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#1 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 01:51 AM

If you like prog metal, yet are unfamiliar with A7X, then an introduction is required.

 

Consider their original, founding drummer, John The Rev Sullivan, that sadly died at age 28. A certain N.E.P. consider him one of the finest young drummers of his day. Happily, their current drummer is no slouch.

 

They recorded a wonderfully evil Danny Elfman-esque song with the help from other members of Oingo Boingo. They've even done country, and a mariachi cover. No cookie-monster vocals. The most melodic lead guitarist since Slash, and lots of lovely Maiden-like harmonized solos are to be found.

 

But best of all is The Stage, their latest release, a sumptuous concept album that ends with a 15-minute epic track that aims to be a musical re-creation of the Big Bang, and which features a spoken narration that Neil deGrasse Tyson specifically wrote and read for the album.

 

Can you say, 'geek-metal'?

 

And I feel the AFTK vibe in this:

 

 


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#2 Moving Target

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 06:41 AM

I liked that a lot.

#3 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

Been a fan ever since I heard The Beast and the Harlot on Guitar Hero II back in college.

They are aggressive and melodic, often at the same time, in a way very few modern rock bands manage to be.  Part of it is their pool of influences being so broad.

Speaking of their influences, here's a recent bit of them covering some Floyd.  For the Rev.


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#4 Peter Griffin

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:00 PM

We hired a new, younger kid here at work and he put these guys into our Pandora shuffle.  They didn't do much for me at first but I have warmed up to them.  Some of their earlier stuff reminds me a lot of Mr. Bungle, and I see they did a Bungle cover at one point for a compilation album that may not have come to fruition. 

 

But yeah, good band!



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 01:00 AM

Up until their most recent album, I'd considered them a solid, better than average modern metal band with some nice harmonized leads.

 

BTW, after The Rev died, their follow-up album (Nightmare) featured a certain Portnoy on drums (further proof of the prog-metal bona fides)

 

But they made a major leap forward with The Stage. Can't just call this a metal band anymore; they are moving off in a nice, original direction now that is fucking awesome. Listen to this gorgeous, string-filled tribute to Giordano Bruno. The closing guitar solo is sweet.

 


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 01:15 AM

Bonus coolness points for having both a lefty guitarist and a righty guitarist.

 

 

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(Trivia question... what other bands have two guitarists that play different handedness? Anyone?)


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 01:35 AM

Finally, they play both kinds of music: country AND western:

 


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#8 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:33 AM

Up until their most recent album, I'd considered them a solid, better than average modern metal band with some nice harmonized leads.

 

BTW, after The Rev died, their follow-up album (Nightmare) featured a certain Portnoy on drums (further proof of the prog-metal bona fides)

It's the reason Portnoy left Dream Theater.  He was so bushed after the tour with A7X that he wasn't ready to get working on new stuff with DT, and so they booted him.



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:21 PM

Bonus coolness points for having both a lefty guitarist and a righty guitarist.

 

 

t0512sevenfold_feat3_2.jpg

 

(Trivia question... what other bands have two guitarists that play different handedness? Anyone?)

 

 

UFO. Paul Raymond is left handed and the other guitarists (Schenker/Chapman/Moore) were right-handed.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 06:03 AM

Bonus coolness points for having both a lefty guitarist and a righty guitarist.

 

 

t0512sevenfold_feat3_2.jpg

 

(Trivia question... what other bands have two guitarists that play different handedness? Anyone?)

 

It's pretty cool how he has "999" on his guitar.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


#11 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:12 PM

Zachy Vengeance's guitars feature an upsidedown "1999" - the date that the band was formed.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:25 PM

Oh I see the "1" now, lol. I thought he'd put a cliched "666" on his guitar.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:40 AM

A7X+Oingo Boingo. Disturbing, includes necrophilia.

 


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#14 Peter Griffin

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 06:20 PM

To anyone who has listened to Mr. Bungle, tell me this doesn't sound similar (not a knock, just an observation)

 






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