Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 54
Approval 95%

Soundoffs 330
Album Ratings 328
Objectivity 73%

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

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Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater aren't a band to stick with the same sound from album to album, and Train of Thought is arguably the best case they have to testify that fact. Hard-hitting and divisive, Dream Theater employ what is, in many ways, a simultaneous simplification and progression. But again, that's to be expected.
Threshold March of Progress
Threshold pull off an album that works wonderfully, whether from start to finish or when singling its individual moments out. The band are catchy as ever, with excellent vocals and hooks aplenty, drawing a number of influences to create a sound that, though heavily borrowed, is still definitely theirs. Accessible without dumbing the music down (quite the opposite), March of Progress is an easy recommendation for rock/metal listeners of any degree.
Threshold Hypothetical
Hypothetical showcases much of what Threshold are known for, for better or for worse. Routine material can work effectively as it does on "Light and Space" or "Oceanbound," but there are also duds in "Turn On Tune In" and "Keep My Head." Fortunately, the combination of two epics that never cease to get old lets the album maintain a level of competency, even if can get erratically inconsistent.
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
There are any number of expectations one might have going into Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence for the first time. One of the many great things about the album is that it manages to surprise at almost every turn. Even the mammoth title track flies by with surprisingly immediacy which, given its length, means the band is doing something very, very right.
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Though a couple steps shy of perfection, Scenes from a Memory earns much of its applause as a strong Dream Theater album. Patchy during some points but excellent during most, this holds up as an ambitious album with a lot to offer listeners, regardless of their opinions of the band.
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Intended as an accessible, radio-friendly album, Falling Into Infinity is one of the last albums to recommend for anyone looking to get into Dream Theater. The botched alteration to the band's logo on the cover is enough of a hint to know that this is uncharacteristic of the prog metal giants. While not bad, from a fan's standpoint, it's tough to look at Falling Into Infinity objectively and find a good quality without bringing up the issues which affect the entire album.
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.

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Recent Tracks:

Iced Earth Last December
Iced Earth Wolf
Iced Earth Wolf
Iced Earth Birth Of The Wicked
Iced Earth Prophecy
Iced Earth Blessed Are You
Iced Earth 1776
Iced Earth My Own Savior
Iced Earth Consequences
Iced Earth Stand Alone
Most Played:

1) Nightwish 256 plays
2) Amorphis 237 plays
3) Billy Joel 189 plays
4) Kamelot 163 plays
5) Thomas Newman 153 plays
6) Dimmu Borgir 147 plays
7) Shadows Fall 140 plays
8) Iron Maiden 132 plays
9) Children of Bodom 119 plays
10) Rammstein 111 plays
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  • 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
  • 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.
    August 14 02:25 AM
  • WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol
    March 21 12:32 AM
  • 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....
    December 6 12:52 AM

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