Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 104
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Last Active 04-16-17 10:12 am
Joined 07-06-09

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Les Discrets Pr├ędateurs
It feels like this album wants to do something but then it lets other stuff leak in and pass through while leaving enough residue to stain the music. As a listener, it leaves me confused, and I feel like the album is confused by itself too.
Cryonic Temple Into the Glorious Battle
So safe, so cheesy and prolonged. In other words: par for the course power metal. That said, there are just enough riffs and rousing moments for this to be enjoyable, especially towards the second half, which thankfully picks things up a bit to compensate for both the length and generally boring first half.
Les Discrets Ariettes Oubliees...
Feels more isolated than its predecessor, which can make the album drag a bit, but the music feels matured to just the right amount while retaining those lovely little traces that feel nostalgic despite being new to the listener.
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came
What's great about this album is that it's utterly committed to its sound and vision, it just builds and builds until no obsidian stone is unturned. The movements, both from and within each track, are varied and lend the music a sense of progression without resorting to the extravagances most bands would normally be content to slip into. It feels blossomed yet concise all the same, and for a debut, that's no small feat.
Novembers Doom Hamartia
This is solid stuff, so long as you're fine with decidedly safe doom and a touch of death (namely the Johan Hegg-esque vocals). The slower, clean-prone moments are awkwardly underdeveloped for a band on their 10th studio album, which I see killing the experience for some listeners.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic Revival
Works best when going for a melancholic style, which is when Bettinson's vocals feel the most befitting. As a whole, Revival is too tonally sporadic for my tastes; it'd be excellent if it were more committed to a single overall vision, as opposed to a collage of shimmering glimpses.
Harlott Extinction
Totally redistributed from other thrash metal bands. The riffs? Contemporary Testament. The vocals? Classic Slayer. The overarching vibe? Overkill. The final product is definitely worthwhile, just at the complete cost of originality and innovation.

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  • Jom You should be all set. It looks like you changed your e-mail recently and never got the confirmation e-mail. Thanks for letting me know!
    February 28 07:43 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.
    February 27 10:03 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)
    February 27 09:33 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Hey, good job getting contributor dude. You've put some awesome feedback on my reviews before plus you reviewed all of Katatonias albums and that alone makes you awesome in my book.
    February 27 03:50 PM
  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM

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