Cynic - Traced in Air - 5
Gojira - From Mars to Sirius - 5
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient - 4
Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness - 1
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse
Asphyx - Death...The Brutal Way
Baroness - Blue Record
Between The Buried And Me - The Great Misdirect
Cobalt - Gin
Converge - Axe to Fall
Devin Townsend - Addicted
Immortal - All Shall Fall
Slayer - World Painted Blood
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Cynic - Traced In Air
Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
Genghis Tron - Board Up The House
Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose
Meshuggah - ObZen
Opeth - Watershed
Origin - Antithesis
Protest The Hero - Fortress
Torche - Meanderthal
Baroness - Red Album
Between the Buried and Me - Colors
Dark Tranquility - Fiction
Darkthrone - F.O.A.D
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient
High on Fire - Death Is This Communion
Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying
Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb
Walknut - Graveforests and Their Shadows
Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters

I liked it.
It leaked?
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
Cannibal Corpse - Kill
Converge - No Heroes
Darkthrone - The Cult Is Alive
Devin Townsend - Synchestra
Drudkh - Blood in Our Wells
Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Spawn Of Possession - Noctambulant
Strapping Young Lad - The New Black
The Faceless - Akeldama
Between the Buried and Me - Alaska
Dark Tranquillity - Character
Demons and Wizards - Touched by the Crimson King
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation
Nevermore - This Godless Endeavour
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Protest the Hero - Kezia
Strapping Young Lad - Alien
3 Inches of Blood - Advance and Vanquish
Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn
Ensiferum - Iron
Mayhem - Chimera
Mastodon - Leviathan
Necrophagist - Epitaph
Pig Destroyer - Terrifyer
Shadows Fall - The War Within
Woods of Ypres - Pursuit of the Sun and Allure of the Earth
Anyone let me know where the best place to start listening to Manilla Road? Also, in a more general sense, any good power metal recommendations? All I really have is Blind Guardian and Demons and Wizards stuff, and I'm probably missing many "essentials" out there. I pretty much like everything.
I'm assuming the Kinsella comment was aimed at me

I ordered from Polyvinyl, so they just happen to have all the Owen/AF stuff.
I missed this thread. I thought it was dead.

I wanted to resurrect it, so I'll post some vinyl I got recently.

The One Up Downstairs 7"
Owen/The Rutabega split (honestly just got it mostly for Never Meant)
American Football LP
Boys Life/Christie Front Drive split (found used in a record store. Such a great find!)

I've really been trying to build a good vinyl collection, and I've also got the Rites of Spring and Embrace albums as well. Any one else got some good records?
Children of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll
Darkthrone - Hate Them
Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution
Dream Theater - Train of Thought
Gojira - The Link
Pelican - Australasia
Psycroptic - Scepter of the Ancients
Spawn of Possession - Cabinet
Strapping Young Lad - SYL
Twilightning - Delirium Veil
I used to use this as a technique all the time, I would write songs to the same tune as another one, then just change the music behind it. It can be really helpful when stuck on a block.
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I left when BTBAM came on

Didn't miss much. They sounded strange, almost quieter than the other bands. I was more busy trying to avoid the kids beating up invisible ninjas than watching the concert though, so I might be a bad witness.
I'm very impressed that Tim's voice hasn't really changed at all in such a long time. Even the screams sound exactly the same.
Agalloch - The Mantle
Bloodbath - Resurrection Through Carnage
Decapitated - Nihility
Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness
Isis - Oceanic
Kalmah - They Will Return
Mastodon - Remission
Meshuggah - Nothing
Opeth - Deliverance
I love Snowing, and the members previous band Street Smart Cyclist. I envy you people who live close enough to actually see these bands in person.
I just got goosebumps from that first video.
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There's a lot of hagiography that circles about with Chuck because he had the good sense to die young. There are at least a dozen bands that played a role in the early development as significant or more significant than Death did. Several of these bands also released albums better than anything Death ever put out, but Death gets a lion's share of the credit, largely because of the cult of the dead guitarist.

He had the good sense to get brain cancer?
Damn, I've only got three hours to get to Chicago. I pray someone is going to be taping that show.
I've seen hundreds of books on how to write songs, but frankly unless you want to create some completely uninspired stuff, stay away. The best route is through trial and error really, and the more you experiment and push yourself to continue improving the better you'll get.
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i'd like to throw out there, randy blythe from lamb of god - some of their songs are the best i've ever heard, such as the intro to omerta, "whomever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward, whoever can not take care of himself without that law is both. for a wounded man shall say to his assailant, 'if i live, i will kil you. if i die, you are forgiven' such is the rule of honor

also, chad grey from mudvayne is right up there too.

He didn't write that, it's a real quote from a book. The lyrics LoG have are pretty dull and pointless if you ask me.
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Does anyone know if it's possible to find ANY Cap'n Jazz vinyl?

I would kill about three people for one. I've been looking forever, and it seems near impossible to find anything. I found the Schmapn Schmazz CD, but that's about it.
I really enjoyed this. It definitely drew me in the more I read, I love reading poems that build up "momentum", so to speak. I'm assuming part iii was left blank intentionally?
Of course you can say whore, if you just believe.

Anyway, to avoid a complete spam post, I'll just say that as a person who listens to a lot of death metal, this is pretty typical. Generally the writing isn't some Shakespearian stuff, (though Lord Worm has written some pretty weird things) so it's pretty much what I expected. Just make sure it sounds cool all growly, and you'll be alright.
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it's from a song called conversation with dr. seussicide by a 90s emo/screamo band called i hate myself. jim marburger really does write some of the most wonderful (if a little melodramatic) lyrics i've ever heard but a lot of people are turned off by the vocals, which is a shame.

I Hate Myself is awesome. A Billion points for Nick!

Anyway, I posted in a past topic of the same nature, some of my favourites have been posted (Neil Young, Isaac Brock, Blake Schwarzenbach)

I will be the first to post Craig Finn, who is awesome, and has managed to thread such great narratives throughout The Hold Steady's entire discography. I am also a huge fan of John Sampson from the Weakerthans, who has some songs that simply beautiful poetry.
I honestly don't think I want to answer the question here. Half the stuff I would have put here a year ago I probably listen to now. Not saying that I like everything, but I probably would never put a band on my "I hate them and I'll never listen to them ever list".
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In the main post I suggest a list of "must reads".
I'm not much of a reader but if I'm started on something it's hard to stop.

I desperately need recommendations.

Maybe we can have some people nominate a list of about 10 books they think are must reads, and then make a list of the most popular ones?
Not sure if some of these will end up being counted, but from my library I picked:

Converge - Jane Doe
Devin Townsend - Terria
Ensiferum - Ensiferum
Gojira - Terra Incognita
Kreator - Violent Revolution
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard
System of a Down - Toxicity
Tool - Lateralus
Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
I just finished it today. Great read for sure, and very powerful. Dick writes so much more than just science fiction stories, there's plenty of great insight in his books. Never read Oedipus, I'm assuming it's the Greek story?
Holy cow. This is great stuff, so beautiful and tranquil. I enjoyed it a lot, good to see you posting.
blue_strat: Thank you, I figured there were already other threads like this, (I know there's one in the metal forum as well) but I wanted something in place within the songwriting/lyrics forum specifically, to create discussion among the writers on the site. If there's one to many book threads, the mods can close this one.

Cobrevolution: I've often considered reading House of Leaves after hearing many rave reviews (similar to yours). I might be slightly intimidated however, as I remember thumbing through it at a book store and getting the same feeling I did when I tried to read Finnegan's Wake, which was "this is going to be a headache". Maybe I should reconsider.

Also, I'm surprised you've never heard of Dick, as plenty of his stories have been made into films, Blade Runner and Minority Report probably the most well known examples.
Judging by your username, I'm assuming you're well aware that you've heavily "borrowed" from this song.
The only way I can see MPP being a let down is if you expected it to raise the dead or something. That album was great.
I mentioned this in the feedback thread, and figured I would see if it floats in here.

I'm making this thread for the sole purpose of discussing, debating, and just generally conversing about books, poems, etc. that you have read. If you feel like sharing a review, or just your thoughts that's great. Hopefully we'll get some dialog going and we can discuss what we appreciate in other's writing, and maybe just learn some new tricks of our own.

Just a point, try to make a contribution when posting. I'm not saying write an essay every post, but try to avoid making a single word response or something of that nature. I will start the thread with something I think is a good sized starting point (just jotted off the top of my head here...).

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

I just got this book for Christmas after wanting to read it for awhile. I've read a few of Dick's works before, including A Scanner Darkly and some of his short stories. I've always found him one of the more interesting science fiction writers in the way that he can drop all of these weird made up objects from the future into his writing, and yet make it all feel natural in their setting. I'm only about halfway done, but I'm enjoying the book so far, and look forward to finishing it.

See, all I did was just talk about a book I got, and what I'm liking about it. It doesn't have to be some crazy sophisticated academic discussion, but I really just want to create a place where people might pick up some new books or whatever.

Anyway, enough of my hot air, post away!
I tend to look for a little "hook", some little guitar thing that I can kind of base the song on, then just branch out from there. Use a little lick, repeat it a few times, then try to come up with some more chord progressions to go from that. Think of different ways to remix that original riff, creating some variations on it. That's what I find helps best anyways.

Also, listen to Ghosts and Vodka if you haven't, since they do the post-rock thing really well and the songs have a more punky kind of vibe.
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That's what the Techniques forum is all about.

I used to go there all the time, but it seems like nobody from this section even knows it exists.

EDIT: I've created a new thread in the tech forum, hope it works out/is in a good spot.