Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 69
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 354
Album Ratings 355
Objectivity 74%

Last Active 09-10-11 3:19 pm
Joined 07-06-09

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musical taste

favorite bands
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Though Iced Earth are commonly represented through the Matt Barlow albums, Night of the Stormrider isn't an album to cast aside. The band's thrash influences are particularly beneficial here, adding a level of seriousness that the band would never replicate in the future. Night of the Stormrider also has the advantage of staying power, especially if it doesn't immediately click. Lower production values initially come off as inhibitory, but they actually play into the album's bleak nature and give it a nostalgic vibe that only early heavy metal classics possess.
Daft Punk Homework
Popular as these guys are, their debut just doesn't cut it. The title Homework is ironically fitting, since that's what it begins to feel like as each track grinds on.
Two Steps From Hell Invincible
Invincible may be a compilation of sorts what with only two then-new tracks, but that doesn't interfere with the level of engagement. If you're looking for music to become immersed in and feel motivated by, Two Steps from Hell deliver this in spades. And their tracks are brief, so you needn't worry about waiting to be inspired.
ODESZA In Return
My first go at electronic music and what do I think? Honestly, I find the music here to be indecisive, if occasionally pleasant. Some points sound silly and off-key, like the notes in "Say My Name" that sound like a toddler's throat is hooked up to a keyboard. This album works best when it keeps the vocals at bay, which means Odesza could benefit from less featured artists. I just hope I'm in for more balanced music on my venture through electronic territory.
Savage Circus Of Doom And Death
An offspring of Blind Guardian and Symphony X, Of Doom and Death never spreads its reach further than
what said bands have already established. Power metal diehards won't mind this as much, but most listeners
will hope for more chances to be taken. For what the band offer us, however, the music is competent and
enjoyable, if more so when hearing the songs individually--listening to nine songs that are mostly carbon
copies of one another quickly grows tiring. Of Doom and Death gets a pass on the presumption that its
successor will be more progressive and adventurous.
Excalion Waterlines
Waterlines is so by-the-books it's likely to put you to sleep well before it ends. For power metal, this lack of offense turns into one.
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
As bad as Stones Grow Her Name was, Sonata Arctica were still able to get out of a ditch while they were ahead. Pariah's Child is just the reestablishment they need to start moving forward again, and will hopefully mean more promising enterprises in the future.

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  • scottpilgrim10 Well that's good, ODESZA was kinda boring so I'd recommend starting out with the classics of the genre
    September 14 11:45 AM
  • scottpilgrim10 you've been on sput for over 5 years, and you never checked electronic music until now?
    September 13 08:50 PM
  • ChoccyPhilly Looking forward to the Sonata Arctica discog man. One of my favourite bands for sure and I'd love to see their threads more active on this site
    August 21 09:26 PM
  • OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see
    July 21 10:11 PM
  • DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent).
    December 5 08:22 PM

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