So I was listening to Dream Theater’s “The Mirror” from the album Awake. Did you know that the first minute or so has guitarist John Petrucci playing the same note and the same progression over and over again? One whole minute straight! Don’t feel bad if you didn’t, most people probably need that pointed out for them. But that’s progressive for you; thinking man’s music. It’s quite neat, check it out:
It feels great to be back! My computer is fixed enough that I can blog again. However, finals are just around the corner, so I cannot say how much more active the blog will be. Still, it’s nice to have the opportunity.
During my unexpected absence, I had not come across any new releases. But I was killing time at HMV the other day and I came across Dio’s Holy Diver for six dollars. What a steal! Holy Diver is the debut album of metal icon, Ronnie James Dio. It is a wonderful album, but of course I knew that before buying it.
I’m sad to say that the blog will be down temporarily because my main computer has broken down. It is a Studio XPS 9000 which arrived at my doorstep this January. A 1.5-hour conversation with Dell technical support began with me saying, “I think my hard drive is broken,” and ended with him saying, “I think your hard drive is broken”. Thank you for your valuable input!
Anyways, I absolutely despise the computer I am currently working on, so I will be unable to post until my primary desktop is repaired (hopefully this coming weekend). This is truly bad timing; I was hoping to get out early reviews of the upcoming albums by Kayo Dot and Wuthering Heights. I would have liked to keep this blog running fast and strong, but for now The Golden Bird might be somewhat down tempo.
Dream Theater‘s drumming phenom, Mike Portnoy, is to drum for Avenged Sevenfold‘s new album. The band’s drummer has recently passed away, and Portnoy has been asked to aid them during this tough time. Portnoy has accepted the request with pure class: “I want their fans to realize that I’m not trying to step into or fill The Rev’s shoes…I’m just merely lacing ’em up for him!”