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Release date: 25 March 2014
Style: Instrumental progressive metal, Djent

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8.2 | 198 votes

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Review


Line-up
Javier Reyes - guitars
Tosin Abasi - guitars
Matt Garstka - drums

Session musicians
Adam "Nolly" Getgood - bass

Staff review by
Introspekrieg

Rating:
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"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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published 26.03.2014 | Comments (7)

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J. N. - 14.02.2014 at 21:45  
 
Boxcar Willy - 15.02.2014 at 03:45  
  Excited for this.
Boxcar Willy - 10.03.2014 at 18:36  
  Jesus the 0:50-ish mark of this.


This is sounding really promising.
Super_Greg - 25.03.2014 at 23:08  
Rating: 9 This album is pretty good! I like that it feels very jazzy, and has less electronic stuff in it. Better then Weightless I think.
LeKiwi - 26.03.2014 at 03:32  
Rating: 8
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.03.2014 at 18:36

Jesus the 0:50-ish mark of this.


This is sounding really promising.

Do you mean the generic djent riff or the generic djent riff?
!J.O.O.E.! - 26.03.2014 at 03:43  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 26.03.2014 at 03:32

the generic djent riff or the generic djent riff?

Didn't you call this "disappointing" the other day, yet you've given it an 8, which is a bit wei... oh it's LeKiwi, never mind
LeKiwi - 26.03.2014 at 03:46  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 26.03.2014 at 03:43

Didn't you call this "disappointing" the other day, yet you've given it an 8, which is a bit wei... oh it's LeKiwi, never mind

It's definitely disappointing, but if any other artist wrote this, it would be very impressive
MaiSweettShaadow - 26.03.2014 at 08:18  
Rating: 10 Pure magic! almost at the same levevl of AAL
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2014 at 01:57  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 26.03.2014 at 03:46
It's definitely disappointing, but if any other artist wrote this, it would be very impressive

*this post has been removed for preservation purposes*
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.03.2014 at 01:58  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2014 at 01:57

Why contextualize it if you think it's great? Shouldn't matter the name of the band, it's the final product that counts.

Just don't even, Troy...
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2014 at 02:00  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2014 at 01:58
Just don't even, Troy...

I just realized and I redact my previous statement I didn't even post in this thread I don't even have an account here sorry bye.
LeKiwi - 27.03.2014 at 13:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2014 at 02:00
Why contextualize it if you think it's great? Shouldn't matter the name of the band, it's the final product that counts.

That's my point exactly. If I rated this relative to AAL's other outputs, then I would have given it a 5 or 6. I'm rating this as if it was an entity on it's own
Zaphod - 27.03.2014 at 17:34  
  Does absolutely nothing² for me.
MechanisT - 28.03.2014 at 00:35  
  Album of the year thus far for me. Never imagined they'd ever match their debut but this album had more than a fair go at it.
Lippincott = <3
Alex Fenger - 28.03.2014 at 18:04  
Rating: 6 I really like Tosin Abasi, I just think his band is boring
Lethrokai - 28.03.2014 at 18:30  
  Has some good parts in it... but overall, it's rather hard to sit all the way through. Just sounds like typical AAL to me; technically sound with a few good ideas thrown in there, but overall rather uninspired.
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:20  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 26.03.2014 at 03:43

Didn't you call this "disappointing" the other day, yet you've given it an 8, which is a bit wei... oh it's LeKiwi, never mind


An 8 is indeed a high rating for a disappointing album. Then again, in his case it really isn't seeing as nearly half of all his votes are 9's and 10's. Talk about being easily pleased.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.03.2014 at 23:22  
 
Written by Erik M. on 28.03.2014 at 23:20

An 8 is indeed a high rating for a disappointing album. Then again, in his case it really isn't seeing as nearly half of all his votes are 9's and 10's. Talk about being easily pleased.

LeKiwi has a somewhat unique voting ethos. So unique it's got his votes wiped by mods in the past...
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:28  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.03.2014 at 23:22

LeKiwi has a somewhat unique voting ethos. So unique it's got his votes wiped by mods in the past...


And guess who was (partially) responsible for that.

That having said, I've seen worse... especially those people with lots of votes of which the majority are 10's.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.03.2014 at 23:30  
 
Written by Erik M. on 28.03.2014 at 23:28

And guess who was (partially) responsible for that.

That having said, I've seen worse... especially those people with lots of votes of which the majority are 10's.

Different but equally as bad if you ask me. If I recall correctly LeKiwi took it upon himself to be the voting adjuster of sorts and figured that giving something a superhigh score was justified if he thought the rating was lower than it deserved. Just a fancy way of being like every other vote abuser.
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:34  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.03.2014 at 23:30

Different but equally as bad if you ask me. If I recall correctly LeKiwi took it upon himself to be the voting adjuster of sorts and figured that giving something a superhigh score was justified if he thought the rating was lower than it deserved. Just a fancy way of being like every other vote abuser.


Indeed, but I was the one that initiated the event if I recall correctly. The funny thing was that he tried to justify it and didn't admit he was a vote abuser. Then BitterCOld got word of it and... took care of him.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.03.2014 at 23:35  
 
Written by Erik M. on 28.03.2014 at 23:34

Indeed, but I was the one that initiated the event if I recall correctly. The funny thing was that he tried to justify it and didn't admit he was a vote abuser. Then BitterCOld got word of it and... took care of him.

You can have full credit (though Mr. Kiwi certainly put his own foot in it a bit)

Anyway, on the topic of this. Dunno what score I'll give it. Sounded good the other day but I don't really remember much.
Alex Fenger - 28.03.2014 at 23:38  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 28.03.2014 at 23:20

An 8 is indeed a high rating for a disappointing album. Then again, in his case it really isn't seeing as nearly half of all his votes are 9's and 10's. Talk about being easily pleased.

Yet the average scores between you and him are hardly different. His is actually only 0.13 points higher than your's, though admittedly 113 "perfect" scores is far more irritating than a reasonable 23 (from you).
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:46  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.03.2014 at 23:35

You can have full credit (though Mr. Kiwi certainly put his own foot in it a bit)

Anyway, on the topic of this. Dunno what score I'll give it. Sounded good the other day but I don't really remember much.


Yeah, I might've initiated it, but LeKiwi could've saved his votes, yet chose not to do so.

I've only heard the debut by this band and while it's good (it's on my debut albums list), I can't say this band captures my attention in any way, so I probably won't check this album out. I only visited this page because it's at #1 of the top 20 of 2014.
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:46  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 28.03.2014 at 23:38

Yet the average scores between you and him are hardly different. His is actually only 0.13 points higher than your's, though admittedly 113 "perfect" scores is far less irritating than a reasonable 23 (from you).


True, but the rating distribution is far more important than the average rating. One can have a lot of 10's and 1's and few votes in between and yet have an average rating of a 7.5, for example. If it's a bell curve-like distribution, like is true in my case, then it can't be extreme in any sense. I vote reasonably, but I still always feel like I hand out too high scores. That's why I revise my own votes once every few months and downgrade a lot of stuff.
Alex Fenger - 28.03.2014 at 23:53  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 28.03.2014 at 23:46

True, but the rating distribution is far more important than the average rating. One can have a lot of 10's and 1's and few votes in between and yet have an average rating of a 7.5, for example. If it's a bell curve-like distribution, like is true in my case, then it can't be extreme in any sense. I vote reasonably, but I still always feel like I hand out too high scores. That's why I revise my own votes once every few months and downgrade a lot of stuff.

That is a perfectly valid point actually.
Erik M. - 28.03.2014 at 23:58  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 28.03.2014 at 23:53

That is a perfectly valid point actually.


Well, I'm glad you agree.
Rodney - 29.03.2014 at 11:18  
  Listened to this the other day, didn't seem like anything special to me. Sounded a lot like the debut but a little more djeneric. Weightless is still by far my favorite release of theirs (I know I'm the minority there).
Hughes - 29.03.2014 at 20:48  
Rating: 7 Havent listened much yet but first thing that came to mind , Satriani on lsd?
Mr. Cheeky - 30.03.2014 at 17:04  
Rating: 7 I always find it hard to rate instrumental albums but I quite enjoyed this album.
I think it's better than Weightless. I still need to give this couple more spins though.
Ravenous - 15.04.2014 at 16:36  
Rating: 9 9/10 because I didn't get bored yet after listening to it so many times.
musicalkaratekid - 16.04.2014 at 14:51  
Rating: 8 Nice album, just as good as the band's last in my opinion.
svartberger - 16.04.2014 at 15:53  
  The second part of the album is so much better
PsychoticNK - 18.04.2014 at 01:48  
Rating: 10 Better than their debut, and that's saying a FUCK TON.
RavenEffect - 25.04.2014 at 01:22  
Rating: 6 While their first Albums were quite tolerable, this one just sounds "more of the same".
_deepblack - 27.05.2014 at 21:17  
Rating: 9 What Tosin Abasi wants is to be Satriani in a different genre ( i think ) and he has achieved well to this moment but there must be more though he is one the best in his genre " Jazz Metal " and progressive Metal and he is extremely talented musician !
this is a good album i hope the next one be better
LeKiwi - 04.07.2014 at 15:45  
Rating: 8
Written by PsychoticNK on 18.04.2014 at 01:48

Better than their debut, and that's saying a FUCK TON.

Indeed. It's saying that you've lost your hearing I'm kidding, but seriously what do you find better about this?

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