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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chimaira - Chimaira [2005]

All things were stock and unmoving until the middle of "Nothing Remains". Hopefully there will be more of that throughout the album, because right now I'm not really impressed at all with the first track. It's too long and the riff never really settles in to a nice catchy niche. "Save Ourselves" starts with a much more catchy groove to it... this is more like it. Too bad the chorus is meandering shit. "Inside the Horror" is a bit more doom and gloom; catchy at times. Things seem to get marginally better as time goes on listening to this album. It must be said that I LOVE the old-school soloing. "Salvation" seems to be the first song on the album that has solid writing through the whole thing. "Comatose" finally feels like the properly savage Chimaira I was expecting from the beginning. This album is mostly lifeless for me. It's not all that catchy, the songwriting isn't that good aside from "Comatose" and "Bloodlust", and it really drags on.

Rating: 5


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