Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 71
Approval 95%

Soundoffs 366
Album Ratings 367
Objectivity 74%

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

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musical taste

favorite bands
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.
Scar Symmetry The Singularity - Phase I: Neohumanity
Scar Symmetry are still pinching fun notes, bit by bit. What begins as a slight rise to improvement ultimately stagnates and finds the band in mostly the same position as before. There are a few moments of brief, potential euphoria, such as Neohuman's opening and closing moments, which sees the band come as close as they'll probably get to matching the adequate Holographic Universe and stellar Pitch Black Progress. However, they're still not consistent enough to push the album higher than a nudge or two above The Unseen Empire.
Seventh Wonder Become
The gentle version is that Become is underwhelming and pales when compared to its successors.
Instanzia Ghosts
A serviceable debut that does little more than establish itself as just that. The music is fairly fun to listen to, especially on speakers while driving, but there's still plenty of room to improve and take things in a more interesting direction.
Death Symbolic
Symbolic astounds in how much it accomplishes from start to finish. The album indicates at so much and continually unfolds to offer more up with every song and every listen. A joy to hear from the start and an impressive collection when returned to, it's an incontestable classic that any serious heavy metal fan shouldn't be found without in their collection.
Crimson Shadows Kings Among Men
Kings Among Men makes a great first-listen impression, offering an enticing fusion of melodeath/power metal. It's as good a foundation as any, now all that Crimson Shadows need to do is experiment with their music, since comfort becomes all too apparent, even during a first listen basis. Whether this band has a future rests on how many chances they're willing to take and whether they pay off.
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Seventh Swamphony is a sneaky piece of work. While it comes off as overly familiar at face value, repeat listens and closer inspections make the music easier to appreciate. Kalmah's continued push for a thrashier sound is realized through pulsating beats and a decided de-emphasis on keyboards (they're borderline indiscernible). The end result is an album that will be immediately striking for some and a grower for others. Either way, you'll get a fun 40 minutes out it.

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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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