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| ||Katatonia City Burials|
City Burials sees Katatonia return in a way that feels tried-and-true with the occasional surprise. After a fairly catchy first half, things mellow out in a way that's bound to appeal to fans of The Great Cold Distance and Night Is the New Day. There's a bit of everything from the band's modern sound, executed with equal amounts of finesse and restraint. It does feel like this is one of the band's less evolutionary releases, which is offset by the aforementioned reasons, just not enough to avoid instilling the slightest sense of stagnation.
| ||Alcest Spiritual Instinct|
Spiritual Instinct is assuringly safe. Coming off of Kodama, it might feel like a stale strand of tracks, but there's just enough for Alcest fans to settle down and be content with it.
| ||Darkwater Human|
Human is polished to a near-mirror shine, boasting a wonderful sound mix that lets each member to shine. Even vocals are solid, especially for a metal band. The best part is that despite a rather lengthy runtime, almost all of the tracks flow naturally, making the already strong musical quality even more enjoyable.
| ||Sonata Arctica Talviyo|
This album is what happens when one too many people finish listening to Stones Grow Her Name
and say "at least it can't get any worse."
| ||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.
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|teamster I have been jamming Sundran a lot recently. Gets better with each play through. Upped to a 4.5|