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by Sparky
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon 'Into The Electric Castle’ 20th Anniversary
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Ayreon 'Into The Electric Castle’ 20th Anniversary

ToddS wrote:Will be curious to see how this goes. On the surface, yes why mess with it?


FWIW, Arjen told me on Facebook that he had to remix for the 5.1 and instrumental releases. The stereo mix just comes along for the ride.
by Sparky
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10

There's a great, long interview with Nick here: https://www.sonicperspectives.com/interviews/interview-with-nick-van-dyk/ I'd think it's pretty much mandatory for any Redemption fan. I guess it stands to reason that Tom came into Redemption not wanting to be 'Evergrey Tom', to the point where he's n...
by Sparky
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon 'Into The Electric Castle’ 20th Anniversary
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Ayreon 'Into The Electric Castle’ 20th Anniversary

I'm still over here trying to figure out (beyond 5.1) why you'd remix this. Arjen's productions are perfect as-is.
by Sparky
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out (first impressions)
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out (first impressions)

It's a lot to absorb, and I'm still on my first listen. I'm on record as not being a fan of djent guitars, and I don't know if it's the band or the new guitarist or what, but, yeah, they've moved even more in that direction. I thought the djentyness of the last album was a perfect balance. Maybe I'l...
by Sparky
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The post about re-masters ....... good or bad ?
Replies: 23
Views: 822

Re: The post about re-masters ....... good or bad ?

LarryD wrote:
Sparky wrote:As I've said elsewhere, Evergrey's Solitude, Dominance, and Tragedy re-master sounds great, compared to the original.


***Definitely on my re-master to buy list ..... thanks for the reminder !!!!!


Did you ever check this out? Curious as to what you think of it...
by Sparky
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....

My favorite post-Beard, pre-Neal Morse Band disc is One, although Sola and ? are exceptional, too.
by Sparky
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10

It's excellent! Tom fits great with the band, even though a bit more "reserved" than with Evergrey. I shared it on my FB! :) I think it's just the nature of the vocal lines. Yeah, I expected him to be blowing the doors off, but he's much more aggressive in Evergrey. Then again, *something...
by Sparky
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....

I think one of the unsung qualities of Snow is that it's a long prog album that is not made up of very long songs. It thus places less demands on the listener's patience and attention span than do some prog albums with a shorter playing time. The new Similitude Blu-ray does not interest me, but I a...
by Sparky
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 276

Re: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......

I'm 6 tunes into the Fates (on Spotify) and it sounds exactly like I'd expect it to - and this is perfectly fine live mix, really good, even - lots of clarity in the instrumentation, which I love. Volume is consistent, too.
by Sparky
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Flying Colors Blu-ray for $4.99 + shipping
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: Flying Colors Blu-ray for $4.99 + shipping

Wow, thanks for the heads-up. Having that show was never a top priority and I just never got around to it. At $7.99 (shipping included), it was a no-brainer.
by Sparky
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Best place to buy digital music?
Replies: 14
Views: 355

Re: Best place to buy digital music?

I'm an Amazon guy all the way, but then again, I'm not in the Apple ecosystem. Otherwise, Bandcamp.
by Sparky
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

Mardoch wrote:The vocals on Djinn are even more boring, but the music is great.


'I need to find a singer that is a thin Russ.'
by Sparky
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

He made a remark about Djinn, saying “fans will think I’m insane” when they hear it. The only thing I would find insane is if he had simultaneously played nose flute and banjo. Yeah, his whole 'this is wild stuff, man' thing is complete hyperbole so far. Dude, you're not so far off in the weeds tha...
by Sparky
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....

introclaus wrote:Neal Morse is an incredible songwriter who seem to get better and better with the years.


I don't think there's anyone more prolific - like it's not even close. The MOUNTAIN of great material he's written over the years is hard to wrap your brain around...
by Sparky
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....

It's almost identical to the previous blu-ray (Alive Again), but that's not a bad thing. This band absolutely KILLS. *** The Alive Again bluray isn't the Similitude show though, right ? Sorry, I meant that Neal ALWAYS films in Tillburg, so they all LOOK sort of the same. Alive Again, which is amazi...
by Sparky
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....

It's almost identical to the previous blu-ray (Alive Again), but that's not a bad thing. This band absolutely KILLS.
by Sparky
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

BADASS lyric video for the second single, Djinn. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/symphony-x-guitarist-michael-romeo-lyric-video-for-djinn-song/ Other than a Mid-Eastern breakdown, this is still very much in the vein of SX (shock). I'm still blown away by how audible the bass is - Romeo ain't exactl...
by Sparky
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 23
Views: 1451

Re: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....

ToddS wrote:I'm still on the fence with grabbing this, but I'm wondering about the bonus tracks. Are they only on the digipak version?
Btw - I''ve only heard the samples/tracks posted.


Dunno about the bonus tracks. I Spotified this for a first listen. Come at me.
by Sparky
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 23
Views: 1451

Re: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....

Just gave it the first spin and haven't listened to the bonus tracks yet. I liked it. It's not as rockin' as the lineup might suggest. It is at times quite jazzy (there are a couple of extended solos - sax and piano - that are straight-up jazz), majestic, and sometimes just 'nice'. Yeah, there are p...
by Sparky
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Teramaze news
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Teramaze news

Harvester wrote:So everybody quit since the last album except for the guy that owns/writes/runs the band.


You might know far better than me what actually happened with the bassist and drummer, but yeah. I think the less I know about the internal dynamics of the band/Dean Wells, the better.
by Sparky
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Teramaze news
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Teramaze news

Does this need its own thread? Probably not, BUT I DON'T CARE BECAUSE I LOVE TERAMAZE AND YOU ALL JUST NEED TO DEAL WITH IT. Nathan Peachy (who sang on Her Halo) will not be on the new disc. Instead, their original singer, Brett, is back. I am not at all upset about this development. Resume your nor...
by Sparky
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: ...and a new Redemption video
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: ...and a new Redemption video

nvandyk wrote:And Tom's performance should silence any doubters.


They should be silenced because they're terrible people.

Good tune.
by Sparky
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1481

Re: 2018 So Far

Okay, grumpy old man is spinning the Tomorrow's Even again. It's funny that the first time I played it, I thought, 'The drummer is the best thing here.'; after learning it's John Macaluso, of course the drumming is the best thing. I think the vocals and guitars are in your face to the point of distr...
by Sparky
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1481

Re: 2018 So Far

I don't think there's been a single release this year that has done much for me. Certainly nothing that owns my soul like the last Distorted Harmony, which I'm currently spinning (I'm also not listening to *nearly* enough music which is almost entirely relegated to my working hours). The new Spock's...
by Sparky
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 23
Views: 1451

Re: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....

New (very nice) song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MszeNIcxmrg&feature=youtu.be

Casey McPherson on vocals on this one...(voice of Flying Colors).
by Sparky
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Vacation?
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Vacation?

I'll (hopefully) post obnoxiously once the new Distorted Harmony drops. My music listening, quantity-wise, has been in the pits lately...
by Sparky
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out

The vocals sound like a different singer, but one of their comments said it's not a different singer. It was kind of repetitive, but still good. We'll see what comes next. Same singer, but I think this is a tad less melodic, so his delivery is a little different. To me, the last disc was the perfec...
by Sparky
Thu May 31, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out

First single:

http://www.itdjents.com/it-djents-tv/exclusive-premiere-distorted-harmony-we-are-free/

More djenty than the previous disc, but still good stuff.
by Sparky
Wed May 30, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

So when I saw yesterday he has a new solo disc coming out, I assumed it was instrumental again..... Wondering why this isn't simply the new Symphony X disc??? He makes it sound as though it's fairly diverse, so the released song may not be a great representation of the whole. I for one would love t...
by Sparky
Wed May 30, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

I couple of observations: - It's a Symphony X song. To hear Romeo tell it, though, it may be an outlier. Time will tell. - That singer is like Russ Jr. - Macaluso!!!!!!!!!! - BASS IN YOUR FACE. Why the hell can't SX discs be mixed like this? I was convinced Romeo doesn't even know there's a bassist ...
by Sparky
Tue May 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 23
Views: 1451

Re: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....

Chris R wrote:The sample didn't do much in the way to interest me unfortunately.....

Maybe an entire song will help


Full song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIAQZiSPAHM&list=RDnIAQZiSPAHM&start_radio=1

I have gone from 'blind buy' to 'yeah, I'll have to hear the whole thing first'.
by Sparky
Mon May 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)

It's a good thing I don't really hear lyrics - I suspect it's some Ayn Rand-ish bullshit Right...because so many of my lyrics are about that lol :roll: It’s about insecure people being jerks. More importantly, I’m glad you like the tune and Tom’s performance! I hope you like the rest of the CD! I s...
by Sparky
Fri May 18, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out

Day 1. No question. They are my favorite 'new' band, by far.
by Sparky
Fri May 18, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)

To be honest, I find mid-tempo Evergrey (which is basically ALL Evergrey anymore) tedious. If you put Tom on something that musically beats ass, I'm there in a heartbeat. I dig the song. It's a good thing I don't really hear lyrics - I suspect it's some Ayn Rand-ish bullshit, but I'm not sure. Tom s...
by Sparky
Fri May 11, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Arena - Double Vision
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: New Arena - Double Vision

Is some of that heavier than their previous stuff? Is this their version of IQ's Road of Bones? (Keep in mind, I know very little about either band, but I really like Road, and I know Arena makes use of one Mr. John Mitchell. Other than that, I wandering in unknown territory here.)

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