The 2016 Arsies: February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016 arse

This round breaks my heart.
The Rolo Tomassi album is fantastic and unique. Here is a band who are crafting a new melange of distinct sounds and moments, all with sincerity and aplomb. There are a couple of forced speedbreaks in the middle, though, and that gives the mind time to wander. Still, I am grateful to have heard this album in 2015, and I'm looking forward to hearing what Rolo Tomassi do next. Alas, this is the end of their run in this year's tournament.
Ah, tasty tasty Lamb Of God. Good old reliable LOG. This is certainly not a surprising album by any stretch, but what it does offer is uncomplicated yet hearty meat and potatoes. Is it going to win awards for pushing the envelope? Absolutely not; any attempt LOG made on this album to break the mold is better forgiven and forgotten. But as I've said before in tournaments past, this is not a contest to find the best album of the year, but rather the best metal album of the year. And with that dour directive in mind, I have to say that LOG's VII is more satisfying than Grievances. But seriously, listen to this Rolo Tomassi album before you forget about it.
Let's see how Lamb Of God do next week against Intronaut. Tomorrow, we've got Good Tiger and Call Of The Void!

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