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by Sparky
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Silent Clash - Inner Lies
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Silent Clash - Inner Lies

These guys are good. Very good. I love it when a band comes out of nowhere and totally brings it.
by Sparky
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Green Carnation dvd finally here !!!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Green Carnation dvd finally here !!!!!

Wasn't at PPUSA to see it, so this goes high on my list.

I gave the disc another spin this afternoon - it's been a while. Yep, still love it.
by Sparky
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 34
Views: 2010

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

Symphony X was always a band that I loved but only listened to every now and then - they've never been a band to *consume* my listening time over a given period of time. Having said that, this disc is in continual rotation. I don't think there's a note out of place on the whole thing. For this style...
by Sparky
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

How about October Thorns never making a proper record? Sigh.
by Sparky
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Distorted Harmony - A Way Out (first impressions)
Replies: 2
Views: 224

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

It's funny - when this band goes Djent, they go full-on, but it's not nearly as frequent as initial listens would imply. This is still the band that made Chain Reaction. They melodies are still there, and while maybe not *quite* as accessible as the last album, all the ingredients remain largely unc...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Astronoid - Air
Replies: 8
Views: 1593

Re: Astronoid - Air

Sir Exar Kun wrote:Over an entire album I guess they could get old though.


The disc IS 'samey' and is probably an occasional listen for me. It's certainly really good, though.
by Sparky
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Astronoid - Air
Replies: 8
Views: 1593

Re: Astronoid - Air

Not crazy about the 'wall of sound' production, but this is good...
by Sparky
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon 'Into The Electric Castle’ 20th Anniversary
Replies: 6
Views: 316

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: 31
Views: 1597

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: 316

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: 2
Views: 224

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: 1287

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: 611

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: 31
Views: 1597

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: 611

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: 682

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: 164

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: 706

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: 34
Views: 2010

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: 34
Views: 2010

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: 611

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: 611

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: 611

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: 34
Views: 2010

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: 1830

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: 1830

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: 394

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: 394

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: 510

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: 2254

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: 2254

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: 1830

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: 516

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: 782

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...

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