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5.0 classic
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Wow. At the Gates makes what might be the best melodic death metal album out there. It's slickly produced,
smartly played by all performers, and lyrically intense. These are all elements needed to create a great metal
album that are often sacrificed by other bands in an attempt to be fresh and new. Their Gothenberg sound is
strong with them and it fares them well. The homogenous nature of the music does not become tiring due to the
outright exciting way in which it is played. A near perfect album.
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
A beautiful release that paved the way for several ambient projects to follow that never quite measure up to this one. Eno's playing style meanders through a landscape painted with a careful hand and hits all the right notes to pull the heartstrings of the listener. An album that will album stand the test of time.
David Wise Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack
Without directly applying nostalgic feelings to this soundtrack, it is truly a formidable foe among every other video game sountrack to follow it. Every song no matter how long or short displays an incredible sense of synthesized joy that is well-layered and controlled to the point of perfection. All the songs are memorable in their right and never wear themselves out.
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
An absolute classic. The best punk album ever made, and one of the best albums ever made. Period.
Deftones White Pony
Deftones offers the unsuspecting public a tasteful and intelligent nu-metal album at a time when the adolescent and immature bands in the genre were at their highest in popularity. This album is near perfect in nearly every way. Moreno's diverse vocal styles and lyrics create a dark and oddly beautiful experience. The instrumentation is unorthodox for its time as well. Revolutionary.
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Simply the finest black metal release of all time. The symphonic aspects of Emperor's sound are PERFECTLY applied here alongside beautifully harsh instrumentation. Absolutely perfect black metal.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Haunting, chilling, atmospheric, subtle. This is beyond music. GY!BE makes an unconventional album that reeks of apocalyptic and horrific themes without even using lyrics, but instead occasional voice-over and sound clips. This may be the best post-rock album of all time.
Josh White Achor
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Beautiful, simple, and emotionally engaging, this is the crowning achievement of the post-punk era and one of the best records ever made. It is incredibly effective on all fronts, from musicianship to Ian Curtis' tortured lyrics to the thump of electronic drums. Masterful production, especially for the time, is showcased immaculately on here and pushes the whole product to stunning heights. Nearly perfect.
Kevin Max Stereotype Be
Max, of dc Talk fame, makes what is quite honestly the best album of all time in my mind.
Nostalgia aside, this album is a seamless blend of all genres imaginable through Max's
genius filter that gives all songs a slightly progressive and unique edge. Teaming up with
contemporary guitarist Adrian Belew was a great choice. All of the songs have the same
effect on me as they did when I first heard it. Magical, purely magical. Max's voice remains
among the best in all the world and it carries through each song angelically. Thank God for
this album.
Kow Otani Shadow of the Colossus: Roar of the Earth
Mae The Everglow
Jimmy Eat World can bite the dust. Mae creates what may be the quintessential pop-rock album. The continuity throughout the songs is clear despite no two of them sounding the same. Dave Elkin's vocals are nowhere near perfect but have a certain boyish tone to them that is to the album's benefit. His guitar is so complex for the genre it cannot go unnoticed. All the catchy melodies work together and form a timeless album.
Mineral The Power Of Failing
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
The crown gem of the indie rock/folk scene. Its unmatched weirdness still survives today to be startlingly unique and moving. Every piece fits so well into the puzzle that this album can become due to its odd instrumentation and surreal lyrics. Not to mention Jeff Magnum's off-pitch voice that is just so awful that it fits. A classic masterpiece of an album.
Orchid Orchid
The peak of the band's music and lyrics. And it still stands above nearly all competitors. Every second is filled with beautiful noise and is well produced, but never too invasive (something that could have only been done by Will Killingsworth). Lyrically, the album chooses a mood different than that of the previous work. This one focuses on a very dark and sexual vibe that explores many topics with scrutiny and skepticism that could have only been spilled from Jayson Green's mouth. Chaotic perfection.
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Pig Destroyer creates the album of their career and perhaps the grind album of the 00-10 decade. Every track presents brutality infused with sludgy, classic rock riffs that work hand in hand to form a truly classic metal record. The well-written and never too dark lyrics make the listener think intensely without being outright offended (at least, I wasn't). Near-perfect.
Poison the Well The Opposite of December
Not only is it a perfect metalcore album, but it is also a musical treat to behold in general. Its short running time encapsulates so much emotion and musical prowess (breakdowns and all) and forms a musical collage that reminds us why every remembers this band whenever the word "metalcore" pops up in a conversation. So great, a true classic.
Saetia Saetia
Saetia breathed life into a genre that could have died out just as suddenly as it took its first breath. This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The best elementary school band I've ever heard. From folk to funk, all genres are seamlessly touched upon through the smarts of Stevens' crafty mind. All of the elements work, no matter how bizarre. The songs are some of the best in folk and rock in all of modern music. This is an ambitious album that is one of a kind and can not be missed by anyone who is a fan of music at all.
Suis La Lune Heir
Immaculate music. Perfectly poised between viscerally emotional and chaotic, Suis La Lune lays waste to all the bands that try to follow in their footsteps, and maybe even some of their influences. The album makes no missteps, is the perfect length, and is graced with some of the best production is modern screamo music. This album sends chills up my spine no matter how many times I hear it.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
This is what might be the best alternative rock album of all time. The quirkiness to Corgan's strange yet lovable vocals and the advanced abilities of drummer Chamberlain are certainly the highlights. The album touches on both loud and soft, high and low, in true 90s alternative fashion. It may hold its place in the 90s, but it still remains one of the best in the genre today.
Zao Liberate Te Ex Inferis
"Hell is only a word. The reality is much, much worse..." And thus, we are launched into one of the darkest
albums in the whole metalcore scene. The music and lyrics are so well-crafted in their simple brutality and it
all just works so well. One of the best albums in all metal-dom.
Zao The Funeral of God
Wow. Zao really did it again. They somehow managed to release yet another classic record and remain relevant despite all the inner turmoil between the members. "Funeral of God" is a superb concept album that hits the listener hard in the musical department and backs it up with stellar lyrical topics. There are no songs on here that drag even momentarily; they just keep forging onward further into the reality the album is unfolding before us. Almost as great as "Liberate..."

4.5 superb
7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's Lullaby
A Fine Boat that Coffin! The Second Nail
Like nothing you've ever heard before. This goes beyond explanation. You MUST hear this to believe it.
Acid Bath When the Kite String Pops
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
A classic rock album that really lives up to its name. Diverse, heavy, and fun, "Toys In the Attic" finds Aerosmith at the peak of their blues-rock fusion and it rules HARD. Great vocals, guitars, and a tasteful amount of humor thrown in as well.
Agalloch Pale Folklore
American Football American Football
Here is American Football in all their twinkle-y glory and completely worth the hype. The music touches on chilled-out jazz influences and ranges from lively and bouncy to slow and emotional. This is a one-of-a-kind, pioneer album that paved the way for several emo outfits to come. It's also just really, REALLY good.
Ampere All Our Tomorrows End Today
Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals as Leaders is one of the best instrumental metal offerings in recent years. Tosin Abasi's masterful playing and the slick programming of technical mastermind Misha Mansoor culminate to form a monstrosity of enjoyable songs and complex structures. Abasi presents a sense of both restraint and great usage of his excellent abilities. An instrumentalist (and album) to be remembered for ages to come.
Arch Enemy Black Earth
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Aubrey Hodges Doom 64: Official Soundtrack
You'd be hard-pressed to find a creepy game soundtrack quite as effective as this one. The
dark ambient influences are beautifully utilized, as well as the occasional ebb and flow of
melody, and they create a horrifying group of compositions. Elements of Merzbow, Lustmord,
and even contemporary composers such as Luigi Russolo can be heard clearly throughout this
work of art. This is among the best of the best in video game soundtracks and remains unique
still today.
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore
A very comforting and uplifting album that happens to be musically intelligent as well. The band's best and the metalcore album of 2013 thus far.
Barenaked Ladies Maroon
BNL continues their crusade on the pop-alternative scene and makes another wit-filled release that flows even better than "Stunt." Their folky side is still intact and pridefully showcased in their music, showing that they are confident that they can still rule the radio. And, boy, did they.
Barrow Being Without
Beck Odelay!
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Is it just nostalgia? I completely love this album and it remains one of my favorite death metal releases of all time. Possibly it's because one of the first death metal albums I ever heard. And it's just amazing.
Behemoth The Satanist
The wait is over. This is easily black/death metal album of the year so far.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Billy Joel Piano Man
Billy Joel The Stranger
Blood, Sweat and Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears
This jazzy record is filled with deep musical passages and fun moments that only a jaunty 60s record of this sort
could. From the gravely vocals to the outstanding instrumentation (especially drums), there is a lot of poppy fun
to be had for casual listeners as well as plenty of complexity for jazz snobs to drool over.
Botch We Are the Romans
Being totally deserving of all the immense praise that is heaped upon it, We Are the Romans is Botch's masterwork and a classic in metalcore. It was ahead of its time and endlessly influential. The music is filled with angular arpeggios, stunning dynamics, great lyrics, and excellent production. Absolute genius.
Boysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague
Further cementing the reputation that their previous works had given them in the hardcore scene, Boysetsfire releases their best album. Nearly impeccable from a mainstream and hardcore aspect (both of which the songs touch on) and the clean production does wonders for the sound. Lyrically, the group is at their height. An absolute gem that should not be missed.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
BT This Binary Universe
Here is an album that blows the head off of plenty of electronics competitors. BT takes elements from every form of electronic music and single-handedly creates a world of sound that immerses you upon every listen. Each song evokes a different emotion that overtakes all your senses and controls your mind.
Burzum Det som engang var
This is certainly Burzum's best. The cohesiveness and atmospheric quality of the entire album makes for a beautiful listening experience. The album never has a dull moment and continues to thrash onward, save for a few reflective instrumentals. A classic black metal album.
Bush Sixteen Stone
Calvaiire Forceps
This is album of the year for me so far. Chaotic yet meticulously structured, this Converge-ish album turns every genre it touches on its head and breaks every rule in the book. The melodies are haunting, the production is heavy, the lyrics are great. An absolute masterpiece that keeps its blood flowing until the tragic end.
Car Bomb w^w^^w^w
All of this album's stomach-churningly ugly musical moments culminate to form a formidable beast of an album that is well-produced, well-written, and just plain crazy. This is certainly the better of the two releases by the band that may be the edgiest in the metalcore-death-grind scene today.
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Coalesce Functioning on Impatience
Headcrushingly heavy; their absolute best. This could only be a Coalesce album. Lyrically and musically astute, Coalesce proves yet again that they are one of metalcore's most ontelligent and unique forefathers. Absolutely amazing.
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
This band needs to be chained up before they re-write the rules of progressive music as we know it. Co&Ca craft a beautiful album that melds the conventional with the unique in fresh ways. The music and lyrics are both equally emotive and the slick production is never too overbearing. A prog-alt-emo-blahblahblah album for the ages.
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
How did these guys pull this off in four nights?! ARE THEY EVEN HUMAN?!?!
Coma Regalia En Sperata
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Damien Rice O
Rice crafts a breath-stealing release that presents diversity, honest lyrics, and melodies so fragile they could break at any moment. But Rice somehow makes every moment the very opposite of boring. Whether his voice, dry humor, or orchestra accompaniment that does the trick, elements of drama are always put to use without being over-sensational. One of the best alt-folk releases.
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Darkthrone's best. There are beautiful and haunting melodoes throughout, even though it may seem like completely straightforward black metal fare. The production is wonderfully awful and makes everything perfectly audible, whether nuanced or highlighted. A great work of art.
David Maxim Micic Bilo
This is the darn best-est djent that I ever heared.
Dc Talk Jesus Freak
Deafheaven Sunbather
A beautiful, shimmering release that stands among the recent black metal/post-rock hybrids
as being among the very best. Deafheaven reminds us that they can somehow keep away from
from being too repetitive and deftly avoid the risk of becoming too melodramatic. An album
that blows all their previous attempts out of the water. Simply put, I am digging the POOP
out of this.
Deer Leap and The World Is A Beautiful Place... Are Here To Help You
These two bands create a near-perfect split that will be remembered in the emo community for years to come.
Defeater Lost Ground
Deftones Koi No Yokan
The long-awaited album from these legendary rockers does not disappoint. The immersive feel of the signature wall of guitars they have perfected with "Saturday Night Wrist" and synthesizer-laden nuances that permeate all the songs and fight their way to the surface, and beautifully so. the fantastic lyrics are never a problem here, either. The vocals are becoming a bit worn, but fit nonetheless. VERY well done.
Delirious? Glo
A remarkable Christian album that is so much more than just a praise and worship project. The music and lyrics rise so high above those of most other bands in the vein of Delirious? The songs range in variety well and all have their extremely poignant meanings clear and intact. A great modern Christian record that is often sadly overlooked.
Depeche Mode Violator
Depeche Mode makes a very dark new wave album, but it is by far one of the best of the new wave movement. The music can drone on at times, but it never becomes uninteresting throughout its running time.
Discordance Axis The Inalienable Dreamless
This album proves that grindcore really can be interesting. With its unintelligible shrieky and guttural vocals and cryptic (but never pretentious) lyrics, the album speeds through several without ever slowing down. The musicality found within the short running times given by the guitar and drums are ultra-fast and constantly moving. Grindcore is not for everyone, but this album touches on so many styles so subtly that it's hard not to listen to a number of times. And it never gets old.
Discordance Axis Jouhou
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dominic Running with Scissors
Thursday meets Refused. An odd combination, until you hear it. This reaches nearly sonic perfection.
Drudkh Blood In Our Wells
Edge of Sanity Crimson
It's a miracle how well this works. Crimson is a one-track album that spans a wide range of influences and styles but somehow manage to tie together with the help of a strong post-apocalyptic storyline. Near perfection, especially considering the length of it all.
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection
John easily slays almost all other country and folk-rock artists of his day with this album alone, which is a surprising and overlooked masterpiece. Bernie Taupin's Southern-themed lyrics really form great stories as John pounds away at the keys in true honky-tonk fashion. A supreme album.
Emery The Question
Emery The Weak's End
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move Forward
Enablers Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions
A terribly over-looked album that surpasses many other "talk" albums out there. With its lyrics being at the spotlight, they are poetic and moving and narrative-based. The music can only occasionally drag the songs down due to repetition and overly dissonant melodies, but rarely ever does this occur (giving the album its only real weakness).
Entombed Left Hand Path
Extol Undeceived
Faith No More Angel Dust
Falling Up Fangs
Foxing The Albatross
A beautiful album that gracefully applies weighty emotion to its repertoire, but never asks too much of you. There is never a moment that feels too emotionally taxing yet it manages to stay alive. Musically, the band has made great strides since their debut EP (almost unimaginably great). One of the year's best.
Front Porch Step So Help Me God
Lyrical genius paired with a raw acoustic musical setting. Jake McElfresh is not afraid to say anything, and he spills his guts in a beautifully fresh way. Superb, and overlooked.
Further Seems Forever How to Start a Fire
Though Chris Carraba's run in the band was fantastic, FSF presents a fantastic new edge with this album in their new vocalist, Jason Gleason. The music is a perfect mix of mainstream pop-punk and the odd-metered tendencies of their past. Absolutely breathtaking.
George Frideric Handel Messiah
A sublime, nearly perfect piece than spans a wide range of emotion, tonal explorations, and vocal passages. This truly feels like the utmost form of Praise. The music moves with such fluidity and ease that each movement, though all fairly different, is tied together passionately. Handel's masterpiece.
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A#(Infinity) [Vinyl]
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Gorguts Colored Sands
This is so, so, so, so, so, so, so [insert every adjective said before here.] One of the best death metal albums of the year.
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Hayaino Daisuki The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell
An incredible and revolutionary blend between extreme thrash and grind. Entertaining, satisfying, beautifully melodic, and never exhausting. Keep it coming, Mr. Chang and the gang!
Hella Hold Your Horse Is
Hetfield & Hetfield Tidal Wave Dreams
So, why did this not blow up? This is one of the best progressive rock albums in this modern era that I have heard! Metal moments thrown into alternative rock with a strong progressive style... it blows my mind every time. Consistent, well-varied, and very talented all around.
His Name Is Alive Home Is In Your Head
Hopesfall The Satellite Years
I Built The Cross Banish the Disconnect
Ice Hockey the way it is now
Immolation Close to a World Below
In Extremo Weckt Die Toten!
In Vain The Latter Rain
In Vain Aenigma
Album of the year. Mixing brutality, impeccable but tasteful production, clean and harsh dual vocals, and intellectually stimulating lyrics, Aenigma neither forces anything or treads lightly on its listeners. Though it is emotionally titillating, it never becomes sensational, a balance that has yet to found in the modern metal world. From front to back, the album never slows and has plenty of surprises and spurts of incredible originality throughout. (btw, this is what Extol should have been *wink*.) Also, probably one of the few metal albums with saxophone that just appears but no one feels the need to question it.
Integrity Those Who Fear Tomorrow
If I were to praise this album for all its greatness, I wouldn't be saying anything that hasn't already been said. So be it. This album is lyrically and musically extraordinary. Combining touches from a number of different genres and add smart lyrics and passionate vocals, this album is a true classic in the metalcore and hardcore genres. An endlessly influential landmark.
Jars Of Clay Jars Of Clay
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Joshua Fit For Battle To Bring Our Own End
Joy Division Closer
Kaddisfly Buy Our Intention; We'll Buy You a Unicorn
The whole world should be imprisoned for how they overlooked this album. Kaddisfly could have easily taken over the world with their odd blend of progressive, post-hardcore, and alternative rock paired with storytelling lyrics. Endlessly impressive and perfectly crafted.
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kidcrash Jokes
An effortless hodge-podge of several different elements from the 90s and emo revival scenes. With some unique math equations thrown in, this band crushes so many bands that attempt what they do so well. Maturely applied repetition aids the piece in driving its point home and never gets tiring; all the songs seem to flow into one another in some way. This is a lyrically passionate and musically curious piece that should be remembered for years to come. Nearly perfect.
Kilgore Trout Immemorial
Yet another underground screamo gem. Shifting deftly between an array of emotive genres and passages, Kilgore Trout never oversaturates the mix with happiness or disdain though the music often portrays both very well. Instead, it balances the two immaculately. Perfect production, perfect songwriting, a near classic.
Koji Kondo The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time OST
Kondo makes a beautiful, engaging soundtrack to a game that immerse anyone in the music even without a game with it. He uses a wide variety of tones and beats that harken back to medieval times, but also a menacing synthesizer drone to indicate an epic boss battle. It's absolutely amazing how a soundtrack to a video game (something many can gloss over) can be so moving.
La Dispute Untitled 7"
La Dispute Rooms of the House
Landing Feet First Landing Feet First
Life in Your Way Waking Giants
All of the disjointed melodies and rhythms seem to push a listener away but soon show true creativity and cohesiveness of sound. The powerful lyrics are belted by a very talented vocalist who is backed be expert musicians. Life In Your Way proves that they are metalcore band who really GETS the genre.
Limbonic Art Moon In The Scorpio
Living Sacrifice The Hammering Process
Locktender Kafka
One of the year's best. Definitely a contender for first place in 2013.
Locktender Rodin
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Merchant Ships For Cameron
Don't write this off as just another Midwest 90s-style emo album. Well, it certainly is that, but one of the best in recent memory. The lyrics are only occasionally overbearing in the emotional department but still offer beautifully depressing poetry that offers hope in indirect ways. The music is very diverse and emotive in itself as well. This is a great album from a mysterious band that didn't last long enough.
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Mihai Edrisch L’un Sans L’Autre
Mortal Treason Sunrise Over A Sea Of Blood
Naked City Naked City
An endlessly creative and experimental album that goes where many others are afraid to go. The sound drifts carefully between contemporary and old-school jazz and runs a great deal of variation through the listener's mind. It rarely becomes overbearing or too grindy, but instead become more fun to listen to with each track.
Napalm Death Scum
The paragon of intensity. Napalm Death's debut full-length plots out the future of grind core masterfully. From the muddled verses backed by blast beats and finger-numbing riffs to the old school thrashy moments, everything melds together well. The lyrics are interesting in their simplicity, even if one may find their politics to be dubious. A landmark release.
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Bleak, bold, and scary at times, The Heat Death of the Universe deserves all the praise it receives due to the utmost quality of the tunes and how it shaped the entire genre from the date of its release and on. Classic screamo.
Panopticon Panopticon
A beautiful marriage between old and new of the black metal genre, with some unique elements thrown into the mix. Panopticon doesn't disappoint at all with his debut. Nearly perfect.
Parrhesia For Everything to Be Consummated...
Unleashing apocalyptic bedlam, Parrhesia destroys everything in their paths, including potential competitors. An absolute classic for modern screamo.
Pedro the Lion Control
David Bazan pours his soul out in "Control" with astounding results. This album is a truly amazing example of chill-out indie rock. Bazan's usually cynical and insightful lyrics make the whole album, though, as they touch on insecurities, beliefs, and happiness in the world and in Bazan's life. An overlooked and masterful indie album.
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb
Rough around the edges in all the right ways, Pig Destroyer creates a wonderful death grind piece with "Phantom
Limb." Within the chaos we have shoved violently down our ear canals is a plethora of formidable musical
abilities and great songwriting that cannot be hidden. The brutal production reigns supreme in the sound of this
album as it perfectly captures the drums and heavy guitar riffs that make the songs so memorable. This is a well-
rounded album that is a very solid addition to the death grind hall of fame... if such a thing exists.
Pinegrove Meridian
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Planes Mistaken For Stars Fuck With Fire
Prayer for Cleansing The Tragedy
Quincunx Quincunx
This is something of a revolution here. Heavy punk mixed with black metal, but not necessarily in a crust fashion. Every black metal fan needs to hear this, and they need to hear it NOW. Brilliant... one of the year's best.
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rammstein Mutter
Rocket From The Crypt Scream, Dracula, Scream!
One of the most energetic, fun, and intelligent punk albums I've ever heard. Amongst the best of the genre.
Ryan Stubbs The Waking Cardinal
A beautifully realized musical work that carries several bold and nuanced parts that bridge together to create one of the best Praise albums of all time.
Saetia Demo Cassette
Saetia A Retrospective
This band leaves me speechless. I cannot fully compact into words all the things that their music makes me feel. Each song is a beautiful disaster filled with multi-tracked vocals that become more intriguing than irritating, guitars that still remain unmatched in the genre even today, and lyrics that you can ponder over for weeks without hurting yourself too badly. This band changed my perception of what harsh music can be. This band will always be the best screamo band and one of the most revolutionary is the history of all contemporary rock music. RIP Alex Madara.
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Competitor for AOTY next to Deafheaven's Sunbather. Sigur Ros crafts an absolutely brilliant, atmospheric, and surprisingly catchy album that is among their best. Elememts of ambient, post-rock, and electronica are effortlessly mended together all while being accompanied by the gently layered vocals of Jonsi. Absolutely beautiful.
Skillet Collide
Sleeping Body Awaken
Slint Spiderland
Snapcase Progression Through Unlearning
The definition of powerful. The hardcore scene of the '90s presented such deliciously abrasive riffs and basslines and paired it with passionate vocals and lyrics. Snapcase exemplifies this meaningful trend and blows many of their competitors out of the water with this album alone.
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
State Route 522 Split w/ Lying On Loot
A classic emo split. This contrasts two styles of emo that are similar in style but different in execution. All songs are perfectly written and played, pulling influences from alternative rock, chamber pop, and hardcore. Not only will these songs get stuck in your head, but they will assuredly challenge your emotions in a beautiful way.
Suis La Lune Quiet, Pull the Strings!
This is the first time that an album has left me speechless in a long time. It's beautiful yet fragile, but it doesn't break under the weight of its ambitions. It's heavy yet light as a feather, but it doesn't overwhelm the ears with unnecessary emotion. It hits every note perfectly and knows when to be strong in delivery as well as subdued. Absolutely superb.
Sunny Day Real Estate Diary
System of a Down Toxicity
SoaD displays their signature, spastic sound in a controlled and well-executed way. The odd sense of humor about the whole album comes and goes as it pleases, which acts as a good palette cleanser when it needs to. An extremely great record from a band that deserves most of the credit they get.
Taake Hordalands Doedskvad
Tally Hall Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
The Beatles The Beatles
By far The Beatles' most experimental album. Not all of the elements are married together as well as they could have been leaving some inconsistent patches, but it's still one of their best.
The Burial In The Taking Of Flesh
Among the best of this year's death metal releases. Clean yet uncompromisingly harsh, while brandishing excellent talents and a great Message. This young band will blow you away.
The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is...
The Chariot One Wing
The Contortionist Exoplanet
An expansive yet controlled experience that stays conscious for the entire run time, which nestles comfortably above 48 minutes. A near perfect achievement in modern-day progressive metal.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Divine Comedy A Short Album About Love
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim
The National High Violet
The National show that they could very well be the newest band to reinvent post-punk. Watch out, Interpol. Your more consistent little brother may be catching up to ya.
The Ocean Precambrian
A fantastic juggernaut of an album that will crush you as much as it will challenge you.
The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Its far too ambitious for a band that hadn't really been around long enough to release any more than a disc at a time, but it hits far more than it misses. It's almost a crime. Corgan's songwriting is at an all time high here. There are songs that are completely lame and bust a few cogs in the well-oiled machine that was running so efficiently at first, but nearly every song has a great, catchy hook and strong instrumentation to support the whole thing. Great SP fare, yet again.
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
The Usual My Life Is the Pause
The World is a Beautiful Place... Formlessness
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Throats Throats
Thursday Full Collapse
Touche Amore Is Survived By
This band is ridonkulous. SKRAMZ AOTY.
Training for Utopia Plastic Soul Impalement
Verwustung Beyond The Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
Vestiges The Descent Of Man
A devastating and emotional affair filled with both moments of glorious restraint amd crushing heaviness. One of the most unique and best black metal albums in this age of the genre.
Vreid Kraft
Worm Ouroboros Worm Ouroboros
Beautiful dual vocals, delicately restrained music, and pastoral lyrics. An absolutely astounding work of art is to be beheld here. The two main women in this band create some of the silkiest tunes you'll ever hear.
Yanni Live At The Acropolis
Yuriko I Hope Your Cancer Kills You
Zao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
Zao Legendary
Zao The Lesser Lights of Heaven DVD

4.0 excellent
30XX Reality Is Shit, Cyberspace Is God
7 Angels 7 Plagues Until The Day Breathes...
The extremely layered vocals are literally the only thing wrong with this album. It's clear they were heading for a Petitioning the Empty Sky direction with the vocals, but there is little to no nuance in their delivery. Otherwise, this goes to show how classic metalcore is seriously among the best of all metalcore in existence.
90 Day Men To Everybody
A Genuine Freakshow Oftentimes
A Hope For Home In Abstraction
This slow burning post-metal release is a beautiful art to behold. The music slowly builds and retreats in sure post-rock fashion, and though it is very formulaic, it plucks each heartstring firmly along the way. The lyrics are some of the most atmospherically wonderful in recent memory. If the album isn't your cup of tea, just wait for the mind-blowing finale.
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Force Fed Enlightenment
Though it is undeniably overproduced and overambitious, AMDBL makes an excellent name for themselves in the experimental metal community with this debut. Strange, provocative, and full of talent.
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Bloom
With a new vocalist, AMDBL both ups their maturity and their focus. Though still produced to the point of perfection, they remain raw in their execution. One of 2013's more interesting death metal releases.
A Pregnant Light Stars Will Fall
Abandoned Pools Sublime Currency
Tommy Walter is a mad genius. Under his pseudonym, Abandoned Pools, he creates great electronic and guitar-heavy melodies that cut right to the heart. His bland but wide-ranged voice carries the whole thing beside ths instruments. This bouncy pop-rock album can become slow and heartfelt with no need for a strict transition and still feel fun.
Acrassicauda Only the Dead See the End of the War EP
Adrian Belew Mr. Music Head
Quirky yet balanced, Belew shines on this album through both his instrumentation and vocals. An overlooked prog piece.
Age Sixteen Open Up Finders, Please
Akephal Akephal
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
All Shall Perish The Price of Existence
This album is taking everything Gothenburg taught the metal scene and destroying it.
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Amarionette [US] Amarionette
Move over, Acceptance Speech...
ANCST The Humane Condition
Andy Kaufman Andy and His Grandmother
Is he dead? Yeah, probably. But his genius lives on through this brilliant compilation of secret works. Kaufman's style has always been polarizing and it is at its most brutal here, for better or worse. A must listen for extreme fans of this crazy man's work.
Anomie Discography
Nearly an hour-and-a-half of absolutely amazing screamo from France. This band is sadly overlooked in the States.
Antestor The Return of the Black Death
Apart Only Revolutions
Arcane Roots Left Fire
This young band creates such professional melodies and atmospheres with great production that places just the right amount of emphasis on the right elements. A surprisingly excellent release that takes all sorts of influences and shreds them to pieces to add their own sort of flair to them. So many bands that have been around for much longer could learn a thing or two from these Brits.
Arnaut Pavle Demo Tape MMXIII
Fast and brutal, this debut holds nothing back. Pumping out almost anthemic tunes, Arnaut Pavle might prove to be of a different breed of black metal.
Arrows In Her Leaving.
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
Ashdautas Where the Sun is Silent...
This is excellent raw black metal for the newer generation. Dirty production, great vocals, entertaining musicianship, and borderline progressive song structures make this pure gold. This is sadly overlooked. The definition of underground black metal lies in this gem.
Astronoid Stargazer
A beautiful and atmospheric tease for upcoming material. It never becomes too indulgent or overwhelming in its ambient and heavy sections. Perfect balance and nice lyrics make this work above all else.
Astronoid November
Like Alcest, but WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better.
Athletics Who You Are Is Not Enough
This album is so subtly brilliant in its execution and ideas. The whole album plays like one long song, drifting in and out of form like a stream of consciousness. Near perfect for what it is, all indulgence aside.
August Burns Red Messengers
An endlessly abrasive and wonderfully produced album. This near-revolutionary metalcore release breaks all the right bones with its brutality with a truly Spiritual finesse. Great instrumentation that makes even the steady chuggachuggachugga seem fresh.
August Burns Red Leveler
ABR perfects their sound by adding a stunning amount of melody and progressive elements to the overall product and it turns out to be amazing. The drumming is well done as always, but the guitars shine through well here, with frequent guitar solos that are well metered and never too over the top. Inspirational and powerful lyrics, fist-pumping music, and great consistency.
Aussitot Mort Montuenga
Unlike any screamo album I've ever heard. Well produced, deliberately paced, and very smart.
Australasia Sin4tr4
The year's most compelling post-rock release. The ebb and flow of electronics, black metal influence, and a strong sense of pacing, Australasia has made an excellent collection of songs.
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution A Call To Arms
A musically involved ska band? Huh?! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?!?!
Barenaked Ladies Stunt
"Stunt" exercises just how tactful BNL is with any type of music they make, no matter the style. This pop-rock/alternative album is just as well made as their early folk work and remains a joyfully entertaining record still today. The quirkiness level may be just a bit too high and seems to get it the way of serious musical examination, but it's all softened by the times when the lyrics are actually serious.
Barenaked Ladies Gordon
Jazzy movements and vocal harmonies abound really make this alt-folk album fantastic. All of the excellent
playing abilities present and the silly lyrics combine to form a nice package of songs that shouldn't be taken too
seriously but will be revered.
Baron Noir L'epoque Exige De Bons Gestionnaires
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Definitely the best of their early work. This is quintessential black metal. Thundering drums, wailing guitars, and retching vocals. Not to mention some great atmosphere, too. Excellent album.
Battles Mirrored
Don't pass this art-rock album up. All of its weirdness and jazz-influenced parts combine to make a fun and abstract collection of songs that will stick in your head for a long time.
Beau Navire Hours
It's not often that a band with a penchant for a stop-start technique makes such a cohesive and beautiful album. The music can shift on a dime, yet it never feels out of place. Introspective lyrics and passionate vocals only sometimes feel out of place against the violently harsh instruments, but they work beautifully otherwise. An album worthy of the praise it receives.
Becoming The Archetype Celestial Completion
Benea Reach Alleviat
Bestial Mouths Bestial Mouths
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
It's about time this band made something inconsistent, if only slightly. This installment in BTBAM's journey seems to push a bit too hard to be "progressive," even more so than "Colors," but it still is a technically satisfying and enjoyable record that could be one of the best modern prog albums around.
Biffy Clyro Only Revolutions
Billy Joel 52nd Street
It sounds very alike from song to song, but the overall product has signature Joel flair all over it. The fun, nostalgic, and emotional lyrical themes paired with strong performances from all instrumentalists (including Joel on piano duties) makes for a great album from the late 70s that only sometimes gives into cheesy mainstream urges.
Birds in Row Cottbus
Birds in Row Collected
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bloodshed Bloodshed
Blue October History for Sale
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta I:Fathers Of The Icy Age
Botch American Nervoso
Blisteringly heavy and relentlessly innovative, "American Nervoso" presents an awesome addition to the earlier and edgier life of metalcore.
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Botch tone the mad science down a bit (just a bit) and create a cleanly produced and palatable release without losing their signature flair. An awesome album to end on.
Boysetsfire Tomorrow Come Today
Brightside Seconds Matter
Brooke Fraser Albertine
Buckethead Crime Slunk Scene
Not just technically impressive, but also very innovative. My first exposure to the enigma that is Buckethead, and not one that will be soon forgotten.
Burns Out Bright Distance and Darkness
Burst Origo
Burzum Filosofem
Burzum Svarte Dauen
One of Burzum's most melodic, heaviest , and enjoyable releases, though it has some of the WORST
recording quality that you may have ever heard.
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Camel Mirage
An excellent early progressive album. Not much to say that hasn't already been said.
Carol Prefabricated
Cartel Chroma
Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat
Cattle Decapitation Karma.Bloody.Karma
Their best album thus far. Cattle shows how they can be both brutal and, finally, cohesive with their sound. This was attempted in previous albums but never achieved until now.
Cattle Drums The Boy Kisser Sessions
Caust Mass Graves (We Would Be Better Off)
Cave In Jupiter
These metalcore giants turn their edge down a bit and release an epic alt-rock album out of nowhere with surpringly delicious results. Think of a crossbreed of Frodus and dredg, and you've got this album. A phenomenal surprise.
Celldweller Celldweller
Cerce Teen Bible
Heavy, fiery, and surprisingly controlled. This is musically and lyrically focused with a
unique vocal styling that more or less defines the entire mood of the album. An excellent EP
from this still relatively unknown band.
Cerce Cerce
Charles Bronson Youth Attack!
Chevelle Vena Sera
Maybe Chevelle's heaviest and most diverse release. They release a great release to follow a painfully mediocre predecessor. They prove their smart abilities in their lyrical and instrumental abilities more so than before. "Vena Sera" is a truly remarkable, adrenaline-pumping affair.
Chevelle La Gargola
It's great to have these guys back again after the previous mess of an album. They return to their tried and true method of adding nuances that differentiate this batch of songs from their other material but not losing their signature touches. This is one of the best albums of this year so far. The combination of the always awesome lyrics and newfound musical interests encapsulates all of what this album does right... and it does very little wrong.
Children of God Coup De Grace
Children of God DEMO
Chiodos Illuminaudio
Circle Jerks Group Sex
Citizen Youth
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
This album is frightfully akin to witnessing a car crash. It's a beautiful, horrible explosion that sends jagged pieces flying everywhere... but we can't turn away.
CityCop Seasons
CityCop The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope
Clem Leek Snow Tales
Coalesce Give Them Rope, She Said
Even its insanely repetitive riffs have enough life in them to kick the teeth out of plenty of metalcore today. Coalesce presents an actually brutal metalcore album that has all sorts of weird rhythms, contemplative lyrics, and intense breakdowns. The band is very controlled and structured in their approach here. A major flaw that exists, though, is the repetition can be a bit... well, repetitive.
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Co&Ca shows modern progressive bands how its done yet again, but this time with far more theatrics. The album's sound harkens to the robust sound of 1970s progressive band like Pink Floyd and Yes while maintaining composure in the band's unique style. And the story still hasn't gone stale!
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria shows their unique mix of emo and progressive rock and does it well in a very controlled and mature fashion. There are plenty of dull moments, but they are all quickly buried by the album's stellar high points. And what a story!
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
It doesn't sound much different than Converge's previous material, but the album comes alive in its subtleties. It makes for a great metalcore release from this year.
Cousins Cassingle
Two delicious post-punk tracks that never get old. The reverb is perfectly applied and produced all the way throughout.
Crash of Rhinos Distal
Craw Bodies for Strontium 90
The Velvet Underground meets Botch. A sadly overlooked near-masterpiece.
Crimson Moonlight Veil of Remembrance
Well played and meticulously crafted unblack metal. The slick production may push some away, but the band's passion is displayed beautifully through great abilities, especially those of the drummer and vocalist. Positive lyrics and great messages exist greatly here. Beware sorrow-lovers!
Crossbreed New Slave Nation
Crossbreed manages to create a barrage of intensity within a short amount of time, and quite well. They seem to revive the nu-metal scene of late 90s, without being campy about it, an edge to it that only industrial metal can bring. This is a great EP.
Crydebris The Severing
Oh my goodness. This is amazing. It reminds me a lot of Hopesfall if they were atmospheric and heavier. An excellent and overlooked piece of work.
Cryptodira Recursions
Danielson Ships
Good luck finding an album like this any time soon.
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
"A Blaze In the Northern Sky" exemplifies much of black metal's finest and most bothersome elements, but creates a truly interesting and enjoyable record despite its minor setbacks. The inevitable repetition of any true black metal album is on display from track to track here, but never becomes too overwhelming due to the vast array of tempos and guitar work there is. Darkthrone shows off their muscles in this album and it ultimately pays off.
Darkthrone Panzerfaust
Darkthrone Total Death
Dashboard Confessional A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
An album that could easily be passed off as a mere pretty-boy emo episode, but this album is beautiful through and through.
David Maxim Micic Bilo 2.0
Dead in the Dirt The Blind Hole
My 4 rating is almost as heavy as this album. Dead In the Dirt does it before than every before on their first full-length. A well-organized and balanced release is offered here. Quality hardcore.
Dead in the Dirt Vold
Deadguy Fixation on a Coworker
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
An excellent blend of post-rock and black metal that doesn't become too dramatic or exhausting like so many other bands that attempt to create the same hybrid.
Death Human
Defeater Travels
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones has a hard time making anything bad. It's not "White Pony," but it very well might be the next best thing. The dreamy guitar sounds as aggressive as ever as it is played more furiously than on their previous material. The addition of some ethereal key loops and sensual baselines culminate to form an unexpected turn in Deftones' sound. Moreno also sounds great here.
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Diamond Youth Orange
"Cannonball" is such an awesome, catchy song. The rest of this EP is very consistent and continually hits the mark over and over with its polished alt-rock sound that is reminoscent of 90s outfits like Dinosaur Jr. I guess that Topshelf Records can sign excellent mainstream bands, too.
Diapsiquir A.N.T.I.
Dinosaur Pile-Up Nature Nurture
The hardest hitting pop album you will ever hear. Influences like Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and Queens of the Stone Age can all be shown off shamelessly here, but with some of the heaviest guitars and tastefully shiny production. Any time it drags, the stand-out tracks sweep you back off your feet.
Dionaea Still
DIR EN GREY DUM SPIRO SPERO
DIR EN GREY Uroboros
DIR EN GREY The Unraveling
Direct Hit! Brainless God
Energy, humor, and lyrical genius abound freely in this obscure but near classic pop-punk release. Direct Hit! goes back to the late-90s-early-2000s era of pop-punk and gives it a cynical makeover, but never becomes overwhelmingly negative. An excellent release for pop-punk this year and forevermore.
Disharmonic Orchestra Not to be Undimensional Conscious
Dishwalla Opaline
Do No Harm And I Am Now Played Out
This band needs to be recognized by the public stat, because they sound familiar yet bring all sorts of newness to the table. These guys can go far.
Donovan Wolfington Stop Breathing
Dreamshade The Gift of Life
dredg Catch Without Arms
dredg Leitmotif
Drottnar Welterwerk
An amazingly unique and surprisingly well-crafted barrage of angular, dissonant guitar wankery and black metal styles. It can wear on the ears at times, but is generally awesome.
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
Drudkh Estrangement
Drudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheel
Earth Crisis Firestorm
Eleventh He Reaches London Banhus
Whew, this album is DARK. It's so good to hear something new from this band again, but I never thought it would be like this.
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elvis Depressedly Holo Pleasures
Elvis Presley From Elvis In Memphis
Emigrate Emigrate
An excellent alternative side of Rammstein's Richard Z. Kruspe. A side that I'd love to see more of.
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
An amazing follow-up to the best black metal of all time. It should have been harder to do, but this is Emperor that we're talking about here.
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Home After Three Months Away
Empire! Empire! finally comes back around after the monstrous success of "What it Takes to move Forward" and releases their best EP yet. The songs are all concise compared the bulk of the band's running times, but they offer just as much emotion as the others. However, the band needs to start experimenting, because their sound is becoming somewhat tiring.
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...
Envy On The Coast Lucy Gray
Ethereal Shroud Absolution|Emptiness
An excellent and overlooked 2013 black metal release that takes from the atmospheric as well as the depressive side of the genre. As grandiose as it is, it proves to be an exemplary microcosm of beauty and brutality. It never asks too much of the listener's emotions; instead, it forges onward in its own unique way while consequently tearing at the heartstrings in an artful way.
Ever Stays Red On The Brink of It All
Evergreen Seven Songs
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
This rockin' band makes yet another rockin' album with spastic instrumentation and provocative lyrics. This album is still raw at its core, but is also very polished in the vocal department, which can work to both its advantage and detriment in different cases. This is a band that will not slow down.
FACT Never Turn Out The Light To Keep Myself
Sounds like they really had it together back then.
Falling Up Your Sparkling Death Cometh
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Falls of Rauros Hail Wind and Hewn Oak
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt Dys/Closure
Fear of God (CHE) Pneumatic Slaughter
Filter The Trouble With Angels
Filter finally finds the happy medium between their industrial roots and their newfound alternative rock edge. The sounds are married to form an enjoyable but occasionally overproduced sound that works well when paired with the passionate lyrics.
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Focal Point Suffering of the Masses
Foghat Foghat Live
A great live performance with plenty of extra flair to it.
For Today Prevailer
This is the most focused this band has ever been, musically and lyrically. Excellent.
For Want Of Smoke
Far surpassing their debut by leaps and bounds, this is more melodic and mature in vision and delivery. This band could go really far.
Foxy Shazam Foxy Shazam
Foxy Shazam Gonzo
From Autumn To Ashes Too Bad You're Beautiful
Frost Like Ashes Tophet
Frosthardr Maktesløs
Frozen Shadows Dans les Bras des Immortels
Harkening back to the old days of symphonic black metal, like the glory days of Emperor, Frozen Shadows plays well without sounding too much like their influences. Excellent modern/classic black metal.
Fugazi Fugazi
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Why did it take me this long to get around to this album? This was purely epic. Strong guitars, excellent drumming, and awesome vocals/lyrics make this one of the best modern screamo albums. With very few noticeable setbacks, the band creates a name for themselves with this album, and rightfully so.
Further Seems Forever The Moon Is Down
From the usage of progressive song structures to Chris Carraba's milky voice, this album is an excellent addition into the emo community. The touching and emotion-drenched lyrics are adolescent, but they have a great amount of feeling to them that a lot of bands lack today. All of the unique elements FSF had deserves to marveled at for years to come.
Furthermore She and I
Goofy, intelligent, and unabashedly nerdy. This is pure fun.
Gang of Four Entertainment!
A highly experimental and jaunty piece of work. Seriously, this band must have ingested raw caffeine to play like this. So many classic tracks on here and only a few duds here or there.
Gary Moore Still Got The Blues
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Gillian Carter Lost Ships Sinking With The Sunset
Glassjaw Coloring Book
"Coloring Book" finds Glassjaw pumping life back into their deliciously unique sound that explores the side of guitars and vocals that other bands would be afraid to. The post-hardcore mastery going on here is so great that it becomes impossible to not love it.
Gnarwolves Cru
Gnaw Their Tongues Reeking Pained And Shuddering
Excellent atmosphere and mature execution. Reeking... is a psychologically and spiritually provocative machine that decimates all in its path.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Gorgoroth Antichrist
Another awesome installment in Gorgoroth's early discography. The guitars are a bit more melodic on this album and the vocal's are more structured. Very well done from one of black/death metal's best.
Gorgoroth Pentagram
A great black metal debut. Gorgoroth was one of the establishing bands of the early Norwegian black metal scene, and yet they have certainly distinctive qualities about them that set them apart from the hundreds of other bands at the time.
Gorguts Considered Dead
Mixing awesome riffs and technical prowess, Gorguts separates themselves from the growing influx of death metal bands coming out around the early 90s worldwide.
GridLink Amber Gray
GridLink Orphan
Hands Like Houses Unimagine
A contender for post-hardcore AOTY.
Head Cleaner Resistance, determination and the sheer will to
Heaven Shall Burn Antigone
Hexis Abalam
More direction and variation than the band's previous work makes this nearly unforgettable.
His Hero Is Gone Fifteen Counts of Arson
Fueled by powerful riffs and lyrics, HHIG make an excellent release that may hit harder than most of their other material. Amazing.
His Hero Is Gone Monuments to Thieves
Honeywell Industry
The creators of screamo... and their influence can still be heard today. Wow.
Hope For The Dying Aletheia
Hopesfall No Wings To Speak Of
Horde Alive in Oslo
This is a rare instance in which I enjoy the live version of an album more than the studio version. The passion in the ugly vocals, excellent drumming, and great crowd interaction is quite the sight to see or simply to listen to.
Hortor Ancient Satanic Rituals Are Crushed In Dust
An excellent unblack metal album with lots of complex and enjoyable guitar work and great vocals.
Hot Cross Cryonics
Hot Water Music A Flight and a Crash
Proving to be one of the kings of late 90s-early 00s post-hardcore, HWM creates a fast and heavy album that remains emotionally driven through all of its punk movements. Another great move for the band.
Hotel Books I'm Almost Happy Here
Awful production choice is literally the only thing holding this back.
House Of Heroes Suburba
House Of Heroes The End is Not The End
Hum Fillet Show
This is strangely one of the band's best. It's their debut and so rare nowadays, but we are able to hear this band
in an awesome, heavy alternative style with punk-inspired flavors. Should not be hated as much as some do.
Hum Downward Is Heavenward
Hum Electra 2000
I Kill Giants I Kill Giants
I Kill Giants We Can Live In The Exact Same Place
I Speak In Calculus Giant Ash of the Earth
A huge improvement (and change) from their debut EP. This combines all of their influences very well and consistently while maintaining a unique side.
Iannis Xenakis Metastaseis
Icarus Escapes Discography
IDYLLS Farewell All Joy
Ima Robot Ima Robot
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
There are few bands that can blend such drastically different genres in such subtle and genius ways. Incubus blends funk, soul, and nu-metal with unexpectedly awesome results. The often over-layered vocals and glitches can be obnoxious at times, but the masterful technique used and the poetic lyrics make for an unforgettable album.
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Intervals In Time
Intervals returns re-invigorated from their underwhelming debut to release an entertaining and original album.
Intervals A Voice Within
Now, this is what I call a surprise. Upon hearing that vocals would be added, I was afraid that this would becoming the classic case of a unique band making a turn for the worst. This album destroys that assumption. Aaron Marshall still shines along with the rest of the band, and the vocals are perfect for what they are setting out to achieve: adding another layer of depth to the songs. Excellent stuff.
Into It. Over It. Proper
Honesty is always the best policy.
Iron Thrones Visions of Light
Isolated Separate Ways Together
It Bites The Tall Ships
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
Funky, fun, and intelligent, Monae pours her heart out eloquently yet again in this polished and stylish, yet controlled, effort. Contender for pop album of the year for sure.
Jars Of Clay Who We Are Instead
Jars Of Clay The Shelter
Jeromes Dream Presents
There's really nothing like this album. So unique and daring... and so amazing.
Jeromes Dream Seeing Means More Than Safety
Heavy and introspective, Jerome's Dream show just why they are among the best and most influential screamo/hardcore bands of all time.
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Joliette Principia
Turning from an edgier Glassjaw to a heavier and less melodic Senses Fail. This is absolutely amazing. Shifting between odd rhythms and clashing styles, Joliette prove their uniqueness and how they could be a worldwide success if given the exposure they deserve. One of the year's best post-hardcore releases.
Jonsi Go
June Paik June Paik
An arresting piece of work so beautiful and fragile that it's almost tangible.
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kaddisfly Set Sail The Prairie
A more subdued and experimental album that picks up right where the previous album left off. It carries similar sentiments to all the band's works before but does not lose its luster.
Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie II
Personally, this my favorite of Stockhausen's work. Though not very long, there are several surprises thrown in, including sudden glissandoes that share a great likeness with more conventional instruments, such as piano. Excellent through and through. A truly concrete piece.
KEN mode Entrench
I just about had the happiest heart attack of my life when Dave Verellen came on.
Kevin Max The Imposter
Kickback Les 150 Passions Meurtrieres
Kilgore Trout Correspondence
Kitchens Of Distinction Strange Free World
I'm not a fan of shoegaze generally, but this is just great rock music. With just a tinge of Britpop, Kitchens of Distinction generally remain unheard of by the general public and probably because of how unconventional they were in the shoegaze scene sweeping the UK in the 90s. Catchy hooks and guitar riffs run amok through this great album, although are definitely some.momemts where the energy drags. Shoegaze had never sounded this poppy and fresh.
Kitezh Antitheist
Kuxan Suum Kuxan Suum
La Dispute Wildlife
La Dispute Here, Hear. III
Last Leaf MMXIII
One of the most subtlely unique screamo offerings in recent memory. Combining the low-end guitar tone of metal, the breakdowns of metalcore, and the emotion of emo, Last Leaf is a beautiful force to be reckoned with. An excellent and inspiring EP.
leer SPRINGBREAKNOPARENTS
This all has definitely been done before, but rarely with such ingenuity. Great production, great instrumentation and songs, and fun songs.
Lengsel Solace
Leviathan Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
Crushing and engaging, Massive Conspiracy... somehow walks the line between extreme experimentation and formidable art.
Lifehouse Stanley Climbfall
Lifehouse releases the best album in their discography with "Stanley Climbfall." The simple, alternative beats and melodies are expertly played and paired with signature grunge-ish vocals. Start to finish, its music, lyrics, and production value spin a web of pop-rock that you can't help but find yourself attached to, whether in its jumpy moments or soft and moody parts.
Live Throwing Copper
Living Sacrifice Reborn
Living Sacrifice The Infinite Order
Lonesummer Satisfaction Feels Like A Tomb
Look Mexico This Is Animal Music
Look Mexico Gasp Asp
Lugubrum De Totem
Some genuinely enjoyable black metal with a refreshing sense of humor. Lots of fun and talent here.
Mae (e)vening
Magrudergrind Magrudergrind
Mahria Mahria
A stunning combination of melodic hardcore and screamo of the olden days and some of the best lyrics the genre has seen.
Marc Cohn Marc Cohn
Maruta Forward Into Regression
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Maximum the Hormone Buiikikaesu
Silly, childish, and outright fun. Japan's answer to quirky metal hybrids from the USA and abroad makes an awesome album that rarely ceases to become boring, with the exception of some poorly put together songs.
Mayhem Out From The Dark
McLusky The Difference Between Me and You...
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
Meek Is Murder Algorithms
Megaherz Kopfschuss
Though many Americans may think of Rammstein as the figureheads of German Hard Style, Megaherz proves that they are not far behind, and may be even a few steps ahead in a few respects.
Megaherz Wer Bist Du
Megiddon Hinsides
Meshuggah Nothing
This is Meshuggah when they were thinking more about complexity than just trying to be the heaviest band on Earth. Enjoyably complicated rhythms that never run dry run rampant here and the half-rapped vocals are so on point that you must applaud Jens Kidman for being maybe the most talented of the group. All around excellent.
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Despite its over ambitious variation in sound, the right notes are definitely hit more often than not. The lyrical genius of Aaron Weiss is always at the forefront.
Michael Kamen Band Of Brothers OST
Mineral EndSerenading
Minor Threat Minor Threat
Though merely a collection of lo-fi punk anthems, this legendary punk EP finds Minor Threat showing off their beliefs passionately and with no care for boundaries. The songs are concise but they say all they need to in the sinplest ways possible, which is the beauty of it all.
Mortal Treason A Call To The Martyrs
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Mr. Bungle California
Mutiilation Vampires of Black Imperial Blood
My Brightest Diamond Bring Me the Workhorse
My Brightest Diamond All Things Will Unwind
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...
My Chemical Romance Like Phantoms, Forever
My Vitriol Finelines
OH MY GOODNESS WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY STUPID AMERICAN LIFE I DON'T EVEN LIKE SHOEGAZE THAT MUCH WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?
Nails Unsilent Death
Nails Abandon All Life
Nails is brutal, yes, but they are so much more than that as well. They are smart musicians that know where to place the breakneck parts and then bring them to a screeching halt at the perfect times. We need more of this grind nowadays.
Napalm Death The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
Neur Untitled
New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
Nonpoint Recoil
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Octaves Greener Pastures
It's evident that the band is chasing after an older metalcore sound (a la Converge or Coalesce) mixed with a newer edge. The best part is: it works. This band shows a great amount of promise and shows that they have the ability to stay far enough away from flaunting their influences to where they can create their own sound.
October Falls Tuoni
Short yet achieving of so much. October Falls molds a modern instrumental masterpiece.
Of Feather and Bone False Healer
Furiously melodic and brutally rhythmic, OFaB churns out a heavy little diamond here. An amazing feat considering it's under 15 minutes long. It's so much unique as it is just very conscious of several different genres and is bent on including them all. Every song sounds different and can be examined individually. A refreshingly deep grind EP.
Of Solitude and Solemn Of Solitude and Solemn
Ojne Undici​/​Dodici
Old Gray An Autobiography
Olde Pine Reservoir
One Eyed God Prophecy One Eyed God Prophecy
One of the darkest classic screamo albums to ever grace the scene, as well as being one of the best and most influential. Throwing crust and black metal into the mix, this French-Canadian group shattered many screamo standards back in the day and the mess they left behind is still evident today.
Orchid Chaos Is Me
Orchid Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow! + Chaos Is Me
Ordination of Aaron Ordination of Aaron
Ovlov What's So Great About the City?
A fun throwback to 90s alternative grunge like Dinosaur Jr. and Dada with a pop-rock lightheartedness.
P.O.D. Satellite
Paper Rival Paper Rival
Parabelle Reassembling the Icons
Parabelle trudges through the mess of generic hard rock (or "radio rock," it seems) and gathers up a batch of original and provocative songs. The effect-drenched guitars prove to be a nice break from the usual one-tone guitars of most hard rock. Kevin Matisyn's voice and lyrics are unparalleled in quality within much of the genre.
Parabelle Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even
Parkway Drive Horizons
This extremely entertaining and dramatic metalcore album isn't so much unique as it is just possessing an extra edge that not many other bands of their kind do. They aren't afraid to step out of the box and shred or noodle out on drums. Their intense lyrics make for an inconsistent ride, though, but still fairly provocative.
Parkway Drive Don't Close Your Eyes
Wow. This is more like deathcore than their later stuff. Great EP.
Pazuzu (Black Metal) DEMO I
Peste Noire La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la
Melodic, well-composed, classic black metal. An oft-overlooked gem.
Phinehas thegodmachine
There is always that one band that comes out of nowhere and claims the throne, or at least part of the throne, of
a genre. Phinehas is that band to metalcore with this album alone. Mixing bare guitar-centric metal with modern
flair, the band chugs and shreds with powerful results that make for an almost confusingly new experience. The
lyrics are emotional and the vocals drive them home well. A genre-encompassing surprise. A small gripe:
Where's the bass?
Phobia Grind Your Fucking Head In
picknick in the center of a glasstornado picknick in the center of a glasstornado
A genre-bending screamo offering. With a name like that, it's gotta be good, right?
Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard
Pig Destroyer Demo
Pinegrove Mixtape One
Plini Sweet Nothings
Jazz, shreddy post-rock, and djent are all displayed beautifully here in very unique ways. Plini sets himself apart from the fray in subtle gestures, and his art means all the more because of it.
Plini Other Things
Poison the Well TheOppositeof December/Tear From The Red
"The Opposite of December" : 5 Tear from the Red" : 3.5 (5+3.5)/2=4.25 "The Opposite of December/Tear
from the Red" : 4
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Portrait of David These Days Are Hard To Ignore
Prawn False Institutions
Project 86 Wait for the Siren
Protest the Hero Fortress
A barrage of impressive talent that can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it is certainly an experience to be had and not soon forgotten.
Public Image Ltd First Issue
Punch Nothing Lasts 7"
Pissed-off and lyrically blunt, Punch certainly comes out of the gates swinging with this short but effective release. The music drifts strategically from hardcore to grind and back again with Napalm Death-esque precision and delivers a brutal outcome. A great EP.
Quicksand Manic Compression
The hard-crunching riffs here are sensational. This is a persistently heavy and grungy album that explores hardcore elements as well and geniusly combines the two. It can become predictable at many times, but it still holds steady throughout.
Raein Il n'y a pas de orchestre
Rammstein Live aus Berlin
This is an absolutely amazing live performance both audibly and visually by Germany's maverick industrial heroes. All of the pyrotechnics cover up a few musical mistakes well. All of the members sound great throughout the entire journey. A classic live installment in Rammstein's extensive discography.
Rammstein Reise, Reise
"Reise, Reise" upholds a certain sense of drama throughout its content that the previous Rammstein releases never accomplished. The band proves just how consistent and on-point they are with their musical and lyrical habits here. The ultimate repetition of the entire thing is a problem at times, but the interesting elements patch those up nicely.
Rammstein Herzeleid
Raw Moon Demo
Getting heavy Ashdautas and Bone Awl vibes here, and that is a GREAT thing.
Red Innocence and Instinct
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Relient K Mmhmm
A ridiculously consistent and entertaining pop-punk album. The band's signature clever lyrics never wear out here and make for a fun time, alongside quirky instrumentation. Probably their best release.
Renounced Conditioned from Birth
Revolution Industrielle Hands As Those of Mice
Road to Manila Distance
Romance of Young Tigers Marie
Rorschach Remain Sedate
So far ahead of its time and perfectly balanced between hardcore and metal, this is one of
the best in the fledgling metalcore scene of the early 90s. Pure energy and musical prowess
keep this from going stale, despite its extreme repetition.
Roy Orbison In Dreams
Man, that voice. His silky smooth pipes know how to work with rock and roll, pop ballads, and he even throws some country twang in. The instrumentation is good, the lyrics are fine (despite the overuse of "dreams"), and this must be one of the best albums of Orbison's era.
Saattue Jaahyvasti
A great sorrowful death metal album with excellent harsh and clean vocals backed by skillful musicianship.
Saetia Eronel
Saosin Translating the Name
Say Anything Say Anything
science is made up of mistakes The Backbone of the Night
A mind-blowing underground screamo release from a very talented bunch of Spanish lads. Excellent stuff.
Secoue Demo 2013
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
Lyrically provocative, musically outstanding, and unique. The songs may start to sound similar, but it is undeniable just how much of an anomaly that S&W was in the post-hardcore scene at this time. Experimentation was constantly on their minds and it all works extremely well.
Sectioned (UK) Outlier
Devastatingly heavy and creative. Lyrically and musically astute. This is the forward-thinking metalcore that we need more of these days.
Sed Non Satiata Le Ciel De Notre Enfance
Seirom Forest
Sense Field Tonight and Forever
Seppuku Paradigm Martyrs OST
Both subtly and bluntly terrifying, the Martyrs soundtrack employs several different effective tactics to get under your skin and touch your emotions. Thoroughly enjoyable outside the film alone. Don't let those short tracks fool you, because they're all wonderful.
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Sevendust Black Out the Sun
Shade Empire Sinthetic
Shadow of the Colossus Shadow of the Colossus
Shikari Shikari
Showbread Anorexia Nervosa
Sigur Ros ( )
A brilliant post-rock album that is less about the climaxes and more about the adventure to get to them.
Silverstein This Is How the Wind Shifts
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Sinai Vessel Labor Pains
Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes The 2002 EP
An excellent mix of several different influences, ranging from screamo to prog to metalcore. There is a beautiful melody to be found (reminiscent of 7 Angels 7 Plagues at times), awesome dual vocals, and interesting lyrics. This band had lots of direction and cohesion at their fingertips here. A truly unique and overlooked screamo release that deserves far more attention than it receives.
Sithu Aye 26
This fool's best work yet. Aye can lay down some of the best solos I've ever heard. They're very quick and complex, yet controlled, and that's what I listen for in a guitarist of his caliber.
Skillet Comatose Comes Alive
A great live performance from a truly powerful band. The sound and visuals are great and so is the setlist. The pacing of the order of the songs really works and keep listeners and viewers fully engaged. I sure wish I was there!
Skillet Comatose
The album that really solidified the "Skillet sound" for the better. It's not Collide; it's a totally different step, but in a great direction.
Slechtvalk The War That Plagues The Lands
Great unblack metal on par with symphonic masters such as Limbonic Art or Emperor. Beautiful
last song, by the way.
Sleigh Bells Treats
My ears are bleeding, but I love it.
Snapcase End Transmission
It's repetitive and may be a bit too aggressive, but the whole concept of the album proves that Snapcase is really out to hope for a change. They know the world gets them down and they scream it at the top of their lungs. The juicy Rage Against the Machine guitar and vocal syncopation beats the listener's eardrums relentlessly... but in a good way. A great little early metalcore/hardcore album.
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
So Long Forgotten Beneath Our Noble Heads
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Soundtrack Once
A light-hearted, indie romp soundtrack that contains excellent music with few weak spots. The vocal duets are airtight and when paired with simple piano and guitar parts, everything shines together. The lyrics are sweet and humorous at times, but ultimately meaningful; sometimes to the point of inducing tears, sometimes they are sappy. It's more hit than miss, though, that's for sure.
Soundtrack Jet Set Radio Future OST
This eclectic and dance-centric soundtrack is as quirky and it is actually impressive. The beats and melodies to the features music from other artists, it's all so much fun to listen to even without the game to accompany it, excluding a few annoying tracks.
Soundtrack Oldboy
Spitfire The Dead Next Door
Spitfire's style blends elements of grind and metalcore much like Converge or Botch... but it still manages to stand tall above several metalcore albums at the time. The thrash-oriented side to the softer and more melodic side make for a cohesive yet chaotic experience. The production is raw and uncompromising. The lyrics can be a bit lame for the power in the music, though, and the songs can become too repetitive in the "cool riff" department.
Staple Staple
A grossly over-looked hard rock release from one of the most unique Christian outifts in the last decade.
Combining the heaviness of post-hardcore, metal, and mainstream hard rock, Staple releases an
excellent CD filled with memorable songs that are both lyrically and musically engaging.
Stavesacre Speakeasy
Suffocation Human Waste
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Suis La Lune Riala
These guys need to stop being so amazing.
Sun Devoured Earth A Static Life
Experimental shoegaze album of the year if it weren't for that pesky, ol' Sunbather.
Swan of Tuonela Swan of Tuonela
Switchfoot Legend of Chin
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Switchfoot at their absolute best. Period. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Just listen to the music and read the lyrics. I almost bumped this to a 4.5 just because of "The Blues."
Sybreed Antares
Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
Tangerine Dream Ricochet
Thantifaxath Thantifaxath
The Ataris End is Forever
The Beautiful South Choke
The Butterfly Effect Final Conversation of Kings
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Chariot Unsung
The Chariot Long Live
The Chariot chugs along like a steamroller with a vengeance. They have always been one of the most energetic and unique bands in their genre and this album solidifies this for sure.
The Chariot Before There Was
The Classic Crime The Silver Cord
There are few mainstream rock albums that work as well as this release does. Song to song, there is a plethora of memorable an thoughtful moments that run the emotional gamut skillfully. This is a wonderful release that was a bit unexpected coming from such a young and obscure band.
The Clippers An Evening With The Clippers
It's funny, because it seems like The Clippers can make a solid rock album with six songs all under two minutes long even better than several take a whole half hour to do. These songs are fun and polished to all get out, but they also contain a great amount of heart and soul to them. But a weak point is a lack of variety.
The Color Morale Know Hope
A great new direction for this band. Their lyrics are the in the foreground here, and they shine beautifully on their own. The music becomes more breakdown-centric, but still splices melody in simple but beautiful ways. Rapp's new vocal approach is very raw and requires less studio work. Great album overall that suffers from only its generic sound and occasional, unnecessary vocal noodling.
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board (Reissue)
The Echelon Effect Mosaic
Though nothing all that unique in the post-rock, it carries a gentle form of intensity with it that drives the musicianship home while remaining a tastefully controlled work of art. EE's simplistic orchestral movements paired with minimalistic drum machine beats and heavy live percussion makes for an interesting experience that takes its time but blooms beautifully.
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem Handwritten
The Kill Soundtrack To Your Violence
The Kill Make 'em Suffer
The Kill does it again with their very fast and dynamic version of grind with lots of shredding and noodly drum fills thrown in.
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Promise Ring Very Emergency
A jumpy and energy-filled pop-punk release that stands the test of time well. The lyrics examine a wide range of emotions and give the already great songs a whole new dimension. An excellent record that can wear thin (a bit) from song to song due to its homogenous sound, but is great fun nonetheless.
The Rasmus The Rasmus
This is The Rasmus. An appropriately self-titled release. Well-produced but tasteful, lyrically engaging, and musically solid. This is a consistently lovable and excellent collection of songs with high replay value. It may occasionally tumble over the usual pop-rock pitfalls, but comes out on top of all their previous material. Such a shame how hated this album is.r
The Reptilian Boys Life EP
The Rocket Summer Do You Feel
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Underwater Tell Each Other Secrets
The Spirit That Guides Us The Sand, The Barrier
A brilliant album exhibiting first- and second-wave screamo coupled with more recent, and more mainstream, ideas. Passionate lyrics are a plus, too.
The Streets Original Pirate Material
The Truth About Dreaming Fall 2013 Demo
The World is a Beautiful Place... Josh Is Dead
Therapy? Troublegum
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
With all its energy and soft tendencies, this album falints a strongly controlled form of alternative rock that could easily dominate the airwaves with each track. The only problem here is that the songs can tend to run together and become too formulaic, as well as overlong. A great, fun record.
This Season's Color Orion, Pt. 2
Thorns Thorns
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
toe New Sentimentality
A fun and frantic as well as unique EP. The groovy jazz application to post-rock works well for this band and they make beautiful music with those given traits. For an EP, this music covers more ground than some post-rock LPs do!
toe The Future Is Now
Toe hits the target again. Their jazzy sound is still at its finest. Some extra elements add new easy listening flavors as well as more electronic intervention tastefully thrown into the mix. The majority of Toe's sound is just a well-organized soup of sound and that is very evident here, for better or for worse.
Torche Harmonicraft
Touche Amore/La Dispute Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World
Towers Full Circle
Some of the most original and visceral metalcore I've heard in a long time. Highly recommended.
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die
Trampled By Turtles Palomino
A bouncy, fun, and rootsy folk release that may shoot a bit too high instrumentally, but is well controlled otherwise. The pacing on the album is very well arced from fast to slow and loud to soft. The songs have great qualities to them are could easily be enjoyed by those who are not even bluegrass fans due to the slightly contemporary nature of them.
Transient Alone
Transient skillfully moves from hardcore punk elements to post-rock styles and has heart-moving lyrics to go with it. Even the longer songs are exciting and fresh to hear. All the songs come together to form a great, albeit somewhat typical, EP.
Tristan Tzara Da Ne Zaboravis
If octave chords didn't send chills down your spine before...
Tristan Tzara Omorina Nad Evropom
Though this band could be accused of composing the same song thousands of times over, they hone their formula to such a solid point that it can be forgiven instantly. Strange lyrics and vocal delivery, one that the genre does not see very often. The main thing to take from this is the stellar instrumentation (especially the guitars). So close to superb.
Trophywife Hold Onto Your Luck
Blending progressive and hardcore elements fares Trophywife well here and it shows just how unique they really are. Despite some overlong songs and phrases, the band shows that they have a great amount of control over their grandiose ambitions.
Twenty One Pilots Vessel
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
I'm not sure what happened to this band, but whatever did, it is certainly for the better.
From the beautiful and meticulously crafted classical opening to its electronic latter half,
the album fits together well and doesn't lose an ounce of integrity along the way. While
listening, I couldn't help but be annoyed by the great lengths that Ulver keeps going to in
order to mask their black metal past. But maybe that's their fate.
Un Viejo Arcoiris Es Mejor
Union Of Uranus Disaster By Design
UNKLE Psyence Fiction
Until The Ribbon Breaks A Taste of Silver
Usurp Synapse This endless breath
Usynlig Tumult Voices of the Winds
Vaakevandring 98/99 Demo (2004 reissue)
Creating lush, classical soundscapes juxtaposed with a harsh black metal sound, Vaakevandring makes a beautiful and sorrowful album that is, oddly enough, filled with Hope.
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Vattnet Viskar Vattnet Viskar
Verwustung Soft Hands, Pale Moon
Verwustung When Light Broke the Stars, Humanity Rejected Us
von Wolfe Life's a Beach
Watashi Wa Eager Seas
We Came Out Like Tigers Agelessness And Lack
As delicately somber as it is mysterious, this folk-flavored screamo album may be inconsistent, but is all the more entrancing because of its flawed nature. Well-written lyrics and well-composed songs. A must listen.
We Came Out Like Tigers Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well
They went full black metal. ALWAYS go full black metal.
Wheat Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second
wherebirdsmeettodie I'm Alone In This
Memorable guitars and lyrics make this an amazing release. Fine-tuned emotion and music always make a perfect combination.
Wormrot Dirge
X Japan Blue Blood
Despite all the clear missteps in this album that render some tracks cheesy in their entirety (such as the opening track), the heart of thrash is still brutally present and it serves as a great addition to the Japanese metal scene that X Japan seemed to popularize on their own.
Xibalba Hasta La Muerte
With a doom edge, this hardcore band really puts a through bullets through your ears with this stunning and heavy release. The drawn out guitars and heavy drumming (and heavy EVERYTHING), Xibalba is a force to be reckoned. They show that they may be a slave only to their own redundant sound, but are otherwise very creative and enjoyable.
Xothist Xothist
Yellowcard Southern Air
Wow. It really pays off to grow up. Yellowcard releases an excellent album here that shows haw the band has really matured and hardened over the years. The lyrics run the emotional gamut but always either bring a smile or a tear effectively. The music is pop-punk at its finest, as usual, as well. An all around ecellent record.
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
Yoko Shimomura Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack
You, Me, And Everyone We Know Things Are Really Weird Right Now
A great lyrical and musical pop-rock treat. The songs are bouncy and fun, but also very meaningful and poignant. With sheer precision, the band cuts to the heart with their lyrics that set them apart from many other bands in their vein.
Zao The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
Zao The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation

3.5 great
324 Boutoku No Taiyo
68 Midnight
A Black Rose Burial An Awakening of Revenants EP
If you're into constant oddly-metered breakdowns, goofy samples, and genuinely cool synth work, then I have an album for you! What this album lacks in focus, it makes up for in sheer entertainment and a surprising amount of talent.
A Dream Too Late Intermission to the Moon
The more artsy and experimental side of pop-rock that remains melodic and lyrically astute, despite many dry moments.
A Flower Kollapsed Orsago
A fine Dillinger, that Orchid!
A Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My Mind
A fun summer album that showcase lots of indie talent that is held back by repetition.
A Hill To Die Upon Infinite Titanic Immortal
An awesome and slightly atypical death/unblack metal hybrid that fuses the genres in a way to where it's hard to tell what exactly you're listening to. This can make for lots of great moments, but also moments of confusion.
A Pregnant Light Death My Hanging Doorway
A Pregnant Light Live to Tell
A Pregnant Light Domination Harmony
A Slow Descent Dance With Me Upon His Secret Ocean
Talk about imagery. This short affair takes you in and out of several atmospheres so harshly that your ears may catch fire (but in a cool, cathartic way). It may be a bit indulgent in its atmosphere at points, but very enjoyable and far exceeding expectations.
A Thorn For Every Heart Things Aren't So Beautiful Now
A very overlooked post-hardcore album and band that infuses great vocal harmonies and unique nuances within their sound (like use of a violin). Sad that they never really reached any sort of mainstream popularity. The songs can be very whiny in the lyrical department and can suffer from lack of variety, but this is still a good debut album. (I've heard rumors of the band reuniting this year.)
A Thorn For Every Heart Silence Is Golden
Abandoned Pools Humanistic
This album is a lot of fun. It never slows down even when the sound may slightly change. The slick pop-rock sound is strong in this offering and makes for a lot of fun. There can be times, thoough, when the album tries to be soft and meditative, but it just doesn't work.
Aborted Goremageddon
Abyssal Denouement
An odd mixture of atmospheric black metal and death metal, "Denouement" finds Abyssal showing off a very heavy blend of music that can often prove to be too unwieldy, but it is generally executed well.
Adventures Adventures
Adventures is yet another band in the growing list of emo outfits in this decade, but they are one to stand out from the fray in subtle ways. Their female vocalist and fun vocal duos are strong points, though it can all be a bit too familiar.
Aeolist Aeolist
Aerosmith Get Your Wings
Agalloch From Which of This Oak
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Not as immediately satisfying as some of Agalloch's former successes; instead, it relies on restraint and simplicity, which makes for lots of both great and substandard moments. Great overall.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse
FINALLY! ANb finally makes a very enjoyable and talented album that almost anyone in the metal crowd could enjoy. It can tend to focus to heavily on the drum machine aspects (none of which are all that interesting), but the riffs and song structures can usually make up for that, despite the album's weak second half.
Alcest BBC Live Session
Alda :Tahoma:
A dreamlike interpretation of blackened folk. Alda makes themselves out to be an American version of Drudkh here, and quite well. This offers a handful of great tracks, all of which are great in their own ways. However, the first and last tracks are stand-outs and the others never completely follow suit.
Alexandre Desplat The Tree of Life Original Soundtrack
Though it's not nearly as amazing as the classical pieces used in the film, Desplat shows his craft well nonetheless. The piano-driven pieces are minimal and evocative of a simpler time and age that describes the film's mission well and provides for a good listen, but it doesn't measure up to the greatest of Desplat's abilities.
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Alien Ant Farm TruANT
All Things Bright and Beautiful Love and Affection
Lee Bozeman has a lot of issues and he pours them all out in a mature and reflective fashion here. The music doesn't always own up to the deep lyrics, but it makes for a great listen overall.
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
Amarionette [US] Dangerous Times and My Dangerous Ways
Ampere Like Shadows
An Isle Ate Her Phrenia
All of its complicated sweepy riffs and blast beat-laden drumming culminates to make a very entertaining and satisfying grind album, but the lyrics, minus their extreme emotion, just don't amount to much due to how graphically they are presented. The useless profanity and violence seems more like an attempt at being br00tal than anything else. Great album, otherwise.
ANCST Cynics and Outcasts (Split with Smuteční slavnost)
More of the same from ANCST and that is not a bad thing. A pretty awesome song from the other guy, too.
Animals as Leaders The Joy of Motion
A huge improvement from Weightless as well as an intrinsically beautiful album. Several twists and turns in sound and mood can be found here, whilst applying appropriate samples and electronic elements (which are integrated much more tasteful here than before). Melody and heavy rhythm sections are married mostly well, but when they aren't the songs can feel a bit unfocused. Overall, it's good that this band is showing what they're capable of in a very tasteful and reasonably accessible way.
Anne Hero Answer Us If It's Cancerous
Anterrabae Shakedown Tonight
Antigama Discomfort
Apart Gray Light
Apart A Bright and Clever Hell
A great swan song for an eternally depressed band.
Assuck Blindspot
At the Gates Gardens of Grief
A truly well made EP overshadowed by the later success of the melodic death metal masters. The lo-fi, black metal quality works completely in the album's favor and creates a song structure that can seem too derivative at times but is enjoyable for what it is.
Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun...
With all the classic rhymes and smooth flows, this album is a great modern hip-hop that flaunts its intelligence as much as its emotional vulnerability. A strong sense of musicality that cannot be found in much hip-hop anymore is ever present in Atmosphere's composition, with different genre influences and intriguing samples. It is immensely depressing and overlong, but it is still a genuinely honest and well-made musical effort.
August Burns Red Constellations
Augustana All the Stars and Boulevards
Barenaked Ladies Everything to Everyone
It seems like a last ditch effort for a band that is losing popularity, but it is a genuinely well-crafted release in most ways. The vocals are a bit too over-produced for a band that relied on such raw methods before, and a lot of songs are only average, but the quirkiness and ballads are still there in all their glory.
Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies Are Me
They have nothing else to prove. BNL makes another consistently entertaining and fun release. This album seems to explore a more emotive side of the band which they have so cleverly disguised under silly lyrics and quirks but has not fully let it float to the surface until now. There are great tracks because of this, though some prove to be worthless.
Barenaked Ladies Grinning Streak
BNL go completely pop just like the old days with a mature sense of regression as well. This is what All In Good Time should have been. It may be too familiar, but there are still some unexpected moments brought on by the band's signature quirks. It can droop at times, but the bottom never falls completely out.
Baroness Yellow and Green
Baroness tries their hardest to sound different on every song... and it works. Their sludge metal leanings are still evident, but they widen their interests more and more with each note hit. They create an overly ambitious, but generally very good double album that wears its mistakes on its sleeve and sets out to fail but discovers interesting things along the way.
Bathory Blood Fire Death
A sudden regime change that focused much more on folk influence and melody than brutal thrash rhythms did wonders for Bathory here. The album is great, but still has lots of room for improvement.
Battles Gloss Drop
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Benea Reach Possession
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
"Hypersleep" is a clear indication of BTBAM's smarts as well as aimlessness. The progressive elements gel with one another well enough to create a short and diverse piece, but it lacks direction far too often.
Birds in Row You, Me, and the Violence
that ending tho
Black Table Sentinel
Blindside About A Burning Fire
Bloodshed The Soft Spoken Words of Fallbrook
Although it sounds almost identical to Sunny Day Real Estate through a heavier lens, this overlooked EP is still truly great.
Blue October Any Man in America
Blue October makes a progressive album? Yeah, pretty much. And it has it's fair share of failures and success, but it is generally a cohesive and heartbreaking examining of colliding emotions. All of the songs are through some poppy filter, though the lyrics are always very dark and loathsome. This is their most lyrically robust effort, to say the least.
Blut Aus Nord MoRT
Haunting and unique, Blut Aus Nord crafts a seemingly formless behemoth that never lets up
once it is deep beneath your skin. It has moments where it can be dull or overly repetitive,
but its beautifully serpentine structures make up for it.
Blut Der Nacht Sargnagel
An energetic throwback to black metal's past. Short and sweet.
Book Of Caverns Homes
Botch 061502
Boxer Rebellion Boxer Rebellion
Two killer tracks from a widely unknown Hyrda Head band.
Brave Saint Saturn The Light of Things Hoped For...
Breakdown Of Sanity Mirrors
Brian Eno Kite Stories
Brightwood Wake
Think of an uber-dramatic Mae or Jimmy Eat World and you've got Brightwood. That's not to say that they
aren't
unique in their own right, though. With ambient tinged alternative sound, they create a truly atmospheric
emotional portrait through their music and lyrics. However, their ambition can seem to swallow them up on
some
songs that become too saturated with bells and whistles.
Bulwark Excursion
With its great vocals and consistent instrumentation, Bulwark proves to be potential rising stars in progressive metal. They don't break many boundaries here, but show that they work extremely well within the confines of their genre. A great introduction EP for a band.
Burn Your Life Down Demonstration
Burzum Burzum/Aske
Burzum Burzum
Burzum Et Hvitt Lys Over Skogen
Burzum Fallen
Though it still contains some of the major annoyances that plagues "Belus," this is a surprising return to form for Varg Vikernes. This album shows off a slightly more atmospheric recounting of his earlier work in a beautifully done (yet flawed) way.
Caitlyn Bailey Fuego!
Calvaiire Rigorisme
Captain Cleanoff Symphonies of Slackness
Captain Planet Wasser Kommt Wasser Geht
Car Bomb Centralia
Carlos Seixas Missa In G Major
Carpathian Forest Through Chasm, Caves And Titan Woods
Cascade Kinzie Cascade Kinzie
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
This should have happened a long time ago. CD's usage of melody and a bit stronger of a sense of direction and musical phrasing pushing them further up the totem pole in the deathgrind community. The production (on the vocals specifically) can be a bit overly slick and gimmicky, but the excellent music often overshadows it. This is definitely the band's best work to date. (The album's last two tracks form what may be one of my favorite album closings in all of metal.)
Cease Upon the Capitol The End of History
Chalk Talk Bad Influences
Chalk Talk the food chain
Chasing Victory Fiends
Chelsea Grin Evolve
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
It's whiny, repetitive, and even annoying at times, but the entire album holds a certain heavy charm that can't be ignored. Chevelle takes hard rock and really makes it accessible with this album, despite its obvious flaws. A great radio rock outing that is generally known only for its singles, but most tracks work out well without airplay.
Childish Gambino Camp
Children of God We Set Fire To The Sky
Chris Bell I Am The Cosmos
Chris Cappello December Forest Fire
Boy, that cover sure looks familiar...
Christie Front Drive Christie Front Drive
Christopher Robin Christopher Robin
Jagged and harmonious, like an emo Glassjaw before Glassjaw was even around. A great obscure screamo release that deserves much more attention.
Chronos Appalachia
A short EP filled with post-rock surprises. A nice melding of post-rock and metal that never becomes too
bombastic or boring.
Clair De Lune Marionettes
A bizarre mixture of ideas that occasionally gets muddled but utilizes repetition and unconventionality to save it from falling away. A great overlooked album in the alternative/post-hardcore world.
Clikatat Ikatowi Orchestrated and Conducted By
Cloudkicker Beacons
I thought that this album was called "Bacons" at first and I got really excited. I was disappointed to find that, alas, this album had nothing to do with the delicious pork snack... but it's still pretty satisfying.
Coalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Cobalt War Metal
An adrenaline-pumping take on modern black metal. A fun ride, but fairly repetitive and maybe too reliant on its clear influences such as Bathory and Celtic Frost.
Cog Sharing Space
Cogito Vital EP
Even though the great moments may be broken up by odd interludes, they also create a nice breathing room from the chaos. This is a great album that could be so much more if it came together a bit more. Even still, this is an awesome representation of a unique core band.
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Comadre Comadre
Confluence I Haven't Really Been Living
Converge Pound for Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions
This is a really cool idea. I wasn't familiar with this song before hearing these renditions, and... man, that
RIFF!
Coping Lawndale Cassette
Cousins Axthoxy
Craig's Brother E.P.idemic
This brief but fun-filled EP melds old school pop-punk with newer styles that wrap it in a commercial film that doesn't muddy it up. The signature vocals are as great as ever under slicker production. The guitar and drums are tightly syncopated. But Craig's Brother seems to randomly break out into the punk sound of their old days in ways that reveal the seams too easily.
Creed Human Clay
Creed Weathered
Crimson Moonlight Eternal Emperor
Crooked Necks Ruins of Resurrection
A collection of ethereal and gentle black metal-ish tunes with heavy shoegaze and post-punk influences. All sorts of flavors and nuances are thrown into the album and it's seasoned very well by all of them. A great EP from a band that will sadly be looked over time and time again.
Crown the Empire The Fallout
Crying Get Olde
Lighthearted and silly. Plenty of fun and chiptune talent to boot.
Cryptic Rising Isolation
Appropriately abrasive and distorted, Isolation fits its title in mood, despite
moments where it may become too rough for its own good. Impressive for all that it is.
Cryptopsy None So Vile
CSTVT CSTVT
Cthulhu Youth Demo
Cultes Des Ghoules Häxan
Going to the very roots of black metal, Cultes des Ghoules crafts a great album that has enough good points to overrule its flaws. The classic sound they are aiming for is achieved well, and though it lacks originality, it is made up for in simply great songwriting.
Dads American Radass (This Is Important)
Though predictable, this slightly heavier version of emo is fun and unrelenting in its crazy presentation.
dangerkids collapse
This has GUILTY PLEASURE written all over it. Fun songs, surprisingly smart lyrics, and good albeit maybe
over-polished production. I feel like I should absolutely hate this album, but it is just too hard to do so.
Danse Macabre Synkopenleben, Nein Danke.
Dark Tranquillity Projector
All of the trademark somber qualities of a death metal ballad album are present here and it works out very well altogther. The flow can be disrupted by occasionally overlong running times, though.
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin
Darkest Hour hones their Gothenburg sound very well with "Undoing Ruin" despite the risk of sounding a bit too familiar to most melodeath fans. Great riffs, vocals, and drumming.
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon
Darkthrone Land of Frost
A stand-out demo, despite its poor recording and shoddy studio effects. The music here is as ferocious as ever and it plays very well for early material.
Daughters Daughters
David Crowder Band Remedy
Daytrader Demo
SLOW DOWN MY BRAAAAAiiiiiiiiiAAAAAIIIINNNNN!!!!!!!
Dead in the Dirt Fear
A bit more predictable than Vold, but it's still heavier than bricks and all the more enjoyable because of it.
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
Deafheaven Libertine Dissolves / Daedalus
Dear Ephesus The Consolation Of Pianissimo
This is pretty much Sunny Day Real Estate. Awesome lyrics (with some exceptions) and some of the best vocals you'll ever hear in the emo genre set this above the "good" mark.
Decrepity The Decaying of Evolution
Deathcore done to death, but done very well.
Defeater Dear Father
Deftones Around the Fur
Demon Hunter Summer of Darkness
Demon Hunter True Defiance
Demon Hunter 45 Days
A wonderful live performance and an inspiring documentary as well, this is a bold release by a humble and driven band.
Derek Webb Stockholm Syndrome
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
An indefinitely polarizing album that will leave you with an indescribable feeling. It might be too weighty for its own good, but it certainly is EPIC... and, God, is it LOUD.
Dikembe Chicago Bowls
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Orchestrally on-point, and though it runs out of fresh ideas quickly, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is a great release in the symphonic black metal genre.
Dionaea Grounds
In all its finger-shredding and blast-beating glory, the album has few musical missteps. In fact, the whole thing is quite technically satisfying. However, it all becomes a bit too heavy with both grind and post-rock sounds, even the shorter songs. It could have been composed a bit tighter to make for a more cohesive experience.
DIR EN GREY Uroboros: At Nippon Budokan
Despite all of Kyo's vocal mishaps, the entire show is very well done. Kyo remains a great vocalist in metal due to his sheerly inhuman capabilities, and the rest of the band remains extremely talented. Thei stage presence and art direction is very entertaining and eye-appealing as well.
DIR EN GREY Rinkaku
DIR EN GREY The Marrow of a Bone
Dirtdrinker Dirtdrinker
Dominic Dominic
Down Factor Murder the World
Dragged Into Sunlight Hatred For Mankind
dredg Orph
This is more like it. Every track has a certain confident air about it, and everything culminates very maturely. dredg had conflicting influences going, but it works here far better than on previous attempts. It could be argued that Is Not Everything could still be considered one of the band's best songs.
Drudkh The Swan Road
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
Drudkh Anti-Urban
Edgard Varese Ionisation
Edison Glass A Burn or a Shiver
An odd little indie pearl. This is an album full of surprises that come with mixed results, but the overall product is immensely enjoyable. The harmonized vocals are indelible and the instrumentation is widely diverse (the great drumming is one of the main highlights). However, the band seems to alway be holding something back....
Eisenherz Fluch Der Zeit
Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue
As same-sounding as this record is, it packs quite a musical punch. The music is all within the same
playing field and is very easy to swallow, and that is exactly where the problem tends to lie; the
repetition can become overbearing. Also, the slick production sprays a bit too much perfume on the tracks
to make them sound nice and goes a bit overboard. Despite its shortcomings, ELO reveals just why they're
something special on this album.
Eleventh He Reaches London Diving for Treacher
Elgibbor Stronger than Hell
Elliott Songs In a Transit Wind
Elvis Depressedly mickey's dead
Embodyment Embrace the Eternal
blast beat blast beat blast beat blast beat blast beat blast beat blast beat
Emery I'm Only A Man
Emery The Columbus EEP Thee
Emperor Reverence
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) When The Sea Became A Giant
This is a very consistent and well-plotted release that is likely to whet a listener's appetite before listening to the band's full length material.
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) On Time Spent Waiting
Empire! Empire!'s magic has certainly not run dry. This EP shows a bright future for the band, despite it not being their best. The vocals are on-point and moving, as always, and the guitar noodles along as proficiently as ever before. The band seems to condense their talents a bit for the shorter song lengths, though. That can be a great downfall of the entire experience.
Endlichkeit Endlichkeit I–II
Enoch Ardon Enoch Ardon
This release does very little to separate Enoch Ardon from the ?th-wave of late 2000s screamo, but it hits way harder than expected. Excellent use of straightforward musicianship and sparse ambient samples. Nothing fresh, but certainly exciting.
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Despite its inconsistent quality, the tracks are cohesively great for the most part. The electronic side of the music is surprisingly enjoyable and not too overdone, though it is certainly not subtle. The vocals are amateur, but they work well with the emotion of the album. It all seems too familiar without the bells and whistles, though...
Enthroned Carnage In World's Beyond
Eric Clapton Slowhand
Eva-01 EP01
Ever Stays Red I'll Tell the World
Everyone Asked About You Everyone Asked About You
Eyes of the Defiled Derived from Misery
FACT burundanga
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Falling Up Midnight On Earthship
So, this is what it's like to grow up, huh? Falling Up makes what might be the most matured and focused release of their career, though not the best. It is consistent, but lacks enough to keep it from being a classic. The sound is toned down here to more of an alternative sound much like that of Coldplay. They have honed their sci-fi stories to a fine point, so the lyrics shine through mostly here.
Falloch Where Distant Spirits Remain
Family Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The Back
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt Counter/Transference
Fates Warning Parallels
A very strong and impressive album that doesn't deliver in every way that so many of FW's influences and contemporaries have, but Parallels is great nonetheless. A mature amount of restraint and progressive finesse is applied in the right areas as well as heavy metal breakouts.
Fell Voices Fell Voices
Nice atmosphere, bro.
Filter Title Of Record
Filter The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Fine Before You Came Sfortuna
Despite a few moments where the band members seem to shrug their way through some overlong arrangements, Sfortuna is a great example of post-emo with tons of talent to be found within, including some of the best vocals you will probably ever hear in the genre.
Fireworks We Are Everywhere
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation
Folkhalsan world city
Dismal ambient music with some slight noise and trip-hop influences.
For Today Immortal
Forlorn Path Man's Last Portrait
Dancing very close to excellent, Man's Last Portrait is a dark and well-made album from a small black/death metal band that we should expect to see more from in the future. The biggest thing for them to improve now is pacing and writing lead riffs that are more than predictable arpeggios.
Funeral Diner Funeral Diner... Is Dead
Further Seems Forever The Final Curtain
Future of Forestry Twilight
Genesis Duke
This album deftly blends pop-rock and classic progressive into its sound and forms a strong and emotional performance. However, the elements are stifled by the album's weak middle section, only to end on a heavily progressive note. The band sems.confused on the album and torn between two worlds that they don't meld together throughout the entire duration of the album, but it generally results in well-crafted musical pieces.
George Crumb An Idyll for the Misbegotten; Vox Balaenae; Madrig
I'm not biggest fan of Madrigals, but An Idyll for the Misbegotten and Vox Balaenae are very well
composed. It's easy to see in this compilation how controversial Crumb's music is and why.
Ghost Cat Cave Sounds
The songs seem to bear the same resemblance after a while in many ways, but this is a great piece that could be considered great "mainstream" screamo.
Ghost Noise This Is the Next Part of Your Dream
A charming retread of late seventies/early eighties post punk and gothic music. Nothing very original, but that doesn't pose a problem most of the time.
Gifts From Enola From Fathoms
Gin Blossoms New Miserable Experience
Girl Scouts thanksalot
With its slick production and vocals that actually aren't THAT bad, Girl Scouts shows that they are an emo band with some true class. They don't break any molds with this offering, but they sure work well with the genre.
Girlfriends Girlfriends
lol wut is this album ... and why does it work so well?!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
It may not be the perfect comeback, but GY!BE prove that they still have it and are very much still great heads of the genre of post-rock. The album's first half can be frighteningly dull, but the rest erupts into extreme beauty. "We Drift Like Worried Fire" may be their magnum opus.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor aMAZEzine!
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Good Weather for an Airstrike This Is As Good a Place As Any
Graf Orlock Destination Time: Today
Grant Kirkhope Perfect Dark OST
Paying homage to old spy flicks and pairing those elements with a fresh, industrial sound, Kirkhope manages to make a nice soundtrack. The music has a great variance of moods and tempos, but suffers from not being memorable enough. There are no songs that can stand on their own, rather only as background music. A great shot nonetheless.
Grant Kirkhope Banjo​-​Kazooie
Gris Il Etait une Foret...
Gungor Ghosts Upon the Earth
Guttural Secrete Reek Of Pubescent Despoilment
Hail The Sun Elephantitis
Half-Handed Cloud Halos & Lassos
Hands Creator
Harvey Pekar Thirty Ghosts
Hassan I Sabbah Hassan I Sabbah
Noisy, metalcore-influenced screamo with some of the most aesthetically tasteful production in the whole third-wave screamo era.
Haste the Day Burning Bridges
Head Cleaner Days Of Wrath
Healing Powers Listing Your Problems With No Intent To Solve Them
Heart on My Sleeve Stand​ ​by, We're Going In For Life
Heaven Shall Burn In Battle There Is No Law
Hellogoodbye Would It Kill You?
Here Lies a Warning Frontiers
Could be a great contender to compete for the top spot in the UK's growing underground
metalcore scene.
Heroin All About Heroin
"Indecision" is such an amazing song. These guys really know how to pump some steroids into Moss Icon's sound.
Hexis XI
One of the heaviest, loudest, and most audacious black metal records you will ever hear.
His Hero Is Gone The Dead Of Night In Eight Movements
His Hero Is Gone The Plot Sickens: Enslavement Redefined
A powerful fist in the face from one of crust's finest. Not their best LP, though.
Hope Of The States The Lost Riots
Horde Hellig Usvart
Hortor By The Sword Of The Almighty Emperor
Hot Water Music Never Ender
Hot Water Music really knows how to pluck a few hearstrings with their emotional delivery of post-hardcore. This compilation is proof of that, though it's not the best in their discography.
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Husker Du Flip Your Wig
I Built The Cross Bridging the Gap Between Heart and Mind
I Have Dreams Three Days 'til Christmas
Messy and far from perfect, this little gem is a great release that bridges hardcore,
metalcore, and emo together in a charming way.
I Kill Giants Finestkinds
I Kill Giants Let It Out
I Shall Move the Earth Blueprints MMXIII
I Speak In Calculus The Past
A great amalgam of all sorts of genres and styles that fit surprisingly well together most of the time. The songs can become a tad predictable despite their massive unconventionality.
Icarus the Owl Icarus the Owl
This band has matured a lot since their earlier material. This album is awesome, but still shows that the band may have issues on achieving balance between their progressive elements and full musical cohesion. This is so close to excellent. A great surprise.
Ice Hockey End Phase
Icon For Hire Scripted
Impending Doom Baptized in Filth
Impending Doom takes a surprising step forward in their songs by applying a heavier and more focused sense of musicianship and more passionate lyrics.
Infant Annihilator The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution
Although a bit excessively brutal at many points, the strong themes throughout the album tie the songs together well, though the lyrics are many a bit dubiously profane at times. This band has great musicians and have definitely established a strong foothold in the deathcore community with this ambitious but fulfilling debut.
It Bites The Big Lad In The Windmill
Sporting a stylish mixture of power pop and prog, It Bites crafts a great album that may droop in its midsection but satisfies all the way through.
Jars Of Clay Good Monsters
Jars Of Clay If I Left The Zoo
Jars Of Clay Redemption Songs
Jars Of Clay Much Afraid
Jars Of Clay The Long Fall Back to Earth
Jeromes Dream/Usurp Synapse An Aspirin, An X-Ray
Jet Black Self-Titled
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Job for a Cowboy may not be the most interesting of modern death metal bands, but they show that they can rock really hard while maintaining enough control to keep one interested long enough. This album is a great example of their enjoyable brutal sound.
John Murphy 28 Days Later Soundtrack
John Reuben Word of Mouth
Joie de Vivre The North End
It still feels like a copy of many influences, but JdV is far more musically and lyrically focused on this album than before.
Joliette Convertirse En Agua
Jose Phine Demo
Josh Garrels Love and War and The Sea In Between
Jupiter Sunrise Under a Killing Blue Sky
Fun yet flawed. Jupiter Sunrise may have bit off a bit more than they could chew on their first full-length, but they
make do with the several influence they borrow from fairly well overall. Sadly overlooked.
Kamelot Silverthorn
Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie I
A great usage of Stockhausen's signature style here.
Kekal 1000 Thoughts of Violence
A multifaceted release filled with impressive musicianship and incredible attention to detail. The oddities that it so brazenly exhibits work to the album's favor, despite them often becoming annoying.
Killing Joke Night Time
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
Kitezh Kitezh
Krallice Orphan of Sickness
La Dispute Vancouver
La Dispute Here, Hear. II
La Quiete La Fine Non E La Fine
Despite some mild inconsistencies, this album is a beautiful foray into the whatever-th wave of screamo that happened or is happening still. To be honest, I've lost track at this point.
Lackthereof Christian The Christian
A minimalistic and electronically-driven album thay can trip itself up in its ambitionsat times, but redeems itself in unique vocals and great lyrics. "Christian the Christian" is startingly fresh when it is on point, and shows off a great sense of lyrics from an expected provocateur.
Lambs Like Lions Lambs Like Lions
Limbonic Art In Abhorrence Dementia
Another great addition to LA's beautiful discography, but there is no change in their sound from their classic previous album. This wouldn't be a problem if their music weren't so exhausting at times due to how layered it is.
Ling Tosite Sigure Inspiration Is DEAD
Liveride Mystery of the Woods
Living Sacrifice Death Machine
Living Sacrifice Inhabit
Living Sacrifice Conceived In Fire
Lizards Have Personalities In All Honesty
Loma Prieta Life/Less
Loma Prieta/Raein Split
Boy, that Raein song didn't really go anywhere. Oh, well... At least Loma Prieta killed it.
Lonesummer There Are Few Tomorrows for Feeding Our Worries
Lonesummer What We Were (Demo)
Lord Snow Solitude
I never thought I'd like anything by these guys this much. This album is spastic yet controlled, unlike some of their other material. It has its own heavy and dissonant vibe to it and runs with it very well throughout the album, despite some parts where it can certain wear on the ears.
Loss of Self Demo
Love Lost But Not Forgotten Upon the Right, I Saw a New Misery
Luti-Kriss Throwing Myself
Ma Catharsis Et La Mort Extended Pain
Mae Destination: Beautiful
Magrudergrind Crusher
I see why this album is called Crusher. It was quite crushing, indeed.
Make Do and Mend Bodies Of Water
Malummeh Revival
Marais Marais
Marriages Kitsune
marseille i'm tired of not sleeping
Awesome little emo jams wrapped in tiny bows.
Martyr Defiled Ecophagy
Great deathcore that excels in exhibiting great melodies and bone-shattering breakdowns with plenty of flair added.
Massive Attack Blue Lines
McLusky McLusky Do Dallas
Memphis May Fire Challenger
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
Provocative and well-made, but there are plenty of holes that mewithoutYou still needs to fill to make a greater, more consistent album. All the songs sound the same and the vocal production can often be very annoying. The lyrics are beautiful and the music is generally good, though.
Misery Signals Mirrors
Misled Miracle Oh Boy, Here We Go!
Missive Not a Minute Goes By
Mixtapes Even On The Worst Nights
It all sounds exactly the same, but there is an undeniable element of fun that Mixtapes offers that many other bands of their type seem to do.
Morbid December Moon
Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth
Moss Icon Hate In Me
Awesome early emo that shows the more punkish side of the genre. This band's legacy will live on for a long time to come.
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory
My Brightest Diamond A Thousand Shark's Teeth
From the haunting notes of the beginning to the end, this is definitely one enjoyable and melodramatic album. The operatic vocals and musical stylings are sometimes overbearingly drawn out and muddle the overall product. Even still, My Brightest Diamond proves to avoid a sophomore slump well.
My Chemical Romance Number One
My Chemical Romance has definitely lost their direction over the years, but this two-song episode in a series shows that they have not quite yet lost their touch completely. With these two anthem-like and hard-hitting power pop tunes, there is much fun to be had.
My Chemical Romance Number Three
My Chemical Romance Number Five
My Chemical Romance Live and Rare
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade: The B-Sides
My Epic Broken Voice
My Heart to Fear Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity
My Heart to Fear throws a strong album into the chug-a-chug fray that holds forms of uniqueness in subtle ways,
despite its lack of overall variety. The strong instrumentation and the creativity within its presentation is refreshing
a most times, but embarrassing at times as well. The harsh vocals are on point, but the cleans are far too
layered. A well done and surprising EP.
My Personal Murderer Sisters Loving Brothers
Shifting between dark melodies and haunting soundscapes, Ukraine's My Personal Murderer could be the underground Depeche Mode of this decade.
Nakusa Buried Beneath Those Years
Nameless Coyote Devoured by the Swirling Night
Native Wildlife A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind
A short but thoughtful journey that spans several emotions.
Neal Morse Lifeline
Negura Bunget OM
Beautifully composed and restrained, but it never fully reaches the symphonic beauty it could have. Great nonetheless.
Neo Inferno 262 Hacking The Holy Code
Neon Horse Neon Horse
Nero's Day at Disneyland From Rotting Fantasylands
New Found Glory Tip Of The Iceberg EP and Takin' It Ova!
Ninja Sex Party Strawberries and Cream
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Northstar Is This Thing Loaded?
November Coming Fire Evocation 7"
Nuclear Summer Nuclear Summer
O' God the White Whale Never Knows Best
O, Majestic Winter Defiling the Serpent's Temple
A noisy, messy, and uncompromising black metal release... and all the better because of it.
Of Solitude and Solemn Starlight's Guide
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Old Gray Everything I Let Go & The Things I Refuse To
Old Silver Key Tales of Wanderings
It's better than Alcest's "Souvenirs," that's for sure. The cohesion between post-rock and shoegaze-esque metal forms a great bond that creates plenty of interesting moments, as well as plenty of boring ones.
One Hundred Year Ocean Where Were You While We Were Getting High?
Finally! One Hundred Year Ocean makes a livelier and more thoughtful EP that blows all of the others out of the water. "Magnetic Curses" is a masterpiece.
Orchid Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow!
Other Masquerades Demo 2013
Noise rock-influenced screamo that is quite the treat. There is lots of substance to be found within these two tracks that pass within about twelve minutes.
Other Masquerades Exaggerations of the Greater Good
This band needs to be known. They put out consistently great and unique material. These guys, with some minor improvements, could go really far in the huge selection of screamo revival bands.
Owen Owen (EP)
Owen I Do Perceive
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Parabelle Air
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Periphery Periphery
Periphery shows their teeth in this ferocious debut that showcases complex guitar and drum lines but is held back by usually annoying vocals. The band has the chops to be progressive masterminds, and they have a hard mainstream edge, too, but there are a lot of good elements missing.
Perished Seid
Pig Destroyer 38 Counts Of Battery
Pig Destroyer Natasha
Ah, the beauty in restraint. This could have easily been seen as a pretentious move for PD's career, but I see it as a welcome change. It's far from perfect, but it is a well done form of experimentation.
Pinegrove Ampersand
Placebo Placebo
Planes Mistaken For Stars Self-Titled
Pleymo Episode 2: Medicine Cake
What this album lacks in variety and intellect, it makes up for in pure energy and a surprisingly fresh take on nu-metal for the day. This is probably the heaviest nu-metal album you will ever hear, and the dual vocal assault is a brilliant idea for the genre.
Poison the Well Tear From the Red
Polemarch La Fiesta de Disfraces
Polemarch A Static Future
Pretty Mouth Men of the Tie, Men of the Cloth, Men of
Often sounding EXACTLY like the band Daughters with a slightly more powerviolence edge, Pretty Mouth isn't anything new, but they are definitely interesting.
Project 86 ...And the Rest Will Follow
Project 86 Rival Factions
Propagandhi Less Talk, More Rock
Puig Destroyer Puig Destroyer
Base-BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA... But seriously, this is pretty great.
Punch Push Pull
Ram-Zet Pure Therapy
I have no clue what I just listened to... but I like it. A lot.
Ramlord Stench of Fallacy
Blackened crust. Sounds gross, but it tastes pretty good.
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Rebuker Familiar Stranger
Red End of Silence
Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Retox Ugly Animals
Retox's sound harkens back to the angry punk bands of the 80s and 90s, and they do this very well. They bring in heavier influences as well to create an interesting hybrid of sounds to create an enjoyable and somewhat unique album.
Revocation Teratogenesis
Rites of Spring Six Song Demo
Rituals Rituals
Rotten Sound Cursed
Just riffs and not much else, but the riffs are pretty sweet.
Rozwell Kid The Rozwell Kid LP
Fun guitar work and a carefree sense about the music, much in the vein of 90s alt-rock and noise outfits. Great replay value, but nothing too fresh overall.
Rue Morgue Rue Morgue
Rufio Perhaps, I Suppose...
Run Kid Run Love at the Core
Sacriphyx Sacriphyx
Satyricon Nemesis Divina
Satyricon lays the instrumentation on thick and makes a great attempt at truly combining all their styles despite its obvious flaws.
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Say Anything Menorah/Majora
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Scowler How To Find Light
Semantik Punk abcdefghijklmnoprstuwxyz
lettercore
Sense Field Building
Senses Fail Still Searching
Sent By Ravens Mean What You Say
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks
Shadow of the Colossus END GAME
Greatly melodic, properly polished, and appropriately abrasive, Endgame may not be as excellent as its predecessor, but it still is a great addition to one of deathcore's most interesting bands. The latter half of the album far from squanders the expectations set by the former, but it does not deliver in all the same ways.
Shikari Robot Wars
Shizune Shizune
Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Sigh Scorn Defeat
One of Sigh's most cohesive and best releases. Their black metal sound is fused well with their more experimental and keyboard-centric ideas.
Sinai Vessel Profanity
Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes Two Songs
Sithu Aye Isles
Sithu Aye Cassini
Skillet Alien Youth
"Alien Youth" easily contains the more consistent material of Skillet's brief and now-obscured industrial era.
Slayer South of Heaven
Sleeping With Sirens Feel
Small Towns Burn A Little Slower Small Towns Burn A Little Slower
This band could have really gone far. Taking clear influence from indie rock and power pop
while keeping a delightfully innocent pop-punk center, this album is well-crafted for it's
short running time. Even if it may not be anything you haven't already heard.
Snapcase Bright Flashes
Snapcase had nothing else to prove. Their time as a band came to a close with this great album that has some interesting covers and B-sides. No matter how far they may get from their original sound, it seems like they always have the ability to put their own spin on what they play and please any fan.
So Far Left Year of the Underdog
A band on the rise that could make a great impact on the modern post-hardcore scene.
Sorrows Lethe
Sounds A LOT like Filosofem-era Burzum, but a very good EP in its own right.
Soundtrack Star Fox 64 Soundtrack
Lack of variety and extensive creativity can hold a lot of this otherwise wonderful soundtrack back. Kondo makes an interesting and simple soundtrack that fits the moods in which they are set and have high replay value, except it can blend together after a while.
Stahlhammer Killer Instinkt
Stars of Track and Field A Time for Lions
An exemplary case of a band improving and becoming more focused through gentrifying themselves. Their influences aren't as clear here, making this album seem more original than the previous. There's plenty of room for improvement, but this is nonetheless an overlooked album from an overlooked band.
Stavesacre How To Live With A Curse
Still Remains Ceasing to Breathe
It's nothing we haven't heard before, but Still Remains plays with such brazen confidence that most flaws will be buried by the album's strong points. Welcome back!
Strongarm The Advent of a Miracle
Strongarm proves how strong they really are with this powerful hardcore album that grabs you and doesn't let go. The tracks here are wonderfully heavy and the lyrics are inspirational, but the grating vocal style can be a bit over the top at times. Also, the repetition can prove to be an annoyance. However, this still is a fun early hardcore album.
Studying Sophomoronic
It's nothing extraordinary within the sudden 90s emo revival popping up on the East Coast, but this sure is a very emotive and well made addition to the scene. The songs explore youth with a cynical yet affectionate eye eye, and the instrumentation can suffer from slight pretention at times but is usually point. But why is everything so sad?
Studying Songs About Leaving Home
This is probably the most dramatic offering by Studying, and the results are great. From the stupid but warm-hearted emo lyrics to the driving guitar, the short album is enjoyable through and through. However, Studying's material is marred by some flaws: tending to go nowhere and resting on extreme emotion for seemingly no reason.
Sun Worship Surpass Eclipse
A great revival of classic black metal. Someone must have been raised on the classics.
Switchfoot Learning To Breathe
Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Spirit of Eden has tons of musical complexity and subtle elements that could only come from an early post-rock release. However, its flaws can tarnish the overall feel of the album. There are some bland moments musically - particularly with the guitar - that can overtake entire tracks and shoe how overambitious the band can tend to be (this can lead to great repetition). Awesome tracks save this album from being a complete snore-fest. This is a great post-rock album, despite its flaws.
Tallgeese 2013 demo
Two great songs from screamo/emoviolence up-and-comers that I hope become more recognized.
Ted Nguyent Pizza and Regret
A silly and almost pointless, but promising, release.
Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline...
TesseracT Altered State
"Nocturne" is an excellent song. I feel like this TesseracT went in the same direction as The Contortionist did on "Intrinsic." They begin to focus on their ambient and atmospheric sound, but most other elements fall by the wayside. With that being said, the songs are still beautifully cerebral and mostly enjoyable to listen to. Also, their new vocalist is the best so far, despite the massive amount of tracks on his voice.
Texas Is the Reason Texas is the Reason
This made me jump around in my room like a thirteen-year-old girl listening to pop-punk. This made me want to jump from my roof and survive. This made me crowd surf... with myself.
The Angelic Process Coma Waering
A beautiful release that is sometimes oversaturated by ambient soundscapes that can be more painful to listen to than anything else. Overall, though, this album pumps out gorgeous material that will make the average metal listener step back and really began to scratch his/her head in wonder.
The Appleseed Cast Illumination Ritual
Definitely the best that I've heard from these guys so far in full album form. Very mature and controlled. A pleasant surprise.
The Ataris So Long, Astoria
The Benjamin Gate Contact
The Brothers Chaps Strong Bad Sings (and Other Type Hits)
The Burial Lights and Perfections
The Butterfly Effect Imago
The Caution Children The Caution Children
Very good with lots of room for improvement and expansion of sound. The band transitions well between post-rock and spastic hardcore, which will probably make lots of people draw parallels between the band's material and that of Me and Him Call It Us and maybe even Yuriko. The lyrics and vocals are emotional, but can lack punch at times. This is very close to excellent.
The Caution Children Safe Crusades / No Judgements / And Baby
The Caution Children fight their way back to the top of the genre-defying side of screamo
with this curiously diverse release. It somehow all fits together, even if the pieces are
still cut a bit unevenly. Jack Shirley's production is among the highlights here. It's great
to see this band being so... great again.
The Chariot Wars and Rumors of Wars
The Church Starfish
The Color Morale My Devil In Your Eyes
The Coma Recovery Goddverb
It has a tendency to be aimless, but this album has great musical moments that often overshadow its faults.
The Death of Anna Karina The Death of Anna Karina
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
The Dillinger Escape Plan Peel Session
"43% Burnt" is played amazingly. This band is great live, even in their early days.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Echelon Effect Season Part 2
The Elms Big Surprise
The Elms show that they can bring back the 60s, and with style. The songs don't sound much different as far as pace and tone goes, but the tracks are very finely made.
The End Of The Ocean In Excelsis
After the first track, the album loses its luster, but maintains a nice post-rock sound. The songs are epic and moving, but they lose steam about halfway due to extreme repetition. However, The End of the Ocean shows that they could soon take over the modern post-rock scene, and easily.
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
This album is furiously cute. It is pop with a hard-jawed bite that cuts to the core of feelings of the average American twentysomething in ways that haven't been done as well since the glory days of Say Anything.
The Frozen Ocean The Frozen Ocean
A pretty mixed bag, but it somehow all melds together to make a unique alternative offering.
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
the GazettE Division
The Ghost Inside Get What You Give
The Glorious Unseen Lovesick
The Haxan Cloak The Haxan Cloak
The Louvin Brothers Satan is Real
The Myriad With Arrows, With Poise
The Phantom Carriage New Thing
The Phonies Dreams of the Divine Machine
The Rasmus Dead Letters
This band is unfairly passed off as just another alternative rock band. They have heavy and dark touches to their poppy sound and it really works. This album is a breathing example of that on its own. Pairing passionate vocals with well-written lyrics and solid, but standard, instrumentation, Dead Letters is great for any fan of the genre. Just don't expect to love every part of it.
The Reptilian Full Health
It never seems to break free from the same song structures for long enough to make a huge impact, but it surely how's how The Reptilian are a unique and fresh addition to the emo scene.
The Saddest Landscape You Will Not Survive
The Safety Fire Grind The Ocean
The Safety Fire Mouth Of Swords
An album that is really no better or worse than its predecessor, but that certainly is not a bad thing. This band isn't blazing any trails in progressive metalcore, but they can make great song despite their tendencies to be a bit overambitious.
The Sawtooth Grin Pervavor
A well done grindcore EP that touches on many interesting rhythms and riffs that can become a bit overbearing at times. The musical passages are geniusly broken up by fleeting melodic moments that make up for the times it becomes boring, but not enough to make it stand out too much. This is still a great effort, for what it's worth.
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Red Version
Musically genius, but annoying otherwise. TSoSIS does a great job of rekindling the early styles of math rock and emo in a suprising way, but the vocals and lyrics on the forefront of the product are just too ugly. The lyrics are often gut-churningly stupid and needlessly wordy. All of the jazzy tendencies form the memorable parts of this album.
The Spirit That Guides Us 24 Winters
The Streets A Grand Don't Come For Free
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
The Truth About Dreaming To a world turned upside down
The Weeknd House of Balloons
I usually don't like this music, and I don't smoke marijuana like Abel Tesfaye wants me to, but this album is really great.
The Weepies Be My Thrill
The World is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If Ever
This release has been a LONG time coming. It is both fulfilling and disappointing in many ways. The atmospheric aspects of TWIABP's sound are displayed gracefully here, but maybe too overbearingly at times. Cohesion is sacrificed for post-rock buildups and climaxes, so there is a lot left to be achieved. Though this has many beautiful moments, I have a hard time truly holding a few songs and truly understanding where they are going. I was hoping for more of a culmination of all the elements that the band had shown in the past. Still, this is another enjoyable installment in their discography.
Their / They're / There Analog Weekend
Their / They're / There Their / They're / There
This emo supergroup does exactly what is expected and not much else, but they do it with style.
These Branches Beliefs
Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thrawsunblat Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings
An intriguing and well-balanced new black metal band. Th album is a bit overrun by
unnecessary, filler moments, but its theatricality can work to its advantage and creates a
great debut.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. IV: Earth
Thumpermonkey Alpha Romeo
One of the most disorienting albums I've ever heard, despite its short length. This is like Mr. Bungle meets everything else. Pretty awesome.
Thyrane Travesty of Heavenly Essence
Nothing unique or particularly shocking, but a very well done album. There are some different genre elements combined nicely from song to song, giving all the songs a different feel, but never too detached.
Title Fight Floral Green
This takes balls. Title Fight reignites the punk of the past. with a melodic edge and makes a winning album
that can suffer from extreme repition when it's clear that it has the ability to think outside of the box.
Another thing to note is that the album turns from fast and fun to slow and thoughtful almost flawlessly. It
will definitely catch the listener off guard, but this may or may not be for the best.
Torrid Husk Mingo
Toto Toto
Toto has to be commended here for their eclectic styles and execution here, even if it is fairly typical pop rock after all. Great production and vocal arrangements really shine through here.
Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth Split
Both songs are great, but they couldn't be more different in mood and pace. These songs simply do not belong next to one another on the same EP.
Training for Utopia Technical Difficulties
This compilation proves that TFU is a smart and chaotic band, but also has many hits and misses. They seem to be best in smaller doses.
Training for Utopia Throwing a Wrench in the American Music
This is where TfU really threw a wrench in their own sound. Turning abruptly from their previous mathcore masterpiece, the band relies more on industrial tricks than anything else. Even with all its strange experimental points, it turns out pretty awesome.
Transient We Do Not Lose Heart
TTNG Animals
TTNG 13.0.0.0.0
Twelve Gauge Valentine Shock Value
Twelve Tribes The Rebirth of Tragedy
A great slab of raw, bare-boned metalcore. It suffers only from a generally weak second half that becomes confusingly aimless.
Unru Demo MMXIII
Unruh Setting Fire to Sinking Ships
Unwed Sailor The Faithful Anchor
A gentle, mathy approach to post-rock. Refreshing as it is relaxing, The Faithful Anchor delves into many different avenues of music while staying within a jazzy type of sound. The songs can often stretch on for too long and some.uninteresting elements are added, but this is overall an overlooked post-rock album that deserves more attention.
Upon a Burning Body The World Is Ours
With their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks and a strong sense of musicality over brutality, UABB creates a very enjoyable and varied release.
Valencia This Could Be A Possibility
Vampire Weekend Contra
The high-scale, college indie pop band is back and does well at avoiding the mistake of trying to do a complete
about-face after the success of their previous self-titled record. The songs can be underwhelming and rushed at
times, but their whimsy is still alive as it's ever been.
Verwustung I First Saw You On That Snowy Night And
Verwustung Verwüstung/Sun Devoured Earth/LOLI VOMITS Split
Vienna Teng Waking Hour
Vigilantes of Love Welcome to Struggleville
Vinterriket Der letzte Winter - Der Ewigkeit entgegen
Subdued yet vicious, this slow-burning black metal release shows off a dark side through excellent usage of electronics and effects. Songs can tend to drone on at times, making it an uneven experience, but well worth it overall.
War of Ages Pride of the Wicked
A generic, but fun, metalcore release. There is a nicely-determined balance between breakdowns and old school riffs. WoA prove to e very mature on this album, and it makes one hope that it could have followed into their later albums, as well.
Wardruna Runaljod - Yggdrasil
We Butter The Bread With Butter Der Tag An Dem Die Welt Unterging
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed
Surprise! A (slightly) unique metalcore album in the Rise Rec--- ahem... I mean, Equal Vision catalogue!
White Collar Sideshow White Collar Sideshow
There's not much else like this album. Being a percussion-driven project, there shouldn't be much else involved, but somehow WCS incorporates so many subtle and interesting elements into this dark and disturbing journey that make for a great listen. It may wear on the nerves on a bit and meander aimlessly at times, but it still proves to be an odd creation that can't help but attract the majority of ears, if not only for a track or two.
Whorelord Whorelord
Witch In Her Tomb Witch In Her Tomb
Woe A Spell For The Death Of Man
Instrumentally and vocally impressive, this little USBM band makes large strides on their full-length debut, though it is a bit uneven of a journey at times.
Wolvserpent Perigea Antahkarana
I don't even like this genre that much, but this is great.
Wrath of the Weak Alogon
Wrath of the Weak Just A Momentary Diversion On The Road To Grave
Lush, darkened soundscapes that never become too dark. This is awesome, albeit repetitive, ambient
black metal.
Wrath of the Weak Wrath of the Weak
As relentless and repetitive as it is, Wrath of the Weak's self-titled debut is an example of great noise/black metal.
Xardas Chapter I
Oddly entrancing. Simple, dark guitar arpeggios flow as a TV blares in the background on and off. A seemingly stupid idea but strangely great execution. This seems like it could have been completely spur of the moment, but it sounds all the better because of it.
Yak Something Blue: A Recollection
Yasunori Mitsuda Chrono Trigger Original Sound Version
Year Long Disaster Year Long Disaster
Yellow Eyes Silence Threads the Evening's Cloth
Sounds like Liturgy if Liturgy knew how to write music. Awesome.
You Me At Six Take Off Your Colours
A jaunty and shamelessly derivative pop-punk album. Just plain fun, and much more.
Zao (Self-Titled)
Zao Parade of Chaos
Zeromancer Sinners International
Zeromancer gives the listener a synth-laden approach to industrial metal that is extremely entertaining. Throughout the span of the songs on the album, the vocals and synth loops are particularly interesting. As with most industrial albums, though, it has tendency to wear thin after awhile.
Zozobra Savage Masters

3.0 good
...And The Earth Swarmed With Them The Fading Voice of the Old Era Speaks to Us, But
30XX GORE FUTURE
38th Parallel Turn the Tides
This might be Linkin Park's greatest album. Don't let the poor production value fool you! Though it's fairly generic for its time, there's a powerful statement to be found throughout its running time. Also, the lyrics lack the cheese that a lot of Christian nu-metal had. It's fun for what it's worth.
8 days of Nothing The Next Thing That Happened Was A Mind-Mangling7"
A Flower Kollapsed A Flower Kollapsed
A Girl, A Gun, A Ghost Through the Eyes of Ahab
A Great Big Pile of Leaves Boom!
Fun and lighthearted, but not much else. This is good for a listen, though.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Xen
A Thorn For Every Heart Pick Up The Pieces
Abandoned Pools The Reverb
A fun EP with quality tunes, but it can lack the passion that Tommy Walter is known for having in his clean power pop. This EP takes some more time to slow down and think rather than forge ahead and take a hold of the mainstream pop-rock world.
Abandoned Pools Somnambulist
Absurd [GER] Blutgericht
Between balancing traditional folk and black metal, Absurd shows that they have the chops to be a commendable band playing each side, despite being lost at times. This album may leave the folk aspect a bit under-utilized to the point where one has to wonder what the band's true motivation is. In the end, this is a good black metal album that might be a bit overlooked because of the band's National-Socialistic beliefs.
ActionReaction 3 Is The Magic Number
ACxDC The Second Coming
Adaje Yore Veils
Admonish Insnarjd
Aero Chaos
Perhaps the most attractive feature of Chaos is also its weakness: its variety. The variety leads to well-composed style shifts throughout, but also leads to confusing dead ends due to its overlong nature. A solid debut nonetheless.
Aerosmith Just Push Play
This is often considered an awful album to most Aerosmith fans, but it is really not all that bad. At least Aerosmith kept their identity as a blues-flavored rock band while in this poppy stage. There a handful of great pop songs on here, but a lot feel like filler. Also, the ludicrously over-produced nature of the album can be a bit of a grind.
Ages Sleep On It
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
An album that tries to hard to be beautiful. There is little to no musical subtlety to behold here, so it makes for a somewhat shallow approach to atmospheric black metal/post-rock. The album is by no means bad, just tiring and very overdone. The theatrical sound only benefits the album for so long before it becomes stale. The instrumentation and beautiful lyrics (and vocals) save it from falling too hard.
Alchemyst Nekromanteion
Alessa My Brother Was Eaten By Wolves on the Connecticut
All the Empires of the World Black Hand Meditation
A stripped-down offering that showcases some of AtEotW's more eccentric musical styles with mixed results. This is somewhat of a pointless release altogether, but, boy, does it have its moments.
all the hours you wait patience
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
American Football American Football EP
This small collection of songs doesn't rightfully represent the band's material as a whole. It proves to be a humble beginning, but not much seems to be achieved here. Moments are enjoyable, but there is little to no variation whatsoever. But the moments that work well generally outweigh the negatives.
An Isle Ate Her Desiderium
Anaal Nathrakh Domine Non Es Dignus
Overrated as it is, this album has a certain sense of charm found in just how strange its fusion of grind, death metal, and black metal. However, the album does not do much to sound different otherwise. It takes only the most generic fundamentals of the genres their sound borrows from and creates a somewhat predictable experience, despite its uniqueness. Also, the annoying Cradle of Filth-esque cleans have got to go. Overall, fun and interesting, but also somewhat lacking in tactfulness.
Anciients Heart Of Oak
Great musicianship saves this flatly produced album from being an everyday sludge snorefest. In fact, the creativity going on within this album makes it FAR from a snorefest, despite it lacking in originality. There are awesome riffs and vocals, but that production really should have been done differently.
ANCST Demo
Apart Love Is Not Enough
Arrows/Empire! Empire! Split
As Blood Runs Black Allegiance
WBRB is not nearly as brutal or technical as their name makes them sound, but they can sure make a good album. They present a straightforward and heavy collection of tracks that make for a fun time, but fall victim to generic pitfalls thay wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the band's "BR00TAL" facade.
As They Sleep Dynasty
As same-sounding and relentlessly heavy as it is, "Dynasty" offers a heaping amount of powerful moments. However, it can't get over an ever-present sense of showiness in the vocal and drum department that weigh down the majority of the tracks. As They Sleep do not prove to be among the most controlled of death metal bands with this effort, but it passes as a good release still.
ASP Hast Du Mich Vermisst?
ASP offers nothing fresh to the industrial scene but rather has a sound that revisits an older post-punk past, in the vein of Depeche Mode and Killing Joke. This album has a unique mood and is layered well, but it lacks a sufficient amount of energy and appeal that his influences possess so well.
August Burns Red Lost Messengers: The Outtakes
How did some of these ot make the album? One must ask themselves this question when listening to some material here. The songs are outtakes that are fortunately released to the public. Some are jokes and are simply filler, but others are geniunely well-made. A surprising collection from a consistently great metalcore band.
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
ABR dips their feet in the post-rock pool and offer some interesting moments, but nothing is quite as beautiful as any rendition of classic Christmas songs should be. The original compositions thrown in are good, but nothing extraordinary. The band shows how they can be versatile enough to create a good and well-structured album under instrumental circumstances, though none of the members seem to be in their most creative moods.
Aussitot Mort 6 Songs
Author and Punisher Drone Machines
Authority Zero 12:34
This band does nothing to "go against the grain," but there are enough classic punk moments to give the release a nice feel, but nothing incredibly memorable.
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
It awkward production cannot go unnoticed and A7X is obviously trying their hardest to be something that they aren't. They are still some great songs on moments on here, though. The effort is solid, but the product is a bit inconsistent.
Ayreon The Human Equation
Azmaveth Strong As Death
Back When Swords Against The Father
Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies Are Men
BNL does even more self-exploration with this release and diversifies a lot because of it. The album produces the light-hearted qualities they have always possessed, but falls short of its full potential at many turns. The music focuses on old school rock more than the other releases and both good and boring material can come from it. All of the pieces fit well enough on the surface, but it can tend to wear thin after a few runs.
Barenaked Ladies Born on a Pirate Ship
The whole album feels very lightweight, even for a BNL album. This is both its strength and its weakness. The
songs are fun, but less musically complicated than on "Gordon." Nothing on here is a complete stand out, but it is
enjoyable still.
Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Belle Epoque Demo
Between the Buried and Me Alaska [Instrumental]
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Beyond the Dawn Beyond the Dawn
Billy Joel An Innocent Man
Bloc Party Intimacy
Bloc Party Four
Everything I wanted it to be. Bloc Party is really experimenting with their sound. Except, there's a problem... This is probably the most inconsistent, yet still decent, release of 2012. There are high points that soar, but the low points make you wonder why they came this far to change their ways. It's interesting enough, for what it's worth.
Bloc Party God Bless Bloc Party
Blue Hummingbird On The Left Bloodflower
Blue October Foiled
Justin Furstenfeld's deeply personal lyrics hold so much weight that it seems almost embarrassing to have such
mediocre music behind them. The album wants to touch on very musical style of the last ten years and becomes
confusing, but the talent is surely there. A good release, but it falls short of so much, it can become frustrating to
listen to.
Bonjour Machines Level Up!
Boys Life Departures & Landfalls
This experimental emo album toys with all sorts of ideas in its relatively short running time to give way to both successes and failures. Overall, this album has an interesting mathy edge (very reminiscent of Roadside Monument) that carries the songs along which makes for an interesting yet very flawed time.
Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Daisy
Brand New is beginning to bite off more than they can chew. The genius in "The Devil and God..." seems to still be exciting to them, because it seems like they are trying to use those same elements on this album. It rarely works in that regard and turns out to be fairly pretentious. However, there are a handful of fine tracks.
Brave Saint Saturn So Far From Home
Brian Eno Lux
Eno's return to form(less) is both satisfying and disheartening.
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
Burials Tired Arms
Burzum Aske
Burzum Hlidskjalf
Burzum Sol Austan, Mani Vestan
Burzum is inching ever closer to minimalist greatness, but there are still many elements
missing. The album is filled with great relaxing and thought-provoking compositions, as well
as some lackluster ones. There are very unique musical influences to be found within this
album, ranging from jazz (a stand-up bass frequents the mix) to electronica. This is
probably the strongest of Vikernes' synthesizer albums.
Buzzov-en Revelation: Sick Again
Classic beatdown metal with a hardcore punk edge. Its slower second half can test one's
patience, though.
By Surprise Criteria
A twinkle-less emo effort that features hooky riffs, classic rock swagger... but that's it. however, it's fun enough for an entire listen and memorable enough to hold some weight in the emo world.
bygones Spiritual Bankruptcy
Caninus Now The Animals Have A Voice
Creative and funny. Good for some lighthearted listening. The music is nothing revolutionary, but the vocals are brutal... obviously.
Capsule (US) Blue
Sometimes its unjustified edginess gets in the way of the truly enjoyable melodic hardcore to be experienced here.
Carnifex Dead in My Arms
Fitting snugly inside the deathcore box, Carnifex does nothing to turn the heads of those that don't have ridiculously large gauges and black clothes, but create a firm album that is good for casual listens.
Cattle Decapitation Ten Torments Of The Damned
Cattle Decapitation Homovore
One of the better early Cattle Decapitation releases. This rules hard with riffs and drums, but the vocal production is still a bit annoying. Good songs overall, though they are a bit underdone.
Cattle Decapitation Humanure
CD's sound is much more cohesive on this release than To Serve Man, but there are still many improvements to be made. Many songs are really solid on this album, they just have a tendency to either hold back or go too far.
Caust Page Turner
Cave In Antenna
Cave In explores their suddenly exposed alternative side even more with "Antenna." The band seems to be aiming for a spacier sound more than anything else and the quality of the whole album can sometimes slouch because of it. However, Cave In still creates a catchy, moving, and concept-driven album that proves to be another interesting addition to their diverse discography.
Celldweller Wish Upon A Blackstar
Centuries Apart Malachi
Cephalic Carnage Halls of Amenti
Cerce Tour Sampler CD-R
Occasionally awkward musical moments flaw this otherwise awesome grind EP from one of the
genre's most passionate.
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Chevelle Point #1
A passable debut. If you want to just bob your head to some fury-ridden tunes in 6/8, this album is for you.
Chris Cappello Could Be Bitter Forever
Don't be deceived! This innocent, baby-faced, teenage singer-songwriter can pump out some sad jams. However, many of them plod along with an all too familiar punk vibe and the compositions go on too long for their own good, causing them to meander most of the time. The lyrics are emotional and well-written, though they've been written tons of times before. Cappello could be loads more unique if he didn't show off how much he's influenced by the bands that came before him.
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Something for Nothing
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Pardon My French
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Clem Leek Rest
Leek has been composing plenty of ambient/post-rock pieces over the years under the noses of most fans of the genre. This album feels more like bits and ends from abandoned songs than much else, but it still holds true to the inherent beauty of Leek's material.
Coate coate (kōt)
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
There seems to be a sense of confusion in Coheed and Cambria's sound that wants to push to be as diverse as possible, but nothing happens. This grandiose album puts on a mask for the majority of its running time and attempts to convince the listener it was born in the 1970s. They are not strong enough to be completely progressive in every song though it seems like that is their intention. The result is an inconsistent collection of songs that hits hard when it makes something of itself but doesn't always prove to be a modern masterpiece.
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Cold Body Radiation The Longest Shadows Ever Cast
This doesn't coerce me into putting very much more faith in CBR surpassing any expectations of mine, but this is still a good effort.
Coldworld Melancholie
Colonia MMXIII
Combatwoundedveteran I Know A Girl Who Develops Crime Scene Photos
This is certainly not the most original or varied grind release, but it's a lot of fun for the few times that is actually crafted well.
Converge Gravel
Okay, so it's no "Jane Doe," but it's certainly passable as a demo EP. The riffs are generic and the lyrics are often trite, but they are delivered with power, and that's the passion that Converge still carries today.
Converge The Poacher Diaries
Neither band is working to their fullest potential here, but both have their moments throughout.
Coping Nope
Crash of Rhinos Knots
Crossbreed Synthetic Division
Crossfaith Zion
Don't expect anything you haven't heard before, but this a good EP still. Crossfaith expands
their sound slightly and marries their electronic and metalcore elements a bit differently
than before, for better or
for worse.
Cryptic Rising Demo
Cultes Des Ghoules Henbane
Dads Pretty Good
Though sounding a bit too much like their influences, Dads can still pull this short EP off.
Daighila Henceforth
Dark Tranquillity Construct
Darkthrone Plaguewielder
An unfortunately yet understandably panned Darkthrone release. The band focuses more on riffs and strong rhythmic passages as opposed to atmosphere like their genius early work. This is still a solid release from a legendary band.
De Magia Veterum In Conspectu Divinae Majestatis
Deafest Through Wood And Fog
Deafheaven DW Live Series 08: Live at the Blacktop
An up-to-par live performance musically and vocally, but there seem to be a significant amount of changes to the music from the studio versions which can be a pain to listen to at times, leaving the listener wanting the real thing. But Deafheaven shows just how great their performances are a decent amount through this release. Also, the recording quality is pretty terrible.
Death Fortress Mirror Into Eternity
Well, what a pleasant surprise.
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Devin Shelton Life And Death
Diapsiquir Virus STN
DIR EN GREY Withering To Death
Discordance Axis Ulterior
Discover America Psychology
A fun exploration of minimalistic rock that can be a bit on the boring side at times, but Chris Staples has the uncanny ability to keep you interested, whether it be his refreshingly boring voice or his puzzling lyrics.
Dishwalla Pet Your Friends
A handful of good tracks exist here but it does no prove to be any sort of competitor to the other alternative rock outfits of the 90s. The intriguing lyrics and great vocals are pluses, but the rest is only slightly above average.
Dispensing of False Halos Growing Up, Giving In
With slightly better production, more focused executed, and more well-rounded production, this could have been an excellent album. Unfortunately, it lacks in at least one of those categories. Thankfully, the product is lots of fun to listen to.
Dormancy Inner Thoughts of Those Silent
Possibly the most confusing EP of the year. Mixing emo spoken word and every other genre imaginable makes for a good time, even if it is awfully uneven at times.
Dowsing All I Could Find Was You
Dowsing I Don't Even Care Anymore
Another consistent release from Dowsing, who is a group that seems to revel in sadness a bit too much at times.
Dowsing It's Still Pretty Terrible
Drudkh Songs of Grief and Solitude
Drudkh Microcosmos
Drudkh Handful of Stars
Dry Satire Demo
Elision of Animus Dementia
Elvis Depressedly Hotter Sadness
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emery We Do What We Want
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Emo Side Project The End of Something
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Year Of the Rabbit 7"
Empire! Empire! shows their (even) softer side with these two songs that don't prove much of the band's excellent abilities, but are good listens nonetheless.
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Empire! Empire! 2-Way Split
Both bands slow down a bit to show their most sensitive sides, and the result is good, but suffers from an overly languid pace. The voice on Arrows' vocalist is mesmerizingly beautiful and Empire!'s songs are usual fare for the band. Nothing new here, but fun to listen to.
Envy From Here To Eternity
Envy Angel's Curse Whispered in the Edge of Despair
Despite all its crushing beauty to be found in passionate vocals and moving chord progressions, Envy doesn't quite add enough variety or surprise to the mix to create a wholly enjoyable experience. With that being said, this is so close to being great. The band just still hadn't come completely out of their shell yet.
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
Evroklidon The Flames of Sodom
A little too familiar for comfort, but a good effort still. "Funeral of a Dead Soul" holds all of what makes the album right above average.
Exhumed Necrocracy
Exultet Constantinopolis
Eyes Set To Kill Reach
FACT Fact
FACT Eat Your Words
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Fair to Midland keeps wanting to be something that they're getting closer to, but are showing no signs of becoming any time soon. The term "progressive" can be slapped on the band's collective forehead easily and it comes in handy in this musical outing. But does that in turn label it as interesting. Parts are engaging, but just like their previous full-length, the blood runs dry in the music's veins quick when too many elements are incorporated at once. They're inching closer to a fully-bloomed sound, at least.
Falling Up Dawn Escapes
Falling Up Mnemos
Falling Up Hours
A bit grandiose, even for Falling Up material, and it can suffer because of its lofty ideas,
but it is still a good follow-up to Your Sparkling Death Cometh. There are some great
tracks on here that further the expectations set by Jessy Ribordy's sci-fi storytelling.
False Untitled
It doesn't take any turns of surprise. Just plain black metal. Close to decent for me due to how overlong it is.
Family Force 5 Dance or Die
Fireside Do Not Tailgate
Five Iron Frenzy Quantity Is Job 1
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation Kakusei
Flogging Molly Swagger
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Footpaths Footpaths
Don't blink. You might miss it.
For Want Of For Want Of
Foxing Old Songs
A patience-testing album that often meanders. However, the Mineral-esque pace leads to great climaxes that may not be dynamic enough to keep one interested for long, but Foxing proves to be a band with a good enough sense of control to create a slightly above-average modern emo EP.
Frank Klepacki Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun Soundtrack
Frodus Soundlab 1
fun. Some Nights
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Further Seems Forever Hide Nothing
Gallows Death Is Birth
After Gallows lost their original lead singer, views on the band's future was unclear. They prove here that they aren't that far gone quite yet. The weak lyrics and generic hardcore punk sound are sure thorns in the album's side, but it is a genuinely enjoyable, albeit extremely flawed, affair.
Genesis We Can't Dance
Glocca Morra Ghoul Intentions
Good Weather for an Airstrike A Winter
Graf Orlock Destination Time Tomorrow
Grave Declaration When Dying Souls Scream Praise
GridLink Longhena
Gridlink outdoes themselves (yes, even more than usual) with mixed results. This feels like
an unfortunate attempt at a swan song, finding the band grasping after everything they've
ever done and jamming it into one package while injecting some melodrama and melody into its
veins. It's a sign of how Gridlink probably lost their direction over the years, but it's
still very tantalizing at times. Farewell, Gridlink. You had a solid run.
Grinding Halt Sprookjeshof
Gym Class Heroes As Cruel As School Children
Hacktivist Hacktivist
Handguns Angst
Haste the Day Dreamer
Hawk Nelson Smile, It's the End of the World
Haymaker Let Them Rot
Heavy Heavy Low Low Hospital Bomber
Hecate Enthroned The Slaughter of Innocence, A Requiem for the Migh
Helen of Troy Split w/ Kobra Khan
Helios Moiety
Hello Saferide Would You Let Me Play This EP 10 Times A Day?
Hester Prynne The Goswell Divorce
Hetfield & Hetfield Plays the Classics
Hollow-Eyed Woolgather
A good, albeit overambitious, folk-rock project that is intriguing overall, but wears thin upon further examination. The odd instrumentation and styles are a marvel to behold, but the great hinderance of Hollow-Eyed's sound is that it just doesn't come together all that well. There are too many stuttering moments that make the EP fall short of sheer folk genius, or at least something near that.
HORSE the band Desperate Living
This frightfully inconsistent effort from one of metalcore's most unique bands comes off bland at first and has great patches that outweigh the negatives. The release just doesn't hit enough highs to completely erase its mistakes. HORSE the Band is very talented, and they display that readily here, but they just need to slow down and add more structure rather than eccentricities.
Human Remains Using Sickness as a Hero
Interesting riffs and drumming pervade this album and blend grind and death metal fairly well, but it can be a bit obnoxious at times, even fro the genre. It seems to try to hard to be unique and succeeds most of the time, but doesn't always meet standards. With that being said, Using Sickness as a Hero is an good, interesting release.
Hyacinth Our Naivety
iamerror Trout Yogurt
Icarus the Owl Qualia
I feel like people are too quick to label this band as "genius." They are progressive pop-punk, which is interesting in its own right, but removing a sixteenth note or two from every time signature can become a bit of a nuisance at times. But Icarus still manages to make an enjoyable EP here.
Icarus the Owl Love Always, Leviathan
Technical but exhausting at times, Icarus the Owl's second full-length displays how the band's unique sound can be both the harbinger of their success and their downfall. The songs on here are often very good, but the predictability of their progressive sound and deceptively simple melodies become apparent too often.
Icarus the Owl The Spotless Mind
IDYLLS Indian Circle
Ima Robot Monument To The Masses
Imbroco Are You My Lionkiller?
Immortal Souls IV: The Requiem for the Art of Death
Impending Doom Nailed. Dead. Risen
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Indian Summer Science 1994
Major creativity points to Indian Summer for pretty much creating the emo scene, but the experimental aspects of their sound wear thin after a while instead of making me want to dive deeper. It's not a failed work of art at all, just underdeveloped... and far overrated.
Indian Summer Discography
Indian Summer Hidden Arithmetic
Indian Summer Live in the Blue Universe
Inquisition Incense of Rest
Insect Warfare At War With Grindcore
Cool, straightforward grind with a violent attitude. Not much else to be heard here.
Into It. Over It. Intersections
Into It. Over It. Life Is Suffering
Iwrestledabearonce Late for Nothing
A more straightforward and centered release than their others. With a new vocalist, a slightly modified sound, and a new ear for strong melodies, the band truly finds their place. The production may be spotty and the songs often end too quickly, but this is a sure sign of both good music and great improvement for a band that could have gone even further downhill.
Jars Of Clay Inland
It's crazy how consistent that this band has been after all these years. They definitely show their age here, but
this is still a solid bunch of thoughtful songs, though some may feel a bit weak. They return to their folk roots on
here, too, which is always nice to hear.
Jimmy Eat World Stay on My Side Tonight
Jimmy Eat World Static Prevails
Joie de Vivre Summer Months
Mineral meets American Football meets mediocre music. I liked the tunes here, but none of them really had much of an effect on me.
Jowls Cursed
Joy Division An Ideal for Living
Joy Electric The Otherly Opus
Joy Electric is almost frustrating. The music is far too layered and may make the listener feel downright claustrophobic, but the songs can be just so good at the same time. Ronnie Martin's complicated yet somewhat simplistic approach to electronica explores all sorts of textures and sounds that combine to make an enjoyable, though VERY repetitive, album.
June Paik June Paik II
Take a tip from Tristan Tzara... If you wanna change, don't change too much. And keep playing really fast octave chords.
Kaddisfly Do You Know People Can Fly?
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Karlheinz Stockhausen Etude
A concise piece that wraps Stockhausen's talents up nicely.
Kekal The Habit of Fire
Ken Burns Ken Burns
Kevin Max Between the Fence & the Universe
King's Girls Numbers
Kuza From Hell And Hate
What is this gothy garbage... and why is it not garbage?
La Dispute Here, Hear.
La Dispute Winter Tour Holiday CD-R
Le Pre Ou Je Suis Mort Le Pre Ou Je Suis Mort
Leviathan True Traitor, True Whore
This works way better than I thought it would.
Lickgoldensky The Beautiful Sounds of...
Combining heavy metalcore-inspired riffage with some of the noisiest screamo ever, Lickgoldensky could have made this a remarkable release if it were just a bit more exciting.
Limbonic Art Epitome Of Illusion
Bombastic as ever, but lacking the dynamic changes and nuances and lacks the magic of their debut.
Little Sister Little Sister
Heavy, crusty goodness. It doesn't permeate any boundaries set by their influences, but it's fun nonetheless.
Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice
Living Sacrifice Ghost Thief
Lizards Have Personalities Snows of Kilimanjaro
Lord Snow Sovngarde
Lost In Bazaar Here We Are Dropping Our Anchor In Fertile Ground
Lustre Night Spirit
DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT DUNKELHEIT
Mae (m)orning
Mae offers their most ambitious effort yet and hits the point oftentimes, but forgets to slow down at other points. They made biting off more than they could chew an art here. Their sound and lyrical content is fully intact as it has always been, but there's just too much filler that doesn't need to exist.
Mae Singularity
The Everglow is a far away dream, and Mae makes sure that we know that with Singularity. They give up conceptual atmospheres and replace them with sugary hooks and sing-along choruses... and it's not all that bad. It is definitely not the Mae that will sound most natural to fans, however. The band is not perfect here, either. There are many times where the songs hit several walls and render themselves to be just simple pop songs. Many are still solid pop-rock victories.
Mainstay Well Meaning Fiction
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Manson's approach here, musically and lyrically, can be both dull and very interesting. The focus may be too much on his odd style changes as opposed to creating a legitimate musical atmosphere, which it seems like he can do well most of the time. An overrated album that is good, but does not deserve the attention it receives.
Mayhem Deathcrush
It's all a bunch of tremelo-picked riffs and lo-fi recording, but this revolutionary EP (of sorts) is musically enjoyable nonetheless.
Meat Puppets In a Car
Memphis May Fire Sleepwalking
Mesa Verde The Old Road
An explosive opener and a beautiful closer, but a strong lacking in the midsection, especially the frustratingly aimless 13 minute track. Mesa Verde manages to make a moving album here, even if its emotion outweighs the overall quality of its content.
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Midwest Pen Pals Inside Jokes
Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All
Mr. Mister Welcome to the Real World
Mr. Mister had some idiosyncrasies that set them apart from other 80s bands that were formed solely to churn out hits. This album has some really musically involved tracks, as well as the average 80s tunes we've come to hate. Mixed, but still better than most of the pop bands and albums of the time.
MxPx The Ever Passing Moment
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance Number Two
My Chemical Romance Conventional Weapons
My Heart To Joy Reasons to Be
Nai Harvest Ceiling Summer
Necropia Necropia
Needtobreathe Daylight
Encouraging and fun, but lacks the substance that a truly memorable radio rock album needs to stand out.
Neon Horse Haunted Horse: Songs of Love, Defiance and Delusio
Nihilist Only Shreds Remain
Nihilists Hold Onto Life With Tooth and Claw
Ninja Sex Party NSFW
Dinosaur Laser Fight and Three Minutes of Ecstasy are genius pieces, and NSP makes more of a musical impression than a comedic one (although it is quite funny at times).
Nontinuum The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed
A pretty good atmospheric black metal effort. If all the songs were as cohesive and smart as "Loss," the album would be MUCH better.
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Norma Jean Meridional
O'Brother Garden Window
O, Majestic Winter An Autumn Moon
Obliti Devoravit Obliti Devoravit
Old Gray Demo
Ovlov am
On am, Ovlov doesn't change all that much from their previous EP, What's So Great About the
City?
, but their sound becomes even crunchier and quite a bit more predictable. There are plenty of
enjoyable songs, but nothing that will create a lasting impression.
Owen Owen
Owen No Good for No One Now
P.O.D. Payable on Death
Pacifist Everybody Loves Fun
Palmkite Demo
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Dancing very close to the average line, Parkway Drive's debut is a monstrously aggressive yet meandering effort. Its boyishly angry lyrics and predictable riffs become common trends from track to track. With that being said, there are a few standout tracks and moments that hold the album together.
Parrhesia June Tape
Party Like Thieves The Surrender E.P.
Paste "​.​.​.​and the devil will come..."
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Phil Collins Face Value
Pig Destroyer Book Burner
PxDx wants to be young again. The songs on this album are either super grindy or super riffy. And few of them exceed two minutes in length. Are they going back to basics? This is far from the quality presented on their previous albums, but it is still enough to slightly satisfy and fan such as myself.
Pig Destroyer Explosions in Ward 6
Pig Destroyer Painter of Dead Girls
Pixies EP1
No, it's not Pixies. But it's not bad.
Place Called Home Eternal Sunshine
Generic, yet moving.
Placebo B3
Planning for Burial Quietly
Ploy for Extinction Prophets of Dissension
Polluted Inheritance Ecocide
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
A rare case in which PT's lyrics are actually far more captivating than the music. It doesn't feel lazy, but maybe half-baked compared to their other works.
Possessed Seven Churches
A decent thrash album that morphs into a good early death metal episode in its latter half.
Progenie Terrestre Pura U.M.A.
Strangely entrancing.
Project 86 Picket Fence Cartel
Pulled Apart By Horses Tough Love
An improvement over their awful debut. Their tunes now marry elements of noise and punk far better than ever before even though they're still unashamedly annoying.
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead becomes even more experimental on "Kid A." Thom Yorke needs to be chained up at times and know his limits, though, because his spurts of genius can be a bit overwhelming. The musical style can feel far too crowded and jagged to the point of uncomfortable listening. The Eno-esque ambient passages married with signature Radiohead-style guitar are what rule this album.
Rammstein Rosenrot
Red Until We Have Faces
Rings of Saturn Embryonic Anomaly
Roadside Monument I Am the Day of Current Taste
Ah, math rock. This album showcases lots of good and bad of this cryptic genre. Roadside Monument proves that they can make a cohesive song for a little while based off of simple guitars and vocals, but it can be a bit of a grind.
Romance of Young Tigers I Have Supped Full On Horrors
Rufio Rufio
Saxon Shore Luck Will Not Save Us From A Jackpot Of Nothing
This EP seems to serve as just a collection of rough drafts for songs yet to be completed. Saxon Shore
has the ability to even make THAT sound interesting. There isn't a lot to examine here except for the
gentle glimpses of beauty we get from each track, despite some out of place synth melodies.
Seirom Seiromistkrieg
Senses Fail The Fire
Senses Fail Renacer
Senses Fail puts out a good record that tries to be so much more than it is. They drop a lot of the elements that made their sound so original and emotional, but Buddy Nielsen's challenging lyrics certainly haven't gone anywhere. Despite how predictable it can be, Renacer is mildly consistent and fairly enjoyable.
Shadows of Paragon Fear of Being Forever Lost
Shawn Phillips Second Contribution
Don't let the warm voice fool you. This album is often very generic and offers little to
nothing to the folk scene of the time. The majority of its musical moments are enjoyable,
but often overdone. Donovan and Gordon Lightfoot want the reins back, I'm sure.
Shokran Supreme Truth
Showbread Age of Reptiles
Sigh In Somniphobia
Sinforiano Diaz The Moosup Sessions
A nice little package of reflective tunes from the frontman of The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die. Good for a listen. Great lyrics and straightforward music.
Single Mothers Single Mothers
"Hell (Is My Backup Plan)" is an exceptional song. The rest of the album is far from bad, it just reminds of how much punk isn't really... my thing.
Single Mothers Wild Party
Skitliv Skandinavisk Misantropi
Too focused on generic riffs and vocal tricks, "Skandinavisk Misantropi" only hits slightly above the decent mark, which is surprising from a band with Mayhem's Maniac as its frontman. The latter half of the album is much stronger, musically and lyrically, but the overall product is nothing spectacular.
SKVLT Demo
Sleeping Peonies s l o w l y d i s a p p e a r i n g
The Angelic Process meets Cold Body Radiation. Above average, but it may focus a bit too much on experimentation for its own good.
Sleeping With Sirens If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack
slick shoes Wake Up Screaming
Slow Coming Day Farewell to the Familiar
Nothing new is explored here within the emo genre, but Slow Coming Day offers a nice package with this album. The simple guitars and rhythms can be a bit disappointing but the meaningful lyrics and vocals bring it all to a new level and save the entire album from being only average.
Snapcase Steps
A great band in their most primitive state.
So Much Light Finals Week
Verrett's heart is displayed in a fresh and beautiful manner here, and it shows through his vocal delivery (which is usually awfully obnoxious). The songs seem to display his noodly guitar skills rather than much else, though. However, it's nice to hear him alone overall.
Society's Finest The Journey So Far
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Solkyri No House
Soul Asylum Let Your Dim Light Shine
Soul Embraced Dead Alive
Spooky Tooth Witness
Stahlmann Adamant
Starfield Beauty in the Broken
A solid Christian music album that is easy to listen to outside of church.
Stars of Track and Field Centuries Before Love and War
Stars of Track and Field You Came Here for Sunset Last Year
State Faults Head in the Clouds
Its strong lyrics and well-produced sound can't mask the fact that this band runs low on ideas quickly, but displays them as if they were much bigger than they are. The post-rock and post-hardcore elements don't blend as often as they do just exist individually. A good, but overambitious, offering.
Stoic Dissention Senium
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Sun Devoured Earth Transition to White
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
Symphony in Peril Lost Memoirs and Faded Pictures
SIP presents a cool mix of hardcore and metal elements but has a considerable amount of trouble keeping it well put-together. The music is fun and far from generic, but just too all over the place to have a well enough handle on it as a listener. Shawn Jonas' signature vocals are amazing, as well as his masteeful lyrics.
System of a Down System of a Down
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Tiny Fragments - EP
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Failed by Man and Machine
Tera Melos Idioms, Vol. 1
The Alan Parsons Project I Robot
Attempting a bit too much to bridge the gap between pop and progressive with material done several times before by other artists, Alan Parsons and company makes a good but sometimes tiring and overly predictable release here.
The Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonder
The Birthday Massacre Hide and Seek
The Birthday Massacre makes another album of the same, mostly. Their whole sound is becoming quite old, too. However, this has its moments and proves that the band has not lost their signature flair yet. With some new electronic approaches, the album shows some progress, but can otherwise become dull at times.
The Black Keys El Camino
A fun rock 'n' roll record, and not much else... but it's still a FUN ROCK 'N' ROLL RECORD.
The Blinding Light Glass Bullet EP
Fun, fun, fun.
The Butterfly Effect The Butterfly Effect
The Caution Children Vacations
More experimental than their previous work and more aimless in some ways. The emotion gets buried beneath repetitive instruments at times, but the album altogether is not all that bad.
The Chariot Music Of A Grateful Heart
The Classic Crime Albatross
Moments give glimpses of glory, but as a whole, "Albatross" is uninspired. The life the album has lives in its inspirational and well-written lyrics sung with passion-drenched vocals, but that's just about it. It's worth a full listen a few times.
The Concrete Summer Glass Bones, Paper Skin
A great first half and a less than great latter bit. Overall, solid and enjoyable.
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Plagiarism
The Echelon Effect Seasons Part 4
Too predictable to be effective, but this single track has its moments.
the GazettE DIM
The Ghost Inside Fury And The Fallen Ones
The Juliana Theory Love
The Library is on Fire Works On Paper
The Locust Plague Soundscapes
It's certainly not BAD grind, but it seems to be filled with air more than anything else. It's spastic moments of electronics and blast beats paired with silly lyrics are fun but it doesn't seem to go much of anywhere.
The Ocean Aeolian
An acceptable album that blends death metal, progressive, and possibly some hardcore elements fairly well, but becomes lost at times. The middle section of this album has the best songs, but the album starts to peter out towards the end. One of the things that must be mentioned here is the album's superb production.
The Pessimist Hangs the Optimist You See All Kinds of Things...
The Promise Ring Wood/Water
It's nothing like their earlier material, but this underrated album is often forgotten amidst the rest of TPR's success. There is little to no presence of loud, driving rock guitar that was in their emo days, but rather a sense of self-examination through calmer means. The result is certainly mixed, but good overall.
The Red Chord Clients
Fusing grind and progressive metal, The Red Chord makes an interesting but sometimes underachieving album. The latter half showcases their musical ability as opposed to the inherent quirkiness and flair of the former. Uneven, but a good release.
The Reptilian Low Health
The Reptilian don't change a bit for their first full-length, but that's no problem. They still release a solid collection of songs, even if they're not as fresh and exciting as their massive EP collection.
The Right Wing Conspiracy Give War a Chance!
The Right Wing Conspiracy Separation of God and State
The Saddest Landscape After The Lights
The Saddest Landscape Lift Your Burdens High For This is Where We Cross
The Saddest Landscape The Sound Of The Spectacle
The Sawtooth Grin Cuddlemonster
"Cuddlemonster" is definitely a grind album, but it only scrapes the surface of what grind can be. TSG is on target in terms of musicianship, but the repetition and stupid lyrics get in the way of a great experience. We need some funny grind bands, and maybe the band will fit that bill, but I can't see them as much more than that.
The Shivering Wires of Storm and Song
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
The Smashing Pumpkins Pisces Iscariot
A collection of mostly decent B-sides and outtakes for hardcore fans only. There are too many that sound the same, which is nothing new for Smashing Pumpkins, but they lack any substance after a while. However, there are moments that tie the entire product together well enough to make it mildly interesting.
The Smashing Pumpkins Zero
A good collection of songs that lack the punch of usual Smashing Pumpkins fare. The vocal production and mixing is awkward and rigid in most cases, but the songs usually end up decent in the end.
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Blue Version
The State Lottery Cities We're Not From
The Gaslight Anthem and Andrew Jackson Jihad have a baby brother.
The Story So Far What You Don't See
It's fine, but definitely nothing new or all that interesting. Its ugly, kick-drum heavy production can be looked over to show that there are many solid songs on here.
The Streets Computers And Blues
I don't understand all the hate here. Skinner is not at his absolute best, nor at his worst. There are catchy and emotional tunes on here that can lack musically, but they still work as good songs. It may be a disappointment knowing that this is the piece of work he is ending on, which leads people to think it will be a grand swan song, and that it is certainly not. It's not an awful attempt, though.
The Third Memory Et De Cela Rien Ne Ressort
The Tupolev Ghost The Tupolev Ghost
The Tupolev Ghost does nothing to break out of the melodic hardcore mold, and that is not neccesarily a negative trait of theirs, but it renders the album somewhat disappointing. The emotions and melodies hit bull's-eyes, but the rest falls behind and the tracks suffer great from that.
The Venetia Fair Every Sick, Disgusting Thought...
What a bunch of weirdos. This band is weird, twisted, and fun. The songs don't ever impress too much once their cabaret charade is torn down, but the album holds itself together well enough to be enjoyable.
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
The Welcome Wagon Welcome to the Welcome Wagon
These Branches Split w/ Cycle Schmeichel
Third Eye Blind Blue
This Station of Life 2 Songs
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon
Thrawsunblat Vast Arboreal Sky
Joel Violette's vocals seem especially pretentious and sometimes irritating in this acoustic form, but the instrumentation is good, although nothing new.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. II: Water
This plays out like Thrice's Kid A... Slightly pretentious, uneven, but still acceptable.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thursday War All the Time
With its abundance of off-key vocals and emotional lyrics, "War All the Time" is delightfully off-kilter at first, but descends into a same-sounding trend that will easily wear on one's nerves after the first few songs.
Thy Art Is Murder Hate
Impressive, but overproduced and too breakdown-centric. The album begins to lose traction and tries to pedal forward, but loses momentum due to its sheer homogeny. TAIM shows that they have some talent behind them for sure, though (despite some awful guitar solos).
Tiger Lillies Punch and Judy
England's unique, shock-cabaret trio really goes for the throat with this album and forgets all musical trends
within the last 80 years and creates an intriguing musical journey. It can be humorous, but often very annoying as
well as lyrically disgusting. "Punch and Judy" surely isn't half bad, it just needs more thought put into it.
Tindersticks The Hungry Saw
Tindersticks' music hasn't changed much over the years, but it hasn't soured yet. This melancholy (as always)
album is a good example of chamber pop with a hint of depression added. The songs drone on after a while and
may lull the listener to sleep, and they don't contain as many interesting elements as the band's earlier material.
A good listen otherwise.
To Separate The Flesh From The Bones Utopia Sadistica
To The Wind No More Than This
TODTGELICHTER Angst
Tool Aenima
Tool Opiate
Topbunk Better Sleep
Touche Amore Live On BBC Radio 1
Touche Amore releases a pointless yet enjoyable in-studio performance EP. A nice performance.
Touche Amore/The Casket Lottery Split
Both bands here create enjoyable and fun songs (even the usually depressing Touce Amore), but none of them hold enough substance to be remembered as some other recent emo splits have been.
Transient Navigating the Expanse of Existence
One amazing song, one decent song.
Trist (CZE) Nostalgie
This three-chord wonder album accomplishes a lot more in its short run time than many other long-winded ones can. In that way, this is impressive, but it can't necessarily be counted as all that memorable.
TTNG Adventure, Stamina and Anger
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
Unohdettu Tulevaisuus Unohdettu Tulevaisuus
Pushing the limits of powerviolence and grind, UT makes a very short but entertaining collection of songs that spans enough variety to be enjoyed, but doesn't leave too much of an effect afterwards.
Urfaust Einsiedler
A good, albeit sometimes dry, blackened jam session.
Veil of Maya Eclipse
Verwustung Tunnel Ghosts
Vials of Wrath Seeking Refuge
Viraemia Viraemia
Vreid Pitch Black Brigade
Vreid pulls a 180 and aims for a more black-n-roll direction as opposed to the forward-thinking direction that the classic Kraft headed in. Pitch Black Brigade feels almost braindead in comparison, but it's a fun listen for what it's worth.
We Butter The Bread With Butter Das Monster Aus Dem Schrank
Wet Petals Wet Petals
Widek Aurora Borealis
Wishes On A Plane This Faint Line EP
This high-budget sounding EP has all the twinkly goodness of a more underground emo band, but lacks punch in other ways. The words and music are appropriately mournful but the production doesn't let any nuance shine through. What you hear is what you get with this EP. But make no mistake, what you're hearing is really good.
Wolf Eyes No Answer : Lower Floors
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
It turns out that WItTR's medicine is much more effective in a small dose such as this.
Wood Spider In the Thick of It
This album plays like a really messed-up addition to Beirut's discography.
World Downfall 6 Trx
It's nothing new to grind, and it seems more like a tribute to Terrorizer that borders on parody than a real musical effort. Still good enough for a listen.
Wormrot Dead
Wormrot Noise
Wrath of the Weak Persse
Wreck and Reference Black Cassette
It has an awesome atmosphere going for it, but alas, an album cannot exist on atmosphere alone.
You'll Live Things Would Change if You Heard This
You'll Live Above The Weather
Zao Awake?
Zeromancer Eurotrash

2.5 average
27 Let the Light in
The jazzy tendencies make for an interesting ride at times, but the unique flairs here can't save the whole product from being no more than decent, innocuous pop. If you want something that you can bob your head to but not ever listen too intently, this is for you. The only song really worth taking away here would be "Try (Part 2)." Also, was Isis' contribution really necessary?
A God or an Other Towers of Silence
Though heavy and musically well thought out, Towers of Silence shows A God or an Other relying too much
on repetitive themes that run dry after the umpteenth time that they are rehashed. The songs can result in
dizzying lengths because of this. Better organization would have fared this decent album well.
A Pregnant Light St. Emaciation
Abated Mass of Flesh Moth and Rust In the Temple of Putridity
Aeon Rise To Dominate
Agents Of Abhorrence Earth.Water.Sun
Yes, it is structured uniquely for grind, but the album lacks any sort of flow as the music jumps from one phrase to the next haphazardly, and not in a good "classic grind" type of way. There are cool riffs and ideas, but the presentation is pure slapdashery.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Honky Reduction
Alfheimr What Allows Us To Endure
Alkaline Trio Agony and Irony
A legendary pop-alt-punk group descends painfully into mediocrity. Though this is album is a gross
disappointment compared to their previous outings, there are a group of some fun tunes. The overall result
is generally ineffective.
An Autumn For Crippled Children Hearts Of Light/Blossoms
ANCST Lamenting a Dying World
Animal Logic I Hate My Voice And Everything That I Say
AqME En l'Honneur De Jupiter
This band is striving to be heavier and more in the now, but they aren't going to completely get there with such average songs and production so bland that many pop albums sound heavier. A passable album, and with some fine tuning of their sound and production, this could have been good.
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Ash Borer Ash Borer
Ash Borer 2009 Demo
Even in their earliest stages, Ash Borer proves to be one of the most average and unexciting USBM in recent memory. Reliance on boring atmosphere rather than substance and sparse but obnoxious vocals make for an inconsistent release.
Asking Alexandria Reckless and Relentless
A surprising improvement from a band that seemed truly hopeless. This is an emotional and gut-churning barrage of truly meaningful lyrics, but the music and over-ambitious vocals still prove to be major setbacks that draw the attention away from the more interesting lyrical aspects involved.
Aspergers Aspergers
Trying to be the new Jeromes Dream won't get you anywhere nowadays. Sorry, guys...
Athletics Why Aren't I Home?
Author and Punisher Ursus Americanus
Very innovative, but the execution is often nothing but headache-inducing.
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Balloon Journey Balloon Journey
An intriguing collage of noise, which can be both very structured and shamelessly candid. There isn't much to be offered here, but it's certainly a cool idea that could be expounded on more due to the wide varieties of sounds that are achieved here.
Barghest Barghest
Bathory Bathory
Bathory The Return......
Just another decent blackened thrash album from Bathory with only a few entertaining moments and little originality.
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Despite its powerful lyrics and vocals, all of the brutal elements feel so forced and slickly produced to the point of confusion. It's hard to see where the album is headed and it lacks the cohesive structure that its melodic death metal predecessors accomplish so well.
Being As an Ocean Dear G-d
BAaO shows promise in their ideas, but the execution is far less than exciting or memorable. Though the album has its moments and its lyrics offer great messages, the themes grow tiring and the genres they try to combine just get muddled somewhere throughout. The album seems to meander more than it does accomplish much of anything.
Being As an Ocean How We Both Wondrously Perish
Belle Epoque A La Derive
A little too repetitive, lyrically and musically, to make a memorable impact. This is no more than a collection of average screamo songs that have been done a lot better by many other people in the European screamo movement and elsewhere.
Beloved Failure On
Bicycle Sunday Remnants of Past Lives
The languid pace that harkens back to emo bands of the 90s is not the problem here. The music is just awfully unadventurous and devoid of emotion because of it lacking so much. It's all been done before...
Billy Joel Storm Front
Black Sheep Wall It Begins Again
Blue October Sway
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Sunset Mission
Despite its beautifully eerie backdrop, "Sunser Mission" presents a version of over-simplified and directionless jazz that can become interesting at times, but makes it hard to enjoy the whole album. The ambient stylings could have added a new dimension to the sound of they were applied more tactfully. Overall, this release is more meandering than accomplishing of anything, and it feels poorly executed at most times because of that. But, the times that it works, there are really some nice smooth jazz compositions in here.
Bonjour Machines Bonjour Machines
Quirk outweighs substance quite often here. With more focused and linear song structures, this could have exceeded my expectations.
Boysetsfire Bled Dry
Boysetsfire While A Nation Sleeps...
In some ways, this turned out far better than I thought, but in others, it's just decent. Even with the lackluster production aside, Boysetsfire's return doesn't hit all the nerves that their other material had. The emotions on this album are pretty one-note: just very, very pissed off. There are no songs where I felt like they gave it their all, but it's still good to have these guys back. I still have my faith in them. Looking forward to better things.
Brian Eno Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It
Burials The Haunting
Burzum Daudi Baldrs
Okay. So, it's hard to tell where to start with this. The fact that this album was made at all is a testament to how persistent Vikernes was to make music, even when behind bars. With that being said, it's impossible to avoid mentioning how he is downright crazy to make this radical transition in sound so suddenly! Now to the music: it's really only averge because, not only does it lack direction, but it also lacks a sense of cohesion. It can be unbearably unfocused at times. But there are a few moments of Vikernes' fading genius.
calculator This Will Come To Pass
Using the most well-worn tricks in the book, Calculator doesn't hit all the emotional chords that they wish to, but they are able to churn out enough energy. The whole experience feels too similar, save for the main standout tracks (especially the closer).
Carrollhood VIOLENCE.
Carrollhood shows that they know how to birth tunes with great ideas, but execution that leads to only dead ends. The result is a well-meaning but average EP.
Cattle Decapitation Human Jerky
Cattle Decapitation's second EP is disgusting, messy, and heavy, and all of those elements work in its favor only half of the time.
Cattle Decapitation To Serve Man
Vocals sound great here, but it seems like the drummer and guitarist just wanted to stick
with the same exact tricks throughout the whole album, and it is reduced to a mediocre and
predictable metal outing.
Cattle Decapitation The Harvest Floor
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
In an attempt to marry all the genres that they have sampled, we get very mixed results and a very average album because of that. Each song sounds so different to the point where it feels like the band may have been very confused on what ideas to settle on.
Cephalophore Ghosts
Dark ambient that doesn't hit many nerves along the way in any regard, but is listenable nonetheless.
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Stray Arrows - A Collection Of Favorites
Where is "Letter from a Thief"? That's probably my favorite song in all of the band's history! This is one sloppy compilation.
chinesedream. winter demo 2011
Chiodos Bone Palace Ballet
City Of Ifa City of Ifa
CKY Volume 1
Cloudkicker Subsume
I just don't get it. Cloudkicker is based off of good composition, but all of it relies of repetition; it's all just the same phrasing as naseum. Even still, there are decent moments, but as a whole, it's nothing new or a new stage for Cloudkicker at all.
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Clouds Collide Until the Wind Stops Blowing
I feel like I really have to like this more than I do. I give props to the band for making some effective attempts at crafting emotional, Deafheaven-esque songs, but they don't fit as well as expected. It's really your run-of-the-mill post-black metal album with not lots of deviation from the standards set by previous bands.
Cold Body Radiation The Great White Emptiness
It works well enough to be a typical post-rock/black metal hybrid, but it really only plays upon the very mediocre aspects of both.
Copeland Beneath Medicine Tree
No standout tracks or fresh styles here. Just a mix of indie pop sensibilities and pop-rock moments. Yawn-worthy, for the most part.
Cradle of Filth The Manticore and Other Horrors
CSTVT Summer Fences
CSTVT The Echo and the Light
Dampe's Keep Dampe's Keep
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Darwin Deez Darwin Deez
Dashboard Confessional Dusk and Summer
David Gray White Ladder
Gray's multi-instrumentalism can be intriguing at first, but he does not create much more than a sleepy adult alternative album with few standout moments.
Deftones (Like) Linus
This is the beginning of one of the greatest American bands of all time, and it sounds atrocious. But leaving the demo-tape sound quality behind, the album has enough fun to offer, but doesn't seem to establish much of anything that can be made out as a foothold for the band to gain leverage on. Not all great bands start out great, but this one is just too mediocre.
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn
Demon Hunter misses far too often with this album that intentions are muddy. Is it trying to widen DH's genre spectrum by incorporating different styles into the mix or is it just a step closer to mainstream success with more generic-sounding tracks? It's hard to say, but much of it is not nearly as pleasant as their other work.
Desolate Winds In Times of Cold
This is an album that, much like Satyricon's Dark Medieval Times, gets the atmosphere right but lets the music fall by the wayside. A decent bit of black metal fare overall.
Destroy The Runner I, Lucifer
Din of Awakening Demo II
DoA possesses all the vim and vigor of old school black metal, but doesn't always deliver on point with this EP. Good moments can be taken away, but the whole product suffers from lack of imagination.
Dinosaur Pile-Up The Most Powerful E.P. in the Universe
DIR EN GREY Vulgar
Dodkvlt I
Black metal that is far from predictable, but stands on confusing ground for a lot of the way. Decent enough for a casual listen, but that's it.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? You Have No Idea What You're Getting You
It becomes clear a few songs in that DIOYY is trying their darnedest to be unique but it's just not working out
amidst all the silly things they do. The synth, dancy pop songs can't save this slightly lackluster album from
mediocrity. That being said, "I Regret To Inform You" is a wonderful marriage of the elements their sound try to
combine on the other tracks.
Drowning With Our Anchors You can never go home again
A thin idea stretched over too long of a time. A good enough try, all things considered.
Drowningman Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline
Annoying production and generic sound taints this otherwise good hardcore album. The emotion is there, which saves this from being of poor quality.
Drugs of Faith Corroded
Eels Beautiful Freak
A lazy pop album disguised as an alternative masterpiece. This has lots of radio-friendly tracks and attempts to be emotionally gripping, but nothing here is exciting.
Elesh Norn All The Pain I Built Up
Emarosa Relativity
Empty Mantra Ep, EP
Empty Mantra Untitled EP
Envy Breathing and Dying in this Place
Erase the Grey 27 Days EP
So close to being "good," EtG creates some marginally decent tunes that fall victim to some of the most boring production you'll ever hear.
Eucalypt Collection
Very surface-level screamo. I'm very indifferent towards this.
Evergreen Evergreen
Despite this being the earliest release from one of emo's most prominent figureheads, this release feels pretty standard even for its time. Following directly in the footsteps of alternative and punk bands before them, they don't deviate too much from the paths set for them. Fun but empty.
Exotype Emerge
Extol Extol
It plays loud and proud, just like any of the band's other releases, but it is a very simplified version of their technical sound, and the production is very awkward in spots. This isn't so much bad as it is disappointing, considering how long that it has been in the works.
FACT Witness
I feel like this band is constantly in limbo for me. On this album, they seem to go back to
the odds-and-ends technique that seems to have a huge hand in their weaker albums so far.
Few songs feel complete and run too wide of a genre gamut to be on one album together. There
are some good songs here, as always, but the album feels frustratingly ineffective at times
because of the aforementioned complaints I have with it. A HUGE plus that this album holds
over the other albums' heads is a huge improvement in lyrics.
FACT In the Blink of an Eye
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
This is yet another case of modern progressive bands trying to be TOO progressive. The album's full of inconsistencies, patched up by pretentious attempts are creating a diverse listening experience. With that being said, some tracks are really solid. But overall, FTM proves that they may not be all that they make themselves out to be.
Fear My Thoughts The Great Collapse
Most songs go by as a mildly entertaining blur. Very little material stands out though there is some great instrumentation going on here. Also, many songs overstay their welcome by minutes. Good ideas, questionable execution.
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Quality death metal often held back by awful over-production and lack of compression in the orchestral department. Those strings are WAY too loud. Seriously, R.I.P. headphone users. And those clean vocals are just absurd, but thank God they're only thrown in a few times. The album is actually fairly cohesive; it's just swallowed by its own hopes of being a classical masterpiece.
For Today Ekklesia
Gauge Means Nothing The Absent Trail of an Echo...
The most painful thing about listening to this is being able to see the original direction
this band wanted to go in but seeing them fall short with each attempt. A decent collection
of songs that don't carry as much weight as they wish they could due to awkward musicianship
and odd production.
Glaciial Glaciial
Glass Cloud The Royal Thousand
Gnaw Their Tongues Eschatological Scatology
Gods I See You Through Glass
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tiny Silver Hammers
Good Weather for an Airstrike A Home for You
Moving, but it sure does take its time, even for an ambient album. Maybe not quite as cathartic as it wants to be, but decent nonetheless.
Gorillaz Gorillaz
This album turns out to be a novelty more than much else. The influences mix a tepid form of trip-hop and a wide range of other flavors. Between all the predictable samples and beats, there are some good, catchy songs. That's all that matters, right?
Graf Orlock Los Angeles
Graf Orlock Doombox
Haste When Reason Sleeps
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Hiroshima Will Burn To The Weight Of All Things
Hootie and The Blowfish Cracked Rear View
Hope For The Dying Dissimulation
This sounds much like Becoming the Archetype's Terminate Damnation and holds the same issues: it shoots for high-flying progressive status, but gets lost in its ambitions along the way. Great musicianship and good attention to detail, but it lacks subtlety and clarity most times.
Hot Water Music The New What Next
House of Fools House of Fools (EP)
I'm ok. Fuck Everything
Whiny lyrics and annoying vocals (even for the emo genre!) dont' make an interesting record. With that said, there are plenty of well-composed musical pieces, but they can't make up for the x factor that the album lacks and suffers greatly from it.
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames doesn't show that they are much more than just another Gothenberg band. This album does not steo out of the box at all and the vocal approach of alternating netween whispers and harsh screams is annoying. No matter how much variation the songs bring, they cannot escape the painfully boring nature the album exudes. A weak musical attempt from a band that has abilities much greater than the ones displayed here.
In Sepia In Sepia
Innards I've Lost Everything
This album suffers immensely from a "rough draft" syndrome: all the songs suffer from an unfinished type of feel. The short song lengths is not the only thing that causes it to hurt, but also the messy math rock passages in the song that just don't fit. This album is an overall disappointment, but has a few good moments.
Intervals The Space Between
With lack of nuance that an "ambi-djent" album promises and predictable riffs, Intervals do not set themselves too far apart from other rising instrumental metal projects out there. With that being said, there are some decent tracks on here, but no stand-outs.
Isis Wavering Radiant
Jawbreaker Dear You
Jig-Ai Jig-Ai
Another good goregrind album marred by the signature trademark of the genre of pitch-shifted, synthesized vocals. There is good, albeit generic, instrumentation going on here that could have been explored more in depth, too.
Jimmy Eat World Damage
JEW finally begins to fully retreat from all of what made their success so beautiful. Damage is not much more than a collection of fun tunes that are awfully sleepy an uninspired, not to mention predictable. It isn't as much of a disappointment as it could have been, but it is far from the near-classics that they've produced.
Kanye West Yeezus
With a new-found love for minimalist and experimental music, West finds himself swimming through a cocktail of odd ideas that sometimes can converge to a distinct point, but also have their fair share of failures (quite a few, honestly). The lyrics and flow here are only decent, really, and they don't find West exploring any new topics.
Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang der Junglinge
Overrated, but still a trailblazer in the experimental electronic scene. This serves more as a simple showcase of technology than it does as a musical piece, which is fine, I suppose.
Kill The Client Set for Extinction
Pretty much every grind trick in the book from the last twenty years compiled into one very average album.
Killing Joke Killing Joke
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
An awfully uninspired album by a band falling apart in slow motion.
Kimbra Vows
Len You Can't Stop the Bum Rush
Lentic Waters Lentic Waters
Linkin Park Meteora
Lord Snow Lord Snow
Loss of Self Twelve Minutes
lovechild In Heaven, Everything is Fine
Lowtalker The Marathon
Lifeless and derivative, Lowtalker makes an unexciting punk release that has no flair to it. It focuses more on older influences to present its sound, but it doesn't acheive many more interesting things like that.
Make Them Suffer Neverbloom
Props to these guys for really trying to make symphonic deathcore a genre, but it just doesn't work well enough here to hold up for the entire 45+ minutes that it lasts. There are interesting elements, but they never converge smoothly.
Malon Reverie
Maruta In Narcosis
Me and Him Call It Us Loss
Meat Loaf Hang Cool Teddy Bear
Meshuggah Koloss
It's at least a step up from ObZen, but it never hits the more-than-decent mark.
MNWA Joyless
Monomate Grand Battle
Murder Construct Results
You surely would expect more from a super-group of this musical capacity than just tremolo-picked guitars, repetitive arpeggios, straightforward blast beats, and boring vocals. Even Travis Ryan doesn't seem to be up to his A game here. The songs are fun to listen to once, but there are certainly lots of duds, too. Plus, it all sounds the same due to its poor production.
My Chemical Romance Number Four
With the same old chip on their shoulder, MCR releases two more songs in the "Conventional Weapons" series
that are by far the weakest. The band rests on the power pop sound of the other albums but with a more
swinging 60-70s rock sound that is downright campy when mixes. An ineffective and very mediocre release.
My Fictions Always Trapped
Heavy and fast, but bland. My Fictions doesn't show that they have the ability to break out of the general impression of hardcore bands and make a very typical and boring album with few highlights. if they continue down this road, they will be completely forgotten soon.
Napalm Death Diatribes
It's not so much the fact that Napalm Death had drastically changed their sound with "Diatribes," but the real problem is that the band feels far too out of their element and releases a boring, generic album. It has some great, groove-centric riffs and pounding drums, but it never adds up to more than a plea for airplay. The vocals are awfully monotonous and not nearly as memorable as the earlier installments in Napalm Death's career.
Nasum Industrislaven (MCD)
A balls-to-the-wall Napalm Death rip-off. This EP represents the humble beginnings of a band that went on to do so much more.
Norma Jean Redeemer
And you thought O, God... sounded all the same? This is Norma Jean's weakest album to date due to its senseless beating to death of the same ideas. This shows how Norma Jean had a hard time changing from their glory days with former vocalist Josh Scogin. The lyrics are weak as well, for they lack that intellectual punch that Scogin's had. And, boy, those breakdowns (with a few exceptions) are very flat and unexciting. This wasn't as apparent on O, God..., oddly enough. It's not terrible, just very typical and same-sounding.
Not One Is Upright Beauty Is A Fleeting Thing
One of the most unabashed forms of The Chariot worship that I have ever heard. But it could have been a LOT worse.
Nous Etions Limbes
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
Old Gray Old Gray & Girl Scouts
A dull and lifeless attempt at more great emo tracks from two bands on the rise. Neither of the bands seem to be at their best here and neither song packs enough punch to listen to all the way through. The instrumentation and lyrics here are just too boring to pay attention to, despite some interesting ideas and moments.
Oswald Blunders
Pacifica The Process of Illumination
Generic, inoffensive post-hardcore/alternative rock that tries too hard to break the mold with small details, but doesn't achieve much to forge far enough forward to make a lasting impression.
Palmkite The Sound Of Snowfall
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Park Jefferson Park Jefferson
This band has never been BAD, but has never rushed to the top of my modern emo lists. This album in particular
feels like they kinda just threw their hands up in the air and created a collection of rehashed tunes. It's decent, I
guess.
Peace Be Still 64
Pele The Nudes
Pet Symmetry Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles.
Pg. 99 Document #8
I can't feel this album as much as I should. Not to be a screamo purist, but this music's passion is so much more visible when the production is ugly and unmastered. Pg. 99 seems to bring in a more mainstream audience with a very strongly produced handful of songs and it seems contrary to their overall mission. That aside, the music and lyrics are often good but nothing that merits this as an emo classic.
Pig Destroyer Mass & Volume
An odd change for PxDx. I hope they don't continue in this direction after this experiment. "Red Tar" is great towards the end, but all of the album preceding that point is just messy, droney garbage. They could have tried a little bit harder to make it interesting.
Pillar Where Do We Go from Here
Pillar proves that they can't be much more than a generic rock band, despite their great abilities. There seems to be a lot being held back here, and the treble-heavy production makes the entire listening experience annoying. The uplifting lyrics can sometimes be the savior here.
Pity Sex Dark World
Pixies EP2
This might be getting a little boring now...
Placebo Meds
Pleymo Rock
The concept so heavily outweighs the quality of the music here that it renders the whole
album very average. There are some undeniably good songs on here, but the pacing and
placement of heavy and light tunes while trying to uphold a very interesting story makes for
a very uneven experience.
Project 86 Songs to Burn Your Bridges By
Pulse Emitter Aeons
Purity Ring Shrines
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Relient K Relient K
Relient K's baby stage must certainly be humiliating for the band, but weird for the listener. The album is full of harmless and wholesome pop-punk, but it can feel frustratingly lifeless. The energy is there, but not applied to the music enough to be a wholly enjoyable listen.
Rishloo Terras Fames
If I could judge an album on vocals alone, this could be close to perfect. Sporting a resemblance to Maynard James Keenan but also containing a unique grungy feel, vocalist Andrew Mailloux takes the spotlight here. The music is very predictable and often unadventurous but can sometimes accomplish cool soundscapes.
Rufio MCMLXXXV
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.
Sartre Sartre
Satyricon Dark Medieval Times
Scarlet This Was Always Meant To Fall Apart
Secret And Whisper Teenage Fantasy
This is almost as confusing as teenage life itself can be. The overly wailed vocals and high-pitched guitars team
up and plow their way through the whole album, muddying everything else around. Moreover, the stupid lyrics
cloud up any real meaning, though they occasionally make for great poetry. There is plenty of talent in the band,
it's just buried beneath a huge mess. Good songs exist on this album, but most are throwaways after one listen.
Sex Prisoner State Property
Shadowmind Shadowmind
A decent album from Soilwork's long-lost cousin. Awkward vocals and unremarkable content hold back from fully meeting your average melodeath fan's expectations.
Shai Hulud That Within Blood Ill-Tempered
"I hate everyone because everyone hates me" might as well be blatantly expressed in every song. This extremely inconsistent metalcore offering presents oddly-metered music that become too hard to follow and disgustingly misanthropic lyrics (although, Shai Hulud would convince you that these morals are "positive"). There are a few good tracks, but the immaturely angry lyrics and over-layered vocals just rub the ears the wrong way. Grossly overrated.
Shattered Skies Reanimation
Sianvar Sianvar
My problem isn't so much with the music being the way it is but rather the way in which it is produced and performed. And the PRETENTIOUSNESS. There, I said it. It's like Acceptance Speech all over again. Gavin is as Gavin does, I guess.
Sigh Scenes from Hell
Silverchair Frogstomp
The post-grunge album that has been made a million different times by a million different bands.
Single Soul Demo
The emotion is on point here and the songs are decent, but a good half of the album feels like sometimes out of place filler.
Sissy Spacek Contretemps
Sissy Spacek Sissy Spacek
This album reminds that not all noise albums are atrocious. This is is far from great, but
it has an interesting amount of variety that most albums of its kind are afraid to have.
However, the over-modulation and glitching becomes more grating than anything else, which I
guess is a good thing...? Since it's noise...
Skillet Invincible
Skillet makes a surprisingly lackluster industrial album that starts and ends with a bang but doesn't hold much value inbetween.
Slipknot Iowa
A considerable improvement from their abysmal self-titled atrocity. Better production showcases a more rhythmically involved and musically conscious Slipknot, with even more emotional lyrics (and twice as angry, which can be annoying). The vocals have improved, too. But nothing is all that good still. The band seems to have have such a hard time being musicians rather than beacons of anger.
Soul Coughing Ruby Vroom
Starbomb Starbomb
I have to hand it to the Game Grumps to being able to pull this off. It's good for a few laughs, don't get me wrong, but that's just about it. And even then, the jokes are mostly about genitalia, so......
Stories Void
Strapping Young Lad City
Although very unique, especially for its time, City is in no way an ideal metal release. The energy and anger is there, but it lacks enough truly interesting moments that could have had the ability to hold the songs together. There are good songs, but nothing to save it from being just decent.
Straylight Run The Needles, The Space
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
This debut seems to be a cavalcade of unfinished ideas, and not much else. The songs are boring and, despite the interesting Celtic influence in many of them, become annoying due to Stevens' overly whispered vocals. This is certainly not a great way to start out without the Danielson family with him, but there are a few glimmers of hope.
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
There's too much going on here. There's too much, too much, too much, too much.
Sullivan Cover Your Eyes
Sun Devoured Earth Sounds of Desolation
SDE's signature atmosphere becomes unusually exhausting to listen to and the album drops off halfway through. There are some cool songs from a post-rock standpoint, but nothing that leaves too much of an impression and its sludgy pace works against the album. It's all been heard before.
Sun Devoured Earth Sun Devoured Earth
Gorgeous melodies flow abundantly through this album, but the problem is that there is really only one per track without any movement whatsoever.
Sunning Lock & Key
Switchfoot New Way to Be Human
An often silly and over-stylized sophomore effort that finds Switchfoot being far too ambitious. The good tunes here are too often overshadowed by the quirky ones. Their soft side is very well developed on this album, though.
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
A decent pop-rock record that is meant to breach the mainstream. The thin production and Jon Foreman's seemingly forced, traditional rock vocals are so unnatural that it's almost laughable. The instrumentation, as always, is varied and fun but sometimes over ambitious. Good moments here and there.
System of a Down Steal This Album!
After a while, all of the genuinely interesting elements that SOAD has to offer begin to become expected and they all mush together. No song on here is outright enjoyable, just decent.
Tally Hall Good & Evil
Tau Tau Eyelids
Teen Suicide Goblin Problems
Sappy and tacky at times, but cute. Nothing to take too seriously.
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen
Though painfully honest and admirably so, Gentlemen just does not pack the punch or weight that it so desperately attempts to. Some songs win, some fall flat, none completely impress.
The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra Jedes Herz Ist Eine Zeitbombe
The Appleseed Cast The End of Ring Wars
The Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl, Volume I
The Butterfly Effect Begins Here
The Classic Crime Vagabonds
Let's be honest, TCC spoiled us with "The Silver Cord." They seem to aim for making a more stripped-down and emotional record but this is not achieved nearly as well as it seems like they tried to do. The repetitive lyrics are well-written, but aimless and the music is hit and miss. Not what one would expect after "The Silver Cord."
The Deadstation Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss
The Delicious Bread Collection We Have No Fucking Clue What We're Doing
This is TDBC's first somewhat enjoyable release. The silly dissonance throughout the whole product becomes genuinely funny, especially throughout the last medley track where they mercilessly ruin popular songs from all genres. It's still hard to see the band as anything more than a stupid joke, which is, I'm guessing, what they're aiming for.
The Devil Wears Prada 8:18
TDWP continues the style that they kicked off with Dead Throne, but they still never completely surpass all expectations. Dead Throne had a great mood to it, and 8:18 tries to recreate it with a just as powerful message behind it. But it is far less effective. Many songs showcase their new brand of instrumentation well, but I may still be in the minority for saying that I wish for them to return to some of their older elements. A modest attempt, but inherently flawed and often fairly boring.
The Early November In Currents
The Ember Days More Than You Think
The Juliana Theory Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat
Fun but too full of air to make as big of an emotional impact as their earlier works had. Even leaving their earlier albums completely out of the picture, this is your run-of-the-mill, pop-punk, emo release.
The National Trouble Will Find Me
In many ways, this album has to fail in order to exist. The National has been making superb, but same-sounding, albums for a while. They are all emotionally moving and they all have a unique and dark vibe about them. Trouble Will Find Me tries its hardest to be different, but it's too late. It's all the same collection of slow-moving songs, some of which build to great heights while others do not. The plaintive trudging is not the problem, though. It's how they realize that they can't go many places from here without riding down the middle of the road. The album is far from "bad," but certainly underwhelming.
The Rasmus Hide From The Sun
The Rasmus expounds on their usage of awkward hard rock riffs mixed with a poppy infrastructure. Not terrible, just so uneven that it's confusing at times.
The Right Wing Conspiracy Alternate World
TRWC can't escape its gimmicky shell well enough to create an album that can be taken as seriously as it desires to be. Cool riffs, though. But this "fastest blast beats in the world" drum machine crap has got to go.
The Saddest Landscape Exit Wounded
The Showdown Back Breaker
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
It was impossible to come back with a great album after Mellon Collie..., and this really confirms that for me. The album isn't bad or good, really. It just floats between, drifting dangerously close to either extreme. All the songs are a gothy mix of post-punk and alt rock, but they never reach the highest moments of catharsis that they try their hardest to. This is the beginning of the Pumpkins' downfall.
The Streets Everything is Borrowed
The Weeknd Kiss Land
I'm with Anthony Fantano on this one.
Things Fall Apart Tim
Thousand Foot Krutch The Art of Breaking
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. III: Air
Thy Art Is Murder Infinite Death
Time To Burn Is.Land
Tomahawk Oddfellows
Often too awkward to make any sense (even for a Mike Patton project), "Oddfellows" is more of a
disorganized exercise in ideas rather than fully fleshed-out songs. There are good moments, but the
album just feels too rushed and underdone.
Topbunk Springlake Pharmacy
Trist (CZE) Zrcadlení melancholie
There is a fine line between repetition and consistency.
Ulver Bergtatt
Atmospheric, yes. Interesting, yes. But this album just simply does not hold enough weight in its entirety. There are plenty of interesting moments, but the ridiculously overproduced nature of the whole becomes annoying and the whole thing goes downhill. The instrumentation is decent black metal fare and the clean vocals are very annoying. A let down with some strong points, but not enough to save it from all of its shortcomings.
Ulver A Quick Fix of Melancholy
As interesting as the compositions can be here, they are often blown out of proportion with layer upon layer of synthesized material pumped full of cheese. Ulver aims for catharsis, as usual, but just misses the mark, as usual. Decent.
Vaiya Wintermoon
It was interesting until it didn't go much of anywhere. I expected more. It was okay and the atmosphere was cool, but far overlong.
Vattnet Viskar Demo
Violet Eyes A Letter to Spell Endings
Vita Bassa Vita Bassa
Vomitorial Corpulence Skin Stripper
Its poor production actually works against this grind album, oddly enough, and the vocals are awful. However, there are some fun grind riffs here.
War of Ages Return To Life
This is sad, truly it is. I never thought this band of any would succumb to such minimalistic and boring trends. There are good guitar solos, and their powerful message remains unchanged, but the overall product is far from the standard set by WoA's previous releases.
Warren of Ohms Untitled
Wavelets Friends Followed by Actions
We Came As Romans Understanding What We've Grown to Be
WCAR spends too much time trying to make every moment catchy and chuggy and forget to make things mildly different. This is far inferior to their previous full-length due to its simply annoying moments that prove how the band is trying to hard to be something they don't have to be.
Ween The Mollusk
This is one of those albums that works more as an experiment than a piece of art... or an album. It has its moments, but nothing seems to fit together all too well, despite all of its interesting ideas and oddities. It's so close to good, but not quite there.
Weezer Maladroit
whenskiesaregray What Can Not Be Reversed
Lyrically, yes. Musically, meh.
Wilco Summerteeth
William Bonney Good Vibes
Too familiar, too homogeneous, and often boring. Also, the lyrics almost make this seem like a parody of emo rather than the real thing. There are some decent moments nonetheless.
Witch In Her Tomb Maleficus Maleficarum
With Blood Comes Cleansing Golgotha
Wolf Eyes Slicer
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
A post-rock/black metal release that can become increasingly dull throughout its running time. It has good ideas, but it shows that WITTR may not be able to fully deliver this time.
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
This album's musical priorities seem to be jumbled and the album ends up being a tepid stew of post-rock and black metal morsels that could have been so much meatier.
Wood Spider The American Cassette
You'll Live Lost. Forgotten. Abandoned. Buried.
Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson Small Changes We Hardly Notice

2.0 poor
A Flower Kollapsed Brown Recluse
Another example of a screamo band being far too ambitious too soon in their career.
Above the Graves Excess Infinitum
I've heard far worse from high-budget studio albums.
Above the Graves Life/Death
Above the Graves A.S.I.M.A.
Sheesh, guys. He's not THAT bad. At least, I don't think so......
Abyssal Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
An album that is crushed beneath the hulking mass of its own sound. Boring and ineffective, Abyssal takes what made their debut so great and exploited the disappointing parts of it for this release. Heavy and that's all. And the production is all bass. Can't even hear the darn snare.
Adobe Homes Pinata
Overly slick and calculated bleeding heart nonsense.
Aeterna Tristitia Now and Forever
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope
Akitsa Sang Nordique
Alfheimr Dream Sequences
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!
Anberlin Cities
Far too polished, same-sounding, and occasionally cheesy. Extremely overrated.
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Ancient Shores Step to the Edge
A weak Converge rip-off. Boring and anticlimactic in every sense of those words.
Animae Capronii Heavenly Unblack Metal
Animals as Leaders Weightless
An overwhelmingly incongruous and jagged record, even by progressive standards. All of the beautiful melodies and harmonies poured out by Tosin Abasi turn to a complete shred-fest here that lacks any form of subtlety. Abasi's abilities are greatly displayed here, but alongside annoying programming and electronic tricks. This could have been much better.
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Now, here is an album that tries to combine genres but just doesn't quite have the chops to proficiently do so. The songs can be catchy and the electronic aspects can be genuinely interesting at times, but when combined and with awful vocals thrown in, the album turns into a one-note disaster.
Barenaked Ladies Maybe You Should Drive
After the consistency of "Gordon," Barenaked Ladies shake off all of their good qualities to make an incredibly messy and generally dull album. The band seems to attempt an about-face by creating more straight-forward rock tunes, but fails and goes nowhere.
Becoming The Archetype I Am
Messy and obscured by its own shots at progressive metal greatness (yet again). Instead, the band - with their new vocalist - conforms to more of a deathcore outfit, which wouldn't be so much of a problem if they weren't so bad at it. There are some cool moments of instrumental skill, but nothing genius like their previous work. This is album is even weaker considering how it is intended to be somewhat of a concept album. Even the album's epic finisher can't save it.
Belly Star
Bergraven Dödsvisioner
Despite its bold moves to expand the loose confines of black metal, this album fails time and time again.
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Bhang Khang 2011 Demo
It races at breakneck speeds, but it ain't got soul.
Bicycle Sunday Nothing's All Right
Biffy Clyro Opposites
Biffy creates what may be among the biggest let-downs of the year. It sounds like a more experimental and aimless version of the excellent Only Revolutions. From song to song, both the music and lyrics are awfully boring and poorly constructed. Even the singles are bad.
Breather Resist Charmer
A carbon copy of every late-90s, early 2000s metal core band with no variation or distinguishing elements whatsoever. Boring and stale.
Brian Eno Panic of Looking
Brume Retina Agresse Gueule
Sour riffs, dry vocals, and some atrocious songs. Very close to a 1.5 for me.
Brunettes Not Fighter Jets Romantic Fiction
More noise than rock. These guys could make some killer tunes if they paid more attention to what they were doing.
Burzum Belus
Burzum begins experimenting more with vocals rather than interesting instrumentation (save for a few moments of goodness) and ends up releasing an album full of dead ends. For once, the ultra-long songs feel aimless and the whole product seems unfinished.
Bush The Science of Things
Cabin Fire Humid City
Yeah, this, uh... This didn't do anything for me.
Caliban I Am Nemesis
Callow Disappear Here
This just literally goes in one ear and out the other. *snore*
Caravels Lacuna
Why are they trying to sound like Isis all of a sudden? The songs are far too similar and
few of them go anywhere at all. "Hundred Years" is the only track that has truly stuck with
me.
Cavity Laid Insignificant
Celldweller Blackstar - Act One: Purified
Dear Klayton... STOP.
Chelsea Grin Chelsea Grin
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
City Of Ifa Black Pyramid
If The Fall of Troy and The Number Twelve Looks Like You had a child... and it received the worst genetic traits from both parents... and did lots of cocaine...
Claret Ash Ground Dweller
A generic snore-fest.
Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire Omega Drunk on the Blood of Alpha
A messy release that indulges in all the wrong things.
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Courtesy Drop Songs To Drive To; Cry, and Make Love To
The feeling I felt halfway through the album never changed before it ended... No matter how many times I listen to this, I just find it boring and fake. All these words and notes have been written so many times before, yet not always lacking as much flair as this. So disappointing that it's angering. So much could have been done better!
Crooked Necks Alright Is Exactly What It Isn't
Unlike their previous material, this album seems like the same mid-tempo jargon over and over. The guitars are far too bright, the vocals are more obnoxious this time around, and even when the songs go somewhere... they go nowhere.
Crooked Necks Something Must Break
Crossfaith Apocalyze
Immature and predictable, this is a step down for a band that has never really had it all together. The odd production is a real thorn in its side, too.
Cryptic Rising Hopeless In Dead Winter Storm
This is where experimentation goes so easily awry...
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Overproduced, annoying, lyrically generic, and drenched in what I wish was self-aware attitude. The problem isn't so much in the fact that this is Cryptopsy making this type of music, but rather that it's just bad. They're clearly still talented, but each track is one misstep after another.
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
Defeater Letters Home
I hate to not like this, I really do. But I can't bring myself to be interested in anything that Defeater does anymore. They shot themselves in the foot with being the concepts they've created, because they all carry the same mood and all the songs sound pretty much the same. I just can't do it anymore. Yeah, I know the ending is kinda cool, but whatever....
Devourment Butcher The Weak
Heard it all before a million times. Nothing exciting... or intelligible.
Die Aerzte Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer!
Pop-punk has a tendency to be mediocre, but this is just boring. Die ?rzte's sound is just too typical to make any waves and the songs are not memorable or enjoyable as pop-punk should be. Stale and devoid of fun, this is almost sad to listen to.
Domo Genesis Rolling Papers
Boring beat tracks, silly lyrics, and all the other elements that plague the majority of the OFWGKTA material.
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
With jagged beats, poppy structures, and ugly production, this album will go down in history as one of the most surprisingly and underwhelming albums of all time. There are some good songs, but nothing above decent. Dan the Automator's style is not for dredg, and it seems more like a publicity stunt than anything else because without all the weird production, the songs themselves are boring and predictable. Ugh. Why, dredg, why?!
Duck. Little brother, duck! Survival Is Not a Workout
Out of the heap of early 90s emo/math revival bands going on right now, DLBD proves to be one of the ones
easiest to forget. The melodies try to hard to be unconventional despite their bland sound and the vocals become
annoying rather than nostalgic. There are a lot of areas for improvement here. Many of the over-long
"progressive" song structures don't cover the mistakes up for too long.
Editors In This Light and On This Evening
Emmure The Complete Guide to Needlework
Emmure Speaker of the Dead
A small step forward musically, but still ugly and boring through and through.
Emmure Slave to the Game
Evanescence The Open Door
Evergreen These Last Days
Ugh... these guys really ruined their reputation for me with this sloppy album.
Evergreen Refuge Evergreen Refuge
With annoying guitar tone, predictable and haphazard song structures, Evergreen Refuges's debut is a very weak combination of folk and post-rock. Not nearly as memorable as it tries to be.
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
The Paramore syndrome kicks in. Both Paramore and Fall Out Boy have sacrificed their uniqueness for poppy, contrived trash this year. The problem isn't in the albums' poppy-ness, but rather its homogenous and annoying tracks. A frustratingly annoying album from an otherwise solid band.
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
A mish-mash of ideas gone awry. The album is frustratingly obsessed with being odd as opposed to musically enjoyable. It's an overload of noise that generally amounts to zero. The vocals and some interesting melodies are the only saving graces of this album that is otherwise a waste of time.
Fleshgod Apocalypse Labyrinth
Fleshgod continues their upheaval of the good elements of their sound and creates an ostentatious album that has good material, but is completely destroyed by unneeded operatic influences and ear-shattering overproduction. Seriously, someone needs to readjust those levels! Greatly disappointing, but not surprisingly so.
Flyleaf Memento Mori
For Today Fight the Silence
I knew this was going to happen.
Forty Fathoms In/Famous
The album that forgets to be interesting and goes for the balls that it doesn't have.
Funeral for a Friend Hours
Further Seems Forever Penny Black
The music is only average (albeit same-sounding), but the whole thing is marred by Chris Carraba's over-produced, robotic vocals. If he can't sing like he used to, that's fine. At least it would be a raw product. It is almost insulting to a dedicated fan to see a product like this be put out. It all seems very half-hearted. I can't say that this was the reunion and comeback I was expecting.
Garbage Garbage
This awfully (and over-) produced album just goes in one ear and out the other without picking up at all along the way.
Gauge Means Nothing Split w/ My Precious
Gnaw Their Tongues The Blotched and the Unwanted
A Merzbow-esque approach to black metal that is often just too muddied by unnecessary noise to make out any discernible musical phrases.
Good Weather for an Airstrike Signals
Graf Orlock Destination Time Yesterday
Heavy Heavy Low Low Courtside Seats to the Greatest Fuck Of
Hellogoodbye Mush Slowly and Guac
Just goofy pop music. At least it's a little self aware, I guess.
Hermodr Hermodr
This gave me severe Belus flashbacks.
Hester Prynne Black Heart Market
I just can't do this.
Hoobastank The Reason
Hope Drone Hope Drone
A bland, unfocused, and overlong affair riddled with black metal staples but never anything exciting.
Howie Day Australia
i AM esper Lux Lucis
It starts slow, unfolds beautifully, then withers.
I Kill Giants No One Will Ever Leave You
This feels so half-done for a band that knows better.
InMe Overgrown Eden
Horrendous vocals paired with decent instrumentation and a very generic sound that did nothing to separate the band from the influx of nu-metal-ish bands around the time of this album's release.
Issues Black Diamonds
Iwrestledabearonce It's All Happening
The personality that this album possesses is stunted by its unusual genre-hopping tendencies and inconsistent production. This feels more more like a study in all genres of music rather than a cohesive, enjoyable album.
Iwrestledabearonce Ruining It for Everybody
Jungle Juice Involuntary Convulsions
Knelt Rote Trespass
This sounds like a split between Immolation and Cattle Decapitation, and neither band was at their best. A waste.
Last Days of Humanity Putrefaction in Progress
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Oh, dear. Over-produced, horribly mixed, and confusing instrumentation. I'm not sure what happened here. Letlive. is a band known mostly for their bombastic frontman Jason Aalon Butler who, on this album, has had his voice drenched in auto-tune and useless tracks piling up that add no effect to the songs. The whole album just feels bloodless, with the exception of the fun first track. Also, the production does not match up with the band's raw philosophy. Guess that was a gimmick after all.
Lights & Motion Save Your Heart
Just an everyday cinematic post-rock album that pays almost lawsuit-inducing tribute to all those that came before it. But what makes it bad is that it just does not EVER change.
Lil B 05 Fuck Em
Lil B is the best joke ever played on America, and we all know it's a joke by now. I'll spare all the hashtags and "THANK YOU BASED GOD"s and just get to how this works. It's ridiculously long for what it is and is definitely not meant to be taken seriously, but there are clever and funny moments. And no, I have not listened to the whole thing.
Lustre Welcome Winter
I think this guy listened to "Dunkelheit" once and was, like, "Imma do dis."
Lustre Of Strength and Solace
Mae (a)fternoon
This unexpectedly uneven and boring release puts a thorn in Mae's star-studded legacy. There is virtually no sense of direction here as the band wanders amateurly through a mess of half-baked progressive elements. The album doesn't ever come to a climax but rather trudges on and on and on......
Marilyn Manson Born Villain
Maruta Demonstration
Horribly confused grind. Are they grind, or are they doom metal? Are they metalcore, or are they sludge? I have no problem with bands changing styles throughout an album, but this is too much within its short running time of only about 5 minutes!
Me and Him Call It Us The (C:) Drive Of Love Stories
Meshuggah obZen
It's become clear that Meshuggah has completely lost their way. They seem bent on capitalizing on the heaviness in their songs and billing it as technical. I don't care how far they have to stretch their fingers apart to hit a chord or how diverse their drummer is. It just does not come together for me at all.
Mind Of An Antagonist Rigel
Modern Baseball Sports
Mose Giganticus Gift Horse
Muknal CN-22
Mutemath Armistice
MxPx Pokinatcha
This confirms my main annoyances with punk. The vocals, the lyrics, the wretched blandness of it all. MxPx does nothing to change this for me in this album. The riffs are obnoxious, the bass can have its stand out moments but it is otherwise inaudible, and the vocals are plain awful... even for punk. The tight drumming is one of the few saving points.
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Dreamy and psychedelic, but MBV forgot to be musically engaging on this one. The production leaves no room for bass, which is an ear-grating aesthetic. There are very few moments of actual instrument playing, it seems, because it focuses too much on its sleepy, druggy atmosphere to even accomplish much of anything. There are a few interesting moments, but the whole thing just shows that MBV has no clue what they're doing.
My Chemical Romance Danger Days
My Chemical Romance The Mad Gear and Missile Kid
Utterly obnoxious, which cannot be consoled even by its super-short run time. This is the beginning of a great band's downfall.
Nayru Recollections
Nefaria Demo II
Nine Covens On the Coming of Darkness
Familiar concept, familiar song structures, familiar production... This is as generic and predicable as black metal can come. It will induce more snoring than deep thought.
Nodes of Ranvier The Years to Come
Noisy Sins of the Insect Discography
So much goes shamefully wrong in this release. The pacing is clunky, the feeling is too intense, and the music is pretty boring.
Omfalos Idiot Savants
There are two HUGE problems with this album. 1) There is only one song that is even passable as "good" to me. 2) It is impossible to predict what will happen next because every song is a new genre, it seems... and not in a good way. This band needs to learn focus, because they're clearly talented.
One Direction Up All Night
"Up All Night" is often a jumbled mess of electropop and predictable songs structures. The production is so shiny to the point where all of the men's voices (all of which sound the same to begin with) robotically chime along with one another rather than totally harmonize. There are genuinely some fun, summery songs, but the from the ultra loud dancebeat percussion to the repetition, One Direction shows that they are not one of the stronger boy bands in recent memory.
One Direction Take Me Home
One Direction doesn't change much on "Take Me Home." They're still making catchy yet boring pop songs, with a few exceptions. The genre mixing on this album is a bit more defined on here than on "Up All Night" which might be a sign of maturing in the future. For now, though, they will have to deal the great amount of mistakes that plague their efforts.
One Hundred Year Ocean Poison Smoak
A sleazy representation of wasted youth with very few interesting musical elements.
One Hundred Year Ocean It's Not Punk, But We Are Getting Close
It's not yet good music, but it's getting close... I guess.
Orgy Candyass
Paramore Paramore
Perfect Future Irrational, Malleable, Inevitable
A limp and derivative emo EP that treads no new ground and leads Perfect Future to take a
few steps back. Hopefully they don't keep up the bad habits on this EP in their future
material. One thing worth taking away from this album is the lyrics.
Periphery Clear
As interesting of a concept as this is, it just shows how many ideas this band has and yet can have such little control in letting them mesh. Bad production and mixing all throughout, and no song is a complete standout, despite flashes of glory.
Picasso Trigger Fire In the Hole!
Pierce the Veil A Flair for the Dramatic
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Protest the Hero Volition
What happened to this band? Musical inconsistencies poke holes in the overall product of this album over and over to the point where it is nearly unlistenable. And don't even get me started on lyrics. This is not much more than a lavish mess.
pswingset All Our False Starts
A terribly boring emo release that lacks any real emotion.
Remembering Never Women and Children Die First
Rorcal Vilagvege
All the moments where this album comes together to form either beautiful melodies or harsh rhythms are poked full of holes by all that the album does wrong. Lack of direction and momentum throughout kills the whole experience. The mood is meant to be as bleak and hopeless as possible. Well done... but not in the right ways.
Scare Don't Fear Blinded
You've got to think, "What were they thinking?" while listening to most of this.
Secrets The Ascent
A dull album that refuses to deviate from any norm.
Sex Prisoner Sex Prisoner
Whatever. Powerviolence, yeah. Grind, yeah. Riffs and whatnot. Beatdowns and stuff. I mean,
ugh...
Showbread Cancer
I didn't expect this for a minute. This album is a well-intentioned mess. Showbread has flexed their experimental muscle in the past and very well, but they don't seem to know what they're doing here. The lyrics are exceptional as with most of their work, but the repetitive and unnecessarily quirky music is annoying and frustratingly shallow. The first track is stellar, but the rest are sheer let-downs.
Sinai Beach Immersed
Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes Majestic Blue
Obnoxiously dull and underdeveloped, yet it strives for such great things. I hesitate to call it pretentious, but it's definitely in over its head, wallowing in its own ideas. There are so many things just so off putting about this album, but they're hard to pinpoint.
Sore Throat Unhindered By Talent
A stupid Napalm Death rip-off with not half the musical talent. The band's quality runs from very low to only decent. This is predictable, annoying, grind from a band that has yet to get it right.
Sore Throat Never Mind the Napalm Here's Sore Throat
Their best album, but that's not saying much at all.
Sudatsuga Saiyeed
Sueisntfine s/t demo
Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your Rabbit
With all of its influence from Autechre, The Mae Shi, and artists of the like, "Enjoy Your Rabbit" seems interesting at first, but grows extremely stale and ANNOYING when it comes to lack of cohesive melodies that were previously explored in his music. There's just too much going on for the album to last as agonizingly long as it does.
Suicide Silence Wake Up
Taking one of their worst songs and making it worse with a terrible remix is a classic case of insult to injury. Seriously, it's torture. Points for a great live performance, though.
Tardigrada Widrstand
Terror Live By The Code
With childish lyrics and inherent arrogance, Terror seems to set out to reinvent hardcore again. Their tricks are well beyond obsolete and their attitude is bordering on offensive.
The Caution Children Unknown Lands
A tedious release from a band that knows better. Fusing post-rock with hardcore has been done very well and much more emotionally several times before, but this offers two jagged puzzle pieces that don't fit together and feels more like a poor man's Saddest Landscape than anything else.
The Devil Wears Prada Dead & Alive
The Echelon Effect Cabrillo
A perfect example of refusing to change and deciding to stagnate instead.
The End (IN) You Made The Rain Disappear​.​.​.
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
The Golden Palominos Visions of Excess
The Great Deceiver Life Is Wasted On The Living
Mr. Lindberg, what are you doing?!
The Handshake Murders Essays on the Progression of Man:What Time and ...
A dull EP that attempts to be exciting through its spastic and "complicated" rhythms, but fails helplessly. Thank God it's in a small dose. The vocals in this EP are awfully hoarse and are not stylistically tasteful in any way. The repetitive breakdowns become annoying and uninspired. Not a lot of saving graces here except for how unconventionally entertaining it can be at times... VERY FEW times.
The Kodan Armada Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost
With a crowding vocal approach and uninteresting musical passages, The Kodan Armada makes an over-the-top and forgettable screamo release.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
This album is both too much and too little. A frustrating, enigmatic piece of work that I will never understand.
The Partisan Turbine The Partisan Turbine
The Rasmus Peep
Sure, it's fun, but... Come on, guys.
The Rasmus Black Roses
The epitomization of "selling out," Black Roses is a horribly one-note album and ineffective album that is made worse by how hard it tries to get under your skin.
The Safety Fire Sections
The Sleeping Question & Answers
Fitting band name.
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina - The Machines of God
An overlong musical mess. Corgan puts all his heart into a meandering and cold project that seems to have no dynamic changes or signature Pumpkins flair. It makes one wish for the old days. The Smashing Pumpkins' weakest album for sure.
This or the Apocalypse Dead Years
How is this anything different than the rest of all the other metalcore bands out there? I had faith in TOtA due to their previous releases, but this is substandard for me. They seemed to abandon their old school metal guitar edge and make an overdone and generic album that goes nowhere.
This Station of Life Plastic Fire
Pedestrian music and very little direction makes this EP very blah.
Tiamat Sumerian Cry
Time To Burn Starting Point
A boring, predictable Envy/Converge clone. The production on this is obnoxious rather than cathartic and the
songs recycle themselves over and over ad naseum to the point of... well, nausea. This album left me scratching
my head trying to find enough interesting things about it.
Uaral Sounds Of Pain...
A very contrived and overdone album that far too often indulges in style rather than substance.
Ulver Kveldssanger
Various Artists (Punk) Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2
Waking the Cadaver Real-Life Death
Walls of Jericho Redemption
Waning Feeding of Fragments
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally boring. That is all.
Weakened Endless Eclipse
Xasthur The Funeral of Being
This shoddy attempt at atmospheric metal only hits the right spots once or twice, and all the rest is droning waste. If Xasthur had incorporated the ambient soundscapes into his music better instead of just letting it add a whole new level of deafening treble to the mix, maybe this would have turned out okay.
Zao All Else Failed (2003)
Rarely do I ever care more about the intent or reason for an album than I do here. ZAO, the band that brought insanely influential albums to the public in years past, remakes their own songs just to show how much their new line-up is faring. Not only that, but it was all a ploy to receive money to get by. They do not accomplish this nearly as well as the original line-up performed it! The album has its moments, but it generally hurts to see a band to do something as low as this.

1.5 very poor
Aaron Dilloway Siena
Dilloway throws everything interesting about his style away on this album. For once, he makes a noise album that is truly NOISE. Worthless and bland noise is all this is. There is no form of restraint or quality control here, either, which makes the whole product a grind to listen through. One of the year's worst albums and a complete letdown.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed Altered States of America
Oddly enough, the whole offensive exterior on this album is not the foremost problem I have with it. It just sucks. Bad. The over ambitious usage of all the "track-hopping" (I guess you could call it) and the half-witted instrumentation (I know it's intentional, but come on, guys...) don't make anything interesting on this album. There's not even any more cool riffs! This is one of the WORST grind albums ever made.
Aiden Disguises
1) This album is terrible in every way possible. 2) This album is a joke. 3) If this band wants to start making big statements, I'm going to have to take them at least a bit seriously.
Animae Capronii Bloody Snow Colour Space, Still Time Stands
Animae Capronii And Hourglass of Lifetime
Animae Capronii Pray of an Innocent
This man keeps continues to make some of the worst black metal around. It's PAINFUL.
Annotations Of An Autopsy Welcome To Sludge City
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Bathory Octagon
A complete loss of originality and identity. HORRIBLE production, HORRIBLE vocals, MESSY instrumentation. Like, seriously, what happened?
Behold... The Arctopus Horrorscension
Uh-huh. So I'm expected to believe that these guys know what they're doing. Okay, it's not THAT bad, but it's nearly impossible to find anything remotely enjoyable or interesting about this album in any way shape or form. Not only does the music seem completely random most of the time, but it doesn't even satisfy in a contemporary sense due to its ugly musical nature.
Bergraven Till Makabert Vasen
Blut Aus Nord What Once Was...Liber III
Did they really... mean to release this? This is a travesty.
Brujeria Matando Güeros
All racism and torture aside, this album is one of the most childish things I have ever heard. Marginally decent instrumentation is ruined by unfocused composition that strives too hard to slam you over the head with everything that it's got. Obnoxious production (even for grindcore), ineffective vocals, and a nearly laughable attitude. Just an idiotic piece of work.
Burzum Umskiptar
Vikernes can have a big issue with not being able to make enough albums with ideas that genuinely jell together. The instrumentation is overdone yet shallow, the vocals are over-produced, and the overall theme of the album gets buried beneath tons of weak songs. More than anything, the over-an-hour-long affair becomes progressively more boring as the tracks go on. The latter half of the album is probably the most yawn-worthy thing I have ever heard. A horrible attempt at storytelling.
Cloacal Kiss Easter
Cog The New Normal
It's not very often that I am this uninterested by an album. Its hollow production and thin songwriting is so transparent that it hurts to listen to for as long as many of the songs run. The annoying usage of vocal playback far too high in the mix spoils a large amount of the experience. Boring lyrics that don't match up to the concept, lackluster vocals, Tool worship. Need I say more?
Cromagnon Orgasm
An annoying album that only could have been made in the 1960s. Chanting and unintelligible tribal lyrics abound, this mess of songs is sloppily compiled and is quite honestly never fun to listen to.
Dahmer Dahmerized
Annoying grind with unbearable vocals, both high and low. The same riffs are played over and over to the point where all the intensity the album carries is blotted out by musical stupidity.
Darkthrone Goatlord
I never thought I would say this meaning a good thing, but this album was so close to being just "poor." This is nigh unlistenable, and not in a typical Darkthrone kind of way.
Death Fortress Pulling Ancient Stone
Uninteresting, too linear, and nothing anyone hasn't heard before. Not to mention AWFUL vocals. Bad, just very bad.
Devourment Unleash the Carnivore
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
Boring and derivative in every sense of the word. This album leads to nothing but a dead end.
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
A shameless and awfully made pastiche of a thousand different elements that have been done a thousand times before... except ten times better. Is this a joke or merely a respectable musical effort? It's hard to tell, but the music is repetitive, overblown, and ear-shatteringly polished. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
dredg Conscious
This album is Chuckles and Mr. STUPIDZ. Amirite? *high five* But seriously, this is lyrically braindead, and it
simply rides off the coattails of the slew of rap-metal bands around the time. Even if dredg hadn't have changed
immensely in the years following this release, I still would find it incredibly stupid.
Emmure The Respect Issue
Epitome (POL) SupeROTic Performance
Eskimo Callboy Bury Me in Fucking Vegas
I rarely claim that something is "sexist," but come on. I don't even care if this is a joke. This is everything wrong with music in a half hour.
Evergreen Refuge Immersed
There's nothing worse than not feeling anything when you listen to an album. While listening to Immersed, I found myself in that place. There is no emotion, no impact, no substance to be seen. The guitars are lame, jumping randomly from standard tremolo-picked black metal riffs to same-sounding arpeggios. Oh God, it never ends! It goes on and on and on...
Fantastimo Fantastimo Voyage
Wow. It's like Better Music all over again.
Fell Voices Regnum Saturni
A crap-sterpiece on par with Liturgy's Aesthestica, and has about the same effect on me: nothing. Repetitive, stretching the same phrase for eons, and completely uneventful. What's worse is that it tries to pass itself off as atmospheric with cheap interludes. Stay miles away from this dead end in music form.
Flymore Millenium IV V
An awful, predictable Korn clone that lacks intensity and suffers greatly from lack of new ideas from song to song.
Gas Up Yr Hearse!! A Banner Year For The Sum of Our Losses
Emoviolence that is far too violent for its own good (it wears on the ears). The only positive thing: The whole lasts about 3 minutes.
Gethsemane Gethsemane
Gift Giver Daddy Issues
DEM JUNZ BRAH DEM JUNZ BRAH DEM JUNZ BRAH DAT OVERPRODUCTION BRAH DAT OVERPRODUCTION BRAH DAT OVERPRODUCTION BRAH THE TABS LOOK LIKE BINARY
Glass Cloud Perfect War Forever
A great example of how awful production can ruin an album. And how awful songs can ruin an
album. Seriously, did Emmure start writing their songs or something?
Gnaw Their Tongues Rend Each Other Like Wild Beasts, Till Earth Shall
With no restraint, GTT makes an overly drawn-out dark ambient (?) album that indulges too much in "evil" sounds that are really more ear-grating than anything else.
In This Moment Blood
Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop!
There is dark humor, interesting musical moments, and occasionally meaningful lyrics, but ICP still doesn't seem to be able to bring anything real to the table. It's all artificial and it seems like the album in its entirety is a plea for the olden days. The needlessly violent content becomes tiresome and annoying and the rhymes and flows are often embarassingly lame. There are some misty-eyed moments, but they cannot outweigh the trash on the other side of the scale. There are few forgivable things about this album.
Interpol Interpol
The cover of this album describes the contents therein perfectly: destroying your name and trying to pass it off as a Michael Bay explosion.
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Boy, if there is one bands I just do not get, it's Kayo Dot. They're been crafting strange and often interesting music for years on end, but this is avant-grade crap here. I literally became exhausted from sitting through the whole affair. There is no beginning or end to this jargon; it drones and and on with either not enough variation or far too much of it. Kayo Dot attempts to be as interesting as possible with this album, but it turns out to be one of the worst experimental albums in recent memories. It sounds like John Zorn if he did lots and lots and lots of degenerative drugs.
Liturgy Aesthethica
A virtually unlistenable album that has few redeeming points, especially as a black metal album. Though it is very melodic and has the chance to actually be likable, its lofty ideas and RIDICULOUSLY annoying guitar tone hamper the overall quality. Such a shame.
Merzbow Venereology
An orgy of vomit-inducing noise. Only thing interesting about this album is how it was even created so shamelessly.
Millionaires Tonight
"I'm like nawbich."
OFWGKTA Radical
Welcome in the destruction of all things hip-hop. If OFWGKTA is what the genre is becoming, count me out. The egregiously obscene lyrics focus on flaunting the inflated egos of the rappers in the collective in a gross and childish way. This is one of the most aimless, disgusting, and pointless rap efforts in recent history. But isn't that exactly what they want to hear? Mission accomplished.
Pulled Apart By Horses Pulled Apart By Horses
An album that tries to be crazy just for the sake of being crazy. All tactfulness is thrown out the window, and not in an interesting, making-a-statement sort of way. Pixies worship abounds here to the point where everything feels predictable and oh so calculated. An awful album.
Reflections Exi(s)t
Sigh Gallows Gallery
This is an album that you will most likely be able to only listen once. Its absolutely absurd hybrid of old-school prog elements with black metal and psychadelia becomes oddly predictable and increasingly annoying to listen to. The over-the-top classical elements are poorly placed and add nothing but more cheese to the music. An awful attempt at something fresh. And that production! Ugh, that production!
Slipknot Slipknot
A criminally over-rated and disgustingly angry, messy, and ugly debut. Slipknot aims for aggressiveness at very turn and nails those marks well but accomplishes literally NOTHING else. The awful album offers no variety and a terribly over-done rhythm section that is prided throughout the band's history but is ultimately obnoxious. Terrible, just terrible.
Systematic Pleasure to Burn
It's far too often painfully uninteresting, but also ridiculously generic. The songs dip into self-parody at some points, using obsolete hard rock tricks to attempt to create an agressive record, but nothing works out. This is the first album that I have literally run over with my car. I seriously did.
The Act of Estimating As Worthless Amongst These Splintered Minds​/​/​Leaden Thoughts
Annoying, cutesy, shallow college folk that never goes anywhere. The only good track is the first, then it goes off the deep end FAST.
The Delicious Bread Collection Tales from the Yeast Side
Not a fan.............................................................................
The Forrest Gump Mile High Marathon The Forrest Gump Mile High Marathon
Whatever.
The Prize Fighter Inferno My Brother's Blood Machine
Possibly one of the most pointless albums of all time. Even from a musical standpoint, this introduces poorly produced electronica/pop/folk influences into the CoCa storyline. All of it should be taken with a grain of salt because there is no clear story or conclusion to anything. The music is awful and the lyrics are crap; those are the two things that make Claudio Sanchez so interesting. I'm going to pretend this album never existed.
Torsofuck Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy
Waking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
Xasthur All Reflections Drained

1.0 awful
Apator Masturbate in Praise of Black Satan
Yeah........ um............ so......... yeah, um........ no.......
Emmure Felony
Emmure Eternal Enemies
Rarely do I ever dislike an album because of the message behind it, but this is just detestable. I'm not very easily offended by music... This is just upsetting. It's not even worth laughing at. I felt like I needed to take five showers to scour all the scum off of me. There are points where this album goes beyond exploitation and becomes mindless violence, lyrically and "musically." I can get over the whole "Bring a Gun to School" thing, whatever. There's so much filth to unpack here, though. What's worse is that a song or two actually has decent ideas, showing that the band is sane beneath all the tough guy nonsense. Instead of this being a sign of hope for the band, it makes everything else that much worse. Horrible riffs, messy drum tracking, a stupid return to the nu-metal sound they soiled Felony with... Nothing goes right. Frankie Palmeri and the gang have entirely turned to the dark side and no longer set out to make albums anymore but rather throw salt in every gaping wound that they themselves incised. This is below awful. This is below Felony. Your big, ugly middle finger must be getting sore by now, Mr. Palmeri.
Fantastimo Fantastimo Journey
Fantastimo Led Zeppelin V
This shouldn't last for long. This is seriously Better Music meets The Delicious Bread Collection. In other words: rmusic that everyone on Sputnik loves to hate. So, what's the point in even rating it? When in Rome...
Snow White's Poison Bite The Story Of Kristy Killings
A vomitous regurgitation of all post-2000 post-hardcore bands with some of the worst lyrics you'll ever hear (broken English aside). With a Gerard Way soundalike as a vocalist and a terribly generic band backing him, you really can't go right. One of the worst albums of all time.
Sore Throat Disgrace to the Corpse of Sid
What is this crap? Repetitive, lazy turbogrind with too many vocal tricks that become more
obnoxious than interesting. There are NO redeeming qualities to this one. The worst grind
album I've ever heard.
Twilight Fauna The Silence of A Blackening Abyss
THE WORST BLACK METAL album that I've ever heard. Anti-music doesn't always work, and this is unfortunate
proof of that. Listen to all of "The Imperishable Flame," the album's fourth track, was one of the most grueling
endurance tests that has ever been brought upon me. This is seriously among the worst five albums of all time.
Do not be fooled by its beautiful cover!
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