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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale [1997]

Starts off strange with crazy vocals. Pretty damn creative and different. First track is way less heavy than the start of The Sham Mirrors. Whoa…. "Alone" completely took me by fucking surprise. Damn interesting album. The song writing is actually unique even for Arcturus and it doesn't feel gimmicky or old-hat. This album's songs are much less energetic and heavy than The Sham Mirrors. However, they are more artistic and creative. Also, the song writing is much more satisfying. None of the really-amazing-section-that's-only-played-once stuff. The production is adequate. Certainly not the best and it definitely reminds me of The Sham Mirrors. However, it's still a clear and well crafted recording. Especially high marks for creativity and awesome song writing even though heaviness and energy were sacrificed in the process.

Rating: 8.5


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