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by elendil
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Carisma / 1825 - revisited.
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Carisma / 1825 - revisited.

I remember when that disc was a big deal on these boards, but at the time I was a poor college student and had to prioritize purchases. Never got that one, or Payne's Gray, or some of the other stuff that looked "straight prog" to me. (At that time I was more into the Gothenburg scene.) *...
by elendil
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Carisma / 1825 - revisited.
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Carisma / 1825 - revisited.

I remember when that disc was a big deal on these boards, but at the time I was a poor college student and had to prioritize purchases. Never got that one, or Payne's Gray, or some of the other stuff that looked "straight prog" to me. (At that time I was more into the Gothenburg scene.)
by elendil
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Search found 0 matches: Huis
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Search found 0 matches: Huis

Oh man, sucks you're having storage issues, Larry. A few months back I went through past posts on this board to find out what I missed in 2016. I for one place a nontrivial value on having access to forum archives. ***Actually -- there is no problem with storage here on the board ....... I only pru...
by elendil
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Arch Echo- *wow*
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: Arch Echo- *wow*

Nice find. Tiring a bit of the djent sound, but there's no denying the musicianship here.
by elendil
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2017

STEVEN WILSON - Brilliant musician. That said, I have bought most of his solo material, and I have stopped. I just cannot get into his solo stuff. It's slow, depressing, and dry.......Cool to see you digging him so much. +1 Wish he'd do more PT-type stuff, but I get the feeling he sees that kind of...
by elendil
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Search found 0 matches: Huis
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Search found 0 matches: Huis

Oh man, sucks you're having storage issues, Larry. A few months back I went through past posts on this board to find out what I missed in 2016. I for one place a nontrivial value on having access to forum archives.
by elendil
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 23 of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Top 23 of 2017

11. SOEN / LYKAIA I'm behind the curve in just getting into this band. I've seen it described as a mix between mid-period Opeth and later Tool, and that sounds about right. Not *hugely* original, but the combination of elements is unique, nothing is "paint by numbers," and it's all at qui...
by elendil
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 23 of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Top 23 of 2017

Why Top 23? Well, this is sort of a cutoff between those albums I found worthy of purchasing on CD and those I merely plan to stream from time to time. But this is all subject to change, especially as I don't get to listen to quite as much new stuff as some of you & am still digesting & disc...
by elendil
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........
Replies: 22
Views: 979

Re: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........

Candlemass is a bit slower than Sorcerer and has fewer little guitar hooks - it's somewhat simpler music. But their first four albums are all classics in my view. Not very proggy (though their _Chapter VI_ album has a noticeable prog influence, with keys and a more trebly singer), but not the sludgy...
by elendil
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........
Replies: 22
Views: 979

Re: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........

That's fair, but several of the rhythm guitar riffs are ripped straight out of _Epicus Doomicus Metallicus_ and _Nightfall_.
by elendil
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........
Replies: 22
Views: 979

Re: SORCERER / The Crowning of the Fire King ........

This is a solid album, and the vocals are certainly great, but does it bother anyone else how derivative they are of Candlemass?
by elendil
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2017 back catalogue additions...
Replies: 12
Views: 434

Re: 2017 back catalogue additions...

Delain - Really had never checked them out, as I had thought they were going to be just a little TOO poppy for my tastes, ala Amaranthe. They walk a fine line, but for the most part I enjoy Delain quite a bit, as they just toe the line of being too bubble-gummy. The first Delain disc is amazing but...
by elendil
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Digital Man's Top 10 Of 2017

Good call on Enslaved. They will be top 3 for me this year as well, which is really surprising, because they've always been "pretty good but not outstanding" for me in the past.

The Wobbler is a fun one. Might not make my top 10-15, but definitely something I'll listen to now & again.
by elendil
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.

Hilarious video of Nevermore doing "Sound of Silence" live, from back in the day...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmYUEUCQkBI
by elendil
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.

Mind officially blown. Only 48 years old, and dead of a heart attack. I saw Nevermore two or three times back in the day, and he was just as exceptional live as in the studio. Some are saying he wasn't really 48. The 1st Sanctuary album was... 1988 or thereabouts? He probably wasn't 18 or 19 then. ...
by elendil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Warrel Dane / Sanctuary & Nevermore... R.I.P.

Not terribly surprising, but very sad news nonetheless. :(
by elendil
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)

^I agree with this. Closer to groove-metal than prog, like a heavied-up _Machine Fish_, with some of the nasty bass licks of _Space in Your Face_. Beatlesesque vocal harmonies intact. Overall, a good album even though not in the main stream of what I normally listen to. It might even creep into my t...
by elendil
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: It creeps me out that this is so awesome
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: It creeps me out that this is so awesome

Four tracks in, it does start to grate on the ears. Some nice musical ideas here, but the tones are too harsh.
by elendil
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: It creeps me out that this is so awesome
Replies: 2
Views: 253

It creeps me out that this is so awesome

Master Boot Record, fully synthesized chiptune metal: https://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com/a ... pt-request

At least there's a human somewhere choosing to put the notes together. Will AI eventually compose all our music?
by elendil
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Jono - “Life” - great vocalist
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Jono - “Life” - great vocalist

Pretty fun stuff!
by elendil
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Lunatic Soul
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: New Lunatic Soul

Like Larry, I'm a bit allergic to the electronics. There is one, atypical song on this album that is very much to my taste, however: "A Thousand Shards of Heaven." More acoustic and organic.
by elendil
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Recent listens...
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: Recent listens...

I'd been wondering about Monochrome. Looks as if I'll need to get it.

Similar thoughts on Lunatic Soul. In part I'm just allergic to all those layers of electronics.
by elendil
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Entropia is 20 years old?
Replies: 14
Views: 1793

Re: Entropia is 20 years old?

My 2nd favorite PoS, after Remedy Lane. It was most certainly a fresh, striking sound when it dropped back in the late 90s: prog without aping anything that had come before.
by elendil
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)

Whoa, they're back together? Awesome. Though I really don't care for anything they did after SiYF... hopefully the new album has more of their "classic" sound.
by elendil
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prog power so far.....
Replies: 39
Views: 4370

Re: Prog power so far.....

Atypical vocalists are not a problem and can even be an advantage in carving out a distinct identity. Some people will be turned off, while others are attracted. Now, I haven't seen Haken live, but on recording the vocals sound... a bit low-energy. It's not a problem with carrying a tune, but it has...
by elendil
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prog power so far.....
Replies: 39
Views: 4370

Re: Prog power so far.....

DT has been a bit meh for a long time, but IMO Haken isn't elite until they have an elite vocalist. Now, I'm not the sort of person who cares a lot about vocals in music relative to the instrumental performances, but I'm analyzing the question just from the perspective of "prog cult" poten...
by elendil
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Troldhaugen
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: Troldhaugen

Well, I do like DSO but I don't know who Naive Construct is. So perhaps I have two bands to investigate.
by elendil
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The best album of the 10s candidate (2010-2019)
Replies: 18
Views: 2601

Re: The best album of the 10s candidate (2010-2019)

Tough call, but gotta give #1 to Anathema, WHBWH. Number two? Alcest, _Voyages de l'Ame_ (does that count as prog metal in the broadest sense?). Number three... probably Vektor, _Outer Isolation_ (same question). Number four... probably Big Big Train, _Folklore_ (not metal, but definitely prog). Hon...
by elendil
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Astronoid - Air
Replies: 0
Views: 375

Astronoid - Air

Searched the forum and didn't see any posts on this 2016 release, but it sounds like something that would appeal to many here. Astronoid's a Massachusetts band, and they combine a bunch of different styles with a generally major-key, atmospheric affect. Think Alcest's _Shelter_ album meets Scale the...
by elendil
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Steven Wilson - To The Bone
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: Steven Wilson - To The Bone

The songs released in advance were hit or miss. "Pariah" was awesome, but "Song of I" was just not my thing. I find that with Steven's post-PT music in general. Looking forward to hearing the whole thing.
by elendil
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: One extra ticket for Anathema in Boston tonight
Replies: 0
Views: 328

One extra ticket for Anathema in Boston tonight

Interested? PM me...
by elendil
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Recommendations experiment results thread
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: Recommendations experiment results thread

Finished the recommendations and emailed them out. Thanks to all who participated! For gory statistical details & discussion, see here: https://www.metal-archives.com/board/vi ... 1&t=119066.
by elendil
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Recommendations experiment results thread
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Recommendations experiment results thread

I've been working away at this project, and there are a few interesting results to start off with, though also some new reasons to make me think the whole concept is a lot more difficult than I initially thought. I got 6 sets of album ratings, including my own. Of those, 4 were large files with 1000...
by elendil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prospekt - The Illuminated Sky
Replies: 20
Views: 3213

Re: Prospekt - The Illuminated Sky

If you're going to rely on some influences, those are good ones to have... :) And yes, I principally hear mid-period SX as well, at least in the tasty riffage.
by elendil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Instructions for the prog & metal recs engine experiment
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Instructions for the prog & metal recs engine experiment

I'd rate a lot more than that. I'd say if you have 200 or more ratings, the algorithm is likely to give you some useful results. BTW, if you know that something is just not what you're into, you could always give it some arbitrary low rating. Again, I've made these really diverse so that the stats w...

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