I used to play all the time and get nowhere, but now I don't really play on weekends, so that when I come back to it through the week I come back to it without that sense of frustration, and I seem to do pretty well!
Personally, I prefer what came from those bands after they split. Seen Tesseract twice now, once with Dan and once with Elliot, and they were just perfect every time. Still waiting on that Monuments LP though...
And Aliases are definitely on a par with Sikth! Also enjoying The Painted Smiles right now, Mikee Goodmans new band, just good rock music.
For me, this is perfect. Despite them being my favourite band of all time, my view on this album is not biased. Also, Fortress by Protest the Hero comes pretty close to perfection. Take Kezia's lyrics and put them in Fortress... Perfection.
And Tesseract's Concealing Fate EP. The riffs, the vocal melodies, the bass playing, the drums... All amazing!
Listen to Colors by Between the Buried and Me. You'll think 'how the hell do they pull that shit off live?'
Then watch Colors_Live, and be blown away.
I think some artists, if their material is hard to play, do it to prove to people that they can actually play what they put down in the studio. There was a lot of skepticism about Protest the Hero after they released Fortress, but they brought out a live DVD with songs from that album on it and I don't think Luke Hoskin actually misses a single note.
I agree, Periphery are going to be pretty big! Saw them headling with Tesseract and Monuments as supporting, and they were phenomenal! Especially Tesseract, they are actually THE tighestest band I've ever seen live!
Also, The Dear Hunter should be bigger than they are.
EDIT: Also, to whoever said The Contortionist... They're okay. They have some good moments (Flourish and Contact intros) But apart from these few good moments, all seems pretty stale to me. Too much G# chugging for my liking, but hey, that's just me :P
This "entire genre" has about 10 bands in it, a fucking stupid name, a fucking stupid cult following, everyone involved is revered as some sort of inhuman god, and every band sounds identical. That's still my opinion and I created the thread for people to discuss theirs. Besides, I hate a few genres a fair bit more.
You should really listen to it a bit more in-depth. Every single song on Periphery's debut album sound completely different. Try comparing Buttersnips by Periphery to Harvey Wallbanger by Chimp Spanner... They don't sound ANYTHING like each other. And they're revered as 'some sort of inhuman god' because the music they write is actually intelligent and well though out.
I'm a huge fan of Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me. I love his first person prose style, always sounds like he's telling me a story. Also, Arif Mirabdolbaghi, bassist of Protest the Hero and main lyricist, never fails to impress me. Kezia with it's ethically and morally challenging themes, and he just paints a massive picture with Fortress, or so it seems to me.
As for vocal inspirations, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge is one of my idols, as well as Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation. To me, they are two of the greatest vocalists right now.
What's funny is that people see 'metal' concerts as a dangerous place to be. It's really not. You don't HAVE to go in the 'pits' and whatnot. And just wear earplugs. You should wear plugs to most if not all gigs, not just metal gigs. Everyone at metal gigs are generally quite pleasant, they just like to kick the living shit out of each other to the music.
Plus, it's Animals as Leaders. They're jazzy, and groovy. Nobody is gonna be moshing or going crazy, they'll be getting their pigeon neck on if anything.
EDIT: Seeing Animals as Leaders in September, supporting Between the Buried and Me. Gonna be awesome.
I'm like this right now not that playing guitar isn't fun. I think it's when I'm about to get something that will drastically help my playing I stop playing as much until I get it... Idk why..
This sort of happened to me. I must have played my guitar for less than 2 hours a week for about 4-5 weeks before I got my 8 string. Now that I have that, I enjoy playing much more, and take whatever chance I can get to play guitar.
I have a fantastic girlfriend. I'm going to be purchasing an 8 string guitar shortly. I'm doing well in music college. Been learning songs that I once thought wouldn't be able to play. That's it really!