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| ||Alestorm No Grave But the Sea|
No Grave But the Sea is a fun listen but does not feature the necessary level of songwriting in order to warrant repeated listens or a significant lifetime value. Instrumentally, it sounds like a mix between Running Wild and Skyclad with an emphasis on anthemic choruses and catchy melodies. Overall, it might be a great choice for a symposium which is not a bad thing at all.
| ||Van Morrison Poetic Champions Compose|
One of the most underrated and eventually better albums in Van Morrison's vast catalog. Poetic Champions Compose oozes of maturity and quality. Van Morrison through the years has reinvented himself by adding more celtic influences and instruments, and even though Poetic Champions Compose sounds different than his earlier material, it is still based on the same emotional foundations.
| ||Evergrey In Search Of Truth||4.0|
| ||Eloy Colours|
A natural transition from Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes, Colours is again a solid offering of spacey prog which sees Eloy stray from their Pink Floyd roots a bit, compared of course with what has preceded this album. The combination of guitar and keyboard creates a feeling of floating in space while this is probably one of the most accessible efforts by Eloy.
| ||London Grammar Truth is a Beautiful Thing|
Truth is a Beautiful Thing, even though slightly front-loaded, is full of memorable vocal melodies. Hannah Reid?s performance is easily worth the price of admission as she shines upon the minimal soundscapes created by the instrumentation. Overall, London Grammar's sophomore effort is an atmospheric and emotional trip that is both introspective and uplifting.
| ||Venom Inc. Avé|
Ave is surprisingly solid but at the same time slightly confusing. On the one hand, it is probably Venom's best offering since At War with Satan but on the other, it would undoubtedly benefit from some serious editing and trimming. Album opener "Ave Satanas", "Dein Fleisch" and "Preacher Man" consist a fairly representative sample of great tracks that could have easily been 2-3 minutes less each. However, there is no denying that Venom Inc.'s debut is a very enjoyable blend of classic/speed/thrash metal with a sinister vibe that is traditionally present on every Venom LP. There is a fine balance between aggression and groove
| ||Accept The Rise of Chaos|
Anyone who has heard of Accept, already knows what this album contains; balls-out, hard-hitting, aggressive '80s heavy metal with hints of hard rock that, on the band's newer material, may bring to mind AC/DC. Therefore, the real question has to do with the level of execution, which in this case is solid even though The Rise of Chaos might be Accept's weakest release since they reunited. However, this doesn't mean that this isn't an enjoyable LP with some great riffs by Mr. Wolf Hoffmann and a strong vocal performance. Nevertheless, I am afraid that it might not have the same lifetime value as Blood of the Nations or Sta
|Frippertronics depends on the mood, although both albums are among his best. honestly, I feel fans of stuff like Laughing Stock and Pygmalion would like some aspects of Common One since that's probably his most minimalistic album|
|Frippertronics in the past, I did consider writing something for either Veedon Fleece or Common One, but I'm not in a Van-the-Man mood currently. Moreso appropriate for wintry days in my case.|
|Frippertronics whoa another van fan on sput? getting to be a bit rare aside from the people who swear by astral weeks and moondance|
|Atari cheers man haha. even though it might not be as ambitious as blood of the nations/Stalingrad I just find it to have such an undeniable fun factor. at the very least I like it better than blind rage personally, and Mark Tornillo kills it as well. feels like an authentic 80s throwback|
|Atari yeah I think I like it better than their last album blind rage personally. loving all your soundoffs by the way!|