Average Rating: 3.46
Rating Variance: 0.21
Objectivity Score: 72% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicFleetwood Mac RumoursThis 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 superbClaude Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95It'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 DopethroneGeorge Gershwin An American in ParisAs good if not better than Rhapsody in Blue, this is one of the quintessential 20th century American compositions.Isis Panopticon4.0 excellentAdrian Belew Mr. Music HeadAdrian Belew's musical prowess is in full swing here, as he displays his versatility and writing ability. Chevelle Vena SeraAlmost 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 XThe 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. 75Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86Comrades SafekeeperIf you have the chance to see Comrades live, seriously go do it. Their performances exceed the album.Gustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32Isis CelestialLantlos Melting SunMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMeshuggah NothingThis 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 MagneticOmega Massif GeisterstadtIf 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 BecomingCall it a 3.8/5. In other words, Pelican's best release.Pomegranate Tiger EntitiesRosetta Wake/LiftThis 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 GenevaAlmost 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 EmprosRussian Circles MemorialWhereas 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). 3.8/5Sasquatch IVSasquatch IIIAs 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 26Soilwork The Living InfiniteSUMAC The DealThe Ocean Pelagial (Instrumental)Ufomammut EcateWhores. CleanWhores. Ruiner3.5 greatA Pale Horse Named Death Lay My Soul To WasteAn 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 & ColorAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldA7X'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 TimestretchBeastwars Blood Becomes FireNormally 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. 3.7/5Boris NoiseBossk .1Chicago The Very Best of Chicago: Only the BeginningSide A is a 4.5. Side B is a 2.5. Final rating is a 3.5.Cloudkicker The DiscoveryUndeniably 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 TerritoryCloudkicker PortmanteauDamascus Of Whom I Always ThinkDirge HyperionThey 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 AgesFair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsYet 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' DustFu Manchu Signs Of Infinite PowerFu Manchu GigantoidFuzz FuzzIntervals In TimeIntronaut Valley of SmokeIntronaut Habitual LevitationsIntronaut PrehistoricismsIsis Wavering RadiantIzah SistereKing Crimson DisciplineKokomo KokomoLatitudes AgonistMeshuggah IMeshuggah KolossMy Bloody Valentine m b vO'Brother DisillusionFirst 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. 3.7/5Pallbearer Foundations of BurdenRamesses Misanthropic AlchemyRed Innocence and InstinctRed Until We Have FacesAs 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 RageI'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 HeliogabalusRosetta A Determinism of MoralityRosetta Audio/VisualSeriously, 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 FlameRosetta Quintessential EphemeraSlightly 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 CollectiveScale the Summit Carving Desert CanyonsSithu Aye CassiniSteve Reich Music for 18 MusiciansSupercontinent VaalbaraThis Will Destroy You Young MountainToundra IVUlver Messe I.X-VI.X3.0 goodAll the Empires of the World BlessingsAll the Empires of the World ReturnAnd So I Watch You From Afar GangsBassnectar FreestyleBroods EvergreenBurial Rival DealerBush Razorblade SuitcaseWhat 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 TideCloudkicker ]]][[[Damascus HeightsFu 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 BeginningIf These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could TalkIf These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the SkyIsis OceanicMaybe 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 SeaIsis SGNL>05Jon Hopkins ImmunityKing Crimson Three of a Perfect PairKokomo If WolvesLatitudes IndividuationLento EarthenMetallica Beyond MagneticIt'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 TeamMy Bloody Valentine LovelessNaam VowOmega Massif KarpatiaPelican AustralasiaPond (AUS) Hobo RocketRosetta The Galilean SatellitesRosetta/Junius SplitScale the Summit The MigrationShepherd Stereolithic RiffalocalypseThe Haxan Cloak ExcavationThousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We BeginThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice Major/MinorYear of No Light Ausserwelt2.5 averagePlus One ObviousPurling Hiss Water On MarsThree Days Grace Life Starts NowTrapt Someone in ControlxSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?
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