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Scale the Summit In a World of Fear
Each Scale the Summit album has, up to this point, felt like an evolution or progression from the last. Even V had the benefit and appeal of being more relaxed and naturalistic, if you will. The thing with this album is that it simply feels like a side-step, because it's largely the same album as its predecessor. Is it enjoyable? Absolutely, and the lack of technical wizardry at work is something I don't mind--I actually welcome it to some extent. Is that necessarily what other fans of the band want? Maybe not, and that's fine.
3.5
05.21.17
Pyramaze Contingent
Carbon copy of its predecessor, just with some different subject matter.
3.0
05.17.17
Ghost Bath Starmourner
The biggest problem with this album is that it's just too long and doesn't even come close to earning half of its length (over 70 minutes). There are some good aspects and qualities, but they get lost in a mix of music that becomes more tiresome and confusingly awkward as things go on. Your experience will come down to some degree of tolerance, but objectively speaking, nothing much to note in the grand scheme of things.
2.5
05.17.17
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
The first real move Dark Tranquillity made towards their trademark contemporary sound (up through Fiction at least), the results being less impressive than The Gallery but still more than solid on its own merits.
3.5
05.15.17
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer
A damn fine debut, arguably better than a few of the band's later albums by a decent margin. Classic, traditional melodic death metal in one of its purest, most enjoyable forms.
4.0
05.15.17
Moonspell Night Eternal
Dark, atmospheric, occasionally gloomy and even riff-induced, Night Eternal is an easy album to get behind. The blend of bite and melody is damn-near impeccable, and the band showcase their punctual efforts with barely a moment of hesitation. Simply put, this is a thoroughly enjoyable through and through.
4.0
05.12.17
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
One of Iced Earth's sloggiest affairs, The Crucible of Man shows that it takes more than the return of a band's most established frontman to make magic work, especially considering the Barlow albums were rather good. The greatest offense this album commits isn't that it's absurdly bad (hardly the case), but rather that it feels like Iced Earth at their lowest caliber, while the rest of their discography hit with enough strength to do more than tingle the ears.
2.5
05.12.17

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  • Jom You should be all set. It looks like you changed your e-mail recently and never got the confirmation e-mail. Thanks for letting me know!
    February 28 07:43 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.
    February 27 10:03 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)
    February 27 09:33 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Hey, good job getting contributor dude. You've put some awesome feedback on my reviews before plus you reviewed all of Katatonias albums and that alone makes you awesome in my book.
    February 27 03:50 PM
  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM

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