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About Magnus

  • Birthday 06/08/1987

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  • Favourite Composer?
    Nobuo Uematsu / Yoko Shimomura / Joe Hisaishi


  • Favourite Director(s)
    Hayao Miyazaki
  • Favourite TV Show(s)/Series
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
  • Favourite Movie Soundtrack
    Princess Mononoke
  • Favourite Comic Book/Anime
    Jojo's Bizarre Adventure


  • Best Live Song
    Ghost Love Score
  • Favourite Album
    Century Child
  • Favourite Song
    The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Favourite Album/Single Artwork
  • Favourite Music Video
    The Islander
  • Favourite DVD
    Vehicle of Spirit
  • Least Favourite Album
    Angels Fall First
  • Least Favourite Song
    The Carpenter

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  1. Magnus

    Amberian Dawn

    To quote Queen; I want it all!
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    I miss Ailyn. Does anyone know what she's up to these days?
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    Within Temptation II

    On the other hand, I think this is truly the path they want to take. They all seem to be happy with where they're at. Sure, they suffered a writer's block after Hydra but I always think back to that interview with Sharon where she said that after The Heart of Everything she and Robert separated for a while and the band in general was just in a very bad place - record company executives pushing them around, having them over work and what not all to make more money off of them. They almost called it quits for real because it had taken a huge toll on both their mental and physical health. You can tell there was a big shift in their image starting with The Unforgiving too. They ditched the Gothic imagery, which was most likely something they'd previously been advised to stick with for marketing reasons. The Unforgiving was influenced by music they grew up listening to back in the 80's, as if to reconnect with what made them want to make their own to begin with. It was also around this time when Sharon started to mention in interviews that they're not going to stick with a particular sound like AC/DC has done, but keep exploring. So it seems to me they've also ditched the idea that they're even in the symphonic rock genre to begin with (which is the genre they used to put themselves in prior to The Unforgiving). I think they don't want to be put in a box, as cliché as that sounds. I guess melodic heavy rock comes the closest to describing them?
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    Within Temptation II

    It's not at all about the sound for me. I like the slight industrial vibe, with the synthesizers and all. That's only the outer wrapping of the product itself. And I actually think it's the most solid sound they've had post The Heart of Everything. What I'm mostly underwhelmed by is the songwriting itself. These songs could have been performed with a full orchestra and choir in the background and they would still give me the same impression. The lyrics in combination with how the melodies often go is very similar to your average Katy Perry track on the radio. We heard this already during the verses of Edge of the World. Constantly repeating words is definitely a trait you find in modern pop music. Supernova, su-supernova, supernova-ah-ah-ah... All in vain, ah-ah all in vaaain... ah-ah all in vaaaaain It's annoying. Especially since the lyrics are so shallow. It's too early to tell if I'll like the album better than Hydra, which was just a hot mess with no direction to speak of, and I suspect I will, but I can already tell it's not going to be among their best work. Which is a bit sad, since Raise Your Banner is classic Within Temptation with a new coat of paint and if the entire album was up to that standard this could definitely have been among their best.
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    It's nice, although Candice's vocals sound really processed.
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    Within Temptation II

    I did too, mostly just to get an impression of the overall sound. It's very commercial. I don't necessarily mind it, but I was hoping Raise Your Banner was gonna be more indicative of the direction of the album in terms of songwriting. Instead it's basically dominated by the kind of catchy rock radio melodies heard in songs like Covered by Roses and Sinead. Or Evanescence. Actually, I think that's ironically the best comparison in terms of the demographic they're going for with this album. Is it just me of does the mix of Firelight sound different to the one released on YouTube? Or maybe it's just a select portion of the song because it doesn't stick out as much in this sampler as the full song does when compared to the others. Songwriting aside, I'm glad to hear that it's cohesive though in terms of production. It sounds like an actual album, and not a random collection of songs written and recorded at different times like Hydra does. Last but not least, I feel like this confirms Supernova as the next single.
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    The Raven Child is like a sequel to The Scarecrow, which I consider their best song - so I'm pleased. I hope the entire album is as good too.
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    The Old Era

    Generally speaking I'm sure this is true. I discovered them by downloading a couple of songs via LimeWire or something like that. This was back in late 2003, before iTunes and YouTube had much if any presence to speak of online. There was a thread about people's favourite singers on a video game forum, and someone mentioned Tarja. The description of the band's music really made me curious to hear it. The tracks I had downloaded were Deep Silent Complete and I believe also Wishmaster. But just hearing Deep Silent Complete was enough to sell me on this band. So I remember the anticipation for Nemo to drop, and then the album. Bought both on release day, and later saw them live during the Once tour in Malmö. And while I love the songs on this album I've been on record many times as saying it feels very disjointed compared to the rest of their discography. I ended up listening to Century Child a lot more, which has become my favourite album. But I also listened a ton to Dark Passion Play. I've never had any issues with Anette's studio vocals, and something that I got used to during the Anette era was hearing more of Marco. He sings like 1/3 of the lead vocals on the album, as well as the demo versions and of course Kiss While Your Lips Are Still Red. I have to admit that I didn't pay too much attention to him before this album, and I still think him and Anette had the most compatible voices so far (he sounds great with Floor too though, and she has become my favourite out of all the female singers this band has had). I guess Anette's lack of ability to steal the show, and Marco being given more space is part of what made me open my eyes. It wasn't just Marco though, but the rest of the band as well. Despite only having been a fan for a bit less than two years by the time Tarja was fired, in order to come to terms with it and realise what made it special I had to look beyond the majestic voice that had fronted it for so long. I came to realise that while Tarja's voice had drawn me in, it was the songwriting and musicianship from the rest of the band that had made me a fan. That being said, I would lie if I said that I felt like Anette didn't hold the band back in regards to performing the old material. However, it all worked out in the end. Their current line-up is just perfect, even if I'd obviously be okay with Jukka coming back should they ever find a good workaround for his insomnia. But I digress. For me, that one special album is Dark Passion Play for the reasons I've mentioned above. It wasn't my first, but it was the one that truly solidified my love for this band and their music.
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    The Old Era

    I think Dark Passion Play has a much better flow than Once, which is by far their most incohesive studio album (it's not as random as Within Temptation's Hydra, but it still feels like a collection of random, but good songs). Dark Passion Play on the other hand has a very cohesive soundscape. I feel like the promo artwork of the stormy ocean is a perfect visual representation of the album's vibe. On the other hand, since she refused to be in the documentary we got the pro-shot Wacken gig with Floor.
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    The Old Era

    It's worth owning, I think. The Cadence of Her Last Breath demo with Marco is pretty cool to hear, and the live performances included are overall good too.
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    All I can say to that is "no, thanks".
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    The Old Era
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    Decades World Tour 2018

    The Tampere gig was good. Better than both Wacken 2013 and the Wembley gig, imo.
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    Decades World Tour 2018

    I can't wait to hear Devil with a good audio mix. It also needs to be the first or second live video uploaded on YouTube to promote the official release imo. I'm mostly hoping the mixing is closer to Tampere than Wembley.
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    Decades World Tour 2018

    This line-up is the gift that keeps on giving <3 Marco actually sounds really menacing in this performance of Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean. I hope he sounds this good in the Buenos Aires performance.