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08-04-13 6:01 pm
Wish You Were Here
An amazing progressive album. The subdued parts go on longer than I'd like, I understand wanting the songs to build, but this album is by far at it's best after it explodes open.
Paradise Gallows shoes a heavy Neurosis influence, particularly on the excellent title track and Violent Constellations. The later of the two even trails off to sound a bit like Gorguts later on. While there are some great songs, the biggest thing holding this album back may be it's own ambition and grandiosity.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar
It's surprising to hear the band that made my favorite all-time folk metal album back in the 90' just released an electronic prog-pop album. What's more shocking is that it's actually good. If it had a darker tone, you could probably convince me that Trent Reznor had something to do with it. If that isn't an endorsement of quality, I don't know what is. So Falls the World is the best track.
Emperor of Sand
Emperor of Sand is by far Mastodon's most varied release to date, borrowing heavily from the sounds of each of their previous albums, with perhaps the exception of Remission. While all of the songs are very good, standouts are Word to the Wise for its catchy and emotional sounding chorus, the Leviathan-esque Scorpion Breath and epic closer Jaguar God. Containing Mastodon's trademarked riffs and catchy choruses means that this will likely only become better with more listens.
Heartless is a fucking beautiful mixture of catchy riffs, hypnotic vocals and well-integrated solos. Pallbearer have taken the excellent sound from Foundations of Burden and drenched it with 70's hard rock/metal influence. While all of the songs are fantastic, Lie of Survival, Dancing in Madness, the title-track and A Plea for Understamding are standouts. It's saying something when half of a great all-around album stands out.
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
It is important to have a strong opening track, but that can sometimes be a two edged sword. That is the case with this self titled album given that Grind is not only a strong opener, but easily the albums best song. That means that the listener is left waiting for that high point the rest of the album. That isn't to say that there aren't other good songs, as ones like Sludge Factory, Heaven Beside You and So Close certainly fit that bill. The issue is that many of the other songs are so strikingly mediocre, examples of these are Brush Away, Shame in You and Frogs. Normally having an average song or two wouldn't be as bad, but when there are
My War starts off quite well, seeing Black Flag slow
down considerably from what they have done before.
There are some entertaining riffs, with the album
being highlighted by Forever Time and The Swinging
Man. Unfortunately, from there the final three songs
slow down Even more, essentially to a doom pace.
This is not a good sound for Black Flag, as their
guitar is far too thin sounding, lacking the crunch
required for good doom. These three songs should
have absolutely been kept off the record.
u ever gonna comment on anything m8
May 1 04:30 PM
How can you like enslaved but not like isa?
August 10 10:03 PM
Why so many soundoffs and no comments?
August 10 02:53 PM
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