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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results) (nice)
« Reply #1261 on: October 03, 2020, 10:24:18 PM »
FINAL RESULTS

TAC
Alizarin
Elegy Simulacra
A Wreath of Temperance
4 points


This is some fairly competent prog metal. Musically they lean away from being particularly technical, but they donít seem to replace it with many interesting ideas or catchy sections, and they fall into the trap a lot of modern prog metal bands do of writing fairly flat vocal lines. The vocalist isÖ fine, but not really memorable in any way. Itís not bad overall, but it doesnít seem to offer anything that other bands in genre arenít already doing better.


The Walrus
Cellador
Leaving All Behind
Never Again
Honor Forth
Good Enough
This Means War
4 points


Iím just really not feeling this at all. First off, I assume the first two songs are from a debut album, because the production on those is complete dogshit. Everything kind of mushes together. The production on the other songs is much better, but the songs themselves still feel a bit uninspired. Thereís some typical power metal guitar and drum work, but the vocals are pretty thin most of the time, and none of the chorus melodies really work that well which is generally the lynchpin for this kind of music.


Puppies_On_Acid
Ulcerate
Withered and Obsolete
Cold Becoming
There Is No Horizon
4 points


Iíll be honest, I donít really get this at all. Itís not bad and I donít mind listening to it, but I canít manage to get anything out of it either. The songs feel kind of directionless for the most part; thereís just bludgeoning drums and guitars and guttural vocals for a while and then the song ends. I do think the build up at the beginning of There is No Horizon is pretty cool, though.


wolfking
Crypt Sermon
Christ is Dead
Snake Handler
4 points


Iím not super into thrash metal in general, but I enjoy some here and there. Musically this is all right when theyíre riffing or soloing, but much of the time seems to be spent on these sort of plodding sections, where the vocals are front and center, and unfortunately I think the vocals are just really poor overall; the singerís voice isnít very strong and there doesnít seem to be much of a melodic sense to the lines. There is some nice guitar work in the solo sections that I enjoy, but as a whole the songs donít do much for me.


Cyril
The Hirsch Effekt
Agitation
Cotard
5 points


I think I listened to one of these guysí albums back when we were doing the album of the week thread, and my impression was more or less that it was fairly good prog metal. Thatís pretty much the same way Iím feeling about these songs here; fairly good, but nothing exceptional. Itís the problem I have with most prog metal these days, although having the vocals in German is pretty neat. And there are definitely some really nice moments here and there, but as full songs theyíre not really moving me.


Buddyhunter1
Poppy
I Disagree
BLOODMONEY
Anything Like Me
Fill the Crown
Donít Go Outside
6 points


Offhand, I think youíve probably sent me the weirdest submissions in this roulette, and you seem to be continuing the trend here. The sound is a mix of heavy guitars and industrial sounds with vocals that mainly alternate between light and melodic and a sort of rhythmic yelling, although there are some other styles in here as well. Thereís a lot thatís interesting here, and a lot to like, but thereís also a fair bit that doesnít really work for me at all, which results in a sort of middling score.


Tomislav95
The Pineapple Thief
In Exile
The Final Thing on My Mind
Bond
6 points


Iíve heard of this band here and there, mainly because they are (or were, I guess) on the same label as Porcupine Tree. I can see the stylistic similarities, probably derived from the common ancestor of Pink Floyd? They create a great atmosphere and sonically itís really good, although I donít think the songs themselves stand out much beyond being fairly good. The best part here is the finale of The Final Thing on My Mind, but it feels like they take way too long to get there.


Stadler
Night Ranger
Interstate Love Affair
Walk in the Future
When You Close Your Eyes
Penny
Sing Me Away
6 points


This is pretty fun, ballad-y rock music. Itís very smooth, both in terms of the music and the vocals, although this kind of work both for it and against it, as I think a bit more of an edge would be beneficial at points. Penny actually does, and as a result it ends up being my favorite song of the bunch. None of the others are bad, but I think most of them tend to get a bit repetitive near the second half which pulls the score down some.


romdrums
Peter Gabriel
Red Rain
Intruder
I Have the Touch
Kiss That Frog
7 points


This is a (mostly) nice set of songs. Red Rain and I Have the Touch have a 80s sort of pop/rock sound to them, and Kiss That Frog goes for more a funky feel which is a lot of fun. Intruder is the most Ďout thereí and experimental, and while I appreciate the effort, in this case the song just doesnít really do much for me. On the other songs, though, Gabrielís vocals are consistently excellent and the instrumentation is very nicely varied and unconventional.


Luoto
Dvne
Thirst
Scion
7 points


Iím pretty into the harsh vocals here, although I think they could have used a bit more variation. He uses the same guttural roar most of the time, but it works well, and I think the rest of the music stays fluid enough to counterbalance any sense of monotony. The slower, chiming-guitar sections are really nice, but even when the songs are staying heavy, the riffs evolve and change enough to stay engaging. I do think the clean vocals on Scion are a bit of miss though; they donít seem very strong and I donít know that the song would lose anything if they werenít there.


Sacul
Glen Hansard
Bird of Sorrow
Philander
Donít Settle
Iíll Be You, Be Me
7 points


Iíve seen this guy get sent in a lot of roulettes over the years, but I donít think Iíve ever listened to any of his stuff. Itís an indie sound with a bit of a folk/singer/songwriter feel to it, where the main emphasis is on the vocalist. Heís got a nice, distinctive voice that goes from the low, half-spoken parts to the belting sections really well, and I think the two songs that make the most use of that contrast (Bird of Sorrow and Donít Settle) are the best ones here. The other two are nice, but donít really have enough variation to stay engaging.


ariich
Bear Ghost
Sickness for Nothing
She-Wrecks
Paradise
Funkle Phil
Prelude
8 points


This is a really creative sound, both in terms of music and vocals. Theyíve got electronic bits, heavy bits, funky bits, and a really great, versatile vocal performance. Iíve always been a fan of that vaudevillian, Dear Hunter-esque dramatic vocal style, and this guy does it really well on these songs, as well as mixing in other styles like on Funkle Phil and Sickness for Nothing. Not everything they try works for me, but a lot of it does, and the more Iíve listened to these songs the more theyíve grown on me.


Elite
Talking Heads
Slippery People
Swamp
Once in a Lifetime
Crosseyed and Painless
8 points


OK, I guess Iíve actually heard the chorus of Once in a Lifetime before, but I didnít remember until I heard it, so I figure itís fine. Anyway, this is really cool, funky stuff. The vocal approach is pretty atypical and I could see it being a detriment, but Iím pretty into it for the most part, and they balance the partially-spoken parts with more melodic sections. The bass is a real standout here as well that always keeps the songs moving.


HOF
Prefab Sprout
Goodbye Lucille #2
Appetite
When Love Breaks Down
Bonny
Ineffable
8 points


These guys have a really interesting sound. Thereís a very 80s-pop feeling to the instruments and production on Lucille and Appetite, but the song construction and vocal style feels new wave-y to me. The two acoustic songs are naturally a bit more stripped back but still feel pretty unconventional in the way the instruments interact, and the singerís style is pretty different but still works quite well.  and then Ineffable is a totally different, orchestral kind of piece. Iím not totally sure how well it works with the other songs, but on its own itís a nice bit of music.


Evermind
Mark Knopfler
Redbud Tree
The Scaffolderís Wife
Dream of the Drowned Submariner
Wherever I Go
9 points


Iím vaguely familiar with Knopfler via Dire Straits, and have always really enjoyed his guitar work, and unsurprisingly itís excellent here as well. Heís got a very distinct style thatís really expressive and avoids being showy at all. That said, the songs here are mainly focused around the vocals, and while Iíve just been lukewarm on that aspect of Dire Straits, his voice here has a great full sound to it that suits the songs really well. Iím not sure if he was the singer in Dire Straits, but if so, I definitely prefer him here. The second vocalist on the last song is great as well, and her voice and his complement each other quite well.


FINAL STANDINGS

ariich   69
Tomislav95   65
Luoto   64
romdrums   64
Evermind   62
Buddyhunter1   61
Sacul   60
The Walrus   59
Elite   55
HOF   55
Stadler   53
TAC   50
wolfking   50
Cyril   50
Puppies_On_Acid   49


Congratulations Rich!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:


And thank you to everyone for participating! I have greatly enjoyed having each of you in my roulette, and you've given me a lot of music to ponder for the next few years until I do another one of these.

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1262 on: October 03, 2020, 10:27:33 PM »
@ ariich's score: nice
also heck yeah not last place :metardica:

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1263 on: October 03, 2020, 10:55:58 PM »
I kind of get your take on Ulcerate, I'm actually fine with that. I don't necessarily agree, but it's fine. However, I think The Hirsch Effekt got short changed big time. :dunno:

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1264 on: October 03, 2020, 11:02:03 PM »
i'm pretty much numb to shadow meh'ing my submissions by this point so  :lol

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1265 on: October 03, 2020, 11:04:55 PM »
I think I said before that we're pretty much musical opposites. :lol

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1266 on: October 03, 2020, 11:06:38 PM »
I think I said before that we're pretty much musical opposites. :lol
Which would make us  basically musical opposites as well. And judging by my score, that's most likely true.  :lol

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1267 on: October 03, 2020, 11:09:45 PM »
I think I said before that we're pretty much musical opposites. :lol
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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1268 on: October 04, 2020, 12:40:56 AM »
 :lol Crypt Sermon are thrash metal?!?!  Haha thanks for having me.
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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1269 on: October 04, 2020, 02:56:56 AM »
Whoooo I even moved up on the scoreboard!

Thanks for running this!

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1270 on: October 04, 2020, 05:55:08 AM »
Wow those chorus melodies are actually really strong with very powerful cadences. And thin vocals? I don't get that at all, but ight
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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1271 on: October 04, 2020, 06:09:13 AM »
And thin vocals? I don't get that at all, but ight

Yeah, crap on the production all you want but those vocals aren't thin.
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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results) (nice)
« Reply #1272 on: October 04, 2020, 08:04:55 AM »


HOF
Prefab Sprout
Goodbye Lucille #2
Appetite
When Love Breaks Down
Bonny
Ineffable
8 points


These guys have a really interesting sound. Thereís a very 80s-pop feeling to the instruments and production on Lucille and Appetite, but the song construction and vocal style feels new wave-y to me. The two acoustic songs are naturally a bit more stripped back but still feel pretty unconventional in the way the instruments interact, and the singerís style is pretty different but still works quite well.  and then Ineffable is a totally different, orchestral kind of piece. Iím not totally sure how well it works with the other songs, but on its own itís a nice bit of music.

FINAL STANDINGS

ariich   69
Tomislav95   65
Luoto   64
romdrums   64
Evermind   62
Buddyhunter1   61
Sacul   60
The Walrus   59
Elite   55
HOF   55
Stadler   53
TAC   50
wolfking   50
Cyril   50
Puppies_On_Acid   49


Congratulations Rich!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:


And thank you to everyone for participating! I have greatly enjoyed having each of you in my roulette, and you've given me a lot of music to ponder for the next few years until I do another one of these.

Hey, Iím glad you liked this! Prefab Sprout are another band that Steve Hogarth has touted in the past as an influence. Particularly the album Steve McQueen, which is what all of these are taken from (except the last instrumental track). Iíve been aware of them for years but only really checked them out this past year. They are pretty much in that same vein of 80s new wave/power pop as XTC and Tears for Fears but with a fairly unique twist.

Truthfully Steve McQueen (it was released under the name Two Wheels Good in the US due to legal reasons) is the one album of theirs that has really grabbed me, but it is phenomenal. The two acoustic tracks are from an all acoustic version of the album that was released in 2007 I think. Definitely worth checking out both the original Steve McQueen album from the 80s and the acoustic version if you can find it.

In the end, I probably shouldnít have sent some of the stuff I had a feeling you might not like in favor of more 80s pop/new wave stuff! But thanks for hosting this and having me!

Also, congratulations Rich!

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1273 on: October 04, 2020, 08:29:11 AM »
:lol Crypt Sermon are thrash metal?!?!  Haha thanks for having me.

I don't know, they sounded sort of thrashy to me.

Whoooo I even moved up on the scoreboard!

Thanks for running this!

No problem, thanks for playing!

And thin vocals? I don't get that at all, but ight

Yeah, crap on the production all you want but those vocals aren't thin.

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Hey, Iím glad you liked this! Prefab Sprout are another band that Steve Hogarth has touted in the past as an influence. Particularly the album Steve McQueen, which is what all of these are taken from (except the last instrumental track). Iíve been aware of them for years but only really checked them out this past year. They are pretty much in that same vein of 80s new wave/power pop as XTC and Tears for Fears but with a fairly unique twist.

Truthfully Steve McQueen (it was released under the name Two Wheels Good in the US due to legal reasons) is the one album of theirs that has really grabbed me, but it is phenomenal. The two acoustic tracks are from an all acoustic version of the album that was released in 2007 I think. Definitely worth checking out both the original Steve McQueen album from the 80s and the acoustic version if you can find it.

In the end, I probably shouldnít have sent some of the stuff I had a feeling you might not like in favor of more 80s pop/new wave stuff! But thanks for hosting this and having me!

Also, congratulations Rich!

Thanks for playing!

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1274 on: October 04, 2020, 09:53:02 AM »
Damn, just barely missed out on the top 5 :-\ I'll gladly accept the superlative for weirdest submissions though! :metal

This was a fun roulette - hope I sent some stuff you go on to explore further!
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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1275 on: October 04, 2020, 01:10:00 PM »
Yay! :D

Glad I stuck with the non-heavy stuff, we seem to have quite a lot of well-aligned tastes there and less for so heavy music, or perhaps to some extent it's that a lot of the heavy stuff we'll both like we both know already. Either way, I'm glad the path I took paid out, and really happy that you liked every non-heavy submission of mine so much! Every round I only sent songs from a single album so hopefully a decent number of those albums will be up your alley.

Thanks again for having me, it was a blast!

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« Reply #1276 on: October 05, 2020, 03:06:06 AM »
Finished strong! Cracked the top 5 even, wow.

Thanks for running this SN!

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Re: SN's Homestuck roulette: jpeg hero (final results)
« Reply #1277 on: October 05, 2020, 08:55:11 AM »
I'm not last!


Shadow, thanks for running this; you did a great job!

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« Reply #1278 on: October 05, 2020, 11:21:36 AM »
Cool, kinda expected a bit more but I'll take it :P

Thanks for having me! Was pretty cool to try different things and see what stuck and what not.

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« Reply #1280 on: October 07, 2020, 02:53:18 AM »
GG all. Wasn't this close to win since forever :lol
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