Looking for thoughts on the following bands that have been recommended to me elsewhere:
Axis of Advance
Forest of Fog
Was also wondering, Im in love with Sacramentum's Far Away From the Sun, do any of their later albums approach its brilliance, or am I in for a disappointment?
Axis of Advance - When I first heard them, I was extremely bored. That was a long time ago, and a lot of the stuff that bored me then fascinates me now, so I'm planning on getting into them again as well. It is "war metal" though, and I'm of the opinion the only essential band in that style is Blasphemy.
Krallice - Awful. Everything that is wrong with "metal"(in quotes because this is post-rock, which is really little more than rock played at low tempo with some fleeting prog influences). Musical garbage; their album's an identity statement and nothing else - a hipster's fecal expression. It has no journey, no harshness, nothing but sugary aural pleasantry drenched in production tools. Like Wolves in the Throne Room, but worse, since Wolves in the Throne Room at least *wants* to express something. Don't be fooled - if you find yourself listening to this for enjoyment, stop before you become diabetic. I'd say listen to it once, though, because laughter is good for the soul, and (if you make music yourself) so you can have an idea of what you should avoid doing yourself.
Urfaust - I've never heard them, but all the people whose taste I remotely trust think it's stupid.
Negative Plane - The best on this list. Nothing amazing, but deplorably cool, and one of the more refreshing albums I've heard come out in the last few years. Although the music itself is rather basic speed metal(apart from long stretches of linking riffs via slight modulations), and much closer to Tormentor and Mercyful Fate than it is to any black metal, I've not heard many albums with a stronger black metal aesthetic. It's too early to tell, but there's an outside chance this band may end up becoming great. If you end up liking it, you should know that they're now working on a new one.
Vinterland - The sidebar review that popped up on the ANUS page was spot-on. Well-done, but unnecessary. I've heard something about them working on new stuff too, which I'd be interested in hearing.
As for Sacramentum, Bovine's run-down is good. Even the worst of their stuff is still very good. Far Away from the Sun
, though, is incredible - most bands are lucky to have one album that could even be called great, so it's a bit unrealistic to expect a band to have more than one incredible album. The two after it veer even further from black metal standards, and almost entirely fall into melodeath territory, but they're among the few good albums in that style. One similarity they do share with Far Away from the Sun
is an ability to make technically advanced music in a way that conveys an idea, instead of making you realize that it's technically advanced.