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Last Active 08-30-09 12:34 pm
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1905 Voice2.5
3 Inches of Blood Battlecry Under a Winter Sun3.0
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step3.0
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms3.5
AFI Sing the Sorrow3.5
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy4.5
Arcade Fire Funeral3.0
Arcade Fire Neon Bible3.0
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command4.5
At the Drive-In Vaya4.5
At the Drive-In El Gran Orgo4.5
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.0
Burton Wagner A Sentinel's Eyes3.5
Burzum Hlidskjalf1.0
Callisto True Nature Unfolds3.5
Callisto are a superb band with peak musicianship, and this should be noted as such. However, they really aren't doing anything new within the genre of post-rock or post-metal. Guttural vocals, crushing guitar, emotive soundscapes, as well as some truly beautiful passages, such as "Storm" are to behold. It might not be ground-breaking or timeless, but it's never to be scoffed at.
Cannibal Corpse Kill3.0
Chroma Key Graveyard Mountain Home3.5
Converge You Fail Me3.5
Converge No Heroes3.5
Converge Jane Doe5.0
Cryptopsy None So Vile4.0
This album made me want to take a shower after listening to it...it was that, well, vile. Every minute just crushes and filthies the spirit. Tracks like "Slit Your Guts" and "Orgiastic Disembowelment" are just intense, with eye-gouging musicianship, as well as vocals that surely aren't legal. Whatever happens, don't take that shower until this album is over.
Cursive Domestica4.5
Cursive The Ugly Organ4.5
When I imagine a death waltz, few distinct songs come to mind. This entire album does. It bends, blends, shines, crashes, and rips apart with simply ease. The sound, bolstered by the creative use of cello and Tim Kasher's unique vocals and wordplay, weave the tale of the "Ugly Organist." Using this character, Cursive lament on the subjects of hope and humanity. The finale is a beautiful cementing of these themes. The music teaches us to look up when we're knocked down...that the worst is over...
De Facto Megaton Shotblast4.0
Death Human3.0
Death The Sound of Perseverance3.5
Deftones Around the Fur4.0
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist4.0
This album could have been a classic, it really could have. There is some fat to trim away, in the form of "Rapture" and "Mein," and just cut that inane, pointless monologue out of "Pink Cellphone," and you've got yourself one solid track. The positive column yields perhaps the best opening and closing tracks of any album of this past year, as well as the superb musicianship that is expected out of this group. As well, the instrumental track "U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start," is nothing short of amazing. All around, a sure top-ten inclusion for 2006, and an album that musn't be ignored.
Deftones White Pony4.5
DRACULACORE sp´┐Żl nation3.0
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory2.5
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane4.0
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence3.5
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone4.0
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue4.5
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove4.0
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute3.5
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...4.0
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere3.5
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death1.5
High School Musical High School Musical2.5
Infectious Grooves Groove Family Cyco3.0
Isis Sawblade2.0
Isis The Red Sea3.0
Isis Oceanic3.5
Being my favorite band, Isis can never do wrong. To be honest, this album just didn't.....click. I mean, it's amazing, "The Beginning and The End," and "False Light" are moving, numbing, and captivating. I just can't seem to see how people can regard this album with the likes of Panopticon or In the Absence of Truth. Well, time will tell....
Isis SGNL>053.5
Isis Clearing the Eye (DVD)4.5
Isis Panopticon5.0
An album that can change your perspective of music, human emotion, scale, grandeur, your life even, must be held dear to oneself. That, in a cinch, is Panopticon for me. I could listen to this album for years on end and never tire of it. The songs roll, explode, plod, scream, and wail in the span of seconds and repeat the process all over again. It is a wonder that strings (of the vocal and guitar/bass variety) and drums, coupled with synthesizers, could make one feel this way. You have an album like that, surely. Can you really explain it either?
Isis In the Absence of Truth5.0
I couldn't quite believe my ears when I heard my favorite band's follow-up to my all-time favorite album. I sat in disbelief as a group of five out-did perfection in my every definition. They rewrote the definition of epic using tribal drumming, spacey guitar, and soaring rhythms in the process. To me, this album is Perfection, Evolved.
Jaga Jazzist What We Must4.5
Joe Satriani Crystal Planet3.0
John 5 Songs For Sanity4.0
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King3.5
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain2.5
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment2.5
Marcus Miller Tales4.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain4.0
Megadeth Rust in Peace3.5
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve3.0
Meshuggah Chaosphere4.0
Meshuggah I4.5
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso4.0
Mr. Bungle California4.0
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth4.0
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero4.5
From the get-go, Year Zero is a noisy ride. There are instances where static mimics Trent Reznor's vocals, which are on top form. The line is blurred between guitar and synth in a beautiful fury. An underlying concept, a dystopian future of fifteen years from now, is told lyrically from different viewpoints, providing many facets to this story, and even more wonderful is how the music conforms to each persona.
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child1.5
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Vol. 14.0
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 13.5
Pain of Salvation Be4.0
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...4.5
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard4.0
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here4.5
Porcupine Tree In Absentia3.5
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris3.0
Radiohead Pablo Honey3.0
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
Radiohead Kid A3.5
Radiohead The Bends4.0
An oddity for me, The Bends was an album that I just instantly liked. I couldn't help it. Every minute is swarmed with an aura of excellence, the musicianship is both crisp and crazy, Thom's voice is phenomenal, and the songwriting is just incredible. The opener and closer encapsulate a sound that has been carefully crafted into a monster. "Black Star" is haunting and powerful. A beauty, "High and Dry" is soothing and mellow. This is an album that can't go wrong, no matter how hard you try.
Radiohead Hail to the Thief4.0
Radiohead OK Computer4.5
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire2.0
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles3.0
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine3.5
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...3.0
Remembering Never Women and Children Die First3.5
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust4.0
Saviour Machine Legend Part I4.0
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible3.5
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun4.0
Sigur Ros Takk...4.5
Sigur Ros ( )5.0
Sly and The Family Stone Fresh4.0
Sonic Youth Washing Machine2.0
I don't get it. I really, really don't get it. Sure, some of the songs are cool, and I can really enjoy some of the tracks on this album...but what the hell? I feel it just seems to be repeating itself over and over again. Not to mention, the noise at the end of "The Diamond Sea" goes on longer than it legally should have been allowed. I hear that Sonic Youth is pretty influential and original, but with this album I don't see it at all.
Steve Vai Passion and Warfare3.0
Sunn O))) White11.5
Sunn O))) White22.0
Sunn O))) Flight of the Behemoth3.0
System of a Down Hypnotize1.5
System of a Down Mezmerize4.0
T.I. King3.0
The Clash London Calling4.0
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity4.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine4.5
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...4.0
The Mars Volta Tremulant3.5
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium4.5
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.5
The Mars Volta Amputechture4.5
The Red Paintings Walls 4.5
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues3.5
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV4.0
Thrice Vheissu4.5
For me, there haven't been many albums quite like Thrice's Vheissu. Meaning, the sheer power of the songs, the instrumentation, the lyrical content, the love of music projected by the band behind the songs haven't blown me away as this album has. "The Earth Will Shake" is behemoth, crushing and showing no mercy. The angular intro attack of "Image of the Invisible" is given a foil in the catchy yet lovely chorus of "Of Dust and Nations." Sure, there are a few missteps, namely "Music Box," but I'm willing to forgive that in the wake of such beasts that surround it. Unforgettable, this is.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II4.5
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value2.5
Tool Undertow3.0
Tool Opiate3.0
Tool Salival3.5
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
Tool Lateralus4.0
Tool Aenima4.5
Trivium Ascendancy2.0
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain4.0
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