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.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Agalloch - From Which of this Oak [1997]

Whoa, definitely not what I was expecting. Melodic-based heavy metal. Really shitty playing so far, I've been able to hear a shitload of mistakes. Vocalist kinda sucks at keeping his vox distorted. However, I’m intrigued and must listen on. Okay, wow, first track was a fucking joke, right? Terrible. Second track is much better… they actually sound like they know what they're doing in the song. Okay, totally redeemed themselves a bit with the slow acoustic section in T2. The rest of the cd was decent. Interesting stuff that makes me want to be drawn in, but the entire band's playing is awful. It's got potential, but they pushed the project out the front door before it knew how to dress itself.

Rating: 5.5


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