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Bill Collins
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On my third pint! Well a third of a pint topped up with
Cream Soda!

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Bill, I like Amaranthe and Within Temptation. Though I have one issue with Amaranthe: A few of their songs should have left the harsh/screaming vocals out. Just because you have 3 vocalists doesn't mean you have to use all of them on a song. "Amaranthine", for example.

I like Nightwish with both Tarja and Floor Jansen, but Anette sounded out of place. More like a pop star than anything.

Funny thing, though? I don't like Tarja solo. Haven't heard a single song since she left that I like. And her cover of Alice Cooper's "Poison" is abysmal.

Another group I like is Xandria. They've had several different female vocalists, though.




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Haven't heard much of Xandria, but I'll add them to the list. 
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Yes Tarja in isolation can be quite grating, the full on
operatic vocals are a bit OTT! But they fit into
Nightwish`s music.I cannot stand harsh/growl vocals so
that type of band put me off, Epica would be amazing
without them!
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P.S. I`ve seen Within Temptation a few times in small
U.K. venues, we got right down the front, and i can tell
you Sharon is stunning in real life!
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I'm grateful for the cover disc given away with each issue of METAL HAMMER, it's a great way to discover new bands.
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I subscribe to Classic Rock and Prog,both have great
cover discs too.My brother subscribes to Powerplay(We
swap once we`ve read them) they categorise the genres in
the reviews! `Progressive,symphonic doom` etc!
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Another good way to discover new stuff is Youtube,
search for a group you like, then see what comes up in
the suggestion boxes, maybe something new or something
by that band you`ve never seen before or forgot about! I
do this when my wife is watching Dancing on Ice etc!
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Haven't read PROG in a while. Does each issue have a theme? Can you recall any recent themes?
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I wish we had a magazine like METAL HAMMER here in the U.S. that includes discs. There was a magazine or two like that back in the 90's, but they didn't cater to one specific genre, and it would be rare for them to include any metal at all.

Incidentally, my favorite Epica song is Storm The Sorrow. But the song their singer, Simone Simons, did with Kamelot called The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) is really great. I just wish Roy Khan hadn't quit the group. Tommy Karevik is good, but Khan was on another level. (And Epica took their name from a Kamelot album)



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 Brian Floyd wrote:
I wish we had a magazine like METAL HAMMER here in the U.S. that includes discs.

Occasionally, METAL HAMMER has themed discs. A few years ago, they did one for southern metal bands. There was a great "Global Metal" CD once which featured bands from India, Argentina and even Andorra (who knew there were metal bands in that "country"?).
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Tommy Karevik is another vocalist that has performed on
Ayreon albums.

Prog not so much specific themed issues just featured
cover artists,this month it was Jethro Tull/Ian
Anderson.
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I do find the likes of PROG expensive.

In recent years (not just with music magazines), there have been "bookazines", which, to the cynic in me, comes across as a word used to sell a magazine at an inflated price. ;-)

I don't mind paying up to 5 for a magazine, but some can be 8-12. 
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I agree Robbie, many of them just contain old articles
on a certain band/subject collated into a `Bookazine`
As for the cost of magazines, that`s why i subscribe,
because they`re a lot cheaper, you get them before they
hit the shops, and i don`t have to leave the house to
buy them! WHSmith`s are not that common nowadays!
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Yes. Plus, it's hard to tell new things about bands that are no longer around. I bought a Beatles bookazine a while back, but it didn't tell me anything new. No major revelations.

And that's fine. It would be hard to write about a band that is long defunct. You can only say so much about a subject.

It's why DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE (I subscribe to that) rarely covers the classic era. Or, rather, covers the modern era more. Everything that can be written about the 1963-89 era probably has been written.
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Robbie, when you do listen to Xandria, keep in mind they've had 3 different female vocalists, and are about to be on their fourth.
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No problem. :)

Regarding magazines, this is interesting:

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I bought Kerrang! From issue one, right up too the mid-
90`s when it started being aimed at teenagers! Metal
Hammer from the mid -80`s to the early 00`s when it too
started being teen-centric!
I forgot to say,the cost of my subs evens out as i pass
Prog on to my cousin who sends me `Q` and Classic Rock
on to my brother who sends me Powerplay.
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There's TERRORIZER, too, but that's probably a really niche title! I've rarely read it.
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Fireworks too, i`ve read a few of those, more a melodic
rock magazine.
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Be interesting to see the sales figures for the niche magazines.

I mean, if you're a metal fan, there's a good chance you'll be buying METAL HAMMER, but if your preference is for Extreme Metal, well it makes you wonder how many copies TERRORIZER sells.
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Look at this:

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Wow!

Mind blown, great guitar solo!
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