Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 373 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 Snakes For The Divine
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 373
373 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a ruthless, heartbreaking and agonisingly profound release from a truly unrivalled band.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uneasy listening doesn’t get much better.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Poles’ most infectious work as it bristles with the best songs they’ve ever written.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From start to finish there’s almost nothing to fault here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record could slot into any punk rock fan’s record collection in the last 15 years and get worn out--it’s just great, timeless songwriting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not a progressive album per se, but The Finer Things is a bar-raising attempt at revolution in pop-punk.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that pushes the boundaries of post-rock to stratospheric new levels.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where 07’s ‘Is Dead’ hinted at the band experimenting with a more progressive sound, it was nowhere near as cohesive and accomplished as this. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone is a phenomenal album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record that tells its own story, but its impact resonates far beyond.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The almost unbearably intense ‘Slowburn’ and ambient ‘My World’ are just two cuts of an album littered with highlights, meaning by the end of this 33-minute pummeling, you’ll only need one word: breathtaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their name might suggest one thing, but this lot are definitely not going around in circles; this is their best record yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might lack the narrative arc of 09's An Imaginary Country, but it's hard to imagine that 2011 will see many finer releases, of any genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Fucked Up have done here is to take what they've been honing for the past 10 years and go one better, adding lush female vocals and celestial, electronica-inspired effects in an effort to constantly titillate and surprise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spiral Shadow might just be the album of the year so far. All hail the kings (and queen) of nouveau-prog.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you had ever written the band off or traded them in for a younger model, this is the record that will force you to reconsider and repent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TesseracT have taken the djent blueprint and, barring occasional plunges into riff soup, have re-engineered it into a living, breathing, emotive display of rousing poly-prog.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Influences are obvious but the balance between light and dark is perfect here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Gira has his mojo back and Swans are very much alive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To fans it'll undoubtedly shine as their best record yet, while the uninitiated may be about to find their new favourite band.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With longer songs between their trademark short frenzied blasts, they maintain a clenched grip on how the ethos behind grassroots hardcore and the necessity of a modern punk fusion can mix effortlessly to create something truly special.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listening to the album when fully engaged with the story of its creation is both exhausting and exhilarating. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius? Very possibly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a war of emotion rendered in the most extreme tones and is more and more rewarding on every listen. One day, all bands will be like Dillinger.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of atmosphere, huge highs, crushing lows, melodies, crescendos and something entirely new that still sounds natural. Stunning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Wes Craven reanimating the slasher genre with the Scream franchise, The Black Dahlia Murder play with enough conviction and knowing reference to metal's most spectacular parlour tricks and add enough contemporary muscle to drop your jaw no matter your age.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crusty, jarring and still as acerbic as ever, this is Cancer Bats at their best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Short of any psychotropic assistance, Wild Light is a credible substitute for nirvana, demanding you suspend your disbelief and just jump in feet first, setting yourself free from all corporeal existence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is ace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Duality is a full-blown orchestral dance-pop masterpiece that will make you throw your arms in the air with glee, even if you think you should know better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Die Without Hope shows them at their most uncompromising, bleak and arse-splittingly heavy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Common Courtesy is not the end of this band. If anything, it’s their new beginning.