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, May 26, 2011

Strapping Young Lad - Alien [2005]

Punch in the face beginning of "Imperial". There are some strange riffs that don't feel particularly catchy or brutal, but all is made well by the wonderfully-written clean vocals section. "Skeksis" flexes more of Devin's creative muscles with even Xylophone being introduced. The brutality is ramping up. And then, there's fucking "Shitstorm"... brutal isn't even the word for it; more like "brilliant". It's simplistic yet very complicated and the wall-of-sound production makes everything just insane. "Love?" brings things down to a groove level. There are a few songs that feel dragged out and fall a bit flat without much catchiness. There's a decent amount of variation in the types of metal used between tracks. However, the wall-of-sound approach makes my ears tired after a while.

Rating: 8


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