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Metal / Improving Metal
« on: January 17, 2010, 07:03:08 AM »
Look, I haven't listened to metal as long as many others here have, but I feel this is necessary.

I hear in certain threads "A synthesis of styles already established would be good". Let's really push in this direction. Let's combine styles, research into existing ones and pull out individual motions and generate something fresh.
Maybe even longer metal masterpieces, funtioning in the same way a classical piece does? Maybe a synthesis of metal and classical structures?

I may be totally unoriginal, but here is a thread dedicated to improving metal. (Maybe this thread has already been posted, but I couldn't find one like it after checking).

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:53:55 PM »
Prong's Beg to Differ is incredible. The songs are very well thought-out and the drumming is fucking incredible.

Metal / Re: Metal Score Project
« on: January 10, 2010, 05:53:01 AM »
This may same really random but a guy made Angel of Death on Mario Paint composer. Should I post the link here? Maybe it doesn't do enough justice not being a serious rendition, but it is accurate to say the least.

Interzone / Re: Introductions
« on: January 10, 2010, 04:59:00 AM »
Karl, 16. Trying to gain a greater understanding of metal, and I feel the reccomendations here have made my listening experience much more fruitful. I also like biology and some philosophy from time to time.

Metal / Re: Metal shams
« on: December 28, 2009, 07:35:01 AM »
Anything Gorefest made after False. They really really really sucked after that album.

« on: December 27, 2009, 03:30:27 PM »
This album channels such a mystic aura. It scratches the metal itch and the ambient itch, conceptually hitting both as well. It is one of my favorites.

I'd say the best track is The Tree of Life and Death.

« on: December 27, 2009, 06:25:21 AM »
The song length is unnessecary maybe they could have edited out about 2 mins of repeated material on the longer tracks. But it is a journey worth taking at least once.

That being said, I totally fell for this album.

« on: December 27, 2009, 05:39:55 AM »
This band is old news and all, but "Transcendence into the Peripheral" is currently one of my favorite albums. I feel that it is on par with "The Rack" (then again, I only listened to The Rack about two times).

When speaking to other metalheads about this album, they tell me it is extremely boring and one-dimensional. I usually respond with something like: "Just listen to the first track, it is a landmark in ambient doom-death".

Maybe they think it is boring because they listen to about only 2 minutes of all the "heavy" songs. Anyway, opinions?

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: December 25, 2009, 07:37:57 AM »
Listening to "The Key" by Nocturnus. It is great, I think Andromeda Strain is a really great track.

It's a really good and definitely refreshing album.

Metal / Re: Fully understanding metal
« on: December 24, 2009, 07:09:28 AM »
Looking at influences is great way to discover new stuff, and an ear for what is truly good and whats not. For instance, I discovered Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Sodom, Merciful Fate and Venom from Norwegian black metal, and listenning to all those bands it wasn't hard to hear which were the more honest artists. Slayer are how I discovered the likes of DRI. You find you can spot more subtleties in the original bands by looking at their influences, and what is truly unique to them. The Darkthorne/Celtic Frost link is the most obvious one to start with.

Thanks for this suggestion! I decided to give D.R.I. a listen after finishing Hell Awaits. I saw the connection almost instantly, Slayer reminded me of a more hellbound version of D.R.I. That being said, I definitely saw a big influence there.
This is a great strategy I'll definitely look for more influences in the future.

Metal / Re: Fully understanding metal
« on: December 22, 2009, 06:30:30 AM »
I have the same problem. I am the same age and have listened for about the same amount of time. I am able to listen to the music fine, but I always get sidetracked by my own thoughts (as in while I'm listening, I lose focus of the music). I originally gravitated towards metal because of aesthetic. Now to fully understand metal, how should it be approached? Listening to how riffs interact? How the sounds are arranged? Should it be taken as a whole as much as possible?

*Ooh, another issue I forgot to mention. I have trouble distinguishing high quality from low quality music...

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: December 20, 2009, 09:58:24 AM »
It's too bad, because their full length was really great.

Also, based on a suggestion from www.deathmetal.org I finally gave "Sorcery" (Kataklysm) a go.

It was great, surprising after hearing "Victims of This Fallen World".

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: December 20, 2009, 06:49:05 AM »
Just finished listening to Disembowelment - Transcendence into the Peripheral

Can anybody recommend any of their other works?

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:01:32 AM »
Gorefest - False

Too bad they dropped the ball on "Erase" which is absolutely terrible.

Metal / Re: Best metal 1999-2009
« on: November 27, 2009, 01:17:26 PM »
In addition to Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, Oath Bound definitely deserves a mention. Land of the Dead is an amazing song.

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