Fans of Praying Mantis must have approached this disc with trepidation, Yet another change in vocalists was probably the last thing they wanted. This is a stunning album. It appeared on many "best of year" lists in 1998. It is astounding to look back over eighteen years of the band's history to this disc which, at the time of its release, is the best album the band has released. This disc features the very best of everything the band had shown through the years. The songs are very well written. The vocals are immense and the choruses are enormous.
This is not a book of jokes. It is about how people make rules about humour: rules about what humour is, what it is not, what it should and should not be, when it should and should not be used, what type of humour is permissible and what type forbidden, what is good and bad about humour, what should be considered funny and what should not. …
Dream Theater is the twelfth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on September 23, 2013 in Europe through Roadrunner Records and a day later in the US.
Best known as the madcap drummer with Grobschnitt, he has also been an innovative sound explorer since the mid-60's, and a talented multi-instrumentalist. As early as 1967, Eroc had developed his own methods of multi-tracking and phasing effects, with voices and instruments, and he explored other creative types of music. In 1970 he recorded the revolutionary echo vocal collage work "Horrorgoll" for his solo debut, very much like a piece of Dadaist sound-poetry (yet with a rock aesthetic). His solo work includes a wild mix of synthesizer music, space-rock, comic theatrics, schlager and folk musics, with the touch of Eroc's humour thrown in for good measure.
At their best, cover albums have a strange way of galvanizing an artist by returning to the songs that inspired them; the artists can find the reason why they made music in the first place, perhaps finding a new reason to make music. Robert Plant's Dreamland – his first solo album in nearly ten years and one of the best records he's ever done, either as a solo artist or as a member of Led Zeppelin – fulfills that simple definition of a covers album and goes beyond it, finding Plant sounding reinvigorated and as restless as a new artist. Part of the reason why this album works so well is that he has a new band – not a group of supporting musicians, but a real band whose members can challenge him because they tap into the same eerie, post-folk mysticism that fueled Led Zeppelin III, among other haunting moments in the Zep catalog. Another reason why this album works so well is that it finds the band working from a similar aesthetic point as classic Zeppelin, who, at their peak, often reinterpreted and extrapolated their inspirations, piecing them together to create something startlingly original.