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John Zorn The Crucible
Of the Moonchild records that I've heard so far, this one seems the most overtly eclectic. "9x9" is a Led Zeppelin inspired off-kilter rock track; the only way to tell it is a Moonchild song is Mike Patton's incredible, discordant screaming. "Almadel," the album opener, sounds like a Moonchild take on Masada, and features some interesting harmonized saxophone and vocal melodies. And then there are, of course, the jazzy grindcore tracks, like "Shapeshifting" and "Hobgoblin," which are just as heavy as ever. Overall, The Crucible is a slightly uneven, but nonetheless enjoyable, trip into the mad world of Moonchild. 4.0
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack
One of the most beautiful, fitting soundtracks I've ever heard. I'm a sucker for spacey electronic music, and this contains some of the best of that style out there- though to parson this soundtrack down to that one genre would be erroneous. There is a variety of different styles on here, including jazz ("Love Theme"), oriental ("Blimpvert"), and 50's pop ("One More Kiss Dear"), and they all work well, especially in the context of the film itself. The ten-plus-minute tracks are a bit too lengthy, but overall Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack is one of the best out there. 4.8
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Spotty mixing and a number of dull tracks hurt ANThology, however the energetic vocal performance and a few interesting pieces ("Wish," "Flesh and Bone," the "Smooth Criminal" cover that everyone knows, the end of closer "Universe") save the record somewhat. Overall, ANThology has moments of greatness, but as a whole lacks the punch to maintain listener interest for its entirety. 2.6
John Zorn Astronome
Astronome consists of three very long songs, each of which contains multiple 'scenes'-- though it's impossible to tell when one scene ends and the next begins. Musically, this is similar to other Moonchild recordings; it is fiercely experimental, and combines metal, free jazz, improvisation, classical, and numerous other genres into one demented, noisy witches brew. Because of the track lengths, this is likely the most inaccessible of the Moonchild recordings, however it is musically sound and mostly holds my attention. Furthermore, the performances from Patton, Dunn, and Baron are predictably top notch. 3.7
Finch (US) Say Hello to Sunshine
Nate sings 'This is the worst thing that you've ever done' on Say Hello to Sunshine's opener "Insomniatic Meat," and ironically many Finch fans felt that way about the album when it was released three years after the band's debut. Indeed, what doomed Say Hello to Sunshine was its lack of immediacy: this is an album which- due to its odd time signatures, quick changes, and variety- requires many listens to appreciate, and most of Finch's young fans simply didn't have the patience to absorb it. For the rest of us though, Say Hello to Sunshine is an admittedly flawed, but nonetheless brave and adventurous follow-up. 4.
maudlin of the Well Bath
I've had this album on almost non-stop since I got it a few days ago, and... wow. Some of the most elegantly composed, original, and just plain engaging, prog metal that I've ever heard. It's difficult to describe, as it combines so many genres, moods, and instruments in such a fluid way. I'm still not sure I've fully digested the entire record, but the fact that even after so many listens I'm interested enough to want to delve deeper into it means it's done its job. I suppose with that in mind I should say that this rating is subject to change, but for now a near 5 is deserving. A 5 may be coming. 4.9
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
Not my cup of tea. The production on the three middle songs just sounds bad, and the fact that the songs don't seem to go anywhere doesn't help matters. I do like opener "Lethe", though, and the closing track is interesting. 2.3

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  • Mythodea dude, saw your sound off for Blade Runner. If you like his music, check 1492: Conquest of Paradise OST. It's one of the best albums in my life.
    September 16 03:18 AM
  • danielcardoso Nah, I'm just kidding man. I don't play in Anathema, I don't even play keyboards ;) I do play guitar and harmonica in a local Portuguese band called Invictus, we're starting to make a name for ourselves :)
    August 6 01:14 PM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy so wrong about young machetes =[
    August 6 10:37 AM
  • danielcardoso You mean, Anathema's keyboardist? I sure am ;)
    August 4 08:35 AM
  • TheSpaceMan cheers man you clearly put time into them and you've kinda inspired me to eventually do soundoffs for all my 5s... and is the first HL your fav? I'm a huge fan of HL2 episode 2 but thats also the most recent one I've played so it might just be the most fresh in my head... they are all amazing games!
    May 14 04:12 PM

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