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  1. Let's talk Prog Rock

    Yeah, I've got it playing right now. Way too early to make any judgements, (although I've very much enjoyed The Leavers suite). It's clearly got depth to it and the lyrics have a real sense of desperation about them. Only on my second listen but I've enjoyed it both times. It's more subdued than I'd thought, it has it's moments but there's a somber vibe which runs throughout. Some wonderful playing but Hogarth's voice is beginning to show it's age. He's getting a more grizzled tone, which helpfully suits this album for the most part. The album is very much a journey, there's no attempt to capture radio plays with this album, the whole album is based around three large suites, each with their own theme. Just listening now and it's really nice to see Mark Kelly stretching himself. To be fair to him, he's always kept his sound fresh but it really shows on this album and gives the album a familiar but fresh sound. The name took me back at first as a bit cheap, but I understood it more when I heard the song it's based on, The New Kings. I think they're just at a point where they're not holding back what it is they want to say or how they say it.
  2. Let's talk Prog Rock

    Yeah, it's a shame the thread is running as slow as it is, easy to forget and abandon it. Pineapple Thief were never a favourite band of mine either. I always enjoyed What We Have Sewn, as a real prog tour de force, but they seemed to struggle to find an identity. I think this album gives them one. More gutsy than somebody like Gezpacho, but overall, still offering that soulful, gentler sound. I've really fallen in love with the album. Wisdom of Crowds was a standout release and came out of nowhere. They made a hell of a combo, both going harder than they typically do with either PT or Katatonia. Flows Through You and Frozen North still get regular plays. I do hope they do another. Also on the pile this month, I grabbed the new Evergrey, which is more of the same really, razor sharp melodies, some killer hooks and a few nice ballads. They probably don't fall into the prog basket anymore, other than the fact that most of their albums are hung on a theme. Hard to beat them for what they do though and they've got a real energy on this new record which probably makes it amongst their best, the lead off single is killer stuff: Other than that, I'm just getting stuck into the new Devon Townsend offering, Transcendence which I still need time to digest. Sounding like a solid outing though, with a lot of female vocal support. Oh and totally unproggy, but Ray Wilson's two album releases are... as Alan Partridge might say, "lovely stuff".
  3. Let's talk Prog Rock

    To answer my own questions, it's a thing of very real beauty. They have markedly changed their sound for this album, a few more synths, a lot more acoustic and some wonderful drumming courtesy of Gavin Harrison. It's blown away my expectations quite frankly, one of the most moving collection of songs I've heard in many a year:
  4. So with TGS 2016 done and dusted, can we assume that this is sat with the dodos. Anyone know what the hell happened to it? Seemed so promising initially.
  5. Dying Light

    I think this would be prime material for a Playstation Pro patch.
  6. Recore

    Seems there's some good will towards it, even if reviews have generally accepted that it's not doing anything to really distinguish itself. I'm pleased to see MS go for a mid tier price point out of the gate, rather than chase the full one. The mid tier console game has been sadly AWOL this gen (save for a few titles like Shadow Warrior on the stores).
  7. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    Yeah, not a lot to crow about there. Some nice showcases and it's always good to see more Yakuza and EDF. Kojima's strand thing sounds like it could really shake up co-op as we know it.
  8. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    There's not been a lot of meat on the bone. Come on Sony, I'm sure there's more up your sleeve than VR musicians and kids projects.
  9. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    Gah, stream dropped.
  10. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    NEW VIIIITA... colours.
  11. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    We could really feel those feelings. I love these translations, lol.
  12. Sony TGS - Kaz Defence Force

    What: Sony TGS Conference When: Tuesday 13th September 8am BST Where: English stream appears borked for now, try the Japanese stream in the meantime: Sony will be delivering their standard keynote speech ahead of TGS this year. As usual it's an early one, but the conference will be streamed live with an English translation. With the new hardware announcements out of the way (unless we get a surprise Vita follow up reveal) expect a fresh look at PSVR and game announcements across all Playstation platforms. The confirmed TGS lineup thus far is: PlayStation 4 Titles (All Playable) Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom) Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru (Koei Tecmo) Nioh (Koei Tecmo) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (Square Enix) Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Square Enix) Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) World of Final Fantasy (Square Enix) Valkyria: Azure Revolution (Sega) Yakuza 6 (Sega) Gravity Rush 2 (SIE) Horizon: Zero Dawn (SIE) New Hot Shots Golf (SIE) Gran Turismo Sport (SIE) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (SIE) SD Gundam G Generation Genesis (Bandai Namco) Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization (Bandai Namco) Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Bandai Namco) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Marvelous) LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Warner Bros.) PlayStation Vita Titles (All Playable) World of Final Fantasy (Square Enix) Macross Delta Scramble (Bandai Namco) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Marvelous) LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Warner Bros.) PlayStation VR Titles (All Playable) Rez Infinite (Enhance Games) Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom) Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live (Sega) Farpoint (SIE) PlayStation VR Worlds (SIE) RIGS: Mechanized Combat League (SIE) The Playroom VR (SIE) The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution (Bandai Namco) Batman: Arkham VR (Warner Bros.) Stage Event Showcase Titles Rez Infinite (Enhance Games) Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom) Nioh (Koei Tecmo) Overwatch (Square Enix) Final Fantasy XV (Square ENix) Gravity Rush 2 (SIE) Horizon: Zero Dawn (SIE) New Hot Shots Golf (SIE) RIGS: Mechanized Combat League (SIE) Gran Turismo Sport (SIE) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Bandai Namco) Welcome surprises for me would be a full Devil May Cry sequel and I'll forever hold out hope for a full Silent Bomber sequel.... although it's been over fifteen years so I'm not holding my breath. These conferences have been substantial since the generation began, so I would expect plenty of announcements and showcases.
  13. Are you upgrading to a PS4 Pro?

    A reluctant yes. I think the lack of 4k Blu Ray playback is bloody daft for the premium product they're selling and I'm not enthusiastic about the look of the device. It looks like it should be in an office somewhere, housing terabytes of hard drive space. That said, the price is reasonable and the gaming upgrades seem worth it.
  14. Playstation Meeting: Pro

    I'm happy they've kept the price low, but the lack of 4K Blu Ray is a real blow. Still, good excuse to grab a new Xbox One I suppose.
  15. Playstation Meeting: Pro

    Yeah, it's one ugly bastard. That's a shame, I really want to upgrade but I'll be sad to see my current model go.