Reviews by chowcy
This is Mastodon's "air" album and it is excellent prog metal. Most of the songs are pretty long, but if you have the attention span to listen to the whole album in one sitting, this is an extremely rewarding album. It is layered with emotions and the drumming and overall songwriting are very original. Brann Dailor has said that the phrase "Crack the Skye" pays homage to his late sister, Skye
Russian Circles has been nothing but solid. Despite being an instrumental band, they still manage to exude emotion perfectly. (Hexed All is an especially pretty song) If you like this album, check out their other album Memorial.
Based off Daphne Du Maurier's equally excellent book, Rebecca, this film tells the story of a timid young woman who meets the rich widower Maxim de Winter. Joan Fontaine's performance as the unnamed protagonist is well done and nuanced, perfectly portraying the character's personality in the book. The plot has, in typical Hitchcock fashion, a lot of twists and turns. This is a must-see, highly recommended film.
The Beatles is one of those classic bands that, despite having written these songs many years ago and doubtless imitated by other artists, still sound very original. Abbey Road is a wonderful album of songs that each have their own unique unf and atmosphere that separate it from the other songs. My favourites: Maxwell's Silver Hammer, and I Want You (possibly one of the first doom songs), but all the songs on this album are great.
Many people gripe that Opeth is "going downhill" because they're "not metal anymore" or whatever, and while it's certainly true that there are only clean vocals on this album, it's still a pretty solid album. Not as good as my personal favorite album of theirs, Watershed, but it's decent progressive music with Opethian emotional melodies. I like "Eternal Rains Will Come" the most. Great drumming and the parts after the organ hits is simply magical