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Metal / Re: Deicide
« on: February 04, 2011, 08:51:53 PM »
You do have a point, however I do think that compositional ability & the mastery of an instrument go hand-in-hand.

I will concede that the compositional talents are questionable at times.

Regardless, I find parts of their early work highly enjoyable and I stand by my opinion of Suzuki being an ultra-talented multi-instrumentalist (and, I might add, the only reason why I would listen to Vital Remains).

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Metal / Re: What would a metal society look like?
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:45:38 PM »
Tattoos of demons & skulls are mandatory.

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Metal / Re: Deicide
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:40:11 PM »
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Glenn is better off with Vital Remains.

That band is worthless, since when has something so unoriginal and so uninspiring become useful? Their song structures are mundane at best and Glens' voice develops from mediocre singing into a monotonous growl propelled by his already dimmed hatred for Christianity from previous Deicide albums.
The drummer can play like a mechanic, since when has that been an issue? Doc of Vader can do the same yet with a more powerful musical base supporting him.

I disagree.  I thoroughly enjoyed "Forever Underground" and Dave Suzuki is an undeniable musical genius.

The music can become monotonous (later releases) but the skill is there.

Just my opinion.

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Metal / Re: Bands that you want to see reviewed by DLA
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:37:20 PM »
Seconding the first two Mercyful Fate albums here.  It seems to fit in perfectly with a lot of the Speed Metal/Proto-Black Metal already reviewed.  It influenced a lot of Scandinavian Metal after it came onto the scene, both musically, lyrically, and stylistically. In addition, songs like "The Oath" have a neoclassical phrasing that is often praised in the reviews of Morbid Angel and alike.

Fucking seconded.  Their influence to metal is unmistakable, as neither Slayer nor Morbid Angel would have come out the same way without them.  The sense of phrasing and melody this band possessed in its prime was elegant but powerful, twisted yet forceful, much in the manner of a giant of the genre such as Morbid Angel.

Agreed.

Coroner - "R.I.P." is amazing and should be examined further IMO.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:24:46 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

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.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:12:32 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...

+1 for Avenger

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:01:21 PM »
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!

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Metal / Re: Learning to play metal
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:49:29 PM »
Cool post.

After listening to "Hell Awaits" for the Nth time and Sepultura's 'Beneath the Remains", I broke down and bought my first guitar 3+ years ago.

Best.  Decision.  Ever.

My advice is to take lessons & learn how to read sheet music (NOT tabs)... it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities.

The best investment I ever made was buying a scale book which has 12 different scales in every key (4 different shapes for each key) -- spend a year learning how to jump from different scale patterns & how to use them in a cohesive, musical way and it will pay dividends.  No lessons required.  No reading of music required either, but it will help learn every single note on the guitar neck.

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Metal / Re: To what extent to invest in one's rig
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:44:38 PM »
I am a simple man so my advice to you is to purchase a guitar that feels good and sounds deadly (assuming you play metal).

Amplifiers come and go. Go to a pawn shop and get an old Marshall for a SLAYER-esque/ABSU-esque sound.


You're right but considering how expensive a quality guitar can be, it's best to use due diligence when making any purchase so as not to have to replace a cheap guitar every 6 months for something better.

You can find awesome deals on craigslist... I bought a mint condition Gibson for $400.

Pawn shops are pretty good places to look as well because addicts pawn high quality gear for cheap & as a consumer you can find great value. 

harmony-central.com has reviews on every possible guitar / amp / bass / effects you could ever be interested in... great site.

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Metal / Re: To what extent to invest in one's rig
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:41:37 PM »
And I must add that for the amount of shit BC Rich have received over the past few years, their newer guitars are absolutely amazing for the price.  Two thumbs up.

If you can find an Ampeg Super Rocket Reverb dual channel 100 watt tube amp for a reasonable price, buy that fucker immediately... it can compete and exceed in terms of quality any fender tube amp out there.

With just a high quality guitar (like a Gibson) + the overdrive cranked up to 9... you can get the most bad-ass tone out of that AMP; anywhere from mid-era D.R.I. to sludgier stuff a la Neurosis.

I'd really like to try a boutique metal amp such as Diesel... but they're expensive as fuuuck.

Ibanez Tube Screamer will be my next investment, followed by upgrading the pick-ups in my BC RICH.

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Metal / Re: To what extent to invest in one's rig
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:35:16 PM »
I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on my guitar gear.

Bc Rich Bich NJ classic ($500)
Schecter s1 elite ($400)
Gibson Blues Hawk ($500)

Ampeg Super Rocket 100 watt all tube ($400)
Orange Crush 30W Solid State ($180)

zoom g1x effects ($100)
boss metal zone 2 ($20)

are the bread and butter of what I play with.

But what I've noticed is that I can get a much more suitable 'metal' tone with a good solid state amp (orange crush) + effects pedal (zoom g1x) then I can with an amp that costs 5x more + metal zone2 distortion pedal.

The zoom g1x -- which sounds awesome with my solid state amp -- sounds like complete SHIT in a high quality tube amp.

I'm guessing that for optimal metal ownage, one would need:

A newer model Schecter (C1 preferable... about $600) or BC Rich with EMGS & neck through design... ($600) + ampeg all tube amp ($500 -- worth every penny) + ibanez tube screamer ($200).

With that set-up I'd say you could play the sickest thrash ever recorded -- and thrash is what I play on guitar so... to each his own.

But you're still talking about $1200 worth of gear to get that 'sound'.  Which as every guitarist knows, you can spend thousands upon thousands of dollars trying to get ONE FUCKING TONE.

Schecter + orange crush solid state + high quality efx pedal can give you a great bed-room set-up for roughly $800 or so.

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Metal / Re: Utterly consistent bands
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:38:22 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly with DEEDS OF FLESH but also think IMMOLATION are impossible to beat in terms of sheer consistency.

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Metal / Re: Best guitars to play black metal
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:33:59 PM »
Les Paul Studio Edition, Line-6 ESP amp

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Metal / Re: Deathcore/Death Metal
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:18:45 PM »
Maybe I'm misunderstanding the term death-core, but to me it's an amalgam of brutal death metal and grind-core (opposed to the shitty death metal/hard-core aesthetics which FAIL) as perfected by Benighted of France.

Benighted (FRANCE) - "Benighted", "Psychose", "Insane Cephalic Production", "Identisick", and lastly "ICON"

Recueil Morbide (FRANCE)

If you're looking for a mix of the aforementioned death/hard-core aesthetics, the only band I can remotely stomach is BURST (Swe), they're quite good IMO.

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Metal / Re: The new metal classics
« on: June 29, 2009, 03:59:27 PM »
Here's a list of stuff to check out for possible inclusion to the tape. I want you to tell me what do you think/what specific albums would you recommend in case there isn't one mentioned.

Root - The Book
Maniac Butcher - Lukan Antikrist or something else
Megiddo - The Atavism of Evil or The Devil and the Whore
Hail - Inheritance of Evilness
Immolation - Unholy Cult
Nagelfar
Crimson Massacre - The Luster of Pandemonium
Nox Intempesta
Destroyer 666
Disciples of Mockery - Prelude to Apocalypse (or maybe a superior example of modern brutal death metal?)

Thanks for the suggestions, BTW.

Immolation - Unholy Cult is one of the best death metal albums of all time IMO.  Alex Hernandez's drumming will NEVER be topped, good godamn...(Jontho is pretty fucking talented too).

For post-'89 thrash metal that absolutely annihilates, I highly recommend Destruction (GER) - The Antichrist... riffs riffs riffffsssss.  It may be even better than Release from Agony!

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