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, June 21, 2011

Chimaira - The Impossibility of Reason [2003]

Heavy Metal with a large dose of groove, a dash of thrash, and a pinch of death metal. I've never really liked Mark Hunter's Hardcore vox... I think his Death Metal style is much better. The Hardcore screaming is too thin and doesn't have any guts to it. "The Impossibility of Reason" is mostly a heavy metal romp, but contains a very surprising homage to Pantera towards the end... extremely convincing and very well-done. The transitions between sections are so smooth that the listener can hardly tell how they moved through the song. "Down Again" brings the catchiness back up a notch. There is a decent amount of variation in the middle of the album with songs changing up the tempos a bit. The whole album is pretty catchy, if a bit uncreative. The people calling this "nu metal" are clearly clueless retards.

Rating: 7.25


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