Re: PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff

Date:2017-02-21 11:33:44
In Reply To:PMX2 Thorsday Soundoff by Matt Johnsen
Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems. Cool new band who are kinda like a cross between Nevermore and the past few Symphony X albums. Witherfall are never as shreddy or proggy as Sym X, but I think they have a similar vibe in places. Good singer, good tunes, nice production, and even a cool cover by Necrolord. It's nice to find a really great new band, which is happening less and less for me these days. I'm turning into von, except I like a lot of music made after 1991 :)
I like this too. Maybe it would have been better with shorter songs and more of them, though. Great singer, dude really wails.

Astronoid - Air. Saw these guys with Moon Tooth last week, and they were great. If Mew were a black metal band, they would sound like Astronoid. I think these guys could use more compelling vocal melodies, but they're onto something great here, and I'm looking forward to what they come up with next.
Yep, they are cool even if a bit gimmicky. Kind of like if Devin Townsend, Cloudkicker and Mew got together to play happy black/thrash.
Moon Tooth - Chromaparagon. The guitarist in this band is the new second guitarist in Riot, and he's amazing. This is a weird band; they remind me of some of those oddball alternative/crossover metal bands from the early 90s, like Mind Over Four or Into Another. This is more metal, but not really less weird than either of those bands. The singer also has a bit of a whiny/emo voice kinda like the guy from Into Another. He's not great, but he's interesting at least. He's much worse live, unfortunately, but watching Nick Lee play guitar is worth it - they guy is awesome and writes some really, really clever guitar riffs.
Agree. Singer is a bit weird. He's interesting, but he sounds like he's trying to be weird all the time instead of just writing a melody that makes more sense over the music. The band kicks tons of ass though.
Leprous - Live at Rockefeller Music Hall. I bought the CD version, because I almost never watch music DVDs. Great recording and good setlist. I think our lurking pal Aki was at this show.
I check out the DVD on Youtube, the whole thing is up there. I've seen then at least 5 times so it's no surprise that it's awesome.

However, it inspired me to watch Pain of Salvation - ENding Themes again right after it.

Goddamn, that's seriously one of the most unreal live performances ever. It's almost hard to believe how great they sound. Daniel sings every high not like it's nothing, everyone in the band has a great voice, all of the performances are effortless. Is there any live metal dvd more impressive than this one?
Soilwork - A Predator's Portrait. Totally classic. No one has made a better melodic death metal album that's better than this since, including Soilwork, who never even made a really good album again. This album launched a thousand shitty bands, but it's so good I can't hold its pernicious influence against it. Even Speed's weak clean vocals work, because the riffing is so motherfucking epic.
Yep. A Predator's Portrait and Chainheart Machine are still the albums I revisit the most. Chainheart is about 20 times better than Slaughter of the Soul to me. APP is in a league of its own though.
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