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by introclaus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Of those I only like Diego and Nils enough to the point where I’d check out a band due to their presence only - the rest doesn’t excite me (and you know how I feel about Romero - the rainbow killer!). I'll say again that Romero's vocals are the only saving grace of this reformed Rainbow. Blackmore'...
by introclaus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Forgot to mention that Anders Engberg (Sorcerer, ex-Lions Share, ex-Section A, ex-220 Volt) is up there in my list of fave singers as well. He can turn a good disc into a killer one just with magic vocals. Last Sorcerer is such a killer album and he's the main reason. Andy is great for sure. He is ...
by introclaus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

You and the singers... :shock: Maybe we've already been through this, but what are your fave singers? Focusing on the MELODIC hard rock and metal only (not counting in the obvious ones like mercury, Walsh, perry etc. as those aren’t in the genres we typically discuss here - and not counting in any ...
by introclaus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

He's surely not the greatest singer ever, but I think he does a fine job and won't stop anyone (except maybe you :wink: ) to enjoy the album... Well actually that is exactly the problem - he is not a good singer and it does stop me from enjoying the album and I could imagine it would do so for othe...
by introclaus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Musically it was good but the vocals were kinda bleh ... so, to avoid this getting into the usual discussion about how you and I almost never seem to agree on vocalists I decided not to say anything. But .... since no one else has any comments I’ll give you mine :) He's surely not the greatest sing...
by introclaus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New music from Into Eternity!
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: New music from Into Eternity!

Once these guys were the best new Band in metal - now they sound like a third tier band :( This was horrible...
by introclaus
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: WALLS OF BABYLON - A Portrait Of Memories

Musically it was good but the vocals were kinda bleh ... so, to avoid this getting into the usual discussion about how you and I almost never seem to agree on vocalists I decided not to say anything. But .... since no one else has any comments I’ll give you mine :)
by introclaus
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Raven Age
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: The Raven Age

The band w Steve Harris’ son in it? It’s pretty okay yeah. Nothing earthshakingly new but for melodic metal core / “bro-metal” (should appeal to fans of Tremonti, Killswitch Engage, trivium, Avenged Sevenfold...) it’s quite fine. It’s not a style of music I know enough about to tell if this is consi...
by introclaus
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 257

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

I still stand by my comments, now having listened multiple times to the full album; it’s a wonderful selection of amazing songs, performed by one of my favorite bands of all time, delivering top notch performances, but unfortunately given a subpar production value that this live album didn’t deserv...
by introclaus
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 257

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

I still stand by my comments, now having listened multiple times to the full album; it’s a wonderful selection of amazing songs, performed by one of my favorite bands of all time, delivering top notch performances, but unfortunately given a subpar production value that this live album didn’t deserve.
by introclaus
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Some cool new albums
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Some cool new albums

https://incura.bandcamp.com/album/incura-ii Incura. Someone in the Facebook group mentioned this band. Super theatrical latter day Savatage style rockers. Really excellent. I loved their first album. It was theatrical, cheesy as all hell, and one of the most ludicrously catchy records of that year....
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Night Flight Orchestra - new single
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: The Night Flight Orchestra - new single

Wow, moving even further into synth pop territory. This is pretty nice. I like it more than previous albums, which seemed to be lacking that certain something. Strid's vocals maybe. A little too wooden/harsh/accented for this music, though this sounds better than before . As an avid melodic rock li...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Some cool new albums
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Some cool new albums

I tried to light a fire for Hago earlier this year, but it never caught on. http://www.pmrising.com/pm/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10834&p=69478&hilit=hago#p69478 You made several here go out and buy it ... including me ... I like it a lot but it’s not very metal. And the two songs with vocals ...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Some cool new albums
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Some cool new albums

Thanks for the heads-up on these ... will check ‘em out!!
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 251

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

Larry: Sola would be the one you should try your hands/ears on ... it’s the heaviest and most progressive of the bunch. The Light is basically a heavier Genesis, not much hard rock to it if that’s what you’re looking for. SMPTe is the first Transatlantic disc and it was really unique for its time (a...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 251

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

Neal Morse is an incredible songwriter who seem to get better and better with the years. I don't think there's anyone more prolific - like it's not even close. The MOUNTAIN of great material he's written over the years is hard to wrap your brain around... I have a hard time chosing favorites from h...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Night Flight Orchestra - new single
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: The Night Flight Orchestra - new single

The entire new album is killer!!! My son and I had it on repeat all day yesterday - so far I’d say “Barcelona”, “Speedwagon”, “Lovers in the Rain” (with its ABBA leanings) and the title song are the best tunes but it might change as every single song here is phenomenal. I’m never gonna be a Björn St...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Alkaloid- Technical death metal meets Yes
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Alkaloid- Technical death metal meets Yes

I can’t decide if I prefer this over the debut - the “rawness” has gone but the chops are still there. These guys obviously knows what’s up and what’s down on their instruments... at times though it seems a bit too calculated and too “nice”, whereas the debut was more wild and crazy. Either way, in ...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Xenoverse- smooth as silk prog rock/metal
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Xenoverse- smooth as silk prog rock/metal

Thanks Glenn - I bought this based on your recommendation and I really am digging it. A lot of Shadow Gallery and a lot of Kamelot to it as well (singer sounds like a mix of Tommy and Khan here and there actually) - the epicness of the disc kind of reminds me of Ostura ... it’s not bad with 2 discs ...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Neal Morse - Similitude Live in Tilburg 2017 bluray....
Replies: 15
Views: 251

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

I didn’t get the dvd or Blu-ray as I hardly ever have time to sit down uninterrupted and watch a full show - but the CD is really great. Neal Morse is an incredible songwriter who seem to get better and better with the years.
by introclaus
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning / Live Over Europe CD......
Replies: 21
Views: 257

Re: Fates Warning & Haken Live CDs / DVDs .....

I was just about to post here about the FW live disc to hear if anyone else is as disappointed as I am. The song choices are great, the performances are (obviously) phenomenal, but the production sucks :( Sure, I was listening through Bluetooth headphones on my morning run but I paid a lot of money ...
by introclaus
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 30
Views: 1251

Re: ARENA / Double Vision ..... first thoughts.

Same for this disc ..... just keeps getting better and better. I find myself playing this and the new Tomorrow's Eve constantly day in and day out ......... Not one filler song to be found, and I have to finally admit that Paul Manzi sounds great. Pepper's Ghost (2005 gasp !!!) was the last Arena d...
by introclaus
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Journal - Chrysalis Ordalias (2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Journal - Chrysalis Ordalias (2018)

I just can’t do this ... it’s too “intense” somehow. It stresses me out. I love bands like Protest the Hero or BtBaM. But stuff like Journal rubs me the wrong way (which happens to be the same way that Dillinger Escape Plan does). I know there’s a lot to like here, and that they are phenomenal music...
by introclaus
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1470

Re: 2018 So Far

But yes - where in the f$#@k is the new KIngcrow ???? Hey guys, Diego from KC here! The Album is going to be released on Sept. 7th via Sensory. Thanks for the patience, especially the ones of you who did the preorder! My guess is some stuff from it will start to drop out soon (you can annoy Ken abo...
by introclaus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds

So this seems like a good place for my first post... Are you familiar with For All We Know? Wudstik is the vocalist and a bunch of other prog musicians like Leo Maragarit and Kristoffer Gildenlow are in the band. Its not the most original stuff but man, Wudstik's voice is really something else. I d...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds

BC wrote:The Ayreon album in question is 01011001. The Binary Album is also an acceptable alternative.

Why do you guys do this to me?


Do what?

That album title will forever stand as one of the stupidest ever because no one in their sound mind will be able to remember it :)
by introclaus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Maiden United - Empire of the Clouds

One word: breathtaking! I love this band and especially the first two albums. The third one was “meh”... The fact that it’s not Damien Wilson singing on the new album almost steered me away from picking it up, but I’m so glad I gave it a shot. This is a 1-song-in-4-parts album (plus 3 live versions ...
by introclaus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1470

Re: 2018 So Far

I've bought less than average so far this year, but it's all been really good stuff. Seems I've got a lot of crossover with Claus. Ihsahn's newest is another absolute gutpunch of a meaningful album. I could talk about Arcana Imperii and Twin Black Angels for hours. Between the Buried and Me's Autom...
by introclaus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Night Flight Orchestra - new single
Replies: 8
Views: 315

The Night Flight Orchestra - new single

Lovers in the Rain
https://youtu.be/f7zcmpdg0so

Really awesome tune. Probably listened 20+ times already this morning. Love it.
Played it for my 7-year old son in the car. His first comment was "They sound like ABBA". And yes, sure enough, this song is definitely ABBA inspired.

c.
by introclaus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 1470

Re: 2018 So Far

Great post - yes, this year has been full of very good releases - and a few exceptional ones; Good Tiger - so far this is album of the year - ultra commercial prog metal / djent-lite Amorphis Angelus Apatrida Arena - top 5 Candlemass Gazpacho Ghost Graveyard Grayceon - top 5 Hago Ihsahn Kaisers Bart...
by introclaus
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Vacation?
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: Vacation?

Guillaume wrote:Very quiet around these parts indeed. Maybe we need to start a fight around Ronnie Romero's skills to draw people around? :lol:


Agreed :)

Or we can return to our talk about WTF happened on that Feinstein album ...
by introclaus
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Vacation?
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Vacation?

What’s going on?
by introclaus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Widek - Dream Reflection
Replies: 12
Views: 729

Re: Widek - Dream Reflection

Shit, two guys from a country not called USA playing music somewhat similar to each other - they obviously must be one and the same!

Lol ;)
by introclaus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: SUBSIGNAL / La Muerta ..... first thoughts.
Replies: 8
Views: 450

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

Sorry to be the Debbie downer, but I can't be the only one who wishes this band would do more of the heavier edge proggy stuff like the track Tempest from the last CD. I like all their stuff, but I really freak on their stuff with more chunk. Unfortunately, this one seemed quite light after the int...
by introclaus
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 752

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

I'm looking forward to hearing this one -- I'm not excited about the fact that Gaz said there are more growls than ever - but so far to this point, I've been able to handle them..... there is something about this band that I really love, although it's way out of the norm for me........ Glenn got me...

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