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« on: May 31, 2013, 04:43:31 PM »
The new Burzum has been getting quite a bit of coverage on Deathmetal.org. For what it's worth, I think it's probably the best thing Vikernes has put out in a while (and I liked Fallen quite a bit). It's like a less demonstrative followup to Hliğskjálf, which is interesting because to date the newer Burzum stuff has been quite a bit more demonstrative than the older releases. It's pretty laid-back contemplative, which makes sense given its genesis in soundtrack music, but it's definitely more compositionally involved than mere sonic wallpaper.

The new Summoning is excellent, like all of their releases, but that's already been discussed heavily here. I'm sort of excited about the new Graveland. Will Stronger Than Death was great, Spears of Heaven was mediocre like a lot of his post-Following the Voice of Blood stuff, but the Cold Winter Blades EP showed him branching out into newer sounds in an interesting way. I hope he keeps the momentum going for the new full-length. Maybe the longer gap between releases (outside of the remastered versions of Creed of Iron and Memory and Destiny) will have given Darken more time to write epic tunes.

Metal / Re: There's a new Black Sabbath song
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:39:08 AM »
I actually enjoyed this a bit more than the endless stomp-a-long drone of the last Dio Sabbath album. Still nothing I'd probably spend money on, unless the other songs are a bit more complex. The longer run times had me hoping that they would build on the progressive rock heavy metal fusion of Vol. 4 through Sabotage (my personal favorite Sabbath albums), but if this song is any indication, they're just doing long songs for the sake of being long.

Metal / Re: Old Morning's Dawn - first thoughts
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:36:11 AM »
First impression after listening to it three times on the train is that it feels like a summation of their career this far. There's a bit of a throwback to the Minas Morgul/Dol Guldur era in the synth-work (both in its aesthetic qualities and how the melodies are written), but the guitar style is definitely in line with the Oathbound arpeggio-based style, albeit with "stronger" melodies. I don't mean stronger like better, but just that the melodies are a bit more assertive. Some of the guitar melodies have an overtly bombastic quality reminiscent of the keys on Stronghold and LMHSYF, but they still draw heavily from the contemplative drone of Oathbound. Not really sure where the Van Halen comparison comes from. As of this album, Summoning is still probably the least heavy metal-ish black metal band out there.

It's too bad about the 128kbps leak thing though, because I can definitely hear hints of intricate layering under the wash of digital distortion. Maybe that's why some of the guitar playing seems more "forward" than on the previous album: we just can't hear the other part of the composition at this low bitrate. So far, this seems to be another great Summoning album.

Metal / Re: Best metal releases of 2013 thus far?
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:34:36 PM »
Forgot to mention that new Supuration album. It's a great follow-up to their early '90s masterpiece. How's that Incubation album that came in the middle?

Metal / Re: For the hell of it!
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:32:04 PM »
Diabolical Conquest is actually my personal favorite Incantation full-length. Something about the way the riffs on that album just roll into each other. Not that Mortal Throne isn't also a classic. That one really showcases the more doom-metally aspects of Incantation's sound. I've always found its absence in the DLA disconcerting.

Panzerfaust is the first Darkthrone album that really "clicked" for me way back in the day, so there will always be a special place in my blackened heart for it. I like the way that both sides are structured: one Transilvanian-esque song, one more percussive song, and then a slow epic. "Quintessence" is my favorite Darkthrone song. Soulside Journey is an interesting evolutionary dead end for the band. I've always wondered if Morpheus Descends' post-Ritual stuff wasn't a bit influenced by it. I dig the longer, fluid tremolo-picked death phrases. Actually, those kinds of riffs (like the opening of "Cromlech") are what make Diabolical Conquest my favorite Incantation album, so I guess there's more than a "for the hell of it" connection!

Another for the hell of it: which of the "big four" of Stockholm-style death metal had the best sophomore album? Personally, gotta go with Unleashed, but that second Dismember album is pretty underrated. You can definitely tell that Richard Cabeza had a hand in writing it.

Metal / Re: Please recommend something that 'sounds like' this:
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:50:49 PM »
Sentenced's "Desert by Night" is one of their best and most overlooked tracks. It's my personal favorite piece of music written by them, and I think it carries the same sort of atmosphere as that Neuraxis song. The middle part (2:45-ish to like 3:30, if I remember correctly) where they reinterpret one of the lead guitar lines from earlier in the song is really interesting. It's like a death metal version of Manuel Göttsching's Inventions for Electric Guitar.

Metal / Re: Best metal releases of 2013 thus far?
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:24:30 PM »
2013 has been pretty quiet compared to 2012. Most of the new CDs/albums I've bought have been reissues of older stuff. Some dude just put out some nice CD versions of the first three Kawir albums, if you're into quality Hellenic black metal of the old school. Drakkar is in the midst of reissuing the LLN back catalog. His Mütiilation CDs sound way better than the Dark Adversary versions that made the rounds a few years back. Season of Mist is also in the midst of a reissue frenzy. They just put out Septic Flesh's debut (with their first EP as bonus tracks), and they're currently preparing the Ildjarn discography for a proper resurrection.

I've been listening to Sulphur Aeon for the past month or so. It's some decidedly un-Swedish death metal that sounds a bit like Formulas-era Morbid Angel swallowing Anthems-era Emperor, but without the keyboards. I like how a morbid bit of melody always seems to seep through despite the chaos. It reminds me a bit of the debut albums from Dismember and Incantation, in spirit rather than in style. If I'm still listening to it a month or so from now, I'll probably buy the CD and maybe a shirt because the cover (done by the guy who painted Disma's debut) is pretty cool.

Summoning's got a new one coming, so I've been watching their page like a hawk. I'm pretty excited about the possibility of a new Nokturnal Mortum album; if you haven't been paying attention to them, they've transformed from a folky neoclassical symphonic black metal band into an excellent progressive rock band with some black metal remnants. New Crypticus should be cool, given the quality level of their last Halloween EP. Rob Darken appears to be adhering to his manic release schedule, as he's got a full-length due out soon. He just released an old unheard Lord Wind demo on a split CD with his contemporaneous dark ambient project Mysterial. It all sounds a bit more like the quieter moments of the second Veles album rather than any of the recent Lord Wind stuff.

Metal / Re: Band logo
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:04:56 PM »
The fuck kind of band name is that? Pretty confusing all around. The name says "depressive bedroom black metal emo," but their photo says "Nuclear War Now war metal vinyl nerds." Then again, I suppose a lot of the former crowd made the transition to the latter around 2009-ish, so maybe it's not so incongruous after all...

Metal / Re: Classical music on deathmetal.org
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:25:14 PM »
Any plans to continue this series? I'm a big fan myself, bought a copy of Marais' Suitte d'un Goût Etranger because of it a while back.

Interzone / Re: Save the world
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:12:36 PM »
Good video. Even if you don't agree with the specifics of the speaker's arguments, I can't imagine anyone here seriously denying the importance of a positive attitude in the face of degeneracy. Rather than letting ourselves be dragged down into inaction by all of the nonsense in the world, we should see each new piece of modern idiocy as a great chance to expose the instruments of the Kali-Yuga for what they are.

I guess this is why Julius Evola and those other guys were into Buddhism so much: being consistently mindful and centered is a great way to keep yourself moving forward, rather than being torn asunder by doubt and worry.

Metal / Black Metal Should Be Esoteric
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:46:30 AM »
So, I was re-ripping my timeworn copy of Xasthur's A Gate throught Bloodstained Mirrors (yeah, yeah, I know most of the people here hate Xasthur, but I like some of their stuff; in my defense, they were a favorite of the site at one point) to my hard-drive with a different codec to see if it sounded better, and when Gracenote brought up the track titles, they looked like this:
1. Why Do
2. All These
3. Bands Have To
4. Typeset In
5. All Caps And
6. With An Unreadable Font
I laughed, not because this act of sabotage against a musical database was particularly witty, but because I realized that some "normal" person must have stumbled upon this particular Xasthur album when it was reissued a few years ago. Rather than learning how to decipher the artist's chosen elaborate Gothic typeface (a very time intensive process involving looking at the track-listing on the inside of the CD case for upwards of five seconds) or engaging in the slight bit of internet-based research which would have given them the track titles (i.e. "looking it up" on Amazon.com, Metal-Archives, Hydra Head's website, or even simply typing the album's title into Google), they instead chose to pitch a fit and scream their problems to the world via the internet.

I was instantly reminded of this article on Amerika. A hipster was confronted with a massive "NO" in the form of black metal's esoteric aesthetics, and rather than putting forth the modicum of effort required to interpret the unfamiliar and bizarre visual stimuli, they threw up their hands and went back to listening to Wolves in the Throne Room, presumably. I'm glad that in even is this age of commercialization and decay, some small part of black metal still exists outside the mainstream, even if only by virtue of font choice.

Interzone / Re: Re-issues are d-bag
« on: November 05, 2012, 04:55:23 PM »
Yeah, Dark Descent's a local Colorado label run by someone who's been into metal since the early '80s. They do a lot of cool stuff, like re-issuing classic albums properly and buying up Wild Rags' backstock and selling it on their webstore. Without Dark Descent, I wouldn't have gotten an original copy of the first Funeral album! They did a great re-issue of Death Strike's Fuckin' Death a while back.

Audiofile / Euthanausea
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:31:37 AM »
Euthanausea: Mediafire, Blogspot, Rapidshare

Technically proficient and intricately structured death metal from the deep Finnish underground. They helped develop the melodic death metal genre contemporaneously with Sentenced, but provided a different slant to it with some odd dissonances and jazzy/progressive elements ala Unquestionable Presence. They actually end up sounding a lot like The Chasm's demo. Later on, they succumbed to the death'n'roll plague started in their homeland by Xysma, but their early demos are essential listening for those who enjoyed the Cartilage/Altar split or the sophomore albums from Sentenced and Atheist.

Euthanausea - Euthanausea (1992, Mediafire)

Euthanausea - Melodying (1993, Mediafire)

Interzone / Re: Re-issues are d-bag
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:27:33 AM »
Supposedly, Century Media is reissuing Far Away from the Sun, but I guarantee that it will suck. Those two-for-one reissues of Runemagick's first three and Sacramentum's second and third full-lengths had one of the worst "remasterings" I've ever heard, actually physically painful to listen to. Luckily, I have the originals of all those albums now (including Sacramentum's debut EP and first full-length).

Dark Descent always does a great job with their reissues, but they're about the only one I trust consistently. Their Timeghoul digipack is legendary, and their Uncanny reissue did it properly by allowing the original album to stand on its own and putting the demos (which are also excellent) on a separate disc.

Audiofile / Decollation
« on: October 26, 2012, 11:17:10 AM »
Decollation: Blogspot, Mediafire, Rapidshare

Kristian Wåhlin's final death metal project before he went solely with the album artwork route. I would describe the music as building on his Liers in Wait work by slowing the songs down, lengthening their narratives considerably, and adding quite a bit of Nocturnus-esque keyboard use, but overall keeping the same vibe of RRRAARRRGGHHH, just a bit less frenetic. The vocals are more of a mix between Barney Greenway's Utopia Banished roar and a Suffer-style hoarse shout than a proper death growl, which might turn some people off, but the music itself is quite excellent.

Decollation - Cursed Lands (1992, Mediafire)

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