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Much of what we get on Phantom Amour can be found elsewhere, which makes it familiar, yet the ways it comes together feels oddly refreshing. It even lets a psychedelic touch or two slip here and there, offset a bit more frequently with the hardcore vocals, but even they are used in a less-than-generous manner. The overall experience is one that keeps you intrigued without necessarily challenging you, thanks in large part to its attempts at creating ambiance, which are quite effective at pulling you in just a bit more as the album plays out.
Scale the Summit V
Eases back from The Migration, which bordered on being bombastic, by comparison. The shift results in a less exciting album overall, but there's a certain charm to the easygoing nature, like a whimsical dance through a series photogenic sights that give us just enough time to enjoy, but not quite enough to let it truly sink in.
Sabaton The Art of War
Plenty of fan-favorite songs reside on The Art of War, and it's easy to see why. Sabaton are at their finest here, bringing their chant-and-cheer blend of Swedish power metal out in charismatic fashion.
Vanden Plas Colour Temple
Fairly straightforward prog-laced Christian power metal that overstays its welcome a bit, but remains an enjoyable--if unspectacular--listening experience
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Standard slab of melodic death metal, complete with the expected qualities of a debut album. First impressions are promising, but the glaze soon melts to leave nothing but a raw, mostly unexciting release without enough to justify remaining invested for the full ride.
Distant Dream It all Starts from Pieces
Post and prog merge paths and transport us on this debut from Marcin Majrowski, who taps into a host of emotions, including wonder, intrigue and excitement. Pull up the album art and savor this hidden instrumental gem in all its glory.
Insomnium Across the Dark
Across the Dark has made me realize why so many bands can get stuck in a rut of creating generic material, especially melodic death metal. If the music is, for all intents and purposes, fun and fluid, then who cares if it's the opposite of creative? The critic in me agrees that Across the Dark offers nothing to distinguish it from an overly crowded field other than its sheer entertainment value, which is itself a subjective quality. And yet...that's enough for me to walk away with a smile on my face. Interestingly, I feel Across the Dark could've been better if it stuck to the relatively grittier sound of its predecessor, an album I only

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  • 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!
    February 28 07:43 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges congrats on making contrib bro. haven't talked to you much before, but i hope that'll change soon.
    February 27 10:03 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Not a problem but as a contrib I expect you to keep up on all and anything Katatonia ;)
    February 27 09:33 PM
  • kingdedethefifth Hey, good job getting contributor dude. You've put some awesome feedback on my reviews before plus you reviewed all of Katatonias albums and that alone makes you awesome in my book.
    February 27 03:50 PM
  • MercuryToHell Perfect reward for 100 reviews, just discovering your Billy Joel discography reviews, worth the promotion on them alone!
    February 27 09:16 AM

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