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|4.3 superb||Andrew Gold | March 7th 13|
In Vain return with a worthy follow up to Mantra, increasing their melodic side and replacing the dense atmosphere of its predecessor with a cleaner counterpart fit with orchestral synths and saxophone solos. The instrumentation is as strong as ever, as is the songwriting, but the clean production does detract from the atmosphere a bit. I'd say this easily surpasses Mantra, and apart from the awkward spoken word segment in 'Culmination of the Enigma,' didn't disappoint in the slightest.
'Floating on the Murmuring Tide' is one of the best tracks of 2013 thus far.
4 Bumps | Bump
|0.0 ||Aziz CONTRIBUTOR | March 6th 13|
is this the new tool album
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|4.5 superb||Niels | March 6th 13|
I'm on the second listen and I'm very impressed. Hope it lasts.
edit: it does
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|4.0 excellent||Solbrave | March 13th 13|
Hymne til Havet made me cry manly, manly tears of joy.
|4.5 superb||geasoftime | March 11th 13|
I predict seeing this on many a year-end list. their strongest work by far.
|0.0 ||RevenantBlue | March 11th 13|
I thought the album title was "Aenima" for a second and I was about to start flipping tables
|0.0 ||Toretto | March 10th 13|
Regarding the production, sometimes I get the impression that people think Mantra is their first album. Well, The Latter Rain had this polished production also, and it's still their best album, but this Aenima is superb.
|4.0 excellent||TheFantasticDangler | March 6th 13|
Better than Mantra, but the clean production kind of takes away from their character. After
several more listens its apparent In Vain focuses on progressive song structures, ambiance
and melody. It follows in the direction of Mantra, where sporadic song writing, standout
riffs, and general experimentation are diluted. Unlike the two previous releases, Aenigma is
much more fluid and consistent. The lack of experimentation, and the overly pristine
production prevent it from surpassing The Latter Rain.
Hey Toretto, production was a WHOLE lot different on the last two albums, especially The
|2.5 average||tnd | May 30th 13|
|4.0 excellent||J1996 | May 14th 13|
|4.5 superb||MaM | May 14th 13|
|4.0 excellent||JMH90 | April 23rd 13|
|4.5 superb||Defcol | April 18th 13|
|4.0 excellent||DANcore | April 18th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Chris | April 2nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||Vak | March 31st 13|
|4.5 superb||Nifkin | March 29th 13|
|5.0 classic||ViC122 | March 28th 13|
|3.0 good||Pesty | March 28th 13|
|4.0 excellent||rid | March 27th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Warpt | March 25th 13|
|3.0 good||Lambda | March 17th 13|
|4.0 excellent||OllieS | March 17th 13|
|4.0 excellent||alsid | March 17th 13|
|4.5 superb||leycec | March 13th 13|
|4.5 superb||max13x | March 9th 13|
|4.0 excellent||bloc | March 6th 13|
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