Mark’s Quick Review:  Pi Mezon’s – A Lone

Mark’s Quick Review: Pi Mezon’s – A Lone

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So this album showed up in my mail a few months back. I looked at their bandcamp site and saw that it was a Finnish band so I was cautiously optimistic thanks to all the great prog Finnish bands I had heard already.

I was not to be disappointed. The album pushes all my buttons. Mostly melodic, above average vocals, and percussion that works impossibly well.

The opening track reminds me a lot of Riverside, but the comparison ends there. The album splits off into their own sound and it takes you on a wonderful journey.

This album is for fans of melodic progressive rock and especially for fans of Cosmograf and Riverside.

This album was featured it on our podcast.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2 Stars (2 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Here

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

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Mark’s Quick Review: Big Big Train – Grimspound

Mark’s Quick Review: Big Big Train – Grimspound

So here were are with the prolific band Big Big Train. So here is a band that I have and am flying to the UK (from chicago) to see. In fact I am seeing them live today, That’s how much I think of this band.

On the note of this album however I think that is does not quite live up to the ridiculously good albums of the English Electric I and II and the Wassail EP. That being said I think this album is decent and I will be glad to hear any of it live today.

At its worst the songs are average but there are a few gems out there.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Brave Captain, Meadowland, A Mead Hall in Winter.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3 Stars (3 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2 Stars (2 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 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

The Security Project Feat. King Crimson & Peter Gabriel Members To Tour US In Support Of New Live Album “Contact”

The Security Project Feat. King Crimson & Peter Gabriel Members To Tour US In Support Of New Live Album “Contact”

“Great to see some of the original members doing it the right way.” – Steve Hackett

The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist Happy Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriel’s first five records), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi (Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel (and also, on this disc, Kate Bush), but with Happy’s impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension.

The Security Project will be releasing their new live album “CONTACT” on November 18, 2017! The material is culled from shows in the US and their recent Japanese tour. The band will be touring the US in support of the album release in November.

“The Security Project live is a beautifully reverential and creative reinterpretation of these Peter Gabriel classics!” – Kevin Killen, engineer of Gabriel’s “So” record

The Security Project:

Happy Rhodes – Lead Voice
Jerry Marotta – Drums, Vocals
Trey Gunn – Touch Guitar, Vocals
David Jameson – Keyboards, Eigenharp
Michael Cozzi – Guitar, Vocals

Mid-West/East Coast US Fall Tour Dates:

November 2, Thursday – Kingston, NY (BSP Front Room)
November 3, Friday – Newton, NJ (Newton Theater)
November 5, Sunday – New Hope, PA (Havana)
November 7, Tuesday – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
November 8, Wednesday – Pawling, NY (Daryl’s House)
November 10, Friday – Boston, MA (Regent Theater)
November 11, Saturday – Schenectady, NY (Van Dyke Lounge)
November 12, Sunday – Syracuse, NY (The Lost Horizon)
November 14, Tuesday – Cleveland, OH (Beachland)
November 15, Wednesday – Louisville, KY (Headliners Music Hall)
November 17, Friday – Indianapolis, IN (Emerson Theater)
November 18, Saturday – Auburn Hill, MI (Callahan’s)
November 19, Sunday – Chicago, IL (Jerry Marotta drum clinic, info & venue TBA)
November 20, Monday – Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
November 21, Tuesday – Chicago, IL (Reggie’s)

Steven Wilson announces 2018 North American tour dates

Steven Wilson announces 2018 North American tour dates

Steven Wilson has announced a series of dates for his upcoming North American tour.  The tour which will highlight his recent album To The Bone, kicks off April 20th in Quebec and concludes May 14th in Phoenix.  Steven made a comment about the tour on Facebook.

“I’m happy to announce a return to the USA & Canada in April and May of next year with my band, and with a new show based on the current album To The Bone. As well as featuring songs from that album there will be favourites from previous tours, as well as some of my older songs that haven’t been played by the solo band before. The visual aspects of the show are planned to be on an even higher level than previous tours, and as always the sound will be in quadrophonic.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday (22nd September), don’t miss out!

Mark’s Quick Review: Von Hertzen Brothers – Love Remains the Same

Mark’s Quick Review: Von Hertzen Brothers – Love Remains the Same

This 2008 release shows the steady improvement of this band. The opening track shows a new maturity to their song writing and was the highlight for me at RosFest show.

As I like to say when reviewing their albums I do like the way siblings can harmonize. The siblings have a bit of a “sonic” quality when doing so.

The album Highlights make this album a buy recomendation

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Bring out the Sun (So Alive), Somewhere in the Middle, I Came for You

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:4 Stars (4 / 5)
HEAVINESS:3 Stars (3 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 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

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

Mark’s Quick Review: Europica’s – EUROPICA- part one

Mark’s Quick Review: Europica’s – EUROPICA- part one

A new album from Hungary EUROPICA- part one with guest singers Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane),Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Iced Earth), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Kamelot, Angra), Ralf Scheepers (Gamma Ray, Primal Fear), Tomek Horytnica ( Horytnica).

The album consists of 10 songs, which were recorded for nine months in eleven different studios. The cd cover is the artwork of the famous graphic designer Gyula Havancsák, who has already worked for bands Accept, Stratovarius, Destruction, Kreator, Grave Digger.

This album is just a fun romp for fans of albums like Operation Mindcrime or Iron Maiden. No song is longer than 4:07 but when listened to in its entirety you can tell it basically on long song.

For what ever reason I thought it was fun and accessible but not a lot of drama despite the subject matter and the crunchy guitars and great vocals.

Its an album to enjoy for sure but I don’t know if I could ever be passionate about this album. Looking forward to part II though.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3 Stars (3 / 5)
HEAVINESS:4 Stars (4 / 5)
MELODIC:2 Stars (2 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Here

Click Below to purchase at Amazon US or Amazon UK and we’ll get a little referral bonus on your whole order. Even if you don’t order this album

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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