So Iron Maiden has to follow up what I think is an extremely enjoyable album in Killers, after a lot of turmoil. They lost their vocalist Paul Di’Anno for the much more notable Bruce Dickinson, and this change has pretty dramatically changed their direction as a band. They keep a lot of their influences, but in this album they merge together even more styles. There’s the hard and heavy speed metal tunes merged with some more progressive song ... read more
Depression is such a difficult state of being. The layers of hopelessness, despair, and apathy are seemingly insurmountable. When you get to the point where you’re looking to take your own life, it is truly the worst feeling in the world. I know because I’ve had the knife to my neck, and was one movement away from ending it all. As a result, that’s a seemingly impossible state to capture in music, though I guess if anyone was up to the task ... read more
I recommend not reading this review until after you have heard the album first. I dive deeply into the lyrical content of the album and feel it’s best to experience it yourself first. My rating alone should speak to the fact that I definitely recommend this album to anyone willing to take in all of what Phil has laid out.
I’ve listened to a lot of metal, but this is one of the heaviest albums I’ve ever had to digest. The emotion in this ... read more
I’ve spent a very large portion of the last two days listening to this album, and I keep talking to my friends, most of which aren’t frequenting rym or just generally listening to multiple albums worth of music per day, and I tell them I’ve been really vibing with Rising by Rainbow. They have no clue who the band is, and then I list off the names of Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio and they’re like “ah yeah I know those ... read more
OK Computer is a legendary album. People will call it the seminal alt rock album. People will call it the seminal art rock album. People will call it both of the above. Some people will even just call it the seminal album. To deny the influence that this album has had on rock moving into the following decade is almost blatantly wrong, with so many bands citing inspiration from Radiohead or from bands that link back to Radiohead eventually. There's a lot that has ... read more