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ChineseDownhill
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:12 am 
 

Cradle of Filth - Dusk and Her Embrace (title track)

This song has ridiculous vocals, and it might have stolen the Meow Mix jingle. Somehow it manages to be awesome anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:51 pm 
 

Hibria "Silent Revenge"

The chug lord on wheels. Actually, this album isn't that horrible, but its a far cry from their debut.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:14 pm 
 

Deafheaven - Dream House

Still absolutely love this song even a year after Sunbather came out.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:38 pm 
 

Ade - "Mars's Unpredictable Favour" from Spartacus

This album is turning out to be a much more enjoyable listen than what I was expecting. Definitely a nice surprise and I'm sure I will be revisiting it again.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:44 pm 
 

Insomnium - While We Sleep

My first exposure to this band. It's insane how influenced by Amorphis they are. Love it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:00 pm 
 

Atlantean Kodex- The White Goddess CD

An outstanding release, favorite song Enthroned in Clouds and Fire.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:35 pm 
 

Blut aus Nord - Epitome XIV

Cosmosophy is my least-listened to album of the 777 trilogy, but it's quickly becoming my favorite. Hooooooly fuck. Evocative, chilling, haunting, and totally foreign like most of his work (inspired by THE work). Profound organic emotions are being invoked, despite the cold and mechanical atmosphere of this music. Amazing release!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:58 pm 
 

Gulag - Against Us

Why did people take so long to come up with RABM?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:24 am 
 

Amiensus-Thanatos

Love the keys and vocals in thing song. An impressive debut from a very talented band mixing a little bit of black metal with progressive and atmospheric stuff.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:41 am 
 

Atlantean Kodex - Heresiarch

Been jonesing for this but looking for the right "mood" to listen to it in...oh man this is something. Such passion and fire behind it. I don't think I could even do it justice in a review.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:07 am 
 

Decapitated - Blessed

Early Decapitated ftw! :headbang:
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:36 am 
 

Naumachia - "Inward Spiral" from Black Sun Rising

I continuously find myself coming back to this album again and again. At first I found the synths to be way too prevalent and overused, but they too have grown on me as this album has in it's entirety

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:49 pm 
 

Ningen-Isu - Burai Houjou

Holy fuck! What have I been missing?? This album is a masterpiece.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:56 pm 
 

^^^ Yeah, and they have a fuck-ton of albums too!

Adrastea "Sleep of Insomnia"

Really nice female-fronted symphonic power metal. Considering this is just a debut single, I'm very curious to see what they'll sound like in a few years.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:21 pm 
 

Attic - "Funeral in The Woods" from The Invocation

Blatant King Diamond and Mercyful Fate worship, but a fun listen nonetheless.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:55 pm 
 

Black Tide - Shockwave

I forgot how infectious this song is.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:16 am 
 

Amon - Eye Of The Infinite

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:20 am 
 

Saor-Childen of the mist

Shitty production but the music is SO good, awesome celtic arrangements.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:55 am 
 

Skelator-The Wrath of Odin's Sons

I've been really loving this band lately, totally sounds like they could of been from the 80's. Probably best modern Epic Metal band in my opinion.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:16 am 
 

Maniac Matis wrote:
Blut aus Nord - Epitome XIV

Cosmosophy is my least-listened to album of the 777 trilogy, but it's quickly becoming my favorite. Hooooooly fuck. Evocative, chilling, haunting, and totally foreign like most of his work (inspired by THE work). Profound organic emotions are being invoked, despite the cold and mechanical atmosphere of this music. Amazing release!


Totally agree here with this, it's my pick of the three as well.

Ifing - The Stream

Seriously cool release, epic pagan (black) metal that is just fucking glorious! :metal:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:33 am 
 

Steel Prophet - Death of Innocence

Really quiet production that sort of neuters the material, and it isn't as direct or catchy as the later shit. Still interesting though...could grow on me, we'll see.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:15 pm 
 

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I had to get the new Danger Gang and Skywings from CD Japan. Not sure why HMV doesn't carry a couple Skywings CDs or Tenrin's debut. If something is a risk of backorder, sometimes I'll get it from CD Japan (and vice versa). I had some Inugami Circus-Dan CDs which were on backorder come in stock pretty fast. I guess you have to factor in how big the label they're on and if they're in stock at the physical chain stores (there's a way to check product availability in stores there). Mind you, some independent stuff can come in fast despite being on "backorder", and other times they can't stock it at all.

Yeah, it just seems like a toss-up to me. That Versailles EP was on backorder, but came in on the same day somehow. Basically everything I ordered was ready in like a day except for that Gargoyle stuff (which is still on order sadly). Well, the estimated delivery date was the 17th so I shouldn’t have to wait much longer now. I wonder how long it takes for them to import from Korea. I just realized that they carry a couple of Misty Blue (K-Indie) albums that I thought were long out of print.
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Normally I hate breakdowns, but they way they did it didn't bother me too much. It was more for groove as opposed to trying to stir up a brotard moshpit or something. They have a song called "PINK or DIE" (caps in original) lol True to VK form, their guitarist is a guy and the bassist is a chick.

Eh, I think The Fall of Troy is the only band to do a core-breakdown that I can comfortably say I liked. They’re a weird band regardless.

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Wasn't quite as dancy as I expected, but it was pretty poppy at any rate. If google translate is correct, it looks like Kazu (Art of Gradation) may be performing with them live or something.

Here's another band that shares a member with Around the Nation (not sure which one) and I think Actroid's ex-drummer is their support drummer:



I found them to be pretty good pop/rock/whatever - good enough to buy the CD at any rate. Scary how interrelated these bands are - this one tours with quite a few metal bands I listen to.

I wonder how these people manage to juggle so many different bands around. It must be tiring.
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Fadista is usually around 50, I think... but Solitude is over 200 usually. And its a newer album. Maybe there were less copies pressed or something? I still think I'm gonna hold out for reissues. Thankfully Siegfried is in print and probably will be for awhile - stuff on "Bang the Head" records seems to stay in print for awhile.

Hopefully Solitude will be reissued at some point. Fadista’s price doesn’t bother me too much. Man, I’m way more liberal with my money when it comes to this stuff; it’s a little scary sometimes. :lol:

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They did release a MCD "Overturn the Doom" late last December - definitely worth getting. If you can find the single "Thread of the Light", I'd advise getting that too - the version of the A side is a bit different than the MCD version - its quite a bit heavier (its the version used in the PV, the MCD version is more polished/melodic). The B-side "Roulette" is really cool too. Their demo CDr "Pray" I wouldn't get too worked up getting - both songs are on the MCD and are improved on. Its a cool thing to own though - I snagged it from Disk Heaven last year for pretty cheap.
The problem with these 2 EPs are - I played both of them over 30 times, so once I got the MCD, I was already burnt out on those songs.

I don’t really think that I’ll bother with the singles anytime soon, but I did forget about “Overturn the Doom.” That’ll definitely be worth grabbing.

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I pre-ordered that DenKare box set ("Red Box") via Noppin - fuck I want that bad. Like almost as much as Light Bringer and Onmyo-Za :lol: First disc is a collection of stuff from soundtracks and whatnot, the other is an original full-length. Despite them keeping their identities secret, they did a PV haha



I like how you can't see any of the band members :lol: Makes me wonder how they do lives (they did do a concert a couple years ago and have an upcoming one).

Keeping yourself hidden in a PV? This is like the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do. :lol: Pretty solid track.


Jizue - Island

Really awesome piano-driven jazzy post rock or something like that. They've got a new album coming out soon as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:48 pm 
 

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

I don't like what they did to it live, but the studio version is still one of the finest pieces of heavy metal on Earth! That fast section in the end is so epic, and the solos are beyond words. I like Janick Gers, but he ruins one of Adrian Smith's finest solos when they do this number live.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:49 pm 
 

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I had to get the new Danger Gang and Skywings from CD Japan. Not sure why HMV doesn't carry a couple Skywings CDs or Tenrin's debut. If something is a risk of backorder, sometimes I'll get it from CD Japan (and vice versa). I had some Inugami Circus-Dan CDs which were on backorder come in stock pretty fast. I guess you have to factor in how big the label they're on and if they're in stock at the physical chain stores (there's a way to check product availability in stores there). Mind you, some independent stuff can come in fast despite being on "backorder", and other times they can't stock it at all.

Yeah, it just seems like a toss-up to me. That Versailles EP was on backorder, but came in on the same day somehow. Basically everything I ordered was ready in like a day except for that Gargoyle stuff (which is still on order sadly). Well, the estimated delivery date was the 17th so I shouldn’t have to wait much longer now. I wonder how long it takes for them to import from Korea. I just realized that they carry a couple of Misty Blue (K-Indie) albums that I thought were long out of print.

That one Aphasia I ordered is on hopeless backorder at the moment, along with 2 Taia CDs. I think it went OOP or something, so I probably should make a point of getting it pronto before its price skyrockets. I have 2 Inugami Circus Dan singles on backorder, one of them I'm probably gonna have to cancel because it'll be tying up that order with the new Fairy Mirror on it. I have Re:NO (Aldious' vocalist) on that and I'm debating if I even want it or not, due to the sample I heard - pop. Crappy, western-ish pop. Yuck lol

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I wonder how these people manage to juggle so many different bands around. It must be tiring.

They all must be workaholics or something. Also, they're probably all working regular jobs too. I guess Japan is easier to tour than over here.

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Fadista is usually around 50, I think... but Solitude is over 200 usually. And its a newer album. Maybe there were less copies pressed or something? I still think I'm gonna hold out for reissues. Thankfully Siegfried is in print and probably will be for awhile - stuff on "Bang the Head" records seems to stay in print for awhile.

Hopefully Solitude will be reissued at some point. Fadista’s price doesn’t bother me too much. Man, I’m way more liberal with my money when it comes to this stuff; it’s a little scary sometimes. :lol:

I've been pretty stupid with money lately too haha Yet I'm cheap as fuck when it comes to western crap. I keep nailing stuff on Yahoo auction, yet I can't motivate myself to order Grave Digger's latest album, and they're supposedly one of my favorite bands.

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They did release a MCD "Overturn the Doom" late last December - definitely worth getting. If you can find the single "Thread of the Light", I'd advise getting that too - the version of the A side is a bit different than the MCD version - its quite a bit heavier (its the version used in the PV, the MCD version is more polished/melodic). The B-side "Roulette" is really cool too. Their demo CDr "Pray" I wouldn't get too worked up getting - both songs are on the MCD and are improved on. Its a cool thing to own though - I snagged it from Disk Heaven last year for pretty cheap.
The problem with these 2 EPs are - I played both of them over 30 times, so once I got the MCD, I was already burnt out on those songs.

I don’t really think that I’ll bother with the singles anytime soon, but I did forget about “Overturn the Doom.” That’ll definitely be worth grabbing.

If you ever do an order from SA Music, that Thread of the Light single is worth getting and its not that expensive. Like 500 yen.

Oh, Albion posted a demo of a new song:


Seems a bit more atmospheric than usual and kinda reminded me of Tears of Tragedy. I enjoyed it, at any rate. I'm sure the drums are programmed and I'm guessing Eita is doing the guitars.

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I pre-ordered that DenKare box set ("Red Box") via Noppin - fuck I want that bad. Like almost as much as Light Bringer and Onmyo-Za :lol: First disc is a collection of stuff from soundtracks and whatnot, the other is an original full-length. Despite them keeping their identities secret, they did a PV haha

I like how you can't see any of the band members :lol: Makes me wonder how they do lives (they did do a concert a couple years ago and have an upcoming one).

Keeping yourself hidden in a PV? This is like the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do. :lol: Pretty solid track.

Did you ever see their band photo on their M-A page? Fucking hilarious. I really wonder what they do with lives? Have the lighting just avoid their heads or something? This is like the worst kept secret in Japan or something lol

Tears of Tragedy "Continuation of the Dream"

Really nice stuff. I don't think I'll ever get used to the mastering job though (possibly the most brickwalled CD in my collection), but at least it doesn't cause me physical pain anymore.
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That one Aphasia I ordered is on hopeless backorder at the moment, along with 2 Taia CDs. I think it went OOP or something, so I probably should make a point of getting it pronto before its price skyrockets. I have 2 Inugami Circus Dan singles on backorder, one of them I'm probably gonna have to cancel because it'll be tying up that order with the new Fairy Mirror on it. I have Re:NO (Aldious' vocalist) on that and I'm debating if I even want it or not, due to the sample I heard - pop. Crappy, western-ish pop. Yuck lol

Ugh, I hate that crap. One thing Japan definitely can’t do well is emulate western styles. It almost always comes out bad. Just be Japanese in your writing. :lol: It’s why I listen to the stuff in the first place; I don’t want poor imitations of already-bad western pop.

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They all must be workaholics or something. Also, they're probably all working regular jobs too. I guess Japan is easier to tour than over here.

I think Japan has some of longest workdays in the world. I think USA is up there too, but we’re not afraid to give the finger to our employers. :lol:

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I've been pretty stupid with money lately too haha Yet I'm cheap as fuck when it comes to western crap. I keep nailing stuff on Yahoo auction, yet I can't motivate myself to order Grave Digger's latest album, and they're supposedly one of my favorite bands.

Yeah, it doesn’t help that I’ve actually managed to find some albums that I thought I would never find and resort to downloading. Maybe I’ve just gotten better at searching. Luckily, most of these fall under the vague category of “K-Indie” and are actually normal CD prices. What little I’ve heard of this stuff; I’ve liked quite a bit. Somewhere between rock and pop without being trash like mainstream kpop tends to be.

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If you ever do an order from SA Music, that Thread of the Light single is worth getting and its not that expensive. Like 500 yen.

Oh, Albion posted a demo of a new song:


Seems a bit more atmospheric than usual and kinda reminded me of Tears of Tragedy. I enjoyed it, at any rate. I'm sure the drums are programmed and I'm guessing Eita is doing the guitars.

That is definitely not a real snare. Not even close. Good song though; it needs some obvious work, but it’ll fit right in. I guess they’ll do alright without Rina.

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Did you ever see their band photo on their M-A page? Fucking hilarious. I really wonder what they do with lives? Have the lighting just avoid their heads or something? This is like the worst kept secret in Japan or something lol

Yeah, I did see that photo. :lol: Maybe they just wear weird masks or something onstage? I don’t imagine they put in that much effort since everybody already knows who the vocalist is.

The Melody – Crazy

This track instantly clicked the first I heard it years ago. Upbeat, poppy and catchy and just plain fun to listen too. Taru also has one of her best vocal performances on this track. Only if I could find this one on CD.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:36 pm 
 

Xasthur - Screaming at Forgotten Fears

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:40 pm 
 

Wolves In The Throne Room - The Cleansing

Going to see them tonight for the first time. Not my usual genre preference, but it seems like it will be a good show.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:23 pm 
 

The Contortionist - Language I: Intuition

Been listening to this all day long, I find it to be majestic. Haha.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:12 pm 
 

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Decapitated - Blessed

Early Decapitated ftw! :headbang:


Great song. I love the fuck out of Winds. I do think Nihility is just slightly better, but still a phenomenal album.

Judas Priest - "Metalizer"

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That one Aphasia I ordered is on hopeless backorder at the moment, along with 2 Taia CDs. I think it went OOP or something, so I probably should make a point of getting it pronto before its price skyrockets. I have 2 Inugami Circus Dan singles on backorder, one of them I'm probably gonna have to cancel because it'll be tying up that order with the new Fairy Mirror on it. I have Re:NO (Aldious' vocalist) on that and I'm debating if I even want it or not, due to the sample I heard - pop. Crappy, western-ish pop. Yuck lol

Ugh, I hate that crap. One thing Japan definitely can’t do well is emulate western styles. It almost always comes out bad. Just be Japanese in your writing. :lol: It’s why I listen to the stuff in the first place; I don’t want poor imitations of already-bad western pop.

I don't think I'll cancel it (its not that expensive) and I'm going on a 30 second clip (and I think the video urked me more than the music). If all else fails, I can sell it on ebay for twice what I paid for it.

My one order that arrived today I'm pretty happy with: No Limited Spiral, Ghost Harlem, Aphasia, and Asura. No Limited Spiral = keyboardy/modern fairly aggressive melodeath. At times a bit modern enough to urk me, but overall I enjoyed it. I like their single Onyx a bit more (both songs are on the new album in reworked versions). Ghost Harlem was actually fairly aggressive, I'm pretty happy with the two singles I bought. Aphasia (all-girl rock/pop/metal) was pretty good - they're like a precursor to Cyntia, with maybe more AOR and pop sensibilities. Asura is quasi dance/pop/rock/metal, not sure what to pigeonhole them as. They fit in with bands like Around the Nation and the like, but are more dancy. The prospect of having 2 dancers as regular band members doesn't really urk me that much anymore, mainly due to listening to Gacharic Spin a ton over the last year or so. No idea how you'll react to this, but here's the PV. I wish they would've used real drums or proper electronic beats though, but they're still a young band with room to improve. 4/5ths of that band was in Harikiri, but they quit and formed Asura. Kinda sad, because Harikiri's debut mcd was fucking awesome. After the split, the remaining member/songwriter yanked all vids off of youtube (so I can't link anything, but it was more power metally, but poppy as fuck too).

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They all must be workaholics or something. Also, they're probably all working regular jobs too. I guess Japan is easier to tour than over here.

I think Japan has some of longest workdays in the world. I think USA is up there too, but we’re not afraid to give the finger to our employers. :lol:

Yeah, I just can't picture a Japanese worker telling his corporate boss to "get fucked!" lol

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I've been pretty stupid with money lately too haha Yet I'm cheap as fuck when it comes to western crap. I keep nailing stuff on Yahoo auction, yet I can't motivate myself to order Grave Digger's latest album, and they're supposedly one of my favorite bands.

Yeah, it doesn’t help that I’ve actually managed to find some albums that I thought I would never find and resort to downloading. Maybe I’ve just gotten better at searching. Luckily, most of these fall under the vague category of “K-Indie” and are actually normal CD prices. What little I’ve heard of this stuff; I’ve liked quite a bit. Somewhere between rock and pop without being trash like mainstream kpop tends to be.

I avoided K-pop for whatever reason - I guess I turned into a J-elitist (lol) over the last year or two. I can't really think of any Korean bands I actually listen to. Taiwan has a few with promise though (I wouldn't mind getting Silent Hell's CD).

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That is definitely not a real snare. Not even close. Good song though; it needs some obvious work, but it’ll fit right in. I guess they’ll do alright without Rina.

I wish Rino would just do something - she quit her other band (Travis Red) as well. I hope Hanako doesn't vanish as well.

Xecsnoin is another band who has an album coming out this fall - they're female-fronted melodeath (they didn't always have a female vocalist though). I've seen some (probably visual kei) jerkoffs whining about her vocals, but I dig her. Kinda inhuman sounding, reminding me a bit of a wounded animal. Then she weaves fucking pop vocals in there for good measure haha I think their latest PV her vox are a bit more "palatable" than the single she debuted on though.


God, if any band over here did something like this, I'd fucking haaaaaaate it. This song is not on the single I have, so I'm hoping its on the upcoming full-length.

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Did you ever see their band photo on their M-A page? Fucking hilarious. I really wonder what they do with lives? Have the lighting just avoid their heads or something? This is like the worst kept secret in Japan or something lol

Yeah, I did see that photo. :lol: Maybe they just wear weird masks or something onstage? I don’t imagine they put in that much effort since everybody already knows who the vocalist is.

I think the way they go about doing it is pretty hilarious on its own. The funny thing is, I don't really know who the rest of the members are or if they play in other bands or not. I wouldn't be surprised if they shared multiple members with Yousei Teikoku.

It looks like Onmyo-Za have a collage of the album covers of the new album on their website (late Sept release). Can't fucking wait!

Oh, I saw this video on Metal Archives - that looks like a fucking awesome setlist. I never knew those 4 bands (Gonin-Ish, Onmyo-Za, Ningen-Isu, Gargoyle) actually played a show together.

Skywings "The Advent Melody"

Pretty nice stuff. I have their upcoming album "Vice Versa" pre-ordered and am looking forward to hearing it. Kinda weird they haven't announced their new vocalist yet.
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A great EP from 1987

Possessed - The Eyes of Horror

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Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms

A friend of mine once remarked that a lot of 80's music is "secretly just metal in disguise". Whether or not there's any meaning to that, I definitely have a real fondness for the cheesier side of 80's music.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:39 am 
 

Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding (the song)

I've been getting back into the Chris Barnes era, with no real reason other than there's an unmistakable groove I really dig that's lacking on later releases. The lyrics and the way they're worded are really good too, whoever wrote them brought out much more of character to the music.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:23 am 
 

Origin - Manimal Instincts (off the ST record)

Why am I just not getting into this band? After all the years I've knew they were around, yet I just now decided to check them out? Idiot!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:25 am 
 

Dopamine - Melting

Perfectly acceptable blackgaze.
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Dimmu borgir-The Insight and the Catharsis

A true gemn like this one lats forever, I can get enough of this marvellous song.

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Ifing - Realms Forged

Beautifully stirring stuff. Lush, full and heavy guitars weaving some truly memorable melody lines that stand out against the sullen and stern back drop. Fantastic release.
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I don't think I'll cancel it (its not that expensive) and I'm going on a 30 second clip (and I think the video urked me more than the music). If all else fails, I can sell it on ebay for twice what I paid for it.

Heh, that’s true. I do hope that the Japanese music market doesn’t tank really hard or something in the distant future. I wonder how much the prices will inflate on some of the stuff I have in the decades to come.

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My one order that arrived today I'm pretty happy with: No Limited Spiral, Ghost Harlem, Aphasia, and Asura. No Limited Spiral = keyboardy/modern fairly aggressive melodeath. At times a bit modern enough to urk me, but overall I enjoyed it. I like their single Onyx a bit more (both songs are on the new album in reworked versions). Ghost Harlem was actually fairly aggressive, I'm pretty happy with the two singles I bought. Aphasia (all-girl rock/pop/metal) was pretty good - they're like a precursor to Cyntia, with maybe more AOR and pop sensibilities. Asura is quasi dance/pop/rock/metal, not sure what to pigeonhole them as. They fit in with bands like Around the Nation and the like, but are more dancy. The prospect of having 2 dancers as regular band members doesn't really urk me that much anymore, mainly due to listening to Gacharic Spin a ton over the last year or so. No idea how you'll react to this, but here's the PV. I wish they would've used real drums or proper electronic beats though, but they're still a young band with room to improve. 4/5ths of that band was in Harikiri, but they quit and formed Asura. Kinda sad, because Harikiri's debut mcd was fucking awesome. After the split, the remaining member/songwriter yanked all vids off of youtube (so I can't link anything, but it was more power metally, but poppy as fuck too).

Yeah, the drums being obviously fake, but trying to sound real isn’t so great. Eh, that song is more like something I’d show just to weird people out, but not really anything I’d listen to seriously. The verse riff is pretty cool though.

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Yeah, I just can't picture a Japanese worker telling his corporate boss to "get fucked!" lol

Too much family shame or something I suppose. If my boss was an ass, I don’t think I’d be dramatic or anything though. I’d just quit; I don’t get payed nearly enough to put up with bullshit (not that I do).

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I avoided K-pop for whatever reason - I guess I turned into a J-elitist (lol) over the last year or two. I can't really think of any Korean bands I actually listen to. Taiwan has a few with promise though (I wouldn't mind getting Silent Hell's CD).

At risk of sounding like a hipster, the mainstream K-pop acts are usually garbage musically. Who really likes SNSD/Girl’s Generation for anything besides the cute girls? The fans (English-speaking ones anyway) usually fully admit it, so it’s not like I have problem with those guys, but my primary interest is the music. However, I do really like the pop/rock stuff released independently or on small labels. The best term I’m aware of for it is “K-Indie” although that’s not really very descriptive. Admittedly, I’ve only dabbled in the scene a bit, but I like what I heard. It’s really “wimpy” and soft, so you might need to be in the mood for it, but it’s not bad at all. I love this song, and it has a bit of a jazz feel on it too.

As for actual Korean metal bands, I’d just shrug my shoulders at you in ignorance. :lol:

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Xecsnoin is another band who has an album coming out this fall - they're female-fronted melodeath (they didn't always have a female vocalist though). I've seen some (probably visual kei) jerkoffs whining about her vocals, but I dig her. Kinda inhuman sounding, reminding me a bit of a wounded animal. Then she weaves fucking pop vocals in there for good measure haha I think their latest PV her vox are a bit more "palatable" than the single she debuted on though.


God, if any band over here did something like this, I'd fucking haaaaaaate it. This song is not on the single I have, so I'm hoping its on the upcoming full-length.

Well, I guess VK guys do plenty of harsh vocals too, but I’m not sure what they are doing listening and commenting on melodeath. Seems a bit off. The song's strong point, for me, is actually the vocals (not something I usually think for melodeath); I don't care much for the music though. It's alright.

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I think the way they go about doing it is pretty hilarious on its own. The funny thing is, I don't really know who the rest of the members are or if they play in other bands or not. I wouldn't be surprised if they shared multiple members with Yousei Teikoku.

There’s also the fun possibility that the other members really are just a bunch of nobodies. You know, the whole “nobody cared who I was until I put on the mask” thing.

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It looks like Onmyo-Za have a collage of the album covers of the new album on their website (late Sept release). Can't fucking wait!

Oh, I saw this video on Metal Archives - that looks like a fucking awesome setlist. I never knew those 4 bands (Gonin-Ish, Onmyo-Za, Ningen-Isu, Gargoyle) actually played a show together.

Oh man, I was silently hoping that it’d be a late August release to go with Gargoyle’s new album, but late September isn’t too far off either. Now only if my order would ship already so I can get a better perspective on their material. The covers are kind of funny looking, but it's definitely keeping the hype going.

Good luck to anybody who might be trying to find that video, but it seems really fucking cool. I’d love to have it, but I doubt it’s readily available.


Mr. Sirius – Eternal Jealousy

Insanely good, 80s prog rock from Japan. This track has some really amazing, soaring guitar lines in it coupled with a flute. It makes for a quite interesting dual lead.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:18 pm 
 

Eternium - "Aura Amethyst: Her Gaze Cast Obsidian Death" from Repelling a Solar Giant

I have some mixed feelings on this album as whole, but the positives definitely outweigh the negative.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:53 pm 
 

Bruce Dickinson - Abduction

Like Maiden but a little nuttier. Damn good tune.
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