Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 46
Approval 94%

Soundoffs 322
Album Ratings 324
Objectivity 73%

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

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Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Be'lakor show few (if any) signs of innovation here. But what ultimately matters is the established sound at hand, which remains engaging and even addicting. Other than "In Parting," there aren't any potential classics to truly speak of, but some of the sections are among the most gleefully intoxicating. Refinement is the name of the game here, and for the results we've been bestowed, it's one that's sure to keep the plays coming.
Wicked Wisdom Wicked Wisdom
To call Wicked Wisdom a criminal attack on decent music might be an excessive overstatement, but even this tiring release has a tough time treading the guilty pleasure territory.
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Unconventional characteristics aside, Rammstein don't come across as an act worth taking truly seriously. Then one subjects their ears and are left grinning and noddy aplenty. In particular, Reise, Reise gets off to a engaging start but loses momentum as slower, more deliberate songs take over. Heavier, grislier tracks like "Morgenstern" and especially "Mein Teil" come off as more complimentary to the oddly playful German nature at work.
Kamelot Silverthorn
Silverthorn puts the fun back into Kamelot's sound, thanks in large part to Tommy giving an admirable performance that does the band's legacy well. Granted, we're not getting the second coming of The Black Halo here, but given how much it should keep you coming back for more, that's not necessarily a bad thing (yet).
Wintersun Time I
Eight years down the line and the only unanimous thing one could argue is that Time I wouldn't satisfy everyone. Even so, it's tough to look at this as a just follow-up that continues and progresses from such a varied and encompassing predecessor. Power, folk and synthetic influences dominate with little bite to seep into your skin. If speaking in temperatures, the cold is bitter as a cold shoulder--from a lack of truly dark and frigid material altogether.
Disney Soundtracks The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Follows many of the same fashions set by the previous soundtracks while throwing a few welcome twists into the mix. Bleaker tracks such as "Born in Darkness" and "Nothing Out There" guarantee there will be moments as chilly as the cold weather we've seen in the trailers. And just so the action isn't left out, a couple incorporated chants and teasing climaxes, such as the beginning to "Rise," should mean the action will count where and when it matters.

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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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  • 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
  • reeshespeeshes Not cool vvvv
    July 29 10:25 AM

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