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Old 11-29-2015, 12:01 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm assuming this is the Live at Budokhan blu-ray? Amazon has it for $12. I've watched DT on Palladia, and I've always liked them, but their songs don't tend to hold my interest for a whole DVD. But if it's cheap enough it may be worth picking up. I'm not much on sitting down for two hours and watching concerts - or movies for that matter. I always seem to have a long To Do list calling me. My only concert blu-rays are Rush's R30, which I can watch over and over, Styx's Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight and The Big 4, of which I usually only watch Slayer and Megadeth. And I have Rush's R40 in my Amazon basket right now. Been hoping it would fall from $20. Yeah, I'm cheap. I haven't seen any other metal blu-rays I'm interested in except maybe Testament and Kreator. Certainly none from the more obscure bands I listen to.
Yes Live at Budokan. Worth a buy at 12 bucks for sure. I don't often watch concert disks from beginning to end either.

Rush fan huh? I missed that. I've seen a few of their concerts including R30 on the Palladia channel and all are outstanding. Love their 70's and early 80's albums.

Have you seen Through The Never? By far the best sounding/looking concert blu ray I've seen. The story isn't great but it's interesting and certainly not cheesy and doesn't seem to take away from watching the concert. It's the only 2:35:1 concert that I know of so it looks amazing on a big screen. Disk is worth it for the live performance alone (no fans, just bad playing on stage) of Orion during the closing credits. 7.1 sound of my all time favorite song - nice.

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Hello @carp , did you watch the documentary called "Metal Evolution"? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1978940/
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Hello @carp , did you watch the documentary called "Metal Evolution"? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1978940/
I did back when it was on tv, I watched every single minute of that thing. I was disappointed with the episode (very first one I think) where he (and others he interviews) talk about how some people must just be wired so that metal music does something to our brains (metal heads). He wants to test this out so he gets a brain scan done taken when he is listening to metal. They show him getting the scan and a picture of the results in the brain but then all of a sudden he moves on and doesn't talk about the results at all. Maybe that part was cut out when they showed it on tv I don't know, but I was very curious about this.
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I did back when it was on tv, I watched every single minute of that thing. I was disappointed with the episode (very first one I think) where he (and others he interviews) talk about how some people must just be wired so that metal music does something to our brains (metal heads). He wants to test this out so he gets a brain scan done taken when he is listening to metal. They show him getting the scan and a picture of the results in the brain but then all of a sudden he moves on and doesn't talk about the results at all. Maybe that part was cut out when they showed it on tv I don't know, but I was very curious about this.

I'd imagine it'd be similar to other functional MRI patients who were exposed to stimuli that they considered pleasurable, i.e. More activity in that region of the brain.


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I'd imagine it'd be similar to other functional MRI patients who were exposed to stimuli that they considered pleasurable, i.e. More activity in that region of the brain.


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As someone who studies psychology, I can say that that is most likely the case (as a non-professional of course). It should be no different for someone who loves metal to listen to metal than for someone who loves jazz to listen to jazz (provided both people love the particular song that is playing), in that they both find it pleasurable. There's probably a good dopamine release when the metal comes on (as there should be).

As far as what each person is thinking about when that person listens to metal (or their favorite type of music) would probably vary widely from person to person. That would be the real difference, as different brain regions would be activated depending on what they were thinking about. Whether that can be generalized for metal vs. jazz vs. other genres would be an interesting study. Sign me up.

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Have you guys ever seen the Myth Busters episode where they play different types of music 24-7 on a roof-top greenhouse to see which plants grow quicker and are more lush and healthy? Guess which music genre won. Just sayin'!

I'm looking forward to the new Dream Theater album. They've gone full on fantasy/sci-fi with this one, and even created a website so you can follow/play along. I hope it's not some weird, overly artsy album with a bunch of spoken word.

http://www.dreamtheater.net/theastonishing
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^ Haha yes I have seen that episode
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Have you guys ever seen the Myth Busters episode where they play different types of music 24-7 on a roof-top greenhouse to see which plants grow quicker and are more lush and healthy? Guess which music genre won. Just sayin'!

I'm looking forward to the new Dream Theater album. They've gone full on fantasy/sci-fi with this one, and even created a website so you can follow/play along. I hope it's not some weird, overly artsy album with a bunch of spoken word.

http://www.dreamtheater.net/theastonishing


Oh boy... they may have gone off the deep end. I thought that for Scenes from a Memory too before I heard it though so who knows.
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Oh boy... they may have gone off the deep end. I thought that for Scenes from a Memory too before I heard it though so who knows.
True. I'll wait to reserve judgement, as Scenes from a Memory is phenomenal. But 34 tracks revealed already? What the what? I'm hoping they aren't all actual tracks but rather movements numbers that make up an entire track or something.

I'm spinning Insomnium's 'Across the Dark' right now. I never tire of those guys.
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True. I'll wait to reserve judgement, as Scenes from a Memory is phenomenal. But 34 tracks revealed already? What the what? I'm hoping they aren't all actual tracks but rather movements numbers that make up an entire track or something.

I'm spinning Insomnium's 'Across the Dark' right now. I never tire of those guys.

Yep Scenes is my 3rd favorite of theirs after Images and Words/Awake. Oh yes I love Insomnium. If you haven't checked out Omnium Gatherum they are very similar and also very good.
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I have this album, and all the way through it is pure awesomeness! I highly recommend it - perfect workout music!

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I've been listening to Halcyon Way a lot for the past couple years. They're a power metal band that needs a lot more recognition, IMO. Hopefully I can catch them live sometime, which should be doable since they are from Atlanta.

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Conquering Dystopia and Paul Wardingham's The Human Afflication are my two instrumental metal finds of the past year.
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My Best Finds of the Year

Well, it's that time again. I'm gonna be busy later this month so I figured I'd end it a little early. Pickin's were a little slim this year, especially considering I sampled a couple thousand albums. I can't say I found anything I can't live without, however I am a little picky, and there were some worthwhile acquisitions. The thrash genre was tough because there were a lot of equally good bands in different sub-genres, so that's how I'm going to list them. Sorry about clogging up the thread with images, but the links kept turning into images so I just went with it, and as Bob Cratchit said, " 'Tis only once a year".

Death metal (a veritable desert of choices this year)


Thrash


Thrash/Death


Technical Thrash


Melodeath


Hardcore


Groove/Hardcore


* Song of the Year *
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(Death metal, on the extreme end of the scale ... not for the uninitiated)

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That's my kinda stuff!

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Tons of great recommendations here lately. Going through them tonight - again.
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I like that Veld. Listened all the way through. A classy form of extreme metal, if there is such a thing. Added to my library.
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I had the same reaction. It's done very well, and very clean. It's extreme, but the music comes first.. not the "extreme" for the sake of being extreme like some bands

it's kind of a mix of Aeon, Behemoth, and Dimmu Borgir the way I see it

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(Instrumental progressive death metal ... sort of)

First of all, let me say this will not be to everyone's liking, but I thought it so unusual and virtuosic that I have to post it. This is easily the most eclectic metal I've ever heard. For those familiar with Blotted Science, you can think of it in that vein, only WAY more eclectic. It's an amalgamation of death, djent, jazz, Middle Eastern and God knows what else, all thrown in a blender and somehow emerging as a flavorful concoction. On top of that we may finally have a metal album worth using as a speaker demo. And unbelievably, THIS IS A ONE-MAN BAND!

I had a heck of a time picking which song to feature because they're all so unique, so don't just go by this selection. You can hear the whole album (Sleep Terror - Unihemispheria) on Bandcamp. I posted the Bandcamp version of the song because it sounds way better than the YouTube version.

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Sleep Terror rules. I didn't know he had a new album. I had heard he auditioned to be in Necrophagist at one point.

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Sleep Terror rules. I didn't know he had a new album.
Well, it looks like it's a remake of some of the 2006 album, along with a few new songs(?). He doesn't list that old album on Bandcamp, so I guess he just merged it into this.
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My Best Finds of the Year

Well, it's that time again. I'm gonna be busy later this month so I figured I'd end it a little early. Pickin's were a little slim this year, especially considering I sampled a couple thousand albums. I can't say I found anything I can't live without, however I am a little picky, and there were some worthwhile acquisitions. The thrash genre was tough because there were a lot of equally good bands in different sub-genres, so that's how I'm going to list them. Sorry about clogging up the thread with images, but the links kept turning into images so I just went with it, and as Bob Cratchit said, " 'Tis only once a year".

Death metal (a veritable desert of choices this year)
Volturyon - Coordinated Mutilation


Thrash
Unhoped - Die Harder


Thrash/Death
From Beyond - No More Room in Hell (EP)
Apocalypse Warhead - Opening the Silos
Flayed Disciple - Death Hammer


Technical Thrash
Violent Omen - Lunatic's Revenge


Melodeath
Decadawn - Solitary Confinement


Hardcore
Ringworm - Hammer of the Witch


Groove/Hardcore
Stampin' Ground - Carved From Empty Words


* Song of the Year *
Sanctuary - Exitium
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Would you believe that is a one-man band.
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