Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 14 March

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2019-03-14 16:27:16
In Reply To:Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 14 March by MitchG
Poverty's No Crime - Save My Soul. The two albums before this (and the one after it) are pretty damned boring, but I feel like they really caught onto something with this one. If this isn't my favorite PNC, it's at least the one I choose to listen to the most often.
This really is a great album, and definitely my favorite (never got into Slave to the Mind like others did (probably should re-visit it), but always enjoyed Autumn Years. I love this style of warm, melodic prog-metal (I put these guys in the same basket as Time Machine).
Slave to the Mind is hard to listen to because it's mastered so poorly, but I do think it's a great album. The first three are all more or less interchangeable, quality-wise, for me, with the first one being a little less good musically but a million times better when it comes to cover art.
Andre Matos - Time to be Free. Andre's last great album. It actually sounds a lot like post-Andre Angra, with less interesting riffing. Really makes me wish that those knuckleheads had just worked shit out and stayed together, because every Edu album would have been better with Andre singing, and most of Andre's post Angra albus would be better not existing.
I do think that Angra put out one truly great album with Edu (Rebirth). But the split between Andre and Angra was a big negative for both overall. I love Andre's voice, but the post-Angra material just doesn't draw me in (I remember that Virgo project with Paeth being half-good and half-unlistenable).
I think Rebirth, Temple of Shadows, and Aurora Consurgens are all excellent albums, but Edu is the worst thing about all of them (ESPECIALLY on Temple of Shadows, which, had Andre sung, would have been the second best Angra album.)
Extol - Extol. Had to spin it after Ben got all douchey about Extol. This is one of my favorite albums ever, now.
I didn't mean it like that! I just meant that having had a few years with this album, I have to admit that it's now a go-to, always-welcome disc, and hence a favorite. Ben being Ben about the lyrics doesn't affect my enjoyment one way or the other.

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