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Random Babble / Power Metal
« on: February 27, 2016, 05:48:00 PM »
I know there's already a metal thread, but I just had to make this.  I'm a HUGE fan of Power Metal, and I was wondering if anyone else on here is a fan of it too.

For those of you who don't know, Power Metal is a subgenre of Metal that started in the 80's and is still going strong today.  According to Wikipedia, "Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a more uplifting sound, in contrast to the heaviness and dissonance prevalent in styles such as doom metal and death metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound."  There are Power Metal bands from all over the world, but the majority seem to come from Europe, America and, more recently, Japan (The Euro scene is by far my favorite).

I've been a fan of Power Metal for a few years now, and it's since become my favorite subgenre of music.  My first power metal band was DragonForce (a common gateway band), but I've since more or less grown out of them and moved on to bigger and better bands.  Currently, I'd say my top Power Metal bands would probably be something like this:

There are others that I like too, but I don't know them as well and I'm still exploring them.  That's probably my top ten right now.

So, does anyone else likes Power Metal?  What are your favorite bands?

Random Babble / Movies You've Seen Recently
« on: October 10, 2015, 12:15:09 AM »
I know that we also have a movies thread, but this is a more specific topic, and nobody really posts on that one for some reason.

So, this is from at least V4.  Basically, you talk about all the movies- or, at least the noteworthy ones- you've seen since you last posted.  I'll start.

Lost Highway- I don't know how I feel about this movie.  It wasn't the weirdest David Lynch film, and it was probably more coherent than Eraserhead (though not by that much) but for whatever reason I felt it was lacking something that Eraserhead wasn't.  It's not one of Lynch's better films in my opinion.  Not a bad movie though, well made and legitimately intriguing.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari- The arguable start of German Expressionism, and arguably the most important early horror film, this is a really good movie that's aged pretty well, even though it's almost a hundred years old.  The plot has been copied a lot, but it's still engaging, and features a great twist ending.  The set design though is what really elevates this film.  It has some of the best and most unique set design of any silent film I've ever seen.

The Kid- Short and with a bit of an anticlimactic ending, it was nevertheless hilarious and absolutely adorable and even whimsical.  This is the first Chaplin film I've seen, and already I want to see more.  This is my new favorite silent film, and of all the silent films I've seen so far, it's aged the best.

The Straight Story- Really heartwarming, a great experiment for David Lynch to try something that's completely normal for once.

The Big Lebowski- Unique, complex, funny, and strange, this is one of my favorite Coen Brothers films.

Random Babble / The METAL Thread \m/
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:23:14 PM »
So this is a thread about metal!  No, not the element, the music!

I know we already have a music thread, but I felt like starting a thread specific to this genre.  I know there are a couple of metal lovers on here other than me.  How many are there, though?

There wasn't really any specific story about me getting into metal, it just kinda happened.  I started listening to Three Days Grace in sixth grade, and while I'm not claiming that that is metal at all (it's not) but it set me on the path to becoming a metal fan (I started looking for new bands and gradually made my way into the realm).  Since then, it's become my favorite genre of music.

Anyway, of all the subgenres of metal, there aren't many I don't like (maybe grindcore... and deathcore...).  My favorites, however, would have to be Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, Black Metal, Folk Metal, Thrash Metal and Death Metal.  Oh, and the classic Heavy Metal.  I love a lot of bands from all of those genres, and Power Metal especially is my favorite.

My favorites bands include, but are not limited to, Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, Helloween, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Overkill, Death, In Flames, Emperor, Children of Bodom, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Equilibrium, Judas Priest, Ensiferum, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold (I know, I know), and Dream Theater.

I have a large and increasingly growing collection of physical metal albums that I also keep updating, and have on me at school as well.  I'm very proud of it.  I also go to a lot of concerts, in fact, I'm going to see Blind Guardian on Halloween.

So, who likes metal?  What are your favorite bands?  Subgenres?  Been to any concerts/planning to go to any?

Random Babble / It's like grapefruit Christmas up in here...
« on: October 06, 2015, 12:57:06 PM »
...because I've finally started a Homestuck thread.

That was probably a terrible joke for the title but I wanted to do something creative.

I've been sitting here for a while debating on whether I should do this and decided to go for it.  When V4 was active, I remember a lot of people would talk about this but I never joined in because I hadn't read it at the time.  But recently, over the past year, I've read through the entire comic... and fell in love.  It's now one of my favorite stories, and my favorite webcomic.  I liked it so much that I read through all 9000 pages to get current.  My roommate was the one who originally got me into it, and after that, it spread through my friend group at college, and now only a couple of us haven't read it.  It's super important to all of us in this regard because it was one of the things that brought us together as friends.

So who else here has read Homestuck?  Anyone planning on it?  Who's current and who's not?  Talk about it!

Introductions / -Insert Generic Greeting here-
« on: September 23, 2015, 06:13:57 PM »
Hey guys, it's me, Graystripe!  You know, that weird, dragon-obsessed guy from V4?  Yes?  No?

Well it's me.  Sorry it took me so long to join this place; it sort of slipped my mind, though I've known about it for a couple months now.  But I'm glad to see that this community is up and running again, even if it is in a new location.  Truth be told, I'm kind of glad we moved though.  I was most active on V4 during a time when, looking back, I found myself to be rather obnoxious on the internet, and there's too many of my old posts over there.  Moving here is like a blank slate, but with the good memories too.

So yeah, my name is Graystripe.  Alternate internet names include Shade the Night Fury and GERMANATOR52.  I am a former member of V4, and now a current member of V5.  My real name is Matt, and I'm a straight (maybe?  I'm not even sure anymore) cis-gendered male, and a 19-year old college Sophomore.  I go to school in Vermont and I study Creative Media, with a primary focus in Filmmaking and two secondary focuses in Game Design and Creative Writing.

As someone who has dedicated his life to studying his interests, those interests are naturally very important to me.  I'm very into film, television, video games, music, writing and reading.  I also very much enjoy skiing.  For some more specific examples, some of my favorite things are the How to Train Your Dragon films (my favorite movies and my number one fandom), Homestuck, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, anime, Steven Universe, Skyrim, Amnesia, To the Moon, Pokemon, metal music (especially Power, Folk, Symphonic and Black) and A Song of Ice and Fire.  There is a lot more than that, but that was just a taste.

I'll admit that I'm not really into Warriors anymore (though I was a huge fan of it between fourth and eighth grade).  But maybe now that I'm here, I'll pick it back up again.  In the meantime, I hope to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, and maybe meet some new ones too.  I hope to become more involved than I was during the last couple years in V4.  Whether or not that will happen is up to fate- I am a busy college student after all.

Well, I think that's just about everything.  See you around!

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