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    I played piano but quit when I was 12. Reason being I was the only guy in the class and I didn't want to be made fun of. I admit that was a stupid reason for quitting, I've since regretted it.

    From my first hearing "C is for Cookie" in my very early years, I've loved music. My musical taste runs the gamut from Classical music (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky just to name a few), Metal, Funk, Soul, Blues, Classic Rock, to early 80's hip-hop. My high-school years I regret since it was "If it's not metal, it's crap" attitude. I mellowed out considerably in my college years and continue to expand my horizons in the aural realms.

    For those who have an approving ear to Metal, I recommend a band called Heathen. I've discovered them this past month and have been completely blown away. They hail from the Bay Area of California, home to legends such as Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, and Forbidden. The guitars are pure thrash metal and is impossible to not headbang to. The vocals are intelligble and very different from usual angry sounding vocals. Their website, Heathen has free downloads of their first 2 albums.

    For those who have an ear for softer music, I recommend Elbow. The best description for their style is "progressive music without the solos". At times, it sounds like Peter Gabriel's early material with some pop in a David Bowie type fashion, but without the space travel. Their first album is "Asleep at the Wheel", second "Cast of Thousands" with a third to be released in September.

    For those who love the absurd storytelling, I recommend Primus. Les Claypool's bass is the most unique sound I've heard. Ler Lalonde's guitar is an orgasm of sound that he describes as ripping off Frank Zappa. It's hard to believe once upon a time he was a member of the first Death Metal band (Possessed). A DVD, Hallucinogenetics shows off their jamming style, along with their first studio album Frizzle Fry played in it's entirety. "Animals should not try to act like People" is a DVD with supplementary music. The DVD contains all their videos up to 2003, with footage from their early days and also from Woodstock '94.

    I'll just it short since if I don't stop, my post could end up being a novel in itself. I encourage others to post their likes and recommendations. Consider this thread to be a place for music in all it's styles and genres. Questions, comments, snide remarks are welcome. Though I ask please refrain from posting stuff you don't like.
    Last edited by David Panzer; 08-25-2005, 06:43 PM.
    RIP Coach Larry Finch
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    Styx rocks! I loved the homage they got in "Big Daddy".
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    • #3
      Styx rules! It's the official band of the only union I'm a member of, the LWU (Lazy Workers Union). It was my second semester freshman year in college when I joined, so it's understandable. Come Sail Away, The Grand Illusion, Mr. Roboto, great stuff.
      RIP Coach Larry Finch
      Thank you Memphis Grizzlies for a great season.
      Play like your fake girlfriend died today - new Notre Dame motivational sign

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      • #4
        I was recently introduced to the music of a band from Europe called Rammstein - if you watch the movie "xXx" with Vin diesel you'll see the band playing in the nightclub at the start of the movie, the one that the agent stumbles into by mistake before being shot as he tries to climb on to the stage to escape the anarchists...

        anyway, I got a copy of their most recent CD "Reise", and it is definitely music that needs to be played loud! Sure, the lyrics are all in German, but who cares?!

        ttfn...

        villarestall
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        • #5
          Rammstein is sweet. I first heard them back in '97 with that "Du Hast" song. My first comment was "Dude, when did Peter Steele learn German?". Incredible stuff that I wish I was on the 5 year plan in high school so I could play it in my German classes.

          Since you like them, try some Laibach which Rammstein has said is one of their influences. They're from the former Yugoslavia and a very experimental band. Another band with German vocals is In Extremo. Metal mixed with medieval age instruments and folk. When I hear it, I thrash and do a jig. Happy listening!
          RIP Coach Larry Finch
          Thank you Memphis Grizzlies for a great season.
          Play like your fake girlfriend died today - new Notre Dame motivational sign

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          • #6
            Rammstein went through an...interesting performance on the Family Values Tour '98 VHS. In short, the lead singer raped the keyboard artist with a hose, which before long began shooting a white substance...
            Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by villarestall
              I was recently introduced to the music of a band from Europe called Rammstein - if you watch the movie "xXx" with Vin diesel you'll see the band playing in the nightclub at the start of the movie, the one that the agent stumbles into by mistake before being shot as he tries to climb on to the stage to escape the anarchists...
              FEUER FREI!
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              • #8
                Rammstein is addicting to most, but can become annoying after a time (yes I know German). Their lyrics arent special so its best if you didnt try to understand them.

                I will say this, as I have told many people:

                Some of the best lyrics are screamed, not sung or spoken.

                I not only take pleasure in the loud Metal Mellodies, but in the words in which they speak and the pain or sorrow or opinions they try to convey about life in general.

                This sunday, Disturbed is coming to my city and I can't wait to go. it's been a few months since I've been in a mosh pit . . . can't wait to go back
                "It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise, what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world, because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past." -- G'Kar in Babylon 5:"In the Beginning"

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                • #9
                  For the record, Metallica is not from the Bay Area. They're from the LA area.
                  Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                  • #10
                    When Cliff Burton joined Metallica, they moved to the Bay Area. That was the only condition he had in joining the band. Metallica severed all ties to LA when they moved in 83.
                    RIP Coach Larry Finch
                    Thank you Memphis Grizzlies for a great season.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow
                      When Cliff Burton joined Metallica, they moved to the Bay Area. That was the only condition he had in joining the band. Metallica severed all ties to LA when they moved in 83.
                      Not much of an improvement.
                      Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                      • #12
                        The music I like is very dependent on my state of mind. This morning I put into the CD-Player "In The Heart of Europe" from L'Ame Immortelle (an austrian AND good group, both is seldom *g*) and the melody doesn't get out of my mind (which is a good thing *g*). L'Ame Immortelle do a kind of crossover (they don't embrace one single style), but you could try to define them as Electronic-Gothic and at times Techno or (Orchestral) Metal. I love them.

                        I also like Lacrimosa which are from Germany. They are more into the Orchestral Part of the Gothic movement.

                        Or Dead can Dance, a real classic. I especially like their world music approach and use of "organic" sounding soundbits. You might also like "Baraka", a film for which they wrote the music. It is one of the best medidative films I know.

                        Well, that's the music I like *now*, as said before I tend to move freely between what I like and when. I also like at different times e.g. Elton John, Phil Collins, a lot from the 80s, Tschaikowsky, Jazz (not the experimental one, but even that I once enjoyed...), punk, metal (especially the orchestral one), electronic (especially the early one, like e.g. Kraftwerk or Vangelis (I LOVE the blade runner soundtrack)). And more that I surely have forgotten now 8-)

                        PeAcE
                        greetings from austria, best known for its history and fine wine... feels like a wine cellar on a graveyard 8-)

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