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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:51 pm
by XenoRaven

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:18 pm
by Matt
Are absolutely brilliant. I love Blackwater Park (the song) Bleak, all of Still Life (The album)

I have naughty sharing links as well if someone wants them, too :D

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:54 pm
by Chewi
Blackwater Park rocks. I bought Damnation yesterday. Very tame by comparison but still quite good. I got it for £5 so I can't complain.

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:16 am
by Matt
God damn I need to get to some shops, then :P I'd forgotten completely about Deliverence and Damnation xD

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:38 am
by Chewi
I bought Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory for £5 as well. There's this shop in Dundee called Fopp that has all this really cool stuff for £5!

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:00 pm
by Matt
I want to murder you and your hairy children :(

Scenes from a Memory is standing out as my best album so far. Followed by Images and Words and Awake...Oh and A Change of Seasons.

I just can't pick a clear winner :(

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:36 pm
by Chewi

You know, Opeth is so damn confusing. Before I ever heard them, I got the impression from some people that they were heavy and the impression from other people that they weren't. After a while, I eventually heard The Drapery Falls and understood why. It was pretty mixed up. But then the rest of Blackwater Park turned out to be heavier overall than I expected. I bought Damnation, expecting it to be much the same. You'd think so from the title, wouldn't you? I waited for that heavy bit to come... and I waited... and I waited... and it never came. They didn't even break into heavy mode once on that entire album. I bet you anything Deliverance is heavy as fuck. The two of them look like they go together, like some kind of ying and yang thing. I'll have to get it and find out.

The only other Dream Theater album I have is A Change Of Seasons. The live stuff is okay but man, that main track is immense.

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:39 pm
by Matt
Hit the nail right on the head man. Deliverence was released the year before Damnation and you're right, it's heavy as fuck! Then they released Damnation and did the Lamentations Tour. Which they played Deliverence and Damnation in their entirity and then played a collection of their best material. Each date had two halves to the show :D

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:31 am
by XenoRaven
Good to see there's some fans here. Friends of mine had recommended them to me for awhile now, and I know Mike Portnoy has had nothing but good to say about them for the longest time. So I finally picked up a few CD's probably a few months ago. Ghost Reveries and Deliverance. Ghost Reveries was a good CD to kinda break me in to their style, then I was pretty into Deliverance. After that I picked up Blackwater Park and have barely listened to the other 2 since lol. Just got Orchid not too long ago as well, and that one's good too. Damnation is next on the list.

But seriously, I have nothing but good to say about them. They just have this formula in their writing and playing that's like...magical. They caught on to something that I think a lot of metal bands miss. And that's how closely related metal and classical music are. They sure blur the lines though.

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:31 pm
by Matt
They played at the Download and self proclaimed themselves as "The only progressive death metal band at Download" :D Their set lasted 40 minutes and they managed 4 songs :E

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:00 pm
by Wulf
You guys should try out Porcupine tree.

Not death-prog but good ^^;; I think they were support band for Opeth during one tour. @_#

Also Ayreon.. I'm sure the singer from Opeth and Dream Theater are on the latest Ayreon Album "The Human Equation"

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:08 pm
by Chewi
Cloud wrote:You guys should try out Porcupine tree.
I got into them first actually though I still only have Signify (with Insignificance!) and In Absentia. Both are absolutely fantastic albums. Signify has to be one of my favourite albums ever.

Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Dream Theater all have some loose connections. Steve Wilson, Porcupine Tree's main man, produced several of Opeth's albums. Steve Wilson and a couple of the Dream Theater guys are also involved in a side-project band called OSI. That band has released two albums. I have the first one and it's pretty good.

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:13 pm
by Wulf
In Absentia is one of my fave albums, you should try Stupid Dream. Just got this recently and it's real nice :)

Never heard OSI yet but I've heard of them.. must be like Liquid Tension Experiment and they're other side project thingys ^^

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:49 pm
by Chewi
Oooh you made me realise who Liquid Tension Experiment actually are! I didn't know! I have one song (which I will play now) purely because of its name - Chewbacca. I was using Kazaa one day (back when I used to do such things) and decided to see whether there were any songs with Chewbacca in the name. It's a very strange name for a song but I believe they chose it because it briefly features some Chewbacca samples. I should have guessed it came from Dream Theater because it sounds a lot like them but I haven't listened to it in ages and back when I got it, I'd never even heard of them.

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:56 am
by Matt
I'm 100% I sent you Porcupine Tree, James.

I've had Ayreon since you sent me it, Mike. Got plenty of Liquid Tension also. Mike I profess m undying love for you. TALK next time you hit MSN dude. I owe Dream Theater to you.