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.
Jeez... who did I see? It's in the dark past now. I won't bother listing local gigs.
Mayhem performing 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', and not a single second more thank you very much Necromoneybagsbutcher. Pretty boring, with Harry Potter theatrics - fake candles, purple velvet tablecloths etc. It was about as authentic as an overweight teenage goth girl's Halloween party. (5th time seeing them)
Sebastian Bach. Nostalgic, fun, and he sounded great. Amazing crowd in Melbourne's best venue (The Forum). (1st time)
Wintersun. Amazing, one of the best shows I've seen. (1st time)
Insomnium. Amazing, one of the best shows I've seen. (1st time)
Paradise Lost. Look, I love these guys, but man, it was pretty boring. A bunch of motionless 50 year-olds standing on a dark stage with no backdrop or lights show. Pretty hard to keep excited after 20 minutes when they lost interest after 5. (3rd time)
Primordial. No one takes himself more seriously than good old Alan, and I stood in disbelief as I saw his mic cord fall out of the mic at least five times in the first song. It was a mixture of funny and disappointing because the atmosphere was ruined. Why doesn't he shell out for a cordless? I left early. Where greater mic-cords have fallen. (2nd time)
Can't remember any others. If I think of them I'll edit.
You're right. If I think about my favourite Dimmu songs, they're all (mostly) based around a killer riff: 'Mourning Palace', 'Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny' etc. It's puzzling as to why they have pushed on in this symphonic-lite style. Is it really appealing to them as musicians? Hard to imagine, and I'd hate to put a more sinister, financial, reason on the table....
Yeah, the first movement of 'Winter's Gate' is beautiful. I saw them live when the played the whole album through and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen.
Speaking of, I'm now listening to Wintersun - 'The Forest Seasons'. Are you into it oh blessed one? I can't get over how good this album is. I get chills every time I hear it. They were amazing live too.
I'm very old fashioned, I'm afraid, and against the hologram idea.
I just can't get away from the notion that it's a money-making scheme. It's canned Dio - you pay some cash then they open the can and out he pops. I just don't see what it's adding to anyone's experience of Dio. In fact, I could go further and lament the loss of the tactile world for one that is digital and, ultimately, unreal.
Rotting Christ - 'Lucifer Over Athens'. Two huge disk of live Rotting Christ songs from across their full career. Great track selection, good musical production on the guitars - terribly washed out cymbals. Bizarrely poor mixing of crowd sounds. It doesn't feel like a live show at all as there is absolutely no atmosphere. It sounds like a rehearsal tape I reckon. It could have been so much better with the live vibe coming through by leaving the crowd sounds up a bit during songs, and waaaay higher between them. Pretty weird release. First Blind Guardian, now Rotting Christ - I think atmospheric bands lose a bit of what makes them special when they're just a bunch of blokes jamming it out live. I guess it's back to the albums for me where I can lose myself in a magical world of darkness and transcendence...
Eldamar - 'A Dark Forgotten Past'. A beautiful and mesmerizing album. Borrowing the template from Summoning, this is one-man-band atmospheric black metal par excellence.
Kiss - 'Animalize'. I'm really at the end of my 80s Kiss obsession now, but this still gets a few plays in the car on a sunny afternoon on the way home from work. It stays on after track three if I'm getting beer that night....
im not digging it at all. i was really hoping for a return to the riff. something they have forgotten about a long time ago. very disappointed with that song.
the first song on that album is possibly the best thing they have ever wrote. beautiful song.
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