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Title: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: ? on June 14, 2014, 01:13:30 AM
Hello everybody!

Last year I ran a song roulette for the first time (thread here (http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=39290.0)). It was fun and I heard a lot of awesome music - so much, in fact, that I haven't had time to check out some of those great bands and artists properly yet. I didn't think I'd get to start another roulette so soon, but luckily I did, since fall would've been a bad time for me because of school and other stuff. To quote James LaBrie, this time I'll do things differently:

-I'm taking in as many participants as possible, and one or two players get eliminated each round.
-Instead of ratings I'll use tiers for ranking: "safe", "in danger" and "eliminated". The one who sends the best song receives immunity and can't be eliminated in the next round.
-I'm thinking of doing 8 rounds, but the number depends on how many participants join in and how I handle the eliminations.
-NO THEMES! You can send anything you want, expect music by the bands in the list below. I made the list shorter this time, dropping some artists whose albums I've heard only once.
-No time limit either, but think carefully whether you want to send me a 10-minute song that might not click after three listens.
-Youtube and Grooveshark links are still ok, but I also accept Spotify now that I have it. PM me the link, and if you need to send a file, ask me for my email address.

Banned bands and artists (stuff that has been good enough to make it to my mp3 player at some point, at least for a while):

Quote
Alcest
Alternative 4
Amorphis
Anathema
Antimatter
Arch Enemy
Barren Earth
Camel
Candlemass
Children of Bodom
Chroma Key
CHVRCHES
Dan Swanö
Dark Tranquillity
Depeche Mode
Dimmu Borgir
Dream Theater
Enochian Theory
Fates Warning
Ghost Brigade
In Flames
Iron Maiden
James LaBrie
John Wesley
Katatonia
Kevin Moore
King Crimson
Kingston Wall
Kotipelto
KYPCK
Lunatic Soul
Metallica
Murmansk
My Bloody Valentine
Nightingale
Nightwish
Nosound
October Tide
Opeth
OSI
Paradise Lost
Pink Floyd
Porcupine Tree
Portishead
Pure Reason Revolution
Queensryche
Riverside
Rush
Sentenced
Sigur Ros
Slowdive
Sonata Arctica
Steven Wilson
Storm Corrosion
Stratovarius
Swallow the Sun
Talk Talk
The Cure
The Gathering
The Man-Eating Tree
This Empty Flow
Thunderstone
Tool
Tori Amos
Type O Negative
Ulver
Warmen
Wisdom of Crowds
Witherscape

You can see what I received in my previous roulette by clicking the link at the beginning of the thread. Those artists aren't banned (unless they appear in the list above), but I'd prefer to hear something new.

Please note that I'm working until the end of the month, so I won't have a lot of time for listening to your submissions on weekdays (Mon-Fri), but I promise to pick up the pace after that. Anyway, stop hesitating and join the game! :D

The players:

Scorpion (defending his crown)
Gorille85
LieLowTheWantedMan
senecadawg2
kingshmegland
Onno
MoraWintersoul
GentlemanofDread
Evermind
Sacul
jingle.boy
Shadow Ninja 2.0
adace
Lolzeez
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: Gorille85 on June 14, 2014, 01:50:35 AM
Are you OK with any genre?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on June 14, 2014, 02:30:56 AM
I'll join.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 14, 2014, 03:53:32 AM
I'd like to play!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: ? on June 14, 2014, 04:43:39 AM
Added both!
Are you OK with any genre?
Yeah, I'm pretty open-minded. Sending hip hop or reggae may be a little risky, though :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: kingshmegland on June 14, 2014, 04:46:54 AM
I'm your huckleberry
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: Onno on June 14, 2014, 04:58:59 AM
Woooooohoooo, I'd like to be in as well Ville :D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: MoraWintersoul on June 14, 2014, 05:26:50 AM
I wonder if I'll be able to win this time :hat probably not.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 14, 2014, 07:22:37 AM
May I take part, good sir?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: ? on June 14, 2014, 08:28:35 AM
Sure, I'm not picky!

Nice to see so many people from the first roulette returning :tup Apparently I wasn't enough of an asshole to scare them away :neverusethis:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: Evermind on June 14, 2014, 09:18:17 AM
Think I'll play too. I watched your picks in SA roulette and we have quite a different taste, so it'll be fun being eliminated in the first round!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: Sacul on June 14, 2014, 11:20:55 AM
I'll join.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: jingle.boy on June 14, 2014, 05:49:51 PM
I think you have different tastes than me normally, but given some of the songs you liked in your first roulette, I'll give this a shot.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: ? on June 14, 2014, 11:28:30 PM
You all have been added :tup

I'll keep this open for one more day before the first round starts.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 14, 2014, 11:36:27 PM
Yo, I might as well join this. I've got crap you don't want to hear.


...I mean... good music that you want to hear. (heh heh heh)

But really, I've got some stuff not on that list I can send.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: adace on June 15, 2014, 12:20:29 AM
Too late for me to join?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: ? on June 15, 2014, 05:00:38 AM
Too late for me to join?
Nope!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival (come join the fun!)
Post by: adace on June 15, 2014, 05:31:11 AM
Thanks! :tup
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: ? on June 15, 2014, 08:50:33 AM
Ok, now I have 14 participants and I think that's enough. This means we can kick off the game! :metal This is the structure:

Round 1: 14 players, 2 get eliminated
Round 2: 12 players, 2 get eliminated
Round 3: 10 players, 2 get eliminated
Round 4: 8 players, 2 get eliminated
Round 5: 6 players, 2 get eliminated
Round 6: 4 players, 1 gets eliminated
Round 7: 3 players, 1 gets eliminated
Round 8: Championship match between top 2 players

Note: I'm going on a midsummer trip on Thursday and won't come back until Sunday, so please send your submissions on time. I'll do my best to listen to the songs and judge before that to avoid making you wait for a week.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Evermind on June 15, 2014, 08:53:29 AM
Eliminations in first round never turn out well.  :P

I will double check the list of bands and send something today or tomorrow.

Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Gorille85 on June 15, 2014, 09:40:57 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Scorpion on June 15, 2014, 09:43:32 AM
Sent. I never do well in elimination-style thingies, but oh well. :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: jingle.boy on June 15, 2014, 10:06:59 AM
Eliminations in first round never turn out well.  :P

Says you.

I'm loving the elimination style... Other than with Mason, I usually fare well.  Although this time might be different.  My strategy this roulette is to send bands that A) I've never used, and B) bands I haven't seen used by others.  Going obscure this time.

Sending in a moment.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 15, 2014, 10:27:56 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Sacul on June 15, 2014, 10:50:30 AM
Sent :hat
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 15, 2014, 11:25:04 AM
Sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 15, 2014, 11:28:55 AM
sENT
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: adace on June 15, 2014, 01:01:45 PM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Onno on June 15, 2014, 01:50:04 PM
Sent
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Lolzeez on June 15, 2014, 01:56:41 PM
Too much to choose from so this is gonna be a really difficult pick. Sending in couple minutes!  :tup

Edit:SENT!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: kingshmegland on June 15, 2014, 03:33:38 PM
Sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: ? on June 16, 2014, 12:25:10 PM
Great, only one person has yet to send something :tup
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: jingle.boy on June 16, 2014, 12:38:54 PM
Who?  Let's lynch them!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: ? on June 16, 2014, 01:34:35 PM
It's Milena, but lynching her won't help much 'cause I've heard most of the songs just once, and two of them zero times :P I'll continue listening tomorrow and post the results on Wednesday.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: Gorille85 on June 16, 2014, 02:44:09 PM
Don't think I'll make it to the next round since I like taking risks... We'll see.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: jingle.boy on June 16, 2014, 04:07:29 PM
Sounds like we have a volunteer ready to be eliminated.   ;D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: kingshmegland on June 16, 2014, 05:08:19 PM
Sounds like we have a volunteer ready to be eliminated.   ;D


 :lol

I love the anticipation waiting for the reviews.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1
Post by: MoraWintersoul on June 17, 2014, 03:25:46 AM
Oh sorry sorry sorry I'll get to it :o
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: ? on June 18, 2014, 09:56:44 AM
ROUND 1 RESULTS

I thought deciding who should be eliminated would be easier than giving scores for each song, but I quickly realized I was dead wrong :lol It was tough, but something has got to go and I had to make a decision solely based on the songs themselves. I know it's cruel that your past success won't help in the upcoming rounds (unless you're awarded immunity), but the name of the game is: you're only going to do as well as the last song you sent.

Anyway, let's get down to business:

Captain of the plane

senecadawg2: Agalloch – As Embers Dress the Sky
I got an acoustic Agalloch song in my previous roulette, but I wasn’t familiar with their metal side until now. The first clean vocal part has a shoegaze vibe to it, and the song on the whole feels like a mixture of Alcest and early 90s Gothenburg metal like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity because of the guitar harmonies and acoustic sections. Man, why haven’t I bothered listening to these guys before?! This is a seriously awesome song and I need to check out some Agalloch as soon as possible!

Landed safely

Scorpion: Anciients – Raise the Sun
This song begins with clean and acoustic guitars and neat drumming, until a cool fill leads to a heavier section and the vocals come in. The build-up is tasteful, the singer’s clean voice has a nice timbre and the screaming is well-executed too.  I really like the riff that begins after the first 5 minutes! I’ve heard this kind of metal before, but this song manages to feel fresh and doesn’t come across as a rehash or carbon copy of some other band’s music.

Lolzeez: Dredg – Bug Eyes
Dredg is one of those ten million bands I’ve heard of but never actually listened to. I’ve heard them being referred to as a prog band, but this song is pretty accessible (not that it’s a bad thing!). Solid alt rock with some cool drumming and guitar work, plus nice vocals. No complaints!

kingshmegland: Echolyn – The End Is Beautiful
The first minute of this song is probably more diverse than Nickelback’s entire discography! :lol I thought it was going to be some kind of ambient alt rock, until the heavy organ riff started, and then the verse shook things up again. As you said, the lyrics are pretty dark, and I think they are like something Steven Wilson might write, albeit not as gloomy as Porcupine Tree or his solo works. Great tune!

LieLowTheWantedMan: Psychotic Waltz – Out of Mind
Thrashy old-school prog metal! This sounds like something Fates Warning might’ve done in the No Exit era, albeit heavier (funnily enough, "Parallels [Full Album]" is in the related videos!). The singer has a unique voice and at first I wasn’t sure whether he was a man or a woman. The simple yet heavy riff at 2:19 is :metal -worthy and the chorus(?) is short yet memorable.

Shadow Ninja: Red House Painters – Katy Song
RHP is a familiar name, as I’m a huge Katatonia fan and they’ve been influenced by this band. There’s plenty of atmosphere and minimalistic melancholy here, and that’s exactly what I enjoy. The vocalist has a slightly monotonous voice, but so do a lot of singers I like, so it doesn’t matter. The song gets a little repetitive towards the end, but apart from that it’s very enjoyable.

GentlemanofDread: Coheed and Cambria – Carol Ann
The acoustic intro feels like it could be in a folk/singer-songwriter tune. The vocalist sings in a pretty original way – his voice is dramatic, but not to the point where it gets on your nerves. The song gets powerful towards the end, although the instrumentation remains the same. The absolute lack of drums is surprising, but I like it when bands do unexpected things. I did receive a C&C song in my previous roulette and it was pretty different, being heavier, but this one left a better impression.

Onno: Leprous – Forced Entry
Ok, this is the third Leprous song I’ve listened to during my career as a roulette host :P The heavy riff mixed with the bizarre keyboard sound is kind of weird, but it works. The transitions between the heavy and soft parts are really well done! :tup The part with the wordless vocals is the highlight of the song IMO, although the really high vocals at 9:30 made me think “woah”. Fun fact: I was 100% sure Jens Bogren had mixed this, because the drum sound felt so familiar, and after checking out the album credits it turned out I was right!

adace: Insomnium – Mortal Share
I’ve heard some stuff from the last two or three albums by Insomnium before, but unfortunately I’ve found their music pretty generic and typical Finnish melodeath. This song doesn’t exactly shine with originality either and doesn’t deviate from their formula, but it’s a little better than the ones I’ve heard. The chorus riff is pretty cool and I like the mellow bit in the bridge. Hopefully their music works well live, because they’re supporting Arch Enemy when I see them live in September.

Parachute opened

Gorille85: Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
This kind of stuff is a bit more commercial than the electronic music and pop I’ve listened to, but as an open-minded listener I don’t mind. There are good melodies and the song is catchy, as a good pop tune should. Unfortunately I’m left longing for more, as the song feels a little too short. However, I'm curious to hear more of you, since this song truly stuck out from the rest in this round and it's good for me to get out of my comfort zone once in a while.

Evermind: Beyond the Bridge – The Apparition
I like the Arabic vibe and the sitar in the beginning, although I could do without the spoken word part (concept or not! :lol). Then the song gets closer to standard symphonic/prog metal, but the more up-tempo and rocking part after that is cool, and so is the Opeth-y section around the 5-minute mark. Although all the different sections and parts of the song are good, I wish they were given more time and room to develop, because the changes between them are pretty sudden and quick.

jingle.boy: Backhand – Introspektion
The intro kind of threw me off with those unexpected pauses… This song begins in a pretty epic and heavy way, but it’s followed by a nice melodic part, after which it goes into 70s mode. The organ and Moog playing is pretty cool! The production sounds kind of muddy, but it's the song itself that I'm supposed to judge. My attention tended to drift at times while listening, as I’m not big on instrumental music in general, especially when the songs are as long as this, which is why I considered it for elimination.

Parachute didn't open

MoraWintersoul: Shineback – Crush Culture
You did send that exact Taranis song in my previous roulette, but I didn’t accept it back then because of the time limit, so you sent another one. This time there’s no time limit, but I wanted something fresh and new, and therefore listened to this instead. This is a decent dance song, but unfortunately the final “wow” factor is missing. The singer’s voice sounds off-key in the first verse and I find the crowd noise kind of pointless, as I got the impression this isn’t a live release.

Sacul: David Maxim Micic – Mbinguni Amina
The creepy samples in the beginning remind me of Chroma Key’s Hell Mary. I thought this was gonna be some kind of avant-garde jazz because of the horns and the drumming, but after a while some downtuned djent-y guitars kick in. As if that’s not enough, there’s bluesy soloing as well… After a quick Google search it turns out this dude is Serbian, which probably answers the question of what language the lyrics are in – sounds exotic for sure! While this song is certainly interesting, unfortunately it’s too “out there” for my taste and sounds like a mishmash of too many different elements.



In summary: Milena and Sacul are out, the rest continue in the game and Seneca can't be eliminated in the next round.

As I said in the OP, I'll be gone until Sunday and won't be able to start listening until after that. This means the next results will be posted on Tuesday or Wednesday next week, but I hope you have patience :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 18, 2014, 10:02:05 AM
I.. expected to go out.
Uh.
This is awkward.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Gorille85 on June 18, 2014, 10:29:35 AM
Lolzeez: Dredg – Bug Eyes

Nice choice. Catch Without Arms is probably my favorite album ever.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: jingle.boy on June 18, 2014, 10:39:30 AM
And I'm off to a great start ...

Will have to contemplate ... but will send before the weekend.  I can wait a week.  No rush.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  Enjoy whatever it is you're doing.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Gorille85 on June 18, 2014, 10:54:02 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: kingshmegland on June 18, 2014, 11:01:34 AM
Glad you liked it ?!!  I been playing that damn album way too much of late.  Sometimes you just get hooked in to a song and then an album and that song gets me all the time.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 18, 2014, 11:06:17 AM
(http://myreactiongifs.com/gifs/gollumblinking.gif)

So I'm immune this next round?

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the song. I can't recommend Agalloch highly enough. One of my favorite bands ever. I'd recommend Ashes Against the Grain and The Mantle as good starter albums, if you're interested in exploring further!  :tup
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Evermind on June 18, 2014, 11:07:18 AM
Thanks to my parachute manufacturer!

That one was a no brainer from me, but I expected you to like it. Well, that shows how much I know about your tastes (read "almost nothing"). Gonna think about the next one.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: MoraWintersoul on June 18, 2014, 11:28:01 AM
I always forget what I sent to which person, that's why I asked :biggrin: serves me right for taking five minutes to choose a song, eh well. Do not let Nem read that you didn't like the song :angel:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 18, 2014, 12:32:46 PM
Sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on June 18, 2014, 12:42:47 PM
Cool. :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Evermind on June 18, 2014, 01:03:22 PM
Took quite a risk and sent. I have hope in my parachutes.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Sacul on June 18, 2014, 03:50:50 PM
I.. expected to carry on.
Uh.
This is awkward.
Fixed for me :sadpanda:. Oh well, I thought you would be blown away and I get this :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 18, 2014, 04:08:33 PM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: jingle.boy on June 18, 2014, 04:14:29 PM
I.. expected to carry on.
Uh.
This is awkward.
Fixed for me :sadpanda:. Oh well, I thought you would be blown away and I get this :lol

Tastes: wouldn't it be easier if we all just had the same?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Sacul on June 18, 2014, 04:26:58 PM
I.. expected to carry on.
Uh.
This is awkward.
Fixed for me :sadpanda:. Oh well, I thought you would be blown away and I get this :lol

Tastes: wouldn't it be easier if we all just had the same?
It would definitely help for this roulette :biggrin:. I had tried that song on Plug.dj a few times and got great results, so it seemed safe for me - but it doesn't matter now. I'm still waiting for Shadow Ninja's results, so I have some hopes :hat
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 18, 2014, 04:30:59 PM
I'm still waiting for Shadow Ninja's results, so I have some hopes :hat

Oh yeah, I should write those, shouldn't I? Crap.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on June 18, 2014, 04:45:36 PM
I'm still waiting for Shadow Ninja's results, so I have some hopes :hat

Oh yeah, I should write those, shouldn't I? Crap.
:getoffmylawn:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: adace on June 18, 2014, 06:34:00 PM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Lolzeez on June 19, 2014, 04:47:08 PM
Lolzeez: Dredg – Bug Eyes

Nice choice. Catch Without Arms is probably my favorite album ever.
It grew on me after almost seeing the whole album live. (NO MATROSKA THOUGH UGH)

Also Ville,I THOUGHT YOU LIKED LEPROUS ALREADY.  :eek Go and listen to Bilateral.  :metal Sending in the next 30 minutes.!  :tup
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: jingle.boy on June 19, 2014, 09:40:14 PM
Sent... aiming for at least a last place (surviving) finish again.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Onno on June 20, 2014, 12:29:29 AM
Shit, forgot to send yesterday evening when I sort of had the time. I'll try to send this afternoon or tonight.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: ? on June 22, 2014, 05:54:52 AM
I got back home today and will start listening soon. I'm still waiting for Scorp and King to send...
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Scorpion on June 22, 2014, 06:00:28 AM
I thought I had already sent?! Oh well, here it is again.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: jingle.boy on June 22, 2014, 06:01:12 AM
I got back home today and will start listening soon. I'm still waiting for Scorp and King to send...

Sounds like we have a couple more volunteers to be eliminated.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: Scorpion on June 22, 2014, 06:03:11 AM
Way ahead of you, old man. :P
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: kingshmegland on June 22, 2014, 06:35:43 AM
I got back home today and will start listening soon. I'm still waiting for Scorp and King to send...

Sounds like we have a couple more volunteers to be eliminated.  :biggrin:

Pish posh.  working on a song now sucka.

Edit:


aaaaaaaaaannndddd  sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: jingle.boy on June 25, 2014, 06:09:19 AM
(http://www.gifsforum.com/images/gif/bump/grand/bump_gut_gif.gif)

before this gets relegated to page 2.  What's the deal, ? ?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 1 results!
Post by: ? on June 25, 2014, 09:27:22 AM
Sorry, I've been busy lately! I know who's going to get eliminated, but I haven't finished the write-ups yet. I'll try to get them done tomorrow because they're on my computer, which I can't use today.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: ? on June 26, 2014, 10:56:12 AM
ROUND 2 RESULTS

Both my favorite and least favorite songs in this round turned out to be the non-metal stuff. Eliminating players isn't nice, but I have to admit that this time it wasn't tough to decide whose game ends here. The songs in the third tier weren't considered for elimination, but I felt they weren't on par with the best stuff, so I kept the same structure for the ranking.

Captain of the ship

Shadow Ninja: Sarah Fimm – Walk Away
Not a Sisters of Mercy cover despite the title! :P I have a soft spot for piano-driven ballads, so this is right up my alley. The vocals are nice and the rhythm and the atmosphere are relaxing. Neat mixture of singer-songwriter stuff and trip hop! Not much else to say, congrats for the first place!

Relaxing on the deck

GentlemanofDread: White Willow – Storm Season
The dark electronic intro caught my attention right away and I knew this would be a great song. There’s a pretty mystic and even slightly creepy vibe here… The strings add to the atmosphere and the singer has a nice timbre. Definitely the most interesting song of the round, although not my favorite :tup

senecadawg2: David Gray – Gulls
Although I prefer to listen to studio recordings, I would’ve accepted the live song you sent, but unfortunately the video is blocked in my country. Well, luckily you also sent this studio track! The haunting keyboard line is effective in its minimalism. In the climax of the song the acoustic guitars blend with the buzzing synth in a successful way. Gray’s voice is a little indie-sounding, but fortunately not annoying like a lot of indie male vocalists. This tune has a pleasant mood and the video accompanies it nicely.

jingle.boy: ReVamp – The Anatomy of a Nervous Breakdown': Neurasthenia
Well, I can definitely imagine this as a soundtrack to a nervous breakdown! I had no idea Floor’s own project played such aggressive music, but my knowledge of all the bands and projects she’s been part of it is limited anyway. The vocals are clearly the thing that stands out in the song, although it’s also good musically. The flying Dutchwoman has got some pipes and Devin’s guest appearance is impressive too.

Scorpion: Novembre – Nothjingrad
Novembre is a familiar name, as they opened for Opeth and Katatonia in 2001 and I’ve heard they sound like Opeth. The acoustic intro is pretty and the build-up is good. The clean guitar bit and the riff it leads into after 3:30 are awesome! I wasn’t sold on the vocals at first, but they grew on me on the second listen already and they fit the music really well.

adace: Draconian – Seasons Apart
As a doom metal fan I recognize the band name, although I haven’t listened to them before. The verses with female vocals and piano are beautiful and the little clean guitar lead after 4 minutes is pretty nice. You can definitely hear the influence of Paradise Lost and Katatonia here, which isn’t a bad thing as both bands are up there with my all-time favorites. Like the Insomnium song you sent last round, this one isn’t exactly innovative or groundbreaking, but it’s enjoyable and has a great atmosphere.

LieLowTheWantedMan: Have a Nice Life – Bloodhail
The electronic(?) drum beat is pretty hypnotic and I love the bassline. Although this is more hard-edged and less dreamy than Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine, there are clear shoegaze influences and elements. I could do without the repetitive mantra in the second half (is he saying “steroids”? :lol), but the atmosphere is so captivating that it doesn’t make the song worse.

In a life saving boat

Onno: Strapping Young Lad – Far Beyond Metal
Alright, this is some bad-ass metal! :metal The riffing is meaty and the guitar harmonies are cool. Devin is a good screamer, although I prefer his melodic voice. I looked up the lyrics and they are funny, but I don’t like the overuse of the f-word, as swearing in music rarely sounds good to my ears. I couldn’t imagine listening to a full album of this kind of stuff, but as an individual song this is a fun listen.

Evermind: Savatage – He Carves His Stone
The intro sounds similar to The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche, so I thought this was going to be a ballad-y song, but it quickly gets a lot heavier. But hey, isn’t this was prog is about? There are some great guitar leads and riffs here. The chorus is kind of repetitive and the super-high vocals at the end are a bit too over-the-top for my taste, but overall this song is good enough to let you get into the next round.

kingshmegland: I Mother Earth – Soft Bomb Salad
I know who gets the “weirdest song title” award this round! :lol The dark verses are cool with the bassline and all, but I don’t like the major-key chorus, as it feels pretty jarring despite bringing some variety. The gloomster in me can be picky sometimes... :P To be fair, the awesome instrumental bridge saves the song – nice riffing! BTW, didn’t these guys open for both Rush and DT back in the day?

Overboard

Lolzeez: Animal Collective – My Girls
Nice synth intro! The problem is, that’s basically the whole song. There’s potential, but unfortunately the constant repetition of the synth line and the chorus kills it. Of course I listen to some bands like Anathema that write songs based on one or two melodies, but they manage to keep it interesting while this didn’t. Sorry to drop you out so early, but the competition is fierce!

Gorille85: Her Name is Calla – Pour More Oil
Starting a song with over half a minute of silence is not exactly the best way to generate interest, especially when it takes a couple more minutes before anything interesting happens. The use of violin and horns is neat and the song is pretty unique, but sadly I’m not into the “ooooh” vocals.



So... Shadow Ninja earns immunity for the next round, while Lolz and Gorille are out and the rest get to continue their journey.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Evermind on June 26, 2014, 11:30:29 AM
I wonder what would you have said about the first song I've sent, if you have a soft-spot for a piano-driven ballads.

And this is the second time in a row I'm barely making it... I really need to think about the next one I'm sending.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 26, 2014, 12:18:44 PM
Aww! I'm glad you enjoyed White Willow, but I was kind of banking on being top of the class! Gonna have to reconsider myself for a moment here.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on June 26, 2014, 12:19:57 PM
I could do without the repetitive mantra in the second half (is he saying “steroids”? :lol), but the atmosphere is so captivating that it doesn’t make the song worse.
:lol Arrowheads.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: kingshmegland on June 26, 2014, 12:34:01 PM
Man this salt water taste bad on this raft.  Got to climb back in the boat.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Lolzeez on June 26, 2014, 01:18:52 PM
Dang,I tried to take a risk and it kinda screwed me over. Ah well!

Also, ARROWHEADS!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 26, 2014, 01:32:39 PM
So since I'm immune, I should probably send the weirdest crap I can think of. :P
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 26, 2014, 01:33:32 PM
Glad you enjoyed the new David Gray song!  :)

Sent round 3!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 26, 2014, 02:05:02 PM
So since I'm immune, I should probably send the weirdest crap I can think of. :P
Yeah, that was my plan!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: jingle.boy on June 26, 2014, 06:07:05 PM
Floor is really into some heavy dark stuff.  If you do check out Wild Card, bear in mind that she does the grunts on it.  Ok, I scored much better than expected.  Have some ideas on what to send.  One way or another, I'm gonna change lanes on ya here though.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 26, 2014, 07:03:34 PM
Floor is really into some heavy dark stuff.  If you do check out Wild Card, bear in mind that she does the grunts on it.  Ok, I scored much better than expected.  Have some ideas on what to send.  One way or another, I'm gonna change lanes on ya here though.

Dude. I gotta check that crap out.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: jingle.boy on June 26, 2014, 07:36:53 PM
Floor is really into some heavy dark stuff.  If you do check out Wild Card, bear in mind that she does the grunts on it.  Ok, I scored much better than expected.  Have some ideas on what to send.  One way or another, I'm gonna change lanes on ya here though.

Dude. I gotta check that crap out.

Oh yeah, it was cool seeing her do it live... about 10 feet away from me.  I didn't know she did them until I saw the band a couple months back.  Here's one... she let's it roll at 3:15 ish.  Not the best song on the album, but a display of her grunting.  Not sure if this is the best version out there, but it gives you the taste.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2sRkS6ktZ4
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: ? on June 27, 2014, 09:03:27 AM
Aww! I'm glad you enjoyed White Willow, but I was kind of banking on being top of the class! Gonna have to reconsider myself for a moment here.
It was a close call between that song and the Sarah Fimm one, but I liked the latter just a tiny bit more.
I could do without the repetitive mantra in the second half (is he saying “steroids”? :lol), but the atmosphere is so captivating that it doesn’t make the song worse.
:lol Arrowheads.
Of course I could've Google'd that, but I was too lazy :lol
If you do check out Wild Card, bear in mind that she does the grunts on it.
Ok, I've got to check that out :o I've been getting into Arch Enemy lately, so female growls aren't a new thing to me, but I didn't know Floor could do them.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Evermind on June 27, 2014, 10:50:03 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: MoraWintersoul on June 27, 2014, 12:29:26 PM
Floor learned how to do growls last year for fun. She's the queen of my universe.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: adace on June 27, 2014, 01:43:53 PM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Scorpion on June 27, 2014, 08:20:12 PM
Lähetetty.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: kingshmegland on June 28, 2014, 05:03:13 AM
Sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: ? on June 29, 2014, 06:53:26 AM
Onno and LieLow haven't sent yet, but one of the songs has already blown me away :o
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 29, 2014, 06:59:28 AM
Somehow, I doubt it's mine XD
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: jingle.boy on June 29, 2014, 07:32:07 AM
Somehow, I doubt it's mine XD

Me too.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 29, 2014, 07:49:45 AM
It was mine.

I can't remember what I sent, though.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Evermind on June 29, 2014, 08:45:52 AM
Somehow, I doubt it's mine XD

Same here.  :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: ? on June 29, 2014, 10:17:36 AM
Believe it or not, it was sent by one of you doubting thomases ;D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on June 29, 2014, 10:34:39 AM
Dammit  :-\
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on June 29, 2014, 10:40:36 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: jingle.boy on June 29, 2014, 10:43:28 AM
Believe it or not, it was sent by one of you doubting thomases ;D

nothing breaks like a broken promise
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: GentlemanofDread on June 29, 2014, 01:09:40 PM
Believe it or not, it was sent by one of you doubting thomases ;D

still not me
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: jingle.boy on June 29, 2014, 03:27:29 PM
Believe it or not, it was sent by one of you doubting thomases ;D

still not me

Me either.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: Onno on June 30, 2014, 02:58:31 AM
Sent!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: ? on July 01, 2014, 11:33:58 AM
ROUND 3

Sorry, I'm lacking in creativity today:

*clever metaphor for being the best of the round*

Evermind: IQ – The Road of Bones
Atmospheric intro with a little bit of piano - yay! I just had to close my eyes and I didn’t open them until the epic climax. There’s something really magical in this song... The singer has a soothing voice, the bassline is cool, the build-up is just perfect and the song never feels too long, despite being over 8 minutes long. Certainly the best song I’ve received in this roulette so far! :hefdaddy

*clever metaphor for being safe*

senecadawg2: Susanne Sundfør – Knight of Noir
You forgot to send an actual link to the song, but that’s ok because I’m not a helpless person and I found it on Spotify. Sundfør’s voice reminds me of Anneke van Giersbergen, which isn’t a bad thing as Anneke = :heart. As I said in the last round, I love melancholic piano ballads and you clearly took note of that ;) The orchestral elements give a nice dramatic feel, especially the drumming.

Onno: Ludovico Einaudi – Burning
A classical piano piece – nice! The very beginning reminds me of Freecard by Dark Tranquillity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iyq0pzhopE): even the piano sound is a little bit similar. Anyway, this piece is full of beautiful melodies – what’s there not to like? The strings in the background add a nice layer.

Scorpion: Amon Amarth – Embrace of the Endless Ocean
I’ve always thought Amon Amarth is a folk metal band because of the Viking themes, but it turns out they’re closer to melodeath. Maybe they're the Swedish equivalent of Amorphis in that regard... The really deep growls are pretty bad-ass! I don’t find the lyrics cheesy, as they’re pretty dark. This song has a good balance of melancholy and intensity and the lead at the end is beautiful.

LieLowTheWantedMan: Bark Psychosis – A Street Scene
There is a post-rock vibe in this song, but it manages to stay interesting, unlike some post-rock I’ve heard.  I guess it’s because this song has a bit more focus on “rock” than “post” :P I don’t hear any Talk Talk here, but then again I’ve only heard Spirit of Eden. Anyway, the bassline is tasty, the drumming is great and the smooth guitars give the second half of the song a relaxing atmosphere.

adace: Epica – The Essence of Silence
Ok, I’m not big on symphonic metal, especially with operatic vocals. However, the bad-ass riffing and the growls give this song enough balls and the guitar solo is pretty awesome. The melodies are catchy and the key change at the end is nice too. I only wish Simone used non-operatic vocals throughout the song, as her voice sounds great when she doesn’t go for the ridiculously high notes.

kingshmegland: The Pineapple Thief – Tightly Wound
I’ve thought about checking out TPT because of the Wisdom of Crowds connection you mentioned, but never actually done that. This song sounds a little bit like Stupid Dream/Lightbulb Sun era Porcupine Tree, but has its own identity. There are some pretty cool guitar effects and I like the semi-acoustic chorus. The final “wow” factor is missing and I’m not crazy about Soord’s vocals, but overall this is a decent tune.

Would've been eliminated without the protective immunity

Shadow Ninja: Rusted Root – Send Me on My Way
You sure as hell took advantage of your immunity! :lol This kind of music is a little too cheerful for my taste and the vocals are pretty irritating. Not much else to say... You need to step up in the next round if you wanna stay in the game!

*clever metaphor for elimination*

GentlemanofDread: Coldplay – Amsterdam
Probably the most mainstream band in the roulette so far… However, I’m not a hipster, so this elimination was done purely based on the song itself! I appreciate the use of organ and the climax is pretty nice, but unfortunately it’s really short. It feels like an eternity until something starts to happen and suddenly it’s over. On top of that, I don’t like Chris Martin’s voice that much.

jingle.boy: Spirit of the West – Home for a Rest
You certainly took a risk with this one! :P Unfortunately it didn’t work in your favor... The beginning is pretty nice, but after that: meh. There were so many actually good songs in this round that comedy value isn’t enough to save you, and I’m not a drinker so I can’t relate to the lyrics (yes, I’m boring as hell! :lol). Rush shall remain my favorite Canadian band :D



We say bye-bye to Gentleman and Jingle... Evermind is the last person to gain immunity, as the number of participants is getting so small that I don't want to make it too easy for any of you to get into the final four. In other words: NO MORE MERCY! *evil laughter*

I'll once again go on a trip tomorrow and won't return until Sunday. This time I'll be able to listen to your songs while I'm away, but don't expect results until Monday at earliest.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: jingle.boy on July 01, 2014, 11:55:18 AM
No worries... I knew it was a big risk.  I'd hardly call it a comedy song though, just a damn good celtic drinking tune.  Oh well.  Now I can get back to all the other mandatory listening I have to do.  Think I'll take a rest from roulette's for a while.

Believe it or not, it was sent by one of you doubting thomases ;D

still not me

Me either.

And not only were we right, we are suckin the hind teet together!!!  :rollin
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: Evermind on July 01, 2014, 11:56:04 AM
Uh oh! I actually didn't expect you to like it that much, but I also was sure I'm not being eliminated, because you can't really go wrong with IQ! I strongly suggest you to check out their latest album, incredibly strong output, that was its title track. RJ can provide you with a lot of advices about what to check next, I personally like The Seventh House, Ever, Subterranea.

It's also very nice to have an immunity, now I'm able to send something to check your tastes even further. You may not like it, but as you said "we're only as good as the last song we send", that doesn't matter much, does it? :D

Also, Chad and Gentleman, I knew better to write "not me" again. :P
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 01, 2014, 11:57:11 AM
Sorry I forgot to send the link  :lol

But also very glad that you enjoyed the song! Road of Bones is awesome as well, and Ludovico Einaudi is my favorite pianist in the world (good call Onno!).

I'll be sending the next round soon!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: kingshmegland on July 01, 2014, 05:46:27 PM
*Wipes sweat from brow*

Alright,  I'll thing about a song for a day and send one good sir!

And Finally Chad, WTFlagnar, we battle late into these roulettes all the time.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: jingle.boy on July 01, 2014, 07:05:28 PM
*Wipes sweat from brow*

Alright,  I'll thing about a song for a day and send one good sir!

And Finally Chad, WTFlagnar, we battle late into these roulettes all the time.

Yeah, I through caution totally to the wind
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on July 02, 2014, 02:11:03 AM
LieLowTheWantedMan: Bark Psychosis – A Street Scene
I don’t hear any Talk Talk here, but then again I’ve only heard Spirit of Eden.
Ahh yeah, I find it's closer to Laughing Stock Talk Talk than Spirit of Eden Talk Talk. I recommend checking out Laughing Stock, it's one of my favourite albums. :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: Onno on July 02, 2014, 02:33:04 AM
Glad you liked it! Sent for the next round.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: Evermind on July 02, 2014, 10:23:44 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: adace on July 02, 2014, 11:51:26 PM
Cool, really glad you liked that one. I can understand about not liking the operatic vocals, they're not for everyone. If you check out Epica's new album though, they're pretty sparse.

Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: kingshmegland on July 04, 2014, 03:53:05 PM
SENT!!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: ? on July 06, 2014, 01:50:48 AM
Still waiting for LieLow...
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on July 06, 2014, 07:52:40 PM
Sorry I'll send in a sec. I'm on vacation and almost forgot. :P
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: ? on July 08, 2014, 07:29:09 AM
ROUND 4 RESULTS

Sorry it took so long again; I promise you won't have to wait a full week again! This round was a mixed bag with some great stuff, but also some songs I sadly didn't warm to:

Surrounded in all the light

adace: Casualties of Cool – Flight
This is utterly beautiful! The vocals, guitars, atmosphere, everything... wow :o I think this is the first time a song by a Devin-related project has just blown me away. Is the rest of the album like this and can you find it in a normal record store (i.e. outside the pledge thing)?

senecadawg2: Clint Mansell – Death Is the Road to Awe
I haven’t heard a lot of soundtrack music (as I’ve said, I tend to gravitate towards music with vocals), but this song matches my idea of soundtrack music pretty well: atmospheric, orchestral, dramatic, epic... The mellow first half feels a tad long, but once it reaches the climax: :omg: Just when you think the rest of the song is going to be calm, there’s an even more epic moment! I’m not a movie person, but I should watch the film this is from (The Fountain) someday to experience the full effect of the song.

Scorpion: Massive Attack – Angel
I’ve heard Mezzanine once, but that was over a year ago and I don’t remember anything about it. There’s a dark and mysterious vibe here, and the eerie female vocals match it perfectly. The bass is awesome and the guitars add some needed edge. Man, I need to listen to this album again!

Shadow Ninja 2.0: Pete Yorn – Lose You
The song begins with some weird effects and you don’t really know what to expect, until a haunting piano melody enters in. The instrumentation is good for this kind of minimalistic, sad song. The singer reminds me of Kevin Moore and sounds kind of disinterested at times, but vocal virtuosity isn’t needed, because the melodies are frickin’ beautiful.

I feel like you're in dangah

LieLowTheWantedMan: Electric Wizard – Funeralopolis
Crushing yet rocking riffs and dirty guitars… Oh yeah! I’m more familiar with modern doom metal, but this old-school kind of stuff isn’t too shabby, either. The muddy production especially gives this a Sabbath-y 70s feel. The song is kind of repetitive and the vocals are pretty monotonous (I couldn’t listen to a full album of that kind of shouting!), but that can be forgiven.

Evermind: Mostly Autumn – The Night Sky
I like the folk/ambient vibe! The violin playing is pretty and the guitar lead at the end is beautiful. The ending does drag on unfortunately (does the solo really need to be 4 minutes long?), but doesn’t destroy the song.

Elimination Theory

kingshmegland: Beardfish – Destined Solitaire
Ok, this song has got some cool riffing and the acoustic parts are nice. The vocals are kinda irritating (c wut I did there? :neverusethis:), although the growling bit is bad-ass. Sadly the song meanders a bit too much and I don’t feel it achieves what it’s trying to accomplish.

Onno: Mr. Bungle – Ars Moriendi
Whaaat?! :rollin I have to admit that I’ve never heard so many genres mixed together in a single song: there’s metal, folk, polka, disco, jazz and... well, everything you can imagine! This definitely made me smile and gave me a good chuckle, but unfortunately judging songs is srs bsns and this kind of music is too bizarre and crazy for me.



We're officially halfway through this roulette, as there are 4 rounds left! 6 participants are still in the game (no fogeys anymore, though :P) and the next round is the last one where 2 get eliminated, before we move on to single eliminations.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 08, 2014, 08:33:09 AM
I think I've done a good job of staying consistent, but I can feel the pressure rising now! :caffeine:

I'm going to think on this next round for a few hours and send before the night is over.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: jingle.boy on July 08, 2014, 09:02:18 AM
And Joe, WTFlagnar, we battle late into these roulettes all the time.  :neverusethis:

Kids these days :getoffmylawn:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: Evermind on July 08, 2014, 10:37:39 AM
Quote
Evermind: Mostly Autumn – The Night Sky
I like the folk/ambient vibe! The violin playing is pretty and the guitar lead at the end is beautiful. The ending does drag on unfortunately (does the solo really need to be 4 minutes long?), but doesn’t destroy the song.

Yeah, I know. That's the main flaw of the song, but I felt the rest of it is good enough to get me a pass, and I had an immunity anyway, so that was the best time to find out what you think. :)

The pressure definitely rises now, I need to think about my entry a bit.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 3 results
Post by: kingshmegland on July 08, 2014, 11:38:37 AM
And Joe, WTFlagnar, we battle late into these roulettes all the time.  :neverusethis:

Kids these days :getoffmylawn:

 :lol

Yup.  Oh well.  That is why we do this.  some taste are different than other yet how will you ever find out about bands you may never search out.  Had a blast  Thanks ?   :lol

An I really mean it!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 2 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 08, 2014, 11:58:32 AM
?, can you maybe elaborate a little bit on this?

Gray’s voice is a little indie-sounding, but fortunately not annoying like a lot of indie male vocalists.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: ? on July 08, 2014, 02:02:21 PM
Dunno, indie vocalists can be hit or miss in my books. It's the kind of whiny and droning vocals that I can't stand.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 08, 2014, 05:12:10 PM
After waffling back and forth for over an hour, I finally decided on a song. It was a little rough balancing the choices, and taking into consideration that I'm going to need increasingly high quality songs in subsequent rounds  ;)… but I think I made the right choice.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: Onno on July 08, 2014, 05:22:22 PM
Ok, bye! :D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 08, 2014, 05:24:01 PM
I guess some people actually use strategy and foreplanning in these things? I just take about ten seconds, think of a song, and send it. :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 08, 2014, 05:33:58 PM
That's what I do when score is being accumulated and I'm clearly losing or going to lose. Or if its one of the first couple rounds in the roulette. But later, when I'm in a position to possibly win, my competitiveness takes over and I become a rabid animal.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: ? on July 09, 2014, 06:28:24 AM
I guess some people actually use strategy and foreplanning in these things? I just take about ten seconds, think of a song, and send it. :lol
Luckily that's not reflected in the quality of the songs you've sent :D (well, except the one in round 3...)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: Evermind on July 09, 2014, 09:00:31 AM
Sent.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: adace on July 11, 2014, 01:42:29 PM
Glad you liked it so much! A few other songs on the album such as Moon are like that with the rest being more straightforward country ones and some instrumental interludes. I know Best Buy carries it so I assume most record stores do as well. If you're gonna listen to the whole thing, be sure to check out the bonus disc too.

Sent.

Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: ? on July 13, 2014, 07:38:43 AM
Glad you liked it so much! A few other songs on the album such as Moon are like that with the rest being more straightforward country ones and some instrumental interludes. I know Best Buy carries it so I assume most record stores do as well. If you're gonna listen to the whole thing, be sure to check out the bonus disc too.
Well, I found it on Spotify - gonna listen later!

Tom and LL, hurry up! I've listened to the rest of the songs already.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 13, 2014, 11:16:01 AM
Oh, so I sent something? I can never remember.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 4 results!
Post by: ? on July 13, 2014, 11:16:35 AM
Yes, you did :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: ? on July 16, 2014, 09:45:22 AM
ROUND 5 RESULTS

I've been busy lately and there has been a bit of thunder in the recent days, which has limited my listening time. Choosing players for elimination was tougher than ever before, but that's natural due to the amount of participants left and the overall quality of the songs.

On the top of the moon

senecadawg2: Journey – Of a Lifetime
I saw the Journey documentary on TV a while ago and I’ve heard some of their hits, but this is something different - probably better. The vocals are the weak link, as the singer’s voice sounds kind of strained in some of the higher and louder parts, but luckily the musicianship is top-notch: the guitar leads are just awesome, the drumming and bass lines are cool and the organ and Moog add some color. Nice piece of old-school prog!

LieLowTheWantedMan: Ride – Seagull
Ok, this is surprisingly straightforward and rocking for a shoegaze band! Of course the feedback and guitar effects make it clear what genre they belong to, but this is a pretty accessible and energetic song. I like the vocal harmonies and that you can actually make out what they’re singing.

Evermind: Kamelot – Abandoned
The audio in the video sounded like it had been transposed 0,25 steps up or down, which kind of annoyed me, so I listened to the song on Spotify. My ears can be sensitive sometimes! :lol Anyway, I've never heard a single song by Kamelot before, as I'm not into power metal these days, but this song surprised me positively, as it’s a beautiful ballad. The singer has a nice voice that sounds a little bit like Geoff Tate (when he was still good) and I guess I don’t even have to mention the piano... The ending is powerful!

Still in the spaceship

Shadow Ninja: Entwine – Nothing Left to Say
Goth metal from my home country... The keyboard patch in the intro sounds kind of dated and cheap, but the guitar sound is crunchy and punchy :metal The vocalist doesn’t sound like a stereotypical singer of this genre. I wish the song wasn't so safe, but it's pretty catchy and I like the solo, so you're safe too :P

Swallowed by a black hole

adace: Mono – Dream Odyssey
There’s a beautiful and pleasant atmosphere in this song – clean guitar leads and piano... The key change after 3 minutes is subtle and tasteful. Unfortunately something has got to go, and I picked this one, because the song goes on a bit too long, even though I like it.

Scorpion: Enslaved – Thoughts Like Hammers
Now that’s a chaotic intro! The melodic sections are good and I like the clean vocals, but sadly the black metal elements are a bit too prominent for my taste and I don’t like the screams. Sorry dude, you’ve been one of the most consistent players in the game so far and I really tried to get into this, but unfortunately I couldn’t :-\



Alright, we have four names in our Mount Rushmore and they are:

senecadawg2
LieLowTheWantedMan
Shadow Ninja
Evermind

The next round is a little bit different: you have to send TWO songs instead of one. I'll rank the songs and give them points based on their position, and the player with the lowest average score will be kicked out.

Also, I once again have to go travelling with my folks, so it'll take at least a week until you get any results. But then again, pretty much all the rounds have taken at least one week and the other roulettes don't seem to be progressing much faster than mine, so I guess it's ok :D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: MoraWintersoul on July 16, 2014, 10:03:55 AM
Evermind: Kamelot – The Black Halo
The audio in the video sounded like it had been transposed 0,25 steps up or down, which kind of annoyed me, so I listened to the song on Spotify. My ears can be sensitive sometimes! :lol Anyway, I've never heard a single song by Kamelot before, as I'm not into power metal these days, but this song surprised me positively, as it’s a beautiful ballad. The singer has a nice voice that sounds a little bit like Geoff Tate (when he was still good) and I guess I don’t even have to mention the piano... The ending is powerful!
Roy Khan is one of the best singers in metal (well, was, since he gave up on music, but he's been replaced by the almost equally good Tommy Karevik), and Kamelot is the most tasteful power metal there is, so you should really listen to their stuff from 2000 onwards when you get some free time :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 16, 2014, 10:05:10 AM
STILL ALIVE
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: Evermind on July 16, 2014, 10:13:32 AM
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Kamelot – The Black Halo
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as it’s a beautiful ballad

 :rollin

The song is actually called Abandoned, The Black Halo is the album. There is a title track too, but it's definitely not a beautiful ballad.  :D Anyway, really glad you liked it, and happy I've made it that far.

Edit: oh, and I can't help with the audio quality really, Spotify isn't available in my country it seems. It's nice you managed to find a decent version.

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Roy Khan is one of the best singers in metal (well, was, since he gave up on music, but he's been replaced by the almost equally good Tommy Karevik), and Kamelot is the most tasteful power metal there is, so you should really listen to their stuff from 2000 onwards when you get some free time

Couldn't agree more.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: ? on July 16, 2014, 10:18:39 AM
Quote
Kamelot – The Black Halo
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as it’s a beautiful ballad

 :rollin

The song is actually called Abandoned, The Black Halo is the album. There is a title track too, but it's definitely not a beautiful ballad.  :D
Oops, my bad! :facepalm: I knew the name of the song, but I must've been half-asleep when I typed that :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: adace on July 16, 2014, 10:52:45 AM
 :'( Oh well, at least I had fun playing your roulette. I'll definitely participate in your next one if you decide to have it.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 16, 2014, 12:49:24 PM
 :D You make me happy  :D

If it's not meant to be a surprise… Is it going to be 2 more for the penultimate round also? And what about the final round?
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on July 16, 2014, 12:50:35 PM
Neat. :D
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: jingle.boy on July 16, 2014, 06:04:07 PM
Funny how the same song (Journey) does shite (relatively speaking) in one roulette, but is top of the hill in another.

Tastes!!!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 16, 2014, 06:57:36 PM
Seriously. And funny how the lukewarm reception in jsem's had me expecting elimination in this one. I'm grateful that ville's tastes are different, in a way that makes them better  ;)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: ? on July 17, 2014, 01:20:49 AM
If it's not meant to be a surprise… Is it going to be 2 more for the penultimate round also? And what about the final round?
Oh yes, I forgot about that... All the remaining rounds will be like that (i.e. two songs instead of one).
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 5 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 17, 2014, 06:28:19 PM
I sent a couple of my favorite songs. I hope I make it through so that I can send four more of my favorite songs  :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: ? on July 25, 2014, 06:11:08 AM
ROUND 6 RESULTS

The write-ups may be pretty short this time, because I didn't get a chance to start listening properly until less than two days ago and I didn't want to keep you waiting just for the sake of rambling a little bit more :lol

senecadawg2: Björk – It’s Not Up to You
My sister is a Björk fan, so I’ve been exposed to some of her stuff, but I don’t remember hearing this song before. Björk’s voice and enunciation are unusual, but in a good way. I like how this song sounds pretty experimental and interesting, yet catchy and accessible at the same time.
Rating: 8

Shadow Ninja: Assemblage 23 – Let Me Be Your Armor
More up-tempo and danceable than most of the electronic(-based) music I listen to, but I like this nevertheless! The melodies are catchy and I like the lyrics.
Rating: 7

LieLowTheWantedMan: Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
The title makes me imagine someone saying “oh darling, you have such a lovely head!” :lol Anyway, the Portishead comparisons seem valid, as this song represents a similar brand of jazzy and mysterious trip hop. Me likey!
Rating: 6

senecadawg2: Gallowbraid – Stone of Remembrance
Black metal and folk metal aren’t really my thing and those two subgenres are combined here, but this isn’t too shabby. There are some nice guitar leads, the growls are convincing and the flute doesn’t make the song too cheesy. I have to admit that the falsetto scream at 2:25 is pretty hilarious, though! :lol
Rating: 5

Evermind: Vanden Plas – Vision 8ight – Misery Affection
I think I’ve received at least one piano-driven ballad in each round since I mentioned about my soft spot for them :lol The female vocals are beautiful! The song isn’t massively exciting in the first half, but once the guitars and drums come in, it gets great.
Rating: 4

Shadow Ninja: Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely
I know (almost) everyone in the world worships Radiohead, and I’ve tried to get into them too, but Thom Yorke’s whining has always been a huge obstacle for me and their music hasn’t completely managed to capture my attention either. This song is actually pretty good and enjoyable, but unfortunately I still don’t like Yorke’s vocals that much.
Rating: 3

Evermind: Avantasia – The Scarecrow
I know Avantasia as an Ayreon-like rock opera thing, but I’ve never heard any songs. Lande’s powerful vocals are the high point of this tune and I like the quiet interlude, but I think the song could’ve benefited if it had been trimmed down, as it’s kind of repetitive for an 11-minute piece.
Rating: 2

LieLowTheWantedMan: Brand New – Daisy
As a huge Kevin Moore fan I have a tendency to like songs with spoken word samples :D  The gentle guitars in the first half are nice and the song gets louder, but not too harsh or noisy. Unfortunately the song is pretty short at just 3 minutes and doesn't manage to wow me.
Rating: 1



And the final scores are:

seneca: 8 + 5 = 13
Shadow Ninja: 7 + 3 = 10
LieLow: 6 + 1 = 7
Evermind: 4 + 2 = 6

Evermind loses to LieLow by one point and thus gets eliminated. That was close! This means that Seneca, SN and LLTWM are our three semifinalists. As in this round, you're supposed to send two songs.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 25, 2014, 07:22:19 AM
Cool! I thought you would really enjoy one of my two submissions, I just wasn't sure which one it was going to be. As much as I enjoy that Bjork song, any one of them from Vespertine would have fit just as well. I can't recommend that album enough  :heart

I'll sent my next two very shortly!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: Evermind on July 25, 2014, 07:35:18 AM
I expected that. :D

Thanks for letting me in, I had fun.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: jingle.boy on July 25, 2014, 08:02:29 AM
Seneca... seeing the songs you submit, I'm even more amazed that I won your roulette.

Evermind... you'd have scored well with me.  Those are two top-notch bands/albums/songs.  Netherworld is my AOTY so far.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: senecadawg2 on July 25, 2014, 08:22:32 AM
Seneca... seeing the songs you submit, I'm even more amazed that I won your roulette.

I think I listen to a somewhat wide range of music (at least, I'd like to think so), but for the most part it can be divided into two groups. While 'progressive' may be an overlapping characteristic within both groups, one is much more traditional. You submitted a handful of fantastic songs, as well as a couple others that were somewhere between quite good and great, that were just what I'm looking for in that more traditional grouping. Someone else could've just as easily succeeded in sending me a whole lot of songs like Bjork, but no one did. In other words, what I've sent in this roulette is no more a reflection of my tastes than the kind of stuff you sent me. They're the two halves that make up my listening and I just happened to decide early on that I think Ville may prefer one half a little more.

With that being said, I still have a couple songs lined up in these last two rounds that I know you would approve of!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 26, 2014, 01:53:23 AM
Yeah, figured Radiohead was a long shot. Interestingly, that's pretty much the only Radiohead song I like. :lol

Will send soon.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: ? on July 29, 2014, 05:34:08 AM
Interestingly, that's pretty much the only Radiohead song I like. :lol
I guess I feel the same way now :lol

LLTWM hasn't sent yet...
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - round 6 results
Post by: LieLowTheWantedMan on July 29, 2014, 02:00:16 PM
Sorry bout that. Been busy with my friends lately. Later tonight I'll send. :)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: ? on August 01, 2014, 10:12:27 AM
ROUND 7 RESULTS

Shadow Ninja: Low Roar – Patience
Ambient keyboards, simplistic yet good guitar work, gentle vocals, beautiful strings and memorable melodies... What’s there not to like? This song is peaceful and minimalistic, but never gets boring.
Rating: 6

Shadow Ninja: Shamrain – To Leave
This sounds like The Cure with more acoustic guitars – not that there’s anything wrong with that, as I like The Cure, so I also enjoy this song. The ending is pretty sudden, but not Pull Me Under sudden :lol BTW, isn’t this the singer from Entwine?
Rating: 5

senecadawg2: Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Acoustic singer/songwriter stuff... Love the slide(?) guitar solo! As you said in the PM, the song is a little bit repetitive, and the chord progression remains the same throughout it, but it’s not boring.
Rating: 4

LieLowTheWantedMan: Built to Spill – Randy Described Eternity
Weird title, eh? :P The music isn’t as weird, though, despite some fuzzy guitar effects. This is a solid piece of guitar-driven alt rock. If the ending was just a wee shorter, I would’ve rated this higher.
Rating: 3

LieLowTheWantedMan: Kvelertak – Mjød
I’ve heard of this band before, but I had no idea what they sounded like. Turns out they play a mix of punky hard rock and black metal... Neither style isn’t really the kind of music I listen to and the song is pretty short, but it’s catchy and energetic.
Rating: 2

senecadawg2: Headspace – Daddy Fucking Loves You
Ok, this takes the cake for having the most... um, interesting title in this round! :lol I certainly wasn't expecting a 15-minute epic :D The acoustic beginning has a late 70s Rush vibe (think of The Trees or A Farewell to Kings) and is my favorite part of the song. Unfortunately it turns into standard prog metal after that – not bad, but the transitions aren't very smooth, and a quirky song like this is hard to swallow with just a couple of listens.
Rating: 1

Final scores:
Shadow Ninja: 6 + 5 = 11
seneca: 4 + 1 = 5
LL: 3 + 2 = 5

As you can see, Shadow Ninja took a double victory this time! I know I've said only the latest round matters in this game, but I need to use some kind of method to decide who is the other person to continue to the finals, and since Seneca has sent my favorite songs in three rounds, I have to give him the nod.

This means that the virtual bronze medal/trophy/whateverprizeyouwantittobe goes to LieLowTheWantedMan - congrats dude! :djhef: You're also the most successful "veteran" out of those who took part in both of my roulettes! :)

Next up is The Ultimate Deathmatch*: The Dawg vs The Ninja!

*don't worry, nobody will actually be killed
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: senecadawg2 on August 01, 2014, 10:12:52 AM
I don't like to appear impatient, because I'm really not, but I am curious  :blush

ETA: What a ninja!  :hefdaddy
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on August 01, 2014, 10:13:40 AM
It is the same singer.

In fact, he was the singer on all the songs I sent in this roulette. (not really :P )
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: ? on August 01, 2014, 10:16:15 AM
It is the same singer.
(http://media.tumblr.com/48118b33e801d33a0a941cd32672005c/tumblr_inline_mskutxf48R1qz4rgp.gif)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: senecadawg2 on August 01, 2014, 10:23:34 AM
Unfortunately Shadow Ninja isn't going to be able to make it to the deathmatch. He asked that I go ahead and post his submission here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on August 01, 2014, 10:32:41 AM
You know it's going to win.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: ? on August 01, 2014, 10:34:40 AM
Unfortunately Shadow Ninja isn't going to be able to make it to the deathmatch. He asked that I go ahead and post his submission here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s)
In that case he wins, because https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRYMSRLOoK0#t=3m0s and because I have hilarious memories of singing that song (in the original octave) with my cousin in a karaoke video game :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - Final round!
Post by: senecadawg2 on August 01, 2014, 10:40:05 AM
lol.

I'll send shortly  :azn:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: ? on August 07, 2014, 10:26:09 AM
Alright, let's wrap this up:

ROUND 8 RESULTS

seneca: Kevin Gilbert – Song for a Dead Friend
The title made me expect a heart-wrenchingly emotional song and I wasn’t disappointed! The vocal performance is soulful and the instrumentation is great for this type of ballad. Just all-around beautiful...
Rating: 4

Shadow Ninja: While Heaven Wept –Unplenitude
I just saw the announcement of these guys’ new album on Blabbermouth today :D Anyway, although the band plays metal, this tune is an acoustic ballad. I liked this almost as much as the Gilbert song, but the latter touched me more, so I had to rate it higher.
Rating: 3

seneca: Braveyoung – And No Two Walked Together
I’ve realized that post-rock is a pretty difficult genre for me to get into due to the lack of vocals and the long and repetitive songs. This song is no exception, as it’s alright, but that final something is missing. The last minute is great, though!
Rating: 2

Shadow Ninja: The Ocean - Abyssopelagic II: Signals of Anxiety
I think I got one tune from this band in my first roulette... Anyway, this song has got some good guitar and piano work, but it ends pretty quickly after just two choruses, and unfortunately the shouted half-growls kill it for me, because they feel totally out of place.
Rating: 1

So the scores are
seneca: 4 + 2 = 6
SN: 3 + 1 = 4

And the winner is... *drum roll* senecadawg2 - congrats! :djhef: :woot: This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed this thread, but you got such a good grasp of what kind of music I like it's almost disturbing! Now I'm not sad that you beat me in Buddyhunter's roulette :D I also appreciate that you always took the time to write what you think of each song you sent and why you picked them - it was a pleasure to read them. :)

Also, congrats to our silver medalist Shadow Ninja! If it's true that you took approximately 10 seconds to pick each song, you were pretty damn lucky to get this far! Maybe you should try your luck in lottery? :lol

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in or followed this roulette! :) My last roulette was pretty quick and I hoped this one would be like that too, but my summer job, traveling, etc. ate up more time than I had expected. I know the waiting list in the tracker thread is massive, but nobody was complaining about my pace, so I'd like to think I didn't drag this out too long. :D I haven't made any CD purchases based on my new discoveries yet, but once I've finished working and start receiving student allowance again, I'll most likely pick up something by (at least) IQ and Agalloch. Luckily these threads get archived so I can always take a look and remind myself of what I listened to!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on August 07, 2014, 10:28:07 AM
Congrats seneca! I think this is the closest I've ever gotten to winning one of these ... so... congratulations to me also! :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: Evermind on August 07, 2014, 10:38:49 AM
Well done Seneca! You were really consistent through all this roulette. I don't really dig this Kevin Gilbert song while being a ballad-lover myself, but it did its job it seems.

SN: 3 + 1 = 5

This is... interesting.  :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on August 07, 2014, 10:40:12 AM
DON'T TELL HIM


Actually I didn't notice that either. :lol
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: ? on August 07, 2014, 10:57:10 AM
SN: 3 + 1 = 5
This is... interesting.  :lol
Shush, I use a special kind of math!

But yeah, 4 and 5 are next to each other on the keyboard and I didn't check it twice before posting. :lol It's fixed now (sorry Ninja!)
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: senecadawg2 on August 07, 2014, 10:57:43 AM
 :heart :heart :heart

I feel really proud (and also a bit lucky) to have won against such worthy competition. Shadow Ninja, and everyone else too for that matter, sent a lot of great songs throughout the roulette that I could've seen myself sending too, so yea...

Thanks a lot for running the roulette, I had a lot of fun playing and I'm glad that you were able to find some stuff to tickle your fancy!

Also, special shoutout to Dr. DTVT for introducing me to that Kevin Gilbert song in my own roulette. It was perhaps my favorite song from the whole competition, and who knows what garbage I would've sent you if he hadn't introduced me to Song for a Dead Friend  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: jingle.boy on August 07, 2014, 05:25:54 PM
Also, special shoutout to Dr. DTVT for introducing me to that Kevin Gilbert song in my own roulette. It was perhaps my favorite song from the whole competition, and who knows what garbage I would've sent you if he hadn't introduced me to Song for a Dead Friend  :biggrin:

He dropped it on me in mine as well, and slayed the entire competition that round single-handedly.  It's a guaranteed winning song for sure.
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: ? on August 08, 2014, 12:15:24 AM

Also, special shoutout to Dr. DTVT for introducing me to that Kevin Gilbert song in my own roulette. It was perhaps my favorite song from the whole competition, and who knows what garbage I would've sent you if he hadn't introduced me to Song for a Dead Friend  :biggrin:
Nah, I don't think you would've been capable of sending garbage. ;D In fact, no song in this roulette was pure crap, even though I didn't like some of them that much.

BTW, Kevin Gilbert was one of the producers Dream Theater considered for FII, but he passed away before they could arrange a meeting with him. Judging by this song, it would've been an interesting combination!
Title: Re: ?'s Roulette v2: Openness and Survival - We have a winner!
Post by: Onno on August 08, 2014, 12:49:43 AM
Congrats Seneca!