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  • Thoughts About Stuff

    Ago 22 2011, 3:48

    DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a Christianity vs. science journal. I am not trying to prove that one is right and the other isn't. I'm just saying some stuff I randomly thought about today. If you're going to leave a comment then please be tolerant of other viewpoints.

    So I'm pretty sure that everyone has thought about the beginning of existence before, and it's a very weird thing to think about. I was thinking about it today and I took it a step farther than I've ever gone before.

    There's many theories about the beginning of the universe, but most people are going to go with either creationism (Christianity) or the big bang theory (science). I've seen the following situation arise countless times: Atheists ridicule Christians on how ridiculous their religion sounds and how there's no way it can be true.

    Today I started thinking about how the same can be said for their belief. The big bang theory in a nutshell pretty much just says that an extremely small bit of matter exploded to form the universe. This is where I got to thinking "Well that's all fine and good, but where did that small bit of matter come from?" It had to come from somewhere. The explosion to create the universe couldn't happen out of nothing, because there's nothing there to explode.

    Going back to the creationism side, there's still unanswered questions. I've lived in a Christian home my entire life and am a Christian myself, but there's one question that always stumps me: where did God come from? I have no problem believing in a divine being that can do things such as create the world, but where did he come from? God logically has to be created by someone or something, but that just leads to more questions. We then have to think about where that someone or something came from, which leads to a never ending chain of divine beings creating other divine beings. This would also mean that there would be beings more powerful than God, which doesn't make any sense because God is all-powerful. All of this would also obviously go against the Christian faith, meaning that it can't be true (not much point in a creationism theory that goes against Christianity).

    Going by this logic, both theories come back to one problem that can't be solved: where did that first being/chunk of matter come from? Christians say that God has been here since the beginning of time, but that just made me think when was the beginning of time? This question gave me some really weird feelings. I tried to think about before the beginning of time and I couldn't. It would just be absolute nothingness. There wouldn't even be space, because that would have to be created. Just total, absolute, nothingness. This was giving me weird feelings because humans cannot fathom the idea of total nothingness. This is possibly because there's nothing too fathom. It's just absolutely nothing. This got me thinking that you also cannot fathom the beginning, because beginning would include the time of absolute nothingness. You could go back trillions upon trillions upon trillions of years, and it would still just be that same nothingness. There's no possible way to think of the beginning of nothing. I mainly focused on Christianity right there, but the exact same goes for the big bang theory because there has to be a beginning to that somewhere.

    Well, all of that probably didn't make any sense, but yeah, just some stuff I thought about today.
  • Albums of the Year 2010

    Dic 23 2010, 5:02

    #5 Mutiny Within - Mutiny Within

    Amazing debut from Mutiny Within. It's prog metal, but all of the songs typically stay in the 3 to 4 minute area. Vocalist Chris Clancy has a great voice, and while he doesn't scream a whole lot (exception here on the fantastic Lethean) when he does it sounds great. Highlights from the album are the single Awake, Falling Forever, and Year Of Affliction.

    #4 Memphis May Fire - Between The Lies

    OK, so it's really an EP and not an album, whatever, IT'S AWESOME. The band loses some of their roots, and I thought I would have a problem with that, but this is still a very solid EP. Matt Mullins' voice sounds great as always, but his scream has also become much more developed and versatile. Highlights from the EP are Action/Adventure with it's way too catchy for it's own good chorus, Be Careful What You Wish For with it's way too awesome breakdown at the end, and Gingervitus with it's way too awesome title.

    #3 James LaBrie - Static Impulse

    I was very interested to see how this album would work with the mixture of Widoer's screams alongside LaBrie's vocals, and I think it's safe to say that it worked out great. The best examples of this are on the opening track One More Time, Mislead, and This Is War. While the screams are great, that's not all this album has to offer. There's still some fantastic tracks with just LaBrie singing such as Euphoric, and Over The Edge. This is just overall a great album that really doesn't have a bad track on it.

    #2 Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

    Yeah, I'm going to get flamed for this by some people, but they can say what they want, because I love this album. The album was meant to be a farewell to The Rev, and I don't think that they could have possibly done a better job. Save Me is one of the best songs I've heard in a VERY long time. It takes the band in a whole new direction, and I don't think it was really expected by anybody. It's an 11 minute long prog epic, that starts off with a very Dream Theater like intro, which then goes into a slightly more typical A7X verse and chorus. Then the solo hits and OH MY GOD THE SOLO! There's not really anything very technically proficient about it or anything, but it's absolutely fantastic. This is where the song starts to get much more progressive and it kicks into a great soft part with your typical awesome Mike Portnoy beat in the background. Finally after a good 9 minutes or so you hit what you think is the end of the song, then M. Shadows starts singing as the rest of the band starts to join back into what is an amazingly well written outro, and this is where Portnoy really starts to shine with some huge drum fills.

    The entire album has very well written lyrics, and M. Shadows voice is nothing short of perfection. Another song to talk about is Fiction which The Rev wrote just days before his death. The song also contains vocals by The Rev which were taken from a demo also recorded just before The Rev's passing. A7X fanboys will fight me to the death about this, but look at the facts and there's no denying it. Look at the lyrics to the song, and then how it was written days before The Rev's death by a drug overdose. The song has to be The Rev's suicide note.

    #1 All That Remains - For We Are Many

    Pardon the outburst here, but... OH MY GOD THIS ALBUM IS PERFECTION!!! Hardcore ATR fans were quick to criticize
    Overcome for it's much poppier, radio friendly approach, but this album is what I feel to be a perfect mix of that sound and that of their breakthrough album (and masterpiece) The Fall of Ideals. You'll hear some of that on the more radio friendly The Last Time and Hold On, but as soon as you hit play on the album you're instantly slapped in the face by Now Let Them Tremble which is just an intro track that's about a minute and a half of pure breakdown goodness. That immediately leads into the album's title track For We Are Many, which is very reminiscent of TFOI era ATR. Phil LaBonte's vocals have improved so much it's ridiculous. People used to say his clean vocals weren't up to par live, but when I saw them in September his vocals sounded top notch. He also has the most incredibly range on his screams. He'll hit ridiculous highs on some parts of the title track, and then absolutely insane lows that can be heard in the breakdown at the end of Some Of The People, All Of The Time. This album has a little bit of everything with metalcore anthems like the title track and Dead Wrong, the poppier songs like The Last Time, and a ballad to close it off with The Waiting One. Hell, there's even a talkbox solo on Won't Go Quietly. If that's not variety then I don't know what is.
  • Be Negative About Your Top 20!

    Lug 26 2010, 18:47

    1. Dream Theater
    They will probably be my favorite band forever, but that instrumental section in The Ministry Of Lost Souls is completely unnecessary...

    2. Paramore
    I'm surprisingly finding it hard to say something bad about them lol. I guess Hayley could be a bit better live

    3. All That Remains
    Overcome really sucks for the most part. It has it's few moments (Chiron, Forever In Your Hands), but other than that it's just a really boring album. I really hope their new one sounds more like The Fall of Ideals, but I doubt it will :(

    4. Between the Buried and Me
    Another really good band. I'm not really a huge fan of some of their earlier stuff though (with the exception of Mordecai of course :D)

    5. Sixx:A.M.
    At first listen they sound just like any other mainstream rock band, but they're actually pretty different once you give the whole album a shot. I guess the only bad thing I can say about them is that the new album STILL ISN'T OUT YET :'(

    6. Protest the Hero
    I thought that some of Fortress was pretty boring. I think Kezia will always be their best album, but maybe I'm wrong.

    7. Anarchy Club
    I absolutely hate how they aren't more popular. Great band that I should listen to more often.

    8. Cage the Elephant
    Oh wow, this is hard. They're just a really good band. I actually have nothing bad to say, so I guess I wish they had more songs lol.

    9. Avenged Sevenfold
    In a matter of hours they will be in my top 8 and will probably get much higher. The new album is simply amazing and easily their best IMO. I guess my only complaint is that Sounding The Seventh Trumpet sucks for the most part. It has a few decent songs. RIP The Rev

    10. Black Tide
    THEY SUCK LIVE. I love their studio album to death, but they are just terrible live.

    11. Mutiny Within
    Just like with Anarchy Club, my only complaint is that they should be more popular. Oh, and I'm kinda pissed that they kicked out their old drummer.

    12. There for Tomorrow
    They're definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I have no idea why I like them, I just do. They need more songs that sound like Sore Winner.

    13. Scale the Summit
    I don't really listen to them much anymore. A lot of their songs sound the same.

    14. Foo Fighters
    They were really one of the first bands that got me into music. I don't listen to them a whole lot, but they're always going to be special because of that. Not really a lot of bad things to say about them except that I think their old stuff is better.

    15. Tool
    Really good band, but I really hate how half of their songs are just pointless ambient noise. Most of it isn't even really music, it has no point.

    15. Jordan Rudess
    Looks like #15 was a tie :P. Jordan has to be one of the musicians that I have the most respect for. He's just a really cool guy and amazing at his instrument. I wish he had more albums with just him and a piano like Notes On A Dream

    17. Sonata Arctica
    They need to go back to their old sound. Ecliptica is amazing.

    18. Metallica
    I rarely listen to them now. I'm going to go with the generic answer here and say St. Anger sucks.

    18. Silversun Pickups
    Another tie, weird. Some parts of Carnavas are kinda boring. Really good band though.

    20. Animals as Leaders
    Just like Scale the Summit, a lot of their songs sound the same.