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5.0 classic
AC/DC Back In Black
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178
Arnold Bax Piano Sonata No. 2 in G major
Bjork Homogenic
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Definitive was the word and Black Sabbath was the result. Even though 'metal' as we see it today has its roots buried deep in classical and blues, it was Black Sabbath that essentially mingled the two seemingly incompatiable genres together. Not only was it fun to make a scary record, it was also fun to see the unjustified reaction to what was seen to some in those days as the diabolus in musica; in other words, music not for Churches. Perhaps some of the intial reactions were justified during the opening sequence of "Black Sabbath's" gloomy bell tolls, thunderstrikes and dissonant powerchords, but from here the group rarely get much darker, opting for more blues rock band-jams that only sound heavy due to Tony Iommi's distortion factor. It's an essential addition to anyone's metal collection, but also to those who appreciate music that defines as much as it pleases.
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Burial Untrue
Burial Kindred
One word. Genius.
Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman
Christina Aguilera Back to Basics
Crowded House Woodface
David Bowie "Heroes"
Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Gurrumul
Gustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
John Cage 4'33''
I spent 4'33" just thinking about what I could write here, then I decided that I shouldn't waste my time. Go figure.
John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Lady Gaga The Fame
Led Zeppelin Remasters
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Ludwig van Beethoven "Pathétique" Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13
Ludwig van Beethoven "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Catch Thirtythree may be one of Meshuggah's most daring releases, but it's also their most interesting. One reviewer likened the work to that of a four movement symphony -- this is probably a good analogy for those still coming to grips with 33's experimentalism. Yes, the first section revolves around the same rhythmic interlock, but careful examination will reveal that it's more complex then what it's made out to be. The rest, follows a similar notion, though don't become too fixated on the physics here. In any case, if you're wanting to get into Meshuggah, this might ironically be the best place to start, because everything else they've done will be merely desert for your ears; get through the main course, and you'll be set.
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Michael Jackson Thriller
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Olivier Messiaen Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps
Opeth Blackwater Park
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi
Philip Glass Etudes for Piano, Vol. 1
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Pulse — The Film
Radiohead OK Computer
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Slayer Reign in Blood
Soundtrack (Disney) Fantasia
Stevie Ray Vaughan In Step
System of a Down Toxicity
The Blues Brothers Music From The Soundtrack
The most important thing about this movie is that it opened the eyes of a public who were getting way too much sweet-candy-new-wave-disco-electronic-gizmo-gadgetry, and not enough Rayban-sunny-raw-blues. Not too far down the timeline and Stevie Ray Vaughan's shortlived stardom would revive this brilliant style of music. For now though, the soundtrack races along in an ol' 1974 Dodge cop carrier with plenty of raw energy, soulful fun, and an all star ensemble cast. Why not let the showmanship of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, and the Blues Brothers Band itself with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, take you on their extravagant mission from God?
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
Tool Lateralus
One of the most fascinating things about this album is that fans either hold it either just above AEima, or just below it. Below and you're likely to be offering reasoning such as "not enough rock and too much concept". True, Lateralus isn't the dark narcissist as their 1996 effort was; Lateralus is an album that shows the perfect balance between amazing musicianship, flow and optimism. Keenan's lyrics yearn from brighter places, whilst Carey and Chancellor manage to put on a rhythm section that is to die for; and Jones shows that his proficiency in creating memorable grooves in groove-less territory is one worth remembering. Songs such as Schism, Lateralus, The Grudge pin out the peaks, but even with that analogy, the entire album is just like one giant plateau of goodness.

4.5 superb
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
AC/DC High Voltage
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Arnold Bax Tunes, for piano
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 6 in C major
Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Buckethead Population Override
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Carcass Heartwork
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Daniel Bjarnason Processions
Daniel Bjarnason discovers the movements of impressionism, serialism, and minimalism in the same breath through this spastic-bombastic collection. It's about as divine as it is chaotic, and sprawling as it is cohesive, however don't let this spontaneous dynamic deter you if you're a haphazard classical listener who's only familiar with, well, the 'classics'. For those, his piano driven arrangements are the highlight here as they feel both structured, yet natural in equal measure. Similarly, his use of ill-defined percussion accentuates many forces within the often Messiaen-like string arrangements that would otherwise feel cyclic. However, to truly feel the experience, you need to stop reading this short summation, find your local dealer and support one the year's most redolent releases.
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
Dire Straits Love Over Gold
Eric Whitacre Whitacre: Cloudburst
Erik Satie Gymnopédies
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Franz Liszt Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, for two pianos, S. 657
George Winston December
Green Day International Superhits
Gustavo Santaolalla The Last of Us
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune
Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
2.5 Nick!!! wtf... anyway.
Musicians studying counterpoint can find plenty of other Bach to digest and disect, and sure, this might not be his most tantalising piece. However, it's a brief body of mystifying music that shows the pure capability of the church organ before it got bastardised into playing only at weddings. Despite others like Camille Saint-Saens (particularly his Organ Smyphony) and Olivier Messiaen (his La nativite du seigneur suite) later having their own magical prowess, Bach's ability here to show exactly how the organ is quite possibly the only natural instrument that can voice almost all others is easily the most distinguishable to listeners worldwide from the work's opening mordent. Not only does it resonate like a tuba and carry like a flute, it also saws like a violin, and squeals like a trumpet. Ironically, these rich harmonics also make it one of the most difficult to control instruments; Bach doesn't seem to be affected by this, adding melodic accompaniment in places where it seemingly would be impossible to fit.
John Butler Trio Three
Johnny Winter White, Hot & Blue
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kate Bush The Kick Inside
King Crimson Red
Korn Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica S&M
Michael Giacchino Up
Michael Jackson Bad
Moby Play
Mudvayne L.D. 50
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Neil Young Harvest
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis The Assasination of Jesse James
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nirvana Incesticide
Nirvana Nevermind
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Damnation
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Philip Glass Akhnaten, opera
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd Pulse
PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love
Prince 1999
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Scott Walker Tilt
Shania Twain Come On Over
Silverchair Diorama
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer's Seasons in the Abyss is their last true thrash metal work, which equals in both performance and musicality. There is no doubt the both Reign in Blood, and South of Heaven managed to fortify their foundations, but Seasons truly is one of their best efforts. Much like Reign in Blood, the album both begins and ends amazingly in both songs "War Ensemble" and "Seasons in the Abyss" respectively. The latter is certainly one of their best outfits ever recorded, and perhaps one of their most original, biding towards a lengthier more instrumental flow. Though some of the riffs are recycled from track to track, it doesn't make them any less enjoyable within their own context, and therefore makes this album a near classic for Slayer.
Slayer South of Heaven
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses [Reissue]
Soundtrack (Disney) Tangled
Soundtrack (Film) The Truman Show
Soundtrack (Film) Forrest Gump
Spice Girls Spice
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Swarms Old Raves End
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Raw folk that's as evocative as the playing style that Kristian Matsson creates. Brilliant is hardly a word that sums up this tantalising interaction between man, nature, guitar and lyric.
Tool Ænima
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Vali Forlatt
Zelienople The World Is A House On Fire

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AC/DC Highway To Hell
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
Adele 21
Alban Berg Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Anathema Hindsight
Anathema Weather Systems
Anberlin New Surrender
Angus Stone Broken Brights
Arch Enemy Stigmata
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 7 in A flat major
Arnold Bax Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor
Ash Borer Ash Borer
B.B. King One Kind Favor
Basement Jaxx Rooty
Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever, Amen
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Munro srtikes the nail; Between the Buried and Me finally pursue coherence and discover its beauty. There's a deserted tumbleweed sound all over this record that makes it fitting for both where the band are, and where they've come from initially. Sure, "Swim to the Moon" is total overkill (and Thor, the drum solo is pretty stock actually), but the rest is both beautiful and intense enough to leave this listener totally satisfied.
Bic Runga Drive
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Blink-182 blink-182
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Britney Spears Blackout
Buckethead The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Buckethead Pepper's Ghost
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows
Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Chimaira Chimaira
Christina Aguilera Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
Christina Aguilera Bionic
Clutch Earth Rocker
Combat Astronomy Flak Planet
Combat Astronomy Barricades
Combat Astronomy Kundalini Apocalypse
Cradle of Filth Midian
Crowded House Intriguer
Cynic Traced in Air
Danny Elfman Batman
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
Emiliana Torrini Me and Armini
Eminem The Eminem Show
Enslaved Vertebrae
Eskimo Joe Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Gorillaz Demon Days
Green Day Dookie
Green Day American Idiot
Hans Zimmer Crimson Tide
Hans Zimmer Inception
Henry Cowell Piano Music
Ian Anderson Thick as a Brick 2
Immolation Majesty and Decay
In Flames The Jester Race
James Blake James Blake
James Horner Apollo 13 [Promotional Release]
Jem Finally Woken
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Such a whimsical album, and one of their more enjoyable. Less concept, more fun, and some awesome jams along the way.
Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
John Butler Trio One Small Step
John Talabot Fin
John Williams Schindler's List
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson THRAK
Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Korn Korn
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Kylie Minogue Body Language
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
Led Zeppelin Presence
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E♭ “Eroica” Op. 55
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B♭, Op. 60
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Mastodon Leviathan
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah obZen
Where could they possibly go after Catch Thirtythree? Back to basics of course. It's hard to fault the best rhythm section on this side of the universe, with crushing descents like "obZen", "Bleed" and "Combustion" to droning chaos in the remainder. It's all too easy to fixate on how the band "are an epitomy of complex time signatures"; in reality they just play syncopated 4/4 grooves with incredible rigity not even a drum machine could understand, which is why obZen's blend of post-thrash and groove works to Meshuggah's advantage in this case.
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Metallica
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Michael Jackson Number Ones
Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust
Modest Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Motley Crue Too Fast for Love
Mudvayne All Access to All Things
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
Niechec Smierc w Miekkim Futerku
Nirvana Nirvana
Om Advaitic Songs
OutKast Stankonia
Paul Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier)
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Periphery Periphery
Phil Collins Face Value
Philip Glass Glassworks
Philip Glass Violin Concerto
Philip Glass Metamorphosis I-V, for piano
Philip Glass Symphony No. 8
PJ Harvey Is This Desire?
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna Rated R
Rihanna Loud
Rob Dougan Furious Angels
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Fly by Night
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas
Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Santigold Santogold
Savage Garden Affirmation
Seasick Steve You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Sepultura Arise
SikTh Opacities
Silverchair The Best Of: Vol. 1
Slayer War at the Warfield (Video)
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Disasterpieces
Static-X Wisconsin Death Trip
Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul to Soul
Stone Sour Stone Sour
Sum 41 Chuck
System of a Down Steal This Album!
Taylor Swift Red
Taylor Swift 1989
Taylor Swift Reputation
The Cranberries No Need to Argue
The Presets Apocalypso
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Veronicas The Secret Life Of...
The Weeknd House of Balloons
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Tool Undertow
Tool Fear Inoculum
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
TV on the Radio Dear Science
U2 Achtung Baby
U2 The Best Of 1980-1990
Vanessa Amorosi Somewhere in the Real World
Vektor Outer Isolation
Warning Watching from a Distance
Weezer The Green Album
Yusuf Islam An Other Cup

3.5 great
'N Sync Greatest Hits
Abel (NY) Make It Right
AC/DC Powerage
Age of Evil A.O.E.
AJJ Knife Man
Alfred Schnittke Piano Sonata No. 1
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Angus and Julia Stone A Book Like This
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 3
Arnold Bax Piano Sonata No. 3 in G sharp minor
Arthur Honegger Pacific 231, for orchestra
Atoma Skylight
Audioslave Audioslave
Bela Bartok Divertimento, Sz. 113
Beyonce 4
Bic Runga Belle
Birdy Birdy
Debuting with an album of covers sounds like a weak way to enter the industry, but Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, ?a Birdy, manages to pull enough strings to remove herself from whatever tangled notions that may be present. Her collection portrays a quaint, emotive voice amongst roomy decay, bubbly piano, and poignant string arangements. Unlike her peers -- the divas Adele, Duffy and the late Amy Winehouse -- Birdys voice is audibly younger, less trained and more organic. It will be interesting to see if she plots a path towards something other than the popular soul pop we've been exposed to for a while now, but for some reason, I dont think this will really matter in the end.
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Boney M. Nightflight to Venus
Britney Spears Britney
Britney Spears Circus
Buckethead Electric Sea
Burial Street Halo
C.B. Murdoc The Green
Charles Ives Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840–60
Chevelle Vena Sera
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Darren Hayes This Delicate Thing We've Made
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Disturbed Believe
Don Davis The Matrix
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Evoken Antithesis of Light
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Gabriella Cilmi Lessons to Be Learned
See, when I first heard "Sweet About Me" I thought I was listing to a late twenties British soul singer; its then no suprise that this 16 year old caught the eye of promoter and record executive Michael Parisi during 2007 in Melbourne. What follows is Lessons to be Learned, which for a debut safely prods the audience with derivative but wonderfully composed acoustic/pop-rock pieces designed to enhance the breathy vocals. Standouts include "Sweet bout Me", "Einstein" and "Got No Place to Go".
George Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow
George Winston Forest
Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Hans Zimmer Thin Red Line
Hans Zimmer The Last Samurai
Hans Zimmer Frost/Nixon
Hans Zimmer Dunkirk
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Iron Maiden Brave New World
James Blake Enough Thunder
Jem Down to Earth
Jessie Ware Devotion
John Butler Trio Grand National
Jon Lord Sarabande
Kate Miller-Heidke Curiouser
Korn Issues
La Roux La Roux
I wish I enjoyed this as much as I do looking at Eleanor Jackson's awesome hair style, but really this is quite listenable. "Tigerlily" is the album's gem with "Bulletproof" and "In for the Kill" following close behind.
Lady Gaga A Very Gaga Holiday
Ladyhawke Ladyhawke
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Lana Del Rey Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
Left Lane Cruiser Junkyard Speed Ball
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Machine Head The Blackening
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Imagine if! No that would just be too easy! Imagination and this album come in two forms; allies and enemies. There's enough material on here to say this album succeeds; good song writing, effortless melodic and rhythmic structure, dimensional vocal devlivery; but it fails to add another limb to the Mastodon itself. So far it would be safe to say it has about three. So crippled and limping along, yet still with great power and enegry, this Mastodon still packs enough grunt to turn heads, especially those who are just escaping their bad music teen years. An album that will polarise a few more Remission and Levithan fanatics, but an album that works all the same, and that's all that matters.
Mastodon The Hunter
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah None
Metallica Garage Inc.
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
Muse Absolution
Natalie Imbruglia Left of the Middle
Natalie Imbruglia Come to Life
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nirvana In Utero
Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Watershed
Opeth's Watershed is great, just don't go kill yourself over it. From the refreshing album opener, "Coil," to the atypical album finaliser "Hex Omega" the group introduce new and old sounds. The resulting effect is a recording that's a mixed bag of magnificence, and a sometimes anti-progression. "Burden" seems to separate the album, from the earlier more experimental flow, and the later half, progressively influenced which is honestly more enjoyable. But does that make the album any less great? Certainly not. Coupling the excellence of Still Life, and Damnation, and their 70's progressive influences, the band have produced something to which is has a collective grasp on both what they do best, and what their influences have done best. The fanboys will 5 star it, and normal society will just, enjoy it for what it is - a great, album...
Orrery Nine Odes to Oblivion
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Philip Glass The Hours (Soundtrack)
Philip Glass Symphony No. 9
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pyotr Tchaikovsky The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37b
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Kid A
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rihanna A Girl Like Me
Rush Caress of Steel
Ry Cooder Paradise And Lunch
Ry Cooder Get Rhythm
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe
Sepalcure Sepalcure
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Shadows Fall The War Within
Shania Twain The Woman in Me
Silverchair Frogstomp
Slayer Live Undead
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Spice Girls Spiceworld
Static-X Cannibal
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Mezmerize
Terry Riley In C
The Butterfly Effect Begins Here
The Dissociatives The Dissociatives
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang
The Veronicas Hook Me Up
The Vines Highly Evolved
Tool 10,000 Days
A wonderful album, that just lacks staying power at times. It was going to be tough to break the bow-shock that Lateralus forged 5 years earlier, and this album both hits it, and misses it. The opener Vicarious is fantastic both musically and lyrically, but hints at at running out of ideas part sounding closer to Schism Pt. 2. Then there is the newly formed "Jambi," which is what they were talking about when citing Meshuggah as one of the prime influences. The stirring quality that is witnessed in songs like "10,000 Days" is really a refreshing experience, as is "Intension" where Danny Carey gets to use some of those gadgets hes had for ages properly. Then there are the obvious moments such as "Right in Two" and "The Pot," both of which use similar motifs from previous albums. Many will love this recording, and other will enjoy it with a bit of disappointment, after all this is Tool, and really anything they do will be held with high appraisal.
Tove Lo Truth Serum
Type O Negative World Coming Down
Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth

3.0 good
3 Doors Down The Better Life
AC/DC Black Ice
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Air Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Alcest Les Voyages De L'Âme
Angus and Julia Stone Down the Way
Arch Enemy Black Earth
Arch Enemy Dead Eyes See No Future
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 2 in E minor/C major
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
Astra The Black Chord
Astra's otherworldly tones are pulled unreservedly right from the 1970s book of progressive psychadellica, and then offered in 2012 packaging. There are copious amounts of Mellotron, blues licks in bouncing stereo, and just about every other prog cliche. At times they're ripping off Pink Floyd to the note, such as the opener which may as well have been titled 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond v2012', other times it's King Crimson copping the flack - but interestingly they do it all with some sense of authenticity. This in the end is what makes The Black Chord listenable, despite its deprivation of memorable weight. If it weren't for some well placed distinctions here and there ('Barefoot in the Head' in particular) The Black Chord would not only feel like another imitation, but a poor one at that. Thankfully, they manage to pull it off, only just, though.
Atreyu The Curse
Baroness Yellow and Green
Basil Poledouris The Hunt for Red October
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman
Ben Folds Way To Normal
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
The problem here is that more actually means less. Disc 1 is fairly bland, where as its counterpart has some of her most catchy hooks ever. If you cut the fat, Sasha Fierce seems more real than it's actually made out to be. See "If I were a Boy", "Single Ladies", and "Sweet Dreams" as symbols to this.
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Bob Dylan Love and Theft
Brand New Deja Entendu
Britney Spears In the Zone
Buckethead Acoustic Shards
Burial Truant/Rough Sleeper
Burial Rival Dealer
Cake Fashion Nugget
Calvin Harris I Created Disco
Cavern Cavern
Children Collide The Long Now
They aren't so much about being the next big thing for Oz, but if they keep up the effort, who knows... these guys might just be it. The Long Now, what ever it means, is mostly a collection of post-grunge alt. rock escapism tracks that detail the positives of living away from Earth's slummage; not necessarily a concept, but more of a subtle theme for the wheels to follow. Vocalist/guitarist, Johnny Mackay, covers his inabilities to sing by repeating phrases and slurring like a drunk, doing so in a way that is fitting to the group's rhythm heavy sound. And whilst there's enough material on here to initially make it worth your while (see: Farewell Rocketship/Seasons Changing/Brave Robot), it may not be as pretty after the third or fourth spin for some; by then they've already found something else better.
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera
Christopher Lee A Heavy Metal Christmas
Clint Mansell Moon
Clubroot III - MMXII
Combat Astronomy Dematerialised Passenger
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Disturbed The Sickness
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
DragonForce The Power Within
Duffy Rockferry
Ed Sheeran +
Enslaved RIITIIR
Enya And Winter Came...
Eskimo Joe A Song Is A City
Eskimo Joe Girl
Evanescence Fallen
Fear Factory Demanufacture
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Garbage Beautiful Garbage
Green Day Insomniac
Hans Zimmer Gladiator
Hanson Middle of Nowhere
Hole Live Through This
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings Symphony
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
James Horner Avatar
Jennifer Lopez Love?
Jet Get Born
Jethro Tull Stand Up
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
John Murphy 28 Days Later Soundtrack
Kate Bush Director's Cut
Kate Miller-Heidke Telegram
Kate Miller-Heidke Nightflight
Kimbra Vows
King Crimson Beat
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn See You on the Other Side
Kylie Minogue Aphrodite
Lamb of God Resolution
Lana Del Rey Paradise
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Leonard Cohen Old Ideas
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
M.I.A. Maya
Machine Head Bloodstone and Diamonds
Madonna MDNA
Marco Beltrami 3:10 to Yuma
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Marina The Family Jewels
Marina Electra Heart
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Death Magnetic
Michael Jackson Dangerous
Millencolin Kingwood
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Ravel's interpretation of Mussorgsky's masterpiece is well thought out, but the piano is really where this work shines.
Modest Mussorgsky Une Larme (A Tear)
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Natalie Imbruglia Counting Down the Days
Natalie Walker Spark
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nirvana Bleach
Opeth Heritage
Heritage = [Watershed's sound + (3 years - growls)] / (sqrt 1970s prog influences)
Opeth Pale Communion
Orianthi Believe
There's organisation about Believe. Firstly it was relesed at the perfect time; just after the release of This Is It, but more importantly the music feels tight and well balanced. Orianthi could well have been bundled as the one of the placentae associated with the demise of Michael Jackson, but she pulls of a record thats catchy and fun, though admitedly a little bland at the edges. Afterall there's only so much you can do with a stock angsty voice, even if the guitar work is impeccable.
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Periphery Icarus
Philip Glass Symphony No. 2, for orchestra
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
PJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Pussycat Dolls PCD
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rammstein Herzeleid
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Robert Schumann Fantasie in C major, for piano, Op. 17
Rush Signals
Rustie Glass Swords
Ry Cooder Chicken Skin Music
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Shadows Fall Retribution
Shania Twain Up!
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Haunting the Chapel
While being a thoroughly enjoyable listen, Haunting the Chapel wont really have many wanting to comeback to it on regular occsaions. Naturally a lot of EPs are like this; becoming part of the binding glue between the real releases, and the excuse to make your CD collection look artificially inflated. But for one keen on the early developments of the band with their true speed, punk influences and agression intact, make sure you attain a copy of this pre-mini classic.
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
The missing elements during All Hope is Gone eventually add to Slipknot's knack at being the masters at mediocrity, but at the same time the masters of their musical art. Behind all the Halloween gimmicky-imagery there's yet another album, but one that lacks focus, consistency, and as Tyler had said, "ends up being mixtape fodder more than anything."
Without, knocking about all the dynamics involved, All Hope is Gone will please some, especially those who didn't enjoy Vol 3., cause others to once again stubbornly acquire more their hate for the band, and finally collect a few disenchanted onlookers that were seeking something other than a heavier version their beloved sister band, Stone Sour.
Soso (SWE) T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C.
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1
Strung Out An American Paradox
System of a Down Hypnotize
Taylor Swift Lover
TesseracT One
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Used The Used
Thy Catafalque Rengeteg
Tool Opiate
Tool Salival
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium Shogun
Type O Negative October Rust
VESSL Goddess
Vildhjarta Masstaden
Torn between clean "canyon reverb" interludes and overtly digitized riffs, Vildhjarta offer a well rounded debut, but only in chunks and pieces. There's nothing really bad about it, but there's nothing all that great either. The concept while intriguing isn't savoured by the countless allusions to a style which is aging much faster than its proponents.
Wintersun Wintersun
Zomby Dedication

2.5 average
Andrea Bocelli Incanto
Aqua Aquarium
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions
Arnold Bax Symphony No. 4
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Ashlee Simpson I Am Me
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Baroness Blue Record
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Colo(u)rful; yes, conceptual; no. Aside from the fleeting moment of power and grace, colours is a complete mess of abstraction that could have been much better executed. Hardly deserving of the wide acclaim it receives, but, thankfully their at least trying.
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Buckethead Giant Robot
Cake Pressure Chief
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle Hats Off To The Bull
Children of Bodom Skeletons in the Closet
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Converge Jane Doe
Corrosion of Conformity Corrosion of Conformity
Creed Human Clay
Creed Weathered
Eminem Encore
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Good Charlotte Good Charlotte
Grimes Visions
Hilary Duff Metamorphosis
HIM Love Metal
Hop Along Get Disowned
Jethro Tull This Was
Kate Miller-Heidke Little Eve
Keane Perfect Symmetry
Killing Heidi Reflector
Korn Untouchables
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Kylie Minogue X
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Linkin Park Meteora
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Matthew Morrison Matthew Morrison
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Reload
Metallica Some Kind of Monster
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Natalie Imbruglia White Lilies Island
Nazgul De Expugnatione Elfmuth
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Olafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Deliverance
Parkway Drive Killing with a Smile
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Prince Batman
Protest the Hero Fortress
Rihanna Music of the Sun
Ringo Starr Y Not
Ringo Starr Ringo 2012
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Ry Cooder Bop Till You Drop
Satyricon Volcano
Silverchair Young Modern
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Soulfly Prophecy
Soulfly Enslaved
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
Ah. Finally we all now know what happens when you discover the art of over-indulgence.
Steven Wilson To the Bone
Summoning Oath Bound
The Corrs In Blue
The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge
The Used In Love and Death
Trivium In Waves
Wednesday 13 Transylvania 90210
Wolfmother Wolfmother

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
All Saints All Saints
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arch Enemy The Root of All Evil
Audioslave Revelations
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Buckethead Clockunwise
Chevelle This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Point #1
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Children of Bodom Relentless Reckless Forever
Chimaira The Infection
Christina Aguilera Mi Reflejo
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Design the Skyline Nevaeh
Evermore Dreams
Gabriella Cilmi Ten
Ten is where Gabriella Cilmi needed to go after her punchy debut. It will prove as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, naturally, but is still a record that's plagued by incoherent poppy-electronic songwriting that sits awkwardly alogside her voice. Sometimes the crunchy elements blend well together like during "On a Mission" and "Hearts Don't Lie", but the rest requires a little too much forced tolerance.
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark Knight
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Jason Mraz We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Kisschasy United Paper People
Korn Life Is Peachy
Led Zeppelin Coda
Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family
Meshuggah The True Human Design
Metallica Load
Michael Jackson Invincible
Michael Jackson This Is It
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Mudvayne The New Game
Operator Please Gloves
Opeth Burden
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Paramore Riot!
Parkway Drive Horizons
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Get your knickers in a knot over their worst album since, well ever - why? Are there still a few fetishes lingering out there? Naturally their vulgar humour taints this record, perhaps more so than previously, but that's not the issue, nor is it the fact they've done nothing to their original sound. It's simply the fact that there's hardly a song on here worth the $25 bucks (unlike Mutter or Reise, Reise for example), leaving you not only laughing at 'Pussy', but also laughing at yourself for being such an idiot buying it (if that's how you've attained this of course)...
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Slayer Repentless
Soundtrack (Disney) Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Staind Break The Cycle
Static-X Shadow Zone
Static-X Machine
Static-X Start a War
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels
Trivium The Crusade
Zao Parade of Chaos

1.5 very poor
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Arch Enemy War Eternal
Asking Alexandria Reckless and Relentless
Audioslave Out of Exile
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Unfortunately the release is repetitive, even more-so than Are You Dead Yet?, which actually have many good moments such as Living Dead Beat, Are You Dead Yet?, If You Want Peace... Prepare for War, In Your Face and finally Bastards of Bodom. This album hardly stands up to previous albums, and sadly shows that Bodom are becoming more redundant with each release.
The review mentions technicality, which I would totally disagree with due to the fact that most of the tracks are cyclic efforts, showcasing little more than everything else they have done, just with a lot less memorabilia to bring back home. Technicality goes way beyond just solos and riffage. And, while Alexis musical ability is good, his song writing isn't (at least on this release).
Good points would of course have to be the emergence of Warman's keyboards, however they are like the rest of the album cyclic and monotonous.
Perhaps the next release will prove more interesting, until then, this album is another release showing Bodoms demise into redundancy.
CKY Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
Drowning Pool Sinner
Eiffel 65 Europop
Emmure The Respect Issue
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Hans Zimmer Man of Steel
Hellyeah Hellyeah
Hellyeah Stampede
Hilary Duff Hilary Duff
Jet Shine On
Journey Trial By Fire
Kevin Rudolf In The City
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
The problem is that while dawdling on the toilet of ideas where progression comes as close as Howard Jones' lyrics do to relevance; Killswitch forgot remind us that being engaged is perhaps not the best alternative when you need to follow up on last time's borefest. Producing yet another waste filled bowl of poor musical material, not even good enough to be processed by a sewerage treatment plant, the band only come close to reality in a few fleeting moments across the album's entirety. While there's certainly been worse this year already, Killswitch only add to 2009's shitlist.
Lamb of God Wrath
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Machine Head Supercharger
Marilyn Manson Smells Like Children
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Mudvayne The Beginning of All Things to End
Nickelback Dark Horse
P.O.D. Satellite
Pussycat Dolls Doll Domination
Rihanna Unapologetic
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slipknot Welcome to Our Neighborhood [DVD]
Soundtrack (Film) Twilight Official Soundtrack
Spice Girls Forever
Story of the Year Page Avenue
We Are Smug We Are Smug
Weezer Make Believe

1.0 awful
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Aqua Aquarius
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Baha Men Who Let the Dogs Out
Eminem Relapse
Kesha Cannibal
Well, there's amazing pop; good pop; pop that while purely commercial, still works; pop that is so blatantly Auto-Tuned that it... still somehow works. Cannibal (and Animal) is none of these, no, it falls into the category of, bogan pop. Indeed, bogan pop is pop derived from a socio-economic class of musicians so terrible that even real-world bogans are allowed to be critical.
Korn Untitled
Korn Collected
If you're looking for an example of a pitiful, unneccessary release, look no further. Korn trying to Collect(ed) $$ from their Sony BMG days, and all that's eventuated is an album that has wasted polycarbonate and paper and ink.
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Methods of Mayhem Methods of Mayhem
Papa Roach Metamorphosis
Short Stack Stack is the New Black
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Simple Plan Simple Plan
Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com
Static-X Cult Of Static
Vanessa Amorosi The Power
William Control Hate Culture

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