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Rating: 88 / 100 “The flawless sound production and detailed technical execution are enhanced by a host of guest artists who create unique and memorable songs, some with stellar vocal performances, and the resulting effort is one of the best the genre has seen.”
Rating: 91 / 100. “The drums frequently mix things up in the middle of verse sections, guitar riffs evolve rapidly, and new elements are selflessly introduced late into a song’s running time to keep things fresh. In short, this is a smart and nuanced recording that rewards careful listening and repeated spins.”
Rating: 49 / 100. “Meteor has somehow taken a step back to simpler, less energetic songwriting with fewer surprises, leaving the listener to struggle through repetitive beats and prosaic melodies that rarely aspire to be anything more than ordinary.”
Rating: 93 / 100. “With its hefty running length, remarkable blend of traditional metal styles, and outstanding execution, Return of the Spectral Rider emerges as one of the best modern releases in true metal.”
Another solid release from a synthwave mainstay
Rating: 84 / 100. “The band is adept at a variety of styles, shifting easily from speed metal to classic heavy metal and supporting it all with genuine elements of blues and hard rock.”
Rating: 38 / 100. “Even after multiple listens, Kalax’s songs fail to distinguish themselves from one another. They bleed together in a prolonged drone, occasionally broken by the distant wailing of the saxophone or a dreary vocal contribution.”
Rating: 75 / 100. “Satan’s Hallow is perfect to throw on for a Saturday night drinking session with some friends, but those looking for depth, nuance, and song variety will find them in short supply here.”
Bold experimentation and a commitment to nostalgia help Eighties Kids stands out as a modern synthwave gem.