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March 17th, 2011, 02:34 AM #151
Yeah, mentioned earlier in this thread to 3rd how my mates and I were so full on into "Undertow" and the "Opiate EP" (when they came out), but I sort of moved onto other bands later. This thread reignited my interest and I'm really liking "10,000 Days", so will have to check out the other albums since too.
Don't get to see as many bands in Oz, but have seen Porcupine Tree twice, Metallica, Ramones (sore ears for a day or 2), Slayer, Monster Magnet, Radiohead, heaps of local bands and been to numerous Big Day Outs. I used to like getting in the front and moving about a bit, but these days I prefer to stand towards the back.
PS Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" is also brilliant. Rusty Cage and Outshined =
March 17th, 2011, 02:40 AM #152
March 17th, 2011, 03:14 AM #153
You may hate me forever, but I saw them play "You Lied" at my first Tool show. Portland, 1998.
However, I always wanted to hear "Third Eye" (they played Flood instead, on that 1998 show) but I didn't see it until 12 years later (at my 8th show, last year, when they opened with it. Best night of my life!).
March 17th, 2011, 01:00 PM #154
Where do you guys stand on Maynard James Keenan's side projects like A Perfect Circle and Puscifer?
I've never really been an APC fan. There music never really caught my attention. Seemed like APC was more about Billy Howerdel getting his music out there.
Never listened to Puscifer.
March 17th, 2011, 01:13 PM #155
March 17th, 2011, 01:19 PM #156
I like Puscifer. It is very different than anything else MJK has done. I think he is improving as the last EP he put out was miles better than the first Puscifer album.
Check it out...
March 17th, 2011, 01:49 PM #157
Wow, thanks for the linkage 3rdI! That song is pretty awesome! MJK's voice is pretty amazing...not to mention his song writing ability.
I should clarify what I said earlier about APC. When I said I've never really been a fan, I mean: I don't listen to them on a regular basis like I do my favorite bands. I like and respect their music, have seen them live twice, but it isn't like, a go-to band for me. More like something I'll put in the stereo when I need a change of pace.
March 17th, 2011, 04:23 PM #158
March 17th, 2011, 05:44 PM #159
March 17th, 2011, 06:25 PM #160
My favourite APC album is The Thirteenth Step.
March 17th, 2011, 07:09 PM #161
March 18th, 2011, 09:03 PM #162
Ok dudes, inspired by Evil Agent's love of lists, let's rank the Seattle grunge bands...
1. Pearl Jam-they've stuck around, and are still pretty solid. Also a sweet live band. I would rank their live material as better than some of their albums.
2. Alice in Chains- Lane's voice is totally unique, and Cantrell has a nice guitar style that you don't hear too often in metal
3. Soundgarden- As much as I love Chris Cornell's voice when it is on, when he is off his game, he sounds like ass. Jesus Christ Pose is one of my all time favorite songs.
4. Nirvana- Slightly overrated. Still an awesome band. Probably the most accessible of the grunge bands, I feel like they didn't get a chance to reach their full potential. Kurt's guitar playing on the unplugged album is much more advanced than it was on Nevermind. Also Dave Grohl is an insane drummer.
5. The Melvins- Still rocking hard all these years later. They score points with me for keeping it real.
Being a Seattleite this is a hard one for me. These bands all have a special place in my heart.
March 18th, 2011, 09:31 PM #163
March 18th, 2011, 09:39 PM #164
I must admit I don't listen to any of them much anymore, but in the 90's a few of them were my favourite bands.
Probably the same top 5, but substitute the Melvins with Mudhoney for me. I've never gotten into The Melvins but have heard heaps of praise, from other musicians as well.
I remember buying Nirvana's Bleach (in red viny) before Nevermind was released, and being blown away by the sludgy, grungy guitar in the songs. Still love that album. Then I bought Nevermind and was in awe of the sound, production and songwriting skills of Kurt. The whole group of people I was hanging out with were fully into it. Their Live Unplugged DVD is also excellent. Unfortunately Nevermind has sort of been played to death now.
Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger was the first album I heard of theirs, and was also amazed. Especially the intro song Rusty Cage and the downtuned guitars on "Outshined" - what a brilliant song and singing by Cornell. Also really liked Louder than Love but thought Superunknown was a bit disappointing.
They're currently writing new material as a group for release this year - the first since 96 and their breakup!
Pearl Jam - yeah, pretty consistent. "Vs" got very heavy rotation in the car when it came out, as did Vitalogy.
Some great bands in a memorable era of my life, that's for sure.
March 18th, 2011, 10:06 PM #165
1. Soundgarden - By far the most progressive and experimental of the grunge bands. Badmotorfinger remains one of my favourite rock albums of all time, and Superunknown is amazing too. Chris Cornell probably has the best all around voice in rock (range, timbre, etc.).
2. Alice in Chains - Underrated grunge band, with great songwriting and some of the best vocal harmonies ever. Dirt is one of the darkest and most hardcore albums in my collection!
3. Pearl Jam - Very solid rock band, and their first three albums are classic... but somewhere around the 5th or 6th album it starts sounding a bit generic/repetitive to me.
4. Nirvana - Definitely a bit overrated, but this was the first modern rock band I ever liked and they were responsible for getting me into rock. I'd rank them higher if they'd been around a little longer (as Corporal Blues said above, they didn't get to reach their full potential). I can't really listen to them anymore (overplayed? burned out?) except for In Utero, which is a dark and muddy masterpiece.
It's funny that the lowest two on my list were the most popular of the bunch. AiC and Soundgarden didn't get as much of the spotlight, but were definitely the better musicians.