The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
2.5
08.26.16
Norma Jean Polar Similar
2.5
08.19.16
Jute Gyte Perdurance
3.5
08.17.16
Insomnium Winter's Gate
Never cared too much for Insomnium (or melodeath in general) but this was a hell of a great listening experience.
I've always scoffed at the great heights of their albums and passed them off as typical Finnish melodrama. But
here there is a lot of intelligent restraint and admirable maturity. It's a 40 minute nonstop track but there's an
immense amount of content that spans a lot of styles. It's really theatrical and dramatic death metal that's often
times staggeringly beautiful.

3.7
4.0
08.17.16
Inquisition Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The
basal simplicity belies a startlingly atmospheric and compulsively listenable metal album
4.0
08.17.16
Mare Cognitum Luminiferous Aether
I've come to hate "atmospheric black metal" since it's all made of the same husk but with different padding. Mare Cognitum always impresses with a great understanding of what makes the subgenre work. He's always showing a surprising amount of restraint that--even when a song is stretching past the 12-minute mark--makes the piece feel like a logical whole made up of necessary parts. Luminiferous Aether is solid, modern atmospheric black metal from one hell of a savvy musician.
3.5
08.15.16
Oranssi Pazuzu Värähtelijä
P gr8.
3.5
08.15.16
Suffocation Pierced from Within
4.0
08.11.16