Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 105
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Last Active 04-16-17 10:12 am
Joined 07-06-09

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Swallow the Sun New Moon
A classic example of an album living up to its artwork; New Moon strikes a balance between Hope and an even more melodic shade of Swallow the Sun's style, thinning the doom influences out while melodic metal with death influences takes command. Though this means there's less grit to the razor's edge, the music still cuts nice and smoothly.
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
A few inconsistencies aside, this is another solid entry in Swallow the Sun's venerable discography. The album art does give away the more approachable sound, and while this is a safe starting point for prospecting listeners of the band melodic doom metal in general, there's no short supply of goods to savor upon. The gloom isn't as succulent as some listeners may prefer, but for others, it'll strike a nice balance between gloom and simple enjoyment.
Swallow the Sun Songs From The North I, II & III
Undoubtedly daunting, Swallow the Sun basically run their full gamut on this triple-disc behemoth, and while the feast may be overindulgent for a single listen, the fact we receive some considerable quality shouldn't be shrugged aside. There's something for every branch of the band's fans here; old school fans will dig disc 3, new fans will enjoy disc 1. Disc 2 is a bit of an outlier with its bittersweet, Pale Folklore-esque personality, which may be a bit more credit than it deserves, but then again, this is highly subjective. Taken together, Songs from the North will speak to each listener in different ways, and if nothing else, it's an
Wintersun The Forest Seasons
Ensiferum and Children of Bodom had a bastard child, taught it some basic hunting skills, and left it to wander aimlessly in Westeros. Except instead of dragons and White Walkers, we got snarks and grumpkins.
DragonForce Reaching into Infinity
Step 1: Set album to play in background.

Step 2: Load up your most frantic sci-fi/fantasy videogame.

Step 3: Caffeine.

Step 4: Enjoy.
Swallow the Sun Hope
Takes the shifts made in Ghosts of Loss and runs a bit further with them, for better or for worse. The sound is smoothed out without losing its bark or edge, but there does seem to be less pull than what Ghosts of Loss and The Morning Never Came relished in. Make no mistake, it's still there and completely tangible, just not in a way that grabs you the same way as before.
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
I listen almost strictly to heavy metal and tend to turn my nose up to rap and hip-hop, yet for some reason or another this gets my head nodding. That has to count for something.

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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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