Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (90)

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When listening to Wasting Light, attention can be captured throughout as it remarkably achieves its own personality. The performances of Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic on bass (“I Should Have Known”), as well as Pat Smear and Bob Mould’s guitars in “White Limo” and “Dear Rosemary,” respectively, give a special brightness to the album. Foo Fighters’ commitment…

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Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (77.5)

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A Dramatic Turn of Events is a more cohesive and diverse album than previous efforts from this tireless and supremely talented progressive metal giant. All the songs are solid with few questions noted. Mike Portnoy’s departure opened the door for guitarist John Petrucci to take on the task of full-time producing responsibilities. He did a…

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Opeth – Heritage (75)

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Opeth’s evolution must be appreciated as a musical progression able to enclose changes that goes beyond compositional structures and remodeling properties as textures, pitches and dynamics of songs. Heritage is a compound of wonderful pieces conceived in innovative musical forms by Opeth; however, working on unexpected movements and very expressive dynamics can end up causing…

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Megadeth – Th1rt3een (77.5)

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Megadeth’s thirteenth album finds them reaching back to their roots with a recording that features a distinctive appeal their fans have come to expect and love from Megadeth. Blistering guitar solos? Check.   Politically charged lyrics? Check. What may surprise you, however, is that after almost 30 years as a band Dave Mustaine and company have…

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