• Sonata Arctica @ the Palladium - April 3rd, 2010

    Abr 11 2010, 18h23

    Sat 3 Apr – Sonata Arctica, Powerglove, Mutiny Within, Once Beloved, Desiccation

    Once Beloved & Desiccation: :/ :/ :/
    Powerglove: A rather pleasant surprise. X-MEN! :D
    Mutiny Within: Good stage presence, but... :/
    Sonata Arctica: DEATHAURA LIVE THE FIRST TIME EVER, YAY. :') I know there were a lot of complaints about the setlist, but I rather like The Days of Grays, so I liked it, heh.

    Tony sounded fantastic, although it was sliiightly worrying how he kept losing his train of thought in between-song banter. Juliet was a highlight in particular - what a performance! Meeting them after the show for autographs and general chatter was also cool. They seem like nice dudes. :)

    (sidenote: I know the Palladium's rather known for moshing, but... to FullMoon? Really? :| oh well.)
  • Symphony X @ the Palladium, 11/19/08

    Nov 20 2008, 7h56

    Wed 19 Nov – Symphony X

    So. Dear Mother got me VIP tix as a birthday present. Got in early (worth the extra money alone because it was FREEZING AS FUCK outside), went through the whole meet & greet process (someday, I will meet bands and actually be somewhat eloquent and talkative), and got a signed poster, w00t. Grabbed a spot front row and center. Stood through Fallen Shall Rise and Hypersolid (who seem to have had a different vocalist from their Kamelot show... ?), thought they were pretty good and that the latter had improved immensely from the last time I saw them.

    After loud chants of "SYMPHONY -" "X!", etc, they came on and blew the freakin' place apart. I had seen them in Hartford back in April, but this show made that pale in comparison.

    Oculus ex Inferni
    Eve of Seduction
    Evolution (The Grand Design)
    Inferno (Unleash the Fire)
    Serpent's Kiss
    Paradise Lost
    Church of the Machine
    King of Terrors
    Smoke & Mirrors
    Revelation / Divine Wings (Part VII)
    Set the World on Fire
    Of Sins and Shadows

    Got a bit... up close and personal with Russell ("We just came back from South America... but I like these venues better, because you can get CLOSER. And you, like TRUE METALHEADS, like being CLOSE, and SWEATING ON EACH OTHER!" "E-errrr, yes!"), who is still The Man and solidified his place as one of my favorite people ever.

    I also got my very first setlist.

    This might be the gig of the year for me.

    (to be edited/updated once I'm not completely ded from gig \o/)
  • Nightwish/Sonata Arctica @ the Palladium

    Set 1 2008, 19h50

    Sat 30 Aug – Nightwish, Sonata Arctica

    After missing them here to go to the Hartford date, and then having the Hartford date be canceled, I sure as hell wasn't missing them this time. Left the house around 4:30, got to the venue around 6:10. Although we got there later than I would've hoped, it was a GOOD TIME to get in line; the line behind us grew and grew, eventually stretching around the block. The people around us were completely floored, until a security person told us that he'd seen it stretch much, much longer than that, stretching to a building on the other side of the block...

    ("What show was that?"

    "Eh, some emo band. They were all 15 year-old girls. This should be a good show, though.")

    The doors opened at seven; since it was my first time at the Palladium, I expressed shock at the doors ACTUALLY OPENING ON TIME, at which point someone else in line said that they're usually pretty good about that there. I entered the venue and got a spot fourth or fifth row from the stage, socializing with the people around me as we counted down the minutes to Sonata Arctica's appearance.

    They entered, complete with dramatic power metal intro, and immediately blew me away.

    Setlist, nabbed from metalsetlists.com:
    In Black And White
    Paid in Full
    White Pearl, Black Oceans
    It Won't Fade
    Draw Me
    Don't Say A Word
    The Cage/Vodka

    After seeing them? I have to get an album of theirs at some point, because they were pretty damn good. Tony Kakko's an *amazing* frontman, really engaging the crowd, bouncing around with a giant smile on his face. I'm not really keen on his vocals on disc, but I REALLY liked him live. The only song of theirs I was really familiar with was "Don't Say a Word", which was just... wow.

    About halfway through their set, people MOBBED the pit, shoving everybody forward a good five feet or so; everybody up front was basically holding onto each other in some way. At one point, some kid behind me got on another guy's shoulders and proclaimed his love for the band... when SA left, a chant of "TO-NY, TO-NY, TO-NY" resounded. As fun as it was, I had to pry out of there after SA's performance, since people shifted around and I eventually could not see a thing. Pits are not made for short people. :( Good on the staff, though, for hydrating the crowd; it really did get sweltering.

    My only complaint is that the sound wasn't that great; there were times when it swelled and then dropped out. I also had a hard time concentrating simply because I was being CRUSHED FROM ALL SIDES (whenever Tony tried making us clap, I literally could not move my arms, it was RIDICULOUS), but that was my own fault. I definitely want to catch them again at some point, when it's not so crowded and the sound's better. :D

    And then, THE WAIT FOR NIGHTWISH. I found my mom and nabbed a spot at an upper-level railing -- the Palladium is really nice in that you can find a decent view from nearly anywhere. The wait actually wasn't as long as I thought it was going to be; it only seemed like a few minutes before Nightwish, too, played their dramatic instrumental intro, before heading straight into Bye Bye Beautiful.

    Setlist, also nabbed from metalsetlists:
    Bye Bye Beautiful
    Dark Chest of Wonders
    The Siren
    Whoever Brings The Night
    Dead To The World
    The Islander
    The Poet and the Pendulum
    Come Cover Me
    Ever Dream
    7 Days to the Wolves
    Wish I Had An Angel

    I have to say, I wasn't as blown away by BBB as I thought I'd be, but as soon as Anette went into Dark Chest of Wonders? She had me COMPLETELY. Some people behind me pointed out that she sang some notes an octave lower than they were on disc... but honestly, I didn't mind. Better to sing notes that you know you'll be able to hit rather than attempt high notes and fail miserably, imo.

    After DCoW, Anette surveyed us. "Worcester! You're nice and packed... I like that. And you scream with me when I ask you. I like that, too. This next song is called, 'The Siren'."

    People weren't kidding when they said she made this song, in particular, her own. Days later, I still have her version stuck in my head, haha.

    After a few songs, I became glad that I bailed out of the pit while I did, because there were so many crowdsurfers. It was insane. XD

    They played Whoever Brings (which wasn't as grand live as I had been hoping), Amaranth (which got the crowd going like THAT), and Dead to the World (which was, overall, pretty freakin' amazing). The crowd dug their lighters out for The Islander (followed by a "MAR-CO MAR-CO MAR-CO" chant), and then the lengthy PatP was next -- admittedly, I thought that Tuomas doing the throat-slitting motion would be cheesy, but it fit rather well.

    Come Cover Me was a REALLY nice surprise. Sahara was great -- Marco sang the choruses with Anette, and I really think that should've been a duet from the start. Ever Dream was a bit strained -- Anette's voice was definitely going near the end -- but she recovered nicely for 7 Days. Apparently, Marco was having a bad day, so he had us scream for him, louder and louder, until he was satisfied -- at which point Anette said, "Everybody has a day where they just need to feel good, and today, that day was Marco's!" before giving him a hug. Wish I Had an Angel's one of those songs that I'm very "meh" on, but they way they segued into it live was great.

    And then it was over. :(

    I walked out really happy and wanting to see them again. I'm glad I finally caught them.
  • for personal use: bands to check out

    Fev 12 2007, 20h46

    Suggestions welcome.

    In Flames
    Dark Tranquillity
    Scar Symmetry
    Murder by Death
    Theatre of Tragedy
    Flowing Tears
    Iced Earth
    Sonata Arctica
    Helium Vola
    Deadsoul Tribe
    Green Carnation
    The Real McKenzies
    Symphony X – I heard a song by them on a friend's XM radio a few years ago and it changed my twelve-year old brain forever, but I haven't the foggiest idea what it was called. D: I remember some lyrics about kings and jacks (or spades) – can anybody help me out?
  • The infamous neighbor meme.

    Out 9 2006, 23h58

    You know the drill: list your top 6 neighbours' top 5 artists and where they stand on your own overall chart.

    In Flames (N/A)
    Anathema (#76)
    Apocalyptica (#175)
    Blind Guardian (#18)
    Norther (N/A)

    Akira Yamaoka (N/A)
    Nightwish (#6)
    Tool (#2)
    A Perfect Circle (#8)
    Iron Maiden (N/A)

    Nightwish (#6)
    Lacuna Coil (#16)
    Evanescence (#76)
    After Forever (#40)
    Harry and the Potters (N/A)

    Lamb (N/A)
    Yuki Kajiura (#5)
    Ayreon (#23)
    Iona (N/A)
    Tool (#2)

    Yuki Kajiura (#5)
    Sonata Arctica (N/A)
    Catharsis (N/A)
    Шмели (N/A)
    Papa Roach (N/A)

    Cradle of Filth (N/A)
    Placebo (N/A)
    Evanescence (#76)
    Mortal Love (N/A)
    Lacuna Coil (#16)

    -I suppose I should check out In Flames, despite my usual aversion to death metal. Maybe Opeth, too (because Mikael has *such* a nice voice).
    -I should really get an AF album. I'm seriously considering picking up Prison of Desire one of these days.
    -Also, check out Anathema more and seriously look into Apocalyptica.
    -I can't get into Sonata Arctica. Sigh.

    Overall, I can't tell how accurate my neighbors are in comparison to others'. I think I've seen worse, though.
  • I'm still floored.

    Set 23 2006, 23h19

    I attended the Black Halo Tour at Poughkeepsie last night with my mum. I've been talking about this for months; tickets were cheap, two of my favorite bands were going to be there...

    It was my second-ever concert and I couldn't ask for anything better.

    Operatika: I've seen the name, but admittedly I wasn't really interested because, well, I heard they were cheesy. God, I was stupid. The singer was very pregnant, but she still kicked ass. Mom really liked them, too – she got two shirts and I got their EP. The EP does not do justice to how amazing they were.

    Metadox: They were pretty good. My mom caught one of the drumsticks they threw. XD

    Epica: sdjfkl;sjdf SIMONE IS REALLY GOOD AT HEADBANGING. So much stuff from The Phantom Agony. THEY PLAYED FAÇADE OF REALITY AND SEIF AL DIN. That alone made me happy.

    Kamelot: I loved the fake snow that fell on us. XD The people next to me spazzed out and went "HOLY SHIT THIS SMELLS REALLY GOOD!" and started grabbing it and rubbing it all over themselves. Khan seems like an awesome guy. He asked, "So, how many of you are actually from Poughkeepsie?" About three people raised their hands, and somebody in the back yelled "POUGHKEEPSIE SUCKS!" He just stared and commented, "Well. That's weird." They started off with When the Lights Are Down and played The Edge of Paradise, Abandoned, Soul Society, The Black Halo, Center of the Universe, Forever (with sing-along!), MEMENTO MORI, and then did an encore with Epilogue, March of Mephisto, and KARMA. THEY GAVE US KARMA.

    Khan made direct eye contact with me at one point and laughed. I wasn't sure how to feel about that.

    Overall, it was very enjoyable. I'm a bit bummed that I wasn't able to get anything signed, but Mom and I were tired and really had to go. If they come back, I'll definitely attend (and drag some friends along, too).

    Also picked up Consign to Oblivion and a few other shirts. Mmmm, concert merchandise.
  • -fangirls-

    Abr 14 2006, 23h32

    Got Deadlands in the mail today. I am in complete LOVE. I thought that the songs that they put up on their website were awesome, but that really didn't do justice to what the whole album was like at all. I'll be listening to this constantly and looking into their other albums in the future. ;D

    Other Bands to Get More From:

    Lunatica - Added Fables & Dreams to my Sonic Cathedral wishlist. I'm in love with their sound.
    Epica - Should I get The Phantom Agony or Consign to Oblivion first? I was obsessed with "The Last Crusade (A New Age Dawns, Pt. 1)", but that's the only song I've really heard off the latter. I've also heard that The Phantom Agony is better. I'll have to think on this one...
    Lacuna Coil - My knowledge of this band is limited to the songs "Circle" and "Heaven's A Lie". What other songs by them should I check out to get a good idea of how the band sounds?
    Blind Guardian - Same as above, only with "Bright Eyes" and "Nightfall" for song names.
    The Sins of Thy Beloved - I'm really interested in getting Perpetual Desolation. I'm surprised I warmed up to them so quickly; it took me ages to like Tristania, who's extremely similar, but I liked these guys right off the bat.

    On a somewhat different note, does anybody have any recommendations for different bands? :x
  • Question/Shuffle Game

    Abr 11 2006, 4h59

    Story of my life?
    Title: This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
    Artist: System of a Down
    Comment: I'm a druggie now? That sucks.

    How does the world see me?
    Title: Kate Moss
    Artist: Rasputina
    Comment: Er, who was she again...?
    AFTER WIKIPEDIA RESEARCH: Um. Well. That sure ties in with the last answer well.

    How do my friends see me?
    Title: Vicinity of Obscenity
    Artist: System of a Down
    Comment: The only swear words I say on a semi-regular basis are "damn" and "hell". XD;

    How is my life going?
    Title: Beautiful
    Artist: Poe
    Comment: It's actually going pretty well right now, surprisingly. o_o

    What's the best thing about me?
    Title: Big Time Sensuality
    Artist: Björk
    Comment: -DIES LAUGHING-

    Will I have a happy life?
    Title: All is Full of Love
    Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
    Comment: Shall I take that as a "yes"?

    How can I make myself happy?
    Title: Beautiful Oblivion
    Artist: EVE 6
    Comment: ...throw myself into a black hole?

    What should I do with my life?
    Title: Bad Moon Rising
    Artist: Rasputina
    Comment: It fits; I've always wanted to become an ambitious supervillain.

    How can I get ahead in life?
    Title: Dreaming
    Artist: System of a Down
    Comment: Riiiight.

    What's high school like?
    Title: suspense&mystery
    Artist: Yuki Kajiura
    Comment: Seeing as that the teachers at my school don't even know what they're teaching next year, I'd say it's accurate.

    Will I ever have children?
    Title: Take This Longing
    Artist: Leonard Cohen
    Comment: No.

    What is some good advice for me?
    Title: Hoshi no Toride
    Artist: Yasunori Mitsuda
    Comment: The English title is supposedly "Tower of Stars". I got nothing.

    How will I be remembered?
    Title: Key of the Twilight
    Artist: Yuki Kajiura/Emily Bindiger
    Comment: I'm not exactly sure how to interpret this in a way that doesn't relate to the show...

    What's in store for this weekend?
    Title: I Put a Spell on You
    Artist: Marilyn Manson
    Comment: That's kinda creepy.

    What is my signature dancing song?
    Title: Because of You
    Artist: Nickelback
    Comment: Dances can probably be done with this song. I'm not the one to try. XD

    What do I think my current theme song is?
    Title: War Pigs/Luke's Wall
    Artist: Black Sabbath
    Comment: Nifty.

    What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
    Title: Tea is Better than Poison
    Artist: Tara Jane O'Neil
    Comment: It sure is. =D

    What is my friend's theme song?
    Title: H.
    Artist: Tool
    Comment: It definitely works, and that scares me.

    What song will play at my funeral?
    Title: Valley of the Damned
    Artist: DragonForce
    Comment: They're happily sending me off to Hell while listening to speed metal? D: TRAITORS.

    What type of men/women do I like?
    Title: Necropol Lit
    Artist: Madder Mortem
    Comment: WTF?

    What is your day going to be like?
    Title: Leaving Green Sleeves
    Artist: Leonard Cohen
    Comment: Wonderful.

    What song describes my parents?
    Title: Mazohyst of Decadence
    Artist: DIR EN GREY
    Comment: What's a "mazohyst", anyway? I'd rather not believe that the last part is true.

    What song describes my grandparents?
    Title: Milkman
    Artist: Aphex Twin
    Comments: In a twisted way, it makes sense. xD
  • Explorations

    Fev 4 2006, 0h03

    I've been finding some really neat bands lately, one of my new favorites being Kamelot. I heard a lot about them, so I downloaded a few songs - "Karma" is one of my preferred tracks, as were the few others from the titled album, so I went off in search for it. I didn't find that, but I did get "The Black Halo". I wasn't disappointed at all. It's one of those albums that I can listen to straight through, which is always a plus; I'm usually not one for filler, but the Interlude tracks seemed to fit it. I'd like to find out more about the underlying storyline behind it, so I should probably purchase "Epica" to get a better understanding of it. "Karma" sounds like it's awesome, though, and I'm not sure of which to buy first...

    A friend recommended DragonForce to me. I sampled a few songs and liked the music's power, though the lyrics are as cheesy as hell. They also seem to get a bit repetitive, though that may just be me presuming things from the little I've heard. :/ I've heard that their new album's excellent, though, so that may change my mind.

    I've also been interested in finding some other female-fronted bands. I've really been liking Lunatica so far; I love Andrea's voice. I really wanted to get "Fables & Dreams" and was quite disappointed when I couldn't find it anywhere. I also liked The Sins of Thy Beloved right off the bat, which is strange considering how long it took me to get into Tristania and the obvious similarities between the two..

    As for site recommendations, I'm happy with what I've heard of L'Âme Immortelle. I especially like the girl's voice. I've also been recommended Blind Guardian, Ayreon, Lacuna Coil, and Epica...I'll have to check those out soon.
  • A-Z Tracks

    Jan 19 2006, 16h56

    Thought it would be fun to try out. If anybody could recommend me some music, that'd be great. =)

    # - 3 Libras
    I only have three songs on my playlist that have a number beginning in the title, and I came to this through process of elimination. Despite that fact, it's still a nice song, with good lyrics and pretty violins.

    A - All Mine
    My friend burned this on a CD for me before I even knew who Portishead was. I liked what I heard. Gibbons' voice makes the already-creepy lyrics even more haunting: "Make no mistake, you shan't escape. Tethered and tied, there's nowhere to hide from me. All mine...you have to be..." Very chilling.

    B - Beyond the Veil
    The aforementioned friend is trying to get me into Tristania. I wasn't very fond of them at first, and I still have trouble enjoying some of the songs - the male vocals didn't sit too well with me. However, I can't help but love this song. I love the instrumentals used, the juxtaposition of the lead woman's voice and the coarse voice of the lead male, and he *sings* very well! I should also mention that I have a violin fetish. :p

    As for Berry...well, it's just insane. The song is about an abused child going into his father's drawer, taking out a gun, and fantasizing about shooting his parents and then himself. Depressing, no? The irony is how cheerful the chorus sounds compared to the emotional weight of the lyrics. The girl saying "I'm gonna blow your head off like raspberry jam" at the beginning in one of the most fake British accents I've ever heard adds a touch of humor to the song.

    C - Chop Suey!
    I first heard this song when I was eleven or twelve, can't quite remember what age. It was a cool spring day, I was watching my brother play video games, and the sound was wafting into the living room from the kitchen radio. It was all a dull roar to me until I heard the line "I cry when angels deserve to die", at which point I started to pay attention. That line just hooked me, and made me the SoaD fangirl that I am today. I still consider this one of their best songs.

    D - Destroy Everything You Touch
    ...the friend's name is Alix, and she got me into a lot of music.

    Now that that's out of the way, she had me listen to a strange band called Ladytron who her friend had gotten her into. Destroy Everything You Touch was one of the first songs that stood out. It's just so catchy!

    Darkangel had to grow on me, but it's one of my favorite VNV Nation songs now. I love the beats and the lyrics, especially the last few lines: "I only come here seeking peace. I only come here seeking me. It seems I came to leave."

    E - Eulogy
    One of Tool's better songs, in my opinion. Although the intro's a bit tedious, the lyrics more than make up for it. There are so many good lines to this song that I'd end up posting the whole thing to get my point across. I love the bitterness portrayed, and the repeated imagery of crucification.

    F - FATES~The God Of Destiny~
    (Fake Ex Swan Diver)
    I admit it - I have an undying love of Chrono Cross' music. This track in particular stands out, mainly because it's so wildly different from anything else on the soundtrack. It was the battle theme for FATE, and what's strange about it is that it's so mechanical...but in the game's context, it makes sense. FATE was a computer, and too predictable.

    King Cobra is a band that's been interesting me as of late. Somebody posted a review labeling it as "Conqueror Rock", I think, and I agree with it. I especially love the organs at the beginning, and the absolute raw power of their music. Intense.

    G - Gravity
    This must be the first song that isn't depressing on this list so far. XD It's the closing track to "Thirteenth Step", and it's very, very nice. It's a very hopeful song about cleaning everything up and beginning again - a rebirth, of sorts. It fits very well in the album's theme, and is still excellent as a stand-alone song.

    H - Hallelujah
    I first heard this off Shrek, and thought it was both sad and beautiful. It still is. I've yet to hear all the versions of it yet, though, and my parents keep saying "Hey, that's Cohen's stuff!" so I suppose I should give them a listen.

    I - Inner Universe
    I sat down to watch Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex one night, heard this opening, and fell in love. I wasn't at all surprised to find it was Yoko Kanno's work, as she's a brilliant composer. It's a song containing Russian, Latin, and English, leaning on the techno side of things - Origa's voice suits the song too well.

    J - January 1979
    Alix sent me this song, saying that I'd like the lyrics. She was absolutely right. <3 I love the imagery and figurative language used, especially "I was floating in a peaceful sea, rescued by a sinking ship," though there are various other lines that I adore.

    K - Karma
    I'm beginning to dabble in prog metal, and I've heard many good things about Kamelot. I decided to listen to sample some songs, and I'm glad that I did. A very haunting, almost Egyptian-like beginning, great guitars, excellent lyrics...the band basically grabbed me in the way that I had expected Symphony X to. I look forward to hearing more from these guys.

    L - Lateralus
    I used to skip this track, thinking that it was a bit too long for my taste; I remember listening to it for the first time and waiting for what seemed like ages for the vocals to begin. How very stupid I was. It's one of my favorite Tool songs now, and it's quite interesting to learn what elements the members included in the song - I didn't even know what the Fibonacci sequence was until I did some research on their music.

    M - Moskau
    Alix is the one who got me into Rammstein as well. :p "Moskau" was the second Rammstein song I've ever heard, coming only after "Amerika". I thought it was pretty cool, especially since I think that the Russian language is pretty. Then I looked at the lyrics and thought "wow, this is almost sick." For some strange reason, that only made me like the song more, not to mention that I also liked the contrast of dark lyrics with a catchy chorus.

    "I'd sell my soul, my self-esteem a dollar at a time for one chance, one kiss, one taste of you, my black Madonna." The way that Maynard sings it makes it even more creepy. An almost scary song about complete captivation and how one will do almost anything to stay within it.

    N - November Rain
    In the days of Napster, my dad downloaded this song. Every time we talk about Guns 'N' Roses, he says that he hates "Welcome to the Jungle", but that "'November Rain' was a good song." I agree. One of the few love songs that I enjoy.

    O - Orphanage of Flame
    Again with the Chrono Cross songs! A powerful song with use of organs, violins and overlaying dramatic vocals. It would make for good Halloween music to scare the little kiddies.

    P - Pagan Poetry
    (Precious Things; Paint It, Black; Pet)
    The title drew me to this song at first, along with somebody on Amazon saying that repeating "I love him, I love him" while background voices sing "She loves him, she loves him" wouldn't work with anybody but Björk. I wasn't disappointed. Her lyrics are strange, but I'm drawn to them nonetheless.

    "Precious Things" was something that Alix burned for me, once again. I feel that I can connect with this song more than others, for some reason, and I absolutely love the chorus.

    As for "Paint it, Black"...sitars. 'Nuff said.

    "Pet" was one of my favorite APC songs from the start. Very dark, and I love the way that Maynard's voice gets more and more distorted with each repetition of the chorus. I can actually see a child being lectured by an older man while houses burn around them: "Keep your head down, go to sleep, to the rhythm of the war drums!"

    Q - Question!
    It's the only song on my playlist starting with "Q". :p Still a damn good song, and it impressed me a lot when I first heard it off Mezmerize. Some people were trying to classify it as a mix of earlier songs, but I think it's something new altogether.

    R - rain and storm
    The title fits. It's a lovely piano piece that starts off nice and slow, then escalates into something stronger, lasting at that peak until tapering off. Yuki Kajiura is talented with that sort of thing. :3

    S - She Is My Sin
    "Bless me, undress me, pick your prey in a wicked way.
    God, I must confess...
    ...I do envy the sinners."

    The guitars, the drums, Tarja, the lyrics... the whole song is friggin' awesome. *_* Wonderful. One of the few songs that can make me "squee" inside.

    T - The Mystic's Dream
    (The Pharaoh Sails To Orion)
    My mom got me the Mists of Avalon soundtrack knowing that I liked Celtic. Almost unfortunately, I could not get past the first track. But why need to when the song is as gorgeous as this one? Loreena's voice is amazing, and the background music complements it well. I don't think I've ever witnessed more use of imagery in a song than this.

    I know that people disliked the "death metal" guest singer on Oceanborn, and I really didn't like how the band handled Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean. However, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion is a different story. The guest singer's voice actually suits the song well, and I loved the use of the piano in the beginning and its contrast with the heavy guitars. "Ruling with the scythe of death, you tear our philosophies apart" is the line that really stuck with me.

    U - Until the Dark
    Lovely piano, guitars, vocals, and violins! My only complaint is that the lyrics sung are a bit hard to make out, but the song sounds beautiful nonetheless. I especially like the use of the bells near the middle. This is another band I'm really going to have to look into.

    V - velveteen
    Sung in English and Italian, the lyrics deal with the more obsessive side of love. Graziano's voice really carries the message well.

    W - Warning
    I saw the music video a couple of years ago and never saw it again, but the song stuck with me. The positive message is one that should be listened to more often, in my opinion.

    X - Xenon
    It's catchy and I like the beat...and it's one of two tracks on my playlist that begin with "X".

    Y - Yakitori
    Shall I have to restate my love of Ghost in the Shell music again? :p It's a seven-minute guitar solo and it's pretty dang cool.

    Z - Zombie
    I was interested in The Cranberries, so Alix decided to have me listen to this. I really like the guitar's melody, and the song is overall very catchy.