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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicConverge Jane DoeIntense, emotional, aggresive, disharmonic, melodic, spheric, melancholic, angry... I could go on forever. This is Converge at their best. The album has a really good mix of all their best treats, and next to no flaws IMO. Maybe the production could be a bit better, but apart from that... A must have for fans of the genre and ConvergeRefused The Shape of Punk to ComeApart from "New Noise" that I loved right from the start, it took me a while to really access the whole album and appreciate it. But boy, if that's done you're in for a treat. The approach taken at Hardcore here is really interesting, and the name "The shape of Punk to come" is really true in a way. Unchallanged are the clear political messages the band expressed in their lyrics. The booklet to this CD is one of the thickest I ever read, more of a manifest with detailed thoughts on all songs and the topics within them. You want great Hardcore from the 90's? Look no further, you found it4.5 superbAnd So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From AfarAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandFor some one of the most legendary albums of the 90's, for others one of the most overrated ones. Nevertheless, it owns. Hard. The ideas are interesting, and (as so often) I'm abolutely impressed by the energy the songs posses. The ideas the band show are nice as well. Good musicianship, an overall great, if not perfect package. Glassjaw Worship and TributeA great combination of pretty hard songs and mellow relaxing ones. You have songs that go straight forward or that just let it drift. Or both. The vocals are... different. You often read the term "spastic" for describing them. At least that's what I read quite often. Especially the guitarists use interesting effects and give the songs very individual notes and twists. You'Re into Post-Hardcore? Check this out. You'll love it. I did and do from the fist time I heard these guys.Hot Cross CryonicsI had to get used to this albums production first, and it surely lacks here and there. Still, the songs displayed here are top quality. Harder songs that turn into atmospheric and emotional ones. Screamed vocals somewhere between despair and anger. Mood swings every now and then, giving the son gs enw twists. I dare to say this is my favorite Emo album. No doubt about it. And the real Emo that is, not what MTV sells as Emo. Incubus Alive at Red Rocks (DVD)This is what a concert DVD should offer: A full length gig with all details, superb picture and sound quality. If you want a concert and not some funky extras, this is the blueprint for future productions. The added CD is nice as well, but the concert itself is just a pure highlight. Again, this is how a concert DVD should be: a focus on what's important, the concertLlynch We Are Our GhostsMaybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part HarmonyModern Life Is War WitnessModern Life Is War Fever HuntingNo Trigger TycoonPropagandhi Supporting CastePropagandhi Failed StatesRaised Fist Sound of the RepublicThis was a huge comeback after four years for the scandinavian Hardcore band. The vocals are as trademark as they always were, but there are new points like melodic vocal passages, interesting guitar leads. Can this band get even better now? I dare to doubt it. This is as best as it can get. Raised Fist at it's finestRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureRise Against songs are simple in a way. It's not uber-technical like for example Fall of Troy. Still there's a lot of energy behind this. Straight forward. The vocals are quite versataile, ranging from rough screams, to melodic parts to mellow whispers. You can feel the emotions transported through this, which underlines the lyrical content perfectly. Which is another big plus: not afraid to adress issues, and not getting uber-cheesy or corny at that. Rise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessFor me the best Rise Against have presented so far. Yes, they do not really leave the boundaries of their known songs. Still they try out a few new things. Like the spoken story song "The approaching curve", or instrumentations like cello or strings on "Roadside". It's all just one line of shout-and-sing-along-songs, with a message behind it as well. Best song: Survive, definately. So far, this is probably one of the best albums of 2006 for me.Sparta ThreesThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerWhat can one say about Fall of Troy? It just blew me away when I first listened to their stuff. The fast paced riffs, high musical ability and the pure energy the songs transport are just some points that can pin down why I love this album. The lyrics are good, and the band as a unit work perfectly.
Simply Grade A material =)The Fall of Troy GhostshipNever before was a re-release so anticipated than with this album. Distributed by the band at their shows, this has some kick ass songs. "Ghostship Part I" is just genius, with the slow and meneacing Intro, the change between fast paced and slow passages, and the release at the end. Just terrific. Four songs that play for about half an hour. Great display of their capabilities. One could not wish for more. Can't wait for the re-release next year.Thrice VheissuThis was a huge step for the band. And a drastic change to their sound. Les guitar, more keys and the like. This does not sound like the Hardcore band they started as. Which does by no means results in bad music. It's just different to their earlier stuff. The new musical elements add to the musical profile, all on a high level. There might still be room for improvement in the future, but this is already Grade A material. Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThursday Full CollapseIf I would be asked about my entry act to the world of Post Hardcore music, the answer would probably be Thursday. I read a lot about them online, being advertised as "Emo". Not correct as I know now. Checked them out nonetheless, and was caught by this album the most. Sure, you have to get used to the vocals, as they can seem strange and weird at first. But after a while this is really what adds to the whole composition. I like how the songs succed well in delivering a certain emotion, and I was always hooked by the bass work. Interesting stuff4.0 excellent36 Crazyfists A Snow Capped RomanceA Wilhelm Scream RuinerA Wilhelm Scream Career SuicideA Wilhelm Scream A Wilhelm ScreamAdebisi Shank This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi ShankAlexisonfire Watch Out!And So I Watch You From Afar GangsBalance and Composure SeparationBlakfish See You In Another CityBlakfish ChampionsBoysetsfire Tomorrow Come TodayMy first BSF album ever, and still one of the most loved. The combination of more mellow songs, but without lacking songs that seriously kick ass, I love it. The lyrics are quite political as always. Nathan's voice really shines on this record, being a big element for the moods the songs set. Solid record from an underrated bandBoysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The PlagueA new direction for BoySetsFire (and as we now all know, the final for the band...). Much more melodic vocals here, some new experiments. We have a ska like song, some nice acoustic passages and so on. A really great comeback after "tomorrow come today". Too sad the band decided not to walk the road further and split up. =(Burial UntrueCaliban The Opposite From WithinCave In AntennaChuck Ragan Covering GroundCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria Live at the Starland BallroomConverge Petitioning the Empty SkyConverge No HeroesDeftones Around the FurDonots Amplify the good timesThe "Make it or break it record", or in other words: The third album. A clear change in sound and attitude could be noticed here. Some of the happyness has been traded in to adress more serious things. General world and society issues, or personal expiriences that were not so bright. It made them sound more mature and adult, whil still keeping casual songs between that. Donots PocketrockThe Donots, one of the first bands I formed a way of fanboyism for. I used to absolutely adore their albums, but I've grown out of that awhile ago. Sometimes I dig them out again though, as they are still an entertaining and casual listen. Especially this album, which marked the breakthrough for the band. Punk like riffing, sing along choruses and lyrics. A light weight summer record so to saydredg El Cielodredg Catch Without ArmsEvergreen Terrace WolfbikerEvergreen Terrace Almost HomeEvery Time I Die New Junk AestheticEvery Time I Die Ex LivesFear My Thoughts Hell Sweet HellMetalcore, the different way. Or better put: Metalcore turned melodic Death Metal. This is one of those bands that I really enjoy, a nice guitar sound, and a good integration of slight string/keyboard parts into the songs. Not overdone though, nice. Some of the songs stretch though, and are a bit boring. Otherwise the album might have passed the 4 in my bookFuneral Diner The UnderdarkFuneral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in ConversationHeaven Shall Burn AntigoneThis one is evil. A kicking bastard of Death Metal/Metalcore. The musical side is not really that innovative, deep riffs, highly distorted. BUT, check out them vocals! Not so much variation, but evil, grumbling screaming. Good stuff. Perfect soundtrack for a bad dayHeaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)"Iconoclast Vol. I" is simply put the best Heaven Shall Burn album to date. With interesting new sound experiments, like the dance beat on "Murderers Of All Murderers" or overall the courage to rather step-down than turning it up to the max, Heaven Shall Burn showcase a brilliant progression from the precessor "Deaf To Our Prayers".
Only problem are slight sound problems, as certain guitar melodies and especially the bass playing get drowned in the mix. But this are only minor points, as the overall sound suits the album very well.
To sum it up with one sentence: This is Metalcore with strong Melodic Death Metal influences, and that at it's best. Hopesfall The Satellite YearsGood combination of melody and raw heavy sounds, Satellite Years featured a much more heavy vocal style than the follow up A-Types. What is really great about this album is the swing between acoustic passages and distorted riffing. The all-time shouted vocals did not fit all time though.Hopesfall A TypesInteresting change from "Satellite Years", but not one to the worse. Where SY was more "a lot of screaming over partly acoustic songs", the melodic singing voice is more foreground here. Which does not mean the shouting is all gone. The songs are well structured, and the lyrics are among the better out there. The almost perfect mix of all the elements (loud/mellow dynamics, shouting/singing etc) for this genre. Good stuffHopesfall Magnetic NorthHot Cross Risk RevivalHot Water Music CautionHot Water Music A Flight and a CrashIgnite Our Darkest DaysIgnite A place called homeIncubus Make YourselfIncubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Incubus with a rawer edge. The riffs have a slight metal touch here and there, the samples and electronic parts are much more present here. Still, the album has a big groove on most of the songs, while others are very dark for Incubus. Highlights: the slap bass parts of Dirk Lance, he made good use of them here. You want to hear the more experimental and harder side of Incubus? Maybe start looking hereJimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanThis is an unnoticable record. At least when played while doing something. "What, over already?" But when you take the time to listen to it, and pay attention to the details that sleep here and there, it's a really entertaining listen. A more Indie/General Rock approach here. First album by Jimmy eat World I ever got, and still so far my favorite of their works.Jimmy Eat World ClarityKilling The Dream In Place, ApartKilling The Dream FracturesKillswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingThis was basically the first Metalcore record I got into. Back in the days I was quite hooked by the combination of metal riffs, clean vocals, and screams. The old singer had quite a vocal range, from deep grunts to high pitched screams. This set the style for a lot of bands doing the "Killswitch Engage thing". Still a decent record, but today I prefer different bands from the genre.La Dispute WildlifeMake Do and Mend End Measured MileMaroon When Worlds CollideWicked guitar work, the clearly have the Metal thing going on. Overall a very interesting record, with shifts between melodic and soothing to hard hitting. Some funny elements (Power Metal guest vocals on a song, turning it into a Maiden like song) bring nice variation, guest vocals by Roger Miret ruin another song though. Still, the musicianship is quite good, and it's a lot of fun to listen toMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesWhen I first read about this band (and got interested in checking them out), it was from a sticker on a Fall of Troy album. When I further read that the guitarist of Botch is in there... well, I expected something Fall of Troy like. Sure I was suprised when I heard their songs, but not disappointed. The guitar work is really good and technical though it's quite mellow. There is a lot to discover here, drumming, vocals, guitar. Only the bass seems a bit simple though always present. Good stuff. Really good stuffMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMisery Signals ControllerMoneybrother To die aloneMore Than Life Brave Enough To FailMuch the Same SurviveMuse AbsolutionNo Trigger CanyoneerOceansize FramesPoison the Well You Come Before YouPoison the Well The Tropic RotPolar Bear Club Chasing HamburgPolar Bear Club Clash Battle Guilt Pride"Clash Battle Guilt Pride" is an excellent output and progression for Polar Bear Club, though progression might not be the right word. This album is a continuation of "Chasing Hamburg", and only hindered by anthemic "Screams in Caves" and "My Best Days" which leave the rest a bit weak in comparison Porcupine Tree DeadwingThe band with the interesting name. This was the first album I ever got by them, and it's a compelling listen. You get a lot of elements here: Sometimes more metal like riffing, casual rock passages, a bit of synth elements here and there. It's an interesting mix that provides a good listen. I guess it's something Progressive listeners should check out for surePropagandhi Potemkin City LimitsRaised Fist DedicationHm, my first Hardcore-ish album that I ever bought. After hearing the song Dedication on a music magazine sampler I was hooked. The song was hard, but yet very positive. Well, you can not necessarily say that for the rest of the album, as it is quite dark here and there. Very trademark though. You will recognise those vocals everywhere. 100% sure of that. You want some old-school like Hardcore? Check these folks outRed City Radio The Dangers of Standing StillRise Against Revolutions Per MinuteMany consider this THE definate Rise Against album. And I can see why. It features the known treats by RA: the driving beat, the political inspired lyrics that do not fear to have personal issues as topic as well. It's very solid, and features some great songs. But it is oddly enough my least played Rise Against album. Nevertheless, I think this is great work, and owns quite a few bands and records out thereRise Against Rise AgainstShai Hulud That Within Blood Ill-TemperedSights and Sounds MonolithSparta Wiretap ScarsSparta PorcelainStrike Anywhere Exit EnglishThis is another one of these "They do not re-invent the wheel, but do their job pretty darn well". It's music rooted in Punk. It features nice guitar melodies, not too fancy bass lines, solid drumming, a singer with a raspy voice. The topics of the lyrics are political/regarding social matters from the first to the last second. Not every line is uber-original, and the messages delivered are nothing that has not been here before. But, like I said, they still do their job very well. Kudos for that. :thumb:Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los AngelesStrung Out Agents of the UndergroundSuch Gold MisadventuresSunny Day Real Estate Sunny Day Real EstateThe Black Atlantic Send This HomeFormer Shail Hulud shouter Geert van der Velde amazes with a rock solid debut-EP that ventures into the Indie/Singer-Songwriter area. He shows that there is more to him than just screaming, and that he has an amazing sense for melodies and relaxing hooks.
Definately looking forward to the full length LP.The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, BurnThe Blood Brothers CrimesA bit chaotic. Especially when it comes to the vocals. I mean that in a positive way though. The combination of whacky guitar melodies and the dual-vocalists with different vocal ranges gives them a certain something. This album was a bit more catchy so to say, being easier to access. It still has this raw chaotic twist Burn Piano Island Burn hadThe Carrier One Year LaterThe Draft In A Million PiecesThe Fall of Troy The Fall of TroySolid album, but somehow something was lacking for me personally. Still, this owns a lot of material out there, though the recording quality is far from perfect. Some songs just worked better as re-release on Doppelganer. For me at leastThe Fall of Troy ManipulatorThe Gaslight Anthem The '59 SoundThe Hope Conspiracy Death Knows Your NameThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumI always found that the Mars Volta albums are somewhat of a trip. Sometimes a good one, sometimes a bad one. What it is lies in the eye of the beholder. Still, the musicianship is good here, I think that is for sure. The changes and different parts in the single songs are interesting, especially on songs like Eriatarka. If you can get into the slightly whacko-jacko arrangements of this, it's good stuff. That might take some time. It took me weeks, if not months to really appreciate the album...The Psyke Project ApneaThis Is A Standoff Be ExcitedThrice The Illusion of SafetyFor me the most ferocious record. From the start on at a good pace, the overall feel is quite Punk/Hardcore, but a lot of the riffs and leads reind of Metal here and there. The lead guitar parts are what makes this a lot, as they are top notch. The others are not bad, but the guitar is what gets you the most. A good mix of kinda dark and happy songs. At least in a way. Thrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThe follow up to "Illusion of Safety". It seems overall darker, regarding the mood and instrumentation. The crazy leads of IoS are cut back a bit. Nevertheless features some of my most favorite Thrice songs, like Artist in the Ambulance, All that's left and Under a killing moon. Maybe the last record of Thrice that dwelled in the realm of Hardcore-like music, as they completely crossed the boundaries to the realm of Post-Hardcore with VheissuThursday Common ExistenceTitle Fight ShedTouche Amore Parting The Sea Between Brightness And MeTrophy Scars Bad LuckUnearth The MarchVerse AggressionWith Honor This is Our Revenge3.5 great36 Crazyfists Bitterness the Star36 Crazyfists The Tide and Its TakersSolid effort from 36 Crazyfists, but this album is somewhat lacking the "new things". In a way, it feels like a redone "Rest Inside The Flames". Still, it definately has it's moments, like "The Back Harlow Road".
Overall it's ok, but I would have expected more to be honestA Wilhelm Scream Mute PrintAFI Sing the Sorrow"Sing the Sorrow" was the first album I got to know by AFI, and so far it's my favorite. What I really like about this album is the combination of Punk like tones combined with an epic aspect. That comes from the multi-voice choruses, string arrangements and similar aspects of the music. The musical work is quite solid, though not overly extraordinary. What makes it good is how all the instruments work together to set the mood of the songs.
What keeps me from giving this a higher rating is that I sometimes feel the songs sound too much the same. It might be epic, but at the core it's still inspired by more simple Punk like music. Here and there riffs and structures seem recycled, which spoils the relistening value for me to an extend.
Still, a very good 3.5 ot of 5 from me.Fun to listen to, though not all day and night longAlexisonfire CrisisArmor For Sleep What To Do When You Are DeadAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAsh MeltdownAudioslave Out of ExileBilly Talent Billy TalentBilly Talent Billy Talent IIComeback Kid Wake The DeadComeback Kid Turn it AroundDanko Jones Sleep is the EnemyDeftones White PonyDown-Stares Cobras And MatadorsFear My Thoughts The Great CollapseFire in the Attic Crush/RebuildFrom First To Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body...From Plan to Progress Ink Stains & IncidentsGorillaz Demon DaysHatebreed PerseveranceHave Heart The Things We CarryHeaven Shall Burn Deaf to Our PrayersHot Water Music The New What NextI Killed The Prom Queen Music for the Recently DeceasedIn This Moment The DreamIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Incubus Morning ViewMost of the songs here are quite relaxed. Just listen to Are you in? for proof. Which does not mean that it lacks edge. Songs like "Nice to know you" still drive forward pretty well. The more mellow work dominates though, like Are you in? or Whish you where here for example. A good mix and the quality work you would expect of a band like Incubus. Last album to feature Dirk Lance on bass... =(Incubus The Morning View Sessions (DVD)It Prevails Capture & EmbraceIt Prevails StromaThis album is getting more shit than it deserves. It's definitely a grower, and while not as instantly memorable as the predecessor, it still shows a technical prowess shining through. I for one appreciate the drumming a lot more here, as the same double bass pattern is not reused every other song.Life in Your Way Waking GiantsLostprophets Start SomethingLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressMachine Head Through the Ashes of EmpiresMaroon 5 Songs About JaneMisery Signals MirrorsMorrissey Ringleader of the TormentorsThe voice. This was the first Mozza album I checked out, after hearing "You have killed me" on MTV. I like the overall sound, which various somewhere between Pop and old-school Rock in a way. It's a nice listen for driving or relaxing. Good one!NOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)It's NoFX. It's a single collection. It has good songs. It has bad songs. Who would buy this? The die hard NoFX fan. What has the die hard NoFX fan in his shelve? Probably the NoFX discography. Which mean, he already has all the songs present here, maybe except for two or three exclusive tracks. Are they worth it? Not in my book, this is a rip off on the fans. Still, they write decent material which is why I still rated it 3.5Nothington Roads, Bridges, and RuinsPoison the Well Tear From the RedRise Against The Unraveling (Re-Issue)Finally the debut of Rise Against gets the kind of production it deserves. Good stuff. The material is the same as on the initial release though, so if you already have this one, it's doubtful it is worth another 10 to 15 bucks. The bonus songs are not really worth it. The songs overall are good though, and show where the band started. Clear progression visible. Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of UsSick City NightlifeSum 41 ChuckThe Gaslight Anthem American SlangThis Is A Standoff Be DisappointedThis Is Hell SundowningThis Is Hell present honest and entertaining interpretation of modern Hardcore with their debut "Sundowning". Though some riffs sound a bit like the same (eg: Here Come The Rains and The Polygraph Cheaters), the band makes up for that with energy.
Like acts like Modern Life Is War or American Nightmare? Chances are you will like this band as well. This shows how Hardcore should sound: energetic, powerful, honest and close to the audience.This Is Hell MisfortunesThursday War All the TimeThursday Five Stories FallingThursday A City By the Light DividedTitle Fight The Last Thing You ForgetUnearth The Oncoming StormVerse Bitter Clarity, Uncommon GraceWar From A Harlots Mouth In ShoalsWaterdown All Riot Quite a lot has changed since their last release The files you have on me. Melodic singer Marcel Bischoff left the band. And after trying to run the thing with one vocaliist, a new guy was 'hired'. With him an older edge has reurned to Waterdowns music. All Riot is much rougher than the melancholic precessor, and has more of a Hardcore touch to it.
The songs sound harder, the both singers compliment each other quite good. Melodic parts are often found during the chorus, many of the songs feature a break-down like part. Though that is nice, it's at the same time a big con for the whole album. Rather quick you get the feeling that most of the songs are constructed after the same formula. Some songs show different approaches, like My hopelessness and me with it's dischord like guitar work. But around the last third again a breakdown-ish part kicks in, like on basically all songs before. This could have been better. Lyrics are a split edge as well. Some are quite interesting and/or funny, others pathetically clichee (Yes Recruit, I'm looking your way! "We are a drop out generation, this is a war on everything"? Oh please, this must have been a joke. Especially the way it's sung)
Summed up: This is a good step forward compared to their older material. Still, I'm always left with the feeling that this could have been more. Better than The files you have on me, still lacking something...
3.5/5 overallZero 7 When It Falls3.0 goodAlexisonfire AlexisonfireAs much as I love "Watch out!", as much do I dislike this album. There are two great songs, ".44 caliber Love letter" and "Pulmonary Archery". Those have nice melodies, interesting guitar work here and there. The rest sounds awkward though. Partly because of the mix, partly because its just not my thing. Diffrerent with the follow up though. Gotta love that oneAnamanaguchi Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - SoundtrackAphex Twin WindowlickerOne of the most innovative electronica acts I know. Windowlicker is probably one of my all-time electronica favorites. The beat, the flow, the groove, all sparkled with these weird and interesting sounds, including sex-noises. REALLY good stuff!Beastie Boys Hello NastyBoom Bip Blue eyed in the red roomBullet For My Valentine The PoisonCaliban The Undying DarknessCompared to their previous album this one lacked a bit of the energy. It seems quite soft here and there, moving more and more towards the "Killswitch Engage"-thing, with the constant change between melodic and screamed vocals. It's ok, but somehow lacks substance and edge. Could have been betterCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessThe latest episode of the Coheed and Cambria story. BUt after all the anticipation the band stirred with interviews and with the lead single "Welcome Home", I could not help but feel disappointed with this album. Somehow it did not feel as great as it should. There are nice songs, like "Ten Speed", but overall... not as captivating as their previous works.Converge Axe to FallDonots Better days not includedFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFrom Autumn To Ashes Too Bad You're BeautifulFrom Autumn To Ashes The Fiction We LiveFrom First To Last HeroineFuneral for a Friend HoursGenianalus Goddamn MotherfuckerGwen Stacy The Life I KnowGwen Stacy show a promising debut with "The Life I Know". Their mix of Hardcore with slight metal influences can entertain, though it has flaws as well. The breakdownish riffs sound very alike on almost every track, and seem repetitive. The band shows potential in the melodic moments, like on "If We Live Right, We Can't Die Wrong"
Up to now, it's quite generic. Future albums will show what the band will do with the potential they haveHatebreed Rise of BrutalityHatebreed SupremacyIncubus When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 2 (DVD)Nice DVD, the acoustic session is great. But the concert itself had poor visual quality. Which comes from the lighting in the hall the concert took place in. The sound quality is still good though, and the set features a nice mix of songs from SCIENCE and Make Yourself. Lostprophets Liberation TransmissionQuite epic, very very catchy, an album full of potential singles. But somewhat this records lacks the moments that made Start Something so enjoyable. Some songs sound like Franz Ferdinand rip-offs, others are just a bit too cheesy regarding vocals etc. This is the logic development of the bands sound after Start Something in a way, not the one I wished for thoughMemphis May Fire Memphis May FireThis is a debut EP that shows promise and is fun to listen to. The mix of Southern Rock elements, Alternative Rock and Post-Hardcore works quite well, including elements and influences from Everytime I Die and Van Halen. The band knows when to step on the gas, and when to slow down. Nice.
The production is solid, and makes a good impression over the 19 minute playtime. The band won't have it easy though, as there are quite a few bands that play at least remotely this style of music. If they can gain a big enough audience to remain will the future tell.NOFX Don't Call Me WhitePapa Roach InfestPoison the Well VersionsRise Against EndgameScary Kids Scaring Kids The City Sleeps In FlamesSilverstein Discovering the WaterfrontSparta Austere EPSystem of a Down MezmerizeTaking Back Sunday Tell All Your FriendsThe Blackout Argument RemediesThe Bled Found in the FloodThe Fall of Troy Phantom on the HorizonThe Used In Love and DeathUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireWaterdown The Files You Have On Me2.5 average3 Doors Down The Better LifeAFI DecemberundergroundThis seems to be a completely Love/Hate record. I read articles in magazines how much this album rules. And how much it sucks. Similar here on Sputnik. I am more on the negative side. There are nice songs, and you can tell that they wanted to push the direction of "Sing the Sorrow", but somewhat failed during the process. Which results in the feeling to have a rip-off here. The songs just don't get me the way "Sing the Sorrow" did. Which is sad actually, as I really like that albumAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses*barf barf, barf barf* That's the first thing I connect with Atreyu. Yes, you can spot the singer pretty fast from a crowd, but it's more funny than good for the music. I did not really like the guitar sound on this album either, it was... strange. What gives the whole thing the deathblow are the lyrics. Sorry, but there are other bands that do the exact same thingway betterBlink-182 Blink-182Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketIt was fun when it came out, but even back then not really. I loved "Enema of the State", but by the time this came out I was out of the immature puns and humor, and the music was too... simplistic. Except for maybe Travis' drumming, the musicianship is very simple. Not many fills, varations or anything like that. The album still had it's moments, but that was not enough to keep me interested more than maybe two months. At the max.Box Car Racer Box Car RacerDisturbed The SicknessFrom Autumn To Ashes Abandon Your FriendsThere was a time where I really liked the stuff FAtA do. But you grow out of some stuff, and the process was put on fast forward with this album. Where The Fiction we live was not really that diverse or innovative, this one was just... horrible. I don't know, there were only two songs that I found half-way standing out, the rest was mediocre at best. The musicianship and song-writing just lack.Limp Bizkit Significant OtherBefore this album I knew no stuff like Nu-Metal and all that jizz. I liked and loved it, not knowing better. This album was a really fun thing back in the days, but after the hype swept away, it got old fast. There are decent songs on this though, that are nice every now and then on parties or in clubs. But for more it's not really suiting anymoreMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet RevengeP.O.D. Satellite"I was young and did not know better..." Looking back, this is what I have to say about the time I listened to this album all the time. Like with many bands I listened to in the time around 00/01, the music was quite exchangable and not really the most innovative. Not yet playing bass or diving more into the not-so-popular stuff, I did not really notice that back then. Today, with more insight on how interesting, simple and yet effective musicianship and songs can be, while at the same time being original... this just falls behind.Rise Against Appeal to ReasonStory of the Year Page AvenueBack in the day when I discovered this during my extended Pop-Punk phase, it was fun to listen to. But it got old quite fast, as the material is more or less catchy but not something you have not listened to dozens of times before with other bands. Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To BeI had a very short phase where I was really into this band, but the songs and albums could not really bind me the way other bands could. Partly because of the cheesy lyrics here and there, partly because of the reoccuring arrangements that seem to be replacable with ease in a way. It's not the worst in Pop-Punk that dwells out there, but not really the best either for me.The Used The UsedMany favor this one over the 2nd output of the Used, but I personally never really liked this one, except for "The taste of Ink", which I love. Odd enough. On many spots I had the feeling all that could be done was put into the songs, like big string arrangements. Less would have been more hereUnderoath They're Only Chasing SafetyYeah, I know. Many people love the band and this album to death. I do not though. I enjoyed songs like "Reinventing your exit" for a while, but overall I find this album too generous and exchangable. There are, for me at least other bands that do the thing better.Velvet Revolver Contraband2.0 poorComeback Kid BroadcastingHawthorne Heights The Silence In Black And WhiteTo put it simple and straight forward: There are simply bands out there that do the thing better and not as cliche. SPeaking of the instrumentation as well as the lyrics. And foremost the lyrics. "Cut my wrists and black my eyes". Angsty cut-my-wrists-lyrics was redefined with this band. I can see why so many people can relate and connect with the music and the lyrics, it does not change though that it's sub-par. Well, and that others do it better. =)Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish...I quite liked "significant other" back in the days. It was something new, and quite hooked me. The follow up was a huge bummer though. It seemed a bit uninspired, not really original. Musically it was ok, but Durst kinda kills it. Trivium AscendancyThough I'm into modern Death Metal/Metalcore-ish music (a lot actually), I can not really stand this band. Yes, the solos are good, but overall the songs lack something to really tell them apart. Not to mention the vocals. I thought I had heard the worst barfing with Atreyu, but these guys are really competitors for that place. I can see and understand why people love them, but it's not my cup of tea1.5 very poorLinkin Park Live In TexasSomething like a rip off for me. The songs sound too overproduced and clean for live versions. You might as well listen to the regular records then.
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