Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 85
Approval 97%

Soundoffs 460
Album Ratings 461
Objectivity 74%

Last Active 02-23-16 12:35 am
Joined 07-06-09

Forum Posts 7
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Votum Harvest Moon
Elegant passages abound, Harvest Moon may go down as Votum's crowning achievement for many. Though it doesn't leave the same impression after numerous listens, you'll be hard pressed to find a host of albums even half as genuine as this collage of progressive rock and metal.
Be'lakor Vessels
Be'lakor continue to cultivate an identity for themselves, making necessary changes and progressions from Of Breath and Bone, this time focusing more on the atmospheric qualities which made The Frail Tide and especially Stone's Reach work as well as they did. The end result is yet another album that keeps its listeners guessing with fascination and enchantment.
Rishloo Eidolon
A wide palette of progressive rock, offering much emotion up front and through the details. This is the kind of prog that keeps you on your toes more than it challenges you to keep up. Even the slow moments never descend into dull territory, allowing atmosphere to build when the band wants us to contemplate a little.
Hammock Kenotic
A handful of trivial blunders aside, Kenotic is an utterly evocative trip through serenity itself. There's an inherent, bittersweet nostalgia at-hand, equally matched by touches of forthcoming optimism. If you ever wanted to experience one of those peaceful breaks in the middle of a powerful, dramatic movie, and actually have that break last, Kenotic is precisely what you've been longing for.
Don't know why I'm honestly surprised by the divisiveness this project has drawn. I will say that once you get past the novelty and start paying attention to the music itself, the cracks become apparent. This is a band you need to watch accompanying videos for in order to fully enjoy. Thankfully, they have several music videos between this and Metal Resistance, so as long as you have access to YouTube, keep your indulgence in BABYMETAL limited to that and you'll have a much better time.
Hammock Departure Songs
Caught somewhere between limbo and a collection of lucid dreams, but perhaps too prolonged for its own good.
Votum :KTONIK:
Brooding, atmospheric and transcendent, Votum arguably reach their artistic peak on the bizarrely titled :KTONIK:, slipping through post and progressive elements in a way that easily calls to fans of recent Katatonia albums.

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  • NocteDominum https://thesonicsensory.com/join-the-team/ Hey dude. Hope you seriously consider.
    June 22 09:06 AM
  • ijy10152 So I've read a few of your reviews and I really like your writing style. I help manage the website Progulator.com and I was wondering if you'd like to write with us.
    June 15 01:52 AM
  • Piripichotes nah man, I was being serious! Hope you make it, not so many metal reviewers around...
    February 25 10:49 AM
  • Piripichotes LOL, I like that mashup of KSE and MorsPcpmEst.... I thought you'd be busy and wet from listening to the new Kanye....
    February 18 06:32 AM
  • Piripichotes Check out the australian scene, they're putting out good stuff, bands like Gods Of Eden and Teramaze...
    February 15 03:29 PM

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