• My Favorite Music in 2009

    31 Dec 2009, 22:33 by amrhassan

    These were my favorite artists, albums and tracks in 2009, calculated solely on playcount basis. May this be a snapshot in time of my ever changing taste of music.

    Top Artists
    1. Metallica (playcount: 532) Metallica are an American metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in The Recycler. Metallica’s line-up originally consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine was later fired due to problems with alcoholism and drug addiction - he went on to form the band Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett took his place. Metallica has been through several bassists, including Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus crash while the band was on tour), and Jason Newsted.
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    2. Wolfmother (playcount: 519) …
  • You Don't Have to be Mainstream to be Cool - Tempus' Top 10 Songs, week of Oct .27

    28 Oct 2008, 03:02 by Tempus-Fugit

    Every week from now on, I'll be posting up ten songs that I think are really neat, largely from the rock or metal genres, but occasionally a few others. Generally speaking, these will not be very mainstream, and I'll be dodging songs I hear often on the radio. If the artists are mainstream (and some will be!) I'll be dodging the most popular songs as best I can.

    #10. The Knife (Genesis)
    From the largely-overlooked Trespass LP, a nine-minute epic about war, death, that sort of crap... not a subject Genesis would often (if ever? I can't remember) revisit again. Definitely an underrated slab of progressive rock. The album should be re-issued soon - let this song serve as the best reason you can come up with for grabbing the album.

    #9. Halo (Porcupine Tree)
    The band became popular after In Absentia but it didn't attain huge popularity - and largely tried to completely dodge it on their new album. As expected, the singles of Deadwing were much weaker than most of the album tracks, and Halo is an instant favorite.
  • Porcupine Tree rules

    18 Oct 2008, 02:07 by Darkmeteor

    Fri 17 Oct – Porcupine Tree

    so I just got back from the Luxembourg "rockhal" PT gig, and it was amazing... the sound was really good, distinct guitar, bass and keys... (I was afraid since that with the first band (Pure Reason Revolution) I couldn't hear the guitars which were totally drowned in all these synth sounds.. I could hear the bass a little tho)

    since a couple of days I fell in love with "normal" from Nil Recurring... I guess PT knew I just fell in love with the song, cause they opened the show with normal ... just kiddin, but anyway, instant eargasm

    I'm maybe missing a couple of songs in the setlist, and the order is wrong, but here's what I can remember :

    Strip the Soul
    Halo (really great live with the "god is ..." sentences flashing on the screen 100% sync'ed with Wilson's singing)
    Way Out of Here
    Blackest Eyes
    Wedding Nails
    Open Car
    What Happens Now?
  • Porcupine Tree @ 013 (Tilburg), October 15th

    16 Oct 2008, 07:53 by wasq

    Wed 15 Oct – Porcupine Tree

    Porcupine Tree, a remarkably unknown band when you compare their fame to the rate at which they sell out a 2,200 capacity venue two nights in a row. Does that mean that the people who do know Porcupine Tree, generally do like them? I wouldn't be surprised.

    At the end of the Fear of a Blank Planet tour, PT decided to record a DVD in the Netherlands, a country which apparently means a lot to the band. Steven Wilson had a few remarks about the Dutch loyalty to the band throughout the evening, so there was definitely a reasoning behind choosing Tilburg for the recording of a DVD.

    The gig started with Porcupine Tree playing the entire Fear of a Blank Planet album, in order. On the one hand that's not really adventurous, but on the other hand the band probably had a good reason to order the songs on the album in this particular way. If they really believe it to be the best way, it's even quite logical that they're playing the album in the right order.
  • Porcupine Tree DVD Recording @ Tilburg 15 oct 2008

    16 Oct 2008, 06:20 by disastercasper

    Amazing show tonight! It was my fourth Porcupine Tree concert, hopefully with many more times to come. The croud was a bit too noisy, (at my first PT concert, the entire crowd was silent during the whole show, wow!) but the band was great as usual


    For those of you who've never been to a PT show (go!), the band plays on stage and behind ans besides them are three giant screens where video's are played perfectly simultaneous with the music. This gives an even more magical effect to the already impressive show. They started playing the entire FOAB album in a row and I was glad to be able to witness this for the last time.

    1.Fear of a Blank Planet: An obvious opening track. The mic fell during the second verse, but that was fixed in no time. Well played as always with a lot of energy.
    2.My Ashes: Very warm atmosphere during this one. Only wish Steven Wilson would've song the chorus himself.
    3.Anesthetize: Very well played, especially during the loud parts with bashing drums and flashing lights. …
  • Ruisrock 08

    8 Jul 2008, 14:54 by Mattiesko

    Fri 4 Jul – Ruisrock

    What a great festival it was!

    I went there mainly because of Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Interpol. However there were lot's of artists that I didn't even know by name, but were incredibly fun to watch and listen on a hot summer day. Here's a summary of the three great days.

    On friday the weather was incredibly good and of course Porcupine Tree was performing. However, besides PT there really wasn't any interesting bands playing on friday.

    PT setlist:
    Blackest Eyes
    The Sound of Muzak
    Open Car
    Way Out of Here
    Even Less
    Mother and Child Divided

    On saturday I recall seeing performances by CMX, Disco Ensemble and Opeth. (For me) the Opeth gig was pretty much ruined because of terrible audio (the vocals very inaudible for half of the gig).

    Opeth setlist:
    Demon of the Fall
    The Baying of the Hounds
    Master's Apprentices
    Heir Apparent
    Drapery Falls

    Sunday was packed with good performances. …
  • Impressions on Ruisrock '08

    7 Jul 2008, 22:36 by crestfall1

    Ruisrock '08 @ Turku, Finland

    Friday 4.7.

    Stam1na - Probably the best band there is to start the festival. Though we missed a couple of first songs, we managed to see most of the show, and it really was worth it. Stam1na's energetic blast of finnish thrash metal was the much needed energy shot after the early waking and long car trip to the festival.

    At the Gates - Checked the first half of the set. Though the band playd decently, they were pretty anemic compared to Stam1na we had seen only minutes earlier. And as I hadn't listened to them much beforehand, the songs seemed pretty similar to each other and thus, dull.

    At this point we went to take a quick peek at Ensiferum, but decided that it was pretty boring and there was better stuff to do. We were supposed to check Amorphis, but in the end we ended up playing Guitar Hero III at a gaming tent with rissy. Not a biggy though, as everybody had seen them play several times.

  • Ruisrock 2008

    7 Jul 2008, 15:40 by Silq

    Fri 4 Jul – Ruisrock

    So, this time I wanted to try something different instead of the usual festivals I visit. Time to head for Turku, the so-called "ass of Finland" and home of the most beautiful ladies in the country. I can't really confirm either one of those rumours, the girls were fine but not from Turku and Turku itself was very homely and beautiful. At least the festival area, Ruissalo.

    Anyway, The band line-up was, in my opinion, the best in all summer festivals in Finland this year. Especially Friday blew my mind, my 3 favourites (Porcupine Tree, Sonata Arctica and Nightwish) all played there in a sweet ~4 hours of eargasm. Saturday had a few interesting bands plus a few guaranteed Finnish pop groups. Unfortunately I couldn't bring myself to buy a 3-day ticket so Sunday I never experienced inside the festival area.

    We arrived to the festival camping in Thursday evening and of course we had to grab a few beers to celebrate the upcoming festival. …
  • Top 75 Songs of the era "1990 - 2008"

    3 Jul 2008, 06:05 by MoonlitSea

    If any of you have seen my charts, you'll notice I'm heavily into oldies - rock, pop, alternative, soul, folk, jazz. I'm not exactly known for being a keen listener to modern music, but, thanks to and due to external influences (Namely friends), I've been able to find some decent (and great) music. Keep in mind that the ranking is of a personal nature and holds nothing against some big bands that are adored. I don't like a lot of pop music, and I don't like the strange simply for being strange. One important fact: I don't like Radiohead.

    born to Run – k-os
    Reasons Why – Nickel Creek
    Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse
    Call the Police – James Morrison
    Jesus Walks – Kanye West
    Midnight In Montgomery – Alan Jackson
    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
    Macy's Day Parade – Green Day
    The Cosmic Gate – Thievery Corporation
    Everybody Knows – Dixie Chicks
    The Science of Selling Yourself Short – Less Than Jake
    Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams
  • My Nova Rock Day 1 - mixed feelings

    14 Jun 2008, 08:58 by Shiverland

    So peeps, as promised an in-depth look into my first day and evening at Nova Rock.

    What made my experience so unique this year is my decision to get there by train and bike. Indeed a breeze, as I swerved past those on their long walk to inner festival grounds.

    Parked and padlocked safely near the entrance tent, I then discovered that MY long walk was about to begin as the organizers have this year opted to LENGTHEN the path from the entrance to the stage areas, effectively forcing day visitors to take a leisurely scenic stroll through camping grounds; tents, drunks galore. Interesting discovery later in the form of a VIP entrance that would have shorten this stroll considerably which is course vehemently guarded by security personnel. Mere mortals may leave the grounds via this VIP tent but must not enter. How nice.

    Finally arriving at the Blue Stage (after some more endless walking along fields of wheat and tents), I was happy to see that not many kiddies/drunks (seriously how…