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5.0 classic
Birds Of Tokyo Universes
Bossk .2
Post-metal perfection. Each song is a journey. One is a more straight-forward journey (Define) that beautifully sets you up for the penultimate mountain summit. And the climb up to the top (Truth) is such a slow and satisfying build to one of the finest musical climaxes post-metal has ever produced.
Chevelle This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Vena Sera
Converge Jane Doe
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
In all likelihood, the funnest rock album ever created.
Isis Panopticon
Isis Wavering Radiant
The kind of album that makes you shiver the first time you hear it...and then you realize you've found something brilliant. It's a shame they cut the cord after this, I would've loved to see what else they had in them. But maybe we should be thanking ISIS for stopping before they became tired and stale? All I know is listening to this is the most bittersweet farewell a listener could ask for. Recommended Songs: Hall of the Dead, Ghost Key, Hand of the Host, 20 Minutes/40 Years (the climax at 5:36 almost brought me to tears - only a couple songs can boast that)
Leprous Bilateral
Albums like this don't come along very often. I've personally never heard an album where a band tries this many different ideas and executes them so flawlessly. Leprous combine the wacky vocals and theatricality of a band like Queen with a stylish and sometimes aggressive brand of in-your-face progressive rock. There are even metal influences at work here reminiscent of Opeth and sometimes even Meshuggah (listen to the intro of "Forced Entry"). When Solberg hits those high notes on songs like "Forced Entry" and "Mb. Indifferentia" he is a force to be reckoned with. Once you get used to their weirdness, this band shows itself to be one seriously hot contender in the progressive rock scene. Recommended Songs: Forced Entry, Mb. Indifferentia, Waste of Air, Cryptogenic Desires
Linkin Park Meteora
O'Brother Garden Window
Exactly what I look for in a 5. An album that, while it may feel awkward and uncomfortable at first, unravels itself to you over time as you get to know it. There's the punchier numbers like "Lo" and "Sputnik" that grab you right away. Then there's the serene and beautiful ballads like "Easy Talk" and "Bear" that come in at the precise time they should. And finally the long brooding epics like "Poison!" and "Cleanse Me" that take time to truly understand and mesh multiple genres into an absolute beast of a song in a genre that O'Brother can really call their own. Whatever genre it is, O'Brother sit at the top of it, no questions.
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
So comforting when a 10 min track to start the album passes by with no hiccups at all and the rest goes down smooth. This is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard and listeners will probably ever hear. The one thing I enjoy more than anything in an album is variety. Nothing is more boring than hearing a single and finding out the entire album sounds the same. Here you get progressive rock, metal, poppier rock, piano ballads, fucking tons of shit! Well done you tall spiky-ass plant. Recommended Songs: Shallow, Halo, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, Mellotron Scratch, Open Car
Red Innocence and Instinct
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
The Mire Volume: II
Yanni Live at the Acropolis
Who can really describe what kind of music Yanni writes? His sound stretches from brass instruments to strings to guitars. It's a goddamn buffet of music genres in one symphony of carefully picked musicians who are adept in their area of music. This is the best live album I've heard, the mood and atmosphere Yanni creates is unparalleled. He is a master craftsman, especially with the piano, the piano ballads are untouchable. Recommended Songs: The Rain Must Fall, One Man's Dream, Nostalgia (unbelievable song - the piano intro is gut wrenching)

4.5 superb
Even a cold-hearted, self-centered millennial piece of shit like me who listens to very little these days besides brooding metal and misogynistic rap can find something to like here. Maybe you had to grow up with it, but as far as I'm concerned you'd have to be the true embodiment of pure evil and an asshole not to enjoy this.
Agalloch The Mantle
Not being a real fan of black metal, I used to look upon this album as an unreachable hurdle that I just assumed I would never understand the love for. Now here I am, like all the other Agalloch fanboys/masturbators slapping a 4.5 on this beast of an album. Some powerful shit, and even those who cringe at black metal vocals like myself can find something to like here as those are kept to a tolerable level.
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Anberlin Cities
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Vital
Anberlin Devotion
Arcane Roots Heaven and Earth
Bossk Audio Noir
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle The North Corridor
Chevelle La Gárgola
Clutch Blast Tyrant
Clutch Earth Rocker
Cog The New Normal
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Crib45 Marching Through the Borderlines
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Cult of Luna Vertikal
This album shouldn't be as special to me as it is. But with Isis gone, and Neurosis delivering a simply "okay" album last year, I guess it's just nice to know someone out of these top tier post-metal bands can still be counted on. I knew this album would take patience (as do most of their albums). So I wasn't surprised to see that one day at work after several listens, I could put this album on and practically every song has that enormous presence and elegant flow I come to expect from Cult of Luna. It's stellar and so very worth the patience. Recommended Songs: I: The Weapon (the clusterfuck song on "Vertikal"), Synchronicity (go listen to this song a few times and tell me if that drumline and rhythm isn't stuck in your head for days after), In Awe Of (best riffs on the album, instant classic)
Cyanotic The Medication Generation
Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire
Deftones Around the Fur
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True
Filter The Trouble With Angels
This is that rare rock album that seems mediocre and formulaic at first but after a few listens it steals your heart. Richard Patrick's voice suits the crunchy guitars perfectly and his scream is surprisingly effective on most tracks. The balance of anger and sincerity is also astounding, you can get a pulse-pounding track like "No Love" but also find yourself singing out loud to the very touching closer "Fades Like a Photograph". It goes to show you that you don't always need 50 different sounds and complicated genres at work, sometimes keeping things simple and doing what you do well is all you need to create a masterpiece. Recommended Songs: The Inevitable Relapse, No Love, No Re-Entry, Down With Me, The Trouble With Angels
Filter Title Of Record
Frank Ocean Blonde
Gorillaz Demon Days
Irreversible Sins
Seriously, one of the best post-metal albums to come out during its "heyday" in the mid-2000's. It showcases in various forms all the different sides of post-metal in one big wonderful mish-mash (heavy, atmospheric, acoustic, progressive, harsh/soft vocals), making it one of the most multi-faceted releases to ever come out of the genre. Must-listen and a great starting point for this type of music.
Isis Oceanic
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Isis Mosquito Control
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I don't think a single person who's heard of Kanye West (love him or hate him) can say that his heart wasn't 120% in this album. It's difficult for me to rate rap because the music to me is usually a short-lived fad. Kanye West has made something here that will be held as a benchmark for any future modern rap albums. It brings us back to the time when these artists were still emerging and dishing out those legendary historic albums we still hold in high-esteem. It's a celebration featuring countless artists and music styles here to support Kanye through his transition back into sanity. Recommended Songs: Gorgeous, POWER, So Appalled, Hell Of A Life
Karnivool Sound Awake
Karnivool Asymmetry
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Koji Kondo The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess OST
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo and Youth
Meshuggah Koloss
Metric Fantasies
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Nothing But Thieves Broken Machine
Obscure Sphinx Void Mother
Obscure Sphinx Epitaphs
Oceansize Frames
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Opeth Blackwater Park
P.O.D. Satellite
P.O.S Audition
P.O.S.'s lesser-known crowning achievement that unfortunately was overshadowed by Never Better but marked the first time he truly fused the sounds of punk rock and electronic with rap in perfect fashion. The album glides by effortlessly with hit-after-hit and the ideal blend of anger, passion, and sensitivity in his delivery. Very few songs feel out of place, each unique and powerful enough to standout. This is the ideal starting point for the rock/metal fans who need a gateway into hip-hop. Recommended Songs: De la Souls, Safety in Speed (Heavy Metal), P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life
Periphery Juggernaut: Omega
The album Periphery always had in them, absolutely brilliant and single-handedly saves the entire Juggernaut double album from the inevitable mediocrity that Alpha would've left it in on its own. It's nice and concise and plays to all their strengths.
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Sarin Darker Lakes
Single Mothers Wild Party
Skyharbor Guiding Lights
Swans To Be Kind
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Ocean Precambrian
An album that, if you let it, unfolds itself to you little by little over time. Even the clearly inferior Disc 1 still consistently nails its mission of straighter-forward hardcore punk. But folks, it's the second disc where the band digs deep and unleashes a lethal power nobody thought possible in the realms of post-metal. Every song plays out like a nuclear bomb, quietly ticking away and building to a catastrophic explosion, each in its own unique way. This is what it's all about, the reason I listen to post-metal in the first place, for experiences like this.
The Roots undun
Tool Ænima
Fine Tool, you win. You managed to crack my ignorant and stubborn opinion on your music. I used to think you ranked in the upper echelon among a list of the most overrated bands out there and that you were never capable of writing an entire album of quality that could be played through without wanting to skip several bullshit tracks. I now get it for the first time in my life. All it took was a mid-20s clusterfuck of depression and a minor health crisis in my own personal life to finally understand why your music is brilliant. Aenima is the album that carried me through this and helped me channel my frustration, and is in all likelihood the best album you guys ever made. Not perfect, but very good, which if you know me is a huge step up from what I thought about you a year ago. Hope your happy. - Pistol Pete
Twelve Foot Ninja New Dawn
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
Finally a rap album comes out this year to contend against DAMN. for the throne. Staples' best beats to date (hands down) mixed with his vintage flow and lyricism. Quintessential shit.
Yanni Keys to Imagination
I felt kind of a disappointment when listening to Yanni's recent albums, after "Live at the Acropolis", he lost a bit of why I think I like him: the passion and feeling his music has and what it does to you. His earlier triumph "Keys to Imagination" is aptly named, it is in itself like a key that opens up your mind and makes you dream. You can picture exactly what Yanni wants you to picture even without words, it's actually amazing. "Looking Glass" forces us to take that scary leap and witness the world in a whole new way with its mystifying and curious sound. "Port of Mystery" reminds you of those painful goodbyes you've had to give people, both sad and hopeful. There are also some songs that are the originals of "Live at the Acropolis", my favorite song "Nostalgia" and his most popular "Santorini". Finally, he leaves you with not a soft reflective piece but a fast paced entry into the beyond in "Forbidden Dreams" that is nothing short of perfect. It compliments his message perfectly: at the albums end, the journey is not over, it's never over. Recommended Songs: The North Shore of Matsushima, Looking Glass, Nostalgia, Forbidden Dreams

4.0 excellent
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals
Alexisonfire Dog's Blood
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
alt-J An Awesome Wave
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
Amenra Mass V
Amplifier Mystoria
Anberlin New Surrender
Anderson .Paak Malibu
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Arcane Roots Blood & Chemistry
Arcane Roots Melancholia Hymns
ASAP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP
Ashes and Iron The Wind Takes a Side
Au-Dessus End of Chapter
Backstreet Boys The Hits: Chapter One
Really the only BB album you need in your life. A nice, condensed version of everything they did well. Stop being a manly man and get your "90's boy-band craze" on.
Banks Goddess
Be'lakor Vessels
Birds Of Tokyo Birds Of Tokyo
Not reaching the caliber of its predecessor "Universes" but still so catchy and intriguing. There is a lack of hits, but the overall record is easy to run through without wanting to skip any particularly bad songs. Ian Kenny is still outstanding and one of the best vocalists I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. As of now though, I'm definitely waiting more avidly for the next Karnivool album than the next from this band. Recommended Songs: In the Veins of Death Valley, The Gap, Murmurs, Waiting for the Wolves
Birds Of Tokyo This Fire
Botch We Are the Romans
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Brand New Science Fiction
I typically don't fall into either the hype or anti-hype categories when it comes to heavily anticipated album releases. You won't see me slapping a 5 on something right away, and you won't see me trolling hardcore fans and reveling in their frustration. But for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling that giddy child-like excitement that you get when you listen to music you've waited a long time for and the music arrives better than you ever thought. If calling this the aoty so far makes me a basic Sputnik bitch then so fucking be it. Recommended Songs: Waste, Same Logic/Teeth, 451
Brockhampton SATURATION
Cairo Knife Fight Seven
Chevelle Point #1
Chevelle Hats Off To The Bull
Circa Survive The Amulet
Coalesce Functioning on Impatience
Cranial Dark Towers, Bright Lights
This is some crushing and lethal post/sludge metal. "Towers" will quite literally stomp on and devour your soul.
Crib45 The Ghosts Among Me
A little smoother and more melodic than the colossal sound that makes up their 2014 album Marching Through the Borderlines. It brings with it both more consistency but also less variety in tracks. However, a solid display of post-metal out of Finland nonetheless and some pretty decent ghost boobs on the front cover too as an added bonus. Recommended Songs: As I, Beyond the Reach of Repair.
Crossfade We All Bleed
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
Cult of Luna Salvation
Cult of Luna Eternal Kingdom
Cult of Luna Vertikal II
Cult of Luna The Beyond
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas Mariner
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Dark Tranquillity Character
Dayshell Nexus
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
Deftones White Pony
Dirge Hyperion
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
Dr. Dre Compton
Dr. Dre 2001
It's basically Dre coming back to address the haters after having been low-key for 7 years and saying: "Fuck y'all, Imma do me" in various different styles over 70 gorgeous minutes of top-tier beats. He may be historically one of the angriest, most chauvinistic assholes to ever grace hip-hop, but his talent as a producer is undisputable and on display here in dividends.
Dragonette Fixin to Thrill
Drake If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Things I learned about Drake by listening to this: 1.) He has a very negative opinion of Facebook, which he claims is not "real" enough for him and often distracts women he is trying to hit on, taking time away from what he'd rather do with them. 2.) He does not like to assist in police investigations even when said investigation does not involve him even in the slightest. 3.) He has a lot of enemies. Like...a LOT.
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem The Eminem Show
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Fall of Efrafa Inle
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
Filter The Amalgamut
Filter The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Foals What Went Down
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
First truly great rock album of 2011. It's been a rough first quarter of the year, but this makes it so much sweeter. I cannot believe there is absolutely no filler here, it's insane. And can you hear just how much Dave Grohl learned from Them Crooked Vultures? Recommended Songs: Bridge Burning, Dear Rosemary, These Days, I Should Have Known
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Helioscope Noir
Helm (AU) Vol 3… Panthalassa
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things
Isis Celestial
Izah Sistere
Izah Izah/Fire Walk With Us Split
Izah's half (4.5/5): expertly paced and ferocious post metal from Izah as always. They balance the heavier
and ambient sections well and the final minute of the song is quite rewarding and spectacular. FWWU's half
not as impressive but still solid instrumental metal. Some of the spastic heavier sections stand out as
on "Bygones" but musically it's just outbeaten by Izah overall.
Jakob Solace
Janus Nox Aeris
Jolly Forty-six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music
Jolly The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)
Jolly The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)
Kanye West The College Dropout
Karnivool Themata
Kauan Kaiho
An album for those who need that temporary relief from the chaotic, mundane routine we all tend to find ourselves in as adults. It's atmospheres let your mind wander back to those simpler times when the world didn't quite seem so chartered on a downward spiral. Beautiful, patient and rewarding music.
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lana Del Rey Paradise
Well honeybun you outdid yourself on this one. How did you know I liked Pepsi-Cola and cherry pies? I mean gawddamn!
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Leprous Coal
Leprous The Congregation
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
London Grammar If You Wait
Mastodon The Hunter
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth Endgame
Melvins Bullhead
Middle Class Rut Pick Up Your Head
Minus the Bear Omni
Mother Mother O My Heart
Mudvayne L.D. 50
A very solid nu-metal album that's only real flaw is the sheer length of the record. On their own, almost every song is strong. However, when listening in full, my interest fades by track 11-12 due to the fact that the sound is similar in every track and the album becomes basically one 1.2 hr meshed song. It is still excellent and one of the stronger albums of its genre and era. Recommended Songs: Dig, -1, Nothing to Gein, (K)now F(orvever)
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
Neurosis Fires Within Fires
Norma Jean Polar Similar
Nothing More Nothing More
A bastard child of Emery and Fair to Midland for all those who miss the latter band and the days of high-adrenaline and all-around FUN rock.
O'Brother Disillusion
O'Brother Endless Light
It's O'Brother stripping their sound down to a rough slow-burn rooted in weighty distortion. It's no where close to Garden Window but still thrilling and shows the band is still writing interesting music. I also hear a lot of neat influences at work I didn't hear from them before like Deftones (Your Move) and even a bit of Muse (title track). And Tanner's voice isn't weird any more. Now newcomers might have an easier time liking it! Recommended Songs: Your Move, Deconstruct, I Am (Become Death)
Oceansize Effloresce
Oceansize Music for Nurses
Our Last Night Selective Hearing
Some really strong song-writing here. The middle section has maybe 1-2 average tracks, but the first and last pair of tracks are great. It's poppy metalcore so I mean you have to go into it with as little bias as possible, but those who can put that aside will find something to love here. Recommended Songs: Broken Lives, Tongue Tied, Common Ground
OutKast Stankonia
P.O.D. Fundamental Elements of Southtown
P.O.S Never Better
P.O.S We Don't Even Live Here
Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Ra From One
Rabbit Junk Project Nonagon
Rabbit Junk Pop That Pretty Thirty
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Ahhhhhh, the album that could've been up there with my favorite albums of all time. It's flawless, literally gorgeous music and some of the best stuff RATM has ever written...for the first 75% of the album. The last few songs are depressingly average and a buzzkill. RATM had a slump with "Evil Empire", a very average album living in the shadow of its predecessor. "Battle of Los Angeles" kicks the living shit of that album as well. Recommended Songs: Guerilla Radio, Mic Check, Sleep Now in the Fire, Born as Ghosts, No Shelter (Bonus Song)
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Red Of Beauty and Rage
A stupendous return to form for the boys from Red. I don't think these guys have ever made an album where the second half outclasses the first half, yet here we are. Absolutely epic songs, you can really hear the quality is back in their sound. Recommended Songs: Fight to Forget, Gravity Lies, The Ever
Rihanna ANTI
Nothing Rihanna released since Good Girl Gone Bad almost a decade ago has been anything more than overblown messes of albums with maybe 2 hits each and that's it. Nothing, that is...until this album. With ANTI, Rihanna has finally given us an album with enough consistency that it can be listened to the whole way through. One can only hope this remains the trend for future releases. Recommended Songs: Kiss It Better, Desperado, Yeah I Said It
Riverside Out of Myself
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta Utopioid
Royal Blood Royal Blood
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 3
Russian Circles Empros
Russian Circles Memorial
Sam Roberts Band We Were Born In A Flame
Sam Roberts Band Chemical City
This time around, Sam Roberts starts the album off again with a bang, but it becomes much more mellow than his debut LP. The good thing is that he makes his softer songs felt a bit more and they end up being stronger than the softer songs on "We Were Born...". It's a quiet album, but very rewarding once it clicks. Still don't understand why his music is so catchy. Recommended Songs: Bridge to Nowhere, With A Bullet, The Bootleg Saint.
Sam Roberts Band Lo-Fantasy
Sarin Burial Dream
ScHoolboy Q Blank Face LP
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Single Mothers Negative Qualities
Skillet Comatose
Skyharbor Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos
Sleigh Bells Treats
SubRosa More Constant Than The Gods
Swans The Seer
Swans Children of God
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down Toxicity
The Afghan Whigs In Spades
The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards
The Dead Weather Horehound
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Mire Glass Cathedrals
The National Alligator
The Ocean Pelagial
The Ocean Aeolian
The Offspring Smash
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weeknd House of Balloons
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
There are just so many different songs to enjoy in this album made by a super team of music artists including the singers from both Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. Them Crooked Vulture's sound is addicting, it sounds crisp and new while at the same time celebrating that old classic rock sound. The songs are cheeky and quirky with unexpected turns and twists in rhythm and riffs. There are also many highlights in the album, particularly the first 1.5 minutes of "Elephants" where the band breaks down into one of the most enjoyable lead-ins to a song I've ever heard. Each song is unique and the songs don't ever really blend much, so you truly see how flexible the band can be. A solid debut album. Recommended Songs: No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, Elephants, Reptiles, Caligulove, Gunman
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Thousand Foot Krutch Welcome to the Masquerade
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon
Pretty awkward on the first listen, but TFK's sound and cocky pump-up lyrics eventually sneak inside your head. The problem is at some points Trevor McNevan sounds likes he's impersonating a British person and failing miserably. But the music is meant to blow your ears by how wild it is, and it's a great time, finished off by one of their catchiest choruses to date (Break the Silence). Recommended Songs: Step to Me; Faith, Love, and Happiness; New Design; Break the Silence
Tool Lateralus
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
Vennart The Demon Joke
This is a special album. Without the backing of his old Oceansize comrades, I'll admit the album felt a bit...."lonely" at first. The music doesn't quite have the same impact and emotional weight as the latter band. But that's not the point here, Mike Vennart is letting his creativity run wild, and here he delivers quite a wide array of styles of rock with a surprising level of consistency. His voice is also equally as good as before and has arguably got even better with age, which is nuts. Recommended Songs: Doubt, Infatuate, Duke Fame (the chorus on this song makes it a SOTY candidate)
Vince Staples Hell Can Wait
When Icarus Falls Resilience
With Our Arms to the Sun Orenda
Really good blend of post-rock/metal with hints of Tool/Mastodon influence everywhere. Lyrics can be a little
cheesy but this album reaches even more soaring heights than its predecessor. The heavier inclusion of rougher
vocals is a plus too. Give it a few listens and it'll grow on you. Recommended Songs: Macrocosm:
Prometheus, Apex: 100 Year Dream, The War: Light the Shadows
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Zao The Well-Intentioned Virus

3.5 great
10 Years Feeding the Wolves
10 Years (How to Live) As Ghosts
10 Years The Autumn Effect
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alexisonfire Crisis
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Amenra Mass VI
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Amplifier The Octopus
Amplifier Amplifier
Anathema Weather Systems
Anberlin Blueprints for the Black Market
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Anberlin Lowborn
And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Anderson .Paak Venice
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Madness of Many
Arcane Known/Learned
First half: A solid 4-4.5/5 and an astounding piece of prog rock. Second half: 2-2.5/5, the acoustic side comes off as boring and diluted and would've maybe suited a shorter EP but really drags down the far superior first half.
Arcane Roots Left Fire
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Au-Dessus Au-Dessus
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
B.o.B The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Banks The Altar
An incredibly top-heavy album that will undoubtedly re-establish Banks as a top notch female pop artist in today's competitive and "hard-to-please" music industry but falls just a bit short of her debut as the back half lacks the standouts. Still solid work and the first half is vintage Banks at her finest. Recommended Songs: Fuck With Myself, Lovesick, Mind Games
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Yellow and Green
Baroness Purple
Baulta Deeply Sorry to Interrupt Your Megalomania
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Behemoth The Satanist
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise
Birds Of Tokyo March Fires
Birds Of Tokyo BRACE
A very different offering that blends the poppier leanings they've been going for recently with an electronic industrial sound and a bit of their old alternative rock sound too. Even if the lyrics are some of their corniest and phoned-in to date, it still feels refreshing. Recommended Songs: Harlequins, Gods, Mercy Arms
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Born of Osiris The Eternal Reign
Bossk .1
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Broken Bells After The Disco
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Burial Kindred
Buried Inside Chronoclast
Cairo Knife Fight Cairo Knife Fight II
Cecil Otter Rebel Yellow
Cecil Otter Dear Echo
Chagall Locust Spitter
Extremely groovy and punishing metal from Canada with a slight sludge edge to the sound. Vocals can switch between death and black metal growls at the snap of a finger and the instrumentation is on point. Recommended Songs: Ghosts, Healing Ground
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus
Coalesce OX
Cold Year Of The Spider
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Coldplay Kaleidoscope
Converge You Fail Me
Converge I Can Tell You About Pain
Converge The Dusk in Us
Converge/Dropdead Split
Cranial Dead Ends
Crib45 Metamorphosis
Crosses EP
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Crystal Castles Amnesty (I)
Cult Leader Nothing for Us Here
Cult Leader Lightless Walk
Cult of Luna Cult of Luna
Cyanotic Worst Case Scenario Vol. 1
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dan Black ((Un))
Dead Letter Circus Aesthesis
Death From Above The Physical World
Death From Above Outrage! Is Now
Death From Above You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Death Grips Bottomless Pit
Defeater Lost Ground
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Deftones Gore
Dirge Elysian Magnetic Field
Dog Fashion Disco Ad Nauseam
Drake Take Care
Drake Views
Drake More Life
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Failure The Heart Is a Monster
Fall of Efrafa Owsla
Fall of Efrafa Elil
Fall of Messiah EMPTY COLORS
Fallujah Dreamless
Feist/Mastodon Feistodon
Fight the Fade Masks
Finger Eleven The Greyest of Blue Skies
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Foals Holy Fire
Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
Frank Ocean channel ORANGE
Freddie Gibbs You Only Live 2wice
Future DS2
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Ghost (SWE) Popestar
Godflesh Post Self
Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Gorillaz Humanz
Helmet Meantime
Helmet Betty
Helms Alee Stillicide
Hetfield and Hetfield Tidal Wave Dreams
Hurt Vol. 1
Incubus (USA-CA) Trust Fall (Side A)
Incubus (USA-CA) S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo
Janus Red Right Return
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
Just as much of a mess as Yeezus was, albeit slightly better this time. I still expect him to deliver another MBDTF one of these days and when it hits it's going to be earth-shattering and we're all going to look like fools for not believing in him. Recommended Songs: Famous, Feedback, FML
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered.
Khoma The Second Wave
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
Korn The Serenity of Suffering
Korn Korn
Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline
This album is like a random hookup, fun in the moment but you feel like shit afterwards for listening to it. This band knows how to write a good hook though, I just wish the Dave Grohl look-alike would stop singing. Recommended Songs: Trip the Darkness, Against You, End of Time
Lady Gaga Artpop
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Leprous Tall Poppy Syndrome
Leprous Malina
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
It's a grower. To enjoy something like this you really have to forgive Linkin Park for completely breaking off what was once their signature sound. You have to open your mind to what they are now, and electronica band. Is that bad? I expect most of you to think so. Sputnik has weird sets of double-standards. Some bands are allowed to change (Brand New, Radiohead), some aren't and Linkin Park happens to fall in that group. It's too bad, the band sounds the most mature they've ever sounded here. Will you like it all? No, there are some craptastic songs (ex. The Messenger), but our tastes change over time, why shouldn't the band be allowed to change too? It's not as bad as you're hearing, this site simply shelters people. Recommended Songs: Blackout, Robot Boy, Waiting for the End
Linkin Park Living Things
Now that the fanboy jitters and adrenaline rush have settled, I can try and sit back and seriously look at this new LP album from an unbiased perspective.

...I'll take it, it's not perfect, but I'll fucking gladly take this energetic bit of fun that brightened my year up a bit from the depressing shit I usually listen to. "Burn It Down" is arguably the catchiest thing they've made in ages...fuck yo couch all of you!
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Lodz Time Doesn't Heal Anything
Lorde Melodrama
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lou The Human Humaniac
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
A very solid return to form from the lackluster album they came out with in 2014. However, it fails to match their landmark record Leviathan in terms of sheer fury and power while also not surpassing The Hunter in terms of their newer more mainstream approach as both those albums did what this does better. Recommended Songs: Show Yourself, Steambreather, Scorpion's Breath
Megadeth Rust in Peace
In all honesty, some of the tracks are delicious. They have some of the most amazing never-ending guitar riffs I've ever heard. But too many times on this CD, Mustaine's voice kills everything for me. He puts on accents some times (Take No Prisoners) that just drive me nuts. It's all very hit-or-miss, but when Megadeth churns out a good song, it is nothing short of classic. Recommended Songs: Holy Wars...The Punishment Due, Hangar 18, Lucretia.
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Metric Synthetica
Metric Pagans In Vegas
Minsk The Crash and the Draw
Misery Signals Controller
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Mother Mother Eureka
Mouth of the Architect Quietly
Mudvayne Mudvayne
Muse Absolution
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis Times of Grace
Nine Inch Nails Not the Actual Events
Nirvana Nevermind
Noorvik Noorvik
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Nothing But Thieves Nothing But Thieves
Obscure Sphinx Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion
OneRepublic Native
Opium Eater ENNUI
Our Last Night Oak Island
P.O.D. Testify
P.O.D. Murdered Love
Git in mah iP.O.D. right meooowwwwww
P.O.S Chill, Dummy
P.O.S Ipecac Neat
Periphery Periphery
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
Persefone Aathma
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Pusha T King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Villains
Ra Critical Mass
Red End of Silence
Red Until We Have Faces
You knew it would be difficult to top Innocence & Instinct, but this album somehow stands it's ground. It's a grower. Red has definitely softened up enough to hit radio and generate some new fans, but some moments on here are some of the best of their career. It's just a mature and tight album from a band that knows it's strengths. I honestly got what I wanted, which was another song from them I can play 50+ times without tiring of it (in the form of "The Outside" - such an epic intro). They have to learn to end on a strong note though...none of this 5-minute long piano soft bullshit anymore. They finish every album like this, do something nuts for once geez! Recommended Songs: Feed the Machine, Buried Beneath, The Outside, Best is Yet to Come.
Redlight King Something For The Pain
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
A more mainstream album from the band that has always produced the same level of music in all the years they've been together. I have the same goddamn opinion of this as I do with everything they make: solid, a good listen, but just not good enough to cross that line into epic. Recommended Songs: Long Forgotten Sons, Re-Education (Through Labor), Kotov Syndrome, The Strength to Go On
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Robot Process EP
Soul-crushing hardcore from Canada with hints of sludge that will hand you your balls on a platter and make no apologies.
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rosetta Quintessential Ephemera
Rosetta The Anaesthete
Rush Clockwork Angels
Russian Circles Guidance
Sam Roberts Band Collider
Saosin Saosin
Saosin Along the Shadow
Sarin House of Leaves
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions
Silversun Pickups Better Nature
Single Mothers Single Mothers
Skepta Konnichiwa
Ring ring pussy, it's SHUT DOWN.
Skillet Collide
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Soilwork The Ride Majestic
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundtrack (Film) Black Panther
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Starset Vessels
Uggh....why am I such a sucker for this shit?
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Steven Wilson's songwriting has always been stellar, and it's nice to see his solo work follows suit. Many of the songs here are actually beautifully sung and written. He has a knack for pacing his songs perfectly. But, here he falls victim to the same issues his recent work with Porcupine Tree had. The last three songs sound stale and boring, and his longer songs here struggle a bit too, just like The Incident did in spots. As side projects go though (often experimental and hit-or-miss), "Insurgentes" is a wonderful listen and it'll be interesting to see what he comes out with next. Recommended Songs: Harmony Korine, Veneno Para Las Hadas, Only Child
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
Steven Wilson To the Bone
Strata Strata Presents The End Of The World
SubRosa No Help for the Mighty Ones
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
SUMAC What One Becomes
Sunpocrisy Eyegasm, Hallelujah!
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
I have put myself through this album non-stop for three weeks. I listened to it at work, while I studied, even before I went to bed. It's intriguing, daring, and terrifying. But I can't possibly give it more than this rating. This double album strives to literally do everything. Unfortunately, such an eclectic mix of genres and ideas more often than not crumbles under its own weight. For every gem like "Helpless Child", there is a song like "I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull" or "Empathy" that goes literally no where over the course of its entirety. For every terrifying experience like "Her Mouth Is Filled With Honey", there is a pointless filler track like "Fan's Lament" that makes you wonder why the song exists. And then, there are songs so good they almost standout TOO much. "The Sound" could stand alongside some of the greatest musical achievements in history, it's that good. It's so good, I get impatient while listening to the first disc of the album because all I want is to just cut the crap and get to hear "The Sound" again. Soundtracks For The Blind is quite the musical achievement and Swans should be commended for what they've done here, but the harsh reality is that THIS style was not perfected until the group reformed in the late 2000's. Their later stuff makes this look like an unfinished idea and unrefined.
Swans The Glowing Man
Swarms Old Raves End
System of a Down System of a Down
TesseracT Altered State
TesseracT One
TesseracT Polaris
The Almost Monster, Monster
The Black Keys El Camino
The Butterfly Effect Imago
The Dead Weather Dodge & Burn
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Fray Reason EP
This EP started out like it could be what I was waiting for my whole life. Unfortunately, after "Without Reason" it simply becomes mediocre. Definitely check it out if "How to Save a Life" grabbed your attention, you may find this even better. Recommended Songs: Together, Some Trust, Without Reason
The Gathering Disclosure
The Great Old Ones EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Mire Vice Regalia
The Mire/Chronos Split
The Ocean Anthropocentric
The Roots How I Got Over
The Safety Fire Grind the Ocean
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Waters Deep Here Sunden
The White Stripes Elephant
Thornley Come Again
Threat Signal Under Reprisal
Thrice Major/Minor
Time To Burn Is.Land
Tool 10,000 Days
Toundra Toundra (II)
Transmission0 Memory of a Dream
Tyler, the Creator Wolf
Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb
Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy
Underoath Disambiguation
VESSL Goddess
Vince Staples Summertime '06
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed
Weezer Weezer
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Weezer The White Album
When Icarus Falls Aegean
When Icarus Falls Circles
With Our Arms to the Sun A Far Away Wonder
Wolves Like Us Late Love
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
Probably the best album they've released to date (that includes EPs). However, this band has yet to release an album I can listen to without wanting to skip over tracks here and there. Some songs are just not worth being shown the light of day (ex. Skeletons, Dragon Queen). Recommended Songs: Heads Will Roll, Soft Shock, Shame and Fortune
Zao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
Zao Pyrrhic Victory

3.0 good
10 Years Minus the Machine
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Adele 21
Adestria Chapters
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
alt-J This Is All Yours
alt-J Relaxer
Amplifier Trippin' with Dr. Faustus
Amplifier Echo Street
Anciients Heart of Oak
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
ASAP Mob Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends
At the Drive-In in•ter a•li•a
August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places
August Burns Red Phantom Anthem
Like most of ABR's recent releases, this plays nicely all the way through. Some stuff sticks with you along the way, nothing really flat out blows...but the experience overall is quickly forgotten once it's done. "King of Sorrow" is the one exception, that song is a blast. This is perfect for music you can play in the background at the gym without needing to sing along. It's "lasting appeal" once outside that kind of scenario would be in question though. Recommended Songs: King of Sorrow, Float, Dangerous
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Big Sean I Decided.
Blindead Absence
Blur The Magic Whip
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Brockhampton SATURATION II
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Cage The Elephant Thank You Happy Birthday
Cairo Knife Fight The Colossus
Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Chevelle Any Last Words
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!"
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Cloudkicker Little Histories
Clutch Psychic Warfare
Coalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Cog Just Visiting - Part 2
Cog Just Visiting - Part 1
"Moo" is my fucking jam. Best song name in history, fuckin Moo!
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay X & Y
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
This gets a 3 simply because "The Saddest Day' is without a doubt one of the best songs in Converge's discography. As has been mentioned in other soundoffs, the other songs on here come off as mere leftovers compared to the opener. They mostly just sound unpolished and some a bit immature, something the band thankfully fixes in later records.
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Damascus When Last We Met
Danny Brown XXX
Dayshell Dayshell
De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody...
Dead Letter Circus Dead Letter Circus
Deadmau5 While(1<2)
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death
Devon Tracy Dream Chase
Dinosaur Bones My Divider
Dirge Alma Baltica
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Drake Thank Me Later
Oh Drake, how I wanted to hate this album on the basis of how much I dislike you and your cockiness. You would've loved to see my reaction when I started having some songs from here stuck in my head. I still wouldn't consider this a great album, but some songs on here (really just tracks 4-7) are just really good songs. Sneaky bastard. Recommended Songs: Over, Find Your Love, Show Me A Good Time, Up All Night
Drake Nothing Was the Same
A bit of a step down from Take Care. There are some strong songs here, but his sophomore release somehow felt tighter with very few chinks in its armor despite having 18 songs. Nothing Was The Same will keep Drake relevant, but doesn't offer much to prove to us that there's a whole lot left in him. I love the Toronto shout-outs though, I'm from there! Recommended Songs: Started From The Bottom, From Time, Hold On We're Going Home, Pound Cake.
dredg Catch Without Arms
dredg El Cielo
An alright album with a few sparks of genius here and there. Gavin Hayes' voice is remarkably soothing. As a full album though, it contains a few chinks in its armor. It also reeks of pretentiousness, this band clearly thinks very highly of themselves (little 1-2 minute "Brushstrokes" all over the place...get over yourselves). It is very over-hyped in my opinion, but still worth a look. Recommended Songs: Same Ol' Road, Sanzen, Sorry But It's Over, Of The Room.
Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Electric Wizard Time to Die
Eminem Recovery
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Evanescence Evanescence
Fallujah Nomadic
Fever Ray Fever Ray
Filter Crazy Eyes
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Foals Antidotes
Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold
Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
Ganon As Above, So Below
Ghost (SWE) If You Have Ghost
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Green Day American Idiot
Hacride Lazarus
Haken Affinity
Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors
Hieroglyphics Full Circle
Huldra Signals From the Void
Huldra Monuments, Monoliths
Hurt The Crux
Hurt Vol. II
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Incubus (USA-CA) Make Yourself
Incubus (USA-CA) 8
Intronaut Void
Intronaut Null
Isaiah Rashad The Sun's Tirade
Isis SGNL>05
J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Jack White Blunderbuss
Jakob Sines
Jay-Z The Black Album
Jidenna The Chief
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Yeezus
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kauan Sorni Nai
Kauan Pirut
Khoma Tsunami
Kid Cudi Indicud
Lady Gaga Joanne
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
LLNN / Wovoka Marks / Traces
London Grammar Truth is a Beautiful Thing
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Meshuggah obZen
Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Middle Class Rut No Name No Color
Migos Culture
Milo Who Told You To Think?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Misery Signals Absent Light
Mother Mother Very Good Bad Thing
Mother Mother No Culture
Mouth of the Architect Dawning
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nails You Will Never Be One of Us
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
Nickelback Feed the Machine
Nirvana In Utero
Nothing More The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Consistently good for what it is (alt rock with a dose of nu-metal flavor this time). But they had such a good sound on the S/T three years ago and this not only feels like a step backwards instrumentally but also in terms of maturity. Recommended Songs: Go To War, Ripping Me Apart
O'Brother The Death of Day
Oceans of Slumber Winter
OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2
OHHMS The Fool
Pretty decent stoner metal with some progressive metal and sludge tendencies. Songs are long but paced well so they don't outstay their welcome. Music is fairly simple and standard for the genre, but some of the heavier sections jam very hard despite their simplicity. Was pleasantly surprised to see that the ~22 minute closer actually wasn't a bore, band pulls off a strong performance. The Bossk comparisons are a little incorrect, this is more Electric Wizard meets Anciients in my opinion, but definitely open to interpretation there.
Opeth Damnation
Our Last Night Summer Of Covers
P.O.D. When Angels and Serpents Dance
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Periphery Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Ra Duality
Rabbit Junk Invasion
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead The Bends
Red Release the Panic: Recalibrated
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute
If only the whole album was as strong as tracks 3-7. Kweli is epic in each of those songs.
Rise Against Endgame
Rishloo Eidolon
Rishloo Feathergun
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Riviere Heal
Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?
Russian Circles Enter
Sampha Process
Saosin Translating the Name
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Shad When This Is Over
Shad is definitely a threatening force in the modern rap scene. It's even more awesome that he's Canadian. Honestly, he starts out this album with some of the freshest and most easy-listening hip-hop I've heard in a while, but it trails out at the end and becomes a little too dull. "I Get Down" is bright and cheery and shows how confident Shad is. "I'll Never Understand" is on the opposite spectrum, one of the saddest songs I've ever sat through and so powerful. Recommended Songs: I Get Down, Out of Love, I'll Never Understand
SikTh The Future in Whose Eyes?
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Silversun Pickups Seasick
Sleepwave Broken Compass
Soen Lykaia
Soilwork Death Resonance
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Starset Transmissions
State Faults Head in the Clouds
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
SubRosa For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
SUMAC The Deal
SZA Ctrl
Taylor Swift 1989
Taylor Swift Reputation
Tephra Tempel
The Atlas Moth An Ache for the Distance
The Dear Hunter Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
This is a rating I wish wasn't what it is. I get why the album is so highly praised. Really, they are the pioneers. But compared to the newer albums, this album didn't have highlights. How can I appreciate the music when it doesn't give me a reason to return to it? It all sounds like one 40 minute mess. Some good parts, but nothing standout.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
The Game The Documentary 2
The Holly Springs Disaster Motion Sickness Love
The Named The Named
The Ocean Fluxion
The Ocean Heliocentric
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
The Roots Phrenology
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Weeknd Starboy
Thousand Foot Krutch The Art of Breaking
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Thursday Common Existence
Trapt Trapt
Twelve Foot Ninja Outlier
The issue here isn't that it's a bad album, it's that it feels too much like TFN running through the motions. Every song, at its core, is structured much the same as each other. The sudden shifts in tempo and genre no longer feel fresh and exciting, they feel instead like something TFN puts into the song because "that's what they do". And in the end you have a product that feels more like attending a class of "How to Write a Twelve Foot Ninja Song 101" rather than the passionate and energetic album we know they can write. For this listener, the novelty has long worn off. Recommended Songs: Invincible, Point of You
Two Door Cinema Club Beacon
Tyler, the Creator Bastard
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Vince Staples Prima Donna
Weezer Pacific Daydream
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
Year of No Light Ausserwelt
Year of No Light Nord
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Zodiak Sermons

2.5 average
10 Years From Birth to Burial
12 Stones Potter's Field
Adele 25
While the instrumentation and vocals succeed in most respects, they never really encroach on any new territory for her. But what really brings the album down are the lyrics themselves, which feel more like a regression from "21" where it felt easier to buy into what she was singing about. Her lyrics four years later ironically seem to take a step back in maturity, making her seem more like a mid-20s drama queen who never grew out of her boy-crazy days rather than the powerful and emotionally-stable woman she is striving to be. The album is also incredibly top-heavy, with maybe a couple gems later on in the album amidst a ton a dreary, somber mediocrity along the way. Nothing ever really comes close to the impact of opener "Hello" either. Recommended Songs: Hello (of course...), I Miss You, River Lea
Amplifier The Astronaut Dismantles HAL
Amplifier Insider
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anathema The Optimist
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire Funeral
Architects All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Arctic Monkeys AM
AWOLNATION Here Come The Runts
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue
Battles Gloss Drop
Baulta That's My House You're Living In
Baulta Any Fool Can Regret Yesterday
Deeply Sorry... was a fun debut release. You can tell the band were excited and while their music invoked moodier atmospheres in certain parts, it felt adventurous and exciting nonetheless. Then the band kind of just got...sad (for lack of a better word). Any Fool Can Regret Yesterday is the darkest and bleakest release yet for Baulta. Maybe their debut was the wrong first impression to get but to me this music isn't very fun anymore and hard to vibe with. As with any post-rock release, I'm sure there will be a certain group that gets something out of this, but I really miss their emotionally lighter material. This makes me want to cry and I have other bands that already do that for me...thank you VERY much.
Blakroc Blakroc
Blink-182 blink-182
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Brand New Deja Entendu
Cage The Elephant Cage the Elephant
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
Circa Survive Violent Waves
Songs 1-3: "Holy shit, this is gold, keep it up! AOTY baby!". Songs 4-11: "Zzzzzzz...oh wut the album's done? Cool...". Typical. Goddammit Circa, here's someone who wants so badly to enjoy your music and you let them down every time with this inconsistency.
City and Colour Little Hell
Converge No Heroes
Cult Leader Useless Animal
Cyanotic MedPack Vol. 1
Dan Auerbach Waiting On A Song
David Guetta One Love
Deadmau5 Stuff I Used To Do
Deftones Adrenaline
Domo Genesis Genesis
Drake and Future What a Time to Be Alive
DRAM Big Baby D.R.A.M.
Electric Wizard Wizard Bloody Wizard
Eminem Relapse: Refill
Filter Short Bus
Floating Me Floating Me
Foals Total Life Forever
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Saint Cecilia
Genghis Tron Dead Mountain Mouth
Greeley Estates The Death of Greeley Estates
Green Day Revolution Radio
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Hoodie Allen All American
Isis The Red Sea
God that woman's voice is annoying as hell. Holy shit, shut the fuck up!
Jack White Lazaretto
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jay-Z 4:44
Jay-Z actually comes up with better lyrics and more interesting things to say this time around. He just forgot to also bring interesting beats and any energy to his music whatsoever. Some rappers can pull it off, but Jay-Z needs some level of hype and urgency to his music and it's just not here.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods
K'naan Troubadour
Karnivool Persona
Katy Perry Prism
Khoma A Final Storm
Kid Cudi Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’
Lacuna Coil Delirium
Lady Gaga The Fame
Unfortunately, like most major pop releases, Lady Gaga may be fantastic for those first few listens, but this CD is, in the end, utterly forgettable. The slightly higher than than average mark is more due to the above average success she had on music charts and sales, because she undeniably topped 2009 sales and even had my ear for a good month before I came to this sad realization.
Little Dragon Little Dragon
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light
Mac Miller GO:OD AM
Mastodon Cold Dark Place
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason
Metric Live It Out
MGMT Little Dark Age
Migos Culture II
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Mother Mother The Sticks
Mouth of the Architect Path of Eight
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Nothing More The Few Not Fleeting
Our Last Night Age Of Ignorance
P.O.D. The Awakening
Palms Palms
Panda Bear Tomboy
Pelican Forever Becoming
I'm going to say about Pelican the same thing Paul Pierce said about the Toronto Raptors' disappointing 2015 playoff run: Pelican don't have the 'it' factor. They make mildly enjoyable instrumental post-metal that is by no means unlistenable but is also not in any way memorable.
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Phoenix Ti Amo
Post Malone Stoney
Rabbit Junk This Life Is Where You Get Fucked
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Red Gone
Redlight King Irons in the Fire
Russian Circles Geneva
Sam Roberts Band Love at the End of the World
Sam Roberts needs to learn that when you intend to have 12+ tracks on an album, you need to ensure listener's attention is kept the whole way through. "We Were Born..." did that, "Chemical City" was short and sweet, yet here he trudges along with a few bursts of speed scattered throughout, but trails off near the end. I also want to see him progress more for the next album, he is becoming stale and predictable even though his music maintains its gracefulness and hooks. Recommended Tracks: Love at the End of the World, Lions of the Kalahari, Sundance (one of his strongest to date).
Sam Roberts Band Terraform
This is really the sound of Sam Roberts getting a little too comfortable with the pop sound he's drenched his recent offerings in. It helps that it's nice and short (barring the snoozefest opener). The singles are strong and fit what he's trying to go for. But the album does get lost in its own conservativeness, especially towards the end. Maybe not his weakest effort, but close. Recommended Songs: FIEND, If You Want It, Black Spark
Single Mothers Our Pleasure
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
There is something underwhelming about this album. At some point, I noticed that Sleigh Bells was using that same rapid thrashy drum injection in over 50% of the songs. Yes, it's a nice progression from their earlier subtle percussions, but it shouldn't reach the point of overkill. Reign of Terror succeeded by not being a re-hash of Treats. It did NOT succeed in leaving anywhere near as much of an impression as the 2010 effort. That felt fresh and alive. Here, only a few songs manage to do that, and the last 5 songs pass by like they're invisible. I miss the in-your-face Sleigh Bells I guess. If this album becomes popular, it will be nothing more than a short-lived fad and everyone will forget about Sleigh Bells for 2012. Recommended Songs: Crush, Comeback Kid
Sol (USA) Upheaval
Summoner Beyond The Realm Of Light
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster Exegesis
Thank You Scientist Stranger Heads Prevail
These guys sound like The Dear Hunter except even MORE full of themselves.
The Black Keys Brothers
The Game The Documentary 2.5
The Killers Wonderful Wonderful
The Knux Eraser
The Lonely Island Turtleneck and Chain
Honestly it has some hilarious songs, but for the most part it's pretty bland compared to "Incredibad". The second Shy Ronnie is just crap, even with Rihanna looking as fine as she does. On the other hand, "Threw It on the Ground" is funnier than anything we heard before, Andy Samberg nails that song. Recommended Songs: Motherlover, Threw it on the Ground, Great Day
The Safety Fire Mouth of Swords
The Shins Heartworms
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
Thousand Foot Krutch Exhale
Twelve Foot Ninja Smoke Bomb
Usher Raymond v. Raymond
Usher Versus
We Came As Romans Understanding What We've Grown to Be
We Came As Romans Tracing Back Roots
Wear Your Wounds Dunedevil
Wear Your Wounds WYW
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones

2.0 poor
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Arcade Fire Everything Now
ASAP Mob Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy
Bastille Bad Blood
Birds Of Tokyo Day One
Birds of Tokyo have definitely improved from this mediocre crap. There are some great songs here, but you can definitely tell the band is in the experimenting stage. What drove me crazy was how annoying Ian Kenny gets when he repeats the same lines 10 times over like in "Violet" or "Get Out", just sounds effortless. The follow-up album a year later makes this album look almost disgraceful and negligible. Recommended Songs: Black Sheets, Minor War.
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bon Iver 22, A Million
Broken Bells Meyrin Fields
Circa Survive Descensus
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Cog Sharing Space
Quite possibly one of the most disappointing albums I've ever listened to. It's not the worst album ever, but to follow up 2005's gorgeous Aussie rock anthem "The New Normal" with this is really depressing. Where is the energy, the blast of riffs that sound like fog horns signaling shit's about to go down? They even gave us mediocre proggier songs which seemed to be their strength from before and what I was expecting they would lean towards. I can't think of a standout song that will make want to listen to it again, but I also can't think of one I despised. Even the song "Silence is Violence" with it's corny repetitive chorus somehow feels less corny alongside song other songs here that attack governments in some weird attempt at revolution. Before they made their repetitive choruses and harmonies the hooks of the songs, literally begging you to sing a long. Here there's none of that. Iunno, will try it in the future again but I've given it enough tries to sink in already.
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Deftones Covers
Diddy Last Train to Paris
Dragonette Royal Blues
Dragonette Bodyparts
Drake So Far Gone
Eminem Relapse
Eminem Encore
Fair to Midland The Carbon Copy Silver Lining
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
Imagine Dragons ƎVOLVE
Isis Sawblade
J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
J. Cole tries to be Drake at a time when Drake is on the decline and still can't even manage to match that. This guy is up there with the most overrated rappers there are.
Karmin Hello
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Katy Perry Witness
Kesha Rainbow
Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
Bleak, depressing, and self-loathing in the most boring way imaginable. This music has no energy and coasts along for an unfair amount of time with little to no reward.
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Maroon 5 V
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues
Maroon 5 tries to emulate Drake? As expected, it's largely full of "misses". However, I always have a hard time slapping 1's on anything, there's typically at least one good song buried deep enough on any album. Here it's "Lips on You". But people seem to be neglecting the ambitious 11-minute funk/jazz jam to close the album out ("Closure"). It's been years since the band has tried anything this sprawling and well thought-out and it's most certainly NOT indicative of a band going through the motions like many on here would have you think. Grow some balls and give the WHOLE album a try, yeesh. Pistol out.
Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Muse The Resistance
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nickelback Here and Now
Opeth Heritage
Periphery Icarus
Periphery Clear
Pillar Where Do We Go from Here
Prophets of Rage The Party's Over
Red Release the Panic
Rihanna Loud
Rise Against The Black Market
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Silversun Pickups Pikul
Sleigh Bells Jessica Rabbit
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Snoop Dogg Neva Left
Soundgarden Superunknown
Steven Wilson 4 1/2
The Almost Southern Weather
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Strokes Room on Fire
The Weeknd Thursday
Thursday No Devolucion
Tokyo Police Club Champ
Young Thug Slime Season 3

1.5 very poor
Birds Of Tokyo Anchor
Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
Design the Skyline Nevaeh
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Eminem Revival
Hard to believe but it's the worst album Eminem has ever released, worse than even Encore and Relapse.
Father John Misty Pure Comedy
What a chore to sit through. This is like if Elton John decided to become a cynical curmudgeon who shakes his fist at the clouds all day and sings about whatever the fuck is on his mind at a given time instead of just saying it normally.
Gorillaz The Fall
Justin Bieber Believe
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Karnivool Karnivool
Ahhhh heellllppp pleeeeassseee it's agony!!! *plays Simple Boy* "I'm highhhhhhh above the world, why should I feel pain, or feel alooonnneeeee...." whew all better : )
Kid Cudi Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Linkin Park One More Light
Paramore After Laughter
This shit sucks. I mean the band was barely tolerable before as it was. And now they come galloping into the scene with this newer '80s beachy/funky sound like it's revolutionary and just play it into the ground for 12 songs until it's beyond overdone. And the hooks are normal indie pop hooks, nothing more nothing less.
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Rihanna Unapologetic
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
This band has inexplicably forgotten how to make a good song. I can't even find one song on here that sticks out. They need to cool their jets and take their time on the next album, because this was one colossal waste of everyone's time.
The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning
Thousand Foot Krutch Oxygen: Inhale
Thousand Foot Krutch has been teetering on the edge between decent melodic hard rock and face-smacking awkward nu-metal for years. However, up until now they had somehow managed to elude the inevitable collapse that happens to bands like that by having each album deliver at least a few gems and a tolerable level of consistency. Oxygen:Inhale is the first time I can tell you that TFK has fallen off the wrong side of the wall and is lost in a place that only they understand. Let's hope Oxygen:Exhale redeems them.

1.0 awful
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Kesha Animal
Kid Cudi Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Meghan Trainor Thank You
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
Train California 37
Train A Girl A Bottle A Boat

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