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« Reply #360 on: February 13, 2014, 04:08:34 PM »

Epic show last night.  Skeletonwitch definitely brought the most energy (that singer is a madman on stage), and Amon Amarth was solid.  I gained a new level of appreciation for Enslaved, as they were fantastic.  Especially since the all power to their instruments cut out multiple times during their set.  They'd get halfway through a song, and everything would just...stop.  They handled it remarkably well, and I still came away incredibly impressed with them, even though I really only heard 5 songs and 1/2 of a few others.

Also realized that I am getting waaaaaaaay too old for metal shows.  I didn't even really get in and mix it up (much), but came away sore as hell today from all the headbanging.   dude
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« Reply #361 on: March 08, 2014, 07:12:15 AM »



because yeah
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« Reply #362 on: March 08, 2014, 03:02:37 PM »

No.  Just...no.
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« Reply #363 on: March 10, 2014, 02:45:32 PM »

I saw this last week... so terrible.
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« Reply #364 on: March 10, 2014, 05:43:52 PM »

I found this guy while doing a selfie-search for my name..Paul Gillman
pretty good metal band.
The name of the band Gillman, the lead is Paul Gillman

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« Reply #365 on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:05 PM »

Oderus Urungus went back to his homeworld today.  

Never really got into their music, but now I'm really bummed that I never got around to seeing them live.  Kept saying "I'll catch them next time around", now there won't be a next time.  frown
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« Reply #366 on: March 26, 2014, 06:08:39 PM »

Quote from: kratz on March 10, 2014, 02:45:32 PM

I saw this last week... so terrible.


And something right up the alley of the Japanese.
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« Reply #367 on: March 29, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »

Just booked my wife and I for this cruise

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« Reply #369 on: March 31, 2014, 01:09:13 PM »

It seems that DragonForce has covered Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" for their newest album.  That one's going to be...interesting.
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« Reply #370 on: May 13, 2014, 03:22:36 PM »

If I were to choose my top 5 metal albums of the past decade, Agalloch's "Marrow of the Spirit" and Vallenfyre's "A Fragile King" would be numbers 1 and 2 (respectively) on that list.  Which means today was like metal Christmas, with new albums from both bands dropping this morning.  

Vallenfyre - Splinters.  While metal "supergroups" are more often miss than hit (*cough* Barren Earth *cough*), Vallenfyre absolutely breaks the mold.  Masters of their craft, these members of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and At The Gates have created something incredible here.  Their particular brand of doom/crust/death metal was on brutal display on their first album, and "Splinters" just ratchets everything up to 11.  This album is a huge, plodding, wounded beast leaving a howling wake of destruction as it crushes everything in it's path on it's way to death.  Heavy as fuck with brutality to spare, this thing is just...massive.  I'd be shocked if it didn't end up near the top of most of the "Best of 2014" lists come year end. Check out Odious Bliss for a taste.



Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere.  I've been listening to this one quite a bit (via the NPR Stream) over the last week.  It's a bit of departure from Agalloch's usual sound, but still retains their hallmark of meticulously crafted soundscapes with a combination of brutality and beauty.  It's not going to top "Marrow of the Spirit", but there's not much that can.  A solid 8/10.

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« Reply #371 on: July 22, 2014, 12:50:50 AM »

listening to new Mastodon right now. it seems they went for a slightly more ... profitable sound.
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« Reply #372 on: August 13, 2014, 02:46:56 PM »

A couple albums that I've liked enough to actually buy lately instead of just streaming them from Spotify. 

Allegaeon - Elements of the Infinite.  I'm typically not a big tech-death fan, but these guys can craft some seriously wicked (and catchy) melodies.  Plus, they make funny videos.



The Ocean - Pelagial.  This album has secured a spot in my personal "Top 10" favorite albums.  A unique concept album about diving through the different depth layers of the ocean.  Starts at the top very light, very upbeat...and absolutely crushes you by the time it gets to the bottom.  Probably my favorite song is Bathyapelagiac II...gods, what a riff.



Voyager - V.  Voyager's "The Meaning of I" was an absolutely brilliant album, and "V" carries that torch proudly.  Yes, the singer sounds like a dead ringer for Simon LeBon and there's a certain cheese factor to what they do, but the songs are just so damn good.  t's not *quite* as good as Meaning of I, but that would be a tough one to top.  You can listen to the full album on their Bandcamp page



Demonic Resurrection - The Demon King.  I'll admit it, I mostly bought this one for the cover art.  smile  However, the glowing review from No Clean Singing didn't hurt.  I'm a total sucker for some melody and orchestration in my death metal, and these guys do a hell of a job with that.  I really dig Trail of Devastation

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« Reply #373 on: August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM »

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here
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« Reply #374 on: August 20, 2014, 05:50:01 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Thanks for the link, will give it a listen tomorrow. I don't expect much, loved Opeth but they have lost it. I am all for branching out, but they went a bit too far for my tastes. Still, I am sure I will end up buying it.
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« Reply #375 on: August 20, 2014, 12:43:28 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Huh, don't know Opeth but... I liked it. Thanks for the link.  thumbsup
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« Reply #376 on: August 21, 2014, 03:00:09 PM »

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:50:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Thanks for the link, will give it a listen tomorrow. I don't expect much, loved Opeth but they have lost it. I am all for branching out, but they went a bit too far for my tastes. Still, I am sure I will end up buying it.

I wouldn't go so far as to say they've "lost it" (the songwriting is still very solid)...more that they've gone in a direction I would have preferred they didn't.  Most of what made me love Opeth was the creative interplay between brutal death metal and stunningly beautiful melodies.  It made for a very unique combination and was always an fun listen.  This dynamic is lost with the move to all prog, which makes it far less interesting, IMHO.

That said, I've listened to this new one a couple times.  It's actually pretty good...much better than "Heritage", anyways.
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« Reply #377 on: August 21, 2014, 11:02:46 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on August 21, 2014, 03:00:09 PM

I wouldn't go so far as to say they've "lost it" (the songwriting is still very solid)...more that they've gone in a direction I would have preferred they didn't.  Most of what made me love Opeth was the creative interplay between brutal death metal and stunningly beautiful melodies.  It made for a very unique combination and was always an fun listen.  This dynamic is lost with the move to all prog, which makes it far less interesting, IMHO.

That said, I've listened to this new one a couple times.  It's actually pretty good...much better than "Heritage", anyways.

Maybe "lost it" is a bit too strong, because I still do like Opeth, and Storm Corrosion for that matter, but I think Mikael Akerfeldt is mellowing out a bit too much. The melodies mixed with the death metal, as you mentioned, were what made Opeth interesting, and that seems to be gone for now. I believe Akerfeldt has said he wants to get back to something heavier eventually, but that's not enough for me, I hope he goes back to something like the original sound, not just heavier. For instance with Bloodbath he does harder stuff, but it is no where near as interesting as Opeth's classic stuff.

Anyway, listening to Pale Communion now, it's ok. Hopefully I just need a few listens to it. Still, they haven't gone into Metallica's direction yet, where I won't even give their new stuff a chance. It's just now there is Old-Opeth and New-Opeth.
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« Reply #378 on: August 27, 2014, 12:18:18 AM »

I really enjoyed Heritage and the concert for that show was an incredible show of musicianship.

However, I'm not a fan of this record.

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« Reply #379 on: September 13, 2014, 04:37:03 AM »

If you're even casually interested in doom metal, the new Pallbearer album Foundations of Burden is an absolute must-buy.  I've honestly listened to nothing else this entire week.  This is so goddamn good...it's pretty much what Black Sabbath wishes they could still be.  I thought the AMG review hit the nail on the head:

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« Reply #380 on: December 31, 2014, 05:37:32 PM »

So much good music in 2014. My personal top 10 albums for the year (in order):

1. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
2. Anaal Nathrak – Desideratum
3. Vallenfyre – Splinters
4. November’s Doom – Bled White
5. Voyager – V
6. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
7. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
8. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
9. Behemoth – The Satanist
10. Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere
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« Reply #381 on: April 28, 2015, 01:22:51 PM »

Arise, thread, for this Stratovarius video I stumbled upon yesterday.

Halcyon Days!
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« Reply #382 on: April 29, 2015, 07:41:48 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on April 28, 2015, 01:22:51 PM

Arise, thread, for this Stratovarius video I stumbled upon yesterday.

Halcyon Days!

No offense, but that was horrible. Sounded like a modern version of a hair band.
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« Reply #383 on: July 02, 2015, 05:08:51 PM »

Been too long since this thread has seen an update.  My favorite albums so far this year.

Sigh - Graveward.  Sigh put out what will ultimately be my AOTY again...just like they did with Scenes from Hell and In Somniphobia.  They are just so awesomely weird, completely insane, and utterly brilliant.  Graveward is damn near perfect from start to finish. 


Wilderun - Sleep at the Edge of Earth.  Take Opeth's songwriting (their singer sounds eerily similar to Ackerfeldt), throw in a hefty dose of Turisas' bombast, shake it up with a bit of Agalloch folk metal influence, and you have Wilderun.  Came completely out of left field for me, as I thought their first album was a horrible cheesefest.  SatEoE is a truly fantastic listen


Obsequiae - Aria of Vernal Tombs.  Pagan/folk/black metal mixed with some amazingly beautiful guitar work.  Their Summoning worship is on full display, but this is a solid effort.


Amiensus - Ascension.  These guys walk the line between beautiful and devastating perfectly.  I wasn't sure they'd be able to follow up the masterpiece that was Restoration, but they've done admirably well here.  Full album can be streamed on their Bandcamp page.


Hoth - Oathbreaker.  OK, so this one actually came out last year, but I just found it a couple months ago.  Tongue  While the idea of a Star Wars-themed death metal album sound ridiculous, but the songwriting is fantastic and the entire album is catchy as hell.  I find myself humming this long after I've listened to it.  Besides, their logo is a TIE Fighter.  A GORRAM TIE FIGHTER.
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« Reply #384 on: July 02, 2015, 05:10:03 PM »

Also, I got to see Agalloch live a couple weeks ago.  I have a new entry in my top three live shows of all time...they were absolutely amazing. 
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« Reply #385 on: July 02, 2015, 06:54:27 PM »

Love Sigh and didn't realize they had a new one out. I am having a difficult time keeping up on music, you would think between Amazon and Apple the would have their recommendation systems down so I would just get told bands I like have new albums out, but they both fail (especially Apple). Already gave up on Apple Music (although the they do have some good curated playlists for other types of music).
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« Reply #386 on: July 02, 2015, 08:35:14 PM »

Little B 6.3 loves wearing my Sigh Infidel Art shirt.  Cutest metalhead ever.   headbang

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« Reply #387 on: July 02, 2015, 09:20:27 PM »

Nice, cannot imagine a 6 year old liking Sigh. The kids in my family have only heard Slayer and think I am nuts for liking that!
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« Reply #388 on: July 02, 2015, 09:39:37 PM »

Quote from: Lee on July 02, 2015, 09:20:27 PM

Nice, cannot imagine a 6 year old liking Sigh. The kids in my family have only heard Slayer and think I am nuts for liking that!

She doesn't really like the music, but loves wearing the shirt.  Go figure.

She does like a little bit of daddy's "monster music" though.  One of her favorites is Finntroll's "Under Bergens Rot", which she thinks is hilarious.  Troldhaugen's The Good, The Bad, and The Gristle is also a pretty common request.
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« Reply #389 on: July 02, 2015, 09:44:15 PM »

Can't remember if this has been discussed in this thread, but how do you find new death/black metal Gratch? I find it difficult finding new stuff that I like because of lot seems to be garbage that is completely generic for the genera. Sirius has a pretty decent metal station, but I no longer have it.
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« Reply #390 on: July 02, 2015, 09:55:06 PM »

My two "go-to" metal blogs are No Clean Singing and Angry Metal Guy.  NCS is more of a general "here's an info dump on everything metal" site, while I find my musical tastes tend to sync up pretty well with AMG's reviewers.  I've actually found some good stuff through Spotify's "recommend" tab as well (surprisingly).

I'm actually going to pick up Author & Punisher's "Melk en Honing" based on the AMG review today, and the new song from Alustrum that premiered on NCS just blew my face off.
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« Reply #391 on: July 09, 2015, 04:44:54 AM »

First metal release I've gotten into in a good long while, new High on Fire - Luminiferous.  Really great guitar stuff on this... probably my favorite release of theirs in 10 years or something.

This song is one of my favorites on the record... bit at 3:27 is great:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZIw84PhaA8

Whole thing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yeb9a4nuC6Y
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