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Hell N' Diesel - Passion For Power - 2007



Pretty enjoyable sleeze rock/metal band from Sweden (of course). I was disappointed to see this looks like their only shot.
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Fatal Force - Unholy Rites - 2012




Mats Leven from the debut is out. Michael Vescera (Loudness, Yngwie) in. A really weird performance by Mike. Unlike the last Obsession disk, he's out of character a lot here. Very little diversity on the song writing front. I listened to this at work, and wondered if I had somehow got it stuck on repeat.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:36 PM
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Serenity - War Of Ages - 2013 - Deluxe Edition



Not bad, nothing really jumping out at me after the first listen. I think Death & Legacy may be a stronger effort. The cover's fairly creepy too.

Two bonus tracks over standard, one a queen cover.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:36 AM
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UFO - Lights Out - 1977



Was feeling kind of retro last night. Probably the best one of the bunch, although they were on a damn good streak from Phenomenon through Misdemeanor.
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Brother Firetribe - Live At Apollo - 2010



Pretty kick ass show. The apollo club in Helsinki looks like a great place to see a show. Wonder that happened to them. They seemed to have disappeared, as their website's in disrepair and they're nowhere to be found on the spinefarm site.
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James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance - 2013 - Best Buy Deluxe Edition



Pretty good album, but not outstanding. Still has the same approximate ratio of the death metal vocal thing. A shame because Elements of Persuasion was so friggin good, and makes this one another disappointment like Static Impulse. Two extra songs over the standard.
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James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance - 2013 - Best Buy Deluxe Edition



Pretty good album, but not outstanding. Still has the same approximate ratio of the death metal vocal thing. A shame because Elements of Persuasion was so friggin good, and makes this one another disappointment like Static Impulse. Two extra songs over the standard.
I don't know if I am the only one, but I just can't get into that guy's voice. I know that he can hit all the notes, etc., but there's just something about it that bugs me....enough so that I can't really get into Dream Theater, even as amazingly gifted as the rest of the musicians in DT are.

Anyways.....a step into the past.



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Far and away the prettiest record Jethro Tull released at least since Thick as a Brick and a special treat for anyone with a fondness for the group's more folk-oriented material. Ian Anderson had moved to the countryside sometime earlier, and it showed in his choice of source material. The band's aggressive rock interplay and Anderson's fascination with early British folk melodies produce a particularly appealing collection of songs -- the seriousness with which the group took this effort can be discerned by the album's unofficial "full" title on the original LP: "Jethro Tull With Kitchen Prose, Gutter Rhymes, and Divers Songs from the Wood."

The group's sound was never more carefully balanced between acoustic folk and hard rock -- the result is an album that sounds a great deal like the work of Tull's Chrysalis Records labelmates Steeleye Span (though Nigel Pegrum never attacked his cymbals -- or his entire drum kit -- with Barriemore Barlow's ferocity). The harmonizing on "Songs From the Wood" fulfills the promise shown in some of the singing on Thick as a Brick, and the delicacy of much of the rest, including "Ring Out, Solstice Bells" (where the group plays full out, but with wonderful elegance), "Hunting Girl," and "Velvet Green," set a new standard for the group's sound. "Pibroch (Cap in Hand)," which is dominated by Martin Barre's electric guitar -- in a stunning array of overlapping flourishes at full volume -- is the only concession to the group's usual hard rock rave-ups, and even it has some lovely singing to counterbalance the bulk of the song.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:48 AM
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I don't know if I am the only one, but I just can't get into that guy's voice. I know that he can hit all the notes, etc., but there's just something about it that bugs me....enough so that I can't really get into Dream Theater, even as amazingly gifted as the rest of the musicians in DT are.
Marvin, did you ever listen to Awake? This is by far my favorite vocal performance by Labrie on a DT album. Just listen his voice on 6:00 and Voices. All other Labrie performances fall far short IMO..

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Marvin, did you ever listen to Awake? This is by far my favorite vocal performance by Labrie on a DT album. Just listen his voice on 6:00 and Voices. All other Labrie performances fall far short IMO..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMoGuFTp1gU
Of the two, I preferred 6:00. Voices had sections where I felt the same as with the other stuff I had heard.

I remember proposing to somebody once that I'd like to hear Geoff Tate of Queensryche sing these songs....there's just something unigue about the way his voice sounds, same with the younger Bruce Dickinson(who probably never had as much range on the higher end as these other two). Labrie sings in that same "operatic" (over-used cliche, I know) style as those other two, but it seems like he's lacking that certain bit of that instant recognition factor those other two have.

You hear a Maiden song from the 80's and you know right away who that is singing it....same with Queensryche in that era. The songs sung by Labrie, I can't shake the feeling that there are a number of other singers that could replicate it exactly.

I don't at all mean to say he is not a good singer.....just that he doesn't stand out to me.
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Of the two, I preferred 6:00. Voices had sections where I felt the same as with the other stuff I had heard.

I remember proposing to somebody once that I'd like to hear Geoff Tate of Queensryche sing these songs....there's just something unigue about the way his voice sounds, same with the younger Bruce Dickinson(who probably never had as much range on the higher end as these other two). Labrie sings in that same "operatic" (over-used cliche, I know) style as those other two, but it seems like he's lacking that certain bit of that instant recognition factor those other two have.

You hear a Maiden song from the 80's and you know right away who that is singing it....same with Queensryche in that era. The songs sung by Labrie, I can't shake the feeling that there are a number of other singers that could replicate it exactly.

I don't at all mean to say he is not a good singer.....just that he doesn't stand out to me.
Bruce Dickinson is perhaps my all time favorite metal singer. I don't think anyone else comes close to him. He has a unique voice and I don't think anyone else sounds like him. As for Labrie, I agree, he is not standout singer but IMO the rest of the band makes up for his weaknesses.

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Bruce Dickinson is perhaps my all time favorite metal singer. I don't think anyone else comes close to him. He has a unique voice and I don't think anyone else sounds like him. As for Labrie, I agree, he is not standout singer but IMO the rest of the band makes up for his weaknesses.

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I just thought of somebody else who belongs in the discussion...Rob Halford.(at least back in the 1970s


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Delivering the goods. Man he looks so weird with hair.

To your earlier point. There are certainly people I don't get that other people seem to enjoy. I was going to say that I'm sure you'd love James LaBrie warming up before the show on the budokan blu-ray. Even I was like wth.
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Back to my high school days......



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Since the Scorpions' career was at its peak, World Wide Live could not have been recorded at a better time. This 19-track album contains all of their early-'80s hits, and while they aren't as energetic on-stage as they are in the studio, the band still perform with a great amount of flamboyance. The record is the Scorpions' only worthwhile live album and is a must for their fans.
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Daft Punk's full-length debut is a funk-house hailstorm, giving real form to a style of straight-ahead dance music not attempted since the early fusion days of on-the-one funk and dance-party disco. Thick, rumbling bass, vocoders, choppy breaks and beats, and a certain brash naiveté permeate the record from start to finish, giving it the edge of an almost certain classic. While a few fall flat, the best tracks make this one essential.
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Living Colour - Stain - 1993



Another tab book inspired round of listening. The heaviest one of the bunch. I was really bummed it took them ten years before Collideoscope after this, but Corey's solo album helped. Can't understand why they seemingly put the songs in random order in the book.
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Aspera - Ripples - 2010



I guess they changed their name to Above Symmetry and re-released the album with a couple of extra tracks, so you might want to go for that one. Pretty good stuff, been looking to listen to things I hadn't listened to a lot of and this one turned out to surprisingly good.
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Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age - 2010



Guess I've got the starter kit @9 tracks, but there's a 15 track 2 cd version out there from Icarus in Argentina supposedly. A shame because this is most "metal" Star One effort.
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