Hate to derail this topic anymore lol, but I have to agree ZTN. I listened to the album partly today. The recording doesn't sound so good. In fact, being a drummer myself, the drum track is particularly annoying... Snare drum sounds like a freaking kids toy. Thanks for the review as I was thinking the same thing myself. And good on your for telling Motley off for twisting your words around. haha
I'm thinking I should have kept my cool, it looks childish swearing to prove a point in an open forum. I'm seeing Metallica tonight, should be interesting. I've tried to like the album and while I can usually put up with most things in music. I cannot get into it on any level, I tried again yesterday. Track 2 was all I managed then put on Exodus to cleanse my ears. The drumming is really bad, the mix is bad, James can't muster a crunch to his vocals anymore. I could put up with most of it if I could sense some purpose, a direction, flow... Something.
On a different note, now playing:
Epica - Consign to Oblivion
This is Symphonic Metal. This particular album focuses around the Mayan culture, released in 2005. You could put this band in the same vein as After Forever, Kamelot and Nightwish. Roy Khan, vocalist in Kamelot features in a duet on the track, Trois Viergre, which was written for the film, Joyride. The DigiPack I have comes with a Documentry DVD.. which I'm about to watch.
The album features guest appearances on all tracks from the EPICA Orchestra and the EPICA Choir.
Theres a few reviews at Amazon if anybody is interested: http://www.amazon.com/Consign-Oblivion-Epica/dp/B000B5XSTO/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_img_ex
Something a little different to what some may see as a one dimensional genre, Metal.