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The Tragically Hip
  • Must Hear:
    • Fully Completely
    • Phantom Power
    • In Violet Light
    • Road Apples
    • Yer Favourites
  • Next Steps:
    • Trouble at the Henhouse
    • Music @ Work
    • Day for Night
    • Up To Here
  • Deep Digging:
    • In Between Evolution
    • World Container
    • Now for Plan A
    • Gordon Downie - Coke Machine Glow
    • We Are The Same
  • Proceed With Caution/Avoid
Rushtool (With the caveat that, in Crash's view, Tool have no bad albums)
  • Must Hear:
    • Aenima
    • Lateralus
  • Next Steps:
    • 10,000 Days
    • Undertow
  • Deep Digging:
    • Opiate
  • Proceed With Caution:
    • 72826
    • Salival
Pearl Jam
  • Must Listen:
    • Temple of the Dog
    • Ten
    • Versus
    • Vitalogy
  • Next Steps:
    • Lightning Bolt
    • Backspacer
    • Yield
    • Since it came out after the HTGI video, Crash ended up considering Gigaton for the lower half of "Next Steps", with the caveat of it being too soon for him to do so.
  • Deep Digging:
  • Proceed With Caution/Avoid:
    • Riot Act
    • No Code
Dark Souls
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  • 2018
    • Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light - 4.5/5
      • "I was always very ho-hummy about Skeletonwitch, but with this album, I think I'm officially on board!"
    • The1975 - ''A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships - 2.5/5
      • "Well, they did get rid of most of the wank, credit where it's due. Too bad they replace it with a bunch of low-tempo slosh and bad Radiohead impressions."
    • Screaming Females - All At Once - 3.5/5
      • "I kept forgetting this album came out. It's not bad or anything, but it's just so...what were we even talking about?"
    • Of Mice & Men - Defy - 4/5
      • "It's the only one of theirs that's held my interest for any amount of time."
    • Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want - 4/5
      • "Out of all the noise rock I listened to this year, yeah - this was easily the best thing the genre put out...but if you guys saw my Low or even my old Girl Band review, you know noise rock just isn't a genre I really fuck with."
    • Godsmack - When Legends Rise - 1.5/5
      • "Remember when Fantano reviewed this album and was all like, 'Oh god, it's so bad. Guys, it's so bad. It's like, one of the worst of the year. Bad album. Oh my god. How is it this bad?', and like [...] the rest of us were sitting back like...'Dude. Of course it sucks. It's Godsmack. The fuck were you expecting, man?'"
    • Black Veil Brides - Vale - 2/5
      • "This is Nickelback goth, not at all helped by the fact that their lead singer REALLY sounds like Chad Kroeger. No, I am not gonna drop that. It's weird."
    • As It Is - The Great Depression - 4/5
      • If you told me As It Is was gonna release a really dark and bleak record, I'd have probably given you a weird look at the outset, but the more I listen to this record, the more it kind of grows on me."
    • Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning - 4/5
      • "What do you get when you stick an indie rock band in the same room as a Black Metal producer? You get one hell of a Cloud Nothings record, that's for damn sure."
    • The Wonder Years - Sister Cities - 3.5/5
      • "I didn't hate it, but man was this one forgettable."
    • The Longshot - Love Is For Losers - 2.5/5
      • "This feels like the forgotten Trilogy album that we somehow never got, only reconstructed somehow through weird and awkward means."
    • From Ashes to New - The Future - 2.5/5
      • "Says a lot about the band that improving so dramatically only elevated them from 'awful' to...'meh, forgettable'."
    • Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! - 5/5
      • "God dammit, every critic I know is just lining up to tongue this album's precious little balls...which means there isn't enough room at the table for ME to tongue its balls as well."
    • Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms - 4/5
      • "Aww man, this was some DURRTY metal. Do you like DURRTY metal? This was a DURRTY...DURRTY...DURRTY- ass DURRTY metal album!"
    • Breaking Benjamin - Ember - Benjamin/Benjamin
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    • Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love - 5/5
    • Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots (2018) - 1/5
      • "Just...fuck this album."
    • Various Artists - Songs That Saved My Life - 1.5/5
      • "I know this album was raising money for a good cause. It's a cause I actually wholeheartedly believe in, so good on 'em in that respect. But what the FUCK were some of these song choices?"
    • Haken - Vector - 4/5
      • "Haken is a very good band, but they really need to find themselves a good producer to bring out the best in them."
    • Halestorm - Vicious - 4/5
      • "This album was so sexy I think it got me pregnant."
    • Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer - 4/5
    • Disturbed - Evolution - 1/5
      • "Pahahahahahaha! Oh, no! No! No! Hahahaha....just look at this! 'Hello man, may we alt-rock for you?' Ohhh...this album gargles my asshole, no!"
    • Imagine Dragons - Origins - 2/5
      • "I prefer the fuck out of this album over Evolve...doesn't mean it's any good."
    • Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Monsters - Brought To Rot - 4/5
      • "This was a chill record. (beat) Except for "I Hate Chicago", god damn, but speaking as a midwesterner...yeah, 5 minutes in Chicago traffic will have you saying those exact same things in that song."
    • Amity Affliction - Misery - 1.5/5
      • "Some of you with a keen eye have already caught me throwing shade at this album."
    • Our Lady Peace - Somethingness - 1/5
      • "I have been itching to talk about Our Lady Peace for a long-ass time now. And it sucks that the first time that we will get to mention them is on this year's Worst of the Year. Just...ugh."
    • EDEN - vertigo - 4/5
      • "Literally, I only listened to this album out of spite, but man, I will be damned if this hasn't grown on me big time throughout the year."
    • AFI - The Missing Man - 3/5
      • "These guys have GOT to find a good producer to work with and FAST. Look, I know you guys love Jade, but get him out of the producer's chair before he creates real permanent lasting damage to you guys, ok?"
    • Trash Boat - Crown Shyness - 4/5
      • "Darker, kind of edgier, kind of alt-rockier, kind of pop-punk-ish music that I really personally enjoyed."
    • Like Pacific - In Spite of Me - 4/5
      • "Ummm...see...previous review?"
    • Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality - 4/5
      • "I am always on the lookout for good stuff from Japan, and this really caught my interest."
    • Mae - Multisensory Aesthetic Experience - 5/5
      • "God dammit! Mae! Mae, why would you do this to me? Why would you do this to me in DECEMBER, in the middle of catchups when I'm so busy and so stacked that I would never have the chance to talk about your first album in 11 years that totally wrecks and totally destroys and is so...so damn good and flying under the radar and just...(sigh)"
    • The Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. - 2.5/5
      • "The problems with Smashing Pumpkins were never who wasn't in the band, it was who was in the band. And Billy has just been making a lot of boring shit lately, and this album is no exception."
    • Vein - Errorzone - 3.5/5
    • Jeff Rosenstock - Post- - 3/5
      • "He still hasn't impressed me yet. He still hasn't, like, won me yet."
    • Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It - 5/5
    • Rivers of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name - 5/5
      • "Saxophone. More sax. Did not think that was gonna be the next metal trend."
    • Poets of the Fall - Ultraviolet - 3.5/5
      • "I am very very impressed with a lot of what I heard...wow, their vocalist, ummm...he is, uh...he's an acquired taste, I feel like."
    • Tribulation - Down Below - 4.5/5
      • I love how if you change the vocal style of this band, they basically just become AFI."
    • High On Fire - Electric Messiah - 5/5
      • "Yeah. Lemmy would've been proud."
    • Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus - 4/5
      • "Imagine if Neil Young had actually embraced the trends and sounds of the 80s instead of just spending them dicking over his record company and doing goofy shit. This might've been what that would've sounded like...and I dig it."
    • The Frights - Hypochondriac - 3.5/5
      • "Really, really catchy stuff. But...ok, is the lead singer alright? These lyrics are...this is almost Father John Misty levels of like, depressing and sad!"
    • Black Honey - Black Honey - 4/5
      • "If I called this band slutty, y'all would know I meant that as a compliment, right?"
    • Hopesfall - Arbiter - 4/5
      • "Is that a rabbit hole worth falling down?"
    • Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place - 4.5/5
      • "This album? This album is kawaii!"
    • Dance Gavin Dance - Artificial Selection - 3.5/5
      • "I do not get the anti-hype surrounding this album."
    • Sad Gravity - Sad Gravity - 3/5
      • "Amazingly chill. Maybe just a little too chill for my personal tastes."
    • Nothing But Thieves - What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way - 2.5/5
      • "Ehhhhhhhhh...I just wasn't feeling this one, I'm sorry."
    • The Beths - Future Me Hates Me - 3.5/5
      • "A bit repetitive in places and not the most original thing I've ever heard, but I definitely see the potential there."
    • Beartooth - Disease - 3/5
      • "Like with Screaming Females and The Wonder Years, I thought I was gonna like this album a lot more than I actually ended up liking it."
  • Q1 2019
    • Soilwork - Verkligheten - 3.5/5
      • "Soilwork are one of the most consistent mellow-death bands out there. But...I dunno, their consistency has always been their biggest problem."
    • Spidergawd - Spidergawd V - 4/5
      • "People who are into, like, 70s retro fuzzed-out throwback kinda-styled rock, yeah, definitely. This is a band you should be paying attention to."
    • Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust? - 1.5/5
      • "You know one thing that's totally helped make 2019 a little better than 2018 in terms of music so far? There haven't been nearly, nearly as many bands that have succumbed to the Imagine Dragon like there were last year. (beat) Yeah, Papa Roach didn't get the memo."
    • Kongos - 1929 Pt. 1 - 3/5
      • "It's a very clean-sounding album. But...I dunno, the raw music, the instrumentation, the actual composition, the actual performances...they just...weren't doing a lot for me. It's ok, it's not horrid by any means, but if this is 1929 Part 1, I don't think I necessarily need a Part 2, I'm just saying."
    • Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center - 4/5
      • "This is probably the closest thing we're ever gonna get to a new Bright Eyes album...and I am not even gonna start complaining about that."
    • FIDLAR - Almost Free - 2.5/5
      • "I've just never been a huge fan of these guys and...they haven't necessarily gotten better with age. Not an offensive album by any means. [...] But...I dunno, it's not my thing."
    • Rival Sons - Feral Roots - 4.5/5
      • "Talk about another band doing the retro throwback thing very well."
    • Within Temptation - Resist - 3.5/5
      • "From the pleb's point of view, there wasn't anything particularly wrong with this record. It wasn't as bad as I've been hearing from some people, but...it didn't make me, like, jump for joy or anything. It's ok."
    • Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary - 3/5
      • "There is something I dig about their ultra-chill, super-serene kind of quietly capable brand of indie rock, but I'd say it's almost too ultra-chill. This thing almost put me to sleep."
    • Soen - Lotus - 3.5/5
      • "I do enjoy Soen's particular kind of like 'jazzy' progressiveness. [...] It is something very unique. But on the same coin, it's also something I just gotta be in a certain kind of mood for."
    • Badflower - OK, I'm Sick - 3.5/5
      • "It's ok, it's just not masterclass by any means, and there are some lyrics on this thing that are...I get what they're going for, but some of this stuff is a little cringe, just like a little bit. This is obviously a band that has some growing to do, but I definitely see the potential on display here."
    • Puppy - The Goat - 4.5/5
      • "It's like these guys are trying to recreate the first Black Sabbath album through the lens of blink-182. [...] Also they have the best name ever, I love puppies! Puppies fucking rule! Fuck my show, here's a solid minute of puppies!"
    • A solid minute of puppies
      • "Puppies fucking rule."
    • Beirut - Gallipoli - 4.5/5
      • "Ok, asking me to review a Beirut album in 3-5 sentences...that's just not gonna happen. But I did really enjoy the new Beirut album."
    • Dream Theater - Distance Over Time - 3/5
      • "It's nice to have a Dream Theater album that isn't two hours fucking long for a change, and some of the little toe-touches into Djent and some more modern trends [...] I wasn't feeling those necessarily, but not to any huge dismay."
    • Cane Hill - Kill The Sun - 4/5
      • "Was I the only one getting Jar Of Flies vibes off of this?"
    • Calling All Captains - Nothing Grows Here - 4/5
      • "It's only an EP, and a very short one at that, but based on what I heard from this, I would be very excited to hear a full-length out of these guys."
    • Hozier - Wasteland, Baby! - 3/5
    • While She Sleeps - So What? - 4/5
      • "It doesn't do much new even for them necessarily, but it's a solid outing. I could pit to this."
    • In Flames - I, The Mask - 2.5/5
      • "I will say this much - this is probably the best album we've gotten out of this era of In Flames. That having been said...yeah, it's still very much a 'this era' of In Flames, it's not good."
    • Sundara Karma - Ulfila's Alphabet - 5/5
      • "Aw, man! Oh, these guys! They release this album the same day as The Black Album. I so would've loved to talk about that instead of Black. Argh!"
    • Marianas Trench - Phantoms - 5/5
      • "No, it's not as good as Astoria, but not a lot of things are."
    • Potty Mouth - Snafu - 4.5/5
      • "This band is like if Dollskin was fronted by Liz Phair and trying to make Sleater-Kinney sound like a pop punk act. I know that sounds fucking banana-bonkers, but people, trust me on this one. If you happen to care for any of the artists in that clumsy-ass analogy of mine, check this out. You will get something very good out of it."
    • The Japanese House - Good at Falling - 4.5/5
      • "This is not an album to sleep on even if it might put you to sleep."
    • Children of Bodom - Hexed - 3.5/5
      • "There is not much I can say about this album that couldn't be said about their last two or even three albums, really. It's a bit samey, yeah, but like with Soilwork and Spidergawd, it's a problem I particularly like, so...eh."
    • Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) - 3/5
      • "It might be a case of 'Not-My-Thing-itis" here, but...I just didn't feel like there was a lot of interesting stuff going on here."
    • A Bunch of Shrieking Shitheadsnote  - Who Caresnote  - 1/5
      • "Did you even know Attila released an album this year? Good. You didn't miss a goddamn thing. Fuck this shitty band for twats."
    • Demon Hunter - War & Peace - 2/5
      • "30-40 minutes of Demon Hunter, I can handle, it's ok. 100 minutes of Demon Hunter, though, that's where I draw the motherfucking line. Like...there is no reason for these guys to be releasing a double album, they are not interesting enough to be releasing double albums. Don't @ me, this was a chore to slog through, especially in one sitting."
    • Moon Tooth - Crux - 4.5/5
    • Gary Clarke Jr - This Land - 4/5
      • "It's just one of those albums that's got a lot to say and says it in a very beautiful and well-packaged manner."
    • SUNDAYS- Wiaca - 4/5
      • "For those of you that are in like a Frightened Rabbit or...you know, kind of a modern folksy kinda vibe, yeah man. This'll scratch that itch."
    • Simple Creatures - Strange Love - 4/5
      • "So those of you that hated the poppier production of the last Blink album will more than likely hate this album too [...] But speaking as that weirdo that actually liked California, I kinda dug this."
    • Jinjer - Micro - 3/5
      • "There was a lot to admire here, though they have like a Nu-Metal sort of colour to their sound. [...] It's nice, it's well-executed, it just ain't my thing."
    • Nanami Ozone - NO - 3/5
    • Busted - Half Way There - 2/5
    • Rhapsody of Fire - The Eighth Mountain - 4/5
      • "Ok, using a posthumous sample of the late Christopher Lee as the closing track to your album is a dirty rotten trick. That got right under my heart and it tore it to pieces! Fuck, I miss Christopher Lee, don't you?"
    • Switchfoot - Native Tongue - 1.5/5
      • "Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh...Imagine Dragon. Like, I hate to say that, because once upon a time, I was a Switchfoot defender, I love The Beautiful Letdown. But man. I'd say ever since around Vice Versus, maybe even sooner than that, Switchfoot became a band that just chases trends, basically."
    • Le Butcherettes - bi/MENTAL - 4.5/5
      • "Any of you that are, like, say, into The Screaming Females need to be listening to this band like yesterday."
    • Wintersleep - In The Land Of - 4/5
      • "It seems like this is a band that's chilled out a lot over the years."
    • I Prevail - Trauma - 3/5
      • "There are a lot of things I like about this band. [...] But this band, at least with this album, they...I won't say "Imagine Dragoned" necessarily, but at least with this album they implemented a lot of, like, the worst elements of things going on in pop."
    • The Lemonheads - Varshons II - 2/5
      • "This is the first Lemonheads record we've gotten in 10 years. And it's a Cover Album. And on top of that, the album we got 10 years ago was also a cover album. I haven't admittedly listened to a lot of Lemonheads since about, like, 1993-1995 since Julianna Hatfield was in the group. It's A Shame About Ray is great, but...um...it's a shame about this album."
  • Q2 2019
    • Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings - 4/5
      • "I liked this album, I promise you I did, but...I'd be lying if I said I liked it more than Bringer of Pain from last year."
    • Cokie The Clown - You're Welcome - 1/5
      • "It's like if Fat Mike swallowed an entire dump truck of Xanax and Ambien, then tried to write the script to a Lars von Trier film, and then tried to make a musical out of that same script. And it's all about hobo clowns."
    • black midi - Schlagenheim - 4.5/5
      • "This record is like if David Byrne grew up as millennial and were influenced by a bunch of weird shit like Death Grips, JPEGMAFIA, clipping., Girl Band...it's a hot fuckin' mess of a record...and I think I fuckin' love it."
    • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering - 3/5
      • "It's fine for what it is, but...why? Help me understand why this is the thing?"
    • Thank You, Scientist - Terraformer - 5/5
      • "See? I don't hate every album for being too long!"
    • Remo Drive - Natural, Everyday Degradation - 2/5
      • "I barely even realized this thing came out, nobody was knocking at my door about this thing."
    • Spirit Adrift - Divided by Darkness - 4/5
      • "If this is on your Best of the Year list, I feel that. 'cause this is a damn solid record."
    • Ithaca - The Language of Injury - 5/5
      • "Remember when I talked about Venom Prison earlier in the year? Imagine if that band were more of a hardcore, almost punkish, kinda Norma Jean-ass kinda slam fiesta."
    • Mannequin Pussy - Patience - 5/5
      • "It's almost as if like the catchiness of something like Diet Cig blended with the sort of snot factor of a band like Doll Skin."
    • Doll Skin - Love is Dead and We Killed Her - 4/5
      • "Doll Skin presented another really good album for us here, though...it's a shame it doesn't sound better."
    • Otoboke Beaver - ITEKOMA HITS - 4.5/5
      • "Yeah, it may be a little on-brand for me, but guys. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - my name is Crash Thompson, and I will forever be on my anime bullshit."
    • Black Pumas - Black Pumas - 4/5
      • "A psychedelic soul record with just the right touch of Texas-style blues and R&B thrown in there for good measure."
    • Blood Stain Child - Amateras - 4/5
      • "This record might be a bit of a curveball if you're like me, say, and you're used to all their stuff post-Epsilon, but I mean...hey, Blood Stain Child can still throw down with the best of them."
    • Dream Tröll - Second To None - 4/5
      • "This album is just silly as hell and the production behind it is hot ass, like, really amateurish-style shit here...but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't charmed by these guys."
    • Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance - 4/5
    • Scott Stapp - The Space Between the Shadows - 1/5
      • "I expected to be bored by a Scott Stapp album. I didn't expect to be like, full-blown disgusted."
    • Drab Majesty - Modern Mirror - 4.5/5
      • "It's very retro, it feels ripped straight out of the 80s, but it's like a weird megalomaniacal clashing of bands like The Cure and Echo & the Bunnymen and Duran Duran, all kind of mixed up into a blender."
    • AJR - Neotheater - 1/5
    • The Raconteurs - Help Us Stronger - 3.5/5
      • "It's fine, it's ok. I generally dug it. I like it better than that last Jack White solo album. (boos) Keep booing me, it only makes my opinions worse!"
    • Lil Nas X - 7 - 4/5
      • "I enjoyed it! I mean, I'm happy for the kid, the kid seems nice!"
    • Two Door Cinema Club - False Alarm - 3.5/5
      • "It sounds a lot like every other Two Door Cinema Club record I've tried, but again, not bad for what it is."
    • Callous Daoboys - Die on Mars - 4/5
      • "Chaotic as hell metalcore math-rock with an electric violinist in tow? So this band is basically what happens when Yellowcard gets possessed by the devil and tries to do an iwrestledabearonce impression? I'm down."
    • Spiritbox - Singles Collection - 4/5
      • "This was a nice little EP...even if this thing's existence pretty much confirms that iwrestledabearonce...aww...is probably dead. That's a shame."
    • Kyle Craft - Showboat Honey - 4.5/5
      • "If this is the worst album Kyle Craft can put out, y'know, we don't have to worry about shit."
    • 3Teeth - Metawar - 3.5/5
    • Lingua Ignota - Caligula - 4.5/5
      • "Ummm...dark. Like...extremely dark. Maybe one of the darkest records I've ever had to review for this show."
    • Belzebubs - Pantheon of the Nightside Gods - 3.5/5
      • "I guess if we just can't get another Dethklok album, I'll take what I can get here."
    • My Diligence - Sun Rose - 3.5/5
    • Majestica - Above The Sky - 3/5
      • "This is cheese metal. Do you know how cheesy this metal is? It closes with a cover of the Spaceballs theme song."
    • Copeland - Blushing - 4.5/5
      • "They're electronic, atmospheric and very very experimental these days. Think if, like, Mae got together with Radiohead in that era post-Amnesiac, pre-King of Limbs."
    • METZ - Automat - 2.5/5
      • "Nope. Guys, you know how I usually do with noise rock that's this chaotic and this crazy. This is not black midi, this is just chaos."
    • $uicideboy$ x Travis Barker - Live Fast Die Whenever - 2.5/5
      • "So Travis Barker and Monkey from Korn got together with a random horrorcore group and made an EP? Something like this does feel a tad bit out of my jurisdiction, admittedly, but....I mean...who was asking for this?"
    • Defeater - Defeater - 4.5/5
      • "It's weirdly story-driven and it has a heavy narrative focus, but unlike something like say, Coheed and Cambria, you can actually make sense of what's going on in the story."
    • State Faults - Clairvoyant - 3/5
      • "This would get a much higher rating out of me, but as it stands...ugh, again, it's always a shame when good musicians get hampered by terrible production."
    • The Black Keys - Let's Rock - 2.5/5
      • "Nope, still bored. Yeah, go ahead, boo me. Boo me all you want. I'm done with this band."
    • Reason|Define - In Memory - 3.5/5
      • "I didn't know an all-girl Beartooth was something I needed in my life, but I dug this. Sure."
    • Charly Bliss - Young Enough - 4/5
      • "Their lead singer is a total chipmunk."
    • Employed To Serve - Eternal Forward Motion - 4/5
      • "If you're into stuff like Code Orange, Vein, Jesus Piece, that really grizzly, gravelly-ass hardcore, this is gonna be right up your alley."
    • Free Throw - What's Past is Prologue - 3.5/5
      • "A lot of good stuff musically on this, though...yeah, I will admit, this is pretty depressing, even for like an emo record."
    • Ten Foot Pole - Escalating Quickly - 3/5
      • "They've had a long and illustrious career and they have a hell of a pedigree behind them. Why haven't I heard a ton of their stuff? Why do I not listen to these guys so often? Why do they not stick out in my head in any real fashion? Oh. Oh, that's right. They're, uh...not very good."
    • The Coolies - Uh Oh! It's...The Coolies - 3.5/5
      • "100% of the proceeds towards this record are going towards ALS research, so if that sounds like something that's right up your alley...hey, the money's going to a good cause, so...why not?"
  • Q3 2019
    • MUNA - Saves The World - 5/5
    • Strung Out - Songs of Armor and Devotion - 4.5/5
      • "Even if it's not the most innovative thing out there, this is another really solid one."
    • Killswitch Engage - Atonement - 4/5
      • "While I still wouldn't say the 'New Jesse' era of Killswitch is my favourite era of Killswitch by any stretch of the imagination, damn did Killswitch actually really bring it on this one. This is probably the best album they've put out since Howard Jones left the band several years ago."
    • Sleeping With Sirens - How It Feels To Be Lost - 3.5/5
      • "It was ok, but Sleeping With Sirens didn't need an ok album, they needed a great one, and...it's not great."
    • Puddle of Mudd - Welcome to Galvania - 1/5
      • "It feels so weird to say this about a band that's technically been in existence since 1991, but after listening to this record, the number one thing I can say about it is, 'amateurish'."
    • Off With Their Heads - Be Good - 4/5
      • "Ok, those of you that like acts like Hot Water Music or Red City Radio, you know, those sort of punk bands that have kinda like a proto-country edge with the way they write melodies and stuff, and vocalists that REALLY HAVE KINDA THAT GRAVEL-THROATED SORT OF ROUGH SINGING LEATHER-VOICED EEEHHHHHHHHH- Ok, that? Off With Their Heads? Right up your alley, dude."
    • Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie - 2.5/5
      • "On the second record it started to sound like New Pixies was starting to run out of ideas. On this, it sounds like they really don't have any left. I think we've heard everything we need to hear out of this Pixies resurrection."
    • Laura Imbruglia - Scared of You - 4.5/5
      • "Did y'all know that Natalie had a baby sister? Did you know that she makes really kick-ass indie rock with a socially-conscious edge and really quirky, cute, but thoughtful lyrics? Did you know she kicks major ass at it too?"
    • Of Mice & Men - EARTHANDSKY - 3/5
      • "I would still say it's better than the other Mice & Men records I've heard outside of Defy [...] but man, I just...I don't care for this band when they're doing that sound, man."
    • Lagwagon - Railer - 3/5
      • "It's another Lagwagon. However you feel about Lagwagon is probably gonna swing your opinions one way or another on that. Though I do have to admit I am not a fan of how raspy Joey Cape's voice has gotten over the years. He sounds really weak, he sounds like your grandma."
    • The S.L.P - The S.L.P - 3.5/5
      • "It sounds like Kasabian if it was fed through one too many synthesizers and a midlife crisis."
    • Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within - 4/5
      • "If you're feeling spoopy, check it out. 'tis the season, eh!"
    • Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk - 4/5
      • "This album feels a lot more tight, a lot more focussed, way less sloppy...again, it's not the most innovative Titus Andronicus record [...] but that's not a bad thing."
    • Devourment - Obscene Majesty - 3.5/5
    • Shadow Of Intent - Melancholy - 3.5/5
      • "This band is kinda what you'd get if you took a symphonic metal band and added just the slightest dash of The Black Dahlia Murder."
    • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest - 4/5
      • "This is like if...Thrash Metal had been invented in the early 70s instead of the early 80s. It's got this weird proto-birth of metal sound to it, only it's like, way faster and crazier than music of that stripe would've sounded like back in its day."
    • The Hu - The Gereg - 3/5
      • "If you were one of those people that was really into Heilung when I reviewed them earlier in the year, but you're looking for something a little more Genghis Khan as opposed to Erik The Red, I can recommend this, sure."
    • Anteros - When We Land - 3.5/5
      • "This band kinda reminds me of Blondie crossed with the earlier records from Neon Trees with a dash of The Cardigans kinda thrown in there for good measure."
    • DragonForce - Extreme Power Metal - 2.5/5
      • "In case you were wondering if Dragonforce stopped being silly buggers...don't worry, they haven't. I look forward to hearnig these songs played awfully live."
    • Kublai Khan TX - Absolute - 3.5/5
      • "If you catch these guys opening for like, Vein or Code Orange or something, yeah man. Pick those tickets up."
    • Car Bomb - Mordial - 4/5
      • "Mathcore that's practically, like...full metal in moments. There's gotta be a better term for that kinda stuff than 'mathcore', right?"
    • Kkett - Kketterwaul - 3/5
    • The Number Twelve Looks Like You - Wild Gods - 3.5/5
    • Korn - The Nothing - 3/5
      • "This isn't my thing, people, I'm sorry. I have enough foresight to know that for a Korn record, this is certainly a better Korn record, this is a more elevated Korn record. This is one of the best Korn records we've gotten in a good long while, but...it's still a Korn record and I don't like Korn."
    • Bon Iver - i,i - 3/5
      • "It's interesting, I will say it's interesting. But I dunno, this didn't exactly change my mind on them or anything."
    • Mind Key - MKIII. Aliens in Wonderland - 3.5/5
      • "It a little cheesy in places, but like...not in an unpleasant way. [...] It's got charm to it. There's stuff about this record I definitely enjoyed. I mean, the album cover has the Cheshire Cat in a goddamn spacesuit. I know my audience is dorky enough to respect that kind of reference."
    • Carnifex - World War X - 3.5/5
      • "I've always enjoyed this particularly heavy style of 'core, so...yeah, I'm down with the new Carnifex."
    • Roam - Smile Wide - 2.5/5
      • "For all the great British pop punk we've gotten over the last 5-6 years [...] the new Roam should be like, right up my alley. But man, I just...wasn't feeling this record."
    • Starset - Divisions - 3/5
      • "It's not the worst stuff in the world, but I dunno man, there's just nothing on here that gives me a reason to care."
    • Unprocessed - Artificial Void - 4/5
      • "Overall, I'd say a very strong record from a band I wasn't aware of until I listened to them for this FIMI, so...good stuff. I will throw out one thing, though - "Unprocessed" is a TERRIBLE name for a band. Really? "Unprocessed"? Y'all decided that was what you were gonna call yourselves? You sound like a health food product, not a djent-metal band, guys."
    • Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury - 4.5/5
      • "This is country?! This? This is country, y'all are serious about this? [...] I'll tell you one thing, people. If more country sounded like this, my ass would be paying way closer attention to it!"
    • Tori Kelly - Inspired By True Events - 4/5
      • "She's a powerhouse vocalist and she has a very solid grip on melody. I really did enjoy this record."
    • All Your Sisters - Trust Ruins - 3.5/5
      • "Post-Punk of that super-duper dark variety. These guys worship at the altar of stuff like Joy Division and Bauhaus and like, Sisters of Mercy...Darkwave with a capital DARK."
    • Sugar Ray - Little Yachty - 2.5/5
      • "I'm seeing this record pop up on a lot of people's "Worst of 2019" candidates and whatnot, and y'all...it's not THAT bad."
    • Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes - 4/5
      • "Ezra Furman is, like, right on the cusp of something brilliant. Like, this guy is about to release probably the best record of his career. If he can keep this momentum going, I could imagine either the next record or the record after that potentially just being a fuckin' knockout!"
    • Knocked Loose - A Different Shade of Blue - 3.5/5
      • "These guys know how to deliver a brutal as hell metalcore beat, I appreciate that. Their vocalist, though...he's a little on like, the high pitched side, his voice is like, really screechy and kind of on the higher register of things."
    • Brutus - Nest - 4.5/5
      • "Holy shit. I didn't think it was possible for post-rock to get this heavy and...still be post-rock."
    • Northlane - Alien - 3.5/5
      • "I did like this record. Honestly, I really did, I enjoyed this. I might've enjoyed their last album more, though."
    • Bad Luck Party - Miss June - 4.5/5
      • "This is that kinda biting sorta feminist punk that really scratches a particular itch with me. Like...this feels like Le Tigre mixed with pieces of Wolf Alice and kinda trying to do a more melodious parts of Sonic Youth kinda thing, it's interesting."
    • Inclination - When Fear Turns To Confidence - 3/5
      • "Straight-edge hardcore that almost leans like, full metalcore in places."
    • SKYND - Chapter 2 - 2/5
      • "I get what they're going for here, and there is an audience for this kind of music, but wow. I am very much not it. I was not feeling this."
    • Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising - 4.5/5
    • Bayonne - Drastic Measures - 4.5/5
      • "Absolutely dreamy and blissful ambient piano pop from Roger Sellers' new Bayonne album."
    • Prince Daddy & The Hyena - Cosmic Thrill Seekers - 4/5
      • "Ironically enough, I got the chance to see these guys live last year when they were touring and opening up for Remo Drive. And also ironically enough, this album is what I wish the new Remo Drive sounded like."
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