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[img]http://happyears.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/folder9.jpg[/img] Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S. - 1987 [B]B+[/B] First time hearing this properly today, and I have to say..... this works. More so than the other 80s Pink Floyd stuff anyway. It is so cleanly 80s that I might as well put it with the "classic 80s albums". I'm not sure I like it as much as the previous album due to that one being a whole lot more pretentious than it (I do like pretentiousness :3:). But this is very enjoyable. And being that it is a concept album, there are many good ideas implemented within it. I was intrigued all the way through.
[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oGZEQhKSdEs/SYoxi2qG6kI/AAAAAAAAACY/8POiz4fcMgQ/s400/%255BAllCDCovers%255D_sarcofago_rotting_1989_retail_cd-front.jpg[/img] [b]Sarcofago - Rotting - 1989 7/10[/b] The approach to this album is none other than the bizarre attempt by Sarcofago to be the fastest and most aggressive band in the world. The genre is hard to describe, kind of like a mix of Death metal and Thrash Metal with Black Metal vocals. The overall sinister feel comes complimentary with the production of the album and is a bone chilling effect that I really like. The long songs and short length of the album is also a nice change, with 4 lengthy songs, 1 short song, and a 30 second intro that may turn you away from the album - perhaps it was intentional, or Wagner was just trying to fuck with people. The front cover has been watered down - it is supposedly the Grim Reaper molesting Jesus Christ, however Death's coat was made white, Jesus has no eyes, and he was also supposed to have a wreath. Instead it just looks like a corpse giving some metalhead an orgasm. This works the same way as Reign in Blood - short length, odd song structures, but most importantly, no boring parts. If it were any longer or shorter, the album would feel a rip off or be ruined by length. And despite it being a good album, I feel it lacks immortality - the album will never be a reputable influential iconic album, but merely a 'good listen'. That being said, I recommend anyone who doesn't have a hate for the Extreme Metal style definately give this a listen - it's short, there is no loss, and some people can really enjoy it.
That album art made me crack up.
[QUOTE=ThisGuy0;29017349][img_thumb]http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/img/d22/22671.jpg[/img_thumb] [b]Cobalt - Gin [2009][/b] [b]10/10[/b] This is easily the most enamoured I've ever been with a black metal album. The atmosphere, flow and instrumentation are all great and even the vocals seem damn nice, and I've bever been a fan of black metal vocals. Only complaints I have is that Dry Body feels like it should have been positioned later in the album, and a couple of the intros felt a little out-of-place.[/QUOTE] I'm glad people are discovering this album more. I found out about it through Ultimate-guitar.com last year.
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yAzWKw-ZINY/TZoQlt3A61I/AAAAAAAAEoU/J7W6Yxo4Dlc/s1600/blackfield.jpg[/img] [b]Welcome to my DNA - Blackfield [2011] [/b] Fantastic album in most respects, except for maybe "Go to Hell" which was definitely a bit of a miss for me, felt quite cliched. Anyway, Blackfield is a collaborative project between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen so you know it's going to be at least somewhat passable - and it's excellent. Its based around a lot of simple riffs and strumming patterns but is combined with some pretty melancholic overtones, and obviously some very Eastern influences, with Aviv Geffen being Israeli and everything. It's a hell of a lot more poppy than anything I think I've heard Steve Wilson do before but fuck, its just great. [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN0JfYVJq2Q[/MEDIA] [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ2-zxVFqtY&feature=related[/MEDIA]
[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2790/4383801533_690152ea29_o.png[/img] [b]MellowHype - YelloWhite (2010)[/b] [i]8/10[/i] Best OFWGKTA album I've heard, really nice grooves and production from Left Brain and Hodgy's flow is awesome.
[img]http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/reviewpics/bodomreckless.jpg[/img] [b]Relentless, Reckless Forever- Children Of Bodom (2011) 7.5/10[/b] Definitely a good album, better than the last two for sure. It did pass over my head a bit but I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's maybe a little short though (just over half an hour). Alexi's voice isn't top notch, but it hasn't been for years. His voice sounds very strained. He's probably going to ruin it soon honestly. I mean it still sounds decent but it's not as good as it used to be. Going from listening to anything pre- Are You Dead Yet? really shows it's got weaker. I've always liked CoB's emphasis on keyboards, and there's still plenty of that in here. Some great keyboard solos, as well as good guitarwork. Some of the riffs aren't that great, but none are particularly terrible. I'd recommend it to people into this stuff. I think it's their strongest release in years.
[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jE92FO5OAe0/TVvoCvNSVnI/AAAAAAAAACY/dy2zkgjWIBM/s1600/brian_eno_apollo.jpg[/img] Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - 1983 [B]B[/B] Being produced by Daniel Lanois I was immediately intrigued as to how much more ambient could his production styles get... not only that... but with BRIAN ENO!! God damn... this is Dark Ambient, and in my mind one of the strongest ones of the genre. If you enjoy Space Rock, this is something to look out for too. As it isn't "psychedelia" mixed with rock, it is more about Drone than anything else. Not something I would listen to over and over again, maybe in a few months I'll pull it out again.
[QUOTE=-GTFMiika-;29007744][img_thumb]http://blog.newsok.com/staticblog/files/2009/08/florence-and-the-machine-cd.jpg[/img_thumb] Florence + The Machine - Lungs - 2009 10/10 Amazing. Florence Welch is officially my favorite ginger.[/QUOTE] Listen to Ed Sheeran.
[img]http://www.rocksins.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Times_Of_Grace_-_The_Hymn_Of_A_Broken_Man_artwork.jpg[/img] The Hymn of a Broken man by Times of Grace - 2011 10/10 As soon as I heard Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach were gonna do a project I searched them up at youtube and surely enough they had one preview track out at the moment. A couple of weeks later they had another short track preview up and this time it also had Adam Dutkiewicz on vocals instead of just Jesse Leach and I pre-ordered it. Anyhow now to the reviewing. You can hear that the music is not made for the public for the men themselves, their emotion is reflected throughout the songs. The instrumentals may not be the strongest and the most technical of them all but they surely fit the songs and set the vibe. The vocals, man the vocals :iia: A short sample of the vocals: [media]http://soundcloud.com/franke-rosenau/times-of-grace-favourite-part[/media] The album starts out strong with Strength of Numbers and Fight For Life and somewhere in the middle there is The Forgotten One which is one great acoustic song. In The Forgotten One the guitars and vocals just work so well together to set the vibe that you can just get carried away. The album also finishes very well. If you have the deluxe edition like I have you also have the acoustic version of Willing which is just mindblowing. Overall one of my favourite albums ever along with a couple of other albums and Big Fat Box of Shit by Crotchduster which I am gonna review later today. [editline]Dude[/editline] Was this a good review or was it lacking?
[QUOTE=Franke_R!?;29036572][img_thumb]http://www.rocksins.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Times_Of_Grace_-_The_Hymn_Of_A_Broken_Man_artwork.jpg[/img_thumb] The Hymn of a Broken man by Times of Grace - 2011 [/QUOTE] Great album. It's full of energy...
[img]http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyzg5u8U2u1qbn2z0o1_500.jpg[/img] Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink - 1971 9.5/10 This is brilliant. Nine Feet Underground is amazing; for a 20 minute long song it's really easy to get into.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui Uxo [img]http://cdn.pitchfork.com/media/3487-yanqui-uxo.jpg[/img] Very enjoyable album, however not as atmospheric as their previous efforts due to the rather crisp recording and lack of audio sampling and ambient sections, what made their previous albums like their debut and "Lift Your Skinny Fists..." so engrossing. 8/10
[img_thumb]http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/7/3/6/47360.jpg[/img_thumb] Necrophagist - Epitaph - 2004 4/5 twas beatufuil
[img]http://www.soundcult.com/wp-content/uploads/crotchduster-big-fat-box-of-shit-cover.jpg[/img] Big Fat Box Of Shit by Crotchduster - 2004 10/10 This shit is just so crazy and so awesome, one moment it's this genre and the other moment it's that genre. It's just too awesome and the lyrics are hilarious too. Here have a list of the amount of genres per song, this is probably not everything. [quote=Crotchduster Musical Styles][b]True Nature of Williams[/b] Comedy Hardrock Death Metal Rock Trash Metal Soft-Rock Ballad Death Metal Soft-Rock Grindcore [b]Big Top Williams[/b] Comedy Soft-Rock Death Metal Hard-Rock Grindcore Jungle Grindcore Jungle Grindcore A-capella Nu-Metal Symphonic Black Metal Trash Metal Indo-Rock [b]Cain Sings The Blues[/b] Comedy Death Metal Disco Death Metal Nu-Metal Death Metal [b]Let Me Into Starfish Land[/b] Comedy Disco Death Metal Heavy Metal Jazz Death Metal Groove Metal Disco Heavy Metal Death Metal [b]Mr. Indignant Erection[/b] Comedy Opera Heavy Metal Disco Death Metal Nu-Metal Death Metal [b]Mammal Sauce[/b] Comedy Rap Grindcore Soft-Rock Symphonic Black Metal Punk Heavy Metal Soft-Rock Soft-Rock with Hetfield-like vocals. Pop with autotuned vocals. Soft-Rock [b]Jogging In Hell[/b] Comedy Jazz Grindcore Disco Symphonic stuff Comedy [b]Stars Ingenious Cooter (Live)[/b] Comedic Speech Death Metal Heavy Metal Disco Death Metal Disco Death Metal Disco Grindcore Rock Industrial Metal Grindcore Opera Grindcore Opera Grindcore [b]Crotchopus[/b] Comedic dialogue Death Metal Comedy Funk Backwards music Nu-Metal Fake movie advert about LET'S KILL THE DUTCH Heavy Metal Comedy Pop Fake movie advert Death Metal And now they are reading hatemail [/quote] My mammal sauce is the best mammal sauce. [editline]Test[/editline] I might have mistaken Grindcore for Death Metal a couple of times because I wasn't paying attention.
[QUOTE=mikeyt493;29036153][img_thumb]http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/reviewpics/bodomreckless.jpg[/img_thumb] [b]Relentless, Reckless Forever- Children Of Bodom (2011) 7.5/10[/b] Definitely a good album, better than the last two for sure. It did pass over my head a bit but I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's maybe a little short though (just over half an hour). Alexi's voice isn't top notch, but it hasn't been for years. His voice sounds very strained. He's probably going to ruin it soon honestly. I mean it still sounds decent but it's not as good as it used to be. Going from listening to anything pre- Are You Dead Yet? really shows it's got weaker. I've always liked CoB's emphasis on keyboards, and there's still plenty of that in here. Some great keyboard solos, as well as good guitarwork. Some of the riffs aren't that great, but none are particularly terrible. I'd recommend it to people into this stuff. I think it's their strongest release in years.[/QUOTE] I grew up on Follow the Reaper and Hatebreeder, I hated Blooddrunk. Would I like this?
It's way better than Blooddrunk. That's definitely their worst album. It's similar to AYDY? but I think it's better.
Okay, I'm gonna change my ratings to Grades. As an ode to the Christgau :smug: [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img]http://i31.tinypic.com/okxwfp.jpg[/img] Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun - 2000 [B]A+ [/B] So consistent and beautifully done that I can't get enough of it. This probably outdoes every R&B album of the 2000s and I think it's now one of my all time favourites. It's underappreciated in the music community, as I think Lauryn Hill is given the attention when it concerns Contemporary R&B. But this is more "Neo-Soul" I feel. Gives a new meaning to the entire idea of soul, it touches on bounderies of both Contemporary R&B while still remaining consistently soulful in her methods. Very creative and I look forward to hearing her newer works. [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c2/Raphael_Saadiq_-_The_Way_I_See_It.jpg/400px-Raphael_Saadiq_-_The_Way_I_See_It.jpg[/img] Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It - 2008 [B]A[/B] Not quite sure why it's deemed "Neo-Soul" as it is in the description, but this is definitely a roots soul album. Very distinct production as well as a smooth voice that hints a little bit of loudness. Nothing I've heard from newer soul triers has done that before. Aloe Blacc has found glory along these production techniques, but not quite as much as Raphael does it here, he is more "Pop" sounding anyway. See here, soul is more "motown" than what you can here in the 70s, with all those movements. It doesn't need to be conceptual, it just needs to press the button and keep going forward without stopping... It's not a deep album, but I still dig every part of it. [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img]http://www.411mania.com/siteimages/metallic-spheres_72148.jpg[/img] The Orb (Featuring David Gilmour) - Metallic Spheres - 2011 [B]C+[/B] Expect hype among the Pink Floyd community for obvious reasons. Don't get me wrong, I like this music... quite a bit. But I'm rating this album based on creativity and concept. It is a bit... of a dead end to be honest. It's set out as two Tracks "Metallic Side" and "Spheres Side". I don't see much difference in music in either, but there are hints of Gilmour's great guitar work and some vocals.. I do like the second half the best, it brings out the guitar more and is overall more enjoyable. It's more electronica and ambient than what Gilmour is most recognized to do... but fans will like to see this side of Gilmour. I say give it a go, but don't expect some extravagent solos.
[B]Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill[/B] [IMG]http://www.newdust.com/images/steely_dan-can_t_buy_a_thrill.jpg[/IMG] A+/10 out of 10 From 1972. It's probably my 5th or 6th all time favorite album, and definitely if we're just talking jazz/rock fusion. Its great.
[QUOTE=Whatwhat1337;29053685][B]Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill[/B] [img_thumb]http://www.newdust.com/images/steely_dan-can_t_buy_a_thrill.jpg[/img_thumb] A+/10 out of 10 From 1972. It's probably my 5th or 6th all time favorite album, and definitely if we're just talking jazz/rock fusion. Its great.[/QUOTE] Amazing album. Not quite as great as Pretzel Logic in my opinion, but it's a tough call... they're all great, that's the issue :smith:
[QUOTE=AK'z;29053728]Amazing album. Not quite as great as Pretzel Logic in my opinion, but it's a tough call... they're all great, that's the issue :smith:[/QUOTE] I think we can agree that the first three albums, featuring the actual band (Skunk, et al) were the best. Not that the others were bad... and I love me a good Larry Carlton solo.
[QUOTE=Whatwhat1337;29053806]I think we can agree that the first three albums, featuring the actual band (Skunk, et al) were the best. Not that the others were bad... and I love me a good Larry Carlton solo.[/QUOTE] Two Against Nature blew my mind to be honest. The sound on that, is what keeps the digital format in the game between it's war with Analogue. [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] Aja is also a good album.
Yeah, their two most recent albums are also really good, which is surprising because old bands like them usually seem to lose their touch after 40 years. But you really wouldn't expect anything less from a guy like Donald Fagen. I saw them live 5 years ago and they blew my mind. You wouldn't know it wasn't the '70s if you didn't already, and I mean that in the best way possible.
[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/60/Act_II_The_Father_of_Death.jpg[/img] So this is apparently indie-opera-rock based around the Mega Man television series story. How this is on Spotify is beyond me. It is a very soothing and melancholic album, with very describing solos and lyrics transcribed from the series. It is mostly laid-back, with intense passages that I guess are supposed to be battle scenes. Unfortunately, all the symbolism was lost on me due to me forgetting to turn Shuffle off. It's still a great sound though. [B]Score:[/B] [img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24880991/rotating_lime.gif[/img][img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24880991/rotating_lime.gif[/img][img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24880991/rotating_lime.gif[/img][img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24880991/rotating_halflime.gif[/img] [I]3.5/5 limes.[/I]
[img_thumb]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/6146VHF0VBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg[/img_thumb] Dog Fashion Disco - Adultery I've been listening to some "Avant-Garde Metal" and these guys were pretty good, among others. I'll have to give it a few more listens but for now I'll give it a 7/10 Going to listen to Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History tonight.
[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_JGxtS-bReI/TY5RW_XhGzI/AAAAAAAACZI/29kGt1cuMjc/s320/Monumental+Torment+-+Element+Of+Chaos+%255B2011%255D.jpg[/img] Monumental Torment - [I]Element of Chaos[/I] - 2011 A solid tech death album with nothing particularly spectacular. I'm so indecisive with number ratings, so I'll just say I like it, and tech death fans should give it a listen.
[QUOTE=AK'z;29053140]Okay, I'm gonna change my ratings to Grades. As an ode to the Christgau :smug: [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img_thumb]http://i31.tinypic.com/okxwfp.jpg[/img_thumb] Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun - 2000 [B]A+ [/B] So consistent and beautifully done that I can't get enough of it. This probably outdoes every R&B album of the 2000s and I think it's now one of my all time favourites. It's underappreciated in the music community, as I think Lauryn Hill is given the attention when it concerns Contemporary R&B. But this is more "Neo-Soul" I feel. Gives a new meaning to the entire idea of soul, it touches on bounderies of both Contemporary R&B while still remaining consistently soulful in her methods. Very creative and I look forward to hearing her newer works. [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img_thumb]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c2/Raphael_Saadiq_-_The_Way_I_See_It.jpg/400px-Raphael_Saadiq_-_The_Way_I_See_It.jpg[/img_thumb] Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It - 2008 [B]A[/B] Not quite sure why it's deemed "Neo-Soul" as it is in the description, but this is definitely a roots soul album. Very distinct production as well as a smooth voice that hints a little bit of loudness. Nothing I've heard from newer soul triers has done that before. Aloe Blacc has found glory along these production techniques, but not quite as much as Raphael does it here, he is more "Pop" sounding anyway. See here, soul is more "motown" than what you can here in the 70s, with all those movements. It doesn't need to be conceptual, it just needs to press the button and keep going forward without stopping... It's not a deep album, but I still dig every part of it. [editline]8th April 2011[/editline] [img_thumb]http://www.411mania.com/siteimages/metallic-spheres_72148.jpg[/img_thumb] The Orb (Featuring David Gilmour) - Metallic Spheres - 2011 [B]C+[/B] Expect hype among the Pink Floyd community for obvious reasons. Don't get me wrong, I like this music... quite a bit. But I'm rating this album based on creativity and concept. It is a bit... of a dead end to be honest. It's set out as two Tracks "Metallic Side" and "Spheres Side". I don't see much difference in music in either, but there are hints of Gilmour's great guitar work and some vocals.. I do like the second half the best, it brings out the guitar more and is overall more enjoyable. It's more electronica and ambient than what Gilmour is most recognized to do... but fans will like to see this side of Gilmour. I say give it a go, but don't expect some extravagent solos.[/QUOTE] Robert Christgau is a dickhead
[QUOTE=Clovis;29063561]Robert Christgau is a dickhead[/QUOTE] [img]http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/50291_30054566649_558377_n.jpg[/img] Although, to be fair... He rated Jeff Buckley a bad grade and called him an asshole in the review!!! :argh: He is a sod.. And that's why he's great :smug:
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_QNq0NdpCuCQ/SdN_ZoA3nRI/AAAAAAAAEuc/E2Rj6i8I9OY/s1600/In%2BFlames%2B-%2BCome%2BClarity%2B(2006).jpg[/img] [b]Come Clarity by In Flames- 8/10[/b] I really like this album. A lot of fans don't, but I guess that's because in flames' fans are quite divided between fans of the old stuff and fans of the new. Personally I like everything they've done.
[IMG]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/616lzLCVIML._SS500_.jpg[/IMG] [B]Odelay (Deluxe Edition) - Beck 10/10[/B] Odelay was a good album already but the addition of another disc as well as bonus tracks improves the album. The stripped down version of ''Jack-ass'' which is named ''Strange Invitation'' gives the listener a sample of the stripped down sound used in Beck's later album ''Sea Change''. This proves how diverse Beck's sound can be, from drum machines and samples to a guitar.
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