Mini-reviews for 2015

It's been too long since I posted any criticism! Not much music deeply connected with me in 2015, and I was listening to less of it as well. However I wanted to write something before the new Animals as Leaders and Periphery (maybe even Karnivool?) this year, so I figured I'd take a look at my most-listened albums of 2015 and do some short write-ups.

Read More

Let's talk about Between the Buried and Me's "Coma Ecliptic": Part One

Here we are again. I'll be upfront and say I'm not 100% sure whether I like this album or not yet, which is partially why I'm writing this. It feels like an inevitable thing that BTBAM (no, I'm not going to CamelCaps that) is going to keep releasing somewhat unique metal concept albums until the end of their career, so I'm not shocked by the ambition, and few of the songs on Coma Ecliptic have really bit into me. 

Read More

Let's talk about Periphery's "Juggernaut": Part 2: Omega

Hoo boy. Continuing on from my review of Alpha, this is going to be a similarly involved affair–Omega has more experimental composition choices, but it's definitely made by the same people in the same mindframe. I don't have many "simple thoughts" about this one, having listened probably 7 or 8 times, so let's just get into it.

Read More

Let's talk about Periphery's "Juggernaut": Part 1: Alpha

This is intended to be an in-depth critique and review of Juggernaut: Alpha by Periphery. I have a lot of complex feelings and critiques about this album so I'm going to start out with a short history and the easy stuff, then go track by track through my thoughts about Alpha, having listened to the album 6-7 times since its streaming release. I have not listened to Juggernaut: Omega past its two singles, and I won't until this post is finished–I will very likely write a companion post to this doing the same thing to Omega and comparing the two.

Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy

I feel like Guardians of the Galaxy is never quite sure what it is, or what it even wants to be. It's a generic action movie, it's a comedic parody of generic action movies, it's the heartwarming tale of unlikely friendship among space randos and some white guy, but it's not very good at any of those things. If anything, it commits the most to being a space action movie and does a pretty predictable, serviceable take on that idea, but that's what you'd expect from Marvel and that's seemingly why they advertised it primarily as a lighthearted, comedic romp.

Read More