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| ||Abbath Abbath|
Abbath's solo outing is clearly a product of our time; a time where nostalgia is sweeping over the masses. The thrash/black metal combo sounds fresh here because it goes back to black metal's roots, which were in thrash metal. As a result, the album is one of the more fun black metal albums in recent memory, yet it's also one of the least interesting and, ultimately, forgettable. Great background music, but when you sit down and focus on the music, it doesn't quite hold up.
| ||Alcest Kodama|
Kodoma exhibits much of what made its predecessors so enjoyable and wraps the nuances together with a little something new. The end result is an album that evokes nostalgia and invokes inspiration. My only grievance is that the album feels too brief, it's one or two tracks away from feeling like a full course, and ultimately comes off as abrupt when "Onyx" leaves us hitting the repeat button.
| ||Epica The Holographic Principle|
Somehow more of a show-off than The Quantum Enigma, yet also less glamorous. What's surprising is how the music remains thoroughly enjoyable, through the thick waves of cheesy, over-the-top themes. A lot more growling vocals than before this time too, reinforcing the edgier sound thanks to some great guitar riffs. Simone is also more noteworthy here than the last album, which is always a plus. Overall, this has the potential to be a grower, but even if it isn't, one could argue it actually trumps its glorious predecessor.
| ||Sonata Arctica The Ninth Hour|
Boy oh boy does the cheese flow here, but perhaps that's why I've found myself enjoying it. Even without being all that heavy or representative of Sonata Arctica's best work, The Ninth Hour is a fair, casual listen that keeps me entertained. Nothing more, nothing less.
| ||Rammstein Mutter|
High quality industrial metal that tackles some dark subject matter while also being endearingly fun.
| ||Cauldron In Ruin|
Catchy, casual 70's/80's throwback. This is a no-frills deal; you'll know exactly what you're in for listening to any of the nine tracks. Fair background music for an 80's themed party that's nearing its end.
| ||Delain Moonbathers|
Moonbathers leaves a strong first impression, and while it's still a fun album, showcasing
some of Delain's strongest moments, it still feels like the band are holding themselves
back. I'm still clinging to a thread of hope that they'll get adventurous with their sound.
They'll continue to be enjoyable, no doubt, but sooner or later listeners will grow
disinterested by that, unless we get something totally fresh and exciting.
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