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JoshK - could not muster up a few tickets for 70,000 tons for 2018. We were on the bottom of the pecking order and since this mega event is so treasured and in super high demand, we got smoked. I think the web had GP up for any 1/2 hour and that was all she wrote. However, got booked on Monsters of Rock. 80's 90's vibe and there is some damn good music to be had. Lita Ford, Doro, QUEENSRŸCHE, Telsa and Great White are (IMO) doing the headlining duties.I think once the event gets in gear we're golden. It's about the music, atmosphere, meet & greets, tattoos and the opportunity to be with metal people... of which will be as happy as hell Sail date is Feb 11 out of Miami. Pre-party (concert) two nights before the sail ta boot. No charge to booked passengers.Will do a review post when back in port. http://monstersofrockcruise.com/the-bands/
Just out today:
Judas Priest : Firepower It is pretty awesome.
Listening to Stratovarios, Finnish Power Metal, is this considered Heavy Metal? I like it, hard and fast. I have to wonder though at an estimated 300 beats per minute, at what point would it be easier to use a drum machine vs a real drummer?
Ok, drudging up the past...musically I have moved far past the clean vocal proggy metal acts that originally got me hooked on extreme metal. I don't know where the metal thread went, so I'll start thing one again.Some metal albums that I think anyone with an open mind should explore with maybe some notes:Death - Sound of Perseverance (the best proggy death metal album of all time, the one that defined it...some might argue Atheist - Piece of Time, also killer, but this one is the essential for me)Bolt Thrower - IV Crusade (they have multiples, but this is my choice)Opeth - Blackwater ParkBatushka - Litourgiya (black metal of a different sort)MGLA - Excercises in FutilityDeathspell Omega - Paracletus (not an easy album, its 'avantgarde' I guess)Vektor - Terminal ReduxMercyful Fate - Don't Break the OathNecrophagist - EpitaphCattle Decapitation - Monolith of InhumanityDissection - A Storm of Light's BaneEntombed - Left Hand PathGojira - The Way of All FleshStrapping Young Lad - CityThere in lies your listening homework for those that want to take part.
2) Archspire : Relentless Mutation –ok, so I very much like the technical side of metal, especially death metal. One of my good friends here, big nerd like myself (him PhD in Engineering, me MSc in Applied Math) is a big fan of tech death. We have seen a few shows together including Beyond Creation. [btw, his tech-death pic is Sutrah – Dunes]. Archspire encompasses what I feel modern tech death should be and still retains an eye on the song as a whole before wanking off with the guitar (ala Origin, imho). Its high ranking reflex my current sensibilities that could change over time, but no apologies.
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