Archive for April, 2012

April 7, 2012

Album 0028: Symphony X – V: The New Mythology Suite

Release Date: 2000
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Prelude (01:07)
2. Evolution (The Grand Design) (05:21)
3. Fallen (05:51)
4. Transcendence (Segue) (00:38)
5. Communion And The Oracle (07:45)
6. The Bird-Serpent War/Cataclysm (04:02)
7. On The Breath Of Poseidon (Segue) (03:02)
8. Egypt (07:04)
9. The Death of Balance/Lacrymosa (03:42)
10. Absence Of Light (04:59)
11. A Fool’s Paradise (05:48)
12. Rediscovery (Segue) (01:25)
13. Rediscovery (Part II) – The New Mythology (12:01)

Total Length: 01:02:46

Prelude is a fairly nice intro track, I’m a sucker for these. Evolution (The Grand Design) has a cool chorus and the vocals overall are neat. Fallen honestly isn’t that too interesting to me, but it’s not a bad song. I’m not sure why I can’t really get into it. Transcendence (Segue) is exactly what the name says, it’s just a neat little bridging piece. Communion And The Oracle is definitely the best song so far. It’s well paced and melodic.

The Bird-Serpent War/Cataclysm is fairly interesting and has a few neat vocal moments. On The Breath Of Poseidon (Segue) is a slightly meandering segue. It goes on for a bit longer than it really needs, but I suppose it’s a nice breather. Egypt is a neat song but I just can’t get into it. The Death Of Balance/Lacrymosa has a really cool intro, and kind of a creepy end. Absence Of Light is kind of cool. A Fool’s Paradise is really good, the chorus is infectious.

Rediscovery (Segue) is basically a cool intro for the next track. Rediscovery (Part II) – The New Mythology is a fairly cool big song. I don’t know what it is with this album, it is just completely uninteresting to me. I can’t get into it, and I’ve tried listening to it on multiple occasions. I like this band, and this album is usually rated highly so I’m honestly not sure what my deal is.

Final Rating: 6/10

April 5, 2012

Album 0027: Bear McCreary – Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Original Soundtrack

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Soundtrack/Score

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1. Gaeta’s Lament (04:49)
2. The Signal (05:09)
3. Resurrection Hub (03:41)
4. The Cult Of Baltar (05:42)
5. Farewell Apollo (02:56)
6. Roslin Escapes (02:56)
7. Among The Ruins (07:45)
8. Laura Runs (02:21)
9. Cally Descends (03:09)
10. Funeral Pyre (03:57)
11. Roslin And Adama Reunited (01:59)
12. Gaeta’s Lament (instrumental) (04:51)
13. Elegy (02:55)
14. The Alliance (02:31)
15. Blood On The Scales (05:21)
16. Grand Old Lady (00:52)
17. Kara Remembers (03:28)
18. Boomer Takes Hera (02:40)
19. Dellide Thrace Sonata No. 1 (05:35)
20. Disapora Oratorio (04:52)

DISC TWO

1. Caprica City, Before The Fall (04:34)
2. Laura’s Baptism (02:41)
3. Adama In The Memorial Hallway (02:11)
4. The Line (03:57)
5. Assault On The Colony (15:09)
6. Baltar’s Sermon (04:25)
7. Kara’s Coordinates (04:21)
8. Earth (03:08)
9. Goodbye Sam (02:11)
10. The Heart Of The Sun (03:20)
11. Starbuck Disappears (02:09)
12. So Much Life (05:01)
13. An Easterly View (04:53)
14. The Passage Of Time (01:16)

Total Length: 02:16:43

Gaeta’s Lament is just an absolutely beautiful song. It’s gorgeous, his voice is great and the backing works wonders. The Signal is really neat because of the percussion and chorus vocals. Resurrection Hub has traces of Gaeta’s Lament in it which is pretty great. The Cult Of Baltar is fairly interesting, but not too great overall. Farewell Apollo is great, I love the Scottish-ness of it. Roslin Escapes is surprisingly interesting even on its own. Among The Ruins works much better in the show, as the images are the main focus.

Laura Runs is fairly interesting. Cally Descends is creepy to match the mood of what was going on, so it works in that respect. Funeral Pyre is alright. Roslin And Adama Reunited is nice and emotional. The instrumental version of Gaeta’s Lament is of course, but not as good as the regular version. Elegy is a really beautiful piano piece. The Alliance is surprisingly fun, it draws on a lot of strong melodies. Blood On The Scales is really neat, once again the percussion shines.

Grand Old Lady is a beautiful little track. Kara Remembers is just brilliant, the buildup with the piano into the full song works perfectly. Boomer Takes Hera isn’t actually all that interesting. Drellide Thrace Sonata No. 1 is somewhat interesting but not enough to justify the length. Diaspora Oratorio is fairly interesting but again a little bit too long.’

Caprica City, Before The Fall starts off disc two. The entire second disc is just the music from the final episode of the show, so it fares a bit differently from the first disc. This track isn’t terribly invigorating. Laura’s Baptism is much the same. Adama In The Memorial Hallway is very emotional, especially in the episode. The Line is fairly neat. Assault On The Colony is by far the biggest track on this entire soundtrack. It’s huge and has got a mix of all kinds of different themes and is pretty cool for that reason alone.

Baltar’s Sermon isn’t all that interesting to be honest. Kara’s Coordinates is great because it goes back to All Along The Watchtower in a big way. Earth is actually fairly nice. Goodbye Sam is short and somber. The Heart Of The Sun works much better with the video, but it is some of the first positive music on here which helps push the point. Starbuck Disappears actually isn’t that interesting to listen to. So Much Life is a great mix of stuff.

An Easterly View is really the final closure on most of the characters, and is emotional even without the video aspect. The Passage Of Time is a neat little piece to cap off everything. Overall this is really good soundtrack, though I much prefer the first disc to the second. A collection of great themes is more engaging than just ripping out the background music for a single episode, even if it is a huge episode.

Final Rating: 8/10

April 3, 2012

Album 0026: Vehemence – God Was Created

Release Date: 2002
Genre: Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Made For Her Jesus (05:58)
2. She Never Noticed Me (07:00)
3. Fantasy From Pain (06:05)
4. Christ, I Fucking Hate You!!! (05:03)
5. Lusting For Affection (03:40)
6. The Last Fantasy Of Christ (05:24)
7. I Didn’t Kill Her (08:55)
8. God Was Created (05:55)
9. I Must Not Live (06:12)
10. The Lord’s Work (05:34)

Total Length: 59:46

Made For Her Jesus honestly really doesn’t interest me too much. There are some cool riffs, but it’s marred by the vocals which I just can’t get into, and the overall stupid lyrics of the album. The story of this album is frankly retarded, I’ve read up on it and it displeases me. The ideas behind it may work for a film like American Psycho but if the events in this album were to be shown or acted physically the film would never get off the ground. She Never Noticed Me is probably the only song I enjoy on here, as the lyrics are tame and I like the keyboard backing.

Fantasy From Pain is frankly just alright. Christ, I Fucking Hate You!!! is about the same. It’s not bad songwriting, but the whole tone of the album just puts me off. Lusting For Affection fares the same. The production on the album is pretty good, everything is tight and easily understood, but the best production can’t save music you don’t really like. The Last Fantasy Of Christ begins like it’s going to be different, but then doesn’t really offer too much new.

I Didn’t Kill Her is a big, longer song with some varied parts but by this point in the album I just can’t really care. God Was Created has about the only decent lyrics in the entire album. I Must Not Live is just stupid. The Lord’s Work is just… ugh. I really wanted to like this album when I first heard it, it had some great recommendations from some people, but I just can’t. It’s just filled with dumbness.

Final Rating: 5/10