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    Posted: January 10 2008 at 17:00
I saw Atlas a few times on Rage after seeing them in the most popular album slot. First view I didn't like it much (thought the vocals were annoying), but it's grown on me. The wah-wah vocal is pretty clever.

They didn't click with me until I heard Race Out. That song is intense.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2007 at 14:50
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

Bump.
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Just a little reminder. Big%20smile
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007

Couldnt agree more, I've moved it ahead of Grayceon now in my personal list.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2007 at 01:02
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

At least you enjoyed it, Nuke. Thumbs%20UpI don't know much about music theory so that's probably why I see their music as complex in some ways.


It is somewhat complex, don't get me wrong. Its just that people were calling it mind-blowing. You actually probably do know more music theory then me, except for rhythm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2007 at 15:20
At least you enjoyed it, Nuke. Thumbs%20Up

I don't know much about music theory so that's probably why I see their music as complex in some ways.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 16:50
need to watch that vid again.. been awhile 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 16:48
Here is a stream-of-conscious review, enjoy (maybe)

I got to the 12 minute mark, and there is some 2 against 5 action here. Not mind-blowingly complex, but very tight and good sounding. There is some 9 at 14 minutes in, and some tuplet vs triplets throughout. I feel a bit of disciplineish stuff, but only on a superficial level, such as between the guitars one is playing fast and one is playing slower stuff that alaigns with it. OMG, I love the tamborine on top of the high-hat. And now, at the 17 minute, is the first real complex stuff. The keyboard/guitarist had a hard rhythem and it alaigned with the drums perfectly. Niice. It quickly reverts back into another 4 type of rhythem. I guess they can hold complex rhythems, but not jam with them. Still good though. I like the hi-hat on the off-beat. That is hard to pull off, especially if you put other stuff on both on and off, which it doesn't seem he's doing too much of. Ok, ambientish stuff, then atlas. Great fun. I love the swing feel. Then, at 35, that is funny how he does the guitar slide and then looks at his hand like "Ow", and then switches to something else without slides.I love the groove at that part two. With the voices and stuff. 38, ahh sextuplets and triplets. Yay! Not complex, but fun and too hard for many bands. Some unique spin-off on that theme too. Ah, these comments on youtube are hilarious. One of the most talented bands of our times. Obscure time signatures. Lol, yes, talented, not most talented. Sorry. Obscure time signatures like 4/4, 5/4, and 9/8? Sounds like miles davis, lol, heck no! anyways, back to the music. 45-52 is awesome! It is pretty crazy, but I like it like that. The last song was pretty good. It's based on the cuban triplets, aka the (1--1--1-) beat. It was some sick drumming involved there.

Now that I listened to it, I'll say that I give them a B. Their music is not the next king crimson, like a reviewer on amazon said. Not even close. No, it is not nearly as complex as people are making it out to be, however, it is very enjoyable, I'd say it is more pop then prog. I give it a B because it doesn't really take it to the next level. Nothing wrong with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 14:49
No problem. Hope you like it!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 14:47
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:


Originally posted by Nuke Nuke wrote:

Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:



Finally! Battles has been added to Progarchives under the Heavy Prog genre.In case some of you don't know about them they're a math rock band that plays with inhuman precision. They're very minimalistic, have strong Discipline-era King Crimson influences as well as some Krautrock and Electronica.


I hear the electronica and the danciness, but not the discipline nor the mind bending complexity that some reviews stated. I'm giving atlas another go as we speak.
Is Atlas the only song you've heard from them? You won't find much complexity in there. Try watching the live concert video too see how complex their music can be.


Hah! You replied as I was editing my post. I'm loading the live vid as we speak, but it might take a while. I'll get back to you in an hour
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 14:46
Originally posted by Nuke Nuke wrote:

Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:



Finally! Battles has been added to Progarchives under the Heavy Prog genre.In case some of you don't know about them they're a math rock band that plays with inhuman precision. They're very minimalistic, have strong Discipline-era King Crimson influences as well as some Krautrock and Electronica.


I hear the electronica and the danciness, but not the discipline nor the mind bending complexity that some reviews stated. I'm giving atlas another go as we speak.

Is Atlas the only song you've heard from them? You won't find much complexity in there. Try watching the live concert video too see how complex their music can be.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 14:38
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:



Finally! Battles has been added to Progarchives under the Heavy Prog genre.In case some of you don't know about them they're a math rock band that plays with inhuman precision. They're very minimalistic, have strong Discipline-era King Crimson influences as well as some Krautrock and Electronica.


I hear the electronica and the danciness, but not the discipline nor the mind bending complexity that some reviews stated. I'm giving atlas another go as we speak.

Edit: Now I really like atlas listening to it again, but I didn't hear any math at all. Especially not discipline. I guess I'll listen to the hour long one now...

Edited by Nuke - December 18 2007 at 14:46
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2007 at 05:20
First for me followed by
Machacek, Sipe & Garrison: Improvision
Hellberg etal: Art Metal
 
Also note: Jakko M Jakszyk's The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, was officially released end of January 2007- prior to that it was available from Jakko's label only.
Also Hectic Watermelon: The Great American Road Trip only took hold January/February this year, although it was another autumn 2006 release.
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Hornsby, DeJohnette, McBride: Camp Meeting
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2007 at 23:32
Second for me, after Comicopera.

Best live album would go to Real Time, even though it was recorded in 2005.

Not sure what will be 3rd... most likely the new Upsilon Acrux, which I hope to hear soon, or perhaps Soft Mountain.  I would have gone for Le Silo, but that was actually released in December last year, but most people didn't hear it until this year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2007 at 23:25
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

Bump.
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Just a little reminder. Big%20smile
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007

Maybe if In Rainbows didn't come out Wink
Top 3 for sure!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2007 at 23:13
Bump.
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Just a little reminder. Big%20smile
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007
Mirrored is the best album of 2007

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2007 at 14:06
nice to see attention to BATTLES
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2007 at 14:03
yeah, too bad it became so after a 2 stars review. LOL guess the most popular doesn't need to be "most praised" as well. Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2007 at 12:13
What a great moment to open the Progarchives' main page:



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2007 at 05:19
Rather good summary of Mirrored in our Student Magazine Label this week, found in their albums of the year page:
 
The only album to really blow me away this year, few records ever deliver on as many fronts as this one. Numerous subtleties and elaborate time signatures sit along side songs that are genuinely catchy, from a debut album that confuses, intrigues and escapes any attempt to categorise it. Call it math-rock, call it post-rock, call it future-dance-glam-nu,rock, under any moniker this is music miles ahead of anything else out there right now (author: Adam Sheraton)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2007 at 21:22
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2007 at 21:18
^ thanks Ruben, I'll keep that in mind...
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