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Kiske Somerville - Kiske Somerville
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I've been waiting for this one for a long time; Is it out then??? I thought it'd be released in September.
BTW I think Amanda Somerville is most recognized for her role in "Aina" project & touring with Avantasia.
Thanks for the review, the album sounds promising.

Various Artists - Playlist - December/January 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Hey; great list Tommy, I see many favorites from the past year here. Didn't know there's a live Anno Domini DVD out there' I should check it out when I'm back.

I wanted to recommend something to u & Steen & every metal fan out there; this was my discovery of 09 (although it was released back in 08): PHARAOH - "Be Gone" . Their vocalist is Tim Aymar (Control Denied) & the music is a blend of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Fates Warning & classic heavy metal and yet it's kinda their own. Just check out "Red Honor" or "Buried At Sea" to get an idea of how they sound; I thin k u'd like it.

see you guys in a few weeks.

Various Artists - 21 Albums Of The 2000s
Saturday, February 20, 2010
wow Alanna, as challenging as it is to morph a decade of music into 21 albums, I think u've done a really amazing job; thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough and detailed article;
I'm glad I had the chance to read it before I wash off the face of civilization. Special thanks to STEEN too, for putting it up earlier than planned. I'm off to "Obligatory Military Service" tomorrow where I'm not even allowed to have an ipod (yes!! stupidity of mankind has no limit lol). so this was a good oportunity for me to explore "the good stuff" before a month or two of "music drouth".

It's obvious from your descriptions, that you picked enjoyability (the key factor of your judgement) over technicality; I think it was a really wise decision, cause u can go on forever over technicalities but we always go back to what we've enjoyed the most; plus rest assured, there won't be a "comment war" over what someone enjoys or not;)

Magnum - Into the Valley of the Moonking
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This is a fantastic release and was stapled in my daily playlist from day one. Most songs are really great, "The Moon King" is my favorite track of the album.

I'm not a big fan of "All My Bridges" and "Take Me to the Edge", they are good songs but nothing especial to me, but as Alanna said this is a diverse disc and apparently she liked them. all other songs are close to perfection and this album is a must have.

A solid 8.5 ; delete those two tracks and it's a 9 :D

Kudos to the band's veterans and espesially Bob Catley for being so active in past few years; hopefully he'll release another fantastic solo album like "Immortal" soon enough.

Magnum - Into the Valley of the Moonking
Friday, August 21, 2009
This is a fantastic release and was stapled in my daily playlist from day one. Most songs are really great, "The Moon King" is my favorite track of the album.

I'm not a big fan of "All My Bridges" and "Take Me to the Edge", they are good songs but nothing especial to me, but as Alanna said this is a diverse disc and apparently she liked them. all other songs are close to perfection and this album is a must have.

A solid 8.5 ; delete a those to tracks and it's a 9 :D

Kudos to the band's veterans and espesially Bob Catley for being so active in past few years; hopefully he'll release another fantastic solo album like "Immortal" soon enough.

Various Artists - Playlist - November/December 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Eloy is usually compared to bands such as Pink Floyd, Badfinger,Camel,Jane and Yes; but the truth is they have their own distinct kind of prog rock with a mixture of symphonic and space rock vibe.

If I had to pick 2 band as Arjen Lucassen's inspiration, they would be Eloy and Pink Floyd (I'm not sure ofcourse just a guess)

The band has endured several line-up changes, and each album has a different atmosphere; that's why I recommend "Ocean" (1977) for start; an album wich is considered an all time classic in prog communities and one the best conceptual prog rock albums ever. "Ra" (1988) is a lot more accessible and no where near the complexity and greatness of "ocean" but still a fantastic album.

Various Artists - Playlist - November/December 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Hi Steen,
Site expansion sounds exciting;

- It would be nice to add a column in "Album Reviews - Table of contents" to show album rating in the same page.
- Writing reviews and ratings by members are great; creating voting polls might be cool too.
- Right now members can only write a comment under a specific title/page; it would be nice to have topic-free comment section for general opinions, recommendations,...

I see a few Progressive Rock albums in your playlist, If u like prog rock be sure to check out (if u haven't already) Eloy (Ocean I, II and Ra are fantastic).

Various Artists - Playlist - June/July 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hi Tommy;
Yeah I agree Marcello-Vestry album is great indeed. It might end up in the top 10 releases of the year. Something odd about this year is that there were lots of "Fine"and "OK" releases but not many "Superb"or "Excellent" ones.

I'm glad that u liked "Lost"; watching first three seasons together, must be quite lot of fun, cause waiting 8 months between them is definitely not. (although it gives u more time to process the events and relations :d)
The great thing about this show is that it has many layers, and when u watch it again, u'll find a lot of interesting points that u missed the first time. Even most of characters are named after or similar to the philosophers who shared the same line of thinking!!
Season 4 was fantastic and full of details, u can download it and help the pain ;)

Various Artists - Playlist - September/October 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hi Steen;
we kind of miss u aroud here, seems you're so busy, long time no review;)
I'm glad to see you're going through a "Rush" phase. 2112 is their best work in my opinion and as you said it's timeless.

Various Artists - Playlist - June/July 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Hi Tommy, great playlist man.
Wow, That Bon Jovi concert must have been a blast.

Considering u liked H.e.a.t. and Khymera, I'd say give "The Poodles - Sweet Trade" a chance, I think u'll like it; and "Sabaton's" new album "Art Of War" is pure power metal.

Recently I bought opeth's 'Lamentations' DVD (2003), mostly songs from Damnation album, and it's fantastic (recommended to every MUSIC fan).

I remember when I was addicted to "Heroes"; first season was great, but second season sucked big time :D:D but I think season three will be fine.
My favorite series (by far) is LOST. 'Lost' is one of the best experiences possible in the series world.

Various Artists - Playlist - June/July 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Hi Alanna; what's up?
I'm glad you took a break from listening to those below 5 rating cds you've been lestening to and reviewing recently; you don't need to torture yourself and write review, I guess a few lines here will do ;)

'Heart Full of Fire' is great and although evryone thinks it's better than their debut, I still like 'False Metal' more.

I was trying to make a seletion disk out of all Gotthard albums the other night, and when i reached to 'Domino Effect', found out it's almost impossible to select only one or two tracks from this album cause most of the songs on this one are excellent. Superb indeed.

'Mo's Barbeque' was such a big surprise to me, so different from their Thinder stuff and yet so cool.
Danny Bowes is one of my fav singers and although i'm not a big fan of Thunder's hard rock stuff, their ballads are just fabulous. I think 'Thunder - Ballads (2003)' is one of the best and most played disks that i ever bought.
Alanna have you ever considered listing your favorite ballads of all times???

Khymera - The Greatest Wonder
Sunday, June 15, 2008
A very good and enjoyable album indeed;
In my case it's currnently being overshadowed by one of the best releases of 2007 that somehow managed to stay un-noticed: "The Poodles - Sweet Trade" (highly recommended to fans of melodic rock).

Jorn - Lonely Are the Brave
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Greetings Alanna;

Jorn Lande has a solid place in my top 10 singers and this album gives me another good reason for that.
It's getting hard to remmeber all his works and collaboration, i had almost forgotten about the "The Inquisitor" in Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus :D Jorn Lande vs Joe Lynn Turner, what do you think about that????

But no matter where or under what name Jorn sings, he does it perfectly, I think he's the guy to count on.

George Lynch - Scorpion Tales
Friday, May 30, 2008
Hi Brian,
It's good to see you so active recently, and I hope you wouldn't rate great albums like Humanity HourI, 5.5 !!! just kiddin ;)

This album sounds interesting, although i think it's close to impossible to cover a good Scorpions song, and the reason would be the unique voice of Klaus Meine.
Meine has a strong and exceptional voice and even if a singer does the best job on vocals, compared to Meine he wouldn't have much chance, to make the listener relate to the songs the way Meine did.

Maybe Robin McAuley from MSG could do the songs justice.

Various Artists - Playlist - May/June 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Hi Steen,
Sabaton - Primo Victoria was a great release, a real Power Metal album; I haven't listened to it for a while though; along with bombshells you mentioned, I loved Purple Heart too.

Various Artists - Playlist - April/May 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Little Drummer Boy;

I'm so glad to see someone even knows about 'Planet Alliance', I think it's the most underrated album of 2006 and it's such a shame.

Mike Andersson is amazing on vocals and Magnus Karlsson is awesome as always.If I remember right, there were 2 tracks where Carl-Johan Grimmark exchanged leads with Magnus Karlsson, which was interesting and quite diffrent from what he does in Saviour Machine.

Various Artists - Playlist - April/May 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Hi Alanna,

I bought 'LEVERAGE - BLIND FIRE' as soon as i read your review in February, and i`m quite happy about that. It may not be 'the best disc ever' but it's a really good one.

If you liked 'SONGS FOR THE SINNERS' that much, (as I did) I'm sure you'll also love 'Poisonblack - Escapextacy'; give it a try if you're in the right mood and have the time.

Various Artists - Playlist - April/May 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well it's not the first time i've been rewarded, trusting your taste in music ;)
'Code - The Enemy Within', 'Human Temple - Insomnia' and 'Edge of Forever - Let the Demon Rock N Roll', were also great discoveries for me (thanks to you).
And what was i thinking, recommending 'Excapextacy' to 'The Source' herself ???!!!

Saviour Machine - Legend - Part I
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Hi Steen,
At last you did it :D

In my opinion, it's quite hard to review "Legend" albums; I don't know how, but you've done a great job so far; and I'm sure you'll do the same with the rest.

As Steen said, keeping an open mind and not being judgemental about appearances is the key to enter the "Legend's" dominion.

The beauty of music, in combination with Eric's voice, is beyond words.
Every member of the band does their job perfectly; and the combination of Eric Clayton's vocals and Nathan Van Hala's keyboard is unique and unearthly.

Diversity merged with complex simplicity, powerfull and passionate singing and excellent use of each individual instrument, won't happen by chance. I can't think of any musician as dedicated and perfectionist as Eric Clayton; I hope he feels better soon and finish Legend III,II.

"Night" is one of my all time favorites, especially the live and Theatrical performance in "Live In Deutschland" DVD (2002).

Behold; A legend is born.

Various Artists - Playlist - March/April 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Hi Alanna;
you definitely have an exquisite taste (I'm sure you already knew that :d).
HEAVEN AND HELL, Wow what a song, Dio demonstrates how a classic should be sung;
I love Tony Martin's vocie and never understood why Sabbath fanatic fans didn't like him;
and you have every right to fall deeper in love with UNIA and it's layers.

None - Staff Main Page - Steen
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Hi Steen, what's up????

"Into the Everflow" was and is great as promised; another high rank album in my collection; Tnx again.

Did you get a chance to listen to 'Scream Silence - Aphelia' ?? It was a total surprise to me, I was't familiar with the band and didn't know what to expect; but i was absolutely pleased with what i heard. I know you like To/Die/For (not that they are similar or anything, excetp their style), and somehow i guess you'd like their music too.

I also wanted to ask you (and other writers, if interested), about your top 10 singers of all times; considering voice quality, singing technique and passion.

Various Artists - Playlist - February/March 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Hi Alanna; you're not alone!!I really enjoyed "CHARON - SONGS FOR THE SINNERS'' too; In my opinion It's a great album.
I recently discovered another great band/album: "Scream Silence - Aphelia", which i highly recomend to you and Steen.

Avantasia - The Scarecrow
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I totally agree with you Steen, i had really high expectations from this album, for two reasons: first: the "Avantasia" title, and second:in an interview, Tobias mentioned that he`d done some great works before, but The Scarecrow is his best !!!!! (Why did I belive him?? :D).
I think ''Scarecrow'' is no match for previous Avantasia (and most Edguy)albums. It's kind of saddening to see a gathering of such great names didn't result in a masterpiece.

Without question, "Jorn Lande" is the Best performer in this album; I can`t imagine what would happen to this project without him!!
I think "Another Angel down" and second half of "The Scarecrow", are highlights of this album. I also like "The Toy Master'', but it's in a lower league, i guess(musically not Alice Cooper's performance)

I wish the title wan't Avantasia, it ruins your expectations of this name in the future.(6.5-7/10)

Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Great album, it's really good to hear such music in 2007, takes u back straight to Rainbow era :d

None - Staff Main Page - Steen
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Tnx for the recommedations Steen; I can,t believe i forgot to mention Queensrÿche in my list :D, Rage for order and Operation Mindcrime are my favorite Queensrÿche albums.
And who doesn't love Donnie Vie's voice???
In case of Psychotic Waltz,I have`t heard "Into the Everflow" but I really liked "A Social Grace", so i'll check it out and let u know the result ;) (P.S: after a weekend of just listening ot "The Edge" (Eternity X), my expectations are quite high at the moment :D)

None - Staff Main Page - Steen
Monday, December 17, 2007
Hi Steen, I don't know if you know the band "Anathema" or not, but considering your taste in music i think you'd like them; specially "Eternity (1996)" and "Alternative 4 (1998)" are great albums.

Scorpions - Humanity - Hour 1
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A really great album; after a few months it`s still fresh and catchy.

Sixx: A.M. - The Heroin Diaries soundtrack
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This album is much better than i expected it to be. Great performances and some modern touches in song writing, makes it one of the best recent releases of the year. I really like James Michael's voice and his professional singing, especially in "Accidents Can Happen" and "Girl With Golden Eyes". (8-8.5/10)

Saviour Machine - I
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Great review steen, although enough can`t be said about beauty of this band's music. I really like to read your reviews on "Legend" albums.

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