2014 Album Micro-Reviews
Gonna try something new this year. I’m not that great at writing album reviews, so I’ll just keep them super short! These aren’t all the albums I listened to this year, but ones that stood out to me, or ones from artists I follow closely. In no particular order:
Devin Townsend Project – Sky Blue: The first half of the Z2 set. It’s a mix of Addicted (one of my favorites) and Epicloud (which I thought was eh). Will take a few listens to get used to, but initially enjoyed.
Sonata Arctica – Ecliptica – Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition: Ecliptica was one of my first power metal albums, and still is one of my favorites. Recording isn’t as muddled as the original, but it failed to excite me. Downtuned songs and not enough to make it feel fresh, or worth revisiting.
Within Temptation – Hydra: Following their progression away from gothic elements and more rock oriented. Not a bad thing, Sharon still sounds great, symphony is still there, just not in your face. Also, Tarja + Sharon = Win. They lead me into symphonic metal and this collaboration was a long time coming.