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Old 08-07-2017, 02:40 PM   #1241
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Happy 59th Birthday Bruce!
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:08 PM   #1242
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They are coming to Calgary on Nov. 20th
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:04 PM   #1243
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Mike Patton is back with Dead Cross:
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:30 AM   #1244
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Really liked this song:


The singer reminds me of James Hetfield in certain shots. The clothing he's wearing is like 1991 Hetfield or something haha.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:20 PM   #1245
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Listening a bit to the second album by Next to None. It's called "Phases". This is a young band featuring Mike Portnoy's son Max Portnoy on drums. There are some clunky/cheesy/bad lyrics (they are still teenagers), some questionable choices (ie. scratching) and some obvious influences musically (Dream Theater of course and Lamb of God) but I think they show some promise as the move forward and mature. I will say this I do think the vocalist is the weak link. His clean singing isn't up to par and his growls are merely passable. He'll need to get better in a hurry for them to progress.

Not promoting it as a must have as it's a middling album but it's a new band with some interesting pieces. They just need to figure out how to put the pieces together better.



Speaking of the ever arrogant Mike Portnoy he has yet another new band, Sons of Apollo, releasing an album in the near future. Along with Portnoy the band features:
  • Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, ex-David Lee Roth, Winery Dogs) - bass
  • Jeff Scott Soto (Trans Siberian Orchestra, ex-Malmsteen, ex-Journey) - vocals
  • Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater and a bunch of others) - keyboards
  • Bumblefoot (Art of Anarchy, ex-Axl and Friends) - guitar


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Old 08-17-2017, 02:19 PM   #1246
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Yeah, Bolt Thrower is one of my favourite bands for sure.

So Brutal. SO Good!

Enter the realm of chaos, your nightmare has just begun
as you wake up screaming, there's no place left to run!
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:51 AM   #1247
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another band I've been enjoying lately: In Mourning.





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Old 08-22-2017, 12:25 PM   #1248
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The thing with Gojira is that I absolutely love "Magma", but have a hard time enjoying most of their earlier stuff. Can't really explain it, it just doesn't grasp me as much. Which is a damn shame because "Magma" is a masterpiece. Insomnium meanwhile ... I don't know, the first time I heard "While We Sleep" was just pure eargasm

Amorphis and Omnium Gatherum also look like pretty cool bands, I guess I need to get even more into those Finnish and Swedish bands

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Amorphis is one of my favourites. If you have not already done so you need to check out their three-album trilogy: Eclipse, Silent Waters, and Skyforger. These albums are retellings of stories in the Finnish epic, the Kalevala.


Last year I constructed an entire lecture around Amorphis's "Skyforger" in my second-year Old Testament class. The expressions on the faces of 20-year-old sophomores listening to Finnish metal in a university lecture hall was delicious.

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