Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 100
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Last Active 02-26-17 9:48 am
Joined 07-06-09

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musical taste

favorite bands
Bonobo Migration
Pleasant, easygoing and relaxed music that somehow struggles to captivate my interest as much as I feel it should. It seems like Bonobo are treading a line of discord between nature and electronica, which works in some ways from an atmospheric standpoint, and even shines with how it builds rhythm. But there's something distracting about how Migration attempts to bridge the gap between two opposing forces. It's admirable, but only arguably successful.
Sampha Process
As a showcase for Sampha's voice, this is a fantastic listen with some subtle, complementary instrumental work. "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" is a joy to hear.
Max Richter Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works
The "Three Worlds," I think, are meant to be represented by the terrains through which the music moves through; the first few songs sound like pure funeral music; the middle segment has a classical/electronic sound that comes off as other-wordly in ostensible sense; the last two to three tracks then achieve the sensation of departing one world and entering the next, a seemingly split-second moment caught in stand-still, as if the price one pays for ending their life yields a pure, desolate limbo as their final, eternal burden.
Hour of Penance Cast the First Stone
Wisely short-lived and full of just enough tasty moments to make the listener feel they've had their fill all the same.
Overkill The Grinding Wheel
Overkill keep the wheel spinning with nary a bump in the road. It's a good thing Overkill on cruise control is still engaging, provided your collection isn't overflowing with everything else they've put out.
Horn Turm am Hang
Folky black metal, which is way more my speed than the usual servings we're treated to. Other than a few borderline comical moments, Turm am Hang has an intriguing if not entirely complex atmosphere, and I find it strikes the right balance between warmth and darkness.
Mors Principium Est Embers of a Dying World
A step or two above most of their contemporaries, Embers of a Dying World shows Mors Principium Est doing what they do best, which is solid, keyboard-laden melodic death metal. Granted, this is pretty much the landscape of most like-minded bands, but with a few albums under their belt, Mors Principium Est are able to execute with a touch more prowess.

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  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM
  • Toondude10 congrats on the promotion, well deserved!
    February 27 09:09 AM
  • EvoHavok Congrats! Keep bringing the good metal reviews ;).
    February 27 09:04 AM
  • manosg Congrats Xeno, so glad you made it!
    February 27 08:40 AM
  • BallsToTheWall Didn't know other people jammed Delain here. Good soundoff man.
    August 29 08:24 PM

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