Alabaster Jones

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Soundoffs 247
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Last Active 09-04-15 10:59 am
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Mello Music Group
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Eminem Relapse
After half of a decade and a rehabilitation period for heavy Vicodin, Valium, and Ambien abuse, Eminem released his comeback album, titled Relapse. Despite critical opinion, it's actually slightly better than Encore, but that really isn't saying much. The last four songs, not counting the skits, are all very good and showed that he still had some left in the tank. It's a shame you had to sit through fourteen songs of crap before then. Using that obnoxious accent and lyrics that weren't the least bit self aware, Eminem makes the good part of this album a bit hard to sit through. His shtick at this point had become so tired and played out that
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
A7X has arguably the biggest name and following of any modern metal band around. It's not hard to see why that is, given that their mainstream debut City Of Evil was a fun and accessible heavy metal record with some thrashy riffs, energetic drumming, and infectious choruses. Nearly a decade later, they seem to be a mere shell of their former selves. What they've created here is on the whole middling, inoffensive, and boring. That in and of itself is a huge failure on their part. The music that influenced them, most notably Guns N' Roses and Metallica, weren't like that when they were in their respective heydays. Heavy metal isn't supposed to
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
It's ironic that one of the songs on the record is named "How The Years Condemn", because it seems the years have been very kind to seminal grindcore band Napalm Death. A more apt description would be "Timeless Flogging". The group of 40-somethings still manage to be unrelenting and intense with their fifteenth album, though the opener, which is also the title-track, is plodding and slow-paced. From thereon after, it's full speed ahead, with tracks like "Smash A Single Digit" and "Stunt Your Growth" being especially ferocious. There's moments of experimentation here, most notably on the title track, and there is some clean singing on "Hierarc
Dead in the Manger Transience
After the mysterious black metal collective known as Dead In The Manger released their debut LP, Cessation, it has become clear as to what their EP, Transience, is meant to be. Whereas Cessation featured tightened songwriting and an all-around better sound, Transience shows the bare bones idea of what music the band wanted to craft. Although at this point it seems like a bit of an afterthought, Transience laid the foundation for what Cessation would eventually be: fun melodic tremolos, passionately raw vocals, a bit of sludgy/doomy goodness, and the violent, all-encompassing grind-influenced drumming. And do not be misled, Transience isn't a
Mello Music Group Self Sacrifice
I think that there's something to be said for albums that have several different artists contributing to the project and yet put out something cohesive and engaging. It's so difficult to have that many artists on the same page when it comes to ideas, sounds, and aesthetic that albums like this aren't always possible. Yet, Mello Music Group does it as if every artist is working within the same mind. That's not to say you don't know who's who on the record, but they generally work so seamlessly with each other that it all seems part of a collective effort. With simple, yet soulful boom-bap production, wonderful storytelling, buttery flows, and
Radioactivity Silent Kill
On Radioactivity's sophomore record, the solid punk jams they employed on their debut translate again, with the quality of the record staying the course throughout the twenty-six minute length. Catchy and never overbearing, the vocals and instrumentals are quite fun, and although the album generally sounds the same throughout, it's still an enjoyable listen. The album does suffer from tracks bleeding into each other, and as such, the album does lose some steam by the end. That being said, there are isolated moments of brilliance hidden throughout, like the guitar solo on "Pretty Girl" and the underlying bass on "With You". Everything consider
Lianne La Havas Blood
Serving as an adventurous departure from her acoustic folk debut, Lianne La Havas' new record is a sublime mix of neo-soul and R&B, but while also retaining much of what made her debut so enjoyable. From opener "Unstoppable", these changes are apparent, with production taking cues from jazz and soul providing an excellent backdrop for Havas' beautiful vocals. On the majority, though, the record isn't as bombastic. Just take "Wonderful" and closer "Good Goodbye" for example. The latter of those songs is undoubtedly one of the best things Havas has created, using acoustic guitar, strings, and her evocative voice and lyrics to carry the song to

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  • BMDrummer it's gonna sound like have a nice life or something, so be prepared
    August 28 01:22 AM
  • BMDrummer all is generally well i guess, although all my senior friends are leaving next year so i'm sad about that. but new musics from me and judio is on the way
    August 28 01:06 AM
  • DaveyBoy Post-hardcore's finest! Haha. Good sound-off, even if I havent listened to You Were Never Alone yet.
    July 23 02:45 AM
  • Gameofmetal Vocals are often the highlight for me, just not the lyrics usually
    July 16 10:35 PM
  • Gameofmetal I think it's really good but I have a soft spot for deathcore. It just kinda does everything deathcore needs to do well. The reason for the high rating is probably just because there are only 28 votes in and they're mostly the deathcore fans that hide around here haha. There are a few highly rated deathcore albums tho, All Shall Perish has a 3.9 rated album I think for instance.
    July 16 10:21 PM

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