2007 has been an unbelievable year for rock music. Unfortunately a trip to your local music store may not give you that same impression. These days, there are more bad albums being released than good albums, and it’s hard to find the many great bands of today without digging through a large amount of the bad ones. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for if you plan to buy albums for your loved ones this holiday season. Whether you’re having trouble deciding which albums to put on your Christmas list, or you’re looking for a gift for a special rock fan in your life, this Holiday Buyer’s Guide is for you! Unlike IGN, MP3.com, and other sites that have included music recommendations in their holiday buyer’s guides in the past, I’ve listened to more than just what’s popular, and I’ll answer any and all questions. There are nine categories that will be revealed over the next three days and ten albums in each section. So whether you or that special someone is a prog fan, alternative rocker, or even a hardcore headbanger, there’s a category that should fit your needs.
My name is Bryce Murphy, and I'm an aspiring music critic. You may know me by the username matrix_hiei or deathnote on other sites, but this will soon become my all purpose blog for music. This blog will contain album reviews, music countdowns, and other posts that incorporate various styles of rock, metal, alternative, and rap music. Feel free to comment on any of my entries, and I appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you enjoy your stay.
A (100%)- A masterpiece that has earned my highest recommendation A- (90%)- An essential album is recommended to all B+ (80%)- A great album that is recommended to all, but essential for fans of the band or genre B (70%)- A good album that is moderately recommended B- (60%)- A mixed bag that earns a mild recommendation C+ (50%)- A mixed bag that may be a worth a listen to fans of the band or genre, but is not quite recommended C (40%) A purely average album C- (30%) A below average album that may have its moments, but is not recommended as a whole D+ (20%) Not recommended, but may be tolerable to forgiving fans of the band or genre D (10%) Not at all recommended F (0%) Avoid at all costs