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  1. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    No Control (1989) The band speeds things up even more and takes a more aggressive (and occasionally atonal) edge. Apparently this is considered one of the peak albums of "hardcore punk". I can say that I don't like it as much as Suffer, which I find to be ultimately more melodic and memorable...
  2. MrKnickerbocker

    THE CRUSADE OF EPICS: Top 128, Round 32

    No offense to Overkill, but I do not even have to listen to them here. The Moor is a masterpiece, probably top 10 Opeth.
  3. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    All of this x 1,000! To me, their style of punk rock sounds so much more rooted in rock and roll than pure punk (or metal). They play tightly (especially the guitars), have solos, and know how to construct precise, catchy vocal harmonies. I am not a fan of most punk rock, and certainly not any...
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    Dream Theater

    Huh. James covering Motley Crue w/ his son's band. He sounds...good? I mean, he sounds as good as someone can covering silly Vince Neil.
  5. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    Suffer (1988) Everything comes together here. Bad Religion fully embodies the sound that they will replicate for the rest of their career (while also continuing to write longer tracks in the future). It's a fast, furious, over-before-you-know-it record with some killer vocal hooks, bombastic...
  6. MrKnickerbocker

    THE CRUSADE OF EPICS: Top 128, Round 32

    Also going with Trauma, for the same reasons as NP.
  7. MrKnickerbocker

    Unleash The Archers

    That’s awesome! My band has gigged at the Chicago venue twice (smaller room) and I’ve seen both a buddy’s comedy metal band AND an amateur wrestling show in the main room. :D
  8. MrKnickerbocker

    Unleash The Archers

    Saddle up, US! 9/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze 9/2: Chicago, IL @ Reggies 9/3: Detroit, MI @ The Shelter 9/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground 9/5: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall 9/7: Providence, RI @ Alchemy 9/8: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge 9/9: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore...
  9. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    Drastic Actions definitely stands out from that time period due to its slower tempo, lyrical focus, and darker tone. Easily one of my favorites from the early years! Same goes for We're Only Gonna Die, the time shifts are awesome. It's a killer song. In The Night is also pretty memorable for...
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (1982) The attitude and speed of Bad Religion is born here. They are full of fire and energy and this record just brims with vitriol. That said, it is, both literally and sonically, an album made by a bunch of kids. I'd be lying if I said I like this album, because...
  11. MrKnickerbocker

    Judas Priest

    It'll definitely happen energy-wise. I've seen Priest twice in the last 3 years. They brought about as much energy to their entire show as Sabaton brings to a single song.
  12. MrKnickerbocker

    Bad Religion

    I know a few of us around here (well, at least @Forostar and I) are into Bad Religion, so I figured why not start a topic? For those who don't know: here's their Wikipedia page. TL;DR SoCal/Surf/Skate punk veterans of 4 decades with a shocking ear for melody and intelligent, educated lyrics...
  13. MrKnickerbocker

    Powerwolf

    I like the concept, Alissa is cool, but I still wish she'd done some clean vocals here. There's no dynamics at all.
  14. MrKnickerbocker

    Judas Priest

    Got tix for the Rosemont Theatre ("Chicago") date. I guess September is when I'll feel fine going to concerts again. Can't wait to watch Sabaton blow them off the stage :D
  15. MrKnickerbocker

    Anthrax

    Persistence of Time (1990) After an incredibly lackluster album in SOE, the boys from NYC regrouped, went darker, and came out far stronger for it. This record is easily the best with Belladonna. The songs continue to be heavy and full of trash riffing, but there's also a much groovier...
  16. MrKnickerbocker

    AC/DC

    That sure is AC/DC
  17. MrKnickerbocker

    Now drinking

    Currently enjoying a nice glass of Redemption Rye, one of the better MGP-made whiskeys.
  18. MrKnickerbocker

    A big cake in the shape of Eddie...

    Happy Bday!
  19. MrKnickerbocker

    NOW READING

    Sounds very cool! I'd love to hear some of those early songs in a modern setting (with much better sound and Greg actually knowing how to use his voice)!
  20. MrKnickerbocker

    Anthrax

    State of Euphoria (1988) The thing I like about this record is that the music has gotten better. The riffs are more memorable, they're more varied, and the songwriting is more complex. It's not just crunchy thrash song after crunchy thrash song. Unfortunately, it's not a good album. Apparently...
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