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jb Jul 23, 2014

You have a link to that MJ article?

The new RX Bandits is fantastic!! Saw them in Philly and picked up their new record. yikes

GoldfishX Jul 25, 2014

Roxette marathon! smile

I'm about ready to name "Listen to your Heart" my favorite song of all time. The urge to keep listening to it just never goes away.

raynebc Jul 25, 2014

I probably prefer "Joyride" the most out of the Roxette songs I know.  The last new song I've come to love recently is "Shatter me", which has vocals by Lzzy Hale and violin by Lindsey Stirling.

Ashley Winchester Sep 14, 2014

Wow. Kind of hard to believe this topic is as buried as it is...

HammerFall has a new album out. I'm on the fence about buying the DL since 2009's No Sacrifice No Victory wasn't my cup of tea (not bad just going in a direction I wasn't into) and I skipped the following album Infected.

I'll probably spend the ten spot tomorrow and check it out. It be nice if I could get a few good tracks off of it since the HammerFall part of my current tracklist is so small.

jb Sep 15, 2014

Lately: This Will Destroy You - Another Language, Emarosa - Versus, Capital Cities - In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, Son Lux - We Are Rising, Tank - Stronger and

FuryofFrog Sep 15, 2014

Kimbra: The Golden Echo, Imogen Heap: Sparks, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Lets Face It, and  Die Antwoord: Donkermag are my current plays.



Capital Cities rule man. I'm gonna see them in Philly next month At the Electric Factory. I really hope they come out with a live album soon. I NEED MORE TRUMPET!!!! All of the awesome extended solos and extra little trumpet touches are done live. Man do I need it.

Ashley Winchester Sep 15, 2014

Ashley Winchester wrote:

HammerFall has a new album out. I'm on the fence about buying the DL since 2009's No Sacrifice No Victory wasn't my cup of tea (not bad just going in a direction I wasn't into) and I skipped the following album Infected.

Just got done listening to this. Not bad... and more agreeable than 2009's No Sacrifice No Victory... but I really see why I left HammerFall behind as far a listening is concerned.

Listening to this after being away from it so long I've become aware of just how cheesy HammerFall is and has become. The first song "Hector's Hymn" unfortunately sets that tone and it pretty much continues until the last two tracks which were the standouts.

The second to last song "Wildfire" is kind of a mess... but a good kind of mess that seems more complete than the rest of the album. The final bonus track "Demonized" is only a mid-range three out of five star track but is oddly feels stronger than all the songs before it. Not really a good thing when the bonus track on your album is the best part....

Ashley Winchester Sep 16, 2014 (edited Sep 29, 2014)

I listened (r)Evolution a bit more and it's grown on me some more.

Revolution (sorry, I refuse to write it the dumbass way the band wrote it) has gotten a lot better since I picked up 2011's Infected which is... all over the place.

First off all Infected is the first HammerFall album that doesn't have Hector the Templar on the cover. Yes much like Iron Maiden's Eddie or even Gamma Ray's Fangface HammerFall has a mascot and it has served them well over the years.

However, Infected appears to drop whole "templar knight" thing for a zombie motif which is just kind of stupid. I'll freely admit both zombies and warriors are horribly stereotypical... but the templar thing is something HammerFall can at least lay claim to. Zombies on the other hand... not so much.

The zombie thing is a facade tho as a whopping two songs (the intro and opener) go with the theme... and then we go back to singing about templars...? Okay...

That said, HammerFall completely destroys an chance of immersion with the intro with the Simpsons reference "sector 7G" right there for anyone to pick up on. Clever and insanely stupid.

There are some interesting tracks on here, but they are interesting because they really don't sound like tracks HammerFall would write in the first place. I mean "I Refuse" is hook, line and sinker Iron Maiden sounding to me.

longhairmike Oct 2, 2014

Last night shana and i saw Sonata Arctica, Xandria, & Delaine at a small club here in Mesa (yes, powermetal in the middle of deepthroatjesusville).
the whole place was no more larger than a movie theater (no balcony either) and probably helpd 500 people max, but the accoustics were awesome and the sound wasn't overbearing and muddled like you get at a lot of places.

Ashley Winchester Oct 2, 2014

longhairmike wrote:

Last night shana and i saw Sonata Arctica

Damn you... I'm seriously jealous. I'd love to see those guys live... have like every album.

However, I guess as trade off I saw Stratovarius and Nightwish before key members left.

Ashley Winchester Oct 2, 2014

longhairmike wrote:

the whole place was no more larger than a movie theater (no balcony either) and probably helpd 500 people max, but the accoustics were awesome and the sound wasn't overbearing and muddled like you get at a lot of places.

I actually like it when bands play smaller places like this. I saw Stratovarius in a small venue like your describing.

Ramza Oct 3, 2014

newest Tori Amos album, "Unrepentant Geraldines." LOTS of this lately.

I like the songs America, Trouble's Lament, Wedding Day, 16 Shades of Blue, Promise, Giant's Rolling Pin, the title track, and the upbeat part of Rose Dover.

NPR did a review of the album hailing it as "Tori's best album in two decades" (which is to say it's her second-best album, putting Under The Pink in its rightful top spot). But I'd say that, objectively, Scarlet's Walk is more impressive. And subjectively I'd rank at last three other albums above the newest ... but it's still really good! smile

Ashley Winchester Oct 4, 2014 (edited Oct 4, 2014)

I picked up the latest Helloween album Straight Out of Hell and... I'm kind of regretting it.

These guys are still in Keeper of the Seven Keys III: The Legacy mode where every damn song has to have so many effects and pitch changes in it in a sad attempt to turn each song into a (expletive) epic. I know some people will probably find that funny as this is part of the power metal thing is making things sound "epic" but the good bands and albums know when to scale this back and when to go full throttle on it.

I'll admit that I've lost interest in a lot of their material over the years but the simpler songs have stood the test of time. Man, I'd love to hear something as simplistic as "Mrs. God," "Mr. Torture" or "Sole Survivor" again... but that's probably not going to happen anytime soon.

Also, what idiot laid out the booklet for this album...? So many damn errors and no lyrics...? What a joke...

Edit:

Are their any Symphony X fans here... I was thinking of picking their latest "Iconoclast" up but I'm kind of hit-and-miss with their stuff.

jb Oct 16, 2014

I cant express how hyped I am right now for the new Taylor Swift album, 1989. Everything I have heard and seen so far has me so unbelievably excited. "Shake It Off", her latest single, is phenomenal. I love everything about it -- the sound, what its saying, how it's expressed, the video. The last single she released on iTunes to preorders, "Out of the Woods" screams "this should be the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie" right down to the synth drums and crash. I can't say I was a really big fan before, Red was pretty good but still had those country hooks and roots with some Pop mixed in. This complete divestiture to Pop is a perfect transition.

I'm really looking forward to the new Mono album next week, too. Further solidified by this review: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2014/10 … last-dawn/

It's just unfortunate that 1989 comes out a week later and I'm going to be spinning that until the end of time.

Adam Corn Oct 16, 2014

jb wrote:

I cant express how hyped I am right now for the new Taylor Swift album, 1989. Everything I have heard and seen so far has me so unbelievably excited. "Shake It Off", her latest single, is phenomenal. I love everything about it -- the sound, what its saying, how it's expressed, the video.

I like the cover by Us the Duo.  Completely different but in a good way.
http://open.spotify.com/track/0GnGS3Hqq7eg2sjMPwHl1F

jb Oct 16, 2014

Adam Corn wrote:
jb wrote:

I cant express how hyped I am right now for the new Taylor Swift album, 1989. Everything I have heard and seen so far has me so unbelievably excited. "Shake It Off", her latest single, is phenomenal. I love everything about it -- the sound, what its saying, how it's expressed, the video.

I like the cover by Us the Duo.  Completely different but in a good way.
http://open.spotify.com/track/0GnGS3Hqq7eg2sjMPwHl1F

Thanks for sharing but not really feeling it. Feels like it takes the emotion out of it, imo but to each their own. Also somewhat reminds me of The Civil Wars but with no instrumentation.

Aran Oct 19, 2014

The desolation of Smaug Extended Edition soundtrack.

I've always been into this kind of music, and I was exited to here this, but to be honest, much of it simply bored me. But then things started to heat up in disc 2, with more action and even the use of various ethnic instruments.

The use of 60 year old mics and the 100 year old building really make things sound......I dunno, it's hard to describe. Big. Epic. Real. Heavy. Grand. It sounds spacious, but not in the Dragon Quest VIII kinda way (Which was a bit TOO spacious)

jb Oct 27, 2014

1989 is everything I could have hoped for and more. *_*

Zane Oct 27, 2014

jb wrote:

1989 is everything I could have hoped for and more. *_*

Totally - this may end up surpassing Red as my favorite Taylor album. So damn good!

Yotsuya Oct 27, 2014

I've just gone off the deep end into idm, acid house and all the electronica/drum machine music I missed out in the last 20 years @_@ mostly Aphex and checking out Luke Vibert for the first time.

Crash Oct 29, 2014

I discovered Lindsey Stirling, who seems to have picked up Vanessa-Mae's mantle, and have been listening to her two albums pretty heavily the last few days.

I first heard her song "Crystallize", and was struck by how one of the passages is very reminiscent of "Wicked Child" from the Dracula series.

Adam Corn Oct 29, 2014

Crash wrote:

I discovered Lindsey Stirling, who seems to have picked up Vanessa-Mae's mantle

I'm so there.

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