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by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 27
Views: 353

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Favorite Leverage song right here..... Very heavy 80's hard rock vibe, which I love in this setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbExFlJEs74
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Tomorrow's Eve / Mirror of Creation III .......
Replies: 23
Views: 845

Re: Tomorrow's Eve / Mirror of Creation III .......

*** This disc is fighting so hard with Ostura to become my #1 disc so far ......and at times, I deem it so. I love both disc - each different in their own way, but right now T-Eve is pushing my mood buttons just right, and Martin conveys those lyrics exactly the way I feel ....... this is exactly t...
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Kingcrow - The Persistence
Replies: 18
Views: 1177

Re: Kingcrow - The Persistence

First song just released today. Sounds GREAT, maybe a little on the heavier end of the spectrum?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tViMPqYJjMw&feature=youtu.be
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour

HOLY COW!!!! I can't believe these two are touring together.... The two best young prog metal bands out there today. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36910939_10156603166899744_5494548964533338112_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=1d460ff2536113b27ee9868a16db508e&oe=5BCEC906
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 258

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

The new Devin is incredible I watched a good portion of it last night, and you are right. I was surprised to see the orchestra was not involved in the Ocean Machine set. The band looks VERY small on that massive stage without the orchestra behind them. Devin keeps putting out DVDs, but what I love ...
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 11
Views: 257

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

I really wanted to wait for the full release to listen to any of this, but with a full fledged video I could not resist. The guitar work, especially the dueling leads, is phenomenal. Tom sounds great, and I'll be very interested to see how he sounds on the older material. Ray is a tough act to follo...
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 27
Views: 353

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

They're back, they have a new EP due later this year I think, but Peika is no more the singer... :cry: Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale, Raskasta Joulua) is the new guy and he's good IMO, but no Peika... Check out these songs, I think they're very good: Red Moon Over Sonora https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H...
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 27
Views: 353

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Peika Heino (Leverage, Brother Firetribe)


Good call on this one..... Haven't seen anything on Leverage in many moons now. Are they even still active?

Dino is also a great up-and-comer, and I suspect we'll be seeing him pop up in multiple outfits ala Ronnie pretty soon.
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 258

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

This disc is SUPERB. Only through disc one so far, but honestly.... You couldn't ask for a better track list than this offers up. No issues at all with the sound; it has a great, raw live sound to the music, that really captures the essence of seeing them in person. Yes, I can notice a couple of tim...
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New music from Into Eternity!
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: New music from Into Eternity!

Listening to it on the PC at work it sounds OK. I have heard elsewhere the production sucked, so I tend to believe it, but the playing here is very tight. Much better than I expected, I guess..... Call me curious now.
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 27
Views: 353

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Been out of town on vacation..... This sounds pretty good to me.
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: HAKEN / L-1ive CD / DVD concert.....
Replies: 18
Views: 197

Re: HAKEN / L-1ive CD / DVD concert.....

I'm not sure what's in the water that Haken is drinking, but this show has solidified Haken as THE prog metal band of our era...... Dream Theater aside. Now we can argue this till the cows come home, but for me personally, this would be true if Haken would go more metal ........ Aquarius and Vision...
by Sir Exar Kun
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: HAKEN / L-1ive CD / DVD concert.....
Replies: 18
Views: 197

Re: Fates Warning & Haken Live CDs / DVDs .....

Love the Haken. Video quality is not BAD. It's raw, but in a smaller club like this it works just fine. It's not like you're talking about a Dream Theater or TSO with a bunch of lights on a massive stage; you're talking about a small band in a (relatively) small theater. It's just fine. Honestly, if...
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 257

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

*** The Alive Again bluray isn't the Similitude show though, right ? Nope. I am a sucker for all things Neal Morse, but this DVD feels a little "flat" (?) to me compared to the others..... I think it's mostly seeing this album in its entirety, versus some of the more creative / improvisat...
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Xenoverse- smooth as silk prog rock/metal
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Xenoverse- smooth as silk prog rock/metal

Liking this a lot.... But alas.... Looks like digital only.

Boo.
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The neo-prog journey countinues... Shadowland...
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: The neo-prog journey countinues... Shadowland...

I only discovered this band once they put out the box set a few years ago re-issuing all the CDs and live album. I bought it blind based on the names involved. Not sure how I missed out on these guys back in the day, but this is definitely a good find for anyone digging into the genre. I've never he...
by Sir Exar Kun
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

Someone was nice enough to let me hear this one .... and I have to say I'm blown away. This could be the best Amorphis disc I've heard since getting into them around the Prog Power time.......I am no Amorphis expert, and am a fan since that PP time, but I have to say that this disc is just blowing ...
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1478

Re: 2018 So Far

Jason Bieler - Birds of prey


How's this one? Stylistically is it comparable to Saigon Kick?
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

With that said, so far Queen Of Time is great but I don't like it nearly as much as UTBRC. I do think it will take some time before I can decide where it falls for me, but I doubt it will surpass UTBRC for me. Challenge accepted! :) Haven't listed to "Red Cloud" in a long time, so putting...
by Sir Exar Kun
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

With that said, so far Queen Of Time is great but I don't like it nearly as much as UTBRC. I do think it will take some time before I can decide where it falls for me, but I doubt it will surpass UTBRC for me. Challenge accepted! :) Haven't listed to "Red Cloud" in a long time, so putting...
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

I'm only halfway through, and this is easily an album of the year contender. They bring the best elements from their other discs in an AMAZING amalgamation. Picture the folk elements of the early material (especially Elegy), with the melodies of the middle years (Tuonela, Am Universum) and the heavi...
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1478

Re: 2018 So Far

Wasn't going to spend the time going through album by album thoughts, but since Larry opened the can of worms.... AND work is slow today.... Why not? Soul Doubt - This 2-CD set is so hard to get into initially...... As a matter of fact, I shelved it just because of that reason. This one requires ful...
by Sir Exar Kun
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Zero Hour and Cynthesis members "A Dyeing Planet"
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Zero Hour and Cynthesis members "A Dyeing Planet"

Very much looking forward to this. Clip sounds amazing.
by Sir Exar Kun
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1478

2018 So Far

Not trying to put together any sort of top ten yet or anything..... But I found myself in the car the other day amazed at the number of QUALITY new discs I had in the rotation. Normally I try and mix up some old with the new, but I've got such a backlog of new stuff to spin that I've ONLY been playi...
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Dokken: After "Live 1981" recorded in 1983 we now get "Return To The East Live" recorded more than the half in the USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 601

Re: Dokken: After "Live 1981" recorded in 1983 we now get "Return To The East Live" recorded more than the half in the U

I didn't mean it was talking about Dokken without Lynch, just that the style and lyrics of the song are like Dokken classics, except the lyrics are kind of silly and ridiculous. Then it's sung in such a serious manner it just sounds like they're making fun of that whole old Dokken style. Ahhhhh! Ye...
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Dokken: After "Live 1981" recorded in 1983 we now get "Return To The East Live" recorded more than the half in the USA!
Replies: 13
Views: 601

Re: Dokken: After "Live 1981" recorded in 1983 we now get "Return To The East Live" recorded more than the half in the U

I don't know about you, but this track always struck me as a tweak at Don Dokken, and makes me smile every time I hear it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ9yiX5YlNs


Nah..... This was years and years after that. Plus, pretty sure Michael Sweet wrote the lyrics.
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Millennial Reign
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Millennial Reign

Did a quick search but didn't see any discussion on this board about Millennial Reign. They just released their second album, and it's pretty damn good. The first disc had a very 80's Queensryche vibe to it, and the second does to a certain extent as well...... But with more modern stuff mixed in. O...
by Sir Exar Kun
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Tomorrow's Eve / Mirror of Creation III .......
Replies: 23
Views: 845

Re: Tomorrow's Eve / Mirror of Creation III .......

Can't say as though I am as over the moon as Mr. Larry about this, but it IS really a very solid disc. It's been several years since I last played Serpentia, so maybe my memories are askew, but this feels a little less angry, less heavy than that one did..... Larry referred to this one as aggressive...
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 30, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

I really am curious sometime as to how you differentiate a 9.75 rating from a 9.8...... :)

Glad to see you dug both this and Subsignal; looking forward to hearing both.
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 30
Views: 1263

Re: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.

Couple rotations through.... Fantastic disc! Definitely the best of the Manzi era. "Unquiet" was a good disc, but felt like it was recovering from "Seven Degrees", which came off as flat out lazy. This album feels like they are fully back in the groove. I will point out, though, ...
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 30, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 20
Views: 829

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???
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 23, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 30
Views: 1263

Re: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.

Just have been waiting for Ken to get one or two more new things in to pull the trigger on a new order, so I clicked over and first thing on there is the new Tomorrow's Eve.

So, yeah....

Time for a new order!!!
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 23, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Lords of Black / Icons of the New Days
Replies: 28
Views: 2440

Re: Lords of Black / Icons of the New Days

Larry, if you love Ronnie's voice, he has another album that will be coming out in July with a group called Destinia. Sounds far more melodic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vsrTbstkJQ Dang, Ronnie is making good right now! Good for him...... Hope he doesn't get spread too thin though. I hadn't h...
by Sir Exar Kun
Wed May 23, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Sea Within - Prog Rock Supergroup .....
Replies: 23
Views: 1443

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

My assumption was that this would be a Roine Stoldt project, featuring Daniel Gildenlow..... Much like their other collaborations. Instead, this sounds like exactly the opposite. Definitely has the gritter / harsher modern PoS sound to it. Still interested to hear the rest, as this is promising.
by Sir Exar Kun
Mon May 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Who has heard Circle of Illusion? Larry?...
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Who has heard Circle of Illusion? Larry?...

I had forgotten about this one until I clicked on your link...... I bought this one blind, and regretted it. There is something very artificial about the whole thing. Sure, it has all these styles mixed in, but overall it feels very unnatural, and WAY too light in the loafers.

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