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5.0 classic
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Converge Jane Doe
With "Jane Doe", Converge have created the most punishing, guttural and piercing metalcore album to ever exist. It tells a familiar tale in an incredibly compelling and original way, through barely decipherable shrieked lyrics (which oddly enough, are decipherable perfectly at the albums most lyrically important moments) and an incredibly raw and chaotic atmosphere. Bannon's vocals and articulation on here are really otherworldly; while I can understand the hate for his style it literally fits perfectly on the album musically and conceptually. Musically, Bannon's high pitched wails present the story in a unique way, because most of the lyrics seen in the lyric booklet aren't even decipherable at most times through Bannon's desperate cries, but only come out at the albums pinnacle points lyrically. This is a risky, but original and satisfying move, and a hell of a compelling way to tell a story. Koller's drumming is sharp and perfect, Ballou's guitar work is sinister and even more perfect, and the atmosphere that all of these things create is simply unreal. "Jane Doe" is a story about heartbreak and anger, propelled to new heights with Bannon's whines and Ballou's incredible atmospheric touches. Best metalcore and worth the acclaim.
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Criminally overshadowed by Either/Or and XO, Elliott's self titled album is his darkest, most gripping album. How this man wrote so many beautifully depressing (yea) songs in a row without seeming repetitive or cliche is astounding. Some people could argue that the wizzy studio shit that Smith tried after makes for more interesting music, but none of those records capture me the way that this one does. "Needle in the Hay" is Elliott's best opener, "St. Ides Heaven" and "Christian Brothers" are both gorgeous, yet lyrically painful tunes and "Coming Up Roses" is one of the best mellow folk-pop songs ever recorded. This album captures everything melancholic perfectly, without ever getting tedious or feeling irrelevant, every fucking song on here is great. It's so light, soft and repressed, so many people might call it boring and move on (like I originally did) but with time I fell in love with each and every song on here, and how Smith brought it all together into his crowning achievement. This album is the definition of classic.
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
"The Midnight Organ Fight" is literally a perfect album if there ever was one. The only possible criticism of this is that Scott Hutchinson was simply too good at writing brilliant melodies and depressing lyrics, so maybe it might be a little too cathartic for the weak willed to listen to such an intense and tear jerking album. What's remarkable about this one is the fact that, across 14 songs and two instrumentals, there is no filler. I enjoy pretty much everything Frightened Rabbit put into this album. It feels suffocated, sincere and gloomy at times but it's still somehow one of the catchiest and immediate albums I've ever listened to. "Keep Yourself Warm", "The Modern Leper" and "Heads Roll Off" are without a doubt some of the most powerful songs I've ever heard in my entire life. This album is pretty much flawless, if a little too honest and upsetting for some. Hutchinson's documentation of personal anguish, depression and fall from grace combined with his incredible vocals, swooning melodies and pop sensibilities make for one of the most perfectly executed folk-rock albums in existence.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor never seems to be able to make something that doesn't totally engross you in it's atmosphere. What is best about their "Slow Riot" EP is that they are able to completely floor me with a single melody such as the one toyed with in "Moya" and they floor me yet again with that legendary spoken word monologue in "BBF3". "Lift Your Skinny Fists" and "F # A#" seem to be the ones that are most cinematic and grand, but "Slow Riot" accomplishes everything that those two records do in just under thirty minutes, without the few parts that aren't needed. "Slow Riot" is a beautiful, concise piece of instrumental and cinematic bliss that never lets up, and never fails to completely trap me within it's cloudy atmosphere and rich, intricate instrumentation and melodies. Godspeed always knew how to put a mammoth atmospheres together, and on here, it's done perfectly.
Iron Maiden Powerslave
"Powerslave" is Iron Maiden at their height of perfection. Following this album, Maiden started experimenting more, and prior to this album, Maiden rocked just a bit harder than they ever would again. What is so amazing about "Powerslave" is how it's nestled between those two styles; musical diversity and intricacy and pure rock anthems are combined brilliantly on this to create one hell of a classic metal record. Everything I love about old school Maiden is right here; catchy rock anthems like "Two Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High", or more technically proficient songs with Maiden's signature layered guitar work like "Duellists" or "Back in the Village". It also ends with the grandiose epic, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" which is one of the greatest songs in the history of metal. "Powerslave" also features the godlike wail of Bruce Dickinson, one of the most talented vocalists in all of rock music. "Powerslave" has everything a Maiden fan wants- fanastic guitar work, catchy rockers, a monster ending, and of course, the best fucking album art EVER. But seriously, "Powerslave" is the most rocking fucking metal album ever made, and even though it might hold as many catchy anthems as "Number of the Beast", it boasts any guitar players dream; the perfect combination of catchy rockers and beautifully layered harmonies. Up the irons. But really any audio recording of Bruce Dickinson singing any type of melody is a legit 5/5
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Kashiwa Daisuke is a japanese composer most known for this album, the two track "Program Music I". While Daisuke has never enjoyed any type of mainstream acclaim (in america anyway), this album is normally considered his opus, and has gathered quite a cult following. Program Music is actually a term for music thats sole purpose is to serve as a score for some type of imagery or film, however, to my knowledge, no film has used any of the music Daisuke has composed here. Instead, I've found that once I get trapped within Daisuke's dense and beautiful compositions, colorful imagery spontaneously combusts out of every corner. Daisuke made most of the music here digitally, but I still find the combination of luscious strings, Daisuke's wonderfully melodic piano playing and haunting glitches and spliced vocal samples to all come together perfectly to create the most divine instrumental music I've ever heard in my life. This album is literally flawless, engaging, intense, varied and absolutely beautifully put together. While Daisuke will probably never top this, it's still good to know that he has the capacity to do great things, and his originality shines through on here moreso than with any other artist on any other album. "Program Music I" is a dazzling piece of art that is just as beautiful musically as it is colorfully.
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
The album where Toby Driver assumes his position as most adventurous and ambitious musician in the modern music scene. Possibly the best record he's ever done, flawless in it's execution and fully heart stopping right down to every melody you can find. "Marathon" may have the most pulverizing climax that I've ever heard. It might be the most amazing thing Toby has ever put together. "A Pitcher of Summer" is short and to the point, easily the perfect bridge between "Marathon" and the incredibly atmospheric "The Manifold Curiosity" which uses repetition in it's first half to seduce your ears, and then evolves into a much louder, sophisticated composition that gets more and more intense until it's end. The last couple of minutes are incredibly gripping and magical. The next two tracks, "Wayfarer" and the mammoth closer "The Antique" both use crushing density and snippets of minimalism , two completely opposite techniques too create incredibly varied movements to help end the album on the most beautiful of notes. Kayo Dot's "Choirs of the Eye" has a gorgeous, cinematic flow, feels complete, and shifts between soft, classical feeling sections and dissonant, jarring metal sections seamlessly. Toby Driver's magnum opus is first venture with Kayo Dot. His melodies are dreamlike, his cleans hypnotizing, and his shrieks terrifying. All of the elements of every note, every vocal, every lush string section, every malicious heavy section and every transition between each weaves together to create the most mesmerizing musical experience to ever grace my ears.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Robert Fripp is quite the musical mind. Creative force and led guitarist behind legendary progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp is sometimes penned as a little indulgent and mechanical, and while he might not be the most animated guitar player, hes a varied composer with an incredible sense of humor. While his work with KC was always inconsistent, acclaimed debut "In the Court of the Crimson King" is a flawless piece of art made light years ahead of its time, and a truly perfect album. While I struggle to connect with it lyrically (though most prog bands write pretty awful lyrics, KC usually being no exception despite consistently writing funny ones), musically, vocally and atmospherically, this record is simply perfect. From the infectious opener, the heavy "21st Century Schizoid Man" (which is so out there for it's time, it literally sounded 40 years ahead of everything else), to the beautiful ballad "I Talk to the Wind", to the epic closer "The Court of the Crimson King", King Crimson's debut flaunts a masterful combination of rock, jazz and classical music to form one coherent, lovely piece of music. While some might criticize the second portion of "Moonchild" for being noodly and pointless, it was one of the first songs to bring atmospheric avant garde jazz to the rock world, and I personally have a lot of fun with that section, and applaud it for being so out there. "In the Court of the Crimson King" is flawless.
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
mewithoutYou is an incredibly varied and unique band. They've covered territory from post-hardcore and emo, to artsy indie rock, to baroque pop and folk, and they've done all of that exceptionally well. Unfortunately, "A to B: Life", their debut full length is overshadowed by their other work. It's the most passionate, rawest and most jarring mwY album there is. While they may have struck gold with the two releases that came after this, this one just has a tone and a rawness to it that draws me too it more than any of their other work. And unlike all of their other full length albums, this doesn't have one bad song. "The Cure for Pain" is an incredible closer, that features an acoustic reworked version of my favorite mwY song "I Never Said that I was Brave", and is the most overlooked tune in their whole discography. Aaron has always been an eccentric but incredible vocalist, with talky, poetic lyrics and a powerful voice with which to sell those lyrics. On "A to B: Life" Aaron's vocals are at their most powerful, his lyrics at their most lucid and interesting. "A to B: Life" is my favorite post-hardcore album of all time, my favorite mwY album, and an overlooked jem in the indie rock world.
Miles Davis Jack Johnson
Miles was the coolest mother fucker to ever live, he was really a fascinating guy. While the other guys from the same era could play faster and livelier, Davis was at the forefront of nearly every jazz movement from 1949 up until his death. He did bop, fusion, avant garde and experimental jazz better tham everyone else. "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" has a unique atmosphere and incredibly funky feel, and the amazing guitar playing of legend John McLaughlin. What sets this apart from every other Miles record is it's feel, it's tone, it's insanely bangin atmosphere. "Right Off" is a jammy, ridiculous, mess of brilliance that never fails to make me smile, while "Yestersnow" is more subdued and prettier, and serves as the perfect counter piece for the previous track. This is the best Miles album in my opinion. I find myself trapped within it's quirkiness and it's jammy feel, and I love how everything sounds on this one. A magnificent piece of work. This one is different from the rest, it's almost got too much soul.
Nick Drake Pink Moon
After a really great debut and a slightly shaky sophomore record, Nick Drake created an album that would only gain a massive amount of acclaim and applause 20 years after it was made, "Pink Moon". "Pink Moon" lyrically explores Drake's love for using things in nature as metaphors for other things, like death and depression. His voice is fucking beautiful. His guitar playing is absolutely wonderful and the tone is incredibly rich. The album is soothing, catchy and loveable despite feeling lonely and bare. The only problem with Drake's previous work were the occasionally awkward backing band arrangements that sometimes got in the way of Drake's genius. On "Pink Moon", this is no issue, because only a small and beautiful piano melody is present for10 seconds, and besides that, the album is a man, his amazing voice, his layered guitar playing, and his lyrics. It's bare, it's stark, and it's very melancholic, but this in no way derives from the beauty of "Pink Moon". Nothing is awkward, everything is beautiful, and Nick Drake created his masterpiece in just a total of four hours of recording. "Pink Moon" is a timeless masterpiece that even with the acclaim it's garnered today, is still overshadowed by many of Drake's contemporaries who didn't write music half this beautiful.
Opeth Blackwater Park
Let me start by stating a fact- This is better than Still Life. The elitists on this site are literally afraid of any Opeth that doesn't stick to raw death metal, and unfortunately thats just criminal. "Blackwater Park" is a nearly flawless masterpiece that brings together Mikael's best melodies and overall best band performance to create a powerhouse of a progressive metal record. The clean and beautiful production of Steven Wilson doesn't hurt either. I really drool all over this album, its just too damn good not to. "Bleak" is fucking amazing, "The Leper Affinity" is an epic opener, "Patterns" makes me cry and the title track ends the album on the most epic of notes. This fucking album is such a powerful, huge, atmospherically dense piece of metal and it's really flawless in my opinion. Opeth's riffs and guitar work are at their peak here, as are the folky, clean dual guitar passages that are used perfectly in moderation and in all the right spots. Fucking awesome album. It's worth the claim, it really is.
Pink Floyd Animals
Let me start by saying that "Animals" is overshadowed by every Pink Floyd album. Every single one. Because, in my opinion, this is a masterpiece, and possibly the best album ever made-seriously. I'm not even gonna write an essay about the lyrics here- we all know Waters used brilliant metaphors to compare animals to people in the business world, their thoughts and actions, and what kind of people they were. But besides all that, musically, this is also pretty fucking astounding. Sandwiched between two tiny folk rock companion pieces "Pigs on the Wing Parts 1 and 2" are three of rock musics most brilliant songs. "Dogs" is an essential piece of music, and possibly the best song ever made, featuring Waters brilliant lyricism, amazing melodies, a jaw dropping yet simple set of guitar solos from Gilmour and a beautifully put together ambient section. "Dogs" is Pink Floyd's best song, it's just perfect. "Sheep" and "Pigs" are also outstanding songs, both again featuring Waters brilliant lyrics, great melodies and absolutely wonderful ambient sections that somehow, never get boring. These three songs all kind of follow the same structure, and all is better for it, it provides a sense of connection between the songs musically. "Animals" flows brilliantly, criticizes society and the business world perfectly, and is not a second too long, it's wonderful. Honestly that second solo in "Dogs" is the best thing I've ever heard.
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Though I'm not such a fan of his other work, "Illinoise" is the biggest, most cinematic album I've ever heard. Every song on here comes together like puzzle pieces; the flow is flawless and each song has something about it I love. Even what is considered filler isn't really filler, it just helps the album flow like one solid piece of music. it's too bad Sufjan decided to ditch this style for his old pyschy electronic bullshit, he made really beautiful music this way. Great stories behind the songs and incredibly intricate and dense compositions are what makes this album a real winner. It's fucking awesome. I gotta say, its very hard for an album with over 20 songs to be this fucking good. Usually you'll encounter filler-which some people claim this album has- but it all works together to form, one giant masterpiece that just never gets dull. I love the whole sincere yet complex album Sufjan has created here. Way better than his other stuff.
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles are, culturally, the most important band in the history of the world- but there's no reason to discuss that- we all know what they did. What is debatable however is which one of their albums is best, and for me, it's gotta be 1965's "Revolver". After "Help!" The Beatles took their catchy pop, spiced it up with smart lyrics and musical experimentation, and started really breaking the boundaries of pop and rock. With "Revolver", they made a virtually flawless pop album, featuring some of their best tunes, and a sound that I immediately fell in love with. It's simply the most consistent Beatles album and has some real pop classics that I find myself obsessed with. "Eleanor Rigby", "Taxman", "And Your Bird Can Sing" are all absolute fucking classics, and all the other songs are excellent as well. It's got my favorite Beatle vocals, favorite Beatle harmonies, favorite Beatle songs, favorite Beatle sound and, in my opinion, is the best pop album ever made. And usually when it comes to rock music I prefer sad, sappy melancholic shit but this album is really happy and stuff, but really its flawless.
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
Glimmering with sharp hooks, soaring melodies, explosive choruses and impeccably detailed storytelling, The Hold Steady create their magnum opus, and a collective example of everything they do well perfected. Before Boys and Girls, Finn's storytelling was still goddamn brilliant, but the hooks, melodies and compositions weren't always there to leave a lasting impression. With this album, Finn's incredible detail surrounding fictional rock n roll lifestyles of the dense characters he's created is perfectly complimented by enormous vocal melodies and gripping choruses. The songs feel better constructed then ever before and the stories, while not as ridiculously deep or as cinematic as those on almost rock opera "Separation Sunday" still recreates the rock n roll type lifestyle in a smart, rich way. Finn sings of girls being able to predict horse races (it's smarter and better done that it sounds), things going from bad to worse and getting busted by cops (and holy shit are those lyrics done incredibly well), characters from albums past catching up, getting high drunk fucked up and everything associated with that. The best part about it is that it's all done so eloquently, and with incredibly catchy melodies to back it up. "Citrus", "Hot Soft Light", "Southtown Girls" and "Chips Ahoy" are all incredibly infectious, "Stuck Between Stations" is an incredibly rockin' opener, and "First Night" is a gorgeous ballad, possibly the best the band has done. Rock n' roll played the perfect way.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
Pitchfork Media needs to stop being gay and learn to prog! Nah but seriously, as a huge prog fan, I enjoy this album on a ridiculous level. I love how easily TMV were able to combine the catchy melodies and instrumentals with latin-fusion and salsa and omg just a whole bunch of shit to create a consistent, catchy piece of art. Even the lyrics aren't THATTTTTTTTTT bad. Omar's guitar work on here is really great, and its highlighted exactly where it needs to be, and they integrate the whole spanish thing really well here without being annoying or boring. "De-Loused in the Comatorium" is my favorite Volta record, and one of the best executed and catchiest prog records ever recorded. Sometimes I just wanna chill and relax to "Televators", sometimes I'll dance out too "Drunkship of Lanterns". It's got everything that's great about The Mars Volta, including huge melodies, perfect pacing, crazy/catchy percussion, and while Volta may struggle now to stay relevant and compose actual music, this album shows us that these guys do have a masterpiece in them after all. It's frantic, quick, varied, ridiculous, overblown and virtually flawless. Even the psychedelic jam sections don't get boring, everything falls perfectly in place.
The National Alligator
Criminally overlooked in it's genre, "Alligator" is The National's loudest, most aggressive work to date. Diversity is possibly it's best feat, the album shifts seamlessly between slow, moving ballads like "The Geese of Beverly Road", "Daughters of the Soho Riots" and "Karen", while also boasting loud rockers like "Abel", "All the Wine", "Secret Meeting" and "Mr. November". The album is practically perfect, and it has something for everybody. Matt's lyrics are incredibly witty, mostly dealing with the end of the free and arrogant stages in ones life, love, and a lot more. It serves as the perfect prequel to 2007's "Boxer" which is the absolutely perfectly counterpiece for this, as that album is slower and darker, and more about dealing with newly found adulthood and having to leave Alligator's childish feel behind. But in this albums case, it's young, naive nature is compelling, detailed, and expressed beautifully through a flawless set of songs. "Alligator" walks the line between beautiful and rebellious, brilliant yet naive, and remains one of the few reasons The National are my favorite band. Oh, and Matt gets fucking loud on this one. Oh and the final five song stretch is absolutely magnificent. Classiest band on earth.
The National Boxer
As of right now, The National are my absolute favorite band of all time. Not just because I drool over every subdued sound that Berninger's voice makes, not because their music is extraordinarily infectious and beautifully put together, and not because every member of the band continues to write memorable parts with their instruments, but because of the lyrical connection I've had with them, starting with "Alligator". Since then, they have explained the realities of life, growing up, realizing you're not as cool as you think you are, experiencing a working life and relationships, and so many other topics that mean everything to me as a teenager about to enter life on my own. "Boxer" is the album that takes a turn from the louder, faster, more arrogant "Alligator". "Boxer"'s turn is one that takes us into reality, the end of innocence, and the realization that being an adult sucks. "Another uninnocent elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults" is what Matt hums on "Mistaken for Strangers", which sums up the album brilliantly. Lyrically, this album tackles a lot of different life challenges, but brilliant lyrics aren't the only thing that contribute to this being my favorite rock album of all time. "Boxer" is warm, inviting, and features some of the loveliest arrangements I've ever heard. It's also the most subdued and slowest of their work, turning some people away instantly, but with time, it's grown on me in every way, and I respect the slow, more one paced yet beautiful feel of the album.

4.5 superb
Agalloch Pale Folklore
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Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
I'm not such a fan of black/folk metal, with the exception of this band and a few others. It's not surprising that my favorite Agalloch album is the one with the least amount of black metal influence, it's the perfect combination of smooth folk metal with post-rock, and it's beautiful. It's one of the prettiest and most elegant metal records I've ever heard, and its a strange favorite since I'm not a fan of the genre. But I love this album so muchhh, the post-rock influence on here adds such a texture that Agalloch only toyed with before, but on here its brilliant and fully developed.
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy
Al Di Meola Land of the Midnight Sun
Al Di Meola Tour De Force-Live
Alice in Chains Dirt
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Anthrax Among the Living
Antoine Dufour Existence
Nostalgic value. More of a 3.5-4 on its best day but the melodies on here inspired me to get back into instrumental music. I remember when Candy Rat guys were all I listened too, and the truth is this guy is the most talented one.
Arcade Fire Funeral
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Beardfish Mammoth
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Though I do prefer Between the Buried and Me's new approach, there is just something so charming about the older, heavier, and more musically intense style. The experimental metalcore rawness is something that BTBAM have moved away from, but, despite "Colors" being their best offering, "The Silent Circus" remains my second favorite, the consistency is something that cannot be ignored. Their are some BTBAM classics on here, like "Aesthetic", "Mordecai" and "Ad a Dglgmut", and some overlooked gems such as "Camilla Rhodes" or "Destructo Spin". Fantastic record, and a style that BTBAM will never go back to again, so enjoy the one time metalcore masterpiece.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
The hate is understandable, but Ive always loved this and I love the way their music is composed. Even if it lacks emotion and catchy hooks it brings melodies together from all corners of the music spectrum, and throws in a lot of interesting shit in the mix, usually reworked versions of more ballsy metal sections of the music put to a different style. Again the hate for this style is understandable, but this is a gateway album that I still enjoy to this day, even if it's possible BTBAM are already starting to lose their edge with this style. Colors is simply a lot of fun.
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
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Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
It just has a tone, a darkness, that no other Sabbath album seems to encompass. Sure, all of Sabbath's early work is pretty sludgy/heavy, but this one is just something else.
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
So different then what you heard on For Emma, so different that I'm actually kind of upset at the new direction, but I won't deny it's greatness. It's no masterpiece as their 2008 LP, but it's damn good, and shows how Justin and Friends can do anything right.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Some of the strongest and most passionate music I;ve ever heard. The atmosphere, the lyrics and the vocals all come together to make a ridiculously consistent record that flows brilliantly. Jesse's melodies are amazing on here. While they may in a way rehash the same song formula throughout most of the record, its barely noticeable, and it works incredibly well. I know its like the sputnik way to just 5 this but its really grown to a point where I love every song, and I really find myself enamored with Jesse's lyrics however over emotional they may be. Album is awesome. oh if youre a teenager and your angsty and shit buy this or get it or something
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Camel Mirage
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Unfortunately, this site underrates this band and this album. This is an absolute metalcore classic, boasting incredible riffs, awesome atmosphere and brilliantly raw production from Kurt Ballou. To say that this is Cave In's masterpiece is an understatement, it's their opus by far. I saw a 2 review for this and read that the heavy parts were lame and uninspired I then proceeded to vomit. album slays dicks
Cave In Jupiter
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um
Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 with Eric Dolphy
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Phenomenal screamo. Musically, the best screamo album I've heard, however there is one slight flaw. The actual screaming vocals themselves can be a bit weak at times, and seem to always be overshadowed by the crescendo's in the background. Still good vocals, but seem kind of meh in the end. However, the post-rock aspect does blend beautifully with emo texture; brilliant and atmospheric intros lead into heart-aching screamo breakdowns. Album is awesome.
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge Axe to Fall
Cynic Focus
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Cynic Traced in Air
It seems a little automated and robotic, but its a perfect album nonetheless. A huge fave of mine.
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Sometimes I forget. I forget that the best band in melodic death metal history is Dark Tranquillity, and sometimes I forget that their opus "The Gallery" is the best melodic death metal album in existence. Gorgeous vocals, clean and unclean, flawless integration of acoustic guitar riffs, eargasmic/harmonic dual leads, everything you would want from an album. I fucking love this band.
Death Symbolic
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Defeater Travels
Defeater Lost Ground
Defeater has become one of my favorite bands. I love the way they tell stories, its incredibly compelling stuff. I also love how they build melodies and bring songs together the right way. Lost Ground is a truly addicting and impressive EP, and one of my favorites.
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
Ridiculous ambition and diversity lurk around every corner and behind every beautiful melody.
Dream Theater Awake
The least gay Dream Theater album that you will ever hear ever
Eleventh He Reaches London The Good Fight For Harmony
Elliott Smith XO
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
It's funny how people think this is one of his weaker albums, the immature awkwardness just helps the music explode.
Elton John Madman Across the Water
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
After just one listen cohesively, and only a few listens to each individual song, I can easily say that this is the best screamo album I've ever heard.
Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Im not one to 5 things so quickly. In fact, I just recently starting getting into Glassjaw. I barely know any of their music well besides this, however I had a true eargasm during the entire thing and it just clicked fully with me faster than anything ever has. I love the sound, the production, the offbeat lyrics, intense atmosphere and grandiose melodies. I just love everything about what Glassjaw has done on here. It may not be perfect, but its not far from it. This sounds like music from the future. Kind of like a better Deftones with a darker, Radiohead-esque spin on it. Everything on here works for me Im in love with the entire thing. Daytona White is heart stopping.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
in its best moments the most rewarding godspeed, but there is a little 'fat' on here at times. Not that I don't like the creepy sections of amusical weirdness, but it does get a bit excessive. still fantastic though, static is just like fucking nuts
Green Day Dookie
so goodddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
Harmonium L'Heptade
Herbie Hancock Head Hunters
In Vain The Latter Rain
One of the most refresh and diverse metal albums I've heard in a long time. The riffs are awesome, the clean sections are varied and In Vain has simply created an engrossing record that despite a few cheesy interludes and moments of weakness, is really outstanding. Really awesome and underrated album. Octobers Monody is so awesome. However, upon multiple listens one huge flaw remains: its simply too long. It could have been condensed a bit. Still the shit though. It goes back and forth between a 4 and a 4.5. Some songs could have been left out, but some them are just ridiculously engaging. Fun, fresh, different, and still totally badass record.
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Live After Death
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
What I've been looking to find for the longest time. Jaga Jazzist are an enormous group of well-rounded musicians, 10 in fact. On "What We Must", Jazzist combine smooth jazz, post-rock, ambient and electronic music together to create a beautiful and eclectic piece of artistic awesomeness that is pretty much one of the most original styles I've ever heard. It's full of soothing jazz melodies, dreamy post-rock dynamics, and even a bit of electronic noise experimentation. It literally blew me away on first listen, I can't wait to let it grow more.
Jeremy Soule The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Soundtrack
One of the most uplifting, perfect complements to a games atmosphere.
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
John Coltrane My Favorite Things
Most would disagree with me when I call this Coltrane's opus, but for me it is. While being closely followed by A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things sees Coltrane at his best technically; the title track has a few sections of lightning fast arpeggios, the most difficult sax work that he's ever done. The album has many unique undertones; from the eargasmic, and mesmerizing feel of the title track, to the more relaxed and calm tone of "Every Time we Say Goodbye", My Favorite Things seems to be a record of many moods, many styles, and for that, it is my favorite from Coltrane.
John Coltrane Meditations
Judas Priest Painkiller
King Crimson Red
This album is why I consider Robert Fripp to be the messiah.
King Crimson Lizard
Kow Otani Shadow of the Colossus: Roar of the Earth
Kraftwerk Autobahn
title track is fucking crazy my mom showed me this shit, i mean i always knew they existed but like damn this shit is fucking cool
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Finally, female-oriented indie rock that I can actually enjoy, it's the best album of the year actually. I was so surprised I fell in love with this, since I can't stand artists like Joanna Newsom. Hopefully more things will come from Laura Stevenson.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
If Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album isn't the best hard rock album of all time, then I don't know what is. "IV" opens with two of Zep's most intense and in-your-face tunes; "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll". The next two songs on the album are divine ballads, one is the folk-esque "Battle of Evermore" and the godlike "Stairway to Heaven". The next half of the disc contains the rockin' "Misty Mountain Hop", the experimental "Four Sticks", the breathtaking "Going to California" and the funky closer "When the Levee Breaks". There. I just briefly explained every song on Zeppelin's opus. That should be enough. This album is fucking perfect.
Listener Wooden Heart
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mastodon Leviathan
HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE. HEARTS ALIVE.
maudlin of the Well Bath
Toby Driver, creative force behind maudlin of the Well, Kayo Dot, and many other underground avant-garde musical projects, has made brilliant music, and horrible music. His desire to always push the limits is remarkable, when it works. When it doesn't, we just get boring music. "Bath" falls into the first category, because in Driver's expansive discography it's the most successful and remarkable thing he's done. I'll be honest, I know Toby is passionate about his lyrics, but I really don't know what the fuck he's talking about on here............that said the music itself is perfect. It actually successfully combines and juxtaposes art rock, chamber music, blues, jazz, post-rock and avant-garde with death/doom metal to create one of the most diverse and interesting albums ever made. He really got everything right on this one. We have melodically beautiful pieces such as "The Blue Ghost" and "Marids Gift of Art", dissonant and heavy masterpieces such as "They Arent all Beautiful" and "The Ferryman" and brilliant guitar work from Toby. Oh and his vocals rule too! This album seriously is unlike anything I've ever heard, and its completely deserving of the ridiculous cult following its gotten. "Bath" fucks around with every style you could imagine, but still manages to give us awesome melodies and bangin' riffs, which is what we all want from metal. It's not an album for every mood or time, and its not the catchiest piece of music, but its a dynamic, beautifully arranged, darkest metal album I've ever heard.
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
This is brilliant. Its prolly even better than Body Map. I love it.
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
On this record, which is outrageously mesmerizing, Maybeshewill blend hard rock with a highly technical post-rock and electronica, and holy fuck does it work. I was absolutely speechless by the end of the album. I think I actually used the phrase "Holy shit" about six times during my first listen. What's so captivating about this record is how it combines slick and gorgeous piano sections, electronic samples and luscious atmospherics with it's heavier, much more raw, rockingsections. The hard rock sections are intense and always incorporate some type of impressive guitar work, whether it be a tapping section, or a layered dual harmony. I love the play between the badass heavy sections and the atmospheric, dense sections; sometimes they are clearly separated from each other by interludes, sometimes used together to form a giant boulder of epicness, sometimes they climax together at certain points, and then decompress in separate sections. Obviously, The combination of raw hard rock and brilliantly produced electronic/ambient sections is mind-blowing, and the perfectly placed 'talking vocal' sections are chilling and magnificent; the lyrical content revolves the bands strong political views and ideas; actually, all of the words you hear on the album are simply samples from other mediums. And they use samples brilliantly, not only to make a point, but to assist the music itself. Love it. Honestly though, its more of like a 4 maybe 4.5, but this album really got me to become interested in post-rock and all instrumental music. It was a gateway for me.
Maybeshewill To The Skies From A Hillside
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Master of Puppets
loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Metallica Ride the Lightning
I LIKE CHEESBURGERS YES I DO I LIKE CHEESEBURGERS HOW ABOUT YOU???
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica was one of the first bands I ever loved unconditionally. You can question their choices now, and definitely argue that each member is a complete dick, but 1988's "...And Justice for All", while flawed (bass, song lengths) is perfect for me, and my favorite metal album of all time. The thing that makes me choose this over the previous three records is not only the nostalgic value attached to it, but the raw, dissonant, unrelenting heaviness. Some cast this off as boring or stale, but what they see as boring or stale I see as raw and powerful. "The Shortest Straw" has the best Metallica solo, the title track is brilliant, "Blackened" is the perfect opener and obviously "One" is easily Metallica's best song. To be honest, I never listen to Metallica any more. That part of my life is over, but I still love record with extreme passion, and it's still one of my favorite albums ever. This is vintage shit.
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
WHY IS THIS BAND SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
I didn't really 'get' the praise for this at first, but "Brother, Sister" deserves every last drop of praise it receives, as it combines emotional post-hardcore with artistic indie to create a style that I've never heard before. Vocalist Aaron Weiss goes back and forth between talking and singing melodies, and that balance is always equal. He's like a poet; every line flows into the next one perfectly. One of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and one that surely only grow more on me throughout the summer, as I plan to listen to this masterpiece multiple times, only to further enjoy its perfection.
Miles Davis Miles Smiles
One of the best bop records in the Davis catalog; a brilliant line-up, a very smooth and polished sound, each musician is at the top of their game, the songs all bring their own emotion and mood, something I always look for in a great jazz album. This is an amazing and overlooked Davis album, and needs to be checked out by any jazz fan. The transitions from mood to mood are flawless.
Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Easily overlooked, if not completely over-shadowed by other less triumphant attempts, "Sketches of Spain" is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of jazz. The Spanish tinge on here is something that Miles really only did this one time, and it couldn't of worked out better. This album is perfect for any mood, ideal for any day, fitting for any situation. Every instrument collides with another instrument throughout every track, beautifully may I add, and yet the album never seems to overwhelm to a point of confusion. One of the few Miles albums to encompass the use of a full orchestra. Relaxing, smooth, and brilliant, the Miles Davis possible opus "Sketches of Spain" is undoubtedly a grand success, and an experiment that has the most positive outcome of any experiment by Miles. Amazing.
Miles Davis In a Silent Way
A gateway for Miles Davis and a departure from any kind of hard bop that he still had left; the concept of avant-garde, ridiculous arrangements, and long songs was first used at it's most mature by Miles on here, and these concepts would later be explored on his next album "Bitches Brew" which is considered to be the complete version of this album. I prefer this one because it is short and concise, memorable and revolutionary, there would be no "Bitches Brew" without this, and we all know that if that album didn't exist, progressive rock, symphonic rock and especially Jazz, would not be the same.
Miles Davis Agharta
Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Minus the Bear is a quirky little band that has undergone many stylistic changes throughout their impressive career. When they debuted their first full length, "High Refined Pirates", they established themselves as an indie rock/math rock outfit. However, with their next less appealing, and less fun effort "Menos El Oso" they had stepped up the studio electronics, toned down the relentless guitar tapping, but the album was too inconsistent (though still excellent overall) to match up to Pirates. Each record had their advantages. "Planet of Ice", the first indie album I ever loved, combines the fun and energy that "Pirates" had, with the more refined melodies and diversity of "Menos", while adding a new seriousness and a new groove. The electronics and diveristy in type of digital effects used perfectly complements the outstanding songwriting and vocals. This is a gorgeous record, and it has a shitload of replay value.
Misery Signals Mirrors
Misery Signals Controller
One of the best fucking straight up metalcore CD's ever fucking made. fucking great stuff on here
Mono / World's End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
Murder by Death Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
It's taken me a while to realize it, but after some intense listening, I realize that this is one of the best folk/rock albums of all time. Only one or two duds are on here; the rest of the tracks are all classics. His most consistent album, his most engaging album, and his best album, "After the Gold Rush" is a folk masterpiece.
Neil Young On the Beach
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
awesome aweesome awesome too band all jeffs other stuff is lame as shit
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Ghost Reveries
"Ghost Reveries" is a fantastic record, and is Opeth's second best effort. This album is virtually flawless. I've grown to appreciate this more and more as time went on, from "Ghost of Perdition" and all the way through "Isolation Years". Not a bad track to be found, and a perfect representation of Opeth's sound. You can't go wrong with any of the epics here, "Ghost of Perdition" and all of it's glory, "Harlequin Forest" and its constant change from dark to light, "The Grand Conjuration" and all of it's ugly, malicious aesthetics and even "The Baying of the Hounds" and it's catchy melodies. Opeth's best besides "Blackwater Park", and a record that will not be forgotten. It's a mystery as to why I actually prefer 'old Opeth' overall, but one thing is for certain: Their two flawless works are from the 21st century.
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Opeth In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
HOW. THE FUCK. IN THE WORLD. DO YOU NOT 5 THIS. IF YOU LIKE OPETH AND EVEN LIKE BLACKWATER PARK A LITTLE THIS IS A 5/5.HOW. THE FUCK. IN THE WORLD. DO YOU NOT 5 THIS. IF YOU LIKE OPETH AND EVEN LIKE BLACKWATER PARK A LITTLE THIS IS A 5/5.HOW. THE FUCK. IN THE WORLD. DO YOU NOT 5 THIS. IF YOU LIKE OPETH AND EVEN LIKE BLACKWATER PARK A LITTLE THIS IS A 5/5.HOW. THE FUCK. IN THE WORLD. DO YOU NOT 5 THIS. IF YOU LIKE OPETH AND EVEN LIKE BLACKWATER PARK A LITTLE THIS IS A 5/5.HOW. THE FUCK. IN THE WORLD. DO YOU NOT 5 THIS. IF YOU LIKE OPETH AND EVEN LIKE BLACKWATER PARK A LITTLE THIS IS A 5/5. i dont 5 dvds though but this does rule hard
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Poison the Well The Opposite of December
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Protest the Hero Kezia
This album is whiny, noodly, indulgent, and actually really awesome. It means a lot to me musically too as a guitar player, I love the dual guitar work here. Arif's lyrics on this are really brilliant and even though some people hate Rody's voice, I absolutely love it. The melodies are the catchiest melodies ever on a metal album, the guitar work is fucking great, and the whole technical metal opera thing has never been done more to my liking. I like sweeps, I like Rody's vocals, I love his melodies, and I love everything about Protest the Hero's metal opera "Kezia". This is their best, most coherent, most lyrically amazing album, and one that has been with me for a long time. I love every song, every melody, every act, and I love the ending to it all with "A Plateful of Our Dead". "Kezia" fucking rules, but I can understand the hate these guys sometimes get, but none of it bothers me because I still love this type of stuff, and I love the effort PTH put into this musically and lyrically, it's just one of my favorite metal albums.
Protest the Hero Fortress
The best DVD that I've ever seen for a band. A flawless live performance of Opeth's best album for beginning to end, and a second set featuring one song from each Opeth album. It couldn't get any better, the camera work, sound, and performance itself were all flawless. It's fucking Opeth, you can't lose.
Radiohead OK Computer
Yeah this is pretty much a lot better than Kid A so
Rush Hemispheres
This is by far the best Rush album, and undoubtedly one of the best progressive rock albums ever recorded.
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
"Is a Real Boy" is a witty, hilarious, and overall ridiculously unique pop punk album that doesnt stick to the conventions of the genre to succeed. Max Bemis will probably never top what he did on here. The ironic, sarcastic nature of some of the songs combined with great instrumentation and amazing lyrics makes for some of the most fun I've ever had with an album.
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
Scale the Summit The Collective
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Sæglópur
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Sleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everything
Soft Machine Third
Suis La Lune Quiet, Pull the Strings!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD skramzzzzz
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Not a power metal guy, and while this is more of a neo-classical power-prog thing (yep), I can;t deny it's genius. A gorgeous epic, awesome dual leads, excellent integration of neo-classical elements, epic vocals, and not too much cheese. This is a freaking classic. 100 %. There is no right or wrong with this album, because there is only one answer: phenomenal. Oh and the wankery is sweeeeet. Get this shit. This is a sick album, one that I will never forget, even though I don't listen too it often enough.
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Toxicity
Another personal level record. The lyrics are just as bizarre as they are a perfect reflection of society, and the riffs are infectious. My fave, maybe tied with their debut.
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
The Beatles Rubber Soul
Early music by the Beatles is a more vocally dominated pop sound, charming as hell sometimes. Later Beatles music is much more musically diverse and progressive, and while overall, the later Beatles work IS the better side of their career, they did lose a bit of their vocal charm. You know, thick melodies and harmonies, hitting all sorts of crazy notes. So why is "Rubber Soul" my favorite Beatles album? Because it has the best of both worlds. "Rubber Soul" is the first 'musically superior' and last 'strictly pop' Beatles album. It has the charm and the focus on vocal layers, it contains fantastic lyrics, AND it has some great musical experimentation in the mix. It's the combination of ""Revolver" and "A Hard Day's Night" in some ways, and one couldn't ask for better. All that vocal charm of the early days, mixed with the experimentation of the later days. A masterpiece, and the best pop album ever made.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
Despite the fact that the Red EP falls flat for me, the rest of this collection has pretty much showed me that Casey Creszenco is the best, and most varied songwriter in modern music. How you make 9 EP's, all showcasing recreations of different musical styles work so consistently is utterly astounding. Black and Indigo both explore the dark and light elements of electronica while Orange recreates 70's blues brilliantly by channeling both Hendrix and The Doors to create a familiar, yet somehow unique take on such a classic genre. Yellow is a tribute to cute yet sophisticated pop of the late 60's in vein of bands such as The Beatles and The Who, while Green is a stunning look at alternative indie/folk. I could go on and on about how well Casey has handled recreating these genres while still offering more familiar Dear Hunter sounds such as those found on Violet and White, while slapping his signature vocal melodies and introspective lyrics upon every song on here. Only a few moments fall flat, yet its barely noticeable on one of the most consistent, diverse and fun releases I've ever heard. It deserves all the attention and praise it has received, hands down.
The Dear Hunter Green
It's heartfelt, its got a little country influence (and its not gay!), it's got some of Casey's best melodies and it's one of the most enjoyable EP's on the album. I don'rt really like "Crow and Cackle" but everything else it really really excellent.
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Dear Hunter are fucking around with the classics still, this time with The Beatles. And guess what? They fucking rule at it. There's one song that irks me a bit, but the rest are a really great recreation of artsy 60's pop. Casey hit the nail on the head with this one, not as gay as it could have been.
The Dear Hunter Violet
The best 'experiment' (though not much of one for the Dear Hunter) on the Color Spectrum is the one that sounds most similar to their old work. Sure, they proved they can play/write songs in many genres (and do it masterfully) but by Violet being the best EP, they proved that they are best at this style. Theatrical, intricate, catchy, and everything I love about this band. Every song on here is flawless. It showcases everything amazing about Casey as a songwriter; the songs have great stories behind them, brilliant melodies, lush instrumentation, excellent composition and amazing atmosphere. These four songs exemplify everything that the Dear Hunter are great at, but compiles it into a short collection that never bores or falls flat. It's weird, and definitely a little quirky, and I'm not surprised in the few that find this to be the worst EP, it takes a weird kind of ear to really enjoy something like "Look Away", which is the best type of cheesy you can ask for. It's definitely the EP on the album thats gonna divide people the most, but I love it, for how it uses cheesiness to its advantage and showcases some of Casey's best songwriting maneuvers. He's the star of the show here. Four of the bands best songs make for, if you consider any of the EP's on here independent from each other, the band's best work to date.
The Dear Hunter White
Christ. What a fucking way to end the collection. Similar to Violet, White pursues the more catchy and energetic side of The Dear Hunter, while still being intricate and dense. "Lost But Not All Gone" is one of the best songs the band has ever written, and it allows you to leave this album on the best note possible.
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year. Album of the year.
The Doors L.A. Woman
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Would be their best if Cassandra wasn't so badddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
The National High Violet
The Ocean Precambrian
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
I 5'd it. I 5'd it because it's the best and most adventurous grind album ever made. I 5'd this album after hearing it only three times in full, in one night nonetheless. This record instantly struck me as a stand out and opus for it's genre. This blew me the fuck away. Phenomenal vocals, amazing experimentation, badass riffs, nice clean sections, whatever the fuck. Holy shit. I 5'd this, and I don't see any reason to ever take the 5 away. Like holy fuck I feel really weird 5'ing this after knowing it for one day, but I don't fucking care. This album is unbelievable.
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
Catchy, beautifully produced and moving, its really an album worth getting into, because once you grow into it its really rewarding. This band has an interesting way of making every song a story, once I started listening more I had to look up the lyrics for each song, I wanted to be able to see the stories as best as possible. It also helps that the band writes warm melodies and great hooks, oh and their drummer is EXCELLENT. Great Indie-Folk, beautifully put together and definitely worth the listen, and many listens after.
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
I now love everything that I promised myself I would always hate. This blew me away.
The Twilight Sad Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
The Who Quadrophenia
The Zombies Odessey and Oracle
omg come on this album is so fun why did nobody dig this when it came out u buttholesr
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners
Toby Driver In the L..L..Library Loft
Trophy Scars Hospital Music
The lyrics in this are beyond ridiculous, but they are simply too fun and are delivered perfectly, and lets get real the music is prolly the best spastic post hxc ever made. I've been listening too this for a long time, and I finally realize how perfect it is. Sorry Trophy Scars noobs, this is their crowning achievement, their magnum opus by a mile. And Jerry is a mad man on here 5/5
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
I mean its prolly not a 5 but.....it's my favorite of the year and the musicianship/technique really slays. I also just love their style, sometimes they sound retarded (in a good way) and it makes me smile, or sometimes they unleash a frenzy of arpeggios stacked up against eachother and it makes my jaw drop. This band isnt for everyone, but if youre into anything over the top and ridiculous give it a spin its fucking sweetttt.
Various Artists (Indie) Dark Was The Night
Weezer Pinkerton
I actually listened to Weezer a long long time ago religiously. When I go back now, I cannot stand most of their music, some of it is so stupid and indulgent and omg wtf. It's weird though, Pinkerton is a true masterpiece yet it's the same exact style Weezer has always been playing-except on here it owns face. Weezer has changed a lot since their first three records, however, stylistically, they are still the same band they've always been, except now they play that style the worst way possible, while on here, it works like a charm. Pinkerton is warm, witty, catchy and satisfying. Unfortunately, with the amount of ego Rivers has up his ass they band will never make good music again. Despite all that, Pinkerton remains a timeless, brilliant record.
Wes Montgomery Smokin' at the Half Note
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this was incredible. one of the best ive heard in a while.
Wintersleep Welcome To The Night Sky
There's something about this record that is so warm, so inviting, so comforting. Wintersleep is one of those bands who never get enough credit for the music they put out. "Welcome to the Night Sky" has everything that I love about music wrapped up into a neat, beautiful little record. Paul's incredibly simple yet warm melodies pop up all over the record exactly when you crave them, and the arrangements are simply breathtaking at some points. It's not a record that breaks any boundaries lyrically-though Paul is an excellent songwriter he's no Elliott Smith or Thom Yorke, but he still writes incredibly loveable, catchy music that is much better than it seems at the surface. "Welcome to the Night Sky" is a loveable, consistent, musically engaging album with melodies that can get stuck in your head for days, and it's not only Wintersleep's greatest achievement, but probably one of the most underrated rock albums in modern music. There's something so captivating about songs like "Oblivion" and "Laser Beams"; their songs that you want to listen too. This album is a true winner.
Yasushi Yoshida Grateful Goodbye
Yes Close to the Edge
So I just rated this on Neutralthunder, don't know why I hadn't had this rated before. An essential progressive album, and the best YES album along with their 1971 effort. The play and technicality between the instruments is so fucking engaging and captivating, the vocals are top notch, each track brings a different texture to the table. The classic opener "Close to the Edge" is possibly the best progressive epic from the classic prog era, and YES sure showed the world that they were capable of more than they had done in the past before this was released. If you are a progressive music fan, and haven't heard this, then you are doing something wrong. Classic.
Yes The Yes Album
Underrated compared to slightly inferior albums such as Fragile or Relayer, The Yes Album is the first true Progressive effort from YES, and it's a pretty brilliant one. While "I've Seen All Good People" is an awkward dud, the rest of the album flows phenomenally, and ends with the magnificent and key track "Perpetual Change". This is one of the best old school prog albums, and I'm glad I gave it another chance, after originally disregarding it as an important YES album.
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss

4.0 excellent
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's Lullaby
This is fucking kickass. Dandelion is absolutely nuts. 7A7P helped revolutionize a genre that in all its years hasn't created much that hits as hard as this does. It's heavy, chaotic and raw as fuck. Obviously it has it's fair share of fluidity flaws and its a tad samey, but its still kickass and easily better than "Of Malice"
A Lot Like Birds Plan B
SO many 5 moments on here its not even funny.......unfortunately sometimes what are even good ideas are used incorrectly and sound out of place. Aside from that, this is still truly phenomenal, it combines this quirky post-hardcore with mathy/proggy awesomeness to create a sound I've really never heard before......these guys (I think its one main guy who wrote most of it) could really write a masterpiece if they learned to still be controlled in their quirkiest moments. Ill be addicted to this for a while. Its got something for everybody.
A Textbook Tragedy A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Pri
Agalloch The White
Agalloch The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes
Agalloch are a truly mind-blowing band, and this DVD shows that they can perform the music they write very well. Because this type of music doesn't make for the most rocking show, I kind of lost focus at some points, but overall, the instrumentals were flawless and John's clean vocals and whisper screams were perfect. The set list was fantastic as well, and the black and white recording allowed the DVD to seem more raw and beautiful, untouched by the over-done production that it could of had. The black and white really suited the music well. Excellent performance by one of my favorite bands.
Al Di Meola Casino
Al Di Meola Splendido Hotel
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
This grew from a 3 all the way to a 4. One of the best indie/pop albums out there right now. Bird is a genius, and this is him at his peak.
Andy McKee Art of Motion
Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Antoine Dufour Development
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
August Burns Red Constellations
FANBOYISM. FANBOYISM. FANBOYISM. FANBOYISM. FANBOYISM.
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Bayside Acoustic
Bayside Bayside
Bayside The Walking Wounded
Beardfish Sleeping in Traffic, Pt 1
Beardfish Destined Solitaire
Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Beirut Elephant Gun
Beirut The Rip Tide
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Botch We Are the Romans
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Holiday
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska
The only real problems with Nebraska are the few boring songs, and a few flat melodies in
songs that can't hold my attention. Besides that, Springsteen's raw and incredibly haunting
"Nebraska" is both brilliant and incredibly real. "Atlantic City" is possibly his best song,
and "Mansion on the Hill" is equally amazing.
Called To Arms Peril and the Patient
Camel Moonmadness
Camel Rajaz
Camel The Snow Goose
Carissa's Wierd Songs About Leaving
Caspian The Four Trees
Not original, not shattering any post-rock boundaries, but there are some thrilling moments on here, and some absolutely gorgeous melodies and acoustic guitar work.
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
Cave In Planets of Old
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Charles Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Charles Mingus The Clown
Charlie Parker Jam Session
Chimaira Chimaira
Circle Takes The Square Rites of Initiation
They have actually improved. And ATRU was really excellent but there were moments of weakness and moments where I just kind of got irritated by ridiculousness. Still they are one of the smartest bands in the genre and on this theyve improved in terms of songwriting. More diverse, more coherent and less focused on Drew exploding, this definitely shows us that Decompositions may as a whole be better than ATRU.
City and Colour Bring Me Your Love
Coalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Converge You Fail Me
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Converge Unloved and Weeded Out
Cursive Domestica
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Dangers Anger
Anger is a noisy, fun, incredibly pissed off record. For modern hardcore punk its surprisingly varied musically, Dangers throws a few melodic curve balls and interesting transitions/experiments, all of which lots of hardcore bands forget to do. Sometimes the album is downright hysterical, sometimes its so vulgar as well. Despite how fun and fresh it is, it can still be overwhelming and feel just about out of place at times, but when it hits, it hits. Anger is a unique and fun hardcore record that sets itself apart from other modern punk records by doing things just a bit differently.
Dark Tranquillity Character
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Human
Dio The Last in Line
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
This is possibly my favorite Progressive epic of all time, it's simply divine.
dredg El Cielo
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Eleventh He Reaches London Hollow Be My Name
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection
whyyyyyyyyyyyy the fuck is this my favorite Elton John album wtffffffffffffffffffffffffff
Eluvium Copia
Eluvium Lambent Material
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...
Eric Dolphy Outward Bound
Ever Forthright Ever Forthright
Everest Ghost Notes
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Feist The Reminder
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay
Frightened Rabbit Quietly, Now
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Clearly, one of the best of the year so far, even though this was not as fantastic as their previous release. Though it
had some problems with structure and superfluous dragging in spots, the arrangements and use of horns/other
instruments were used in a sophisticated and flawless manner, making each song interesting. In a way, this reminded
me of the way Sigur Ros songs sort of flow, with buildups that just coast and tickle your ears. Some people will like
Rabbit's transformation, some will prefer the old style. Whatever the case may be, though Frightened Rabbit still has
to work some small kinks out, it is clear from this release that they are not far from a classic, which they released in
2008. Will they ever top it? Probably not.The main problem is, and the reason that Midnight Organ Flight is superior,
is because about half of the songs on the album, though they arrangements are still excellent, never quite go
anywhere. Some songs start and finish without a true middle. Even so, the tracks that are without this blemish are
fantastic, and enough to distract from the slight inconsistency in song structure and bring this from a really high 3.5
to a solid 4. Tied with Immolation for best of the year so far.
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Gentle Giant Octopus
Gentle Giant Free Hand
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
really good album and suicide by star is sickkkkkkkkkkkkk
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A#(Infinity) [Vinyl]
Godspeed You! Black Emperor John Peel Sessions
Green Day Nimrod
Hacksaw to the Throat Wastelands
Herbie Hancock Thrust
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage
Hey Rosetta! Seeds
um so welcome is kinda like one of the best songs of the year by far yeah
Horace Silver Song For My Father
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Hugh Laurie makes a blues album- and it's ballsy as fuck. He sounds like a fucking boss on it, the piano playing is stellar, his melodies are huge and the arrangements are really fucking nice. Even someone who listens to this kind of shit routinely can't deny how awesome Laurie sounds on this, he's the star of the show. It's a bit too long, but is easily still one of the smoothest and beautifully put together albums I've heard in a while. Cool album.
Immolation Majesty and Decay
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Whoracle
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Jazzy, sometimes incredibly melodic, sometimes incredibly dense and dissonant post-metal. The bass work is fucking fantastic, the percussion incredibly impressive, and the album is varied enough to warrant multiple listens. It walks the perfect line between lush melodies and jarring, dark sludgy post-metal and kept my attention for most of the ride.
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
The best thing about singer-songwriter Sam Beam is his consistency. Some of his work may lack truly stand-out moments, but at his best, Beam is a genius. Heartfelt and genuine, "Our Endless Numbered Days" features some of Beam's most interesting songs, such as "Naked as We Came" or "Teeth in the Grass". The album trails off a bit towards the conclusion of the record, but thankfully, the final track, "Passing Afternoon", a lyrical slice of brilliance, allows you to walk away from "Days" with a smile on your face. While some of the melodies on here sound too much alike for their own good at times (and are still excellent might I add), Beam's constant dabbling with funk makes up for that slight lack of diversity. Beam is one of the most dependable artists in modern music.
Iron & Wine Woman King
On the "Woman King" EP, Sam Beam shows that he is one of the strongest forces in indie/folk. While sometimes to subtle for it's own good, the arrangements, whether they be combinations of piano and violin, or banjo and guitar, are simply handled beautifully. While Beam is definitely not at his lyrical best on here, he showcases the precision of his angelic vocals throughout every track, and his melodies are more unique and interesting than ever. A quick EP that's great for listening on quiet stormy nights, and while not Beam's best offering, it's something that contains some of his best talent, especially in terms of the vocals and virtuous guitar playing. Highlights include "Woman King", "Evening on the Ground" and "Grey Stables". Definitely a sweet EP.
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden Rock in Rio (DVD)
Iron Thrones The Wretched Sun
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
Jaga Jazzist One-Armed Bandit
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Jets to Brazil Perfecting Loneliness
John Coltrane Giant Steps
John Coltrane Blue Train
John Coltrane Ascension
John Coltrane Impressions
John Martyn Solid Air
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Kashiwa Daisuke April. #02
Kashiwa Daisuke 88
While it's disappointing to see such a diverse and creative musician make something generic, it's still fucking great.
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
Kidcrash Jokes
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Knut Terraformer
Knut Challenger
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
An enormous, ambitious, beautiful, tragic poem. The art and brilliance behind the lyricism and the actual music is mind-blowing. His delivery is ace, the guitar riffs are orgasmic, the lyrics are outstanding, and the way it all comes together is simply perfect. Yeah it's possibly a little over-emotional, but, its in your face fun with clever metaphors and awesome melodies. Intense. Fuck the haters, album slays hearts and shits on their new one which is a snoozefest
La Dispute Untitled 7"
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Listener Return to Struggleville
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
How can you not love it, it's loud, it knocks you in the face, and it's just freaking stunning at some points. Something for everyone on this modern rock n roll classic.
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Maybeshewill Not For Want Of Trying
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Mesa Verde The Old Road
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica S&M
Metallica Francais Pour Une Nuit
Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Miles Davis Milestones
Miles Davis Birth of the Cool
Miles Davis Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
Miles Davis On the Corner
No need for the mixed reviews it receives; even though I know why it gets them. As inaccessible as this is, as weird and fucked up as this is, as blatantly odd as this is, its totally bad ass. Absolutely fun as all hell.
Miles Davis Pangaea
Miles Davis Big Fun
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear Into the Mirror
Misery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum Heart
Modern Life Is War Witness
Marshaltown and Deadramones are like the two best hardcore songs ever
Mogwai Young Team
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory (Deluxe Edition)
Murder by Death In Bocca Al Lupo
Murder by Death Like the Exorcist, but More Breakdancing
On "Like the Exorcist", MbD do what they fail to do on later efforts; seduce the listener with haunting melodies and subdued vocals. That combination right there is enough to merit a 4, Murder by Death are all over the place on this album musically, mostly in a good way. The two instrumentals are mind blowing, and songs like "You are the Last Dragon" and "I'm Afraid of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe" are catchy and seductive. Sometimes a little too muddy with experiments, but overall an excellent debut from one of the best bands in the genre. It's sad that they ditched this style as the years went on, but everything good comes to an end.
Neurosis Times of Grace
Tracks like "Under the Surface", "Belief" and "The Doorway" are truly stunning, while "End of the Harvest" displays a sense of doom that really punches you in the gut. The entire album doesn't exactly keep that quality the whole time, but when it does, it's pretty fucking badass. Not to mention it flows incredibly well.
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
It's hard to choose what Nick Drake's opus is. It's always between "Five Leaves Left" and "Pink Moon", but they are both so close, it's hard to pick a favorite. Since I've been listening to Drake, I have gone back and forth between having this at a 5, and "Pink Moon" at a 5. Currently, "Five Leaves Left", is my favorite from Drake, and my favorite folk record of all time. While "Pink Moon" is the more haunting and emotional experience, "Five Leaves Left" features Nick's true genius; the sophistication of arrangements, the smooth and beautiful vocal melodies, the lack of a bad track. Highlights include the dazzling "River Man", the gorgeous "Cello Song", the epic "Three Hours", and the morning ballad "Saturday Sun". This is a perfect album in my eyes, and it features Drake at his most controlled. "Pink Moon" rivals this, but cannot edge this out. Easily my favorite folk album, and easily light years ahead of it?s time.
Nick Drake Family Tree
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Morningrise
As a guitar player, I couldn't even fathom how Opeth arranged the most brilliant acoustic dual leads and impressive pirate-esque riffs flawlessly on to one album. Yeah, maybe they 'refined' their sound after this and yeah, maybe many Opeth albums are 'better' but I simply think the flow, the harmonies, the way it's integrated, is near perfect. It has a much darker and melodic tone than any other Opeth album. A strange favorite from me.
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Lamentations
Oscar Peterson Night Train
Fucking awesome jazz pianist. A little overlooked compared to the other guys. Great homework album as well.
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Parades Foreign Tapes
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Persefone Core
Pg. 99 Document #5
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Meddle
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
This record is so underrated; one of the best efforts from Porcupine Tree, if not the best. (Yeah, I said it.)
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
Rachel's The Sea and the Bells
Radiohead The Bends
It's such a great recordddddddddddddd but its really just a straight up rock album at its core- fully of heavy anthems, slower ballads, and some guitar solos. Definitely 100000x different than what Radiohead is doing now, but still worth the time without question. There are some real classics on here.
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Permanent Waves
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.
This is why I love mathcore.
Sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks Tomorrow
Slint Spiderland
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Spock's Beard V
Spock's Beard The Light
Stars Set Yourself On Fire
Strike Anywhere Exit English
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
System of a Down Hypnotize
Tartar Lamb Sixty Metonymies
Testament The New Order
The Band Music From Big Pink
this rules so hard m////////////////////////////////////////////
The Beatles Abbey Road
Obviously this is great and it perfectly demonstrates just how varied The Beatles were, but this simply isn't worth the hype of "Best Beatles album". I prefer Revolver, Rubber Soul and even Sgt. Peppers but I won't deny that this is still a fucking great record.
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour is a fun album, but it sounds like the retarded and less capable brother of Sgt. Peppers. Sometimes, this album is way too cheesy and obnoxious, and other times, brilliant writing is implemented. All in all, a fun and sometimes awesome listen, but so flooded with cheese that it's hard to give it above a 3. It also doesn't help that the songs are a bit longer than they should be. But ah. Fuck it. The album is really fun sometimes, and though its like a three pound burger filled with CHEESE, its still fucking hilarious.
The Beatles Hey Jude
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dear Hunter Black
Its actually really original, and it's really epic at times. It's sounds like nothing they've done before. That said, its still kinda weird.....and there's a couple moments that make me question what Casey was trying to do with this EP.......a nice, quirky way to start off the spectrum, but I gotta say there a few awkward moments that I can't ignore. It's still excellent at most points though, definitely unlike anything the band has ever done. Weird maybe, but one of the more interesting ep's.
The Dear Hunter Orange
goooooood shit but its really samey. The Dear Hunter expand on what they did on Red, but instead of that grungy 90's angst, you get flirtation with 70's blues rock. They sound like Led Zeppelin and The Doors only they put their own unique twist on it. I like almost every song on here a lot, it's a really cool experiment and it's more consistent than the EP before it. Love the guitar work on here.....reminds me of Jimmy Page. Good shit, but its too samey to give it a higher rating then a 3.5.
The Dear Hunter Blue
Not exactly the most vibrant and catchy EP, but one of the most heartfelt and beautiful. Different from the EP's in many ways, it's slow, but it's insanely effective and beautiful. Trapdoor is really fantastic. A different side of The Dear Hunter makes for one of their most interesting. One of the best EP's on the album. Not exactly the catchiest, but if you really sit down and listen you'll understand just how gorgeous it is.
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Doors Strange Days
The Doors The Doors
The End Transfer Trachea Reverberations from Point: False Omniscient
The Evpatoria Report Golevka
The Faceless Akeldama
THIS is death-tech. In listening to the genre extensively as of late, I have discovered some so-so bands, some rhorrible bands, and this band. This is undoubtedly one of the best records in the technical metal genre, as it blends rcrushing vocals, highly original and orgasmic dual leads, fantastic sweeps, and of course, little hints of funk and jazz rfusion every so often. Look, there are those who say that these kind of bands 'show off' and can't 'write good songs', rbut the technicality is displayed tastefully, songs flow as a collection of unique riffs and those unpredictable funk rfusion sections and those cool little drum fills. This is a truly phenomenal album, and this band never ceases to rimpress me, though I think that the album that came after this was inferior, as it was a little more boring and a tad rmore monotonous at times, yet still very good, but it doesn't compare to the quality of this record, and how smooth rand colorful it is.
The Fall Of Boss Koala Reference Points
The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
Craig Finn's and The Hold Steady's storytelling opus, and their rock opera. Telling stories of Halleluja Holly, a troubled young (and apparently good looking) teen girl, a pimp named Charlemagne and tackling topics such as religion and drug abuse, Separation Sunday is Craig Finn's most richly metaphorical and deeply complex album, while not without flaws. While the story itself tackles a thousand different topics in smart ways and really details it's characters, the songs themselves aren't always perfectly constructed and the melodies are not always that easy to immerse yourself in. Despite this, "Separation Sunday" is still a great rock n roll styled opera that not only gives us a taste of the immature and drug infested lifestyles of the characters, but provides Finn's smart look at religion and growing older, not to mention some incredibly huge power chords and explosive punk rock feel. "Your Little Hoodrat Friend", "Stevie Nix" and "Banging Camp" are all classic Hold Steady songs, and don't be afraid to drown in rock n roll references and Finn's incredibly detailed scenes and stories.
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
It's just too hit and miss to decide on a rating yet. The atmosphere on this shit is crazy
but half the time they ruin anything good they have going with a pointless culmination of
blippy's and bloopy's to try to spice things up, and it just flattens the track. Obviously
going into a Mars Volta album you know its gonna be overdone, and insanely detailed to
the point of musical ridiculousness, and they continued that here, sometimes it works,
sometimes it doesn't. The definite positive however is that there are a few fucking sweet
tracks buried within the record. "Aegis", "Molochwalker" and "Empty Vessels" are perhaps
better than anything the band has done since "Frances the Mute", which doesn't say much
considering how much fail was packed into the previous three records, but believe me, theres
some killer shit on here. I think I've given up on them ever making something fully
satisfying all the way through again, because lets face it, when you're this ambitious it's
hard to be consistent- but I'm glad they still have some brilliant songs here and there. It could range from a
2.5-4, only time will tell.
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats The Coroner's Gambit
The National Cherry Tree
The Ocean Aeolian
The Saddest Landscape After The Lights
This album is a lot better than all of you think it is. Truth
The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun
The Twilight Sad Forget The Night Ahead
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
The Who Tommy
The Who Who's Next
The Yardbirds For Your Love
Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser
Thelonious Monk Monk's Dream
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thursday Common Existence
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Touche Amore ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse
Trap Them Darker Handcraft
A fucking intense, brilliantly produced, angry hardcore record that effectively fucks your face into the ground. The major issue here is while they are varied in structuring their songs, some songs really do blend into others. Despite this, if you want your skull to get pounded by energetic and quick hitting grind pick this up its br00tal and not gay
Trophy Scars Goodnight Alchemy
From the good ol' chaotic post hxc proggy emo of trophy scurz this is some of their best shit
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Musically this is the best and most coherent Trophy Scars LP. The only problem is Jerry gets a little annoying after a while, and usually I love him unconditionally but he does the intense Tom Waits bluesy deep voice thing too often. He varies it nicely with screams sometimes, and the whole bluesy vibe is something Trophy Scars toyed with in the past and decided to fully embrace on this. It's a colorful, varied listen only bogged down by too much Tom Waits-ish Jerry vocals and a few too many slow sections that pop up and sound too familiar all over the album, making it sound more samey than it actually is. But besides that, its gold, and beautifully put together.
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
TTNG Animals
This Town Needs Guns is one of the few bands that can effortlessly combine chilled out, relaxing indie pop music and somehow maintain a ridiculously technical appearance through the instrumental complexity of almost every song. "Animals" is satisfying; you can either just sit back and let the vocal melodies carry lift you into the clouds, or you can sit up and pay attention to the intricate composition and lightning fast time changes, the listener can decide which way to enjoy this.
Ulver Bergtatt
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
This shit is fucking weirdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
United Nations United Nations
Van der Graaf Generator Godbluff
Volbeat Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
We Were Promised Jetpacks These Four Walls
Weezer Weezer
Weird Al Yankovic Running With Scissors
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco Summerteeth
catchy as hell it owns
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland
Yasushi Yoshida Little Grace
Yes Relayer
Yes Fragile

3.5 great
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
Let me tell you, "The Fall of Math" is one of the most eclectic and dynamic pieces of music out there- but it's flaws hold it back from being an experimental masterpiece. Sometimes I get lost in the endless juxtaposition of electronica and what-ever-the-fuck post-rock, it seems as if they experiment for the hell of it instead of taking those experiments and doing something with them. I also don't like the use of vocal samples, they do nothing for the most part, Besides these two outstanding flaws, the album is actually perfect. Colorful, inventive, very dynamic, great diversity between soft and loud, bittersweet melodies, and a great background record is what you will find in "The Fall of Math", but it's far from a perfect electronica record.
65daysofstatic One Time for All Time
65daysofstatic Heavy Sky
AC/DC Highway to Hell
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
After The Burial Rareform (Re-release)
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind And Pillor
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Al Di Meola Electric Rendezvous
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself
Mr. Bird delivers just as expected (though with a little too much familiarity); intricate,
melodically rich folk rock. It's not quite as consistent or varied as "Eggs" or "Armchair"
but it's easily superior to Noble Beast. There's a few really awesome songs spread among a
bunch of solid, sometimes boring ones. The album is a tad too long, and overall a tad too
underwhelming, but a nice, delicate, chilled out listen with some great arrangements and
that signature whistling. There's a few duds here and there but "Lazy Projector" is easily
one of his best songs, and one of my favorite songs of the year so far. Though it seems like
Bird refuses to progress or shake things up, him dancing around in his comfort zone isn't
exactly a bad thing.
Andy McKee Dreamcatcher
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Anthrax State of Euphoria
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Architects Nightmares
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Arsis United in Regret
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Atheist Piece of Time
Attack in Black Marriage
August Burns Red Leveler
If Caleb McAlpine knows he's an idiot, why does he continue to post soundoffs that make no sense?
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Bayside Sirens & Condolences
Beardfish Sleeping in Traffic, Pt 2
Beirut Gulag Orkestar
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Alaska [Instrumental]
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me Best Of
Bison B.C. Dark Ages
These guys are mad chill, and fortunately they improved upon on their average/solid debut to craft an entertaining piece of sludge metal. Its a pretty fun album, get it if you are in the mood for a quick, catchy, muddy listen.
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Born of Osiris was never a great band.....they sucked for a while, and they were just ok, nothing special. A few catchy deathcore songs here and there. How they went from being a little old junzy band to this, is beyond me. Blown away. Most surprising album of the year
Botch American Nervoso
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Camel Camel
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Cave In Antenna
Cave In Beyond Hypothermia
Hmmmmmmmmm...............................underrated much? I sure think so. Between a 3.5 and a 4, some moments are outstanding.
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Circle Takes The Square Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
recurring melodic themesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssrnah but come on this thing goes too far.rsometimes.
CityCop Seasons
Coalesce OX
Converge The Poacher Diaries
Corelia Nostalgia
Corelia shows a great deal of promise on this EP with excellent guitar work, musical diversity and consistently impressive instrumental composition. However, they make a good deal of mistakes and missteps as well. Sometimes the clean vocal melodies drag on for way too long, sometimes too many things overlap and cause melodies and experiments too fall flat, a technique which some of Corelia's have mastered, but techniques that Corelia themselves have not. Its a very impressive and refreshing EP, but they are in no way perfect on here and fall victim too a few poor songwriting choices. The wank on here definitely pleases me, as a good wankfest always does, but some of the other choices Corelia made on here disappointed me. What needs to be tweaked and diversified are the clean vocal melodies, and some of the melodies and parts instrumentally need to allow single parts to be heard more often. While overall songwriting needs to be improved, Corelia have definitely shown us their talent and skills with this EP.
Counterparts Prophets
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cynic Re-Traced
Damien Rice O
Danzig Danzig
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer
Deadguy Fixation on a Coworker
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deep Purple Burn
Deerhunter Microcastle
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Deftones White Pony
Dio Holy Diver
Dirty Three Ocean Songs
"Ocean Songs" is definitely a unique sounding post-rock record from a unique post-rock band, Dirty Three. Only three members play on the album, and only three instruments are present; a guitar, a violin, and drums. I love the feel on this record, it's like a combination of 'pirate music', celtic folk, classical, medieval (if that is somehow a genre) and much more. The album's biggest downfall is it's slow beginning, and while most post-rock albums do have a slower beginning than most other albums from other genres, the problem here is that the arrangements themselves are ridiculously samey (and eventually they get kind of dull up until the highlight track) which can definitely be a drag. Despite this, there is no denying the fact that the album does have it's standout moments, and even a few standout tracks, sometimes the climaxes are completely chilling. The only problem is that Dirty Three sounds the same when they are ascending to those climaxes, but again, despite the samey tone of the 'rises and falls', the album is arranged beautifully, and for that, it gets a low 4. Dirty Three is definitely an interesting band, but one would wonder how a sound that's so eclectic at it's core could sound so samey at times. Definitely great relaxing music though, something that I can see myself wanting to listen to again at a later time.
Dirty Three Dirty Three
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Images and Words
lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll cheese
dredg Catch Without Arms
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Elliott Smith Live at Largo
Elton John Honky Chateau
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Ensiferum Iron
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Very good but overrrrrrrrrrrrrrratttttttttttteeeeeddddd
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Fang Island Fang Island
Every band in the math-rock/experimental rock genre usually brings something new to the table, but Fang Island has gone beyond that norm. If I was reviewing the album, I've give it a 4, it's proper rating, but as I am a sucker for sick guitar harmonies, a 4.5 is what it should be. But then again, it's not on the same level as some of my 4.5's, so I'm going to give it a 'super' 4. I've listened to Tera Melos, Maps and Atlases and Portugal the Man, and I can safely say that this may be my favorite straight up math rock album that I've heard so far. Fang Island blends fantastic dual guitar harmonies, lighting fast but not to showy tapping sections, choir like vocals that fit so badly that they fit perfectly, and ultimately have released a record that is void of a bad track. To be honest, I feel like a terrible critic, I've been handing out 4's to many albums I've heard from 2010, so I feel like I'm being to easy (though I have given out some 2.5's so far), but I'm sorry, I cannot deny the brilliance and originality of this record. A gem that will no doubt be overlooked. Though it shouldn't. Check it out.
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning Parallels
Fear Factory Mechanize
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fucked Up Year Of The Ox
Genesis Trespass
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Ghostlimb Ghostlimb
Giraffes? Giraffes! More Skin With Milk-Mouth
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tiny Silver Hammers
Gorguts Obscura
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
This is really good and colorful screamo, but a little too jammy for screamo at some points and still a little overrated.
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Kerplunk
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Harmonium Si on avait besoin dune cinquieme saison
If These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could Talk
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Intronaut trades a small portion of their more atmospherically dense post-metal for even further prog and jazz development, and the result is a step forward and a small step back. I actually prefer "Prehistoricisms" a little bit because it's definitely more consistent and crushing. This one however, has some absolutely brilliant fucking moments, possibly better than any even single idea on "Prehistoricisms". The first couple minutes of "Core Relations" is beyond breathtaking, but unfortunately after that the song kinda develops into the same clean and over produced vocal melodies that plague the rest of the album. Those melodies and vocals kind of drag down how great some of these songs are. Obviously this is still a great album, but it could have easily been neck and neck with "Prehistoricisms" if not for some of the musical choices, such as those clean melodies. "Core Relations", "Sunderance" and "Above" are all brilliant, but unfortunately the rest blend together. Still a nice one, but a little less memorable than their former record.
Iron & Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
The first full length effort from Beam is called "The Creek Drank the Cradle", and oh, is it soothing. Jis most barren and lo-fi recording, "Cradle" is an old time sounding, nighttime folk record with some very pleasing tunes sprinkled throughout. While not Beam's opus, his lyrics are at their best on here; songs about love never sounded so original. My one giant complaint is that certain songs drag on for too long, and also that Beam's is not melodically great on here. While it's clear that Beam improved after this album, this is a rare gem that should simply be appreciated for its lyrical content, for its one of the best of its class. If it was less draggy and had some of Beam's ace melodic work (for example, the vocal work on his 2nd LP) it could be his best.
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Flight 666 (DVD)
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Isis Wavering Radiant
Jethro Tull A Passion Play
Jethro Tull War Child
John Coltrane Lush Life
John Coltrane Interstellar Space
John Coltrane Olé Coltrane
John Martyn Grace and Danger
Jordan Rudess Notes on a Dream
Jose Gonzalez Veneer
Joy Wants Eternity You Who Pretend to Sleep
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Karnivool Sound Awake
Kashiwa Daisuke April.#07
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
Kidcrash Snacks
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
King Crimson The Power to Believe
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson THRAK
Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express
La Dispute Vancouver
La Dispute Here, Hear. II
La Quiete La Fine Non E La Fine
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Lights Out Asia Tanks And Recognizers
This is one of the most warm and beautiful records I've ever heard. Phenomenal production, diversity in it's
digitally altered instrumentals and a charm like no other make this great, but it simply has too many
plunders to be a truly excellent offering. This album fails to incorporate any type of diversity in it's
emotional tone; everything always sounds so tranquil and spacey, and every song gives off the same
atmosphere, and in this case, that makes this album, specifically it's midsection, boring. Despite being
beautifully arranged and well thought out, and despite a few highlights, the album is just a boring or
sometimes 'meh' ambient album that just happens to be gorgeously arranged, I just wish more would have
been done with the undertones and d on the album. I wish the album would have been more layered and
diverse, like the closing track or the key track "Four Square". It simply gives the same vibe off for it's entire
running time, and even it's fantastic composition can not fully make up for the boredom, especially the
boring midsection. While an album that is full of beautiful ambiance, Tanks and Recognizers fails to
encompass climaxes and crescendos, and instead plays it safe and focuses solely on it's one emotional
undertone, and this is something that holds it back from being the masterpiece it could have been, but it's
still not a 'bad' record at all.
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's The Dust of Retreat
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's The Daytrotter Sessions EP
Marillion Fugazi
Mastodon Remission
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica No Life 'Til Leather
Metallica Metal Up Your Ass
Metallica Cunning Stunts
mewithoutYou I Never Said That I Was Brave
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
mewithoutYou are one of the most interesting and capable bands in modern indie, and this record proves that. It's beautifully orchestrated, catchy as hell, interesting and definitely a diverse and varied listen. While a great record, it is not without fault. It's a great sing-a-long, but sometimes the lyrical content, despite always rhyming perfectly, can get a little obnoxious. Some of the melodies can be a bit obnoxious too, in fact, this album just barely gets the 4, as it can become annoying at times. However, considering it's diversity and gorgeous arrangements, a 4 seems the perfect rating, but then again, it seems less serious and moving than their previous efforts, so, despite the structure, it gets a 3.5...
Miles Davis Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
Miles Davis Nefertiti
Miles Davis Star People
Miles Davis Dig
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess
Despite being beautifully arranged and instrumentally diverse, Porgy and Bess just seems like less grandiose, less spanish-esque, less exciting version of Sketches of Spain. It's gorgeous arrangements don't always save it however; the album can get pretty monotnous and boring, sometimes outrageously dull. Porgy and Bess seems like the down syndrome brother of Sketches of Spain, but it's not all bad. Songs like "Prayer" and "Gone" are riveting, and the album is solid enough (again, despite sometimes sinking into boringville) to earn a low 3.5.
Miles Davis E.S.P
Minus the Bear Bands Like It When You Yell YAR at Them
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Misery Signals Misery Signals
Modern Life Is War My Love. My Way.
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Mogwai Rock Action
Mogwai Mr. Beast
Mono Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered....
Mono You Are There
Mooncake Lagrange Points
Motion City Soundtrack I Am the Movie
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
A truly interesting record and progression for a solid powerpop band. To be honest, I HATE pop punk and all of that garbage, but this is a tad different. the integration of acoustic guitars and unique guitar leads, along with some great synth work puts this in a different universe than the usually awful pop punk genre. This band has been hit and miss over their career, "I am the Movie" was just a little above average for pop punk, "Commit this" was a great an interesting one, "Even if it Kills Me" was a step backwards, and this, is their best and most diverse so far. Sure, the cliche rhythms of pop punk are there, and sure, so are the song formulas, but the structures are just varied and tweaked enough to be something different in the genre. Musically, it's the most diverse powerpop album ever made, and I really enjoyed it. No it's not phenomenal, excellent or even really great, but it's the best that a weak genre has to offer. Did I mention the sexy vocal melodies?
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Mutiny Within Mutiny Within
Imagine that Killswitch Engage and Symphony X got married, and then throw in a unique child. This album combines
all the fury and rage of metalcore with the catchy elements and blazing fast guitar solos of power metal. I am not
one to praise power metal, (I actually despise most of the genre), but this band seems to integrate the power
element well into their sound. The use of keyboards are pretty interesting in this album, as they create a highly
unique atmosphere, and the clean piano is pretty epic too. For the most part, you won't hear the same synth effects
played too many times, so there is some great variation on this record. Ultimately, if I was reviewing this record I'd
give it a 3.5, and point out that the song structures are highly cliche, maybe that it can get a tad repetitive, maybe
even a little cliche. However, the badass riffs/solos and overall sound/production is usually enough to distract one
from this flaw. If Mutiny Within could eliminate the use of the high pitched 'epic choruses' at points, this could be a
true 4. It's truly a very surprising and unique record when all is said and done, and definitely one of the best of the
year, and as a guitar player, I can safely say that that the solo work is pretty fantastic, enough to make this a 4 for
me. I really shouldn't like this record as much as I do.
Neil Young Harvest
I find myself between a 3.5 and a 4; there are some fantastic tunes on here, but some terrible ones as well. At first, I liked the heavily orchestrated tracks, but then I realized- it just doesn't 'go' with Neil's style. It's also not his best lyrical offering, and is definitely inconsistent at some points, but there are a few PHENOMENAL tracks on here. For now, a solid 3.5, and a very good folk record, but he has many better works than this.
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neurosis and Jarboe Neurosis and Jarboe
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nick Drake Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Stuck between a 3.5 and a 4 for this one. Sometimes it becomes a drag and a song does nothing, but more often than that the tracks really come to life and provide an easy listen.
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
The metal sections on this can be fucking outstanding at times, but there's still too many cliches too give this a higher rating. The cleans can be pretty gay too, but at least their a bit more tasteful then they usually are in this style of metalcore. It's mostly hit and miss, but when it hits, its really really enjoyable. It's nothing new though. But still worth your time.
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy For Evolution
Olafur Arnalds Living Room Songs
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Watershed
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Periphery Periphery
Mathcore, all that technical stuff, has been growing on me lately. Whether it's old Meshuggah, Cynic, Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge, I just have been loving it. But this has done it. The album deserves a 4, but a 4.5 is the personal rating, I'm a guitar player so... this is just crazy. The technicality and odd time signatures are never awkward surprisingly, which is a problem that many math bands have. It simply flows fantastically. The melody and altered clean vocals on this record are original and refreshing, especially for the genre. This blew me away. The main downside is that without the original and diverse vocal work, the music itself has been done before, but only so many have topped this is the genre-no joke. One of my favorites from the year. If only it was a little shorter, take out the poor tracks, and you have a math masterpiece.
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Plain White T's Hey There Delilah
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Portugal. The Man Censored Colors
Prayer for Cleansing Rain In Endless Fall
Radiohead Kid A
Some of this is wonderful.....beautiful. The lyrics are brilliant as well, and the production is godly. However, for me, right now, its very inconsistent. The first three tracks annoy me more than impress me and I feel like some songs are just missing- something. I feel like some songs lack a direction and fall flat but others are absolutely amazing. The best material on here is outstanding.
Riverside Out of Myself
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Signals
Sanctuary Into the Mirror Black
Saxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
Say Anything Menorah/Majora
Say Anything Say Anything
This album has its few vomit worthy, sappy moments, but most of the time it actually offers some insanely catchy, intelligent pop punk. Though it's lyrically not Max's best work, its still very clever when its not being obnoxious and its definitely better than the awkward, insanely bloated and over-ambitious previous record. and miles better than the new record.
Scale the Summit Monument
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Shadows Fall The War Within
Sigur Ros ( )
Skycamefalling 10.21
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer South of Heaven
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos
Spastic Ink Ink Complete
Spiralmountain Spiralmountain
Spock's Beard Snow
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
I really don't care for a lot of this type of poppy stuff, and I also wasn't too huge on Actor, I thought it was 'ok'. This however is a huge step up for Annie Clark. It keeps all the great things about Actor like the charm and the fun melodies but makes the actual music a lot more varied and interesting. It gets a little stranger and a tad darker than where her work went before, and the result is an incredibly fun artsy pop album with plenty of great compositions and melodies. Only huge problem is when its not incredibly fun its incredibly boring. Inconsistency with these tracks is kinda killing me, I love some of them but just wanna turn some of them off. Oh but her lyrics on here are truly awesome. This style still won't ever be my favorite, but Clark has finally made something I enjoy, most of the time. I won't go back to this in full often, simply because a lot of it just doesn't appeal to me completely, but the best stuff on here is incredibly catchy and bright. Just wish it had more than just 3 or 4 tracks of that.
Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens The BQE
Suis La Lune Heir
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Tartar Lamb Polyimage of Known Exits
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this is fucking cool. but like the previous tartar lamb, it just has pointless sections that don't add to the atmosphere.
TesseracT One
The Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
The Animals Animalism
The Arusha Accord The Echo Verses
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The most underrated of The Beatles strictly pop albums; underrated compared to Help! and Beatles for Sale. Not a phenomenal record in any way, but charming and definitely the best from the pre- Rubber Soul era.
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Help!
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter Indigo
Absolutely stunning, a contrast piece to "Black". Black was one of my favorites for its electronic/studio wizardry, and this EP is a lighter, less evil version of that EP. Really atmospheric and beautiful, however the one thing I'm still missing is more rock dynamics to compliment the brilliant electronica vibe on here. Still, possibly the most lush and pretty of the eps, but Im not sure The Dear Hunter should be playing this style.
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Doors Morrison Hotel
The End Elementary
The Faceless Planetary Duality
Laughable at times. It gets so intensely technical that riffing and tempo changes run into each other, making me laugh. However. This is still a great death/tech album with fantastic musicianship and little hints of funk and jazz that make me smile. I also love the vocals. The problem is that it's simply too 'crazy' at times, but the highlight tracks such as "Xenochrist" or "The Ancient Covenant" are smooth and are easy to swallow, and with tracks such as those, I can enjoy the technicality and riffing. Unfortunately, this step from Akeldama is a bad one; Akeldama was less intense but definitely more cohesive, and definitely easier to listen to, in fact, Akeldama is one of my favorite albums of all time. Funny thing is, the one thing this album has over "Akeldama" is the fact that, in it's absolute best moments, it beats any part of Akeldama. Anyway, this is still a great listen with some fantastic musicianship, but the ridiculous technicality is something that can annoy me.
The Flower Kings The Rainmaker
The Human Abstract Nocturne
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
OMFGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG really great stuff if u like dem junz
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Mars Volta Tremulant
This EP sounds like the baby version of De-Loused. The same type and style, but less melodically developed and a little bit less coherent. "Concertina" definitely rules, and the rest isn't too shabby either. It's lucky it's the perfect length for what it is, any longer and I would have gotten truly annoyed but the underdeveloped vocal parts and production. It's short, not too drenched in bullshit, and kinda catchy, but not quite on the level of sophistication and perfection that would be Volta's two next releases.
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The National The Virginia EP
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Ocean Anthropocentric
The Red Chord Clients
The Red Chord Prey for Eyes
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Who The Who Sell Out
The Who The Who by Numbers
The Zombies Begin Here
Thee Silver Mount Zion Horses in the Sky
Thelonious Monk Criss-Cross
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Another great offering from the 'chill' post-rock subgenre. Not a phenomenal offering really, but something nice to have on in the background. Unfortunately, these generic post-rock bands don't seem to break the 4/5 barrier for me, and while this is no exception, it's still a nice listen despite being kinda draggy at points.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday Full Collapse
Tortoise TNT
Touche Amore Touche Amore
Touche Amore Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
Even better than "To the Beat". Touche Amore is so fucking amazing at what they do. Its hard to imagine a band that writes 1 minute long songs is so engaging, but they are the most engaging hardcore band I've ever heard. Lyrically, this fucking album is an incredibly poetic punch to the jaw, having lines that I've only heard once that I remember fully and vividly. I've only listened once but I'm already comfortable with this rating, its a fucking awesome album.
Trap Them Seizures In Barren Praise
Trophy Scars Alphabet Alphabets
Trophy Scars Darts to the Sea
Its a little messy, but its got some awesome jems. It's slightly less consistent than the band is on later releases, but it holds some of their best songs, such as "Baby Eskimo Kisses" and "Rachel I think He's Dead". The lyrics are retarded fun, and the album is incredibly original for a debut, though lacking in consistent awesomeness that the band brought together in future releases.
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
Weezer The Green Album
William Fitzsimmons Until When We Are Ghosts
Wonderland Falling Yesterday Enchanted Landscape Escape
World's End Girlfriend Dream's End Come True
World's End Girlfriend Seven Idiots
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes 90125
yodaka yodaka
You Slut! Critical Meat

3.0 good
After The Burial Rareform
Alice in Chains Facelift
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Anberlin Cities
And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
Andrew Bird Weather Systems
Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Andy McKee The Gates of Gnomeria
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Animals as Leaders Weightless
Despite the ridiculous amount of talent Tosin has in those hands, this album is pretty lame for the most part. Technically astounding at times? Sure. Very boring and uninspired? Yeah.
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
It's not like it's bad........but boy, does "Funeral" beat the shit out of this. While still being fantastically produced and coherent from start to finish, this album sometimes lacks the energy and infectiousness "Funeral", and some songs seem to just be there to present an idea that doesn't need to be presented. It's not awful or anything, and hey, it does have some great songs on it, but it's a borefest compared to "Funeral", and in my opinion, the lack of lushness and color makes this a step backwards for Arcade Fire. It's also good to mention that Butler's lyrics here aren't as strong as they were on "Funeral"; harder to relate to and a little cheesy as well. I will say as a HUGE positive that the instrumentation and melodies are sometimes incredible on this, but overall Butler doesn't deliver like a front man should, and it's simply not as captivating an album as it should have been.....floating between a 3 and a 3.5
Architects Ruin
Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
With As I Lay Dying's new album, which is their best album, they clearly show that they will never be a great metal band. Simply put. The three albums prior to this all ranged from horrendous-average, and with this, they finally manage to put out something DECENT, but unfortunately, it doesn't even get a solid 3, more like a 2.5-3. They display some of the most interesting riffs and original harmonies they've ever done, but are still very generic, the songs are inconsistent throughout the whole record (some good, some awful), and Tim Lambesis is still pretty lame. But what's good is that they sound more polished, they have some great riffs and instrumental work on here, and they finally put out something that doesn't 'suck' but this is still not a 'really good' album in any way. As I Lay Dying will never be a great band. Oh and the cleans are beyond cliche, why the fuck is every band doing this now?
At the Drive-In Acrobatic Tenement
Atheist Elements
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Home
Baroness Blue Record
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bayside Shudder
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Bigelf Cheat The Gallows
A sometimes fun little prog album that combines the thick heavy metal feel of early Black Sabbath with the quirkiness of YES and early Pink Floyd, and unfortunately it succeeds more on channeling it's predecessors than it does as an 'original' piece of music.
Bill Evans Explorations
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Boris Pink
Brand New Daisy
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Caspian You Are The Conductor
Caspian Tertia
Charles Mingus Blues & Roots
Charles Mingus Tijuana Moods
Circle of Contempt Artifacts in Motion
City and Colour Sometimes
Cloudkicker Beacons
Not getting the hype at all. On my second listen through of Beacons I am still as bored and annoyed by the production and volume contrast as I was the first time. Some of the stuff on here is actually really good most of the time, but some of the bigger melodies and leads are covered up criminally by the incredibly repetitive/bland rhythms. In the end the result is an okay, kinda boring album with a lot of potential that wasn't brought to the surface the right way. It's not a bad album though, its still got some nice moments here and there, and it flows incredibly well. The problem is that its very unmemorable, kinda boring too often for my liking, and some of the best parts are muddled by production choices and an incredibly tiring rhythm and background section. An okay instrumental album that could have been much better. Incredibly overrated.
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Converge No Heroes
Counterparts The Current Will Carry Us
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Cult of Luna Salvation
Daitro Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes
Damien Rice 9
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Defeater Dear Father
Departures When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted
Disturbed Believe
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
a 4.4 for an album with a few excellent songs and a bunch of insanely cheesy, gay shit lol come on
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Earth Earth 2
Elitist Caves
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Trilogy
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Tarkus
Eminem Encore
Eric Dolphy Out There
Eric Dolphy Iron Man
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
so the riffs are really killer, theres not much filler and the middle of the album rules and rbtw the whole southern rock/metalcore thing isnt really that cool guys and i would rate this rhigher if it wasnt so goddamn motherfucking samey cause legit the riffs rule hard and also the beginning was a drag and did nothing not even riffs galore can save it sorry fags 5/5
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fates Warning FWX
Feist Metals
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit Sing The Greys
Frightened Rabbit A Frightened Rabbit EP
Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory
God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Green Day Warning
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
In Flames Colony
Indian Summer Hidden Arithmetic
Iron & Wine The Sea and the Rhythm EP
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iselia Life From Dead Limbs
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender
John Coltrane Coltrane (1962, Impulse)
Jose Gonzalez In Our Nature
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Killing The Dream Fractures
cool hardcore. lyrics are hit and miss though....some lines are punishing and some are kinda cliche. Definitely a nice quick listen but little replay value
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
King Crimson Beat
Knut Bastardiser
Kraftwerk The Man-Machine
La Dispute Wildlife
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God Walk with Me in Hell
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Lights Out Asia Garmonia
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
Miles Davis Workin' With Miles Davis and the Quintet
Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come
Miles Davis Miles Ahead
Minus the Bear This is What I Know About Being Gigantic
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus the Bear Omni
Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People
Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
A very solid debut from a pretty cool band is exactly what this is. There are however many things that are bringing this down from being amazing or fantastic or even truly great. First and foremost, while I like the lead singers accent in the band, I do not think he has a great or even decent voice, sometimes it just sounds scratchy and plain awkward. Also, the arrangements are interesting at times because of the banjo, but even with that, sometimes the banjo and especially the piano are just 'there', and do not really accomplish anything, even in the terms of creating an atmosphere. The album is definitely fun though, and great to sing along too, but overall, it's just a solid debut from an interesting band. If they work the kinks out, get each instrument to have it's own identity instead of just being there to be there, and the singer begins mastering tones, this band could have a real awesome record in the future. Decent job boys.
Murder by Death Red Of Tooth And Claw
Murder by Death Good Morning, Magpie
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Neil Young Neil Young
Neon Trees Habits
Neurosis Sovereign
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Nick Drake Bryter Layter
Off Minor Some Blood
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Heritage
Orchid Orchid
Pain of Salvation Be
Parkway Drive Horizons
Pelican Australasia
Pelican City of Echoes
Pelican Ephemeral
Pianos Become the Teeth Old Pride
This is actually really good, very memorable, but their lead singer is a pussy.....in a bad way
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Poison the Well Versions
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Signify
Protest the Hero Gallop Meets the Earth
Radiohead Amnesiac
For me, Radiohead's "Amnesiac" suffers from the same problems that their previous album does. The highlights are here, the outstanding moments are here, the dedication to creating an engrossing atmosphere are here (kinda) but ultimately, the best word to describe Amnesiac is 'boring'. "Kid A", arguably Radiohead's most overrated album, had its fair share of musical blunders and directionless boredom, but made up for it with creepy lyrics and phenomenal songs such as "Idioteque", "How to Disappear Completely", "Everything in it's Right Place" and "Motion Picture Soundtrack". Unfortunately, while Amnesiac isn't the piece of shit it could have been, it doesn't have enough great songs to pull it up from being the lush boredom that it somehow stands as. "Amnesiac" is slightly less haunting, slightly less successful, yet equally lush and varied to it's counterpart "Kid A". Standouts include "Life in a Glass House" and the brilliant "Knives Out", but the rest, is just kinda, there. It's good napping music, but when looked at in any other way, I don't enjoy it nearly as much as others seem too.
Raein Il n'y a pas de orchestre
Ray Lamontagne Gossip In The Grain
Red Seas Fire Red Seas Fire
Holy shit this band is actually really fucking cool, they write better riffs than most modern djent bands but also fall victim too a lot of the cliche mistakes that many of those bands do, which really holds them back. Some of the riffs are fucking great though.
Rise Against Revolutions Per Minute
Rishloo Feathergun
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Rush 2112
Rush Fly by Night
Russian Circles Empros
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaust
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slint Tweez
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
fuck that bullshitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
Soilwork Steelbath Suicide
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Soilwork Figure Number Five
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
While Soilwork has only had one or two albums through their existence that deserve more than a 4, the best part about them is that even when they shifted from the legendary Gothenberg sound to the more alt/metal sound, they still didn't suck nearly as bad as the other sell outs. While it's pretty clear that they will never make another melodic death metal near masterpiece like "The Chainheart Machine" or "A Predator's Portrait", this new album is the best they've released in a while. The guitar work is superb; the solos are fast and colorful, probably the best they've ever done. The riffs can get pretty intense as well. While a lot of the album can get too commercial/samey in the choruses and structure, the guitar work is the highlight, and can sometimes make me completely forget the boring song formulas. Speed, the vocalist, got a little too soft on here, but again, this album was definitely interesting overall, and was better than some of their other previous material. While they may never truly be 'back', they've finally started kicking a little ass again.
Spoon Kill The Moonlight
St. Vincent Actor
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
Sunn O))) ØØ Void
System of a Down Steal This Album!
System of a Down Mezmerize
The American Dollar A Memory Stream
The American Dollar Ambient One
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
Besides two or three stellar tracks, its just another Black Dahlia album. Not really bad, and full of some epic solos (which is an area they've improved in this time around), but its not masterpiece or even truly excellent album. Just a nice listen thats occasionally awesome and occasionally boring and repetitive. These guys have been doing everything the same way since their first album. Their no awesome band, but their still pretty good in my eyes despite lacking diversity in songwriting. Guilty pleasure for me if nothing else. I like them a lot, especially a few certain songs, but I acknowledge their many faults and lack of diversity in many areas. Get the album if you like the genre, or if you want to find 2 or 3 great tracks to take away. Prolly a low 3.5.
The Black Keys El Camino
The Bled Heat Fetish
The Clash Sandinista!
The Dear Hunter Red
The Dear Hunter's play on classic rock/grunge, with help from that dude Andy from Manchester Orchestra (hes great btw). It's a cool EP, definitely took me by surprise but it's kind of hit and miss. Very samey too. Deny it All is awesome though. The band tries to tackle so many different genres on this collection, and even though it worked well on this EP it's still not the best The Color Spectrum has to offer. Listen just to hear the epicness that is Andy Hull, but besides that, it's skippable.
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Doors The Soft Parade
The Doors Waiting for the Sun
The End Within Dividia
The Faceless Nightmare Fest
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Fall of Troy Ghostship
The Hollies Would You Believe
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mountain Goats Sweden
The National The National
The National's debut is just, kinda, there. It's okay. Matt rules on it, but theres not really anything to go back to besides John's Star. It's a solid, but never truly great album all the way through, but it's still worth a try if youre hardcore into the band like me. Bleh
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Ocean Heliocentric
I'm between a 3 and a 3.5 on this record; did I expect this to top "Precambrian"? Absolutely not. However, I expected
this to be a little better than it is. Honestly, while still a very solid record, with a few shining moments of genius, this
album has it's flaws. One, like most other albums from The Ocean, inconsistency annoyed me. Some tracks are
excellent, and contain some of the best vocal melodies from this band, while other tracks, were either mind
numbingly boring, or to repetitive. Another problem with this album is the lack of diversity among the song types.
Sure, the arrangements are varied, but there are too many songs that sound just like another on the album, too
close for comfort. So why a 3? Why is this still a good record. Well, despite being a tad boring, the record, in most
circumstances, is still beautifully arranged. The few standouts here REALLY stand out; the use of piano and strings
sets them aside from any band in the genre, and they use these instruments to their advantage (usually), and one
cannot ignore this and simply give the album a 2. Even if an album drags, and is boring, and can be a tad dull, when
it's arranged and crafted like this, it can never simply be a terrible effort. Despite being disappointed, despite the
lack in song variety, despite the major inconsistency among the quality of songs, "Heliocentric" is too unique,
original and well composed to not be a good record.
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Twilight Sad The Twilight Sad
The Used Artwork
The Weakerthans Fallow
The Who Who Are You
The Who My Generation
Thelonious Monk Monk's Music
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You
Thomas Giles Pulse
Sometimes this gets so far off that it annoys me. He likes to fuck around with vocal affects way too much also, but it shows he knows what hes doing and hes proven hes a varied musician, but the songwriting on here is really lacking.
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice Major/Minor
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
A surprisingly solid album considering the muddy production. Possibly similar to "Fang Island", in terms of harmonies and energy, but maybe not on the same level, the vocals and lyrics can get irritating and a few songs are too long, but the riffs are catchy as hell. The whole sound is pretty enjoyable, but maybe a lesser version Fang Island's more impressive sound. Still and interesting album, if they would get some better production, maybe a new singer, and shorten the songs, they'd be on their way to an excellent album. Solid.
Trivium Shogun
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Tried to find the 'masterpiece' in this for the last time. Yes, it's really good, in some spots even stellar, but ultimately is too samey, and Jerry tries WAYYYYYYYYYY too hard with the whole intense bluesy thing and it comes off as incredibly forced, its like all the small flaws of Bad Luck embraced and put on too a full album, and these two things drag down what could have been a truly phenomenal work. It's still really good, and I might change my mind over time, but I can't help but feel like it's a little too much at times. But Time in Heaven fucking rapes so
Unearth The March
Unexpect Utopia
Volbeat The Strength/The Sound/The Songs
Watchtower Control and Resistance
William Fitzsimmons The Sparrow and the Crow
William Fitzsimmons Goodnight
Women Women
Women Public Strain
Wrath and Rapture Wrath and Rapture
Needs some song-writing improvement and less filler, but is a very interesting and diverse listen. The sprinkled use of jazz, funk and rock is refreshing and never gets too out of hand, but the excessive filler tracks, though well-written, annoy me. The actual songs themselves are excellent, and if this band makes improvements in production, song-writing, and use less filler, they could be something really special. This will probably end up being at the bottom of my Top 25 of 2010 list. Great job guys.
Yasushi Yoshida Secret Figure
Yes Going for the One
Yes Yes
Yes Drama

2.5 average
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AC/DC Powerage
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Alkaline Trio This Addiction
All That Remains Behind Silence And Solitude
All That Remains Overcome
Angels and Airwaves Love
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Animal Collective Feels
Architects Hollow Crown
Arsis Starve for the Devil
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Looks Fragile After All
This didnt show at all what kind of potential they had.......not worth your time even if you are an ABR fan
Beach House Devotion
Beach House Teen Dream
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Black Sabbath Forbidden
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Breaking Benjamin Saturate
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream
Burn the Priest Burn the Priest
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Burzum Filosofem
Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman
Cave In White Silence
Not nearly as epic as a comeback as I thought it was going to be. It'as certainly not awful but overall its really underwhelming and sometimes even annoying. Not getting the hype.
Chthonic Mirror Of Retribution
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Oh well. Coheed is a great band, really great, but they've finally released a record that is lucky to be solid on it's best day. Way too much experimentation, in a bad way, the experiments don't work, every song has some brilliant melodies from Claudio, and fantastic drumming, but most of this is drowned out by synths and Volta-esque digital effects that completely ruin whatever few good qualities this did have. I am disappointed, not only because I am a Coheed fan, but because this is most likely a sound they are going to keep for a while. Too many synths, too many ideas that don't fit, too much for Coheed to handle. Their older, stripped down style focused on layering in guitar riffs and epic melodies, this falls flat.
Converge Halo in a Haystack
Creed Full Circle
Ok, so they suck, but they are not the worst band in the world.
Daughters Daughters
It's just not good. The vocals flow awfully, they are also awful themselves, the songs are all the same and do not stand out whatsoever from each other, the album is boring. The only positives qualities, like the quirky and interesting use of synths and electronics, and the sometimes stellar interludes are completely ruined by the more prominent bad ideas. The album isn't horrible, but it's just boring, really no replay value and to many bad moments to be solid.
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Def Leppard Pyromania
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
some great shit and good wank and a lot of bad shit, bad wank, and bad songwriting and bad james labrie fucking tard
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dustin Kensrue This Good Night Is Still Everywhere
Eloy Ocean
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
bleh. Their okay, but they remind me of a far less offensive Hawthorne Heights, honestly. Overrated and too many poorly executed post hxc gay moments, and i actually like some that shit
Erra Andromeda
Erra Impulse
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Disconnected
Foster the People Torches
oh come on
fun. Some Nights
pretty varied pop album but come on are you guys fucking serious its gay
Godspeed You! Black Emperor aMAZEzine!
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Not horrible but these guys have always really annoyed me, and after hearing almost half the album I was annoyed like never before, but it's still not a 'bad' album.
Grimes Visions
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Her Name Is Calla Maw
lol wtf this is so boring. Last track had about 4 or 5 minutes of GREAT material but the rest of this album was pointless and a waste of time.
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Isis Celestial
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
Joanna Newsom Ys
John Coltrane Sun Ship
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
Lamb of God Wrath
Lamb of God Resolution
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin Presence
Listener Whispermoon
Mastodon The Hunter
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Metallica Garage Inc.
mewithoutYou Blood Enough For Us All
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro
Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Molotov Solution The Harbinger
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
Motley Crue Shout at the Devil
Motohiro Nakashima We Hum On The Way Home
On Nakashima's modern classical album "We Hum On the Way Home" There are some brilliant
ideas, and some lame ones. Mostly lame ones. The trumpet on here is the worst fucking thing
Ive ever heard.
Muse The Resistance
Necrophagist Epitaph
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
Olafur Arnalds Variations of Static
Opeth Burden
Orchid Chaos Is Me
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Overkill Ironbound
Ok, not really horrible or even poor, but REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY BORING.
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Passion Pit Manners
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd More
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
whywhywhywhywhywhywhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...
Rhapsody of Fire The Frozen Tears of Angels
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rush Rush
Saetia A Retrospective
Saxon Shore Four Months of Darkness
Say Anything Baseball
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Sigh Scenes from Hell
Sigur Ros Von
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer World Painted Blood
Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Spock's Beard Octane
Structures All of the Above
Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your Rabbit
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
I even struggle to give this a 2.5, the only reason that this gets above a 2 is because it's well produced and instrumentally monstrous. But most of the time, its annoying, too electronic and simply not what Sufjan should be trying to do. He was better when he was writing acoustic songs and adding a symphony to the mix, not masturbating to auto-tune and 800 keyboards for three hours. Unfortunately, as Sufjan has done this type of thing in his early days, he is now back to what he was simply not good at it, and for someone who created a masterpiece (Illinoise), this is extremely disappointing.
Symphony X Iconoclast
Texas In July I Am
Textures Silhouettes
The American Dollar Awake In The City
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Mars Volta Live
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Mars Volta prove they can write music that captures you in ambiance, and even offer great melodies and compositions but some of this album is so boring and unmemorable that it becomes inconsistent. It's just, kinda, okay. The highlights are fantastic though, theres just not nearly enough of them for this part to be on par with their previous work. And Omar's vox are a little over the top in their production at times, while other times they sound cool as hell. Inconsistency is what ruins Octahedron from being a fully enjoyable, and truly great record. Volta always threatened theyd make a pop record, and they have, but they drenched it.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
The Vines Winning Days
The Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm
The Word Alive Deceiver
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Beggars
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Tom Petty Wildflowers
Tool Aenima
Tool Undertow
Tool 10,000 Days
Trivium Ascendancy
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Unearth Darkness in the Light
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Unfortunately, I am a sucker for anything with sweeps and swift rhythm changes. I actually don't really think that this is mediocre, it's actually overall pretty okay. Theres actually like 3 or 4 great songs on here, and the rest are just average deathcore. painfully average. too bad their other shit sucks.
Veil of Maya [id]
Veil of Maya Eclipse
i mean im all for sweeps and breakdowns and yeah but most of this is just as mediocre as their other stuff, i still enjoy a song or two off each album but thats about it
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed
Weezer The Red Album
Weezer Hurley
Wilco A.M.
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops III
Yeasayer Odd Blood
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Yes Tormato

2.0 poor
A Day to Remember Homesick
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC Back in Black
AC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Adrenaline Mob Adrenaline Mob
lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
Adrenaline Mob Omerta
false rock guys i tried pretty much the whole thing had like two or three good songs the rest was fucking boring and this kinda sounds like disturbed with a slightly less (but still) annoying vocalist and it just kinda sucks guys false rock soft not even hard fuck portnoy fat fuck and its barely good enough to be mediocre is this a joke
Al Di Meola Vocal Rendezvous
Alkaline Trio Maybe I'll Catch Fire
All That Remains For We Are Many
Architects The Here and Now
As Blood Runs Black Allegiance
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
Attack Attack! (US) This Means War
Yeah so like they took a lot of the atrociously gay parts out and with that, its easier to hear the incredibly mediocre riffs, boring guitar work and awful vocals. At least they improved from absolutely god awful to just really bad. and look at that album cover. only heard a few songs off this, but I can safely say I get the point.
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Born of Osiris Rosecrance
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits (1995)
Cancer Bats Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Chimaira Pass Out Of Existence
Disturbed Indestructible
Disturbed Asylum
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Wither
Elitist Earth
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Flyleaf Flyleaf
From First to Last Heroine
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
I Declare War Malevolence
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Isis Sawblade
Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Kashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.
Kayo Dot Coyote
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
King Crimson Islands
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Merzbow Merzbear
Metallica Load
Miles Davis Miles in the Sky
Miss May I Monument
lol this band
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Noah and the Whale? More like Noah and the Fail. Pathetic pussies.
Psyopus Odd Senses
Pungent Stench Been Caught Buttering
Rise Against Endgame
Rotting Christ Aealo
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Say Anything's new album is proof that brilliant people can write bad music
Shadows Fall Of One Blood
Shadows Fall Somber Eyes to the Sky
Six Feet Under Graveyard Classics 3
Definitely a poor cover album, another waste of time from this awful band, but at least it's better than listening to their original material. And even though they did a bad job with it, they chose a very underrated Metallica track "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" to cover, which was better than covering something more cliche. Whatever the case be, though it's better than listening to the bands original material, the album still blows and is the worst of the year so far.
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Social Distortion Mommy's Little Monster
Structures Divided By
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions
Symphony X The Damnation Game
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Wonder Years Get Stoked on It!
this band sucks
Thrice Identity Crisis
Tom Jones 24 Hours
Tool Lateralus
"Lateralus" is ridiculously overrated. It's bloated, boring, dull most of the time, the vocals are bad, and it just doesn't do what it could have done. Despite the monotonous nature of the album, some of the experimentation is very interesting, but these stand out moments aren't as abundant as one would hope. Another highlight are the drums and bass, which are brilliant. Overall, a mostly boring and dry album with a few flashes of experimental bliss, and don't forget the fantastic drumming. But it's still overrated, so get off Tool's dick already. Repetition does not work in their favor, while one might argue repetition can add to the atmosphere of a song, it barely works for Tool here. Fuck this album.
Trivium Ember to Inferno
Trivium The Crusade
Trivium In Waves
Weezer Make Believe
Yes The Ladder
Yes Fly from Here

1.5 very poor
AC/DC Black Ice
All Time Low So Wrong, It's Right
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
dipsity hard
Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Attack Attack! (US) If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords?
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
Black Sabbath Born Again
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Chelsea Grin Chelsea Grin
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Creed Human Clay
Cute Is What We Aim For Rotation
Design the Skyline Nevaeh
Disturbed The Sickness
Exodus Let There Be Blood
Genesis Calling All Stations
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Hinder Extreme Behavior
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Lmfao Sorry For Party Rocking
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Reload
Metallica Some Kind of Monster
Michael Buble Crazy Love
Miles Davis Decoy
Miles Davis Amandla
A 1.5 on sheer principle, I will not support Miles being a total fag
Miles Davis Doo Bop
My Chemical Romance Danger Days
i promise that if u listen to planetary it will be the worst song to pass through your ears ever guys
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Six Feet Under Death Rituals
Sleep Dopesmoker
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Sunn O))) Black One
The Academy Is... Fast Times at Barrington High
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Dillinger Escape Plan Plagiarism
The Human Abstract Midheaven
Weezer Raditude
Yes Big Generator

1.0 awful
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Blink-182 Buddha
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
Dot Dot Curve:) Til the Wheels Fall Off
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Love Beach
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours
Escape the Fate Situations
KISS Crazy Nights
Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines
Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing
Not even troll ratings. He really is this bad. A 1 is the only rating for any of this fucking faggots work.
Luke Bryan I'll Stay Me
Miles Davis You're Under Arrest
New Kids on the Block Hangin' Tough
Poison Look What The Cat Dragged In
Poison Open Up and Say... Ahh!
Poison Poison'd!
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)
Six Feet Under Commandment
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
Unfathoms Sounds of an Islander's City...
Unfathoms Da Lowd NOIZ Demo
Waking the Cadaver Demo
Waking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
Wold Screech Owl
anybody who thinks this album is atmospheric or above a 1 is mentally retarded
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