Kenneth E. Rathburn

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

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Iced Earth Incorruptible
Marginally better (but still more enjoyable) than Dystopia and a relatively nice bounce-back from Plagues of Babylon. Iced Earth are at a point where we really can't expect any curveballs, even from Stu Block. All of Incorruptible feels like a retread over previous material from Dark Saga onward, which isn't a bad thing; this allows the album to feel just varied enough to keep listeners committed until the end.
Trees of Eternity Hour Of The Nightingale
A strange experience to listen to; Hour of the Nightingale is, in many ways, an accessible album that's also difficult to swallow in its entirety. The production wonderfully brings the thin threads of life which do exist to the forefront, resulting in something that can easily pull listeners in, but leave them with a sense of loss and sorrow which is difficult to endure. It's almost like an emulation of the emotional journey which technically concluded for Raivio and Stanbridge last year, but the recency of this backstory still rings strength and hollowness at the same time.
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Absolutely cold and positively crushing work that deserves a spot in just about any doom metal enthusiast's collection. The sparse use of chilling female vocals with a variety of growls and borderline screams is a great way to provide contrast in a way that, well, contrasts with what many other bands end up doing (mostly cleans with occasional harsh vocals). Oh, and did I mention the atmosphere is quite luscious?
In the Silence A Fair Dream Gone Mad
Super catchy doom-inspired melodic metal. The Katatonia comparisons are not without merit, such as their short-lived grit on Viva Emptiness. Vocals are more emotional though, somewhere between Mikael Akerfeldt and Ray Alder. Not to be outdone, the instrumental aspects are on the lively side while retaining a bit of melancholic influence. Taken together, this is a nice example of familiar qualities organized in such a way that it begins to feel fresh.
Scale the Summit In a World of Fear
Each Scale the Summit album has, up to this point, felt like an evolution or progression from the last. Even V had the benefit and appeal of being more relaxed and naturalistic, if you will. The thing with this album is that it simply feels like a side-step, because it's largely the same album as its predecessor. Is it enjoyable? Absolutely, and the lack of technical wizardry at work is something I don't mind--I actually welcome it to some extent. Is that necessarily what other fans of the band want? Maybe not, and that's fine.
Pyramaze Contingent
Carbon copy of its predecessor, just with some different subject matter.
Ghost Bath Starmourner
The biggest problem with this album is that it's just too long and doesn't even come close to earning half of its length (over 70 minutes). There are some good aspects and qualities, but they get lost in a mix of music that becomes more tiresome and confusingly awkward as things go on. Your experience will come down to some degree of tolerance, but objectively speaking, nothing much to note in the grand scheme of things.

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  • 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

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