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by elendil
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: I'm stuck in a 3-way decision for disc of the year......
Replies: 11
Views: 152

Re: I'm stuck in a 3-way decision for disc of the year......

Don't have a clear #1 disc. Lots of good albums this year but no truly great ones yet IMO.
by elendil
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Possibly the best power metal video ever?
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Possibly the best power metal video ever?

The lyrics to "Tooth Fairy" are incredible: https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Nanowar_of_Steel/Stairway_to_Valhalla/738095 "Did anybody tell you that by inflating money supply You’re distorting the structure of production? Did anybody tell you that P*Q=M*V You’re responsible for t...
by elendil
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Possibly the best power metal video ever?
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Possibly the best power metal video ever?

What. The. LOL.

I especially enjoyed the emerald cheeses and random Italian words.
by elendil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

I like the TOC song you posted... Maybe Melodic metal with a progressive touch? The cover of Deep Purple - "Smoke on the water" is special... Another cover from them: Judas Priest - Nightcrawler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6PnRpMVoec Fair. Not super-proggy by any means but definitely...
by elendil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Not as obscure as some of the mentions here, but I am curious what the general opinion is on TOC, _Loss Angeles_ (Spinefarm, 2003). Apparently they were a melodic death metal band before this, but this album is pure prog metal. It has a strong balance between melodic hooks and complexity, emotional...
by elendil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Riverside in September....
Replies: 39
Views: 3002

Re: New Riverside in September....

Fair enough! At least we're working from the same facts. :)
by elendil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Riverside in September....
Replies: 39
Views: 3002

Re: New Riverside in September....

Think some of you might be underrating this album a touch. I don't think the loss of the second guitarist is really obvious. The more noticeable change for me is the diminished role for the keyboards. There's a more stripped-down, acoustic feel to large sections of this album, although _LFTM_ previe...
by elendil
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Mercury Rising - Upon Deaf Ears
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Mercury Rising - Upon Deaf Ears

Excellent album. I like stuff that verges on OTT. :) They toned it down for the next album, _Building Rome_, and it didn't work at all - IMHO.
by elendil
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The underappreciated (Black Symphony)
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: The underappreciated (Black Symphony)

I liked the debut album but not enough over the long run to hold onto it. I have a CD-R of it somewhere but haven't listened to it in years. One of those albums that had lots of good hooks but not too much staying power - or at least, so I thought some years ago.
by elendil
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Not as obscure as some of the mentions here, but I am curious what the general opinion is on TOC, _Loss Angeles_ (Spinefarm, 2003). Apparently they were a melodic death metal band before this, but this album is pure prog metal. It has a strong balance between melodic hooks and complexity, emotional ...
by elendil
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Kingcrow - The Persistence......
Replies: 27
Views: 2092

Re: Kingcrow - The Persistence......

Sparky wrote:I'm gonna have to revisit these guys. Have never really given them much of a chance.

Am I crazy, or does a lot of this sound like Wolverine could have written it?


I thought it sounded like a "gentler" Wolverine on first listen.
by elendil
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Merkabah - _Million Miles_ (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 306

Merkabah - _Million Miles_ (2017)

For fans of mathematical, dense, semi-improvisational, instrumental music a la EX EYE or Lye by Mistake, but not without hooks. Good sax performances. Drumming also mind-bending at moments. Bits of post-rock ambience break up the chaos (some of these quieter passages drag a bit). https://merkabahpl....
by elendil
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Arch/Matheos - New Album coming in 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Arch/Matheos - New Album coming in 2019

Great news!
by elendil
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

I have so many of these in my back pocket that I'm curious to see reactions to. Let's go with... Dreams of Sanity - The Game Started out as light 90s femme gothic metal on Lacrimosa's Hall of Sermon label. But The Game is straight-up melodic prog metal with their strong female lead singer (Sandra S...
by elendil
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Yeah, that Mercury Rising debut was great, though I didn't care for their second. I recall MR getting tons of play on the old board when it came out, but you don't hear about it much these days.
by elendil
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

I have so many of these in my back pocket that I'm curious to see reactions to. Let's go with... Dreams of Sanity - The Game Started out as light 90s femme gothic metal on Lacrimosa's Hall of Sermon label. But The Game is straight-up melodic prog metal with their strong female lead singer (Sandra Sc...
by elendil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Ah, Behind the Curtain... I remember liking them, though not quite enough to buy the album in my days of poverty. Listening again. A bit similar to Poverty's No Crime, whom I also would consider underrated, at least for their album The Chemical Chaos, which is excellent.
by elendil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!

Got to listen to the whole album, and it's a letdown. The track with the video is the best one. The rest of the album, while very diverse in some respects - with everything from a children's choir to some pretty aggressive death metal, tends to be oriented more around vocals and choruses than instru...
by elendil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

OK, I'll follow OP's original vision here. :) Avidost - demo The best metal band never signed? Female vocals drew comparisons to Madder Mortem, but the music reminds me more of an off-kilter, occasionally atonal Nevermore, mixed with a vaguely doomy/blackish/Norwegian sensibility. Lots of crunch &a...
by elendil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6637

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

OK, I'll follow OP's original vision here. :) Avidost - demo The best metal band never signed? Female vocals drew comparisons to Madder Mortem, but the music reminds me more of an off-kilter, occasionally atonal Nevermore, mixed with a vaguely doomy/blackish/Norwegian sensibility. Lots of crunch &am...
by elendil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!

SSoGE is one of the most underrated metal bands of all time, and they've got a new album coming out. Even better, the first song/video is really good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYER7M3F1G0&feature=youtu.be Czech folk/prog/doom for those not initiated. Occasionally sounds like "if Bela...
by elendil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 31
Views: 2545

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

I'm really liking this album. The guitar work is blistering, at times thrashy - not at all a bad thing in moderate doses. Tom Englund's vocals are more restrained and less anguished than in Evergrey, which fits the music.
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour

Thanks, Larry! It's been years since I've been to the Palladium. Not the greatest venue in the world, but I have some nostalgia for it. Saw pre-Angela Arch Enemy and Nevermore there, Nightwish,...
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour

http://bravewords.com/news/amorphis-lau ... m-gatherum

Don't care for Moonspell or OG really, but I'd like to see Amorphis & DT - two bands I've actually never seen live. No New England dates sadly. :-/
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MYSTERY / Lies and Butterflies......
Replies: 21
Views: 1640

Re: MYSTERY / Lies and Butterflies......

Just listened to the album - I'll compare the experience to what I believe it would feel like to sit down on an exercise bike in the middle of a spin-class only to realize that someone had removed the seat while you were standing up. While Larry and others might enjoy that particular experience, it...
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Astronoid - Air
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: Astronoid - Air

See... sometimes I do post about things that interest other people here. ;) If you want to talk about a weak point in Astronoid's music, I'd say it's the vocals. At first I thought they were female, and I didn't mind them - but when I discovered they were male, I liked them less. It really shouldn't...
by elendil
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1129

Re: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour

Nice! Expecting this means Leprous will get a longer setlist than they did when opening for The Dear Hunter & BtBaM.
by elendil
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 3592

Re: 2018 So Far

I'm not keeping up closely with new releases as I've been exploring a lot of older stuff, but here's what has grabbed my attention so far: Ihsahn - Amr (he's always hit or miss for me, but this is more "hit") Amorphis - Queen of Time Between the Buried and Me - Automata I Primordial - Exil...
by elendil
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1772

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

I'm digging it so far. Might indeed be best since _Elegy_. Depends on whether it eclipses _Eclipse_. :P Like _Elegy_, _Queen of Time_ runs on nonstop, quirky folk melodies - it's not as fresh and unusual as _Elegy_ was when it came out, of course, but it otherwise recaptures a lot of that feel.
by elendil
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

Vektor's definitely one of my favorite metal bands of the last decade or so. Facemelting tech thrash is not normally my go-to play, but they just do it incredibly well.
by elendil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

I didn't realize they were on tour! I'll have to look into that. I'm a sucker for good brass and sax in prog.

Edit: Looks as if they have only one live date scheduled (in Philadelphia), so not really a tour.
by elendil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

I like some of that stuff too, particularly Thank You Scientist. EX EYE might be a metal version of that style, with a strong avant-garde edge. Hell, last year's Leprous and Soen had commonalities with "new prog."
by elendil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 2567

Re: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone

I agree that something is a bit off with the vocals. RH is a band that has done some awesome work and then some pretty dull (IMO) albums. In this case the compositions are fine but the execution isn't quite what I'd hoped.
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepted)
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepte

I don't see any of these as progressive, personally. "The Warning" had a couple of progressive tracks (Roads to Madness, NM156 to an extent) but overall was a pretty straightforward metal album, albeit perhaps a little ahead of its time. "Night on Brocken" certainly didn't have ...
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter

The Boston traffic was even more horrific than expected, and despite getting off work early I still missed a couple songs from Leprous' set. They played a little range of their catalog despite the pretty short set. I came in while they were finishing up "Stuck." They also played "Illu...

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