I am disappoint. You guys should be all over this.
Sorry for my... late, late appearance. Things have been somewhat complicated here. Plus, as always I've been a lazy fucker and haven't gotten around to doing much of anything useful.
But I had a dream just last night... Ben, the one, the Orbethian lord, appeared to me in a dream, and he asked me about what I thought of the album. So, I felt obligated to get off my ass and contribute to the 13th orb thread... only to find none. So I'm here to start this up, because we really need some 13th Orb discussion in here.
I'm not a very good music critic I don't think (at least in terms of analytical breakdown), but I think I should start off by saying that in general, this album is awesome. Very diverse, very well written, both fun and relaxing to listen to, and yet it's classic Orbeth sound.
I know it's sounds lazy of me to say this, but I enjoy literally every song on this album, just for different reasons. They're all catchy yet melodic and heavy and have this "truckin'" rhythm to them at some points. Also, Ben pulled out some nice effects and was pretty experimental at certain points.
Also, is it just me, or does this whole album have this sort of "awesome alien ice world at night during an aurora storm" atmosphere to it? Cuz I'm totally getting that feel right now from Terra Ignota.
Anyways, come on Empire, let's share our experience with this album. I prefer to say what I've got to say one post at a time in a conversational matter instead of just rambling off opinions... So I'll start off.
What's the consensus on Terra Ignota? Forums? Ben? How was this for you to write? Starts off very unusually for an Orbeth album, progresses into Orbethian normality, then goes in strange places... strange, yet very fascinating places. 1:45 totally caught me off guard. I was like "whoa" when I first heard it... and I wanted more! Still do. Hoping there's more where it came from.
Finally, I think I'll offer a discussion point that could be controversial. I noticed something I haven't before. It's the drums. They're really awesome no doubt, but somehow they feel... Off? To me I think I've noticed a trend in Orbeth albums where the drums are awesome but sometimes feel as though they fit in with the song's melody, riff, theme, or motif. It could just be that since I'm a rhythmic-music kinda dude (I very much enjoy electronic/electro, house, hip-hop, and prog metal rhythms) and the style is more familiar to those who enjoy blastbeats and deathmetal drumming and such. But whatever the reason, do you guys think drumming could or should be different in any way? Ben, how do you feel about your drumming writing, and do you ever think about writing in a more rhythmic style?
I know I promised to not have such a huge text wall but... oops. There's just a lot to say and it's already pretty late for me. Ben, perhaps if I'm online when you are we could discuss this a little over skype too? I'm very curious to hear what thoughts you have and excited to share some my thoughts and feelings on the album and other things.