Average Rating: 3.75
Rating Variance: 0.81
Objectivity Score: 71% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAerosmith Toys In The AtticAlter Bridge BlackbirdArcade Fire FuneralBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me5.1/5 Brand New Deja EntenduCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Deftones White PonyDeftones Diamond EyesFair to Midland Fables From a MayflyJane's Addiction Ritual De Lo HabitualLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IINine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralPearl Jam TenPink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonRadiohead The BendsRadiohead OK ComputerFuck the 5-star rating, this one needs at least six. Seriously, "Exit Music (For a Film)," "Climbing Up the Walls," and "No Surprises" are three of the best songs I've heard in my life. Now I finally understand the big deal with OK Computer. Why did no-one rec this to me at the same time I was being rec'd Brand New? I would certainly pair this album with TDAGARIM.Radiohead Kid AWithout a doubt, one of the most beautiful, unique, and creative albums I have ever heard. With Kid A, Radiohead have succeeded succeeded in proving that playing your cards right while experimenting with your sound will likely yield sturdy, superb results.
Favorite tracks: Title track, "The National Anthem," "How to Disappear Completely," "Optomistic," "Motion Picture Soundtrack"Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineShinedown Leave a WhisperSoundgarden SuperunknownSystem of a Down System of a DownThe Devin Townsend Band Accelerated EvolutionAccelerated Evolution is, by all means, a progressive rock/metal classic. From the first seconds of "Depth Charge," you can tell that Devin Townsend is here to storm straight onto the scene with powerful numbers laden with spark and spite. There's not a single flaw whatsoever. Production is perfect, songwriting is excellent, and the instrumentation is brilliant. If, somehow, the first 8 tracks don't appeal to you, "Slow Me Down" makes the ultimate album closer. It's catchy, charming, and melodic in a manner comparable to that of the Foo Fighters, however it's just as crunching and powerful as the rest of the album.
All in all, this delightfully intriguing solo effort from the Strapping Young Lad frontman gives prog giants like Tool and Coheed and Cambria a run for their money.The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThrice VheissuTool LateralusWeezer The Blue Album4.5 superbAerosmith RocksAlice in Chains Black Gives Way to BlueThe whole album is just incredible. Alice in Chains is definitely pulling an AC/DC here - band gets huge, singer dies, band recruits new singer, band gets huge all over again. "Check My Brain", "Last of My Kind", "Your Decision", "A Looking in View", and the title track are my favorite songs off this album.Black Sabbath Master of RealityBlack Sabbath ParanoidBob Dylan Blood on the TracksBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoChevelle Sci-Fi CrimesDeftones Saturday Night WristDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryFaith No More The Real ThingOne of my all-time favs, especially as far as the 80s go.Faith No More Angel DustFoo Fighters Wasting LightJames Taylor Greatest HitsJames Taylor is easily my fav country/folk artist. I've been a fan of his music ever since I was a little kid. I'm disappointed that he doesn't get that much recognition here on Sputnik...Jane's Addiction Nothing's ShockingAh, Jane's Addiction. The band that turned me onto alt-rock in the first place. How could I forget? From its progressive, moody melodies ("Ted, Just Admit It...," "Summertime Rolls") to its peppy, catchy numbers ("Had a Dad," "Standing in the Shower, Thinking...") to its abrasive, roaring rockers ("Ocean Size," "Mountain Song"), helped by the classic "Jane Says," Nothing's Shocking is easily Jane's Addiction's most classic album. Recommending it for all alt-rock diehards and most rockers.Karnivool ThemataTool fans will eat this up like ice cream on a hot summer's day. Magnificent album through-and-through. Fav songs: "Themata," "Roquefort," "Scarabs."Led Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyMastodon Crack the SkyeMudvayne The End of All Things to ComeTheir best album, IMO. "World So Cold" is one of my all-time favorite songs.Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory?Opeth Blackwater ParkPink Floyd The WallQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead In RainbowsRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikShinedown The Sound Of MadnessSoundgarden BadmotorfingerStone Temple Pilots PurpleThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Grateful Dead Wake of the FloodThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessTherapy? TroublegumThird Eye Blind Third Eye BlindTool AenimaWeezer Pinkerton4.0 excellentAerosmith AerosmithAlter Bridge AB IIIArcade Fire The SuburbsBon Iver Bon IverChevelle Wonder What's NextChevelle Vena SeraCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessOne of my all-time favs. Tool is another progressive band I like.Coldplay Viva La VidaColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadDeftones Around the FurDeftones Koi No YokanFair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsKarnivool Sound AwakeLed Zeppelin PresenceLive Secret SamadhiSomeone needs to review this. Live Throwing CopperMastodon LeviathanMudvayne L.D. 50Muse AbsolutionNeurosis Souls at ZeroPain Of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1A fantastic album, hands down - but just not a classic, like other albums I've checked out recently (Radiohead's OK Computer, Opeth's Blackwater Park).Passion Pit GossamerPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPulp Different ClassQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeR.E.M. Automatic For the PeopleRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRadiohead The King of LimbsRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRancid ...And Out Come the WolvesWell. This kicks ass. Looks like Rancid could be the band that turns me onto punk. Favorite tracks: "Roots Radical," "Time Bomb," "Olympia WA," "Ruby Soho," probably other tunes.Shinedown Us and ThemSigur Ros Takk...Slipknot SlipknotSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)System of a Down ToxicityTemple of the Dog Temple of the DogThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Black Crowes The Southern Harmony and Musical CompanionThe Butterfly Effect ImagoThe Rolling Stones Beggars BanquetThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures3.5 greatAdele 21Aerosmith Nine LivesA pretty good album. Get this if only for "Hole in My Soul" and "Ain't That a Bitch."Aerosmith Get a GripArcade Fire Neon BibleBeck Odelay!Bush Sixteen StoneCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeColdplay X & YIs it worth mentioning that I use this album as bedtime music every night? I just made it sound very boring. Well, it's not. It's not Coldplay's best album (which is AROBTTH, IMO), but it's still a fine, fine album.Creed Greatest HitsCynic Traced in AirIt'll probably appeal to me more as time progresses, but for now, a 3.5 seems about right for me. The production is very nice, but it's a little hard to get into on the first listen when you have spent all your life listening to music that mostly gets mainstream attention.David Lee Roth A Little Ain't EnoughDeftones DeftonesDinosaur Jr. Where You BeenDisturbed The SicknessNu-metal at its (almost) finest, especially with the brutal "Down with the Sickness." The album could have been much more, but it drags toward the end with the mediocre filler "Conflict," and the horrendously bad "Droppin' Plates." Still, fans of nu-metal should get this, if only to skip the two aforementioned stinkers.Foo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeIncubus Make YourselfJanus Red Right ReturnDecided to give this a listen after falling in love with lead single "Eyesore," and I'm pleased to say that Red Right Return met my expectations. Janus are indeed catchy like mainstream giants Creed and Nickelback, however what gives them an edge over either band is their technicality, which sees its height in "Eyesore" and "Skin Deep." Overall, Red Right Return has a well-deserved upper hand against any mainstream brethren it may have. Favorite tracks: "Maybe Its You," "Eyesore," and "100 Years."Jeff Beck Beck, Bogert & AppiceKorn IssuesDecent album. On it's own, it's only worth a 3 ATM; the extra 0.5 is because of "Falling Away from Me," which is probably tied with "Freak on a Leash" for the title of my favorite Korn song.Led Zeppelin In Through The Out DoorLinkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park Minutes To MidnightMeat Loaf Bat Out of HellMetallica Master of PuppetsMichael Jackson ThrillerMudvayne Lost and FoundMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreOpeth DamnationPavement Crooked Rain, Crooked RainPearl Jam VitalogyRa From OneRadiohead Airbag/How Am I Driving?Rancid Let the Dominoes FallPretty cool album! Maybe in time it'll turn me on to ska-punk as a whole...Red Innocence and InstinctSeether Karma and EffectSemisonic Feeling Strangely FineShearwater The Golden ArchipelagoVery ambient, relaxing, and peaceful album.Slipknot All Hope Is GoneLet me get this straight - there are two major stinkers on this album. "Gematria (The Killing Name)" and "Butcher's Hook." With "Gematria," Slipknot pretend they are Opeth (progressive AND heavy) and do a crappy job at it, producing a six minute-long mess instead of a great song. Then we have "Butcher's Hook," which is littered with some of the absolute worst lyrics I've ever heard in a Slipknot song (or in any song for that matter).
So why the 3.5? Because "Gematria" and "Butcher's Hook" are the only bad songs on the album. If you can either get past or skip those two, All Hope Is Gone is actually an enjoyable album. For instance, "Psychosocial" is heavy, catchy, and enjoyable as all hell, and "Sulfur" offers some of the best and most intense drumming ever recorded by Joey Jordison. "Snuff" is a ballad that works surprisingly well, and sets you up perfectly for the final track - also the album's title track - to give you one of the rudest awakenings in metal music. Seriously, "All Hope Is Gone" is the most dense blast of audio madness I've ever heard. Corey screaming his lungs out to Jim shredding and Joey pounding is what I like to hear in Slipknot's heavier songs.
All in all, All Hope Is Gone isn't Slipknot's best album (which is The Subliminal Verses IMO), but it's certainly worth picking up, especially if you're a maggot.
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5Staind Break the CycleSystem of a Down MezmerizeThe Black Keys El CaminoThree Days Grace One-XTool 10,000 DaysU2 The Joshua TreeVelvet Revolver ContrabandVolbeat Beyond Hell/Above HeavenWeezer The Red Album3.0 good3 Doors Down 3 Doors DownAudioslave AudioslaveExactly what you would expect - an amalgamation of the sounds of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden. Overall I feel that this supergroup pieced together a good debut that easily could have been better. Sure, you have tracks like "Show Me How to Live," "Like a Stone," and the epic "Shadow on the Sun." But then again, you have mediocre tracks like "Set It Off" and the disappointing 7-minute block of filler formed by "Exploder" and "Hypnotize." The first half is littered with great tunes, however the second half only has two songs worth writing home about - "I Am the Highway" and the 80's AC-style ballad "Getaway Car."Audioslave Out of ExileBlack Sabbath Never Say Die!Brand New Your Favorite WeaponColdplay ParachutesParachutes is a good album (particularly for a debut), however while it reeks in raw passion, it lacks the raw excitement that has made Coldplay's other three albums so enjoyable for me. Favorite tracks: "Yellow," "Trouble," and "High Speed."
Oh, and in reaction to the Door Mouse below; I'm a System of a Down-loving headbanger, and I personally like Coldplay's music a lot.Creed My Own PrisonCreed Full CircleCreed WeatheredCreed Human ClayDeftones AdrenalineFoo Fighters One by OneFoo Fighters Foo FightersJohn Mayer ContinuumIt's decent, but I like a little more "oomph" in my music. John Mayer's way too soft and way too bluesy for me. "In Repair" is a great song though.Life on Repeat Struggle + SleepLimp Bizkit Three Dolla Bill Y'allMy dad threw this into the player yesterday, and I expected it to suck. Contradictory to my expectations, I was treated to quite a nice Slipknot-esque ride.Mark Lanegan Dark Mark Does ChristmasMudvayne The New GameMy Endeavour My Endeavour (The Early Demo Collection)Puddle Of Mudd Come CleanA nice, solid rock n' roll album. "Drift & Die", "Nobody Told Me", "Blurry", "She Hates Me", and "Basement" are the best tracks on this album.Radiohead Pablo HoneySeether Finding Beauty in Negative SpacesDecent album. Musical section is above average, unfortunately the lyrics are par/sub-par.Soundtrack Queen of the damnedStone Sour Audio SecrecySystem of a Down Steal This Album!System of a Down HypnotizeThe Smashing Pumpkins GishTheory Of A Deadman Scars and SouvenirsWeezer Hurley2.5 averageCavo Bright Nights Dark DaysDeath Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs"I Will Possess Your Heart," "No Sunlight," "Your New Twin Sized Bed," and "Pity and Fear" are all excellent songs - but that's it. There are 7 songs other than the selected 4, and they all seem to drag. It's a real bummer - I liked "I Will Possess Your Heart" enough to put it on my iPod.Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFuel Something Like HumanGuns N' Roses Chinese DemocracyStaind The Illusion of ProgressIt's a decent album, even though I nearly fell asleep listening to it. Break the Cycle is much better - I'm not terribly fond of the soft direction Staind are taking with this album, but it's decent. Recommended tracks: "This Is It", "Believe"Three Days Grace Life Starts NowTrain Train2.0 poorBreaking Benjamin Dear AgonyDead By Sunrise Out of AshesFaith No More Album of the YearKid Rock Devil Without A Cause1.5 very poorBon Jovi Lost HighwayNickelback Silver Side UpNickelback The Long RoadSaving Abel Saving Abel1.0 awfulAerosmith Rock in a Hard PlaceBig Time Rush B.T.R.To be honest, I added this to the database ONLY because I wanted to give it a 1. I don't even need to give it a listen because Nickelodeon's been spamming/trolling me with this sh!t for months now. The critics of the show are wrong, this music isn't original, it's just more Justin Bieber/Jonas Brothers-esque tripe. Very disappointing for this to be endorsed by a TV channel that used to produce Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, (early) SpongeBob, Invader Zim - need I say more?
Thank you for letting me get this rant out of my system.Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"My ears ache whenever I hear this. Oh well, at least it was less than $7.00...Weezer Make BelieveI was looking forward to buying this album after hearing "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation", the first two songs on the album. The third track, "This Is Such a Pity", was OK. From "Hold Me" onward Make Believe sucked so hard that I can't even remember whether I dared to listen to it all the way through, or if my ears ached so much that I gave up.
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