Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off
Coke likes to put everyone in their "place" regardless of whether it is necessary or not. All hail the site's sheriff.
Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off
at least this time it's warranted
Digging: As Oceans - Willows
yeah the review was just too greery
Album Rating: 4.0
If I calculated a trimmed-mean of the album ratings, this rating would be thrown away as an outlier
mine would probably be a 3 but I'd have to listen to the album or something i dunno
maybe a 2.5 yeah a 2.5
nick greer is wrong! bad 2! bad!
Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off
Review wasn't terrible by any means but it's not one of your best, Nick. You do have a tendency to compare completely disparate bands that have little to do with one another and connect them with rather flimsy arguments (i.e., Avenged? Come on man) at times. I can appreciate the technical know-how of the music but it does alienate people that aren't musicians.
I like the record. It's fun, and in the context of Mastodon's previous work, their least-heavy and most melodic album. It's certainly not the Earth-shaking work of genius most people are making it out to be - it's hard to justify giving this a 4 in the long run - but it doesn't warrant a 2.5 rating.
Digging: Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta
Album Rating: 3.5
if only i had such an impressive vocabulary I could subjectively criticize this album as being contrived. ironically enough by using so many adjectives it screams “LOOK AT HOW BIG MY LITERARY BALLS ARE!”, in a much contrived fashion. but seriously, this review fails to point out how this album deserves a rating of poor. disagreeing with conceptual and production values is not enough. these songs are good
Album Rating: 2.5
he doesn't even compare mastodon to a7x lolol at all the people getting their panties in a bunch at that.
I'm gonna shove ma tongue up Greer's ass when I say this review is good & most of the people trying to slate it couldn't do better so
Album Rating: 1.5
Sure it's a bit Spinal Tap, but that's also part of the enjoyment of the record. I mean,
maybe for queers
Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off
It wasn't a direct comparison of A7X to Mastodon, but he has a storied habit of dropping names in reviews and many times Nick throws the term Metal into one big umbrella when there's many different facets.
I mean I think if you read this Nick's probably right to do so:
Mastodon are wearing off me a bit but still a good album
Album Rating: 4.5
words in this review that are overly-complex:
Users who should never review again:
how the hell are ruminations, enigmatic, defibrillate or resuscitate overly complex words?
It was a good and as always well-written review, but I don't think the prose justified a 'poor' distinction. The musicianship is praised ("If looking no further than the technicality of the album, then yes, hell yes. There is really nothing bad that can be said about these guys as musicians. During Mastodon's heaviest and most brutal sections, the playing is urgent and tight, and during their more melodic passages, their riffs are original and convoluted and the drumming is spot on. In particular, their unorthodox approach to any one riff's contour keeps their music unexpected and exciting") but the lyrics are trashed ("Crack the Skye is the be all and end all, but for anybody without a Celtic Frost tattoo, do not follow "the wise man's staff / Encased in crystal").
Having said that, I can see the possibility that a lot of this review could have been written prior to listening this record, and then picking arbitrary sections of the album to pinpoint with irrelevant parallels. We get that you don't like Protest the Hero. I didn't like Fortress either. I don't see the connection between the bands mentioned (Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, et al) "exploring unfortunate creative avenues" and Mastodon/Crack the Skye.
good review, but i disgree. i enjoy this a ton.