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New Journal. [20 Jun 2004|02:03am]
[ mood | Feelin Drunkish ]


Please add me(guess I should have said that eh? :P)

Just felt it was time for a change.

To bind us beyond end of time, to thee I give a ring of gold [08 Jun 2004|04:47pm]
[ mood | Shocked... ]

The World Has Lost A Musical Genius...

Tomas "Quorthon" Forsberg


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Holy... crap [02 Jun 2004|02:54pm]


Congrats Shanen!!!!

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And this is we shouldn't touch certain bands. [28 May 2004|01:35pm]
[ mood | Amused ]

"Lyrics worthy of Mortician in terms of complexity, riffage similar to Angel Witch's last album(you do know that right?, you don't?, research my good man... research), and I tell ya the bass seems like DiGiorgio on a very bad day... well actually mabye more like a day when he had his hands chopped off... yup you could replace the backing band with monkeys and would anyone be able to tell?"

(^ An example in name dropping... only Mortician really applies)

"Some of the songwriting takes on an almost commical weasley willis aspect, same song over and over, yet with different lyrics"

"Its the PBS telethon approach to music, and heres someone else to say the exact same thing in slightly different words"

"Ok, you're screaming at me for 3 minutes at a time...try actually SAYING something in there"

"Billy Talent wrote one song with like 10 sets of lyrics and called it an album"

- Brent Lockman and Jeremy deAlmeida on Billy Talent

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I close my eyes, if only for a second. [27 May 2004|02:04pm]
[ mood | I feel weird ]

Sitting here with a rare opportunity to put away a part of my childhood, 14 years ago, I was 11 years old sitting in our apartment on Kenneth ave., glued to the tv watching a TV Movie called The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earquake.

It's a disaster movie, a massive earthquake, lots of people die... basically when at the time it was the scariest thing I've ever seen, it freaked me out for months mostly due to the final moments of the film and several in between where people you thought would surive... would, but don't the final moments of the film are chilling, and at 11 years old I hadn't seen a lot of things like that.

See at the time, violence and death wasn't present everywhere in the tv like it is now, some of the imagery was the first of it's kind, it was REALLY graphic for a TV movie, like it's not nowadays where in the night you can flip to most channels and odds are there were be some form of violence and death.

It's about half way into the movie and the nostalgia trip I'm on is just... scary, everything is coming back to me.

Part of me is also wondering what I ever found so scary about this, cause it is... cheesey as hell, the acting is terrible, the quake scene seems to go on forever...

Now if only By Dawn's Early Light came on tv, I'd be good to go.

Nostalgia is a funny thing.

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Cool. [26 May 2004|04:50pm]

Name / Username:

Name Acronym Generator
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Well... that's kinda true
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Productiveness... yay? [21 May 2004|12:41pm]
[ mood | Productive. ]

Ayreon – The Human Equation ( Inside Out )
Reviewer: Brent Lockman
Rating: 9/10

Arjen Anthony Lucassen is the master of the concept album, a man seemingly incapable of creating anything mundane, and lord of the over-the-top music project. Over the years he’s given us such great albums as Into The Electric Castle, The 2 Universal Migrator albums, and of course his most recent masterpiece Star One. In the tradition of his previous works, and like he always does, Lucassen takes everything one step further, and with The Human Equation has released his most ambitious and daring indulgence to date.

Musically it’s your standard Ayreon fare, and when I say standard I am using the term quite loosely as there is nothing standard, or run of the mill about an album like this. Lucassen melds together elements of folk, psychedelia, neo-classical, classical, progressive and traditional metal… and a partridge in a pear tree? To create music that is first an experience in itself, and second one should know what to expect when popping in a new Ayreon record, and that is of course to expect the unexpected, to expect to be amazed, and quite possibly even confused, but in a good way.

Trust me that will make sense in a minute.

The real strength of the Equation is found within the 11 very distinctive vocalists that act as Lucassen’s accomplices in this endeavor, they range from Devin Townsen… you know what here let’s do it this way instead.

The Accomplices of Arjen Lucassen:

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) as Fear
Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery) as Father
Marcela Bovio (Elfonia) as Wife
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) as Reason
Magnus Ekwall (The Quill) as Pride
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) as Love
Devon Graves (Dead Soul Tribe, Aslan) as Agony
Irene Jansen (Karma) as Passion
James LaBrie (Dream Theater, Mullmuzzler) as Me
Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band) as Rage
Arjen Lucassen (Duh...) as Best Friend

So there as you can see vocalists, featuring ranges quite literally all over the spectrum, from Townsend’s demonic screams to Clayton’s baritone bass heavy voice, to the angelic voice of Irene Jansen, it’s just all over the place.

One of the most common aspects of Lucassen’s works I find is his albums seem more like plays in the makeup, or the song structures resemble those of a musical than your standard metal album. In this album Luccassen took that idea to a whole new level in his attempt to explore and convey the human condition. Each song is a story, the view through the mind of a man in a coma, and of course a look inside Lucassen’s mind, which isn’t as scary as you’d think that trip would be.

If I had to make a complaint about the album it’s that at first listen it is a tremendous amount of things to take in, almost to the point where it overwhelms the listener, it’s one of those all encompassing albums that you demands you full attention, this isn’t a casual listen in any way shape or form. It’s another strength of the record that it has the ability to take and maintain your attention throughout the entire tale Lucassen. It’s just at over an hour and 42 minutes long, it’s not something you will comprehend the first time around, it’ll take a few listens to completely grasp just what the heck is going on here.

Luckily the album is good enough that you are going to want to listen to it as many times as it will take for you to fully “get” the album, I’ve gone through it at least 10 times and I am still discovering aspects I hadn’t previously noticed, although “Day 11: Love” was released as a single there are no singles to the album in the strictest sense of the word, there is no filler here, every single song on the album is crucial to the story that unfolds. Also though at the same time the song are good enough that if they had to they could stand on their own quite easily.

Alright I’ve babbled on long enough, in a nutshell it’s an incredibly strong record that tells a fascinating story. It stays true to the concept from beginning to end, which is what a concept album should do, it’s self indulgent to the point of insanity, but unlike some bands out there the self indulgence doesn’t turn into flat out mindless wankery. It’s another triumph for Ayreon, and in the end he gives a nod to his previous albums when the words dream sequencer are uttered, the perfect ending to a story, it makes me wonder what he’ll do to top this album.

Actually, wait that’s a scary thought


Gotta love when stuff just... flows out.

I'll keep the list behind the cut... cause this one is big enough as it is :PCollapse )

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Nope... not a clue where this came from ether. [21 May 2004|08:46am]
[ mood | I'm... not sure. ]

Extremely random thought:

If god has dominion over all, does that mean much like a president, he can be impeached?

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[16 May 2004|10:22pm]

This should be... very... very painful.

In a very very fun way.
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Beautiful. [13 May 2004|06:51am]
[ mood | In pain... ]

I gotta be the only person in this world who can fall UP the stairs.

edit: I have open wounds and possibly broken toe... cool.

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Save yourself a penny for the ferry man, save yourself and let him suff... [12 May 2004|02:26am]
[ mood | Sleepy ]

You are listening to the new Nightwish album Once, and this track is called "Planet Hell"

What the fuck?

Oh you gotta love promos from century media.

*pulls his fucking hair out*

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Cause it's only for the weak. [08 May 2004|12:22pm]
[ mood | Dead tired ]

Well just saw Shanen off, deffinately not fun.

Guess I should actually get to sleep, must wake up going to see Mutepoint and Feebo with Greg :)

I just showed my dad how to sign up for a message board.

Oh god what have I done.

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Why am I a metal fan? [07 May 2004|02:22am]
[ mood | Amused ]

Voidhanger - Warlike Hordes and a Calling in Battle... says:
You haven't heard weird until you've heard Ungl'Unl'Rrlh'Chchch

The Beast - Beyond The Limits Of [Human] Comprehension says:
did... you just make that up?

For the names of course.

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Never have I seen this reality show plague put into it's place so well. [06 May 2004|04:12am]
[ mood | Greatly amused ]


"Foamy Rant III"

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I can feel the storm approaching, The pain is its' reality [03 May 2004|01:02pm]
[ mood | Not... happy. ]

Well... Compuzor finally beat me :(

Gonna be offline for a few days

fixing BOTH my computers


(at least I go back to work tomorrow :P)

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Stolen from Madame Seren. [01 May 2004|01:07am]
1.Go into your LJ's archives.
2.Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3.Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4.Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

"While visions of corpsepaint appeared on their faces."

1. find the nearest book
2. turn to page 23
3. find the fifth sentence and post

Our mothers drove neighbourhood kids to various events and we shared company at a birthday or two.
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A public service announcement [25 Apr 2004|02:10pm]
[ mood | Amused ]

Remember folks, do matter how much you may want to

It's never cool to stick a bag over a baby's head

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Yup... I'm losing my mind. [25 Apr 2004|03:28am]
[ mood | Tired ]

Evanescence and Lacuna Coil... a very unstructured and ill researched rantCollapse )

Just another rant in the night when I should be asleep, heh.

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[24 Apr 2004|07:47pm]
Put boxing gloves on your children's hands at bedtime. Boxing gloves are nearly impossible to remove without assistance. If you do this you can sleep soundly, knowing that your children aren't touching themselves in an impure way.



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I was made a mercenary, In the legions of hell [23 Apr 2004|04:01pm]
[ mood | Yay ]

I just got accepted to Humber for Journalism :)

p.s shanen and greg, if you guys aren't busy tonight we should do something to celebrate :):):)

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