Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 51
Approval 95%

Soundoffs 326
Album Ratings 323
Objectivity 73%

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

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Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Intended as an accessible, radio-friendly album, Falling Into Infinity is one of the last albums to recommend for anyone looking to get into Dream Theater. The botched alteration to the band's logo on the cover is enough of a hint to know that this is uncharacteristic of the prog metal giants. While not bad, from a fan's standpoint, it's tough to look at Falling Into Infinity objectively and find a good quality without bringing up the issues which affect the entire album.
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater up the ante by creating a true metal album, one that compromises neither their progressive nature nor their melodic nature--not entirely. The band are focused and in pristine form on Awake, album that grows with every listen; proof that Dream Theater don't need elaborate songs to keep their listeners coming back.
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Die-hard Dream Theater fans might be able to get behind a song or two, but When Dream and Day Unite is ultimately to Dream Theater what Rocka Rolla was to Judas Priest (cue "oh yeah, that exists" comment).
Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls
Seventeen studio albums in and Judas Priest can still provide acceptable material, but there's hardly a way or place for Redeemer of Souls to stand out in their discography.
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.

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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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  • 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
  • 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

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