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5.0 classic
Allegaeon Elements of the Infinite
Anal Cunt Picnic of Love
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Big Pun Capital Punishment
Common Resurrection
Cormorant Dwellings
Death Symbolic
Deceased As the Weird Travel On
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Edan Beauty and the Beat
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Gang of Youths Go Farther in Lightness
In Flames The Jester Race
Judas Priest Painkiller
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Nujabes Spiritual State
Nujabes Luv(sic) Hexalogy
Radiohead OKNOTOK 1997-2017
Rush Moving Pictures
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
If you enjoy hearing excited cat noises over somber black metal riffage than boy are you in for a real treat. Allegedly recording with a whole slew of wild, volatile cats assembled from the gnarliest cat clinics available, Silencer spent YEARS assembling them into coherent song structures. Believe the hype. The mewls are real.
Souls of Mischief 93 'til Infinity
The title track is one of the best rap songs ever conceived. No hyperbole.
Spawn of Possession Incurso
Timeless Miracle Into the Enchanted Chamber
I cannot stress this enough: Timeless Miracle's 'Into the Enchanted Chamber' is one of the most incredible power metal albums ever conceived. As consistent as it is consistently beautiful, this is one to seek out.
Turquoise Jeep Keep The Jeep Ridin'
Turquoise Jeep are the voice of every generation at once
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire

4.5 superb
3 (USA) The End is Begun
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
A Loathing Requiem Psalms of Misanthropy
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
Accept Blood of the Nations
Accept Stalingrad
Aceyalone Book of Human Language
Acrania An Uncertain Collision
This is so underrated it hurts. Imagine 'Elements'-era Atheist, then add in samba drums and a sporadic sax solo. I managed to stumble across them because of this ass-tier deathcore act with the same name, and it's the greatest mistake I ever made.
Aesop Rock Cat Food
Aesop Rock Skelethon
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Aetherian The Untamed Wilderness
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Akercocke Renaissance in Extremis
Alcest Écailles de Lune
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alkaloid The Malkuth Grimoire
All Pigs Must Die Hostage Animal
This band beat my ass and took my wallet. I received my album in the mail a week later.
alt-J An Awesome Wave
Alter Bridge Fortress
Amesoeurs Ruines Humaines
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Anaal Nathrakh Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Her
Andy James Andy James
Angel Vivaldi Universal Language
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Anthrax Among the Living
Anubis Gate Andromeda Unchained
Archspire All Shall Align
Fantastic album. Catchy and technical without sounding pretentious.
Arghoslent Incorrigible Bigotry
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
Arsis Lepers Caress
And not a mention of tightropes anywhere. Ah yes, Arsis is right back on track.
Art By Numbers Reticence: The Musical
Artificial Brain Infrared Horizon
Artillery By Inheritance
Astra The Black Chord
Astronautalis This Is Our Science
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Atheist Jupiter
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
AZ Doe or Die
Bad Rabbits Stick Up Kids
Bad Religion True North
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Battle Of Mice A Day Of Nights
Beastwars Blood Becomes Fire
Bell Witch Mirror Reaper
Benighted Icon
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Beyond Creation The Aura
Beyond Creation Earthborn Evolution
Hard to say which is better, between this and The Aura. Both are equally excellent releases, so take this as you will.
Beyond the Bridge The Old Man and The Spirit
Billy Woods History Will Absolve Me
Biz Markie Goin' Off
Black Crown Initiate Song of the Crippled Bull
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Bop Alloy Substantial and Marcus D are Bop Alloy
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Cage Hell's Winter
Cage Movies for the Blind
Canibus Rip The Jacker
Carcass Surgical Steel
Carcass Heartwork
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
While quite a bit of their back-discography is bogged down by bland, aimless aggression, Monolith of Inhumanity sees CD spreading out their influences, and trying out more unusual concepts (at least for them). The clean vocals are extremely well done, and the songs play out in interesting ways most of the time. A surprising release, to be sure, and a contender for best death metal release thus far this year.
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf Big Shots
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
This album beat my ass and took my lunch money...
Cobalt Slow Forever
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Common Be
Communic Waves Of Visual Decay
Converge Jane Doe
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cormorant Earth Diver
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas Mariner
CunninLynguists Will Rap For Food
CunninLynguists Oneirology
CunninLynguists Southernunderground
Cyne Water for Mars
Cynthesis ReEvolution
Dabrye Two/Three
Dalek From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots
Dan Swano Moontower
Danny Brown Old
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dark Time Sunshine ANX
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Dawnbringer Nucleus
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Deicide The Stench of Redemption
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Denizen Kane Brother Min's Journey to the West
Denzel Curry 13
I don't know what the hell Denzel Curry is doing on Heartless but I love it
Destroyer 666 Cold Steel...for an Iron Age
Deviant Process Paroxysm
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Well shit. This is fantastic. Wasn't following this too closely but I saw it dropped and gave it a listen. Was pleasantly surprised, though Devin Townsend always delivers pretty solid material, so I guess I shouldn't be.
Diamond District In The Ruff
Dilated Peoples Expansion Team
Dirge Elysian Magnetic Field
Dismember The God That Never Was
Dismember Indecent & Obscene
DJ Muggs Vs GZA Grandmasters
Dog Fashion Disco Adultery
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
El-P throws down some choice beats, and his wordplay and flow have never sounded better
here. Though some things work better than others, it's still a solid release, and a more
than worthy successor to ISWYD.
Eligh Grey Crow
Eligh & Amp Live Therapy at 3
Empyrean Sky The Snow White Rose of Paradise
Enslaved RIITIIR
First listen reminds me of masterpiece progressive band Rush! Marvelous! Masterful!
Enslaved E
In Times had me falling asleep, but this one definitely has a certain energy to it that gets you from the beginning to the end, with little to no down time. While the Opeth comparisons are fairly accurate, Enslaved manage to make their compositions much more than just odes to the 70s and 80s; incorporating these ideas into their original sound with very little being lost in translation. This thing is filled with variety and, above that, solid songwriting, so definitely check into this if you're looking for something a bit more colorful in your metal.
Enthrope Tomorrow's Dead Days
Euphoreon Euphoreon
Exhumed All Guts, No Glory
Exivious Liminal
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Fallujah The Harvest Wombs
Fallujah Nomadic




Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
A potentially game-changing album, marred by some of the most horrifically brickwalled production I have ever heard. Very tiring to listen to front to back.

My two cents? Get the vinyl version, or at least a vinyl rip. Much, much better sounding, and less plain LOUD.
Fallujah Dreamless
Fear Factory Mechanize
First Fragment Dasein
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Frightmare Bringing Back The Bloodshed
fun. Aim and Ignite
Gang Starr The Ownerz
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
What a phenomenal album. The sludgy sections gel really well with the Agalloch-style accoustic bits, and it's a really unique sound, all in all.
Gift of Gab 4th Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up
God Dethroned Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
Definitely on par with Passiondale in terms of intensity and performance. A solid album all around
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gorod Leading Vision
Gorod A Perfect Absolution
Gorod Transcendence
Gorod A Maze of Recycled Creeds
Might be my favorite Gorod album since Leading Vision. While perhaps not as immediate as A Perfect Absolution, this one is particularly weighty in the songwriting department. Also: it brings the fucking jazz.
Graveyard (SWE) Hisingen Blues
Grayceon All We Destroy
Grip Grand GG DOOM! BUT HOW?
Gru Cosmogenesis
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
Hail of Bullets ...Of Frost and War
Hail Spirit Noir Pneuma
Hail the Sun Elephantitis
Haken The Mountain
Havok Time Is Up
Heathen Victims of Deception
Heavenwood Abyss Masterpiece
Hilltop Hoods The Calling
HORSE the band The Mechanical Hand
Horseback The Invisible Mountain
Igorrr Savage Sinusoid
Illogic and Blockhead Capture the Sun
2013 continues on as the year of good music. 'Capture the Sun' marks a definite high point in both artists' careers, with top tier flows riding top tier beats, creating a consistency that I haven't seen in a hip-hop album in quite some time. While Illogic has had trouble in the past keeping his albums wholly involving, this doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Both come together to create deep and rewarding tracks, and for any forward-thinking hip-hop fanatic, this release should be a real gem.
Immolation Providence
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 2
In Twilight's Embrace The Grim Muse
On a short list for best melodeath album of the year. Well produced, well structured, and absolutely fuckin' rockin'. Album melodeath's so hard it was produced in Gothenburg. And it has Tomas Lindberg on it!
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Intestine Baalism Ultimate Instinct
Intestine Baalism Banquet in the Darkness
Jack White Blunderbuss
Kadenzza The Second Renaissance
Unlike the majority of symphonic black metal acts, Kadenzza has plenty of depth underneath
it's various keyboard tunes. Phenominal riffs, solos and unique vocals put this one over the
top, and show how SBM can still stay interesting and relevant in the 21st century.
Kalisia Cybion
Kalmah They Will Return
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kamelot Epica
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Kiuas The Spirit of Ukko
Kreator Enemy of God
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Lantlos .neon
Large Professor The LP
Latyrx The Album
Leprous Bilateral
Leprous The Congregation
Little People Mickey Mouse Operation
Luca Turilli King of the Nordic Twilight
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo and Youth
Lute West1996
Mar De Grises Streams Inwards
Marco Polo Port Authority
Masterplan Masterplan
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Melt-Banana Fetch
Metallica Master of Puppets
MF Grimm American Hunger
Michita ONE
Moby Destroyed
Mors Principium Est The Unborn
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Nachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1
Nader Sadek In the Flesh
I'm going to pretend Morbid Angel never released that abortion of industrial metal as their newest and plug this straight in there. Great classic-sounding death metal with some really interesting arrangements.
Native Construct Quiet World
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Niechec Niechec
Nightingale I
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Non Phixion The Future Is Now
Non-Prophets Hope
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Obscura Omnivium
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
Omnium Gatherum Beyond
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Still Life
Orden Ogan Gunmen
OutKast Aquemini
OutKast ATLiens
P.O.S Never Better
Panacea A Mind on a Ship Through Time
Parov Stelar Coco
Paul Wardingham Assimilate Regenerate
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pendulum Hold Your Colour
People Under the Stairs O.S.T.
Phonte Charity Starts at Home
Pitchshifter Industrial
Plan B Ill Manors
Planet X Quantum
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Polyenso One Big Particular Loop
Pomegranate Tiger Boundless
Prefuse 73 One Word Extinguisher
Prince Paul A Prince Among Thieves
Protest the Hero Fortress
Quakers Quakers
Quannum Projects Quannum Spectrum
Quo Vadis Defiant Imagination
Radiohead OK Computer
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Ras Kass Soul on Ice
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Reflection Eternal Train of Thought
Rivers of Nihil Monarchy
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Rush Clockwork Angels
Russian Circles Empros
Sacramentum Far Away from the Sun
Sadistik The Balancing Act
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Satan Court in the Act
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Scorpions Blackout
Secrets of the Sky To Sail Black Waters
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Setentia Darkness Transcend
Shining (NOR) Blackjazz
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Sleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everything
Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin'
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Solitude Aeturnus Into the Depths of Sorrow
Soul Cycle Soul Cycle II
Soul Khan Soul Like Khan
Spectral Voice Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Steak Number Eight The Hutch
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
Streetlight Manifesto The Hands That Thieve
I ask myself how an album can justify six years of hype

And then I listen to this, and it feels like such a natural progression from the last, but
with more maturity and cohesion. Where the last left off, this one picks up, like they've
never been gone at all.

Man, I've missed Streetlight Manifesto.
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Substantial To This Union A Sun Was Born
A very solid album. The beats are phenomenal (though that's no surprise considering the entire CD was produced by Nujabes), and Substantial is competent as always. Very difficult to find, but well worth the effort.
Symphony X The Odyssey
T.R.A.M. Lingua Franca
Teeth Of The Sea Master
One of the most interesting post-rock albums of the year, through way of some truly original sonic experimenting. If this doesn't prove to be TotS's entry point into the big leagues than nothing will.
Testament The New Order
Testament The Gathering
The Absence From Your Grave
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Chariot One Wing
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Contortionist Exoplanet (Redux)
This is how you do a remaster; differentiate the instruments more, clean up the mixes and add in elements that flow organically with the originally established material.

If you were looking for an entry point to the Contortionist's discography, or just want to give it a re-listen, this will most definitely deliver.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Doppelgangaz Lone Sharks
The Fall of Troy Ghostship
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
The Monolith Deathcult Trivmvirate
The Project Hate MCMXCIX The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda
The Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & Melody
The Reign Of Kindo The Reign Of Kindo
The Roots Game Theory
Theophany Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed
Thrawsunblat Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings
One of the most consistent folk/black metal releases in years, which isn't surprising considering the relation to Woods of Ypres. The material here is immediate, which is surprising given it's nature, but gives way to some impressive depths as well. If you've been looking for a solid folk release that holds more than a prance and a single glance, give this a shot.
toe For Long Tomorrow
Trioscapes Separate Realities
Trioscapes Digital Dream Sequence
Typhoon (USA-OR) White Lighter
typhoon you have enraptured the oceans of my soul~

seriously tho this rules
Uneven Structure Februus
Unhuman Unhuman
This is the band that tech death bands recommend to other tech death bands. Unhuman have a definitive edge over their competition with their mastery of melody and technicality, and how they properly balance the two. It is incredibly impressive how memorable this album is, especially given that this is a debut. Highly recommended shit.
Uyama Hiroto A Son of the Sun
Vader Litany
Vektor Outer Isolation
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Terminal Redux
Vhol Deeper than Sky
Vornagar The Bleeding Holocaust
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Watchtower Concepts of Math: Book One
Whores. Gold
Wintersun Wintersun
Wolverine Communication Lost
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Xanthochroid Of Erthe and Axen: Act II
Everything that Wintersun's 'The Forest Seasons' should have been and more. Eat a dick Jari
Yellowcard Southern Air
YOB Atma

4.0 excellent
'68 In Humor and Sadness
1349 Hellfire
65daysofstatic One Time for All Time
7L & Esoteric 1212
A Canorous Quintet Silence of the World Beyond
A Forest of Stars Beware the Sword You Cannot See
A Loathing Requiem Acolytes Eternal
A Lot Like Birds No Place
A Storm Of Light As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us...
A Wilhelm Scream Partycrasher
Abhorrent Decimation The Pardoner
Abigail Williams In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
Abnormal Thought Patterns Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Aborted Global Flatline
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
Aesop Rock & Blueprint Vigilante Genesis
Aether Realm Tarot
AFI Burials
Afterbirth The Time Traveler's Dilemma
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Ageless Oblivion Penthos
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Alcest Le Secret
Alcest Shelter
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Allegaeon Formshifter
Allegaeon Proponent For Sentience
alt-J Relaxer
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
Amorphis The Beginning of Times
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anaal Nathrakh Vanitas
A return to form after the extremely lackluster 'Passion'. The melodies are phenomenal, the riffs are hard-hitting, and in general the production is excellent. It doesn't surpass some of their previous releases (Hell Is Empty, In the Constellation), but it's definitely in the same ballpark.
Anathema The Optimist
Anberlin Vital
Anciients Heart of Oak
Anderson .Paak Malibu
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Anonymuz Vice City
Incredibly satisfying, especially with repeated listens. 'Vice City' finds the Florida cult rapper
on his S game, with verbal gymnastics unseen in the vast majority of modern rap, as well as
detailed and particularly challenging lyrics. The instrumentals assembled are incredibly solid as
well, ranging from restrained and minimalistic to thunderous and crunchy. Definitely on a short
list for best rap album of the year, and an easy recommendation, for sure.
Anthrax Worship Music
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcane Roots Blood & Chemistry
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Archspire The Lucid Collective
Arcturus Arcturian
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
Arghoslent Galloping Through the Battle Ruins
Arkaik Metamorphignition
Armand Hammer Race Music
The true successor to Billy Woods's 'History Will Absolve Me' (with no offense to the excellent Elucid), Race Music is dense and eclectic, with the beats fully fleshing out the immense lyrical passages presented by the abstract duo. While 'Half Measures' was an interesting sonic experiment, it lacked cohesion, but showcased the two's massive potential in full collaboration. This, in its entirety, is it's fruition of form.
Armand Hammer Rome
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt (Re-release)
This really didn't need a remaster, as the original had an absolutely perfect production job for the material. This just The material is still fantastic, but this doesn't need to exist at all.
Arsis Unwelcome
Artefact Magic Spellcraft
Artificial Brain Labyrinth Constellation
Astronautalis Pomegranate
Astronautalis Cut The Body Loose
Astronoid Air
At the Gates At War with Reality
Atoma Skylight
Augury Concealed
Augury Fragmentary Evidence
August Burns Red Leveler
Avatarium Avatarium
Ayreon The Source
Gonna need some time to digest, but I'm enjoying this a little more than his past two releases. Has some pop sensibilities to it that I actually enjoyed (Everybody Dies, for starters) as well as some Queen influences all over the place via some truly bombastic chorus arrangements that really set some of the songs off.
Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel
bansheebeat Lumine
bansheebeat Spiral Power
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Purple
Barren Earth The Devil's Resolve
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Be'lakor The Frail Tide
Beardfish The Void
Beardfish Mammoth
Behemoth The Satanist
Behemoth Demigod
Being Anthropocene
Belphegor Goatreich-Fleshcult
Beneath the Massacre Evidence Of Inequity [EP]
Benighted Identisick
Benighted Insane Cephalic Production
Benighted Asylum Cave
Benighted Necrobreed
Rest assured, it's much, much better than Carnivore Sublime. Production really gives this a leg up on most of their earlier works, with chainsaw, Dismember-esque guitar tones that sound heavier and more aggressive than ever, and the songwriting helps in that aspect as well. These are some of the nastiest, most vitriol-encompassing tracks in the band's discography, blasting forward on the impeccable drums of ex-Necrophagist drummer Romain Goulon (!) as well as now ex-guitarist Liem "Litchy" N'Guyen's distinct riffage. While it's still too early to tell how this will stand in the lengthy Benighted discog, it is at least a sign that the band have stepped back and corrected course.
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Beyond (DE) Fatal Power of Death
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground
Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Billy Woods Dour Candy
Billy Woods Known Unknowns
Much better than his previous, thanks to Blockhead managing to make his per usual esoteric verbal approach more tangible through a brighter series of instrumentals, as well as giving this more cohesion between the varied sounds found throughout the album. Billy doesn't change much, much like Ka or MF Doom, so what you know of his work will set the precedent for what's found on here. If you love him, you'll love this; if not, well, keep moving.
Binary Star Light Years Apart
Black Crown Initiate The Wreckage of Stars
Black Fast Terms of Surrender
Schuldiner-esque vocals, tech thrash constructions, and Erik Rutan production. A solid thrash time.
Black Milk No Poison No Paradise
Black Monolith Passenger
Black Sabbath 13
Blackalicious Imani Vol. 1
Better than The Craft, but not in the same atmosphere as Blazing Arrow (though I'm not sure anyone had that expectation). A surprisingly consistent return to form for a rap group out of time and out of place, but all the better for it. Blackalicious have premiered a solid set of old-school hip-hop tracks, full of charisma and genuine funk.
Blanck Mass World Eater
Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror
Bliss N Eso Flying Colours
Blockhead Interludes After Midnight
Blood Red Throne Altered Genesis
Blood Stain Child Idolator
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Blu and Exile Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
Best thing Blu's done since 'Below the Heavens', no joke.
Blu and Exile Below the Heavens
Blue Sky Black Death Glaciers
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Bonobo Black Sands
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Brain Tentacles Brain Tentacles
Brocas Helm Defender of the Crown
Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain
Cannibal Ox Blade of the Ronin
Captain Murphy Duality
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Catacomb (FRA) In the Maze of Kadath
Extremely underrated Lovecraftian death metal. It's held up really well over the years, too.
Catamenia Location:COLD
Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction
Cecil Otter Rebel Yellow
Cellador Off the Grid
Better than their debut, which is pretty surprising considering its been ten years since they've put out a full-length
Celldweller Celldweller
Celph Titled and Buckwild Nineteen Ninety Now
Cenospecies Indefinition
It's interesting to see where P.O.S. more or less started. This is definitely different from his more punk-oriented solo albums, but it's more or less of the same quality. Definitely worth a look for fans of his, as well as rap fans in general.
Charred Walls of the Damned Cold Winds On Timeless Days
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Chino XL Poison Pen
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 2
Christian Mistress Possession
Circle of Contempt Entwine the Threads
Circuit Des Yeux Reaching For Indigo
clipping. CLPPNG
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Coma Cluster Void Mind Cemeteries
Common Finding Forever
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge The Dusk in Us
Convulsing Errata
Lowkey one of the best metal albums released in 2016.
Cormorant Metazoa
Cormorant Diaspora
An excellent addition to their already outstanding discography. The slower, somber, more doom-oriented riffs add extra dimensions to Cormorant's sound that I didn't think were possible, and though I still find that everything past Nigel's exit from the band is just a hair inferior, Migration may very well be one of the finest songs the band have ever composed. Good shit.
Cradle Orchestra Transcended Elements
A wonderfully warm hip-hop/soul CD with plenty of twists and turns along the way. While not a revelation of any kind, it is incredibly solid, and every song is consistent in the album's vision. Definitely worth a look, in my opinion.
CunninLynguists Dirty Acres
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Vol. 1
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Vol. 3
Excellent album. The concept works extremely well, and the tracks are way more consistent
than on any of the other Strange Journey albums. Check it out.
CunninLynguists The Azura EP
Superior to the first entry in this series, mainly on account of much more impassioned deliveries and instrumentals. The first entry in this series felt like the group re-applying their Dirty Acres sound, but this one feels much more comfortable; falling somewhere in between that album and their more recent outings. Both are free, so don't sleep on them if you haven't heard them.
Cyborg Octopus Learning To Breathe
Cyne All My Angles Are Right
Cytotoxin Gammageddon
This is going to get a knee-jerk reaction from a few people, mainly on account of the excessive amounts of sweep riffs that Cytotoxin employ. They'll get some comparisons to Rings of Saturn on immediate listen, but definitely don't give in to that statement. Cytotoxin have a deep understanding of how to write interesting songs; weaving these intricate passages into heavy and driving grooves like it's some mathematical formula they've finally perfected. Imagine the newest Dying Fetus album on adrenaline and you have a pretty good picture of 'Gammageddon'.
CZARFACE Every Hero Needs a Villain
Czarface fires back with an album much more consistent than their debut. The two emcees gel better in general, and the tones are more level across the boards. This finally feels like the project that it was meant to be: somewhere between MF DOOM's goofy cartoon approach and the super sobering underground battle rap circuit.
Dalek Asphalt For Eden
Haven't enjoyed anything from Dalek post-Abandoned Language. Good to see that this is a solid revival LP, with more than enough apocalyptic hip-hop tracks to get them back up and running.
Dan Dankmeyer Arcologies
I thought this was much better than his previous works. Much more diverse with more distinct songwriting, to boot.
Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask
Danny Brown Bruiser Brigade
Danny Brown XXX
Dark Matter Secret Perfect World Creation
Instrumental tech death/prog metal with a nice, well-leveled production job and a strong sense of songwriting. While most tech metal acts are satisfied with writing a series of tangent riffs before, finally, abruptly ending, Dark Matter Secret understand the necessity of peaks and valleys; their leads ebbing naturally and rather coherently while also still surprising. For a debut project, this all feels rather veteran, with a lot of nuance to be found all over. Definitely check it if you're a fan of the genres.
Dark Tranquillity Construct
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
Das Racist Sit Down, Man
David Dallas The Rose Tint
Dawnbringer Into the Lair of the Sun God
Dead Congregation Graves of the Archangels
Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
Deadnight Messenger of Death
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Grips The Money Store
Decapitated Carnival Is Forever
Deceased Fearless Undead Machines
Decrepit Birth Polarity
Decrepit Birth Diminishing Between Worlds
Deltron 3030 Event II
The 'Time' of hip-hop, except it doesn't suck shit
Demigodz KILLmatic
Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64
Destroyer 666 Unchain The Wolves
Destroyer 666 Phoenix Rising
Dethklok Dethalbum III
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pacifisticuffs
Disillusion Gloria
Disillusion Alea
Somewhere between 'Back to Times of Splendor' and 'Gloria' in terms of quality, 'Alea' suggests that Disillusion have found a way of incorporating that second album's groove into their first album's progressive packaging. While not quite back to those peak peaks, Disillusion have still managed to compose something wholly entertaining and entirely distinct, and well worth a listen.
Diverse One A.M.
Diverse is a ridiculously talented emcee. His flow is absolutely incredible, while his lyrics are about on par, containing some deeper, thought provoking concepts. The beats that accompany his rhymes here are certainly on point, with J Dilla, RJD2 and Prefuse 73 creating some mesmerizing numbers worthy of their merits as producers. So overall, this is an album criminally underrated, given it's overall quality, and should not be slept on.
Dj Muggs Vs. Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills
DMX The Definition Of X: The Pick Of The Litter
Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
Dog Fashion Disco Ad Nauseam
Dog Fashion Disco Erotic Massage (Redux)
Doomtree No Kings
Dot Hacker How's Your Process? (Work)
Dreadnought Lifewoven
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dying Fetus Wrong One To Fuck With
Dyscarnate With All Their Might
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Elvenking Secrets of the Magick Grimoire
Elzhi The Preface
Employed to Serve The Warmth Of A Dying Sun
Encircling Sea A Forgotten Land
Endon Through The Mirror
"Converge comparisons are more than apt, the production on this out-Jane-Does Jane Doe."rWell when Kurt Ballou does your mixing, yeah, that would make sense
Enfold Darkness Our Cursed Rapture
Enfold Darkness Adversary Omnipotent
Enshine Origin
Entheos (USA) The Infinite Nothing
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Equilibrium Erdentempel
Ever Forthright Ever Forthright
Evidence Cats & Dogs
Evile Five Serpent's Teeth
Evile Enter the Grave
Exivious Exivious
Failure The Heart Is a Monster
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True
Fairyland Score To A New Beginning
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician Wave Motion
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
This is the most exciting Fates Warning has been in a long ass time.
Fates Warning Theories of Flight
Five Deez Koolmotor
Flametal The Elder
Flash Bang Grenada 10 Haters
It's not very often you hear a rap album that does comedy that doesn't feel like a gimmick, but Flash Bang Grenada is that rare beast. Super tongue-in-cheek with hyper-inflated egos and overblown synths, this was a year highlight for me when it debuted, and it's only gotten better with time.
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Fleshgod Apocalypse Mafia
Fleshwrought Dementia/Dyslexia
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Food for Animals Scavengers EP
Four Fists Four Fists
This has an insurmountable amount of potential. P.O.S. plays an exhilarating counterpoint to Astronautalis's quiet and reasonable delivery, and it creates a very interesting dynamic in the music.
Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa
Funebrarum The Sleep of Morbid Dreams
Gallowbraid Ashen Eidolon
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Genelec & Memphis Reigns Scorpion Circles
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Ghost Bath Moonlover
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Ghostface Killah 12 Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape
While the original was a more complex and involving listen, this one is more in line with his older material, harkening back to classic Wu-beats. Definitely recommended for a different take on the material, as this is pretty much on par with that one.
Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD Sour Soul
Gift of Gab The Next Logical Progression
Giraffes? Giraffes! Pink Magick
Gloryhammer Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards
It's hard to be objective when the material is THIS entertaining. Is it derivative? Absolutely. Is it cliched? Oh, for sure. With determination. That's the enjoyment factor of Space 1992, though: it revels in the genre's storied history, with just enough self-awareness to pull it off. If you can detach yourself from your inner cynic, there's a gem to be found here, for sure.
God Dethroned Passiondale
Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire
Godflesh Post Self
Good Tiger A Head Full Of Moonlight
Gorephilia Severed Monolith
Has a heavy Immolation influence hanging over it, despite the fact that the album name, artwork and track titles would seem to indicate deep, chasmous death metal of the ten minute affair (though this does have 1).

I think I personally prefer it to the previously mentioned band's newest, on account of some especially strong songwriting, and song construction in general. The riffs on here are not only unusually heady, but extremely varied as well, of vastly different tempos, techniques and with interesting transitions as well. Each instrument has an exemplar moment within the compositions (the drums having some particularly interesting fills and general patterns), but these leads absolutely steal the show.

My only real complaints with the album comes from A) the surprisingly formulaic vocal performance, and B) the inconsequential interludes, which add nothing of value to the album. Otherwise a standout album, and an early contender for death metal album of the year.
Gorod Neurotripsicks
Grave Miasma Odori Sepulcrorum
Grave Pleasures Motherblood
I missed out on a lot of unnecessary drama since Beastmilk's Climax, having missed Dreamcrash and not even being aware that these were essentially the same members. That ended up being a good thing for me, because having listened to the in-between album, Motherblood feels like a much more energized and fluid transition. Essentially just a sequel to the aforementioned album, and that's a good thing.
GridLink Amber Gray
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
I love how detailed and especially layered the songwriting is on here. While Grizzly Bear have always put out albums that grow out and expand over repeated listens, this one feels like the most extreme case of that yet. While my first couple of listens found it to be an album that was pretty decent, it wasn't until later that the various pieces started to truly form up into something extraordinary.
Hail Mary Mallon Bestiary
Much more consistent than their debut. Aes & Rob bounce off each other better than almost any other rap duo out there, and the beats are just incredible across the board. Time will tell how this holds up, but right now it's sitting solid.
Hail Spirit Noir Oi Magoi
Hail Spirit Noir Mayhem In Blue
A pretty excellent release, with some particularly diverse tones. You've got nods to Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western sound, general psychedelia, surf rock and even a little Sinatra on the final track, and it's all knitted together rather cohesively. My only two gripes are rather minor: the first track sets the tone more in line with their other works, and what comes after really isn't the case. The second is that it ends pretty abruptly. Otherwise, this is an especially solid offering.
Haken Aquarius
Haken Visions
Hallatar No Stars Upon the Bridge
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
Hark Crystalline
Havoc Unit h.IV+ (Hoarse Industrial Viremia)
Havok Conformicide
Havukruunu Kelle Surut Soi
A little one note but remarkably well-written throughout, enhanced by a solid, gritty production job and a distinct sense of genuineness. Even the album art builds on the texture here. Feels like a nice antithesis to Ghost Bath's vapid recent release.
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
I'm reminded, after Black Sabbath's final concert, that 13 doesn't have to stand as the last "good" Sabbath album. After constant legal wars between the band and the Osbourne estate over using the fucking name, Dio and the 'Mob Rules' era Black Sabbath lineup brought Heaven and Hell together, in hopes of continuing that now defunct sound.

So how does it pan out? Quite well, actually. These are the heaviest tracks that Sabbath's ever released, and Dio sounds incredibly potent despite his advanced age, as well as deteriorating health. It wouldn't be long after this that he died fighting cancer, but you wouldn't know that listening to the material on here. It's a little too loud, and a little too long, but it's crafted with an attention to detail that's startling lacking on Sabbath's most recent releases, and stands as a strong debate point in the argument for best era in the band's long and storied career. It's an immense shame that this would be the only release to carry the moniker; regardless, this is a massive album and a worthy summary of Dio-era Sabbath.
Hell (UK) Human Remains
Hell (UK) Curse and Chapter
Hellripper Coagulating Darkness
Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors
High on Fire Death Is This Communion
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Hilltop Hoods Drinking From The Sun
Hollenthon With Vilest of Worms to Dwell
Hyperion (SWE) Seraphical Euphony
Hypocrisy Virus
I Self Devine The Sound Of Low Class Amerika
IDLES Brutalism
Iglooghost Neo Wax Bloom
Ihsahn Das Seelenbrechen
Ihsahn After
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Immortal Technique The 3rd World
Immortal Technique The Martyr
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 1
In Flames Whoracle
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
Inanimate Existence A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement
Inanimate Existence Underneath a Melting Sky
Inconcessus Lux Lucis The Crowning Quietus
Inferi The Path of Apotheosis
Inferno Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution)
Iniquitous Deeds Incessant Hallucinations
Insomnium One for Sorrow
Insomnium Winter's Gate
Intestine Baalism An Anatomy of the Beast
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
This has all of the energy that Final Frontier was lacking. Front to back, 'Book of Souls' is one of the more consistent releases Iron Maiden have released in quite some time, and that's no small feat considering the sheer quantity of work on display here. Plus: cowbell.
Ironflame Lightning Strikes the Crown
Irreversible Mechanism Infinite Fields
J-Live The Best Part
J. Cole Friday Night Lights
JJ DOOM Key To The Kuffs
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
Joey Badass 1999
He's got a ways to go before his flow is perfected, but he's well on his way to being truly great. The beats are all phenomenal, and the future holds great things for this kid. Props
John Frusciante Letur-Lefr
Juggaknots Clear Blue Skies Re:Release
Junius Reports From The Threshold of Death
Kalmah Swamplord
Kalmah Swampsong
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Kamelot Karma
Kamelot Haven
Kanye West The College Dropout
Katalepsy Autopsychosis
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Kemba GNK
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Murder Of The Universe
King Mez My Everlasting Zeal
Kno Death Is Silent
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
Not your typical Kreator release. While some may call it a tad too melodic, or even softer than older albums, it definitely has some interesting ideas at work, that fit excellently within their already impressive repertoire. A fine release from one of the most consistent bands around.
Kreator Gods of Violence
Kronos Arisen New Era
Kronos Colossal Titan Strife
KRS-One The World Is Mind
Kvelertak Meir
Kvelertak Nattesferd
L'Orange The Mad Writer
Lantlos Melting Sun
Last Chance to Reason Level 2
Lazarus A.D. The Onslaught
Lazy Habits Lazy Habits
Leak Bros. Waterworld
Esoteric but interesting production accompanies one of the most abstract hip-hop albums of all
time (and fittingly so, considering the source material, PCP). Cage and Tame One have a very
fluid, nonchalant back-and-forth, with album highlights split evenly between the two of them.

Definitely a recommendation for Cage fans, as well as hip-hop aficionados looking to explore
something a little bit more out there.
Leprous Coal
Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Lightfoot The Rudimentals
One of the more distinct instrumental hip-hop releases I've heard. Lightfoot's melding of funk, rap and just a sliver of electronica is mesmerizing, with it's atmospherics really shining through on particular tracks (Boom Bap Rat, for instance). He has the potential to carve out a niche unlike any other producer out there, so it's interesting to see how he explores this sound further.
Lil Ugly Mane Oblivion Access
Logic The Incredible True Story
Lor In Forgotten Sleep
If this wasn't mired in production problems I'd probably put it in the running for Album of the Year. As it stands, it's an exceptional release; a debut that reads like a veteran band's later progression (which makes sense considering how long the band has actually been around), with plenty of twists and turns that you probably won't see coming. It's hard to get the right mixture of folk and power metal, but Lor manages to somehow balance both of those with some light prog elements, and that's even more interesting. Definitely recommended.
Loss Horizonless
Lost Salt Blood Purges and Boring Bathtimes Yellow Fog Sword
Lost Soul Atlantis: The New Beginning
Lowkey Soundtrack to the Struggle
Lunar Shadow Far from Light
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Lychgate Lychgate
Machinae Supremacy A View from the End of the World
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Macklemore The Language of My World
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis VS.
Major Parkinson Blackbox
Malokarpatan Nordkarpatenland
Mandroid Echostar Mandroid Echostar
Marty Friedman Wall of Sound
Masta Ace MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne
Although the beats are recycled from Doom's Special Herbs collection (which isn't necessarily a surprise) Masta Ace flows well over them, and in general the tracks are extremely consistent. Solid release.
Mastodon The Hunter
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Mechina Empyrean
Megadeth Endgame
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Mekong Delta Dances of Death (and other Walking Shadows)
Melechesh Emissaries
Men In Search of the Perfect Weapon Men In Search of the Perfect Weapon
Menace Impact Velocity
Mephistopheles Sounds Of The End
Sounds of the End is a challenging, yet rewarding listen. While comparisons will always exist between Mephistopheles and Psycroptic in regard to both Chalky, who sang for the latter before leaving, and the sheer technicality that elevates both, this manages to escape the tech death comfort zone almost completely through innovative guitar work that shifts between varying ideas and genres, sometimes within individual songs. It's production can lend itself a little TOO well to the Willowtip roster, but even still, this is an easy recommendation.

Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Messenger Illusory Blues
Mestis Basal Ganglia
Metaform Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
MF DOOM Special Herbs: The Box Set
Michita Dawning
Midnight No Mercy for Mayhem
Misery Signals Absent Light
Mithras Forever Advancing... Legions
Mithras On Strange Loops
"The songwriting is a bit wonky here and

Do you even Mithras?
Monotheist Genesis Of Perdition
Monuments Gnosis
Morbid Saint Destruction System
Morbus Chron Sweven
Mors Principium Est ...And Death Said Live
Mors Principium Est Embers of a Dying World
Mors Principium Est maintain their supremacy in the melodeath genre with what may arguably be their best, most varied work since their breakout 2005 hit 'The Unborn'. Varied, impassioned and most definitely heady (both in the mix and otherwise) 'Embers of a Dying World' may not rewrite the playbook, but it sure as shit checks all the boxes and then some.
Mortifera Vastiia Tenebrd Mortifera
Mr. Lif Emergency Rations
Mr. Lif I Phantom
Murder Construct Results
Murmur Murmur
Murs The Final Adventure
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Mutoid Man Bleeder
Mutoid Man War Moans
Their most hostile release to date, fully realized by an absolutely inhospitable production job courtesy of one Kurt Ballou. Mutoid Man's greatest strength has always been their adept navigation of tempos, structures and whole genres, and 'War Moans' is no exception. From schizoid, post-hardcore attacks, to Slayer-esque war-anthems, to straight, anthemic cock rock cuts, this is just another example of one of the most talented, least-categorizable groups around doing what they do best.
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Nas Life Is Good
Natti Still Motion
Ne Obliviscaris Hiraeth
Ne Obliviscaris Urn
Is everyone ready for the front page review Xenophane's gonna poop out calling this thing pretentious because other people like it?
Necromancing the Stone Jewel of the Vile
As far as bands partially inspired by Michael Douglas action-vehicles go, this is p good
Necrophagist Epitaph
Neuraxis Trilateral Progression
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nine Inch Nails Not the Actual Events
4/5 bangers aint bad. Appreciate that Reznor's immediate thought after releasing his softest, most pleasant release to date is to crank out a serious of schizoid, aggressive cuts. A good move, imo.
Nocturnal Breed Fields of Rot
Noisem Agony Defined
Noneuclid Metatheosis
Oblivion Called to Rise
Obscura Akróasis
Obsidian Kingdom Mantiis
Oceans of Slumber Winter
Oh No Ohnomite
Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows
Origin Omnipresent
Ouroboros Emanations
THIS is how you mix and assemble orchestral death metal. While Fleshgod are content with pushing everything as far as possible (especially on the mixing side) Ouroboros manage to A) evenly pace both the orchestrations and the guitars and B) find a production style that understands the qualities of both styles, while never brickwalling (or at least not as frequently).

Overall this was a pleasant rediscovery. Really enjoyed "Glorification of a Myth" and was pleased to see how this turned out. Not what I expected, but definitely good.
OutKast Stankonia
P.O.S Audition
P.O.S We Don't Even Live Here
When I first listened to this, I was not especially thrilled. I suppose I was expecting r'Never Better' 2.0, or at least something extremely similar. The more I listened to it, rhowever, the more I began to realize how much more focused this effort was compared to it's rpredecessor, and it has since grown on me quite a bit. rSo while I won't say it's equally as good as that other album, 'We Don't Even Live Here' is ra more consistent album, with more focus than anything else in his discography. And that's rdefinitely worth something.
P.O.S Ipecac Neat
Pan.Thy.Monium Khaooohs And Kon-Fus-Ion
Panacea 12 Step Program
Panacea continue their streak of consistency with another lively release. The beats are warm and endearing, the lyrics are well-spoken and at many times insightful, and the entire package comes together like few albums do. They're a group to be reckoned with, at this point, and their entire discography is worth a look into if you're a fan of rap.
Panzerchrist Battalion Beast
Paul White Accelerator
Accelerator is the better of the two tracks (Lion's Den being a rejected Atrocity Exhibition cut), but they're both very good examples of the overwhelming chemistry between the two parties.
Pelican Australasia
Perturbator Dangerous Days
Perturbator New Model
Very close to my favorite release that Perturbator has dropped thus far. If Vantablack was
instrumental, I'd give it the edge, but as is, the vocalist is awful, the lyrics are bad and he
generally detracts from an incredibly atmospheric instrumental. Seems like James's guest singers
have always been very hit or miss, and this is definitely a miss.

Regardless, this is well worth a listen, being one of the most detailed, progressive outings in
his back catalog. He continues to evolve his music in new and unexpected ways, and if this is the
just the beginning, sign me the fuck up for the rest of that journey.
Plini / Sithu Aye I
Polyenso Pure In The Plastic
Polyphia Inspire
Power Trip Nightmare Logic
Prefuse 73 Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
Priestess Hello Master
Primitive Man Caustic
Pro Era PEEP: The APROcalypse
Professor Elemental The Indifference Engine
Protest the Hero Volition
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Pacific Myth
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Purity Ring Shrines
Purity Ring Another Eternity
Pyrithion The Burden Of Sorrow
Pretty excellent, although this does feel more like an Allegaeon EP than it does a full-on different band's. Production is good though, as are the riffs, so fans of said band should be pretty satisfied with this one. Lambesis manages to sound pretty damn good too, so hey, there's that.
Pyrrhon What Passes for Survival
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queensryche Queensryche
I think it's pretty clear by this point who should have the Queensryche moniker. While Tate was using his band as a front for his childish insults, the other members were putting work into an actual album, full of interesting compositions that moved forward while finally remembering what made their older works interesting. So at the end of the day, while this isn't the second coming of Christ, it is definitive evidence that the Todd La Torre fronted Queensryche is the true Queensryche, at least in my book.
Queensryche Empire
Quo Vadis Day Into Night
Qwazaar Bat Meets Blaine
R.A. The Rugged Man Legends Never Die
Probably the most consistent release of R.A.'s career. The beats are relatively consistent, and the flows are absolutely the best he's ever laid to record. I'd wager this is probably one of the better hip-hop albums released this year, so don't sleep on this.
Raekwon Lost Jewlry
Red Fang Whales and Leeches
This may not be the most consistent release of the year, but it sure is the most fun. Red Fang have perfected their formula here, finding the right balance in everything that made them so successful in the first place.
Replacire Do Not Deviate
A pretty immense improvement over their previous work. More pronounced songwriting, a better mixdown and far superior clean vox really bring this up to the upper echelons. Definitely worth checking into.
Revocation Revocation
Revocation Existence Is Futile
Revocation Great Is Our Sin
Rhapsody of Fire From Chaos to Eternity
A well-crafted and solid album, full of solid tracks. Production is crisp and hits right where it should, the choruses hold up to the usual standard and the guitar weaves its way across the board in typical, yet awesome fashion. Definitely a fine album.
Rishloo Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth
Rivers of Nihil The Conscious Seed of Light
Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 3
Rush 2112
Rush Vapor Trails Remixed
The mastering on this is excellent. Vapor Trails was in and of itself a solid release, but it was incapable of showing off most of it's eccentricities due to the most muddled, deliberately poor production work I've ever heard. This release changes that. If you had any grudges against this release prior, give this a listen.
Russian Circles Memorial
RZA The Man With The Iron Fists
Sabaton Primo Victoria
Sadistik Ultraviolet
Sadistik continues to improve in almost every area. The instrumentation is incredibly consistent all the way through, and each track flows especially well (besides the bizarre inclusion of Death Warrant). His delivery continues to evolve as well, and that's something to get excited about. He's always been a particularly stunning lyricist, but here his cadence is evolving; becoming far more organic. It's crazy to think that a year after his last incredible release we'd see one nearly as intense, but here's Ultraviolet, in all it's trippy glory. Check it out before the hype-train leaves the station.
Samael Hegemony
Saprogenic The Wet Sound of Flesh on Concrete
Satan Life Sentence
Satan Atom by Atom
Satan's Hallow Satan's Hallow
Some really strong early Maiden influences on this one, with an energetic and strong female vocal performance, to boot. Riff work is sharp on almost every track, and the production finds a nice middle-ground between throwback garage rock and modern stuff. Definitely worth looking into if you appreciate the style.
Scale the Summit The Collective
Scale the Summit V
Scale the Summit The Migration
Sculptured The Spear Of The Lily Is Aureoled
Secret Band Secret Band EP (Remastered)
Senses Fail Renacer
Septicflesh Communion
Septicflesh Titan
Septicflesh Codex Omega
Shad Flying Colours
Shade Empire Omega Arcane
Shadow Shadow
Shadow of the Colossus End Game
Shape of Broad Minds Craft of the Lost Art
ShinSight Trio Shallow Nights Blurry Moon
Shrapnel (UK) The Virus Conspires
Sigh In Somniphobia
Sigh Gallows Gallery
Sigh Graveward
The mixdown can be suspect at times (though with Sigh, this seems to be a deliberate measure), but otherwise Graveward stands as one of the more accessible, and especially cohesive albums that the band has put forth since their inception. A solid listen from front to back, which demands replays.
SikTh Opacities
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
Sinjin Hawke First Opus
Sithu Aye Set Course for Andromeda
Set Course for Andromeda or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MS Paint
Skeletal Dreadful Life
Skeletonwitch Beyond the Permafrost
Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed
Really loving the experimental elements incorporated into their compositions. When the soothing saxophone came in towards the end of 'Unwept' and broke through the cacophony of riffs, I was in awe. It was like a single haunting dove fluttering below a black and massive storm. Chills. Everywhere. And when the pan flute opened up 'Born of the Light that Does Not Shine', I was off my chair and dancing like some creature out of a Tolkien novel. Delightful. Really pleased to see Skeletonwitch showing us their softer side.
Sleepmakeswaves Made Of Breath Only
sleepmakeswaves have never been a band to operate outside of the standard post-rock archetype, but here they go just a smidge further than usual, with some instrumental prog arrangements (Polyphia come to mind, as well as more typical prog affair) as well as post-hardcore and electronica (somewhat reminiscent of genre stalwarts 65daysofstatic). These little adjustments to the formula do just enough to refresh, while little repeated musical motifs appear here and there to add a unified feel to the full album. All in all, consistency reigns supreme in the sleepmakeswaves camp, though, despite constant switch-ups, this does feel a bit too much like their previous.

Recommended tracks: Worlds Away, Tundra
Sleepmakeswaves Love of Cartography
Sleigh Bells Treats
Smut Peddlers Porn Again
SOHN Tremors
Son of Aurelius Under a Western Sun
Son of Aurelius The Farthest Reaches
Sonic Boom Six City of Thieves
Sorrow Plagues Homecoming
Soundgarden King Animal
Spires (MAN-UK) Spiral of Ascension
Extremely underrated progressive death metal, hailing from the UK. They've got a pretty distinct style that culminates quite a few influences, but Mastodon and Opeth (as strange as that may sound) are the immediate ones. Highly recommended.
Spires (MAN-UK) The Whisperer
Spires manage to break out of their Opeth cover group phase with a resoundingly intricate album, only barely marred by some jarring transitions. A hefty listen, but one that progressive metal fans will surely appreciate.
Star One Victims of the Modern Age
Steven Wilson 4 1/2
Stevens / Dessner / Muhly / McAlister Planetarium
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights
Sulphur Aeon Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide
Lovecraftian influenced, old-school death metal. What's not to love? The vocal effects give this an absolutely massive sound, and the hints at melody here and there break up the tedium pretty effectively. Not perfect, but a rock solid debut, for sure. Also: dat album cover.
Sulphur Aeon Gateway to the Antisphere
Sunburst Fragments of Creation
Roy Khan-era Kamelot vocals with Symphony X style compositions. What more could you ask for?
Sunless Urraca
Another band out-Ulcerate-ing Ulcerate. Phenomenal fucking mixing, too.
Sylosis Edge of the Earth
Sylosis Monolith
Symphony X Iconoclast
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Talib Kweli Quality
Talib Kweli Gravitas
What happened in between this and Prisoner of Conscious? While the latter had pacing issues and consistency squabbles everywhere, this is solid. I haven't enjoyed much from Kweli since Quality, but this stops the trend.
Techno Animal The Brotherhood of the Bomb
Temple of Void Lords Of Death
Tera Melos Trash Generator
TesseracT Altered State
Testament Dark Roots of Earth
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Atlas Moth An Ache for the Distance
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Dahlia Murder Nightbringers
The Comet Is Coming Death to the Planet
The Contortionist Language
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Doomsday Kingdom The Doomsday Kingdom
The Doppelgangaz HARK
The Doppelgangaz Beats For Brothels, Vol. 2
The Doppelgangaz Beats For Brothels, Vol. 1
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Faceless Akeldama
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Flight of Sleipnir Skadi
The Glitch Mob Drink the Sea
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
The Great Old Ones EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
The Grouch and Eligh Say G&E!
The Grouch x Eligh x CunninLynguists The Winterfire EP
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Left Gas Mask
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mire Vice Regalia
The Omega Experiment The Omega Experiment
The Perceptionists Black Dialogue
The Project Hate MCMXCIX Armageddon March Eternal
The Reign Of Kindo This Is What Happens
The Reign Of Kindo Play With Fire
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Secret Agnus Dei
The Summoned Sessions
Pretty underrated. Somewhere in between The Dillinger Escape Plan and a whole slew of dissonant tech death acts.
The White Stripes Elephant
Three Trapped Tigers Route One or Die
Thurisaz The Cimmerian Years
Timeghoul Complete Discography
Tonedeff Archetype
Tonedeff Demon
Rolling in right towards the end, Tonedeff's Demon is worth the forced, experimental electronica that plagued 'Glutton'. Though this one does share similarities with it, it uses the better portions of the genre to produce synth heavy, wavy instrumentals that only serve to highlight Tonedeff's incredible flow. This is an excellent release, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to finish their 2013 'Best Rap Album' list.
Toxic Holocaust Conjure and Command
Toxic Holocaust Chemistry of Consciousness
Toy-Box Fantastic
Trees of Eternity Hour Of The Nightingale
What a depressing state of affairs. Such a unique voice within the Gothic/Doom Metal scene, snuffed out far too soon. This album is definitely a worthy legacy, though.
Tribulation The Horror
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
Tyr The Lay of Thrym
Uada Devoid of Light
Nothing mindblowing, but well played, well crafted and definitely worth checking into for fans of
the genre.
Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
Until The Ribbon Breaks A Taste of Silver
Until The Ribbon Breaks A Lesson Unlearnt
Anyone who has followed U.T.R.B..'s EPs will know that they've yet to make an uninteresting track, and so it comes as no surprise to anyone that their first full length album follows suit (even if they do recycle some of that EP material here). The diversity found herein is its greatest strength, with straight up electronica tracks ebbing and flowing with more hip-hop styled, breathe easy tunes. Overall it's just well produced and well organized, so check it the fuck out.
Usipian Dead Corner of the Eye
Pretty distinct as far as death metal goes. Production is a little aggravating, but Usipian had an excellent concept of songwriting, and each song on here benefits from it.
Vader Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Vader Impressions In Blood
Vader De Profundis
Vader Tibi et Igni
Vale of Pnath The Prodigal Empire
Vale of Pnath II
Valkyrie (USA-VA) Shadows
Vehemence Forward Without Motion
A better successor to 'God Was Created' than their previous ever could have been. The songwriting is phenomenal throughout, though the patchy, rather muddy production can distract. Still though, 'Forward Without Motion' manages to answers the question of whether or not Vehemence can still create interesting and distinct death metal in the modern day with a resounding 'yes'.
Venenum Trance of Death
This gets a 4 for the last three tracks alone. The final riff looping into the beginning violin passage is incredible as well.
Vestiges The Descent Of Man
Vince Staples Hell Can Wait
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
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Counting up ratings by the thousands
Vision of Disorder The Cursed Remain Cursed
Voivod Target Earth
Warbringer War Without End
Water's Edge An Abstract Collapse
While She Sleeps This Is the Six
White Ward Futility Report
Wintersun Time I
Album's been delayed indefinitely while the children of Finland take their summer vacation skiing the slope of Jari's big nose
Witch Mountain South Of Salem
Witherscape The Inheritance
Good to hear Swano's inhuman roars again. While this doesn't represent his peak works (I'm not aware of his partner's works), it does find itself a niche in the progressive metal genre as something very distinct and conceptual in nature. So overall, it still is solid, and every now and again the compositions will surprise. Definitely worth a listen.
Woodkid The Golden Age
While the singles already presented are for sure the best tracks on the album, the rest are of a similar quality, and are definitely worth checking out. Woodkid's concept of pop here is new and interesting, with gorgeous string arrangements as well as interesting drum patterns that do more than just keep pattern on the underside. Definitely recommended.
Wormed Exodromos
Wormwood Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth
Overly long, but definitely one of the best debuts I've heard in a while. Some solid black/folk with a strong sense of melody. Think Vintersorg or a more cleanly produced version of Bathory's 'Twilight of the Gods'.
Wugazi 13 Chambers
Xanthochroid Of Erthe and Axen: Act I
This album really exceeded my expectations. Billed as the calmer, more somber part of a two piece concept album to be finished in October, its mastery of atmosphere and mood is quite something. It'll definitely be a bit of a surprise from fans expecting an exact replica of their previous release, especially with how much softer this album appears, but don't let the initial confusion put you off: this is a great release, filled with tons of interesting ideas and great performances.
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

3.5 great
'68 Two Parts Viper
This was more of a grower than their debut. I'm not fond of some of the occasional grunge
influences, but regardless it still has just as much tooth, nail and bile as their previous, with
a little more variation present between tracks.
3TEETH shutdown​.​exe
65daysofstatic The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern Euro...
A Sense of Gravity Atrament
A Sense of Gravity haven't quite found their sound yet, but nevertheless they've delivered one of the most challenging releases of 2016. There's some Protest the Hero in here, some Dream Theater, and an absolute assload of general prog, but scattered throughout are smaller explorations into other genres, as well. Very entertaining from front to back, only really diminished by some inconsistencies in songwriting here and there (though that seems to come with the territory).
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
Better than anticipated, though not without some pretty major caveats. 'We Got It From Here' could easily be condensed down to about half its track total, with a good chunk being decent but, ultimately, irrelevant. Some of the features feel rather superfluous as well, though I feel their inclusion may have more to do with Phife's untimely demise before the finishing of production.

Regardless, there isn't an album this year that feels quite like this. Tribe's absence from the rap scene has been deeply felt, and even with a couple bum tracks, this has a very warm tone to it almost alien in nature in comparison to today's synthetic, keyboard-driven rap landscape. Recommended for sure. Rip Phife.
Ab-Soul Do What Thou Wilt.
Imperfect, but all the better for it. 'Do What Thou Wilt.' finds the Black Hippy alumni off-kilter yet wholey on point, over a series of dark, brooding, and especially atmospheric arrangements. While the vaguely experimental nature of the album doesn't always pay off, it's still an incredibly interesting album, and one that'll be sure to see many top rap release lists come year's end.
Abigail Williams Becoming
Accept Blind Rage
Aesop Rock Daylight
Aesop Rock The Blob
Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
Not in love with the muddy, minimalist instrumentals, but pretty pleased with Aes's general flow and (of course) lyricism. Nice to see an emcee known for his brickwall abstractions go for something a little more direct and much more personal.

Edit: Kirby's a slapper
Aeternam Ruins of Empires
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Allegaeon Fragments Of Form And Function
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs
Amon Amarth Jomsviking
An Abstract Illusion Illuminate the Path
A lot of potential here, not yet to be fully realized. It's excessive in length, has really gaudy, borderline hokey keyboard riffs and some less than inspired vocal performances, but even so, it manages to create some truly inspiring moments throughout these vast, winding tracks. If you enjoy Ne Obliviscaris, or just a more prog-oriented death metal act, give these guys a shot. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about them really soon.
Anaal Nathrakh Passion
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy
Anciients Voice of the Void
Andy James Exodus
Anubis Gate Covered In Black
Apathy and O.C Perestroika
Arch Echo Arch Echo
Somewhere between Liquid Tension Experiment and Polyphia, Arch Echo are a rock solid instrumental prog outfit with a distinct, uptempo style underlying all of their compositions. While the songs here on their debut have a tendency to run together on occasion, they manage to avoid some of the pitfalls of the genre through intelligent songwriting. Definitely worth a checkout if you're a fan of similar acts.
Archspire Relentless Mutation
Armageddon (SWE) Captivity & Devourment
Arsis United in Regret
Astronautalis The Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theaters
Aura Noir Black Thrash Attack
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
Aversions Crown Xenocide
Bad Rabbits American Nightmare
Everytime BR release something I'm always marginally disappointed that they haven't really extrapolated on that 'Stick Up Kids' style. Still, this is solid. Very unique album with a load of highlights.
Baroness Yellow and Green
Behemoth Evangelion
Behemoth The Apostasy
Being As An Ocean Dear G-d
Benighted Carnivore Sublime
One of the most consistent death metal bands around returns with another excellent and innovative slab of brutality in the shape of 'Carnivore Sublime'. Here, the band retains their signature off-kilter riffing style while pushing the envelope even further in any and all directions. Sure, the album can occasionally sound repetitive (there are riffs on here I'm sure I've heard on older albums), and the pig squeals can become grating due to their constant use, but overall this is an excellent album, defined by the band's unique compositions. Highly recommended.
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day
Blood Stain Child Silence Of Northern Hell
Brand New Science Fiction
Everybody and their mother have thrown their opinions in on this album, but as someone who has never really delved too deeply into their back-catalog, this is pretty decent, though it seems to have some issues here and there. It doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, first and foremost, swinging wildly between more modern song sensibilities and 90s alternate/grunge, and while this adds variety somewhat, it usually just gives it a lack of identity. It's all well-written, but it's missing focus, and that's made especially so when you notice how long this is. I get that this is a band with a lot to say and do, but 60 minutes is far too long when you aren't moving in one particular direction. I lose interest in this album about 3/4ths of the way through almost every time. And it's not that it's bad - quite the contrary, the songwriting is excellent on every cut - it's just that I have trouble seeing the end goal here, and while maybe repeated listens will clear this up (I've given it 6 - 7 spins) for now it just feels vaguely intentioned. Muddled, even.
Built to Fade To Dust
Kno adds his usual flair to the instrumentals, and the two singers here are pretty talented. This needs some serious growing time, but so far it's shaping up to be a pretty substantial release.
C. C. Munster The Freetrack Collection Vol. 2
Cage Depart From Me
Cage Kill the Architect
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Cattle Decapitation The Harvest Floor
Cheatahs Cheatahs
Chelsea Wolfe Hypnos / Flame
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
CityCop The Same Stories That Never Get Old
I'm enjoying this but it really feels like their weakest release to date :/
clipping. Splendor and Misery
Closure in Moscow Pink Lemonade
Clutch Earth Rocker
Coma Cluster Void Thoughts From A Stone
A bizarre release to say the least. Even after a dozen listens I'm still not entirely sure where I
stand with this one, even with a solid grasp of their last full length, 'Mind Cemetaries'. Here's
what I do know though: CCV are looking to expand out their sound in ways that are probably going
to turn some people off, even the more dissonant-minded, Deathspell loving metalheads. That seems
totally alright with them though, and you have to give them props for real sonic experimentation.
With time, this could be a release that truly lands them in the category of bands such as Gorguts
and Demilich, but for now, it's definitely novel, and certainly one of the most interesting
releases of the year.
Common Black America Again
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus
Complete Freedom Alpha
Conan Monnos
Corpsessed Abysmal Thresholds
Crosses Crosses
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Vol. 2
CunninLynguists The Rose EP
While there isn't much information related to the release of this and (allegedly) two other companion EPs, this seems to be an introspective series of tracks that'll surely draw comparisons to their earlier works like Piece of Mind and Dirty Acres. Very much based off of the current socio-political climate in the United States, with lyrics relating to racism, the presidential agenda, and, in general, the lower class. Definitely feels like the right move for the group at exactly the right time, and I can't wait to see what else they have coming.
CunninLynguists Rose Azura Njano
Cynic The Portal Tapes
Damn the Machine Damn the Machine
Chris Poland has jumped between quite a few projects since his Megadeth days. Damn the Machine, a progressive rock act, stands as his most accomplished, though, with consistently interesting guitar craft (though the other components shine, as well).

The instrumental mixing is solid for as low-key as this truly is, and the vocals - a make or break mixture in prog - are fairly interesting. I'd say check this out if you're looking for some decent prog.
Darkest Hour Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora
Deacon The Villain Peace or Power
Dead Cross Dead Cross
Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire
Deceased Surreal Overdose
Decrepit Birth Axis Mundi
A pretty humble record from one of the most interesting progressive death metal acts since
the genre's inception. The tech and prog aspects are scaled back just a touch, acting
more like flourishes on top of more aggressive, brutal riffs, and while I'd be
hard-pressed to call these songs "straight-forward" (hint: they're not), they definitely
feel more reigned-in; more concentrated, if you will. Fans of the band's debut will
definitely find much to enjoy here, as this album has quite a few similarities. This is
not to say they haven't learned a thing or two since Polarity (Spirit Guide has a distinct
Polarity influence), especially in some of the keyboard passages strewn throughout, as well
as some of the more melodic leads. Quite the contrary, Decrepit Birth are a band evolving
over time, and this is a measured change of sound to set the board back up.

Edit: the covers are bonus tracks for the digipack edition. Calm your shit people.
Denzel Curry Imperial
Destroyer 666 Wildfire
About par for the course for Destroyer 666. Solid, no-nonsense blackened thrash, with impressive
solo work and cavernous, pitch-perfect production. No complaints, really.

On a side note: get the deluxe edition. Deathblow is a beast of a track.
Duskmourn Of Shadow and Flame
Elder (USA-MA) Reflections of a Floating World
Elvenking Heathenreel
Empyrean Sky Extending The Tangent
Entheos (USA) Dark Future
The mixing on this is really mediocre. I really enjoy how they took their established sound and put it through the kaleidoscope here, while softening their sound just a touch (I'm sure the members of Scale the Summit and Animals As Leaders had a hand in that), but with everything sounding flat and lifeless it's just a bit disappointing.
Ex Eye Ex Eye
Execration (NOR) Return to the Void
Really decent spacey, proggy, Dismember-style death metal with a production that, despite it's best intentions, manages to make it sound roughly produced in all the wrong ways. While there are a ton of interesting ideas on here, and the songwriting is pretty sound, it's just hard to listen to a solid block that's produced in such a sterile manner.
Falls of Rauros Believe in No Coming Shore
Father Befouled Revulsion of Seraphic Grace
Why does the cover remind me of Defeated Sanity? Regardless this is decent
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Food for Animals Belly
I think that the best songs off of Scavenger trump any of the best songs off of this, but Belly finds Food for Animals creating more consistent soundscapes, across the spectrum of this release. What they have is an interesting sound, and with a little more polish, they could have some serious fire power on their hands.
fun. Some Nights
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Ghost Atlas All Is In Sync, and There's Nothing Left to Sing
God Dethroned The World Ablaze
I'm kinda underwhelmed by this. 'Annihilation Crusade' and the title track are absolute barn burners of tracks, but the album really flounders around for a really long period of time after that, finally redeeming itself with the closing track. I don't feel like this would be as big of an issue was the production not punchier; Dan Swano's melodeath-style clean up job here really takes the sharpness out of the band's riff-writing, and actually kind of deflates the band's intentions.

For what it's worth, though, I feel like this is still a solid, somewhat varied release, and a much-needed change of pace from the two schools of thought on death metal; those who do it melodically and those who absolutely do not. God Dethroned have been compared to Amon Amarth for years (just listen to 2014 for irrefutable proof) in the sense that they do both without sacrificing either too much, but with Amon Amarth moving more towards a softer, more heavy-metal influenced style, these guys (and maybe the Absence!) are about the only band doing it right. Hopefully this isn't the final album they've been suggesting, because I'd like to see this get expanded on in future releases.
Gorod Process of a New Decline
Gorod Kiss The Freak
Grits The Art of Translation
Hail the Sun Secret Wars
Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Hideous Divinity Adveniens
Ho99o9 United States Of Horror
While I wish they'd really hone in on their core sound a little bit, the scattershot approach to songwriting/genre-hopping does give the record quite a bit of variety, even if the lyrics come off as a little stock, or the atmosphere seems a bit tryhard at times.
Hoth Oathbreaker
Ihsahn angL
Ihsahn The Adversary
Ihsahn Eremita
Immolation Atonement
Wholly enjoyable in parts, somewhat frustrating in others. Immolation's songwriting on here is inconsistent, with songs feeling rather piecemeal, ending on strange transitions or, even worse, fading out. And a band 30 years into their career shouldn't have to resort to that.

Still, it IS better than Kingdom of Conspiracy, with some especially standout moments (When The Jackals Come's mid-section slowdown, Fostering the Divide's blistering solo work that transitions into one of the best tremolo riffs of their recent career). It's just a shame that this level of consistency doesn't permeate throughout.
Injury Reserve Drive It Like It's Stolen!
Insomnium Across the Dark
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
J. Cole Truly Yours
Joey Badass B4.DA.$$
K-Rino Solitary Confinement
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Kamelot Silverthorn
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Polygondwanaland
Kno Kno vs. Hov: The White Albulum
Krisiun Southern Storm
L'Orange and Kool Keith Time? Astonishing!
Liberteer Better to Die on Your Feet...
Lil B I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
Lo-Fang Blue Film
Logic Under Pressure
Logic still sounds like the sum of his influences, but his ear for incredible beats makes this one to look out for. Also: dat album cover
Loss Despond
Madder Mortem Red In Tooth And Claw
Would benefit greatly from a reduction in the number of slow, ballad-esque tracks, but it's still
an entertaining prog metal record with interesting and varied female vocals.

On a side-note: Give BATS back their album name
Mandroid Echostar Coral Throne
ME's worst release is still an entertaining, if largely disjointed listen. Coral Throne shines a massive light on some of their largest weaknesses as a band, which pertains to song structures and transitions. That said, the individual pieces are still of a particularly high quality, so this is still worth a listen, if perhaps a cautionary one.

Also the vocals are adequate. Calm the fuck down.
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
Maze of Sothoth Soul Demise
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Dystopia
Melt-Banana Cell-Scape
Messenger Threnodies
Mors Principium Est Dawn Of The 5th Era
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Ne Obliviscaris Sarabande to Nihil
Necrowretch Satanic Slavery
Well produced, well composed and, above all else, very true to its roots (those being the early death metal scene). The vocals feel especially unhinged, not being overly-processed like the majority of modern metal, and the guitar-work is excellent as well.

While I don't know you could even put 'original' in the same sentence as Satanic Slavery, you could definitely fit 'solid' in there somewhere with no real trepidation.
Nightbringer Terra Damnata
Novembers Doom Aphotic
Nyn Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt
Ocean Wisdom Chaos 93'
Once you get over Ocean Wisdom's constant verbal acrobatics (which you eventually will) you're left to wonder how many songs he can possibly dedicate to how great he is. All jokes aside, this is solid brag rap with some equally solid instrumentals. Nothing with long lasting appeal, but good.
Odious Mortem Cryptic Implosion
Onyx #WakeDaFucUp
Wasn't expecting much from this, honestly, but it kicked my ass regardless. Snowgoons know exactly how to elevate Onyx's overtly aggressive rap style, and in general the synergy is excellent. It's streaming at the moment, so give it a shot.
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Pale Communion
Origin Entity
Overkill The Electric Age
Overkill White Devil Armory
P.O.S Chill, Dummy
Where was there to go after the bombastic electronics of 2012's 'We Don't Even Live Here'? On 'Chill, Dummy', P.O.S both reigns it in and extrapolates on that initial premise, with a mix of minimalist and maximalist instrumental designs. What really ties it all together is the gritty, borderline schizoid nature to the album, feeling off-the-cuff and borderline improv'd.

While I don't think this will be remembered as P.O.S's best record, it's good to see him not dead, and back at making head-on collisions with the current sociopolitical climate, as well as more intimate detailings of his person life.
Panzerchrist Room Service
Panzerchrist Regiment Ragnarok
Perturbator The Uncanny Valley
Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky
Process of Guilt Erosion
Propagandhi Victory Lap
Prostitute Disfigurement Descendants of Depravity
Pusha T My Name Is My Name
Pusha T King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
R.A. The Rugged Man Die, Rugged Man, Die
Revocation Chaos of Forms
Sadistik Altars
Why would you drop your dream project on the same date as Kendrick's newest LP?

Regardless of any drop-date blunders, Sadistik is reliably solid, though he brings all his usual weaknesses into this new project too; some cringe-worthy vocal harmonies, some hokey instrumental choices as well as some other minor squabbles. This also has a little less variety than his usual foray, with it missing a massive climactic end-track like most of his projects do.

Still, Sadistik brings an unfiltered and unhinged persona here unlike any other in the rap scene, with dense word play, complex, spider-like flows and one of the most unorthodox approaches out there. None of that changes with Altars.
Sadistik x Kno Phantom Limbs
An eerily concise, and thematic E.P., strangely punctuated by a posse cut that, while, phenomenal by its own merits, just confuses the track flow. Still, Sadistik is on point, and Kno brings his usual high-standing instrumentals. He even brings a solid set of bars (bizarre, right?). Not essential listening, but excellent nonetheless.
Sage Francis Copper Gone
Sanzu Heavy Over The Home
Saor Guardians
Sean Price Imperius Rex
Sevdaliza Ison
Shabazz Palaces Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
Shadow of Intent Primordial
Might be a little too masturbatory for some, but a pretty cool concept, nonetheless. Halo-themed
symphonic/technical death metal. Makes you wonder why somebody didn't already think of this.
Shadow of Intent Reclaimer
Shadowrunners Cyberdine
Sigh Scenes from Hell
SikTh The Future in Whose Eyes?
My immediate thought about halfway through my first listen was "This is Diet SikTh". The vocals are leveled needlessly high in the mix, and they're especially irritating when you realize they just do a worse job imitating the band's past vocalist, Justin Hill, with more of a flare for the typical metalcore clean vocal approach. The guitar work is more reigned in as well, with there being more of a focus on vocal harmonies and slower, chuggier riffs. The band has always had these, but they're much more prominent here, and lead to some of the tracks coming off as monotonous on occasion.

A couple listens in, however, and the full answer is this: SikTh are still SikTh, and even with a more serious, streamlined approach, there are still some noticeable highs here. Riddles of Humanity has one of the fastest, snappiest riffs in the band's discography, Ride the Illusion feels like a proper realization of the band's newest priorities, and the overall concept, bolstered by a series of spoken word interludes, really sets the tone as well as makes these tangent tracks feel more unified. While any trepidation will, to some extent, feel warranted here, this is still a solid album, and is worth a check for fans of more abstract metalcore.
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Snoop Dogg Neva Left
Solstafir Berdreyminn
Swans The Seer
Talib Kweli Radio Silence
Talib Kweli & Z-Trip Attack the Block
This is an unbelievably substantial mixtape. Kweli sounds more on point here than he has in years, and that's something to get excited about. The beats are equally qualitative, always highlighting the spirited deliveries on display, while standing on their own as powerful instrumentals in their own rights. So overall, this more than sets the stage for Kweli's new album drop this year, which is sure to be pretty darn solid.
Testament Brotherhood of the Snake
Definitely more varied than their more recent work, and ESPECIALLY more varied than 'Dark Roots of the Earth', AKA 'Ballads: The Album', 'Brotherhood of the Snake' finds Testament assembling concepts and song structures from all across their discography, while pushing out some new aspects as well. While the band stumbles occasionally and the production feels a bit too plastic, this is still a solid album, and a nice addition to an already impressive catalog. Good to see the death metal passages return as well.
Tetrafusion Dreaming Of Sleep
I love a lot of the personnel on board this project, but I can't help but feel like the sum of it's parts don't always equal the whole. The vocals are adequate but don't really elevate any of the tracks, and there's a lot of needless meandering cast across the majority of these tracks; and at 60 minutes this definitely takes a toll.

I'd still check it out if you're a fan of prog, but it's not essential.
The Absence Enemy Unbound
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Dynospectrum Dynospectrum
The Faceless Autotheism
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fall of Troy OK#2
The Gigantics Die Already
The Horrors Skying
The Kennedy Veil Trinity of Falsehood
The Monolith Deathcult Versus I
Interesting conceptually (relating to the Nazis research into the far flung science fiction realms and the mystical) and interesting structurally. The Monolith Deathcult don't write songs so much as they write sweeping, vast pieces; sometimes starting and stopping in completely different locales. The first half has quite a bit of industrial style sampling, much like their older stuff, but this trails off gradually in the second half as the symphonics escalate the general mood into full movie score. It has its share of negatives; Die Glocke's immediate sample is flatout cringey, badly utilized and constantly repeated, there are lulls strewn here and there throughout the sonic meshes they call songs, and the final track plods so hard here it feels like it's walking on two broken legs. Still though, the band have always had an interesting idea, and here they expand on it in unusual ways while not scaring away their core fan base.
The Mountain Goats Goths
The Perceptionists Resolution
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
It doesn't hit the highs of some of their previous works, but it is a daring and incredibly consistent piece of hip-hop, as self-aware and sociopolitical as it is unique, especially within their discography.
The Ruins Of Beverast Exuvia
The Seer Prologue
Thundercat Drunk
Torae and Marco Polo Double Barrel
Torchbearer Death Meditations
Toxic Holocaust An Overdose of Death...
Triumvir Foul Spiritual Bloodshed
Ulsect Ulsect
Until The Ribbon Breaks The Other Ones
Not quite the caliber of his first E.P., but still head and shoulders over his peers' works, 'The Other Ones' does not disappoint. The arrangements here are intricate and gorgeous, and are well produced, to boot, so be sure to snag the stream while it's still online.
Vakill Armor of God
Vintersorg Till Fjälls Del II
If these singles are anything to go off of than this will be one of the best black/folk metal
albums in years. Something about the creation of this sequel has brought all the passion back to
their music.

Edit: Seems like the singles are definitely the best songs on the album, but there's really a lot
of downtime as well, which is disappointing. If this thing had been cut down to one disc's worth
of content I could see this being better.
Viraemia Viraemia
Virvum Illuminance
Warbringer Worlds Torn Asunder
Warmen Beyond Abilities
His best effort by a long shot. Warmen might just be one of the most gifted metal keyboardists of
all time, and on here he really just amplifies his Children of Bosom efforts. Imagine a more
keyboard-focused, neoclassical power metal album, minus the vocals (more or less) and you've got a
fairly accurate picture. Shame he's completely wasted on CoB's more recent releases.
Watsky Cardboard Castles
While there is still quite of bit of growth to be done here, George Watsky has the
potential, and that is what is put on display on 'Cardboard Castles'. His flow is definitely
fluid, and even when he stumbles, he still maintains an interesting lyrical setup to keep
things interesting. So overall, this is worth a listen, even if just to check out the
spectacular 'Tiny Glowing Screens, Pt. 2', which really defines him as a spoken word artist
turned hip-hop musician.
Wiki No Mountains In Manhattan
Witherfall Nocturnes and Requiems
Within the Ruins Phenomena
Wode Servants of the Countercosmos
Woodkid Iron
Woodkid Run Boy Run
Zavala Fantasmas

3.0 good
Action Bronson Mr. Wonderful
Alestorm No Grave But the Sea
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
Anonymuz Urameshi
Ashes of Ares Ashes of Ares
Aspherium The Fall of Therenia
At the Drive-In in•ter a•li•a
August Burns Red Phantom Anthem
Definitely more raw and aggressive than their previous, but rather monotonous in a lot of aspects as well. The proggier elements that helped diversify their previous couple releases seem to be really sparse this time around, and while a back-to-roots approach will definitely help keep their momentum going, it makes the album feel a little backwards. Nothing here is written particularly bad or anything, but it's clear that the band are at their best when they're pushing themselves in new directions.
Behold... The Arctopus Skullgrid
Below Upon a Pale Horse
Black Breath Slaves Beyond Death
Blood Red Throne Union of Flesh and Machine
This album would be a mark better if it wasn't produced so shittily. All the instrumental layers sound muddled and incoherent, which is unfortunate because this contains some of their best material since 2005's 'Altered Genesis'.
Blut Aus Nord Deus Salutis Meae
Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip The Abstract & The Dragon
Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black
'A Skeletal Domain' was one of the first CC releases in a very long time to feel completely different from what came before it. It was more technical, diverse and just plain more interesting. 'Red Before Black', however, strips back all of that straight out of the gate, and it's hard not to feel disappointed. This isn't a bad album by any stretch, but it's missing what drew me back to their sound in the first place.
Cannibal Ox Gotham
I feel very similar to how I felt after the recent Binary Star EP. It's a reclamation, for sure, but it isn't quite up to the standard of their older material. Hopefully the full length will set aside doubts here, but until then, this'll do the trick.
Carach Angren This Is No Fairytale
Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten
Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
CHON Homey
Remember when these guys had some of the most interesting leads in the post-hardcore landscape? Now they're barely putting together cognitive, coherent riffs over trap beats and awful r&b arrangements. I really like these guys but this is extremely underwritten.
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Cytotoxin Radiophobia
CZARFACE A Fistful of Peril
Not really feeling this like the last two. Seems like the energy just isn't there on Esoteric's side, and, strangely, aside maybe two tracks, the beats just aren't where they need to be. Maybe this'll grow on me; I know the other two did, but sitting at 4+ listens now and I'm not finding a lot of positives. Inspectah Deck seems more on point here than ever, sadly, but he's not enough to make this release stand out.
Dalek Endangered Philosophies
Strangely formulaic for a Dalek project. Beats don't seem as especially esoteric as their usual foray either. Don't know what to make of this one, honestly.
Danny Brown OD
Decapitated Anticult
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deltron 3030 City Rising From The Ashes
The best track here is the title track, with the other two not quite keeping pace. 'The
Agony' is just a bad track, sounding stilted and particularly awkward in spots, and that's
what's especially unsettling about it; it's the most recent track, especially compared to
the other two. If this is what represents his present work, than I'm wary about Event II.
Dio This Is Your Life
Some of the covers are incredibly inspired (Metallica's medley, Anthrax's Neon Knights) while the others are either bland or just flat-out offensive. Nobody wanted Killswitch Engage's bastardized cover of Holy Diver, especially on a Dio fucking cover album.
Earth Rot Renascentia
Eidola To Speak, To Listen
Maybe they can get a decent score this time without the help of an advanced marketing team???rYeah this is alright
Eminem Recovery
Exhumed Death Revenge
Fen Winter
Fleshgod Apocalypse Labyrinth
Freddie Gibbs You Only Live 2wice
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die II
Gorguts Obscura
Hidden Orchestra Dawn Chorus
Hollow Prophet Hellhole
Hundred Suns The Prestaliis
In Dread Response Embers In The Spiritless Void
Intervals The Way Forward
I don't know what's changed since their previous LP but it's not for the best. Interchange the band name with Polyphia or any number of instrumental prog acts and you have the entirety of 'The Way Forward'. Inoffensive and bland, to be sure.
This will definitely get him a wider audience, but for the people who've stuck by him since he began way back with 1999, it feels surprisingly light on substance. The jazzy, funky instrumentals that run throughout are solid, and the tracks flow fairly cohesively, but you can't shake the sense that this is his weakest full-length to date.
Jonwayne Rap Album Two
Kalmah For The Revolution
Karnivool Asymmetry
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
Leprous Malina
Little People We Are But Hunks Of Wood
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1
Make Them Suffer Neverbloom
Meshuggah I
Metallica Death Magnetic
Monstrosity Rise to Power
Morbid Angel Kingdoms Disdained
Morbid Angel do their best Hate Eternal impression while Erik Rutan nods his head in agreement in the corner desk chair producing the entire thing
Municipal Waste Slime and Punishment
Nile At the Gate of Sethu
This would be infinitely better with a more coherent mix/mastering job. The songs themselves are fairly solid, but more often than not they sound flimsy and poorly rendered, like the band recorded them inside of a tin can.
Oceans of Slumber Aetherial
Orphaned Land All Is One
Picturesque Back to Beautiful
Pillorian Obsidian Arc
Doesn't really hit its stride until 'The Vestige of Thorns', but when it does, the songwriting becomes exponentially more interesting, challenging and varied. It's apparent that Agalloch founder John Haughm wanted to intertwine his previous band's long and sprawling songwriting with a darker and more insidious nature, and while he doesn't always hit the nail on the head, he more than lays the groundwork for far more fascinating material in the future. Worth checking into, though it does require some patience.

Recommended tracks: The Vestige of Thorns, A Stygian Pyre
Pryapisme Hyperblast Super Collider
Rav Beneath The Toxic Jungle
Reek Necrogenesis
Rings of Saturn Dingir
Shadowrunners 808-Bit Revenge
Skeletonwitch The Apothic Gloom
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Strange Game $TRANGE GAME$
SZA Ctrl
The Contortionist Clairvoyant
4 listens in and the best thing I can say about it is it's good background music
The Faceless In Becoming a Ghost
The Fall of Troy OK
The Northern Imperium
Album would be immensely more rewarding without the bland deathcore grunts plastered across the top of the tracks, as well as the mindless chugs that crop up from time to time. The band has serious potential, but small grating issues like these bring down the EP.
The Pablo Collective The Death of Pablo
The Royal Dreamcatchers
The Uncluded Hokey Fright
Thy Art Is Murder Dear Desolation
Tonedeff Hunter
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Tyler, the Creator Bastard
Tyler, the Creator Wolf
Voyager Ghost Mile
Vulture Industries Stranger Times
When did their singer become a cornier version of Glenn Danzig? This has to be the most "alright" album in their discography.
Witchery In His Infernal Majesty's Service
Youth In Revolt Love Is A Liar's Game
I was disappointed to hear that this was not in fact Michael Cera themed post-hardcore, but it's not terrible, for sure. 'Love Is A Liar's Game' is a fairly predictable venture, but one filled with solid twists and turns.
Zeroh tape

2.5 average
Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman Lice
Unusually mediocre for something largely featuring Aes. The beats just sound cheap and Homeboy Sandman just does not have the ferocity to stack up to his counterpart.
ASAP Ferg Still Striving
Can't wait for that inevitable review summary that reads 'Still Striving For Mediocrity'
Atmosphere Southsiders
Underwhelming on first listen. Slug just feels listeless on here.
Atmosphere Fishing Blues
Inoffensive - like everything else Atmosphere has released since 'When Life Gives You Lemons'. Slug seems marginally less lazy with his flows, but overall this ends up being another full album of background music. Disappointing to say the least.

I will say Kool Keith's completely off-topic, off-beat rambling at the end of 'When The Lights Go Out' is at least amusing.
Aversions Crown Tyrant
Big Grams Big Grams
Brockhampton Saturation
Cerebral Bore Maniacal Miscreation
Cerebral Bore? More like Cerebral Bored lmao

Seriously this is bland
Children of Bodom I Worship Chaos
This album is so frustrating. They were so damn close to recapturing that early year energy with Halo of Blood, and then they randomly decided to detour through their more mediocre, slower tempo tracks with this one. Welp. Back to Kalmah.
Daniel Cavanagh Monochrome
Reminds me of the soft, contemporary Christian rock that the "cool" churches all play, and that's not a good thing
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Ensiferum One Man Army
I think we can safely say that this band isn't shit without Jari. Victory Songs kept the band trudging along, but with these last two albums, Ensiferum have lost that air of distinction that kept them at the forefront of folk metal. One Man Army is perhaps better than Unsung Heroes, but that says very little between two extremely mediocre releases.
Goodie Mob Age Against The Machine
Age Against the Machine? More like Renegades Of Bunk...
Iced Earth Incorruptible
Iced Earth have a distinctly different singer in ex-Into Eternity Stu Block, and that's why it's so fucking frustrating to hear Jon Schaffer continue to write tracks that force him to impersonate previous vocalist Matt Barlow on virtually every track on this album. Three albums deep and he still has literally no presence in this band.

As far as the MUSIC is concerned, this is Iced Earth on the autopilot-ist of autopilots. While some of their previous releases had some kind of conceptual bend that seemed to push them to experiment sonically (to varying degrees of success, but I digress) this one feels disappointingly straightforward. Coming off of their previous release, though, this will feel, unfortunately, like par for the course.
Junius Eternal Rituals For The Accretion of Light
I don't understand how a band who wrote 'All Shall Float' could write this album, but here we are,
like a narcoleptic on a melatonin-benadryl bender, trying to stay awake.
Kool Keith Magnetic Pimp Force Field
Lizzard Wizzard Total War Power Bastard
Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light
Malevolence Self Supremacy
Masta Ace The Falling Season
Masta Ace deserves better instrumentation. He's absolutely legendary by this stage in his career, but these cheap loops just don't provide a sound enough foundation for his story-heavy lyrics.
Mastodon Cold Dark Place
Nothing I enjoy about Mastodon, neatly wrapped into a 4 track EP.
Meshuggah Best of Meshuggah
Meshuggah needs a greatest hits album like Napalm Death needs a french horn section.
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Somebody combine the two discs, cut out all the obvious filler and mess with the mix. You'd have a solid 8/10 album.
Necromancing the Stone Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Omegas Power To Exist
Omnium Gatherum Grey Heavens
OG have been going this way for a while, but they've finally started encroaching on BORING. This album has autopilot written all over it.
Scale the Summit In a World of Fear
Never really been bored with a Scale the Summit release before, but this just feels dull. I could barely finish it. Seems like all the other band members took the charisma with them.
Signs of the Swarm The Disfigurement Of Existence
Excellent vocals layered over some pseudo-brutal death metal riffs and mind numbing breakdowns. When they start really ramping up the tempos it's excellent, but the band insists on crudely implementing the same chuggy monotonous breakdowns and it kills the momentum of almost every song.
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
Spite Nothing Is Beautiful
Steve Harris British Lion
Listened through the whole thing a couple of times on the official stream, and I cannot comprehend how ridiculously bland it all is. Not only that, but the singer is atrocious. Oh well, I guess it isn't Iron Maiden. I guess that's a good thing.
Tech N9ne The Storm
The Glitch Mob Love Death Immortality
Your disappointment was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters
The Midnight Nocturnal
There are so many other acts doing a superior version of this synth driven pop sound and I'd highly recommend you listen to any of them first. Tim McEwan, the producer for most of this material manages to emulate his primary influences relatively well, but that's essentially where it ends. He fails at really elevating his work above fandom most of the time. Worse, Tyler Lyle, the vocalist behind this project doesn't get the emphasis he really needs to shine on most of the tracks presented here because the tracks just don't build the way they should. Which is strange, because most of the tracks are way too long. There are neat moments throughout, but not entire songs. Rarely do I feel engaged for more than a short period, and those durations are usually just the smooth ass sax solos, or a neat idea that never gets elaborated on.
Tonedeff Glutton
Toxik Breaking Class
I kinda wish this didn't exist. Vocalist has nowhere near the range that he used to and their sound has become so homogenized that literally any thrash metal act could have put this out. I don't know what's happened to the band in the last two decades they've been absent but it's made them really boring
Unleash The Archers Apex
Unbelievably bland. Their vocalist is one of the most talented female leads in all of metal, but she's really wasted here. Every track essentially runs at the same tempo with just slight variations and it is monotonous as hell. I dare you to sit through this thing. It's literally an hour long.
Vader The Empire
I've never been less excited about a Vader release and I think that's the biggest tell about this album's quality. Both of the singles were below standard, and, as far as I can tell, this had a few push backs just trying to get this out. Their last release was extremely competent, but this one feels sloppy, mismatched, poorly sequenced and generally badly written. Not sure what happened here but it's disappointing.
Winds of Plague Blood of My Enemy
Woods of Ypres Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of the Earth
Wormed Planisphaerium
Yellowcard Yellowcard

2.0 poor
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
Arsis Starve for the Devil
Brain Drill Apocalyptic Feasting
Metallica Load
Sadistik Salo Sessions
This feels like Sadistik throwing all of his ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks. Turns out barely anything at all here. It feels chaotic, to be sure, but definitely not in a good way. Just check out 'Out the Dark' and call it a day.
SHVPES Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
The Unguided And The Battle Royale
Vomitron No NES For The Wicked

1.5 very poor
Behold... The Arctopus Cognitive Emancipation
I like masturbating too but I don't pay a studio three grand to record it
Ghost Bath Starmourner
Meandering black metal and folk passages awkwardly joined at the hip with major key riffs strangely reminiscent of the Sonic Adventure soundtracks, with unintelligible Silencer-esque wails layered over it all to create a cacophonous mess. Terrible songwriting and a mix so bad I'm questioning whether it was some kind of money laundering scheme instead
Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb

1.0 awful
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie The Bigger Artist
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie TBA
Acrania The beginning of the end
Avenged Sevenfold The Stage
Bring Me The Horizon Sempiternal
brokeNCYDE Guilty Pleasure
Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Dot Dot Curve I'm Still Here
Emphatic Damage
Lil Peep Come Over When You're Sober
This guy needs to stop defaming the good name of America's greatest Easter marshmallow snack
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Ninja Sex Party Attitude City
PnB Rock GTTM: Goin Thru The Motions
Queensryche Frequency Unknown
Rings of Saturn Ultu Ulla
Tonedeff Polymer

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