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I review music so that you may know it exists and that it's good, bad, or okay.

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TBAT Reviews, Chapter 4: Life Has No Meaning - Demo 2013

Taking a break from my top 10 series to plug a bro and review some black metal. This review is gonna be short, because this release is only 11 minutes long and there's not a lot to talk about with music in this genre to begin with, since a lot of it tends to be simple (that's not a bad thing at all; simple music is good).   Life Has No Meaning is a solo black metal project started by Djenty here on the forums in the vein of DSBM (that stands for "depressive suicidal black metal," in case you d

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TBAT's Top 10 Albums of All Time, #7: Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

Incoming classical music.   Steve Reich is one of those composers in the minimalist category, whose music may seem repetitive and simply made as a novelty. Pieces like "Piano Phase," "Pendulum Music," or "Four Organs" can get stale for an untrained ear. However, his evolution from this phase (no pun intended) in his career, he began to write works that were more fleshed out and had a lot more depth, like "Eight Lines," "Six Pianos," and what could be considered his best work, "Music for 18 Mus

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TBAT's Top 10 Albums of All Time, #8: Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind

Possibly the most dauntingly impossible review I'll have to do for this series.   Swans is considered to be one of the greatest bands in underground music, and with good reason. Ever since the early 80's, this Michael Gira project has put out album after album, with their style changing indescribably from era to era.   The early 80's saw their contributions to no wave and noise rock with "Filth," "Cop," "Greed," and "Holy Money," moving into a style more reminiscent of post-punk (but still w

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TBAT's Top 10 Albums of All Time, #9: Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree

Let's do this.   Meshuggah has always been a great band for delivering progressive metal without too many overly fancy complications attached to it. Their music hasn't usually included noodly guitar work, 10-minute epics, or lots of added instrumentation. Albums ranging from all the way back to "Destroy Erase Improve" and "Chaosphere," with their thrashy and fast-paced energy, all the way up to "Nothing," "obZen," or "Koloss," all focused on slow and pummeling grooves with more complex riffs.

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TBAT's Top 10 Albums of All Time, #10: Miles Davis - B*tches Brew

This is something I've wanted to do for a while, and now I'm doing it. My top 10 albums of all time. You may be able to guess what's going to be on here, but I'd like to surprise a lot of you.   Anyone who knows jazz has to know Miles Davis. There's no way around that. His impact on the genre is so immense that I can't even begin to put it into words. He was at the front of so many movements in the style, from the bebop of the 1950's all the way into the 70's and 80's, pioneering modal jazz in

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TBAT Reviews, Chapter 3: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Because I do what I choose.   There's a gut feeling the typical independent music worshiper like me gets when they listen to a major label pop release such as this one that tells them they shouldn't enjoy it. However, "The 20/20 Experience" holds its own as a fantastic piece of soulful and well-produced R&B.   One of this album's strengths lies in its fantastic production. The beats on this album are so lush and beautiful (especially "Don't Hold the Wall," "Tunnel Vision," and "Blue Ocea

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TBAT Reviews, Chapter 2: Botch - We Are the Romans

Blazing into chapter 2 of this never-ending anthology of music reviews, I'm going to touch down on one of hardcore's most jarring albums.   Botch, for the short time they were around, certainly did a lot to push the envelope for a genre that was already doing so much to push the envelope in the 90's (metalcore began to pop up at this time with Coalesce, Norma Jean, Deadguy, Converge, etc.); their debut album "American Nervoso" serves as proof of that, with a strong absence of any sort of key o

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TBAT Reviews, Chapter 1: The Contortionist - Exoplanet

AtDawnTheySquee and RD92 are making reviews, so I feel as though I want to take a stab at this as well and review one of my favorite albums of 2010. You read the title, you know what you're in for, let's go.   Deathcore is a genre where the very same-y nature of many of the bands in it has been a deterrent for many; one-note breakdowns, extremely repetitive song structures, et cetera. However, there is an exception to every conceived notion in music such as this. This is where The Contortionis

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