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Movies and TV / Re: What Shows are you currently watching?
« Last post by Grappler on Today at 09:20:51 AM »
Designated Survivor (Season 3 comes out Friday on Netflix)

I never followed this show, but my wife picked up on it at some point.  She got me started on it last night, and we marathon'd 5 or 6 episodes.  I'm really liking it.

It's fantastic and Keifer Sutherland is always good, no matter what he does.  I love the idea - the 20-somethingth in line for the succession of the presidency gets thrust into office, navigating everything in that role, plus trying to heal the nation.

Since season 3 is a Netflix original, they were able to include some more mature themes and the occasional vulgarity that network TV doesn't allow.  They kept it within the realm of the show though, so it's not all of a sudden out of place.
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Polls/Survivors / Re: Dream Theater The League - Week 15-C
« Last post by pg1067 on Today at 09:18:44 AM »
Mostly real easy choices, except #15 and #17.

1.   Take The Time vs. Raw Dog
2.   The Bigger Picture vs. Prophets of War
3.   Pale Blue Dot vs. The Enemy Inside
4.   Our New World vs. The Killing Hand
5.   A Nightmare to Remember vs. The Ones Who Help to Set The Sun
6.   The Shattered Fortress vs. A Tempting Offer
7.   Anna Lee vs. The Way It Used to Be
8.   This is the Life vs. Astonishing
9.   Behind the Veil vs. To Live Forever
10.   Breaking All Illusions vs. Vacant
11.   Wait For Sleep vs. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
12.   Cover My Eyes vs. You Not Me
13.   Fall Into the Light vs. Moment of Betrayal
14.   Finally Free vs. Losing Faythe
15.   Lifting Shadows Off a Dream vs. Hollow Years (pretty difficult choice; I like both songs about the same)
16.   Home vs. Light Fuse and Get Away
17.   Innocence Faded vs. I Walk Beside You (couldn't decide which was less bad, so I did a seven "game" coin flipping series; IF took a 3-1 lead, but IWBY stormed back to win the series 4-3)
18.   Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence vs. 6:00
19.   S2N vs. Stream of Consciousness
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General Music Discussion / Re: DELAIN
« Last post by cramx3 on Today at 09:17:32 AM »
Merel mentioned wanting to try and get her own band (Dear Mother) off the ground.  She also plays in Mayan with Mark Jansen from Epica and said that they're starting to get active again.

Yea I knew about Mayan, I'll see them at Progpower this year although they aren't really my thing.  It just seems when you play in a band that tours so much, you don't get the time to explore much of what you are really interested in. 
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Mine's not the growl comment, not the outro one I wouldn't think, and probably also not this one:


I know the vocalist and Iíd forgotten how good he really is. Sadly, the song doesnít feel that special.


I'd be surprised if someone knew the vocalist of Vanden Plas outside of Vanden Plas. (Though it is possible...)

Otherwise, I really don't know.  I don't think it has bad production, but I don't pay attention to production...

I was actually thinking that was mine, frankly.   I love love love the song I sent, but I can see why - even in that band's catalogue - that song is not considered "epic".   I have a KILLER cover by a new(er) RnRHoF level band that IDOLIZES the original band, and I should have sent that.  Dammit.

I feel like TAC is an Ewok going through the forest, and I'm one of those stormtroopers that slams into a tree like a moron and let's them get away. 
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Well, look on the bright side - you're getting to see DT play a unique set with Peruvian Skies and Lie, plus you get to see them again next year!

I wish they'd hurry up and announce a proper European tour. It's a bit of a tradition here in the UK that bands who play the Download festival (held last weekend) as their "only UK show" of the year tend to announce shows for the end of the year in the week after - we've already seen a lot of the bands who were on the bill to exactly that, and it's only Wednesday. Jus' sayin'

Don't spoil any more of the setlist please... :-[
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I just want to chime in and say that when I saw QR earlier this year, I thought Todd sounded fantastic on I Am I.  And the Empire stuff too but I'm a little tired of those songs so I didn't pay as close attention.  But I'd read here that people didn't like him doing Promised Land material, and I was surprised by that because I thought he sounded great.   If QR were to do an Empire set, I think he'd do very well.
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Mine's not the growl comment, not the outro one I wouldn't think, and probably also not this one:


I know the vocalist and Iíd forgotten how good he really is. Sadly, the song doesnít feel that special.


I'd be surprised if someone knew the vocalist of Vanden Plas outside of Vanden Plas. (Though it is possible...)

Otherwise, I really don't know.  I don't think it has bad production, but I don't pay attention to production...
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First off, I was kidding, of course. Full, no half, for the folks differentiating.

Dave and Harmony make a fine point that he succeeded in doing what he was trying to do. And I agree completely that he's a pretty bright kid who'll do fine without Harvard. In fact, he'll probably do better now that he's got a victim card to play.

I'm still concerned about the tendency to hold people to the standard of their dumbest moment in life, though, which is essentially what the modern left is trying to accomplish. I very seriously doubt that there's a soul among us who hasn't done something in their youth that wouldn't today be seen as racist, sexist, or homophobic. We do not want to live in a society where we're never able to live those things down and they're taken as read as being indicative of who we are today. Particular when there's only one side trying to weaponize this behavior. I don't think it's any coincidence that Non-Harvard Dipshit was the one kid from that school who's arguing the pro-gun point of view and he's the one having his future undermined.

And this goes to my previous post and why I posted it (it was NOT to argue with Harmony; hers happened to be the post that triggered the idea, is all):    What IS the lesson here?  Don't be PROVOCATIVE, or don't take certain positions?   I don't think the "provocative" aspect of this is determinative at all.  If he was provocative in a way that Harvard could get their arms around, we wouldn't be having this conversation.   "Provocative" isn't the bad thing here, it's the HOW you're provocative.  Anything less than full intolerance to racism or racist concepts (there's a difference) is not a "provocative" that works.   

EDIT: And for the record, I could care less one way or another whether this kid goes to Harvard or not.  Harvard can accept - or not - this kid for any reason, or no reason at all.   I have no dog in that hunt whatsoever.   
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General Music Discussion / Re: Ruba's Roulette II v. Don't keep me hanging
« Last post by Cyril on Today at 08:55:19 AM »
The production kinda sucks. Otherwise I pretty much like it. Iíll be probably skipping the last few minutes tbh.
moonsorrow

I like the atmosphere theyíre going for, but Iím not fan of this style of growls.
agalloch

no clue which is mine so he probably hated it
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General Music Discussion / Re: DELAIN
« Last post by Grappler on Today at 08:51:22 AM »
Merel mentioned wanting to try and get her own band (Dear Mother) off the ground.  She also plays in Mayan with Mark Jansen from Epica and said that they're starting to get active again.
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