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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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Posted 21 October 2017 - 06:41 AM

I liked that a lot.

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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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labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

#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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#6 Wandering Hermit

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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.


labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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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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Posted 26 November 2017 - 01:50 AM

"We have one collective hope: the Earth. And yet, uncounted people remain hopeless, famine and calamity abound. Sufferers hurl themselves into the arms of war; people kill and get killed in the name of someone else’s concept of God. Do we admit that our thoughts & behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us? Each fabricated conflict, self-murdering bomb, vanished airplane, every fictionalized dictator, biased or partisan, and wayward son, are part of the curtains of society’s racial, ethnic, religious, national, and cultural conflicts, and you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers. When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity, I see beyond the plight of humans. I see a universe ever-expanding, with its galaxies embedded within the ever-stretching four-dimensional fabric of space and time. However big our world is, our hearts, our minds, our outsize atlases, the universe is even bigger. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on the world’s beaches, more stars in the universe than seconds of time that have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words & sounds ever uttered by all humans who have ever lived. The day we cease the exploration of the cosmos is the day we threaten the continuing of our species. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people & nations would be prone to act on their low-contracted prejudices, and would have seen the last gasp of human enlightenment. Until the rise of a visionary new culture that once again embraces the cosmic perspective; a perspective in which we are one, fitting neither above nor below, but within." 


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