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Bands worth hearing thread

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
October 27, 2011, 04:56:58 AM
How is Confessor? (the US one)
No.

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Re: Bands worth hearing thread
October 31, 2011, 12:04:42 AM
A strong recommendation for diSEMBOWELMENT's Transcendence Into the Peripheral which I have only very recently explored. While I lack the language to explain it in purely musical terms, the strong union of concept and aesthetic to music that is the hallmark of great metal is here in a powerful way. Compositions of epic length dominate, with successive songs containing contiguous and developing musical ideas (if that's the right word). The sense of grand discovery in an alien, transcendant setting dominates for me personally (specifically in the 2nd half of the album). There was a blog review around here that described it as having a "ritualistic" quality which I thought was absolutely appropriate and consistent with my feelings. Not to mention just some crushing, immediately satisfying riffs, spaces left open for crushing riffs that you play out in your head and are realized later (around oft-repeated themes). After about 2 weeks of listening and with some chemical assistance, I'm confident about putting it up there with the greats of the genre. Edit: An excellent short review

I would really like this album being given serious critical consideration by the members here that are unfamiliar with it. I am generally quite wary of releases touted as hidden gems and I feel this is a sentiment shared by many others. It shouldn't cause you to miss out on this album.

Some questions of my own:

-Which release of Unholy is considered superior? I have listened to The Second Ring of Power cursorily and initial impressions are that it's interesting but not lasting.

-Mystifier's Goetia: The opposite situation, a casual listen impressed me greatly even though it was restricted to the opening 3 tracks (with riffs that may not exactly follow from each other but are aesthetically consistent within tracks and are generally, well, good!). Is this release worth spending time on?

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
November 04, 2011, 10:20:13 PM
-Mystifier's Goetia: The opposite situation, a casual listen impressed me greatly even though it was restricted to the opening 3 tracks (with riffs that may not exactly follow from each other but are aesthetically consistent within tracks and are generally, well, good!). Is this release worth spending time on?

Oh yeah, its a solid B/B+. Really good fusion of grindcore and black metal. Not so much grind in riff composition, but in percussion. Works well as this band can perform doomy material alongside it. It's nothing life changing but it is one of the better black metal albums to come out of Brazil. Enjoy.
No.

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Re: Bands worth hearing thread
November 22, 2011, 06:04:52 PM
So, that Vallenfyre band featured in sadistic reviews is actually quite good. I mean, when I hear the "Swedish" guitar sound (even though it's really taken from the full-length debuts of Slaughter and Autopsy, but don't tell anyone that) nowadays, I get a bit apprehensive, since the old school Swedeath market is so oversaturated nowadays, but this band manages to transcend the neo-oldschool mentality to make some great music, based on effective narrative songwriting and a gloomy atmosphere. The songwriting is actually a lot closer to the first Paradise Lost album, in that it takes advantage of the memorable impact of punctuating long sequences of gloomy semi-melodic riffs with sudden bursts of Alfred Hitchcock-inspired dissonance.

Another cool neo-oldschool album that features members of older, forgotten bands would be Bombs of Hades, featuring the underrated songwriting and vocal talents of one Jonas Stålhammar, whom you may remember from his work in God Macabre and Utumno. These dudes apparently started out as a crust/grind type of thing, but they've since become a champion death metal act in the old school style. They still have a lot more of the '80s hardcore punk thing going on than most of these "new-old" bands who tend to devolve into writing rock songs with death metal aesthetics. The punk ethos keeps the songs short, fast, and direct with a ramshackle hardcore charm, creating an atmosphere not unlike the more Road Warrioresque "war metal" bands of the late '80s and early '90s, such as the first two Bolt Thrower albums and the Blasphemy back catalogue.  The lead guitar work is particularly exciting; I think one of the old DLA reviews referred to some band's solos as being like "high speed slang" over a crunchy death metal base, and that would certainly apply to Bombs of Hades' music. Their solitary full-length actually makes for an effective, high energy palate cleanser after forty-five minutes of Vallenfyre's "sinking into filth" (thanks for that phrase, Disma) ambiance.

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
November 22, 2011, 08:44:45 PM
The stripped down phrases of Vallenfyre on "A Fragile King" are putting me off somewhat, many of these are used in very familiar contexts as well (in addition to the Swedish sound). The overall effect is convincing in terms of narrative, as mentioned. The technique is used effectively to craft atmospheric death metal. Worth hearing for the high points, even though some elements can be an unwelcome intrusion.

Edit: Not all songs suffer from the issue mentioned. A part of this is probably the nature of the narrative, completely recursive and circular; deliberately so. Exemplified on the (standout) track Seeds. The final track deviates somewhat, but similarly illustrates the method (and is another standout track). It also showcases the pure, beautiful pop sensibilities of some of the melody this band possesses.

Edit #2: Fleeting pleasures, I am left mostly unimpressed. It's okay. Perhaps the future holds better works.


Re: Bands worth hearing thread
November 29, 2011, 03:18:24 AM
I would like the recommend the latest cruciamentum and Cultes Des Ghouls EP's. I find both sets of material to be worthy of praise.
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Re: Bands worth hearing thread
December 01, 2011, 01:38:28 AM
Ungod put out an album in March of this year. Has anyone heard it?
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Re: Bands worth hearing thread
December 03, 2011, 05:04:57 AM
I was reading through the DLA looking for some overlooked bands/albums i haven't heard yet and Hypocrisy is one of them.  Can anyone recommend me or tell me which album is the "masterpiece" that this band has apparently created?  I have never really looked into this band or even heard one track from them.  Would anyone care to share their opinions on this band?
He who fears the dark, shall never see the light
http://www.last.fm/user/Beastofsodom

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
December 03, 2011, 05:33:55 PM
I was reading through the DLA looking for some overlooked bands/albums i haven't heard yet and Hypocrisy is one of them.  Can anyone recommend me or tell me which album is the "masterpiece" that this band has apparently created?  I have never really looked into this band or even heard one track from them.  Would anyone care to share their opinions on this band?

Penetralia and Osculum Obscenum. There are a couple EPs around that time. After that, shit got dubious.

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
December 07, 2011, 07:02:14 AM
I was wondering about Nicklas Rudolfsson's RUNEMAGICK project. I recently saw their first two full-lengths referred to as "required listening." Has anyone here actually heard this band, specifically these albums?


Re: Bands worth hearing thread
January 05, 2012, 07:01:27 AM
Holy shit, I've been on a total Runemagick kick lately! That shared Anusian collective consciousness is something, huh?

Anyway, the first two Runemagick albums are pretty essential pieces of death metal. The first one is almost like Dismember-cum-Burzum: it's ostensibly ye olde Swedish death metal on the surface, but the songwriting is heavily layered, and there's a powerful sense of alternating triumph, defeat, reflection, and melancholy to the whole thing. The interaction between lead, rhythm, and bass guitar lines reminds me a bit of the first Aeternus album. The second Runemagick album is less emotional and more death-like, with more of a doom metal influence (specifically, epic melodious stuff like Candlemass), as well as some very well-orchestrated keyboard playing. I personally would rate early Runemagick a bit higher than the two post-FaftS Sacramentum albums.

There's a Century Media compilation called Dark Dead Earth that collects their first three albums on two CDs, and it's available for pretty cheap on Amazon/eBay/etc. The third Runemagick album is something of a synthesis of the disparate styles of the first two albums, with a lot of Dismember/Entombed/Grave stuff added in as well (great guitar solos too!), but I haven't really listened to it enough to give it much of an in-depth assessment. Moon of the Chaos Eclipse seems like it might be worth checking out as well, based on online samples.

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
January 05, 2012, 10:14:16 PM
Is Desert of Shattered Hopes by Crucifixion from Houston worthwhile? Released 1993.

Very much so. It's also very cheap to buy, since not many people know about this album yet. I'd describe them as an earlier version of later The Chasm albums, with most of the 80s tendencies replaced with blasting Deicide and Immolation-type stuff. It's dark and occult, but also pretty brutal.

I searched the thread to see if this album has been mentioned. I'm really surprised that it's not better known. Very impressive, thoughtfully crafted death metal. I've only given it three or four spins so far, but I think it stands up to a lot of the early 90s classics and might even surpass them in some respects. I agree with Chapel of Torment's comparison to later The Chasm. It has a similar melodic sensibility, but sounds much darker and less self-conscious due to the absence of thrash nostalgia.

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
January 08, 2012, 11:55:22 AM
What song is this band covering?
Its killing me, it sounds so familiar.

I have nothing to do with this band and im not advertising.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr9uDSRs1PY&feature=player_embedded#!

Re: Bands worth hearing thread
January 08, 2012, 08:05:21 PM
Other possible lost gems -- from reliable sources, but sometimes my taste/discernment is based on a different matrix of selection:

ETHERE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTZWY8wSYUo

SOL INVICTUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wwh9yndvMs

EISENDORN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVjkP32l_7U

PENTACLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuSkGSzasxI

TENEBRARUM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W0wcK0FO6s

HORRENDOUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hGHlgfLqhY

EXCAVATION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhXIG0Gh9TA

CONTAGION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVUPdmgLlU

MAIMED

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7QS8xX4vP0

ZOETOPE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YHnYJAgVmc

DREAM DEATH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByzYczOTQNA

OBSESSION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAOWhehAmac

ORDO FUNEBRIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxl91k97RQc

ALTUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rum7gUj74Zo

VON THRONSTAHL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg2tEuRlD88

TRIARII

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3TY9GiQxjQ

BURNT OFFERING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMklgBNpYNY

ABSCONDER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF_h_IJ268k

SINDROME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGEpqO4-jE8

SCHIZO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aUNGlCq95w

HADAMARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2--e-Iydlhk

NATAS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlEe_lpxm0k

CENTURIONS GHOST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnQw0e64t8g

DEAD BOYS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XksJW4B2mIM

SOLID SPACE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWMnRnSB7Hk

ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvdYgjT-Zpw

YUPPICIDE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAb-80C7dl0

RAISON D'ETRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUe3F05KNEQ

LETUM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odMnymx3BKs

ARDITI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3x7v_bioxE

COPH NIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzARkbLf6Sw

REGURGITATED

http://youtu.be/j1pxkiqZ78g

MEDIEVAL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvyw7XllQ0Y&feature=share

SPECTRAL MANIFEST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or7Yv6A6-Yk

RECOIL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQZviY92_Ng

HEADHUNTER D.C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkvZBPyhGC8

DREXCIYA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1c540dCCEg

AS1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQTEm8WkrTw

WOLFEN SOCIETY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVCJ0yLOdks

NITZER EBB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J9V1Ic0qIM

HELSEFYR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf9f-5u1HrQ

WITCHFYNDE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stk4FS_OKuE

NOVEMBER NOVELET

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C8r_dvULlY

LEGIONARII

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJlh6906gYY

MYOSOTIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwD_6B9lgmU

HAUS ARAFNA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6d6Y7XRyY

STONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyJ7PK9V73I

NEFILIM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Ru8zemU6M

TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUouGyeTqak

LITHIUM VANDALE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnJy3FqNcRw

LARM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5LB4K3tRXI

INTEGRITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdHJrg1W7Q0

WARBEAST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYtKtiA454g

WUMPSCUT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e8nNdisLKk

SENTINEL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PErCjKhg6vM

HOLY TERROR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnN6lblNGI4

LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb4oCDNGtIQ

BLITZ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQhLZH-fnmM

APOPLEXY

http://youtu.be/xLWK4X5h9es

BLUE OYSTER CULT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcPt7NnhwvA

BLESSED DEATH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-FAN0C4Q7A

ABRAXAS

http://youtu.be/dHg7r9oH0zc

IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQQ54NNuYTk

METHADRONE

http://youtu.be/Csy_qUz0jYE

SELBSTMORD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RytoODlIko

PLUTONIAN SHORE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxE6WNf5yHE