Re: PMX2 Thursday Soundoff

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2018-10-11 16:20:56
In Reply To:Re: PMX2 Thursday Soundoff by MitchG
Justin Sullivan - Navigating by the Stars. The quietness of this album grows on me as I get older. One of Sullivan's last true masterpieces.
Yes, this is a great album. I particularly love "Tales of the Road". Interestingly one of my favorite NMA songs is "Leeds 3am" so I guess I'm really drawn to Justin's songs of road tragedy, be it motorized or horse-drawn!
"Leeds 3am" is one of the most jarringly horrifying songs I know. Goosebumps every time!
Carisma - 1825. A prog metal classic. I find that the albums from that late 90s scene that sound the least like Dream Theater, Queensryche, or Fates Warning are the ones that have aged the best. This album rules entirely.
I always think of this as a twin set along with Digital Ruin's Listen as declared '90s prog classics that I just couldn't get into (I think a lot of it comes down to the production).
Yeah, neither sounds great. You should revisit them, though! Maybe you'll like them more now.
Ark - Ark. It's truly astounding how great this
band was.
Yeah, to see what became of Jorn is sad. I still remember buying the execrable Mundanus Imperium album he was on and thinking, "whoa, this sucks a lot, but that singer is awesome!". And then Ark came along and provided a glimpse of what he could do when surrounded by actual talent. I still can't stomach the mix/production of the first album, though. I always go to Burn the Sun for my Jorn fix.
Sure, the sound on this one is super bad, but the music is so great that I barely even notice the production, and sometimes I even think the tinny sound kind of works in its advantage. Burn the Sun is better all around, but this is a band who started great and went out the best, in just two albums. I'm glad they never made that third album without Jorn, but I really wish he had stuck around to make another disc with Tore and John.

Also, I don't think Mundanus Imperium is bad. It's just mediocre Dimmu Borgir worship, but with a great singer. There's really no other disc like it.

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