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5.0 classic
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch The Mantle
Claude-Michel Schönberg Les Misérables (musical)
I dreamed a dream that Marius died
When hope was high and this book worth reading

But the Frenchmen come at night
With their voices soft as butter

As they tear your hopes apart
And they turn this plot to shame
Dethklok The Dethalbum
[The] "world's greatest cultural force"
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Everything just seems so desolate and wide-open. Admittedly it seems like there's not much here--in a minimalist sort of way--but that's merely a result of the band's ability to disguise invention as simplicity.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Hans Zimmer The Lion King
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
Soundtrack (Disney) Aladdin
I want the moon; I want to live on the moon!

And eat it in a pie, And keep it as a pet, And wear it like a gemstone in my hair

4.5 superb
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
AC/DC Back in Black
Anilah Warrior
Bumped my rating because this is beautiful.
Ash Borer Ash Borer
This is....really good.
Casualties of Cool Casualties of Cool
Dethklok The Doomstar Requiem
Not enough Toki
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Edge of Sanity When All Is Said
Equilibrium Sagas
Fell Voices Fell Voices
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Nails Unsilent Death
NOFX The Decline
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Petrychor Dryad
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)
Streetlight Manifesto The Hands That Thieve
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
A major step up from their previous record, Tekeli-Li is everything one could want from an ratmospheric black metal record. The record sounds full with a palpable atmosphere, and the rsongwriting is concise and never tedious. My favorite black metal record of the year as of rthis writing. Definitely going to see this on a lot of end-of-year lists (and if not, it'll rbe a shame).
Weakling Dead as Dreams
Windir 1184
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters

4.0 excellent
(The) Slowest Runner (In All The World) We, Burning Giraffes
Slowest Runner! In All the World

Lift We Up Like Burning Giraffes in Heaven
(The) Slowest Runner (In All The World) The Flophouse Session
Classical/post-rock and it's very pretty and kind of Godspeedy-ish.
40 Watt Sun The Inside Room
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen Atomos
Abigail Williams Becoming
AC/DC Highway to Hell
AC/DC High Voltage
AC/DC Live
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alcest Écailles de Lune
Melancholic Agalloch plus Wolves in the Throne Room black metal is win.
Alda :Tahoma:
Cascadian wittr worship of folk singing forests metal m/
Alpha Male Tea Party Droids
It's like they took the groovy riffs from Pelican and the mathy post-rock from Cloudkicker and smashed them together. This riffs hard, has plenty of atmosphere, and is all-around fun. Get it.
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Anaal Nathrakh Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Her
The cleans are generally awful as always but thankfully they're not used prominently in every song. Lots of varied riffing and songwriting styles, flowing though black metal and death metal seamlessly into hardcore-inspired rhythms. It sort of reminds me of Sathanas-era Mayhem mixed with the intensity of Darkspace.
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Aoria The Constant
Ardour Loom Demo
It's like Fauna's Avifauna if you trade out the folky bits for post-rock. Really good
atmospheric/post-bm from the US. Really obscure demo, you can find a rough rip on youtube.

Ash Borer 2009 Demo
Ash Borer Tour Rehearsal Demo
Ash Borer and Fell Voices Split
Ayr Nothing Left to Give
Ayr Eternal Sustain
Ayr Circling
Bad Religion Suffer
Bad Religion No Control
Balmorhea Balmorhea
Post-rock/classical/chamber/ambient using mostly piano/banjo/acoustic guitar. It's no crescendocore and it's barely post-rock; it's more just classical music orienting itself along similar lines as other "minimalistic" post-rock acts.
Baroness Blue Record
Be'lakor Stone's Reach
Black Monolith Passenger
Deafheaven's former touring guitarist humbly ponders what it would be like if Deafheaven played punk.
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Black Sabbath The Dio Years
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Bloodbath The Wacken Carnage
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars
Bosse-de-Nage All Fours
A contender.
Brian McBride The Effective Disconnect
Pretty and rather simply-organized ambient. Different instruments wade in, fill up the void, and fade out. Repeat with different instruments over time. It's nice.
Brontide Artery
Fun! Groovy! Disco? No! Post-rocking!
Christicide Upheaval of the Soul
Tired of that "experimental," pseudo-intellectual bologna that passes for "black metal"
these days? Christicide is the answer to your problem. No positivity, no hazy, uplifting
guitars--only straight, unyielding black metal.

Dynamic songwriting complimented by a slew of interesting riffs make this "orthodox" album
definitely worth the time of every black metal fan.
CHVRCHES Every Open Eye
The adorbs cometh.
Cloudkicker Beacons
Cloudkicker The Map Is Not the Territory
Cloudkicker Portmanteau
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Cloudkicker The Discovery
Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be Huge
Cloudkicker Subsume
Ben Sharp doing what he does best. Did you expect anything less?
Cloudkicker Live with Intronaut
Aside from a few problems here and there, this is a fantastic live record. Three guitarists ftw.
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Converge can borrow my fancy suits because this suits my fancy. None for you, Nancy Drew.
Dan Swano Moontower
Proggy Magic Melodes III: Funky Facsimile
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Darkspace Dark Space III
Because it's Darkspice and it's pulverizing and suffocating and cold and it feels like you're being physically pounded by space radiation, feeling yourself being pulled apart by the void, and floating off into that infinite darkness. It's got good riffs and stuff too I guess.
Dawn Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)
Dead Can Dance Anastasis
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
Band is pretty great.
Deafheaven Libertine Dissolves/Daedalus
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
Deathspell Omega Kenose
Deathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum
Decapitated The Negation
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Devin Townsend Project Ki
All hail Townsend my dark lord and master.
Dimmu Borgir Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dio Holy Diver
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Toast-rocks with trumpets. It's no Mogwhy but it'll do.
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
I like this one more! This one is better! Crescendooooooos!
Echtra Sky Burial
No longer simply devoted to the ritual of repetition, Echtra experiments this time around by
creating a more organic and enveloping atmosphere through instrumental layering and
drastically improved songwriting. Where the band's previous works used repetition to create
an atmosphere of spiritual transcendence, they never really went anywhere, whereas
Sky Burial not only pulls the listener in to its spiritual world, but takes them on a
journey through it. This music moves and grows, changes.

Easily the best material released under this moniker. For fans of folk, drone, and ambient
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Eluvium Copia
Dreamy modern classical/ambient. It do what it do. Pianos wow, ambience wow 4/5 uh such feels.
Eluvium Nightmare Ending
More textures more stuff more... pianos! I'm a sucker for ambient junk involving classical instruments.
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Riffs a lot.
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Ensiferum Iron
Equilibrium Erdentempel
Adding clean vocals to their epic folk of epic black metal style was a good decision.
Equilibrium: now with sing-along fun!
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
False Untitled EP
How is this "overlong"???? Girl you cray cray
Fauna Avifauna
Easily the best record of their career, Avifauna takes the best parts of the band's signature lengthy black metal/folk style and crafts it into three 17+ minute epics. Where "Rain" saw the band slowly evolve over the course of an hour, "Avifauna" sees the band experiment with more structured songwriting, giving each of the main tracks enough repetition to immerse the listener in the band's signature hypnotic atmosphere, with enough variance to always keep things interesting.
Fell Voices Untitled
Forteresse / Chasse-Galerie / Monarque / Csejthe Légendes
Foxing The Albatross
Fyrnask Eldir Nótt
Kid tested tested; Noctus approved!

Only track I don't really dig is Saltrian. This is fantastic, dense atmospheric black metal.
Gates Bloom and Breathe
Gavin Bryars The Sinking of the Titanic
I mean the Titanic sinking was sad and stuff but hey at least we got this out of the deal
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Goldmund Corduroy Road
Atmospheric minimalist piano music with a little bit of ambient and a dab of post-rock. It's pretty very good, especially for what it is (just a piano by itself most of the time). It's a very slow record, so each individual keystroke contributes to the atmosphere, and it all works very well in creating a constantly melancholic mood.
Grace Cathedral Park In The Evenings Of Regret
Slowcore/post-rock that, while definitely aesthetically pleasing, isn't very exciting in itself. It exists in that realm of aesthetically pleasing music that one either becomes fully absorbed in, or simply accepts as pretty background music. I'm now leaning more toward the former. It's too perfectly organized, imo, to be regarded with any less sort of acclaim.
Graves (NZ) Fides Ad Nauseam
All hail Nails' successors.
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Tie me down, put anchors on my feet so I don't float away like a cloud in this dream.
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Harold Budd The Pavilion of Dreams
Smokey jazz. Such atmosphere. Many wow.
Harold Budd Avalon Sutra / As Long as I Can Hold My Breath
Disc 1 is a wonderfully minimalist-y, mostly piano and string-based affair, whereas Disc 2 (a
sixty nine-minute track) features an hour's worth of droning instrumentation and repeated
melodies. Disc 1 is elegant in the simplicity of its implemented elements; different instruments,
be them synthesizer, saxophone, piano, etc, seem to come in just at the right moments to fill the
rather sparse space with something elegant and atmospherically fitting. I suppose that's the
benefit of minimalist--always having room to stick something else in where you need it.
Harold Budd and Brian Eno Ambient 2 - The Plateaux of Mirror
I mean it's basically just piano ambient but still. Piano sounds good, has good atmosphere, wow 4/5 omg
Harold Budd and Brian Eno The Pearl
Attack of the Atmospheric Pianos II: Budd/Eno Boogaloo
Hierophant (IT) Great Mother: Holy Monster
Not as brilliantly brutal as the likes of Nails or The Secret, but it's close. Great dark powerviolence/crust/whatever punk of heaviness.
Hierophant (IT) Peste
This would've been in my top 20 of 2014 had I known it existed back then. Wonderfully loud, brutal power violence/crust/grind/hardcore whatever.
Hope Drone Hope Drone
Deafheaven without all the rather flamboyant parts. If you want something a bit grittier
than Sunbather then Hope Drone's s/t is your album.
Horseback Piedmont Apocrypha
Hypocrisy Virus
Hypocrisy A Taste of Extreme Divinity
Ictus Imperivm
Ignite Our Darkest Days
Impaled Northern Moonforest Impaled Northern Moonforest
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Nowhere near as powerful as Above the Weeping World, but still a very solid melodeath album. This album doesn't have as much staying power as AtWW, though, which definitely makes it harder to sit through for its full (fairly long) runtime. Given the band isn't known for their stylistic range, the saminess of their songs also makes it seem a lot longer than it really is. Still, it's great melodeath.
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Another Insomnium album, another fifty minutes of solid melodic death metal. Insomnium may as well be the definitive "one-trick pony" of melodeath, but their one trick is good enough to bear repeating. Their albums are still too samey and a bit too long--they're also as formulaic as 80's Metallicas', but they're similary as solid.
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion
Isis Panopticon
Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes
I will never get a bad night's sleep from now on.
Johann Johannsson IBM 1401, A User's Manual
Johann Johannsson Englabörn
John Williams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Julianna Barwick Nepenthe
dreamy ambients
Kalmah They Will Return
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah Swamplord
Kalmah started their career on a high note. Some of the best melodeath out there by one of the best bands in the business.
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
You know when you're listening to the radio and you go out of range from a particular channel, and
a second channel begins randomly taking over the first? 'Program Music I' does that with modern
classical and post-rock, randomly glitching between the two, as well as generally combining them
at points. Both lengthy tracks reach their high points when their string instruments combine
with up-beat drumming to create a very uplifting, 'dancey' vibe.
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Krallice Years Past Matter
Lagwagon Hoss
Leech If We Get There One Day...
Leech [US] Ten Black Hymns
Les Discrets Live at Roadburn
Fursy's voice is fantastic live and so is the rest of the band on this album. Les Discrets will be changing their style on upcoming albums, so this 'last hurrah' as a rock/metal outfit is a great one.
Les Discrets Ariettes Oubliees...
Lethian Dreams Red Silence Lodge
Atmospheric female-fronted doom. Here, the female voice functions as another instrument, another layer to the wall of melancholy. At parts it sounds like Alcest, only better than Alcest.
Leviathan Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
Lowercase Noises This Is For Our Sins
Wonderful ambient music. There's even a wonderfully used banjo.
Ludovico Einaudi Divenire
Classical music with some ambients is like woah.
Lunar Aurora Elixir of Sorrow
better than that Burzum junk grandpa likes.
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
I want to dreeeeeeeeam!
Magrudergrind Magrudergrind
Hit me with a steamroller. Back up and do it again. This pulverizes, and the political soundbites give it that little bit of personality to set it apart from its contemporaries.
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Max Richter Songs From Before
I like modern classical in this vein, music that takes its time and plays with patience and silence and has almost an ambient feel to it. It's not too busy, and not too "full" a sound, but there's still always plenty going on at a given time. Melodies you can fall into.
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Classical music that is m/
Max Richter Memoryhouse
has classical instruments 4/5 wowratmospheres and wow good
Max Richter Recomposed: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Robo-thrash ov trvth. I think this is my favorite Meshuggah next to Catch-33. It's very solid and very accessible in the way it presents its brand of technical thrashiness. Everyone knows by now that Meshuggah use polyrhythms and other weirdness but here they used their newfound weird take on thrash to create an album that feels like a "standard" metal record whilst actually being really unique and experimental. It's like, thinking back you realize how different the album is from anything else out there, but while listening it doesn't *feel* different. It's just really easy to absorb, despite how forward-thinking it was when initially released.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Misthyrming Söngvar elds og óreiðu
These riffs are so cold, they're
Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Mogwai Mr. Beast
Slide Guitar is Mogwai
Monarque Lys Noir
Blastbeats and keyboards in a very well-done good way.
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja
Pagan/folk metal. Moonsorrow's probably the best band to ever do this.
Moonsorrow Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
black metal/folk funtimes of joy or whatever. I think there was an accordion in there somewhere, so that's cool I guess. 3.8/5 or something
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty
Two pieces of lengthy folk bm. It's pretty good. Whatever. 4/5
Moonsorrow Verisakeet
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Morbid Angel Covenant
Mr. Bungle California
Myrkgrav Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning
Excellent folk bm. It's not exactly Windir, but it's in the same hemisphere. Treads well between catchy folkiness and srs metal.
Nachtmystium Instinct: Decay
Nachtmystium when they still knew how to riff, when their atmosphere was suffocating, and their psychedelic influences actually added something unique to black metal. This is one of the high points of USBM.
Nails Abandon All Life
This album just punched me in the face, and I'm OK with that.
Nebelung Vigil
Nhor Within the Darkness Between the Starlight
Nightingale Nightfall Overture
Nine Covens On The Dawning Of Light
NOFX So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes
NOFX Pump Up the Valuum
Punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock punk rock
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel
Stylistically diverse pagan black metal that has no shortage of epic riffz or epic keys/synths or epic whateverz. Some of the most consistent and powerful folk bm out there, I'd have to wager.
Of Solitude and Solemn Starlight's Guide
Old-fashioned doomy post-rock. Or is it post-rocky doom? It has slow guitars and lots of
great moody melodies--you get the idea.
Off With Their Heads Home
Olafur Arnalds Living Room Songs
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Classical modern things of music.
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy for Evolution
he makes cool sounds classical woaah 10/5
Old Man's Child In Defiance of Existence
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth The Candlelight Years
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Opeth Lamentations
Paramnesia Ce que dit la bouche d'ombre
This is basically old Ash Borer with better production values. If you liked that kind of
black metal, then this band is one to remember in the coming days.
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor
Very good.
Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte
Paysage d'Hiver Nacht
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Pompeii Loom
Pretty indie with some shoegazy post-rockiness that is so pretty and chill rrggggh 4/5
Radagast An Earthly Sacrament
Excellent Cascadian-brand black metal/folk. Think similar to Fauna's "Rain," but in only twenty-three minutes.
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rotten Sound Exit
Rotten Sound Cycles
Rotten Sound Consume to Contaminate
I hate this less than I love this. It's just grind but it's grind and it grinds grindily
Rotten Sound Murderworks
crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast crunch blast
Samael Passage
Saor Aura
Saor Roots
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
Skyfire Mind Revolution
Sleepmakeswaves Love of Cartography
Slowdive Souvlaki
Soul Cycle Soul Cycle II
Soul Cycle Soul Cycle
Soundtrack (Disney) Mulan
Soundtrack (Disney) Tarzan
Soundtrack (Disney) Lilo & Stitch
Soundtrack (Disney) Hercules
Soundtrack (Disney) Oliver & Company
Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Droney Dreams of Dreamy Drones.
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Droney Dreams of Dreamy Drones II: Dronepocalypse - Attack of the Dreamclouds
Steel Panther All You Can Eat
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans To Be Kind
System of a Down Toxicity
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Terry Riley In C
minimalist post-minimal classical whatever.
Testament The Formation of Damnation
Testament The Gathering
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
happy metal sleepy metal meow meow meow.
The Great Old Ones Al Azif
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Nocturnes Aokigahara
Emma Ruth Rundle never disappoints.
The Oh Hellos Through The Deep, Dark Valley
The Oh Hellos The Oh Hellos
The Secret Solve Et Coagula
The Secret Agnus Dei
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
The Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward
There Will Be Fireworks The Dark, Dark Bright
Threnos By Blood and By Earth
One of the fathers of the American Cascadian black metal scene. And, even though their time
together was short, they will remain to be known as both one of the finer and more
influential black metal acts from the last decade.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Toh Kay The Hand That Thieves
Tonight Alive What Are You So Scared Of?
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Trist (GER) Hin-Fort
Twilight Monument To Time End
Typhoon (USA-OR) White Lighter
Unru Split with Paramnesia
Ash Borer/Fell Voices II: Elekrieg Boogaloo
Vali Forlatt
Folk guitars of acoustic superiority. Oden be praised.
Vali Skogslandskap
Folk guitars of acoustic superiority. Oden be praised. [2]
Vektor Outer Isolation
Verwustung Soft Hands, Pale Moon
One great 20-minute slab of atmospheric black metal, drenched in ambience.
Walknut Graveforests And Their Shadows
Warning Watching from a Distance
Wedrujacy Wiatr Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit
The Polish WittR.
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops I
Loops of ambient disintegrations. For America!
William Ryan Fritch Revisionist
Windir Arntor
Windir Soknardalr
Windir Likferd
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Woods of Desolation Toward the Depths
Woods of Desolation Sorh
World's End Girlfriend Story Telling Again and Again
Given the options to either gouge out my eyeballs with my thumbs or listen to this record again, I'd undoubtedly choose the latter every time. Interpret that as you will.
World's End Girlfriend Seven Idiots
Some of the last tracks are useless or annoying, but the rest are bizarrely wonderful in the oddest ways. They're ridiculous and crazy but endlessly fun and hugely enjoyable.rI'm between a 3.5 and a 4.0, but well-executed crazy gets bonus points, so 4.0.
Wrekmeister Harmonies Then It All Came Down
Ambient/drone/classical/doom metal/noise. It's dreaming, pretty, spooky, scary, noisy, fluffy, ethereal, and something to get lost in. It's like a shifting dream, and you have no idea where it's going to go next.
xSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?
Honestly a really enjoyable, albeit short, listen. Never imagined Spongebob quotes would fit so nicely in hardcore music.
xSPONGEXCOREx Don't Mess With TexXxas
Look at all the peasants there are here. Oh, how adorable they are.

3.5 great
...and Oceans The Symmetry of I - The Circle of O
...Of Sinking Ships ...Of Sinking Ships
2 8 1 4 新しい日の誕生
chilly vapordave for the cool kids
A Pregnant Light My Game Doesn't Have A Name
A lot of diversity, a lot of cool riffs and melodies. This guy knows how to slam post-punk, rock, and blast beats together to create something really cool. Not nearly as raw or echoey as his older stuff, but great nonetheless. Really surprised by the quality of this album.
A Pregnant Light All Saints' Day
It's a gooder album from the guy that puts out a lot of stuff. First two tracks lean toward his meaner black-ish/purple metal style while the third goes for a groovier, mid-paced and melody-heavy style. And then a pretty acoustic thingy to end it all. It's good and stuff.
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner
A Wilhelm Scream Partycrasher
'Wilhelm's back.
A Wilhelm Scream Mute Print
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties We Don't Have Each Other
Abigail Williams The Accuser
Abigail Williams stole Blake Judd's best riffs and made a record out of them. Kind of explains why Nachtmystium suck now, and I'm OK with that.
Abigor Fractal Possession
Deathspell Omega worship technical bm. It's about what you'd expect from DsO, but with the
production style of a modern Mayhem album. As far as imitators go, though, Abigor definitely put
enough of their own spin on the style to make it weirdly their own, while obviously borrowing a
lot of their style from another band(s).
AC/DC The Razors Edge
AC/DC Flick of the Switch
AC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute You
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Adabroc Eilean An Fhraoich
An Autumn for Crippled Children, Deafheaven, and Adabroc. 2013 is the year of pretty black metal cover art.
Adabroc Iolaire
Adabroc: now with flutes! Seems like someone wanted to tap into the Saor fanbase, and it
worked. Melodic/atmospheric black metal with fast sections and slower melodic stuff. A lot
of good ideas here.
Addaura Addaura
Addaura Burning for the Ancient
So much better than Turn of the Eternal Wheel.
Addaura ...And The Lamps Expire
Adrenalized Tales From The Last Generation
A thrashier 'Wilhelm Scream often flows back into basic melodic punk territory.
Aeon Spoke Aeon Spoke
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Ahamkara The Embers Of The Stars
Excellent atmospheric/ambient black metal.

Wow such dark
Many riff
Aidan Baker The Sea Swells A Bit...
Minimalist folk-drone thing. Slow tones, droning atmospheres, minimalism woah. It's OK I guess.
Akhlys The Dreaming I
Akira Kosemura Polaroid Piano
If you liked Grouper's "Ruins" album, this should also tickle your fancy. Minimalistic piano and
harp playing, with background noises for ambiance and that "real world" feel. It's too short, but
it's a pleasing little album.
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Alda Passage
Alghazanth Wreath of Thevetat
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Altar of Plagues Mammal
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
Altar of Plagues Tides
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
A lot less black metal, a lot more atmosphere and experimentation. Essentially, this is what real "post-black metal" should sound like. This sounds virtually rnothing like White Tomb and I'm strangely OK with that.
Alterbeast Immortal
Fast, brutal, and FUN tech death.
Anathema Weather Systems
Animosity Animal
Deathcore that surprisingly isn't awful because it actually sounds like what death-core is supposed to be; death metal with hardcore.
Anoice Into the Shadows
Arbor Lights Hatherton Lake
Happy post-rock that's not so positive that it makes you able to completely forget about the infinite void, but put off thinking about it for like half an hour.
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Archivist Archivist
the post-black equivalent of being given a dozen glazed donuts and told you have to eat them all in one 75-minute sitting. Some of the donuts have sprinkles, others have chocolate icing in addition to being glazed. Can you eat the entire dozen of these wonderful gifts of heaven in one go? Probably, but you're going to hate yourself afterward. Or in the case of this album, have significant post-black donut burnout. Still, glazed donuts, man.
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Baroness Yellow and Green
Baroness Purple
The production is awful and the album loses steam on its last two tracks, but otherwise this is just another solid record from Baroness. If there wasn't so much compression and it was a little more consistent it could've been about as good as Blue Record.
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Battle Beast Unholy Savior
Cheesy female-fronted 80's worship hair/power metal that somehow does it all right. I'm not ashamed.
Beastmilk Climax
Behemoth The Satanist
I can't help but compare this to Rotting Christ.
Behemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Billy Talent Dead Silence
Black Sabbath 13
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh
Blurry Lights A Romantic Dream
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal
Riffs hard, grooves hard, m/'s hard, but it's still really repetitive. The vox are totally monotone and weirdly high in the mix so they do have a bit of a negative effect on the album. That said, though, Those Once Loyal is still great riff-tastic death metal that's more about groove than brutality. They may have never changed their style at all, but when there aren't that many well-known bands that play groovy dm like this in the first place, who cares?
Bongripper Satan Worshipping Doom
Bonobo Black Sands
Happy-ish songs for happy-ish people or whatever. Downtempo.
Boris Pink
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Bosse-de-Nage III
Braveyoung Will The Dust Praise You
Braveyoung No Peace In This Mind
It's basically just fifteen minutes of ambient drone, but I like Braveyoung so eh m/

--And as a prelude to their full-length, I think this works nicely as an anticipation-builder.
Braveyoung We Are Lonely Animals
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
I wanna be a rock an roll man but with post-rockin guitars ya know
Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Burzum Filosofem
The vocals sound more "raw" now, but are also now less aggressive and emotive. It's good and bad because while I really like the raw style, they've lost what made Varg's style so interesting in the first place. The rest of the album has a similarly different recording style than Hvis which, I think, works better in some ways and detracts in others. I suppose it's about on par with Hvis, though, if a little inferior.
Caged Grave Gutless
It's like Nails but with fewer/shorter songs. m/
Cain's Offering Stormcrow
Although it reminds me of Kamelot heavily at times, it's really enjoyable power metal. Fast
riffs, excellent melodies, and not too many ballads--and when there are those slow ballady tracks,
they're always at least decent, if not generally "good." Good power metal album.
Cara Neir Stagnant Perceptions
Atmospheric/black/grind/punk yeah.
Carcass Swansong
Carcass Heartwork
Caspian Hymn For The Greatest Generation
Cassie (FIN) Old Light
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
It's solid neo-classicaly melodeath/power metal, but Alex's vocals get really cringey at points.
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule

death metal
Chthonic Seediq Bale
symphonic black melodeath of triumphant glory! Eat your heart out, Cradle of Filth.
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Cloudkicker Fade
Cloudkicker Little Histories
Conan Blood Eagle
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Axe to Fall
Cormorant Metazoa
Cornigr Relics of Inner War
Because RIFFS. Rawerish bm that is good because guitars!
Cosmic Church Ylistys
Country Doctor Country Doctor
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Damaar Triumph Through Spears Of Sacrilege
Angry Music for Angry People
Damascus Heights
Dark Circles MMXIV
Dark hardcore, dark hardcore m/ m/ m/ m/
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult Saldorian Spell
Summation: blast blast blast blast punk riff blast blast blast blast punk riff blast blast blast blast punk riff blast blast blast blast punk riff blast blast blast blast punk riff black metalllllllllll!
Darkspace Dark Space III I
Darkspace Dark Space I
It's good but holy balls is it long. The band only seem to waver between two styles; super fast tremolo riffs with super simple chord progressions, and militaristic mid-paced chugging palm-muted riffs. Add keyboards over those two styles and Darkspace somehow manage to write a 70-minute record using just those two ideas. It's really quite amazing, but it's difficult to sit through because it all just gets old. Like Oh, we're doing some blast beats? I wonder what'll happen nex--oh we're chugging now? Didn't see that coming!
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Deaf Center Pale Ravine
3.5-4.0 ambients of melodic melodious ambience
Deafheaven New Bermuda
Evensong you can't take the roads to judah to bermuda bc judah refers to a train line and
the trains don't run under water jesus do you people even pay attention at all i mean come
on. you'd sunbathe on the way to the road to judah then get off at the coast and sunbathe
on the boat on the way to new bermuda which is not like old bermuda btw bc they renovated
the place since you were there last. So what i'm saying is first is the road to judah then
the sunbathing then bermuda.

Then when you're there you can enjoy the sight of the lovely tunnel of pecan trees from your
bedrooms' windows and go sunbathing (obvsly). It'll be like living in a dream house, and
when it's over you'll keep reminding yourself to please remember forever, and try not to get
vertigo at the idea of leaving.
Deathspell Omega Paracletus
Deathspell Omega Drought
Deathspell Go Punk, Vol 1
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice
Dephosphorus Ravenous Solemnity
Der Weg Einer Freiheit Agonie
tl;dr this rules.
Destiny Potato Lun
Dethklok Dethalbum II
DevilDriver The Last Kind Words
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Dio The Very Beast of Dio
Dispirit Separation
This is the best demo they've done so far. The cacophony of "Odylic Void" is crushingly abyssic, and the eleven-minute reverb-laden (almost post-rocky) doom build-up in "Funeral Frost" to a tense black metal crescendo are both equally fantastic.
Dissection Reinkaos
Dissection The Somberlain
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Do Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord is Dead
Weird experimental super jazzy post-rockin somethingorother. Groovy.
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
It's pleasant, but the band isn't known for abusing crescendos a la Godspeed so there's less to really grab you. It's consistently pleasant post-rock, quite a few steps above your basic "background music," but it still doesn't have that extra oomph to earn it that 4/5. Still really quite good, though.
Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
Downfall of Nur Umbras de Barbagia
Atmospheric folk black metal of epicness. Those hyper-shriek vocals really hurt my ears and those drums sound a bit clunky, but everything else is fine here. Production's fine, riffs fine, structures wow, many folk flutes, woah.
Drautran Throne of the Depths
Symphonic northern hyperblast
Dressed In Streams The Search for Blood
The noisiness of this black metal gives it a really "full" sound and great atmosphere. MooschriS and his superior bm knowledge strike again.
Drudkh Blood In Our Wells
On first listen: Much of an improvement since Autumn Aurora. It's mostly the same stylistically, but with more of its own identity now; it doesn't sound just like Burzum worship anymore. The atmosphere and general production sound are better, the melodies are better, and the songwriting is, relatively speaking, much more adventurous. Woohoo for tempo changes!
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
3.5 but it could go up. Good fuzzy atmosphere, melodies wow. Atmospheric black metal woah. Drudkh ufff /soundoff
Dying Fetus Descend Into Depravity
Earth and Pillars Earth I
Trist - Hin-Fort -esque atmospheric black metal. Blasting vaccum of space. But with like, trees and stuff.
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Eluveitie Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
Eluveitie Slania
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Piano musics. It's not as engaging as his ambient stuff, but it's well-crafted piano-based music that serves well as background/relaxation music. It is a bit difficult to make piano arrangements unenjoyable, though, given the inherent beauty of the instrument. Still, 3.5/5
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Happy warm sad enveloping ambients of space. And time.
Emancipator Dusk to Dawn
Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs
downtempo whatever. Melodies and chill tempos and whatnot.
Emerald Weapon Part II: Earth Encrypted
A nice improvement from the first EP. The sound here is noticeably tighter and the band seem to have a better idea where they want to go with their sound.
Emma Ruth Rundle Some Heavy Ocean
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Enisum Arpitanian Lands
Black metal of epic ambient whatever
Entropia (PL) Vesper
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Erebus Enthroned Temple Under Hell
This makes up for the new Sargeist being butts. Definitely makes up for it. No frills
black metal with tons of blast beats. Hail Satan.
Ethereal Shroud They Became the Falling Ash
Certified ZARU-FRESH: 75%

Despite the faster, blast-driven sections suffering a tad from an insufficient recording setup,
Ethereal Shroud's sophomore effort really shines during its slower, more melodic (and even "epic")
sections--which make up the majority of its third (and 25 minute) closing track. Given the
songwriter's previous successes with his even more melodic project(s), this effective show of
melodic songwriting really shouldn't have been as much of a surprise as it was. Shame on
Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
3.5-4.0 good heavy rocks, melodies, riffs heavy riffz
Falkenbach Asa
Epic folk/bm/folk bm like always, and like always it rules.
Fallujah Nomadic
False Untitled
Recorded live, I think the production suffers from a lack of clarity between the instruments--
there are a lot of great keys and leads that simply get buried in the mix that could've been
brought out and fully exploited with a normal recording setup.

That being said, this is still a pretty good 60-minute slab of keyboard-prominent atmospheric
black metal. When they're not blasting with furious riffs and great backing keys, they're jamming
through a groovy mid-paced riff or trudging through doomy buildups.

If you're going to listen to a female-fronted black metal band this year, make it False.
Farsot IIII
The goodness of the riffs or album or w/e permeated the alcohol-induced fog which clouded my mind upon my attempt to listen, here. I suppose that, given my current stupor, that such an impact on my psyche should be regarded as significant. Thusly so, I have bestowed upon this record a lofty (relatively speaking) 3.5.
Farsot 042103Freitod
Fell Voices Regnum Saturni
You guys just aren't listening to it loudly enough. Crank it up and get smothered by that choking abyss.
Fen Epoch
Finntroll Nattfodd
Finntroll Nifelvind
Great, fun folk metal (as per usual).
Finntroll Trollhammaren
Finntroll Jaktens Tid
Finntroll Blodsvept
First Aid Kit Stay Gold
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Forteresse Crepuscule d'Octobre
Freedom Call Beyond
Let's play a Metal song. Let's shout for a Heavy sound. Oh, with euphoria. Take off for a
crazy flight! And we'll dance... Bang your head or die!
Funeral Throne Threshold
This is some pretty excellent riffy, melodic, not-quite-kvlt-but-pretty-krieg bm. The riffs
wow, the epic wow, melodies woah. 7/10.
Fyrnask Bluostar
Galaktik Cancer Squad The Gathering
Gates Of Ishtar A Bloodred Path
Gloryhammer Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards
Intercosmik fantasy DnD metal ov trvth.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Gorgoroth Pentagram
Interesting black metal riffs, and some of the only real osbm I enjoy production-wise for some reason. The vocals aren't my thing, but the songwriting makes up for them.
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorod A Perfect Absolution
Gorod Leading Vision
Greg Haines Digressions
Classical instruments used to create almost ambient music. It's sort of kind of like Stars of the Lid, but with less subtle instrumentation; the pianos and strings are loud and obvious here. With all that goes on in any given segment the music feels very "full," which helps to give it that droning "ambient" feel. Music to get lost in.
GridLink Longhena
Grouper Ruins
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Haken Affinity
Anathema prog with more riffs and djent.
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
Bandcamp is wonderful for finding music.rFun tech death. It's a bit experimental, which makes it even better. I also agree with Wolfers about the Obscura comparisons. This is much more focused songwriting, while still remaining inventive and catchy.
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Heartsounds Drifter
Not as good as their first record, but still really enjoyable, yet simple, pop-punk/metal.
Heartsounds Until We Surrender
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Helios Yume
3.5-4.0 idk it's happy warm ambient with happy warmness and it's hard for me to be objective about music that's meant simply to create this sort of atmosphere and illicit this type of emotional response. But it's good, yeah?
Holy Seclusion MMXIV
Buzzing crunchy foot-tappin' short-but-sweet hardcore.
Hood Outside Closer
Coolio pretty post-rock with vocals 3.5-4.0
iamamiwhoami Blue
Ethereal voices an stuff man. Sings. Wow. Happy dance lady gaga eat your heart out girl friend. m/
If These Trees Could Talk Red Forest
Ihsahn After
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
Immortal Pure Holocaust
I like this more than Mayhem! :D Riffs!
Immortal Bird Empress​/​Abscess
Dynamic songwriting makes Immortal Bird's combination of various extreme metal styles fairly
effective. They run the gamut of guitar styles without letting any one idea overstay its
welcome, keeping "Empress?/?Abscess" interesting from start to finish.
In Flames Subterranean
Back when In Flames were fun and were good and stuff yeah.
In This Moment The Dream
In This Moment Beautiful Tragedy
Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time
Istapp Frostbiten
pretty by-the-books melodic bm. It riffs pretty hard, takes a bit from melodeath here and there, and is pretty fun, though.
Jannick Schou Against a Backdrop of Blue Hills...
Jannick Schou Fasjil
Jesu Silver
Johann Johannsson Fordlandia
John Luther Adams Become Ocean
42 minutes of classical/ambient music that rolls and flows and rises and sinks again and again,
like an ocean wave washing over you.
Julien Baker Sprained Ankle
The singer/songwriter genre is full of sad girls singing to acoustic guitars and pianos, but
"Sprained Ankle" still somehow sets itself apart from the rest.
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Kauan Sorni Nai
atmospheric post-rock doom metal of fantastic wonderful melodiness.
Keaton Henson Romantic Works
Sappy classical music that, while probably interchangable with any soundtrack from any sappy indie romance flick, is still pretty good in itself. Despite being pretty sappy here and there.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity
I don't even know what this is but it riffs and its weird and fun and psychedelic? It's good ok.
Koi. Maelstrom
Happy beats.
Kokomo Kokomo
Krallice Diotima
Krallice Krallice
galactic wankery, embrace the cosmic trems of dick!
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Kvist For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike
Not enough keyboard for them to be symphonic, but for barely post-Nightside Eclipse album, it
still shoulda been at least a little bit unique. And using a churchy keyboards definitely gets you
kvlt kred. Fairly melodic bm with keys for added melodic contrast. Blast beats. m/
La Mar La Mar
Labradford Labradford
toast-rock mellow low-fat jammz
Lake Of Blood The Burial Grounds Sessions
Lake of Blood pull themselves together and release an aggressive EP that hints at greater
things to come.
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
They're basically At The Gates smashed together with Pantera but still m/
Lantlos Agape
Lantlos .neon
Lantlos Melting Sun
But this one doesn't have These Nights Were Ourrrrrrrs how can it possibly be better than .neon???!!?
Lazer Kitty SPIES
Dancey funtime yes beatz wow, happy much!
Leech [US] Against Leviathan!
Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Less Than Jake See The Light
Lethe When Dreams Become Nightmares
Trip hop with Eluveitie's clean vocalist. Wow.
letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Leucosis Leucosis
Leucosis Pulling Down the Sky
Atmospheric, aggressive, epic, brooding, doomy, with a drop of folk. For fans of the Cascadian brand, Weakling, and the like.
Leviathan The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide
I like this, but it's like 20 minutes too long. I really dig the inclusion of punk influences, too; given this is a fairly depressive bm album, those heavy punk grooves help mix it up every now and again. Wish there were more of them, actually.
Library Tapes Escapism
Classical almost-ambient minimals of joy!
Light This City Stormchaser
Lights & Motion Save Your Heart
Lunar Aurora Hoagascht
It's like Burzum but with more cool up-beat sections that are m/ and remind me of WitTR but only bc WitTR are known for doing that. It's good.
Lunar Aurora Of Stargates and Bloodstained Celestial Spheres
Slightly symphonic black metal. 'Stargates' sounds slightly like a nastier Dimmu Borgir with the
sometimes-obnoxious keyboarding of Children of Bodom. It also riffs pretty nicely, which
definitely helps set it apart from other symphonic acts like Dimmu and Emperor, as opposed to
simply being another copycat.
Mania Mania
angry screams black metal rawr ra ra. It's that kind of raw lo-fi sound that just feels right, whereas most bands with that sounds generally don't click with me.
Mare Cognitum Phobos Monolith
Maybeshewill Fair Youth
Mesarthim Isolate
Atmospheric black synth metal. It's like Summoning but I like it more.
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah go aggro-thrash and is very good and stuff with riffs that are fast.
Metallica Master of Puppets
Ride the Lightning is their best album.
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Mgla Exercises in Futility
this is my surprised face: :O can u tell im surprised?
Miasme perpetual.terminal
Milhaven Milhaven
Milhaven Automata
Miroist CURVE
Djent tech djennnt! Think Cloudkicker but with moar duhJentz more technicals moar

"It's like instrumental Periphery but without being bad!"
Misfits Walk Among Us
Mogwai Les Revenants OST
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling
people at work called this elevator music ;_; which is actually kinda OK because this is pretty chill post-rockin' that's more on the "atmospheric background music" side than it is the "epic crescendos of epicness."
Mogwai Rock Action
Such mog, many wai, wow.
Moonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
Morphinist Geopfert
Finally Morphinist put out something really worth caring about. It's still the same pretty simplistic melodic black metal, but this time around it feels like everything is just the tiniest bit better in just the right ways. Everything seems to come together here where older releases just didn't mesh. It's not amazing by any means, but the two main tracks provide you with a good 24-minutes of solid melodic black metal.
Mushroomhead XIII
My Beloved Force Feeding Love
Pretty noises!
My Useless Life Negative Memories
More of that "DSBM" that isn't awful. Very good stuff.
Nadja Queller
Yeah it's all good and stuff melody drones riff wow such atmospheric
Nadja Tangled
A thirteen-minute heavy metal Nadja EP. Thick textures, cool riffs. Nadja with blast beats.
Nadra Allir vegir til glötunar
Nameless Coyote Devoured by the Swirling Night
Nargaroth Jahreszeiten
Nasheim Solens Vemod
Natural Snow Buildings The Night Country
Shimmering chimes and droning guitars with some lo-fi folk along the way. It's really minimalistic and pretty.
Nebelung Palingenesis
Think: Fauna or Agalloch, but with only the acoustic parts.
Negative Plane Stained Glass Revelations
Nemesis Sopor Glas
It's like WitTR but with additional basic melodic riffing. Or something like that.
Nero di Marte Derivae
Take Ulcerate and move them two steps further toward atmospheric sludge, and away from their death metal axis. That is basically what you get here. Lotta post-metal, lotta atmosphere.
Neurotech Evasive
Dancey dance dance of m/
Nhor Whisperers to this Archaic Growth
nic and Old Soul Split
Nic get their stuff together and release a great 20-minute side of aggressive post-
blackgaze. Old Soul prove their competence with a more screamo-influenced blackgaze sound.
Both bands are similar to Deafheaven, and both sides are great. Excellent split. rNow we
need some full-lengths from both bands.
Nightshade Wielding The Scythe
Nils Frahm Solo
Pianos of piano... ing... ness. Pianoingness... osity. Yeah, that one.
Nocturnus The Key
Keyboardy tech death thrash that is good!
NOFX The War on Errorism
Nontinuum The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed
Not On Tour All This Time
Noveller Fantastic Planet
Ambient drones of noise and softness and nice wow
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir
Now, Now Threads
Happy sings
Nux Vomica Nux Vomica
Obsequiae Suspended In The Brume Of Eos
Of Solitude and Solemn Of Solitude and Solemn
Old Man Gloom The Ape of God I
This grooves pretty hard.
Old Man's Child The Pagan Prosperity
I love the big drum sound on this record--it really works with the riffs to create a nice groovy sound which is something you hardly ever get in black metal. The songwriting style is generally basic, though, so while a lot of this is fairly accessible melodic black metal, songs get repetitive fairly quickly. If you were to cut these songs down in length and remove maybe one repetition of the "chorus," I think they'd potentially be better.
Omnium Gatherum Beyond
Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows
Omnium Gatherum Grey Heavens
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Still Life
Oranssi Pazuzu Valonielu
Pale Chalice Negate the Infinite and Miraculous
Pretty straightforward bm. Nothing fancy, just treble and riffzzzz.
Panopticon Collapse
Panopticon Panopticon
Panopticon Roads to the North
Panopticon Autumn Eternal
I hope this is better than Roads because it seems to have the potential.
Panopticon/Vestiges Split
Paramnesia Paramnesia
Two twenty-minute slabs of cold, punishing atmospheric black metal. For fans of Ash Borer,
and all similar ripoffs. Definitely a band to keep an eye on in the future.
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Paramore Riot!
Pelican Forever Becoming
Pelican Arktika (live from Russia)
Pelican groove as hard live as one would expect.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Broadcasting from Home
It's got that one song from Napoleon Dynamite (you know the one), and the rest is similarly cool. Woooo.
Pennywise All or Nothing
Petrychor Apocalyptic Witchcraft
Back to ye olde roots :D Atmospheric black metal with absolutely lovely acoustic sections and tons
upon tons of layering. Like always Tad's music is fairly busy, but it's the amount of activity
that makes it unique. If you dug Fauna's Avifauna, get on this asap.
Pianos Become the Teeth Keep You
Plini Sweet Nothings
Poloniumcubes One
Pretty piano music!
Poppy Ackroyd Feathers
classical pianos wow
Poppy Ackroyd Escapement
classical musics pianos strings wow
Prison Suicide 2016 Demo
Punky Bruster Cooked on Phonics
Quadrupede Quadrupede
Quo Vadis Defiant Imagination
Prog dm melody yeah. The band Brendon Small potentially ripped off when creating Dethklok, though his version was much less proggy.
Racing Glaciers Racing Glaciers - EP
Racing Glaciers Ahead Of You Forever
Happy Music for Happy People!
Rafael Anton Irisarri A Fragile Geography
Droning ambient. Stars of the Lid. Strings.
Rahu The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows
Ratatat Classics
I think this is better than their first album? It's like the same way just improved a bit; it has character this time around.
Raventale Dark Substance Of Dharma
Atmospheric bm about Tibetan mythology. Nasty vox and keyboard melodiez and riffzz.

I dig it and it doesn't even focus on blast beats! :O
Red Sparowes Aphorism
Rhinocervs RH-07
MELANCHOLIC DARKNESS. The third track is soooooo good.
Rhinocervs RH-12
Crushed by the weight of your own melancholy.
Rhinocervs RH-11
This has a much better, more suffocating sound than some of the other RH demos. Straight suffocating, vaguely melodic bm.
Rotten Sound Napalm
Rotten Sound Abuse to Suffer
The vocals have a little less personality this time around but the rest is standard Rotten Sound; blasty blast riff riff groove groove blast riff blast groove.
Rotting Christ Kata Ton Demona Eaftou
Russian Circles Memorial
Russian Circles Empros
Sacrilege (UK1) Behind the Realms of Madness
27 minutes of nonstop punk RIFFZ. Crust/thrash or w/e. Riffs for days.
Sacrilege GBG The Fifth Season
SotLB-worship melodeath.
Sadhaka Terma
Do you like all that Cascadian jazz? Ya? Then here you go bud.
Samael Reign Of Light
Samael Solar Soul
Satyricon Nemesis Divina
Black metal.
Sean McCann Ten Impressions For Piano And Strings
Stars of the Lid. Strings. LOUD NOISES. Pianos. Drone. Classical music. 3.7/5
Seizures The Sanity Universal
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Shining (SWE) IV - The Eerie Cold
Shores of Ladon Eindringling
Pretty straightforward atmospheric black metal. Fast, long-winded riffs scrunched into 7-minute mini-epics. It's like Ash Borer on a diet.
Sielunvihollinen Hautaruhtinas
olde black metal riffs of olde blackened metallic riffing.
Silent Whale Becomes a Dream Canopy
Toast rock classical wall of the ambient. Like and Share if you love toast!
Silent Whale Becomes a Dream Architeuthis
Shimmering tremolos of prettiness. Sparkle sparkle.
Skogen (SE) I Doden
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Snowday As We Travel
Soilwork The Living Infinite
This is getting ridiculous. Even the cheesy parts are well-executed.
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Sophie Madeleine Love Life Ukulele
Sorrows Threads
Ambient. Pounding. Bleeding ears. Fifteen minutes. Interesting.
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Strung Out Transmission.Alpha.Delta
SubRosa More Constant Than The Gods
Suffocation Human Waste
Sulphur Aeon Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide
Sun of the Blind Skullreader
This is great atmospheric black metal. It's basically Darkspace minus all the blast beats but the lack of higher-tempo sections allows it to create an even better atmosphere. The subtle electronic elements (which remind me of Passage-era Samael) are really nice, too.
Sun Worship Surpass Eclipse
Sun Worship Elder Giants
Sun Worship get their act together and release a fantastic debut LP. They've tightened up
their sound this time around and now sound similar to an early Ash Borer or other (albeit
dirtier) Cascadian band. Three fairly straightforward and mostly fast black metal tracks
are followed by one dark ambient outro and together make this debut a very memorable

If you like fast, slightly dirty black metal with slow chord progressions and a whole lot of
repetition, then Sun Worship's debut Elder Giants is definitely something to look into. But
hey, you should be checking it out anyway.
Sunset In The 12th House Mozaic
Sunwolf Beholden To Nothing And No One
Such doom
many ambient
femal sings
Susanne Sundfor Ten Love Songs
Svart Crown Profane
This has that crunchy Portal-style guitar sound, and the playing style is similar as well. So if you like Portal you might like this.
Thantifaxath Thantifaxath
Thaw Earth Ground
The Black Twilight Circle Desert Dances and Serpent Sermons
I'm not a huge fan of the Shataan/Kallathon pieces, but the Volahn/Arizmenda tracks are great--particularly Volahn's. With all the Southern-ish rock and Native American folk influences found throughout most of the tracks, they really weren't kidding by calling this "Western black metal."
The Body/Braveyoung Nothing Passes
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Evpatoria Report Golevka
The Evpatoria Report Maar
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Sword Warp Riders
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Horses in the Sky
Thespian An Open Canvas
I hear this guy kicks puppies.
Thy Catafalque Sgùrr
Weird, riffy, dancey, experimental black-ish metal with electronics. It's a fun time.
Thy Serpent Death
Atmospheric, melodic, black.
Thyrane Travesty of Heavenly Essence
One of the first black metal bands I ever liked. Symphonic black metal with lotsa fun riffz.
Tim Hecker Dropped Pianos
Take the infinitely desolate pianos and ambience of early Godspeed/Silver Mt. Zion and stretch them into an album. Distant and hopeless.
Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
There's enough really good material here to make a solid, normal-length punk record, but I feel that all the theatrical tracks pull the rest of the album down--not so far as to make it unenjoyable, but a lesser album still. Still, the theatrics do work to remind the listener that this is, in fact, a concept record with an important theme.
Todd Terje It's Album Time
Tomb Mold The Bottomless Perdition
Filthy raw dm that I like for some reason.
Tomoyoshi Date Otoha
a smashing good time eh pip pip.

Mostly minimalist piano music (slight strings here and there), often with field samples in the
background to create that Godspeed-esque sense of drama and human "realness." At times it almost
gives one the image of a solitary person sitting on a busy city street, amidst the rushing of cars
and general bustle of the city, quietly tapping away on their keys, separate from the skyscrapers
and busy lives around them, yet still seemingly a part of it all.
Tonight Alive The Other Side
Tortoise TNT
Totale Vernichtung Ritualmordlegenden
A lot of d-beats, a lot of black metal. It's black metal but fun? Idk man, just go with me on this one.
Tribulation The Children of the Night
Tuber Desert Overcrowded
Heavy riffing post-rock.
Turisas The Varangian Way
Turnover Peripheral Vision
Tycho Awake
Uneven Structure Februus
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Unleashed Where No Life Dwells
Grandpas guitars m/
Vallendusk Black Clouds Gathering
If you like Der Weg Einer Freiheit, you should like this a lot.
Vattnet Viskar Settler
Vattnet Viskar sadly abandon the post-rock and ambient they experimented with on their debut and
put their focus solely on songwriting--to pretty great results. Where their first album had
absolutely HORRIBLE pacing and structuring and some fairly questionable production decisions,
'Settler' suffers from none of those. The mix is fairly trebly and not the greatest, but I'm
willing to ignore that given that these songs are, surprisingly, not jumbled messes of riffs but
actual songs that are actually enjoyable. Well done, boys.
Verwustung Beyond The Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
Vestiges The Descent Of Man
Vindensang Alpha
Violet Cold Desperate Dreams
Take the lead melodies most blasty bm bands use and replace those with 80's dance synth melodies. The result is semi-dancey black metal that's fairly enjoyable-if-not-fairly-bizarre. I wish he would've used more dancey beats instead of seeming to stick to the blasts + synths formula, but even with that one idea being used to make up an entire record, 'Desperate Dreams' is still fairly enjoyable.
Volcanic Queen Faith In Desire
Vukari En To Pan
Vukari Matriarch
We Stood Like Kings Berlin 1927
Weary Eyes WWGBBYW
When Woods Make Graves The Aroma Of Dead Witches
This is his best album. If you're going to listen to any of his albums listen to this one because this is his best album. Everything is fresh and you can actually tell all the riffs apart.
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops II
Tide goes in, tide goes out. Tide goes in,tde goes out.
Tide gois in,tde goes out __ tide gois in,tde joes ouf
tid gois in,tde joes ouf __ tid gois in,tde josouf
tid gois in,tde josouf __ td gois intde josouf
tdgois intd- josouf __ tdgoi intd-josou
tdgoi/intd-josou __ tdgo/ind-josudo/
William Basinski The Deluge
This is the same as Cascade, but with different effects influencing the piano melody at
different points. Toward the end the music fades to silence, then rises again with the
piano playing a completely different tune, which is then replaced by a classical outro which
too eventually fades away. The different use of dynamics and implementation of actual
songwriting (as opposed to playing virtually the same loops for 30-minutes) is what makes
this version slightly superior.
Wim Mertens Charaktersketch
Wim Mertens The Belly of an Architect
Wim Mertens When Tool Met Wood
Winterfylleth The Divination Of Antiquity
With the End in Mind Thresholder
WitTR bm.
Within Temptation The Unforgiving
Woe Quietly, Undramatically
Woman Is The Earth This Place That Contains My Spirit
Atmospheric USBM. Driving guitars, synthesizers, and blast beats drenched in reverb.
Woman Is The Earth Of Dirt
Woods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reason
Woods of Desolation As the Stars
Woodsman Woodsman
Worsen Blood
Wretched (USA-NC) Beyond The Gate
X Japan Blue Blood
Yellow Eyes Hammer of Night
Not better than Deafheaven but still very good "melodic poseur bm."
Yellow Eyes The Desert Mourns
This was a surprise release. Woah.

3.0 good
0 Null & Void
pretty good melodic/dsbm. If you can tolerate the long run-time (34 minutes), this one-track album can be a pretty enjoyable listen.
1099 Young Pines
1349 Hellfire
A Forest of Stars Beware the Sword You Cannot See
Abigail Williams Legend
Abigor Leytmotif Luzifer
It's good but it's not like "wow".
Aborted The Necrotic Manifesto
Abyssal Denouement
Abyssal Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video
AC/DC Fly on the Wall
AC/DC Who Made Who
ACxDC The Second Coming
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Arc
Aidan Baker I Will Always And Forever Hold You In My Heart...
Noise and drones and amients and light
Aidan Baker with Richard Baker Smudging
It's not amazing ambient drone, but it's got those Nadja vibes and it creates a consistently nice
atmosphere. Background music, or music to space out to. To which to space out. Prepositions.
Alcest Shelter
The drums ROCK! The bass ROCKS! And the guitar - ohhh, the guitar ROCKS! Check it out! CHECK IT OUT!
Alraune The Process Of Self​-​Immolation
Amaranthe Amaranthe
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs
It doesn't "wow" and it's stylistically a bit everywhere.
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall
An Autumn For Crippled Children Hearts Of Light/Blossoms
An Autumn For Crippled Children Lost
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anaal Nathrakh Desideratum
Anchors Bad Juju
Ancient Svartalvheim
In retrospect you can practically taste the Wolves in the Throne Room oozing from this record, or modern black metal in general. It's a pretty under-rated atmospheric black metal in that respect, I suppose. It's not amazing, but it represents a lot of the basic ideas that would later be adopted by "modern" bands. I mean seriously, add some synths and a lot of this could be straight up Cascadian stuff.
And So I Watch You From Afar Heirs
Aosoth III - Violence & Variation
Aptorian Demon Libertus
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arizmenda Within the Vacuum of Infinity...
Arizmenda Stillbirth in the Temple of Venus
Some really fine atmospheric black metal here and there, but it's not very consistent. Production's a lot cleaner this time around which definitely doesn't make it as hypnotic, but does make the melodies easier to appreciate. Mixed bag.
Ash Borer Cold of Ages
Astronoid Stargazer
Aurvandil Thrones
Avantasia Ghostlights
Meatloaf power metal
Avatarium The Girl With The Raven Mask
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Axeman Arrive
decent punkened black metal of punkened death. Of metal. Last track is kinda meh but the first track rules.
Axis of Light By the Hands of the Consuming Fire
Raw, harsh, melodic and a tad punky.
Bad Religion Christmas Songs
Barghest Barghest
Barghest create grim black metal that is sharp to the touch yet unabashedly melodic.
Bark Psychosis Hex
I appreciate the combination if different influences and sounds (the jazziness in particular), but currently this doesn't actually do a whole lot for me. It's nice post-rock but the vocals are annoying and I just can't get into it like it's average rating would suggest I should. Will revisit in time.
Barn Owl Lost in the Glare
desert drone in a desert. Tumbleweeds. A sunset that never ends. A dawn that never quite comes. The buzzing of the universe and the impending doom. Drone music.
Basarabian Hills Groping In A Misty Spread
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
I've never been huge on thrash metal and this is a lot of thrash metal so a 3/5 isn't really surprising.
Battle Dagorath Cursed Storm of Ages
Decent Paysage D'Hiver ripoff black metal. The band doesn't quite get the atmosphere they were obviously trying to copy, but they're a decent band in and of themselves regardless. What they really need is a more "live" guitar sound and a much more appropriate drum sound (it's clearly computerized). Fix that computerized guitar tone, get a real drummer (or just bury the drums and everything else in static and reverb) and this band could really be something. As-is, though, 'Dagorath just don't quite achieve the intense atmosphere required for this type of music.
Battlecross Pursuit of Honor
Bayside Cult
Beach Slang The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel
This punk is poppin'. That was a joke. Album is pretty decent.
Beartooth Disgusting
Belong October Language
Fuzzy ambient
Black Howling O Sangue e a Terra
Black Monolith Demo EP
Black Sabbath Greatest Hits 1970-1978
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
'Sabbath are at their best when playing groovy heavy rockin' tracks, not ballads. Inconsistent record, but not bad.
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
Bloodbath Breeding Death
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was... Liber II
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was... Liber I
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was...Liber III
Bosse-de-Nage II
Brendon Small Galaktikon
Bruno Sanfilippo Upon Contact Reworked
classical ambients classical.
Buckethead Monument Valley
Burzum Det Som Engang Var
You can really hear on this record where a lot of black metal bands got their ideas from.
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Carbonscape Artistry of Exhaustion III
Lovely ambient/drone from Petrychor's one and only Tad Piecka.
Carly Rae Jepsen E MO TION
Some of the songs here are really good, whilst others are your typical "catchy chorus is the only redeeming aspect" pop songs with awkward lyrics, vocal rhythms, and cheesy backing vocals. When it's good it's really good, though.
Caspian Waking Season
Celephais Tir n'a n'Og
Celephais Becoming the Deceased
Cepheide De Silence Et De Suie (demo)
Cascadian-inspired French black metal. The sound is really raw (obviously recorded live) and cavernous, and seems to sort of combine the instrumentation of Ash Borer and the raw recording sound of Fell Voices or even Xothist. rIn that regard this actually seems to be a fairly varied release, blending the styles and "feels" of the three aforementioned bands quite well, not necessarily making a style of their own, but owning the style in which they play.
Chairlift Moth
Oddly charming pop.
Christina Vantzou No.1
Ambient classical wow. Orchestras, strings woah
Christina Vantzou No. 3
Ambient classical wow. Orchestras, strings woah
Christina Vantzou No. 2
Ambient classical wow. Orchestras, strings woah
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Get Lost, Find Yourself
Circle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number One
Clandestine Blaze Falling Monuments
Cloudkicker Loop
Cloudkicker Woum
It's pleasant, but the songs aren't long enough and subsequently don't feel fully fleshed out. Ben why have you failed me
Coffinworm IV.I.VIII
Cradle of Filth Thornography
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Cultes Des Ghoules Spectres over Transylvania
Cultes Des Ghoules Henbane
The atmosphere is good, but I was never that much into Mayhem and Darkthrone, so take this rating with a grain of salt.
Cultes Des Ghoules The Rise of Lucifer
Dark Funeral Angelus Exuro pro Eternus
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Darkspace Minus One
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon
Goat vomit ov trvth.
Dead To A Dying World Litany
violiny doom sludge black metal. It's OK, but it's not really my thing. Pretty tho!
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Deathhammer Evil Power
For not being Vektor these guys are pretty not awful. I mean, for a thrash band, that is.
Decapitated Carnival Is Forever
Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
Decrepit Birth Polarity
Demonaz March of the Norse
This surprisingly good. Demonaz's voice reminds a bit of Peter Tagtgren's clean voice.
Hmmm. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Demonaz. This is no kvlt blak mehtul--hell, it's
hardly black to begin with--but that doesn't mean it isn't a highly enjoyable listen. Which
it totally is. Get it.
Demonical Death Infernal
This is really, really good old school Swedish death metal.
Der Weg Einer Freiheit Unstille
Despised Icon Day of Mourning
Dethklok Dethalbum III
Most of this album has already leaked. Get on that, sheeple.
Deuil Acceptance/Rebuild
DevilDriver DevilDriver
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
The manliest singalong metal these ears have ever heard. Watch your back, Manowar.
Devin Townsend Project Z2
Dio The Last in Line
Rock 'n' Roll
Dio Dream Evil
Dispirit Rehearsal At Oboroten
First track is long and brooding, second is much more concise and aggressive. Definitely excited for debut LP, expected sometime around 2019.
Dispirit 111112
Disturbed Indestructible
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Believe
Divine Heresy Bleed the Fifth
Dodecahedron Dodecahedron
DragonForce Maximum Overload
They're moving in the right direction, definitely. There are some really great moments here, contrasted with a lot of super cheesy or just generally 'meh' stuff. If they could learn to cut the fat they could potentially be power metal contenders.
DragonForce The Power Within
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Dragonlord Black Wings Of Destiny
Dropdead 2nd LP
power vio-lence
Drudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheel
Not as good as Addaura.
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
On first listen: Monotonous riffing and not a great atmosphere--this sounds like a more
melody-oriented and less raw Burzum, but without the atmosphere that justified Varg's
playing the same riff for five minutes at a time in the first place. Thankfully, they
improved on this style on their later stuff.
Dudal Dudal
Ea A Etilla
Echtra Paragate
Eisflammen В стихии...
depressive-ish atmospheric black metal. It doesn't really grab me, but it's OK. Such melody, many scream, wow.
Eluveitie Everything Remains As It Never Was
Embers Shadows
Emerald Weapon Emerald Weapon EP
Emma Ruth Rundle Electric Guitar 1
It's basically just half an hour of experimenting with guitar sounds like feedback, reverb, and
droning. It's atmospheric, but it feels more like was just Emma just experimenting with different
ideas rather than trying to make a serious album. That said, it's still pretty enjoyable for what
it is.
Encircling Sea A Forgotten Land
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enya A Day Without Rain
It's Enya. Synths an melodie an reverbbb but even still it's only kind of eh??
Equilibrium Rekreatur
Eterknight Winter's Calling
Epic folk metal that wants to be like Windir or Wintersun but isn't put together well enough but is still OK?
Ethereal Shroud Absolution|Emptiness
Evanescence The Open Door
Evanescence Fallen
Falkenbach Tiurida
Fall Out Boy PAX AM Days
Falls of Rauros Believe in No Coming Shore
Production on the last album was lush and made everything sound great and atmospheric; the lo-fi sound here doesn't do much for the music. It's still an OK album, though, but far below what it should've rightly been.
Fauna Rain
Fear Factory Mechanize
Fire In The Cave Fire In the Cave
Fleshgod Apocalypse Mafia
Hyperblasting can't cover up a lack of interesting songwriting. Nor can it improve an At the Gates cover song (like, really?).
Fluisteraars Luwte
It doesn't feel like it has enough angry black metal energy to make it as good as it should
be, and it's a bit too repetitive. Cut some of the repetition, make the guitars sound a
little less clean (and a little harsher?), and this could be pretty great. Good riffs, good
ideas, just not a stellar final product.
Fractal Gates Altered State Of Consciousness
Fuath I
It's got too much reverb and treble, I think. It has a sort of faux lo-fi sound similar most bedroom laptop bands, which makes it feel less natural. Aside from the production, though, it's pretty decent no-frills atmospheric black metal. Tremolo riffs and melodies and ten minute songs all day every day. Nothing amazing, but still pretty good.
Fvnerals The Light
Female sings, drone, atmosphere, wow. A lack of real climaxes robs this of its potential, but it's still an enjoyable listen and something you can definitely get sucked into.
Galaktik Cancer Squad Celestia
Gaunt Demo
Germ Wish
Get Rad Say Fuck No To Rules, Man
Get Rad I Can Always Live
Punk is as punk does, fast, hard, and with little care for your eardrums.
Get Rad Choose Your Own Adventure
Ghost Bath Moonlover
Glaciation Sur les falaises de marbre
Heil Neej and his Circus of Fantastic Flying Frenchmen.
Gnaw Their Tongues Eschatological Scatology
God Is an Astronaut The End of the Beginning
Goolagoon Patrickviolence Demo
Crust/grind/crossover Sponge metal of death. m/
Gottesmorder Gottesmorder
Grimes Art Angels
Pop music that gets less solid the more you jam it, tho it is jammable ifyouknowhwatimean (i don't know what that means).
Gulaggh Vorkuta
As music this is horrible. As terryfing aural art, there's probably little better. Blast this on Halloween and watch the anxious looks of passerby.
Harold Budd Lovely Thunder
Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Helen The Original Faces
Grouper's shoegaze/dream whatever band. Lo-fi and got them dreamy vox. 3.0-3.5 I think.
Helloween Straight Out of Hell
HIM Dark Light
Hiss Tracts Shortwave Nights
Hop Along Painted Shut
While its faults are endearing, they're still faults. Rock 'n' roll.
Horseback The Invisible Mountain
Hungry For Hands I Was Hungry For Hands
I Between Two Worlds
Icon For Hire Scripted
Ifing Against This Weald
Ignite A War Against You
It's not Our Darkest Days II, but it's OK by its own right.
Ihsahn Das Seelenbrechen
Immortal All Shall Fall
In Flames The Jester Race
Infant Annihilator The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution
Insomnium One for Sorrow
Iron Chic Not Like This
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Jonathan Coulton Thing A Week Three
Jonathan Coulton Thing a Week Four
Julia Kent Delay
Classical musical cellos of music
Kalendae Kalendae
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Kamelot Silverthorn
Doesn't suck!
Kolga Demo
Kuxan Suum Kinich Ahau
Kuxan Suum Kuxan Suum
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lake Of Blood Omnipotens Tyrannus
Some great ideas here, but the album over-all just seems to run a bit too long, and also suffers from a few weaker tracks. If you removed maybe two of the weaker songs and cut down the record by half an hour, this record would've been much better.
Lamb of God Wrath
Laster Wijsgeer & Narreman
Laster De Verste Verte Is Hier
Letheria III Mockery
Pretty decent death/black metal with enough thrash riffs and d-beats to make it a fairly fun listen.
Leucosis III
Light Bearer Silver Tongue
Locrian Return To Annihilation
Locrian Infinite Dissolution
It could've been another Rooted Teeth and Injury had it had a bit more meat to it. It's an album that wants to do black metal, ambient, and electronic, but sort of skims on some and doesn't really climax anywhere, or how much power to any of its pieces. It works as a decent ambient record, but it could've been so much more, which is disappointing given the potential here.
Ludicra The Tenant
Lunar Mantra Genesis
ambient blast beats blast beats blast beats oh hey some double bass m/
Lunatic Soul Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Madonna Ray of Light
Aesthetically pleasing downtempo pop, but not much more than that. The album's much too long and it never really goes anywhere particularly interesting. There are a few standout tracks here and there, but for downtempo this is, imo, rather lackluster. It all sort of just blends together into this mishmash of chill Madonna toonage that never tries (or succeeds) to distinguish itself from anything else.
Magrudergrind II
With no political samples and a less "fun" sound quality that's not heavy or crunchy enough to be "Rotten Sound" level brutal, Magrudergrind's "II" is a pretty OK grind/power violence record, but not much more. What personality their previous album had has been scrubbed away in favor of a more "no frills" approach to grind. The result is a much less fun record that simply doesn't sound vicious enough to warrant the change in sound in the first place. It's OK grind, but unfortunately not much more. :-(
Malthusian MMXIII
Mannveira Von Er Eitur
Black angry noisy noise of angry noisy noisiness.
Manon Meurt Manon Meurt
Mare Cognitum The Sea Which Has Become Known
Mare Cognitum An Extraconscious Lucidity
Marsen Jules The Empire of Silence
Background ambient. Classical. Noise.
Mastodon Leviathan
Mayhem Deathcrush
Mayhem Chimera
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
I feel nothing.
Mayhem Esoteric Warfare
Mayhem Wolf's Lair Abyss
The drum sound sucks and the guitar sound isn't amazing. But hey, it's Mayhem, so I suppose this is the best it's gonna get.
Megadeth Endgame
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Had the rest of the album been close to as good as its first three tracks, this could've been a memorable record. Could have been.
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
While "I Ain't Superstitious" is mostly an abomination to both metal and old school rock 'n' roll, the rest of the album is actually a decent representation of thrash metal. Dave's voice is still virtually insufferable, but at least there are riffs on this album worth mentioning.
Melt-Banana Fetch
Merkaba Bones of the Sacred Forest
Post-black metal with lots and lots and lots of reverb. It makes it sound booming and quite pretty, actually. Unique in that sense, although it's truthfully not much different than the other post-rock-meets-blast-beats experiments.
Merkaba Continuum
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Death Magnetic
Mitochondrion Parasignosis
Mogwai Rave Tapes
Mongol Horde Mongol Horde
Moonknight Senmorta
Dirty, thrashy black metal. Straightforward and to-the-point. Hail.
Morphinist Nebulae
Morphinist The Wormhole Session
Morphinist The Arcane Session
Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation
Mutilation Rites Harbinger
N R C S S S T Schizophrenic Art
Pretty much generic post-black metal that doesn't really throw any punches. If you took the basic blue-print for post-black metal and made a record out of it, you'd get this record. It's upbeat, it's shiny, there are a lot of twinkly guitar leads, it doesn't focus on black metal tempos, and there are fairly good vocals, but there's not enough variation or experimentation here to give the record its own personality. This is one of those bands that have the potential to do something really cool if they would only break from their derivative writing styles, throw caution to the wind, and be adventurous. In that sense, they're definitely a band to look for in the future, but they're only OK right now.
Nachtmystium Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2
Nachtmystium Silencing Machine
Nader Sadek In the Flesh
Nadja Tabernanthe
Nadja makes noise for 28 minutes and it's pretty nice.
Naglfar Pariah
Naglfar Harvest
nic Demo
Nightingale Retribution
Nightrage Wearing a Martyrs Crown
Nightrage return with a fitting addition to the melodic death metal legacy. Harsh vox, screaming guitarz, lots of drumz and the occasional acoustic good melodeath does make, and Nightrage a good melodeath band
Nightwish Dark Passion Play
Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful
NOFX Never Trust a Hippy
NOFX Coaster
NOFX Self Entitled
Novembers Doom Into Night's Requiem Infernal
O' God the White Whale Never Knows Best
Obolus Lament
Ever wondered what those atmospheric black metal bands would sound like if their songs were sliced down into concise, no-frills pieces of no more than seven minutes, max? This is what that sounds like.
Obolus Demo
Obscura Omnivium
Old Graves Like Straining Boughs
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Morningrise
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Pan American Cloud Room, Glass Room
like really minimal-y, super chill ambient. It do.
Panopticon On the Subject of Mortality
Panopticon Social Disservices
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels II
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Pelican Ataraxia/Taraxis
Periphery Periphery
Petrychor Effigies and Epitaphs
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Ronnie Dio was here.
Pseudogod Deathwomb Catechesis
Qualia Vignettes
Short, pretty, post-rock movements.
Rachel's Handwriting
It's simple classical music with one 14-minute desolate ambient/post-rock track. While the rest
of the album isn't exceptionally exciting, "Full on Night" definitely pioneers the same kind of
desolate, empty post-rock sound (filled with train samples, no less) that GY!BE became famous for
fleshing out a few years later. 3.3/5
Radiohead Kid A
Much better than "The Bends" due to its experimentation (especially with electronic elements), but even Radiohead's style still isn't that enthralling. It really feels like that one pretentious album with all the flair and all the potential that just never delivers. There's a fun electronic bit here or there ("Treefingers"), but other than that I'm still yet to be impressed by these gods of indie-whatever rock music.
Ratatat LP3
Pokemon. That is the joke.
Ratatat Ratatat
On the one hand it's a super chill, casual electronic album that's really easy to listen to. On the other hand, it's not a very gripping listen; it ends up being like most post-rock and ambient out there that is nice to listen to, but doesn't feel like it has much substance. There are no "wow" or that's cool!" moments that would justify a higher rating. It's a pleasing listen, but it's sort of just *there*. Excellent background music, though.
Red Fang Red Fang
Red Fang Murder the Mountains
Rhinocervs RH-08 "Untitled 1 & 2"
Rhinocervs RH01
Rhinocervs RH02
Rhinocervs RH-13
Rotten Sound Species At War
Rotten Sound Cursed
Ruin Lust Ruin Lust
This rules guys come check out the swirling darkness m/
Ruin Lust Demo 2011
RVIVR The Beauty Between
Saaad Deep/Float
Sacrilege GBG Lost in the Beauty You Slay
Not as good as the Storm of the Light's Bane-y "Fifth Season," but still a competent melodeath album.
Samael Lux Mundi
Samael Above
Sarah Longfield Par Avion
Sarah Longfield Kikiria
Dancey Sarah is dancey. Bah duh bah autotune bum bum bloop.
Satanic Surfers Hero of Our Time
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Sepultura Roots
Sepultura Kairos
Shape of Despair Monotony Fields
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Skagos Ast
Skagos Anarchic
First track is a 4.2/5rSecond track is a 2.5/5rNext time they should make sure that each piece has the same recording sound before releasing it. Track 1 has perfect production and sounds wonderfully professional, whereas track 2 sounds extremely sloppy and is nowhere near as well-recorded as the previous track.
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slayer God Hates Us All
Sodom In War and Pieces
Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate
Inoffensive "modern" melodeath that had me surprised by how much it didn't make me want to drop-kick a puppy 3/5.
Sophie Madeleine Silent Cynic
Sorrows Lethe
Sorrows Sorrows EP
Strapping Young Lad City
Sun Worship Sun Worship (demo)
Sunnata Climbing the Colossus
Sutekh Hexen Become
A two-track EP of blackened noise. This is black metal buried under layers of buzz and distortion. After drowning out most of the coherence of the instruments, what we're left with is 28 minutes of angry, droning noise. If you listen closely enough you can hear some riffs beneath the almost constant wailing vocals, and if you listen even more intently you can almost hear what are probably actual drums. rThe first track, "Five Faces of Deacay" appears to be a rather fast black metal piece, whereas "The Voice : The Void" seems to take a slower, more "atmospheric" route. rIf you like your black metal angry, noisy and barely coherent, then this is for you!
Sutekh Hexen Luciform
Sutekh Hexen Behind the Throne
Second track had less black metal than I'd have hoped, but the first track was entertaining.
Sutekh Hexen Larvae
Take some minimalistic black metal, some dark ambient, some fuzz, and some noise, and smash
them together. The resulting mass of misanthropic noise is this album. Or this band,
Svffer Lies We Live
Thrash livez
Talk Talk It's My Life
It's pop. It's rock. It's whatever.
Taravana A Visible Chill
Rating #1200. Cool bm-ish-ness of melodies.
Teitanblood Purging Tongues
Teitanblood Death
Terra Deep Inamorata
Terzij de Horde A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light
Testament Low
Testament Demonic
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise
Thaw Thaw
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Dahlia Murder Abysmal
I was never a huge fan of the band's At The Gates-y less melodic take on melodeath so I've never loved any of their stuff like I have some of their contemporaries' and Abysmal is definitely no exception to this. It's pretty solid melodeath but it's just not an amazing representation of what I like about the genre. Still, if you liked the band before this album should definitely not be a disappointment.
The Grindmother Age Of Destruction
The Lay Llamas Ostro
The Wonder Years No Closer to Heaven
Ten hundredy million steps down from The Greatest Generation.
Thulcandra Fallen Angel's Dominion
Obvious Dissection worship/plagiarism that just doesn't stand up to the former black metal masters. Worth a listen if you enjoy a hit of nostalgia every now and again, but not very spectacular on its own.
toe Hear You
Post-rock elevator music. It's generally pleasing but it never makes any lasting impact on you. You listen to the whole thing and when done aren't able to explain from memory what you just heard.
toe For Long Tomorrow
I mean post-rock drums melodies yeah but does it blend? Not with me, it dun't.
Toluca Memoria
Toluca Act I
Tombs Savage Gold
Totem Skin Still Waters Run Deep
Trap Them Darker Handcraft
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Triste L'Hiver Faire un geste
It's black metal with weird 80's new wave(?) popiness. It's weird... but not at all as surprising as I would've expected. It's not an amazing album, but it does a lot right and surely shows a band going in the right direction. Tighten up the screws, add some more variation to the black metal riffing, and this could be very interesting in the future. I mean, more than it is now.
Trivium In Waves
Trna Pattern Of Infinity
Take all the long, drawn-out hypnotic black metal sections from WitTR and Cascadian bm and make a 40-minute instrumental album out of them. That's basically what's going on here. The lack of vocals definitely makes the longer/repeated sections a little more difficult to sit through, but if you're looking for some long-winded atmospheric bm, then you should definitely look into Trna's debut. It's not like WitTR are going to put out a bm record any time soon, anyway, so you might as well.
Truckfighters Universe
Twilight III: Beneath Trident's Tomb
It's out there. Go get it.
Tyranny Aeons in Tectonic Interment
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Underling Crows
rawer-rish post-bm that was better raw the first time. Much better than the icky EP that followed.
Unru Demo MMXIII
UnSun The End Of Life
Vales Clarity
Vattnet Viskar Demo
Vemod Venter pa Stormene
pretty good atmospheric bm but the ambient tracks are too long and too meh.
Venomspitter Venomspitter
Verwustung When Light Broke the Stars, Humanity Rejected Us
Vilkacis The Fever of War
The drummer from Fell Voices does a solo raw bm project. It's pretty good.
Violet Cold Magic Night
Volcanic Queen Lumyth
Watain Lawless Darkness
When Woods Make Graves This Light That Decays
This time, he slows things down and tries a more ambient-laden approach to his aggressive
atmospheric black metal template. At this point I think it's probably the best thing he's
done; the songwriting seems to be more complex and the songs are more diverse. The ambient
sections reek of WitTR worship, that's OK.
The second track on this album is easily the best piece he's written. So if you want an
introduction to this band, try spinning "Elements of the Frozen Sky."
When Woods Make Graves This Patch Of Dirt Where Nothing Grows
I like how "ghostly" and thin everything sounds on this record. The drum machine sound is still awful but the overall sound and songwriting is pretty decent.
When Woods Make Graves This Forest That Will Eclipse The Sky
Three tracks that weren't included on This Patch Of Dirt Where Nothing Grows were
rewritten/rerecorded and slapped together for this LP. This guy doesn't seem to disappoint,
even if all of his songs have that "guitar plugged directly into computer" sound and the
drums are obviously programmed. WWMG continue to try combining the driving riffs of WitTR
with some of the fuzzy atmosphere of Paysage D'Hiver. Consistently good material.
When Woods Make Graves Mellifluous Throes
Whirr Pipe Dreams
Whirr June
Whirr Distressor
Wiegedood De Doden Hebben Het Goed
It's good-ish but it's not like you know "wow bm" but rather just "bm" without the "wow"
part ifyouknowwhatImean. There's just something about the production that just doesn't do
it for me. It's one of those times where something is just "off" by a tiny bit to make you
not like it, though you think you reasonably should like it.
Wildernessking The Writing of Gods in the Sand
Wildernessking Mystical Future
William Basinski Cascade
It sounds like a tape playing the same sad piano melody bobbing in the waves of the ocean, submerging and reemerging, muffling and clarifying, again and again.
William Fitzsimmons Lions
Wim Mertens Struggle for Pleasure
Windhand Soma
Wintersun Time I
A Song of Winter +4/5rLand of Snow and Sorrow 3.3/5rTime 3/5r
Witch In Her Tomb Maleficus Maleficarum
This is stupidly short, but exceedingly good. Really raw and abrasive, yet also unabashedly melodic at points. Very good thing yes.
Witherscape The New Tomorrow
It's basically a more prog metal-ish Nightingale with a dash of death metal vocals for good measure. It's not amazing, but if you liked Swano's stuff before you'll dig this.
Wodensthrone Curse
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
I don't know, man. I don't know.
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Wolvhammer The Obsidian Plains
Woman Is The Earth Depths
Wormrot Dirge
X Japan Jealousy
The speed metal is great, but all the cheesy 80's hair metal influences makes me cringe.
Xasthur Subliminal Genocide
XO Heart
Begins on a rather awkward foot sounding more like MBV than anyone (at this point) would really like, but after a few tracks the band seem to find their footing and rip off on their legendary forefathers a little bit less. It's no Loveless by any means, but it's still pretty enjoyable shoegaze.
Xothist Simulacrum
Yellow Eyes Silence Threads the Evening's Cloth
Yellow Eyes Stillicide
Not as good as The Desert Mourns, but still a fairly good bm EP.
Yellowcard Southern Air
Young and in the Way I Am Not What I Am
Young and in the Way When Life Comes to Death

2.5 average
A Diadem of Dead Stars The Mist Bearer
WitTR worship with some chanting vocals to make it a little bit different than your standard cookie-cutter Cascadian band. Decent beginning point for a band that obviously wants to take their beginning style and add new influences to make a style their own. If they expand upon and diversify their style through future release, they could be a band to watch out for. They need to heavily grow their style, though.
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light
Absinthe Syncope Lucid Dreaming On 4g's of Dilaudid
AC/DC Ballbreaker
Acronym June
Every track seems to take one individual idea or one beat and slowly evolve it over the course of
five-ish minutes. There's little to tie the tracks together because they all seem to use, more-
or-less, the same structuring, which gets old pretty quickly. Decent ambient.
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
This has everything an Agalloch album should have, organized like an Agalloch album should be, but it just doesn't work. For some reason it's like a mimic of the band, lacking the soul of the original. By all rights this should be another great Agalloch record but for some reason it just doesn't move me at all.
Annorkoth The Last Days
Ash Borer Bloodlands
At the Gates At War with Reality
It feels bored. It feels tired. Like they had some good songs, but then got lazy and forewent any studio magic to make their guitars sound forceful.
BABYMETAL Metal Resistance
2.0-2.5 It's kind of catchy but their foray into a more poppy-direction isn't as appealing as their previous and more absurd Slipknot-meets-J-pop style.
Barghest The Virtuous Purge
Bhang Khang 2011 Demo
Dirty, raw bm/sludge/powerviolence/whatever. For a crappy demo it's pretty OK.
Borknagar Winter Thrice
I don't know what specifically (besides some obvious layering) they do to make Vortex's clean vocals sound the way they do, but I don't like the result. They feel too clean, too polished to be truly "human". Or at least, too perfect to sound pleasing in a metal context. The rest of the music is fine, but the album just feels like the Vortex Show, with his vocals being an obvious focus due to their weird perfect sound. The combination of their being a distraction with the sort-of genericness (if that's even correct?) of the rest of the music robs it, initially, of much enjoyability. It all just feels too sterile.
Burzum Belus
Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face
Cepheide Respire
Fell Voices/Ash Borer-lite. Suffers from the same thing Paramnesia does, which is a lack of gripping songwriting. There are no "wow" moments here, just a lot of OK ones. It's pleasing enough, but it never pushes to be different, and never does its own standard atmospheric bm style well enough to really set itself apart from any other bands doing the same things. If you want more Cascadian-worship, though, this should be on your radar.
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Cold Body Radiation A Clear Path
it's shoegaze that's too dreamy and not enough attention-grabby.
Cradle of Filth Bitter Suites to Succubi
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
I really tried, but outside of Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids absolutely nothing stands out about this. It just doesn't do anything for me and feels like a chore to sit through.
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
Darkthrone Panzerfaust
The vocals are too loud (obvsly), it's too samey, and a bit boring. Darkthrone's slow riffing has never been that exciting and they do that a lot here. Thankfully there's also a bit of punky riffing, which shakes things up every now and again and makes it a bit more interesting. Not amazing, but still pretty decent.
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
I tried! I really did.
Decapitated Blood Mantra
Der Weg Einer Freiheit Stellar
The shiny production and really unusual sense of saminess throughout make this really difficult to sit through, and engage you at all. It has riff, but they don't strike you significant at all.
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
There's just nothing that moves me about this record, at all. It's all just personality-less, sterile symphonic black metal. Utterly devoid of any emotion at all. Ugh.
Dragged Into Sunlight / Gnaw Their Tongues N.V.
It's surely a step back in the right direction for DiS, but it's still nowhere near as filthy or brutal as their debut. It sounds like some combination of their two albums, with some Gnaw Their Tongues tacked on for whoyknowswhy. It's surely a step up after Widowmaker, but given that album pushed the band three steps backwards, this one step forward still leaves much to be desired--of both collaborating groups.
Dragonlord Rapture
Drudkh Handful of Stars
Echtra A War for Wonder
Echtra Burn It All Away
Exodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
Fauna The Hunt
Fireworks Oh, Common Life
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Hermodr The Scent of Autumn
A 21-minute atmospheric bm song. The melodies are nice, but the production is too trebly and the pace never changes. It's just slow, plodding black metal that's totally melody-based but never feels like it goes anywhere. Sure the melodies are decent and the clean guitars are pretty, but when the drum style and tempo never change, it gets kinda boring--especially after twenty minutes.
Hope Drone Cloak of Ash
Major step down from their first album. The songs are all much too similar and for a record that's >70 minutes long that's a big problem. The production doesn't leave much room for emotional input by the band, either, exacerbating that problem further. What they should've done was take that 77 minutes of music and mix and cut it all together into a maximum of 50 minutes across, say, four or five tracks. Their first album succeeded by having varying runtimes which aided its flow and diversity, but this feels like a wall of 10-minute tracks, compiled without Darkspace's level of finesse.
Immolation Majesty and Decay
In Flames Colony
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames Come Clarity
Jeff Rosenstock We Cool?
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Krallice Hyperion
Lake Of Blood As Time and Tide Erodes Stone
Liturgy Aesthethica
There are a handful of good tracks where the songwriting really comes together to create some--honestly--really interesting black metal, but the rest of the time the total pretension and focus on being artsy makes the rest of the songs pretty pointless or unlistenable. If they woulda just figured out what exactly they wanted to do here they could've just done *that* and made a decent record. But, instead, they went all over the place to put as much artsy crap (pointless chanty vocals, etc) as they could into the record to seemingly just force it to cover as much ground as possible for like no reason.
Marduk Iron Dawn
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Megadeth Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
Metallica St. Anger
Myrkur M
While Mykur's definitely a competent frontwoman (her harsh, sharp screams and choral singing
are both notably good), the rest of the music really doesn't hold up at all, and suffers
from the same things most bm does. A lot of the guitar riffs have no "power" to them; they
don't sound heavy, evil, or have any sense of strength to them in the mix. The bass is
often turned up to force a heavier, more "evil" sound and only succeeds in making the music
cheesier. While fusing black-ish metal instrumentals with clean Enya-esque vocals is a
nifty idea, neither aspects of the music are done well or uniquely enough to make the
resultant songs any more than just good-ish. And, while the piano-and-vocal-only tracks are
very pretty (and the best pieces here), they're too short to function as anything more than
interludes and they don't end up having as much of a positive impact on the quality of the
record as they could've.

It's a decent starting point for a person who just got into the business of black metal,
though, so I expect her future outputs to improve, if only a little.
Nargaroth Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare
An hour-long LP of which half the music is either made up of needless ambient or
instrumental fillers. With only twenty seven minutes of actual heavy metal spread across
three tracks we can only wonder as to why this LP runs almost an hour in total. The black
metal, while sparse, is slow, melodic and reminiscent of Burzum--while not the most
interesting musically the tracks are still a rather enjoyable listen. In the end this album
lives by its melody-driven black metal sections but stalls and dies by the utter uselessness
of many of the included ambient tracks. If anything, "Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare"
is worth listening to for the three tracks that contain actual instrumentation, with maybe
one or two of the ambient tracks being interesting enough to not put you to sleep or turn
you off from the record completely. God knows why this ended up being more than forty
minutes in length, though.
Old Man's Child Slaves Of The World
Panopticon Kentucky
Paramore Paramore
Pig Destroyer Book Burner
Production is too flat and passionless. It doesn't sound heavy or abrasive, unlike their older stuff.
Portal Vexovoid
Radiohead The Bends
The whole record is just a few degrees off from being interesting. It reeks of 90's rock in
the worst ways with its faux-attitude-y vocals and sappy clean guitars. The vocals aren't
enjoyable at all, and nothing else about the music really "does it" for me. I feel like a
lot of this should be fairly good, but nothing ever clicks. Maybe it's the production, I
don't know.

I don't know if Radiohead inspired this kind of music, but this the kind of junk I assume
guitarbros play whilst sitting under trees on their college campuses as they attempt to
serenade the ladiez.
Rorcal La Femme sans Tete
First track's a waste of electronic noise, second track is half a waste but with a cool Rorcal sludgefest in the middle, last track has that Teethed Glory and Injury thing going. Not great but it's OK.
Satyricon Now, Diabolical
Satyricon The Age Of Nero
Sepultura A-Lex
Sleep Party People Sleep Party People
Weird-gaze. I don't get it, and those Donnie Darko bunny masks creep me the hell out.
Sleeping Peonies s l o w l y d i s a p p e a r i n g
Twinkle twinklecore. Has potential, but doesn't realize it.
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
I don't think we'll ever know if the title was supposed to be ironic or not, but it's hilarious regardless.
So Hideous Laurestine
It feels like it's just the same crescendo built to over and over again, to the point where that crescendo doesn't even feel like a "real" crescendo and each peak feels like a tease rather than a proper climax. It's pretty "cinematic" post-rock with growled vocals, but it doesn't really do much outside of be pretty and grandiose.
Solefald World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Power metal is usually cheesy but this album gave me milk farts.
Sorrow plagues Sorrow Plagues
Stellar Descent Fading
Layered droning 67-minute atmospheric black metal one-track album of atmosphericalness.

It's cool that it slowly evolves over the course of an hour, but it's way too trebly and,
while using the same rhythms repeatedly to create a hypnotic atmosphere is a nice idea, the
patterns the drums seem to use for the majority of the runtime are really annoying, and
actually distract from the atmosphere rather than add to it. I can see why someone
interested in really lengthy atmospheric black metal might like this, but if you're not
totally willing to surrender yourself completely to the music for an hour, this probably
won't sit that well with you. Still, it's atmospheric and hypnotic, and after a while you
might even forget about those obnoxiously repetitive cymbal hits. The disappointing thing
here is knowing that this *could've* probably been pretty effective hypnotic black metal had
the production (ie. the uber-trebly sound) not been so abrasive and the drums been a little
better. The melodic layering really is pretty good and the record evolves rather well, but
it's the production that makes this just not as good as it feels like it should've been.

If Hammock had released this album, it would've been closer to a 4/5.
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
Vattnet Viskar Vattnet Viskar
Verwustung Tunnel Ghosts
Verwustung I First Saw You On That Snowy Night And
Vomir and Tanner Garza Give Up The Ghost
There's a layer of droning ambient music under the harsh static fuzz, but the static's too abrasive and the ambient not clear enough to really give you that sense of dreamy hopelessness ambient like this is supposed to give you. That last minute or so when the fuzz cuts out is nice, but that doesn't make up for the ear-stabbing 18 minutes before it, especially the first half where the ambience can barely be perceived at all.
Waldgefluster Meine Fesseln
Does nothing for me.
When Woods Make Graves Whispers From The Black Lake
This one was pretty OK but I wish he would space out his releases a little more in order to make sure that every album is actually unique and to make sure that his songwriting is all there. The sound on this album is pretty good (I like the more "organic" sounding guitars; he should probably stick with that in the future), the vocals are still kinda meh, and the drum machine sound is still iffy. It has a few decent riffs, though, and in general is pretty inoffensive. The mixing does make it kinda hard to differentiate one section or set of riffs from the next, though, which is ultimately the downfall of most of his releases--no sections really stand out. It's just tremolo tremolo tremolo, garbled screams and bad drum mixing.
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Woe Withdrawal
Yellow Eyes Sick With Bloom
It just doesn't give me that "oomph" like their other releases did. Same winding riffs and chaotic rhythms, but not as much grabs you this time around.

2.0 poor
AC/DC Black Ice
Anaal Nathrakh Passion
Arch Enemy War Eternal
Not as bad as their last album, but definitely still not very interesting. Amott still refuses to
change up his songwriting style at all, and Alissa's voice also only keeps the status quo and
doesn't add much to the band that wasn't already there.

Her clean vocals make an appearance on, I believe, one track and are a nice addition to the
background there, but don't make a significant enough impact to really be noteworthy by
themselves. There's also a bit more keyboard work here than before, but even that can't make up
for the lack of original songwriting, interesting riffs, choruses, and vocal melodies.

While not as bad as their last album, at a mere 39 minutes this still feels like an absolute chore
to sit through. This is about as bland-and-cookie-cutter-without-being-outwardly-offensive as you
can get.

Do yourself a favor and just listen to the new Insomnium instead.
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions
There are splatterings of greatness throughout, but the utter inconsistency in delivery makes the record feel like nothing more than a band's half-assed attempt at regaining their former glory.
Arch Enemy The Root of All Evil
Overproduced nonsense. The rerecordings try to sound as heavy and br00tal as possible, falling flat on their faces more times than not because of it. If they'd gone for a simpler "live" sound instead, this would've been a passable release.
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine
Blood on the Dance Floor Anthem of the Outcast
If the lyrics/vocals weren't so cringey cheesy, this would've/could've been a decent listen. And by "decent listen" I mostly mean it's something one could probably sit through without the constant urge to get up and throw a chair at the wall. Kudos on that I guess.
Burzum From the Depths of Darkness
Instead of continuing to destroy his legacy with sub-par releases, Vargy settles by covering his
own classics. This doesn't so much destroy his classics as it does give us a feel for what any
other modern BM band would've sounded like had they chosen to cover the tracks themselves. In
that sense this hardly sounds like Burzum at all; gone are the trademark buzzing guitars and
obnoxiously raw screams, replaced now by perfect production values and middle-aged growls or
whispered "folky" singing. What made this band interesting to most people will probably not be
found here. "From the Depths of Darkness" is not overly raw nor nearly as hypnotizing as some
claimed Burzum's past classics like "Hvis lyset tar oss" to be; the change in production values
takes away most of the awness and personality that garnered this band such acclaim to begin with.
What we're left with are quite simply some modern takes on older materials, neither good nor bad.
Old fans will dismiss this release as quickly as they see it, and new fans will just as quickly
pass on the now uninteresting riffs, tame vocals and perfect production in favor of something more
harsh by comparison.
Chimaira The Infection
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Design the Skyline Nevaeh
Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra
Less guitars, moar orchestra, tons more lame.
Foxy Shazam Gonzo
Gorgoroth Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
Immortal Damned In Black
All speed, no substance.
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Liturgy The Ark Work
When everything comes together it all crescendos so very well, but outside of those brief and far-between moments, it's mostly just a jumbled mess. There's a track here or there that's interesting in itself, but then a handful of tracks afterward that just seem pointless. If the band would continue this style on the next album and really hammer out the kinks and hone their songwriting skills they could create a really interesting piece of experimental math metal--but I think by now HHH has established that he and his posse simply aren't interested in doing that.
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Dystopia
It's no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with most of Dave's discog so this rating
shouldn't be much of a surprise. Not thrashy enough, Dave's vocals sound uninspired and often
follow awkward rhythms, lulzy lyrics. The soloing is great, sure, but those brief moments can't
carry entire songs (especially since Dave doesn't write anything like Hanger 18 anymore). If you
like Dave's other junk you might dig this, but at this point Megadave is starting to sound just as
jaded as Slayer.
Metallica Metallica
Metallica decide to play radio rock.
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
I think they could've used an extra year or two to work out the kinks on this one.
Myrkur Myrkur
4/10 not good black metal, not good folk metal, not good folk. Crappy mixing/production/recording setup, but it still sounds better than her full-length. It lacks the emphasis on her cleans, though, which is why it loses more points despite sounding slightly better.
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nile Ithyphallic
It's Egyptian penis joke-themed technical death metal. It's about as disjointed and painful as you'd expect from a band not used to attempting humor.
Petrychor Makrokosmos
Satyricon Satyricon
It's funny because they made their self-titled record their worst to date. Ha ha ha.
Underling Breathe Deeply
The original, more raw, "demo" they initially put out was much better than the versions of the songs here.
Vattnet Viskar Sky Swallower
There might not be as much "space" here as there was on White Tomb, but even so, there's
still not that much here. Songs awkwardly transition into clean sections, transition
through riffs too quickly, and simply don't run long enough to properly build the type of
"epic" atmosphere the band was clearly going for. Songs act as if attempting to emulate
Wolves in the Throne Room, then completely shift gears without ever attaining what they
seemed to be setting out for in the first place. These songs aren't bad, but the whole
record just leaves you feeling teased by its conclusion.
When Woods Make Graves Consuming Darkness
Xiu Xiu Kling Klang
The field recording tracks are interesting but I really wish they were all longer than ~a minute
each. It's hard to get lost in any of them when they're so short and there's zero transition
between them. The random 15-second tracks of people grunting definitely were not needed. Given
how many vibes were supposedly used in this project, I expected a whole lot more. Album is

1.5 very poor
Attila About That Life
lol so funny! It's like if Deuce wanted to be Limp Bizkit. Wow such amaze many riff verse line wow!
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Kill the king / the king is dead / thank god for that
Cradle of Filth Midnight in the Labyrinth
Darkthrone Goatlord
There are some cool grooves here and there but otherwise this barely passes as enjoyable "technical" death metal at any points.
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
Emmure Slave to the Game
Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop!
All of my hate. Take it all.
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Jute Gyte Ship of Theseus
A black metal band that uses microtonal playing because more complicated is always more betterer! Wouldn't have been as bad without all that ear-stabbing treble.
Kid Cudi Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven
3/10. "Speedin'" is a very frustrating record. It's much too long, none of the tracks really
feel fully fleshed out, and the Beavis and Butthead "skits" ruin the melancholic "grungy"
atmosphere the rest of the songs try to build.

Through all of that, though, there's occasionally a bright spot in the shape of a surprisingly
good vocal melody or song style that seems particularly interesting--but as quickly as those
bright spots appear they're just as quickly buried under silly cartoon character dialogue or any
number of other stupid quirks that were apparently shoved into the album haphazardly.

It's frustrating because it could've been a successful experiment had it been allowed mature. But
it wasn't, so it isn't. It's a bad record.
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Thallahu Akbar DJihad EP
Where Spongecore used different samples in each track to make its songs have some semplace of diversity, Thallahu Akbar just sprinkle different "Allahu Akbar" samples over chugging riffs of slightly different varieties for two minutes each. While the guitar tone is pretty good (albeit a typical "djent" sound), everything else about the project could've been done much better. At this point the whole "deathcore is just chugs and breakdowns" joke is fairly stale, making it notably difficult for a parody band's schtick to be presented in a way that might actually be construed as "funny." 'Akbar miss the mark by a bit.
Trivium Vengeance Falls
David Draiman is a bad producer and he should feel bad because of the abysmal job he did on this album. I was never much a fan of Trivium's metalcore/Metallica wannabe style, but they were always a tolerable band until this record. This is sloppy, awkward and barely listenable all thanks to the mixing/production values and not the band themselves.
Willow Smith Ardipithecus
Somehow worse than Kid Cudi's " Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven."

There's an interesting bit here or there ("Natives of the Windy Forest," "Star - Jabs") but the
rest is, unsurprisingly, junk. I'm not going to say that the kid has no talent, but albums like
this are why children should not be recording artists.
Wold Postsocial

1.0 awful
Blood on the Dance Floor Evolution
At least The Insane Clown Posse's music has minor comedic value. This has absolutely no redeeming qualities.
Blood on the Dance Floor OMFG Sneak Peak
Blood on the Dance Floor Bad Blood
God can't save us now. God can't save us now.
Blood on the Dance Floor Bitchcraft
brokeNCYDE Guilty Pleasure
Brokencyde single-handedly disprove the existence of a benevolent god. The existence of Satan is still up for debate.
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
The brains of children are not completely mature, and therefore the opinions of children should not be considered wholly valid. What I'm saying is that, even if the kids do "like it," their opinions are probably stupid anyway.
brokeNCYDE Will Never Die
They did it again.
brokeNCYDE The Broken
If it ain't broken don't fix it. And apparently if it is Broken these guys still won't fix it. They are the epitome of lazy, I guess.
brokeNCYDE BC 13
I was listening to this and then I got a nosebleed. What does that tell you.
Deuce Nine Lives
"I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you." Gengis Khan.
Deuce Call Me Big Deuce
Falling in Reverse Fashionably Late
Disjointed, awkward, and painful. Thine ears, they bleed.
Iggy Azalea Ignorant Art
The production is horrible; the beats are often so low in the mix that you don't actually get anything out of them and it makes Iggy's rapping seem totally unconnected with it. You simply can't bob your head to beats that are barely there. This is exacerbated by her weird speech style which itself often seems to stray from the correct timing, making the music as a whole seem awkward and crudely organized. In addition to all of that, her voice is, more often than not, excruciatingly annoying to the point of being unbearable. Add in all the pointless crudeness and you've got yourself a certified trainwreck. There's nothing redeemable here, and I actually listened to it.
Insane Clown Posse Bang! Pow! Boom!
They make me sad. Music shouldn't make you sad in this way.
Lil B 100% Gutta
Lil B God's Father
Lil B Where Did the Sun Go?: Rare Golden Mixtape Pt.3
Lil B 05 Fuck Em
Praise Jehovah, the one true god.
Lil B Basedworld Paradise
Lil B I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Myrimin Bolota Ohta
This album is like Impaled Northern Moonforest meets Paysage D'Hiver, except even worse. The r"drumming"--if you can even call it that--sounds like someone slapping their hands on their rthighs, while the guitars have about the crudest, sloppiest sound possible. It also sounds as if rthe artist(s) had only a basic understanding of how to play a guitar (which is quite likely) in rgeneral, and only a *slight* understanding of how to play tremolo riffs, or whatever they're even rsupposed to be in the first place. rFor those that care, this is everything that's wrong with black metal--what happens when the whole r"uber raw kvlt!" idea is taken too far by people with too little musical ability. I suppose the rartist(s) could improve in time as their musical ability and recording knowledge improve, but as rof this album's creation all parties involved have a lot of work to do before acquiring the rability to put out anything remotely enjoyable.
Myrimin Luk, Usiezorki, & Izaliacyja
Myrimin Zvier Viartajecca
Ov HELL The Underworld Regime
Further proof that 'Shag has lost his touch since the days of Enthrone Darkness Triumph when he actually put emotion into his work.
There's a place and a time for [redacted] and this is not that [redacted].
Sachiko M Bar Sachiko
If you've ever wondered what it's like to have tinnitus, then boy do I have a record for you!
The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business
One of my friends reminded me today that this group is real, and not simply a figment of my own tormented mind. And I was having such a nice day, too.
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
What was the point of using an acronym in the first place if they were just going to put the full title in parentheses anyway?
When Bitter Spring Sleeps When Bitter Spring Sleeps
Cool concept! Awful presentation! Recording hippy black metal out in the woods next to a creek sounds like an obviously trve idea (as far as hippy bm goes), but what When Bitter Spring Sleeps ended up creating seems noticeably untrve; instead of having a legit jam session out in the woods and recording it, their s/t sounds more like laptop-recorded guitar lines with pre-programmed drum machine tracks placed underneath. It sounds like some guy sat his laptop on a rock next to a creek, plugged his guitar in (however that worked), and then recorded everything in one take (because nature!). And that's not even mentioning the quality of the music itself, which is not very good at all. 2/10 because na7ur3 L00000L

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