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« Reply #440 on: February 10, 2016, 10:39:43 PM »

I'm a little bummed I missed Dragonforce.  Not a big fan of their music, but I've heard they put on a hell of a show.  

Their first set on the first night got cancelled because they were using too much power and apparently blowing all the circuits on the stage.   icon_lol  They got rescheduled for a 4am show the following night, but there was no way I could stay up for that one.  Their second set also got rescheduled when they closed the main stage on the last night (due to a huge storm), and their reschedule slot overlapped with Turisas.  frown
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« Reply #441 on: February 10, 2016, 10:44:18 PM »

I've seen multiple bands over the years who are awesome live...but I can't stomach to listen to otherwise.

On the 70000 cruise I was on a couple years back, that was my experience. Some obscure bands with great energy live, are awful top listen to on radio.

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« Reply #442 on: February 11, 2016, 01:31:07 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2016, 10:39:43 PM

I'm a little bummed I missed Dragonforce.  Not a big fan of their music, but I've heard they put on a hell of a show.  

Their first set on the first night got cancelled because they were using too much power and apparently blowing all the circuits on the stage.   icon_lol  They got rescheduled for a 4am show the following night, but there was no way I could stay up for that one.  Their second set also got rescheduled when they closed the main stage on the last night (due to a huge storm), and their reschedule slot overlapped with Turisas.  frown

Dragonforce does put on a great show live.  Finally saw them for the first time back in November.  Just manic energy for the whole set, and Li and Totman are the real deal as guitarists.

Too funny that they blew all the circuits on stage their first set.  Since they were on the cruise back in 2013, you'd think the boat would know how much power those guys need!

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« Reply #443 on: February 16, 2016, 06:19:11 PM »

So Ghost apparently won the "Best Heavy Metal" Grammy last night...and had the most awkward acceptance ever.

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« Reply #444 on: February 18, 2016, 03:12:54 PM »

I'm still catching up on a few things from 2015, as well as a couple of my most anticipated albums for 2016.

Myrkur - M.  An absolute mind-blower from one woman black metal whirlwind Amalie Bruun.  There is apparently some "controversy" in metal circles around this album because Bruun was in a pop band at one point, and the meathead subset of the metal crowd thinks that disqualifies her as being troo and kvlt metal.  Fuck that...this is as brutal as anything else you'll hear.  On the flip side, songs like this one showcase a beautiful voice and fantastic songwriting.  I was truly floored by this album.


Nervosa - Victim of Yourself.  We caught these ladies on the 70K cruise and thought they were absolutely fantastic.  This is the rare slice of pure trash that interests me, probably because they were so damn awesome live.  


Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess.  What happens when you combine the catchiness of the Foo Fighters with death metal?  You get Immortal Bird.  


Fleshgod Apocalypse - King.  FGA has finally found the perfect balance between the symphonic and metal elements in their music.  Every previous album has strayed just a little bit too far in either direction, but King gets it just right.  A concept album told from the perspective of different characters in a king's court, it's a wholly fascinating listen.  The Fool might end up as one of my favorite tracks of the entire year.


Mechina - Progenitor.  I think my expectations for this one might have been a little too high after last year's incredible Acheron.  The same spacey, "Mass Effect soundtrack meets metal" formula is still there on Progenitor, but didn't grab me as much.  It's still very good, I'm just not quite as high on it as previous albums.  You can listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp.  Plus, the cover artwork is just silly.


Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden.  This is one that showed up on nearly every "Best of" list last year.  I'm still not entirely sold on their particular mix of Candlemass, Dio, and Gates of Slumber, but it's growing on me.
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« Reply #445 on: February 25, 2016, 01:10:24 AM »

I love it when I find previously unheard of bands who completely kick my teeth in and blow my mind.  Hyperion's latest effort, Seraphical Euphony has done exactly that.  Holy shitsnacks...this thing is gorram amazing.  It's like a more intense Emperor alum, but with actual hooks and melodies instead of simple chaos.  Can't stop listening to it.

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« Reply #446 on: March 11, 2016, 04:18:05 AM »

New Skeletonwitch track with their new singer, "Well of Despair".

I like it.
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« Reply #447 on: March 25, 2016, 02:22:25 AM »

New Amon Amarth album, Jomsviking is out tomorrow.  Hearing really good reviews so far.  Can't wait to check it out in the morning.
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« Reply #448 on: March 25, 2016, 04:00:02 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2016, 02:22:25 AM

New Amon Amarth album, Jomsviking is out tomorrow.  Hearing really good reviews so far.  Can't wait to check it out in the morning.

Been waiting awhile for this one.

Their first concept album... can't wait.

Going to try and catch them on tour this year as well.

One of the best live bands.

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« Reply #449 on: March 25, 2016, 01:04:10 PM »

First impressions after a couple spins this morning.  The album is decent enough, but they certainly don't do anything to shake their "AC/DC of death metal" label.  It all feels very by-the-book and formulaic.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be missing the "edge" that they rediscovered on Deceiver of the Gods.  There's certainly nothing as brutal as Blood Eagle or Where Is Your God, and nothing as unique as Hel.  Raise Your Horns is definitely the standout track, and one that will be fun to see live (even if they're not hitting SLC on this tour   mad).  I do love the fact that Hegg is one of the few harsh vocalists that I have no problem understanding.  Being able to actually make sense of the lyrics helps to put the interesting story together.

It's not bad, mind you, just feels a little...meh.  Maybe it'll improve after a few more listens.
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« Reply #450 on: March 25, 2016, 02:01:01 PM »

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First impressions after a couple spins this morning.  The album is decent enough, but they certainly don't do anything to shake their "AC/DC of death metal" label.  It all feels very by-the-book and formulaic.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be missing the "edge" that they rediscovered on Deceiver of the Gods.  There's certainly nothing as brutal as Blood Eagle or Where Is Your God, and nothing as unique as Hel.  Raise Your Horns is definitely the standout track, and one that will be fun to see live (even if they're not hitting SLC on this tour   mad).  I do love the fact that Hegg is one of the few harsh vocalists that I have no problem understanding.  Being able to actually make sense of the lyrics helps to put the interesting story together.

It's not bad, mind you, just feels a little...meh.  Maybe it'll improve after a few more listens.

Yeah, I normally don't listen to their music too much. I just love seeing them live. I like to compare them to AC/DC and Cannibal Corpse, most of their music just sounds the same. Not a bad thing per say, it just does.

However, I'm going to give it a go this weekend.

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« Reply #451 on: April 01, 2016, 01:44:50 PM »

A few new pickups this week.

Goatpsalm - Downstream.  I love finding music that simply refuses to be categorized. This new Goatpsalm album is fascinating, and I have no idea what to describe it as. Dark ambient pagan atmospheric electronic metal?  This album sounds like what would happen if you took the creepy, minimalist soundtracks to the old Thief games, mixed in some unique instruments (tribal drums, mouth harp, clay bells, sanshin, etc.), layer some whispered and/or harsh vocals on top, and record it all in the middle of a forest at night.  The entire album can be streamed from their Bandcamp here, and is the perfect "lie down in a dark room with good headphones" album.


Temple of Gnosis - De Secretis Naturae Alchymica.  In a similar vein as Goatpsalm, from their own description "Music is a peculiar combination of dark ambient, doom riffs and death metal vocals, all supported by dark symphonies".  It's not nearly as interesting as Downstream, but certainly worth a listen, if only because it's so unique.


Deviant Process - Paroxysm.  Wow, what a debut.  I'd heard about these guys from a EP they did a few years back, but their newest full-length release is simply a thing of tech-death beauty.  Absolutely devastating all the way through.


Twilight Force - Tales of Ancient Prophecies.  I've never been a power metal fan, but there are a few bands whose glorious cheese and ridiculousness I simply can't resist.  Twilight Force is one of them.  We caught the tail end of these guys' set on the 70K cruise, and I had to hear more.  Between this and Gloryhammer, I think I'm probably tapped out on D&D-themed adventure metal for the year...but damn if it isn't fun.

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« Reply #452 on: April 12, 2016, 11:20:04 PM »

The new Ihsahn album, Arktis is just nutty.  It's far more progressive than anything we've seen from his previously, which certainly isn't a bad thing.  While some of the songs are straightforwardly unique (I may be the first person to ever use those two words together), he goes off into some rather abrupt musical left turns.  All of these happen to click with me (sounds very Mike Patton-esque), but I can see lots of folks turning up their noses.  If nothing else, it's an incredibly interesting listen.


SYG:AR:TYR - Northen.  I had never heard of this band until the stellar AMG review...upon which I immediately picked up their entire backcatalog from Bandcamp.  Incredibly powerful Pagan/Viking metal out of Ontario.  Used to be a one-man outfit, but he went with a complete band for this release.


(metal'ish)  Youth Code - Commitment to Complications.  These guys opened up the Skinny Puppy/Frontline Assembly show last year, and were absolutely fantastic.  They remind me of early SP, but far far far more angry and agressive.  Watching Sara Taylor on stage is a blast...she's adorably brutal (and would probably kick my ass for saying that).
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« Reply #453 on: April 12, 2016, 11:40:37 PM »

I'm not sold on Youth Code, though this new album is better than the last as they definitely learned some things on the SP tour. They are opening for Baroness which I find weird.

Hey, Gratch check out this old industrial band Out Out if you don't know them, specifically Pepperbox Muzzle and Finched, both on Spotify. They were local to MA and I'm not sure how much exposure they got, but certainly underappreciated industrial band from that era.
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« Reply #454 on: April 13, 2016, 12:30:11 AM »

LOVE the new Youth Code album, maybe even more than the first. One of my favorite newer acts nowdays
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« Reply #455 on: April 13, 2016, 12:39:39 AM »

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I'm not sold on Youth Code, though this new album is better than the last as they definitely learned some things on the SP tour. They are opening for Baroness which I find weird.

I actually didn't care for their first album very much, but you can feel the SP influence all over this new one.  From the interviews I've read, it sounds like Ogre took Sarah under his wing during the tour, and it's definitely reflected in the new tunes (musically, it has a far greater Ohgr feel than Key).  I mostly just paid attention because they brought such fantastic energy in a live setting, and I'm glad to hear their sound evolving.  And yeah, Baroness is definitely strange.  I can't see them being embraced by that audience.  Like...at all.   saywhat

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Hey, Gratch check out this old industrial band Out Out if you don't know them, specifically Pepperbox Muzzle and Finched, both on Spotify. They were local to MA and I'm not sure how much exposure they got, but certainly underappreciated industrial band from that era.

I'll check them out, thanks.  I don't have the energy to keep up with anything new in the genre...I'm still spinning my old SP/FLA/Hocico/wumpscut/Project Pitchfork stuff whenever the rivethead mood strikes.  smile

Oh, and I got tickets this afternoon to see Behemoth and Myrkur on May 4.  I'm hearing that Behemoth is playing The Satanist in its entirety this tour, which would be fantastic (even if I am more excited to see Myrkur).
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« Reply #456 on: April 13, 2016, 09:12:40 PM »

One more interesting tidbit on Youth Code, from the Pitchfork review of their album.  It was produced by Rhys Fulber of FLA fame.  Which explains why it sounds so much better than the first album.
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« Reply #457 on: April 24, 2016, 07:15:19 PM »

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I didn't realize they had kicked Chance out... tough stuff having to kick your own brother out of your band (having done it myself... bleh).

New guy seems ok... vocals were never really the part of Skeletonwitch I cared about, and the rest of it is still good in that song, so... yeah.
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« Reply #458 on: May 03, 2016, 02:05:53 PM »

One week til Babymetal live!   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
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« Reply #459 on: May 04, 2016, 03:20:33 AM »

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One week til Babymetal live!   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Hand me your man card...I'll just hang on to it for you for a week or so.  slywink

Might even take it with me to the Behemoth/Myrkur show tomorrow night.
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« Reply #460 on: May 05, 2016, 02:58:33 PM »

(Cross-posted from OO)

Finally got a chance to see Behemoth last night.  They're exactly as their name suggests:  massive and terrifying.  They played their last album, The Satanist, in it's entirety, then did three encores.  A truly fantastic show

However, it was the opener Myrkur that was more interesting.  The waifish blonde woman with a voice that could blow the doors off the building mesmerized an entire room full of fans of one of the most extreme metal bands on the planet. She did a couple acapella numbers during which you could have heard a pin drop. She closed with a cover of Bathory's Song To Hall Up High" that literally had people in tears.  I've never seen anything quite like it before.

I knew she'd be good (I was a big fan of her debut album last year), but she was captivating in a way I've never experienced at a metal show before.
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