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5.0 classic
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Bark Psychosis Hex
Ben Frost Theory of Machines
Bjork Homogenic
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Black Earth
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Isis Wavering Radiant
Isis Oceanic
Jesu Conqueror
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Madvillain Madvillainy
Max Richter Infra
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Neurosis Times of Grace
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Orchid Gatefold
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Sleater-Kinney The Woods
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Swans The Seer
Holy fuck. If this doesn't end up being my AOTY, then I just don't know.
The Antlers Hospice
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Tom Waits Bone Machine
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss EP
YOB The Unreal Never Lived

4.5 superb
Aereogramme My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man
Arcade Fire Funeral
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bark Psychosis Codename: Dustsucker
Baroness Blue Record
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Battle Of Mice A Day Of Nights
Bjork Vespertine
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Cap'n Jazz Analphabetapolothology
Cave In Jupiter
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
Cave In White Silence
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Axe to Fall
Dark Castle Surrender To All Life Beyond Form
Earth The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
Electric Wizard Come My Fanatics...
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Envy Recitation
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fantomas Delirium Cordia
Fugazi The Argument
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Gorguts Obscura
Grouper A I A
Hammock Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Horseback The Invisible Mountain
Horseback The Gorgon Tongue
Husker Du Zen Arcade
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Isis Panopticon
Jarboe Mahakali
Jarboe Sacrificial Cake
Jawbreaker 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jesu Silver
John Coltrane Giant Steps
Jonsi Go
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kayo Dot Stained Glass
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Kylesa Spiral Shadow
Kylesa Static Tensions
Loma Prieta I.V.
Marissa Nadler Little Hells
Maserati Pyramid of the Sun
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Leviathan
Melvins Houdini
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Mission of Burma Vs.
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Mono You Are There
Mono Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
Morphine Cure for Pain
Morphine The Night
Nachtmystium Silencing Machine
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Pink Moon
NoMeansNo Wrong
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Orchid Chaos is Me
Pg. 99 Document #8
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Radiohead Kid A
Rites of Spring End on End
Russian Circles Geneva
Rwake Voices of Omens
Scott Walker The Drift
Sigur Ros ( )
Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out
Slowdive Souvlaki
Sonic Youth Goo
Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions
Sunn O))) Dømkirke
Superchunk Majesty Shredding
Swans Children of God
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans Love of Life
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Angels of Light New Mother
The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Ocean Precambrian
The Promise Ring Nothing Feels Good
The Replacements Tim
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet
Tom Waits Orphans
Tom Waits Alice
Tombs Path of Totality
Tool Lateralus
Torche Meanderthal
Trap Them Darker Handcraft
U.S. Christmas Run Thick In The Night
Ufomammut Eve
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
YOB The Great Cessation
YOB The Illusion Of Motion
YOB Atma

4.0 excellent
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self
27 Brittle Divinity
A Storm Of Light And We Wept The Black Ocean Within
Adebisi Shank This is the Second Album
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Algernon Cadwallader Some Kind Of Cadwallader
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
Andrew Jackson Jihad People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Archers of Loaf All the Nation's Airports
Ascend Ample Fire Within
Baroness Red Album
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Belle and Sebastian Tigermilk
Belle and Sebastian Lazy Line Painer Jane
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Big Black Songs About Fucking
Big Business Mind the Drift
Black Cobra Chronomega
Black Flag Damaged
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Beileid
Bomb the Music Industry! Adults!!!...
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Bongripper Satan Worshipping Doom
Boris Pink
Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five
Brian Eno Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy
Buried at Sea Migration
Burst Lazarus Bird
Caribou Swim
Castevet Mounds of Ash
Cave In Antenna
Cave In Planets of Old
Cheap Girls My Roaring 20s
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Coil The Ape of Naples
Coil Black Antlers
Coil The New Backwards
Colossal Welcome the Problems
Current 93 Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
Current 93 Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Cynic Traced in Air
Dalek Abandoned Language
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Dead Prez Let's Get Free
Death Human
Deathspell Omega Paracletus
Defiance, Ohio Midwestern Minutes
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
Earth Hex: Or Printing In the Infernal Method
Earth Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons
East of the Wall Ressentiment
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Electric Wizard Black Masses
Eluvium Similes
Emeralds Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved The Sleeping Gods
Envy Abyssal
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Eyehategod In the Name of Suffering
Fantomas The Director's Cut
Fight Amp Hungry For Nothing
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Floor Floor
Foetus Nail
From Monument To Masses On Little Known Frequencies
Frontier(s) There Will Be No Miracles Here
Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life
Fugazi 13 Songs
Future of the Left Travels With Myself And Another
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Ghost Mice Europe
Giant Squid The Ichthyologist
God Is An Astronaut Age of the Fifth Sun
Godflesh Us and Them
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Goldmund Famous Places
Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer
Good Luck Into Lake Griffy
Grails Doomsdayer's Holiday
Grinderman Grinderman 2
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Grouper Way Their Crept
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Helms Alee Night Terror
High on Fire Death Is This Communion
How to Destroy Angels How To Destroy Angels
Husker Du New Day Rising
Ides of Gemini Constantinople
Inca Ore Birthday Of Bless You
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
Iron Chic Not Like This
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Isis Celestial
Jakob Solace
James Blackshaw All Is Falling
Jawbreaker Dear You
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Jodis Secret House
John Zorn The Crucible
Jonsi and Alex Riceboy Sleeps
Joy Wants Eternity You Who Pretend to Sleep
Julie Christmas The Bad Wife
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West The College Dropout
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Kayo Dot Coyote
Khanate Clean Hands Go Foul
Khanate Things Viral
Kudrow Lando
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Lantlos .neon
Laura Radio Swan is Down
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Loma Prieta Life/Less
Lord Mantis Pervertor
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Made Out of Babies The Ruiner
Magrudergrind Magrudergrind
Mamiffer Hirror Enniffer
Mamiffer Mare Decendrii
Master Musicians Of Bukkake Totem One
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Remission
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
McLusky The Difference Between Me and You...
Melechesh The Epigenesis
Melechesh Emissaries
Melvins The Bride Screamed Murder
Melvins Stag
Mike Patton Mondo Cane
Minsk The Ritual Fires of Abandonment
Minsk With Echoes in the Movement of Stone
Mogwai Young Team
Mogwai Mr. Beast
Mouth of the Architect Quietly
Mr. Bungle California
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
Nadja Touched
Nana Grizol Ruth
Napalm Death Time Waits for No Slave
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Murder Ballads
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
Off With Their Heads In Desolation
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy For Evolution
Old Man Gloom NO
Om Pilgrimage
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo
Opeth Damnation
Oxbow The Narcotic Story
Paul Baribeau Grand Ledge
Pelican City of Echoes
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Portal Swarth
Psychic TV Allegory And Self
Radiohead In Rainbows
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Robin Guthrie Carousel
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rudimentary Peni Death Church
RVIVR RVIVR
Sailors With Wax Wings Sailors With Wax Wings
Scout Niblett The Calcination of Scout Niblett
Set Fire to Flames Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in
Shellac Terraform
Sigur Ros Ágætis byrjun
Slayer Reign in Blood
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
St. Vincent Actor
SubRosa No Help for the Mighty Ones
Suis La Lune Riala
Swans White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Swans Holy Money
Tarentel From Bone To Satellite
The Angels of Light We Are Him
The Ascent of Everest From This Vantage
The Austerity Program Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn
I like this. It sounds like NoMeansNo if they listened to Big Black.
The Blood of Heroes The Blood Of Heroes
The Body All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To...
The Body Lovers Number One of Three
The Body/Braveyoung Nothing Passes
The Corin Tucker Band 1,000 Years
I really like this. It's very different than Sleater-Kinney, though. In fact, this probably sounds more like Neko Case than anything.
The Dead Milkmen Big Lizard in My Backyard
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Ergs! Upstairs/Downstairs
The High Confessions Turning Lead Into Gold With
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats Zopilote Machine
The Nation of Ulysses 13-Point Program To Destroy America
The Ocean Anthropocentric
The Promise Ring Very Emergency
The Riot Before Rebellion
The Twilight Sad Forget The Night Ahead
The Unwinding Hours The Unwinding Hours
Thee Silver Mount Zion Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Toby Driver In the L..L..Library Loft
Tom Waits Franks Wild Years
Tom Waits Blue Valentine
Tool 10,000 Days
Torche In Return
Torche Songs for Singles
Torche Torche
Toundra Toundra (II)
U.S. Christmas Eat The Low Dogs
Ufomammut Idolum
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Yakuza Of Seismic Consequence
Young Widows Settle Down City
Zodiak Sermons
Zoroaster Matador
Georgia has been an interesting breeding ground for sludge metal in the past decade. Baroness, Mastodon, and Kylesa have all made it big in the scene by taking the blueprints of the genre and distorting them. With Matador, Zoroaster can finally be added to this list of rising stars.

The band's previous work is definitely competent and some of their older songs are on the border of being great. Zoroaster, however, was playing it relatively safe and locking itself in the tight confines of it's genre. On this album, the band seems to be taking more risks. The production work, courtesy of Sanford Parker, is relatively clean yet it feels intentionally distorted.

Songs like "Black Hole" and "Ancient Ones" use this warping to their advantage, creating a thick atmosphere. "Black Hole" lives up to it's namesake with it's untamed riffs.

Zoroaster has started to cut themselves loose from their genre's tradition, and their work is all the better for it. If they continue down this path, they might find themselves sharing a lot of the popularity that their contemporaries have received.

3.5 great
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
Aidan Baker Still Life
Ampere Like Shadows
Atheist Jupiter
Balmorhea Constellations
Battlefields Stained With the Blood of an Empire
Battlefields Thresholds Of Imbalance
Benoit Pioulard Lasted
Black Boned Angel The Witch Must Be Killed
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God
Bomb the Music Industry! Everybody That You Love
Boris BXI
Buried at Sea Ghost
Buried Inside Spoils Of Failure
Burning Love Rotten Thing To Say
Cephalic Carnage Misled by Certainty
Ceremony (USA-CA) Violence Violence
Ceremony (USA-CA) Zoo
Cheap Girls Find Me a Drink Home
City of Ships Look What God Did To Us
Cloudkicker Beacons
Coliseum House With A Curse
Constants If Tomorrow the War
Converge No Heroes
Dead to Me African Elephants
dredg El Cielo
Echoes of Yul Echoes of Yul
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
Eyehategod Take as Needed for Pain
Fake Problems Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
Fantomas Suspended Animation
Final Reading All The Right Signals Wrong
Foetus Flow
forgetters forgetters
Gifts From Enola Gifts From Enola
Godflesh Messiah
Gojira The Link
Greymachine Disconnected
Hard Girls Hello
Her Name Is Calla The Heritage
High on Fire Snakes For The Divine
Ihsahn After
Intronaut Void
Jesu Jesu
Khann Tofutopia
Knut Wonder
Knut Terraformer
Lair of the Minotaur War Metal Battle Master
Lemuria Get Better
Lights Out Asia In The Days Of Jupiter
Lymbyc Systym Shutter Release
Made Out of Babies Coward
Magrudergrind Crusher
The Scion deal is kind of odd (also not punk at all), but this is good.
Master Musicians Of Bukkake Totem Two
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Melvins A Senile Animal
Meshuggah obZen
Middian Age Eternal
Monikers Wake Up
More Than Life Love Let Me Go
Mouth of the Architect The Ties That Blind
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Nachtmystium Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2
Nails Unsilent Death
Napalm Death Scum
Necro Deathmort The Colonial Script
Neurosis Sovereign
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Off With Their Heads Hospitals
Old Man Gloom Christmas
Om God is Good
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Xenophanes
Pelican What We All Come To Need
Peter Broderick How They Are
Pop. 1280 The Horror
Punch Push Pull
Radiohead OK Computer
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...
Red Sparowes Aphorism
Russian Circles Station
Samsara Blues Experiment Long Distance Trip
Shining (NOR) Blackjazz
Sigh Scenes from Hell
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Slow Six Tomorrow Becomes You
Son of Aurelius The Farthest Reaches
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell Promises
Sunn O))) Black One
Sunn O))) and Boris Altar
Sunny Day Real Estate Diary
Superhumanoids Urgency
Swans Filth
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Shake The Sheets
Teenage Cool Kids Queer Salutations
The Angels of Light How I Loved You
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Evpatoria Report Golevka
The Life and Times Suburban Hymns
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Mercury Program From the Vapor of Gasoline
The Mountain Goats The Life of the World to Come
The Mountain Goats Heretic Pride
The Mountain Goats Satanic Messiah
The Smiths Meat Is Murder
Thee Silver Mount Zion Kollaps Tradixionales
These Arms Are Snakes Tail Swallower and Dove
Thou Summit
Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine
Tomahawk Anonymous
Tribes of Neurot Silver Blood Transmission
Tusk The Resisting Dreamer
Twilight Monument To Time End
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Xibalba Hasta La Muerte
Zach Hill Face Tat
Zola Jesus Stridulum II

3.0 good
36 Hollow
A Storm Of Light Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Cult of Luna Eternal Kingdom
Doomriders Darkness Come Alive
Enabler All Hail the Void
Faith No More Angel Dust
Harvestman Trinity
Harvestman In a Dark Tongue
Jesu Infinity
Jesu Why Are We Not Perfect?
Krallice Dimensional Bleedthrough
Lair of the Minotaur Evil Power
Lemuria Pebble
Made Out of Babies Trophy
Mose Giganticus Gift Horse
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Megaritual
Oranssi Pazuzu Muukalainen Puhuu
Steve Von Till A Grave Is a Grim Horse
Supermachiner Rise Of The Great Machine
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Sword Warp Riders
The Thermals Personal Life
Tom Waits The Black Rider
Tombs Winter Hours

2.5 average
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Tao of the Dead
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Baroness Yellow and Green
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Salem (US) King Night
Slayer World Painted Blood
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
The Ocean Heliocentric
Trash Talk Eyes & Nines
Zoroaster The Voice of Saturn
Zozobra Bird of Prey

2.0 poor
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Bob Dylan Christmas in the Heart
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Lady Gaga The Fame
Liturgy Aesthethica
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork
Mastodon Revenge Gets Ugly
This is surprisingly generic for Mastodon. Maybe it's the lack of vocals?
Protest the Hero Kezia
This Will Destroy You Moving on the Edges of Things

1.5 very poor
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Audioslave Audioslave
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It
Burzum Filosofem
Hellyeah Stampede
Kid Rock Devil Without A Cause
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Despair
Various Artists (Punk) Punk Goes Metal

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
brokeNCYDE The Broken
brokeNCYDE BC 13 EP
Chris Cornell Scream
Creed Human Clay
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Asylum
Dr. Acula The Social Event Of The Century
Evanescence Fallen
Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
Godsmack The Oracle
Hellyeah Hellyeah
Hinder Take It to the Limit
Hinder Extreme Behavior
Hinder All American Nightmare
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
Insane Clown Posse Bang! Pow! Boom!
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Korn Issues
Korn Follow the Leader
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Muse The Resistance
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Papa Roach Getting Away with Murder
Staind The Illusion of Progress
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