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Metal / Re: OrthodoxBlackMetal webzine
« Last post by Mpastardos on December 18, 2016, 11:49:06 AM »
The review for the first release of Schlammblut from Germany called "May I Suffer (EP 2016)", is online.

English http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/schlammblut-mayisufferep2016.php

Greek http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/schlammblut-mayisufferep2016gv.php

« Last post by gabalgabow on December 17, 2016, 12:23:37 AM »
New tapes and CDs for sale

ALTARS (Australia) Paramnesia Tape. Obscure death

AMELUS (Australia) Amelus Demo tape. Death metal, fast and raw.

BUTAMACHO (Chile) Reunión de brujos CD. Old school death

DEATHRONED (Fra) The curse of power MCD. Old styled thrash ŕ la early Kreator.

DEPRIVE (Spa) Deprive Tape. Contains two demo. Death metal

FALLEN ANGEL (Usa) Dissolution Demo tape. Old styled death metal/ Death black

FESTERING (Por) From the grave Demo tape. Swedish death metal

FVRLVRN (Usa) Fvrlvrn Demo tape. Black metal/ Grind.

GOD DISEASE (Fin) Rebirth of horror Demo tape. Old school death with doom influences.

HADEZ (Peru) Morituri te salutant Tape. Old school death

INFRA (Por) Initiation on the ordeals of lower vibrations Demo tape. Death doom/ Black

MORBO (Ita) Addiction to musickal dissection Tape. Old school death influenced by Autopsy.

NEKROSITY (Swe) Rot to survive Demo tape. Swedish death metal

NOMINON (Swe) Chaos in the flesh... Live! Tape. Old school death

PHOBONOID (Ita) Phobonoid Tape. Black doom




Old styled industrial metal without machines, from Finland.
Fans of old Godflesh, Voivod, and maybe old Depressor, feel the furnace.

UNSU/ Grindcore from the north of France.
Live in Douai. Decently abrasive sound.

MORBID ANGEL - Live Germany 1991.
Live at the time of “Blessed are the sick”

Metal / Re: Best METAL releases of 2016
« Last post by vOddy on December 14, 2016, 02:54:52 PM »
Is this Brett Stevens?
Metal / Re: Best METAL releases of 2016
« Last post by death metal black metal on December 14, 2016, 02:16:03 PM »
Serpent Ascending
No God Only Pain
Sorcier Des Glaces

Metal / Re: Best METAL releases of 2016
« Last post by Tree on December 12, 2016, 06:56:16 PM »
[edited] New music: Demon Bitch - Hellfriends. Exhilarating and memorable heavy metal with an idiosyncratic vocalist. Of the very few new releases to which I have listened, this one stands out the most. It's too rock n' roll for me at times and too emotional (for lack of a better word) at others, but my overall impression after five-ish listens is positive.

Re-release: Maleficarum - Unblessed Vol. 1 (as long as the remaster has not ruined Across the Heavens).
Metal / Re: A shift of focus from albums to songs
« Last post by Tree on December 12, 2016, 01:13:30 PM »
Indeed. I have always been reluctant to skip tracks because a voice in my head says, "you might be missing something," but listening to a song just for the sake of hearing it is a bit obsessive.
Metal / Re: A shift of focus from albums to songs
« Last post by vOddy on December 12, 2016, 10:13:13 AM »
I have finally admitted to myself that on some albums, it's okay to skip tracks.
It's just a collection of tracks and not all of them are good anyway.
Metal / A shift of focus from albums to songs
« Last post by Tree on December 12, 2016, 09:37:47 AM »
Earlier this year, my review of Question - Doomed Passages was published on the front page of this site. I know that the review was imperfect, but I would like to expand on my opening statement: "The best albums are greater than the sum of their parts and provide the capability for listener immersion due to their length, but the song is still generally the most important and most fundamental compositional unit in death metal. Paying too much attention to atmosphere, musicianship, individual riffs, or other aesthetic and shallow (though important) qualities of an album can lead to overlooking compositional shortcomings, especially after the mind starts to fatigue or when listening to dense material."

My thinking was influenced by this post: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Schopenhauer/selective_list_of_non_classical_music/
I feel comfortable claiming that on most metal albums, not all of the songs are essential. Some of the compositions are just inferior versions of the better ones: less memorable, less adventurous, less complete, more repetitive, etc. For example, I listened to Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism a few times recently, and I have decided that if that album suddenly disappeared from existence, I would really only miss "The Call of the Wintermoon" and maybe "A Perfect Vision of the Rising Northland." The other songs have enjoyable - even memorable - riffs, and I can tolerate them in the background, but structurally, they don't measure up to the aforementioned opening and closing tracks. Perhaps you will disagree with me about Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, but I use that example solely to illustrate a more general point.

Another example: I've also listened to Obliveon - Nemesis a few times recently. I really want to like that album, but my current opinion is that the first song stands well above the rest. How about a classic like Massacra - Final Holocaust? Yes, it's a fantastic album, but I would be lying if I said that "Researchers of Tortures" (despite its merits) gets my blood pumping as much as "The Day of Massacra" does.

Relating to the idea that not all songs are created equal, I will make two points:

1. I want metal musicians to cut the fluff. I would rather have an EP, compilation, or mixtape of worthy material than an inconsistent album, because the latter frustrates me and wastes my time. Artists with less than an album's worth of things to say should not pressure themselves to generate enough material to fill an entire LP. Artists should restrain themselves when choosing compositions to include on their releases. Quality over quantity.

2. I would like to see music reviewers devote more attention to the strengths and weaknesses of individual compositions (in addition to, not instead of, other aspects of their reviews). I can think of no justification for ignoring the songs, regardless of whether an album is 1. a collection of songs that contribute to an overall mood, atmosphere, or impression, 2. a meta-composition in which the different tracks relate to one another to form a whole that overshadows the parts in importance, 3. something in between, or 4. something else entirely. Discussing or trying to figure out what makes some songs exemplary and other songs unsatisfactory benefits both music listeners and any musicians reading a review. And personally, when I read a music review, one of the things that I want to know is the ratio of high quality music to superfluous music on a release.

It's possible that I am missing the forest for the trees. Any thoughts on this topic?
Metal / Re: Best METAL releases of 2016
« Last post by vOddy on December 12, 2016, 03:00:05 AM »
Sombre Doom has its moments
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