Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 87
Approval 97%

Soundoffs 486
News Articles 1
Band Edits + Tags 2
Album Edits 13

Album Ratings 487
Objectivity 74%

Last Active 02-23-16 12:35 am
Joined 07-06-09

Forum Posts 7
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Fates Warning Theories of Flight
My first dive into Fates Warning catalog and I must say, if they keep going with a sound and style like this, I'm completely on board. Theories of Flight is the very embodiment of an excellent contemporary prog rock/metal album. I'm particularly fond of the longer tracks drawing upon much more emotional range, but they are a nice offset to the predominantly heavy tracks that comprise the rest of the album. Regardless, the entire package is solid and easy to return to with enjoyment and curiosity.
Trees, Clouds & Silence Trees, Clouds & Silence
Beautiful debut, despite the occasional mishap. Blackgaze fans will want to keep their eyes on this band in the future.
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
Despite losing focus in the second half, The Flesh Prevails makes a strong case for proggy death metal with an ambient soundscape. The results are surprisingly fluent and all the more enjoyable because of it.
Anthrax For All Kings
Wonderfully treads the line between thrash and traditional heavy metal, barely missing a beat and keeping things interesting.
Demons and Wizards Demons & Wizards
I imagine the idea of hearing Blind Guardian and Iced Earth struck people as odd and risky when this collaboration was announced. The end result, however, was a bit more pedestrian than one might expect. It's difficult to evaluate the album without drawing comparisons, especially since many of the tracks sound like they could be lifted out of either band's catalogs. Demons & Wizards does occasion to transcend either style and make something that sounds refreshing, namely "Fiddler on the Green," but most of what's contained is less inspirational than one might hope.
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
I'm not sure why Metallica feel the need to make their albums so lengthy. If their music justified sitting down and seriously listening to for 70+ minutes, that'd be one thing, but they're still a casual (thrash) metal band, and no amount of cleaned up production is going to change the fact that this album really, REALLY didn't need to be two discs long. I grew bored before the first disc even finished and hardly had the interest to continue listening after that. Hardwired... sounds perfectly, well, sound, but there's just too much of what amounts to stale, uninspired material. It would've been better to release the heavier tracks as an L
Dark Tranquillity Atoma
Disheartening. Does nothing other than serve as a slightly different continuation from Construct. Atoma lacks the initiative to carry out what ambition does exist, and the ensuing stagnation results in an almost complete lack of interest.

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  • BallsToTheWall Didn't know other people jammed Delain here. Good soundoff man.
    August 29 08:24 PM
  • NocteDominum https://thesonicsensory.com/join-the-team/ Hey dude. Hope you seriously consider.
    June 22 09:06 AM
  • ijy10152 So I've read a few of your reviews and I really like your writing style. I help manage the website Progulator.com and I was wondering if you'd like to write with us.
    June 15 01:52 AM
  • Piripichotes nah man, I was being serious! Hope you make it, not so many metal reviewers around...
    February 25 10:49 AM
  • Piripichotes LOL, I like that mashup of KSE and MorsPcpmEst.... I thought you'd be busy and wet from listening to the new Kanye....
    February 18 06:32 AM

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