|UserReviews 50Approval 95%Soundoffs 325Album Ratings 322Objectivity 73%Last Active 09-10-11 3:19 pmJoined 07-06-09Forum Posts 2Review Comments 322
Judas Priest, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Symphony X, Nightwish, Testament, Emperor, Iron Maiden, Billy Joel, Dream Theater, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Amorphis, Children of Bodom, Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, James Horner, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Nevermore,
| ||Dream Theater Awake|
Dream Theater up the ante by creating a true metal album, one that compromises neither their progressive nature nor their melodic nature--not entirely. The band are focused and in pristine form on Awake, album that grows with every listen; proof that Dream Theater don't need elaborate songs to keep their listeners coming back.
| ||Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite|
Die-hard Dream Theater fans might be able to get behind a song or two, but When Dream and Day Unite is ultimately to Dream Theater what Rocka Rolla was to Judas Priest (cue "oh yeah, that exists" comment).
| ||Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls|
Seventeen studio albums in and Judas Priest can still provide acceptable material, but there's hardly a way or place for Redeemer of Souls to stand out in their discography.
| ||Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone|
Be'lakor show few (if any) signs of innovation here. But what ultimately matters is the established sound at hand, which remains engaging and even addicting. Other than "In Parting," there aren't any potential classics to truly speak of, but some of the sections are among the most gleefully intoxicating. Refinement is the name of the game here, and for the results we've been bestowed, it's one that's sure to keep the plays coming.
| ||Wicked Wisdom Wicked Wisdom|
To call Wicked Wisdom a criminal attack on decent music might be an excessive overstatement, but even this tiring release has a tough time treading the guilty pleasure territory.
| ||Rammstein Reise, Reise|
Unconventional characteristics aside, Rammstein don't come across as an act worth taking truly seriously. Then one subjects their ears and are left grinning and noddy aplenty. In particular, Reise, Reise gets off to a engaging start but loses momentum as slower, more deliberate songs take over. Heavier, grislier tracks like "Morgenstern" and especially "Mein Teil" come off as more complimentary to the oddly playful German nature at work.
| ||Kamelot Silverthorn|
Silverthorn puts the fun back into Kamelot's sound, thanks in large part to Tommy giving an admirable performance that does the band's legacy well. Granted, we're not getting the second coming of The Black Halo here, but given how much it should keep you coming back for more, that's not necessarily a bad thing (yet).
|OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see|
|DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent). |
|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.|
|WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol|
|Xenophanes There's only room for one "Xeno" on this site. Sorry bro, but you're gonna have to leave, even though I like your reviews....|