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Metal / The new Sorcier Des Glaces album
« on: December 19, 2006, 07:06:24 PM »
Open topic for discussion of their new output, found via a link in the Audiofile section.

I won't lie, it has it's flashes of brilliance reminiscent of the debut, but overall, Robitaille is focusing far too much on instrumental aesthetic this time around, and not enough on what is being communicated with said aesthetic.

I'm not all that enthused by this release. Parts of it make my spirit soar, but they're few and far between.


Metal / Asking for some honest, non-bullshit replies here
« on: December 28, 2005, 08:54:02 PM »
What is the big fucking deal about Crimson Massacre? I've never heard a band more self-aware of their own "ability" (such as it is) as this band. They're as bad as later-years-Yes for sheer pretense of relevance to anything remotely worth paying attention to.

Someone help me out - part of me wants to like this band, but their predictability is verging on nauseous. You want to be "progressive"? Don't fall into the trap of "being progressive". Your instrumental prowess isn't important - what's important is how well you can tell a story that matters. All I can hear is story-telling techniques, which does not a great band or album make.

EDIT: I suppose I should add that I'm very aware of how well they can play their instruments. However, this means absolutely nothing in the long run, if all they're doing with all this raw talent of theirs is to over-cerebrate the process of creating "extremity" in metal. I like the fact that they don't pay particular attention to stopping a riff at the bar lines, and that they write in a somewhat structurally narrative manner, but come on man, they aren't saying a damn thing other than "Look at us!!" It's pathetic, transparent and redundant; the fact that they can only shift between extremes in a light-switch fashion is so contemptible and expected that I want to scream. There's no use of subtlety or dynamic AT ALL. How necessary is any of this? So we can pacify our need to have "new" music and appease our consuming instincts?

"Damn Blaph, you're just jealous."

Audiofile / Sacramentum
« on: August 23, 2005, 03:25:03 PM »
Sacramentum MP3s

"Melodic death/black metal from Sweden, comparable to Dissection with more of an old school underground field, with bizarre but interesting rhythms and flowing songs displaying a vast febrile imagination."

Sacramentum - Sedes Impiorum (Demo) (1993, SendItz) [FLAC]

Sacramentum - Finis Malorum (1995)

Sacramentum - Finis Malorum (1995, Mega)

Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun (1996) [ CD $10 ]

Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun (1996, Mediafire)

Sacramentum - The Coming of Chaos (1997) [ CD $11 ]

Sacramentum - The Coming of Chaos (1997, Mega)

Sacramentum - Thy Black Destiny (1999) [ CD $11 ]

Sacramentum - Thy Black Destiny (1999, Mega)