Nick Shutter
Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
Tool - Lateralus
Nov 17

Recent Reviews

Oct 25, 2019
 The Autumn Effect is the most well-known album by 10 Years, an alternative band from the United States that made it big for a little while with the song "Wasteland." Remember that song? You probably do if you're a North American my age, since it was played on the radio quite often back in the mid-2000s. Rightfully so, I might add—it's pretty well-written and holds up even now. At least, to me.

 But how does the album hold up? In a way, nearly every song here is a ... read more
Oct 16, 2019
 Guitar Vader's big first break was when ten of their songs appeared in the Japan-exclusive video game Roommania #203. Their fanbase expanded, and the band capitalized on this with Die Happy!, a compilation of their previously-released material. It was this release that led Hideki Naganuma, a director and producer of music working at SEGA, to discover the band and include two of their songs in the successful Dreamcast game Jet Grind Radio: "Magical Girl" and "Super ... read more
Oct 16, 2019
 It didn't take long for Fuel to get the attention of modern radio rock stations following the release of the singles from their debut album, Sunburn. Post-grunge was still dominating the airwaves, and Fuel had the hooks, the distinct vocals, and the radio-friendly aggression necessary for success. "Shimmer" received extensive airplay, and after just over two years, Sunburn was certified Platinum by the RIAA. More importantly, this is one of the first albums I grew up with, and ... read more
Oct 2, 2019
 First and foremost, this album is largely tied to nostalgia for me. I imagine it's the same for most people who enjoy Hideki Naganuma's work, as he is primarily a video game soundtrack artist. Jet Set Radio Future has been one of my all-time favorite games since childhood, and one of its defining features is its eclectic and high-octane soundtrack. It consists of many reworked tracks from the first Jet Set Radio game, and has a few new ones as well.

 The Jet Set Radio Future OST ... read more
Oct 2, 2019
 Gnome was a '90s one-man black metal project from Japan, formed by someone going by the name Masanori. Masanori also went by the name Woods when they were busy with their other black metal project, Hurusoma. Gnome's Under the Black Moon is a short demo that really shattered a lot of expectations that I had for it, in regards to both its content and its quality. Side A of the cassette is mostly forest-inspired black metal, while side B contains instrumental dungeon synth inspired by the ... read more
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I make ambient and noise music as Nick Shutter, and I also have a dungeon synth project called Dragon Altar. I do visual art as well!

I only catalog releases on this site that are from 2019 or later, that I have a physical copy of, or that I have done reviews of. For a more comprehensive look at my musical tastes, check out my Sonemic page. I have thousands of ratings there, as well as lists and guides!

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