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Turner
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:18 am 
 

sacramentum - when night surrounds me

i hesitated on reviewing this just because i know the album through and through, and generally avoid stuff i've heard before in this thread. but this, this is the fucking real shit man. this is the total package; there's those bandsaw-blade riffs, overlaid with those perfectly-crafted melodies. the sense of songmanship is strong - the song speeds up, slows down, goes soft, speeds up, slows down, has about 600 bridges, all in perfect synch with each other. when the riff slows down, the drums hit a groove, and the melodies start over the top, that's where the true perfection in this song (and album) lies. the whole thing just complements itself in every way: from the guitar tone and shape of the riffs, to the leads and raspy vocals, no-bullshit, can't-even-tell-he-fairy-taps drumming, to the fact that there's so much reverb on it i can only assume it was recorded inside a tunnel which was in turn inside that aircraft factory in the the US that's so large it gets clouds inside the building. remember the movie the abyss, and how they ended up learning to breathe underwater somehow? that's what this album feels like. it's thick and reassuring, like being able to breathe 10km underwater. and perhaps the best part of all? you can look at the fucking cover art and KNOW that is what you're about to get. complete and utter perfection. good fucking god i love this album.

also not unknown, but i was listening to it about 15min ago so eh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqPClltS5k8

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Abominatrix
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:37 am 
 

White Zombie: "Black Sunshine"

Something I haven't heard in years and years. I recently got a copy of an early White Zombie EP, back when they sounded a bit like The Cramps or something, and I found that I liked it a lot more than their chugging 90s metal stuff. The problem for me is that, despite all the samples and weird noises they throw at the listener, the music is just so plain and uneventful. It doesn't even have the swinging groove that gets me excited every time, like Helmet does, or at least did in their prime. Having said that, that is one killer drum sound, it really is, and this song benefits from being really up-tempo (for this band) and hungry sounding, as befits a tune about a fast car, I guess. The riffing, of course, makes Darkthroen and bathory sound complex, and is in itself not too memorable, but the chugging tone is kind of appealing. Sadly I can't say the same for Rob's vocals, which just babble weird stoned sounding nonsense in a distorted voice at the listener and hardly seem to let up except for the voice samples. Speaking of which, that voiceover bit about Black Sunshine sounds like it was delivered by that guy who did hundreds and hundreds of movie trailers in the 80s and 90s...maybe it was him!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I9XXqXiZ18
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Amerigo
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:26 pm 
 

Autopsy - Destined to Fester
An utterly mouth-watering piece of old school death metal that combines both ambience and sheer headbanging ferocity. The plodding march of mammoth riffs in the intro just suck you into a kind of zombie-like hobble. But this being Autopsy, they don't settle for what is essentially a death/doom song, they manage to speed this motherfucker up, bit by bit, until all of a sudden you've got a wicked solo leading you into a bit of the old-school thrashiness. I'm talking about the type of shit you can't help but want to mosh to. This track is a true classic, be it the version on this EP or the one on Mental Funeral--a must-listen for anyone with even the slightest interest in death metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT9RikMA2_8
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:50 pm 
 

Opium Warlords - Mount Meru

Been meaning to check this out for a while. It begins with soft, jangling atmospherics, with some big, winding bass crawling around underneath it. A great section, and I wish it would have been stretched out a little longer. A big riff comes in, not an insanely catchy or instantly memorable riff, but one that sounds nice and crushing and does the trick well enough. For a one man band, this is definitely well executed (although it doesn't hurt that this is by a very established musician who obviously has a strong grasp on what he's doing). Didn't love the vocals, the whole raspy whisper thing definitely isn't the greatest. The clean vocals closer to the end sound kind of silly. The one thing that was most off putting about this were the drums. They sound programmed, and while don't ruin it, could be a lot better. The crash cymbal is almost ever-present and it gets kind of annoying and the bass drum has a lame tone. Nice snare sound, though. Another atmospheric section comes in at the middle, with nice snaking melodies and a dirty fucking bassline. These are definitely the best parts of the song. There are definitely some interesting ideas here, but there are definitely some flaws that stop it from being as good as it could have been. This is fourteen minutes, and while definitely the kind of thing that calls for a longer length, would have fared a lot better ending around the ten minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNdUF-Oeats
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:23 pm 
 

Mammoth Grinder - God is stuck in a Black Hole

Pretty original music, I like it. it starts out catchy but can get annoying fast if you don't like this type of music
The vocals are a big downside though., which ever way you choose to look at it
I also understand that a lot of people won't really dig the rhythms that can seem boring compared to other more technical genres

As I said, it can be good if you like the genre but it can also get boring depending on your tastes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXC9QUtfnYY
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:18 am 
 

SEWER - Sadomasothoracic Pedofuckfeast
(name copied from youtube clip, cause *sigh*)

ha ha fuck, this is awful. not even gonna get a look-in. it's like someone took early godflesh (which i like), removed the good bits and then filled the holes with nitzer ebb. the end result being some random 3-chord uninteresting grindcore with an 8-bit synthesizer for drums and bass. vocals maybe pig squeals run through some kind of effect? doesn't matter; they're fucking shit. i have no idea where the enjoyment comes from in listening to this, where it could possibly come from. absolutely none. an acquired taste for sure, but it makes me wonder who would bother listening to enough of this that they end up enjoying it. i'm hardly a "music as artform" guy but this makes me want to scream "WHERE'S THE HEART????" because this has exactly 0 soul. and it's not soulless in the "well at least i can appreciate what they're doing" way, like i dunno... animals as leaders or something; it's just talentless, monotonous, utter shite. this is the musical incarnation of neckbeards and unclipped toenails.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDmj18u4N78
(band is well-known, but this song relatively hidden and underrated)

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Amerigo
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:21 pm 
 

Type O Negative - An Ode to Locksmiths
Well I certainly didn't expect a rollicking piece of traditional heavy metal by Type O. It's nice to see Steele taking a break from his usual gothic bleakness to rock out, with a few vaguely Tom G. Warrior-esque grunts set over a driving if somewhat repetitive riff. I mean if it was just that and the main guitar lick, I reckon it wouldn't be too bad of a song, but what pretty much spoils the party is the weird metal ballad-y choruses that take Steele way out of his normal range. The whole thing just seems very out of place. So instead of a tight rock n' roll type of heavy metal, we have a muddled song that kinda meanders all over the place. A rather disappointing piece of work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWftLNihSQs
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CrushedRevelation
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:05 pm 
 

Amerigo wrote:


I actually own and quite like this album by Hypocrisy, the album being Abducted, as it has some crushing moments of desperation, and barely controlled frustration buried within. First off, the production is just fucking stellar - pure down-tuned heaviness in the guitar/bass section, with every instrument given enough breathing space, while simultaneously possessing a suffocating aura about it. The opening mournfully melodic lead line forms the basis for the entire tracks construction, and theme, as it will reappear from time to time helping weld all of the other parts together seamlessly. The drumming I have always though to be rather stodgy from poor old Lars Szöke, who probably could have been replaced with a drum machine, as he was never the most creative drummer, but he serves his purpose here, and I guess that counts for something, but the mastermind has always been Peter naturally, and he shines here. The song itself isn't overly complex, but it still has the necessary, and as I said earlier, desperate impetus to it, so that it never becomes boring or stolid. The whole album (of course) revolves around alien themes, with some truly frustrated, alienated (ahem) subject matter, that works well within the course of the record, so that gets a plus from me also. This album, and The Final Chapter are the last albums I have heard from Hypocrisy, as I lost interest in them, but this one is a cracker. Good stuff.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:01 pm 
 

Misery's Omen - A Cobbled Path

Never heard of this band, but this isn't bad at all. It has a very progressive sound to it, and even a little folky at times with how the guitars are played. There are moments where it feels like there is too much going on at once, but other than that it reallly sounds like a band I could find myself getting into. The soft-slower middle section is pretty nice, nothing new or original in this style of music, but really good break from that chaotic beginning, sounds a lot like Shining (SWE) in a way. Definitely the best part of the song IMO. The ending kinda feels like it takes too long to get to, but once again, still not a bad thing. Overall it's a good song and definitely something I can see myself getting into, but doesn't bring much new to the table.

Going to have to post one of my favorite bands at the moment now...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSBMhZj_LHc
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Turner
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:42 pm 
 

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i can't be bothered writing an actual review, but that vietah song just posted is amazing. hory shet.

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Ilwhyan
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:29 pm 
 

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Amerigo
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:35 pm 
 

Vietah - Tajemstvy noczy

So we're treated with a sweet buzzsaw riff, that promises a balls-out serious black metal march. The song develops into the hypnotic tremolo melodies that admittedly fulfill the determined pace promised by the intro. Towards the middle of this tune we get a bit of a change of pace with a meditative guitar lick that works it's way back to the mournful version of the march we started out with. Up to this point the vocals were a bit unimpressive, but they work well over the moody high notes of minimalist guitar. Probably what's most impressive here is how well-composed the song is. There is a lot of repetition, but it's never too overt because it's tied into the song structure very elegantly. You barely notice this track is a whole fucking ten minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbGzwc-jL0I
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Ilwhyan
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:00 pm 
 

I meant to review that, Amerigo (hence the post "placeholder"), but alright. I'll do your song then.

Accept - Too High to Get it Right

Foot-stomping rhythms, rocking riffing, delightfully present bass and a heavy metal solo kick off the song, and we're soon treated to Udo's rasping, high vocals. I always considered him to have a cool voice for the kind of rocking heavy metal that Accept plays, but it doesn't work nearly as well when he's singing more tuneful passages, such as the pre-chorus. It's much better for those AC/DC style verses with simple intervals and most of the notes in the same registre.

It's a fairly powerful 80s heavy metal song, but something about the production makes it unnecessarily soft. My favourite thing is probably the epic guitar licks in the solo that are dual-tracked with one part played an octave above. It sounds fantastic in swaggering, energetic old school metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCseusa1m7U
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:28 pm 
 

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Sorry wasn't paying attention when I was posting and ended up missing that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:18 am 
 

houwitser - sledgehammer redemption

this has a mean sound to it. OSDM with massive slayer influence! the guitars are tuned low and are muddy and thick, yet still clear enough to hear the melodies and riffs really well. drums are a little clicky but nothing too distracting. this is a fairly good take on the genre - none of the usual crap that turns me off (pig squeals, unnecessary amounts of white noise), just solid riffs, passing vocals, solid performances all round, and it's not overly long or drawn out. exactly what you'd want in this style, tbh. more bands need to sound like this and less like.... other modern death metal.

inspired by a thread on the first page:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g74UP8mwFMs

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:32 am 
 

Turner wrote:
houwitser - sledgehammer redemption

this has a mean sound to it. OSDM with massive slayer influence! the guitars are tuned low and are muddy and thick, yet still clear enough to hear the melodies and riffs really well. drums are a little clicky but nothing too distracting. this is a fairly good take on the genre - none of the usual crap that turns me off (pig squeals, unnecessary amounts of white noise), just solid riffs, passing vocals, solid performances all round, and it's not overly long or drawn out. exactly what you'd want in this style, tbh. more bands need to sound like this and less like.... other modern death metal.

inspired by a thread on the first page:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g74UP8mwFMs


Oh yes, early 1990s Sarcofago. I like this album a lot, it's their second best after INRI. I think in a lot of ways people think this is band becoming more death metal, but for me, it always sounded a lot like late 1980s Bulldozer (IX and Neurodeliri are what I'm referring to here). Obviously, there's some other influences (the other "S" band and some Pestilence, too). That thrash break could have been lifted straight from a certain 1989 Brazilian classic. It's clear, however, that Sarcofago are a lot more adventurous than their more famous countrymen and those cool keys and melodic sections are really well done. Great song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3ewbMQu2c
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:48 am 
 

Desaster: "Teutonic Steel"

Ah, Desaster. I've sort of lost track of this band and their last few albums. It seemed to me they were slowly losing that cool, contemplative/faux medieval guitar thing that would occasionally happen in their music in the early days and just becoming a 'normal" black/thrash band. This however is probably from the apex of there career, so says a guy who has so far missed out on their last few albums. It starts out with one of those great semi-folky melodies, which will come back to remind us of ancient German glory later on in the piece, accompanied by a rolling riff and some decisive, cracking heavy drums. THe song makes very intelligent use of tempo changes and the whole thing has this triumphant, positive aura about it, while being most definitely battle-ready. This should be the anthem for the German football team! ALthough the vocal patterns are not too special and the voice just a dry forceful rasp, that chorus is of course quite memorable. I always wondered if this band should try and incorporate more lead guitar as it always seems a sort of missing ingredient in their particular sauce, but I must admit that this song sure doesn't need any kind of soloing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OKgK4nUIJA
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:09 am 
 

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That's right, it's Razor bitches!! I actually have Malicious Intent on vinyl and spin it from time to time for some rough'n'ready thrashin' attack. Sheepdog's vocals are a standout with that shrieking quality, and the necessary drawl and spite-spitting delivery. Musically you can absolutely feel the Judas Priest influences dripping of every note, BUT that doesn't make this any less cool. The opening riff that settles in after the initial rush is pretty damn sweet as it settles back into it's swagger. I never knew this was an EP though, so there you go... YT is doing it's absolute best to ruin the sound here, but considering this was probably ripped from the vinyl I can sort of forgive that. The sound is rather deliciously raw, but what do you expect from the early eighties? Especially on an early thrash/speed metal record from a young up and coming band. This to me also has that lingering hallmark of punk from the seventies, as it still has that raw aggression, just kicked into a different direction, with a little more control, flavour and finger tapping solos. The drumming is another highlight within this, great interplay with the bass too - rock solid. Armed and dangerous indeed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:07 am 
 

Domains - Raped by Darkness

Yet another death metal band playing in the classic style...the question is whether it's really effective or not. Judging by this song I'd say it actually is not. This has got the usual ingredients you'd expect: a howling, harsh vocal attack (which in this case reminds me of Patrick Mameli), plenty of riffs been played on a downtuned dirty guitartone, drums that sound bombastic and whatnot. Problem is that this has been done before, and far better not to mention the riffs themselves don't really grab me here. I'm positive that these guys do all their best playing tribute to a genre they all love, but I can't say that this conjures any overpowering atmosphere I usually get out of death metal I like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdf46iUq4s

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:25 pm 
 

Katatonia - Shades of Emerald Fields

A nice, slightly melodic and doomy death metal sound, with some catchy riffs and a nice song progression. The vocals are quite raspy and echoey, which creates a nice eerie feel to parts of the song. The rest of it has some nice, more upbeat, even slightly thrashy riffage, nice to tap your foot to. Around the four minute mark the song breaks into a softer, sort-of ambient part, which creates some nice atmosphere. Clean vocals are added, they sound alright I guess. The clean guitars add a nice feel to this section as well. Really, the whole song is pretty good, and I usually don't even like this subgenre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYsMRMoHKrw

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