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Lambda's New Account., ,

Gris Il Etait une Foret...
A stunningly effective depressive black metal record. The production is suitably lo-fi, the vocals are phenomenally emotive, and the melodies are perfectly forlorn. The songwriting is nuanced-- there are acoustic melodies often centered between the walls of distortion, and the tracks build to heart-wrenching climaxes.
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
This is an accomplished record clearly created by talented musicians with taste and passion, however it collapses, somewhat, under the weight of its own ambition. It's simply too long for its own good, given the density and heaviness of the content. Tracks eight and nine compound this problem: both are overlong, and that's the exact point in the album we're looking for some relief, or something drastically stylistically different to variate the audio palate. The other problem is the rather monotonous vocals, which bring to mind James Hetfield and/or Machine Head (that's not a good thing). Great production and a few solid headbangers, though (
Masada Live at Tonic 2001
Two discs (each is a different live set) totaling two hours and twenty minutes of music, and this is essential listening. Masada is frighteningly amazing. The unity and synergy between these musicians is nothing short of phenomenal. Zorn and Douglas interlace sax and trumpet, respectively, with effortless wonder; Cohen's bass both grounds and extends the pieces; Baron's drumming is out-of-this-world (listen to the drum solo on "Shamor"... I mean what). Also, only one track is repeated across both sets, and it's "Acharei Mot," which is one of my favourite Masada tracks. This is fantastic real music. Listen and be amazed.
Masada First Live 1993
This is a recording of either the first, or one of the first, times Masada ever performed live (hence the title). It's remarkably adept, though not their most essential work. Fans and collectors will enjoy, but beginners should look elsewhere. Stylistically it's nothing deviant from their other releases.
Devin Townsend Project Transcendence
So, Transcendence. It's best described as a combination of Accelerated Evolution and Epicloud. It's bombastic, choirs and reverb are abound, and the songs are, barring the "Truth" re-record and the title track, structured as pop tunes. In that regard, the inventiveness and daring of something like Terria's "Mountain" or "Deep Peace" is absent. However, it's got a few of Devin's best non-Casualties tunes since Ghost ("Stormbending," "Failure," "Follow Your Heart") and the production (particularly the drums) is superb. I also like the return of closing track ambience connecting the songs (a
Twilight Fauna Fire of the Spirit
Fire of the Spirit is a peculiar and unorthodox record, not entirely ineffective, but moreso that than that trait's more desirable opposite. Skip the skippable voice samples, and ignore the ones embedded beneath the instrumentals, and it's suited to lonely walks through autumnal forests, I suppose-- or perhaps even walks with company. However, given that this is a one-man project (Paul Ravenwood, responsible for all instruments, mixing, and mastering) I suspect it's designed with the lone traveler in mind. I suggest that there are more worthwhile journeys for such travelers to embark upon.
Gary Lucas Busy Being Born
Gary Lucas is an idiosyncratic guitarist-- his style is oxymoronic; loose yet precise. On Busy Being Born, his combination of the humourous (John Zorn's sax squealing on "Sandman," channeling Buckethead for "Abie the Fishman") and remarkably earnest ("Sunrise, Sunset," "Hinay Ma Tov") results in a consistently engaging, largely light-hearted, eccentric whizbang of a listen. This is a unique and wonderful record.

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  • Jasdevi087 np and thnx
    July 11 10:54 PM
  • Jasdevi087 Isn't there a button right next to the edit one for soundoffs?
    July 8 04:20 AM
  • danielcardoso oh thanks buddy :]
    June 11 03:54 PM
  • danielcardoso hey buddy do you know where i can find acoustic shards on the internet? i don't remember it being on youtube last time i looked for it, and i couldn't find a decent download too.
    June 10 02:44 AM
  • Britch2tiger Greetings fellow account! I noticed how you have a high percentage of jazz under your profile. From an account w/ a tuned ear, what are some qualities that differ "good" jazz as opposed to "bad" jazz? Any help would be appreciated. Have a glorious evening!
    February 5 02:13 AM

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