Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 344 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 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 344
344 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Monolithic, streamlined and straight from the underworld, Snakes For The Divine is High On Fire's finest hour thus far.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prior To The Fire will set the Canadians aside from their peers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glasgow’s finest nerdtronica--in the sense they’re slavishly dedicated to unveiling ever-intricate ways to make us shake a leg – quartet have returned with a second album that takes the charm of their debut and cranks up the rave factor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Coheed And Cambria are always at their finest when they're being dramatic, and as such 'Year Of The Black Rainbow' is possibly their best record to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crusty, jarring and still as acerbic as ever, this is Cancer Bats at their best.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Continuing where the dark grooves of 8's Nude With Boots left off, The Bride… exhibits the perfect marriage between the Big Business boys and Melvins main-men King Buzzo and Dale Crover.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A right dirty dose of LA rocking is in order courtesy of Buckcherry, and boy, is it great to have them back!
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Featuring the classic, jagged and tar thick riffery and off-beat timing that have become Helmet's signature, Seeing Eye Dog is a great (especially re the vocals) and gritty listen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Gira has his mojo back and Swans are very much alive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all those teens who grew up disgracefully with Taylor and Jim Root's other band, Audio Secrecy is the soundtrack to the rest of their lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all its bluster, There Is A Hell is far more than the story of a man battling his self-perpetuated inner turmoil; it is the sound of a remarkable band establishing themselves as one of the finest of their generation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most strikingly, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa displays a masterful control over the multi-faceted Cradle Of Filth sound; brutal vocal gymnastics, skull-rattling double-kicks, symphonic flourishes, dramatic narrative and balls-out axe-slinging all make their presence known, but in a manner which routinely serves to bolster the coherency of the greater whole.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While several tracks would sit comfortably on a Best Of ...Trail Of Dead playlist Tao Of The Dead certainly feels like their most consistent collection in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The eagerly anticipated album from London based indie-rock three-piece The Joy Formidable far exceeds all expectation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The frantic, high-pitched vocals of old are still present and correct, but they're also tempered by frequent downbeat melodic refrains, echoing the likes of Nirvana more than, say, The Blood Brothers. Musically too, the band display a staggering diversity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are shufflingly majestic, loaded with blissful truths and, it must be said, startlingly close to perfect.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The melodies are huge, the hoarse vocals are fairly infrequent – but this is probably one of the most punk rawk albums Rise Against have recorded.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ferocious and beautiful--Funeral For A Friend sound more like themselves than they have done in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Influences are obvious but the balance between light and dark is perfect here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Foo Fighters may have ballooned in size over the past few years and if it took them going back to their roots to make an album this good then so be it, but when all is said and done Wasting Light is as an example of how to be a globe-eatingly massive band and still sound young, hungry and, above all, important.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The dark-hued, hard rocking glory of 'Sinead' and the Evanescence-bothering theatrics of 'A Demon's Fate' should draw Within Temptation a wider audience, but it's the ferocious guitar/keyboard attack of the blazing 'In The Middle Of The Night' that might coax most bullet belts out of retirement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put simply, this is another wonderful release from a brilliant band.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a frenetic, hugely entertaining and inventive genre mash-up full of punk rock aggression and rock 'n' roll swagger that blends inventive chaos with a real ear for melody.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To hear a band with such obvious and deep passion playing unencumbered and liberated rock music is an utterly captivating experience that Rock Sound would thoroughly recommend. Holding nothing back sounds exactly like this, everyone else please take note.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout, the highs are tinged with sadness and the lows with hope, making Simple Math a complex and rewarding album that soars above the pack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music that creates a vortex in your brain, sucking the entire cosmos in through one ear and out the other, leaving behind only the secrets of the universe and the unerring tranquillity of space. Yes. It really is that good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The self-imposed time restraints have merely served to sharpen the quartet's focus in quite glorious fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crisis Works is at base a heavy rock record, the likes of 'Twin Victory' an absolute whirlwind of crushing riffs. However, there are plenty of dynamics, tender moments and a definite through line of melody here too.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is ace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a consistently satisfying rock experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While tracks such as Broken Home still deliver the crushing might (albeit in a more subliminal fashion) to his other outfit, the recently resurrected Godflesh, there's a sense of hope in the levitation-inducing riffery. Stellar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Computers' impressive debut is a riotous, riff-laden affair.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a welcome confidence throughout The Latest Fashion that Attack! Attack! have not previously shown and it's likely to propel this lot to great things.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Production-wise, the vocals could do with sounding more 'live' (they are note perfect)--but the musicianship present is enough to justify the polish.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a deafening, destructive and devilishly diverse affair, serving as a firm and timely reminder that when it comes to this particular game, nobody does it quite like this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whitechapel are one of the best and downright annihilating bands their field.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record that tells its own story, but its impact resonates far beyond.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If world leaders, corporate douche-monkeys and the 1 per cent could just hear Fang Island, there would be no war, inequality or bad vibes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Circa Survive have managed to stay both relevant and utterly compelling – not just surviving but thriving.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a ruthless, heartbreaking and agonisingly profound release from a truly unrivalled band.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that pushes the boundaries of post-rock to stratospheric new levels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record will reward repeat spins generously.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uneasy listening doesn’t get much better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    48 minutes that will go down among the very best of this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Common Courtesy is not the end of this band. If anything, it’s their new beginning.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Poles’ most infectious work as it bristles with the best songs they’ve ever written.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Individually, tracks like ‘Hymn To The Pillory’ and ‘Somersault’ aren’t particularly staggering, but as a whole body of work it really is something else.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lost Forever, Lost Together is the sound of Architects finding and unleashing the buried treasure they’ve been searching for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Die Without Hope shows them at their most uncompromising, bleak and arse-splittingly heavy.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From start to finish there’s almost nothing to fault here.