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  • TalonsOfFire Ha yeah it was hard to stay away from an active discussion about one of my favorite albums, even if I haven't listened in over a year and it's all just from memory. Plus it's mainly their 00's ones I'm sick of
    July 22 05:18 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Haha I actually bookmarked their page a while ago and happened to have gone through my bookmarked recs earlier today, and that was one of the bands I downloaded so will listen soon!
    July 22 05:08 PM
  • TalonsOfFire As if you need more but I forgot: BM mixed with shoegazing- Deafheaven - Sunbather, Alcest, Lantlos. Also Forgotten Tomb, Mirrorthrone, and Black Monolith - Passenger are awesome
    July 22 01:49 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dissection, Burzum, Immortal, Bathory, and Ulver are some of the classics but you'll probably like the modern genrebending stuff more
    July 22 01:31 PM
  • TalonsOfFire The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li, Saor - Aura, Thulcandra - Fallen Angel's Dominion. Symphonic stuff with some DM influences: Abigail Williams, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions, early Cradle of Filth, new Dark Fortress, Old Man's Child - In Defiance of Existence. Prog influenced: Enslaved - Vertebrae, Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
    July 22 01:29 PM
  • Onirium Yeah I really like that kind of atmospheric, piano-driven songs that start small and build-up very epic and emotional. My favorites in this style stay Untitled 3 and Untitled 1 by Sigur Ros, they haven't lost their effect on me yet. And by the way, what do you think of Glassworks?
    July 20 07:50 PM
  • Onirium And this Olafur Arnalds link, jamming it at the moment, awesome stuff too, I like the evolution of the song and the very raw drums, thanks for the rec!
    July 19 10:03 PM
  • Onirium At the first listen, I was kinda disappointed by Faith in Others too, considering Wilson said it was the most beautiful thing Mikael's ever written. But yeah, after a few listens I really really dig the song. I've jammed the album four times now, and I won't touch it again until the official release; I'm pleased of what I heard, now I'm just hyped to hear the final mix and everything. Btw, I've jammed some Ludovico Einaudi stuff, it's very cool, very beautiful music.
    July 19 10:00 PM
  • Onirium Well, I'm currently giving it its third spin, and I must say, on the first listen I thought it was consistently great, but I found nothing outstanding. On the second listen, though, I found some magical moments and more awesome subtleties. And now I'm on the third one, and it just feels like the whole thing is incredibly beautiful and cohesive. It's like Heritage, but more melodic and less jazzy. Definitely their most beautiful album after Damnation to me
    July 18 04:36 PM
  • Onirium I know, it's just that usually, when I'm really hyped for an upcoming album like this, I prefer to wait until it's physically released to buy it and hear it, I find it a more rewarding listen. But yeah, whatever, I was thinking about downloading it tonight anyway, but it seems all the downloads haved. But I found a Youtube video of the full album, giving it its first listen at the moment. I love it. At the first listen, to me, it's their best one since Damnation at the very least.
    July 17 11:14 PM
  • TalonsOfFire I'm actually really busy til late tonight so I might have to do the same...
    July 16 09:54 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Sweet man is it downloading? Only took half an hour for mine
    July 16 09:32 PM
  • TalonsOfFire http://www.mediaboom.org/411904-opeth-pale-communion-2014.html This one takes half the time actually but just do both that's what I did and this link gave it to me first
    July 16 09:27 PM
  • TalonsOfFire http://newalbumreleases.net/67027/opeth-pale-communion-2014/
    July 16 09:26 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Download worked! Can't listen for another hour though :/ Have you heard it yet? It amazing?
    July 16 09:19 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Just saw your message and downloading that one now too
    July 16 08:48 PM
  • TalonsOfFire K I found it on turbobit it's 102 mb and taking 29 minutes does that sound like the right one to you?
    July 16 08:47 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Dude I saw but I can't find it!!! Do you have a leak?
    July 16 08:43 PM
  • Onirium Ok great, thanks for the recs, I'll jam them for sure! Do you know Philip Glass? Because if you like minimal music, I think you'd really dig his works, especially the Glassworks album. It's very interesting and beautiful, uses a lot of complex musical theory. It's very repetitive, but what makes it interesting is the way he makes subtle changes to the themes, and all the great build-ups and crescendos
    July 15 10:49 PM
  • Onirium Well, personally I'm more interested by the 19th-20th century composers, so, the precursors of neo-classicism like Bela Bartok, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Prokofiev. Also, I dig some Romantic and Baroque-era music, like Beethoven, Bach and Chopin. I don't know very well neoclassical music though, but it really seems interesting. What would you rec me to start with?
    July 15 03:51 PM
  • Onirium Yeah, I like this kind of more ambient piano stuff a lot too. And I get why you don't get A Fable, it's just that I really love his personal and very inventive touch, personally I find it really interesting, but yeah. I see you love classical music, am I right? Who's your favorite composer?
    July 14 10:04 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Those wacky kids! lol but they sound like they're in a death cult or something, I want to hate them for sounding like pretentious ***holes but they're music is so cool I really can't
    July 13 08:50 PM
  • TalonsOfFire This Thantifaxath review's gonna end up being the most pretentious thing I've ever wrote haha
    July 13 08:28 PM
  • Onirium Honestly I've never really jammed his first two album, but I'd say if you liked Shadow Theater, you'd probably dig his album Arratha Rebirth. It has quite the same modern jazz/armenian folk sound than Shadow, but with an overall heavier feel. This should give you a good impression of the album : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slq_d3dR284 Also, if you dig piano music, you should probably check out "A Fable", his compositions are really interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhQPHRemfvo
    July 13 07:38 PM
  • Onirium Yeah, I'm familiar with Kveldssanger, but it's been a very long time since I haven't jammed it. I don't know Vali, but it sounds like something I could really like. I know it's not exactly the same style, but in the same ambient-folk vein, I'd say Storm Corrosion are definitely my favorites. I know you don't like them as much as I do though
    July 11 10:04 PM
  • Onirium Ok thanks for the rec! Actually I'd have described A Fable more than "piano-only and beautiful", but yeah shoutbox posts have limited numbers of words. Actually it's an album with some of my favorite piano jazz songs ever. You know, the way he added his own personality to jazz-fusion on Shadow Theater? Well, on A Fable he adds his touch to piano jazz, so yeah, worth checking out. But if you like neoclassical you probably really dig Musk Ox's new album?
    July 11 05:18 PM
  • Onirium Great! It was definitely a grower for me too. And yeah, I was actually even more amazed seeing he didn't even have a page on sputnik. I mean, in the world of jazz, he's actually pretty well-known, and considered a major artist in the more modern jazz movement. Also, if you really like it, I think you'd dig his other albums Arretha Rebirth and A Fable. The former is a lot like Shadow Theater but kind of heavier and was a little harder to get into for me; the later is piano-only and is so beautifu
    July 11 04:27 PM
  • TalonsOfFire That thantifaxath album was sick, will probably review it soon most likely with a 4.5, it's ridiculous no one has yet. I think my favorites are Hemlock, Gasping, and Static
    July 10 08:06 PM
  • Onirium Yeah I get what you mean, it took me a couple listens to dig the vocals, but I love how they really use their voices as if they were instruments. I'm glad you like it, Tigran really deserves more recognition in my opinion.
    July 10 07:45 PM
  • Onirium Yeah that's pretty cool! Then I really think you'll dig Shadow Theater, because, actually, stylistically, I wouldn't even call it jazz; I mean, it certainly has the improvisational structure and the instrumentation that are characteristic to jazz, however I couldn't find a better term to describe it than avant-garde. He has a very atypical way of making jazz, that blends it with Armenian folk and quite a lot of prog influences. I think you'll get more what I mean when you jam it
    July 9 11:55 PM
  • TalonsOfFire haha yeah mad loves his pineapple thief. I really liked both albums for different reasons so will probably just go in order of sputnik averages, from what I've heard I agree with the inconsistency thing. Sometimes they're really original and amazing and other times they just sound like a ripoff or Radiohead or Floyd
    July 9 10:05 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Yeah hopefully it's better than the last one, you seem to have given it a 2.5, they're next for me after PT for finishing the discography. Are their pre-Little Man albums better or worse? Should I finish these new ones and then go back and restart at the beginning? Cause I have 'em all but only heard LM and SHIM
    July 9 09:39 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Yeah it's probably their worst. Imho though it has some of their tightest songwriting and none of the songs are inherently bad, even if they all drag in one way or another so I probably have a good angle to defend the 5 with. You're probably right about PC having tons of reviews, are you planning on doing one too?
    July 9 09:24 PM
  • TalonsOfFire I'll definitely write one for PC, and Watershed is actually like a 4.2 for me but I wanted to write a review that took an extreme and informative opinion on it. I might do one for Deliverance too with a 5, (it's like a 3.7 for me) and just analyze it and defend the s*** out of it too lol because it gets way too much s*** and its the only one of theirs without a 5 star review
    July 9 08:53 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Ugh I'm so pissed that list passed me by, I literally just discovered it today and have no idea how it's eluded me this whole time lol. I'm sure someone on there got assigned to it, but I'll probably review it soon if one doesn't pop up since these new deathcore releases that I could pan are getting jumped on so soon
    July 9 08:39 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Yeah I haven't listened to a ton of COB for the same reasons, but their guitarwork is amazing so I try to push through haha. I literally just downloaded the Thantifaxath album a few minutes age (took a while to find) and will probably listen tonight or tmrw for sure, heard a little bit and it's pretty sweet. Do you know why there's no review for it?
    July 9 08:10 PM
  • TalonsOfFire I'm sure you heard of some of these but: first few by children of bodom and the black dahlia murder, edge of sanity (opeth's companion band when they started out) - crimson, threat signal - under repisal, dark tranquility - the gallery, at the gates - slaughter of the soul, omnium gatherum - the red shift. Some cool female fronted ones: arch enemy - wages of sin, the agonist - prisoners. Kind of a repetitive genre haha but these are most of the classics and a few genrebenders too
    July 9 07:56 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Hey man if you're interested in melodic death metal I can give you a few recs to start with if you want
    July 9 07:34 PM
  • Onirium I didn't know you were into jazz, but that's very cool! I think you'll like it, there's some prog influences in it, too.
    July 8 04:34 PM
  • Brostep ooh that's actually one of like 5 albums I wanted! may actually review it under an alt since I really don't trust myself to review breakcore like at all but RA gave it a glowing review iirc and I've been meaning to check it.
    July 8 04:18 PM
  • Onirium Dude, you dig Tigran Hamasyan? That's awesome! Shadow Theater is an amazine record
    July 8 04:12 PM
  • Mad. Nice dig man ;)
    July 6 07:01 AM
  • Mad. Let it groooooowwwwww
    July 5 06:48 PM
  • Mad. Damn bra, that 3.0 on Messenger hurts me :\ make sure you give it a couple more listens, started about a 3.5 for me
    July 5 03:52 PM
  • NorwichScene Yo! ButteryBiscuitBase from Ipswich (boo). Love living in Norwich
    July 1 04:13 PM
  • MortimusPrime thanks very much. omg perfect spelling!!! (took my time with typing)
    June 28 08:30 PM
  • MortimusPrime a kot of aclochol. step one. acqwuire aslcohgol. step 2. drink aoclhol. step 3. GO HOME POST OF SPUTNIK!!!!!!
    June 28 08:25 PM
  • Torontonian and if you want another rec i think you might enjoy Camel. a grossly underrated 70's prog group that is fantastic. Fun Fact: Andy Latimer(group's guitarist) is Mikael Akerfeldt's favorite guitarist, no joke. A good album to start with would be "mirage".
    June 25 09:01 PM
  • Torontonian ya i can see how his voice can be overbearing. I personally enjoy it but i can totally understand if it doesn't fit your style. but hey.... i guess trial and error is an important part of discovering new music! anyway, hope that the album grows on you, if it doesn't thats cool too. And thanks for introducing me to Pineapple Thief, i'll be jamming Little man in the future and eventually checking out some of their other albums. cheers mate.
    June 25 08:52 PM
  • Mongi123 What song is it? haha the video didn't work
    June 25 04:45 PM
  • Torontonian Hey i just finished listening to little man. you rec'd me it and i thought it was actually great. i gave it a 3.5 on ranking but for me that stills means it is awsome. thanks anyway, and if you ever get around to listening to marbles make sure you tell me what you thought.
    June 23 09:30 PM
  • Torontonian Hey thanks for the Rec! I'll listen to "Little Man" as soon as i can. Always interested to try new music. and hope you like marillion!
    June 15 10:39 PM
  • Underflow I'm increasingly getting the feeling that Grift isn't actually looking for an intelligent discussion.
    June 13 04:14 PM
  • Mad. Just saw your 'Rec Me an Album I Will 5' list but I'm a bit late so I'll rec you a couple in here. Just finished my AS too! My school sucks though so I have to go back in after before summer... Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here is essential, plus Solterra - Umbra and Amplifier - Amplifier, Humanfly - Awesome Science, Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse - Wisdom of Crowds, Nosound - Afterthoughts and Mother's Cake - Creation's Finest are all near 5s. Enjoy!
    June 13 03:44 PM
  • Torontonian Hey dude if you like porcupine tree and opeth you should definetly listen to Marillion. I really love this band and i think our tastes are fairly similar based on your"rec me 5" page. Start off with the album marbles. Steven WIlson even mixed two of the tracks on it!
    June 13 10:16 AM
  • Mad. Yeah it definitely takes a few listens to fully appreciate most Gazpacho releases - Demon started off about a 3.5-4 for me! The vocals are definitely one of the best aspects, as well as THAT piano-work. Yeah the new TPT will hopefully be awesome, if he can step up from All the Wars again. I'm also stoked for the new Amplifier, should be brilliant
    May 31 07:07 AM
  • Mad. Haha thanks man, you too! You should check some more Pineapple Thief albums, definitely Variations on a Dream and Someone Here Is Missing. You'd also probably dig Messenger - Illusory Blues (check my latest review), it's one of the best of 2014. My AOTY so far is Gazpacho - Demon, a near-perfect album that I can't recommend enough! IQ - The Road of Bones is also brilliant.
    May 30 05:35 AM
  • dannyboy89 Nice to see someone else who prefers PT and 'Peth to DT. I'm not a big DT fan, personally, although I guess IaW, Awake and Scenes are dece albums.
    May 24 11:16 PM

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