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Alter Bridge - Fortress - 2013 - Best Buy Edition



Sounds pretty good on the first listen, although it seems to lack much subtlety. One extra track over the standard edition.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:22 PM
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This, my friends is what I consider to be the greatest piece of music ever written for prog metal, and yes, James Labrie sounds pretty amazing as well. If you have never listened to this and have 24 minutes to spare, please do so. You will be pleasantly rewarded in return.

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:46 PM
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One of my faves in the DT catalog, along with Black Clouds, which both seem unpopular among the DT fans.



Best of M3 Rock Festival 2012

Loudness, Quiet Riot, Stryper, Great White, Queensryche 2 songs each
Warrant, Lynch Mob, and L.A. Guns 3 songs each in HD.

Seemed incomplete, and I guess it's an edit with more stuff from XYZ, Night Ranger, Ratt, etc on AXS.tv. Good times though.
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Saint Jude - Diary Of A Soul Fiend - 2010



Kind of a bummer this one. Starts out fairly good on the first couple of tracks, but then Lynne Jackaman starts a really weird staccato vibrato which really kills the vibe.
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Artlantica - Across The Seven Seas - 2013



1/2 of Artension (John West and Roger Staffelbach) with Misteria taking Vitalij Kuprij's place. A little less wheedle-dee-dee prog keyboard wankery, more straight up, but still very close to the Artension vibe. Really glad these guys are back.
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One of my faves in the DT catalog, along with Black Clouds, which both seem unpopular among the DT fans.


Most of the songs on the Octavarium album are fantastic, but I was referring to the song Octavarium, and if there's any song that can be considered orgasmic, that's the one IMO. I also like the album Black Clouds as well.
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Code Of Silence - Dark Skies Over Babylon - 2013



Perfectly well executed/assembled, but it just doesn't have the "it" factor to me. I hardly recognized Gus Monsanto.
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Mister Kite - Box Of Fear - 2004



Another random subsonic pick. This was their last album, and sadly it looks like Magnus Kristensson (g) passed away in June. Picked up on them from Mathias Eklundh guesting on the first one. A shame they haven't recorded more.
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Concert for Ronnie Montrose - 2013



Saw this on AXS.tv, a crapload of people on here. Sammy of course, Satch, Neil Schon, Steve Smith, Ricky Phillips, Jeff Watson, everyone else from Montrose & Gamma, etc. Quite enjoyable, didn't know Ronnie was on some Van Morrison and Edgar Winter stuff as well. Having missed Gamma back in the day, it was good to seem them (with Mark Bonilla), although only 4 songs.

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The real downside to this is what they showed on AXS.tv was clearly hi-def, and it looks like no blu-ray.
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Vixen - Vixen - 1988



Been playing lots of Vixen this week in memory of founding member Jan Kuehnemund (g) passing on a couple of weeks earlier. This was the most accessible one of the bunch, and after the 2nd one major label support died, so the others really can't compare.
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Barbe-Q-Barbies - Breaking All The Rules - 2013



All gal band from Finland. This is their second effort and it's kind of fun, but lacks a little maturity (STFU being one of the songs), and sounds a lot alike on the way through. It leaves my interest in the first one from 2010 casual, as it's probably moreso on the simplicity and maturity scale.
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Edwin Dare - The Unthinkable Deed - 1991



One of the best indy hard rock/metal bands across their 3 releases. Production isn't "competitive" with even major label releases of the day, but the whole band is spot on. Jeff Kollman's gone on to do a boatload of other things (sadly Bryce Barnes didn't front anything else), but this has always been my favorite project of Jeff's. So much so this is my 2nd copy, the first one got jacked with my car stereo ages ago.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:53 AM
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Definitely interested in Showtime, Storytime. I just hope they lay back on the quick cut editing.

Toxic Heart - Ride Your Life - 2009



80s style hard rock, starts off kind of slow, but ends up being a pretty good Scorpionsish effort.
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Venturia - Hybrid - 2008 - Deluxe Edition



Interesting prog metal band from France (named after a fungus?!). Two lead vocals, Lydie Lazulli who's style ranges from Sharon Adel to Julie Westlake, and Marc Ferreira who's not bad at all, although he didn't make it to the next album in 2010. Deluxe edition includes a DVD with a performance from a swiss TV show of 5 songs, but unfortunately no interview footage from band members (even though there clearly was some).
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Giuntini Project - IV - 2013



Six years on from III, and good to hear Tony Martin and Aldo Giuntini. Solid sabbathy effort, although I'm kind of ambivalent about the Megadeth cover.
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best new rock band in awhile imo
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W.A.S.P. - The Sting - 2000



Not bad, 4:3 and short, but they run through all the early "hits".
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Stanley Jordan Trio - The Paris Concert - 2009



I have to be in the right mood to listen to SJ, but he's obviously a stud on guitar. Didn't know he'd thrown down on piano as well, playing both at once is definitely not what I expected. Still I have to agree with the sole amazon reviewer, a dedicated pianist probably would have made this better.

I'd still love to seem him plug into a Nigel Tufnel model Marshall and go to town though.
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Ashes Of Ares - Ashes Of Ares - 2013



I've not been knocked out by Matt Barlow or Nevermore in the past, but I liked this straight off.
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