Take This to Your Grave – Fall Out Boy

Take This to Your Grave! Yes, Stump has said on record that he wants it burned, but, if it were any other band, this album would be a well-remembered classic. Of course, it’s Fall Out Boy, so it often has to take a backseat to their other epic albums. Still, I absolutely love the insanityContinue reading “Take This to Your Grave – Fall Out Boy”

Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy

I always think of this as a rock opera because I first experienced this album by watching The Young Blood Chronicles (their hour-long music video for every song on the album), and that’s actually my recommendation of how to experience Save Rock and Roll, because it’s cool. That’s not really what I’m here to talkContinue reading “Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy”

PAX AM Days EP – Fall Out Boy

This EP is only 13 minutes, so, thusly, I can declare the whole of it to be my favorite Fall Out Boy song. Seriously, all eight songs on this EP are relentless bops reminiscent of a long-past golden age in punk music. You can clearly tell that these songs (with an average length of aContinue reading “PAX AM Days EP – Fall Out Boy”

American Idiot – Green Day

You’ve heard a lot of this album, but you probably haven’t heard the awesome jam that is “Letterbomb” or dissected “Homecoming” down to specific notes. Yes, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is great, but this album really shines where it eschews the four-chord progression and just plays some loud chords, finds something else to do, andContinue reading “American Idiot – Green Day”

Dookie – Green Day

Oh yeah! Punk rock’s never had such incredibly catchy grooves as in this huge 90s hit. Their rhythms are as complex as they are natural, and their chords are fun sonified. That D-A-B-G progression on “Having a Blast” is just wonderful, and the syncopated constant guitar hits just fall perfectly. The drums on this albumContinue reading “Dookie – Green Day”

Post Mortem – Black Tide

This album is one of those albums where I can just gush and gush over so many of the songs. “Fight ‘Til The Bitter End” is chill and it’s metal and is uncompromising on both of those fronts; the chorus has such a wonderfully relaxing groove and I love it. “Ashes” is a brilliant useContinue reading “Post Mortem – Black Tide”

City of Evil – Avenged Sevenfold

I know I’m only reviewing albums I love, but this is a highlight even here. “Beast and the Harlot” and “Bat Country” are two of my favorite songs, and they fill me with absolute glee. I know Synyster hates playing the brilliant arpeggios of “Beast and the Harlot”, but they knew a freaking whole-step keyContinue reading “City of Evil – Avenged Sevenfold”

All Hallows EP – AFI

Yes, this EP is only four songs, but it’s so much fun. AFI’s a great band, and they’re experts in using harmony to create a velvety, intriguing sound that can be heard on “Girl’s Not Grey”, “Love Like Winter”, and “Snow Cats”, but this is not that, nor is it any of the well-produced speedContinue reading “All Hallows EP – AFI”

Robot Face – Caravan Palace

What a lovely album! A fusion of bopping electronic music and 20’s swing that just makes you want to grab a partner and dance. “Lone Digger” is the obvious standout, a beautiful shuffle track with a cool horn section and great jamming over the i-VIIb-VIb-V progression, but I was blown away by the way everythingContinue reading “Robot Face – Caravan Palace”

Black Reign – Avenged Sevenfold

This compilation of four Avenged Sevenfold songs made for Call of Duty collects songs with similar motifs, and I really like each of these songs. The choruses of “Mad Hatter” and “Not Ready To Die” feature M. Shadows gloriously wailing in the major scale despite that they’ve been playing in minor for the rest ofContinue reading “Black Reign – Avenged Sevenfold”