Often used to describe bands like Pantera and Exhorder. With mid-tempo riffs similar to those found in Thrash Metal and a tendency to focus more on groovy syncopation and heaviness than outright speed.
Circling back to Cradle of Filth, I was shocked to hear the two singles for the new album and loving both of them!! I haven't heard a CoF track that really excited me since Midian, but these two were great. I had to order the album.
I live in northern Sweden, which isn't saying much since geographically it makes up more than 50% of the countrys surface (search for Norrland and have a look), in one of the bigger coastal towns. We live in a 3-room apartment close to the city center, we lucked out and managed to buy it about 10 years ago before the market exploded and it's value more than doubled. Problem is that it's very obvious that 80 square meters is way too little for 3 people, especially when two of them work from home... We'd really like a house outside of town close to nature, but unless you wanna drive 30 min one way to school, houses are expensive! So we're saving and waiting. The market should tank some time I guess.
It takes massive balls to do stuff like that, but life is short and as long as it is a calculated risk (i.e. not reckless) you may wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Most people get caught on the treadmill and bogged down with commitments to others, feel trapped, and cannot see a way clear. Ultimately, you gotta do what's right and most healthy for you - body and mind.
I have been here more than once. Like TB, I have no answers as such. I would just add that usually when I feel overwhelmed with the work/life balance tipping the wrong way it is always balanceable again, no matter how far over in the wrong direction the weight feels. I gave up staying late and doing weekends a while ago and have managed to incorporate doing "me" things into my working day to distract me from work without my performance suffering. Whether it is a walk through the woods before starting my day, playing a record immediately after finishing work to mark the end of the day and the start of my evening or simply stepping outside to take in the outdoors after a particularly horrible morning/afternoon/individual meeting, email or phone call, any small thing like that manages to dial me back in to my life. I treat these small things with an enormous amount of ceremony and importance as their significance far outweighs what their description suggests.
I know I cannot do anything else now. In a way I have accepted defeat long ago. Upping sticks and moving away to start afresh would be a disaster for me because the strength of my impulse to do so is nowhere near as strong as the perks of my lifestyle that I know I cannot live without. Instead I am in this ongoing boxing match with my occupation, ducking and weaving from its blows and then landing a few jabs back to remind it of its place in my life with the occasional upper-cut or hook being thrown by both of us to do some real damage here and there. It keeps me sharp still, notwithstanding that it is really tiring but it is the small things, the bitesize chunks approach to life that I find brings me the balance that I need. Looking at the vast expanse of our lives overall is just too big a challenge to comprehend otherwise.
I haven't listened to them muchm but first thing that springs to mind is Ne Obliviscaris. I don't know about the drummer being the best on the planet, but the other boxes are ticked (two singers, strings, modern mix/master etc).