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Whenever I listen to an album from a band that I really like, and end up not liking it, I have a personal rule to revisit that album at some point down the road and give it a second chance (sometimes even a third or fourth). I find I also do this with albums from bands that I see hyped and raved about from other music fans, but that I just don’t “get.”
Well, this week’s revisited album was Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath. I must say, I do like this album. Way back when I first listened to it I literally could not even make it through the entire thing. That’s right! I had to turn it off it was so bad! This week’s listen is probably the third or fourth try for me, and probably would have been the final chance before I gave it the eternal thumbs down. Prior to this, I recall listening to it when Matt Smith of Theocracy raved about how much he liked it.

So, what makes this listen the golden one? Who knows! I think most of the problem I had with it before was that I loved their debut album “Awakening the World” so freakin’ much. I consider “Awakening the World” one of the greatest metal albums ever, right up there with Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” Since it has been a couple years that this second album has been out I think the comparison issue has finally passed for me. That happens quite often to me as I am sure it does with many of you as well. It happened most notably with Queensryche’s “Promised Land” album. I think that one took about four or five listens before I could finally appreciate it on its own.

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Wow, I never saw the day that the band Disturbed would be the topic of my first music related post here at MetalAges. However, it is very relevant to what just happened to me this week…I bought my first digital album from iTunes!

I had purchased tracks here and there before, but had always said that I would never buy a full digital album. I’m one of those guys who likes to have that physical piece of plastic and paper in my hands when I get a new album. However, lately I find myself more and more sitting at the computer and looking to quickly (and easily) access the album I want to listen to, and at a moments notice. I have a lot of my collection ripped to my computer and my CDs are mostly sitting upstairs collecting dust.

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