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  • 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


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


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  1. Burkhard

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    An official live version of one of Kari Bremnes' most intense songs "På kanten av et liv", which is about the last days in the life of Dagny Juel: Just in case anyone might want to know what the lyrics are about, here's an English translation of them I did a while ago: And there's a new live version (from the same concert) of my favourite song "Skrik": It's about 4 minutes longer than the live version from 2010, mostly due to the different approach of the current guitarist to the second solo part which builds up very slowly. (People with an aversion to long guitar solos better avoid this clip or stop at 4:00.)
  2. Burkhard

    Favourite album from each year of your life

    You're welcome! I should have guessed it was Metallica after you had mentioned in another post that you forgot about "Master of Puppets". "The Wake" isn't bad, but IMO it doesn't come close to "Nothingface". I'd say that the latter is Voivod's most complex album and one thing I like about it is the (most of the time) clearly audible bass-playing. For me, it's an "earphones"-album, i.e. when I listen to it, I always do it with earphones to fully concentrate on the music and all its details. Please do report back when you should find the time to check out the stuff I recommended to let me know what you liked and also what you didn't like. I could have posted at least one clip with any of my recommendations, but that would have been information overload.
  3. Burkhard

    Favourite album from each year of your life

    Since this is a Nightwish-forum, I assume two out of the four albums, you've listened to are "Oceanborn" and "Imaginaerum", so what are the other two? Considering that you listen to a lot of prog rock/metal, I could imagine that Voivod's "Nothingface" might the one to start with. I'd say it's my favourite and IMO also their most progressive. It also contains a cover version of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" which I like better than the original version (but I'm not a Pink Floyd fan, so that might not mean much). They've always had a very unique specific sound. Out of Voivod's early thrash metal era, "Killing Technology" is definitely my favourite album and together with "Nothingface" my overall favourite Voivod album. As regards The Gathering, there was a time when "How to Measure a Planet?" was my favourite album (though the title track has never been my cup of tea), but nowadays I usually pick "Mandylion" when I want to listen to one of their albums. As for progressive metal, I recommend to check out the albums by Fates Warning (their later albums might be more progressive, but "The Spectre Within" is my favourite), Psychotic Waltz, Soul Cages, Dreams of Sanity, Atrox ("Contentum" features some of the craziest vocal lines ever to be heard on a metal album) and Mekong Delta from my list. I also consider Madder Mortem a progressive metal band, though depending on your definition of "progressive", you might disagree. Albums from my list I'd classify as progressive rock are Kate Bush's "The Dreaming" (progressive in the sense that the music was way ahead of its time - maybe it still is -, not in the sense that it features long instrumental parts) and "Løsrivelse" by Kari Bremnes, which also features my overall favourite non-metal song "Skrik": Still I think this live version is more impressive (I'd also like to add that Kari's own songs are all softer than this one): I really like the concept of this album, because all the lyrics are poems in prose by Edvard Munch, based on which he afterwards did his paintings, which are also shown in the CD-booklet together with the lyrics they are based on. The music to these lyrics was written by Ketil Bjørnstad, who also shows up with the album "Sunrise". The lyrics of the latter also stem from Edvard Munch. Overall, the album is overall softer (there are no guitars on it), it features Kari Bremnes as a solo singer on four songs and the Oslo Kammerkor on the other songs. (Unlike "Løsrivelse", the CD-booklet of "Sunrise" also contains English translations of the Norwegian lyrics.)
  4. Burkhard

    Your Latest Music Related Hauls

    Mystik - Mystik
  5. Burkhard

    Favourite album from each year of your life

    I'm doing this in reverse order: 2018 Midnattsol - The Aftermath 2017 Kari Bremnes - Det vi har 2016 Madder Mortem - Red in Tooth and Claw 2015 Avatarium - The Girl with the Raven Mask 2014 Qntal - VII 2013 Ketil Bjørnstad - Sunrise 2012 Kari Bremnes - Og så kom resten av livet 2011 Nightwish - Imaginaerum 2010 Mekong Delta - Wanderer on the Edge of Time 2009 Madder Mortem - Eight Ways 2008 Midnattsol - Nordlys 2007 Kari Bremnes - Live 2006 Stolen Babies - There Be Sqabbles Ahead 2005 Midnattsol - Where Twilight Dwells 2004 Gåte - Iselilja 2003 Atrox - Orgasm 2002 Atrox - Terrestrials 2001 Tactile Gemma - Tactile Gemma 2000 Atrox - Contentum 1999 Tom Russell - The Man from God Knows Where 1998 Nightwish - Oceanborn 1997 Dreams of Sanity - Komödia 1996 Soul Cages - Moments 1995 The Gathering - Mandylion 1994 The 3rd and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth 1993 Kari Bremnes - Løsrivelse 1992 Psychotic Waltz - Into the Everflow 1991 Fear of God - Within the Veil 1990 Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace 1989 Voivod - Nothingface 1988 Hexenhaus - A Tribute to Insanity 1987 Voivod - Killing Technology 1986 Détente - Recognize No Authority 1985 Fates Warning - The Spectre Within 1984 Metallica - Ride The Lightning 1983 Metallica - Kill 'em All 1982 Kate Bush - The Dreaming 1981 Abba - The Visitors 1980 Kate Bush - Never for Ever 1979 Mother's Finest - Live 1978 Kate Bush - The Kick Inside There are still some years missing and I can't think of albums for all of them, but as regards the early seventies, I'd include "Trespass", "Nursery Cryme" and "Selling England by the Pound" and Nektar's "A Tab in the Ocean" for 1972.
  6. Burkhard

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    Usually, I'm not a big fan of instrumentals, but I really like this one:
  7. Burkhard

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    What got me interested in Lovebites was their song "M.D.O." which was included on a CD which came along with the German Rock Hard magazine a few months ago. (Something which happens about once in every 5-10 years.) I don't consider myself a power metal fan, but two reasons why I really do like this album - it was one of only four new metal releases I bought last year - might be that the music is heading in the direction of "Oceanborn" (which is still - by far - my favourite Nightwish album) and the guitar solos more than once remind me, at least to a certain extent, of the first two Helloween releases. I just wish the guitars sounded still a bit crunchier/rawer - as they did on this song from their first album (which I haven't got yet) or on the following song (close to entering thrash metal territory) from their "Battle Against Damnation"-EP:
  8. Burkhard

    Movie Recommendation Thread

    The Finnish movie "Heavy Trip" is one of the funniest I've seen in while. Here's the trailer: The best/funniest scenes - maybe with the exception of the one about getting a special promo pic - are not included in the trailer, though. (Often it's the other way round.)
  9. Burkhard

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    I'd like to see this band supporting Nightwish on their next tour:
  10. Burkhard

    Album of the year 2018

    As already posted in the German subforum: 1. Midnattsol - The Aftermath2. Gåte - Svevn3. Madder Mortem - Marrow4. Qntal - Nachtblume5. Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality6. The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard - BooCheeMish7. Voivod - The Wake The first three albums are nearly on par with each other.
  11. Burkhard

    Der musikalische Jahresrückblick 2018

    Top Alben 2018 1. Midnattsol - The Aftermath 2. Gåte - Svevn 3. Madder Mortem - Marrow 4. Qntal - Nachtblume 5. Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality 6. The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard - BooCheeMish 7. Voivod - The Wake Die Abstände zwischen den ersten drei Alben sind so minimal, daß ich sie eigentlich auch alle auf den 1. Platz hätte setzen können. Lieblingssongs des Jahres Midnattsol - Syns sang Gåte - Svevn The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard - Mani Yanni Schlimmste(r) Song(s) des Jahres Kann ich nicht beurteilen. Ich höre mir nur Platten an, die mir gefallen, und im Radio höre ich keine Musik. Neuentdeckungen Lovebites (etwas ärgerlich, daß ich auf die erst wenige Tage nach ihrem Konzert in der Zeche Carl in Essen aufmerksam geworden bin) Bestes Konzert The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard in Bochum sowie alle Konzerte von Kari Bremnes, die ich besucht habe Darauf freue ich mich 2019 - (hoffentlich endlich ein) neues Album der Stolen Babies - Deutschlandtour von Kari Bremnes
  12. Burkhard

    Songs You Are Currently Addicted To!

    I hardly ever listen to her nowadays, but I liked her live performances always better than the studio albums. A fine example of what you just said is this live version of "Father Lucifer" with excerpts of "Tubular Bells" and "Smalltown Boy" from 1996: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYOWLy9IFw She must have played this version more than once on that tour, because it's also to be found on the "Saint and Sinner"-CD (an unofficial release) which was (mostly) recorded at her concert in Berlin in March 1996 (and which became my most-played Tori Amos-CD). An recommendable official release with the same "line-up" - she was just accompanied by Steve Caton on guitar on that tour - is the live videocassette "Live From NY" from 1997, which I like much better than the live-DVD "Welcome to Sunny Florida" which was released 7 years later.
  13. Burkhard

    Your Latest Music Related Hauls

    Coroner - No More Color Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality