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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #210 on: May 26, 2010, 06:38:45 PM »
Geez, mine is going to be tough.

I'll try to get mine together by the time school ends so I can do it.

Tori Amos should not make this list. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

If it's a top 50 she'll be on it.  Iron Maiden, however, will not be.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #211 on: May 26, 2010, 07:00:48 PM »
And that is fail in its purest form.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #212 on: May 26, 2010, 08:15:46 PM »
3. Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Stream of Passion, Guilt Machine)
As my two favorite artists share writing credits I can say that Arjen is my favorite composer. How much do I love Arjen you ask? I plan on naming my first daughter Ayreona (Pronounced Ariana), I love him that much. He is not only an excellent composer, but he does amazing work with the singers he's been able to work with. From the Dutch unknown to the internationally loved he brings out the very best in everyone. His concept albums are certainly cheesy, but however cheesy they are they are ten times as awesome. At this point he has also managed to spread into a variety of similar yet diverse styles throughout his Ayreon career and with his many other projects. A new Star One is on the way and you can expect another fun filled space adventure that has enough hooks to outfit a tackle-box.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #213 on: May 27, 2010, 09:57:24 AM »
I guess I'll give a few honorable mentions/people who might have made the list if they had more albums out.

Circus Maximus
Liquid Tension Experiment
John Petrucci
Jordan Rudess
Derek Sherinian
Demians
Haken

To name just a few...
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #214 on: May 27, 2010, 09:27:04 PM »
And that is fail in its purest form.

No.  Fail in its purest form is for someone to not like Rush because they hate Geddy's voice.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #215 on: May 27, 2010, 09:30:58 PM »
And that is fail in its purest form.

No.  Fail in its purest form is for someone to not like Rush because they hate Geddy's voice.

No, fail in its natural state is not liking Rush for ANY reason.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #216 on: May 28, 2010, 10:04:43 AM »
And that is fail in its purest form.

No.  Fail in its purest form is for someone to not like Rush because they hate Geddy's voice.

That's actually a perfectly valid reason for not liking a band.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #217 on: May 28, 2010, 10:09:25 AM »
And that is fail in its purest form.

No.  Fail in its purest form is for someone to not like Rush because they hate Geddy's voice.

That's actually a perfectly valid reason for not liking a band.

Agreed.  Rush has been my favorite band for over 18 years, but I didn't like them for much of my childhood because of Geddy's voice.  Granted, I had only heard a few songs by them, but "Tom Sawyer" aside, which I always liked, I couldn't get past Geddy's voice for a pretty long time, so I can understand that being a pretty big roadblock for some to get over.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #218 on: May 29, 2010, 08:47:00 AM »
2. Dream Theater
Big surprise here. My top two bands perfectly carve out my progressive tastes, with #1 being my favorite Progressive-Rock band and #2 being my favorite Progressive-Metal band. This far into their career I can honestly say I wouldn't rate a Dream Theater album lower than 8/10, and more importantly every album seems special. They always seem to have "it", whatever it is that makes me want to come back and listen again and again and again. While others turn their nose up at all that Dream Theater has inspired through the years, it helps me to appreciate them to know that they influenced so many subsequent bands that I love.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #219 on: May 29, 2010, 09:55:36 AM »
Nice to see ToT getting some love as a favorite album.  It's my second favorite behind Awake.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #220 on: May 29, 2010, 10:10:57 AM »
Nice to see ToT getting some love as a favorite album.  It's my second favorite behind Awake.

It's definitely my 10th favorite

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #221 on: May 29, 2010, 10:14:09 AM »
Nice to see ToT getting some love as a favorite album.  It's my second favorite behind Awake.

It's definitely my 10th favorite
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #222 on: May 29, 2010, 01:08:12 PM »
Awake > ToT, BC&SL, and WDaDU.

Nick even fails when it comes to Dream Theater.

Let me guess, on Rush you're going to tell us that Vapor Trails and Test for Echo are better than Permanent Waves?
     

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #223 on: May 29, 2010, 01:13:57 PM »
Who says Rush is #1?

And Vapor Trails is easily their worst album.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #224 on: May 29, 2010, 02:18:50 PM »
And Vapor Trails is easily their worst album.

Well, at least you got that right...
     

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #225 on: May 29, 2010, 03:06:31 PM »
No point in dragging this out...

1. Rush
Thou shalt have no gods before Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson. The holy trinity of progressive rock, Rush have blazed trails through a variety of styles all while maintaining a distinctive core sound and high quality. Not only do they have a wide variety of fan favorites aside from those heard on the radio, but they are a band for which I can say their hits are some of the best music you will hear on normal radio. Neil Peart is, and should be the drummer to which all others in prog are held. This is not due to his sheer talent, but his ability to create a landscape with drums, his ability to make them perfectly fill into the music. If anyone needs a perfect example of this Mystic Rhythms will have a word with you. Geddy's bass parts are melodic and driving and his voice is expressive and certainly unique. Finally you come to the often underrated Alex Lifeson. He may not be a million notes a minute shredder, but the man has an immense knowledge of guitars and how to produce the sounds he wants with them, and his emotional soloing style is easily loved. And here we are today 35+ years after the first Rush album and the band is putting out quality material and putting on one of the best rock shows you can see. Rush mean so much to me on a personal level as well. In 2003 I had a casual interest in music, and Rush are the reason I base so much of my life around music today.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #226 on: May 29, 2010, 03:11:15 PM »
Nice to see "Middletown Dreams" as a top choice from Power Windows; it's probably my favorite from that record.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #227 on: May 29, 2010, 03:12:14 PM »
Albums like that were so hard to pick from. I mean leaving off a song like Mystic Rhythms was heart-wrenching for me.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #228 on: May 29, 2010, 03:13:19 PM »
And not only does Rush rule in the studio, but their live performances are truly amazing. They really bring life to the music they write :hefdaddy

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #229 on: May 29, 2010, 03:15:09 PM »
Nice to see Arjen so high on one of these lists  :tup

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #230 on: May 29, 2010, 03:15:46 PM »
Ok, for my reference and everyone elses, Nick's list so far:

50.  King Crimson
49.  Genesis
48.  Spock's Beard
47.  Fish
46.  Stratovarius
45.  Supertramp
44.  Tiles
43.  Jethro Tull
42.  Styx
41.  Kamelot
40.  Sonata Arctica
39.  Amorphis
38.  Metallica
37.  Secret Sphere
36.  Vanden Plas
35.  Time Machine
34.  Pain of Salvation
33.  Muse
32.  Kansas
31.  The Flower Kings
30.  Coheed and Cambria
29.  Tesla
28.  Labyrinth
27.  Threshold
26.  dredg
25.  Dominici
24.  OSI
23.  Karmakanic
22.  Beardfish
21.  Firewind
20.  Enchant
19.  Fates Warning
18.  Yes
17.  Pendragon
16.  Bruce Dickenson
15.  Marillion
14.  Neil Morse
13.  Symphony X
12.  Royal Hunt
11.  Queensryche
10.  Pink Floyd
9.   Redemption
8.   Riverside
7.   Shadow Gallery
6.   Transatlantic
5.   Iron Maiden
4.   Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson
3.   Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen
2.   Dream Theater
1.   Rush

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #231 on: May 29, 2010, 03:59:24 PM »
Good list.

Except for Arjen   :P
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #232 on: May 29, 2010, 09:07:41 PM »
Good list.

Except for Porcupine Tree   :P

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #233 on: May 29, 2010, 09:14:46 PM »
3. Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Stream of Passion, Guilt Machine)

No Sixth Extinction on the list.

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+1 for The Charm of the Seer though.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #234 on: May 29, 2010, 10:37:56 PM »
And Vapor Trails is easily their worst album.

I am not sure what is worse: you saying that, or you listing "One Little Victory" as one of the three best songs from it.  

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14.  Neil Morse
 

Really?  Neil?  NeIl?  NeIl??

Major fail there, man. :lol :lol :hat :hat :corn :loser:

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #235 on: May 29, 2010, 11:14:24 PM »
Yea I noticed that too, but didn't want to say anything because it was so bad.

It was like that giant elephant in the room.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #237 on: May 30, 2010, 06:48:45 AM »
:lol What can I say, I always have Neal Peart on my mind.
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« Reply #238 on: May 30, 2010, 10:51:42 AM »
:lol What can I say, I always have Neal Peart on my mind.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #239 on: May 30, 2010, 01:23:37 PM »
Really?  Neil?  NeIl?  NeIl??

Major fail there, man. :lol :lol :hat :hat :corn :loser:

Yea I noticed that too, but didn't want to say anything because it was so bad.

It was like that giant elephant in the room.

Actually, that's my fault.  Nick copied the list from my post, and the only Neil I know personally spells it Neil, just like the astronaut Armstrong, so I just typed "Neil".
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« Reply #240 on: May 30, 2010, 03:16:49 PM »
After reviewing the list, I realized something. No Opeth.

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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #241 on: May 30, 2010, 03:50:57 PM »
Doesn't like growls.

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« Reply #242 on: May 30, 2010, 03:58:01 PM »
Ah. Understandable.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #243 on: May 30, 2010, 05:49:32 PM »
Nice to see some Lock and Key appreciation :tup

And my top 5 DT songs are up there too :tup :tup

Good list. Many of these artists are ones I am just discovering/intending to check out soon.
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Re: Nick's Favorite Artists Top 50
« Reply #244 on: May 30, 2010, 06:57:16 PM »
not a huge King's X fan Nick?