Mark’s Quick Review: Red Morris’ – Time

Mark’s Quick Review: Red Morris’ – Time

I was glad to receive this sophomore album from Italy’s Red Morris as Italy has been on a real streak of great albums lately.

This album never really “spoke” to me. Are the styles of each song varied or does it lack cohesiveness?
Their playing is all wonderful but the song writing never engaged me.

There are some nice passages on this album but the artist describes his music as rock from Italy’s Brescia.

I suggest that this album is a pass for Progressive Rock fans.

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review’s:  Ostura – The Room

Mark’s Quick Review’s: Ostura – The Room

I had never heard of this Lebanese band prior to listening to this Ostura album. According to their marketing,  Ostura have changed their approach to writing songs between this album and the last. This became even more apparent to me as I took a look at the number of likes on Ostura’s Facebook fan page. Of their 12,000 likes, only 6 were friends.

I don’t know what Ostura’s first album sounds like, but if it’s anything like this one, I have been missing out on an amazing band. This album includes a guest appearance by Arjen Lucassen, a choir and symphony. The vocalists are wonderful and the drama is off-the-chart for this album.

In keeping in accordance with my philosophy on rating an album 10 stars I reached out to Ostura to see how I could get them to Chicago. Good news, looks like it might be doable.

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review: Violent Attitude If Noticed’s – Ourselves and Otherwise

Mark’s Quick Review: Violent Attitude If Noticed’s – Ourselves and Otherwise

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This debut album from the band sometimes referred to as VAIN has a nice sound. Not sure it really captivated me as a listener. I think there is some quality stuff here but I don’t think they maintained that quality throughout. There were some times in the album where I was waiting for a change but melody did not change at all.

Personally I would have liked this album a lot better if they would have realized that the album was bit too much straight up rock. I will look forward to hear what they come up with next I think there is potential here.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (2.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (1.5 / 5)
MELODIC: (4.0 / 5)
ARTWORK & WEBSITE: (4.5 / 5)
DRAMA: (3.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (2.5 / 5)

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Karmamoi’s – Silence Between Sounds

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Karmamoi’s – Silence Between Sounds

If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tastes are.

Karmamoi is an Italian band headed by Daniele Giovannoni and Alex Massari that just showed up on my radar this year. What wonderful “blip” it made. 4 unique female vocalists were called on to round out this very atmospheric album. This very melodic album oozes emotion and should be checked out by any fans of early porcupine tree or OSI.

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PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (4.0 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (2.0 / 5)
MELODIC: (4.5 / 5)
ARTWORK: (3.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (4.0 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (4.0 / 5)

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

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This instrumental album caught my ear almost immediately. This melodic instrumental gets better as it goes. If you do give it a spin make sure to listen to the whole album.

By the time you get into the title track (track #4). You can see how this album turns towards the dramatic and is not firmly ensconced in what I love about progressive rock.

If you are like me and never heard of them, please request a track below and have us play you a track from this wonderful album.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (4.0 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (2.0 / 5)
MELODIC: (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK: (4.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (4.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (4.0 / 5)

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Here

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

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