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17 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah, it's not an instant album by any means - it makes you work, but there are so many layers to discover once you embrace it and accept the more acoustic sound. Lou's vocals carry the whole thing for me - dynamic, rich, soulful. White Lie, Rain, Until the End of Time, Running the Risk, I Keep Hoping, and Hand On My Heart... just glorious. The rest takes more work, in my opinion, but those six t
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17 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Mine too! Mature, sophisticated, moody, and I don't think I even need to say a word about Lou Gramm's vocals! The whole album oozes class.
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
radiat10n Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Idiosyncrasy Wrote: > > > Bob Catley - Solo (with Gary Hughes). Gary's > got > > almost an album's worth of material ready to go > > for Bob and would be up for a follow-up as > well, > > but as I understand it, Tony Clarkin doesn't > want > > Bob recording solo mate
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
PowerAV Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Idiosyncrasy Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > > > > One of my favourite albums of the past few > years > > was English Electric: Full Power by Big Big > Train. > > Very much an acquired taste sound-wise (think > > early Genes
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Terry K. Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Dark and alternative? Yikes-- I'm out. T Heh, they're not THAT alternative. The occasion bit of distorted guitar, the odd bit of rap-style vocals on the odd section of the odd song (particularly verses), but the other side of their work (particularly choruses) are symphonic and soaring and melodic. Lots of hints o
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Terry K. Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Danny-- if you dig the old Genesis sound( Gabriel > era),then have you checked into Echolyn at all? > They are quite remeniscent of early Genesis,to my > ears. T Yeah, I've got their self-titled from 2012. Not bad, but not one I instantly reach for. "Islands" is great.
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
PowerAV Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Thanks for the It Bites recommendation this is > exactly what I am after. Couldn't get into Sylvan > though seemed to dark and alternative like for me. Yeah, they go pretty dark and alternative in places, but they've got their warmer and more melodic sides as well. Certainly much less instant than some of t
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
And while I'm at it, a selection of Subsignal toons! A Long Way Since the Earth Crashed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqdjr5rulQA Where Angels Fear to Tread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV1MhJHsICQ The Sea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJM8Fs15fL0 A New Reliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVs28Aa6Da4 Feeding Utopia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUTO5Wcm1J0&in
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
... oh and how could I post something about prog without mentioning Everon? Imagine Marillion, Rush, Journey, Magnum and a touch of Jim Steinman blended together! Oliver's vocals, again, may be an acquired taste, but the sense of melody, pomposity (in a good way), and particularly the lyrics, are incredible. Almost pomp AOR at times with enough melody for any melodic rock fan. Bridge, Fle
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah, I started off loving AOR, but I probably buy as much, if not more prog nowadays (thanks Olli Traxel from the Survivor board, back in the day, wherever you are now!). Much prefer the more melodic stuff (Neo/Symphonic/Crossover) to the overly widdly, technical stuff, although there are some bands that find a great compromise between the two (Threshold, Seventh Wonder, etc. spring to mind).
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18 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Good album. My fave is 'Labour of Love' (surprisingly dark lyrics!) and Mark Free's backing vocals are a joy to listen to throughout the album.
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20 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Revolve was great! Hope they change their minds and do another one. Sadly gotta agree re. Survivor (although, to be honest, I'm not sure I'd want to hear another album without proper Peterik-involvement, and that's never going to happen). Couple of other ones I'm particularly sad about - Everon - one of my favourite prog discoveries ever. So sad they've split. Harlan Cage - RSC co
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20 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
Neal Morse is a genius! Big (modern) prog fan here. Really accessible prog bands for melodic rock fans might be Subsignal, Neal Morse, Sylvan, and It Bites (John Mitchell era especially).
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20 days ago
Idiosyncrasy
I'd add - Ten - New Album (yes - already!) Marc Scherer & Jim Peterik Jimi Jamison Tribute - 'Torch' Meat Loaf [& Jim Steinman] - Braver Than We Are Shooting Star - New album (think there were some rumours?) Dare - Seven (Darren confirmed it's coming) Pride of Lions (rumoured, but perhaps not 2015) Foreigner (rumoured, but perhaps not 2015) And some favourites on the prog fr
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5 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Marc Martel? He's amazing! Toby's still around and I'm sure I read somewhere on Facebook a while ago that he and Jim have plans for another Pride of Lions album.
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5 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
From Marc Scherer.com: "Biography If you look up “overachiever” in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Marc Scherer. After touring Europe with the psychedelic rock group, Lovecraft, he put music on hold to pursue a passion for creating jewelry. Simply being competent, however, wasn’t nearly enough. His work adorns sports celebrities, movie stars and rock idols and is on perma
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5 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Thanks Andrew. Independence Day sounded awesome (and very interesting lyrically!) from the behind-the-scenes studio snippets. Hope it makes it! Voices of the Heart I could live without as we've thankfully got the Philip Bardowell/In the Cut version, and I doubt Newtown would fit with the album style. :-)
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Gave 'Under Suspicion' - s/t a spin today after not listening to it for years. Some great songs on this one, but the thing that really stands out is Jeff Adams' vocals. MONSTER singer! Can't believe he's relegated to playing bass in Starship! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLS3aULT58Q Picked up this one on the strength of his featured vocals on the live version of Burning Heart from Jamo
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6 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Any release date or track listing for this yet? Have you heard any songs Andrew? Potential songs I've heard about: Cold-blooded Independence Day Change Everything (possibly? Featured on MRCD9) You're in Our Hearts (Fergie tribute) Heaven Passes the Torch (Jimi tribute) Voices of the Heart Newtown (You're Not Alone) Thanks, - Danny.
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7 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
Talisman's cover of Madonna's 'Frozen' springs to mind here! Also, there's a song on Jim Peterik's Lifeforce and one of Lisa McClowry's albums called 'Unconditional Surrender' which is done in a light jazz style... but when I listen to it, I can hear exactly how it would sound as a Jimi Jamison or Pride of Lions song. It always bugs me that a 'rock' version doesn't exist!
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7 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
I can hear bits of old Ten all over it - a number of signature chord progressions in particular, hints of 'The Phantom' here, 'Valentine' there but it's all great stuff and much much better than the last two albums without a doubt. I would've loved Gary to go the whole hog and featured guest opera vocals on Gioco D'Amore, but that might have been a step too far for some fans! The new guitarists a
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8 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
That's what I thought, but the Kickstarter vid was posted well after all that in 2009. That said, it's on Youtube but I'm not sure if the campaign ever went live. I couldn't find it on Kickstarter when I did a search, but I'm not sure if expired campaigns show up? Even so, Larry Greene should do something! Frontiers...? Always thought he'd be good hooked up with Jim Peterik as a lot of Har
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8 weeks ago
Idiosyncrasy
LOVE Harlan Cage, especially 'Forbidden Colours' - one of the top AOR albums of the 90s in my opinion. They were planning another album in 2010 - "The Gun Is Still Smoking" and had a kickstarter campaign for it (I've just discovered): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6cgDHSgvTw No idea if it was ever completed or not.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yeah, I'm interested to hear the new albums with the two new guitarists, but the pinnacle of Ten will always be Gary and Vinny. I'd love Tony Clarkin to give Bob Catley permission to record another solo album (or two) with both of them. The Tower is still one of my favourite albums ever. Is Vinny still involved with the next Dare album?
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
... and much more melodic, to my ears at least! It's diverse yet still retains a sense of unity and identity, whereas I felt the debut meandered - a band in search of the right style.
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
blm Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > He already has .. it's called 'Hourglass' :) Couldn't agree more! Fantastic album! (Especially Don Airey's keys on those couple of tracks - awesome!)
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Nice find! Haven't listened to that album for ages!
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Sounds pretty damn good to me! (But then I love Fortune and Harlan Cage, so I would say that!) Pity it's not available on CD (yet?).
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
Yep! SO much better than the debut. Some really classy tracks on this one, much more proggy, with shades of Transatlantic in places. It's clear they had a much better idea of what they were doing this time around. Each track has a different flavour while retaining the high quality and a certain cohesiveness. That driving into to Open Your Eyes is fantastic! I wish they'd done more with that secti
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2 months ago
Idiosyncrasy
... If not for the new collection that includes Unusual Heat, I would've said it was their 'Johnny Edwards' period too! ;-)
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