TheMoonchild
Scott M. Baldwin
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5.0 classic
Behemoth Ezkaton
Chant For Ezkaton 2000 EV is... alright on the album Satanica. But live, and in this version, it's downtuned and absolutely beautiful sounding. Something you probably didn't expect to hear about a Death Metal song of all things.
Bruce Dickinson The Chemical Wedding
Diamanda Galas Vena Cava
The absolute best of her voice works. Truly a must hear. Disturbing as fuck and unique.
Green Carnation The Quiet Offspring
Iron Maiden Maiden England '88 (DVD)
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Pink Floyd Animals
Rush Power Windows
Soundtrack (Film) Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

4.5 superb
Arcade Fire Reflektor
BBC Doctor Who: Series 5 Original Soundtrack
Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Diamanda Galas The Litanies of Satan
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
Folks, Maiden are fucking BACK. I've only heard this
album twice so I'm not sure I can properly rate it
yet, but I can easily say this album is miles ahead
of The Final FlFrontier in every way- in fact it may
even be the best of the post reunion releases.

There's surprises throughout the album- unexpected
tempo changes, sudden key changes, etc. The music
is blazing and energetic and Bruce has never sounded
better.

This album definitely is a lot to take in at two
discs and 92 minutes . I'd say listen to disc one
and take a bit of a break before going onto disc
two.
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden Empire of the Clouds
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush R40 Live
Soundtrack (Film) Little Shop of Horrors
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Finally, Steven Wilson has dropped this 1970s prog charade and in its place has come a more sophisticated sound that shows just how diverse he really is; a brand new direction showcasing a more streamlined approach to Wilson's songwriting and at times it even goes full-on pop. Of course there's some trademark Wilsonisms here, but for the most part, Wilson has proved that sometimes making accessible music is sometimes the best way to move forward.
The Civil Wars The Civil Wars
Southern goth doesn't get darker or richer than this. Raw, powerful, emotional, folksy. It's a shame they're no more. They had a great future ahead of them.

4.0 excellent
Alexandre Desplat Godzilla
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Diamanda Galas Malediction and Prayer
Better than THE SINGER by a country mile. Though it wouldn't have hurt to have put I Put a Spell On You on here.
Dio Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993
Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson Kingsman: The Secret Service (OST)
Iron Maiden Live at Donington
Iron Maiden The Essential Iron Maiden
Muse Drones
So THIS is why we listen to Muse. Basically, this album attempts the same "epic" pastiche but this time with more rock in place of the symphonic and electronic elements. Some gems here including the absolutely haunting Aftermath and the rollercoaster that is The Globalist (seriously, if you love proggy madness, feast your ears on this), and The Handler which is guaranteed to become the arena rumbler of the bunch. The album does fall short due to two glaringly awful tracks, but thankfully the good tracks do outweigh them.
Opeth Watershed
Pink Floyd Meddle
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
Rush Rush in Rio
Rush Clockwork Angels
Serena Ryder Harmony
Weird Al Yankovic Off the Deep End

3.5 great
Adele 25
It's pretty disappointing on the first two listens but by the third you accept that this is a calmer and more collected Adele. It does succumb to some filler around the middle but towards the end it does pick up a bit.
BABYMETAL BABYMETAL
BBC Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Collection
Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Donna Summer Love to Love You Baby
The title track is 17 minutes long and consists primarily of Donna moaning over a disco beat. If she was trying to piss parents off, she succeeded.
Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Lady Gaga Artpop
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Muse The 2nd Law
Opeth Pale Communion
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Steve Harris British Lion
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker Questamation
Volbeat Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie

3.0 good
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
It was alright, I guess. It was better than Human After All but too much of it seems recycled and from Discovery era. It's essentially Discovery in prettier wrapping paper, but lacking any real hooks and too reliant in vocals, most of which are done through a vocoder.
Diamanda Galas You Must Be Certain of the Devil
Donald Fagen Sunken Condos
Faith No More Sol Invictus
A good FNM album. Not exactly comeback album material and maybe not what I expected after 17 years but enjoyable enough.
George Ezra Wanted on Voyage
Kid's got quite the set of pipes on him, but the songwriting is lackluster for the most part. For every memorable and clap-worthy anthem like Cassy O' and Blame it on Me, there's two rather forgettable snoozers. But he's got talent and I can see him going places from here.
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Katy Perry Prism
No Doubt Push and Shove
Rush Counterparts
Rush Vapor Trails Remixed
Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser
System of a Down Mezmerize

2.5 average
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
If I had to rate this album based on vocals alone, it'd be an instant 5/5. Claudio hasn't sounded this good since Good Apollo I. That being said, this album is better than the directionless and disappointing predecessor but it still lacks in quite a few places. It's a good pop album but not a lot of the songs, save for Sentry The Defiant stand out- though I am a bit biased because I first heard it when they opened for my favourite band (Iron Maiden). rHIGHLIGHTS:rSentry the DefiantrDark Side of MerGravity'srIron Fist
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Ed Sheeran +
Foster the People Supermodel
Ibeyi Ibeyi
Jay Malinowski And The Deadcoast Martel
MS MR Secondhand Rapture
Hurricane is without a doubt one of the absolute best pop songs of the decade. It's a shame the rest of the album is so boring.
Paul McCartney Give My Regards to Broad Street
Pendulum In Silico
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da

2.0 poor
5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Coma Ecliptic is what Colors would sound like if it sucked. So there are very few growls on this album, but Tommy's clean voice doesn't have enough weight to carry the tracks. The riffs here sound so recycled and uninspired and the band just sounds like they're going through the motions. Colors and Future Sequence sound like beautiful soundscapes punctuated by moments of nightmarishness. Coma Ecliptic sounds like a day at work.
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Daft Punk Human After All
Daft Punk Tron Legacy: Reconfigured
Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Iron Maiden A Real Live Dead One
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Knife Party Abandon Ship
Madonna Rebel Heart
The sound of one of the pop greats being complacent as ever. Tight production and some decent songs can't save an overall lacking listening experience.
Michael Buble To Be Loved
Muse The Resistance
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Primal Rock Rebellion Awoken Broken
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Soundtrack (Disney) Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Steely Dan Gaucho
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Used Lies for the Liars
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker Advanced Basics
Vitamin String Quartet Vitamin String Quartet Performs Muse

1.5 very poor
Alanis Morissette Alanis
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Britney Spears Britney Jean
Hans Zimmer The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Knife Party Rage Valley
Mother Mother Very Good Bad Thing
Mumford and Sons Wilder Mind
Wilder Mind is an album that reminds you of how wrong you were in the past to hate Mumford for partying like it's 1865. Because even worse is the sound of them partying like it's 2009 or whatever year Kings of Leon were even relevant.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm Beside You
Rihanna Unapologetic
Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
Walk Off the Earth Sing It All Away
More hookless and uncatchy pop music from another band who got signed cause of some youtube cover. Some decent moments here and there but otherwise avoid.

1.0 awful
Barenaked Ladies Silverball
Brain Drill Quantum Catastrophe
Discharge Grave New World
Dream Theater The Astonishing
John. John. Earth to Mr. Petrucci. Wherever you are, you and I need to talk.

Enough of this. Seriously. I appreciate your earnest gusto for trying to lead this band out of a dark age with a founding member leaving. But since then you've been turning Dream Theater into more or less your own little vanity project. Your last two products were dull and uninspired but I'd take dull and uninspired over brash, loud and Spinal Tap any day.

The Astonishing is a joke. It's worse than a joke. It's not even funny. It's sad. This is undoubtedly your "Nostradamus". Overblown choirs and orchestras? Check. Shimmery piano? Check. Uninspired vocals? Check. Every single song drifts through one ear and out the other. What's truly depressing is how great some of the songs could be- "The Answer" could be a truly heartfelt ballad but it's too short and ends before it takes off. "A Savior in the Square" is just cringe worthy and had they reduced the orchestration from it and written actual lyrics it could have been good and that's just the start of it. "A Life LEft Behind" starts off awesomely enough but... yay, another ballad.

Honestly, John, LESS IS MORE. Enough of the shredding. Enough of the orchestras and choirs. Enough of the bombast and samples where not needed. Oh and ENOUGH OF THE PIANOS. I'm running out of fingers to count the amount of times on this album I was ready for some awesome stuff only for MORE PIANO.
Ed Sheeran x
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
John Lennon Wedding Album
John Lennon Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Knife Party Haunted House
Mumford and Sons Babel
what a fucking pile of wank. strum the banjo really fast and resort to a cliche book for lyrics
Nickelback The Best of Nickelback Volume 1
Scars on Broadway Scars on Broadway
Serj Tankian Imperfect Harmonies
Twin Forks Twin Forks
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