|ContributorReviews 120Soundoffs 658News Articles 5Band Edits + Tags 4Album Edits 27Album Ratings 658Objectivity 75%Last Active 02-04-19 10:03 pmJoined 07-06-09Forum Posts 0Review Comments 1,438
Dream Theater, Katatonia, Dark Tranquillity, Emperor, Animals As Leaders, Amorphis, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Billy Joel, Thomas Newman, Hammock, Caspian, Swallow the Sun, Alcest,
| ||Dream Theater Distance Over Time|
If all the Dream Theater albums from the past 15 or so years had a big orgy, fused into one, cloned itself, screwed the clone and made a single entity, this would be it.
| ||Avantasia Moonglow|
Moonglow is more or less a mirror-shone Ghostlights, boasting superb production, amazing performances and a few of Avantasia's most resonating tracks to date. However, it does live in its predecessor's shadow, and while the second half loses touch and botches the pacing up, Moonglow stands as a stellar piece of work that is guaranteed to satisfy all but the most critical of rock/metal opera fans.
| ||Swallow the Sun When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light|
Swallow the Sun aren't exactly treading new water here, a move that may leave hungry listeners disappointed, considering how sprawling Songs from the North was. rIf anything, When a Shadow... is a retreat to New Moon's sound with some adjustments here and there. There's a sense of comfort in the album, one that's unassuming and strangely welcoming...provided you're the right listener.
| ||Seventh Wonder Tiara|
Tiara is Seventh Wonder's attempt to further fine-tune their prog-power metal style, and the results are once again pleasing. Where each of the band's previous albums bathed in more than a handful of grandiose extravagances, this feels a bit more collected in an attempt to be more tactful. It doesn't always pan out, especially when taking each track individually, but as a whole, Tiara holds itself together without descending into something overblown or, conversely, unenthusiastic.
| ||Fractal Gates The Light That Shines|
Ideal for fans of the small, relatively recent boom of cosmic metal a la Enshine and Scar Symmetry. Fundamentally, it's by-the-books melodic death metal with no trick up its sleeve other than its decorative veneer.
| ||Omnium Gatherum The Burning Cold|
Notice how the album art appears more colorful than previous Omnium Gatherum albums? That's not an accident. While this is still by-the-numbers melodic death metal, there's a distinct infusion of traditional, catchy rock tunes present. This edges OG even closer to the catchy end of the spectrum they achieved so well on Beyond, but whether that makes The Burning Cold an album worth sitting through from start to finish is a different matter.
| ||Disillusion Alea|
Prime example of how to handle a slow-building prog track. The structure feels sprawling while losing neither sight nor direction, with a nice ebb and flow. Now, if only this EP were more than one track...and if only this band would manage to get another LP out already.
|teamster I have been jamming Sundran a lot recently. Gets better with each play through. Upped to a 4.5|
|Toondude10 I know I'm throwing a bunch of recs toward you but here's another you I think you'll like, just for good measure :-) https://www.goldenmp3.ru/ignea/the-sign-of-faith|
|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!|
|ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.|