Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by dark_energy, Jan 22, 2017.
Just watched this and it blew my mind:
The rare "CINRAM" copy of Death - Symbolic. It's the real deal, sounds great. Symbolic is also my favorite Death album, for what it's worth, so wanted to find the best copy I could on CD.
More prog than metal, but still a really good live recording.
The new Tool album made me think. When a band can do this in one song they I consider them properly Progressive.
It is hard to explain but Prog-Rock is not for the unambitious artist. You want to hear that passion through the music.
I love Ian Pace and Jon Lord intertwining the melodies and rhythms here.
Something that gave me the same feeling of "fuck this is intense" say "Schism" or "Vicarious" I did not hear enough on "Fear Inoculum." I hope that as "free agents" Tool will have more energy to really give an album their all.
One decent LP, one début album and three strong albums later we have been fucking spoilt (,many bands in niche genres only survive two albums!). When Tool comes to Europe again I will be there, no doubt. Live one of the best bands ever.
As someone just getting to TOOL, can a few members rate their top 3 or 4 albums. I have the Fear Inoculum CD on the way, but I want to buy some Tool FLAC files for my digital system.
I started with "Lateralus" and from there one went early to later releases. Tool is not necessarily easy to get into. They do however have some excellent songs that give you a taste of what to expect. It is a Prog thing to be fair. Start with these two songs and start exploring from there.
This song is from "Aenima."
This song is from "Lateralus."
Gave it a listen a second time.
The first listen was on Tidal. The second listen was with physical CD, no distractions from any screen. On Tidal the album is 10 tracks long. The CD is 7 tracks long.
In a quiet setting, less distractions the CD sounds better. Maybe my HD600 brings out more details than expected. I actually prefer the 7 track experience as most tracks are already pretty long, more cohesive. This album is a grower. MJK's vocal delivery is something you have to get used to. The lyrics are more poetic than you expect sometimes and hunting for context is a thing you have to do. Still lacks a bit of energy as a whole for me.
If you are going to jam out odd time signatures alone are not enough. Go Paco de Lucia or go Liquid Tension Experiment and have fun.
I pretty much liked it from the get-go (but then again I'm a sucker for progressive music and usually get hooked quick). However my first few listens were in my car driving home from a long Labor Day weekend, so I wasn't really able to sit back and enjoy it.
Once I got home and tossed the CD in my player and hit play it really hit me "This is how it's supposed to sound!"... In the car I was listening to the 10 track Autorip from Amazon, and for some reason it was out of order vs. the actual CD and I didn't know it. I thought it was really strange that they started with what I eventually found out was the outro (Mockingbeat) Once I finally listened to it in the correct order I was quite impressed with how well it flowed. And while Chocolate Chip Trip really caught my ear in the car, listening to it on a proper system really blew my mind. I hadn't even noticed the image shifting in the car, but in 2 channel stereo it was just wow!
Deep Funk gives a great starting point, I got hooked with Undertow, however that was when they first came out back in '92 or '93 and I've been a fan ever since...
This is such a good LP
OG Reign in Blood, UK Def Jam
All thrash albums should sound like this.
Starting to like Mastodon more. They change their sound but still keep their focus.
For those that remember At the Drive In, I wonder if you all had the same impression I did when the band decomposed into The Mars Volta and Sparta. You could see the perspectives each section of the band brought to ATDI, concentrated and amplified in the respective groups they formed.
The Mars Volta was always my favorite, producing something far more original than the (excellent) anthemic punk of Sparta. The mix of undecipherable lyrics and impenetrable themes, bizarre vocal delivery, and Latin/Afro-Cuban-tinged prog swirled with metal and punk was something I'd never heard at any scale, much less crammed into unapologetically maximalist albums that scanned like hour and a half long tone-poems.
I remember these albums being very polarizing, and many felt this material was overindulgent nonsense. Fuck that noise. Listen to the above and tell me about a band that better (or has ever) captured the "bad LSD trip in a foreign country" vibe in quite the same way. Prog has always, to me, pushed at the boundaries of what is possible/tolerable with musical experimentation, and the synthesis of styles and celebration of heritages in this music is some of the best I've heard in service of that spirit.
Hell Awaits sounds better Less Andy Wallace shenanigans going on, better songs. Both productions are great in that they sound the same on EVERYTHING, which is what a lot of metal and rock productions miss. What sounds awesome and cool as hell on massive speakers or small midrange detail focused studio monitors, doesn't come through on a boom box, any headphones, or a car. Atom bomb subkicks can easily become mushy mud in a car.
I have been spoilt by their albums. This band was amazing...
More Mastodon today
I think that's Mastodon's best album since Crack the Skye. Doesn't reach the levels of the "Holy Trinity" of Leviathan-Blood Mountain-CtS, but loads of good tunes anyhoo.
Starting to really dig their sound. When they really think about their lyrics and try to tell a story their music works better. This is good...
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