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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by maddox on Sun, 2020-04-19, 13:01:04 »
NP> Nightwish ~ Human :||: Nature
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Sat, 2020-04-18, 19:37:49 »
This afternoon:
Steve Thorne - Island Of The Imbeciles
Toto - Mindfields
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind

jp: Southern Empire - Civilisation
np: Daniel Cavanagh - Monochrome
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Fri, 2020-04-17, 21:10:20 »
Today:
Steve Thorne - Crimes & Reasons
Strange Hobby - ? (Love this album from Arjen Lucassen 8))
Soup - Remedies (Discovered this band last year, beautiful music 8))
Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime (An 'in-between', like the album before and after it more, yet quality. Great band!)
Silhouette - Beyond The Seventh Wave

np: Pattern-Seeking Animals - Pattern-Seeking Animals
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Thu, 2020-04-16, 20:15:53 »
It's a strange phenomenon: an album doesn't grip you right away, but it's one of your favourite bands so you try and try and try (intrinsic motivation) and in the end you like it. But the ones who are not fans will never invest that much.
That's the way it works. You are a fan of a certain band because of (albums from) their discography. I'll keep on buying the new releases and give it time. For new discoveries it has to grip you earlier, otherwise you won't listen again. But there is so much to listen to, you can't keep on playing all those albums. Sometimes there's a discovery for life, like I discovered Leprous (thanks to 'The Shattered Room' 8)) and Soen.

Quote from: PH
What a ramble... Sorry about that. I was just clearing my mind. I don't even know why. But I'll leave it here so I can check if I still agree on myself in about a week. :P
Don't have to apologise, it's quite entertaining ;D. And I'm curious about your thoughts after a week ;).

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In fact, I want to cut down the amount of albums that I buy. There's no need to buy an album and never listen to it again because in the end I didn't like it enough...
Exactly my problem. I have listed my collection in Discogs and if you see what I hardly play of my purchases of, let's say the last two years ... Such a shame.

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Once And Future Band - "Deleted Scenes"
Illutia - "Un Sitio Sing Lugar"
Conception - "State Of Deception"
Zopp - "Zopp"
From what I read from you, I might check out 'Once And Future Band' and 'Conception'. Roy Khan is a great singer *horns*. Curious.

Today:
Steve Thorne - Into The Ether
Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here
Antimatter - Leaving Eden

jp: Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
Don't know. Really like the music, but not fond of the female vocals ... I'll play it more often. The gig I'll be attending together with Gazpacho is in October. I hope it is allowed to attend gigs by then :-\.

np: Different Light - Binary Suns Part 1 (Operant Condition)
Yep, a pleasant listen indeed. Love the (harmony) vocals, many keyboards and great guitar solos. Very melodious and you can't hear they're coming from the Czech Republic, hardly hear an accent.
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by PH on Thu, 2020-04-16, 11:54:27 »
about IQ - ResistanceYou're welcome. It took me several listenings as well. Two discs is long and you have to get into the music and the melodies. It is human not giving it enough time. IQ is one of my favourite (neo) prog bands and I do give it the time it needs. If you like the 'old' IQ, you definitely have to get used to it. Since 'The Road Of Bones' they are sounding much heavier, but that's no disadvantage for me :).

I agree with you about it being human not giving it enough time. But this way they'll never get new fans. It's a strange phenomenon: an album doesn't grip you right away, but it's one of your favourite bands so you try and try and try (intrinsic motivation) and in the end you like it. But the ones who are not fans will never invest that much. They need outside motivation or extrinsic motivation. Last year I listened to the latest albums by The Script and Kensington. Two bands I normally don't listen to. I didn't like it at first, but I tried and tried and tried and in the end I liked it. What was my motivation? My girlfriend liked the bands and I desperately want to like everything she likes (well that's not true haha, but for the purpose of this example anyway).

The thing is, it doesn't always work like that, so sometimes we're lucky to like it in the end and sometimes we pretend to be (because we invested so much of our time in it). And sometimes we just simply don't like it.

I truly believe that investment in the music can lead to liking it, but there's also some sort of bias in it too. When you're already a fan of the band, you tell yourself that you have to like it. For me, there has to be *something* in the music that makes me get the idea that there's more to it than what I just heard (=to get intrincically motivated). When that *something* is not there, I'm likely not bothering with it.

What a ramble... Sorry about that. I was just clearing my mind. I don't even know why. But I'll leave it here so I can check if I still agree on myself in about a week. :P

jp: Moon Halo - Chroma
You are right PH, the best tracks at the start and a few other beautiful songs. I do love the voice of Mark Atkinson, also like his Riversea albums. But overall 'much of the same' and some weaker tracks. Too less for a purchase as far as I'm concerned.

I'm also not entirely sure about a purchase. In fact, I want to cut down the amount of albums that I buy. There's no need to buy an album and never listen to it again because in the end I didn't like it enough...

np: Different Light - Binary Suns Part 1 (Operant Condition)
Pleasantly surprised, very accessible music, unlike Yes ;).

Haha, yes I see what you mean. Good to see you like it! 8)

The intro of the opening track ... beautiful!

Yes I also think the intro is extremely gripping. The first minute or so of the song reminds me of something, but I don't know what it is.

And I do love the vocals as well. I don't hear the bands you listed (from reviews), it reminds me of the Dutch neoprog band 'Silhouette'. Will definitely get more airplay.

I don't hear those bands either. However, I think you're spot on about Silhouette. I remember their album "Moods" had a song about being at a Pendragon concert. So that makes full sense.


Yesterday evening I listened to:

Once And Future Band - "Deleted Scenes"

This is really good! Haha, I know I'm repeating myself a lot lately, but I listen to a lot when I'm in 'discovery mode' ;D and there's a lot of bad stuff as well, but I only mention the music here that I like.
This American band sounds like it belongs in the 70s. ProgArchives says 'Crossover Prog'. That's a very broad genre of course. When I open the Crossover Prog page on ProgArchives there's Supertramp and Phideaux, and I think that could be some of the references. But I guess we could also add Beatles.
Furthermore it reminds me of the music that Karel Svoboda composed for the TV anime series in the seventies (Vicky the Viking, Maya the Bee, Pinocchio, Nils Holgersson), anyone remember these?
Bottom line: it's very catchy and a great discovery for me.

I also listened to:
Illutia - "Un Sitio Sing Lugar"
A band from Argentina. Although they are not menioned on ProgArchives, they are definitely in the Neo-Prog genre. A bit of a mixed bag. Musically it's decent albeit not memorable. The singing gets on my nerves after a while. The last two songs were really nice, so maybe I'll try again.

And the last one:
Conception - "State Of Deception"
Pretty cool Progressive Metal album. Never heard of them before. The singer reminded me a lot of Roy Khan (ex-Kamelot), so I checked who it was. IT IS ROY KHAN! Wow, that was unexpected. I thought he left music business.
Anyway, people who like Progressive Metal should really check this out.


NP:
Zopp - "Zopp"
Saw this band being reviewed on Progwereld. First listening now. The intro (Swedish Love) sounds promising and the title is fitting. Let's see...
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Wed, 2020-04-15, 20:20:52 »
about IQ - Resistance
For some reason yesterday this album did much better. Some parts fell into place. Two hours is very long though.
Thanks Teunis. I'll give it another shot today and then I'll comment on the things you mentioned earlier. Now I have good hopes that it will finally click with me!
You're welcome. It took me several listenings as well. Two discs is long and you have to get into the music and the melodies. It is human not giving it enough time. IQ is one of my favourite (neo) prog bands and I do give it the time it needs. If you like the 'old' IQ, you definitely have to get used to it. Since 'The Road Of Bones' they are sounding much heavier, but that's no disadvantage for me :).

jp: Moon Halo - Chroma
You are right PH, the best tracks at the start and a few other beautiful songs. I do love the voice of Mark Atkinson, also like his Riversea albums. But overall 'much of the same' and some weaker tracks. Too less for a purchase as far as I'm concerned.

np: Different Light - Binary Suns Part 1 (Operant Condition)
Pleasantly surprised, very accessible music, unlike Yes ;). The intro of the opening track ... beautiful! And I do love the vocals as well. I don't hear the bands you listed (from reviews), it reminds me of the Dutch neoprog band 'Silhouette'. Will definitely get more airplay.
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Off Topic / Re: Favourite 2019 albums
« Last post by Peter on Wed, 2020-04-15, 19:04:47 »
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Any thoughts?

Thanks for sharing, mate. You really are a music afficionado  *horns*
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by PH on Wed, 2020-04-15, 12:38:30 »
Returning the favour: ;)
IQ - "Resistance"

For some reason yesterday this album did much better. Some parts fell into place. Two hours is very long though.
Thanks Teunis. I'll give it another shot today and then I'll comment on the things you mentioned earlier. Now I have good hopes that it will finally click with me!

Previously played:
Pure Reason Revolution - "Eupnea"
This is good! Some parts reminded me of "The Dark Third" a lot. I'll investigate further.

Now playing:
Joviac - "Here And Now"

Wow, very promising! On Spotify they have a playlist with their musical influences and it's quite an impressive list with everything I like as well. This goes on my discovery list to investigate further!
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Off Topic / Re: Favourite 2019 albums
« Last post by Teunis on Tue, 2020-04-14, 20:22:42 »
I'm sorry it took so long. 2019 was a strange year for me. In many ways.

A girlfriend and a new job. Fair enough, that takes a lot of time ;). Good luck with your new job!

Hey, we have the same top-2,  8).

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1. Neal Morse Band - "The Great Adventure"
 was thinking hard about this. When this album was released I was sceptical because "Similitude..." was such a fantastic double album! I thought a new double album could never be as good. Initially I thought I was right, because although I liked it, I could not make it to the end. On top of that, there are many musical reprises or repetitions which I thought were maybe a bit lazy. But after a while these songs really got in my head. Very much. Now I think I like this better than "Similitude..." and this album is probably in the top five of my favourite Neal Morse albums. The other guys really shine as well. Eric Gillette is a prodigy, this guy can do anything. I hope to hear much more of him in the future (solo albums, new bands, etc.). A Love That Never Dies has some of the most beautiful melodies a song can have. I particularly like "To the river I am going coming across the great divide, mourn not for me for I am entering into a love that never dies". I think I want that song played on my funeral. It's so beautiful and among the very best songs that Neal has done. And Eric is doing such a wonderful job singing it. :'( So beautiful... Can't listen to this song without breaking into tears. :'( :-*
Exactly the same feeling about how it growed on me and the track 'A Love That Never Dies'. My wife also wants it played at her funeral :).

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2. Leprous - "Pitfalls"
A new Leprous album is a big happening. My Leprous journey started with "Coal" in 2013. I was blown away then by the vocals, the melodies and the brutal metal arrangements. The next album ("The Congregation") was an initial disappointment but after a while I liked it more than "Coal". Same thing happened with "Malina": started as a disappointment but became my favourite Leprous album. "Pitfalls" is no different. It's my new favourite Leprous album now, what an achievement! Wonderful masterpiece! What's going to become of this band?

'Pitfalls'is also my favourite Leprous album. I love the albums from 'The Congregation' and I've made a Spotify list from the albums before, the tracks without growls/screeming. As you know, I don't like that. Understatement ;).

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3. Pattern-Seeking Animals - "Pattern-Seeking Animals"
Heard this album once or twice, was not bad at all. Will listen to it again. I've read a new album will be released soon.

From the other albums in your top-10 Huis is also in my top-10. Top quality indeed (like Mystery). I do like keyboard oriented music and Huis is like that.

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OK, so after these 'mini reviews' here's a list of albums that I've bought but haven't listened to enough, or didn't like as much as the albums above. In no particular order:

Neal Morse - "Jesus Christ: The Exorcist"
Played this album a lot and like it, but don't like all the vocals, which will prevent it from being a top album for me.

From your other list I do like:

RPWL - "Tales From Outer Space"
IQ - "Resistance"

And don't know or didn't hear the other ones.

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Any thoughts?
Nice list and fun to read, thanks for sharing *horns*
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by PH on Tue, 2020-04-14, 20:13:03 »
That's right, once or maybe twice and I liked what I heard. On my list 'to listen to again', but too soon to mention favourites already. To be continued ... ;).

Yeah, two times is not enough. I think I played it six times already. :P I think it's really good!

Already on my 'to listen' list due to a positive review I assume. The Pendragon comparison is promising, the Yes and Spock's Beard one not ;). I'll listen to it and will let you know if it's a 'stayer'.

To me it sounded more like Pendragon than anything else.
On Progwereld they mention Asia, Styx, Final Conflict and Arena. ::)
Actually, there was a part on the album that had a strong Asia sound. Styx I wouldn't know, Final Conflict neither (don't even know that band). To my ears it doesn't sound like Arena at all! I don't get it... Perhaps he had the wrong disc in his player.

np: Nektar - The Other Side

Was also on my 'to check out' list. Not anymore, not really my taste ...

Too bad... Nice to see you trying some of the things that I mentioned earlier. ;D

Returning the favour: ;)
IQ - "Resistance"
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