Archive for October, 2009

Older Nightwish, Per Request.

October 29, 2009

Nightwish Tarja

I still have tons of music to go through such as Sirenia, Sonata Arctica and Epica, but here are some older Nightwish songs! Great way to see the evolution of the band. You’ll also never see these songs performed live again (well, not like this), so it’s great to see some of these live.

Elvenpath
(Album: Angels Fall First; 1997)

The Carpenter
(Album: Angels Fall First; 1997)

Astral Romance (2001 Remake with Tony Kakko)
(Album: Angels Fall First; 1997)

Stargazers
(Album: Oceanborn; 1998)

Walking In The Air
(Album: Oceanborn; 1998)

She Is My Sin (Live)
(Album: Wishmaster; 2000)

Wishmaster (Live)
(Album: Wishmaster; 2000)

Wishmaster
(Featuring Anette Olzon – Nothing against Anette, but here’s what happens when you sing a song that you have no business attempting. It’s almost a staggering difference, don’t watch if you’re weak at heart)

The Kinslayer (Live)
(Album: Wishmaster; 2000)

Music Tastes.

October 27, 2009

Have you ever wondered what compels people to almost unanimously name the same handful of musicians as the ‘best ever’ or their favorites? The reason I ask this question is because I hear a lot of people (i.e. almost everyone) say that bands/artists like The Beatles or Nirvana or Bob Dylan or whoever are their favorites. The only problem is that most of those people never even listen to the music. They don’t even own an album by the band or artist they claim is the best ever. Why? I don’t think it’s too complicated. It’s simply a case of people herding to support the consensus. A majority of people with music backgrounds consider certain artists to be the best or most ground-breaking, so therefore, people claim to like them despite only hearing a couple songs and not owning any of their work.

Me personally? Can’t stand the Beatles. Can’t stand Johnny Cash. Can’t stand Widespread Panic. I don’t care if some of my favorite bands wouldn’t exist without the influence of some of those artists, it doesn’t mean they are the ‘best ever’ or my favorite artist. It doesn’t even mean I remotely enjoy their music. Music is very subjective. Everyone has different tastes. Don’t flock with other people and name your favorite music as whatever is popular. Well, unless it’s true, of course.

/rant

Anette Olzon.

October 23, 2009

Anette Olzon

I stumbled across an article today that’s pretty recent news that Anette Olzon (the vocalist who replaced Tarja Turunen in Nightwish) has hired her own manager and is pursuing a solo album. Understandable in a way since Nightwish isn’t touring right now. Not so understandable because that’s about the same sequence of events that led to Tarja’s dismissal from the band. Tuomas Holopainen was asked if it all sounded familiar and he answered:

“At the beginning I had a feeling of déjà vu,” he replied. “But when we discussed it I understood that she needs somebody who speaks her own language [Swedish]. Her manager is a very, very reasonable guy.”

Interesting indeed.  It’d be great if they dropped her and were able to reunite with Turunen. Wishful thinking, but crazier things have happened.

More Nightwish.

October 22, 2009

Nightwish Band

Here are some of my other favorite songs – mostly off the Once album.

Dead Gardens
(Live by Tarja as a solo artist since I can’t seem to find a Nightwish performance of the song)

White Night Fantasy
(Orchestra Version)

Siren
(Live @ End Of An Era)


Live To Tell The Tale

Lagoon

Opeth.

October 21, 2009

One of my favorite metal bands is without a doubt, Opeth. They’re from Stockholm, Sweden and formed in 1990.  They’re more progressive metal.  Vocally, it’s much different than what I usually post on here. The vocals area usually a mix of clean and growling. In earlier music, which is more death metal, it’s all growling.

Opeth

In The Mist She Was Standing (Album: Orchid / 1995)

Black Rose Immortal (Album: Morningrise / 1996)

April Ethereal (Album: My Arms, Your Hearse / 1998)

Face Of Melinda (Album: Still Life / 1999)

The Drapery Falls *My Personal Favorite* (Album: Blackwater Park / 2001)

Master’s Apprentices (Album: Deliverance / 2002)

Windowpane (Album: Damnation / 2003)

The Grand Conjuration (Album: Ghost Reveries / 2005)

The Lotus Eater (Album: Watershed / 2008)

Burden (Album: Watershed / 2008)

Porcelain Heart (Album: Watershed / 2008)

First Time Drag Racing The Car.

October 21, 2009

I went to Atlanta Dragway over in Commerce, GA this past Friday and raced the car for the first time. It was also my first time racing – period. I think I can shift fairly quick, it’s just launching the car that kills me. As you can see from the following graphic, my 60′ times suck – bad.  I’m fairly confident the car is capable of lower 12’s with a proper launch. My very first run looks funny because I missed a gear. I believe the R/T given on the slips is the R/T – 0.500. So those could be much better, too. I believe once I’m more comfortable with it, period, I’ll be able to concentrate more on launching correctly.

Run 1-5

Police.

October 17, 2009

Allow me to share with you why I despise police officers. It’s a massive chain reaction that they initiate with their initial failure to use their brain. Take a look at the exhausting requirements to be a police officer in Georgia:

1. High school diploma or G.E.D. (!)
2. Valid Georgia driver’s license
3. 21 years of age
4. Adequate vision (20/30 corrected)
5. Pass a variety of screening tests / no felonies on record
6. Pass a drug test
7. Complete police academy training
8. Possess the ability to enforce laws and learn procedures

Seriously. Look at that. Some of those things I had to do to graduate pre-school. Isn’t it alarming that someone with a G.E.D. can be a police officer? Someone with enough power to ruin your life? To cost you thousands of dollars? Think they don’t get paid well enough? Welcome to the club. They make, on average, a hell of a lot more than I do.

On to the time I lost what little respect I had for them. Near my apartment, there is a 4-way stoplight. People in Georgia can’t drive, so they can’t ever understand the whole yielding thing. If you’re in a right turn lane and you have a red light, you yield to the people across from you that are turning left on a green arrow. Common sense. If both lights are solid green, the people turning left yield to the people going right.

I was out with my ex-girlfriend and it was between 12:30-1AM or so. I came up to the intersection to turn right and my light was red. I go into the right turn lane and ALMOST come to a stop, we’re talking under 5mph and I just went ahead and turned. Yes, I know this is illegal because the law says you have to make a complete stop. Here’s the thing. If there are zero cars within sight and you are the only car at the light, what sense does it make to come to a complete stop and then take off again when turning right – of all things.  So I turn right and immediately, the cop explodes out of a parking lot, which almost caused me to wreck because he almost t-boned me.

He asks me why I was being pulled over and I honestly had no idea. He claimed I was being cited for failure to obey a traffic signal. He said there were many complaints from the intersection and he was cracking down. The ticket was $115. The cost to my insurance was $750 a year for 3 years. That’s a total cost to me of over $2,300 – for absolutely nothing.

Tell me this: If there were complaints about the intersection, they are during the day when traffic was heavy and people honestly suck at yielding. There was NO ONE on the road besides me at this time of the night. My decision to roll through and turn right does not reflect on how I would have handled the same turn with lots of traffic. This is where police officers are hurt by their inability to think intelligently. When he pulled my driving record, he would have seen that I have zero tickets. No points on my license at all. This tells him that I’m either a good driver or I’m good at not getting caught. Second, the fact that I committed this action in the middle of the night with no traffic should have told him that maybe a verbal/written warning was in order. If you’re really concerned about the intersection and safety, pull me over and tell me. The fact that a cop would sit out there at that time and pull me over and give me a ticket for that offense is unbelievably ignorant and pathetic. I don’t know if it’s a power thing – him thinking I’m some well-off college kid taken care of by my family and wanting to teach me a lesson. Either way, it’s ridiculous.

If you read that and side with the police, then you obviously haven’t been screwed by them before. Just wait until you get a speeding ticket for 5mph over the limit or for 10mph over because your car picked up speed down a hill and you didn’t want to ride on your brakes. They know where to hide to catch people like this. Most of them are incapable of using judgment. They enforce to the letter of the law because they’re ignorant, plain and simple.

Moral of the story? Always hire a lawyer to take care of this stuff for you. The short-term cost is way lower than the long term damage you’ll pay via insurance.

Disclaimer: I have only have one traffic citation (this one) since I was 18 years old – over 8 years.

Lacuna Coil “I Like It”

October 6, 2009

Here’s the music video for I Like It. It’s very, very different from their old sound. It’s good, but I just don’t know.

All That Remains/Lacuna Coil November 7th in Atlanta, GA.

October 5, 2009

harddrivetour

For any Greater Atlanta people, the 2009 HardDrive Live tour is coming to the Masquerade on November 7, 2009. The main headline bands are All That Remains and Lacuna Coil. It’s a Saturday night and it’s $18.50 a ticket – no excuse not to go!

Lacuna Coil “Shallow Life”

October 4, 2009

Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil’s newest album, Shallow Life, is a little different than their previous albums. I suppose it’s just not quite as heavy as you might be used to. That’s not to say it isn’t good. Spellbound and I Like It are really catchy songs.  I’ve actually found the whole album pretty enjoyable, actually.  I just know how people lose their mind when a band changes their sound a little bit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Lacuna Coil definitely still rocks. Some other great songs are:

  • I Won’t Tell You
  • Not Enough
  • Underdog
  • Wide Awake
  • Unchained

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