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[Recap] June 2011

July 4, 2011 Leave a comment

June’s already over? Seriously? And here I’ve been blogging away on my lazy ass, listening to some great music, reading some great comments; sounds like a damn good month. Again, this month is mostly filled with album reviews. Last month put out overall better music, but there is still much to be more than happy with coming out of June. The following will be included in this recap:

  • Album of the Month
  • The Devin Townsend Project
  • Better albums
  • Lesser albums
  • FML albums
  • EPs
  • My personal favorites of the month

A little something about June’s Album of the Month…

This particular album had been announced over a year ago. They said most of the parts were recorded and the tracking process was underway (according to wikipedia). There I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for the pot of water to boil. I guess the more water there is in the pot, the longer it takes to boil. Here we are, more than one year later, and the pot has overflowed. The Album of the Month for June is:

Album of the Month: Iconoclast (Symphony X)

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[Recap] May 2011

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The Golden Bird is back! Kind of… there were a great deal of posts coming out of this month. Of course, all are reviews. But still, this is the most productive the site has been in a very long time. It feels glorious, that’s for damn sure! Yes okay, it started off slower than one would wish. But once I had adjusted to this new lifestyle, The Golden Bird took off like a bird out of hell. And hey, there’s still lots more to come. But for this May, it is the following:

  • Album of the Month
  • Runner-up
  • The great!
  • The very good
  • The “not too shabby”
  • The “meh”
  • My personal favorites of the month

Many many good releases came this month. Two of them are of utmost remarkable quality, and deciding which to name Album of the Month has kept me up many nights… but here it goes. May 2011’s Album of the Month is:

Album of the Month: Human Remains (Hell)

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[Recap] April 2011

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Like February, this month experienced some notable exam time slowdown. It started off quite decently, but drastically died down as exams progressed. However, that’s all done now so perhaps I can direct more focus towards The Golden Bird… perhaps.

Not too much has happened this month, just a few album reviews. Luckily, I found one good enough to give Album of the Month:

Album of the Month: Wasting Light (Foo Fighters)

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[Recap] March 2011

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

This month was much better than last month. Still, I don’t think I will be where I’d like to be until May. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up semi-regularly as I have been, but times are busy and promises cannot be made. Fortunately, I was able to do some catching up and keeping up this month, including the following:

  • Album of the Month
  • Runner-up
  • Remainders
  • Late February
  • Beast Wars!
  • My personal favorites of the month

There were all-around good releases this month; I was glad to not have come across any bad albums per say. My late reviews for February albums, on the other hand, were rather disappointing. But for March, it was quite difficult to choose the Album of the Month. After much deliberation, I decided that the Album of the Month is:

Album of the Month: Mammoth (Beardfish)

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[Recap] February 2011

March 3, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s that busy time of year. Unfortunately, I’m talking about midterm cram-time, not blogging season. In fact, that period from February 5 to 21 where there are zero posts… Yeah, that says it all. I did manage to catch up on a few reviews at the end, though I still have some catching up to do. Not too much this month, just the following:

  • Album of the Month
  • Other really good albums
  • Other albums…
  • My personal favorites of the month

I only got around to reviewing five albums this month; I too am disappointed in myself. Three of these five are great (good ratio!), and one of those three is just a tad better. February’s Album of the Month is:

Album of the Month: Death & Legacy (Serenity)

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[Recap] January 2011

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Not much has been said on The Golden Bird as of late. I’ve been trying to re-adjust to the busy life, but I think I’m getting back in my groove. Hopefully, February has more to come (though this seems to be a consistent statement). As for January, the recap includes:

  • Album of the Month
  • The other albums…
  • My personal favorites of the month

There were only four albums released in the month of January that I was able to review. I almost considered waiving the Album of the Month until I came across this album:

Album of the Month: Sounds of Violence (Onslaught)

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Albums of 2010

January 2, 2011 Leave a comment

After looking at all the albums I have reviewed throughout the year, it seems fitting to make a personal “Best of” list. But first, there are a few things I would like you to know before you crucify me in the comments section.

  • I like metal; I love prog. But I try to give everything a chance.
  • Black/Death metal – not so much my thing.
  • Only albums reviewed here are eligible; some of the better releases may get shafted (Agalloch, Enslaved, Kanye West, etc.).
  • My reviews are extremely thorough and independent. Therefore, so is this list (in a sense).
  • By no means am I claiming this list to be anything official. It is an opinion, and everyone is entitled to one – please comment!

And without further adieu, here is The Golden Bird’s best albums of 2010. Starting off with number 5:

5) Salt (Wuthering Heights)

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