Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 357 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 3.9 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 357
357 music reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super producer Ross Robinson has been given the unenviable task of bottling lightning, and he's certainly earned his money this time round; from Jonathan Davis' tortured, primal yelps to the pounding drums and a bass sound that ebbs and flows violently through your extremities.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a glorious new depth to the old formula here showcasing undeniable talent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring two members of the late great Jay Reatard's band--the towering garage rawk that defined his sound is tangible with Wavves too but here left to bathe in the sun and taken for a quick dip in the ocean.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mr Wylde is onto another grininducing winner here and long may it continue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Final Frontier might sound alien at first, but Iron Maiden's DNA is splashed all over it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The riffs remain as ample and hard-hitting as ever, and with Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon) handling the production, The Sword have never sounded better.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kaleide runs out of steam towards its close--heaven knows why the original, blustery version of "Smarts" has made way for a sombre reworking--but it's still an enjoyable, grown-up follow-up to the band's debut.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As fans of the group will attest, there's nothing quite like experiencing Mogwai in a live setting and while Special Moves might never fully capture that sheer weight of sound, it nevertheless represents a hugely impressive live document (even without Burning, the accompanying DVD).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a pleasure to report, then, that Hurley is a fine album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC) producing, Stephen Christian's vocals cry out louder than ever across closer 'Depraved' and it proves that five albums in Anberlin have moved beyond the light of 'New Surrender' to dabble with a more interesting, darker edge that borders on Circa Survive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Coffee And Cigarettes' and the title track slowly uncurl themselves over the course of a few days and before you know it, it feels like Jimmy Eat World never went away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The likes of 'The Resist Stance' and 'Someone To Believe' burn with righteous anger and the energy of a band half their age. Only the closer, the toothless 'I Won't Say Anything', isn't up to scratch. A fine addition to their cannon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Recitation finds the band at their genre-bridging best, sounding, if anything, even more euphoric and life-affirming than before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With The Big Deep they've taken a much more straightforward approach to things than ever before and ended up with a collection of solid, accessible rock songs.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Commercially-driven producers or not, though, the band have a knack for keeping their sound current and contemporary –- while still being reminiscent of their early material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still shrouded in mystery yet sounding clearer in their intentions than ever before, the familiar mix of strained vocals, propulsive yet unobtrusive instrumentation and haunted piano refrains serve as a perfect example of why we missed them so damn much in the first place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MCR have made an album that is as fun as it is meaningful, as experimental as it is familiar. Let's see the Daily Mail hijack this one...
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lonesome guitars wend their way through the shimmer of rising heat, synth swells collapse into dust and a plaintive violin calls to a long-lost lover, all of which twines itself together to form a rich experimental drone that's as vast, lonely and unending as the desert images they conjure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Front-loaded with jagged riffs and the squalls of Matt Shultz, this is storming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Earth's continued trudge into beatific wilderness sees Dylan Carlson return to territory traversed by the desolate windswept tundras.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revel in the gloom.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still apparent that Mogwai have, once again, produced a record of astonishing subtlety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Merging brittle, jittery riffing, fraught tremolo-picked flutters with mesmeric drum patterns and tense, semi-spoken vocals the result is as resounding a success as ever and a reassuring testament to the ongoing fertility of the Louisville underground.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a brilliant, timeless debut and a must-listen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's challenging (but not a challenging listen), pushing boundaries and smashing down your very notions of what metal--or metalcore--is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lerner's pop sensibility is still there, but now buried beneath distortion and throbbing bass, making this an intriguing, if not entirely welcoming, listen
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Human Romance is how metalcore should be: layered, dynamic, passionate. Easily the best Darkest Hour have been since "Undoing Ruin."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stunning opener to the album, its dynamic range, gleaming melody and driving anthemic nature exemplify what this band was always all about.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ruthlessly combining technical brutality and pure fucking class, DevilDriver have finally come of age.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a beautifully fragile acoustic record that positions him as the missing link between Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash.