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Some PP XII album recommendations?

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Fizrider, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Fizrider

    Fizrider Quasi-Old Fart

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    As I always admit, I am a casual metal fan. I am slowly adding albums for this year's lineup to be more educated than I have been in years past.

    I have started with the most recent albums by some of the bands, and now seek recommendations for others. Here are the bands I'd like recommendations for:

    Voyager (Element V or Universe?)
    Dream Evil (I am really digging their latest)
    Mob Rules
    Eldritch
    Labyrinth
     
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    Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied
    Dream Evil - all of them!!! Might want to start with Dragonslayer or The Book of Heavy Metal
    Voyager - Element V
     
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    With Voyager, definitely go with Univers. Element V is a fine album, but Univers is a religious experience.

    With Mob Rules, start with Among the Gods, as it's both accessible and a good representation of their sound.

    With Labyrinth, you can't beat the original Return to Heaven Denied album.
     
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    Fizrider Quasi-Old Fart

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    Since I started with "Pt. 2" that might make sense...
     
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    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    slightly off topic but gorillaboy76 and I were talking about this the other day. It seems like this year's roster has more collective albums than anything in recent memory. Truly a monumental task to figure out where to start on listening to back catalog.

    To actively add to the topic, I like Labyrinth's new one. The cover and the title was enough to get me interested. When I spun it though I was hit with keyboards and awesome.
     
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    Bryant Mr. Sleepy

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    I also recommend Labyrinth's 2003 S/T release as well. It is very strong. I can't say how many tunes they would play from it, but I think we can expect "The Prophet" which is the first track from that release.

    Bryant
     
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    Jasonic Doom On!

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    Dream Evil - you really can't go wrong with any of theirs.
    Really no reason you wouldn't like any of theirs if you like their latest (Which is great)
     
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    Fizrider Quasi-Old Fart

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    "The Ballad" has had me cracking up for the last hour. I'm surprised it wasn't written in D minor (the saddest of all keys).

    If they do not play that one (with Snowy walking on stage) the Baby Jesus will cry.
     
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    Diamond45 Terminate Bad Music

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    Eldritch:

    El Niño, Neighbourhell, Blackenday

    They should also have a new album out this year, so you might want to check into that when the time comes.
     
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    I wouldn't count on it; Luca didn't play on that album. The only non-Luca-era track they've played recently is "Freeman," and that was during a headlining gig. Expect their set to mostly include songs from the Return to Heaven Denied albums and No Limits.
     
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    Bryant Mr. Sleepy

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    Hmmm..... that is not good. I like those albums mind you, but the S/T release is really good too. I would be disappointed without a song from it. It is tough when a band has seven releases and three EPs to try and fit everything in a show, but "The Prophet" was what got me into the band.


    Bryant
     
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    Luca?
     
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    Bryant Mr. Sleepy

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    I don't know who Luca is either, but I assume he meant Carlo Magnini (Olaf Thorsen)

    Bryant
     
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    D'oh. Meant Olaf, of course.
     
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    Orion Crystal Ice Rider of the Astral Fire

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    I would recommend checking out the Labyrinth stuff in this order:

    RTHD II (seems to be a great entry point, and an incredible album to boot)
    RTHD
    Labyrinth (close/tie between where this is and RTHD is)
    No Limits
    Freeman
    6 Days to Nowhere
    Sons of Thunder

    Don't listen to anyone who forbids you from anything besides RTHD, for they know naught the goodness of the mighty prog-power contained otherwise. :cool: Heck, a couple of them have less filler than the original RTHD..
     
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    This. I found myself listening to the newest Dream Evil and thinking "This is what Spinal Tap would sound like if Spinal Tap were a real band with musical ability".
     
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    Fizrider Quasi-Old Fart

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    This is good to hear.. I have 2 more bands to get latest from (Therion and WHW) and then I'll start going deeper into the catalogs of the guys I like.

    Other than Haken... Aquarius is what there is.

    Dream Evil is giving me a HUGE Scorpions vibe... I'm feeling some serious early 80's coming on. They change it up really well - one second my head starts going up and down... and then they crack me up. Glad to hear their whole collection is well received by you guys.
     

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