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3 days ago
jaysw
The 7th Heaven Christmas cd always gets plenty of airplay in our house over the festive season. Merry Christmas in Chicago is always the first Christmas song of the year to get played as we put up the tree. Also like the Tarja Christmas cd, especially the track 'You would have loved this'. Jay
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6 days ago
jaysw
Might be a bit controversial this to some, but i love Nightsongs by Cinderella.......apart from Nightsongs. I have always skipped that track. Even live I thought it was lame. Jay
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6 days ago
jaysw
Totally agree about Secret Society. My favourite Europe album of them all (both eras) but the title track us a total dud - everything else excellent. Also, not terrible but one of my all time favourite cd's is Opaline by Dishwalla but the title track (and first track on the album) is by far the weakest imo. I adore that cd but always start at track 2. Jay
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6 days ago
jaysw
What's the production like? I heard most of it sounds like demo quality? Love the band (and Donnie Vie - his White Album was awesome) but hoping the sound is decent (doesn't have to be great). Jay
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29 days ago
jaysw
Problem is, you don't know whether you're going to get half filler still with an 8 track album vs half filler with a 13/14 track cd. The odds are stacked in your favour (if you're a fan of the band) with more tracks. Not saying that's a perfect science but if it's a band I really like and would therefore pre order, I'd prefer to get a bit more than 33 mins. And there are plenty of excellent c
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4 weeks ago
jaysw
Really like it. Good mix between the heavier and lighter end of the Pretty Maids style. I think they are still extremely melodic, even at the heavier end of their songwriting spectrum and actually think Sickening is one of the best tracks. Great riff and chorus. Same with Civilized Monsters. Anyway, only listened twice so can't compare it to Motherload yet (which was my favourite Pretty Maids cd
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4 weeks ago
jaysw
Yep, sorry - as I've mentioned a few times on here I think they peaked with Winterhearts Guild and then lost me steadily from there. Still buy every cd and there are some good tracks but nothing like the consistency or energy they had in the early days. Jay
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
Despite the opportunity to listen to samples/numerous full tracks prior to release if it's a band I like I avoid them as I like to get a cd of new material. Maybe I'm being a bit 'special' but I like the anticipation and the 'unknown' factor. It probably means I've bought cd's I wouldn't have done but I have also had the pleasure of listening to complete new material from artists and still ge
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
The problem I've got, Paul is that when I get to your 15,000 level I'll have to build an extension!! Going to get pricey! Jay
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
I'm lucky Warrior that I have a music room at home that I've had floor to ceiling specially made oak shelving fitted both for my cd's and my vinyl. The vinyl goes right round the room on the lowest level with 8 layers of shelving for cd's above. I also have very tolerant wife who doesn't mind as long as I don't fill the rest of house up with them. Having said that, I still have about 300 in th
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
Well, I just want to say a big thanks to all the contributors to these magazines that have kept my interest in melodic rock of all types going (and I use that in its widest possible sense - from west coast to heavy power metal). I wouldn't have 7,000 cd's without you all! And obviously a huge shout out to this site which has played one of the biggest parts in keeping us all informed, communica
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
Great magazine and have every copy since it first started (similarly with Hard Roxx and Frontiers if anyone remembers those that helped keep the flag flying through the barren years)? Always look forward to Powerplay and Fireworks delivery days very much! Thanks to all involved for producing them. Jay
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
Not clicked with me yet either but I've only had a couple of listens. Couldn't get into AB 111 either which I know a lot loved. But Fortress clicked straight away. Anyway, I'll give it another few listens and see how I feel about it then. Jay
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8 weeks ago
jaysw
I'v e only given this one spin but from first listen it seems much more like the Sonata Arctica I know and love. Whilst I have everything they've done, Winterhearts Guild is the last cd I absolutely loved and I've struggled to get a lot out of recent albums. However, this seems more like it. Must agree about the production though. Really tinny. Shame as it's a needless issue in this day and ag
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2 months ago
jaysw
How Walk On The Water never made the original cd I will never know. I know it was re-done for a later album but the version on the b side of We Don't Need A Reason was far superior in my opinion. If the other tunes are anything like as good it sounds like I really need to track this down. Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
Erik Martinson! Ha ha - Terry - that just could be a marriage made in heaven! Great call! Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
I like this a lot but, to be honest, I've felt there have been 2 or 3 good songs on each of the last couple of cd's so I hope this isn't a false dawn. First two cd's were outstanding. Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
To be fair, Delain use growls very sparingly. They are hardly a part of their sound. Especially when compared to someone like Epica (mentioned above) who have them everywhere. Regarding Moonbathers, I'm with the last couple of posters and prefer The Human Contradiction and We Are The Others. Part of that however is because I already had Suckerpunch and Turn The Lights Out (2 of the best songs
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2 months ago
jaysw
That's a real pity. They are one of the few bands that are fresh, young and vibrant and at the absolute top of their game in the mel rock genre. Also a formidable live act. I hope they can find a quality replacement. I'm not sure off the top of my head if Eric did much of the songwriting but If so, that's another potential issue. Anyway, these things happen and all the best to all parties.
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2 months ago
jaysw
Alfie2 - great call with Morten Harket. I absolutely love A-ha and Morten's solo stuff. Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
Ah, Rocknut. You beat me to it. But great minds and all that! Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
You've missed J R Richards off the list which is a travesty!! I'd add Geoff Tate in his peak, Brent Smith and Sebastian Bach (again, at his best) to that list. Those guys were/are all awesome. Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
Great track. House on a Hill is still my absolute favourite PR track but for a band I wasn't expecting much of in the early days, they have turned out amazingly good! Agree second cd was a killer. Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
The deluxe version of The Sound of Madness (Shinedown) had some epic tracks as bonus cuts. The Energy, Son of Sam, I Own You, Diamond Eyes and more. +1 for Beautiful by Westworld. Awesome track. And just to be controversial, pretty much half the latest cd from Serious Black, Mirrorworld. Which is awesome but the marketing is dubious in the extreme (9 songs on the standard version, 16 on the
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3 months ago
jaysw
Secret Society is my favourite of the post reunion cd's by a long way. I think they absolutely nailed the mix between a more modern/contemporary style and big, melodic choruses on that album. For some reason it seems to get overlooked by many. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
Loved Ecliptica. Liked Silence. Adored Winterhearts Guild which is still my favourite SA cd and since then it's been a steady deterioration IMO. For each new release I keep hoping for another great album of power and melody but get ever more disappointed. Real shame as they were a great band. My hopes for the new one have now been ruined again by this...damn you Shade!! Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
I doubt they would be up your street, Terry, but you never know. Sort of industrial, techno metal with cool melodies. If you want to hear them at their melodic best check out the song 'Shut your mouth' (cool video too) which gives you a good idea. Easy to find on YouTube and worth 4 minutes of your life. Enjoy!! Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
Excellent. Been ready for another dose of Pain for a while now (if you know what I mean)! Been a long time since their last cd and tour. Support looks good - as you point out, especially Dynazty. Peter Tagtgren produced their last couple of cd's so no surprise they are coming along for the ride. Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Well, the label must be clueless as this is fantastic. I love the fact that they are using Jen a bit more on the vocals too. Really looking forward to Friday when I get my cd delivered. Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Well, they are melodic and rock so not sure why not?
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