Helloween – Straight Out of Hell: Review

February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.5/5

Helloween is primarily known for their Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, which many define as the two most influential albums in the history of power metal. That being said, there is much dilution in their discography, especially in the years immediately following their magna opera. Recently, they’ve come out strong with The Dark Ride, Gambling With the Devil, and 7 Sinners. So in conclusion, there’s no way to predict the quality of a Helloween album nowadays.

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Young Justice Dies Young

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Young Justice, my second favorite currently-running TV series (first being Mad Men, third being perhaps Game of Thrones), has expired. After all the unnecessary hiatuses causing intermittent grief towards loyal audience members (such as myself), a certain network decided to discontinue what I’ve considered one of the greatest superhero shows ever created. It is another disheartening defeat suffered by the brilliant Greg Weisman, creator of this masterpiece, the other which I refer to being The Spectacular Spiderman series. The greatest shame is the unfulfilled potential which cannot be denied by anyone to have seen the show. The vast scope and long-term plot developments can now only be dreamed of. The never-to-happen actualization truly brings tears to my eyes, lateral motion to my head, and fist-shaking to this under-privileged, under-educated, under-satisfied world. Thanks to all who have supported this fantastic phenomenon throughout its lifetime and curses to those responsible for its great downfall; I hope a host(ess) mistakenly relinquishes your dinner reservations at a somewhat-fancy restaurant, semi-ruining your wonderful evening.

Anyways, Mr. Weisman, best of luck in the future and don’t give up the dream! I’ll be keeping an eye on you.

Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves: Review

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.5/5

I’d like to take a minute to brag about Riverside. I mean they’re essentially one of my favorite bands of all time (no exaggeration). There’s not a release in their catalog that I feel is less than great, and that includes LPs, EPs, and frontman Duda’s side projects (haven’t listened to many single releases or live albums by them). In my eyes, they have a 100% hit accuracy when it comes to their discography, and off the top of my head I cannot recall any other band for whom I would make the same statement (Devin… Physicist… So close…). But this is why there was such great internal anxiety when diving into this album blind. It was a leap of faith not knowing whether or not salvation awaited (FYI, it did).

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Hello World

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Yowza… Ahem… Hello, blog… Long time no see…

I do believe that my disinterest and expansive distancing from this writing outlet of mine was largely attributed to the overwhelming propriety I had attempted to maintain in the reviewing of musical releases, as well as the goal in doing so inevitably coercing me into listening to music I was not yet ready for. So this is attempt two, and with all proper experimentation, all but one variable is constant to the greatest extent possible – in this case, the manipulated variable is formality. And no, this is not me being overly formal… it’s actually how I talk (or at least type).

But anyways, some albums I’ve missed out on bragging about in the past while (band – album):

  • Pain of Salvation – Road Salt Two
  • Opeth – Heritage
  • Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events
  • Vektor – Outer Isolation
  • Koji Kondo – The Legend Of Zelda 25th Anniversary Soundtrack
  • Anathema – Weather Systems
  • Between the Buried and Me – Parallax II: Hypersleep Dialogues
  • Haken – Visions
  • Devin Townsend – Epicloud
  • Threshold – March of Progress
  • Änglagård – Viljans Öga

And that’s in no order at all. But they span from 2011 to 2012 so hope that helps… Anyways, I hope that I can keep up this casual blogging of sorts because there are a lot of albums out there that deserve the extra 2 hits per day that this site produces (give or take 2 hits). There’s one that actually I feel like bragging about right now in a somewhat more boastful spotlight… But for the next 30 minutes, give those aforementioned ones a quick speed run. You know, catch yourself up on a year-plus of material…

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Starting Anew

January 1, 2012 1 comment

Hello… it’s been quite a while, eh? With The Golden Bird, I had been going really steady for about two whole years until I hit a wall. I think the reason for my discontinuation was that I was trying too hard to make The Golden Bird a “professional review” site, or something similar to that nature. I felt the need to incorporate some sort of grading systems (for which I used letters) which forced me to create meaty chunks of text per album reviewed. Doing so consequentially pushed a more formulaic writing style and a necessity to discuss that which I didn’t want to in order to justify myself. Also, with the whole “professional” demeanor, my writing felt rather tight-ass and wound-up… well, no more of that.

In order to save the blog, I need to make some changes. For example, the monthly recaps are actually going to be monthly recaps, rather than the detailed documentation of last month’s happenings. Perhaps I’ll keep the album of the month thing going, and maybe a diary of my favorites; I have yet to make such decisions. But more importantly, reviews are no longer going to be graded. I’ll just say a few words about whatever albums I’d like to talk about (like a wedding or a funeral) and give some sort of recommendation. Opinions always change over time; this way, I’ll be able to revisit and rediscuss subjects without officially shitting on my past-self. And more importantly, I won’t be officially shitting on the bands that would have received poor reviews because, though they might be labelled so for convenience and consistency sakes, they aren’t really reviews.

Anyways, that’s that and I’ll hopefully be seeing you around this year! I wish you all a happy new year. Just like every other year, make it count!

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Fair to Midland – Arrows and Anchors: Review

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

On July 12, Fair to Midland released their latest album entitled Arrows and Anchors. The alternative metal force comes strong with this release, as quality is at a triumphant high. This is my first encounter with the band and, despite my nitpicking, I am quite impressed.

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Bloodbound – Unholy Cross: Review

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Bloodbound released their latest album on March 18. It was done so through AFM records and is named Unholy Cross. I have formerly stated in other reviews that bands of the heavy-power metal genre often fall into the trap of conformity; Unholy Cross is no exception. Fortunately for the band, the music is at a higher level than the average heavy-power metal record.

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