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Finch (US) Back to Oblivion
Now, I will preface this by saying that deriding this record for the sole reason that it sounds nothing like Say Hello to Sunshine makes you no better than fans who derided that album for sounding nothing like What It Is to Burn. With that said, though, Back to Oblivion is a largely unimpressive record for me, but not only because it lacks the complexity and creativity of Sunshine-- the majority of these songs are simply dull to me, and were it not for the phenomenal vocals of Nate Barcalow, they could be excerpts from the discography of any generic rock band (though there is a lot of Deftones infl
Kayo Dot Stained Glass
While not unlistenable, Stained Glass leaves much to be desired. The sections of this massive 20-minute track are all somewhat interesting- indeed, the song starts off very promisingly, with some great vocals from Driver- but the track doesn't really go anywhere, and it ends on a long ambient section that wears out its welcome long before concluding. 2.5
Buckethead The Mark Of Davis
A very poor Pikes release. The whole thing just feels cobbled together; the ten-and-a-half minute centrepiece "Chickephant" is bitterly disappointing, and the fifty-one second closer "Elephchicken" is totally pointless. None of the other songs are much good either, aside from a riff or two. 1.7
John Zorn The Crucible
Of the Moonchild records that I've heard so far, this one seems the most overtly eclectic. "9x9" is a Led Zeppelin inspired off-kilter rock track; the only way to tell it is a Moonchild song is Mike Patton's incredible, discordant screaming. "Almadel," the album opener, sounds like a Moonchild take on Masada, and features some interesting harmonized saxophone and vocal melodies. And then there are, of course, the jazzy grindcore tracks, like "Shapeshifting" and "Hobgoblin," which are just as heavy as ever. Overall, The Crucible is a slightly uneven, but nonetheless enjoyable, trip into the mad world of Moonchild. 4.0
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack
One of the most beautiful, fitting soundtracks I've ever heard. I'm a sucker for spacey electronic music, and this contains some of the best of that style out there- though to parson this soundtrack down to that one genre would be erroneous. There is a variety of different styles on here, including jazz ("Love Theme"), oriental ("Blimpvert"), and 50's pop ("One More Kiss Dear"), and they all work well, especially in the context of the film itself. The ten-plus-minute tracks are a bit too lengthy, but overall Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack is one of the best out there. 4.8
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Spotty mixing and a number of dull tracks hurt ANThology, however the energetic vocal performance and a few interesting pieces ("Wish," "Flesh and Bone," the "Smooth Criminal" cover that everyone knows, the end of closer "Universe") save the record somewhat. Overall, ANThology has moments of greatness, but as a whole lacks the punch to maintain listener interest for its entirety. 2.6
John Zorn Astronome
Astronome consists of three very long songs, each of which contains multiple 'scenes'-- though it's impossible to tell when one scene ends and the next begins. Musically, this is similar to other Moonchild recordings; it is fiercely experimental, and combines metal, free jazz, improvisation, classical, and numerous other genres into one demented, noisy witches brew. Because of the track lengths, this is likely the most inaccessible of the Moonchild recordings, however it is musically sound and mostly holds my attention. Furthermore, the performances from Patton, Dunn, and Baron are predictably top notch. 3.7

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  • Mythodea dude, saw your sound off for Blade Runner. If you like his music, check 1492: Conquest of Paradise OST. It's one of the best albums in my life.
    September 16 03:18 AM
  • danielcardoso Nah, I'm just kidding man. I don't play in Anathema, I don't even play keyboards ;) I do play guitar and harmonica in a local Portuguese band called Invictus, we're starting to make a name for ourselves :)
    August 6 01:14 PM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy so wrong about young machetes =[
    August 6 10:37 AM
  • danielcardoso You mean, Anathema's keyboardist? I sure am ;)
    August 4 08:35 AM
  • TheSpaceMan cheers man you clearly put time into them and you've kinda inspired me to eventually do soundoffs for all my 5s... and is the first HL your fav? I'm a huge fan of HL2 episode 2 but thats also the most recent one I've played so it might just be the most fresh in my head... they are all amazing games!
    May 14 04:12 PM

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