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4 days ago
jaysw
Loved this album and after my Dad died at just 59 back in 1998, The Strongest Man In The World has been a song with the most incredible lyrical meaning to me. As well as being a wonderful tune. Love Rob.
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6 days ago
jaysw
Agree with the Roy Khan comparison 100% but more Flow era Conception to me than Kamelot musically. An excellent album though.
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8 days ago
jaysw
Another great album. These guys just write great tunes, are good fun and put a huge smile on my face. A couple of tracks on the second half that aren't as strong (IMO) but overall it's right up there with Ecstacy and End Of The Road, for me.
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4 weeks ago
jaysw
I hugely doubt it’s greed. Performing live is a drug and it’s incredibly hard to give up whatever size crowds you have played in front of, let alone when you have had the phenomenal global success that JBJ has had. I’m sure he would trade a huge mount of money to have his voice back right now. Health vs money - health always wins.
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6 weeks ago
jaysw
Fantastic album - still play it now and again after all these years.
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
Ummm….I am a fan of the band, have seen them numerous times live (ever since they toured the first album) and appreciate they are very talented musicians. But as a stand alone song, I’m afraid this does absolutely nothing for me.
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
I thought the last Xandria cd from early last year was excellent too - their best for some time. I have been up and down with Xandria given their many line-up changes and quite different styles over the years, but have enjoyed plenty of their output, right from Kill The Sun back in the early 2000's. I think Neverworld's End would still rate as my favourite - I thought that was a superb al
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
I think you'll really enjoy this Paul. I enjoyed the debut very much too but it feels like they have really hit their stride with this one. Six years put to good use!!
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
Given there has been some talk of Nightwish recently, I thought I'd mention the new album from Elvellon called Ascending In Synergy. For anyone who appreciates the mid-period of Nightwish the most (Once/Dark Passion Play) I think there will be loads here for you to enjoy. Probably the best album of its type I've heard in some time with memorable songs, strong melodies, great sweeping orchestra
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
As mentioned on the other thread further down, this is a welcome return to form for me after the disappointment that was Human/Nature. I enjoy this more than anything on the last album and I’m feeling more positive about the new album now than I was a couple of days ago. Epic, big orchestartion, a memorable chorus - much more like it. As others have said, shame Floor is so low in the mix
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7 weeks ago
jaysw
I’m hugely encouraged by that. Massive Nightwish fan but they lost me a little on the last album which just didn’t have the quality of songs for me. This is excellent though - and the intro is only 2 and a half mins, so they were exaggerating a little with that too. I do wish they would have Floor a bit higher in the mix though, especially during the chorus where she seems a bit buried
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2 months ago
jaysw
I wasn’t that taken with the first song but I really like this. The guitar tone has a bit of a ‘Wicked Game - Chris Isaak’ feel about it during the intro/verse. I think that’s really decent song.
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2 months ago
jaysw
Nice one Don - well said.
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3 months ago
jaysw
Big Dog - if you like this new album also check out their last one, The Promise Of A Life, which was the first in this new style and was excellent. There is a deluxe version with two bonus tracks too.
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3 months ago
jaysw
A big thumbs up from me too - I love it. I thought Prophecy (the song) was an odd choice of opener but the quality of the material right through the album is sublime. As you say, a little quirky/avant garde in places, but that adds to the charm for me in a genre where innovation is in short supply.
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3 months ago
jaysw
That’s so sad. Loved him as a songwriter and a solo artist. Mid Western Skies off ‘Now is then….’ Is one of my favourite songs.
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3 months ago
jaysw
Karma is a stunning album. I also really enjoyed Legacy and Shehili which was one of my albums of 2019. A band that keeps getting better and better.
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3 months ago
jaysw
Gave this a quick listen earlier and it’s got some really cool/fun songs on it. The title track and I Would Die For You stood out on first listen but I’ll see what repeated plays delivers. Appreciate the tip - good stuff.
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3 months ago
jaysw
2 out of 2 for me as well. Looking forward to the album and pleased to get new quality tunes from Sebastian. It’s been a while so hopefully this is a well crafted set of songs - and sounds like he’s had some quality input on the songwriting which is useful. But love that he is still going strong and screaming/headbanging like a 20 year old!
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4 months ago
jaysw
I haven’t ever had an issue with his vocals, I think he’s got a solid (if not great) voice, but I was never wholly sold on Creed outside Human Clay (although Weathered had its moments). But I loved his cd with Art of Anarchy and his last solo album I thought was superb. This one feels like a continuation of that so after a couple of listens, I’m happy. Another fine album.
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4 months ago
jaysw
I totally understand people having different favourite era’s of Nightwish (and Once and Dark Passion Play would be my two top albums) but to call Floor simply adequate - wow!!!
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4 months ago
jaysw
I have no idea if this is the case or not, but my assumption is that Frontiers have a business model that works for them and allows them to operate in a commercially challenging market, relatively successfully. If the result of that model is that they release more albums than some people would prefer they did, or that the perceived quality of those albums aren’t up to the standards that som
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4 months ago
jaysw
Yes - brilliant song as were many on those first couple of albums.
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4 months ago
jaysw
I’ve liked Kissin Dynamite since the start but the last 2 albums have been exceptional - the sort of albums that would have made them multi-platinum stars back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. This sounds like more of the same quality level we’ve got used to - great band.
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4 months ago
jaysw
This is slightly irrelevant as I don’t know much by EC but I had a very soft spot for Hue and Cry in their early days (1986/7) and I remember they did a superb piano and voice rendition of Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello. Great song performed beautifully.
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4 months ago
jaysw
Largely agree with Act - the last 2 (especially When Legends Rise) were really strong. But 1000hp, the album prior to WLR, also had some really cool songs on and was an interesting ‘bridge’ album between old school Godsmack and where they ended up with WLR.
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4 months ago
jaysw
I’ve enjoyed all the different styles/albums from SA to varying degrees but I’m a big fan of their earlier work with Winterhearts Guild (album number 3) my favourite from them. I haven’t received this new cd yet but looking forward to it based on others comments.
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4 months ago
jaysw
I loved the last album too and I’m thoroughly looking forward to this new one. I think it’s great we have melodic rock bands that aren’t afraid to update their sound and do something a little different - something a lot of bands in the genre get criticised for not doing. And the songs on the last cd were really well written, memorable, modern and melodic. Let’s hope for more of the
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4 months ago
jaysw
I still love exploring new music across the full range of rock genres (mainly) but I understand many people don’t. I just try not to be too jaded or critical about new music as it’s bound to be harder to be as impressed at 50 as it was when everything was fresh and new at 16. But finding the joy in music still and keeping a youthful enthusiasm for it intact, as opposed to cynicism, is
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4 months ago
jaysw
Similar views from me. I like them in small doses and although I think it's a strong album I struggle to listen to them for 12 songs. Much prefer both Nils and Jake E in Dynazty and Cyhra respectively - two of the best bands out there atm (imo).
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