Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 73
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Soundoffs 402
Album Ratings 403
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Last Active 09-10-11 3:19 pm
Joined 07-06-09

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Symphony X Underworld
A title like "Underworld" suggests that Symphony X would bring something darker, moody and melancholic, perhaps a slower, lower toned Paradise Lost. Unfortunately, Underworld does less to push the band forward than a neutral car gear. This is complete comfort zone material, and while Symphony X's sound still technically and structurally works, the vigor, excitement and progression they've become known for is in substantially short supply.
Before The Dawn My Darkness
Before the Dawn's debut showcases an uncanny ability to match atmosphere with brevity--no song even reaches four-and-a-half minutes. Even when the music is a pinch above mid-tempo, there's still a lingering ambiance between the harsh and melodic. First impressions can go a long way, and My Darkness sets the standard high for all future Before the Dawn releases.
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Competent yet unremarkable; such is the description for many melodic death metal bands. Above the Weeping World may be acclaimed, but it's seemingly buried in Insomnium's complacent catalog. It's as fitting a fate as any for their material, as it's the kind that keeps your ears content for the entire ride without leaving a final impression.
Pyramaze Disciples of the Sun
As with most power metal, you could tear this album apart, be it from a critical outlook or lack of compassion for its said genre. But I'll damned for eternity if this isn't catchy. Though Matt Barlow essentially made Year of the Phoenix, the shift of vocalists only takes a couple tracks to adapt to, and even less to embrace. The end result is enjoyably unremarkable, and I mean this in the best way possible.
The Contortionist Intrinsic
Geocentric Confusion indeed; the exchange of cohesion for attempted progression doesn't quite pay off. Intrinsic has the pieces--and thus the makings--of a great album, but there's no form to it all. If you think Dream Theater lack structure, this will put things in perspective.
Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Darkness and excellence combine to create Septembre Et Ses Dernieres Pensees, an album that realizes its potency with so much grace. From the foreboding album art to the play of wonder, beauty and never-daunting instrumental aggression, Les Discrets enter the music scene with one of the most effective post/shoegaze albums.
The Contortionist Exoplanet
A deathcore album with a bit more depth than the competition, Exoplanet benefits from a more refined and mature sound, especially considering this is a debut album. Tired tropes still find their way inside, but these become alleviated thanks to the aforementioned aspects.

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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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