Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 108
Soundoffs 607
News Articles 3
Band Edits + Tags 2
Album Edits 25

Album Ratings 608
Objectivity 75%

Last Active 04-16-17 10:12 am
Joined 07-06-09

Forum Posts 9
Review Comments 991

musical taste

favorite bands
Vanden Plas Colour Temple
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Standard slab of melodic death metal, complete with the expected qualities of a debut album. First impressions are promising, but the glaze soon melts to leave nothing but a raw, mostly unexciting release without enough to justify remaining invested for the full ride.
Distant Dream It all Starts from Pieces
Post and prog merge paths and transport us on this debut from Marcin Majrowski, who taps into a host of emotions, including wonder, intrigue and excitement. Pull up the album art and savor this hidden instrumental gem in all its glory.
Insomnium Across the Dark
Across the Dark has made me realize why so many bands can get stuck in a rut of creating generic material, especially melodic death metal. If the music is, for all intents and purposes, fun and fluid, then who cares if it's the opposite of creative? The critic in me agrees that Across the Dark offers nothing to distinguish it from an overly crowded field other than its sheer entertainment value, which is itself a subjective quality. And yet...that's enough for me to walk away with a smile on my face. Interestingly, I feel Across the Dark could've been better if it stuck to the relatively grittier sound of its predecessor, an album I only
Erebos The Light in My Darkness
A flashy, almost counter-intuitive instrumental black metal album in its very essence. I could see this being enjoyable as background music for a fantastical horror game, but otherwise, even with its short length, this album feels overlong.
Anubis Gate Covered In Black
Imagine a psychological horror movie with three or four antagonists. They'd all be interesting if they didn't have so little screentime to compromise their development. This album is the musical equivalent to that.
Shylmagoghnar Emergence
Organically up-tempo progressive melodic death metal sure to satisfy fans of In Mourning and Novembre. The three would make a hell of tour, if it ever happened.

shoutbox » all posts 
  • Jom You should be all set. It looks like you changed your e-mail recently and never got the confirmation e-mail. Thanks for letting me know!
    February 28 07:43 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.
    February 27 10:03 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)
    February 27 09:33 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Hey, good job getting contributor dude. You've put some awesome feedback on my reviews before plus you reviewed all of Katatonias albums and that alone makes you awesome in my book.
    February 27 03:50 PM
  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM

You have to be logged in to post a comment Login | Create a Profile


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy