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”

What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember

This album is fun more than anything. The obvious standout is “All I Want”, with those hip-hop lyrics and that awesome groove in the vocals, drums, audible bass, and guitar; it’s a punk rock classic from the drum fills to the vocal harmonies, and they do some really interesting stuff. (I’m still trying to figureContinue reading “What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember”

good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brilliantly covers a Compton upbringing in the incredible concept album good kid, m.A.A.d city; I don’t really know how to talk about the themes of this album, because I honestly don’t know what he’s been through, but it’s absolutely right that Kendrick be awarded a Pulitzer prize for talking about this environment. AsContinue reading “good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar”

Back from the Dead – Adler

Steven Adler is best known for drumming on Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, but it’s important we don’t forget the awesome melodies of this underappreciated 2012 album; “Back from the Dead” and “Another Version of the Truth” are exceptional jams that clearly keep the great groove of Appetite but have completely different (and, byContinue reading “Back from the Dead – Adler”

Now, Not Yet – half-alive

This album is the kind of work I could gush over as a music theory guy, but its complexity is oh so very accessible. It’s got this Bastille/Sir Sly vibe, but it’s jam-packed full of complex jazz chords, Jacob Collier-style vocal harmonies, interesting rhythms, and Japanese Breakfast-esque engaging sound effects. They hit you with polytonalityContinue reading “Now, Not Yet – half-alive”

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Black Sabbath

This is an incredible album that I’ve listened to for years. My favorite song Black Sabbath have ever put out is “Sabbra Cadabra”, Track 4, (I remember trying to transcribe the riff a couple years back and thinking it skipped a quarter-beat and was in like 23/16 or something, but I’m pretty sure it’s straightContinue reading “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Black Sabbath”