The Philadelphia-based Powerviolence band Fluoride's self-titled debut album is an unrelenting exercise in raw aggression.
Hot off the heels of Donald Glover's musical moniker Childish Gambino's first Billboard #1 single "This is America", Glover seemingly squanders an opportunity while everyone's paying attention.
Gwen Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was an unexpectedly influential pop record, and is one of the 2000's best.
Sugar Ray hardly get respect. It's not difficult to understand why. They'll certainly never be considered cool, and nearly everything post-14:59 proved to be utterly tasteless and poorly conceived. None of this speaks to the quality of this record.
You know when bands are technical for technical's sake? Relentless Mutation is, thankfully, not that. This is absolutely top-notch Technical Death Metal - well-written, well thought-out, and features a merciful run time.... do we really need 50+ minute injections of TDM?
While Trust Fall (Side A) hinted at a return to form, Incubus' 8 is quite a disappointment, made worse by sub-par audio engineering and production provided by, inexplicably, none other than Skrillex.
uneXpect's debut EP, _wE, Invaders, shows the band at their most accessible, but don't confuse this as meaning this isn't a highly atypical and unusually creative release.
Nils Frykdahl's and Dan Rathbun's pre-Sleepytime Gorilla Museum experimental "rock"/performance art troupe is about as far out and varying as you'd expect from these guys.
The album starts out with the ambient, airy "Nexus", this combined with the excellent follow-up track "Tesla", pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.
In a late-career dose of inspired song-making, The Damned combine their disparate musical interests into a cohesive musical statement, unheard of in this fashion since The Damned's own 1982 release, Strawberries.
Come Clarity finds In Flames somewhere between the melodic death metal of Whoracle and the alternative sound of Soundtrack to Your Escape. The mixture here provides for a highly emotive and energetic set of songs.
There are few bands who can play as technical of music while still being able to write even halfway decent vocal melodies, never mind the truly top-notch vocal melodies (and harmonies!) contained herein.