Alabaster Jones

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Soundoffs 666
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Last Active 03-19-16 3:32 am
Joined 06-28-13

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Death The Sound of Perseverance
It's easily the most divisive record out of the famous "final four" of metal innovators Death, and that in and of itself should warrant it a listen, but one cannot deny the significant shift in songwriting heard on The Sound Of Perseverance, regardless of how one feels about the quality. What was once a technical death metal band with progressive leanings was now deeply entrenched in the progressive side of things, with the technicality on display only to bolster that. One need only hear "Spirit Crusher", considered by many to be Death's finest moment, to understand this songwriting prowess (though most every other song here displays this alm
James Blake CMYK
Here's where James Blake's forward-thinking style of dubstep and garage began to realize its potential. The opener/title-track is a stunning mission statement, being not only the best track on the album and his most well-crafted song up until that point, but one of the cornerstones for this style of dubstep as a whole. The samples weave within each other seamlessly and even the slightest blip is important to the final product. It sounds calculated without sounding manufactured, and that's truly worthy of praise. Though the last three tracks don't quite meet the standard the opener set, they're still just as good, if not better, than most of t
Kodak Black Lil B.I.G. Pac
It's becoming an increasingly rare story to hear about an artist making his way in the world through little other than word of mouth, but that's exactly how Dieuson Octave, better known as Kodak Black, has made it as far as he's gone. Though sometimes criticized for sounding too much like his idols, namely Gucci Mane and Boosie, the buck stops here. On Lil Big Pac, Kodak sounds like himself, moreso than on any other mixtape of his. To prove this, he even has both Gucci and Boosie feature on a couple of tracks, tracks on which the difference between them is apparent now more than ever. Elsewhere, it's very solid and occasionally excellent trap
The Microphones Don't Wake Me Up
Even though I'm in hell, I know it's going to work. I'm waiting, just like you waited for me. I'll see you in dreams for two weeks. I hope you miss me. Im getting stronger for you, love. The last few days have been impossible to live. True love fills my heart, but the rest feels dead. Before you can come and bring me back to life. I know you can come to bring me back to life.
Autechre Chiastic Slide
I swear I can feel the roof of my mouth tingle during the ending minutes of "Nuane". It's a bit misleading to call Chiastic Slide a transitional album for Autechre, as if their sound all throughout their discography hasn't been a constantly-evolving beast of glitchy, textured IDM, but it's certainly the closest one they have. This does not, however, make it lesser in quality (for my part, it's slightly better than Amber but not quite as good as Tri Repetae). Rather, the album is an amorphous ocean, swelling and quelling with a balance of pulsing, layered IDM teetering on ambient techno and free-form electronic spasticness complete with explos
Miles Davis The Musing of Miles
It's not necessarily an essential listen by any means, but The Musings Of Miles does give further insight into what Davis was trying to concoct in the realm of cool jazz. Though only two tracks here are that prototypical cool jazz style, Davis himself wrote one of them in closer "Green Haze" (the only song written by him that appears here other than the hard bop "I Didn't") and, though he didn't write it, he does perform a great rendition of "I See Your Face Before Me". The other tracks are all upbeat hard bop renditions of songs written by other people, though the penultimate track "A Night In Tunisia" is an excellent track and the best song
G.L.O.S.S. Trans Day Of Revenge
It's only been a little more than a year and a half, and the wonderful ladies of G.L.O.S.S. have already blessed us with six more minutes of the most pissed-off, violence-endorsing hardcore punk you're going to hear all year. It's a meatier, more well-produced and polished version of their debut demo, but that doesn't mean they skimp on the rawness at all. They still have an attitude that rings out as one of the most undeniable in the current punk scene, and listeners can still hear every ounce of frustrated passion they put into it. Simply put, just please give us a full-length soon!

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  • wwyd agreed so hard. you're speaking to my soul.
    March 28 06:14 PM
  • wwyd so ****ing demented. it conjures the most uncomfortable atmosphere I think I've ever experienced in music. I love it. I'm so glad that you feel the same way! :)
    March 28 04:59 PM
  • Hep Kat Discogs is usually more reliable FYI
    March 7 06:49 PM
  • Hep Kat Just a correction for yer Fresh Kill s/o: PJ Russo didn't play guitar for them during the period this material was recorded and released. The founding guitarist was Mike Hunchback
    March 7 06:31 PM
  • Hawks Your soundoff for that new Oranssi Pazuzu record is perfect, exact same way I feel about it.
    March 3 12:44 PM

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