Sunday, December 25, 2011
Recent Hauls Part 5
3. Yeah, yeah. I know I already submitted a post on Riot's Immortal Soul earlier today, but this is definitely one of the best albums released all year. Check out my blurb here.
6. About midway through 2011, I fell in love with hip hop, most notably jazz hop; artists like bugseed, Haiiro de Rossi, and Funky DL are among my favorites, and I eventually decided I needed to make the jump over to regular ol' hip hop. After the suggestion from a buddy, I grabbed MF Doom's Operation: Doomsday. Musically, it provides an array of nice beats, but I never could get used to MF Doom's awkward sense of rhythm and tone of voice. This record is labeled as a classic by the hip hop community, so I found myself determined to get into it, and with enough persistence I made it grow on me, but, to be honest, it was tiring. I can't recommend it right off the bat, but only after you've explored what hip hop has to offer (check out jazz hop, hint hint!). Your perception of the album might be different than mine, however.
7. Much like Operation: Doomsday, Katatonia's Viva Emptiness is proclaimed a staple in the band's discography. As this is my only experience with the band and from what I understand after reading fan opinions, this is one the best albums Katatonia released after they switched from a doomy death metal style to a depressive rock/metal sound. I absolutely love the album musically, but some of the lyrics just make me cringe, especially the usage of cursing on a few of the tracks. I don't find profanity necessary at all. The bleak depression comes across sufficiently, and the cursing only makes me take it less seriously. Aside from that, I love the record and can indeed recommend it to those of you that haven't heard these Swedish metallers.