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5.0 classic
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
This is the closest thing to a flawless album that I have heard. The relationships amongst some of Fleetwood Mac's members were in complete turmoil at the time, and all the emotion, desperation, honesty and hope was laid on the table. Nearly every song is gold.

4.5 superb
Chevelle Vena Sera
Almost every song here just flat-out rocks. Vena Sera showcases a tight, energetic sound as Chevelle presents their heavier side. The album loses focus in a few spots, but this is about as high as a 4 can be. (Screw that, 4.5).
Claude Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95
It's about time I rated something a 4.5. This is among Debussy's finest works for solo piano. Prelude and Toccata are as amusing as they are mesmerizing, and Sarabande is second only to Clair de Lune in terms of fragile beauty.
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
George Gershwin An American in Paris
As good if not better than Rhapsody in Blue, this is one of the quintessential 20th century American compositions.
Isis Panopticon
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings

4.0 excellent
Adrian Belew Mr. Music Head
Adrian Belew's musical prowess is in full swing here, as he displays his versatility and writing ability.
Arapahoes Blood Moon
Boss Keloid Herb Your Enthusiasm
Bossk .1
Bossk Audio Noir
Buffalo Rodeo Home Videos
Chicago Chicago X
The final installment of Chicago's rock/pop rock days. A fun and catchy album that shows off the talents of every band member and perfectly blends Chicago's distinct sound.
Claude Debussy Suite bergamasque, L. 75
Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86
Comrades Safekeeper
If you have the chance to see Comrades live, seriously go do it. Their performances exceed the album.
Cranial Dark Towers, Bright Lights
Elder (USA-MA) Lore
Elder (USA-MA) Reflections of a Floating World
Electric Wizard Come My Fanatics...
Album is great but the second half doesn't hit quite as hard as the first. 3.9 / 5.
Fields of Locust Subtopia
Gustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32
Heron and Crane Drat
Humanfly II
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things
Isis Celestial
Isis Mosquito Control
Izah Izah/Fire Walk With Us Split
Lantlos Melting Sun
Latitudes Agonist
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Nothing
This might be just a touch better than Catch Thirtythree. It doesn't have a stand-out like, say, Dehumanization, but it's just so solidly consistent.
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Metallica Death Magnetic
Norma Jean Polar Similar
Omega Massif Geisterstadt
If Isis and Year of No Light had a child and sludge was the dominant gene, this would be it. 3.4/5rEDIT: Nvm, this is a 3.9.
Pallbearer Foundations of Burden
Pelican Forever Becoming
Call it a 3.8/5. In other words, Pelican's best release.
Pet Slimmers of The Year Fragments Of Uniforms
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Rosetta Wake/Lift
This is not the kind of record that will click upon the first, second, or even third listen.
"Lift" is largely uninteresting, but the rest of the album will take you on a journey through
space itself. Raised from a 3.7/5
Russian Circles Geneva
Almost as good as the album that follows it. I'd put this a tick or two above the Sputnik average. The second half of the album could use some trimming.
Russian Circles Empros
Russian Circles Memorial
Whereas Russian Circles excelled on their last two albums in creating songs that blended beauty and darkness into one, each song on Memorial is fairly straightforward in their respective styles. The heaviness is fulfilling but the gentler pieces leave a touch to be desired (the closer being the exception). 3.8/5
Russian Circles Guidance
This one escapes as a low 4, but at this point, I'd like to see Russian Circles take some more risks. There is quality material but it's beginning to sound like a re-tread of past works. In the end, there is a lot to like here; if only it sounded a little more fresh.
Sasquatch IV
Sasquatch Maneuvers
Sithu Aye 26
Soilwork The Living Infinite
SUMAC The Deal
The Ocean Pelagial (Instrumental)
Ufomammut Ecate
Ufomammut Opus Alter
Wand Golem
Whores. Clean
Whores. Ruiner
Whores. Gold

3.5 great
A Pale Horse Named Death Lay My Soul To Waste
An entertaining gothic metal release blended with some doom, sludge, and even a little stoner. A couple tracks are blatant AiC ripoffs, and the ballads are weak, but there is plenty to enjoy here.
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
Allochiria Omonoia
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
A7X's self-titled album is incredibly experimental, but the crazy part is...most of it works. Albeit, it's not something they should attempt again. Auto-tune, country guitar styles, political rants, they all make appearances. Aside from the joke of a final track, this album has some tasty material.
Bassnectar Timestretch
Beastwars Blood Becomes Fire
Normally if I end up liking 7 of 10 songs on an album, I give it a 4. But though many songs here are great, they tend to run together and need more differentiation. This is a solid listen but could stand to branch out a bit. 3.7/5
Beastwars The Death of All Things
Boris Noise
Bossk .2
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Chicago The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
Side A is a 4.5. Side B is a 2.5. Final rating is a 3.5.
Claude Debussy Nocturnes, L. 91
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Undeniably catchy instrudjental metal, though the album becomes somewhat redundant. Sharp also toys with a few ambient songs but these serve little other than to relieve tension. 3.7/5.
Cloudkicker The Map Is Not the Territory
Cloudkicker Portmanteau
Damascus Of Whom I Always Think
Dirge Hyperion
They were right. You really need to give this album some time. Upped to a 3.5. This album is not about the individual tracks; it's about the cohesiveness.
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Yet another album that I can add to my 3.7 collection. This record comes so close to being
"excellent" but its luster is somewhat immediate. I wish I could say that the musical
interludes add depth but instead come off as filler. About half of the tracks deliver the
payoff, and when FtM hits, they hit hard.
Fu Manchu Eatin' Dust
Fu Manchu Signs Of Infinite Power
Fu Manchu Gigantoid
Fuzz Fuzz
Hymn Perish
Intervals In Time
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Isis Wavering Radiant
Izah Sistere
Kalpa (GR) Sequences*
Khemmis Hunted
King Crimson Discipline
Kokomo Kokomo
Kokomo Monochrome Noise Love
Starts off very strong, but falters some in the second half. Still, this is Kokomo's best record so far.
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Latitudes Old Sunlight
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Netherlands Audubon
O'Brother Disillusion
First half is great, sans the opener. Second half is good but contains a couple tracks that
hold this album back. Interesting vocals; somewhere between Thrice and Taproot; but it suits
the gloomy atmosphere well. 3.7/5
Pallbearer Sorrow And Extinction
Ramesses Misanthropic Alchemy
Red Innocence and Instinct
Red Until We Have Faces
As others have pointed out, this album is a grower. The problem is that several songs here had the potential to be great but fell just short. Having said that, UWHF is bolstered by some of Red's best music to date (see "Feed the Machine"), and after a few listens, the strengths of other songs become apparent.
Red Of Beauty and Rage
I'd like to give this a 4 but it lies at a 3.7 (correct rating, Ponton). While it would have been
easy for Red to re-hash their older material to make up to their fans after RtP, they did more
than that. I commend Red for carving deeper into their original sound, and not being afraid to try
longer song lengths and new musical structures.
Rorcal Heliogabalus
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rosetta Audio/Visual
Seriously, listen to the opener and closer. Beautiful stuff. Most of this is nothing
groundbreaking because, after all, it is a soundtrack, but the music and textures are very solid.
Rosetta Flies to Flame
Rosetta Quintessential Ephemera
Slightly more consistent than ADOM, but then, ADOM had a standout song in its title track. Nothing is on that level here. Eric Jernigan's vocals aren't the best fit but everything else seems naturally Rosetta (perhaps cleaner).
Rosetta Utopioid
Well one thing's for sure, this isn't post-metal anymore. Utopioid is a logical progression in their discography and they have really carved out a sound that is all their own. Problem is, it is lacking in memorable elements. This feels flat at times, leading to a low 3.5.
Sarin Burial Dream
Most of this is a massive ripoff of Isis. You feel like you've heard this before, but Sarin adds a slight touch of their own to make it interesting. It's worship, but it's not bad.
Sasquatch III
IV seems to have aged a little better but it's still Sasquatch. They know how to do grimy, hazy, killer rock that keeps you coming back for more.
Scale the Summit The Collective
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Siberian (SWE) Through Ages of Sleep
Sithu Aye Cassini
Somali Yacht Club The Sun
This was impressive upon first listen but grew off me after a few spins. Some of it gets repetitive. 3.4/5
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
SUMAC What One Becomes
A very dense listen. This takes longer to digest than The Deal but it doesn't quite live up to its predecessor.
Supercontinent Vaalbara
The Egocentrics Love Fear Choices And Astronauts
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Tides Resurface
Toundra IV
Ufomammut Eve
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Undead Anna Undead Anna

3.0 good
All the Empires of the World Blessings
All the Empires of the World Return
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Antarktis Illdaante
Baryon Inauguration
Bassnectar Freestyle
Bereft (USA-WI) Lands
The first track is fantastic. It's unfortunate that the rest of the record isn't as strong.
Blindead Affliction XXIX II MCMXCVI
Broods Evergreen
Buffalo Rodeo 123 Water
Burial Rival Dealer
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
What a roller coaster of an album. Razorblade Suitcase ranges from truly amazing to downright boring. The sound is raw, even abrasive at times, and Gavin's lyrics are still enigmatic. Sit through all the filler and you'll find some gems.
Causa Sui Euporie Tide
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Death Grips Bottomless Pit
Doomtree All Hands
Earthless From The Ages
Earthmass Collapse
Fu Manchu In Search Of...
There are a handful of standout tracks with infectiously fuzzy grooves and chunky vibes, but for the most part, this album bleeds together too much. Only a few songs have a real identity.
God Is an Astronaut The End of the Beginning
Gozu Revival
If These Trees Could Talk If These Trees Could Talk
Isis Oceanic
Maybe I've been spoiled by the grandeur of Isis's other records, but this one feels lacking. Overdone vocals and musical ideas that tend to wander without ever finding their footing. It's a good record; perhaps not a great one.
Isis The Red Sea
Isis SGNL>05
Jon Hopkins Immunity
King Buffalo Orion
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
Kokomo If Wolves
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Lantlos Agape
Latitudes Individuation
Lento Earthen
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
It's clear why these didn't make the DM cut. The tunes suffer from awkward transitions and occasionally laughable lyrics. Still, it has its moments and there's some enjoyable riffage, barely keeping Beyond Magnetic above a 2.5.
Mogwai Young Team
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Naam Vow
Omega Massif Karpatia
Pallbearer Heartless
Pelican Australasia
Pond (AUS) Hobo Rocket
Pyramido Vatten
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta/Junius Split
Sarin Darker Lakes
Scale the Summit The Migration
The Great Cold The Great Cold
The Haxan Cloak Excavation
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Major/Minor
Vektor Terminal Redux
When Icarus Falls Aegean
Year of No Light Ausserwelt

2.5 average
Damascus Heights
Hive Destruction Hive Destruction
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity
Overmars Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo
Pijn Floodlit
Hmm. Don't really see myself returning to this.
Plus One Obvious
Purling Hiss Water On Mars
Shepherd Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Trapt Someone in Control
xSPONGEXCOREx How Tough Are Yah?

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