Kerrang!'s Scores

  • Music
For 1,571 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Yellow & Green
Lowest review score: 20 What The...
Score distribution:
1571 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the point where most bands start to slow down, Pissed Jeans have hit the accelerator.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Liverpudlian quartet have every reason to be overloaded with strident self-belief, but the striking vibrancy and surging energy with which they translate it to these 12 tracks is utterly remarkable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s evocative stuff, but what makes it more compelling is that it’s delivered by a 43-year-old woman whose tastes can’t be contained by low ceilings, so these observations don’t necessarily arrive with the musical backing you might expect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically, TANGK finds IDLES’ style rejuvenated, with drum patterns drawing from soul, techno and hip hop. The sparse beats and ominous background hums of POP POP POP are reminiscent of Radiohead’s Kid A.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this album is a promise that as brilliantly beguiling as Chelsea Wolfe has always been, her big picture is still coming into focus.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike the rest of us willpower-lacking lightweights, he manages to succeed; crafting an album that nods to the Rattlesnakes’ past but strikes out boldly for a bright new future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ignore the anodyne song-titles like Versions Of You, Bad Time and Scars. Sonically, we’re right back into the gravel of early-2000s classic From Here To Infirmary and Good Mourning. Guitars slice, grate and gouge like murder weapons. Matt and Dan Andriano’s vocals are loaded with more wry, world-weary bittersweetness than they have been in years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exhilaratingly expansive music balanced by a sense of darkness and foreboding, travelling simultaneously into outer space and inner turmoil. SLIFT’s expansive energy and transcendental creativity provide a uniquely rewarding thrill.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a return to rock with a capital 'R'. In fact, make that three capital 'R's.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As they get older and wiser, when they focus their songwriting skills like they do on Saviors, they are as sharp, bright and essential as they’ve ever been. And they still know who they, and you, are.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In their own distinct ways, they both sound like the end of the world, and this jointly-created album sees them gleefully pulling preconceptions out of shape.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Balancing an instinct for dancefloor-crushing industrial with gloomily lush soundscapes, Rat Wars suggests that even when HEALTH are at their most meticulously state-of-the-art, a fervent need to express honest emotion finds humanity overriding tech to emerge as the dominant element in their work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zig
    Polished production courses through veins of Zig, with each track elevated above its component parts, as the genre-muddling star incorporates elements of industrial, metal and jungle amongst the record’s heavier junctures, with piano and cello bolstering the album’s more delicate passages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A satisfying, feisty record made for blasting loud enough to annoy the neighbours, and for partying the existential dread away. This band’s not cooling down anytime soon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever, SAVED! is a genuinely haunting record from an artist whose emotional articulacy is unlike any other. Creatively, it is an inspired idea, carried off by a unique talent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an excellent album in its own right, but ONE MORE TIME… also points to an even more exciting future for blink-182.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s all written with smartness, a rough, street poetry, and a huge dollop of Americana populated by burned-out restaurants and big cars and rock’n’roll dreamers and John Hughes suburbia.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sanguivore may well be Creeper in their ultimate form, and by embracing their biggest, most bombastic sound ever, they’ve created black magic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main business is killing, of course, and business is very good. It’s one of the reasons why Tomb Mold are among the most respected names in the new school of old school. But by allowing their own ideas to run wild atop it all, they’re also comfortably one of its most creative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s in the staggering breadth of what Code Orange dare to do here that’s as striking as how much they want you to break your neck from turning your head every time they dart around a corner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken individually, both NULL and VOID are brilliant albums from a collective who understand music’s role as a vessel for emotional articulacy. Put them together, and they are creatively anything but their combined title, while also somehow perfectly expressing a feeling of being both.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    EndEx doesn’t win many points for going where no band has gone before. The album, and its creators, do deserve credit for continuing the Fear Factory tradition, as an industrial metal band preoccupied with questions of how technological advancements adversely affect our lives. If you fear the future, this is the soundtrack for you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Very occasionally, such as during the first half of the otherwise excellent Crashed Out Wasted, that compulsion to pour honey in our ears can lead to a little too much saccharine. But on the whole, Race The Night is a journey worth taking, deftly hitting all of the touchpoints that make Ash such a special band.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If life is still depicted largely as a struggle against despair, these songs nevertheless suggest that small moments of happiness can be found amongst the darkness. If the message of No Joy is ultimately one of perseverance, it’s fitting that this is an album which seems set to grant its creators a new lease of life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those still pining for the slick, sparkly, arena-sized rock bombast of the masterful This Is War will be left wanting, but such is how things go on Mars, and it’s a hearteningly better album than the awkward, confused America. The guitars are back.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As obvious as it is to say, Baroness are completely singular in what they do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a very good rock record waiting for you here – and certainly one that deserves to be appreciated by many more than nine people.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s testament to how thrilling Rivers Of Heresy is that by the time you reach at closing track The Looming, released, somewhat boldly, as the first single from the album, that its impact hasn’t been lessened.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the very youth it seems to be chronicling, Learning How To Live And Let Go flies by in a blur, blindsiding with the contemplative poignancy of arms-round-shoulders closer It Ain’t Easy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a nod to the classic rock that inspired them, Greta Van Fleet continue to contort those great influences in challenging and evocative new directions.