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Song of the moment is another Album of the Moment.  The album is "Reaching Into Infinity" by DragonForce, which came out in May of this year.  Reviews of this one have been mixed, but I absolutely love it.  From beginning to end, every song is an absolute winner and even despite being over an hour long, the album never wears out its welcome.  I haven't listened to a DragonForce album since Ultra Beatdown (which was an ultra yawnfest outside of maybe 2 songs), and this one was like a refreshing splash of cold water to my tired face.  The album has plenty of classic DragonForce hallmarks, but is very experimental (I love the album's occasional forays into thrashy stuff and occasional harsh vocals), which shows that the band is branching out and not staying rigidly within their little comfortable formula.  I believe their bassist did a lot of the songwriting here, which is cool. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl_p4Qqes2Y

I listened to it because my iPod randomly shuffled to Sonic Firestorm this past week and I thought, "This album is a lot of fun.  This band is a lot of fun.  I wonder what they're up to." 

My epic history with DragonForce:

Valley of the Damned is one of those mindblowing albums that damn near changed my life.  That album was a total gamechanger and still DragonForce's best. 

Sonic Firestorm was solid, but it adhered pretty much exactly to the formula precedent set by Valley. 

Inhuman Rampage was their breakout album, since it featured songs on Guitar Hero, and it had some enjoyable moments, but I found it to be a pretty mediocre album. 

Ultra Beatdown had the songs "Reasons to Live" and "Heartbreak Armageddon" which showed DragonForce's capability to wrote songs in between blistering speedfests and ballads.  However, those were the only two songs I liked and I found the rest of the album a formulaic yawnfest.  This was when I decided that the band has gone stale, they simply rehash the same formulaic drivel over and over again, and it's time to move on. 

After Ultra Beatdown, it seems they parted ways with their original singer (ZP Theart) and recruited a new one (Marc Hudson).  I didn't think much of it since I was "over DragonForce."  Ergo, I never listened to "The Power Within" or "Maximum Overload" albums.  I'm okay with this, because sometimes a band needs time (and a few albums) to really get their sea legs with a new lineup change like this.  Marc Hudson's voice is in a lower register than Theart's so the songwriting has to change in order to showcase his range and talents, and sea-legs aren't gotten right away.  Takes time.  I love Marc Hudson's singing on "Reaching for Infnity."  He employs a wider variety of dynamic vocal styles than I've ever heard from ZP and his timbre is more my style these days.  Hail Hudson!

So after being inspired to listen to "Reaching for Infinity" I was pleased to hear that bassist Frederic Leclerq had taken a lead role on the songwriting (I love the ballad "Silence" which was written about his friend who committed suicide), and I love how the music has classic DragonForce signature hallmarks, but also experiments with other styles of metal (e.g. thrash).  This is the most experimental and diverse I've ever heard DragonForce and I'm glad I gave the band another chance.  If songs like "War!" (with its amazing marriage of thrash and power metal) are hints of what the new DragonForce is going to be, I welcome it with open arms. 

So far, "Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora" by Darkest Hour and "Reaching for Infinity" by DragonForce are my favorite albums of 2017.  And I can't wait for "Psychotic Symphony" by Sons of Apollo.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Warriors
« Last post by Ranadiel on Yesterday at 01:21:35 PM »
Welp. TGS has basically come and gone and all we're left with in regards to this topic is the inevitable DLC. Looks like Navarre really won't be available for the base game, so his status as a clone to somebody is all but confirmed at this point (unless he's a background filling NPC in the base game). There'll be three packs to add in characters beyond the starters starting with Shadow Dragon, then Fates and finally Awakening. Additionally, Lucina will invoke her PXZ2 magical girl transformation powers to unleash Bride Lucina upon those who're willing to pay for it.

It's kinda unfortunate that this is the note this ends on, but not entirely unexpected as KT has basically mishandled the marketing for this game from the word go. But then, making a good FE crossover game just doesn't seem to be possible really.

Basically FEW2 when?
Well it could be the opposite regarding Navarre. The mook swordmasters could use an incomplete version of his (incomplete) moveset. Thus they end up being the clones of him. Although I can't say I particularly cared about Navarre one way or another, so I'm not too sad to see that he is (inevitable) DLC.

And those DLC packs do not interest me in the slightest because I can not recall any characters that have particularly interesting attributes that could be used to make a moveset who are not already in the game...and what I am reading in this thread is making me think they didn't take advantage of those interesting attributes.

I disagree about it not being possible to make a good FE crossover game. It is certainly possible. Making a roster that satisfies everyone? Okay that is impossible. What they needed to focus on was what characters can you build interesting move sets around (and throw in some "expected" characters). Instead we just got "who is popular right now, except Ike because he doesn't count." While they could certainly build unique and interesting movesets around a lot of these characters, they apparently put in too many. >.>

Can't say I have high expectations for FEW2.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Warriors
« Last post by Smashking on Yesterday at 12:29:43 PM »
I can still hold out hope that they'll throw in a character (like Ike) in those DLC packs for some fun. But yes, unfortunate that there is no immediate confirmation of such a thing in those DLC packs and just getting more of the same.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 08:53:34 AM »
jesus christ the sacred seal quests include using henry to kill level 35 enemies which i think is the worst quest added to any game ever

March's two Armor quests were worse. Henry can still lay waste to Saizos and/or Virions, especially once he gets Raudrraven, Ignis and Defiant Defense up and running.


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and to be frank, Titania sucks, even with bonus unit buffs

My +res Titania is doing pretty well and I promoted her to 5* as a thank you. Now her res is 43 if you include the T_T and the token Horse buff.  I've seen a Reinhardt do 2x 0 damage. And she has Glacies and helped kill a BK with it. When her T_T job is done, she'll be able to compete in the arena whenever she's a bonus unit.

What actually sucks is this T_T. Lousy maps, very slow compared to the mini version, unfair bonus units distribution...

I might be more inclined to agree with you about Titania's effectiveness if I weren't stuck with a 4 star -Atk Titania.


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I really don't get how this game calculates this shit. Why am I facing +10 merged teams with one +5 and one +2?

I'm guessing there's a large gap between the whales and regular players who might gave a +1 or two. Stray a little too far from casual shore and you end up swimming right into whale waters.

Nope. I can confirm that Assrena Assault really likes to throw unfair matches at you, even at Beginner Difficulty, just for shits and giggles. My latest adventure was my level 32 3 star Cherche going up against a 5 star Bridelia (sure she's level 25, but that's still enough to get her out of one-shot range from my Cherche with no way for me to either pin her down or survive a single hit, let alone the guaranteed two hits she'd get off on her; I had to burn a Fortifying Horn just to close the deal, and even that wouldn't have helped if Bridelia had been standing on a Defensive Tile).


Banner Edit: Scrounged up enough Orbs to try again, and well, the bad news is that I still don't have a 40% unit yet, nor will I have one for the foreseeable future. The good news is that I did manage to come up with a replacement Titania, and the better yet news is that I actually landed a new unit from that mess, and his name is Reinhardt (4 star which I'm ambivalent towards, especially since he's +HP/-Spd, and I already have a 5 star Blarblade Ursula).
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Warriors
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 07:41:47 AM »
Welp. TGS has basically come and gone and all we're left with in regards to this topic is the inevitable DLC. Looks like Navarre really won't be available for the base game, so his status as a clone to somebody is all but confirmed at this point (unless he's a background filling NPC in the base game). There'll be three packs to add in characters beyond the starters starting with Shadow Dragon, then Fates and finally Awakening. Additionally, Lucina will invoke her PXZ2 magical girl transformation powers to unleash Bride Lucina upon those who're willing to pay for it.

It's kinda unfortunate that this is the note this ends on, but not entirely unexpected as KT has basically mishandled the marketing for this game from the word go. But then, making a good FE crossover game just doesn't seem to be possible really.

Basically FEW2 when?
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Tomara on Yesterday at 06:22:10 AM »
That one was easy. I took a 4* L40 Henry and Virion on a trip to Part 5: Warriors Hard mode and completed their quests in one trip. I set Effie up as a wall (since she could use a bit of extra SP anyway), had Lucius as back-up and let Virion and Henry kill off the weaker/weakened enemies. Henry even killed some blue mages. Took like three minutes and 10 stamina.

Anyway, Ninian time!

4* Corrin - Again?! I'm not even sure what to do with all these Corrins...
3* Sully - Atleast it's not Corrin.
4* Catria - Eh, someone might want Luna?
4* Jagen - Seriously running out of Horse Emblem units that need a buff. Some even have both the +6 skills so I can stick them in different horse emblem teams without worrying about buff balance too much.
3* Donnel - Haven't seen him in a while
4* Reinhardt - Holy shit, he's not -atk like all the other Reinhardts I got before him! Okay, he's not +atk either, but atleast +def and -spd is a lot better than what I have now.
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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« Last post by Starmongoose on Yesterday at 06:09:59 AM »
In general I don't think I'm a very strict mod, I don't think most people here have ever had me ban them or threaten them with a ban. Most of my duties really just involve clearing away the spam.
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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« Last post by Agent D. on Yesterday at 05:31:08 AM »
Drunken D. rant time.

On the one hand, punishing Arti for having an opinion about cops (regardless of narrow minded it is) isn't exactly what I would call fair. Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, and most of us don't wanna know about anyone else's (also, most stink or and are just full of shit). Doesn't mean we oughta throw the book at someone for having a shitty asshole or opinion...

On the other hand Arti's fucking opinion is almost troll worthy in how it's obviously an attempt to rile people up with no intellectual backing. My uncle was a cop for 20 year and he's one of the most respectable men I know. I have friends who are cops and they've probably done more good in the last 48 hours than Arti'll do in the next 48 months. Seriously, get the hell out of your 3 square block perimeter and experience more than the Olive Garden and reddit can show you. If I were a more easily upset person I'd probably be using more.foul language and insults but thankfully I'm fairly toasted after a long evening and this caught me before I passed out...

@goosey, you're a strict mod, but a good one too. Keep at it sir!
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on Yesterday at 04:56:18 AM »
jesus christ the sacred seal quests include using henry to kill level 35 enemies which i think is the worst quest added to any game ever
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Yesterday at 03:41:11 AM »
Oh, so Annubis was the reason I wasted my time on Overlord!

...I'd say "no offense," but I'm still angry about that show. I don't care if it was just supposed to advertise the novels, it wasn't a very good advertisement. If there was any potential to its story, it didn't show it outside of a few scenes, and I'm far less enthusiastic about a movie adaption at this point.

Speaking of bitter disappointments: I saw the rest of the Berserk movies now that I noticed they were up on Netflix, and BOY was that unpleasant. I don't know what I was expecting, though, since that was my opinion of the manga after the demons showed up.
Spoiler: show
Maybe I figured they'd downplay the gore during the sacrifice scene? That they wouldn't be so graphic during Casca's multiple rape/attempted scenes? Or that I would actually give a damn about this story now that they killed off all of the characters I had gotten attatched to, except for two characters who may as well be dead, and Macho-Man Guts who I only found interesting when he had Griffoth as a foil?
Either way, Berserk was always a series I liked the idea of more than the actual excecution. It's just not for me, plain and simple, and no amount of increasingly-underbudget 3D animation was going to change that.
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