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2008
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues3.5
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV4.0

2007
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II4.5
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris3.0
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.
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value2.5
Arcade Fire Neon Bible3.0
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone4.0

2006
Burton Wagner A Sentinel's Eyes3.5
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.0
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.
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.
Converge No Heroes3.5
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...3.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain4.0
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain4.0
The Mars Volta Amputechture4.5
Isis Clearing the Eye (DVD)4.5
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere3.5
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...4.0
T.I. King3.0
Cannibal Corpse Kill3.0
High School Musical High School Musical2.5
1905 Voice2.5

2005
System of a Down Hypnotize1.5
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain2.5
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.
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue4.5
John 5 Songs For Sanity4.0
Sigur Ros Takk...4.5
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso4.0
DRACULACORE sp´┐Żl nation3.0
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...4.5
The Red Paintings Walls 4.5
System of a Down Mezmerize4.0
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth4.0
Jaga Jazzist What We Must4.5
Trivium Ascendancy2.0
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.5
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust4.0

2004
Chroma Key Graveyard Mountain Home3.5
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?
Pain of Salvation Be4.0
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death1.5
Converge You Fail Me3.5
Arcade Fire Funeral3.0
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Vol. 14.0
Meshuggah I4.5
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.
Sunn O))) White22.0
Remembering Never Women and Children Die First3.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine4.5

2003
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step3.0
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium4.5
Radiohead Hail to the Thief4.0
AFI Sing the Sorrow3.5
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...
Sunn O))) White11.5
2002
Sigur Ros ( )5.0
Porcupine Tree In Absentia3.5
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute3.5
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child1.5
The Mars Volta Tremulant3.5
Sunn O))) Flight of the Behemoth3.0
3 Inches of Blood Battlecry Under a Winter Sun3.0
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....
2001
Converge Jane Doe5.0
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
De Facto Megaton Shotblast4.0
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible3.5
Tool Lateralus4.0
Isis SGNL>053.5
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard4.0

2000
Tool Salival3.5
Radiohead Kid A3.5
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command4.5
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...4.0
Deftones White Pony4.5
Cursive Domestica4.5
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms3.5
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence3.5
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 13.5

1999
Burzum Hlidskjalf1.0
Isis The Red Sea3.0
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory2.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity4.5
At the Drive-In Vaya4.5
Mr. Bungle California4.0
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun4.0
Isis Sawblade2.0
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles3.0

1998
Meshuggah Chaosphere4.0
Death The Sound of Perseverance3.5
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment2.5
Joe Satriani Crystal Planet3.0

1997
Deftones Around the Fur4.0
At the Drive-In El Gran Orgo4.5
Radiohead OK Computer4.5
Saviour Machine Legend Part I4.0

1996
Tool Aenima4.5
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire2.0
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.

1995
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve3.0
Marcus Miller Tales4.0
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.
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.

1994
Infectious Grooves Groove Family Cyco3.0

1993
Radiohead Pablo Honey3.0
Tool Undertow3.0

1992
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine3.5
Tool Opiate3.0

1991
Death Human3.0

1990
Megadeth Rust in Peace3.5
Steve Vai Passion and Warfare3.0

1979
The Clash London Calling4.0

1978
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove4.0

1977
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy4.5

1975
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here4.5

1973
Sly and The Family Stone Fresh4.0

1969
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King3.5

1962
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane4.0
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