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Poll Question: Pick your favorite album.
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    Posted: October 03 2017 at 20:49
These albums are definitely not new, but I only recently discovered them. 

They are each highly recommended. This is why:

I don't know how Sleepytime Gorilla Museum does it, but "Of Natural History" is absolutely awesome! The band is known for using homemade instruments, and they are often described as avant-garde metal. However, they experiment in a variety of genres: some in this album are prog, country, post-metal, IDM, and funk. Their sound is really heavy, and they include a good amount of growling. This is definitely one of the better avant-metal albums of late, though.

"Planet Drum" is a really fabulous album that experiments with different drums and percussion. It was recommended to me in my "Drum-Only" thread the other day. It's a world album, but it has a sort of otherworldly feel. Mickey Hart collaborated with many different percussionists around the world; In case you don't know who Mickey Hart is, he used to be a member of the Grateful Dead.

I actually did not listen to all of "2032", but everything I have heard from it is really, really great! Particularly, I loved "How To Stay Alive": I have been looking for more intelligent, experimental rap lately, and this really did it for me!

"The Book Of Heads" is now one of my favorite albums by John Zorn, and I changed it to be my profile picture here on Prog Archives. It is really just a collection of 35 etudes for solo guitar, recorded and released in 1995, and featuring Marc Ribot. Recently, it is has been gaining a lot of attention... That's why I decided to give it a listen, and boy was I amazed! In terms of innovation, John Zorn did a lot here: I'm not going to spoil the album; Listen to this gem for yourself!

These albums are going to go down in time as some of my favorites. I really hope you enjoy as much as I did, and be sure to leave a vote: Which one left the greatest impression on you?

(I'm undecided)
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Of Natural History. A bit too rough for my tastes but I recognize this band's greatness and I prefer this album over the others here.
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Of Natural History is a masterpiece.
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I only know "Of Natural History" and "The Book of Heads" and they are really quite fantastic.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mlkpad14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2017 at 16:06
I decided to vote '"The Book of Heads".

It was an extremely hard decision - I'll tell you that much.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mlkpad14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2017 at 05:58
I finally listened to 2032 in full, and it was just as great in full as it was in all its different parts. In fact, just as good as Gong's Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy back from the 70s - pretty close to Flying Teapot; that album is my favorite from them.
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^ I found 2032 to be mostly average actually, but if you liked that one do check their two latest albums, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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Of Natural History.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mlkpad14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2017 at 16:20
Originally posted by Sagichim Sagichim wrote:

^ I found 2032 to be mostly average actually, but if you liked that one do check their two latest albums, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Yes, good stuff. Gong is absolutely great!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mlkpad14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2017 at 18:35
A shame there are so little votes... I am assuming these albums are pretty well known around here, no?
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