Imperial Triumphant – Spirit of Ecstasy

Spirit of Ecstasy feels as though it has a broader sense of purpose and (forgive me) triumphant spirit that Alphaville never quite reached, in hindsight. Listeners know what they're signing up for at this point in the band's discography, and Spirit of Ecstasy should leave absolutely nobody dissatisfied. You're getting what you want, and that's the ultimate Imperial Triumphant record; glorious, depraved, and weird as hell, and they're better at it than ever.

Between the Buried and Me – Colors II

When prog metal titans Between the Buried and Me announced that their new album would be titled Colors II, it brought about not just a massive amount of hype, but raised questions about the band's intentions and capabilities. It's fair to be cynical of the band's decision to call their new album Colors II for multiple reasons. Can Between the Buried and Me finally escape the shadow of Colors by embracing it instead?

tētēma – necroscape

Is there anything Mike Patton won't try? My own limited collection of his music includes traditional Italian pop (Mondo Cane), off-kilter alt-rock (Tomahawk), a live album of avant-garde sludge (Millennium Mon... Read More...