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13 days ago
jaysw
Got to be one of the most consistent bands out there. Every album is just full of superb melodic metal. And this new one is no different. Excellent. Jay
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17 days ago
jaysw
If you like the Otherwise album, Sleeping Lions, (which I agree is awesome) check out the Tense Machine album if you haven't heard it. On a par with SL IMO. Jay
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29 days ago
jaysw
I don’t really find it an issue Julian. I’ve basically replicated (where I can) my entire cd collection (5,500ish) on Amazon Music and now use it to check out a whole load of albums I may or may not have heard of before and ‘try before I buy‘. For instance, when Powerplay or Fireworks comes out I’ll add every album I think I might like into a ‘July 2020’ playlist (maybe 30 or 40 alb
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29 days ago
jaysw
This is probably of no help and not the same issue, But I have used Amazon Music for quite some time (much prefer it to Spotify) and I do get the duplicate situation when I have bought a cd from Amazon that I also have digitally as it automatically adds it following the physical purchase. I just have to go and delete every other song so there is a single version of the cd left. If the cd's you
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5 weeks ago
jaysw
Bit weird but I ignored Journey for years (not hard enough when I was a tough teenager etc!!) but Trial By Fire came out when I was around 26 and I bought it and loved it. I get that loads of Journey fans don’t rate it and think it’s ballad heavy but it’s still my favourite, closely followed by Arrival. Proper Journey fans will probably think I’m mad.
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5 weeks ago
jaysw
I thought his second album, This Loud Morning, was superb. Pretty laid back but quality songwriting and performances. Jay
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6 weeks ago
jaysw
Yes, played the cd a lot at the time and still do from time to time. Singer was definitely a bit quirky and an acquired taste but never put me off. And as you say, some great songs. It’s a long time ago but I think I remember them being a welcome change from most of what was being released around then. They went into the same pot (for me) as bands like I Napoleon that had singers that split
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
Jen Ledger in Skillet. Wouldn't be the same without her.
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2 months ago
jaysw
That was Enbound and by far the most enjoyable project I have heard from Lars. Admittedly I prefer music a little heavier than Lionville/Work Of Art (although love their song Castaway) but the second Enbound album, The Blackened Heart, was outstanding imo. Better than And She Says Gold, their first album. And Lars goes by the name Lee Hunter on those two albums for some reason! Jay
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2 months ago
jaysw
Yes, I really liked that cd when it came out. Must have been early 2000's? Thanks for posting - will give this a listen for sure when I get a sec. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
A REALLY bad production and mix can ruin music for me but I’m really pleased that outside that extreme it doesn’t matter that much to me. I know I’m in the minority but over the many years of loving music from the last four decades and buying thousands and thousands of cd’s I have to say there are only a handful absolutely ruined for me by the production. Great songs, musicianship, v
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3 months ago
jaysw
And just to counter the quantity over quality argument, if there was ever the time to hone your songs and make sure you are doing the very best you can to release the finest quality then all this time without interruptions and distractions must help that. Think about the normal cycle of writing songs on tour under pressure of knowing you have to have a new album out 12 months after getting ba
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3 months ago
jaysw
Given the tours that are currently cancelled and the amount of time musicians will have on their hands at the moment you would assume many will be taking the opportunity to write new music. When things out of the ordinary happen in the world you can quite often see an increase in creativity with lots of subject matter to think about. Often creative minds see their art as a therapeutic way to deal
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3 months ago
jaysw
Ah, ok. I’m a subscriber but must have missed it. Many thanks for the info - much appreciated. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
Yeah, I have every issue. As I do Hard Roxx, Frontiers and Fireworks so I don’t like missing any! And as you say, it normally arrives last Saturday in the month like clockwork but to be fair there are probably all sorts of production issues atm. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
Just wondering if any of you good people knew if there was going to be a new issue of Powerplay coming out this month? Normally arrives at the back end of the month (and didn’t in April) but given the current challenges I was thinking they may be skipping an issue or two. Totally understand if that’s the case but checked the website and couldn’t see any latest info on new issues. Anyon
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3 months ago
jaysw
I always quite liked the cd cover Wardy!! Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
That double hit of In Heaven followed by Two Worlds towards the end of the album used to be on play/rewind non stop back in the day! McQueen Street 2 was also much better than many of the bands of the early nineties who came out with a great debut followed by a shocker of a second album (Wildside, Sven Gali, Slik Toxic etc). Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
The album before, called Rise, was even better IMO. Songs like You Got Me Wrong, The Storm and All That Is Real, amongst several others were melodic gems. It's on Spotify, Amazon Music etc and well worth a listen. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
That's 3 out of 3 for me. Great music, great songwriting with memorable choruses, good musicianship and vocals - ticks most of my boxes. Jay
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3 months ago
jaysw
I think I’m the only person who prefers the new one to United. Oh well. I’m a big HS fan since Mood Swings so lots of favourites (songs like Rain, Never Have It All and many other lesser known tracks) so I think I’ve always appreciated a different side to HS than some (love Voice Of Reason too) and whilst I liked United, I didn’t love it. And I know I’m probably the one missing
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3 months ago
jaysw
I think Firesign was a huge step up in quality, although Renatus and Titanic Mass were also very good. Just not as consistent. Sultans of Sin was also excellent - for those with more melodic rock leanings check out Raise Your Hands and Land Of Broken Dreams. Pleased that The Dark Delight has been a great follow up to Firesign. At least as good, I think. Second half not as immediate but eq
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4 months ago
jaysw
Hey Don - pleased you like it. It’s a really solid cd and agree that for a debut it shows real promise. I think anyone who likes Delain, Within Temptation, Kamelot etc would find much to enjoy. In fact, I Am The Storm (Video on YouTube) is so like a female fronted Kamelot it’s uncanny! Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Sounds great Dion! Big fan and looking forward to getting the new cd as and when it's ready. Take care buddy. Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Ah man - I’ve had this on loud for 4 hours and it’s crazy good!
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4 months ago
jaysw
Fantastic on first listen, As always, I look forward to living with it for a little while before ranking it against Firesign (which I loved and still listen too weekly at least) but so pleased they have delivered yet another superb album. Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
I’m looking forward to the release of Ad Infinitum: Chapter 1 Monarchy. Due on 3rd April on Napalm Records I believe. Along with Dynazty, Conception and Nightwish, the first couple of weeks of April are looking incredible. And plenty of time to listen to them!! Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
There just aren’t the words to respond to that. Talk about an unbelievable lack of perspective. Maybe some of the people who are tasked with getting a product to market (digital or physical) are seriously ill, looking after family or trying to organise funerals in horrific circumstances. Awful that got in the way of you listening to the new FM album. Seriously. Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Got mine today. Nice to receive something to lift spirits in these difficult times. Will enjoy devouring during my expected self isolation!! Jay
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4 months ago
jaysw
Another winner. If the new album can keep up the levels of Firesign I’ll be delighted. And all 3 songs released so far have been excellent. Jay
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