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5.0 classic
Alice in Chains Dirt
David MeShow Magnetic Space
A compilation of his songs from 2009 - 2011, Magnetic Space proves to be David's best showing. From the As I Lay Dying-esque "Caffein O Band", the wonderfully melodic "Diamond Eyes", and the whimsical "Morning Song", David shows more focus in his songwriting and rarely holds back with his willingness to experiment. It's anyone's guess where David goes from here, but as far as right now goes, this is his magnum opus.
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
I will always love this record. (If you wouldn't mind, I think I'll fall in line.) I will always love Devin's music. (If you wouldn't mind, I think I'll fall in too.)
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
As much as I love Ghost, sometimes I just need the full melodic metal experience. Enter Addicted. Devin's ability to mix metal, pop, and industrial into one orgasmic blend pays off. There isn't a weak track on the record, and it doesn't hurt that Anneke is a deadly singer. Favorite track has to be either "Universe In A Ball!", "Supercrush!", or "Ih-Ah!".
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Indorphine Glowsticks For Clubbing Baby Seals
Wacky, chaotic, technical, powerful. Call it what you will, but Indorphine crafted an alt-metal masterpiece. Cycling through genres like clockwork, the band always manages to keep the listener engaged. "Kingdoms Fall" showcases a strong rhythm section, "Inside" and "Face" pack a powerful punch vocally, and "Port-O-Culture" and "1.5" are shredtastic numbers. Along with a cover of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" and a hilarious vocal outtake session towards the end, Glowsticks for Clubbing Baby Seals is one of those albums where I wish I had found about it sooner instead of three years after it was released. FWA-CHA!
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
Ludwig van Beethoven "Moonlight" Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 27, No. 2
Amazing. Simply amazing. There are no other words to describe this.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Master of Puppets is the greatest Metallica record of all time, but Ride the Lightning is the definitive Metallica record for me. This was when Metallica really put all of their best songwriting efforts into one disc, and it paid off. Cliff Burton's talents and contributions will never be duplicated or forgotten.
Mushroomhead XIII
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Their best album. Combining all three elements of their first three albums into one neat little package, All Hope Is Gone showcased the band's willingness to evolve into the hungry monster they knew they could be. Solos on "Gematria (The Killing Name)" and "Sulfur" brings a newfound respect to Mick Thomson and Jim Root's playing, the intense drumming of Joey Jordison on the title track sound absolutely crushing, and Corey Taylor's vocals shine on songs like "This Cold Black" and "Dead Memories". It's when the band shows off "Snuff" that they realize that despite their pissed-off, chaotic nature, the boys in Slipknot are only human after all.
System of a Down Toxicity
Every song on here is just awesome. Whether it's the educational bark of "Prison Song", or the classic groove of "Chop Suey", every song manages to find it's own personality and doesn't wind up being filler. There will never be another album like this.
The Who Who's Next
I hereby nominate The Who as the greatest rock band of all time, if not just the greatest band in general.
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
This is what Killswitch Engage wished they sounded like after As Daylight Dies. The album blends the classic Killswitch sound with (mostly) darker instrumentation and uplifting vocals/lyrics. It's gonna be hard for Killswitch to top this, come next year.
xSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?

4.5 superb
Aidan Knight Versicolour
Aidan Knight Small Reveal
Wonderfully crafted songs that showcase some great instrumentation and a greater voice leading the charge.
Alexisonfire Crisis
Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
American Head Charge The War Of Art
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Arguably their best record. The band brings mature lyrics and straightforward crushing riffs to the table, especially on "The Blinding of False Light" for the former and "The Plague" for the latter. The clean vocals of Josh Gilbert compliment Tim Lambesis well, especially on "Parallels", and "Beyond Our Suffering" packs one hell of a punch, topped off with some great soloing. I hope to see the band continue this progression in the future.
B.B. King The Ultimate Collection
Almost all of his greatest hits are on this record, and it just proves the staying power a few simple notes and a powerful voice can have, years (if not decades) after they've been recorded. God bless you, B.B. King.
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath 13
I wish they would have gotten Vinny Appice to do the drums, but the songs themselves are kickass.
Converge Jane Doe
David MeShow Youtube
There's a lot to take in, but David's second offering features songs from 2007 - 2009. It's here that David shows his versatility, such as his knack for beatboxing and playing bass with his feet. "The Corolla Song" is all sound effects made from his car, and "Mystery" is an emotional (in a good way, of course) number rich with melody. Although not as outstanding as his next record (Magnetic Space), his Youtube collection proves to be a solid one at that.
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Dream Theater Octavarium
Eminem Recovery
Eminem's proper comeback album. The lyrics are amazing, and the guest spots (save for Rihanna, contributing to the most overplayed song/quoted status of 2010) are well-placed.
Eminem The Eminem Show
Evacuate Chicago Veracity
The more serious side of Psychostick, Evacuate Chicago proves that it's not all beer and rainbows for the plucky humorcore heroes. Whether it's providing a 9-to-5 narrative on "Time Lapse Photography" or closing a melodic rocker like "Proof of Dark Matter" with piano, the trio know how to combine their trademark hardcore riffing with introspective themes to make a massive metalcore monster.
Garth Brooks The Hits
Despite my belief that country music is a horrible genre, there is someone other than Johnny Cash that makes it enjoyable for me... Garth Brooks. This was the record I grew up with as a kid. His vocals and lyrics are powerful, and the instrumentation compliments his voice perfectly. There's a few songs I enjoy of his that are missing, which is understandable because this was released before the songs were, but this is a perfect compilation if you're not willing to explore his more adventurous 3-disc compilation, The Ultimate Hits.
In Flames Colony
In Flames Clayman
Johnny Cash The Legend of Johnny Cash
Kamelot The Black Halo
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Listener Wooden Heart
Dear Dan Smith, I love you in a totally heterosexual way. Sincerely, Mark.
Listener Return to Struggleville
Machine Head Unto the Locust
This album absolutely blows The Blackening out of the water. It's fast, it's catchy, and most of all, it's forward thinking. Machine Head are not afraid to experiment with their metal, and this album is no exception. My favorite track has to be either "Darkness Within" or "Be Still and Know".
Mahria Mahria
The vocals are stunning, there's that sense of desperation and frenzy that just works. The instrumentation is superb as well, especially on "Instrumental". Well done, lady and gents.
Mark Tremonti All I Was
Album of the year for me so far...
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matthew Good Vancouver
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Winston Churchill once said: "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope." Max Richter has done this quote justice with The Blue Notebooks. Simple yet elegant, Richter captures clarity and restraint on eleven songs, and makes an album so hauntingly beautiful, it almost hurts.
Megadeth Endgame
Memphis May Fire Challenger
Meshuggah Koloss
Excellent riffs and grooves. The production is really well done as well. Kudos, Meshuggah.
Metallica Death Magnetic
Michael Jackson Thriller
Misery Signals Controller
Mudvayne Lost and Found
The last great Mudvayne album. Killer basslines throughout, and Chad Gray's lyrics, while patchy in some areas, don't completely suck like they do on their next two albums. Standout tracks are "Choices", "All That You Are", "Happy?", "Determined", "IMN", and "Forget To Remember".
Protest the Hero Fortress
Rise To Remain City of Vultures
Amazing guitar work, and powerful vocals. I look forward to seeing what these guys can do in the future.
Rush 2112
Seth MacFarlane Music Is Better Than Words
Sevendust Animosity
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Classic Crime Phoenix
One of the best albums of the year in terms of vocals.
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
It's difficult to rate each EP individually, but it's a solid collection of songs. Casey Crescenzo and company pass with flying colors (ahahaha, I slay me).
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
The Who Quadrophenia
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Underoath Disambiguation
Vadrum Classical Drumming
I love classical music. And I love powerful technical drumming. And when the two came together in early 2011, I was the best man at their weddding. Okay, I don't know if what I said made any sense, but dammit this is spectacular.
War of Ages Eternal
Raw, heartfelt, and honest, War of Ages carve an album that blends both melody and aggression, the latter of which has been lacking from the genre for a while.

4.0 excellent
A Dark Halo Catalyst
A Day to Remember What Separates Me From You
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse
This is pure pissed off music at its finest. Highlights are Kat's vocals and a 50-second drum solo on "Question of Integrity". From a drum machine. And it works.
Ainulindale Nevrast
Albert King I'll Play The Blues For You
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Phil Labonte's clean vocals are great, but it's when he breaks out his lower screams and death growls that he comes out on fire. Throw in some great lyrics, some catchy (if not technical) riffage and soloing, and Shannon Lucas' powerful drumming, and you've got a winner here.
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
It's short, but it's sweet. If they threw "Her Portrait In Black" on the record, then it would've been their best. Each to their own, I suppose...
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold Diamonds in the Rough
I don't care much for the Diamonds disc, but the live concert is exceptional.
B.B. King One Kind Favor
Banks Goddess
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Black Sabbath The Dio Years
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blink-182 Greatest Hits
Cheech and Chong Greatest Hit
Would have been great to have some more of their funnier stuff on here and "Dave" really didn't need to be split up into two parts, but for what it's worth, it's a testament to the sheer talent and genius these two possess.
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
David MeShow Fait à la main
The album that started it all. It's crazy to see how far David has evolved from this record, but Fait la main is like one of his videos stretched out into twelve songs - powerful musicianship, bits and pieces of humor, and strong melodies. Although the lyrics are in French, David lets his songwriting skills do the talking for him.
Devin Townsend Project Ki
This is a different kind of Devin on display here. Loud and quiet, soothing and chaotic, it's like a beautiful contradiction on record.
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
Disney Soundtracks Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
Down Down IV - Part I
Production sounds weird, but it's saved by some great riffs and sweet vocals.
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Francisco Meza The Restless Mind
From Monument To Masses From Monument To Masses
Gabrielle Aplin Never Fade
Gabrielle Aplin Acoustic EP
Gevolt AlefBase
It's an awesome concept, and it really does show that music can transcend all languages.
God Forbid Earthsblood
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Truthfully, I'm not much of a post-rock guy. However, I was browsing through my buddy's ratings list (YouAreMySilence, who died over a year ago), and I noticed this was his classic album so I thought I would check it out. Every song builds up so wonderfully, and really invokes every emotion you have. The samples flow well and fit in with each song, and the melody is outstanding.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
GWAR Bloody Pit of Horror
GWAR War Party
Solid songwriting with very crisp sounding production.
H2O Nothing To Prove
Good fun punk rock with strong, at times inspirational, messages from the New York legends.
Hey Rosetta! Seeds
Hey Rosetta! Into Your Lungs (And Around in Your Heart and on
Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time
Johnny Cash American VI: Ain't No Grave
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
Fuckin' excellent riffing and drumming. And the vocals kick ass too. Great stuff.
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
KISS The Very Best of Kiss
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God Resolution
Raw, sludgy, and pissed off, yet open-minded. For the most part, it's definitely Wrath Pt. II, but it's a fun listen nonetheless. Standout track has to be "Terminally Unique".
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Light This City Stormchaser
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Love and Death Between Here And Lost
Machine Head The Blackening
Mastodon The Hunter
It's a lot different than Crack The Skye, but it pushes boundaries and establishes the band as one of the best in its genre. "Creature Lives" is an excellent cut, with Brann Dailor's vocals leading the way.
Megadeth United Abominations
Memphis May Fire The Hollow
Would've been better to see them continue the southern experimentation from Sleepwalking, but I digress. Matty Mullins is a talented vocalist though, I will say that.
Metallica Metallica
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
If this is what their next album is going to sound like, I'm happy. Looks like they managed to redeem themselves before the end of the year.
Metallica The Videos: 1989 - 2004
Michael Jackson Number Ones
Michael Jackson This Is It
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
The album is all over the place, and I love it. Mike Patton is worthy of praise, but so are his bandmates.
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Mushroomhead Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children
Mushroomhead XX
Nirvana Nirvana
Oingo Boingo Only a Lad
OST Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts
Hell of an album. I haven't been this pleased with new music in a while. Samples work well, instrumentation is awesome, what more could you ask for?
Parkway Drive Horizons
Parkway Drive Atlas
Pig Destroyer Book Burner
Pitch Black Forecast Absentee
Pitch Black Forecast Burning In Water... Drowning In Flame
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Rody Walker proves to be the show stealer here, writing lyrics from the depths of his own mind and singing with grace not frequently heard in today's modern metal world. Standout tracks include "C'est La Vie", "The Reign of Unending Terror", and "Tapestry".
Protest the Hero Volition
Psychostick We Couldn't Think of a Title
Let me just say that Mike Kocian is an absolute beast on the bass, merging punishing hardcore with upbeat funk and slap bass. One of the things I love about the lyrics on here is that the humorous content is cleverly disguised through metaphors, even if it's about ex-girlfriends, bad cars, or even faking your own death. Funniest song has to go to either "Orgasm = Love" or "Why, Oh, Why?".
Psychostick The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rise To Remain Bridges Will Burn
Rush Moving Pictures
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead
Sevendust Black Out the Sun
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Slipknot Vol.3: (The Subliminal Verses) [Reissue]
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Solace (CAN) Call & Response
Sonic Syndicate Love and Other Disasters
Staind Staind
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
System of a Down Hypnotize
System of a Down Steal This Album!
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
I'm quite enjoying these guys ever since they ditched those stupid song titles.
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
If you weren't close to tears by the end of "Stay Small", you weren't listening.
The Unguided Hell Frost
Tokyo Police Club Forcefield
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Spencer sounds a lot more focused on later records, but his debut was admirable. Very good songwriting on this record, favorite track has to be "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door".
War of Ages Fire From the Tomb
Fire From The Tomb is a lot more raw than the self-titled it's based off of, and it's better because of it. Favorite songs are "Battle On" and "Only The Strong Survive".
Weird Al Yankovic The Essential Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic Alpocalypse
Weird Al Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood
Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun

3.5 great
Aerosmith Devil's Got A New Disguise
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alice in Chains Greatest Hits
All That Remains For We Are Many
It's not as powerful as Fall of Ideals, but it's a step up from Overcome. Not really much to say, other than it's a fun listen.
Alter Bridge AB III
American Head Charge The Feeding
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying Awakened
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack! (Deluxe Reissue)
Okay, I will admit, this is much better than I thought. Obviously, "Shut Your Mouth" and "Fumbles O'Brian" are terrible songs, but the bonus tracks as well as the songs on the regular edition such as "Smokahontas" and "Renob, Nevada" make up for the shittiness that Someday Came Suddenly produced. It sounds like their new album will continue the direction of the new songs with Caleb, so more power to them.
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red Leveler
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel
Behemoth Evangelion
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Bleeding Through Declaration
Blood Stain Child Epsilon
When I first found this band on Wikipedia (browsing through In Flames article) and read that they were combining melodeath with trance, I was skeptical. However, it proves to be a good blend, with Sophia's vocals taking center stage (she sounds a lot better than the last vocalist, who was autotuned to hell). Favorite track is "Eternal".
Breaking Benjamin Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin
All the hits are there, which is a good thing since Breaking Benjamin's singles are a lot stronger than most of their other songs.
Brutal Truth Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
Bury Your Dead Mosh n' Roll
Bury Your Dead get their balls back after bringing back Mat Bruso.
Cancer Bats Hail Destroyer
Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom to Baked
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Close Your Eyes We Will Overcome
Close Your Eyes aren't really breaking new ground, but they do their job of bringing hope into people's lives. And when you think about it, is that really a bad thing?
Cypress Hill Greatest Hits From The Bong
Deflate Demo
Great release! Digging the vocals.
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
While it's a great metal record, it's my least favorite in the DTP quadrilogy and I think it's finally dawning on us that HevyDevy may finally be dead.
Down Down III: Over The Under
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Not their best album, but it's got some killer tunes and Mike Mangini fits right in with the band. Sorry Portnoy, you made your bed, now lie in it.
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fear Factory Mechanize
Fireworks Oh, Common Life
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist
Francisco Meza Innocence of Insanity
Ghost Machine Hypersensitive
The only thing I really enjoyed from Motograter's self-titled were the drums and the vocals. So naturally, I was pleased to find out Ivan Moody and Chris Binns were in this band. It's a lot more ambitious and technical than Motograter, but some of the cliches that have always plagued Ivan's lyrics hold it back from being truly amazing.
Green Day American Idiot
Heaven and Hell Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven and Hell - Live at Wacken
I Call Fives Someone That's Not You
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
This should have been the sequel to Come Clarity, not A Sense of Poor Vocals.
In Flames The Tokyo Showdown
Kingdom of Sorrow Kingdom of Sorrow
KISS Sonic Boom
KISS Jigoku-Retsuden
Korn Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Kowloon Walled City Container Ships
Lady Gaga Artpop
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God Hourglass: Anthology Collection
Should have had more songs from As the Palaces Burn... But I'll take it nonetheless!
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
It's cheesy, it's dumb, it's catchy, it's fun. It doesn't hurt that Wes Borland's guitar work is awesome.
Linkin Park Live In Texas
Linkin Park Underground 6
Look What I Did Atlas Drugged
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Memphis May Fire Sleepwalking
Memphis May Fire Between the Lies
Misery Signals Absent Light
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Mushroomhead Savior Sorrow
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
I originally had this at a 4.5, but its appeal slowly wore off on me. It's still a great album though.
Pantera Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
This compilation NEEDED "Floods", "Hollow", "Fucking Hostile", and "Suicide Note Pt. I". But the ones that are there are awesome as well.
Paul Cusick Focal Point
Periphery Periphery
Protest the Hero Kezia
Psychostick Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosarus in 3-D
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Need to give it a couple more listens when I'm not distracted. Until then...
Ryashon The Stone of Triumph
Shadows Fall Fire From the Sky
Slipknot Voliminal: Inside The Nine [DVD]
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
If you can wrap your head around what's going on musically, then you're in for a treat with MKFR. Paul Gray's basslines are catchy and funky, and Anders Colsefni is a competent singer, even if he doesn't live up to the standards of Corey Taylor's vocals.
Static-X Cult Of Static
Stone Sour Stone Sour
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Suffocation Suffocation
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down System of a Down
The Beatles The Beatles
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Black Keys El Camino
The Bunny The Bear The Bunny The Bear
There's a balance of discord and harmony on this album that works, plus the harsh vocals are better on this one than "If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say".
The Word Alive Deceiver
This Cold Life Ascent of the Fallen
Trivium In Waves
Tyler the Creator Wolf
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Unearth Alive From The Apocalypse
War of Ages Arise and Conquer
War of Ages Pride of the Wicked
We Are The Ocean Go Now And Live

3.0 good
All That Remains Overcome
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Not their best, but it's got some good songs on there. Could have done without "Lose It" and "Slow Burn", though.
Attack Attack! (US) This Means War
The songs all run together and wind up sounding the same, but it's a huge improvement over their crabcore days. I hope they can polish the songwriting for next time though.
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
AxeWound Vultures
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Brian Head Welch Save Me From Myself
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Christopher Lee Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross
Damageplan New Found Power
Death Has No Dominion Death Has No Dominion
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Downthesun Downthesun
Adding elements of thrash, industrial, and death to their nu metal tastes, Downthesun was a breath of fresh air to the dated genre at this point. Too bad they never really took off.
Fire From The Gods Politically Incorrect
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
There's no progression whatsoever, which is majorly disappointing. A few of the songs are pretty catchy though, so it's not the worst album of 2011 *coughEmmurecough*.
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
God Forbid Equilibrium
Hatebreed Hatebreed
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames The Mirror's Truth
These are some of the standout tracks from 2008 In Flames, but it's not five-star quality material.
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline
Lamb of God Wrath
Linkin Park Living Things
Loquat We Could Be Arsonists
Magic Man Real Life Color
Major Parkinson Twilight Cinema
Manchester Orchestra Cope
Megadeth That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Memphis May Fire Memphis May Fire
Motograter Motograter
Motohiro Nakashima We Hum On The Way Home
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Parkway Drive Deep Blue
Pinkly Smooth Unfortunate Snort
Projet Orange Megaphobe
Admit it, you probably wouldn't have heard of this band if "Tell All Your Friends" wasn't played on Station-X (great short-lived cartoon on Teletoon). ...okay maybe you would have found them elsewhere. However, it turns out they DO have more than one song. And they're just as good. The title track is a fun little rocker, and "If You Leave" features some strong vocals.
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Scars on Broadway Scars on Broadway
Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of Us
Sevendust Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
Sevendust Alpha
Shadows Fall Retribution
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Solterra Soul, Earth, Sun
I need a couple more listens, but for now I give it a 3. Really good instrumentation.
Sonic Syndicate Eden Fire
Sonic Syndicate Live Inhuman
TesseracT One
Very strong melodies here, no cheap gimmicks on this record.
The American Dollar Awake In The City
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Bunny The Bear If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...
Not the most memorable album of 2011, but it's catchy in some areas and the clean vocals are well done when they're done right.
The Dandy Warhols This Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Holly Springs Disaster Motion Sickness Love
If you're going to talk about how much you're going to drink and how many women you're going to have sex with, try not to do so if you have some of the worst "death metal" vocals in the game. Otherwise, it's a good metalcore/southern metal album and these guys showed a lot of promise.
The Modern Post Grace Alone
"Dustin Kensrue - Vocals and Guitars" WAT
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Unearth The March
WWE WWE Themeaddict The Music Vol. 6
WWE Forceable Entry

2.5 average
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip
AM Conspiracy AM Conspiracy
Architects The Here and Now
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
It just doesn't live up to the standard that their future albums set.
Atreyu The Congregation of the Damned
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
I was willing to go along with this album until "Shut Your Mouth" came on...
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Hail to the King has its moments, but is ultimately a boring listen instead of a worthy followup.
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Bleeding Through Bleeding Through
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Chimp Spanner At the Dream's Edge
It wasn't that memorable for me, but maybe I just need to give it a couple more listens.
Christopher Lee Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
Close Your Eyes Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts
Good, not great. It's lacking in terms of vocals.
Dark New Day Twelve Year Silence
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Eminem Encore
Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
Flaw Through the Eyes
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
The vocals/lyrics are fucking terrible, and really take away from some good music.
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Iwrestledabearonce It's All Happening
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
More like De-meh-cracy.
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Machine Head The Burning Red
Memphis May Fire Unconditional
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica S&M
Would've been better if the setlist wasn't dominated by Load/Reload songs. "Of Wolf & Man", "The Call of Ktulu", "The Thing That Should Not Be", "Master Of Puppets", "No Leaf Clover", "One", and "Battery" are really the only ones worth checking out.
Motograter Pre-Release
Nickelback Silver Side Up
It really is their best record, even though that might not be saying much. It's kind of horrendous to see how they turned out. :/
Oceano Depths
Seether Disclaimer II
Sevendust Cold Day Memory
Slayer World Painted Blood
Snoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece
Sonic Syndicate Only Inhuman
Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate
Spraynard Funtitled
Squarepusher Music For Robots
Suicide Silence The Black Crown
A few good songs here and there, but not enough to catch the listener's attention as much as
they were hoping for.
Suicide Silence You Can't Stop Me
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
To Speak Of Wolves Myself < Letting Go
Kind of reminds me of Underoath meets hard rock. Not the worst album by any means (some of the riffs and vocals make it a fun listen), but it's not that memorable either.
V Shape Mind Cul-De-Sac
I enjoy the song "Monsters", but I found the rest of the album to be bland. Hearing guitar solos on a nu metal record was pleasantly surprising, however.
WWE WWF Aggression
WWE WWE Originals

2.0 poor
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
A couple of catchy moments, but it's still boring and a major step back for a band capable of so much more.
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It
Some of the riffs are good, and Josh Scogin's appearance on "The Fox and the Wolf" is great, but Oli Sykes brings the band down with his terrible vocals and cliched lyrics.
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
This is the sound of a band going through the motions. A couple of songs are good, but this just isn't that memorable. Quite the contrary, it's forgettable.
Bury Your Dead It's Nothing Personal
If this was an EP with just the first four songs, this would get a much higher rating from me. The rest of the album is bad.
Cavalera Conspiracy Blunt Force Trauma
All of the songs sound the same, and it doesn't really grab your attention as most people think it would.
Disfiguring the Goddess Circle of Nine
Eminem Relapse
This would've been better if almost everyone of his songs didn't have that stupid accent. Ugh.
Emmure Slave to the Game
fun. Some Nights
G-Unit Beg For Mercy
Hellyeah Hellyeah
Like Moths to Flames When We Don't Exist
Most of the songs have the same tempo, and for a few seconds during some parts, I thought I was listening to Memphis May Fire. I guess the only thing they got going for them is that they're catchier than Emmure.
Megadeth Super Collider
wat
Metallica Reload
Nickelback The Long Road
Oceano Contagion
Psychostick Sandwich
Rush Rush
Nothing against Rush, but this album was way too quiet and way too boring for me. If I want to listen to Led Zeppelin, I'll listen to Led Zeppelin.
The Acacia Strain Death Is the Only Mortal
Possibly some of the most predictable music I've heard in a while, coupled with bad lyrics.
Threat Signal Vigilance
Underoath Cries of the Past
Underoath Act of Depression
Unearth Darkness in the Light
I was surprised when I first heard this album, because there are no really standout tracks, other than maybe "Eyes of Black". This doesn't really seem like an album, it just seems like B-sides from The March, and rather boring ones at that.

1.5 very poor
Adele 21
Who's dick she had to suck to keep selling the amount of records that she does is beyond me.
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
The only thing keeping this from getting a 1 is the novelty of "Stick Stickly", which by now has worn off when you realize they repeat the same song throughout this whole album.
Big Freedia Just Be Free
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper
Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Nothing against Crowbar or Kirk Windstein, but save for a few riffs here and there, this has to be one of the most boring albums I've ever heard in my life.
Geoff Tate Kings & Thieves
Hellyeah Blood for Blood
Here Comes the Kraken Hate, Greed & Death
In Flames Siren Charms
One or two favorable melodic moments aside, Siren Charms is above and beyond the worst In Flames release to date. If any other band had done this record, this would have been a lot more enjoyable. As it stands, this is the death knell of In Flames.
Iwrestledabearonce Iwrestledabearonce
Kid Rock Rock N Roll Jesus
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Congratulations Ross Robinson, you made a 40 year old man cry.
Korn Untitled
The moment Brian Welch and David Silveria hopped off the bus, Korn was officially doomed.
Linkin Park Sweet Hamster Like Jewels From America!
Liturgy Aesthethica
Macintosh Plus FLORAL SHOPPE
Metallica Load
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Sigh Scenes from Hell
A promising album on paper, but is brought down by horrible production and cheesy horns/effects.
Sonic Syndicate We Rule the Night
I wouldn't have had a problem with this if Richard and Roger Sjunnesson had wrote all the songs. The ones that they did write proved to be diamonds in a disc full of excrement. For the most part, this is pop metal posturing and awful experimentation. Go listen to The Unguided if you want to hear a proper sequel to Love and Other Disasters.
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
The Bunny The Bear The Stomach for It
The Bunny The Bear Stories

1.0 awful
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent The Massacre
A Vain Attempt Love is Suicide EP
BOO THIS BAND! *throws hat* BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Anal Cunt Top 40 Hits
Anal Cunt It Just Gets Worse
There's no way it could have gotten worse, since it was never good to begin with.
Anal Cunt 40 More Reasons To Hate Us
Anal Cunt I Like It When You Die
Anal Cunt Everyone Should Be Killed
Anal Cunt Fuckin' A
Anal Cunt Picnic of Love
Anal Cunt Defenders of the Hate
Arsonists Get All the Girls Portals
I neither like this album, nor do I understand the appeal for it. I guess avant-garde deathcore is an acquired taste?
Basically the Best Band Ever You Wish You Were as Cool as Us
Black Tongue Born Hanged
Blood on the Dance Floor EPIC
Michael Jackson is rolling in his grave right about now...
Blood on the Dance Floor Bitchcraft
Blood on the Dance Floor Bad Blood
Blood on the Dance Floor Evolution
Blood on the Dance Floor All the Rage
Blood on the Dance Floor It's Hard to Be a Diamond...
Blood on the Dance Floor Let's Start a Riot
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Dear baby boomers/Generation X/whatever. We're sorry our generation gave you THIS.
Chris Brown Fortune
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
No originality, no effort, no redeeming qualities. People give St. Anger shit, but at least it wasn't the same fucking album as the last two or three Metallica did. I hereby nominate Emmure as the Worst Band in the World, and give Speaker of the Dead the worst album of 2011, if not all time. Fuck these guys.
Emmure Felony
Emmure The Respect Issue
Emmure Eternal Enemies
This is the most consistent worst band ever.
Faber Drive Can't Keep a Secret
I liked the one song they replayed on Much Music ("Second Chance"), but that all went to shit when I found they used synth on this album. lolololololol
Gay For Johnny Depp The Politics Of Cruelty
Hellyeah Stampede
CHAD GRAY, YOU ARE NOT A WHITE TRASH REDNECK. YOU ARE FROM ILLINOIS, NOT TEXAS. HAVE FUN PISSING ON DIMEBAG'S GRAVE WITH THIS LATEST CASH GRAB, VINNIE. /allcapsmakesmyopinionvalidandtotallyreadable
Hellyeah Band of Brothers
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
Hot Chelle Rae Lovesick Electric
I Shot The Duck Hunt Dog Epic Fail
It sure is!
I Shot The Duck Hunt Dog For Derek
I Shot The Duck Hunt Dog Ninstramentalism
In This Moment Blood
Justin Bieber Believe
Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe
Heard the Drummer Boy song in HMV, and I wanted to slit my wrists. Hol-y shit.
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Justin Bieber My World
Justin Bieber Never Say Never : The Remixes
Justin Bieber My Worlds Acoustic
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
If you're a "pop artist" and you have to resort to using "epic fail" in your lyrics, I have bad news for you.
Kesha Animal
The lowest common denominator of songwriting. Judas H. Priest, this is terrible.
Kesha Cannibal
Talk-rapping and Autotuned-to-hell "singing" doesn't cut it for me. And if I hear one more person say "But her songs are supposed to be fun!", I'm going to slap them across the face with a cheese grater.
Kesha I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance:
Kesha Warrior
Kid Rock Rebel Soul
Korn The Path of Totality
"We're mixing metal and electro music, and you're not supposed to do that." - Jonathan Davis. Uhh, hello, dumbass? Ever hear of industrial metal? Granted, it's not electro music, but you get the drift. That's a fitting quote, by the way, because it shows how out of touch and irrelevant Korn truly are to the music industry in the year 2011. They are so desperate to keep their Hot Topic fanbase with them that they wound up releasing this steaming pile of shit. Davis continues his 14-year-old "woe is me" shit, the riffs are tepid and uninspired, and the drumming -- oh wait, I forgot, there wasn't any drumming on this record. Because it's taken over by dubstep "artists" who think randomly inserting noises in between vocal lines is fuckin' neato. This is Korn's Lulu, and it finally proves that when a dog is on its dying legs, put it out of its misery instead of watching it suffer.
Lmfao Sorry For Party Rocking
It's only worth one song ("Party Rock Anthem"), and even then, it doesn't give it any redeeming qualities.
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
This should have been an instrumental album. Or at least a rushed Metallica album to properly prepare everyone for the next true Metallica record. An EP, something, anything that didn't have some fucking old coot trying to prove what little relevance he had left in the industry by leaching off of a band who has accomplished more than he ever will. In other words, Lou Reed is FUCKING TERRIBLE. His vocals are irritating and painful, and his lyrics are horrible. There's no art behind what he has to say, it's just senile poetry. But the music is good, albeit repetitive in some areas. That's why I'm hoping for an instrumental release, because I really, really, REALLY hate Lou Reed. Fuck you for trying to drag Metallica down to your level, you old fuck. Go back to making your shitty guitar feedback albums. Yeah I mad.
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
uggggggggggggggh
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
I never listened to Morbid Angel before. Wow, what a bad first impression.
Mudvayne Mudvayne
How does a band who put out L.D. 50 and Lost and Found resort to putting out this piece of shit? Seriously, everything that was enjoyable about Mudvayne died with this record. Not even a blacklight gimmick can save this album. I really hope Ryan Martinie and Matt McDonough can showcase their talents somewhere else while Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett have fun making shitty redneck music with Hellyeah.
Nickelback Dark Horse
Preschool Tea Party Massacre Hardcore Died With Hitler
Hardcore died when retards like these got their hands on a Macbook and a bong. Somebody shoot me in the face.
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed
Psychostick The Digital Appetizer
No offense because I love me some Psychostick, but this is their worst release. They tried waaaaaaay too hard to be funny on this release.
Rihanna Unapologetic
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Rihanna Loud
Semargl Satanic Pop Metal
Did they expect us to take them seriously...?
Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com
Winds Of Plague Against the World
Not even the ramblings of Ultimate Warrior can save this stinker...
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