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Artificial Brain Infrared Horizon
Infrared Horizon is a technical death metal experience that sticks to a formula throughout but stays refreshing thanks to a few key elements instrumentally and vocally. Artificial Brain hammer away at dissonant chords for much of the album rather than relying on down-tuned open string rhythms and on the whole this gives the experience an anxious, creepy atmosphere as if there is imminent danger but you do not know where or what it is coming from. Perhaps the true key to the musical side of things is the percussion. AB's drummer takes a spastic, unpredictable rhythmic approach rather than hammering away at the double bass constantly. Focusing
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Damn. This pretty much solidifies Kendrick Lamar as the king of his hip hop era and one of the all time greats, if he wasn't already up there. Lamar takes a more direct approach here and drops much of the concept album stylings he has done so well in the past for a more traditional, mixtape-esque hip hop record. As usual, Kendrick presents a fantastic mixture of tracks with the intense and aggressive bangers like DNA, HUMBLE and XXX and softer songs like LOYALTY, LOVE and GOD. As usual, no matter what approach he takes, he just hits the nail on the head and makes most of the competition look silly in comparison. The argument could be made tha
Pillorian Obsidian Arc
The Agalloch comparisons are inevitable and ultimately impossible to avoid so let's make a terrible beer analogy out of it. Agalloch = KBS; a legendary barrel aged stout with complexity, absolute superb craftsmanship shown in every aspect of the brewing process while remaining incredibly approachable for any beer drinker. Each sip of the drinking experience is bliss. Pillorian = New Holland Dragon's Milk; a good barrel aged stout for sure but one that lacks the true artistry to make it a classic that drinkers will return to it over and over again. Dragon's Milk is not trying to be KBS just like Pillorian is not trying to be new Agalloch but a
Laura Marling Semper Femina
A step backwards in terms of both songwriting, album flow and musicianship from 2015's Short Movie. Semper Femina finds Laura Marling pretty much semper in the same exact gear for almost the entire album until the best and last track, Nothing, Not Nearly. Where her previous works featured great variance in the tracks, Semper Femina is pretty low key with a lot of minimal guitar plus string compositions and Laura staying pretty mellow vocally. She finally opens up on the last track but alas it is too little, too late. A pleasant, well-produced folksy singer-songwriter album but it lacks the life that Short Movie had and many of the tracks in t
Fen Winter
Winter is a bit of a giant with a 75-minute run time and massive track lengths but one that deserves the attention thanks to Fen's ability to knit together a coherent musical experience. The ebbs and flows of the album are all well placed and it feels that every buildup is executed with precision and most importantly emotion, Winter just has a very natural feel to it. Throughout the experience Fen meander from slow atmospheric pieces to post-rock riffs to some of the most intense black metal of recent memory. The album as a whole feels a bit like a film; one with a careful and skillful director. III and IV are some of the most memorable passa
Emma Ruth Rundle / Jaye Jayle The Time Between Us
Ruth Rundle's side contains two new tracks which are not up to the quality of those found on Marked For Death and a bit ironically the best track here from here is an acoustic version of her great track 'Hand of God'. Her songs are good but feel a bit rushed and the composition is just not as memorable as what she has done previously. Jaye Jayle's half takes on a dive bar bluesy rock sound that never turns things up. It is almost as if he is aiming to sound like that band you will hear playing in a dark, musty bar scene of an art house movie but it never takes the spotlight or focus away from the viewer. A bit of Tom Waits influence in his so
ANOHNI Paradise
B-sides from HOPELESSNESS? The lyrics remain in stride but unfortunately the music itself is a fairly drastic step down from ANOHNI's controversial 2016 release. Music is a great place to make a statement or convey one's personal experience but just like on HOPELESSNESS with 'Obama', songs like 'Jesus Will Kill You' just taint the entire experience. Are you trying too hard to be edgy or do you truly believe some of the things you are saying? Unfortunately either way it just doesn't produce good music, in this case.

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