I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Anomalous - Cognitive Dissonance [2006]

Eerie intro. Kicks in hard and fast. Not a fan of the production, but it's tolerable. Technical as fuck. Damn cool use of effects and keys. The song structure is unique. Goes from hard and fast to light and then right back. Pretty creative stuff. There's a glimpse of genius in the second track at times with the stop-go song structure combined with crazy weird atmospheric keys and effects. Track 2 bleeds into 3 in a stunningly beautiful way and really pushes this album into the Avant Guarde category. The 3rd track is really where this goes from a cool-but-average technical death metal wank to a quite superior technical death metal wank. 3 bleeds into 4. 4 is fucking amazing right from the start and it really seems to be the pinnacle of their style on this album so far. Holy shit, 5 is amazing. Ends with the exact same effects as the cd began. Overall, the Cd is front-loaded with a couple mediocre songs (it's like a light introduction to their style), but it fucking ends strong as hell and makes me feel like I've just been on some insane death metal journey. The production quality is what really holds this album back.

Rating: 8


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