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« Reply #480 on: August 11, 2016, 12:35:43 AM »

Pallbearer dropped a completely out of the blue 3-song EP today...which includes a cover of my absolute favorite Type O Negative song "Love You To Death".  It's absolutely wonderful.  
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« Reply #481 on: August 18, 2016, 11:12:08 PM »

More industrial/metal from 3TEETH, new song and also their first real video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uabChNfWAcM
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« Reply #482 on: August 19, 2016, 01:28:25 PM »

(metal-ish) Myrkur - Mausoleum (Live).  Myrkur firmly establishes herself as the most interesting figure in the metal scene with this incredible release.  It's simultaneously the most metal (it was literally recorded in a mausoleum in Norway...doesn't get more kvlt than than) and most non-metal album I've bought this year, and it's absolutely stunning.  Much like when I saw her open for Behemoth, Brunn absolutely captivates with her remarkable voice and compositions.  Add a women's choir and minimal acoustic backing instruments, and you come away with something that is truly amazing.  Her cover of Bathory's "Song to Hall Up High" literally brings tears to my eyes. 


Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 18, 2016, 11:12:08 PM

More industrial/metal from 3TEETH, new song and also their first real video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uabChNfWAcM

I keep feeling like I should like these guys more than I do.  All the individual pieces are there, but it just never comes together to be something I really enjoy.  Weird.

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« Reply #483 on: August 19, 2016, 03:08:36 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2016, 01:28:25 PM


Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 18, 2016, 11:12:08 PM

More industrial/metal from 3TEETH, new song and also their first real video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uabChNfWAcM

I keep feeling like I should like these guys more than I do.  All the individual pieces are there, but it just never comes together to be something I really enjoy.  Weird.



I'm like that with Youth Code. Recorded I find them just kind of there, and I really didn't enjoy them live when they opened for FLA and Skinny Puppy. But they seem like a band I *should* like.
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« Reply #484 on: September 15, 2016, 01:46:03 PM »

Lots of new stuff.  Here we go.

Ghost - Meliora.  I loved Ghost's debut, but was far less enthusiastic about their sophomore album.  (that's putting it nicely...I thought it was utter shite)  As a result, I gave Meloria a cursory listen when it came out, and never went back to it.  Picked up tickets to see them on 10/8 and figured I should give it another shot, and now I simply cannot stop listening to it.  They managed to recapture the fun "sing along with Satan" vibe from the first album, but made it far more dark and menacing.  Glad I went back to this, as I'm truly enjoying it.  The cover art is fantastic as well.


Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience.  This album doesn't technically come out until 9/23, but I have it pre-ordered and have listened to it multiple times via streams now.  Two words:  fucking brilliant.  Their last two albums have been really good, but haven't quite crossed over to "great" territory.  This one makes a massive leap, and has blown me away.  Rather than just go straight-up tech death, they have mixed in multiple influences, including a phenominal flamenco feel to a couple songs.  The new singer brings a bit more power and fury, and it a great fit for what they're doing.  I can't recommend this one highly enough.


Uada - Devoid of Light.  A powerful cross between atmospheric and melodeath, chock full of pagan themes and imagery.  A really good "put on the headphones and listen in a dark room" sort of album.


The Gorge - Thousand Year Fire.  These guys are opening up for The Ocean on their upcoming NA tour (which isn't stopping in SLC  crybaby), and have a very, very similar style.  Very technical, with lots of unique rhythms and odd structural shifts.  A really fun album, kinda what I was hoping we'd get from the new Gojira.


Revocation - Deathless.  They'll be on the 70K boat, so I figured I better at least give them a shot.  Saw this album pop up on a few "best of" lists from last year, and it's well deserved.  Pretty straight up tech-death that'll keep your head banging.


Draconian - Sovran.  I've always liked Draconian's brand of doom, but was a bit leery when they replaced their female vocalist.  Turns out there was no need to worry, as Heike does an absolutely stellar job on Sovran.  Something fantastic to listen to on those dark, cloudy days.


Skeletonwitch - The Apothic Gloom EP.  A very distinct stylistic shift with the new vocalist, much more atmospheric than their typical frenzied shredding.  Not that it's bad, mind you, just not what I expected at all.  It's a decent EP, but with just a 4-song sample size, it's hard to tell if this will be a success or not.


Serenity - Codex Atlanticus.  Another 70K band that came highly recommended from a friend.  I must be getting soft in my old age, as this is now the fourth "power metal" album I've purchased in the past year.  It falls more on the "guilty pleasure" side of things, but damn if it isn't catchy as all hell.  I'll definitely be catching them on the cruise, but might hide in the back as I do.  smile

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« Reply #485 on: September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM »

New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
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« Reply #486 on: October 02, 2016, 05:21:15 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM

New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
What a great album this is.

I'm really not into Prog normally, but this is just damn good music. Some heavy riffs mixed into the Proggy stuff.

I've been a fan of Opeth for years and knew this all along. But these guys are about as talented as it comes in my opinion.

Disappointed they aren't coming to Denver this fall/winter. Hoping they make it during the spring.
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« Reply #487 on: October 02, 2016, 04:18:40 PM »

Quote from: Xmann on October 02, 2016, 05:21:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM

New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
What a great album this is.

I'm really not into Prog normally, but this is just damn good music. Some heavy riffs mixed into the Proggy stuff.

I've been a fan of Opeth for years and knew this all along. But these guys are about as talented as it comes in my opinion.

Disappointed they aren't coming to Denver this fall/winter. Hoping they make it during the spring.

Agreed.  It's easily the strongest of their recent prog trilogy.  It's far more Jethro Tull or Yes than Bloodbath, but the songs are really, really good.  I don't even know if you'd call it metal, really.

I find I have to be in the right mood, but it's a great fit when I am.
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« Reply #488 on: October 02, 2016, 04:46:34 PM »

In case anyone needs a last minute Christmas gift idea for me.  smile



(yes, it's a real thing that you can buy)
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« Reply #489 on: October 28, 2016, 02:40:17 PM »

Three amazing new albums that should be on everyone's radar.

Khemmis - Hunted.  Stoner/doom metal done oh so right.  Sludgy, grindy, and catchy as hell. A little short with only 5 songs, but each one is fantastic.


Thy Catafalque - Meta.  I've always loved TC's vastly different take on metal.  Highly experimental and always interesting, Tamas creates some truly unique soundscapes.  A wonderful juxtaposition o of beautiful melodies interspersed with black metal craziness.  Take this album's 21-minute opus Malmak Jarnak, as a prime example of this mix.  A truly enjoyable listen.


Anaal Nathrak - The Whole of the Law.  AN is always pushing the boundaries of "extreme metal", and this album is no exception.  Holy shit, this album will beat the shit out of you, leave you bloody, and have you coming back begging for more.  As one review put it, it's the sonic equivalent of someone shoving a cattle prod in your brain while screaming at you through a megaphone.  Obviously not everyone's cup of tea, but for those of us who tend towards to more extreme, it doesn't get much better than this.
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« Reply #490 on: December 16, 2016, 02:47:09 PM »

There's still a couple weeks left, so there's a chance something could sneak in, but I'm probably going with this for my 2016 year end list.

Album of the year:  Anaal Nathrak - The Whole of the Law.  This is sheer insanity and anger put to music.  As one review said, this album doesn’t just punch you in the face, it punches *through* your face and keeps going. A brutal, intense, amazing and exhausting listen from start to finish.

The rest of the top 20
2.   Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary (honestly, this one is a very close second.  More like #1a)
3.   David Bowie – Blackstar (not metal, but...Bowie)
4.   Khemmis – Hunted
5.   Goatpsalm – Downstream
6.   Vainaja – Verenvelaja
7.   The Vision Bleak - The Unknown
8.   Ihsahn – Arktis
9.   The Gorge - Thousand Year Fire
10.   Oak Pantheon - In Pieces
11.   Thy Catafalque - Meta
12.   Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience
13.   Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
14.   Saor – Guardians
15.   Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
16.   Uada – Devoid of Light
17.   Draconian – Sovran
18.   Myrkur – Mausoleum
19.   Youth Code – Commitment to Complications
20.   Hakiri for the Sky – III: Trauma

Song of the year:  Witherscape - Marionette.  This particular combo of beautiful and harsh is one of the best I've ever heard.  
2.  Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Fool.  Symphony and mayhem that can't be matched.  It's even better live.
3.  Anaal Nathrakh - Hold Your Children Close and Pray For Oblivion.  This may be the most brutal song I've ever heard.  Ever.
4.  David Bowie - Lazarus.  Put in context of what happened, this is the biggest gut punch of the year.  I still have a really hard time listening to it, and can't believe he's really gone.
5.  Ihsahn - Frail.  A perfect example of Ihsahn's utterly insane genius.

Disappointment of the year:  Tie between Gojira’s Magma and Opeth’s Sorceress.   Both had a couple really good songs, but overall were just so…boring.
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« Reply #491 on: December 17, 2016, 11:54:48 PM »

Sentient Horror - Ungodly Forms.  This was a last-minute pickup based on a couple things:  a) a few really good reviews, and b) Dan Swano did the mastering for it.  This is probably my favorite pure death metal album this year, and will appeal to any fans of early Edge of Sanity, Obituary, Carcass, etc.  You can stream the entire thing here, and I would highly recommend giving it a listen.  It will probably nudge Hakiri for the Sky out of my top 20 for 2016.
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« Reply #492 on: January 31, 2017, 06:43:08 PM »

At this time tomorrow (barring any Delta system crashes or Trump fuckery), I will be on my way to my second 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.  This year's lineup is pretty amazing, with a ton of bands I absolutely can't wait to see:

-  Allegaeon
-  Anthrax
-  Amorphis
-  Carcass
-  Cattle Decapitation
-  Death Angel
-  Draconian
-  Equilibrium
-  Grave
-  Haggard
-  Kalmah
-  Manegarm
-  Moonsorrow
-  Over Kill
-  Revocation
-  Scar Symmetry
-  Serenity
-  Suffocation
-  Testament
-  Trollfest
-  Witchtrap

A little bummed that both Gojira and Nile dropped out at the last minute, but I suppose I need to actually eat and sleep sometime.  smile  Being out in the middle of the ocean with zero access to the outside world for 4 days sounds like maybe the greatest thing imaginable right now.

Death to false metal. 
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« Reply #493 on: February 28, 2017, 11:39:54 PM »

there's a part on the new Dillinger Escape Plan album where it goes full-on-jazz-fusion-like-total-Mahavishnu-Orchestra right in the middle of a track. hilarious.
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« Reply #494 on: March 19, 2017, 08:41:54 AM »

check out the "Seek & Destroy" show on kexp.org on Sunday mornings 1-2AM (Pacific Time) - and if not at that time, the show is archived for a few weeks afterwards for later streaming.
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« Reply #495 on: March 20, 2017, 10:35:55 PM »

Hey Gratch, both RHCP and Korn are using Babymetal as a support act for parts of their tours this spring.  Figured you'd appreciate that bit of info. 
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« Reply #496 on: March 24, 2017, 01:45:39 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on March 20, 2017, 10:35:55 PM

Hey Gratch, both RHCP and Korn are using Babymetal as a support act for parts of their tours this spring.  Figured you'd appreciate that bit of info.  



I've got a huge update of albums coming, just haven't had the time to put it all together yet.  Such awesomeness so far this year in metal.  

Stay tuned...
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« Reply #497 on: April 05, 2017, 01:59:23 PM »

OK, here's the last 3 months.  Will just put them in order of when I bought them.  Deep breath...here goes

Anthrax - For All Kings.  I haven't really listened to Anthrax since the early 90's, but saw good reviews on this one.  I ended up being blown away by how great this album was.  Simultaneously thrashy and melodic, something I didn't really think Anthrax could pull off at this point.  It led me to pick up...


Anthrax - Persistence of Time.  This was the first Anthrax album I ever purchased, and I damn near wore out the cassette back in the day.  I still think Got the Time is one of the greatest covers ever.


Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us.  A chaotic mix of hardcore and metal that's just mean and nasty as hell.


Mechina - As Embers Turn to Dust.  I think Mechina hit a high point with Acheron, and have been slowly declining ever since.  This album has its great moments, but overall just didn't really grab me much.


Haggard - Eppur Si Muove.  I found these guys only because they were playing on the 70K cruise.  They mix classical, opera, folk, and metal into something absolutely stunning.  They were one of the amazing highlights of the cruise, as they brought a full 15-piece orchestra, two opera singers, and a full chorus along with the band on the boat.  It was a mind-blowing show, and I'd highly recommend checking them out.  Ever seen an opera singer headbang?  Neither had I.


Carcass - Surgical Steel.  Some classic straight-up death metal from one of the undisputed masters of the genre.  Such a great return from a classic band.


Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony.  Another band I checked out because of 70K.  They're a fun mix of folk and death metal, but I find I can only tolerate them in small doses.  They were pretty awful live, tbh.


Aeternam - Ruins of Empires.  This one is a very strong early contender for 2017 Album of the Year.  A brilliant combination of symphonic metal with strong middle-eastern influences, this album is an absolute joy from start to finish.  I cannot recommend it enough.


Pan.Thy.Monium - Dawn of Dreams.  It's a rather obscure Dan Swano project, which means it automatically gets a look from me.  It's certainly...different.  I'm not even sure I'd say I like this particular mix of avant-garde, prog, and death metal, but if you're in the mood for something that's just flat-out bizarre, you could certainly do worse.


Pillorian - Obsidian Arc.  This is the first post-Agalloch project from John Haughm, and I was really looking forward to it.  It's a pretty good album overall, but didn't knock my socks off like I hoped it would.  I might have liked it more if it didn't have the Agalloch comparison to live up to.  Still, it's worth a listen for black metal fans.


Replacaire - Do Not Deviate.  Holy shit, this one is just a complete mindfuck.  Is it tech-death?  Black?  Prog?  Djent?  All of the above?  I think the answer is just "yes"...along with "listen to this NOW".


Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic.  I'll admit it, I mostly bought this album because my daughter (she's 8 ) loves listening to fantasy metal songs about dragons and wizards.  Cheesiness aside though...this is actually a really fun album to spin.  Only problem is that the mix is super quiet for some reason.  I have to turn it up another 10 notches higher than anything else.  It's really odd.


Pallbearer - Heartless.  This was my #1 most anticipated album coming into 2017, and it doesn't disappoint at all.  While I don't think it quite reaches the lofty heights that [i[Foundations of Burden[/i] reached (which is pretty much an impossible standard), it's still an absolutely incredible album.  It's a little warmer and a little less doomy than Foundations was, which knocks it down half a peg for me.  Still, I guarantee it'll be in my top 3 for this year.


Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial.  Throw Agalloch, Panopticon, and Alcest in a blender, and this album would be the result.  Folky and atmospheric black metal with an underlying touch of melancholy and sadness that just really tugs at the heartstrings.  A good "headphones in a dark room" album.


I'll try to make it less than 3 months before the next update.  smile  Especially since there's a few more really strong AOTY candidates coming out in the next couple weeks.  
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« Reply #498 on: April 27, 2017, 10:38:08 PM »

it's what "Heroes of Might & Magic" *does sound like when you say it fast, haha

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Only problem is that the mix is super quiet for some reason.  I have to turn it up another 10 notches higher than anything else.  It's really odd.

i was going to say, you should check the loudness level of the album (like with the Dynamic Range plugin in foobar2k) to see if it was in fact mastered at sane levels - but it's really not that great, save for one track: http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/view/114663
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