November 4, 2015

Album 0468: Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween 7 Sinners Cover

Release Date: 2010
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Where The Sinners Go (03:36)
2. Are You Metal? (03:35)
3. Who Is Mr. Madman? (05:43)
4. Raise The Noise (05:07)
5. World Of Fantasy (05:15)
6. Long Live The King (04:13)
7. The Smile Of The Sun (04:37)
8. You Stupid Mankind (04:04)
9. If A Mountain Could Talk (06:44)
10. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner (04:00)
11. My Sacrifice (04:59)
12. Not Yet Today (01:12)
13. Far In The Future (07:43)
14. I’m Free (04:11)
15. Faster We Fall (04:48)
16. Aiming High (04:33)

Total Length: 01:14:18

Sometimes there’s such a huge break for me in doing this because I’m just so busy and this isn’t my priority. Sometimes the quality of an album makes it hard to want to listen and write about it. This at least has served true plenty of times. Both are true in this case. Where The Sinners Go has a fairly neat opening, the drums sound great and the tone works well. The chorus is catchy, which is Helloween’s strong suit. It’s just not that great, somehow. Are You Metal? has a stupidly-cheesy synth (which is a good thing) but the rest of the song falls flat for me.

Who Is Mr. Madman? plays way more to the band’s strengths. It’s catchy, kind of dark in a fun-house way, and just sticks with you. It’s a bit too long to be honest, but a bright spot on the album. Raise The Noise is entirely boring until the woodwind solo partway through. If they had done more things like this on here I would like this album a hell of a lot more. World Of Fantasy is just an average song from the band. Decent enough chorus. Long Live The King is not really good in any way I can truthfully say. Maybe the main riff is alright? Eh.

The Smile Of The Sun is an attempt at a softer, more ballad type song. It really doesn’t work at all. Neither does You Stupid Mankind which has some odd grammar and tries to be harsh and mean but it doesn’t come off well at all. If A Mountain Could Talk is way too long and frankly just boring. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner has a great chorus that sticks in your head, and that’s all. My Sacrifice has one of the best riffs on the album. Not Yet Today is a decent intro to the next track. It tries to be haunting, like the song that Pippin sings in Return of the King, but it doesn’t really make it there.

Far In The Future is a fairly solid song, but even though the band has done longer tracks in good form before, this one loses steam pretty quickly. I’m Free has a cool chorus to it. Faster We Fall is decent, but really not worth mentioning. Aiming High is the previous track but even moreso. It’s no wonder that these two got cut and put on the bonus track train. The album itself just feels lifeless for the most part, like the guys are just going through the motions. I really don’t care to listen to it ever again.

Final Rating: 3/10

October 12, 2015

Album 0467: Avantasia – Angel Of Babylon

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Release Date: 2010
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Stargazers (09:32)
2. Angel Of Babylon (05:29)
3. Your Love Is Evil (03:55)
4. Death Is Just A Feeling (05:24)
5. Rat Race (04:08)
6. Down In The Dark (04:26)
7. Blowing Out The Flame (04:51)
8. Symphony Of Life (04:32)
9. Alone I Remember (04:47)
10. Promised Land (04:51)
11. Journey To Arcadia (07:13)

Total Length: 59:06

Stargazers is a big track to open the album, featuring a huge amount of vocalists, all of them famous in the genre. It’s a great showcase, and it honestly kind of gets me pumped. The actual songwriting for the track could have been a touch better, but it’s okay. This album is the last in a trilogy and a concept album, but I honestly have no clue what the story is supposed to be so it’s not something I’m really paying attention to.

Angel Of Babylon is a standard power metal track. It is uplifting and fun, and I never hate listening to it, but once it’s over it’s just completely out of mind. I can’t say anything terrible about it though. Your Love Is Evil has a great chorus though. It’s a weird personal song on this fantasy album, but it works. Death Is Just A Feeling features the classic Jon Oliva in a very circus-y track, which I mean in a good way. The buildup to the chorus is fantastic and makes for a cool song, even if it loses steam most of the way through.

Rat Race is a very generic track. It could go on any band’s album, and has nothing stellar in it at all. Down In The Dark has a good chorus, but again just kind of fluff and nothing that hooks me. Blowing Out The Flame is a not-so-great softer track. It really is very boring and I’m glad only once it’s over. Symphony Of Life breathes some fresh air only from having the only female vocals on here, and a catchy chorus to boot.

Alone I Remember has a fantastic 80s-type chorus, but I don’t like the main riff or the opening of the song. Promised Land has the same generic issues as the other tracks. There’s just nothing special about it. Journey To Arcadia is a slightly more ambitious song. It all sounds nice, but again none of it sticks with me. That’s kind of the crux of these last two albums on here. I enjoy listening to them, I never really get to the point in either album where I want to shut it off, but there’s also no way I’m listing them as favorites or seeking them out to listen to.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

October 8, 2015

Album 0466: Sirenia – The 13th Floor

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Release Date: 2009
Genre: Gothic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Path To Decay (04:18)
2. Lost In Life (03:12)
3. The Mind Maelstrom (04:48)
4. The Seventh Summer (05:22)
5. Beyond Life’s Scenery (04:33)
6. The Lucid Door (04:49)
7. Led Astray (04:35)
8. Winterborn 77 (05:33)
9. Sirens Of The Seven Seas (05:14)
10. The Path To Decay (radio mix) (03:35)
11. The Mind Maelstrom (instrumental) (04:50)
12. Winterborn 77 (instrumental) (05:34)

Total Length: 56:21

The Path To Decay is a very solid opening track. The chorus can get stuck in your head for days, the solo is restrained but great, and the mixture of vocal types keeps each moment fresh. Lost In Life is kind of great too. Again I love the chorus, and the sound of each instrument is just so well made. The Mind Maelstrom kind of has one great idea and repeats it a lot. It’s certainly well done, but not up to the standards of the first two tracks.

The Seventh Summer is a little better, but the song goes on a bit too long honestly. I really enjoy the chorus though. Beyond Life’s Scenery is a bit boring, but as always the vocals are the shining, saving grace. The guitar riff is really simple and not that interesting, but the rest helps make up for it. The Lucid Door has some great moments as well, but to be honest the album starts to lose me a bit here. I still enjoy it, but for whatever reason I just can’t connect to it.

Led Astray has some beautiful moments to it even though I’m still having a similar issue to the previous song. Winterborn 77 has some great arrangements, all the instruments have their own little bits that all work really well. Not my favorite track, but good. Sirens Of The Seven Seas feels like a song from a different band, and it gives just enough of a change at the end of the album to feel fresh. A good note to end on.

The bonus tracks start with the radio mix/edit of The Path To Decay. It’s a good 45 seconds shorter, and it still works fine. The instrumental versions of The Mind Maelstrom and Winterborn 77 both do that thing that always annoys me. They only removed the lead vocals, so all the choir vocals are still there. I suppose then these tracks would work for karaoke, but it just feels disingenuous to me to label it as an instrumental when it’s kind of not. The tracks are both fine in this manner though. The whole album has a lot of great moments, but it really doesn’t quite come together for me. It has grown on me though, and I enjoy it more than I did the first go-around.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

September 17, 2015

Album 0465: Absu – Tara

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Release Date: 2001
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Tara (01:57)
2. Pillars Of Mercy (04:22)
3. A Shield With An Iron Face (03:22)
4. Manannán (06:39)
5. The Cognate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath (04:19)
6. She Cries The Quiet Lake (04:11)
7. Yrp Lluyddawe (01:52)
8. From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash) (03:54)
9. Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181) (04:47)
10. Vorago (Spell 182) (05:46)
11. Bron (Of The Waves) (01:32)
12. Stone Of Destiny (…For Magh Slecht And Ard Righ) (07:47)
13. Tara (Recapitulation) (01:46)

Total Length: 52:13

Tara is a basic intro track focused on bagpipes. It’s based on melodies we’ve all heard before, so nothing really new to be found. It also kind of doesn’t really set the scene, because the bulk of the album itself doesn’t try to replicate this atmosphere. Pillars Of Mercy though has a cool little opening to it that sticks with you, and the riffs are crazy and fast. I don’t want to just assert that these guys are unique, but even though I’d been a fan of this style of music for a while, it still took plenty of time to get into the way this band does things. The way it all blends together is something I hadn’t heard before, and once it clicked it was great.

A Shield With An Iron Face is clearly one of the tracks with the guest King Diamond vocals, at least in the intro, and the vocals overall are one of the highlights of this track. The stereo field is used to great effects for the rhythm of the vocals, and there is a good use of synths to add a little more to the whole thing. Manannán has an unnecessarily long intro, but the bulk of the song has some great riffs and more cool vocal stuff going on. The Cognate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath isn’t as great as the previous tracks, but still very solid.

She Cries The Quiet Lake has some killer riffs but the style of the music starts to wear a bit by now. Yrp Lluyddawe is an ambient track to divide the two halves of the album. Nothing special. From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash) is kind of rejuvenated and has a bit more energy than the few previous tracks. Great start to the second half. Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181) has fantastic riffs to it too. When it finishes it rolls right into Vorago (Spell 182) which has a few odd points to it. It is one of the better tracks on the album.

Bron (Of The Waves) is a pretty little acoustic track, short and sweet. Stone Of Destiny (…For Magh Slecht And Ard Righ) features the great guest vocals, as well as some of the best riffs on the album. They saved the best for last, and just in time because I get tired of the album around this point. Tara (Recapitulation) is just another bagpipe track, not much to say. The album itself took me quite a few listens to get into. I don’t really ever ‘want’ to listen to it though. It’s not an album that I’d crave to hear, which is kind of damning in its own way I suppose. It does have some value, and did grow on me, but this one at least is not entirely for me.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

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February 15, 2015

Album 0464: Serj Tankian – Elect The Dead

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Release Date: 2007
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Empty Walls (03:49)
2. The Unthinking Majority (03:47)
3. Money (03:54)
4. Feed Us (04:31)
5. Saving Us (04:41)
6. Sky Is Over (02:57)
7. Baby (03:31)
8. Honking Antelope (03:51)
9. Lie Lie Lie (03:33)
10. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition (04:23)
11. Beethoven’s Cunt (03:13)
12. Elect The Dead (02:55)
13. The Reverend King (02:50)
14. Blue (02:45)
15. Empty Walls (acoustic) (03:47)
16. Feed Us (acoustic) (04:21)
17. Falling Stars (03:05)

Total Length: 01:01:53

Empty Walls has a decent intro and some ironic lyrics, but is overall a well-done song and the chorus makes the intro riff sound more fun. The Unthinking Majority is was more interesting, with a constantly changing pace and feel, and it’s got this avant-garde feel that is just fun to sing along to. Some of it almost sounds overdone, but it works. Money has the same crazy feeling, going nuts at times and calm at others. It’s disorienting the first time, but after that I loved the song every time.

Feed Us is more of a standard track, offering nothing really new to my ears but simply doing what it does well. Not my favorite here, but nice to hear. Saving Us has this really dream-like quality to it at the beginning, and this song is where I think Serj Tankian’s voice works the best. It feels very heartfelt and once the heaviness kicks in it all just clicks together. Sky Is Over goes for the more bombastic side, especially for the entire second half which is just silly in a good way.

Baby has a great chorus but the rest of the song around it isn’t as good as a couple songs before it. Honking Antelope gives me this off-key, creepy feeling which is both good and bad. It works sometimes, but other times feels like that grunge sound I hate. I love the vocals for the chorus in Lie Lie Lie but the rest of the song doesn’t quite live up to it. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition is the craziest song on here. While I’d consider it a good song, it treads the line before going too far very carefully. In the end it stays on the better side.

Beethoven’s Cunt has some nonsensical lyrics and from what I’ve tried to interpret the song title doesn’t even have anything to do with them. Still a fairly fun song, but why? Elect The Dead is a sad little track. Not sad because it’s bad, but because it has this somber atmosphere that closes out the standard album very well. The Reverend King seems to be going for this semi-musical type idea, but I don’t really like the end result.

Blue is an acoustic bonus track, and it’s a decent little piece. It really doesn’t stand out in any way. The acoustic version of Empty Walls has some of the same power in the chorus, but it’s not all there. Idealistically, songs should work with minimal instrumentation and crazy amounts of it too, but it doesn’t here. Feed Us in acoustic fashion has the same issue. It’s just lacking. Falling Stars closes this whole thing off in a very ‘hmph’ way. It just leaves no impression. The main album itself though is solid pretty much the whole way through. Some dips in it, and I don’t think the album is worth clamoring over, but it’s a good effort.

Final Rating: 7/10

February 9, 2015

Album 0463: Sepultura – Arise

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Release Date: 1991
Genre: Thrash Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Arise (03:20)
2. Dead Embryonic Cells (04:54)
3. Desperate Cry (06:41)
4. Murder (03:29)
5. Subtraction (04:48)
6. Altered State (06:35)
7. Under Siege (04:54)
8. Meaningless Movements (04:42)
9. Infected Voice (03:20)
10. Orgasmatron (04:14)
11. Intro (01:33)
12. C.I.U. (Criminals In Uniform) (04:17)
13. Desperate Cry (06:43) (Scott Burns mix)

Total Length: 59:30

After a short intro to pacify us, Arise comes screaming through with some really good riffs and an overall charged feeling. The only thing I mind is that these types of squealy guitar solos don’t really appeal to me. Dead Embryonic Cells has a slower intro and remains solid, but doesn’t leave near as much of an impression as the first track does. Desperate Cry has the same issue. I’m just not that into it. Everything sounds like it has some heart put into it, but not enough. There’s no emotion here that I can connect to.

Murder is a bit better in that regard, but still I find myself just not digging what these guys are doing. Subtraction has some fine riffs to it at least. Altered State changes things up with an almost tribal-like intro, followed by some of the best riffs so far. The song goes on a bit too long for my taste though. Under Siege changes the pace back and forth and works pretty well with that set up. Solid track.

Meaningless Movements actually has a pretty good guitar solo and is about the only thing that sticks out. Infected Voice is standard fare. Good riffs, but nothing behind that. Orgasmatron is a Motörhead cover and while I enjoy it, I can admit that it is one-note. Intro was a track not originally on the release, and they seem to have taken and expanded it into a previous track, which is why they cut it out I guess.

C.I.U. (Criminals In Uniform) is also a newer track and it really does nothing for me. I say that with even more gumption than the other times I said it. Desperate Cry is an alternate mix, and while it’s noticeably different, I can’t say for sure that it’s better. The song itself is no different and that’s what stands out here, a different sound doesn’t change or fix that. The whole album feels fun at random moments, but I always get bored at some point and I can never remember any of this afterwards, even after listening to it multiple times.

Final Rating: 6/10

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August 15, 2014

Album 0462: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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Release Date: 2010
Genre: Indie Rock

Tracklisting:

1. The Suburbs (05:15)
2. Ready To Start (04:16)
3. Modern Man (04:40)
4. Rococo (03:57)
5. Empty Room (02:52)
6. City With No Children (03:12)
7. Half Light I (04:14)
8. Half Light II (No Celebration) (04:27)
9. Suburban War (04:45)
10. Month Of May (03:51)
11. Wasted Hours (03:21)
12. Deep Blue (04:28)
13. We Used To Wait (05:01)
14. Sprawl I (Flatland) (02:54)
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (05:26)
16. The Suburbs (Continued) (01:28)
17. Culture War (05:24)
18. Speaking In Tongues (03:52)
19. Wasted Hours (A Life That We Can Live) (04:26)

Total Length: 01:17:47

The Suburbs starts with a sound that has become all too familiar. A positive-feeling beat, some piano, and acoustic guitar behind it all. It’s kind of standard now, even if it does sound somewhat nice. The vocals are pretty boring though, like there’s no energy. The song just kind of plods on until it ends, being pleasant but unrewarding. Ready To Start is a much better track, like the album itself wasn’t ready to start until this track (I bet plenty other people have said this line). The vocals are more energetic as well, and there is an atmosphere akin to The Protomen that is nice to hear.

Modern Man is pretty good as well, and continues on the lyrical theme that is all-present on this album, about modern conveniences and the way things used to be, but also set in the future. I’m not big on lyrics in general, but these work pretty well. Rococo is pretty fantastic simply for the little Zappa-esque melody in the chorus. It’s so catchy and incredible to hear that it saves the song from being boring single-handedly. The instrumentation is pretty cool as well.

Empty Room has a few faults in it, but not enough that I can overlook what is there. It brings in a much needed variation to the vocals and gives the song a bunch of life from it. City With No Children however goes the opposite direction. The music is boring, and the vocals go back to being lifeless. Half Light I is basically a big long intro for the next track, but it’s not bad. I like the guitar and the slight climb the song has. Half Light II (No Celebration) is nice but it feels like more of a collection than a song. As in, it doesn’t feel as if there’s a point once it’s over.

Suburban War is kind of boring until the last minute or so, that bit I do enjoy. Month Of May is absolute trash. I can’t stand it. Some of the same complaints as before, but now with a loud, generic guitar riff over the whole thing repeatedly. Wasted Hours is nice and has this ‘homey’ feel, like being somewhere you haven’t been in years. Deep Blue has some neat bits to it, but it takes a while to get there. I wish it were better. We Used To Wait is fairly good, and again the song gets best right at the end. It’s not like I don’t want them to have climaxes, but to introduce the most interesting elements at the end makes me hate listening to the first 3/4 of the song.

Sprawl I (Flatland) is decent but kind of boring. It’s kind of shocking then, that Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) is far and away the best track on the album. It’s catchy, upbeat, with somewhat ambiguous lyrics. It’s mood screams like it’s out of the 80s, but it could have only been done in modern times. It’s still got the band’s style, and is not just a pop song. It’s beautiful and it surprises me every time I hear it with the rest of the album preceeding it. The Suburbs (Continued) however is one of the worst tracks on here. Sure, it’s short but I’m bored ten seconds in.

Culture War falls into the same trap as before. The first few minutes are boring, and they do themselves a disservice in my opinion for not letting the song feel fuller. Speaking In Tongues is a bonus track, and to me it is quite boring. To associate this song with Talking Heads in anyway is a crime, even though there are other parts of this album where I wouldn’t have minded that connection. Wasted Hours (A Life That We Can Live) is an extended version of the track from before. The new ending is cool, but nothing I miss and regret them taking out from the standard product.

Final Rating: 7/10

August 7, 2014

Album 0461: Helheim – Kaoskult

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Release Date: 2008
Genre: Black/Folk Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Det Norrøne Alter (05:19)
2. Northern Forces (04:17)
3. Om Smerte Og Liv (07:32)
4. Om Tilblivelsen Fra Gapende Tomhet (03:31)
5. Helheim 6 (02:50)
6. Åndevind (06:07)
7. Symboler Bakover Og Fremover (03:07)
8. Altered Through Ages, Constant In Time (03:25)
9. Svart Seid (04:45)

Total Length: 40:51

Det Norrøne Alter has a fantastic opening that wastes no time. The dark atmosphere is presented immediately and the slow moving pace is perfect. Things pick about a third of the way through and there are great varied vocals and some good riffs. The bit at the end with the organ is fantastic. Northern Forces features a very cool riff to start things off and is just a solid song overall. Om Smerte Og Live is good as well, though it doesn’t justify its length too well. It kind of kills the pace of the album for me a little bit.

Om Tilblivelsen Fra Gapende Tomhet is a fast song with some nice points to it. I can’t say I love it, but I enjoy it. Helheim 6 is kind of an ongoing series on their albums, dark instrumental pieces. It’s a nice break at least. Åndevind has some fine moments to it but I find myself getting bored by this point in the album. It just doesn’t engage me. Symboler Bakover Og Fremover does a little bit better job on that front, I do really like the chorus.

Altered Through Ages, Constant In Time is pretty solid throughout. Again at this point though, just kinda waiting for the album to end. Svart Seid just doesn’t offer anything new to the table. I enjoy listening to this album, but after the first two songs it really loses me and I just can’t focus on it.

Final Rating: 6/10

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August 3, 2014

Album 0460: Dream Theater – When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989

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Release Date: 2004
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1. Afterlife (05:23)
2. The Killing Hand

    I. The Observance
    II. Ancient Renewal
    III. The Stray Seed
    IV. Thorns
    V. Exodus (08:06)

3. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:25)
4. Ytse Jam (05:54)
5. Cry For Freedom (06:46)
6. Resurrection Of Ernie (06:45)
7. Drum Solo (01:53)
8. A Fortune In Lies (04:31)
9. Only A Matter Of Time (06:27)
10. A Fortunes In Lies (05:22)
11. Afterlife (05:41)
12. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:29)

DISC TWO

1. A Fortune In Lies (05:21)
2. Afterlife (05:41)
3. Ytse Jam (05:52)
4. Only A Matter Of Time (06:52)
5. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:36)
6. The Killing Hand

    I. The Observance
    II. Ancient Renewal
    III. The Stray Seed
    IV. Thorns
    V. Exodus (08:26)

7. Light Fuse And Get Away (07:54)
8. To Live Forever (04:29)
9. Mission: Impossible (01:26)
10. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (06:14)
11. O Holy Night (04:11)
12. A Vision ’89 (08:32)
13. Studio Chatter (02:10)

Total Length: 02:26:27

The first batch of songs are the band’s instrumental demos from 1987 when I believe they were first signed on to a record deal. The recording quality is quite rough, but the main melody comes through and each section of the band gets shown off well. There are no vocals here, as they were between singers at the time. Afterlife sounds good and the same as it usually does. The Killing Hand has some bits that are normally hard to hear because they are covered by vocals, but it still shines honestly.

The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun is actually really cool on its own, and I kind of like it better without the awkward vocals. Kind of wish this song got more attention. Ytse Jam doesn’t present anything different without vocals since it’s never had them, but this version doesn’t offer anything new anyway. Cry For Freedom has a neat part in the middle but isn’t too great otherwise. Resurrection Of Ernie has a terrible opening line and the rest of the song doesn’t do too well either.

Drum Solo is pretty amateur and not fun at all. A Fortune In Lies has always been a good track with great riffs. Only A Matter Of Time is solid as well, and caps off the early instrumental demos. Now we go back to A Fortune In Lies in the same year but with Charlie singing along. He seems to be the focus here, showcasing his skills. Afterlife works well as usual. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun has a much more refined intro, and the song keeps growing on me.

Disc two begins with the pre-production demos from the band’s first album. It’s basically the whole album here in slightly rougher form, and changing out one song. A Fortune In Lies is still the same. Afterlife is fine to be honest. Ytse Jam has no noticeable differences I can recognize. Only A Matter Of Time has cool vocals this time around. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun is fine here too, still growing on me. The Killing Hand doesn’t have its acoustic intro yet, but is otherwise the same to the final version. Great track.

Light Fuse And Get Away actually doesn’t have any vocals, I suppose they hadn’t been written yet. I definitely like the song though I think it’s a bit wasteful, the first few minutes are unnecessary. To Live Forever has never appealed to me. It’s a pleasant song, but I’m always bored by it. The last batch of tracks are demos the band recorded around Christmas of 1988. Their cover of Mission: Impossible is a fun little piece. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End from the end of Abbey Road is cool in theory, but I don’t like how it sounds here.

O Holy Night is boring to me honestly, they don’t add anything that hasn’t been done a thousand times. A Vision ’89 isn’t too great either, especially the last few minutes. Studio Chatter is quite terrible, it is not enjoyable at any point. I really don’t see myself coming back to this entire collection of tracks, there’s nothing that stands out or is unique about any of the tracks. It’s just a novelty/piece of history.

Final Rating: 5.5/10

July 18, 2014

Album 0459: Dark Tranquillity – Lost To Apathy

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Release Date: 2004
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Derivation TNB (03:27)
2. The Endless Feed (Chaos Seed Remix) (03:58)
3. Undo Control (Live In Krakow, Poland) (05:25)

Total Length: 12:50

Derivation TNB is sort of a remix, it uses a couple bits from three different songs while also being an extended song of a section of one that is present on the Character album. TNB stands for The New Build, one of the songs it is created from. The Endless Feed is a remix version, and it slows it down a lot. It’s calm and nice, but I prefer the original. Undo Control is live, and I assume they couldn’t fit it on the disc they released with the rest of the set. I’m not entirely into the song, yet I bet I would love it live. This is a tiny little collection and hard to regard on its own, but at least it’s interesting.

Final Rating: 6.5/10