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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: 543

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: 131

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: 131

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: 523

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: 557

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: 1065

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: 1202

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: 543

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: 3074

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: 3074

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: 400

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: 1861

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: 291

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: 856

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: 241

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: 325

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: 325

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: 2412

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: 556

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...
by elendil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prospekt - The Illuminated Sky
Replies: 20
Views: 2412

Re: Prospekt - The Illuminated Sky

This is quite solid, very well played, & might go on my purchase list. But the band does suffer a bit from Circus Maximus syndrome in wearing their influences on their sleeves. Not the most original songs in the world, but still fun to listen to.
by elendil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs

Instructions now up in a separate thread! 8)
by elendil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Instructions for the prog & metal recs engine experiment
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Instructions for the prog & metal recs engine experiment

All right, folks, it's go time! :D The rules are pretty simple: ⋅  Write up a spreadsheet with at least three columns, one each for band name, album title, and rating. It can be in just about any format. CSV is preferred, but XLS is fine. TXT works too. Here's what mine looks like: https:/...
by elendil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs

OK, I've drummed up some interest on the Metal-Archives boards, so I'll be following up shortly with some instructions...!
by elendil
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs

Okay, that makes three of us... I'd say we need three more to make it worthwhile.
by elendil
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs

Cool! Let's hope some more jump on board.

I can't be the only weirdo who keeps a spreadsheet of his whole CD collection, can I? :lol:
by elendil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

A board experiment? Statistical engine for metal & prog music recs

If you're like me, you find it hard to get good musical recommendations without doing a lot of work reading reviews, maybe exploring Pandora, etc. Amazon's recommendations engine isn't terrible, but one of its flaws is an exclusive focus on new releases. For those of us who like to explore good musi...
by elendil
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MAgma & Chromatica
Replies: 11
Views: 1149

Re: MAgma & Chromatica

Musically, it's pretty good stuff & definitely influential. Sounds as if I'll have to check out some live vids!
by elendil
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: I really miss After Forever
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: I really miss After Forever

Alas!

Metal Archives lists them as "active," but nothing since 2008: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Silentium/1406 .
by elendil
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: I really miss After Forever
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: I really miss After Forever

Silentium has shown flashes of brilliance. Anyone know what they're up to lately?
by elendil
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

Re: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine

And I concede putting Once tops in their discography is not as crazy as, say, putting Century Child there. Now THEM'S fightin' words!!! What's wrong with "Century Child"??? I'd honestly have to go back and listen to the whole catalogue again to even try to name my single favorite, but I k...
by elendil
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

Re: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine

TBQH, I haven't listened to a Nightwish album since that 2007 one. I didn't even know Floor Jansen had joined the band. Partly (mostly?) that is just my being out of the music loop entirely for a while, but partly it's a result of a band's losing fans once they release a couple of mediocre albums an...
by elendil
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

Re: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine

It was fun listening to Once again after having ignored it for a decade or more. That said, I was reminded of what bothered me about it before. I dislike the highly compressed production and the reliance on downtuned, staccato rhythm guitar riffs. It's certainly not nu-metal (them's fightin' words),...
by elendil
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Andromeda is still alive and kicking ......
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: Andromeda is still alive and kicking ......

Kez wrote:Extension of the Wish has never been touched by further output from this band, for ME. Don't know why, I just can't seem to grasp much of anything they've released since. A real shame too, because I can jam to EotW today just as I did when it was released.


Same here.
by elendil
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4719

Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

If I was deep into prog metal, I would probably agree with you. I can't think of much in that mold that has caught my interest at all. However, I'm not the most metal of people anyway, so I've found plenty of stuff in other genres to enjoy. In fact, while there are more downright awful releases thi...
by elendil
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

Re: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine

I might just have to take another listen to Once to see what it was I didn't so much like about it... It's been a few years.

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