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Perfume Genius No Shape
No Shape is an artsy, minimal, ambient Pop album that traverses a soft, ethereal atmosphere with sentimental and introspective lyrics from singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas. Despite coming off as soft and even lonely, this is no way a negative thing, Perfume Genius utilizes strings in many situations to create anxious, melancholy or wandering moods with guitars, synths, pianos and bass as accents. The instruments are certainly secondary to the inspiring performance of Hadreas whose tone and execution display passion and are bound to evoke a range of emotions in any listener. Throw in a great Weyes Blood guest spot with the wonderful vocals and p
All That Remains Madness
A decade and quite a few LPs later, All That Remains find themselves completely distanced from the sound that was found on metalcore staples 'This Darkened Heart' and 'The Fall of Ideals'. Madness falls somewhere between alternative metal and melodic metalcore but fails trying to simultaneously come off as tough and approachable. The lyrics and song structure of all the tracks sound like they were written for the radio, to be anthems or for vocalist Phil Labonte to prove some point. Phil's lyrics continue to devolve over time perhaps hitting a new low in "Louder." To make things worse, the vocals are overproduced seemingly to make Phil sound
Exquirla Para Quienes Aún Viven
Para Quienes An Viven blends the sounds of post-rock, flamenco and prog rock to create a melancholic, passionate and almost ritualistic atmosphere where the highs are beyond monumental and the lows allow room for thought and reflection. The general flow has short, downtempo tracks that act as intermissions interspersed with the 9-10 minute acts that often feature the vocalist reaching epic, passionate heights emotionally. Reading into the themes of the album after listening it is not surprising to find out the tracks deal with oppression and struggle because the atmosphere is always down and sentimental. The album flows through each segment
Violet Cold Anomie
Stripped down to the elements, Anomie in theory could be excellent with a blend of black metal, gaze, ambient and middle-eastern influences but the execution lacks in both songwriting and production. The album starts of ferociously with blast beats and distant black metal yowls before transitioning into a bridge of tribal percussion and synth. While these things could work together, it feels rather sudden and Violet Cold lacks the grace and songwriting technique to really make their vision come together all that effectively. This does not just apply to the first track but also to the rest of the 53 minute record that tends to drag on and on.
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Ulver go synthpop, and to no one's surprise they do it well. The entire album takes on a dark, romantic sort of mood maintaining that feeling throughout without feeling desperate or overtly melancholy, it all comes off as very natural. This atmosphere mixes very well with the clever, interesting lyrical themes that deal with Roman mythology and more modern events like the death of Princess Diana. Musically Ulver stay loyal to the synthesizers but overall the sound is very refined and at times features almost orchestral percussion elements and great guest vocals. Ulver also do well with songwriting. The album finds strength in more straightfor
Kaunis Kuolematon Vapaus
Vapaus by Kaunis Kuolematon brings melo-doomy death metal with strengths in stellar growls, dramatic melodic guitar riffs, clean-death vocal interplay and songwriting but fails to really set itself apart from things that have been done in the past; not necessarily that long ago either. As mentioned, this vocalist can belt it with the best of them with a growl reminiscent of prime-death era Mikael Akerfeldt. The best part of the music itself is the smooth transitions between groovy death and doom riffs and quiter, acoustic guitar and string laiden sections featuring clean singing. It all takes on a melodic, perhaps melancholy atmosphere and th
Nails Unsilent Death
Unsilent Death, the debut "LP" of Nails features the groups most unrestrained sound and subsequently their best. Nails' blend of crusty grindcore and powerviolence is violent, aggressive and energetic but stays structured with low end, beefy rhythms that contrast the all out snare barrage grind sections in between. The alternation between grooves and chaotic blasts is incredibly successful here and more effective than Nails' later releases where they start straying more towards the grooves. Kudos to Todd Jones on the vocals because without him this wouldn't be nearly as great. His angry, passionate, all-out rebellious yells and screams are th

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