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by Sparky
Tue May 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 17
Views: 736

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: 665

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: 2
Views: 123

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: 665

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: 443

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.)
by Sparky
Fri May 11, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So im trying out a pair of Bryston Power Amps and threw on..
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: So im trying out a pair of Bryston Power Amps and threw on..

Man, the crowds in the LaBrie thread and this one are TOUGH. I dunno...if you can't get anything out of 6 Degrees, Train of Thought, or Octavarium...I guess I'd argue that your tastes obviously wandered elsewhere, because it wasn't like there was a drop in quality after Scenes...in fact, they acquit...
by Sparky
Fri May 11, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So im trying out a pair of Bryston Power Amps and threw on..
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: So im trying out a pair of Bryston Power Amps and threw on..

Spun up Count in honor of this thread. The first thing that hit me is how tightly the band is integrated here. Mangini is a godly player, but Portnoy really was the heart of the band and his playing, particularly alongside Petrucci, is just hand-in-glove. Those two guys together are just...yeah. Thi...
by Sparky
Wed May 09, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Kaiser’s Bart - Meister5tuck
Replies: 19
Views: 520

Re: Kaiser’s Bart - Meister5tuck

LarryD wrote:*** Raises hand as one of those who need their lyrics in English .......... learning to accept growlies in music is one thing - learning to accept lyrics in any language except my own is another thing ....... :|


In German, no less. GAG. Sorry, Germans.
by Sparky
Wed May 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Sons of Apollo confirmed as PPUSA Friday headliner
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Sons of Apollo confirmed as PPUSA Friday headliner

LarryD wrote:The magician pulls the rabbit out of the hat once again ........ :)


Thinking he had the help of a certain drummer, but, yeah, good on Glenn.
by Sparky
Wed May 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: LaBrie cancels PPUSA performance
Replies: 28
Views: 924

Re: LaBrie cancels PPUSA performance

...and Glenn turns right around and gets Sons of Apollo. BOOM.
by Sparky
Wed May 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Rush: musical stuff I'm thankful for...
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Rush: musical stuff I'm thankful for...

For my money - the best show they ever released was the R30 show ...... and I have every one of them, except the Clockwork Angels show and the R40 show, in which Geddy just can't pull it off anymore even by my standards........ Yeah, R40 is...rough. I understand why Rush fans (of which I'm a huge o...
by Sparky
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Rush: musical stuff I'm thankful for...
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Rush: musical stuff I'm thankful for...

I had their Exit... concert on BETAMAX. Regardless of the format, it SUCKED. Still does. Randomly picked Time Machine of the shelf tonight (wife out of town, though she loves Rush).

Thank GOD this band hung on long enough to be properly filmed, and multiple times, even.

Life is good.
by Sparky
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Zero Hour - The Towers of Avarice
Replies: 29
Views: 830

Re: Zero Hour - The Towers of Avarice

Stevie coming in 3, 2,..
by Sparky
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live
Replies: 37
Views: 2172

Re: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live

On a semi-related note, I was listening to some Ayreon yesterday and I submit that it should be international law that Arjen record and mix every album of any consequence for years to come. The guy is just a multi-faceted genius.
by Sparky
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning - Live Over Europe
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Fates Warning - Live Over Europe

We have a new contractor at work whose last name is Jarzombek, so I asked is he was related to Ron or Bobby (he's not) but he knew exactly who Bobby is. Just about fell out of my chair.
by Sparky
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning - Live Over Europe
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Fates Warning - Live Over Europe

Instabuy. KILLER setlist.
by Sparky
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live
Replies: 37
Views: 2172

Re: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live

Just amazing performances throughout this thing. CRAZY good. I told my wife that this show is testament to how many really excellent vocalists there are out there - I mean, this show is limited to singers in a small niche of music, all from Europe, and they KILL. One thing: I like how Arjen says he ...
by Sparky
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 17
Views: 736

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

but pretty much everything Roine Stolt is in ends up sounding about the same. Nothing here to make me think this will be any different. Well, that whopping 20-30 clip doesn't sound like any Stolt I've heard. Sounds heavy, and rockingish actually. Stolt, Gildenlow, Minnemann, and Reingold? GTFO - I'...
by Sparky
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Conception back with classic line-up!
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Conception back with classic line-up!

I haven't been to too many PPUSAs, but those that I have been to have had some *great* performances. Ark was one of those, and I don't think there's anyone that wasn't blown away by Tore. Conception or no, the guy should be doing *something* - he's simply too good to be inactive. Man, now I want to ...
by Sparky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Roy Khan is finally back!!
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Roy Khan is finally back!!

So the religion-made-him-quit explanation was accurate, I guess. Well, the religious community has gained another giant talent.
by Sparky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Shadow Gallery / Tyranny - the best ever.
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Re: Shadow Gallery / Tyranny - the best ever.

Tyranny is a BEAST. I'll have to spin it up shortly... For my money, I still think that SG's finest moment (or its wildest) is the instrumental breakdown on Legacy's Cliffhanger pt. 2. Kernon's dry mix just makes everything stand out crystal-clear and the band just goes at it like a burlap sack full...
by Sparky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live
Replies: 37
Views: 2172

Re: Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Live

Brilliant, beginning to end. Astonishingly good, actually. Kinda blows my mind how big Ayreon is at home; in the U.S. they'd probably play to 100 people on their own. I can quibble with the setlist a bit - especially considering that The Theory of Everything has its fair share of detractors (myself ...
by Sparky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The post about re-masters ....... good or bad ?
Replies: 7
Views: 415

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

As I've said elsewhere, Evergrey's Solitude, Dominance, and Tragedy re-master sounds great, compared to the original.
by Sparky
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Random Dream Theater thought
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Random Dream Theater thought

Whatever you want to say about When Dream and Day Unite (even if you dig it - I'm 'meh'-ish) I will argue until I'm blue in the face that it and Images & Words are MILES apart. You can certainly hear a pretty darn good new band on WDADU, but can you *imagine* the band sitting on that powder keg ...
by Sparky
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Tomorrow's Eve - Mirror Of Creation III Project Ikaros
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Tomorrow's Eve - Mirror Of Creation III Project Ikaros

It was already on Spotify last week. Not sure if it's still there. I only gave one listen, but it's Tomorrow's Eve, alright.
by Sparky
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon - And the druids turned to stone (live)
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Ayreon - And the druids turned to stone (live)

Sir Exar Kun wrote:Anxiously awaiting this to arrive. Don't want to watch anything before hand as I know this will be a magical DVD experience.


From what little Arjen's released, this is will be GODLY. Marcel looks like he slays on this.
by Sparky
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Ayreon - And the druids turned to stone (live)
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Ayreon - And the druids turned to stone (live)

Damien *crushes* it. That guy should be a world-renowned talent. How he's not a Broadway guy, I don't know...
by Sparky
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: new Kino!
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: new Kino!

I've only spun it once (and at work), but I liked what I heard. A few observations: - This is not Kino 1.5 - you're not gonna get that 300 years after the first disc. It's not as 'poppy' for lack of a better word. - It's also not Lonely Robot pt. 3, so this is probably more of a group effort than it...
by Sparky
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Mile Marker Zero - have we talked about these guys before?!?
Replies: 1
Views: 385

Mile Marker Zero - have we talked about these guys before?!?

https://mmzofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-5th-row

Take Rush, a bit of Coheed, big chops, some big hooks, throw it all at a bunch of good tunes, and - yeah. They're GOOD. Larry, isn't New Haven in your neck of the woods?
by Sparky
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: new Kino!
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: new Kino!

LarryD wrote:Why is it I don't like John Mitchell in anything but Arena ? And the guy is one of my favorite guitarists ...... outside of Arena, nothing he does clicks with me ......


I'm going with 'you're dead inside'. :)
by Sparky
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: new Kino!
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: new Kino!

T'ski wrote:never thought I'd see a second album from this group, but as they say, the band is back together!


Same. One of the bigger musical surprises of the recent past. I like what they've released so far. Can't wait...
by Sparky
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Evergrey - SDT re-master
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Evergrey - SDT re-master

***I was hoping that someone was going to come along and talk about this one ......and I'm surprised more people haven't, including myself, being the early Evergrey whore that I am ....... I should have snatched this one up instantly. Now, I will - thank you ............ Listen on Spotify first. It...
by Sparky
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Evergrey - SDT re-master
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Evergrey - SDT re-master

Maybe I slept on this, but I didn't realize this was a thing. It is CRAZY how much detail they've pulled out of these tunes. Sometimes I think re-masters are cash-grabs, but this isn't one of them.
by Sparky
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: It's easy to forget Star One...
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

It's easy to forget Star One...

Man, this second Star One disc has always kicked ass, and it's doing so currently. Given Ayreon, it's almost hard to believe that Star One is/was a thing. Russ and Damien just rule all over this one...
by Sparky
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Critical Failure
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Critical Failure

From Facebook: New Progressive Metal band from Italy The Critical Failure just released their debut album ".​.​Unconventional Breakfast​.​. a story of characters" Available at Name your Price on Bandcamp https://thecriticalfailure.bandcamp.com/releases Musically, VERY good. VERY. The singe...

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