Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 73
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 394
Album Ratings 395
Objectivity 74%

Last Active 09-10-11 3:19 pm
Joined 07-06-09

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Nightwish Imaginaerum
After several listens, I've come to the conclusion that this is the most frustrating Nightwish album to date (including Endless Forms Most Beautiful). Everything presented should--and technically does--work, but something about how the tracks flow and mesh together simply doesn't. Going from the double-dose of "Storytime" and "Ghost River" to the strangely classical "Slow Love Slow," for instance, is more bizarre than it needs to be. Another oddity is the fact the slower moments feel like they intrude upon the album a little too much. There's a classic in here, one that shines through concepts and song fragments, but the entire package co
God Is an Astronaut Helios/Erebus
Varied and atmospheric, with enough ambient moments to boot, Helios/Erebus hosts a lean yet subtly potent collection of tracks perfect for simultaneous relaxation and stimulation. If, like me, you're new to post-rock, this is an excellent place to start.
Pagan's Mind Heavenly Ecstasy
A catchy, casual slab of power and oh so light progressive metal, Heavenly Ecstasy feels poised to deliver a completely enjoyable package, but it loses its charge halfway through, effectively dispelling the otherwise compelling.
Omnium Gatherum Beyond
Omnium Gatherum continue from New World Shadows with less of a push and more of a slide; Beyond is a finer product that encourages repeat listens more than any of their previous albums. The contrast of low vocals and dark instrumental play with strangely tranquil ambiance--characteristic of doom--is an effective strategy that helps them craft a personable identity. What it lacks in innovation or creativity, it makes up for in effectiveness.
Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows
A proper melodic death metal expression, littered with progressive and melancholic touches that affirms Omnium Gatherum as an established act. Dark Tranquillity and Amorphis fans are beyond encouraged to check this out.
Omnium Gatherum Years in Waste
A safe, slightly messier retread of their debut album; Years in Waste falls into a rut of enjoyable yet unremarkable melodic death metal.
Omnium Gatherum Spirits And August Light
Omnium Gatherum's debut isn't one of innovation or re-invigoration for a hammered genre. It is, however, a more tried-and-true approach to melancholic melodic death metal with a mid-section that borders on showcase-worthy. Genre diehards and hardcores will get what they want, maybe even a bit more.

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  • scottpilgrim10 Well that's good, ODESZA was kinda boring so I'd recommend starting out with the classics of the genre
    September 14 11:45 AM
  • scottpilgrim10 you've been on sput for over 5 years, and you never checked electronic music until now?
    September 13 08:50 PM
  • ChoccyPhilly Looking forward to the Sonata Arctica discog man. One of my favourite bands for sure and I'd love to see their threads more active on this site
    August 21 09:26 PM
  • OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see
    July 21 10:11 PM
  • DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent).
    December 5 08:22 PM

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