17 jun 2011, 13:48 av Mark_H
1 apr 2009, 05:51 av deidolonI picked up Witchaven - Totalitarian State of War (2009) at the show and have no. 127/200.
Black/Thrash Metal from California, USA. Unsigned. Its a compilation of demos and unreleased material. Quite good. Self Released.
Today I splurged and picked up two of the most mainstream CD's I've boughten for myself in several years.
First was To My Surprise - To My Surprise (2003). I used to love this album, several years ago for some strange reason and when I saw it used for $1.99 I couldn't refuse my own pull to buy it. I had a copy once but i played it so much that its long beyond usage now. Its really cheesy,.... like really cheesy and out there, but i totally love it.
And the I also picked Opeth - Damnation (2003) because despite what anyone says this album is the best example of romanticized dark music I've ever heard in my life. …
17 dec 2008, 01:21 av maidenhellPower Radio
Power metal is today associated with an epic sound tempered by characteristics of speed metal, power metal's musical forerunner. Power metal's lyrical themes, though as varied as metal itself, typically focus on fantasy and mythology (eg. , Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian, Falconer , Domine, camaraderie and hope (eg. DragonForce, Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall, Lost Horizon, Highland Glory, Sabaton), personal struggles and emotions (eg. X JAPAN, Primal Fear, Sonata Arctica, Evergrey) war and death (eg. Manowar, Sabaton, Iced Earth) or combinations of the listed themes. The prevalence of these lyrical themes span across the many languages power metal is performed in (eg. Angra (Portuguese), Darksun (Spanish). Many typical metal themes such as anti-religion and politics are comparatively rare but not unheard of.
Power metal is highly focused on the vocalist, with "clean" vocals being much more prevalent than the growling vocals often associated with death metal and black metal. …
9 feb 2008, 23:26 av OmegasphereYeah yeah, I know, it's over a month into 2008. I blame procrastination... seems like an easy scapegoat.
Looking back at my Top Discoveries of 2006 journal, I was pretty amazed at how the bands mentioned have made an impact on my charts. 11 of my Top 50 Artists were from bands that I hadn’t even heard of 2 years ago, including my #1. (all hail Dream Theater!) 2007 didn’t disappoint me either, and below is a list of my top 10 discoveries, followed by some honorable mentions.
1. Machinae Supremacy
First track: Attack Music
Eye-opening track: Return to Snake Mountain
Favorite: Kings of the Scene
I guess Last.fm lived up to their motto of giving us new music to discover. I found these guys on my dashboard because they had free songs available for download. They had a unique sound: pretty good metal with… a Nintendo? Well, technically it’s a Commodore 64, but coming from someone with a love for oldschool video games, this was a recipe for success in my book. …
16 sep 2007, 14:04 av acatisfinetoo
6 jul 2007, 00:13 av PyroclasmThis is a list with all the albums I ever bought (at least those of which I dare to come out with, which mean all since I started listening (real = non-nu-) metal ;)). The stars * are given by myself and will ofcourse be different than your opinion about the album. The amount of * may change with time ofcourse.
* : very very bad music (which i will never ever buy)
** : a disappointment in some way. Should have better not bought this album
*** : a good album
**** : a very good album, really worth it's money (if you're into the same kind of music as I am ofcourse)
*****: awesome fantastic supergreat album!! this stuff never gets boring, and it's a shame if you don't know it (if you're into the same kind of music as I am ofcourse)
**** Altaria - Divinity
*** Axenstar - Perpetual Twilight
*** Angra - Hunters and Pray
TBA Angra - Temple of Shadows
** Athena - Twilight of Days
**** Axxis - Paradis in Flames
** Ark - Ark
**** Alkemyst - Meeting in the Mist
*** At Vance - Only Human
19 jun 2007, 07:43 av Ru5herHow does it work?
The script lists the users top 20 overall artists and lists the 8 most similar artists to each one, then delete's any repeated artists. The idea is to see how varied your taste is, a score of 9 is extremely unvaried while 160 represents an extremely varied one.
03: Led Zeppelin
04: Dream Theater
05: Pink Floyd
06: Van Halen
07: Black Sabbath
09: King Crimson
10: Liquid Tension Experiment
12: Symphony X
13: Iron Maiden
15: Pain of Salvation
18: Power Quest
21: Cryonic Temple
23: Freedom Call
24: Supreme Majesty
26: Dark Moor
27: Judas Priest
29: Children of Bodom
32: Sonata Arctica
35: Blind Guardian
40: Secret Sphere
42: Vision Divine
43: Thy Majestie
26 mar 2007, 11:17 av AveniusAbout a week ago I realized that my playlist was getting old. I mean, I've got alot of music, but I've listened through it all, and gotten a bit tired of everything. I needed something new. And what better way to discover new music than to explore artist relations and tags at last.fm? That's what I did.
First off. Time Requiem. Apparently they resembled Symphony X a bit. After listening to them I guess I can confirm that. Lead keyboards, but with a nice sound that I can enjoy listening to. I like this band. (edit: I just stumbled across an Abba cover on one of their albums. That frightens me beyond sanity.)
Next out was Cacophony. Marty Friedman and Jason Becker in one band? This had to be interesting. But meh, it was kind of fun to listen to for about 10 seconds. The name really defines the music. Chaotic and uninspired. I might give them another shot later on.
While looking up Cacophony on the web I found a solo album by Jason Becker. …
13 jan 2007, 00:00 av Dreamer680I have decided to introduce bands that I made a review this year on the webzine http://www.heavylaw.com or I have discovered with the website through other reviews. I will do it fast with a brief summary for each album. First, I must tell you the way I have made this retrospective. I will classify all the albums with the mark I gave them. The best albums of year 2006 are in “heaven”. The worst are in hell and between these two points there is the purgatory. I stole this concept in the retrospective of a friend. You could visit his page http://www.last.fm/user/TeRyX
- 10 out of 10
-The Gathering – Home: (Atmospheric rock)
It is an incredible album and an incredible band. I just knew their name before. On their first albums they are playing gothic metal but now they have changed a little their music. With the last album called Souvenir the band had shown a more electronic face. But “Home” combine gothic metal and electronic sounds with very atmospheric keyboards. …
15 nov 2006, 14:50 av SocialEnemyThis is mainly for personal use, but you can look at it anyway. This is a list of the releases this year and what I have listened to thus far. They're also rated accordingly, but ratings are subject to change on more listens. I will not elaborate on why what gets rated what, so don't ask (unless you're Ric or BV).
* = Disappointing, I expected more. (Mickey Mouse album of the year contender).
** = Listenable.
*** = Good.
**** = Great (Metal as fuck).
***** = Unbelievable (Album of the year contender).
^ = Upward potential.
+ = Positive change.
- = Negative change.
Ablaze in Hatred - Deceptive Awareness *** ^
Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain ***
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea **** 1/2 -
Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side ** 1/2 +
Amorphis - Eclipse *** 1/2 -
Anarion - Unbroken
Andromeda - Chimera ** 1/2 ^
Angra – Aurora Consurgens ** ^
Anthropia - Part 1, The Ereyn Chronicles
Apocalyptica – Amplified
Arsis - United In Regret **** ^
Axamenta - Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture *****