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Last Active 08-30-09 12:34 pm
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Converge Jane Doe5.0
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV4.0
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues3.5
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.0
Cursive Domestica4.5
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II4.5
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.
DRACULACORE sp�l nation3.0
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris3.0
Radiohead Hail to the Thief4.0
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About4.0
Arcade Fire Neon Bible3.0
Arcade Fire Funeral3.0
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...
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value2.5
Isis Sawblade2.0
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.
Saviour Machine Legend Part I4.0
Deftones White Pony4.5
Chroma Key Graveyard Mountain Home3.5
Infectious Grooves Groove Family Cyco3.0
Sly and The Family Stone Fresh4.0
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine4.5
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane4.0
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command4.5
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms3.5
The Mars Volta Amputechture4.5
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.
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue4.5
John 5 Songs For Sanity4.0
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy4.5
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Vol. 14.0
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?
Marcus Miller Tales4.0
Sunn O))) White11.5
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust4.0
Meshuggah I4.5
Sigur Ros ( )5.0
De Facto Megaton Shotblast4.0
Burzum Hliðskjálf1.0
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death1.5
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child1.5
System of a Down Hypnotize1.5
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire2.0
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.
Trivium Ascendancy2.0
Sunn O))) White22.0
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory2.5
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment2.5
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain2.5
High School Musical High School Musical2.5
1905 Voice2.5
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step3.0
Tool Undertow3.0
Tool Opiate3.0
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve3.0
Radiohead Pablo Honey3.0
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles3.0
Steve Vai Passion and Warfare3.0
Isis The Red Sea3.0
Joe Satriani Crystal Planet3.0
Death Human3.0
Cannibal Corpse Kill3.0
3 Inches of Blood Battlecry Under a Winter Sun3.0
T.I. King3.0
Sunn O))) Flight of the Behemoth3.0
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...3.0
AFI Sing the Sorrow3.5
Megadeth Rust in Peace3.5
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....
Radiohead Kid A3.5
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King3.5
Tool Salival3.5
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine3.5
The Mars Volta Tremulant3.5
Porcupine Tree In Absentia3.5
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute3.5
Converge You Fail Me3.5
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence3.5
Death The Sound of Perseverance3.5
Pain Of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 13.5
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible3.5
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.
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere3.5
Remembering Never Women and Children Die First3.5
Isis SGNL>053.5
Converge No Heroes3.5
Burton Wagner A Sentinel's Eyes3.5
Tool Lateralus4.0
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.
The Clash London Calling4.0
Deftones Around the Fur4.0
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun4.0
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.
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove4.0
Mr. Bungle California4.0
System of a Down Mezmerize4.0
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth4.0
Pain Of Salvation Be4.0
Meshuggah Chaosphere4.0
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso4.0
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard4.0
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...4.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain4.0
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain4.0
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.
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone4.0
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium4.5
Tool Ænima4.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity4.5
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here4.5
Radiohead OK Computer4.5
At the Drive-In Vaya4.5
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.5
At the Drive-In El Gran Orgo4.5
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...4.5
Jaga Jazzist What We Must4.5
Sigur Ros Takk...4.5
The Red Paintings Walls 4.5
Isis Clearing the Eye (DVD)4.5
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