Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 63
Approval 95%

Soundoffs 341
Album Ratings 344
Objectivity 73%

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

Forum Posts 2
Review Comments 400

musical taste

favorite bands
Sonata Arctica Silence
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Works well in laying the foundation for a more refined future; Ecliptica offers a bit of everything for the more casual metal listener who can look (or hear) past some production shortcomings.
Dark Tranquillity Construct
Construct sees Dark Tranquillity going through the motions, playing with a wider palette. This is still fundamentally the same band, but the outfit is different and distinct from their previous works. Curiously, Construct works best during its more somber moments like "Uniformity," where the band emphasize the melodic part of their melodic death metal style.
Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon
Plagues of Babylon sees Iced Earth continue their slump into the territory of wasted potential with long stretches of boredom and rare moments of enjoyment. Babylon isn't alone in playing host to this plague.
Iced Earth Dystopia
The addition of Stu Block allows Iced Earth to start taking a few steps back onto a once familiar road, but Dystopia ends up feeling like wasted potential. Rather than seeing the band put to full and proper use, this inconsistent collection of tracks has the foundation of functionality without the build of excellence.
Amorphis Circle
Amorphis rekindle their vitality and produce what might be their most commanding album to date. Devoid of slumps and full of virtuosity, Circle sees the band back on a proper path. Let's hope they stay the course.
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Part of this album's appeal is its adamance; there's a definite direction sought and we're never taken elsewhere. Though not without producing a certain degree of "loudness," Neige treats us to a mostly relaxing experience. The downfall? It blends together too well, too seamlessly. Each song essentially falls into an archetype, which makes the novelty wear thin during the middle stretch. Fortunately, the ultimate and lasting impression is positive and resounding.

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Recent Tracks:

Iced Earth Last December
Iced Earth Wolf
Iced Earth Wolf
Iced Earth Birth Of The Wicked
Iced Earth Prophecy
Iced Earth Blessed Are You
Iced Earth 1776
Iced Earth My Own Savior
Iced Earth Consequences
Iced Earth Stand Alone
Most Played:

1) Nightwish 256 plays
2) Amorphis 237 plays
3) Billy Joel 189 plays
4) Kamelot 163 plays
5) Thomas Newman 153 plays
6) Dimmu Borgir 147 plays
7) Shadows Fall 140 plays
8) Iron Maiden 132 plays
9) Children of Bodom 119 plays
10) Rammstein 111 plays
shoutbox » all posts 
  • 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
  • Parallels you have inspired me to (impossibly) add soundoffs to all of my reviews. Okay not really, but I will write many more now because of your endeavor.
    August 14 02:25 AM
  • WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol
    March 21 12:32 AM

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