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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's enough excitement and progression here to make Chasing Ghosts a worthwhile look.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without the hands of major label henchmen edging them into the most marketable direction, there's an overwhelming feeling that consumes you when listening to Don't Panic that they've had more time, more room to breathe, and more fun this time around.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never pandering to trite post-rock tricks, I Was Here... is pretty damn special.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] mightily ambitious, versatile record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the Bostonians' simplicity that's most endearing though, and this is a terrific, hangover-inducing return to form.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With power chord hooks and a newfound innocence, this is a side of The Bronx you’ve yet to hear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jar
    Opener ‘Sponge’ leads off the cracking first half before a handful of (even) more introspective numbers add the expected emotional weight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With no reason to buck the trend, Damage very much continues the Arizonan four-piece’s reliability streak.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While A Nation Sleeps is typically impassioned, excellent stuff that marries wretched, raw aggression and political indignation with massive melodies that are just on the right side of cheesy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are songs of excruciating truth, eternally relevant and assembled with no lack of heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sees the band sounding tighter and more confident than ever on the likes of ‘Reading Youtube Comments’ and probable live favourite-to-be ‘Donny’s Woods’.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    11 tracks with all the anguish that melodic hardcore thrives on, but with enough testosterone to keep it on the right side of whiney.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the newfound multi-layered vocals of Mike Hranica and Jeremy DePoyster that give tracks like ‘War’ and ‘Sailor’s Prayer’ a compelling dexterity of textures and allows each track to venture into previously uncharted territory with the utmost conviction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s their use of modern electronica (‘Unmade’) and metalcore crunch (‘Paper Thin’) that asserts this as bleeding-edge relevant, and there’s enough spark here to suggest they could turn into more than a nostalgia trip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crossfaith’s debut full-length, Apocalyze proves more than worthy of the hype surrounding them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    his is polished, assured pop-rock custom built for massive stages and even bigger singalongs, and both are no doubt in the pipeline.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though perhaps overly mechanical, Vengeance Falls remains compelling and staggeringly textured.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s an impressive progression on all counts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Korn’s follow up to ’11’s dubstep-infused ‘The Path Of Totality’ is a completely different monster to its predecessor, and for all the right reasons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The post-hiatus band are still angry and have something to say.... Welcome back, gang.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Philly troubadour Dave Hause’s sophomore platter manages to stand proud while casually dipping into drive-time radio (‘Same Disease’) and blue collar balladry (‘Before’).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stinging reprise of ’93’s ‘American Jesus’ serves as a timely reminder that these perennial bastions of articulate dissent haven’t gone soft on us quite yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around there’s more screaming and distortion a la ‘Jupiter’-era Cave In (‘The Refusal’), which somehow compliments the more melodic tracks here and only adds to what’s on offer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Partycrasher is still overflowing with singalong moments and air guitar opportunities that should remind you why A Wilhelm Scream are one of the best punk bands we’ve ever had.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beastmilk have created a seductively dark slab of post-punk which manages to not take itself too seriously, while still being brilliant enough for it not to become comical. And that’s a fine balance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stoke Extinguisher offers both food for thought and fuel for the pit; cheap gags jostle for space with anti-establishment rhetoric and a wry sense of self-depreciation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rave Tapes is a diverse and supremely confident record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ATB have found a collective cutting edge that’s both extreme and versatile.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twin Forks is an album of freedom and exploration, the sound of people taking risks for the sake of song. We like that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beloved is both a reincarnation of old and a lesson in modern metalcore that makes IKTPQ the oldest newcomers to stake their claim for 2014.