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5.0 classic
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Biosphere Dropsonde
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Death Leprosy
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Dustin O'Halloran Piano Solos Vol. 2
Piano Solos Vol. 2 is my perfect album. O'Halloran provides the perfect amount of melancholy with his compositions, subtly hinting at it in some tracks and absolutely drowning in it on others. It's understated and beautiful, but best of all, it takes me to a place that is completely separate from all of the chaos around me. I could never be even somewhat objective about this album, but I hope that more people give it the light of day it most certainly deserves.
Eluvium Copia
Fireworks Oh, Common Life
Incantation Onward to Golgotha
Lil Ugly Mane MISTA THUG ISOLATION
Manners Pale Blue Light
Mobb Deep The Infamous
Modern Life Is War Witness
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Wrongdoers is the sum of the parts Norma Jean have been quietly collecting throughout
their entire career. Barring a few setbacks over the years, the band have not stayed
stagnant in a genre renowned for recycled ideas from most of the bands. Finally the longer
tracks have a palatable experimental feel to them; "Hive Minds" is one of the band's best
offerings with eerie distortion building up to immense riffs. The album itself is a
combination of their most frenzied aggression matched up with a strong focus on continuity.
Vocalist Cory Brandan has never been more on point both vocally and lyrically; "Funeral
Singer" is certainly proof of that. Wrongdoers proves that an already-established
band can eschew self-made constrictions and put out an album that is miles above and beyond
what was anticipated by fans.
Sigur Ros ( )
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline

4.5 superb
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Aesop Rock The Blob
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
AFI All Hallow's
American Football American Football
Anberlin Cities
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Athletics Who You Are Is Not Enough
Athletics Why Aren't I Home?
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Biosphere Substrata
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Blood Gemini Snow Season
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
City and Colour Little Hell
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Closure in Moscow have created a near-perfect album here. Catchiness is not sacrificed for technicality, and there is a strong sense of experimentation that exists in song structures that still have an appearance of conventional. The album is a dichotomy in itself of a band that is unabashedly catchy and unafraid to chase different influences at the same time.
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Darkest Hour Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation
Daughters Hell Songs
Deaf Havana Fools And Worthless Liars
Deafheaven Sunbather
Dear Landlord Dream Homes
Deas Vail Collapse
Collapse is beautiful; its ethereal and dream-like quality naturally draws the listener in. The beautiful falsetto of vocalist Wes Blaylock and the tasteful use of keys punctuated by the the percussive talents of Wes Saunders allows Deas Vail to stand out among the glut of indie rock bands currently in existence. The soothing beginning to "Follow Sound" sounds otherworldly with its use of synthesizers and a simple clean guitar line complementing Blaylock's best vocal performance of the album. This band is unabashedly a Christian band in its message, but the lyrics are vague enough (and good enough) to be taken in a more personal manner. "Light As Air" demonstrates the band's songwriting capability perfectly; propulsive drumming meshes perfect with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. The skeletons of all six songs present here would end up being used for their first LP All The Houses Look The Same, but what is presented here is the perfect time capsule for Deas Vail. Indie rock does not get more authentic than this, and the passion exuded here has not been replicated in the genre since for me. Highly recommended for listeners who want to feel something.
Death Symbolic
Death Grips Exmilitary
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Deep Puddle Dynamics The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel
Demilich Nespithe
Drake Take Care
dredg Catch Without Arms
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
Eluvium When I Live by the Garden and the Sea
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Entropia (PL) Vesper
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Eye of Solitude Dear Insanity
Face Candy This Is Where We Were
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
One of my favorite bands, and their best release. A tad more structured than previous releases, it blends the manic cacophony that defined past albums and combined it with a more mature sound. They experiment, but not to the point where the songwriting suffers. They utilize everything from monstrous riffs to eerie keyboards, and it works better for them than most bands attempting to do the same. Atmosphere coincides with heaviness in the spirit of a truly experimental band. Recommended Songs: "Drowning the Old Hag", "Mouth", and "...As a Result of Signals Being Crossed"
Finch (US) Say Hello to Sunshine
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frank Ocean created something that transcended my disdain for the genre, which I didn't think possible. The variety in beats, guest appearances, and tone will appeal to most listeners. There are a few missteps here, as some songs are brilliant but awkwardly placed, with a few songs that should not have made the cut. This is dangerously close to an absolute masterpiece, and for the time that Ocean has been in the game, it has become obvious from this release that he will be a staple for critics and mainstream listeners alike.
Fuck the Facts Abandoned
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Glassjaw Our Color Green (The Singles)
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Helios Eingya
Holy Other With U
Incubus Morning View
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Joy Wants Eternity You Who Pretend to Sleep
Joyce Manor Joyce Manor
Killing The Dream In Place, Apart
Latterman No Matter Where We Go...!
Lavinia Take Shelter
Lucian the Wolfbearer Paradise
Mac Miller DELUSIONAL THOMAS
I actually like this better than anything that Mac Miller has put out; the pitched-up voice
is hard to get used to, but the lyrics are surprisingly very good and the flow is more than
serviceable. The murky and off-kilter beats are some of the best that Mac has created, and
his choice of guest spots on this are impeccable. Recommended songs: "Halo", "Bill", and
"Grandpa Used To Carry a Flask"
Manners Apparitions/Escapism
Manners Apparitions
Matthew Robert Cooper Miniatures
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
Misery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum Heart
Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out of Something
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Morbid Angel Domination
Musk Ox Woodfall
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride A Map Of All Our Failures
Odd Nosdam Burner
Perturbator I Am The Night
Seriously amazing stuff. Dirty, grimy, and sounds like it came straight out of an eighties horror flick.
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Saosin Translating the Name
Search The City A Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It
Something Corporate North
Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Strata Strata Presents The End Of The World
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Texas Is the Reason Texas is the Reason
The Banner Greying
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Candlepark Stars Very Big Sky
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Fully Down Dont' Get Lost In A Movement
The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
The Psyke Project Daikini
The Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. II: Water
Title Fight Floral Green
Trap Them Filth Rations
Vince Staples Summertime '06

4.0 excellent
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
...Of Sinking Ships ...Of Sinking Ships
68 In Humor and Sadness
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Bloom
A Slow Descent Utopias
A Slow Descent On Ganymede
Abigail Williams Becoming
Aborted Goremageddon
Aborted The Necrotic Manifesto
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter
Aesop Rock Skelethon
Aesop Rock Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
AFI The Art of Drowning
All Shall Perish The Price of Existence
American Football American Football EP
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Aphelion Aonarach
Arctic Monkeys Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
Arsis Unwelcome
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
ASAP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP
Aspherium The Fall of Therenia
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Atmosphere Sad Clown Bad Spring 12
Atmosphere Seven's Travels
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Autopsy Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
bansheebeat Spiral Power
Barrow Being Without
Behemoth The Satanist
Best Wishes Best Wishes
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral
Blue Sky Black Death and Nacho Picasso Lord of the Fly
"All the drugs I abuse and I'm still not amused." This rules, probably going to be my next review.
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Burial Rival Dealer
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse Butchered at Birth
Cannibal Corpse Gallery of Suicide
Cara Neir Portals To A Better, Dead World
Cara Neir/Venowl Split
Caravels/Gifts From Enola Well Worn
Carcass Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel
Carissa's Wierd Songs About Leaving
Caster Caster
Cerce Cerce
Cerce Teen Bible
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle Vena Sera
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
Circa Survive Descensus
CityCop Seasons
Clipping Midcity
Closure in Moscow The Penance and the Patience
Coffins The Fleshland
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Columns Please Explode
Comeback Kid Die Knowing
Counterparts The Difference Between Hell and Home
Crypt Sermon Out of the Garden
Dance Gavin Dance Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean
The foundation is placed for what's to come in future albums, but Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean is still very raw. I love the melodies, and Craig's less imposing appearance on this release makes it much more palatable for me.
Danny Brown XXX
Darkest Hour So Sedated, So Secure
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return
Darklands Bring Out The Dead
Dashboard Confessional So Impossible
Daughters Daughters
Dead And Divine The Machines We Are
Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall
Dead in the Manger Cessation
Dead Poetic New Medicines
Dead Sea Apes High Evolutionary
Deas Vail Deas Vail
Deas Vail All The Houses Look The Same
Death Human
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Grips Fashion Week (Instrumentals)
Decapitated Nihility
Devics If You Forget Me...
Dorena Nuet
Dream Theater Train of Thought
dredg El Cielo
dredg Live at The Fillmore
Duck Duck Goose Noise, Noise and More Noise
There is undeniable groove present in this record for how spastic and unpredictable the song structures can be. The vocals range from impressive clean passages to ear-splitting high screams to visceral lows. The drumwork is absolutely thunderous, DDG are able to carve out their own path in this unique release.
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Emery I'm Only A Man
Envy Insomniac Doze
Ethereal Shroud They Became the Falling Ash
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Fearless Leader Half Dead
Finch (US) Finch
Fireworks Gospel
Flatbush Zombies BetterOffDEAD
Followed By Ghosts The Entire City Was Silent
Forevermore Telos
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
Free Throw Lavender Town
From A Second Story Window Not One Word Has Been Omitted
Full of Hell The Inevitable Fear of Existence
Full of Hell Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home
Funeral Diner The Wicked EP
Funeral Diner Doors Open
Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
FFaF come through on all of the promises they made on past albums. This is their most complete to me.
Gifts From Enola Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind
Haste the Day Dreamer
Heartsounds Drifter
It isn't always easy to balance pop punk with technicality, all while managing to sound heartfelt and passionate. Drifter gives all of that in spades, with two of the four members coming from metal band Light This City. The fast-paced drums and incredibly varied guitars, mixed with the dual male-female vocals, help to give fans of the pop-punk reason to rejoice. One of most consistent releases in recent memory, and my personal favorites (especially for summertime listening).
Heiress Of Great Sorrow
Hester Prynne The Goswell Divorce
Hexis Abalam
Hutcher Hauntpop
Interesting project here. I am definitely going to review this. Reminds me of what would play in a grocery store in a post-apocalyptic world. Strange, almost alien-like, but with a forlorn familiarity that would inherently attract people to it.
I Exist From Darkness
Illsugi Catalyst
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Jack's Mannequin Dear Jack
Many will disagree with this, but I believe this little release to be the best thing that has come of Jack's Mannequin. All four of the tracks present on Dear Jack are keepers, and the reinterpretation of "Swim" is chilling in its perfection. If you thought Everything in Transit was a bit too pop-punk and thought that The Glass Passenger lacked the songwriting chops and hooks, this is the perfect middle ground.
Jakob Sines
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Joyce Manor Never Hungover Again
Kevin Devine Brother's Blood
Kevin Devine Split the Country, Split the Streets
Kevin Devine Put Your Ghost To Rest
Kingdom of Giants Abominable
Krimh Krimhera
Lakutis 3 Seashells
Lakutis I'm In The Forest
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Less Than Jake Hello Rockview
Less Than Jake Anthem
Loscil Endless Falls
lovechild In Heaven, Everything is Fine
Mac Miller Faces
Mac Miller has been progressing at an impressive level. His lyricism is getting better but
still needs some work; however, that doesn't stop Faces from being startlingly honest
at times. It's interesting to watch Mac work backwards from most hip-hop stars, in that the
shitty mainstream aspect of his music came first and he has progressively gotten weirder (in
a good way). The production and attention to detail on some of these beats are astounding,
and he sets himself up with some very impressive features spanning from Rick Ross to Vince
Staples. Obviously 24 tracks is too much of anyone for one release, but the majority
of material here is stronger than anything that has preceded it. rRecommended Tracks:
Diablo, Apparition, Rain, Angel Dust, New Faces, and Insomniak
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Manners Escapism
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Midnight Static Daydream
Mike Mictlan Snaxxx
Minus the Bear This is What I Know About Being Gigantic
Modern Baseball Sports
Modern Baseball are undoubtedly a fun listen; their emo-infused pop punk style may leave some to be desired songwriting-wise; but it is immediately engaging and plenty catchy. The nasally vocals will definitely get on the nerves of listeners not used to the style, but the sarcastic and youthful attitude present in the lyrics will bring a full-on nostalgia trip to the open-minded. The songs are individually powerful enough to keep your attention, and the plaintive yearning in the vocals speak to the honesty of a band that seems to wholly represent the average twenty-something sad-sack. There are a few songs that just do not match up to the highlights, but overall Sports is much more consistent than Modern Baseball's follow-up, and is perfect for a summer listen.
Modest Mouse Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morning Effort I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny
Mortician Chainsaw Dismemberment
Mr. Muddle General's Quarters
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones
Noah Gundersen Family
Noah Gundersen Saints & Liars
Noah Gundersen Ledges
Nodes of Ranvier Nodes of Ranvier
Noisem Agony Defined
Norma Jean Redeemer
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Northaunt Istid I-II
Obliteration Nekropsalms
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Of Machines As If Everything Was Held In Place
Panopticon Roads to the North
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pet The Preacher The Cave and The Sunlight
Pianos Become the Teeth Keep You
Premonitions of War Left in Kowloon
Protest the Hero Fortress
Pusha T My Name Is My Name
Radiohead OK Computer
Rancid Rancid [2000]
Red Innocence and Instinct
Rotten Sound Species At War
Sage Francis The Known Unsoldier "Sick Of Waging War..."
Sage Francis Personal Journals
Sarcofago Rotting
Scale the Summit The Migration
Self Defense Family Disappear Here
Senses Fail Still Searching
Senses Fail Life Is Not a Waiting Room
Senses Fail continue to hone their craft on Life Is Not a Waiting Room. While the highlight songs don't match up to the last full length, it is a more consistent album. The screaming has matured quite a bit, and even if Buddy Nielsen isn't utilizing it as much on this album, it is incredibly effective. Ultimately, if you like Senses Fail, you will enjoy this album. If you didn't like them before this, you won't enjoy this one very much, either.
Set Your Goals Mutiny!
Sharks Keep Moving Pause And Clause EP
sigh (US) batch.01
Snowmine Laminate Pet Animal
So Long Forgotten Baptism
So Long Forgotten Beneath Our Noble Heads
Sororicide The Entity
State Champs The Finer Things
Stomach Earth Stomach Earth
Straight Reads The Line The Author
Summoning Old Mornings Dawn
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials
Texas Is the Reason Do You Know Who You Are?
The Album Leaf Into The Blue Again
The Album Leaf Seal Beach
The Antlers Hospice
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Blood Brothers Crimes
The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn
The Dangerous Summer If You Could Only Keep Me Alive
The Faceless Akeldama
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Forecast Late Night Conversations
The Grouch x Eligh x CunninLynguists The Winterfire EP
The Magic Lightnin' Boys The Magic Lightnin' Boys
The Matches Decomposer
The Postal Service Give Up
The Smashing Pumpkins Pisces Iscariot
The Smashing Pumpkins Rotten Apples
The Twilight Singers Powder Burns
The Twilight Singers A Stitch In Time
The Weeknd Trilogy
Themselves TheFREEhoudini
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Through the Eyes of the Dead Bloodlust
Through the Eyes of the Dead The Scars of Ages
This EP was one of my first loves in terms of extreme music, and still represents one of the
best examples of metalcore with a pinch of melodic death metal. The short length of the
release, along with interesting tempo changes and varied vocals help to keep this much more
original-sounding than many bands that have similar influences. The breakdowns don't disrupt
the songs in any noticeable way, and I find myself seeking out bands that adopt the model of
songwriting that Through the Eyes of the Dead have perfected here.rStandout Tracks: Beneath
Dying Skies, To Take Comfort (In Yesterday's Scars)
Through the Eyes of the Dead The Annihilation of Expectation
Thursday Common Existence
Thursday War All the Time
Thy Art Is Murder Infinite Death
Tiny Moving Parts Pleasant Living
Trap Them Darker Handcraft
Trap Them Sleepwell Deconstructor
Trap Them Seance Prime
Trenches The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Underoath Disambiguation
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Vince Staples Stolen Youth
Vince Staples Hell Can Wait
Windmills By the Ocean Windmills By the Ocean
With Dead Hands Rising The Horror Grows Near
Within the Ruins Phenomena
Upon repeated listens of Phenomena, it's fairly safe to say that this is the band's best work to date. There are plenty of chugs and breakdowns in this album, but I'll damned if this isn't one of the catchiest metalcore releases of the year so far. "Gods Amongst Men" starts the album off as one of WtR's best songs, and it becomes obvious after a few listens that there is zero filler on this album. Both instrumental tracks rank as some of the strongest songs, with "Enigma" boasting guitar licks very reminiscent of both Mario Bros and Inspector Gadget. The fun that Within the Ruins had making this one is translated well on the record, and the band have not sounded tighter in their playing than they do now.
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
Yoma Approaching Silence

3.5 great
36 Crazyfists Bitterness the Star
36 Crazyfists A Snow Capped Romance
A Heartwell Ending Trust Us We Lie
A Life Once Lost A Great Artist
A Lot Like Birds Plan B
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light
Abstracter Wound Empire
Acceptance Phantoms
Acceptance Black Lines to Battlefields
Action Bronson Saaab Stories
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire Crisis
All Shall Perish Awaken the Dreamers
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
One of my go-to listens for catchiness and content. I love this one, and this rating is obviously skewed; what do you want from me?!
Anberlin Lost Songs
And Hell Followed With Domain
Anesthesia An Infinite Winter, Vol. I: In Memoriam
Antwon Heavy Hearted In Doldrums
Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together
Lost Forever // Lost Together does everything that is expected of Architects at this point, but they haven't done it this well in quite some time. The renewed vigor shines through the entire album, most notably in standouts "Gravedigger" and "Broken Cross", but the album in general is a step in the right direction.
As Tall As Lions Into The Flood
ASAP Mob Lord$ Never Worry
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
ASAP Rocky LONG.LIVE.A$AP
Atmosphere Sad Clown Bad Summer 9
Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun...
Atmosphere Headshots: Se7en
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
August Burns Red Constellations
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
Barrow Though I'm Alone
Bayside Killing Time
Bear//Face Beat_Tape
The chilled-out beats on this are fantastic. Whether it's the amazing vocal sample in "Taste My
Sad" or the melancholic vibe on "GANGY", there is a surprising amount of variation on
Beat_Tape. "Bruh Bruh" is a more energetic electronic track but still works very well
within the context of the EP. There are a few duds here, most notably the third song entitled
"$o0oo Wavey" which is much too repetitive for its own good. Even with a few songs not really
matching up to the others, it's still a great way to spend twenty minutes if you're interested in
the genre at all.
Beneath The Sky In Loving Memory
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Black Lungs Send Flowers
Boys Night Out TrainWreck
Brand New Daisy
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Buried in Verona Faceless
Caina Setter of Unseen Snares
Cannibal Corpse Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Carcass Swansong
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Childish Gambino Royalty
Childish Gambino STN MTN
Circa Survive Juturna
Circaic False Prophetic Roads
City and Colour Bring Me Your Love
City and Colour Sometimes
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Conditions Fluorescent Youth
Converge Axe to Fall
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Copeland Know Nothing Stays The Same
Crying Get Olde
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin
Darkest Hour The Mark of the Judas
Daughters Canada Songs
Dead And Divine What Really Happened at Lover's Lane
Dead Man In Reno Dead Man In Reno
DMIR are one of those bands that I want to defend constantly. I want to say that they aren't like the horde of metalcore bands that aren't doing anything interesting in the world of music, but the truth is that I just enjoy what they are doing on their self-titled. The vocals are erratic, as is the songwriting, but it works in favor of the album. Meatheaded breakdowns give way to gorgeous, melodic clean guitar passages. It is simple, by-the-books metalcore, done better than most of the masses.
Deas Vail For Shepherds & Kings - EP
Deas Vail succeed greatly in creating dreamy, gorgeous pop music that has more substance than most acts out there. With this EP, Deas Vail cover Christmas songs, and do it much better than the myriad out there butchering them. Wes Blaylock's angelic voice soars on this release.
Deas Vail White Lights
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
Delain The Human Contradiction
Die Antwoord Ten$ion
Doctor Smoke The Witching Hour
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Eluvium Lambent Material
Eluvium Similes
Emarosa Emarosa
Embrace The End Counting Hallways to the Left
Emery We Do What We Want
Escape the Fate There's No Sympathy for the Dead
Eso-Charis Eso-Charis
Every Time I Die Last Night in Town
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fall to November Sky... A Little Sounds for an Empty World
Fear Before Art Damage
Fear Before Odd How People Shake
Flatbush Zombies D.R.U.G.S.
Followed By Ghosts Dear Monsters, Be Patient
Free Throw Free Throw
From Graves of Valor Famine
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Future DS2
Gifts From Enola From Fathoms
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Good Weather for an Airstrike A Home for You
Grave Endless Procession Of Souls
Grieves Together/Apart
Hands Give Me Rest
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Haste the Day Burning Bridges
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Hawkboy Hawkboy
As Cities Burn's frontman Cody Bonnette makes few missteps on Hawkboy's first EP. His passionate vocals overshadow the songwriting here, but this much is sure; if you enjoyed his last band, there is alot to love here.
Hiroshima Will Burn To The Weight Of All Things
Horrendous Ecdysis
Hour of Penance Regicide
Hutcher Hauntpop Vol. 2
iamthemorning MISCELLANY
Incantation Dirges of Elysium
Invocation of Nehek Invocation of Nehek
Invocation of Nehek's self-titled is very dynamic for a metalcore record, and a great early
example of why so many listeners flocked to bands like Unearth and Through the Eyes of the
Dead in the early 2000s. The vocals vary from a high-pitched shriek to a low growl and are
executed spendidly. They end up being the highlight of Invocation of Nehek, if only
for the fact that the instrumentation takes on a somewhat similar sound throughout. The
breakdowns are also surprisingly powerful, given the fact that they are (for the most part)
well-timed and groovy. There are influences outside of the norm that help this stand out as
well, such as the tranquil instrumentation present on "Drawing Blood From A Stone". The
overall execution of this album leaves quite a bit to be desired, and certainly would have
led to an even more varied and dynamic sophomore release had they continued on.
Jarrod Gorbel Devil's Made A New Friend
Jarrod Gorbel Ten Years Older
Jeff Martin and Steven Padin The First Joke & Other Matters
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Kids in the Way Apparitions of Melody
Kitty Impatiens
Kool A.D. Word O.K.
Legs Like Tree Trunks Future Reference
Less Than Jake Losing Streak
Lights & Motion Reanimation
Living Sacrifice Ghost Thief
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lower Than Atlantis Bretton
Make Them Suffer Neverbloom
Man Overboard Real Talk
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Manchester Orchestra Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP/DVD
Manchester Orchestra Live at Park Ave.
Matt Pond PA Winter Songs
MellowHype BLACKENEDWHITE
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Midas Fall Wilderness
Midnight Static Colorwave
Mike G The Award Tour EP
Miss May I Apologies Are for the Weak
Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Morning Effort Mourning Effort
murk daddy flex third compilation
Necrophagist Epitaph
New Found Glory Not Without a Fight
Noah Gundersen Brand New World
Nocturnal Witch Summoning Hell
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Norma Jean Meridional
October Falls The Plague of a Coming Age
Origin Omnipresent
Our Lost Infantry The New Art History
Oxford Drama Oxford Drama
Palm Reader Palm Reader
Pathology Throne of Reign
Paths Of Possession The End of the Hour
Pest The Crowning Horror
Pianos Become the Teeth Old Pride
Poison the Well The Opposite of December
Poison the Well Tear From the Red
Prof King Gampo
Protest the Hero Kezia
Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
Pusha T Wrath Of Caine
PVRIS White Noise
Quarterbacks Quarterboy
Quarterboy is just one of those releases that is nostalgia personified. When life was a little simpler, you might spend your days agonizing over girls with your friends; that was a few summers of my life quite a long time ago (longer ago than I care to remember, honestly). It's trivial looking back at it now, but what this album provides is 16 minutes of gentle, inoffensive twee pop. The quick compositions and tongue-in-cheek lyrics make this quite the listenable little gem; although to that end, it comes and goes without any real highlights. Quarterbacks crafted a full-length that left me interested enough to follow their progress to see how they mature in the coming years, because the potential is certainly there.
Rae Sremmurd SremmLife
Ringworm Hammer of the Witch
Russian Circles Geneva
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust
Saosin Saosin
Say Hi Impeccable Blahs
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Second Thief Brainwashed
Senses Fail Let It Enfold You
Senses Fail The Fire
Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed
Slaves Through Art We Are All Equals
Through Art We Are All Equals is certainly Jonny Craig's project through and through. It ends up being a question of how much you enjoy his vocals, because instrumentally speaking there simply isn't much going on here. Most of what is going on here has a second-rate Emarosa feel to it, but the good news is the lyrics on here are much more honest and revealing than on past projects. "Starving For Friends" is certainly a highlight with Craig intoning, "I miss the days of being on fire". Vocally we haven't seen Craig this good in awhile, and this album seems the stepping stone that was necessary in order for him to release a truly impressive album in the future. Though the highlights are fantastic on this, too many of the middle songs sound similar and create a plodding tempo throughout.
Snow Tha Product Good Nights & Bad Mornings
Good Nights & Bad Mornings provides the listener with an artist that possesses both
technical ability and an ear for catchy songwriting. Snow tha Product doesn't mince her words, and
it's refreshing to see a female so authentic in the genre. "Cookie Cutter Bitches" is an incisive
take on the sameness that can pervade the female MC, while "Fuck the Rent" provides a focus on
relatable monetary troubles balanced with dreams of making it big in tow. Also, the verses on
"Hola" just rip.
So Long Forgotten Things We Can See and Things We Cannot
Sorority Noise Forgettable
State Lines For the Boats
Structures Life Through a Window
Supa Sortahuman & Shawn Kemp Supasonic
I didn't love this at first listen, but it's really a fun release. The beats are incredibly varied (provided courtesy of Shawn Kemp) and Supa Sortahuman is a serviceable rapper. "UFO'in" boasts the catchiest beat and Lil Ugly Mane's verse on "Me & You" a capella is downright amazing.
Swain Howl
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
Sylosis The Supreme Oppressor
T'Saatsuna/Reverend Desaad Churnmilk Peg!!/Hypatian Codex: Compendium Dub
The Amazing Picture You
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
The Black Dahlia Murder What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
The Black Dahlia Murder A Cold-Blooded Epitaph
The Bright Star Alliance Oceania
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Chariot Long Live
The Color Morale My Devil In Your Eyes
The Color Morale seem to have everything it takes to be a prototypical Rise Records band; endless chugging, sing/scream dynamic, and a littany of breakdowns. With that being said, there are nuances that make this record stand out among many others in the genre. Passionate, incredible clean vocals and interesting guitar leads make for a great listen. It helps that the lyrics aren't the normal drivel about lost love and devotion to God; it is in the small details here that point to a good record and an even better one in the future.
The Damned Things Ironiclast
The Dangerous Summer Reach For The Sun
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
It's strange; this album took a very long time to grow on me, and I really don't know why I listened to it so much when I didn't care for it initially. It's passionate and gritty, honest and revelatory. It possesses an identity amongst a gluttony of bands that don't dare to be so strikingly personal. The lyricism paints a picture that is easy to understand, and it almost seems like you're just listening to a friend recount a difficult time in his life where nothing made sense and everything was an uphill battle. Musically speaking, it is almost painfully average. The bland instrumentation and predictable songwriting is what stops this from getting a higher rating. With that being said, this is an album that will mean quite a bit to so many music lovers out there, and that cannot be taken away no matter what. I would advise anyone who is into pop punk and emo to check this one out, as it is incredibly affecting.
The Knife Trade Annihilation Of Expectation (Split W/ Through The Eyes Of The Dead)
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Taste Of Blood Predator
The Uncluded Hokey Fright
This or the Apocalypse Dead Years
Thou Heathen
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Thursday Full Collapse
Trap Them Blissfucker
Trapped Under Ice Big Kiss Goodnight
Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh
Trophywife Hold Onto Your Luck
Vendetta Red Between the Never and the Now
Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Whitechapel Whitechapel
Whereas most self-titled releases signify a band on the decline, Whitechapel show the
band at their strongest thus far. The biggest difference between this and previous albums is
the variation; each and every song has its own easily discernible identity, which is
especially a feat given the fact that they are still firmly rooted in the deathcore genre.
The over-reliance on breakdowns has been replaced by interesting leads and the emergence of
piano on a few songs, most notably on the penultimate track "Make It Bleed". The brief solo
in "Section 8" is just one more example of quite a few that point to Whitechapel
incorporating subtle influences to stand out from the pack. Unfortunately, there are also
some sophomoric lyrics that make this seem much more juvenile than the actual songwriting
would suggest. As it stands, this is a heavy dose of deathcore done correctly, with a
sprinkling of different influences and balls-out heaviness.
Within the Ruins Elite
Wolverine Still
Wolves Like Us Black Soul Choir
Wovenwar Wovenwar

3.0 good
36 Crazyfists The Tide and Its Takers
36 Crazyfists Time and Trauma
A Breath Before Surfacing Death Is Swallowed In Victory
Abigail Williams Legend
All Shall Perish This Is Where It Ends
Anberlin Blueprints for the Black Market
Architects The Here and Now
As Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
Atmosphere The Family Sign
Some good songs, but overall it doesn't really grab my attention. Atmosphere have strayed far from their comfort zone, and it seems to detract more than reward. Slug's lyrics and perspective on things keeps it interesting for me, as he is still a masterful storyteller.
Atmosphere Sad Clown Bad Fall 10
Bad Books Bad Books
Boys Night Out Make Yourself Sick
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
Burns Out Bright Distance and Darkness
Carnifex Die Without Hope
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Chevelle La Gargola
City and Colour The Hurry and the Harm
Coheed and Cambria Kerrang! / XFM UK Acoustic Sessions
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Converge Jane Doe
Copeland Beneath Medicine Tree
Crosses Crosses
Dance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin Dance
Darkest Hour Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour The Prophecy Fullfilled
Darkest Hour The Human Romance
Dead Poetic Four Wall Blackmail
Deas Vail Birds & Cages
Deception Of A Ghost Speak Up, You're Not Alone
Domo Genesis Under The Influence
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Emery The Question
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Essence Beyond Carnivalism
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
Feed Her to the Sharks Savage Seas
Finch (US) What It Is to Burn
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
From A Second Story Window Conversations
Gerard Way Hesitant Alien
Goonies Never Say Die No Words To Voice Our Hopes And Fears
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
In Hearts Wake Divination
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Jonny Craig A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer
Kitty D.A.I.S.Y. Rage
Lower Definition The Greatest of All Lost Arts
MellowHype Numbers
Miss May I Monument
Neck Deep Wishful Thinking
Neck Deep A History of Bad Decisions
Neck Deep Rain in July
NehruvianDOOM NehruvianDOOM
Nervous Impulse (CA) Time to Panic
Nights Like These The Faithless
Pain (USA) Wonderful Beef
Pathology Lords of Rephaim
Pathology The Time of Great Purification
Psycroptic Psycroptic
Red End of Silence
Red Of Beauty and Rage
Sage Francis Human The Death Dance
Screams of Erida The Red Testament
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
Shattered Skies Reanimation
Signal the Escape These Scars Are Just the Beginning
Sigur Ros Von
Sleeping With Sirens With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear
Spitalfield Remember Right Now
Structures All of the Above
Texas in July Uncivilized
Texas in July release more of the same; generic metalcore with slightly above-average musicianship. It's not inherently bad music, and if you've enjoyed their past releases, there isn't any reason for you to not pick this up. "Fight Fair" starts out with a fun riff, and then proceeds to chug for the next three minutes or so. Nothing less, nothing more than what should be expected from an outfit such as them.
The Amity Affliction Let the Ocean Take Me
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Damascus Intervention Carefully Built, Carelessly Destroyed
The Plot In You First Born
The Receiving End of Sirens The Receiving End of Sirens
The Workday Release Farther From Familiar
Through the Eyes of the Dead Malice
Through the Eyes of the Dead Skepsis
Nostalgia is forcing me to give this an average rating; all my history with this band haha. That should tell you something. Stay far away.
Thy Art Is Murder The Adversary
Trophywife An Innocent Orphan In The Post-Modern World
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Upon a Burning Body The World is My Enemy Now
Viraemia Viraemia
Volumes No Sleep
This is certainly a polarizing listen. Up until now, Volumes have been entrenched in the techy/metalcore/djent craze with bands like Structures and Within the Ruins. It's not necessarily a bad place to be; it's just difficult to progress naturally out of that sound. With some atmosphere and more clean vocals added in, Volumes certainly sounds reinvigorated. "Erased" sounds like a completely different band, favoring driving clean vocals and eschewing the usual one-dimensional songwriting. The lyrics are laughable at some points (check out "Pistol Play" for the lulz), but this is a good transition album for the band. The new influences sprinkled in this time around will certainly blossom if given enough time, and as it stands now No Sleep is a fun listen.
War of Ages Supreme Chaos
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Whitechapel Our Endless War

2.5 average
Ab-Soul These Days...
Acceptance Lost for Words
All Shall Perish Hate. Malice. Revenge
August Burns Red Leveler
August Burns Red Messengers
Black Tongue Born Hanged
Blacklisted When People Grow, People Go
Brain Drill Apocalyptic Feasting
Bury Your Dead Bury Your Dead
Clipse Til the Casket Drops
Copeland In Motion
Craig Owens With Love
Emarosa Relativity
Enslaved In Times
Every Time I Die The Burial Plot Bidding War
Feed Her to the Sharks Fortitude
Hodgy Beats Untitled 2
I, the Breather Life Reaper
Isles and Glaciers The Hearts of Lonely People
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
Killer Be Killed did nothing for me as a listener, unfortunately. With almost no
experience with any of the past bands associated with this endeavor (besides Mastodon, of
course), I didn't have any expectations going into listening to this. First song and single
"Wings of Feather and Wax" is a melodic masterpiece, employing one of the catchiest choruses
of the year and an extremely listenable solo. The biggest downfall of that song in
particular also points to the overarching problem in general; Max Cavalera's involvement
drags the album down considerably. His vocals are laughable and pale in comparison to the
contribution made by Troy Sanders and Greg Puciato. However, the best performance on this
album goes to drummer Dave Elitch, who provides fast-paced and enjoyable fills. There simply
aren't any highlights on Killer Be Killed; it is essentially an album filled with
great moments that aren't fleshed out in any way. It's good for a few listens here and
there, but mostly this album is a wasted opportunity from a talented group of musicians.
Killwhitneydead Never Good Enough For You
Kool A.D. Not O.K.
Liturgy The Ark Work
Miss May I At Heart
On Broken Wings It's All A Long Goodbye
Pathology Awaken to the Suffering
Red Until We Have Faces
Sage Francis Li(f)e
His worst in my opinion, but still relatively good. A few stellar songs.
Senses Fail From the Depths of Dreams
Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate
The Color Morale Know Hope
The Color Morale We All Have Demons
Tyler, the Creator Wolf
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath The Changing of Times
Underoath Cries of the Past
Veil of Maya All Things Set Aside
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Veil of Maya bring nothing new to the table to an almost remarkable extent. Despite presenting apt musicians, a vocalist with decent range, and penchant for writing an actual good song every once in a while ("It's Not Safe to Swim Today, "We Bow In Its Aura"), they too often succumb to sounding like every other -core band that Sumerian has signed. Veil of Maya has the ingredients necessary to create an unique, interesting album but will in all likelihood continue to provide angry kids with something to mosh to.

2.0 poor
Anberlin New Surrender
Mostly throwaway tracks, and there is no excuse to re-release a track when it was on an earlier full length. Glad that they came back from this one.
As Blood Runs Black Ground Zero
Betraying the Martyrs Phantom
Born of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Funeral Fornication Pandemic Transgression
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lord Dying Poisoned Altars
Miss May I Rise of the Lion
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
On Broken Wings Some Of Us May Never See The World
Saosin Saosin EP
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event

1.5 very poor
August Burns Red Looks Fragile After All
Bring Me the Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Emmure The Respect Issue
Job for a Cowboy Doom
On Broken Wings Going Down
Stutterfly And We Are Bled Of Color
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