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Metal / Re: Happy "Onward to Golgotha" day!
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:43:12 PM »
Pretty much every day is Onward to Golgotha day when it comes to my stereo, so I'm just gonna keep doing what I'm doing.

Metal / Re: Best extreme metal songs
« on: March 17, 2010, 11:40:55 PM »
The title track on Legion of Doom's debut album is one of the best black metal songs ever written. It's almost like a primer on how to compose ambient black metal correctly: Black Metal 101.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« 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, 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...

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« 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. 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.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« 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.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« 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.

Metal / Re: New Burzum album info
« on: February 04, 2010, 11:55:06 AM »
It's really the 2nd and 5th tracks that sound the most out of character.  Given the other songs, they could be more linear sections in a grander structure.

I wholeheartedly agree with this. Burzum always had plenty of stuff that sounded goofy on its own but worked well in the context of the song as a whole.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« 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. 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.

Metal / Re: Lesser known early forms of metal
« on: November 03, 2009, 01:34:53 PM »
I've heard Univers Zero described as Immolation if they had formed one hundred years earlier, and that description fits the bill pretty well. Their Ceux du Dehors album is pretty much brutal death metal of the dissonant/atmospheric Immolation/Incantation-ish vein, but completely instrumental and with oboes and violins instead of guitars and blastbeats.

Metal / Re: Opera
« on: October 29, 2009, 06:54:35 PM »
I started listening to opera with Wagner, but he really isn't the best place to start. I'm still trying to figure out ("get into") the ring cycle, and I've owned the complete Karajan recording for four years now.

A better beginner opera that's still rewarding years later is Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Rather than being shackled by the libretto, the music is very expansive, with lengthy purely instrumental sections. The story only features two characters, and the staging is fairly simple (seven doors and colored spotlights), so the whole thing is driven almost entirely by musical rather than visual or verbal aspects. It's also a great deal shorter than most operas (it all fits on one disc), which makes it fairly accessible to someone who is more into symphonies and sonatas than opera. I've listened to it at least once a day for the past month or so, and I still find something new in it every day.

I haven't checked out the recording posted here in Audiofile, but this recording is really well done. I'll upload it in a bit, but I'd recommend actually purchasing the recording to get the full effect. The booklet is very informative and interesting, and helped me understand the piece a lot more.

Metal / Re: Cybermetal
« on: October 01, 2009, 01:05:42 PM »
Would you count grind bands with electronic music influences? Drogheda is gabber-influenced nihilistic political stuff, and Catasexual Urge Motivation make great use of diSEMBOWELMENT/Blood-style doomy grind riffs over electro beat structures.

Metal / Re: [Thrash] Fearless Iranians From Hell
« on: September 21, 2009, 02:10:27 PM »
This band is really sick, and you can find their stuff on Amazon for like ten dollars. Pick their discography album up and some Chronical Diarrhoea while you're at it if you're looking for some quality thrash.

Metal / Re: Metal FAIL Captured in a Single Image
« on: September 21, 2009, 02:02:27 PM »
So did the pod people snatch David Vincent around '96 or what?

Metal / Re: Refreshing Metal Albums
« on: September 11, 2009, 01:10:09 PM »
Thousand Swords is still probably my favorite Graveland album, but Following the Voice of Blood is definitely coming close to usurping its position. One thing I really love about that album are the little synthesizer interludes: probably some of the best keyboard work Darken has done.

Avulsion's Indoctrination into the Cult of Death is a record that scratches the same itch that Blaspherian does: oldschool without being "retro". It's a very dark album that melds together the slow parts of early Carcass, spooky Finnish stuff like Demigod, and the doomier side of NYDM and Swedish death metal. The atmosphere it exudes is comparable to that of the first Demoncy album, which makes sense, seeing as the band features members of Demoncy.

Metal / Re: Short classical pieces are a good introduction
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:04:37 PM »
This cd is really awesome. I ended up ordering it. I'd never really payed much attention to Schumann before, but now I've seen the error of my ways.

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