Kenneth E. Rathburn

Reviews 75
Approval 96%

Soundoffs 411
Album Ratings 412
Objectivity 74%

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

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musical taste

favorite bands
Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror
Darker, heavier and more consistent than At the Edge of Time, Blind Guardian prove themselves as one of the most relevant, consistent and mature power metal bands alive today. Their sound has enough of a nostalgic core sound mixed with contemporary touches, be it from the solid production to the nice, occasional uses of choirs, to make Beyond the Red Mirror a stellar claim to the throne that their peers have slipped out of.
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
I'm not partial to Napalm Death, nor do I care for their musical style...so why does this album rub me the right way? It's like death and thrash metal had a love child with meatier vocals. Pun totally intended.
Orden Ogan Ravenhead
Five albums into their career and Orden Ogan aren't doing much to innovate, just a nice, consistent blend of power metal with enough seriousness to keep a certain identity and position worth getting behind, regardless of how niche the market for such music might be.
Lost in Thought Opus Arise
Pulling together a mesh of light progressive structures and faint power metal touches, Opus Arise makes for a flawed but occasionally compelling and surprisingly catchy debut. Should Lost in Thought follow up, it'd be interesting to see them either continue said approach to tackle something more straightforward and down to earth.
Epica Design Your Universe
Design Your Universe has most of the right ingredients in place, it just isn't cooked to its greatest potential. The taste is satisfying without impressing.
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Alcest craft a soundscape that's relaxing with harsh edges around a number of corners and crevices, meshing styles that would otherwise feel counter-intuitive. The final result is more surprising than one might expect, as the harmony created falls into place quickly and easily. You may actually be surprised how such a dynamic is quick to show off its best moments, but the entire journey is just enough to feel sufficient.
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
Bruce and company are still kicking and churning, probably more than they have the right to; the
band are officially 40 years old, most of them in their late 50's (or older). Despite its makers'
age, The Book of Souls doesn't pull punches, from the beefy production to the overall performance
and the album's own runtime. This double-album clocks in at over 90 minutes, and though Maiden
have long employed lengthy tracks, this is the first that feels truly bloated because of it. Yes,
every song is competently played and handled, each one as enjoyable as the next, with the
culminating 18-minute e

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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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