Kenneth E. Rathburn

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

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Anubis Gate Covered In Black
Imagine a psychological horror movie with three or four antagonists. They'd all be interesting if they didn't have so little screentime to compromise their development. This album is the musical equivalent to that.
Shylmagoghnar Emergence
Organically up-tempo progressive melodic death metal sure to satisfy fans of In Mourning and Novembre. The three would make a hell of tour, if it ever happened.
Soulfallen Grave New World
Some nice moments knitted into an otherwise rudimentary dark melodic album. The greatest appeal an album like this has is its various influences, but the problem is they never come together in a way that makes it feel like a defined vision. Soulfallen simply don't own their sound here.
Dawn of Solace The Darkness
Probably one of Tuomas Saukkonen's better projects, which makes it all the more unfortunate that we never got any successive material under the Dawn of Solace moniker. This finds a nice, accessible balance between Before the Dawn and Swallow the Sun (Hope), I think I even sense a touch of Agalloch in there. Yet rather than feeling disjointed, the vision is surprisingly unified and committed, ensuring we get a consistently supply of stellar material that, for the most part, avoids overstaying its welcome.
In Mourning Monolith
A less beefy sound doesn't necessarily translate to a weaker album, it simply has a pinchier vibe going on. Maybe not as outright enjoyable as Shrouded Divine, but arguably more interesting, even in its duller moments. The clean vocals are also less distracting here, which is a nice bonus that helps the consistency of Monolith along a bit.
Swallow the Sun New Moon
A classic example of an album living up to its artwork; New Moon strikes a balance between Hope and an even more melodic shade of Swallow the Sun's style, thinning the doom influences out while melodic metal with death influences takes command. Though this means there's less grit to the razor's edge, the music still cuts nice and smoothly.
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
A few inconsistencies aside, this is another solid entry in Swallow the Sun's venerable discography. The album art does give away the more approachable sound, and while this is a safe starting point for prospecting listeners of the band melodic doom metal in general, there's no short supply of goods to savor upon. The gloom isn't as succulent as some listeners may prefer, but for others, it'll strike a nice balance between gloom and simple enjoyment.

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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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