Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 11-28-15 4:38 am
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Norma Jean Meridional
After moving from a straightforward metalcore/hardcore group into a more melodic hardcore styling with 2008's The Anti-Mother, Norma Jean decided to go forward with the melodic hardcore, but not before returning to their roots to help shore up some of the shortcomings of the previous LP. The result was Meridional, a mix of melodic hardcore and metalcore that hits hard, but provides rest and resuscitation as well. The first five tracks of the record were as good as anything the band had ever done and could've went go toe-to-toe with some of the better tracks off of O God. Needless to say, this record was their best since O God, and that notion
Kiasmos Swept
On this EP we see the Icelandic duo create more of their trademark ambient, minimal techno and microhouse with a firm aesthetic and sound compositions. The songs here are driven by minimal beats, yet have beautiful pianos and short, repetitive buzzing synths that accentuate the atmosphere very well as they move in the ambience. The record sounds cold, but not in a detached or robotic way. Rather, it sounds like going outside during the nighttime winter and gazing at the stars. In general, this is a great ambient techno EP from one of the best in the business, so give it a look if you've got some time.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Colors marks when BTBAM went from a more progressive style of metalcore to toeing the line between progressive death metal and technical death metal. The experimentation was still very much alive, but the sound was tighter, faster, and more expansive than ever before. Having the entire album connect together like one whole hour-long song helped the fluidity of the compositions, and transitions like the one from the mid-tempo ending to "Sun Of Nothing" to the frantic and epic beginning to "Ants Of The Sky" are more than exceptional. There isn't much left to say about Colors, though, being the loved album it is. In my opinion, Colors was BTBAM'
Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
Before 2005, Primordial played a style of black metal heavily influenced by Celtic folk music and tales of the Irish lore. Starting here, though, the Celtic folk would be on the forefront, with the guitars becoming cleaner and the atmospherics becoming even windier than before. Even Nemtheanga, an established and renowned vocalist, had to change his style from his ghastly screams to a cleaner, more epically styled way of singing. The results are quite great, as The Gathering Wilderness sees this transition almost seamlessly from their old style. There are definitely traces of the old style, like the openings riffs of "The Song Of The Tomb", b
Future DS2
It's a general consensus within a number of (wrong) people that the use of auto-tune is somehow entirely and solely indicative of ones lack of talent and ability with vocals. What these people fail to realize is that if used properly, auto-tune provides quite the enjoyable aesthetic. That's why Dirty Sprite 2 is a good record: it's bursting at the seams with an addicting and insatiably fun vibe, helped along well by the use of auto-tune. If you're listening to this for lyrical ability, you're doing it wrong (That's not to say that a huge chunk of this record isn't immediately quotable, though). The real draw is the production, though, with it
Brian Eno Another Green World
Another Green World marks a change in Brian Eno's style, namely from the Bowie-esque art rock with glam sensibilities to the ambient soundscapes people know him better for making. Although it's not purely ambient, some tracks on the album give insight into what he would eventually become widely known for, such as the addictive "The Big Ship" and the breathtaking "Becalmed". "Zawinul/Lava" even has piano similar to "1/1", the opener of Ambient 1: Music For Airports. Only a handful of tracks even have lyrics here, and those that do are pretty subdued in comparison to his previous work, as "Golden Hours" and "Everything Merges With The Night" wh
Arca Mutant
Arca has been on the scene for a couple of years now, but this is his first true full realization of his sound. Everything on this LP is equal parts expansive, subdued, loud, experimental, and interesting. He combines IDM with industrial techno and glitch, and as a result it has a wonderfully layered and full feeling to it, but also a flexible one as well. The use of stop-time on several of these tracks is sleek, and in general there's a lot of dynamics to the music. The album flows very well, giving adequate breathing room when needed, but pouring on the progressively loud and explosive electronics after the downtime. There is nary a bad tra

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  • Angelboros Great Scott. To tell you the truth, I don't think I've ever seen anyone here churn out consistently entertaining sound-offs like you do. Keep it up, man! :3
    November 26 05:50 PM
  • NewBallistics I'm a huge fan of his work. I've never listened to another game score that had me go from cheerful to scared to crying my eyes out like they did back then.
    November 5 10:11 PM
  • ArsMoriendi Yeah he thought I was bigot for supporting gay rights, but being against pedophilia/bestiality. The irony, right?
    September 27 05:13 PM
  • ArsMoriendi Was it me who did it? :o
    September 27 04:54 PM
  • 420YoloSwag420 I proofread your Gnaw Their Tongues review, enjoy!
    September 15 07:12 PM

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