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  1. DownHill

    Sirenia

    I got inspired by the news and I started to listen to Sirenia again (as I often do with bands I haven't listened to for a while), mostly the Perils of the Deep Blue, and the Seventh Life Path. I am still trying to find a song (with English lyrics) that does not contain the rhyme fire/desire. But I'll be damned if Elixir, The Silver Eye, and Earendel aren'e beautiful songs with lovely vocals. @Nocturnal Queen I hadn't thought of it this way but it is so true! But also with the guys from Xandria, these bands seem to follow the same pattern.
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    Sirenia

    It is sad because we know that it has a lot to do with Morten and constantly replacing singers. Of course the genre has evolved and people got tired of the woman-singer-in-a-black-corset-singing-about-daaaarkneeeesss thing, but I know that other artists are not happy to have Sirenia with them on tour. I had seen a post from Chris (Therion) basically saying that Morten is so full of himself, it's unbearable. (not that Chris is less so but that's another sad story)
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    Sirenia

    I have to say, even though I will give it a listen, I am largely put off by the things I have read about Morten's attitude. I try not to let these things annoy me (and in some cases they don't, I still listen to Perils of the Deep Blue or whatever the name of that album is and a lot of the earlier songs) but I am sooooo tired of his pretentiousness which comes out in the lyrics. We get it, you like the numbers 6, 7, and 13. You were born in the winter. Your name shares a root with the Latin word for Death. Unless I see something dramatically different here, I'm calling it, they're pretty much done.
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    Anette Olzon

    I might be biased because I consider The Siren to be one of Nightwish's best songs (I am a sucker for oriental themes and vocalizing) and I like all the 3 interpretations of it (4 if we count the recorded Tarja version as vastly different from the live one). And while I cannot stand Anette's belting, I feel this is the one song where it fits perfectly. It also made her voice sound so much more... big, if that makes sense. So powerful.
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    The Art Debate

    I have no idea how you thought that I took your post seriously, but ooookkk, my point was really that art, either on food or anything else, is tricky for me. As I said, it's highly consequential and it depends on if I enjoy it or not. Which is why I have no problem mixing classical music with 90s pop hits, if that's what I want to listen, and I see art elitists with weariness. Historically speaking, have specific types and pieces of art contributed more to the entire craft? Absolutely. Will that make me enjoy a jazz concert? Hell to the no.
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    The Art Debate

    I meaaaaaaan... I still don't? I mean of course art matters to me in terms of enjoying music, architecture, paintings, and the like. But I don't care about it in the sense that I won't care or even think (at least not consciously) about the underpinning aspects of it, the schools of thought, the doctrines, the rules that sometimes apply, or the relative value of one piece of art to another. In this sense art to me is definitely less deontological and more consequential; I only care if I like the finished result. Since @hunebedbouwer mentioned food, I can say that while I love food wholeheartedly, I do not enjoy food art. When I watch a video of a pastry chef turning a cake into a work of art, I can appreciate it for the effort put into it, for the color schemes and maybe even the mechanics, but I always end up thinking "well it's still just a sponge cake with too much flavorless buttercream" which is not the reason for which this cake was created, and I understand that, and it reinforces my feeling that art is not something I care about. Don't get me wrong, I do not believe that art is what I alone make of it. Art is what each person makes of it, and society in general.
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    Anette Olzon

    Hmm. Her voice is still very sweet and charming, as this style suits her, and she always sounds better when she is rested and not after a long tour. But I feel she lacks strength and volume, which is why her recorded voice is great but live singing lacks something.
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    Amorphis

    I also want to say the Heart of a Giant has the most cool, hard, interesting chorus i've heard in a while. And it's sung in such a manner that tells a great story.
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    Amorphis

    @Harvest You mentioned We Accursed, it is also one of the least favorite songs for me (but still a lot better than most i've heard recently, don't get me wrong) but I figured out why I am so fond of it: the main chorus theme sounds to me pretty much exactly like the theme from BBC's Sherlock. I used to be obsessed with that show, so I know the theme by heart and now I hear it when I put We Accursed on. Also, Daughter of Hate is my favorite so far, excluding The Bee of course which we already knew.
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    Amorphis

    I am sorry for double posting but the previous post was almost a month ago. So, I have been listening to the new album. So far I have restrained myself in order to not burst into shouting HELL YEAH in public. It is fantastic, and what I like the most is that it escapes the styles of the last 3 albums but rather goes back in time, it brings back memories of Far From The Sun, Elegy, Skyforger, Am Universum, but all wrapped in a new, modern, light. They use oriental elements but also traditional power/melodic death metal themes. Tomi's vocals are better than ever I think, a perfect balance of clean and rough vocals. edit: Heart of a Giant even has elements of Orphaned Land, which is amazing, the way they are implemented. edit2: The Golden Elk is outright an Orphaned Land song and nobody can convince me otherwise. I want to see Tomi belly-dancing. I need it.
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    Dimmu Borgir

    I am really enjoying the new album as well, somehow it's amazing background music for when you're reading or writing or similar, which is not something that can be said for a lot of bands of the Symphonic Black Metal genre. There are no cacophonies or songs I skip, it is a pretty solid album.
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    Dimmu Borgir

    Which is what I meant, the song was too symphonic and experimental for them, even though it was very obviously black metal.
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    Amorphis

    It is true, I think Tomi is one of the best and most versatile singers in the genre. And while his rough vocals are excellent, there is a certain warmth and emotion in his clean voice that cant be easily reached. It's soft and powerful at the same time. On that aspect, I have always loved Swallow the Sun's English cover of These Lowlands, and I only recently figured out that it's Tomi's clean vocals.
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    Amorphis

    Agreed. I am not so crazy about the video (except for the shots of the mountain side, these are breath-taking) but the song is very Amorphis type. Solid song, easy to listen to.
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    Kamelot

    Now that I've had a lot of listens to the album, both careful but also as a background noise, I have some opinions. First of all, this album does not offer anything new to the genre or Kamelot as a band. That being said, it is a solid album. Also, I will only judge the music and not the lyrics, as I am generally biased towards everything AI or human consciousness, because this is my field of study. So let's begin: The Mission (intro): It's an intro, so nothing here. Phantom Divine: Most people already know this song, but I believe this is the weakest song in the album, and a terrible way to start off, because it gives the wrong impression. If someone asked me to make a song that would encapsulate Kamelot's latest albums 100%, this would be it. It has absolutely been done before. RavenLing: Kamelot's effort to write a Black Halo song, unfortunately it is seen through glasses of Ghost Opera, so it suffers from the same things as Phantom Divine. It has been done before, it offers nothing, and if it had been in any of the albums with Tommy I would not have noticed. Amnesiac: This is where things start getting a tiny bit better: some now ideas, some old things being put through new lens, and a good energy to the song. Burns to Embrace: very good catchy song, very Silverthorn-y and Haven-y type, an anthem-type song. Nothing as good as Liar Liar, but solid and exciting. In Twilight Hours: a nice ballad. Again, nothing new here, but it's not bad or boring, just a slow tempo ballad. Kevlar Skin: now starts the part of the album I'm most excited about. Kevlar Skin has a great chorus, reminiscent of When The Lights Are Down. Unfortunately, same guitar solo as every other fast-tempo Kamelot song. Thomas needs to get his act together, his riffs are great but the solos are carbon copies of each other. Static: My favorite song on the album, which shows that when various listeners have such varying opinions on different songs, the album has an interesting nature. Mid-tempo beauty, a perfect representation of modern Power Metal. Mindfall Remedy: kinda back to the old habits. This is where Tommy sounds the most like Roy i think. If someone showed me these songs without telling me that it is not Roy, I would have thought "oh, Roy sounds a bit different than 10 years ago, cool". Stories Unheard: Boring as hell, but a great showing of Tommy's vocal range, being able to go from very high to low even within the same line. Vespertine: The feel-good song of the album, lovely pace and riffs, and best bridge/chorus of the album. The Proud and The Broken: this might sound like blasphemy, but I almost got Epica (the Kamelot album) vibes here for a bit. Probably what Epica would sound if the story was taking place in a sci-fi futuristic environment. Ministrium (outro): outro, nothing here. Maybe Kamelot need to stop with these, they don't offer anything. In total: Quite good album, for me it's better than the previous ones (Haven and Silverthorn) where I can only listen one or two songs of each. As others have said, it misses some good collabs with big voices. Production-wise it is immaculate, the guitars sound fantastic, and Tommy is I believe one of the best singers in the genre, being able to hit notes with ease, never sounding like he struggles, while he conveys waves of emotion.