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by Mark
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Speakers vs Headphones
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Speakers vs Headphones

I use headphones at work and speakers at home.
I like the sound of headphones but they tend to be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
When my primary purpose of listening to music is for its energy, I stick to speakers.
by Mark
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Possibly the best power metal video ever?
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Possibly the best power metal video ever?

This is the point where power metal phase-shifts into a higher plane of existence, leaving the rest of mundane humanity behind.
by Mark
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neo-Prog: Where should I look now?
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: Neo-Prog: Where should I look now?

If you like Collage, try Believe.
by Mark
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Dream Theater - "Distance Over Time" Album Teaser
Replies: 20
Views: 1284

Re: Dream Theater - "Distance Over Time" Album Teaser

Other than I hate the guitar sound - not so much the recorded tone as the farty seven-string sound that Petrucci has been in love with since Octavarium - it's impossible to tell anything from this teaser. I fully expect to like the album in general because I like every DT album to some extent, even ...
by Mark
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Queensryche new album & tour with Fates Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 1905

Re: Queensryche new album & tour with Fates Warning

Sure, but since that was 16 years ago I think it's fair to say they're well due for another round.
by Mark
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Haken - Vector - my track-by-track review
Replies: 54
Views: 4304

Re: Haken - Vector - my track-by-track review

I generally like, but don't love, Haken. I think I like this new one substantially more than Affinity, though.
by Mark
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Conception back with classic line-up!
Replies: 83
Views: 8419

Re: Conception back with classic line-up!

I think that cover image is stupid, but I'm frothing at the mouth to hear the new music.
by Mark
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Seventh Wonder tune
Replies: 69
Views: 8175

Re: New Seventh Wonder tune

The more I listen to this album the more I love it. I listened to it again specifically paying attention to the bass guitar and I was able to hear it throughout. Maybe because I "primed" myself to notice it after all the bass talk in this thread. But I am totally happy with every aspect of...
by Mark
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Seventh Wonder tune
Replies: 69
Views: 8175

Re: New Seventh Wonder tune

IMO this is just as good as their other good albums. Also, the second half is better as noted above.
by Mark
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Flower Kings: What album should I try first?
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Re: The Flower Kings: What album should I try first?

I got to see them once at ROSfest. Roine said he had a cold and his voice might not be a hundred percent that night. They uncorked several hours of the most stunning live performances I've ever seen. Their rendition of the song Stardust We Are was riveting and unforgettable. The two albums I started...
by Mark
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: ProgPower USA XX
Replies: 29
Views: 2830

Re: ProgPower USA XX

LarryD wrote:Such an incredible lineup ....... already trying to figure out when dinner would be. Having a tough time with that one .......awesome lineup.


I feel similarly. Next year is going to be the "diet" ProgPower, because I'm not going to want to take time to eat.
by Mark
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour
Replies: 5
Views: 745

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

I feel like luck smiled upon me, I went my whole life without seeing Amorphis and never knowing if I'd ever get to. Now in the past two-three years I suddenly have a ton of chances. Amorphis rules.
by Mark
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 31
Views: 3700

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

The interview is fantastic content-wise but having to listen to Gonzo's really loud breathing into his mic while Nick is talking is pretty irritating. Turn your head a little bit or something.
by Mark
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1568

Re: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour

Hot damn. this is a perfect tour pairing. With Bent Knee included it is a perfect tour trio.
by Mark
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 1480

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

I think one of the unsung qualities of Snow is that it's a long prog album that is not made up of very long songs. It thus places less demands on the listener's patience and attention span than do some prog albums with a shorter playing time. The new Similitude Blu-ray does not interest me, but I ab...
by Mark
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 2358

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

Just played disc 1 and THIS IS AWESOME. I couldn't be happier. I love Fates - and am partial to Ray's era - and this is just another reason why.
by Mark
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 2358

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

I have it but I haven't gotten it into the CD player yet. Should be able to tonight though.
by Mark
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 4789

Re: 2018 So Far

As much as it sounds rock, my problem with it is that all 3 CDs sound the same and are boring as hell. Yeah, if a band is going to ask listeners to have the patience to stick with a very, very long studio album, then a sense of direction to the music is critical. It needs to feel like each song is ...
by Mark
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 4789

Re: 2018 So Far

Subsignal, Kamelot, Ostura, Therion, and Arena are all winners with me so far. I've got Melted Space on my list and need to catch up with Amorphis. Beyond that I likely won't find time to check out much but who knows.
by Mark
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SUBSIGNAL / La Muerta ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: SUBSIGNAL / La Muerta ..... first thoughts.

Got around to listening to the whole thing and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Great release for spring & summer listening.
by Mark
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1
Replies: 34
Views: 4279

Re: MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1

I'm mostly excited about this one having a drummer. The last one was rendered pretty lifeless and barely-listenable due to the drum machine.
by Mark
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SUBSIGNAL / La Muerta ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: SUBSIGNAL / La Muerta ..... first thoughts.

It being "light" is actually an encouragement for me. There's plenty of dark and heavy bands around that I can listen to when I want. Bands with such a sharp melodic sense like Subsignal (or Seventh Wonder, etc) and such strong vocal talent deserve as much appreciation as they can get.
by Mark
Mon May 07, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: LaBrie cancels PPUSA performance
Replies: 28
Views: 3300

Re: LaBrie cancels PPUSA performance

A bit more from Labrie, delivered indirectly through the Dream Theater forums moderator bosk1. From https://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=52338.35 James asked me to post this here.  It does not really give us any specific insight into what is going on, but at least clarifies that...
by Mark
Thu May 03, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Zero Hour - The Towers of Avarice
Replies: 30
Views: 3541

Re: Zero Hour - The Towers of Avarice

The thank-you list in the booklet for Towers of Avarice is how I found the Perpetual Motion board.

I can't remember what band ZH replaced at ProgPower in 2006 (Wastefall?) but they slayed as the replacement. The bass playing really stood out too - even moreso than it does on the albums.

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