Kenneth E. Rathburn

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Last Active 04-16-17 10:12 am
Joined 07-06-09

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DragonForce Reaching into Infinity
Step 1: Set album to play in background.

Step 2: Load up your most frantic sci-fi/fantasy videogame.

Step 3: Caffeine.

Step 4: Enjoy.
Swallow the Sun Hope
Takes the shifts made in Ghosts of Loss and runs a bit further with them, for better or for worse. The sound is smoothed out without losing its bark or edge, but there does seem to be less pull than what Ghosts of Loss and The Morning Never Came relished in. Make no mistake, it's still there and completely tangible, just not in a way that grabs you the same way as before.
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
I listen almost strictly to heavy metal and tend to turn my nose up to rap and hip-hop, yet for some reason or another this gets my head nodding. That has to count for something.
Swallow the Sun Ghosts Of Loss
Improves upon its predecessor in some ways, such as a slightly tighter focus on atmosphere, but in other ways it loses some cohesion, but not enough to last more than a stretch of a track at a time. For my money, this is easier to return to than their debut. But you really can't go wrong with either of these fine slices of melodic contemporary doom metal, provided that's what you're looking for.
Iced Earth Incorruptible
Marginally better (but still more enjoyable) than Dystopia and a relatively nice bounce-back from Plagues of Babylon. Iced Earth are at a point where we really can't expect any curveballs, even from Stu Block. All of Incorruptible feels like a retread over previous material from Dark Saga onward, which isn't a bad thing; this allows the album to feel just varied enough to keep listeners committed until the end.
Trees of Eternity Hour Of The Nightingale
A strange experience to listen to; Hour of the Nightingale is, in many ways, an accessible album that's also difficult to swallow in its entirety. The production wonderfully brings the thin threads of life which do exist to the forefront, resulting in something that can easily pull listeners in, but leave them with a sense of loss and sorrow which is difficult to endure. It's almost like an emulation of the emotional journey which technically concluded for Raivio and Stanbridge last year, but the recency of this backstory still rings strength and hollowness at the same time.
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Absolutely cold and positively crushing work that deserves a spot in just about any doom metal enthusiast's collection. The sparse use of chilling female vocals with a variety of growls and borderline screams is a great way to provide contrast in a way that, well, contrasts with what many other bands end up doing (mostly cleans with occasional harsh vocals). Oh, and did I mention the atmosphere is quite luscious?

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  • Jom You should be all set. It looks like you changed your e-mail recently and never got the confirmation e-mail. Thanks for letting me know!
    February 28 07:43 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.
    February 27 10:03 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)
    February 27 09:33 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Hey, good job getting contributor dude. You've put some awesome feedback on my reviews before plus you reviewed all of Katatonias albums and that alone makes you awesome in my book.
    February 27 03:50 PM
  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM

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