Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 71
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 372
Album Ratings 373
Objectivity 74%

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

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Myrath Tales of the Sands
Tales of the Sands feels true to Myrath's heritage without coming off as alienating. Quite the opposite, the music is a rare, easy-to-enjoy blend of oriental and progressive music. Not one track is carried out longer than it needs to be, allowing the album to sound focused and concise. Ultimately, this is material well worth investing the time into; it's quick to leave an impression and gradually sinks in like a massage chair (strange at first, but refreshing and easy to turn to).
Circus Maximus Nine
Nine definitely feels more experimental than Isolate, leading to some curious moments in the fact they're somewhat traditional. Yet all the same, Nine feels more engaging and even varied than Isolate, just without as much consistency.
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica - Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition
I honestly wonder if Sonata Arctica's true intent with Ecliptica Revisited was to make us appreciate the original version, because they've done a fantastic job deflating the original's energy. You can't help but feel invigorated by the 1999 version after hearing half of this.
Circus Maximus Isolate
More polished and streamlined than The 1st Chapter, but with less striking moments, Isolate sees Circus Maximus reach a quick comfort zone. This isn't necessarily a sophomore slump, since the material is still worthwhile, but you do get the impression settlement has already sunk in for this quintet.
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
A characteristically progressive debut, not unlike Spock's Beard and early Dream Theater albums. The material is frequently competent and occasionally riveting, but lacks the final push to propel it into excellence.
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Enemies of Reality works best when the band are truly doing what they do best: bombastic and dynamic thrash/progressive metal. When things slow down, it's less impressive and begins to make the album feel less impressive than it is. In a way, this is a more simplified Nevermore, especially given their previous efforts. How simple or elaborate you prefer your progressive metal is the real determining point here.
Delain The Human Contradiction
More enjoyable than it probably has the right to be, The Human Contradiction isn't a significant step forward for Delain, but they feel as refined as they're bound to become. The music is simple and surprisingly catchy, with barely enough riffs to make it settle somewhere into the lightest shade of metal. A good introductory album to ease fans of female vocals into heavy metal.

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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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