What we have here are two excellent albums, aiming for different end goals. ETID, who start the match, have more or less perfected the artform they've been crafting for years on From Parts Unknown; this is the most ETID-ish album that ETID have ever created. On the other hand, JFAC have really stretched beyond their own norms with Sun Eater. That said, ETID do stretch a little bit on tracks like Moor and El Dorado, and it's not like JFAC are unrecognizable on this album. But to be honest, Sun Eater is just a more compelling listen overall. There is a variety and pacing to it that is a little lacking in From Parts Unknown. Not for nuthin': after a couple of listens of each album, I started feeling like the ETID went on a little longer than it needed to. Given that the album is a biscuit longer than an episode of Seinfeld, that's very telling. Hooray, Job For A Cowboy!
Holy crap. Tomorrow, due to our
foolishcourageous pacing, we start and finish our semifinals. In the morning, it's Cannibal Corpse vs Black Crown Initiate; in the evening, it's Revocation vs Job For A Cowboy. And on Monday, we learn at long last who is the true champion.