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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicArctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & DangerousBlack Moon Enta Da StageBloc Party Silent AlarmBoom Boom Satellites EXPOSEDCom Truise Cyanide SistersDance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain IIDemolition Hammer Epidemic of ViolenceDemolition Hammer Tortured ExistenceDepeche Mode ViolatorDepeche Mode Black CelebrationEmery While Broken Hearts PrevailEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailGob Foot In Mouth DiseaseGZA Liquid SwordsIdiot Pilot Strange We Should Meet HereWhat 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 LightsInterpol AnticsJohnny Truant In the Library of Horrific EventsEmotion 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 ReanimationLords of the Underground Here Come the LordsMegadeth Rust in PeaceMesh We CollideAs 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.mind.in.a.box Dreamwebmind.in.a.box CrossroadsCrossroads 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.mind.in.a.box Lost AloneThis 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 ControllerMobb Deep The InfamousNas IllmaticNew Order SubstanceOrphans of Cush White NoizePanic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age Rated RQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out SikTh Death of a Dead DaySubmotion Orchestra Finest HourSwarms Old Raves EndSwarms SwarmsThe Birthday Massacre VioletTBM 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 StrangersSo 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." - Gmork89The Strokes Is This ItThe Strokes Room on FireWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)4.5 superbAnamanaguchi Endless FantasyAnimals As Leaders Animals as LeadersFirst, 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 HellAnnihilator Never, NeverlandArctic Monkeys Five Minutes With Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys Favourite Worst NightmareArctic Monkeys HumbugArctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes DownArmageddon (SWE) Crossing The RubiconArtillery By InheritanceAssemblage 23 MetaAtheist Piece of TimeAtheist Unquestionable PresenceAugury Fragmentary EvidenceAugust Burns Red ConstellationsBalance and Composure SeparationBalance And Composure/Tigers Jaw SplitBenea Reach AlleviatBenediction Transcend the RubiconBenediction The Grand LevellerBlind Guardian Imaginations from the Other SideBlink-182 Blink-182Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketBoom Boom Satellites Back On My feetBoom Boom Satellites To The LovelessBorn of Osiris A Higher PlaceBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBrutality Screams of AnguishBurial KindredCalled To Arms Peril and the PatientCamel MirageCamel CamelCannibal Corpse The BleedingCannibal Corpse Evisceration PlagueCannibal Corpse TortureCannonball Adderley Somethin' ElseChrom Synthetic MovementCocteau Twins Heaven or Las VegasColdplay ParachutesCoroner Mental VortexCoroner No More ColorCoroner Punishment for DecadenceCunninLynguists A Piece Of StrangeCunninLynguists Will Rap For FoodCunninLynguists OneirologyCygnosiC FallenCynic FocusDance Gavin Dance Acceptance SpeechFeed into the new Dance Gavin Dance album, don't be fucking cynical!Dark Angel Darkness DescendsDavid Wise Donkey Kong Country 2 SoundtrackDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeath SymbolicDeath HumanDeftones Around the FurDeftones Saturday Night WristDemigod Slumber of Sullen EyesDepeche Mode Songs of Faith and DevotionDepeche Mode Music for the MassesDepeche Mode The Best Of - Volume IIf 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 AddictedDio Holy DiverDismember Like an Ever Flowing StreamDJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Dr. Dre The ChronicDrawn And Quartered Hail Infernal DarknessDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsDynospectrum DynospectrumElectrocution Inside the UnrealEmery The Weak's EndEmery The QuestionEndemic Terminal IllnessFACT FactFACT 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 FerdinandGhostface Killah IronmanGhostface Killah Supreme ClienteleGorod Leading VisionGravediggaz 6 Feet DeepGuthrie Govan Erotic CakesHands Give Me RestHavok Time Is UpHeathen Breaking the SilenceHeathen Victims of DeceptionHocico Signos de AberracionDarkness 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 AtrasI 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 FuriaHocico 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 CertificateIce Cube AmeriKKKa's Most WantedIce-T O.G. Original GangsterImmolation Majesty and DecayInterpol Our Love to AdmireInterpol PrecipitateInterpol Interpol EPIron Braydz Devil May CryIron Maiden PowerslaveJeru the Damaja The Sun Rises in the EastJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKalter Spiritual AngelKing Diamond AbigailKreator Coma of SoulsKreator Pleasure to KillKyuss Welcome to Sky ValleyLimp Bizkit Gold CobraLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLynyrd Skynyrd Second HelpingLynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-NerdM83 Hurry Up, We're DreamingM9 144,000M9 High FidelityMadvillain MadvillainyMalevolent Creation RetributionMarilyn Manson The Golden Age of GrotesqueMark Lanegan Blues FuneralMasta Ace SlaughtahouseMastodon Crack the SkyeMatthew Good AvalancheMC Ren Kizz My Black AzzMegadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Merciless UnboundMercyful Fate MelissaMercyful Fate Don't Break the OathMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica Ride the LightningMF DOOM Operation: DoomsdayMF DOOM MM.. FoodMiles Davis Kind of BlueMisery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum HeartMisery 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 PlayMonstrosity MilleniumMorbid Angel Altars of MadnessMotorhead OverkillMotorhead BomberMuse AbsolutionMutemath Mute MathMutemath Odd SoulNew Order Low-LifeNew Order Power, Corruption and LiesNew Order BrotherhoodNoisia Yellow Brick/RaarOpeth Blackwater ParkOzzy Osbourne Blizzard of OzzPestilence Consuming ImpulsePete Rock and CL Smooth The Main IngredientPete Rock and CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul BrotherProtest the Hero KeziaProtest the Hero FortressQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeQueens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkQueens Of The Stone Age are truly kings of the rock age. Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRazor Evil InvadersRazor Executioner's SongRiverside Second Life SyndromeRiverside Out of MyselfRiverside Rapid Eye MovementRobin Trower Bridge of SighsRobin Trower Long Misty DaysRobin Trower Twice Removed From YesterdayRobin Trower For Earth BelowRoyal Republic We Are The RoyalShowbiz and A.G. Runaway SlaveShowbiz and A.G. GoodfellasSilversun Pickups CarnavasSinister Cross the StyxSinister Diabolical SummoningSlipknot 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 OrangeStevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)Sybreed AntaresOne 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 ChairTears For Fears The HurtingTestament The New OrderTestament The LegacyTextures SilhouettesThe Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers BandThe Beneath So Came the DecimationEven 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 NeedlesLightning strikes thrice. Yeah you read correctly. Effin' thrice.The Black Keys Rubber FactoryThe Black Keys ThickfreaknessThe Bravery The BraveryThe Chameleons What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyThe D.O.C. No One Can Do It BetterThe Presets ApocalypsoThe Used The UsedThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThe Weeknd ThursdayThe Weeknd Echoes of SilenceThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesThin Lizzy JailbreakTriple Darkness AnathemaUneven Structure FebruusUnida Coping With The Urban CoyoteVan Halen Van HalenVicious Rumors Digital DictatorVNV Nation Matter Plus FormVNV 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 EmpiresWes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Full HouseWhirr DistressorYour Demise Ignorance Never Dies4.0 excellent3 The Ghost You Gave To Me50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'A Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAbramelin AbramelinAcceptance PhantomsAesthetic Perfection Close to HumanEBM 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 DestinyAlarum EventualityTroy 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 CausesEventuality 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 MondeAlcest Ecailles De LuneAlexisonfire AlexisonfireAlgebra PolymorphAlice in Chains DirtAlice in Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAlice 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 HarshlizerAmduscia From Abuse To ApostasyAmduscia Madness In AbyssAmduscia Melodies For The DevilIf 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 AliveAnacrusis Manic ImpressionsAnacrusis Screams and WhispersAnberlin CitiesAnberlin VitalAndy Timmons That Was Then, This Is NowAndy Wood A Disconcerting AmalgamAngels & Agony UnisonAntithesis Dreaming RealityApollo Brown The ResetArchitects RuinArctic Monkeys Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?Arctic Monkeys Fluorescent AdolescentArctic Monkeys Leave Before The Lights Come OnArghoslent Hornets of the PogromArmor For Sleep What To Do When You Are DeadArtillery When Death ComesASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.Asphyx The RackAsphyx Last One on EarthAsphyx AsphyxAspid ExtravasationAssemblage 23 FailureAssemblage 23 StormAssemblage 23 CompassAssemblage 23 AddendumAt The Gates Slaughter of the SoulAtheist ElementsAtmosphere God Loves UglyAtmosphere Overcast!Atreyu A Death-Grip on YesterdayAu Revoir Simone Move in SpectrumsAutopsy Severed SurvivalAutopsy Mental FuneralBADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2Balance and Composure Only BoundariesBalance and Composure The Things We Think We're MissingBaphomet (NY) The Dead Shall InheritBaron Von Luxxury The Last SeductionBarren Earth Curse of the Red RiverBeastie Boys Hello NastyBeastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part TwoBeheading Of A King Quasar: Preserving LegacyBehemoth The SatanistBetter Off ( I Think) I'm LeavingBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectBetween the Screams Our Last Days On EarthBeyond Creation The AuraWere 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 FootBig K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4evaBig K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A DayBilly Idol The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize YourselfBilly Talent Billy TalentBilly Talent Billy Talent IIBilly Talent Dead SilenceBinary Star WaterworldBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club B.R.M.C.Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-EarthBlind Guardian Follow the BlindBlind Guardian Battalions of FearBlink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis ShowBloc Party A Weekend in the CityBloc Party Another Weekend in the CityBloc Party IntimacyBloc Party FourYEAR OF THE BLOCBolt Thrower Those Once LoyalBolt Thrower The IVth CrusadeBolt Thrower ...For VictoryBorn of Osiris The New ReignAlthough 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 ItBring Me the Horizon SempiternalBroken Social Scene You Forgot It In PeopleBrutality When the Sky Turns BlackBuckethead Decoding the Tomb of BansheebotBurial Truant/Rough SleeperBurial (NL) Relinquished SoulsC-Lekktor The Silence ProcessionC-Lekktor Tendencias SuicidasCacophony Go Off!Cacophony Speed Metal SymphonyCaliban The AwakeningCamel MoonmadnessCancer Death Shall RiseCancer To the Gory EndCannibal Corpse BloodthirstCannibal Corpse Gallery of SuicideCannibal Corpse The Wretched SpawnCannibal Corpse KillCannibal Corpse Worm InfestedCemetary An Evil Shade of GreyCheatahs CheatahsChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Chimaira ChimairaCiLiCe Deranged HeadtripCirca Survive JuturnaCirca Survive Blue Sky NoiseCirca Survive Violent WavesCircle of Contempt Artifacts in MotionClubroot II - MMXClubroot Solar FlaresCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadCom Truise Galactic MeltCom Truise FairlightCommon Like Water for ChocolateCommon One Day It'll All Make SenseCommon ResurrectionCompton's Most Wanted Music to DrivebyCondition Critical Operational HazardConstants PasifloraCoroner R.I.P.Crionic DifferentCTRL Loaded Weapons And Darkened DaysCTRL Make Things RightCunninLynguists Dirty AcresCunninLynguists SouthernundergroundCygnosiC A Deity In Pain RebornWhen 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 AirCynic The Portal TapesDance Gavin Dance Whatever I Say Is Royal OceanDance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle MountainDance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin DanceDance Gavin Dance HappinessDangerDoom The Mouse And The MaskDark Time Sunshine ANXDas EFX Dead SeriousDavid Gilmour On An IslandDead Letter Circus The Catalyst FireDeas Vail Birds & CagesDeath Scream Bloody GoreDeath The Sound of PerseveranceDeath Spiritual HealingDeath LeprosyDeath Angel The Ultra-ViolenceDecapitated Winds of CreationDecapitated NihilityDeceased Luck of the CorpseDeep Purple Machine HeadDeep Purple In RockDeep Purple FireballDeep Purple Come Taste the BandDeep Purple BurnDeep Purple StormbringerDeep Purple Deep PurpleDeftones White PonyDeftones DeftonesDeftones Diamond EyesDeftones Koi No YokanDeicide Once Upon the CrossDeicide LegionDeivos Gospel of MaggotsDeivos Demiurge Of The VoidDel tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the BrainDepeche Mode Playing The Angeli 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 RewardDepeche Mode Speak And SpellDepeche Mode Delta MachineDerek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsDiamond D Stunts, Blunts and Hip HopDiamond Head Lightning to the NationsDiffuzion Body CodeEven 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. BeyondDinosaur Jr. FarmDinosaur Jr. I Bet on SkyDisma Towards the MegalithDismember PiecesDivinity AllegoryPure 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 AlbumDJ Muggs Vs GZA GrandmastersDj Muggs Vs. Ill Bill Kill Devil HillsDoomtree DoomtreeDrawn And Quartered Extermination RevelryDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Eventsdredg El Cielodredg Catch Without ArmsDrive Characters In TimeDungeon Elite [**] New World DisorderEcho Image CompuphonicCompuphonic 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 StirringEligh & Amp Live Therapy at 3Emery I'm Only A ManEmpty Never Get To YouEnduser Even WeightEnforcer Death By FireEnslaved VertebraeEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEpidemic Exit ParadiseEric Johnson BloomEric Johnson Venus IsleEric Johnson TonesErra AndromedaErra AugmentEvidence Cats & DogsExarsis The Brutal StateExciter Long Live the LoudExciter ExciterExhorder Slaughter in the VaticanExivious LiminalScale The Summit, but with longer beards, balder heads, and bigger balls.Exodus Bonded by BloodExodus Tempo of the DamnedExodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit AExotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of TonguesExtol The Blueprint DivesFACT In the Blink of an Eyehmmmm, 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 DisintegrateFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeFalling Up Captivaradio 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 FangsSurely 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 HereFeral Dragged To The AltarForced Entry Uncertain FutureForeign Beggars Asylum SpeakersForeign Beggars Stray Point AgendaFranz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much BetterFranz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz FerdinandFunebre Children of the ScornGarden of Shadows Oracle MoonGary Clark Jr. The Bright LightsGary Clark Jr. Blak and BluGeneral Monks Each Step Becomes ElevatedGhostface Killah FishscaleGhostface Killah More FishGhostface Killah Apollo KidsGifts From Enola Loyal Eyes Betrayed The MindGojira From Mars to SiriusGojira The Way of All FleshGojira L'Enfant SauvageGorguts Considered DeadGorod Process of a New DeclineGorod A Perfect AbsolutionGrave Back From The GraveGrave Miasma Odori SepulcrorumGreenleaf Nest of VipersGZA Beneath the SurfaceHalf Dub Theory Acute CaseHard 2 Obtain Ism and BluesHavok BurnHavok Point of No ReturnHe Is Legend I Am HollywoodHeart Dreamboat AnnieHeathen The Evolution of ChaosHeaven Shall Burn Whatever It May Take (Reissue)Heavenward Within These DreamsHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IHelstar A Distant ThunderHeltah Skeltah NocturnalHermitude HyperParadiseHidden Orchestra Night WalksHieroglyphics 3rd Eye VisionHieronymus Bosch Artificial EmotionsHieronymus Bosch The Human AbstractHocico A Call for DestructionHocico Cronicas Letales IHocico Cronicas Letales IIHocico Bite Me!Hooverphonic Blue Wonder Power MilkHour of Penance The Vile ConceptionHour of Penance ParadogmaHour of Penance SeditionHowling A Beast ConceivedHighly 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 TruthIcarus the Owl Icarus the OwlIce Cube The PredatorIced Earth Burnt OfferingsIconcrash InkeroinenIdiot Pilot WolvesImmolation Hope and Horror Immolation Close to a World BelowImmolation ProvidenceIn Mourning MonolithIn Vain MantraIn Vain AenigmaIncantation Onward to GolgothaIncantation Diabolical ConquestIncantation Mortal Throne of NazareneIncantation The Infernal StormIncantation Vanquish in VengeanceInnerpartysystem InnerpartysystemInsomnium One for SorrowInterpol Fukd ID #3Interpol InterpolInure The OfferingInvocator Through The Flesh To The SoulIris DisconnectIris WrathDespite 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 BlacklightBlacklight 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 DeathIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Iron MaidenIron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden KillersIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonJ-Live All Of The AboveJack White BlunderbussJanus Nox AerisJapandroids Celebration RockJeru the Damaja Wrath of the MathJimi Hendrix People, Hell, and AngelsJimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJimmy Eat World ClarityJimmy Eat World FuturesJoe Bonamassa Had To Cry TodayJoe Bonamassa You & MeJoe Bonamassa The Ballad of John HenryJoe Bonamassa Driving Towards The DaylightJohn Coltrane Lush LifeJohn Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric ClaptonJohn Mayer Room for SquaresJohn Talabot FinJoy Division CloserJR and PH7 The StandardJudas Priest British SteelJudas Priest PainkillerJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyJudas Priest Ram It DownJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceKashmere In The Hour Of ChaosKiller Mike R.A.P. MusicKimbra VowsKing Diamond ConspiracyKing Diamond Fatal PortraitKno Death Is SilentKreator Enemy of GodKreator Extreme AggressionKreator Violent RevolutionKreator Endless PainKreator Flag of HateKRS-One Return Of The Boom BapKuedo SeverantKyuss Blues for the Red SunKyuss ...And the Circus Leaves TownLeather Nunn Take the NightLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin PresenceLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLiege Lord Master ControlLife in Your Way Waking GiantsLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Linkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park Live In TexasLL Cool J RadioLL Cool J Mama Said Knock You OutLong Arm The BranchesLord Finesse Funky TechnicianLupe Fiasco Food & LiquorM83 Before The Dawn Heals UsM9 Orion's StencilMain Source Breaking AtomsMalevolent Creation The Ten CommandmentsMan Without Country FoeManage (Live) In ProtestMantic Ritual ExecutionerMarillion Misplaced ChildhoodMartyr Warp ZoneMartyr Hopeless HopesMartyr Feeding the AbscessMassive Attack MezzanineMassive Attack CollectedMasta Ace Sittin' on ChromeMasta Ace Take A Look AroundMasters Of Illusion Masters Of IllusionMaximo Park A Certain TriggerMaximo Park Our Earthly PleasuresMegadeth YouthanasiaMegadeth Killing Is My Business...Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Megadeth EndgameMekong Delta IntersectionsMelody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo ChamberMemphis May Fire The HollowMen Without Hats Love In the Age Of WarThey'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 FuneralMercyless Abject OfferingsMeshuggah NothingMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMeshuggah obZenMethod Man TicalMethod Man 4:21... The Day AfterMethod Man Tical 2000: Judgement DayMew And the Glass Handed KitesMF DOOM Born Like ThisMicall Parknsun First Second Time AroundMichael Jackson ThrillerMichael Jackson BadMichael Jackson Off the WallMidnight Resistance RemoteMidnight Resistance The Mirror CageMiles Bonny Lumberjack SoulMiles Davis Miles SmilesMiles Davis Nefertitimind.in.a.box R.E.T.R.OMind.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.mind.in.a.box RevelationsYour.mind.is.not.ready.for.this.box Mint Julep Save Your SeasonMint Julep AdornMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesMinus the Bear Planet of IceMinus the Bear OmniMinus the Bear Infinity OverheadMobb Deep Hell on EarthMoby 18Moby Everything is WrongMoby DestroyedModel Kaos Ghost MarketMonstrosity Imperial DoomMorbid Angel Blessed Are the SickMorbid Angel CovenantMorbid Saint Spectrum of DeathMorgue Eroded ThoughtsMortification Post Momentary AfflictionMos Def Black on Both SidesMotley Crue Dr. FeelgoodMotorhead Ace of SpadesMuse ShowbizMuse Origin of SymmetryMuse Hullabaloo (Live CD or DVD)Muse H.A.A.R.PMutemath ResetMutemath ArmisticeN.W.A. Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A. The Best of N.W.ANahemah The Second PhilosophyNahemah A New ConstellationNaive IlluminatisNecrophobic BloodhymnsNecrophobic The Nocturnal SilenceNeil Young Greatest HitsNeurotech Decipher Vol. 2Neuroticfish GelbNeuroticfish Les Chansons NeurotiquesNeurotic 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 WorldNevermore This Godless EndeavorNew Order Get ReadyNight Sins New GraveNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNine Inch Nails The FragileNine Inch Nails With TeethNirvana In UteroNirvana NevermindNocow Like ApartNocturnus The KeyNocturnus ThresholdsNorma Jean WrongdoersObituary Cause of DeathObituary Slowly We RotObliveon From This Day ForwardObscura CosmogenesisObscura RetributionObscura OmniviumOh, Sleeper Children Of FireOnyx BacdafucupOpeth OrchidOpeth Still LifeOpeth MorningriseOpeth DeliveranceOpeth My Arms, Your HearseOpeth Ghost ReveriesOrganized Konfusion Stress: The Extinction AgendaOverkill The Years of DecayOverkill Under the InfluenceOzzy Osbourne Bark at the MoonPanic Lift Witness To Our CollapsePanic! At the Disco Vices & VirtuesMusically, 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 CourseParadox ElectrifyPendragon PureWith 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 PeripheryProbably 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 PersonalAll they have is just bao nuh bao duh nuh nao we neh nuh nah nuh neh no...Pestilence Testimony of the AncientsPestilence Malleus MaleficarumPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd MeddlePolluted Inheritance EcocidePolyenso Birth.EaterPride and Fall Elements of SilenceProtest the Hero ScurrilousProtest the Hero VolitionVolition 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 RenaissanceEverything 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 ShowPulp Different ClassQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRabbit Junk REframeThe 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 NonagonRadiohead The BendsRadiohead Kid ARadiohead Pablo HoneyRadiohead OK ComputerRadiohead In RainbowsRaekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-TangRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRainbow Ritchie Blackmore's RainbowRainbow RisingRainbow Long Live Rock & RollRaised By Swans Codes and Secret LongingsRamming Speed Doomed to Destroy, Destined to DieRammstein Reise, ReiseRammstein Völkerballa 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 IceRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRevocation Chaos of FormsRiot ThundersteelRival Sons Pressure And TimeRiverside Voices In My HeadRiverside Anno Domini High DefinitionIf 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 SunriseRobben Ford Tiger WalkRobben Ford Soul On TenRobben Ford TruthRobben Ford The Inside StoryRobben Ford Bringing It Back HomeFord 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 DreamsRory Gallagher DeuceRory Gallagher Calling CardRunemagick The Supreme Force of EternityRush Clockwork AngelsRx Bandits ProgressSacred Oath A Crystal VisionSacred Warrior Wicked GenerationSacred Warrior RebellionSacred Warrior ObsessionsSadistik Flowers For My FatherSainthood Reps HeadswellSaosin SaosinSarin Sunday The Path Before UsSarin Sunday The Lonely HikeSatellite A Street Between Sunrise And SunsetScarface The DiaryScientifik CriminalScientifik The Most BluntedScorpions Animal MagnetismScorpions LovedriveScorpions Virgin KillerScorpions In TranceSenses Fail RenacerSepultura Beneath the RemainsSights and Sounds MonolithSikTh How May I Help You?Silverstein Discovering the WaterfrontSilversun Pickups SeasickSin Cos Tan Sin Cos TanSkrein The Eat UpSky Eats Airplane Sky Eats AirplaneThis 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 AbyssSlayer Reign in BloodSlayer Haunting the ChapelSlayer South of HeavenSleep Sleep's Holy MountainSlo Burn Amusing The AmazingSlowdive SouvlakiSnoop Dogg DoggystyleSodom M-16Sodom In War and PiecesSolace (CAN) Call & ResponseSolitary Experiments CompendiumSolitary 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 MatterSolitary Experiments Compendium 2It'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 InfinitySpice 1 Spice 1Spice 1 187 He WroteSpock's Beard VSpock's Beard The Kindness Of StrangersSpock's Beard The LightState of the Evol Love IndustryGold 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 WeatherStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodStevie Ray Vaughan In StepSting The Dream of the Blue TurtlesStolas Living CreaturesStratovarius Twilight TimeStumbleine All For Your SmileStumbleine Drifting YouthStumbleine SpiderwebbedSubmotion Orchestra Finest Hour - The RemixesSubmotion Orchestra FragmentsSubstructure MonolithSuicide Commando Implements of HellHe 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....
Cannibalizing...raping her headless body...
Sum 41 All Killer No FillerSungrazer MiradorSwarms I Gave You EverythingSwarms NostalgiaSweet Trip You Will Never Know WhySwollen Members Bad DreamsSword MetalizedSylosis Conclusion of an AgeAt 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 SceneriesSyrian De-SynchronizedSystem Syn EndSystemshock Virus-ElectroJust 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 PreachTestament Souls of BlackTestament The Formation of DamnationTestament Dark Roots of EarthTha Alkaholiks 21 & OverTha Dogg Pound Dogg FoodThank You Scientist Maps of Non-Existent PlacesThe Allman Brothers Band Eat a PeachThe Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)The Angelic Process Weighing Souls With SandThe Arusha Accord The Echo VersesSo 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 Rubber SoulThe Beatles A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles Please Please MeThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Beatles With the BeatlesThe Birthday Massacre Hide and SeekWatchu think was gonna happen?! The Black Dahlia Murder RitualThe Black Dahlia Murder EverblackThe Black Keys Magic PotionThe Chameleons Script of the BridgeThe Chameleons Strange TimesThe Chasm Deathcult For Eternity; The TriumphThe Chasm Reaching The Veil Of DeathThe Chasm Procreation of the Inner TempleThe Chasm From the Lost YearsThe Chemical Brothers Singles 93-03The Cinematic Orchestra Every DayThe Cinematic Orchestra HorizonThe Cinematics A Strange EducationThe Contortionist ExoplanetThe Coup Steal This AlbumThe Crown Deathrace KingThe Crystal Method TweekendThe Crystal Method VegasThe Cure DisintegrationThe Devil Wears Prada ZombieThe Devin Townsend Band Accelerated EvolutionThe Echoing Green In Scarlet And VileThe Epilogues CinematicsThe Faceless Planetary DualityThe Futureheads The FutureheadsThe History Of Apple Pie Out Of ViewThe Hives Tyrannosaurus HivesThe Hives Veni Vidi ViciousThe Hives Barely LegalThe Intersphere Hold On, Liberty!The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You ExperiencedThe Joy Formidable A Balloon Called MoaningThe Joy Formidable The Big RoarThe Killers Hot FussThe Kymatica 2011 EPThe Machine Calmer Than You AreThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe New Division ShadowsThe New Division The RookieThe Notorious B.I.G. Ready to DieThe Organ Grab That GunThe Police Reggatta de BlancThe Police Zenyatta MondattaThe Police Outlandos d'AmourThe Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Raconteurs Consolers of the LonelyThe Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & MelodyThe Shizit The ShizitThe Smiths The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths The SmithsThe Smiths Meat Is MurderThe Strokes AnglesThe Subways Young For EternityThe White Stripes ElephantThe White Stripes Icky ThumpThe Wonder Years The Greatest GenerationTherion Beyond SanctorumThin Lizzy Black Rose: A Rock LegendThin Lizzy Vagabonds of the Western WorldTHYX The Way HomeI 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 WorldsTigers Jaw Spirit DesireTorche HarmonicraftToxik Think ThisTripwires SpacehopperTrivium AscendancyTrivium ShogunTwo Door Cinema Club Tourist HistoryUFO Lights OutUFO ObsessionUFO No Heavy PettingUFO Force ItUFO PhenomenonUlrich Schnauss A Strangely Isolated PlaceUltramagnetic MCs Critical BeatdownUnderoath Define the Great LineUnderoath Lost in the Sound of SeparationUnderoath DisambiguationVader Welcome to the Morbid ReichValkyria ValkyriaVan Halen Fair WarningVektor Black FutureVektor Outer IsolationVicious Rumors Vicious RumorsVildhjarta MasstadenVildhjarta Thousands of EvilsVio-Lence Eternal NightmareViolator Chemical AssaultVNV Nation FutureperfectVNV Nation EmpiresVNV Nation AutomaticVoivod Killing TechnologyVomitory Raped In Their Own BloodWalking With Strangers HardshipsWarbringer IV: Empires CollapseWashed Out Within and WithoutWaves Under Water All Of Your LightWayd BarriersWeezer WeezerWeezer Weezer (Deluxe Edition)What's Left Of Her PerceptionsWhiplash Power and PainWhite Arms Of Athena AstrodramaWhite Lies RitualYou 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 WintersunWoe Of Tyrants Behold the LionHoly 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 MightVery 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 ThrenodyWoods of Desolation As the StarsWorld's Fair Bastards Of The PartyWot Gorilla? KebnekaiseWretched Beyond The GateWu-Block Wu-BlockWu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang ForeverWu-Tang Clan The WWynardtage Sleepless In HeavenX-Ecutioners Built From ScratchThe 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:KoruIcon: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 great2Pac Me Against the World3rd Bass The Cactus AlbumA Day to Remember Common CourtesyA Hope For Home The Everlasting ManRight 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 BA Lot Like Birds Conversation PieceA Love Like Pi The Atlas And The OysterA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAbandon All Ships GeevingABBA ABBA GoldAbove The Law Livin' Like HustlersAbove The Law Black Mafia LifeAccessory TitanAdvance Deus Ex MachinaAeternam Disciples of the UnseenAfter Me, The Flood RemembranceAfter The Burial Rareformi 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 DreamsAfter 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 TerroremIn 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 MotionAlcest ShelterAliases Safer Than RealityAlice in Chains Jar of FliesAlice in Chains FaceliftAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsAlphaville Forever YoungAmia Venera Landscape Amia Venera LandscapeAn Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You LoveAnacrusis Suffering HourAnacrusis ReasonAnagnorisis Beyond All LightAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalAnberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a PlaceAngels & Agony AvatarAngels & Agony EternityAngels On Acid Blood Sweat and TearsWhat 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 AnimationsAnimations 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 AnnihilatorAnnihilator FeastAnthrax Among the LivingApoptygma Berzerk Welcome To EarthApoptygma Berzerk HarmonizerApoptygma Berzerk You and Me Against the WorldApop 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 Apbl2000Apoptygma Berzerk 7Arcade Fire FuneralArcade Fire ReflektorArchitects NightmaresArchitects Hollow CrownArctic Monkeys Suck It and SeeArctic Monkeys BrianstormArctic Monkeys AMDamn the backing vocals on this album are amazing.Art vs. Science The ExperimentAs I Lay Dying An Ocean Between UsAshbury Heights Three Cheers For The NewlydeadsAs 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 InfernoAsphyx DeathhammerAsphyxia Sense Of DecayAssemblage 23 ContemptAssemblage 23 DefianceAssemblage 23 DocumentThis 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/OutAtheist JupiterAtoma SkylightAugust Burns Red Thrill SeekerAugust Burns Red LevelerAugust Burns Red Rescue and RestoreAutopsy The Headless RitualAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilAZ Doe or DieAZ Pieces of a ManAzure Ray As Above So BelowB.B. King Completely WellB.B. King One Kind FavorBabylonia Later TonightBeach House BloomBeastie Boys Licensed to IllBeastie Boys Paul's BoutiqueBeastie Boys Ill CommunicationBecoming The Archetype DichotomyBecoming The Archetype Celestial CompletionBenediction Subconscious TerrorBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me Colors_LiveBig Daddy Kane Long Live The KaneBig K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz HereBig K.R.I.T. Live From The UndergroundBig L The Big PictureBig L 139 & LenoxBig Pun Capital PunishmentBlack Sabbath ParanoidBlack Sabbath Master of RealityBlack Star Black StarBlackalicious Blazing ArrowBlaqk Audio CexCellsBlind Guardian Somewhere Far BeyondBlind Guardian A Night at the OperaBlind Guardian Tales from the Twilight WorldBlink-182 Enema of the StateBloc Party Four MoreBloc Party The Nextwave SessionsBloodhound Gang Hooray For BoobiesBloodhound Gang Hefty FineBlue Foundation Life Of A GhostBlue Stahli Blue StahliIt'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 01Bolt Thrower Realm of ChaosBolt Thrower War MasterBolt Thrower MercenaryBoom Boom Satellites EmbraceBox Car Racer Box Car RacerBoy Kill Boy CivilianBoys Night Out TrainWreckBoys Night Out Make Yourself SickBraid/Balance and Composure SplitBrand Nubian Everything Is EverythingBring Me the Horizon Suicide SeasonBroken Note Terminal StaticBrotha Lynch Hung Season of da SiccnessBrother Ali Shadows On The SunBrother Ali ChampionBurial Street HaloBurial Rival DealerSo this is what it feels like to cry in 2013 Bury Your Dead Beauty and the BreakdownCaliban Say Hello to TragedyCaliban I Am NemesisUnexpectedly (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 GooseCannibal Corpse Gore ObsessedCannibal Corpse Tomb of the MutilatedCannibal Corpse VileCannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed FaceCanvas Solaris Cortical Tectonics Canvas Solaris Penumbra DiffuseCanvas Solaris The Atomized DreamCaptain, We're Sinking The Future Is CancelledCarbon Based Lifeforms World Of SleepersCarbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic GardenCarnage Dark RecollectionsCasual Fear ItselfCelldweller CelldwellerCenotaph (Mex) The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden SorrowsCenturies Apart MalachiCeruleus TrenchesCesium_137 IdentityCesium_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 LifeCesium_137 Intelligent DesignChemical Breath Fatal ExposureChevelle Wonder What's NextChildren of Bodom Follow The ReaperChildren of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollChildren of Bodom Something WildChildren of Bodom HatebreederChimaira ResurrectionChimp Spanner At the Dream's EdgeChiodos IlluminaudioChrom ElectroscopeChronographs NauseaCilvaringz ICirca Survive On Letting GoCirca Survive AppendageCircle of Contempt Entwine the ThreadsCity In The Sea Below the NoiseIMMENSE clean vocals only to be let down by fairly uninspired music, containing those typical melodic guitar lines and metalcore breakdowns. Cloudkicker The DiscoveryWhen 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 TerritoryCloudkicker PortmanteauCloudkicker BeaconsClubroot ClubrootClubroot III - MMXIIClubroot SummonsCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCom Truise In DecayCommon BeConflicted Social DisorderCorelia NostalgiaCounterparts ProphetsA 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 LightCovenant SkyshaperCovenant Modern RuinWhile 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 DarkhorseCrazy 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 GearsCrimson Glory Crimson GloryCrosses CrossesCulture Kultur RebornAs 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 OneCunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume TwoCut Copy In Ghost ColoursCyanotic MedPack Vol. 1CygnosiC A Deity In PainCygnosiC Fire And ForgetCyrus Malachi The Isis PapersD.I.T.C. D.I.T.C.Da Lench Mob Guerillas in tha MistDaath The HinderersA 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 ConcealersPure 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 DaathDaft Punk DiscoveryDaft Punk HomeworkDaft Punk Tron: LegacyDaft Punk Tron Legacy: ReconfiguredPerhaps 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 MachineDamnation Rebel SoulsDark Angel Time Does Not HealDark Angel Leave ScarsDark Angel We Have ArrivedDark Time Sunshine VesselDay. Week. Repeat. EnvelopesDead Congregation Graves of the ArchangelsDead Letter Circus This Is The WarningDeath And The Lament Between Still DimensionsDeath Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDeath From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a MachineI 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 AgesDeathrow Riders of DoomDecapitated The NegationDeep Purple Who Do We Think We AreDeep Purple The Book of TaliesynDeep Purple Shades of Deep PurpleDeicide DeicideDeltron 3030 Deltron 3030Demented Ted Promises ImpureDemigod Shadow MechanicsDepeche Mode ExciterDepeche 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 UltraDepeche Mode A Broken FrameDepeche Mode Sounds Of The UniverseDestroid Silent WorldDestruction Infernal OverkillDestruction Thrash AnthemsDestruction Spiritual GenocideDevin Townsend InfinityDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDiffuzion Winter CitiesDigitalism PogoDigitalism BlitzDinosaur Pile-Up Nature NurtureDio The Last in LineDisembarkation Rancorous ObservationDiverse For All It's WorthDivinity The SingularityAs 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 LanguageDoomtree No KingsDormant Ordeal It Rains, It PoursDr. Dre 2001Drained Scorn Release The HateIt'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 ThoughtDream Theater Images and WordsEazy-E Eazy-Duz-ItEdge Of Dawn Enjoy The FallEdge of Sanity The Spectral SorrowsEiffel 65 EuropopEleven Tigers Clouds Are MountainsElitist CavesElitist Reshape ReasonYes, 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 OutEmery We Do What We WantLike 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 LPEndanger EternalizerEnergetic Krusher Path to OblivionEnshine OriginEnslaved RuunEntombed Left Hand PathEntombed ClandestineEpidemic DecameronEPMD Strictly BusinessErra ImpulseEscape With Romeo HistoryAs 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 SamsaraEvan Brewer Your ItineraryEverything In Slow Motion RedEverything In Slow Motion PhoenixExhorder The LawExivious ExiviousExodus Fabulous DisasterExodus Shovel Headed Kill MachineExodus Exhibit B: The Human ConditionExotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in DarknessFacing New York Get HotFail Emotions TransfornationFail Emotions Speed Of LightFall Out Boy Infinity on HighFalling Up Dawn EscapesFalling Up Exit LightsFalling Up Your Sparkling Death ComethFalling Up HoursFallujah The Harvest WombsFallujah NomadicFallujah 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 ExitFates Warning The Spectre WithinFear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have NowAll 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 OdysseyFliptrix Force Fed ImageryFlourishing The Sum of All FossilsFluke PuppyFoo Fighters Wasting LightFor the Fallen Dreams ChangesI 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 RelentlessForbidden Forbidden EvilForced Entry As Above, So BelowForeign Beggars United Colours Of BeggattronForeign Beggars Bukkake Ski TripFractal Gates Beyond The SelfFranz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right ActionFreakangel The Faults Of HumanityFreakangel Let It All EndFriend For A Foe Source of IsolationFrom Exile Just Like You ImaginedFront Line Assembly ImplodeFunebrarum The Sleep of Morbid DreamsGama Bomb Citizen BrainGamma Ray Land of the FreeGang Starr Hard to EarnGenghis Tron Board Up the HouseGeto Boys Grip It! On That Other LevelGhostface Killah Twelve Reasons to DieGhosts Of Paraguay On The RunGlaciers Of Mountains and MonumentsGob Muertos VivosGod Is An Astronaut The End of the BeginningGod Is An Astronaut God Is an AstronautGod Module Victims Among FriendsGod Module PerceptionGod Module VisceraGorguts ObscuraGorguts The Erosion of SanityGorguts Colored SandsGorillaz GorillazGorillaz Plastic BeachGorod NeurotripsicksGorod TranscendenceGrave Into the GraveGrave You'll Never See...Grave Endless Procession Of SoulsGraveyard (ESP) The Sea GraveGreen Day American IdiotGru CosmogenesisGrum HeartbeatsGuthrie Govan & The Fellowship The Basement Club BandGZA Legend of the Liquid SwordHacride AmoebaHadouken! OxygenHaji's Kitchen Twenty TwelveHaken The MountainHands CreatorHands Like Houses Ground DwellerHard-Fi Stars Of CCTVHave a Nice Life DeathconsciousnessHave a Nice Life The Unnatural WorldHavoc (USA-CA) The GripHavok Unnatural SelectionHavok are continuing to succeed at what your precious dinosaur bands from the 80s suck at doing nowHeart Little QueenHeaven Shall Burn AntigoneHeaven Shall Burn Whatever It May TakeHeaven Shall Burn Deaf to Our PrayersHeaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)Heavy Load Death or GloryHelloween Walls of JerichoHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IIHelloween HelloweenHelstar NosferatuHexen State of InsurgencyHidden Orchestra ArchipelagoHieroglyphics Full CircleHieronymus Bosch EquivokeHocico Sangre HirvienteHocico Wrack and RuinHocico 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 InfiernoHocico Odio Bajo El AlmaHocico Cronicas Letales IIIHocico El Ultimo MinutoHollerado White PaintHollow Modern CathedralHollow Architect of the MindHoly Other HeldHorrendous The ChillsHotel of the Laughing Tree Terror and Everything AfterHouse Vs. Hurricane PerspectivesI See Stars 3DHmm, 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 PartyIf 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 DemonsI, Omega Tale of the Complex CircuitI, the Breather These Are My SinsIce Cube Kill at WillIced Earth Night of the StormriderIced Earth Iced EarthIf These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could TalkIgnivomous ContragenesisIgnominious Incarceration Of Winter BornDefinitely 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 AfterImmolation Failures for GodsImmolation Unholy CultImmolation Dawn of PossessionImmolation Kingdom of ConspiracyStill bitching about the "production"? Get your head out of your ass.Imperative Reaction Imperative ReactionIn Every Breath AwakeningIn Flames ClaymanIn Mourning Shrouded DivineIn Strict Confidence La Parade MonstrueuseIn 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 BulletsEasily 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 DominationInformatik SyntaxInformatik NymphomatikInformatik Re:VisionInformatik ArenaInnerpartysystem The Download EPInsomnium Across the DarkInspectah Deck Uncontrolled SubstanceInto the Ocean RuinsIN[TOXIN] The Future Is NowThe 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 OctologyIris AwakeningIris ReconnectIron Thrones Visions of LightTake 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 PartJack Slater Blut Macht FreiA 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 ResonanceJapandroids Post-NothingJay-Z The Black AlbumJay-Z Reasonable DoubtJean Baudin SolaceJeff Beck Blow by BlowJesu SilverJesu ConquerorJimi Hendrix The Cry of LoveJoe Bonamassa Sloe GinJoe Bonamassa Dust BowlJoe Satriani Super ColossalJohn Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of OurselvesJohn Maus A Collection Of Rarities And Previously UnreleasedJohn Mayer Heavier ThingsJohn Mayer ContinuumJohn Mayer Battle StudiesJournal UnlorjaI'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 UpdateJudas Priest Stained ClassJudas Priest TurboJudas Priest Rocka RollaJunius Reports From The Threshold of DeathJurassic 5 Power in NumbersKalisia SkiesKalmah SwamplordKalmah The Black WaltzKalmah Seventh SwamphonyKalter UbuntuKarate High School The League Of TomorrowSOMETIMES 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 KasabianKekal 1000 Thoughts of ViolenceKekal The Painful ExperienceKing Crimson RedKing Diamond ''Them''Kings of Leon Only By The NightKlashnekoff The Sagas of KlashnekoffKlatu MutualKool G Rap and DJ Polo Road to the RichesKool G Rap and DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or AliveKorzus Discipline Of HateKowalski For The Love Of Letting GoKreator Terrible CertaintyKreator Hordes of ChaosKreator Phantom AntichristKriminal Minds Resistance AgainstKryptic Minds Can't SleepKuedo VideowaveLast Chance to Reason Level 2Last Chance to Reason Level 3Late Phantom PapersLate 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 IIILeprous BilateralLetting Up Despite Great Faults UntogetherLich King World Gone DeadLich King Born of the BombLights SiberiaLimp Bizkit Significant OtherLoading Data Double Disco Animal StyleLoolacoma AnimamLord Finesse Return Of The Funky ManLos Campesinos! No BluesLostprophets Start SomethingLute West1996Lykathea Aflame ElvenefrisM83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost GhostsM83 Digital Shades Vol. 1M83 Saturdays=YouthM9 Magna CartaMagic Wands Aloha MoonMain Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes IIMalefice EntitiesA 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 MurderMalevolent Creation EnvenomedMangled Torsos Drawings of the DeadMarilyn Manson Mechanical AnimalsMark Lanegan ImitationsWere 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 KissMassacra Final HolocaustMassacre From BeyondMassive Attack 100th WindowMassive Attack Blue LinesMassive Attack ProtectionMasta Killa No Said DateMaster Slash Slave ScandalIndie 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 LeviathanMastodon Blood MountainMastodon The HunterThe 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: 1995-2005Maximo Park Quicken The HeartMaximo Park The National HealthMaybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part HarmonyMaybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was GoneMaylene and the Sons of Disaster IIMED Bang Ya Head IIIMemphis May Fire ChallengerMental Discipline ConstellationConstellation 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 SolutionMesh 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 SolutionMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah KolossMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica MetallicaMethod Man and Redman Blackout!Mew FrengersMew No More Storiesmind.in.a.box What Used To Bemind.in.a.box Revelations Club.MixesMindless Faith Just DefyMinerve Love TracesLove 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 PleasePlease 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 SnowMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMisery Signals MirrorsMisery Signals Absent LightMithras Behind the Shadows Lie MadnessMithras Worlds Beyond the VeilMobb Deep Murda MuzikMoby InnocentsMoneen The Red TreeMonstrosity In Dark PurityMonstrosity Spiritual ApocalypseMorbid Angel DominationMorbid Angel Gateways to AnnihilationMorbid Saint Destruction SystemMorbus Chron Sleepers in the RiftCoolest album art I've seen this year Morbus Chron SwevenWucky number sweven Morpheus Descends Chronicles of the Shadowed OnesMortification Scrolls of the MegillothMortification MortificationMos Def True MagicMozart Season ApotheosisMurs Love And Rockets Vol.1Muse Black Holes and RevelationsMutemath SpotlightMy Bloody Valentine LovelessMy Hero Is Me The Crywolf BroadcastMythosis Mind Built PrisonN.W.A. Efil4zagginNas It Was WrittenNecrophagist EpitaphNecrophagist Onset of PutrefactionNeosignal EnergyNeuraxis The Thin Line BetweenNeuropa The BlitzNeuropa 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 PlanetNeurotech AntagonistNeurotech The Decipher VolumesNeuroticfish No InstrumentsNew Order MovementNew Order TechniqueNew Order Waiting for the Siren's CallNidus Expire Mute PlanetNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 RemasterNo Consequence In The Shadow of GodsA 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 IONocturnus Ethereal TombNocturnus NocturnusNon Phixion The Future Is NowNorthlane DiscoveriesNothing Guilty of EverythingNowen Essence of FearNuclear Assault SurviveO.C. Word...LifeO.C. JewelzO.C. and Apollo Brown TrophiesObfusc Midnight DomeObie Trice CheersObituary The End CompleteObliteration NekropsalmsObliteration Black Death HorizonI got a fool with no rating already complaining about my rating Obscure Descension Obscure DescensionOccam My RorschachOf Machines As If Everything Was Held In PlaceOf Mice and Men Of Mice & MenOf Mice and Men The FloodOh, Sleeper Son Of The MorningOnslaught The ForceOnslaught VIOnyx All We Got Iz UsOpeth DamnationOpeth WatershedOpeth HeritageOppressor Solstice of OppressionOrganized Konfusion Organized KonfusionOrgy Vapor TransmissionOrgy CandyassOuroboros Glorification Of A MythOverkill HorrorscopeOverkill Taking OverOverkill Feel the FireOzzy Osbourne Diary of a MadmanP.O.D. SatelliteP.O.D. Greatest Hits: The Atlantic YearsP.O.D. Murdered LovePainted in Exile RevitalizedIf 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 MemoriesPanic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.Pantera Cowboys from HellPantera Vulgar Display of PowerParadox Product of ImaginationParamore All We Know Is FallingPariah (GBR) UnityPatriarchs EmergeWith 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 RoarPaul Gilbert Fuzz UniversePearl Jam TenPeriphery IcarusPestilence SpheresPet Shop Boys PleaseThis 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 ElectricPhaeleh Within The EmptinessPhaeleh Fallen LightPharoahe Monch Internal AffairsPharoahe Monch W.A.R.Phoenix Bankrupt!Pink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd The WallPitchblend The Lines Of UnreasonPlacebo MedsPolyenso One Big Particular LoopPorcupine Tree DeadwingPortishead DummyPossessed Seven ChurchesPriestess Hello MasterPropagandhi Supporting CasteProtector A Shedding of SkinProtector The HeritageProtest the Hero Gallop Meets the EarthProzzak Hot ShowPublic Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold UsQuarashi JinxQueen Latifah All Hail The QueenQueens of the Stone Age Stone Age ComplicationsQueensway Automatic LoverQuo Vadis Defiant ImaginationDeath 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 JunkRabbit Junk This Life Is Where You Get FuckedRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRakim The 18th LetterRammstein MutterRammstein SehnsuchtRecon (USA-CA) Behind Enemy LinesRed 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 MountainsRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party PlanRedemption Snowfall on Judgment DayRedemption This Mortal CoilRefused The Shape of Punk to ComeReggie and The Full Effect Under The TrayReggie 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 DarknessReso ValkenResurgency False EnlightenmentRevolution Of The Mind Honor In SinRinoa An Age Among ThemRival Sons Head DownRivers Of Nihil The Conscious Seed of LightRiverside Memories In My HeadRiverside Shrine Of New Generation SlavesRob Swift War GamesRobben Ford Talk to Your DaughterRobin Trower Caravan To MidnightRobin Trower Victims Of The FuryRobin Trower Roots And BranchesRory Gallagher Rory GallagherRory Gallagher TattooRotersand Random is ResistanceA 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 CVIHard 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 EclipseRunemagick Requiem of the ApocalypseRunning Wild Gates to PurgatoryRush Vapor TrailsRush HemispheresRush CounterpartsRx Bandits The ResignationRx Bandits MandalaSadistik The Balancing ActSadus Swallowed in BlackSadus IllusionsSavatage SirensSaving Grace Behind Enemy Lineslike 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 CanyonsScale 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 CollectiveScale 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 MigrationSchool of Seven Bells GhostoryScorpions BlackoutScorpions Love At First StingScorpions Savage AmusementScorpions Taken by ForceScorpions Fly To The RainbowScorpions Lonesome CrowSeabound Double-CrosserSecret Band Secret Band EPSection Brain Hospital Of DeathSepultura AriseShpongle Ineffable Mysteries from ShponglelandShrapnel (UK) The Virus ConspiresSilversun Pickups SwoonSilversun Pickups Neck of the WoodsSinister HateSkid Row Skid RowSkid Row Slave to the GrindSky Architect Excavations of the MindSky Eats Airplane The Sound of SymmetryConsisting 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 EsotericSlayer Show No MercySlayer Hell AwaitsSleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everythingSlowdive Just for a DaySlutvomit Swarming DarknessSodom Persecution ManiaSodom Tapping the VeinSodom Better Off DeadSodom Code RedSodom SodomSolar Fake Broken GridSolar Fake FrontiersSolar Fields Leaving HomeSolar Fields EarthShineSolitary Experiments In the Eye of the BeholderSolstice (USA-FL) SolsticeSorrow (UK) ExistenceSorrow (UK) DreamstoneSoulfly SavagesSoundtrack Get Rich Or Die Tryin'Speak Of The Devil Speak Of The DevilSpock's Beard Beware of DarknessStarfucker JupiterStarfucker ReptiliansState of the My Time AwaySteel Panther Feel the SteelSteel Panther Balls OutSteely Dan Can't Buy A ThrillSteely Dan Pretzel LogicSteely Dan Countdown To EcstasyStray Abuse by ProxyFemale 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 GoStumbleine The Night BeforeStumbleine GhostingStumbleine Sunshine GirlsStumbleine Things Don't Sparkle Like They Used ToSubmotion Orchestra Blind Spot - The RemixesSubmotion Orchestra 1968Lightning strikes thrice, but guys please don't stray TOO far from your Finest Hour sound please!Suffocation Pierced from WithinSuicidal Angels Dead AgainSuicide 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 InfinitySunpocrisy Samaroid DioramasSwarms Low SunSwollen Members BalanceSwollen Members Beautiful Death MachineSylosis The Supreme OppressorSylosis Edge of the EarthDespite 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 MonolithSymphony X Paradise LostTake 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 NationSyrian 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 ForcesSystem of a Down ToxicitySystem Syn PostscriptTalking Heads Talking Heads: 77Tame Impala InnerspeakerTank Filth Hounds of HadesTank Power of the HunterTank Honour and BloodTankard The Morning AfterTankard Chemical InvasionTaste On the BoardsTelepopmusik Genetic WorldThe All-American Rejects The All-American RejectsThe Allman Brothers Band Idlewild SouthThe Aristocrats The AristocratsOkay 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 OceanThe Beatles RevolverThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles Help!The Beatles Beatles for SaleThe Beauty Of Gemina Iscariot BluesThe Beneath City of LightTake 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 NowhereThe Birthday Massacre Looking GlassThe Black Dahlia Murder UnhallowedThe Black Maria A Shared History in TragedyThe Chameleons Why Call It Anything?The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own HoleThe Color Morale My Devil In Your EyesThe Crystal Method Legion Of BoomThe Crystal Method Community Service IThe Crystal Method Community Service IIThe Cure PornographyThe Devil Wears Prada Dead ThroneThe Devil Wears Prada 8:18The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineThe Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead SceneThe Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape PlanThe Doors The DoorsThe Dreamside Spin Moon MagicFemale 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 PictureAn 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 GreenThe Egocentrics Center of the CycloneThe Faceless AkeldamaThe Faint Danse MacabreThe Fall of Troy The Fall of TroyThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerThe Ghost Inside ReturnersThe Graduate Only Every TimeThe Hives Lex HivesLex Hives is classic Hives like they've always been: quick, furious, and fun.The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Jonah Veil End of A BurdenThe Joy Formidable Wolf's LawThe Killers Sam's TownThe Machine The Machine And Sungrazer SplitThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Modern The Modern LPCatchy 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 MeThe Panic Division VersusThis 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 EternalismEternalism 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 BandThe Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the PharcydeThe Police SynchronicityThe Raconteurs Broken Boy SoldiersThe Rolling Stones Let It BleedThe Roots Things Fall ApartThe Roots Illadelph HalflifeThe Smiths Strangeways, Here We ComeThe Sorrow Blessings From a Blackened SkyI 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 StormThere 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 VoyageThe Strokes First Impressions of EarthThe Subways All or NothingThe Vines Highly EvolvedThe White Stripes White Blood CellsThe Wonder Years The UpsidesThe Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm The Word Alive DeceiverThin Lizzy FightingThin Lizzy NightlifeThirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieThrice VheissuThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThursday No DevoluciónTiger Baby Open Windows Open HillsTigers Jaw Tigers JawTorchure The EssenceTourniquet Stop the BleedingToxic Holocaust Conjure and CommandToxik World CircusTraKKtor Halo Of LiesTrinodia Human HistoryTriple Darkness Last DayzTyske Ludder DiasporaU2 The Joshua TreeU2 The Best Of 1990-2000UFO UFO 1UGK Super Tight...Ugly Colors Perfect As We AreUlrich Schnauss GoodbyeUltramagnetic MCs The Four HorsemenUnderworld 1992 - 2002Unearth The Oncoming StormUnearth The MarchUnida Unida - Dozer [Split EP]Unida The Great DivideUnleashed Where No Life DwellsUnleashed Shadows in the DeepUnter Null Moving OnVader The Ultimate IncantationVan Halen 1984Van Halen Van Halen IIVan Halen Diver DownVarious Artists For The MassesVeil of Maya The Common Man's CollapseVeil of Maya EclipseVektor Demolition (Demo)Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville VillainVolor Flex My StoryVolumes The Concept of DreamingVomitory RedemptionVotum Harvest MoonVuvr PilgrimageWarbringer Waking Into NightmaresWarbringer Worlds Torn AsunderWe Are The Illusion The Podium of LiesWith 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 MaladroitWeezer The Green AlbumWestside Connection Bow DownWhiplash Ticket to MayhemWhirr JuneWhirr Pipe DreamsWindhand SomaWinter Soul ReactorVery 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 RevivalWinterwolf Cycle of the WerewolfWithin Temptation The UnforgivingWoe, Is Me Number[s]Wrath and Rapture Wrath and RaptureSo 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 The Exodus of AutonomyWu-Tang Clan Iron FlagWu-Tang Clan 8 DiagramsWu-Tang Clan Legendary WeaponsX-Divide XA 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 FleshX-Fusion What Remains Is BlackX-In June Hall Of TruthXentrix Shattered ExistenceYazoo Upstairs at Eric'sYellowcard Ocean AvenueYour Memorial AtonementYour Memorial RedirectZealotry The Charnel ExpanseZZ Top EliminatorZZ Top Texicali[:SITD:] RotRot 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 good16Volt SuperCoolNothing16Volt Beating Dead Horses2Pac Thug Life2Pac All Eyez on Me9th Wonder The Wonder YearsA Cosmic Trail The Outer PlanesA Kiss Could Be Deadly FarewellA Life Divided The Great EscapeA Lot Like Birds No PlaceA Perfect Circle eMOTIVeA Tribe Called Quest The Low End TheoryA7IE The ShatteringAADF ProcessAbandon All Ships MalocchioAccessory Forever and BeyondAccessory More Than MachineryAcid Engine BeastAcid AcidActress R.I.PAcylum The EnemyI'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 BridgeAesthetic Perfection A Violent EmotionFans 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 DetailsAFI BurialsAfter The Burial Forging a Future SelfAgainst Me! Transgender Dysphoria BluesAghora FormlessSo 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 DoublethinkAktive.Hate X-SynthesizedAlcest Les Voyages De L AmeAlexisonfire Watch Out!Alexisonfire CrisisAlexisonfire Old Crows / Young CardinalsAlice in Videoland She's A Machine!Alice in Videoland A Million Thoughts And They're All About YouAlien Vampires Fuck Off and DieAlkaline Trio CrimsonAll Shall Perish Awaken the DreamersAlpha Eleventh TripAlpha Point High Like The AngelsAmduscia Death, Thou Shalt DieAmia Venera Landscape The Long ProcessionAmorphis EclipseAn Obscure Signal CreationsAnata The Conductor's DepartureAnata The Infernal Depths of HatredAnathema Weather SystemsAnberlin New SurrenderAnd So I Watch You From Afar GangsAndy Timmons ResolutionAngel Dust To Dust You Will DecayAngelcorpse ExterminateAnimals As Leaders WeightlessYou 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 DownAnimosity EmpiresAnomalous Cognitive DissonanceAntilove The Affinity of Alice and HeHere 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 SilenceAnvil Metal on MetalAnvil Forged in FireApollo Brown CloudsApoptygma Berzerk Sonic DiaryApostasy (CHL) Sunset of the EndAPOSTATE SeaborneAPOSTATE Against All OddsApples of Idun Disaster ArtApples 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 BibleArcane Roots Blood & ChemistryArchitects Lost Forever // Lost TogetherArctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The DancefloorAria Aesthetic AeonArmy Of The Pharaohs Ritual Of BattleArsonists Get All the Girls MotherlandArtillery Fear of TomorrowArtillery B.A.C.K.As Cities Burn Come Now SleepAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAs I Lay Dying The Powerless RiseAs I Lay Dying AwakenedAs Tall As Lions As Tall As LionsAsa WithdrawalASAP Mob Lord$ Never WorryASAP Rocky LongLiveA$APAshbury Heights Morningstar in a Black CarAsphyxia UnreleasedAssemblage 23 Let The Wind Erase MeAssemblage 23 BruiseAstronote Weapon Of The FutureAtsuko And Sangam TomodachiAudioslave AudioslaveAugury ConcealedAugust Burns Red MessengersAustrian Death Machine Total BrutalAustrian Death Machine Double BrutalAutoclav1.1 Love No Longer Lives HereAutoclav1.1 Embark On DepartureAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenAWAR Things Of That NatureAyria Plastic Makes PerfectB. Dolan Fallen House Sunken CityBabylonia Tales Of Loving HeartsBackyard Mortuary Lure of the OccultBADBADNOTGOOD BBNGBaring Teeth AtrophyBaroness Red AlbumBaroness Blue RecordBaroness Yellow and GreenBarren Earth The Devil's ResolveBeastie Boys Check Your HeadBeati Mortui Let The Funeral BeginLet 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 DamnationBehemoth DemigodBehemoth EvangelionBeliever GabrielBeliever TranshumanBenea Reach PossessionEven 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 CircusBeyond (DE) Fatal Power of DeathBibio Silver WilkinsonBig Black Delta Big Black DeltaBig Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous RumorsBig Deal June GloomBig Wreck In Loving Memory OfBispora The Pineal Chronicles Phase I: FurtheranceBitcrush In DistanceAn 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 CollapseBlack Country Communion Black CountryBlack Milk Album Of The YearBlack Moon War ZoneBlack Sabbath 13Blackfield Blackfield IVBleeding Rainbow InterruptBloc Party Silent Alarm RemixedBloc Party Bloc PartyBloc Party Intimacy RemixedBlood Stain Child EpsilonBlotted Science The Machinations of DementiaBlotted Science The Animation of EntomologyBlue Stahli B-Sides And Other Things I ForgotBlur ParklifeBlutengel Child of GlassBoards of Canada TwoismBody Count Body CountBodycall States of ExceptionBodycall Mechanically Recovered MeatBolt Thrower In Battle There Is No Law!Bonded by Blood The AftermathBoom Boom Satellites Full of Elevating PleasuresBoom Boom Satellites Out LoudBoom Boom Satellites OnBoris New AlbumBorn of Osiris The DiscoveryDID I NOT FUCKING TELL YOU 2011 IS THE YEAR OF THE OSIRIS?Brand New Deja EntenduBring Me Solace The Sightless InquisitionBring Me the Horizon Suicide Season Cut Up!Broadcast the Nightmare Twenty TwelveUh 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 YearsBrutality Ruins of HumansBuckethead Shadows Between The SkyBurst Lazarus BirdBusta Rhymes The ComingC-Drone-Defect Neural Dysorder Syndrome ReduXC-Lekktor X-Tension In ProgressCamouflage SensorCamouflage Voices & ImagesCannibal Corpse Eaten Back to LifeCannibal Corpse Butchered at BirthCanvas Solaris IrradianceCapharnaum FracturedCarcariass Killing ProcessCarcass Surgical SteelSome of these song titles are dafuq Cassius The RawkersCatharsis (USA-CA) Pathways To WholenessCeDigest Walking in the FleshCeltic Frost To Mega TherionCesium_137 Science And SoundChemical Breath ValuesChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Chevelle Vena SeraChevelle Hats Off to the BullOut 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. 1Children of Bodom Halo of BloodCorn 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 ReasonChimaira The Age Of HellChromatics Kill For LoveCity Of Ifa Blue ShoesClass Actress RapprocherCliff Martinez DriveClosure in Moscow First TempleClub 8 Above the CityClubroot Remixes Volume 1Cocteau Twins TreasureCode 64 DepartureCode 64 TrialogueCode 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: 3Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria Neverender 12% Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionColdplay X & YColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsColdworker Rotting ParadiseColony 5 Buried AgainColony 5 ColonisationCommon Can I Borrow A Dollar?Conception The Last SunsetConducting From The Grave When Legends Become DustLike 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 GraveContact Play Champion FraffConvulse World Without GodCoprofago Unorthodox Creative CriteriaCoprofago GenesisCream Fresh CreamCrosses EPCrosses EP IICruciamentum Convocation of Crawling ChaosCryptopsy And Then You'll BegCryptopsy Once Was NotCrystal Castles Crystal Castles IIICTRL Fragmentary MomentsCubical Sphere PromoCue to Recall PolarityCults StaticCut Copy Bright Like Neon LoveCut Copy Free Your MindCyaegha Steps of DescentCyanotic The Medication GenerationCynic Re-TracedCynic Carbon-Based AnatomyCynic Kindly Bent to Free UsCypress Hill Black SundayCypress Hill x Rusko Cypress Hill x RuskoCzarface CzarfaceDagoba Post Mortem Nihil EstDamien Thorne The Sign of the JackalDance Gavin Dance People You Knew/PerfectDaniel Land, & the Modern Painters Love Songs for the Chemical GenerationDarkness (DEU) Death SquadDave Gahan HourglassGahan 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 PopgefahrDe/Vision Rockets And SwordsDead And Divine The Machines We AreA 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 AshesDead Poetic VicesDeath Angel The Dream Calls For BloodDeath Cab for Cutie PlansDeath From Above 1979 Romance Bloody RomanceDeceased As the Weird Travel OnDecoded Feedback AftermathDecoded Feedback disKonnektDefeater TravelsDeftones CoversDeicide Serpents Of The LightDemigodz KILLmaticDemonical HellswornDestroid LoudspeakerDestruction Mad ButcherDestruction Eternal DevastationDestruction Sentence of DeathDestruction D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.Destruction Day of ReckoningDesultory BitternessDetroit Diesel Terre HumaineDevil Sold His Soul A Fragile HopeDevin Townsend PhysicistDevin Townsend Project EpicloudThis makes up for Ki, Ghost, and Deconstruction. Die Sektor Applied Structure In A VoidDigital Daggers The Devil WithinDigitalism IdealismI 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, DudeDinosaur Jr. Green MindDioramic TechnicolorDisclosure The Face - RemixesDiskonnekted Hotel ExistenceDismember Indecent & ObsceneDisperse Living MirrorsDisturbed The SicknessDisturbed Ten Thousand FistsDisturbed IndestructibleDiversant:13 The End Of DaysDJ Jazzy Jeff The Return of the MagnificentDJ Z-Trip Shifting GearsDMX It's Dark and Hell Is HotDorsal Atlantica Searching for the LightDot Execute [dotEXE]Dr. Dooom First Come, First ServedDragonette GaloreDrake Take CareDrawn And Quartered Return of the Black DeathDrawn And Quartered Feeding Hell's FurnaceDream Theater A Change of Seasonsdredg LeitmotifDungeon Elite [**] MeteoriteEdge of Sanity Purgatory AfterglowEditors The Back RoomEidolon Seven SpiritsEidolon Nightmare WorldEight and a Half Eight and a HalfEighteen Visions Eighteen VisionsEisley The ValleyEl-P I'll Sleep When You're DeadElitist EarthSolid 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 BalanceWhile 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 CreationEminem The Eminem ShowEmmure Speaker of the DeadEmpty Open AeonEndanger Addicted To The MassesEnduser Bollywood BreaksEnduser LeftEnduser Comparing PathsEnglish Dogs Forward into BattleEnslaved Below the LightsEnter Shikari TribalismEntities AetherEntombed CrawlEntropy (CAN) Ashen ExistenceEpidemic (Hip-Hop) Somethin' For Tha ListenersEric B and Rakim Paid in FullEric B and Rakim Follow the LeaderEric Clapton 461 Ocean BoulevardEric Clapton Eric ClaptonEric Johnson Ah Via MusicomEsoteric Paragon Of DissonanceEsquizofrenia Veneno En Las VenasEvan Brewer AloneEvanescence FallenEvery Time I Die Gutter PhenomenonEvery Time I Die The Big DirtyEvery Time I Die Ex LivesExeloume Fairytale of PerversionExit Calm The Future Isn’t What It Used To BeExodus Pleasures of the FleshExodus Let There Be BloodF.A.Q WhitechapelF.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 YorkFACT Never Turn Out The Light To Keep MyselfFACT Eat Your WordsFACT burundangaFactory of Art Grasp!!!Failure Fantastic PlanetFake The Envy InterludeFallen Figure DevivalFaltyDL You Stand UncertainFarmakon A Warm GlimpseFates Warning Awaken the GuardianFeeder Silent CryFellsilent The Hidden WordsFifth Angel Fifth AngelFilter Title Of RecordFilter The Sun Comes Out TonightFinch (US) What It is to BurnFleetwood Mac RumoursFleshwrought Dementia/DyslexiaFliptrix Theory of RhymeFlyleaf FlyleafFoals Total Life ForeverForeign Beggars Beggattron Remixed EP 1Forevermore SojournerForgiven Rival This Is A WarYou 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 TryingFour Year Strong Enemy of the WorldFractal Gates Altered State Of ConsciousnessFrank Ocean Nostalgia, UltraFrom A Second Story Window ConversationsFrom Exile MonolithFront Line Assembly Artificial SoldierFront Line Assembly FalloutFront Line Assembly Improvised. Electronic. Device.Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home ArmageddonFuneral Party The Golden Age Of KnowhereFunerus Reduced to SludgeFuture Trail ParalysisFutures The Karma AlbumGalleons Swans EPGamma Ray Master of ConfusionGang Starr Daily OperationGang Starr Step in the ArenaGang Starr No More Mr. Nice GuyGary Numan Dead Son RisingGary Numan Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)General Fiasco Unfaithfully YoursCatchy 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 FireGhost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines UsGladiator DesignationGlassjaw Coloring BookGlis PhoenixPhoenix 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 ForeverGod Forbid DeterminationGod Forbid IV: Constitution of TreasonGod Module EmpathGojira Terra IncognitaGomorrah Caress the GrotesqueGood Charlotte The Young And The HopelessGorefest FalseGory Blister SkymorphosisGory Blister Graveyard of AngelsGravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the ShovelGreeley Estates Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go EastGreg Howe IntrospectionGrendel (NL) Inhumane AmusementGuardians The AlignmentGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionGym Class Heroes The Papercut ChroniclesGZA Pro ToolsHacride LazarusHadouken! Every WeekendHaiku d'Etat Haiku d'EtatHaken VisionsHatchet Dawn Of The EndHate SolarfleshHe Is Legend It Hates YouHellbringer Dominion Of DarknessHellogoodbye Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!Helloween The Time of the OathHelstar Remnants of WarHelstar Glory of ChaosHer Bright Skies A Sacrament; Ill CityHer Name In Blood DecadenceHere I Come Falling Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victoryalthough 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 WaterHexenhaus A Tribute to InsanityHexenhaus The Edge of EternityHidden Hospitals 002Hooded Menace Fulfill the CurseHooverphonic A New Stereophonic Sound SpectacularHORSE the band Desperate LivingHot Action Cop Hot Action CopHotel of the Laughing Tree Mammoth SkinHour of Penance Pageantry For MartyrsHowler America Give UpHypno5e Acid Mist TomorrowHypocrisy AbductedHypocrisy The Final ChapterHypocrisy A Taste of Extreme DivinityI Am Abomination To Our ForefathersI Are Droid The Winter WardI See Stars Digital RenegadeIAMX Dogmatic Infidel Comedown OKWow, 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 HomeIf These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the SkyIllogicist SubjectedIllusion Of Light SkylightImmolation Harnessing RuinImpaler Charnel DeityImperative Reaction As We FallIn Every Breath DistrustIn Flames The Jester RaceIn Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeIn Flames ColonyIn Flames WhoracleIn Strict Confidence UtopiaIn Vain The Latter RainIndukti S.U.S.A.R.Informatik BeyondInformatik 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 SerenadiumInsanity Death After DeathInsomnium Above the Weeping WorldInterpol Remix EPIntronaut PrehistoricismsIntronaut Valley of SmokeInverse So TrueInvocator Weave The ApocalypseIN[TOXIN] Pioneers Of The High FrontierIrepress Sol Eye Sea IIris HydraIron Maiden Fear of the DarkIron Maiden No Prayer for the DyingIronchrist Getting the Most Out of Your ExtinctionIt Prevails The InspirationIt Prevails Capture & EmbraceJaga Jazzist What We MustJaga Jazzist One-Armed BanditJakalope It DreamsJames D. Stark Music of the NightCalling 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 ImpulseJanus Red Right ReturnJavelynn Chimaera At HeartJeff Beck WiredJeff Beck Jeff Beck's Guitar ShopJehst The Return of the DrifterJimmy Eat World Chase This LightJoe Satriani Black Swans and Wormhole WizardsJoe Satriani Unstoppable MomentumJohn 5 God Told Me ToJohn Mayall CrusadeJohn Mayer Born and RaisedJonny Craig A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To AnswerJoy Division Unknown PleasuresJudas Priest Defenders of the FaithJudas Priest Sin After SinJudas Priest Killing MachineJulian Casablancas Phrazes for the YoungJunkie XL Booming Back At YouJunkie XL Saturday Teenage KickJust Like Vinyl Black MassJustin Timberlake JustifiedJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsk-os Joyful RebellionKaiser Chiefs EmploymentKalmah They Will ReturnKamelot KarmaKasabian EmpireKashiwa Daisuke Program Music IKatatonia Discouraged OnesKate Bush Hounds of LoveKeane Hopes & FearsKendrick Lamar Section.80Killarmy Silent Weapons For Quiet WarsKillswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingKillswitch Engage Killswitch EngageKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingKings of Leon Come Around SundownKISS KISSKitten Like A StrangerKontravoid KontravoidKosheen SolitudeKuedo Dream SequenceKyuss WretchKyza The ExperienceLadytron Witching HourLadytron 604Ladytron Gravity the SeducerLamb of God SacramentLamb of God WrathAfter 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 LantlosLate Night Alumni Empty StreetsLate Night Alumni HauntedLazarus A.D. The OnslaughtLead Hands Lead HandsLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLemming Project ExtinctionLevi/Werstler Avalanche of WormsWhen 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 WhiteLiege Lord Burn to My TouchLife Cried Banished PsalmsBanished 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 FramesLights Out Asia Tanks And RecognizersLights Out Asia GarmoniaLimp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part ILimp Bizkit New Old SongsLiquid Divine AutophobiaLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressLunatic Soul Lunatic SoulLunatic Soul Lunatic Soul IIMachinemade God MaskedMalevolent Creation EternalMalevolent Creation In Cold BloodManchester Orchestra Simple MathMankind Is Obsolete RiseMantric The DescentMantus DemutYou 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 VicissitudeMarsheaux InhaleMassacra Signs of the DeclineMasta Ace MA DOOM: Son Of YvonneMastodon RemissionMaylene and the Sons of Disaster IIIMechanical Moth The Sad MachinaMechanical Moth Fallen Into YouMegadeth The System Has FailedMegadeth Cryptic WritingsMegadeth United AbominationsMegadeth Th1rt3enMelvins HoudiniMelvins Gluey Porch TreatmentsMerciless The AwakeningMerciless The Treasures WithinMercyful Fate In the ShadowsMesh Fragmente 2Mesh In This Place ForeverMesh The Point At Which It Falls ApartMeshuggah IMeth, Ghost and Rae Wu-MassacreMethod Man and Redman Blackout! 2Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You NowMetric Live It OutMF Grimm The Hunt For The Gingerbread ManMiami Horror IlluminationMike G ALIMike G VersesMindless Self Indulgence Frankenstein Girls Will...Minerve Breathing AvenueMisery MysticMobile Tomorrow Starts TodayMoby Wait for Memodernsextrash penumbraModest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad NewsMonkey3 Beyond The Black SkyMonuments GnosisMorbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the FleshMorbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusMorbid Jester Gates to ValhallaMortem (Per) Demon TalesMos Def The EcstaticMotion City Soundtrack Commit This To MemoryMotionless Battle The Universe DefiantJudging 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 CreaturesMotorhead MotörheadMotorhead On ParoleMotorhead AftershockMozart Season NightmaresMozart 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 The LooksMSTRKRFT 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 SynchronicityMy Bloody Valentine m b vMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...My Chemical Romance The Black ParadeMythosis Counter Fate IllusionsNamnambulu DistancesNamnambulu 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 STILLmaticNas Life Is Goodneath The Small UntruthsNecro Facility WintermuteNecrophobic Death To AllNeon Indian Era ExtranaNervecell PsychogenocideNervosa Victim of YourselfNeuraxis A Passage into ForlornNeuraxis AsylonNeuroticfish Limited BehaviourNevermore The Politics of EcstasyNew Found Glory HitsNew Order RepublicNew Order Lost SirensNightfall Parade into CenturiesNo Consequence PathwaysPathways 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 TapeNocow And Hmot Lost In TaigaWhile 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 ControlNoisia Split The AtomNoisia ImperialNorma Jean MeridionalNuclear Assault Game OverNujabes Metaphorical MusicNujabes Spiritual StateOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis Definitely MaybeObituary World DemiseObliteration Perpetual DecayObliteration Goat Skull CrownObsidian Point Of InfinityOFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2Oh, Sleeper When I Am GodOh, Sleeper The TitanOl' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty VersionOld Apparatus RealiseOmega Lithium Dreams In FormalineOnry Ozzborn Hold On for Dear LifeOrbs Asleep Next to ScienceOrganized Konfusion The EquinoxOrianthi BelieveJust 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 AqueminiOutKast ATLiensOverkill IronboundOverkill The Electric AgeOzzy Osbourne No More TearsOzzy Osbourne The Ultimate SinP.O.D. Fundamental Elements of SouthtownP.O.D. TestifyP.O.S. Never BetterP.O.S. We Don't Even Live HerePain of Salvation Remedy LanePantera The Great Southern TrendkillPapa Roach InfestParabelle Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us EvenParadise Lost HostParadise Lost Believe In NothingParamore Riot!Parralox RecoveryPaul Banks BanksPaul Oakenfold A Lively MindPaul Wardingham Assimilate RegeneratePendragon PassionPendulum ImmersionPersefone Truth Inside the ShadesPersefone CorePersefone Shin-KenPerversion Pillars of the EnlightenedPete Rock & Smif N Wessun MonumentalPharoahe Monch DesirePhoenix Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixPink Floyd AnimalsPink Floyd The Division BellPink Floyd Atom Heart MotherPink Floyd MorePixies Surfer RosaPlacebo Without You I'm NothingPlacebo Black Market MusicPlanas The Long GamePMtoday And Then The HurricanePMtoday In Medias ResPoison the Well The Tropic RotPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPressure Points Remorses to RememberPride and Fall NepheshPride and Fall In My Time of DyingPropagandhi Potemkin City LimitsPropagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's AshesPropagandhi Failed StatesProtest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)Prozzak Saturday PeoplePsy'Aviah Introspection/ExtrospectionFirst 6 songs are quite good, but sadly the remaining 7 songs are terrible.Psycroptic The Inherited RepressionPurity Ring ShrinesPurtenance Member of Immortal DamnationQuasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord QuasQueensryche The WarningQueensryche Promised LandQuidam Alone TogetherQuo Vadis Day Into NightR.E.M. Automatic for the PeopleRadiohead The King of LimbsRadius System Work In ProgressRadius System ChangesRaekwon Lost JewlryRammstein RosenrotRammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle DaRandom Axe Random AxeRaunchy Wasteland DiscothequeRazor Violent RestitutionRazor Malicious IntentRazor Custom KillingRe:Legion 11.11.11Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with YouReso In Da MixReveille Bleed the SkyRevenant Prophecies of a Dying WorldRevocation Empire of the ObsceneRevocation Existence Is FutileRevocation TeratogenesisRevocation RevocationRhyme Asylum Solitary ConfinementRinoa RinoaRiot Rock CityRob Swift Roc For RaidaRobben Ford Discovering The BluesRobyn Body TalkRolo Tomassi AstraeaRoniit RoniitRoots Manuva Brand New Second HandRory Gallagher BlueprintRotersand Truth is FanaticRoyal Republic Save The NationSave 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 JewelsRush 2112Rush Caress of SteelRush Fly by NightRush RushRussian Circles GenevaSabotage Hoka HeySacred Reich IgnoranceSacred Warrior Master's CommandSacrilege GBG The Fifth SeasonSadist Season In SilenceSadus A Vision of MiserySaigon The Greatest Story Never ToldSarcofago I.N.R.I.Sarcofago RottingSavatage The Dungeons Are CallingSaves the Day Through Being CoolSay Anything ...Is a Real BoyScariot Strange to NumbersSceptic Unbeliever's ScriptSceptic Internal ComplexityScHoolboy Q Habits and ContradictionsSeance Fornever Laid to RestSecond Version eVidenceSecret And Whisper Great White WhaleA 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 InundateSelebrities Lovely ThingsSenses Fail Still SearchingSentenced Shadows of the PastSepticflesh The Great MassSepultura Chaos A.D.Serosia Perspective And BalanceSet Your Goals This Will Be the Death of UsSeventh Wonder Mercy FallsShad When This Is OverShadow Gallery Digital GhostsShadows Fall Fire From the SkyShapeshifter The System Is A VampireShiny Toy Guns We Are PilotsShort On Time SanctuaryI 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 BecomeShpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is LostSienna Skies The Constant ClimbSilent Auction H on EarthPotential 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 ZooSinew Pilots of a New SkySinister Aggressive MeasuresSirens GatesSirens For What RemainsSkold AnomieSkyfire Mind RevolutionSkyharbor Blinding White Noise: Illusion & ChaosSkynet SkynetSleep Volume OneSleetgrout We Had A CarnivalSleigh Bells Reign of TerrorSlipknot All Hope Is GoneSlowdive PygmalionSlum Village Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.1Small Black Limits Of DesireSmothered The Inevitable EndSnake River Conspiracy Sonic JihadSnow Patrol Final StrawSodom Obsessed by CrueltySoilwork The Living InfiniteSolar Fields Blue Moon StationSoldout MoreSolipsist The Human EquationSorrow (UK) Art Is DeadSoulwax Nite VersionsSpawn of Possession CabinetSpawn of Possession NoctambulantSpawn of Possession IncursoSpektralized The PuzzleSpiral Architect A Sceptic's UniverseSpoon Gimme FictionStarfucker Miracle MileState of the Black City LightsState of the InpendumSteve Vai The Story of LightAvoid 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 InsurgentesSteven Wilson Grace for DrowningSteven Wilson The Raven That Refused to SingCame for the Steven Wilson. Stayed for the Guthrie Govan.Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul to SoulStill Corners Strange PleasuresStill Life Still Mourning TranceStrapping Young Lad AlienStrapping Young Lad CityStrike Master Up for the MassacreStructures All of the AboveSubscribe Stuck Progress to the MoonSuffocation Effigy of the ForgottenSuffocation Breeding the SpawnSuffocation Blood OathSuffocation Pinnacle of BedlamSuicidal Romance Shattered Heart ReflectionsPerhaps 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 11iSurveillance (US) OceaniaSwallow the Sun HopeSwallow the Sun New MoonSwollen Members Black MagicSword Sweet DreamsSybreed Slave DesignSybreed The Pulse of AwakeningSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedySymphony X Twilight in OlympusSymphony X The Damnation GameSymphony X V: The New Mythology SuiteSymphony X IconoclastSynkro Broken PromisesSystem Syn All Seasons PassTankard Zombie AttackTegan and Sara SainthoodTelevision Marquee MoonTemple Of Baal Verses Of FireTerminal Function Measuring the AbstractTesseracT Concealing FateTesseracT OneTestament The RitualTextures PolarsTextures Drawing CirclesThe Academy Is... Almost HereThe Audition Controversy Loves CompanyThe Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Beauty Of Gemina At The End Of The SeaThe Binary Code Suspension Of DisbeliefThe Black Dahlia Murder NocturnalThe Black Keys The Big Come UpThe Black Keys Attack & ReleaseThe Black Keys BrothersThe Black Keys El CaminoThe Bunny The Bear The Stomach for ItThe Chant A Healing PlaceThe Chemical Brothers SurrenderThe Cinematic Orchestra MotionThe Clash London CallingThe Color Morale We All Have DemonsSounds 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 MoreThe Contortionist ApparitionThe Cure Boys Don't CryThe Dandy Warhols Welcome To The Monkey HouseThe Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. LeadingThe Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)The Dear Hunter BlackThe Dear Hunter IndigoThe Dear Hunter OrangeThe Dear Hunter BlueThe Dear Hunter VioletThe Dear Hunter WhiteThe Dears No Cities LeftThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Dream the Chase Found AgainThe Dreaming PuppetThe Echoing Green The Winter of Our DiscontentThe Eyes Of A Traitor A Clear PerceptionThe Faceless AutotheismLast 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 ArcadeThe Fall of Troy ManipulatorThe Flashbulb ArborealThe Haarp Machine DisclosureThe Hives Black And White AlbumThe Human Abstract NocturneThe Human Abstract Digital VeilThe Hundred in the Hands Red NightThe Joy Formidable The Big MoreThe Joy Formidable ChollaThe Lonely Island IncredibadThe Lonely Island The Wack AlbumThe Medic Droid What's Your MediumThe Messenger Let's Get Dangerous!The Mire Volume: IIThe Naked and Famous In Rolling WavesThe National Sad Songs for Dirty LoversThe New Division Night EscapeThe Panic Division SleepwalkerThe Pass MeltThe Presets PacificaThe Prodigy Music for the Jilted GenerationThe Prodigy Their Law:The Single 1990-2005The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never OutgunnedThe Prodigy More Music For The Jilted GenerationThe Prodigy Invaders Must Die: Special EditionThe Project Hate MCMXCIX Bleeding The New ApocalypseThe Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the SynapseThe Reign Of Kindo This Is What HappensThe Reign Of Kindo Play With FireThe Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!The Ropes Post-EntertainmentThe Safety Fire Mouth Of SwordsThe Shizit Script KiddieThe Sorrow The SorrowThe Sorrow Misery EscapeThe Sound From The Lion's MouthThe Static Jacks In BlueThe Strokes Comedown MachineThe Vines MelodiaThe Weeknd Kiss LandOf all the mirror shots this man takes, he picks that one to be the album cover?The White Stripes Get Behind Me SatanThe Word Alive Life CyclesTheatre Of Tragedy AssemblyTheatre Of Tragedy MusiqueTheatre Of Tragedy Forever Is the WorldTheatre Of Tragedy AddendaThis Is A Shakedown Love KillsDance 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 LeftThomas Giles PulseThree Days Grace Three Days GraceThrice Major/MinorThrough Solace The World On StandbyAlthough 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 DividedTonedeff ArchetypeTool LateralusTool 10,000 DaysTorae For The RecordTorche TorcheTorche MeanderthalTorchure Beyond the VeilToro Y Moi Causers of ThisTotally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs TroubleTourniquet Psycho SurgeryTourniquet Pathogenic Ocular DissonanceTrauma Archetype of ChaosTreble Charger Wide Awake BoredTreble Charger DetoxTrepalium XIIITrioscapes Separate RealitiesTriple Darkness Cold BloodedTrivium In WavesTrivium Vengeance FallsNot 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.TTNG 188.8.131.52.0Twelve Foot Ninja New DawnTwo Door Cinema Club BeaconTying Tiffany Dark Days, White NightsTyler the Creator BastardTyler the Creator GoblinTyrant Goatgaldrakona Horns In The DarkUberbyte DOSUFO No Place to RunUGK Ridin' DirtyUlcerate Everything Is FireUlcerate The Destroyers of AllUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireUneven Structure 8Uneven Structure 8 (Re-release)Unter Null Sick FuckUnter 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 RevolutionVader De ProfundisVale of Pnath Vale of PnathVan Halen Women and Children FirstVan Halen A Different Kind of TruthVanguard (SWE) SanctuaryVarious Artists The Matrix: Music From The Motion PictureVessels White Fields and Open DevicesViatrophy ViatrophyVicious Rumors Welcome to the BallVigilante The New Resistance: North American Special EditionVio-Lence Oppressing the MassesVirgin Steele Guardians of the FlameVisions Of Trees Visions Of TreesVNV Nation Praise the FallenVNV Nation JudgementVNV Nation Of Faith, Power, and GloryVoicians EscApeIf 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 HatrossVoivod Target EarthVolumes ViaVomitory Primal MassacreW.A.S.P. W.A.S.P.War of Ages Fire From the TombSo 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 ConquerWarbringer War Without EndWavves Afraid of HeightsWe Were The Fires Of Rome Live From The Forest FloorWeezer PinkertonWhite Lies Big TVWith Life In Mind GrievancesWolverine StillWolverine Communication LostWorld's End Press World's End PressWynardtage DesperationWynardtage A Flicker Of HopeIt'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 DemonsXerath Xerath IThis 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 AlbumYngwie Malmsteen Rising ForceYou Love Her Coz She's Dead You Love Her Coz She's DeadYour Demise Blood Stays On The BladeZeromancer Bye-Bye BorderlineBye-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 BlindsidedZZ Top La FuturaAmazing 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 Beating16Bit Chainsaw Calligraphy The Remixes16Volt AMERICANPORNSONGS18 Carat Affair Pure Gold50 Cent 5 (Murder By Numbers)65daysofstatic One Time for All Time65daysofstatic Stumble.Stop.Repeat65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway65daysofstatic Wild Light7 Horns 7 Eyes Throes Of AbsolutionA Day to Remember For Those Who Have HeartA Day to Remember HomesickA Hero a Fake VolatileFor 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 LieA Textbook Tragedy IntimidatorA Textbook Tragedy Rain City State of Mind - EPAbsurd Minds Serve or SufferAbsurd Minds DeceptionAbysmal Dawn Leveling the Plane of ExistenceAccidental Suicide DeceasedAccuser The ConvictionAcross the Sun Pestilence & RaptureAdam Lambert For Your EntertainmentAdvocate Trial And ErrorAeon Of Horus The Embodiment of Darkness and LightAerodyne Flex TransmissionsAesop Rock Music For EarthwormsAesop Rock FloatAesop Rock SkelethonAfter The Burial This Life Is All We HaveAfter The Burial Wolves WithinThe guitar solos and leads have REALLY stepped up on this album, but unfortunately they're backed by recycled riffs.Agalloch Pale FolkloreAkala Knowledge is Power Vol.1Akissforjersey VictimsAlien Produkt RevengeAlien Vampires Evil GenerationAll Shall Perish Hate. Malice. RevengeAll Shall Perish The Price of ExistenceAll Shall Perish This Is Where It EndsAll That Remains This Darkened HeartAllegaeon Fragments Of Form And FunctionAllegaeon FormshifterAlphaville Catching Rays on GiantAlter Bridge BlackbirdAmerican Me HeatAmorphis Am UniversumAmorphis Far from the SunAmorphis TuonelaAmorphis Silent WatersAnata Dreams of Death and DismayAnathema A Natural DisasterAngelzoom Nothing Is InfiniteAnimations Reset Your SoulAnimosity AnimalAnnie Don't StopAnomalous OhmnivalentAntagonist (USA-WI) AntagonistAnterior This Age of SilenceAnterior Echoes of the fallenAnubis 230503Anvil Hard 'n' HeavyApollo Brown and Guilty Simpson Dice GameApoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo GloriaArch Enemy Wages of SinArch Enemy Rise of the TyrantArchitects DaybreakerArchons The Consequences of SilenceArena The Seventh Degree of SeparationArghoslent Incorrigible BigotryArkaea Years in the DarknessArkaik Reflections Within DissonanceArkaik Existential ChaosArkaik MetamorphignitionArmifera EradicationArmin van Buuren MirageArmy Of The Pharaohs The Unholy TerrorArsis A Celebration of GuiltArsis United in RegretArsis We Are the NightmareArsis Lepers CaressArsonists Get All the Girls PortalsArtillery LegionsAs Blood Runs Black AllegianceAs Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your DarkestAs Cities Burn Hell Or High WaterAs I Lay Dying Frail Words CollapseAs Oceans Enough Light to Warrant the ContrastAs Oceans The Relics Of AxiomAsa and Stumbleine Your SecretAscariasis Ocean Of ColourAshbury Heights Take Cair ParamourIt 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 ofAspects Correct EnglishAsphyxia AsphyxiaAstra The Black ChordAtaraxy Revelations of the EtherealAtheretic Apocalyptic Nature FuryAtoms for Peace AmokAttack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenlyalthough 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 WarBased 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 SignalA 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 RepetaeAutechre AmberAutoclav1.1 All Standing Room In The Goodnight SaloonAutopsy The Tomb WithinAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetAvenged Sevenfold NightmareBalance and Composure I Just Want To Be PureBarren Cross Atomic ArenaBattles MirroredBe'lakor The Frail TideBe'lakor Of Breath and BoneBecoming The Archetype The Physics Of FireBefore Their Eyes The Dawn of My DeathBefore Their Eyes RedemptionBehemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)Belle Manoir Century TreeBeneath the Massacre Mechanics of DysfunctionBetween the Buried and Me Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me The Anatomy OfBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future SequenceIs funny because when band finally writes songs that are less than two minutes, those songs are absolutely useless.Big Wreck AlbatrossBilly Talent Billy Talent IIIBlack Country Communion 2Black Light Dinner Party Sons And LoversBlack Pyramid IIBlackroom LighthouseBlaq Poet Blaq Poet SocietyBlaqk Audio Bright Black HeavenBleeding Through This Is Love, This Is MurderousBleeding Through The TruthBlessed Curse Blessed CurseBlink-182 NeighborhoodsBlink-182 Dogs Eating DogsBlood Red Shoes Blood Red ShoesBloodbath The Fathomless MasteryBloodshot Dawn Bloodshot DawnBlu Her Favorite Colo(u)rBlu and Exile Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell ThemBlue Foundation In My Mind I Am FreeBlur Think TankBlur Modern Life Is RubbishBlur LeisureBlur The Great EscapeBlur 13Blut Aus Nord 777 - The DesanctificationBlutengel SeelnschmerzBlutengel MonumentBombay Bicycle Club A Different Kind of FixBonded by Blood Feed the BeastBonded by Blood Exiled to EarthBoom Boom Satellites UmbraBoom Boom Satellites JoyrideBoom Boom Satellites REMIXEDBoris Heavy RocksBotch We Are the RomansBreakdown Of Sanity The Last SunsetBreakdown Of Sanity MirrorsBrother/Ghost Black IceBullet for My Valentine The PoisonBullet for My Valentine Hand of BloodBullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, FireBurden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever AfterBurial BurialBurial South London BoroughsBurials Tired ArmsI 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 TimeBury Me Breathing Through Eyes Not Your OwnBy Blood and Iron By Blood and Iron (EP)Bywar Invincible WarC-Lekktor Final AlternativoCage The Elephant Cage the ElephantCalled To Arms The Last LamentCanvas Solaris SublimationCapharnaum Reality Only FantasizedCappadonna The PilgrimageCarbon Based Lifeforms TwentythreeCarcass HeartworkCarnivore CarnivoreCaspian The Four TreesCassidy C.A.S.H.Celldweller The Beta CessionsCelldweller The Complete Cellout Vol. 01Sure, 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 WhirlpoolChase and Status Brand New MachineThere 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 EdenChevelle Point #1Chevelle Sci-Fi CrimesChildren of Nova Impossible LandscapeChimaira Pass Out Of ExistenceChimaira Crown Of PhantomsChromeo Fancy FootworkCHVRCHES The Bones of What You BelieveCianide A Descent into HellCircles The CompassCity Of Ifa Black PyramidClaps WreckCloudkicker ]]][[[Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be HugeCloudkicker FadeCoat of Arms Sun & SatellitesCode 64 StormCodes In The Clouds Paper CanyonCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: DescensionCom Truise Wave 1Coma Lies NC The Great Western BasinCombichrist Making MonstersComecon Converging ConspiraciesConducting From The Grave RevenantsConsequence (NZ) Test DreamConstants The Foundation The Machine The AscensionConstants The Murder of Tom FitzgerrilContinuo Renacer Continuo RenacerContradiction The Essence of AngerControl Denied The Fragile Art of ExistenceConverge All We Love We Leave BehindConvulse Evil PrevailsCooly G Playin MeCopywrite The Life And Times Of Peter NelsonCoroner GrinCoroner CoronerCounterparts The Current Will Carry UsCovenant EuropaCovenant Dreams Of A CryotankCovenant United States Of MindCovenant Leaving BabylonCraft Spells Idle LaborCrash Kings Crash KingsCrocodiles Endless FlowersCrossfaith The Dream, The SpaceCruciamentum Engulfed In DesolationCrypt Of Kerberos World Of MythsCryptopsy Blasphemy Made FleshCryptopsy CryptopsyCTRL Lost In StaticCue to Recall MainlandCut Copy ZonoscopeCyclamen SenjyuCygnosiC One Step Forwarddangerkids collapseDarkest Hour The Eternal ReturnDavid Bowie The Next DayDaylight Dies Dismantling DevotionDaylight Dies No ReplyDDM LucidityDead Calm No Way OutDeadborn Mayhem Maniac MachineDeadmau5 Random Album TitleDeadmau5 4x4=12Deadmau5 >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 VailDeas Vail The Side EffectDeath Angel Killing SeasonDeath Angel Relentless RetributionDeath Cab for Cutie The Photo AlbumDeath Cab for Cutie Codes and KeysDeathrage Self Conditioned, Self LimitedDecapitated Organic HallucinosisDeceased Surreal OverdoseDef Leppard HysteriaDeicide In the Minds of EvilDelphic AcolyteDeltron 3030 Event IIDemians Building An EmpireDemigod Unholy DomainDemon Hunter Summer of DarknessDemonic Rage Venomous Wine from Putrid BodiesDepeche Mode Construction Time AgainDerma-Tek Corpus TechnologicalDerma-Tek DefiledDescend WitherDesecrator Subconscious ReleaseDesolate Shrine Tenebrous TowersDestinity The InsideDestroy The Runner SaintsDestruction The AntichristDestruction Inventor of EvilDetroit Diesel Coup d'EtatDevil Sold His Soul Blessed & CursedDevin Townsend TerriaDevin Townsend Ziltoid the OmniscientDevin Townsend Project DeconstructionDevin Townsend Project GhostDFRNT FadingDigital Daggers Close Your EyesDinosaur Jr. Where You BeenDinosaur Jr. Without a SoundDiorama CubedDirewolf Beyond the Lands of Human ExistenceDisclosure The FaceDissect Swallow Swouming MassDistance My DemonsDistorted Memory Swallowing The SunA 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 ChildrenDivision By Zero Tyranny of TherapyDJ Shadow The Less You Know, the BetterDomo Genesis No IdolsDonamorte GeminiDr. Octagon Dr. OctagonecologystDragon Scream of DeathDragonette Fixin to ThrillDragonForce The Power WithinDream Theater Falling into InfinityDream Theater AwakeDream Theater Dream TheaterDreamshade What Silence Hidesdredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The DelusionDual Density Soul EcstasyIt'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 EvolutionDuran Duran All You Need Is NowDust Is Noise Fractured FormsDYM The InvilidEarl Sweatshirt EARLEarl Sweatshirt DorisEarwig Gibson Under MountainEast of the Wall The ApologistEast of the Wall Redaction ArtifactsThe music is fine, but the vocalist cannot scream nor sing a decent melody worth a damn.Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death RemainsEl-P Cancer 4 CureElectric Valentine AutomaticI 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 EnergyEleven8 AloneEleven8 Changing ColoursEleventyseven Galactic ConquestEmarosa RelativityEmarosa EmarosaEmmure Slave to the GameEmpty Aeon XpandEndanger RevoltThe 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 LifeEndevor 296 Above ParallelsEnfold Darkness Our Cursed RaptureEngineers Three Fact FaderEnslaved RIITIIREnter Shikari Common DreadsEntrails The Tomb AwaitsEric B and Rakim Don't Sweat the TechniqueEroded Engravings of a Gruesome EpitaphESC (Eden Synthetic Corps) Eight Thousand Square FeetI'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 ViolenceEssence (DNK) Last Night of SolaceEssence of Mind Try and FailEssence of Mind IndifferenceEternal Tears of Sorrow Sinner's SerenadeEve 6 Eve 6Every Time I Die Hot Damn!Every Time I Die New Junk AestheticEvile SkullEvita Minutes and MilesEvoke Dreaming The RealityEvoke The Fury WrittenExcision X RatedIs 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 FlameExmortus Slave To The SwordA bit too much neoclassical guitar wank on this one Extol SynergyExtol UndeceivedExtol BurialExtol ExtolEyeconoclast Drones of the AwakeningEyes Set To Kill ReachFall In Archaea GatheringsFall Out Boy Take This to Your GraveFalling Up CrashingsFalling Up Midnight On EarthshipFamily Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The BackFang Island MajorFarscape For Those Who Love to KillFatal Embrace The Ultimate AggressionFear Factory Soul of a New MachineFear Factory MechanizeFei Comodo They All Have Two FacesFilur FacesFireflight UnbreakableFireworks GospelFix8:Sed8 HumanophobiaFleetwood Mac Then Play OnFleshgod Apocalypse OraclesFleshgod Apocalypse MafiaFlying Lotus CosmogrammaFlyUnion The Greater Than ClubFoals Holy FireFoo Fighters One by OneFor Today EkklesiaFor Today PortraitsForeign Beggars Beggattron Remixed EP 2Forever Orion Passion. Love. Harmony.Forever the Sickest Kids Underdog Alma MaterForever the Sickest Kids Forever the Sickest KidsFormalin BodymindingFoster the People TorchesFractional BloodProbably 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 AshesFrank Ocean Channel OrangeFranz Ferdinand Evil ActionFreddie Gibbs ESGNFriendly Fires PalaFront Line Assembly FLAvour of the WeakFrozen Plasma ArtificialBy 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 PerditionFunebrarum Beneath the Columns of Abandoned GodsFunebrarum/Undergang ????????????Funeral Whore Step Into DamnationFuture (FR) AbyssFuture Islands In Evening AirFuture Perfect EscapeFXZERO SkyholmDespite 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 EuphoriaGalaxy Hunter Sleeping ChildGama Bomb Tales From the Grave in SpaceGame The R.E.D. AlbumGamma Ray Insanity and GeniusGatsby's American Dream VolcanoGentlemans Pistols At Her Majesty's PleasureGet Up Texas RevelationsGhost Atlas Gold Soul ComaGhost Brigade Isolation SongsGhostface Killah and DJ Premier Duel Of The Iron FistsGifts From Enola From FathomsGinger Snap5 Snapped By YouGlassjaw El MarkGod Is An Astronaut A Moment of StillnessGod Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGod Is An Astronaut Age of the Fifth SunGod Is An Astronaut OriginsGojira The LinkGonoba Endless CyclesGood Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and DeathGorefest MindlossGorguts From Wisdom to HateGorillaz Demon DaysGory Blister Art BleedsGrave Morbid AscentGreg Howe Sound ProofGrendel (NL) Harsh GenerationGrieves 88 Keys & CountingGuards In Guards We TrustGyze Fascinating ViolenceHacride Deviant Current SignalHacride Back To Where You've Never BeenHadouken! For The MassesHadouken! ParasiteHail of Bullets ...Of Frost and WarHanging Garden At Every DoorHard-Fi Killer SoundsHaste the Day Attack of the Wolf KingHatchet Awaiting EvilHe Is Legend Suck Out The PoisonHead-Less Imperfect: [Mensch]Heaven Shall Burn Invictus (Iconoclast III)Heaven Shall Burn VetoHelalyn Flowers White Me In/Black Me OutHellogoodbye Would It Kill You?Hellogoodbye Everything Is DebatableHelloween The Dark RideHelloween Better Than RawHelloween Master of the RingsHelloween Straight Out of HellHelstar Burning StarHideous Divinity Obeisance RisingHimsa Hail HorrorHocico Vile WhispersHodgy Beats UntitledHoly Terror Mind WarsHoobastank The ReasonHope For The Dying AletheiaHotopsy Follow The LightHouse Vs. Hurricane Crooked TeethHumanity's Last Breath Humanity's Last BreathHumanoid Remembering UniverseHundredth When Will We SurrenderHurts ExileHypertension Primeval Tyrants PrevailsHypocrisy Into the AbyssHypocrisy Catch 22 (V2.0.08)Hypocrisy End of DisclosureI Am Abomination The Passion Of The HeistI Am Legion I Am Legiondo u even blau? I am the Ocean ...And Your City Needs SwallowingI Scintilla The ApproachI The Omniscient Lost In NebulaA 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 RavenousIAMX The AlternativeIAMX Kingdom of Welcome AddictionWhile 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 AfarIce Cube Lethal InjectionIce Nine Kills Safe Is Just A ShadowIced Earth The Dark SagaIced Earth Something Wicked This Way ComesIdiot Pilot Heart Is LongIllusion Of Light Follow The SunImpalers Power Behind The ThroneImperative Reaction Minus AllImperative Reaction Eulogy For the Sick ChildIn Fear and Faith Your World On FireIn Flames Come ClarityIn Flames TriggerIn Flames Sounds of a Playground FadingIn Mourning The Weight of OceansIndesinence Vessels of Light and DecayIndukti IdmenIndulgist PerspectivesInformatik Direct Memory AccessInformatik How LongInhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the SacredInsulters We Are The PlagueIntronaut Habitual LevitationsInventure InventureInvocation of Nehek Invocation of NehekINVSN INVSNIn[Perfektion] MonstersIron Thrones The Wretched SunStaying 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 & Glaciers The Hearts of Lonely PeopleIwrestledabearonce IwrestledabearonceIwrestledabearonce Late for NothingIzz Crush Of NightJack Slater Extinction AftermathTechnical 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 PopJamies Elsewhere They Said a Storm Was ComingJamiroquai DynamiteJane's Addiction StraysJay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJeff Loomis Zero Order PhaseJeffree Star Cupcakes Taste Like ViolenceJimmy Eat World InventedJJ DOOM Key To The KuffsJohn Talabot Fin Remixes Part 1Johnny Marr The MessengerJohnny Truant No Tears for the CreaturesJudas Priest Point of EntryJulien-K We're Here with YouJunius Days of the Fallen SunJunkie XL Big Sounds Of The DragsJunkie XL TodayJXL 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 OSTGood 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 CabiJustice CrossJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2K Sera Collisions and Near MissesKalisia CybionKalmah SwampsongKalmah 12 GaugeKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKatatonia Viva EmptinessKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKeith Merrow Lonestar TranscendKenos X-TorsionKilians Lines You Should Not CrossKill Division Destructive ForceKilling The Dream FracturesKillswitch Engage The End of HeartacheKillswitch Engage As Daylight DiesKillswitch Engage Disarm the DescentKincaide The Landscape VersesKincaide MyriadKingdoms AtlantisKings of Leon Mechanical BullKingston Falls Armada On MercuryKlimt 1918 DopoguerraKool Keith Sex StyleKorn The Path of TotalityKORNSTEP LIVES! Korn The Paradigm ShiftI kinda prefer the Kornstep Krenak DecimationKryptic Minds One of UsKrypts Unending DegradationKuedo Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing SpaceKylesa UltravioletLa Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...Ladyhawke LadyhawkeLalu Atomic ArkLamb of God ResolutionLaments of Silence Restart Your MindIf 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 HeartLeaether Strip AengelmakerWhen 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 DecayLife in Your Way The Sun Rises and the Sun SetsLife in Your Way Ignite and RebuildLife in Your Way Kingdom Of GodLife in Your Way Kingdom Of ManLife in Your Way Kingdom Of DarknessLife in Your Way KingdomsLifeless (DE) GodconstructLight This City StormchaserLimp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$Linkin Park Living ThingsLions!Tigers!Bears! Shallow Waters, Endless DepthLiquid Stranger The Private RiotLiving Colour VividLost Area MemoriaThe 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 DeathLostprophets Liberation TransmissionLow Sea Remote ViewingLucidstatic Symbiont UndergroundLunatic Soul ImpressionsMy impression? This is boring as hell. Lymbyc Systym SymbolystLyronian Hope And VenerationMacabra Blood Nurtured NatureMachine Head The BlackeningMalas Path To HolocaustMalefice Dawn Of ReprisalIf 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 TidesMalevolent Creation StillbornMammoth Grinder UnderworldsMan Must Die No Tolerance For ImperfectionMarcus D Melancholy HopefulMari Chrome Georgy#11811Marillion MarblesMarilyn Manson Born VillainMatchbook Romance Voicesmaudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed CombustibleMaximo Park Too Much InformationMaybeshewill Japanese Spy Transcript EPMechanical Moth TormentMellowHype YellowhiteMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEMellowHype NumbersMemphis May Fire SleepwalkingMenschdefekt The Human ParasiteMesh Automation BabyMetallica Death MagneticMetric FantasiesMetric SyntheticaMicroburst Hadal LagoonMillionYoung AmanecerMind.Area Mazemind.in.a.box SelectivaIf 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 AnythingMinora ImagoMinushuman Watch The World DieMiseration Your Demons ~ Their AngelsMoby Destroyed: RemixedWhy 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 DieMoonbow The End Of TimeMoonlight Cove Hearts Of The WorldMorfin InoculationMortal Sin Psychology of DeathMotorama CalendarMoving Mountains PneumaMoving Mountains WavesMr. Big What If...MSTRKRFT Fist of GodIt 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. 50Muse The ResistanceMutilation Aggression In EffectMutiny Within Mutiny WithinMy Bitter End The RenovationWhen 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 BeholdNameless The Overcome of the Portuguese BastardsNas God's SonNatron Rot Among UsNeal Morse Testimony 2Nebula 3 Another WayNecrosanct IncarnateNegative Format GradientsNeosignal From Deep SpaceNero Welcome RealityNeuraxis Trilateral ProgressionNeuropa Plastique PeopleNeuropa 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 OpsialgiaNevermore NevermoreNevermore In MemoryNew Found Glory RadiosurgeryNibiru Eternity In MeNightmare City RetributionNile Annihilation of the WickedNile At the Gate of SethuNine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3DNine Inch Nails Hesitation MarksNipsey Hussle The MarathonNocturnal Torment They Come At NightNoisia Machine GunNorthlane SingularityNosound AfterthoughtsNothing Nada Violence NadaNovembers Doom Into Night's Requiem InfernalNuclear Assault The PlagueNumbers NumbersOblivion Called to RiseObscura IllegimitationOceanLab Sirens Of The SeaOctaves Greener PasturesOctober Tide Rain Without EndOf Mice and Men Restoring ForceOf Virtue HeartsoundsOFWGKTA RadicalOh No OhnomiteOK Go Ok GoOmen Battle CryOmnivore OmnivoreOrianthi Heaven In This HellStrangely 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 DecimationOrigin AntithesisOrphanage By Time AloneOwl City Ocean EyesPain (SWE) Dancing with the DeadPalms PalmsPanda Riot Northern Automatic MusicPanic Lift Is This Goodbye?Pantera Far Beyond DrivenPantera Reinventing the SteelPaper Route AbsenceParadise Lost In RequiemParadise Lost Symbol Of LifeParadise Lost Tragic IdolParadox Tales of the WeirdParagon World Of SinParallaxis Psychotronic PoetryParamore Brand New EyesParkway Drive Deep BlueParley Judges of the UnderworldPaul Van Dyk EvolutionPendulum Hold Your ColourPendulum In SilicoPeriphery ClearPersefone Spiritual MigrationPerversifier Perverting The MassesPestilence Resurrection MacabrePhace PsychoPicture Eternal DarkPink Floyd The Final CutPink Floyd Obscured by CloudsPlanar Evil Mankind Way Of LifePlasmodivm The Post-Modern PrometheusPoison the Well VersionsPolar Bear Club Death ChorusPolluted Inheritance Into DarknessPolyenso The TidePorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPorcupine Tree The IncidentPorter Robinson Spitfirepost harbor. PraenumbraPostiljonen SkyerPreEmptive Strike 0.1 Extinction ReprogrammedI 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 KosmokratorPreemptive 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 DesirePriestess Prior to the FirePrince Purple RainProfanal Black ChaosPronostic Deviated Inner SpectrumProtest the Hero A Calculated Use of SoundProzzak Cruel Cruel WorldPsy-Virus EternityPsycroptic The Scepter of the AncientsPsycroptic Symbols of FailurePsycroptic Ob(Servant)Psycroptic The Isle of DisenchantmentPsyopus Ideas of ReferencePure Reason Revolution Hammer & AnvilPysiedius Butchery and ApathyPsyiedius 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 QueensrycheQuo Vadis Forever...Rah Rah The Poet's DeadRaven Architect of FearRazor Armed and DangerousRe:Legion IntersectionReactor7x DisorderreADJUST MetamorphosereADJUST Alive!Reaver LeviathanRed Innocence and InstinctRed Seas Fire Red Seas FireRed Sparowes At The Soundless DawnRed Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...Reso Check 1, 2Retractor The False MemoryRetractor, 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 UnderRiot NaritaRishloo FeathergunRob Swift The ArchitectRobin Trower Living Out Of TimeRotersand Waiting To Be BornRusko SongsRussian Circles EnterRussian Circles StationRussian Circles EmprosRXYZYXR LMNTSRZA Ghost Dog: The Way of the SamuraiSahg Delusions of GrandeurSaid the Whale I Love YouSaid the Whale HawaiiSaving Grace The UrgencyScale the Summit MonumentScanners Love Is SymmetryScar Symmetry Dark Matter DimensionsWhen 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 GodScarve The UndercurrentScarve IrradiantScarve LuminiferousSceptic Pathetic BeingSchool of Seven Bells Put Your Sad DownScrap.Edx Merciless ProtractionSea of Skies DistanceSea of Treachery At Dagger's DawnSea of Treachery Welcome To Wonderland Seabound No Sleep Demon V2.0Seabound Speak In StormsSecret And Whisper Teenage FantasySepalcure SepalcureSeptic Christ Guilty As We Were BornSepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the HeartSeven (UK) EvolutionSeventh Wonder Waiting in the WingsShade Empire Omega ArcaneShadow Gallery LegacyShadows Fall Of One BloodShadows Fall Fallout From The WarShadows Fall Threads of LifeShadows Fall RetributionShai Hulud Misanthropy PureShiv-R Hold My HandShiv-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 TempleSilent Civilian Ghost StoriesSilent Killer Everyone BleedsSine Here LiftedSinister Creative KillingsSinister The Carnage EndingSirens & Sailors Still BreathingSiva Six The Twin MoonsSkeletal Remains Beyond the FleshSkeleton Hands GoneSkeletonwitch Serpents UnleashedSkrillex My Name Is SkrillexSkrillex Scary Monsters and Nice SpritesSkrillex BangarangSky Eats Airplane Everything Perfect on the Wrong DaySky Written ThriveSkyfire Timeless DepartureSkyfire SpectralSlave Republic Electric OneElectric 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 ChangeSleep Party People We Were Drifting On A Sad SongSleigh Bells Bitter RivalsSlice the Cake The Man With No FaceSlipknot SlipknotSlipknot IowaSociety's Plague The Human, The CanvasA 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 BroadcastSolar Fake Reasons To KillThe One Step Closer cover is laughably bad. It makes this already bland album so much worse.Solar Fields Random FridaySole and the Skyrider Band PlastiqueSolitary Experiments ParadoxSolitary Experiments PhenomenaSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Fly By WireSon of Aurelius Myocardial InfarctionSon of Aurelius Son of Aurelius The Farthest ReachesWait, 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 InhumanSoul Cycle Soul CycleSoul Remnants Black And BloodSoulsavers The Light The Dead SeeSpiralsea EssenceStealing Axion MomentsStill Remains The SerpentStories VoidStrange Talk Cast AwayStrapping Young Lad The New BlackStratovarius Fright NightStray From the Path Make Your Own HistoryUK 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 SunStryper To Hell With the DevilStuck In The Sound PursuitStyles of Beyond 2000 FoldSubmerse TearsSubmerse Algorithms And GhostsSuffocation SuffocationSuicidal Romance A Kiss To ResistAlthough 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 CrownSum 41 ChuckSum 41 Half Hour Of PowerSwollen Members Monsters in the ClosetSybreed God Is an AutomatonSympathy InvocationSympathy Arcane PathSystem Annihilated FurorSystem Syn StrangersSystem Syn No Sky To FallT.R.A.M. Lingua FrancaTactical Sekt SyncopeTalib Kweli Gutter RainbowsTalking Heads More Songs About Buildings and FoodTall Ships Everything TouchingTalvekoidik Negotiate the DistanceTame Impala LonerismTardive Dyskinesia The Sea of See Through SkinsTardive Dyskinesia Static Apathy in Fast ForwardTeam Sleep Team SleepTears For Fears The Seeds of LoveTeebee BlacksciencelabsTegan and Sara HeartthrobTelemetrik My LightyearTera Melos Patagonian RatsTera Melos X'ed OutTerminate Ascending To Red HeavensTerrolokaust God Loves The ViolenceTerrorgazm Save UsTesseracT Altered StateTestament The GatheringTexas In July I AmTexas In July One RealityTextures DualismThe Academy Is... SantiThe Aeons Collapse The Myth Is LawThe Air I Breathe Great Faith In FoolsThe Alchemist Russian RouletteThe All-American Rejects Move AlongThe American Scene Safe For NowThe Angelic Process Coma WaeringThe Arcane Order In The Wake of CollisionsThe Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound ManzanitaThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Black Dahlia Murder MiasmaThe Black Dahlia Murder DeflorateThe Blood of Heroes The Blood Of HeroesThe Boy Will Drown FetishThe Breathing Process Odyssey (un)DeadThe Bunny The Bear If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...The Bunny The Bear StoriesThe Burial Lights and PerfectionsThe Cancel Night LightThe Cardigans First Band on the MoonThe Chemical Brothers Come With UsThe Chemical Brothers Push The ButtonThe Chemical Brothers Exit Planet DustThe Contortionist IntrinsicThe Cranberries RosesThe Crystal Method Divided By NightThe Damned Things IroniclastThe Dead Weather HorehoundThe Dead Weather Sea of CowardsThe Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River NorthThe Dear Hunter GreenThe Dear Hunter RedThe Dear Hunter YellowThe Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches BelowThe Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running BoardThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisThe Doors Morrison HotelThe Doors L.A. WomanThe Dreamside The 13th ChapterThe 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 AwakenThe Engineered IdentitiesThe Exquisites The ExquisitesThe Fall of Troy Phantom on the HorizonThe Futureheads The ChaosThe Getaway Plan Other Voices, Other RoomsThe Ghost Inside Fury And The Fallen OnesThe Heavy The Glorious DeadThe Killers Day & AgeThe Korea Chariots Of The GodsThe Last Felony Too Many HumansThe Luna Sequence They Follow You HomeVery 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 WavesThe Mission Veo StrangersThe National AlligatorThe National BoxerThe National The NationalThe National High VioletThe Notorious B.I.G. Life After DeathThe Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, NuclearThe Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red GlassesThe Ocean PrecambrianThe Ocean FluxionThe Ocean The Sky ContactThe Panic Division Songs from the GlasshouseThe Physics Tomorrow PeopleThe Pigeon Detectives We Met At SeaThe Postal Service Give UpThe Prodigy ExperienceThe Prodigy Invaders Must DieThe Prodigy The Added FatThe Qemists Spirit in the SystemThe Rasmus Dead LettersThe Rasmus Hide From The SunThe Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa MiThe Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth MachineThe Rocketboys Build AnywayThe Rolling Stones Beggars BanquetThe Room Colored Charlatan Between Mirrors: The Quantum ImmortalityThe Roots undunThe Safety Fire Grind The OceanThe Shizit Evil InsideThe Silicon Scientist Windows On The WorldThe Sound Of Arrows RemixedThe Storm Picturesque ArrivalThe Sword ApocryphonThe Temper Trap ConditionsThe Temper Trap The Temper TrapThe Threat Sacred GroundThe Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Danza II: The Electric BoogalooThe Vines Winning DaysThe Vines Vision ValleyThe Who Who's NextThe Wrath Of Vesuvius Portals Through OphiuchusThe Wrath Of Vesuvius RevelationTheory In Practice The Armageddon TheoriesThey Found Her In Pieces VictorianThirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to MarsThis Is Menace No End In SightThis or the Apocalypse MonumentsThis or the Apocalypse Dead YearsThis Romantic Tragedy RebornThreat Signal Under ReprisalThreat Signal VigilanceThrice The Illusion of SafetyThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrowing Snow ClamorTool AenimaTool UndertowTormenter Pulse of TerrorToro Y Moi Anything In ReturnToxic Holocaust Hell on EarthTransmetal El Infierno De DanteTravis Barker Give The Drummer SomeTreble Charger Maybe It's MeTrenches The Tide Will Swallow Us WholeTribulation The Formulas of DeathTrigger the Bloodshed DegenerateTrivium The CrusadeTrue Widow As High As The Highest Heavens And From The CenterTRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of NeutralTRUSTcompany Dreaming In Black and WhiteTTNG This Town Needs GunsTurbid North OrogenyTurbonegro Sexual HarassmentTV on the Radio Nine Types of LightTwo Cities Little GhostsTyrant (USA) King of KingsU2 The Unforgettable FireUFO UFO 2: FlyingUlcerate Of Fracture and FailureUnder the Scythe The Truth Inside YouUnderoath They're Only Chasing SafetyUnitary Safe From HarmUniversal Trilogy Pop CrisisUnspoken Requiem Aeternam DeoUnter Null Sacrament EPUpon a Burning Body The World Is OursUtumno Across the HorizonV2A Machine CorpsVale of Pnath The Prodigal EmpireVan She Idea Of HappinessVanna A New HopeVastum Patricidal LustVectom Rules Of MysteryVega Nova Lovesongs For The DeadVeil of Maya [id]Veto Crushing DigitsVex'd Cloud SeedVicious Rumors Soldiers Of The NightVigilante The New ResistanceViktor Vaughn (VV:2) Venomous VillainVildhjarta OmnislashViolator Annihilation ProcessVista Chino PeaceHard to believe I know, but the riffs on this are fucking weak.Volor Flex The ConspiracyVotum MetafictionWalk the Moon TightropeWar From A Harlots Mouth VoyeurWar of Ages EternalWar of Ages Return To LifeWashed Out ParacosmWatchtower Energetic DisassemblyWavves King of the BeachWax Poetic On A RideWe Came As Romans DreamsWe Came As Romans To Plant a SeedWe Came As Romans Understanding What We've Grown to BeWe Came As Romans Tracing Back Rootswecollectskies In Light PassingWest Of Hell Spiral EmpireWhite Lies To Lose My LifeWhitechapel This Is ExileWhitechapel A New Era of CorruptionWilco A Ghost is BornWilco Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco Being ThereWilco SummerteethWilco A.M.Wilco Sky Blue SkyWild Nothing NocturneWinds Of Plague Decimate The WeakWithin the Ruins CreatureOkay, 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 InvadeWithin the Ruins EliteUpon 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 Son of PerditionWynardtage Evil MindX-Fusion Beyond The PaleXenolith Obscure ReflectionsXerath IIXP8 Drop the Maska 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 RevengeXzibit NapalmYakuza Of Seismic ConsequenceYellowcard Lights and SoundsYou Slut! Critical MeatYour Memorial SeasonsYouth Lagoon The Year of HibernationZero Hour Dark DeceiverZero Hour A Fragile MindZeromancer EurotrashZeromancer Clone Your LoverZeromancer ZzyzxZomby DedicationZZ Top Tres HombresZZ Top Rio Grande Mud[:SITD:] Stronghold[:SITD:] Odyssey: 132.0 poor(the) PLASMArifle While You Were Sleeping the World Changed in an In16Bit In The Death CarA Hope For Home RealisIt 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 aMOTIONA Silent Film Sand & SnowA Textbook Tragedy A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and PriAccessory UnderbeatAceyalone Leanin' On SlickAFI DecemberundergroundAkeldama Everything BeautifulAlien Produkt IgnoranceAlien Vampires No One Here Gets Out AliveAll That Remains For We Are ManyAmduscia FilofobiaAmerican Me Siberian Nightmare MachineAnd One Virgin SuperstarAnd Then There Were None Who Speaks For Planet Earth?Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAnnihilator Set the World on FireAnnihilator Schizo DeluxeAnonymus StressApoptygma Berzerk Rocket ScienceApop 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 MachineArch Enemy Anthems of RebellionArchitects The Here and NowArsis Starve for the DevilAs I Lay Dying DecasAsking Alexandria Stand Up and ScreamThis 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 HeartsAtreyu The CurseAtreyu The Congregation of the Damnedso 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 SlideAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldAzure Emote Chronicles of an Aging MammalB.o.B Strange CloudsBad Veins The Mess We've MadeBassnectar Divergent SpectrumBeartooth SickBeastie Boys To the 5 BoroughsBecoming Everest BelieverBecoming The Archetype I AmI Am - Becoming the Stereotypical Deathcore Band Before Their Eyes Before Their EyesBefore Their Eyes UntouchableCongratulations 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 BineothanBerlin AnimalBetraying the Martyrs Breathe In LifeBetween Breathing HomegrownBlack Devil Disco Club Black Moon White SunBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club Specter At The FeastBlackmail IIBleeding Through Bleeding ThroughBlessthefall His Last WalkBlessthefall WitnessBlind Illusion The Sane AsylumBlindside With Shivering Hearts We WaitBloodhound Gang One Fierce Beer CoasterBlu No York!Blue Stahli Antisleep Vol. 2Blur BlurBodycall Somatic TurnHere 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 FairiesBong-Ra MonsterBorn of Osiris Tomorrow We Die AliveDID I NOT FUCKING TELL YO-bah, who am I kidding this sucks...Breaking Benjamin PhobiaBreaking Benjamin Dear AgonyBrendon Small GalaktikonBroadway KingdomsBunny Lake The Sound Of SehnsuchtBurnt Offering Walk of the DeadC-Lekktor Cloned And MutatedC2C TetraCaliban The Opposite From WithinCaliban Ghost EmpireCarry Your Ghost DecisionsCaspian You Are The ConductorCaspian TertiaCasual He Still Think He RawCatherine The NaturalsCelldweller Wish Upon A BlackstarCelldweller Soundtrack For The Voices In My HeadWhen 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 TimeCelldweller Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head 2, Chapter 02Centaurus-A Side Effects ExpectedCenthron DominatorCerebral Fix Death EroticaChase and Status No More IdolsChildren of Bodom BlooddrunkChildren of Bodom Relentless Reckless ForeverChimaira The InfectionPainfully 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 LustreClap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say YeahColdplay Mylo XylotoConvalesce DecisionsIt'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 LightbringerCrazy Town The Gift of GameCrimson Falls Fragments of AwarenessCristal Snow God You Made Me WickedCrossfaith The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic BeautyCrossfaith ZionCryo Hidden AggressionDave 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 CryogenicCryogenic Echelon AntipodeCrystal Castles Crystal Castles IICrystal 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 ImageCulture Kultur SpiritSpirit 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 ThisCute Is What We Aim For RotationCyclamen Memories, VoicesCylab Cut & CoilD Creation Silent EchoesD.V.C. Molecular ShadowDatA The SkywriterDating Please Be Quiet, I'm Very InterestingDe/Vision NoobDe/Vision DevolutionDead And Divine The FancifulDeath By Dawn One Hand, One Foot...And a Lot of TeethDeath Ray Vision We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'Deathstars Synthetic GenerationDebauchery Kings Of CarnageDecrepit Birth ...And Time BeginsDeftones AdrenalineDegradead Out of Body ExperienceDelay Trees DozeDelphic CollectionsDemolition Hammer Time BombDemon Hunter The TriptychDemon Hunter Storm the Gates of HellDemon Hunter The World Is a ThornDemon Hunter True DefianceDevice DeviceDevil Sold His Soul Darkness PrevailsDevil Sold His Soul Empire Of LightDevin Townsend Project KiDigitalism LiftDIIV OshinDinosaur Jr. DinosaurDismal Lapse Eon FragmentationDismantled The War Inside MeDisparaged The Wrath of GodDisreflect Some Brittle WordsDisturbed AsylumDividium The ScourgeApart 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 PlaguesDouble Dragon DevastatorDungeon Elite [**] RenovatioE-Craft Unsocial ThemesIncredibly 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 ElectrocutionIf 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 NightOnce 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 111Eleventyseven And The Land of Fake BelieveEminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Endanger MotionEnduser Caustic PulseEnter Shikari Sorry, You're Not A WinnerEnter Shikari Take to the SkiesEnter Shikari A Flash Flood of ColourEphel Duath Through My Dog's EyesEver Forthright Ever ForthrightEveryone Dies In Utah Seeing ClearlyExodia HellbringerFaderhead FH3Fall In Archaea Fall In ArchaeaFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFamily Force 5 Dance or DieFatal Rupture Total Neural System FailureFear Before Fear BeforeFear Factory The IndustrialistFeathers (US) Only OneFeed Me Escape From Electric MountainFerry Corsten W.K.N.D.Fleshgod Apocalypse AgonyFlux Motivational ChantsFollow The White Rabbit EndorphiniaFor the Fallen Dreams Back BurnerFox Hunting MasqueradeFreezepop Imaginary FriendsFrozen Plasma EmphasizeFuneral for a Friend ConduitGalactic Pegasus MirageOne of those EPs that is as lame as the band's name.Galaxy Hunter Running HighGama Bomb The Terror TapesGhosts (IRL) NightGifts From Enola Gifts From EnolaGlass Cloud The Royal ThousandGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeGod Module Let's Go DarkGod Module The Magic In My Heart Is DeadGod Module SeanceGod Module False FaceGold Fields Black SunGood Charlotte Good Morning RevivalGoodie Mob Age Against The MachineAge Against The Machine? More like Fools On Parade...Gorillaz The FallGravediggaz Nightmare in A-MinorGreeley Estates No Rain, No RainbowNo 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 ZeroGrinspoon Black RabbitsCongratulations 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 ChildrenHadouken! Music For An Accelerated CultureHadouken! Bad SignalHaken AquariusHammerhawk Welcome Home, We Expected YouHands Of Despair HereafterHawthorne Heights If Only You Were LonelyHeartwire HeartworkHellcannon Infected With ViolenceHey Monday Beneath It AllHimsa Summon In ThunderHooverphonic The Night BeforeIt'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 ForfeitureHow to Dress Well Love RemainsI Am Abomination Jaw DropperI am the Ocean Escapist FictionI Killed The Prom Queen When Goodbye Means ForeverI Killed The Prom Queen Music for the Recently DeceasedI Love You But I've Chosen Darkness Fear Is on Our SideIllusionists ContemptIn Fear and Faith VoyageIn Fear and Faith ImperialIn League Where the Silence Is EasyIncubator Symphonies Of Spiritual CannibalismInformatik Playing With FireInnerpartysystem Never Be ContentIt Dies Today The Caitiff ChoirIt Dies Today SirensIt Hugs Back Laughing PartyIt Prevails StromaIvoryline There Came A LionIwrestledabearonce It's All HappeningIwrestledabearonce Ruining It for EverybodyJ-Louis BalancedOther 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 DawnJaga Jazzist The StixJaga Jazzist A Livingroom HushJaga Jazzist Jævla Jazzist Grete StitzJamies Elsewhere Goodbye Rocketman, St. George is under fireJamies Elsewhere Guidebook for Sinners Turned SaintsJay-Z and Linkin Park Collision CourseJet Lag Gemini Fire the CannonsJob for a Cowboy RuinationJohn Mayer Paradise ValleyJulien-K Death To AnalogJunius The Martyrdom of a CatastrophistJustice Audio, Video, DiscoKalmah For The RevolutionKarma To Burn VKartagon In The ClinicKasabian Velociraptor!Katatonia Brave Murder DayKatatonia Tonight's DecisionKatatonia Dance of December SoulsKatatonia Night Is the New DayKatatonia The Longest YearKatatonia Dead End KingsKeane StrangelandKele The BoxerKent Jag Är Inte Rädd För MörkretKidstreet Fuh YeahKLOQ Begin AgainLacuna Coil KarmacodeLadytron Light & MagicLast Call Chernobyl Drowning Beneath The Sound Of ChangeLate Night Alumni The Beat Becomes A SoundLexia Underground SoundsLich King Necromantic MaelstromLifeforms SyntheticLight Asylum Light AsylumLights LightsLights The ListeningLights Siberia (Remixed)Limp Bizkit Results May VaryLinkin Park A Thousand SunsLittle Boots NocturnesLiv Kristine Deus Ex MachinaLiv Kristine LibertineLost Area Destroying Something BeautifulLower Definition The Greatest of All Lost ArtsLower Hell HellevatorLower 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 ReleaseLymbyc Systym Love Your Abuser RemixedLymbyc Systym Love Your AbuserMadmaze Frames of AlienationMain Attrakionz Bossalinis & FooliyonesMake Me Famous It's Now or NeverMalak MalakGreat, 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 PreacherMankind Is Obsolete Trapped InsideMaster On the Seventh Day God Created.... MasterMaybeshewill Not For Want Of TryingMaylene and the Sons of Disaster IVMeat Beat Manifesto Answers Come In DreamsIf 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 ColliderMekong Delta Lurking FearMekong Delta Wanderer on the Edge of TimeMethod Cell Curse Of A Modern AgeMethod Man Tical 0: The PrequelMetric Grow Up and Blow AwayMetronomy The English RivieraMind.Area Long-Distance Side TripMindust Taking OffMirrors Lights And OfferingsMiss May I Apologies Are for the WeakMiss May I MonumentMisstress Barbara Many Shades Of GreyMnemic The Audio Injected SoulMnemic PassengerMonuments We Are the FoundationMos Def The New DangerMotionless in White When Love Met DestructionMotor Man Made MachineMountain AvalancheMoving Units Neurotic ExoticEven 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 SoundtrackMy Bitter End Nostalgic SentimentsMy Chemical Romance Danger Days...NAMI The Eternal Light of the Unconscious MindNeaera Ours Is The StormNeikka RPM Chain LettersNeon Zoo ONevermore The Obsidian ConspiracyDespite 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 ZeroNine Inch Nails The SlipNo Joy Wait to PleasureNo Made Sense The Epillanic ChoragiNorthlane Hollow ExistenceNosound A Sense of LossNovallo NovalloNovembers Doom The Pale Haunt DepartureNovembers Doom To Welcome the FadeNuclear Omnicide The Presence Of EvilOcean Within LeadersOf Virtue To Breathe AgainohGr unDevelopedOl' Dirty Bastard Nigga PleaseOld Gods Stylized ViolenceOne Way Mirror One Way MirrorOOMPH! Truth Or DareDear 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 ImmortalisOwl City Of JuneOwl City Maybe I'm DreamingOwl City All Things Bright And BeautifulOwl Eyes NightswimPaddock Park A Hiding Place For Fake FriendsPaper Route The Peace Of Wild ThingsParachutes (DE) BlueprintsParadise Lost Lost ParadiseParkway Drive AtlasPaul Gilbert VibratoPestilence DoctrinePestilence ObsideoPet Shop Boys ElysiumPink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd A Saucerful of SecretsPlacebo Sleeping With GhostsPlacebo Loud Like LovePlayRadioPlay! Texaspost harbor. They Can't Hurt You If You Don't Believe in ThemProject Pitchfork Dream, Tiresias!Project Pitchfork Continuum RidePsyopus Our Puzzling Encounters ConsideredPsyopus Odd SensesPulcher Femina Darkness PrevailsBy 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 DeadRadius System Almost NothingRaggedy Angry How I Learned To Love Our Robot OverlordsRaydead End in SightRazed in Black DamagedRed Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers Freaky StyleyReggie and The Full Effect Songs Not To Get Married ToReggie and The Full Effect No Country For Old MusiciansWay 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 TangramReveille LacedRhye WomanRhyno Sleep SongsRitual Carnage I, InfidelRoots Manuva Slime & ReasonRoots Manuva 4everevolutionRumble Militia Fuck Off CommercialRXYZYXR Geometrical MetalSADIZTIK:INJEKTION Global GenocideToss 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 GroundScorpions UnbreakableSeabound Beyond FlatlineSepta The LoverSerdce The Alchemy Of HarmonySerdce CyberlySero.Overdose No Time For SilenceSero.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 TomorrowSuffering 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 EndsShabazz Palaces Black UpShadow-Minds The Arc Of TruthWhen 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 One One OneShiny Toy Guns Season of PoisonShiny Toy Guns IIIShiv-R This World EraseIs it sad that I really wished the song Stripped would be a Depeche Mode cover?Sick Puppies Dressed Up as LifeSienna Skies Truest Of ColoursThe 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 AfterlifeSkillet ComatoseSkillet AwakeSkrillex More Monsters and SpritesSlayer Divine InterventionSleep JerusalemSleigh Bells TreatsSnakadaktal Sleep in the WaterSnow Patrol Fallen EmpiresSodom Get What You DeserveSodom Epitome of TortureSoft Metals LensesSolvent Subject To ShiftWhy 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 MindsSpektralized In Between The OppositeSphere (NO) PrimordialStars Are Projectors WavelengthsStereo Alchemy God Of LoveStrangers Holding WaterStrapping Young Lad Strapping Young LadStrapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy ThingStreet Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social ClubStriving Vines ObstaclesStructures Divided ByI 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 WordsSuicide Silence The CleansingSun Glitters It's Snowing And The Girls Are SingingSuono My StyleA 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 DarkSwim Deep Where The Heaven Are WeSwollen Members HeavySympathy Anagogic TyrannySyrian KosmonautaFuturepop 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 SunTears For Fears Raoul and the Kings of SpainTears For Fears Everybody Loves a Happy EndingTears For Fears ElementalTechnolorgy Endtimes In VogueTen After Two Truth Is...Tenek On The WireTerrorblade Of Malice And EvilTesla Boy The Universe Made of DarknessTestament DemonicThe Absence Riders of the PlagueThe Adept Catastrophic EcstasyThe Almost Southern WeatherThe American Dollar Awake In The CityThe Angelic Process ...And Your Blood Is Full Of HoneyThe Angelic Process SighThe Automatic Not Accepted AnywhereThe Automatic Tear the Signs DownSo 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 SubmarineThe Bewitched Hands Vampiric WayThe Black Ghosts When Animals StareThe Chemical Brothers We Are The NightThe Cinematics Love and TerrorThe Crystal Method The Crystal MethodThe Date Night A Friend In ParisThe Devil Wears Prada PlaguesThe Devin Townsend Band SynchestraThe End Within DividiaThe End ElementaryThe Eyes Of A Traitor BreathlessThe Eyes Of A Traitor The DiseaseThe Fall of Troy In the Unlikely EventThe Ghost Inside Get What You GiveThe Gun Show CurrentsChristian 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 MidheavenThe Human League CredoThe Illumination DeparturesThe Killers Battle BornWHAT ARE YOU MAAAADE OFFFFFFF? FLESH AND BONE! Well no shit...The Megaphonic Thrift The Megaphonic ThriftThe Ocean HeliocentricThe Odious Joint VenturesThe Polyphonic Spree Yes, It's TrueThe Proctors Everlasting LightThe Rasmus Black RosesThe Rasmus The RasmusThe Shizit Soundtrack For The RevolutionThe Soft Pack StrappedThe Sons Of Perdition Merciless Metal Of PerditionThe Subways Money and CelebrityThe Synthetic Dream Foundation Mechanical SerpentAbsolutely 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 ReflectionThe Used In Love and DeathThe Used VulnerableThe Vines Future PrimitiveSo 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 PolarityThe Word Alive EmpireThe xx CoexistTheory In Practice Colonizing The SunThirty Seconds to Mars This Is WarThis Is Menace The Scene Is DeadThree Days Grace Life Starts NowThrice Identity CrisisThrice BeggarsThrough Your Silence Whispers To The VoidTNGHT TNGHTTonight Is Glory The Vision and RealityTorul Tonight We Dream FiercelyTrigger the Bloodshed The Great DepressionTV Ghost DisconnectTyler the Creator WolfU2 Rattle and HumUnderwater Pilots EndlessUnleashed OdalheimUnter Null Absolution EPUnter Null Unter NullNot 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 NeocideA 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 FailureVangough Kingdom of RuinVanna The Few and the Far BetweenVelvet Acid Christ The Art of Breaking ApartVessels HelioscopeVHS or Beta Diamonds And DeathVio-Lence Torture TacticsVNV Nation Crossing the DivideVNV Nation TransnationalI 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 EngineVortice HostWalking With Strangers Buried, Dead & DoneWar From A Harlots Mouth MMXWe The Kings We The Kingswecollectskies Adventures of the Lostwecollectskies These Stars Our FlameWeezer HurleyWhiplash Unborn AgainWhitechapel The Somatic DefilementWinds Of Plague A Cold Day In HellWinds Of Plague The Great Stone WarWitchburner Bloodthirsty EyesWithin the Ruins OmenWomen Public StrainWork Drugs DeltaWound Inhale The VoidXP8 Hrs:Min:SecXzibit RestlessYagya The Inescapable Decay Of My HeartYngwie Malmsteen SpellboundYour Demise Cold Chillin'At least they're heavy again, right?..........RIGHT?!Zeller TurbulencesZero Hour The Towers of AvariceZeromancer Sinners International[:SITD:] Bestie:Mensch[:SITD:] Coded Message: 121.5 very poorA Day to Remember What Separates Me From YouSure, 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 NowAbandon All Ships InfamousAdelaide PergamumJUN JUN JUN I'M A CHRISTIAN JUN JUN JUN RAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAesthetic Perfection All Beauty DestroyedMore 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 SearchingWhat 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 OvercomeAngel Theory The Death Of AngelsAngel 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 ImmersionArian 1's Immersion contains nothing, and lacks absolutely everything.Armor For Sleep Smile For ThemArsonists Get All the Girls Listen to the ColorASAP Ferg Trap LordAsking Alexandria Life Gone WildAvenue Six Left The Thin Line Of LifeBassnectar VAVA VOOMBlack Light Burns Cruel MelodyBleeding Through DeclarationBounte TwoBoy Kill Boy Stars and The SeaBreathe Carolina Hello FascinationBullet for My Valentine FeverBurden of a Day OneOneThousandBury Your Dead Bury Your Deadwhat 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 PhoenixCobra Starship While the City Sleeps, We Rule the StreeCovenant EuroCryptopsy The Unspoken KingCrystal Castles Crystal CastlesCute Is What We Aim For Same Old Blood Rush With A New TouchDaft Punk Human After AllDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesWait, 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 DDave Gahan Paper MonstersSo 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 AprilDead Turns Alive MaelstromOh 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, LuciferDiorama AmaroidDissentient Black Hole MachineDJ Shadow The OutsiderDoes It Offend You, Yeah? Don't Say We Didn't Warn YouDragonette BodypartsDragonette 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 ManEditors In This Light and On This EveningEditors The Weight of Your LoveEmigrate EmigrateEmmure Goodbye to the GallowsFaderhead FH2Faderhead FH1Not 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 RollI actually thought the line was, "I'm gonna change you like a remix, then erase you like a fetus"Fall Out Boy PAX AM DaysFalling Up MnemosIt'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 EntertainmentFive Finger Death Punch The Way of the FistFor the Fallen Dreams Wasted YouthGenghis Tron Cloak of LoveGlass Cloud Perfect War ForeverGym Class Heroes The QuiltHelia ShiversHer Bright Skies Causing A SceneWell 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 & DisasterHipgnosis RelusionHollywood Undead Swan SongsI See Stars Renegades ForeverI 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 TimesIAMX The Unified FieldImatem HomePerhaps this is evidence that Peter Spilles can't do everything by himself?In Flames A Sense of PurposeIt Dies Today LividityIt Prevails FindingsSame 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 DubstepThis is probably better than any of the stuff that Deviant recsJakalope Born 4Jonny Craig Find What You Love And Let It Kill YouThe white man's answer to The Weeknd Julian Plenti Julian Plenti is... SkyscraperJunkie XL SynthesizedKaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry MobKanye West YeezusKasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic AsylumKillswitch Engage Killswitch Engage IIKorn See You on the Other SideKryoburn Enigmatic ExistenceTypical 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 AnxietyLadytron VelociferoLifeforms MultidimensionalLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightLinkin Park RechargedReanimation this is not. Lost Area From The AshesM83 ReunionMadison Affair Teenage TimeMarilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink MeMarilyn Manson The High End of LowMellowHigh MellowHighMetallica St. AngerMetro Station Metro StationMidnight In Alaska BoundlessMindless Self Indulgence IfMoby HotelMoby Last NightMuse The 2nd LawNemora Equinox Of The GodsNiki And The Dove InstinctNiveau Zero JasmineOrgy Punk Statik ParanoiaPanic! At the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!Pink Floyd UmmagummaPlayRadioPlay! FrequencyPlushgun Me.Me.Polyenso Clean HeadRaunchy A Discord ElectricRed-Line Out Of BusinessSaving Grace UnbreakableSaving 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 DuplicitySkrillex Make It Bun Dem After HoursSkrillex LeavingWhile 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 CurtainsWho the hell is doing the harsh vocals on this album?! Yikes! Suicide Silence No Time to BleedDescribing 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-KSybreed ChallengerT3rror 3rror First ContactTechnomancer 2There'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 OnlyThe Academy Is... Fast Times at Barrington HighThe Audition ChampionThe Bravery The Sun and the Mooni 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 UpThe 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 BrotherhoodThe Chemical Brothers FurtherThe Click Five Greetings from Imrie HouseThe Futureheads RantThe Perfects Many NightsThe Starting Line Based on a True StoryThe Used Lies for the LiarsThirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + DreamsTV Off Music MachineI 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 SeasonsUberbyte EXSOn 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 MisfortunesUpon 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 RemixedWe Are Defiance Trust in FewWeezer Make BelieveWeezer The Red AlbumWhirr AroundWoe, Is Me Genesi[s]Youngblood Hawke Wake UpYour Demise The Kids We Used To BeListening 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 RomanceOh, 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 awfulAlien Skin The Unquiet GraveAn 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 ClassicCoroner The Unknown Unreleased Tracks (1985-1995)I love Coroner but what the fuck is this supposed to be...Emmure FelonyEscape the Fate This War Is OursForeign Beggars The UprisingRegardless 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 MSIHow I Learned to Listen To The New MSI Album and Realize It Is Fucking TerribleProtest the Hero Sequoia Throne: RemixedSonic Syndicate Love and Other DisastersSquarepusher UfabulumSuicide Commando Chromdioxyde 1An 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 FasciinatiionThe Galvatrons Laser Graffiti
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