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Title: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: death metal black metal on June 01, 2008, 12:42:03 PM
This is, like all things, an experiment.

Based on the success of other threads here, I'd like to start one for finding out if new bands have any advocates.

Pattern:

Person1: posts band and/or album names.
Person2-∞: posts one-line assessment of the band

Example:

Person1: Deicide - Stench of Redemption

Person2: Not like their earlier work, more like a hybrid of Van Halen, old Deicide, and Broken Hope -- seek out their first three albums instead.

Let's give it a try.

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Tulus
Wolves in the Throne Room
Hail of Bullets
 Cronian - Terra
Ajattara - Itse
Aphotic - Stillness Grows
Apocalyptica - anything but the Metallica covers
Arhont - Arhont
Sunn O)))
Avsky - Malignant
Avulsion - Indoctrination into the Cult of Death
Azure - King Of Stars-Bearer Of Dark

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on June 02, 2008, 03:01:39 AM
Kataklysm - Sorcery
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: F.O.A.D. on June 02, 2008, 10:47:40 AM
Wolves in the Throne Room- Two Hunters

Listening to this album right now. Reminds me of Ulver and Vinterrikitt and maybe a little bit of Abyssic Hate. Not original by any means but it does have its merits. The drummer is really tight. Their ambient passages really stand out to me. I Like what I'm hearing.

Sunn O))))-Black One is really the only album from them that is worth checking out. Listen to Nadja or Moss or Black Boned Angel instead.

Band and Album that I recommend worth checking out is:

Thou - Tyrant and Peasant LPs. Hell all of their albums are worth checking out. Great band from New Orleans. There website has all of there music for download for free. Great Black Doom/Sludge band. They remind me of Eyehategod, Jesu and ISIS. Don't let that description keep you from checking them out. Their Website is http://noladiy.org/thou. (The site is down right now.)




Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Septicemia on June 02, 2008, 11:27:37 AM
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Kataklysm - Sorcery


[EDIT]Despite being technically impressive, Kataklysm always lacked subtlety, and this shines through on "Sorcery". They disregard the sort of chaotic rhythmic tension that made "The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation" entertaining, and instead attempt creating more stable pieces based moreso in hardcore and grindcore compositional stylings which they fail to contrast sufficiently with melodic passages and rhythmic inflection. Aesthetically, it's interesting, and coherent, but content-wise not worth your while.

In short: [/EDIT] Imagine an incredibly boring "Mystical Gate" with less variation and brand of ambition.

Basically the only good (read: not terrible) Kataklysm out there was generated around the same time as the material off of Mystical Gate, and is hard to come by if not off of re-issues. That amounts to "The Vortex of Resurrection", and "The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation/The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation". Also, if you can handle the cheesiness of "Temple of Knowledge", there are 3-4 unreleased tracks from that era compiled on the dual re-release of Sorcery/Mystical Gate (I think this may be the version I uploaded on audiofile previously, but I'm not sure if its still active).

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Wondering about the band: Azhubham Haani
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 02, 2008, 11:44:18 AM
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Imagine an incredibly boring "Mystical Gate" without any of its compositional merit and originality.



Someone asking about Sorcery probably hasn't heard Mystical Gate....  I think we have to be more broad with the short assessments in a thread like this assuming background knowledge varies.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: esoteric on June 02, 2008, 12:02:11 PM
Misery's Omen
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Septicemia on June 02, 2008, 03:06:33 PM
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Someone asking about Sorcery probably hasn't heard Mystical Gate....  I think we have to be more broad with the short assessments in a thread like this assuming background knowledge varies.


Revised.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 02, 2008, 03:46:42 PM
Deathevokation- Chalice of ages
Nominon- Terra Necrosis
Obliteration- Perpetual Decay
Evocation - Tales From The Tomb
Obliteration - Perpetual Decay
Malevolent Creation - Doomsday-X
Fleshcrawl - Structures of Death
Gorefest - Rise to ruin
Denial Fiend - They Rise
Nunslaughter - Hex
Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites
Demonical - Servants of the Unlight
Aeon - Rise to Dominate
Inveracity - Extermination of Millions
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: neoclassical on June 02, 2008, 11:42:55 PM
Another opinion on WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM:

Musically copying GY!BE and Xasthur, although more predictable and overall worse than those bands, if not only for their hipster-ness, including leftist political statements of anti-fascism during concerts. Terribly bland music.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Bereft on June 03, 2008, 02:36:55 AM
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Wolves in the Throne Room- Two Hunters

Reminds me of Ulver and maybe a little bit of Abyssic Hate.


That is a really, really bad combination.


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Misery's Omen


Their early was was promising, being progressively-bent black metal with some theatrical elements borrowed from doom metal. Their debut LP was just released, and I've been meaning to get myself a copy of it. However, if it turns out to be more of the same I'll likely find myself rather disappointed.

Like early Bethlehem, but much better.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 03, 2008, 06:11:17 AM
What about?

Aäkon Këëtrëh
Akitsa
Alcest
Ancestral
Austere
Avichi
Bael
Bilskirnir - In Flames Of Purification
Blodsrit - Helveteshymner
Chaos Omen
Christicide
Dodsferd
Drudkh
A Forest Of Stars
Endstille - Operation Wintersturm
Funeral Mist
Glorio Belli
Hate Forest
Heresi
Hypothermia
Inferni- Shores Of Sorrow
Ipsissimus
Ithdabquth Qliphoth
Koldbrann
Kroda
Locus Mortis
L'Acephale
Malign
Mgla
Massemord
Mutiilation
Merrimack
Mortuus
Nattefrost
Nachtmystium
Negator (Germany)
Nortt
Nyktalgia
Ofermod
Ondskapt
Obscurus Advocam
Ordo Templi Aeternae Lucis
Paragon Impure
Peste Noire
Qliphoth
Quintessence
Rex Mundi
The Ruins Of Beverast
Reverorum Ib Malacht
Sadomator
Sargeist
Slidhr
Skitliv
Striborg
SVEST
Symphonia Sacrosancta Phasmatum
Twilight
Triumphator
Walknut
Wold

...any of these NOT suck?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: F.O.A.D. on June 03, 2008, 06:11:42 AM
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That is a really, really bad combination.

Their early was was promising, being progressively-bent black metal with some theatrical elements borrowed from doom metal. Their debut LP was just released, and I've been meaning to get myself a copy of it. However, if it turns out to be more of the same I'll likely find myself rather disappointed.

Like early Bethlehem, but much better.



Bereft,
Too each his own....
Bands and  Albums

Root-Kargeras
In the Woods-Heart of the Ages
Absu-Tera
Ameseours-3 song EP
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MANN on June 03, 2008, 06:12:18 AM
Drudkh: Autumn Aurora

Great black metal album from Ukraine. I haven't heard the other releases.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 03, 2008, 11:47:06 AM
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Drudkh: Autumn Aurora

Great black metal album from Ukraine. I haven't heard the other releases.


Can we please be more descriptive than this?  It doesn't take much time and adds immense value.

Example:
DRUKDH - Autumn Aurora
Painfully boring, BUZRUM-inspired droning black metal; runs each and every song through a tacked-on folk aesthetic with three similar riffs and two moods.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on June 03, 2008, 01:52:55 PM
HAIL OF BULLETS

A completely unnecessary attempt to recapture the glory of early '90s death metal that falls flat.  At first, it's nice to hear van Drunen at the mic again but it wears thin rapidly to be replaced by tedium.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

Similar to almost all the other Southern Lord acts (ie. endless drone in a feeble attempt to create a hypnotic atmosphere).  At times, they seem to wish they were WEAKLING but don't have the compositional skill.

APHOTIC

Meaningless atmospheric/gothic doom metal that adds nothing to a genre saturated with cheese.

MERRIMACK

Their early work (Ashes of Purification) sometimes reminds me of the early Antaeus.  Antaeus tried to develop a modern take on black metal that was cold in a synthetic sounding way, Merrimack achieves some of the same.  Enjoyable in sporadic doses.

AKITSA

Raw as hell but gets old fast.  The little that I have heard seems to be a mix between Ildjarn, Absurd and Judas Iscariot (not all at the same time).  "Goetie" still gets the odd spin but is far from being an essential piece of work.

IN THE WOODS - HEart of the Ages

An album that can't seem to decide if it wants to engage in Pink Floyd inspired doom or shrieking black metal.  The contrast creates a fair bit of tension in the album but is enjoyable overall to my ears.  Their following album "Omnio" drops the black metal and is a superior piece of work in all respects.

THE RUINS OF BEVERAST

Similar complaints as those registered for WITTR apply.

MÜTIILATION

Their early work is legendary and reviewed extensively elsewhere.  I disagree with the DLA take on "Black Millenium (Grimly Reborn)" and contend that it will likely be the last BM album to attempt a new atmosphere in the genre.  The combination of organic riff structure with extremely synthetic sound mixed with bizarre lyrical content creates a sick and unwholesome atmosphere I find truly compelling.  Material after this gets caught up with modern trends and drowns itself.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on June 03, 2008, 02:15:40 PM
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Root-Kargeras


Concept album. Heavy metal with lots of influences from rock and metal acts of the 70s and some doom metal thrown in. Really solid work, IMO, I like what these guys managed to do with this aesthetic. I like it, although not as much as "The Temple in the Underworld" by the same band. The album is in audiofile if you want to check it out.

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Absu-Tera


I think you meant "Tara". It's their most praised album, but I think it falls short comparing it to the two previous albums. I prefer "The Third Storm of Cythraul", to name an album with similar aesthetic and better composition.

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Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites


slow-to-midpaced Death Metal a-la Autopsy, Goatlord and similar acts. I liked their "Grave Damnation" MCD, but this is just more of the same and without the rotten, dead-like feel of the MCD. Also, it's too long for its own good, maybe this guys' style works better for shorter albums?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on June 03, 2008, 07:55:18 PM
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...any of these NOT suck?


S.V.E.S.T. - Urfaust is all kinds of good. Its production is near-impenetrable, but is a rewarding album for the attentive listener. So many layers of guitar fuzz... I hear touches of Thousand Swords-era Graveland underneath the cacophony. The user who recommended it to me likened the experience to a nighttime sandstorm.
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Deeds of Flesh - Mark of the Legion
Gorgasm - Neurotripsicks
Mareridt - Mors Angelorum
Kadenzza - Into the Oriental Phantasma
Hirilorn - Legends of Evil and Eternal Death
Dolorian - Voidwards
Mirrorthrone - Carriers of Dust
Helcaraxë - Triumph and Revenge
Shaarimoth - Current 11
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Moses on June 03, 2008, 09:33:37 PM
I agree about SVEST.  Urfaust and Averse Sefira's releases mark the highest achievements of post-96 black metal.  Compositionally I found this less chaotic than most people say, despite using intense layering and rather strange melodies the thematic statements lead into epic climactic sections with ease and lasting grandeur before crashing back down on themselves.  Intelligent yet passionate music.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Fallibilis on June 04, 2008, 01:48:19 AM
Gorgasm - Neurotripsicks - This band makes rock-styled music with extremely bouncy grooves. Guitar playing is similar to Necrophagist, suitable for running through exercises but otherwise meaningless.


Hirilorn - Legends of Evil and Eternal Death Melodic black metal with sometimes cheesy symphonic, although there are moments where the music feels like it drags on, there are some great moments of genuine mystery and adventure on this record provoking a sense of the epic. They have a Mutiilation aesthetic but with a more Graveland approach.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 04, 2008, 02:00:26 AM
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Deeds of Flesh - Mark of the Legion


This might actually be my favorite DEEDS OF FLESH.  It continues with the speed metal influence of Path..., though with stronger song and riff writing.  Impressive flow for a band whose early works are quite fractured.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pro Abortion on June 04, 2008, 03:01:17 AM
Melechesh?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 04, 2008, 03:24:39 AM
Xibalba - Ancients. Just heard these MP3s: more awkwardly-played, simpler versions of the album songs and some other stuff I don't recognize but don't want to listen to either. It's not bad but like early Sodom, so simplistic after a while you want to go play outside. It could ruin the mystique of the full length Xibalba album (Ah Dzam Poop Ek).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on June 04, 2008, 05:53:42 AM
Vomit (Nor) - Still Rotting
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on June 04, 2008, 11:44:35 AM
Darkspace - III
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Fallibilis on June 04, 2008, 12:30:57 PM
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Darkspace - III

The album is boring and doesn't contain any sort of emotions in it. While on the earlier albums the dark, bleak nature of space or the unfaltering entropy of the universe were well represented by the music itself, this time I don't see what they're trying to do with the music. It just seems like a collection of meaningless synth, drum machine noise and other stereotypical black metal aesthetics.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Verulfr on June 04, 2008, 12:34:34 PM
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Melechesh?


Releases since year 2000 [Have not heard material prior to that time period]: Bouncy and full of catchy Middle-Eastern melodies, it lacks a coherent concept beyond its 'unique' mix of black metal vocals and basic rock-metal structure. Stick to more rewarding material.

Of the Fallen?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pro Abortion on June 04, 2008, 12:56:17 PM
Not new, but interested in hearing opinions:

Necrophobic - DEMOS (any, all)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on June 04, 2008, 01:46:48 PM
Luciferion - The Apostate
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 04, 2008, 03:15:55 PM
Black Funeral - Empire of Blood
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: DionysianDeath on June 04, 2008, 06:45:20 PM
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Luciferion - The Apostate


This is a decent album, but not nearly as powerful as "The Demonification", which to my ears, sounds almost like a perfection of the essences that Deicide attempted to communicate in "Legion": raw Luciferian vitality and dark heroism. Vir.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Fallibilis on June 05, 2008, 03:21:38 AM
In Aeternum
Funebre
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: dimensional_entity on June 05, 2008, 07:50:43 AM
I second Luciferion. Very good band.

I think most people here are familiar with Timeghoul, but just in case I will recommend them as well.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on June 05, 2008, 07:54:31 AM
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Black Funeral - Empire of Blood


Pretty bland early USBM, though a lot better than it's predecessor Vampyr. You'd be better off sticking to the Az-I-Dahak and Ordog.

How's the new Blut Aus Nord album compared to their other work?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 05, 2008, 04:30:32 PM
Has anyone heard the Gorguts "Live in Rotterdam"?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 05, 2008, 07:13:49 PM
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Pretty bland early USBM, though a lot better than it's predecessor Vampyr. You'd be better off sticking to the Az-I-Dahak and Ordog.

How's the new Blut Aus Nord album compared to their other work?



once again, the word filters here are hilarious.

i liked Az-I-Dahak but i think that Empire of Blood is BF's best work (that i have heard). those vocals are simply evil in its true form, and the medieval vampyric atmosphere is very convincing. plus, an excellent assortment of tremolo melodies are abound throughout the tracks.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on June 06, 2008, 03:33:58 AM
Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments & Retribution
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 06, 2008, 04:16:32 AM
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Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments & Retribution


i have Retribution. pretty decent album, though not really distinguishable from the crowd. the guitars are mixed far too low, and are overpowered by the drums. shame, as there are some tasty riffs on display.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 06, 2008, 06:44:12 AM
Gorath (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=mp3;action=display;num=1212869572) - Misotheism
Hermh?
Anti - The Insignificance of Life
Depravity - Silence Of The Centuries
Mordicus - Dances From Left
Necrosanct
Sacrosanct
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pro Abortion on June 06, 2008, 12:29:41 PM
Dark Tribe:  "In Jeraspunta - Die Rückkehr der Tollwütigen Bestie"
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 06, 2008, 01:10:36 PM
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Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments & Retribution


This is some of the best SLAYER-ized death metal there is, showcasing the speed metal influence of Florida death metal most profoundly.  Together they represent the best by this band.  Both are intensely, violently rhyhtmic, though the first is much more frenetic than the latter.  I prefer The Ten Commandments in part for that reason.

Question: why are you asking for opinions about albums that are readily available (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=mp3;action=display;num=1161931441) for sampling?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 06, 2008, 04:15:54 PM
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In Aeternum


Typical "melodic," speed and heavy metal-influenced death metal.  Not worth the time.

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Funebre


The album is cleaner than the early works, and has the organic Finnish sound (and indeed was one of the earliest Finnish DM acts).  Many of the riffs are starkly disconnected and juxtaposed, so it sounds somewhat incomplete.  Think AMORPHIS without the melody-narrative with some proto-DEMILICH type moments.  Probably worth further investigation (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=mp3;action=display;num=1159382176).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Linnaeus on June 06, 2008, 04:56:40 PM
Maniac butcher
Bone Awl
Taake

and maybe Man is the Bastard

Akitsa - I think this band is worth admiration as one of the few bands who use the black metal aesthetic as a medium for their various ideas, rather than playing for the sake of entering what typical black metal represents. On Goetie and Sang Nordique every song has it's own character yet fits in nicely with the others.  
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 06, 2008, 05:16:44 PM
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Maniac butcher


Straight-ahead black metal; think a blasting Under a Funeral Moon plus Battles in the North.  Mid-to-late-nineties vintage.  Decent for a while but it doesn't last.

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Bone Awl


Supposedly a "more-punkish" ILDJARN.  Pretty bland.

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Taake


Johnny-come-lately Norsecore of the weakest variety.  Think SATYRICON, only the gig is they are cool again because "real" Norwegian black metal became unrespectable after Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: David_Ravel on June 06, 2008, 05:27:55 PM
Blut aus Nord

I've heard alot about them, but never heard anything by them. Any information on the band in general with specificly good or bad album to get or to avoid ?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on June 06, 2008, 05:56:39 PM
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This is some of the best SLAYER-ized death metal there is, showcasing the speed metal influence of Florida death metal most profoundly.  Together they represent the best by this band.  Both are intensely, violently rhyhtmic, though the first is much more frenetic than the latter.  I prefer The Ten Commandments in part for that reason.

Question: why are you asking for opinions about albums that are readily available (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=mp3;action=display;num=1161931441) for sampling?

Thanks for the second opinion, and the answer to your question: Sometimes I'm able to download albums before I mail order them at a record store nearby, other times I'm using a computer on which that isn't an option. Juggling school and work makes it hard to always get to my personal computer, so I save time by observing the criticism of respected peers.

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On second thought, this thread was created with newer bands specifically in mind. In that case I'll shift my questioning towards any recent material that has caught my interest. Sorry for the waste of time.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hyvolgen on June 06, 2008, 08:49:21 PM
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Blut aus Nord

I've heard alot about them, but never heard anything by them. Any information on the band in general with specificly good or bad album to get or to avoid ?


http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=deathmetal;action=display;num=1194183716;start=10#10
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 07, 2008, 03:51:22 AM
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On second thought, this thread was created with newer bands specifically in mind. In that case I'll shift my questioning towards any recent material that has caught my interest. Sorry for the waste of time.


No waste of time, but you're probably right that "newer"/unknown bands and albums are better served by this format.  It's still fun to try to summarize classics in three sentences.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 07, 2008, 04:40:25 AM
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Taake

and maybe Man is the Bastard



Taake has some good ideas, and some good riffs. Theyre not at all like Satyricon (nothing can be that bland), but they need some tightening up in the songwriting department, judging from Doedevskad (the only album i own by them).

Man is the Bastard is pretty unique grindcore. the fact that they dont employ guitars makes them like a punk Necromantia. not bad at all. there was a lot of good stuff coming out of the early 1990s "powerviolence" scene, such as Spazz, Infest, Dropdead, and Capitalist Casualties. you just have to focus on the music and leave out the preachyness (or in Spazz's case, get past the fact that they were a bunch of goofs).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on June 07, 2008, 05:15:19 AM
SPAZZ is an example of how not to use a sampler.

Random Profanatica and D.R.I. samples with tons of other random movie/TV sound bytes. Kind of annoying.

Infest, No Comment, Bucket Full of Teeth, and Yacopsae are the powerviolence bands I'd recommend.

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Anything by The Monolith Deathcult
Hypnosia - Extreme Hatred
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 07, 2008, 06:08:54 AM
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Sometimes I'm able to download albums before I mail order them at a record store nearby, other times I'm using a computer on which that isn't an option. Juggling school and work makes it hard to always get to my personal computer, so I save time by observing the criticism of respected peers.


Would it save people time if *samplers* were made that featured one track from each band? Download, and/or burn, sample, then come back for the ones that were interesting.

Often, the old ways were best... because they were the smartest. This method would be more like tape-trading or the old CD samplers JL Amerika used to make.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 07, 2008, 06:08:59 AM
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SPAZZ is an example of how not to use a sampler.

Random Profanatica and D.R.I. samples with tons of other random movie/TV sound bytes. Kind of annoying.

Infest, No Comment, Bucket Full of Teeth, and Yacopsae are the powerviolence bands I'd recommend.


Yacopsae is pretty good. and yeah sometimes Spazz go overboard with the samples. some are pretty funny.

where does Spazz use Profanatica samples? id like to see if i have the songs.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: on June 07, 2008, 06:09:42 AM
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Gorath - Misotheism


Belgian band with a Somewhat "Ukranian" sound for the most part. In other words: high-octane riffs that follow each other in an intuitive/predictable (delete as perception dictates) procession, which sometimes drop to half-pace sections or pianissimo acoustic/folk guitar parts. The basslines show prog-rock influences when they play counter-melodies not root notes.  There are definite production traces on this album of the Thorns/Emperor split. Metaphysics themes.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on June 07, 2008, 07:56:29 AM
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Yacopsae is pretty good. and yeah sometimes Spazz go overboard with the samples. some are pretty funny.

where does Spazz use Profanatica samples? id like to see if i have the songs.


"Gary Monardo's Record Vault Shirt" from Crush, Kill Destroy samples everyone's favorite "Weeping In Heaven" lyric.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Raise_the_Dead on June 07, 2008, 09:20:09 AM
Wormphlegm - In an Excruciating Way... demo
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Linnaeus on June 07, 2008, 10:23:03 AM
I think the absurdist humor in "powerviolence" is kind of analogous to the way black metal overdoes their evil imagery and death metal uses gore in hyperbole, though bands like spazz and charles bronson are more subversive.

Infest and no comment are the antithesis of Metallic grindcore, just stripped down fast hardcore. Even if they are preachy, the lyrics are pretty accurate.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 07, 2008, 03:47:02 PM
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I think the absurdist humor in "powerviolence" is kind of analogous to the way black metal overdoes their evil imagery and death metal uses gore in hyperbole, though bands like spazz and charles bronson are more subversive.

Infest and no comment are the antithesis of Metallic grindcore, just stripped down fast hardcore. Even if they are preachy, the lyrics are pretty accurate.



i like how you use the term "powerviolence" in quotes. i dont regard it as a serious term. i think one of the dudes from MITB said it as a joke when describing their music, and it caught on. personally i just call it all grindcore.

and ive never really got the hype about Charles Bronson. theyre just your typical fast hardcore band with one of the most annoying singers i have ever heard.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on June 07, 2008, 04:35:48 PM
I think we should take the powerviolence / grindcore / whatever the fuck you want to call it discussion back to this (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/YaBB.cgi?board=metal_talk;action=display;num=1101859279;start=74#74) thread, as we're getting a bit off-topic.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 07, 2008, 06:16:14 PM
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"Gary Monardo's Record Vault Shirt" from Crush, Kill Destroy samples everyone's favorite "Weeping In Heaven" lyric.


haha, i just listened to that song, youre right. i never noticed it before.

thats a great album though. serious music meets nonserious lyrical content.

and youre right, back on topic. thoughts on?

Agathocles - Mincer
Abigor - Orkblut - The Retaliation
Revenge - Infiltration.Downfall.Death
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on June 07, 2008, 06:38:43 PM
WORMPHLEGM - In an Excruciating Way...

Finnish death doom with an evil edge.  Passing comparisons can be made to Thergothon or maybe Shape of Despair.  Enjoyable, but it becomes painfully obvious they ran out of ideas by the half-way point (and there is still 15 minutes to go).

ABIGOR - Orkblut

Likely their finest album.  The compositions are much tighter than the first while avoiding the self-indulgence of the third.  Unfortunately, at only 24 minutes it is rather short.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on June 07, 2008, 07:18:25 PM
I second the request for opinions on AJATTARA.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: DirtyOldMan on June 07, 2008, 07:47:35 PM
Asschapel
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MorbidInvasion on June 08, 2008, 05:26:14 PM
The only thing that could be worse than Dismember is a slowed down Dismember with even gayer vocals singing about WW2 and trying to be epic. Who's that? HAIL OF BULLETS
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 08, 2008, 06:22:37 PM
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The only thing that could be worse than Dismember is a slowed down Dismember with even gayer vocals singing about WW2 and trying to be epic. Who's that? HAIL OF BULLETS


I have had this feeling as well.

I also had similar qualms about the new GOREFEST.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 09, 2008, 06:43:49 PM
Ajattara - Itse, Aepere and Kalmanto: this is like metal bands who have failed since time immemorial (or 1970, take your pick). It's a bunch of well-known riff forms stitched together with rhythm, and skinned in lush layered vocals, keyboards and samples. Musically, indistinguishable from 1970s heavy metal, even if it has a black metal and doom aesthetic. Reminds me of later Cemetary. I can't listen to this shit.

Anti - The Insignificance of Life: Great name, great album name, more black metal/rock combo. They have Gorgoroth-ish technique, but all polished and bouncy like later Ancient. It's hard to argue against as music, but as art, no presence and no direction.

Bergraven - Dodsvisioner: It's like Comecon mixed with later Samael, lots of interesting background noises, and stompy riffs. It's catchy but it has no soul. I am worried that all the metal with balls has died. Take Vicodin, relax. Bergraven still sucks.

Fanisk - Noontide: These guys get the Hitler sample in early, so you might feel obligated to keep listening. Like Dimmu Borgir, the best part is the keyboards between black metal parts, which remind me of Gorgoroth's "Under the Sign of Hell" -- a lot of blatant chromatics and basic melodic minor noodling. Do I fucking care? delete, delete

Forefather - Steadfast: Vikingish metal that reveals its roots in power metal. Lots of cool guitar parts that don't add up to much, a very cheesy aesthetic, and a style of fast flexible lead rhythm shifts that reminds me of Enslaved, In Battle and Kvist. More organized than most, musically the most impressive thing I've heard recently, but it adds up to an aesthetic pile of confusion that narrates itself on a wander and then comes back to safe ground, only to effectively trail off.

Gorath - Misotheism: How do they keep coming up with these plastic bands? They have no souls. This is paint-by-numbers rock-blackmetal, with lots of frilly adornments and absolutely no direction. Also sounds very emo-influenced, musically. It's like a carnival of distraction with a plodding heartbeat and an IQ test with more red ink than black on it. Yuck.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 10, 2008, 12:30:13 PM
New suggestions from a friend:

Ride For Revenge
Blood of the Black Owl
Ash Pool
Gallhammer
Walknut
NÅSTROND
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ShitFaced on June 10, 2008, 12:52:50 PM
Krohm - A World Through Dead Eyes
Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
I Shalt Become - Enigma
Gontyna Kry - Welowie
Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers of the Icy Age

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: DrBob on June 10, 2008, 01:00:06 PM
Gallhammer - AVOID - This is essentially a gimmick band (all girls) failing at paying homage to Hellhammer.  They play bland, derivative, droning crap.

Walknut - Recommended -  They play atmospheric black metal that lies somewhere between Burzum and Summoning, but no where near as genius.  Expect hypnotic drum beats and tremolo chordal dancing riffs.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 10, 2008, 01:00:32 PM
Gallhammer is pretty good stuff. despite the fact that people will automatically latch onto them because the band is made up of 3 girls, they manage to create brooding, evil music. definitely harkens back to the days of Hellhammer. i give em a thumbs up.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 10, 2008, 02:30:03 PM
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Blood of the Black Owl


In my limited experience: stripped down, BATHORY (Hammerheart era) as basis with "naturalistic/pagan" overtones.  Mostly fails to avoid plodding monotony and is too simple for its own good.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Necrolust on June 10, 2008, 02:42:05 PM
Nåstrond: I've only heard the second demo, but it seems to be above average BM in the early Swedish style. Dark, noisy and melodic.

Krohm - A World Through Dead Eyes: Infester's drummer's solo project. Elevator Black Metal [E.B.M.]: it has a nice, mournful atmosphere, but two minutes of listening is all it takes to realize this shit doesn't lead anywhere. No drive or meaningful motivation. A lot like Xasthur and most modern U.S.E.M.O., Krohm simply wants to be part of something it isn't artistically capable of.

Eucharist - A Velvet Creation: Very well-done highly melodic Death Metal in the Sunlight Studios style. Riffs sound very warm and remind me of ATG.

I Shalt Become: Hypnotic Black Metal that seems to run quite parallel to Burzum's formula, although songs are much more spaced-out and dreamy. The newest album sounds a bit tedious to me after extensive listening. I now doubt he can top Wanderings.

Gontyna Kry - Welowie: Really unique melodic, melancholic Black Metal from Poland. While the album's very short, its high quality more than makes up for it.

Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumday laborere: In a word, pretentious. This album tacks on a supposedly sublime religious theme, but comes nowhere near achieving what it seems to want to do: expand modern BM to brilliant unforeseen sonic territories. Songs meander and go back and forth between useless ideas without any meaningful melodic or thematic development, rendering the promising vision of these Frenchmen a tantalizing pipe dream at best.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 10, 2008, 04:07:49 PM
Vuohivasara
Nominon
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Fallibilis on June 11, 2008, 03:21:59 AM
Eternal Majesty
Macabre Omen

On a side, I'm interested to know if Krieg sounds the same on  None Shall Escape the Wrath EP as they do on other albums. I thought their approach was amateurish, that is, sloppy, unfocused and unaware. I know this site supports them, but I won't bother with this band if their best efforts sound like these songs.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on June 11, 2008, 07:51:20 AM
Infernal Nature
Crux Infernum
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: structural on June 11, 2008, 08:47:11 AM
I am interested to read some of your opinions about:

Wintersun
Blind Guardian

they are not too much underground but nvm
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: DrBob on June 11, 2008, 11:14:59 AM
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I am interested to read some of your opinions about:

Wintersun
Blind Guardian

they are not too much underground but nvm


Wintersun - I've only heard a couple of songs by this band and they left me quite content with not hearing anymore of their material.  Reminds me of stuff like Children of Bodom (i.e. not good).

Blind Guardian - Sounds like a big ass ball of cheese collided with a moderately sized ball of shit.  I can't stand the vocalist and the music is pretty standard LOTR worship power metal.  No thanks.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 11, 2008, 12:50:19 PM
Amenthis - Dualism

Sample here:
http://www.genocide.com.br/conteudo/lancamentos/mp3/01-Intro Amenthis - Dualism.mp3
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: on June 11, 2008, 04:39:30 PM
Arckanum
Silencer
Astrofaes
Godless
Besatt
Beithíoch
Enecare
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 11, 2008, 05:47:51 PM
Merciless - Merciless (2003)

Anyone heard this one? Everything else from this band has been tasty.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: alax on June 11, 2008, 06:02:59 PM
Someone asked about Macabre Omen on the previous page. From what I have heard (2005's "The Ancient Returns"), they are above average black metal in a style not unlike mid to late Graveland. Worth checking out if you can tolerate the occasional melodic (cheesy) flourishes and subtle folk elements.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: The Ancient One on June 12, 2008, 12:45:24 PM
Moss - Cthonic Rites
Catacombs - Into the Depths of R'Lyeh
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on June 12, 2008, 07:33:01 PM
ARCKANUM

One of the few reasonable black metal acts to have emerged from Sweden.  While the music breaks no new ground, I enjoy the atmosphere it evokes.  In my mind, the only "cold" black metal that truly conjures images of being in the woods, knee-deep in snow.

SILENCER

An attempt to do what Bethlehem already did better on "Dictius te Necare".

CATACOMBS

Another hanger-on in the so-called "funeral doom" scene.  Everything to be done in this area has already been done by the likes of Skepticism, Thergothon, etc.  All in all, not required listening.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 12, 2008, 08:25:52 PM
on Wintersun - ill admit i have a soft spot for Ensiferum, and i think Jari's talents serve him better in that band.

on the album itself, i got it when it first came about about 4 years ago. there are some good ideas throughout, and the only track which is COB-ish is the first track. keyboards are heavily used in an ambient kind of role, and they arent ever really done distastefully. the only problem is the album drags on and the lyrics to some of the songs are pretty bad.

id give Wintersun a 5/10. nothing too bad, but nothing that jumps out at you.

on Arckanum, have never been able to get into them because of the HORRIBLE vocals.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on June 12, 2008, 08:32:11 PM
Cataplexy
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 13, 2008, 02:40:10 AM
I'll differ on Arckanum -- like Keep of Kalessin, this band focuses so hard on aesthetic they completely miss content and become entirely boring. It's like a big black metal flavored drone, might as well be named "Sounds of my car trip to Florida, redone as folkisch kitsch." Nein, danke. Nein squared.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 14, 2008, 03:21:59 AM
Some I'd never heard of, from an interview:

Spawn of Possession - Cabinet and Noctambulant
Augury - Concealed
Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
Defeated Sanity - Prelude To The Tragedy
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Necrolust on June 14, 2008, 10:56:34 AM
Sargeist
Horna
Torgeist
Troll
Manes
Fleurety
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 14, 2008, 10:58:34 AM
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Some I'd never heard of, from an interview:

Spawn of Possession - Cabinet and Noctambulant
Augury - Concealed
Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
Defeated Sanity - Prelude To The Tragedy


SoP is your generic tech death. All the soul of a Necrophagist, with slightly less wankery.

Psycroptic's only good point is that their drummer is in The Amenta, who are pretty decent.

I found Anata to be overrated, as hype i heard proclaimed them to be an ideal mix of technical and melodic death metal. "Under A Stone With No Inscription" was by no means a terrible album, but again, nothing really stood out. Enjoyable for a song or two.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on June 14, 2008, 04:34:23 PM
(deadite, thanks for the feedback -- I think our tastes are similar in these regards)

A few more I've run into that "looked interesting" but am uncertain about patronizing yet:

Abominant
Abrasive
Adversary - Lord of Chaos
Apoplexy - Life, Thoughts & Destiny
Autumnal - Grey Universe
Avatar - ...Memoriam Draconis
Biovore - Scientific Proof
Blood Ritual - Black Grimoire
Datura - The Darkest Hours
Demoncy - Empire of the Fallen Angel
Disinter - Welcome to Oblivion
Kronos - Colossal Titan Strife
Ouroboros - Critical Perspective
Mactatus - Blot
Secrecy - Dictums of Power
Slavarc - Structural Damage in the Blueprint of Humanity
Tenebrous - Arias Toward the Black Sun
Teratism - Invocatum Furae Diabolis
Transcendence - Eternal Stream
Torturer - The Flames of Purification
Vargulf - Invading the Throne
Vlad Tepes - Black Legions Spirits
Wallachia - From Behind the Light
Massacre - Tyrants of Death
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Raise_the_Dead on June 14, 2008, 05:51:54 PM
I second deadite's opinion on Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, and Anata.  With art I always say stick with the original - in my opinion you're better off with Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Cryptopsy, et al.

Any of these worth a shot?

High on Fire
Sleep
Asbestos Death
Axegrinder
His Hero is Gone
Acid Bath
Funeral
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: 123132121233 on June 14, 2008, 06:05:12 PM
Ride For Revenge - Sounds like Beherit's "Drawing Down the Moon" and maybe Swans.  More interesting when viewed as ambient rather than metal.  The riffing doesnt really go anywhere, but the manipulation of atmosphere and knowledge of simple rhythmic patterns are excellent.

Sargeist - Black metal for the sake of black metal, basically.  An entertaining summary of the genre to appeal to outsiders.   Songs follow almost verse chorus verse patterns and riffs are constructed and performed well, but the songs as a whole seem generally unmotivating and uninspired.  The vocals are also really annoying, as a matter of opinion.

Horna - pre "Viha Ja Viikate" seems very erratic, like in attempt to take very simple melodic themes and add as many oddly syncopated drum beats and strange chord patterns as possible to create the illusion of talent.  For all following this album, they seem to learn more about atmosphere and how to construct longer melodies(inspired by burzum, darkthrone, and perhaps less evidently, other country-mates such as beherit and demilich), but something still seems to be lacking, taking songs as a whole.  They are definitely improving with each release though.  

Torgeist - Sounds like Belketre and Crass, oddly.  Very boyant, with simple punkish riffing and few digressions per song.  Poorly produced to the extent that most many ideas are too obscured to be effective, as opposed to the mentioned belketre or other LLN bands such as Vlad Tepes (on March to the Black Holocaust, War Funeral March, and Black Legions Metal, primarily) or Brenoritvrezorkre; where the poor production creates a sort of alien atmosphere, in my opinion.

Manes - Interesting interpretation of Burzumesque riffing.  Basically plodding, death march rhythms (similar to early graveland or infernum to some extent) maintained throughout most every song, with arpeggiated chords progressed in a manner somewhat similar to I Shalt Become, with heavier assistance from keyboard melodies.   Also probably comparable to Xasthur in form, but paralyzing and intelligent in sonic choices rather than mindnumbing overall.  

Demoncy - Empire of the Fallen Angel
Guitar tuning sounds pretty standard and most of the atmosphere from previous releases is gone.  Emphasis seems to be on cyclic drum patterns and elaborate darkthrone riffing, but unaffective.  Similar to Sargeist in that riffs are well constructed, but songs sound uninspired as a whole.  

Vlad Tepes - Black Legions Spirits
A collection of demos, "War Funeral March", "Into Frosty Madness", and "Celtic Poetry", with songs that are mostly available on "March to the Black Holocaust", the band's most energetic and, overall effective release, in terms of balancing poor production and alien atmosphere.   Overall, the collection has energetic punkish songs, similar to early graveland, and bathory, with obscure, almost improvised sounding riffing, and equally 'loose' song structures.  Mostly cycles of 3 or 4 riffs, with occasional and improvised sounding digressions thrown in.  Again, recommended but "March to the Black Holocaust" is a better summary.  


Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Alocer on June 16, 2008, 01:20:55 AM
what about these bands ? please don't lash out at me. i'm not as good as  you guys. and i know this is a big post & i know you guys are talking mostly about Black Metal albums but this is what i came up with

Black Murder (Fra) 1995 - Feasts

Such a shame bands like Deathrune are forgotten in favour of half the shit  being passed off as "Death Metal" these days. Deathrune was one of the  lesser known bands from the active New York Death Metal scene in the early 90's. Musically they bring to mind Incantation, Baphomet and perhaps Mortician's EP material, playing the typical NY styled dark Death Metal. They disbanded in the mid 90's and ex members have since gone onto more  successful (though not always better bands)...
Deathrune (US) 1992 - Beneath The Cypress Groves Demo
Deathrune (US) 1994 - Memories Of The Exhumed Demo
Deathrune (US) 1995 - Remain Forever Entangled Demo

Something a little more obscure here, Desanctified from the USA. I could find very little info on this duo, but this demo is pretty cool.  Unfortunately, it's also the only thing they ever released.
Desanctified (US) - Manifest Imperium Demo 94

"God Died On His Knees" demo from Florida/Georgia. (Not the guys who  released "Serpent Temptation" and "Beyond the Unknown", completely  different band). For those who didn't know this band featured Mike  Browning and one time Morbid Angel / Usurper member Sterling Von  Scarborough!
Incubus (US) - God Died On His Knees Demo 1987

Little information can be found about this short lived Death Metal duo from Quebec, Canada. The band consisted of brothers Benoît (vocals, guitars, drums) and Pascal (guitars) Rainville, and these two were joined  by Jonathan Fournier on drums when they played live. Mass Murder played  serial killer obsessed bottom ended Death Metal in a similar fashion to  Mortician. "Memories Of Blood" is the first and only recording available.
Mass Murder (Can) - Memories Of Blood Demo 97

Necromass (Ita) - His Eyes EP - 1993
Nirvana 2002 (Swe) - Disembodied Spirits Demo
Strid (Nor) - Strid
Diktat (Fra) Demo 2000
Disabled (Fra) The Fall Of Christ Demo 93
Xecutioner (US) Demo 86

How many of you were lucky enough to hear these guys? Perhaps you saw members of Repulsion decked out in a Zombified Preachers Of Gore T-shirt?
They were a highly underrated old styled  Death/Grind band who released a couple of tapes on the infamous Wild Rags Records, but sadly ceased to  exist after a short while.
Zombified Preachers Of Gore (US) - Cass EP

Chaosick (Can) - In Chaos For Eternity Demo 93
Cremation (Can) - Welcome Demo 92
Decomposed (UK) 1991 - Ego Sum Lex Mundi Demo
Decomposed (UK) 1992 - The Funeral Obsession
Deteriorot (US) - The Faitless - Demo (4) 2003

Here's the previous band of Solhverv
Fallen Angel - Embraced By Shadows Promo 1993

Garcharot (Fin) Cradle Of Sorrow Demo 94
Harassed (Swe) Desire Of Exploring The Afterlife Demo 92

The first Demo by Chicago's most Extreme Metal band, only three tracks off  this demo were also included as bonus on the CD release of their first & only album in 2000 (originally out on vinyl in 1999)
Hate Wave (US) Demo 97

INFESTER - Darkness Unveiled Demo 92
Maleficarum (Ita) - Demo 97
Necrotion (US) 1991 - Fallen Salvation
Necrotion (US) 1992 - Prelude To Apocalypse Rehearsal

For absolute fans of early Suffocation & Brutality
Two of the members then joined Lord Kaos, a Black Metal band who only had one album out on Warhead too.
Neuropath (Aus) - Desert Of Excruciation Tape Ep 96

old-school Death/Thrash Metal band
Psychic Pawn (US) - Wake Of Entity - Demo #2 `92

This Canadian band changed the name to Atheretic, but this Tape was far better than anything else they had recorded then. technical Brutal Death Metal
Satanized (Can) - In Search Of Beyond Tape LP 97

two of the most obscures Demos made by Solemn.
the darkest Death Metal,if you liked bands like Deteriorot, Incantation, Infester... this one's  for you  
"Exiled" Demo version features the complete nine (short) tracks.
Solemn (US) Asaru Brethren Demo 95
Solemn (US) Exiled Demo 93

Demo by Solhverv (R.I.P.) from Denmark.
The MCD "Gravlandets Vogtere" was never really officially released.The record label ripped them off back then, but they have been spreading it around themselves as a Demo.
Solhverv - Gravlandets Vogtere MCD 1995

Split CD of two original Australian Metal bands.
H.A.S.T.U.R. means: Horrific Ancient Sumerian Traditional Ursurpurs Remembered...
Stargazer/Invocation - Harbinger/H.A.S.T.U.R. Split CD 1999 Dies Irae

Tenebris (Pol) 1992 - Solitude Demo
Tenebris (Pol) 1993 - Mesmerized Demo

obscure Death/Black Metal band from Mexico
Unholier (Mex) Le Ronde du Sabbath demo '91
Unholier (Mex) Revelations Of She'ohl Tape Lp 93

Anatomy (Aus) - Twisting Depths of Horror  (EP)Death Metal
Convulse - Rehearsals 1990

band from Japan Nagoya. Formed in 1983 and disband in 1987. This demo was their last release and is not for sale anymore. traditional heavy metal
Crowley (Jpn) - Crowley (Demo 87)

Demonic - Lead Us Into Darkness

First demo from Dissection. This is very old stuff, pretty good sound although there is a bit too much bass.
Dissection - The Grief Prophecy Demo 1990

This is the Norwegian Black metal band who have changed their name into Hades Almighty. One of
the band members (Jorn Inge Turnsberg) was in jail for burning a church together with the guy from Burzum.
In that time he wrote the guitar parts for this demo. I don't know if it's true.
Hades (Nor) - Alone Walkyng (DEMO 1993)

Japanese metal. grind core/Thrash band called Jurassic Jade. This is their second demo and was released only as a tape and hand numbered to only 50 copies. They formed back in 1985 and are still active. Their latest release was an E.P called
HEMIPLEGIA. According the info than this band only had two line-up changes in their whole career.
Jurassic Jade - Complete Death (DEMO TAPE 1985)

Manegarm is a Swedish Black metal band formed in 1995 and are still active today. The band was formerly known as Antikrist. correct me if the
information turned out to be false.
Manegarm - Vargaresa (DEMO 1996)

Morbid featured Dead, his first band who later went on to Mayhem and eventually lived up to his nickname... members of Entombed also played in
this band also. This is pretty unique early death metal with signature Dead style vocals
Morbid - December Moon

Brutal death metal band from Germany. They've split up and made only two demos. The first one is ''Pay With Your Life'' from 1991. I assume they have split up shortly after this demo came out?. I don't have any further info on these guys..
Necropsy - Some Dark Impressions (DEMO 1991)

Octimonos - Demo Tape 2
Pandemonium - Devilri demo '92 - Death-Doom

I've got no further info about this band other than it's a Thrash band from Italy.
Schizo (ITA) - Total Schizophrenia (DEMO 1986)

Finnish doom metal band Unholy was formed in 1988 by singer/bassist Pasi Äijö and guitarist Jarkko Toivonen; originally dubbed Holy Hell.
the group recorded a demo titled Kill Jesus before adopting their familiar name in 1989. The following year, Unholy -- having added guitarist/keyboardist
Ismo Toivonen -- issued a second demo, Procession of Black Doom, and with new drummer Jan Kuhanen resurfaced in 1991 with the EP Trip to Depressive
Autumn; both earned positive notice, and upon signing to Lethal Records the band released its official debut From the Shadows in early 1993. After the follow-up The Second Ring of Power met with mixed response, however, Unholy disbanded in late 1994, with each member pursuing solo projects; the group reunited in mid-1996, although Toivonen
instead chose to remain with his new band, Tiermes. The remaining trio returned in 1998 with Rapture, adding keyboardist Veera Muhli before
recording Gracefallen a year later
Unholy Demo 11.90 -Doom Metal
Unholy Trip to Depressiv Autumn (EP)- Funeral Doom
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 16, 2008, 11:04:53 AM
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I second deadite's opinion on Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, and Anata.  With art I always say stick with the original - in my opinion you're better off with Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Cryptopsy, et al.

Any of these worth a shot?

High on Fire
Sleep
Asbestos Death
Axegrinder
His Hero is Gone
Acid Bath
Funeral


ive mentioned before that HHIG combines melodic guitars and crust punk. i honestly dont think those two elements should be together, and so they really arent my thing. others may find them of interest, and they certainly do what they do well.

Axegrinder is like a gloomier, more metallic version of Amebix. On "Rise of The Serpent Men", their only full length, speed is abandoned for the most part (as opposed to some songs on their demos) in place of sludgy riffage and a good deal of double bass passages. They also like to rely on ambient-like keyboards which are sprinkled in at some points on the album. The first two tracks "Never Ending Winter" and "Hellstorm" intertwine most effectively. The rest of the tracks are still good, but not as good. Overall, id suggest this band to someone in the mood for some metallic sounding punk.

Acid Bath is decent, but they delve a little bit too much into nu-metal territory for their own good. Great lyrics though.

Sleep is a doom band, very Black Sabbath influenced. I must admit I do not own an album, but what i have heard is of good quality. I just have to get used to the vocals, which I was not a fan of.

High On Fire is a band which one of the members of Sleep formed after that band's breakup. I find them to be very dull.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 16, 2008, 11:32:17 AM
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what about these bands ? please don't lash out at me. i'm not as good as  you guys. and i know this is a big post & i know you guys are talking mostly about Black Metal albums but this is what i came up with


Where did that list come from?  Your formatting leaves something to be desired for legibility.

In any event, this is a thread for people to ask about bands, not to suggest them as such.  The distinction seems subtle, but it is important not to turn it into a shouting match of "recommendations" and instead focus on direct information exchange for the curious.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on June 16, 2008, 11:40:30 AM
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Abominant


They harp a lot on the melodic side of things, and have been doing similarly for some time.  More "traditional" American death metal early on, if I recall.  Something like AURORA BOREALIS without the precise vision, and not all that great.  Haven't heard anything extremely recent.

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Demoncy - Empire of the Fallen Angel


Their attempt at a overly-melodic and cleaned-up version of the earlier stuff.  Powerless and disappointing.

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Disinter - Welcome to Oblivion


"Heavy," semi-melodic modern (but not "brutal") death metal from Chicago.  The vocalist has an ego (measured by his relative volume in the mix).  Enjoyed this once for some clever moments and what seems like a passing interest in quality but haven't reached for it in quite some time.  Rife with cheese, as well.

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Mactatus - Blot


Isn't this one of those cheesy late nineties Napalm Records releases?  I imagine (but have literally no idea from direct experience) this is the same CRADLE OF FILTH + THEATER OF TRAGEDY hybrid they all are.

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Teratism - Invocatum Furae Diabolis


The local brutal U.S.B.M. hangers-on...that is all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dead_Soul on June 16, 2008, 03:08:03 PM
Structures Of Death is simply a rehash of Fleshcrawl's last few records.

What's the consensus on Drawn And Quartered and Supuration?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Alocer on June 16, 2008, 08:49:57 PM
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Where did that list come from?  Your formatting leaves something to be desired for legibility.

In any event, this is a thread for people to ask about bands, not to suggest them as such.  The distinction seems subtle, but it is important not to turn it into a shouting match of "recommendations" and instead focus on direct information exchange for the curious.


i did't realize that i just wanted to give a little info about the bands. i was hoping that you people would help me chose some good bands. i did't wanna recommend them. sorry ....
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: My AIDS, Your Arse on June 16, 2008, 08:56:31 PM
(this is just a list of some bands which some dear pals enjoy, and/or were otherwise namedropped.)

Decrepit Birth
Marduk - ROM 5:12
The Legion
Ludicra
Woods of Infinity
Insidious Decrepancy
Temple of Baal
Draugar
Ceremonial Castings
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JJ on June 17, 2008, 06:50:37 AM
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What's the consensus on Drawn And Quartered and Supuration?


Drawn and Quartered has atmosphere similar to Immolation, but they get dull half way through their albums. Best listen to the superior band.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JJ on June 17, 2008, 07:04:04 AM
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(this is just a list of some bands which some dear pals enjoy, and/or were otherwise namedropped.)

Decrepit Birth
 


First album was brutal and technical, typical of Unique Leader. Their '08 release is a rehash of their first with melody, jazz elements and more technicality. It's probably an improvement, but still lacks anything to say.

Since we're on the subject of brutal wankery, avoid the latest from Origin and Brain Drill.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 17, 2008, 07:37:27 AM
Decrepit Birth epitomizes what is wrong with modern death metal. Their first album is full on blasting br00tality with little or no songwriting to be found. Directionless garbage. Now it seems with their newest one they decided to ape the worst ideas from ITP-era Death, Cynic, and Atheist. Just as bad, if not worse, than their first album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 17, 2008, 07:40:15 AM
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Drawn and Quartered has atmosphere similar to Immolation, but they get dull half way through their albums. Best listen to the superior band.


I never really made that correlation, but now that you bring it up, I suppose youve got a point.

D&Q arent bad at all, but youre right, Immolation is a lot better.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dead_Soul on June 17, 2008, 09:25:28 AM
What about post Reflections Cenotaph?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Mjollnir on June 17, 2008, 10:40:37 AM
What's the consensus on Drawn And Quartered

Brutal for the sake of being brutal. Gave them a few listens but a lot of their songs sound fairly similar and repetitive.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Graven Image on June 29, 2008, 02:04:29 PM
I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on Moonsorrow.

What I've heard does sound promising.  Are they worth checking out?

High on Fire
Sleep

I own Death is This Communion by High on Fire, labeled as doom metal.  Upon first listen I was immediately reminded of Metallica's St. Anger, which is...unfortunate.  The vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Lemmy, which is a positive.  Like many bands they're technically proficient but the music seems pretty bland and gets tedious.  I have only heard this release, there's three others before it that may be different.

Sleep are best known for Sleep's Holy Mountain.  Pure fucking Sabbath worship, with some minor differences.  Very interesting, psychedelic lyrics.  Sleep is a good listen, worth a shot.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: structural on June 29, 2008, 02:12:22 PM
Moonsorrow-extremely boring band, listened only to their 2nd and 3rd, they were attracting to me when I was rocker(will not say hipster)
They have kinda dark atmosphere, but they are very slow at riffing and the riffs are not heavy as they are in good doom metal. Avoid at all cost, especially if you are into black or death metal or classical music
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: born for banning on June 29, 2008, 08:49:31 PM
Do any of these not suck ass?

AGRESSOR - The Merciless Onslaught
CIANIDE - Hell's Rebirth (CD)
DESULTORY - From Beyond The Visions Of Death (Demo CD w/ Bonus Tracks)
EYES OF LIGEIA - A Fever Which Would Cling To Thee Forever (CD)
FORNICATION - Descendants of the Degenarated Race (CD)
HEPTAMERON - Grand Master Of The Final Harvest (CD)
HORRID - Rising From The Hidden Spheres (CD)
LIK - Likamen Illusionen Kallet (CD)
MEGASLAUGHTER - Calls From The Beyond 1991 (CD)
TENEBROUS - Arias Toward The Black Sun (CD)
THOTH  - From The Abyss Of Dungeons Of Darkness (CD)
VILE - Depopulate (CD)
WITCHFINDER GENERAL - Buried Amongst The Ruins (CD)
Mithras' "Behind the Shadows Lie Madness."
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on July 02, 2008, 05:39:13 PM
Forgot - Sic Luceat Lux
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on July 02, 2008, 06:26:56 PM
EYES OF LIGEIA - A Fever Which Would Cling To Thee Forever (CD)

Some might call this a doom metal album and they would be right probably, even though they don't sound like the bands trying to rescue the 'traditional' sound, on one side, or like the Funeral doom variety on the other. I'd say these guys have their own style. A plus side is that their riffing doesn't resemble rock in the slightest (like so many doom bands who wear their Black Sabbath influence on their sleeve) and I'll say that at times they don't even resemble metal, either. The most accurate way I could define them is "black metal with doom metal aesthetics". It's worthy of a listen, in my opinion.

It shall go into Audiofile in a few moments.

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MEGASLAUGHTER - Calls From The Beyond 1991 (CD)

Standard 90s Swedish Death Metal, complete with the production everyone in that country seemed to have at the time. It reminds me of Carnage ocasionally. If you're into the style, try it. You'll find it's good material in it's consistency, but, of course, it doesn't reach the heights of the big names of the scene (Grave, Merciless, Dismember, Entombed and the like).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: My AIDS, Your Arse on July 05, 2008, 02:56:00 AM
Crimson Moon - http://www.myspace.com/crimsonmoonofficial
Infested - http://www.myspace.com/infestedrip

These are the greatest bands I've discovered so far within the context of my locale.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on July 05, 2008, 09:55:27 PM
Thoth - Waiting for You (http://www.elegyrecords.com/Portals/0/media/Thoth_Waiting%20for%20you.mp3) sample.

Darken, Necro from Ohtar, and some dude from Dark Fury do a Burzum tribute band. Not bad not good. That's... not great.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: esoteric on July 06, 2008, 02:35:35 AM
The Ruins of Beverast

I've heard positive things about this. Anyone heard it?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ray ban on July 06, 2008, 10:38:21 PM
VILE - Depopulate (CD)

This one doesn't suck ass. Fairly bare bones speedy Death Metal focused on technical, cyclic and melodic riffs. The drumming is really tight and I like the vocals a lot, low and belchy. I thought this album was great but "New Age of Chaos" descended into the ranks of bland, homogenous Unique Leader clones.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: structural on July 06, 2008, 11:45:22 PM
Beherit - H418.... (I know that it is here but I don't listen to the samples, I don't have flat rate)

Monolithe(funeral doom)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 07, 2008, 10:43:55 AM
Moonsorrow-extremely boring band, listened only to their 2nd and 3rd, they were attracting to me when I was rocker(will not say hipster)
They have kinda dark atmosphere, but they are very slow at riffing and the riffs are not heavy as they are in good doom metal. Avoid at all cost, especially if you are into black or death metal or classical music

I actually enjoy Moonsorrow. Their songs can get too long sometimes, but i like the dark atmosphere they create.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: cmargir on July 07, 2008, 09:18:09 PM
Going back a few pages here.

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Ludicra

Cut from the same material as most current western american black metal (Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch etc). Not worth it.

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Beithíoch - Diolaim

Instrumental (except the last track), hypnotic, almost droning black metal. While I don't think this release is necessary, it does capture very well the kind of wholly organic and bestial atmosphere that was the goal of the project.

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Kronos - Colossal Titan Strife

An attempt to recreate the ambience of the early greek black metal bands while still playing a bland of mostly generic "brutal" technical death metal. Not bad really, but not needed.


are those bands worth a try?

Convulse
Dark Tribe
Funebrarum
DeathevokatioN
Deteriorot
Disciples of Mockery
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on July 07, 2008, 09:44:02 PM

are those bands worth a try?

Convulse

The earliest releases are fair-to-moderate Finnish DM/grind; later stuff is embarrassing "rock/grind," something like later CELESTIAL SEASON or an equally ridiculous take on half-assed 1970s radio fodder.

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Funebrarum

I enjoy them; if you like the dirgy Finnish style it is a good follow-through that is somewhere between that and an INCANTATION-styled approach.  Members of EVOKEN, for one, a fact which shines through in the guitar tone and melody presence of the solos.  Audiofile link. (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2106.msg14628.html#msg14628)

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Deteriorot

A decent take on INCANTATION with simple, AMORPHIS style melodic interjections.  Some cheese, though a sincere effort from a relatively long-standing (but underproducing) act.  Will upload.

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Disciples of Mockery

Three-fourths of the Onward to Golgotha line-up.  More blasting than you would expect from that, otherwise no surprises.  Audiofile link (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,541.0.html).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: I miss YaBB on July 09, 2008, 04:52:54 AM
Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice

These guys realized that they would never be able to make two riffs fit together as well as Darkthrone does, so instead of abandoning the whole process of making music, they thought that they could come up with as many riffs as possible in one song and album ; hoping that people would then be too busy to notice this fundamental failure, and thinking that this would somewhat "compensate" for it. Too bad for them, it doesn't work at all. Despite the impression of hearing 80 riff changes in 4 minutes, you still have the feeling that the song goes nowhere and just runs in place without any kind of development.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Underkill on July 10, 2008, 01:54:24 PM
Cemetery Urn - Urn of Blood
Nerlich - Defrabicated Process
Deathevokation - The Chalice of Ages
Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
Slugathor - Circle of Death
Anatomia - Dissected Humanity
Burial (NL)- Relinquished Souls
Desecrator (UK) - Subconscious Release
Decomposed (UK) - Hope Finally Died
Enchantment - Dance the Marble Naked
Hexx - Morbid Reality
Intestine Baalism - An Anatomy of the Beast
Obliteration - Perpetual Decay
Phantasm - The Abominable
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flamelord on July 12, 2008, 02:48:50 AM
The Ruins of Beverast

I've heard positive things about this. Anyone heard it?

Solid one man project. He does not bring anything new to the table but what he delivers is a profound atmosphere combined with sometimes cheesy film samples.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 12, 2008, 09:41:50 AM
ASBO, you mentioned Kronos a few pages back.

i have not heard "Colossal Titan Strife", but i do own "The Hellenic Terror". the production is a bit too spic-and-span for me, as i like my death metal to be a bit gritty. they sound like a cross between Suffocation and a band like Neuraxis. more than competent instrumentally, with some really excellent moments in some songs. lots of variance in riffing, and although they are quite technical, dont expect to be bombarded with Decrepit Birth-like muddy garbage. the album starts dragging around halfway through, but the first 2 tracks are the highlights. every other track is in second place. but as a whole, i would give the album a 7 out of 10, and suggest you to give it a try.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pro Abortion on July 17, 2008, 11:24:40 AM
Behexen (FIN)?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Andrew on July 17, 2008, 12:09:04 PM
Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice

These guys realized that they would never be able to make two riffs fit together as well as Darkthrone does, so instead of abandoning the whole process of making music, they thought that they could come up with as many riffs as possible in one song and album ; hoping that people would then be too busy to notice this fundamental failure, and thinking that this would somewhat "compensate" for it. Too bad for them, it doesn't work at all. Despite the impression of hearing 80 riff changes in 4 minutes, you still have the feeling that the song goes nowhere and just runs in place without any kind of development.

You couldn't be more wrong.  Maybe that is what they did on some other albums, but I know for a fact that there is direction and meaning to Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice.  To say that all the songs go nowhere is just downright incorrect, in fact I'd argue that many of these songs are quite easy to dissect and recognize where they are going.  They seem to use the style of playing a number of really dissonant chaotic melodies to build up to an epic beautiful one.  Here is an example, in the song Sola Fide I, you'll hear mostly the dissonant riffs, slowly gaining direction and coherence until they reach the beatiful one which is first played at 2:13.  Of course, this will not give you much insight into the meaning of the music, but to say that the songs don't go anywhere musically is just ignorant. 
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dylar on July 17, 2008, 02:12:34 PM
But to what communicative end?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Andrew on July 17, 2008, 05:45:53 PM
Are you talking about an idea, if thats what is important to you about music then you listen for the wrong reasons, you can just read instead.  The entire point of music is to express emotions and atmospheres in a way that cannot be described with just words (or visually).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Raise_the_Dead on July 17, 2008, 06:01:45 PM
Visceral Evisceration (do they live up to the awesome name?)
Paramaecium
Wormwood (might have posted this one before, I think my post disappeared)
Cephalectomy
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: cmargir on July 17, 2008, 06:08:04 PM
There's been countless other DSO topics on this very forum in the past, there's no need to pollute yet another thread with this nonsense.

Thanks a lot Kontinual by the way. About Folk, have any of those band produced something worth trying?

Nest
Forseti
Neun Welten
Kiss the anus of a black cat
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dylar on July 18, 2008, 03:37:30 AM
I recently picked up Viogression's Expound and Exhort, which should interest those with a passion old school death metal in the foundational American style.  Like a more ambitious Obituary fused with Autopsy, or maybe an American counterpart to Torchure.  Some of this material is very good indeed, but, like a lot of debut albums, there are some rough edges (clearly, the band struggled at times with transitioning between ideas in a sequence, and too often fall back on using drum and bass vamps as a substitute for a bridging riff).  The tactical errors are occasionally distracting, but overall, the band does a much better job of sustaining a consistent concept and aesthetic over the length of the entire album than most period bands achieved.  It appears that the band's career was basically derailed by their unfortunate decision to sign with notorious ripoff label Kraze Records, which is a shame, because there clearly was real potential here.

I will add this to audifile when I have the time.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 29, 2008, 08:00:51 PM
Rapoon - Fires of the Borderlands

easily one of the better ambient albums i have heard. makes one feel as if they are floating or sitting out in the middle of a big field. really enthralling and although some tracks do get repetitive after a while, most of the time the quality of the arrangements is high. recommended for any fans of dark ambient. 8.5/10
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on July 29, 2008, 08:26:11 PM
Quo Vadis - Defiant Imagination
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dylar on July 29, 2008, 09:36:37 PM
Are you talking about an idea, if thats what is important to you about music then you listen for the wrong reasons, you can just read instead.  The entire point of music is to express emotions and atmospheres in a way that cannot be described with just words (or visually).

Leaving aside the questionable nature of that assertion, I ask again - what are they communicating (beyond their ability to pair 'opposing' aesthetic elements for maximum contrast, which positively screams "We're clueless douchebags!" to me)?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: More Celt Than Sassenach on July 30, 2008, 12:21:15 AM
Are you talking about an idea, if thats what is important to you about music then you listen for the wrong reasons, you can just read instead.  The entire point of music is to express emotions and atmospheres in a way that cannot be described with just words (or visually).

Music is an external force that communicates an emotion, a will and a state of mind and is just as telling as any book as to the character of a man. Music communicates many things, and to many ends, which is precisely what Satan is my Stewardess was telling at least as far as I have understood it.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on August 03, 2008, 12:26:48 AM
There's been countless other DSO topics on this very forum in the past, there's no need to pollute yet another thread with this nonsense.

Thanks a lot Kontinual by the way. About Folk, have any of those band produced something worth trying?

Nest
Forseti
Neun Welten
Kiss the anus of a black cat
I concur about DSO.

Personally, I rather dislike Forseti for the vocals. I'd say their music is above average neofolk, but does not reach the heights of Death in June or Sol Invictus. Nest seems to be a hit and miss affair, some stuff being pretty good, but a lot quite worthless. At least, that's what I gathered from the samples at their homepage: http://koti.mbnet.fi/atolonen/nest/releases.html
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: phrygianpunk on August 05, 2008, 09:37:19 AM
Check these out...
BLOODSHEDD -Death / Thrash metal band from the Philippines...
http://www.myspace.com/bloodsheddmusic
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: chrstphrbnntt on August 05, 2008, 11:17:13 AM
Paramaecium

Exhumed of the Earth is certainly worth checking out. One of the few legit Christian metal bands... they put forth real effort into the music. Their songs are about Biblical mythology, like the immaculate conception. I prefer diSEMBOWELMENT for Australian doom-death, but Paramaecium are good in their own right. More funeral doom sounding than their aforementioned contemporaries.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wizard on August 05, 2008, 11:43:35 AM
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Some I'd never heard of, from an interview:

Spawn of Possession - Cabinet and Noctambulant
Augury - Concealed
Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
Defeated Sanity - Prelude To The Tragedy

SoP is your generic tech death. All the soul of a Necrophagist, with slightly less wankery.

Psycroptic's only good point is that their drummer is in The Amenta, who are pretty decent.

I found Anata to be overrated, as hype i heard proclaimed them to be an ideal mix of technical and melodic death metal. "Under A Stone With No Inscription" was by no means a terrible album, but again, nothing really stood out. Enjoyable for a song or two.

Actually, The Sceptor of The Ancients is an album truly worth a listen, its one of the only technical DM albums i enjoyed.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 05, 2008, 03:44:42 PM
i had that album and found it directionless cut-and-paste riffing with some of the most obnoxious vocals ive heard in some time. really, just give The Amenta's "Ocassus" a try. not in the same league but David Haley (the drummer) really puts his talents to work.

on topic:

Vomitory - Blood Rapture
a respectable take on the "classic" Swedish Death metal sound, only with a modern flair. mixes aforementioned sound with the NYDM, or "brutal", style, but without those despicable slam riffs, as well as hints of hardcore punk. songs are straightforward and punishing, with chunky, speed metal inspired riffage. a good point is the fact that Vomitory chooses not to rely on constant blasting in their death metal, and switches to midpaced or thrash speeds at will. this is a very solid modern death metal album, and while it does not measure up to classics of the Swede scene, it is quite enjoyable in its own context. 8.5/10
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 05, 2008, 04:04:45 PM
Vomitory - Blood Rapture
a respectable take on the "classic" Swedish Death metal sound, only with a modern flair. mixes aforementioned sound with the NYDM, or "brutal", style, but without those despicable slam riffs, as well as hints of hardcore punk. songs are straightforward and punishing, with chunky, speed metal inspired riffage. a good point is the fact that Vomitory chooses not to rely on constant blasting in their death metal, and switches to midpaced or thrash speeds at will. this is a very solid modern death metal album, and while it does not measure up to classics of the Swede scene, it is quite enjoyable in its own context. 8.5/10

Second opinion (yes, I know you want it):  this album is boring as piss.  Stick with the first two from the band if you want anything remotely resembling it that is far more listenable.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 05, 2008, 08:31:44 PM
ill look into them.

the title track drags on too much but the rest of the tracks are killer for post 1996 death metal. (which i just realized isnt saying much...)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ozz on August 07, 2008, 12:06:04 AM
I'll probably get flamed for this but my three favorite bands have been, for at least a year, in no particular order: Immolation, Benighted (france), Anata (sweden).  Fuck the haters.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 07, 2008, 03:15:52 AM
I'll probably get flamed for this but my three favorite bands have been, for at least a year, in no particular order: Immolation, Benighted (france), Anata (sweden).  Fuck the haters.

Since this isn't a "list your favorite bands" thread, I'm not sure anyone cares.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wizard on August 07, 2008, 06:39:34 PM
Well I haven't been hearing anything new lately, simply because most of it reflects the descent of the genre in general, but Nox was actually impressive - Also try Myrkskog (although halfway through the album, you could get bored, its wicked fast and stays that way but it's well executed and egregiously well written for a band which seems to delve into the "riff salad" idea). Zyklons second CD Aeon was acceptable as well, they're probably more intelligent than most extreme metal bands anyways. Sickening Horror isn't a bad band either.

SAverse Sefiras' latest is also decent, i enjoyed that one.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 07, 2008, 08:18:39 PM
ill look into them.

the title track drags on too much but the rest of the tracks are killer for post 1996 death metal. (which i just realized isnt saying much...)

Raped in Their Own Blood is here (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,1213.0.html); Redemption needs an upload (and the thread needs a format).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 08, 2008, 12:01:06 AM
thank you kontinual, ill download it as soon as im back in my own home.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: esoteric on August 12, 2008, 06:20:42 PM
Thanks a lot Kontinual by the way. About Folk, have any of those band produced something worth trying?

Nest

Yes. Their first was a set of light but morose Scandinavian folk suites, though use of the kantele sets it apart from acoustic guitar interludes found on metal albums. The second tried to blend the formula into an ambient setting, taking a more serious tone and providing a suitably tranquil atmosphere.

Opinions on Capricorns?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cynical on August 12, 2008, 11:35:18 PM
Some of these were mentioned quite a long time ago, but anyways...

Ofermod- their "classic" EP was quite good black metal in a style half-way between early Watain and DMDS-era Mayhem.  Surprisingly long melodic phrases with a 2 guitar approach, and structures that, in the Mayhem vein, feature a couple of repeated themes moved forward with the bridges/intros/outros.  Newer material sucks balls- think first Watain album, with a more constant speed, mood, and a rather strong Pantera influence.

Mortuus- Boring.  Boring.  Boring.  One-mood semi-suicidal black metal drone.  Boring.  Boring.

Nastrond- Fairly typical "raw" black metal.  Not bad, but not good either.  No reason to listen to it.

S.V.E.S.T.- Urfaust- The only recent black metal album that can compete with Averse Sefira's offerings, this kind of reminds me of what would happen if you were to attempt to record ITNE with guitars so distorted that they can't be recognized as guitars used to replace the keyboards, and bass used to replace the guitar.  This band does a better job than just about any other in recent memory of building songs that flow like a narrative- intro, build up to climax, climax, resolution of climax, introductory themes restated but modified with information gained from experience of the song.  An utterly alien riffing style that reminds of early Manes crossed with Mayhem with layers on top of layers on top of layers is anchored down into an emotional language that is made more comprehensible by the melodic basslines.  Strongly reccomended.

Funeral Mist- Their "Darkness" demo is solid black metal in a style reminiscent of early Emperor.  The "Devilry" EP is like an enlightened version of Dark Funeral- blasting galore here, but tempered by a sense of dynamics and carried by the lengthy guitar melodies that, thankfully, mostly avoid the tendency to conclude phrases with a display of percussive power.  Good for an occasional listen.  Any individual track on "Salvation" is impressive, but the album as a whole is too constant in its abrasion, making it nearly impossible to listen to the whole thing.  The riffs here are shorter than on "Devilry", with more of them per song- individual riffs are less the building block here than groups of two or three riffs for most of the album, which is an interesting structural idea, although lost in the face of the almost completely unchanging mood for over an hour.

Marduk- Rom 5:12- I really wanted to like this.  Stylistically, it's there.  Excellent melodic riffs supported by a backbone of Swedish black-metal blasting percussion and lead by the always-impressive dessicated-throat vocal rantings of Arioch.  The problem is, at its core, just like all Marduk, it's still pop music- from its enslavement to the beat, to the recursive structures, even to the vocal-lead aesthetic. 

Disciples of Mockery- I was less than impressed; although all of the elements were there, this lacked the force that OtG had.

The Ruins of Beverast- Boring.  Boring.  Boring.  Slow repeated droning "melodic" riffs that go nowhere.  Boring.  Boring.

Intestine Baalism- An Anatomy of the Beast- Swedish style death metal that manages to impress despite occasional unfortunate segues into NWOBHM cheese.

Since they were mentioned, Nox are like the new Angelcorpse.  Ripping half-way technical riffs with more than a slight debt owed to "Altars of Madness", and riff salad galore, with speed thrills carrying the whole thing.  I kind of like them now, but I doubt that I'll be listening to them in a year's time.  Translation- get the mp3s, don't buy.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on August 13, 2008, 03:32:44 AM
TULUS - Somewhere between Ved Buens Ende and Aura Noir in riffing style, Norwegian builders of cold evil songs that are catchy but lack the melodic genius of the Norwegian total classics.

NECROS CHRISTOS - Starting from Goatlord/Mystifier inspired demos of black doom (more atmospheric buildup of heavy sound and growls than composition) but progressed into excellent dramatic (lots of movements, interludes, more coherently than in Impaled Nazarene debut, themes carry through the album) death metal in "Triune Impurity Rites", somewhere along the lines of Acheron's best work but more "arty". Maybe a bit cheesy.

AKITSA - On their best material "Sang Nordique" and "La Grande Infamie" is almost the heir of Burzum and Absurd in crafting epic memories out of long, hypnotic, brutally honest songs. Seems to release too much however since some of it is so disappointing.

BILSKIRNIR - This is one of the few bands who basically copy the traditional Burzum melodies/riffs and also has the ability to actually create very good songs from them. This band's only problems are sometimes thinking that rock influences build NS atmosphere (metal for the working man?) and a sort of "rudimentariness" of approach. I like it better than Forgotten Woods...

HATE FOREST - Uneven discography, again. Ranging from monotone ambient drones to high-speed quasi-Immortal exercises to mid-paced chromatic exercises that can sound like a less technical Immolation. Most of the releases are fairly boring but two gems shine through: Most Ancient Ones and Purity.

KOLDBRANN - One of the better new Norwegian projects. Like Black Funeral, throws together attractive melodies and conceals them with raw production to build the atmosphere of a medieval catacomb. Sort of simple, and not very innovative, but enjoyable.

KRODA - The same triumphant spirit as Amorphis had when they had just started experimenting with folk and psychedelia and were not sure which way to go. Pretty symphonic and epic, more melodramatic than intelligent, but perfect as musical "landscapes". The compositions and melodies demand to be loved.

MGLA - Simple but perfected Polish black metal. Most of the songs consist of a few themes that are most logically combined to create stunning songs, no frills, no bullshit. Emotional but not emo.

NACHTMYSTIUM - I'm not very familiar with the complete discography of this band but I would rate their "Demise" album highly. Logical, deep song construction out of riffs/parts that sort of hearken to the day when black metal was vital (when Immortal, Burzum, Strid, Ved Buens Ende etc. not only had dissimilar riffs but also dissimilar attitude to arranging them) in that it's impossible to pinpoint how it sounds familiar but still arouses some distant beautiful memory. Apparently after that "open-mindedness" got the best of them and they are all the time injecting more heavy metal and psychedelic rock to what was a very solid yet turbulent black metal exercise.

NATTEFROST - Bitter Norwegians' idea of humor, stupid rock black metal.

NORTT - Like a cross between Skepticism and Xasthur, melodies are very eloquent and the whole put-together does not sound half-assed at all except MAYBE a bit in the song lengths, sometimes they are extended by just uselessly repeating some part which was nice to hear for the first time but when heard for the second time gives the depressing feeling that we are going nowhere. In fact I think that's the spiritual concept of the project: death, depression etc. so maybe he planned it all along.

NYKTALGIA - Out of current German black metal bands this would be probably my pick because Katharsis on their latest album turned into a hodgepodge of riffs. Nyktalgia starts by creating a heartgripping melodic theme (like it would be a movie soundtrack or something) and then elaborates around it like a small fractal. It turns out really beautiful.

PESTE NOIRE - I have always been of two minds about this band. First, they are shamelessly trendy and hip. I can hear avantgarde, shoegaze, post rock and indie rock in their "raw melodic French black metal". Everything about it screams "open minded" and "cult" at the same time, so they can be sold both to US hipsters and European black metal vinyl collectors. Yet: I must say that half of these songs at least sound like they were created with pure joy. Like a magician, they enjoy in making small tricks like unsuspected dramatic emphases, sudden tormenting parts and engaging leads by the guitarist who has a good sense of the instrument. It's like a playful meditation, I'd say. Maybe like the best of jazz music?

HIRILORN - Enjoyable for its time, it used a trick since been applied by much more well-known bands like Drudkh and Wolves in the Throne Room, namely that they composed a general purpose black metal song whose parts could be shuffled or interchanged with no difference at all but then added to that a layer of lead guitar melodies who carry the songs to a climax by clever (?) use of themes. For a long time I was expecting Deathspell Omega (who had shared members) to fulfill the promise of this band but needless to say, I was very disappointed. And now going back to Hirilorn, it doesn't sound so great anymore either!

DOLORIAN - Doom / post-rock / ambient exercise in creating an atmosphere of glistening darkness by using chords, picked notes, whispered/growled vocals and the like in a quasi-random but not dissonant manner. It's maybe like what we could have expected from Unholy after their 2nd album which was more psychedelic than the first... but as they went more towards rock, this reaches more towards pure ambient.

MELECHESH - Like an Arabic version of Absu, viciously merges together Slayer / Dark Angel bombardment riffage with various classical and folk influenced parts (and of course some heavy metal a la Mercyful Fate) to build a metal representation of ancient mythology. It's probably the best use of Arabic classical scales in metal ever, because they use it sparingly and with good taste. Everything seems as learned and as impeccable as in Absu. Both bands also seem to be limiting their possibilities by spending too much time playing as fast as possible. Comparisons to Nile can be made in this respect too.

MANIAC BUTCHER - Raw, barbaric Czech black metal which at its best hearkened to Graveland's idea - inject simple folk marches to raw, grim black metal to elegantly describe ancient peoples' lifestyle. Their discography is  a bit monotonous.

TAAKE - Grieghallen by-the-books black metal, not too far from Emperor but does not stick to mind. There is no doubt that good melodies and good ideas are being thrown around here but they seem to be conscious that most of the listeners don't really care if they create 1 album that is excellent or 3 albums that are "ok" and the latter possibility is maybe chosen for economic benefits.

ASH POOL - A surprisingly vicious black metal / noisepunk hybrid from the USA. Primal and intense, statements of hate and rejection, like a soundtrack to school shootings or terrorist attacks. This might make it sound like  a very moralistic / turgid work but there is an intelligent sense of irony and a clarity of sight. The Cryptic Slaughter of black metal?

ARCKANUM - The Swedish troll who creates magic rituals with black metal, peaked in my opinion at "Kostogher" '97. The idea is of course very simple - put down a drum track inspired by black, thrash and tribal/shamanic drumming styles, ditto with vocals, use guitar melodies suggestive of forests and mysticism somewhere between early Satyricon and Sacramentum and then spice up with thrash breaks, nature sounds, spoken word parts etc. The new album has more death/thrash influences.

ASTROFAES - What someone said about Drudkh's boredom applies here to the power of 10.

WOODS OF INFINITY - An interesting experiment in urban corruption and decadence - combine all music styles and topics that refer to social rejects. Black metal, forest folk, pedophilia, noise, post-rock, indie rock, self-mutilation, terrorism, nazis... it turns out to be  a veritable symphony of the obscure. Surprisingly, worthy of checking out if simply because I have never heard anything like it before. Some obscure noise rock and post rock comes closest...

BEHERIT - H418ov21.c - Probably the least interesting Beherit album. Contains some electronic versions of Beherit metal tracks which surprisingly or not end up sounding like Kraftwerk B-sides. Some tracks are minimalistic experiments. Still not bad, after all it's the mighty Beherit.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 14, 2008, 05:57:27 AM
ill offer up some second opinions.

Nachtmystium - while the singer of this band is no doubt a whiny hypocrite who cant decide whether or not to be tr00, this band is listenable. At least on "Instinct: Decay" they approached extreme metal with a very odd edge. This album is not black metal, but it incorporates some influences from said genre. You could do far worse.

Peste Noire - I thought their first album was quite excellent. Mournful and brooding without any of the idiocy of so-called "suicidal BM" wastes of space like Xasthur or Sad. As mentioned the lead guitarist really knows how to inject solos into the songs, so that they fit the mood. I can hear outside mainstream influences but i believe that is partially the work of Neige, who is in all those silly side projects like Alcest. I would recommend this band.

Necros Christos - These guys had a fairly interesting idea with "Triune Impurity Rites", the only work i possess from them. Very doomy, but with black and death influences. As mentioned the album does have its fair share of cheesiness (example: the intro, where the band's name is said about 15 times alternate with some other phrase), but as a whole i think it is a cohesive work which accomplishes what it sets out to do. The only downpoints would be some of the silly interludes and the fact that the album is quite long, so it starts dragging about 3/4ths of the way in.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Discharged on August 14, 2008, 07:17:41 PM
Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites


This is one of my favorite albums. The interludes are perfect and make a very eerie mood. If you like catchy riffs with awesome songs, Then get this album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on August 15, 2008, 01:32:14 PM
Temnozor - Folkstorm of the Azure Nights
Brocas Helm - Black Death
Divina Inferis - Aura Damnation
Bloodboil - Festering Fornication
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: carnage_knowledge on August 16, 2008, 02:33:32 AM
Brocas Helm - Black Death

Coming across like a sublime mix of Maiden and Metallica; this is their best. Thrashy, reflective and eccentric, Black Death kicks the snot out of 99% of 80s metal albums.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on August 16, 2008, 03:50:30 AM
Temnozor - Folkstorm of the Azure Nights

Inspiring epic metal somewhere between Isengard and later Graveland, however more impeccably produced than either one of those. It might be a bit melodramatic like Russian opera, but there is sheer classical/folk/metal genius at play anyway. A step up from their previous works.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on August 23, 2008, 10:49:50 PM
Id like to hear some/more thoughts on the following albums:

Ruins of Beverast - Rain Upon the Impure
Verdunkeln - Einblick in Den Qualenfall
Raventale - On a Crystal Swing
Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thule
Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
Drudkh - Blood in our Wells
Nokturnal Mortum - Lunar Poetry
Negura Bunget - Om
Negura Bunget - N Crugu Bradului
Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters
Hate Forest - Battlefields
Profanum - Profanum Aeternum: Eminence of Satanic Imperial Art
Kroda - Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life
Marblebog - Forestheart
Belenos - Spicilege
Kataxu - Hunger of Elements
Forest - Like a Blaze Above the Ashes
Axis of Perdition - Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 24, 2008, 11:17:44 PM
i'd knock WITTR, Drudkh, and Ruins of Beverast off there right away. theres been a lot of discussion of those 3 bands already.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on August 25, 2008, 01:01:03 AM
True, but Im looking for thoughts on these particular albums. I somehow get the feeling that in the case of WITTR and ROB, the comments have been primarily based on their earlier work. As an example:

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The Ruins of Beverast- Boring.  Boring.  Boring.  Slow repeated droning "melodic" riffs that go nowhere.  Boring.  Boring.

Much of the material in Rain Upon the Impure is not slow at all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on August 25, 2008, 03:24:02 AM
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Drudkh - Blood in our Wells

Repetitive, calm, soothing riffscape adorned by emotive lead guitars. Sounds very nice but is in no way a must-have album.

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Nokturnal Mortum - Lunar Poetry

Uses lots of melodies like Emperor and Abigor and also even cheesier synths. Affects with emotion but overall is forgettable (especially because NM has many better works).

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Hate Forest - Battlefields

Usually I like monotonous but this one lacks sense and sensibility in composition. It's just a random sequence of grim/brutal/warlike riffs. HF has many better albums.

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Profanum - Profanum Aeternum: Eminence of Satanic Imperial Art

Someone like Anton LaVey could have composed this album. Lots of classical influence, but the songs are too repetitive. No guitars, just synths, programmed drums and screams/growls. Listen to this if your hobbies include making grim faces in the front of a satanic altar in your room.

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Kroda - Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life

Folk fused into metal with the grace and elegance of the better Amorphis records. Very stirring and makes you want to go for a walk in the woods and fields. (not to get away from listening to this however)

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Forest - Like a Blaze Above the Ashes

Excellent! Like a perfect hybrid of Burzum's "Hvis Lyset..." and Isengard, builds a vision of dark might by mutating some endless, eternal, well-composed melodies atop a constant "simple" percussion which sometimes ends up in a polyrhythm because the layers of the music move in relation to each other like clouds and layers of air. Yet it has the force of a musical storm because it's tight and well-planned, not random movements like drone albums. The final track is a pure expression of nihilist philosophy and emptiness.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 27, 2008, 05:02:39 PM
Assuck - Anticapital

One of the landmarks in the grindcore genre. Easily good enough to stand with Horrified, FETO, Symphonies, Need To Control, etc. Steve Heritage's maniac guitar strangling is a highlight, he plays open, dissonant chord progressions to go along with the standard thrashy punk fare. Rob Proctor's outstanding drumming is also of note, ever changing and adding a degree of violence to this highly immersive, chaotic album. Above all, the scathing growl of Paul Pavlovich calls attention to the listener's ears, spewing out rants on the state of society, human cruelties, and other such things. Available with the Blindspot 7" and 3 other songs tacked on with the reissue, and worth every penny. For fans of grindcore, this is a necessity, and i have no idea why it is not reviewed in the DLA or anywhere else on this site. Flawless in every way in my mind.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ftdb on August 28, 2008, 03:54:10 AM
I would appreciate some opinions on an album or two if you would.

Dead Congregation - Graves Of The Archangels
Esker - Demo
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Fallibilis on September 07, 2008, 11:33:51 AM
Seeking opinions on Sigrblot - Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest) before wasting bandwidth.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 07, 2008, 12:49:21 PM
Seeking opinions on Sigrblot - Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest) before wasting bandwidth.

This is in my opinion very much worth a listen, especially if you have any liking for Swedish somewhat "rock"-oriented semi-melodic black metal styles of Watain, Funeral Mist, Arckanum and the like. "Blodsband" is constructed according to a very good taste, including provoking and thoughtful lyrics, and folk spirit. It may sound like I am overly hyping this but it's an album very easy to get excited about because I can find nothing else dislikeable about it except it's pretty close in musical aesthetics (not content/spirit)  to this boring Swedish generic format.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on September 07, 2008, 03:27:26 PM
I'd like to read some opinions of Samael's work post-"Ceremony of Opposites", specially "Passage". Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 08, 2008, 12:55:24 AM
I'd like to read some opinions of Samael's work post-"Ceremony of Opposites", specially "Passage". Thanks in advance.

"Passage" is pompous "industrial" metal, somewhat psychedelic and the space dominated by programmed drums and orchestral keyboards. It's rather mainstream and everything after that is even more, close to something like Rammstein. Some people like it for the cosmic/big sound. Check for example the track "Jupiterian Vibe" at Youtube and you will know the drill. The lyrics are usually somewhat thought out... it seems that they still have the satanic/Nietzschean ideology but the music is what it is.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on September 13, 2008, 09:55:07 AM
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Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
boring, insipid
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Nokturnal Mortum - Lunar Poetry
decent album, a bit overrated I think. Goat Horns is far superior despite its awkward mixing.
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Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters
not awful but extremely tedious and drawn out. Some parts are quite a bit like Hvis Lyset Tar Oss-era Burzum, and if I recall correctly they use a very similar melody to the one at the end of Inn I Slottet Fra Drømmen in one of the songs.

this isn't very relevant to the music but I'm quite put off by WITTR's anti-fascist raving, especially at their live performances. Shows that theyre just punks playing blackened metal.
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Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
fucking excellent! Certainly a must have if you're looking for good releases from this year. Sounds like a mix of Incantation, Autopsy, Morbid Angel and a hint of Immolation with a few cool twists.

looking for opinions on the following bands (which, if any releases from these bands are worth looking into?):

Lucifugum
Isengard
Nazgul
Abramelin
Niflheim (Swe)
The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 14, 2008, 10:47:06 AM
Lucifugum

I heard the demos back in the day and thought they were just about equal in skill to early Nokturnal Mortum. Decent to good late-90's melodic and fast black metal. I've heard one of the later albums and that rather made me lose interested in the band... not bad, there's skill in building riffs and fragments of songs but there is no sense of journey or might.

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Isengard

Isengard is maybe the most undermentioned of the early Norwegian cults. I would even say it's as phenomenal as Darkthrone, Burzum and Ildjarn even though it's not as "solid". It tends to be inconsistent, but it can be truly epic and give you more sense of Fenriz' spirit and musical ideas than any other work.

"Vinterskugge" was a bit hard to deal with at first because it's basically a salad of Fenriz' influences - there's viking Bathory, raw black metal, Autopsy-inspired death metal, cosmic music, even some Black Sabbath -style heavy... but then one day I was really able to follow this landscape of moods and it ended up being a perfect counterpart to, say, Burzum's first two full lengths. Very rarely does one get the feeling that someone has really put so much of himself, unashamedly, into music. It can sound like a really childish and immature album, think of early Absurd too in some way, but it's just so magnificent.

"Hostmorke" is in some ways less inspiring because it sounds spiritually more like the label Moonfog. There's much easy and obvious folk metal and thrashing, even a bit retro, black metal. But this one too can be nearly unmatched in the epic parts, such as "Landet og Havet" or "Over de Syngende Ode Moer", which are a very much better version of the folk metal ideas heard on the bland Storm project. Plus "Thornspawn Chalice" beats any post-Panzerfaust Darkthrone track. I would say that this album is about as good as Panzerfaust. Not perfect, but definitely worth getting.

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Nazgul

Which Nazgul? I've only heard the Italian one, which had a passable demo (melodramatic "symphonic" battle metal) and a bad album (blah Dimmu Borgir rip off).

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The Lord Weird Slough Feg

Most people would tell you to get the early albums with lots of Celtic influences but I thought it's mostly generic and plodding heavy metal. I like "Hardworlder" with it's inventive guitarwork, blazing leads, flowing melodies; it's very much Iron Maiden inspired, basically rock music of course but with lots of inspired musicality.

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Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
fucking excellent! Certainly a must have if you're looking for good releases from this year. Sounds like a mix of Incantation, Autopsy, Morbid Angel and a hint of Immolation with a few cool twists.

I do like their style but so far preferred their EP. I'm not sure why, maybe it's just the more modern production on this one, and somehow it seemed more streamlined. I must listen to it more.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Deadbirds on September 14, 2008, 12:04:22 PM
Malleus Maleficarum - Des bibles, des hymnes, des icones

I recently picked up this CD and haven't had the time to give it a listen yet.  Opinions?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: OccamsChainsaw on September 18, 2008, 09:35:44 PM
Urfaust-Drei Rituale Jenseits Des Kosmos

Gimmick or substance? I've only heard the split with bedroom warriors Circle of Ouroborus. It was a decent enough listen (Urfaust's side, that is), but didn't withstand the test of time.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Terrakotta on September 20, 2008, 08:07:28 PM
The Lord Weird Slough Feg

Down Among the Deadmen is one of the worst Metal albums out there. Avoid like AIDS. it's an uninspired, insipid Iron Maiden at its absolute best. At it's worst, it doesn't even reach the nadir level of radio rock. Illuminated as an folk-tinged Power/Traditional act when in fact, a lot of it resembles the groove stagnancy of Metalcore, this is for hipsters. Then again, it's quite apparent with titles like "Heavy Metal Monk" and "Troll Pack" (imagine neurotic irritation the likes of Anthrax). How pitifully low the standards have fallen for these hacks to be hailed as the new forerunners of Heavy Metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on September 22, 2008, 12:55:32 PM
Negative Plane Et in Saecula Saeculorum
haven't seen anyone mention this yet, surprisingly. pretty interesting stuff - very occult, but musically it's influenced by bands like Mercyful Fate and Black Sabbath as much as by Beherit or Mayhem. which seems terrible on reading, but it's apparent that a lot of time and attention has been put into these songs. even more odd is that, despite that description, i can't imagine it ever being called black 'n' roll
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: 13X on September 22, 2008, 02:44:00 PM
Code
Dolorian
Helrunar
Furze
Hirilorn
Nehemah
Root
Old Wainds
Bekhira
Stargazer
Tyranny
A Forest of Stars
Aurora
Tormentor
Taake
Helcaraxe

, , ,

TOO MUCH FOR ONE NIGGA TO HANDLE!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on September 23, 2008, 09:41:22 AM

Old Wainds


Couldn't get over the vocals.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 23, 2008, 11:13:35 AM
Fucking essential: Stargazer & Tormentor (NOT "Recipe Ferrum")
OK: most of those
Totally avoid: Furze
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: supersoad1 on September 23, 2008, 03:38:52 PM
im liking the bands listed in this thread. i don't really have any bands cuz most of them were already listed
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on September 24, 2008, 09:43:10 PM
opinions on some bands i like (and who i havent seen mentioned, though i could be wrong):

Doom (UK)
S.O.B.
Archgoat
Misery Index
Iskra
Macabre
Megiddo (Can)
Pungent Stench
Sabbat (UK)
Void
Cro-Mags
Infest

any opinions welcome.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on September 25, 2008, 11:09:33 AM
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Archgoat
Angelcunt is very good; brief but to the point. Whore of Bethlehem is OK if you're in the mood for something completely brainless and one-dimensional but is very boring for the most part.
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Misery Index
The Dissent EP is very good but otherwise I don't really care about this band. Marginal to decent grindy death.
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Megiddo (Can)
The Devil and the Whore is an excellent slab of oldschool black metal, worth getting for sure
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 25, 2008, 12:53:03 PM
Archgoat's "Whore of Bethlehem" is excellent, superior to the older material in my opinion because they injected Darkthrone-esque melody into what before was basically just death/grind with bm aesthetics. Macabre and Pungent Stench would deserve more acclaim, both have a solid discography (except PS is somewhat uneven) and are influential bands. I have heard one album by Sabbat (UK) and it reminded me a lot of the thrashier Absu material. Surely a quality band, pioneering the use of mythological meets social concept in thrash/speed around the same time as Bathory did it with "Hammerheart". Those make for some interesting comparison.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Lord_Beefalo on September 27, 2008, 10:44:20 AM
Is Desaster- Touch of Medieval Darkness worth listening to?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: blasphemy61 on September 27, 2008, 11:04:04 AM
Hail - Inheritance of Evilness
Mortem - Demon Tales
Faustcoven - Rising from Below the Earth
Zemial - In Monumentum
Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites
Countess - Heilig Vuur
Morrigan - Plague, Waste and Death
Necrovation - Breed Deadness Blood
Profanatica - Profanatitas De Domonatia
Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
Grave Miasma
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on September 27, 2008, 04:51:38 PM
I'm still slightly uneducated in the metal world, but Imperial Triumphant is a new upcoming band I've recently heard... Extremely raw, with only a few choice songs that seemed to cross the boundary. I came here to see if anybody else had heard of them.




Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on September 27, 2008, 08:12:07 PM
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Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites
pretty good, a bit overrated by the 'underground' crowd I think. I really like the idea behind the album, how they wanted to make it sound like a soundtrack to a ritual. They couldve pulled it off a little better though.
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Necrovation - Breed Deadness Blood
solid no frills oldschool death metal. Worth hearing.
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Profanatica - Profanatitas De Domonatia
I hate the production and the drum sound but musically it's solid. Lacking the passion of older releases though.
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Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
Excellent, see my opinion on this one on the previous page
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on September 28, 2008, 02:20:04 AM
Hail - Inheritance of Evilness
Countess - Heilig Vuur
Morrigan - Plague, Waste and Death
Faustcoven - Rising from Below the Earth

Everything from Barbarian Wrath has, at it's core, already been done by Bathory. Countess' version is a more Black n Roll-ish variant, though this specific album, which sounds more like Holocaust of the God Believers and A Spawn of Steel than his earlier work, certainly has a more unified production and the songwriting is more stable. Morrigan is a pretty solid attempt at recreating the epics of Blood, Fire, Death. Hail is (if I remember correctly, it's been awhile) a bit rawer, resembling a bit of a cross between The Return and Barathrum's mid period. This specific Faustcoven album I haven't heard, but their earlier work also falls into this category

All of them are decent, solid,, neat works, but nothing to write home about.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on September 28, 2008, 11:09:37 AM
I basically agree with Chains. I will comment on it a bit though. Hail is very notably worshipping old Greek black metal, especially Varathron. The album is very uneven, with some great parts and then something lackluster. It's sad that the project seems to have been disbanded as it showed promise. Zemial has also basically been done by Bathory. It's more musical and epic though (on "In Monumentum") than the Barbarian Wrath stuff which obsessively focuses on the primitive/raw.

All albums on Blasphemy61's list are above average.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Helmholtz on September 28, 2008, 03:13:30 PM

Profanatica - Profanatitas De Domonatia



http://www.anus.com/metal/profanatica/ ,just in case you weren't aware.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MP57 on October 05, 2008, 04:02:42 PM
Sororicide - The Entity

Icelandic 90's Death metal.

Really like it.

Edit.

Found a link to youtube actually.

Sororicide - Frightmares (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqZxFuFi0TU)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: SemblanceOfMortis on October 06, 2008, 07:33:36 AM
Requiem Laus - The Eternal Plague

Amazing album by an Incredible band !
:)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Consvming Impvlse on October 06, 2008, 09:33:51 PM
What about?
SVEST

SVEST- Great in that they are avowedly lo-fi yet able to create atmosphere. While most bands in this mold would readily fall into Darkthrone-isms, SVEST conjures martial hymns that bring to mind a horde of orcs marching onto the battlefield. It's actually not a bad counterpart to Summoning in that regard. "Urfaust" is the one to get.

Wolves in the Throne Room - hipster record store nerds pretending to be a black metal band. Only those who like Velvet Cacoon and dick-flavored potato chips need apply.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wizard on October 08, 2008, 08:02:02 PM
Here are a few I'd like to know more about:

Limbonic Art - A Legacy of Evil: Their earlier material is truly well worth the time and money and i suggest it to anybody. Not too sure what this album has to offer.

Ophiolatry: Anyone for this? I heard about this band at college, any suggestions?

Malevolent Creation - The Will to Kill

Peccatum

Bak De Syv Fjell

Darkmoon

Suggestions are much appreciated.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on October 09, 2008, 11:29:56 PM
Id like to hear thoughts on the following bands that have been recommended to me:

Gris
Sombre Forets
Primordial
Agalloch
Keep of Kalessin
Urfaust
Fullmoon
Sunwheel/Swastyka
Sombre Chemin
Forteresse
Wyrd
Portal
Hellveto
Barathrum
Belketre
Vlad Tepes
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 10, 2008, 02:58:39 PM
Vlad Tepes, Belketre and Fullmoon are totally essential, some of the most inventive, beautiful, obscure and morbid music ever to be spawned by the black metal genre. The only better black metal is some Norwegian classics. These are just doomed to obscurity because of rarity of the releases and an ultra-raw sound, but prepare for amazing constructed melodies, development of organic thought and a majestic, feral sense of death and old age as perpetually present in nature. VT and Belketre are more evil, Fullmoon is somewhat more glorifying and warlike, all have very much the spirit of ancient European culture.

Primordial is simply good hybrid of Graveland and Candlemass, with Irish folk and pagan topics. It's maybe the only metal band at this time which is both popular and good.

Barathrum is a historically somewhat interesting Finnish black metal cult. Often very much rocking and simple heavy metal -based but sometimes manages a ritualistic sense of darkness through simple compositions in the vein of old Samael, Beherit, Impaled Nazarene etc. Check out something early.

Sombre Chemin and Sunwheel were ok. I don't like Urfaust, Wyrd, Portal or Keep of Kalessin. That last one is commercial norsecore, the rest are supposed to be progressive and avantgarde but I don't see any sense of beauty and truth to their approach, compositions and style.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: runtoftheshitter on October 10, 2008, 04:16:50 PM
Nunslaughter - Hex

(realease date:  2007)
Definitely worth hearing.  Old school death metal - plain and simple.  Musically and aesthetically balanced to a tee.  As far as the music is concerned, it makes absolutely no attempt to dimminish its hardcore roots, even as the lyrical themes tend to be an exagerrated display of what Florida and New York death metal had a tendency to sublimate with a very cryptic use of language/melody/song structure.  On Hex, Nunslaughter seem to have incorporated some of the more tasteful aspects of Florida death metal, but I would describe the themes behind these songs as completely absurdist in the face of changing views within and outside metal music.  One gets the impression of hatred for hatred's sake, but the no-frills death metal delivery makes this album stand out for its simple intensity and total disregard for the competition, if it even considers it to begin with..

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: cmargir on October 20, 2008, 10:30:07 PM
Anyone know if those bands/albums are a waste of time?

Pentacle
Alchemist - Jar Of Kingdom
Abramelin - Abramelin
Stargazer (aus)
Trimegisto - Subterranean Streams
Dominus Xul - The primigeni xul (I condemned my enemies)
Nominon
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 20, 2008, 10:35:07 PM
Stargazer is beautiful and innovative, definitely worth anyone's time. I'm baffled by the fact how much Portal are mentioned but Stargazer ignored. Think of it as Gorguts meets Absu.

I liked something by Alchemist, not sure which album, but it was pretty much "riff salad" type of prog metal. I'm not sure if it would stand the test of repeated attentive listenings.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 21, 2008, 12:41:32 PM
Consvming Impvlse: S.V.E.S.T.'s 'Urfaust' is great, but i find it's one of those albums which causes you to think it's better than it really is for a while. the composition is very good, but it wouldn't be nearly as impactive if not for the ridiculously immersive production. i love it personally, but it strikes me as being far more enjoyable than it is significant

agreed on Wolves in the Throneroom - it's dogshit. i could simply say it's boring, but that would tell nobody anything except my taste in regards to it. on a more objective level, it's just completely effortless decoration. about as notable as a "beach sounds" mood relaxation cd

wizard: Malevolent Creation is good, from what i've heard. not VERY good. but above average. it starts to all sound the same after about 20 or 30 minutes, though

Peccatum is... well, Ihsahn's adventurous, i guess. that music just tries too hard to convince you of its own elegance, instead of simply displaying elegance. everything i've heard by them, i'd forgotten within an hour

roshan: Agalloch is like Wolves in the Throneroom, but add a moderate degree of compositional talent as well as a good ability for atmosphere(which, granted, isn't all that exceptional to have). ok stuff, enjoyable at least

Keep of Kalessin is as noted above. fun, mindless junk

[edit: if you read what i said about Sunwheel before, ingore what i said - i confused them with Fanisk, somehow]

as for Wyrd, i've only heard 'Heathen,' and only once; it seemed decent at first listen, but also reminded me of Skyforger - in a way that made me want to listen to them instead

i have a slight preference for Belketre over Vlad Tepes, but they're both excellent

cmargir: i rarely ever find death metal to be nearly as enthralling as black metal, with a very few obvious exceptions(Monstrosity, Morbid Angel, Konkhra as a guilty pleasure, Demilich, Massacra, etc). so as a disclaimer, i'll say i'm not a connoisseur of the genre; however, Abramelin's self-titled release made an excellent first impression and more. i listened to it several times over within the couple of weeks after first hearing it, but i haven't in a while. the fact your mentioning the album makes me want to re-familiarize myself with it, however, suggests that it is, at an absolute minimum, certainly above average
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on October 23, 2008, 09:39:36 AM
About Swastyka / Sunwheel: while Sunwheel is indeed worthless 13 a dozen bland material, I find  their Swastyka demo to be acceptionally good. Although I wouldn't bother with the Burzum cover (really, who's going to top Det Som Engang Var? I'll just listen to the original), the intro and second song are very worthwhile tracks, coming closest to some sort of cross between Manes and Emperor, midpaced and with some very well done vocals.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Goluf on October 23, 2008, 11:38:37 AM
Ophiolaltry is a very fast band, good in the  "this is so intense" sort of way. However, they are also extremely weird, and it's sometimes hard to take anything they do seriously once you read a lyric like this:

"Lesbian Nuns are my diabolical excitation."

Good music to do push-ups to I guess. Look elsewhere for something artistically viable.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 23, 2008, 10:45:08 PM
i will get flamed to the ends of the Earth for this, but after hearing all of the negative press about Ulver, i downloaded Bergtatt (sp?) and Nattens Madrigal. while i found Bergtatt to be pompous and boring, i actually have grown to love Nattens. it seems like the guys in Ulver were just doing the album as a farce or something considering their later musical output. if that is true, then it is probably the most well-composed and wonderfully melodic farce i have ever heard. the guitar harmonies are quite delightful to my ears, even if the production is so obviously fucked up.

i give it a 80/100. it loses points because it really doesnt seem sincere (and probably isnt).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 24, 2008, 05:12:16 AM
i enjoy Nattens Madrigal, but i wouldn't recommend it to someone exploring music as an art form. i've heard their full catalogue(minus the film soundtracks) and find Shadows of the Sun to be their best, but even it suffers from that same forced feeling, which creates a very incongruous feel - but less so than anything else they've done, except possibly Themes from William Blake's the Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 24, 2008, 05:35:19 AM
I recommend the "Vargnatt" promo to those who have not heard it, I consider it the only glimpses to a truely artistic side in Ulver, with the possible exception of some good sense of narrative dynamics in "Bergtatt".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on October 24, 2008, 07:50:12 PM
A few more bands/albums:

Cobalt - Eater of Birds
Weakling - Dead as Dreams
Strid - Strid
Forgotten Wolves - As the wolves gather
Nargaroth - Herbstlyd
Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao
Manegarm
Darkspace
Aborym


PS. Appreciate the previous comments, most of them are dead on.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on October 25, 2008, 06:17:10 AM
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Weakling - Dead as Dreams
toooo looooonnnggg but still a worthwhile piece of work
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Strid - Strid
Very good; somber and depressing. Worth your time.
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Darkspace
I binged on this band a while back but haven't listened to them since. Pretty cool for the most part but can drag like hell; I recommend getting Dark Space II first, see if you like it, then move on to the other ones.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 25, 2008, 10:37:26 AM
From the previous list, if you need to choose only one let it be STRID. It's really the only not-to-be-missed case - it's as good as most other stuff from early-90's Norway.

If you are feeling "open-minded", check out also Weakling, Nargaroth, Darkspace and Aborym's "With No Human Intervention" as listenable but "second-tier" variations/tributes of classic black metal work. You can even have fun spotting which truly excellent album/albums are being aped by each one, yet not quite getting there.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 25, 2008, 12:42:10 PM
isn't Nargaroth the guy who was called out as knowingly, but not admittedly, making imitative music and more-or-less directly copying Burzum photo poses, as well as lying about the release dates of his material and his interactions with various black metal figureheads?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 25, 2008, 04:04:55 PM
isn't Nargaroth the guy who was called out as knowingly, but not admittedly, making imitative music and more-or-less directly copying Burzum photo poses, as well as lying about the release dates of his material and his interactions with various black metal figureheads?

Yes. It's one of the most frustrating examples of music that seems rather inviting (an epic Burzum / Graveland / Moonblood medley) but it becomes difficult to enjoy it when you learn what a lying sack of shit the person is.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 25, 2008, 05:38:44 PM
well, seeing as i'm not yet familiar with Moonblood (as opposed to the other two) i'll just listen to them instead :p
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on October 25, 2008, 11:46:52 PM
isn't Nargaroth the guy who was called out as knowingly, but not admittedly, making imitative music and more-or-less directly copying Burzum photo poses, as well as lying about the release dates of his material and his interactions with various black metal figureheads?

Yes. It's one of the most frustrating examples of music that seems rather inviting (an epic Burzum / Graveland / Moonblood medley) but it becomes difficult to enjoy it when you learn what a lying sack of shit the person is.

Even more amusing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7iunkXJeP0

Yep, that's him.

Are the following worth my time?

- Wongraven
- Enochian Crescent
- The Meads of Asphodel
- Skyforger
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on October 26, 2008, 12:16:44 AM
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Uses lots of melodies like Emperor and Abigor and also even cheesier synths. Affects with emotion but overall is forgettable (especially because NM has many better works).

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decent album, a bit overrated I think. Goat Horns is far superior despite its awkward mixing.

Lunar Poetry was a decent enough album, so if Nokturnal Mortum has better works, they should be worth checking out.

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Folk fused into metal with the grace and elegance of the better Amorphis records. Very stirring and makes you want to go for a walk in the woods and fields. (not to get away from listening to this however)

I almost feel guilty listening to Kroda, the melodies are sickeningly sweet. Very uplifting.

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Someone like Anton LaVey could have composed this album. Lots of classical influence, but the songs are too repetitive. No guitars, just synths, programmed drums and screams/growls. Listen to this if your hobbies include making grim faces in the front of a satanic altar in your room.

Are you sure those are synths used? Ive been told they used the actual instruments for this album. I agree regarding the repetition, but I find the album quite interesting as it achieves the "black" aesthetic through means other than the standard rock instrumentation.

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not awful but extremely tedious and drawn out. Some parts are quite a bit like Hvis Lyset Tar Oss-era Burzum, and if I recall correctly they use a very similar melody to the one at the end of Inn I Slottet Fra Drømmen in one of the songs.

this isn't very relevant to the music but I'm quite put off by WITTR's anti-fascist raving, especially at their live performances. Shows that theyre just punks playing blackened metal.

I liked it much more than their first album which was like a much more boring version of Weakling (and even ripped off at least one Weakling riff).

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roshan: Agalloch is like Wolves in the Throneroom, but add a moderate degree of compositional talent as well as a good ability for atmosphere(which, granted, isn't all that exceptional to have). ok stuff, enjoyable at least

True, the problem is that it doesnt seem to have anything to offer beyond mere enjoyability.

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as for Wyrd, i've only heard 'Heathen,' and only once; it seemed decent at first listen, but also reminded me of Skyforger - in a way that made me want to listen to them instead

Ive listened to Huldrafolk, but it didnt hold my interest as there are bands that do this style of droning, foresty black metal much better. And one of the songs was pretty much a direct Burzum rip off.

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toooo looooonnnggg but still a worthwhile piece of work

Will agree, decent stuff, but I can barely manage to get through most of the songs.

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Very good; somber and depressing. Worth your time.

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From the previous list, if you need to choose only one let it be STRID. It's really the only not-to-be-missed case - it's as good as most other stuff from early-90's Norway.

Strid is fantastic. Ive been wondering why arent they on the DLA.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on October 26, 2008, 03:09:03 AM
- Enochian Crescent
Somewhat technically proficient thirteen a dozen snoozefest.  Avoid.

What's Sadistic Intent like?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on October 26, 2008, 07:10:41 AM
What's Sadistic Intent like?

Altars of Madness + Hell Awaits.

Worth hearing! (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,1532.msg10386.html#msg10386)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 26, 2008, 07:44:14 AM
- The Meads of Asphodel
- Skyforger

the first is musical gibberish, kind of like Arcturus without the aesthetic cohesion. the second, from what i've heard, is quite good. the Eastern Europe black/folk metal scene deserves a lot more recognition than it gets
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on October 26, 2008, 10:24:07 AM
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Someone like Anton LaVey could have composed this album. Lots of classical influence, but the songs are too repetitive. No guitars, just synths, programmed drums and screams/growls. Listen to this if your hobbies include making grim faces in the front of a satanic altar in your room.

Are you sure those are synths used? Ive been told they used the actual instruments for this album. I agree regarding the repetition, but I find the album quite interesting as it achieves the "black" aesthetic through means other than the standard rock instrumentation.

I don't know anything about the recording situation, this was just the opinion of my ears. By the way, anyone who is a fan of that Profanum album should totally try out JACULA, an Italian prog act from the late 60's and early 70's. It's pretty close to that Profanum work in some ways (lots of organ sounds and ritual atmosphere/construction) but musically it is more interesting.

WONGRAVEN's "Fjelltronen" is an album which I enjoyed 10 years ago, got totally fed up with it and will now surprise myself by stating that it deserves to be heard by fans of later Lord Wind, Hardangervidda, Mortiis and the like. It's not something one can't live without but it has a simple beauty to it. Slow moving neo-classical/ambient passages in the vein of the non-metal tracks of early Satyricon but maybe colder.

SKYFORGER is possibly the best of folk metal on the "Semigalls' Warchant" demo and the first album "Kauja Pie Saules", a seamless epic of Immortal-esque storming and renditions of Latvian folk songs. It was even better than the best of Nokturnal Mortum and Kroda, because of their unmatched way of uniting the chilling cold steel of black metal to the pastoral, soothing, ancient folk singing. None of the others have really matched the contrast there which surprised one especially on the demo. There was always a vein of classic metal to it and that led to the band being a more heavy metal oriented phenomenon after this early work.

Agreed with the previous post on SADISTIC INTENT, a quality band even though something of a Morbid Angel clone.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on October 26, 2008, 01:46:46 PM
- The Meads of Asphodel
- Skyforger

the first is musical gibberish, kind of like Arcturus without the aesthetic cohesion. the second, from what i've heard, is quite good. the Eastern Europe black/folk metal scene deserves a lot more recognition than it gets

Skyforger is Baltic, not Eastern European.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on October 26, 2008, 03:11:56 PM
you're right. for some reason i've always thought of all European countries - apart from the British isles and Scandinavia - as being either west or east. so the 'scene' i was referring to was, i guess, actually northern. i've been finding a lot of rewarding music from the area, particularly Lithuania
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 26, 2008, 04:05:32 PM
ill agree on Sadistic Intent. savage band, and quite competent in a live setting.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: dawn on October 28, 2008, 10:05:34 PM
Root
Dolorian
Tragedy
Saturnus
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: KiSSy on October 29, 2008, 01:50:53 AM
Wolves in the Throne Room- Two Hunters

Listening to this album right now. Reminds me of Ulver and Vinterrikitt and maybe a little bit of Abyssic Hate. Not original by any means but it does have its merits. The drummer is really tight. Their ambient passages really stand out to me. I Like what I'm hearing.

What? Tight? No, not even remotely. There's nothing remarkable about the ability of any of these musicians.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chessnut on November 02, 2008, 10:00:47 PM
I've long ago abandoned black metal and other metal-related bands. I felt I was picking at scraps, and there is so much other great music out there that should be recognized.

Killing Joke
Big Black
Swans: early works and also later works.
Angels of Light: "Everything is Good Here/Please Come Home" album.
Throbbing Gristle
Psychic TV
SPK (early works)

I would like to have some post-punk recommendations. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on November 03, 2008, 03:39:49 AM
If you're to the meandering borderline pop songs such as early Death in June or the like with post-punk, I try and avoid that as much as I can, so I wouldn't know anything. If you're looking for something more along the lines of neo-folk (more or less) though, I'd recommend the following:

Sol Invictus - The Death of the West
reminiscent of DiJ's But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?, but slightly less mystical and more emotional.

Der Blutharsch - Der Sieg des Lichtens ist das Lebens Heil!
A sort of patch work of samples and loops, with a more martial tone than the accoustic works of aforementioned bands.

Rome - Masse Mensch Material
Although going crossing the line into pop territory a bit too much for my tastes, it's nevertheless a rather solid, well executed work with very nice vocals.

Tribe of Circle -  The Advent of Redemption
Mesmerizing stuff, using repeating loops and choirs in a way that reminds vaguely of a cross between Burzum's Filosofem and Biosphere's Shenzhou.

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud - The Smell of Blood but Victory
A more medieval take on Der Blutharsch's work (or rather, the other way around considering this was made first).


I always get a bit frustrated with neo-folk though, as, although conceptually it should be a genre that produces some great music, just about every album I hear has a number of annoying flaws that, should they be fixed, would've been a great album. It's like what Black Metal would be if there would be nothing but demo tapes. 
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on November 03, 2008, 04:13:07 AM
I would like to have some post-punk recommendations. Thanks.

For the link between punk and gothic/art rock, check out Joy Division ("Unknown Pleasures", "Closer"), Siouxsie and the Banshees ("Hyaena"), Bauhaus and Wire (3 first albums). Those were experiments in emotional pop, for harsher experiments on hardcore approaching avantgarde see Crass (vital for understanding grindcore) and Rudimentary Peni. Public Image Ltd., the band of Johnny Rotten after Sex Pistols, was musically far superior to that better known band.

Post-punk becoming ethereal and tribal is all about Dead Can Dance (3 first albums).

For early noise, NON ("In the Shadow of the Sword", "Might!") and Merzbow ("Tauromachine", "A Perfect Pain" with Genesis P-Orridge) are indispensable. Then between noise and industrial exist the cacophonic power electronics bands like Whitehouse and Genocide Organ.

Industrial and occult drones were created by Coil in "How to Destroy Angels", merging with neo-classicism in "Horse Rotorvator" and electro in "Love's Secret Domain". Current 93 was a master of evil drone for the first few albums before becoming neo-folk. I am also a fan of Lustmord and Schloss Tegal.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: desidia on November 04, 2008, 02:25:49 PM
I've been listening to Sol Invictus recently, and while some individual songs are good, I find it's basically pop music, with the attendant flaws. Some individual songs grab the attention but the album as a whole is tedious and repetitive (less true of Against the Modern World and Lex Talionis). Same happens with Wolfsheim as well to a certain extent. As in, I can't be bothered to listen to all of No Happy view, since the first track and The Sparrows and the Nightingales are the only tracks I want to hear. And I don't think I've ever managed to listen to all of the Devil's Steed: all I ever want to hear are the first two tracks, then I get bored. Maybe I'm shallow. But I don't find this happens with Burzum; or with Beethoven.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on November 04, 2008, 03:38:17 PM
Wolfsheim's output is uneven; the individuals behind it are talented but unstable, like many modern "artithths" tend to be.

I've decided neo-folk is crap. Everything I've heard is sub-par, and dramatic without making much of a point. I'd rather just listen to classical, good metal, and the good ambient works.

Post-punk similarly. Why listen, unless you're absolutely determined at all costs to listen to something from within the popular music world?

And if so................ why?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on November 04, 2008, 04:12:00 PM
I've been listening to Sol Invictus recently, and while some individual songs are good, I find it's basically pop music, with the attendant flaws. Some individual songs grab the attention but the album as a whole is tedious and repetitive (less true of Against the Modern World and Lex Talionis). Same happens with Wolfsheim as well to a certain extent. As in, I can't be bothered to listen to all of No Happy view, since the first track and The Sparrows and the Nightingales are the only tracks I want to hear. And I don't think I've ever managed to listen to all of the Devil's Steed: all I ever want to hear are the first two tracks, then I get bored. Maybe I'm shallow. But I don't find this happens with Burzum; or with Beethoven.
Stating that The Devil's Steed is unlistenable is as valid a criticsm of SI as saying Gorgoroth sucks since Twilight of the Idols is boring, though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on November 04, 2008, 05:54:17 PM
I've decided neo-folk is crap. Everything I've heard is sub-par, and dramatic without making much of a point. I'd rather just listen to classical, good metal, and the good ambient works.
I can understand this point of view if you haven't heard All the Pretty Little Horses by Current 93

If you have then I don't understand your point at all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on November 05, 2008, 03:36:26 AM
I can understand this point of view if you haven't heard All the Pretty Little Horses by Current 93

If you have then I don't understand your point at all.

It is one of the best releases of the genre besides "Sleep Has His House" and DIJ's "But What Ends When Symbols Shatter" and "Rose Clouds of Holocaust", but all of those are more like conceptual operas or series of poems set to music rather than full-fledged musical works. Musically most of it is barely passable IMO.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: anthropoid sarcophagus on November 05, 2008, 06:01:25 AM
Death in June have many good songs scattered over a series of disjointed albums. The only Death in June album I can really lose myself in is "The Brown Book." The best neo-folk I've heard usually sounds like a stagnant knock off of Death in June with the lyrics being Swedish or German. One notable outfit worth mentioning is Sturmpercht. Rather than regurgitating the styles of Death in June or Sol Invictus, they play a kind of Alpine traditional folk music. Incorporating samples,somewhat humourous lyrics and marching rhythms that come off as more celebratory than martial, I find myself coming back to their "Geister im Waldgebirg" often.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ozz on November 06, 2008, 04:58:37 PM
Anata (Sweden) - Technical Death Metal - Discography
Benighted (France) - Brutal Death/Grind w/some Hardcore influences- Discography
Drudkh (Ukraine) - Pagan Black Metal - Discography

Honestly I don't get why these bands are so overlooked I've enjoyed their previous masterworks along with their latest output for at least the past 2 years.  I called the piece of shit farce of a metal music station on XM radio and requested Anata of Sweden... "uhh whoo??"... Benighted of France... "never heard of them dude"... Finally they happened to know who Immolation is.  XMLM channel 42 sucks goat dick. 

Anata & Benighted are both High Quality Shit.  Very recommended contrary to what any haters want to say.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on November 06, 2008, 07:13:49 PM
I found Benighted to be very, very bad...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on November 06, 2008, 08:11:57 PM
i've heard one album by Benighted, and thought it was halfway decent at the time, but nothing more. and that was a while back, when my tastes were more... "open-minded." i.e., misguided
Drudkh is bad. not bad in the same way that Red Hot Chili Peppers or wayne newton are, but a distinct lack of anything extraordinary. makes them pointless
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 06, 2008, 10:25:33 PM
Benighted is bloody terrible.

and ive already expressed my views on Anata. not a bad band, but there is much better.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: desidia on November 08, 2008, 05:05:15 PM
Laibach. The only band of all those in the Neofolk/industrial/pop-music with metal ideas cluster I enjoy, although their output is variable.
Here's what I think of each of their albums I've heard:
Ljublijana Zagreb Beograd: Early live recordings. Basically shit. Abrasive noises and spoken word vocals. It probably had some relevance as social protest at the time, but as music, none, although I've never actually found the patience to listen to it all the way through, so there mgiht be a few good moments.
Nova Akropola: Their best in my opinion. Violent and claustrophobic, with a sense of real anger - yet somehow majestic. The grandeur may be sarcastic, a mockery of totalitarian pomp, but it makes for good music.
Opus Dei: Pretty good. Orchestral synthesis is dominant here - the album gets called Wagnerian. The best tracks are the ironic cover versions (Queen's One Vision and Opus' Life is Life). Even more than on Nova Akropola the best moments come from a parody of military bombast; the sardonic nature perhaps stops it from having any real impact.
Sympathy for the Devil: Pretty stupid. Every track is a cover of the Rolling Stones track. It's funny the first time, but doesn't invite repeated listenings.
Kapital: Influenced by techno and hip-hop; the low pitched vocals are virtually absent here, being replaced by a variety of spoken word samples. Not bad, but far too long.
Nato: Together with Nova Akropola the only Laibach album with any real value. A hipster's dream: a concept album about the eastern European wars of the early nineteen nineties made up entirely of cover versions of pop songs; disco cover versions, played mainly on cheap sounding synthesisers. But somehow it works. As with Nova Akropola it seems to have real feeling behind it - understandable given that Slovenia was in the warzone, and to be appreciated even if the band's sentiments are not agreed with. The fact that the music is pretty good does not hurt, either.
Jesus Christ Superstars: Nu-metal aesthetic. Hamfisted attacks on religion. Tedious.
WAT: Not quite as hamfisted as Jesus Christ Superstars. Boring: goes on for about an hour, which is 45 minutes too long. The standout tracks are quite good though.
Volk: Like the previous two albums, hamfisted. Consists of covers of national anthems with the lyrics changed to make tediously obvious and conventional political statements; surprisingly Israel is the best song on the record. Turgid: this band is quite obviously past its prime.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Clef_Burton on November 08, 2008, 06:25:27 PM
I recommend Laibach's cover of 'Let It Be'. It very effectively inverts The Beatles' original album from drug addled liberal haziness to the stamping boot of authority. There are no particularly weak points on the album, which is a contrast to most of their output.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Deadbirds on November 09, 2008, 03:09:32 PM
Malleus Maleficarum - Des Bibles , Des Hymnes , Des Icônes ...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: dawn on November 15, 2008, 09:00:27 PM
Wolfsheim's output is uneven; the individuals behind it are talented but unstable, like many modern "artithths" tend to be.

I've decided neo-folk is crap. Everything I've heard is sub-par, and dramatic without making much of a point. I'd rather just listen to classical, good metal, and the good ambient works.

Post-punk similarly. Why listen, unless you're absolutely determined at all costs to listen to something from within the popular music world?

And if so................ why?

Agreed on both counts. For the longest time I kept listening to neo-folk, assuming there was some hidden aspect that I just didn't understand and the right literary/musical backgrounding would bring it all together for me. Then, one day, I saw it for what it was: crap. It's just like pop music, but less satisfying. I'd take Michael Jackson or Justin Timberlake over any neo-folk artist's output. If the music isn't fundamentally exciting and you have to strain your attention span to find something enjoyable in it, why bother? Post-punk is like punk with everything that made that genre exciting removed. All you're left with is jangly guitar chords, unprofessional singers and a poorly developed understanding of leftist politics.

 Stick with "serious" music or listen to well-written pop but don't settle for a halfassed compromise between the two.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on November 18, 2008, 09:44:06 PM
Punk died just like black metal: the crowd surged in.

People tried to "keep the spirit alive" -- why, I ask -- either keep the genre alive, or give up.

That meant trying to make mellow music powerful like punk. Neat idea, complete fail.

Same with neofolk. They want it to be folk, but punchy like punk. Also epic fail.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nous on November 20, 2008, 05:38:35 AM
Something is amiss with Negura Bunget; but what? It's the melody that is missing. They try everything to cover that: good production, variation, drony sound...but the melodies suck, and thus it's like that Bartók Sonata: interesting for 5 minutes, as long as you anticipate what you hope will come; annoying when you have realized that it will never come.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: anthropoid sarcophagus on November 20, 2008, 05:58:27 AM
Fanisk. Specifically wondering about their "Noontide" album. Tired N.S.B.M. tripe or something worth hearing?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on November 20, 2008, 06:59:55 AM
it's not incredible, but it's not as worthless as the review that appeared on anus' metal page made it seem. it's good, and is similar to Eldrig but with fewer failings. i find Contra Ignem Fatuum's Detritus to be a much better approach to what is essentially the same method
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on December 07, 2008, 08:17:23 PM
Thougts on:

Demiurg - The Hate Chamber

Hooded Menace - Fulfill the Curse

Arghoslent - Hornets Of the Pogrom
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on December 07, 2008, 11:50:14 PM
Something is amiss with Negura Bunget; but what? It's the melody that is missing. They try everything to cover that: good production, variation, drony sound...but the melodies suck, and thus it's like that Bartók Sonata: interesting for 5 minutes, as long as you anticipate what you hope will come; annoying when you have realized that it will never come.

I agree. Its something I tried to get into, as many elements I enjoy seemed to be there. But whenener I tried listening to their work, I ended up blanking out or wanting to put on something else. Its simply really boring.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: anthropoid sarcophagus on December 08, 2008, 07:17:16 AM
Haven't heard the other two bands but I very much like Arghoslent's latest album..probably their strongest. I for one have trouble considering it to be death metal..it feels more like classic power metal performed by a death metal band. Kind of like Bolt Thrower covering a mix of mid to late 80's Maiden meets elements of older Blind Guardian(?). So in my opinion it's not a breath of fresh air in terms of current death metal. The band's sound is almost contradictory on this album(as it was on the previous offering). It's a mostly rollicking and celebratory affair..and that's when Arghoslent are at their best. However you might notice some rather bluesy guitar leads or some very straight foward rock style riffs. This is of course contradictory regarding the lyrical content. I doubt they are oblivious to it..they probably find it amusing. I find that I really enjoy the lyrics..regardless of the racism that is supposedly celebrated. Vibrant story telling,kind of like a magnifying glass held up to history viewing the colonial and imperial man at his most ruthless.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Svmmoned on December 08, 2008, 03:59:22 PM
However you might notice some rather bluesy guitar leads or some very straight foward rock style riffs. This is of course contradictory regarding the lyrical content. I doubt they are oblivious to it..they probably find it amusing.

I think that it is good response for you...

H: There is no contradiction. The lyrics are always written after the music; the riffs come first, and it has always been about the riffs, about painting pictures and illustrating scenes. As for influences, I will not embark on the long and tedious discussion it would be to speak of all influences on my life in general. I will say that I am generally uninterested in the metal music today and mostly listen to Russian opera and Flamenco. But I grew up on and still very much enjoy Vio-Lence, Forced Entry, Sadus, Kreator, Forbidden, Dark Angel, Devastation, Autopsy, Entombed, Corpus Rottus, old Vader, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Impetigo, Abominog, Deceased, Impaled Nazarene, Pan Thy Monium, Darkthrone, etc. Then for a long period I listened to bluegrass guitar, which I think has had a tremendous influence on my own playing and riff style. Bryan Sutton, Cody Kilby, Norman Blake, Clay Hess, Tony Rice, David Grier; extreme technical proficiency here, making metal look like a completely silly and puerile pursuit (which in many ways it is of course).

from:
http://www.thelefthandpath.com/lefthandpath/index.cfm/event/read/entry/Interview_Arghoslent

Their interviews are the worthwile ones in my opinion.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on December 08, 2008, 07:48:32 PM
Interesting interview, thanks.  Given my initial curiosity in the band, then this interview.. I decided to find the album and give it a shot.  I'll upload it in the audiofile as well for anyone else interested.

On a side note, I downloaded Dead Congregation's newest album.  My initial reaction is positive, it's like Incatation meets Immortal (2 listens so don't hold me to that).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on December 09, 2008, 12:42:45 AM
Some recently discovered artists I'd like an opinion on:

Devastator
Evocation
Goatmoon
Inferna
Joan Baez
Prophecy of Doom
Trap Them
Grom
Semargl
Exterminio
Curse
Dark Tribe
Atrax Morgue
Njiqahdda
Verkènt Csendes
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on December 09, 2008, 12:44:13 AM
Thougts on:

Arghoslent - Hornets Of the Pogrom


Best album of last year. They did it again. The production is a bit messy, but after awhile you couldn't imagine it sound any other way. Just as epic as previous releases, but perhaps a bit more harsh.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on December 09, 2008, 03:08:49 AM
Goatmoon's "Death Before Dishonour" belongs to the better class of Finnish releases from this decade, RAC-influenced "mood" black metal in the vein of Satanic Warmaster's "Strength and Honour" which is the album that basically started the current era of Finnish BM. So if you hate SW, maybe also skip Goatmoon but the first album is of the same quality. "Finnish Steel Storm" was more emotional, and worse (with lots of cheesy melodies repeated).

Grom had a good beginning, songs basically combinations of various riff influences from Bathory to tremolo BM, shifting with every song, NS/traditionalist lyrics, with some solid tracks on the demos and splits but never got quite there. Njiqahdda is "weird black metal" (drone music combined with emo-regressive BM tendencies, imagine the worst of Xasthur, stuff he would throw out of the window) for hipster purposes, avoid!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on December 09, 2008, 04:03:30 AM
Gentlemen:

We're fighting over scraps fallen from the table of greater people.

The bands mentioned in this thread are uniformly a distant B -- at fucking best! -- to the original black metal.

Let's not dignify them with sitting around, pompously forcing ourselves to intellectualize trivial differences between which chords the drunken monkeys accidentally hit on their way through jail, drug abuse, life failure, hate crimes and accidental poopypants. These people are retards and their music is a pale imitation of the past.

Find the motherfucking CLASSIC bands that are new since 1995 and promote the living shit out of those. Ignore the rest, because when you start taking it seriously, you suddenly invite every stupid monkey in the universe to play in your Metal Happy Fun Room, and sure enough, they bring shitty indie/emo/punk bands with them and dress 'em up as metal.

Do not sit around comparing the trivial differences between drunken monkey rock bands that pretend to be metal. You are like people at a wine-tasting party trying to find academic reasons to praise the grape juice.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on December 09, 2008, 04:38:32 PM
This experiment boiled over into me gushing about sup-par bands after a few listens, I apologize.  Back on track!

Arghoslent - Hornets of the Pogrom
Blacksabbath type blues riffs by disorted guitars aren't new, some interesting angles, but ultimately incorporates to many familiar parts to be considered worthy of repeated listens.

Hooded Menace - Fulfill the Curse
Doomy trudging riffs that trudge along well beaten paths.  Sometimes you're surprised by a bouncy chunk riff, but is bouncing along a beaten path any better?

Dead Congregation - Graves Of the Archangels
Nothing new in concept here, see Incantation or in a lesser extent Drawn and Quartered.  There are some passages where feedback is used to create a 'filler' ambiance which works well, but I'm not sure if it's something that's been explored.  There are multiple layers of guitars at most given points, this is worth listening too.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 09, 2008, 05:53:44 PM
Gentlemen:

The bands mentioned in this thread are uniformly a distant B -- at fucking best! -- to the original black metal.

Let's not dignify them with sitting around, pompously forcing ourselves to intellectualize trivial differences between which chords the drunken monkeys accidentally hit on their way through jail, drug abuse, life failure, hate crimes and accidental poopypants. These people are retards and their music is a pale imitation of the past.

Find the motherfucking CLASSIC bands that are new since 1995 and promote the living shit out of those. Ignore the rest, because when you start taking it seriously, you suddenly invite every stupid monkey in the universe to play in your Metal Happy Fun Room, and sure enough, they bring shitty indie/emo/punk bands with them and dress 'em up as metal.

Do not sit around comparing the trivial differences between drunken monkey rock bands that pretend to be metal. You are like people at a wine-tasting party trying to find academic reasons to praise the grape juice.

There is no uniform taste. Despite what many on here may say, I believe that taste IS subjective. Why else would I find Ildjarn to be awful, when most everyone here praises them so highly? Same goes with Gorguts, Testament, Candlemass, and other bands here.

back on topic. I mentioned S.O.B. earlier in this thread, and I am kind of shocked that no one else mentioned them. Surely as important to grindcore's development as Napalm Death/Siege/Repulsion, etc. the "Leave me Alone" EP is around 8 minutes of Cryptic Slaughter - like hardcore punk, but predates that band by over a year. "Don't Be Swindle" and "What's The Truth?" are two of grindcore's most under-appreciated albums.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on December 09, 2008, 06:17:35 PM
Quote from: deadite
I believe that taste IS subjective

Taste is subjective, but quality is not.  People like the taste of deep fried oreos, but that is completely irrelevant as to whether they are good for you or not.  The same is true with music.  Some bands may sound pleasant, but that doesn't mean they have any artistic merit.  Conversely, (or would it be inversely?) you may not like Ildjarn or Gorguts personally, but that doesn't change the fact that these bands have produced works of art worthy of praise.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 09, 2008, 09:21:44 PM
Quote from: deadite
I believe that taste IS subjective

Taste is subjective, but quality is not.  People like the taste of deep fried oreos, but that is completely irrelevant as to whether they are good for you or not.  The same is true with music.  Some bands may sound pleasant, but that doesn't mean they have any artistic merit.  Conversely, (or would it be inversely?) you may not like Ildjarn or Gorguts personally, but that doesn't change the fact that these bands have produced works of art worthy of praise.

i absolutely agree with you. quality is not subjective.

the thing is, a lot of people here equate quality with taste. just because a band has produced worthwhile music does not mean that everyone needs to like it. that is the attitude i get from a lot of posters, particularly throughout this thread.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on December 10, 2008, 05:08:24 AM
There is no uniform taste. Despite what many on here may say, I believe that taste IS subjective. Why else would I find Ildjarn to be awful, when most everyone here praises them so highly? Same goes with Gorguts, Testament, Candlemass, and other bands here.

Thinking of it literally, taste is a sense. Your senses, combined with your intellect, give you basically the same information about the albums as to the rest of us; the only variation can be provided by the quality of our ears and the workings of our brains (IQ, background in musical/philosophical studies etc.).

So it should be easy to reach the same conclusion when being rational which has nothing to do with whether you or I want to listen to the album, what moods/experiences it gives and so on. It should be acceptable to you that if one wants to study minimalist abstract black metal of an "organic" nature, Ildjarn is the way to go - Candlemass for establishing the gothic "doom" aesthetic of heavy metal in building epic, plodding journeys of Black Sabbathian material, and so on...

A kind of "I had fun/entertainment listening to this" description or evaluation does not help anyone because it's a description of an experience with too much variables to be useful to anyone else but we can establish scientifically what is the form and content of each piece and is it just a crappy variation on a classic (even if enjoyable when you are in the mood but then why not go back to the classic?) or a new approach / work of art that deserves to be studied and enjoyed.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on December 10, 2008, 11:55:29 AM
Quote from: deadite
I believe that taste IS subjective

Taste is subjective, but quality is not.  People like the taste of deep fried oreos, but that is completely irrelevant as to whether they are good for you or not.  The same is true with music.  Some bands may sound pleasant, but that doesn't mean they have any artistic merit.  Conversely, (or would it be inversely?) you may not like Ildjarn or Gorguts personally, but that doesn't change the fact that these bands have produced works of art worthy of praise.

i absolutely agree with you. quality is not subjective.

the thing is, a lot of people here equate quality with taste. just because a band has produced worthwhile music does not mean that everyone needs to like it. that is the attitude i get from a lot of posters, particularly throughout this thread.

I see.  While I understand why/how someone would equate taste and quality, and how that would lead them to believe taste is objective, I don't agree.  So you and I are on the same page here.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: My AIDS, Your Arse on December 10, 2008, 04:13:12 PM
the thing is, a lot of people here equate quality with taste. just because a band has produced worthwhile music does not mean that everyone needs to like it. that is the attitude i get from a lot of posters, particularly throughout this thread.

It's similar to parents feeding vegetables to their children, and the children reject them:
They won't learn to enjoy it until they discover the potential benefits they get out of it.

There's plenty of vegetables to choose from though, and plenty of these overlap in the nutrients and flavors they have to offer.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 10, 2008, 07:50:48 PM

There's plenty of vegetables to choose from though, and plenty of these overlap in the nutrients and flavors they have to offer.

so i will think of Ildjarn as broccoli (which i dont like), and Pestilence as cucumbers (which i really enjoy).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on December 11, 2008, 04:22:21 AM
What is meant by "quality" then? Well played? The idea of quality is just as subjective as the idea of taste. A shitty sounding demo may have the perfect sound to suit a particular band, but would that go with the "objectively correct" idea of quality? No way. But to me it would be a good quality piece of music. 

I don't understand the typical whining comparing the old with the now found it's way into this thread, I believe the purpose of it was to get to the cream metal? If so, then a lot of shitty bands have to mentioned as well in order to know what to avoid if you agree with the taste of the person who says so.

Objective quality...... come on people, stop this nonsense..... It is all relative. The only thing close to objective quality would be a 10 years after agreement based on historical importance in music of the discussed bands. A LOT of bands initially marked as shit crap bullshit by the metal elite with the same ideas as the pompous people in here bragging over this thread, have now become accepted music; perhaps not by the old school elite, but by a new one, who later will change the perspective on what's good and not, but still accept the old dogmas of the previous "elite" as truth to build upon. This dogmatic thinking is so typical for musical "experts" but it's pure bullshit from people with conservative nostalgic longing. Claiming that anything you say is objectively correct is a philosophical problem that you can never get around, so just drop it already.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Baard Staartjes on December 11, 2008, 09:30:48 AM

There's plenty of vegetables to choose from though, and plenty of these overlap in the nutrients and flavors they have to offer.

so i will think of Ildjarn as broccoli (which i dont like), and Pestilence as cucumbers (which i really enjoy).

you know that broccoli is really healthy and that cucumber is enjoyable yet lacking nutrients ... :)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on December 11, 2008, 10:34:34 AM
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
It is all relative
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
Claiming that anything you say is objectively correct is a philosophical problem that you can never get around, so just drop it already.

So what you're saying is that everybody's perception of reality is equally valid.  This concept of universal relativism is solipsistic and politically correct.  No, thank you.

Quote from: Flesh and Blood
This dogmatic thinking is so typical for musical "experts" but it's pure bullshit from people with conservative nostalgic longing.

What exactly does nostalgia have to do with whether something is of importance or quality?  People (including me) are nostalgic about all sorts of stupid shit.  The quality of metal music is judged by the same standards used for any other art form.  Can this thread please get back on topic?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pro Abortion on December 11, 2008, 11:51:38 AM

There's plenty of vegetables to choose from though, and plenty of these overlap in the nutrients and flavors they have to offer.

so i will think of Ildjarn as broccoli (which i dont like), and Pestilence as cucumbers (which i really enjoy).

you know that broccoli is really healthy and that cucumber is enjoyable yet lacking nutrients ... :)

heh, I was going to make the same point.  cucumber is mainly water, and it's white in color, broccoli is all green (more nutrients).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flesh And Blood on December 11, 2008, 01:14:25 PM
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
It is all relative
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
Claiming that anything you say is objectively correct is a philosophical problem that you can never get around, so just drop it already.

So what you're saying is that everybody's perception of reality is equally valid.  This concept of universal relativism is solipsistic and politically correct.  No, thank you.

Quote from: Flesh and Blood
This dogmatic thinking is so typical for musical "experts" but it's pure bullshit from people with conservative nostalgic longing.

What exactly does nostalgia have to do with whether something is of importance or quality?  People (including me) are nostalgic about all sorts of stupid shit.  The quality of metal music is judged by the same standards used for any other art form.  Can this thread please get back on topic?

Yes it is equally valid, but you can form a group based on some sort of agreeing or disagreeing consesus and thus believe it wrong. It has nothing to do with being politically correct, because it has no ethical basis. There is no idea of giving ethically correct value here beyond this, no ethical perspectiv; rather the notion that it's all based on consesus by groups of people - that's not the same as saying everyone should respect eachother's taste/ideas. If some amount of people with a common consensus hates black people, it's just another group among everybody else. it's just an observation that everything is relative and no one can say that this and this is objectively true, without saying that in my perception of the world, with my senses and my version of reality and my use of rationale and "feeling" if you want, this is my truth. Political correct can fuck off this is beyond that. It also allows you to hate this man, cause that's your reality. So what's the problem? I just want people to accept this, and work from there, instead of putting these objective ideas as truth, that's just ignorant. I am aware that the idea bites itself in its own tail, since you could just disagree - but then I would still believe i am right until I see proper arguments against the idea.

With nostalgia - you know - all these metalheads saying "the good ol' days"... you missed that? It's everywhere... and the quality of metal is usually judged by how it resembles that, more than anything else.... Just read this post some posts up and see what I mean.

PS: I wrote this to vote for the continuation of this thread and stop this bullshit whining about the discussion of these new bands - so I'm all for just carrying along with the topic... that was the intention really.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on December 11, 2008, 01:35:42 PM
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
It is all relative
Quote from: Flesh and Blood
Claiming that anything you say is objectively correct is a philosophical problem that you can never get around, so just drop it already.

So what you're saying is that everybody's perception of reality is equally valid.  This concept of universal relativism is solipsistic and politically correct.  No, thank you.

Quote from: Flesh and Blood
This dogmatic thinking is so typical for musical "experts" but it's pure bullshit from people with conservative nostalgic longing.

What exactly does nostalgia have to do with whether something is of importance or quality?  People (including me) are nostalgic about all sorts of stupid shit.  The quality of metal music is judged by the same standards used for any other art form.  Can this thread please get back on topic?

Yes it is equally valid, but you can form a group based on some sort of agreeing or disagreeing consesus and thus believe it wrong. It has nothing to do with being politically correct, because it has no ethical basis. There is no idea of giving ethically correct value here beyond this, no ethical perspectiv; rather the notion that it's all based on consesus by groups of people - that's not the same as saying everyone should respect eachother's taste/ideas. If some amount of people with a common consensus hates black people, it's just another group among everybody else. it's just an observation that everything is relative and no one can say that this and this is objectively true, without saying that in my perception of the world, with my senses and my version of reality and my use of rationale and "feeling" if you want, this is my truth. Political correct can fuck off this is beyond that. It also allows you to hate this man, cause that's your reality. So what's the problem? I just want people to accept this, and work from there, instead of putting these objective ideas as truth, that's just ignorant. I am aware that the idea bites itself in its own tail, since you could just disagree - but then I would still believe i am right until I see proper arguments against the idea.

With nostalgia - you know - all these metalheads saying "the good ol' days"... you missed that? It's everywhere... and the quality of metal is usually judged by how it resembles that, more than anything else.... Just read this post some posts up and see what I mean.

PS: I wrote this to vote for the continuation of this thread and stop this bullshit whining about the discussion of these new bands - so I'm all for just carrying along with the topic... that was the intention really.

There is no new information presented here, as many people of intelligence have already noted that values are completely based upon consensus. Objectivity relates to no real values, so I have no clue as to why so many people here make references to objective values or quality. Objectivity is merely a reference to something occurring physically such as rain falling, the onset of winter, etc. I believe what is advocated by most supporters and writers at ANUS is aligning the subjective more closely to the objective; what is referred to as rationality. For instance, a consensual view may be that plants only grow when I pray to USU, which isn't necessarily wrong. However, a value rooted in subjectivity but aligned with an objective truth would be that "I can grow a plant if a combination of water, nutrient soil, and hard work are applied."
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on December 11, 2008, 09:34:00 PM
OK, to get this thread back on track, Id like some thoughts on the following bands:

Coldworld
Windir
Forest of Fog
Falls of Rauros
Paysage DHiver
Vinterriket
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on December 11, 2008, 10:17:27 PM
Windir

Granted, I'll admit I didn't listen to the whole album, but I've heard a few songs off of 'likferd' and they didn't impress at all.

About a quarter way throught the first song the vocalist decides to give clean singing the old college try and ends up sounding like everyones favorite oprah talent what's his name from fear factory.  Then there is the break beat or techno beat that comes screaming in from left field to not only confuse you, but confirm the sneaking suspicion that these guys not only suck at black metal, but have put forth effort to suck hard and eagerly.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on December 11, 2008, 11:03:08 PM
Paysage DHiver
Vinterriket

Paysage is an ambient black metal experiment, the literal result of what happened if you pasted a Burzum track such as "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" on top of another such as "Tomhet". So it's mostly a play around the soundscape, but an interesting and non-pretentious one. It's essentially the same band as Darkspace, in sound also, but with a different aesthetic. I am not listening to these bands much but I like the idea of turning black metal totally abstract like this, it has nearly nothing at all to do with old metal music but ambient, minimalist classical and ritual drone.

Vinterriket is a much inferior version of Hardangervidda-like ambient.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on December 11, 2008, 11:44:52 PM
The assumption that there is no objectivity to quality is based on the fact that there is no objective standard by which to measure. As soon as there is a goal for the music, e.g., making the listener think regarding a certain topic, or evoking a certain topic, then there most certainly is (Ildjarn does a better job at portraying truths regarding nature than britney spears does).

Coldworld is some sort of bedroom black metal Velvet Cacoon / Burzum cross, with a surprisingly low amount of terribad considering. WHich is not to say it's actually worth your time to go look for it, of course.
Vinterriket is most likely the worst attempt at ambience I have EVER heard, and that's saying a lot. I second the evalutaion of Paysage, with the additional note that the production is incredibly murky and inaudible, which is very much in your face, so it's a rather defining point to their sound.

Someone mentioned Dark Tribe a page or two ago. I think it was mentioned somewhere before, but just to reiterate: blood curdling and awe inspiring. Pretty good rerveiw by Sacrophobic here: http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=64464
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ShitFaced on December 12, 2008, 04:14:05 AM
Coldworld

I'm probably not the best one to be giving opinions (being new and all) but I've recently given this a listen. It as, someone would say, black metal just for the sake. Whoever composed the music clearly is a huge fan of the genre, but I don't think it's the right direction for him. A few of the songs off of Melancholie 2 (silly album name) are boring, and others are comprised of one catchy melody with filler. It has a unique atmosphere though, I'll give it that. If a more seasoned black metal fan would like to chip in their opinion, I'd like to hear it as well.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on December 13, 2008, 12:41:50 PM
Crimson mASSacre (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,754.0.html) -- their demo stuff is the best because it has more depth and is more metal. They go a little Cynic, aka both technical and obvious, on later stuff and it loses direction.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Helmholtz on December 14, 2008, 09:35:40 AM
Crimson mASSacre (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,754.0.html) -- their demo stuff is the best because it has more depth and is more metal. They go a little Cynic, aka both technical and obvious, on later stuff and it loses direction.

I respectfully disagree on the matter of the demos.  I feel the newer material to be superior, and while it can seem a hailstorm of meaningless notes at times, I think with repeated listens, the "Luster of Pandemonium" proves to have an excellent approach in terms of both structure and melody.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 14, 2008, 09:43:29 PM

you know that broccoli is really healthy and that cucumber is enjoyable yet lacking nutrients ... :)

=\

well damn it. ill just use carrots for my example then.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Ribbon on March 30, 2009, 11:18:12 AM
Malleus Maleficarum - Des Bibles , Des Hymnes , Des Icônes ...

A strong 'French', or, more accurately, Mutiilation aroma of melodramatic bleakness presented through a fusion of Antichrist-style Gorgoroth and the slight aerobic hint of Nightside Eclipse Emperor. The gimmick wears thin quickly as the trace shards of 0peth float to the surface like bloated coprses to reveal the buttery filler behind the intriguingly romantic veneer. This works best in those rare moments when the artist attempts to transcend his excuse of pretend-depression - as witnessed in 'La Chambre Des Souillures'. Unfortunately, fear takes over most of the album in the form of a wispy scaffold of limp riffs best described as scared, blind-folded children joined in frail hands wandering aimlessly through self-inflicted darkness.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Plagabraha on March 30, 2009, 01:42:24 PM
I'd like to hear thoughts on the following:
Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell (why isn't there a review on DLA?)
Goddefied - Abysmal Grief
Nortt - Graven
Satanic Warmaster - anything
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Helmholtz on March 30, 2009, 01:55:54 PM
Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell

http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,4105.0.html
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on March 30, 2009, 02:21:09 PM
As is stated in the above mentioned thread, "Under the Sign of Hell" is technically impressive, catchy and fierce for late-90's Norwegian black metal, but it does not have the romanticism of the earlier two albums. It's very angry, like later Gehenna and Satyricon. You can see how Gorgoroth developed into a streamlined semi-mainstream favorite because they "cut the crap", which actually contained the most part of what old fans listened to. Plus it's not as elegant as Ildjarn.

Nortt's "Graven" goes to the Skepticism school and it's much better than the other well known Skepticism-meets-trendy-BM band. It's a long winded construction in piling up of epic chords; I don't think it's as depressing as some say.

Satanic Warmaster is the very definition of Finnish underground black metal since the late 90's, if not global. On the best album "Strength and Honour" it's perfect in imitating the style and sound of various early 90's tendencies, most notably very early Emperor, Mutiilation and Graveland, but more rock styled and emo(tional). Take the track "Raging Winter": hardcore type riffs create a slamming, violent, nervous mood coupled with the venomous vocals, but ends the song with a melancholic beautiful tremolo melody - what is insinuated is obvious but easy to relate to. SW has an impressive repertoire of techniques as opposed to someone like Xasthur or Deathspell Omega who create hype with 1 overused technique. Some ANUS review called it the "Nargaroth of Finland" and it's not completely incorrect - the band is based on scene dialectics and one can't escape the "trolling" aspect.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Plagabraha on March 30, 2009, 03:39:39 PM
Thanks for the responses... I do agree that Under the Sign of Hell misses some of the beauty that the previous albums had, although I think it's worthier than Destroyer.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: esoteric on March 31, 2009, 04:33:32 AM
Sauron - Satanic Assassins

I highly recommend this album from 2008. It's the first band I've heard for years which brought me back to the raw energy of the 80s. Successfully channels the energy of hardcore, thrash and German bands like Kreator and Destruction combined with the aesthetic of early Venom and Bathory. It's not exactly original stuff but composition is extremely solid and it's so refreshing to hear a band so removed from any trends, sounds or image associated with modern metal. This succeeds where new Darkthrone fails - it doesn't try to be retro, it does what it does with confidence and without reference or tribute to anything. The music is serious stuff but I was wearing a smile blasting this stuff, which is how it should be.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on March 31, 2009, 10:25:44 AM
Does anybody have thoughts on polish Arkona?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on March 31, 2009, 12:10:15 PM
Sauron was rather sympathetic but one would like that these bands relax a bit and incorporate more influences and fresh ideas. It was very maniacally serious Sodom worship.

Arkona from Poland started out as a rather basic grim black metal act on the "An Eternal Curse of the Pagan Godz" demo stuff, tried out romantic and epic style with "Imperium" which is very empathic but the composition is blocky and simple. Sort of good. "Zeta Reticuli" was a more ambient take ("Transilvanian Hunger" style melodies) and I think it was the best compositional effort, along with the Mussorgskij side project which was more obvious with the synthesizer music and space techno influence. Check the reviews at LARM (http://www.anus.com/metal/about/larm/) also.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ShitFaced on April 02, 2009, 04:19:50 AM
Agalloch's "The Mantle" or "Ashes Against The Grain". I've actually already downloaded and have given both a listen, and I don't think I've heard a band this boring in awhile. Am I wasting my time with this shit, or will it actually get better with repeated listens? Ashes Against the Grain sounds like alternative or possibly post-rock (where's the metal?) and The Mantle is an intimidating listen with it's rather long run time.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on April 02, 2009, 06:12:49 AM
I think it would be a waste of your time. Ive listened to Agallochs first album a few times and it only got worse the more I listened to it. Another one Ive seen praised but seems to be just like Agalloch, but even more boring is Falls of Rauros.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 02, 2009, 04:55:39 PM
Agalloch's "The Mantle" or "Ashes Against The Grain". I've actually already downloaded and have given both a listen, and I don't think I've heard a band this boring in awhile. Am I wasting my time with this shit, or will it actually get better with repeated listens? Ashes Against the Grain sounds like alternative or possibly post-rock (where's the metal?) and The Mantle is an intimidating listen with it's rather long run time.

The Mantle has a few songs which are interesting, but those are the acoustic based songs.

The first album, Pale Folklore, is decent enough. I've had it for about two years now, and while I don't listen to it very often, when I'm in the right mood it fits. It hasn't worn out on me.
Title: Decrepit Birth
Post by: NihilistJake on April 06, 2009, 02:59:24 PM
I have only heard a few of their songs, but I am curious to know what you guys think about them. I have yet to find any of their albums...any suggestions?
Title: Re: Decrepit Birth
Post by: Deadbirds on April 06, 2009, 03:24:07 PM
I think they're a waste of time, there's absolutely no cohesion or songwriting ability to be found.  Another one of these "brutal" death metal bands we could do without.
Title: Re: Decrepit Birth
Post by: NihilistJake on April 06, 2009, 03:33:17 PM
Alright. I didn't even know what to expect with these guys. I usually don't listen to Brutal Death Metal, and I won't bother searching for these guys.
Title: Re: Decrepit Birth
Post by: Humanicide on April 06, 2009, 04:01:12 PM
Basic summation of Decrepit Birth, as told by deadite.

...And Time Begins - blastblastblastblastblastblast, occasionally a small break, blastblastblastblastblast. This is how you fuck up death metal, to the highest degree of suckitude. The only positive aspect of this album is the cover art.

Diminishing Between Worlds - hey guys! Well with the last album everyone thinks we're a Suffocation clone. Let's mix it up! And so they did, taking the worst ideas from Cynic, Atheist, and Human/ITP-era Death, and unsuccessfully merge it with their Suffoclone sound. The result is a jumbled album which has people clamoring over its "experimental bent" and technicality, when everything on the album has been done before, and better, by bands previously mentioned.

Oh and their former guitarist is a child molester. How wonderful!

Avoid this band like the bubonic plague.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Von List on April 06, 2009, 04:22:39 PM
Ash Pool: Genital tomb & World turns on its hinge



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqebDQDf26s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJQJ5L99wkI

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: NihilistJake on April 06, 2009, 04:26:11 PM
Basic summation of Decrepit Birth, as told by deadite.

...And Time Begins - blastblastblastblastblastblast, occasionally a small break, blastblastblastblastblast. This is how you fuck up death metal, to the highest degree of suckitude. The only positive aspect of this album is the cover art.

Diminishing Between Worlds - hey guys! Well with the last album everyone thinks we're a Suffocation clone. Let's mix it up! And so they did, taking the worst ideas from Cynic, Atheist, and Human/ITP-era Death, and unsuccessfully merge it with their Suffoclone sound. The result is a jumbled album which has people clamoring over its "experimental bent" and technicality, when everything on the album has been done before, and better, by bands previously mentioned.

Oh and their former guitarist is a child molester. How wonderful!

Avoid this band like the bubonic plague.

Alright, I appreciate the insight. After looking them up, I fail to be impressed, so I am passing them up.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: NihilistJake on April 08, 2009, 10:32:33 AM
I am a bit new to the forum, and am amused, but slightly confused, with the word filters. What band is "Gay Midget Fecal PrOn" and "Pink Frothy Aids(P.F.A.)"?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on April 08, 2009, 11:05:48 AM
I don't know what GMFP is. Opeth = Slowpeth
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Agent Orange on April 08, 2009, 12:01:02 PM
goretrade and nunslaghter
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Von List on April 08, 2009, 12:34:22 PM
bone awl
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MidnightStrength on April 10, 2009, 08:04:00 PM
I don't know what GMFP is.
I believe it's a reference to the heil hitler metal acronym.
Title: Orcustus
Post by: JerUrsidae on April 12, 2009, 12:16:48 PM
Orcustus -- Just wondering what other people think of this band. With their recent release of a debut album, I'm convinced they're the one of the highest quality black metal bands active. As soon as I get a copy of the cd, I will post a rip in audiofile; for those interested in hearing.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on April 13, 2009, 12:57:50 AM
I don't know what GMFP is.

N.S.B.M.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Helmholtz on April 13, 2009, 07:43:07 AM
Jade Warrior
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: NihilistJake on April 13, 2009, 10:39:53 AM
I don't know what GMFP is.
I believe it's a reference to the heil hitler metal acronym.
I don't know what GMFP is.

N.S.B.M.

I have no idea what either of these things are...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 13, 2009, 05:57:50 PM
I don't know what GMFP is.
I believe it's a reference to the heil hitler metal acronym.
I don't know what GMFP is.

N.S.B.M.


I have no idea what either of these things are...

Nation-al Social-ist Black Metal. Not hard to piece together if you have knowledge of the genre. The genre in question has produced maybe 15 or so bands worth hearing.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wizard on April 14, 2009, 04:56:21 AM
I recently purchased 4 albums by Purgatory,Crionics, Azarath and Obscenity. They're all European Death Metal acts which have cultivated a rather large audience in Europe. Let me recommend each album by order of preference.

Purgatory: Cultus Luciferi - The Splendour Of Chaos

This is by far the most eloquent, momentous and enjoyable album I have purchased since the beginning of last year. The formula here is paradoxically, not so reminiscent of quality death metal in the sense that this band fuses Thrash with rather invocative death metal, reminding me of the early 90's. The duration of the individual tracks fail to span more then 5 minutes, yet Purgatory manage to keep the album very interesting using basic formula - a multitude of tremelo riffing, memorable palm mute picked riffs, blast beats and versatile singing. Their approach to songwriting also reminds me of Zyklon in a way, in the sense that they don't follow the general formula (Verse 1, chorus 1, verse 2, chorus 2) type approach, yet maintain it's simplicity by brilliantly implmenting interesting breakdowns. It is obvious what Purgatory are trying to produce - extremely energetic, pragmatic death metal to minimize meainglessness. The lyrical content is completely blasphemous and intelligable, making Cultus Luciferi sound like the soundtrack to the apocalypse. Highly recommended.


Obscenity: Where Sinners Bleed

One listen through this album put me off to be honest, yet after 2 or 3 more - this band is quite misunderstood in it's practice, and very much worthy of attention. The music here is simply brutal death metal with Azagthoth/Hammett style soloing, which has been done before. The influences here are completely obvious, as unlike Purgatory, Obscenity don't exactly place emphasis on originality. Cannibal Corpse style death metal, only much more articulate and technically pleasing. There is also to some extent, quite a bit of Dimebag Darrell here in it's catchiness and palm mute, chugging riff technique, but no real groove. The music is very much percussion based (as with most of the newer death metal bands) and flows rather well despite it's sometimes immature formula. No nonsense death metal which interestingly executes a mixture of more popular Heavy Metal acts, while giving a respectful nod to Monstrosity and Malevolent Creation on the way. I enjoyed this very much. Recommended.


Azarath: Diabolic Impious Evil

A disappointment, considering some of the members involved here. For starters, it is generally understood that Behemoth is mainstream, boring death metal. Yet the drummer Inferno, is no boring man. Infact, he is one of the most talented and skilled drummers when it comes to speed and keeping the music interesting. Unlike Derek Roddy, this machine keeps things interesting all the time - and perhaps a little too interesting to the extent that the intended aesthetic of the music fades away. Azarath is simply, unintelligent and overly satanic music which reminds me of Cannibal Corpse in their lyrical content. Although there is no gore here, it is very childish anti-christian/misanthropic death metal. Deicide seem like a bunch of 160 IQ geeks compared to this lot, and if that isn't saying much, I hope this does:

Feel the pain, you bitch
I cut through your flesh
Kneel down, holy bitch
Take the punishment
Feel my whip, you whore
I want all your blood
Suffer, holy whore
You will die, you slut

Whip the whore!
Whip the whore!


Track 1: Whip The Whore (As you could have guessed).

Honestly, there are more than a few moments where the music needs appreciation- keeping the obscence, juvenile blasphemous lyrics aside - the music is very down to earth and enjoyable in that sense. There are no brilliant moments, but altogether this is a very raw album, to a certain extent pleasurable - which will certainly impress a few people, as well as detract others.


Chrionics: Neuthrone

The worst album of the lot, even though the first few seconds of the intro track seemed to pave way for a brilliant record altogether. There is absolutely nothing special or worth listening to on this album whatsoever. A complete and utter disppoinment in every sense of the word. The music is incredibly mundane despite it's over the top, intended to be acceleration and pace. This is exactly Vader and Behemoth without the interesting moments in them, the songs are long, unchanging and do not give in to anything worth memory or a second listen. The guitar riffs lack any form of texture, the drums, despite being well played, are also incredibly boring, bass is completely inaudible and the vocals sound exactly like those of Peter from Vader. Avoid this album and band, as well as the other Polish death metal act "Hate", which retrieves the same formula and is equally uninspiring in it's cliche and unoriginality.


I hope you found these reviews useful.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on April 16, 2009, 04:55:00 AM
Granted, I'll admit I didn't listen to the whole album, but I've heard a few songs off of 'likferd' and they didn't impress at all.

About a quarter way throught the first song the vocalist decides to give clean singing the old college try and ends up sounding like everyones favorite oprah talent what's his name from fear factory.  Then there is the break beat or techno beat that comes screaming in from left field to not only confuse you, but confirm the sneaking suspicion that these guys not only suck at black metal, but have put forth effort to suck hard and eagerly.

Likferd is Windir's worst album.

Listen to Arntor.  Not a tremendous album, but certainly Windir's best, and there are at least two good songs.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on April 20, 2009, 01:49:37 PM
Bloodstone
Disincarnate
Nocturnus
Miasma
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Godkiller on April 20, 2009, 02:43:33 PM
Likferd is Windir's worst album.

That's not exactly saying much, since they're all fantastic.

Listen to Arntor.  Not a tremendous album, but certainly Windir's best

I'd pin that title on 1184, overall it delivers the best package although Arntor and Likferd have some fantastic melodies too.

"wood" or whoever wrote that first review can eat a dick. Other than the black metal vocals I don't see how you could find flaw with a song like "Martyrium", unless you had some vendetta against good music. The vocals on Windir should have all been clean IMO, but that creates a kind of Catch 22 since then the clean vocal parts wouldn't stand out more and give the mood they do.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 20, 2009, 09:45:59 PM
Disclose

This band is probably one of the only punk bands that achieves a coherent atmosphere. Static beyond belief, sounding like Ildjarn mixed with Discharge. Highly recommended. Their split with Totalitar is very worth tracking down. If anything this band is probably one of the harshest yet hypnotizing I have ever heard.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 20, 2009, 10:59:43 PM
Nocturnus

Disorganized, but creative and refreshing. "The Key" and "Thresholds" are a good listen now and then to remind of the strange potential inherent in simple astral death metal ideas. It's more like a psychedelic mental trip than the crushing clarity of Morbid Angel. Also the followup band After Death is interesting and based on samples seems to be more consistent (but less death metal), but I've yet to hear a full album.

Sorry, but Windir was generic modern pagan metal. It's better than most music (not difficult), but I'd rather take old Satyricon or Led Zeppelin.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Godkiller on April 20, 2009, 11:27:47 PM
Quote from: Devamitra link=topic=3152.msg33360#msg3336
Windir

generic

orly? Why don't you name some bands that sound just like them then, ace? At parts Windir was like metalized Baroque music, barely anything like this "pagan metal" Graveland clone garbage of nowadays.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 20, 2009, 11:47:30 PM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on April 21, 2009, 12:02:40 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on April 21, 2009, 12:09:04 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on April 21, 2009, 12:33:41 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.

I know this sounds crazy, but you might try to listen to one or two songs before making a useless comment.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on April 21, 2009, 12:39:15 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.

Indeed! Why haven't YOU listened to any Lamb of God lately?

I know this sounds crazy, but you might try to listen to one or two songs before making a useless comment.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on April 21, 2009, 12:45:46 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.

Indeed! Why haven't YOU listened to any Lamb of God lately?

I know this sounds crazy, but you might try to listen to one or two songs before making a useless comment.

Why do you assume I haven't?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 21, 2009, 12:53:02 AM
Let's not degenerate the thread with bickering, but agree that Windir deserves to be heard for the purpose of illustrating a perceptual difference: what makes metal different, what makes post-'95 metal suck, etc.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Galvanized on April 21, 2009, 12:53:49 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.

Indeed! Why haven't YOU listened to any Lamb of God lately?

I know this sounds crazy, but you might try to listen to one or two songs before making a useless comment.

Why do you assume I haven't?

Because you claim to like music that sounds like Baroque music, and say that Windir sounds like Baroque music, and I don't like Windir. See? You're mistaken. Only music that I like sounds like Baroque music, so if you like something that I don't and simultaneously claim to enjoy music that sounds like Baroque music than you obviously have not listened to music that actually sounds like Baroque music, namely being music that I like.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on April 21, 2009, 01:25:29 AM
Can't see any substantial difference with later Borknagar, Mithotyn, Twin Obscenity, Einherjer, Moonsorrow/Finntroll... you get the idea.

I agree with Godkiller, I fail to see *any* similarities with the average pagan / folk crap you mentioned; the comparison with Baroque music seems to be pretty accurate.

Yeah, all the music I like sounds just like Baroque music as well. Especially Lamb of God.

Indeed! Why haven't YOU listened to any Lamb of God lately?

I know this sounds crazy, but you might try to listen to one or two songs before making a useless comment.

Why do you assume I haven't?

Because you claim to like music that sounds like Baroque music, and say that Windir sounds like Baroque music, and I don't like Windir. See? You're mistaken. Only music that I like sounds like Baroque music, so if you like something that I don't and simultaneously claim to enjoy music that sounds like Baroque music than you obviously have not listened to music that actually sounds like Baroque music, namely being music that I like.

I will not even bother with that.

Anyone have Menhir's "Thuringia"? I downloaded "Hildebrandslied", which is not horrible, but also not really worth a third or fourth listen.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 21, 2009, 10:41:13 AM
Windir is decent. Nothing more, nothing less. Same with Borknagar's first two albums, which actually hold some interesting moments.

Moonsorrow gets lumped together with Finntroll probably because the bands share members, but Moonsorrow is much more like early Enslaved or a folkier BFD period Bathory. Nothing life changing, but to their credit I am able to make it all the way through each of their albums I own, without getting bored.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on April 23, 2009, 02:29:45 AM
Is Nocturnus worth hearing? And if yes, what albums are the best and what album to begin with?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on April 23, 2009, 03:10:41 PM
Is Nocturnus worth hearing? And if yes, what albums are the best and what album to begin with?

This is from a page back, I doubt it matters what album you listen to first.

Nocturnus

Disorganized, but creative and refreshing. "The Key" and "Thresholds" are a good listen now and then to remind of the strange potential inherent in simple astral death metal ideas. It's more like a psychedelic mental trip than the crushing clarity of Morbid Angel. Also the followup band After Death is interesting and based on samples seems to be more consistent (but less death metal), but I've yet to hear a full album.

Sorry, but Windir was generic modern pagan metal. It's better than most music (not difficult), but I'd rather take old Satyricon or Led Zeppelin.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on April 24, 2009, 05:39:33 AM
Looking for thoughts on:

Veles - Black Hateful Metal
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 24, 2009, 05:47:36 AM
Looking for thoughts on:

Veles - Black Hateful Metal


Opinion has not changed in 9 years:
http://www.anus.com/metal/about/larm/1900/1945.html

Short version: Very good, but not for everyone.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Bereft on April 24, 2009, 06:31:11 AM
Is Nocturnus worth hearing? And if yes, what albums are the best and what album to begin with?

Yes.

The Key.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 24, 2009, 06:56:40 AM
Some recently discovered artists I'd like an opinion on:
Trap Them

Very dull, Relapse-type grindcore. Their only positive aspect is that they were featured on a split with Extreme Noise Terror (whose material of the past 3 years has been an incredible improvement over their faux death metal period).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on May 07, 2009, 09:34:38 AM
3. Nokturnal Mortum - Weltanschauung
It's kind of goofy. I don't really know how to describe it... dirty national socialist folk metal? Worth hearing at least once, imo.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Hrafn on May 07, 2009, 10:47:59 AM
1. Absurd - Der Fünfzehnjährige Krieg

Worthless re-recordings lacking the old spirit, also suffering from the same sickness as all other "Best-Of" recordings, i.e. a lack of artistic coherence.

2. Temnozor - Folkstorm of the azure nights

Very atmospheric, more melodic variant of Nokturnal Mortum, with some great use of traditional folk instruments. What "pagan" metal should be, the polar opposite of Finntroll / Korpiklaani.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on May 07, 2009, 12:50:11 PM
2. Temnozor - Folkstorm of the azure nights
3. Nokturnal Mortum - Weltanschauung

These have stayed on my playlists since I got them. The albums are up there with the best of last 10 years of Burzum and Graveland, but not the ones before. I think earlier in this topic, or another one, both got more extensive discussion/reviews.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 11, 2009, 07:11:17 PM
Some albums I've been listening to recently.

God Dethroned - The Christhunt
Coffins - Buried Death (I enjoy the Incantation meets Black Sabbath sound which this group has developed, but I seek material of theirs which is less polished)
S.O.D. - Speak English or Die
Urna - Iter Ad Lucem

thoughts?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASBO on May 11, 2009, 09:28:12 PM
1. Absurd - Der Fünfzehnjährige Krieg
2. Temnozor - Folkstorm of the azure nights
3. Nokturnal Mortum - Weltanschauung
4. M8L8TH - By the wings of black

Any of these have at least 70% of Burzum or Graveland quality?

Haven't heard the nu-metal band #4 but the others are failures. The Absurd is like AC/DC with Bon Jovi on bass covering old Absurd; the other two are droning imitations that reflect aspirations toward failure.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on May 11, 2009, 10:57:43 PM
S.O.D. - Speak English or Die

Well, it's better than anything Anthrax ever released. The actual songs have intensity and vitality but the joke tracks get old after a few spins. Combining hardcore and metal was always a good idea, but these seem to be musicians who weren't really into the serious side of either genre.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on May 13, 2009, 04:28:41 PM
Which releases should I get by:

Moonblood
Seviss

?

oh, Seviss only has one actual demo, hurrr
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 13, 2009, 09:34:51 PM
Which releases should I get by:

Moonblood

I like "Blut Und Krieg" a fair amount. Ive heard good things about some of the demos but I havent investigated further. They remind me of early Graveland, but with a bit more emphasis on repetition. Worth checking out.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on May 13, 2009, 10:43:06 PM
Yes, "Blut und Krieg" is probably their magnum opus.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Olestra on May 14, 2009, 02:54:22 PM
I concur on Blut und Krieg which is a good record if a bit uneven.

Here are links to a couple of tracks:-

And Snow Covered the Lifeless Bodies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBB5Ur_ezR8)

Blut und Krieg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFlmpzzQIsg)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: baxter on May 17, 2009, 12:21:34 AM
Moonblood is very hit and miss, they have so much material but a lot of it is crap.

Blut & Krieg has a few great tracks but the rest is poor, it pretty much represents their whole career.

Their Nosferatu demo tape is actually the most consistently good piece of work from Moonblood i've heard.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 18, 2009, 11:18:58 AM
bone awl

I happened to be in a local independant record/oddities shop a few weeks ago and I came upon this band's "Undying Glare" 7". It was only 2$, so I bought it. The whole release is only a little over 3 minutes, so its difficult for me to judge it accordingly. It reminds me of Akitsa deciding to form a grindcore project with someone from the 4 Skins or Oxymoron sharing the songwriting. I'll have to find more material by this band, as this 7" isnt revolutionary, but is an interesting mixture of which I have heard no other similar bands.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on May 21, 2009, 08:08:19 AM
Any opinions on Samael - Above?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on June 22, 2009, 08:52:02 AM
Looking for thoughts on the following bands that have been recommended to me elsewhere:

Axis of Advance
Krallice
Urfaust
Negative Plane
Vinterland
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?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on June 22, 2009, 09:02:06 AM
Not familiar with any of the bands on your list except for Krallice. Here's a tip: I don't call them Krall-ass for nothing. Boring generic BM/post rock trendyness. Basically they tried to do what Weakling already did.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on June 22, 2009, 10:28:22 AM
Axis of Advance plays a type of melodic war metal that leaves a bad aftertaste. I wouldn't bother with them.
Vinterland is pretty good. If you like stuff like Dissection and Sacramentum you might like them though they don't come close to either of those bands.
Krallice is garbage.

Far Away From the Sun is Sacramentum's best album but their other ones are worth hearing as well as they are all slightly different instead of being weakened continuations of the band's formula.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on June 22, 2009, 11:25:02 AM
Looking for thoughts on the following bands that have been recommended to me elsewhere:

Axis of Advance
Krallice
Urfaust
Negative Plane
Vinterland
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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: HessianObscura on June 22, 2009, 02:39:13 PM
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.

I have an EP somewhere called 'Landlines' which I've only heard once. It really did rouse my interest, though, and was not 'war metal' in any sense, if you're talking about that grinding, feral Blasphemy style. Instead, I remember 'Landlines' being quite challenging, delivering a melodic Black Metal sound through a framework one could easily think was laid out by a technical Death Metal band such as Atheist; maybe even more articulately so. I will definitely re-visit this recording when I get the chance to. I have no idea when it was released, but obviously belongs to the post-1996 demarcation we all seem to be fairly comfortable with!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on June 28, 2009, 06:16:59 AM
Has anyone heard Mgła from Poland? I find their "Groza" to be best black metal from Poland in last year. Songs are well composed, atmosphere is great - I think this release has power.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on June 29, 2009, 03:39:21 AM
Has anyone heard Mgła from Poland? I find their "Groza" to be best black metal from Poland in last year. Songs are well composed, atmosphere is great - I think this release has power.

It's here (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,3591.0.html").
I haven't heard the last one yet...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Svmmoned on June 29, 2009, 05:53:35 AM
Mgła - it's pure emo, or at least such is the true spirit of this music. They Failed to build ambiance and failed to build good structures. If Burzum/Darkthrone/Immortal is truth, then this must be a fourth degree on scale of cognition.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: daryy on July 11, 2009, 06:39:57 AM
Gorefest - Rise to ruin
Denial Fiend - They Rise
Nunslaughter - Hex
Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on July 12, 2009, 12:36:13 AM
Sex Pistols
Archgoat
Electric Wizard
Judas Priest
Moonblood
Mystifier
Pink Floyd
The Pixies
Root
Sadistik Exekution
Slaughter (Can)
Tormentor (Hun)

I'm already a fan of a few of these, but I'm curious as to what others think.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 12, 2009, 09:17:47 AM
Sex Pistols
Archgoat
Electric Wizard
Judas Priest
Moonblood
Mystifier
Pink Floyd
The Pixies
Root
Sadistik Exekution
Slaughter (Can)
Tormentor (Hun)

I'm already a fan of a few of these, but I'm curious as to what others think.

If you look back a few pages, you will see that Root, Moonblood, Tormentor (who are reviewed in the DLA), Archgoat, and Pink Floyd were already covered in this thread. Read a bit before you post lists of stuff.

I'll tackle a few of the rest though.

Slaughter (Can) - great, really. Probably the purest synthesis of hardcore punk and early death metal. I'd say some of the shorter songs even border on grindcore. These guys should please any fan of death metal.

Sadistik Exekution - while this band certainly was a very early example of black/death metal (I think their first album was recorded in 1985/86, even though it wasnt released until a few years later), what with the blastbeats, murky production, etc, I haven't really been able to sit through a whole album of theirs. There are individual great songs and moments, but I think Sad Ex needed to shorten their songs, by doing so their sound wouldve been much more focused.

Sex Pistols - punk rock's first ever boy band. Worthless, overrated, and incredibly bland. You'd be better off listening to the Stooges or the MC5, should you wish to hear some early punk music.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Umbrage on July 12, 2009, 09:55:36 AM
Some of these bands were mentioned already, others I added to the list.

Akitsa - Aube de la Misanthropie (2005)
Lame Ildjarn/Absurd ripoff. The ultimate bedroom black metal band. Avoid.

Avsky - Malignant (2008)
Hipsters praise this for "keeping the flame of BM alive" I downloaded it, laughed at the lyrics of the first song, checked out the album some more, then deleted it with a smile. It's black metal as product - just the way hipsters like it.

Code - Nouveau Gloaming (2005)
Gay. If you want to know what Ved Buens Ende would sound like if they were dying of AIDS then by all means give this a listen.

Faustcoven - Rising From Below The Earth (2008)
Bouncy doom metal with Darkthrone influences. Like all doom metal I have to be in the mood to appreciate this music. I wouldn't call it bad though, has some stand out tracks such as Throne Of Bones.

Hellveto - Any album
Potent mix of Graveland and Summoning but fails because each album is just more of the same. Perhaps a "best of" album would work. I haven't heard their last two albums yet due to lack of caring.

Veneficium - De Occulta Philosophia (2008)
Forget Esker, this is the album you needed to hear. Whereas Esker had mostly good ideas this album takes those ideas and perfects them in a different format. Recommended.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on July 12, 2009, 01:34:40 PM
Sex Pistols - punk rock's first ever boy band. Worthless, overrated, and incredibly bland. You'd be better off listening to the Stooges or the MC5, should you wish to hear some early punk music.

I hear so much about them being nihilists and generally a great band from the general public. But of course, the general public is filled with homosexuals, pedophiles, and retards. I'll avoid. I've only heard the debuts of the Stooges and the MC5, I'll try and check out the rest.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 12, 2009, 02:58:36 PM
I hear so much about them being nihilists and generally a great band from the general public. But of course, the general public is filled with homosexuals, pedophiles, and retards. I'll avoid. I've only heard the debuts of the Stooges and the MC5, I'll try and check out the rest.

Well, people say Sid Vicious was a nihilist, but that's only because they equate nihilism with not giving a shit about anything. Sid didn't give a shit about anything, and that's why he od'd on heroin.

He, and Johnny Rotten's dumbassery are probably the only things which got them so famous. That and their manager was a fashion designer (I think), regardless he knew how to market them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on July 13, 2009, 02:28:02 AM
Slaughter: Amazing. To be listened to side by side with Master/Deathstrike. Who cares if it doesn't sound totally death metal, the song ideas have the perfect death metal form and intent. Probably caused by listening to Slayer under alcohol and drugs, or something to that effect.

Moonblood, Mystifier, Root, Sadistik Exekution, Tormentor: Not the musically best of black metal, but the spirit is there - perfect examples of what was "normal" for black metal in late 80's and early 90's. It's the second tier of that time.

Archgoat, Mgła, Necros Christos, Negative Plane: These on the other hand are musically better - but artistically worse! They are perfect examples of what is "normal" for black metal in the new millennium. I like the best crafted material from each one, but note how the style and aesthetic is interchangeable with a thousand other bands playing one of the modern black metal subgenres/cliques (and contrast this with the above bunch).

Judas Priest, Pink Floyd, The Pixies, Sex Pistols: The quality of each band is rendered irrelevant by them starting mega-trends - speed metal, psychedelic rock, alternative rock and punk respectively. One tends to like or dislike based on the generation one is a part of (or refuses to be a part of).

Electric Wizard: A dronier Black Sabbath clone.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on July 18, 2009, 09:06:53 AM
Slaughter: Amazing. To be listened to side by side with Master/Deathstrike. Who cares if it doesn't sound totally death metal, the song ideas have the perfect death metal form and intent. Probably caused by listening to Slayer under alcohol and drugs, or something to that effect.

A fun, tongue-in-cheek version of Deathstrike with the disordered "don't give a fuck at all about finesse" ethics of a punk garage band, I'd say. Totally enjoyable, though. "Surrender or Die", "Strappado" and "Paranormal" are the works to be sought for, the last is noteworthy as it sees the band turning their rough, simple style into technical speed metal with sci-fi lyrics. The trend of its time, I guess, but this particular band pulls it off quite well.

Marquee Records from Brazil released a 4CD boxset with tons of demo, rehearsal and live material, but it's probably out of print by now. I'd avoid their "Meatclever" demo, as it is just a bunch of seriously undeveloped songs made for fun and mostly to piss people off, like the band themselves readily admitted. The post-Slaughter incarnation of the band sans-Terry Sadler, "Strappado", is to be avoided as well: techno thrash, only they didn't hit the mark on that like they did on "Paranormal".

Quote
Judas Priest, (...): The quality of each band is rendered irrelevant by them starting mega-trends.

I have to disagree with you here, for obvious reasons...we need to remember how some of the best acts in extreme metal are guilty of  creating trends inadvertently (whatever their magnitude). The nasty consequences of bandwagon jumping should not preclude good works in any case.

For Judas Priest, I'd recommend their trilogy of "Sad Wings of Destiny" (1976), "Sin after Sin" (1977) and "Stained Class" (1978) albums. These are by far the best works of the band from an artistic standpoint. We can hear the band slowly leaving the somewhat enjoyable, yet blatantly rocking style of their "Rocka Rolla" debut and evolving into a more energetic outfit that integrated classical influences in riff (and sometimes song structure) shaping, culminating in the proto-speed metal track "Exciter", from "Stained Class". Their "Prelude" from "Sad Wings" is also worth noting, a simple, short, yet extremely expressive piano and lead guitar composition that is maybe the the finest example in all of metal on how to make acoustic and electric instruments interact with each other in a perfect, effortless way.

In any case, to understand their impact on the musical world of its age we should put ourselves in the place of a listener living in the mid-70s. They were considered by some media outlets as an extreme band for its era. Their opinion was based on the fact that there were few bands (if any) at the time that experimented with fast tempos and relentless agression the way early Priest did.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Duane on July 24, 2009, 12:25:22 PM
Atrocity (US): Infected, The Art of Death
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on July 24, 2009, 02:57:51 PM
Atrocity (US): Infected, The Art of Death

If I remember -- and this was a long time ago -- this was quite ordinary grind-influenced death metal.  Maybe stick to NUCLEAR DEATH or similar acts instead.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: thrust on July 24, 2009, 04:16:28 PM
Horn -  Naturkraft


interested to hear opinions
as well somebody posted a little ways back for feedback on the Jahreszeiten album

 i think its all worth hearing,  but damned if can write some critical review or worthwhile description of it.

listen here to samples, (too short ...)
http://www.wanderszeit.de/hoerproben/hoerproben.html
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on August 05, 2009, 04:20:35 AM
I made a lame response regarding NYBM band Imperial Triumphant earlier. Well here's my point of view. It's good to hear people generating non-commercial metal, but they rip off other bands (can hear some Immortal), which isn't the bad part.

But they do not do it well. They are relatively young however. I think they could fix these problems by trying to make music without having genre limit it. They try too hard to be the music, as opposed to the music being them.

In short, stop trying to BE Black Metal. Just have your own concepts guide the way.

Here's a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3WFYm6qR-Q

May be a bit hard to hear. They have MP3's somewhere though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: the spine on August 08, 2009, 12:19:13 AM
Is Taake any good? Also, im only familiar with Immortal's first 2 albums, and have been intrested in checking out others, worth my time?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 08, 2009, 08:56:23 AM
Is Taake any good? Also, im only familiar with Immortal's first 2 albums, and have been intrested in checking out others, worth my time?

Opinions on Taake are throughout this thread, in the earlier pages.

Why not browse the DLA reviews before you ask about a band, because Immortal's discography up until "Damned In Black" is reviewed.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on August 08, 2009, 01:13:46 PM
Is Taake any good? Also, im only familiar with Immortal's first 2 albums, and have been intrested in checking out others, worth my time?

Battles in the North is one of the last great Norwegian black metal albums. Read the DLA review.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on August 10, 2009, 11:48:56 AM
http://www.myspace.com/undergang666

I don't mind this. One listen, seems good; unlikely to last.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 10, 2009, 04:38:58 PM
http://www.myspace.com/undergang666

I don't mind this. One listen, seems good; unlikely to last.

They've pinned down the aesthetic; needs a lot of songwriting work.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on August 12, 2009, 05:27:12 AM
Gates Of Ishtar

I'm assuming this is 3rd rate Swedish or melodic death metal, but I'd like to get an opinion on it before I completely sign it off.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 12, 2009, 05:40:12 AM
Gates Of Ishtar

I'm assuming this is 3rd rate Swedish or melodic death metal, but I'd like to get an opinion on it before I completely sign it off.

Correct.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Niko on August 12, 2009, 07:18:26 PM
Ex Deo

A Kataklysm side project with an Ancient Roman theme. Anyone familiar with them? I'm curious.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on August 12, 2009, 07:40:16 PM
Ex Deo

A Kataklysm side project with an Ancient Roman theme. Anyone familiar with them? I'm curious.

Here's a cheesy video for your consideration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l38JxFUCh0I

I see what they're attempting...not too keen on the execution.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pptlkaos on August 13, 2009, 06:17:03 AM
Does anyone have anything else to say about Alchemist?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on August 17, 2009, 07:12:59 AM
Lux Occulta - Dionysos

Sometimes too much unnessecary theatricism, but there are beautiful melodies and ambience. Feels like it really is Dionysian. Something that early Dimmu Borgir and other "atmospheric black metal" bands would like to acchieve. What does anus think?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nous on August 18, 2009, 04:27:33 PM
Horn -  Naturkraft

Bores me. I realize the guy is trying hard, but the repetitive riffs and the composition are simply bland. Repetition can be suspenseful, like in "Hvis lyset tar oss", but here it has the effect of a sleeping pill...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on August 24, 2009, 10:44:45 AM
Askival

Is this the Scottish Drudkh or something of higher quality?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: the spine on August 24, 2009, 10:57:50 PM
Master's Hammer - Ritual

A worthy album? Im hearing excellent things about them, and it was realesed during black metals strongest eras. I have heard Pád Modly, although it did not capture my attention.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on August 24, 2009, 11:11:59 PM
Master's Hammer - Ritual

More than a classic or excellent band in itself, I think Master's Hammer was an experiment, whereupon others should have continued, a baroque black metal "operetta", somewhat like the thing pioneered on Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion". Maybe they did, I don't know, I can think of the parallel development in Therion (and maybe Samael). This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG-z1IylZF0) shows both what was good about them and what was not. They have an instinct for the Romantic but it's a bit cheap.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: tumours for TV stars on August 26, 2009, 02:43:30 AM
The Master's Hammer demos were often cited as an influence by bands like Emperor &c. They kind of had the Norse black metal sound before the Norwegians did, with the possible exception of Thorns.

Anyway, if we're judging Master's Hammer by the standards of the thread title, "bands worth hearing", I'd say yes.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Mjollnir on August 26, 2009, 08:15:38 AM
Fall (Pol) - Black Autumnal Void
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: deadjew on August 27, 2009, 12:50:09 AM
Fall (Pol) - Black Autumnal Void

Not sure whether you're suggesting it or asking about the quality. In the latter case... their logo is hilariously appropriate at first glance. Well, at least it's honest on a subconscious level. Seriously though, this is generic mid 2000's "moody" consonance infused with post-rock, catching up with the general indie rock black metal trend. Think Alcest, just less drugged out and thus more boring.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Mjollnir on August 27, 2009, 04:40:26 PM
Wasn't a recommendation, asking about the quality of the output. Here's another couple I am curious about after only hearing limited samples:

Luror - The Iron Hand of Blackest Terror
Kult Ofenzivy - Radikalny Ateismus
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: the spine on September 01, 2009, 12:18:42 PM
I thought this was worth posting in here: http://www.myspace.com/chinsplittingdeathmetal

Local band "Ominosity", the track they have posted needs work, but I see great things happening to this band in the futre. Morbid Angel meets Incantation in atmosphere.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on September 14, 2009, 11:41:50 AM
Dahak
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on November 14, 2009, 10:52:59 AM
Traumatic Voyage
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on November 14, 2009, 11:40:33 AM
Traumatic Voyage

This band is weird.  I've only heard their self-titled album, but from that I can't really recommend this band.  It's really raw and twisted, but boring and "progressive" in the style of 0peth, where lengthy songs contain tangential elements, like acoustic interludes simply for the sake of having an acoustic interlude.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Aulë on November 14, 2009, 04:08:24 PM
Gorod
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 14, 2009, 04:22:15 PM
Gorod

Waste of your time. Don't bother with this band; they're one of those new school techy death bands. The last thing we need more of.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Aulë on November 14, 2009, 04:38:03 PM
What about Decapitated?  I haven't read much about them on this site.  One of their albums is even named Nihility.

Personally, from what I've heard they were mildly interesting.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 14, 2009, 05:19:41 PM
Nihility was probably one of the most annoying albums I've ever heard. Directionless riffing. No point to the whole damn disc. Maybe 2 good songs.

But Decapitated isn't terrible, they are just way too overhyped. Winds of Creation has some interesting compositions, as does The Negation, but I've never been able to sit through a whole album of theirs. It just boils down to too much praise, not enough content.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Tancred Hauteville on November 17, 2009, 07:16:01 PM
What about Rush?

I know this isnt a metalband per se, but i have 2112 and it seems quite good from what i have heard.

Another non metal musical project worth checking out: Aphex Twin.

Das Ich is interesting also.

Did anyone mention Isengard?


Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on November 20, 2009, 11:50:39 AM
Drautran
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pptlkaos on December 10, 2009, 11:50:50 PM
Heavenshore - Between Human and Divine.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on December 11, 2009, 05:40:18 AM
Askival

Is this the Scottish Drudkh or something of higher quality?

Old post I know but they don't sound anything like Drudkh. I thoroughly enjoy their new album, though it's kind of cheesy in a videogame music sort of way.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: beyond_godlike on December 20, 2009, 12:41:10 PM
Night Conquers Day - The First Snowfall
audiofile link http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2845.0.html (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2845.0.html)
This is currently my favorite album. This black metal album has no bad tracks or filler. The songs do tend to wander a little but not for long and they come back strong. The tracks "The First Snowfall" has an amazing intro and is possibly the best opening track for any album possible. The intro is an other-wordly chant. The voice melody is actually very simple and beautiful. The voice is merely a simplified version of the more complicated melody being played on the guitar yet the voice is the main focus. The melody of the voice is not resolved by the voice but by the guitar. Since the voice is expected it creates a sort of longing because you desperately want the beautiful sound to continue. The simplicity and effectiveness truly adds another dimension to the song. The rest of the song is far from the best track on the album, yet it remains truly memorable. I would've loved to hear more of the chanting throughout the album which is truly disappointing. They could've at least echoed it once later in the track it appears in. You repeatedly expect it to come back in because there are several perfect spots for it to come in. I guess this actually improves the album overall because throughout the first listen you long for it compounding on the mood of desperate longing of the album. Truly magnificent composition. My favorite track on the album has got to be "What Was And Never Will Be Again." The entire song is memorable, yet it's length makes it impossible to take in all at once. There are no short songs in this album and Truly underated. Surprisingly, their second and final album is completely different and I don't care for it.

Grabnebelfürsten - Schwarz gegen Weiß
audiofile linkhttp://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,7470.0.html (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,7470.0.html)
I believe they are reviewed somewhere on ANUS, possibly the blog. I have not heard any of their other albums or been able to find them, so they may have better albums. They create a beautiful yet disturbing sound like no other band I've heard. This is particularly impressive considering this is a 2005 release. This German black metal band is somewhat like Blut Aus Nord on their album "The Work Which Transforms God."  I do not mean this music-wise but in the nature of the artists. Both bands create a truly unique sound out of the blue. There really can not be seen a direct precursor, these were just completely original concepts. However, after a while the novelty does wear off. The music can still be considered decent, yet it loses some of its charm. This album seems like the beginning of some sort of new German style of black metal. They can be appreciated for being pioneers, but better bands playing this style will undoubtedly emerge.

Nagelfar - Hunengrab Im Herbst
and
Nagelfar - Srontgorrth
audiofile linkhttp://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,3176.0.html (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,3176.0.html)
I list two albums because they are very similar yet they do have some unique qualities. They are not the more famous Naglfar, which is not particularly good. This is also a very unique German Black Metal release. It sounds nothing like the other two bands I mentioned. This band stands out because of its incorporation of industrial elements. What I really love about this is not that they don't use it as a gimmick. They only sprinkle industrial elements where it truly enhances the music. They make me wonder if most black metal can be improved by merely adding a few synthesizer notes here and there.  Without electronic elements, I would probably still list this band here. They have that German Black Metal sound somewhat like a tranquil anger sprinkled with occasional desperation. Their music is always at war with itself, a pop song battling a raw black metal song. Pop style singing as well as raspy black metal vocals are used throughout. The clean singing is haunting and the German lyrics really help the ambiance. The guitar melodies are generally not particularly aggressive or dark and could probably make for great pop music played alone. All the other elements added on top of it, particularly the vocals carry the songs. While all the songs are great, they have a few 'sad' moments which I absolutely hate. Also, While all the songs are unique and worth listening to, all their unique elements are present in the song "Schwanengesang" and the two albums can be entirely condensed into this song. Hunengrab Im Herbst as a whole is probably the better album because of more variety; however Srontgorrth does have a more evolved sound which the seem to have mastered on this album. Srontgorrth also has one other peculiarity making it worth listening to: it has a completely industrial track. This in itself is not particularly impressive, except that it seamlessly blends in with the rest of the album.  It wasn't until about the third listen through that I realized there was a completely industrial track and this is a 9 minute long track! It starts out soft so you kind of expect it to build into a song like their others, and in a way it does. It has a black metal feeling even though not a single guitar is played. No element is overplayed so you don't notice. Balance seems to be the key to good music.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on December 26, 2009, 09:56:17 AM
But Decapitated isn't terrible, they are just way too overhyped. Winds of Creation has some interesting compositions, as does The Negation, but I've never been able to sit through a whole album of theirs. It just boils down to too much praise, not enough content.

They sound like a faster version of Betrayer (http://www.anus.com/metal/betrayer/) with more metalcore or post-metal, whatever that inconsistent faggotry is called.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Thamuz on December 31, 2009, 06:14:59 AM
If I may I want to invert the purpose of this thread for my own purposes and maybe those of someone else:

Are any albums, beside "Welowie" worth checking out from Gontyna Kry?

What are opinions on Lunar Aurora - I tend to like "Ars Moriendi" and "Weltenganger" and intend to check out more. For some reason they are a band that give me the impression that a lot is going on deep below the initial impression of the music on the ear. As if everything is layered ever so finely. Could be the fact that they record instruments in several layers too.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: HessianObscura on December 31, 2009, 10:13:38 AM
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Are any albums, beside "Welowie" worth checking out from Gontyna Kry?

'Welowie' is technically a demo, but a brilliant demo at that. Their full-length releases have ranged from mediocre to bad and in general have the feeling of 'Stormblast'-era Dimmu Borgir mixed with later Burger ingredients and the current crop of Folk/Heavy Metal. Not unlike a lot of NS BM, in general.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 31, 2009, 01:41:40 PM
There are fans of Disfear on this forum, no? I recently acquired their first EP, "A Brutal Sight Of War". Think a rawer, meaner version of "Soul Scars", but with less emphasis on ambient cyclic guitar parts. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chessnut on December 31, 2009, 03:50:04 PM
I like Disfear. However, I think Discharge, Doom, Anti Cimex are way better. I'll give Disfear's EP a try though!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on January 01, 2010, 09:04:29 AM
There are fans of Disfear on this forum, no? I recently acquired their first EP, "A Brutal Sight Of War". Think a rawer, meaner version of "Soul Scars", but with less emphasis on ambient cyclic guitar parts. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

I think the power of that release and "Soul Scars" is the honesty of them. Unlike most bands, they weren't trying to be d-beat + something "new"; they were just playing discharge faster and heavier. "A Brutal Sight Of War" is enjoyable in the same way just about any d-beat release is enjoyable, but I don't think it has the lasting value "Soul Scars" does.
Title: Sorcier Des Glaces Side Projects
Post by: nothingnowhere on January 01, 2010, 09:09:10 AM
http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=1432 - Moonlyght

http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=19730 - Passage

Anyone heard either?
Title: Re: Sorcier Des Glaces Side Projects
Post by: Cargést on January 01, 2010, 09:17:55 AM
Moonlyght sounds oddly like Dusk and Her Embrace, from what I've heard.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 01, 2010, 12:37:26 PM
I think the power of that release and "Soul Scars" is the honesty of them. Unlike most bands, they weren't trying to be d-beat + something "new"; they were just playing discharge faster and heavier. "A Brutal Sight Of War" is enjoyable in the same way just about any d-beat release is enjoyable, but I don't think it has the lasting value "Soul Scars" does.

I feel the same way. Disfear and Disclose are the only Dis- bands I've heard that actually do something with the genre besides try to sound like Discharge. In fact, a lot of D-beat is just really annoying.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on January 03, 2010, 02:22:52 PM
Deathmoor - Mors Ultima Ratio (http://depositfiles.com/ru/files/6406221)

This cryptic, suggestive and violent band creates riff textures of the "Filosofem" school but with more obvious emotional cues; desperate, pounding and static. An internal energy permeates the composition enough to keep one listening, expecting climactic mutations, layers and cyclic returns to themes that would achieve new meaning upon repetition. Calm and natural, even though not genial. Suggests of powerful abilities of composition, yet possibly being hidden and contained in "experimental demo" phase at this point. Like Paysage d'Hiver (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2067.0.html), is apparently interested in finding the common ground between new age and black metal musics.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Smashax on January 06, 2010, 07:52:54 PM
Martyrdod?

lmk
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 06, 2010, 09:05:39 PM
Marytrdod?

lmk

From what I've heard, this is a hybrid of crust punk with some speed metal stylings, and a bit of black metal. Sort of like Iskra from Canada. What I did hear was very forceful and hard-hitting, but I'm unsure of the longevity of their material.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: God bless you Dr. Kevorkian on January 09, 2010, 03:57:56 PM
Can anyone tell me whether the band Rottrevore are worth listening to?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on January 10, 2010, 10:32:27 AM
Can anyone tell me whether the band Rottrevore are worth listening to?

Not particularly.  They are pretty standard early 90's death metal, without a hint of anything beyond that.  They especially don't warrant the ludicrous sums people pay for their album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on January 14, 2010, 12:31:42 PM
Is Taake any good? Also, im only familiar with Immortal's first 2 albums, and have been intrested in checking out others, worth my time?

I think Immortal is a fucking joke and none of their albums should be taken seriously.

Few would agree with that I think.  Everything up to and including "Blizzard Beasts" was quite innovative in the realm of black metal.  Since then, the quality has steadily declined.
Title: unsung heroes?
Post by: Tancred Hauteville on January 20, 2010, 07:40:50 PM
Has anyone heard any output from the band Miasma? They seem to have been around at a relatively early stage of death metal.

Likewise with Ripping Corpse. Whats the concensus regarding "dreaming with the dead" around these parts?
I just got this record and i cant figure out whether i like it yet or not. Many of the songs seem to blend into one another,very little is memorable IMHO, beyond some groovy riffs which are generally the worst ones on the record. However i keep coming back to it,hoping it is not as generic as it seems.

More listens await.....

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 20, 2010, 08:21:29 PM
With my latest batch of promos, I have received an album by the Italian band Sokrovenno, entitled "De Rerum Natura". Upon first listen, it started out quite promising, with the first two tracks. Then, it degenerated into what sounds like Ildjarn covered by like Anathema or some other heavy/gothic band. Wasted potential, FTL.
Title: Re: unsung heroes?
Post by: the spine on January 20, 2010, 08:35:19 PM
Some Miasma song start out with an awesome premiss but then just disintergrate into boringness and disorganization. I like the concept, hellish, somtimes epic grinding death metal. Something dosent carry through in the songs though. too bad. They do have an immense amount of energy and well channeled chaos however.
Title: Re: unsung heroes?
Post by: Transilvania on January 21, 2010, 03:34:26 PM
Are Disincarnate and cancer remotely worth listening to?

Has anyone heard any output from the band Miasma? They seem to have been around at a relatively early stage of death metal.

Likewise with Ripping Corpse. Whats the concensus regarding "dreaming with the dead" around these parts?
I just got this record and i cant figure out whether i like it yet or not. Many of the songs seem to blend into one another,very little is memorable IMHO, beyond some groovy riffs which are generally the worst ones on the record. However i keep coming back to it,hoping it is not as generic as it seems.

More listens await.....



Nah, I didn't find anything remotely good about Ripping Corpse's Dreaming With the Dead. I listened once, no real impressions. I listened to it again, and it started revealing its lameness. It's not Verse-Chorus styled but it's insipid and weak. Revenant's Prophecies of a Dying World kicks ass and I feel its what Ripping Corpse + livelier songwriting would equal.
Title: Re: unsung heroes?
Post by: heather on January 22, 2010, 04:52:01 PM
Are Disincarnate and cancer remotely worth listening to?

As far as I know, from hearing Disincarnate's only album and early Cancer, more familiar with Death Shall Rise I have found them tolerable and I find myself giving a listen from time to time. Have not gotten stale on me and I find both fairly memorable actually. Disincarnate being more technical/progressive death metal and if you like James Murphy's work, it would be really worth checking out. Cancer's Death Shall Rise is for the most part I would say is legit classic old school death metal, despite the somewhat standard vocals.
 
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Consvming Impvlse on January 22, 2010, 10:29:18 PM
I think Immortal is a fucking joke and none of their albums should be taken seriously.

If you're not trolling, then you're out of your mind.
Title: Re: unsung heroes?
Post by: K. Sear on January 23, 2010, 01:15:06 PM
Are Disincarnate and cancer remotely worth listening to?

As far as I know, from hearing Disincarnate's only album and early Cancer, more familiar with Death Shall Rise I have found them tolerable and I find myself giving a listen from time to time. Have not gotten stale on me and I find both fairly memorable actually. Disincarnate being more technical/progressive death metal and if you like James Murphy's work, it would be worth checking out. Cancer's Death Shall Rise is for the most part I would say is legit classic old school death metal, despite the somewhat standard vocals.
 

I would essentially agree with these descriptions, except I would give a much more enthusiastic recommendation for Disincarnate; easily James Murphy's most significant contribution to death metal, equalled only by his collaboration with Obituary.
Title: Re: unsung heroes?
Post by: Transilvania on January 23, 2010, 02:34:28 PM
Are Disincarnate and cancer remotely worth listening to?

As far as I know, from hearing Disincarnate's only album and early Cancer, more familiar with Death Shall Rise I have found them tolerable and I find myself giving a listen from time to time. Have not gotten stale on me and I find both fairly memorable actually. Disincarnate being more technical/progressive death metal and if you like James Murphy's work, it would be worth checking out. Cancer's Death Shall Rise is for the most part I would say is legit classic old school death metal, despite the somewhat standard vocals.
 

I would essentially agree with these descriptions, except I would give a much more enthusiastic recommendation for Disincarnate; easily James Murphy's most significant contribution to death metal, equalled only by his collaboration with Obituary.

Saving "Death Shall Rise" for later, I just finished listening to Cancer's debut, "To The Gory End". Pretty standard death metal if you ask me. Some of it is catchy, maybe further listening will bring out more of its value. I've only heard one track off of "Death Shall Rise" so far, being "Tasteless Incest" and it was much better than anything I heard on their debut.

Thanks for the Disincarnate rec. I'll download the album now.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on January 24, 2010, 07:51:59 AM
Also:

Grave - "You'll Never See" and "Into the Grave".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 24, 2010, 10:03:59 AM
Also:

Grave - "You'll Never See" and "Into the Grave".

Do you want to know if they're worth hearing? Or are you just recommending them?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on January 24, 2010, 10:39:14 AM
Also:

Grave - "You'll Never See" and "Into the Grave".

Do you want to know if they're worth hearing? Or are you just recommending them?

Oh I meant to ask if they were worthwhile albums.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on January 24, 2010, 10:47:12 AM
If you'd like a more punkish "Like an Everflowing Stream", or a slightly wimped out Carnage, I recommend "Into the Grave". I don't listen to it every year but when I do, I want to go and molest a corpse.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 24, 2010, 07:12:59 PM
Yeah, those two albums are great stuff. Intense, primal heaviness. The guitar tone is disgusting, literally it feels like their strings are about to fall off. I'd recommend "Into The Grave" over "You'll Never See", but I'd highly suggest both.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on January 25, 2010, 04:51:27 AM
The Black - The Priest of Satan
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on January 25, 2010, 05:26:11 AM
Take an old Dissection album, use 1/7 of the riffs and you get "The Priest of Satan". Maybe not even the best 1/7 of the riffs. In maybe two songs the condensed approach works.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: jespi on January 25, 2010, 12:55:54 PM
hi there im just wondering about collossal titan strife by kronos.
actually, i own this album and i think its genius, so my question is, can you recommend me a band/album that is as good?

(sry that i didnt reply to the last request, i thought everything is said)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on January 25, 2010, 12:59:20 PM
Yeah, those two albums are great stuff. Intense, primal heaviness. The guitar tone is disgusting, literally it feels like their strings are about to fall off. I'd recommend "Into The Grave" over "You'll Never See", but I'd highly suggest both.

Yeah I just listened to "Into the Grave". VERY nasty and brutal stuff.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 25, 2010, 02:50:07 PM
hi there im just wondering about collossal titan strife by kronos.
actually, i own this album and i think its genius, so my question is, can you recommend me a band/album that is as good?

(sry that i didnt reply to the last request, i thought everything is said)

Would you like bands in the style of Kronos? (by the way, get their "Hellenic Terror" album, just as good as "Colossal...")

If you do desire bands in this style, here are my recommendations:

Inveracity - Extermination Of Millions
The Amenta - Ocassus (not exactly like Kronos, with a bit more emphasis on atmosphere and dissonant, black metal-ish riffing)
Wormed - Planisphaerium (much weirder in approach than Kronos)

What you're really asking for is modern "brutal" death metal that doesn't suck. It's a limited genre, and therefore has limited worthwhile bands. (I hate the term "brutal" but I don't know how else to describe Kronos' style)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on January 26, 2010, 02:19:44 PM
I would add Deeds of Flesh - Of What's To Come, their newest.  It's not my favorite of theirs, but if you like music similar to Kronos that album would be a must have.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on January 26, 2010, 04:18:47 PM
How is Benediction on "Transcend the Rubicon" and "The Grand Leveller"?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 26, 2010, 04:27:36 PM
How is Benediction on "Transcend the Rubicon" and "The Grand Leveller"?

Pretty good on the first, haven't heard the second. "Subconscious Terror" is pretty good too.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: d-r-s on January 28, 2010, 08:51:49 AM
Cosmic Atrophy - Codex Incubo
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: carnage_knowledge on January 30, 2010, 08:16:57 AM
Do Cryptopsy and Damnation (POL) have any releases that achieve the same quality as `None So Vile` and `Rebel Souls` respectively?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cynical on January 30, 2010, 09:44:24 AM
Do Cryptopsy and Damnation (POL) have any releases that achieve the same quality as `None So Vile` and `Rebel Souls` respectively?
"Blasphemy Made Flesh" is far better than "None So Vile".  Smaller nu-metal influence, more melody, fewer songs that are pure rhythm, and usually more coherent.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on January 31, 2010, 07:25:19 AM
Cryptopsy is kind of boring musically if you look too long at it. Same with Benediction. Rhythm music that's kind of predictable. But, "Ungentle Exhumation" is their best, Cryptopsy.

Damnation is battering-your-head music that doesn't develop. Avoid. Try Betrayer (http://www.anus.com/metal/betrayer) instead.

Grave is also fucking boring. Well-crafted, like Morgoth taken to the next level, but still really boring.

The Black - The Priest of Satan is like Dissection hybridized with one of those bad 1980s speed metal bands that just repeated the song name for the chorus. It's not bad but not great. Hard to listen to like a favorite.

I was not blown away by Inveracity. Too metalcore.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 31, 2010, 09:31:36 AM
I was not blown away by Inveracity. Too metalcore.

Did you hear their first album (Circle Of Perversion) only? If so I can see why you would dislike them. There's really only one good track on that first album (the one they did the video for).

After "Circle..." Inveracity took a hiatus because each member needed a year in the Army (Greece's law). Once the members of the band came back from the Army, they put out "Extermination Of Millions" which is 10 fold better than their first. Seems like the military discipline stuck with them. I think it's what Suffocation SHOULD be doing but doesn't these days.

If you've heard that album, then disregard my comment.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on February 01, 2010, 12:29:07 AM
If you'd like a more punkish "Like an Everflowing Stream", or a slightly wimped out Carnage, I recommend "Into the Grave". I don't listen to it every year but when I do, I want to go and molest a corpse.
This. It's about as simplistic as death metal gets without devolving into the nuanced homosexuality of Bruce Springsteen. Listenable, enjoyable for the odd turn or two, fun even - but death metal that's good for slamming beers is not good death metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on February 03, 2010, 01:58:14 PM
Here's a band that's actually been reviewed on ANUS that I doubt many people have checked out: Blazemth (http://www.anus.com/metal/blazemth.html). They only recorded about forty minutes of material over the course of their short career, but it's all great. Their first EP, For Centuries Left Behind, is particularly good, with a really nice atmosphere. Their follow-up EP Fatherland is a bit more conventional, but still definitely worth listening too. They remind me a bit of Avzhia and Kristallnacht: liquid keyboard melodies backing up chainsaw guitar epics.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on February 03, 2010, 04:11:21 PM
Here's a band that's actually been reviewed on ANUS that I doubt many people have checked out: Blazemth (http://www.anus.com/metal/blazemth.html). They only recorded about forty minutes of material over the course of their short career, but it's all great. Their first EP, For Centuries Left Behind, is particularly good, with a really nice atmosphere. Their follow-up EP Fatherland is a bit more conventional, but still definitely worth listening too. They remind me a bit of Avzhia and Kristallnacht: liquid keyboard melodies backing up chainsaw guitar epics.

I like their releases as well. They're pretty simple and not exactly compelling, but they make for a rewarding occasional listen. It reminds me of early Graveland with a different flow.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 04, 2010, 01:56:48 PM
I'm looking for opinions on:

Totten Korps
Black Funeral (Have only heard Vampyr)
Winter

Oh, and Deiphago.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 04, 2010, 04:00:24 PM
I'm looking for opinions on:
Black Funeral (Have only heard Vampyr)

Vampyr is a great album. I'm moderately familiar with Black Funeral, and count myself as a fan. Empire Of Blood is quite good too (though some of it is just re-recordings of songs from Vampyr). Moon Of Characith is a very odd dark ambient release. Parts approach brilliance in their morbid and haunting atmosphere, while other parts seem to repeat without end. Az-I-Dahak has probably the worst guitar tone in the history of black metal, though if you can get past that you'll find a worthy album combining Beherit and Darkthrone styled minimalism with slight industrial and ambient tinges. Waters Of Weeping is in the same vein, though better overall (not just due to the guitar tone). I have heard samples from their newest album, and it sounds promising.

In short, solid second tier black metal. Haven't heard anything bad yet.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on February 04, 2010, 11:33:56 PM
I second deadite's Black Funeral overview, which only missed "Belial Arisen", sort of like leftover materials from "Empire of Blood" and "Ordog" which takes the outrage of "Az-i-Dahak" further into depths avantgarde black metal or Xasthur never dared to go. It almost sounds like a joke but it's too brutal and horrifying for that. Appreciated!

Winter's "Into Darkness" (http://www.deathmetal.org/?p=903) is one of the most bleak and devastating pieces of music in history. The only criticism that could be levelled at it is that the atmosphere is mono-dimensional, but that's a small thing in this expanse of wasteland litter and radioactive winds. Hellhammer, Amebix and Godflesh combined by an emotionally dead, impersonal group of musicians who tune the guitars to sound like basses.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Umbrage on February 05, 2010, 12:15:34 PM
Any opinions on Werewolf (Pol) - The Order Of Vril?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 05, 2010, 01:34:47 PM
Winter's "Into Darkness" (http://www.deathmetal.org/?p=903) is one of the most bleak and devastating pieces of music in history. The only criticism that could be levelled at it is that the atmosphere is mono-dimensional, but that's a small thing in this expanse of wasteland litter and radioactive winds. Hellhammer, Amebix and Godflesh combined by an emotionally dead, impersonal group of musicians who tune the guitars to sound like basses.

I just listened to it! Definitely the most crushing album I've heard, Along with Disembowelment's Transcendence into the Peripheral, this is my favorite doom-death album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on February 08, 2010, 05:14:14 AM
I've enjoyed the following bands:

Ride for Revenge
Midnight Oddyssey

Any thoughts? Also, wondering about the following:

Lunar Aurora
Isengard
Wodensthrone
Pensees Nocturnes
Horn
Vinterland
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on February 08, 2010, 05:55:57 AM
I just reviewed Wodensthrone's "Loss" here (http://www.peacedogman.com/reviews/020610wod.htm).

Isengard is not mentioned enough when considering the classics of Norwegian black metal. The epic songs with Fenriz' drunken vocalizing put off a part of the audience but overall he did a much more imaginative, thoughtful and personal work with this project than with Storm. "Vinterskugge" is uneven because of its compilatory nature but I can't see how any Darkthrone or Burzum fan could ignore songs such as "Gjennom Skogen til Blåfjellene" or "Dommedagssalme". "Høstmørke" is slightly more faceless but contains the eternal "Thornspawn Chalice", possibly the final statement of "true Norwegian black metal", alongside many quality folk metal manifestos.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Umbrage on February 08, 2010, 12:28:18 PM
Vinterland is an overrated cheesy Dissection clone.

Lunar Aurora is good (imo) but not special, it's well executed symphonic black metal but not highly original. A good b-choice I suppose, try Weltengänger or Andacht.

Personally I was never a big fan of Isengard except for the tracks "Ut i Vannets dyp Hvor Morket Hviler" which sounds like a Darkthrone leftover and the slightly Burzumesque "In the Halls and Chambers of Stardust" both from the Vinterskugge album. I dislike the clean vocals and folk/doom/rock influences that dominate the other tracks. "Gjennom Skogen til Blåfjellene" is a boring variation of "The Crying Orc" and "Dommedagssalme" for a moment sounds like it's actually going to lead somewhere but then it fades out, if it was a 15 minute epic track with a conclusion I might have liked it better but now it just seems like boring wallpaper to me. Like early Order From Chaos I dislike Isengard because overall there are too many random influences for it to establish it's own voice and the music just goes nowhere and leaves me unfulfilled.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on February 08, 2010, 12:55:48 PM
Like early Order From Chaos I dislike Isengard because overall there are too many random influences for it to establish it's own voice and the music just goes nowhere and leaves me unfulfilled.

This is interesting because I see exactly what you mean, but works for me the opposite way.

There is always this certain character of a journey, leading to an ambiguous conclusion, with fragmentary parts, holes and question marks, yet shining with an inner beauty and joy of discovery. Such is what I see as the true soundtrack to life. Early Burzum is one of the best examples - especially before the more mature "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss".

Very thorough, meticulous and symmetrical music - say, Bach - is more like the soundtrack to Bible, or another supposedly all-encompassing theory that is yet, at the end, only one angle to it all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 08, 2010, 01:47:19 PM

Any thoughts? Also, wondering about the following:
Pensees Nocturnes

Get past the whiny vocals and somewhat over-indulgence of "Vacuum" and you will find a classically inspired black metal gem. It's not entirely revolutionary, but I think it is an interesting direction for black metal to take. It's a one man project, and I don't think it would've worked with a whole band as the album is structured in a very specific, singular way. The melodies of both the guitar and various backing instruments (ranging from xylophone to clarinet) are superb, and the whole package really pulls you in and doesn't let go until the album is over. Definitely above average, and worth hearing.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 10, 2010, 07:44:05 AM
Are these guys good:

Asgard (Canada)
Purulence

I think members from both bands were in Gorguts at some point, are either of them good?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 12, 2010, 01:21:20 PM
What's with all the trolls lately? Geez.

In other news, I've recently gotten into Swans. Excellent industrial/noise. Very oppressive, one can sense where Godflesh got some of their ideas from. I recommend "Filth" and "Cop".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Thamuz on February 13, 2010, 06:53:05 PM
I'd recommend that anyone here interested in 80s Heavy Metal listen to Italian band Adramelch's "Irae Melanox." It's excellently put together melodic Metal and they have great control over their themes, and can adequately express them via melody. Great lyrics too. I'm pretty sure it was released in 1988, but it doesnt really sound like anything else I've heard. I almost get a Sacramentum type vibe (minus the whisper grows, and the chaotic mist in the guitar and drum production), in the fact that it doesn't sound needlessly angry or full of hate, just beautiful and contemplative.

Maybe someone else could help elaborate if there are fans on here.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on February 13, 2010, 07:29:25 PM
^Sounds worth checking out!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 14, 2010, 07:42:02 AM
Blood Feast - Kill for Pleasure.

Opinions?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: WAAAAAAGH! on February 14, 2010, 11:44:11 AM
Blood Feast - Kill for Pleasure.

Opinions?

Nothing special at all. Worth avoiding really unless you want to hear standard thrash which is now more than ever, incredibly redundant.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: heather on February 14, 2010, 01:20:08 PM
Is the drone/ambient project Nadja have anything worth listening to and is it really better than Sunn O)))?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Bondage on February 14, 2010, 02:02:12 PM
 He has something like 10 full length albums out and a ton of splits, so it's hard to define his music exactly. Overall I find it's more melodic and has more structure than Sunn O))). It also makes it more accessible and easier to listen too.  Try Desire in Uneasiness - it's one of something like 8 albums he released in 2008 - you'll get the gist of him. 
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 14, 2010, 02:29:27 PM
Cenotaph (Turkey)

Have heard a bit about them, are they worth hearing?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Thamuz on February 14, 2010, 08:35:06 PM
Has anyone (with good taste) had any experience with post-Impurity albums from Fleshcrawl?

Their debut is brilliant, and the second effort whilst not remarkable is still solid Death Metal, so I'm curious if anything else is worth checking out. I've read some good things.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on February 14, 2010, 08:50:50 PM
Has anyone (with good taste) had any experience with post-Impurity albums from Fleshcrawl?

Their debut is brilliant, and the second effort whilst not remarkable is still solid Death Metal, so I'm curious if anything else is worth checking out. I've read some good things.

I wouldn't worry about any of it.  The third is similar to Impurity, but I never found it as likable.  The fourth adopted some Gothenburg/soft-BM melodic tendencies, and the fifth (...Endless Fire...) is back to harder-edged death metal, though squared-off and generic.  I can only assume everything after that is of similar formula (one review here (http://www.anus.com/metal/fleshcrawl/#soulskinner), another forthcoming).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Thamuz on February 14, 2010, 09:32:27 PM
It's interesting that the guitar sound, and the production in general, seemed to decrease in power from the first album to the second. Of course the song writing became less structurally complex too.

Do you think that this was a similar issue to what happened to Unleashed circa 'Across the Open Sea'? I seem to remember that Unleashed ran out of money to replace / repair dated equipment and quality studio time by this point - correct me if I'm wrong as I'm not sure how accurate it is.

Thanks for the advice though, I'll avoid their later output as I don't really need any more run-of-the-mill, paint by numbers death metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: mandrake on February 14, 2010, 11:15:18 PM
I'd recommend that anyone here interested in 80s Heavy Metal listen to Italian band Adramelch's "Irae Melanox." It's excellently put together melodic Metal and they have great control over their themes, and can adequately express them via melody. Great lyrics too. I'm pretty sure it was released in 1988, but it doesnt really sound like anything else I've heard. I almost get a Sacramentum type vibe (minus the whisper grows, and the chaotic mist in the guitar and drum production), in the fact that it doesn't sound needlessly angry or full of hate, just beautiful and contemplative.

Maybe someone else could help elaborate if there are fans on here.

i would like this a bit, if it werent for the vocals... lame vocalist.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on February 15, 2010, 08:08:02 PM
I'm curious about KAMPFAR after Mellom skogkledde aaser.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on February 15, 2010, 10:50:53 PM
I'm curious about KAMPFAR after Mellom skogkledde aaser.

"Fra Underverdenen" is similar to it's predecessor in song structure and style, with songs that are a little more forward driven and fewer folk elements.  There are some rather strong tracks that capture the old norse sound effectively for a band that came in late in the game. It is enjoyable for a lower tier Norwegian black metal band but not essential.  I've only heard one track from "Kvass" (Ravenheart) and concluded I wasn't interested in hearing more.  It had a core riff that was interesting but was wrapped in an arrangement that went nowhere.  The few tracks I've heard from the newest album suggest it has the elements of their earlier work, but now sounds like a band that is just going through the motions.

Has anyone (with good taste) had any experience with post-Impurity albums from Fleshcrawl?

While it is definitely true that post-"Impurity" Fleshcrawl is weaker than their previous outings, I still find enjoyment in "Bloodsoul" and "Bloodred Massacre".  The former is like a stripped down "Impurity" and the direct nature appeals to me on some primal level.  "Bloodred Massacre" marked the beginning of their melodeath explorations, but I felt they kept it tasteful and effective here.  With "As Blood Rains..." their downward spiral began.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Bondage on February 16, 2010, 12:34:12 AM
Anyone heard of Wurzelkraft - "Primitv und Edel wie nie zuvor"? Worth a download?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on February 18, 2010, 08:41:56 AM
How is Nocturnal March by Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult? Or any of their other albums too...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on February 18, 2010, 10:24:24 AM
How is Nocturnal March by Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult? Or any of their other albums too...

Excellent.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on February 18, 2010, 10:25:02 AM
Kythrone
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on February 18, 2010, 03:29:42 PM
How is Nocturnal March by Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult? Or any of their other albums too...

Excellent.


Why?  Provide potential listeners a little more than one word so they have a better idea of why they should bother with this album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on February 18, 2010, 05:28:29 PM
What are opinions on Brutality's "Screams of Anguish"?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: kontinual on February 18, 2010, 07:56:41 PM
What are opinions on Brutality's "Screams of Anguish"?

I know you're young, but...you keep asking about classics or borderline classics.  Obviously you are hearing of them somewhere if it isn't here (otherwise I assume you wouldn't be asking again), and have the good sense to understand them for what they are.

I suggest you have a bit of fun and go listen to the damned things (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/board,5.0.html).  It is far more interesting to discover and familiarize yourself with them thusly than to get some "official" pre-cooked opinion from this board beforehand.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Thamuz on February 18, 2010, 11:39:27 PM
Seconded... most of these that you're asking about are bread and butter stuff that I lived and loved when first getting into Death Metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on February 19, 2010, 12:29:19 PM
How is Nocturnal March by Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult? Or any of their other albums too...

Excellent.


Why?  Provide potential listeners a little more than one word so they have a better idea of why they should bother with this album.

The artwork is excellent. The sound is excellent.
Take the journey :)





Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on February 19, 2010, 10:37:43 PM
How is Nocturnal March by Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult?

I own it but, quite frankly, never have the slightest interest in listening to it.  They are yet another example of a band that seems to have all the right pieces in all the right places, they even seem to have a genuine love of the genre, but have missed the point by getting too caught up in the trappings of black metal.  Therefore, a band that can easily be ignored.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 20, 2010, 04:21:17 PM
Marytrdod?

lmk

From what I've heard, this is a hybrid of crust punk with some speed metal stylings, and a bit of black metal. Sort of like Iskra from Canada. What I did hear was very forceful and hard-hitting, but I'm unsure of the longevity of their material.

I'd like to address this band again. I recently acquired two of their albums, "Sekt" and "In Extremis". Both have seen heavy rotation in my listening habits, the first being much more black metal influenced, and the second being more battering. I would gladly recommend this band to anyone with an interest in Doom (UK), current Extreme Noise Terror, or perhaps second tier Swedeath from the early 1990s. Very solid material on both albums, one of the few punk associated bands I've heard which consistently develops an atmosphere. Definitely A class material, when it comes to modern punk bands.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: TheCryingOrc666 on February 23, 2010, 01:16:18 PM
Is Peste Noire worth listening to? People have recommended them to me a couple of times but Ive never gone through with listening to them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on February 23, 2010, 01:20:59 PM
Worth listening to, certainly.  A healthy dose of French insanity.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 24, 2010, 09:12:07 AM
Is Peste Noire worth listening to? People have recommended them to me a couple of times but Ive never gone through with listening to them.

Yup. Don't bother with the newest album, its unmitigated garbage. The debut is the album I've found most worthwhile.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Finnish on March 01, 2010, 12:12:54 AM
Is Dawns Slaughtersun worth hearing?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on March 01, 2010, 02:27:33 AM
Is Dawns Slaughtersun worth hearing?

I still listen to it for nostalgic reasons, but it is not in any way something that one needs to hear.  It is essentially Gothenburg death metal stripped of any spirit, leaving only the empty and generic shell.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: indjaseemun on March 01, 2010, 06:45:42 PM
Yamatu's album shurpu asaru is good
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Gregorian Watcher on March 07, 2010, 07:00:10 PM
What about?

Aäkon Këëtrëh
Akitsa
Alcest
Ancestral
Austere
Avichi
Bael
Bilskirnir - In Flames Of Purification
Blodsrit - Helveteshymner
Chaos Omen
Christicide
Dodsferd
Drudkh
A Forest Of Stars
Endstille - Operation Wintersturm
Funeral Mist
Glorio Belli
Hate Forest
Heresi
Hypothermia
Inferni- Shores Of Sorrow
Ipsissimus
Ithdabquth Qliphoth
Koldbrann
Kroda
Locus Mortis
L'Acephale
Malign
Mgla
Massemord
Mutiilation
Merrimack
Mortuus
Nattefrost
Nachtmystium
Negator (Germany)
Nortt
Nyktalgia
Ofermod
Ondskapt
Obscurus Advocam
Ordo Templi Aeternae Lucis
Paragon Impure
Peste Noire
Qliphoth
Quintessence
Rex Mundi
The Ruins Of Beverast
Reverorum Ib Malacht
Sadomator
Sargeist
Slidhr
Skitliv
Striborg
SVEST
Symphonia Sacrosancta Phasmatum
Twilight
Triumphator
Walknut
Wold

...any of these NOT suck?


In my personal opinion, most of these bands are quite good, but I would omit the following:  Striborg, Wold, Akitsa and Endstille for the following reasons.

Striborg:  This Australian act tries WAY TOO HARD to sound like a bastard cousin of Xasthur.  Sometimes, Sin Nanna overplays his drums way too much, and it reeks too much of the crappy, tinny, abrasively treble-y sound imitated by "Transylvanian Hunger" and "Nattens Madrigal."

Wold:  A Canadian act that does a terrible job of black metal hybridized with pure NOISE, literally NOISE/or Noiscore...I listened to one of their albums in a record store out of curiosity before considering to buy it.  Good thing I heard it first and didn't buy.  HORRIBLE stuff...

Akitsa:  I saw them live....they were NOTHING black metal live.  No corpsepaint, no matching attire, nothing.  They were/are more like a Nazi hatecore/punk band with black metal vocals.  They're going too hard trying to imitate the cornerstone between Oi/Skinhead punk, raw black metal, rock and the more raw side of N.S.B.M....all done rather badly.

Endstille:  A bastard German copy of Gorgoroth...also have too many leftist views/guiltiness about their German heritage and the liberalist propaganda fed to them about the Third Reich to feel shame for themselves....
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on March 07, 2010, 09:43:24 PM
I haven't heard everything Wold has recorded, but their second album is some really great stuff. It takes the black metal idea of finding beauty in the abrasive to its most extreme. The final track on that album is the most interesting: it's like mediative black noise, sort of like those two ambient tracks on Ildjarn's Strength and Anger but a little less minimalist.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on March 07, 2010, 10:54:13 PM
What about?

Aäkon Këëtrëh A
Akitsa B
Alcest C
Austere C
Bilskirnir - In Flames Of Purification B
Drudkh B
Funeral Mist B
Hate Forest B
Hypothermia C
Inferni- Shores Of Sorrow B
Ithdabquth Qliphoth C
Koldbrann  B
Kroda B
Malign B
Mgla B
Mutiilation A
Merrimack B
Nachtmystium B
Nortt B
Nyktalgia B
Ofermod B
Ondskapt B
Peste Noire B
The Ruins Of Beverast C
Reverorum Ib Malacht B
Striborg C
SVEST B
Walknut A-/B+

Key:

A = FTW
B = dm;wr (http://www.anus.com/metal/about/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=90)
C = AIDS
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on March 08, 2010, 05:31:51 PM
Far too liberal with those grades. Most of them are complete AIDS. The only one I see that is worth anytime at all is Mutiilation.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on March 09, 2010, 09:15:27 AM
Far too liberal with those grades.

I agree. B and C grades are not worth hearing, and the As are a bit liberally given except in the case you mentioned.

I wanted to second Cynicanal's suggestion of the second Aosoth album (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,8235.0.html). Good, not rocket science, better than anything on that list but the Mutiilation (and far better than all Antaeus but the first album, and recent Mutiilation output like "Sorrow Galaxies" which is horrible).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 09, 2010, 10:49:46 AM
C grades aren't worth hearing.

B grades are meant to signify they could go either way, I think. Personally, S.V.E.S.T. is the best on that list, better even than Mutilation (who I would actually rate at a B+, not A). The quality of those bands depends on the tastes of those who listen. This is not to say that "just cuz I leik it means itz good" mentality is predominant here, but we've agreed in the past that personal subjectivity does play a role in determining good music. (also, for evidence of this, just look at the Belus thread)

But I would've thrown in a few more C's myself.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: the spine on March 09, 2010, 03:15:23 PM
This I think is DEFINITELY worthy of the DLA critique:

Antediluvian from Edmonton AB, Canada (home of Axis of Advance/Sacramentary Abolishment, Revenge, Lust). Expect bestial devastation like most thing from this province...

Morbid, unearthly, diabolical death metal. Think Havohej meets Mortal Throne of Nazarene, with the hypnotizing feel of Demoncy. Realy immense stuff.

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

This is what Portal would sound like if they werent so obsessed with their surface apperance, understood how to organise riffs, and learned the concept of direction. Out of the new wave of "old school" death metal I think this band is the most promising, without a doubt something to keep an eye on in the future. They apparently they have another demo on the way.

You can download the "Under the Wings of Asael " demo here:
http://nucleosynthesismetal.blogspot.com/2009/11/antediluvian-under-wing-of-asael-demo.html
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on March 10, 2010, 10:32:17 PM
I'm pretty sure that Alcest would be an F. That shit's an insult to multiple genres of music.

One band that I've been addicted to lately is Lucifugum. Now, I know that most of this Slavic black metal stuff is pretty A.I.D.S.y, but Lucifugum rise above all that to make some high quality material. Their very early stuff is pretty much a more complex version of early Nocturnal Mortum (i.e. instead of just having the guitars hit the root notes of the keyboard melodies, they have multiple keyboard melodic lines intertwining with complex layered black metal guitar riffs), but they get even better later on. Their middle albums sacrifice atmosphere (and keyboards) for tremendously varied guitar playing. They're one of the few bands I've heard that can make percussive riffs work in black metal. Their stuff with the current line-up is like early At the Gates: the compositions are focused on weaving together multiple melodies ala Schubert's string quartets.

The only problem with this band is that they have too much high quality stuff, and it's hard to listen to it all!
Here's the best music from each of their eras:

First Era (Symphonic): Nakhristikhryaschakh (a.k.a. The Sortilage of Christianity)

Second Era (Percussive): Sociopath - Philosophy Cynicism

Third Era (Melodic): Toss-up between Supreme Art of Genocide and Involtation

Supposedly, their Vector33 album is dissonant quasi-industrial black metal in the vein of Black Funeral's later stuff, but I haven't heard that one yet.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on March 15, 2010, 02:16:05 AM
I like the Shadow of Ruins album by Rise. How are their later efforts? I've heard they're different... Are they any good?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 15, 2010, 07:22:53 PM
ABSU?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on March 15, 2010, 09:46:09 PM
Antediluvian from Edmonton AB, Canada (home of Axis of Advance/Sacramentary Abolishment, Revenge, Lust). Expect bestial devastation like most thing from this province...

Interesting.  They must keep a rather low profile since this is the first I've heard of them.  They sound more like Incantation with a twist of Thergothon to me.  Not ground breaking, but they sound like they are worth keeping an eye on to see where they go.

On the theme of under recognized Edmonton death metal, Soultaker (http://lockjaw-yappy.blogspot.com/2010/01/soultaker-can.html) should be mentioned.  As the uploader described it, like Cremation meets Suffocation.

ABSU?

Seriously? (http://www.anus.com/metal/absu/)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: radiant on March 16, 2010, 07:35:38 AM
Wold:  A Canadian act that does a terrible job of black metal hybridized with pure NOISE, literally NOISE/or Noiscore...I listened to one of their albums in a record store out of curiosity before considering to buy it.  Good thing I heard it first and didn't buy.  HORRIBLE stuff...
Only their third album, Stratification, sounded like that to me. The first two albums actually have some interesting melodies and textures behind the noise, but that's pretty much the extent of their depth. Disposable unless you really like to occasionally rape your eardrums, in which case the first two albums are listenable.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: tumours for TV stars on March 16, 2010, 09:44:45 AM
Sorry the spine, I really would not recommend Lucifugum. I haven't heard much of their stuff, but what I have, is terrible. "Instinct Prevalence" was total garbage.

One half sounds like a circus version of early Satyricon (or perhaps Satyricon played on one of those ice hockey organs), the other is typical boring droning eastern european sawmill black metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on March 16, 2010, 12:59:22 PM
Instinct Prevelance is a demo comp, and probably the worst possible place to start with Lucifugum. I'd recommend Sociopath: Philosophy Cynicism.

Another great band I've been listening to lately is Sacrofagus. I found out about them from looking at pictures on deathmetal.org (http://www.deathmetal.org). They're a very early Finnish metal band: their albums are from 1980 but sound like they were recorded in 1972. They're probably one of the earliest examples of a metal band consistently using keyboards as a textural enhancement. I don't mean trading off solos between organ and guitar like in Deep Purple: I'm talking having keyboards actually back up the riffs. I'd recommend this band to you if you like Angel Witch or Cirith Ungol. It's pretty morbid stuff, especially considering when it was recorded.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 16, 2010, 06:01:00 PM

ABSU?

Seriously? (http://www.anus.com/metal/absu/)
[/quote]

DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MLK on March 16, 2010, 06:12:10 PM

ABSU?

Seriously? (http://www.anus.com/metal/absu/)

DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??
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I think you're maybe missing the point. You get the DLA opinion on that page, but you also get a fair description of whats going and audio samples. its pretty much up to you from there.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: heather on March 16, 2010, 07:36:20 PM
Parasite, basically what he means is that you should search and read more on DLA- it's full of many bands, many of which have long been mentioned already. Usually if the band is nowhere on the site, then there might be a logical reason to ask.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on March 16, 2010, 07:45:37 PM
What about?

Aäkon Këëtrëh
Akitsa
Bilskirnir - In Flames Of Purification
Mutiilation
Peste Noire


These don't suck.  AK and Muetiilation's best material is the LLN stuff (before Meyhn'ach and AK were kicked out in '96).  Muetiilation goes downhill after Willy comes back from rehab, circa 2000.

Akitsa are interesting, occasionally, though nothing to write home about.  Same with Bilskirnir.  Peste Noire manage to pull off that "fucking retarded" thing, like Immortal (and most LLN).

I would've added Falls of Rauros and Sargeist to this list, but everything I like about them is stuff that I like more about other bands.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 16, 2010, 07:54:40 PM
Even so, Parasite. Look back through this thread (itll take you maybe 10 minutes) to get opinions on bands you might be interested in. It makes it much less frustrating when people look back and see rather than post the same band 3 pages in a row.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 16, 2010, 08:04:31 PM
I clicked through the pages on this thread, i didnt see anything regarding Absu.  I am simply interested in the opinions of others on Absu's music.

Anyways.

The Royal Arch Blaspheme IMO is worth hearing, if your a fan of Profanatica. The two are very similar but Kriegs vocalist is giving Ledney a run for his money.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on March 16, 2010, 09:48:49 PM
DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??

As others have pointed out above, some bands have already been thoroughly discussed in the ANUS/DLA community, so a little research will unearth what you are looking for before you even need to ask.  It's also a safe bet that when the discography (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,3156.0.html) in Audiofile is rather complete, the band is well regarded and worth investigating.  Or, if there is something that warrants a much deeper discussion than it has undergone thus far, consider making a new discussion thread.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on March 16, 2010, 11:54:36 PM
There's also a very metal invention called the Death Metal and Black Metal Search Engine on both Deathmetal.org and DLA front pages, maybe also somewhere else.

You'll find the discussion/analysis from BNR, LARM, this forum etc. besides the aforementioned sites.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on March 17, 2010, 09:26:51 AM
DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??

I hope not, but you've stumbled into a trap here. People criticize this forum for being a circlejerk, so many here are reluctant to repeat the same opinions in different form.

ABSU is fucking important, I'll say. The EP and first album are still their best in my view. The EP fits in well with the heavy metal/black metal like Dissection.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dead_Soul on March 17, 2010, 10:01:33 AM
DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??

I hope not, but you've stumbled into a trap here. People criticize this forum for being a circlejerk, so many here are reluctant to repeat the same opinions in different form.

ABSU is fucking important, I'll say. The EP and first album are still their best in my view. The EP fits in well with the heavy metal/black metal like Dissection.
I'm partial to their sophomore record because I feel it to be the most conceptually consistent. The debut just seems to lack that records "epic" quality.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 17, 2010, 02:03:17 PM
Here is a band I have been listening to lately. I highly doubt many people here will like it very much.

Yacopsae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LknPqcTfuak&feature=related
Off the album "Tanz, Grozny, Tanz".

This is very intense grindcore, from Germany. Keeps things short and doesn't try any hipster-ish experimentation. Primal, violent, energetic, and highly satisfying. Don't bother clicking the link if you don't like grindcore.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on March 17, 2010, 05:26:26 PM
I highly doubt many people here will like it very much.

I dunno man, if you ask me, German grindcore is the best grindcore. Blood, Nyctophobic, Depression, Dead, and now this darkly melodic gem of savagery. If you could post the whole album in Audiophile, I'd appreciate it.

I just recently picked up the debut full-length from Vasaeleth (http://www.myspace.com/vasaeleth), another band from Texas making innovations in the style Incantation established. Metal-Archives lists this band as being from Texas AND Georgia, so maybe they're really Demoncy in disguise and this album is the real follow-up to Joined in Darkness and that crappy Empire of the Fallen Angel bullshit was just a joke. The music itself is definitely good enough to make me wonder...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 17, 2010, 07:39:15 PM
DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??

I hope not, but you've stumbled into a trap here. People criticize this forum for being a circlejerk, so many here are reluctant to repeat the same opinions in different form.

ABSU is fucking important, I'll say. The EP and first album are still their best in my view. The EP fits in well with the heavy metal/black metal like Dissection.

I had given ABSU a quick listen to before i made my first post, but i think I wasnt in the mood.   I had listened through a few albums(different bands) prior, and i think i just wasnt listening when ABSU finally came in the rotation. Sometimes simple straight forward words like " They are fucking Important" are what i want to hear. I dont have all day to read through album reviews.  I hear about a band through a sample or a review and if it sounds like what im into I'll download it and give it a try.  Im surprised it took several posts for people to quit being wise asses and just give an opinion.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on March 17, 2010, 07:46:23 PM
Im surprised it took several posts for people to quit being wise asses and just give an opinion.

Let's just say this is an area this forum could improve, but constant negative critique of it has made people touchy.

Absu tl;dr -- the first album is essential; the EP is their musical peak; the middle albums are B+. Avoid the most recent, which is fecal. :)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 17, 2010, 07:49:02 PM
Im surprised it took several posts for people to quit being wise asses and just give an opinion.

Let's just say this is an area this forum could improve, but constant negative critique of it has made people touchy.

Absu tl;dr -- the first album is essential; the EP is their musical peak; the middle albums are B+. Avoid the most recent, which is fecal. :)

Ya i downloaded the first two albums, i like the first one, still havent thoroughly listened to the second, but im enjoying their stuff so far.

Nobody has listened to R.A.B yet??
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 17, 2010, 07:51:11 PM
I highly doubt many people here will like it very much.

I dunno man, if you ask me, German grindcore is the best grindcore. Blood, Nyctophobic, Depression, Dead, and now this darkly melodic gem of savagery. If you could post the whole album in Audiophile, I'd appreciate it.

True, now that I think of it, Germans do make good grind. The USA and Britain are also good places to turn, as well as select bands from across the globe. :D

Here's the audiofile thread. I linked both Tanz, Grozny, Tanz and an earlier album which is more hardcore punk oriented (but not in a bad way).
http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,8356.0.html

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 17, 2010, 07:53:05 PM
Im surprised it took several posts for people to quit being wise asses and just give an opinion.

Let's just say this is an area this forum could improve, but constant negative critique of it has made people touchy.

Absu tl;dr -- the first album is essential; the EP is their musical peak; the middle albums are B+. Avoid the most recent, which is fecal. :)

The most recent had some good ideas, it really could've been a B album if only Shaftiel had stuck around to help with the songwriting. A shame.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sundown on March 18, 2010, 05:53:33 PM
How does later Supuration/SUP, beyond what is reviewed on DLA, stand the test of time?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 23, 2010, 07:06:22 PM
me too man i searched through a bunch of Dark Ambient, but most is lame gothy techno.  I dont know if anything is going to come close to EDS.  I had to buy that album on LP as soon as i heard it! 
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chessnut on March 23, 2010, 09:45:59 PM
me too man i searched through a bunch of Dark Ambient, but most is lame gothy techno.  I dont know if anything is going to come close to EDS.  I had to buy that album on LP as soon as i heard it! 

feck, im craving more of this sound. I cant describe how good EDS is, not even the DLA review does it justice. Everytime I listen to it I just discover more and more how fucking mind exploding/devastating/fucking it is. Pure spiritual envolopement and tribal worship, mystic dark infinity! I have got about the same results as you searching through dark industrial and the like. NEED MOAR.
Dark Ages, Das Ich's "Anti Christ", Diagnose: Lebensgefahr's "Transformalin", Endura, Lustmord's "Juggernaut", Paysage D'Hiver's "Steineiche" demo, Raison d'etre, Maeror Tri's "Myein", Screaming Corpses, and VNV Nation's "Empires" may be your best options for something that sounds like "dark ambient" or "dark industrial". You may want to check out early Swans, too. Diagnose: Lebensgefahr's "Transformalin" isn't very good because it has a lot of filler, but definitely has two of the most powerful tracks I have ever heard ("Transformalin" and "Last Breath of Tellus"). Definitely check out Endura, as it likely is what your looking for, in my opinion.

All of this music I have selected is fairly diverse but you really shouldn't want to hear something exactly like EDS. Screaming Corpses is likely the most similar due to its very minimalistic nature. Have a happy aural adventure.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 23, 2010, 09:50:10 PM
nah i dont want to hear something EXACTLY like EDS, i just want another dark ambient dimension to step into like that of  Electric Doom Synthesis!  I dont mind Dark Ages, their stuff is pretty cool, but its not deep, its creepy and thats about it.  I'll try those others that you have mentioned though, Thanks!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on March 23, 2010, 11:38:04 PM
Tangerine Dream's Atem has a similar tribal quality. It's most obvious on the final track, but just as prevalent throughout the others.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: rtxrt on March 24, 2010, 07:53:22 AM
nah i dont want to hear something EXACTLY like EDS, i just want another dark ambient dimension to step into like that of  Electric Doom Synthesis!  I dont mind Dark Ages, their stuff is pretty cool, but its not deep, its creepy and thats about it.  I'll try those others that you have mentioned though, Thanks!

Some recommendations. Make sure you have excellent bottom range in your hifi setup, because this genre relies heavily on deep bass and subsonics for inducing real body trauma.

Lustmord - The Place Where The Black Stars Hang
Inade - The Crackling Of The Anonymous
Ionosphere - Angular Momentum
Maath - No Survivors For The New World
Svartsinn - Traces Of Nothingness
Halo Manash - Syoma
Halo Manash - Par-Antra I : Vir
Halo Manash - r.A.S.H.n.k.a-RA
Terra Sancta - Aeon
Troum & Yen Pox - Mnemonic Induction
Yen Pox - Blood Music
Yen Pox - New Dark Age
Visions - Lapse
Zoat-Aon - Star Autopsy
Zoat-Aon - The Triplex Bestial

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on March 27, 2010, 06:38:25 AM
nah i dont want to hear something EXACTLY like EDS, i just want another dark ambient dimension to step into like that of  Electric Doom Synthesis!  I dont mind Dark Ages, their stuff is pretty cool, but its not deep, its creepy and thats about it.  I'll try those others that you have mentioned though, Thanks!

Ignore everyone else's recommendations, because they're wrong ;)

Maeror Tri - Meditamentum I and II, The Beauty of Sadness. These range from soft, distant, slowly evolving or simply repeating guitar lines over drones to tribal drumming to a soundtrack of the explosions inside the Earth. Meditamentum II is probably the best album to start to get a good idea of their sound. Oh, it's also really good. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PVdFf0nOzw&feature=related , most of their "darker" songs aren't on youtube, so you're probably just better off downloading one of the albums if that's what you want to hear.)

Troum - Tjukurrpa Pt. 1 Harmonies. See above, two of the original members of Maeror Tri. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTj0R3tbas4&feature=related )

Endura - Black Eden, Great God Pan, Elder Signs - These albums probably make up the best of ritualistic dark ambient. Then again, I think most dark ambient (ie, spooky noises of rocks falling in wells) sucks so my opinion is probably moot. Anyway, they range from not that abstract (relative to most boring dark ambient bands) drones, to repetive synthesized epics not totally dissimilar to EDS, to Dead Can Dance like ballads (think the songs that Brendan Perry sings in, but more restrained and repetitive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utX1PN4fSG4 VS. Dark Face of Eve off of Great God Pan). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wah2fZ6ATeQ&feature=related , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xrWgsTIe_Y )

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II - This album isn't dark ambient, nor is it alike EDS in sound or structure, but some of the darker songs do create a similar sense of foreboding, and all the songs are at least as hypnotizing as the songs in EDS. It's kind of a stretch, but you might like it. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44uq4VsIEP8&feature=related )

VNV Nation - Praise the Fallen - Once again, this is rather unlike EDS and it certainly isn't dark ambient. I do kindave identify EDS with it because they are both electronic music that is dark and aggressive. Songs on it stride the line between synth-pop, techno, industrial, and neo-classical. Any metalhead that gets into electronic music should be able to find value in this if they get past the "inferior" pop-ish elements. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxLY2x7bEvs )

That should be quite a bit to chew off, you know, rather than a list of 10 obscure bands with 2 hour long albums you've never heard of with no explanations whatsoever.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on March 27, 2010, 11:28:43 AM
So, is the last Rise album any good? I really dug Shadow of Ruins, so I'm hoping they kept a good thing going, but the whole "Guest appearances by Angela Gossow and Dave Suzuki" is tripping my AIDS sensor.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on March 27, 2010, 03:00:52 PM
Starting to take a liking in Disgrace's Grey Misery. Nasty stuff with extremely weird lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuBYoKFRdik&feature=related
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Trauco on April 01, 2010, 04:21:52 PM
nah i dont want to hear something EXACTLY like EDS, i just want another dark ambient dimension to step into like that of  Electric Doom Synthesis!  I dont mind Dark Ages, their stuff is pretty cool, but its not deep, its creepy and thats about it.  I'll try those others that you have mentioned though, Thanks!

Mushin:

http://hiarctow.com/music/mushin/

The first album has an aesthetic and feeling very similar to EDS. Amateurish, but effective. Listening to it you feel like a lone rogue going through the deserted streets of a Judge Dredd-type future city at the time of curfew.

Haven't listened to the most recent release, but I guess it's along the same lines
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on April 02, 2010, 06:14:50 AM
What about

Order From Chaos
Rites of Thy Degringolade
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on April 02, 2010, 06:47:22 AM
Order From Chaos

http://www.deathmetal.org/2010/death-metal-album-of-the-week-order-from-chaos-stillbirth-machine

I myself have listened through it once so far and enjoyed it thoroughly. Not sure if I'll continue to enjoy it for a long time, but based on first impressions I'd say it's at least worth checking out. You can listen to a preview track yourself on that review and then decide if you want to hear more.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on April 02, 2010, 09:32:49 AM
Order From Chaos

http://www.deathmetal.org/2010/death-metal-album-of-the-week-order-from-chaos-stillbirth-machine

I myself have listened through it once so far and enjoyed it thoroughly. Not sure if I'll continue to enjoy it for a long time, but based on first impressions I'd say it's at least worth checking out. You can listen to a preview track yourself on that review and then decide if you want to hear more.

THIS is the kind of Death Metal that I like.  Are there any modern bands with a similar sound (which are actually good)?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on April 02, 2010, 09:48:18 AM
What about

Order From Chaos

Order From Chaos is definitely worth checking out, if nothing else then for historic reasons.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on April 02, 2010, 12:24:31 PM
Yeah, Order From Chaos seems to be great discovery. Sounds like Angel Corpse done esoteric and even more chaotic.

What about Negură Bunget?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 03, 2010, 02:36:17 AM
http://www.deathmetal.org/2010/death-metal-album-of-the-week-order-from-chaos-stillbirth-machine

THIS is the kind of Death Metal that I like.  Are there any modern bands with a similar sound (which are actually good)?

I second the Canadian suggestions above; also, have you explored the Down Under school (http://www.deathmetal.org/?p=611)?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on April 03, 2010, 09:37:06 PM
The second album is more speed metal/riff based, probably closer to OFC, but nowhere near as good as the debut.

While I agree with most of the post, I have to disagree with this.  "The Distracting Stone" is quite possibly one of the most ferocious and brilliant albums in the so called "war metal" movement.  "River of Corticone" is great, but falls short of the sonic onslaught of the follow up.  The beautifully controlled chaotic rage is something I have not heard reproduced by any other act, not even Axis of Advance.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on April 04, 2010, 09:13:02 PM
Nothingnowhere, thanks for the recommendation, i enjoy Aphex Twin. This is very much what I was looking for. Deep music. very deep.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MLK on April 09, 2010, 07:49:14 AM
nah i dont want to hear something EXACTLY like EDS, i just want another dark ambient dimension to step into like that of  Electric Doom Synthesis!  I dont mind Dark Ages, their stuff is pretty cool, but its not deep, its creepy and thats about it.  I'll try those others that you have mentioned though, Thanks!

Mushin:

http://hiarctow.com/music/mushin/

The first album has an aesthetic and feeling very similar to EDS. Amateurish, but effective. Listening to it you feel like a lone rogue going through the deserted streets of a Judge Dredd-type future city at the time of curfew.

Haven't listened to the most recent release, but I guess it's along the same lines

Same lines, bit more accomplished. has a nice gritty cyberpunk feel.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Xr on April 09, 2010, 12:45:14 PM
For people interested in music broadly being categorized as 'neoclassical', I can recommend Qntal's 'Silver Swan' beside their other offerings of course. Although obviously done with commercial success in mind (and thus at times ripe with cheese), the album is done with competence and might appeal to those who fancy Summoning as well as Dead Can Dance.

Another ambitious project from the same niche is Ophelia's Dream who whose efforts are impressive despite their synthetic approach.

Yet one more recording I enjoyed lately is Vangelis' soundtrack to the movie El Greco. I don't know the film, but the music reflects the contemplation of a sound mind and is gently moving.

For people who appreciate Kraftwerk, Anthony Rother's early album 'Sex With The Machines' and other early works might be worth a try, although these are rather done with the dancefloor in mind; however, they are not without merit.

Some seem to enjoy the overrated Aphex Twin. For a superior listening, try Squarepusher instead. Good start: 'Ultravisitor' or the more recent 'Hello Everything'.

For folkies I can't stress enough my recommendation of In Gowan Ring. Look for 'The Glinting Spade' for a start. A real dark folk album for murky brooding nights is Alethes' 'Aletheia'. Sturmpercht create some genuine German alpine folk music that is pleasantly weird.

(some might disagree with the categorization of these bands as original folk music, but in times of societal uprooting and divergence as ours are, this may be more than valid)

An exhaustive minimal ambient Black Metal journey may be found within Fauna's album 'Rain'.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 09, 2010, 06:45:06 PM
I had heard "River Of Corticone" about a year ago and had dismissed it for being too random and unfocused. With new ears, I listened to the youtube link's song. I'll give the album another chance, seems sort of like Angel Corpse plus Aurora Borealis.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: dukkha on April 10, 2010, 11:14:58 AM
An exhaustive minimal ambient Black Metal journey may be found within Fauna's album 'Rain'.
I feel constrained by a sense of duty to contradict this suggestion.  I would call it instead an exhuasting, bloated mockery of black metal, which is a 'journey' by virtue of length only and 'ambient' insofar as the guitar is either muddied in an indeterminate haze or playing endless arpeggio over drone riffs, both of which halfheartedly attempt to distract the listener from this music's utter lack of meaningful composition.  Like getting Weakling or Drudkh third or fourth hand, or the equivalent of drinking tepid still water.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on April 12, 2010, 12:36:03 PM
What about Mithras and Brutality?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on April 12, 2010, 05:42:27 PM
What about Mithras and Brutality?

Brutality has been brought up in this thread before, they are worth checking out.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: killgod on April 12, 2010, 08:07:31 PM
hideous miscreation
 rib spreader
arkaik
the elaysian fields
obsidian
Mephistopheles
Sotajumala
Cerekloth
sceptic
Empty Grace
dismal lapse
psycofagist
nox
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on April 12, 2010, 10:43:39 PM
hideous miscreation
 rib spreader
arkaik

Hideous Miscreation - What's pop with extreme deathcore metal?  they've got it!  Avoid.
Rib Spreader - They understand how to clone oldschool!!!!! Whoa!!!!  Check out Older Autopsy or Dismember instead..
Arkaik -  Deeds of Flesh disciple, didn't take the time to listen to fully, I figure it's easier just to listen to the father, similar to most unique leader offerings.

I wouldn't expect much out of any of the bands you listed, granted I'm not going to bother with any more of them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on April 12, 2010, 10:57:00 PM
Sotajumala is a disappointing take at modernizing the Finnish death metal sound by excising groove in favour of chugging simplicity, and covering the whole thing with a slick, plastic, and stale production.  Not worth the time it takes to listen to.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: killgod on April 13, 2010, 06:29:39 AM
hideous miscreation
 rib spreader
arkaik

Hideous Miscreation - What's pop with extreme deathcore metal?  they've got it!  Avoid.
Rib Spreader - They understand how to clone oldschool!!!!! Whoa!!!!  Check out Older Autopsy or Dismember instead..
Arkaik -  Deeds of Flesh disciple, didn't take the time to listen to fully, I figure it's easier just to listen to the father, similar to most unique leader offerings.

I wouldn't expect much out of any of the bands you listed, granted I'm not going to bother with any more of them.
LMAO  to each his own opinion
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 13, 2010, 10:13:53 AM
None of the bands you listed are particularly inspiring or even good, so might as well call spades, spades.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Antihuman on April 19, 2010, 11:24:28 AM
Recently discovered Australian black metal band PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS and their album "Cursed".  I find something compelling in this release.  The haze of sound at the forefront is a familiar aesthetic, but here it is very effective, the vocals reaching up from a deep crevasse only to be pulled back into the darkness by their own weight; everything is trapped beneath the thick haze of the surface, and simultaneously, everything serves to constitute this blinding fog that reveals itself as a perfect blending of all the instrumentation.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Destructor on April 20, 2010, 11:57:17 AM
House of Usher. Uncanny. Abhoth. Megaslaughter. Necrony.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on April 20, 2010, 01:15:23 PM
House of Usher. Uncanny. Abhoth. Megaslaughter. Necrony.

Uncanny are a very worthwhile, rather esoteric take on Swedish death metal, finding a good balance between melody and heaviness.  They are one of the bands that I always find myself wondering what another full-length would have been like.

Abhoth are, unlike Uncanny, a very generic Swedish death outfit.  It is not surprising they didn't release a full-length.

Necrony are not terrible, but not essential either.  I'd rather listen to Pathologist if I'm going to listen to Carcass worship.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Destructor on April 20, 2010, 01:33:51 PM
Quote
Abhoth are, unlike Uncanny, a very generic Swedish death outfit.
It depends on what you've listened to. "Forever to be Vanished There In" is quite good.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: HessianObscura on April 20, 2010, 01:45:17 PM
What about Mithras...?

It's been a while since I've listened to this band, particularly their 'Worlds Beyond the Veil' album that Terrorizer made a big deal of back when I wasn't as embarrassed to read through it's soiled pages. It wasn't of great interest to me musically, being a very bland reproduction of the riffing style featured on 'Blessed Are The Sick', which was a shame because I'm always craving to hear more cosmically themed Metal. What did stand out were some of the brilliant guitar leads which, despite the uncomplementary instrumental accompaniment and structural context, ended up sounding quite blissfully meditative as you can hear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmYgJPOEH2Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmYgJPOEH2Q)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: wood on April 24, 2010, 08:32:52 PM
House of Usher, Uncanny

House of Usher is decent early swedish death metal, I've heard the EP and enjoyed it.  Beyond that two song EP however, I think they had a few demos and that's it.. so material is limited.

Uncanny (http://www.anus.com/metal/uncanny/)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: TheCryingOrc666 on April 25, 2010, 06:39:24 PM
Can anyone recommend some good ambient. I've already heard bands like Burzum, Tangerine Dream, and Fripp and Eno.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on April 25, 2010, 07:00:49 PM
Klaus Schulze's Moondawn and Timewind are on the level of some Tangerine Dream.

Check out those plus:

Ildjarn - Hardangervidda
Beherit - Electric Doom Synthesis
Biosphere - Microgravity
Maeror Tri - Myein
Neptune Towers - Caravans to Empire Algol
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on April 25, 2010, 11:07:11 PM
I'll add to Sepulchral Voice's list the definitive deep ambient pulsations of Lustmord's cavernous "Heresy" (http://www.mediafire.com/?ymximmgqjhm), the evil "Monstrous Soul" (http://rapidshare.com/files/104487039/Lustmord_-_1992_-_The_Monstrous_Soul.rar) and the event horizon of "The Place Where the Black Stars Hang" (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GUVPNTQQ), which provided the template for just about everything you hear labeled "dark ambient". In the Beherit and Maeror Tri particularly it's easy to spot influences from the British early 80's industrial avantgarde underground; I'd name Coil's "How to Destroy Angels" (http://rapidshare.com/files/104829534/c01l_h0w_70_d357r0y_4ng3l5.rar) and Nurse with Wound's "Thunder Perfect Mind" (http://sharebee.com/a7b59325) (which you can listen side by side with Current 93's neo-folk album (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2TK6UQXW) of the same name) - these are very spiritual albums also, in a manner suitable for both Christians and blasphemers. I also happen to think that other synth experiments of the Norwegian black metal cadre warrant a minor revival of critical interest, such as Aghast's "Hexerei im Zwielicht der Finsternis" (http://www.mediafire.com/?ztmwzgya2ql), Wongraven's "Fjelltornen" (http://www.mediafire.com/?czzyojhmqmi) and early Vond (http://rapidshare.com/files/34917882/VOND_Havard-Vond___misanthropians.zip)/Mortiis (http://rapidshare.com/files/59054089/Mortiis_Aanden_Som_Gjorde_Opproer.rar).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Arctic Sun on April 26, 2010, 01:27:38 AM
You can't forget Klaus' "X" album, available HERE (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L389J6T3) and HERE (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OCJCI3SA).

It's an interesting showdown between song structure and sonic hypnotism, especially when one considers where each facet comes from.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on April 26, 2010, 04:59:40 AM
And of course all of Lady Gaga's dark ambient.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 26, 2010, 07:46:39 PM
Anyone up for a bit of thrash?

Lethal Aggression
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMjsuagq2dQ&feature=related

I can upload the compilation album I have to the Audiofile thread, if anyone would like to hear more. I've really been enjoying this band lately.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: BaronVonBrauer on April 26, 2010, 07:56:14 PM
I'll add to Sepulchral Voice's list the definitive deep ambient pulsations of Lustmord's cavernous "Heresy" (http://www.mediafire.com/?ymximmgqjhm), the evil "Monstrous Soul" (http://rapidshare.com/files/104487039/Lustmord_-_1992_-_The_Monstrous_Soul.rar) and the event horizon of "The Place Where the Black Stars Hang" (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GUVPNTQQ), which provided the template for just about everything you hear labeled "dark ambient". In the Beherit and Maeror Tri particularly it's easy to spot influences from the British early 80's industrial avantgarde underground; I'd name Coil's "How to Destroy Angels" (http://rapidshare.com/files/104829534/c01l_h0w_70_d357r0y_4ng3l5.rar) and Nurse with Wound's "Thunder Perfect Mind" (http://sharebee.com/a7b59325) (which you can listen side by side with Current 93's neo-folk album (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2TK6UQXW) of the same name) - these are very spiritual albums also, in a manner suitable for both Christians and blasphemers. I also happen to think that other synth experiments of the Norwegian black metal cadre warrant a minor revival of critical interest, such as Aghast's "Hexerei im Zwielicht der Finsternis" (http://www.mediafire.com/?ztmwzgya2ql), Wongraven's "Fjelltornen" (http://www.mediafire.com/?czzyojhmqmi) and early Vond (http://rapidshare.com/files/34917882/VOND_Havard-Vond___misanthropians.zip)/Mortiis (http://rapidshare.com/files/59054089/Mortiis_Aanden_Som_Gjorde_Opproer.rar).

I like your taste.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Candiru on April 28, 2010, 02:06:34 PM
Morbosidad......any thoughts?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on April 28, 2010, 08:41:24 PM
Don't bother.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 28, 2010, 09:34:22 PM
Agreed. Standard Beherit/Archgoat/Blasphemy worship. Doesn't even do a good job of that.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Mr Meshuggah on April 29, 2010, 07:42:22 PM
Could I point people in the direction of these guys:

http://www.myspace.com/bakofficial

Something very different to what's being done by most bands at the moment!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on May 07, 2010, 03:04:51 AM
Martyrium is uneven and haphazard German ancient occult metal. Good in atmosphere only. Tiamat's first album "Sumerian Cry" is basically their only concise statement - evil death metal in simplistic, primitive structures reminiscent of Grave and Entombed, with a ponderous tempo suggesting catacomb rituals. Psychedelic influences (drugs?) worsened their music disc by disc. I liked Hypocrisy's "Osculum Obscenum" back in the day, but again, if you want the complexity and melodic intricacies of Dismember et al., you will not find it there. In fact, most of the time it's like an even more stupid Deicide. For other Swedish death/black of the time, you could do worse than check out the compilation by Daniel Ekeroth (http://www.amazon.com/Swedish-Death-Metal-Various-Artists/dp/B002PHVH7Q).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on May 07, 2010, 11:30:36 AM
Ungod
AWESOME. Circle of the Seven Infernal Pacts is, without exception, *the* single best piece of black metal to come from Germany. If there is one black metal album that can be said to be a forgotten classic, it is their debut. Conquering What Once Was Ours is very good as well.

Martyrium's "LVX Occulta"
Haven't heard it in a long time. When I did, I found it decent. There are better results at the same attempt, though(Anubis' comes to mind, but I haven't heard that in al ong time either).

God Macabre
Excellent. Very close to what you specifically said you were looking for - Swedish death metal with an organic sound and epic mood.

EDIT because I somehow forgot Ungod's first was not self-titled :)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: bovine on May 07, 2010, 05:28:56 PM

And recomedations for even more great swedish death/black beyond the obvious (Dismember, Therion, Necrophobic, Sacramentum, ect...)?


Preferably with an organic sound and epic mood over the typical filthy punk-rhythmic swed death.
Opus Nocturne by Marduk is not only their only good album, it's also really fucking good.

Dissection's first two and At the Gates' first are also worthy if you haven't heard them already.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Destructor on May 08, 2010, 12:45:29 PM
Acrostichon - great old-school death from the Netherlands.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: baxter on May 08, 2010, 10:19:49 PM
Ungod
AWESOME. Their self-titled album is, without exception, *the* single best piece of black metal to come from Germany. If there is one black metal album that can be said to be a forgotten classic, it is their debut. Conquering What Once Was Ours is very good as well.

Nox Intempesta would like a word.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on May 09, 2010, 05:27:31 AM
Nox Intempesta can be happy with second-place standing.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on May 11, 2010, 06:09:11 AM
Thoughts about Pensees Nocturnes from France - are they worth it?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 11, 2010, 08:14:55 AM
Thoughts about Pensees Nocturnes from France - are they worth it?

They've been mentioned a few times in this thread.

http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,3152.435.html

tl;dr - They're good. Check out "Vacuum".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Jim Necroslaughter on May 16, 2010, 06:12:00 AM
Looking for opinions/information on Himinbjorg's latest release and Hooded Menace's latest
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ksava on May 16, 2010, 08:36:56 AM
Are there any bands that have lyrics similar to Atheist's (specifically on Unquestionable Presence)?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Flame on May 22, 2010, 02:04:40 PM
Is the first demo of Midnight Odyssey worth it?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Jim Necroslaughter on May 22, 2010, 04:01:28 PM
me too man i searched through a bunch of Dark Ambient, but most is lame gothy techno.  I dont know if anything is going to come close to EDS.  I had to buy that album on LP as soon as i heard it! 

feck, im craving more of this sound. I cant describe how good EDS is, not even the DLA review does it justice. Everytime I listen to it I just discover more and more how fucking mind exploding/devastating/fucking it is. Pure spiritual envolopement and tribal worship, mystic dark infinity! I have got about the same results as you searching through dark industrial and the like. NEED MOAR.

It's a different flavor, but I think you guys are going to really like  Lord Wind.  (http://www.anus.com/metal/lord_wind/)  I will specifically recommend checking out the 2nd album Heralds of Fight for making the jump from EDS/Beherit over to Lord Wind.  After that, I am sure you will want to check out  Atlantean Monument.  (http://www.anus.com/metal/lord_wind/#atlantean_monument)  Lord Wind is also recommended for Graveland aficionados.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MilitantIdiotCrusher on May 28, 2010, 01:17:31 PM
Thoughts on Master's latest two albums?
Also, how is Negativa?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Jim Necroslaughter on May 28, 2010, 03:47:05 PM
Thoughts on Master's latest two albums?
Also, how is Negativa?

I can tell you that Slaves to Society is really great!  And I'm not a particularly big fan of Master so that might tell you something.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on May 28, 2010, 07:00:36 PM
Is the first demo of Midnight Odyssey worth it?

It's quite a bit rougher (both in composition and production), but it's filled with some great and original ideas. I'd recommend giving it at least 1 listen.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: peristil on May 28, 2010, 10:08:22 PM
OSW:

Try Baalberith (Aus) - storming through the gate of knowledge. 1996 release.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Candiru on May 29, 2010, 01:04:45 PM
Steve Roach
Lisa Gerrard's solo work. I've heard that she expanded into new age fagginess after leaving DCD...are her solo albums worth checking out?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on May 29, 2010, 06:20:47 PM
Steve Roach

Absolutely some of the most brilliant ambient ever written, and that's not an exaggeration.

His masterwork (and first worthwhile album) is Structures From Silences. It's a classic ambient album and something you really have to hear for yourself.

His next album, Empetus, is very well done ambient in the vein of Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, or Klaus Schulze.

After that his works split mostly in two-different directions, while often crossing over between the two:

1) "New age fagginess" : His magnum opus in this style is Dreamtime Return. Despite the new age tag that is often applied to him, this is music that is neither shallow nor candy sweet. It's a very deep and spiritual work. Long-synthesizer swells, tribal drumming, hypnotic didgeridoo, and many other elements create a lasting and valuable album.

2) Dark ambient: His most popular work in this realm is Midnight Moon ( http://www.anus.com/zine/music/steve_roach/midnight_moon/ ). Some of his dark ambient is composed of long, deep, eerie melodies over beat-less soundscapes, while others (such as Early Man) consist of minimalist tribal drumming, distant, murky sounds of bugs, and moments of melody and beauty hidden under layers of dust and crawling mud.

3) Some of his works combine the two approaches. Two notable one's in this style are World's Edge and Soma, with Robert Rich. I highly recommend both.

He has a HUGE discography (http://www.steveroach.com/discography/) that suffers from Graveland syndrome in the sense that everything he has written is a quality work, but the later albums all begin to blur together due to sounding too similar, and so in the end feel irrelevant.

Lisa Gerrard's solo work. I've heard that she expanded into new age fagginess after leaving DCD...are her solo albums worth checking out?

I haven't heard a lot of her solo work, but from what I have she seems to have written a few genuinely great songs, interspersed between a lot of throw away and rather boring ones. Nothing that I found as gripping or beautiful as her work in Dead Can Dance though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: loke on May 30, 2010, 02:08:06 AM
Omnihierophantom's Beyond Eternity
Melodic black/death metal from Holland. [samples] (http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=167529)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: loke on May 30, 2010, 02:20:48 AM
Astral - We the Unclean shall flourish / The Celestial Nightmare - demo's 93​/​94 (http://gnawtheirtongues.bandcamp.com/album/we-the-unclean-shall-flourish-the-celestial-nightmare-demos-93-94)

Necromantia worship...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on May 30, 2010, 06:47:34 AM
I forgot to mention that Steve Roach should appeal to fans of Maeror Tri / Troum
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MilitantIdiotCrusher on May 31, 2010, 02:59:09 PM
I'm also curious about:

Maudlin of the Well
King Crimson (I have In the Court.. and Red. anything else worth it?)
Yes (I have Fragile.)
St. Vitus (anything besides Born too Late?)
Sleep
Watchmaker (this Grindcore band I found in the audiofile section. listened to some of it, sounds fucking awesome so far.)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on May 31, 2010, 04:16:12 PM
I'm also curious about:

King Crimson (I have In the Court.. and Red. anything else worth it?)
St. Vitus (anything besides Born too Late?)

St. Vitus' self titled album is the only one that I still listen to. Check that out if you like Born too Late

I enjoy almost all King Crimson that I have heard. Their second album, In the Wake of Poseidon, is one of my favorites. It's has a very similar sound to In the Court. Lizard, Starless and Bible Black, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, and Islands are all interesting, but not as good as Red or In the Court.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 31, 2010, 06:05:49 PM
I'm also curious about:
Sleep
Watchmaker (this Grindcore band I found in the audiofile section. listened to some of it, sounds fucking awesome so far.)


Sleep is good if you like very drawn out stoner influenced doom metal. B grade, and see if you can't listen to "Dopesmoker" the whole way through.

Watchmaker is interesting in concept and vicious upon first listens, but ultimately their extremity is their weakness. Still good in short spurts.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on May 31, 2010, 07:01:50 PM
Was wondering about some early Norwegian bands:

Carpathian Forest
In the Woods
Forgotten Woods
Helheim
the other Helheim
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on May 31, 2010, 10:42:32 PM
Carpathian Forest are pretty crappy. Their rock'n'roll streak didn't really start until their first full-length, but even their demo era really bugs my eardrums, specifically the vocal performance. Dude sounds like a black metal cheerleader: nah-nah-nah-nah nah-nah-nah-naaaaah, so fucking annoying. They do a great job alternating between pretentious acoustic sections and dumbfuck Hellhammer imitations, so they spread the suck around to multiple subgenres.

Forgotten Woods is a band I got into about a year and a half ago, and they're pretty tight. Their Sjell av Natten EP is essential listening for reasons best described here (http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=2873#7443). Their style is a little bizarre, almost sounding like a black metal version of Joy Division or Kraftwerk at times (lots of danceable), but it's very well-executed. They do a good job of integrating major key melodies into their stuff, giving it a pretty unique atmosphere. The two full-lengths sandwiching their masterpiece EP are a bit more hit-and-miss; they've got a lot of great parts, but they can be a bit repetitive at times, and not in a good way. Still worth listening too. They turned into depressive rock later on when they changed their name to Joyless, and their "comeback" album under the Forgotten Woods moniker is pretty forgettable, like most comebacks.

I gave In the Woods' first album a try a while back, and I've never been more bored. So many bands listen to Burzum's droning style on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, and rather than go through the arduous task of figuring out why that album is great, they just assume that repetitive=good and put like three boring riffs end to end for two hours or so. Layer some ambient keyboard over it, and you've got an "avantgarde masterpiece". Personally, I'd go for Graveland's Immortal Pride instead: it's got a similar aesthetic, but it does a lot more with it.

Some other Norwegian bands: Mock, the band that later became Kampfar. They've got a really strange atmosphere that's exceptionally hard to describe. I won't go into detail here, but this (http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=29088#16199) review explains Mock's whole schtick quite nicely.
Fimbulwinter, a band featuring members of later losers Ved Buens Ende, Ragnarok, and Dimmu Borgir, is predictably shitty Darkthrone/Satyricon worship; I wouldn't even bother listening to them on the internet.
The first Arcturus demo is actually really scary and atmospheric stuff, completely unlike anything they did later (or anything any other band has ever done), with some great ambient keyboard work and dissonant guitar composing songs led by ritualistic vocals.
Gehenna, mentioned here (http://www.anus.com/metal/gehenna/#first_spell) in the DLA, are one of the last great black metal innovators in the Norwegian scene. They're one of the only "symphonic" black metal bands I can stand.
Tartaros (http://www.anus.com/metal/tartaros/) is another band that falls under the symphonic-black-metal-that-doesn't-suck banner: they're goofy as fuck but genuinely creepy at the same time for reasons best elucidated here (http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=9802#5966). A good late night listen to make your skin crawl.
Limbonic Art are an interesting band: their first two albums is decent Emperor worship with a beefed-up keyboard presence, but their third album heads into weird, abstract territory, almost sounding like a proto-Darkspace with some heavily layered distant production and outer spacey atmosphere.
One of the most unknown early Norwegian black metal bands is also one of the best: Dies Irae (http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=11510). They're pretty much Summoning before Summoning: a complex fusion of Dead Can Dance-esque ethno-gothic stuff with ridiculously raw and dissonant black metal, as well as more than a bit of romantic classical, barqoue, medieval, and renaissance music. The same dudes also had another band called Cruciamentum (http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=44355), who were a bit more "normal" sounding, with a little bit of an industrial Godflesh-type influence. You can find FLAC rips of both bands' catalogs within our Audiofile (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/board,5.0.html) section.
Slagmaur (http://www.myspace.com/slagmaur) are probably the only recently formed Norwegian black metal band of note. Their Skrekk Lich Kunstler (http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=177357#127248) album is a confusing but engaging listen; I've owned it for about three months and I haven't quite decided if I love it or just like it yet. They take the whole Thorns-style layered dissonant black metal farther than anyone else has taken it, rendering their music hopelessly obscure to most listeners. Skrekk Lich Kunstler is definitely their best, if you ask me; their other albums didn't catch my attention quite as much.
Last but not least, Mysticum (http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=11867#16199), who are best described as a black metal version of Drogheda (http://www.anus.com/metal/drogheda/), layering dispassionate wandering black metal melodies over a crashing electronic drum base. Positively hellish stuff, recommended for fans of Zyklon-B and Uranium 235 (the bands and the substances).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on June 01, 2010, 12:59:16 AM
One of the most unknown early Norwegian black metal bands is also one of the best: Dies Irae (http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=11510).

Thank you very much for this.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Arctic Sun on June 03, 2010, 06:05:24 PM
Curious to hear what members think about a project spearheaded by a former Dismember/Carnage member:

http://www.myspace.com/necronaut666

Sounds like Dismember meets Autopsy.  Something to keep an eye on IMO, especially if they go the way of the second track.  Sounds like a cover, but I can't put my finger on it at the moment.  Tasteful and spirited in any case.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cargést on June 03, 2010, 06:38:14 PM
Oddly enough, I quite liked it.  The second track was definitely better, but I thought they were both above average.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: K. Sear on June 04, 2010, 12:03:05 AM
I gave In the Woods' first album a try a while back, and I've never been more bored. So many bands listen to Burzum's droning style on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, and rather than go through the arduous task of figuring out why that album is great, they just assume that repetitive=good and put like three boring riffs end to end for two hours or so. Layer some ambient keyboard over it, and you've got an "avantgarde masterpiece". Personally, I'd go for Graveland's Immortal Pride instead: it's got a similar aesthetic, but it does a lot more with it.

That is a rather accurate summation of the album, although I find enjoyment in it.  However, that album gives a very inaccurate picture of how good this band really is.  Their follow up, "Omnio", is far superior and I would highly recommend giving it a listen.  They dropped the annoying Burzum worship that disrupted the continuity of the first album and trimmed much of the fat from the compositions (although they are still lengthy) resulting in a much more "progressive" sound for lack of a better term.  I like to think of it as what modern Amorphis could have sounded like if they decided to not suck.  They continued this evolution on their follow up, "Strange in Stereo", but it started to wander a little too far for me to claim it is as good as "Omnio".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: David_Brent on June 05, 2010, 03:45:20 AM
Yes : I have Close to the edge, Relayer, Tales..., Going for the one and off course Fragile.
They are all decent, but Fragile might be the best from these. Relayer is their most proggy thing, more technical than ever. Really something worth to check out. I enjoy Going for the one probably more than the typical yes fan, but I must admit it's a very catchy release. You can already hear the happyness from Tormato echoing in this one.

Anybody heard the new Blood of kingu (sun in the house of the scorpion) yet?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on July 02, 2010, 07:36:13 AM
Endezzma - great MCD recently released on Agonia Recs. Band members of Kvist, Beastcraft etc.

Skog (http://www.myspace.com/skogdepressiveblackmetal)
Malhkebre (http://www.wikimetal.info/wiki/Malhkebre)

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on July 02, 2010, 03:15:04 PM
I'm also curious about:

Maudlin of the Well
King Crimson (I have In the Court.. and Red. anything else worth it?)
Yes (I have Fragile.)
St. Vitus (anything besides Born too Late?)
Sleep
Watchmaker (this Grindcore band I found in the audiofile section. listened to some of it, sounds fucking awesome so far.)

I agree with deadite on Sleep: basically a dumbed-down version of Cathedral, goes nowhere, but is more competent than 99% of doom bands.

St. Vitus: everything up through the late 1980s is good.

Yes: I like their stuff, but the leftist lyrics get to me after awhile (leftism = decline to third world status). I would recommend Tales from Topographic Oceans or Relayer to start.

Watchmaker: surface treatment, Carbonized is better and less extreme but more musical.

Maudlin of the Well: ditto.

Was wondering about some early Norwegian bands:

Carpathian Forest
In the Woods
Forgotten Woods
Helheim
the other Helheim

All crap.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Nightspirit on July 02, 2010, 05:09:17 PM
Was wondering about some early Norwegian bands:

Carpathian Forest
In the Woods
Forgotten Woods
Helheim
the other Helheim

All crap.

Yes, they're all crap.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MilitantIdiotCrusher on July 06, 2010, 07:51:40 AM
thanks, Conservationist. ive never really listened to/read any of Yes' lyrics and now im definately not going to bother.

Anyone know if anything Mesrine did other than that 3-way split reviewed on the DLA is worth a damn?
any Thorns other than Grymyrk?
how about Isengard?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 06, 2010, 08:18:10 AM
Thorns' self titled 2001 album is pretty good. A bit sterile cause of the production, but composition is as good as ever.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on July 24, 2010, 02:34:14 PM
Goreaphobia. And if it's worth hearing, what releases?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Pielo Schette on July 26, 2010, 07:28:29 AM
Isengard "Hostmorke" is really good but it falls apart half way through. Throns is good but unfinished sounding so it's hard to listen to. Goreaphobia has two albums, the first is old stuff and the second is new stuff. Both are good if you like really high energy death metal. I get out my yoga mat and do calisthenics to it.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cynical on July 26, 2010, 06:36:50 PM
any Thorns other than Grymyrk?
Trondertun is good, but the post-jail stuff is garbage.

Quote
Goreaphobia. And if it's worth hearing, what releases?
Everything they've done is worthy.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on August 01, 2010, 09:58:54 AM
What are your thoughts on Autopsy? I don´t see much disscusion on them around this site. Also thought on the new single?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dead_Soul on August 01, 2010, 12:16:18 PM
What are your thoughts on Autopsy? I don´t see much disscusion on them around this site. Also thought on the new single?
That is because they are considered one of the indisputable greats; everything that can be said has already been said about them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Everdarkgreen on August 03, 2010, 01:29:27 PM
I'm wondering what the general consensus on some bands are since I've had them in my digital collection for a while now and used to be into them to a lesser/greater degree, but after throwing a lot of rubbish out and rediscovering the classic/death black, I'd love to know what is worth checking out again. Also, sorry for the length of the list. I would estimate that less than 10 if not less than 5 percent of these bands are actually worth delving into again, so maybe just list what's definitely worth it and perhaps the semi-decent material separately.

Aeon
Alarum
Alchemist
Alice in Chains
Angantyr
Angelcorpse
Anubis Gate
Arcturus
Ares Kingdom
Artillery
Aspid
Assessor
Candlemass
Cemetary
Callisto
The Chasm
Coldworld
Convulse
Cult of Luna
Dark Tranquility
Deathevokation
Depravity
Destroyer 666
Devastation
Diocletian
Doomsword
Ereb Altor
Esoteric
Exmortem
Falkenbach
Fates Warning
The Flashbulb
Forbidden
Gjallarhorn
Farsot
Faustcoven
Fen
Glorior Belli
Gris
Hammers of Misfortune
Heavy Load
Heir Apparent
Hyadningar
Impetuous Ritual
In the Woods...
Jag Panzer
King Diamond
Kroda
Lamp of Thoth
Legend
Lifelover
Limbonic Art
Lord Weird Slough Feg
Lunar Aurora
Manilla Road
Martyr
Mirrorthrone
Mithotyn
Mithras
Monolith Deathcult
Moonsorrow
Morbid Saint
Mortifera
Mournful Congregation
Mourning Beloveth
Mr Bungle
Multiplex
Myrkgrav
Myrkr
Neuraxis
Neurosis
Nocturnal Graves
Nocturnus
Nokturnal Mortum
Nortt
Ondskapt
Order from Chaos
Pagan Altar
Pantheist
Paradise Lost
Pensees Nocturnes
Pentagram (doom)
Portal
Primordial
Psychotic Waltz
Psycroptic
Purtenance
Queensryche
Quo Vadis
Realm
Reverend Bizarre
Riverside
Rottrevore
Rudra
Ruins of Beverast
Sadist
Sanguis Imperem
Saracen
Satan
Scald
Sculptured
Scythian
Sear Bliss
Sempiternal Deathreign
Severed Savior
Shadow Gallery
Shining
Shrinebuilder
Sigh
Slaughter
Solefald
Solitude Aeternus
Solstice
Sororicide
Soundgarden
Stormwitch
Temnozor
Timeghoul
Traumatic Voyage
Tyrant
Ulcerate
Ved Buens Ende
Venetian Snares
Vesperian Sorrow
Virulence
Winter
Woe
Wolven Ancestry
Yyrkoon






Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on August 03, 2010, 04:25:15 PM
Fen - Post-black metal. Avoid.
Neuraxis - Probably the best in their style (technical metalcore with more of a death metal framework). Nothing amazing but if you like technical death metal it's worth a listen and better than most.
Temnozor - They put folk music and black metal together more convincingly than most other bands that attempt it. Musically it's pretty boring, doesn't really develop much or go anywhere. The kind of band you want to like, but you can't because at the end of the day it's mediocrity with good intent.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: LD50 on August 03, 2010, 05:08:59 PM

It depends on wich releases, but I'd avoid deletion of:

Candlemass
Dark Tranquility
Esoteric
Fates Warning
Limbonic Art
Paradise Lost
Primordial
Psychotic Waltz
Queensryche
Sigh

there are lots of crap in that list man XD
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on August 03, 2010, 08:31:06 PM
Everdarkgreen:

Angelcorpse - meh, OK. Vivacious, but not resplendent(although to be fair, it doesn't aim for that). It's good, just not very complex.
Arcturus - good as gateway metal. Once you start listening to music more seriously the novelty that their circus approach possesses will quickly wear off, although the early stuff continues to possess some glimmer of beauty.
Ares Kingdom - lots of hype surrounding it, but still not bad. Competent, directed, but superfluous. Energetic enough, though, to merit at least a cursory listen.
Artillery - Likeable for its nostalgic value, but ultimately it makes me think of fat people jogging.
Candlemass - AWESOME
Cemetary - have only heard the debut LP, goofily-structured death metal of which the best thing can be said is that you can't fault them for trying... quirky, kinda dumb.
The Chasm - still trying to get into them myself. Common consensus is "highly regarded."
Coldworld - avoid like a plague of homosex. Self-indulgent grand-standing bullshit music.
Convulse - decent old-school death metal, but nothing outstanding. Above average, though. Fairly good.
Cult of Luna - only heard the '08 release; it was drab, but I guess good for the style in which it operated(which doesn't hold any appeal to me at all).
Dark Tranquility - fucking shit. Might as well listen to In Flames.
Depravity - YAWN
Destroyer 666 - about the same as Ares Kingdom
Esoteric - not bad, but overlong. Skepticism beats this by light-years.
Falkenbach - it's pretty sad when you can tell exactly how good a band is going to be just by reading its name.
The Flashbulb - as a whole this guy's work is only fair; some of it carries a lot of emotional heft, and a very sublime beauty throughout. But it's also very hit-or-miss. Boards of Canada provides a much more rewarding alternative.
Faustcoven - I enjoyed the first album; competent, if extremely basic. The second one, which I haven't heard, got a little sodomized on the main site's Sadistic Reviews sidebar.
Glorior Belli - average; at least it isn't outright shit.
Manilla Road - AWESOME
Mirrorthrone - avoid; the guy obviously has compositional talent, but no idea when to stop. Songs are way too open and loose.
Mourning Beloveth - only heard the '08 release; it was drab and any value it may have had was made irrelevant by the fact it's about drug addiction(lol).
Mr Bungle - hahaha, just no.
Neuraxis - I agree with nothingnowhere.
Nocturnus - overpraised. The Key is alright, but I'm guessing I could name a hundred albums I'd rather listen to over it.
Ondskapt - see also: Watain, Funeral Mist, S.V.E.S.T., Deathspell Omega, etc...
Pensees Nocturnes - somehow this got a lot of praise around here. I find it laughable.
Primordial - like a shittier Esoteric.
Riverside - this is what the modern man listens to while inserting his tampon and applying mascara.
Rottrevore - although the fact their LP is politically themed(lolwut), it has some solid musicality. Holds some parallels to the Dutch death metal scene in its battering intensity.
Slaughter - AWESOME, at least the older stuff is. Strappado easily beats out its contemporaries in sheer violence.
Solefald - like Arcturus, holds some novelty value, but not much more. Well, at least the first two albums do - the last one was outright horrid.
Solitude Aeternus - good for what it is - doom of the "it's really just basic heavy metal played really slow" variety.
Soundgarden - if you MUST listen to rock, this is one of the few bands in the genre that manages to pull off some credible fire, but that's mostly just because of the vocalist.
Temnozor - I agree with nothingnowhere.
Ved Buens Ende - avoid like a plague of homosex. Self-indulgent LOOK-AT-ME "oddness"(aka attention whoring).
Venetian Snares - dull, boring, uninspired "experimental" electronica.
Winter - pretty cool; Disembowelment is better.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on August 03, 2010, 11:13:50 PM
I'm wondering what the general consensus on some bands are since I've had them in my digital collection for a while now and used to be into them to a lesser/greater degree, but after throwing a lot of rubbish out and rediscovering the classic/death black, I'd love to know what is worth checking out again.

If I were you, I'd delete them all, simply to be free of the baggage. Go for something totally different, study a bit of music theory, play some instrument... none of us have a long enough lifetime to systematically go through all metal there is, classic or not. What you need to discover is the few important ideas that tie the music to the philosophy, and your personal decisions in life, whether or not they serve a consensus. The only real consensus is Will, the continual one.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Everdarkgreen on August 03, 2010, 11:32:37 PM
Thanks for the responses, it really gives me some space to discover.

I'm wondering what the general consensus on some bands are since I've had them in my digital collection for a while now and used to be into them to a lesser/greater degree, but after throwing a lot of rubbish out and rediscovering the classic/death black, I'd love to know what is worth checking out again.

If I were you, I'd delete them all, simply to be free of the baggage. Go for something totally different, study a bit of music theory, play some instrument... none of us have a long enough lifetime to systematically go through all metal there is, classic or not. What you need to discover is the few important ideas that tie the music to the philosophy, and your personal decisions in life, whether or not they serve a consensus. The only real consensus is Will, the continual one.

An interesting thought. I've actually done something to this extent in reading around the site and traversing the fretboard/keys/skins of my instruments. I know I can't go through everything, but this thread seemed like a useful resource I could take advantage of. I generally know what I'm looking for and wasn't surprised to see that a band like Candlemass was revered (even around here). On the other hand, oftentimes bands tend to straddle the line between having substance and appearing to have substance. And as was the case with a good deal of those bands, I'd definitely remembered hearing them and not wanting to delete them, at least not at the time.

Of course I have my mind, but it's a tool that can be sharpened to better understand why certain music is just fundamentally more valuable than other music. Intuitively I feel like certain bands are useless. On the other hand, there is the part of me that wonders if I'm not seeing a band like Manilla Road the most accurate way in the sense that while they may have been enjoyable to me in the past, I can't help but wonder if all that's appealing about them is their old school charm and rock-tinted cliches sprawled about their songs with seemingly no regard to creating more than a 'rocking', predictable tune that wails about and hits perhaps the same weaknesses that a band like Alice in Chains used to hit for me. And there, another band which seems to be another sleezy hard rock outfit which still holds something slightly more than nostalgia for me.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: MidnightStrength on August 07, 2010, 08:37:44 AM
Everdarkgreen - there are a few bands on your list that I'd definitely recommend keeping. As I'm on the run (as per usual) I can't comment now, but I will at some later point.

On another note, I was wondering if someone had any thoughts on Nocturnal Blood and could elaborate on them (that is, looking for more than just an "aye" or "nay").
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Phenoptosis on August 07, 2010, 10:05:18 AM
Vore - Lord of Storms (2001)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on August 20, 2010, 03:07:15 PM
What Master's Hammer's records are worth listening?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 20, 2010, 05:48:29 PM
What Master's Hammer's records are worth listening?

I like Ritual; it's a very theatrical and heavy metalized version of black metal. It has its moments where it may seem too pompous, but those moments are few enough that they are excusable. I've heard others recommend their demos and second album (The Jilemenice [sp?] Occultist), but I haven't heard them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on August 21, 2010, 04:59:28 AM
How is Toadliquor? I've been hearing good things about them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Halmicro24 on August 21, 2010, 03:23:03 PM
I found this band today trying to look for some new bands with an old school feel. I stumbled upon Chapel of Ruin, a death metal band from virginia. The drummer is only 14 and has only been playing for roughly 6 months, so forgive the sloppiness. If you like Bolt Thrower-esque death metal, you'll enjoy this band.  www.myspace.com/chapelofruin
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: 20145689 on August 22, 2010, 12:02:39 PM
I found this band today trying to look for some new bands with an old school feel. I stumbled upon Chapel of Ruin, a death metal band from virginia. The drummer is only 14 and has only been playing for roughly 6 months, so forgive the sloppiness. If you like Bolt Thrower-esque death metal, you'll enjoy this band.  www.myspace.com/chapelofruin

I thought that at times CoR were trying perhaps too much to force a deliberate heaviness [Reign of the Darklord], as opposed to summoning up some sort of feeling through riffcraft [Torched Entrails]. Not bad atall though, for a new band.

Anyhow, I found a wonderfully atmospheric black metal instrumental called 'Sin', by Saedus Darknight. If anyone does decide to listen to it, please do so at night, when you are relaxed somewhat, for full affect. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-wv-zGbU0U
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: veiledbonesinblood on August 24, 2010, 04:07:05 PM
 top bands :
Cultes des Ghoules
Martyrium (germ) LVX occulta
Necros Christos
 
if you havent heard them check em out

with all the psuedo garbage  swarming in the vast. people seem to forget to look the old hard way at music. take a chance at new bands  even though i will admit right now the black and death metal is over run with pretentious shit. I always look for bands with a unique quality rather than a image.    I came across a few bands  worth hearing for the true  my top picks i suggest to look into


"PEK" (Belgium) Vomit Upon The Priest
F*&^! dark ass old school death metal
this guy means buissness if your into old school incantation or immolation with a satanic boost this is it but he takes it a step further. he has a official page .

Unhallowed Torment (demo) USA/florida
Very F*&^ing strange black metal needs work but overall good
Kinda like Negative Plane meets Necros Christos  (thats why i bought it , the description)  looking forward to more only a myspace page
was my best kept secrets hehehe

Nocturnal Blood (True Spirit of Old...  demo)(invoacation of spirits) USA/CA
Just as the title says great black/death blend of old school lot of bathory worship with a bestial war vibe .cant get any better than this. no official page.. id  kill to see this band LIVE.

Acid witch (Witchtanic Hellucinations)
AWESOME death/doom and im picky about doom.. one sentence "get the drugs" .. sums it up
official page

Furze - (Necromanzee Cogent) norway
kinda like darkthrone slowed down although looks like typical black metal not bad stuff.

Weakling (dead as dreams) USA/CA
split up but one of the overlooked better blackmetal albums USBM good qualities there is a myspace page.
another best kept secret...
 
tell me if any have heard these bands and what they think..





Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: veiledbonesinblood on August 24, 2010, 04:08:47 PM
What Master's Hammer's records are worth listening?


Ritual
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: zebra bodine on August 25, 2010, 10:32:18 AM
I'm also curious about:

Maudlin of the Well



You would think their collusion of so many different instruments would muddle the experience, but their mastermind Toby Driver is an astounding musician.  Their style is not easily categorized, with equal parts doom, death, folk, and strange, chamberous neoclassical weirdness.  They were often labeled "jazzy" because of the horns and airy guitar, but this is only an aesthetic misconception; the music itself has no root in jazz.  "My Fruit Psychobells" is an interesting first album (actually a comp) but its production is lacking; overall a good listen with latent potential.  "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map" are both incredible and function as a double album without being one.  They're stunning musical journeys, especially enjoyed in an autumn forest.  Their newest album "Part the Second" is more akin to Driver's later work with Kayo Dot and his solo music; a much more subconscious, non-linear, cerebral experience.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: mandrake on August 26, 2010, 07:10:01 AM
Has anyone heard the Von Goat album?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 26, 2010, 08:51:03 PM
Has anyone heard the Von Goat album?

No, and I'm not sure if I actually want to.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: icKx on August 27, 2010, 10:22:17 AM
A few artists I would value an opinion on:

Absentia Lunae
Spite Extreme Wing
Nazxul
Cobalt
Sanctus Nex
Gigan
Battle Dagorath
Janvs
Dead Congregation
Funebrarum
Ehnahre
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 27, 2010, 04:13:17 PM
A few artists I would value an opinion on:

Absentia Lunae
Spite Extreme Wing
Nazxul
Cobalt
Sanctus Nex
Gigan
Battle Dagorath
Janvs
Dead Congregation
Funebrarum
Ehnahre

Dead Congregation has been mentioned several times throughout this thread; look through it.

Funebrarum - good bordering on great death metal. Kind of reminds me of early Finnish bands in the genre like Demigod. Also I'm a sucker for almost everything Daryl Kahan is involved in; the man really knows how to make music with lasting value. Any of this band's works are worth investigating.

Cobalt - shit. hipster garbage. avoid.

Nazxul - Aussie band which is quite eclectic. "Iconoclast" is an orchestral/symphonic endeavor, "Totem" is more avante garde and death metal influenced. Can't really go wrong, solid second tier black metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Everdarkgreen on August 30, 2010, 09:15:44 PM
Looking for opinions on a few releases:

Isole - Throne of Void
Isole - Bliss of Solitude
Ereb Altor - By Honour
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2
Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
Solitude Aeternus - Alone
Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead
Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
Guthrie Govan - Erotic Cakes
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on August 31, 2010, 01:26:44 PM
King of the Dead is an absolutely essential album, one of the most extreme pre-death/black metal albums. If you're a fan of Deceased, it's especially worth listening to, if only to see where a lot of King Fowley's melodic ideas came from. Pretty much all of Cirith Ungol's stuff is worth listening to, and King of the Dead is their best album.

Keeper of the Seven Keys II is kinda lame compared to its predecessor, mostly because KotSK I was almost entirely written by Kai Hansen, whereas its sequel was penned mostly by his bandmates, who were a bit more hard rock/mainstream-minded. Personally, I'd just download the album and delete everything except for Eagle Fly Free, March of Time, I Want Out, and the title track.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on September 03, 2010, 04:08:05 AM
Bloody Panda (http://www.bloodypanda.com)
 Manzer (http://www.manzer.fr)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dukha on September 03, 2010, 05:25:46 AM
Can anyone recommend anything akin to Disma? I've already done the obvious and checked into the members' other bands if I hadn't heard them already (Funebrarum, Incantation), and I was wondering if there was anything else that would be essential to listen to from that style.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: beezlebub on September 04, 2010, 06:18:32 AM
Can anyone recommend anything akin to Disma? I've already done the obvious and checked into the members' other bands if I hadn't heard them already (Funebrarum, Incantation), and I was wondering if there was anything else that would be essential to listen to from that style.  Thanks.
How about Miasmal or Cruciamentum.  Or even rawer like Teitenblood.  Disma does pretty much rule though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: icKx on September 07, 2010, 07:11:20 AM
Can anyone recommend anything akin to Disma? I've already done the obvious and checked into the members' other bands if I hadn't heard them already (Funebrarum, Incantation), and I was wondering if there was anything else that would be essential to listen to from that style.  Thanks.

Vasaeleth
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Wolfgang on September 08, 2010, 02:02:37 PM
Disma, Vasaeleth, Dead Congregation, Krypt, Necros Christos, Impetuous Ritual, Ignivomous, Mefitic, Encoffination et al are peaking my interest in death metal again. It's been years since I took new music in metal seriously, but I approach this wave with more optimism than I have any metal since the beginning of the last decade. Everyone appears to have their own "best" or "only good one" out of this new wave of Incantatiomorphs. Even if their isn't a great consensus on this style yet, at least various bands are stimulating interest. I have not digested all the above mentioned bands yet. I'm really not used to having to listen to this many new albums with potential like this. I wonder how much of it is me tiring of shutting out the modern metal world, how much of it is actual quality, and how much of it is just evil, crawly doomy riffs skating a lot farther with metal fans like myself than revisited Carcass, Suffocation, Darkthrone, Burzum or Deicide concepts. I like where some of this stuff is already and where some of it could be going, but I also just wonder if this new charge of Blasphemous-Crawling-Blackened-Doomdeath will ever really get out of Incantation's shadow.

I am rooting for it.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Wolfgang on September 08, 2010, 04:12:23 PM
Also - what would this genre of Incantatiomorphs be rightfully called? It seems to stretch all the way over to blasphemous over the top black metal based stuff like Teitanblood if you gauged the sub sub sub genre by the bands commonly being grouped together.

The most hilarious term I saw in a thread on here was "cave metal".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on September 20, 2010, 10:43:03 AM
Truppensturm - Salute to the iron emperors.  BLACK WAR METAL.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Wolfgang on September 20, 2010, 05:54:57 PM
The new Autopsy EP. Trust me.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on September 23, 2010, 09:07:50 PM
Truppensturm
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on September 24, 2010, 10:24:42 AM
looking for Allahu Akbar shit, like Birth AD.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Transilvania on September 25, 2010, 07:08:49 AM
How is the Finnish Carnifex?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Dukha on September 26, 2010, 08:34:17 AM
Disma, Vasaeleth, Dead Congregation, Krypt, Necros Christos, Impetuous Ritual, Ignivomous, Mefitic, Encoffination et al are peaking my interest in death metal again. It's been years since I took new music in metal seriously, but I approach this wave with more optimism than I have any metal since the beginning of the last decade. Everyone appears to have their own "best" or "only good one" out of this new wave of Incantatiomorphs. Even if their isn't a great consensus on this style yet, at least various bands are stimulating interest. I have not digested all the above mentioned bands yet. I'm really not used to having to listen to this many new albums with potential like this. I wonder how much of it is me tiring of shutting out the modern metal world, how much of it is actual quality, and how much of it is just evil, crawly doomy riffs skating a lot farther with metal fans like myself than revisited Carcass, Suffocation, Darkthrone, Burzum or Deicide concepts. I like where some of this stuff is already and where some of it could be going, but I also just wonder if this new charge of Blasphemous-Crawling-Blackened-Doomdeath will ever really get out of Incantation's shadow.

I am rooting for it.

A huge thanks for this list of bands, especially Dead Congregation. Their newest LP is very well constructed.  And although I may be opening myself up to a shitstorm here, I quite enjoy the first four High on Fire albums.  Matt Pike's work in Sleep has been praised here in other threads, but I never see mention of HoF. Is it the connection with hipster metal that earns this band outsider status on this board?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on September 28, 2010, 03:29:15 PM
Im interested in knowing what a live performance from Rotting Christ is like these days. I may have an opportunity to see them on their North American tour, but I am not sure the long journey would be worth it if they mostly play newer material.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on September 29, 2010, 12:29:14 AM
I saw Rotting Chirst live together with Immolation about half a year ago. They were pretty damn awful. Lots of sing-along songs to clap your hands to. Just about everything the played was from the last decade. Avoid.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on September 29, 2010, 01:49:44 AM
You may have saved me a 3 hour trip then, thank you.

What about Immolation for that matter? I will almost certainly be seeing them in October, with Vader.

Ohh yeah, I should add that I am of the opinion that everything after Unholy Cult is penis devouring (although I should probably give Shadows more then a cursory listen...).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on September 29, 2010, 05:49:11 AM
Immolation is incredibly powerful live band, even the new material shines (or rather darkens and pounds into dust) with all of the energy in their live set. Recommended. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7opVXj2L2mA
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on September 29, 2010, 09:02:59 AM
You may have saved me a 3 hour trip then, thank you.

What about Immolation for that matter? I will almost certainly be seeing them in October, with Vader.

Ohh yeah, I should add that I am of the opinion that everything after Unholy Cult is penis devouring (although I should probably give Shadows more then a cursory listen...).

I'm actually going to that tour tomorrow. If you'd like, I'll send you a link to the Examiner live review I will likely be writing. Never seen Vader so I can't comment on them; Immolation though I've seen 4 times (I believe) and each time they were stellar.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on September 29, 2010, 10:53:55 AM
You may have saved me a 3 hour trip then, thank you.

What about Immolation for that matter? I will almost certainly be seeing them in October, with Vader.

Ohh yeah, I should add that I am of the opinion that everything after Unholy Cult is penis devouring (although I should probably give Shadows more then a cursory listen...).

I'm actually going to that tour tomorrow. If you'd like, I'll send you a link to the Examiner live review I will likely be writing. Never seen Vader so I can't comment on them; Immolation though I've seen 4 times (I believe) and each time they were stellar.

That would be fantastic, thanks.

I heard a rumour that Vader will be playing De Profundis in it's entirety.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on September 29, 2010, 12:26:11 PM
You may have saved me a 3 hour trip then, thank you.

What about Immolation for that matter? I will almost certainly be seeing them in October, with Vader.

Ohh yeah, I should add that I am of the opinion that everything after Unholy Cult is penis devouring (although I should probably give Shadows more then a cursory listen...).

I'm actually going to that tour tomorrow. If you'd like, I'll send you a link to the Examiner live review I will likely be writing. Never seen Vader so I can't comment on them; Immolation though I've seen 4 times (I believe) and each time they were stellar.

That would be fantastic, thanks.

I heard a rumour that Vader will be playing De Profundis in it's entirety.

Really? That is intriguing. Hopefully that rumor is true!

I'll likely write it some time this weekend, so expect it soon.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chains on September 29, 2010, 01:32:59 PM
You may have saved me a 3 hour trip then, thank you.

What about Immolation for that matter? I will almost certainly be seeing them in October, with Vader.

Ohh yeah, I should add that I am of the opinion that everything after Unholy Cult is penis devouring (although I should probably give Shadows more then a cursory listen...).
You're welcome. Immolation is indeed the exact opposite. I'm not much of a fan of the new material either, although I don't completely hate it, but it sounds a lot more vicious live. They have the good sense to throw in a handful of tracks from older albums as well. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: autumn aurora on October 04, 2010, 11:31:39 PM
Wodensthrone's "Loss" is a great album if you're into epic atmospheric folky black metal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LecYsiGeauc
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 10, 2010, 10:40:08 PM
lord.spam - that Immolation/Vader show got cancelled. I can't write a review for a show I didn't attend.

On topic. I've seen G.I.S.M. mentioned several times on this forum. They're kind of crappy, but in a way that deems appreciation, if that makes any sense. They are pretty sloppy musicians, awful production, Engrish lyrics and all. However, for one interested in foundations of extreme metal, they're a good band to delve into.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ud41hOUH3Y&feature=related - interesting how this song contains some black metal-ish guitar technique.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: TheDeathlyLama on October 12, 2010, 09:24:23 AM
Cephalic Carnage, Gorguts, Obscura, Sons Of Aurelius, Decapitated, Origin, there are quite a few. Purely subjective opinion of course.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 12, 2010, 09:27:07 AM
Cephalic Carnage, Gorguts, Obscura, Sons Of Aurelius, Decapitated, Origin, there are quite a few. Purely subjective opinion of course.

Are you asking for opinions on those bands? Or just suggesting them to people?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: TheDeathlyLama on October 12, 2010, 09:30:16 AM
Yes, I can see how there would be quite a bit of ambiguity there...should have stated that I was suggesting them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Wolfgang on October 12, 2010, 10:03:20 AM
Cephalic Carnage, Gorguts, Obscura, Sons Of Aurelius, Decapitated, Origin, there are quite a few. Purely subjective opinion of course.

Sick fuckin bands bro.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: metal on metal on October 12, 2010, 12:08:09 PM
I've seen G.I.S.M. mentioned several times on this forum. They're kind of crappy, but in a way that deems appreciation, if that makes any sense. They are pretty sloppy musicians, awful production, Engrish lyrics and all. However, for one interested in foundations of extreme metal, they're a good band to delve into.

Awful production? Maybe, but only on the first release. Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaC-OvDaz1M

This album has really great (though Engrish) lyrics compared to the first one. Also, it's cover is beautiful, as featured in the youtube video.
Title: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: endofnight on October 17, 2010, 08:24:33 PM
I was just wondering if anyone could recommend some good black metal albums. I really enjoy:

Trelldom (Both albums)
Gorgoroth (all albums with Gaahl on vocals & quantos possunt Ad Satanitatem trahunt)
Emperor (All)
Absu (All)
Watain (Sworn to the dark)

There are a TON more but I am tired right now and don't feel like listing them all. I have really been getting into the Trelldom albums lately which is what brought me to write this post.

All recommendations welcome! THANKS!
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Veritas on October 17, 2010, 08:26:07 PM
DLA (http://anus.com/metal)
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Dissent on October 17, 2010, 08:28:11 PM
Averse Sefira
Burzum
Bathory
Beherit
Impaled Nazarene
Ildjarn
Havohej
Profanatica
Mutiilation


Any of these new to you?
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: endofnight on October 17, 2010, 08:53:02 PM
yes, thanks! I like Burzum. I also like Impaled nazarene's "Rapture" but was not that impressed with their other stuff. Manifest sounded promising though. I will definitely check out the other stuff.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: endofnight on October 17, 2010, 08:55:57 PM
What is DLA?
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Parasite on October 17, 2010, 09:06:17 PM
I was just wondering if anyone could recommend some good black metal albums. I really enjoy:

Trelldom (Both albums)
Gorgoroth (all albums with Gaahl on vocals & quantos possunt Ad Satanitatem trahunt)
Emperor (All)
Absu (All)
Watain (Sworn to the dark)

There are a TON more but I am tired right now and don't feel like listing them all. I have really been getting into the Trelldom albums lately which is what brought me to write this post.

All recommendations welcome! THANKS!


Well early gorgoroth would be a good start, since you like them already.  Listen to some of the "best of black metal" on the dark legions archive.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: metal on metal on October 18, 2010, 12:02:59 AM
I strongly suggest Spear Of Longinus' demo "Nazi Occult Metal", but only the demo- later, they watered it down. They're not Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement, in case you wonder. The music is powerful, but meditative.

You can find it in the Audiofile section: http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2772.0.html

Here's the interview: http://www.anus.com/metal/about/interviews/spear_of_longinus/
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on October 18, 2010, 09:28:22 PM
Some local bands that warrant attention:

Begrime Exemious: bestial death metal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyjDMDDPx8k (weak sound quality)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA0igbXRKDM&feature=related

Ominosity: "old school" (god, I fucking hate that term) death metal

http://www.myspace.com/chinsplittingdeathmetal






opinions please.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Starbreaker on October 20, 2010, 04:52:04 AM
Some favourites not previously mentioned:

Gorgoroth – Antichrist (http://www.mediafire.com/?5mwccg1ko4i)
Sacramentum – Far Away From the Sun (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C5280T0X)
Immortal – Pure Holocaust (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N0TXOYIJ)
Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1EVJYIEI)
Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EBGWP23N)
Enslaved – Vikingligr Veldi (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=03J3VPW7)
Graveland – The Celtic Winter (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZR9DCG05)
Summoning – Dol Guldur (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N5BPLMGW)
Absurd - Asgardsrei (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BX29619B)
Varathron – His Majesty at the Swamp (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UER08KAI)

And as someone pointed out elsewhere: don't fuck up and listen to separate songs, listen to whole albums only.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: metal on metal on October 20, 2010, 11:46:54 AM
I ran across a Belgian BM band which displayed a sense of curious dry humor in choosing a name Doodsdrek and designing a strange cover, funny in a disturbing way:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_OBR_OdKiYfI/TDkTSvr2WOI/AAAAAAAAB1g/8FDMO4HnoJI/s1600/Doodsdrek001.jpg

There seems to be no humor in the actual album performance. The lyrical and musical themes revolve around the basic experience of recognizing death. You could imagine this one popped out in 1995., with the first "Transylvanian Hunger" plagiarists. With the nekro kvlt leading the Legions of Discard, this recommendation is about to arrive at the wrongest time possible. Since they're not on myspace, your eventual curiosity is to be extinguished here:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XVO3FRRE
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Scvm on October 20, 2010, 05:18:48 PM
Darkthrone. If you haven't listened to them already, you absolutely have to. Start with Under A Funeral Moon.
Black Witchery. Very good band. Weird as fuck people, though. Start with Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom.
Katharsis. Raw German black metal. Long songs, but good stuff. Start with 666.
Absurd. Probably my favorite black metal works besides Bathory. Highly recommended, lots of history. Start with Totenlieder.
Weakling. USBM. Only released one album of pure atmospheric awesomeness. Dead As Dreams. Get it now.
Venom. This shouldnt require an explanation. Start with Welcome To Hell.
Abigail. Just started listening to this band recently from a recommendation. Worthy black/thrash. Start with Intercourse And Lust.

Hope this has helped, sir!
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Gir on October 21, 2010, 03:45:00 PM
Check out Marduk.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Leperchaun on October 21, 2010, 05:17:45 PM
Check out Marduk.
Yes, check out Those Of The Unlight and Opus Nocturne, but never mind the blasturbating nazi-satanist shock-rock they started to make later.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Scvm on October 21, 2010, 07:24:58 PM
Weakling. Gay Midget Fecal Pr0n (GMFP). Only released one album of pure atmospheric awesomeness. Dead As Dreams. Get it now.

Bolded/italicized/underlined for emphasis.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Transilvania on October 22, 2010, 06:03:57 AM
Here some good ones to start with. I'll also put albums that you may want to check out after "clicking" with the first.

Rotting Christ - Non Serviam >>> Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract
Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon/Engram >>> Beherit - Electric Doom Synthesis
Thorns - Trondertun >>> Thorns - Grymyrk
Ildjarn - Ildjarn-Nidhogg (particularly start with Eksistensens Jeger and Svart Dag (The Nothingness)) >>> Ildjarn - Forest Poetry (Listen to these as a whole, work up from the two tracks mentioned.)
Havohej - Dethrone the Son of God >>> Profanatica - Profanatitas De Domonatia

And then this one stands alone: Auzhia - The Key of Throne

Try this method. Progressing with albums helps related ideas become clear upon repeated listens. Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on October 22, 2010, 11:11:33 PM
Bunch of bands I found namedropped on Metal-Archives:

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Moonsorrow
Borknagar
Midvinter
Fanisk
Mirrorthrone
Ceremonial Castings
Cor Scorpii
Apotheosis
Old Mans Child
Bal Sagoth
Taake
Infinity
Angantyr
Nasheim
Nightbringer
Naglfar
Alghazanth
Vesania
Nocternity
Parnassus
Obtained Enslavement
Bekhira
Cirith Gorgor
Gates of Ishtar
Geist
Abruptum
Frost

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 23, 2010, 12:52:48 PM
Pretty much everything on that list is not good, roshan. The only exceptions would be early Abruptum, early Borknagar, and maybe some stuff by Taake. Moonsorrow is interesting atmospherically, but their songwriting skills need work. Disregard everything else.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on October 23, 2010, 03:14:52 PM
Abruptum has some great stuff. Psychotic, Tormenting, and Twisted music, I LOVE IT
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on October 23, 2010, 05:11:47 PM
Vomitor's two full lengths are worth a spin.  I just got Devil's Poison in the mail and im very satisfied.  I also recieved Nunslaughter's Goat but thats not for everyone..
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on October 23, 2010, 05:59:30 PM
Thanks, I'll look into early Abruptum and Borknagar.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: metal on metal on October 24, 2010, 02:16:16 AM
Vomitor's two full lengths are worth a spin.  I just got Devil's Poison in the mail and im very satisfied.  I also recieved Nunslaughter's Goat but thats not for everyone..

Devil's Poison appears tame on the first listen, when compared to the debut, but it's music dives deeper and gets way more sinister. I consider both albums masterpieces, despite the "bonehead" crown critics are so eager to install on Vomitor. Nunslaughter is not for me, though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Severian on October 24, 2010, 04:30:36 AM
Bunch of bands I found namedropped on Metal-Archives:

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Fanisk

Any thoughts?

I quite enjoyed what I have heard of Fanisk.

Another band I have been listening to recently, since I heard them on the Weltenfeind split with Absurd and Grand Belial's Key, is Sigrblot.

And if you enjoy Absurd and Sigrblot, Luror are worth a listen.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on October 24, 2010, 11:03:58 AM
Thoth - a side project of Darken from Graveland.

Did anyone hear the new album Zamglenie ? What are your opinions ?
I greatly enjoyed the first release : From the Abyss of Dungeons of Darkness.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on October 24, 2010, 12:15:49 PM
I'll recommend again for fans of extreme brutal nuclear warfare black metal(Conqueror , Revenge, Blasphemy) = Truppensturm - Salute to the iron emperors
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: scourge on October 24, 2010, 01:52:47 PM
Thoth - a side project of Darken from Graveland.

Did anyone hear the new album Zamglenie ? What are your opinions ?
I greatly enjoyed the first release : From the Abyss of Dungeons of Darkness.

He may as well just directly collaborate with Vikerness.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on October 24, 2010, 06:39:17 PM
I'll recommend again for fans of extreme brutal nuclear warfare black metal(Conqueror , Revenge, Blasphemy) = Truppensturm - Salute to the iron emperors

Better than your average war metal clone, but still a clone.

 I will give them another try.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Severian on October 24, 2010, 06:43:25 PM
Thoth - a side project of Darken from Graveland.

Did anyone hear the new album Zamglenie ? What are your opinions ?
I greatly enjoyed the first release : From the Abyss of Dungeons of Darkness.

He may as well just directly collaborate with Vikerness.

These continuing themes and song titles are nothing new with Black Metal. Like Burzum's War being a direct link between Bathory and Burzum. It may be a similar continuation. Or there may be no intentional link at all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 10, 2010, 11:14:02 PM
I've heard much about Zemial (the Greek one), what's a good work of theirs to start out with?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on November 11, 2010, 10:01:40 AM
My favorite release of theirs is the For the Glory of UR album. It's a bit like a second wave black metal take on Bathory's The Return, so I guess it's like... ifrst and a half wave black metal. It's pretty cool stuff, doesn't really sound like any of the other Greek bands at all.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on November 12, 2010, 05:25:28 AM
I've heard much about Zemial (the Greek one), what's a good work of theirs to start out with?
Wait a sec.

Have you heard the Greek band Septic Flesh?

Possibly pushing the title of best Greek band. Period. Massive statement (and against the social order here), but perhaps you should pursue them if you haven't already.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: icKx on November 12, 2010, 12:09:30 PM
Some bands on my to-do list:

Cain (Ita)
Fides Inversa
Minenwerfer
Mors Vincit Omnia
Ekpyrosis
Otargos
Malfeitor (Ita)
Tumulus Anmatus
Divine Codex
Black Flame
Frangar
Triptykon
Arkhon Infaustus
Adorior
Prosanctus Inferi
Son Of Earth
Witchrist
Vorum


Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chessnut on November 12, 2010, 06:02:59 PM
Depressor any good? From what I've heard (limited) it was very good.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: peristil on November 12, 2010, 06:50:46 PM
Which depressor are you referring to?
Depressor (aus)  kills.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Chessnut on November 12, 2010, 07:18:07 PM
My apologies. Definitely meant Depressor (USA).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on November 20, 2010, 08:06:27 PM
BLACK WITCHERY'S NEW ALBUM    "INFERNO OF SACRED DESTRUCTION"!!!!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on November 23, 2010, 12:14:29 AM
I've heard much about Zemial (the Greek one), what's a good work of theirs to start out with?

Zemial is one of the very rare examples of bands which to my ears have simply kept getting better.

"For the Glory of Ur" and the rest of the cult classics had their primitive attraction, but it is the epic metal slab "In Monumentum" which continues to have my undivided, gasping attention still four years after the release. I'd nominate it the Greek album of the decade, yes, even above such pleasures as "Graves of the Archangels" and "The Horned Made Flesh". Envisioned as a tribute to the passing of Quorthon, the pounding sagas explore all the necessary "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" and "Twilight of the Gods" quotes with pride and grace but go even further back to Manowar and expressive FX drenched long guitar leads of 70's progressive hard rock. Try it!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on November 23, 2010, 12:30:38 AM
^ I will try to re listen to them, I have only give them a cursory go though and it did not sit well with me. Also thank you for reminding me to find Legion of Doom material...


Inquisition's OMINOUS DOCTRINES OF THE PERPETUAL MYSTIKAL MACROCOSM as the best album I have heard this year. Highly recommended to all, even if one was never a fan of Inquisition other releases, this one MUST be heard!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on November 26, 2010, 06:14:32 PM
Are any of the following bands worth listening to?

Marduk
Watain
Ofermod
Dark Funeral
Dark Tranquility
Triumphator
Mortuus
Funeral Mist
Sigrblot
Ondskapt

I've given Dark Funeral's "Secrets of the Black Arts" a cursory listen but it sounded generic and norsecorish.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: zebra bodine on November 27, 2010, 09:02:04 AM
Are any of the following bands worth listening to?

Marduk
Watain
Ofermod
Dark Funeral
Dark Tranquility
Triumphator
Mortuus
Funeral Mist
Sigrblot
Ondskapt

I've given Dark Funeral's "Secrets of the Black Arts" a cursory listen but it sounded generic and norsecorish.

Marduk's good for a few songs until you realize they're all exactly the same.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on November 27, 2010, 11:16:57 AM
Are any of the following bands worth listening to?

Marduk
Watain
Ofermod
Dark Funeral
Dark Tranquility
Triumphator
Mortuus
Funeral Mist
Sigrblot
Ondskapt

I've given Dark Funeral's "Secrets of the Black Arts" a cursory listen but it sounded generic and norsecorish.

One would think so since they half invented the style of generic norsecore black metal. The rest of these bands (except Dark Tranquility, and I've never heard of Sigrblot so I couldn't say for them) are all norsecore / orthodox black metal as well. Most of them either have a page on the DLA or have been talked about quite a bit here, a quick search would give you a general idea of what the attitude is on them around here.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on November 27, 2010, 10:50:34 PM
Funeral Mist's debut is excellent, AVOID the second album like the (black) plague.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Devamitra on November 28, 2010, 03:45:02 AM
One would think so since they half invented the style of generic norsecore black metal. The rest of these bands (except Dark Tranquility, and I've never heard of Sigrblot so I couldn't say for them) are all norsecore / orthodox black metal as well.

An interesting case in fact for exploring the importance of concept and idea versus technique in black metal: the same bunch of people rotate in these bands while "orthodoxically" utilizing the same technique, but miraculously Sigrblot's "Blodsband", an album similar on surface but opened to a wider strain of Faustian/European ideas than mere "satanism" (in other words, actually having something to say) is probably the most artistically successful Swedish black metal album of the decade.

As for the rest of the list, I can agree that Funeral Mist's debut isn't bad as such, but also not a whole lot better than "Secrets of the Black Arts" and other earlier Swedish albums with similar intent but more textural (less fragmented) production style. If you want consistency, check out early Marduk which is satanic death metal, or early Dark Tranquillity which is At the Gates lite (http://www.deathmetal.org/2010/death-metal-album-of-the-week-dark-tranquility-skydancer).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on December 04, 2010, 05:11:05 PM
Are the later albums of Tartaros, Hades, Gehenna and Dodheimsgard and Manes worth looking into?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 04, 2010, 05:27:36 PM
Are the later albums of Tartaros, Hades, Gehenna and Dodheimsgard and Manes worth looking into?

NOPE.  let me recommend some other albums ;
Black Witchery - Inferno of sacred destruction ;
Vomitor - Devil's Poison ;
Conqueror - War Cult Supremacy ;
Inquistion - Into the infernal regions of the ancient cult;
Incantation - Mortal throne of nazarene;

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on December 05, 2010, 02:58:20 PM
NOPE.
WRONG.
Tartaros' full-length release further perfects the demented style of their debut, adding more dissonant Thorns/Voivod-inspired riffs to the mix in order to emphasize the weirdness of their keyboard harmonies. The main flaw with this release is that the guitars are mixed a bit too loud, occasionally making it hard to hear some of the keyboard melodies at times. The full-length Thorns s/t is a good album, particularly the song Shifting Channels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPhPvVQm1CA), which melds the echoing dissonance of the trademark Thorns black metal riff with a trance-inducing industrial/noise base. Also, Conqueror and Black Witchery suck on their full-lengths. Stick to their split album. Dødheimsgard's second album is about as good as their first, even if it's in a different style. It's a more atmospheric take on Aura Noir's first two albums, which makes sense because their new guitarist was from that band. After Monumental Possession, they took a serious nose-dive in quality, which led to most of the original members leaving the band.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on December 05, 2010, 03:16:58 PM
NOPE.
. Also, Conqueror and Black Witchery suck on their full-lengths. Stick to their split album.

You really don't have an idea what your saying do you? The material on that split is basically a mini version of both of their full lengths, even the production is almost unchanged.

Black Witchery however are the definition of a band "selling in". Everything is regurgitated, the riffs are moronically obvious, the subject matter done with paint by numbers precision. This interview says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0saLvPNa4ZA - total monkeys.

Conqueror on the other hand is mandatory Canadian black metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 05, 2010, 07:00:08 PM

Black Witchery however are the definition of a band "selling in". Everything is regurgitated, the riffs are moronically obvious, the subject matter done with paint by numbers precision. This interview says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0saLvPNa4ZA - total monkeys.

Conqueror on the other hand is mandatory Canadian black metal.

I disagree with this statement.  What are you exactly expecting from their music? what style have they sold into?  This band hasnt sold into anything, they have simplified and simplified their sound more and more with each album on purpose.  Unless you are just calling them copycats, their latest reminds me of a more savage version of Bestial Warlust.  This music is meant to crush, its war commands, not epic story telling.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cynical on December 05, 2010, 09:16:24 PM
Are any of the following bands worth listening to?

Marduk
Watain
Ofermod
Dark Funeral
Dark Tranquility
Triumphator
Mortuus
Funeral Mist
Sigrblot
Ondskapt

I've given Dark Funeral's "Secrets of the Black Arts" a cursory listen but it sounded generic and norsecorish.
Watain's first two albums are good.  Ofermod is excellent.  Mortuus's first EP was good, but the full length was... boring.  Funeral Mist's early stuff is good, "Salvation" is listenable, but a step down, and "Maranatha" is total crap.  Triumphator is good for an occasional listen if you want something fast and energetic, but with little depth- you won't come back to it much, so it's good for an mp3 download, but no purchase. 

Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquility, Sigrblot, and Ondskapt are crap.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on December 05, 2010, 09:30:38 PM

Black Witchery however are the definition of a band "selling in". Everything is regurgitated, the riffs are moronically obvious, the subject matter done with paint by numbers precision. This interview says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0saLvPNa4ZA - total monkeys.

Conqueror on the other hand is mandatory Canadian black metal.

I disagree with this statement.  What are you exactly expecting from their music? what style have they sold into?  This band hasnt sold into anything, they have simplified and simplified their sound more and more with each album on purpose.  Unless you are just calling them copycats, their latest reminds me of a more savage version of Bestial Warlust.  This music is meant to crush, its war commands, not epic story telling.

I love the brutal war metal style, and BW is a fucking abysmal example of it. They write shity riffs and organize them in a painfully blockheaded fashion.

Maybe not copy cats, but way too fucking stupid to do anything beyond the most obvious.

"Blasphemy, goats, hatred, desecration, darkness, and uhhh desecration....shit I already said that..."
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: metal on metal on December 06, 2010, 09:33:33 AM
http://www.anus.com/etc/black_witchery/

Great stuff.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on December 06, 2010, 09:34:51 AM

You really don't have an idea what your saying do you? The material on that split is basically a mini version of both of their full lengths, even the production is almost unchanged.
The production on that split is way better than on either band's full-length, particularly on Conqueror's end.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on December 06, 2010, 12:21:21 PM
Maybe one of the Texans here could help me with this. Is Desert of Shattered Hopes by Crucifixion from Houston worthwhile? Released 1993.

Also, what about Detest - Dorval? Thanks.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 06, 2010, 06:42:38 PM
 Black Witchery is definently leaning more into the raging hate filled black abyss, than it is War Metal.  The thing i value in Black Witchery's music is the relentless battering onslaught they give, and how well they capture a rage induced adrenaline rush.  Next time you get into a fight with someone listen to some Black Witchery afterwards, the repetious simple riffs is exactly what is going on in my brain, and the screams are the rage burning inside.

All this bickering aside, Black Witchery's new album is WORTH a listen
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 06, 2010, 09:18:08 PM

You really don't have an idea what your saying do you? The material on that split is basically a mini version of both of their full lengths, even the production is almost unchanged.
The production on that split is way better than on either band's full-length, particularly on Conqueror's end.

Doesn't matter much. Conqueror's full length just sounds like a complete barrage of noise. It's extremity taken to ridiculous levels. Excellent music for working out, and just really energetic. It's main driving force is its main strength, as well as its weakness. Either way, I never get tired of that album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 06, 2010, 11:05:08 PM
Extremity taken to ridiculous levels??  maybe for you young padawan.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on December 07, 2010, 02:06:07 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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on December 07, 2010, 04:56:10 PM
Extremity taken to ridiculous levels??  maybe for you young padawan.

Sorry if you're going to tell me 5 obscure bands that are more extreme but less artistically valid. Not interested.

Within the metal genre, particularly an "extreme" genre such as black metal, Conqueror is among the top tier of pure violent reckless abandon. One can tell just by listening to the recording a few times how intensely hard these musicians are playing. Very demanding material from a technical aspect, but besides that each song exhibits almost completely non cyclical structures, apart from perhaps a few instances where lyrics are repeated. They are not of the first tier of innovation like a Burzum or a Nihilist, but they definitely dragged black metal in another direction that took people a few years to understand. By using a similar technique used in "Transylvanian Hunger" and coupling that with Blasphemy's chaos and some slight grindcore influence, Conqueror succeeds in forging their own sound from which only Blasphemy even came close before them.

I'll admit it all sounded like noise to me the first few listens; it was the pure insanity of it that kept me curious about it. Eventually, as with all great albums, I learned to decipher it and now it is among my favorite black metal albums.

In terms of extremity, it is not the most extreme album, but that's like saying a 95 on a test score is not good because it is not a 98.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 07, 2010, 06:08:46 PM
Ah i didnt think you actually appreciated the album, your previous post just seemed to undermine Conqueror and just call it plain foolish.  It is definenlty a powerful album, and it comes to me as the most extreme at the moment.  Revenge of course is in the same vein and a great continuation of Conqueror.


Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Eelpop on December 13, 2010, 01:36:22 AM
Appalling Spawn - Freedom, Hope and Fury
Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris

They're essentially the same band but the albums are pretty different
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on January 15, 2011, 08:37:26 AM
Any thoughts on Pitch Shifter - Industrial?

I know the band went on to become pederasts, but I've heard several comparisons between this album and early Godflesh, namely Streetcleaner.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on January 15, 2011, 09:18:16 AM
Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
Haven't heard the other one you mentioned, but this one's a mess. Very pretty, sure. It would make great background music for feeding African orphans or making love to your fat girlfriend with lit candles in a $100k suburban home. But it's completely disorganized, and all the pretty parts are just sprinkled in randomly.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: transearth on January 15, 2011, 12:48:47 PM
last albums from Avenger, Destroying Divinity, Heaving Earth, Brutally Deceased, Psychotic Despair are something that I would recommend from .cz instead of Lykathea Aflame...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on January 16, 2011, 05:20:51 AM
Any thoughts on Pitch Shifter - Industrial?

I know the band went on to become pederasts, but I've heard several comparisons between this album and early Godflesh, namely Streetcleaner.

Stylistic comparisons are apt, but Industrial is a much more straightforward view. I would compare it to NIN if NIN was a grindcore band instead of a groovy, hooky, jazzy pop-indust band. Submit is the best from Pitchshifter, and it's still very basic but very deliciously angry.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on January 21, 2011, 03:45:47 AM
Some random recommendations I will share in no particular order as repayment for my "sins" in the "other" thread tonight:

Fanisk, Zhurong, Enemite, Liers in Wait & Ras Algethi.

Mentioning all of these for either unique aesthetic or structural explorations of the Metal genre.

I am in the process of exploring the 90s Doom Metal genre which is very over-looked in these parts, I will report back when I've had the chance to absorb some of the artists in more depth!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 21, 2011, 05:21:44 AM
Fanisk is shit. Can't tell you much about the others; though I've heard good things about Ras Algethi.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: istaros on January 21, 2011, 03:26:02 PM
Fanisk is shit. Can't tell you much about the others; though I've heard good things about Ras Algethi.
WTF! Don't "hear about" Ras Algethi for one second longer. HEAR it. As in, make it the very next album you look into...
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JewishPhysics on January 21, 2011, 04:28:33 PM
Some random recommendations I will share in no particular order as repayment for my "sins" in the "other" thread tonight:

Fanisk, Zhurong, Enemite, Liers in Wait & Ras Algethi.

Mentioning all of these for either unique aesthetic or structural explorations of the Metal genre.
The best way to recommend a band is to upload them to the audiofile.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on January 22, 2011, 01:33:36 AM
Pretty sure all of those barring Zhurong are uploading. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Blaphbee on January 22, 2011, 02:18:20 PM
I will wholeheartedly support the...support of Ras Algethi - monumentally atmospheric doom. And I dislike doom.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 24, 2011, 09:11:28 PM
Allrighty, so any suggestions for a Ras Algethi work to start out on?

Also, seeking opinions on some bands:

Lutemkrat
Gonkulator
Miasmal
The Accused
Denial Fiend
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on January 24, 2011, 11:39:39 PM
Ras Algethi only have a full length and a demo. I've never heard the demo though.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Jim Necroslaughter on January 25, 2011, 06:01:08 AM
Ras Algethi in Audiofile (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,605.0.html)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fitandfab on January 26, 2011, 11:50:56 PM
Apocalyptica - anything but the Metallica covers

i think not. they both have really nice hits. i for one enjoy listening to them




Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on January 27, 2011, 01:19:57 AM
Wow, the spambots are getting significantly better.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ASAP on January 27, 2011, 06:11:23 AM
Opinions?

Dark Millennium
Esoteric
Liers In Wait
Cromlech
Stargazer
Necros Christos

also +1 for Ras Algethi
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on January 27, 2011, 11:45:53 AM
Esoteric

Absolutely essential funeral doom/death/ambient/whatever. I'd recommend just starting off with their first album and working your way through the discography. If you enjoy good funeral doom stuff like Skepticism, Thergothon, and Unholy, you would probably like this. It's like the next evolutionary step within that particular sub-sub-genre. Their albums are a bit long-winded and require a lot of listener concentration, but it will definitely pay off in the long run if you have patience.

Liers in Wait
I've seen a lot of ANUS people pan their EP, but I personally thought it was pretty good. They're pretty much a hyper-speed continuation of Grotesque, so if you liked their demos, you'll probably like this. Atmospheric early tech death that wasn't in lock-step with the rest of what Sweden was doing at the time.

I was just about to download the Cromlech EP, so I'll report back with how that stuff sounds.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on January 28, 2011, 03:32:49 PM
Liers In Wait
Avoids the rock styled 'bounce' Metal that Sweden became famous for (see most of the Sunlight catalogue for examples). They are aesthetically closest to Morbid Angel, but at hyper-speed and mostly sans the slower "Doomish" moments on Blessed Are The Sick.

I consider this album to have one of, if not the highest, "learning curves" in Metal, which most likely has much to do with its hyperspeed (both in terms of BPM and the way that it is composed). The structural approach is unique in that there is absolutely no obvious repetition or regression. Most Metal is written in an ABABCABDCABA format or something similar. Liers in Wait is basically ABCDE and so forth. Each riff (if you can call it that) is basically torn asunder as if by some universal force, and its elements whilst melded into something new are at times barely identifiable. Not really an album you should listen to without your full attention.

Is this not almost the perfect abstract of the nature of the Cosmos?

Liers In Wait are one of those bands that if you go in looking for conventional structure then you'll most likely go away with impressions that this is pointless "riff-salad." My assumption would be that the people on here that have panned it in the past haven't really listened to it properly.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on January 28, 2011, 03:48:17 PM
http://www.myspace.com/demoncyhorde/music/songs/winds-of-plague-79424821
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 28, 2011, 08:02:54 PM
http://www.myspace.com/demoncyhorde/music/songs/winds-of-plague-79424821

Wow, what a guitar tone. Also, this song avoids much of Empire of the Fallen Angel's characteristics, and while I didn't think that album was too bad, I know many here dislike it. This basically sounds like Demoncy with more death metal injected in the riffing. I feel as if it ends much too abruptly though. Still, sounds great. Looking forward to the new album.

Also, thanks for the recommendation of Ras Algethi. At first it sounded too wimpy, but then I figured out the choral aspects are part of the overall aesthetic, and make the album work. I give it a B+, as I generally do not like this style of doom.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on January 29, 2011, 01:38:12 AM
Liers In Wait
I consider this album to have one of, if not the highest, "learning curves" in Metal, which most likely has much to do with its hyperspeed (both in terms of BPM and the way that it is composed). The structural approach is unique in that there is absolutely no obvious repetition or regression. Most Metal is written in an ABABCABDCABA format or something similar. Liers in Wait is basically ABCDE and so forth. Each riff (if you can call it that) is basically torn asunder as if by some universal force, and its elements whilst melded into something new are at times barely identifiable. Not really an album you should listen to without your full attention.

Is this not almost the perfect abstract of the nature of the Cosmos?

What you basically described is the seed of the compositional tactics of War Cult Supremacy (a masterful execution).

 Liers in Wait on the other hand simply doesn't work. It is horribly constructed. The riffs don't provoke anything greater but only exist in their own space briefly before being interrupted by another.


I have not listened to them much, and maybe there is genius behind the surface here, I will give it a few more trys- but with this style you can easily tell what is true intelligence behind the composition and what is just chaotic randomly selected riffs. That is because chaotic music - when executed properly - has a unique system or "algorithm" behind every facet of the music. When there is an order or "system" behind the composition, it will immediately appear to be alien (examples: Nesphite, Obscura, WCS). Something one cannot yet place a finger on. Yet eventually one "cracks" the compositional code and discovers a basic unity behind all the chaos.

There is no "alien" or intelligent system to Liers in Wait: it's just poorly designed chaotic death metal.

AND YES: I realize "intelligence" behind chaos is an oxymoron, but this is metal not jazz! Improvisational song structures are not compatible!




And while we are on the subject of chaotic metal, I recommend LUST (can):

 LUST in audiofile  (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2126.0.html) Start with Genesis of A Satanic Race.

The music walks a fine line between intelligent composition and completely random riffing, but for atmosphere alone it is worthy of a listen! Incredible.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vesupria on January 29, 2011, 03:53:02 AM
You sound like you're talking about aesthetics for the main part (since Nespithe & Obscura in particular are initially considered as 'alien' for these reasons). Something 'alien' in sound encourages you to look below the surface, something like Liers In Wait does not play its card in this fashion. Spiritual Uncontrolled Art does not make any outward developments in aesthetic, so perhaps that is why it sounds 'messy' (ie. it plays something "done before" in an odd, hyperspeed and chaotic way) - could also be the production.

The EP succeeded for me because it didn't encourage me to look below the surface with any directive aesthetic, but it slowly drew me in using subtelty in execution.

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong in the interpretation of your post.

I'll wishlist this War Cult Supremacy album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on January 31, 2011, 08:18:03 AM
Any opinions on these:

Nauseant - ILN
Diskord - Doomscapes

I came across them looking through Demilich-like newer death metal such as Cosmic Atrophy.

Also, thoughts on Weapon from Canada?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on January 31, 2011, 09:50:53 AM
Also, thoughts on Weapon from Canada?

They generally aren't well liked around here. I like the fusion of barbarous canadian war metal, greek melodic aspects, and morbid angel strangeness. Their songs feel well and interestingly structured to me, but the at times bluesy solo-ing can be excessive. I wouldn't go as far to call them great, certainly not essential, but I do think they're a solid B, especially on "From The Devil's Tomb".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on January 31, 2011, 02:14:47 PM
Also, thoughts on Weapon from Canada?

They generally aren't well liked around here. I like the fusion of barbarous canadian war metal, greek melodic aspects, and morbid angel strangeness. Their songs feel well and interestingly structured to me, but the at times bluesy solo-ing can be excessive. I wouldn't go as far to call them great, certainly not essential, but I do think they're a solid B, especially on "From The Devil's Tomb".

The Para Bhakti EP is brilliant and never ceases to make me nostalgic for my province of birth. Sadly, something went sour after this release and they have never managed to get back to that level of quality. Devils Tomb is an interesting release and almost "there" again, but has little staying power as an album.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ozz on February 04, 2011, 11:01:21 AM
I WILL get flamed for recommending these bands / albums... but I don't fucking care, I enjoy them all:

Anata - "Dreams of Death and Dismay" (tech death)
 
Akercocke - "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone"

Vital Remains - "Forever Underground"

Nocturnal Graves - "Satan's Cross"

Destroyer 666 - "Cold Steel... for an Iron Age"

Benighted (FRA) - "Identisick" (brutal death)

Acid Bath - "When the Kite Strong Pops" (doom / sludge)

The Project Hate - "In Horas Mortis Nostrae" (industrial death metal)

Iniquity - 'Serenadium' (death metal)

Sabbat (UK) - 'History of a Time to Come" (thrash)

Flame Away!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ozz on February 04, 2011, 11:12:32 AM
last albums from Avenger, Destroying Divinity, Heaving Earth, Brutally Deceased, Psychotic Despair are something that I would recommend from .cz instead of Lykathea Aflame...

+1 for Avenger
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ozz on February 04, 2011, 11:24:46 AM
Looking for opinions on a few releases:

Isole - Throne of Void
Isole - Bliss of Solitude
Ereb Altor - By Honour
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2
Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
Solitude Aeternus - Alone
Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead
Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
Guthrie Govan - Erotic Cakes

Psychotic Waltz's - "A Social Grace" gets a thumbs up from me... the rest, not so much.

Satan - Court in the Act
Raven - One For All
Holy Terror - Mind Wars
Tyrant - Too Late to Pray
Ullyses Siren - Above the Ashes
Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
Mercyful Fate - Dont Break the Oath
Coroner - RIP
King Diamond - Abigail
Powermad - Absolute Power
Razor - Violent Restitution / Shotgun Justice / Open Hostility / Custom Killing / Malicious Intent
Dead Brain Cells - Dead Brain Cells
Vendetta - Brain Damage
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles - Full Speed Ahead / Thrashzone / Definition / 4 of a Kind
Sabbat - A History of Time to Come / Dreamweaver
Artillery - By Inheritance
Destruction - The Antichrist / Release from Agony

Superior NWOBHM / speed/thrash metal bands and among my favs.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on February 09, 2011, 02:01:40 PM
Autopsy's "Horrific Obsession" EP

If you heard "The Tomb Within" didn't think much of it, give this one a try. These 2 tracks are a truly intense ride.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on March 02, 2011, 02:26:36 AM
Any thoughts on Thor's Hammer?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Bondage on March 03, 2011, 01:24:18 AM
Any thoughts on Thor's Hammer?

Funeral doom. If you like Funeral Doom you will like it. This was Greg Anderson's and Steven O'Malley's first band. These two are better known for their other projects Sunn 0)), Khanate & Burning Witch - which aren't liked much here. Commonly refered to as 'hipster'.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on March 03, 2011, 04:06:18 AM
I was talking about the Polish BM band by Capricornus from Graveland.....
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on March 11, 2011, 09:13:06 AM
Bunch of bands I found namedropped on Metal-Archives:
Parnassus


I actually missed this name the first time around. Been hearing a good amount of praise for them. Anyone have any information?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: sofiana on March 12, 2011, 12:18:07 AM
Any thoughts on Thor's Hammer?

I greatly appreciate their stuff, one of the best polish bands.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on March 12, 2011, 01:57:04 AM
Just heard the Innumerable Forms "Dark Worship" demo that was uploaded to the audiofile section.

Very healthy death metal, it's a lot like Demigod playing death doom. Excellent stuff!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on March 12, 2011, 11:34:52 AM
Bunch of bands I found namedropped on Metal-Archives:
Parnassus


I actually missed this name the first time around. Been hearing a good amount of praise for them. Anyone have any information?

I only enjoyed one song off their demo tape which was "Let me living die" but even that one goes stale.  Halloweenish synths for most of the album, not very memorable guitaring, typical BM vocals.  Maybe the guy gets better on his full lengths, but the demo doesnt make me interested.

Actually speaking of symphonic black metal, a friend who's friend plays in Artep gave me their CD.  Im not the best critic for symphonic BM but these guys have much better reviews on metal-archives than Parnassus.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: DRAKEN on March 31, 2011, 06:45:07 AM
hi guys,

check out this ITDM band, their first album comes out in June

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o2w3v49KHM

something between hate eternal and a bit of deeds of flesh maybe

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: JSPAG on March 31, 2011, 09:52:31 PM
Criminal Element-Guilty As Charged

I thought this band was going to be the typical mindless drivel i'm all to used to hearing, but as far as new grindcore goes, they're pretty good.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on April 01, 2011, 09:43:53 PM
Criminal Element-Guilty As Charged

I thought this band was going to be the typical mindless drivel i'm all to used to hearing, but as far as new grindcore goes, they're pretty good.

These guys are pretty cool, if recall correctly. I listened to an early EP of theirs a few years back when I found out that Terrance Hobbes was involved with them for a while.

Anyway, the new GridLink is pretty awesome. It doesn't really have as much of a thrash sound as their debut, instead opting for more weird Discordance Axis-style dissonance and a bit of black metal tremolo guitar. Better than their debut, I think. It definitely has more of a varied texture to it.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: mandrake on April 03, 2011, 05:43:09 AM
Has anyone listen to the Mystérion - Sacral Chamber 2010 EP ? i find it quite inspired and well written while not mind blowing the melodies and the moods flow smoothly in a depressive/romantic/solemn manner... also the ambient interludes fit there very well.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Grim Morrison on April 16, 2011, 01:14:01 AM
Anyone here listened to Phantasm's The Abominable? What do you think?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: roshan on May 06, 2011, 06:42:10 PM
Any thoughts on The Abyss (swe), Grotesque and Antaeus???
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: nothingnowhere on May 07, 2011, 06:00:21 AM
Any thoughts on The Abyss (swe), Grotesque and Antaeus???

Grotesque is fairly good. The Abyss is apparently decent on their first album. Antaeus is also good on their first (Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan). All of them are historically relevant B albums but far from essential listening.

Or see for yourself:

The Abyss:
http://www.anus.com/metal/abyss/
http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,778.0.html

Antaeus:
http://www.anus.com/metal/antaeus/
http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,543.0.html

Grotesque:
http://www.anus.com/metal/grotesque/
http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,989.0.html
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: geshem on May 25, 2011, 04:24:17 PM
Apati ?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on May 27, 2011, 02:33:03 PM
Any thoughts on The Abyss (swe), Grotesque and Antaeus???

The Abyss is a fairly good band. They're kind of a product of that whole melodic black metal trend from the mid 90s, but they do it better than most, and have a semi-unique sound mostly due to being outsiders (death metal musicians) looking in (at black metal).

Grotesque is essential, possibly better than Entombed in my estimation. They have a knack for epic, narrative song structures, but they can also really thrash when they want to, on a Kreator/Merciless level. I don't know how much influence they had on other black metal bands that came later on, but I see them as halfway between first-wave and second-wave black metal, occupying the same space as bands like Samael, Merciless, and Tormentor. In particular, I would suggest listening to their song Incantation, which rivals Therion's The Way in terms of overall symphonic (compositionally, not aesthetically) songwriting scope, as well as their song Submit to Death, which has one of the best executed thrash breaks this side of Awakening of the Gods.

Antaeus I've never really gotten into; I appreciate their attempts to fuse ambient segues with blistering black metal, but I think Averse Sefira do what they do a lot more effectively. Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan is still definitely a well-composed album; it just hasn't really clicked with me. Worth listening to in order to decide for yourself.

Anyway, the Sorhin (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,13093.0.html) and Ravengod (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,13094.0.html) albums I recently posted in Audiofile are some exemplary pieces of black metal. I describe their sounds in more detail in their respective threads. Also, the new Wormrot album is top-notch if you enjoy grindcore.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on May 30, 2011, 05:48:52 PM
Also, the new Wormrot album is top-notch if you enjoy grindcore.

I'd suggest Insect Warfare as far as new grind bands go; Wormrot essentially is the same band just lesser.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: TROOP3R on June 19, 2011, 02:15:00 AM

Hello,

Your thoughts on the following -

Old Forest (UK) ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8xoZuKa0ms

Expulser (Brazil) ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c92WF9_ZJkw

Beheaded (Mlt) ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUj0Dx6QVMA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsvDEBmry3g  (evolved)

Masacre [Col] ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMrKg-bp0xU

Rippikoulu (Fin) ? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yRofxHl5ko

Sabbat (Jpn) ? -

Ascended (Fin) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBjZl7p6g88
The Art of Necromancy (Demo) - young band, decent enough to listen to...
---

I needed one more favor from you guys. I want to know more about music in regards to its theory etc., if anyone can help me out how to go about this?

Oh, and just curious, has 'Antichrist' the only one on vocals on the album INRI? (growls and shouts/rasps!?)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on June 20, 2011, 01:37:40 AM
Also, the new Wormrot album is top-notch if you enjoy grindcore.

I'd suggest Insect Warfare as far as new grind bands go; Wormrot essentially is the same band just lesser.

It's 1995 again and Assuck is new again.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: mandrake on July 08, 2011, 11:09:33 PM
This romanian black metal band: http://www.myspace.com/hoyturi

sometimes sloppy but with beautiful melodies. Wonder what you around here would think. thanks
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on July 10, 2011, 01:47:46 AM
Also, the new Wormrot album is top-notch if you enjoy grindcore.

I'd suggest Insect Warfare as far as new grind bands go; Wormrot essentially is the same band just lesser.

It's 1995 again and Assuck is new again.

None of those bands sound alike outside of heaving short songs and blastbeats.Come on, now.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Ksatria/Gang_Rapist on August 08, 2011, 03:02:22 PM
Any thoughts on The Abyss (swe), Grotesque and Antaeus???

[...] Antaeus is also good on their first (Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan). All of them are historically relevant B albums but far from essential listening.


Not to nitpick old data but CYFWS is A+ and most definitely essential and I will defend it to the death. Inner War!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 08, 2011, 09:10:46 PM
Wormrot is pretty much a dead ringer for IW.

Neither sound like Assuck - because no one can. That band is fucking massive.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: LD50 on August 31, 2011, 03:32:47 AM
Any thoughts on The Abyss (swe), Grotesque and Antaeus???

[...] Antaeus is also good on their first (Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan). All of them are historically relevant B albums but far from essential listening.


Not to nitpick old data but CYFWS is A+ and most definitely essential and I will defend it to the death. Inner War!

Yeah, it's old data concerning to your answer, but certainly not the album/s or band, as I agree the quality of CYFAWS is more than B, plus, both CYFAWS and DPE have a pretty lasting appeal to me, unlike most of their contemporary acts, being probably the only valuable band of their time/ style.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Ksatria/Gang_Rapist on August 31, 2011, 02:02:19 PM
It's of the best black metal of the previous decade:

http://www.anus.com/metal/about/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=125
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Von List on September 02, 2011, 09:23:09 PM
Vinterriket - Monumentale Schwärze


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydGXI-hR4o0


Forteresse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEQ1VKFpWeg&feature=related
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on September 06, 2011, 03:49:13 PM
Forteresse has some great stuff, but I don't really think their first album is all that spectacular. Their later two albums are a lot more layered and interesting. Les Hivers de Notre Époque in particular is a great listening, with its dense orchestration of massive guitar and synth sound layers, as heard here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3KIMgwl7B4&feature=related).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sepulchral Voice on September 06, 2011, 10:24:36 PM
What's the consensus on early Pungent Stench around here?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on September 07, 2011, 08:46:44 AM
What's the consensus on early Pungent Stench around here?

Shit rules.

No, seriously, the splits with Disharmonic Orchestra and Benediction, as well as "For God Your Soul..." and "Been Caught Buttering" are all B/B+ works that should please any fan of the old school. Sabbathy, punky, strangely humorous death metal that hits hard and varies just enough to keep interest throughout all of the mentioned works.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 26, 2011, 09:56:58 PM
How is Confessor? (the US one)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fallot on October 30, 2011, 05:04:42 PM
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 (http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,7657.msg41119.html#msg41119)

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?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 04, 2011, 03:20:13 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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on November 22, 2011, 10:04:52 AM
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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fallot on November 22, 2011, 12:44:45 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.

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: WAAAAAAGH! on November 28, 2011, 07:18:24 PM
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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 30, 2011, 05:38:28 PM
Ungod put out an album in March of this year. Has anyone heard it?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on December 02, 2011, 09:04:57 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?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on December 03, 2011, 09:33:55 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?

Penetralia and Osculum Obscenum. There are a couple EPs around that time. After that, shit got dubious.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: loam on December 06, 2011, 11:02:14 PM
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?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on January 04, 2012, 08:55:42 AM
No, but I need to. He also has several funeral doom metal projects. Wish he'd team up with Brolycke again, but it should be interesting to see what he's doing now.

http://www.runemagick.se/
http://www.facebook.com/runemagick
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: ChapelOfTorment on January 04, 2012, 11:01:27 PM
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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQOVHGLIx-E).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Iron on January 05, 2012, 02:14:16 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.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Winter on January 08, 2012, 03:55:22 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#!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on January 08, 2012, 12:05:21 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


Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Sammaellofi on January 08, 2012, 01:37:10 PM
Sol Invictus is pretty good and use to be one of my favorite bands.  Their early music was a kind of martial style of neo-folk with lyrics which spoke in very clear terms against using religion as a tool to rationalize murdering millions of people, whether it be the pagans or modern day politicans doing favors for banks.  The later music is more orchestrated and acoustic and takes on a British identity and touches on some more basic Bristish styles of folk music along with it's classical influence.

Tony Wakeford who heads the band use to be in the NF in the 80s, but for those looking for NS Neo-folk, look elsewhere.  The most militant thing he does is fight for animal rights.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fallot on January 09, 2012, 05:48:13 PM
Here's an interesting one geographically at least; Taarma is supposedly from Zhob, Balochistan. Balochistan is a province of Pakistan and is extremely "underdeveloped"; mostly tribal. The people fight the infiltration of the government at every turn. It could be bullshit but is mostly credible. Anyway, here it is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-byNfHxIQg), fairly accomplished for a droning band I guess :/

There's lots of other little interesting ones, of varying quality:

-Burzukh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDLwE1UKaYs&feature=related)
-Myosis (http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/TQyqPn7yqPs): Personally don't care that much for them, but they are interesting.

And one non-metal favorite, highly recommended with the caveat that it has strong rock elements: 1 (http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Ya+Ali/3NoBTd?src=5) and 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u4xymaKIhw)

Edit: Headhunter D.C. is utterly mediocre, avoid.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 10, 2012, 06:16:27 PM
Other possible lost gems -- from reliable sources, but sometimes my taste/discernment is based on a different matrix of selection:

DREAM DEATH

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

This band isn't bad. Kind of like a doomier Autopsy at parts, at other times like a hardcore punk band, this falls within the same realm as Impetigo or Sadistik Exekution in its sprinkling of various metal genres throughout its sound. Kind of hokey, though.

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DEAD BOYS

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

Pretty cool early punk band. Not on the same level as Black Flag, Misfits, or The Stooges, but still enjoyable for the style.

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TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUouGyeTqak
Side project of Rich Hoak, drummer of Brutal Truth. 3 words - Really. Freaking. Annoying.

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LARM

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

Dutch hardcore punk band. Like Siege and Cryptic Slaughter, an early example of the genre morphing into grindcore. Incredibly fast and energetic, but can turn incoherent and repetitive. I enjoy them, but casual grind/hardcore/"powerviolence" fans should avoid.

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INTEGRITY

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

Along with Rorschach, Human Remains, Neuraxis, Burnt By The Sun, and a few select others, this band is one of the few metalcore bands worth spending any time on. Though composition is simple, primitive even; there is spirit and drive behind the early material. I cannot comment on later material (past the 3rd album) as I've not heard it. Can remind of neanderthalish-type hardcore kids, but those moments are few and far between.

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LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY

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

Probably the extension of extremity within the grindcore genre. They were fantastic live. As for their studio work, the last two albums they produced can barely be called grindcore, as the music is simply a mess of blasting, gurgling, and fuzzy guitar/bass work. The earlier material is in the Carcass/Exhumed/Hemdale vein. For what it is, pretty good all around. Casual grind fans would probably not enjoy this.

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BLITZ

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

Simple, punchy, vibrant early UK punk. Catchy, great for working out to.

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BLUE OYSTER CULT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcPt7NnhwvA
As far as rock music goes, they're in the top 10% of quality. "Agents of Fortune" and "Tyranny and Mutation" each contain about half an album's worth of creative, evocative "space" rock, with progressive and heavy metal influences. They have a penchant for writing a few duds, with halfformed ideas that make little sense. I wouldn't bother with most of the 1980s material.


Hope this helps out some people.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Conservationist on January 12, 2012, 03:59:52 PM
Thanks for the assessments. I ended up gravitating toward the keyboard and martial industrial bands, which like most industrial seem to me to be cool but then turn into wallpaper music. Still struggling with this. the Triarii track is the foremost offender!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: celebrity death camp on January 13, 2012, 11:37:28 PM
More people need to listen to that Gnome band that was just posted in Audiofile. Really reminds me of HLTO, but also has its own identity.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 12, 2012, 01:06:46 PM
Saw this in the Demoncy thread.

As we're waiting, let us listen to Blight and Darkness by Sperm of Antichrist, the closest thing to Joined in Darkness that I've ever heard.

Out of curiosity I looked this band up. Link here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt82lhmmjhc).

Honestly, pretty intriguing stuff. I thought I'd share it here. It reminds me of a slower, perhaps doomier Beherit. Mixed in with some Incantation-ish and Demoncy-ish moments. I'll have to see how it holds up to future listens, but initial impression is a B/B+.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: WAAAAAAGH! on February 12, 2012, 01:38:11 PM
Sperm of Antichrist recently put out another demo under the name Void Meditation Cult. I recommend it. The demo is a vast improvement over their previous work.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on February 15, 2012, 09:13:41 PM
Sperm of Antichrist recently put out another demo under the name Void Meditation Cult. I recommend it. The demo is a vast improvement over their previous work.

Will look into it, thanks.

Any opinions on Törr? Are they in the same vein as stuff like Root or Master's Hammer?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: in abyssia on February 19, 2012, 11:52:46 AM
Okay, I'm to lazy to see if these names have landed on this thread but anyway, I recommend Stutthof albums and Acherontas, both from Greece. They make majestic, captivating, Emperor/Gorgoroth worshiping Mediterranean black metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Shireaf on March 07, 2012, 12:19:35 PM
Ulcerate

Furia (from Poland)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fallot on August 13, 2012, 04:49:10 PM
Any opinions on Spaceboy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARlIEibVqxM

I'm trying to find a decent upload for Audiofile. Making my way through what I can find. Not impressed, but I've never really heard anything like it.

Edit: Band sucks ignore this shit.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on August 15, 2012, 02:17:54 PM
Ulcerate

I have to say I appreciate what this band goes for, but it's really not up my alley. It's a bit too disorganized for me. Not bad though.

This band's for fans of grindcore, so I'll just mention that off the bat for those who dislike the genre.

Excruciating Terror

album - Divided We Fall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=8UAqrB2C1AU
(note this video is songs from the album arranged in a haphazard order, don't know why that is)

I've really been listening to these guys a lot lately along with the genre classics (Blood, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, etc), and while it's not on the same level, it comes pretty close to the heyday of the genre in its quality. It's some of the last grindcore to integrate the Discharge/G.B.H. and Swedish punk influences of the genre effectively, it mixes it well with American styled hardcore and a sprinkling of death metal elements. The vocals are the most obvious aesthetically, but some of the riff progressions blend grind riffs in a way that reminds me of an Americanized Blood: by mixing it with death metal-ish phrasing. I say -ish because these aren't your Immolation or Dismember type riffs - remember this is all through a grindcore (punk) filter. The phrases aren't as long - they're more like motifs.

I give 'em an A-. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Leperchaun on September 01, 2012, 10:46:24 PM
Some of the more interesting BM I've heard recently:

Void Meditation Cult live (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jfPiVNtHGw)
Featuring songs from their latest demo and the Sperm of Antichrist demo. Unsuprisingly, the cover song of the set is Joined In Darkness. :)

Ascension (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBpKVac0DJU) is an anonymous 5-piece that most likely features all the three members of Katharsis. Their music represents the same breed with Aidspell Omega, Katharsis and Watain, but I'd dare to say that this is better than any of those, par Katharsis' 666.

Cultes Des Ghoules (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssNx_Ec17-s) deviates from the typical Polish BM sound(of mostly boring Marduk worship) with a more visceral and primitive sound, drawing influence from Hellhammer and early Mütiilation.

Aosoth's latest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0vvOzXJ6kk) features more DMDS-influenced sound than Antaeus/Aosoth has ever had before, this could be a good direction.

Nyogthaeblisz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA9HQw3JPl4) is pretty noisy even by war metal standards, sounding like earliest Beherit and VON observed through the lense of Last Days of Humanity. It's messy and over-the-top, but in a long time, I haven't heard metal that would scream so hard for POSER HOLOCAUST. :)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Tancred Hauteville on September 02, 2012, 11:52:25 AM
Are the later albums of Tartaros, Hades, Gehenna and Dodheimsgard and Manes worth looking into?

Gehenna - Both Murder and WW are quality records. Tight and Focused! Murder is absolutely vicious although structurally simple. WW explores (re-explores) a more explicit melodic sound. Stay clear of Admiron Black, it has some high points but it is a transition record and sounds rushed and confused at times.

I have never understood the lack of attention Gehenna recieves.......
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: jcpcc14 on September 15, 2012, 09:05:56 AM
What does everyone think of Lunar Aurora - Andacht?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Christ Died of AIDS on September 15, 2012, 10:50:14 AM
Here's an interesting one geographically at least; Taarma is supposedly from Zhob, Balochistan. Balochistan is a province of Pakistan and is extremely "underdeveloped"; mostly tribal. The people fight the infiltration of the government at every turn. It could be bullshit but is mostly credible. Anyway, here it is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-byNfHxIQg), fairly accomplished for a droning band I guess :/

There's lots of other little interesting ones, of varying quality:

-Burzukh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDLwE1UKaYs&feature=related)
-Myosis (http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/TQyqPn7yqPs): Personally don't care that much for them, but they are interesting.

And one non-metal favorite, highly recommended with the caveat that it has strong rock elements: 1 (http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Ya+Ali/3NoBTd?src=5) and 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u4xymaKIhw)

Edit: Headhunter D.C. is utterly mediocre, avoid.

I have yet to find a band worth hearing from the middle east. It seems as though the best metal bands come from developed countries or superpowers, AKA US and western Europe... there are a few exceptions.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on October 02, 2012, 09:35:28 PM
So has anyone heard the new project from diSEMBOWELMENT members?

They're called Inverloch. Many know that they reunited solely with the intention to play "Transcendence..." at a few choice shows. Apparently they wanted to continue under another name to record more? As far as I know only the guitarist and drummer from the original lineup are present.

Inverloch - Shadows of the Flame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostKoZt58DU&feature=related)

This is pretty promising stuff. Sounds like diSEMBOWELMENT in a sense (to be expected, surely), but I detect some Suffocation influence in the percussive riffing. The overall riffing style is a tad more chaotic than it used to be; reminds me a bit of Incantation, but not as 'rigid'. I'm also really liking the breaks for ambiance; reminiscent of past styles but dissimilar enough to stand on their own. I'll have to hear the EP in its entirety, but I really like this song. Could be a bit more adventurous, and maybe a bit dirtier production, but other than that I'm sold.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Archidamus on October 28, 2012, 12:01:44 PM
Incantation's Blasphemy
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Leperchaun on January 19, 2013, 01:20:46 AM
Arghoslent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwGtabMaHO4) represents the minority of melodic death metal artists that haven't forgotten about the death part. They combine the "war machine" rhythm of mid-era Bolt Thrower into the "heavy metal" melodic stylings of Dissection/Sacramentum.

They can be compared to another excellent artist, Infester(some of the most doomed death metal ever) in a way that the racist overtones of their lyrics have made them an outsider artist, arousing polarized opinions.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lord.aspie on January 19, 2013, 09:35:06 AM
Arghoslent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwGtabMaHO4) represents the minority of melodic death metal artists that haven't forgotten about the death part. They combine the "war machine" rhythm of mid-era Bolt Thrower into the "heavy metal" melodic stylings of Dissection/Sacramentum.

They can be compared to another excellent artist, Infester(some of the most doomed death metal ever) in a way that the racist overtones of their lyrics have made them an outsider artist, arousing polarized opinions.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1kulyUbza1qzma4ho1_400.jpg)

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on January 20, 2013, 06:32:59 AM
Arghoslent doesn't sound like death metal to me (apart from the vocals and occasional blasting). Mostly it just sounds like old Running Wild or Manilla Road.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Discharged on January 29, 2013, 03:56:19 PM
Arghoslent doesn't sound like death metal to me (apart from the vocals and occasional blasting). Mostly it just sounds like old Running Wild or Manilla Road.

This^ Still amazing music regardless


Bands I really have been digging lately and worth the effort in checking out

BOLZER
MANIFESTING
BONE SICKNESS
CHRONIC TOMB
ASCENDED DEAD


All newer/up and coming bands that are crushing all those around them in their scenes.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Leperchaun on February 23, 2013, 01:07:28 AM
Brenoritvrezorkre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MURT-XRcSM) is one of the smaller but more interesting projects of Les Legions Noires, being ambient/noise BM.
Their attempt to execute the concept of somebody visiting Hell with an audio recorder in his pocket is IMHO more successful than anything that Abruptum has ever made.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 15, 2013, 11:05:27 AM
Reviving the thread - got some more potential listening questions.

BONE SICKNESS

^heard a lot about these guys, they played CIT last year. Opinions?

Also looking to find out about:

NON
Melt Banana
Blue Cheer (yeah this should be obvious, but I'm wondering what album I should start with)
Anhedonist
The Mentors
The Obsessed
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cheeseburger Zombie on April 16, 2013, 02:01:16 PM
SOILWORK
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: scourge on April 16, 2013, 10:30:12 PM
The Mentors

Ostensibly tongue-in-cheek misogyny, rape, hetero sodomy and degredation content set to vanilla heavy metal music. The content replaces the gore and satan form of socially offensive stuff as if an alternative.

As it turns out, the front man affirmed his belief in the content which is another divergence from the all too common "don't take us too seriously" defensive responses from some other bands. He was busted for juvenile rape of groupie fangirls a few times.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 16, 2013, 11:04:34 PM
The Mentors

Ostensibly tongue-in-cheek misogyny, rape, hetero sodomy and degredation content set to vanilla heavy metal music. The content replaces the gore and satan form of socially offensive stuff as if an alternative.

As it turns out, the front man affirmed his belief in the content which is another divergence from the all too common "don't take us too seriously" defensive responses from some other bands. He was busted for juvenile rape of groupie fangirls a few times.

Haha, I actually had asked because I had seen an episode of the Jerry Springer show online somewhere that they were featured on. Their frontman said he enjoyed rape and being raped, and the audience was so shocked. I found it absurd.

As for the music, that's kind of disappointing to hear....I'll check them out anyways but I was expecting a cross between GG Allin/early Dwarves type punk with metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Othala on April 18, 2013, 01:00:52 PM
NON
Blue Cheer (yeah this should be obvious, but I'm wondering what album I should start with)
The Mentors

NON are arguably the pinnacle of aggressive electronic music. I suggest a compilation of their more gripping material called Easy Listening For Iron Youth. Also, their album God and Beast is essential, especially the closing track.

Just start in chronological order for Blue Cheer! They manage to be both heavy and fun, like a slow Motorhead in that regard. 

Speaking of fun, it's hard not to find The Mentors hilarious. Their music is obviously silly, but enjoyable in moderation. Their You Axed For It! & Up The Dose double album is worth having around. Despite his eventually fatal alcoholism, El Duce was the finest troll that that world of daylight has ever seen.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Cynical on April 18, 2013, 11:35:35 PM
NON
God and Beast is incredible.  "Lucifer, Morning Star", "The Law", and "Between Venus and Mars" are some of the best electronic songs ever.  "Total War" is also great, of course, but it pales next to those three.

The rest is good but not essential.  If you want more, your best bets are "Children of the Black Sun" and "Back to Mono".
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 19, 2013, 06:51:08 AM
Thanks fellas. I'm off to grab these albums.  8)
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Leperchaun on April 23, 2013, 07:55:34 PM
It would be hard for me to dislike Mentors. A significant amount of their music is considerably more creative/skillful than the output of almost any of the GG Allin's bands. Also, the lyrics/vocals of El Duce are exceptionally hilarious(the most honest man ever..).

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During the late eighties and early nineties, the development of death metal was starting to mature, with a lot of artists (more or less)completely separating themselves from speed metal. As a parallel development, certain artists remained to technically perfect the speed/death sound, creating some truly excellent metal: Examples of such artists could be Massacra, Rigor Mortis, Sadus and..

Demolition Hammer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZhux8pHjkM): While this artist is a bit more low-brow than the ones mentioned before, it's still very good.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: blackmetalzchick on April 24, 2013, 01:40:48 PM
http://avakr.bandcamp.com/

I think Avakr is worth checking out. Same guitarist as Thorr-axe, another band that I really love.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: death metal black metal on April 24, 2013, 05:57:26 PM
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Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on April 24, 2013, 06:31:22 PM
http://avakr.bandcamp.com/

I think Avakr is worth checking out. Same guitarist as Thorr-axe, another band that I really love.

Go whore your band in the commerce section, we can see right through that bullshit here.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Squarekiller23 on April 26, 2013, 11:13:21 AM
NON
God and Beast is incredible.  "Lucifer, Morning Star", "The Law", and "Between Venus and Mars" are some of the best electronic songs ever.  "Total War" is also great, of course, but it pales next to those three.

The rest is good but not essential.  If you want more, your best bets are "Children of the Black Sun" and "Back to Mono".

This. NON is the best "noise artist" around. His stuff is harsh, but it's not the barrage of white noise/static that people like Merzbow make.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on July 13, 2013, 04:36:05 PM
I just went through all the pages in this thread, wow , its funny to see what bands i was into even just two years ago.  I got a bit of chuckle out of the Black Witchery defense I attempted to give. Man that band has gotten more boring than ever.  I see they now copy the on-stage fashion of their idols Blasphemy, i guess the robes got a little gay or something. 

I wanted to get some insight on Manilla Road, I've heard some great things about them and apparently all their albums are top notch, but those could be lies and maybe they only have one outstanding album.  Also im a big fan of King Of The Dead, Court In The Act, Angel Witch's S/T and Crimson Glory if anyone has any other recommendations for Heavy Metal albums of that greatness!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: jcpcc14 on July 13, 2013, 06:10:04 PM
Listen to Crystal Logic at least. All their other albums are hit or miss with me. But I have super-high standards for heavy metal.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Invisible Sandwich on July 13, 2013, 07:35:45 PM
I've listened to quite a bit of Manilla Road - everything from 1983 to 1990, and everything from 2002 to 2008. While the quality varies, they are consistently capable of producing at least some good content on each album - fans of heavy/power metal will definitely enjoy.

Crystal Logic is what I would call a "good" album - note that it wears its Black Sabbath influence as a badge of honor. I tend to prefer the band's mid-80's output, particularly The Deluge (1986) and Mystification (1987), which both incorporate substantial speed/power influence. The post reformation material is slower paced and has more varied song structures, but is less consistent - Spiral Castle and Voyager have peaks similar to the band's early work.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: trystero on July 14, 2013, 08:41:46 AM
Crystal Logic is the only really worthwhile Manilla Road release. The next couple of albums are more ambitious conceptually and show an advancement of technique but the content isnt quite as good as Crystal Logic. If you enjoy heavy metal / dont mind power metal they are well above average. Really disagree about post reformation stuff. Spiral Castle was very disappointing, it sounds comparatively detached and phoned-in which is really, really bad for the brand of heavy metal that Manilla Road favours. Missed Voyager so cant comment on that but I would assume the drop in quality is consistent around that period.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on July 14, 2013, 09:05:06 AM
thanks for the replies, i loaded up Crystal Logic on my mp3 player so i will give it a listen on this fine sunday morning!
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on July 15, 2013, 08:25:30 PM
Man, that Manilla Road album , Crystal Logic was a snooze fest.  They totally rip off one of Angel Witch's songs riff for riff.  I will give the next Manilla Road album a listen though to see if things improve.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on July 25, 2013, 04:55:45 PM
By the way Ulver is super gay and everybody should avoid their music, a 100% total sell in band from the beginning.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: lost_wanderer on July 25, 2013, 08:36:59 PM
By the way Ulver is super gay and everybody should avoid their music, a 100% total sell in band from the beginning.

I personally like the first album but I never considered it black metal. I listen to it when i'm in a mood for light music. The same goes for the second album (the folk one).
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on July 26, 2013, 08:25:38 PM
Cannibal Ritual sticks in my mind as one of the most shockingly intense and disturbing songs I have ever heard. How do you all feel about this track? and the rest of the album?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: trephanation on July 26, 2013, 09:14:22 PM
No idea if anybody posted them yet in this thread cuz i'm new, but Chemical Breath fucking slays:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQ7KeiMq5o

as does Nox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv-DADePF0c

Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 29, 2013, 10:04:52 AM
Cannibal Ritual sticks in my mind as one of the most shockingly intense and disturbing songs I have ever heard. How do you all feel about this track? and the rest of the album?

You seem to be replying to something else?

If you're talking about the song by Impetigo, it rules; and so does the album haha.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: dead last on July 29, 2013, 05:59:14 PM
By the way Ulver is super gay and everybody should avoid their music, a 100% total sell in band from the beginning.

I disagree on the grounds that Ulver took a respectable route "out" of metal by admitting to themselves and everyone else that Nattens Madrigal was a joke and went balls-deep into electronica-fied Pink Floydism.

Even the band members themselves have said that their black metal was silly and immature and represented no useful expression.

Blood Inside is one album too check out thoroughly before developing a grounded opinion on Ulver's music. It is quite unlike other electronica albums, so much that it is not useful to call it electronica; it is not standard or easily classifiable music. I agree that it would be better for Ulver to begin life with that kind of openness, but probably they had to begin in a rigid framework in order to realize how far out of it they could expand.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Squarekiller23 on July 30, 2013, 09:10:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5TueQOtrO0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5TueQOtrO0)

Saw this girl open for Swans last week. She puts on a hell of a show. Definitely worth a listen.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: jcpcc14 on July 30, 2013, 11:49:19 AM
Cannibal Ritual sticks in my mind as one of the most shockingly intense and disturbing songs I have ever heard. How do you all feel about this track? and the rest of the album?

You seem to be replying to something else?

If you're talking about the song by Impetigo, it rules; and so does the album haha.

I assume he's talking about the song off O Agios Pethane?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on July 30, 2013, 06:30:21 PM
Cannibal Ritual sticks in my mind as one of the most shockingly intense and disturbing songs I have ever heard. How do you all feel about this track? and the rest of the album?

You seem to be replying to something else?

If you're talking about the song by Impetigo, it rules; and so does the album haha.

I assume he's talking about the song off O Agios Pethane?

Oh well either way, shit rules. Both great bands and albums. Though I think I'd favor Blood as I'm practically a fucking fanboy for them.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fenrir on July 30, 2013, 09:06:28 PM
Zealotry. Death Metal from Boston.
Some of the best and most elaborate Death Metal I've heard produced in the last couple of years.

http://zealotry.bandcamp.com/
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Parasite on August 01, 2013, 03:19:37 PM
I was referring to BLOOD.  What visions are painted in your heads when you play that album?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: trystero on November 08, 2013, 05:52:19 PM
Man, that Manilla Road album , Crystal Logic was a snooze fest.  They totally rip off one of Angel Witch's songs riff for riff.  I will give the next Manilla Road album a listen though to see if things improve.

I hope you listened to the 2000 reissue, which contains Flaming Metal System. Basically the album is a winner with that song up to Crystal Logic and subsequently is an acquired taste. I personally think these songs are brilliant, though the extra one is slightly inferior to the album originals. Beyond that Manilla Road has good ideas sometimes but I find them uninteresting, how did they hold up for you?
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Humanicide on November 08, 2013, 06:42:17 PM
Yo trystero, big thanks for that Pathologist rec. At first the one track I heard was OK but the whole album just kills. I like how they are able to drop into 'groovy' riffs that are neither nu-metal nor Brotera related. They also have some just plain weird melodic ideas too, like the riff isn't supposed to make sense but they MAKE it make sense. I've been listening to the album consistently over the past few weeks. While I wouldn't class it in the top tier of grindcore (early Napalm Death, Blood, Assuck, etc), it's definitely an A-grade album.

On the topic of grindcore, I've rec'd these guys before, but I've been listening to a lot of them lately.

Excruciating Terror - "Expression of Pain"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-fP1JGiOrQ

That's the full album. Massive Swans/Godflesh inspired intro leads into violently rhythmic grind. Touches of doom-speed tempo are inserted for tension building purposes. I personally hear a lot of Fear of God (Swedish band) and a bit of Blood in their sound as well. I personally like their second album "Divided We Fall" better, but this album I linked is still of good quality.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: trystero on November 08, 2013, 06:53:11 PM
Well the first song of that didnt make sense until the end, when it came together. Second one opens well, lets see how it goes.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: trystero on November 09, 2013, 10:23:21 AM
Yo trystero, big thanks for that Pathologist rec. At first the one track I heard was OK but the whole album just kills. I like how they are able to drop into 'groovy' riffs that are neither nu-metal nor Brotera related. They also have some just plain weird melodic ideas too, like the riff isn't supposed to make sense but they MAKE it make sense. I've been listening to the album consistently over the past few weeks. While I wouldn't class it in the top tier of grindcore (early Napalm Death, Blood, Assuck, etc), it's definitely an A-grade album.

You`re very welcome, my man gets it. I deliberately didnt link you something like Uterogestation to Abortion or Infectious Agonizing Parasitism. I dont like to ruin the surprise of these albums, so I generally link the first track. Luckily in this case that track is a winner.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: Vigilance on January 13, 2014, 08:55:28 PM
After wasting my time with Obliteration I'd prefer to give Zealotry (thanks Fenrir) and the new Sammath more spins than check out crap.

A few "best of" that I'd like some cents on:
Krypts - Unending Degradation
Beyond - Fatal Power of Death
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: fenrir on January 14, 2014, 12:24:28 AM
No problem. I was lucky to find Zealotry myself.
They will probably release a second album by mid 2014 (my guess, don't take my word as a promise).

Here's their bandcamp: http://zealotry.bandcamp.com/music (http://zealotry.bandcamp.com/music)

Bizarro (guitarist and vocalist) has posted a new song demo not so long ago.
Title: Re: Bands worth hearing thread
Post by: death metal black metal on July 20, 2015, 05:02:22 AM
After wasting my time with Obliteration I'd prefer to give Zealotry (thanks Fenrir) and the new Sammath more spins than check out crap.

I would definitely give Sammath spins. Also check out side project KAECK.
Title: Re: Black Metal Recommendations.
Post by: Perennial_Man on October 07, 2016, 11:12:50 AM
I strongly suggest Spear Of Longinus' demo "Nazi Occult Metal", but only the demo- later, they watered it down. They're not Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement, in case you wonder. The music is powerful, but meditative.

You can find it in the Audiofile section: http://www.anus.com/metal/hall/index.php/topic,2772.0.html

Here's the interview: http://www.anus.com/metal/about/interviews/spear_of_longinus/

Yo, pingbacks. Where the links gone to?