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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeConverge Jane DoeGlassjaw Worship and TributeNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaSaosin Translating the NameTool Aenima4.5 superbA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepBetween The Buried And Me ColorsDeftones Around the FurEarl Sweatshirt DorisGlassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know AboutIsis PanopticonKanye West Late RegistrationKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityIn one of the most cinematic, dramatic, and intense hip hop albums of the year, Kendrick releases the best concept hip hop album in a while with "Good Kid, m.A.A.d City." This album told a story of peer pressure, lust, temptation, and then finally realizing what's really important in your life. Full of great lyrics, stories, funny dialogue, and technical flow of Kendrick, this album doesn't ever miss a beat. The production was stellar as well on this album, especially with Dr. Dre (yes, he still produces good music, or at least he did on this album) and Just Blaze's part on the album. The only problem with the album to me is a few extremely weak hooks, especially with the song "Real." Other than that, this is a near perfect album and, without any doubt in the world, my hip hop album of the year.Madvillain MadvillainyMastodon Blood MountainPink Floyd Wish You Were HereThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityTool Lateralus4.0 excellentAb-Soul Control SystemAlice In Chains Jar of FliesBilly Woods History Will Absolve MeBlack Sabbath ParanoidChance The Rapper Acid RapConverge Axe to FallConverge All We Love We Leave BehindDark Time Sunshine ANXDeath Grips The Money StoreDeftones White PonyExotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of TonguesFrank Ocean Channel OrangeGlassjaw Our Color Green (The Singles)Glassjaw Coloring BookGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Joey Bada$$ 1999Killer Mike R.A.P. MusicLamb of God Ashes of the WakeMastodon LeviathanmewithoutYou Ten StoriesMos Def Black on Both SidesMr.-Muthafuckin-eXquire KismetNirvana NevermindOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth DeliveranceQueens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkRun The Jewels Run The JewelsSwans The SeerThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerTouche Amore Is Survived By3.5 greatAesop Rock SkelethonASAP Rocky LongLiveA$APBADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2Baroness Yellow and GreenBig K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A DayCaptain Murphy DualityDeath Grips No Love Deep WebOn one of the most so called controversial albums of this year, Death Grips strips down the production and becomes much more lyrically oriented. Even though there are a handful of interesting tracks, the stripped down production on this LP is really hit and miss. Though MC Ride has some very dark lyrics on this tape, the lack of interesting production and poor hooks on this really prevent it from being one of Death Grips best albums.Deftones Koi No YokanDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryEarl Sweatshirt EARLEvery Time I Die Ex LivesFlying Lotus Until the Quiet ComesOn "Until The Quiet Comes," Flying Lotus takes a much more smooth sounding approach for his instrumental style of music. This album showcases a much more jazzy side of Flying lotus, which is evident on almost every track on here. This album also succeeded at being very consistent, as there was not a bad song on here, but there also weren't many standout tracks (with the exceptions of Nightcaller and Pretty Boy Strut). Overall a great album, but I'm hoping for more standout tracks on the next release.GOOD Music Cruel SummerEven though the lyrical content is as bland as ever (with the exception of the track "Cold"), Kanye and his friends manage to put out a pretty solid release with Cruel Summer. The rapping on this tape may be pretty bland at times, but you do get some good verses on Cruel Summer from people you normally wouldn't expect good verses from. The production is what really saves this tape from being just average. Almost every track on here has interesting, well done production that makes G.O.O.D. Music a worth while hip-hop collective.High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis2012 has just been one of those years where I have been dying for something heavy, and "De Vermis Mysteriis" has been a great help for that. The sludge metal genre has been getting more progressive (Mastodon), so it was great to hear that High on Fire stayed to their sludge metal ways on their latest release. The album is full of great solos, heavy breakdowns, phenomenal musicianship, dense vocals, and even a few heavy ballads (King of Days). However, this album was lacking in more than one department. The biggest problems I have with this record is the lack of diversity, no standout tracks, and really nothing overly interesting in this record. Overall, a great metal release with a few flaws in a year that has been pretty poor for metal.JJ DOOM Key To The KuffsThere aren't a whole lot of rappers more consistent than MF DOOM, are there? This album just proves this point even more. This album, "Keys to the Kuff," is a collaboration with MF DOOM with producer Jneiro Jarel. MF DOOM has yet another great album, with his rapping containing lots of clever lines and creative song ideas, but I was a little let down by JJ's production. Other than a few tracks, the production for the most part was bland, and almost seemed like he was trying too hard to be like Madlib (intro track). Though this holds the album back a little, MF DOOM manages to get it back on track with funny storyline tracks like "Wash Your Hands," deep and thought provoking tracks like "Winter Blues," and just typical MF DOOM tracks on "GMO." Overall, a stellar job by MF DOOM and a mediocre job by JJ to make a pretty solid rap release in a year full of great ones.Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound OffMastodon RemissionMeshuggah KolossWhile it may not be the most impressive release of their career, Meshuggah gives another consistent effort with "Koloss," their latest studio effort. This record is full of the usual stuff we are so used to with this band, like the awesomely heavy riffs, lots of technical instrumentation, and of course the dark lyrics that you get with a Meshuggah record. The only thing I felt this record fell on its ass on was its guitar solos (Devil's Name is still up there for worst solo of the year) and like of trying anything new. Overall, still a great releases by one of the most consistent metal bands around.Nirvana In UteroOFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2Pro Era Peep the AprocalypseRevocation TeratogenesisWith this EP Revocation shows why there are one of the most important current thrash metal bands around. With phenomenal production, this is definitely the best sounding thing Revocation has put out to date. The guitar work done by David Davidson continues to grow and is still unbelievable, which puts this EP as one of my favorites for the year.Sigur Ros ValtariThe Chariot One WingThe Chariot's One Wing has a big chance to be hardcore AOTY, mostly because of its diversity of tracks. There are tracks here that break up the album (Your, First), beautifully done epic tracks (Speak, Cheek), and just kick ass tracks (Forget, Love, In) that make this album so good. Though there are a few tracks on here that are lacking, they still add to the whole excellent concept of this album leaving little to complain about when its all said and done.The Mars Volta NoctourniquetThe Story So Far What You Don't SeeThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowSometimes simplicity can be a beautiful thing, and on "There's No Leaving Now" Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man On Earth) shows just how beautiful it can be. With mostly just a guitar (although the playing is anything but simple), Kristian Matsson shows that simplicity and consistency are just what he has going for him. The album also has new things added that weren't as evident before, such as more piano tracks and even a whole lot more layering in some tracks. The only negatives on this album are the lack of anything really spectacular, and the few moments of blandness scattered throughout the album. Overall, this is an extremely consistent and diverse folk album that continues to show why Kristian Matsson is the best current folk artist.The Underachievers INDIGOI.S.M.The Wonder Years Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm NothingTool UndertowTorche HarmonicraftOn "Harmonicraft" the happy sludge metal band releases one of the most distinct sounding records I've heard in years. This album has a sound that is hard to describe, but it resembles exactly what the album cover portrays: a metal album that sounds like rainbows and unicorns. While I thought the sound was pretty interesting, I couldn't rate this album higher than I've given it mostly due to its short and dreadfully similar sounding tracks. The one thing that keeps this album from just being a mediocre album is the fantastic closer "Looking on". Its an extremely droned and simplistic track, but the vocals and closing riff on it make it one of my favorites off this album. I see a lot of potential with this group, but I still have a bit of a problem with their short tracks and inconsistency.Tyler The Creator BastardTyler The Creator WolfYou Blew It! Grow Up, DudeEmo music has been extremely quiet for a while now. With the exception of Snowing, there has not been a solid emo band to make its name in over ten years. Emo music was in need of a revival, and I believe they are starting to get that with "You Blew It!". On their debut release "Grow Up, Dude", the band uses typical emo elements like harmonizing, arpeggiated guitar, and depression induced lyrics to make an album eerily similar to emo greats like "American Football". This is a great emo record, and also a great band that I hope to see a lot from.Young Fathers TAPE TWOYoung Fathers TAPE ONE3.0 goodAnberlin CitiesASAP Ferg Trap LordBig K.R.I.T. Live From The UndergroundCult of Luna VertikalDeath Grips ExmilitaryDeftones AdrenalineDomo Genesis No IdolsEl-P Cancer 4 CureGhostface Killah Twelve Reasons to DieGlassjaw El MarkGojira L'Enfant SauvageOn L'enfant Sauvage Gojira tries to take a more progressive approach to their style of metal, but it all ends up hit and miss. While there a few pretty great tracks on this album, most songs end up sounding extremely similar and lacking. Other than the songs themselves, the instrumentation was average at best on this tape and the vocals were pretty weak, which is something I wasn't used too with Gojira. The weakness in the vocals made most of this album sound like a radio rock album and not the typical heaviness we are used too with Gojira album. Overall, a decent album with a few great tracks being held down by weak vocals and lack of diversity.Hodgy Beats UntitledWhile the first two tracks made this EP start off promising, the rest of it proved to be another rap release that's production way upends the actual rapping. With great production from big time names (flying lotus, the alchemist), Hodgy's flawed flow and uninteresting topic choices really prevented this from being anything more than just an okay release.Japandroids Celebration RockWhile there is a big handful of catchy tracks on this LP, the lack of anything different or even interesting prevented this album from being anything special. Even though the lyrics reminded me of late 90's emo (which I found refreshing) and the musicianship was tolerable, I felt this album lacked way too much for it to be great. Even though I definitely see potential in this duo, this album just wasn't the full showcase of that.Joey Bada$$ Summer KnightsKanye West YeezusLamb of God SacramentMastodon The HunterOm Advaitic SongsPianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long AfterPig Destroyer Book BurnerRush Clockwork AngelsIt's pretty impressive when a band in its 70's are rocking out as hard as these guys are. Rush, which is one of the progressive rock greats that needs no introduction, showed us that age doesn't affect their musical ability and writing with their latest release "Clockwork Angels." This album is full of old Rush characteristics like deep song writing, heavy bass and drum driven playing, and of course the ever so distinct vocals of Geddy Lee. While the old characteristics are still there, I just don't feel like this album matches up with their classics in comparison. It is definitely the best album they've released in the last ten years, maybe even twenty, but it lacks the technicality and standout tracks that I look for in a Rush album. Overall, a great release from a band that doesn't lose talent with age, just not one I would call the group's best.The Antlers UnderseaThe Weeknd Kiss LandVince Staples Stolen Youth2.5 averageA Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My MindAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBetween The Buried And Me The Parallax II: Future SequenceThis album was just too much over the top production, and not enough interesting progressive metal that I've come to expect from these guys. Certainly not a favorite release of BTBAM for me.Circa Survive Violent WavesAlthough this album is lacking in a series of categories, the new album "Violent Waves" still keeps Circa Survive on top of the Alternative/Post-hardcore game. When I say this album is lacking, I am talking in comparison to past Circa album. I feel that the vocals aren't as there, the songwriting isn't quite there, and also a handful of songs here that are extremely bland. However, these flaws aren't enough to hold this album too far back. The hooks on this tape are pretty fantastic, and the usual catchy tracks haven't left Circa's system either. Overall, a pretty great album that just doesn't live up to their previous work.Foo Fighters Wasting LightHarry Fraud High TidePixies EP1Relient K mmhmmThe Classic Crime AlbatrossThe Lonely Island Turtleneck and ChainTyler The Creator Goblin2.0 poorAvenged Sevenfold NightmareFall Out Boy Infinity On HighLamb of God ResolutionMellowHype NumbersRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoRelient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three DoSlipknot All Hope Is Gone1.5 very poorAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldEveryday Sunday Wake Up! Wake Up!
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