Weezer – Weezer

This is a really great album, and I personally have a strong relationship with this album that I don’t have with any other. It’s full of beautiful guitar work that fits so well with the tonality of Rivers Cuomo’s mellow vocals. Weezer likes to go off of pop harmonies with nice turns, for example, usingContinue reading “Weezer – Weezer”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

Battle Cry – Jagged Row

When I first put together the beginning of “The Locrian Song”, I had the riff, and I said to myself, I should see how this sounds as part of a rock song. My first thought was to take a guitar pattern I thought of as endemic to rock and play it under the riff. InContinue reading “Battle Cry – Jagged Row”

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”

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”

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”

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 truly great song all the way through and they do some really creative stuff instead of just hitting that groove the whole wayContinue reading “What Separates Me From You – A Day To Remember”

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”