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The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« on: October 18, 2020, 11:59:52 AM »
So I haven't seen any proper thread dedicated to this Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, the creative mind behind Toehider, and musical hero to Arjen Luccassen (Ayreon). While I've known his voice for years because of Ayreon, I've never checked out Toehider until recently, and I've been watching a few of Mike's live-in-the-studio performances he's posted recently on YouTube, and MAN he just blows me away.

This guy has a FOUR OCTAVE vocal range (C2-C6) and is able to masterfully control it as well, all the while playing some intense guitar parts. He's also pretty amazing at bass and drums and keys, from what I can tell, since he seems to write and record everything on the Toehider albums (near as I can tell, but that might not be the case for all of them).

Are there any pre-existing Toehider fans here? I feel like Mike is severely underrated and underappreciated. I would love to see him branch out and play with other musicians in the prog sphere, like a project with him and Mike Portnoy would be awesome.

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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2020, 03:12:45 PM »
Mike is absolutely amazing. I have most of the Toehider stuff and enjoy all of it, love a good chunk of it. He's just an incredibly talented guy.
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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2020, 03:30:44 PM »
I enjoy most of the Toehider releases. Though the latest album "I like it" hasn't gotten under my skin yet.

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2020, 07:45:31 PM »
What Made me a fan of his is him doing the Binary in The Day That The World Breaks Down.

His Toehider stuff is pretty good too.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2020, 08:54:01 PM »
Just tried to look this guy up, and Iím thinking thereís more than one Michael Mills.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2022, 02:11:51 AM »
I found this thread and decided to resurrect it as he has released an awesome new Toehider song.

I Have Little To No Memory of These Memories

There's so much going on in this 47 min. I remember seeing a sort of tracklist for the sections but I can not find it now. It's got a lot of different styles and reminds me of Queen a lot. There's sections that sound like Metallica, and also some parts take an entirely different turn.

He also released a video for "The Hoader" section of the song.

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2022, 03:38:46 PM »
I found this thread and decided to resurrect it as he has released an awesome new Toehider song.

I Have Little To No Memory of These Memories

There's so much going on in this 47 min. I remember seeing a sort of tracklist for the sections but I can not find it now. It's got a lot of different styles and reminds me of Queen a lot. There's sections that sound like Metallica, and also some parts take an entirely different turn.

He also released a video for "The Hoader" section of the song.

listening now..some of this is like Queen and other sections are very Tull-like..and there's even a section which is like Hendrix's Third Stone from the Sun in a symphonic arrangement.

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2022, 04:14:57 PM »
I found this thread and decided to resurrect it as he has released an awesome new Toehider song.

I Have Little To No Memory of These Memories

There's so much going on in this 47 min. I remember seeing a sort of tracklist for the sections but I can not find it now. It's got a lot of different styles and reminds me of Queen a lot. There's sections that sound like Metallica, and also some parts take an entirely different turn.

He also released a video for "The Hoader" section of the song.

listening now..some of this is like Queen and other sections are very Tull-like..and there's even a section which is like Hendrix's Third Stone from the Sun in a symphonic arrangement.

I also think the ending sounds like Dreams by Van Halen. Which for me is a good thing cause I love that song, and I also love the ending section to this song.

I also like how in the linear notes, it has the lyrics (theyre also on Bandcamp) and it lists what occurs during which he termed the "Montage" part and I think that section is brilliantly done. Especially the "High Five" moment.
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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2022, 03:36:28 PM »
yeah, I hear that and Dreams is a really good tune.

I have been won over enough to pickup the new album on Vinyl. And I guess the Vinyl version is slightly different?

But I Have Little to No Memory of These Memories finished #3 on my 2022 AOTY list. It's THAT good and engaging.

anyway, I'm checking out "I  Like It" from 2020..this is some more amazing stuff! The ending of "Concerning Lix & Fairs" is crazy cool!

I just wrote on Twitter

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listening to @toehider's 2020 album "I Like It"; which the title does seem to fit for me. This dude might be in some ways what I have needed since Fjokra's output has dwindled (and of course the loss of Kevin Gilbert which is still being felt).

and that could be true. I may fall head over heals for all of his stuff. The crazy creative multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter studio wizard, brings a lot of that brilliance to these songs like Fjokra and Kevin.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2022, 01:15:43 PM »
I decided to join the Toehider Patreon for the $1 tier and went the route of joining Discord as well. They have the past catalogue in a simple post on discord that's easy to hear the songs.

I discovered they actually did record a cover of Dreams. It's pretty good as well and I love it. Too bad you can't download it though. There's also covers of The Trees by Rush, Welcome Home by Coheed and Cambria, plus other interesting choices. I would say having access to just these covers alone is worth the $1 subscription, and I am glad I decided to join.
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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2023, 01:04:00 PM »
new EP -  XII in XII #01 - "Quit Forever​?​"

.the 1st of 12 that he's making in 2023. The Patreon had these earlier of course. I'm thinking of signing up just to get access to them all soon.

https://toehider.bandcamp.com/album/xii-in-xii-01-quit-forever
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2023, 11:51:15 PM »
I just renewed my Patreon subscription because of this release. The lyrics in these songs really speak to me at this time in my life...


But the other EP's....The public is in for a fantastic treat these coming days.

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2023, 06:52:57 AM »
He has made some excellent music over the years. Will check it out.

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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2023, 01:51:33 PM »
Great EP, really looking forward to the coming releases.

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2023, 12:04:32 AM »
Great EP, really looking forward to the coming releases.

My favorite of them all so far is the next release....Beacon Town 1985.
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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2023, 05:49:47 AM »
Second EP is out. Good stuff but I prefer the previous one. "Quit forever" reminds me of "Toe Hider" and "Toehider too", which I consider to be the core Toehider style. I love how the EPs explore different directions, but these kinds of releases are my favourites.

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« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2023, 08:14:34 AM »


yeah I'm liking this 1 a bit more. Very energetic.

I think when he does poppy/energetic songs is when I get most into them.

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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2023, 04:36:22 AM »
I've been keeping up with all the new EPs this year, and just checked out Horse EP. I love all the different styles covered in these EPs, and there are some real gems in here.

I'd say I'd rank as follows...

Quit Forever?
Horse
Snapshots from Beacontown Spring Dance '85
The 4 Castles of Stelcoaryn

Is he still planning to release 12 this year, as that means we've got another 8 to go in less than 2 months.

Also, what the fuck is E-Snout? :lol
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2023, 05:39:12 AM »
Agree with the ranking so far.

The plan is to release 12 EPs in 12 months, not by the end of the calendar year.

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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2023, 06:20:03 AM »
Agree with the ranking so far.

The plan is to release 12 EPs in 12 months, not by the end of the calendar year.

That makes more sense. 8 EPs by the end of the year is King Gizzard levels of output.

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Re: The (Official?) Michael Mills & Toehider Thread
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2023, 06:20:57 AM »
I've been keeping up with all the new EPs this year, and just checked out Horse EP. I love all the different styles covered in these EPs, and there are some real gems in here.

I'd say I'd rank as follows...

Quit Forever?
Horse
Snapshots from Beacontown Spring Dance '85
The 4 Castles of Stelcoaryn

Is he still planning to release 12 this year, as that means we've got another 8 to go in less than 2 months.

Also, what the fuck is E-Snout? :lol

That's the plan. If you follow him on Patreon, it makes sense.
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