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I Love Semirhage

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  1. I agree so completely. The one rule, above all others, line has always been my favourite quote of the series. So seeing that paid off was so wonderful, up there with what Perrin did to the badger in ToM. I also absolutely loved the sudden change of situation when Rand asked Tuon under what right she claimed the land, and pointed out that his claim predated hers. I don't know how the rest of the book would have turned out, but I kind of wish she'd agreed with him and backed down. The Sharans showing up, and the sudden impact of the excrement on the fan for the Aes Sedai. And then the follow up with Egwene and Gawyn seeing Bao the Wyld for the first time, this completely unknown but clearly awesome folk legend. Callandor turning out to be a trap for Moridin, not for Rand. As others have mentioned, Lan's fight with Demandred, the realisation that he isn't dead (though if he had died there, I think that would have worked too), and the achievement contest between Rand and Mat. Surely with the number of Forsaken Rand has killed, he wins. Not to mention having twisted the pattern to allow him to get away with mfff polygamy? Lastly... But it was an ending.
  2. Finished a few hours ago, wanted to give it some time to sink in. I'm currently addled with a cold, so if some words in here get mixed up, sorry, having trouble thinking straight. On the plus side, it meant I read the final Wheel Of Time book while genuinely sniffing quite a lot. I liked it. It wasn't perfect, but I think it was the best we could have hoped for, given a replacement author. It wasn't like LOTR or Harry Potter, with long and detailed endings; it was tense right up until the final chapter. Which was nice, actually, though perhaps too brief an ending to such a huge work. Much as TEOTW had 100 pages of peace before the trollocs kicked down the door, perhaps this could have used that. Perhaps not. The pacing was very, very well done. In many ways, it felt like the world itself and its various plotlines had been tied up by the end of TOM; this was just the great big battle. I noticed a streamlining in the mythology - I don't think the term Tarmon Gai'don was used once in the entire book. If anything, AMOL seemed a bit smaller than those that preceeded it, with fewer characters. A few more snapshots might have been nice of characters we had previously seen, but then I suppose we did get quite a few. Poor Sarene, being Compulsed, I always liked her. Two characters were notably underused - Moiraine and Padan Fain. Both are integral to the very central thread of the series. I did like what they both did, but we needed more of it. I'd have liked to have seen a Moiraine and Lan scene, too, given how torn up he was at the end of TFOH. Thom was hardly in it either, but that made sense - he's not really a battle character, and it was right to give him just the one scene. Especially seeing as it was *awesome.* It seemed so strange to be down to just four (then five) Forsaken, they felt rather lacking without Mesaana, Semirhage and Aran'gar. Demandred was worth the wait though. He was absolutely spectacular. I was surprised no one took the approach of breaking him to beat him though - pointing out that LTT was battling a much more important foe, and Demandred wasn't even a blip on his radar. Cue ensuing jealous rage, and the man could have been brought down easily. But I'm also very glad they didn't do that, it would have been too Hollywood. So glad we got to see the Sharans. That took me completely by surprise; their entrance was brilliant, and a nice counter to the Seanchan. Obviously more backstory there would have been nice, but probably at the expense of the twist, so I'll happily enough forego it. The almost redemption-esque character development for Demandred and Lanfear was a superb touch, though ultimately underused. Androl and Pervara were great, they really were. Gawyn was spot on throughout, much better than in the last two. Elayne was drastically improved as well, though it seemed a bit of a leap to hand command to someone who had repeatedly proven herslf too hormone-addled or just plain stupid to make sensible decisions. Egwene was still a wool-headed idiot at first, but got better as the book went on. Faile was an incredible improvement on everything else she's ever done, ever. Not sure about Mat not being tied to the horn anymore. Not quite certain about the body swap either. Or crippling Aviendha. The deaths, though, were just right (with one exception). Egwene, Siuan, Bryne, Rhuarc, Gawyn, Hurin, and poor Davram Bashere, all spot on. Not Bela though. Surely Bela should have survived. At least she got her crowning moment. And now it's over, and perhaps in a few months that will have sunk in.
  3. "I have come to redefine the words 'pain and suffering' since I fell in love with you." -Spike, Buffy The Vampire Slayer "A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way." -Iwantoneofthose.com "Grow your hair, your mind will follow." -Loz Dyer "If you're not into Metal, you are not my friend." -Manowar "There is no such thing as overkill." -My own personal life philosiphy. ILS
  4. Linkin Park: Don't Stay. Just got Meteora, what an album! ILS
  5. Iron Maiden: Como Estais Amigos (The greatest quiet/slow song ever written!) I know what you mean about the Metallica rhythm bits, Maj, but I maintain Master Of Puppets is one hell of a song and have got to hand it to them for pulling it off. The Dude, I was in fact referring to the S&M version, if that makes it any better. Sadly, some of their best songs are on Load and Reload: Devil's Dance, Bleeding Me, and of course Until It Sleeps. I can't believe there's anyone who would deny Until is Sleeps is a Metallica classic. Of course, there's also The Memory Remains and Fuel. I cannot stand the album version of Memory Remains, but consider the S&M version to be a great improvement. As for Fuel, well, Avril Lavigne covered it, that sort of ruined for it, and Hetfield does look like a bit of an idiot singing it. Good drum beat for the chorus though. When all else fails, we will still have For Whom The Bell Tolls, Master Of Puppets, One and Sad But True. ILS
  6. Dunno about that, I'd say Hetfield is about the best rhythm guitarist around, just look at the opening of Master Of Puppets, the whole thing is downpicked. I've been playing guitar for 5 years, doing a degree in it, and I still have difficulty playing the rhythm bits of that song the whole way through at full speed. I love his voice too, it was a bit iffy during the early years, and appalling in the live gigs on Cliff 'Em All, but by S&M I think he sounds amazing. Come on, listen to Outlaw Torn and tell me he doesn't! ILS
  7. I think the Maiden albums come in pairs, there are usually two next to each other that sound quite alike. Iron Maiden and Killers are similar songwriting wise and are the only two with Paul Di'Anno singing, but the mixing on the latter is by far superior. The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind sound quite alike in terms of mixing, the classic sound of early 80s Heavy Metal, many of the album tracks could be swapped around without anyone noticing, but Piece Of Mind has more clean bits (Still Life, Revelations, To Tame A Land), and also more fast bits (The Trooper & Sun And Steel). There are also similarities between Piece Of Mind and Powerslave. Although Somewhere In Time sounds unlike any other Maiden album, there are definite links between Powerslave, Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. Though the mixing is different on all 3, with Powerslave sounding like a higher-budget version of Piece Of Mind, Somewhere In Time sounding like Heavy Metal in a galaxy far far away (the exact sound they were aiming for), and Seventh Son refining the synth work from Somewhere and adding keyboards, many of the songs from the albums could be interchanged, if the mixing were a little different. There is no doubt that No Prayer For The Dying and Fear Of The Dark go together, not only in sound but the night time imagery as well. However, whereas most of the albums simply pair up, with these two it is more like No Prayer is the album of B-sides, and Fear the album of singles. The mixing sound is very similar, the only real difference being the snare drum, and many of the tracks on No Prayer have their Fear equivalent (Run Silent, Run Deep and Fear Is The Key, No Prayer For The Dying and Wasting Love, Holy Smoke and From Here To Eternity, Hooks In You and Chains Of Misery). Of course, Fear Of The Dark also has the title track and Afraid To Shoot Strangers, making it the much much stronger album. Like Somewhere In Time, The X Factor sounds unique, sound-wise it is most comparable to the very latest Maiden offering, A Matter Of Life And Death. The levels are very different, the mixing much darker, the imagery very oppressive, the songs much longer, and of course a new singer with a completely different voice. Virtual XI sounds exactly as it should - somewhere halfway between The X Factor and Brave New World, the album to follow it. It is like the band are recovering from their dark period, but haven't quite got there yet. Brave New World and Dance Of Death sound very much akin, with Bruce singing, 3 guitarists, Kevin Shirley mixing them both, and more progressive songs. And then there's A Matter Of Life And Death, halfway between the Brave New World-era sound and the sound of The X Factor, yet nothing like Virtual XI. So no, I don't think they all sound the same. In fact, they're one of two bands I've never thought that about. ILS
  8. I have to say I am waiting for book 3 of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance trilogy, and I do want to see the film of Eragon too. Is it next year that Harry Potter 7 is coming out? I imagine that would be pretty huge... I can't think what else I'm waiting for really, just those two and AMOL. Thanks though Werthead for the big fantasy list, I haven't read any of them, where would you recommend starting? ILS
  9. Ha! I didn't used to like Metallica, but I have not an unkind word to say about S&M, they sort of grew on me from there. Still, only got that album and The Black Album, and that certainly has its bad tracks. Must be said, when Master Of Puppets or For Whom The Bell Tolls comes through the speakers of the local Metal club, you know it's gonna be good. And so I would sumarise Metallica as being rather good, but not worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as Iron Maiden. And their dear drummer is really annoying, and I don't like his style. ILS
  10. Bit of a misleading term really, I'd say the most alternative sounding band of all is Pink Floyd, yet they're global megastars, so they can't be that alternative. Fair enough though, Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring is unbelievably good. I didn't used to like Slipknot, but going to Metal clubs religiously twice a week has had the effect that I've grown rather fond of Duality, and I always liked Wait & Bleed. Put it this way, Adrian Smith defended Wait & Bleed, so I won't hear a word said against it. As for their gimmick, they became huge overnight, and instantly the most contraversial thing around for a generation of school children. So I'd say that actually the gimmick worked quite well. I love the fact that everyone slated them at first, saying it was just noise and theatrics, yet now, 3 albums later, they're taken very seriously, Corey Taylor and Joey Jordison are major features in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, sure they have masks on, but they talk normally, and everything they say makes perfect sense. Also both Slipknot guitarists are now rather widely respected for a couple of downpicked riffs on the 3rd album I think, and everyone knows Joey Jordison is one of the best drummers alive today. After all, he did play a phenomenal solo when held upside down 30 feet up in the air, not sure if I could do that. If we're onto small unknown bands, check out Primitaii (Heavy Metal, but with amazing shred solos and a strong underlying groove, look for 'Death Hammer,' 'The Destroyers,' 'Rockin Hell' and 'The Piper'), they're based in Sandhurst, Berkshire, I saw them playing at my local pub a few months ago, got the album, it ranks alongside Metallica. Signify (Coldplay-ish indie pop, 'Where The Ice Is Thin' and 'Please' were their best songs) were good when they were around, but they only made one 4-track EP and then split up. The Red Dawn (Epic Victorious Thunder Metal somewhat akin to Gamma Ray, but with pirate bits, look for 'Stigmata,' 'Angels With Golden Wings,' 'Russian Roulette' and of course 'Chaos On The Restless Seas') album Death Or Glory is out now, I can't recommend that enough, one of the best CDs I've ever heard. And on a slightly larger scale, a Danish band called Mercenary (Power Metal meets Thrash, in spectacular fashion, while '11 Dreams,' 'Falling' and 'Times Without Changes' are good, the standout track is certainly 'Firesoul') I saw supporting King Diamond were shockingly good, their album is always on in the car. Oh, and there's SR-71 as well, I always forget them (American Punk in the vein of Sum 41, but better, and with more variety. Look for 'Right Now,' 'She Was Dead,' 'Tomorrow' and 'Goodbye'). Right, I'm off to bash some drums and then write more of my Pirate song. Cradle Of Filth: The Twisted Nails Of Faith. ILS
  11. Manowar: Call To Arms. I can see by the look that you have in your eye, You came here for Metal, to fight and to die! ILS
  12. True, Werthead, and I am glad it's that heavy. I think the opening sentence sums it up rather nicely, "There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Iluvatar." ILS
  13. When it comes to jazz, I'm gonna have to side with Nigel Tufnel, "I think basically jazz is a series of mistakes one after the other." ILS
  14. Aye, that is true about the Silmarillion. It's just a pity that it's so heavy going that it makes the Old Testament look like Spot The Dog. ILS
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