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  • bloc Thanks bro :)
    June 26 10:33 PM
  • Cormano oh that's cool, don't think I've ever listened to any artists from Pakistan, I don't really liisten to any instrumental music unless its post or some math rock but I'd def recommend them
    June 25 12:09 AM
  • bloc That sounds great man, I will let you know. And trust me, if you ever came to Ottawa downtown you would get the shock of your life. I bet our Friday nights are less busy than your Monday nights lol
    June 24 10:06 PM
  • bloc Damn you're at Yonge and Bloor?? Someone's rich! Haha but seriously, I am not into the downtown Toronto lifestyle at all. It's just way too loud and fast paced for me. I was in Scarborough, and since the TTC system is crap I would loathe commuting to downtown every single time. Ottawa is just a fraction of the action and I prefer it so much more. It's definitely a lot more boring, but that's just the way I like it lol. My wife LOVES Toronto, so she's still getting used to it haha
    June 23 09:49 PM
  • bloc Oh shiiiiit, that's sweet. Eglinton and where?
    June 23 01:22 AM
  • pizzamachine Well you don?t have to worry about that, cause music is lit ?
    June 21 04:00 PM
  • C3llarD00r I've only been back once during christmas, I usually got plenty of work to do, I'm a PhD student working with development of mountain ranges so plenty of field work coming up this sommer ^^ its pretty interesting still, so yeah I enjoy it.What are you doing? :)
    June 21 10:24 AM
  • C3llarD00r I see, never been to Canada but heard it has many really beautiful places to visit in nature, especially the lakes and mountains. I sure did, I have noticed its always a bit difficult for me to get into music where I dont understand the lyrics, I think I am a very vocals-focused listener which is also why I struggle with listening to e.g death metal or growl vocals in general. Seems you are also very prog-rock focused, thats cool, still my favourite genre :)
    June 21 10:22 AM
  • LeddSledd Thanks for the recs, dude. I'm def into branching out into foreign takes on genres that I enjoy. I wasn't aware you were from Pakistan, I'm glad you're sharing music from there : )
    June 19 04:41 PM
  • RangerTaffles Nice reviews yaar, I need to give those albums a proper listen. Keeray Makoray are way more funky and groovy than I remember.
    June 18 04:42 PM
  • Cormano hey I checked out the band you posted, they sounded great on headphones and everything's pretty tight tho that style it's really not my cup of tea tbh, still thanks for the rec. are you involved in that project at all?
    June 14 09:18 PM
  • C3llarD00r Cool, since when do you live there? Are you regularly heading back or are you just staying in contact with the culture from afar? Yeah, definitely keep doing it if you find motivation, more diversity is always good :)I'm from austria but live in norway since a year now, I work at the university :)
    June 14 08:33 PM
  • C3llarD00r Hey :) Are you from Pakistan or live there perhaps? Sure, maybe you'll enjoy it ^^ Haha, actually it was a random album I clicked on when listening to an album on yt, I liked how the cover looked and it turned out I also liked the music, lucky find haha.
    June 13 07:01 PM
  • LeddSledd Thanks for the kind words :) and right back at ya, nice lookin chart you got there
    June 9 06:32 AM
  • Jethro42 Hello my buddy...Just to say I don't forget about your recs...I'm gonna be in in a few moments. Glad to see you so active...It proves you're getting your usual good energy. Keep on rocking, dude!
    June 7 10:45 PM
  • C3llarD00r Hey, thanks for recommendations, I'll be sure to check them out. I don't know anything about Pakistani music which is a shame but I guess you can only check so much stuff. I actually just discovered a new band called Sisters of... and I really enjoyed their stuff on first listen, its almost excusively instrumental, perhaps you like it: need to give a couple more listens to the new RTJ album, only heard it once thus far.
    June 6 10:38 PM
  • TheNotrap No it doesn't. Try this one out: [Y]hC6a_X6r9bk[/Y]
    June 3 07:49 PM
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    June 3 07:39 PM
  • TheNotrap Sorry for the late feedback, but it looks like you managed to work it out ;)
    June 3 07:14 PM
  • TheNotrap Maybe I can help. What's the link/URL?
    June 3 04:39 PM
  • Observer Thanks man! Yeah funny thing about that debut is the band really hates that production since they were using cheap equipment, but I love it too. Ive listened to their others, but that's my favorite set of songs from them. "Change" and their guitarist rips.
    June 3 04:32 PM
  • RangerTaffles The bands I recall favorably are Dionysus (doom/prog), Downfall Humanity (breakdowns) and Necktarium (Post-black metal) and like you mentioned Takatak (kinda milder now though). Like all local metal bands these were underground and had those hallmarks with diy production and releases. I grew out of them and currently listen to more hard rock outfits like Bumbu Sauce, Mauj and Malang Party, though they're not as active too.
    June 3 03:07 PM
  • RangerTaffles Not sure about the release date, but it's probably this year sometime in summer? Keeray Makoray are cool and knowing Asad Ahmed is still making music is such a great lift for the scene. Actually I am also not too familiar with the ongoing metal scene, but I was really into its underground wave in the late 2000s and early 2010s. I think the first legit local metal song I heard was ISI's (I See Insanity) False Gods and it still holds a special place haha
    June 3 02:56 PM
  • C3llarD00r Hey :) sorry, for the late answer, although I've been using this site for music recommendations since maybe around 7 (?) years, I almost never comment or login haha. I did but I struggle a bit with the vocals, I do like the instrumentation though. I have to check the female version (so far only listened to the new, male vocals)
    June 3 07:36 AM
  • FR33L0RD Im adding it to my toget/to play list.Bookmark done.
    June 3 06:16 AM
  • bloc Wooo they are both on Spotify, that makes things very easy for me. Thanks brother
    June 3 02:59 AM
  • FR33L0RD ...if you like Fusion/electric jazz, you can check John Scofield - PickHits Live. I think that Blue Matter
    June 1 09:59 PM
  • Observer Magic Pie and Wobbler are retro prog, and yes! that debut album from the prior is top notch. The most recent from Wobbler is a kick ass album too and very Yes-inspired. Barock Project is much more modern prog rock-sounding, but they have a great singer and totally slay on their instruments. Check Detachment first from them. I should also throw Echolyn, The Tea Club, and especially Phideaux onto that band list.
    May 31 09:07 PM
  • Mythodea And I wanted to ask if Omair and Umair are similar names or pronounced the same!
    May 31 07:38 PM
  • RangerTaffles That was a great writeup. I'm looking forward to your impressions and review of Faraz Anwar's upcoming album. Also you into the local metal scene? It's been more underground but the musicianship of some of the bands is incredible.
    May 31 04:28 PM
  • LunaticSoul I'm all up for some Pakistani prog man. Will check. Btw Martin Grech is a rock auteur from the UK. He was on Tesseract's Polaris (on Hexes), and he did a djenty art rock disc that I'd describe as "Kayo Dot went Djent". It's really cool and deserves way more eyes on it
    May 31 10:22 AM
  • MrSirLordGentleman Oh yeah I hear you, I finally changed my library from iTunes to MusicBee and I think I've downloaded hundreds of albums these months
    May 31 06:40 AM
  • CaptainDooRight Yeah same here! Got some biking and basketball in today with the fam and some close friends. I did marry her indeed!!!
    May 31 04:17 AM
  • Titan Yeah man good tune, especially the part where it takes off! I just don't understand the lyrics :(
    May 30 11:54 PM
  • CaptainDooRight Good bro how about you!! I have found the perfect nostrils!!!
    May 30 08:34 PM
  • Observer Been really digging the work of Magic Pie, Wobbler, and Barock Project, modern prog wise. Im not sure you've come across those or not.
    May 30 08:16 PM
  • Mad. Yeah man, I'm still lurking! Haven't done a review or anything in years though lol. Still check the site pretty much every day for ratings etc. though - been mostly busy with life stuff. How about you man? What you been listening to recently?
    May 30 06:05 PM
  • LunaticSoul Actually, let's talk about important stuff. Why the hell is sputnik sleeping on the last Martin Grech? best prog of the year
    May 30 05:05 PM
  • CugnoBrasso Hey thanks a lot man, much appreciated! I quite enjoyed the Mekaal Hasan Band, I'll check this one out!
    May 30 03:26 PM
  • LunaticSoul yeah I mean there hasn't been much to do aside listening and playing music as social activities lol. where you based??
    May 30 09:55 AM
  • MrSirLordGentleman Hi m8!. Extremly boring tbh, doing my job on the pc, playing on the pc, watching series on the pc, socializing through the pc... you get the point. Kinda worried bout my parents since they are old but so far so good for them thankfully. What about you?
    May 30 07:47 AM
  • TheSpaceMan sup my dude!
    May 29 07:27 PM
  • KjSwantko I did see it, brother! Thanks for the heads up still though - gonna be dope!
    May 29 03:13 AM
  • pizzamachine Ah lovely, I?ll check it out when I have time, many thanks :]
    May 28 06:57 PM
  • Observer Nice! Yeah I havent heard that one. The others you mentioned Ive heard once or twice but havent formed an opinion on.
    May 27 04:59 PM
  • SuzyC I've been a huge Dregs/Steve Morse fan since about 1985. I can't believe I hadn't rated them before.
    May 27 01:17 PM
  • Mythodea Oh s***, that's great. I've known of Kingcrow for more than a year and I was pleased by what I heard, but never actually gave them any chance. I'll be checking your review. Be sure to shoutbox me when you drop it, as I may not be very active these days.
    May 27 12:05 PM
  • LunaticSoul Hey man! Yeah sort of. I live in Milan, center of the EU outbreak. And I sell smartworking solutions for a living. It's probably the s***tiest combo of them all :p but family is fine. Loads of collagues though have lost family (loads of colleagues from the Bergamo area, probably the highest death per capita rate in the world for covid).
    May 27 08:23 AM
  • Observer Thanks! I know those though.
    May 26 03:19 AM
  • Mythodea I see you've returned to the review habit, dude!
    May 25 10:35 AM
  • wildinferno2010 Mahavishnu orchestra is neat because it intersects a bit with progrock, though. Also, speaking of Anathema, did you ever listen to Dan Cavanagh's album from a couple of years back? Underrated release imo
    May 25 01:27 AM
  • wildinferno2010 That video was great, man, they're a killer live band. I've never really given Anathema's death/doom stuff a good listen, but I do like what I've heard. I like their mid-period, but I don't dig Judgement nearly as much as most people seem to. Their uplifting post-prog stuff is where it's at for me. I like some jazz fusion, jazz and jazz-adjacent stuff is hard because there's so much of it and it requires more "active" listening, but I do like the styles loads.
    May 25 01:26 AM
  • wildinferno2010 Checked your ratings btw. Good call on Weather Systems, it's one of my favourites too, but We're ere Because We're edges it out just slightly. Inner Mounting Flame too - nice.
    May 23 12:40 PM
  • wildinferno2010 Hey man - yeah, count on it. Giving Pleasant Shade of Grey my second listen, like the sound of it a lot. Reminds me of the vaguely grungy thing DT had going on Awake, but moodoer and less theatrical. Good stuff. I guess I am sort of a proghead in that I lean more towards "proggy" music, but I also tend to be really critical of it too. Suppose that's why they say you're harder on the things you love. Really, I just have a massive soft-spot for a nice melody and weird rhythms.
    May 23 12:36 PM
  • wildinferno2010 Oh, so *that's* how this shoutbox thing works - thanks for the heads up man! I' dunno if I'd call myself a prog-head, but I listened to so much DT as a teenager that it's a big part of my musical taste now. That said, I've actually barely listened to Fates Warning, just a few songs here and there and Awaken the Guardian ages ago, which I found a bit too... Queensryche at the time. Got Pleasant Shade of Grey and Theories of Flight lined up tho, so I'm hoping I'll love it!
    May 22 08:33 AM
  • JohnnyoftheWell thanks so much man!!! and no worries, we're still waiting on one more i had a v boring placeholder written for anathema (which is going straight in the bin now ;])
    May 20 11:31 AM
  • JohnnyoftheWell Heck dude, so sorry to hear it got that rough!! Dw about it - we're waiting on a couple of other blurbs anyway, and if it comes down to it I can always fill in for an Anathema album ;] Take care man, hope you shake it off soon
    May 14 03:43 AM
  • JohnnyoftheWell oh s*** man, sounds grim :[ no worries at all, sometime in the next couple of days would be fine! hope your bug clears up quickly!!
    May 9 04:50 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell haha, glad to make you return to it ;] and say, by Saturday?
    May 4 06:31 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell Oh nvm haha - discord is a chatroom that a lot of people here use for snappier communication, but if you don't have it could you just write on a gdoc and send me a link (950-characters max including spaces :'[) ?
    May 4 04:36 AM
  • JohnnyoftheWell this is for the sput user-voted AOTD list! so semi-official stuff I guess. if you're down for it, are you cool to work over discord?
    May 3 03:44 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell whbwh!
    May 3 03:41 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell my dude, you down to write an AOTD blurb on an anathema alb?
    May 3 01:00 PM
  • Mythodea Nah, I don't use social media, only platforms for direct messaging. I was thinking about creating an Instagram account, but I'd suck at it and it would be only a distraction
    May 3 07:28 AM
  • Mythodea Please, keep them coming. I've learnt quite some jams from you, from Clint Mansell's The Fountain OST, to Leprous Bilateral and I guess I've taken your opinion into account other times as well! So no worries, you're a certified consultant! I'll check the song(s) and keep youd... Hope you're still using the site next decade :P
    May 2 08:35 PM
  • Mythodea Oh dude, you have reccomended me so many things and I feel guilty for not checking, from your second improv videos, to Pakistani music, Michael's improv videos and now fusion jazz. They all sound lovely, and I am checking them out, just felt the need to assure you! Also, would you say Obscure Sphynx could be for me?
    May 2 04:14 PM
  • porcupinetheater And things have been alright, considering. Everyone's on the same thin ice these days. How're you holdin' up?
    May 1 08:15 PM
  • porcupinetheater I?ll check out the Melaka Hasan Band release, thanks for the heads up! Jazz fusion mood?s starting to hit, too, so timing?s perfect. I ain?t gotten around to the new Pure Reason Revolution, but I never got to into their past stuff, even the first record, does the new one kind of step outside that a bit?
    May 1 06:01 PM
  • SitarHero *that's probably why you're aspiring towards an entertainment side-hustle.
    April 30 10:20 PM
  • SitarHero That's cool man! I've know you're a silly ****er ever since you pulled that prank on me about the Pak diplomat hottie in Delhi but I didn't know you were an out and out aspiring comedian. I was under the impression that you had some boring desk job as a chartered accountant or something...although that's probably why.
    April 30 10:19 PM
  • Flashmobba of course! It's called Music Maker JAM (weak title but powerful utility lol). No problem man take your time, it's a languid and atmospheric track so hear it whenever you think you'll dig it the most haha. Dang, this whole virtual class thing is really strange for me, on one hand I like how convenient it is but I also dislike it for the same reason because I don't feel like studying as hard anymore yknow? Anyway, have a good one man, stay safe
    April 30 06:29 PM
  • parksungjoon uhh alleycat is the one that got me to start adding their missing albums and i quite enjoyed it
    April 29 05:23 AM
  • parksungjoon awesome gonna keep that in mind!
    April 29 12:14 AM
  • parksungjoon u should check the couple bands i put on ur list, theyre legit recs not trolling
    April 28 11:48 PM
  • Source cool i'll give it a listen, thanks
    April 28 10:04 PM
  • SandwichBubble And regarding Mekaal Hasan Band, I can leave both as an LP if you think there's precedence.
    April 28 09:21 PM
  • SandwichBubble "if there's something that clicks with you then you'll sit with that a bit longer than average" Yep, this is the main thing. When I first joined sput, I only had around 20 or so 5.0s. Through my dumb method, I've now got around 200-ish albums I love dearly. | I get wanting to stay with the albums a bit longer. I'm sure if I did that, my ratings would probably be less hyper-positive (I just gave a random demo EP a 5.0 today lol). I can appreciate wanting to be picky about it.
    April 28 09:19 PM
  • Source still maintaining my sanity haha, been able to work from home fortunately. how about you man?
    April 28 07:03 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell most definitely been raising hell lol, but as for the queue idk really - think it's just used as a metaphor, but obviously some reviews get priority over others when it comes to being featured depending on staff/contrib writers or how hyped the album is
    April 28 05:33 PM
  • TheNotrap The song is nice ;) I'll give the album a spin.
    April 28 04:56 PM
  • Flashmobba heyyy broski! Well I don't actually play the keyboard but I'm flattered lol. I use my phone and laptop mostly, easier to work with recording sounds and arranging compositions imo. Can't wait to hear what you think man! How's your quarantine going?
    April 28 12:28 PM
  • SandwichBubble Thank you, and recs are never a problem. I added it to my checklist here: | Sorry I had to change the title, I couldn't add it to the list otherwise. Hope that's okay.
    April 28 04:44 AM
  • SitarHero If you wanna learn to play an instrument, now's the time lol. If you want to actually play with people, definitely pick up a bass. I can't tell you how difficult it is to find prog bassists. How serious is acting? Are you part of a theater group? Trying to make the jump to Bollywood? Bol bhai! Superstar banne ki mauka dhoond rahe ho kya?
    April 28 12:30 AM
  • SitarHero It *was* fun jamming... :/ Hopefully we all survive this thing. My drummer and his gf got the virus but thankfully it was fairly mild (moreso for him than her) and they're doing well now, and things are starting to get better in NYC, but it's going to be probably 2 or more months before we even think about getting back together just to jam. Live shows might not start up again until possibly mid-2021 which is crazy to think about.
    April 28 12:26 AM
  • SandwichBubble Which probably means some of my ratings aren't accurate anymore (a lot of them are from before I even joined sputnik), but I've learned to accept that. So short answer: 1-2 listens, but I never really put an album away forever. I've saved digital copies of pretty much everything I've listened to, so I'll have some time to recheck everything when I retire or something. Right now, it's all about exploration. I hope this way-too-long post is a good explanation (sorry, I got carried away).
    April 27 11:56 PM
  • SandwichBubble I've got a dumb philosophy for music listening/rating, so buckle in. The way I see it, relistening to an album repeatedly before rating it means less time for finding new stuff. So instead, I check an album once or twice, leave a rating, and come back and relisten to it years down the line. I've found the ratings usually hold, but when an album clicks or something, I bump it.
    April 27 11:56 PM
  • SandwichBubble I'm good thank you (I'm malayali and a total "coconut", so sorry if I got that wrong.) | I think I'm in the lead for ratings, at least for now. 20k is my ultimate goal, so dunno what happens after that.
    April 27 10:45 PM
  • Jethro42 Alright Omairbro, will check it out, thanks!
    April 27 07:12 PM
  • Trifolium Hi man! Life is alright actually, I just moved to a much nicer house so I love the quarantine, getting to know it quickly! And I'll check that band for sure, sounds great, thanks! How's life for you at the moment?
    April 27 05:44 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell best bet is to post in the meds thread or just shoutbox a mod - they're normally pretty cool with that kinda stuff so long as the queue isn't totally full (which tbh it has been a bit recently). and thanks so much my man! got all kinds of hell to raise now!
    April 27 04:40 PM
  • SitarHero Yooo! Thanks for checking it out dude! Much appreciated. And for the compliments lol! I don't play keyboards or piano. I just program that s***. Guitar is like...**** 17-18 years now. But seriously for maybe about 12 years.
    April 27 04:34 PM
  • Dewinged I'll check it out tomorrow morning dude, thanks!
    April 27 04:07 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell Hahaha oh man, wish I could say otherwise but youtube embeds are way above the scope of sput reviews :/ might have to be something for the comment thread
    April 27 03:38 PM
  • TheNotrap I can't say that I am, but I'm not very familiar with the genre either.
    April 27 08:23 AM
  • TheNotrap Hahah I'm still the same regular sput dude
    April 26 09:53 PM
  • TheNotrap Thanks man ;)
    April 26 09:35 PM
  • conesmoke Sup dude just saw this. Yeah quarantine is involving lots of getting high, a bit too much anger at world leader failures and trying to explore more David Bowie. How's it all going for you?
    April 26 05:14 AM
  • Xenorazr Nope, still getting 37-40 hours. It's still chump change, but one good thing is it's easier to set money aside right now. Might be able to comfortably pay my car off sooner than I thought.
    April 25 02:08 AM
  • Xenorazr Still working my FT retail job, so nearly the same lol
    April 20 04:57 PM
  • KjSwantko Yeah man, I do the whole military thing and it's really hard on a marriage being gone. Tom's spent the last 20 years touring the world and what not, so I get it. Hopefully some great music shall come from it.
    April 12 06:05 PM
  • KjSwantko Pretty sure it will be different themes. I noticed in one of his youtube vids he said "my ex-wife", so I'm guessing he's referring to Carina unfortunately.
    April 12 04:11 PM
  • KjSwantko Ah dope dude, had no idea Henrik was working solo too. I know the new Evergrey album has a lot of progress done too. Lots of stuff to look forward too!
    April 12 01:50 PM
  • Titan hey bro, haven't been on much. i will check your recs for sure!
    April 8 11:47 PM
  • EvoHavok Hello, Omair! I'm doing good. Indeed, we're living in some intense times. Luckily I can work from home, so I have been safe and isolated. I'll take a look at the list. Are things ok for you and your area?
    March 18 08:51 PM
  • Jethro42 Hello Omair, I'm fine, thanks for asking. How are you? Sure I'm interested about your list. Will check asap!
    March 18 02:39 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Hey good to hear from you, that list looks nice. These are crazy times indeed; I just got home (Massachusetts) a few days ago after a nearly 3 month trip traveling in Australia, and it's a bit of a shock having to suddenly adjust to this new way of life. On the bright side, lots of time for music listening and movie watching at least haha
    March 18 01:15 PM
  • Mythodea Yeah, we're going through some eerie times. You have public health collapsing in many countries (Greece included), and EU policies are all pro capitalism and against state, and then BLAM! Coronavirus strikes and all the inefficiences show, imagine that. How are you going to cover up all this mess once this is over? But I don't want to be the party-pooper here. I'll check the Pakistani playlist and I'll comment below. Thanks fot the heads up ;)
    March 18 09:22 AM
  • SitarHero Yooo! How you holding up in the cold white North? And how's the desh dealing with the coronavirus? I hope your family and friends are doing okay. Also, I finally finished and released my EP! Go check it out and lemme know what you think! It's on spotify too if that's your speed.
    March 18 01:29 AM
  • bloc Already clicked on it before you messaged me haha
    March 18 01:19 AM
  • JohnnyoftheWell Heyhey man, lotta stress rn - trying and currently not quite succeeding to escape the UK and move to Japan lmao. You good? My downtime is gonna be pretty haywire for the next couple of weeks if all goes according to plan, but I'll check your list when things thill out haha
    March 18 12:28 AM
  • KjSwantko Sup doggg. Life is busy but great. Alright man I'll check 'er out. m/
    March 18 12:21 AM
  • Mythodea Yeah, same thing here in Greece, everything is shutting down. Do you get a paid leave, or do you work from home, now?
    March 17 12:08 PM
  • Mythodea Oh, it was quite literally an adventure, with its ups and downs! Strayed from my expectations, but I take that as a good thing. Now I am trying to put things in order, but this Corona situation is messing me over. How are the things on the other side of the Atlantic? You live in Canada iirc?
    March 16 11:47 PM
  • Mythodea Howdy, friend. How are things going for you?
    March 16 06:52 PM
  • Titan nice bro, glad you had some time away.....nice little recharge
    January 18 07:02 PM
  • Titan where you at son
    December 23 06:41 PM
  • NeroCorleone80 Hey Omair, long time indeed. I've been well, not on here as much as I used to be but I check in from time to time. I'm probably on rateyourmusic more these days since its much better for finding stuff. How are things with you?
    December 10 02:37 PM
  • Mythodea We will start from Bari, Italy, there's a naval line connecting it with Greece. From there we will travel through Monaco to France, climb up to Belgium and Netherlands, then Germany for new years eve, and after that slowly descending from Czech R. to Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and back to Greece.
    November 11 01:11 PM
  • Mythodea It's apparent how invested you are in those sketches. I don't know much about performing and acting, but I thoroughly enjoyed your videos, as most people on Sput, I see. I hope you do follow your passion - god this sounds cliche, now, doesn't it? It's sincere however.
    November 11 01:08 PM
  • EvoHavok Oh, that's interesting! I will take a look.
    November 11 07:21 AM
  • PistolPete That?s amazing, this whole time you?ve been living near me. I live in Hamilton currently but my family and most friends are in Toronto. Would love to meet up sometime, haven?t heard many concerts I?d wanna check out but I?m around!
    November 10 04:53 PM
  • PistolPete Youre very talented by the way, I watched the improv! Amazing how you think up funny responses so quickly. Way better than most of what I've watched in Toronto. Where you living out of these days anyway?
    November 10 03:33 PM
  • Mythodea Oh, seems like we're on the same page, then. You said it all, personal growth and introspection (another reason why I found Pitfalls brilliant btw, always glad to see artists talk openly about mental health). I'm leaving tomorrow with a friend to explore most of Europe in a campervan. We will be back in January so, yeah, adventure time - or escapism tendencies? Also, I saw your imrpov videos. Spot on execution and brilliant ideas, man. Seems very therapeutic! Didn't know you were into acting.
    November 10 09:59 AM
  • Mythodea Hey Omair. Not bad. Transitional period in life, if I have to be brief. Trying to leave some comfort zones, you see. What about you? How's life been treating you?
    November 6 11:30 PM
  • EvoHavok Hello, Omair! I'm doing pretty good, how about you? We've both been so inactive on the site lately, haha.
    November 6 08:20 AM
  • PistolPete I?ve been working as a financial analyst pretty much since I left university. It?s an acquired taste lol. I?m pretty good with consistently going to the gym luckily but every so often I phone in some of my workouts. What did you think of Pitfalls? I actually listened to Bilateral today and was reminded why it?s better than their new stuff. I did like some songs on this though.
    November 1 03:46 PM
  • JohnnyoftheWell Hey man!!! Feels like it's been ages aha - I've been well, I'm a bit of a slow comfy patch atm with lots of free time, catching up on the 2010s as a whole and getting ready to move to Japan! How've you been?
    October 28 09:55 PM
  • PistolPete Yeah the job change is exhausting to do but good to hear you?re settling in. I?ve never tried kickboxing, must be quite a nice release of energy and stress though, I tend to be too serious and tense so it might be healthy to try.
    October 25 12:40 AM
  • PistolPete Hey Omair! Good to hear from you (just in time for a new Leprous album to emerge). I don?t think I?m going to like their new album one bit from what I?m hearing lol. Life?s been interesting man, I quit my job last year which was basically the culmination of a year?s worth of misery finally ending. My girlfriend has been an awesome support mechanism and I found something else that seems to work for me for now. How you been man?
    October 24 11:00 AM
  • Jethro42 Thanks for your kind words, Omair. I appreciate. I kinda can live with it in hoping to getting better with time. I feel sorry for you. I'm sure you're strong enough to get through your discomfort. Keep being surrounded by your loved ones, and do the things you love to do, and don't forget to take a rest when needed.
    October 14 03:34 PM
  • Titan I can relate....
    October 12 12:37 AM
  • Titan Whenever you're ready. Keep it positive. Always.
    October 12 12:36 AM
  • Titan If there is another way to communicate, I'm all for it
    October 9 11:20 PM
  • Titan I agree about the connection, funny you mention that. I don't like hearing you talk like that because I can tell things are not okay, and you certainly don't deserve whatever hardships you are dealing with or going through. You're a good dude man, sometimes, perseverance is the key. Believe me, every one of us has our challenges, sometimes outright brutal as well. "This too shall pass"...
    October 9 11:19 PM
  • Titan Life is definitely good man, challenging, but good! I have a job, my family is healthy, and I can't really complain. How's you bro?
    October 5 02:41 PM
  • Titan It rocks hard bro, can't stop listening to it. There are so many intricate parts that are stunning.
    May 25 11:55 AM
  • Titan Agreed with everything you wrote, I enjoy A/M more than Arch era Fates. Jim brings the heat man, consistently. As far as Arch sounding like he did 30 years ago, he says he doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, eats well, and takes care of his voice. Theories Of Flight is incredible still, solid 5 for me bro. TLASOT is one of the best songs I've ever heard!
    May 24 12:19 AM
  • Titan How do you hide the identity? Unless it was a glitch? Yeah bro, i love those guys. Keep in mind, I'm a little older than most of you dudes. Early Fates sat well with me man. So I'm a bit biased towards them.
    May 21 11:48 PM
  • KjSwantko New Evergrey is a total grower and pretty ****ing good the more I listen to it. Keep listening man. I bumped to a 4.
    May 19 02:03 PM
  • Jethro42 Your Coke sessions were great. Don't forget to shout me if you have some others. Same here, i'm not as active as before on sputnik, but now it's different with that tournament. it's quite exciting. You can vote yourself if you want. You just have to listen to both albums presented on a match up. Cheers bro!
    May 17 06:03 PM
  • Jethro42 Hello Omair there...No Pakistan music at the horizon? ...Do you know about a prog tournament that is going on? Would it be of your interest? You are welcome!
    May 11 02:36 PM
  • SitarHero Haha! Moved here and got hitched in September 2017. I do kind of miss India though. It was a smaller close-knit music scene so I was already in. Kinda starting over now. The EP is the usual alt-prog thing. Some old demos that I've finally decided needed to be recorded properly. I'll keep you posted cos you might possibly like it. And I've been meaning to visit Toronto. A ton of my friends have emigrated there and they're constantly talking up the place. :D
    March 4 09:14 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Schoolyard might be my favorite, unless the compilation Speak counts, that one's stunning. Also you might be happy to know that the flagged Anno Domino High Definition review is a 5/5 now instead of the 2.5 one haha
    March 3 03:35 AM
  • TheSpaceMan yeah i like long walks in a space suit
    March 2 09:29 PM
  • SitarHero Things are goin alright man. Getting fairly comfortable in NYC. Getting used to married life. Embedding myself in the city's music scene. :D I've actually got an EP coming out in a couple of months! Whereabouts are you these days?
    March 2 07:40 PM
  • Mongi123 Oh yea I totally did! Yea everything?s fine, but an addiction nonetheless so it?s important to stop now so it doesn?t turn into me buying Vicodin on the street and taking four a day. So things are looking up! Yea important to be comfy with yourself. Getting creative, therapy and music always helps me with that.
    March 2 05:39 PM
  • Mongi123 That?s good to hear man! And yea just been really been getting into Failure and Everytime I Die. And putting Talk Talk on heavy rotation cause his death sucks and they?re amazing. Been working on my degree to be a vet tech and going to therapy for starting to come clean about a pill popping addiction I?ve been in denial about for a long time, so This year has been a turning point for me.
    March 2 04:31 PM
  • Mongi123 Hey dude what?s up? Yea it has! It?s been good man a lot has changed in my life for the better this year. What about you how you been?
    March 2 01:49 PM
  • SitarHero Haha thanks buddy! I've been generally around music a lot more of late so I thought, why not? Perhaps this is the beginning of my pivot into full-time music journalism. xD
    March 2 04:58 AM
  • TalonsOfFire Thanks! I'm lucky that I can listen to music at work and keep up with new releases/write reviews. New No-Man might be released later this year, I've been jamming them a lot and recently noticed you commented on lots of their album threads a bunch of years ago. I'm surprised how underrated that project is, they're excellent and more Porcupine Tree fans should know about them.
    March 1 03:50 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Good to see you back on sput lately. How's life treating ya?
    February 28 08:38 PM
  • Frippertronics last year around this time to be exact, been long since i saw you round these parts
    February 24 04:23 AM
  • TheSpaceMan thanks man, ive been well. same ol' thing, different year. how're you?
    April 17 08:20 AM
  • TheSpaceMan any electronic recs?
    April 8 09:37 AM
  • SitarHero So, BTBAM Dear Hunter Leprous. Should I go?
    February 1 06:07 AM
  • PistolPete I think I'm finally warming up to Leprous' new album. Not sure what would have changed but things are clicking now. "Illuminate" and "Mirage" are exciting as hell.
    December 6 02:17 PM
  • Geadom it out
    September 13 07:08 PM
  • Spag Yeah I do. I love The Last Milestone. What did you think of the album?
    September 3 10:20 PM
  • Spag Hey man, do you use discord? There's a sputnik chat and it's pretty great.
    September 3 06:58 AM
  • KjSwantko Yeah I've got some downtime with work so I've been on Sput again. Been listening to a lot of metal again lately as well! Thanks for asking m/
    August 14 03:28 PM
  • KjSwantko Yo dawg, I just got a review up for The Storm Within (Evergrey of course), check it out!
    August 12 01:29 PM
  • PistolPete Lol...I actually liked Pain of Salvation's album but I have not listened to their catalog to be honest so my thoughts aren't very valid. Totally agree on the Anathema opinion though, "Leaving it Behind" is quite a song but the rest of the album wasn't memorable.
    July 24 05:34 PM
  • PistolPete I agree, this year's been average as hell. really not impressed. I listen to a lot of hip-hop too so if I were to rank it now, rap would swallow a lot of my top spots, which is sad because I like rock/metal more. However, one under the radar album you may like is "Orenda" by With Our Arms to the Sun. It's got a bit of post-y sound mixed with Tool/Mastodon. Bit of a grower but give it a try if you're like me and branching out due to sheer disappointment in everything else.
    July 24 05:30 PM
  • PistolPete How's it going man? You excited for the new Leprous album? I liked the song they released. That other band Jolly we were anticipating kinda went MIA though. Love that you rate Deadwing as the #1 PT album btw, that's a HARD agree for me.
    July 20 01:37 PM
  • Spag New Leprous on August 25th. You ready?
    May 18 09:16 AM
  • Voivod Thanks for the heads up, saw your news item for the song, will check asap!
    May 6 08:01 AM
  • Voivod Day by day, I earn my stripes :-P. Seriously now, I was totally unaware of this news until my Facebook feed introduced me to (a quite good outlet), the album info was mined therein.
    April 17 11:50 PM
  • TheSpaceMan damn didn't get a chance to check em, but will soon
    March 6 07:48 AM
  • TheSpaceMan Oh hell yeah! Will go through the links when I get a chance tonight!
    March 5 08:46 PM
  • Jethro42 Thanks for sharing them once again, my friend. Keep them coming!
    March 5 06:58 PM
  • Titan sup bro, hows the career going?
    January 18 07:12 PM
  • TheSpaceMan agree i'm sorta on the fence, the heavier parts seem sorta gimmicky to me. maybe it'll grow? i was expecting road salt pt 3 so at least its better than that
    January 16 11:38 PM
  • TheSpaceMan Yeah dude better than I expected! Still trying to sit on it and see how I feel after a few listens. How do you feel about it?
    January 16 05:59 PM
  • Jethro42 Merry Christmas, my friend, and a Happy New Year!!! Have fun and keep on rocking!
    December 23 05:07 PM
  • TheSpaceMan wow thats crazy, would never have guessed that!
    November 22 12:05 AM
  • TheSpaceMan yeah dude not sure how i feel about it yet, gonna wait until the albums released. the intro was really interesting... i purposely am leaving low expectations after the more recent releases of the band that way i don't get let down. plus i haven't really been in the mood for more prog recently, not sure why ):
    November 20 10:52 PM
  • InFlamesWeThrash666 Agreed.I like the sound of their latest albums but it's getting stale. Longer and more atmospheric tracks would be sweet
    November 18 02:04 PM
  • InFlamesWeThrash666 Sure. tranquillity again
    November 17 08:28 AM
  • xxm You are welcome and indeed I have been on quite the massacre when it comes to feedback recently. Just got a lot of appreciation to share I guess.
    October 14 01:58 AM
  • xxm Your reviews are excellent.
    October 12 07:54 PM
  • Spag You gave Arcturian a 3? A 3!? AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!By the way are you from NY? Last I saw Leprous were over there doing shows lol. Either way you're lucky to have seen them. I rarely have any bands I care about come near my location so I like never go to shows.
    October 8 10:24 PM
  • TheSpaceMan far from it man don't worry about the delay, I'll check these out asap
    September 26 01:55 PM
  • TheSpaceMan I can't get enough of Muazzam Ali Khan's performance on that song from your list. Do you know any other kind of music that has that same dark, ominous and cultural vibe? I can't really put my finger on it but since its not my native language it comes off an ancient ritual, and his soothing but powerful voice really helps that darker mood...
    September 5 09:30 PM
  • TheSpaceMan dude Nusrat is literally from another world, this guys is a legend. his music is so powerful and his singing is the most moving s*** ever
    August 26 10:58 PM
  • TheSpaceMan "Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan" okay I've heard the name! gotta check some of his work, I'm sure he gained his reputation for a good reason. that anguish you talk about... its so intriguing. I'm suddenly on a massive binge for world music now, thanks to you
    August 25 05:02 AM
  • TheSpaceMan hahaha my left a important part out of my shout, of course he has a father! meant to ask if he was a decedent of a famous musician
    August 25 04:35 AM
  • TheSpaceMan agree 100%, and the fact that they brought him in at the end of that song like you said is the reason I had to ask... he absolutely nailed it again! such a great singer. I just searched his name online, does he have a father?
    August 25 04:33 AM
  • TheSpaceMan btw not sure if you mentioned it but who is that singer at the second half of 4 on your list? ive gathered that Ali Azmat is the first guy but its the second one who really drew me in
    August 25 03:56 AM
  • TheSpaceMan goddamn that last one you linked me, Neer Bharan, Zara Madani, is so ethereal and the slide guitar is a trip to another realm... and their voices are heavenly
    August 25 01:55 AM
  • beefshoes I bookmarked it, and I'll check out some of the links tonight.Thanks for the heads up!
    August 24 10:41 PM
  • TheSpaceMan Nah you're not buggin! I'll check these out soon as I can
    August 24 06:17 PM
  • EvoHavok Now that you mention it, the album really wasn't like in that old description they made; not that I was expecting that, anyway. They made it a lot like Hymns, and the producer definitely adds to that too, for better or worse.
    August 21 08:15 AM
  • EvoHavok Where did you feel it was forced?
    August 20 07:27 AM
  • EvoHavok I wouldn't say so. It has very good performances overall, though.
    August 18 05:12 AM
  • EvoHavok New Evergrey leaked. Quite early...
    August 15 08:39 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Thanks! It was a surprise promotion a few weeks ago
    August 14 12:28 AM
  • NeroCorleone80 not really been into that stuff lately
    August 11 09:34 PM
  • KjSwantko Alright man cool will do. I almost bought it at the store the other day actually
    July 26 12:21 PM
  • ariich Hey dude, just noticed your ShoutBox comment from a month ago. I'd got the Fates album early as a promo copy from the online music mag I write for (
    July 22 11:27 AM
  • Parallels I got it downloaded and in my queue ye
    July 14 06:52 AM

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