|UserReviews 5Approval 75%Soundoffs 67Album Ratings 66Objectivity 88%Last Active 08-11-11 11:10 amJoined 03-27-10Forum Posts 4Review Comments 435
| ||Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession|
Ug, The Long Procession is really, really good. Amia Venera Landscape put work by similar contemporaries Devil Sold His Soul and Rinoa to shame rather easily. But here's the thing that sucks: it's too fucking long. The band uses up all of its ideas by the time "Marasm" is in the midst of escalating to the heavens. It's frustrating. Just cut the fat next time, and they'll have an easy metalcore-atmospheric sludge-post-hardcore-whatever classic on their hands.
| ||Panda Bear Person Pitch|
If Person Pitch is precisely most of what Animal Collective do right . . .
| ||Panda Bear Tomboy|
. . . then Tomboy is precisely most of what Animal Collective do wrong.
| ||Septic Flesh The Great Mass|
In general, The Great Mass' sound shouldn't be all that impressive given what the Greek symphonic death metal band had to work with when going into its conception - their choir and orchestra - so, yes, it's certainly grandiose to say the least. However, they could have done much more with this thing. Base songwriting has improved, too; and the harsh vocals of Seth Antoniou are just as potent as ever. The cleans, well - not so much. It's unfortunate that with each release Septic Flesh continue to downplay their death metal element, though, and The Great Mass is no exception either. Theatrical metal gets no better, an
| ||Radiohead Kid A|
"That there / That's not me / I go / Where I please / I walk through walls / I float down the Liffey / I'm not here / This isn't happening / I'm not here / I'm not here / In a little while / I'll be gone / The moment's already passed / Yeah it's gone / And I'm not here / This isn't happening / I'm not here / I'm not here / Strobe lights and blown speakers / Fireworks and hurricanes / I'm not here / This isn't happening / I'm not here / I'm not here"
| ||Gonzales Solo Piano|
This is like during a drizzling Sunday morning, on your second cup of coffee, while somewhere, in the back of your mind, is a lingering, nagging feeling that there is a term paper that you need to finish. But for now, you have time to enjoy the light 'tapping' of rain on the window, the calm before your roommate wakes from a drunken stupor no doubt birthed from a rowdy Saturday night before. Gonzales' Solo Piano is a sweet reminder of the simple, uncomplicated pleasures of life, brief as they often may be - modern piano pieces as warm as they are delicate.
| ||Arms and Sleepers The Organ Hearts|
Interestingly, The Organ Hearts turns out to be a rather dull and passable offering from the reasonably prolific Arms and Sleepers. Tracks featuring the vocals of Ben Sheppard seem ambiguous and slight-of-hand compared to Sleepers' past albums, and while I'm no admirer of any electronic-based reviews from a scene-ish 'zine like Rocksound, I believe the writer's quote, "this is an album that's much easier to admire than to love", rings with a whole lot of truth when describing The Organ Hearts: it's pretty, but there isn't all that much here worth returning to.
|srm90 Just so you know, Paoli did not play drums on Oracles for Fleshgod. He was actually the guitarist/vocalist at the time (Tommaso's current position, who didn't join the band until later on after Oracles had been released). Mauro Mercurio (former drummer of Hour of Penance) was the session drummer for Oracles. They later had trouble finding a drummer, so Paoli decided to fill the spot himself and Tommaso was brought in to fill his previous role.|
|GnarlyShillelagh I got'cha. I briefly scanned a couple of your reviews and obviously read a few of your soundoffs, and you have a real talent for writing! Since you listen to albums enough to fully digest them, you might as well pump out a few reviews while you're at it. I'm trying to get into writing a few reviews myself, and I'm currently trying to find good writers whose reviews I can read to try and get better. You're certainly a lot better than some of the random reviewers I've been reading lately, haha|
|mitch91 I know, such a shame they've split up! Would love to see them live/hear a new album.|