AOTY 2022
Tool - 10,000 Days
80
A sort of merge between their previous two albums' in terms of sound, 10,000 Days is another massive progressive metal album.
Musically, I went into this thing knowing what the expect, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The vocals on the album are great, and he nails his career-defining moment on both parts (especially the second) the monolithic and incredibly emotional 'Wings for Marie'. His vocals, oddly enough, on all but a few tracks sounds as if he's a bit younger than on its ... read more
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
85
A blistering and thundering thrash metal album that truly deserves to be called a classic.
Musically this album is quite the ride. The guitar-work is terrific and solely responsible for carrying the album all the way through. The very technical and structured riffs and solos found in bushels on the album are some of the best of the entire genre. The bass is also surprisingly prominent throughout the album, such as on "Dawn Patrol" something not all metal bands do. The drumming is ... read more
The Killers - Hot Fuss
90
Sorry for not being that active in the past week. I've had a few assessments to complete, but now since they're done, and I have a 2-week holiday (finally) I can review a lot more albums.
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An amazing pop-rock album, and an astonishing debut. I've heard the first seven tracks of this album a couple of years ago, and rest of the album doesn't disappoint.
Musically this album is phenomenal. Flower's vocals are great on the album ... read more
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
75
Now I'm a bit conflicted on this album. Sure, I see many of the things that people like about it, and I certainly did like most of my time listening to it, I just don't feel like its the soul-transcending, boundary-breaking and mind-bending album that so many people say it is.
The music is pretty decent. It's a very slow album, and I found myself kind of bored on some of these tracks. Sure, there are moments where all the stars align and I see a true masterpiece, such as the chorus on "Us ... read more
Blink-182 - Nine
40
I knew this album was going to be horrible, but my morbid curiosity got to the better of me. 'Nine' is a pop-punk mess, and this is coming from a person who enjoys the genre and band more than most.
The album is musically quite boring. Blink continues on the over-produced (although maybe not to the same extent) as 'California', pop-punk formula, and somehow manages to worsen it. The vocals are, usually, quite average. I wouldn't say that they're all too horrific, and the two vocalists do bounce ... read more
System of a Down - Toxicity
90
An aggressive as hell, insane, and incredibly infectious metal classic, there is so much to love about the album.
The guitar work is one of the most defining parts of the album. It's the first thing that greets you in the amazing opener "Prison Song", and doesn't stop giving and giving on every track. There are some incredibly brutal onslaughts of guitars such as on "Deer Dance", but even in its calmer moments, such as the verses of "ATWA", it's incredibly ... read more
David Bowie - Low
90
'Low' is a masterful blend of experimental rock and ambient, with Brian Eno producing it, and, in my opinion, is even better than 'Ziggy Stardust'.
The music is exceptional. What I've noticed about Bowie music is that his vocals are always outshone by his incredible instrumentation, and the album continues that trend, with over half the album being soley instrumental, and I love it for it. From the beauty of songs like "Be My Wife" and "Speed of Life" to the haunting ... read more
Death Grips - The Money Store
90
After listening to a few hip-hop albums, I thought I knew what to expect. But every expectation was turned on its head, and what I found is an album full of experimental bangers.
The album's sound is... strange, to say the least, and I love the album for it. Firstly, the production is god-tier. The electronic-based beats present on the album, and especially on songs like "Get Got" and "I've Seen Footage", are so. fucking. good, and turn them into absolutely top-tier songs. ... read more
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
85
A beautiful, warm and instantly loveable folk-rock album, 'Aeroplane' has gotten its fair share of accolades since its release (hell it's even Jesse Lacey's favourite album of all time), and, while I may have a few problems, I still love this album.
The album is very varied musically. I ended up adoring the acoustic guitar more than I expected, and there weren't any moments on the album where I got sick of it, which, for me, is greatly commendable. The brass sections were another big surprise ... read more
Tool - Ænima
85
While slightly overrated, and not as good as 'Lateralus', Tool's sophomore album is still a mind-bending, heavy and 7-minute-song-filled adventure of a metal album.
Maynard's vocals are great. While not having as many unique moments as the follow-up, he still manages many different things perfectly. From the hypnotic "Jimmy" to the immensely rage-filled "Hooker with a Penis", there is a lot to love. The guitar riffs are as heavy as you'd expect, and who doesn't love riffs ... read more
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
90
After hearing tracks 2-4 a few months prior, I was slightly scared that the rest of the album wouldn't live up to them. And though the album does have some issues, it's an amazing experience the whole way through.
One problem I did find with the album was James' vocals. His vocals are bit rough, and while it's hardly album-breaking, and he even has one of his best performances on "Fade to Black", it can get slightly annoying on songs like "Fight Fire With Fire" and ... read more
Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
80
This album's kind of nostalgic to me, and one of my first metal albums I ever heard, and so I may be a bit easier with it. But even with that slight bias, I still really like this album, and for a metal album this decade, it's extremely solid.
Sykes sounds great throughout the album and everything from his screams on "Shadow Moses" to the honest and emotional singing of "And the Snakes Start to Sing", he does prove himself as a diverse vocalist. The guitars are loud, angry ... read more
Tool - Fear Inoculum
80
After 13 long years, Tool's fifth album is a great comeback, and although it may be a tiny, tiny bit disappointing, it's still a great-ass prog-metal record.
Musically, this album is incredible. Maynard's vocals are great across the entire album, and he is a lot softer than I had expected on the album, but he still executes this with grace on songs like "Culling Voices". Jones' guitar work is incredible, and it's certainly my favourite part of the album. From the thick, crunching ... read more
Weezer - Weezer (Black Album)
50
Weezer's latest release is another average pop-rock album that doesn't do too much special but certainly isn't as much as a blemish as other albums in their catalogue.
Rivers sounds alright, and while a slight step-up from the Teal album with performances like "High as a Kite" being quite great, but he also has incredibly bad moments, and by the end of the album he's rapping his verses (kill me) with one of the worst Weezer songs of the decade, and questionable closing track, ... read more
Weezer - Weezer (Teal Album)
55
A covers album needs to nail home a particular sound to be exciting, especially when the songs on the album are so well known. But Weezer does none of that on this album.
The instrumentals do nothing exciting and (while it isn't necessary) much things new. Does anyone want to hear Paranoid transformed into a synthpop song? Rivers sounds quite boring, and the songs tend to stay similar the whole way through, and I was left disappointed at how dull they managed to make some of the choruses.
There ... read more
Weezer - Pacific Daydream
40
More like Pacific Nightmare.
Of course, after making two great-ass albums, Weezer messes everything up, with what is easily the worst album they've released this decade (up to this point).
Rivers is back to sounding plain as a brick, and I've heard spoken-word with more enthusiasm, more energy than he gives on choruses like "Beach Boys". He does have some decent moments, of course, and one a couple of songs, he can sound pretty alright. The guitars have been deleted, and, unlike ... read more
Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
75
While I don't think it's as good as EWBAITE, the White Album is a very fun, energetic pop-rock album that is practically designed for the Summer.
Rivers sounds as good as ever on the album, and nails almost every chorus. While being on the poppier side when compared to EWBAITE, which the album utilises to its benefit, and not containing as many amazing guitar moments, it's still miles up from '00s Weezer, and some solos, like the one in "Endless Bummer", are wonderful.
The lyrics ... read more
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
80
I'm sorry for not rating this earlier, but I just didn't feel like this was going to be any good, and hell, can you blame me? But it was my surprise when I found easily the best Weezer album in so damn long. While no Pinkerton, this is the step in the right direction, and Weezer managed to surprise me multiple times.
Rivers sounds a lot more fun in the songs, and while he can sound generic in some songs ("Go Away"), he shines is others ("Eulogy for a Rock Band"). The ... read more
Tool - Lateralus
90
So after they came to streaming services, I decided there was no excuse to not listen to this. And I was greeted with a monolith of an album, just under the 80-minute mark, which manages to keep my attention quite well, and also offers up some of metal's greatest songs.
Maynard is a great vocalist and everything from his soothing voice in some of the interludes, like "Parabol" to his lengthy screams in "Ticks & Leeches" proves this. The rest of the band are also ... read more
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
85
One of the highest-praised albums of all time, and a major inspiration to my favourite album of all time, it was only a matter of time before I heard this album. And while I don't think it's a masterpiece, it's a loveable and wonderful journey.
Bowie's vocals are quite great, even fantastic on tracks "Five Years" and "Starman", but he can get just the tiniest bit annoying on songs like "Soul Love", don't kill me, please.
But what did surprise me was the ... read more
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