting.
Yes The Yes Album
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
You Love Her Coz She's Dead You Love Her Coz She's Dead
Your Demise Blood Stays On The Blade
Zeromancer Bye-Bye Borderline
Bye-Bye Borderline could perhaps be Zeromancer's most complete and mature album to date. While I was a bit turned off by the title of the album, strangely enough the title track is by far my favourite thing on this. Personally, I've always felt as though industrial rock sounded best when performed with a serious attitude and mature content, thus making Bye-Bye Borderline Zeromancer's best album.
Zynic Blindsided
ZZ Top La Futura
Amazing to hear the band's version of DJ DMD's 25 Lighters. Sounds like a disaster on paper, yes, but they gotsta get paid...

2.5 average
+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating
16Bit Chainsaw Calligraphy The Remixes
18 Carat Affair Pure Gold
50 Cent 5 (Murder by Numbers)
65daysofstatic One Time for All Time
65daysofstatic Stumble.Stop.Repeat
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
65daysofstatic Wild Light
7 Horns 7 Eyes Throes Of Absolution
A Day to Remember For Those Who Have Heart
A Day to Remember Homesick
A Hero a Fake Volatile
For a metalcore band, I was not expecting this to be amazing, but there was one element that caught my ear and that was the music. Guitars, bass, and drums are all played to perfection whether it's soaring leads or beautiful clean passages. There are even a few bass solos in the mix and the entire band does a great job at impressing the listener with an array of fresh licks and riffs. However, this band loses half its points in the vocal department. The clean vocals are totally average and are almost only heard in the chorus (like most metalcore). The screaming, unfortunately, is below average and that is really what sets this band back; all you hear is this muffled sound whether its high or low, and you really miss that power and emotion that would come from a good screamer.
A Hero a Fake Let Oceans Lie
A Textbook Tragedy Intimidator
A Textbook Tragedy Rain City State of Mind - EP
Absurd Minds Serve or Suffer
Absurd Minds Deception
Abysmal Dawn Leveling the Plane of Existence
Accidental Suicide Deceased
Accuser The Conviction
Across the Sun Pestilence & Rapture
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
Advocate Trial And Error
Aeon Of Horus The Embodiment of Darkness and Light
Aerodyne Flex Transmissions
Aesop Rock Music For Earthworms
Aesop Rock Float
Aesop Rock Skelethon
After the Burial This Life Is All We Have
After the Burial Wolves Within
The guitar solos and leads have REALLY stepped up on this album, but unfortunately they're backed by recycled riffs.
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Akala Knowledge is Power Vol.1
Akissforjersey Victims
Alien Produkt Revenge
Alien Vampires Evil Generation
All Shall Perish Hate. Malice. Revenge
All Shall Perish The Price of Existence
All Shall Perish This Is Where It Ends
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Allegaeon Fragments Of Form And Function
Allegaeon Formshifter
Alphaville Catching Rays on Giant
Alter Bridge Blackbird
American Me Heat
Amorphis Am Universum
Amorphis Far from the Sun
Amorphis Tuonela
Amorphis Silent Waters
Anata Dreams of Death and Dismay
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Angelzoom Nothing Is Infinite
Animations Reset Your Soul
Animosity Animal
Annie Don't Stop
Anomalous Ohmnivalent
Antagonist (USA-WI) Antagonist
Anterior This Age of Silence
Anterior Echoes of the fallen
Anubis 230503
Anvil Hard 'n' Heavy
Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson Dice Game
Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Architects Daybreaker
Archons The Consequences of Silence
Arena The Seventh Degree of Separation
Arghoslent Incorrigible Bigotry
Arkaea Years in the Darkness
Arkaik Reflections Within Dissonance
Arkaik Existential Chaos
Arkaik Metamorphignition
Armifera Eradication
Armin van Buuren Mirage
Army Of The Pharaohs The Unholy Terror
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
Arsis United in Regret
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Arsis Lepers Caress
Arsonists Get All the Girls Portals
Artillery Legions
As Blood Runs Black Allegiance
As Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As Oceans Enough Light to Warrant the Contrast
As Oceans The Relics Of Axiom
Asa and Stumbleine Your Secret
Ascariasis Ocean Of Colour
Ashbury Heights Take Cair Paramour
It pains me a bit to hear how average Ashbury Heights, a top notch synthpop duo, has become. With their new album Take Cair Paramour there is a large collection of songs that either have very annoying vocals to offer, or nothing else. In terms of music and vocals, nothing has really changed from their older material, but personally I found an absence of hooks and especially catchy choruses. Unfortunately, this is made even worse because the album is 14 tracks long and for such an album to be this long makes it a chore to listen to. Luckily, the second last track Unbearable Beauty satisfies my synthpop hunger with a great chorus and an amazing use of vocoding. But like I said before, due to the dullness of the twelve tracks before this track, I could have easily missed it by simply shutting off the cd about halfway through.
Asian Dub Foundation Time Freeze: The Best of
Aspects Correct English
Asphyxia Asphyxia
Astra The Black Chord
Ataraxy Revelations of the Ethereal
Atheretic Apocalyptic Nature Fury
Atoms for Peace Amok
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
although these guys don't take anything to the next level, on the first few listens of the whole album, you will be amazed by how catchy each song is. Every song is so crisp and polished but this feeling does not last very long as the tracks start to all sound familiar. Soon, the crispness turns into the fact that the album (and especially the vocals) seems a bit overproduced. The clean singing has that wet synth sound to it, and the screaming seems a bit mechanical. all of this plus the fact that nothing new is attempted makes this the novelty wear off even faster.
Attack Attack! (US) This Means War
Based on their new haircuts, you'd think AA! was getting more focused, tighter, and more serious. Even listening to the new song, The Motivation, would have you thinking similarly. Unfortunately, we are met with the same problems on This Means War as AA!'s other albums. Switching to dropped tunings and 7 string guitars has not done anything to make their music more interesting, as the entire album is filled with chugs, power chords and nothing more. Seriously, you won't find a single guitar lead on this thing. It was coming to the point where I was asking, "Can I have more synths on this thing, please?" The vocals are another weak aspect: Caleb seemed like he was the man for the job at first, but on this album he sounds like he's struggling for air. His half spoken-half screamed lines (or whatever you call them) are just awful to listen to.
Attention System Wait For My Signal
A very interesting listen, that is actually 50% rock, and 50% electronica. In other words, you'll get all the groovy bass/guitar lines and drum beats that a rock band would have plus tasty synth lines that add that little special flavour. Favourite songs are Bot Killer, Drastic Measures, and Miss Machine.
Autechre Tri Repetae
Autechre Amber
Autoclav1.1 All Standing Room In The Goodnight Saloon
Autopsy The Tomb Within
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Balance and Composure I Just Want To Be Pure
Barren Cross Atomic Arena
Battles Mirrored
Be'lakor The Frail Tide
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Before Their Eyes The Dawn of My Death
Before Their Eyes Redemption
Behemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Belle Manoir Century Tree
Beneath the Massacre Mechanics of Dysfunction
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Is funny because when band finally writes songs that are less than two minutes, those songs are absolutely useless.
Big Wreck Albatross
Billy Talent Billy Talent III
Black Country Communion 2
Black Light Dinner Party Sons And Lovers
Black Pyramid II
Blackroom Lighthouse
Blaq Poet Blaq Poet Society
Blaqk Audio Bright Black Heaven
Bleeding Through This Is Love, This Is Murderous
Bleeding Through The Truth
Blessed Curse Blessed Curse
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blink-182 Dogs Eating Dogs
Blood Red Shoes Blood Red Shoes
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Bloodshot Dawn Bloodshot Dawn
Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r
Blu and Exile Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
Blue Foundation In My Mind I Am Free
Blur Think Tank
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish
Blur Leisure
Blur The Great Escape
Blur 13
Blut Aus Nord 777 - The Desanctification
Blutengel Seelnschmerz
Blutengel Monument
Bombay Bicycle Club A Different Kind of Fix
Bonded by Blood Feed the Beast
Bonded by Blood Exiled to Earth
Boom Boom Satellites Umbra
Boom Boom Satellites Joyride
Boom Boom Satellites REMIXED
Boris Heavy Rocks
Botch We Are the Romans
Breakdown of Sanity The Last Sunset
Breakdown of Sanity Mirrors
Brother/Ghost Black Ice
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Bullet for My Valentine Hand of Blood
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Burden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever After
Burial Burial
Burial South London Boroughs
Burials Tired Arms
I do appreciate Burials trying to distance themselves from the typical metalcore outfit, but Tired Arms still lacks any originality. Vocally, you're pretty much listening to Oli Sykes except without too much range. Sure, I can deal with that but when the music layers over top, I start to lose faith. You can hear the TDWP synth filling up the empty spaces, you can hear the forced guitar leads, and you can pretty much see a breakdown coming at every corner.
Burning The Masses Offspring of Time
Bury Me Breathing Through Eyes Not Your Own
By Blood and Iron By Blood and Iron (EP)
Bywar Invincible War
C-Lekktor Final Alternativo
Cage The Elephant Cage the Elephant
Called to Arms The Last Lament
Canvas Solaris Sublimation
Capharnaum Reality Only Fantasized
Cappadonna The Pilgrimage
Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree
Carcass Heartwork
Carnivore Carnivore
Caspian The Four Trees
Cassidy C.A.S.H.
Celldweller The Beta Cessions
Celldweller The Complete Cellout Vol. 01
Sure, it's simple to just say Klayton's remixes on The Complete Cellout Vol. 1 are enjoyable. However, any listener who's been following the man since his early days, or even a casual listener (I mean, who hasn't heard Switchback yet?), will note that the change in his musical styles are nearly parallel to what's popular in clubs and other electronic music sources. The important thing to note is Klayton's ability to still stay in that industrial rock niche, helping older listeners to still enjoy his new material yet bring on new listeners as well. But even if you still can't dig any of Klayton's newer material, you can at least respect the man's musical ability to change with the time.
Chapterhouse Whirlpool
Chase and Status Brand New Machine
There is a huge 90's vibe on several tracks. Reminds of the Saturdays and Sundays when I'd watch Electric Circus on tv. Unfortunately, there's the OTHER tracks on the album you have to listen to as well...
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Chevelle Point #1
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Children of Nova Impossible Landscape
Chimaira Pass Out Of Existence
Chimaira Crown Of Phantoms
Chromeo Fancy Footwork
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Cianide A Descent into Hell
Circles The Compass
City Of Ifa Black Pyramid
Claps Wreck
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Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be Huge
Cloudkicker Fade
Coat of Arms Sun & Satellites
Code 64 Storm
Codes In The Clouds Paper Canyon
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Com Truise Wave 1
Coma Lies NC The Great Western Basin
Combichrist Making Monsters
Comecon Converging Conspiracies
Conducting from the Grave Revenants
Consequence (NZ) Test Dream
Constants The Foundation The Machine The Ascension
Constants The Murder of Tom Fitzgerril
Continuo Renacer Continuo Renacer
Contradiction The Essence of Anger
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Convulse Evil Prevails
Cooly G Playin Me
Copywrite The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson
Coroner Grin
Coroner Coroner
Counterparts The Current Will Carry Us
Covenant Europa
Covenant Dreams Of A Cryotank
Covenant United States Of Mind
Covenant Leaving Babylon
Craft Spells Idle Labor
Crash Kings Crash Kings
Crocodiles Endless Flowers
Crossfaith The Dream, The Space
Cruciamentum Engulfed In Desolation
Crypt Of Kerberos World Of Myths
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Cryptopsy Cryptopsy
CTRL Lost In Static
Cue to Recall Mainland
Cut Copy Zonoscope
Cyclamen Senjyu
CygnosiC One Step Forward
dangerkids collapse
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return
David Bowie The Next Day
Daylight Dies Dismantling Devotion
Daylight Dies No Reply
DDM Lucidity
Dead Calm No Way Out
Deadborn Mayhem Maniac Machine
Deadmau5 Random Album Title
Deadmau5 4x4=12
Deadmau5 >album title goes here<
For a guy with 11.5 million to his name you'd think he'd be able to pay another guy to think of a decent album title...
Deas Vail Deas Vail
Deas Vail The Side Effect
Death Angel Killing Season
Death Angel Relentless Retribution
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Deathrage Self Conditioned, Self Limited
Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
Deceased Surreal Overdose
Def Leppard Hysteria
Deicide In the Minds of Evil
Delphic Acolyte
Deltron 3030 Event II
Demians Building An Empire
Demigod Unholy Domain
Demon Hunter Summer of Darkness
Demonic Rage Venomous Wine from Putrid Bodies
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again
Derma-Tek Corpus Technological
Derma-Tek Defiled
Descend Wither
Desecrator Subconscious Release
Desolate Shrine Tenebrous Towers
Destinity The Inside
Destroy The Runner Saints
Destruction The Antichrist
Destruction Inventor of Evil
Detroit Diesel Coup d'Etat
Devil Sold His Soul Blessed & Cursed
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
DFRNT Fading
Digital Daggers Close Your Eyes
Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been
Dinosaur Jr. Without a Sound
Diorama Cubed
Direwolf Beyond the Lands of Human Existence
Disclosure The Face
Dissect Swallow Swouming Mass
Distance My Demons
Distorted Memory Swallowing The Sun
A heavy middle eastern vibe is what separates Swallowing the Sun from other harsh ebm albums but even then, it lacks in all the other departments. This would be much better if the middle eastern-ness was toned down so there would be more focus on danceable arpeggios and beats.
Disturbed The Lost Children
Division By Zero Tyranny of Therapy
DJ Shadow The Less You Know, the Better
Domo Genesis No Idols
Donamorte Gemini
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Dragon Scream of Death
Dragonette Fixin to Thrill
DragonForce The Power Within
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dreamshade What Silence Hides
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Dual Density Soul Ecstasy
It's a bit of a shame that an album with 16 tracks does not contain a single song that stands out or has a good chorus. But then again, electro-pop isn't a genre to be taken too seriously, as its main purpose is to get your ass on the dancefloor or become depressed over the one that got away. Unfortunately, every song contained the same sort of cheese content (especially with lyrics) and like stated before, there was not a single track that stood out from the others. If an album's only goal was to get your hips moving, this would definitely be up there though...
Dungeon Elite [**] Dance Dance Evolution
Duran Duran All You Need Is Now
Dust Is Noise Fractured Forms
DYM The Invilid
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Earwig Gibson Under Mountain
East of the Wall The Apologist
East of the Wall Redaction Artifacts
The music is fine, but the vocalist cannot scream nor sing a decent melody worth a damn.
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Electric Valentine Automatic
I don't give a damn if you're literally made of stone, there are at least 3 tracks to get that body moving whether it be the hips or even a subtle tapping of the foot. Yes, there is auto-tune and simplistic GarageBand beats so this might turn off you music snobs, but all in all, this is a very solid electro-pop records from the man/woman duo.
Element The Energy
Eleven8 Alone
Eleven8 Changing Colours
Eleventyseven Galactic Conquest
Emarosa Relativity
Emarosa Emarosa
Emmure Slave to the Game
Empty Aeon Xpand
Endanger Revolt
The only songs I truly enjoyed from Revolt were Atemlos and Fool. But this is where it gets funny, because those two songs contain more of an alternative rock vibe than a futurepop one. The former track contains an acoustic guitar strumming chords throughout the whole song and it's so overpowering it could be a tune from the radio. Fool is a bit more futurepop sounding (yes, I lied), but it also contains an electric guitar playing a lick throughout the song, which also gives it a more rock-ish sound than any other song on the album. Unfortunately, the rest of the songs on Revolt that actually embrace futurepop are just too boring to be listened to over and over again.
Endanger Larger Than Life
Endevor 296 Above Parallels
Enfold Darkness Our Cursed Rapture
Engineers Three Fact Fader
Enslaved RIITIIR
Enter Shikari Common Dreads
Entrails (SWE) The Tomb Awaits
Eric B and Rakim Don't Sweat the Technique
Eroded Engravings of a Gruesome Epitaph
ESC (Eden Synthetic Corps) Eight Thousand Square Feet
I'll admit my hopes did increase a little when I saw industrial veterans like SITD and Wynardtage featured on this album. Unfortunately, even they were not enough to save this album from being nothing more than a boring, uninspired aggrotech album. Eight Thousand Square Feet, like many other aggrotech albums, opens up with its best song and AGAIN I am fooled into thinking this album will be great. However, the truth sinks in a few songs later and by the time you get to the end and decide to replay that first good song, you realize that it sucks too.
Essence (DNK) Lost in Violence
Essence (DNK) Last Night of Solace
Essence of Mind Try and Fail
Essence of Mind Indifference
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Sinner's Serenade
Eve 6 Eve 6
Every Time I Die Hot Damn!
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Evile Skull
Evita Minutes and Miles
Evoke Dreaming The Reality
Evoke The Fury Written
Excision X Rated
Is funny because even though Jaguar will statistically be the worst song on this, it's the only one I kept from this.
Exmortus In Hatred's Flame
Exmortus Slave To The Sword
A bit too much neoclassical guitar wank on this one
Extol Synergy
Extol Undeceived
Extol Burial
Extol Extol
Eyeconoclast Drones of the Awakening
Eyes Set To Kill Reach
Fall In Archaea Gatherings
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Falling Up Crashings
Falling Up Midnight On Earthship
Family Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The Back
Fang Island Major
Farscape For Those Who Love to Kill
Fatal Embrace The Ultimate Aggression
Fear Factory Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory Mechanize
Fei Comodo They All Have Two Faces
Filur Faces
Fireflight Unbreakable
Fireworks Gospel
Fix8:Sed8 Humanophobia
Fleetwood Mac Then Play On
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Fleshgod Apocalypse Mafia
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
FlyUnion The Greater Than Club
Foals Holy Fire
Foo Fighters One by One
For Today Ekklesia
For Today Portraits
Foreign Beggars Beggattron Remixed EP 2
Forever Orion Passion. Love. Harmony.
Forever the Sickest Kids Underdog Alma Mater
Forever the Sickest Kids Forever the Sickest Kids
Formalin Bodyminding
Foster the People Torches
Fractional Blood
Probably not the best album to listen to if you just want to hear some damn break beats. Blood is more of an experimental breakbeat album, but you will score some gold with one of the last tracks, Ofue, which is just beautiful breakbeats layered under a very harsh sounding yet melodic arpeggio and string arrangement.
Fractured Beneath The Ashes
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Franz Ferdinand Evil Action
Freddie Gibbs ESGN
Friendly Fires Pala
Front Line Assembly FLAvour of the Weak
Frozen Plasma Artificial
By definition, Frozen Plasma would technically excel at combining synthpop vocals with futurepop music. Such a statement would surely argue that Artificial deserves an excellent rating. However, I just don't see it that way. Firstly, most of the songs revolve around a single synth line and a strong chorus. Therefore, disregarding decent verse sections. While it may not be the end of the world in a genre like this, it still results in weak songwriting. Perhaps the most interesting weakness of this album is the production; it is in fact too clean. Almost like a Joey Sturgis record, everything on the album gives off a slick impression and it takes away even more from whatever the album originally had.
Fueled by Fire Trapped in Perdition
Funebrarum Beneath the Columns of Abandoned Gods
Funebrarum/Undergang ????????????
Funeral Whore Step Into Damnation
Future (FR) Abyss
Future Islands In Evening Air
Future Perfect Escape
FXZERO Skyholm
Despite the lame band name, FXZERO is for listeners really into that spastic style of progressive metalcore which ranges from crushing rhythms to soaring leads yet always remains melodic for the most part. Skyholm was produced by Jamie King from Between The Buried And Me fame, so it has that similar sound not only in terms of songwriting, but also in guitar and drum tones. For fans of Between The Buried And Me, Called To Arms, and Journal, to name a few.
Galahad Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria
Galaxy Hunter Sleeping Child
Gama Bomb Tales From the Grave in Space
Gamma Ray Insanity and Genius
Gatsby's American Dream Volcano
Gentlemans Pistols At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Get Up Texas Revelations
Ghost Atlas Gold Soul Coma
Ghost Brigade Isolation Songs
Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier Duel Of The Iron Fists
Gifts From Enola From Fathoms
Ginger Snap5 Snapped By You
Glassjaw El Mark
God Is an Astronaut A Moment of Stillness
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
God Is an Astronaut Age of the Fifth Sun
God Is an Astronaut Origins
Gojira The Link
Gonoba Endless Cycles
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Gorefest Mindloss
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gory Blister Art Bleeds
Grave Morbid Ascent
Greg Howe Sound Proof
Grendel (NL) Harsh Generation
Grieves 88 Keys & Counting
Guards In Guards We Trust
Gyze Fascinating Violence
Hacride Deviant Current Signal
Hacride Back To Where You've Never Been
Hadouken! For The Masses
Hadouken! Parasite
Hail of Bullets ...Of Frost and War
Hanging Garden At Every Door
Hard-Fi Killer Sounds
Haste the Day Attack of the Wolf King
Hatchet Awaiting Evil
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
Head-Less Imperfect: [Mensch]
Heaven Shall Burn Invictus (Iconoclast III)
Heaven Shall Burn Veto
Helalyn Flowers White Me In/Black Me Out
Hellogoodbye Would It Kill You?
Hellogoodbye Everything Is Debatable
Helloween The Dark Ride
Helloween Better Than Raw
Helloween Master of the Rings
Helloween Straight Out of Hell
Helstar Burning Star
Hideous Divinity Obeisance Rising
Himsa Hail Horror
Hocico Vile Whispers
Hodgy Beats Untitled
Holy Terror Mind Wars
Hoobastank The Reason
Hope For The Dying Aletheia
Hotopsy Follow The Light
House Vs. Hurricane Crooked Teeth
Humanity's Last Breath Humanity's Last Breath
Humanoid Remembering Universe
Hundredth When Will We Surrender
Hurts Exile
Hypertension Primeval Tyrants Prevails
Hypocrisy Into the Abyss
Hypocrisy Catch 22 (V2.0.08)
Hypocrisy End of Disclosure
I Am Abomination The Passion Of The Heist
I Am Legion I Am Legion
do u even blau?
I am the Ocean ...And Your City Needs Swallowing
I Scintilla The Approach
I The Omniscient Lost In Nebula
A 2.5 may be a bit harsh, but it's easy to tell that I The Omniscient is a bunch of French kids with a lot of potential. Lost In Nebula proves that the group has the chops to make some very exciting-to-listen-to metal but I feel as the the vocals need A LOT of improvement which can only happen with age.
I, Omega The Ravenous
IAMX The Alternative
IAMX Kingdom of Welcome Addiction
While the album is one of those "been there, done that" electronica trips, one song managed to stick out and become one of my favourites of 2009. that song, I Am Terrified, delivers unbelievable emotion from the lyrics as well as the vocals. Said song is a jewel among sand.
Ice Choir Afar
Ice Cube Lethal Injection
Ice Nine Kills Safe Is Just A Shadow
Iced Earth The Dark Saga
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
Idiot Pilot Heart Is Long
Illusion Of Light Follow The Sun
Impalers Power Behind The Throne
Imperative Reaction Minus All
Imperative Reaction Eulogy For the Sick Child
In Fear and Faith Your World On Fire
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames Trigger
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
Indesinence Vessels of Light and Decay
Indukti Idmen
Indulgist Perspectives
Informatik Direct Memory Access
Informatik How Long
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Insulters We Are The Plague
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Inventure Inventure
Invocation of Nehek Invocation of Nehek
In[Perfektion] Monsters
Iron Thrones The Wretched Sun
Staying with the path they chose on Visions of Light is just not going to cut it for The Wretched Sun. This particular EP is just boring, as it relies on repetitive chords to drive each of the 6 songs which range from 5 minutes all the way to 11 minutes. You will hear a change up or two, where the song slows down but even this is not enough to keep you from nodding off nor are the minimal guitar leads/solos.
Isles and Glaciers The Hearts of Lonely People
Iwrestledabearonce Iwrestledabearonce
Iwrestledabearonce Late for Nothing
Izz Crush Of Night
Jack Slater Extinction Aftermath
Technical death metal, but with more focus on groove than anything else. In that sense, they are very similar to Gorod. Deep growls, speedy drums, and twin guitars that deliver the licks and tricks. As a bonus, we get an audible bass that is also capable of delivering the skillz.
James and Evander Bummer Pop
Jamies Elsewhere They Said a Storm Was Coming
Jamiroquai Dynamite
Jane's Addiction Strays
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jeff Loomis Zero Order Phase
Jeffree Star Cupcakes Taste Like Violence
Jimmy Eat World Invented
JJ DOOM Key To The Kuffs
John Talabot Fin Remixes Part 1
Johnny Marr The Messenger
Johnny Truant No Tears for the Creatures
Judas Priest Point of Entry
Julien-K We're Here with You
Junius Days of the Fallen Sun
Junkie XL Big Sounds Of The Drags
Junkie XL Today
JXL decides to go organic with this release, and to a regular listener of his work, it can go two ways. Similar to The Crystal Method, JXL has much commercial success so doing a complete 180 for this release may have been risky. In my opinion, it got the best of him and this particular album just left the listener bored and wondering when the bounce was going to kick in. Today ditches the abundant use of synths and uses clean guitars as an alternative. One track that demonstrates this is Such A Tease, which is my favourite track off the album. The album maintains a calmness and coolness, perfect for the chill club setting.
Junkie XL Need For Speed: ProStreet OST
Good soundtrack if one just wants music in the background for a party or small get together. However, the actual game this comes from is a lot worse.
Junkie XL Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabi
Justice Cross
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
K Sera Collisions and Near Misses
Kalisia Cybion
Kalmah Swampsong
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Keith Merrow Lonestar Transcend
Kenos X-Torsion
Kilians Lines You Should Not Cross
Kill Division Destructive Force
Killing The Dream Fractures
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
Kincaide The Landscape Verses
Kincaide Myriad
Kingdoms Atlantis
Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull
Kingston Falls Armada On Mercury
Klimt 1918 Dopoguerra
Kool Keith Sex Style
Korn The Path of Totality
Korn The Paradigm Shift
I kinda prefer the Kornstep
Krenak Decimation
Kryptic Minds One of Us
Krypts Unending Degradation
Kuedo Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space
Kylesa Ultraviolet
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
Ladyhawke Ladyhawke
Lalu Atomic Ark
Lamb of God Resolution
Laments of Silence Restart Your Mind
If it was not for the electronics floating around behind the wall of drums and crushing guitars, this would just be another poor and boring melodic death album. In other words, those synth lines that are just too damn shy to come out into the front could easily make this a worthwhile listen but there is still too much focus on the death metal side rather than a possible industrial side. Vocals are reminiscent of The Shizit, but the music is that of a generic melodic death act.
Lavender Diamond Incorruptible Heart
Leaether Strip Aengelmaker
When it comes to EBM, Leaether Strip is almost a household name; he's released a number of albums throughout the years, each one consistent, and sticking to the traditions of ebm and harsh ebm. However, once you've kept with traditions for so many years, one starts to get bored, and it shows on this album. The first half of the album is pretty much terrible; cheesy lyrics and arrangements inserted into songs that lack any drive. Once we get to the ending tracks, the album actually picks up a little where Strip starts to get more serious and reaches out to the listener. Strip even manages to do a wicked cover of Depeche Mode's Black Celebration which turns out to be one of the strongest songs on the album.
Legion (US) State Of Decay
Life in Your Way The Sun Rises and the Sun Sets
Life in Your Way Ignite and Rebuild
Life in Your Way Kingdom Of God
Life in Your Way Kingdom Of Man
Life in Your Way Kingdom Of Darkness
Life in Your Way Kingdoms
Lifeless (DE) Godconstruct
Light This City Stormchaser
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$
Linkin Park Living Things
Lions!Tigers!Bears! Shallow Waters, Endless Depth
Liquid Stranger The Private Riot
Living Colour Vivid
Lost Area Memoria
The album may not stand apart from any ebm you've heard this days, but one of the tracks, Guardian Angel is easily one of the best songs I've heard all year.
Lost Society Fast Loud Death
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Low Sea Remote Viewing
Lucidstatic Symbiont Underground
Lunatic Soul Impressions
My impression? This is boring as hell.
Lymbyc Systym Symbolyst
Lyronian Hope And Veneration
Macabra Blood Nurtured Nature
Machine Head The Blackening
Malas Path To Holocaust
Malefice Dawn Of Reprisal
If you are expecting a continuation of Malefice's debut album, you are sure to be disappointed. Any of the grooves and head nodding bits from the debut are absent and we are left with a failing attempt at a boring metalcore album that's trying to be a melodic death metal album.
Malefice Awaken The Tides
Malevolent Creation Stillborn
Mammoth Grinder Underworlds
Man Must Die No Tolerance For Imperfection
Marcus D Melancholy Hopeful
Mari Chrome Georgy#11811
Marillion Marbles
Marilyn Manson Born Villain
Matchbook Romance Voices
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
Maximo Park Too Much Information
Maybeshewill Japanese Spy Transcript EP
Mechanical Moth Torment
MellowHype Yellowhite
MellowHype Numbers
Memphis May Fire Sleepwalking
Menschdefekt The Human Parasite
Mesh Automation Baby
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metric Fantasies
Metric Synthetica
Microburst Hadal Lagoon
MillionYoung Amanecer
Mind.Area Maze Selectiva
If Selectiva were to be released as an official LP, I would be much more disappointed in Mind.In.A.Box. However, Selectiva is simply a collection of b-sides and rarities that are really hit or miss (which can be said for any b-side or rarity, really). The majority of them are very quiet and relaxed sounding, which may sound enticing considering Mind does this formula very well, but these songs are actually very poor. The few harder songs on this compilation are much better, especially tracks like Dead End (One Way Mix) and Lament for Lost Dreams (Space Mix).
Mindless Self Indulgence You'll Rebel To Anything
Minora Imago
Minushuman Watch The World Die
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Moby Destroyed: Remixed
Why the hell does this compilation consist of just a few tracks from Destroyed remixed repeatedly? One would expect several, if not all, tracks from the LP to have an opportunity to be remixed. This is especially disappointing given that some of my favourite tracks on Destroyed, such as Be The One, did not make an appearance in any form on this remix compilation. But other than being remixed, some tracks did appear as their "original mixes" which honestly served no purpose to this album.
Mono One Step More and You Die
Moonbow The End Of Time
Moonlight Cove Hearts Of The World
Morfin Inoculation
Mortal Sin Psychology of Death
Motorama Calendar
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Moving Mountains Waves
Mr. Big What If...
MSTRKRFT Fist of God
It seemed like this band started out not giving an eff about what was popular and whether they'd ever get played on the radio. The Looks perfectly summed up this feeling, and it was a great album. This second effort from MSTRKRFT seems to have an opposite mood. They kept the synths, but invited a bunch of low brow rappers to provide vocals. At times, vocals just kill the song but there are a few songs that are brought justice with the addition of vocals. It seems as though MSTRKRFT is aching to appear on tv and the radio with this album.
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Muse The Resistance
Mutilation Aggression In Effect
Mutiny Within Mutiny Within
My Bitter End The Renovation
When listening to the first few tracks, you get the feeling that this album will be 50/50 brutal and melodic. However, as the album goes on, this ratio starts sliding in favour of brutal and suddenly the last few tracks are just three minute breakdowns. Whatever melody is left in them seem to be recycled licks that were just put in there for the hell of it. The vocals are nasty throughout, similar to that of The Hero, The Fake which may be hit or miss with listeners.
My Epic Behold
Nameless The Overcome of the Portuguese Bastards
Nas God's Son
Natron Rot Among Us
Neal Morse Testimony 2
Nebula 3 Another Way
Necrosanct Incarnate
Negative Format Gradients
Neosignal From Deep Space
Nero Welcome Reality
Neuraxis Trilateral Progression
Neuropa Plastique People
Neuropa is almost considered to be a household name when it comes to synthpop, where they have released many albums using the same formula every single time. It is not until now, in Plastique People, that the formula has gone bland. This particular album really does not offer anything other than a set of passable synthpop tunes, each one just as boring as the other. This may seem odd, seeing as Neuropa has not changed much since their debut but each of their albums had that special ingredient that made them worthwhile; Plastique People just sounds lazy.
Neurotic Machinery Opsialgia
Nevermore Nevermore
Nevermore In Memory
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
Nibiru Eternity In Me
Nightmare City Retribution
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nile At the Gate of Sethu
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nipsey Hussle The Marathon
Nocturnal Torment They Come At Night
Noisia Machine Gun
Northlane Singularity
Nosound Afterthoughts
Nothing Nada Violence Nada
Novembers Doom Into Night's Requiem Infernal
Nuclear Assault The Plague
Numbers Numbers
Oblivion Called to Rise
Obscura Illegimitation
OceanLab Sirens Of The Sea
Octaves Greener Pastures
October Tide Rain Without End
Of Mice and Men Restoring Force
Of Virtue Heartsounds
Oh No Ohnomite
OK Go Ok Go
Omen Battle Cry
Omnivore Omnivore
Orianthi Heaven In This Hell
Strangely enough, as Orianthi's technical chops increase, the chance of Heaven In This Hell sounding like a generic rock guitar album does as well.
Origin Echoes of Decimation
Origin Antithesis
Orphanage By Time Alone
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Pain (SWE) Dancing with the Dead
Palms Palms
Panda Riot Northern Automatic Music
Panic Lift Is This Goodbye?
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Paper Route Absence
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Paradox Tales of the Weird
Paragon World Of Sin
Parallaxis Psychotronic Poetry
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Parkway Drive Deep Blue
Parley Judges of the Underworld
Paul Van Dyk Evolution
Pendulum Hold Your Colour
Pendulum In Silico
Periphery Clear
Persefone Spiritual Migration
Perversifier Perverting The Masses
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre
Phace Psycho
Picture Eternal Dark
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Planar Evil Mankind Way Of Life
Plasmodivm The Post-Modern Prometheus
Poison the Well Versions
Polar Bear Club Death Chorus
Polluted Inheritance Into Darkness
Polyenso The Tide
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Porter Robinson Spitfire
post harbor. Praenumbra
Postiljonen Skyer
PreEmptive Strike 0.1 Extinction Reprogrammed
I was very disappointed after listening to Extinction Reprogrammed after reading about the hype and new flavour that 0.1 was bringing to the scene. The problem is that 0.1 seems to have taken a little bit from fellow artists (C-Lekktor, Amduscia, Suicide Commando, etc) and mashed it all up into their own concoction. Originality is missing from this album and that's what really causes the listener to suffer.
PreEmptive Strike 0.1 The Kosmokrator
Preemptive Strike follow the path that they took on their previous album, Extinction Reprogrammed, and this is exactly the problem with The Kosmokrator. There is not a shred of uniqueness on this, as any idea that your hear on The Kosmokrator has literally been done a hundred times. As a whole, you could easily play this at a club or other similar scene but listening to each track individual is quite a chore. You can expect an average release when it is simply a carbon copy of another average release.
Pride and Fall Of Lust And Desire
Priestess Prior to the Fire
Prince Purple Rain
Profanal Black Chaos
Pronostic Deviated Inner Spectrum
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Prozzak Cruel Cruel World
Psy-Virus Eternity
Psycroptic The Scepter of the Ancients
Psycroptic Symbols of Failure
Psycroptic Ob(Servant)
Psycroptic The Isle of Disenchantment
Psyopus Ideas of Reference
Pure Reason Revolution Hammer & Anvil
Pysiedius Butchery and Apathy
Psyiedius prove one thing on Butchery and Apathy, and that is they got musical chops. But don't believe that this album is full of nonsensical shred, as there is plenty of breathing space on each song as well as a noticeable structure. However, these softer and slower moments on the album (the breathing space) seems forced, almost as if Pysiedius knew what we were all thinking and decided to slow a song down just cuz. Production is also a weak point of the album and can understand this because the band is so young and not well known, but when you really have to max the volume of your player just to hear the outline of the song, you know there is a problem.
Queensryche Queensryche
Quo Vadis Forever...
Rah Rah The Poet's Dead
Raven Architect of Fear
Razor Armed and Dangerous
Re:Legion Intersection
Reactor7x Disorder
reADJUST Metamorphose
reADJUST Alive!
Reaver Leviathan
Red Innocence and Instinct
Red Seas Fire Red Seas Fire
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...
Reso Check 1, 2
Retractor The False Memory
Retractor, you bore me with your unimaginative album named The False Memory. Each song seems compressed, as if there is some beast waiting to jump out, but that time never comes. Synths aren't exactly minimalistic on this album, but they lack any sort of lead or hook that the listener can attach themselves to. This actually may have been a decent album due due to a few good, but hidden ideas.
Riot Fire Down Under
Riot Narita
Rishloo Feathergun
Rob Swift The Architect
Robin Trower Living Out Of Time
Rotersand Waiting To Be Born
Rusko Songs
Russian Circles Enter
Russian Circles Station
Russian Circles Empros
RZA Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Sahg Delusions of Grandeur
Said the Whale I Love You
Said the Whale Hawaii
Saving Grace The Urgency
Scale the Summit Monument
Scanners Love Is Symmetry
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
When your band is pure melodic death metal, it is extremely hard to get out of that niche and attempt to make a stand out record, so why bother? Scar Symmetry do exactly that and stick with making their music which is literally the definition of today's melodic death. Vocals are capable, yet average, while the guitars also deliver nothing but average. The only standout on this album are the guitar solos; extremely sweet sounding yet also shreddy. Definitely worthy of being acknowledged.
Scariot Tongueless God
Scarve The Undercurrent
Scarve Irradiant
Scarve Luminiferous
Sceptic Pathetic Being
School of Seven Bells Put Your Sad Down
Scrap.Edx Merciless Protraction
Sea of Skies Distance
Sea of Treachery At Dagger's Dawn
Sea of Treachery Welcome To Wonderland
Seabound No Sleep Demon V2.0
Seabound Speak In Storms
Secret And Whisper Teenage Fantasy
Sepalcure Sepalcure
Septic Christ Guilty As We Were Born
Sepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Seven (UK) Evolution
Seventh Wonder Waiting in the Wings
Shade Empire Omega Arcane
Shadow Gallery Legacy
Shadows Fall Of One Blood
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Shadows Fall Retribution
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
Shiv-R Hold My Hand
Shiv-R fails to make their own album, and instead borrows elements from all around them. The vocals almost seem to be snatched from In Strict Confidence, yet the music has no flavour at all. It remains so simple, that it actually becomes boring; you almost forget that it's even there. The only song I truly enjoyed from this was Map the Feedback because it borrows the formula of today's psytrance and crunches it into a short, five minute package.
Silent Civilian Rebirth of the Temple
Silent Civilian Ghost Stories
Silent Killer Everyone Bleeds
Sine Here Lifted
Sinister Creative Killings
Sinister The Carnage Ending
Sirens & Sailors Still Breathing
Siva Six The Twin Moons
Skeletal Remains Beyond the Flesh
Skeleton Hands Gone
Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed
Skrillex My Name Is Skrillex
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Skrillex Bangarang
Sky Eats Airplane Everything Perfect on the Wrong Day
Sky Written Thrive
Skyfire Timeless Departure
Skyfire Spectral
Slave Republic Electric One
Electric One is another album that's strives to get your booty on the dance floor. As a whole, it accomplishes this task well, yet there are still a few tracks that are on the calmer side, in case you need a breather. Personally, I find these dance rock albums to be hit or miss; there may be a few amazing tracks scattered among some boring/average ones. Electric One is no different, but despite this, it is still worth a listen.
Sleep Parade Things Can Always Change
Sleep Party People We Were Drifting On A Sad Song
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
Slice the Cake The Man With No Face
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Iowa
Society's Plague The Human, The Canvas
A very generic metalcore album with enough keys to make it border on melodic death metal. The only thing that keeps it on the metalcore edge is the numerous breakdowns that accompany each song. Yes, reading that last sentence makes it seem as though the album is plagued (pun intended) with breakdowns. However, they appear at just the right moments to get you back in the game temporarily, right before you doze back to sleep when a generic chorus or riff starts up again.
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Solar Fake Reasons To Kill
The One Step Closer cover is laughably bad. It makes this already bland album so much worse.
Solar Fields Random Friday
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Solitary Experiments Paradox
Solitary Experiments Phenomena
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Fly By Wire
Son of Aurelius Myocardial Infarction
Son of Aurelius
Son of Aurelius The Farthest Reaches
Wait, what track is this? Huh? I thought that was this track? No man, the track you're thinking of is this one. Son of Aurelius show off their technical chops more than anything on their debut LP and sooner than later, the entire album sounds like one big mush of 36 minutes. Every single song consists of the same formula of fretboard-burning riffs, shreddy solos, and never changing vocals. But this formula may also be exactly what one is looking for so if the above description tickles your fancy, this band is right up your alley.
Sonic Syndicate Only Inhuman
Soul Cycle Soul Cycle
Soul Remnants Black And Blood
Soulsavers The Light The Dead See
Spiralsea Essence
Stealing Axion Moments
Still Remains The Serpent
Stories Void
Strange Talk Cast Away
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Stratovarius Fright Night
Stray From the Path Make Your Own History
UK metalcore that's brutal as hell, similar to what old Bury Your Dead sounds like. Perfect music for those that are pissed off and wanna mosh, but in terms of the actual songs, many of them suffer from that familiar plague in this genre, and that is repetition.
Stray From the Path Rising Sun
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
Stuck In The Sound Pursuit
Styles of Beyond 2000 Fold
Submerse Tears
Submerse Algorithms And Ghosts
Suffocation Suffocation
Suicidal Romance A Kiss To Resist
Although Suicidal Romance may have been smart enough to produce the brilliant song Always off this EP, they were not smart enough to remix every other song three times and leave this one out. EDIT: seti, thank you for the info. I actually had no idea it was a cover of an Erasure track.
Suicide Silence The Black Crown
Sum 41 Chuck
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
Swollen Members Monsters in the Closet
Sybreed God Is an Automaton
Sympathy Invocation
Sympathy Arcane Path
System Annihilated Furor
System Syn Strangers
System Syn No Sky To Fall
T.R.A.M. Lingua Franca
Tactical Sekt Syncope
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food
Tall Ships Everything Touching
Talvekoidik Negotiate the Distance
Tame Impala Lonerism
Tardive Dyskinesia The Sea of See Through Skins
Tardive Dyskinesia Static Apathy in Fast Forward
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love
Teebee Blacksciencelabs
Tegan and Sara Heartthrob
Telemetrik My Lightyear
Tera Melos Patagonian Rats
Tera Melos X'ed Out
Terminate Ascending To Red Heavens
Terrolokaust God Loves The Violence
Terrorgazm Save Us
TesseracT Altered State
Testament The Gathering
Texas in July I Am
Texas in July One Reality
Textures Dualism
The Academy Is... Santi
The Aeons Collapse The Myth Is Law
The Air I Breathe Great Faith In Fools
The Alchemist Russian Roulette
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The American Scene Safe For Now
The Angelic Process Coma Waering
The Arcane Order In The Wake of Collisions
The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound Manzanita
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
The Blood of Heroes The Blood Of Heroes
The Boy Will Drown Fetish
The Breathing Process Odyssey (un)Dead
The Bunny The Bear If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...
The Bunny The Bear Stories
The Burial Lights and Perfections
The Cancel Night Light
The Cardigans First Band on the Moon
The Chemical Brothers Come with Us
The Chemical Brothers Push the Button
The Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Cranberries Roses
The Crystal Method Divided By Night
The Damned Things Ironiclast
The Dead Weather Horehound
The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Dear Hunter Green
The Dear Hunter Red
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Doors Morrison Hotel
The Doors L.A. Woman
The Dreamside The 13th Chapter
The 13th Chapter is an album that contains mostly remixes of songs from previous albums like Spin Moon Magic. It is common knowledge that a remix album can go either two ways: being unbelievably bad or being ridiculously good. Strangely, The 13th Chapter falls right in between; the remixes aren't horrible but they don't add much to the originals except perhaps a synth line or an industrial beat meaning you're better off listening to the original anyway. There are some new tracks added to this album however, and they are of typical Dreamside style which really help bring this album up to any worth.
The Empire Shall Fall Awaken
The Engineered Identities
The Exquisites The Exquisites
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Futureheads The Chaos
The Game The R.E.D. Album
The Getaway Plan Other Voices, Other Rooms
The Ghost Inside Fury and the Fallen Ones
The Heavy The Glorious Dead
The Killers Day & Age
The Korea Chariots Of The Gods
The Last Felony Too Many Humans
The Luna Sequence They Follow You Home
Very similar to Celldweller's Soundtrack to the Voices Inside My Head meaning this is a very repetitive drum n' bass style industrial release. Definitely suits an action movie soundtrack or a club scene, but it suffers from the one thing that plagues instrumental acts and that is repetition. The fun does not last long with this album, and sooner or later you find yourself skipping many tracks and eventually removing the entire album from your mind.
The Mary Onettes Hit The Waves
The Mission Veo Strangers
The National Alligator
The National Boxer
The National The National
The National High Violet
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Ocean Precambrian
The Ocean Fluxion
The Ocean The Sky Contact
The Panic Division Songs from the Glasshouse
The Physics Tomorrow People
The Pigeon Detectives We Met At Sea
The Postal Service Give Up
The Prodigy Experience
The Prodigy Invaders Must Die
The Prodigy The Added Fat
The Qemists Spirit in the System
The Rasmus Dead Letters
The Rasmus Hide from the Sun
The Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Rocketboys Build Anyway
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
The Room Colored Charlatan Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality
The Roots undun
The Safety Fire Grind The Ocean
The Shizit Evil Inside
The Silicon Scientist Windows On The World
The Sound Of Arrows Remixed
The Storm Picturesque Arrival
The Sword Apocryphon
The Temper Trap Conditions
The Temper Trap The Temper Trap
The Threat Sacred Ground
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo
The Vines Winning Days
The Vines Vision Valley
The Who Who's Next
Theory In Practice The Armageddon Theories
They Found Her In Pieces Victorian
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
This Is Menace No End In Sight
This or the Apocalypse Monuments
This or the Apocalypse Dead Years
This Romantic Tragedy Reborn
Threat Signal Under Reprisal
Threat Signal Vigilance
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Throwing Snow Clamor
Tool Aenima
Tool Undertow
Tormenter Pulse of Terror
Toro Y Moi Anything In Return
Toxic Holocaust Hell on Earth
Transmetal El Infierno De Dante
Travis Barker Give The Drummer Some
Treble Charger Maybe It's Me
Trenches The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole
Tribulation The Formulas of Death
Trigger the Bloodshed Degenerate
Trivium The Crusade
True Widow As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center
TRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of Neutral
TRUSTcompany Dreaming In Black and White
TTNG This Town Needs Guns
Turbid North Orogeny
Turbonegro Sexual Harassment
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light
Two Cities Little Ghosts
Tyrant (USA) King of Kings
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
UFO UFO 2: Flying
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure
Under the Scythe The Truth Inside You
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Unitary Safe From Harm
Universal Trilogy Pop Crisis
Unspoken Requiem Aeternam Deo
Unter Null Sacrament EP
Upon a Burning Body The World Is Ours
Utumno Across the Horizon
V2A Machine Corps
Vale of Pnath The Prodigal Empire
Van She Idea Of Happiness
Vanna A New Hope
Vastum Patricidal Lust
Vectom Rules Of Mystery
Vega Nova Lovesongs For The Dead
Veil of Maya [id]
Veto Crushing Digits
Vex'd Cloud Seed
Vicious Rumors Soldiers Of The Night
Vigilante The New Resistance
Viktor Vaughn (VV:2) Venomous Villain
Vildhjarta Omnislash
Violator Annihilation Process
Vista Chino Peace
Hard to believe I know, but the riffs on this are fucking weak.
Volor Flex The Conspiracy
Votum Metafiction
Walk the Moon Tightrope
War from a Harlots Mouth Voyeur
War of Ages Eternal
War of Ages Return To Life
Washed Out Paracosm
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
Wavves King of the Beach
Wax Poetic On A Ride
We Came As Romans Dreams
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed
We Came As Romans Understanding What We've Grown to Be
We Came As Romans Tracing Back Roots
wecollectskies In Light Passing
West Of Hell Spiral Empire
White Lies To Lose My Life
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Wilco A Ghost is Born
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco Being There
Wilco Summerteeth
Wilco A.M.
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Wild Nothing Nocturne
Winds Of Plague Decimate The Weak
Within the Ruins Creature
Okay, so here we actually have a young metal band that doesn't sound like anything you may be thinking of. But if i were to compare this band to others, the closest matches would be Veil of Maya or Conducting from the Grave. i find that the vocals are a bit weak, a bit like After the Burial, where it sounds like the vocalist has a sore throat. But the music is definitely the thing to catch your attention; firstly, almost every guitar line is harmonized by the 2 axemen, and the mixing was done in such a way, that one guitar is fully panned left while the other is fully panned to the right. However, bassist is almost nonexistent, and due to the groove of the twin guitars, the drums also highlight the catchy beats they make. I do find it difficult to name songs from this album, just by listening to them though. Reason being, many sound the same; but given the small chance the band has taken with their sound, perhaps they can be forgiven.
Within the Ruins Invade
Within the Ruins Elite
Upon listening to Elite, it is clear Within The Ruins has not changed a single thing about their approach to music. Elite is a near carbon copy of the band's previous album, Invade, right down to the guitar tone. Unfortunately, this means all of the band's flaws on Invade are present on Elite and perhaps even magnified; the most prominent being the lack of variety among songs. You would think Elite was recorded at the same time as Invade back in 2010 but the band decided to wait three years to release it.
Wretched (USA-NC) Son of Perdition
WRVTH Portals Through Ophiuchus
WRVTH Revelation
Wynardtage Evil Mind
X-Fusion Beyond The Pale
Xenolith Obscure Reflections
Xerath II
XP8 Drop the Mask
a few lame (and some even barely noticeable) guest spots are not going to help this album from being boring ol' XP8. The songs on this album could easily be fit in with other XP8 albums and you would not notice the difference. unfortunately, the addition of random samples to create atmosphere do not help bring any songs to life. Hell, the title track sounds like a rip off of Ayria's The Gun Song.
XP8 The Art Of Revenge
Xzibit Napalm
Yakuza Of Seismic Consequence
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
You Slut! Critical Meat
Your Memorial Seasons
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation
Zero Hour Dark Deceiver
Zero Hour A Fragile Mind
Zeromancer Eurotrash
Zeromancer Clone Your Lover
Zeromancer Zzyzx
Zomby Dedication
ZZ Top Tres Hombres
ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud
[:SITD:] Stronghold
[:SITD:] Odyssey: 13

2.0 poor
(the) PLASMArifle While You Were Sleeping the World Changed in an In
16Bit In The Death Car
A Hope For Home Realis
It was very easy to tell that A Hope For Home were nothing more than an Underoath clone when I listened to The Everlasting Man. While it was an okay album, I thought that the band could easily deviate from this habit and perhaps add a little more originality in their work. Unfortunately, Realis is a step back; this collection of songs is beyond Underoath cloning. In fact, Realis adopts a style so generic that you may mistake them for...well...any other band that ever existed.
A Perfect Circle aMOTION
A Silent Film Sand & Snow
A Textbook Tragedy A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Pri
Accessory Underbeat
Aceyalone Leanin' On Slick
AFI Decemberunderground
Akeldama Everything Beautiful
Alien Produkt Ignorance
Alien Vampires No One Here Gets Out Alive
All That Remains For We Are Many
Amduscia Filofobia
American Me Siberian Nightmare Machine
And One Virgin Superstar
And Then There Were None Who Speaks For Planet Earth?
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Annihilator Set the World on Fire
Annihilator Schizo Deluxe
Anonymus Stress
Apoptygma Berzerk Rocket Science
Apop take what they did on You and Me Against the World and well, don't do much. While the previous album seemed to turn its back on the futurepop sound of the earlier work, it was damn catchy with the abundance of guitars plus synth lines and all that stuff. Apop had essentially made a rock album. However, with this the catchy-ness is gone and the band just fails at trying to be progressive (if that's even possible). Longer songs do not suit this band at all and it all comes off as boring and passable.
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Architects The Here and Now
Arsis Starve for the Devil
As I Lay Dying Decas
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
This band is nothing more than a carbon copy of everyone's favourite band Attack Attack; the actual instruments (ie. guitar, bass, and drums) are trapped in the breakdown hole. In other words, each song consists of only open chord chugging, a few common drop-C chord progressions for the singing, and perhaps a dash of tremolo picking. Then we got that lovely studio magic along with the secret weapon, the synthesizer. This does not reap any benefits for the band, as everything they do has already been done. The wet synth lines come off as almost annoying just like in other similar bands. If you can find a connection with bands like this, this is definitely one to add to the books. Otherwise, avoid.
Aspirin Rose Stay In Your Hearts
Atreyu The Curse
Atreyu The Congregation of the Damned
so i appreciate atreyu having the courage to a follow up to their previous album. however, anyone looking for the chemistry involving strictly screamed verses and sung choruses will be disappointed as the two mesh together relentlessly. instead, the listener is treated to a number of songs that are all worthy of ending up on the radio (mute a couple swearwords here and there of course). but after listening to any two songs, you can hear how much the instrumentation has been stepped up, particularly the guitars; every song has at least one solo or some type of lead but each one of them has that cliche approach. that is, it starts of with pull-offs and hammer-ons and ends with a big bend. even the bass actually has a couple solo sections in songs during the verses. but be warned, any serious musician will find these new "skills" passable. another issue with this album's sound is the production; it's nice that bass is audible, but the guitars and drums sound like they were recorded with a laptop microphone. the lead tone is particular sharp and would in my mind, have no trouble cutting off a listener's head.
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
Autechre Chiastic Slide
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Azure Emote Chronicles of an Aging Mammal
B.o.B Strange Clouds
Bad Veins The Mess We've Made
Bassnectar Divergent Spectrum
Beartooth Sick
Beastie Boys To the 5 Boroughs
Becoming Everest Believer
Becoming The Archetype I Am
I Am - Becoming the Stereotypical Deathcore Band
Before Their Eyes Before Their Eyes
Before Their Eyes Untouchable
Congratulations Before Their Eyes! You have managed to write an album that could potentially be successful in today's radio! Huh? That's not what your goal was? Oh.....Carry on then.....Yep, you won't find any screaming on this album save for the first track and a couple of the last ones meaning that the middle portion of this album is stuffed with pop-punk garbage. Untouchables travels deeper into the realm of pop-punk and drifts further from post-hardcore. Even the tracks with screaming aren't enough to get you huffing and puffing. The end result is a bunch of songs that are simply hit or miss, depending on the listener. Top tracks are Hey Dude! and Hell or High Water (both are the first and last songs on the album respectively, btw).
Benea Reach Monument Bineothan
Berlin Animal
Betraying the Martyrs Breathe In Life
Between Breathing Homegrown
Black Devil Disco Club Black Moon White Sun
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Specter At The Feast
Blackmail II
Bleeding Through Bleeding Through
Blessthefall His Last Walk
Blessthefall Witness
Blind Illusion The Sane Asylum
Blindside With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Bloodhound Gang One Fierce Beer Coaster
Blu No York!
Blue Stahli Antisleep Vol. 2
Blur Blur
Bodycall Somatic Turn
Here I am thinking this is gonna be some serious EBM. After listening to the first two tracks, my thoughts suddenly change; I get this odd feeling I am listening to some sub-par music that's only masked by a brutal image. You won't find any aggression on this record but the most painful thing is the Godawful music. Extremely simple, way behind its time, and utterly boring.
Bondage Fairies Bondage Fairies
Bong-Ra Monster
Born of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
DID I NOT FUCKING TELL YO-bah, who am I kidding this sucks...
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Brendon Small Galaktikon
Broadway Kingdoms
Bunny Lake The Sound Of Sehnsucht
Burnt Offering Walk of the Dead
C-Lekktor Cloned And Mutated
C2C Tetra
Caliban The Opposite From Within
Caliban Ghost Empire
Carry Your Ghost Decisions
Caspian You Are The Conductor
Caspian Tertia
Casual He Still Think He Raw
Catherine The Naturals
Celldweller Wish Upon a Blackstar
Celldweller Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head
When it comes to a dude making music like Klayton, you just know sooner or later he'll get snagged up by corporations and be forced to create tunes that would suit their commercials and their video games. Well folks, here we have it. Tracks lack any vocals which is a bit said considering how good Klayton's voice is plus they seem like they were old scraps that were just lazily tossed together to make a new album with, despite how long we had to wait for this album.
Celldweller Space and Time
Celldweller Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head 2, Chapter 02
Centaurus-A Side Effects Expected
Centhron Dominator
Cerebral Fix Death Erotica
Chase and Status No More Idols
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Children of Bodom Relentless Reckless Forever
Chimaira The Infection
Painfully average. But there's nothing wrong with bands staying in their niche when writing new albums. However, this is not the case when your niche is metalcore/groove metal. This is just another album by a band that has released amazing stuff in the past. Another thing that bothers me is the lack of keys, is Spicuzza in the damn band anymore?
Claire Voyant Lustre
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Convalesce Decisions
It's almost common knowledge to know that a band like For the Fallen Dreams is a poor man's Misery Signals. But is there such a thing as a poor man's For the Fallen Dreams? Convalesce has stepped up to take that role, which should not be a good thing. The band is basically metalcore attempting to be progressive at some points just by making their songs longer. Sadly, you'll hear very few licks n' leads which is something that any Misery Signals copycat should thrive on. This results in a boring and forgettable album.
Covenant Lightbringer
Crazy Town The Gift of Game
Crimson Falls Fragments of Awareness
Cristal Snow God You Made Me Wicked
Crossfaith The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty
Crossfaith Zion
Cryo Hidden Aggression
Dave Gahan, is that you? Since when have you been fronting an electro band? Vocally, Cryo is incredible. Not only does the singer manage to imitate a mature Gahan voice, but he also manages to capture the rich sensuality that Depeche Mode always had. Unfortunately, the voice is not enough to save this album as the backing music is terribly boring. Simple can be very effective at times, but given the mood of this album, music a little more complicated is required.
Cryo Cryogenic
Cryogenic Echelon Antipode
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Crystal Castles drop most of the glitchy nonsense from their previous album, and decide to write a collection of synthpop/dreampop tracks. While this fact alone makes it better, Castles still needs to work on actual songwriting; out of the 14 songs, many of them sound too identical so it almost confuses you when trying to determine which song is which just by listening. And because the album consists of 14 songs, the album verges on being too long. With albums like this, they are most effective as being very short, almost acting like a tease. By the time you get to the end of Crystal Castles II, you're almost off the edge of your seat, just waiting to go do something else than listen to anything off this album again.
CTRL Lose The Image
Culture Kultur Spirit
Spirit simply comes off as a poor man's Reborn. While Reborn was a great album, Culture Kultur's routine is not going to suffice and instead you are treated with 11 songs that are either boring as hell or have been done a million times before. A true disappointment considering the shining past of this futurepop act.
Cumulus I Never Meant It to Be Like This
Cute Is What We Aim For Rotation
Cyclamen Memories, Voices
Cylab Cut & Coil
D Creation Silent Echoes
D.V.C. Molecular Shadow
DatA The Skywriter
Dating Please Be Quiet, I'm Very Interesting
De/Vision Noob
De/Vision Devolution
Dead And Divine The Fanciful
Death By Dawn One Hand, One Foot...And a Lot of Teeth
Death Ray Vision We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'
Deathstars Synthetic Generation
Debauchery Kings Of Carnage
Decrepit Birth ...And Time Begins
Deftones Adrenaline
Degradead Out of Body Experience
Delay Trees Doze
Delphic Collections
Demolition Hammer Time Bomb
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn
Demon Hunter True Defiance
Device Device
Devil Sold His Soul Darkness Prevails
Devil Sold His Soul Empire of Light
Devin Townsend Project Ki
Digitalism Lift
DIIV Oshin
Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur
Dismal Lapse Eon Fragmentation
Dismantled The War Inside Me
Disparaged The Wrath of God
Disreflect Some Brittle Words
Disturbed Asylum
Dividium The Scourge
Apart from the sub average music, The Scourge contains possibly one of of the blandest vocal performances I've heard this year.
Divine Heresy Bringer of Plagues
Double Dragon Devastator
Dungeon Elite [**] Renovatio
E-Craft Unsocial Themes
Incredibly boring ebm that is made even worse by the long song lengths. There are actually a few good ideas in a few of the songs, but they are not built upon. An example would be a great sounding arpeggio line that may only appear once in a six minute song. The rest of the song being nothing but noise filler.
E-Craft Electrocution
If you were unlucky enough to somehow get your hands on an instrumental version of Electrocution, you would literally end up with a soundtrack to some cheesy Plasystation or Sega beat-em-up sidescroller. Vocals are what make this bearable, but due to the impact that the music has on ebm like this, it takes away any points that the vocals might have racked up (no pun intended).
Edge Of Dawn Anything That Gets You Through The Night
Once I got through this album, I was paralyzed with confusion. For many minutes I wondered what the hell happened to Edge of Dawn that made them lose their entire edge. Anything That... is one of the most disappointing and shocking albums of the year, since it sounds so generic coming from a such a quality band. There may be a track or two that's worth keeping (I didn't find any) for the general listener, but other than that this is not even worth listening to.
Eleven Tigers 111
Eleventyseven And The Land of Fake Believe
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Endanger Motion
Enduser Caustic Pulse
Enter Shikari Sorry, You're Not A Winner
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Enter Shikari A Flash Flood of Colour
Ephel Duath Through My Dog's Eyes
Ever Forthright Ever Forthright
Everyone Dies In Utah Seeing Clearly
Exodia Hellbringer
Faderhead FH3
Fall In Archaea Fall In Archaea
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Family Force 5 Dance or Die
Fatal Rupture Total Neural System Failure
Fear Before Fear Before
Fear Factory The Industrialist
Feathers (US) Only One
Feed Me Escape From Electric Mountain
Ferry Corsten W.K.N.D.
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Flux Motivational Chants
Follow The White Rabbit Endorphinia
For the Fallen Dreams Back Burner
Fox Hunting Masquerade
Freezepop Imaginary Friends
Frozen Plasma Emphasize
Funeral for a Friend Conduit
Galactic Pegasus Mirage
One of those EPs that is as lame as the band's name.
Galaxy Hunter Running High
Gama Bomb The Terror Tapes
Ghosts (IRL) Night
Gifts From Enola Gifts From Enola
Glass Cloud The Royal Thousand
God Is an Astronaut Far from Refuge
God Module Let's Go Dark
God Module The Magic In My Heart Is Dead
God Module Seance
God Module False Face
Gold Fields Black Sun
Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival
Goodie Mob Age Against The Machine
Age Against The Machine? More like Fools On Parade...
Gorillaz The Fall
Gravediggaz Nightmare in A-Minor
Greeley Estates No Rain, No Rainbow
No good. That's what I say to a band that decides to abandon the momentum they created in Young Man and create a boring, almost deathcore, album. Young Man showed signs of promise since the band experimented with guitar noises/effects and overall made really good songs. In this album, you get stuck with boring breakdowns you've heard before, a voice that starts to get annoying (see Jealousy Breeds) and simply a letdown.
Grendel (NL) Timewave Zero
Grinspoon Black Rabbits
Congratulations to Grinspoon for fooling me into listening to this album. They released an enjoyable single "Passerby" which perhaps hinted that something cool was coming up, but guess what...
Gym Class Heroes As Cruel As School Children
Hadouken! Music For An Accelerated Culture
Hadouken! Bad Signal
Haken Aquarius
Hammerhawk Welcome Home, We Expected You
Hands Of Despair Hereafter
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely
Heartwire Heartwork
Hellcannon Infected With Violence
Hey Monday Beneath It All
Himsa Summon In Thunder
Hooverphonic The Night Before
It's hard to believe this is the same Hooverphonic that wrote the classic track, Eden, back in the late 90's. I admit I haven't followed this band since then, but when listening to The Night Before I was shocked to hear what was coming out of my headphones. Instead of chilled, downtempo electronica, I was "graced" with what I like to call adult contemporary (you know, that stuff your parents listen to on the radio). Bashing the album based on that would be unfair (as I am guilty of listening to some of this music sometimes), but it was just unbelievably generic; a very weak attempt at mainstream jazz along with average vocals.
House Vs. Hurricane Forfeiture
How to Dress Well Love Remains
I Am Abomination Jaw Dropper
I am the Ocean Escapist Fiction
I Killed The Prom Queen When Goodbye Means Forever
I Killed The Prom Queen Music for the Recently Deceased
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness Fear Is on Our Side
Illusionists Contempt
In Fear and Faith Voyage
In Fear and Faith Imperial
In League Where the Silence Is Easy
Incubator Symphonies Of Spiritual Cannibalism
Informatik Playing With Fire
Innerpartysystem Never Be Content
It Dies Today The Caitiff Choir
It Dies Today Sirens
It Hugs Back Laughing Party
It Prevails Stroma
Ivoryline There Came A Lion
Iwrestledabearonce It's All Happening
Iwrestledabearonce Ruining It for Everybody
J-Louis Balanced
Other than being a rather bland mix of soft synth pads and smooth vocal samples (the last track even contains a Submotion Orchestra vocal bit), what really ruins Balanced is the percussion used. On paper, this shouldn't even be a problem since all it takes is a hazy sounding, bass heavy, simple beat to get the job done but instead J-Louis insists on using trap style beats in nearly every single song. Not only do they ruin the entire vibe of the track but they sound rather cheap too, perhaps originating from some free software. It just does not fit.
Jack Ketch Bringers Of The Dawn
Jaga Jazzist The Stix
Jaga Jazzist A Livingroom Hush
Jaga Jazzist Jævla Jazzist Grete Stitz
Jamies Elsewhere Goodbye Rocketman, St. George is under fire
Jamies Elsewhere Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints
Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course
Jet Lag Gemini Fire the Cannons
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Julien-K Death To Analog
Junius The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
Justice Audio, Video, Disco
Kalmah For The Revolution
Karma To Burn V
Kartagon In The Clinic
Kasabian Velociraptor!
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Katatonia Tonight's Decision
Katatonia Dance of December Souls
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katatonia The Longest Year
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Keane Strangeland
Kele The Boxer
Kent Jag Är Inte Rädd För Mörkret
Kidstreet Fuh Yeah
KLOQ Begin Again
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Ladytron Light & Magic
Last Call Chernobyl Drowning Beneath The Sound Of Change
Late Night Alumni The Beat Becomes A Sound
Lexia Underground Sounds
Lich King Necromantic Maelstrom
Lifeforms Synthetic
Light Asylum Light Asylum
Lights Lights
Lights The Listening
Lights Siberia (Remixed)
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
Little Boots Nocturnes
Liv Kristine Deus Ex Machina
Liv Kristine Libertine
Lost Area Destroying Something Beautiful
Lower Definition The Greatest of All Lost Arts
Lower Hell Hellevator
Lower Hell is a young death metal band that has their feet in two different pools of water. On one hand, there is a strong death metal/metalcore sound very much like Heaven Shall Burn (not as serious, of course) with very simple riffing and drumming. However, the band adds a melodic death metal layer on top of everything with shreddy solos and tons of licks to get those fingers blazing. Sure, this doesn't sound like anything new...which is exactly the problem. Right after the third song (assuming you make it that far) I start asking myself "did I leave a song on repeat?" In conclusion, as a generic, run-of-the-mill melodic death metal record, this is sufficient. But as an album to actually enjoy listening to, well, prepare for a sweet lullaby.
Lymbyc Systym Shutter Release
Lymbyc Systym Love Your Abuser Remixed
Lymbyc Systym Love Your Abuser
Madmaze Frames of Alienation
Main Attrakionz Bossalinis and Fooliyones
Make Me Famous It's Now or Never
Malak Malak
Great, you guys can shred like there's no tomorrow. Now, can you write a song? Malak's EP is nothing but another young technical death metal band blazing up and down their fretboards. You won't find a single thing memorable here, and despite the fact that there are only 3 tracks here (4 actually, but that's a 60 second instrumental, the cheap bastards) time will just pass you buy as you sit, just waiting for this EP to finish.
Malakwa Street Preacher
Mankind Is Obsolete Trapped Inside
Master On the Seventh Day God Created.... Master
Maybeshewill Not For Want Of Trying
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster IV
Meat Beat Manifesto Answers Come In Dreams
If you were to set up a recording device inside an underground sewer pipe and let it record for an entire night you would literally get Answers Come In Dreams, right down to the drip drip coming from the midnight rain pattering on the earth's surface to the nonsensical jabbering coming from the boogie man.
Megadeth Super Collider
Mekong Delta Lurking Fear
Mekong Delta Wanderer on the Edge of Time
Method Cell Curse Of A Modern Age
Method Man Tical 0: The Prequel
Metric Grow Up and Blow Away
Metronomy The English Riviera
Mind.Area Long-Distance Side Trip
Mindust Taking Off
Mirrors Lights And Offerings
Miss May I Apologies Are for the Weak
Miss May I Monument
Misstress Barbara Many Shades Of Grey
Mnemic The Audio Injected Soul
Mnemic Passenger
Monuments We Are the Foundation
Mos Def The New Danger
Motionless in White When Love Met Destruction
Motor Man Made Machine
Mountain Avalanche
Moving Units Neurotic Exotic
Even if you remove the unbearable vocals (either the singer sounds like he has a stuffed up nose or he inhaled helium before recording vocals), Neurotic Exotic is your standard dance punk album with four-on-the-floor beats, spiky guitar lines, and arpeggiating synths. Unfortunately, the choruses and melodies are all things we've heard before...
Muse Hullabaloo Soundtrack
My Bitter End Nostalgic Sentiments
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
NAMI The Eternal Light of the Unconscious Mind
Neaera Ours Is The Storm
Neikka RPM Chain Letters
Neon Zoo O
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Despite the time between this and Nevermore's last album, Conspiracy comes off as one of the laziest records of the year, only relying on a catchy guitar solo, or a repeating chorus (all of them are terrible, actually). While I was hoping this would be a perfect cross between the ballad type of material from Dead Heart and the thrash-y type of stuff from This Godless Endeavor, each song simply picked a side never attempting to combine the two. This resulted in an extremely boring compilation of songs. Given the magnitude of Nevermore and my joy for their previous work, it adds even more to the disappointment that Conspiracy really is.
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
No Joy Wait to Pleasure
No Made Sense The Epillanic Choragi
Northlane Hollow Existence
Nosound A Sense of Loss
Novallo Novallo
Novembers Doom The Pale Haunt Departure
Novembers Doom To Welcome the Fade
Nuclear Omnicide The Presence Of Evil
Ocean Within Leaders
Of Virtue To Breathe Again
ohGr unDeveloped
Ol' Dirty Bastard Nigga Please
Old Gods Stylized Violence
One Way Mirror One Way Mirror
OOMPH! Truth Or Dare
Dear Oomph, why do you release an album that has 16 songs that all sound the same? Are you expecting us to memorize what the song name of each is, because that is impossible with all the bad choruses and stuff. Every song goes verse, chorus, verse, chorus, end. Hell, the choruses and verses are just annoying which makes matters worse.
Overkill Immortalis
Owl City Of June
Owl City Maybe I'm Dreaming
Owl City All Things Bright And Beautiful
Owl Eyes Nightswim
Paddock Park A Hiding Place For Fake Friends
Paper Route The Peace Of Wild Things
Parachutes (DE) Blueprints
Paradise Lost Lost Paradise
Parkway Drive Atlas
Paul Gilbert Vibrato
Pestilence Doctrine
Pestilence Obsideo
Pet Shop Boys Elysium
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Placebo Sleeping With Ghosts
Placebo Loud Like Love
PlayRadioPlay! Texas
post harbor. They Can't Hurt You If You Don't Believe in Them
Project Pitchfork Dream, Tiresias!
Project Pitchfork Continuum Ride
Psyopus Our Puzzling Encounters Considered
Psyopus Odd Senses
Pulcher Femina Darkness Prevails
By the end of track one, I was sitting in a puddle of my own urine due to the sheer terror I felt from listening to those eerie moans that filled up the track. Luckily, the rest of the album was not so scary sounding, but this fact did not help the album one bit. Unfortunately, Darkness Prevails is just a purely average futurepop record. There is too much emphasis on the vocals so the music ends up ruining everything; you will become very bored considering this album is 61 minutes long (ie. a bit too long).
Putrified Spawn Of The Dead
Radius System Almost Nothing
Raggedy Angry How I Learned To Love Our Robot Overlords
Raydead End in Sight
Razed in Black Damaged
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Reggie and The Full Effect Songs Not To Get Married To
Reggie and The Full Effect No Country For Old Musicians
Way too many pointless and unfunny skits and joke tracks on this one. But one question still remains: Where in the blue hell does this guy get his lyrics from?
Reso Tangram
Reveille Laced
Rhye Woman
Rhyno Sleep Songs
Ritual Carnage I, Infidel
Roots Manuva Slime & Reason
Roots Manuva 4everevolution
Rumble Militia Fuck Off Commercial
RXYZYXR Geometrical Metal
Toss in some overused synth lines, a heavily distorted voice, and a billion media samples. Mix thoroughly until it becomes a gooey paste. Finally, smear that on a blank disc. Voila! You have Global Genocide!
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Scorpions Unbreakable
Seabound Beyond Flatline
Septa The Lover
Serdce The Alchemy Of Harmony
Serdce Cyberly
Sero.Overdose No Time For Silence
Sero.Overdose create a futurepop album that borders on boring. Yes, a great voice fronts them, but the problem lies in the music. In this type of music, both the vocals and music play equal roles in a song and because the music is average, it is difficult to find hooks or anything to sing or tap your foot along to.
Sero.Overdose Heading For Tomorrow
Suffering from the same elements that made their previous album a disappointment. However, the drive that you hear from other futurepop acts is missing. In other words, there are still no hooks to get attached to in any song.
Set Your Goals Burning At Both Ends
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Shadow-Minds The Arc Of Truth
When it comes to futurepop, you either have it or you don't. Unfortunately, Shadow-Minds is really nothing more than a VNV Nation clone with worse music. Vocally, the two are almost identical except that the singer from Minds really does not change his act in any song. Musically, The Arc of Truth is as average as it gets; weak percussion with very few memorable moments. The entire album is made worse because of how damn long it is. With 14 tracks (13 of which are either close to 4 minutes or much higher) it's like adding insult to injury.
Shining (NOR) One One One
Shiny Toy Guns Season of Poison
Shiny Toy Guns III
Shiv-R This World Erase
Is it sad that I really wished the song Stripped would be a Depeche Mode cover?
Sick Puppies Dressed Up as Life
Sienna Skies Truest Of Colours
The combination of metal and synths is probably more than enough information to tell you that Sienna Skies is nothing more than your average metalcore band. And of course, the riffs and choruses are as stale as ever. However, Truest of Colours loses its points in production and overall sound. In this case, everything just sounds wrong. The synths sound extremely cheap, as if the band used some freeware program on a PC to create the various synth pads and lines that consume the album. The guitars are just as worse, also sounding like they've been recorded through 5 watt practise amps.
Sin DNA Afterlife
Skillet Comatose
Skillet Awake
Skrillex More Monsters and Sprites
Slayer Divine Intervention
Sleep Jerusalem
Sleigh Bells Treats
Snakadaktal Sleep in the Water
Snow Patrol Fallen Empires
Sodom Get What You Deserve
Sodom Epitome of Torture
Soft Metals Lenses
Solvent Subject To Shift
Why does Solvent think it's wise to release a "synthpop" album that barely has any singing? If one manages to get through the entire album (I did), they'll be left with nonsensical bleeps and bloops ringing in their ears, instead of sick one-liners you may hear in an actual synthpop album. There are actually a few tracks that do contain singing, but a lot of the time it is masked in a vocoder which eliminates any emotion that would have existed. In fact, the one song that contains real vocals, Loss For Words, is miles ahead of the rest of the album. It's still not that great, but it contains the elements that should have been utilized more on this album.
Soreption Deterioration of Minds
Spektralized In Between The Opposite
Sphere (NO) Primordial
Stars Are Projectors Wavelengths
Stereo Alchemy God Of Love
Strangers Holding Water
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club
Striving Vines Obstacles
Structures Divided By
I try to avoid the joke of how a song by Structures has no structure but damn it's nearly impossible to not blurt it out when you listen to Divided By. Many of these songs sound as though the band went through their discography and copy-pasted random bits from it to form these new songs. The addition of clean vocals also brings the album down because they seem to pop out of nowhere. They really serve no purpose in the song especially when they are surrounded by breakdowns and grooves (on the verge of clipping, I might add), which creates a unavoidable sense of imbalance in the album. Seriously, listen to the first song on this album and then the last song...Is it the same band still?
Styrofoam A Thousand Words
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
Sun Glitters It's Snowing And The Girls Are Singing
Suono My Style
A very boring set of dance-ebm that relies on the same damn beat in all 18 songs on this album (3 of which are just 10 second skits). Although vocals take the back seat on this album, they can still be heard among a few tracks either through actual singing or sampling. Fortunately, Suono's debut album might be more suitable for a club setting where the goal is to get as many asses shaking as possible. However, when it comes to some personal listening, this may bring the zzzz's.
Supreme Cuts Whispers In The Dark
Swim Deep Where The Heaven Are We
Swollen Members Heavy
Sympathy Anagogic Tyranny
Syrian Kosmonauta
Futurepop so average that it almost seems like a lazy attempt to just put out an album for the hell of it. This album deserves the lower score only because the other releases that Syrian has put are infinitely better than this. Every song consists of a simple main arpeggio theme followed by a terrible chorus that repeats until the end. Only stand out track is Space Overdrive.
Syrian Death Of A Sun
Tears for Fears Raoul and the Kings of Spain
Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Tears for Fears Elemental
Technolorgy Endtimes In Vogue
Ten After Two Truth Is...
Tenek On The Wire
Terrorblade Of Malice And Evil
Tesla Boy The Universe Made of Darkness
Testament Demonic
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Adept Catastrophic Ecstasy
The Almost Southern Weather
The American Dollar Awake In The City
The Angelic Process ...And Your Blood Is Full Of Honey
The Angelic Process Sigh
The Automatic Not Accepted Anywhere
The Automatic Tear the Signs Down
So much for being a post-punk/post-hardcore hybrid. Still not perfect, The Automatic demonstrated their style in their first album where they were essentially post-punk a la Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand but with screaming and keyboards. Here, the screaming is ditched so now we get a mediocre Futureheads wannabe band that does nothing for the listener except be forgotten.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Bewitched Hands Vampiric Way
The Black Ghosts When Animals Stare
The Chemical Brothers We Are the Night
The Cinematics Love and Terror
The Crystal Method The Crystal Method
The Date Night A Friend In Paris
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
The End Within Dividia
The End Elementary
The Eyes Of A Traitor Breathless
The Eyes Of A Traitor The Disease
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
The Ghost Inside Get What You Give
The Gun Show Currents
Christian metalcore so "heavy", it verges on being deathcore. This is not like the usual breakdown-every-ten- seconds deathcore band (although there ARE breakdowns); instead, The Gun Show utilizes dissonant licks and abrupt rests and rhythms to create music that not only sounds bad, but is also very annoying to listen to.
The Human Abstract Midheaven
The Human League Credo
The Illumination Departures
The Killers Battle Born
The Megaphonic Thrift The Megaphonic Thrift
The Ocean Heliocentric
The Odious Joint Ventures
The Polyphonic Spree Yes, It's True
The Proctors Everlasting Light
The Rasmus Black Roses
The Rasmus The Rasmus
The Shizit Soundtrack For The Revolution
The Soft Pack Strapped
The Sons Of Perdition Merciless Metal Of Perdition
The Subways Money and Celebrity
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Mechanical Serpent
Absolutely no substance whatsoever in this dark electro/psytrance release from The Synthetic Dream Foundation, despite hearing good things about them. Each of the nine songs goes absolutely nowhere; in other words, I listened to each track almost at the edge of my seat, waiting for some climax or bridge to erupt and take my breath away. Unfortunately, no song delivered my request; each was just filled with meaningless beats and vocals that did nothing.
The Tenth Circle Of War And Reflection
The Used In Love and Death
The Used Vulnerable
The Vines Future Primitive
So I think it's safe to say The Vines are done? Not only does Future Primitive sound like a recycled version of all of The Vines' albums combined, but the band themselves sound bored as hell on this.
The Wedding Polarity
The Word Alive Empire
The xx Coexist
Theory In Practice Colonizing The Sun
Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War
This Is Menace The Scene Is Dead
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thrice Beggars
Through Your Silence Whispers To The Void
Tonight Is Glory The Vision and Reality
Torul Tonight We Dream Fiercely
Trigger the Bloodshed The Great Depression
TV Ghost Disconnect
Tyler, the Creator Wolf
U2 Rattle and Hum
Underwater Pilots Endless
Unleashed Odalheim
Unter Null Absolution EP
Unter Null Unter Null
Not familiar with some of the earliest Unter Null, I was a bit surprised the first time I listened to this. With no vocals at all, this album comes off as one of those hardstyle ebm/aggrotech attempts that is suitable for a club but perhaps a bit too harsh for personal listening. Repeated listens may wear away the impact this albums first poses, and it will simply become generic and boring.
Unter Null Neocide
A bit better that her first release, but this album still reverts to the same style of club ebm. A bit more creativity on this definitely increases the re-playability factor, but in the end it suffers the same fate as the debut.
Us, From Outside Inspired By the Threat of Failure
Vangough Kingdom of Ruin
Vanna The Few and the Far Between
Velvet Acid Christ The Art of Breaking Apart
Vessels Helioscope
VHS or Beta Diamonds And Death
Vio-Lence Torture Tactics
VNV Nation Crossing the Divide
VNV Nation Transnational
I rather liked Automatic. Hell, I was even surprised by how much I liked it because the couple of VNV Nation albums before it were really boring. Unfortunately, Automatic might have just been a fluke after all, since Transnational is VNV Nation going back to bland mode; perhaps even worse this time.
Vortice Human Engine
Vortice Host
Walking With Strangers Buried, Dead & Done
War from a Harlots Mouth MMX
We The Kings We The Kings
wecollectskies Adventures of the Lost
wecollectskies These Stars Our Flame
Weezer Hurley
Whiplash Unborn Again
Whitechapel The Somatic Defilement
Winds Of Plague A Cold Day In Hell
Winds Of Plague The Great Stone War
Witchburner Bloodthirsty Eyes
Within the Ruins Omen
Women Public Strain
Work Drugs Delta
Wound Inhale The Void
XP8 Hrs:Min:Sec
Xzibit Restless
Yagya The Inescapable Decay Of My Heart
Yngwie Malmsteen Spellbound
Your Demise Cold Chillin'
At least they're heavy again, right?..........RIGHT?!
Zeller Turbulences
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice
Zeromancer Sinners International
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1.5 very poor
A Day to Remember What Separates Me From You
Sure, a 1.5 may seem typical for the band we love to hate, but given how catchy some of the tracks are on their previous releases, this is one of those "honest" 1.5 ratings. What Separates is comprised of the most boring songs you could imagine in post-hardcore/whatever. Terrible lyrics, uninspiring music, and a lack of harsh vocals make this not only boring, but very VERY tame sounding.
A Static Lullaby Rattlesnake!
A Thorn For Every Heart Things Aren't So Beautiful Now
Abandon All Ships Infamous
Adelaide Pergamum
Aesthetic Perfection All Beauty Destroyed
More like "All Music Credibility Destroyed" amirite? If I wanted to listen to simple club beats and melodies with sleazy and scornful lyrics, there are certainly better artists to choose from but this is essentially what All Beauty Destroyed is. What's worse is the addition of clean vocals to a few of the songs. Now, I do love clean vocals in EBM but when it comes to Aesthetic Perfection it just shouldn't belong. Gone is the raw production and emotion you heard on Close To Human, because All Beauty Destroyed is just jam-packed with slick club anthems and nothing more. Hell, the harsh vocals are terrible on this too. It sounds as though Daniel Graves had a sore throat when he recorded all the harsh vocals on this.
After Me, The Flood Still Searching
What in the blue hell happened?! When listening to their old EP Remembrance, there was hint of a metalcore band with so much potential. Sure, they didn't write the most unique stuff out there, but the sound they had going (particularly the vocals) was quite enjoyable. On Still Searching, the band has turned into nothing more than a Counterparts rip-off. It's great that they didn't take the djent path, but still...
All That Remains Overcome
Angel Theory The Death Of Angels
Angel Theory is literally talking over beats. Nothing more. No melody whatsoever in neither the music nor the "talking" and hell, even the beats are weak.
Arian 1 Immersion
Arian 1's Immersion contains nothing, and lacks absolutely everything.
Armor For Sleep Smile For Them
Arsonists Get All the Girls Listen to the Color
ASAP Ferg Trap Lord
Asking Alexandria Life Gone Wild
Avenue Six Left The Thin Line Of Life
Bassnectar VAVA VOOM
Black Light Burns Cruel Melody
Bleeding Through Declaration
Bounte Two
Boy Kill Boy Stars and The Sea
Breathe Carolina Hello Fascination
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Burden of a Day OneOneThousand
Bury Your Dead Bury Your Dead
what happened to this band? i really do not like the new singer and it is almost painful to listen to him scream with a tune, instead of shouting and barking like on previous albums. this album lacks groove and aggression that was found on albums with the old singer.
Carpark North Phoenix
Cobra Starship While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Stree
Covenant Euro
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Cute Is What We Aim For Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch
Daft Punk Human After All
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Wait, I am confused. Is this supposed to be the highly anticipated new album from a popular 20+ year old French electronic duo or a free album on a college kid's Bandcamp page?
Datsik Vitamin D
Dave Gahan Paper Monsters
So could this album be proof that Dave Gahan is nothing without his two band mates from Depeche Mode. This entire albums lacks the sensuality that DM brought and sounds like some radio-friendly rock album. Don't let this debut get you down though, his second release Hourglass is a large improvement.
Dead by April Dead by April
Dead Turns Alive Maelstrom
Oh it's over? Sorry, I fell asleep two songs in. Too bad I can't try and listen to this album again, I erased it already.
Destroy The Runner I, Lucifer
Diorama Amaroid
Dissentient Black Hole Machine
DJ Shadow The Outsider
Does It Offend You, Yeah? Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Dragonette Bodyparts
Dragonette just gets worse and worse. While even their previous album had at least a couple of keepers, I couldn't help but cringe at most of the hooks and it was ridiculous to hear how annoying Martina's vocals had gotten. On Bodyparts, those two things are cranked up so high their knobs have broken off.
Dungeon Elite [**] No Kings or Gods Only Man
Editors In This Light and On This Evening
Editors The Weight of Your Love
Emigrate Emigrate
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Faderhead FH2
Faderhead FH1
Not going to lie, I look at Faderhead, and I see some of the heaviest and most hard hitting industrial my ears have ever heard. But when the time comes to actually listen to this album, I am shocked and appalled. The beats exist, but the lyrics are unbelievably ridiculous. Nearly every single song contains cheesy lyrics that refer to "the clubs" and "goth lyfe" so whatever seriousness the beats created, are all gone. I does not hurt to mention that the music lacks any creativity either; it sounds as if the same idea is recycled for every track.
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
I actually thought the line was, "I'm gonna change you like a remix, then erase you like a fetus"
Fall Out Boy PAX AM Days
Falling Up Mnemos
It'll be when you're two minutes into the first song (they're long btw) when you'll start asking, "Where the hell are the bloody vocals on this thing?" until you are finally greeted with them about halfway into the second song. I've always attached Falling Up to brilliant vocal harmonies and melodies since the band's first album. However, you will find nothing on this EP other than some sparse, lazily repeated lines in a couple of the songs. Mnemos is nothing more than twinkly dinkly background music or perhaps just a disc loaded with cheesy post-rock-esque synths and atmospheres.
Fischerspooner Entertainment
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist
For the Fallen Dreams Wasted Youth
Genghis Tron Cloak of Love
Glass Cloud Perfect War Forever
Gym Class Heroes The Quilt
Helia Shivers
Her Bright Skies Causing A Scene
Well it looks like Her Bright Skies (they changed their name) has taken the path that so many fellow post-hardcore bands have walked. In other words, Causing A Scene has abandoned the hardcore side and stepped into the radio-friendly dimension. Maneuvers like this are never for the better, plus I don't want to bore you with naming examples of decent post-hardcore bands that have done this, and Causing A Scene has actually ended up being tame enough to be loved by your mother. Yes, your mother. Perhaps one song out of the bunch has screaming in it (and it's only one verse) while the rest is packed with generic material perfect for radio play.
Himsa Courting Tragedy & Disaster
Hipgnosis Relusion
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
I See Stars Renegades Forever
I highly doubt even the hardcore I See Stars fans would dig this. Along with the flavour-of-the-month remixes, the new songs on Renegades Forever are just bland. And if this album is anything to go by, Celldweller has certainly fallen a loooooong way down...
IAMX Volatile Times
IAMX The Unified Field
Imatem Home
Perhaps this is evidence that Peter Spilles can't do everything by himself?
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
It Dies Today Lividity
It Prevails Findings
Same shite, different album you could say. It Prevails continues down the path of emotional metalcore but this time the gimmick is not enough. This EP consists of 3 songs, each one boring enough to turn your lights off. I think I've heard this already...
Iwrestledabearonce It's All Dubstep
This is probably better than any of the stuff that Deviant recs
Jakalope Born 4
Jonny Craig Find What You Love And Let It Kill You
The white man's answer to The Weeknd
Julian Plenti Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper
Junkie XL Synthesized
Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kanye West Yeezus
Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Korn See You on the Other Side
Kryoburn Enigmatic Existence
Typical metal in vein of Mnemic. In other words, VERY unimaginative and VERY boring. There is some keyboard work used to add mild ambiance, but this is not really a positive for any song. In other words, it makes you wonder why the band is using this odd sounding pad instead of putting in a synth line. To make matters worse, the production is terrible, with the drums overshadowing the guitars and vocals. Yes, during any given song, you'll feel like you need to concentrate to hear the vocals. Then again, the man can't even hold a tune; his singing in choruses ranges from key to key so you'll hear this constant change in his voice that really adds the icing on the cake.
Ladyhawke Anxiety
Ladytron Velocifero
Lifeforms Multidimensional
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park Recharged
Reanimation this is not.
Lost Area From The Ashes
M83 Reunion
Madison Affair Teenage Time
Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink Me
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
MellowHigh MellowHigh
Metallica St. Anger
Metro Station Metro Station
Midnight In Alaska Boundless
Mindless Self Indulgence If
Moby Hotel
Moby Last Night
Muse The 2nd Law
Nemora Equinox Of The Gods
Niki And The Dove Instinct
Niveau Zero Jasmine
Orgy Punk Statik Paranoia
Panic! At the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
PlayRadioPlay! Frequency
Plushgun Me.Me.
Polyenso Clean Head
Raunchy A Discord Electric
Red-Line Out Of Business
Saving Grace Unbreakable
Saving Grace what happened?! In their debut, not only did they bring the headbanging moments but they also brought the emotion and the powerful lyrics. In this album, all of it is abandoned and the listener is left with 12 songs that sound EXACTLY the same. Every song is chug chug chug, the lyrics consist of OOOOOOOOOH and EEEEEEEEEEEEE every friggin' second and any of that emotion I once felt from listening to this bands debut has been lost forever. This album is absolutely terrible and absolutely forgettable.
Silent Descent Duplicity
Skrillex Make It Bun Dem After Hours
Skrillex Leaving
While the album art may suggest a total 180 degree turn from his past style of music, there is truly only one track on this three track EP that may have you scratching your head, wondering if this really is Skrillex. It's slow, quiet, dark, and minimal, which is probably how Sonny Moore himself would describe the song. However, that one track "Leaving" is nothing more than a carbon copy of work done by some of the more respected, underground dubstep artists out there. True, it actually is slow, quiet, dark, and minimal by Skrillex's standards, but comparing it to a track done by an artist who specializes in the style, it is obvious that Skrillex's is less genuine and clearly overproduced.

The track "Scary Bolly Dub" is pretty much a waste - a medley of his famous past material while the final track "The Reason" stands in between Skrillex's new found "IMUSTBEDARKANDYSTERIOUS" attitude and his "DANCEOHMYGOD" habits.
Suicidal Romance Memories Behind Closed Curtains
Who the hell is doing the harsh vocals on this album?! Yikes!
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
Describing this album, four letters, one syllable: C-H-U-G
The thought going through the listener's head, four letters, one syllable: F-U-C-K
Sybreed Challenger
T3rror 3rror First Contact
Technomancer 2
There's almost an unspeakable rule when it comes to the majority of industrial and synthpop, and that rule is "no autotune." Although this sounds like a very general statement, it's quite true. Unfortunately, Technomancer missed the meeting, or they're succumbing to modern production tricks. Either way, the album is drenched in it, and it sounds absolutely terrible, extremely sugary sounding. In fact, the overall sound is very artificial as though the entire music aspect of the album was done in the last five minutes before releasing. Apart from the autotuned vocals, the lyrics are quite average, but luckily do not border on being cheesy. Remember this is not a techno album, but a synthpop/futurepop album, focusing on image, rather than heart.
Test Icicles For Screening Purposes Only
The Academy Is... Fast Times at Barrington High
The Audition Champion
The Bravery The Sun and the Moon
i really liked the debut from these guys because it was a decent resurrection of new wave with many catchy songs. However, like any artist, you cannot always do the same thing again and in this case, The Bravery attempted to pull off another debut but fell short. Every single track is forgettable and each has a "modern" theme to it, making it sound like any song on the radio. There was not enough "new wave" in this album.
The Break Up The Break Up
The first half, nay, the first three quarters of this album is God awful; our female vocalist really can't sing at all, and it really sounds like she is struggling throughout the entire album to keep a tune. Sure, this may be a good effect at times, but this is synthpop we're talking here; music meant to sound beautiful. The backing music is just as bad, nothing really you can hold onto and it just passes you buy. It isn't until the last 4 songs where songs actually start sounding like synthpop, meaning that there is actually some relatively upbeat music with fairly tuneful vocals. But sadly, this is not enough; and even though these tracks themselves are not that great, they will probably go un-listened either way since you'll want to turn this off 3 songs in.
The Chemical Brothers Brotherhood
The Chemical Brothers Further
The Click Five Greetings from Imrie House
The Futureheads Rant
The Perfects Many Nights
The Starting Line Based on a True Story
The Used Lies for the Liars
Thirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams
TV Off Music Machine
I have never listened to something that even comes close to the annoyance that Music Machine brings to my ears. TV Off, a synthpop tag team featuring female vocals, is almost indescribable. The musical aspect is perfectly fine, nothing out of ordinary in terms of synthpop, and it remains quite listenable throughout the entire album. However, once we get to the nonsensical vocals and lyrics you get this sudden urge to rip the cd out of its player and throw it in the ocean. Tracks like Pillows and Shortcakes or Honey are just unbearable because of this fact.
Two Door Cinema Club Changing Of The Seasons
Uberbyte EXS
On EXS, Uberbyte decides to create a collection of songs, each consisting of a beat, a recycled synth line, and then a repeating sample. Such a combination may sound like your typical industrial tune, but on EXS the mediocrity is magnified tenfold due to old ideas being used. While not great, Uberbyte's previous album, Dos, had a much more original feel, while EXS sounds like the same crap but even worse. The beats are stale and the samples are just annoying. In the songs that contain actual vocals, they don't really help that much especially if you take a listen to the chorus in The Lie; it contains a blood curdling scream that just sounds so wrong.
Underneath The Gun Forfeit Misfortunes
Upon a Burning Body Red. White. Green.
I could have sworn Upon A Burning Body was better than this. The lyrical content is basically corny one-liners and tough-guy attitude all mixed into a pot with the word "fuck". Next, forget any groove that the band brought in their previous album. While the album is plagued with breakdowns, there isn't a single one I found that I could get into and just nod my head to (ie. there ain't no WE'LL SHAKE THE FUCKING GROUND up in this bitch). Finally, we have the vocals. Its tone remains unchanged for the most part, but I am seriously disliking how they are used almost tunefully at times, similar to those Bury Your Dead albums with that new singer ugh...
Waves In Head Remixed
We Are Defiance Trust in Few
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer The Red Album
Whirr Around
Woe, Is Me Genesi[s]
Youngblood Hawke Wake Up
Your Demise The Kids We Used To Be
Listening to this album will be your demise. DEMISE OF YOUR EARS. Forget about the overly aggressive YD of the last album, the new YD is just terrible. Despite similar instrumentation, it just doesn't seem as effective this time around and even worse, your ears are treated to clean vocals in several of the songs. This point alone automatically takes away any hardcore edge this album had and throws it all into a generic sounding pot which is the metalcore we hear today.
Zeromancer The Death of Romance
Oh, Zeromancer. Five albums in and you still haven't learn the meaning of the word 'progression'. I am still finding difficulty determining what song is what on your second album and suddenly with this fifth album the problem is even worse; not only are there very few differences between songs, that one particular structure that every song here revolves around is terrible. The Death of Romance is what I consider the most bland and boring industrial rock imaginable. And after five albums, I'd expect Zeromancer to learn its lesson.

1.0 awful
Alien Skin The Unquiet Grave
An album so unbelievably boring, I almost feel sad that I can't think of some cool pun to write from the title. The murmuring vocals, minimalistic music, and BEYOND cheesy lyrics easily make this one of the most unsatisfying albums of 2010. Shame on A Different Drum for signing this act.
Breathe Carolina It's Classy Not Classic
Coroner The Unknown Unreleased Tracks (1985-1995)
I love Coroner but what the fuck is this supposed to be...
Emmure Felony
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours
Foreign Beggars The Uprising
Regardless of the fact that there isn't any BLAU, this is so fucking disappointing, holy shit. The Uprising focuses less on rapping (but even the rapping is shit when you finally hear it) and more on lame hooks and weak beats. I honestly thought Foreign Beggars' multiple collaborations with Noisia, Skrillex, etc. were enjoyable and would lead to a tolerable full length but this is just fucking bad.
Hot Action Cop Listen Up!
Mindless Self Indulgence How I Learned to Stop Giving A Shit and Love MSI
How I Learned to Listen To The New MSI Album and Realize It Is Fucking Terrible
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed
Sonic Syndicate Love and Other Disasters
Squarepusher Ufabulum
Suicide Commando Chromdioxyde 1
An unbelievably boring record that does nothing for the listener except maybe put them to sleep. Good thing this was set to a limited number of copies...
The Faint Fasciinatiion
The Galvatrons Laser Graffiti

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