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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:30:03 AM »
Dissection is heavy metal.

Sacramentum is black metal.

Metal / Re: Obscura vrs From Wisdom to Hate
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:06:28 PM »
Maturity is seldom an attribute that benefits metal music.

From Wisdom To Hate is a boring, unchallenging, pedestrian album.

The band "played it safe," "toned it down," whatever cliche you want to use, when writing this album.

The absence of Steeve Hurdle probably hurt the record's creativity, as well.

Metal / Re: Power Metal
« on: December 21, 2013, 04:01:35 AM »
Seriously though, there's got to be like a top 5 power metal albums list for some old-school death/black metal purist (for when he's in a weird mood and might secretly want to spin a bit of power metal).

Iced Earth - "Night of the Stormrider" (original mix, not the crappy remaster)
Blind Guardian - "Somewhere Far Beyond"
Helloween - "Walls of Jericho"/"Helloween"
Manowar - "Hell on Wheels" (still lots of filler, even on their live albums, but there's about 15 classic songs between the 2 discs)

Those 4 albums are the pinnacle for each variation of power metal:

thrash metal style (Iced Earth)
epic orchestral style (Blind Guardian)
speed metal style (Helloween)
heavy metal style (Manowar)

Interzone / Recommend me a good discman
« on: October 09, 2013, 04:40:29 AM »
The laser on my old Sony discman has finally died. It reads approximately one out of every five discs and sounds like a cat coughing up a hairball when it does play.

So what is a good model discman that's cheap and easy to find these days? I assume Sony is still the best manufacturer?

I hear good things about Sony's D-25 and D-555 models, but have no interest in paying $300 for a discman. $50 or less is my price range.

Metal / Re: Death of the stereo?
« on: October 04, 2013, 04:29:25 AM »
Most people only listen to the vocals, anyway.

That's all they need to hear to enjoy the music.

Interzone / Re: Asian 'pentatonic' scale?
« on: September 28, 2013, 02:55:58 AM »
The easiest way to learn the pentatonic scale is to play only the black keys on a piano. It has a sound that's easy to identify, as you really only have to hear it a few times to learn to recognize it.

Debussy uses it frequently in his piano pieces.

Kirk Hammett also uses it a ton on Kill 'em All.

Metal / Re: Gorguts
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:52:27 PM »
:( I want to believe...

The full album is still up for free legal streaming if you want to preview it:


It's worth buying, though. MP3's don't do this album justice. The music is very layered.

Metal / Re: Gorguts
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:33:53 AM »
Colored Sands finally arrived in the mail today.

It's a great performance, though the Dysrhythmia/Behold the Arctopus influences do come off a bit strong at times. The songs structures are much more flowing and less repetitive than the other Gorguts albums.

This blows away the turd that was Negativa and the mediocre From Wisdom to Hate.

Give these guys your money. They deserve it.

Metal / Re: Lykathea Aflame
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:45:49 PM »
Willlowtip stocks it from time to time:


Right now it's out of stock.

I would try emailing the store to find out when the next shipment is coming in. The owner is usually good about responding to emails.

Metal / Re: Lykathea Aflame
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:45:01 AM »
Lykathea Aflame write lots of cool parts that don't really fit together well in a song. The ambient track that ends this album is legendarily bad. Their snare drum is also way too high in the mix.

Still, I give them credit for having a unique sound and being more creative than 90% of death metal bands. Lyrically, they are on a different plane, too. I also like how most of their guitar parts have two independent lines going at once instead of the typical "doubling" style most bands use.

I've owned this album for about ten years now and still get the itch to pop it in on occasion. The remaster they put out a while back sounds way better than the original, for whatever that's worth.

Metal / Re: Help Fund a New Obituary Album
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:46:57 AM »
See kids, drugs don't help you make good music.

Metal / Re: Is it accurate to say that...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:26:35 PM »
The more interesting question would be:

How many people lose interest in metal once they leave their adolescence.

Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:53:45 PM »
"Voiles" is my favorite Debussy piece. Number two would probably be "The Sunken Cathedral."

I would say those two songs are a good yin/yang representation of Debussy's split personalities. He could write beautifully or hauntingly depending on what the piece called for.

Live performance of Debussy are the best. Definitely make the effort to see anyone in your area who is playing his music live. It is enchanting stuff in the live setting.

As for Chopin, a good starting point for him is his second and third piano sonatas. Those are probably his two most well-known compositions, and the second sonata contains the "Funeral March" movement, for which Chopin is most famous.

Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:22:55 PM »
Debussy is definitely essential. Specifically, the recordings by Walter Gieseking:


Debussy is one of the first composers to take piano music away from the formal structure and conventional harmony it had been using for the hundreds of years prior.

Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:23:51 AM »
Also, for specific Scarlatti recordings, I highly recommend Anthony Newman's "best of" CD as a starting point:


That is the CD that originally won me over as a Scarlatti fan.

There are recordings that encompass Scarlatti's entire output for harpsichord, but they are much pricier since you're talking about 550+ pieces:


So I recommend starting with Newman's "best of" CD then going for one of the complete collections later on if you're interested.

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