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*Legion* wrote:
garion333 wrote:

What has FI done? Made me want to dive back into DT because they're less up their own asses.

Uh, are you sure about that?

Because this makes meandering songs look humble by comparison.

Nah, you were right. Car ride home turned me off. Lol

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I feel your pain, at least in part. For some reason it appears that bands consider the fourth largest city in the US skippable. I actually broadened my geographic region in BandsInTown to the max and now it just barely includes Austin. There is a significant number of tours that go there but not here.

That TBDM concert I just mentioned was one of those, in fact. I saw the Austin show because there wasn't one in Houston.

Seeing everything that stops in Austin makes me feel a pang of regret for leaving. I didn't take nearly enough advantage of that when I was there.

I'll make the drive to LA on occasion if it's something I really want to see, or to SF if it's something I absolutely must see or I will die. There are few things I hate more than driving in San Francisco though. At least in Austin, I could reasonably get around and park my truck. LA is like "what if we had five I-35s?" but SF I still hate more.

garion333 wrote:

Nah, you were right. Car ride home turned me off. Lol

I find I have a hard time even going back to the DT albums I used to like.

HOT TAKE: The best DT album by a mile is When Dream And Day Unite

*Legion* wrote:

HOT TAKE: The best DT album by a mile is When Dream And Day Unite

Yeah, that's a take...I'm no fan of James Labrie but hoo boy Charlie Dominici man I dunno.

I don't know if I've ever enjoyed an entire Dream Theater album in its entirety. The closest would likely be Awake, but even then some songs I like better than others.

I mean, 6:00 is just a good jam.

Most of my listening to them was done in middle and high school, though, and I've been branching out slightly more these days so I'm wondering what I'd think going back. Then again, given what I've listened to of Devin Townsend and how people keep reacting to him, I'd consider him over-rated and therefore also up his own butt, but my opinions on metal are frequently wrong what with my love of power metal and all.

So I dunno. I did dig the Sons of Apollo album, though. Was a fun jam.

SYL Devin Townsend was amazing.
Devin Townsend Band Devin Townsend was great.
Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend keeps trying to take me to church, and I hate it.

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

WizardM0de wrote:

Yeah, that's a take...I'm no fan of James Labrie but hoo boy Charlie Dominici man I dunno.

Dude has some serious 'divorced dad in a bar band' energy.

r013nt0 wrote:

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it.

r013nt0 wrote:

SYL Devin Townsend was amazing.
Devin Townsend Band Devin Townsend was great.
Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend keeps trying to take me to church, and I hate it.

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.

Empath is just Devin Townsend, to be fair. DTP was disbanded so this one is just Devin and an insanely talented band of contributors. I enjoy the album primarily because a) it's weird and I like weird music, and b) it's classic Devin wall of sound cranked up to 11 in terms of layers, the thing just sounds unreal. Sort of the same reason I dig Fear Inoculum even though it's very derivative and meandering for a Tool album...it just sounds really good cranked up to 11 on a nice hifi system. It's ear candy.

Empath certainly is self-indulgent though. I haven't revisited it at all this year aside from fulfilling my kids requests of "Why?" which they can't get enough of (especially when the Death Metal growth ripples the Disney soundtrack waters). I love the guy but I'm over Devin backed by a choir of women no matter how insane the song is. That enjoyment started and ended with Epicloud for me.

...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

I'm not gonna lie, I've been thinking it today too, but I don't know you from Adam. Your quote says "fly in the disappointment," maybe it's just You...Doing That Thing You Do? You tell us!

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Podunk wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

I frequently play Apex Legends with randoms whose combined age is less than mine (squads are three people).

Podunk wrote:

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

Ugh, that made me shudder. That "ossification" is something that it is a life goal for me to fight against. Not a battle I will win on every front, but at least in various facets of life, I have made the decision that "what I like/think/believe" are constructs to be perpetually torn down and rebuilt.

That's actually why I'm in this thread, listening to much more metal in my late 30s than I did at any earlier point of my life. This is me blowing up and re-drawing the borders of "what I like", as much of what I've raved about in this thread over the past few years are things that would have been well outside those borders 10, 15 years earlier.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Podunk wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

I frequently play Apex Legends with randoms whose combined age is less than mine (squads are three people).

And you manage to find ways to consistently carry them to victory too!!

Is it too early to start cranking out our best metal albums of 2010-2019? I'm looking forward to seeing what you all think.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Podunk wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

I frequently play Apex Legends with randoms whose combined age is less than mine (squads are three people).

+1 to this. I play a ton of Rainbow Six: Siege online. I refuse to enter that life stage of "I'm too old to play twitch-based games against 14 year olds". Never let that reaction time slip. Rage against the dying of the flick.

*Legion* wrote:

Rage against the dying of the flick.

I love this.

*Legion* wrote:
Podunk wrote:

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

Ugh, that made me shudder. That "ossification" is something that it is a life goal for me to fight against. Not a battle I will win on every front, but at least in various facets of life, I have made the decision that "what I like/think/believe" are constructs to be perpetually torn down and rebuilt.

That's a very commendable attitude! In fact, a big part of why I post so much in this thread was that in the early-mid 2000s, I decided I was too young to not be listening to any current music. I hadn't really listened to any metal post-Black album. I started exploring modern metal, and here I am today!

*Legion* wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Podunk wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:

Few good tracks here and there, but people digging his latest album completely blows my mind.
...I feel like there's a recurring theme to my posts about new albums that other people like, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

It sucks to get old and ossified, doesn't it. :D

I frequently play Apex Legends with randoms whose combined age is less than mine (squads are three people).

+1 to this. I play a ton of Rainbow Six: Siege online. I refuse to enter that life stage of "I'm too old to play twitch-based games against 14 year olds". Never let that reaction time slip. Rage against the dying of the flick.

This explains why we can never get a new NFL thread before Thursday night.

Intense math sh*t anyone?

I'm pretty sure I saw 12 plus Dillinger escape plan together one time. The riffs were so intense.

New Ghost

Kiss the Go-Goat? Awesome!

Kind of surprised we're getting more already.

r013nt0 wrote:

I don't think I've ever posted any Ne Obliviscaris in here, speaking of wankery. But I like this particular wankery.

Ne Obliviscaris is an interesting one for me because they tick all the right boxes but I don't ever love them. I find I feel that way about many Australian bands (Karnivool, I'm giving you a hard stare). It's as if their sound and songs are too clean or something.

Ghost. You beautiful bastards you.

I finally heard Whitechapel's "The Valley" released back in March for the first time and really, really enjoy it.

The riffs, the atmosphere, the dude's vox (clean and Akerfeldt-ish growls), the layers, the lyrics (the guy apparently wrote his truth on there) and really good guitar work (The Other Side in particular).

It's not heavy from A to Z, which is important to me and why I can't dig much extreme metal genres. Music is the space between the notes, for me in particular. This one's got the right mixture of Progressive/melodic elements while also containing plenty of crushing riffs and brutality.

Now I don't know Whitechapel or most deathcore stuff from Adam, so when I connect with something new from an established band it historically means they've sold out in a major way, so set me straight if you happen to know.

Whitechapel - The Valley - Full Album (jump to songs over on Youtube)

I wish I liked Ne Obliviscaris' clean singer more, but he's also the violinist and a founding member, so he's not going anywhere. He's not bad or anything, but if he were better it would really elevate the band imo.

Oh hey WizardM0de I've seen Whitechapel live actually. They're not a band I listen to much, but it was a show including Chelsea Grin, which is one of my son's favorite bands, so I got tickets and brought him. Whitechapel was the headliner that night.

They were both very enjoyable to watch live. I'm pretty sure they haven't sold out, so I'd say go for it! I liked Chelsea Grin's performance a bit better, so you may like them as well if you're looking for a similar kind of metal.

On another note, it's not metal, but I saw The Raconteurs a couple nights ago and they were fantastic. I'm not sure of everyone's opinion of Jack White, but it's hard to deny the dude is an incredibly talented musician.

d4m0 wrote:

Oh hey WizardM0de I've seen Whitechapel live actually. They're not a band I listen to much, but it was a show including Chelsea Grin, which is one of my son's favorite bands, so I got tickets and brought him. Whitechapel was the headliner that night.

They were both very enjoyable to watch live. I'm pretty sure they haven't sold out, so I'd say go for it! I liked Chelsea Grin's performance a bit better, so you may like them as well if you're looking for a similar kind of metal.

So, I just tried and nope - Chelsea Grin is not for me nor are nearly all other songs on the Spotify deathcore playlist. If other Whitechapel albums are like what I'm hearing there, they're largely not for me either (I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about...I'm surprised I like The Valley as much as I do at this point).

New Chelsea Wolfe album out tomorrow, Birth of Violence

It's going to be predominately the ghosty ethereal folk music side of Wolfe, with very little of the doomy heavy side (apparently this was an conscious decision of hers for this album), and the released tracks show that. That's disappointing considering just how much I adored Hiss Spun, but I'm glad I know this going in and have my expectations appropriately adjusted. Because I am still down with ghosty ethereal folk Chelsea.

I'm not into deathcore either. They say it's an outgrowth of melodeath, which I enjoy and which played a big role in my warming up to modern extreme metal, but I just can't.

garion333 wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:

I don't think I've ever posted any Ne Obliviscaris in here, speaking of wankery. But I like this particular wankery.

Ne Obliviscaris is an interesting one for me because they tick all the right boxes but I don't ever love them. I find I feel that way about many Australian bands (Karnivool, I'm giving you a hard stare). It's as if their sound and songs are too clean or something.

Hrm. So I decided to give it a whirl after:

r013nt0 wrote:

I wish I liked Ne Obliviscaris' clean singer more, but he's also the violinist and a founding member, so he's not going anywhere. He's not bad or anything, but if he were better it would really elevate the band imo.

It's funny because I'm kind of where you're at Garion, though maybe enjoying it more? It does tick all the right boxes, but it's also feeling a bit like "great mood music to put on in the background". It never really beckoned me to pay attention to what it was doing. Not on first listen, at least.

Nevertheless, it's got a sound that I really dug and will probably look to download an album on Friday when I get paid. I might check out Karnivool just for the heck of it and see what they're like.