Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 02-10-17 12:22 am
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Sorority Noise You're Not As ____ As You Think
On its own, You're Not As _____ As You Think is a pretty decent emo/indie rock record. It doesn't really do much for me other than remind me of better music than this, but it's good enough. When you add the context that this is the third project in about a year on which Cameron Boucher is still in mourning, it just sort of becomes really, really redundant. He dealt with this issue marvelously on Sorority Noise's last EP (which was bemoaned by people who ignored how good it actually was because it wasn't the Sorority Noise they knew before), and with the last Old Gray full-length, which provided even more context and backstory while a
Pig Destroyer 38 Counts of Battery
When you really break it down, Pig Destroyer is a pretty simple grind band. The deal with them is, they have all the intangibles in the world at their disposal. 38 Counts Of Battery chronicles their first few years as a band, and while they'd still have a bit to go before they reached their peak, the blueprints were perfectly laid out. No bass? Doesn't matter when you riff this hard. J.R. Hayes is an absolute monstrosity as a vocalist (especially on those demo tracks and the tracks of the split with Orchid, whew), but he's just as good of a lyricist. When in the world are you actually convinced to pay attention to the lyrics on a gri
Napalm Death Utopia Banished
The seemingly endless revolving door of stylistic shifts and band members would begin to slow for Napalm Death after the release of Utopia Banished. It was their first effort with current drummer Danny Herrera, and the deathgrind (quite literally grindcore with a pinch of death metal influence, in their case, rather than an equal mixture) that would characterize most of the rest of their career would begin to settle in as well. In a way, this makes Utopia Banished a transitional effort for the group; it's got some burners, but overall it's relatively standard stuff that is nowhere near as refined or charismatic as some of th
Thou/The Body Released From Love
The first and lesser of two collaborative efforts between two southern-born doom metal giants in The Body and Thou, Released From Love lays out a very solid blueprint for their full-length collab You, Whom I Have Always Hated and is a pretty good EP on it's own. The two bands play to each other's strengths, with The Body's deconstructionist take on doom mixing well with Thou's venomous, yet melancholic style. Both Chip King and David Funck are top-notch with their vocals, especially on the surprisingly awesome Vic Chesnutt cover "Coward". The production makes everything sound absolutely massive, like some sort of slow-moving
Suis La Lune Riala
It's pretty hard to believe this was self-produced, because this has some of the best production of any screamo record out there. That guitar tone is absolutely magnificent and perfect in every way for Suis La Lune's style of screamo. Riala is the group's most melodic work, as well as being their most memorable and catchy. The band themselves claim these songs as "complex pop" masquerading as screamo, but it's a bit deeper than that. Riala is also the band's most evocative and passionate record, going a bit against the grain with the shift into less chaotic songwriting. Every song here is one-hundred percent top-tier Suis La
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage
The thing that usually keeps me from giving certain jazz albums a 4.5 or a 5 is that they have little in the way of memorability. Ask me to whistle anything off of Soultrane and you'll get nothing. It's usually the atmospheres and the passion heard that do it for me, even in the face of songwriting that hits every nail on the head besides memorability. Maiden Voyage eschews this problem quite well while retaining a discernible atmosphere (in this case, it's quite nautical), seeing as how it's bookends have some immediately recognizable and memorable lines on them. Herbie Hancock composed this record to be smooth modal, but w
Those Who Walk Away The Infected Mass
Music affected by death is some of, if not the most, powerful forms of art out there. Just in the last sixteen months, albums like Blackstar, Skeleton Tree, Stage Four, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Legends Never Die, You Want It Darker, and A Crow Looked At Me deal directly with the death of someone close to the artist or the artist themselves. After his brother perished in a plane crash, Matthew Patton started making music under the moniker Those Who Walk Away to try and make sense of death and the everlasting effects it has on everyone. The Infected Mass is teary-eye

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  • Dewinged I see, I enjoy your soundoff write-ups anyway ;) I may try to come up with some review for that album then.
    March 3 12:08 AM
  • Dewinged Man after reading that King Woman soundoff you should totally make a review dude!
    March 2 07:35 PM
  • brainmelter your soundoffs are great man
    February 19 01:30 AM
  • OvDeath thanks for the kind words about the new alb
    February 14 07:49 AM
  • modpack **** yes my mans. god bless you.
    February 10 03:05 AM

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