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Average Rating: 3.47
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5.0 classic
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
This is the closest thing to a flawless album that I have heard. The relationships amongst some of Fleetwood Mac's members were in complete turmoil at the time, and all the emotion, desperation, honesty and hope was laid on the table. Nearly every song is gold.

4.5 superb
Claude Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95
It's about time I rated something a 4.5. This is among Debussy's finest works for solo piano. Prelude and Toccata are as amusing as they are mesmerizing, and Sarabande is second only to Clair de Lune in terms of fragile beauty.
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
George Gershwin An American in Paris
As good if not better than Rhapsody in Blue, this is one of the quintessential 20th century American compositions.
Isis Panopticon

4.0 excellent
Adrian Belew Mr. Music Head
Adrian Belew's musical prowess is in full swing here, as he displays his versatility and writing ability.
Buffalo Rodeo Home Videos
Chevelle Vena Sera
Almost every song here just flat-out rocks. Vena Sera showcases a tight, energetic sound as Chevelle presents their heavier side. The album loses focus in a few spots, but this is about as high as a 4 can be.
Chicago Chicago X
The final installment of Chicago's rock/pop rock days. A fun and catchy album that shows off the talents of every band member and perfectly blends Chicago's distinct sound.
Claude Debussy Suite bergamasque L. 75
Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86
Comrades Safekeeper
If you have the chance to see Comrades live, seriously go do it. Their performances exceed the album.
Elder (USA-MA) Lore
Gustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32
Heron and Crane Drat
Isis Celestial
Lantlos Melting Sun
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Nothing
This might be just a touch better than Catch Thirtythree. It doesn't have a stand-out like, say, Dehumanization, but it's just so solidly consistent.
Metallica Death Magnetic
Omega Massif Geisterstadt
If Isis and Year of No Light had a child and sludge was the dominant gene, this would be it. 3.4/5rEDIT: Nvm, this is a 3.9.
Pelican Forever Becoming
Call it a 3.8/5. In other words, Pelican's best release.
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Rosetta Wake/Lift
This is not the kind of record that will click upon the first, second, or even third listen.
"Lift" is largely uninteresting, but the rest of the album will take you on a journey through
space itself. Raised from a 3.7/5
Russian Circles Geneva
Almost as good as the album that follows it. I'd put this a tick or two above the Sputnik average. The second half of the album could use some trimming.
Russian Circles Empros
Russian Circles Memorial
Whereas Russian Circles excelled on their last two albums in creating songs that blended beauty and darkness into one, each song on Memorial is fairly straightforward in their respective styles. The heaviness is fulfilling but the gentler pieces leave a touch to be desired (the closer being the exception). 3.8/5
Sasquatch IV
Sasquatch III
As good as its successor if not a little better. They know how to do grimy, hazy, killer rock that keeps you coming back for more.
Sithu Aye 26
Soilwork The Living Infinite
SUMAC The Deal
The Ocean Pelagial (Instrumental)
Ufomammut Ecate
Whores. Clean
Whores. Ruiner

3.5 great
A Pale Horse Named Death Lay My Soul To Waste
An entertaining gothic metal release blended with some doom, sludge, and even a little stoner. A couple tracks are blatant AiC ripoffs, and the ballads are weak, but there is plenty to enjoy here.
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
A7X's self-titled album is incredibly experimental, but the crazy part is...most of it works. Albeit, it's not something they should attempt again. Auto-tune, country guitar styles, political rants, they all make appearances. Aside from the joke of a final track, this album has some tasty material.
Bassnectar Timestretch
Beastwars Blood Becomes Fire
Normally if I end up liking 7 of 10 songs on an album, I give it a 4. But though many songs here are great, they tend to run together and need more differentiation. This is a solid listen but could stand to branch out a bit. 3.7/5
Boris Noise
Bossk .1
Chicago The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
Side A is a 4.5. Side B is a 2.5. Final rating is a 3.5.
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Undeniably catchy instrudjental metal, though the album becomes somewhat redundant. Sharp also toys with a few ambient songs but these serve little other than to relieve tension. 3.7/5.
Cloudkicker The Map Is Not the Territory
Cloudkicker Portmanteau
Damascus Of Whom I Always Think
Dirge Hyperion
They were right. You really need to give this album some time. Upped to a 3.5. This album is not about the individual tracks; it's about the cohesiveness.
Earthless From The Ages
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Yet another album that I can add to my 3.7 collection. This record comes so close to being
"excellent" but its luster is somewhat immediate. I wish I could say that the musical
interludes add depth but instead come off as filler. About half of the tracks deliver the
payoff, and when FtM hits, they hit hard.
Fu Manchu Eatin' Dust
Fu Manchu Signs Of Infinite Power
Fu Manchu Gigantoid
Fuzz Fuzz
Intervals In Time
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Isis Wavering Radiant
Izah Sistere
King Crimson Discipline
Kokomo Kokomo
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Latitudes Agonist
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Koloss
My Bloody Valentine m b v
O'Brother Disillusion
First half is great, sans the opener. Second half is good but contains a couple tracks that
hold this album back. Interesting vocals; somewhere between Thrice and Taproot; but it suits
the gloomy atmosphere well. 3.7/5
Pallbearer Foundations of Burden
Ramesses Misanthropic Alchemy
Red Innocence and Instinct
Red Until We Have Faces
As others have pointed out, this album is a grower. The problem is that several songs here had the potential to be great but fell just short. Having said that, UWHF is bolstered by some of Red's best music to date (see "Feed the Machine"), and after a few listens, the strengths of other songs become apparent.
Red Of Beauty and Rage
I'd like to give this a 4 but it lies at a 3.7 (correct rating, Ponton). While it would have been
easy for Red to re-hash their older material to make up to their fans after RtP, they did more
than that. I commend Red for carving deeper into their original sound, and not being afraid to try
longer song lengths and new musical structures.
Rorcal Heliogabalus
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rosetta Audio/Visual
Seriously, listen to the opener and closer. Beautiful stuff. Most of this is nothing
groundbreaking because, after all, it is a soundtrack, but the music and textures are very solid.
Rosetta Flies to Flame
Rosetta Quintessential Ephemera
Slightly more consistent than ADOM, but then, ADOM had a standout song in its title track. Nothing is on that level here. Eric Jernigan's vocals aren't the best fit but everything else seems naturally Rosetta (perhaps cleaner).
Scale the Summit The Collective
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Sithu Aye Cassini
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Supercontinent Vaalbara
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Toundra IV
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X

3.0 good
All the Empires of the World Blessings
All the Empires of the World Return
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Bassnectar Freestyle
Broods Evergreen
Buffalo Rodeo 123 Water
Burial Rival Dealer
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
What a roller coaster of an album. Razorblade Suitcase ranges from truly amazing to downright boring. The sound is raw, even abrasive at times, and Gavin's lyrics are still enigmatic. Sit through all the filler and you'll find some gems.
Causa Sui Euporie Tide
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Damascus Heights
Fu Manchu In Search Of...
There are a handful of standout tracks with infectiously fuzzy grooves and chunky vibes, but for the most part, this album bleeds together too much. Only a few songs have a real identity.
God Is an Astronaut The End of the Beginning
If These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could Talk
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
Isis Oceanic
Maybe I've been spoiled by the grandeur of Isis's other records, but this one feels lacking. Overdone vocals and musical ideas that tend to wander without ever finding their footing. It's a good record; perhaps not a great one.
Isis The Red Sea
Isis SGNL>05
Jon Hopkins Immunity
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
Kokomo If Wolves
Latitudes Individuation
Lento Earthen
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
It's clear why these didn't make the DM cut. The tunes suffer from awkward transitions and occasionally laughable lyrics. Still, it has its moments and there's some enjoyable riffage, barely keeping Beyond Magnetic above a 2.5.
Mogwai Young Team
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Naam Vow
Omega Massif Karpatia
Pelican Australasia
Pond (AUS) Hobo Rocket
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta/Junius Split
Scale the Summit The Migration
Shepherd Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
The Haxan Cloak Excavation
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Major/Minor
Year of No Light Ausserwelt

2.5 average
Plus One Obvious
Purling Hiss Water On Mars
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Trapt Someone in Control
xSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?

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