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, March 22, 2011

Animals as Leaders - Animals as Leaders [2009]

I'm really getting into this album. This almost feels like the DEFINITION of Progressive Metal. The songwriting is superb. The technicality is suicidal in short bursts. The emotion and care to which this album is crafted is nothing short of inspired. It's also managed to pull off a neat trick in that it has a good amount of variation but still feels cohesive. It's fairly creative as well, and the style blending often goes between new-age, electronic, and post-rock in addition to the Metal base. Hopefully I'll hear slightly better guitar distortion in the future.

Rating: 8.5


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