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Corey Feldman Angelic 2 The Core
An utterly baffling dual disc release from '80s child actor phenom Corey Feldman. This is bad in every sense of the word; one of the very few albums I've heard where nothing it attempts works. It's largely Michael Jackson-ripoff pop, but there's also hilariously awful vocal jazz ("We Wanted Change"), bizarre nu-metal distorted guitar overtop hip-hop beats and wah funk ("Negativity"), and... well, a lot more awful crap you should listen to only listen to if you want a hearty laugh.
American Football American Football (LP2)
It's fine, but it's not as moving or engaging as the original. The trumpet is absent, the guitar intertwining is less inventive, and though Kinsella's vocals have improved in pitch, they aren't as endearing (I suppose that was unavoidable, though). Overall, the new American Football is expectedly pleasant, though somewhat lukewarm. I suppose we should be thankful it exists at all, though.
Opeth Sorceress
Yet more retro-throwback prog rock from Opeth. A review I read on RYM sums it up nicely: to paraphrase, I don't mind that Opeth is focusing on soft material now (after all, look at how great Damnation is), but I do mind that they aren't doing anything original, instead just recycling '70s prog rock tropes. I can't say this is a bad album, because it's well-performed, well-produced, and the songwriting is pretty good too. It's just quite dull.
Fightstar Never Change [EP]
Two renditions of "Never Change" which I prefer to the album version, followed by two fantastic, totally out-of-the-box tracks for Fightstar: a classical piano piece which evolves into screaming metal, and a folk cover. A must-hear for fans of the band. Excellent EP.
Fightstar Be Human
Fightstar's poppiest release. Simple song structures and catchy choruses are abound; however, the addition of a symphony adds a welcome layer of nuance and bombast to the proceedings. I wish the band had taken more risks with the songwriting, but as it stands this is an enjoyable record, if coming off as somewhat of a missed opportunity. (Also, what the Hell is up with that album art? Horrible.)
Fightstar Grand Unification
It gets a little repetitive in the middle, but this is a solid, enjoyable post-hardcore/alt rock effort. Great vocals from Charlie Simpson, and some catchy melodies too ("Waste a Moment," "Build an Army"). The band gets more varied/experimental on future releases, but this is a great start.
Deicide Deicide
Old school death metal of a high order. Booming production, ferocious vocals, lots of double kick drum; when you think of death metal, this is probably close to what you imagine. There isn't much variation between the songs, but at just over a half hour, Deicide doesn't overstay its welcome.

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    October 5 12:27 AM
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