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by elendil
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The great prog metal discs of this decade
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: The great prog metal discs of this decade

Yes, and if we define "progressive metal" narrowly, I'd say the Arch/Matheos album and a Redemption album of one's choice also belong somewhere on the list... Redemption for sure! I'd take the John Arch EP over the Arch/Matheos, but that's nitpicking..... :) De gustibus non est disputandu...
by elendil
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The great prog metal discs of this decade
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: The great prog metal discs of this decade

Great list..... I want to call out the inclusion of Adagio, as I think this was a MASSIVELY overlooked album when it came out. Folks seemed to expect "more of the same" from the band, and instead they took a definite turn in the more technical / prog approach that turned off a lot of folk...
by elendil
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The great prog metal discs of this decade
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: The great prog metal discs of this decade

GaetanL wrote:I made a mistake, it's about 10% 2018 releases, not 1%, I edited my post...


That mollifies my envy somewhat. ;)
by elendil
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The great prog metal discs of this decade
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: The great prog metal discs of this decade

I like this thread because (a) when it comes to music most people overrate the present and don't hunt down greats from the past nearly as much as they should (the economist Tyler Cowen has written on this) Only about 1% of my 2018 music purchases are 2018 releases... But I have to say that I still ...
by elendil
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The great prog metal discs of this decade
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: The great prog metal discs of this decade

I like this thread because (a) when it comes to music most people overrate the present and don't hunt down greats from the past nearly as much as they should (the economist Tyler Cowen has written on this), and (b) I wasn't really in "the scene" most of the last decade, so I expect to lear...
by elendil
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Within Temptation - Resist
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Within Temptation - Resist

Haven't really paid any attention at all to them since _Silent Force_. AFAICT, Delain was more of a worthy successor to _Mother Earth_ than WT, though they haven't quite realized their initial promise fully either.
by elendil
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Brave - the calm | the storm
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Brave - the calm | the storm

Cool! I really their _Waist Deep in Dark Waters_ EP. WHW's Tom Phillips wrote 1 or 2 of the songs on that I believe.
by elendil
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: All-genre top 22 of the year
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: All-genre top 22 of the year

[*] Deafheaven, _Ordinary Corrupt Human Love_ “Hipster” black metal band continues to progress & impress. What makes them “black metal for people who don’t like black metal” is their frequent use of major keys and generally “uplifting” affect. Plus, for American listeners, there’s a Pacific-coa...
by elendil
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 - Top 50 Albums
Replies: 20
Views: 843

Re: 2018 - Top 50 Albums

Great list. Some things here I had not heard of or didn't know about and will explore further. Didn't know that In the Woods... had dropped a new album, for instance. On Primordial... In my book they are one of the best metal bands of the past quarter-century. They released four superb albums in a r...
by elendil
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: All-genre top 22 of the year
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: All-genre top 22 of the year

Voivod is a band that has put out a lot of individual good songs over the course of their career but never really put together a full album that I would count as a masterpiece. I do not agree. To me "Dimension Hatröss" is a masterpiece from start to finish. Kind of album you listen concen...
by elendil
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: All-genre top 22 of the year
Replies: 6
Views: 347

All-genre top 22 of the year

The tradition with these things is to go bottom to top, but it was easier for me to organize the other way! Despite making the effort to listen to a lot of stuff outside metal and prog, I wasn't overly impressed with a lot of jazz, dream pop, or world music this year, to list three genres I often ex...
by elendil
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1510

Re: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018

I take it you are just speaking in general terms? Those discussing here aren't new to OL. I like your ranking order. Mabool was the one that got me into the band, and I wouldn't argue against it being their best. It has personal meaning for me. I love it! I am going to take a listen over the next f...
by elendil
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1510

Re: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018

Not necessarily “nu-metal” but definitely an attempt at going in a much more polished/modern direction. To me it sounds like an oriental version of Epica style power/symphonic metal. “All is One” wasn’t back to full fledged “middle eastern prog” but it was more focused and unique that OrWarrior. Wi...
by elendil
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1510

Re: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2018

*** Is it safe to say that OrWarrior is their most progressive release ? Could that be it ? On the contrary - besides the first two (more “oriental doom metal”) OrWarrior is the least proggy but more song/melody oriented of their albums. Mabool is full fledged prog metal if you ask me. I went back ...
by elendil
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Soen - Lotus
Replies: 19
Views: 1936

Re: Soen - Lotus

I'm really looking forward to this one. _Lykaia_ was great.
by elendil
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Koenjihyakkei - Dhorimviskha
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Koenjihyakkei - Dhorimviskha

For the one other avant-garde fan on this board... There's a new(-ish) album from this Japanese outfit associated with Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins and Korekyojinn. Unlike Korekyojinn, Koenjihyakkei doesn't have much metal in it, but it's definitely weird and experimental from the many-small-notes schoo...
by elendil
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: When a demo version of a song is as good or better than the final version...
Replies: 18
Views: 2841

Re: When a demo version of a song is as good or better than the final version...

When I think about awesome demos from unsigned bands that didn't translate well to official album format, I think about an obscure gothic/dark metal band from Italy called Greyswan. They put out an excellent demo in 2001 or 2002 and then were signed and released an LP called _Thought-Tormented Minds...
by elendil
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 50 Albums of 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 4165

Re: Top 50 Albums of 2018

I always enjoy reading your list Glenn. I half agree with your comment about BTBAM (blast beats need to be reduced, but not necessarily the amount of screaming; I just think their ability to compose songs isn't what it was. emphasizing chops and added sections that don't add value. Also their sound...
by elendil
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 50 Albums of 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 4165

Re: Top 50 Albums of 2018

How many years have you done this? I ask because I saw last year's list, but nothing before then. If you keep an archive of previous years' top 50s, I'd love to see them and mine for things I've overlooked. I have been doing it a long ass time on various forums. I never archived anything. However, ...
by elendil
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 50 Albums of 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 4165

Re: Top 50 Albums of 2018

This is awesome. Some great finds here I would not have come across otherwise. Listening to the All Traps on Earth album now and it is darker and more symphonic than I expected. Not bad at all. How many years have you done this? I ask because I saw last year's list, but nothing before then. If you k...
by elendil
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: My 2018 top 10 list...
Replies: 22
Views: 3595

Re: My 2018 top 10 list...

Wow... I'm not ready to rank yet, but Subsignal is going to end up very high in my rankings despite the fact that I am more of tech/math/avant guy than a radio-friendly melodic prog guy. Just really appealing songs.
by elendil
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: I Did not officially say yet what is my favorite album of the 70s...
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: I Did not officially say yet what is my favorite album of the 70s...

About Genesis - Foxtrot, to me, it's not very melodic, I barely hear the guitar and I don't hear a hard rock influence (it's not rock enough for me). Ah, I see. If you have a strong taste for guitar solos, you'll rarely find that in 70s prog, to be sure. It's more about the interplay of the differe...
by elendil
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: I Did not officially say yet what is my favorite album of the 70s...
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: I Did not officially say yet what is my favorite album of the 70s...

Cool thread. Out of the albums you have, my favorite would probably be Rush, _2112_, but some kind of honorable mention has to go to Deep Purple's _Machine Head_, which I have never purchased simply because all the best tracks, which make up about half the album, have been in heavy enough radio rota...
by elendil
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Antimatter – “Black Market Enlightenment” (New album)
Replies: 9
Views: 1795

Re: Antimatter – “Black Market Enlightenment” (New album)

This is pretty good, certainly much more to my taste than their 90s stuff that I remember. Never been a fan of the alt-rock-ish vocals, but I expect I can get past that.
by elendil
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Voivod album (The Wake) is worthy
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: New Voivod album (The Wake) is worthy

Not on Bandcamp, unfortunately, but if you have a streaming service and just want to sample, I recommend the final, 12-minute track, "Sonic Mycelium," which runs from mathy tech-metal to complex, Stravinskyesque string orchestrations.
by elendil
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Voivod album (The Wake) is worthy
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

New Voivod album (The Wake) is worthy

Just got around to listening to this album, released about two months ago. It's quite good, in my opinion, likely the best of their post-reunion era. It's a nice mix of semi-thrashy and more subdued, noodling bits. Quite technical/prog.
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: 2286

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: 1306

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: 1306

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: 15447

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: 15447

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: 7071

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: 7071

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: 938

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: 1482

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.

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