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5.0 classic
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
There is rarely ever a time I consider a record to be completely flawless. Seldom is there nothing whatsoever I can gripe about in an album. Relationship of Command is one of the only albums I can legitamitely say there is absolutely nothing wrong with. With such flawless transitions between songs, At the Drive-In perfectly fuses great amounts of emotion into each and every second. The drumming is great and fits with the songs well, the guitars are always original, and Cedric's vocal range, although it would be expanded in The Mars Volta, it is still greatly varied, going from a punk-ish deep voice, to high pitched (such as Pattern Against User), to occasional screams and yells. Off-key, but oh so wonderful sounding. Relationship of Command can't really be compared to any other album, even older ATDI works. It is quite possibly my favorite album of all time.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Converge Jane Doe
Cynic Traced in Air
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith XO
Iron Maiden Powerslave
The definition of a metal classic. My personal favorite Iron Maiden album. This is one of those few records that doesn't seem to lose its momentum throughout its whole duration. Bruce Dickinson showcases some of the best vocals in the genre. Sam Harris' basslines are audible and distinguishable from the rhythm guitar, making the listen more interesting. Just listen to this album. Show it to anyone indifferent toward the metal genre. it's perfect.
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Nas Illmatic
Slayer Reign in Blood
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium

4.5 superb
Andrew Jackson Jihad People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Burzum Burzum
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cynic Focus
Death Leprosy
Death Human
Death Grips The Money Store
Defeater Travels
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Killers
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Napalm Death Scum
Opeth Watershed
Radiohead OK Computer
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Sigur Ros ( )
Slayer South of Heaven
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Vital Remains Let Us Pray

4.0 excellent
Andrew Jackson Jihad Can't Maintain
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
At the Drive-In Acrobatic Tenement
Autopsy Severed Survival
Batten Down The Hatches Batten Down The Hatches/Random Holiday
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Brand New Deja Entendu
I have had a love/hate relationship with Deja Entendu ever since teenage girls got it on their hands. It seemed like just another great Brand New album until the Tumblr generation of girls started reblogging its album art and quoting lyrics from it all over Facebook. As unfair to the record as it was, I began to not be able to stand seeing anything involving this album anywhere. "What makes this album so special?" I would ask myself. "Why do girls love this record so much when they would completely surpass it with the next one?" I began listening to it more, and unfortunately, I still don't have an answer. I believe that The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me and Daisy are far superior albums to Deja Entendu, but looking at this record critically finally gave me some time to truly appreciate it. This is the album that took Brand New from being your everyday pop-punk outfit to becoming something truly great, fusing influences of post-hardcore and indie into their songs. Existentialism, loneliness, and other new topics are now discussed. This is the record that would slowly form Brand New into the introspective, dark band they are today. While I may never entirely understand the affinity girls have for this album, I still understand that Deja Entendu would change Brand New completely.
Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story is in the Soil...
Bright Eyes There Is No Beginning To The Story EP
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Bright Eyes The People's Key
Burial Untrue
Burzum Burzum/Aske
Burzum Belus
Converge Axe to Fall
Cursive Domestica
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem Infinite
Exivious Exivious
Fashawn Boy meets world
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song
Freddie Gibbs and The World's Freshest The Tonite Show
A fluid mixtape that doesn't drag on one bit. At 10 songs, it's just enough to keep its
listeners a mix of satisfied and amazed. Freddie sounds much more like his classic self here
than on Pinata, probably because the beats are far more traditional and more like what he's
used to rapping over. He sounds more old-school on this. The beats are nothing like what
Madlib contributed to Pinata; they are quicker and more to the point. While Madlib's often
jazzy production would go in several different directions, The World's Freshest goes down a
much more straight line. I recommend this to anyone who appreciates and misses the feel of
old-school hip hop. That feeling is here, just modernized.
Fugazi 13 Songs
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West Yeezus
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
La Dispute shows a great amount of potential with their debut LP, but it almost suffers from too much variation (which is something I rarely ever see as a bad thing). I'm oftentimes left overwhelmed at the huge difference between songs. Dreyer's clean voice also gets somewhat dry. Aside from this, the lyrics are fantastically written and you can tell how much time they put into each song.
Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All
Modern Baseball look at their problems with Sports and manage to fix many of them with the release of eclectic album "You're Gonna Miss it All". This album may not look much different from Sports, judging by the simple and vintage looking album cover, the vague track titles, and the brief track lengths, but it is miles superior. The band change their direction musically, incorporating a more indie-rock sound in many songs and leaving the punk influence for just a few songs here and there. Tracks such as "Going to Bed Now" are given a folk-inspired tinge, showing us a different, slightly ironic side to the band. The lyrics are more mature, with social networking platforms being mentioned less. You're Gonna Miss it All is an all-around better album than Sports, and will probably quickly make the vinyl library of many skramz kids out there.
Periphery Periphery
Radiohead The Bends
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Scale the Summit Monument
Sigur Ros Takk...
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Hell Awaits
Sorority Noise Forgettable
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
The Roots How I Got Over
The Roots undun
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
The Weeknd Trilogy
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History
Tyler the Creator Bastard
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Venom Black Metal
Wintersun Wintersun
Women Public Strain
Yellowcard Southern Air
You Blew It! Grow Up, Dude

3.5 great
A Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My Mind
Andrew Jackson Jihad Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
Arctic Monkeys AM
ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$AP
Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me present much originality here that has never been heard in their previous albums, but it oftentimes sounds too predictable and like they're trying to imitate Colors.
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
I think this album would be one of the best to introduce to your friend to "good pop-punk." If you were a teenager in the previous decade or the current one, you likely had at least one friend who listened to a lot of pop-punk. Some of it make have been good, but it my experience, I remember hearing a lot of All Time Low, Infinity on High and beyond-era Fall Out Boy, and American Idiot-era Green Day. Contained in Brand New's first album are ironic song titles (Jude Law and a Semester Abroad), songs about having a hard time growing up (Failure by Design), and about girls you just can't stand any longer (Mix Tape), but what separates this album from so many others is that it actually contains some originality. The album is very juvenile and immature for the most part, and that is why it is so fun to listen to. Whether you are currently going through the problems mentioned in the album or you are just reminiscing upon when life was that simple, Your Favorite Weapon is an undeniably fun listen. There are little hints here and there as to the dark, much deeper band that Brand New would become in the future such as in The No Seatbelt Song, but as a whole, this album is simple, light, and young.
Buckethead Colma
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Daughters Daughters
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Grips Exmilitary
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
Eminem Recovery
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Frank Turner Sleep Is For The Week
Frank Turner's debut LP is more than just enough to perform, with catchy riffs, interesting lyrics, and a nice balance of emotion between songs. However, there is a bit of redundancy within the songs after listening to them a few times, so the appeal doesn't definitely doesn't last forever. This album will probably never be looked at as a classic by many people, but is a great, humble beginning for an acoustic musician with a huge amount of potential.
Frank Turner Rock & Roll
Helloween Walls of Jericho
Helloween Helloween
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Kanye West Graduation
Kevin Devine Make the Clocks Move
Modern Baseball Sports
Working review summary: This is the album Modern Baseball will look back and cringe at 15 years from now for its confessional tendencies and references to social networking, and it is all the better for it.
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying
OFWGKTA Radical
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Random Holiday Space to Grow
Saul Williams Amethyst Rock Star
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Oxymoron contains some great moments, but has more spots of cheesiness than I would like to hear. ScHoolboy Q is kind of giving the "dad" feel with his music already. Hell of a Night sounds kind of like how a middle-aged person would interpret The Weeknd. Fuck L.A. sounds needlessly aggressive, and Yay Yay is a pretty awful closer, despite the fact that this is a gangster rap LP. Aside from that, this is a solid album. Songs like Los Awesome, Blind Threats, Break the Bank, and Groovelin Pt. 2 deserve the respect (imho) of Kendrick upon the release of good kid maad city. Album isn't too weighed down with features. All in all, despite a few blunders, Oxymoron gives me hope for hip hop's future.
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Slayer Show No Mercy
Sonata Arctica Winterheart's Guild
Sonata Arctica just keep on building upon and refining their sound with all of their first three albums. Silence fixed many of the problems that Ecliptica faced, and this one works on some of the issues of Silence. I can listen to this all the way through without even cringing too much, which for power metal sure is something. Two problems face this album, and it is the same two problems that everything they made prior to this one also had. 1) The ballad-like feel of some songs is just way too cheesy and melodramatic. I don't think they need to be aggressive all the time or anything, but they can't write a soft song without it sounding like it belongs in a Lifetime movie about knights breaking the hearts of maidens or something. 2) The length of this is still slightly bloated. It does not justify a 55 minute length.
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Probably my favorite album by the band, which is surprising considering this comes after their three album what-the-fuckery. This contains more of their traditional sound, but through much more mature perspectives. Speed isn't a priority, but the tracks don't drag on as in The Days of Grays. I probably like this as much as Winterheart's Guild.
Sorority Noise Quiet Hours
Sorority Noise Young Luck
The Black Keys Brothers
The Damned Things Ironiclast
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Thursday
Two Door Cinema Club Beacon
Tyler the Creator Wolf
Veil of Maya [id]
Venom Welcome to Hell
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Wintersun Time I
Wren Rainy Days
You Blew It! Keep Doing What You’re Doing
You Blew It! by no means offer a whole lot new to the angsty emo table that they hadn't in their previous album, but that isn't the point. Keep Doing What You're Doing is a surprisingly cheery record and while it may seem a bit repetitive here and there, it is a pleasant addition to their discography. Grow Up, Dude may one day be considered a classic in the emo genre, and even though this doesn't quite live up to it, it's an excellent follow-up.

3.0 good
ASAP Ferg Trap Lord
Autopsy The Tomb Within
Autopsy's first material as a band in over a decade, and obviously their best since
death/doom crossover classic Mental Funeral. The lyrics are, in my opinion, better than many
of the lyrics on Severed Survival and Mental Funeral. There are still vile, but they have a
sense of eloquence and aim for something other than pure shock. The way they are sung,
however, is disappointing. Either Reifert's throat is a little tired from all that growling
over the years or he was just sick in the studio. They are very loud, often taking
precedence over the other instruments, and shouted in an oftentimes pretty funny way. Other
than that, this is a solid EP and thankfully strays very far away from the crust punk-
inspired Acts of the Unspeakable and Shitfun.
Best Coast Crazy For You
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Death Grips Government Plates
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
About the highest rank of power metal possible: okay but unmemorable. These were the young days of Dragonforce, before they were brought down by Guitar Hero and computerized solos. This album actually has an idea of how to structure songs. The self-titled track has an end solo. The "ballad" of the record has a piano intro accompanies by acoustic guitars. Despite these things, I don't want anyone to get the misconception that this was a different band. Aside from a different bassist (hence the lack of death growls), all of the members are the same that I know of. Solos still litter each song after the second chorus. The vocals are still cheesy. The lyrics are still senseless (at least as far as I'm concerned). I actually find the lo-fi production better than the too-clean, crisp production of Inhuman Rampage and their following albums, as it gives them a more gritty feel. Overall, if you hated Inhuman Rampage, you probably won't feel much better after listening to this. If you thought the band may have some potential despite glaringly obvious flaws, maybe this will do something for you. It did for me when I was thirteen as well.
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden continue their nineties streak in a confusing fashion with Fear of the Dark. They still have a slightly stripped down sound, without the keyboards in Seventh Son and guitar synthesizers are used sparingly. The songwriting has jumped in quality from their last album, but that's not saying much. Bruce still experiments with a new, hard rock style raspy voice, but shows his real talent more often with this than on No Prayer for the Dying. Some songs (looking at you, Weekend Warrior) feel out of place. Overall, I just want to hear what Iron Maiden would sound like evolving their classic heavy metal sound rather than trying to reinvent the classic rock wheel 15 or so years after its time.
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
No Prayers for the Dying shows that there is a difference between reviving a sound from the rpast and just imitating it. Sadly, it seems they do the latter more than anything else with rthis. They try to replicate the style of their debut and, to a lesser extent, Killers. Bruce rtrades off his operatic voice for a more scratchy sound similar to their past vocalist. This risn't really a bad album. If you listen to it alone, it is pretty catchy despite a severe rlack of depth and an over-simplification of the band's sound. It just doesn't shine much in rlight of any of their past efforts and isn't a great way to start out the 1990s for the rband.
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Sonata Arctica create an album that I can't quite call bad but that I can't say much else about either. The songs are plagued by mostly generic structures with solos littered clumsily in each song (there are some okay synth solos every now and then to at least switch it up). Tony is a good vocalist, but the harmonic singing in almost every chorus is horribly cheesy. The guitar work is fairly technical. The drums don't stand out grandly. The lyrics talk about somewhat more than the average album of the genre, with a song about governmental control and another with a fictional character undergoing a modern circumstance (something you rarely see in this genre). Sonata Arctica give a passable debut that is somewhat fun to listen to, but that few will look back at with wonderfully fond memories.rEdit: also, what is up with the Christian song telling the listener they're going to hell? lmao.
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night
Sonata Arctica Silence
This album is much better than their debut Ecliptica. The synthesizers feel better placed,
even if they do sound a bit cheesy still. Kakko's vocals fit the songs more for the most
part. The production has improved. Their songwriting has some form of variation now, whereas
with the first album every song felt structured together like bricks. The problem still
remains with the cheesiness. The keyboards at times feel awkwardly placed, the voice samples
at the beginning of one song just seems totally out of place for the genre, and there are
too many sickeningly sweet ballads. I would give this a 3.5 for sure if they worked those
things out. Lastly, this thing is way too long. It does not really deserve a length over 40
minutes, but they drag the affair out to over an hour.

2.5 average
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Autopsy Acts of the Unspeakable
Many Autopsy fans consider their work after Severed Survival and Mental Funeral to be less good, and a deviation from the sound of the band. It is true that Autopsy changed with this record. They started combining (crust?) punk and hardcore influences into the songs, and made tracks of shorter lengths. Aside from that, however, the band does have their old sound. There is a doom-y feel to some songs and solos in the same style as Mental Funeral. The lyrics are ridiculous as usual, but have reduced in quality. It feels as if Reifert was trying to shock listeners more by writing in a less skilled manner about topics more disgusting than before. After track nine or ten, the album really started to drag for me and I couldn't wait for it to be over. Where Mental Funeral might have felt a little too long, Acts of the Unspeakable feels horribly like it overstays its welcome. I guess to conclude, this album still contains the old band's sound to a degree, but are more tiring and come off as more boring.
Childish Gambino Camp
I'm fairly conflicted over Donald Glover's musical project. It is entertaining, to say the least, to a see Community actor and 30 Rock writer rap about girls sucking his dick. The beats overall are good, but as a whole feel pretty sterile. They feel almost too clean, as if they were hip-hop samples found on a website. The dubstep-ish beat in Heartbeat and the speeding up orchestral part at the end of That Power are the most shining moments of the album beat-wise. The lyrics are okay here and there, but it feels like Glover's whole purpose for about half of the album is convincing his audience why they should be his fans. Despite the lack of real meaning within the lyrics, he can actually flow. Other lyrics on this album are about him growing up, his experiences with women, and pretty much why he is an awesome guy. The choruses are interesting because for the most part, he actually sings in them. His singing isn't terrible, but the lyrics he sings never really seem to relate to the song. Choruses such as in "That Power" seem more cringe-worthy than anything. Despite how otherwise talented Glover may be, his skills as a rapper are lacking. My favorite track from the album would have to be L.E.S.
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Eminem Relapse
Eminem Relapse: Refill
HammerFall Glory to the Brave
Iron Maiden The X Factor
If nothing else, The X Factor is definitely the most boring album Iron Maiden has put out to this point. Their first several albums are almost all considered classics in the genre of heavy metal. Even when they began to falter in 1990, No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark were at least definitely Maiden albums, and they weren't totally cringe-inducing. This album features a new vocalist. His voice is much more tiring than Dickinson. He tries to have just as powerful of a voice, but no one can be deceived. Despite everything bad about it, it is definitely an original album with a much darker tone and longer length. This isn't 100% awful but it's just not fun to listen to. At all. I can't imagine it being considered anything but average.
Sonata Arctica Unia
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Tyler the Creator Goblin

2.0 poor
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Children of Bodom Skeletons In The Closet
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Falling in Reverse The Drug in Me Is You
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays
The coolest thing about this album is the cover. Look at it nice and deep. Take time to enjoy it, because that's about as much artistic enjoyment you'll get from this entire thing. The instrumental intro track "Everything Fades to Gray" is kinda cool and an interesting way to start an album. Deathaura, the following track, is terribly deceptive into making you think this is going to be a good listen. It is a good song, not even too cheesy. After that, however, is an even worse version of the trash we heard on Unia. We get it, Tony Kakko has a nice emotional voice. We don't need several tracks of softness to showcase it. Their whole power metal tag gets dropped in this album with the exception of maybe two songs. People call this prog, but that is a tricky way to make it sound like something even remotely interesting.
Sonata Arctica Stones Grow Her Name
Sonata Arctica is just a band you can't set expectations for. Their old fans miss their classic, dangerously fast epic style, while others would criticize them for having no depth. I am not with either dissenting group. I just wish they could make some music without so damn awkward. This isn't substantially worse than known piece of trash The Days of Grays, but still lacks any moment of interest. It's more simple and loosely put together than probably all of their previous stuff. It's boring even writing a sound off for this nonsense.

1.5 very poor
Black Veil Brides We Stitch These Wounds
Never Shout Never Harmony

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
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