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maudlin of the Well Bath
I've had this album on almost non-stop since I got it a few days ago, and... wow. Some of the most elegantly composed, original, and just plain engaging, prog metal that I've ever heard. It's difficult to describe, as it combines so many genres, moods, and instruments in such a fluid way. I'm still not sure I've fully digested the entire record, but the fact that even after so many listens I'm interested enough to want to delve deeper into it means it's done its job. I suppose with that in mind I should say that this rating is subject to change, but for now a near 5 is deserving. A 5 may be coming. 4.9
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
Not my cup of tea. The production on the three middle songs just sounds bad, and the fact that the songs don't seem to go anywhere doesn't help matters. I do like opener "Lethe", though, and the closing track is interesting. 2.3
John Zorn Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
Six Litanies for Heliogabalus is, well, a record featuring six litanies- or prayers- for the infamous Roman emperor Elagabalus, or Heliogabalus. The emperor came to power at the extremely young age of fourteen and, unfortunately, his rule was characterized by his odd, cruel, deviant behaviour, which included him prostituting himself and raping a Vestal virgin. With this in mind, the music here is suitably chaotic, featuring a diverse range of styles. Patton's performance is extraordinary, notably his eight minute vocal solo "Litany IV". Pay no attention to those who say he just 'makes puke noises'; that song, and really this whole re
Kayo Dot Coyote
Coyote is frequently regarded as Kayo Dot's weakest effort. I think it's about on par with their last release, Blue Lambency Downward. That isn't a good thing, because I didn't really like that album either. The issue with Coyote is that it is just, well, kind of boring. Most of these songs paddle around, directionless, and then end. Maybe that's because this is supposedly a long-form composition; either way, it's not very interesting music. Opener "Calonyction Girl" is the exception-- it has some cool riffs, and though the violin is a little nauseating at times, overall the song works. 2.4
Opeth Pale Communion
While I admire Opeth's bravery in totally changing their sound and direction, the change isn't to my taste. This is a very retro progressive rock album, harkening back to the 1970's, and I tend to prefer forward rather than backward-thinking music. With that said though, the production is great (I like the drum sound especially- they are not triggered or overproduced), the performances are good (though Mikael's vocals are occasionally a little unfitting), and there are some awesome moments (the acoustic guitar, spooky middle, and catchy ending of "Moon Above, Sun Below;" the strings, when they appear; all of "Faith in Others"). Overall, P
John Zorn Templars-In Sacred Blood
The sixth album from John Zorn's "Moonchild" project. This one features Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The record is about the Knights Templar, an enigmatic warrior cult established in 1128 and excommunicated in 1312 for heresy. While I can't explain how specifically the songs relate to this theme, I can tell you that this album is a total blast from start to finish- provided you are a fan of experimental work. Full of tempo and genre switches, and Mike Patton's nearly inhuman vocals, Templars: In Sacred Blood is a consistently enjoyable record that keeps you guessing at every turn. 4.4
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Most of Blue Lambency Downward doesn't really do it for me, flowing by in a kind of haze, too slow and meandering. Toby Driver has stated that with this record he was attempting to make meaningful crescendos without resorting to tempo/volume increases or layer additions, and I'm not sure he fully succeeded. It's difficult to say whether these songs crescendo or not, which, I suppose, means that they don't. I appreciate how Driver isn't repeating the same album over and over, but the bottom line is that I just don't find this particular effort a very interesting or enjoyable one. 2.4

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  • 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
  • TheSpaceMan dude you seem like an awesome user, was reading a bunch of your soundoffs and I agree with a ton of your ratings, plus you seem to like Half Life or at least Valve so thats really cool too
    May 14 03:47 PM

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