Mark’s Quick Reviews:  Dick’s – Dangerous Dreams

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Dick’s – Dangerous Dreams

So I received this album in my inbox in June and I gave it a spin. This Finish band headed up by multi instrumentalist.

I have to say I would give this album a pass. If you want to check it out try the song Hand in Hand, but for the most part this is album is very vanilla. I just can’t get excited about it or recommend it.

My favorite thing about the album is the credit “Dick logo by Niina Helimaa and Escileus”

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:2 Stars (2 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2 Stars (2 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:2 Stars (2 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

 

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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: Red Spectrum’s – Self Titled Album

Mark’s Quick Review: Red Spectrum’s – Self Titled Album

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So this album featuring Mars Hollow’s keyboard player and composer Steve Mauk has a lot to live up to with the outstanding work created by the Mars Hollow team. I seriously think so much of that band that I flew to see them in LA, RosFest and their last show in Quebec. Not only that but I got Steve and John to play Mars Hollow songs at my house.

As would be expected I personally think that this is not quite the caliber of the a fore mentions group. I do once again like to song writing on the whole but I don’t really hear and 5 star moments on this album. I can’t say I really am in love with the lead singer at times. I have a feeling they did not know who they were writing for and maybe they can do a better job staying in his range going forward.

This is a must buy I think for Mars Hollow fans but I think that this is in no way “Gateway Prog” like the other Mars Hollow albums were.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Final Song.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:2 Stars (2 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2 Stars (2 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:3 Stars (3 / 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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Mark’s Quick Reviews:  Coheed and Cambria’s – The Afterman: Ascension

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Coheed and Cambria’s – The Afterman: Ascension

This band I knew about but didn’t actually hear until I played Rock Band. The song on Rock Band was Called Welcome Home and is a great track and a lot of fun to play on rock band actually.

This Album from 2012 came up on random and I decided to give it the quick review treatment.

So this relatively popular band that deserves their popularity as their albums are very good. They are a great intersection of literature and Rock. This album is really the first half of a double album that the label made them split into two separate releases.

This album is under 40 minutes long and

The deluxe version of the album came out with companion book written by band member Claudio Sanchez.

This album is for any fan of C & C and if you have never heard the band before I think that all fans of Rush should give this band a shot. In some ways the band does remind me of a modern day Rush.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3 Stars (3 / 5)
HEAVINESS:4 Stars (4 / 5)
MELODIC:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:5 Stars (5 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 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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Mark’s Quick Reviews:  Soup’s – Remedies

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Soup’s – Remedies

So I happened upon this Instrumental album. Not sure how. I am sure glad I did. Its been a nice change from the mediocre to just plain bad albums I have been receiving.

This is great melodic music, with wonderful changes and really atmospheric. If you like these three things then this is a must buy.

This is the first album of theirs that I have and according to bandcamp it is their seventh.

This is by far my favorite (mostly) instrumental album of the year so far. (8/25/2017)

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:4 Stars (4 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1 Stars (1 / 5)
MELODIC:5 Stars (5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
DRAMA:4 Stars (4 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 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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Mark’s Quick Review: Syncage’s – Unlike Here

Mark’s Quick Review: Syncage’s – Unlike Here

So I had never heard of this band before but I was encourages that it was on the Bad Elephant Label. I was not disappointing. I needed a couple of listens but it started to pop on the second listen.

It dawned on me that this might be a good album for fans of Bent Knee. There are some vocal gymnastics here that fans of Bent Knee would like and maybe more importantly if you do not like Courtney’s vocal style you may not like this either.

The concept album speaks to a four class dystopian society and their lives after a large earthquake.

Syncage is the formula through which music, theater and visual arts mix and merge, a show where the violin meets the electric guitar. Quote from — hamelinprog

ALBUM HIGLIGHTS: Still Unaware, Redirect, Edelweiss

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

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Mark’s Quick Review: Entransient’s – Self Titled Album

Mark’s Quick Review: Entransient’s – Self Titled Album

This album came in last year and I finally got around to checking it out.

I was hopeful that I would like this grand rapids Michigan band seeing as it is proximate to me in Chicago.

The lead singer Scott Martin reminds me at times of Dead Hero’s club’s lead singer Liam Campbell, which by the way is a good thing.

I am not sure if this band writes music that is in his range consistently. At times I do catch Scott screaming the lyrics instead of singing them. The music is interesting and full of drama. Yet I never found myself interested in the what was going on musically I thought that maybe some of the songs were a bit predictable and I don’t really have a song that I thought stood out.

I would give this album a pass but I am looking forward to hear anything they put out, I think they may be close to putting something above average together.

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

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