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Panzerschreckrieg
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Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 2:20 pm
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:32 am 
 

Entombed - Left Hand Path

Well, where do I start? This is a classic death metal album. It's one that, while being a fan of death metal for about 5 years, I never got around to hearing. I've finally been listening to it this past week. I can definitely say with confidence that I was missing out greatly. There is so much greatness in this album. The atmospheric riffs, chunky, doomy, yet sometimes fast, and often with a tinge of melodic quality really keep me entertained. They're really good at creating atmospheres with their music. It sounds as if everything, every little sound, from the bass notes, guitar notes, and drums was orchestrated precisely and with a purpose to create invoke emotion and a particular atmosphere. Some of the interludes are so well orchestrated that when I hear them, especially with the soloing leads, I get this euphoric feeling in my spine and legs. I know that sounds strange but I'm sure you all don't consider that unusual. Not only is this album musically sound, it also was/is very influential. The guitar tone was very, very influential on the rest of the Swedish scene.

The best part of it all, is this is only after 2 or 3 listens. This album will definitely be on my playlist for weeks to come.

Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells

Another Swedish death metal gem. This is definitely a classic too, and was released a year after the aforementioned. It has a lot of really good riffs with nice steady rhythms. One of the notable things about the songwriting is how they have a focus on mid-tempo riffs but also some doomy style riffs. The riffs are really interesting and stimulating to listen to. The guitar players often play chugs but then play a nice legato lick at the end of the line. It's done rather well. I was listening to this last night and I started thinking about how it reminded me of Mental Funeral by Autopsy. Anyone else see the resemblance?

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Azarothel
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 7:17 am
Posts: 2
Location: Philippines
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:20 am 
 

hmm ...
that might be great !!!

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Azarothel
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 7:17 am
Posts: 2
Location: Philippines
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:24 am 
 

If I'm not wrong about it, Uleashed did really formed in 1989.
I doubt if they were still part of one of the earliest death metal band

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Weaponfire
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:56 pm
Posts: 1
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:47 am 
 

Deathcrush - Mayhem

I don't listen to Mayhem, but when someone informed me that Deathcrush was Mayhem before they were "Mayhem," and that it's literally the perfect thing for me to listen to given my love of First Wave Black/early death/80s thrash, I took a listen.
Now, over a week later, Chainsaw Gutsfuck is one of my most played songs this past week for sure. Listening to this ep was worth it just for that one song, but Deathcrush and Necrolust were also great, really the whole EP is really great. Normally I'm a "guitar reigns king" kind of guy, and I do love the guitar playing to be sure, but the drumming on all these songs is some high-level awesome.

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Kvltbob Blackpants
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 11:20 am
Posts: 20
Location: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:03 pm 
 

Fenriz Presents... The Best of Old-School Black Metal (Compilation.)
It was an amazing album, I just couldn't get enough of it, and my favorite track is "Warhead" by Venom. (Although it can honestly do without some tracks from bands such as Hellhammer.) Although it has some Second Wave (and even later from Nattefrost) material from bands such as Mayhem and Burzum, it does an amazing job at highlighting the First Wave of Black Metal. The music is raw, straightforward, and unique. Before the Norwegian scene exploded and bands just started to knock off Burzum and Darkthrone, Black Metal bands of the 80s would create great, innovative music, drawing from a multitude of eclectic sources, such as Heavy, Death, Doom, and Thrash Metal. That's what the scene really needs more of. It's a great listen, the songs are typically 3-6 minutes in length, so it shouldn't take so too much of your time, check it out.
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jugchord07
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Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:58 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:47 pm 
 

Murder Squad- Unsane, Insane and Mentally Deranged

Killer Autopsy worship coming from this Swedish death metal supergroup. This album is criminally overlooked and puts most of the worship bands surfacing today to shame. Simplicity is key throughout this nasty little gem. "Depravation" manages to be a highlight, although being one of the simplest ventures on the album. They pound this extremely simplistic monstrous riff through the listeners head until they can't help but bang their head. The title track takes a different approach and presents a more stoned out Sabbath influenced side that I would definitely be up to hear more from. Without a doubt one of the best blind buys I've ever had the pleasure of making.

Deeds of Flesh- Gradually Melted

Deeds of Flesh was always one of my favorite bands when I was first getting into more extreme music. For some reason I ignored their debut EP. Upon hearing it I regret doing so. This is some of the ugliest sounding brutal death metal I've ever heard and was actually singlehandedly enough to revive my interest in this subgenre I've ignored for years. Fairly raw production (compared to the genres standard these days) really helps the overall feeling of the EP. I've also always appreciated Deeds diversity when it comes to lyrics and this release is no exception. While this may not be incredibly groundbreaking it is a damn good listen for fans of the style.
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