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5.0 classic
AFI Crash Love
Alesana The Emptiness
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Assemblage 23 Meta
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blue Foundation Sweep Of Days
Listening to this release, it's a shame that the band decided to try and throw off such a delightful sonic foray into the trip-hop soundscape. The album see's the band at a five piece, and unlike other trip-hop groups the "hop" is here in far more force. Spoken word rhyming segments, free-form scratching, hip hop beats, and wonderful female vocals courtesy of Stern really set this release head and shoulders above the competition. though the band would later move on to other styles, this is the one that remains their masterpiece. You owe it to yourself to check it out, and for those rain days that need a soundtrack.
Covenant Leaving Babylon
A combination of Skyshaper's energy and Modern Ruin's atmosphere, Leaving Babylon is something of a return to form for Covenant. It's not a faithful return to their roots, but the small innovations and nods to other genres are enough to set it apart from their past discography, once again moving them into a niche of their own creating.
Depeche Mode Delta Machine
Equilibrium Sagas
Hybrid (UK) I Choose Noise
Infected Mushroom Vicious Delicious
I can't find anything I don't like about this album.
Kamelot Silverthorn
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I Crossroads
MO No Mythologies to Follow
Panic Lift Witness To Our Collapse
Phutureprimitive Kinetik
Soundtrack (Film) Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
The Birthday Massacre Walking With Strangers
The Cure Disintegration
The Presets Apocalypso
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
Various Artists Halo 2 Original Soundtrack-Volume 1
Wumpscut Blutkind

4.5 superb
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle aMOTION
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Above and Beyond Group Therapy
Acretongue Nihil
Acretongue Strange Cargo
Acumen Nation The 5ifth Column
Acylum The Enemy
Aesthetic Perfection Close to Human
This album sounds like a different band, only the vocals give the impression of Aesthetic Perfections later work. Less in-your-face and more subtle I found myself being drawn into the music rather than being bludgeoned by it, and while I don't mind the latter it's nice to have a break from that every once in awhile.
Aesthetic Perfection A Violent Emotion
AFI All Hallow's E.P.
Alien Sex Fiend The Bat Cave Masters
Amaranthe Amaranthe
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amorphis Silent Waters
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy
Android Lust Crater 1
Shikhee moved to another coast, and with it came a resolve to focus on atmosphere. rCrater is a departure from previous Android Lust albums in that the vocals aren't at the forefront of many of the tracks. Looking back, however, you realize that the atmosphere that makes this album excel was present in prior albums, begging to have free reign. rGo get this. Now.
Angelspit Krankhaus
Arcade Fire Her
Archive Controlling Crowds
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony
Atrium Carceri Phrenitis
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
AXOE Telegraphic
Chill, relaxed, and just enough of a late 80's/mid 90's vibe to make listeners nostalgic.
Though it could be said that a lot of the tracks are similar/follow a similar pattern the
album remains solid and unique both vocally and when it comes to the groups choice of
Battle Of Mice A Day Of Nights
Behemoth Evangelion
Binary Park The Deviated
In 7 months time Binary Park has stepped up their game, this almost feels like an entirely new band. The tracks have energy while maintaining the excellent use of synth lines that Worlds Collide brought to the table, and the vocals only add to this seemingly new found identity. Skip the debut, get this.
Blaqk Audio CexCells
Blondie Blondie - Greatest Hits
Bonobo The North Borders
Booka Shade Movements
Brand New Deja Entendu
C-Drone-Defect Neural Dysorder Syndrome ReduX
His track featuring Ashbury Heights is perhaps my favorite industrial song of 2012, hands down.
C2C Down The Road
Camo and Krooked Between The Lines
Chrom Synthetic Movement
Mood willing I'll review this, but damn this is some of the best synth/futurepop I've heard in 2012.
Chymera Death By Misadventure
I found myself forgetting that I was listening to a deep house/techno artist, there are some
influences here that really surprised me. Go get this. Now.
Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet Requiem for a Dream
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Collide Chasing the Ghost
By far the best of the Collide albums I have heard; "Razor Sharp" is a dark sensual dream while the cover of "White Rabbit" is suitably strange with kaRIN's haunting vocals, and that's just the first half of the album! Quiet subdued darkness has hardly ever sounded so good before.
Combichrist Everybody Hates You
Covenant Northern Light
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
Cradle of Filth Hammer of the Witches
Cyanotic Prehab 25mg-EP
Cyanotic The Medication Generation
Cybernetika Atropos
Cybernetika Nanospheric
Cybernetika The Scythe Of Orion
Cybernetika Neural Network Expansion
Darkspace Dark Space III
Darren Tate Horizons 01
David Maxim Micic Bilo 3.0
Dead Can Dance Anastasis
Deftones Around the Fur
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
Detroit Diesel Terre Humaine
Detroit Diesel Coup d'Etat
If you found the Canadians debut album too harsh and repetitive rest easy, the band has made
Coup d'Etat far superior. The vocals are toned down to provide a more suitable harsh
ebm experience while the songwriting is still just as catchy. Nothing feels rushed here, the
product is finely honed and has far more of an atmosphere than its predecessor. Final
thoughts? Harsh vox in 2012 never looked so good.
Die Sektor Applied Structure In A Void
Their best work, filled with fun little breakaway moments that really distant them group from their past work. The samples and song structures are just downright enjoyable, and the vocals fit this theme.
Dir En Grey GAUZE
Dir En Grey Dum Spiro Spero
Dir En Grey The Unraveling
Draconian Where Lovers Mourn
Emika DVA
Encephalon Drowner
Enduser Even Weight
Equilibrium Turis Fratyr
Esthero Breath from Another
Fahrenheit Project Fahrenheit Project 3
Fahrenheit Project Fahrenheit Project 4
Fahrenheit Project Fahrenheit Project 5
Fall Out Boy Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits
Flesh Field Strain
Bombastic industrial rock with a gritty, less than perfect take production value; get your stomping boots, this album demands movement.
Frou Frou Details
Gary Numan Dead Son Rising
Far more atmospheric, this blend of industrial rock is something that grows on the listener. Initially seeming like a slow starter, the album thrives on Numan's lyrical prowess and the low volume crunch of the guitars.
Gatekeeper Giza
Unlike their debut album, Giza isn't attempting for anything grandiose or above its reach. Highly recommend listening to this while playing Doom.
genCAB II transMUTER
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Goldfrapp The Singles
Green Day International Superhits
Green Day American Idiot
GRiZ Mad Liberation
Hanzel Und Gretyl Über Alles
Don't sell yourself short and give only "SS Deathstar Supergalactik" a listen, this album features some of the finest industrial metal I've ever heard.
Hanzel Und Gretyl 2012 Zwanzig Zwolf
A bit too by the numbers, Zwanzig Zwolf still hits hard. Maintaining the guitar centered sound of Uber Alles the band continues to give the audience what they want, and damn to hell the rest of it. Filled with simple lyrics spouted of in harsh German this is an album that screams FUN and maintains some technicality in spite of it.
Hooverphonic A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Horn Jahreszeiten
Hybrid (UK) Re_Mixed
Igorrr Hallelujah
In Flames Come Clarity
In The Nursery Era
This really might be bumped up to a 5 for me, and with good reason. Tracks such as "Blueprint" and "Silent In Time" showcase the accessible side of the band (highly recommend either track to new listeners), while the latter half builds on the tension the first four tracks create. I really think this is something you should hear for yourself, go give it a listen.
Infected Mushroom Converting Vegetarians
Infected Mushroom The Gathering
Joel Nielsen Black Mesa Soundtrack
Julien-K Death To Analog
Junkie XL Mad Max: Fury Road
Juno Reactor Beyond the Infinite
Juno Reactor Labyrinth
Juno Reactor Shango
Kamelot Haven
Kashiwa Daisuke Re:
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Klatu Mutual
Left Spine Down Voltage 2.3: Remixed and Revisited
Leftfield Leftism
Ling Tosite Sigure Inspiration Is DEAD
Little People Mickey Mouse Operation
Lunatic Calm Metropol
Lustmord The Place Where The Black Stars Hang
Lustmord Heresy
Lustmord Carbon/Core
Machinae Supremacy Rise of a Digital Nation
I've had issues getting into this band for some time, but something about the vocal delivery and structure of the opening track "All Of My Angels" changed my mind. The guitar work here is amazing, and though the bands signature electronic/gaming elements are here it's not until later that you notice how well they are weaved into the tracks. Lyrically the album is fun too, as many of the songs can be taken from a gaming standpoint but also work well when viewed from a political or personal mindset. Overall Rise of a Digital Nation is a huge success, and will make my top album of 2012 list for sure.
Mahria Mahria
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Massive Attack 100th Window
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matta Prototype
I really haven't listened to much dubstep other than what Deviant might link someone in a random comment/list but I can honestly say that Matta's debut trumps about everything I've heard. Go give the opening track "Mass" and "Hecq:Sura (Remix by Matta) a listen, you're already here reading this so you should be a fan of the genre (even if you just listen casually). I might be rating this so high due to pure ignorance of what else is out there, but I truly like it enough for a rating this high.
Maximum the Hormone Bu-ikikaesu
Metric Fantasies
Metric Synthetica
Michael McCann Deus Ex: Human Revolution Dreamweb Lost Alone
Moonsorrow Verisäkeet
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This to Memory
Mr Little Jeans Pocketknife
Muse Absolution
Namnambulu Distances
Nightwish Once
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails Fixed
Nordheim Lost In The North
Numb Wasted Sky
Overseer Wreckage
Peter Murphy Ninth
Pg. 99 Document #8
Phutureprimitive Sub Conscious
Phutureprimitive Searching For Beauty... Part 1
Placebo Sleeping With Ghosts
Plastikman Kompilation
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protonica Search
Though no song here is as long as those found on the groups Refresh EP, Search is just as enjoyable, if a bit more laid back. Progressive trance melodies sooth the listener as the bassline reminds them that this is music for late night dancing underneath a clubs neon glow.
Protonica Refresh EP
Though only featuring two tracks, Refresh really brings the progressive trance goodness. Constantly building, forever layering, these two songs are what grabbed me and they have yet to let go.
Protonica Airflow EP
Protonica Form Follows Function
Rabbit Junk REframe
"I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!!" - actually I don't since that would remove such an amazing album from my collection. Get this, you're here already looking at the page, go get it!
Rabbit Junk Rabbit Junk
Rabbit Junk Pop That Pretty Thirty
Rammstein Mutter
Rhapsody of Fire From Chaos to Eternity
Rob Dougan Furious Angels
Ryan Amon Elysium
SAM Brainwasher
Septicflesh Communion
Septicflesh The Great Mass
She (SWE) chiptek
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
Silenzium Storm
Sithu Aye Isles
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Son of Sam Songs from the Earth
Soundtrack (Film) Underworld Evolution Soundtrack
Underworld has always had interesting soundtracks, this is no exception. In my opinion the best of the three films music wise, the artists brought together really make the experience come alive. I don't think I've ever heard Hawthorne Heights be so, so, well so NOT sad. Alkaline Trio are at their most accessible with "Burn," Atreyu hits their hardest in "Her Portrait In Black." Even ender "HW2" is insanely catchy, yet somehow fitting.
Soundtrack (Film) Resident Evil: Afterlife
Strap On Halo Cherry Flavored Quick Fix EP
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Swarms Old Raves End
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Sync24 [ Comfortable Void ]
System of a Down System of a Down
Tüchters Letztes Gefecht Unbelehrbar
Telepopmusik Angel Milk
The Agony Scene The Darkest Red
The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles
The Bolshoi Friends
The Bolshoi Bigger Giants
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
The Chemical Brothers Hanna
The Cinematic Orchestra Man With A Movie Camera
The Crystal Method Vegas
The Crystal Method Divided By Night
Rather than strive to be cohesive The Crystal Method drop some of their prior sound/styling and incorporate guest vocals on all but two tracks, creating an album that thrives on the individual achievements therein.
The Cure The Head on the Door
The Cure Faith
The Glitch Mob Drink the Sea
The Knife Deep Cuts
The Shizit Soundtrack For The Revolution
I didn't know entirely what to expect when I hit play on Soundtrack For The Revolution (also known as SoFTeR). Having only heard their self titled I was assuming that this would be more of the same, and I was both correct and wrong in that assumption. The energy from The Shizit is present, but I'll be damned if SoFTeR doesn't have better instrumentation. Ironically every sound here is softer, and the group shows that not only can they make noise, but they can create atmosphere ("I Walk Through Walls"). This sound, this musicianship, is something I could fall in love with.
The Tuss Rushup Edge
Thy Catafalque Rengeteg
Tool Ænima
Tricky False Idols
Tristania Beyond the Veil
Type O Negative Bloody Kisses
Unitary Safe From Harm
United Nations United Nations
Unter Null The Failure Epiphany
Unter Null Moving On
An album where each song convey's the idea of the artist moving on, from both the music and personal matters. Once this becomes clear to the listener the album becomes almost a musical journal of that final push before the clean air, of leaving and not looking back. It's a superb album, and is well worth your time.
Vanna The Search Party Never Came
This was my introduction to Vanna, I quickly fell in love with the interesting mix of songs they had to offer. So I went off to their new albums... and was majorly disappointed. I enjoy The Search Party Never Came so much because of how it sounded, because of "Schadenfreude" and "I Am The Wind, You Are The Feather." But then again you can write all this off by knowing that I only enjoy Norma Jean's Bless The Martyr Kiss The Child.
Various Artists (Industrial) Awake the Machines Vol. 7
VAST Visual Audio Sensory Theater
VNV Nation Judgement
Once "Testament" starts the listener is treated to an excellent (even by VNV Nation standards) album full of driving, catchy, beats and syths. "Decent" and its spoken word delivery is a stand out, and its not until the listener reaches "Secluded Spaces" that the pace drops back and slower moments take hold. Judgement is a superb album that flows excellently from start to finish.
Wolves Under Sail Grave Before Slave
Wumpscut Wreath Of Barbs
[:SITD:] Icon:Koru
In a year where many larger name releases left me wanting more, Icon:Koru blow away the competition easily. Taking a decidedly harder approach the album steps into quasi-aggrotech territory through both beat and vocal style. Other tracks recall the beauty of Assemblage 23/VNV Nation and are tastefully done; [:SITD:] have released a contender for industrial album of the year.
[distatix] Medication

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Aborym Psychogrotesque
This is perhaps one of the strangest yet engrossing albums in the genre I've yet to hear. The flow between one "track" and the other never breaks the audio assault, and the unrelenting albeit tiny effects are a really nice touch. A wonderful genre mashup if you can handle the quirkiness inherent held within!
Above and Beyond Tri State
Acumen Nation Psycho the Rapist
Acylum Karzinom
Acylum have created an album of madness, but once again it's a vision of a world you'll want to visit again and again. Throughout the album there are various samples, tracks, and song snippets that help create a sort of story for Karzinom, and add a layer of tangibleness to this strange, addicting, musical insanity.
AFI The Art of Drowning
AFI Sing the Sorrow
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
AFI A Fire Inside
AFI Decemberunderground
AFI I Heard a Voice DVD
AFI Burials
Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Alesana Confessions
Alien Vampires Fuck Off and Die
The more I listen to this album the more I like it. While the first few tracks might seem to show a band just going through the motions, the latter half of the album proves to be the real gem.
Alkaline Trio Agony and Irony
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Android Lust The Dividing
The emotion, the raw anger, the crazy twisting and turning vocals, this is one of my favorite albums from any female industrial act ever. "Kingdom Of One" not only slays in the club, with it's hard hitting ebb and flow style, it's also personal and very very emotion packed; definitely give this band a try!
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Annisokay The Lucid Dream[er]
Apoptygma Berzerk Harmonizer
Arafel The Second Strike: Through The Flame Of The Ages
While it has a different feel than their newest album the ferocity present makes it equally impressive and enjoyable to listen to as well. Definitely runs well from start to finish, this album is a hard hitting, pleasant surprise!
Arafel For Battles Once Fought
Astral Projection Trust in Trance
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Audio Genesis Device
Ayria Hearts for Bullets
Came for "The Gun Song" and stuck around for "1000 Transmissions."
Azrael Trigger Season to Sever
bansheebeat Spiral Power
Bauhaus Go Away White
If this is how Bauhaus want to end it, it's on a strong note.
Bauhaus Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape
Behemoth Demigod
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Blutengel Tränenherz
Bonobo Black Sands
Breaking Benjamin Saturate
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Camo and Krooked Cross The Line
Celldweller Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head 2, Chapter 02
Celldweller Transmissions: Vol. 02
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chicane Far From the Maddening Crowds
Chicane Behind the Sun
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Chiodos Illuminaudio
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Combichrist Today We Are All Demons
Combichrist Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat
Covenant Modern Ruin
Cradle of Filth Dusk... and Her Embrace
CTRL Make Things Right
Cyanotic Transhuman 2.0
Cyanotic MedPack Vol. 1
CygnosiC Fallen
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
Daft Punk Tron Legacy: Reconfigured
Dammerfarben Im Abendrot
Dance or Die Nostradamnation
Delerium Remixed: The Definitive Collection
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Depeche Mode The Best Of - Volume I
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Diffuzion Winter Cities
Digital Daggers The Devil Within
Dir En Grey Vulgar
Dir En Grey Withering to Death
Dir En Grey Kisou
Dir En Grey The Marrow of a Bone
Dir En Grey Arche
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed Indestructible
Does It Offend You, Yeah? You Have No Idea...
Dominik Eulberg Diorama
Dommin Love Is Gone
Dommin is bringing prestige back to a genre that needed something to help it off it's knees. Not everything has to be dark and brooding, we can have love too!
Dommin Dommin E.P.
Ellie Goulding Halcyon
Emancipator Soon It Will Be Cold Enough
Emery We Do What We Want
Emika Drop The Other
Emptyself Emptyself
Encephalon The Transhuman Condition
Enshine Origin
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Epica Requiem for the Indifferent
Espermachine FLAK
Released at live shows, this EP showcases the bands older, colder sound quite well.
Eths Soma
Evanescence Origin (Demo)
Evol Intent Era of Diversion
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Finch What It Is to Burn
FKA Twigs LP1
Fluke Six Wheels On My Wagon
Forgotten Tomb Songs to Leave
Freakangel Let It All End
What initially starts off as above average EBM with harsh vocals soon turns into something more as the album progresses; this has atmosphere, it's hard to describe.
Front Line Assembly AirMech
Rather than attempt to remain true to their industrial roots and become increasingly irrelevant (as many older industrial acts are apt to do) Front Line opts for creating a soundtrack score. And it works. Ignoring most of their roots and focusing wholly on a sound that befits the general theme of the game the band might be accused of selling out, but I really can't fault them for trying something new when the results were this enjoyable.
Gary Numan Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)
General Midi Operation Overdrive
Quite an eclectic release, General Midi really know how to blend their influences; bits of
break beat, big beat, and some triphop-esque elements bump uglies with sometimes gritty
electro to merge into a really fun album.
Glass Animals Zaba
Grendel (ITA) Beowulf
Grendel (NL) Harsh Generation
Hans Zimmer Inception
Haujobb Solutions for a Small Planet
Haujobb Dead Market
The latest offering by Haujobb is catchy, new, and doesn't get old. Daniel Myers continues to innovate and be a master at layering synths, the new album should rock!
Hybrid (UK) Morning Sci-Fi
I the Mighty Karma Never Sleeps
Icon of Coil Machines Are Us
A much stronger offering than their first release, you can almost hear where this influenced the 2005 Combichrist album an vice versa. Unlike "Serenity Is The Devil" the pacing is straightforward, catchy songs such as "Shelter" hit sooner and keep the listener's attention.
Icon of Coil Uploaded and Remixed
Imperative Reaction Surface
Surface is the lead single off of Imperative Reaction's latest effort, and while
normally remix E.P's get monotonous Surface retains its same level of fun throughout.
“Surface” was the perfect choice for a single, showcasing many changes to the bands somewhat
stale sound. With a new synth direction and a vast improvement in layering “Surface”
accomplished the goal of a single remarkably well, even giving fans a slight hope that the
gang vocals featured in the chorus were more than a gimmick. While the self titled album may
have let some down Surface remains fun and fresh, taking the best the band had to
offer and giving it a makeover.
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
Infected Mushroom Classical Mushroom
Infected Mushroom IM The Supervisor
Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma
Viscous Delicious b-sides abound here, and who is to say that that's a bad thing? Less rpsychedelic, sparse atmospheres are laid over tastefully simple guitar riffs and compliment rthe duo's vocals perfectly; the drumming is also simplistic but feels more tribal because of rit. Though the band is going in their own direction, the evolution is still quite catchy and ra great starting point to get into their harder, older work.
Infected Mushroom B.P. Empire
Inure The Offering
James Newton Howard Snow White and the Huntsman
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits
Junkie XL Big Sounds Of The Drags
Juno Reactor Bible Of Dreams
Juno Reactor Transmissions
Juno Reactor Gods & Monsters
Juno Reactor Inside The Reactor
Juno Reactor From The Land Of The Rising Sun - Inside The React
Juno Reactor The Golden Sun Of The Great East
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Kavinsky 1986
Killing Joke Absolute Dissent
Left Spine Down Caution
Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling
Lunic Future Sex Drama
Just beware if you buy this via CDBaby, the quality isn't perfect if you're a stickler for
WAV/320/FLAC (averages around 200 kbps).
Lustmord [ O T H E R ]
M83 Oblivion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family
Marilyn Manson Lest We Forget
Marilyn Manson Guns, God and Government (DVD)
Marilyn Manson Born Villain
Born Villain is something that is wrapped up in nostalgia. For many who grew up in
the 90's Marilyn Manson was someone to be loved or despised; his music left a mark on the
youth of that generation. Fast forward to 2007/2009 and it's quite easy to see that the once
great rocker had fallen into a funk, creating albums that were deeply personal and hard to
withstand without knowing the reasons behind the tracks.***Born Villain is less grief
ridden than Manson's previous two albums, and more of a focused effort. He's moved past some
of the theme's of old and crafted an album that is both tied in the present while giving
long time fans a glimmer of his past. Repeated listens only heighten this effect, and often
songs that appear strange at first glance end up being stuck in one's head throughout the
day. ***While the album isn't groundbreaking it is a sight for sore eyes, seeing Manson once
again find himself. Did I mention his vocal delivery has only gotten better with age?
Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Mechina Acheron
Really love their use of orchestral elements and non-English languages, this is fun. The entire theme reminds me of GiTS or Neuromancer, albeit in far less fleshed out world. While I could take or leave the main male vocals, Archeron is a novelty that I can easily see myself coming back to.
Megaherz Herzwerk II
Megaherz Kopfschuss
With an energy higher than some of Rammsteins offerings Kopfschuss really manages to keep the listener entertained. An obvious draw is their remake of "Rock Me Amadeus" which provides the perfect introduction to the band. The entire album is gorgeously filled with German vocals, harsh beats, and heavy guitars. Give the opening track "Liebest?" and "Jordan" a listen.
Metric Grow Up and Blow Away
Moonspell Alpha Noir
Moonspell Extinct
Motion City Soundtrack I Am the Movie
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult Spooky Tricks
netra Mélancolie Urbaine
Neuroticfish Gelb
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Broken
NOISIA Program
NOISIA Imperial
Novallo Novallo
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir
Nox Arcana Transylvania
Obscurity Tenkterra
Omega Lithium Dreams In Formaline
I followed this album to release, and while it doesn't sound as good as it did then it's still enjoyable. The vocals of Mya are a nice departure from similar lead female vocal styles such as those found in Lacuna Coil and Evanescence; the backing vocals of Malice work well though he could improve on his delivery. The first half of the album initially seemed more unique to me, after "Andromeda" the tracks felt similar and it took a few listens until I was able to appreciate the album in its entirety. Recommended tracks: Stigmata - Catchy, was released online before the album came to the US. If you are able to check out the video, I personally enjoy the drummers style. My Haunted Self - A Lacuna Coil-ish duet between both vocalists, here you can decide if you like Malice or not. Factor:Misery - Opens up strong, and is something different than the rest of the album.
Ott Blumenkraft
Ott Skylon
Panzer AG This Is My Battlefield
From strange tracks such as "Panzer" (complete with German vocals) to the wonderful angry lines of "Filth God" Panzer AG keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
Passion Pit Gossamer
Paul Oakenfold Bunkka
Pendulum Hold Your Colour
Pendulum In Silico
Pendulum Immersion
Phantogram Eyelid Movies
Phosgore Warhead
With Warhead Phosgore finally steps up to the plate and creates something that is firmly his own. While the debut Domination wasn't bad it was too similar to other artists. Phosgore is finally starting to show why he was signed to Pro-Noize, this is one man to keep an eye on.
Portal Swarth
Portishead Dummy
Primus They Can't All Be Zingers
Psyclon Nine INRI
Psyclon Nine Crwn Thy Frnicatr
Psyclon Nine We the Fallen
Puscifer C is for...
Queens Club Young Giant
I actually got this album by mistake, but I can honestly say that I like this release better (once I found that the band was from Kansas City Missouri I had to smile being from the state myself). I don't know how to best describe Queens Club, at times you'll be reminded of The Killers when they were in they're hay day and at others you'll find yourself drawing comparisons between them and more rock oriented bands with synth thrown in for good measure. I recommend dropping by their myspace and giving this a listen, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Rabbit Junk Project Nonagon
Rammstein Herzeleid
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Reso Ishimura
Rosaline The Vitality Theory
Rotersand Welcome to Goodbye
Rotersand War On Error
Royksopp Melody A.M.
SebastiAn Total
Senses Fail Renacer
She (SWE) Coloris
She (SWE) Pioneer
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Shpongle Museum of Consciousness
Silverstein This Is How the Wind Shifts
Sithu Aye 26
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Slipknot Slipknot
Sneaker Pimps Becoming X
Sneaker Pimps Becoming Remixed
Solar Fields EarthShine
Solar Fields Movements
Solar Fields Mirror's Edge Original Soundtrack
Solar Fields Altered - Second Movements
Solar Fields Origin #02
Soundtrack (Film) Twilight Official Soundtrack
Even though the film was everywhere, inducing a massive wave of (deserved) hate the soundtrack is a tiny alternative wonder.
Soundtrack (Film) (500) Days of Summer
Soundtrack (Film) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The music fits the film perfectly, Metric's "Black Sheep" is a real highlight in my opinion
Soundtrack (Film) Watchmen: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack (Film) Underworld: Awakening
Special Providence Soul Alert
Really fun jazz/metal fusion. Strong basslines and interesting guitar work lead the way when
the jazz steps down from the forefront, but the drum work is never really anything more than
adequate. Certain moments seem to pay homage to Apocalyptica, while others would fit right
at home in an anime or videogame score. Though a lot of the tracks can be said to sound the
same, this is still worth your time.
Stray Abuse by Proxy
Somehow Erica Dunham manages to make her dark side project have some of the most happy and loving lyrics I've ever heard in the genre. This provides an excellent juxtaposition when the dark, somber tone of the music is placed side by side the lyrics; the finished project is something unique to behold and well worth your time.
Stray Letting Go
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Suis La Lune Quiet, Pull the Strings!
Suis La Lune Riala
Syrian Alien Nation
Telepopmusik Genetic World
The Birthday Massacre Violet
The Birthday Massacre Looking Glass
The remake of "I Think We're Alone Now" alone makes the album worth it, go pick it up and have some nice remixes thrown in too!
The Blood Brothers Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck EP
Who actually uses the word "harpsichord" lyrically anymore? Apparently The Blood Brothers do, and it works amazingly well for them! First two tracks are the real highlights here, with the insanely catchy "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wrecks" swiftly followed by "Ladies and Gentlemen"which features the best screaming "duet" I have heard in a long time. The other tracks are good, but not like the standouts mentioned above.
The Chemical Brothers Singles 93-03
The Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust
The Crystal Method Community Service I
The Cure Pornography
The Cure Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
The Faint Danse Macabre
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Great Old Ones Al Azif
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Here Be Dragons
The Named The Named
The Presets Beams
The Pretty Reckless Light Me Up
The Upbeats The Upbeats
Taking a more laid back approach to drum and bass than their later LPs/Splits/EPs, The
Upbeats have crafted a rather great first full length release. Early listens will be sure to
get the almost liquid track "More Than Me" stuck in the audiences head, while the harder
hitting "Go Around" comes as a delightful change of pace.
The Used In Love and Death
Theophany Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed
Thomas Newman Skyfall
Tool 10,000 Days
Ugly Casanova Sharpen Your Teeth
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety Special Edit
Underworld Second Toughest in the Infants
Unter Null Unter Null
Much like Neocide there is a lack of vocals, but plenty of noise. The harsh interweaving sounds, if anything, are simpler here by comparison but the "age" of the sounds as well as the tempo makes for an intriguing listen for those who are determined or just want to be lost in the static.
Unter Null Neocide
The noise here is surprising, the lack of vocals shocking, it's almost a completely different group.
Vitalic Ok Cowboy
VNV Nation Matter and Form
VNV Nation Futureperfect
"I'm not alone and I'm not unhappy.... I'M NOT AFRAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - go give "Fearless" a listen, it's worth getting the album just for this track alone.
VNV Nation Empires
VNV Nation Burning Empires
VNV Nation Of Faith, Power and Glory
Voxis Darkeworld Project One
Vyrion Vyrion
Within Temptation The Heart of Everything
Wodensthrone Curse
Wolfgang Gartner Wolfgang's 5th Symphony
The excellent E.P. only falls short of being superb due to "The Grey Agenda" not being able to rise to the bar set by the electronic remixing of the 5th Symphony.
Wow, Owls! Pick Your Patterns
Wumpscut Fuckit
Wumpscut Embryodead
Wynardtage The Grey Line
Wynardtage Praise The Fallen
x-Rx Stage 2
x-Rx Update 3.0
xKore Full Russian
Yoko Kanno Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1
Yoko Kanno Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 2
Yoko Kanno Wolf's Rain
Zero 7 Simple Things

3.5 great
10 Years The Autumn Effect
10 Years Feeding the Wolves
10 Years Minus the Machine
36 Crazyfists The Tide and Its Takers
3OH!3 Want
It's fun, stupid, and years later The Lonely Island comes around and does something similar with less in-house singing and people love it; strange how that works.
A Skylit Drive She Watched the Sky
A Skylit Drive Wires...and the Concept of Breathing
A Skylit Drive Adelphia
A7IE The Shattering
Alien Vampires Harshlizer
Alkaline Trio Remains
All That Remains Overcome
Android Lust Devour, Rise and Take Flight
Android Lust Resolution
Android Lust Stripped & Stitched
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Atari Teenage Riot Delete Yourself!
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Bella Morte Beautiful Death
Bile Sex Reflex
Biome Two Way
Blaqk Audio Bright Black Heaven
Blue Stahli Blue Stahli
Blutengel Seelnschmerz
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Bring Me the Horizon This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For
C-Lekktor Tendencias Suicidas
Celldweller The Complete Cellout Vol. 01
This is what I always wanted from Mr. Klayton - hard tracks, hard vocals, and great execution to back it all up.
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Close Your Eyes We Will Overcome
Coal Chamber Dark Days
Collide Counting to Zero
Colony 5 Buried Again
Combichrist What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People?
Combichrist The Joy Of Gunz
Combichrist Noise Collection Vol. 1
Combichrist Frost EP: Sent to Destroy
Covenant Last Dance
Crimfall The Writ of Sword
Cybernetika Solar Nexus
More of a grower than his other work, the more prominent DnB influences/vibe overshadows the psychedelic-ness of his other albums and leave this as arguably the bands most accessible work. Solid, but not nearly on the level of what I had hoped for.
CygnosiC A Deity In Pain
CygnosiC One Step Forward
Daedelus Looking Ocean
Death Cab for Cutie The Open Door
Decree Fateless
Delerium Music Box Opera
Demon Hunter Summer of Darkness
Depeche Mode Remixes 81–04
Depeche Mode Remixes 2: 81-11
Diffuzion Body Code
Dirty Vegas Dirty Vegas
Disturbed Believe
Dominion III Life Has Ended Here
Dornenreich Flammentriebe
Egypt Central Egypt Central
Eisbrecher Antikörper
Emancipator Dusk to Dawn
Emika Emika
Emilie Autumn Opheliac
Enduser Calling The Vultures
Ensiferum Iron
Espermachine Dying Life
Evanescence Fallen
Evanescence Anywhere But Home
Evanescence The Open Door
Evereve E-Mania
Eyes Set to Kill The World Outside
Eyes Set to Kill Broken Frames
Eyes Set to Kill White Lotus
Fields of the Nephilim Fallen
Finch Finch
First Black Pope Spiritual Spiral
Five Finger Death Punch The Way Of The Fist
Flesh Field Belief Control
God Module Rituals
Godhead The Shadow Realigned
Gregory and the Hawk In Your Dreams
Grendel (NL) Soilbleed
Haujobb New World March
Haujobb Let's Drop Bombs
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Helalyn Flowers A Voluntary Coincidence
Catchy, varied, and insidious Helalyn Flowers have crafted an interesting debut that flirts
with the poppier side of the electronic spectrum. N0emi is talented yet quirky, and the
bands single "E-Race Generation" is far catchier than it should be; Helalyn Flowers are a
mixed, if enjoyable, bag.
Hooverphonic With Orchestra
How to Destroy Angels How To Destroy Angels
I Am Alaska To Elude The Architect
Icon of Coil Serenity Is The Devil
This album is enjoyable but nothing really stands out until "Former Self" comes along, requiring a few sub-par tracks (in comparison) to be endured first. A good album that helped lay the foundation for what Combichrist would become.
Imperative Reaction Minus All
In Death We Rise Haven't Dreamt Of Murder, Haven't Been I
I can't speak for the other bands but I really enjoy In Death We Rise and can't get their tracks out of my head. The guitars, while simple, are in the forefront of each song and accompany the vocals quite well.
Jamie's Elsewhere They Said a Storm Was Coming
Javelynn Chimaera At Heart
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Kavinsky Teddy Boy
Kavinsky Nightcall
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
KMFDM Hau Ruck
Knife Party 100% No Modern Talking
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Mechanical Moth Fallen Into You
Metallica Death Magnetic
Mindless Self Indulgence You'll Rebel To Anything
Mindless Self Indulgence Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy
Moonsorrow Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
Muse The 2nd Law
Natalie Walker Urban Angel
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster
NOISIA Split The Atom
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Oak Pantheon From a Whisper
Obscurity Várar
Unlike the preceeding album Varar is filled with tracks that have individuality, though still managing to be just as catchy. Hitting just a tad bit harder than Tenkterra and featuring more of a thrash influence this is a fine release for new comers and old fans alike.
Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men
OJ Law Let's Be Adult
Opeth Blackwater Park
Paradise Lost The Plague Within
Parkway Drive Horizons
Pierce the Veil Selfish Machines
Project Pitchfork Inferno
Psyclon Nine Divine Infekt
Pulcher Femina Darkness Prevails
I really have no complaints about the latest offering from Pulcher Femina, it's a rather
melancholic ride filled with subtle synths. If you're looking for something new, something
bombastic, something that makes you reevaluate your stance on futurepop as a whole then
steer clear. If you enjoy Seabound or the darker lyrical content of certain VNV Nation
tracks give this a listen, as there's nothing inherently bad about this album.
Rabbit Junk This Life Is Where You Get Fucked
Rabbit Junk Invasion
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Red (USA) Innocence and Instinct
Rise of Avernus L Appel Du Vide
Rotersand Random is Resistance
SAM Destruction Unit
Samael Lux Mundi
Sektor 304 Subliminal Actions
Sevendust Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
Showbread Cancer
Silent Descent Duplicity
Silverstein Rescue
Silverstein I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Skillet Comatose
Soundtrack (Film) Sucker Punch
Definitely enjoyable, but it also falls into the trap of being wonderful when accompanied by the memories of the film. Without those images the album could feel a bit disjointed for some, and just downright average for others. If you still want to give it a listen without seeing the film go for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These)" "Army Of Two" and "Tomorrow Never Knows."
Squarepusher Ufabulum
Suicidal Romance Shattered Heart Reflections
While Ali Ladhani was dead on about the beauty of the female vocals and the way this concept has been done before, it didn't end up subtracting from the pleasure I took from listening to this. Reminding me of a more upbeat Mechanical Moth the album ebbs and flows around the vocals rather than the beats, it's worth your listen.
Swollen Members Black Magic
Swollen Members Dagger Mouth
Tactical Sekt Syncope
Terrorfakt Re/Evolution
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Crystal Method Legion Of Boom
The Dreaming Rise Again
The Falcon Unicornography
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble From the Stairwell
The Pillows FLCL No.3
By far one of my favorite anime soundtracks, the collection of tracks embody the show with their upbeat, random, and fun feeling though without having seen the show this might be sub-par for some; personally "Stalker" is my favorite track.
The Presets Pacifica
The Prodigy Invaders Must Die
The Submarines Honeysuckle Weeks
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Mechanical Serpent
Going into this with Ali's soundoff in mind it's quite clear to see where he's coming from.
I would almost agree that the tracks don't go anywhere, but this group has seemed like a
more sprawling ambient/atmospheric group to me and this album helps further that notion.
Some stellar atmosphere and not-quite-relaxed yet downtempo moments await within
Mechanical Serpent, if you're in the mood for it.
The Upbeats Big Skeleton
The Used Artwork
The xx xx
The xx Coexist
Tonight Alive What Are You So Scared Of?
Tool Undertow
Trivium Shogun
Unheilig Phosphor
Unheilig Das 2. Gebot
Unter Null Sacrament EP
While the EP starts off relatively similar to The Failure Epiphany it soon changes into something more. The remixes provide a nice glimpse at what was to come with 2010's Moving On, and in a way Sacrament is the the only way to have even guessed at Ms. Null's progression.
UnterArt Memento
Various Artists (Industrial) Industrial Music To Cure Cancer
Velvet Acid Christ Maldire
We Came As Romans To Plant a Seed
Winterhorde Underwatermoon
x-Rx Unmöglich Erregend
You Love Her Coz She's Dead You Love Her Coz She's Dead
Zella Day Kicker

3.0 good
16Volt SuperCoolNothing
Aesthetic Perfection The Devil's In The Details
Android Lust The Human Animal
The Human Animal see's the bands aggression stripped away and replaced by a more ponderous, simple approach. While still maintaining a level of vocal strangeness most of what fans have come to love about Android Lust has been taken down a notch (or three) here, leaving the album feeling light and rather bland.
Asking Alexandria The Black
Assemblage 23 Bruise
Atreyu Congregation of the Damned
August Burns Red Constellations
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Before There Was Rosalyn The Fuhrer: An Allegory of a History of Deception
I didn't like this album at first, I regretted the wasted money on a random band that was a bit more Christian than I'd like. However it grew on me, I use it as background noise. Since there are hardly ever any clean vocal chorus's the never ending screaming makes a good album when you just want noise to do meaningless tasks too, such as dishes.
Binary Park Worlds Collide
Black Light Burns The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall
Blutengel Nachtbringer
Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Bury Your Dead It's Nothing Personal
Celldweller Celldweller
Cesium_137 Identity
Combichrist Making Monsters
Combichrist We Love You
I'm not a fan of their "rock" direction that they've been leaning towards, Andy has plenty of side projects for that. I do however like how some tracks feel like a return to form for the group, though I could do without the dubstep elements even though they're obviously there in jest. rNot a terribly solid Combichrist album, not good enough for Panzer AG, and too "meh" to be as danceable as Icon of Coil.
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
It feels quite lengthy when you're not entirely sold on the music. Listening to this was made worthwhile by "Giorgio by Moroder", "Motherboard", and "Contact"; if I wanted funk there's a plethora of albums from the genre's peak that I could delve into.
Disturbed Asylum
Disturbed The Lost Children
Dope Stars Inc. Ultrawired
Emika Drei
Emma Hewitt Burn the Sky Down
Endwell Homeland Insecurity
Enter Shikari Common Dreads
Evanescence Evanescence
Feed Her to the Sharks The Beauty of Falling
Feed Me Escape From Electric Mountain
Five Finger Death Punch War Is The Answer
From Autumn To Ashes Holding A Wolf By The Ears
Godhead 2000 Years of Human Error
Starting off with the catchy "The Reckoning" this album is really quite interesting. The Similar bands section nailed this group on the head, if you've listened to any of the bands mentioned there you've heard this mix of industrial metal before. For some reason all the songs refrain from being outright mediocre and manage to stick in your skull, a strange feat for a band similar to so many others. Godhead even threw a remake of The Beatles "Elanor Rigby" in towards the latter part of the album which proves to be quite good. While there's nothing spectacular to be found here, if you want the best the album has to offer go get "The Reckoning," give "Elanor Rigby" a listen, and leave the rest alone. (IF you must listen to any other tracks I suggest "I Sell Society" or "Sinking")
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Hopes Die Last Six Years Home
I See Stars 3D
Icon of Coil The Soul Is In The Software
This is borderline average, gets an extra .5 for the intelligent use of machine samples.
Icon of Coil One Nation Under Beat
Imperative Reaction Imperative Reaction
In This Moment A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Kavinsky Outrun
I'm not completely sure what to make of Kavinsky's first full length. On one hand his recent
surge in popularity really demanded something lengthier than his prior releases, so this
will appease new fans craving more. Coincidentally some of the tracks here feel out of
place, the most notable being "Suburbia" which feels uninspired and watered down (even if
you happen to be following the theme of the album). There are definitely some interesting
moments to be found (and those delightfuly retro sounding syths), but nothing quite as
strong as SebastiaAn's Total.
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Meteora
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink Me
This album, as well as it's predecessor, seem to be personal and not easily understood by the public at large. While tracks like "If I Was Your Vampire" and "You and Me and the Devil Makes 3" recall Manson's older sound the rest of Eat Me, Drink Me really remains a mystery; perhaps Manson really needed to say something other than the same message for once.
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz Revelations
Nachtmahr (AT) Semper Fidelis
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Hesitation Marks is a prime candidate for playing on fans nostalgia and excitement; after all NIN hasn't done anything in how long??? If you manage to look past this you find an interesting album that somehow manages to utilize different genre's and styles but still remain bland and forgettable at the same time. The range of styles present throughout the album are a refreshing change but the tracks often fail to distinguish themselves past that, making for a lengthy listen that lacks replayability. Lyrically it's clear that Trent is in a happier place, and while I'm sure we're all happy for the man his angst is what many longtime fans have come to know and love; without it he comes across with a seemingly lessoned passion, making it harder to relate on that basic level present on his more famous works. It's nice to have Reznor and Co. back but Hesitation Marks simply can't compare to the groups glory days, and anyone who says otherwise really isn't looking closely enough.
Orgy Candyass
Phosgore Domination
Psy'Aviah Introspection/Extrospection
Psyborg Corp. The Mechanical Renaissance
Puscifer Conditions of My Parole
While interesting at times the album never takes off, and while Maynard has no issues making slower tracks work for him in his other projects here it just comes off as underwhelming. This leads the album to drag on, as the soundscape keeps to a theme and never really evolves past the first few tracks sound. Puscifer are still a hit or miss band, and for me this was a miss.
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Ratatat Magnifique
Rotersand 1023
I'm not sure what Rotersand are doing, Welcome To Goodbye was a superb album, it was focused. The later releases all seem scattered and filled with too many ides that have yet to come to fruition, as well as some varying styles of vocal delivery that I doubt the band would want to put on their resume. The album is worth a listen because it is [u]strange[/i] and has far more in common with the albums after it than those before.
Royal Bliss Life In-Between
After hearing "Save Me" for months on the radio and seeing them live I can honestly say I loved this album to death when it first released. Normally I can't find anything too terribly enjoyable from bands like this but there is a quality Royal Bliss have that makes the album pass by swiftly, and enjoyably. Recommended tracks "Save Me" "Here They Come" & "We Did Nothing Wrong"
Seabound No Sleep Demon V2.0
This band has yet to truly impress me, but tracks such as "Torn" give me hope that eventually they will break out from being remix material and ultimately create something great. The ambiance prevalent here raises the rating from being average, but some will find the lyrical content grating (see "Coward") though as mentioned before remixes of Seabound prove quite entertaining.
Seabound No Sleep Demon
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Soman Sound Pressure
Soman Noistyle
Soundtrack (Film) Nightmare Revisited
Staind The Singles: 1996-2006
Not a bad compilation of Staind, especially if you're not tired of the radio play time some of these songs received. I picked this up from Wal-Mart for $8 a few years ago, never regretted it.
The Academy Is... Lost In Pacific Time: The AP/EP
The Birthday Massacre Hide and Seek
The Birthday Massacre Under Your Spell
The Human Abstract Nocturne
The Kovenant Animatronic
The LoveCrave Soul Saliva
The Presets Blowup
This E.P shows The Presets at a much more vulnerable and angry stage of their musical
development; the opening tracks are almost a complete departure from the bands current
lyrical and music direction. It's not until the fifth track, "At A Loss", comes around that
the listener is grace with a taste of what was to come on the bands full length and even
then it's a look at the more somber, slower side at that. While not as danceable or catchy
Blowup manages to show the group at an early stage, one that already had slight
hints of genius.
The Upbeats Panic
At first it seems as if Troglodytes might carry this split, but a bit overuse of the track title submerges the song into the same category as "Panic"
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Three Days Grace One-X
Timo Maas Loud
Unitary Second To None
Sadly this lacks the flow of Safe From Harm, but don't let that deter you from this Swedes unique brand of futurepop. A little more upbeat than its predecessor, and partial to a certain synth sound, Second To None does many things right; it's just not exceptional.
Vanna A New Hope
Vanna The Honest Hearts EP
Vanna The Few and the Far Between
Wumpscut Women and Satan First
You Love Her Coz She's Dead Inner City Angst EP
Zeromancer Eurotrash

2.5 average
Alesana Where Myth Fades to Legend
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Celldweller Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head 2, Chapter 01
Chelsea Grin Desolation of Eden
Collide Two Headed Monster
Destrophy Destrophy
The band is very accessible, I feel like they could do so much more though! You can actually hear the bass, for me it was a really nice surprise. The lyrics fit the song, but nothings too spectacular anywhere. If they didn't focus on being so accessible I believe they could garner some more fans.
Faderhead FH3
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Helalyn Flowers Stitches Of Eden
From the opening moments, Stitches Of Eden is doomed to not impress. Helalyn Flowers have decided to drop most of what made their debut so catchy, so intriguing, for a by-the-numbers formula. What remains is an average album that's a dime a dozen, it fails to grab you and offers nothing to make you want to stay.
Lindsey Stirling Shatter Me
I'm expecting more than just violin kissed dubstep this time around Ms. Stirling, and so far I'm rather disappointed.
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Madina Lake Attics To Eden
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Whereas Eat Me, Drink Me retained a small dose of Manson's older sound The High End Of Low is perhaps even more personal and less relate-able. "Devour" and "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon" contain a hint of the man many loved from old, the rest of the album meanders from strange to quizzically heartfelt.
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Panzer AG Your World Is Burning
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Seether Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces
Soundtrack (Film) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
My problem was I already owned most of the tracks on the album, the ones I didn't own turned out to be "ehhhh" for the most part. I must confess, I bought this due to the Linkin Park single found therein.
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Word Alive Deceiver
VNV Nation Automatic
VNV Nation Crossing the Divide
Though VNV might have tried to bring new, more club oriented life to these select tracks
it's a mixed bag. Coming from Of Faith, Power, and Glory is not a good indicator in
itself as the album isn't meant for club play, and the only tracks that you could ever
imagine being remixed are presented here. Though some big names lend their hand to this EP
nothing really shines through the morass that VNV like to call their own sound; this isn't
something many would pay for. Post script: It is worth noting that the remixes of Tomorrow
Never Comes stand head and shoulders above the other's, if you want club oriented VNV look
no further than these.
XP8 Hrs:Min:Sec
There's something rather off on XP8's debut. One on hand there are tracks like "Muv Your Dolly" with it's almost trance influenced sound and strange lyrics, and on the other you have the rest of the album - a bit minimal, lyrically quirky, it's definitely a different experience. Unique outings into the industrial landscape are welcome, but many will be put off by this bands own brand of industrial.

2.0 poor
AC/DC Black Ice
Julien-K We're Here with You
With We're Here with You Julien-K hark back to The Killers Hot Fuss, almost
completely leaving behind their previous style. Unlike Hot Fuss the majority of the
albums 12 songs are rather laid back vocal and synth affairs, causing a mass of downtempto
moments that are rarely broken up. The wonderful vocal hooks found throughout Death To
are absent here; backing vocalist Brandon Belsky left due to the bands new
direction. Julien-K have slipped into mediocrity, steer clear.
Miss May I Monument
Skrillex Bangarang
Skrillex Make It Bun Dem After Hours
Trapt Only Through the Pain

1.5 very poor
Aesthetic Perfection All Beauty Destroyed
I... I can't believe I'm rating something without actually having it but the public needs to know; this is horrid. In a year with many big name releases this should have been something to look forward to, another harsh lesson ala A Violent Emotion or the strange beauty of Close To Human. Instead the listener is assaulted with the Daniel Graves new vocal direction, one that bares far to much resemblance to The Gothsicles to do anyone good. No attempt is made to hide the simple 4/4 beats, the plain and minimally used synth lines; the album screams complacency, laziness, a cop out, a sell out, pick your preferred comparison because I could go on for awhile. The redeeming factors include the cover art, and the fact that the simple melodies are something you can hum along with before you shoot yourself.
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