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Title: Underrated albums?
Post by: cjs55 on April 16, 2005, 08:00:30 PM
I'll start with a few from pretty some varied genres of metal:

Night Conquers Day - The First Snowfall

Just wonderful in my eyes.  Wandering, beautiful, a better writer than I could say more.

Sinister- Cross the Styx

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if this album is really underrated.  But, I've never seen anyone talk about it around here, so I thought I would bring it up.  Really excellent and even suprising riff composition at parts I find, although occasionally falls into sort of a non-descript meaningless blur.  I find it to be their best album regardless.

Psychotic Waltz -  Into The Everflow

A better version of Symphony X, or pretty much every 'prog metal' band out there.


And yes, hopefully this thread will have a purpose.  I'd like to see if anyone here has favorites that they believe have been overlooked, and then explore the results, hoping to find some albums that I myself have overlooked.  I'm  interested in any fairly reclusive quality metal, from angel witch to gorguts.

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on April 17, 2005, 08:40:19 AM
I'll second that Sinister album, and also list Morpheus Descends' "Ritual of Infinity" and Demilich's "Nespithe" as being death metal albums overlooked for far too long. On the side of black metal, Sacramentum's "Far Away From The Sun" is never mentioned among thronging hordes of Dissection fans, while Graveland remains uncomprehended by those eschewing it merely because of ideology.

Sentenced's "North From Here" remains the epic highlight of death metal with the most obvious heavy metal influences, namely, that subgenre known to have the most horrible of connotations, Gothenburg.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: phantasm on April 17, 2005, 06:40:56 PM
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I'll second that Sinister album, and also list Morpheus Descends' "Ritual of Infinity" and Demilich's "Nespithe" as being death metal albums overlooked for far too long. On the side of black metal, Sacramentum's "Far Away From The Sun" is never mentioned among thronging hordes of Dissection fans, while Graveland remains uncomprehended by those eschewing it merely because of ideology.

Sentenced's "North From Here" remains the epic highlight of death metal with the most obvious heavy metal influences, namely, that subgenre known to have the most horrible of connotations, Gothenburg.



I'll second your list.  Sadly, Sentenced is known for Amok and later albums over their brilliant North From Here album.  I'm actually listening to it right now and it's really one of the highlights for the "Swedish style" (note: I know they are from Finland).  The heavy metal influences are obviously abundant and I don't feel they hinder the album, unfortunatly it seems this style was used and abused by the Gothenberg scene that arose in the years after this album.  Sadly the Gothenberg bands post-1996 butchered a melodic style I thought held promise and had some of the best albums coming from the early works of bands like At the Gates, Sentenced, Necrophobic and the like.

I'll add to this list the first two Massacra albums.  I never ever hear those two masterful albums mentioned outside of this site and I actually rarely ever hear them mentioned by the posters here.  Those two Massacra albums are musts in my opinon and are some of the all time greats of the Death Metal genre for their energy and inventiveness alone.  I'd also say that early Therion is underrated these days (I'm not sure how these albums were looked at 10 years ago as I wasn't listening to metal then, but right now I think they are brilliant albums that are overlooked).  

Other underrated death metal albums are Molested's Blod-Draum/Stormvold, Cadaver's first two albums, In Pains especially (again I'm not sure how this album was first recieved, but as long as I've been listening to metal this album I feel has been heinously underrated).  Tiamat's first album,  has been undermined, perhaps because of the bands style after this album.  Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus is disgustingly never mentioned or remembered and it is one of the greatest death metal albums in my eyes.

In black metal I'd say that another melodic black metal act that isn't given enough credit, besides Sacramentum, is Dawn (Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher is one of the best I've heard from them).  Manes' Under Ein Blodraud Maane I have always been very partial towards and don't think it's given enough credit (newer Manes can piss off).  Others that are underrated in my eyes are Gehenna's First Spell, which was perhaps the first black metal album to quite successfully blend in Gothic metal elements.  Perhaps not a style easily accepted by all as some of the key arrangements may sound cheesy, but overall everything is done right on this album making for a wonderful, ethereal and haunting listen which has remained one of my favorites.   Necromantia's Scarlet Evil Witching Black is one I feel deserves more attention and it is one of the best albums to come from the Greek black metal scene; the use of two retuned 8 string basses makes for an interesting approach to the music and it doesn't reek of novelty for the sake of novelty but is instead a true inovation.    

There's a fair number more underrated albums, but these popped into my head at the moment.  
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: cjs55 on April 17, 2005, 06:58:18 PM
Thanks for the replies thus far!  

I'm especially glad that someone mentioned worthy albums from Therion, Tiamat, Sentenced, and Gehenna.  I've never personally heard anything from Tiamat that wasn't underwhelming pop shit, so I would have never looked for an album by them that didn't suck.  Same goes for Gehenna (although not quite as extreme a dislike for what I've heard).  I also can't help but wonder how many people may have done the same with Therion, (I know I did for quite some time).  Beyond Sancturum is brilliant.  Morpheus Descends and Cadaver are bands I have heard but not appreciated nearly enough:  Thanks for reminding me of them.  Molested and Dawn I have not heard, thus I have some searching to do.


I just recalled another album that is painfully underrated in my eyes:  Autopsy - Mental Funeral.  This one is in my top 10 for death metal.

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on April 18, 2005, 02:42:53 PM
Aeternus - Beyond the Wandering Moon
Afflicted - Prodigal Sun
Atrocity - Longing For Death
Demoncy - Joined in Darkness
Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
Fleshcrawl - Descend into the Absurd
Fullmoon - United Aryan Evil
Golem - Eternity: The Weeping Horizons
Gorguts - Obscura
Infester - To the Depths... in Degradation
Molested - Blod Draum
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: kontinual on April 18, 2005, 04:34:42 PM
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Aeternus - Beyond the Wandering Moon
Afflicted - Prodigal Sun
Atrocity - Longing For Death
Demoncy - Joined in Darkness
Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
Fleshcrawl - Descend into the Absurd
Fullmoon - United Aryan Evil
Golem - Eternity: The Weeping Horizons
Gorguts - Obscura
Infester - To the Depths... in Degradation
Molested - Blod Draum


Excellent list, but...
I've asked this before and received no answer, so I'll try again since it has been brought up:
Maybe I just didn't hear it enough, but to me that GOLEM album sounds almost *precisely* like CARCASS "Necroticism," right down to some of the mannerisms.  Did I miss something?
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Kolostomy_Bag on April 19, 2005, 01:49:56 AM
Rok - Burning Metal
Rotting Christ - Satanas Tedeum
Sempiternal Deathreign - The Spooky Gloom
Unanimated - In the forest of the dreaming dead.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: cjs55 on April 19, 2005, 09:50:45 AM
Another...

Enslaved - Eld

People mention Vikingligr Veldi and Frost, but never this one.  I find it to be of high quality, especially the first track which is one of the best songs they have ever written.  Transcedent!
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Profanation on April 20, 2005, 09:07:51 AM
Asphyx - Last One On Earth

While their most renowned work is The Rack, this gets little attention.

Eulogy - The Essence

Eulogy never seemed to receive enough recognition back in the heyday of Floridian DM, mostly due to the lack of distribution together with defective labels.    

Gorguts - Considered Dead & The Erosion of Sanity

Most people seem to dismiss Gorguts's early efforts as sub-standard death metal in the vain of the early NYDM bands yet both albums are compositionally adventurous within the genre.  
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on April 20, 2005, 10:45:31 AM
I don't know of anyone who knows of Gorguts to dislike the early albums; though I'll admit they aren't as much talked about as the latter works.

Asphyx was able to create, in an uncanny way similar to Obituary and Autopsy, an atmosphere of doom and uncertainty through their simplicity which more technical acts could not capture, and which to death metal was lost as time elapsed. Contemporaneous to the above three was Pestilence, whose second and third albums have a level of creative originality which to this day remains wholly unique. Consuming Impulse, especially, is a masterwork unparalled.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on April 20, 2005, 12:14:41 PM
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Excellent list, but...
I've asked this before and received no answer, so I'll try again since it has been brought up:
Maybe I just didn't hear it enough, but to me that GOLEM album sounds almost *precisely* like CARCASS "Necroticism," right down to some of the mannerisms.  Did I miss something?


I haven't heard the Carcass in ages, I recall feeling that the comparisons were technique-based rather than composition-based though.

And yes, 'tis an excellent list, most of those albums are absolutely essential.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: kontinual on April 20, 2005, 02:53:45 PM
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I haven't heard the Carcass in ages, I recall feeling that the comparisons were technique-based rather than composition-based though.

And yes, 'tis an excellent list, most of those albums are absolutely essential.



That the comparisons are more technique-based is entirely possible, and explains why it seemed so apparent to me initially.  I will definitely have to re-explore the album.


Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on April 20, 2005, 03:24:59 PM
Demilich's "Nespithe" is far from underrated. Just because every idiot doesn't listen to it doesn't make it underrated.

Same with Gorguts and Demoncy, except idiots do listen to them.

I would definitely have to agree with Eucharist - A Velvet Creation. Beautiful album. Infester's "To the Depths..." as well but it's pretty well known and credited accordingly (kvlt status, like Demilich).

Enslaved's "Eld" and Sentenced blow ass. They're rightly overlooked.

Therion and Massacra - old school, definitely overlooked by nowadays metallers. Gehenna is good but nothing amazing... I wouldn't say underrated.

My #1 underrated album as always will go to

Mortal Decay - Sickening Erotic Fanaticism

This is one of, if not the greatest metal album ever, and no one ever mentions it. It's just perfect.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Death on April 20, 2005, 08:11:03 PM
I don't think I've seen anyone outside this site give praise to Molested's "Blod Draum" and Infester's "To the Depths... In Degradation". Hugely underrated albums. Personally, I don't find "Stormvold" half as good as Blod Draum but the Infester EP rules. I'll second early Gorguts, top notch metal and I prefer it to their more recent experimental albums.

I'm also surprised to see little appreciation for Therion's first few albums and Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes, even among more esoteric metal circles. Demilich is great, but word of mouth about Nespithe has spread like wildfire and now every Children of Bodom fanboy is compelled to declare his love for it because it's the cool thing to do.

More overlooked bands, albums and EPs:
Crematory - Denial
Electrocution Inside the Unreal
Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha (again, I'm surprised to see few fans of this album)
Liers in Wait - Spiritually Uncontrolled Art
Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus (another band overlooked by "serious" metal enthusiasts ecause of their later output)
Atrocity - Longing for Death and Hallucinations (same as Amorphis)
Cartilage - The Fragile Concept of Affection
Afterlife - Surreality
Torchure

A load of good scandinavian Death Metal bands also belong here (Mega Slaughter, Abhoth, Utumno, Epitaph, Cartilage, Nihilist [better than Entombed], Purtenance Avulsion, Depravity etc.).

There are a lot of great gems in the underground, but also equal amounts of watered down, mediocre shit that deserves to be destined to obscurity.

I'll go out on a limb and say Massacra hasn't impressed me that much. Final Holocaust isn't terrible but I always found it boring and awkwardly drawn out; Altars of Madness sounds like a much better take on the same concepts in that album.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Profanation on April 20, 2005, 10:47:18 PM
Other works by largely unnoticed bands that I would contribute.

Creepmime - Shadows
Goreaphobia - Omen of Masochism
Utumno - Across The Horizon
 

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on April 21, 2005, 05:00:18 AM
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I don't find "Stormvold" half as good as Blod Draum but the Infester EP rules. I'll second early Gorguts, top notch metal and I prefer it to their more recent experimental albums.


May I recommend giving both Stormvold and Obscura more of a chance? The latter is difficult but when it hits, it really hits. The former is also rather unusual but repeated listens reveal that it rivals Blod Draum, methinks.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: MetalMilitia on April 21, 2005, 11:48:33 AM
Darkthrone (1996) - Goatlord
Tiamat's first album, which is a really good Death Metal
Dark Angel (1985) - We Have Arrived
It is in the shade of DD.
Possessed (1986) - Beyond The Gates
In the shade of The Seven Churches.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on April 21, 2005, 01:28:24 PM
How about:

Cemetary - An Evil Shade Of Grey: a unique adaptation on the Swedish sound;
Ceremonium - No Longer Silent: few albums hybridize death and black metal and allow such emotion to remain;
Hades - their first two full-lengths were great, especially The Dawn Of The Dying Sun
Intestine Baalism - Anatomy Of The Beast: the many new Vital Remains fans should look here instead, though I personally liked Let Us Pray;
Kvist - For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike: a forgotten single-album footnote towards the end of the second wave;
Samael - any of the first three really, but especially Worship Him, which served as a transitional album between the first and second waves of black metal as much as did A Blaze In The Northern Sky

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on April 21, 2005, 02:45:56 PM
Have you heard Ceremonium's Into the Autumn Shade? That one's fucking excellent, I meant to mention it. Good list.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: kontinual on April 21, 2005, 04:59:10 PM
Another great list, indeed.  Everyone keeps mentioning albums I own but can't think of to name here, heh.  CEREMONIUM is an especially underrated band, methinks, through their entire discography.  

I don't want to sound like I'm mentioning something obscure for the sake of it, but DARK MILLENNIUM has always been quite the act in my book (the demo and first album, at least).  Very eclectic death metal.  I can provide CDRs if anyone is interested.

I suppose GOD MACABRE could be counted as "underrated" as well when stood beside some of the more well known Swedes.  

Perhaps THRONE OF AHAZ "Nifelheim" as well?  
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on April 21, 2005, 05:35:28 PM
Ah god, how could I forget.

Throne of Ahaz - Nifelheim is highly underrated, excellent album hardly anyone ever mentions.

Same with Ceremonium for Death Metal. Into The Autumn Shade and No Longer Silent are beautiful.

Kvist I would agree with, but maybe I'm just thinking of how people used to talk about them commonly.

Intestine Baalism is a band I'd like to hear more of. This guy played them for me in a small Canadian Death Metal shop once, but that's all I ever heard.

Oh and I can relate... all these albums I have but I forget about..
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: catharsis on April 21, 2005, 06:35:01 PM
Tons of underrated stuff here. I'll add to the list:

Rotting Christ - Non Serviam
Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract
Necromantia - Ancient Pride
Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Apostate on April 22, 2005, 11:39:30 AM
Bathory: The Return
The second Bathory album might be the one with the most obviously misanthropic atmosphere. It's obvious that Quorthon meant it that way. Every song is set in this claustrophobic, suffocating  snarl of hateful sound.
Vulcano: Bloody Vengeance
These South American '80's thrash giants were a massive influence on Morbid Angel's old sound. They took the unrepentant Thrash that Kreator had accomplished on their debut, Endless Pain, and amped it faster. The obviously barked vocals are about as good a definition of Thrash as I can think of.
Morbid Angels: Abominations of Desolation
I had this as a tape back in the '80's, and I was always of the mind that ":Altars..." wasn't as good as this, which I feel is their real debut album. Mike Browning of the fucking insane '80's Thrash band Incubus (from Florida) did a much better job on these vocals than Vincent, imo
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on April 22, 2005, 03:51:31 PM
Morgoth - first two EPs and first full-length album from this vastly underrated classic German group;
Seance - Forever Laid to Rest: Swedes do Floridian death march!

After these albums, Morgoth and Seance both added tangential non-metal elements into their music, and radically declined.  It is strange, however, how similar their resultant divergences were from death metal--compare Odium with Saltrubbed Eyes.  

I'd say Monstrosity was probably the most consistent Florida band, and tends to be overlooked for their consistency while their peers' quality of contribution radically subsided.

I'll also add that that Decapiated's Winds Of Creation is one of the better post-2000 albums, even though their latter material was sub-par. I know they're very popular nowadays, but I always thought this album was actually worth the hype.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on April 22, 2005, 09:02:00 PM
Monstrosity's "Millennium", amazing album.

Rotting Christ is underrated... but I think more "well known and not liked."

Seance... not so well known, but not totally amazing or anything.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: baxter on April 23, 2005, 04:40:07 PM
Funebre - children of the scorn

Finnish death metal in general really.



Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: nordicjew on April 24, 2005, 06:46:20 AM
Inverted- the shadowland  
-is real good but I cant find anythging about them on anus or anywhere else.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ice-t on April 25, 2005, 04:38:10 AM
these are all excellent groups to be sure, but it's amusing how it's near mandatory that the following end up in "underrated" lists:

Miasma
Creepmine
Demilich (especially prone to this)
Morpheus Descends
Afflicted
Ceremonium
Infester
Molested

this thread got me to check out Golem's Dreamweaver. First impressions: interesting guitar sound, vocalist is a Jeff Walker rip-off, worst arrangement of The Rite of Spring in the history of everything.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Raubritter on April 25, 2005, 07:08:56 AM
Can someone tell me why Afflicted is praised so much?
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Cynical on April 25, 2005, 07:46:24 AM
I can't.  All I've heard from them was bouncy "fun" DM.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on April 25, 2005, 11:54:50 AM
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these are all excellent groups to be sure, but it's amusing how it's near mandatory that the following end up in "underrated" lists:

Miasma
Creepmine
Demilich (especially prone to this)
Morpheus Descends
Afflicted
Ceremonium
Infester
Molested

this thread got me to check out Golem's Dreamweaver. First impressions: interesting guitar sound, vocalist is a Jeff Walker rip-off, worst arrangement of The Rite of Spring in the history of everything.


I think the point of this thread was not only necessarily to mention merely underrated bands per se, but to also promote oft-overlooked bands who are deserving of attention. Bands whose catalogue may include only an album or two tend to fall into this category, and those who appreciate them will loyally reiterate their worth.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Death on April 25, 2005, 06:34:51 PM
It's been a while since I gave it a thorough listen but Afflicted - Prodigal Sun kicks ass. A unique album full of interesting riffs and song arrangements with a sound atypical of the then-rising Swedish scene, although I can see how their spacey prog-rock inclinations for much of the latter part of the album could turn someone off. Far from "bouncy fun DM" of the Dying Fetus variety.

I'd personally add Fester - Winter of Sin in the "overrated for being underrated" category; this one didn't really strike me as that special, but a (relatively) lot of people seem to like it.

Gorefest is another often overlooked band which I'm surprised to report is quite good.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on April 27, 2005, 08:27:56 AM
Inspired by the opinions thread....

Adramelech
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Fieldmouse on April 29, 2005, 09:15:19 PM
Skepticism - stormcrowfleet. Totally underrated, totally transcends its doom label. Totally awesome.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Apostate on April 30, 2005, 07:36:20 AM
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It's been a while since I gave it a thorough listen but Afflicted - Prodigal Sun kicks ass. A unique album full of interesting riffs and song arrangements with a sound atypical of the then-rising Swedish scene, although I can see how their spacey prog-rock inclinations for much of the latter part of the album could turn someone off. Far from "bouncy fun DM" of the Dying Fetus variety.

I'd personally add Fester - Winter of Sin in the "overrated for being underrated" category; this one didn't really strike me as that special, but a (relatively) lot of people seem to like it.

Gorefest is another often overlooked band which I'm surprised to report is quite good.



I also can't stand the bouncy shit Death Metal..but then I usually demand really fast shit when it comes to Dm as a rule.
Also, I agree...Gorefest's first two full lengths are pretty killer. Also early Defecation.

Here are two for opinions (I'm very curious):
Oppressor
Pessimist.
Coffin Texts
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Flight_of_Zapan on April 30, 2005, 11:22:11 AM
Hobbs' Angel of Death s/t (one of the greats)

Electric Wizard 'Come My Fanatics'

Sigh 'Hail Horror Hail'

I am guessing Demelich is seen as underrated in the sense it didn't get it's dues at the time. It's current social status I have no care of. It's a fantastic listen. Leave it at that.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: LEGION on April 30, 2005, 08:13:15 PM
Kreator's "Renewal"...not very many liked its "raw" production, or even its "hardcore" direction.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Profanation on May 01, 2005, 12:32:21 AM
Suffocation - Breeding The Spawn

It seems that most death metal fans ignore this one, mostly due to the production job, despite it being a remarkable progression from their debut.  
 
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: phantasm on May 01, 2005, 01:52:46 AM
Because of the mention of Dr. Shrinker in the seeking opinions thread it reminded me to add a little known Wisconsin based Death Metal Band from the early 90's called Phantasm (one of the bands that was involved with Shrinker...and no, has nothing directly to do with my sn choice, it's just coincidence).  Phantasm is great old school death metal (with the old fashioned horror lyrics and all). The band never made it beyond the demo stage (like Shrinker), but  they produced great old school death metal on their demos (The Abominable, Gut Suckers, Lycanthropy), with an emphasis on creating an eerie/heavy atmosophere.  Very cool band that nobody really knows about these days.

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Apostate on May 03, 2005, 07:58:02 AM
Deicide: Once Upon The Cross
Black Sabbath: Seventh Star, Dehumanizer
Mercyful Fate: Dead Again. 9
Buchenwald Oven: Debut
Kristallnacht: Of War and Elitism
Dark Fury: Blutreinheit Releases
Immortal: Battles in the North, Blizzard Beasts
Dark Angel: We Have Arrived...
Slayer: Live Undead
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: kontinual on May 03, 2005, 01:50:02 PM
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Deicide: Once Upon The Cross


Without regard to the remainder of your list, how can the above EVER be considered UNDERrated?
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: fraction on May 04, 2005, 12:39:39 AM
Primordial - Spirit the Earth Aflame
Primordial - Storm Before Calm
At the Woods - Heart of the Ages
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: phantasm on May 04, 2005, 01:11:45 AM
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Primordial - Spirit the Earth Aflame
Primordial - Storm Before Calm
At the Woods - Heart of the Ages



Correction: In the Woods, not At the Woods.  Pretty good list btw.  I enjoy Primordial's material and I think that those two albums are great (haven't had the pleasure of hearing much before Spirit the Earth Aflame however).  Both of them were albums that grew on me.  I enjoyed them both when I first heard them, but didn't think they were anything to rave about, but slowly they grew on me and I came to enjoy them immensely.  I consider Heart of the Ages one of my favorite albums (I wouldn't call it strictly a black metal album as it ventures into other realms).  It's their best work by a good measure in my opinion, followed by the demos (which share a lot of the same songs).  
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: fraction on May 06, 2005, 07:28:55 PM
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Correction: In the Woods, not At the Woods.  


Yea damn it. I usually find myself messing the album's name with that "At the". Immortal-ian slips ;)

Primordial's first works have a doom feeling to them, but the problem is that it's so accented that except for the demo, they just don't stick to you.

For me Primordial start with "Spirit..." and I like their last one too "Gathering Wilderness". For those that never listened to these albums I can only say this is pure epic without keyboards, so guess what guitar melodies do these guys achieve. This has once been called pagan metal, as a bm category. - "To Enter Pagan" (the remastered version song) is a black metal hymn btw.

greets
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Apostate on May 07, 2005, 07:34:31 AM
Most people cite Deicide's first two (admittedly classic) full length albums when mentioning classic Satanic Death Metal. But Once Upon the Cross is easily as good as Legion, in my opinion.
Also, Sepultura's Morbid Visions and Bestial Devastation releases were not only the best they ever did, but are Classics in and of themselves. I consider Sarcofago's INRI, Vulcano's Bloody Vengeance, Krisiun's Apocalyptic Revelations and the aforemementioned earliest Sepultura to be the best of evil thrashy Hell from South America.
There have been ALOT of killer SA bands since the mid-eighties. I write that despite the fact that I greatly admire Adolf Hitler.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: nack_ on May 08, 2005, 02:09:59 PM
Veles - Night on the Bare Mountain. I don't really see much mention of it around, great album surging with spirit.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Stranger on May 08, 2005, 02:52:47 PM
Mortems' "Decomposed by Possesion" is the best metal album to have come out of South America. It's not the most influential album as it's an older release, but it's basically the culmination of all that is good from the South American scene. It's a pretty underrated album as well. Only Prozak and a few others have reviews on the album.

Not surprisingly, many underrated albums are from outside the U.S. and Europe. I will add the following:

Cenotaph - Riding our Black Oceans, Epic Rites
All releases from The Chasm
Xibalba - Ah Dzam Poop Ek

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on May 08, 2005, 04:56:09 PM
I liked "Gloomy Reflections of Our Hidden Sorrows" the best from Cenotaph.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Death on May 08, 2005, 07:42:56 PM
In my opinion Ophiolatry's Anti-Evangelistic Process is the best metal output from Brazil and one of the best modern Death Metal albums, continuing where Deicide left off with Legion. To my knowledge Repulsion isn't that well known either, although together with Terrorizer they're probably the only grind bands worth listening to (although if there are more bands like them, I'd like to hear of them).  
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Apostate on May 09, 2005, 06:40:15 AM
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Mortems' "Decomposed by Possesion" is the best metal album to have come out of South America. It's not the most influential album as it's an older release, but it's basically the culmination of all that is good from the South American scene. It's a pretty underrated album as well. Only Prozak and a few others have reviews on the album.

Not surprisingly, many underrated albums are from outside the U.S. and Europe. I will add the following:

Cenotaph - Riding our Black Oceans, Epic Rites
All releases from The Chasm
Xibalba - Ah Dzam Poop Ek
 



ALL HAIL MORTEM! Terrific band that plays high quality Death metal.
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Post by: FIAT on May 09, 2005, 08:02:08 AM
Mortem's great. Who has heard their new album?
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Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on May 09, 2005, 10:18:25 AM
Mm, I should check out Mortem. Ophiolatry are quite cool, I can't say I rate them that highly. Cenotaph are rather good, but each of their albums seems flawed in one way or another which just about keeps it below the level required to keep me really interested.
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Post by: FIAT on May 09, 2005, 01:27:02 PM
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Mm, I should check out Mortem. Ophiolatry are quite cool, I can't say I rate them that highly. Cenotaph are rather good, but each of their albums seems flawed in one way or another which just about keeps it below the level required to keep me really interested.


You definitely should check out Mortem. They've been playing classic death metal since the mid-eighties, and each time they put out a new album--the first of which came out in 1996--they rerecord some of their early demo material. If I'm not mistaken, I believe with this newest release they've now put all of their back catalogue demo material to disc. In any case the band is highly recommended.

I agree with your critique of Centotaph. Their first full-length album was their best, even if it was a bit disjointed at times. After subsequently dabbling in melodic metal they declined a bit.
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Post by: ray ban on May 09, 2005, 11:15:11 PM
I've always found Mortem to be pretty fucking boring. However, I only speak from knowledge of Decomposed By Possession. I'd be open to hearing their earlier material.

I think my main contribution this evening to this thread will have to be Vile - Depopulate. Beautifully intricate crushing new school Death Metal. Almost never hear it mentioned. This album succeeds where their first album failed.

As always, thanks Apostate for gracing us with your unparalelled metal knowledge and highly refined taste.

Updated list:

Mortal Decay - Sickening Erotic Fanaticism, Forensic
Throne of Ahaz - Nifelheim
Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
Monstrosity - Millennium
Adramelech
Vile - Depopulate

and... tell me what you think about these:

Alghazanth - Thy Aeons Envenomed Sanity
Birkenau - In The Falling Snow
Obtained Enslavement -  Centuries Of Sorrow, Witchcraft, Soulblight
Varathron - Walpurgisnacht
Valar - Magic And Wyrmfire
Weltmacht - And To Every Beast Its Prey
Blut Aus Nord - Mystical Beast Of Rebellion, The Work Which Transforms God
Ohtar - Woodland Desolation
Belketre - Ambre Zuetki Vuordravartre
Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
Axis Of Advance - Strike
Brutal Truth - Need To Control
Dub Buk - Misyac Pomsty
Finntroll - Midnattens Widunder
Forest - Like A Blaze Above The Ashes

just some random stuff off the top of my head.
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Post by: fraction on May 10, 2005, 05:59:00 AM
Arcturus do leave a taste of that kind of (musical) stance look-we-are-playing-"abstract"-stuff aka "avantguarde", which puts me off. Music that doesn't say sth. without essence to it - to me at least.

Of most others there I know the names but no idea. Varathron are boring.

Sort Vokter's Folkloric Necro Metal would be an underrated album, although not here.
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Post by: FIAT on May 10, 2005, 06:30:58 AM
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I've always found Mortem to be pretty fucking boring. However, I only speak from knowledge of Decomposed By Possession. I'd be open to hearing their earlier material.


The earlier the better for Mortem; "Demon Tales" is easily their best I'd say.

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Varathron - Walpurgisnacht
 Axis Of Advance - Strike


I love all of Varathron's material from their first decade of activity, so that one's recommended--great doomy, heavy metal influnced black metal. Their earliest material is actually death metal, and is quite interesting for comparison.

Axis of Advance have proven themselves to be stalwarts over a relatively short period of time. The principle of chronological entropy still holds, however, and this is probably their best album.

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Post by: Apostate on May 10, 2005, 06:55:01 AM
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The earlier the better for Mortem; "Demon Tales" is easily their best I'd say.


I love all of Varathron's material from their first decade of activity, so that one's recommended--great doomy, heavy metal influnced black metal. Their earliest material is actually death metal, and is quite interesting for comparison.

Axis of Advance have proven themselves to be stalwarts over a relatively short period of time. The principle of chronological entropy still holds, however, and this is probably their best album.



Agreed on all points. You have excellent taste. Unfortunately, Axis of Advance come across as ignorant, ridiculously obtuse meatheads in their recent intervciew with Psicoterror magazine. I regretted reading that interview, as it's hard at times to take music too seriously after reading how boneheaded a band's members are. Some of Varg's interviews tend to have the same effect on me.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on May 10, 2005, 08:55:25 AM
"With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" is horrendously underrated, in that the first half (particularly 2-5) is pure organic genius, better than any of their other work (and trust me, this opinion isn't down to ignorance, I know the debut album intimately and adore it).

Of course, the second half is best left forgotten, I highly recommend listening to the first 5 tracks as an EP.
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Post by: ice-t on May 10, 2005, 09:40:26 AM
Overall one of my favorite albums too (again, for the first half, atleast), though hideously midrange heavy in the mix; it becomes grating at even moderate levels on headphones.

The second half isn't terrible by any means, just less painstaking in its craftsmanship- structurally it's not as coherent and the riffs just aren't particularly musical, especially compared to the beautiful harmonizing lines that preceded them.
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Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on May 10, 2005, 10:02:42 AM
Agreed, though I actually like the production a lot, it's grating at first but repeated listens reveal an alluring and unique organic flavour.
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Post by: Fieldmouse on May 23, 2005, 10:46:15 PM
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"With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" is horrendously underrated, in that the first half (particularly 2-5) is pure organic genius, better than any of their other work (and trust me, this opinion isn't down to ignorance, I know the debut album intimately and adore it).

Of course, the second half is best left forgotten, I highly recommend listening to the first 5 tracks as an EP.


I appreciate the energy of that album, but I think the songwriting jumps around too much for my liking. So whilst the debut has inferior production, I'd rate it higher overall.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Death on May 26, 2005, 09:07:00 PM
I think Immolation's Dawn of Possession is a really underrated album, and easily belongs in the 1991 DM Pantheon along Onward to Golgotha, Effigy of the Forgotten, Considered Dead, among others. I always see a lot of praise for Close to a World Below and Failures For Gods, but rarely this one, which I find strange since it's my favourite Immolation album and what I consider one of the best death metal albums of all time.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: DN on June 10, 2005, 03:00:47 AM
Judas Iscariot's Thy Dying Light.  This is the only JI album I've listened to without Cryptic Winter on drums--yeah, the drums are mediocre a lot of the time--but I still find myself liking this album more than everything else I've heard by JI, especially the universally proclaimed best album Heaven In Flames.  It has a more of a darker, gloomy, and even doomy feel to it.  It's different.

Nachtmystium's Demise and Eulogy IV albums.  I don't hear too much about this band, which I think sucks.  They deserve popularity in the black metal community; they fucking rule.  Well, at least these two albums do, especially Eulogy IV.  It has these epic solos in several songs which sent chills down my spine the first time I heard them.  Funny thing, when I mentioned that to my girlfriend she was like "that's so gay." :-/
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 03:49:54 AM
Wolfnacht's "Heidentum" is a fantastic album, a far cry from the rest of their mediocre Absurd-cloning catalogue. I reviewed it here:

http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=22874
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Kaliphobic Psychoblack on June 10, 2005, 04:42:43 AM
I just listened to Gorefest's False and thought it was pretty fucking good. I don't hear this band mentioned much, possibly because of their generic, cheesy name.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: TC on June 10, 2005, 07:23:37 AM
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I appreciate the energy of that album, but I think the songwriting jumps around too much for my liking. So whilst the debut has inferior production, I'd rate it higher overall.


i think their most intimate writing is on 'Terminal Spirit Disease', which is another that goes un-discussed.  probably my favorite since 'Gardens...', although i juggle it with 'The Red..'.
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Post by: TC on June 10, 2005, 07:31:49 AM
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Eulogy - The Essence

Eulogy never seemed to receive enough recognition back in the heyday of Floridian DM, mostly due to the lack of distribution together with defective labels.

wow, thanks for the mention.  :)

to this multi-page list, i'd have to add, in no order:

Confessor
Nordlys/Die Pest [GER]
Thesyre

as for 'onward to golgotha', that's underrated?  i thought it was common knowledge that it's fucking great...
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 07:48:15 AM
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I just listened to Gorefest's False and thought it was pretty fucking good. I don't hear this band mentioned much, possibly because of their generic, cheesy name.


Gorement are a pretty good band, but I've never heard Gorefest. Shit name though, I agree.
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Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 07:55:47 AM
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wow, thanks for the mention.  :)

to this multi-page list, i'd have to add, in no order:

Confessor
Nordlys/Die Pest [GER]
Thesyre

as for 'onward to golgotha', that's underrated?  i thought it was common knowledge that it's fucking great...


Confessor is pretty strange stuff, not sure whether I like it or not.

It's Incantation's other albums that are underrated. They've got 3 or 4 good-to-excellent full-lengths other than OtG and at least 1 great EP, some of which isn't often credited.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: death metal black metal on June 10, 2005, 08:15:07 AM
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I've asked this before and received no answer, so I'll try again since it has been brought up:
Maybe I just didn't hear it enough, but to me that GOLEM album sounds almost *precisely* like CARCASS "Necroticism," right down to some of the mannerisms.  Did I miss something?


Answer: I don't know. I've never heard it.

However, aesthetics are different than musical quality... if someone produced an Entombed clone album and wrote great music, it'd be acceptable to me.

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on June 10, 2005, 10:17:25 AM
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However, aesthetics are different than musical quality... if someone produced an Entombed clone album and wrote great music, it'd be acceptable to me.



Dismember can be described in such a manner. They in fact improved upon the original Swedish protoypes, methinks.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 04:01:08 PM
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Answer: I don't know. I've never heard it.

However, aesthetics are different than musical quality... if someone produced an Entombed clone album and wrote great music, it'd be acceptable to me.



Surely if it's a genuine "clone" band, they've not really *written* anything? ;) (I'm sorry, I felt like being a wanker.)

Besides, I definitely prefer Golem to Carcass (having listened again) and consider them far from a clone band. The composition is far more epic, purposeful and explorative, with less rockish elements than "Necroticism", at least on their debut album.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on June 10, 2005, 04:04:02 PM
More underrated stuff which comes to mind:

Mortuary
Merciless
Niden Div. 187
Slaughterlord
Nagelfar
Vilkates
Grotesque

Some of these bands have been mentioned once or twice in other threads, but deserve another listing here.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 04:06:12 PM
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Niden Div. 187
Slaughterlord
Vilkates


Requesting descriptions.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 04:07:15 PM
Luciferion don't get much recognition, "Demonication..." pretty much rules.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on June 10, 2005, 05:07:38 PM
Slaughterlord:

This short-lived Australian band, which functioned from 1985-7, never put out an album, though their demos are now collected on CD. Mostly a death metal band, their material also includes some speed metal elements, as well as music which can be called nothing but black metal. Though somewhat inconsistent, and at times even sounding clichéd or sloppy, there are points when this band is nothing short of brilliant. Considering the time period, you'll also find an unusual abundance of blasting drums on selected songs. Vocals are the typical proto-death metal semi-rasp on earlier material, but come to fruition later with great black metal distortion.

Since the album I have is a collection of demos, the quality of production and musicianship varies significantly, though the songs from the "Taste Of Blood" demo are definitely highlights; maximum progression in all areas has been achieved, such that the material therein would not sound out of place had it been recorded a half decade later.  A testament to the formational years of both the black and death metal genres, this band is worthwhile for its historical importance alone.  


Vilkates and Niden Div. 187 are reviewed in detail on the Dark Legions archive:

http://www.anus.com/metal/nidendiv187.html

http://www.anus.com/metal/vilkates.html
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 05:10:02 PM
Thanks a lot. Will be checking them all out, methinks.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on June 10, 2005, 05:11:49 PM
On second thought, you should probably just check out the "Taste Of Blood" demo. While their earlier material is akin to Sadus' or Kreator's demo material, this latter work is absolutely essential.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 10, 2005, 05:15:10 PM
The only thing I can find for download currently is "Smell the Disgusting Sweet Taste of Dried Blood" by a band called "Wumpscut". I was eating, as well.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Kaliphobic Psychoblack on June 11, 2005, 03:23:52 AM
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The only thing I can find for download currently is "Smell the Disgusting Sweet Taste of Dried Blood" by a band called "Wumpscut". I was eating, as well.


That band, :wumpscut:, is a second-wave EBM band (or whatever they call more commercial sounding abrasive industrial-influenced dance music). I was sort of interested in checking them out when I saw their aesthetics and album titles (ie, Music for a Slaughtering Tribe). I also heard from someone that they were "just as extreme, if not more so, than death or black metal". so I looked into it and got Music for a Slaughtering Tribe. There's a few interesting moments, but the supposedly dark sense of melody just sounds silly once you've heard Burzum, DMDS, Emperor, etc. The music is dance music first and foremost, and contains cheezy movie samples, and a constant 4/4 bass drum. The vocals sound like a combination of something from a mainstream industrial rock band like NIN and the style used in Filosofem. It's a little darker than something with Halloween imagery, but not much. Attempts at addressing the shittiness of the modern world come across as trite ("In a city, made of steel, a Concrete Rage, is all we feel", bleh!), but I'll give him credit for at least recognizing the shittiness. Overall, not something I'd listen to very often, although I must say I really enjoyed the song Fear in Motion.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on June 11, 2005, 04:08:45 AM
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The only thing I can find for download currently is "Smell the Disgusting Sweet Taste of Dried Blood" by a band called "Wumpscut". I was eating, as well.


I uploaded the album I have and placed it in the Audiofile section of the forum. Of note are tracks 3-5, which comprise the excellent "Taste Of Blood" demo.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on June 12, 2005, 11:38:32 PM
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I uploaded the album I have and placed it in the Audiofile section of the forum. Of note are tracks 3-5, which comprise the excellent "Taste Of Blood" demo.


Thanks, I've downloaded it and I'll give it a listen when I get back from college.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on July 06, 2005, 03:44:57 PM
Upon further review, Sentenced's debut, "Shadows Of The Past," is a SEVERELY underrated album. While not the absolute masterpiece that their following album would be, it nonetheless is a unique fusion of what appears to be a multitude of death metal styles.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on July 07, 2005, 08:40:53 AM
I thought North From Here was sort of like earlier ATG but was really lacking in structure to be enjoyable, or maybe had structure but it didn't meet up with the complexity of the melodies, something like that. Anyway I'm going to check that album out since I have completely overlooked it.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: FIAT on July 07, 2005, 09:02:38 AM
Their "Journey To Pohjola" demo, which came out during the intermission between those two albums, is also highly recommended. Though comprised of only three songs, it represents a refinement of the style present on the debut, and may just be some of their strongest work.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Big Cock Beelzebub on July 07, 2005, 10:54:21 AM
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I thought North From Here was sort of like earlier ATG but was really lacking in structure to be enjoyable, or maybe had structure but it didn't meet up with the complexity of the melodies, something like that. Anyway I'm going to check that album out since I have completely overlooked it.


Yeah, I wouldn't exactly call it a masterpiece... good though.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: death metal black metal on July 11, 2005, 11:50:02 AM
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And yes, hopefully this thread will have a purpose.  


It needs someone to summarize it.

Make a list of all the bands mentioned, perhaps with a one line description, and distill it to a single page of information. One can start a new thread off that, but threads such as "seeking opinions" and "overrated/underrated" are standard features of metal boards because they require little real interactivity.

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Kaliphobic Psychoblack on July 11, 2005, 08:12:03 PM
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It needs someone to summarize it.

Make a list of all the bands mentioned, perhaps with a one line description, and distill it to a single page of information. One can start a new thread off that, but threads such as "seeking opinions" and "overrated/underrated" are standard features of metal boards because they require little real interactivity.



I find them useful on this board because I respect the musical taste of certain individuals, and find they overlap to a great extent with mine. I've discovered good bands that I would have either passed over or never heard thanks to these threads.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: jimmy on July 12, 2005, 01:33:54 PM
Out of what was mentioned so far, here's what I have to add:

Eucharist - A Velvet Creation: this album doesn't try to be brutal or fast but simply coherent, and I think it succeeds very well at that. The individual tracks really seem to develop as compositions.

Gorguts - The Erosion of Sanity: even though most people around here likely know of Gorguts, this is some of the best death metal ever created. The songs have all the characteristics of being good death metal, without going too far overboard through technicality or experimentation simply for the sake of doing so.

Therion - Beyond Sanctorum: has a very distinct quality to it. That's the best way I can summarize its impact; but definitely worth checking out.


I would add:

Absu - Tara: relentless from start to finish with excellent lyrics.

Darkthrone - Soulside Journey: I think this is their best album, it rolls along like a funeral procession and achieves a true "grimness".

Thorns - Thorns: successfully integrates what made older black metal good, while grabbing for future possibilities. The lyrics also intelligently identify the crisis of modernity.

 
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Annihilaytorr on July 13, 2005, 05:56:32 AM
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Luciferion don't get much recognition, "Demonication..." pretty much rules.



I agree. I can see how some might not like it very much because it sounds so similar to the Floridian legends at times. But what seperates this album is the way it sends the listener on a majestic journey through the sky before rapidly plunging back into the utter depths of hell. It is also totally different from everything else going on in Europe at the time. One certainly would not guess it was from Sweden in 1993.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Kaliphobic Psychoblack on July 15, 2005, 08:54:34 PM
Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence

It's probably been mentioned in this thread, and its not too unknown, but it definitely doesn't get enough credit. One of my favorite albums ever.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: euronymous on July 16, 2005, 12:59:10 AM
Darkthrone's  GOATLORD

Nobody speaks usually of this rehearsal with later added voices, and I find it amazing; one of darkthrone's best works.




Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Stranger on July 16, 2005, 07:12:12 AM
I'm too lazy to go back and check, but I was praising "Goatlord" earlier in this thread. I think it's their fourth best album, behind TH, UAFM, and SJ. You can't listen to "Green Cave Float" and not get goosebumps.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Tyr on July 20, 2005, 03:41:41 AM
Pathos - Perdition Splits the Skies

www.myspace.com/pathos <-- 4 or 5 mp3 for anyone who is unfamiliar with Pathos.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: adioshombre on July 29, 2005, 10:17:35 AM
Not enough people talk about Godflesh. 'We're not like other bands, BECAUSE WE HATE THE HUMAN RACE.'
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: ray ban on July 29, 2005, 10:38:51 AM
Streetcleaner is incredible. I honestly don't listen to it enough, probably because of the character of the album, kind of really "down".
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Annihilaytorr on August 01, 2005, 09:02:41 PM
Repulsion - seldom if ever are they mentioned, this band is foundational to Grindcore and Death Metal.

Vulcano - earlier then most other bands from South America they played a primative Death Metal attack that formed the building blocks for the Brazilian scene. Brazils Death.

Holocausto - It is beyond me why this band lives in Sarcofago's shadow.

Brazilian metal in general apart from Sarcofago and  (the hugely over rated)Sepultura.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: MetalMilitia on August 02, 2005, 08:13:54 AM
Morbid Visions by Sepultura is underrated, most people concentrate on Beneath of The Remains and Arise.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: MetalMilitia on August 02, 2005, 08:16:29 AM
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Darkthrone's  GOATLORD

Nobody speaks usually of this rehearsal with later added voices, and I find it amazing; one of darkthrone's best works.





It is one of my favourite albums by Darkthrone. It has something that neither Darkthrone managed to capture elsewhere, nor any other band on any other album. By the way did you notice that songs on UAFM are composed of bits of songs from Goatlord.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: death metal black metal on August 03, 2005, 04:52:37 PM
Can someone summarize this thread into a page of names so we don't have to read through seven pages of discussion?

Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: Baard Staartjes on August 31, 2007, 10:59:42 AM
limbonic art - moon in scorpio
dawn - Nær Solen Gar Nider For Evogher
lugubrum - winterstones
Moonsorrow - Verisaket
Gehenna - WW

maybe a bit disjointed, but none the less...
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: K on August 31, 2007, 02:10:54 PM
The dawn album gets recognition from the DLA, its a good album, but I don't think its under-rated.

One I think is under-rated was the first release by the Covenant. their current incarnation is dreadful which would understandably turn away most intelligent metal-heads. I'm not too sure what year it came out 94/95?

another one I think is the first Endstille album; operation wintersturm, but then again it came in the post 2000 era where nothing is really expected from black metal anymore. It wasn't great, but it was really good, and hard to come by unless your in Germany.
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: antithetikal on September 01, 2007, 02:33:28 PM
Lugubrum - Winterstones
Pretty good album

Zaraza - Slavic Blasphemy
Title: Re: Underrated albums?
Post by: death metal black metal on July 20, 2015, 05:09:19 AM
These threads die on every forum because they go from "lost gems" to "this B+ record is OK I guess but no one else has mentioned it."