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Because I am dying to talk about the new Watain...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:12 (five months ago) Permalink

cool!

xp I haven't heard the new Watain but I assume it will have the same effect on me as most of their albums, excitement that quickly diminishes as I notice they're kinda shit at writing riffs anymore.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:18 (five months ago) Permalink

The new Visigoth album (out 2/9) is as good as the debut.

I am currently downloading a promo of Therion's latest, which is a 3-hour, 3-CD metal opera with 28 different singing parts on it. Total madness.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 01:14 (five months ago) Permalink

I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna dive into this 3-hour Therion album and see how long I last.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 14:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Godspeed

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Rather him than me looool.

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 5 January 2018 00:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Lugubrum sneaked an album out in late December btw:

https://thoseopposedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wakar-cartel

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 5 January 2018 00:06 (five months ago) Permalink

I made it about halfway through the Therion thing. I didn't abandon it because it sucked - it's actually really good and well produced - but because life got in the way. Like I say, it's good, but three hours is a lot.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 5 January 2018 01:26 (five months ago) Permalink

I am so digging this new Necrodancer 'Void' record - like brainbombs/monoshock mixed with sludgy hardcore - fun record.

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:48 (five months ago) Permalink

The new Agrimonia (out 1/26, I think) is really good. It got me revisiting their back catalog.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:56 (five months ago) Permalink

xp ok u got my attention going to have to check that out

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:04 (five months ago) Permalink

coming off more like the Arabrot of a few albums ago to me but feeling this, thx

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:29 (five months ago) Permalink

Feel like the new Watain is an obv reaction to the fans that hated the last one

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:29 (five months ago) Permalink

I quite liked Sworn to the Dark but am unable to recall a single second of their subsequent releases. The new one can't possibly be worse than The Wild Hunt, though.

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:39 (five months ago) Permalink

It's much more like their previous albums

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 7 January 2018 02:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Necrodancer is reminding me of Okkultokrati and I have no problem with that at all.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 January 2018 10:07 (five months ago) Permalink

OK I have a problem in that I don't think this got nominated for the poll? But otherwise it's all good.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 January 2018 10:07 (five months ago) Permalink

New Summoning album is out now, With Doom We Come. These two trailers do not sound promising at all though.

Siegbran, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Kim Kelly did a great interview with them:

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/3k5vew/summoning-is-the-best-tolkien-obsessed-anti-fascist-metal-band-in-the-world

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

I really hope Napalm Records somehow screwed up those clips because they sound like complete ass, and while I'm one of the biggest Summoning fans in the world, there's absolutely no excuse for production that bad, after twenty years on a big label.

That is a good interview indeed. I wonder if we'll ever see another Ice Ages or Kreuzweg Ost album, these were fantastic projects.

Siegbran, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:22 (five months ago) Permalink

the summoning album is fucking amazing.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:19 (five months ago) Permalink

and yeah the YouTube compression is severe - I listened to it on living room speakers having bought AACs through Bandcamp and it sounded very good. I do suspect that Summoning works at home mainly now, and bands working at home, in the metal world, has fucked up the fidelity in a general sense - studios exist/ed for a reason and should be utilized when the budget's there. but it's a great record, better than Old Morning's Dawn to my ears.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:41 (five months ago) Permalink

I do suspect that Summoning works at home mainly now, and bands working at home, in the metal world, has fucked up the fidelity in a general sense - studios exist/ed for a reason and should be utilized when the budget's there.

Just discussed this issue with Nortt for an upcoming Bandcamp Daily piece.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:45 (five months ago) Permalink

oh wow -- I like the Nortt record and am very eager to read this piece, to me his record sounds pretty great

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:30 (five months ago) Permalink

I understand the gripe about the Summoning production but liked the songwriting I heard in the snippets so bought a copy....haven't had a chance to play yet

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:56 (five months ago) Permalink

New Chaos Echoes is growing on me after initial mistrust.

Doran, Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:27 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't love it as much as Transient. But they've also got another album coming out this year - a collaboration with Mats Gustafsson - and that one's wild.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Power Trip and Sheer Mag are touring together - I'm struggling to think of another co-headlining tour with less audience overlap

Simon H., Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:36 (five months ago) Permalink

The new Visigoth video is appropriately silly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBpZfbSX10

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Turns out my quest for icy synthy black metal has led me to Paysage d'Hiver

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:56 (five months ago) Permalink

new Drudkh in March on Season of Mist

StanM, Friday, 12 January 2018 11:57 (five months ago) Permalink

Anybody wanna own up to still being a Destroyer 666 fan?

My favorite part is when Lil bb Keith admits he doesn't eat pussy by using "cunt suckers" pejoratively

OG article: https://t.co/3OcnDZZHXE pic.twitter.com/2XMd0C2Asn

— Lucretia Boredgia (@KelseyChapstick) January 12, 2018

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:19 (five months ago) Permalink

people liked that shit? oh yeah they did. lol

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:24 (five months ago) Permalink

surprised you didn't know them/him already Gott Punch -- if you also don't know, check out Darkspace asap

Dominique, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:45 (five months ago) Permalink

xxp Never heard them, never will, fuck that. On a related note I loooooove how much promotion (Swe) Shining's latest pile is getting straight up ignoring how much of a piece of shit that guy is.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

when metal musicians turn out to be fuckheads, 95+% of the time their music is turgid bollocks

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:48 (five months ago) Permalink

nokturnal mortum guy and varg are a rare breed

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Deathspell are the ones in my collection that I have to kind of uncomfortably ignore how much of a fuckhead the vocalist is.

I can remember the relief I felt when I finally listened to a couple of Burzum albums for the first and last time before deciding that they were tepid bollocks.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:59 (five months ago) Permalink

This is unfortunate, I’m not a big fan of the older stuff but he last few Destroyer 666 albums are excellent.

Siegbran, Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:58 (five months ago) Permalink

The new Destroyer 666 EP is a load of cobblers though, it should be said. I was profoundly untroubled by deleting it from iTunes this morning.

Unperson: that collaboration sounds amazing - I'm failing to find anything online about it though - is it on UTECH, via that connection? Any info would be welcome.

Doran, Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:18 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't know if any of you out there still like Primordial, but the new album is splendid and powerful. I can't think of a better band that can reflect the societal chaos of 2018 than these guys.

A. Begrand, Monday, 15 January 2018 04:57 (five months ago) Permalink

The new Gnaw Their Tongues (Genocidal Majesty, Consouling Sounds, Feb 9) is intolerable after coffee and provigil. In a good way. Had to turn it off after four songs - giving me a full on nervo.

Doran, Monday, 15 January 2018 11:48 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't know if any of you out there still like Primordial, but the new alb...

OMG THERE'S A NEW PRIMORDIAL ALBUM???

Dinsdale, Monday, 15 January 2018 20:41 (five months ago) Permalink

hey ultros, i'm curious to know what you find odious about M1ko (i assume he's the DSO dude you're talking about). i'm not going to defend him in any way as i tend to assume most all bm dudes are problematic on some level though there's nothing in DSO lyrics that i take issue with. now if you're talking about Clandestine Blaze then i see that and more so if you're thinking of his noise/pe projects like Grunt and Nicole 12. he certainly puts out dodgy stuff on his 2 labels. haha, i guess i've answered my own question. to his credit, i find him smarter and more considered in his thinking than warrants a wholesale dismissal.

Yelploaf, Monday, 15 January 2018 22:25 (five months ago) Permalink

Primordial is one of those bands where every time I put on their record, I'm super glad I did

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Japanese art-metal weirdos Dir En Grey have a new 3CD best-of out, with all songs chosen by fans and re-recordings of three tracks; I wrote about it for Burning Ambulance. I saw them open for Deftones in 2008 and have been a fan ever since. Deftones were sluggish and dull; DEG were amazing.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:12 (five months ago) Permalink

xxp he's a racist and possible peadophile is my problem. I don't have an issue with the stuff that he contributes to Ds, his lyrics and vocal performance for them are fine in themselves but I'm not as good as other people at looking the other way when the performer is a shithead. The way I rationalise it is that MA has very little to do with what I really like about DsO which is the riffs and the drumming. I wouldn't mind one bit if MA was replaced, but, I mean the other members might be even worse but they at least keep their gobs shut whoever they are :/

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:22 (five months ago) Permalink

new track from the next Portal -- album out in a couple of days

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/track/phathom

clean/non-cavernous production, tried & true Portal guitar sound/riffing -- rhythmically angular, but still manages to drive forward. at the moment, hitting me like Beefheart death metal

Dominique, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:29 (five months ago) Permalink

what is the history of the project

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also, i agree w/ NYC, i wish Astronoid would either headline again or go out with a band i actually like. a Mesarthim / Astronoid tour would be amazing. (not that Mesarthim plays live, that i know of?)

Astronoid should sell a limb to go on a long tour w/ Deafheaven, they'd pick up some new fans fo sho

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean it's a Swiss-American guy making records inspired by the concept of "what if slaves turned to Satan instead of Jesus in their spirituals" so xp

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

feel very lucky to have caught Astronoid with Moon Tooth last year

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i didn't know any of that stuff, thanks xp

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this Yahar'gul is fantastic -- esp if you like the less grimy/stifling and more icily bucolic side of Blut Aus Nord. Lots of shimmery guitars.

Thank you!

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wish there were a black metal review blog called "Is This Artist A Piece Of Shit?" and all their reviews were simply "Yes." or "No."

— Chris (@ATrveKvltDad) June 5, 2018

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anybody checked out the new one from Breathing Light?
One of those bands that is not really metal, yet too metal for the truly metal-averse

they describe themselves as "romantic punk hardcore gothic rock" presumably with tongue a bit in cheek.

https://breathinglight.bandcamp.com/album/cold-static-world

summervillain, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sharapova vs. Muguruza gruntfest at the French Open needs some DSBM music underneath it

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 7 June 2018 03:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

new Tomb Mold is available to stream on bandcamp, out everywhere else tomorrow

http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/manor-of-infinite-forms

Simon H., Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

TOMB MOLD

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh within the first five seconds i am ABOUT this

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it fucking rules, I was into the raw production on the early tapes etc. but they just sound awesome here and lose none of their appeal

Simon H., Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this record is disgusting, i love it

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just got my physical copy and can't wait for work to be over so I can infect my ears

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Unreleased Judas Iscariot... released!

http://judasiscariotusbm.bandcamp.com/album/an-ancient-starry-sky

Only recommended if you like savagery

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 8 June 2018 07:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Mid-period Judas Iscariot is very underrated, this guy always had great riffs.

Siegbran, Friday, 8 June 2018 08:31 (one week ago) Permalink

So obviously there's a lot to feel weird about or outright oppose around Zeal and Ardor as "a thing" but what I like most about the new album is that it explores a melodic or sonic idea or two per track, then gets out within about three minutes (or considerably less!) and moves on. Waaaay more bands (non-grindcore division) should pace their records like that.

Simon H., Friday, 8 June 2018 14:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Tomb Mold is fun, but another Canadian death metal release from last week is Kataklysm's Meditations. A friend and I went to their show on a whim on Monday and they gave out a free copy of the CD. Newish drummer Olivier Beaudoin had an expansive kit worthy of Neil Peart, and it seemed like he used it all -- no drum or cymbal went unwhacked. A passionate audience, lots of camaraderie, great show.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 June 2018 23:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Kataklysm is so underrated, they've been making great music for like 20 years

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 8 June 2018 23:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Orange Goblin record sounds like old Kiss if the boogie was more convincing.
Except for "Suicide Division" which sounds like Venom.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:36 (one week ago) Permalink

For all the people who have been loving The Armed album, I just saw them play last night and it was easily the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. Sounded great, fun performance art stuff happening throughout, everything about it was incredibly positive and great. Love their sense of humor and love their band..

gman59, Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:32 (one week ago) Permalink

if they come to the uk we'll be at the front

imago, Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:49 (one week ago) Permalink

pow, new Funeral Mist in less than a week

https://funeralmist.bandcamp.com/album/hekatomb

No previews yet but I'm sure it'll be an unholy stormer.

Devilock, Monday, 11 June 2018 05:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Good news, I love that band. Haven't paid much attention to new releases, I saw there's new Amorphis, Urfaust, Thy Catafalque and Drudkh records, any good?

Siegbran, Monday, 11 June 2018 07:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Urfaust is wonderful, perhaps even their best (as long as you like their recent doom-ier sound)

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Monday, 11 June 2018 10:00 (one week ago) Permalink

new Voivod in Sept!!!

Simon H., Monday, 11 June 2018 15:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Yob's Our Raw Heart is fantastic. In context, the title track is more powerful than it was alone, which I would have found hard to believe.

Three Word Username, Monday, 11 June 2018 15:27 (one week ago) Permalink

New Progenie Terrestre Pura EP is really good. They've clearly been listening to Dodheimsgard :)

imago, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:47 (one week ago) Permalink

New Funeral Mist > new Marduk. But you knew that.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I know I can get entirely too hung up on this stuff, but "Progenie Terrestre Pura" is something like pure terrestrial children, which, uh, sets off alarm bells.
So, is this like super racist sci-fi, only the pure left in the future?

I tried translating some of the lyrics, and I'm confident of the sci-fi part.

summervillain, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

pretty certain they're not racist

imago, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:09 (one week ago) Permalink

all their lyrics are about robots and shit idk

imago, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Can't blame anyone for being jumpy but I'm pretty sure PTP are OK.

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:17 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks for the thoughtful responses

summervillain, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:19 (one week ago) Permalink

it sounds pretty awesome!

summervillain, Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:20 (one week ago) Permalink

new Anicon available to stream on their bandcamp page!

Simon H., Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

oh man their last album ruled

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

This sounds good on first contact. Some little sonic additions I was not expecting.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Remember heavy metal?

https://open.spotify.com/album/0fSB6tw2MxPQ0KcZAqN0p9?si=i1xQuHTGTgWqV_WUPy7Aug

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 15 June 2018 16:23 (six days ago) Permalink

Wow, the new Zeal & Ardor is good.

Frederik B, Saturday, 16 June 2018 12:36 (five days ago) Permalink

It is undeniably ear-catching. I'm choosing to jettison the conceptual framework and embrace it as just a gospel-flecked rock record.

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:04 (five days ago) Permalink

Grayson Currin's review in Pfork today offered a potentially viable defense of the concept, mind

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:29 (five days ago) Permalink

Kinda, but I read the link where he supposedly 'smartly answered' criticisms, and I'm not sure I buy it. Whether or not an artist explains a concept to my satisfaction doesn't necessarily determine if I find the concept satisfying, though.

Frederik B, Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:36 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm choosing just to enjoy it as a hook-dense rock album.

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:41 (five days ago) Permalink

The sound really works this time, where on the first I thought it sounded a bit gimmicky. I love metal for constantly figuring out new sounds, and the dodgy ideas behind it comes with the territory.

Frederik B, Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:03 (five days ago) Permalink

Face-peeling chaotic grind, female vocals, fucking great:
http://sassbologna.bandcamp.com/album/closet-witch

Chthe'ilist returns, sadly only as a 7"
http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/passage-into-the-xexanotth

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 17 June 2018 11:46 (four days ago) Permalink

Teaser track from the new King Heavy is up:
https://kingheavy.bandcamp.com/album/guardian-demons

o. nate, Monday, 18 June 2018 01:39 (three days ago) Permalink

From Fallen Empire's newsletter:

Upon deeper introspection, it became clear that the path of continuity is not the one that should be followed. Instead, we divert, and march blissfully towards our demise.

Fallen Empire will end sometime during the back-half of 2018. In addition to the five new releases that are going up now, there are at least seven more that will surface before the year is out.

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:19 (yesterday) Permalink

converge touring with neurosis (!!)

lost in sublimation (Ross), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:27 (yesterday) Permalink


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