Alex Newton

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3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom2.5
Fierce defender kicks SO much ass, but there are some pretty dull moments throughout this.
3 Inches of Blood Fire Up The Blades3.5
3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish4.0
3OH!3 Want2.0
3OH!3 Streets of Gold1.5
A Faylene Sky Define Alive2.5
A Storm Of Light As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us...3.5
Abysmal Dawn Leveling the Plane of Existence2.5
Agalloch The Mantle5.0
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain4.0
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit4.5
Agalloch Pale Folklore4.0
Agalloch Faustian Echoes4.0
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere3.5
Agnes Vein Soulship4.0
Agrimonia Rites of Separation4.0
Ahab The Boats Of The Glen Carrig4.0
Ahab The Giant4.5
Best replay value of any doom album this side of The Dreadful Hours.
Ahab Call Of The Wretched Sea5.0
Alaskan Despair, Erosion, Loss4.5
Alaskan Adversity; Woe4.0
Alexandre Desplat Godzilla3.5
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods3.5
Anaal Nathrakh Desideratum4.0
Anette Olzon Shine3.5
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion4.0
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 1785.0
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant3.5
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions2.5
As Oceans Willows4.0
Checks all the right boxes of Meshuggah worship, but the real treat here is the pacing and assembly. Frequent ambient breaks and suspenseful dropouts make for a much more engaging experience than typical pounding chaos. At half an hour, the album is also short enough to keep its momentum all the way through. Very good overall listen.
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul5.0
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease4.0
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness3.5
At the Gates The Flames Of The End5.0
At the Gates Purgatory Unleashed: Live At Wacken5.0
Classic set list, great performance, enormous crowd, flawless production. ATG were in vintage form at Wacken in front of an ocean of fans and this captures it perfectly. Wanna go to an incredible show without leaving your home? Get this and play it twice for good measure.
At the Gates At War with Reality3.5
A lot more mid-paced stuff here like on With Fear. Pleasantly surprised by this, definitely not Slaughter 2.0
Atheist Jupiter4.0
Attila Soundtrack to a Party1.5
Attila Outlawed2.0
Attila Rage2.5
Attila Fallacy1.0
Avantasia The Metal Opera Pt. II4.5
if you haven't heard The Seven Angels, do yourself a favor and change that.
Avenged Sevenfold Welcome to the Family2.0
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil3.0
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold2.5
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen3.5
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare2.5
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet2.5
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King2.0
B.o.B The Adventures of Bobby Ray2.0
B.o.B Strange Clouds1.5
This should have been a disaster but Su-metal totally sells it. SEE YOU IN THE MOSH PIT
BABYMETAL Live Legend I, D, Z Apocalypse4.0
While I can't speak for the others, the first concert here ("I") is astoundingly good.
Suzuka is clearly the leader and has a stupendous voice and all three show great energy and
crowd-play, while the backing band kicks ass all show. Considering the spectrum of how good
or bad this whole Babymetal thing could have been, this is about perfect. Set aside
pretension and just have fun with this.
BABYMETAL Megitsune4.0
BABYMETAL BABYMETAL - Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!3.0
Baroness Yellow and Green3.5
Baroness Blue Record4.0
Baroness Red Album3.5
Barrowlands Thane3.5
Bathory Hammerheart3.5
Bathory Blood Fire Death5.0
Bathory Octagon1.0
Battlecross Pursuit of Honor4.0
Behemoth Demigod4.0
Bereft (USA-CA) Leichenhaus4.5
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues4.0
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce2.0
Billy Joel The Bridge3.5
Billy Joel Storm Front3.0
Billy Joel River Of Dreams4.0
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell4.5
Black Sabbath Born Again3.0
Black Sabbath Seventh Star3.0
Black Veil Brides Set the World on Fire1.5
Bonedust When you die and your bones are rotting...3.5
Born of Osiris The Discovery4.0
Brain Drill Quantum Catastrophe2.0
Britney Spears In the Zone3.0
Britney Spears Britney2.5
brokeNCYDE Will Never Die1.0
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!1.0
brokeNCYDE The Best of BrokeNCYDE1.0
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison3.5
Bullet For My Valentine Fever2.5
Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper1.5
Burzum Daudi Baldrs2.0
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss4.0
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle4.5
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain4.0
Captain Beyond Captain Beyond4.5
Carcass Heartwork4.0
Carcass Surgical Steel4.0
Cave In White Silence4.0
Cave In Jupiter3.5
Cerna Restoring Life4.0
Chelsea Grin Chelsea Grin2.5
Cicada the Burrower Despoina4.0
Cinderella Long Cold Winter4.0
Cinderella Night Songs4.0
Circle of Animals Destroy the Light3.0
Cloudkicker Beacons4.5
Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be Huge3.5
Cloudkicker Live with Intronaut4.0
Cobra Starship Night Shades1.0
Cobra Starship Hot Mess1.0
Complete Freedom Inner Thoughts3.5
Every instrument here seems to have a mind of its own, but somehow they all end up on the
same path by the end. There are little timing issues scattered about, and that bass is
sometimes overpowering, but the foundation is all there for a great and eclectic
collection of songs. Trvth is well in-tune with the notion that on the best albums, no
two songs sound the same, and runs with it. Highlights include "Fire Inside," with its
slow-burning build, "Aura," and "V," the album's very worthwhile payoff.
Converge Axe to Fall3.5
Converge Jane Doe4.5
Converge Deathwish Live Series 02: Minneapolis3.0
Coprophagia Shitty Life1.0
Cormorant Dwellings4.0
Cough Ritual Abuse2.5
Crazy Frog Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits1.0
Creed Human Clay2.5
Creed Weathered2.5
Creed Full Circle1.5
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory5.0
Creedence Clearwater Revival Mardi Gras2.0
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River3.5
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 4 Way Street5.0
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Live It Up1.5
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young American Dream2.0
Cult of Luna Salvation4.0
Cynic Focus5.0
That is some gay, gay metal, man...some gay, gay metal.
Cynic Traced in Air4.5
Cynic Re-Traced3.5
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy4.0
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us3.0
D.R.U.G.S. D.R.U.G.S.2.5
Darkenhold Castellum4.5
Deafheaven Sunbather4.0
Death Symbolic4.5
Death The Sound of Perseverance4.0
Death Live in L.A.: Death & Raw4.0
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum5.0
Deathspell Omega Paracletus4.5
Deathspell Omega Drought4.0
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice4.0
Deep Purple Rapture of the Deep3.5
Deep Purple Bananas3.5
Deep Purple Abandon2.5
Deep Purple Purpendicular3.5
Deep Purple The Battle Rages On...2.5
Deep Purple Slaves and Masters3.0
Deep Purple The House of Blue Light3.5
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers4.0
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band3.0
Deep Purple Stormbringer3.0
Deep Purple Burn4.0
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are3.0
Deep Purple Machine Head5.0
Deep Purple Fireball4.5
Deep Purple Deep Purple In Rock5.0
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple3.5
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn2.5
Deep Purple Made in Japan5.0
Deep Purple When We Rock, We Rock & When We Roll, We Roll1.5
Deep Purple Powerhouse2.0
Deep Purple This Time Around: Live in Tokyo3.0
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live4.0
Great performance by Purple, questionable production. Still a must-see (or must-hear, as it were) for fans.
Deep Purple Universal Masters Collection1.5
Just stop. We don't need anymore of these compilations.
Defeater Travels4.0
Demilich Nespithe4.0
Dethklok Dethalbum II4.0
Dethklok The Dethalbum 3.5
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations4.0
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant4.5
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli3.5
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh1.0
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown2.5
I really wanted to like this album. I bought and listened to the whole thing, tedious as it may have been. We all know DragonForce plays variations on the same very fast, very technical song over and over and over...which worked for a while because it was also a very good song. But four albums into their career, it's beginning to sound stale. These guys have the chops to create good music, as is apparent in bits and pieces here. It's time to put that ability to better use.
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage3.5
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm4.0
DragonForce Twilight Dementia3.5
The production leaves a lot to be desired and ZP spends way too much time swearing for no
apparent reason, but the guitarists and Mackintosh sure bring it. If nothing else, it shows
that Dragonforce aren't nearly the punch-line that people have made them out to be.
DragonForce Valley of the Damned4.0
DragonForce The Power Within3.5
I already miss ZP and his potty mouth. Dragonforce continues to lose the plot even further. rThe smart money says this is gonna suck.rUpdate: it's actually not bad.
DragonForce Maximum Overload3.0
I miss ZP and his potty mouth. I miss long songs with like five harmonized solo sections. I miss guitar delay-ridden epic intros. I miss the things that made Dragonforce...Dragonforce. Repetitive and ridiculous, but different than any other band out there. And that was worth coming back for every now and then.
Dragonland Starfall4.5
Dragonland Astronomy4.0
Dragonland Under the Grey Banner4.5
Eamon I Don't Want You Back1.0
Echoes of Eon Immensity4.0
Edguy Rocket Ride3.0
Edguy Tinnitus Sanctus2.5
Edguy Theater of Salvation4.0
Edguy King of Fools EP3.0
Edguy Mandrake4.0
Edguy Burning Down the Opera4.5
Edguy Kingdom of Madness3.0
Electric Wizard Dopethrone4.5
Emperor Live Inferno4.5
Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk5.0
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse4.0
Emphatic Damage3.5
Enabler La Fin Absolue Du Monde3.5
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini4.0
EPISTASIS Light Through Dead Glass4.0
Eternal Closure Ad Primum3.5
The ingredients are familiar, but EC have quality chops and assemble some very solid songs, particularly the closer, "Enthalpy". The low-end is a little overwhelming, so the guitars get drowned a little, but overall it's a tight EP. There were some ballsy riffs that reminded me of For the Revolution-era Kalmah, which is always a good thing. A full album of this would be excellent.
Exhumed Necrocracy4.0
Exoskeleton Plutonian Herd1.0
Fall of Efrafa Owsla5.0
Fall of Efrafa Elil4.0
Fall of Efrafa Inle4.5
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails4.0
Feist/Mastodon Feistodon3.5
Fen Winter4.5
Fleetwood Mac Rumours4.5
Fleetwood Mac Tusk4.0
Fleshworld Like we're all equal again4.0
Flickerstick Welcoming Home the Astronauts3.5
For Today Immortal2.5
Foreigner 44.0
Forest Like a Blaze Above the Ashes4.0
Gabriel Graves The Hermit4.0
I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this, but it wasn't what I got. I'm hearing
everything from Pink Floyd and Queen to Bon Jovi and REM. You have a great voice for the
low-key singing and the understated drumming is spot-on. I'm really enjoying this.
Gamma Ray Land of the Free II3.5
Gamma Ray To the Metal!2.5
It's not a showpiece, but To the Metal has enough good material to make it worth picking up.
Gamma Ray Majestic4.5
Gamma Ray No World Order4.5
Gamma Ray Power Plant4.5
Gamma Ray Somewhere Out in Space5.0
Gamma Ray Land of the Free5.0
Gamma Ray Insanity and Genius3.0
Gamma Ray Sigh No More3.5
Gamma Ray Heading for Tomorrow3.5
Gamma Ray Skeletons in the Closet4.5
Gamma Ray Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome5.0
A great representation of Gamma Ray's exciting live show, though the DVD is worth getting
over the CD version. The musicianship is top-notch as always, and Kai Hansen does a great
job of playing to the crowd. It has all the power of Skeletons in the Closet, and you won't
go wrong picking this up whether you're a fan already or not.
Gamma Ray Skeletons & Majesties2.0
Gamma Ray Heaven Can Wait2.0
Gamma Ray Lust for Live2.5
Gamma Ray Alright! 20 Years Of Universe2.5
Gamma Ray Master of Confusion3.0
Gamma Ray Skeletons & Majesties Live3.5
While some of the rare cuts are welcome additions (see "Dethrone Tyranny" and "Wings of Destiny"), there isn't much to get excited about compared to the last live album. Also, Kiske looks like a douche with his black beanie.
Gamma Ray Empire of the Undead3.5
Gamma Ray The Karaoke Album2.5
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon4.0
Gazpacho Demon4.5
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam4.0
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us4.0
Giant Squid Minoans3.5
Giant Squid The Ichthyologist5.0
This is exactly what we were all hoping for after Metridium Fields. Giant Squid has refined their songwriting and lyrical approach to create a seamless and epic piece of music -- integrating new instruments and new band members perfectly.rTracks like "Dean Man Slough" and "Blue Linckia" roll on over churning riffs and an atmosphere tailor-made for the lyrical concepts of swampy revenge and ocean turmoil. "Throwing a Donner Party at Sea" (a reworking of a song from Monster in the Creek) is a brilliantly executed rocker whose title is a maritime take on the Donner Party story.rThe Ichthyologist is a solid concept piece that shows a band living up to its terrific creative potential... and I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
Giant Squid Metridium Fields4.0
Giant Squid Monster in the Creek4.0
Working on a review for this now. Should be done soon. Not typical Giant Squid but still a cool album, the first two tracks are terrific.
Giant Squid Cenotes4.5
In the grand scheme of things, 4.5 is more appropriate. But with regards to my taste, I absolutely love this, so it gets a 5.
Godflesh Streetcleaner4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞5.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven4.0
Beautifully orchestrated, and the opening song is about as emotive as music gets, though it does drag around end of the first disc. Godspeed have a formula that works, despite the fact that it is sounding more and more like a formula.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.3.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor aMAZEzine!2.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞ [Vinyl]4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor John Peel Sessions4.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'3.5
Gojira The Way of All Flesh4.0
Gojira From Mars to Sirius4.5
Gojira The Flesh Alive5.0
Seems a bit redundant to release this a month after the live DVD that's part of L'enfant rSauvage...but it's going to be amazing, especially in Blu-Ray. couldn't pick a better band rto see/hear in super high quality.
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage4.0
Like when Mastodon pulled back the throttle on Crack the Skye, Gojira spend a lot of time impressing with mid-paced creative forays, but not really thrilling you. If that comparison proves accurate, however, it will be a big time grower.
Gojira The Link3.5
Gojira Terra Incognita3.5
Gojira Possessed3.0
Good Riddance My Republic3.0
Gorguts Colored Sands4.5
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World5.0
Graviton Massless4.0
Writing a review for this now. In a time where almost nothing is "unique", Sacha and company have created an extremely well-crafted piece of music that is both alien and accessible, a combination that is sure to open many new fans to the world of progressive metal.
Gris À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…4.5
Gris Il Etait une Foret...4.5
Grumblecunt I Piss Shit1.0
Halestorm Halestorm3.5
As far as debut albums go, this is really quite good. There aren't many major flaws...maybe some generic moments, but I consider those neutral rather than negative. Song like "Innocence" and "Familiar Taste of Poison", while nothing groundbreaking, are excellently performed and Lzzy's vocals are powerful and always in tune. This is a great place to work from for the band going forward. Exciting to think what they're capable of in the future.
Halestorm Live in Philly 20104.5
Halestorm's real appeal, as solid as their debut album was, is in their energetic live show.
Drummer Arejay, in particuar, is fun to watch and excellent througout the show. This is a
band to bank on.
Halestorm ReAnimate: The CoVeRs3.5
Halestorm The Strange Case Of...4.0
HammerFall Glory to the Brave3.0
HammerFall Threshold3.5
Hello Kitty Suicide Club ^_^1.0
Helloween Unarmed1.5
For all the talk about how tongue-in-cheek Helloween has always been, it should still be their top priority to give their fans quality power metal albums. Rehashing old material is okay if it's an improvement, but it sounds a lot like Helloween are making fun of themselves and it's not particularly funny this time.
One would think that "Chameleon" should have taught this band to stick to what they do best...and to leave this type of experiment to the bands that aren't able to forge great music the way Helloween always has.
Helloween 7 Sinners3.5
Helloween Gambling With The Devil4.0
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy3.5
Helloween Rabbit Don't Come Easy2.5
Helloween The Dark Ride3.5
Helloween Walls of Jericho4.5
Helloween Chameleon2.0
Helloween Pink Bubbles Go Ape2.0
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I4.5
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy World Tour4.0
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II4.0
Helloween Better Than Raw3.0
Helloween Metal Jukebox2.5
Helloween Straight Out of Hell3.0
Helloween Master of the Rings4.0
Helloween The Time of the Oath3.0
Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors4.0
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis4.0
Howl Full of Hell3.5
Howl Bloodlines3.5
Hulk Hogan and The Wrestling Boot Band Hulk Rules1.0
Hurricane Chris Unleashed1.0
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon3.0
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings4.5
Icona Pop Icona Pop2.0
Ifing Against This Weald4.0
Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps5.0
Immolation Close to a World Below4.5
Immolation Majesty and Decay4.0
Immolation Here in After5.0
In Flames The Jester Race4.0
In The Woods... Omnio4.5
Indian From All Purity3.0
Inter Arma The Cavern4.0
Intronaut Valley of Smoke4.5
Intronaut Prehistoricisms5.0
Intronaut Void4.0
Intronaut Habitual Levitations4.0
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.0
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind4.0
Iron Maiden Powerslave4.5
Iron Maiden Killers3.5
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death3.0
Iron Maiden Virtual XI2.0
Iron Maiden The X Factor2.5
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4.5
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier3.0
Iron Savior Megatropolis2.5
Isis Celestial4.0
Isis Oceanic5.0
Isis Panopticon5.0
Isis In the Absence of Truth4.0
Isis Wavering Radiant4.5
Isis Live 54.5
It's Oceanic with more oomph. Isis speed things up a bit and there aren't any female vox, so it's a bit different. Of course, that just means you have to hear it because it's brilliant in a slightly different way than the original. Oh, and that damn WHACK WHACK snare drum is fixed...yeah I'm looking at you, Matt Bayles.
Isis Clearing the Eye (DVD)4.5
Isis Live 12.5
Isis Oceanic: Remixes and Reinterpretations3.0
Isis Sawblade2.0
Isis The Red Sea3.5
Isis Live 6 (11/16/2007)5.0
So Did We, In Fiction, and Holy Tears are even better here than the studio cuts. Having Maria Christopher on Weight also makes a huge difference. This and Live V are must-owns for fans of Isis and post-metal.
Isis Live 23.0
Isis Live 42.0
Isis Live 32.5
Isis Mosquito Control3.5
Isis Temporal3.5
Isis SGNL>053.5
Isis/Melvins Isis/Melvins Split3.0
Jessie J Who You Are1.5
Job for a Cowboy Ruination2.5
John Cage 4'33''5.0
John Coltrane A Love Supreme5.0
Judas Priest Unleashed in the East4.5
Judas Priest Nostradamus3.0
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution4.0
Judas Priest Demolition2.0
Judas Priest Jugulator3.0
Judas Priest Painkiller5.0
Judas Priest Ram It Down3.5
Judas Priest Turbo3.0
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith4.5
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance4.0
Judas Priest Point of Entry3.0
Judas Priest British Steel3.5
Judas Priest Hell Bent for Leather3.0
Judas Priest Stained Class5.0
Judas Priest Sin After Sin3.5
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny4.5
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla2.5
Judas Priest Live in London3.0
Judas Priest The Best of Judas Priest1.5
Judas Priest Rising in the East4.5
Judas Priest Priest...Live!4.0
Judas Priest '98 Live Meltdown3.0
Judas Priest Epitaph4.0
Better set list than Rising in the East but Halford doesn't quite have it anymore. Still, Faulker is a great addition and makes this a very worthwhile listen/watch.
Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls3.5
Judas Priest Hero, Hero2.5
Kalmah Swamplord4.5
Kalmah They Will Return5.0
Kalmah 12 Gauge4.0
Kalmah Swampsong4.0
Kalmah For The Revolution3.5
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony4.0
Kalmah The Black Waltz3.5
Kamancello Kamancello4.5
Katy Perry Prism3.5
Katy Perry Teenage Dream3.5
Katy Perry One of the Boys3.0
Katy Perry MTV Unplugged3.5
Katy Perry Katy Hudson2.0
KEN mode Entrench4.0
Kesha Animal2.0
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies4.0
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache4.0
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing3.5
Kylesa Static Tensions4.5
Kylesa Spiral Shadow4.0
Kylesa Ultraviolet3.0
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster2.5
Lamb of God Killadelphia4.0
Leprous Coal4.0
Light Bearer Lapsus4.5
Light Bearer Beyond the Infinite: The Assembly of God4.0
Light Bearer Live in Sedel4.0
Light Bearer Silver Tongue4.0
"almost nothing happens throughout the whole album, it's just one predictable build to ranother predictable build"rThat's like analyzing the sentence structure of Moby-Dick and concluding that it's just a rbunch of descriptions that build to more descriptions with way too many commas in between. rLight Bearer are a medium for a story and ideology, and without that framework it is indeed rjust a bunch of build ups and riffs like any other post-metal album. An opinion is just rthat, but I think this album demands a more holistic view than most.
Like Moths to Flames When We Don't Exist2.0
Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz Kings of Crunk1.5
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water2.5
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory3.0
Linkin Park Meteora3.0
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight2.5
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns2.0
Lord Mantis Death Mask4.5
Magma Live5.0
Magma Mekanïk Destruktiw Kommandoh5.0
The scope of this album is mind-boggling. Magma invented their own genre to tell Christian
Vander's apocalyptic story, including their own language based around the music. Blasquiz's
voice is ridiculous in range and tone, and the rhythm section (Jannick Top and Vander)
creates the funkiest, most thunderous foundation I've ever heard. If you have any interest
in experimental music, jazz, progressive rock, or outer space, get this right now.
Magma Köhntarkösz4.5
Magma Udu Wudu3.5
Malefice Entities3.0
Mastodon Crack the Skye5.0
The intricacy of this album took me a while to wrap my head around, but if you buy into the ideas behind the album, you'll be rewarded with a masterpiece of songwriting that marries the brutal power of Mastodon's earlier efforts with a touch of imagination and beauty.
Mastodon Leviathan5.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain4.5
Mastodon Remission4.5
Mastodon Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP3.0
This is what happens when a band writes something for free and then has to re-do it, again for free, because the first one was too heavy. The band sounds accordingly bored, but the Alternate Takes have a bit of typical Mastodon muscle.
Mastodon 9 Song Demo3.0
Mastodon The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]4.5
Mastodon Live at the Aragon3.5
Thank goodness they mixed the vocals way down. Mastodon plays everything like -- or better than -- the album, sometimes a bit faster...basically it rocks. The unorthodox song choices from Blood Mountain (Circle of Cysquatch) and Leviathan (Aqua Dementia) at first seem odd, but in concert sound terrific. They also get big points for deciding before the show that everything that happened on stage would be on the record: no overdubs, no re-takes. This is their show, warts and all...and it is awesome.
Mastodon Call of the Mastodon4.0
Battle At Sea alone makes this worthy of a 4. Hail to Fire and Call of the Mastodon seal the deal.
Mastodon The Hunter3.0
Mastodon Oblivion EP3.0
Mastodon Slick Leg2.5
Mastodon Lifesblood3.0
Mastodon Live at Brixton4.0
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun3.5
Sweet Jesus, Brent threw pieces of Hearts Alive, Bladecatcher, All the Heavy Lifting, and Elephant Man into Ember City's solo. That was crazy cool.
Matisyahu Live At Stubb's4.0
Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here2.0
Mendel Subliminal Colors4.0
Meshuggah I4.5
Meshuggah Nothing3.5
Meshuggah Koloss3.5
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)4.5
Meshuggah obZen3.5
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree4.0
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse3.0
Meshuggah Chaosphere4.0
Metallica Ride the Lightning4.5
Metallica St. Anger1.5
Metallica Death Magnetic2.5
Metallica Master of Puppets4.0
Metallica Metallica3.5
Metro Station Metro Station1.5
Millionaires Bling Bling Bling!1.0
Mindset Evolution Prelude3.5
Concise, energetic debut that makes a strong impression both lyrically and musically. A combination of fresh songwriting, in-your-face hardcore philosophy and fan-oriented approach sets ME apart from the crowd.
Moonlit Sailor We Come from Exploding Stars3.5
Moonsorrow Verisakeet5.0
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty4.5
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja3.5
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus1.5
Morbid Angel Covenant4.0
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes1.0
Mother of Mercy IV: Symptoms of Existence4.0
Mother of Mercy III4.0

MoM is pissed off so you don't have to be. What.
Musk Ox Woodfall4.0
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours4.5
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River3.5
Myrkur Myrkur3.5
National Sunday Law The Fifth Ape3.5
National Sunday Law Festival of the Horned God4.0
National Sunday Law La Storia Di Cannibali4.0
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I4.5
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel4.5
Near Death Condition Evolving Towards Extinction4.5
Great DM a la Immolation. Riffs rule, decent diversity. The drums aren't programmed. but they appear to have been cleaned up in the studio.
Nelly Furtado Folklore3.5
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood3.5
Nickelback Silver Side Up2.0
Nickelback The Long Road2.0
Nickelback Dark Horse1.5
Nickelback All the Right Reasons2.5
Nickelback Here and Now1.5
Nickelback The Best of Nickelback Volume 11.0
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded1.0
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday2.0
Nicki Minaj Beam Me Up Scotty1.5
Nightwish Made In Hong Kong2.0
Nightwish Dark Passion Play3.0
Nightwish Once4.5
Nightwish End Of An Era5.0
Nothing Guilty of Everything4.0
Obsequiae Suspended In The Brume Of Eos4.0
Old Man Gloom Seminar III: Zozobra3.0
Opeth Heritage3.0
Opeth Ghost Reveries4.5
Opeth Damnation4.0
Opeth Blackwater Park4.5
Opeth In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall5.0
Live albums (and DVD's) just don't get any better than this. Frontman Akerfeldt is spot-on and the rest of the band do their thing perfectly in performing their classic album Blackwater Park, and on one of the world's greatest stages. A must-have for any fan who can tolerate seriously good music.
Opeth The Devil's Orchard - Live at Rock Hard Festival3.0
Opeth Burden2.0
Opeth Watershed3.0
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come4.5
Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis Satyriasis And Nymphomania1.5
Paramnesia Paramnesia4.0
Paris Hilton Paris1.0
Paula Cole This Fire4.0
Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte5.0
Paysage d'Hiver Paysage d'Hiver5.0
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor4.5
Paysage d'Hiver Steineiche4.0
Paysage d'Hiver Kristall und Isa4.5
Paysage d'Hiver Nacht3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Kerker4.0
Paysage d'Hiver Schattengang3.5
Moloch is a strange track, with electronic bursts and rock riffs and drums in parts, but it's kinda cool. Die Zief is more like classic Paysage and it's bitchin', especially with that wolf kill sample. Good overall album, but not on par with Paysage's best.
Paysage d'Hiver Einsamkeit3.0
Pelican Australasia4.5
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard4.5
Primal Fear 16.6: (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)3.0
Primal Fear Black Sun3.5
Primal Fear New Religion3.0
Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen4.0
Pussycat Dolls PCD1.0
Pussycat Dolls Doll Domination1.0
Pyramaze Melancholy Beast4.0
Queensryche Dedicated to Chaos1.0
Queensryche Frequency Unknown1.5
Rainbow Jealous Lover1.5
Rainbow Down To Earth3.0
Rainbow Rising5.0
Rainbow Bent Out of Shape2.0
Rainbow Straight Between the Eyes3.5
Rainbow Difficult to Cure2.5
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll4.5
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow3.5
Rainbow Deutschland Tournee 19765.0
dat bass in Stargazerrbest live recording of Rainbow, which means it's one of the best live recording period. the chemistry between Dio and Blackmore here is incendiary. awesome show.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication4.0
Revocation Existence Is Futile4.5
Revocation Chaos of Forms4.0
Revocation Teratogenesis4.5
Revocation Empire of the Obscene3.5
Revocation Revocation4.0
Revocation Deathless4.5
Rings of Saturn Lugal Ki En3.0
This has some crazy shit going on and it's a lot of fun, but listening all the way through is exhausting.
Riot Thundersteel4.5
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines1.5
Robin Thicke Paula1.0
Rorcal Vilagvege4.5
Rorcal Heliogabalus5.0
Rorcal Myrra, Mordvynn, Marayaa4.0
Rorcal Monochrome3.0
Rorcal The Way We Are, The Way We Were, The Way...3.5
Rorcal La Femme sans Tete4.0
Rorcal/Kehlvin Ascension4.5
The three-part structure of this does wonders to make a 28-minute song stay interesting. From a hardcore/sludge beginning to its beautiful middle section and doomy outro, this is really a fascinating EP and well worth checking out for fans of sludge and post-metal.
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality3.0
Sannhet Known Flood4.0
Saor Aura4.5
Saor Roots4.5
Saosin Saosin3.0
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan4.0
Scarred Gaia - Medea4.5
Scene Kidz Fuq-N-Es-Kay1.0
Seal Seal4.5
Seal Seal II4.0
Seal Seal IV3.5
Seal Human Being3.5
Seal System3.0
Secrets of the Sky To Sail Black Waters4.5
Septicflesh The Great Mass4.5
Septicflesh Communion4.0
Shade Empire Omega Arcane4.5
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)5.0
Sigur Ros Kveikur4.0
Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed4.0
Slayer South of Heaven4.0
Slayer God Hates Us All3.0
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss4.5
Sleep Dopesmoker4.5
Snoop Lion Reincarnated2.0
Soreption Engineering The Void4.0
Sorxe Surrounded by Shadows3.5
Spermswamp Extreme Cream1.0
stellastarr* Harmonies for the Haunted4.0
Sting The Soul Cages4.5
Sting Brand New Day4.0
Sting Mercury Falling3.5
Sting Sacred Love2.5
Sting Ten Summoner's Tales4.0
Sun Worship Elder Giants3.5
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions3.5
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials3.5
Svart Crown Witnessing The Fall4.0
Drumming is beast, riffs are usually great. Vox aren't special but do the trick. Sets a great mood. Working on a review for this.
Svart Crown Ages Of Decay3.5
Swans The Seer3.0
Swans To Be Kind3.5
Sylosis Edge of the Earth3.5
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age4.5
T-Pain Revolver1.0
T-Pain Thr33 Ringz1.5
t.A.T.u. 200 km/H In The Wrong Lane4.0
t.A.T.u. Dangerous and Moving3.5
t.A.T.u. Happy Smiles3.5
t.A.T.u. Waste Management4.0
Tarja Turunen Colours in the Dark3.0
Taurus (USA-OR) No/Thing3.5
Taylor Swift Speak Now3.0
Terra Tenebrosa The Purging4.0
The Afterglow Cadence The Fight4.0
The Fight is a fine collection of pop rock songs based around classic singer-songwriter
arrangements. Standout song "Pressure" flirts with jazz harmonies and builds steadily
over shuffling percussion and careful vocal harmonies. "Life's Not So Bad" has some great
acoustic guitar work, with a chorus that threatens to lead into Green Day's smash hit
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Towards the end of the album, "Just Say the Word"
overcomes some shaky moments via a strong crunchy REM-esque guitar riff, while
"Jackknife" and closer "Pictures" ride clever chord progressions that hint at Brian
Donarski and Ian Steur's comfort with the theory behind what makes them beautiful.
Donarski's bass work is a high point on all tracks, and the whole band seems to be
thoroughly enjoying themselves. You probably will too.
The All-American Rejects Move Along3.0
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out4.5
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis3.5
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...4.0
The Great Kat Worship Me or Die!2.5
The Great Kat Beethoven On Speed3.0
The Great Old Ones Al Azif4.0
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li5.0
The way black metal should be done, with awesome songwriting and creepy fucking atmosphere.
The Guilt Of... Isolation Room3.5
Shades of Godflesh throughout this creepy hardcore album.
The Ocean Heliocentric4.0
The last two songs make up for the lack of creative punch on the rest of the album in a massive way. Firmament has some great moments too. Worth checking out if you're into progressive metal.
The Ocean Anthropocentric4.0
This is the sound The Ocean was trying for when they shook things up after Precambrian - much wider dynamic range, bigger climaxes, more poignant spacial areas, and for the first time, this band really grooves during sections. A big step forward.
The Ocean Fogdiver4.0
The Ocean Precambrian4.5
The Ocean Fluxion (Remaster)5.0
The Ocean Pelagial5.0
An emphatic return to form for The Ocean, who ditch the philosophical posturing and return rto what they're best at - creating massive soundscapes in a great conceptual framework.
The Ocean Islands/Tides3.0
The Ocean Collective Oblivion4.5
The Ocean Aeolian3.5
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus2.0
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Lonely Road1.0
The Red Paintings Walls 4.5
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed5.0
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang3.0
The Visit Between Worlds4.5
The Visit Offering4.0
The Wounded Kings Consolamentum4.0
Thou Heathen4.5
Thou Peasant4.0
Thou Tyrant3.5
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn4.0
Torsofuck Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy1.0
Trenches The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole3.5
Trvth Black Horse Plague4.0
Trvth Trvth Be Told4.0
It's like a long, meandering hike into unknown woods in the best way. The record Agalloch
wishes they'd made.
U2 Songs of Innocence3.0
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire4.5
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All5.0
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure3.5
Ulcerate Vermis4.5
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler4.5
Ulver Nattens Madrigal5.0
Unisonic Light of Dawn3.5
Unleashing My Demons Tran​(ce​)​scen(e​)dance1.0
they get half a point for the sometimes-competent drummingredit: just kidding, never mind
Usher Confessions3.5
Vallendusk Black Clouds Gathering4.0
Vengaboys The Platinum Album1.5
Venom Welcome to Hell4.5
Venom Black Metal4.0
Viking Skull Born in Hell3.5
Volumes Via3.0
Warren of Ohms The Wolf and The Fox4.0
Weakling Dead as Dreams5.0
Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun4.0
White Empress Rise of the Empress4.0
White Lies To Lose My Life3.5
Whitechapel This Is Exile2.5
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption3.0
William Control Hate Culture1.5
Windir Likferd4.5
Within Temptation The Unforgiving4.0
Within Temptation Mother Earth3.0
Within Temptation Enter3.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters5.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage4.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade4.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Live at Roadburn 20084.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars4.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain3.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite3.0
Wormed Exodromos4.0
Wormrot Dirge4.5
Worms in Women and Cattle Sick Road4.0
Yes Relayer4.5

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