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Old 11-11-2011, 11:56 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Opeth were stunning. They didnt play any metal, but rather a complete set of their proggier, clean stuff. The set list for this tour wont please everyone but I thought it was astounding.
So then was it all from Heritage and Damnation? Or just Heritage? Or did they throw in clean bits from other albums too?

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Are you sure you're using atonality in the correct definition? Because, knowing or not, I'm sure there's a ton of music which you enjoy that is atonal. Hip-hop, for example, is obviously completely atonal, as well as a lot of rock.

Personally, I don't care for scales. That's not just for noise, or avant-garde, either. There's no reason why you can't right fully harmonic/melodic music completely ignoring them. I think there's gaps in the system that can easily be matched with human intuition which is often more substantial than 'theory math'.

Glad you enjoyed Mastadon, though. I really need to get out to concerts more. Last thing I saw was Battles, and that was in freaking August.
Yeah I'm probably misusing that word. So put it this way: Dillinger waged war with my ears, and my ears were on the losing side. How was Battles? That was post-Tyondai right?
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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RVCA,

Opeth did play a few tracks off Heritage, of course. They played 5, I think, off that album. Then they selected more mellow tracks from their back catalogue. Hex Omega, Face of Melinda, Credence, Closure, Porcelain Heart, A Fair Judgement. They played Throat of Winter from God of War, but I used that track to run to the bathroom. Well, it had to be done, may as well use what I consider to be not a real Opeth track, even though theres nothing wrong with it as such!
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:17 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I went to see Sisters Of Mercy last night on a rare date for them (a 6 hour round trip to London + beer is not the ideal way to prepare for your first day in your new job) and I have to say that it was 30 (not including petrol and drink costs) wasted.

No support act and we got an hour and 25 minutes worth for our money. On top of that they just weren't very good. Terrible sound. I couldn't see shit (despite my small stature it isn't usually a problem) and they sounded more like a Metal band with bad vocals than the atmospheric Goth sound they are known for. Shame.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:36 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I went to see Sisters Of Mercy last night on a rare date for them (a 6 hour round trip to London + beer is not the ideal way to prepare for your first day in your new job) and I have to say that it was 30 (not including petrol and drink costs) wasted.

No support act and we got an hour and 25 minutes worth for our money. On top of that they just weren't very good. Terrible sound. I couldn't see shit (despite my small stature it isn't usually a problem) and they sounded more like a Metal band with bad vocals than the atmospheric Goth sound they are known for. Shame.
That sucks. They were great when I saw them many years ago.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I saw The Smashing Pumpkins last night.

I've never been a huge fan, but I like them. The person I went with likes them more than me. Of course its not really the same band now either, and so I wasn't expecting much.

I have to say I enjoyed it much more than I had expected to though. They did trail off into a little obscurity towards the end, before the encore, but they sounded great. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I went to see Sisters Of Mercy last night on a rare date for them (a 6 hour round trip to London + beer is not the ideal way to prepare for your first day in your new job) and I have to say that it was 30 (not including petrol and drink costs) wasted.

No support act and we got an hour and 25 minutes worth for our money. On top of that they just weren't very good. Terrible sound. I couldn't see shit (despite my small stature it isn't usually a problem) and they sounded more like a Metal band with bad vocals than the atmospheric Goth sound they are known for. Shame.
congrats on the new job!

a few years ago when i still lived in Seattle....Sisters of Mercy played....i had tickets and looked forward to the show but was in the hospital....a good friend went and she basically described as you did except she added that all they did was complain about not being able to smoke inside

i have to admit....i think i'd still go see them if the chance came
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I went to see Trans Am about six weeks ago and have been meaning to post about it since. I've seen them twice before, in 1997 and 2003, so it's kind of interesting to witness the evolution of their live show over the years. This particular show they played their album Futureworld in it's entirety. Considering that this is possibly my favorite album by them, I was pretty excited about the show, and I have to say it definitely lived up to my expectations. They were amazing, super tight, and just flat-out entertaining. One thing I found pretty interesting was the fact that the bassist, Nathan Means, seems to have taken over as the main person who does the talking and interacting with the audience. The first time I saw them, Philip Manley, the guitarist, was definitely the one handling frontman duties. I can remember what the situation was the second time I saw them. All I remember is that the show was at the end of a long drunken day and my friends and I ended up getting thrown out toward the end.

Edit: Oh, and the opening band this time was some side project of one of the guys from Zombi. Okay electronic background music but nothing too special.
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Are you sure you're using atonality in the correct definition? Because, knowing or not, I'm sure there's a ton of music which you enjoy that is atonal. Hip-hop, for example, is obviously completely atonal, as well as a lot of rock.
That is very untrue. I take it you don't listen to that much hip hop.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:50 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I've been to a few shows recentlly. Firstly I went to see DJ Shadow and the rather impressive Shadowsphere. A fully erect sphere parked centre stage from the very start of the show, and a screen behind it acting as a back drop. The show was visually very impressive and given the set-up, whatever images were being screened were being shown on the screen from left to right and also incorporating the sphere itself. The images were consistently changing, altering at a fast pace for the duration of the show. The pace at which the images were moving would give the impression the sphere was moving. At one point, for example, the sphere was a basketball and the screen a court. Then a chainsaw beamed onto the screen would slice clean through ther sphere. All very trippy. And 15 minutes or so into the show, the sphere was revolved to reveal Shadow set up inside the sphere.

Oh and he sounded great too. Or something.






Trillians is a fairly small rock bar in Newcastle. I'm not sure what the capacity is but it's far from huge. It's a basement bar, down the stairs, where you are plunged into near-darkness. Back before the smoking ban, it had a real smoky atmosphere, given there are no windows or anywhere for the smoke to escape. I've seen small local bands and tribute acts play here. The ceiling is rather low, so much so that on the rare occasion I've seen major label or "name" bands play here, the walls seem to get smaller and narrower and the floor space quickly shrink. When I saw Orange Goblin play here, the extremely tall frontman was simply too big for the venue and kept headbutting the lights.

I recently saw Napalm Death come to town and tear the place down. The stage is so close to the crowd that all seperates it from us is a small, single step. I've sat on the stage on a busy Friday night before, as it's really just a part of the furniture rather than an area of the venue made out of bounds. Napalm Death were in their element in a venue like this. It really is one of those charming venues where the band can see the whites of the audiences eyes. I've never seen the place so busy before, sweat literally running off peoples brows. Such a high energy, crazy show that I would go and see again and again and never tire of it. Beautiful.

From such a small venue to one of the biggest you will find in this country, I then went to see the Manic Street Preachers at the O2 in London, formerly the Millenium Dome. This show was hands down the biggest value for money event I have ever attended. I was so impressed and yet so disgusted watching it, thinking of how much some artists feel they can charge these days.

The band released a singles collection this year which they arent touring. They did a Greatest Hits tour a few years ago which may be why. That and it would be too much for them to do this show every night. This was a one off show for the fans. The band played EVERY song on the National Treasures singles collection. Thats 38 tracks, 3 hours on stage, and how much did I pay for my ticket? The 70+ that Coldplay are charging for their shows next year? The 80+ that Lady Gaga charged for her FIRST major tour? Hell no. 22.50. Can't argue with that at all.

The band were honest ("We're gonna play some songs many of you will fucking hate") and to their credit, put so much effort and money into the show. I have a feeling it may have been filmed for a DVD. Aswell as playing every charting, top 40 single from 1992 to the present day, they even brought out a couple of guests. Gruff from Super Furry Animals was a guest I certainly was not expecting when he came out to play Let Robeson Sing with the band and on the 6 hour drive to London me and my mate discussed if they were gonna bring out a female singer to sing Nina Persson's (from the Cardigans) part for Your Love Alone. They did. However I wasnt expecting them to actually fly the woman herself in from America to do it!

All in all, it was a lesson in how to treat your fans with respect. I particularly enjoyed Nicky Wire finishing the show the way they used to back in the day, by smashing his bass on the stage as he left, and then tweeting about it the next day. "Really wish I hadn't smashed my bass guitar in half last night - it's had it!"
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Went to this show this past thursday and I have to say, though I went to see High on Fire, all of the bands were fantastic. Lo-Pan impressed me with their tight bass/guitar relationship. Primate really blew me away with their sheer intensity. Goatwhore were fairly intense as well, with a nice black/death/thrash mix and one hell of an impressive bassist. And High on Fire, of course, blew the doors off the place with raw, boozy rock and fucking roll. Highlights included "Speedwolf", "Fury Whip", "Rumors of War/Dii" and a badass set-closing version of "Snakes for the Divine". On top of all this, the crowd was pretty great too. All in all a thumbs up.
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