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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:48 am 
 

Shri Schneider from (2013) Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X.
Trying to get into this album every now and then.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:30 pm 
 

NP: Rush in Rio DVD

Revisiting this awesome show after I got Clockwork Angels Tour. The setlist is pretty strong.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:36 pm 
 

Manilla Road - The Circus Maximus

Love this black-sheep bastard-child.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:30 pm 
 

Voivod- "Target Earth".


Uh...what?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:26 pm 
 

NP: Demolition Hammer [Epidemic of Violence, 1992] - 5. Carnivorous Obsession (03:42/05:53) {192 kbp/s}
This is one of the best thrash albums I know of
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:28 pm 
 

Weapon- Embers and Revelations. I wish these guys hadn't disbanded, but what a hell of an album to go out on.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:58 pm 
 

Arch Nemesis - After Forever

One of the more interesting PM albums out there stylistically. Every song on this thing is like a dream, floating along like a shamanic voyage through the mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:11 pm 
 

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Strings and some electronic arrangements I like (but in small doses). Personally, I want to see power metal with a lot of electronic elements - like recent Blood Stain Child gone power metal. I've heard some doujin stuff do that though. There is some Russian band called Hammerforce that does this, but I thought they sucked.

That'd either be really cool or really cheesy. I'm not sure which one.

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Hell, album covers, band pictures, anything. I find bands via twitter and concert posters over there too. Sometimes I check out bands by who's talking to who over there (Japan's scene seems to be pretty tight). Most of this stuff I couldn't find on mp3 even if I wanted to, so I've been buying stuff based on very little to go on - for the most part, I've been pretty lucky so far.

My experience has also been pretty positive. Mostly blinding buying things, dropping a lot of money on an album relative to western CDs, but it's been worth it. Japanese people really seem to do power metal a lot better than everyone else. I've also been getting into their post rock scene at the same time and it's really good too and a lot better than other stuff I've heard.

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hehe I could namedrop stuff like crazy :P But yeah, it sucks how expensive shit is over there. I use HMV Japan for larger orders, and places like S.A. Music or Disk Heaven for smaller orders.

Their scene seems pretty healthy at the moment. There's a LOT of good up and coming bands, plus some ones from the mid 00's resurfacing and releasing good albums: eg, Longinus, Prophesia, etc

This will pass most people by, mainly due to the language barrier, Engrish/bad accents, and I find a lot of this stuff has a pretty high learning curve. Internationally speaking, I think Japan's scene will always be a niche market (yet it manages to be completely self-sustaining).

I'll keep those sites in mind, thanks. I personally find the language barrier thing funny. For me, I had a mild aversion to non-English-lyric bands, but then I thought to myself, “well, I listen to harsh vocals like it's no problem, so what's wrong with clean vocals in another language?” And there you go. I know a guy who is decently into metal at work, and he generally likes the stuff I play, but he can't really get into any of the foreign language stuff. I guess it really is a big deal for some people.

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Kizuna was the first song that hooked me, New Legend was the second. I think I like Everlasting a bit more than that one now though. I can't wait for their older stuff to arrive in the mail, I should've bought those aeons ago!

My general plan is to slowly obtain Gargoyle's and Galneryus's discography over the next few months. Hopefully, I won't get sidetracked too badly.

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Things seem so weird over there, I wonder if things over here are going to start to seem really boring? Like, they put a pretty strong emphasis on presentation over there, whereas over here its normally pretty bland or non-existent. Like, I've always had a tendency towards weird/experimental shit, and I think I'm getting my ass handed back to me on a platter haha

I've found a lot of power metal over there (esp. in the doujin camp) that's really fucking weird. And it doesn't sound forced either - over here, such things would sound totally forced, over there they don't even break a sweat. In fact, it sounds rather genuine/endearing.

Yeah, they make a lot of weird shit over there. (Sigh being one of the reigning champions obviously). I've been drawn to a lot of that kind of music as well. There are really some sounds that only Japanese people are going to do.

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"Chronostrings" I can't wait for (my next uber-priority). The album cover is really neat. Then again, I like power metal album covers over there a lot more than the crap over here.

That is a pretty badass cover isn't it?

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Indeed, one of my favorites by them. That song (along with some of Light Bringer's stuff) may have turned me on to the bass guitar. The bass/guitar tapping solo is insane, plus I like how the drumming goes along with Syu's guitars perfectly. Actually, Junichi is pretty underrated, IMO - he wastes most power metal drummers. Mind you, a side of me would rather put Galneryus in prog metal than power metal.

Yeah, those fills are pretty fucking sweet. One of the few times where you can ignore the guitar solo and air drum instead. :lol:


NP: Boris – Akuma No Uta

I've never been too big into drone stuff, so the first track is alright, but I really dig the second half of this album.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:23 am 
 

Meshuggah - Future Breed Machine

One of their best songs. Damn shame they slow it down so much live now. It completely kills the song's impact.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:46 am 
 

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Meads Of Asphodel - My Psychotic Sand Deity

I love the twists and turns in this album. The female vocals are beautiful


I started to listen to it yesterday and it seemed to be more similar than I had expected. Anyway, a few seconds later my computer decided that it had lived long enough and it collapsed. :annoyed:

So I must wait until I listent to the full song. I will give you my impressions of course.

A few minutes ago when I was driving:

Dark Forest-Eternal Forest

Awesome epic bm from Canada.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:07 am 
 

Vastum - Patricidal Lust

Good mid-paced Oldschool Death Metal

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:06 am 
 

Damn I am sorry to hear that PaganBasque

Zombie Ritual - Zombie Party

Awesome death/thrash. Reminds me of old Death, Grave, etc with an aggressive thrashy attitude
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:12 am 
 

Sirenia - Meridian

I have rarely heard female vocals being used to such perfection. The music is so heavy, but she just soars above it all.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:41 pm 
 

Dudemanguy wrote:
NP: Boris – Akuma No Uta
I've never been too big into drone stuff, so the first track is alright, but I really dig the second half of this album.


Boris's discography ranges from drone to ambient. Check out Rainbow (with Michio Kurihara).

Listening to Teitanblood's latest album 'Death' at the moment.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:55 pm 
 

Master - Mangled Dehuminization
Some kick-ass shit. Great production also.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:55 pm 
 

NP; The Ruins of Beverast - 50 Forts Along the Rhine.

First song off my favorite album by the band. And a band that is one of my favorite black metal acts.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:09 pm 
 

Manilla Road - The Courts Of Chaos

My favourite of theirs.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:02 pm 
 

shouvince wrote:
Boris's discography ranges from drone to ambient. Check out Rainbow (with Michio Kurihara).

That's one hell of an understatement. But I'll give it a look one of these days, sure.

NP: Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead

Definitely one of the stronger tracks on this album. I like it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:41 pm 
 

Edguy – Tears of a Mandrake

DROWNING IN TEARS OF A MANDRAAAKE!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:32 am 
 

Dying Fetus - Descent into Depravity

That riff. That motherfucking intro riff.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:01 am 
 

Dark Tranquillity - Icipher

Great melodic death.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:36 am 
 

Paganbasque wrote:
I started to listen to it yesterday and it seemed to be more similar than I had expected. Anyway, a few seconds later my computer decided that it had lived long enough and it collapsed. :annoyed:

WTF?!?

Shores In Flames from (1990) Bathory - Hammerheart.
Classic!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:22 am 
 

Rob Rock - This Time is the Last Time

Way too good to be Christian. Pure steel slayage.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:38 pm 
 

Bathory - Blood Fire Death

Jesus this album rocks, and love the intro (so funny how often intros/outros are hated in the user reviews!)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:40 pm 
 

Devin Townsend - Heaven's End

One of the best songs from the whole Devin Townsend Project.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:02 pm 
 

Manilla Road - Out Of The Abyss

Glorious album
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Strings and some electronic arrangements I like (but in small doses). Personally, I want to see power metal with a lot of electronic elements - like recent Blood Stain Child gone power metal. I've heard some doujin stuff do that though. There is some Russian band called Hammerforce that does this, but I thought they sucked.

That'd either be really cool or really cheesy. I'm not sure which one.

Dome doujin stuff like Vice Principal I found pretty neat. Mind you, that song is closer to melodeath than power metal - they need to crank the electro elements more though. オレオレウサギ is another one on the right track here too. Stylistically, they're all over the place. Satanic A La Mode is another one that throws electronic (and other) elements in, and it works out well, oddly enough. How come all doujin seems to be female-fronted?

[edit] Playing that Vice Principal now, not really electronic sounding. Not sure what I've been smoking haha The overall album has some electronic elements though (namely track #4 "Timeless Encode").

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My experience has also been pretty positive. Mostly blinding buying things, dropping a lot of money on an album relative to western CDs, but it's been worth it. Japanese people really seem to do power metal a lot better than everyone else. I've also been getting into their post rock scene at the same time and it's really good too and a lot better than other stuff I've heard.

My experiences has been quite positive too. Sure there's the occasional half-baked debut, but that happens everywhere. Japan's the only country that's making power metal that I enjoy these days (Europe dried up years ago). Another thing - most of these bands will continue to improve too. Their scene seems to facilitate growth too (ie, tons of lives, supportive fans, etc)

I probably should delve more into their progressive scene sometime.

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I'll keep those sites in mind, thanks. I personally find the language barrier thing funny. For me, I had a mild aversion to non-English-lyric bands, but then I thought to myself, “well, I listen to harsh vocals like it's no problem, so what's wrong with clean vocals in another language?” And there you go. I know a guy who is decently into metal at work, and he generally likes the stuff I play, but he can't really get into any of the foreign language stuff. I guess it really is a big deal for some people.

I just found it a barrier, but I eventually overcame it. Before this, the only non-English bands I ever listened to were black and folk metal. With Japanese stuff, I think I focus more on tone/vocal lines now - I don't even pay attention to lyrics.

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My general plan is to slowly obtain Gargoyle's and Galneryus's discography over the next few months. Hopefully, I won't get sidetracked too badly.

I got side-tracked badly with Galneryus (I wanted this done late August), but I'm finally getting that taken care of. Anthem and Inugami Circus-Dan are the next bands with lots of CDs I'm considering tackling next.

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Yeah, they make a lot of weird shit over there. (Sigh being one of the reigning champions obviously). I've been drawn to a lot of that kind of music as well. There are really some sounds that only Japanese people are going to do.

The other two things that impressed me are: 1) Being able to take seemingly incompatible ingredients and making it work 2) Taking ingredients that I hate and making it something I like. There's plenty of Japanese bands I like where a western band would do something similar and I'd hate it. Like, Blood Stain Child's "Epsilon" I like a lot and I absolutely detest Amaranthe.

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"Chronostrings" I can't wait for (my next uber-priority). The album cover is really neat. Then again, I like power metal album covers over there a lot more than the crap over here.

That is a pretty badass cover isn't it?

Indeed, I'd almost buy it for that alone haha I can't remember if I linked this or not, but here's a PV snippet. Bouncy as hell, and it unfortunately stops once it starts getting into some neoclassical goodness.

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Yeah, those fills are pretty fucking sweet. One of the few times where you can ignore the guitar solo and air drum instead. :lol:

As funny as it sounds, the drumming was one of the first things that leaped out at me with Galneryus. Shred guitar I'm quite used to, but most power metal drummers kinda suck.

After that MinstreliX, the next big title for me is Mahatma "Re:Generation". They're a "related" band to Light Bringer (I think Hibiki does session bass on this album). They're a weird mix of prog rock and J-pop. Not really metal though (even though they have elements of that). They're probably closer to Art of Gradation in sound than Light Bringer. Still excellent, nonetheless. Actually Art of Gradation I wouldn't be shocked if they have a new album this year too. Their guitarist posted a couple instrumental/demo versions of new songs on their youtube channel.


Vice Principal "Paladice Shift"

Probably my favorite doujin power metal album, at the moment.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:22 pm 
 

Morbid Angel - Summoning Redemption

I'm not much of an MA fan, but this rules. I like how the guitar soloing really takes the song to the next level, instead of feeling shoved in there for no reason.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:42 pm 
 

Followed up Blood Fire Death with more Bathory, Blood on Ice and Twilight of the Gods-- and then onto Jean Sibelius' music for "The Tempest".

Sibelius was a Finnish composer (and if you're a musician, the namesake of the now-defunct music notation program), but not a particularly experimental one. His music definitely evokes the cold stillness of Scandanavia, and sometimes the pretty, perhaps "pagan" simple side as well. I doubt he was pagan, but there might be something in the air there. Anyway, didn't seem that out of place after all the viking metal.

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Dome doujin stuff like Vice Principal I found pretty neat. Mind you, that song is closer to melodeath than power metal - they need to crank the electro elements more though. オレオレウサギ is another one on the right track here too. Stylistically, they're all over the place. Satanic A La Mode is another one that throws electronic (and other) elements in, and it works out well, oddly enough. How come all doujin seems to be female-fronted?

[edit] Playing that Vice Principal now, not really electronic sounding. Not sure what I've been smoking haha The overall album has some electronic elements though (namely track #4 "Timeless Encode").

I never could really get into any of the doujin stuff. I dunno; it's never really clicked for me. Not that it's bad, but my attention just isn't grabbed. I'd imagine most doujin is female-fronted because the audience probably has a significant amount of otaku (not that I mean anything bad about that. I'm just saying). You know, given the association with video games and anime and stuff like that.

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My experiences has been quite positive too. Sure there's the occasional half-baked debut, but that happens everywhere. Japan's the only country that's making power metal that I enjoy these days (Europe dried up years ago). Another thing - most of these bands will continue to improve too. Their scene seems to facilitate growth too (ie, tons of lives, supportive fans, etc)

I probably should delve more into their progressive scene sometime.

Yeah, European power metal is mostly meaninglessly to me too. If I want good power metal, I turn to Japan first. Maybe it's a result of the culture of “cute things” over there, but they really know how to make hypermelodic, poppy stuff sound really good. Western power metal bands inserting pop-influence into their songs usually results in disaster. But Japanese people putting jpop into their metal works out really well a lot of the time. I know it's a horribly unfair comparision, but you compare Light Bringer to say Skylark and the difference in quality is pretty obvious.

Dunno if you ever heard of Gonin-ish, but they play some pretty wacky extreme progressive metal. It's really brilliant. Give it a listen if you haven't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh7pKvpU3Q4

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I just found it a barrier, but I eventually overcame it. Before this, the only non-English bands I ever listened to were black and folk metal. With Japanese stuff, I think I focus more on tone/vocal lines now - I don't even pay attention to lyrics.

I've stopped paying attention to lyrics eons ago, so I'm pretty sure that helped me out in that regard. :lol:

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I got side-tracked badly with Galneryus (I wanted this done late August), but I'm finally getting that taken care of. Anthem and Inugami Circus-Dan are the next bands with lots of CDs I'm considering tackling next.

I've already got two gargoyle albums on the way. Waiting eagerly for my next paycheck to drop some more cash on some more stuff. I'm normally way more frugal, but eh, it's okay to splurge every now and then right?

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The other two things that impressed me are: 1) Being able to take seemingly incompatible ingredients and making it work 2) Taking ingredients that I hate and making it something I like. There's plenty of Japanese bands I like where a western band would do something similar and I'd hate it. Like, Blood Stain Child's "Epsilon" I like a lot and I absolutely detest Amaranthe.

Oh man, western versions of Blood Stain Child would all be some sort of bad metalcore/trance abomination. Yeah, I can agree with you those two points for sure. The one metalcore band I like (Deluhi) is Japanese.

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Indeed, I'd almost buy it for that alone haha I can't remember if I linked this or not, but here's a PV snippet. Bouncy as hell, and it unfortunately stops once it starts getting into some neoclassical goodness.

I've been hunting down a bit of their earlier stuff and do you know if they had a different vocalist for the first couple of albums? The tracks I've heard sound like female vocals singing in mostly pretty good English. It was good and surprising.

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As funny as it sounds, the drumming was one of the first things that leaped out at me with Galneryus. Shred guitar I'm quite used to, but most power metal drummers kinda suck.

Constant double bass blasting seems to be the norm unfortunately. It did take me a while to realize how good Galneryus's drumming was though. It is a really nice touch. I also really like Versailles's drumming as well. It's a different style, but plenty of fills to be found.

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After that MinstreliX, the next big title for me is Mahatma "Re:Generation". They're a "related" band to Light Bringer (I think Hibiki does session bass on this album). They're a weird mix of prog rock and J-pop. Not really metal though (even though they have elements of that). They're probably closer to Art of Gradation in sound than Light Bringer. Still excellent, nonetheless. Actually Art of Gradation I wouldn't be shocked if they have a new album this year too. Their guitarist posted a couple instrumental/demo versions of new songs on their youtube channel.

Sounds pretty interesting. I'll look into it.


NP: Obscurcis Romancia – In Memoriam

Bought this album on a whim, but it was worth it. It's pretty good although I suppose I don't listen to it nearly enough as I should. Great symphonic black metal though.

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Myrkskog - Deathmachine

Delightfully cryptic, yet unrefined.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:28 am 
 

Lumsk - Nøkken

What ever happened to this band? They moved in a non metal direction which I still loved but there has been no news on them in years
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:26 am 
 

Pungent Stench - Been Caught Buttering

Enjoying my day off.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:24 pm 
 

Darkthrone - The Hordes of Nebulah

The Swords of Time are pointing at our hearts
The grass here seems raped
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I'm not that big into hip-hop, but this album is incredible. Jazzy samples are always a good way to go.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:41 pm 
 

Peste Noire- Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions

I don't understand French but I like just about everything about this song.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:48 pm 
 

Nice to see Quest mentioned here :nods:

Venenum - Lunar Tombfields
What a stellar death metal EP! These guys should get to work on a full length now.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:32 pm 
 

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I never could really get into any of the doujin stuff. I dunno; it's never really clicked for me. Not that it's bad, but my attention just isn't grabbed. I'd imagine most doujin is female-fronted because the audience probably has a significant amount of otaku (not that I mean anything bad about that. I'm just saying). You know, given the association with video games and anime and stuff like that.

I think girls are into that stuff as much as the guys over there. I find with doujin it was natural for me to get into that since a lot of it is related to many of the power metal bands I listen to (eg, Light Bringer, MinstreliX, Knights of Round, Lightning, etc). Hell, even Yama-B is into that stuff bigtime too (I think one of Galneruys' ex-bassists is as well). Not sure how much of Iron Attack!'s stuff you've listened to, but he did vocals on a few. If you haven't heard Heaven's Sword, give that a whirl. Hell, I think I liked the solo almost as much as Yama-B's vocals.

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Yeah, European power metal is mostly meaninglessly to me too. If I want good power metal, I turn to Japan first. Maybe it's a result of the culture of “cute things” over there, but they really know how to make hypermelodic, poppy stuff sound really good. Western power metal bands inserting pop-influence into their songs usually results in disaster. But Japanese people putting jpop into their metal works out really well a lot of the time.

I honestly can't think of too many (recent) Euro power metal bands that can use pop hooks without sounding like crap. A lot of the 90s ones got away with it though (mind you, a lot of those bands inspired many of the Japanese bands I'm listening to right now). Its a nasty think to say, but I think the biggest problem with Euro-power metal these days is just a flat-out lack of talent. Of course I'm a bit bitter because bands which I felt had talent ended up breaking up. I guess I completely bailed on Euro-power metal due to being unable to find any new album where I could get past one to two songs without deleting it due to sheer boredom. I still support the old existing bands who I always have, but no more new bands. Also, I ran into so many Japanese bands I like I'm pretty much forced to specialize now.

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I know it's a horribly unfair comparison, but you compare Light Bringer to say Skylark and the difference in quality is pretty obvious.

Indeed haha Or worse, Wonderland. Dear god that band sucks. Italy has been epic fail for power metal over the last decade or so. One thing I find disturbing: why on earth is Skylark actually popular in Japan? It makes no sense to me whatsoever :lol:

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Dunno if you ever heard of Gonin-ish, but they play some pretty wacky extreme progressive metal. It's really brilliant. Give it a listen if you haven't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh7pKvpU3Q4

I own their second album (Japanese pressing, actually) - great stuff. I wish they'd reissue their debut and make a 3rd album. I think they may be recording, dunno. They're still alive and kicking, thankfully.

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I've already got two gargoyle albums on the way. Waiting eagerly for my next paycheck to drop some more cash on some more stuff. I'm normally way more frugal, but eh, it's okay to splurge every now and then right?

Indeed hehe I'm actually glad I quit drinking and smoking a few years ago, that's certainly helping out here. Also, I barely buy international titles anymore (and if I do, I get the Japanese pressing like the pedantic jackass I am haha). Mind you, I should, there's a few titles like Slough Feg and Anubis Gate I need to get.

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Oh man, western versions of Blood Stain Child would all be some sort of bad metalcore/trance abomination. Yeah, I can agree with you those two points for sure. The one metalcore band I like (Deluhi) is Japanese.

I normally avoid metalcore like the plague, but some Japanese stuff actually ain't bad. Now, I can't quite pinpoint what they're doing right and what the US stuff is doing wrong. I guess by playing crap like that Arch Enemy replacement vocalist's old band posted in that Arch Enemy thread kinda reminded me why I avoid that stuff (god, its so forgettable I forgot their name along with their music :lol:).

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I've been hunting down a bit of their earlier stuff and do you know if they had a different vocalist for the first couple of albums? The tracks I've heard sound like female vocals singing in mostly pretty good English. It was good and surprising.

MinstreliX had a female vocalist named Lola on their first two albums. She eventually left and was replaced by Leo Figaro on that "Rose Funeral of Tragedy" EP. "Reflections" should be findable (and its a nice album too), but "Memoirs" is out of print and will cost an arm and a leg to get. I wish they'd reissue it.

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As funny as it sounds, the drumming was one of the first things that leaped out at me with Galneryus. Shred guitar I'm quite used to, but most power metal drummers kinda suck.

Constant double bass blasting seems to be the norm unfortunately. It did take me a while to realize how good Galneryus's drumming was though. It is a really nice touch. I also really like Versailles's drumming as well. It's a different style, but plenty of fills to be found.

He's super fast too, when he wants to be. But there's a lot of variation in his drumming. I watched a Galneryus DVD last night (bonus DVD on one of those Ironheart comp thingies) and it was awesome. Yuhki and Syu's interplay is insane. They're also one of those bands that get better every time I listen to them. I find that a lot with most of the Japanese bands I listen to - I keep noticing more nuances and details.

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Sounds pretty interesting. I'll look into it.

Art of Gradation (as you may know by now) is Kazu (ex-Light Bringer)'s current band. No idea why Light Bringer lost half their band - they don't really seem like the type of people for major drama or anything. Could be a good chance they didn't like being on a major label or only wanted to do this part time. Remember, Light Bringer is essentially a top 30 band over there. I'm curious to see how well their next album does - Cyntia's latest cracked the top 10 (they previously charted as high as Light Bringer).


Vrain "Vaptism of Mars"

I think I'm slowly starting to prefer this to "Rendez Blue". Fucking strange album, only Japan could produce something like this. :P
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:23 pm 
 

Lagerstein - Beer Bong Song

It may be overly cheesy and smell of gimmick, but this band are awesome. Going to see them with Gloryhammer next month
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:02 pm 
 

Virtue - Fool's Gold demo

Classic NWOBHM, thank god for the reissue turning more people on to them.

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