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

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

Postby Mardoch » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:02 am

ElegyFan wrote:I keep pulling out "Theories of Flight". Right now I am listening to Ark so I guess I am too.

Except there's never a bad time to listen to Ark. That's a Jorn project I wish was still going. Easily my favorite of his many adventures.

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

Postby GaetanL » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:48 am

I'm currently into a Scorpions rut! Revisiting the studio albums and concerts (including the new 50th anniversary editions) and also some stuff I recently bought that I have never listened / watched before.

I'm currently working on the page of this band for my website. This will be my next update. The work is pretty much advanced now.

1) This band is well known world wide but I think some people can learn from what I'm writing because in the process of writing the page I have learned many things myself about Scorpions I didn't know. Also some people may have surrender about the band and for example don't know the great album "Humanity - Hour I". Thanks to Steve for this one! So, I know I said before that the most important is to discover a band and after each one can do his homework and discover the albums, but I think it's not always a waste of time because, for example, in this case, I'm sure many people who know Scorpions have never heard "Humanity - Hour I" and may be tempted to give it a try after reading what I wrote.

2) Someone can found my website by searching something about Scorpions and then discover another band. For example, if someone discover the band Redemption because of this, that would make my day. Long time ago, when I was having only a progressive metal section, someone discovered Redemption because of my website and bought "The Origin Of Ruins". In fact, it's a 2007 top 5 I sent him on request, but indirectly, it's because of my website.
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Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Postby Manuel Cedeno » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:16 pm

I was having a "slow month" for new stuff and I just found 3 great releases on Glen's list. If you look for it and keep an open mind you can always find some great new music to enjoy.

What constitutes a "musical rut" for a given year anyway? Is it a lack of quality releases across all genres? Quantity over quality? There are so many ways to go about it that a clear criteria is impossible to define. It can depend on the new album release-cycle of the bands that you like —as many only stick with familiar bands. Or maybe a surprising amount of new bands putting out quality releases. You could also feel that a single masterpiece album can make up for everything...

I guess you can only tell in January of 2018 when you write down your top 20 list. No matter what I can guarantee you will have a strong top 10. There are so many great bands out there and we still have 5 months to go.

I am never in sync with these things anyway as I am always catching up. I don't have access to as many albums as some of you do so I rely on your lists and reviews to get the essential new stuff. I'm still discovering stuff from 2015 and just enjoying the music not matter when it came out. But if I have to go strictly by 2017, I am very impressed by Voyager and Persephone, with Tetrafusion around the corner.

Testofwills wrote:My tastes are quite heavier and for me theres been plenty of purtrid deth metal to keep me happy...but for Prog metal the Voyager is quite the monster for me...top ten action for the year for sure....also seeing Fates Warning live really blew me away on how awesome they sounded... :D


Care to share those putrid death metal releases?

Digital Man wrote:Yep, I'm in a prog metal rut as well. I'm not sure if it's the lack of top shelf releases or me or both. I always go through cycles of burn out on a particular style and just explore other styles until it passes. I've always kind of liked prog rock, but it never got any serious listening time because I was always more into metal. Lately I've really been listening to a lot of prog rock that I passed over in the past and am really enjoying it.


Care to share those prog rock albums you are enjoying?

Cheers...

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

Postby Musicaholic » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:21 am

I had a reply to MitchG's post but it didn't go through, nothing much to say other than now the 80s revival of synthwave is starting to go overdone. It's more quantity over quality in the 7 year run for the genre.

On the note of nostalgia, what got me out of a musical rut last year was watching the first Youtube commercial for the Nintendo Switch. The rock n roll song was instantly catchy as the commercial was instantly cheesy. Fast forward to now it seems that Nintendo really got themselves out of a rut with the Switch now that it's selling faster than they can make it, seeing how the Wii-U tanked. I never got into the system other than the nostalgia of Mario Maker. I spent an entire year watching other gamers play insanely creative Super Mario 1, 3, World levels on YT and twitch.

Anyways fast forward today, I relapsed again in music with the song by White Denim - Ha Ha Yeah. Was kinda surprised that the band didn't get many views from the Switch commercial, but I checked out a few other songs and it seems like they are an Austin type of hipster bar band that has some proggy bits but is more straight up rock n roll. I thought the dude was black, it's its a white guy singing soulfully. Bass player is really groovy.

White Denim - Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah) [Official Audio]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6iXz7WQADE

White Denim performing "Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)" Live on KCRW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc1SJpwdTQY

On a side note, I haven't been watching TV or movies but thinking of some of the greats in nostaglia such as Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas and Casino, what made it so rewatchable was the way he wove the songs into the scenes so perfectly. Songs that I would not normally like but moments like when Deniro lights up a cigarette and Cream's "Sunshine of My Love" cues is just awesome.

So I guess this is the new talk of the movie summer, Baby Driver, check the opening scene as it's nothing really new but a heist/car chase scene with some yeahh right like that could really happen parts

BABY DRIVER - 6-Minute Opening Clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XMuUVw7TOM
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Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Postby BumZen » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:30 am

A list of the albums I like enough to possibly include them on a top list of 2017. In no particular order:
Persefone - Aathmaa (techy/proggy melodic death metal)
Kreator - Gods of Violence (teutonic thrash)
Voyager - Ghost Mile (prog metal)
Sikth - Future in whose Eyes? (djent???)
One Desire - s/t (hard rock with a whole lot of cheese)
Knight Area - Heaven and Beyond (prog rock)
Ayreon - The Source (prog)
Ten - Gothica (Semi-proggy rock/metal)
Eclipse - Monumentum (melodic metal)
Ghost Iris - Blind World (semi techy deathcore/djent)
Secret Sphere - The Nature of time (power metal)
Rage - Seasons of the Black (power/speed metal)
Soen - Lykaia (rock/metal)
Overkill - Mean Green Killing Machine (thrash)
Once Human - Evolution (melodic death metal)
Benighted - Necrobreed (death metal)
Hour of Penance - Cast the first Stone (tech death)
Nightrage - The Venomous (melodic death metal)
Labyrinth - Architecture of God (power metal)
Pyramaze - Contingent (power metal)
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos (doomy 70's rock/metal)
Pallbearer - Heartless (70's style doom)
Vintersorg - Till Fjälls Del II (folk metal with black influences)
Toxik - Breaking Class (thrash)
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Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Postby GaetanL » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:27 am

GaetanL wrote:I'm currently into a Scorpions rut! Revisiting the studio albums and concerts (including the new 50th anniversary editions) and also some stuff I recently bought that I have never listened / watched before.

I'm currently working on the page of this band for my website. This will be my next update. The work is pretty much advanced now.

1) This band is well known world wide but I think some people can learn from what I'm writing because in the process of writing the page I have learned many things myself about Scorpions I didn't know. Also some people may have surrender about the band and for example don't know the great album "Humanity - Hour I". Thanks to Steve for this one! So, I know I said before that the most important is to discover a band and after each one can do his homework and discover the albums, but I think it's not always a waste of time because, for example, in this case, I'm sure many people who know Scorpions have never heard "Humanity - Hour I" and may be tempted to give it a try after reading what I wrote.

2) Someone can found my website by searching something about Scorpions and then discover another band. For example, if someone discover the band Redemption because of this, that would make my day. Long time ago, when I was having only a progressive metal section, someone discovered Redemption because of my website and bought "The Origin Of Ruins". In fact, it's a 2007 top 5 I sent him on request, but indirectly, it's because of my website.

Update done. My page for Scorpions is now online in the hard rock section. I'm glad I did it. Now, I think I can say I know this band very well! :wink:
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Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Postby Guillaume » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:23 pm

GaetanL wrote:
GaetanL wrote:I'm currently into a Scorpions rut! Revisiting the studio albums and concerts (including the new 50th anniversary editions) and also some stuff I recently bought that I have never listened / watched before.

I'm currently working on the page of this band for my website. This will be my next update. The work is pretty much advanced now.

1) This band is well known world wide but I think some people can learn from what I'm writing because in the process of writing the page I have learned many things myself about Scorpions I didn't know. Also some people may have surrender about the band and for example don't know the great album "Humanity - Hour I". Thanks to Steve for this one! So, I know I said before that the most important is to discover a band and after each one can do his homework and discover the albums, but I think it's not always a waste of time because, for example, in this case, I'm sure many people who know Scorpions have never heard "Humanity - Hour I" and may be tempted to give it a try after reading what I wrote.

2) Someone can found my website by searching something about Scorpions and then discover another band. For example, if someone discover the band Redemption because of this, that would make my day. Long time ago, when I was having only a progressive metal section, someone discovered Redemption because of my website and bought "The Origin Of Ruins". In fact, it's a 2007 top 5 I sent him on request, but indirectly, it's because of my website.

Update done. My page for Scorpions is now online in the hard rock section. I'm glad I did it. Now, I think I can say I know this band very well! :wink:


You're totally right about Humanity-Hour 1. It's a killer album and one of their best. Heavy too. Unbreakable had some good songs too. Last 2 were good, but spotty. And the guys are still excellent live, Meine at 69 still sings very good. Would love to see them again live, with their new drummer, the awesome Mikkey Dee.

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

Postby GaetanL » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:08 pm

Guillaume wrote:You're totally right about Humanity-Hour 1. It's a killer album and one of their best. Heavy too.

Yeah, all songs on this album is excellent! When this happens, there is of course more chance that a bonus track will be excellent too... And this is the case here... The bonus track "Cold" on the limited edition and the Japanese edition is also excellent! I sold my regular edition and bought the limited edition! It's a bit weird, the bonus track is on the DVD of the limited edition... I've been able to extract it in flac though. On the Japanese edition, the bonus track is on the CD.
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Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Postby Guillaume » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:57 am

GaetanL wrote:
Guillaume wrote:You're totally right about Humanity-Hour 1. It's a killer album and one of their best. Heavy too.

Yeah, all songs on this album is excellent! When this happens, there is of course more chance that a bonus track will be excellent too... And this is the case here... The bonus track "Cold" on the limited edition and the Japanese edition is also excellent! I sold my regular edition and bought the limited edition! It's a bit weird, the bonus track is on the DVD of the limited edition... I've been able to extract it in flac though. On the Japanese edition, the bonus track is on the CD.


Yep, Cold is an excellent track too, that should have been on the regular edition as well.


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