I have quite a few albums here, a surprising influx of black metal, as well as a few records that aren't metal.
What listeners will find with this album is extremely well-written black metal infused with choral parts, both creepy and beautiful. The record primarily deals with Satanism through a religious, theological, and philosophical outlook. It may take a you more than a few listens to understand its brilliance, but once you do, you'll be hooked.
I love the orchestral and neoclassical bits incorporated into Mafia, but, with Agony, they've gone a bit overboard and pushed the guitar to the back, under both keyboards and drums. They're still audible, but to a lesser extent, thanks to a less-than-stellar production. More listens may prove to raise the album in the ranks, but I don't have my hopes up. Highlight tracks include "The Betrayal" and "The Forsaking."
Metal Archives. I typically ignore the opinions of critics and amateurs alike because there are quite a few albums I love that people seem to hate. But with Domination, the reviews were spot on--to a T, in fact. The first half of the album sounds like something off of the superlative Covenant, but the second half completely falls on its face. I'm left thinking: "Is this really the Morbid Angel I know and love?"
I should have taken into the consideration that people claim Morbid Angel went downhill after 1993. But that's just it. I usually let my ears do the judging instead of someone's thoughts in cyberspace. When pitted against Altars of Madness and Covenant, Domination is skippable, unless you want to use the album as a coaster because of the amazing artwork (that may have been a bit too harsh...).
Kvelertak is a smooth blend of black metal, hardcore punk, and a heavy dosage of rock 'n' roll I just dare you to try and hate. The vocals admittedly aren't the greatest because they literally hopped train from a hardcore band, but once you accustom yourself to them, I guarantee you'll be in for the time of your life. If you like rock 'n' roll, you'll love this slab of rockin' goodness.
5. For info on Carpathian Forest's Through Chasm Caves & Titan Woods, see my post here.
6. Yet another I've already included in my blog. For info on Velvet Cacoon's Genevieve, see my review here.
Yeasayer's Odd Blood comes off as experimental and an interesting derivative of pop and electronic music, but once you've heard it a few times, it really does click. For the most part, I love the album in its entirety, but tracks like "Ambling Alp" and "I Remember" are, in my opinion, significantly weaker than the rest of the record. Nevertheless, Odd Blood is very much worth your time, especially if you want to delve into other genres of music like I did. This album is a fun look at what pop, electronic, and experimental music can do when they are mashed up with one another.
I'm happy to say the three tracks on this record, "Starry Sky," Reality," and "Sugarless Girl," differ from their counterparts on the CD version. They enjoy extended lengths, new parts, and, most importantly, significantly better sound quality than the CD. Now I just have to see if I can nab the other vinyl releases that are so sought after by capsule heads like myself. Sadly, they are extremely hard to come by.