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Old 11-05-2016, 10:17 PM   #601 (permalink)
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You could do that one instead if you want, always interesting to hear a non metalhead's opinions on a metal album
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:19 PM   #602 (permalink)
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Do you have a preference for what you wanna review? I'm still gonna do yours soon, and since this one is out now you could get to it if you'd want to. That goes for anyone, really wanna read your reviews.

ququmatz.bandcamp.com/releases that one is available, it's some experimental prog black metal. Rigged Election is like industrial rock/everything else I always say it is, out on the 8th.

Whichever sounds more appealing
I really like prog, so I'll listen to your prog album and review it. Though I'll probably listen to your other album as well.
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:27 PM   #603 (permalink)
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:01 AM   #604 (permalink)
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I'm going to review Tepeu's Q'uq'umatz. An album by the esteemable Mondo Bungle. (Atmospheric Black Metal, Progressive Metal, Avant-Garde, Post-Metal)

Creation: Album begins with a build. There comes in with a flute I think. Sounds like a guitar, in the background. I actually really enjoy this track.

Only the Sky Existed: And we move into the next track with heavily distorted guitar. It sounds like we have some jungle music happening in the background. And some heavy guitar comes in. Wow! This is really good. I love that transition. It's still growing strong. What is happening? I have no idea, but it's just awesome.

Ik Kil Cenote: Track starts with bit of an upbeat happy feel. Yet it also has bit of a downtrodden feel due to whatever is happening in the background.

Xpiacoc and Xmucane: Again, I am unsure what is happening, but I love it. Love this drum work here at the 2:30 mark. I really enjoy what I'm assuming is your guitar work. 6:30 mark. I love this so much right here. This might be my favorite track thus far. 10:30 This is awesome! I like the way you ended it.

Bloodletting Ceremony: What is that you're beating on? What is going on? Why is this so awesome? It's over? I want more though!

Tepeu: Ok. Onto the twenty-five minute track. We have an easy soft flute playing. And a synth(?) playing now. Some really great guitar has come in. This track is what I would call progressive. The synth is gone, and I have no idea whats happening again. It's pretty awesome though. 2:45 I love this guitar! The blasting drums are awesome. Is someone growling in the background? Wow this is good!

I just noticed how long this song is. I know that prog is famous for the it's longer songs, but this seems excessive. That's not in anyway a bad thing nor is it a good thing. It is what it is. But... I don't know. Song is still sounding epic. I can't understand a word of these vocals but they do what they need to and sound good doing it.

This really is a great track. Really well done.

Final thoughts: This album is really well done. It's everything it claims to be and more. I love this album.

Favorite track: Hard to say. Each track was unique and quite fun in its own right.

The album for those that wish to give it a listen.

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Old 11-06-2016, 04:23 AM   #605 (permalink)
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We need to collab, man.
Sure, let's give it a try.
What do you have in mind?
If you'd provide me with some nice dark ambient soundscapes I'll try to add some instruments.
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Old 11-06-2016, 11:57 AM   #606 (permalink)
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Time for Tepeu by Q'uq'umatz

Creation: A little over 3 minute build up of what feels like an ambient style mixed with western sound effects that really sets the tone for what I imagine the rest of the album will sound like. I really like how you included an opener for an album as opposed to just going all out from the get go. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the album has in store. 8/10

Only the Sky Existed: God damn it, 15 minutes? Well, I guess i'll be here a little while. Luckily, I'm waiting for my laundry to get done, so I have time to sit and listen. The track starts off like a traditional stoner / doom rock track would, with some added filler here and there. The additional sound effects of birds chirping etc really works for this in some ways. As the track progresses, it starts to fade and grow heavier simultaneously if that makes sense. You start to feel the track pick up and hopefully turns into something. Really picks up with some distorted riffs around the 2 minute mark and continues to do so along with the existing effects from the beginning of the track. Then a bit after 2 minutes, the track completely changes into something else time and time again. Hardly gives enough time to enjoy the good parts of the track when the track changes constantly. Not sure how I feel about that effect. At the 3 minute mark, it changes again with some heavily distorted drums and what sounds like screaming vocals then proceeds forward with that effect for about the next minute or so. It's certainly not bad, just interesting. Then turns back into some deeper distorted guitar riffs. That continues past the 4 minute mark, let's see where this goes from here. A little bit past the 4 minute mark, the distortion is gone and we're given some electronic style riffs with the drums in the background. Nice effect. Much easier to hear everything together when it's not super distorted. Onto the 5 minute mark, it continues with the same effect as was the 4 minute mark with little to no change, which is nice. Gives the good parts to grow instead of taking it away right away. At around the 5:30 mark, it gets really groovy and a little funky with some fantastic drum fills and deep guitar riffs that compliment the track really well. Certainly worth the 5 minute wait to get to this point, certainly. This continues through the 6 minute mark and then we're met with some familiar effects previously shown in the track with the distortion, then constant changes. This time it works somehow. Goes back to some of that electronica style around the 7 minute mark, with nothing else in the background until the drums pick up again. I really like that build up. It was well done and didn't feel too forced. Then halfway into the 7 minutes, we're met with distortion again. Sudden change into a pretty familiar stoner riff, which is then met with some slowed down rif***e. And of course, the rest of the tracks follows closely behind while complimenting the track as nice as it can. Seriously though, this track didn't need to be 15 minutes. It could have been done really well as a 5 or 6 minute track as I feel you just merged together a bunch of different tracks together in order to make it this long. 7/10. Points knocked off for unnecessarily long track.

Ik Kil Cenote: A 3 minute track with thankfully gives us a bit of a rest from the monstrosity that came before it. This track is interesting, sounds like some things merged together again, but I suppose it's done really well. Some organ style piano thrown in here which is nice. Gets crazy toward the middle and the end of the track, but it's still a nice change from the rest of the album. 8/10

Bloodletting Ceremony: Yes, I'm skipping the next two long tracks, because I personally don't have the patience to listen to over a half hour of what those tracks have to offer, but this track is definitely nice. Some groovy bits here and there that fits into the 2 minute length quite nicely. 7/10

So, again, I reiterate that I skipped the other 2 long tracks because honestly, I can't imagine those tracks are much different than the rest of the album, and I just don't have the patience to sit for a half hour and listen to it all. If i'm wrong, well so be it. For now, I mimic what blank said about them because I trust his judgement. As far as rating the album goes, I give it a 7.5/10. This is nowhere near your best work, but it's something different and that shows throughout.
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:00 PM   #607 (permalink)
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Well I guess props for trying^

None of the tracks sound like any of the others though. The ones you skipped are the best and most varied ones IMO, the last certainly us the most important and would be cool to know what you think since it's post rock as **** and had the best buildup just ever. Maybe listen to them on their own some time. I think it's hella my best album, you can't say that for certain after skipping like half of it. The long track you dud play is easily the least varied/most samey of the bunch, I really didn't start going full throttle at all just yet, like that one's pretty much all metal.

I hope I'm not coming across all dick-like though.

I think it might be less than 60 minutes total, I do know whatever it is it's very close to that. I dunno, everyone here listens to albums that long all the time. What difference does it make if it's 6 tracks, or 10 tracks, or 1 or 30? It makes up one prog metal album that is more or less average length for one if those. What if I had these tracks split up?

Thanks for the reviews though. I'll do some soon
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:02 PM   #608 (permalink)
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Well I guess props for trying^

None of the tracks sound like any of the others though. The ones you skipped are the best and most varied ones IMO, the last certainly us the most important and would be cool to know what you think since it's post rock as **** and had the best buildup just ever. Maybe listen to them on their own some time. I think it's hella my best album, you can't say that for certain after skipping like half of it. The long track you dud play is easily the least varied/most samey of the bunch, I really didn't start going full throttle at all just yet, like that one's pretty much all metal.

I hope I'm not coming across all dick-like though.

I think it might be less than 60 minutes total, I do know whatever it is it's very close to that. I dunno, everyone here listens to albums that long all the time. What difference does it make if it's 6 tracks, or 10 tracks, or 1 or 30? It makes up one prog metal album that is more or less average length for one if those. What if I had these tracks split up?

Thanks for the reviews though. I'll do some soon
I'm still going to listen to the tracks, hence why I held judgement and based my rating on what I heard. All I know is that I've heard you do better, but that's still just an opinion. Even some of my longer tracks rarely exceed 10 minutes, anything more than that for member albums is a tad bit excessive. Just my opinion again, though.
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:12 PM   #609 (permalink)
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I personally base it all on album length. Because a 40 minute album us a 40 minute album, regardless of how many tracks are in it or how long they are (that's just an example)

tbh the long one you did listen was two tracks but they had some of the same/similar riffs so I smashed them together. The last one I tried to make as epic as possible, so there's a gnar buildup that I milked for a while to build the anxiety.

But.............. I didn't know you were gonna do a review so I didn't choose any of yours to do. Do you have a request
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:15 PM   #610 (permalink)
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I personally base it all on album length. Because a 40 minute album us a 40 minute album, regardless of how many tracks are in it or how long they are (that's just an example)

tbh the long one you did listen was two tracks but they had some of the same/similar riffs so I smashed them together. The last one I tried to make as epic as possible, so there's a gnar buildup that I milked for a while to build the anxiety.

But.............. I didn't know you were gonna do a review so I didn't choose any of yours to do. Do you have a request
My most recent: https://thenumber7.bandcamp.com/album/x-99-ep

It's by no means my best work, but it's something I made about a week ago.
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