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  1. EpicanDragon94

    Kamelot

    Interesting that others feel the same. It's hard to tell sometimes, because while I hear a lot of (deserved) praise for Tommy as a singer, I rarely hear people say there's something missing or that they outright prefer the Khan era. Some folks seem to not even really see or acknowledge a difference between the two eras (which a part of me gets, because honestly initially when I first heard Tommy I thought he sounded like Khan, though now having listened to Khan more I see their differences), and yet I see a pretty substantial difference in the lyrics, subject matter, etc., so sometimes it makes me think I'm just crazy or weird or something, so it's validating to hear that others see a difference too, though it's not often spoken of, and I get why that is, because like you said it's not like Kamelot is terrible now or something, the good components are still all there. Nevertheless, I just listened to 'Anthem' a few minutes ago, and I find myself asking "where is that kind of emotion/heart/just general kind of song in the new Kamelot"? But I also realize that's not the most fair question given that 'Anthem' was about the birth of Khan's son/child and you can't get that personal with every song, but still. You make a really good point that he has a lot to draw from even if he only sings about religion now. That would really be cool, and like old Kamelot in that way, like with Up With the Ashes like you mentioned. It would be really cool if he did like a song for every book of the Bible from a perspective of a particular character. Just in general, you're very right that if he draws from the stories, he has a lot more he can do in addition to singing praise (which I got nothing against, I just can't relate to it as much). That gives me hope and makes me more excited for the future, so thanks for bringing that up! His voice does sound amazing! I think one thing that I really like that I've seen some others mention elsewhere is that he sounds happy, which is not something we are always used to seeing from Khan I think, so that's really nice. And yeah, when I heard the new song, all the things I missed about Kamelot came flooding back, and it really did hammer things home. It definitely does fill a gap. Interesting about there maybe being a specific event that caused him to leave the band. The whole thing was very sudden, so I could see that being the case. I'm always going to wonder why he left, as there seems to be something else going on beyond him just needing a break and needing to spend time with family (which is a totally valid reason, but it always seemed to me there was more to it than that, and I think a lot of people, because he mentioned God in his farewell statement, assumed that it was a straight up 'he's been converted and now thinks metal is evil story' which I don't think was the case either). You're definitely right though, we'll probably never know due to Khan's professionalism. Maybe that's for the best. Idk though, I'm always going to wonder. Even the band members seem to not fully know why, at least that's what I got out of certain interviews with Thomas and with Oliver. That makes me think it was something very personal for Khan. And I'd forgotten about his statements regarding guest work, that's also a good point and a good indicator about whether or not he would ever guest for Kamelot. I do wonder what is going to happen to/whatever happened to all the material he had written prior to his departure for his solo album, and if we'll see any of that. In interviews he had talked about one day releasing a solo album and I remember there was one interview where he implied that he had a lot of material. I know he mentioned that some of it gets used for Kamelot (I think he said 'Anthem' was one of those songs, but then I also remember him saying he wrote it backstage one day randomly, so idk maybe I'm confused), though I'm guessing not all of did. It would be nice to hear some of that, though I don't know if it fits with the new religious subject matter, as that seems to be a post-Poetry for the Poisoned thing while if I recall, all his talk of the solo stuff was during The Black Halo/Ghost Opera era.
  2. EpicanDragon94

    Kamelot

    Agreed. In my view, the quality of the lyrics have taken a hit ever since Khan left. They're not terrible lyrics, but they seem so generic compared to what they were before. And I don't know, this is probably a really unpopular opinion, and it's probably just me, but since Khan left, I just feel like everything sounds kinda...artificial? Like, I felt like Khan was really good at embodying whatever kind of "role" he was playing in the song- be that Ariel/Mephisto (Epica/The Black Halo), Elizabeth Bathory (Elizabeth Trilogy), a disillusioned soldier (Glory, Mourning Star), a mourning lover (Forever, Love You To Death), a dying and conflicted king (Karma) or who/whatever- and he made it feel genuine. Tommy kind of just sounds the same on all of his songs, and he doesn't seem to throw himself into it the way Khan did. Don't get me wrong, technically speaking he still a phenomenal singer. A part of me just feels like they aren't utilizing his voice as well as they could, because there have been times where I feel like he really shines (Prodigal Son, Leaving Too Soon, Under Grey Skies, Fallen Star, Here's To The Fall). I still like Tommy, don't get me wrong, I just feel like he doesn't quite compare to Khan. Musically everything kind of sounding the same probably doesn't help. Like, this new song could have been on Haven, easily. Couple all of this with a recent interview Thomas gave about moving on from the past (which a part of me understands and another part of me is like 'but that's what made you and where you came from, you can't just forget it') and the recent FB poll about cutting out Center of the Universe, Forever, Karma, March of Mephisto, and other classics from their sets, and me not liking the new songs as much as any of the old ones, I find it hard for me to be enthusiastic about this band, or at least as enthusiastic as I used to be. I don't want to rain on anybody's parade though. I'm sure it'll be a great album. I think if this new Kamelot were like a new band or something I could get into them, but the fact that what came before was so good and now it isn't as good as it was (though still not bad) I think is just jarring to me. Idk, at the end of the day I just really miss Khan. :/ Wow! I hope we get more. Even though I can't really relate to the subject matter (religion/God), it's awesome to hear his voice again. He sounds much better than he did when he left (and even then I didn't think he sounded bad at all at the end, just different from how he sounded before). I kind of hope, if he does release a full blown solo project, it won't all be about religion and God, as again, can't really relate, but that's just me. I do think it's interesting he just posted a youtube video rather than had any kind of announcement or anything. I wonder if he wouldn't feel right making money off of something about God and that's why it's just a youtube video and not any kind of official song or anything. Given certain parts of the lyrics (especially "all the filth my eyes have seen") and that other interview he gave, I do worry he doesn't look back on his time in Kamelot fondly. I always kind of hoped if he did ever come back he would at least guest star on a new Kamelot album, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. :/ Still, I'm very happy that he appears to be back, if only for a moment. Swearing edited out - Please remember that there is no swearing outside of the Speaker's Corner - WhiteRaven
  3. EpicanDragon94

    Epica

    It appears to be out on nuclearblast's site, though Amazon says it comes out December 1st. And yeah, would be awesome for fans to be able to get their hands on those (I already have both, so would be more interested in bonus stuff, though We Will Take You With Us on Blu Ray would be awesome). I would especially love to see that unreleased Paradiso DVD though.
  4. EpicanDragon94

    Epica

    Did you see this? http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/cd/2cd/epica-the-score-2.0-the-epic-journey.html Looks like they are indeed re-releasing The Score. I already have the original, but I would be interested to know what the alternative tracks sound like.
  5. EpicanDragon94

    Within Temptation

    Really happy to hear that Within Temptation isn't going under! Now that I think about it, it was quite the overreaction on my part, so I feel quite silly and foolish. Ah well. Also listened to the single- very interesting! I'm excited to check out more! Is there a release date yet for the full album? I'm sorry to hear she's been having such a difficult time, though I suspected it after Hydra (looking at the lyrics of Dog Days and Tell Me Why to name just two, as I feel as though the whole album had this theme of struggle and fighting off despair and sorrow). I'm glad she's better now though, and that she was able to use her art to help her through the tough times. Also glad she's sharing the songs with us, as that's probably not so easy given how personal they were to her. Excited about both My Indigo and the new Within Temptation, which she said would be coming in 2018, so that's something! I'm curious as to what both the whole of My Indigo and what the new Within Temptation will sound like.
  6. EpicanDragon94

    Epica

    Those are all excellent choices I think! My pick would be Fools of Damnations, but the other two are awesome as well. Really any song that isn't already on Classical Conspiracy, Retrospect, or The Holographic Principle would be wonderful! Of course, I'm still holding out hope that one day Epica and Transmission will work through their differences and release that Paradiso DVD (and that would rule out doing Dance of Fate)...but I know it'll never happen lol.
  7. EpicanDragon94

    Within Temptation

    Very true! There is an important distinction there. I feel a little better now. Thanks!
  8. EpicanDragon94

    Within Temptation

    So I guess on RTL Late Night Sharon announced that she's pursuing a solo project and temporarily stopping WT? I can't find the full interview or statement anywhere, and I've heard conflicting reports that she's doing both the solo project and WT, or just the solo project for now. I love Sharon den Adel and I'll support her solo project, but I am still very worried about the future of WT. If they are on hiatus, I can easily see how 'hiatus' turns into 'disbanding'. If there was a concrete date stated for the new WT album (even if it was just '2019') that would be one thing, but given that there's been virtually no news...I don't know. I'm happy for Sharon that she seems happy and is taking on this new path, but also worried about Within Temptation, and the more pessimistic side of me feels it could be the beginning of the end (and I realize if enough fans say that, it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts, but I can't escape the feeling nonetheless). However, if Within Temptation is being worked on simultaneously with the solo stuff, or if there are concrete plans that Sharon has talked about for WT, then the future is very bright I think. They could even do a thing where Sharon does a solo album in the off years where Within Temptation isn't producing an album. I could see how, creatively, it might work very well for Sharon and potentially for the fans, in that she can experiment more with her solo stuff (like there was experimentation with Hydra in a sense; I personally didn't mind it and I think there are a lot of classic songs on there, but I know some fans did) and then do more symphonic stuff with Within Temptation.
  9. EpicanDragon94

    Epica

    I would love it if they would release a similar EP for TQE. Heck, they should just release an awesome compilation CD of all their bonus material from DYU onwards. But for TQE would be the best since those are the hardest to get (aside from the regular version of Twin Flames that is- because I'm American it's not available on iTunes here). As someone who has pretty much all of Epica's other now-rare material - original copies of both The Phantom Agony and Consign To Oblivion (not as important now with the re-releases), We Will Take You With Us, Road to Paradiso, The Score, The 2-disc limited edition The Divine Conspiracy, the South Korean Design Your Universe with 'Nothing's Wrong' on it, etc.- it would be nice to 'complete' the discography/song catalogue so-to-speak and have the TQE tracks (and regular Twin Flames, even though I think the soundtrack version is better, it's nice to have them all, and I feel like there being less instrumentation on the regular version allows Simone's voice to really take center stage and shine). I think unfortunately though the most we can hope for is a release in 2024 for the tenth anniversary, as that seems to be when most bonus material is released- in 2013 we got the Expanded Edition for The Phantom Agony, in 2015 we got the Expanded Edition for Consign To Oblivion, and now in 2017 we're getting a Divine Conspiracy Anniversary Edition at least in vinyl (or so I saw on nuclearblast's site the other day- I can't find the page now with the track listings but the other day I saw both Replica and Higher High on there). I wish we didn't have to wait so long though. Those TQE tracks are some of their best ever, especially Memento. I was hoping that The Solace System would include those TQE tracks just for the heck of it, especially since the cover design has elements of both TQE and THP, but alas! On iTunes it says it's by Nuclear Blast, so I think it is legit and endorsed by the band. They released it a couple years ago.
  10. EpicanDragon94

    Epica

    I would definitely recommend listening to THP more than only twice. When I first heard it, I didn't like it as much as TQE or TDC (my second and third favorite albums; my all-time favorite is Consign to Oblivion), but upon listening to it a couple times, it's now neck-and-neck with TQE and might be my new second fav. I also don't think it's too similar to TQE. I think it's a good compliment to it thematically but I think they sound quite different. While TQE had homages to CtO in there, I heard at least a bit of TDC in this album- at about 3:15 in The Cosmic Algorithm for example I can hear a bit of Obsessive Devotion (around 3: 48 for comparison) in there, but I might just be hearing things or have a bad ear. THP is def. my favorite album of 2016! Edge of the Blade, Phantasmic Parade, Divide and Conquer, Once Upon a Nightmare, Dancing in a Hurricane, Ascension, and the title track are my favorites (that's like half the album lol). A lot of those (especially Edge of the Blade) I had to listen to more than once to fully appreciate. So yeah, in summary, I would def. recommend listening to THP more than twice (unless you're really not feeling it of course- I don't want folks to listen to something they don't want to lol).