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Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Fun listen. Emo/post-hardcore combination that is undoubtedly a product of its time, but it's well-made. There are a few great tracks ("Bullet Theory," "Juneau," "Red Is the New Black"), and though some of the material falls through the cracks ("Moments Forever Faded," "Waking Up") there is a nice dose of variety with an acoustic ballad ("Your Revolution Is a Joke") and an extended build-up ("Novella").
3.0
02.10.17
Jacob Sartorius Last Text
I am convinced that there exists a laboratory, somewhere close to the Earth's core, wherein every few years diabolical scientists manufacture pubescent, quasi-heartthrob vocalists to infest airwaves across the country with sterile, sonic pablum. With Justin Bieber approaching the ripe old age of 23, legacy sullied by numerous juvenile hi-jinks, and the Jonas Brothers but a distant image on the horizon of jejunity, it appears the scientists have been back at work. From the ashes of those once-mighty pop warriors has arisen a phoenix of similarly infantile proportions. Hair quiffed with airbrush-like perfection, Thrasher skateboard T-shirt at t
1.0
02.09.17
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Some catchy choruses ("Silver and Cold," "Girl's Not Grey"), but I can't totally get into this record. I'm clamoring for more instrumental excitement, and I'm not big on these screams. The dark atmosphere is effective, though, and I like the unexpected touches (the end of "Death of Seasons").
3.0
02.05.17
In Flames Come Clarity
A bit of an awkward, same-y, overproduced listen, but it's fun. The title track manages to just avoid melodrama and become in the process the best song on the record, "Leeches" is a headbanger with some unnecessary synths and an absurdly catchy chorus, and the guitarwork is excellent throughout. Other highlights are "Reflect the Storm" and "Our Infinite Struggle". The rest is passable-- the only song that doesn't work is the closer, which builds an intriguing atmosphere, only to be awkwardly interrupted by blaring heavy stuff for a minute before ending.
3.0
02.05.17
Funeral for a Friend Hours
Pretty bland overall. "Monsters" is head and shoulders above the rest of the songs. "Streetcar" is pretty good too, I guess, but it doesn't blow me away. A couple of cheesy but endearing ballads are present, too ("History," "Drive"). You could do a lot worse than Hours, but I'm not going to provide it a ringing endorsement. Note there are almost no screams here -- the band is going in a poppier direction (that's not an indictment, but an observation).
2.5
02.03.17
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
This furiously shredtastic guitar virtuoso record transcends its relatively shabby production thanks to a fantastic performance from Tosin Abasi and numerous memorable moments (the space-tinged bridge on "Tempting Time," the Meshuggah-esque chugging of "CAFO"). The songwriting is a bit loose/overblown in spots, but on the whole this is among the best instrumental metal albums of the 2000's. Animals as Leaders' best release.
4.0
02.01.17
Metallica ...And Justice for All
This is one of Metallica's stronger offerings. "Blackened" is a solid thrasher, "One" is... well, everyone knows it, and the instrumental "To Live Is to Die" is actually quite good too. A couple of dull tunes ("Eye of the Beholder," "The Shortest Straw") and nigh inaudible bass bring the score down.
3.5
01.17.17

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