Phil Akin

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Mike Shinoda’s first solo EP is an emotional and personal roller coaster

02/04/2018 1:44pm

Post Traumatic is not a bad EP for what it is. It isn’t supposed to be some debut record, nor is it supposed to be the start of a new brand. Its only purpose is to try and give Shinoda, as well as the fans, some form of closure. While instrumentally it can be lacking in the beginning, lyrically it’s outstanding and doesn’t hold back from being honest and personal.

The Year in Review: Byte’s Top-Reviewed Albums of 2017

12/29/2017 5:20pm

Music reviews were a new endeavor for Byte this year, but it was a great first year to cover. We saw some disappointments from previously loved artists like Arcade Fire and Blondie, to be sure, but we also saw some pleasant comebacks and changeups from the likes of Lorde, Aimee Mann and Paramore. Some of these albums made us smile and others made us cry, but they all left some sort of indelible mark on us, and that’s why they’re the best albums of 2017.

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 6: “The King, the Widow, and Rick”

12/06/2017 7:36pm

“The King, The Widow, and Rick” has a lot of different subplots, but none of them really make much progress. Many ideas and future plot points are thrown out there, but we’ll have to wait for the result of those. While not the worst episode by any means, it could have benefitted a little more by having less perspectives than it does. Overall a solid episode that lays down a lot of groundwork.

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 4: “Some Guy”

11/19/2017 8:26pm

“Some Guy” largely felt like a waste of time. Ezekiel isn’t the most interesting character to begin with, but the writers do try to make him more normal by the end of the episode. Hopefully that change in attitude sticks. This episode also added another character to the list of deaths that didn’t need to happen and had no emotional pull. R.I.P. Shiva and Jerry’s axe.