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Music / Re: The Official Prog Music Thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:39:33 am »
Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance: (
I didn't think it was possible to hate a vocalist more than James Labrie but this did it. I really can't take this band seriously when the vocals kick in. Straight up grade school sounding nonsense.

Grayceon and Unexpect own though. Wolverine is close to the top of the list for me. Cormorant and Haken both deserve a mention in this thread; Dwellings and Visions were both near the top of prog this year for me.

Edit: Thy Catafalque had a new album this year too. This has been an awesome year for prog metal.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:11:48 am »
6/10, Dream Theater are a bit too clean for my tastes. They're like the sugary sweet mainstream of prog which I find to be the opposite of what I like rock and metal. They're super talented but I think they get caught up too much on almost sounding like a pop act at times.

This is how it's done.

Politics / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:00:38 am »
The fact that OWS actually has a valid point is a distinction worth mentioning. Tea Party was also started as a media circus created by people like Beck, Limbaugh, and O'Reilly while OWS was a group of people who got coverage through their efforts. Basically, yeah, everything about OWS is different and you're dumb for implying otherwise.

Politics / Re: election 2012
« on: December 04, 2011, 11:30:33 pm »
You can't have a civilized discussion with conservatives since they literally believe in regressive policy making that will destroy the country.

Politics / Re: election 2012
« on: December 03, 2011, 07:46:26 pm »
Comes down to this for both sides every election.
No it doesn't, but I wouldn't expect someone who is conservative to actually pay attention to politics.

Politics / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: December 02, 2011, 10:14:05 pm »
Getting international coverage and getting a backlash from news corporations trying to use broad brushstrokes to paint the whole thing as immature is pretty much the definition of well run. Real progress takes years, the occupy protests have been happening a few months. We've made tons of headway in a small span of time, calling it poorly run is ridiculous.

Politics / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:27:00 pm »
I did ask. I asked many people. Here was the typical response from those I interviewed at Occupy Dallas: (
This is far from the average response, and misrepresenting this as the average person in the OWS protests is not only dishonestly insulting to the movement to the point of bordering on slander, but it also shows that either you have no understanding of the movement in general or have some personal agenda in favor of corporatism. Which is it?

Politics / Re: election 2012
« on: December 02, 2011, 06:44:30 pm »
So someone who is a notorious flip-flopper vs someone who can't keep his issues straight? Why do republicans bother sticking with the party? There are other right wing alternatives; Constitution Party and Modern Whig come to mind and they're at least consistent.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 02, 2011, 06:37:00 pm »
7/10 and a good example of how sometimes less is more. I get the feeling that she wouldn't be able to perform bigger pieces that require more vocal range but her voice works well in the limited space she is using, the bass line is catchy, and the production makes really good use of what little is there. Not the greatest song ever but whoever produced that track is godlike.

Some obnoxious prog-metal time, this one is pretty easy on the ears compared to the stuff I've been posting in this thread.

Politics / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:53:45 pm »
there are lots of jobs on the market
No, the problem is that literally there aren't enough jobs. All the money is stuck at the top, when only 1% of everyone is capable of making demand there is no reason to supply, if there is no reason to supply the jobs go away. The reason OWS exists in the first place is because there aren't enough jobs because the middle and lower class don't have enough money to make them.

 Moderator Comment Personal attacks are not part of a civil discussion.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:14:48 pm »
2/10, that was quite awful.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: November 28, 2011, 12:43:01 am »
This is a hard one for me because I'm not exactly a pop kind of guy, but on the other hand this is objectively well crafted and well played. If I had to rate Regina on her merits I'd give this a 10/10, if I were to rate it on the likeliness of me listening to this again maybe a 5/10. I like it, but it isn't something I'd find myself in the mood for very often.

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