| ||Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'||3.5|
| ||As Oceans Willows|
Checks all the right boxes of Meshuggah worship, but the real treat here is the pacing and assembly. Frequent ambient breaks and suspenseful dropouts make for a much more engaging experience than typical pounding chaos. At half an hour, the album is also short enough to keep its momentum all the way through. Very good overall listen.
| ||DragonForce Maximum Overload|
I miss ZP and his potty mouth. I miss long songs with like five harmonized solo sections. I miss guitar delay-ridden epic intros. I miss the things that made Dragonforce...Dragonforce. Repetitive and ridiculous, but different than any other band out there. And that was worth coming back for every now and then.
| ||Paysage d'Hiver Einsamkeit||3.0|
| ||Taravana Stone the Sophist||3.0|
| ||Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun|
Sweet Jesus, Brent threw pieces of Hearts Alive, Bladecatcher, All the Heavy Lifting, and Elephant Man into Ember City's solo. That was crazy cool.
| ||Yes Relayer||4.5|
| ||Paysage d'Hiver Schattengang|
Moloch is a strange track, with electronic bursts and rock riffs and drums in parts, but it's kinda cool. Die Zief is more like classic Paysage and it's bitchin', especially with that wolf kill sample. Good overall album, but not on par with Paysage's best.