You know I meant to bring this up... a really long time ago... but I forgot. Anyway, Omnium Gatherum released a now-not-so-new album, and it's amazing. They've headed in a more progressive direction, and I can't even express how much I love it.
Just listen to that shit. It turns into the most amazing instrumental after 5:30. Blows me away every time I hear it. You'll like it, I guarantee it. All the songs on the album are winners. It's one of those rare albums that's pure excellence from start to finish.
Pokemon, huh? Geez, I haven't played that in ages. I went back and played WoW for a little while, actually. Though I think I went back just to say hi to some old friends, rather than the gameplay. Quit before Cataclysm came out. There's been too damn many games coming out recently, couldn't nearly afford all the ones I wanted to play. Without Gamefly, I probably wouldn't be playing anything except Black Ops or Reach.
And I like Symphony X. Russell is a great singer. I don't find myself listening to them all that much, though. You should check out Allen/Lande, if you haven't already. It's a collaboration between Russell Allen and Jorn Lande. They released a new album not too long ago, too.
Glad ya liked Break of Reality. Seba wasn't bad, just a bit too electronic for my tastes. And I've never been a die hard fan of Tool, as some people are, but I don't dislike them. And you know, if you like Tool, I think I can say you'll enjoy Dead Soul Tribe. When I heard 'em, I was instantly reminded of Tool.
As for Nightwish, yeah I used to listen to some of their stuff. Like with Tool, I wasn't exactly a die hard fan, but I did enjoy them. I stopped listening after Tarja left. She was what separated the band from just another power metal act with a lady singer, in my opinion. The new girl has a nice voice and all, but it was Tarja's operatic voice that made Nightwish unique.
I'm loving the strings + drums suggestions of yours. Great stuff.
The Lyriel song was also very good; it reminded me of the first Nightwish album quite a lot (with more folkyness). Do you like much Nightwish?
The Tycho song is the kind of thing I like to listen to whilst pondering life's many avenues - or something similar. Very chilled and melancholy. Reminds me a bit of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmWuL9SKVtI
Do you like Tool? I've been playing Pokémon on my old Game Boy recently so I've been in a bit of an 8-bit mood, heh.
You might also try Lyriel. They're folk metal. One of the comments on Youtube mentions that the song grows on you, and it's true. I didn't really love it the first time I heard it. I still don't, but I like it. And it's different than your typical folk metal.
Last but least, I actually heard this song in an Adultswim bump, believe it or not. It took like 5 hours of searching, but I got it. I don't what genre it is, frankly. Sounds electronic. It's pleasing to the ear, though.
Glad ya liked it. I'd never heard of Seth Lakeman. Very serious looking fellow. And Shady Grove does sound a bit like Matty Grove.
Also, I don't know if I mentioned this before or not, but have you heard Ludovico Einaudi? He's an Italian composer and pianist. Think I made a thread about, which disappeared about a day after posting it. Describes himself as "Minimalist." All of his songs have a very melancholic feel to them. I think it's great.