Ben Kuettel

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Last Active 08-29-16 10:12 pm
Joined 08-26-12

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The Pineapple Thief Your Wilderness
Periphery Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Periphery perhaps come too hot on the heels of the Juggernaut albums with their weakest release yet. The first song sounds like a joke, especially Spencer's contributions. Motormouth has a badass Koloss by Meshuggah sounding breakdown, but other than that lacks memorability. Most of the tracks follow the same way in one form or another, as the band could really benefit from being more melodic. They need to focus on something for a bit, instead of drastically changing what's happening in the song every minute or two. Habitual Line-Stepper is the worst offender in that regard, at least having a cool melodic guitar section. Rem
Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked
Coldworld Autumn
After a lengthy eight years of inactivity, Coldworld returns with one of the best metal albums of 2016. Autumn features a plethora of added instrumentation and melodic vocals not heard before from the one-man black metal project. It's reminiscent of last year's Autumn Eternal by Panopticon in this way, even featuring folk instrumentation and female vocals. This makes for a large departure from Coldworld's rawer debut, with Autumn embodying a full range of sounds for a more polished, superior offering that even has moments of optimism, particularly within the post-rock influenced "Womb of Emptiness" and the folkish "
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky
Be forewarned, Kayo Dot takes the sci-fi aspects of Coffins on Io and turns it up to 11. The band members paint a surreal picture, in the form of the abstract and mind-altering sounds of the future. The music here is dense and unrelentingly dynamic, with no real reprieve until the beautiful outro track. Avant-garde and electronic musical styles, along with the lyrics, conjures forth strange imagery of a decrepit, alien future reminiscent of Bladerunner and the work of David Lynch. Plastic House on Beach of Sky is not a far cry from Coffins..., but embodies an identity of its own with electrifying energy and incredib
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Swans The Glowing Man
Meditative and hypnotic, The Glowing Man possesses even less traditional song structures than the band's previous efforts. It contains more serene soundscapes than To Be Kind, with no bangers in the form of "Oxygen" to be found. Some nods toward their gothic past take the form of the shorter tracks, while longer epics require the listener's full patience to completely absorb. It bears a few too many similarities to To Be Kind, but The Glowing Man stands as a fantastic outing nonetheless, and one of the highlights of the year.

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  • Mongi123 Nice man, enjoy! And also, eventually. Their recent efforts are just soooooooo unnecessarily looooong lol
    August 29 09:24 PM
  • Mongi123 See I just love overwhelming albums like that I guess. Definitely give it another listen it deserves it.
    August 29 11:18 AM
  • Mongi123 I'm just hopeful about JEW because the single was solid. And what record you talking about? Dust And Disquiet??
    August 29 10:41 AM
  • Mongi123 Oh don't feel bad I just find it funny haha dude I forgot how stacked Sept is! Plus new Jimmy Eat World and Mono in October!
    August 28 10:47 PM
  • Mongi123 Why not just never rate? I'm like oh that's see what Ben's been listening to and then whatever you rate is gone the next day it's funny lol You should jam Caspian more man, been jamming them hard lately they're soooo great. Dust And Disquiet I think will be a 5 with another listen.
    August 28 10:01 PM

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