I'm a record collector, drummer, and music enthusiast from the US. I always appreciate recommendations, and I look forward to talking music with other folks on RYM!
My Rating System Explained:
5.0 - An eternal favorite. An album with this score has made a profound impact on my listening habits and withstood the test of time. These are my "desert island discs".
4.5 - A stunning example of its genre, and a virtually perfect listen for my tastes. The only thing an album of this rating lacks is the indescribable feeling of transcendence that comes from an all-time favorite.
4.0 - A truly excellent album and a consistently rewarding listen. It may have some blemishes, but they are unimportant when examining the big picture.
3.5 - An enjoyable listen and a strong example of its genre. An album with this rating may lack a unique identity or may feature some noticeable flaws in my subjective view, but is still worth revisiting from time to time.
3.0 - "Middle of the road". An album with this rating doesn't really excite me, but still has many worthwhile traits. This may be a strong album in a style that doesn't personally grab me, or a mildly unengaging example of a genre that does.
2.5 - I can see the appeal, but something's missing. An album with this rating might be enjoyed by others, yet it fails to connect with my sensibilities.
2.0 - An album with this rating is a bit of a struggle to sit through, and does very little to grab my interest. There might be glimmers of promise, but they are drowned out by musical decisions that don't connect with me.
1.5 - This is a chore to sit through, and there is hardly anything that holds my interest for more than a fleeting moment.
1.0 - I don't recognize anything worth hearing in an album with this score. This is either not appealing to my tastes (at all) or is deeply, deeply flawed.
0.5 - Crunkcore.
I also have a YouTube channel where I focus on record collecting, so feel free to check that out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/demiseoftime
I'm currently in the process of deleting many of my reviews as they don't reflect my current opinions (or I just don't like how they were written). If you're curious, they're still available on MetalMusicArchives and ProgArchives.