Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 374 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Eyes & Nines
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 374
374 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's far from easy listening but it's an approach that's won them legions of devoted fans in the process and comes close to reducing many of their peers to nothing more than musical footnotes in the larger scheme of things.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This preposterously technical mish-mash of progressive metal, full-throated hardcore, operatic female vocals and lounge jazz interludes triumphantly evidences a band taking an absurd amount of joy in kicking against the pricks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On The Flood the transitions are so effortless, so seamless, that what emerges is a near-perfect example of how to marry potentially ill-fitting musical elements in stunningly effective fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like every true outlaw before them, The Icarus Line haven't mellowed with age; they've gotten gnarlier.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As soulful and finely crafted as their debut of sorts, II is a glorious record.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heritage is an infinitely more audacious beast, full of jazzy noodling, serpentine guitar leads, folky introspection and general acid-drenched freakiness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chuck Ragan's third full-length solo release, oozes blue-collar charm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Man Overboard have done a fine job of not only flying the flag high for DIY pop-punk, but also at emerging as the forerunners of the scene.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine new outing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a superb record and WWPJ are one more example of just how spoilt we are by British rock music at the moment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's not a groundbreaking redefinition of what metal should be, it's a firm statement of intent from the London-based quintet.
    • Rock Sound
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's good--really good--but only if you want it to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Five Serpent's Teeth is 100 per cent square in the Evile MO: twisted kinetic riffs from the Brothers Drake push the needle into the red before resolving themselves in anthemic choruses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    American Capitalist announces them as the world champions at post-Black album piledriving riffs and soaring, US radio-friendly melodies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a gruff affair, yet Caruana's trademark gritty-subject-matter-meets-treacle-thick-melodies shines throughout, and marks a welcome return for I Am The Avalanche.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels like they've truly accomplished what they set out to do.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Angry and scathing, Radke's return is welcome.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is the result of Finn turning his hand to songwriting for the very first time and, yes, he's nailed it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a classic Bosstones album; a record that rises above the notion of categorisation and which anyone with a pulse will find it impossible not to warm to.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Menzingers' third album sees them take their slightly atypical song structures (they're not much into the verse / chorus / verse way of thinking) and make them catchier than ever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their jangly indie-rock explores the journey of two twin brothers separated at birth through a procession of the schizophrenic ('Drunken Birds') and the more accessible ('Warmer Warmer') with largely satisfying results.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Say Anything have always been a hard pill to swallow for some, and while Anarchy doesn't change that, it shows that they have far more than just the one spanner in the toolbox.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Justifies the hype.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won't be to everyone's tastes, but for those who like their metal both heavy and undeniably hook-laden, this is as satisfying an effort as you're likely to find.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This brief addition to their canon might consist of just four songs, but it's a potent reminder of why we love them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fusing hardcore with metal and occasionally veering off on deranged, druggy tangents, this is an ambitious blend of sounds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A relentlessly insistent, unexpectedly danceable record which manages to be as engaging as it is wilfully bizarre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be pushing the boundaries, keeping much of the stylisations of the band's debut, but the sum really is as great as all of its parts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fluidity is back, all the parts gelling easily into a whole.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sparkles with invention, creativity, crushing use of dynamics and, when all's said and done, just really strong songs.