Mostly new music I've heard. :]
Symmetry in Black
Album brings the riffz, however I feel like I've heard a lot of this before by different
artists. Definitely sludgy.
|2||Glamour of the Kill|
Ranges from pretty good shredfest to godawful typical post-hardcore with
misogynistic and audience-baiting lyrics.
To Whom It May Concern
Shit music, shit production, lol Caleb Shomo (ok, so Beartooth actually isn't that bad)
The Righteous & The Butterfly
Is OK, production is weak, and the band seems to have lost a lot of energy from
the glory days of XX.
Band has talent, it's just that they use it to further every "teenage music" trope on
the planet (garage rock, punk, surf music, etc. etc.)
|6||The Last Vegas|
Album brings the rawk - which is to say, standard Guns n' Roses-aping radio rock.
Hour of the Dawn
Moar generic indie punk.
Has a few good thrashy jams, although I expected better from these guys.
Has germs of some great ideas, and the production is equally great, it just seems
the band drones on for too long on one idea.
|10||The Pains of Being Pure at Heart|
Days of Abandon
Super sexy album art, unfortunately, that's about all I can say for this
|11|| ||Timo Tolkki's Avalon|
Angels of the Apocalypse
Cheesy power metal is cheesy. Synth work is great though, I will give it that.
Nicely executed folk metal from Estonia, the production doesn't do it favors though
Great throwback to the Canterbury scene of yore. If you're looking for an
instrumental that will blow you away, look up "Singularity".
Album brings the riffz more than 1, very Converge-ish, no wonder Kurt Ballou
Out of the Black
Radio rock executed perfectly.
In Cold Blood
From Morgan Kibby, M83 collaborator, comes a super-80's sounding album with
stunning vocals (check "Future Husbands Past Lives" if you don't believe me)
First I've heard this band, damn it if this doesn't turn out to be on my end-of-year
list. Grooves, and grooves HARD
|18||Rage Against the Machine|
I didn't love this quite as much as the self-titled (hard to beat tho), but this still
remains a shining example of RATM's songcraft.
Might be my favorite A7X record next to Waking the Fallen.
Oh, What a Life
I've only heard "Best Day of My Life", do I really need to listen to the rest of this to
know this is terrible? Didn't think so.