Brendan Schroer

Reviews 188
Approval 91%

Soundoffs 195
News Articles 10
Band Edits + Tags 46
Album Edits 18

Album Ratings 1839
Objectivity 74%

Last Active 01-02-15 4:43 pm
Joined 08-08-09

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12.15.14 Primus Albums Ranked08.22.14 Joining The Navy
08.11.14 My Diglets07.25.14 Master Of Puppets Ranked
07.07.14 Superunknown Ranked07.02.14 4th Of July
06.21.14 Thank You06.19.14 Welcome Back, Sowing
06.03.14 Just Finished Daria06.02.14 Anxiety Attacks
05.25.14 Got A Job! 05.21.14 Closers From Final Album or Only Album
05.18.14 Hung Out With Snide05.16.14 Gonna Meet Snide Tomorrow
04.24.14 Tsop Is Disgustingly Underrated!04.22.14 Viva Hard Jammers! [3]
04.20.14 Happy Easter, Bitches04.14.14 Lol Petition
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My Top Ten Reviewing Mistakes

I like to think that I'm at least consistent in quality with my reviews, but rI know I've fucked up rrquite a bit too. Sometimes successes have to rfollow a line of failures, and so this is my list of rrthings I messed up with rmy reviews. I don't feel like editing my reviews at the moment, but I'll rrdo rso at some point. Sorry if I've wasted any of your time with my fuck-ups rin my reviewing.
Holy Diver

LoTR/D&D: In my Holy Diver review, I called the lyrics "lots of Lord of the Rings, lots of Dungeons and Dragons, etc"; the statement was completely ignorant. There's obviously a diverse well of fantasy literature and other work to draw from, and I was making a ridiculous generalization. I'm still not a big fan of the album, but I was giving the lyrics an unfair assessment.
9Symphony X
The Divine Wings of Tragedy

Russell Allen's singing: When reviewing this album, I mentioned that Russell Allen "may not be the best vocalist, but he fits the band very well." Well, that shit is straight-up wrong. I'm not sure why I considered Allen the weakest link in the band, especially considering that he's also one of the most acclaimed singers in popular prog metal (or even just prog metal in general). Regardless, he rules.
8Norah Jones
Little Broken Hearts

Genre mix-up: When reviewing Little Broken Hearts, I mentioned that Norah's previous album The Fall included a lot of hard rock, which is a major error. There was practically nothing hard rock-oriented about the record; it's more of a mix between alternative rock, folk, and jazz. You guys should definitely check Little Broken Hearts though, very underrated.

The intro: The intro I currently have for Madvillainy doesn't even explain anything about the album, just the label it's on. The original intro I had there was even worse, making a bunch of negative hip-hop generalizations. But yeah, I don't even like the one that's there now.
Reign in Blood

See below: Similar to the last entry on this list, my Reign in Blood review starts with nothing even describing Slayer or applying to what I'll say about the album. Here's the first paragraph: "As I sit here typing this review, there lies an eerie breeze and foggy weather outside my window. The storm just passed, and now the skies are gray and darkened above me. Everything looks miserable and gloomy, and the clouds are looming over my house as I write. Now, what does this have to do with anything? Well unfortunately, the description is an accurate metaphor for the thrash "classic" Reign in Blood by Slayer."
5At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command

Another genre mix-up: Not only is this a shitty review as it is, but I considered this album a mix of prog rock, hardcore punk, "surreal ambiance," and metal... damn.

The repetition argument: I still dislike this record, but I didn't explain my arguments well enough at all. I emphasized the repetition way too much and didn't even mention many of the tracks. I think I was pissed when I was making the review, so I probably came off as a bit ranty as well. Repetition shouldn't always completely break an album, so I'll elaborate more in the future.

The entire review of Deliverance: I really dislike my review of this. It was way too long and long-winded. It felt as if I was just giving a bunch of technical info (some of it wrong, I think) and didn't explain the pros and cons very well. I just really needed to pare it down.
2The Devin Townsend Project

The rush for attention: I rushed my Ghost review out so I could get a bunch of comments and overall attention, not realizing just how empty and non-descriptive it was. I barely mentioned any tracks, and my writing was pretty bland. I try not to rush out any reviews anymore.

My original Escape review was such a fucking trainwreck that it's the only review I've everd. It was ranty beyond belief, and I was apparently pissed that Journey were popular or something. I was trying so hard to make a better review than SyphonAss's write-up (even mentioning that during the review) that mine suffered. I also used way too much inclusive language to top it all off. So yeah, I'm happy that I rewrote it and actually put more genuine effort into it.
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