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1  General Category / Off Topic Discussions / Re: Got any jokes to share? on: January 31, 2013, 02:04:52 am
When a Dream Theater fan is about to get bullied, what does he say to the bully?

Pull me under, pull me under, pull me under, I'm not afraid.
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Rhapsody singer. Any thoughts?? on: July 19, 2012, 09:33:48 pm
Well, James wouldn't be able to do DT and Kamelot both. However, I guarantee that if James DID join Kamelot not only would he being writing AT LEAST half of the lyrics AND contributing to the writing of the music, but Kamelot would gain 100 times more fans and popularity along the way.

There's really no way that Fabio will be joining either. He is full-time in Rhapsody of Fire plus Vision Divine. Also, the Kamelot camp says they are still going through the video/audio auditions and are very near choosing a vocalist.
However, Kamelot picked Tommy Karevik as their new vocalist, and he's not planning on leaving Seventh Wonder...
3  General Category / General Music Chat / "On the Backs of Angels" cover by ContinuumProgRock on: April 09, 2012, 08:38:53 pm
While perusing through the John Petrucci forums, someone posted a link to the following cover:

http://youtu.be/CeIype35fzw

I really liked ContinuumProgRock's cover version, especially with regards to their unique take on the vocals, and not just when it comes to the vocal timbre, but also with how the vocalist creatively reinterpreted and (re)arranged the actual vocal melodies. I prefer the vocals in this version a lot more than Bad Salad's version. I felt that the Bad Salad version's vocals too closely emulated the vocals in the original Dream Theater version. (I'm not trying to diss LaBrie's singing at all; I simply prefer creative reinterpretations over verbatim imitation, most of the time.) I also felt that the Bad Salad version's vocals were too heavily digitally processed, while the ContinuumProgRock version's vocals are nice and raw.

I noticed that I've spend most of this post talking about the vocals, but then again, this is a vocalist's forum! Wink
4  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Rhapsody singer. Any thoughts?? on: December 07, 2011, 10:55:50 pm
How about Andre Matos? Or Michael Kiske?

...or...Charlie Dominici?...
5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Rhapsody singer. Any thoughts?? on: December 07, 2011, 06:34:13 pm
Wanna know what would be really funny?

...If Mark Vanderbilt rejoined Kamelot. xD
6  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater Grammy Nomination!!! on: December 04, 2011, 06:42:30 pm
Curl of the Burl?  Is that the Mastadon song in competition with DT?

Foo Fighters *must* be the *only* real competition they have.  I'm dying for DT to win it. . .But, it is mainstream American voting. . .so I wont keep my hopes up.   But I'll crap a load if they win.   They sure as hell deserve it.

Portnoy must be seething. . .
I dunno, just trying to be the voice of reason. And hey, it doesn't really matter if DT wins or not. The Grammy's have been nonsense for decades. I figure the fans of prog and metal would appreciate that.
Congrast to DT but I never care about Grammy and I'm sure of it, most of DT's fans neither. It would be really great to win but nonetheless it's OK being nominated. Also I think that Foo Fighters will get the award, they are bigger and populer and this DOES NOT mean they are better because they are NOT!
In addition to the population size of "mainstream America," the outcome of the Grammys are also going to be affected by a self-selection bias. "Mainstream people" tend to be more supportive of mainstream institutions, and therefore, they are more likely to participate in voting in the Grammys. "Nonconformists," on the other hand, tend to reject mainstream institutions, therefore, they are more likely to ignore or boycott the Grammys. Notice how I'm using quotation marks, since although those concepts seem to exist when you try to generalize and look at the big picture, when you look at things at a more personal level, it is harder to define an "us" and a "them."
7  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Rhapsody singer. Any thoughts?? on: December 03, 2011, 11:03:17 am
I've grown out of Rhapsody's music a long time ago.... anyway, Turilli should stick with Olaf Hayer.

For Kamelot Lione turned out to be a good fit, but I root for Tommy Karevik.

Oh the singer from Seventh Wonder...? I STILL have not officially gotten into them. I know I need to buy some albums... Hmmm well he is a great fit/great singer, but you think he would leave his current band? Doesn't Seventh Wonder have like 7 albums with him?? And I would prefer a vocalist/ front man with long hair...errrr woops....I didn't just say that   Lips sealed
Khan will be so hard to replace, he has been pretty much my 3rd favorite singer for about 10 years. I don't just want a Khan imitator for the new vocalist...but at the same time, how will any of us identify the Kamelot songs without his voice?
Personally, one of my top picks for the spot of new vocalist is former Galneryus vocalist Yama-B. I know it is extremely unlikely Kamelot would choose Yama-B, but I still think it would be awesome if they did.

How would you feel if... James LaBrie joined Kamelot?
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Rhapsody singer. Any thoughts?? on: December 03, 2011, 01:09:38 am
I guess not as many Rhapsody fans as I thought!!
Rhapsody got me into power metal and progressive metal in the first place (with the song "Emerald Sword"), but currently, I feel more anticipation over who the next Kamelot vocalist might be.
9  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Mike Mangini interview at Classic Rock Revisited on: November 21, 2011, 07:02:40 pm
So, does Justin Timberlake ring a bell? Wink
Yes, he does, actually. Cheesy I've never actually listened to his music, though, at least not that I'm consciously aware of.
10  General Category / General Music Chat / Mike Mangini interview at Classic Rock Revisited on: November 21, 2011, 06:23:04 am
The official Dream Theater website posted a link to a Mike Mangini interview at Classic Rock Revisited: http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/interviewDreamTheater.htm

Something that Mangini said I found particularly interesting:
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Dream Theater comes from a melodic sense; we are very progressive and melodic. The band has always had great melody.

Every once in a while, I read that a fan didnít like the last few records, but they really like this one. There is nothing wrong with those records, and I almost find myself defending the albums. They are all amazing records because of that melodic sense. I have done my homework and I can tell you why people like this record. I have published two books on polyrhythms and I was a teacher for eleven years. What is happening is that there is a part of the brain that needs to be exposed to time changes, literally. It has to be exposed to it or it canít compute it. Lady Gaga is in 4/4 but she has a ton of melody, so it makes sense that she is as popular as she is. Dream Theater also have the melody, but we also have a ton of time changes.

Research studies in polyrhythms have proven that no person is able to understand polyrhythms, not even in the simple stuff that Sting writes. Dream Theater is way more complex than Sting. Science understands this. People are not going to understand this until they listen to it a bit. Once they listen to it, then it starts to rewire their brain.

A lot of polyrhythms are making their way in to the public consciousness and I think it has made the public ready for Dream Theater music on a very large scale. My name is Mike; I hit things for a living. I am just somebody that is living life and trying to be happy. For my students, I studied the human mind and how people retain things and this is how I got introduced to all of this. I find it to be amazing and I find it helps me in my search for the truth.
Thanks to Mike Mangini, I finally understand why progressive metal has never been as mainstream as, well, mainstream music. Though a lot of mainstream artists seem to have a very short shelf life, at least since the 90's. The Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC may have been more popular and mainstream than Dream Theater and Tool back in the day, but Tool and Dream Theater are both still going strong long after N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys have faded into nonexistence and forgottenness. No one remembers Aaron Carter anymore, but we will always remember Dimebag Darrell. RIP, my friend. \m/

Only time will tell whether the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry will still remain relevant in a few short years, but it could go either way. Artists from the Backstreet Boys era such as Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey are still around, as far as I know (I'm not particularly familiar with mainstream pop music, I've even had to rely on Wikipedia as I'm writing this forum post!), but they've been taking a back seat (no pun intended!) to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry the past few years. Although I'm not familiar with either artist's music, I think Mariah Carey will outlast Katy Perry in terms of relevance.
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Labrie in ADOTE tour on: November 12, 2011, 06:53:29 pm
OMG, check out "Endless Sacrifice" around the 10:49 mark...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOwqC5npubw
12  General Category / Off Topic Discussions / Got any jokes to share? on: October 31, 2011, 01:05:31 am
A guy was driving on the wrong side of the road, and sometimes he nearly made a head-on collision with other drivers. The cops managed to pull him over, and said to him, "Sir, you're driving on the wrong side of the road. You know this is extremely dangerous, right?" The driver angrily replied, "It is YOU BLOKES that are driving on the wrong side of the bloody road!!!!"
13  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Metallica/Lou Reed album is up for streaming on: October 26, 2011, 12:44:46 am
Ahahaha!!

Ok I see that and raise you:

Nightwish + Stink 182

How about this?
Edenbridge + Lil' Wayne
Kamelot + Eminem
Miley Cyrus + Children of Bodom
Taylor Swift + Napalm Death
Rebecca Black + Iron Maiden
Helloween + Insane Clown Posse
DragonForce + Death Cab for Cutie
Michael Kiske + Linkin Park
Ke$ha + Stratovarius
14  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Metallica/Lou Reed album is up for streaming on: October 24, 2011, 09:28:09 pm
Michael Jackson and Cannibal Corpse.
At first, I was like, "Wait a minute, Michael Jackson's dead already." But after that realization, I realized that the band's name, Cannibal Corpse, and the the fact Michael Jackson's dead (along with the fact that the song "Thriller" is about zombies and stuff) go together rather well. Now I'm like, "Oh, I get it. Haha." How about these two pairings?

Dimebag Darrell + The Wiggles
Ronnie James Dio + The Jonas Brothers
15  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Metallica/Lou Reed album is up for streaming on: October 23, 2011, 07:23:11 pm
Lady GaGa with Slayer could be interesting though...  Roll Eyes
I don't think any odd pairing can top that... Let's see...

Jason Mraz + Pantera
Usher + Megadeth
Katy Perry + Symphony X

...I give up. Sad
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