Burkhard

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    Germany

General Music

  • Favourite Singer
    Kari Bremnes
  • Favourite Non NW Song?
    Kari Bremnes - "Skrik"
  • Best Concert Attended
    any concert by Kari Bremnes
  • Favourite Non NW Album?
    Atrox - "Terrestrials"
  • Favourite Composer?
    Ketil Bjørnstad
  • Favourite Band/Artist?
    Atrox (with Monika Edvardsen), Madder Mortem, Stolen Babies

Entertainment

  • Favourite Author
    Terry Pratchett (R.I.P.)
  • Favourite Book(s)
    The Discworld Novels
  • Favourite Comic Book/Anime
    Fables, Kollektivet, Nemi

Nightwish

  • Favourite Album
    Oceanborn

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  1. No. 51 Soul Cages - Moments Over the years, this has gradually become one of my favourite progressive metal albums. The more I have listened to it, the more I have come to enjoy it, so it's been a "grower" for me. I really like the beautiful melodies, the vocal lines and especially the guitar solos on this album. I appreciate the audible bass-playing as well as the overall very good clean sound. I suppose that hardly anyone here has heard about this band/album before, but I think the point of this topic is also to introduce some stuff which might not be so well-known - at least if it ranks among one's favourite albums, which this album really does. The following four songs are my favourite ones and "In Our Hands" (I especially love the break at 2:30 leading to the solo parts from 3:00 to 4:06) as well as "My Spiritual Home" are probably the heaviest songs on this overall rather moderate album, which also contains a short instrumental piece and one song which doesn't have any drums at all.
  2. Obviously not. Apart from that, there is a difference between "sometimes" and "always", is there? Sorry, if my explanation should have ruined this song for you. As I already wrote in my initial post, I like the live versions of the songs on Avatarium's debut even better. If you listen for e.g. to the following two live versions of "Moonhorse" from the Hammer of Doom Festival 2014 and the Rock Hard Festival 2015, you will notice that guitarist Marcus Jidell added a few additional notes during the acoustic guitar parts played by Jennie-Ann which aren't there on the studio version: https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/rockpalast/video-avatarium---moonhorse-100.html (sorry, embedding not possible) Even though it's just a slight change, which you might hear best when using headphones, it improves the song IMO. Also the solo-parts, mostly those after the final acoustic part starting at 6:46 (HOD 2014) resp. 6:38 (RHF 2015) are both times played differently, not only from the studio version, but also from each other, and I like both of them better than the studio version, especially the part from about 7:10 to 7:22 at the RHF 2015. Minor details, but even they can improve a song.
  3. Though this is not what Leif Edling is known for, is he? Sometimes it can be helpful to read what the ones who wrote the lyrics say about them. When I first heard the lyrics, I found them very weird and strange, until I read in an interview that they are about a young boy who is having a delirium and on the edge of dying. I have already read it several times that Jennie-Ann has been compared to Dio or been called the "female Dio".
  4. Actually, it was two typos in a row then. Didn't know that "shrieking banshee" was a compliment for a singer in your book. I actually did like "Perfect Symmetry" a lot way back in 1989 - at that point maybe even more than the albums with John Arch - and when I might spin an album with Alder on vocals nowadays (which happens very, very rarely), it's most likely "Perfect Symmetry", but sometimes musical tastes change and already from 1993 onwards, "The Spectre Within" and also "Awaken the Guardian" got a lot more spins from me than "Perfect Symmetry". The songs on the latter might be played on a higher technical level (I don't know much about music theory, so this was just my impression) and I really liked the complexity of the songs way back then, but compared to the albums of the Arch-era, the music in general and the guitars in particular sound colder to me. As regards its successor "Parallels", I'd agree with you that "The 11th Hour" is the best track on it, but already way back then I found this album rather disappointing (except for some of the guitar solos), maybe also because the songs sounded much straighter than the stuff on "Perfect Symmetry". Thinking about it, I'm just trying to explain personal musical preferences by seemingly objective criteria, which is doomed to fail, because there aren't any. There are some straight and simple songs I do like and there are some albums which are probably even more technical and/or "cold"-sounding than "Perfect Symmetry" which I do enjoy (like e.g. "Steps" by Sieges Even and "Concepts of Math: Book One" by Watchtower).
  5. If we are talking about The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian" would at least head more in the right direction than "Eternal Flame". However, here are two examples of what I consider outstanding pop songs (espcially with this specific arrangement): By the way, mind the spelling! There is a huge difference between Thrash and Trash, and in the context of Fates Warning, I don't think you meant the latter, well maybe unless you meant to describe what you think of John Arch's vocals. (In that regard, we have obviously opposite opinions, but that's OK. To each their own.)
  6. I replace no. 19 (The Bangles - Eternal Flame) by Bergtatt - Daudens klør "Eternal Flame" is just another average pop song. "Daudens klør" might not be representative of Bergtatt's music, because they mostly play some kind of folk-influenced Metal/Rock, whereas "Daudens klør" is a proper Doom Metal song. However, it's my favourite song from their debut "Røtter" and I just like everything about this song: the intro, the powerful female vocals, the Norwegian lyrics and the great guitar solo (though it was played by a guest musician) - I'd say it's one of my overall favourite Doom Metal songs.
  7. No. 37 Avatarium - Avatarium One of my overall favourite albums of the last decade. I love this combination of strong Doom Metal influences, the powerful clean voice of Jennie-Ann Smith and great guitar-playing (especially in the solo-department) by Marcus Jiddell. My favourite song is the opener "Moonhorse", which also contains my favourite part on the entire album starting with a great guitar-solo at 3:18 and the goes until 4:52, closely followed by one of the best ballads I've heard in quite a while, namely "Lady In The Lamp", which ends with another great guitar solo from 5:20 onwards until the end. In my opinion, the different live versions of the songs from this album are even better, because of the improvised parts. As an example of this (and also because the studio version isn't available on youtube), I've included a live rendition of "Tides of Telepathy" (with a slight reminiscence of Jimi Hendrix' version of "All Along the Watchtower" at about 6:29, which I think isn't to be heard on the album version). If someone should get a feeling of déjà-vu/déjà-écouté, I think I've posted this live-clip in another topic a while ago (haven't checked it yet).
  8. If you liked the songs I posted, I think it's worthwhile to buy it. In case you should need a wider basis for your decision, there are some more songs to be found on youtube (though not all of them). I could pm you the links, in case you should be interested. I also find it quite interesting how my favourite song from this album has changed over the years - Attention! Déjà-vu ahead! - namely "Alle vet jo det", though this has, of course, also to do with the different musicians playing the song. First a live-performance from 1993 which sounds nearly exactly like the studio album version, probably because the band - CC Cowboys (if I'm not mistaken) - is the same which played on all the songs of the studio album: Then a live-performance 20 years later with Kari's own band, which sounds completely different: And finally the version I recently posted in another thread from a tribute to Leonard Cohen concert, which took place in Oslo last year and where the participating artists were supported by a band called The Salmon Smokers: You find many more clips from this concert with other artists on youtube, as e.g.
  9. Even though I wasn't older than 30 years way back in 1995, I still find this type of music terribly bland. But one man's meat is another man's poison and looking at the entries I have posted so far, I guess it doesn't come as a surprise that this type of mainstream music doesn't appeal to me. My next pick is No. 89 Hadde Månen en Søster - Cohen på Norsk I admit that I'm not a fan of Leonard Cohen, but I actually do like most of the songs on this album which features 12 cover versions - two by each of six different female artists (actually seven, because Somebody's Darling is a female duo) from Norway -, all being sung in Norwegian. (And that's not just because my favourite Norwegian singer - who, by the way, unlike me is a huge fan of Leonard Cohen - performs two of them.) Comparing these versions to some of the original ones you find on youtube, it seems that also the musical arrangements don't sound too similar to the original versions, which for me is a good thing, because I don't see any sense in doing a cover version, if it sticks too close to the original (maybe unless we are talking about a revival band). Since I've already posted my overall favourite song from this album, "Alle vet jo det", in other topics (though it wasn't the studio version, if I remember correctly), I'll go with these examples (I would have liked to include Claudia Scott's "Det er krig", but it's one of the few songs not to be found on youtube): (sung by Kari Bremnes) (sung by Sidsel Endresen) (sung by Somebody's Darling) (sung by Claudia Scott)
  10. One of two Kim Wilde albums I own. Even though I probably haven't listened to it since somewhere in the eighties, I remember enjoying this album a lot way back then, and two of the songs you picked, namely "Dream Sequence" and "Shoot to Disable" are IMO some of the best songs on this album, whereas her single hit "Love Blonde" is about my least favourite. For me, it's one of those albums where I like the songs which were not released as singles much more than the singles (with the exception of "House of Salome", which I also liked a lot). The latter also goes for my next pick at No. 38 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love While I'd say that my favourite album by Kate Bush is still her probably most experimental/progressive album "The Dreaming" from 1982, my overall favourite songs are to be found on its successor "Hounds of Love", yet not among the (more or less well-known) single hits on side A (for those who remember vinyl), which frankly never did much for me, but on the versatile and experimental concept part on side B, known as "The Ninth Wave". As examples, I pick my three favourite songs "Waking the Witch" (I just love the weirdness of this song), "Jig of Life" (while not being a fan of Irish folk, I really like its influences on this song) and "Hello Earth". The latter contains in my opinion the most beautiful vocal lines on the entire album, culminating in the part which goes "Go to sleep little earth, I was there at the birth, Out of the cloud burst the head of the Tempest, Murderer, Murderer of calm, Why did I go? Why did I go?" mixed with the slightly eerie choir parts by The Richard Hickox Singers. Close to the end of this song, there's a whispered German part, which is not printed in the lyrics, saying "Tiefer, tiefer, irgendwo in der Tiefe gibt es ein Licht." (i.e. "Deeper, deeper, somewhere in the deep there's a light."), which, if I remember correctly, was inspired by the German movie "Das Boot", as Kate Bush once statted in an interview.
  11. I don't know about the "most influential"-part, but I do remember seeing them live for the first time about 22 years ago on the Mandylion-tour. And while there was a time when my favourite The Gathering album was "How To Measure A Planet?" (maybe except for the title-song which I never could get into), nowadays I would say it's "Mandylion" again. I am happy that Anneke still plays "Strange Machines", as she did with Vuur in Utrecht about a month ago and also together with The Sirens four years ago. I'm old enough to remember both and I definitely don't want them back! (But maybe you were just joking.) OK, for me as a little kid, "Das Lied der Schlümpfe" (as it was called in Germany), was sort of funny, but after a while it became boring and I definitely wouldn't listen to this kind of music nowadays. And as far as 2Unlimited is concerned, I've never been into Techno music and I never will. Now back on topic with: No. 21 Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead My third overall most-played album and I'm still enjoying it a lot (especially when listening to it in my car). One of the most original metal(-related) albums there are. Labels like Progressive, Avantgarde and Experimental Metal pop up and they might give a hint in the right direction. Way back then, the band themselves called it "music to dance and fall down to". I love the versatility of the music and of the vocals of Dominique Lenore Persi who can sing with a pleasent clean voice (as e.g. on the album's ballad "Lifeless") but also practice some very aggressive screaming (as she does in some parts of "Tall Tales" and several other songs). I like her voice very much without being able to explain it. There are, among other things, also some cool bass lines as e.g. on "Filistata" (some parts of it remind me a bit of circus music), "Tablescrap" and "Awful Fall". This is one of those albums which seem to never become boring for me. While I'd say that the accordion - or, as someone on another forum once called it, "that squishy thingy" - ranks rather low on my list of favourite instruments, I also have got to say the way Dominique plays it fits perfectly with the music.
  12. No. 13 The 3rd and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth Since this is the Nightwish-forum, the album which was a major inspiration to found Nightwish (at least Tuomas said so on several occasions) simply has to be included, though I would haven mentioned it anyway. I'd describe the music as atmospheric Doom Metal with heavenly female voices. When I bought this album in October 1994, I had just discovered and fallen in love with The 3rd and the Mortal's debut EP "Sorrow" a few weeks before because of the beautiful clean vocals of Kari Rueslåtten mixed with the intense atmosphere created by the music. "Tears Laid In Earth" works best for me, when listening to it with headphones and my eyes closed, so I can fully concentrate on the soundscapes, maybe sometimes trying to figure out if I can tell the three guitarists apart from each other. The music is mostly soothing. Since I've already posted my favourite song from this album in the "100 favourite songs"-topic, I'll suggest now the following two: My favourite part of the latter - "Oceana" is also one of my overall favourite epic songs - is probably the one with the lines "Cold winter nights, I walk upon the frozen earth, the stars light my way, the northwind embraces me, tells me to go on". The ending of the song sounds a bit weird, but I assume it could be the first song - the a cappella "Vandring" (one of two songs with Norwegian lyrics) - or parts of it played backwards.
  13. Since I was the one who posted this song, I'm pleased to hear you liked it. It's actually my overall favourite song by them from my overall favourite Fates Warning-album "The Spectre Within". There's a great live-version of this song to be found on the double-CD+DVD "Awaken the Guardian Live" which was released last year. It also contains a live-version of my second favourite Fates Warning song on "The Spectre Within", namely "The Apparition". In addition to this, you get two live songs from their debut "Night on Brocken" and a live performance of their entire third album "Awaken the Guardian". Actually, the DVD contains two different live performances of this album - both from 2016, which marked the 30th anniversary of the studio release of "Awaken the Guardian". The second show from ProgPower USA 2016 on the DVD contains a third song from "The Spectre Within", "Kyrie Eleison", instead of the title track of their debut album. Considering the fact that this line-up hadn't played together for about 30 years, it's a really impressive performance!
  14. No. 11 Madder Mortem - Deadlands Even 16 years after its release, "Deadlands" still gets about one spin per week from me, which makes it one of my overall most-played albums. Agnete's very powerful and versatile voice, ranging from soft to aggressive (yet still rather clean) vocals, fits perfectly with the dynamics of the music. I think the two songs I picked, out of which "Resontatine" is my overall favourite Madder Mortem-song (I love how it slowly builds up until the part from 5:55 to 7:55. which is probably my favourite part on the entire album), illustrate this very well. I also like the powerful, yet not overproduced production of this album very much, the audible bass, the interesting drumming and also some dissonant parts (as e.g. in the song "Rust Cleansing"). Overall, it's an original album by an original metal band - if there are similar bands with a similar sounding singer, I haven't heard them yet.
  15. Time for some epic Doom Metal: No. 83 Candlemass - A Sorcerer's Pledge