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*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow4.5
A Day In Black And White Notes3.0
A Day In Black And White My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys3.5
A Wilhelm Scream Benefits of Thinking Out Loud3.0
A Wilhelm Scream Diver3.0
A Wilhelm Scream Mute Print3.5
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner4.0
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide4.5
Adolescents Adolescents4.0
Aereogramme My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go4.0
AFI Decemberunderground1.5
AFI The Art of Drowning3.0
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset3.5
AFI All Hallow's E.P.4.0
AFI Sing the Sorrow4.5
Against Me! Against Me!3.5
Against Me! Americans Abroad! Against Me! Live In London!3.5
Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy4.0
Against Me! Crime as Forgiven By4.0
Against Me! New Wave4.0
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose4.5
Against Me! The Disco Before the Breakdown4.5
Against Me! Searching for a Former Clarity5.0
Agnostic Front Another Voice1.0
Aiden Nightmare Anatomy1.0
Aiden Rain in Hell1.0
Air Moon Safari4.5
Alias The Other Side Of The Looking Glass4.5
Alkaline Trio Crimson3.0
Alkaline Trio Good Mourning3.5
Alkaline Trio Alkaline Trio4.0
Alkaline Trio Remains4.0
Alkaline Trio Goddamnit4.5
Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split4.5
ALL Problematic4.0
All the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To Waste4.0
Alucard After Dark3.0
Amanda Woodward La Decadence de la Decadence4.0
American Steel American Steel3.0
American Steel Rogue's March4.0
American Steel Destroy Their Future4.0
American Steel Jagged Thoughts4.5
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns3.5
Amon Amarth Versus the World4.0
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side4.0
Melodic guitar harmonies and leads, punishing blast beats, and some of the most accessible growling in modern death metal all make With Oden On Our Side a must-have for anyone who is even semi-interested in getting into the genre. While it isn't the most technically impressive death I've heard (Cryptopsy), nor is it the most melodic (In Flames), it is definitely the most accessible and easily enjoyable. With only one really subpar track ("Hermod's Ride to Hel"), and a slew of excellent compositions ("Valhall Awaits Me" and "Under the Northern Star" come to mind quickest), With Oden On Our Side is an excellent,albeit repetitive, effort from these Viking Death legends, and possibly their strongest work to date.
Ampere All Our Tomorrows End Today4.0
Ampere / Daitro Split4.5
Amplive Rainydayz Remixes3.5
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal2.0
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper1.5
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire1.5
Anti-Flag The Terror State2.0
Arcade Fire Neon Bible4.0
Arsis United in Regret2.0
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse1.5
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security1.5
At the Drive-In Hell Paso3.0
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out4.5
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command5.0
Atmosphere Seven's Travels3.5
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly4.0
Autopilot Off Make A Sound3.5
Avail Over the James4.0
AVAST! Faultlines3.0
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet1.0
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen1.5
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil3.5
Bad Astronaut Acrophobe4.0
Bad Astronaut Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment4.0
Bad Astronaut Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem4.5
Bad Brains I Against I4.0
Bad Religion 80-853.0
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell3.5
Bad Religion Suffer4.0
Bad Religion No Control4.0
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction4.0
Bad Religion Live at the Palladium (DVD)4.0
Bad Religion Against the Grain4.0
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First4.5
Bad Religion Generator4.5
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution A Call To Arms4.0
Bane The Note4.0
Bane Give Blood4.5
Battles Mirrored4.5
Bedouin Soundclash Sounding A Mosaic4.0
Beirut Gulag Orkestar4.0
Belle Epoque A La Derive4.0
Big D and the Kids Table Strictly Rude1.5
Big D and the Kids Table How it Goes3.5
Big D and the Kids Table Good Luck4.0
Black Flag Loose Nut3.0
Blacklisted Peace On Earth, War On Stage4.0
Blacklisted Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God4.0
Bleeding Kansas Dead Under Decor3.5
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth4.0
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera4.0
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth4.0
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket2.0
Blink-182 Enema of the State2.0
Blink-182 Dude Ranch3.0
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom and Travis Show3.0
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend4.0
Botch We Are the Romans2.5
Bowling for Soup Drunk Enough To Dance1.0
Boysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague3.5
Brand New Deja Entendu4.0
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.0
Bright Eyes Cassadaga2.5
Broadway Calls Broadway Calls3.5
Bruce Springsteen The Rising2.0
Burial Untrue3.5
Burton Wagner 213.5
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss4.0
Cap'n Jazz Analphabetapolothology3.5
Cartel Chroma2.0
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights3.0
Catch 22 Permanent Revolution3.0
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops2.0
Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory4.0
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?3.0
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper4.0
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well1.5
Chuck Ragan Los Feliz3.5
Chuck Ragan Feast or Famine4.0
Circa Survive Juturna1.5
Circle Jerks Group Sex3.5
Circle Takes the Square Circle Takes the Square4.0
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo5.0
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar3.0
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury3.5
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow2.0
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 33.0
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness3.5
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade4.0
Comeback Kid Broadcasting2.0
Converge Caring and Killing3.0
Converge You Fail Me4.0
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky4.0
Converge No Heroes4.0
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing4.5
Converge Jane Doe5.0
Cracker Kerosene Hat1.0
Crime In Stereo Crime In Stereo Is Dead2.0
Okay so I was never huge on Crime in Stereo before this release. Yeah, they played melodic hardcore with a lot of heart and a political edge and what not, but I had never really gotten the hype. This album just leaves me further baffled. It honestly sounds like Crime in Stereo decided to go "hey, hardcore isn't getting us popular, let's try this post-hardcore nonsense that everyone is trying and getting popular on". I'm sure it wasn't their train of though, but man is this a huge step back. This album lacks intensity on nearly every level. It almost sounds like Armor For Sleep+lots of distortion and better lyrics. Honestly, "XXXX (The First Thousand Years of Solitude)" is the only truly great song, and although there are a couple of other decent cuts in there, most of it is outweighed by a shit-ton of crap tracks, most notably "Unfortunate Tourists". Overall, highly disappointing.
Cryptopsy None So Vile4.0
Cursed III: Architects of Troubled Sleep3.5
Cursive Happy Hollow3.5
Cursive The Ugly Organ4.0
Cursive Domestica4.5
Cynic Focus4.0
D.R.I. Definition1.5
D.R.I. Live2.0
D.R.I. Full Speed Ahead2.0
D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP3.0
D12 D12 World3.5
Daft Punk Human After All3.5
Daitro Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes4.5
Damien Rice O4.5
DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask4.0
Daughters Hell Songs4.0
David Bowie Let's Dance3.5
Death Individual Thought Patterns4.0
Death By Stereo Death for Life2.0
Death By Stereo Into the Valley of Death3.5
Deep Puddle Dynamics The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel5.0
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist2.5
Deftones White Pony4.5
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the Brain4.0
Deltron 3030 Deltron 30304.5
Deltron 3030 is one of those albums that honestly took time to grow on me. But once I sat down and gave it my undivided attention, it became pretty much a classic in my book. No matter what, I highly doubt this album will ever sound tired to me. Its the best hip-hop album ever written in my book, replete with superb production, excellent lyricism, an uber concept, and some of the smoothest rhymes Ive never heard. If the song "Madness" doesnt make you pop a boner, you are a cyborg
Descendents 'Merican4.0
Descendents Cool to Be You4.0
Descendents Somery4.0
Dillinger Four Situationist Comedy4.0
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon2.5
Dispatch Silent Steeples3.5
Dispatch Bang Bang4.5
Dizzy Gillespie Afro3.5
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...4.5
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn3.5
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust4.5
Don Caballero American Don4.0
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst4.0
DragonForce Valley of the Damned3.0
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm3.0
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage3.0
Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime2.5
Eighteen Visions Eighteen Visions2.0
Eluvium Copia4.0
Embrace Embrace4.0
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP4.0
Eminem The Slim Shady LP4.0
Eminem The Eminem Show4.0
Envy Insomniac Doze3.5
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead4.0
Envy A Dead Sinking Story4.5
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion1.5
Evergreen Terrace Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in this Business1.5
Every Time I Die Hot Damn!3.0
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon3.5
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone3.5
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place4.0
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree1.5
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High2.0
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave2.5
Fear Before Art Damage1.0
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth2.0
Flyleaf Flyleaf4.0
Fort Minor The Rising Tied3.5
Four Letter Lie Let Your Body Take Over1.0
On a weekly basis, I always end up changing my mind when it comes to the question of the worst band ever. More often than not, I settle on Underoath for an easy target, specifically because They're Only Chasing Safety is just that bad. Well, the only way that album could possibly be any worse, is when Four Letter Lie released what I can only describe fairly as a TOCS remix in Let Your Body Take Over. Honestly, this is the most derivative trash Ive ever bothered to give a chance. Im not even slightly exaggerating when I say that every line the screamer screams sounds exactly like Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath, except I enjoy it even less (shocking considering Spencer is my least favorite vocalist this side of Bjork and Lord Worm). Even the little wails at the end of lines. I really never thought I would find something that could be possible less entertaining than Kidz Bop, but this has made me strongly reconsider that position.
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea4.0
From First to Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count1.5
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker4.0
Fugazi 13 Songs4.0
Fugazi Repeater4.0
Fugazi The Argument4.5
Funeral Diner The Underdark4.0
Gallows Orchestra Of Wolves3.5
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep4.0
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence3.5
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute4.5
Glassjaw El Mark4.5
Go Betty Go Worst Enemy EP2.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞3.5
So basically, everyone jizzes over this album like it is the defining example of post-rock. Is it really a 5 though? Nah, not by a long shot. Really, it's pretty standard fare for the post-rock genre. Yeah, it's dark and has wicked atmosphere, which is what makes it so great, but it's also fairly boring, even for post-rock. The guitar-lines are basically standard, while at times the string section seems almost out of place and instead of creating an atmosphere, tries to work as its own entity and fails. Also, I'll be damned if the last two tracks don't sound eerily similar in their build-ups. Oh well, the album is good, but overshadowed by all of their other releases except for Yanqui.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven5.0
Good Riddance My Republic2.5
Good Riddance Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit4.0
Gorillaz Demon Days4.0
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World4.5
Guttermouth Shave The Planet1.0
Guttermouth Eat Your Face1.5
Gym Class Heroes The Papercut Chronicles1.0
GZA Liquid Swords4.0
Handsome Boy Modeling School So ... How's Your Girl?4.0
Handsome Boy Modeling School White People4.5
Hatebreed Supremacy1.5
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White1.0
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely1.0
Heavy Heavy Low Low Everything's Watched, Everyone's Watchin1.5
Hit the Switch Domestic Tranquility & Social Justice2.5
Hopesfall Magnetic North3.5
HORSE the band R. Borlax3.0
HORSE the band Pizza3.0
I really think the only way to sum up this album is the way Alternative Press did. Album get's a 5 for the concept, but a 1 for the execution. That averages to a three. The end.
Hot Cross A New Set of Lungs3.0
Hot Cross Cryonics4.0
Hot Cross Risk Revival4.0
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells4.5
Hot Water Music A Flight and a Crash4.0
I Would Set Myself On Fire For You I Would Set Myself On Fire For You3.5
In Mourning Shrouded Divine4.0
In/Humanity Violent Resignation: The Great...3.5
Indian Summer Discography4.0
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3.0
Iron Maiden Dance of Death3.5
Iron Maiden Powerslave4.0
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time4.0
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.0
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind4.0
Iron Maiden Brave New World4.0
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death4.0
Isis Panopticon3.5
Isis In the Absence of Truth3.5
Islands Arm's Way4.0
Jawbreaker Dear You3.5
Jawbreaker Unfun3.5
Jawbreaker Bivouac4.0
Jawbreaker 24 Hour Revenge Therapy4.5
Jeromes Dream Completed4.0
Jets to Brazil Perfecting Loneliness4.5
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American3.5
Jimmy Eat World Clarity4.5
John Mayer Heavier Things3.5
John Mayer Continuum4.5
Joshua Fit For Battle To Bring Our Own End4.0
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution2.5
Julia Julia3.5
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds4.0
Kalmah They Will Return3.5
Kamelot The Black Halo4.5
Kanye West Late Registration2.0
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye4.0
Kid Dynamite Shorter, Faster, Louder4.5
Kidcrash Jokes3.5
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies2.0
King Crimson Red4.0
King Crimson Lizard4.0
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King4.5
While I obviously don't orgasm over this album as most people do, In the Court of the Crimson King is a fantastic album, and one of the few progressive albums that I can thoroughly enjoy. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is hands down one of the greatest songs ever created, blowing through seven minutes of wailing guitar and horn lines, and some of the most dynamic drumming out there, and "The Court of the Crimson King" is also a powerful closer to the album. However, it comes right after "Moonchild", which kills the momentum set by the other tracks. Regardless, ItCotCK is one of the pioneer records of a genre that would see many imitators, but few that would reach the high bar set from this album.
Kings of Leon Because Of The Times1.5
Lacuna Coil Unleashed Memories4.0
Ladytron Witching Hour4.0
Lagwagon Double Plaidinum3.5
Lagwagon Resolve4.0
Lagwagon Blaze4.0
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Feelings4.0
Lagwagon Hoss4.0
Well, I have to say, what Lagwagon concievably lacks in originality, they more than make up for in just overall kick assery. This is considered by many fans to be their best album, and with songs like "Move the Car", "Violins", "Razor Burn", and my personal favorite "Name Dropping", its not hard to imagine why. This album is perfectly constructed from start to finish, and while not varying much stylistically, it reminds us that the best thing about most melodic punk bands like NOFX and No Use For A Name is consistency.
Lagwagon Trashed4.5
Lagwagon Live In A Dive4.5
Last Laugh No Regrets4.0
Latterman ...We Are Still Alive4.0
Latterman No Matter Where We Go...!4.5
Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons4.0
Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits3.0
Leonard Cohen Songs From a Room4.5
Less Than Jake Anthem3.5
Less Than Jake Hello Rockview3.5
Less Than Jake GNV FLA3.5
Life at These Speeds Life at These Speeds3.5
Lifetime Jersey's Best Dancers4.5
Lifetime, New Jersey's very own melodic hardcore vets, album Jersey's Best Dancers shows them at their peak. Intense, heartfealt, and energetic, this album excels because of it's youthful energy. This album essentially made a bluerprint of the style that bands like New Found Glory and Set Your Goals would utilize to a great extent in their music. "Young, Loud, and Scotty" is a typical break up song lyrically (ala Jawbreaker) but rocks harder than most of the Kid Dynamite Discography, while "Theme Song for a New Brunswick Basement Show" captures the spirit of Jersey lyrically while turning down the tempo a bit for maximum resonance. The album's only issue? It's a touch formulaic and can tend to blend together a bit at times. Other than that, it is certainly a worth addition to anyone's collection.
LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out3.5
Love Equals Death Nightmerica2.0
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor4.0
Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)4.5
Mad Caddies Rock the Plank3.5
Mad Caddies Keep It Going3.5
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses3.5
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain4.0
Massive Attack Mezzanine5.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain2.5
Some of the heavy songs on hear kick a lot of ass. Hell, even one of the proggier songs, Sleeping Giant, is the best on the album. However, most of this album is straight garbage, and for every The Wolf is Loose, Sleeping Giant, Circle of Cysquatch, or Pendulous Skin on the album, there is the pseudo progressive noodling of This Mortal Soil or Siberian Divide, which both sound horribly rehashed from tracks on Levithan and Remission such as Seabeast or Ole Nessie. Regardless, even some of the harder hitting tracks like Hand of Stone and Capillarian Crest just sound really contrived and uninspired. Also, this album is one of the most lyrically pretentious albums ever, especially with it's inane concept revolving around crystals and mountains. It's almost like a bad joke; the band won a grammy with a song about people who live in trees. Well, little did they realize that the joke was on them.
Mastodon Remission3.5
Mastodon Leviathan3.5
Matchbook Romance Voices2.0
maudlin of the Well Bath4.5
mc chris Life's A Bitch And I'm Her Pimp1.5
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country4.0
Melt-Banana Cell-Scape4.0
Millencolin Life On A Plate3.5
Millencolin Machine 153.5
Mindless Self Indulgence You'll Rebel To Anything1.5
Minor Threat Complete Discography4.0
Minor Threat Out of Step4.5
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice4.0
Misfits Walk Among Us3.5
Modern Life Is War Midnight in America4.0
Modern Life Is War Witness4.5
Mogwai Come On Die Young3.5
Mono Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined4.0
Moss Icon Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly4.0
Mr. Bungle California4.5
Much the Same Survive4.0
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying3.5
Murder by Death Red Of Tooth And Claw3.5
Murder by Death Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?4.0
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge2.0
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade3.5
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton4.0
Nada Surf Lucky4.0
Navio Forge As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into...4.0
Nerf Herder My EP + 4 Songs3.0
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm4.0
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood4.0
Neurosis Given to the Rising4.5
Neurosis Times of Grace5.0
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea4.0
New Found Glory Catalyst1.0
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral3.0
Maybe I just don't get it; maybe it is just because this is textbook industrial, but I just don't get what is so special and classic about this album. Yeah, it's dark, and tortured, and some of the songwriting is really great, but musically, this album is just really frustrating. The production is just god-awful, even for being industrial, and the music is just sort of average all over and really not fun to listen to. Granted, Renzor sure does know how to pen some awesome lyrics, but thats about all this album has going for it. Except for Hurt. Hurt is the best song I've ever heard. Ever.
Nine Inch Nails The Slip3.0
No Doubt Rock Steady2.5
No Trigger Canyoneer3.5
No Use for a Name Keep Them Confused2.5
No Use for a Name Making Friends3.5
No Use for a Name The Feel Good Record of the Year3.5
No Use for a Name ¡Leche con Carne!4.0
NOFX Fat Club 7 (7")3.0
NOFX The War on Errorism4.0
NOFX Ribbed4.0
NOFX Pump Up the Valuum4.0
NOFX Ten Years of Fuckin' Up (VHS/DVD)4.0
NOFX White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean4.0
NOFX Never Trust a Hippy 4.0
NOFX Wolves in Wolves' Clothing4.0
NOFX They've Actually Gotten Worse Live4.0
NOFX 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough4.5
NOFX Punk in Drublic4.5
NOFX The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)4.5
NOFX 7" Of The Month Club (February - July)4.5
NOFX The Decline5.0
NOFX So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes5.0
NOFX/Rancid BYO Split Series Vol. 34.5
NoMeansNo Wrong4.5
None More Black This Is Satire4.0
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child1.0
Off Minor Problematic Courtship3.5
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe3.5
Off Minor Some Blood3.5
Onelinedrawing Sketchy EP #13.5
Only Crime Virulence3.5
Only Crime To The Nines4.0
Opeth Blackwater Park2.5
Orchid Gatefold3.5
Our Brother The Native Make Amends, For We Are Merely Vessels3.5
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below4.0
Panda Bear Person Pitch4.0
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out4.0
Paramore Riot!4.0
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted4.0
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom3.5
Pennywise From The Ashes1.5
Pennywise Pennywise4.0
Pg. 99 Document #84.0
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!4.5
Pink I'm Not Dead3.0
Pixies Surfer Rosa4.5
Polar Bear Club Sometimes Things Just Disappear3.5
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''1.0
Primus Pork Soda1.5
Propagandhi How to Clean Everything3.0
Propagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes4.0
Propagandhi Potemkin City Limits4.5
Protest the Hero Fortress3.5
Protest the Hero Kezia4.0
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
Radiohead The Bends3.5
Radiohead OK Computer4.0
Radiohead Hail to the Thief4.0
Radiohead In Rainbows4.0
Radiohead Kid A5.0
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles4.0
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves3.5
Rancid Let's Go3.5
Rancid Indestructible3.5
Rancid Life Won't Wait3.5
Rancid Rancid (2000)4.0
Rancid Rancid4.0
Reel Big Fish Cheer Up!1.5
Refused Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent4.0
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come4.5
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope4.0
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch4.5
Rehasher Off Key Melodies4.0
Rise Against The Unraveling3.0
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture3.5
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness3.5
Rise Against Revolutions per Minute4.5
Rites of Spring End on End4.5
Rx Bandits ...And the Battle Begun4.5
So the latest record from former third wave ska posterboys RX Bandits is quite a departure from their earliest works and continues in the vein of Progress and The Resignation. Filled to the brim with smooth and mellow vocals, sugary three part harmonies, and asskicking guitar riffs, while using their horn section only sparingly, the RX Bandits have put out one of the biggest surprise records of the year in ...And the Battle Begun. From the Police-esque title track to the nearly free form opus of Epoxi-Lips to the Mars Volta-esque 1980, this album offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Saetia A Retrospective3.5
Santana Supernatural4.0
Saosin Saosin EP2.0
Satyricon Nemesis Divina4.0
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy4.0
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)4.0
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre4.5
Scott Walker The Drift3.5
Seaweed Four4.0
Set Your Goals Reset EP4.0
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols2.0
Sick of It All Death to Tyrants3.5
Sick of It All Scratch the Surface3.5
Sick of It All Built to Last4.0
Sick of It All Yours Truly4.5
Sick of It All Live In A Dive4.5
Sigh Hangman's Hymn4.0
Silverstein 18 Candles: The Early Years2.5
Slayer Christ Illusion3.5
Okay, so this was basically my first full length foray into Slayer, and it wasn't really bad. I mean, the band is pretty skilled at their instruments; the guitarists sure do know their scales well and the drummer is pretty fast with a lot of double bass work. The bass is, well non-existent because it's thrash and they are basically just there for appearance. Regardless, the album falters quite a bit when it comes to the vocals and lyrics, both of which are really laughable. It's basically 40 some odd minutes of "Ohhhh look how evil we are rawr" which is pretty lame and shitty in both concept and execution. The album also tends to be quite repetitive, but not to the point of being unlistenable. Overall, the album is pretty good, but marred by several issues which keep it from getting more play from me.
Sleater-Kinney The Woods4.0
Small Brown Bike Our Own Wars4.5
Small Brown Bike Dead Reckoning4.5
Smoke Or Fire Above The City3.5
Smoke Or Fire This Sinking Ship3.5
Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport4.0
Sol Invictus In the Rain4.5
Some Girls Heaven's Pregnant Teens3.0
Son Lux At War With Walls And Mazes4.0
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica3.0
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night3.5
Sonata Arctica For the Sake of Revenge4.0
Soundtrack (Film) Team America: World Police4.0
Soundtrack (Film) Ocean's 12 OST4.5
Sparta Threes2.0
Stratovarius Episode4.0
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights3.5
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb4.0
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between4.5
Stretch Arm Strong Free At Last3.0
Strike Anywhere To Live in Discontent3.5
Strike Anywhere Dead FM3.5
Strike Anywhere Exit English4.5
Strung Out Another Day In Paradise3.0
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles3.5
Strung Out Live in a Dive4.0
Strung Out Twisted By Design4.0
Strung Out Exile In Oblivion4.0
Strung Out Crossroads and Illusions4.0
Strung Out Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues4.0
Strung Out An American Paradox4.5
Strung Out The Element of Sonic Defiance4.5
Subtle ExitingARM4.5
Sun Kil Moon April4.5
Sundowner Four One Five Two4.5
I can only attribute liking this album as much as I do to one thing: I am the resident Lawrence Arms fanboy. Yes, that band is easily my second favorite of all time, if only because of how much I can relate to the band on a personal level. Anywho, this album is pretty rocking for being all acoustic. Like the other TLA related side-project, The Falcon, I was expecting sort of a fun record that was alright to pull out on occassion, but was otherwise fairly lackluster. However, I was greeted with a strong acoustic effort rooted in folk and indie with some of the most honest and heartfelt songwriting from McCaughan that I've heard in quite a while. Songs like "Steal Your Words", "This War is Noise", "Midsummer Classic", and "Endless Miles" are all song of the year contenders for me, while only one song really disappoints in the sea of them ("The Sea of Lights"). 4.5 personally, but a 4 for anyone else who listens to it if you are not completely engrossed with the Lawrence Arms as I am.
Swing Kids Discography4.0
System of a Down Mezmerize3.0
System of a Down Toxicity3.5
System of a Down Hypnotize4.0
System of a Down System of a Down4.5
System of a Down Steal This Album!4.5
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be1.5
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends3.0
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now3.5
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Shake The Sheets4.0
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak4.0
Texas Is the Reason Texas is the Reason3.5
Texas Is the Reason Do You Know Who You Are?4.0
The Aquabats The Fury of the Aquabats!2.0
The Ataris Welcome the Night1.5
The Black Maria Lead Us To Reason3.5
The Bled Found in the Flood1.5
The Bouncing Souls Hopeless Romantic3.0
The Bouncing Souls Anchors Aweigh4.0
The Bouncing Souls How I Spent My Summer Vacation4.0
The Bouncing Souls The Gold Record4.0
The Clash London Calling4.5
The Decemberists Picaresque3.5
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts4.0
The Decemberists The Crane Wife4.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Plagiarism3.0
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine3.5
The Early November The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path2.5
The Falcon Unicornography3.5
The Fall of Troy Manipulator2.0
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger3.5
The Fall of Troy Ghostship4.5
The Flaming Tsunamis Fear Everything3.5
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim3.5
The Gaslight Anthem Señor and the Queen4.0
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound4.5
The Hold Steady Stay Positive4.0
The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter2.0
The Killers Sam's Town2.5
The Kodan Armada Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost4.0
The Lawrence Arms A Guided Tour of Chicago3.0
The Lawrence Arms Apathy and Exhaustion4.0
On the Lawrence Arms' third full length album, even more growth is exhibited from their urgent and brash early works. Guitarist Chris McCaughan and Bassist Brendan Kelly split the tracks just about evenly, with Kelly taking the more brash punk tracks, and McCaughan leading the more mid-paced and melodic tracks. However, it is the juxtaposition of the two which makes the album as special as it is. Musically, it's no frills pop-punk in the vein of Jawbreaker, with a midwestern tinge not unlike Cap'n Jazz. And while sometimes being lyrically trite (although rarely), and musically repetitive, Apathy and Exhaustion is still a great and unique pop-punk record with enough emotion to appease just about everyone.
The Lawrence Arms Ghost Stories4.0
Yeah, the production on this album basically sucks ass. But in this case, it's really a non-issue; the songs themselves are so awesome that it is easy to see past the fact that this album sounds like it was recorded on an iPod while all of the guys were hung over. Though the re-recorded versions of "Turnstyles" and "The Old Timer's 2x4" are infinitely better than these versions, the album still has several stand-out tracks in "Ghost Stories", "Sixteen Hours", "Light Breathing", "106 South" and "Minute". This was where the Lawrence Arms crafted the template for the albums to follow, with Kelly and McCaughan trading off lead vocal duties between songs. While not nearly as polished as their later work, Ghost Stories offers plenty for fans of the band, and maybe fans of the more raw sound prevalent on Guided Tour of Chicago.
The Lawrence Arms Cocktails and Dreams4.0
Cocktails and Dreams is the typical stop-gap rarities release from Chicago punk trio the Lawrence Arms. Songs from rare splits, compilations, and even a few re-recorded songs from their second full length, Ghost Stories. Thankfully, unlike many b-sides collections out there, Cocktails and Dreams is on par with the majority of the Lawrence Arms' full length releases. Containing some of the band's most classic cuts such as "100 Resolutions", "Quintcentuple Your Money", and "Nebraska". While hitting some tremendous heights, some songs just pale in comparison to others, particularly through the middle of the album. However, for someone who is a seasoned veteran fan of the band, or for someone just looking to get a glance at what the band is all about, this is an excellent addition to anyone's collection, if only for the breathtakingly emotional remake of the classic "Turnstiles".
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!4.5
Oh! Calcutta! is quite frankly a fantastic album. All of the songs teem with an undeniable energy and are played with so much passion, its hard not to be swept up by them. For having only three members, the Lawrence Arms put on a great musical performance here, sticking to their roots in gritty pop-punk, but also throwing in some fantastic dynamics and time changes. Having two vocalists (Bassist Brendan Kelly and Guitarist Chris McCaughan) with two distinctly different styles (Kelly with a more brash, raspy, and urgent; McCaughan with a more mellow singing voice) and having them both switch up roles mid song proves to be one of the albums greatest strengths. The lyricism is honest and heartfelt, while not falling into any pitfalls or cliches. In fact, I'd go so far as to say if "Beyond the Embarassing Style" were replaced with "The Rabbit and the Rooster" (a bside from the album), this album would be a classic, at least on a personal level.
The Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever Told5.0
I can't help but be in awe of how far this album has come. Originally, I was quite disappointed with how the album tended to shift between the fast, Kelly-led, punk songs (which I loved) and the somber melodicism of McCaughan's tracks (which I couldn't really stand). However, in time this album has grown to not only be my favorite from the band's discography. A concept album of sorts, the tracks are split up exactly evenly between the two vocalists, and relay a collage of subtle-shifting emotions that encapsulate the spirit of youth and growing up. If ever there was a soundtrack to my adolescent years, I can safely say that nearly every song from this album would be on it. In short, it is stunning, beautiful, meticulously crafted, and a definite must-hear for anyone who yearns for the memories of youth and less complications.
The Locust Plague Soundscapes3.0
The Locust The Locust3.5
The Locust Safety Second, Body Last4.0
The Locust New Erections4.5
The Mars Volta Scab Dates2.0
The Mars Volta Tremulant3.5
The Mars Volta Amputechture3.5
So Amputechture. Its probably been the most anticipated release of the year for not only me, but many others. Following in the footsteps of the sprawling epic, 2005's Frances the Mute, Amputechture really finds the band at a crossroad in terms of where to take their sound to keep it fresh. They do a relatively good job adding bits of variety into their sound (see the flamenco guitar driven spanish ballad of "Asilos Magdelena"). While still trying to go for an epic feel, something Frances excelled at, they discard almost all ambience on this album in favor of just an instrumental wankfest. At times, it works brilliantly (see "Day of the Baphomets" for probably the best TMV song ever), while at others, it just feels tired and like they are rehashing old ground ("Meccamputechture"). All in all, Amputechture contains some of The Mars Volta's finest cuts and is all around an amazing album. But when some parts of an album are that good, the flaws of it seem just that much more apparent.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium4.0
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath4.0
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute5.0
The Matches A Band In Hope3.5
The Matches Decomposer4.0
The National Boxer3.5
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses3.0
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear4.0
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel4.0
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds3.0
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It1.0
The Shins Wincing the Night Away2.0
The Sound of Animals Fighting Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...1.0
The Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the Duke1.5
The String Quartet Strung Out on Panic! At the Disco3.5
The Swellers Beginning Of The End Again4.0
The Swellers My Everest4.5
The Thirty Years War Martyrs Among the Casualties4.0
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather and Sing3.0
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our 3.5
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward4.0
These Arms Are Snakes Easter3.5
This Is Hell Sundowning3.5
This Providence Our Worlds Divorce1.5
This Runs Through Until Forever Finds Me3.5
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance4.0
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II4.0
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV4.0
Thrice The Illusion of Safety4.5
Thrice Vheissu4.5
It's sweeping. It's epic. It's got replayability like few other albums. It's not hard to find something to like about this album. Certainly a more artistically mature effort compared to their previous works, sacrificing that wall of guitar noise and Iron Maiden-esque riffage for mellow passages, light electronic works, pianos, and sweeping organs. For those who prefer more aggressive music, "The Earth Will Shake" and "Hold Fast Hope" are just two of the albums finest cuts in that category. Prefer epic tracks? Look no further than "Red Sky" and "Stand And Feel Your Worth". More of a mellow person? "Atlantic" and "Between the End and Where We Lie" should suit your tastes just fine. If it only wasn't for the flop of "Music Box", this album might be a classic. I highly reccomend this album to just about everyone, unless you are a member of the nazi party. Then you might kinda sorta not enjoy it.
Thrice Red Sky4.5
Thursday War All the Time2.0
Thursday A City By the Light Divided2.0
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits4.5
Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards4.0
Tom Waits Rain Dogs4.5
Transistor Transistor Erase All Name and Likeness4.0
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler4.5
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety1.0
This album is literally how AIDS was created. Some Ethiopian randomly picked up a copy of this in the United Nations aide package for the day, and instead of stale saltines, was stuck listening to this generic shitheap of a record. The screaming is atrocious, the singing is mediocre and generic, and the band is just so uninspired and cliche that it's hard to find a single redeemable quality about this album. Don't let anyone fool you; this is easily one of the worst albums ever. The lyrics sound like they were carbon-copied from Linkin Park with a few Biblical references thrown in just to up the pretentiousness. Fans of new Underoath should stay far away from this, fans of old Underoath should stay far away from this, and fans of this record should put a bullet in their skull.
Underoath Act of Depression1.5
Underoath Define the Great Line4.0
Warped Tour 2005 Compilation2.5
Warped Tour 2006 Compilation3.0
Warped Tour 2004 Compilation3.5
Warped Tour 2003 Compilation4.0
Welcome the Plague Year Welcome the Plague Year3.0
Welcome the Plague Year is a bit of a polarizing effort. On one hand, it is epic screamo, which by definition is a great genre known for its intense build ups, emotional breakdowns, and fantastic interludes which emanate such an intense mood throughout. On the other hand however, WtPY is pretty much standard fare for the genre. Instead of offering electronic interludes and soudscapes like Circle Takes the Square, or beautiful violin passages such as I Would Set Myself on Fire for You, they stick to basic post-rock guitar lines, reminscent of Mogwai or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And while the album is all around solid and in no way really bad, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from its contemporaries and push the boundries of modern screamo.
Whole Wheat Bread Minority Rules2.5
With Honor This Is Our Revenge3.0
Wolfmother Wolfmother1.0
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)4.0
Yellowcard Paper Walls3.5
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds4.0
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss4.5
So as much as I hate to like some cliche post-rock, I end up doing it all the same on occasion. I could really drone on about how the album is filled with all of the qualities that make post-rock great, but read any Godspeed review to figure out what those are. Basically, this album carries an atmosphere of hopefulness and peaceful serenity that a lot of post-rock neglects. Granted, the generally upbeat atmosphere throughout the album makes for a short loss of dynamics, but its just so empowering that it's hard not to listen to this album with a smile plastered on your face. If nothing else though, check out "We Flood Empty Lakes"; it is arguably one of the best songs ever, with one of the most emotional crescendos I've ever heard at around the 9:45 mark.
You and I The Curtain Falls4.0
You and I Discography4.0
Youth Group Skeleton Jar2.0
Zao The Funeral of God2.5

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