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5.0 classic
Agalloch The Mantle
Upon first listening to The Mantle, one may wish to shrug it off as a repetitive acoustic outing that goes nowhere. If you do this, then it is only your loss. The Mantle is a somberly epic affair that knows exactly what it is doing even if you don't. The album almost seems to repeat itself in a pattern (long song, then an instrumental), but then the second half of Hawthorne Passage and Great Cold Death of the Earth come up and produces one of the most satisfying climaxes ever. This is an album I can come back to again and again for more and truly deserves the Classic rating.
Agalloch Pale Folklore
A Black/Folk/Doom/whatever you would like to call it album that dances with perfection. Though simplicity is a main factor throughout, this is not an easy listen by any means, yet that is part of its charm. Agalloch NEVER conform to what you want to hear, but instead ask you to listen to what they wish to convey and what they convey here is a perfect winter scene with epic climaxes and awe inspiring atmosphere. A true achievement in what metal is and tries to be.
Boston Boston
Boston achieve something unthinkable. Every song stands on its own as the perfect radio hit that all can enjoy and as a cohesive whole it supplies one of the catchiest albums of all time. I almost feel bad for them trying to even attempt to beat their own debut.
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Cymbals Eat Guitars Pretty Years
D'Angelo Black Messiah
Death Grips The Money Store
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Empty Country Empty Country II
Fred Again.. Actual Life (April 14 – December 17, 2020)
Haken Virus
Damn that 1 is cringe lol why would you rate something just to counter what other people are doing. Yikes, my dude
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West Yeezus
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
A defining moment for a band that defined a decade. Quite honestly, IV pales in comparison to this because of classics like, "Ten Years Gone" and perhaps the band's best song, "Kashmir." Led Zeppelin flawlessly combine the likes of blues, folk, rock, and more. It's amazing, it's consistent, it is definitely a classic.
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
meth. Shame
Pusha T DAYTONA
The Wonder Years Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
The Wonder Years No Closer to Heaven
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Trophy Scars Astral Pariah
If Holy Vacants was the band firing on all cylinders to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the wall, Astral Pariah is content to sit back in a leather chair with a cigar to regale you in a tall tale. This is maybe their most intimate, focused album of their career that goes by entirely too quickly. The performances are nuts and will soon have you finding yourself white knuckling to hear the next twist in this revenge saga. Sister might be their most sinister song ever, but I don't want to delve too deep in specifics. This likely won't have as wide of an appeal as Holy Vacants, but it rules. Trophy Scars continues to be one of the underground's most underappreciated acts and I sincerely hope we don't have to wait another seven years to hear whatever concoction they dream up next.
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler

4.5 superb
Alice Longyu Gao Let's Hope Heteros Fail, Learn, and Retire
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Angel Olsen Big Time
Ariana Grande Thank U, Next
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Gold and Grey
Black Country, New Road Live at Bush Hall
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Bring Me the Horizon Amo
Carly Rae Jepsen The Loneliest Time
Emotion 2: This Time With Feeling
Carly continues her insane streak with another album that will reward her pop aficionados with
another heaping helping of ear worms from a true student of the game.
Chat Pile God's Country
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is Beauty
Chelsea Wolfe Abyss
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Chelsea Wolfe She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Cynic Traced in Air
Death Grips Exmilitary
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Empty Country Empty Country
Explosions in the Sky The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Frost Children Hearth Room
Jockstrap I Love You Jennifer B
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
Kanye West Donda
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
I have no idea what everyone is talking about. This thing rules
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Omnium Gatherum
Kronos Colossal Titan Strife
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Led Zeppelin The Complete Studio Recordings
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust
Mirrorthrone Gangrene
Moon Tooth Phototroph
Ne Obliviscaris Exul
sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Origami Angel Gami Gang
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Palimpsest
Pusha T It's Almost Dry
Really From Really From
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)
Slayyyter Starfucker
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Wednesday Rat Saw God
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters

4.0 excellent
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind and Pillor
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch The White
Alcest Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arctic Monkeys The Car
Ariana Grande Sweetener
Ariana Grande positions
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Yellow and Green
Baroness Stone
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
By The End Of Tonight/Tera Melos Complex Full of Phantoms
Carly Rae Jepsen The Loveliest Time
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
If Ascension was a summation of where they've been, Descension is the next step in Coheed's storied (ha.ha.) career. And what a weird step it is. There's trumpets, mandolins, ukuleles, and plenty of whoa-oh's spread across the album's nine tracks, resulting in a sound that is, overall, far more positive and poppy than anyone could have expected. The tracks that do get dark, Gravity's and Sentry the Defiant, also happen to be instant Coheed classics. Descension isn't going to change anyone's mind about Coheed, but it does end the Afterman saga on an incredibly high note.
Coheed and Cambria Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Coheed and Cambria Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind
Daft Punk Discovery
Danny Brown Quaranta
Dark Tranquillity Character
Death Grips Government Plates
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death
Death Grips Bottomless Pit
Death Grips Year of the Snitch
Decapitated The Negation
Deicide The Stench of Redemption
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Dream Quest Centralia
It might be a little pretentious for a band that has two albums out to say that they have coined their own genre, but Dream Quest defy these expectations. This concept album (with 120 different stories!) is an incredibly fun listen with catchy vocals, poppy solos, and just the overall unique sound of the band. If you even remotely like power metal at all, you owe it to yourselves to check these guys out.
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fievel Is Glauque Flaming Swords
Glass Beach plastic death
Gordian Knot Emergent
Gorod Leading Vision
Haken Fauna
Have a Nice Life Voids
In Flames Clayman
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Jeff Rosenstock I Look Like Shit
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kalmah Swamplord
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye West ye
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Loathe I Let It In And It Took Everything
Mastodon The Hunter
I'm not sure what exactly a StarGasm is, but I'm pretty sure I just had one.
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah obZen
Mikal Cronin Seeker
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Opeth Damnation
Pelican March Into the Sea
Portugal. The Man Evil Friends
Prince Daddy and The Hyena Prince Daddy And The Hyena
How has nobody reviewed this? It rules. Such a breezy listen that will be a staple for me this summer
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Volition
Quo Vadis Defiant Imagination
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...
Sharon Van Etten We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
Sigur Ros Hvarf/Heim
Spawn of Possession Noctambulant
Swallow the Sun Ghosts of Loss
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Sound of Animals Fighting Apeshit
The Wonder Years The Upsides
The Wonder Years The Hum Goes on Forever
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Ulver Kveldssanger
Vundabar Devil for the Fire
Warbringer War Without End
Weezer Van Weezer
X Japan Art of Life

3.5 great
A Day To Remember Common Courtesy
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns
Amon Amarth The Great Heathen Army
Ariana Grande Yours Truly
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Behold... The Arctopus Arctopocalypse Now
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
blink-182 Enema Of The State
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Dark Tranquillity Haven
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Deafheaven Infinite Granite
Defeater Defeater
lol is this tracklist/album art real? If so, looks like we're getting the debtor's perspective. I honestly think all their albums are at least good, but the narrative confines have definitely put a damper on this band's potential imo.
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Explosions in the Sky End
Gordian Knot Gordian Knot
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Have a Nice Life Time of Land
Time of Land, contrary to popular belief, was not made with a specific purpose in mind. These are not B-Sides of any kind, but rather four songs that work together stylistically. Of the four songs on here, two are ambient pieces with minimal to no vocals. "Wizard of the Black Hundreds" is one such piece and definitely sheds more light on their black metal influence that has only been hinted at in the past. The clear standouts, however, are the two tracks that feature extensive vocals. "The Icon and The Axe" is a rather poppy song that has an infectiously catchy vocal line and, gasp!, a gang shout? Yes, a gang vocal shout. The other clear standout is "Woe Unto Us", which would not sound unwelcome on a Joy Division album. All in all, this is a solid release that will ultimately help tide fans over until the next full-length is released (hopefully) this year, but Time of Land can stand on its own in Have a Nice Life's discography as another interesting release.
In Flames Colony
In Flames Whoracle
Indigo De Souza All of This Will End
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
Lil Yachty Let's Start Here.
I never thought I would say this but, the Yachtyssaince is upon us
Little Simz Drop 7
Liturgy Aesthethica
Meshuggah I
Necrophagist Epitaph
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands II
St. Vincent Daddy's Home
While at times out of its depth, Daddy's Home is a bold entry into St. Vincent's discography choosing to accentuate grooves with warm, psychedelic atmospherics than guitar heroism and futuristic electronics on past entries. There will be time for her to push her own sound further in the future, but it's nice to see her take a step back and let her songs breathe and run their own course.
Surfer Blood Pythons
Swallow the Sun Hope
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Absence From Your Grave
The Dear Hunter Antimai
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Pillows My Foot
Torres What an Enormous Room
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain

3.0 good
Agalloch The Grey
Agalloch From Which of This Oak
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
Agalloch and Nest Split
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Ariana Grande My Everything
Arsis United in Regret
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Children of Bodom Tokyo Warhearts
Dream Theater Octavarium
Goth Babe Lola
Green Day Saviors
Grouplove Spreading Rumours
Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits
Joe Satriani Strange Beautiful Music
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
Meltdown Executioner
Opeth Deliverance
Pelican Pelican
Tera Melos Idioms, Vol. 1
Testament Souls of Black
The Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonder
The Faceless Akeldama

2.5 average
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills.
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Baroness Purple
Beyonce Renaissance
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Coheed and Cambria The Color Before The Sun
Deicide Till Death Do Us Part
Four Year Strong In Some Way, Shape, or Form.
In Flames Come Clarity
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Jeff Rosenstock HELLMODE
Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign Vultures 1
Metallica Death Magnetic
Novembers Doom To Welcome the Fade
Opeth Blackwater Park
Blackwater Park is perhaps the most overrated album I have ever seen. Even though the band can write good songs, they have this innate ability where they must say to each other, "Hey guys! This part is great, so let's repeat it over and over again!" Seriously, it gets old. Songs that are long for the sake of being long miss the point completely and I cannot help but feel that that is what the majority of this album is. Crucify me if you wish, but first take a deep breath and make sure it is not fanboyism kicking in.
Skrillex Don’t Get Too Close
Sunn O))) and Boris Altar
Taylor Swift Midnights
For the first time in Taylor's career, she truly sounds stuck. Midnights is a cross between the everything-and-the-kitchen sink approaches of both Reputation and Lover, with little of their charm. The melodies aren't as sticky and the lyrics aren't nearly as convincing as we are used to coming from Ms. Swift. While its not without its charms -Sweet Nothing is an incredibly cozy track- Midnights is the first outright misfire in her otherwise legendary career.
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
The National Laugh Track
The Wonder Years Sister Cities
Weezer The Red Album
Wolfmother Wolfmother

2.0 poor
Arcade Fire WE
Drake and 21 Savage Her Loss
HORSE the band The Mechanical Hand
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
J. Cole The Off-Season
J Cole is the Fight Club of music. Or alternately Music to call women "females" to
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
Kanye West Jesus Is King
Kylesa Ultraviolet
Lorde Solar Power
Metallica Load
Pelican City of Echoes
What's the next logical step that you take after you create an incredibly well received epic instrumental album? Well if you're Pelican then you make a completely useless, pointless, more accessible piece of garbage that contains absolutely nothing that made your band respectable. There are moments where it is decent, but is quickly faded out by just plain bad, bland, and generic songwriting.
Biggest Disappointment of 2007
The National First Two Pages of Frankenstein
The Wonder Years Get Stoked on It!
Titus Andronicus An Obelisk

1.5 very poor
Art of Anarchy Art of Anarchy
Art of Anarchy Let There Be Anarchy
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Ugh...Children of Bodom...What happened? I mean, I was never a huge fan of their previous work, but this is terrible. They used to show promise and then Are You Dead Yet? came out with, SURPRISE!, mediocre reception. But I mean hey, as long as the Hot Topic kiddies are buying their stuff, why get rid of success? The spawn of their newfound popularity is a bad one indeed with excruciatingly painful repetition and progression that makes pretty much the entire album one monotonous chore to listen to. I know that there is no point in writing a bad review about these guys because they will and have already sold thousands of copies already, but I mean c'mon! This is an embarrassment to Power Metal and metal in general.
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
After two successful albums, Inhuman Rampage tears down any shred of hope Dragonforce had of becoming great. It sounds as if they made one good song and just split it up into eight different parts which makes this a very tiring and trying listen, even to the hardcore.
Note:You are not a Dragonforce fan if you call Through the Fire and Flames their best song, you are a Guitar Hero player if you do.
Drake Certified Lover Boy
Ed Sheeran No. 6 Collaborations Project
Metallica Reload
Sonic Syndicate Only Inhuman
Sonic Syndicate convey the current state of melodic-death metal perfectly, in that the genre deserves to die. The up and coming band don't give a single reason as to why they should exist in such an over saturated genre.
Weezer Make Believe

1.0 awful
A Day To Remember You're Welcome
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold produce a pile of filth that conveys a very misunderstood vision of metal to the MTV masses. Whiny vocals, horrible lyrics, done-to-death riffs, and just mediocrity in general make this a tiring, boring, and pointless listen. Overall, these guys just don't even seem to be trying anymore and I couldn't care less. I hope this release puts Zacky Vengeance, M. Shadows, and the rest of the lot in the poor house. Someone needs to inform these guys that they don't have to jump this high to get over the proverbial shark.
Drake Honestly, Nevermind
Drake For All The Dogs
Hellyeah Hellyeah
Imagine Dragons Mercury - Acts 1 & 2
Jeremy Renner Love and Titanium
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Metallica St. Anger
Tom MacDonald Deathreats
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