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5.0 classic
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
After almost two years, this finally hit me. Utterly beautiful album.
Converge Jane Doe
Norma Jean All Hail
Haven't been absolutely floored by an album like this in years. It's exactly what I wanted to hear
from them; a continuation of the sound they mastered on Polar Similar that turns into a full-on
evolution of that sound as the album goes. The last four tracks are some of the weirdest,
catchiest, most beautiful-yet-haunting material they've ever written. There's not a single
mediocre song here. Listened through twice and knew there was no way it was going to be less than
a 5.
Pedro the Lion Control
Radiohead Kid A
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Vheissu

4.5 superb
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Converge You Fail Me
Converge You Fail Me Redux
Counterparts Tragedy Will Find Us
Counterparts You're Not You Anymore
Defeater Travels
The lyrical expertise of Travels somewhat eclipses it's musical quality, which not a gripe by any means because this is some of the best lyrical story telling one could ever encounter. An astoundingly emotional album that cuts down to its foundation of sorrow, pain, bitterness and anger within the defining first word: "Unwanted."
Defeater Lost Ground
Disperse Foreword
END (USA-NJ) From the Unforgiving Arms of God
END (USA-NJ) Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face
Tentative 4.5 but this could totally grow to a 5. Not a bad track here, just solid fucking songwriting and absolutely mind-blowing production. As someone else said, it's like Nails, just minus the meathead lyrics. They also really cranked up the black metal influences (blast beats EVERYWHERE) and there are parts here that get kind of mathy in in the best way. God, I'm so happy this album is finally here.
Hopesfall Arbiter
ISIS Panopticon
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Norma Jean Polar Similar
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
This is shockingly excellent, especially after TKOL, which had its moments but never felt like it had much life in it. Almost every song takes a turn at some point and evolves, which makes for a wonderfully dynamic Radiohead album - the likes of which we haven't heard since 2007. This is pure Radiohead, in the best way.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Underoath Define the Great Line

4.0 excellent
A. Armada Anam Cara
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
August Burns Red Constellations
Azusa Heavy Yoke
Riffs for days, and flawless vocals to boot.
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Boygenius Boygenius
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Counterparts The Difference Between Hell and Home
Counterparts The Current Will Carry Us
Counterparts Private Room
Counterparts Nothing Left to Love
As solid as anyone would expect. Tracks 2-9 are all excellent and live up to the level of quality that Counterparts has set for themselves. Sadly the opener does basically nothing for me because I don't really come to Counterparts for tracks that are literally just 00--0000--0-0-00 chugs. It seriously sounds like the opening to every metalcore album ever made. The closer is certainly a decent song but it leaves something to be desired, especially since their previous three records have had such colossal, satisfying finales. It's still a thoroughly listenable record, though, and it maintains Counterparts' high caliber song writing.
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Darkest Hour Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Somewhat disappointing. I can't help but feel like this story line has had one too many miles put on it. Not nearly as memorable or volatile as Travels. Still, it's an incredibly enjoyable album that's worth the journey.
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fit for an Autopsy The Great Collapse
From A Second Story Window Delenda
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Greyhaven Empty Black
Hopesfall Magnetic North
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun
ISIS Wavering Radiant
Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights
letlive. Fake History
Misery Signals Absent Light
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Nails You Will Never Be One of Us
Night Verses From the Gallery of Sleep
Oceana Clean Head
P.O.S Never Better
Pedro the Lion It's Hard To Find A Friend
Pedro the Lion Winners Never Quit
Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Polyenso One Big Particular Loop
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Scale the Summit The Migration
Seizures Reverie of the Revolving Diamond
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas
The Chariot Long Live
Dang. Just bought this with my friend and we drove around aimlessly and let it play through twice. Freaking incredible. Heavier, more technical, more unpredictable, more memorable, more epic... Can't wait to listen more.
The Chariot One Wing
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Victor Ship In Somnis Veritas
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Ulcerate Stare Into Death and Be Still
WRVTH No Rising Sun

3.5 great
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
Andy McKee Art of Motion
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places
August Burns Red Phantom Anthem
Azusa Loop of Yesterdays
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me Colors II
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brand New Deja Entendu
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Counterparts Prophets
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin
Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Dead Poetic New Medicines
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Fit for an Autopsy The Sea of Tragic Beasts
Fleshkiller Awaken
The main thing holding this back is the vocals. The cleans are cringe af and the screams are
varied enough but completely basic and don't have any real character to them. That said, this
album is held up almost exclusively by the riffs. Oh god the riffs.
Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
Future of Forestry Twilight
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Incubus (USA-CA) A Crow Left of the Murder...
Incubus (USA-CA) Morning View
Incubus (USA-CA) Make Yourself
Incubus (USA-CA) S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Incubus (USA-CA) Alive at Red Rocks
Insomnium Heart Like a Grave
Insomnium Winter's Gate
Insomnium Across the Dark
Insomnium One for Sorrow
James Blake James Blake
Jon Foreman Spring and Summer
Jon Foreman Fall and Winter
Knocked Loose A Tear in the Fabric of Life
Lucy Dacus Home Video
Lucy Dacus Historian
Matter Teraphim
Memphis May Fire Sleepwalking
Misery Signals Controller
Muse Absolution
Muse HAARP
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Norma Jean Redeemer
Opeth Blackwater Park
Papertowns With You in Mind
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Scale the Summit The Collective
An impressive, epic album. I'm not into this kind of stuff much anymore so listening to this is sort of like watching Avatar for me; enjoyable and technically admirable yet totally inconsequential at the same time. Love these guys live and in person so I do my best to support their stuff.
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sleeping Giant Dread Champions of the Last Days
Straight Reads The Line The Author
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is...
The Chariot Wars and Rumors of Wars
The Faceless Akeldama
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Hush Sound Like Vines
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Thrice Red Sky
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Thrice Major/Minor
Without Dustin's lyrics this would definitely be a 3.5 for me. His writing on this album is jaw-droppingly good. Understanding the meanings and context behind each song makes everything so powerful. Blur is ten times better when you realize it's all about the bands' reactions to all of the crazy stuff going on in their lives during the making of the album (Riley and Eddy's Dad dying, Teppei's mom dying, Dustin's dad getting diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band's stuff getting stolen TWICE...). Such an amazingly angry/frustrated/painful/sad song, which is then followed up by the triumphantly uplifting tracks like Words In the Water, Anthology and Disarmed, giving the album a sense of finality and victory over adversity that is so tangible.
Thrice To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
What seemed to be shaping up as a much edgier album actually flaunts its best during the moments rof positivity and warmth. "The Long Defeat" serves as an affecting and much needed anthem of hope rwhile the gorgeous "Stay With Me" nearly brought me to tears with a beautifully simple story of lovers rin wartime. There's still a lot of skepticism and scathing rebukes of corrupt leadership, islamophobia, retc... but the best of TBEITBN is found in its brightest moments. Except for Hurricane... which is one rof the best damn songs Thrice has ever written.
Touche Amore Is Survived By
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety Special Edit
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Underoath Ø (Disambiguation)
Xenobiotic Mordrake

3.0 good
A Day To Remember For Those Who Have Heart
A Thousand Times Repent Virtue Has Few Friends
Abigail Williams In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Between the Buried and Me Automata I
Brand New Science Fiction
Catherine Rumor Has It
Catherine The Naturals
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Conducting from the Grave When Legends Become Dust
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Dashboard Confessional The Swiss Army Romance
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Dispatch Bang Bang
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
Dustin Kensrue The Water and the Blood
Emery The Weak's End
Emery The Question
Emery The Question Re-Release
FEVER 333 Made An America
Finch What It Is to Burn
Forever In Terror Forever in Terror
Four Year Strong Rise Or Die Trying
Four Year Strong Four Year Strong
From A Second Story Window Conversations
Further Seems Forever The Moon Is Down
Incubus (USA-CA) Light Grenades
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Julien Baker Little Oblivions
Justin King Le Bleu
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah Swampsong
Kalmah Swamplord
Knocked Loose A Different Shade of Blue
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II
Memphis May Fire Memphis May Fire
Mors Principium Est The Unborn
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Mutemath Mutemath
My Bitter End The Renovation
Necrophagist Epitaph
Nickel Creek Reasons Why: The Very Best
Nightrage A New Disease Is Born
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Periphery Periphery
A pretty big "checks out how low our gutarz sound" fest, though definitely enjoyable thanks to the razor sharp production and cool melodic sections. I would love to see these guys experiment with more ideas than just Meshuggah-esque chugging and crazy vocal/key change acrobatics. If they develop their softer side more they could really go places.
Poison the Well The Opposite of December
Protest the Hero Fortress
Radiohead The Bends
Relient K Apathetic
Relient K Mmhmm
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Scale the Summit Monument
Sigur Ros ( )
Silent Planet The Night God Slept
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
Spiritbox Eternal Blue
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Hush Sound So Sudden
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The Starting Line Say It Like You Mean It
Thrice Horizons/East
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
War from a Harlots Mouth Transmetropolitan
Winds of Plague Decimate the Weak
Wintersun Wintersun

2.5 average
A Plea for Purging The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
All Shall Perish Awaken the Dreamers
Anberlin New Surrender
Animosity Animal
Architects Hollow Crown
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Bayside The Walking Wounded
Blessthefall Witness
Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season
Burden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever After
Carnifex Dead in My Arms
I have the strangest respect for how terrible this album is. There isn't a morsel of originality in the whole of this album. It's pretentious, ridiculous, mindless breakdownage... and I love it. Great music for when you want something heavy but you don't want to think, because it's all legitimately, crushingly heavy. Gave it a 2.5 because I couldn't decide on a rating, so I went neutral lol
Converge No Heroes
Dashboard Confessional So Impossible
Dead Poetic Four Wall Blackmail
Disarmonia Mundi Mind Tricks
Dr. Acula Below Me
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Drop Dead, Gorgeous In Vogue
Emarosa This is Your Way Out
Emmure The Respect Issue
Every Bridge Burned Aun Aprendo
Here Comes the Kraken Here Comes the Kraken
Linkin Park Meteora
Mercenary The Hours That Remain
Paramore Riot!
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek
Skillet Collide
Stick To Your Guns For What It's Worth
Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
Texas in July I Am
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Eyes Of A Traitor By Sunset
The Eyes Of A Traitor A Clear Perception
Thrice Palms
Underoath Cries of the Past
Underoath The Changing of Times
Underoath Erase Me

2.0 poor
A Day To Remember Homesick
Anterior This Age of Silence
At The Throne of Judgment The Arcanum Order
Bring Me The Horizon Count Your Blessings
For Today Portraits
Fuel Something Like Human
Fuel Natural Selection
Here I Come Falling Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory
John Mayer Continuum
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster III
MxPx The Renaissance EP
MxPx Let It Happen
Sleeping Giant Sons of Thunder
Underoath Act of Depression

1.5 very poor
A Hero a Fake Volatile
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
About as pretentious and boring as they come. They can play their instruments, but I can't listen to it for more than a minute. Technicality for technicality's sake, and the vocals suuuuuuck.
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Born of Osiris The New Reign
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Impending Doom The Serpent Servant
Iwrestledabearonce Iwrestledabearonce
Miss May I Apologies Are for the Weak

1.0 awful
The Acacia Strain Continent
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