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5.0 classic
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Boris Boris At Last -Feedbacker-
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brian McBride When The Detail Lost Its Freedom
Closedown Deflexion and Polarities
Damien Rice O
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
I think that everyone has that one classic album that can't be explained; this is mine. While GY!BE's other classic, F# A# , has a great concept that is made quite clear (the apocalypse) LYSFLATH has no theme to go one, except the climatic title of the album itself. Each song except the finale, Antennas To Heaven, contain just one word (Storm, Static, Sleep) and hold no massive and exploding build ups that could easily fit into the new apocalyptic horror movie spin-off, 28 Seconds Later. The samples range from a Market Mall broadcast to a old southern man singing about sticking his finger in a babies eye, and on paper this album would probably be considered a weird, boring mess. Instead every note, sample or even simple sound fit together in a heavenly fashion that I can only explain as the best album ever created. Do yourself a favor and listen to the record through at least once and if by the last 8 minutes of Antennas To Heaven you aren't in awe then you just weren't listening.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
An absolute phantom of an album. Essentially it is a girl on the guitar but it is the furthest thing from Secondhand Serenade. Dragging A Dead Horse Up A Hill is a very, very subtle, murky and moody record creating a very foggy tenderness while keeping the tention as thick as possible. Boredom is biggest negative of this release, never really breaking out of the hazy soundscape that this album presents. Instead the slightest raise of her voice or even the smallest movement of tempo is garnered as special making this album almost impossible to review. How someone managed to make a review of this piece of blissfulness is mindbottling because it is so musically intangeble while being so personal. You will tear yourself apart trying to grasp Grouper's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.
Jeff Buckley Grace (Legacy Edition)
Jonsi Go
The gayest album ever made.
Matthew Good Avalanche
Matthew Good Hospital Music
Matthew Good Vancouver
Vancouver, to me, is not just a recorded political statement, nor is just a great record by a great artist; what it is, is one the few records that have such a deep impact on me, not just in my own music but in my everyday life. It is the kind of record that reminds me of the kind of relevant art that can be made by a passionate songwriter, even one who has been around for over a decade and has been through so much desolation. Solely produced by Matthew Good, he combines the grandiose sound of the fan favourite, Avalanche, with the intimacy of heartbreaking, Hospital Music, creating a soundtrack that is not only politically savvy and intelligent but also devastating and desperate. With Vancouver, Good doesnt simply make his other work irrelevant but instead, effortlessly, combines all the paramount attributes to make not just the record of the year, but his magnum opus.
Mesa Verde The Old Road
Take the most passionate moments from Converge's You Fail Me, mix it with the dark post rock ambience of Envy and add a tea spoon of the pure anger shown in Modern Life Is War's Witness and you've got yourself Mesa Verde's debut; The Old Road. Despair, anger and loneliness never tasted so good.
Mono You Are There
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Mono Holy Ground: NYC Live
It may not be the best dvd, and it could have used some interviews and such but this is still the best current post rock band live. Simply essential.
Mono / World's End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
Two of post rocks biggest geniuses have collaborated to create a soundtrack of indescribable bleakness and beauty. The atmosphere is fragile, slow moving and subtle, only ever breaking out of its solacing dreariness twice, once in the middle and as it builds up towards the end. Like a story the record plays, being divided into five tracks which are more like chapters each keeping the same pace; track one creating an atmosphere, track two building only slightly from the first while track three comes to swell and break the silence, shattering the hope and gentleness set by the first two into a sense of depression and lose. Track four is accompanied by a distant and haunting voice with a slight sway to pick up the pieces of the devastation that has been brought by the third track and act as a bridge to one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, the last track and the delicate and restrained yet glorious climax. Some consider this to be a dark and depressive piece and I disagree, this is a record of hope, a record showing a light in the dark, if you will. Mono and Worlds End Girlfriend hone one of the most underrated attributes in music, restraint, and produce one of the beautiful soundtracks that I have had the privilege of hearing.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Finally I brokedown and gave this a 5, thus giving me the ultimate hipster. And after multiple conversations with my girlfriend I realize that I'm an idiot for not giving it "the bump" earlier. I mean, those vocals, the lyrics - the christlike poetry spewing from the mouth of the indie-idle Jeff Magnum - just legendary. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, is a look inside of the head of one of the most surreal artists ever to strap on a guitar.
Rachel's The Sea and the Bells
Set Fire to Flames Sings Reign Rebuilder
Sigur Ros ( )
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)
Quite simply, this is the defination of beautiful. Everyone needs to own this.
Sleepingdog Polar Life
All in all what you have are ten lulling tracks, led by the lush vocal stylings of Chantal Acada, with the Texan drone
legend, Adam Wiltzie, creating the beautiful atmospheric. But what can I really say to justify it as one of the of the
best records of all time. Maybe I just lack the literary skill, or maybe there just aren't the words - this just well
clicked. What I can say though is that this is one of, if not the most tender records I have ever come across. And if
you give the chance it can be the soundtrack to your first kiss, the eventual parting and the last fleeting moments
before you drift off into sleep.
Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Incredibly dense with such organic, raw beauty - to understand the sound of the minimalist gods, Stars Of The Lid is a privilege and to fall in love with it is, angelic, in lack of a better term. It is not that this is so full of pretense, that only the "elite" can follow it, infact it is quite the opposite. Everything is so beautifully guileless - there are no masturbatory guitar solos or hollow hooks making sure the listener can sing along. Its more that like the music is your sleep, leaving you free to dream and your brain to wander. And Their Refinement Of The Decline is the modern classical masterpiece that Stars Of The Lid have been striving to make for their entire critically acclaimed and celebrated career. From the dreary horns of the opener Dungtitled (in A Major) to the elegant piano strokes in Humectez La Mouture, from the distant and stunning composition A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process to the breathtaking cresendoing string arrangement in, maybe their most mesmerizng track, Tippy's Demise, SOTL have created a rest for your weary eyes and an inspiring soundtrack for your starving mind.
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Dead Texan The Dead Texan
The Saddest Landscape Lift Your Burdens High For This is Where We Cross
Lift Your Burdens High For This is Where We Cross is quite possibly the rawest, most emotional piece of music I've ever. It almost seems that emo group The Saddest Landscape, recorded they're masterpiece just jamming in the basement for a straight 40 minutes. Usually this for cause for "lameness" but with some of the most emotional vocal work I've ever heard and incredibly tight muscianship, they have created, possibly, the purest emo record ever.
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland
Year of No Light Nord

4.5 superb
...Who Calls So Loud ...Who Calls So Loud
"I don't see anyone i know through the storm and chaos. the eye is always so calm. a year before I would have fallen apart. but not today. not anymore. "
You know at the end of the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still when Keanu Reeves saves the world (like always) but leaves the world without power, this is the kind of feeling ...Who Calls So Loud leaves in their debut. Brilliant lyrisism shouted/spoken by a brilliant frontman matched by brilliant musicianship, releasing one of (if not) the best emo record of 2008.
Afterlives A Ticking Clock I Couldn't Stop
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
All the Empires of the World Blessings
American Football American Football
Amia Venera Landscape Amia Venera Landscape
Arvo Part Tabula Rasa
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
As Cities Burn end their road of musical progression with a mindnumbingly good indie rock record. Since they came out with their Christian metalcore debut they have become a beacon of light in a scene of hypocratic faggotry. Though this isn't life changing, like their amazing sophmore record Come Now Sleep but after having almost every song off this jammed in my head at one point (yes even Capo) I came to realize that this is pretty incredible. I still don't understand why they didn't put Gates on the record but still, this is one of the best records of the year.
Azure Ray Burn and Shiver
Ben Frost Theory of Machines
Blink-182 blink-182
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan New Morning
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Myspace Transmissions
Boysetsfire After The Eulogy
Boysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague
Brand New Daisy
First of all let me say if your expecting another The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me get over it! Daisy is not the massively crafted masterpiece that their third release was, but what it is, is another fantastic step in the growth of one of our generations most diverse acts. Though this might not seem like an evolution from their immense previous effort but this is a very honest seemless effort. Lyrically and musically it seems that like the glimmers of hope shown on TDAGARIM have been replaced by pure anger and hate. So all in all although this may be more simple and less life changing than their previous 2006 release it contains some of Brand New's best songs (At The Bottom, Bought A Bride, Daisy, Noro) and it is a very natural progression for Jesse Jacey and company. And if you don't well they don't really give a fuck.
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Burial Untrue
Butch Walker Letters
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows
Who knew that the 38 year old man who co-created the "brilliant" Rock Star Supernova and who produced records for artists like The Academy Is..., Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan, Simple Plan, Pink and many other "musicians" would create a Pop Rock masterpiece, but that's exactly what Butch Walker has created.
Whether it was loosing all his possessions, including the masters to every song he had ever recorded or almost two decades of sex, drugs and rock n roll Sycamore Meadows is inspired and sincere. It is surprisingly well written and personal without being at all pretentious, when it is catchy it is some of the catchiest material of the year and when it is moving it is well very moving.
In a year full of surprises and think this Pop Rock masterpiece is one of the most unexpected.
Butch Walker I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
I dont see how anyone could hate the album, even if you think youre too legit to like any album thats mainstream excepted. Before Viva La Vida, Coldplays albums were basically filled with nothing but piano ballads, above average piano ballads to say the least, but I can see why people would hate them. These piano ballad filled albums sold over ten million copies, turning them into millionaires and soft rock superstars, but here is why I dont see how anyone can give this lower then a 2. You would think that after making all that money and claiming all that fame Coldplay would just stick to what they were doing, yes? No! Instead they completely banned the piano from the writing process creating 10 brilliant songs, ranging from pre 1990 U2 like tunes (Lovers In Japan, Cemeteries of London) to the catchiest of tunes (Lost!, Yes) to, what this album thrives on, epic tracks like (Viva La Vida, Death and All His Friends) while stringing every song together as if they were chapters to a story. Even Chris Martins lyrical progression is surprising (Those who are dead are not dead, theyre just living in my head. And since I fell for that spell Ive been living there as well. In 42) Creative, Catchy, Epic, I have nothing but good things to say about this album. So if you dont like the album because of its mainstream success and/or the fact that Viva La Vida is sooo overplayed, think about a quote I once heard from a white boy Dont hate the player, hate the game.
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Coldplay LeftRightLeftRightLeft
Comeback Kid Broadcasting
The under-ratedness of Broadcasting is something I will never understand especially on a site that believes that Modern Life Is A War's Witness is as golden as it is angry. My pointing not being that Witness is bad, I think that it is one, if not the best hardcore record ever but... damnit I don't know where I'm going with this but Comeback Kid have written absolute beast! Mixed ass kicking hardcore with baby kicking metal riffs and breakdowns that would kick the crap out of most metalcore bands. The problem is their debut. Wake The Dead was an excellent effort showing Comeback Kid off as a sincere happy hardcore bands featuring lyrics and chants that would make anyone pump their fists, but the musicianship left much to be desired. All in all though it was a pretty easy to digest, honest and youthful record. This is the way their debut hurt them, to switch from being a young spirited band to a fucking pissed off, burn your house down hardcore isn't an easy transition. Wake The Dead was without a doubt terrific but since I bought Broadcasting(or got a friend to buy it then found that I really liked it and borrowed it and never gave it back) no song has ever gotten old. I recommend this to fans of Verse, Modern Life Is A War and Refused.
Comeback Kid Through the Noise
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Axe to Fall
Cool Hand Luke The Balancing Act
Cool Hand Luke The Sleeping House
Copeland Dressed Up & In Line
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Damien Rice 9
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Eluvium Copia
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
Envy Insomniac Doze
Eric Clapton Unplugged
Farewell to Freeway In These Wounds
Fennesz Black Sea
I have no heard a record that has captured the feeling of the sea better then Fennesz Black Sea. Gorgeous and lush but quite boring. Not the normal 'post rock boring' but the album in itself is quite anti climatic, which its necessarily bad but I can think of half a dozen parts where I was ready to have my breathe taken from me, but then it just finished. Still though, gorgeous!
Film School alwaysnever
Frank Ticheli Sanctuary EP
French Teen Idol Enlightened False Consciousness
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Frightened Rabbit Quietly, Now
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Funeral Diner The Underdark
Glissando With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards...
Glissando Live - London 20.12.08
Its beautiful, its heartwrenching, its free.. wtf?!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Great Lake Swimmers Ongiara
Great Lake Swimmers Lost Channels
Gregor Samsa Rest
Blissful would be the one word I would use to describe Gregor Sasma's Rest. The problem is that what one would call blissful someone else would call boring especially in the supposed 'dying' genre that is Post Rock. Although it is boring at times subtly is what makes this album so gorgeuos, and at it's greatest moments it is indeed breathtaking. With beautiful layered ambient tones underneither subtle uni sex vocals Gregor Samsa make a delicate masterpiece and secures a place as one of 08s best.
Harvey Milk A Small Turn of Human Kindness
Heaven In Her Arms Duplex-Coated Obstruction
In Mourning Monolith
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Iron And Wine Norfolk
Iron Lung Sexless // No Sex
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jeff Buckley Grace
Johnny Cash At San Quentin
Jonsi and Alex Riceboy Sleeps
So apparently this is the album thats making everyone question if everything Jonsi touches turns into gold. Well I guess I'm in the minority here but my opinuin is that this is one of the best minimalist/ambient records since Stars Of The Lid's opus And Their Refinement Of The Decline which is record that Riceboy Sleeps draws a lot of comparisons from. It must be said that not everyone who likes Sigur Ros will like this, for this definatly is not a Sigur Ros record, the only comparison I can think of is that the album's highlight Indian Summer contains a beauty that reminds me alot of everyone's favorite Sigur Ros piece Untitled 3. Very textured, yet raw with artist expression, Jonsi and Alex's Riceboy Sleeps is basically the basically the musical equivalent to a picture being painted.
Joseph Arthur Could We Survive EP
Justin Vernon Hazeltons
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kidcrash Jokes
Labradford E Luxo So
Laura Radio Swan is Down
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Low The Curtain Hits the Cast
Low Secret Name
Low Things We Lost in the Fire
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Mark Hollis Mark Hollis
Matryoshka Zatracenie
Matthew Good Band The Audio of Being
Matthew Good Band Beautiful Midnight
Matthew Good Band Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts
Matthew Ryan From A Late Night High Rise
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Mesa Verde Amor Fati
Mew No More Stories
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Modern Life Is War Witness
Mono One Step More and You Die
Mono Gone
Motohiro Nakashima We Hum On The Way Home
Alot of instrumental music suffers from being too cute. Artists like The Album Leaf, Explosions In The Sky etc. attempt to make "pretty" music but more times then not instead of pulling on your heartstrokes they bring the zzz's and sometimes even bring up your lunch. But with We Hum On The Way Home Japanese composer Motohiro Nakashima manages to stay on the right side of cute. Mainly consisting of just piano, trumpet and acoustic guitar, this Jap manages to make some of best neo classical music I've heard since Max Richter, and music thats perfect for that picnic in park with your, probably unfaithful, lover.
Mouth of the Architect Quietly
Quietly is a Post Metal beast, in every sense. The most slow moving parts are reminisent of Ambient Post Rock powerhouses like Gregor Samsa and Fennesz while at it's most pissed off and climatic points Mouth of the Architect create moments with such passion and rage that if will make you want to burn something down. The highlight of the album, Hate And Heartache which features Peter Finch's famous Mad as Hell speech from Sidney Lumets 1976 classic Network, shows off Quietly's hateful but blissful atmosphere in it's best form.
Mouth of the Architect takes the cake for my favorite Post Metal album of 2008.
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis The Road
Minimalist but epic, dark but glorious, dreary but organic the soundtrack to the Road conveys exactly what the film presented; a glimmering hope in complete turmoil. Not only that but it could possibly the best work from both of the artists involved, referring to their work with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Caves award winning score to The Proposition, Ellis band Dirty Three, and whatever else they have been a part of. The Road soundtrack completes maybe one of the decades most prevailing trilogies, while standing on its own as a modern classical masterpiece, taking its place beside Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Lustmord as creating a perfect soundtrack for the apocalypse.
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Olafur Arnalds Variations of Static
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy for Evolution
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Our Lady Peace Spiritual Machines
P.O.S Audition
P.O.S Never Better
Panopticon Collapse
Pianos Become the Teeth Old Pride
Pilate Sell Control for Life's Speed
Rachel Grimes Book Of Leaves
Rachel's Music for Egon Schiele
Rachel's Handwriting
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Richard Youngs Sapphie
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Sed Non Satiata Sed Non Satiata
Finally Sed Non Satiata come out with a sophomore release. Their self titled is about everything you'd expect from french band times 10. One of the best albums of the year so far.
Sights and Sounds Monolith
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Sæglópur
Sigur Ros Hvarf/Heim
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sigur Ros trade in their cold winter sound for a more celebratory, cool breeze. me𠳵𠭠eyrum vi𠳰ilum endalaust's sound shouldn't come as much of a surprise because this sound was hinted at in their previous release Takk but it is a big step away from they're Post Rock roots. The singles, Gobbledigook and Vi?ilum endalaust, are very catchy and up beat tunes but trick you into thinking that Sigur Ros have become just a better version of Animal Collective which is completely false.
Although this is a very festive album the pace is a lot more chilled and personal. G? daginn may be one of the most 'human' tracks that Sigur Ros have ever written consisting of just brushes, an acoustic guitar, some background strings and J? Birgisson's classic falsetto voice. The two main highlights are "Festival" and "Ara Batur" featuring two of the best climaxes of the year, while Festival begins as a slow ambient tune with a quick triumphant build up at the 4:40 mark while Ara Batur (which was recorded live) is a beautiful piano ballad which flows beautifully into a choir which leads into a full orchestra, creating one of the best songs of the year and Sigur Ros's career.
All and all Sigur Ros has changed sound in a more traditional simplistic fashion while keeping their trademarked beauty intact. Call it whatever you like but me𠳵𠭠eyrum vi𠳰ilum endalaust is another surperb stepping stone for arguably the most beautiful band of our generation.
Sigur Ros Untitled 1
Silversun Pickups Swoon
So when I do sound at the youth group in my town, and the kids need something "danceable" before and after they worship their imaginary friend, some skater boy also attempts to put in Owl City or like Hawk Nelson. You know what I do? "Kick 'em in the testicles?" False! Insanely tight jean makes them immune. Instead I rip out their music device and put on Silversun Pickup's Swoon. "Why do you do that Brandon?! Because not only is this insanely fun with someone the catchiest melodies of the year, but with a dark atmosphere and poetic depth, this simply pwns noobs. Amen.
Slint Spiderland
Slowdive Souvlaki
Smog The Doctor Came at Dawn
Solstafir Köld
Stars of the Lid Avec Laudenum
Stars of the Lid Carte-De-Visite
Carte-De-Visite features outtakes and unreleased work of the Stars of the Lid from 1997 - 2007. While containing their trade marked ambient beauty, it also holds some of the minimalist legends' most straight forward and gorgeous material. With stunning piano melodies, and samples that add so much to the atmosphere, SOTL prove that they don't need stick completly to drone to be breathetaking.
Stars of the Lid Music For Nitrous Oxide
Strike Anywhere Iron Front
If Supporting Caste proved that punk isn't dead then Iron Front is evidence that it can still be mind blowing.
Sullivan Hey, I'm a Ghost
This is so much more then just pop punk, hell I'm not much of a pop punk fan but this record makes me want to listen to every pop punk album to and maybe find I cd like this (I stopped at All Time Low).
Maybe to its core it it pop punk but isnt cheese to its core just moldy milk? But yet it still tastes delictable. Filled with technical guitarwork , and I mean acually "technical guitarwork" not just "my god distortion in pop punk!", unique and eerie vocals and lyrics that are acually very poetic making this "pop punk" release a very underrated and misunderstood masterpiece.
Yes there is some fails as it comes to lyrics i.e Promise ("'Cause I wanna be with you/ cause I wanna leave with you/ So come on and tell me right now if you're into me") But he does prove himself as a poet in songs like in The Charity Of Saint Elizabeth (" The message in the water/ the kids are going home tonight/ I know the voice of orderly all too well/ Call the parents on their cell phones/ You see, they need to get get here right now, because there is an angel in the place of the boy next door.") and almost everyother song.
One of the most fantastic things about this album is the variety, very catchy songs i.e Cloudy, Ten Ways To Impress (which is one of the best pop punk songs ever written) and some intensly creepy tunes i.e Gardens, The Charity Of Saint Elizabeth ( which has one of the heaviest breakdowns you will hear in a "pop punk album.)
I wouldnt call it pop punk, nor alt rock, nor post punk; lets call it...
Post Alt. Pop! You know now terrible it would be if that catches on...
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Sylvain Chauveau Le Livre noir du capitalisme
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
The Antlers Hospice
Delicate and heartbreaking while being epic and devastating, Hospice is the story of lead member, Peter Silbermans, battle with death, loneliness and, basically, whatever other depressing subject matter you can think of. It is, however, not a concept record but instead, much like Neutral Milk Hotels classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea the lyrical content is mostly all focused around the same content. Though there are some flaws they are more then made up by the sheer emotion. Brittle and beautiful, The Antlers have created one of the best records of the year and a near masterpiece.
The Beautiful Mistake Light a Match, for I Deserve To Burn
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Cast Before The Break Still
There have been a massive amount of bands coming into the whole "post rock influenced indie rock thing" one could almost call it a trend. But putting the tag "trend" on this may have many making the assumption that the music is bad, which is not the case at all. Like post rock, the genre this, I guess, sub genre comes from the music never really is bad, it just becomes worn out and boring. So refering back to the subject in question, many of these indie bands use post rock as a disguise to cloak lack of inspiration as well as other inadequacies, but with The Cast Before The Break's sophmore release Still this proves not to be the case. The musicianship is fantastic, the vocals are frail and inspired, and lyrically it is quite brilliant, and like the other '09 indie post rock masterpiece Hospice the post rock aspect is very seamless. Though at times it can get slightly boring, it doesn't keep Still from being an incredible release and one of the best records of the year.
The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
The Saddest Landscape A Promise Was Made...
The Snake The Cross The Crown Cotton Teeth
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Twilight Sad Forget The Night Ahead
Glasgow has proved that they love their folk pop and post rock music. Two notable acts proving this statement are the cute and cuddly post rockers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and the fun loving folks, Frightened Rabbit. So with the new fav of these artists coming out of the scene, me telling you that they're is a relatively new post rockish band coming out of Glasgow, you may just shrug and let out a meh. But in all honesty noise rockers, The Twilight Sad, have something fresh and, almost original, to offer. Between the mass amounts of swirling noise blasting through your speakers and James Graham's fumming vocals and cryptic lyrics, the "bear cute accent" may not seem so cute. An incredible sophmore record by a very talented band.
The Unwinding Hours The Unwinding Hours
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
The Weakerthans Live At Burton Cummings Theatre
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
This Is Your Captain Speaking Storyboard
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
Touche Amore ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse
Towers Full Circle
Trespassers William Different Stars
Trespassers William Having
Two Gallants The Throes
U2 The Joshua Tree
United Nations United Nations
Finally some powerful grindcore! Softer then anything Coverge has put out, calmer then anything The Number 12 has put put out but louder & crazier then anything Thursday has put out. Experimental but never lets up in the intensity, 4.5 baby kicks out of 5.
Vessels White Fields and Open Devices
Wilco Summerteeth
William Fitzsimmons Until When We Are Ghosts
William Fitzsimmons Goodnight
Wintersleep Welcome To The Night Sky
Welcome To The Night Sky takes bits and pieces from genres like Folk & Post Rock compacting into 40 minutes, almost making an Indie Rock classic. Though it has no enormas flaws but there is still improvement that can be made. Pauls voice can get boring, the whole album is kind of anti-climatic & brief but it is still an excellent listen that I would suggest to anyone. The mixture of pure poetry, edgy but ghostly guitarwork makes a beautiful yet simple atmospheric record that will leave you with a short breath of the night air.
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Wonderland Falling Yesterday Enchanted Landscape Escape
World's End Girlfriend The Lie Lay Land
Year of No Light Ausserwelt
The french post metalers release one the most epic records I've ever come across. Though they ditch their brilliant vocal delivering and don't exactly top their debut, Nord (which happens to be my favourite metal record of all time) they times everything else by 50. Year Of No Light's sophmore release is not only the best metal record of the year so far but one of the most purely colossal albums ever recorded. Monumental.
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss

4.0 excellent
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner
After The Sirens What I Have To Give, Let It Be Enough
Against Me! New Wave
Against Me! White Crosses
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Alcest Écailles de Lune
All the Empires of the World Last Rites
Is it sludge? Is it doom? Is it post metal? I'm not sure but there is something about the unclassifiable bleakness of Last Rites that has left quite an impression. How good All The Empires of the World acually is will have to be proved with their upcoming full release (whenever that may be) but right now all I can really say is that this is awesome.
Annuals Be He Me
Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light
All year I've been trying to get into Antony and the Johnsons with the fan favorite I Am A Bird Now and his 2009 release The Crying Light and for the longest time I just couldn't enjoy his music. With an obviously talented vocal and lyrical ability, with gorgeuos muscianship to follow, the potential was obviously there but it was all just too overbearing to take. There was just so much soul, it felt overdramatic and corny. But after numerous listens I have been beginning to love the overdramatics and cinematic beauty that is The Crying Light and while it may not be the manyly music, and I probably wouldn't show this to my Rise Against whoring friends this will probably make my top 50 of '09 list. Finally!
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Atlas Sound Logos
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Attack in Black Marriage
Attack in Black (Years) By One Thousand Fingertips
Changing from the more agressive Bruce Springsteen influenced sound of the critically acclaimed debut Marriage to a more laidback Bob Dylan sound with (Years) By One Thousand Fingertips and I must say Attack In Black have produced one of the most confusing albums of the year. For the music is very raw and the melodies are very simple, it almost seems they've just gotten lazy but with brilliant lyrisism and almost a haunting cheeriness it seems that with their sophmore release they have created a subtle poetic masterpiece that reminds me of In An Aeroplane Over Sea. So I really doubt know how to look at this, so I suggest you give this a listen or 10 and tell me what you think.
Audrey Audrey
August Burns Red Constellations
Azure Ray Hold On Love
Azure Ray Azure Ray
B.B. King One Kind Favor
In a year full of surprises (Coldplay making a near classic record, Kings Of Leon releases one of the best pure Alt. Rock discs in awhile etc.) here is something you could count on, B.B. King recording the best Blues album of 08. It doesn't break any new ground but the lyrical concepts are fantastic "There is one kind favour I'll ask of you. see that my grave is kept clean." and it keeps a very warm soundscape. Still at the age of 83, B.B. King is the king of blues.
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Blindside About A Burning Fire
Blindside The Great Depression
Blindside The Black Rose
Blink-182 Greatest Hits
Blue October Approaching Normal
Bob Dylan The Essential Bob Dylan
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Boris Akuma no Uta
Boysetsfire Tomorrow Come Today
Brand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)
Brian Eno Before and After Science
The first half of Before And After Science shows why Brain Eno should stick to ambient material. In the first couple of tracks Eno tries his hand a funk/college rock and it just doesn't work. He more than makes up for it with the last four tracks though, By This River being the stand out track. All in all this a great record but doesn't compare to Music For Airports or any of his other lesser masterpieces but I guess this can't reakky be compared for it being so different.
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy
Buried Inside Spoils Of Failure
Though Buried Inside's 2009 release Spoils Of Failure can be quite long and hard to digest in one sitting and at times and may even seem repetitious, undeniably it is one of the best sludge metal releases of the year. Maybe even the best. Atmospheric and subtle, while being aggresive and epic, this beast of a record is basically the poster child of what the genre is. And the really good looking poster child at that.
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Celeste Morte(s) Nee(s)
Chuck Ragan Gold Country
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Parachutes
Comeback Kid Wake the Dead
Cool Hand Luke The Fires of Life
Cool Hand Luke Wake Up, O Sleeper
CSTVT Summer Fences
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
After hearing many rave about this on the site, I finally decided to give Cymbals Eat Guitars' Why There Are Mountains and within the first couple songs it was safe to say I was disappointed. Each song seemed like a mess, containing a Modest Mouse like weirdness with the dark, post rock edge of The Twilight Sad but just in the lamest way possible. Then came the powerful What Dogs See. Joseph D'Agostino raw passion and lyrical talent finally makes it way on the album without being bottled done by "noise." After being amazed by What Dogs See and the incredible closer Like Blood Does I decided to give this a couple more listens, and though I got a little more of a feel to it I still felt like the first half of the record of was just pretty much a mess, the second half shows great potential proving Why There Are Mountians to be a pretty excellent debut.
Daitro Y
Daitro / Sed Non Satiata Split
An unsurprising fantastic Split from two of the most talented French Emo bands. Da?o's side consists of over 16 minutes of emo goodness, Un Fl? Pour Un Autre being the best showing off the drummer's impressive skill. The only problem with their half is that it is so sudden and short that it gets overshadowed by Sed Non Satiata's becoming unmemorable.
What is so great about Sed Non Satiata's side is that they build of their simple screamo foundation shown in their highly acclaimed Le Ciel De Notre Enfance and add a more melodic aspect and improves in every aspect while only losing a touch of their rawness. With four songs at lengths of 7: 48, 7: 36, :44 (an gorgeuos interlude stringing together Mask and Des Ruines.) and 7: 12 Sed Non Satiata build a dark, complex and climatic Ep, that will leave you deeply anticipating their next Lp.
Da?o's side: 3.7
Sed Non Satiata's side: 4.6
Damian Valles Bow Echoes
Damien Dempsey The Rocky Road
Dangers Messy, Isn't It?
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return
See, for me when metal bands grow into a more melodic sound I usually enjoy it more than when their me "aggressive" I guess. Maybe it's just because I'm not much of a metal fan myself, but this statement is usual proven true, but like almost every "rule" when it comes to music, there are expections. An exception for me would be with Darkest Hour's newest The Eternal Return. Its not that I didn't enjoy Deliver Us, infact it was one of the first metal records I ever purchased, but it always felt like alittle bland. So when I first heard that their new record was streaming on their myspace, for nostagic purposes as well as curiousity I immediatley jumped at the chance. And on the first listen I was very impressed with the approach that the metalcore act had taken. Though it lacked the "singles" that their previous record had, The Eternal Return had much more flow and seemed more organic. And after a few more listens its fair to say that this is one of my favorite metal records of the year. THERE IS NO GODD!!
Dashboard Confessional Dusk and Summer
David Bazan Curse Your Branches
Dead Poetic New Medicines
Death From Above You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Defeater Travels
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Destroy The Runner I, Lucifer
One of the year's biggest surprises is all so one of Solid State's last straws before obscurity. While Solid State continue signing various terrible, uninspired and mediocre metalcore bands (MyChildren MyBride) Destroy the Runner completly ditches that formula for a Hard Rock/ Metal sound that isn't without it's flaws but the cons definetly outweigh the cons. The screaming takes a back seat to melody and they get rid off they're boring lyrisism for ummm better lyrics, creating a fantastic stepping stone for one of the most hopeful hard rock bands to come out of Solid State since Blindside.
Discordance Axis The Inalienable Dreamless
Do Make Say Think & Yet & Yet
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
Edison Glass A Burn or a Shiver
Elder (USA-PA) Reflect
Every year there seems to be that one new emo band that the sputnikmusic community takes a shine to. In 2009 that band seems to be Elder with their debut record Reflect and the question is, is the buzz this emotional hardcore act getting meritted? With a subtle shoegaze influence infused in a short and messy, these kids prove that they are worth the acclaim they've been getting. Though not topping Touche Amore or Piano Become The Teeth's '09 releases, ths is still one of the year's best emo records. A must get for any fan.
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move Forward
With inspiration and an ability to hone their flaws, and turn them into, well, not flaws, the Michigan emo quartet, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonley Estate) create one of the best albums of its kind I've heard in awhile. Though the music gets abit "samey" after awhile they youthful group almost completely makes up for it with earnestness and energy. Which brings up their best attribute, the ability to, as stated before, hone their flaws and mask them with pure, unadulterated emotion. So while it may not be perfect, the angst filled What It Takes To Move Forward, is a top notch '09 release and one of the best records of its kind I've heard in awhile.
Envy Abyssal
Envy/Jesu Envy/Jesu Split Ep
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Feist The Reminder
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Frightened Rabbit Sing The Greys
From First to Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count
Funeral for a Friend Hours
Future of Forestry Twilight
Gaza He Is Never Coming Back
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep
Glass America Redivivus
It's been said over and over, 90% of post rock sucks, this however doesn't. Not to say that is revolutionary, but it is much more on the lines of Sigur Ros, focusing on the ambience instead of bulid and climax. The Christian aspect of this also cannot be denied as the last line of the record goes "and they sing hallelujah" but it is not flaunted, more just a celebratory theme for the record. Take a more generic, less amazing Sigur Ros and mix it with the ambient worship style of The Glorious Unseen and you've got Redivivus, the fantastic debut from post rock hopeful's Glass America.
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
God Is an Astronaut Far from Refuge
Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl
Grouper and Roy Montgomery Split
Hammock Kenotic
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hanging Garden TEOTWAWKI
Hot Cross Risk Revival
Hot Water Music The New What Next
Hot Water Music Till the Wheels Fall Off
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
I do not like Opeth. There I said it, though I see why so much people like them so much, it probably has something to do with the fact that I am not a fan of Death Metal. When saw In Mourning's Shrouded Divine on Sputnik at the beginning of the year just the vibe I got from name and album cover made me want to check it out but then I saw it's genre and it's comparisons I was completely turned off. Now it's December and while I am making my Top 50 of 08 I decide to check this out. Damnit, how gay am I. I passed up a year listening to this beast of a record. Whether you are a fan of the genre listen to the emotional powerhouse In The Failing Hour and lend an ear to one of the best Metal records of 08. And no, I still do not like Opeth.
In Vain Mantra
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
I believe Ghandi once said
If you're going to be heavy be as heavy as ****, don't half **** it you ****** **** head.

I guess Intronaut was I big Ghandi fan because they did just that. A sludgy, unique, heavy as hell post metal album featuring some of the best basslines of 2008. While the guitarists and the vocals don't prove to be anything special, the percussion and bass make sounds that will destroy your speakers and eardrums.
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
Iron And Wine In The Reins (feat. Calexico)
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Iron And Wine The Sea and the Rhythm EP
Isis Panopticon
Jars Of Clay If I Left The Zoo
Jars Of Clay Much Afraid
Jars Of Clay The Eleventh Hour
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
John Mayer Continuum
John Murphy 28 Days Later Soundtrack
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways
Johnny Truant No Tears for the Creatures
Johnny Truant trade in any sense of melody found in The Library of Horrific Events for even more pure anger. Although No Tears isn't as technical their previous releases it is louder, the lyricial concepts aren't as cliche and it is filled with more brutal and epic breakdowns, just listen to the end of the albums best track Death Rides, while the 7 minute long ambitious masterpiece The Weeping, Wailing, And Gnashing Of Teeth help create a thunderous, louder then life atmosphere.
Second only to Misery Signals in metalcore record of the year, Johnny Truant improve on their heavier aspects and create an absolute monster of a record.
Jon Lajoie You Want Some Of This?
Josh Groban Noel
k-os Yes!
Kevin Devine Make the Clocks Move
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Kings Of Leon grow their Alternative Southern Rock sound into a surprising piece of dirty and catchy, but mellow and epic Rock N Roll geniusness. Caleb Followill's raw and desperate vocals matches exceptionally well with a fantastic and catchy as hell rhythm section and nearly perfect the sound that they have been striving towards their whole career.
With a pool of influences, ranging from The Who and Neil Young to Coldplay and U2 Only By The Night contains eleven atmospheric rock songs that are more then danceable without losing an inch of substance.
Kreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu
Creepy, scary, direful, disturbing, eerie, frightening, ghoulish, gruesome, hair-raising, itching, macabre, menacing, nightmarish, ominous, shuddersome, sinister, terrifying, threatening, weird. All words that can be used to describe this piece of art. In L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu minimalist composer Kreng incorporates some of the creepiest samples and sounds you'll hear and creates a record like non other this year. Think of that really pretentious art film you watched that massively dug into your head and then you realized that it pwned. Hard.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Letting Up Despite Great Faults' Self Titled can be summed up with one word; cute. Like that music you hear on the youth sitcoms just when two characters are about to kiss, this is it. Though this does bring questions to the table, like "doesn't the sound get boring?" The answer is "yes" but lasting just over a half an hour, the record finishes before it gets to the stage of annoyance. What is lacks in the creativty, and the emotion impact department, it succeeds in the art of making lush and tender music for your cute whore of a girlfriend/ boyfriend : ).
Lights The Listening
Low The Great Destroyer
Low I Could Live in Hope
Low Drums and Guns
Mae The Everglow
Manchester Orchestra Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP/DVD
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Marissa Nadler Little Hells
Matthew Good White Light Rock & Roll Review
Matthew Good Band In A Coma: 1995-2005
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
MEANS To Keep Me From Sinking
What of the best melodic Hardcore records I have heard for along; a raw, passionate, catchy, baby kicking good time. For myself Means have always stood out (just listen to their old school song You Will Become) but now that the screamer has "changed" his vocals, whether you believe its for the best or not, it has made To Keep Me From Sinking stand out even more. A friend of mine who played with Means said he acually damaged his vocals from screaming the wrong way (oww), but what even the reason the contrast of Dylan's harsh vocals and Matt's passionate singing makes for an original and fist pumping listen.
As for the music it's self, each musician stands on there own, even the bassist and especially the drummer who draws comparisons from Misery Signal's drummer; Branden Morgan. Another positive factor is that they do not need breakdowns to be great but the few they do have just adds to tracks. Repetitiveness may be one of the faults on TKMFS, but with Steadily (a ballad featuring only Matt on a guitar) alot of repetitiveness of the anthemlike hardcore songs which this mainly consists.
This album is a massive step moving Means from the post hardcore/ metalcore band to a more agressive hardcore.
For Fans Of: Misery Signals, Modern Life Is War, old Thrice
Metric Fantasies
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Misery Signals Mirrors
Misery Signals Controller
Karl's earth shaking vocals are met with some amazingly technical drumming creating a sound that will make you want to headbutt something very hard but then relax your sore head with an ambient atmospheric sound that is reminiscent of Post Metal geniuses Mouth of the Architect and Cult Of Luna. Also a factor worth noting; Karl sings at the end of A Certain Death and beginning of one of the disc's most dynamic songs Ebb And Flow and does that boy know how to croon.
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Mogwai Young Team
Moneen The Red Tree
Mono Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
Mono Under the Pipal Tree
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Mouth of the Architect The Violence Beneath
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Mutyumu Ilya
Narrows New Distances
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Neverending White Lights Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies
Neverending White Lights Act II: The Blood And The Life Eternal
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
With Noah and the Whale's acclaimed sophmore release The First Days of Spring do not lack the main component that makes an amazing record; inspiration. Lead vocalist Charlie Fink arrives on the first track with a heart-on-his-sleeve approach, baring his heart, holding nothing back. As the major concept is Fink's broken heart, he has the ability to make or break the band's 2009 release. And with the band on his shoulders he walks the line between heartbreakingly beautiful and irritatingly self loathing. Though his vocals can get bothersome at times, and the subject matter can get corny, this is still a grandiose and gorgeous indie folk record.
October Falls Marras
Off Minor Some Blood
Some Blood comes to rip your face off with crazy basslines, choppy riffs, grinding percussion and pissed off vocals, and thats what it does in under 25 minutes.
But what makes this album great is its diversity shown in Practice Absence, which overshadow's the rest of the album. While the first 14 minutes doesn't do much to set this record apart from their previous beasts, Innominate & Heat Death of the Universe, Practice Absense (which covers over one third of the album) saves the day with unisex vocals (yes acual singing) and an epic build up.
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Olafur Arnalds Found Songs
Though not as beautiful as Olafur Arnalds' other workings, his 2009 release Found Songs proves that the icelander is still one of the best modern neo classical composers. With the concept of making one song for each day, he creates a short and assessable 7 song composition that is very stunning. Though being only just over 20 minutes, this album is still full of life and though not exactly breathetaking, it is one of the prettiest albums of the year. Plus its up for free on his site, so go take a listen.
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion
Our Lady Peace A Decade
Paper Rival Dialog
Paul Dempsey Everything Is True
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
pg.lost create a dark and epic post rock album that should be checked out by all fans of the genre. It will test your patience with its dynamics; most tracks go from eerie to epic with little in between. The eerie moments are long and, for the most part, have been heard numerous times in other bands of the same genre making the songs seem a lot longer then they are but when it climaxes, its is absolutely breathtaking. If The Day Shift, Siren and Kardusen don't move you then you have no business listening to Post Rock.
Pilate Caught By The Window
Pilate Wooden Bones
Pink Floyd Animals
Raised Fist Sound of the Republic
Regina Spektor Far
Relient K Mmhmm
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Retribution Gospel Choir 2
Right Away, Great Captain! The Eventually Home
"And I made a truce its thicker than stone. in a desperate wife your desperate husband, you wouldn�t stray but how far did you go? A curse on your home and the mighty atoned."
The Eventually Home is the second installment from the front man of Manchester Orchestra's main man Andy Hull in a three-album concept about a 17th century sailor. The first section, The Bitter End, follows the man's adventures at sea and is a above average but unoriginal low fi acoustic record, while The Eventually Home is a much darker release about his return to his unfaithful wife and devastated life.
While Any Hull doesn't completly break into originality, he proves himself to be one of the best lyrisists of our generation. The album's concept shines through brilliantly in every song but he also makes everything song personal and raw, just listen to the incredibly moving Father Brian Finn, the epic and powerful I Was A Vampire and the heartbreaking closer I Was A Cage.
Overall what drives this from an above average record to one of the best records of 08 is Andy Hull's brilliantly dark and emotional songwriting, a trait that is honed with such imagery and grace that he creates an atmosphere that will leave you feeling just as the character in his stories feels; lonely.
Best Tracks:
Father Brian Finn

I Am A Vampire

I Was A Cage

Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Russian Circles Geneva
I believe that in a band's career, their third release tends to be the most important. With a debut the artist, normally, comes out with their most "youthful" and "free" because the they're are complimentary to do what they want without having previous material to follow up to. This being the case with Russian Circle's critically acclaimed debut Enter where they proved that they could stand their own in the crowded post metal genre. Then the have the dreaded sophmore record, in Russian Circle's case the atmospheric Stations, and though I quite enjoyed it, the record seemed to disappoint fans, labeling it as 'boring'. Now a band usually does one of two things, one being that they continue to trail down the decline or instead of moving on they go back to the sound that made them popular. Instead though, the group push their artistic boundaries and evolve while combining the best traits from both of their releases and make an epic masterpiece. Who woulda thunk it?
Ryan Adams Demolition
Saosin Translating the Name
Sed Non Satiata Le Ciel De Notre Enfance
Set Fire to Flames Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in
Shining (SWE) VI - Klagopsalmer
Apparently Shining's newest release VI - Klagopsalmer is supposed to make everyone want to commit suicide. well if that's the case then it's a suicidal good time. Though this is quite abit out of my comfort level and the vocals, i guess, I just don't "get", the guitarwork is phenomenal to say the least and the atmospheric aspect is undeniable. I'm not sure if they ment this to be as fun as it is for me, but hell, I don't really care.
Sigur Ros Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Sleep Parade Things Can Always Change
Sleepercar West Texas
Jim Ward's new side project Sleepercar doesn't try to be another At The Drive In nor does it even attempt to be a masterpiece, but what it does come out to do and succeeds fantasticly on is being a heartwrentching country tinged good time. Whether it's the catchy A Broken Promise or the lonely ballad "Fences Down" sincerity is always the driving force behind West Texas. It comes to dance with with you, somber you up then lead you on your way.
"For awhile I tried, for awhile, I won. For awhile I held your hand in the setting sun."
Sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks Tomorrow
In Today Already Walks Tomorrow is one of the prettiest records of the year with delicate and soothing texture but packs a small punch with a few soaring climaxes. But like Joy Wants Eternity's You Who Pretend To Sleep is lacks originality as well as substance but what makes In Today clearly better is the more atmospheric and original guitar work and the diversity, as shown in the albums standout track I Will Write Peace on Your Wings and You Will Fly Over the World. I Will Write Peace is faster paced song that shows of some fantastic drumming and dynamics.
Overall this is a gorgeous debut from one Sydney's best but is lacking a little something to make it beautiful.
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
Snow Patrol offer up a new album that is more then just a comeback attempt after the mainstream success that was Eyes Open, infact it is better. Although no song matches the catchiness of Hands Open or the epic romanticness of Chasing Cars (although Close The Shutters comes close) it is better as an overall themed album. And the theme is space.
Yes, I know when mainstream artists try to do a more themed album they, well suck. But if Coldplay can release a concept record that ended up being one of the best albums of 08 why can't Snow Patrol?
So they add a more mellow, adventureous soundscape and Gary Lightbody works on his lyrics and create the slow moving, atmospheric grower that is A Hundred Million Suns.
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
So this obviously pwns enough noobs that someone should probably write a review/ add album art.
Soap and Skin Lovetune for Vacuum
Spires (USA) Flowers And Fireworks
Staind Break The Cycle
Stars In Our Bedroom After The War
Straylight Run The Needles, The Space
Strike Anywhere Change Is a Sound
Strike Anywhere To Live in Discontent
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sullivan Cover Your Eyes
Sun Kil Moon April
Intellegent and touching while keeping the tension thick, Mark Kozelek is so lucky that he has such a gift because his creativity is running on low, very low. The positives are obvious with songs Lost Verses and Tonight The Sky that are slow moving while being emotionally driven keeping the lyrisism charming and the atmosphere dark, but it won't be long before the negatives out weigh the positives. Most of the songs go on for to long and the biggest problem is that the diversity from anything he has ever done is slim to none. For now though April is a gorgeous but haunting record that will challenge you emotionally and touch you deeply if you give it a chance.
Sunny Day Real Estate Diary
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
Switchfoot The Best Yet: Deluxe Edition
The American Dollar Atlas
Incredibly dense while still maintaining an airy elegance, The American Dollar's follow up to their exceptional debut A Memory Stream is nothing less than a stellar progression. With Atlas the post rock duo utilize heavy drum loops, elegant keyboard effects and basically all things at their disposal to create crisp soundscapes which is sure to remind you of acts like Boards Of Canada and Hammock. Whether this comes to have enough of a personal, emotional effect to have lasting value or not has not been determined but nevertheless, this is sure to be one of the most lush records of the year and if more albums follow in this suit, 2010 is sure to be what '09 wasn't, an amazing year for post rock.
The Antlers In the Attic of the Universe
The Arrogant Worms C'est Cheese
The Arrogant Worms Idiot Road
The Ascent of Everest How Lonely Sits the City
The Ascent Of Everest attempt to make a masterpiece from taking their well picked influences such as Godspeed You! black Emperor and Do Make Say Think and put them into one, and they almost pull it off. How Lonely Sits the City had the potential to be a pretentious piece of unoriginal garbage, although it is kind of a poor man's Lift Your Skinny Fists, they for the most are able to stand on their own with atleast a couple saving melodies on almost every track (As the City Burned We Trembled for We Saw the Making of Their Undoing in Our Own Hearts being the one that lacks anything special.)
Really trying to describe this though, is very hard because as pros almost completely erase the near none existing cons, the cons are much easier to describe then the pros, but what I can say this that Threnody For The Victims Of November Second is one of the best songs of the year.
Although explaining this would make it sound like your average Godspeed You! Black Emperor wanna be, as how it goes with alot of bands of the genre, let me in insure you that is record is phenomenal showing boatloads of potential for a masterpiece.
In summary, The Ascent Of Everest knows how to pick their influences.
The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
The Bouncing Souls The Gold Record
The Calm Blue Sea The Calm Blue Sea
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
Coming into this I honestly wasn't expecting much. Greg's vocals always sounded hollow to me, and I am not a big
mathcore fan but I can honestly say I was surprised. Each song works very well with the flow of the record and the
diversity is astounding. Would I consider myself a Dillinger fan after this? Probably not, but this is quite an awesome
record. My favourite from this is probably Widower.
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Forecast In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen
The Forecast Alive For The First Time
The Forest The Forest EP
The Glorious Unseen Tonight the Stars Speak
The Hurt Process A Heartbeat Behind
The Killers Day & Age
The Killers' mainstream career began with Somebody Told Me; a catchy electro pop song made for the radio. Since then they have sold over a million records, Brandon Flowers has started feuds with Fall Out Boy as well as many other bands, his lyrics have gotten more poetic and his voice has attained a certain rawness which is almost non existant in the overproduced art of radio rock, as if trying to remove themselves from the pop culture. Because this is impossible Day & Age has been called a shallow, overly glitzy piece of shit dance record, but I would call it a fantastic surprise.
Day & Age shows off all of Brandon's attributes that he has achieved while backing off from the lime light and that glitzy dance music can be intellegent and moving.
Finally, ladies and gentlemen: this is how The Killers were ment to sound like.
The Morning After Girls Alone
The Mountain Goats The Life of the World to Come
The National High Violet
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave is without a doubt, the best straight up folk album of 08. Honest, intelligent, poetic and raw; Kristian Matsson proves that he does need anymore then fantastic guitar skills, gifted lyrics and unique vocals to create a very organic, exploratory soundscape.
With influences like Feist, Nick Drake, Bob Hund and the legendary Bob Dylan, Sweden's Tallest Man On Earth make an album that gives a refined look at pure acoustic guitar culture that has seemed to trade in Bob Dylan for all of the Secondhand Serenades and Dashboard Confessionals of the world.
The Temper Trap Conditions
Combining the '90's of bands like U2, and the stylistics of a top notch indie pop band The Temper Trap release a surprisingly fantastic debut. Sure songs like Ressurection where Conditions gets a little too '08's electro on us and *Chris Mandagi's poptastic falsetto kinda gets annoying but otherwise this is pretty much full of epic catchiness. Kind of like if Kings Of Leon decided to ditch southern rock for indie pop. Rules so hard.

*Scratch that, his voice in no way gets annoying!
The Twilight Sad Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
The Weakerthans Reunion Tour
The Wooden Sky If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is another pretentious album from the fifth full-length album by the Canadian post-rock super group, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, but while others use pretentiousness to compensate for something, TSMZMOATLLB use it to add a little sense of humor to their music. Not that this is a joke album but with Efrim Menuck's at times almost laughably bad vocals and with some of the strangest lyrics written one can't help but find humor.
But that being said this is an excellent album. The highlight 1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound is a unique, intellegent and heavy hitting song that shows that A Silver Mount Zion is more of a Progressive Folk Rock band stuck in a Post Rock body and the hard to swallow but gorgeuos BlindBlindBlind is a more light hearted tune led by Efrim Menuck's very rough, raw but almost "so bad it's good" voice.
All in all 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is truly an acquired taste but once you give it time it is actually an uniquely gorgeous and rockin' record.
I would reccommend this to fans of Neutral Milk Hotel.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Kollaps Tradixionales
There Will Be Fireworks There Will Be Fireworks
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Thrice Red Sky
Thrice The MySpace Transmissions
Thursday Full Collapse
Full Collapse is like a really erotic lesbian porno. In the beginning youre like "ahhh yaaa" you see whats going on and it's pretty awesome and youre totally into it. Then after a while youre kind of like "Whoa calm down a bit. That doesn't need to go there! They just keep going at it!" I mean, the aesthetics are pretty fantastic but it just keeps coming at you leaving you kind of bored, slightly nauseous, very dirty and overall; overwhelmed. Nevertheless you know it is pretty spectacular but you will leave this experiance ashamed and realizing that you really need a girlfriend.
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Thursday Common Existence
Trespassers William The Natural Order of Things
Two Gallants What the Toll Tells
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Being not much of a metal fan, the genre of death metal isn't exactly my forte. I can accually only recall Cryptosy's None So Vile and In Morning's Shrouded Divine being death metal records that I have enjoyed and the latter isn't even very "death metal." But after all the critical acclaim Ulcerate's new release has gotten and with a name like Everything Is Fire I couldn't help but check it out. And I was extremely impressed. It is produced fanastically, created a dense and powerful atmoshere, acually I fell asleep listening through it for the first time, but it doesn't take away the fact that this face raps. The guitars are impressive, not just showing flare but depth, the bass is not only audible but exceptional, and the drumming is fucking mindblowing to say the least. Like the double kick is just, holy fuck fast. And not being a fan of the death metal vocals, enjoyed the way the vocals were mixed, being placed more "in the mix" rather than being placed in the forefront. Though, not exactly one of my favorite albums of the year it is definatly in my top 50, and is my undisputed death metal record of the year, maybe even my metal record of the year. And this coming from a known metal head.
Underoath The Changing of Times
United Nations Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures
Various Artists (Indie) Dark Was The Night
Verse Aggression
Just in case you didn't read the title of this record, this is pure baby kicking hardcore that will beat the crap out of you and take your wallet. While anger is something that is easily come by in this genre but the wishy washy anger displayed in many hardcore artists gets boring, but Verse's Agression will move you way before it ever bores you. With lines like "All of my heroes have been ruined or written out of history. I could be destined to fade away like so many before me but as long as my heart keeps beating. I still can't stop screaming." you'll see why this ridiculously urgent record is the best hardcore record of 08.
Volcano Choir Unmap
Basically this is a big mess of pretty sweet material with like 4 pieces of gold found within. Though the mess that was stated before isn't the kind of mess you'd find in a standard math rock band, instead it's a bunch of a'capella, warm ambience, random picks and strums on the acoustic guitar, and awkward tings. This is basically if Justin Vernon was in a math rock band, and hey, it's acually pretty freakin' awesome.
Warning Watching from a Distance
Weekend Nachos Unforgivable
Almost every year there is that one record that wants to kick your ass so hard. The one record that will remind you of the way that Billy would pants you, give you swirlies, steal your lunch money, and shit in your locker. That record this year was Weekend Nachos hardcore gem Unforgivable. This piece of pure unadulterated anger will surely make you love the way that it hates you.
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Wilco Wilco (The Album)
Wintersleep New Inheritors
Wodensthrone Loss
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
After looking at many people's opinuins of Black Cascade I came into this expected a poor black metal record by a band past it's prime. I was hit with a very pleasant surprise though. Though this wasn't as incredible as Two Hunters, this is brilliant in it's own right. Not only did this prove, once again, that Wolves In The Throne Room are the most consistent black metal in America, but there were a few moments that were surprisingly breathetaking.
World's End Girlfriend Ending Story
Worriedaboutsatan Arrivals
You know those albums that you hear like a song off of it and you're like "this is gonna be amazing!" but it turns out to be the best song and the album isn't amazing, that was You're In My Thoughts for Arrivals. Not that this album is bad, at all, the atmosphere is chilling and it has a few 'wow' moments but it is plagued by repetitiveness and lack of ideas. Arrivals is definatly a cool album but still, damn.
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside...

3.5 great
+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating
A Static Lullaby ...And Don't Forget to Breathe
A.A. Bondy American Hearts
Against Me! Searching for a Former Clarity
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Anti-Flag For Blood and Empire
Architects Ruin
Architects Hollow Crown
So Architects have found their sound, and its pretty fucking amazing. With pretty incredible guitar and percussion work and emotionally powerful vocals the Uk band prove that they have a metalcore sound that can't be matched my alot of the bands on the scene today. Where this record faulters though is a complete lack of ideas. After awhile all of the songs tend to run together, so instead of being exhilarating it becomes, well, boring. If they continue to hone their skill and creativly expand we could have really amazing record instore. But this in itself is one of the best metalcore records of the year.
As Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
August Burns Red Messengers
Beach House Teen Dream
Beloved The Running
Benton Falls Guilt Beats Hate
Berry Weight Music for Imaginary Movies
Between the Trees The Story and the Song
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
This is Beyonce at her absolute best. She puts out wonderful, but inconsistent double Ep, the first half being the best by far featuring very tender songs, If I Were A Boy and Ava Maria being the best but the whole ep is shockingly fantastic.

The second Ep is abit of a step back with absolute failures like Video Phone and Diva but balanced out by the atypical dance song Single Ladies. It isn't anything new and the furthest thing from a masterpiece so overall the second Ep is a dispointment from the surprise greatness of the first.

The soul shown in the first half is something that should be listened to by fans of all different genres no matter what bias you have against Beyonce, just toss out the second half.
Blessthefall His Last Walk
Blind Witness Silences Are Words
Blindside Silence
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom and Travis Show
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Botch We Are the Romans
Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls
Boys Night Out TrainWreck
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Callahan Callahan
Catherine The Naturals
Cauterize So far from real
Chad Michael Stewart Machete Avenue
It is overdramatic, overproduced and tries too hard but you cannot deny it's elegance. Most of the songwriting is fantastic and the vocals are very impressive but what ruins most of the songs is the lack of subtlety. The album is saved by an appearance by none other then Rody Walker (Rhoad The Choad) in the albums best song This Love. This Love shows that Chad Michael Stewart can be incredibly moving with just a piano, guitars and his voice minus the overdramatics.
Best Tracks: This Love, Crosses, Wiseman
Chasing Victory I Call This Abandonment
Chuck Ragan Feast or Famine
City and Colour Sometimes
City and Colour Live
City and Colour Bring Me Your Love
City of Ships Look What God Did To Us
City of Ships has a sound that has been described as a post metal version of Thrice, and that deion is quite fitting and is sure to make their debut Look What God Did To Us a must get for many music fans. But hold on there spaz, let me inform you, its not really that good, not bad, this not as good as it would seem. Though it is indeed epic amd has a winning formula, at times they seem uninspired, and instead of coming off as awesome, they just come of as diluted. I can't rate this anything less than a 3.5 though because there is obviously something great there, just could have been done so much better.
Coalesce OX
So this is my first encounter with the metalcore "legends" Coalesce and I can say that there is definatly a good reason for it. The riffs are dirty than a redneck hooker and the percussion does much more than "fill in the gaps", basically this is pure, angry as fuck metalcore. I can't say that I enjoy the vocals that much, that being the main reason why the rating isn't higher, but I wouldn't doubt that with more listens I could begin to dig them but as of now OX gets props for being nasty, angry as shit metalcore that is ten times more manlier than you or I will ever be.
Coeur de Pirate Coeur de Pirate
So Coeur de Pirate's self titled debut is full of cute and quirky tunes, full of youthful piano work and cute as a button, french vocals. A solid 3. Wait.. what? They are nude pictures of her on the internet? The Quebec.. ian(?) gets a 3.5!
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Brothers & Sisters
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cool Hand Luke So Far...
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Copeland You Are My Sunshine
Cry of the Afflicted The Unveiling
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
So I finally decided to listen to a complete Dance Gavin Dance record and being very cynical to any music that contains screaming and singing, I was very unsure what to expect. From the corky album title and the "cutesy' cover art to the idea that I band that once had that doosh bag, Jonny Craig, I was incredibly unsure whether to give this band a listen. I think it's now safe to say that it was long overdue. Spastic without out sacrificing emotion Happiness proves DGD to be one of the most solid bands in the genre. Though I wish they would stay with a more post hardcore rather then the to pop punk/math rock showed towards the end of the record, but whatcha gonna do.
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Dashboard Confessional A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Dashboard Confessional Alter The Ending
Alright, first of all, I liked Dusk And Summer more than any of Dashboard Confessional release. Can most will probably stop reading now. Second of all, I'm a sucker for a well written ballad. So naturally, in my eyes, this record pwns so hard. Of course it's not revolutionary in anyway, or even slightly original, but if you would get your head out of elitist ass for a second you may find that this is very enjoyable, to say the least. You've just been served, bitch.
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Deftones White Pony
dredg El Cielo
Dustin Kensrue This Good Night Is Still Everywhere
My opinuin on this is abit biased with me thinking that Dustin Kensrue is one of the best songwriters to date but, even for a Christmas record, this is still very well done. He masters Baby Please Come Home, O Holy Night and almost every other carol he plays, while his two originals are what makes this album one of the best of 2008, mainly, arguably the best song thats ever been under his solo project, This Is War.
" This is war on sin and death;
The dark will take it's final breath.
It shakes the earth, confounds all plans;
The mystery of God as man. "
Edison Glass Time Is Fiction
Math Rock meets Pop Punk making the musical equivalent to playing in a colourful ballpit. Thoughtful, artsy and features a duel vocal arrangements by Josh Morin with the high-pitched, screechy tone reminiscent of Rush's Geddy Lee, and Joshua Silverberg with the similar, almost kinder voice. Although this will never get any play on radio station nor will it be appreciated to its utmost by most Pop Punk fans because of their experimentation with Jazz and other genres but if their single Let Go doesn't have you singing along then your just not listening.
Eluvium Similes
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
...In Shallow Seas We Sail is like a really erotic lesbian porno. In the beginning youre like "ahhh yaaa" you see whats going on and it's pretty awesome and youre totally into it. Then after a while youre kind of like "Whoa calm down a bit. That doesn't need to go there! They just keep going at it!" I mean, the aesthetics are pretty fantastic but it just keeps coming at you leaving you kind of bored, slightly nauseous, very dirty and overall; overwhelmed. Nevertheless you know it is pretty spectacular but you will leave this experiance ashamed and realizing that you really need a girlfriend.
Every Time I Die The Big Dirty
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Eyes Set To Kill Reach
Farewell to Freeway Definitions
Nothing original but they are fantastic at what they do, making heavy hitting metalcore. Definitions shows off their ability to give life to the ol' scream/sing formula by creating fantastic riffs, anthem like choruses and gut wrentching breakdowns. Although this description has probably been used a hundred times over, listen to their single Sound Minds and tell me if that isn't one of the catchiest metal songs you've heard all year.
Flight of the Conchords The Distant Future
Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters The Colour and The Shape (Expanded)
Funeral for a Friend Seven Ways To Scream Your Name
Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Funeral for a Friend Four Ways to Scream Your Name
Gifts From Enola From Fathoms
God Is an Astronaut God Is an Astronaut
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
HORSE the band Desperate Living
Hot Cross Cryonics
Imogen Heap Ellipse
With Ellipse, Imogen Heap has the daunting task of making a follow up to the extremely successful and pretty great album, Speak For Yourself. And though I doubt any songs from this will be sampled in an annoyingly popular radio-pop song, she proves herself as a more than capable artist. Delivering plenty of tasteful hooks without sacrificing personality and emotion, the electronica pop darling's '09 release is dense, but accessible. No question, her best record to date.
Inked in Blood Sometimes We Are Beautiful
Isis Wavering Radiant
When you ask people about post metal, two bands come up immediatley; Isis and Neurosis. For the latter, we will come to the agreement that they are pretty amazing, but when it comes to Isis guns will probably be drawn. Its not that they are a terrible band, or even not a good band, its just I don't find them to be mindblowing, in any sense. For me, they have always come off as slightly boring and uninspired, and it isn't any different when it comes to their latest "masterpiece" Wavering Radiant. Again, this is not a bad record, infact 20 Minutes/40 Years is a pretty great song, but again, half the time they sound worn out and bored. And when it comes to the experimental aspect, it's like their trying to use that to cover up the previous statement. The positives are very obvious, and have been said over and over again, but people have to realize that Isis are not Jesus fucking Christ. Frick.
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
Jars Of Clay Good Monsters
Jars Of Clay Greatest Hits
Johnny Truant In the Library of Horrific Events
Joy Wants Eternity You Who Pretend to Sleep
It fits The Post Rock genre to a tee offering next to no originality, but still, their lush, atmospheric soundscapes bring so much beauty you just can't not like it. Layering keyboard melodies over amber guitar riffs create an album reminiscent of almost ever other Post Rock band out their but without the 10 minute long songs. With songs averaging around the 4 minute mark I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys the genre but is too lazy for Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Keane Perfect Symmetry
Kids in the Way Apparitions of Melody: The Dead Letters Edition
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Laura Jane Grace Heart Burns
Leona Lewis Spirit
Yes a female R&B artist has released an amazing record, this coming from a guy who thinks Mesa Verde's The Old Road is one of the best records of 08. But other then being incredibly smooth and low-fi what makes this so great are some things that make The Old Road great, undeniable talent and passion. On Spirit Leona Lewis' voice soars above almost every current R&B babe out there and she doesnt need to use her (beautiful sculped) body to sell her music. Her lyrisism isn't fantastic but compared to other 'pop' 'artists' out there her lyrics are above average and if songs like Bleeding Love and Footprints in the Sand don't make you melt then you dont have a soul.
Letter Kills The Bridge
Lifehouse No Name Face
Long Distance Calling Avoid The Light
Low Long Division
Lullabye Arkestra Threat/Worship
With raw intensity, husband-wife rock & roll duo, Lullabye Arkestra show that married people can still make an exceptional garage rock record. Exceptional meaning they do lack in orginality and, with a lack of diversity, alot of the tracks run together, but the grit and emotion are still there. Threat/Worship is a very fitting name because it contains both heart and teeth making it one of the best garage rock albums of the year. Plus We Fuck The Night fucking pwns.
As much as we all would love the world to go out like described F#A# it's probably going to alot more like Lustmord's drone piece The Dark Places Of The Earth; dark, cold and boring. Basically the first and last track are all you need to listen to, otherwise just nothing happens. The opening track Fallen begins with an apocalyptic atmosphere that is quite captivating, to say the least, slowly flowing almost like a build acually making the 16 minutes fly by. Then comes the next track Atom the unsettling, dark ambience flows where you patiently await for something to happen. Nothing ends up happening until the beautiful last track which is hard to enjoy because of the impatience the album breeds. Basically this is a pretty great ambient/ drone record but like most albums from the genre, it's disappointing to think what it could've been.
Lydia Illuminate
Machine Head The Blackening
Mae Destination: Beautiful
Margins Margins
Matchbook Romance Stories and Alibis
Matchbook Romance Voices
Matthew Good Band Underdogs
maudlin of the Well Bath
MEANS Sending you Strength
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
Misery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum Heart
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Mogwai Mr. Beast
Moneen Are we Really Happy with who we are Right Now?
Moneen The World I Want To Leave Behind
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This to Memory
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory (Deluxe Edition)
My Own Private Alaska MOPA
Nada Surf High/Low
Oceans Nothing Collapses
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
Okay Huggable Dust
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud
Our Lady Peace Gravity
Our Lady Peace Happiness...
Our Lady Peace Burn Burn
I have alot of nostalgia when it comes to Our Lady Peace, their concert being the first I ever went to and Gravity being one of the first records I ever really enjoyed all the way through. What's different with OLP from the other bands of my childhood like Smash Mouth and Simple Plan is that I've acually grown to enjoy their music more throughout the years. Infact, their best record Spiritual Machines has taken a pretty permanent spot in my car's cd case. With more knowledge of music though I have realized that Healthy In Paranoid Times and my childhood favorite Gravity were kind of duds, not terrible or even bad mind you, but pretty stale. So when I heard the single All You Did Was Save My Life from their new record, Burn Burn, and enjoyed it quite abit I was quite interested on how this would be. And I'm glad to say that this is definatly their best record since Spiritual Machines. Raine Maida may not show himself to be a creative or lyrical genious but he is at his most inspired, and though they aren't back to their top artistic peak they have never sounded so confident. Plus the guitar work is pretty insane.
Owen New Leaves
Pelican What We All Come to Need
So basically about 8 months ago, I went to a HMV in Calgary looking for some post metal. I heard bits of the genre but didn't own a record, so I blindly picked up City Of Echoes. In conclusion I lost the record like 2 days later and didn't give a fuck because it basically a borefest. Now it's the present day and I am quite familiar with the genre and City Of Echoes is still snoozetacular, but I really enjoyed what I heard from The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon as did almost everyone else. So you would think Pelican would go into the studio and think "maybe, we should go with the more atmospheric, epic approach other then boring listeners into submission with non stop uninspired riffs." Well you were half right.
Peste Noire Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor
Basically I put this on and within the second song I had this picture in my mind of these people dancing around a graveyard in renaissance outfits. Sure some/ most of the vocals are pretty laughable (and not just cause they're in another language) and some of the production values are pretty sketchy to say the least, put its pure post punk/ black metal fun. Perfect album for Halloween.
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Protest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Ramona Falls Intuit
At times it is annoyingly corky, lacking charm and any emotional value, but those moments are not enough to block from the lush beauty of Intuit. Though not incredible, the mix of a flamboyant personality with sparse ambience is definatly refreshing. All in all Ramona Falls have created a pretty great album.
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Rise Against Revolutions per Minute
Ruth Secondhand Dreaming
Rx Bandits Mandala
Saetia A Retrospective
Saosin Saosin
Showbread Anorexia Nervosa
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Sixx:A.M. Heroin Diaries Soundtrack
Skillet Comatose
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Spitalfield Better Than Knowing Where You Are
Staind Chapter V
Strata Strata
Straylight Run Straylight Run
Straylight Run Prepare To Be Wrong
Strike Anywhere Dead FM
Struck By Lightning Serpents
Sum 41 Chuck
Switchfoot Legend of Chin
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Ten Second Epic Count Yourself In
The Appleseed Cast Sagarmatha
The Arrogant Worms Gift Wrapped: The Best of the Arrogant Worms
The Arrogant Worms Toast!
The Ataris So Long, Astoria
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Dodos Visiter
One of the happiest funnest records of the year, the wacked out percussion and awkward but intellegent lyrics make for an absolute good time. Sure Visiter's tone gets old and it makes for a very repetitive if you listen to the album as a whole but with songs like Red And Purple, God? and my favorite, Fools how can you not atleast enjoy this? Visiter is a joyous indie folk album that will have you dancing atleast a quater of the way through until your ready to put Brand New's The Devil And God back on.
"I know that I am yours and you will be mine
Come and join us in the trenches
Red and purple by our side."
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Famine The Raven and The Reaping
"?The Famine make metal the way Ford used to make trucks?quickly, loudly, and with a minimum of fuss?" - Revolver
I couldn’t agree more. The one thing I hate about Solid State is that they have so much uninspired "christian metalcore" when they sign a new band you automatically get that impression of the band, but listen to this and the Jimmy Ryan's new band, Trenches, and you will find hope on the record label. The Raven and The Reaping keep the Botch inspired breakdowns to a minimum while wearing they're Pantera influence on their sleeves. It does bore after awhile but if you’re into manly, baby kicking blast beats & "no mom! you clean your room" vocals then give a listen to this beast.
Albums Highlight
Killing For Sport
Death Threat
The Forecast Late Night Conversations
The Glorious Unseen The Hope That Lies In You
With Tonight The Stars Speak, The Glorious Unseen proved that even music that would fit into the Praise And Worship genre can be incredibly powerful. Even being a "post Christian" if you will, I found myself to be very moved, like for once, it's not about the message but the emotion and feeling. Ben Crist's new release The Hope That Lies In You is much along the same lines, playing post rock influenced worship, but except it doesn't carry that raw emotion that his debut had. It is still great, even out of the borders of the gospel genre, just listen to his rendition of How He Loves Us. Powerful stuff, for Christians and non Christians alike.
The Gorgeous Great Lakes
The Killers Sam's Town
The Killers Sawdust
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Loved Ones [US] Build & Burn
Remember back when Punk Rock had credibility, before punk rock bands would try to save the world (Rise Against) or try to make girl jeans unisex? Well this is that sound. Consisting of four, eyelinerless, guys who sing about the good old days, girls and having a good time and not "lets make love in this club!" good time. Fast, passionate, catchy and fun: this is Punk Rock.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
The Pirate Ship Quintet The Pirate Ship Quintet EP
The Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody Mountain
Thirty Seconds To Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thrice Come All You Weary
Thrice Beggars
At the beginning Beggars was a dissapointment, and I was quite content with this opinuin. The problem was though I based this opinuin after hearing only I few songs, so today I thought I should put this in so I can acually give an acual rating. The first two songs, which I have already heard, passed without any impact, then came Circles and that just had to fuck everything up. With an atmosphere relating to the Air Ep, which was my favorite of the 4, I was afraid that I may have to embarrass myself with a drastic change of opinuin. But with a lack of edge and some tracks coming off as uninspired, this didn't have to happen. There are still some very strong tracks that still show that Thrice can make an impact but although this in an excellent release, with the expectations set with The Alchemy Index and Vheissu this is a slight disappointment.
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday Kill the House Lights
Thursday/Envy Thursday/Envy
When I first heard about Thursday and Envy making a Split Ep two thoughts went throught my mind; "this is going to be the most pretentious thing ever or one of the best splits ever released. My assumptions were both kind of right.
Geoff Rickly's lyrisism has always been quite pretentious whether Thursday is signed to Eyeball or Island records, but whether they were intelligent or melodramatic the problem has always been making his voice fit, and, in this case, he succeeds. Whether they decide to take a more Screamo/Emo approach (As He Climbed The Dark Mountain, An Absurd And Unrealistic Dream Of Peace) or a Post Metal/Ambient direction (In Silence, Appeared And Was Gone) their side ties together brilliantly and holds the best material that Thursday has ever written. 4.4
Envy is like Emo's Mark Kozelek, all their songs may not be very distinguishable from eachother but their formula is so fantastic it isn't a big problem, for now.
Envy brings a great mix of heaviness and experimental ambience to make their trademarked dark but dreamy atmosphere. 4.1
Two Tongues Two Tongues
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety Special Edit
Vanna The Search Party Never Came
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard Paper Walls

3.0 good
A Static Lullaby Faso Latido
A Static Lullaby Rattlesnake!
After the Burial Rareform
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Agraceful The Great I Am
Alexisonfire Crisis
Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
All Time Low Put Up or Shut Up
Anathema Hindsight
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Cities
Anberlin New Surrender
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
Animal Collective Feels
Anti-Flag The Bright Lights of America
As Blood Runs Black Allegiance
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Atreyu The Curse
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Beneath the Massacre Dystopia
Between the Trees Spain
Billy Talent Billy Talent
Billy Talent 666 Live
Black Lungs Send Flowers
Bleeding Through The Truth
Bleeding Through Declaration
Blindside Blindside
Blindside A Thought Crushed My Mind
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
Blink-182 Buddha
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bomb the Music Industry! Scrambles
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Boys Night Out Make Yourself Sick
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Burden of a Day OneOneThousand
In the midst of painful mediocrity and complete faggotry, there is one hero who stands above them all. And that hereo's name is Burden of a Day! Ok well they're not exactly Batman, nor are the Robin, or really anything special at all. But on OneOneThousand they create some pretty great pop punky metalcore. While they're not exactly original, in any sense, but this some pretty melodic, auto tune free goodness. Just listen to the opener Remember and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
Cancer Bats Hail Destroyer
Cartel Chroma
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Chiodos Bone Palace Ballet
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Confide Shout the Truth
Converge No Heroes
Cry of the Afflicted Consume This Wasteland
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Dance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin Dance
Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Dashboard Confessional The Shade of Poison Trees
Daughtry Leave This Town
Dead Poetic Vices
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Emery The Weak's End
Emery The Question
Emery I'm Only A Man
Emery While Broken Hearts Prevail
Equilibrium Sagas
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Farewell Isn't This Supposed To Be Fun?
Farewell to Freeway Only Time Will Tell
Fear Before Fear Before
Film School Film School
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
From First to Last Heroine
fun. Aim and Ignite
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Gallows Orchestra Of Wolves
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Greeley Estates Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East
Hanson Underneath
Haste the Day Dreamer
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Hawthorne Heights Fragile Future
Hellogoodbye Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Here I Come Falling Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory
Hoobastank The Reason
I Hate Myself 10 Songs
Idlewild The Remote Part
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure
Ill Scarlett All Day With It
In Flames Come Clarity
It Dies Today The Caitiff Choir
Ivoryline There Came A Lion
Jesu Silver
Jesu Why Are We Not Perfect?
Jet Get Born
Jet Shine On
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Jonezetta Popularity
Kalisia Cybion
Kids in the Way Apparitions of Melody
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God Sacrament
Life in Your Way Waking Giants
Lights Lights
Lostprophets The Betrayed
Mae Singularity
Marianas Trench Fix Me
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matchbook Romance West For Wishing EP
Metallica St. Anger
Millencolin Machine 15
Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling
Moonspell Night Eternal
Motion City Soundtrack I Am the Movie
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
MxPx Panic
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Norma Jean Redeemer
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
October Falls The Womb of Primordial Nature
Oh, Sleeper The Armored March
Our Lady Peace Naveed
Our Lady Peace Clumsy
Our Lady Peace Healthy In Paranoid Times
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Paramore Riot!
Pelican City of Echoes
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson Break Up
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
From the three or four records I have heard from the metalcore act Poison The Well, The Tropic Rot is easily their best, but with that being said, is this really worth a listen? Well if your a fan of the band then obviously, get on this bitch hard, but if not then maybe get Pamplemousse and Are You Anywhere? and go on your way. It's not that this record is bad, it just seems that the style of metalcore these guys play is worn out, and with numerous listens I found this record to be quite worn out as well. Not for the normal, breakdown after breakdown, reason that plagues metalcore, but its just the vocals, their formula, gets bland really fast. Not to say it is without its strengths though, the dark atmosphere created in the songs formally mention is fantastic, and done better than most other artists of the genre and are definatly worth a listen. So does this change my opinuin of Poison The Well? Not really, but its sure to impress all the fans out there.
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Protest the Hero Fortress
Red Hot Chili Peppers Funky Monks (DVD)
Relient K Apathetic
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K The Bird and the Bee Sides
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
Rock Star Supernova Rock Star Supernova
Rosesdead Stages
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Instrumental rock or metal has always been pretty irrelevant to me. With artists like Buckethead, and numerous others I've been showed there has been nothing that has really kept my attention and stopped me from keeping their records to a one listener. And Scale The Summit's my opinuin hasn't really changed. I mean obviously they are fantastic musicians, with skillful quitarsolos thrown in at tasteful times and drumming that is very exceptional, but as with other instrumental albums it seems that this record is only here for just that. To show how good of musicians they are. It lacks atmosphere, diversity and emotion, and everything is pretty monotone, meaning each track is indistinguishable from eachother. But with the great musicianship there is an obvious fun factor, but thats all that this album or band seems to have to offer, having next to no emotional value, turning their "shreddtasticness" into more of a crutch then anything else.
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
Senses Fail Let It Enfold You
Senses Fail Let It Enfold You (Deluxe Edition)
Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Silverstein A Shipwreck in the Sand
Sky Eats Airplane Everything Perfect on the Wrong Day
Smile Empty Soul Smile Empty Soul
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
Staind The Illusion of Progress
Starfield Beauty in the Broken
Still Remains Of Love and Lunacy
Story of the Year In The Wake Of Determination
Strung Out Agents of the Underground
Sugarcult Palm Trees And Power Lines
Sugarcult Lights Out
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Switchfoot Learning To Breathe
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
The Album Leaf In A Safe Place
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The Almost No Gift To Bring
The Butterfly Effect Final Conversation of Kings
The Classic Crime Seattle Sessions
The Classic Crime The Silver Cord
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Ergs! Dorkrockcorkrod
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Holly Springs Disaster Motion Sickness Love
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Offspring Greatest Hits
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The Sleeping Question & Answers
The Spill Canvas One Fell Swoop
The Used The Used
Thrice First Impressions
Trivium Ascendancy
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Twelve Gauge Valentine Shock Value
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
War from a Harlots Mouth Transmetropolitan
Weezer Pinkerton
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Zao The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here

2.5 average
A Day To Remember And Their Name Was Treason
Aiden Our Gangs Dark Oath
Akissforjersey Keep Your Head Above the Water
All That Remains Overcome
All Time Low So Wrong, It's Right
Bayside Acoustic
Before Their Eyes Before Their Eyes
Billy Talent Billy Talent II
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Bleed The Dream Built By Blood
Blind Witness Nightmare on Providence Street
Hey so you know you three things I hated our debut? It wasn't about partying, didn't have enough breakdowns, and didn't sound enough like As I Lay Dying! Oh and you know how the vocals were pretty fantastic, well I just talked to Tim Lambesis and he made me realize that they suck! So drummer, you stay awesome and the rest of us are just gonna get wasted and hardcore dance? Deal? Mediocre break!
Bowling for Soup A Hangover You Don't Deserve
Boys Night Out Boys Night Out
Boysetsfire Before The Eulogy
Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine
Cartel Cartel
Caspian Tertia
Chasing Victory Fiends
Cinematic Sunrise A Coloring Story Book And A Long-Playing
Cute Is What We Aim For Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch
Cynic Traced in Air
Daughtry Daughtry
Destroy The Runner Saints
Discordless 148 Light Years
Disturbed The Sickness
Don the Reader Don The Reader EP
Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Family Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The Back
Fear Before Odd How People Shake
Fear Before Art Damage
For Today Portraits
From First to Last From First to Last
Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity
Future of the Left Travels With Myself And Another
Gob Foot In Mouth Disease
Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival
Gwen Stacy The Life I Know
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Hey Monday Hold On Tight
Hilary Duff Dignity
House Of Heroes The End is Not The End
Calm down kids, its catchy but not much more. I mean it's really, really, really catchy but without anything interesting to say, and lack of depth, the really, really, really catchiness just becomes annoying. So its not phenominal, I don't even consider it very good (maybe it would be if they didn't attempt to make it so "epic"). So calm down kids, it's not that good.
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Inhale Exhale I Swear...
Jars Of Clay Jars Of Clay
Jeff Loomis Zero Order Phase
John Frusciante The Empyrean
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Lamb of God Wrath
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Lower Definition The Greatest of All Lost Arts
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Metallica Death Magnetic
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Once Nothing First Came the Law
Opeth Watershed
Our Last Night The Ghosts Among Us
Owl City Maybe I'm Dreaming
Paramore Live in the UK 2008
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead In Rainbows
Relient K Relient K
Relient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer
Rise Against This Is Noise
Run Kid Run This Is Who We Are
Saosin The Grey
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Scary Kids Scaring Kids The City Sleeps In Flames
Search The City A Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It
Senses Fail Still Searching
Silverstein When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Silverstein Arrivals and Departures
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Spitalfield Remember Right Now
Story of the Year The Black Swan
Sugarcult Start Static
Switchfoot New Way to Be Human
System of a Down Mezmerize
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Ten Second Epic Hometown
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Ataris Welcome the Night
The Black Maria Lead Us To Reason
The Black Maria A Shared History in Tragedy
The Classic Crime Albatross
The Fray The Fray
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Roots Rising Down
The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun
The Spill Canvas No Really, I'm Fine
The Used In Love and Death
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes Icky Thump
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Thursday Waiting
Thursday Five Stories Falling
Transplants Transplants
Transplants Haunted Cities
Underoath 777 (DVD)
Vanna Curses
Weezer Make Believe
Yellowcard One for the Kids

2.0 poor
A Change Of Pace Prepare the Masses
A Day To Remember For Those Who Have Heart
A Day To Remember Homesick
A Skylit Drive She Watched the Sky
A Skylit Drive Wires...and the Concept of Breathing
Aiden Nightmare Anatomy
Aiden Rain in Hell
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Ok now I'm a stoner, and I still don't fucking get this.
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Audioslave Out of Exile
Barenaked Ladies Barenaked for the Holidays
Bayside Bayside
Bayside The Walking Wounded
Bayside Shudder
Billy Talent Billy Talent III
Bowling for Soup Drunk Enough To Dance
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Carpathian Isolation
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Cobra Starship While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Stree
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Dead Poetic The Finest
After one pretty great record and another pretty good record you don't release a greatest hits, that's just stupid. And a proper Dead Poetic greatest hits would have like Vanus Empty, Glass In The Trees, Vices, New Medicines and maybe a couple other tunes but basically an 8 song disc. But yah, just stupid.
Despised Icon Day of Mourning
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed Indestructible
Drop Dead, Gorgeous In Vogue
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Family Force 5 Dance or Die EP
Family Force 5 Dance or Die
Flyleaf Flyleaf
FM Static What Are You Waiting For?
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Grand Belial's Key Judeobeast Assassination
Greeley Estates Far From The Lies
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Shenanigans
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely
Helmet Monochrome
I Am Terrified I Am Terrified
I Killed The Prom Queen When Goodbye Means Forever
I Set My Friends On Fire You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
Impending Doom The Serpent Servant
Ahh Impending Doom, the band I thought I had to like when I was Chrsitian. This is simply boring. A tad better then their previous release but if you want good Death Metal just listen to None So Vile.
Jonny Craig A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Kids in the Way A Love Hate Masquerade
Kiros A Single Strand
Korn Korn
Korn Follow the Leader
The only reason why I didn't rate this bummer lower is because the Umm-Chaka-Chaks make me chuckle. Acually if you listen closely when he does it on Freak On A Leash, on rewind, he acually gives a recipe to a special strawberry sorbet cake, which I must say is quite delictable.
Lamb of God Killadelphia
Machine Head Supercharger
Machine Head Hellalive
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's The Dust of Retreat
MxPx Secret Weapon
It took me awhile to realize this but Mxpx suck. Panic was a decent album with like two memorable songs but their attempts at being a legitimate voice for our culture have been laughable and Secret Weapon is much the same. Every bright spot is out shun by lack of intelligence and inspiration; a quality that they have shown throughout their career.
Basically if you�ve heard one Mxpx album you�ve heard them all and when they say Secret Weapon has more edge all it means is their guitars are played a bit heavier.
The only time they should be brought up in conversation is if you are making fun of them, questioning how the lead singer�s �tats� are going to look in twenty years or if you mocking the memorable anthem Responsibility.
�Responsibility, what�s that? Responsibility, not quite yet!�
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade Is Dead!
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Operation Ivy Energy
Owl City Of June
Pierce the Veil A Flair for the Dramatic
Plain White T's Every Second Counts
Plain White T's Big Bad World
The band name fits the album well; plain, almost anti creative. 10 tracks of pure averageness. I guess then I should give it a 2.5 but the blandness pisses the frig out of me. While other bands put creativity and effort into their releases while only selling maybe 500 discs, while the Hey There Deliliahs can write 10 un original radio ready pop rock songs, slap a picture of themselves on the cover and sell a million. So all in all here's a big golly gee fuck you.
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Radiohead OK Computer
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Saosin Saosin EP
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Scary Kids Scaring Kids Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Secondhand Serenade A Twist In My Story
Senses Fail Life Is Not a Waiting Room
Showbread Age of Reptiles
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Still Remains The Serpent
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
System of a Down Hypnotize
The Academy Is... Fast Times at Barrington High
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Almost Monster, Monster
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Forecast The Forecast
The Hush Sound Like Vines
The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues
The Maine Can't Stop, Won't Stop
The Matches Decomposer
The Matches A Band In Hope
The Rocket Summer Do You Feel
The Showdown Temptation Come My Way
The Spill Canvas Sunsets and Car Crashes
The Used Lies for the Liars
The White Stripes Elephant
Then Falls Caesar The Dawn- EP
Thriving Ivory Thriving Ivory (Re-Issue)
Trivium Shogun
Underoath Survive Kaleidoscope
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Vampire Weekend Contra
We Came As Romans Dreams
We The Kings We The Kings
Weezer The Red Album
Weezer The Red Album (Deluxe Edition)

1.5 very poor
3OH!3 Want
Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Alesana Where Myth Fades to Legend
All Time Low Nothing Personal
Asher Roth Asleep In The Bread Aisle
Atreyu The Best of Atreyu
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Before Their Eyes The Dawn of My Death
Before Their Eyes Untouchable
Bleed The Dream Killer Inside
Bleeding Through This Is Love, This Is Murderous
Bleeding Through Portrait of the Goddess
Breathe Carolina It's Classy Not Classic
Bring Me The Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
Bring Me The Horizon Count Your Blessings
Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Britney Spears Blackout
Britney Spears Circus
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
Bullet For My Valentine Hand of Blood
Cobra Starship ¡Viva La Cobra!
Cute Is What We Aim For Rotation
Dr. Acula Below Me
Drop Dead, Gorgeous Worse Than A Fairy Tale
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
From First to Last Aesthetic
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
Heavy Heavy Low Low Courtside Seats to the Greatest Fuck Of
Heavy Heavy Low Low Turtle Nipple and the Toxic Shock
Hedley The Show Must Go
Hinder Extreme Behavior
Hinder Take It to the Limit
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
I Killed The Prom Queen Music for the Recently Deceased
Impending Doom Nailed. Dead. Risen
Inhale Exhale Bury Me Alive
I must say that this release doesn't make sense, how does a band not know that they have so blantantly regressed? It's not even they Inhale Exhale has changed they're sound that much, they have declined from a pretty good metalcore band, to a incredibly mediocre metalcore band. Though not very good their debut The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred showed alot of potential with some kickass riffs, and their sophmore release I Swear... was also pretty boring, a little more so, but the vocals definatly also showed that Inhale Exhale could be an acual relevant metalcore act. Now with Bury Me Alive they have traded in their potential for sheer mediocrity; it simply doesn't make sense.
It Dies Today Sirens
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
Korn See You on the Other Side
Korn Untitled
Lamb of God Walk with Me in Hell
Limp Bizkit Greatest Hitz
Linkin Park Sweet Hamster Like Jewels From America!
Mindless Self Indulgence If
MyChildren MyBride Unbreakable
Nickelback The Long Road
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Panic! at the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Plain White T's Hey There Delilah
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Ra Black Sun
Saving Abel Saving Abel
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Slayer God Hates Us All
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
The Becoming Vol. 1
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Lonely Road
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Tokio Hotel Scream
Trivium The Crusade

1.0 awful
A Vain Attempt Love is Suicide EP
The musical version of a gaydar - meaning the amount you like this determines you homosexuality.
Aiden Conviction
Aiden Knives
Aiden used to be tolerable back when they had punk sensibilities.
Now there is not one aspect on this album that saves Knives from obscurity. Beyond forced melodies, absolutely pointless lyrisism and the vocals are some of the worst I've ever heard.
Terrible, just terrible.
brokeNCYDE BC 13
You need evidence that our generation is fucked? If you want funny listen to like Jon Lajoie or like the Arrogant Worms, don't support this kind of bull.
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Day of Fire Losing All
EAT ME RAW All My Friends
Emmure The Respect Issue
Emmure Felony
Yah people only hate it cause it's trendy, it has nothing to do with the complete lack of orginality, skill, or Emmure's digusting arrogance. This is in no way fun, or maybe it is and I'm just distracted by the ignorant repetition and other bullshit that these guys stand for. I'm not expecting every band to release life changing music, but I'm expecting a band to atleast try. So basically if you like this you have no credibility.
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours
To get a one from me you not only have to come out with a completly uninspired, shitty record but you acually have to come out with something that acually pisses me off. In that manner Escape The Fate passes with flying colours. I mean Blessthefall wasn't bad and yet Craig acually has made ETF even worth. God damn.
Faber Drive Seven Second Surgery
Trendest fucking band to ever live, if you like them, then your an idiot. Trendest fucking band to ever live, if you like them, then your an idiot. Trendest fucking band to ever live, if you like them, then your an idiot. Trendest fucking band to ever live, if you like them, then your an idiot.
Fergie The Dutchess
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
If you made it through this god awful record you get a pat on the back from me.
Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Is My Friend
Insane Clown Posse The Amazing Jeckel Brothers
Jeffree Star Plastic Surgery Slumber Party
John Cena and Tha Trademarc You Can't See Me
Justin Bieber My World
Korn MTV Unplugged: Korn
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Metro Station Metro Station
Millionaires Bling Bling Bling!
Never Shout Never Me & My Uke
Nickelback Dark Horse
What I think pisses me off most about this the surcome hypocrisy.
They come out with a corny as fuck, though remotely catchy, Gotta Be Somebody aimed at 14 year old girls and then come out with a song like Something In Your Mouth. Most Nickelback records I can stand (I guess) but this one of those records that acually piss me off.
Simple Plan Simple Plan
Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy iSouljaBoyTellEm
Stellar Kart All Gas, No Brake
Stereos Stereos
The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business
Waking the Cadaver Demo
Waking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
I really can't say anything that hasn't been said already. For the most part I can respect a band being brutal, as long as if its not boring, this is boring & not even the least bit fun. And the lyrics?!?!, all i can say is "what the hell does their family think?" So if it makes me a pussy to not want to listen to someone pig squel at me about rapeing & murdering women then they put the cowboy hat on me & call me Sunshine because I would rather listen to fity rap about how much more money he has than me then listen to this. But I guess you love it or you hate it.
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