Ben Kuettel

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5.0 classic
Agalloch The Mantle
Alcest Écailles de Lune
Bark Psychosis Hex
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
David Bowie Low
Dream Theater Images and Words
Foals Total Life Forever
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
maudlin of the Well Bath
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds No More Shall We Part
Opeth Blackwater Park
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Hemispheres
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Talking Heads Remain in Light
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Abbey Road
The National Alligator
The National Boxer
The National High Violet
Tool Lateralus
Tool Ænima
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Yes Close to the Edge

4.8 classic
Arcade Fire Funeral
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Swans White Light From the Mouth of Infinity

4.7 superb
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alice in Chains Dirt
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Jakob Solace
Moving Mountains Foreword
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
Skeleton Tree is a captivating, heart-rending meditation from a true artist coming to terms with the most horrific tragedy a person can experience. Many of the tracks in Skeleton Tree see Cave paint bizarre, beautiful pictures of lost loves in much the same way as predecessor Push The Sky Away did. Continuing from where it left off, the instrumentation is largely based on dissonant string arrangements and unsettling ambience. The bare bones playing provides appropriate musical terrain for Cave to exorcise his demons, giving a tense feeling over the listening experience. This is due largely to the vulnerable, and sometimes even quivering vocal performance by Cave. Skeleton Tree is meant to be a record for everyone, a naked, honest depiction of true grief in musical form. This is as much a sorrowful exploration as a loving sendoff for his fans, but more importantly, for himself.
Opeth Still Life
Porcupine Tree Signify
One of their most atmospheric and consistent releases, Signify indicates a farewell to their psychedelic days and welcomes more diversity into the Porcupine Tree sound. We also get a glimpse of the heavy metal stylings of future albums with the title track. Waiting Phases and Dark Matter are highlights.
Slowdive Souvlaki
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came
Thrice Vheissu
Ulver Perdition City

4.6 superb
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters

4.5 superb
A Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Agalloch The White
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Alcest Kodama
The atmosphere of Japanese folklore and Neige's dreamworld collide in this euphoric odyssey, continuing from where Voyages... left off, yet sounding more focused overall. While Shelter was an enjoyable diversion from the band's sound, Kodama follows swiftly in the footsteps of Le Secret and Ecailles...: sweeping post-rock atmospheres colliding with intense metal soundscapes. It frequently convalesces into a swirling blend of chaotic beauty, going for a more sophisticated sound than the typical dynamic motifs one hears in post-black metal. While it could have been a bit longer, the first forty minutes stands as among Niege's most stunning creations yet. Note: It helps to think of the enjoyable yet meandering final 10 minutes (including the bonus track, "Notre sang et nos pens?es") as the falling action of Kodama, being much more ambient overall.
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Anathema Judgement
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Arcade Fire Her
Atheist Piece of Time
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Austin Wintory Journey Original Soundtrack
Bark Psychosis Codename: Dustsucker
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties
Bob Marley and The Wailers Exodus
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brian Eno Another Green World
Brian Eno Before and After Science
Brian Wilson Smile
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Camel Mirage
Camel Moonmadness
Camel The Snow Goose
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace
Cradle of Filth Vempire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustei
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Cynic The Portal Tapes
Damien Rice O
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie Station to Station
David Bowie "Heroes"
David Bowie Blackstar
Blackstar sees David Bowie's music at its most profound, bewildering, and emotional. There's hardly any semblance of traditional rock n' roll on here, with a purposeful move to stray from that style. It instead draws influences from more contemporary music, and makes use of avant-garde musical styles like industrial, jazz, art rock, and electronica. "Blackstar" is a monolith, being a 10 minute exercise in occultish atmospheres and haunting melodies. The bridge is a beautiful soundscape however, with other gorgeous moments being plentiful in the morose "Lazarus" and emotionally resonant album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away." Bowie passed away two days after this was released, and much of the lyrical themes seem to hauntingly explore his impending passing. This only adds to the poignancy of Blackstar, being not only Bowie's strongest record in decades, but one of the best finale albums of all time.
David Sylvian Brilliant Trees
David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive
David Sylvian Gone To Earth
Daylight Dies Dismantling Devotion
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dimmu Borgir Spiritual Black Dimensions
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enslaved Ruun
Enslaved Vertebrae
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fields of the Nephilim Elizium
Foals What Went Down
Fripp and Eno Evening Star
Gazpacho Night
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Gustavo Santaolalla The Last of Us
Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes
Harold Budd and Brian Eno Ambient 2 - The Plateaux of Mirror
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things
Fantastic energy and musicianship throughout, featuring their most energetic, dynamic guitar work and a stunningly technical rhythm section. The transitions from jazzy, meditative sections to pummeling metal and frantic prog goodness are fantastic, and the return of screams and chaotic songwriting is most welcome.
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Live After Death
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Isis Wavering Radiant
Jakob Sines
Jeremy Soule Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Soundtrack
Jeremy Soule The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Soundtrack
Jeremy Soule Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Soundtrack
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
John Frusciante Shadows Collide with People
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson Red
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Lantlos .neon
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Love Forever Changes
Martin O'Donnell Halo Original Soundtrack
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Mastodon Crack the Skye
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Mogwai Young Team
Morbus Chron Sweven
My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Murder Ballads
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love In
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Tender Prey
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Novembre Materia
Novembre Classica
Oceansize Effloresce
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Deliverance & Damnation Remixed
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Paradise Lost Icon
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead In Rainbows: From the Basement
Radiohead The King of Limbs: From the Basement
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
After the half-decade since The King of Limbs, Radiohead are back again. They shift their musical focus once more in favor of moody atmospheres and engaging compositions with spacey vibes throughout. The instrumentation includes strings and less emphasis on electronics, recalling the warm yet melancholy qualities of In Rainbows. Despite largely being a downtempo, more ambient affair, there are driving guitars with tense builds like in album highlight "Ful Stop." This is among the best on A Moon Shaped Pool along with "Daydreaming," "True Love Waits," "Present Tense," and "Decks Dark." Sure to be divisive among fans like many recent releases, this takes many listens to fully sink in; A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead's most quiet and subtle offering yet. When you give it a chance, it becomes clear that this is counted among the best music of the year.
Rainbow Rising
Renaissance Ashes Are Burning
Ride Nowhere
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Signals
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Power Windows
Rush Clockwork Angels
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
Sigur Ros ( )
Slowdive Pygmalion
Soundgarden Superunknown
Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Swallow the Sun Hope
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans The Seer
Testament The New Order
The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Cure Pornography
The Cure Disintegration
The Gathering How to Measure a Planet?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
The Zombies Odessey and Oracle
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Beggars
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. II: Water
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. III: Air
Tool 10,000 Days
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 War
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Ulver The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Ulver Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
We Lost the Sea Departure Songs
Yes Fragile
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

4.4 superb
Autumn's Grey Solace Within the Depths of a Darkened Forest
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
Foals Antidotes
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Good Son
Novembre Ursa
Ursa is a more patient record than its predecessor The Blue, with less emphasis on genre bending. "Australis," "Umana," "Agathae," and "Fin" are counted with the best songs they ever wrote, lending Ursa to the triumphant feel it exudes for much of the running time. The fluid atmospheres recall bands like Opeth and Katatonia, while sounding just as original. With a masterful command of structure and compelling songwriting ideas, Ursa is among the finest melodic metal records in recent years.
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Damnation
Panopticon Autumn Eternal
From what I've heard of Panopticon before Autumn Eternal, the one-man project has a great run of atmospheric black metal albums exploring a wide range of themes. This is considered his most impressive release yet however, magnificently harnessing the essence of autumn throughout the ghostly atmospheres, particularly within the soothing opener and "Oaks Ablaze". Much of Autumn Eternal balances incredible guitar solos and blasting drums with clean guitar breaks and naturalistic interludes stunningly. A strong discography now has its crowning achievement with the most mature sense of songwriting yet, and has solidified itself as one of the greatest metal albums of the year. Excellent Fall album. For fans of Drukdh, Agalloch, and Opeth.
Slint Spiderland
The Pineapple Thief Little Man

4.3 superb
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Caspian Dust and Disquiet
Coldworld Autumn
After a lengthy eight years of inactivity, Coldworld returns with one of the best metal albums of 2016. Autumn features a plethora of added instrumentation and melodic vocals not heard before from the one-man black metal project. It's reminiscent of last year's Autumn Eternal by Panopticon in this way, even featuring folk instrumentation and female vocals. This makes for a large departure from Coldworld's rawer debut, with Autumn embodying a full range of sounds for a more polished, superior offering that even has moments of optimism, particularly within the post-rock influenced "Womb of Emptiness" and the folkish "The Wind and the Leaves." Coldworld have once again released a masterful modern metal record, one that was well worth the nearly decade long wait.
Cradle of Filth Midian
Earthside A Dream In Static
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Enslaved RIITIIR
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Goldfrapp Felt Mountain
Gorguts Obscura
Hammock Kenotic
Hammock Stranded Under Endless Sky
Jakob Cale:Drew
John Frusciante The Empyrean
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
Mastodon Leviathan
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Musk Ox Woodfall
My Morning Jacket Z
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Boatman's Call
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
Old Man's Child In Defiance of Existence
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
A major grower, Heritage takes the group into a new direction while still maintaining their sense of musical adventure and dynamic instrumentation.
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Sand The Dynamic Curve
Saor Aura
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Stella Luna Stargazer
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
An adventurous and modern release that combines a wide array of influences to create an atmospheric and massively enjoyable LP.
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tame Impala Lonerism
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Tortoise TNT
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Wild Nothing Nocturne

4.2 excellent
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Amon Tobin Permutation
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Chelsea Wolfe Abyss
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Deafheaven Sunbather
An expansion of the style presented in their debut Roads to Judah, Sunbather defies genre boundaries. The hour blurs by in multi-faceted textures that blend shoegazing, black metal, and post-rock into an incredible whirlwind of sonic brutality and beauty. Crashing drums and tremolo picked guitars alternate with dreamy guitar ambience, beautiful melodies abundant throughout. This magnificent powerhouse demands multiple listens to allow the sheer intensity and emotional power it exudes to fully sink in. As the album cover and title suggest, a perfect album to jam in the summer.
Deftones White Pony
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Electric Wizard Come My Fanatics...
Electric Wizard We Live
Exivious Liminal
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Failure Fantastic Planet
Fen Carrion Skies
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Foals Holy Fire
Gazpacho Tick Tock
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Everything and Nothing
Howls of Ebb The Marrow Veil
Immortal At the Heart of Winter
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Lantlos Melting Sun
Mark Hollis Mark Hollis
Modest Mouse Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out of Something
My Morning Jacket It Still Moves
Neurosis Times of Grace
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues & The Lyre Of Orpheus
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
No-Man Together We're Stranger
Novembre Novembrine Waltz
Novembre The Blue
Oceansize Frames
Opeth Deliverance
Ozric Tentacles Jurassic Shift
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Paradise Lost The Plague Within
Portal (Cynic) Portal
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Hell Awaits
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Svartidaudi Flesh Cathedral
Swallow the Sun Songs From The North I, II & III
Swans The Glowing Man
Meditative and hypnotic, The Glowing Man possesses even less traditional song structures than the band's previous efforts. It contains more serene soundscapes than To Be Kind, with no bangers in the form of "Oxygen" to be found. Some nods toward their gothic past take the form of the shorter tracks, while longer epics require the listener's full patience to completely absorb. It bears a few too many similarities to To Be Kind, but The Glowing Man stands as a fantastic outing nonetheless, and one of the highlights of the year.
Sweet Trip Velocity : Design : Comfort
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring
Tenhi Kauan
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
The Pineapple Thief Variations on a Dream
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Trespassers William Different Stars
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X

4.1 excellent
Anciients Heart of Oak
Coldworld Melancholie
Demilich Nespithe
dredg El Cielo
Gates Bloom and Breathe
Gorguts Colored Sands
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Henry's Dream
Opeth Sorceress
Naturalistic vibes and explorative songwriting galore, Sorceress emphasizes adventure above all else. It manifests a warm, yet occult atmosphere, particularly within the gorgeous "Sorceress 2" and colorful "The Wilde Flowers." The unpredictable qualities of Watershed and Heritage are certainly intact, especially regarding the instrumentation; don't be surprised when a rollicking progressive metal jam fully transforms into beautiful musical passages of acoustic guitar pluckings and ethereal mellotrons. There are unfortunately some bland lyrics similar to the weaker moments of Pale Communion, but vocals are improved with Akerfeldt giving his best performance in a decade. While Sorceress may be too disjointed or tranquil for some, Opeth nevertheless continue developing their new musical styles triumphantly.
Panopticon Roads to the North
The Contortionist Language
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
The Sword Warp Riders
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Ulver's latest outing is one that convalesces together elements of psychedelic rock, drone, and ambience into a pulsing, organic entity. It's almost too easy to get lost in the beautiful soundscapes, as well as the dark, trancing noise that permeates the mind. The hypnotic qualities Ulver has explored in the past are brought to the forefront here, showcasing all sides of the band's sound for a truly haunting and emotionally engaging release.
Ulvesang Ulvesang
Various Artists Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings
Vektor Terminal Redux
We Lost the Sea The Quietest Place on Earth

4.0 excellent
10 Years The Autumn Effect
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
65daysofstatic One Time for All Time
65daysofstatic The Destruction of Small Ideas
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo
AC/DC Highway To Hell
Aeon Spoke Aeon Spoke
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Aerosmith Get Your Wings
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind and Pillor
Agalloch From Which of This Oak
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Agalloch Alpha Serpentis
Aghora Aghora
Aghora Formless
Ainulindale Nevrast
Alcest Le Secret (Re-release)
Alcest Shelter
Alice in Chains Sap
Alice in Chains Facelift
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
American Football American Football
Amethystium Odonata
Amon Tobin Bricolage
Amon Tobin Adventures In Foam
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema Eternity
Anathema Alternative 4
Anathema Weather Systems
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
Andy Summers and Robert Fripp I Advance Masked
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Arctic Monkeys Humbug
Arcturus Aspera Hiems Symfonia
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Arcturus Arcturian
Astronauts Hollow Ponds
Astronauts End Codes
Astronauts are an underappreciated indie band that deserve more attention, and will probably make it big some day. End Codes has a very gentle feel to many of the compositions, but the quirky songwriting is enough to stand out from the rest. While being quirky, much of this band?s music is subtle and restrained. Very much their own sound, the band does a great job of making thoughtful and poignant music while not getting too melancholic, which suits them.
Astronoid Air
One of the better blackgaze albums with hardly any actual black metal elements at all. The songwriting is fairly triumphant and bombastic throughout, being a good example of hard-hitting music that can sound happy and upbeat without getting cheesy. It's a fine line to ride, but select bands can do it, and the results are always fascinating. Astronoid have the songwriting chops to back up such genre-bending decisions as combining thrash metal, dream pop, and whatever else this is. Air almost resembles Melting Sun by Lantlos, if the tempos were three times faster and had catchier sensibilities.
Asya Sergeeva Heart of Winter
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Autopsy Severed Survival
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Autumn's Grey Solace Over The Ocean
Autumn's Grey Solace Riverine
Bass Communion Bass Communion
Bass Communion Molotov And Haze
Bass Communion Bass Communion II
Bass Communion Litany
Bathory Bathory
Beck Mellow Gold
Beck Sea Change
Bjork Homogenic
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Black Sabbath Heaven & Hell
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Black Wizard New Waste
Blackfield Blackfield
Blackfield Blackfield II
Blackfield Blackfield V
The songs serve as a series of brief vignettes that together form a sweeping art rock musical concept about the cycles of life relating to the ocean. It cleverly builds to the impressive ending few songs, recalling Porcupine Tree while launching Blackfield back into the hearts of fans who may have been disappointed by WTMDNA and IV.
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Blue Oyster Cult Agents Of Fortune
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Blue Oyster Cult Tyranny And Mutation
Blur 13
Bon Iver 22, A Million
boring bathtimes An Otherwise Clouded Mind
Brand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)
Brand New Leaked Demos 2006
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land
Brian Eno Discreet Music
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
Brian Wilson Brian Wilson
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Camel Camel
Candlemass Ancient Dreams
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain
Casualties of Cool Casualties of Cool
Catapilla Changes
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chelsea Wolfe Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is Beauty
CHON Demo 2008
CHON Newborn Sun
Codeine Barely Real
Coil Musick To Play In The Dark
Coil Musick To Play In The Dark 2
Comus First Utterance
Confessor Condemned
Cradle of Filth The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Cradle of Filth Hammer of the Witches
This is their most fun and seamless release in quite a while. The line-up changes yield their most focused songwriting in years, especially given the centerpiece of twin guitar riffs, harmonies, and soloing throughout.
Cruciamentum Charnel Passages
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Darzamat Solfernus' Path
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
David Bowie Outside
David Bowie Scary Monsters
David Bowie The Next Day
David Bowie No Plan
David Gilmour On An Island
David Sylvian Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Deafheaven New Bermuda
As the surreal album cover would suggest, New Bermuda is a much darker and more melancholic record than smash hit Sunbather from only two years ago. Soaring dream pop melodies and their most furious black metal yet clash in one of the most diverse records of the year, a passionate, furious, unpredictable journey through all sides of the band's sound thus far. This is not Sunbather Part 2, but a different beast altogether, and serves as a fantastic progression for the young group thus far.
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Death Angel The Ultra-Violence
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Deep Purple Fireball
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones Gore
Deftones keep getting better and better, with Gore expertly infusing their crushing metal with tranquil, blissful soundscapes.
Destiny Potato Lun
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations
Dimmu Borgir For All Tid
Dimmu Borgir Stormblast
Dio Holy Diver
Dir En Grey Vulgar
Dir En Grey Withering to Death
Dir En Grey Kisou
Dir En Grey GAUZE
Disemballerina Undertaker
Dissection The Somberlain
DJ Shadow The Private Press
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Awake
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
Dungen Skit I Allt
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
EL VY Return to the Moon
Electric Wizard Witchcult Today
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Empyrium Weiland
Enigma MCMXC a.D.
Enslaved Isa
Enslaved Monumension
Enslaved In Times
An incredible and diverse listen from start to finish, as usual the opener and closer are among the very best. It's difficult to believe, but even thirteen albums in they pushed their experimentation even further.
Ethereal Shroud They Became the Falling Ash
Exivious Exivious
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness
The Wilderness signifies important changes for Explosions: most notably, an absence of sonic clutter and a willingness to fearlessly explore new sonic terrain. The band utilizes shorter track lengths lending to a more easily digestible listening experience, while taking their sound into bold new directions. Their musical style welcomes emphases of low end and electronica featured throughout. "Disintegration Anxiety" has stunning bass guitar and "Tangle Formations" is a moment of meditative beauty. "Landing Cliffs" is the real highlight, being one of the most blissful songs of the year. Overall The Wilderness is a diverse and heady post-rock release that should not be missed by fans of the genre, and especially if you thought Explosions were becoming too comfortable repeating past successes.
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Fripp and Eno No Pussyfooting
Fripp and Eno The Equatorial Stars
Gazpacho Missa Atropos
Gazpacho Demon
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
Ghost Brigade Isolation Songs
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Giles Corey Giles Corey
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Gordian Knot Gordian Knot
Gordian Knot Emergent
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Gorguts Pleiades' Dust
Picking up where Colored Sands left off, this release sees Gorguts showcase ominous ambient soundscapes juxtaposed with their off kilter brand of death metal wonderfully. The bass tone is also sharp and tasty, a wonderful addition as practically a lead instrument.
Gorillaz Demon Days
Graveworm As The Angels Reach The Beauty
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Grouper A I A
Grouper Ruins
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Harmonium Harmonium
Harmonium Si On Avait Besoin D'une Cinquième Saiso
Harmonium L'Heptade
Haruka Nakamura Twilight
Haruomi Hosono/Shigeru Suzuki/Tatsuro Yamashita Pacific
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Horseback Piedmont Apocrypha
Howls of Ebb Vigils of the 3rd Eye
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus Morning View
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Interpol Antics
Intronaut Void
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Isis Celestial
Isis and Aereogramme In The Fishtank 14
Iwan Rheon Dinard
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
That bass is so delicious, this band really stepped up their game.
Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien
John Frusciante Inside of Emptiness
John Frusciante Curtains
John Frusciante The Will to Death
John Frusciante To Record Only Water for Ten Days
Judas Priest Painkiller
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Katatonia The Fall of Hearts
Katatonia have achieved legendary status in the realm of Swedish heavy metal, with an evolution not dissimilar to English counterparts Anathema and Paradise Lost. One element that has remained intact throughout their various transformations is their masterful use of atmosphere, even if the compositional component has been largely streamlined by now. The Fall of Hearts is thankfully a largely adventurous offering, more so than anything the band have recorded in many years; bold musical explorations are abound while keeping with the doom and gloom that makes up the marrow of Katatonia's sound. Dreary, melodic guitar riffs and melodies transform beautifully over Jonas Renkse's sorrowful vocals throughout album highlights like "Serein," "Serac," "Decima," and "Residual." The Fall of Hearts is the band's most sonically expansive release in over a decade, further establishing Katatonia as masters of their craft, always achieving, changing, and exploring.
Kauan Sorni Nai
Kayo Dot Coffins on Io
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky
Be forewarned, Kayo Dot takes the sci-fi aspects of Coffins on Io and turns it up to 11. The band members paint a surreal picture, in the form of the abstract and mind-altering sounds of the future. The music here is dense and unrelentingly dynamic, with no real reprieve until the beautiful outro track. Avant-garde and electronic musical styles, along with the lyrics, conjures forth strange imagery of a decrepit, alien future reminiscent of Bladerunner and the work of David Lynch. Plastic House on Beach of Sky is not a far cry from Coffins..., but embodies an identity of its own with electrifying energy and incredible musicianship.
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson Lizard
King Crimson The Condensed 21st Century Guide
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Lacuna Coil Lacuna Coil
Lantlos Agape
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Leviathan Scar Sighted
One of the most discordant and uncomfortable black metal albums I've heard, reminds me of Thantifaxath
Local Natives Hummingbird
Loom (CAN) epyllion
Lost Ubikyst in Apeiron Abstruse Imbeciles Nailed on Slavery
LSD and the Search for God LSD and the Search for God
Lush Spooky
Lush Mad Love
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mamiffer Hirror Enniffer
Mansions Dig Up the Dead
Martin O'Donnell Halo 3 OST
Martin O'Donnell Halo 2 OST & New Music Volume One
Marvin Gaye What's Going On
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon The Hunter
maudlin of the Well Odes To Darksome Spring
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Megadeth Endgame
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah None
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Mew Frengers
Michael Jackson Thriller
Millicent Waffles Under Dark Blue Blanket
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Misthyrming Söngvar elds og óreiðu
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Modest Mouse Interstate 8
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Modest Mouse Night on the Sun
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Mojave 3 Ask Me Tomorrow
Mono You Are There
Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Motorhead Motörhead
Mouse On The Keys The Flowers of Romance
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
My Bloody Valentine Tremolo
My Bloody Valentine m b v
My Morning Jacket At Dawn
My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Nero di Marte Derivae
Nest (FIN) Trail of the Unwary
Neun Welten Vergessene Pfade
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
Neurosis Fires Within Fires
Fires Within Fires takes on a more purposeful feel than previous Neurosis albums, being the shortest and most easily digestible from them in many years. This demands a close listen more than anything else, as the subtleties in each track flicker by quickly. Tempos are largely increased here, making for a refreshing groove feel present in many of the heavier moments. The songwriting is top notch as always, feeling massive in scope and is consistently engrossing, with enough new tricks to keep it interesting. Faster songs and a willingness to further explore their calmer odysseys make for their most rewarding release in over a decade. "Reach" is their best song in 10 years.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds B-Sides & Rarities
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
No-Man Returning Jesus
No-Man Speak
No-Man Flowermouth
No-Man Schoolyard Ghosts
No-Man All The Blue Changes - An Anthology 1988-2003
No-Man Lovesighs - An Entertainment
No-Man Days in the Trees
Nothing Guilty of Everything
Oado Life Era
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
October Falls Marras
Of Machines As If Everything Was Held In Place
Okkervil River Away
Oneohtrix Point Never Replica
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Oneohtrix Point Never Garden of Delete
Opeth Pale Communion
Diverse, emotional, and at times heavy, this is Heritage taken in a new and interesting direction, but manages to sound completely different. Very proggy and wonderful.
Our Oceans Our Oceans
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
Palms Palms
Panopticon Panopticon
Panopticon Collapse
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Paradise Lost Gothic
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Paramore Singles Club
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Pulse
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Pinkshinyultrablast Everything Else Matters
Pompeii Loom
Pond (AUS) Frond
Porcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium Years
Porcupine Tree Recordings
Porcupine Tree Staircase Infinities
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize
Porcupine Tree Octane Twisted
Porcupine Tree Moonloop
Porcupine Tree Transmission IV
Portishead Dummy
Pretend Tapestry'd Life
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queen Queen II
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Radiohead Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Radiohead Knives Out
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Radiohead 8 Outtakes From Amnesiac
Radiohead The Daily Mail/Staircase
Radiohead In Rainbows Disk 2
Radiohead Supercollider/The Butcher
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Reflux The Illusion Of Democracy
Renaissance Prologue
Renaissance Turn of the Cards
Rishloo Eidolon
Rishloo Feathergun
Rishloo Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Voices In My Head
Riverside Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside emerge from the ashes of tragedy with a compilation double-album of instrumental explorations: some old, some new. Past successes "Rapid Eye Movement" and "Rainbow Box" are treated with remixes, and arguably surpass the originals. Ambient bonus tracks of the previous two albums are included as well. As if all of this content wasn't enough for a tantalizing compilation, four new tracks are also present. Two of them, "Where The River Flows" and the t/t, bookend the album, all four comprised of atmospheric textures with a notable absence of progressive rock or metal flourishes the band have become known for. Overall, the minimal showcasing of guitars here will surprise many fans, but Piotr Grudzi?ski is still honored, just in a different way than one would assume. His contributions possess a subtle, dreamy quality that recall the more thoughtful Riverside compositions. All in all, this serves as a fitting, loving sendoff for Grudzi?ski, as well as an intriguing reminder of the ever-shifting musical qualities of one of the finest modern progressive rock bands.
Robert Fripp A Blessing of Tears: 1995 Soundscapes Vol. 2
Robert Fripp Exposure
Robert Fripp The League of Gentlemen
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Counterparts
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush Presto
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Rush Vapor Trails Remixed
Sepultura Arise
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Sinmara Aphotic Womb
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Slayer South of Heaven
Sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks Tomorrow
Sleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everything
Sleepmakeswaves Love of Cartography
Slowdive Just for a Day
Social Distortion Social Distortion
Soen Tellurian
Soen Lykaia
Soen continue to find their own voice through Lykaia. With many of their contemporaries changing musical direction or halting progress altogether, it's encouraging to hear a new band provide an excellent contribution to progressive metal. Soen used to wear their influences on their sleeve, but have impressively been moving away from this trend and are sounding more original. Lykaia might sound like Opeth, Riverside, or even Pink Floyd at times, but maintains a distinct voice and stands as an impressive, well above average album for fans of Tool, Katatonia, and other similar groups.
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Spastic Ink Ink Complete
Stargazer A Merging to the Boundless
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Steven Wilson 4 1/2
Stiu Nu Stiu Ultra Silvam
Stone Temple Pilots Core
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold
Swallow the Sun Plague Of Butterflies
Swallow the Sun New Moon
Swans The Great Annihilator
Swans Children of God
Swans The Burning World
Swans Love of Life
Swans Various Failures
Swans To Be Kind
Sylvaine Wistful
Wistful is an album that develops beautifully throughout. The angelic vocal layers are a huge strength, making for a meditative listening experience despite some of the bombast. Neige from Alcest is behind the instrumentation, lending this to feel almost like a companion album to his band. Highly recommended for fans of Alcest, and of atmospheric music in general.
T2 It'll All Work Out in Boomland
Tame Impala Currents
Tangerine Dream Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Rubycon
Tartar Lamb Sixty Metonymies
Tartar Lamb Polyimage of Known Exits
TesseracT Concealing Fate
Testament Practice What You Preach
Testament The Legacy
The Agonist Prisoners
The Angels of Light New Mother
The Beach Boys Smiley Smile
The Beach Boys Sunflower
The Beach Boys Wild Honey
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Cure Seventeen Seconds
The Cure Faith
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Gathering Mandylion
The Great Old Ones Al Azif
The Jezabels Prisoner
The Jezabels The Brink
The Jezabels Synthia
Synthia contains elements from all kinds of musical styles like dance and electronica, providing interesting results behind the anthemic indie rock sound. This certainly is a gripping listen, with a lot of dimensions to it including vulnerability, love, loss, and triumph. It's not quite as straightforward as the band's previous two albums, and feels more urgent overall. Everything comes together and feels strange yet beautiful, with moments of irony lending to the personality the band have shown to possess. Synthia shows an alternative band continuing to grow into themselves, delivering an impassioned exercise in social issues, heartbreak, and naked emotion.
The Killers Hot Fuss
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The National Cherry Tree
The National The Virginia EP
The National Think You Can Wait / Exile Vilify
The Pineapple Thief 137
The Pineapple Thief Abducting the Unicorn
The Pineapple Thief Someone Here Is Missing
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
The Strokes Is This It
The War on Drugs Future Weather
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
There Will Be Fireworks The Dark, Dark Bright
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Major/Minor
Thrice Anthology
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire
Thrice To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
This might not be among their best, but this is Thrice delivering some solidly catchy songs. Unfortunately some potential is lost in generic moments of tracks like "Stay With Me," "Wake Up," and "Blood on the Sand," particularly in the choruses. There are a few highlights here worth giving multiple listens to, like "Death From Above," "The Long Defeat/Seneca," and "Hurricane." To Be Everywhere is to be Nowhere sounds like a move towards the mainstream, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the post-hardcore influences of the past are practically nonexistent here. Strong tracks like the aforementioned highlights, as well as "The Window" and "Salt and Shadow" mean the band are still pumping out high quality music with topical lyrics, emotional resonance, and instrumental prowess.
Throes of Dawn Quicksilver Clouds
Toby Driver In the L..L..Library Loft
Tool Undertow
Tool Salival
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
U2 Achtung Baby
U2 Boy
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Ulver Blood Inside
Ulver A Quick Fix of Melancholy
Ulver Svidd Neger OST
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes OST
Ulver Teachings In Silence
Ulver Silence Teaches You How to Sing EP
Ulver Silencing the Singing
Ulver The Norwegian National Opera
Unwound New Plastic Ideas
Vali Forlatt
Vali Skogslandskap
Van Halen Van Halen
Vildhjarta Masstaden
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
White Zombie Astro Creep: 2000
White Zombie La Sexorcisto-Devil Music Vol. 1
Wilco A Ghost is Born
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
Woods City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
One of the more fun records of a depressing yet musically brilliant year, Woods put out one of the best indie rock records of the year. This has psychedelia, personality, and varied instrumentation aplenty to keep things interesting. It's different enough from other bands that make it very replayable as well, with the music serving a variety of functions, be it a cookout, study music, or a drive through the sweltering desert.
X Japan Art of Life
Yes Relayer
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Drama
Yes Classic Yes
Yndi Halda Under Summer
After ten years, Yndi Halda return with a beautiful debut album perfect for the month of summer. While some musical passages might go on longer than they need to, the build-ups are handled well, crescendoing into gorgeous soundscapes and bursts of energy. There just enough vocals to add color without overpowering the instrumental focus. Overall they are used rarely and effectively, especially adding to the beauty of the album's first few minutes. Violins and other strings give a classical feel reminiscent of Sigur Ros. While not quite reaching the heights of Enjoy Eternal Bliss from a decade before, Under Summer can be counted among the essential post-rock albums of the year.
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside...
Yo La Tengo Painful
Young the Giant Young the Giant
Yuri Gagarin At The Center Of All Infinity

3.8 excellent
Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Animals As Leaders Weightless
Animals As Leaders The Madness of Many
Animals As Leaders shake up their formula a bit with increased technical playing (if that were even possible) and less hooks overall. The result could be described as mixed, but there are simply too many great moments on here to be considered a disappointment. The opener is one of their most fascinating tracks, beginning the first run of more dissonant, darker sounding compositions than on the debut or The Joy of Motion. This trend only lasts for about the first 1/3 of the album however, as it veers back into more melodic and rewarding territory in the middle. The last three songs are the highlights, with less metal elements making for jazzy, syncopated musical madness to be the focus. The Madness of Many isn't the strongest album from AAL, but takes enough risks and remains fascinating enough to warrant plenty of close listens, as plenty of rewarding details can flicker by quickly.
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Creepers Lush
David Bowie Heathen
Fields of the Nephilim The Nephilim
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Meshuggah Koloss
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
No-Man Loveblows & Lovecries
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Old Man's Child Slaves Of The World
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
TesseracT One
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Dear Hunter Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
The Sword Gods of the Earth
Vektor Outer Isolation

3.7 great
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anciients Voice of the Void
Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies
Behemoth And the Forests Dream Eternally
Behemoth The Satanist
Black Sabbath 13
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
David Gilmour Rattle That Lock
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Deftones Deftones
Electric Wizard Time to Die
Gates Parallel Lives
Gazpacho March of Ghosts
Hammock Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
Isis Mosquito Control
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
NeraNature Foresting Wounds
Nest (FIN) Woodsmoke
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Paramore The Summer Tic
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Pond (AUS) Man, It Feels like Space Again
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Team Sleep Team Sleep
The Killers Sam's Town
The Pineapple Thief Your Wilderness
The Sword Age of Winters
Vektor Black Future
Wild Nothing Gemini

3.6 great
Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues
Neurosis The Word as Law
Swallow the Sun Ghosts Of Loss
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

3.5 great
10 Years Minus the Machine
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
65daysofstatic Wild Light
65daysofstatic No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite...
65daysofstatic No Man's Sky: Soundscapes
A Perfect Circle Three Sixty
Abigail Williams Becoming
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC Back In Black
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You
Aeon Spoke Above the Buried Cry
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation
After the Burial Forging a Future Self
After the Burial Rareform
After the Burial In Dreams
Alcest Tristesse Hivernale
Alice Cooper Killer
Alice Cooper School's Out
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
All Shall Perish The Price of Existence
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Anathema Serenades
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anubis Hitchhiking to Byzantium
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Ashbringer Yūgen
Astronoid Stargazer
At the Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours
At the Gates Gardens of Grief
Audioslave Audioslave
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places
The melodic sections are a welcome break from August Burns Red's trademark sound. Overall, this is just as good as R&R, with some longer tracks and a welcome guest appearance from A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon.
Bass Communion Ghosts on Magnetic Tape
Bathory The Return of the Darkness and Evil
Battle Tapes Polygon
Beck Morning Phase
Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)
Behemoth Grom
Behemoth Satanica
Behemoth Evangelion
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Big Thief Masterpiece
Black Peaks Statues
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
Black Sabbath The End
Black Wing ...Is Doomed
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Blue Oyster Cult Cultosaurus Erectus
Blur Think Tank
Blur Blur
Blur The Magic Whip
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Boston Boston
Botanist Hammer of Botany
Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked
Brian Eno Music For Films
Brian Eno Thursday Afternoon
Candlemass Candlemass
Candlemass King of the Grey Islands
Cannibal Corpse Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica
Ceterum Fathom
Cheatahs Cheatahs
CHON Woohoo!
Circle of Contempt Artifacts in Motion
Circle of Contempt Entwine the Threads
Circle of Contempt Structures for Creation
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay The Blue Room
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Covenant Northern Light
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Cradle of Filth Damnation and a Day
Cradle of Filth Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Cradle of Filth Bitter Suites to Succubi
Cradle of Filth Thornography
Cradle of Filth The Manticore and Other Horrors
Crosses Crosses
Cynic Re-Traced
David Bowie Reality
David Bowie Hours
David Bowie Lodger
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Deftones Adrenaline
Deftones B-Sides and Rarities
Deicide Deicide
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon
Dir En Grey The Marrow of a Bone
Divine Ratio Split By Unity
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Octavarium
Effigy (FRC) Black Is Now the Sun
Electric Wizard Let Us Prey
Electric Wizard Electric Wizard
Electric Wizard Black Masses
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved Mardraum - Beyond the Within
Exodus Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Fit for an Autopsy Hellbound
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Fleshgod Apocalypse Mafia
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Fuath I
Gazpacho Molok
As if this band couldn't get any quirkier. Molok plays out as a bombastic musical journey, with swelling instrumentation and dreamy, ethereal soundscapes throughout. Despite being very much a Gazpacho album, it manages to sound largely different from everything else they've done. The concept is interesting and ambitious as always, which is up to the listener to follow and experience for themselves. A charming and diverse listen, as always from the Norwegian rockers.
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Grimes Visions
Guns N' Roses G N' R Lies
Haken The Mountain
Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Heart Little Queen
Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression
Insomnium One for Sorrow
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Isis The Red Sea
Isis SGNL>05
Jim James Regions of Light and Sound of God
Jim James Eternally Even
John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
John Haughm +46° 17' 36​.​30", -124° 4' 20​.​13"
Karl Sanders Saurian Meditation
Kaura That Which Defines Us
Kayo Dot Stained Glass
Kevin Morby Singing Saw
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
King Crimson Islands
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O Are You Land Or Water
Korn Korn
Korn Issues
Korn Life Is Peachy
Korn Follow the Leader
Lacuna Coil Comalies
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God VII: Sturm und Drang
Lantlos Lantlos
Laraaji Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Love Da Capo
Love, Robot Rebuild | Rebirth
Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul
Lush Scar
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Machine Head The More Things Change...
Machine Head The Blackening
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Machine Head Bloodstone and Diamonds
Mammoth Deviations
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor
Mastodon Call of the Mastodon
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Megadeth United Abominations
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Meshuggah Selfcaged
Meshuggah Rare Trax
Metallica Metallica
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
MGMT Time to Pretend
MGMT Congratulations
Minus the Bear Bands Like It When You Yell YAR at Them
Minus the Bear This is What I Know About Being Gigantic
Minus the Bear Lost Loves
Modest Mouse Sad Sappy Sucker
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Morbus Chron Sleepers in the Rift
Mushroomhead XIII
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket Circuital
Napalm Death Time Waits for No Slave
Napalm Death Utilitarian
Nero di Marte Nero di Marte
Nest (FIN) Hidden Stream
Nest (FIN) Fabled Lore
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Nocturama
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance
Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Nirvana Bleach
Nirvana Incesticide
No-Man Wild Opera
No-Man Heaven Taste
Old Man's Child Vermin
Old Man's Child Revelation 666
Oneohtrix Point Never Rifts
Opeth Apostle in Triumph
Opeth Book of Opeth EP
Oriya Light To Dark
Ozzy Osbourne No Rest for the Wicked
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon
Panopticon On the Subject of Mortality
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Paradise Lost One Second
Paramore Riot!
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Parkway Drive Horizons
Periphery Periphery
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pinkshinyultrablast Happy Songs For Happy Zombies
Pity Sex Dark World
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree Futile
Porcupine Tree Lazarus
Prisma Collusion
While very derivative of Tool, there's some very worthwhile material on here, with the climax of the second track being a prime example.
Puscifer Conditions of My Parole
Puscifer Money Shot
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead Go to Sleep
Radiohead My Iron Lung
Radiohead COM LAG (2plus2isfive)
Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Radiohead TKOL RMX 1234567
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Riverside O2 Panic Room
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Memories In My Head
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Rob Zombie The Sinister Urge
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Roger Waters The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Rush Rush
Rush Test for Echo
Silverstein When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Silverstein A Shipwreck in the Sand
Silverstein Transitions
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Soen Cognitive
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Static-X Wisconsin Death Trip
Steven Wilson Unreleased Electronic Music Vol. 1
Steven Wilson Cover Version
Steven Wilson Transience
Stray (UK-LON) Paradise
Submotion Orchestra Alium
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials
Temple of Thieves Passing Through the Zer0s
Testament Souls of Black
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The 69 Eyes Back In Blood
The Agonist Lullabies for the Dormant Mind
The Drones Feelin Kinda Free
The Night Watch The Night Watch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong
The Pineapple Thief Magnolia
The Runaways The Runaways
The Sword Apocryphon
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Thulcandra Fallen Angel's Dominion
Thulcandra Under a Frozen Sun
Thulcandra Ascension Lost
Tool Opiate
Tool 72826
Trigger the Bloodshed Degenerate
Twisted Sister Stay Hungry
Tycho Epoch
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 Pop
U2 Zooropa
U2 October
Ulver Metamorphosis
Ulver Childhood's End
Ulver Oddities and Rarities #1
Ulver Riverhead OST
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Disambiguation
Venom Welcome to Hell
Votum :KTONIK:
We the Wild From The Cities We Fled
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Whitechapel Whitechapel
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
yodaka yodaka
Young the Giant Mind Over Matter
Young the Giant Home Of The Strange
ZZ Top Eliminator

3.4 great
Blackfield Blackfield IV
Bring Me the Horizon There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It...
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death

3.3 great
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Bullet for My Valentine Hand of Blood
David Bowie Earthling
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Local Natives Sunlit Youth
Modest Mouse The Fruit That Ate Itself
Moving Mountains Moving Mountains
NeraNature Disorders
Neurosis Pain of Mind
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Sigur Ros Von
TesseracT Altered State
The Pineapple Thief All the Wars
Weezer The White Album

3.2 good
Alt-J This Is All Yours
Arctic Monkeys AM
Blackfield Welcome To My DNA
Cheatahs Sunne
David Bowie Let's Dance
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink Me
Moving Mountains Waves
Myrkur M
Nest (FIN) Mietteitä
Paramore Paramore
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. IV: Earth
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

3.1 good
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie

3.0 good
Abigail Williams In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light
Abigail Williams The Accuser
AC/DC Black Ice
Aeon Spoke Nothing
Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Alice Cooper Along Came a Spider
All Shall Perish This Is Where It Ends
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
All That Remains Overcome
Andy Summers and Robert Fripp Bewitched
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Atoms for Peace Amok
Audioslave Out of Exile
Audioslave Revelations
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Leveler
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen: Resurrected
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Behemoth The Apostasy
Beneath The Sky In Loving Memory
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Black Sabbath Tyr
Black Sabbath Cross Purposes
Blessthefall Witness
Blessthefall Awakening
Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral
Blue Oyster Cult Mirrors
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Burn the Priest Burn the Priest
Candlemass Lucifer Rising
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse Vile
Carnifex Hell Chose Me
Carnifex Until I Feel Nothing
Chelsea Grin Chelsea Grin
Chelsea Grin Evolve
Chelsea Grin Ashes to Ashes
Coldplay X & Y
Cradle of Filth From the Cradle to Enslave
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cradle of Filth Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Darkthrone Hate Them
David Bowie Black Tie White Noise
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie Kintsugi
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
DevilDriver The Last Kind Words
DevilDriver Beast
Dissection Reinkaos
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
ERRA Impulse
Escape the Fate There's No Sympathy for the Dead
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Evanescence Fallen
Evanescence The Open Door
Evanescence Evanescence
Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Exodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
Fit for an Autopsy The Process of Human Extermination
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Saint Cecilia
Ghost (SWE) If You Have Ghost
Ghost (SWE) Popestar
Ghoulgotha The Deathmass Cloak
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Haken Visions
Haken Affinity
Horseback Dead Ringers
Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Jamie xx In Colour
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Jonny Greenwood Bodysong
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Ram It Down
Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage
King Crimson Beat
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
Korn Untouchables
Korn The Paradigm Shift
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Lamb of God Wrath
Lamb of God Resolution
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Marilyn Manson Born Villain
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Hidden Treasures
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Megadeth Dystopia
Meshuggah The True Human Design
Meshuggah Psykisk Testbild
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Myrkur Myrkur
Nile Ithyphallic
Nile At the Gate of Sethu
Opeth Burden
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzmosis
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Pantera Power Metal
Paradise Lost Lost Paradise
Parkway Drive Deep Blue
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
Periphery Icarus
Periphery Clear
Periphery Juggernaut: Omega
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Pink Floyd More
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Pity Sex Feast of Love
Porcupine Tree Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
Powerman 5000 True Force
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Rob Zombie Educated Horses
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Six Feet Under Maximum Violence
Six Feet Under Undead
SKATERS Manhattan
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slayer Eternal Pyre
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soundgarden King Animal
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
Taylor Swift 1989
Testament The Ritual
The Agonist Once Only Imagined
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Keys El Camino
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Zombies Begin Here
Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Thrice Identity Crisis
Trickfinger Trickfinger
U2 Rattle and Hum
U2 No Line on the Horizon
U2 Songs of Innocence
Underoath The Changing of Times
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Veil of Maya [id]
Volumes Via
Walk the Moon Walk the Moon
Wavves King of the Beach
We Lost the Sea Crimea
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer The Green Album
Weezer Hurley
White Zombie Make Them Die Slowly
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Wild Nothing Life of Pause
While Life of Pause perhaps lacks as much depth as Wild Nothing's previous releases, this is still a fairly enjoyable and blissfully nostalgic sounding record. The songwriting and lush production job channels the likes of Slowdive and The Cure in the best ways. "Life of Pause," "Alien," and "To Know You" is perhaps the band's finest trifecta of songs yet. Overall this is a fun, diverse dream pop record that deserves multiple listens to fully sink in and appreciate.

2.8 good
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha

2.7 average
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Kayo Dot Coyote
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Six Feet Under Unborn
Suicide Silence The Black Crown
TesseracT Polaris
The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
The Agonist Eye of Providence
The Killers Day & Age

2.6 average
The Sword High Country

2.5 average
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Aerosmith Honkin' on Bobo
Aerosmith Just Push Play
All That Remains For We Are Many
As I Lay Dying Decas
As I Lay Dying Awakened
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Black Sabbath Seventh Star
Black Sabbath Headless Cross
Black Tongue The Unconquerable Dark
Black Veil Brides We Stitch These Wounds
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Carnifex Dead in My Arms
Chelsea Grin My Damnation
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Cradle of Filth Evermore Darkly
Darkthrone Goatlord
DevilDriver DevilDriver
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
DevilDriver Winter Kills
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"
I Declare War I Declare War
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
John Frusciante PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Korn See You on the Other Side
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Lacuna Coil Shallow Life
Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Meteora
Machine Head The Burning Red
Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Load
Miss May I Apologies Are for the Weak
Miss May I Monument
Novembers Doom Amid Its Hallowed Mirth
Oceano Ascendants
Ozzy Osbourne Down to Earth
Ozzy Osbourne Scream
Panopticon Social Disservices
Panopticon Kentucky
Parkway Drive Atlas
Powerman 5000 Transform
Scar the Martyr Scar the Martyr
Six Feet Under Bringer Of Blood
Six Feet Under Death Rituals
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Slayer Repentless
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Some very strong moments can't disguise the fact that almost none of these songs completely work on their own, which is a shame given the inclusion of some great instrumental sections and many interesting ideas. They also really need to write better lyrics.
Suicide Silence Suicide Silence (EP)
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
The Acacia Strain The Dead Walk
The Acacia Strain Wormwood
The Black Keys Turn Blue
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Veil of Maya Eclipse
Whitechapel The Somatic Defilement
Whitechapel Our Endless War
Zedd True Colors

2.3 average
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Bring Me the Horizon That's the Spirit
Wetting myself in anticipation to hear Oli Sykes go full-on Chester Bennington here. Reviews for this will probably talk about the how the band has "matured" just because they decided to nix the riffs and dynamics for synth ambience and pop hooks instead. Personally though AOTY 2/5
TesseracT Perspective
Weezer The Red Album

2.0 poor
Adrenaline Mob Omerta
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
All That Remains The Order of Things
Asking Alexandria Reckless and Relentless
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
Black Sabbath Born Again
Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol
Black Sabbath Forbidden
Black Veil Brides Set the World on Fire
Born of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
Bring Me the Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
Bullet for My Valentine Venom
Louder and thrashier than Temper Temper, but more or less same **** different day
Carnifex The Diseased and Poisoned
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Divine Heresy Bringer of Plagues
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours
Falling in Reverse The Drug in Me Is You
John Frusciante Enclosure
Judas Priest Jugulator
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Korn Untitled
Korn The Path of Totality
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Machine Head Supercharger
Megadeth Risk
Megadeth Super Collider
Metallica Reload
Oceano Depths
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Parkway Drive Ire
Periphery Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Periphery perhaps come too hot on the heels of the Juggernaut albums with their weakest release yet. The first song sounds like a joke, especially Spencer's contributions. Motormouth has a badass Koloss by Meshuggah sounding breakdown, but other than that lacks memorability. Most of the tracks follow the same way in one form or another, as the band could really benefit from being more melodic. They need to focus on something for a bit, instead of drastically changing what's happening in the song every minute or two. Habitual Line-Stepper is the worst offender in that regard, at least having a cool melodic guitar section. Remain Indoors is the only track on here I can stand all the way through. The rest all annoy in one way or another due to unmemorable songwriting and cheesy pop elements (especially the second half). Spencer's singing is neither better nor worse than the previous releases, and while the lyrics aren't awful, they don't exactly help either. A disappointing lack of inspiration is obvious, and I can only recommend this to the most loyal of fans.
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Suicide Silence You Can't Stop Me
Some decent solos and a few cool moments can't save this overblown, repetitive-ass album from the depths of mediocrity. From the constant chugging and breakdowns to the out of place blast beats to the painful lyrics, this is true commercial diarrhea for a scene that really needs to die already. 1.8/5
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer Raditude
Whitechapel Recorrupted

1.5 very poor
Aiden Conviction
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Avenged Sevenfold further alienate their fanbase by releasing a shamelessly unoriginal rip-off of classic hard rock and heavy metal bands. Granted they've always done that to some degree, but the band really show how little shame they have here. Hail... stands as being largely void of substance or inspiration, so much that it boggles the mind. Arin Ilejay's talent with the sticks is squandered for a disappointingly bland and monotonous drumming performance throughout. The music itself isn't terrible, other than the ever-pervading stagnation and unoriginality. The singing is the least annoying of any of their albums at least, and the guitar work can be interesting if I have to name some positives. Heretic and Coming Home are the most worthwhile tracks.
Black Tongue Born Hanged
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper
Cradle of Filth Midnight in the Labyrinth
Drop Dead, Gorgeous In Vogue
Escape the Fate Escape the Fate
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight

1.0 awful
Falling in Reverse Fashionably Late
Hello Kitty Suicide Club ^_^
Maroon 5 V
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World

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