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  1. DJ James

    NOW PLAYING

    Awesome live performance, I have this on Blu Ray and I've been watching it for many years. Currently playing: Today I've been listening to a lot of Motorhead, Saxon and a hardcore band called Dead Heat that I saw live a couple months ago.
  2. DJ James

    NOW PLAYING

    My FAVORITE Saxon song! Waiting for the weekend - that's when she comes alive! :rocker:
  3. DJ James

    The Greatest Metal Song Cup - Part II, Round 3, Matches 37-42

    also Ghost beating out Black Sabbath? BOOOO!!! LAME!!!! A great Sabbath song too, Dehumanizer RULES
  4. DJ James

    The Greatest Metal Song Cup - Part II, Round 3, Matches 37-42

    When I was younger than I am now, I loved Octavarium. I thought it was the most epic thing ever, and I loved the “trapped inside this Octavarium!” part. I still kind of get chills thinking about it. But now my taste has devolved into (almost) strictly Motörhead and hair metal (I think this is...
  5. DJ James

    Saxon

    Sorry for the 2+ year old quote, but this is a sentiment I agree with. I’m about 8 albums in to my Saxon deep dive (choosing albums at random more or less) and it is interesting that in recent years they are guaranteed to be 2 to 3 absolute masterclasses on each new Saxon album, but the rest of...
  6. DJ James

    The Concert Thread

    I saw their headlining set in Birmingham! First US show of the year and it KILLED! Chopped in Half/Turned Inside Out and Visions in my Head were my favorites. Barely Alive was great too as the “opener”. Pit was pretty insane too, I got knocked on my ass so hard I was bruised for 2 weeks. My...
  7. DJ James

    The Greatest Metal Song Cup - Part II, Round 3, Matches 37-42

    I hope Darkthrone doesn’t get blown out here. Transilvanian Hunger (the track and the album) is a high point in Darkthrone’s discography. I don’t really resonate with a lot of black metal anymore, but the melancholic droning of Transilvanian Hunger is so mesmerizing. The perfect winter afternoon...
  8. DJ James

    Saxon

    That’s awesome. I saw a clip of them playing it in Scotland from this year and they, especially Biff, sound really good this go around! On their headlining shows, I’ve been surprised at how many songs they’ve been playing. Their set lists from this year have been pretty varied and it’s cool...
  9. DJ James

    Favourite Power Trios in Metal/Hard Rock

    Still can't believe Dan Beehler can play drums like that and sing at the same time. Very amazing. Absu also gets a nod for me. Manilla Road might be my all time favorite metal power trio. Mark The Shark Shelton, Scott Park and Randy "Thrasher" Foxe made some real magic in the 80's.
  10. DJ James

    Saxon

    I've been listening to more Saxon recently. I'm committed to relistening to all their albums, but I'm starting with the ones I don't remember too much from. So far I've relistened to Into the Labyrinth, Forever Free, Killing Ground, Sacrifice, and Solid Ball of Rock. Forever Free has actually...
  11. DJ James

    The Greatest Metal Song Cup - Part II, Round 3, Matches 37-42

    I more so have an anti-“bad music” bias ;) (Children of Bodom fans I promise that’s my only one, I just can’t stand this band)
  12. DJ James

    The Parchment

    Funny, I heavily disliked Senjutsu as a whole but my first time listening to The Parchment I knew it was very special. It’s in my top ten Iron Maiden songs right now. Can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s special.
  13. DJ James

    Saxon

    I’ve really been kicking myself this past week for not listening to it for so long. I’ve probably listened to it about 10 times in the past 2 days alone. I seriously can’t get over how awesome those keyboards are!
  14. DJ James

    Saxon

    Wow, that one does rock, I think I’ll check out Killing Ground next as well. The title track from the album rules too
  15. DJ James

    Saxon

    If I can say one positive about it - I was expecting the chorus to be “Live to Rock… Rock to Live!” and thankfully it wasn’t. Saxon has some OK songs about rocking, but I personally don’t enjoy Live to Rock.
  16. DJ James

    Saxon

    Very interesting you prefer the Heavy Metal Thunder versions to the originals. It makes sense though as you had heard those versions first. Those are good re-recordings. Glad you liked Lionheart so much. It’s still underrated to this day. Also Strong Arm of the Law was my favorite when I first...
  17. DJ James

    Saxon

    Inspired very much so by @The Dissident getting into Saxon in the band's 46th year of operation, I decided to go back to some albums I disregarded when first going through Saxon's discography. Turns out I picked a good album to start with! Into the Labyrinth (2009) I hadn't listened to this...
  18. DJ James

    JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM RANKING GAME: FINAL ENTRY AND RECAP

    Very nice breakdown of Painkiller @Kalata . Painkiller is an album I take for granted, it really is a masterpiece with no real skippable songs. I don’t really like Metal Meltdown but the rest I’ve gone through phases where I thought “this is the greatest thing Priest has ever done!”. I have a...
  19. DJ James

    Saxon

    Lionheart I view as an EXCELLENT traditional heavy metal meets EU styled power metal album. It even has Jörg Michael on drums! I don’t listen to a ton of Saxon anymore, but my favorite album from them now has got to be Innocence is No Excuse. For that album they really perfected their more...
  20. DJ James

    The Hangover Thread

    Thanks, I will consider that. My friend and his partner both accepted my apology, but I still feel bad. I’ll think of something to offer them. For context I’ve known this friend for a very long time, about 15 years. As with all relationships we’ve got into little arguments in the past but we’ve...
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