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Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Saturday Night Wrist is a cloudy, ethereal listen. There is a strong shoegaze influence on here. It drags a little at points, but the production is fantastic, and the atmosphere is engrossingly hazy. And you know what, for all its detractors, I kinda dig "Pink Cellphone." 4.5
Deftones Around the Fur
This is a decent record, but it's hurt by a lack of dynamic changes and the relative sameness of all the songs. It gets me bobbing my head at times though, and Chino gives a great vocal performance. Around the Fur is not at the same level as Deftones' later material, but it's more good than bad. 3.0
Enslaved In Times
A big step down from their last two records. In Times feels as though Enslaved is going through the motions. The clean vocals sound bored and the riffs are uninteresting. "Daylight" is a decent closer, but that's the only song on In Times anywhere close to the quality of either Axioma Ethica Odini or RIITIIR. Disappointing. 2.5
John Zorn The Classic Guide to Strategy
A compilation record featuring the first two volumes of "The Classic Guide to Strategy," which were two of Zorn's earliest records (released in 1983 and 1985, respectively). Both volumes are solo Zorn. He plays alto and soprano saxes, Bb and E-flat clarinets, and performs game calls. And, unsurprisingly, he does not use traditional techniques. He dunks his sax in water, makes it sound like a duck, and... you get the idea. These records prove that Zorn is an utterly fantastic player-- but that's it. The tracks sound cool for a little while, but at a combined time of seventy-seven minutes, they wear out their welcome. Live, this would be fascin
Bob Ostertag Attention Span
The first twenty-six tracks (a section titled 'Slam Dunk') are short and chaotic sound collages featuring John Zorn's saxophone. The last six (titled 'Sleepless') are mostly longer and much slower sound collages featuring Fred Frith's guitar. I suppose the two parts represent day and night? At any rate, this is not a record for the faint of heart. 'Slam Dunk' is basically noise, and 'Sleepless,' while much calmer, is not easy to listen to either. There are some cool sounds here, but it's style over substance (so you can glue bits of sound together; can you use the technique to make something more meaningful?) Also, the Frith tracks have their
Ninjaspy Pi Nature
Incredibly underrated record by three brothers from Vancouver, BC. Pi Nature mixes metal, reggae, and ska in a unique and consistently entertaining manner. Joel Parent's vocals are wildly engaging, moving between excellent cleans, low growls, high screams, lightning speed talking, and more. The two other brothers, Tim and Adam, are proficient on bass and drums too. A large reason why this band never took off as much as they should have is likely the complete lack of seriousness in the song lyrics and titles. Pi Nature is flawlessly executed-- the production and performances are spot on-- but that ridiculousness inherent in t
Diamanda Galas You Must Be Certain of the Devil
You Must Be Certain of the Devil is an unremittingly dark record, save the over-the-top title track. It is also the most 'song-oriented' of Diamanda's albums (up until this point in her career). "Double-Barrel Prayer" sparked controversy for its music video, which was banned by MTV and named the most offensive video of the year (1988). Opener "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is an insanely virtuosic a capella piece, and closer "The Lord Is My Shepherd" is also a capella, albeit of a much creepier and understated nature. The songs in between are atmospheric and unsettling, and allow Diamanda's voice space to operate. 3.7

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  • deathschool Nice ATF soundoff. Very samey sounding album. Definitely overrated to me.
    March 23 09:26 PM
  • Angelboros Boy, do you write some very thoughtful soundoffs. The John Zorn (his saxophone abilities are mesmerizing) ones in particular really stand out, IMO
    February 3 04:07 AM
  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Hey man, you heard the new (and final) Moonchild album?
    November 26 06:28 AM
  • BMDrummer wouldn't a 4.4 be closer to 4.5?
    November 6 11:22 PM

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