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5.0 classic
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
I feel like people are comparing this to For Emma too much. Justin Vernon isn't the same plaid-wearing recluse he was then and he wrote this album to show it. He's pulled himself together and in the process has written an album just as good as his debut, just in different aspects.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
After much listening I've come to the conclusion that Brand New is one of the best bands I have ever listened to. Every time I listen to something new by them, I am impressed. And the more I listen to what I have already hear by them, the more I like it and the more impressed I am. And out of all of their music, this album does that to me the most. This is truly a masterpiece.
Brand New Science Fiction
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Meteora
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Ray LaMontagne Ouroboros
I contemplated this for a long time before deciding to rate it a 5, but I believe that it's entirely deserving of it. Ray delves into musical territory far deeper than anything he's done thus far. The album is consistent and I enjoy how the two parts contrast each other while still working together to create a cohesive whole. I will say that this is not an album that you just turn on, however, but one that you allow yourself to become immersed in. Also, I saw him perform the entire record live on his Ouroboros tour and it was possibly the closest thing to a religious experience that I've ever had.
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Lost In The Sound Of Separation is a painting. As the album progresses, you have a mental
picture of exactly what is happening. The lyrics portray a man who is completely lost,
everything he believes is a lie. His inner conscience and the world are eating him up.
The lyrics portray a man who is completely lost, but finds hope in something spiritual.
On "Desolate Earth :: The End Is Here", his pains and trials finally are over as he
screams "You said there was nothing left down here. Well I roamed around the wasteland.
And I swear I found something. I found hope, I found God. I found the dreams of the
believers. Oh, God! Save us all!". As the album goes on, the album becomes softer and
more ambient, portraying the picture of this man's life becoming easier. The guitars,
drums, keyboard, and bass fill the atmosphere, bringing color to the sketch the lyrics
brought. They don't settle for completely generic riffs and song structures, but instead
make something unique. And finally, the vocals bring so much emotion, they shade in and
give depth to the painting. The masterpiece which is Lost In The Of Separation.

At least that's what happens when I listen to it...

4.5 superb
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Daisy
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
This is a real grower. I hated it at first, went to thinking it was meh, went to ok, then
good. I think it's a little over-rated, but these guys definitely are good musicians.
Aaron's voice annoys me, but it's very interesting all the same. I'm sure it'll grow on
me more since I listen to a track every day just b/c of the originality.
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Radiohead OK Computer
Steve Vai Alien Love Secrets
The Beatles Rubber Soul
Underoath Define the Great Line
So nobody expected this: an album by a slightly above average post-hardcore band that automatically sent them to the top of their genre. On TOCS , Aaron wrote about 90% of the lyrics and sang about about 50% of the vocals, I guess they decided Spencer needed more recognition since he was the lead vocalist; so they let him write about 80% of the lyrics and do about 75% of the vocals. That is probably the single most important thing Underoath has ever done. With Spencer playing a bigger role, the band was sure to change directions and they did. Spencer has gone through far many problems than Aaron has (abuse, substance abuse, etc.) and that clearly show in the music. So I'm guessing that with the more mature lyrics and vocals, the instrumentation needed change too. And that one little change made Underoath one of the most recognizable & respected names in harder music. Define The Great Line is an emotional, complex, melodic, yet brutal masterpiece.
Underoath Disambiguation

4.0 excellent
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red have made an album where every song doesn't sound the same. Unbelievable? Believe it.
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
From Indian Lakes Able Bodies
From Indian Lakes Absent Sounds
From Indian Lakes Everything Feels Better Now
Jack's Mannequin People and Things
John Mayer The Search for Everything
Fresh, honest, and excellently written. JM is back with an album that is unapologetically him at his best. My only reservation is that "Roll It On Home" disrupts the overall feel of the album and may have better served as a B-side.
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Logic Everybody
This is probably Logic's most cohesive and enjoyable project to date. Too many people on here feel the need to compare everything to Kendrick without appreciating individual artistry, especially with Logic. This isn't TPaB and never will be and that is not a bad thing. There are also too many people who are way too quick to throw out 1's on here for no apparent reason.rOverall, this whole album is strong and the message it has generally hits the mark. However, the whole "I'm black but I'm white but I'm black" theme can grow tiring and I wish Logic would stray from it a little more. Some of the skits also fall a little short, but they're nothing worse than what is present on any of his earlier efforts. The only track I have any reservations about would have to be 1-800. Can't decide if it's enjoyable or insipid attempt to cater to a crowd outside of Logic's norm.
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Metallica Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic is the first Metallica album I ever listened to in full. Ya, I heard tracks like "One","Enter Sandman", "Fuel", & "Master of Puppets" from around, but this is the first album I listened to by the biggest metal name in the world. And since then I have gone back & listen to the critically acclaimed & fan-loved Master of Puppets & honestly, I can say with every bit of sanity in me that this is better. The riffs aren't repetitive & while the riffs overall have the same basic sound, each track has something added to it to make stand out. Drumming's good of course & their new bassist does a good job. I think James' vocals are actually very good here. Unlike on MoP, they are not harsh & annoying. There's even a small southern sound to his voice on the softer parts that sounds great. The lyrics & production could be better, but they're still a big step up from the old stuff. I'm not really in the mood to right an in-depth review, so I will end by saying Unforgiven III is probably the best on here.
P.O.S Never Better
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Great, amazing even, album. The songs don't necessarily flow together though & that's the big flaw.
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Taking Back Sunday Tidal Wave
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
I'm probably overrating it a bit, but honestly this is a huge improvement since Plagues. Sure, it's not original or anything new, but it's a great album. Vocals, especially clean vocals, are great as always and the album has a more synth-ish feel, which is a good thing.
The Maine Lovely Little Lonely
Since Forever Halloween, the Maine have been nothing if not consistently good. While this is not my favorite album of theirs, personally, it's great to see them continue to grow while simultaneously catering the desires of their fans and themselves.
Trivium Shogun
Underoath Survive Kaleidoscope
War of Ages Arise and Conquer

3.5 great
A Day to Remember For Those Who Have Heart [Re-Issue]
Alexisonfire Crisis
All That Remains Overcome
I thought it was pretty good, my thoughts changed after listening to it again though &
it's not as good as I thought. Some good vocals, guitar work, & drumming help make up a
bit for flaws, though.
August Burns Red Messengers
Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold Diamonds in the Rough
Blessthefall His Last Walk
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
Chiodos Bone Palace Ballet
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Harry Styles Harry Styles
Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets meets Bowie meets Vance Joy/*insert other mainstream folk
artist*

Really digging this, but still yet to be determined if this serious artistry or a media ploy.

3.7/5
Haste the Day Dreamer
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
He Is Legend 91025
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
Impending Doom The Serpent Servant
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory EP
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Metallica Master of Puppets
Easily the most over-rated album, probably ever. It's not bad at all, but far too
over-rated. There's alot of talent here. Alot of great riffs & solos. But, the riffs get
slightly repetitive & James' vocals are annoying. Lars does a good job with his drumming,
but being born into a generation where it's nothing I haven't heard I guess I can't
understand it's amazing mark on music history. Still, songs like Welcome Home
(Sanitarium) & most of Master of Puppets are quality tracks. Battery has probably the
greatest intro I have ever heard, but the rough transition to heavy metal & James' vocals
ruin the potential it had. Still, though, I wasn't born in Metallica's generation & all
the rip-offs I've heard have made this album a little boring. There's some great stuff
though, so I recommend it to anybody who likes good ol' heavy metal.
Misery Signals Controller
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor
Parkway Drive Horizons
Solid album that suffers unoriginality & repetitiveness. Far too reminiscent of Killswitch Engage & it's sad when the most powerful part of the album is the breakdown on 'Boneyards'.
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Saosin Saosin
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
The Beatles Let It Be
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Lonely Island Incredibad
Trivium Ascendancy
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Good post-hardcore album with sometimes annoying screaming. Not original, but definite
signs of what came with DTGL & LITSOS.
Underoath The Changing of Times
Underoath Cries of the Past
Underoath 777 (DVD)
War of Ages Pride of the Wicked
War of Ages Fire From the Tomb
Winds of Plague Decimate the Weak

3.0 good
A Day to Remember And Their Name Was Treason
A Day to Remember For Those Who Have Heart
A Day to Remember Homesick
Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Alesana Where Myth Fades to Legend
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Brian Head Welch Save Me From Myself
It's a great album, but most of the lyrics are easily the worst I've seen.
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
Hopes Die Last Your Face Down Now
Impending Doom Nailed. Dead. Risen
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Paramore Riot!
The Almost Southern Weather
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
Underoath Act of Depression

2.5 average
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
Iwrestledabearonce Iwrestledabearonce
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
This is a mix between awful and great, so it meets in the middle. There's alot of good ideas, they just aren't executed good. The Little Things Give You Away is what I would call Linkin Park's idea of "progressive" and honestly I think they did quite a good job on it.
Linkin Park One More Light

2.0 poor
Emmure The Respect Issue
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours

1.5 very poor
Aly and AJ Into The Rush (Deluxe Edition)
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Atreyu The Curse
brokeNCYDE The Broken
Flo Rida Mail on Sunday

1.0 awful
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