Philip Whitehead

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Last Active 10-06-14 5:06 am
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5.0 classic
How can you not 5 this. The idol J-Pop somehow mixes with the various styles of metal present in this album from thrash to deathcore. Mixing J-Pop and metal has been done before, for evidence check your average moody seinen/shounen anime theme tunes, and of course, Maximum the Hormone. but never quite to this extent.
Cardiacs Sing to God
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Refused Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Strapping Young Lad City

4.5 superb
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Alcest Shelter
Apocalyptica Inquisition Symphony
Ascending Dawn Coalesce
Because you can't post here if there's no stream yet I reviewed this on another site: http://www.rocksins.com/reviews/ascending-dawn-coalesce-2251/
Barrow Being Without
Bill Bailey In Metal
Short but oh so sweet. Scarborough Fair and Oblivion (aka I Bleed On Your Panini) particular highlights.
Bleeding Oath Bleeding Oath
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cardiacs A Little Man and a House...
Cardiacs On Land and in the Sea
Cardiacs Heaven Born and Ever Bright
Casualties of Cool Casualties of Cool
Celeste Animale(s)
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Chthonic Seediq Bale
Chthonic Bu-Tik
The black metal elements have become slightly more apparent than in Takasago Army but overall this album continues their progression away from the symphonic black metal scene and into their own oriental extreme style. Fans of the bm output may not enjoy this but others will love it.
Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be Huge
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Hacktivist Hacktivist
Korn Korn
Korn Issues
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Machine Head The Blackening
Oado Life Era
Sepultura Roots
Skindred Babylon
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Iowa
Soulfly Dark Ages
Soulfly Soulfly
Steak Number Eight The Hutch
Strapping Young Lad Alien
The Best Pessimist I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Vinterbris Solace
A magnificent piece of melodic black metal from these youngsters. Being from Bergen you'd expect black metal to be in their blood and they've proved that here.

4.0 excellent
1349 Massive Cauldron Of Chaos
A Lot Like Birds No Place
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alestorm Sunset on the Golden Age
American Football American Football
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs
Amongst Thieves Revise. Reform.
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
Architects Hollow Crown
Arcology The Fall
Bear Noumenon
Behemoth The Satanist
Black Breath Sentenced To Life
Black Light Burns Cruel Melody
Black Sabbath 13
Bleed from Within Uprising
Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral
Blur Parklife
Blur Blur
Blur 13
Blur Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur
Body Count Manslaughter
It's a fun album, with serious moments but the highlights are when Ice T is anything but. Key point here is the fantastic cover of Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized",d as "Institutionalized 2014". Ice T's ranting over pushy wives, unhelpful customer support and hipsters make this one of my favourite songs of the year, not necessarily for musical quality but for sheer hilarity.
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
Immediate reactions are that this is a contender for AOTY and I hope that people realise this and actually buy the album. This is easily capable of being THAT album that breaks the top of the charts in the UK, USA etc. - something we've needed since Slipknot made waves for the nu metal scene over 10 years ago.
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain
Capsize The Angst In My Veins
Captain, We're Sinking The Future Is Cancelled
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Carcass Choice Cuts
Cardiacs Songs for Ships and Irons
Cardiacs Guns
Cavalera Conspiracy Inflikted
Cavalera Conspiracy Pandemonium
Chimaira The Age Of Hell
Chthonic Mirror Of Retribution
Chthonic Takasago Army
Cloudkicker Fade
Cloudkicker Subsume
Coffinworm IV.I.VIII
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Combichrist We Love You
Cult Leader Nothing for Us Here
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Death Leprosy
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Dethklok Dethalbum III
DIE FOR DETHKLOK. All the songs released so far have been top notch and I don't see it being any lower than a 4. But from what I've heard I'm giving a 4.5 and it's not likely to lower.
Dethklok The Doomstar Requiem
With the animation it's a 4.5. Musically still a 4 but a low 4. The music's still great and
gives us proper quality for the series' poppier moments, as well as properly showing off
Brendon Small's vocal capabilities, with him taking on almost every member of the band's
vocal duties as well as countless over characters. The contributions of Corpsegrinder Fisher
along with cameos from Jack Black, Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell are also fantastic.
Recommended that you watch the movie first though otherwise the soundtrack won't make much
sense to you.
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Eths Soma
Eths III
Goddess Gagged Resurfaces
Delicate blend of post-hardcore and progressive metal pulled off very well by this up and coming Indian band. Expect big things from these guys.
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn The Path of Totality
The emerging style of "dub metal" is set to dominate rock and metal airwaves in the next few years, and is likely to be the next mainstream rock medium. Korn have set a high benchmark with The Path Of Totality, and while the genre is definitely capable of improving, this album is set to provide a new gateway and surely prove the doubters wrong. Top tracks: Narcissistic Cannibal, Sanctuary, Bleeding Out.
Korn The Paradigm Shift
Am I the only one who thinks TALITM was their last truly good nu metal album? Either way this is awesome. I actually think Lullaby for a Sadist is the best track which is funny as this one was written before Head rejoined.
Love and Death Chemicals
Love and Death Between Here And Lost
Can't wait for this. Fading Away has a massive late 90's Korn vibe. I miss nu metal. Just wish it wasn't so.... Christian.
Machine Head The Burning Red
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Max Raptor Mother's Ruin
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
Nirvana Nirvana
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Rammstein Rosenrot
Sepultura Arise
Sepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Skindred Roots Rock Riot
Skindred Kill the Power
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Soulfly Prophecy
Soulfly Primitive
Soulfly Enslaved
Soulfly Savages
The band has to forsake the speed and aggression that was found on Enslaved in order to bleed in young drummer Zyon Cavalera who's only really had a couple of years' experience behind the kit but he does a very respectable job on this album, where grooves are the name of the game and are very well executed, for example, in "Fallen" and "This Is Violence".
Steak Number Eight All Is Chaos
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Sylencer A Lethal Dose Of Truth
Old school thrash. Lovely stuff. Guestlist is enough reason to give this album a spin, and while not exactly original it's musically tight and is a brilliant piece of thrash metal that Metallica would struggle to conjure up nowadays. Picks: Day By Day, Shock And Awe, Rise and Die, Get It Up (featuring the magnificent Gene Hoglan on drums and The Heathen of Zimmers Hole on vocals among others).
The Algorithm Polymorphic Code
The Best Pessimist Love Is...
The Contortionist Language
The Defiled Grave Times
The Defiled 1888
Flawless industrial laced metalcore. Shame they couldn't quite match it on Grave Times.
The Defiled Daggers
The Defiled have further developed their sound, and are all the better for it. They still wear their influences on their sleeves at times (like in the Marilyn Manson-esque "Porcelain") but they know how to write a song, with big choruses to match. I think it's now fairer to say they are more industrial than metalcore nowadays but that's just me.rOne potential weak spot for this album is in the drumming, though. Unlike in previous releases where Stitch and The AvD programmed all the drums, they've let new drummer Needles record all the drums himself and while he's a capable drummer (his time in STOMP is testament to his abilities) he might not be suited to this style of music. Oh yeah it fits fine but it's not as good as could be.
Tradjectory Tradjectory
Djenty. Slower passages work well within the album. Will do a proper review when I have the time and have given it plenty of time to fully sink in.
While She Sleeps This Is the Six

3.5 great
A Day to Remember What Separates Me From You
A Day to Remember Common Courtesy
Abhinanda Senseless
Abhinanda Abhinanda
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Alaya Thrones
Alestorm Back Through Time
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Allegaeon Elements of the Infinite
Alraune The Process Of Self​-​Immolation
Andrew W.K. The Wolf
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Animus Sadist Ignorance​,​ Their Greatest Weapon
AnovA Omnis
Anti-Mortem New Southern
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide
Architects The Here and Now
Architects Daybreaker
Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together
Archspire The Lucid Collective
Arkan Sofia
Arkona Yav
Ars Moriendi La singuliere noirceur d'un astre
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Baby Godzilla Knockout Machine
Bear Doradus
Behemoth Evangelion
Black Light Burns The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall
Black Light Burns Lotus Island
Blur Think Tank
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish
Blur The Great Escape
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry
Blutmond The Revolution Is Dead!
Body Count Violent Demise: The Last Days
Boris Noise
Borknagar Urd
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
Buckethead Monsters & Robots
Buckethead Electric Sea
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Cancer Bats Dead Set On Living
Carach Angren Lammendam
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Cardiacs The Seaside
Cavalera Conspiracy Blunt Force Trauma
Chimaira Crown Of Phantoms
Chthonic 9th Empyrean
Chthonic Relentless Recurrence
Clutch Earth Rocker
Coat of Arms Sun & Satellites
Cognizance Inquisition
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Cold World How The Gods Chill
Colossal Figures Clockwork Dilation
Counting Days The War Of The Wolf
Crosses Crosses
Crossfaith Zion
Crossfaith Apocalyze
Devin Townsend Project Ki
Devouring Star Demo 2013
Emigrate Silent So Long
Eths Ex Umbra In Solem
Eths are back with a new frontwoman - viral star Rachel Aspe. The new voice may take some getting used to but overall, for what it is, it's a good showcase of what the band will sound like in future. Considering it's 6/7 old songs I can't rate it much higher though.
Final Exit UMEÅ
Incite All Out War
Bog standard groove, well executed. That's hard to find nowadays.
Keistas Withering
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Korn Life Is Peachy
Korn Untouchables
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Machine Head Supercharger
Machine Head The More Things Change...
Mass Mental? How to Write Love Songs
Crazy stuff. That's all I can really say. Two bassists, various different styles and singers (apparently one of Lynn Strait's final recordings was made with these guys) yet they pull it off.
Nirvana Bleach
One Fell Down Dead Man Walking
Lots of groove and aggression, executed well, but has that sort of "heard it all before" feel to it.
Punky Bruster Cooked on Phonics
Quinta Travessa Hora da Verdade
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rammstein Herzeleid
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Refused This Just Might Be... the Truth
Scar the Martyr Revolver
Tis good. The two extra tracks show a bit more variety in their sound than Blood Host and Soul Disintegration had let on and it provides a nice preview of the album, even if the two better tracks won't actually be on the album.
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Sepultura Kairos
Silvia Siffredi Kurrie!
Skindred Shark Bites And Dog Fights
Skindred Union Black
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
(fwiw I have the press stream of this, if you need evidence then I can provide it just don't
delete my damn ratings this time [LOOKING AT YOU DEVIANT])
Soulfly Omen
Steak Number Eight When the Candle Dies Out
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
The (International) Noise Conspiracy A New Morning, Changing Weather
The Agonist Prisoners
The Algorithm Octopus4
Remi shows a more commercial oriented and relaxed take on his unique style here and, while it's a competent release, it lacks the aggression of the demos and Polymorphic Code that really made him stand out. While it's understandable that he wants to try new styles out with The Algorithm, one has to hope that this album is just Remi going through the motions and we'll see a return to the heavier side on album #3.
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Defiled Grave Times Live
Nice little release for those who donated money towards the new album "Daggers". Musically performed pretty well although it sounds like they recorded this after an extensive tour cos Stitch's vocals seem a bit tired.
Weird Al Yankovic Poodle Hat
Weird Al Yankovic Bad Hair Day
Weird Al Yankovic Off the Deep End
Weird Al Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood
While She Sleeps The North Stands for Nothing

3.0 good
A Hi-Fi Serious
Adrenaline Rush Adrenaline Rush
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Alestorm Leviathan
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight
Anchorless Bodies Everything Might Fall Apart
Apocalyptica 7th Symphony
Arch Enemy War Eternal
It's not a bad album by any stretch and this is my first tie listening to Arch Enemy after following Alissa's move from The Agonist so there may be much better older albums but for what I know, it's not a bad album. It's not that great either though. There are many moments which seem a little stale/predictable for the melodeath genre and plenty of times in the songs where I think "this is the perfect time for Alissa to come in with some cleans" but nothing and the screams just don't feel right in those spots. Introducing cleans in Arch Enemy would be a risk, yes, but I reckon it could pay off and shake things up a bit.
As We Draw Mirages
August Burns Red Leveler
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Aversions Crown Tyrant
AxeWound Vultures
Not exactly metal as fuck and generally heavy enough to detract certain Bullet fans, so this isn't going to go down too well on either side. Those in the middle will enjoy this album though, and there are plenty of good tracks. Exorchrist does sound like a sub-par Bullet For My Valentine b-side though.
Backdawn Through Extermination
Bear Abstractions
Beartooth Disgusting
It's far from original but it's well executed enough, very listenable and a massive step up from Caleb's previous band.
Being As an Ocean How We Both Wondrously Perish
Belphegor Conjuring The Dead
Blacklistt Blacklistt
Blood Eagle Kill Your Tyrants
Body Count Body Count
Boy Kill Boy Civilian
Busted A Present For Everyone
Busted Busted
Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom to Baked
Carnifex Die Without Hope
Celtefog Deliverance
Chthonic Satan's Horns EP
City of Dawn City of Dawn
Come the Dawn Light of the World
Crossfaith The Dream, The Space
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Forever In Grey Mephobia
Korn See You on the Other Side
Kyo 300 Lesions
Kyo take a darker and somewhat more rock-oriented direction in their then-final album, after the success of Le Chemin the previous year. Songs like Contact and Sad Day are way harder hitting than most bands of their ilk, with Sad Day feeling like something many post-hardcore bands wouldn't mind writing. However they'd go more indie with their 2014 comeback album.
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Lody Kong No Rules
The vocals might grate for a few people but the musicianship is there, they may not be the most complex riffs but the grooves are there as the next generation of Cavaleras show a more hardcore punk direction to their music.
Scar the Martyr Scar the Martyr
From what I've heard so far Scar the Martyr is a solid effort for Slipknot's long awaited 5th album.
Sepultura Morbid Visions
Sepultura Roorback
Sepultura Bestial Devastation
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soulfly 3
Soulfly Conquer
The Atlas Moth An Ache for the Distance

2.5 average
Betraying the Martyrs Phantom
Blur Leisure
Bring Me the Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Butcher Babies Goliath
Eh. I dig the music hard but the vocals drag everything down a bit too much for it to be really listenable on a regular basis. Maybe give them time and they could improve (after all this is just the debut album).
Chthonic Where the Ancestors' Souls Gathered
Crystal Lake Cubes
The Automatic Not Accepted Anywhere
The Color Morale Hold On Pain Ends

2.0 poor
Black Tide Post Mortem
Cerebral Ballzy Jaded & Faded
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Pardon My French

1.5 very poor
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper
Oh god a 1 and a 5 before the album's out. OK I know it's gonna be terrible but don't rate
it just yet. Unless you're rating album art alone in which case don't rate, just tell us the
period jokes already. Seriously, not moaning. Just, if you've got any GOOD jokes about the
album artwork and name (there are good ones out there I've heard them) then out with them.
Crazy Town The Gift of Game

1.0 awful
Unleashing My Demons Tran​(ce​)​scen(e​)dance
I do not know if this is serious or not but all signs sadly point to it being so. It has to be heard purely for being so bad.

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