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Old 01-30-2016, 09:20 PM   #541
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You're right about The Shattered Fortress, but the rest are highlights of their respective albums for me. Really! Even Repentance is a moment of quietness on an album that is almost always blaringly loud.
To be honest I haven't listened to any of them in over five years. But yeah I suppose you're not wrong about at least the first three songs of the suite. I prefer not to think about anything on Systematic Chaos though.
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Like, I'd love to be adding more, but I'm just genuinely incredibly bored by this album. The mixing is so terrible - surely you wouldn't get a guy who's been playing loud metal music for 25 years to be the sole producer of a Disney double album? That makes sense, right?
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The fuck was the point of "Machine Chatter"?
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:34 PM   #544
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Like, I'd love to be adding more, but I'm just genuinely incredibly bored by this album.
See, I'm laughing just thinking about it. Especially LaBrie's near-total inability to characterise.
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Has the album killed you, Liam?
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So I am enjoying browsing through this thread as a running dissection of what is seeming to be one of the most overwrought and painful albums of all time.

The thing is, though, it's getting pretty good critical reviews wherever I look.
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So I am enjoying browsing through this thread as a running dissection of what is seeming to be one of the most overwrought and painful albums of all time.

The thing is, though, it's getting pretty good critical reviews wherever I look.
I also remember that Muse's Drones got pretty good review in lots of places. you know how bad that album was, right?
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I haven't bothered with Muse in years.
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Has the album killed you, Liam?
it kinda killed something in me.
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Nobody reviewing metal in mainstream mags knows shit about the genre so they give it a pass no matter how awful it is. Occasionally you'll get a St Anger or that new Megadeth album, but most metal (and especially prog metal) albums score highly on ambition alone.

And yes, I think Drones got at least one perfect score.
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I feel like metalheads tend to kinda determine "talents" or "goodness" of the album just by names, sometimes. They're gonna love/defend bands no matter how the actual albums sound or how terrible they are.
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I seriously don't know how anybody could listen to this and have anything positive to say. This is Brokencyde levels of prog metal.
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Im reading the Youtube comment of the review of astonishit right now and some people are comparing this album to The Wall. Fuck me and fuck all of those people.
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I don't know why I'm pushing this phrase "The Astonishit" so hard.
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I'm currently watching the cricket, New Zealand vs Pakistan, and one of the commentators spoke of "an ASTONISHING straight drive".

I started laughing straight away.
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