Parthan Shiv

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A Decade of Heroism

It's been a long strange trip. List is stuff that soundtracked that trip.
1Guns N' Roses
Chinese Democracy

2009: While Chinese Democracy isn't all that great an album, I won a free CD at the end of 2008 from my hometown's local radio station while in the midst of a messy breakup and the CD then lived in my car for much of 2009. It turned out to be a surprisingly good breakup album.
2Alice in Chains
Black Gives Way to Blue

2010: I spent most of the summer after my first year of law school listening to BGWTB while working my summer internship and fell in love with AiC and riffy rock/metal all over again.

2011: I, like most people, developed a crush on Kimbra because of her cameo on Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know”. For some irrational reason this celebrity(?) crush annoyed my then-girlfriend no end. I eventually chose Kimbra over the girlfriend.
4Chimp Spanner
All Roads Lead Here

2012 was a pretty huge year, personally, professionally and musically. I graduated law school, started working my first real career-job, and discovered the “djent” scene. Scoff all you want, but that shit was intoxicating to me. After 3 years of living in a bubble I was suddenly exposed to a whole world of bands playing incredibly fresh-sounding music. There was so much great music that I loved and was inspired by that came out that year, but Chimp Spanner was, maybe more than anything else, what the future sounded like to me.
5Twelve Foot Ninja
Silent Machine

2013: I finally began to get serious about music and started writing/recording demos of my own in a progressive rock/metal vein as well as playing in a reggae band for fun and a little bit of money. The unexpected perks of the reggae band gig was getting to visit and stay at some fancy resorts around the country while playing corporate shows. Good times while they lasted.
Guiding Lights

2014: My most indelible memory of 2014 was exploring Switzerland and meeting and falling in love with my future wife while introducing her to the world of progressive metal. A lot of that involved doing cheesy rom-com type stuff while sharing earphones and listening to Guiding Lights on my iPod.

2015 was an endless, blissfully hazy summer. There was a lot of lazing around in the sun on beaches across the planet while listening to Gunship and Washed Up. I even proposed to my now-wife on a beach.

2016: Funny story. The cousin of the lead singer in my old reggae band was this really quiet guy who I knew played guitar (though I’d only ever seen him play an acoustic guitar) but didn’t talk much. Then on New Year’s Eve 2015 he got in a car accident and suffered brain trauma. A few months later I saw him post some Scar Symmetry guitar covers online and was blown away. I got in touch with him and it turned out that the brain trauma had rewired his personality and actually made him more social and outgoing. We bonded over our love for Haken, Scar Symmetry, Periphery etc. and I invited him to join my progressive metal band/project, which he agreed to, thus sparking a sort of creative hot streak.

This is his absolutely flawless rendition of “1985”:
9Good Tiger
We Will All be Gone

2017: I moved to NYC to marry my wife and as a bonus I suddenly became able to see a whole host of bands live who I never would have gotten a chance to otherwise. One of the earliest shows the missus and I went to in NYC was Good Tiger. The album didn't initially wow me, but it grew on me over time and quite probably ended up being my most listened-to album of 2018.
10Moon Tooth

2018 was spent embedding myself, or at least attempting to, in the NYC rock/metal scene. One of the first “local” bands I discovered was Moon Tooth who I instantly fell in love with. I’ve probably seen them live about 5-6 times in the past year and a half.
Signs of Life

2019: I’ve spent most of this year playing gigs, going to shows, writing about music and law, and recording an EP with my band. It’s been a pretty exhausting process even though it’s only an EP, but hopefully it’ll be done by August so that I can move on with my life.
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