Category Archives: Album Reviews
Our unbiased and comprehensive album reviews. We focus more on talking about an album for what it is. We highlight the good points, note the bad, and let you decide for yourself. However, if you really want to see our score look to our “quick hits” list on the right side of our main page and hover your icon over the album’s thumbnail. There, you will see our score based on 1-5. The higher, the better.
I am not one for live albums anymore. I used to always buy them because I felt I was enjoying a piece of the band that I did not have regular access to. The live setting was raw and mostly unedited back then. It seemed pure and energetic. Then, bands like Dream Theater and Opeth (to name just two) went and threw a whole bunch of production into their live albums/DVDs and now my bar has grown accustomed to excellent sound. How can I go back to bootleg-ish production now? There is one exception to the rule though. The (sort of) “unplugged” setting is an intimate atmosphere free of distortion and all around craziness. More importantly, bands have to rehearse quite a bit because the audience will be able to hear every single nuance of the music. It has to be awesome. This is where Katatonia’s new live concert, Sanctitude, comes in. It is (basically) unplugged, crisp, and sensational. Of course, the production helps. Read the rest of this entry
Here are the second six of the 12 female-fronted albums our friends at Sonic Cathedral reviewed during March. I’m still trying to determine if the Christopher Backeberg who does reviews for SC is the same one who posts as ChristopherMammal on Metal State. Every time I look for him, he seems to be looking for me.
Our good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.
Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!
We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.