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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 30th, 2016, 10:34 am

I usually find the top 200 or so to be more hit or miss for me rather than the later entries. I prefer looking stuff up by genre and friends ratings.
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Post by mightysparks » November 30th, 2016, 2:20 pm

I just have to keep listening to everything and hope i like something :P

Not related to this list, but I noticed when I get to a certain level of highness and listen to music I can actually consciously focus on just one aspect, so like an instrument or just the vocals and it's really weird. My taste in music has gone a bit weird over the last few months.
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Post by Coco LaBerge » November 30th, 2016, 3:33 pm

Well worth looking at things by genre yeah, there's just some genres we tend to like.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 30th, 2016, 9:23 pm

Of course, I love finding exceptions for genres, like Converge's Jane Doe for metalcore (have yet to find one for power metal, don't think I ever will). The thing about the top 200 is that I find there's too few genres there. Way too focused on those essential classic rock and prog groups.

EDIT: I also find that people care way too much about albums in recent years. They'll downvote albums just to get their favourite album on #1 of the year. Death Grips' Jenny Death is the perfect example for that. It's been added again on the site, and since that's a 2015 album, that bias is not there. The rating for it is ridiculously high (it's a good thing).
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Post by mightysparks » December 3rd, 2016, 7:52 am

#202. Soft Machine | Third (1970) 2.5/5
#203. Charles Mingus | The Great Concert of Charles Mingus (1970) 2.5/5
#204. Creedence Clearwater Revival | Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3/5
#205. The Stooges | Fun House (1970) 2.5/5
#206. Curtis Mayfield | Curtis (1970) 3/5
#207. Santana | Abraxas (1970) 2.5/5
#208. Otis Redding / The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1970) 2.5/5
#209. The Velvet Underground | Loaded (1970) 3/5
#210. The Rolling Stones | 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970) 3/5
#211. Black Sabbath | Paranoid (1970) 2.5/5
#212. Neil Young | After the Gold Rush (1970) 2.5/5
#213. Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin III (1970) 2.5/5
#214. Exuma | Exuma (1970) 2/5
#215. Art Ensemble of Chicago | Les stances à Sophie (1970) 2.5/5
#216. Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner / Alan Loveday | The Four Seasons (1970) 3/5
#217. Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice | Jesus Christ Superstar [Original Concept Recording] (1970) 2/5
#218. Grateful Dead | American Beauty (1970) 2/5
#219. Nick Drake | Bryter Layter (1970) 2/5
#220. Amon Düül II | Yeti (1970) 2.5/5
#221. Derek and the Dominos | Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) 2.5/5
#222. Tim Buckley | Starsailor (1970) 2/5
#223. Cat Stevens | Tea for the Tillerman (1970) 2.5/5
#224. The Kinks | Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part One) (1970) 3/5
#225. George Harrison | All Things Must Pass (1970) 3/5
#226. Van der Graaf Generator | H to He Who Am the Only One (1970) 2.5/5
#227. Nico | Desertshore (1970) 2/5
#228. John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band | John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (1970) 3/5
#229. Yes | The Yes Album (1971) 2.5/5
#230. Comus | First Utterance (1971) 2/5
#231. Miles Davis | A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971) 2/5
#232. Alice Cooper | Love It to Death (1971) 2.5/5
#233. Leonard Cohen | Songs of Love and Hate (1971) 2.5/5
#234. Jethro Tull | Aqualung (1971) 2.5/5
#235. Serge Gainsbourg | Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) 1.5/5
#236. Caravan | In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) 2.5/5
#237. The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers (1971) 2.5/5
#238. Flower Travellin' Band | Satori (1971) 2/5
#239. The Doors | L.A. Woman (1971) 3/5
#240. Curtis Mayfield | Curtis/Live! (1971) 2.5/5
#241. Roy Harper | Stormcock (1971) 2.5/5
#242. Paul & Linda McCartney | Ram (1971) 3/5
#243. Marvin Gaye | What's Going On (1971) 2.5/5
#244. Joni Mitchell | Blue (1971) 1.5/5
#245. The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East (1971) 2.5/5
#246. Funkadelic | Maggot Brain (1971) 2.5/5
#247. Black Sabbath | Master of Reality (1971) 3/5
#248. John Coltrane | Sun Ship (1971) 2.5/5
#249. The Who | Who's Next (1971) 3/5
#250. John Lennon | Imagine (1971) 3/5
#251. Alice Coltrane featuring Pharoah Sanders | Journey in Satchidananda (1971) 2/5
#252. Chico Buarque | Construção (1971) 2.5/5
#253. T. Rex | Electric Warrior (1971) 4.5/5
#254. Van der Graaf Generator | Pawn Hearts (1971) 2.5/5

A few of these I'd listened to before. Electric Warrior is one of my favourite albums and I love T. Rex so that was a relisten and a nice one too since I love almost every song on that album. Joni Mitchell's Blue was by far the worst one in this batch, followed closely by that Melody Nelson crap. I also didn't like the Jesus Christ Superstar album or any of the jazz (no surprise there). I actually didn't mind the Van der Graaf Generator albums but I couldn't get into them right now, so I plan to relisten to those at a future date because I think I could like them one day. Also Stormcock was oddly kind of almost enjoyable but I was high when I listened to it so that might've helped. The Black Sabbath albums are other ones I feel like I might appreciate more at another time.

I haven't listened to any since January! I didn't realise it had been so long. I listened to all of these over the last 10 days or so. Once I finish this list then I'm going to go looking for stuff that I might actually like :P
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Post by bal3x » December 3rd, 2016, 10:50 am

mightysparks on Dec 3 2016, 12:52:07 AM wrote:I actually didn't mind the Van der Graaf Generator albums but I couldn't get into them right now, so I plan to relisten to those at a future date because I think I could like them one day.
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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 4th, 2016, 4:21 am

mightysparks on Dec 3 2016, 12:52:07 AM wrote:
A few of these I'd listened to before. Electric Warrior is one of my favourite albums and I love T. Rex so that was a relisten and a nice one too since I love almost every song on that album. Joni Mitchell's Blue was by far the worst one in this batch, followed closely by that Melody Nelson crap. I also didn't like the Jesus Christ Superstar album or any of the jazz (no surprise there). I actually didn't mind the Van der Graaf Generator albums but I couldn't get into them right now, so I plan to relisten to those at a future date because I think I could like them one day. Also Stormcock was oddly kind of almost enjoyable but I was high when I listened to it so that might've helped. The Black Sabbath albums are other ones I feel like I might appreciate more at another time.

I haven't listened to any since January! I didn't realise it had been so long. I listened to all of these over the last 10 days or so. Once I finish this list then I'm going to go looking for stuff that I might actually like :P
Ha you're like a person with opposite music taste to me. Blue would be my favourite album in that list of the ones I've heard, and T Rex I'm not into at all. Never listened to Melody Nelson before, listening to it now I kind of like lt. We should swap low ratings they'd be like recommendations, :)

You have more patience than me listening to genres you don't like though. Some genres like say that death metal, with growling, that I don't think I'm every going to like.

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Post by sebby » December 4th, 2016, 6:37 am

One thing I can agree with Lauren about is Joni Mitchell and T. Rex. Is the Slider on this list? I think that's their best record by far.

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Post by mightysparks » December 4th, 2016, 3:03 pm

pjim, I think I'm like that with everyone here :P If I rate something low, most people are probably gonna like it lol.

And yea, The Slider is on the list.
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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 5th, 2016, 1:03 pm

Well you have perserverance wading through these albums you're not so keen on. I'm going to fill in the ones I missed from the top 300 then stop there I think. Though there's one by Burzum in there I think, I'm not going to listen to that.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 5th, 2016, 10:18 pm

You're missing out on so much by ignoring metal music. Neither Burzum albums are in the top 300 though. Filosofem is at 327th, although that could be the better album to start with because his vocals are distorted (it's his better albums anyways).

Black metal is easily the best kind imo. There's the joachimt kind of metal which, no offense to him at all, just sounds way too cheesy to me. Not to mention that they all scream show offs (look how fast I can play and for how long I can play that quickly!!! I'm just so talented!).

There's the metal with the growling too, which I find better, but they tend to only focus on the technical aspects of the music. How heavy, how fast, how brutal it is.

Black metal focuses on the emotional aspect of the music. Some of them are even inept at playing, and they're definitely not trained in singing correctly, but they are putting their hearts into this. A lot of them are solo projects too, which means that they can be more "outsider" and ambitious. Quite a few black metal projects are so incredibly unique. But, they're growing can be quite inaccessible as they usually shriek or whine instead of scream. Although, I did hear one guy that sounds like an elephant.

But then again, I might just love black metal because I get off on being depressed.
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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 5th, 2016, 10:42 pm

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal is easily the best kind imo. There's the joachimt kind of metal which, no offense to him at all, just sounds way too cheesy to me. Not to mention that they all scream show offs (look how fast I can play and for how long I can play that quickly!!! I'm just so talented!).
Yeah that's more of the stuff i'm into metal wise :D Recently I like Mastodon a lot, Tool is my favourite band. Black metal just doesn't do it for me at all, or death metal, or growling, though I saw Lamb of God, at a festival and enjoyed it, wouldn't listen to it at home.

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Post by joachimt » December 5th, 2016, 10:45 pm

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal is easily the best kind imo. There's the joachimt kind of metal which, no offense to him at all, just sounds way too cheesy to me. Not to mention that they all scream show offs (look how fast I can play and for how long I can play that quickly!!! I'm just so talented!).
:lol:
When people in real life here about my taste of music and I let them listen to some samples, they never use the word "cheesy". Most people think it's too aggressive. :lol:
It's all a matter of perspective.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 5th, 2016, 10:51 pm

joachimt on Dec 5 2016, 03:45:06 PM wrote:
Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal is easily the best kind imo. There's the joachimt kind of metal which, no offense to him at all, just sounds way too cheesy to me. Not to mention that they all scream show offs (look how fast I can play and for how long I can play that quickly!!! I'm just so talented!).
:lol:
When people in real life here about my taste of music and I let them listen to some samples, they never use the word "cheesy". Most people think it's too aggressive. :lol:
It's all a matter of perspective.

Hey, and please remember I listen to a lot more than only prog metal. ;)
Oh for sure, on both points, but it's like how I'm the noise/industrial guy even if I listen to way more than that :P

And I know what you mean. Showing most people here any kind of metal, and you'll get that kind of reaction. Kind of like with arthouse cinema. To someone who's unfamiliar with it, it all looks like it's slow with no meaning, but we both know that it's otherwise.

That might be why I found Jute Gyte's album Perdurance to be so impressive. Metal music isn't scary if you're into it, like I said with the prog kind of metal, it sounds cheesy to me more than anything, even with growling vocals. But, Perdurance was actually a scary album.

I still am too insecure about my music taste to show it to people :(
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 5th, 2016, 10:54 pm

pjim on Dec 5 2016, 03:42:55 PM wrote:
Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal is easily the best kind imo. There's the joachimt kind of metal which, no offense to him at all, just sounds way too cheesy to me. Not to mention that they all scream show offs (look how fast I can play and for how long I can play that quickly!!! I'm just so talented!).
Yeah that's more of the stuff i'm into metal wise :D Recently I like Mastodon a lot, Tool is my favourite band. Black metal just doesn't do it for me at all, or death metal, or growling, though I saw Lamb of God, at a festival and enjoyed it, wouldn't listen to it at home.
To not sound condescending, I "grew" out of Tool.

It looks like they have the best openers for their concerts though. Melt-Banana, a Japanese hardcore punk/grindcore/noise group with anime style vocals... which actually was effective; Dalek, who made Absence, my favourite hip hop album; and Wovenhand, the same group as 16 Horsepower, the band that I show people online when they say that they don't like country music.

I can see Tool fans HATING these openers though... like come on... hip hop and country?
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Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:54:24 PM wrote:Wovenhand, the same group as 16 Horsepower, the band that I show people online when they say that they don't like country music.
I'm not into country, but 16 Horsepower is great of course.

I only like country if it is mixed into something wider. Some songs by Ray Lomantagne for example contain a lot of country, but I love it. The band which comes the nearest to pure country, that I love, is The Jayhawks. Hollywood Town Hall is a masterpiece.
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 5th, 2016, 11:05 pm

Gothic and/or depressing country ftw (noticing a pattern here?)

I do love vintage country music as well, like 30s-40s country.
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Post by Rich » December 5th, 2016, 11:19 pm

I do adore prog but my god metal prog hurts my ears.

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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 5th, 2016, 11:22 pm

Wovenhand/16 HP are decent yeah. Not sure about country, I like old timey stuff like Doc Watson a lot though, Merle Travis was OK to for a degenerate wife beater.

I dunno with Tool fans, hard to say it's not always the typical metal crowd. But then again I don't normally show up for the opening band, unless it's something I'm really into. Some prog metal is pretty cheesy, Dream Theatre are cheesy, really good band I like a lot though. Something like Animals as Leaders isn't too cheesy though, it's quite dark I think.

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Post by bal3x » December 5th, 2016, 11:40 pm

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal focuses on the emotional aspect of the music. Some of them are even inept at playing, and they're definitely not trained in singing correctly, but they are putting their hearts into this.
For a moment I thought you're talking about punk :lol:

I do love metal for the most part, but it's really varied and one cannot dismiss whole genres outright just like with any other genres as I've learned, there are always exceptions and especially these days genres are so difficult to define and categorize that it's just not wise to dismiss something just because you don't like a genre.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 6th, 2016, 12:01 am

bal3x on Dec 5 2016, 04:40:20 PM wrote:
Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal focuses on the emotional aspect of the music. Some of them are even inept at playing, and they're definitely not trained in singing correctly, but they are putting their hearts into this.
For a moment I thought you're talking about punk :lol:

I do love metal for the most part, but it's really varied and one cannot dismiss whole genres outright just like with any other genres as I've learned, there are always exceptions and especially these days genres are so difficult to define and categorize that it's just not wise to dismiss something just because you don't like a genre.
I would agree with you, but I have to dismiss power and gothic metal entirely :P

I guess punk would be the similar, but it looks like they are doing that for more transgressive purposes.

I think one of the problems with black metal is that when people think black metal they think those satanic guys that wear corpse paint and dress like wizards. For years they aren't being taken seriously, except for the incredibly conservative black metal fans that use words like trve and kvlt unironically, and hate ANYTHING that steps out of the genre norms.
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Post by Rich » December 6th, 2016, 12:01 am

I do like Mastodon and Tool, though. Was a pretty big fan of Tool in high school.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 6th, 2016, 12:04 am

Mastodon's Leviathan is fantastic, the next few albums are mediocre, and The Hunter is just terrible.
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Post by bal3x » December 6th, 2016, 12:06 am

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 05:01:25 PM wrote:
bal3x on Dec 5 2016, 04:40:20 PM wrote:
Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 03:18:34 PM wrote:Black metal focuses on the emotional aspect of the music. Some of them are even inept at playing, and they're definitely not trained in singing correctly, but they are putting their hearts into this.
For a moment I thought you're talking about punk :lol:

I do love metal for the most part, but it's really varied and one cannot dismiss whole genres outright just like with any other genres as I've learned, there are always exceptions and especially these days genres are so difficult to define and categorize that it's just not wise to dismiss something just because you don't like a genre.
I would agree with you, but I have to dismiss power and gothic metal entirely :P

I guess punk would be the similar, but it looks like they are doing that for more transgressive purposes.

I think one of the problems with black metal is that when people think black metal they think those satanic guys that wear corpse paint and dress like wizards. For years they aren't being taken seriously, except for the incredibly conservative black metal fans that use words like trve and kvlt unironically, and hate ANYTHING that steps out of the genre norms.
Yep, but power metal still has some exceptions as we discussed, but obviously you disagree :P Gothic metal not so much indeed... as to black metal image, yeah, but I think some of this is their own fault, don't need to go around burning churches, get involved in some really sick shit etc. to get their messages across, things like this don't really help their image.
Rich on Dec 5 2016, 05:01:27 PM wrote:I do like Mastodon and Tool, though. Was a pretty big fan of Tool in high school.
Mastodon is superb stuff indeed, one of the discoveries from the recent years. Tool is also solid, rather interesting sound still.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 6th, 2016, 12:08 am

I would get shat on for saying this, but the "hipsters" taking over black metal was one of the best things that could have happened to that genre.
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Post by bal3x » December 6th, 2016, 12:34 am

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 5 2016, 05:08:06 PM wrote:I would get shat on for saying this, but the "hipsters" taking over black metal was one of the best things that could have happened to that genre.
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Post by Noirville » December 6th, 2016, 3:33 am

Long time ago I listened to cheese-metal like Sonata Artica or Nightwish :/
I'm glad I got over that stuff fairly quickly

These days Black Sabbath is where I go to when in the mood, but modern bands like Alcest and Deafheaven are great too

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 6th, 2016, 3:35 am

Noirville on Dec 5 2016, 08:33:34 PM wrote:Long time ago I listened to cheese-metal like Sonata Artica or Nightwish :/
I'm glad I got over that stuff fairly quickly

These days Black Sabbath is where I go to when in the mood, but modern bands like Alcest and Deafheaven are great too
It's ok. I was into Slipknot and Cradle of Filth when I was like 14.
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Post by joachimt » December 6th, 2016, 8:03 am

Noirville on Dec 5 2016, 08:33:34 PM wrote:Long time ago I listened to cheese-metal like Sonata Artica or Nightwish :/
I'm glad I got over that stuff fairly quickly
To me Sonata Arctica and Nightwish are miles apart. Sonata Arctica is very cheesy, even to me, and the songs are boring. Nightwish always delivers strong albums with a unique sound in an overly crowded subgenre.
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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 6th, 2016, 10:33 am

The other thing with Burzum in particular though, apart from Black Metal in general is that Vikernes guy is a despicable individual, a real piece of shit. That doesn't make the music bad of course, but it's not a good advertisement.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 6th, 2016, 10:42 am

pjim on Dec 6 2016, 03:33:42 AM wrote:The other thing with Burzum in particular though, apart from Black Metal in general is that Vikernes guy is a despicable individual, a real piece of shit. That doesn't make the music bad of course, but it's not a good advertisement.
In cases like these I'm ok with it because the music is not exactly pretty either. I find it a lot worse when someone who seems more normal on the surface does evil shit.

Burzum's youtube channel has some gold. He even gives dating advice!
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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 6th, 2016, 11:01 am

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 6 2016, 03:42:41 AM wrote:
pjim on Dec 6 2016, 03:33:42 AM wrote:The other thing with Burzum in particular though, apart from Black Metal in general is that Vikernes guy is a despicable individual, a real piece of shit. That doesn't make the music bad of course, but it's not a good advertisement.
In cases like these I'm ok with it because the music is not exactly pretty either. I find it a lot worse when someone who seems more normal on the surface does evil shit.

Burzum's youtube channel has some gold. He even gives dating advice!
Yea the channel is amusing.

It's like a darker version of The Golden One channel, without the bodybuilding and fascist themed Skyrim lets plays. .

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Post by bal3x » December 6th, 2016, 4:57 pm

joachimt on Dec 6 2016, 01:03:20 AM wrote:
Noirville on Dec 5 2016, 08:33:34 PM wrote:Long time ago I listened to cheese-metal like Sonata Artica or Nightwish :/
I'm glad I got over that stuff fairly quickly
To me Sonata Arctica and Nightwish are miles apart. Sonata Arctica is very cheesy, even to me, and the songs are boring. Nightwish always delivers strong albums with a unique sound in an overly crowded subgenre.
Yes, I was surprized to see those lumped together. I still like some of the Nightwish earlier stuff, e.g. Oceanborn. Miles ahead of Sonata Arctica...

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Post by Noirville » December 6th, 2016, 5:33 pm

Oh, let's be honest! :P

Nightwish and Sonata play more or less the same symphonic/power metal with fantasy elements. One has more focus on orchestra-cheese, the other more guitar-cheese, one features (mostly) a woman's voice, the other a man's voice. In the end they're two sides of the same coin really

Within Temptation, Xandria, The Gathering, Delain... all of those groups and hundreds more are getting their fish from the same pond, or however the saying goes

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Post by bal3x » December 6th, 2016, 5:41 pm

Noirville on Dec 6 2016, 10:33:16 AM wrote:Oh, let's be honest! :P

Nightwish and Sonata play more or less the same symphonic/power metal with fantasy elements. One has more focus on orchestra-cheese, the other more guitar-cheese, one features (mostly) a woman's voice, the other a man's voice. In the end they're two sides of the same coin really

Within Temptation, Xandria, The Gathering, Delain... all of those groups and hundreds more are getting their fish from the same pond, or however the saying goes
Well, you seem to be a bit confused by mixing up crappy symp/gothic/power metal with proper progressive metal. Perhaps you need to check this website out:
http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=19
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1461
The symphonic and neo-classical elements (made popular by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) also found their way through power metal with bands like RHAPSODY OF FIRE and NIGHTWISH, whose style does not qualify as being progressive for many people. Nevertheless their music is quite demanding to play and contains many elements of serious classical composition and form.
As you can see Sonata, Within Temptation, Xandria, Delain are nowhere to be found there... so not quite "two sides of the same coin". Of course you may believe they are all the same, but it's not a factual statement :P
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Post by joachimt » December 6th, 2016, 7:39 pm

Talk about cheesy:
I LOVE RHAPSODY!!
AKA Rhapsody of Fire
or the other: Luca Turilli's Rhapsody
I heard they are getting back together, btw.
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Post by funkybusiness » December 9th, 2016, 5:01 am

yeah, here's a new spreadsheet. a bunch of new titles.


unfortunately the list still contains Europe '72: The Complete Recordings by The Grateful Dead which I tried listening to today and I made it halfway thru the first disc before I couldn't take it anymore. There's 70+ hours of this stupid fuckin bullshit. fuckin hippies.

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Post by Rich » December 9th, 2016, 5:15 am

*is a Grateful Dead fan* B)

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Post by Coco LaBerge » December 9th, 2016, 10:49 am

Yah, one of the greatest bands, never get tired of listening to them :D

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Post by funkybusiness » December 13th, 2016, 4:52 am

Alrighty. Time to start back at this. I've finished updating the spreadsheet I posted a couple posts back with my ratings.

First up, the highs and lows of my previous postings.
Top of the PopsShow
5.0:
Duke Ellington — Ellington at Newport
Sonny Rollins — Saxophone Colossus
Charlie Mingus — Blues & Roots
Eric Dolphy — At the Five Spot, Vol. 1
Charles Mingus — The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Leonard Cohen — Songs of Leonard Cohen
The Zombies — Odessey and Oracle
Van Morrison — Veedon Fleece
Talking Heads — Remain in Light
Kate Bush — The Dreaming
Kate Bush — Hounds of Love
GZA — Liquid Swords
The Avalanches — Since I Left You
The Flaming Lips — Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The BinShow
0.5:
The Beatles — Magical Mystery Tour
Sex Pistols — Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
Slint — Spiderland

1.0:

The Beatles — Help!
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band — Hoodoo Man Blues
Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin
Metallica — Kill 'Em All
Fleet Foxes — Fleet Foxes
Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
here's a brief batch of new reviews. these will probably be a bit rough, getting back into the rhythm of writing.

#919. Ella Fitzgerald — Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife
New to the update. I didn't much enjoy the other two Ella Fitzgerald albums on the list but this one is great. She and Paul Smith especially seem like they're having a lot of fun. Great selection of tunes and execution. And then she forgets the lyrics to Mack the Knife after the first verse and then just starts making shit up and then does a Louis Armstrong impersonation. Then the finale is an extended improv of How High the Moon which is fantastic and that's all I'll mention. Don't want to ruin the enjoyment. Not much else to say except it's quite recommendable, far more so than the other Fitzgerald albums on the list. Oh and Jim friggin Hall is playing the guitar here. thumbs up. "Thank you Frank Sinatra fans."

#385. Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas
I'd never seen the tv special before so I watched it about two weeks ago. It's amazing. So, I tried the album out. It's even better. I can't stop playing it. I've listened to it at least once a day since watching the special. I'm really having a hard time writing today. huh. Did you know Little Drummer Boy isn't some old song? Like, it was only a couple years old when this came out? I have this impression that all of the Christmas traditions I see every year go back centuries but most of them were invented or tweaked into modern existence in the 60s. weird.

#204. Otis Redding — Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
These will probably start getting more and more brief. Down in the Valley is my favorite. there's a couple weaker tracks here, his version of My Girl is eeeh and Rock Me Baby is also eh but ultimately I think the problem is more the tunes than his performances and that's why you're listening to it I think. He really is a helluva singer.

#931. Otis Redding — Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
More of the previous but with more original tunes by Redding and lesser productions. Sad Song, Try a Little Tenderness, You're Still My Baby, all perfect, but the whole isn't up to Blue's standard.

#983. The Kinks — Face to Face
The Kinks are like the other British Invasion bands but if they had more fun but also made it more of chore to listen to them. Like, if you've ever thought "why can't the Beatles be more wacky and zany, but also downbeat undertones constantly, like Mike Leigh directing Monty Python?" then The Kinks are for you, especially this one and their next, like, 5 albums. after that they get pretty full of themselves. I also like that this was an era where they needed singles, desperately and the one single-esque song is Sunny Afternoon, which is, well, read the lyrics.. Like Davies was listening in on some dissatisfied's moanings at the psychiatrist's. I'd give it a higher rating but I have a hard time listening to the whole thing in one go.

#377. Roxy Music — For Your Pleasure
This came out a week after Dark Side of the Moon. yeah I don't believe that either. But really, the problem with this album? It doesn't have "More Than This" on it. :/ Eno's occasional synthesizer attacks are nifty. "Too much cheesecake too soon". gold.

#890. David Bowie — Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
reviewed in the discography thread previously, but now featured on this list.

#929. Echo & The Bunnymen — Ocean Rain
yeah I pulled this back out after watching Stranger Things. How the shit did Winona Ryder get a Golden Globe nomination? Anyway, this is probably the poppiest and hella upbeat of the post-punk bands still mentioned nowadays (every time The Cure or Joy Division went minor key, Echo et.al. go jingle jangle) and is probably why this one "suffers" on overall rankings like this (and probably the Donnie Darko thing, which seems more and more like fan fiction based on this album). Other than The Killing Moon, I have no idea why there's a 35 piece orchestra here. Like, it could've been a couple synths and nobody would've noticed the difference. But Nocturnal Me + the B-side is pretty decent, if very, uuh, of its time and place.

#127. Depeche Mode — Violator
Controversial opinion: best of the singles is "World in My Eyes". Worse opinion: The best Violator track is "The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran which is a shame because there's no way Rio will ever be on RYM 1000 (mostly because the rest of it's junk but whatever).

#281. Radiohead — Hail to the Thief
It doesn't entirely work in the form it's in. It's the one Radiohead album that feels like it's in the wrong order. and that's why there's several alt tracklistings for it, including one from Thom Yorke himself. Too long as it is.

#47. Radiohead — In Rainbows
...did I do these in the discography thread or did I crap out before getting this far? Either way, it's amazing. Radiohead's three best songs are on here + a bunch of other really great ones.

#906. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs
new to the list. there's some decent ideas but gosh it's long. I forget the beginning by the time it ends. So much Bruce.

#250. David Bowie — Blackstar
reviewed in the discography thread previously.

#561. Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool
Only 4 minutes shorter than Hail to the Thief but it doesn't seem over-long at all. Present Tense, Decks Dark, Ful Stop, Burn the Witch. it's very, very solid. I'm tired or writing now.


Next up, Some others + The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Swans and The Smiths (who I've never really listened to before despite listening to Vauxhall and I uuuh many times.)

Also, I upped Pet Sounds from 1.5 to 4.0. I relistened to it and like halfway thru "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" the bass doin the changes hit me and I was like "yeah this good".


rankings are all fucked with the new list so I'll just keep track of the new ones.
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