Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 356 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Eyes & Nines
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 356
356 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although there are storming successes amongst the album's 11 tracks (such as 'Slaves To Substance' and 'You Only Live Once') The Black Crown falls a fraction shy of the pack-shedding statement it needs to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's still heavy, still weird and Jared Warren still sounds like a water buffalo gargling turpentine, and while there might just be four tracks to be had they're still more kingly than 99 per cent of whatever else is calling itself 'rock' music these days.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pop sensibilities like these make some of the rhymes in the lyrics a bit predictable, but as they also result in choruses like those on 'The Joyride' and 'Circle Of Lies', it's forgivable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a sense of funk and bounce characterised by RATM on display here that gives the songs an underlying sense of conviction on top of Morello's already biting vocal approach.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The five-piece's dramatic Orient metal (their words) might not brace consistently but when it does it's unstoppable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album's extended title track take the catchier parts of their newer material (vocalist Chris Conley's infamous Beatles influences seem to mesh much better with their punk rock sound here), and then deliver it so tightly and concisely that it would be a total waste to rehash their glory days.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A blend of electronic beats, keyboard-heavy dance grooves and hip-shaking pop underpinned by distorted guitar lines, this is funky and enjoyable stuff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's noticeably darker than '09s Attics To Eden, but they've strategically kept their arrangements succinct and tight to keep their signature catchiness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Deth's 13th album (how'd you guess?) gravitates between classy thrashers and hokey anthemic rock with scorching guitar work and Mustaine's snarling voice expectedly leading the charge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Granted, in the more ballady numbers such as 'All Or Nothing', things delve into slightly forgettable power-pop territory, but overall there is enough substance here to credit this as a decent debut effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You figure they should know what they're doing by now and the former members of JR Ewing and Amulet certainly illustrate their capabilities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Psychic Babble's debut is proof that being chilled does not equate to being dull.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although some of the quieter tracks can overstay their welcome, this is a well-structured album, hopping between these and frantic, uplifting songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Relentless Reckless Forever, the band's seventh album, is more of the same but faster and stronger.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Hammer Horror synths still jar at times and there are few surprises for long-time fans, but aside from that this is, like its self-titled predecessor, an impressive effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Fatal Feast might fall short of improvement, but for headbanging, whiplash-inducing chaos there are still few better than the Waste.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether regaling us with an ode to a middle-aged prostitute or outlining their plans for solar domination, they're on fine form.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid if not spectacular release from the king of wail.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A disturbing but utterly all-consuming listen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though occasionally difficult to digest, 'Harakiri' is nevertheless a worthwhile and intriguing listen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The brutality of the breakdowns and throat-cutting growls are balanced by infectious melody and clean vocals, offering possibly their most complete package yet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All the songs here are concise and to-the-point.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Recent records have seen the band veer dangerously close to the saccharine. Thankfully --and despite its dubious title--For My Parents manages, for the most part, to avoid these pitfalls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's quite good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    II
    With beautifully harmonised vocals sitting alongside pared-down guitar lines, their lyrical themes of love and loss will hit nerves you never knew you had.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    King Animal doesn't hit as hard as their really early material, but it's well-paced.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether it’s thrashier influences on ‘Silver Linings’ or lyrics that casually rip the piss out of their genre in ‘In Light Of Me’, it’s a refreshing listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    TIHTWS is the sound of band who know what they are good at and are good at what they know, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The band’s most mainstream offering yet and first for their major label home.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ordinary Silence is light on gimmicks but big on heart.