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oltnabrick
January 9th 2013


31700 Comments


i will survive, i will survive

CK
January 16th 2013


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is decent, most certainly epic, but I'm not finding it all that original or engaging.

Vrid
January 18th 2013


116 Comments


People would gladly compare this to Opeth, but not Emperor?

leycec
January 23rd 2013


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The principal problem with this album in regards to metal is that *IT ISN'T*. It's just not metal.

Without running the analytical Fast Fourier Transform, I'd eyeball this album as no more than 35% metal – and that's probably being generous. The remainder is a somnambulent admixture of Tim Burton-esque filmscape worship ("Aquatic Deathgate Existence"), blatant acoustic Opeth emulation ("Winter's End", the middle third of "Rebirth of an Old Nation"), and familiar campfire-fed Cascadian Black Metal hippery ("Deus Absconditus: Part I", "Land of Snow and Final"). None of those things are metal.

The 35% that's left just isn't enough. So why do I like this as much as I do? Desperate nostalgia. I miss Emporer. I miss Opeth. That's a pretty awful basis on which to rate albums... but there it is. With Emporer and Opeth either decapitated or simply moribund, Xanthochroid was the closest fix in 2012: a cover band without the covers.

If that isn't a bleak indictment of modern-day progressive death and black metal, I don't know what is.

Keyblade
January 23rd 2013


15500 Comments


Album Rating: 4.5

wat

Digging: Nachtreich/Spectral Lore - The Quivering Lights

sixdegrees
January 23rd 2013


17757 Comments


uhh

Digging: Satomimagae - Koko

CK
January 23rd 2013


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes this album is indeed uhh

Dodecahedron
January 28th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is hypnotizing me, I want to listen to other stuff but I can't stop listening to this.

666Micrograms
February 5th 2013


923 Comments


It was good at first but now I can't even sit through a whole song.

Hawks
February 5th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Still think it rules.

ProjectFreak
February 6th 2013


1448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better with every listen

Gigglesdemon
February 15th 2013


187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still really digging this. Lost count of the listens.

CaptainDooRight
February 16th 2013


30373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same


Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

CaptainDooRight
February 16th 2013


30373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jammin right now actually, luv the drumz

666Micrograms
February 16th 2013


923 Comments


if i cant make myself listen to an album more than twice i cant give it a 3 or anything higher.. just how it is. this isnt a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, its just a little too... theatrical, for me

iambandersnatch
July 10th 2013


1496 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so i listened to this when it came out a solid # of times, it was kinda good, 3 or 3.5.. listened again tonight and it really clicked, enjoying it a lot. Sometimes you have to be in the right mood for something to reach you, I guess. Cool album.

Dodecahedron
July 23rd 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still think this is some awesome BM coming from my homeland, the vast frozen wastelands of Orange County, CA!

Keyblade
July 23rd 2013


15500 Comments


Was really close to putting this on my list. Haven't jammed it enough damn...I should do so soon.

Dodecahedron
July 23rd 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So nice to finally have a good local band after having shit like Avenged Sevenfold and Reel Big Fish coming from my hometown lol

snewso
August 5th 2013


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed your interprettion of the meaning and story of the album, and it made me appreciate it even more.

One thing i'm surprised you didn't mention, that stuck out to me on my first listen was the ihsahn like screams in some places.





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