Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 70
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 360
Album Ratings 361
Objectivity 74%

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

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musical taste

favorite bands
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Seventh Swamphony is a sneaky piece of work. While it comes off as overly familiar at face value, repeat listens and closer inspections make the music easier to appreciate. Kalmah's continued push for a thrashier sound is realized through pulsating beats and a decided de-emphasis on keyboards (they're borderline indiscernible). The end result is an album that will be immediately striking for some and a grower for others. Either way, you'll get a fun 40 minutes out it.
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Epica charge their music up on The Quantum Enigma with results that are both surprising and striking. The album makes one hell of a first impression and though the flair does wear off after a few listens, it remains an easy album to return to in small bursts.
Alcest Shelter
Neige's latest is an even mellower affair than its predecessor, making it a smoother overall listen. There might still be the issue of sounding repetitive, but the consistency feels more appropriate here, which alleviates the aforementioned issue ever so slightly.
iamthemorning ~
iamthemorning swirl in with elegance, dreamily taking the listener through a series of tracks that will entertain and often entrance. The music is layered yet played with an air of simplicity. Easy to recommend to anyone who appreciates beautiful, compelling music.
Threshold Subsurface
Subsurface may have its moments, but these are seldom carried for an entire track. The energy Threshold are often synonymous with is in short supply here, opting instead for a state of almost constant meandering. They still technically sound good, but don't count on having your interest maintained for long.
Threshold For The Journey
It took 26 years for Threshold to lose their momentum and release a definitively unremarkable album. March of Progress made their future look full of promise, but For the Journey strips that vision away and makes the possibility of a good future endeavor seem unlikely.
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Though Iced Earth are commonly represented through the Matt Barlow albums, Night of the Stormrider isn't an album to cast aside. The band's thrash influences are particularly beneficial here, adding a level of seriousness that the band would never replicate in the future. Night of the Stormrider also has the advantage of staying power, especially if it doesn't immediately click. Lower production values initially come off as inhibitory, but they actually play into the album's bleak nature and give it a nostalgic vibe that only early heavy metal classics possess.

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  • scottpilgrim10 Well that's good, ODESZA was kinda boring so I'd recommend starting out with the classics of the genre
    September 14 11:45 AM
  • scottpilgrim10 you've been on sput for over 5 years, and you never checked electronic music until now?
    September 13 08:50 PM
  • 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

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