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  1. pen received reputation from Lucas in Papa Roach - 'Crooked Teeth'   
    I'm fascinated by Papa Roach's chameleon-like ability to blend in with their surroundings on each album. For example, this album brings back their old school hip-hop elements and meshes it with some new pop and electronic elements that surprisingly seem to work well together with their core sound. It definitely sounds different from their previous output and fits in with today's musical landscape but still has a certain Papa Roachness that permeates (infests?) the album. Really enjoying what I'm hearing.
  2. pen gave reputation to RainbowDragon in Chris Cornell dead   
    Did anyone listen to his Scream album? I didn't cuz I heard it sucked.
  3. pen gave reputation to Koldes in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    You don't really have true opinions. The vast majority of the music you talk about you don't even talk about the quality of the music. You just simply talking about charting, festivals, making money, how bands look, etc. All stuff that most of us really don't care about. I certainly don't. You admit to not liking nor listening to LP (or even the pop genre that they're entering!) but then post over and over in this thread about negative things to do with them. It's almost as if you enjoy diminishing the enjoyment that other people have of something that you don't. 
  4. pen received reputation from Lucas in Papa Roach - 'Crooked Teeth'   
    I'm fascinated by Papa Roach's chameleon-like ability to blend in with their surroundings on each album. For example, this album brings back their old school hip-hop elements and meshes it with some new pop and electronic elements that surprisingly seem to work well together with their core sound. It definitely sounds different from their previous output and fits in with today's musical landscape but still has a certain Papa Roachness that permeates (infests?) the album. Really enjoying what I'm hearing.
  5. pen received reputation from Koldes in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    Just want to comment on this.
    One of the reasons this album reminds me a lot of Minutes To Midnight is because that album also only featured Mike on three songs: "Bleed It Out", "Hands Held High", and "In Between". This one: "Good Goodbye", "Invisible", and "Sorry For Now". Just interesting. I'm sure he's in the backing vocals on other songs somewhere, but it's interesting that they limited his prominence especially since he had a hand in writing all the songs and Chester only has a credit on Heavy. Makes me think that Mike is really more about the songwriting these days than the vocalizing.
    The other thing is that Brad has gone on record as saying there is guitar on all of the songs on the album, but it's not the big blast guitar that we're used to. It's subdued. He's actually pointed out specific things they've done on several songs like using acoustic guitar, layering effects, etc. So it's a misnomer to say that Brad is absent. He's not absent, he's just not prominent. Which actually reminds me of what happened with A Thousand Suns, where people said he wasn't there and the band also had to go on record with that album to explain the guitar was present.
  6. pen gave reputation to RainbowDragon in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    So I think we are all old enough to remember a time when pop music was pretty diverse. Now it all sounds the same and all they are doing is doing what everyone else is doing now. They could have put out a pop sounding record and not have it sound like what everyone else now is doing but they didn't.
    Like for example, "pop rock" used to be a big thing and now its pretty much dead so they could have tried to bring it back with a good pop rock record instead of relying on synths and beats and hot rappers like all pop music is now.
    Doesnt bother me because I was never a big LP fan but I dont see how long time fans could be happy with this obvious charade they are putting on.
    2 examples of fantastic pop rock songs are Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) and Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol.) 2 big pop hits. LP dont have the talent to do songs like that so they work with whoever is the hottest producer and pop/hip hop artists at the moment to give them help and guide them along. They are just following the trends.
  7. pen received reputation from Lucas in New Silverstein (probably) Coming   
    Dead Reflection is the album name; release date is July 14th through Rise.

    01 – “Last Looks”
    02 – “Retrograde”
    03 – “Lost Positives”
    04 – “Ghost”
    05 – “Aquamarine”
    06 – “Mirror Box”
    07 – “Demons”
    08 – “The Afterglow”
    09 – “Cut and Run”
    10 – “Secret’s Safe”
    11 – “Whiplash”
    12 – “Wake Up”
     
  8. pen gave reputation to Lucas in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    I appreciate your bullet pointed review there, Pen. Kind of a preamble to what I'm going to get when I finally dig into this album (surprisingly haven't gotten to it yet).
  9. pen received reputation from Lucas in New Silverstein (probably) Coming   
    Dead Reflection is the album name; release date is July 14th through Rise.

    01 – “Last Looks”
    02 – “Retrograde”
    03 – “Lost Positives”
    04 – “Ghost”
    05 – “Aquamarine”
    06 – “Mirror Box”
    07 – “Demons”
    08 – “The Afterglow”
    09 – “Cut and Run”
    10 – “Secret’s Safe”
    11 – “Whiplash”
    12 – “Wake Up”
     
  10. pen received reputation from Kalt in Chris Cornell dead   
    This is fucking horrifying. I don't have the words for how I feel about this, especially if it really was self-inflicted. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Just so sudden and senseless.
  11. pen received reputation from Lucas in New Muse Single "Dig Down"   
    Oh yeah, I'm totally caught up on that show except for the newest episode, but I love it so much and didn't think I would at first either, but the bantering between everyone is hilarious.
    Ryan's always-questionable motives, Geoff's epic buffoonery, Gus' mild fantasy world racism, Griffon's ever-changing roulette of players, and Michael's over-the-top rantings.
    I think my favorite bits that I can remember: One is the epic saga where Ryan and Gus went off on their own as part of some master plan the group had to crash a highbrow club and wound up spending almost the whole episode just trying to buy clothes to the point where Michael broke down in frustration and started yelling at Ryan like it was Rage Quit.
    The other is just recently with Geoff harassing an NPC because he wanted to know if she was his long-lost mom and the team's efforts to defuse the situation being undermined by Geoff's own attempts to prolong the agony. Every time one of their rolls would succeed and it would look like they were moving on only for Geoff to say or do something to reignite the feud.
    And I love Frank's turns as NPCs. I can't decide which one I enjoy more at this point: QUARK!!! or Eeeey, it's Akshaaaay!!! Golden.
  12. pen received reputation from Lucas in New Muse Single "Dig Down"   
    I totally did that solely for your response cause I think you're just about the only person here who will know what I'm talking about.
  13. pen received reputation from Lucas in New Muse Single "Dig Down"   
    Dig down? Muse is doing a little bit of a diggy doo?
  14. pen received reputation from Lucas in Rise Against teasing new music?   
    If you derail this thread into some argument about Linkin Park, so help me God.
  15. pen received reputation from Lucas in Rise Against teasing new music?   
    It's definitely new music. I meant to post this earlier today but now's as good a time as any.
    https://forum.chorus.fm/threads/rise-against-teasing-this-thursday.14888/
    Here, Chorus.fm reports that Rise Against sent out a link through their mailing list.
    The link is this.
    http://www.riseagainst.com/protected-page?destination=node/3961&protected_page=6
    Now, entering the password "wolves" provides the date 04/20, which is tomorrow, which is when folks believe all the details of the album will be announced. 
    However, if you're impatient...
    https://forum.chorus.fm/threads/rise-against.4580/page-5#post-952595
    Denizens of Chorus.fm deciphered all the coding already and the album title is Wolves, and the other sentences decipher to...
    (3:37) Wolves
    (3:13) House On Fire
    (3:48) The Violence
    (3:03) Welcome to the Breakdown
    (3:32) Far from Perfect
    (4:12) Bullshit
    (4:09) Politics Love
    (3:40) Parts Per Million
    (3:19) Morning Amerika
    (3:50) How Many Walls
    (3:40) Miracle
    Is this the full tracklist? Dunno yet. Is this the right track order? Dunno yet. Take it for what you will.
    Also, Amazon.de is suggesting a June 9th release date.
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B06ZZ2KFR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492518655&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+against+wolves
    And that's the waaaaaaaay the news goes.
  16. pen received reputation from Lucas in Seether - 'Poison the Parish'   
    I listened to this a few days ago but hadn't had a chance to really comment until now. I only listened to it once, but my initial feeling is this.
    First, I'm at a loss as to why anyone who likes Seether disliked the last album as I felt almost every song on that album was a huge jam and encapsulated all the best aspects of Seether.
    Unfortunately, I don't feel the same about this album so far. I do get what Seether was trying for in recapturing the aggressive sound of their first two albums and ridding themselves of the more alternative sound they came to embody, but I feel like that was the wrong choice, as they wallow way too much in the aggressiveness with very few detours to balance it out. It makes the album feel very samey and not many of the songs stand out.
    I think it was a mistake to relegate "Misunderstood" to the deluxe version. That is the exact kind of song they should have had a bit more of on the album proper to balance out the heavier numbers. I realize their eagerness to dive back into the elements that their former label pushed them away from, but I'm worried they took away the wrong message from that time. I'm just hoping their next album is a bit more balanced.
    I do reserve the right to update my opinion though as I take more listens. Maybe it will grow on me. Chevelle's last album initially felt unvaried to me as well and I've grown to appreciate it a lot more than when I started, so I hope this does the same.
  17. pen gave reputation to Ruiner in The Leftovers   
    That's the guy I was telling you about. 
  18. pen received reputation from Lucas in Linkin Park Update On Album #7   
    I really like Mike's vocals on this. Is it just me or do his vocals get stronger with each album? 
  19. pen gave reputation to TaNbULL in Dishwalla - Juniper Road   
    I listened to this last night. I thought it was great.
  20. pen received reputation from Lucas in Fall Out Boy - Mania   
    This is what I wanted to come back to. I think the way they see themselves is as straddling genres. Not quite rock, but not quite full pop, full stop.
    https://www.rocksound.tv/features/read/fall-out-boys-pete-wentz-on-new-music-mania-and-making-an-unlistenable-song
    This interview with Wentz about the song adds to that perception. And for what it's worth, they recognize that Young And Menace is out there and say it's the weirdest song of the album, although whether that's true or not, I guess we'll find out. But he's so right to say that making those kinds of songs is necessary. A band can't be afraid to experiment because that's how interesting things blossom and how they grow as artists.
    I was also reading their Wikipedia article today and around their hiatus and reunion, the impression I got is that when they reconvened they made a deliberate attempt to break down the band and rebuild from the ground up. The shift to a poppier direction was deliberate. And frankly that was the whole point of the My Songs video, where they burn away their past.
    As for why they should still be considered rock, rock is a vast enough genre to include both Coldplay and Metallica and just because FOB chooses to dabble in other genres doesn't mean the core of their approach isn't still from a rock perspective. To me the energy embedded in this song, that's making a rock song out of a pop song. Rock is sometimes about more than instruments. 
  21. pen received reputation from Nixon in The Leftovers   
    My eagerness to discuss this show with Mike has been steadily declining as I've read through this conversation.
    Anyway, I'll add that the opening to Season 2 with primitive man is thematically linked to the show and not the kind of thing that's going to get "explained ", because there isn't really anything to explain. 
    The International Assassin stuff was not "fake". For starters, he wasn't in a "coma". He died. We see from this episode that his death and rebirth is profoundly affecting all of them. Hell, Kevin even asked Michael if he told them about the hotel and Michael said it seemed important. Kevin offhandedly told Tommy about killing Patti in the hotel like it was a real thing that happened. They definitely are not glossing over these events.
  22. pen received reputation from NinjaNick101 in It's That Time Again...   
    So here's the deal. I finished gathering all my intel but at the end of this week I'm going to be out of town visiting family, so it doesn't really make sense to start this up until I return. Also I want people to be aware that this going to be starting so they can participate, so I figure I'll give it a couple weeks time so people can get their ducks in a row.
    Therefore, Wednesday, May 24th is when we will begin.
  23. pen gave reputation to Andrew in General Discussion   
    Yeah that.
    No but real talk I just sort of challenged myself to unplug for a while and leave behind the strong bindings of the internet.  I learned a lot about myself a person, and by that I mean I read more books and played a ton of Zelda.
    Anywho it's good to be back I guess.
  24. pen received reputation from Ruiner in General Discussion   
    And a stray brick put you in a coma before you could reset it?
  25. pen received reputation from Lucas in 12 Stones Return   
    So are you.