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Shaking The Habitual
Shaking The Habitual
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Price: 5.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall? Disappointed, 30 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Shaking The Habitual (Audio CD)
Reviewing 'Shaking The Habitual' can be done in two ways. 1) As a piece of art - in which case it deserves 5 stars, and 2) As a piece of music - which deserves between 1 to 2 stars in my opinion. Why? Because musically, and comparing to their previous (superb) efforts, this album is not up to scratch. Simply put, the majority of the album is NOT pleasing on the ears. An overwhelming majority of the minutes are wasted on experimental, industrial and electronic noise. There are some beautiful passages and moments, but they just aren't repeated enough, or the rest of the song proceeds on being dragged out to a painstaking length. And this is really frustrating. The only coherent 'song' on the entire LP is the last track, 'ready to loose'. This is a moody and haunting song, but annoyingly it isn't long enough.

Negative points aside, and looking at 'Shaking the Habitual' from an artistic perspective, I can appreciate what The Knife were trying to do with this album. The LP is a statement. A protest. An experiment. It does not conform to what we all expect from musical artists. It tests the boundaries and pushes the patience of the listener. It's all political by the way. The Knife are a political band.

So to summarise as I began. 1) As a piece of art this is ground-breaking. 2) As a record, this is disappointing.


L'Enfant Sauvage [Special Edition]
L'Enfant Sauvage [Special Edition]
Price: 12.77

4.0 out of 5 stars don't hesitate, buy it!, 30 Jun 2012
Overall i'd say this album has more melodic elements compared to their previous offerings - There are some really beautiful passages and atmospheres here, which are of course accompanied by Gojira's typical bone crushingly heavy riffs. The outro riff(s) on the opening track, 'Explosia', is just too wonderfull!

It's not quite five stars for me because of the lack of GROOVE orientated riffs. This was what caught my attention to their first three albums - some of those riffs are outrageously heavy but so groovy! (think chimaira) For me there is too much tremelo picking on open or palm muted strings with no real separation or groove to the riffs - because of this the songs seem to flow from one another as opposed to each standing out. This is not a bad thing though, since the whole album has a strange mood to it.

Quite a few listens was required before i could really get into it, but it is very rewarding. I'm glad to say Gojira have constantly evolved their sound but have retained plenty of familiar elements that we all love. Fan or not, buy it!


The Industrialist [Limited Digipack]
The Industrialist [Limited Digipack]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 14.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Fear Factory, 15 Jun 2012
Strengths:

The first four songs on this album are outstanding, particuarly the choruses - For me this is the most rewarding aspect of the LP - Burton really shines here with his typical clean sung choruses. They are memorable, melodic and slightly haunting. Also, Rhys Fulber has done an amazing job with his atmospherics and samples - in places he has added some new touches that haven't really been featured on an FF record before. E.g on 'new messiah' and 'god eater' - his melodies on top of the verse/chorus breaks are eerie and give a completely different feel to a typical FF song.

Weaknesses:

The major let down for me is the drums. You can tell they were programmed, and a lot of the beats are completely uninspired. Yes of course FF is supposed to have that robotic sound but at the end of the day we're talking music here, and it needs a human touch. I suppose they did this to cut down on owner/royalty costs? To be honest i can appreciate that given todays musical earnings.
As i said the first four songs are outstanding, however it seems that the remaining four get weaker and weaker, and then, we are left with 13 minutes of industrial sound scapes??!! I admit i have just downloaded the tracks off of Itunes and do not have the actual CD disk and so i have not followed the whole 'concept' thing with the booklet - maybe that makes a difference, to appreciate the 13 minutes of crap?
A side note about Dino - some of the riffs here are a bit juvenile and bring nothing new to the table. This is especially true for filler riffs between chrouses and verses. Also, the chorus to 'the industrialist' - thats pure cheese to me!

Conclusion:

If you are an avid FF fan the first four songs alone make the purchase worth it. The other four songs don't suck as such, they just aint nothing special. Sonically this album is most similiar to obselete, which for me, is a bloody good thing. I think Mechanize beats this album a little, but not much. Buy it!!!
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The Hunter
The Hunter
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 14.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spaced out mastodon!, 31 Oct 2011
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So they decided to ditch the concept idea and go with what feels natural. On the very first listen i thought ok this is 7/10 but then as usual with subsequent listens it grew to a more 9/10.
Production wise it HAS lost some of the dynamics as featured in leviathan and blood mountain but i am a fan of tight production so it doesn't bother me at all. There are what, 3 episodes of shouting on the entire album? Again this doesn't bother me. The vocals are in the majority clean (for brent and troy anyway), are VERY processed but nevertheless sound awesome. Brent sounds like ozzy in some places!
It seems they've decided to cut the crap and write shorter songs without dragging anything off for the sake of it. It's their most focused, weird and spacey LP to date. Just watch Brent all baked out while he's listening to the beginning of 'creature lives' on the DVD, ooh the look of satisfaction! ;)


Diamond Eyes
Diamond Eyes
Price: 7.04

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the old days?, 16 May 2010
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lets face it.....we all miss it when stephen wasn't so larthargic and actually moshed once in a while. chino would run up and down the stage like he used to be on some sweet amphetamines, and Abe would kick the bass drum like it really mattered.
well,
upon analysing the new album, along with their live performance to support i am thoroughly impressed! aside from a couple of girly ( yet sooo beautifull!!!!!!!!! ) songs....
it's return to. it's back. it's heavy. and it's original.


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