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  1. Raven

    Thoughts About Pharmaceutical Industry

    Despite the journalist's style of delivering the story, there's not that much that connects pharmaceutical companies 'witholding' dugs with traditional conspiracy theories.  The only reason that the pharma will invest in research for a drug is if they can make a profit before the patent runs...
  2. Raven

    2008 in Review

    Money.  At last. University.  At last.  No money again.  :(
  3. Raven

    Can Iron Maiden last forever

    Been there, done that
  4. Raven

    Stay heavy, oh black-feathered one!

    Truly, I was an instigator of great things that day. This day, I will be an instigator of great things, as I single-handedly destroy my liver over the course of 3 hours. Oh, and I'll be getting the bar to play Manowar. A FINE DAY TO DIE!
  5. Raven

    Dragonforce are good but they suck live!

    Interesting.  I love Kursch's vocals, but don't particularly like Kiske's.  Yes, I appreciate that his vocals are all done clean, and he has a massive octave range, but I just don't like the texture of his voice.  Sometimes, you want something with a bit more crunch to listen to, and Hansi does...
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    Dragonforce are good but they suck live!

    Yeah, didn't really phrase that first bit properly.  As a final thought about their lack of dynamics, it could be that they just don't use dynamics in their songs through choice, but know enough musical theory to apply them.  Which would be a worse crime, to be honest. Actually, one thing that...
  7. Raven

    Dragonforce are good but they suck live!

    Now, there's a difference between musical skill in playing and understanding of the music.  I'm not denying that they can play guitar well.  But that's not enough to be a good band.  I point you in the direction of Jason Becker for a prime example of where performance skill and compositional...
  8. Raven

    Dragonforce are good but they suck live!

    Improvisation is only good when the artist has an idea of where they want to go (c.f. Janick's 'improvised' solos in some Maiden live albums, e.g. the end of Hallowed Be Thy Name).  The fact is that DragonForce are not good musicians (listen to their 'Betcha Can't Play This' contribution)...
  9. Raven

    Richard Wright is dead

    'Seek, and ye shall find'
  10. Raven

    why steve harris is obviousl the best member of maiden

    I wish I had made this guy up.  Sadly, I'm not that imaginative. :( *returns to cave*
  11. Raven

    War starts as world parties

    Completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, and not a double standard on my part in the slightest.  I acted rashly in a post which is nearly a year old, I apologised, and I thought we had moved on from that.  I'm quite disappointed to see that you insist on digging up the past to score points...
  12. Raven

    What's The Strangest....

    I presume this makes Suffocation and Sepultura Black Metal bands, since they have at least one coloured member? :P
  13. Raven

    War starts as world parties

    Perhaps instead of lashing out at anyone and everyone who disagrees with your rather vehement posts, you should take a look at exactly how your posts appear to other people?  Yes, this is an amateur forum, but one where we are supposed to be able to debate in a calm manner.  Whether or not you...
  14. Raven

    The Olympic Games 2008 (sport topic)

    According to the head of the IOC, it's just mist.  Really, really thick mist.  Mist that gives you pulmonary tumours.  Hmm. I just watched the last half of the opening ceremony, and I was quite impressed with the lighting of the flame.  When I saw the wires on the torch bearer's back, my first...
  15. Raven

    To our quiet admin...

    Happy Birthday Real World! :hbd:
  16. Raven

    Adrian Smith Statements

    Adrian Smith's guitar was not stolen.  He let the criminals 'acquire' it, so he could locate and terminate them.  It's sort of like using marked notes in a bank sting.
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    The Prestige was a fantastic film, to be sure, but the climax and final twist was a little disappointing, particularly when you consider that up until the final revelation, it had been entirely believable.  That said, the pretty non-linear storyline and play-off between Jackman and Bale's...
  18. Raven

    Official Balkan discussion

    Re: Radovan Karadzic arrested! You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Anyway, I would have thought the impending loss of his freedom for the rest of his life would sort of taint the relative luxury of his detainment.  If Karadzic is tried and convicted in The Hague...
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    Random thoughts

    Best. Film. Ever.
  20. Raven

    American and European Metal

    I fail to see how endlessly recycling riffs from 'Slaughter of the Soul' and other mid-to-late 80s/early 90s albums can be seen as original.  On the other hand, there's just as much homogeneity in the European scene as there is in the American scene, and for every Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold...