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Old 05-19-2011, 07:48 PM
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#72:
Enchant - A Blueprint of the World
(1995)


Enchant play a very interesting blend of classic progressive rock, modern progressive rock, and progressive metal, accented by the great soulful vocals of Ted Leonard and the incredibly expressive guitar playing of Douglas Ott - bearing a similarity to the style of Steve Rothery of Marillion. The band has been around for about 15 years now and has had a very consistent career, but this - their debut album sticks in my mind the most of all their releases. If any of my descriptions sounds good to you, I strongly recommend checking this out.

Tracklisting:
01 The Thirst (6:16)
02 Catharsis (5:53)
03 Oasis (8:11)
04 Acquaintance (6:31)
05 Mae Dae (3:24)
06 At Death's Door (7:16)
07 East of Eden (5:50)
08 Nighttime Sky (8:57)
09 Enchanted (7:17)
10 Open Eyes (7:43)

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"At Death's Door"
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:24 PM
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#71:
Shadow Gallery - Tyranny
(1998)


Shadow Gallery's biggest claim to fame is that despite being a band for about 20 years, until 2010, they had never played a live show - sadly coming after the death of original vocalist Mike Baker, who is a standout performer on this, their finest work. Shadow Gallery's style can best be described as Progressive Metal meeting Progressive Rock - ripe with lush vocal harmonies and overdubs, aided by the fact that nearly the entire band sings on their records. This album features cool guest appearances from both Dream Theater's James Labrie and Royal Hunt/Silent Force vocalist DC Cooper. A great concept record that flows incredibly well from song to song.

Tracklisting:
01 Stiletto in the Sand (1:57)
02 War For Sale (5:35)
03 Out of Nowhere (4:20)
04 Mystery (5:42)
05 Hope For Us? (6:00)
06 Victims (5:13)
07 Broken (1:54)
08 I Believe (8:41)
09 Roads of Thunder (6:06)
10 Spoken Words (4:38)
11 New World Order (8:11)
12 Chased (4:36)
13 Ghost of a Chance (5:19)
14 Christmas Day (5:40)

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"Stiletto in the Sand / War For Sale
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:41 PM
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#70:
Ark - Burn the Sun
(2001)


This is another edition in my series of "the best albums you've never heard" - this being in my opinion arguably one of the very best underground progressive metal albums ever made. Ark were a supergroup consisting of Jorn Lande (Vocals - Masterplan, Allen/Lande, Avantasia, Jorn), John Macaluso (Drums - TNT, Riot, Stabreaker), Tore Ostby (Conception), Randy Coven (Bass - Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen), and Mats Olausson (Keyboards -Yngwie Malmsteen). The band's style is very hard to pinpoint, as it is truly an eclectic mish-mosh of a large variety of styles and ideas. This is honestly one of the more experimental sounding things I can truly say I love, but I think the experimentation works perfectly in favor of making this one of the most underrated albums of all-time, regardless of genre. Any fan of progressive metal (or progressive music, for that matter) should check this out.

Tracklisting:
01 Heal the Waters (6:37)
02 Torn (3:51)
03 Burn the Sun (4:34)
04 Resurrection (5:31)
05 Absolute Zero (6:05)
06 Just a Little (4:36)
07 Waking Hour (4:15)
08 Noose (5:03)
09 Feed the Fire (3:56)
10 I Bleed (4:03)
11 Missing You (9:05)

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"Heal the Waters"
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Shadow Gallery is such a good band i wish they would do an actual tour...weren't you at their first show?
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Shadow Gallery is such a good band i wish they would do an actual tour...weren't you at their first show?
Yep, it was a pretty amazing night to be a part of. I know Carl Cadden James pretty well personally, and the new singer Brian Ashland actually had dinner with me as a meeting about possibly playing with my band. Very weird to have most of the guys living around here. My girlfriend is close friends with Mike Baker's niece actually.

For anyone who might be wondering: No, I haven't forgotten about this, it's just been a busy couple of days. I'll probably post the next album or two tonight yet.
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Good call on Burn the Sun, phenomenal album.

I don't remember why Shadow Gallery fell through for me. I have family in the area, me and some friends were going to make a short vacation out of it and go down for the show. I can't remember why it didn't end up happening, though...
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Good call on Burn the Sun, phenomenal album.

I don't remember why Shadow Gallery fell through for me. I have family in the area, me and some friends were going to make a short vacation out of it and go down for the show. I can't remember why it didn't end up happening, though...
Damn, that's a shame. It was quite literally a perfect night. It was a semi-outdoor show, the weather was perfect, and they had a nice bonfire going. Suspyre opened the show, and Shadow Gallery were fantastic. It was the perfect-sized show as well. It felt full, yet intimate. Really happy to say I was there.
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#69:
Gary Moore - Wild Frontier
(1987)


The now sadly "late" Gary Moore is often remembered more for both his blues work, which would begin a few years after this album - and his brief stints with Thin Lizzy, most notably on the "Black Rose" album in 1979. But in terms of his abilities, I prefer him most during this period of his solo career - which includes the albums both immediately before and after this one. His vocals generally took on a more low-key Phil Lynott-esque demeanor, and his guitar playing was as fantastic as ever, showing why he remains listed on countless influences lists of guitarists from the 80's all the way up until to day. The songs are great and great fun as well, most of them taking on a more Celtic feel, as this was Gary Moore's first album after returning home to his native Belfast Ireland. Many say the 80's vibe of the record doesn't stand the test of time very well, but I don't particularly care, I love it.

Tracklisting:
01 Over the Hills and Far Away (5:20)
02 Wild Frontier (4:15)
03 Take a Little Time (4:05)
04 The Loner (5:54)
05 Friday on My Mind (4:11)
06 Strangers in the Darkness (4:38)
07 Thunder Rising (5:43)
08 Johnny Boy (3:15)

Featured Track:
"Over the Hills and Far Away"
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#68:
Overkill - Horrorscope
(1991)


This album being on this list at all will probably surprise a few people, and the truth is I absolutely love it. I'm not a big thrash fanatic, but this album is everything I could ever want out of the genre. The music is both aggressive yet somewhat varied for the genre - and the attitude can be both angry and kinda fun at times, which is kinda important for me in liking thrash. I've always found Overkill to be a pretty unique band, and I think this album is definitely their pinnacle. Love the production on this as well, especially the drum sound.

Tracklisting:
01 Coma (5:23)
02 Infectious (4:04)
03 Blood Money (4:08)
04 Thanx For Nothing (4:07)
05 Bare Bones (4:53)
06 Horrorscope (5:49)
07 New Machine (5:18)
08 Frankenstein (3:29)
09 Live Young, Die Free (4:12)
10 Nice Day... for a Funeral (6:17)
11 Soulitude (5:26)

Featured Track:
"Thanx For Nothing"
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:27 PM
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Nice pick. I was just listening to Horrorscope today, thinking it's been waaay too long since I've listened to it. 2nd best thrash album of all time.
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