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Title: Static Impulse
Post by: James LaBrie on July 11, 2010, 09:59:17 pm
Hey Everyone. I am very sorry for my lack of presence around here. It seems to be par for the course.  Anyway, you have heard I'm sure from several sources other than myself what is going on with the next Solo disc. Matt and I along with the fabulous players anxiously await the release. Everything is done and waiting to hit your doorstep or digital stream. The artwork is incredible the way it unfolds from front to back.
Matt and I colaborated with all the music and when it came to the lyrics we split the songs up so we ended up penning 6 lyrics each for the album. I think it further supports the album. I love where Matt comes from lyrically and the contrast between us gives more depth to the overall lyrical expressions.

Anyway, we are winding down the Iron Maiden / DT tour and it has been a great one. We play Madison Square Gardens tomorrow night, so needless to say it will be a highlight for this particular tour.
Okay, I'll touch back sometime soon, so until then take care and stay well. ;)
By the way the smiley face was put there by John Myung's son Christian. He insisted I put a face to the sentence.

Cheers,

James.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 11, 2010, 10:04:46 pm
Hey Everyone. I am very sorry for my lack of presence around here. It seems to be par for the course.  Anyway, you have heard I'm sure from several sources other than myself what is going on with the next Solo disc. Matt and I along with the fabulous players anxiously await the release. Everything is done and waiting to hit your doorstep or digital stream. The artwork is incredible the way it unfolds from front to back.
Matt and I colaborated with all the music and when it came to the lyrics we split the songs up so we ended up penning 6 lyrics each for the album. I think it further supports the album. I love where Matt comes from lyrically and the contrast between us gives more depth to the overall lyrical expressions.

Anyway, we are winding down the Iron Maiden / DT tour and it has been a great one. We play Madison Square Gardens tomorrow night, so needless to say it will be a highlight for this particular tour.
Okay, I'll touch back sometime soon, so until then take care and stay well. ;)
By the way the smiley face was put there by John Myung's son Christian. He insisted I put a face to the sentence.

Cheers,

James.

it is great to hear from you James. Can't wait for the album ;) 


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on July 11, 2010, 11:27:38 pm
Thanks for the update James.  We understand that you are crazy busy right now, but thanks for posting on the new CD.
Have a great "rest of the tour" and "stay safe" back at YOU.....this tour is a long one for you guys....


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: MuumiPeikko on July 12, 2010, 01:04:26 am
Thanks for updating, James  :)
Do you gonna publish artwork? I hope to see it before the realize  ;D
Good luck for you and guys at MSG stage!
And say hello from us to Christian  :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on July 12, 2010, 01:07:37 am
There are no words to describe how much I am looking forward to this album.
And I expected it to contain a bit more than 6 lyrics from James (maybe compensating for absense of any on DT's latest album), but in the end, sharing the pen with Matt Guillory seems more than fair


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on July 12, 2010, 09:30:55 am
Thanks James and thanks for saving time for us.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on July 13, 2010, 03:46:33 pm
Hey James, thanks for the update! Looking forward to seeing you and the guys perform on Sunday in Chicago!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Zamagna on July 15, 2010, 11:18:46 pm
Nice,im looking foward to it.

Oh and a quick note,JAMES,I DEMAND THAT THE NEXT DREAM THEATERS ALBUM,SHALL BE A CONCEPT ONE,LIKE SCENES FROM A MEMORY,IM THIRSTY FOR MORE.


 ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 16, 2010, 02:08:36 am
Nice,im looking foward to it.

Oh and a quick note,JAMES,I DEMAND THAT THE NEXT DREAM THEATERS ALBUM,SHALL BE A CONCEPT ONE,LIKE SCENES FROM A MEMORY,IM THIRSTY FOR MORE.


 ;D
*sigh*




James, I hope you and the guys are having the time of your lives, no matter how pushy or rude (not directed at any member here... just in general) "fans" might get. All that matters is that you guys are doing something that you love.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on July 16, 2010, 09:37:02 am
Nice,im looking foward to it.

Oh and a quick note,JAMES,I DEMAND THAT THE NEXT DREAM THEATERS ALBUM,SHALL BE A CONCEPT ONE,LIKE SCENES FROM A MEMORY,IM THIRSTY FOR MORE.


 ;D

Hey, let's give the guys a break here!   ;)  They have been on tour for a long time, so after these next few days are over, they deserve a well sought after rest.   I wouldn't blame them if they didn't come out with an album for a long time.  They are human you know....give them their space..... :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Outshined on July 16, 2010, 02:17:18 pm
The new album is a brave step forward - in some terms at least.

Glad to have found you.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Zamagna on July 22, 2010, 12:07:06 am
Hey, let's give the guys a break here!   ;)  They have been on tour for a long time, so after these next few days are over, they deserve a well sought after rest.   I wouldn't blame them if they didn't come out with an album for a long time.  They are human you know....give them their space..... :)

Oh,i didn't mean right now :p


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on July 22, 2010, 08:39:33 am
 :D :D :D
We should have a "fictitious story line" to make up what the next concept album could be about.  I wonder what we would come up with....


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 22, 2010, 02:28:23 pm
James now has a facebook page. (you can thank Matt Guillory for the info ;))

http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Labrie/131142990261266 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Labrie/131142990261266)



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: MuumiPeikko on July 22, 2010, 03:10:20 pm
James now has a facebook page. (you can thank Matt Guillory for the info ;))

http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Labrie/131142990261266 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Labrie/131142990261266)


Thank you, Ash, for the info :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 22, 2010, 04:43:36 pm


http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=143387 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=143387)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on July 23, 2010, 07:46:39 am
I look forward to `Static Impulse`

Cheers for the FB link Ash.

Anita  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on July 23, 2010, 01:57:13 pm
Inside Out article: 
http://www.insideout.de/catalog/news.php?language=en&osCsid=44ce14bed186237788ece968ecfef8eb

It's nothing new we've read, but thought I would post it anyway.

 ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on July 23, 2010, 02:39:48 pm
Thank you for re-posting Donna!  ;D

I swoon at men with long hair lol, spent most of my life around them  ;D

Anyway I composed myself and read the article.

Anita  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: lutima on July 23, 2010, 04:04:47 pm
Thanks for the info and for taking the time to come here with your busy schedule !  8)
Luckily Matt keeps us very well updated  ;)
I truly can't wait for hear the album ! I'm sure it'll ROCK like you always do !

Have a safe and great rest of the tour and hopefully see you soon back here in Holland  :)

Caroline


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 28, 2010, 02:09:00 pm
From James' facebook:

 "The official James LaBrie MySpace has been launched! Here ya go: http://www.myspace.com/officialjameslabrie  (http://www.myspace.com/officialjameslabrie)"


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on July 28, 2010, 02:14:39 pm
From James' facebook:

 "The official James LaBrie MySpace has been launched! Here ya go: http://www.myspace.com/officialjameslabrie  (http://www.myspace.com/officialjameslabrie)"

posted this earlier, but thanks anyway. I guess this thread is more appropriate


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: brandonfloyd on July 29, 2010, 02:53:51 am
Hey James!

Any chance of getting you on my internet radio channel/show (www.hourzero.net) (http://www.hourzero.net/index.php?act=podcasts&id=bd) to promote your new album? It's a long shot but if you are interested contact me brandondennyfloyd@gmail.com

And everyone else check it out!





Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on July 29, 2010, 11:54:44 am
Here's the tracklist from "Static Impulse" ...
 
01. One More Time
02. Jekyll Or Hyde
03. Mislead
04. Euphoric
05. Over The Edge
06. I Need You
07. Who You Think I Am
08. I Tried
09. Just Watch Me
10. This Is War
11. Superstar
12. Coming Home

Source:

http://www.insideout.de/catalog/popup_track.php?pID=669

So it seems the tracklist is correct!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on July 29, 2010, 12:08:56 pm
Sweet, but it would be nice to see track lengths as well. For me they're more important than titles themselves  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 29, 2010, 02:41:50 pm
(http://www.insideout.de/catalog/images/jbstaticimpulse.jpg)

kind of surprised this was not posted earlier :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on July 30, 2010, 04:16:38 pm
Geez, I go to holidays and see what I miss  :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: heylchick on July 30, 2010, 05:26:03 pm
This is a must get.  Can't wait to see what journey this project is going to take me on  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on July 30, 2010, 06:44:56 pm
Well......I just got back from a few days up north last night. I did manage to plug into the new song one time, and yes, I will admit, it was very very jarring for me to hear the drummer doing that type of "vocal".  I almost thought it was James, but was honestly, quite relieved to learn it wasn't. 

I really can't comment yet though. I need to have this CD in my hands to listen to the whole thing to give it an honest opinion.  I need the lyrics in front of me as well to see how it all resonates with me.  HOWEVER....I am VERY VERY VERY interested to hear the track entitled "Jekyll or Hyde".  I wonder what it may be about.....

Not of course, that I want to wish my Summer away....however, I do indeed look forward to hearing this CD.



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: thyer on July 31, 2010, 08:14:56 am
Great!!! Fantastic!!! looking fwd to the CD!!!

Someone knows if the Japanese Edition is with a bonus track like the last CD EP... ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on July 31, 2010, 02:13:33 pm
Great!!! Fantastic!!! looking fwd to the CD!!!

Someone knows if the Japanese Edition is with a bonus track like the last CD EP... ;D


according to James' Myspace there are different editions.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: thyer on August 02, 2010, 11:59:26 am
thanks w34vi1 ... I'll go on myspace!!!  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Dreamimages on August 02, 2010, 02:09:42 pm
Very long time since I've been here!!
Looking forward to "Static Impulse".

Listen to this.... :o :o :o
Enjoy.
http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/07/27/james-labrie-one-more-time-song-premiere/ (http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/07/27/james-labrie-one-more-time-song-premiere/)

Ps: Caroline,I have NOT forgotten you.There is a lot going on here  :-*

Eeehhh...i just found another thread where the song is posted.....ah well....better two times than none  ;)


Martin.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 02, 2010, 07:19:07 pm
From James' Myspace:
(http://superballmusic.com/myspace/jb/jb_bg_banner_sm.gif)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 03, 2010, 12:37:46 pm
2 bonus tracks in Digipak edition? Does it mean there are 14 tracks, or that there will be only 10 tracks in regular edition?


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SteveTheater on August 03, 2010, 04:29:17 pm
(http://www.insideout.de/catalog/images/jbstaticimpulse.jpg)

kind of surprised this was not posted earlier :)

Is the artwork designed by Thomas Ewerhard again?... Looks like his style. Love his work!
Can't wait for this release!!!

Steve


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: biglouie369 on August 03, 2010, 05:17:54 pm
Hello everyone. :) This is my cover of James' new song "One More Time". It isn't perfect but I hope you will enjoy it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWlqe_Em2LM
  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 04, 2010, 12:29:28 pm
via Matt Guillory's Facebook:

"Howdy folks! It's cool to read all the feedback (and controversy) this song has stirred up! I love it! :) In case there is any lingering confusion, all the screams are done by Peter Wildoer (our drummer). All of the melodic background vocals are sung by me. Be sure to check the official James LaBrie MySpace page because another new song will be posted within two weeks. We have a lot planned so stay tuned! :)"

How cool is that? And I thought I couldn't get any more excited...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on August 04, 2010, 02:16:34 pm
I'm doing a little happy dance in front of my computer ;D can't wait to hear more!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 05, 2010, 06:15:34 am
via Matt Guillory's Facebook:

"Howdy folks! It's cool to read all the feedback (and controversy) this song has stirred up! I love it! :) In case there is any lingering confusion, all the screams are done by Peter Wildoer (our drummer). All of the melodic background vocals are sung by me. Be sure to check the official James LaBrie MySpace page because another new song will be posted within two weeks. We have a lot planned so stay tuned! :)"

How cool is that? And I thought I couldn't get any more excited...

Ahhh, I look forward to hearing it.  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Mélie on August 05, 2010, 06:54:24 am
What can be better than discovering new treasures...?

Can't wait neither... to dream again... :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on August 18, 2010, 02:16:09 pm
I am listening to "Jekyll or Hyde" at the moment.

 :o

A radio station played the song in a metal show ... and I recorded it.



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 18, 2010, 02:19:00 pm
I am listening to "Jekyll or Hyde" at the moment.

 :o

A radio station played the song in a metal show ... and I recorded it.


omg, does it mean it'll be available soon?
how do you like it?


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on August 18, 2010, 03:30:01 pm
I am listening to "Jekyll or Hyde" at the moment.

 :o

A radio station played the song in a metal show ... and I recorded it.



How was it? More scream?  :P


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 18, 2010, 03:49:13 pm
not sure how reliable this is however a few UK cd sites have been saying these are the track times, and what the bonus tracks are:


1. One More Time 4:16
2. Jekyll Or Hyde 3:46
3. Mislead 4:18
4. Euphoric 5:09
5. Over The Edge 4:20
6. I Need You 4:11
7. Who You Think I Am 3:57
8. I Tried 3:58
9. Just Watch Me 4:18
10. This Is War 4:30
11. Superstar 3:32
12. Coming Home 4:29

Bonus Recordings:
13. Jekyll Or Hyde - Demo 3:48
14. Coming Home - Alternate Mix 4:23


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on August 18, 2010, 04:29:07 pm
It's heavy but very melodic at the same time.

Great song...better than "One More Time" which I like also.

There are a few screams but only a few.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on August 18, 2010, 04:30:21 pm
It's heavy but very melodic at the same time.

Great song...better than "One More Time" which I like also.

There are a few screams but only a few.

If it's allowed to establish the song link I'd like to listen it. But if it's OK?

Donna?


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on August 18, 2010, 04:39:52 pm
It's not a link.

I recorded it yesterday evening from a web radio.

James sounds fantastic (very versatile) on this song. Mike Portnoy should stop telling James how to sing...and DT should start writing better songs!

This song is better than every "short" song DT have released since "The Root Of All Evil". (I don't want to compare a 4 minute song to DT's epics.)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 18, 2010, 04:58:57 pm
It's not a link.

I recorded it yesterday evening from a web radio.

James sounds fantastic (very versatile) on this song. Mike Portnoy should stop telling James how to sing...and DT should start writing better songs!

This song is better than every "short" song DT have released since "The Root Of All Evil". (I don't want to compare a 4 minute song to DT's epics.)

I seriously doubt Mike tells James how to sing... he gives suggestions on how the lyrics are, and James interprets it. Otherwise DT writes the way they want to write... its not something for any of us to complain about... be glad they are still making music :P



as for the song... Matt did say something was to be on Myspace yesterday, but it never appeared... give it time and we'll prob be able to hear the song there.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Zamagna on August 18, 2010, 06:36:13 pm
Mike is telling for James how to sing, look at james perfoming Crucify live at rome 2005, and any other music from dream theater around the same time, you'll see how different james sing is.

What is there already another music on the net? let me lurk and see if find anything.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 18, 2010, 07:05:14 pm
Mike is telling for James how to sing, look at james perfoming Crucify live at rome 2005, and any other music from dream theater around the same time, you'll see how different james sing is.

What is there already another music on the net? let me lurk and see if find anything.

how about we move on and focus on James' album and not DT in this topic kay?



I haven't been able to find anything... and Myspace is still a miss on any new track.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on August 18, 2010, 09:23:06 pm
I have no prior knowledge as per James' myspace of his Facebook page of any other release of additional tracks here in NA.  If he doesn't release them, please don't post any links here.  We all know how he feels about this.  Let's have respect, mmmmkay? 

...and let's not do the "Mike tells everyone what to do" thing.   Just out of respect...okay?  Please?  Pretty please with sugar on top? 
(http://comps.fotosearch.com/comp/GLW/GLW467/close-up-bowl-sugar_~gwf107004.jpg)

Thank you......
 ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 19, 2010, 12:54:50 am
i happen to have found the web-radio event Stephanus was talking about... its within a podcast. Until it is deemed acceptable i won't give up the link ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 19, 2010, 01:59:09 am
i happen to have found the web-radio event Stephanus was talking about... its within a podcast. Until it is deemed acceptable i won't give up the link ;)
ok... waiting another couple of days (weeks?) won't hurt anyone


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 19, 2010, 02:44:46 am
i happen to have found the web-radio event Stephanus was talking about... its within a podcast. Until it is deemed acceptable i won't give up the link ;)
ok... waiting another couple of days (weeks?) won't hurt anyone

i'm pretty much meaning until Matt says something or it appears on James' myspace... no comment out of me ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on August 19, 2010, 01:31:55 pm
Static impulse shirt available here:

http://www.cmdistro.com/Review/Read/PKG000453


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 19, 2010, 01:38:35 pm
Static impulse shirt available here:

http://www.cmdistro.com/Review/Read/PKG000453
cool, but I'm not getting the shirt since I don't really like the artwork, and will be getting a digipak anyway


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: goo-goo on August 21, 2010, 10:33:56 am
I really exited for this album! I can't wait to rock with it! The growling keeps growing and growing. 


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 21, 2010, 10:47:02 am
'update' from matt  :D


 "Get your ears ready for Tuesday. More details to come. Stay tuned..."


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 21, 2010, 12:25:21 pm
'update' from matt  :D


 "Get your ears ready for Tuesday. More details to come. Stay tuned..."
I am SO tuned...
 :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 23, 2010, 11:00:52 pm
Matt Guillory's facebook

"Hey guys and gals! Tomorrow morning (Tuesday August 24th) A new James LaBrie song will be premiering via stream @ www.revolvermag.com (http://www.revolvermag.com/) so prepare to crank it up! \m/ \m/"


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Outshined on August 24, 2010, 02:57:49 am
don't know how "google translator" would work for you but there's a review of the album on a greek site.
check it and ask if you have any questions.

http://www.rocking.gr/reviews/album/James_Labrie_-_Static_Impulse/3046/


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 24, 2010, 12:12:51 pm
Matt Guillory's facebook

"Hey guys and gals! Tomorrow morning (Tuesday August 24th) A new James LaBrie song will be premiering via stream @ www.revolvermag.com (http://www.revolvermag.com/) so prepare to crank it up! \m/ \m/"

I have just looked on your link, it has been updated and there is a song called `I Need You` on there.  ;)

I have not listened to it yet, I will though as soon as my headache from hell goes away, thanks for the link.  :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 24, 2010, 12:22:31 pm
the link to 'I Need You'
http://www.revolvermag.com/music/detail/james-labrie/

my goodness, what happened to vocals? Are they so horribly drowned in the actual mix as well?  ???


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: DreamerTV on August 24, 2010, 12:38:19 pm
Remember that this is in streaming... "One more time" mix sounds a little different in James's Myspace.
By the way, good little catchy song!. Though those screaming seem always a little bit out of place.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 24, 2010, 12:45:21 pm
Remember that this is in streaming... "One more time" mix sounds a little different in James's Myspace.
By the way, good little catchy song!. Though those screaming seem always a little bit out of place.
welcome to the forum  ;)

Oh yes, I do realise the sound is compromised because of streaming. Still, I'm a little worried.

But the song itself is great imo. Took me only 2 listens to get into


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on August 24, 2010, 12:49:07 pm
OH. MY. GOD. This is truly awesome. I like how James sings high in the chorus. Suprisingly, screaming vocal doesn't bother me at all for this song. Considering this is streaming I still think this is better than One More Time.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 24, 2010, 12:57:25 pm
I like how James sings high in the chorus.
Can you even make his vocals out? Me barely. I mean, seriously, there's Matt, there's Peter, but where is James?

Oh well. Sounds like I'm complaining (whining, nagging, you name it). That'll pass. I just can't wait to hear the whole album :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on August 24, 2010, 12:58:47 pm
I hear James.  ???


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: DreamerTV on August 24, 2010, 01:12:16 pm
Quote
welcome to the forum

Oh thank you!. Having not an italian board, i'll write here for a while :)

-sorry for the ot-



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 24, 2010, 02:24:03 pm
"I Need You" is quite a contrast from "One More Time" the intro is layered with triplets by the guitar with also a douplet, creating a 3 against 2 contrast in the guitar. the drums follow the triplet guitar along with the bass, while the keyboard has its own pattern that has its own flow separate of the others.  The vocals remind me of the darker part of ITPOE pt2. the 6/8 change with the scream vocals changes the flow of the song and then it returns to the 4/4 giving another contrast between the sudden time signature change, pulling out that Progressive angle. James having the layered chorus and pre/post chorus' along with "I need you" and "Help me, i am broken..." layered over each other towards the end. The guitar solo(s) have two separate sounds that makes you wonder if it is two separate guitarists, however with the layers in the chorus guitar the solos compliment the crunch.





Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: DreamerTV on August 24, 2010, 07:30:41 pm
The guitar solo(s) have two separate sounds that makes you wonder if it is two separate guitarists, however with the layers in the chorus guitar the solos compliment the crunch.

Actually, the first part of the solo i guess is matt with keyboard, and the second is Marco.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 24, 2010, 07:54:03 pm
The guitar solo(s) have two separate sounds that makes you wonder if it is two separate guitarists, however with the layers in the chorus guitar the solos compliment the crunch.

Actually, the first part of the solo i guess is matt with keyboard, and the second is Marco.

that's what i thought after i posted (but then I had to leave and it never crossed my mind til now) :P


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 25, 2010, 12:08:49 am
the tracklistings of the regular and digipack along with the preorder links:


    James LaBrie's upcoming solo album "Static Impulse" will be released in Europe on September 27th, 2010 and on September 28th in North America. The tracklisting will be as follows:

    Static Impulse

       1. One More Time
       2. Jekyll Or Hyde
       3. Mislead
       4. Euphoric
       5. Over The Edge
       6. I Need You
       7. Who You Think I Am
       8. I Tried
       9. Just Watch Me
      10. This Is War
      11. Superstar
      12. Coming Home

    Click here to pre-order your copy:

        * CM Distro (http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/James_LaBrie_-_-Static_Impulse-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000453) (CD + Shirt!)
        * Amazon.com (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?ac=B003ZDCGLA)
        * Amazon.co.uk (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?au=B003YUBUFW)
        * CD Universe (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?cdu=8280350)
        * Play.com (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?play=16057486)


    There will also be a Digipak version available in Europe with a demo of "Jekyll Or Hyde" and an Alternate Mix of "Coming Home" as bonus tracks:

    Static Impulse (Digipak)

       1. One More Time
       2. Jekyll Or Hyde
       3. Mislead
       4. Euphoric
       5. Over The Edge
       6. I Need You
       7. Who You Think I Am
       8. I Tried
       9. Just Watch Me
      10. This Is War
      11. Superstar
      12. Coming Home
      13. Jekyll Or Hyde [Demo]
      14. Coming Home [Alternate Mix]

    Click here to pre-order your copy:

        * Amazon.co.uk (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?au=B003YUBUFM)
        * Play.com (http://www.dreamtheater.net/buy/?play=16057460)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: lutima on August 25, 2010, 04:10:14 am
After listening to I Need You a couple of times, I think I like One More Time better, but ofcourse I love both songs !!  8)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 25, 2010, 12:35:17 pm
Pre-ordered Digipak today


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on August 26, 2010, 04:03:46 pm
here are the times or all the tracks:



01. One More Time (4:16)
02. Jekyll Or Hyde (3:46)
03. Mislead (4:18)
04. Euphoric (5:09)
05. Over The Edge (4:20)
06. I Need You (4:11)
07. Who You Think I Am (3:57)
08. I Tried (3:58)
09. Just Watch Me (4:18)
10. This Is War (4:30)
11. Superstar (3:32)
12. Coming Home (4:29)
13. Jekyll Or Hyde (demo) (3:48) *
14. Coming Home (alternate mix) (4:23) *

*Digipack tracks


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on August 26, 2010, 04:19:54 pm
Looks like the average song runtime is about 4 minutes on this one, and only 1 song over 5 mins long - that's the shortest JLB has ever done, right?
But if the 2 streaming songs are representative of the album, that's fine by me, because the tracks are really complex, dynamic and saturated and there's so much going on musically within given 4 minutes.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on August 27, 2010, 11:44:45 am
Here is the first review of "Static Impulse". It's in german, so I try to translate at least the important parts.

Bei den ersten vierzig Sekunden des neuen James LaBrie-Albums wird so manch einer einen bangen Blick in Richtung des CD-Players werfen und sich fragen, ob er nicht versehentlich eine falsche Scheibe eingepackt bekommen hat. (When you listen to the first 40 seconds of the album, you maybe think that you've bought the wrong album...but you haven't.)

Ich kann euch beruhigen. Das hat schon seine Richtigkeit. Wer zu "Static Impulse" ja sagt, erlebt eine faustdicke Überraschung und darf sich auf Einiges gefasst machen. (But calm down. It's the right one. "Static Impulse is a big surprise. Be prepared!)

Der Opener One More Time ist durchaus repräsentativ für den Großteils des gesamten Albums. Technisch beeindruckender, aggressiver moderner Heavy Metal, der Parallelen zum Göteborger Melodic Death und Bands wie IN FLAMES oder DARK TRANQUILLITY aufweist, in Verbindung mit typischen LaBrie beziehungsweise DREAM THEATER-Markenzeichen. (One more time, the opening song of the album, is representative of the album. The music is technically amazing, modern and aggressive, and sometimes it sounds like IN FLAMES or DARK TRANQUILITY. But LaBrie's famous trademark voice you probably know from Dream Theater, is always there.)

Daran werden einige Fans schwer zu schlucken haben, zumal die Growls, die DARKANE-Drummer Peter Wildoer beisteuert, nicht einfach nur schmückendes Beiwerk sind, sondern oft genau so viel Raum einnehmen wie James melodische Gesangslinien. (Some of the fans may have to accect the fact that the growls by Darkane's drummer Peter Wildoer are not only accessories. In some of the songs they are very present.)

"Static Impulse" verfolgt den selben Ansatz wie "Train Of Thoughts". Der typische Sound wird in einen möglichst harten, metallischen Kontext gerückt, doch wo DREAM THEATER sich in einem Irrgarten ausladender, vertrackter - ja teilweise unhörbarer - Kompositionen verirrten, gibt es bei James LaBrie die geschliffene, bodenständige Variante. (The album follows the same path as "Train Of Thought". The music is heavy, but instead of getting hopelessly lost in a labyrinth of unenjoyable compositions (like Dream Theater), LaBrie delivers something like a down-to-earth version of it.)


Die Songs verzichten auf unnötigen Ballast, sind knackig und kompakt gehalten und dennoch mit progressiven Details gespickt, dass es eine wahre Freude ist. Da landet der Sänger auf seinem Solowerk einen deutlichen Punktsieg über seine Stammband, weil er stets songdienlicher und nachvollziehbarer bleibt. Wo DREAM THEATER um des Schlenkers willen einen Schlenker einbauen, üben sich LaBrie und seine Mitstreiter in sinnvollem Verzicht. (The songs are compact but at the same time very progressive. It's amazing and better than Dream Theater's latest efforts. "Less is more!" is sometimes the motto of the album.)

Auf den ‚Progressive Death Metal Core' muss man sich einlassen, und dass ein Album wie dieses ein paar Hördurchgänge mehr benötigt, versteht sich fast von selbst. Es lohnt sich allerdings! "Static Impulse" erweist sich nicht nur das bislang härteste Solowerk von James LaBrie, es entpuppt sich bei Songs wie Misled oder dem großartigen This Is War auch als sehr eingängig. (You have to get yourself into the progressive death metal core thing, and you probably have to listen to the album several times. But at the end of the day, it's not only the heaviest album, it's also very catchy. Songs like "This is war" or "Misled" are simply amazing.

Und wer sich partout nicht mit den Growls anfreunden kann oder will, dem sei verraten, dass die Scheibe auch vereinzelte Nummern wie beispielsweise I Tried oder die reinrassigen Ballade Coming Home enthält, die ohne dieses umstrittene Stilmittel auskommen. (Some of the songs don't containt any growls (I Tried and Coming Home which is a ballad.)

Damit geht auch noch die Vielseitigkeitsprüfung an den Kanadier und schon ist "Static Impulse" eins der Alben des Jahres 2010, die man unbedingt gehört haben muss. (Static Impulse is very versatile and one of the best albums in 2010.)

Source: http://www.hooked-on-music.de/CD-Reviews2/James_LaBrie/Static_Impulse.html?band_id=3103


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 28, 2010, 07:03:26 am
Looking forward to what is to come.  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Will.Holloway on August 28, 2010, 10:29:54 pm
This new album (from what I heard) almost has a Trivium vibe to it, a la 'The Crusade'. That's a big plus because that album is in my top 10 albums list, if you will.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on August 30, 2010, 06:03:21 pm
@Stephanus, thanks for the translating the review! I'm glad to hear there is a ballad. I was missing that on the last album.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 03, 2010, 03:22:10 pm
I am listening to "Over the edge" at the moment on a web radio station!!!!

And what can I say...it's the best song so far: very melodic and progressive! I love it!

 :o :o :o

And...no growls!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 03, 2010, 03:32:16 pm
I am listening to "Over the edge" at the moment on a web radio station!!!!

And what can I say...it's the best song so far: very melodic and progressive! I love it!

 :o :o :o

And...no growls!
Seems there are a couple of no-scream songs on the record after all... nice change


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 05, 2010, 04:38:43 am
The first review in english ...

“Static Impulse” is the second solo album from Dream Theater frontman James Labrie. Personally, I’m not a Dream Theater fan, nor am I big lover of Prog Rock, so I was interested to find out what James Labrie could produce as a solo project.

Powerful, aggressive, raw, “Static Impulse” screams attitude from the opening note. Vocally flexible, Labrie switches from his singing voice to metal voice in the blink of an eye, this unpredictability adding a certain excitement to the album, leaving the listener unsure what to expect next.

From start to finish, the album is full of energy; the pace and intricacy of the guitar shredding is incredible, particularly notable on ‘Jekyll or Hyde’ - the hurricane of notes completely blew me away! There’s no opportunity to stop and catch your breath, this is a musical rollercoaster from start to finish. Add to this the incredibly strong vocal contribution from Labrie and you begin to understand the maelstrom that is “Static Impulse”.

The closest the album gets to a laid-back tune is ‘Euphoric’, which slows the tempo quite substantially and Labrie lets the emotion flow. By far my favourite song of the album, it felt to me as though the bravado had been stripped away and the listener was given a sneaky peek at the man behind the music. The soaring guitar melodies were still there, but there was something much more personal about this song that touched me and stayed in my mind long after the album had finished. Special mention should also be made of final song ‘Coming Home’, which actually succeeded in bringing a tear to my eye.

What I love best about “Static Impulse” is that it will appeal to a diverse audience; yes, it is essentially a heavy rock album, but it’s melodic enough to appeal to those who prefer their music a little easier on the ears. There are a lot of catchy songs, which you will find yourself humming along with before you even realise you are doing it.

James Labrie, to me, has produced a belter of an album in “Static Impulse”. I could listen to this over and over again and still find quirky new things to impress me. This one’s going to be in the CD player for a long time to come yet!

Source: http://www.rockingmusic.co.uk/content/node/1349


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 05, 2010, 06:57:25 am
Just listening to another song from "Static Impulse" on a web radio station...I think the song is called "Euphoric"...and it's outstanding: great hookline, James  voice at its best, great guitar solo by Marco, better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on September 05, 2010, 07:22:12 am
Just listening to another song from "Static Impulse" on a web radio station...I think the song is called "Euphoric"...and it's outstanding: great hookline, James  voice at its best, great guitar solo by Marco, better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT.

I'm intrigued  8). How is it that Web radio are broadcasting these song tracks that are not officially released yet? Just curious, I do not listen to radio myself, to much talking and not enough good music.  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 05, 2010, 01:47:40 pm
Just listening to another song from "Static Impulse" on a web radio station...I think the song is called "Euphoric"...and it's outstanding: great hookline, James  voice at its best, great guitar solo by Marco, better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT.

I'm intrigued  8). How is it that Web radio are broadcasting these song tracks that are not officially released yet? Just curious, I do not listen to radio myself, to much talking and not enough good music.  ;D

there is a way to get an advanced copy to the album, but you have to be a medium of media to do it....


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on September 05, 2010, 02:49:13 pm
Quote
there is a way to get an advanced copy to the album, but you have to be a medium of media to do it....

Thanks for that Ash.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 06, 2010, 09:59:23 am
http://www.amazon.de/Static-Impulse-James-Labrie/dp/B003YUBUFW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1283781476&sr=8-2

30 second clips online!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 06, 2010, 10:29:24 am
http://www.amazon.de/Static-Impulse-James-Labrie/dp/B003YUBUFW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1283781476&sr=8-2

30 second clips online!

From what I heard this album is gonna blow me away.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: MuumiPeikko on September 06, 2010, 11:23:36 am
http://www.amazon.de/Static-Impulse-James-Labrie/dp/B003YUBUFW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1283781476&sr=8-2

30 second clips online!

 :o It's nuclear kick-ass(c) Can't wait to hear the whole album! What I heard is aggressive, powerful, bombastic metal, with amazing James' vocal. Agrh! I want the CD!
The only thing I don't like - cookie-monster vocal parts  :-\


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 06, 2010, 12:03:24 pm
http://www.amazon.de/Static-Impulse-James-Labrie/dp/B003YUBUFW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1283781476&sr=8-2

30 second clips online!

From what I heard this album is gonna blow me away.
http://www.amazon.de/Static-Impulse-James-Labrie/dp/B003YUBUFW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1283781476&sr=8-2

30 second clips online!

 :o It's nuclear kick-ass(c) Can't wait to hear the whole album! What I heard is aggressive, powerful, bombastic metal, with amazing James' vocal. Agrh! I want the CD!
The only thing I don't like - cookie-monster vocal parts  :-\
I believe you guys ;) I'm not going to listen to those samples, will wait another few weeks to hear the songs in their entirety :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 08, 2010, 09:18:58 am
New interview with James:

http://www.bravewords.com/news/145929

"I’m incredibly proud of this, and when Mike (Portnoy) heard it (Static Impulse) he called it was ‘phenomenal,’ which means something."

Another review:

http://www.roomthirteen.com/cd_reviews/11268/James_Labrie__Static_Impulse.html


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 08, 2010, 10:07:19 am
Thanks, very interesting reading - and always a treat to have an insight from the man himself  ;)

Quote
"I’m incredibly proud of this, and when Mike (Portnoy) heard it (Static Impulse) he called it was ‘phenomenal,’ which means something."
I was hooked on this quote as well. Ah, can't wait to check it for myself...

Quote
“Originally I was going to do all the vocal parts,” LaBrie reveals. “The parts that Peter is doing on the record, I was going to use a more aggressive voice to try and get the same vibe across. As time went on though, we thought that given the type of album we were doing we should take things further. We decided to push things over the top and give those songs more authenticity and a more genuine feel of aggression. For a split second I thought ‘Wait a minute, I’m the singer…’ but I couldn’t let my pride get in the way. I didn’t want things to come off as being amateurish, so it made sense to use real aggressive vocals rather than my voice for those parts.
I wish James went with his 'pride' so much... BUT. At the end of the day, I can see where he decided to go musically and must admit the chosen formula really works for the album *sigh*


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on September 08, 2010, 03:07:32 pm
Wow, the samples are great!! now I'm really excited for this album!!!!  8)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on September 08, 2010, 04:09:50 pm
Just listening to another song from "Static Impulse" on a web radio station...I think the song is called "Euphoric"...and it's outstanding: great hookline, James  voice at its best, great guitar solo by Marco, better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT.

I'm intrigued  8). How is it that Web radio are broadcasting these song tracks that are not officially released yet? Just curious, I do not listen to radio myself, to much talking and not enough good music.  ;D

there is a way to get an advanced copy to the album, but you have to be a medium of media to do it....
Yes, and it's very difficult to get a copy of the album even as a member of the media. My hubby and I have contacted the label several times to try to get an advanced copy to review for our blog, but they always ignore us.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 08, 2010, 04:37:56 pm
Maybe this is so early to say that but Coming Home is going to be the greatest JLB's ballad ever. From what I hear (sample) it sounds amazing.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Freko on September 09, 2010, 07:30:59 am
Maybe this is so early to say that but Coming Home is going to be the greatest JLB's ballad ever. From what I hear (sample) it sounds amazing.

I couldn´t agree more, 1 second before the clip ends, it´s like "whooooaaaa now it´s goin to be the best chorus ever.." I just can feel it


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Alan564 on September 10, 2010, 10:58:27 am
Hey guys proud to be a new member im soooooo psyched for this album. It will be awesome  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 10, 2010, 12:59:38 pm
We welcome you to the Board, Alan.   :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: ashflower on September 11, 2010, 01:11:12 am
The 30 second clips on Amazon actually put me off a bit.. not to keen on Peter's vocals. But then I listened to the two songs posted on Myspace, and I love them!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on September 11, 2010, 09:01:42 am
I'm not convinced by those harsh vocals either, but the rest of the clips abund with James' voice and make me more interesting for the rest of the album  ;D I guess I will be able to live with some grunts here and there amidst a multitude of James stellar performances!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: salty on September 11, 2010, 01:27:18 pm
I really can't wait to get my hands on this!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: GatherYeRosebuds on September 11, 2010, 02:49:12 pm
OK, screw album of the year. From the samples, I think this will be one of my favourite albums of all time!

I'm especially pumped since I fell in love with songs like Drained and Slightly Out Of Reach - knowing that there'll be more gentle, emotive tracks like that on SI has me ecstatic.

And I just pre-ordered the album! WOOOO


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 11, 2010, 03:19:11 pm
OK, screw album of the year. From the samples, I think this will be one of my favourite albums of all time!
win =)

Still haven't listened to the samples - I want the rest of album to hit me fresh and new.

And I ordered my copy about 1,5 weeks ago I think. September 27 can't come soon enough...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Zamagna on September 11, 2010, 06:50:15 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-c215rYqk

Imagine this guy's opinion on Static impulse, i think he would have a heart attack.

lulz


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: B-rad on September 11, 2010, 07:11:23 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-c215rYqk

Imagine this guy's opinion on Static impulse, i think he would have a heart attack.

lulz

Hahaha ya that guy is NUTS


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 12, 2010, 09:04:36 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-c215rYqk

Imagine this guy's opinion on Static impulse, i think he would have a heart attack.

lulz

LOL. What is this I don't even...  :P ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 12, 2010, 09:15:27 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-c215rYqk

Imagine this guy's opinion on Static impulse, i think he would have a heart attack.

lulz
sheesh... that guy seriously needs a chill pill :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: ashflower on September 12, 2010, 09:50:46 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-c215rYqk

Imagine this guy's opinion on Static impulse, i think he would have a heart attack.

lulz
BAHAHA oh lord I need moar


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 12, 2010, 10:06:41 pm
OK. I have to ask one question.  If he's supposed to be Italian....how the hell did he get the last name BENSON?  LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Asianhawk on September 12, 2010, 10:29:40 pm
I think the new solo album sounds fresh and contemporary...I do hope the grunts/screeches aren't on EVERY song, but the 2 songs on myspace, are phenomenal... I will be playing this album to dust for sure. I wait year after year for James' solo albums, because it is finally where he can exude his vocals unlike anywhere else. Now with Mike gone(for a while atleast) I am sure James with have more freedom to express himself musically in Dream Theater.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: ashflower on September 12, 2010, 10:32:08 pm
Now with Mike gone(for a while atleast) I am sure James with have more freedom to express himself musically in Dream Theater.

Oh snap


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: DreamerTV on September 13, 2010, 06:09:05 am
OK. I have to ask one question.  If he's supposed to be Italian....how the hell did he get the last name BENSON?  LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

Becouse he was born in England and he lived there for 20 years (1945-1965), then he moved to Rome...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 13, 2010, 09:57:58 am
OK. I have to ask one question.  If he's supposed to be Italian....how the hell did he get the last name BENSON?  LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

Becouse he was born in England and he lived there for 20 years (1945-1965), then he moved to Rome...

Ahhhh......thank you for that.....I just found it odd that he speaks such fluent Italian, but he has a last name that is so totally not Italian....I just changed my own last name to hyphenate it so that I have my own Italian last name back in there.  People didn't think I was of Italian descent either. 


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Alan564 on September 13, 2010, 12:46:27 pm
OK. I have to ask one question.  If he's supposed to be Italian....how the hell did he get the last name BENSON?  LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

Becouse he was born in England and he lived there for 20 years (1945-1965), then he moved to Rome...

Ahhhh......thank you for that.....I just found it odd that he speaks such fluent Italian, but he has a last name that is so totally not Italian....I just changed my own last name to hyphenate it so that I have my own Italian last name back in there.  People didn't think I was of Italian descent either. 

Sweet im actually of Italian descent too my mom's last name is Carrozzi although i dont know a word of Italian  :(


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 13, 2010, 01:32:54 pm
Nice Alan!  I had to speak some Italian growing up as we lived with my Nonna.  I am happy that I do have another language to speak though.   ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Zamagna on September 13, 2010, 02:09:25 pm
Hey, i'm kinda italian too =D

Although Zamagna doesn't sound italian, it is,my fathers side,unfortunately i never learned italian DX


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Alan564 on September 13, 2010, 04:57:35 pm
Nice Alan!  I had to speak some Italian growing up as we lived with my Nonna.  I am happy that I do have another language to speak though.   ;)

I might not speak any Italian but im perfectly Bilingual (French-English) I miss my Nonna she made the best gnocchi  ;) lol


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 13, 2010, 07:58:05 pm
You want gnocchi?  Okay!
(http://www.northcoastjournal.com/042607/FOOD-gnocchi_IMGP3182.jpg)

I know I can't cook like a Nonna yet...but you know, there is still time... :D :D :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Alan564 on September 13, 2010, 09:54:16 pm
is it a stereotype to say that all Nonnas can cook? lol


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 13, 2010, 11:48:20 pm
man i find those clips as a cruel preview ;)



can't wait for my copy to arrive


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 14, 2010, 12:40:07 am
man i find those clips as a cruel preview ;)
That's why I keep away from 'em ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 14, 2010, 01:17:26 am
Anyone else noticed - the closer to release date, the slower the days drag by? Now they're crawling by like a snail, goddammit  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on September 14, 2010, 02:11:48 am
Just posted on JLB's facebook.

New James LaBrie song from Static Impulse should be premiering tomorrow (Tuesday 09/14/10) More details to come... Stay tuned!!!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 14, 2010, 02:15:01 am
Just posted on JLB's facebook.

New James LaBrie song from Static Impulse should be premiering tomorrow (Tuesday 09/14/10) More details to come... Stay tuned!!!

yay!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: #1KJLFAN on September 18, 2010, 05:19:31 pm
Hey James, Matt and the rest of the guys... you mentioned that Static Impulse is your strongest effort to date... now there is an undestatement if there ever was one... the new record is absolutely dynamite... this is just terrific stuff and consistent high quality from beginning to end... congratulations to everyone involved on having rendered such a wonderful piece of work... you were right, quite heavy but still very melodic... I just can't get enough of this... well done boys, well done in deed... perhaps I should say I am a bit lucky having picked up the record a touch early at ProgPower USA last week... for those that do not have it yet believe me... you will not be disappointed with this... if you appreciate James then this new record runs true to form... IT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY...  bl


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 19, 2010, 07:23:33 pm
Matt's UPTADE.

"Hey everybody! We're about 8 days away from the release of Static Impulse. It's been getting GREAT reviews and high marks from the critics, so we're VERY happy about that. James and I are getting a lot of questions about touring so in case you're wondering... We definitely want to tour and are currently trying to work that out. In the meantime, spread the word... and thanks for all the awesome feedback! Cheers" --Matt


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 20, 2010, 02:13:21 am
Matt's UPTADE.

"Hey everybody! We're about 8 days away from the release of Static Impulse. It's been getting GREAT reviews and high marks from the critics, so we're VERY happy about that. James and I are getting a lot of questions about touring so in case you're wondering... We definitely want to tour and are currently trying to work that out. In the meantime, spread the word... and thanks for all the awesome feedback! Cheers" --Matt


on friday i got an email from CM Distro that my preorder was being shipped I am STOAKED!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 20, 2010, 02:26:21 am
Matt's UPTADE.

"Hey everybody! We're about 8 days away from the release of Static Impulse. It's been getting GREAT reviews and high marks from the critics, so we're VERY happy about that. James and I are getting a lot of questions about touring so in case you're wondering... We definitely want to tour and are currently trying to work that out. In the meantime, spread the word... and thanks for all the awesome feedback! Cheers" --Matt


on friday i got an email from CM Distro that my preorder was being shipped I am STOAKED!
mine hasn't been dispatched yet :(


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Alan564 on September 20, 2010, 04:59:31 pm
Im counting the days  :D I wonder if he will do a signing close to my home when the album comes out. I have yet to meet him  ;)


Title: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: goo-goo on September 20, 2010, 11:30:02 pm
Well guys, time for my Static Impulse review.

I've been listening to Static Impulse album since Friday afternoon. Laser's Edge Online store had it on sale since the Progpower weekend and the shipping was delayed because of Ken and company had to come back from PP and ship the delayed stuff. Anyways, I got my copy on Friday, so I've had some time to digest Static Impulse.

When I first heard the screams on the first released song, I was concerned. I'm a bit picky on screams/growls in music. Some I like, most of them I don't, some I just can't stand. Some of them take time (Opeth's Watershed) , some of them just hit me and bam (i.e. Epica's Design Your Universe). I was very careful with this album since well, it features James on vocals, and I'm a big fan of Matt Guillory and Marco Sfogli; but at the same time a new rhythm section was in place (Ray and Peter). So it was kind of a new territory for this "new band" (quoting it because of the new rhythm section) and this new direction the band was taking.

I'll start with the production. Upon my first listen, I thought James' voice was a bit low in the mix and the drums sounded a bit compressed and the bass a bit buried. Key word: FIRST LISTEN. The guitars and keyboards sounded amazing, especially the guitar. I thought Jens Borgen had done a good job,but  not a great job (like Katatonia's latest album or Opeth's Watershed). But upon listening to Static Impulse I came to the conclusion that it has an AMAZING sound. It's crisp and clear, but with depth and instrument separation. The blend between James' voice and Peter's screams is necessary for this album (you'll hear it in Who Do You Think I Am, the build up before the chorus). This song is the song that made me LOVE this album, even though is not my favorite song off it. That's when I realized that the mix and production is perfect the way it is. I think the voices sound more like instruments than singing compared to previous albums. Frameshift and even in EoP's production, the voice was up there in the mix. In this one, it's just part of the whole equation, the whole artistic view. Think of it as in Tool's 10000 Days where Maynard's voice is "very low" in the mix...It's mixed like an instrument and not like "the voice and it needs to be higher than the rest of the instruments".

I haven't paid much attention to the artwork because the album was a bit hard to understand, to digest. This is a side of James' solo albums that at first glance, it IS (was) hard to digest/accept/listen (screaming/growls). Elements of Persuasion was so surprising with the heavyness but retained the clean voice (and I personally loved that contrast). With Static Impulse, that contrast goes even further. It is heavier than EoP but the music now sounds like it was recorded by a band. It seems like JLB band and Mullmuzzler are two different identities, even though the main core is still together (James and Matt). All of this makes the album a treat to listen. I know the screams/vocals are going to be hard to get and listen to, but once it hits you, IT HITS YOU.

I've been enjoying the album daily, playing it non-stop since Friday, trying to make up my mind about it. As I write this, if you accept the screaming, it will be probably the best output James, Matt and company have done (works as a solo artist). Dream Theater (I apologize for the comparison) wanted to try something with the scream/growls, and in my point of view, it didn't work. In Static Impulse, it was done properly and it is part of the "concept" of the album.
If you give the screaming/growls a chance, this might be the best album of 2010. James' voice sounds better than ever and I think he will just continue to improve (I have no idea how he will do that). It took me some time to digest the album, and I'm pretty sure it will take some time for some of you out there. But once it hits you, IT WILL HIT YOU.

9/10

PS - This Is War might be the weakest song on the album. The lyrics to Coming Home will definitely bring a tear or two. Peter's drumming and the screams are the surprise of the album. Can't say anything more about Marco's playing, but his guitar tone/sound is monstrous on this album. I still feel Ray's bass is a bit low, can't hear him well. Loved Matt's sounds and lyrics.







Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: GatherYeRosebuds on September 23, 2010, 02:31:57 am

*cough* UK!!! *cough*

(Subtle, am I not?)

Yes! Please come to Britaaain!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 23, 2010, 02:51:29 am

*cough* UK!!! *cough*

(Subtle, am I not?)

Yes! Please come to Britaaain!

West coast of the US might be cool too


:P


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 23, 2010, 03:53:32 am
The day is coming and I'm getting excited.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SteveTheater on September 23, 2010, 10:35:04 am
Guess what I bought today?  ;)

(http://i53.tinypic.com/2e6bmop.jpg)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 23, 2010, 10:38:00 am
You lucky!  ;D

As long as amazon doesn't fail I'll have it in my hand in 2 days.  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: MuumiPeikko on September 23, 2010, 10:40:30 am
Lucky you, Steve! I don't even guess when Russian local label realize Static Impulse. It could be delay about month  :'(


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review
Post by: goo-goo on September 23, 2010, 07:48:37 pm
Just bumping it...hehe

It keeps getting better and better with every listen.

"Unfortunately", this album has been shadowing Black Country Communion and Oceansize's new albums.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Jester84 on September 23, 2010, 10:07:09 pm
Just got my S.I. CD and Shirt...the shirt is awesome and the CD.....ahhhh nothing short of phenominal. "coming home" wow that hit me in the heart it was beautiful!!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review
Post by: SeRoX on September 23, 2010, 10:29:10 pm
I think this thread should be sticked and re-named offical Static Impulse Review thread. So, everyone writes here their reviews and James could read easily.

I'll post mine as soon as I dig the album.


PS: DAMN amazon.com >:(


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on September 24, 2010, 09:16:18 am
Good for you guys!  Let us know what you think about the CD when you get your listen to it.  I will have to wait until Tuesday to get my copy.  At least, I hope so - the area I live in isn't really known for people liking rock / metal.  I live in an area where dance / pop / free style rules.  I just hope HMV or Best Buy carries it Tuesday.....just 1 copy...it's all I need!   :D :D :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 24, 2010, 12:28:07 pm
You know what?

MY COPY HAS ARRIVED.
;D :D 8)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 24, 2010, 12:31:18 pm
Awww... you guys who already got their actual copies are so lucky... I still have to wait...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on September 24, 2010, 12:46:47 pm
I will have to wait until it is in the shops, but that's ok, as long as I get it.  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 24, 2010, 01:30:40 pm
Got "Static Impulse" this afternoon and listened to it in the car on the way home. The songs are amazing, and James sings great. It's better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT. James should be more involved in the songwriting process of the next DT album.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Magdalena63 on September 24, 2010, 02:18:46 pm
I have just listened to a few more tracks off Static Impulse and I will most definitely be buying it.  :) Instantly loved both.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on September 24, 2010, 02:19:12 pm
FIRST REACTION TO THE ALBUM: What a fucking vocal show!  8)

The rest will come.  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review
Post by: Donna on September 24, 2010, 03:48:20 pm
Okay....by request, I have "stickied" this thread for you guys to post all your reviews upon listening to the CD.  Those of you who don't appreciate "spoilers"....STAY OUT UNTIL YOU GET THE CD if you don't want to read.  Any new threads of reviews will be merged with this one.... ;)

I know we are all getting the CD at different times around the world, so feel free to post it up when you want....

Thank you!  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: goo-goo on September 24, 2010, 04:38:49 pm
Got "Static Impulse" this afternoon and listened to it in the car on the way home. The songs are amazing, and James sings great. It's better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT. James should be more involved in the songwriting process of the next DT album.

I agree with this...but it wasn't James by himself. Matt Guillory also worked on this..

Mhmm..Matt as an outside producer for DT's next album??? Food for the thought  :P


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 24, 2010, 04:44:08 pm
Got "Static Impulse" this afternoon and listened to it in the car on the way home. The songs are amazing, and James sings great. It's better than anything Dream Theater have done since SDOIT. James should be more involved in the songwriting process of the next DT album.

I agree with this...but it wasn't James by himself. Matt Guillory also worked on this..

Mhmm..Matt as an outside producer for DT's next album??? Food for the thought  :P

why not James as an inside co-producer? I believe he produced SI. ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Orodaran on September 24, 2010, 06:58:01 pm
It won't be out until next week, grrr...

I guess I could download it but since the samples interested me enough to make a sure fact that I will buy the CD, why spoil the surprise beforehand?  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on September 25, 2010, 12:33:31 am
Got my copy in my hand right now. My review will come in due time ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Dargor on September 25, 2010, 01:10:38 pm
Black Country Communion and Oceansize? Never heard those bands/acts... Not a true rival for an album James is on, come on Oscar!  ;D

I'll post my review as soon as I have heard the cd, but I am very curious and I have it ordered.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: SeRoX on September 25, 2010, 02:15:14 pm
SeRoX Static Impulse Review

I got SI yesterday. The first impression was "FUCK YEAH" SI has one of the best vocal work James has done since 2000/2002 with DT.

One More Time
This is the first track we had before SI released. I think James picked it up for a special reason. It has so many screaming vocal lines which I think pretty OK.  OMT is so moving song and starting with screaming vocal. First, it may be come interesting and somehow irritating but when you listen more than once you will get used to it. I tried to compare this song the others James did at the past but it really sounds fresh and new. The most interesting point is chorus for me. James sounds really different and in the same time powerful. I love the guitar riffs. Marco did an amazing job.

Jekyll or Hyde
WOW. It sounds so heavy. This really reminds me Swedish Metal. It has screaming vocal but it's too short. James sounds like he did on Awake even hard in some lines. The whole keyboard work is really awesome. The first second you hear James voice reminds me "In Too Deep" from EoP. This song is also very moving. I adore every second of Morco's job. One of the radio-friendly track on the album.

Mislead
The begining keybord melody is totaly awesome and somewhat unique to my ears. This melody adds a dramatic atmosphere to the song. Where you think this song is moving that melody makes it genuisly dramatic song which I really adore. No doubt, one of the most creative work that Matt Guillory has done. As I can see, some of us are aware of screaming vocal which I found pretty acceptable in tree songs. As for "Mislead" There is no second that screaming vox bothers, imo. Well  arrangement. Like always James pointed: think that screaming thing is another instrument on the song. Peter's done very well, especially in "Mislead". Another creative point is guitar solo. This is the proof that James is still connected his roots. I mean, progressive. Considering, musics are made by James and Marco, at least the editing of what the music sounds like. Morco's solos are sounding creatively fresh and also faithfully progressive. And last, vox of course. The real point of my excitement. To be honest, this is the best condition I hear him. Considering "Awake" is my favourite DT album so far there is nothing on the world can make me happy to hear James like he did on Awake. I like his harsh style. Mislead includes both clean and harsh. This agressive tone also fits the way of "Static Impulse" atmosphere. Like the way James does clean vocal on chrous. Some pretty high notes also make me very thankful. Like I said before If I am not mistake  "the last second on Mislead" a pretty high note from James shows up. It is mind-blowing moment. Overall, Mislead takes one step foward for me. Somehow "Misleadddddddddddddddddddddd" reminds me "Crucifyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy" which is sweet. I also think that "Mislead" is radio-friendly song so far.

Euphoric
The starting melody makes you feel like you dream of the wonderland. What a great start. You first think this song keeps that mellow atmosphere but no, it is going slightly agressive and heavy. I think this song my favourite on the album. I love all the vocal James's done. Nothing like he did before, sounds so fresh, agressive, new and somehow melancholic. It has some high vocal line on the chrous. James uses his clean vocal on it. We need to thank Matt for his keyboard and background vocal work. After the last chrous his keyboard shines. Sounding sad and it takes you to the song and think about the world. Every ins conveys the feeling. Somehow, Euphoric reminds me some Frameshift songs but maybe this is because of James' singing style.

Over The Edge
One of the most intesting song on SI. Because it has different singing style. I really supried while listening second part of it. It's so fast. I can't catch the lyrics. Some part of it reminds me Pretender. Over The Edge has one the of the unqiue guitar solo. Completly different and new. Well edited keyboard performance by Matt. The other thing is chrous again because almost every chrous on SI is very catchy. Moving song but it conveys the sadness with riffs and vocal.

I Need You
I admit that screaming thingy doesn't fit but I don't mind, sure it would be so awesome without it. Again, you will get used to it after one more listen. Also, this is second track we had before SI released. I love the gloomy keyboard work in the begining of the song but when James begins the vocal it goes in a different direction. His style makes it "Hey folks, let's fucking rock" and then again chrous conveys a little depressing feeling. The subject of the song is also sad and when it unites with the melody there is great work. It also includes a great guitar solo. Actually I can't decide the atmosphere that I Need You has, some part of it sad and some part of it moving and this makes it sound fresh.

Who You Think I Am
So heavy, so moving. One of my favourite. It has a very amazing brigde before the chrous. I also love the lyrics about it. It has some message about James, I guess. A personal one maybe. I keep saying this but again I really adore Marco's work here. The solo is amazing and heavy. The other point is Matt's work. Somehow his works make the album so agressive and melancholic. Need to add this, I really love what Peter has done with his screaming vocal. It totally fits.

I Tried
Starts with very unique keyboard. Compared to the other moving songs it has its moving moments but the whole atmosphere is different. Maybe I would say it's another "Smashed" from EoP. It has no screaming vox line. That's good thing at least for this song because generally like I said it could be moving but sounding mellow. A great chrous again by James. The last chrous and the last line sung with a high note which may come epic. I love JLB's high note. Matt's has done great work too. I think they are great team on the vox. I nearly cried when Matt begins with piano. It is really making me. What a great editing.

Just Watch Me
It's totaly blown me away. Hey it's tricky song. You supposed to think it's a ballad because it starts with Matt's piano and makes you feel a little sad but NO! It's suddenly changing the direction. It goes wild and you are like "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?, IS MY COPY BROKEN?" Of course this was my reaction to it. I think this song the moment Matt's highlight work. A great keyboard work here. The other awesome thing is YES! JAMES HAS MANY HIGH NOTES ON THE CHROUS. Totally blown away by it. James still got it. I have to add that Ray Riendeau (basist) shines on it. Compared to the other songs I really hear the bass line and they sound so fresh and new.

This Is War
YEAH! It's really war. It start with screaming thing but it doesn't bother. Because of the atmosphere it really fits well. This is probably the heaviest song on the album. In some reviews This Is War is ranked low but I really love the agressive and heavy sound. A suprising thing is there is a mellow part in it. This album has many tricky and suprising part. A mellow part in a heavy and moving song comes very interesting at first but it's great constrat. Another vocal show by LaBrie because some part has lower register and some has high register. "What Are You Waiting For, THIS IS WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" Wow, it's EPIC!

Superstar
Totaly reminds me "The Mirror" from Awake and "Confronting The Devil" from Mullmuzzler 2. Sounds really heavy and agressive. The vocal style brings you the moments of all Awake.  Another radio-friendly song from SI. It has complicating guitar work on it. This is the least favourite for me but I admit, I really adore the guitar solo.

Coming Home
Before saying something about it. I remind you my preview.
Maybe this is so early to say that but Coming Home is going to be the greatest JLB's ballad ever. From what I hear (sample) it sounds amazing.
I'm happy I stand correct about it, at least for myself. I really miss the JLB'S low register voice. It's so relaxing. Every credit goes with James bacause he is the star of the song. What can I say more? It totally conveys the feeling, takes you heaven and you are under James vocal show. The whole acustic solo makes you feel sad. YEAH this song is sad and it has to be.

OVERALL
First, to me this album one of the best metal album released at 2010. Sounds fresh and unique. It sounds new because James unites progressive and swedish metal which seems really weird at first but when you take a look you will find it very epic. We have to be open-minded about music and I really adore James bravery about trying new sound.

The other point I want to share is, look other frontmen who released their solo albums. They sound like they did on their own bands. Yeah there also examples who they don't but they are so under-realized. James sounds completly different comparing Dream Theater which is so positive. That means he has many musical ideas in his mind and he uses for his own. I hope he will use his ideas for DT.

To me, Static Impulse is better than Elements Of Persuasions in every way. Improved guitar works, bass lines, a new direction, agressive and heavy atmosphere but most realized thing is vox. This is the best vocal work James has done with DT since SFAM and SDOIT. He sounds stable and powerful. Maybe I said so because I really adore the voice he used on Awake and SDOIT. I love his agressive tone and plus many high notes are welcome with this album.

Thanks Guys, great work.
And last, here is my rank. I know it may be so early to rank but this is the first impression.

1- Euphoric
2- Just Watch Me
3- Coming Home
4- Over The Edge
5- Mislead
6- I Tried
7- I Need You
8- Who You Think I Am
9 - This Is War
10- One More Time
11- Jekyll or Hyde
12- Superstar


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: goo-goo on September 25, 2010, 03:14:02 pm
Black Country Communion and Oceansize? Never heard those bands/acts... Not a true rival for an album James is on, come on Oscar!  ;D

I'll post my review as soon as I have heard the cd, but I am very curious and I have it ordered.

LOL

I'm shocked you haven't heard Oceansize. They are from England...Get Everyone Into Position, Frames, and their new one...Self Preserved something.
black Country Communion is Glen Hughes, Derek Sherinian, Jason Bonham  and Joey Bonamassa (sp?). It's a supergroup, kind of like Chickenfoot.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Dargor on September 25, 2010, 03:49:40 pm
Alright, I'll try to get my ears around their music eventually  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Silent Maniac on September 25, 2010, 09:03:09 pm
For starters....I never thought in a million years I would ever hear myself say "I like growling vocals in music". BUT....I think you guys have acheived something pretty unique here in that is really works with all the music in the album. Furthermore, I also didn't expect that STATIC IMPULSE would have a chance at rivaling EOP. It looks like I am eating my words right now.

And for what it's worth.......OVER THE EDGE has a HUGE potential at reaching a larger market that what a band of this type of music could expect. The powers that be outta market the hell out of that song.


Just my 2 and a half cents...


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: goo-goo on September 26, 2010, 01:14:01 am
Alright, I'll try to get my ears around their music eventually  ;)

I would recommend Oceansize more than Black Country...BC is more of a hard rock oriented band...Oceansize is more experimental, a little bit of Tool, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, post-rock stuff...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: lutima on September 26, 2010, 03:44:53 am
Bought SI in a local shop in a VERY small town here in Holland on Friday !! Unbelievable  ;)
After listening to it several times, I must say I'm SO glad not every song has Peter's growling vocals. I thought I could get used to them, but in some moments it just doesn't fit the song, but that's only IMHO  ;)
As for the album, I didn't expect anything less ! I knew this album would ROCK all the way and it seems the world agrees with us  8)
So James and Matt congratulations with this awesome album and enjoy all the great reviews and comments everywhere, you deserve it !  :-*

Caroline


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on September 26, 2010, 04:58:13 am
Uh... according to amazon, my copy is on its way... Gawd let the time fly by as quickly as possible


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Silent Maniac on September 26, 2010, 03:30:55 pm
For starters....I never thought in a million years I would ever hear myself say "I like growling vocals in music". BUT....I think you guys have acheived something pretty unique here in that is really works with all the music in the album. Furthermore, I also didn't expect that STATIC IMPULSE would have a chance at rivaling EOP. It looks like I am eating my words right now.

And for what it's worth.......OVER THE EDGE has a HUGE potential at reaching a larger market that what a band of this type of music could expect. The powers that be outta market the hell out of that song.


Just my 2 and a half cents...
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Correction on my last post.....I meant to say "EUPHORIC".....although the more I listent to "OVER THE EDGE" it does have the potential to reach a larger group of listeners as well.]


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: cgarmstrong on September 27, 2010, 03:58:07 pm
Hey guys, I think I fit in with the general consensus - not normally being a great fan of screaming vocals in music, but this album has shown me that it can work - and it can work really well.
I think my opinion of screaming vocals would be something like:

Just clean vocals - I really like
Mixture of clean vocals AND screams - can work on occasion but in small quantities (a bit brutal for me) so not a massive fan of
Just screams - not a fan of at all - very rare I'd keep listening to a song with them in.

HOWEVER, I think the reason I'm enjoying the screams in Static Impulse so much is because the vocalist screaming is not the vocalist singing. They are two distinct entities - two distinct instruments almost. I really enjoy the parts of the album where the screaming and singing are layered over each other, or have a 'call and response' section - it's sounds great, compliments the meaty heaviness of the album and keeps LaBrie's parts singable without straining his voice. What more could you want? (forgive me for not mentioning specific places within songs where this layering happens - I have barely heard the whole thing through once yet!). I feel the same with DT's A Nightmare to Remember - Portnoy's growled vocals add a certain brutality to the song which really enhances it.

I'm interested to hear everyone on this board's opinion about having one vocalist screaming and one singing. I am definitely not a connoisseur of vocals by any stretch of the imagination, but the times I have heard songs which include both screamed sections and sung sections, there is almost always only one vocalist doing both parts. This normally means that the vocalist in question may not excel at both screaming and singing, weakening the effect (and quite possibly damaging his voice in the process :p ). Because LaBrie and Matt both play to their strengths, the screams really work well and I'm a massive fan of them!

I also agree that the bass doesn't sound too prominent (disclaimer - I am only on first listen through), but I had to mention the drum fill at 1:30 into Just Watch Me; I was initially blown away by the drums, but the bass is very noticeable during those few seconds and it sounds great. It's definitely a shame it doesn’t show up more often.

All in all, this could well be ranked very highly in my LaBrie albums, as well as second in my favourite metal releases of 2010. (But I am an Iron Maiden fan, so it would have to be godlike to be first ;)  )

I am definitely not a disbeliever - so I hope there's no need to walk the plank ;)

Chris

PS this is also my first post here - I've been a DT fan for a few years now, thought it was about time to try and properly get into the various forums, so rather than creating a simple post saying hi, I thought I'd jump straight into the thick of it and give my tuppence worth!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 27, 2010, 04:39:56 pm
Static Impulse is an amazing album.

My favorite songs so far are "Euphoric", "Coming Home" and "Jekyll Or Hyde".

But there isn't any weak song on the album.  ;D

I also enjoy Marco Sfogli's guitar work, although I am not a guitar player.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Donna on September 27, 2010, 05:59:36 pm
Well Chris - we welcome you to the Board!  err...I mean...
WELCOME ABOARD MATEY!!!    :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Natt on September 28, 2010, 01:57:59 am
All in all, this could well be ranked very highly in my LaBrie albums, as well as second in my favourite metal releases of 2010. (But I am an Iron Maiden fan, so it would have to be godlike to be first ;) 
I've been a lifelong fan of Maiden, too, but you know what? The Final Frontier Maiden released earlier this year is a kickass album, but compared to their own selves, it's nothing new. Just doing what they're best at. Now, with LaBrie's Static Impulse - it's very unexpected, daring and very strong musically. So, if ranking LaBrie above Maiden is blasphemy, then I'll have to put them on the same level. For all I care ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Dave52 on September 28, 2010, 04:17:59 am
Just ordered it from Amazon, should get it by Thursday - I'll post some thoughts later...  Exciting.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: GatherYeRosebuds on September 28, 2010, 12:28:28 pm
I just received and listened through the album.

Wow.

The pummelling opening numbers are intense, but I think it's the latter half of this album that seized me - when James's voice really begins to shine, the songs diversify and rhythmically everything fits together. Just Watch Me as even more epic than I'd expected from the sample, and would be my favourite on the album, but:

Coming Home. Just... Coming Home. That song wrung more emotion from me than most entire albums do; spine shivered, tears jerked. It's beautiful in every sense of the word.

I'll be uploading a more formal review to ultimate-guitar.com sometime, hopefully.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Donna on September 28, 2010, 12:50:48 pm
Listening to it right now....while doing mashed potatoes...... :D
Fav so far:  Euphoric.  However,  by reading some of your reviews, I will have the tissue box close by for Coming Home.   

 :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: cgarmstrong on September 28, 2010, 01:07:51 pm
if ranking LaBrie above Maiden is blasphemy, then I'll have to put them on the same level.

I shall do that! Yes, it was nothing breathtakingly new, but Satellite 15 was certainly a good effort to be different.

In LaBrie news, Who You Think I Am is my current favourite song. Thanks for the welcomes!  :D

Chris


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Donna on September 28, 2010, 01:18:50 pm
OK.  GRAB KLEENEX FOR COMING HOME. 
Yes, I cried.  Bad.  This song is beautiful, but it scares me.  The mere thought of those lyrics, as a married woman.  OMgosh. 

I do indeed love this CD already.  I love the contrast, and I can't wait 'til my man hears it.  You all did a fantastic job, and I can FEEL that your hearts are in this one.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the background vocals on OMT and CH. 



Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: SeRoX on September 28, 2010, 01:37:37 pm
I usually check James LaBrie's lastfm page for informations. Last week, the chart had only Mislead on number 2 and listened 200-250 times and the most listened one is "Alone" from Eop like 250-275 times.

And look the charts now!

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2934/jhjh.jpg)

That's pretty impressive.  :o


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: MuumiPeikko on September 28, 2010, 03:34:27 pm
Bought digipack today!
Waiting worth it - the whole album is nuclear blast! I'll write my review later  :)
Hope my neighbors also like it  :P it asks himself for high loudness!  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Natt on September 28, 2010, 05:22:36 pm
Okay, here are my thoughts about the album. Try not to fall asleep halfway through the reading  ;D

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to James, Matt & the gang on a mindblowing album. Everyone did an excellent work contributing to what may easily become one of the best albums of the year.

I remember a conversation MuumiPeikko and I had when the 12-track list of “Static Impulse” was revealed. Having in mind that the album was announced to take off in a really heavy direction, he said then “it’s better be really awesome or the album will be very hard to digest.” And guess what - it’s really awesome. It’s heavy, it’s modern, it’s aggressive, it’s energetic, it’s melody-ridden – you name it. But the key words are MELODIC and HEAVY. A killer combination, if you ask me.

“Static Impulse” is a mix of styles, which I find particularly pleasant. Melodic death, progressive metal and pop all blend in very well, and not only musically. Various types of vocals – clean, harsh, screams & growls – are provided by three very different voices, which is not something you can often find on a singer’s solo album.

Looking through different reviews, I came across the complaint that SI is “one-dimensional”. If to speak about general direction – yes, it’s pretty much so, apart from the last song. But within that dimension, the albums takes off to its extreme and various levels of that dimension.

It’s a kind of record that grips you right from the start, and you’ll be headbanging to it before you know. I did.  ;) A lot. Couldn’t help it.  :)
The first thing that struck me about the record is the incredibly rich guitars and keys sound. The co-work between the two instruments is simply amazing, and Matt’s trademark guitar-style sound sometimes makes it hard to tell whose solo it is.
Vocals are unbelievably good. Although there are a few odd screams here and there, most of the time it’s a fine contrast between James’ soaring voice and Peter Wildoer’s deep growls with Matt Guillory’s backing vocals wedged in between. For those who find extreme vocals vexing, there are half of the songs that contain clean vocals only.

With production being top notch by and large, the mixing could and should have been slightly better imo. The drums, for one, are outstanding, but it takes a good strain of an ear to hear all the complexity of drum work because sometimes it sounds too jammed and noisy. The bass lines, on the contrary, are often barely audible at all, which is a shame. The bass brings in an intriguing and somewhat jazzy vibe – throw that in a melting pot of styles that SI is, too. And vocals are a tad bit too low in the mix, too. But one huge positive change from EoP is that there’s no loudness war, the sound is nice and smooth. Thanks to Jens Bogren, our ears bleed metaphorically and not physically.

There are two types of songs on the album: solid&good and solid gold.  :) Each track has a tight hit-oriented structure. Not the best idea considering the risk of all songs sounding pretty much alike, but that’s not the case because while being leveled out stylistically, each track has its own strong melody, both distinct and catchy. And indeed, almost every track has potential to be a radio hit.

One More Time is a huge surprise. It’s powerful, dynamic and diverse, driving through extreme metal to almost pop sound towards the end, but it’s laden with screams and only choruses are left for James to sing. It’s the only song on the album where screams are severely misplaced imo, but that goes for verses only. Peter’s vocals do fine in the chorus.

Jekyll or Hyde is one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s also one of if not the heaviest, with cool groove and vocal lines wisely shared between clean vocals and growls. 2:29-2:45 is the most badass instrumental bit of the album.  8)

Mislead is a killer track with supreme drumming (just a take a good listen to what Peter Wildoer does with his kit! :o ) and bold lyrics that makes you want to go out and bust some skulls (not to be taken literally!  ;D ). Instrumental madness during the last chorus is priceless, too.

Euphoric comes as a beautiful breather after the 3 opening tracks that slay and rip non-stop. A great romantic song with dreamily wispy keyboards, memorable solo, great background vocals and a pop touch (the “Nobody’s wrong here, nobody’s right” part).

Over The Edge is a kickass song with a chorus so catchy you’ll find yourself singing along to it before long. Not to mention some sick riffs & solos.

I Need You is another fine example of Gothen-prog metal with an accented contrast between verses and choruses – and some blastbeats, too.

Who You Think I Am should definitely be a radio hit. The song nails it in all senses, and those who think screams don’t work on the album – what about “You don’t – have a – clue – do you”? (That came out actually a little bit more ambiguous than I thought it would, but I actually was only referring to the vocal contrast in this line. :) )

I Tried is another 100% hit. Seriously. It should be aired on radio stations. It should have a video shot and rotating on music channels. Those people out there don’t know what they’re missing. One thing I particularly loved about this track is a bass solo.

Just Watch Me is an excellent heavy ballad with a heartfelt guitar solo. James is very diverse and shows some range on this one.

This Is War is fast-paced and dynamic. The chorus is very much alike to that of One More time, but, unlike it, the screams don’t sound so out of place. There’s a point at the beginning of pre-chorus when you think LaBrie’s vocals you’ll be hearing next are high-pitched, but then – snap, they’re almost a whisper. Gotcha.  :) Love that little trick.

Superstar is maybe less melodic than other songs, but just as good and catchy. One of my favorite vocal performances off SI.

Coming Home is a brilliant closer to the album. A beautiful, very thoughtful and sad ballad that reminds “Smashed” off Elements of Persuasion and Dream Theater’s “Disappear”. James’ voice goes straight into your heart, striking deepest chords down there – what more can I say?

The lyrics are good. Some of them are great, some not so – but overall they’re okay.

I can’t say this album will grow on me because I fell in love with it right away and once I realized screams & growls can actually work if wisely balanced and used to contrast with clean vocals, there are no more points I have to develop an acquired taste for. Will “Static Impulse” stand the test of time? I don’t know, we’ll wait and see. So far it rocks to no end.

9/10 and that’s not being generous (10/10 is  :P ).







Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: SeRoX on September 28, 2010, 05:29:30 pm
That's a enjoyful read, Natt. Thanks for review. Here is many points I agree with you. I also want to see your *early* favourite list off SI.  :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Natt on September 28, 2010, 06:01:20 pm
That's a enjoyful read, Natt. Thanks for review. Here is many points I agree with you. I also want to see your *early* favourite list off SI.  :D
Ok, according to my own classification :P  in no particular order: "solid gold" - Jekyll or Hyde, Coming Home, Euphoric, Who You Think I Am, Mislead, I Tried. All the rest - "solid&good" :) And it's an early list indeed


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: lifeofthemind on September 29, 2010, 12:23:55 am
Bought digipack today!
Waiting worth it - the whole album is nuclear blast! I'll write my review later  :)
Hope my neighbors also like it  :P it asks himself for high loudness!  ;D
  Haha!  My neighbors had better like it too.  My initial thoughts are: sadness at the cruel injustice that this isn't a full-time band, and being pretty sure that my nomination for album of the year is locked in.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on September 29, 2010, 04:37:28 pm
Static Impulse seems to be a bestseller at AMAZON.CA (Canada).

It's on #26 at the moment and has been on the top 100 for 31 days.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sookman on September 29, 2010, 05:38:50 pm
Just blasted through STATIC IMPULSE. Completely exceeded my expectations (which were high). 
Looking forward to live dates (which James hinted heavily at on the Used Bin Radio interview last night).


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: lifeofthemind on September 30, 2010, 01:14:52 am
My Remarks:

Standout Elements:
James’ textured, controlled performances.
Variety, risk-taking
Great tradeoffs between harsh and melodic, including breathtaking layered moments
Very progressive and dynamic instrumentation and song writing


Subtle touches:
Matt’s background vocals sound incredible
Stellar mixing and mastering
Nice lyrics that are easy to digest and cover a lot of thematic ground

Weaknesses:
Jekyll or Hyde only appears once?  I can’t think of any real ones.

One More Time:
As the first track I heard, I was concerned that this album would be too straightforward, too homogeneous, too screamy, and treating James like an afterthought.  Now, I see the error of my ways and realize that it’s a great opener to the album, and one of a few ‘take no prisoners’, ‘balls to the wall’, and assorted other clichés to describe the songs.  Peter sets a great energy for the song, and the whole album, with a solid verse of edge of your seat screams.  By the time James’ voice kicks in, we definitely need him to bring us back from a fight or flight response to Peter’s frantic voice.  Instrumentally this song is great, but doesn’t really indulge in fireworks, just keeps up its brutal weight and pace.

Jekyll or Hyde:
This is the best by so many metrics for me.  I find myself skipping to this track all the time.  The thing that sets it apart and most likely brings it into my upper echelon of all-time favorite songs is the sudden tempo change, intricate cymbal work, and shocking rapcore-like vocals in the prechorus… Peter single-handedly dominates this killer 3:47.  My only quibble is that the lyrics may not be as original as everyone thinks.  It seems oddly similar to a Wishbone episode I remember from growing up. 
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5125BSY4VJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Mislead:
This is the song that really got me excited pre-release.  The chorus is one of my favorite James moments here, and the fadeout chorus on top of a guitar solo and blastbeat is almost too much (in a good way) on my headphones.  Each part is so clear and together at the same time.  The lyrics are specific and opinionated without being partisan… reminds me of some of the great current event themed DT songs.  Tough to pull off, but I appreciate it.  Just one thing: Why isn’t the title spelled “Misled?”

Euphoric:
I can’t say enough good things about this song, so I’ll just say, the title is exactly how the this song makes me feel.

Over the Edge:
This might be the first cut on the album that really gives James a lot of room mix-wise and melodically.  The result is the singing version of one of those easy, sweet spot home runs.  I love the pace of this song, and Matt’s background vocals really seal the deal.

I Need You:
Very good song, but it felt a little too similar to One More Time the first time I heard it.  I’m appreciating the solos, sweet bridge, and moving lyrics more now.  I think this song might speak to me the most lyrically, although it’s hard to say it tops Coming Home, obviously.  I’ll have to think more on that.

Who You Think I am:
Awesome work on the drums and bass in this track.  I love the attitude, and I like to apply it to some of the more vocal anti-James youtube commenters.

I Tried:
The keyboard in this song SLAYS.  It reminds me of the organ part in Light My Fire by the Doors—completely makes the song and sears it into my head.  The team scores yet another really strong lyrical and instrumental composition.

Just Watch Me:
To me, this sounds just like “Head Over Feet” by another great Canadian, Alanis Morissette.  As such, I’ll irrelevantly quote from a review of that song on Amazon: “I would recommend the song, Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette to anyone! It is such a neat song; I LOVE it!!! She is such a wonderful singer. I think she packs all the rage of females into one tiny, little song! It is incredible.”

This is War:
Besides being war, this is also the high water mark for heaviness on SI.  Wicked drumming, super crunchy guitars, awesome screams, badass lyrics, and James runs the gamut from hard whispers, to packing a solid throaty punch behind compelling melodies.

Superstar:
Probably my least favorite, but it still needs some more face time due to it’s unfortunate position in the lineup.  The chord progression felt a little bland and nothing about the vocals or lyrics really stood out to grab my attention over everything else on the album.

Coming Home:
Perfection.  I love the little Count of Tuscany ‘water droplet’ keyboard touches on the chorus.  Not sure how else to describe them.  Heartbreaking lyrics delivered with such conviction.  I’m reminded of the performance of Disappear on Live at Budokan.  The melody holds some surprising peaks and valleys, very fitting with the story.  At first I wasn’t sure about ending the album on a downer, but I’m now convinced it was the right choice.  You really need to spend some time in quiet contemplation after hearing this bittersweet gem.

I don’t think I’ve ever written such a long review of an album before.  Thank you to anyone who read this, and a huge thank you to James, Matt, and all who were involved in making this.  It’s a much needed bright spot considering the recent goings-on in DT Land.  I hope I get the chance to support this effort on tour as well.

5/5


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: lifeofthemind on September 30, 2010, 01:32:45 am
As for my early favorites:
1. Jekyll or Hyde
2. Euphoric
3. Coming Home
4. Mislead
5. I Tried
6. Over The Edge
7. This is War
8. Just Watch Me
9. One More Time
10. I Need You
11. Who You Think I Am
12. Superstar


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Dave52 on October 01, 2010, 04:13:07 am
Ok, quick impressions then...

I've had the album for a couple of days and, to reiterate what James has already suggested on his Twitter, this is a rocking cd to drive to.  Turn it up and go somewhere - it really is a pleasure.  The musicianship on the album is top drawer (I’m a drummer and I think the guy on this album just tears it up, but in a subtle way, not too in your face).

I’m liking the melodies and the lyrics, and the contrast between James’ voice and the growling really works well (it also helps to differentiate between this and Dream Theater – James is the voice of DT after all, and it’s difficult to listen to an album like this without making comparisons).

Production is very good too, overall an excellent release.  Lastly, I’d like to say that the album closer, Coming Home is beautiful, and James does such a good job on it.  A really nice way to finish up (and I have to say the alternate mix on the Digipack version might be better than the album version).

Thanks James, and to all the guys who contributed to the cd, it will be in heavy rotation at my house…!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Magdalena63 on October 01, 2010, 12:54:54 pm
I have got mine at last.  ;D I have it playing now, I also listened to it while driving home, I didn't want to stop driving, but alas, I had to come home sometime. So far I love . `Over The Edge` `I Need You` and `Euphoric` but I have a lot of listening to do, so now it is an evening with myself, SI, a glass of wine, candle light and the wonderful aroma of incense burning, now to lose myself.

 The album is brilliant and I'm hooked.  ;)

Anita.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii80/lavi2585/untitled.jpg)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Freko on October 02, 2010, 10:59:44 am
I have got mine at last.  ;D I have it playing now, I also listened to it while driving home, I didn't want to stop driving, but alas, I had to come home sometime. So far I love . `Over The Edge` `I Need You` and `Euphoric` but I have a lot of listening to do, so now it is an evening with myself, SI, a glass of wine, candle light and the wonderful aroma of incense burning, now to lose myself.

 The album is brilliant and I'm hooked.  ;)

Anita.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii80/lavi2585/untitled.jpg)


That's how you enjoy an album!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Magdalena63 on October 02, 2010, 02:06:32 pm
That's how you enjoy an album!

It sure is.  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Dreamimages on October 02, 2010, 03:23:19 pm
Ordered my copy Sept 13th by a store name "Musicstore" in The Netherlands".
Those @ssh.... (sorry) received my copy finally last thursday...AND not the limited edition  ::)


So I was very in the mood for some serieus nuclear music then and bought it somewhere else... >:(

Favourites so far: Euphoric,Over The Edge,Mislead,I Tried,Just Watch Me and ofcourse Coming Home...Beautiful!

Must give this record more spins to come to a better judgment....love also Jekyll or Hide,but sorry don't like the growling vocals in this one. :-\
But the music and James' voice are awesome on this one!!


Title: Found Nugget.
Post by: SeRoX on October 03, 2010, 08:25:14 pm
I found a nugget!  ;D :P I guess.

A failed system,Inside and Out.

This line from Jekyll and Hyde and JLB's label is InsideOut.

 ;D :P


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: ashflower on October 03, 2010, 08:57:04 pm
After having heard this album about 10 times now, Mislead is still my favourite track. Peter's vocals really do fit the record, they add an extra layer to the whole package. I was afraid before I heard it that they'd be too high or too sharp in the mix, but they are properly "background" enough, such that James doesn't sound like he's competing with him.

My favourite bit of this album instrumentally is Marco's solo in Jekyll or Hyde. Tasty!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Nikostheater on October 04, 2010, 04:35:28 am
I am listening this album every day all day and i still can't figure what song is my favorite... the whole album is my favorite!
Indeed there is no weak song..
James 's best solo work ever!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Traveller69 on October 04, 2010, 05:35:53 am
James (and the other guys), a big thumbs up for a great album.

Like EoP I would like to describe this work as Melodic Heavy Metal. Referring to your previous album, which I found more leaning on melodic, this one is much more heavy. I think a lot of this has to do with the different style of drumming which makes it sound heavier. I also find the guitar playing more agressive with short bursting riffs.

When I heard the small audiobits with the growling and everything I had my doubts, but on most of the songs they fit perfectly. Most of the songs? yes, on a few they don't sound bad... but they are a bit in your face - right when I was expecting to hear your voice, and that is quite a difference  ;) I guess listening to it some more should clear that up.

I do have to say EoP touched me more as a person, with the whole theme of the album of a man growing up into adulthood, living live etc. Maybe it was because I was going through a divorce at the time and (re)finding my way in life, finding about who I am, that I connected more with that album. So, a late thanks for that album which gave me lots to think about and listen to to get me in the right mood set.

Back to SP - simpy a great really HEAVY album which still has enough melodic elements. I enjoy it thoroughly and hope I will be able to see and hear you in the Netherlands.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: hellrider on October 05, 2010, 10:42:43 pm
Loved the album, thought it was really great. Liked the way some of the songs kind of opened up in a sense. Didn't have to go through it many times to realize I liked it.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Progemon on October 06, 2010, 05:27:15 am
Finally got this album on monday. I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the screaming vox. I'm not a huge fan of those vox in general, but here it really works. It's probably because it is here as an accent and not as a dominant style. I really like this album. There's no weak song here and James sounds absolutely awesome and the vocal melodies are badass. This is heavy and very melodic. The more I listen to James' projects the more I get the feeling that he's been underused in recent DT, like he's on a leash. I hope that will change on the next album.

The mixing and the production is great. I especially like the guitar tone and how James sounds. My only gripe here is the dynamic range compression (stupid loudness war again  ::)). It sounds squashed. It doesn't breath well enough. It's stil a small step ahead of EOP in that matter though.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: YtseBitsySpider on October 06, 2010, 07:14:27 am
I heard "One More Time" on the way to work on Liquid Metal - sirius satellite radio, nice to hear it getting some play


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Leeroy455 on October 06, 2010, 08:19:43 am
Fantastic album. Havent stopped listening to it in the car!  8)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Nikostheater on October 06, 2010, 12:06:51 pm
This album proves that James is in top form.
I can't wait for the tour and the next DT album!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: YtseBitsySpider on October 06, 2010, 01:46:49 pm
This album proves that James is in top form.
I can't wait for the tour and the next DT album!

might be waiting a while on that one, unless you plan on drumming for them.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: TL on October 06, 2010, 02:06:43 pm
Hey everyone, long time fan, first time poster here.

This is such a great album. At first, I kind of liked it, but wasn't sure if it was up there with Elements of Persuasion, and the Mullmuzzler albums. After a few listens though (and after the shock of the harsh vocals wore off, I'm not normally a fan of harsh vocals, but they provide an interesting contrast on this album), it has really grown on me. James' suggestion to listen to it while going for a drive worked quite well. I especially like Euphoric, and I've liked Jekyll or Hyde more and more every time I've listened to it.

I really like how James' 'solo' albums are really more of a band style effort that he's heavily involved in. So many musicians use solo albums as an ego trip, but on all four of his solo efforts so far, you can really feel that the focus was entirely on creating some great music.

So again, great album. I can't wait to see what James brings to the table on the next DT album.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 06, 2010, 02:30:19 pm
Welcome, TL.  Glad you could finally join us here.   :)/me slides TL down a plate of nachos


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Rob on October 06, 2010, 04:20:37 pm
This album proves that James is in top form.
I can't wait for the tour and the next DT album!

might be waiting a while on that one, unless you plan on drumming for them.

Last I heard, they were still slated to enter the studio January 2011, unless something has changed.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: TL on October 06, 2010, 05:10:47 pm
*Eats some delicious nachos.*
It's great to feel welcome here. I genuinely can't wait to see what the future holds for DT. It's exciting.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Freko on October 06, 2010, 05:33:58 pm
have been listening non-stop to this album for a week now, it´s a killer disc.
I´m so very happy with this album, I will buy a few more just to support this amazing man.

thanks!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Magdalena63 on October 07, 2010, 01:28:21 am
Here is an interview with Matt Guillory talking about static impulse.

http://metalassault.com/Interviews/100610_James_LaBrie_Band.php


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Speakingbeast on October 07, 2010, 03:26:37 pm
I can't stop listening to the album - I'm usually a bit OCD with new music, but this is beyond my normal "habit", haha - thank you guys for making such a great record.  Here's to many more!



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on October 08, 2010, 09:06:11 am
Is "Static Impulse" James' best vocal performance since "Awake"? What do you think? I mean there are many great songs with amazing vocal performances he has released since 1994, but over all I think that "Static Impulse" is altogether his best output vocally since the early 90s.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Freko on October 08, 2010, 02:14:25 pm
Is "Static Impulse" James' best vocal performance since "Awake"? What do you think? I mean there are many great songs with amazing vocal performances he has released since 1994, but over all I think that "Static Impulse" is altogether his best output vocally since the early 90s.
I think it is the best vocal performance since Awake, the freedom of how he puts the words out are incredible, also there´s something "driven" with the voice. excellent sound also! all thumbs up!  :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Jacob on October 08, 2010, 03:50:12 pm
After listening to the album a bunch of times, I came to conclude it didn't fit me anyway but "Coming Home". It sounds "to me" too much noisy and sonorously aggressive. Surely it's pleased so many fans but being honest ... not me! James really sounds incredible as always he did. His voice and range really appeals me and fit my ears. But all those "guttural" vocals is too much for me. That's my personal opinion as an almost 16-year fan of Dream Theater.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 09, 2010, 06:46:56 am
FINALLY got it!  ;D 8) the digipack edition, the only one avalaible (honestly, since the bonus material was just two alternative versions of already existing songs on the record, I could have done without it, but at least I have a very nice  packaging  8))... now I can finally listen to it as you all have already done to death!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Progemon on October 09, 2010, 10:29:46 am
It sounds "to me" too much noisy....

Seems to me that you're hearing/sensing the "hot" mastering.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 10, 2010, 06:18:51 am
Heard it twice so far, I'm starting slowly to dig it  8)

First-impressions favorites are One More Time (still can't get the whole screaming verses, but the chorus is awesome), Mislead, Euphoric, I Need You, but all the songs are good and there's not a weak or "sucky" songs. Will see how it goes with further listenings...

One thing I noticed about the lyrics is that the vast majority of them are divided in the categories "I need you (well, that's an actual title), come back" and "I don't need you, piss off"  ;D And why they took a Mike Portnoy look-alike for one of the booklet pictures?  :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 10, 2010, 09:00:32 am
And why they took a Mike Portnoy look-alike for one of the booklet pictures?  :D

Glad someone else spotted that! :D
I think you people see what you want to see, not something that is actually there :) If every black-haired bearded man is a look-alike to Mike Portnoy, then, yeah


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 10, 2010, 09:51:52 am
I think you people see what you want to see, not something that is actually there :) If every black-haired bearded man is a look-alike to Mike Portnoy, then, yeah

That's a pretty strong statement of subjective opinion. He may look similar to MP to me and not to you; doesn't mean either of us is wrong.

Also - "want to see"? What makes you think I expected to see MP in there?
Now I feel I should never have said that...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 10, 2010, 10:10:05 am
Now I feel I should never have said that...

Apologies if that came across angrily; I felt a bit patronised, though I did try not to show that in my post (and obviously didn't do terribly well). I was genuinely asking why you thought I expected to see MP, because I've read posts (that I don't agree with) that one of the songs on the facing page is about JLB's relationship to MP, so I wondered if you thought I was implying that the MP look-a-like - or not - was deliberate. I wasn't, I was just commenting on a perceived physical similarity.

Anyways, I meant no harm. Peace. :)
I haven't seen those posts. When I said that I was referring to the fact that there's too much of DT/MP-related drama these days and it just bugs people's minds to such extent that they're starting to overanalyze it and see things that aren't there - like relating some DT lyrics to the current situation... That was my basic thought.
Hope any of said above makes sense


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 10, 2010, 10:30:59 am
I'm already doing psychiatric research today, lol.
I can see that :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Fredday on October 10, 2010, 05:50:17 pm
I've been a DT fan since a friend sat me down at his home in February 1993, put in Images and Words and said, with a wry look on his face, "You're gonna like this", to which I was very skeptical because he and I had somewhat different musical tastes at the time (He was really into Jackal - *gag*).  He played the CD and when Pull Me Under Finished and I was nearly thrown off his couch by the sudden "brakes", I knew I had to have that album and promptly went out and bought it the next day.  I have been a diehard fan ever since.

Then one day I bought Frameshift - Unweaving the Rainbow which was just freakin' dandy, I thought.  Then Elements of Persuasion came along and I thought, "This is it, this is what my mind craves".  Now, Static Impulse has imposed itself upon me and I once again find myself in musical heaven.  I'm not a big fan of the growling crap, in fact when I first heard Lamb of God quite a few years ago, I thought, "I'm never going to listen to this", but about 10 years later here I am a fan.  Not a huge fan, but I like their music now and I dont mind his growling.  Tho you'll be hard pressed to get me to listen to anything from Cannibal Corpse.  Ugh. . .thats just not music or singing *to me*.   That said, Static Impulse is Bad Fucking Ass.  I hadn't even heard of it until yesterday when I went over to DT's website to see if there were any updates to MP leaving the band and happened to see that JLB had a new album out, which quite honestly, after EoP piqued my interest.  Then I saw there was a free MP3 available (Mislead), so I nabbed it.  10min later I was downloading Static Impulse from Amazon.com (just couldn't wait, sorry).   Got the MP3s and burned'em to disc to put in my car.   Now, I have some Bose speakers on my PC.  They're some $99 laptop speakers I bought for my laptop (which now has a dead video card), but they're formidable speakers, as you would expect from Bose.   They rocked this album.  But it wasn't until I got in my car (purposely to go for a long drive to listen to this album) and listened to it on the Infinity stereo in my car.

I have a hard time expressing how I really feel about some things, so pardon this poorly expressed internet description I'm about to give.

But OMFG!  I'm in love with this album, much like I was with EoP, but this is even better. *To me* this is what "Epic" sounds like in my brain.  I love it.  Its amazing.  It touches me in a place that I cannot access on my own, otherwise I'd be mentally masturbating 24/7. lol  I just love it.  I dont have the proper means to express how awesome I think this album is.

I would go as far as to say that, even tho I've been a DT fan for nearly 20 years, I'm getting to the point where I'm almost wanting James to do his own thing.  He's so effing good at it there is no justification for 5 years between his awesomeness being put on display.  Maybe its just so awesome, we can only take it 5 years at a time, or maybe he puts so much into it that it takes him 5 years to recover.  Either way, Please dont stop what you're doing James.  This shit is the best music on the planet in my humble opinion.

Thanks for listening.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Madman Shepherd on October 10, 2010, 11:59:16 pm
ITho you'll be hard pressed to get me to listen to anything from Cannibal Corpse.  Ugh. . .thats just not music or singing *to me*.   That said, Static Impulse is Bad Fucking Ass. 

haha, awesome review man!  :o ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Teo84 on October 11, 2010, 03:32:26 pm
Hello James, I bought your last album and I liked it a lot, I have them all there, from "Mulmuzzler. I am a big fan of Dream Theater so as not to follow your solo career.

Congratulations, really a great album,

greetings from Italy

Matteo


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 12, 2010, 03:58:41 pm
Listening to it at least once per day since I have it, and I can confirm the good impressions of the beginning  8)

The verses of One More Time are the only ones where I don't really digest the growling - but then comes James with his powerful voice in one of the best choruses of the record, and all is forgotten  8) songs I really, REALLY like aside from One More Time (or should I say its chorus?  :D) are Mislead, Euphoric, I Need You and Coming Home... in the second batch of still powerful songs I'd put Over the Edge, Jeyll and Hyde, I Tried, Just Watch Me and Who you think I am, while the songs I like the least (there's not a song that's actually bad or sucking here, it's just different levels of good) are This is War and Superstar.

All in all is a nice and enjoyable album, driven of course by James' voice, and the booklet pictures are haunting and fit the songs. I still think that the two Mullmuzzler albums are a bit above this one and Elements of Persuasion, but still this is a strong and convincing album and luckily does NOT fall into the (sadly) vast category of albums put out today that are just average and forgettable after some listenings. This one is good enough to leave its mark  8)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on October 12, 2010, 05:26:50 pm
gotta love James' twitter updates


Quote from: James' Twitter
Hey you head banging freaks. The tour is going to kick ass so spread the word. Want to win this battle with all my warriors. CJS.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Brittneykaye93 on October 14, 2010, 07:08:50 pm
 Hey james i love the new solo album its amazing but i have a quick question what does the song coming home mean?? ??? Is there a special meaning to it??


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 15, 2010, 03:01:31 pm
Well, taken at face value is about a family man that gives up his current life abandoning therefore is home and family, probably running away to begin a new life anew, because his current life doesn't satisfy him and doesn't make him happy.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 15, 2010, 03:27:51 pm
I got something different from Coming Home.  I thought it was about a man who is lying on his death bed who is talking to the Doctor / Nurse to tell his wife and his children that he is "not coming home" anymore.  I actually cried quite a bit the first time I heard this song.  It's a painful reminder to me of things in the past. 


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 15, 2010, 03:30:07 pm
I got something different from Coming Home.  I thought it was about a man who is lying on his death bed who is talking to the Doctor / Nurse to tell his wife and his children that he is "not coming home" anymore.  I actually cried quite a bit the first time I heard this song.  It's a painful reminder to me of things in the past. 
Yeah, I actually got a similar vibe from that, too - what with the artwork and the line "more to gain from dying"


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 15, 2010, 03:49:45 pm
Hearing the song right now  ;)

Well, I never noticed the "More to gain from dying", but then why saying "I hope they will understand" ? understand that all people die? that's something we all realize sooner or later... it suits better someone running away for me.... also when it says "I can't feel any remorse" (remorse from dying and not being immortal? or remorse for running away? seems the latter), but then again there's also "running out of time"...


Anyway, this album is awesome, with each listening I like it more and more!  8) also the songs I was putting in a second group of niceness are growing and growing on me!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: GatherYeRosebuds on October 15, 2010, 04:11:12 pm
The image in my head for Coming Home was of the last soldier in a battle dying atop a hill, saying goodbye to the world and his family. Lots of rain and/or sunset in the background. Very moving.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Jacob on October 15, 2010, 05:00:23 pm
I got something different from Coming Home.  I thought it was about a man who is lying on his death bed who is talking to the Doctor / Nurse to tell his wife and his children that he is "not coming home" anymore.  I actually cried quite a bit the first time I heard this song.  It's a painful reminder to me of things in the past. 
Your lines make more sense to me. After reading your post and listening the song again, I realized there's a link btw both because the matter of death. It could also be related to a case of murder or illness, couldn't be? I see it's just your impression anyway ...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on October 15, 2010, 05:14:29 pm
The image in my head for Coming Home was the of last soldier in a battle dying atop a hill, saying goodbye to the world and his family. Lots of rain and/or sunset in the background. Very moving.

This is very great portraiture.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 15, 2010, 09:02:58 pm
The image in my head for Coming Home was the of last soldier in a battle dying atop a hill, saying goodbye to the world and his family. Lots of rain and/or sunset in the background. Very moving.

This is very great portraiture.

Yes, it is!  It's another perspective that it totally possible.  You may be right on the money there, GYR....


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: ZirconBlue on October 15, 2010, 09:24:10 pm
The image in my head for Coming Home was the of last soldier in a battle dying atop a hill, saying goodbye to the world and his family. Lots of rain and/or sunset in the background. Very moving.

That's how I read it, too.  A soldier who won't be coming home, because he's going to die.  The lyrics are actually pretty vague (probably by design), but that was the first idea that popped into my head.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Outshined on October 18, 2010, 01:19:28 pm
for anyone who cares, here is an interview with Matt on Rocking.gr : http://www.rocking.gr/interviews/Sunenteuksi_Matt_Guillory_James_Labrie/8299/

Hope google translator works fine...


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Red_Dragon on October 21, 2010, 06:50:02 am
http://www.metalsymphony.com/index.php?name=Reviews&req=showcontent&id=1906


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Stephanus on October 21, 2010, 10:15:19 am
Is "Static Impulse" some kind of record for the critics?

While nearly every "professional" reviewer praises the album some of the fans say "Static Impulse" is a disappointment (mostly because of the screams).



Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 21, 2010, 10:22:16 am
Is "Static Impulse" some kind of record for the critics?

While nearly every "professional" reviewer praises the album some of the fans say "Static Impulse" is a disappointment (mostly because of the screams).


Where are those fans? The sharks are hungry!  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Orodaran on October 23, 2010, 06:32:38 am
Well, I don't really care for the screaming vocals, but it's not that they are all over the place to a point that they ruin the album, I can live with them.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Stephanus on October 23, 2010, 06:41:25 am
I am NOT a fan of screaming at all. I hate black metal, death metal, viking metal ... not just the music but especially the metal subculture (long hair, beards, black clothes, glorification of the devil ...)

But in case of James' new album, I actually like the screaming. It fits most of the songs quite well. I'm not too happy about the lead screams in "One More Time", but in songs like "Mislead" or "Who You Think I Am" the screams really support the overall package.

(Sorry about my english...10 years out of school is a long time...actually when you get older three days is a long time!)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Magdalena63 on October 23, 2010, 07:12:23 am
Licks my lips at "Long hair and beards" It's just a reflex action, can't be helped.  :D :D :D  ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 25, 2010, 07:02:36 pm
Sorry, I'm late, but here's my review of Static Impulse. Hope you won't kill me while reading  :D

5 years pass, since the Elements Of Persuasion was realized. It's been a long time, and James excites us with his "nuclear kick-ass" promises. Well, since first listening I must say – damn, it absolutely worth it! All the promises about "nuclear kick-ass" were truth. James and Matt compose one of the best metal albums of the year (wait, year isn't enough! One of the best albums of the decade!  ;D )

Stylistically Static Impulse is a thermonuclear cocktail of aggressive, heaviness and energy of melodic death metal, melodiousness, beauty and extraordinary vocal of progressive metal, and sometimes even sensitivity of jazz and pop music. Static Impulse grips you from the drum "intro" of One More Time. On the second verse you understand that you turn volume controller to the maximum and that you headbanging! And you will headbanging till the Coming Home begins. While listening to this song you will cry.  :'( (Seriously!)

James incredible good here! It's his best vocal performance since Awake. And harsh vocals by Peter works great on the contrast with James' clean vocals. It sounds really amazing! (I must confess - usually I hate brutal vocals). If you hate brutal vocal even more than I am, remember, that there are six song without harsh vocals at all.

The sound of Static Impulse is rich and tasty, especially for guitars. Though I think, vocals and bass should be a little bit louder in the mix. Matt's guitar-sounder keyboards just headblown, in Mislead solo part it's very hard to understand which solo it is.

Each song is a hit. All of them have a great potential for radio broadcasting. If you're indifferent to Mislead, One More Time, This Is War, I Need You – you are dead. And once again – very lyrical and emotional Coming Home really able to makes you cry.
Natt said above: "There are two types of songs on the album: solid&good and solid gold." I can't say anything better.

Songs which I think are solid gold ones:
Mislead – quintessence of Static Impulse. It has ideal proportion of melodic death and progressive sides of the album. Great song for playing live. Peter's drumming is incredible here. Best vocal performance for aggressive and drive James' side.

Who You Think I Am – heavy like hell! Best example how great clean vocal and growling works together. Seems Peter's growling coming from the depth of hell to make a perfect base for James' clean part. And this is also one of my fave lyric – punch in the faces of everybody, who likes to teach other how to live to.

I Need You – Gothenburg metal in the verses and progressive in refrains. Instrumental part – one of the best in the whole album.

One More Time – is an ideal song for live shows opening. Really. It's a powerful, aggressive, dynamic one.

I Tried – shows us some sensitive side of Static Impulse. Love bass and keyboards part here.

Coming Home – is a pure brilliant. A gulp of fresh cold water after hot like hell album. Sad and touching song with outstanding James' vocals.

It's the kind of album you fall in love with from the very first listening. And I did. 10/10 points.

Congratulations to James and Matt for composing such album, to Ray, Marco and Peter for their amazing performances on it!


Title: It's Really Quite Incredible!
Post by: Dirk Chainsaw on October 27, 2010, 11:03:50 am
Hello all,

I'm a long-time LaBrie fan and brand new forumer, however I feel that the loyalty and love for our "Captain" brings my membership a sense of familiarity and camaraderie.

This last album, Static Impulse, has inspired me to take a more proactive stance in my support for James... That's what this post is:  A legitimate congratulations and thank you to you, James, for creating what I believe to be one of the greatest albums I have ever spun.  Since its release, I have listened to it everyday.

Anyway, enough brown-nosing.  Just wanted to share my feelings towards this wonderful artist and his incredible achievements and timeless masterpieces.

Peace,
Derek (Dirk Chainsaw)


Title: Re: It's Really Quite Incredible!
Post by: sabonim on October 27, 2010, 11:14:13 am
Welcome man!  ;)  And sure, keep your ears bleeding with SI!  ;D


Title: Re: It's Really Quite Incredible!
Post by: Jacob on October 27, 2010, 11:30:55 am
Why a topic just to thank?


Title: Re: It's Really Quite Incredible!
Post by: Natt on October 27, 2010, 12:07:37 pm
Why a topic just to thank?

why not? Anyway, I believe Donna will soon have it merged with the main SI discussion thread


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: gmillerdrake on October 27, 2010, 12:21:31 pm
I haven't stopped listening to this album since I picked it up. I have changed my 'favorite' song about three times. At the moment it is 'Jekyl or Hyde' but I am sure in a week or so it will change once again. Like many of you have stated, I am not a huge fan of the screaming vocals, but that didn't put me off. I listened to the album and realize that they 'work' for what these guys wanted to achieve and honestly, I don't even hear them any more. The musicianship is incredible, James sounds great and I think this is a fantastic CD.

Just registered for this forum today. I've been over at MP's forum for a while but due to the sensitive nature of some of the 'off limit' topics, I'm hoping that the discussion of DT and the eventual replacement and everything else DT will be interesting and FUN here!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 27, 2010, 12:23:16 pm
welcome aboard, Gmillerdrake! hope you enjoy your stay here


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Donna on October 27, 2010, 01:04:47 pm
Well, I was actually gonna merge it with the Messages for James thread, but Natt is right.  I have put it with the rest of the fine compliments to James here in the SI thread. 
And by the way - Welcome Aboard, Derek!  Very nice of you to join us here!
 ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 27, 2010, 01:06:22 pm
Hello there gmillerdrake - happy to have you aboard, matey! 


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: sabonim on October 27, 2010, 01:12:36 pm
I don´t know if the BlastBox review regarding SI was posted here before, anyway, the link: http://blastboxmusic.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/james-labrie-static-impulse/#more-96

Sorry if I'm being repetitive :o


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: w34vi1 on October 27, 2010, 01:12:51 pm
welcome aboard!


Ash, the owner of the tour date carrier Pigeon and one of the ships artists here.


hope you enjoy this kookey crew.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Aitania on October 27, 2010, 03:01:37 pm
Hello everyone!

I'm completely new here, came over from the MP-Forum where I'm also very new but I guess I logged in at the wrong time so I didn't feel the need to write that much...  So, yeah, here I am... I sadly have to admit I haven't bought Static Impulse yet....  :o
Well, actually wanted to say I really want it now, the songs I've heard are kick-ass and all the great reviews are only making it worse because I'm broke (yeah, I already spent the whole money for November(!!!)... It's not too obvious I'm very young and unable to handle my money, is it?  ;D)  and won't be able to buy it right now!
But I'm going to buy it in December and I guess that's a promise!  8)

-Aitania


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sabonim on October 27, 2010, 03:04:04 pm
 ;) Yeah welcome onboard!  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on October 27, 2010, 03:07:59 pm
Hello everyone!

I'm completely new here, came over from the MP-Forum where I'm also very new but I guess I logged in at the wrong time so I didn't feel the need to write that much...  So, yeah, here I am... I sadly have to admit I haven't bought Static Impulse yet....  :o
Well, actually wanted to say I really want it now, the songs I've heard are kick-ass and all the great reviews are only making it worse because I'm broke (yeah, I already spent the whole money for november(!!!)... It's not too obvious I'm very young and unable to handle my money, is it?  ;D)  and won't be able to buy it right now!
But I'm going to buy it in december and I guess that's a promise!  8)

-Aitania
Yeah, it's worth every friggin' cent you'll pay for it!
And welcome aboard!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 27, 2010, 03:21:12 pm
Hello Aitantia - we are happy that you decided to log in with us.  Enjoy the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide.... ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Will.Holloway on October 27, 2010, 08:59:03 pm
Jekyll Or Hyde still remains the album's top track for me.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: bertielee on October 28, 2010, 01:57:09 pm
Hello Atlantia - we are happy that you decided to log in with us.  Enjoy the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide.... ;)

Eer...Did you write "Atlantia"? Isn't this "Aitania"?  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: gmillerdrake on October 28, 2010, 03:03:37 pm
Jekyll Or Hyde still remains the album's top track for me.
Mine as well. I love every part of that song musically, lyrically and vocally.....it's a strong song.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on October 28, 2010, 03:05:05 pm
Hello Atlantia - we are happy that you decided to log in with us.  Enjoy the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide.... ;)

Eer...Did you write "Atlantia"? Isn't this "Aitania"?  ;D

EEP!!!!!    :o :o :o  I apologize, Aitania!  I went back and corrected myself.  Sorry, I look and type way to fast.   :-\ :)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Stephanus on October 31, 2010, 02:19:05 pm
From Amazon.ca:

Static Impulse
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
#49 in  Music > Pop
 48 days in the top 100


Is this true?



Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on October 31, 2010, 07:36:40 pm
Ehm, if it's written there, it's true...


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Aitania on November 01, 2010, 03:23:28 am
Hello Atlantia - we are happy that you decided to log in with us.  Enjoy the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide.... ;)

Eer...Did you write "Atlantia"? Isn't this "Aitania"?  ;D

EEP!!!!!    :o :o :o  I apologize, Aitania!  I went back and corrected myself.  Sorry, I look and type way to fast.   :-\ :)

No problem!  ;D I could use it as a nickname, Atlantia isn't too bad either, is it?  8)
Aitania is not my real name, btw... My name's Muriel but I don't like using my name in forums or such things, it's too easy...  ;D

Oh, I'm also able to announce: I've been at a Tarot concert last night and I received some money for it which I still have, so.... I'm able to order Static Impulse!  :D FINALLY! Looking forward to it!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: bertielee on November 01, 2010, 04:52:47 am
Hello Atlantia - we are happy that you decided to log in with us.  Enjoy the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide.... ;)

Eer...Did you write "Atlantia"? Isn't this "Aitania"?  ;D

EEP!!!!!    :o :o :o  I apologize, Aitania!  I went back and corrected myself.  Sorry, I look and type way to fast.   :-\ :)

No problem!  ;D I could use it as a nickname, Atlantia isn't too bad either, is it?  8)
Aitania is not my real name, btw... My name's Muriel but I don't like using my name in forums or such things, it's too easy...  ;D

Oh, I'm also able to announce: I've been at a Tarot concert last night and I received some money for it which I still have, so.... I'm able to order Static Impulse!  :D FINALLY! Looking forward to it!

You won't be disappointed. Can't stop listening to it!

B.Lee


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Viola da Voce on November 01, 2010, 05:28:13 pm
Okay, so I am very very slow, but here is the review that I just posted for our blog. I pretty much just cover my favorite tracks:

Static Impulse is James LaBrie's most well-rounded and daring solo project to date. Many listeners have been put off by drummer Peter Wildoer's screaming vocals in several of the tracks. But those who can set aside their preconceptions will find a healthy balance of muscular metal, rock tunes (minus the growls), and a sensitive ballad. Every track has a catchy chorus and mind-boggling guitar solo. Fans can still revel in the many facets of LaBrie's voice - soaring and clean; gritty and powerful; gentle and expressive. Matt Guillory creates a fascinating variety of keyboard effects and beautifully blended background vocals. Marco Sfogli's guitar solos provide technical and emotional counterpoint to LaBrie's vocals. Ray Riendeau's bass lines add depth and drive. Peter Wildoer offers complex drum grooves and gutsy screams.

"One More Time" immediately signals the radical new sound of the album. Like many other fans, I was shocked when the first voice I heard was Wildoer's screaming vocals. The hard-hitting track features LaBrie only on the chorus. The final chorus has a complex blend of LaBrie's lead vocals, Guillory's backing vocals and Wildoer's screams.

"Jekyll or Hyde" uses clean and heavy vocals to represent the man and the monster, respectively. LaBrie's vocals are backed by simple harmonies and a sparse, yet driving, drum line. Wildoer's vocals are accompanied by machine-gun drum blasts and speedy guitar riffs with close intervals. During the chorus, Wildoer echoes LaBrie's words by growling like a monster. The midsection of the song includes a keyboard solo with syncopated intervallic leaps. During his solo, Sfogli tears through ridiculously fast guitar runs.

"Euphoric" allows the listener a moment to catch his breath from the intensity of the previous three tracks. At the beginning, the tension mounts with a clean guitar riff over two alternating chords. It then switches to a distorted guitar and synthesized string accompaniment, expressing a sense of exhilaration. LaBrie's soaring vocals take flight during the chorus. The song finishes with a beautifully melded keyboard and guitar duo.

In "Over the Edge", Sfogli shows off his chops with a headbanging guitar riff that recurs throughout the song. The first time around, the riff ends with a slide that sounds like squealing brakes. The imagery of the car adds a whole new dimension to the lyrics, "I'm driven carelessly/ Over the edge". Later, Sfogli studs the riff with artificial harmonics. There's also a fun moment where LaBrie does a pseudo-rap with the words "Over the Edge". Guillory twists up the melody of the chorus during a wailing solo.

"Just Watch Me" is my favorite song of the album for two reasons. First, and most importantly, LaBrie uses every bit of his huge pitch range. The song prominently features his husky lowest range, which is not used often enough in most of his work. During the chorus, the vocal melody takes a huge minor sixth leap into LaBrie's highest range. He doesn't sing up there as often as he used to when he was younger, but he still sounds great. Second, the track journeys through several different vibes. Moods range from a placid Nordstrom-style keyboard solo to intense heavy guitars and synthesized keyboards. The track also manipulates the tension of each character by alternately including and excluding the drums. One of the highlights of the song takes place during a unison between LaBrie and Sfogli which culminates in Sfogli's uplifting guitar solo.

"Coming Home" is the type of pull-out-your-lighters ballad which I wish had been included on LaBrie's previous album, Elements of Persuasion. The track includes only Guillory's backing vocals and keyboards; Sfogli's guitar, and LaBrie's delectable melody. LaBrie even brings out his infamous falsetto technique mid-song on the word, "Apathy". Recently, LaBrie posted the meaning of the lyrics on his forum:
Coming Home was inspired by the show Dexter, who is a vigilante serial killer. I took the liberties to take this character and have him in the position of incarceration confessing to the very people who helped him to become more connected to the human emotional spectrum. At the same time he has accepted his sentence, which is death by lethal injection. He asks his family for forgiveness. He wants them to know that he is grateful for giving him a life of normalcy, love and awakening and that he truly regrets the dishonesty.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Clayman on November 05, 2010, 11:12:35 am
This album is absolutely amazing. I'm a big Melodic Death Metal/Gothenburg Metal fan and this really is great. You're one of my favorite singers so this is just awesome.
The drummer for Darkane is a great guy, I have some of their albums, great stuff. Also was listening to the new Pestilence album that has him in it.

I never knew James was into Melodeath. Major respect to that.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Clayman on November 05, 2010, 11:15:41 am
This album caught me by surprise really. I didn't know James was into gothenburg metal, so that was really awesome. I think it was a great experiment. You can't go wrong with gothenburg riffs. I like the 90's Melodic Death Metal a bit more, being that it was more diverse, but this is really good.

MDM is actually probably my favorite genre of music, so like I said, awesome stuff. Some of you could probably tell by my username being named after an In Flames album.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: sabonim on November 05, 2010, 12:23:01 pm
Lol, great avatar!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: bertielee on November 06, 2010, 04:48:49 am
This album is absolutely amazing. I'm a big Melodic Death Metal/Gothenburg Metal fan and this really is great. You're one of my favorite singers so this is just awesome.
The drummer for Darkane is a great guy, I have some of their albums, great stuff. Also was listening to the new Pestilence album that has him in it.

I never knew James was into Melodeath. Major respect to that.

Off topic, Clayman, your signature is awesome! ;D

B.Lee


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Phsx2 on November 08, 2010, 06:00:36 pm
Well here's where I get lynched, I only just downloaded the album off itunes (lazy yes but well i really needed the album fast).... Ahem.................. HOLY BANANA'S IT'S AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEE :p


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sabonim on November 09, 2010, 02:59:27 pm
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW

 ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on November 09, 2010, 03:02:43 pm
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW
 ;)
as if all the previous reviews posted here were exclusively male :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on November 09, 2010, 10:01:32 pm
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW

 ;)
I can't agree that the reviewer thinks of SI as an extension of Awake. Train of Thought, maybe, but definitely not Awake.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on November 10, 2010, 02:05:01 am
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW

 ;)
I can't agree that the reviewer thinks of SI as an extension of Awake. Train of Thought, maybe, but definitely not Awake.
And am I the only one who sees SI as an extension of EoP? :D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sabonim on November 10, 2010, 09:36:27 am
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW
 ;)
as if all the previous reviews posted here were exclusively male :D


Lol  ;D I just "copy and paste" the title !!!!!


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on November 10, 2010, 09:58:30 am
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW
 ;)
as if all the previous reviews posted here were exclusively male :D


Lol  ;D I just "copy and paste" the title !!!!!
I can see that =) just thought it funny


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Viola da Voce on November 10, 2010, 02:01:47 pm
A Female's Perspective of James LaBrie's solo album, Static Impulse http://fb.me/LaOa0EdW

 ;)
I can't agree that the reviewer thinks of SI as an extension of Awake. Train of Thought, maybe, but definitely not Awake.
And am I the only one who sees SI as an extension of EoP? :D
No, not at all. SI is definitely the next logical step after EOP. But if comparing SI to a DT album, I think T OT would be the closest. Man, that's a lot of acronyms!


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: GatherYeRosebuds on November 14, 2010, 10:41:00 am
I played some stuff off SI today, which I hadn't listened to a while, through massively bassy speakers instead of my usual headphones.

I was, of course, blown away.

Especially loving Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and as always Just Watch Me.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Aitania on November 21, 2010, 02:21:08 pm
Finally received SI yesterday...

I'm blown away! Album of the year for sure, it is amazing, I'm absolutely speechless... I've never been someone who checks out the solo stuff of band members but I'm happy I've done it or else this amazing album wouldn't be part of my collection now... (Checked out EoP and the Mullmuzzler stuff too and what can I say... Those albums are now ordered and should be here tomorrow!  ;D)

Thanks James, this album is what I needed and sorry it took me so long to get it!  ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Splinter76 on November 29, 2010, 05:01:38 pm
Hello, JL Forum!

For the past... let's see... 6 years, I've been a regular over at MP's forum. I'm not jumping ship, but just wanted to spread my fan love to the rest of the guys in DT now that the line up has changed.

Before I get into my review, I want to preface it with saying that I'm not a progressive rock, progressive metal or neo-classical metal fan in the traditional sense of the term. Dream Theater is one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time, as are The Beatles (who, started the idea of "progressive music" with Revolver and really with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) but my other loves are Muse, MuteMath (especially their 2nd record) and Queen. So, my tastes don't lean to the Symphony X or some of the other big players in that genre.

Having said that, I haven't really checked out many of the side projects of the guys other than JP just because I love to hear him play. Still, when One More Time, from Static Impulse, came out and I started seeing the prog fans freaking out because it was too heavy and such... I was intrigued.

I listened to it and was a bit shocked by the amount of Peter's scream vocals in the song. Still... I was really shocked by how much I liked the song. Yet... because I am easily distracted, I didn't buy the album when it came out.

Then over the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., This Is War was released as a free download. I downloaded it off of Amazon and was blown away.

So I bought the full album off of iTunes and... this record has several "best of's" where James is concerned and where music he is connected to is concerned.

1. I think this is one of the best, most eclectic vocal performances of James' fantastic career.
2. I think this represents some of his best song writing to date. The guy is a master lyricist and also a master of catchy melodies. I know that he split the duties with Matt 50/50 but his lyrics with Dream Theater ALWAYS move me (Disappear and Vacant among my favorite DT lyrics of all time) and he hasn't disappointed here.
3. I think, sonically, this album is incredible. The mix is fantastic. The drums are crisp, clean and punchy without clipping or being overpowering. The Marco's guitars are crunchy, thick and heavy without being muddy and the keys and bass are placed PERFECTLY in the mix. Then the mastering isn't too loud. It's just right. It's even and a thing of beauty.
4. The mix of Peter's scream vocals with James' incredible performance is perfect. And I usually hate scream vocals. I love them here. I don't know why. Don't ask me to explain it, but I love them.
5. The performances by each musician is absolutely stellar. I'm so disappointed that I won't be able to see this line up perform live because each one of them are capable of so much more than metal and they flex those muscles while still being heavy and bad ass. I just can't say enough about each of them.

I won't break down each song because I've got a migraine coming and... well I've got to cut this short. But, I just want to say to James - if he ever reads this - Unreal job, James. This album is every bit as aggressive, edgy and amazing as I believe you wanted this to be. I'm in love with this record and I want more from this line up and I can't wait to see what you think up next.

In related news... I think Peter would be a KILLER drummer for Dream Theater. There it is. I said it. I love Mike deeply, but Peter would add a different feel. Not just the blast beats and heavy playing, but the guy is VERY tasty when it comes to groove playing and just being slick in what he decides to do in the context of a song.

That's all I can muster right now. I will be back. Much love to James and the other players on this record and mad love to this new Forum Family that I'm now a part of.

Splinter76


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: nicoli on December 05, 2010, 07:39:19 pm
I've only heard the album once through as of today, but damn, James, you and the other people kicked ASS on this album. Would it be okay for me to say that you should quit DT and focus on your solo career? If not, then I said that tongue-in-cheek, just for the record. ::shifty eyes::

But seriously. everyone seems like they were playing their best on this album, and the production and arrangements and songwriting seem like they were all very well thought-out. Nothing was overly-long, nothing was boring, nothing was so-so. Even the songs I didn't care for were still effing great. WAY TO GO.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: bertielee on December 11, 2010, 02:53:06 pm
I've just read on youtube that Peter Wildoer does not make a living out of music. In fact, he is a full-time Maths teacher and has a pretty busy schedule. Can you just imagine it, if the guy did make a living out of his art and could rehearse as much as he wants to, the monster he would be(seeing that he already is one)?

B.Lee


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Orodaran on December 13, 2010, 03:48:58 pm
What I actually imagine are talentless, plastic and label-made pop stars of the week who CAN make a living out of music, not having the talent that is in James' or Peter Wildoer's finger..... (or any other struggling musician)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: goo-goo on December 13, 2010, 07:30:01 pm
I've just read on youtube that Peter Wildoer does not make a living out of music. In fact, he is a full-time Maths teacher and has a pretty busy schedule. Can you just imagine it, if the guy did make a living out of his art and could rehearse as much as he wants to, the monster he would be(seeing that he already is one)?

B.Lee

Pain of Salvation comes to mind as well in that situation where they don't make money off music. I think that's why PoS's long time drummer left not so long ago. his busy schedule, family and job commitments were too much too handle along with PoS.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Viola da Voce on December 15, 2010, 01:55:24 pm
I don't think anybody has posted a link to this review yet. It's from a website called rockonnet.com. Google translated the website, which I think was originally in Polish. Anyhow, here it is:
http://tinyurl.com/24j5ucj


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: James LaBrie on December 16, 2010, 09:48:54 am
Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the new forumers, great to have you aboard. Very cool to hear all the positive vibes that continue to grace SI, couldn't be happier. I seriously do hope at some point in the near future there will be a window of opportunity to kick these songs live and show just how amazing these players are.

All the best during the Holiday Season.

Cheers,

CJS.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Splinter76 on December 16, 2010, 02:19:46 pm
Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the new forumers, great to have you aboard. Very cool to hear all the positive vibes that continue to grace SI, couldn't be happier. I seriously do hope at some point in the near future there will be a window of opportunity to kick these songs live and show just how amazing these players are.

All the best during the Holiday Season.

Cheers,

CJS.

James, I've just got to say again... this album is unbelievable. I can't stop listening to it. Typically DT is constantly in rotation, but... you've bested your own band! Granted you four guys in DT (and this was the case with Mike) are masters of your respective crafts, but the songs on this album are just top notch.

Where can I start a petition for you to have a MUCH bigger role in song crafting on the next DT record??? Masterful album, James. Just fantastic.

Have a very happy Holiday Season and thanks for the music and devotion to the craft and your fans.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Asianhawk on December 16, 2010, 03:56:33 pm
Most bands don't make money off their music...they all have full time jobs doing something else. Out of the dozens of bands I listen to, rarely does anyone even say in an interview what they really do for work...I guess it may be embarrassing. But why? We all know bands make their money from touring. Small gigs pay shit, and bands make nothing from record sales. Unless you are U2 or Justin Timberlake...


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Irock on January 02, 2011, 07:56:51 am
I finally listened to the album for the first time. (don't hit me ;_;)

It's a lot to digest right now, but one thing that I can easily comment on is Coming Home. I think James' vocals in Coming Home are some of his best of all time, rivaling some of my favorites such as Voices. The song brings me to tears because of the clarity and emotion in his voice.

That's my review. Yes, my review of Static Impulse is a 3 sentence praise of one song.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Araxes on January 07, 2011, 08:16:46 am
I played some stuff off SI today, which I hadn't listened to a while, through massively bassy speakers instead of my usual headphones.

I was, of course, blown away.

Especially loving Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and as always Just Watch Me.

It's funny that you say this. I recently bought high-end headphones and give Static Impulse another spin. It sounded awesome! This album is getting better and better with every listen.


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: SeRoX on January 14, 2011, 07:14:26 pm
I don't know how but Superstar is suprisingly getting my attention which I didn't used to give.


Title: Re: Static Impulse Review Thread
Post by: Traveller69 on January 21, 2011, 04:12:22 am
I played some stuff off SI today, which I hadn't listened to a while, through massively bassy speakers instead of my usual headphones.

I was, of course, blown away.

Especially loving Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and as always Just Watch Me.

It's funny that you say this. I recently bought high-end headphones and give Static Impulse another spin. It sounded awesome! This album is getting better and better with every listen.
When I bought SI I was working in Germany and only had my laptop and mp3-player in my hotel room. So I ripped the CD (at 320) and listened to it through my good (but not excellent) headphones. I loved the album but...

Recently I got another job and I find myself home more often. It was not till yesterday I took the time to hook up my normal amplifier and cd-player and gave it a spin listening to the album through normal speakers.
At first I thought it was a bit weak but then I remembered to turn on the subwoofer - WOOW. As I said before, I already loved the album, but listening to it with normal speakers blew my mind away. James voice is so beautiful, the music is great and I even can hear the growls so much better.

I am almost sad I will be spending the weekend at my girlfriends place, have to wait till Sunday to listen to James again in such good quality. Only thing better would be James himself singing in my room (keeping my fingers crossed for that wish).


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Ukilles on March 11, 2011, 11:59:01 pm
Hey James, who is the drummer for Static Impulse? love your music! 8D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Donna on March 12, 2011, 08:03:14 am
The drummer is Peter Wildoer...you can look him up on Facebook. 


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sabonim on April 14, 2011, 02:43:49 pm
 ;D That´s a very special day everyone!
I got my SI..... hold on...... calm down!!!!!
I know I´m the last one here, but I was waiting for a copy that Ray was to send to me!
No more mp3 format LOL!!!!
I think SI was not released here in South Brazil yet.
No matter.... I got mine!!!!!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: Natt on April 14, 2011, 03:29:26 pm
;D That´s a very special day everyone!
I got my SI..... hold on...... calm down!!!!!
I know I´m the last one here, but I was waiting for a copy that Ray was to send to me!
No more mp3 format LOL!!!!
I think SI was not released here in South Brazil yet.
No matter.... I got mine!!!!!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Congratulations, man! What a nerve and patience you must have, really...
I hope you won't be disappointed :)
Make sure to share your opinion here asap ;)


Title: Re: Static Impulse
Post by: sabonim on April 14, 2011, 06:42:10 pm
;D That´s a very special day everyone!
I got my SI..... hold on...... calm down!!!!!
I know I´m the last one here, but I was waiting for a copy that Ray was to send to me!
No more mp3 format LOL!!!!
I think SI was not released here in South Brazil yet.
No matter.... I got mine!!!!!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Congratulations, man! What a nerve and patience you must have, really...
I hope you won't be disappointed :)
Make sure to share your opinion here asap ;)

LOL, great.
Well, actually I had the cd in mp3 format. Just now I have a copy! I tried to find the cd in several stores, but in vain! Now I'm a very happy man LOL!!!!
My oppinion about the cd I told once.... it's simply the best!!!!!
I need to say... Thanks James, Matt, Marco and specially Ray, who sent me this gift!