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Alpha Flood – Richard West (League of Lights) / I’m Alive
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood – Richard West (League of Lights) / I’m Alive


I have been introducing you to the the members of Alpha Flood and today I am finishing up with the talented keyboardist Richard West. 

Any fans of Threshold are well aware the band produces some pretty aggressive guitar riffs and solos.  However, what is often over-looked is the contributions that keyboardist Richard West offers.  Threshold has never used keyboards in abundance, but when West does jump in front of the parade, it’s a welcome and refreshing change that enhances the song each and every time.

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Alpha Flood – Simon Andersson (Darkwater) / A Fools Utopia
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood – Simon Andersson (Darkwater) / A Fools Utopia


Part 4 of the introductions to the members of Alpha Flood brings us to the gee-tars, and Simon Andersson.  At 22 years old (and just, as of a month ago), this kid has a pretty impressive resume under his belt already.  He took over the bass duties for Pain of Salvation after Gildenlow’s departure, and performed on the live album/DVD The Second Death of Pain of Salvation.  However, it’s his playing on Darkwater’s Where Stories End that we want to focus on today.

Simon Andersson

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Alpha Flood- Affector (Collin Leijenaar)/Harmagedon
01 Jan. 2013

Alpha Flood- Affector (Collin Leijenaar)/Harmagedon


Alpha Flood is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013 – just a few short months away.  Last year (which was only a couple of weeks ago), we started with introductions to Dec Burke (guitars/vocals) and Kris Gildenlow (bass).  Continuing on with this 5-part overview to all the members, let’s complete the rhythm section with Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar.

Collin Leijenaar

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Happy Holidays – TSO/Promises To Keep
12 Dec. 2012

Happy Holidays – TSO/Promises To Keep


I’m gonna take a break from my stretch of posts regarding Alpha Flood, for some Christmas spirit.  There’s only one band that I listen to at Christmas time, and it’s the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I was never a Savatage fan, but once I got a listen to TSO, I fell instantly in love.  I’ve seen the TSO tour every year since 2007, and it is something to behold, a visual and sonic feast for the senses.  If you’ve never seen them, I highly recommend doing so if you ever have the chance.  Their three Christmas inspired albums (Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, and The Lost Christmas Eve) are in constant rotation in the Jingle household this time of year, and this is one of my favorites.  Ironically, while this bootleg clip is from my locale (Toronto), this was before I was a fan, and not a show that I attended.

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Alpha Flood – Shadow Theory (Kris Gildenlow)/A Symphony of Shadows
12 Dec. 2012

Alpha Flood – Shadow Theory (Kris Gildenlow)/A Symphony of Shadows


Shadow Theory

Kris Gildenlow is no stranger to ladyobscure.com.  He’s been a regular around here.  Contributing to such projects as Samuel Arkan’s Epysode (along with wife Liselotte Hegt; review here) and Ian Parry’s Consortium Project V (review here).  And of course the prog world probably knows him best from Pain of Salvation.  However, his contributions go far and wide, mostly for obscure acts such as Arcana, Dial and Dark Suns.  Today, let’s talk about Shadow Theory.

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AudioPlastik – Dec Burke/Small Hours
12 Dec. 2012

AudioPlastik – Dec Burke/Small Hours


Dec Burke

Jingle.boy back here for you folks.  I’ve been a little absent lately, but am going to take the mantel of owning/reviving the Mini Posts part of the webzine starting in January.  But, don’t hold me to 7 songs a week, it might only be a few.  These are gonna be short hits, hopefully a 60 or 90 second read and a variety of songs… some old, some new, some prog, some metal – I could end up all over the map on this.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Henning Pauly and all his projects
07 Jul. 2012

Henning Pauly and all his projects


A month or so ago, I provided a review of Frameshift’s An Absence of Empathy, and now I get the pleasure of introducing more projects from this brilliant musical mind to you all.  However, the good Lady get’s the even greater pleasure of a behind the scenes visit shortly with Pauly as he puts the finishing touches on a couple of upcoming releases.

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Damnation Angels – I Hope
07 Jul. 2012

Damnation Angels – I Hope


Formed in Britain late 2006, Damnation Angels is fronted by the brilliant vocalist PelleK (pronounced Pella-Kay).  What strikes me most about this band is the extremely well rounded compositions they have.  With all the familiar sounds that I love (symphonic elements like Nightwish, hugely powerful vocals like Circus Maximus, grinding guitar melodies like Symphony X, and ripping guitar solos like Dream Theater), they still manage to create a sound uniquely their own.

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JOANovARC – Sisters
06 Jun. 2012

JOANovARC – Sisters


JOANovARC is a UK female rock band that recently had a second song placed on Rock Band 3. Some would shun artists that ‘sell out’ to such commercialism, but in today’s day and age, any exposure is good exposure. With the popularity of such games, I don’t see how it’s any different than getting a hit played on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 (ok, demonstrating my age there). None-the-less, several acts have garnered more notoriety by getting their music on a gaming platform. I know a few people that were first exposed to Dream Theater in such a way.

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White Lion – Little Fighter
06 Jun. 2012

White Lion – Little Fighter


With the 70s producing guitar legends that were pioneer’s in the realm of creating riffs, licks and sounds from six tiny strings that is and will be forever unparalleled, the 80s gave us a new set of hero’s that built upon that foundation to definitively establish the guitar as the dominant and crucial element of rock music.  There were the ones that gained immense popularity in that decade… the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Ace Frehley; those that broke new ground with their talent and innovation, and remain legends today – Satch, Malmsteen and Vai; and then there were those that got stuck on the fringe, and for whatever reason were never able to get the recognition they deserved.  In that group is Vito Bratta of White Lion, criminally under-rated and under-appreciated in my opinion.  For those of us that were able to appreciate 80s rock music as it unfolded, White Lion was your typical glam/hair metal band on the surface.  Dig a little deeper, and you’ve got a great four-piece with Mike Tramp’s vocals, and Bratta’s axe work carrying the band’s sound. 

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