Nice Wings, Icarus! – Aurora – 86%

I was Initially disappointed by the length (39 minutes) and only 4 tracks but this album has grown on me over time. Their self titled debut is still my go to album of theirs, but this album shows great band progression and maturity.  I felt like some of the violin segments were forced throughout the […]

Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light Pt 2 – 85%

Outlandishly dark and methodically brooding, this is a fine sequel to part one. Probably the best sounding album in terms of sound staging and mixing that I’ve heard this year. Instruments are distinct with huge personality and feel.. Earth’s slow pacing makes them one of the most unique bands out there today. The tempo really […]

Buckethead – Electric Sea – 90%

A sequel 10 years in the making to his 2002 effort “Electric Tears”, Buckethead has done a fantastic job recapturing the lighter, more ambient side of his guitar mastery. This brilliant album is a breath of fresh air from the masked wizard of guitar. While this album perhaps doesn’t have a “Sketches of Spain” or […]