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Dragonfish Dog May 30, 2016 (edited May 30, 2016)

vert1 wrote:

Got this in the mail:  Iasos – Angelic Music - The Angels of Comfort

Very relaxing. 5/5 stuff.

Iasos makes a lot of meditative stuff.

Their Bora Bora 2000 album is pretty cool, if you like tropical motifs spliced into spacey music!

Ashley Winchester wrote:

I'm sure this is going to qualify as a rant, probably come off as disrespectful, and something I've already said, but f.y.e should just give the **** up already.

With the internet there's no reason anyone with an actual brain should pay those outrageous prices. Those prices make their discount card complete joke (it actually ended up costing me money because I won't buy overpriced goods to justify having/using it) and even with shipping I can get things cheaper anywhere online.

I don't want people to lose their jobs, but the company is a dinosaur that needs to be put down.

There's a name I haven't heard in awhile: F.Y.E. is still in business? 2 of the stores near me have shuttered within the past 10 years.

Them and Barnes & Noble: Their prices on CDs are indeed ludicrous.

Sometime ago, there was a little girl and her mother looking for a Ciara album (when it was current) at Barnes & Noble, I told them they could get it at Best Buy, and cheaper.

Ashley Winchester May 31, 2016

Dragonfish Dog wrote:

There's a name I haven't heard in awhile: F.Y.E. is still in business? 2 of the stores near me have shuttered within the past 10 years.

I should elaborate on this. See, the mall this f.y.e. is in is barely a mall. When you look on social media sites all the comments about the mall basically equate to "hardly a mall at all." The place is a joke. So many stores come and go; anything that makes a profit (even a meager one like f.y.e.) gets to stay.

I have to laugh at the local radio spots for the mall though:

*singing* "There's always something happening at the DuBois Mall!" *singing*

Uh, no. It's a pretty sad mall. When people take shots at it's pretty well justified.

Ashley Winchester Aug 8, 2016

This may seem like an odd musing, but have you ever changed your mind on album that you once vigorously defended?

I've always guarded Green Day's Warning from it detractors but after listening to this thing rather heavily lately there are a lot of problems with this album.

None of the songs are horrible but most of the time I don't really want to listen to over half of the damn songs. The album's not "misunderstood" as I originally thought.

Ashley Winchester Aug 26, 2016

Dumb question:

Have you ever went to DL a track from a band but then find that a massive chunk of the discography is unavailable for legitimate DL?

I wanted to DL the song "S.O.S." from Stratovarius but most of the music the band released when on the Noise label isn't available for purchase. As annoying as this is, this does make sense as Noise went out of business a while back so the rights may be in limbo but I had to buy a copy of the album to get that song.

Additionally, I also hate when they edit a song when it doesn't need editing. I bought the S.O.S. single and the damn track is edited. I should have realized that, but I don't see the point of shortening a track from 4:17 to 3:57. And yeah, those missing twenty seconds drive me batty.

Ashley Winchester Oct 13, 2016

Got the new Sonata Arctica today. I ordered the Japanese import as I wanted to check out the Japanese bonus track.

I'm really lukewarm on this album so far. The first single "Closer to an Animal" is somewhat of a mess in my opinion. It lacks structure, which is odd because Kakko has written songs with odd structures before and they have worked, this one doesn't.

The second single "Life" is much better despite the obligatory cheese but the rest of the album hasn't sunk in yet.

GoldfishX Oct 26, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bGfVDWlQ6Q

I think they managed to out-rhapsody Rhapsody of Fire. I like these guys a lot. Hope they stay this consistent.

Speaking of consistent...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YrEMVyCcAE

I never wanted to try the newer Boston albums originally, but they nailed quite a few tracks on Corporate America and Life, Love and Hope. This one is right up there with More Than a Feeling and Peace of Mind for me. No Brad Delp, but his influence is there.

Ashley Winchester Oct 27, 2016

GoldfishX wrote:

I think they managed to out-rhapsody Rhapsody of Fire. I like these guys a lot. Hope they stay this consistent.

Speaking of consistent...

Well, Rhapsody of Fire (and Turilli's Rhapsody) haven't been very consistent since the brand split, so it really doesn't take much to be more consistent. However, trying to telling the fans that drink the cool-aid without thought this doesn't really go anywhere.

GoldfishX Nov 23, 2016

The good thing about power metal...You pretty much know after about 1-2 minutes of sampling if the album (and even the band!) is worth bothering with.

I tore into the new Metallica album and...it's good. Take the longer songs and passages of ...And Justice for All and mix them with the general boredom/consistency/groove of the Black Album and that's basically what it is. I ended up adoring Death Magnetic and I just don't think Hardwired has those high points of DM overall, but the boring/plodding songs are developed better. Recommended.

Ashley Winchester Nov 28, 2016

Am I the only one who H-A-T-E-S it when you have two damn albums by an artist and the credits contradict one another? Grrr... I hate that. However, I'm probably alone since I'm so anal when it comes to tagging my music files.

This is one of the reasons I do physical, I want to see the credit spread and most mp3 DLs don't bother with this.

Ashley Winchester Nov 30, 2016

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Okay, I'm going to buy these albums. I think this is better than Twilight Force:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlhQZFTvAn4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGV6bCTMM5w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXzMD065HEk

All hail GloryHammer! I love this corny **** and they play it up well.

Is it a bad thing that I can's stop listening to these two albums? I'll admit they are not perfect but it's been a long time since I've discovered a new power metal band.

Ashley Winchester Dec 2, 2016

Am I the only one who HATES IT when someone sends you a CD with a band-saw cut on the spine? What makes it even worse is when they replaced the damn case to try and hide it but that still doesn't help the damn situation because the cut is still there on the insert.

Mint condition my ass.

Sorry, first world problems.

longhairmike Dec 2, 2016

dude it's a freaking cd,,, most people dont havnt given a shit about them in ages.

im trying to get all my preorder packing done over the weekend so i can see Sonata arctica on monday.
they're coming back to mesa to play a local 750 maximum-occupancy local venue (tony loves the desert here)

Ashley Winchester Dec 3, 2016

longhairmike wrote:

im trying to get all my preorder packing done over the weekend so i can see Sonata arctica on monday. they're coming back to mesa to play a local 750 maximum-occupancy local venue (tony loves the desert here)

DUDE! I wish I was you! I FREAKING love sonata! My favorite band.

Ashley Winchester Dec 3, 2016 (edited Dec 3, 2016)

https://www.discogs.com/Warmen-The-Evil … se/7839581

What is it about me and finding decent compilation albums lately? I like some of Warman's songs/covers but there honestly wasn't enough tracks on one album for me to buy one. This compilation does a pretty good job of solving that. The only negative is this disc focuses more on pieces that have guest vocalists (which I like many of those pieces) but it skimps out on Warman's instrumentals, which are good but I'm still ODed on kind of. I'll have to pick this one up as well.

Ashley Winchester Dec 6, 2016

I just got my copy of Gloryhammer: Space 1992 Rise of the Chaos Wizards in the mail. The credits page is absolutely hysterical:

Band:
Thomas Winkler - Voice-Modulated Star Nucleus
Paul Templing - Dark Matter String Manipulation Interface
James Cartwright: Trans-Dimensional Subsonic Cluster
Christopher Bowes: Positronic Oscillator Command
Ben Turk: Percussive Phi-Quasson Battery

Also...

"No unicorns were harmed in the making of this album. However, 5,448 billion humans were terminally harmed in the destruction of the Earth during track 10. This was an unfortunate side effect for which we apologize profusely.  Please send any complaints to the Dark Sorcerer Zargothrax at the following address: zargothrax@gloryhammer.com.

****ing brilliant. I just love how they have so much fun with the absurdity of the material.

Ramza Dec 31, 2016

Three members of the band Five Iron Frenzy started an electronic/pop side project, "The Fast Feeling." The saxophone player Leanor Inez Ortega Till (once known as "Jeff the Girl") takes lead vocals for the first time in her life. She's crazy good.

IndieGogo backers got the digital album last week (so, me). Retail release is in two weeks.

It's kind of my favorite thing ever. Here's a music video that goes all retro/VHS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydaHY2aWeRc

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