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  2. Devourment 'Obscene Majesty' - first listen of this. Disappointing start with a scratchy sound to the guitar but picks up nicely after 3 tracks. Necros Christos 'Doom of the Occult' - there's so much good on here that it is almost unforgivable how hard the listener has to work to get through all the instrumental pieces to enjoy the quality of the songwriting and musicianship. 23 tracks people!
  3. @Benjaminc81 Well, I didn't visit Euronymous's grave or the site of the Helvete store or anything like that either. It wasn't about that for me, and it actually never occurred to me at the time, although I probably would go to those places if I ever went to Norway again. At the time it was more for me the experience of being inspired by the landscapes which had also inspired so many of my favourite musicians. And a lot of viking sites and museums as I'm a lifelong history fan. Unlike you I haven't had the luxury of visiting Norway since childhood, as Norway is pretty much at the opposite end of the Earth from Australia. Perhaps that was why the experience of visiting was so profound for me, even without stalking musicians, which I would never do. Having said that, I'd certainly be interested in reading about people's experiences who did visit some of those specific sites. For instance, I've hung out plenty of times at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, and it's 100% due to 80s hair metal scene hahaha. I'm not above a bit of sightseeing. I can't imagine it's overly stimulating looking at the closed shop-front or a small grave marker though. I've been to Jim Morrison's grave etc in Paris and it was pretty underwhelming, although Oscar Wilde's grave was great. When I started this thread I was actually interested in any interesting experiences, like backstage stories and things like that. I remember a forum user posting about how he went drinking with Mayhem and Blasphemer got in a fight etc. which was interesting and funny. I thought it could be cool to have a thread about any scene-based experiences members have had. Let's see if there are any takers. I've got at least one more story saved up in case no one else posts and I've overestimated forum interest in this idea.
  4. Maria Arkhipova is my new favourite vocalist. This fucker can growl some. Been a week of lending my ear to some genres and sub-genres of metal I don't always listen too very much (or have previously dismissed outright) and this pagan/folk metal stuff is sitting quite well at present. Sat here overlooking the fields opposite my house with weather nowhere near as grim as Maria's vocals but still picking up the right vibes nonetheless.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Benediction - Transcend The Rubicon
  7. In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad
  8. Waking The Cadaver - Tire Iron Emblugeonment
  9. Timeghoul - 1992-1994 Discography Dodheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast
  10. Most progressive metal has clean vocals so you should probably focus on that. Symphony X, Dream Theater, Blind Guardian, etc. Also some djent bands like Periphery, Tesseract or Textures. Not a fan of clean vocals in djent myself, but you might like it. Isis's album In the Absence of Truth also has clean vocals, and later Neurosis albums. Clutch, Helmet and Corrosion of Conformity have clean vocals and are great too. If you're into Sabbath type stuff I'd go with Electric Wizard. As far as melodic metalcore goes, I like Thrice, Twelve Tribes, Haste the Day, the first two Of Mice & Men albums, etc. There are an asston of mediocre bands in that genre though. Good luck. Sent from my Galaxy S8+ (SM-G955U) using Tapatalk
  11. In Human Form - III Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
  12. Alice In Chains - Greatest Hits I do own several of their albums too, but this is a nice collection.
  13. The idea of black packing, as they call it, never really appealed to me. I´ve been visiting Norway since the late 80´s when i still was a little kid (vacations with the family). I still remember the papers in the stores when the whole shit storm broke loose in the Norwegian scene but it was only about 9 or 10 at the time so i didn´t pay much attention it it. Although i remember wondering why so many Norwegian papers had burning churches on the front page 😁. Kind of ironic since many years later most of my life revolves around this particular genre. Norway´s appeal for me has always been the tranquility and the beautiful nature. There is no greater place on earth for me. Taking the boat out onto sea to for fishing or hiking through those majestic ancient forests. It just feels like home away from home after all these years. I´ve been to numerous places in Norway throughout the years but never once did i think about visiting certain black metal related places or hoping to meet certain indivuals. Fact is Norway doesn´t give a crap about black metal and most people in the scene themselves like their privacy. It always felt kind of exploitative to me to go visit Euronymous grave or to go to Bergen to Elm Street in hopes of seeing Fenriz. I remember 5 years ago we rented a cabin which was only 18 kilometers of Gaahl´s home (Espedal), but it would have never crossed my mind to go there. I also went to Sognadal where Windir hails from, but to be honest it was one of the most boring and ugliest Norwegian cities i´ve seen so far. But after having said all this i have to be honest... Being a black metal nerd nothing beats the feeling of sitting on the rocky shoreline of a fjord while blasting Darkthrone on your mp3 player knowing this is the place that gave birth to the greatest metal genre in existence (at least for me) 😎
  14. Pilot for sure. Bit of an Ashes flavour to this one which means all you Americans will have no clue what I'm on about...WYR be James Anderson or Glen Mcgrath?
  15. For me, black metal is so much more than just a music genre. It's many things, but it's also a very interesting potential for narrative. I've heard some awesome stories over the years of people meeting bands in interesting contexts, gig stories etc. I just posted the following in a different thread but thought it might be a good way to kickstart a conversation about the times you saw a great gig, event, experience. Back in 2008 I walked the streets of Bergen, Norway, blasting Taake and Burzum. This album takes me back there (Taake - 'Bjoergvin'). Actually, it's such a small town that I struggled to find an open pub or alcohol store when I arrived in the evening. I ended up buying a six-pack across the bar in the hotel I was staying in. I got nicely wasted when I combined that with a few pints, but for a while there it looked a bit grim. I had a buddy living in Oslo, so I left the wife and flew from London to stay with him for a long weekend, and while I was in Norway I did a sort of tour across to the west coast and Bergen. I went by train and bus through the amazing mountains and forests, and boat in the fjords, all with Satyricon, Emperor and Taake in my headphones. I remember standing on the deck of the boat, staring up at the huge mountains on the side of the Sognefjord, listening to Windir and just having the most spiritual experience. #truenorwegianblackmetalstories
  16. Taake - 'Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik' Back in 2008 I walked the streets of Bergen, Norway, blasting Taake and Burzum. This album takes me back there. Actually, it's such a small town that I struggled to find an open pub or alcohol store when I arrived in the evening. I ended up buying a six-pack across the bar in the hotel I was staying in. I got nicely wasted when I combined that with a few pints, but for a while there it looked a bit grim. I had a buddy living in Oslo, so I left the wife and flew from London to stay with him for a long weekend, and while I was in Norway I did a sort of tour across to the west coast and Bergen. I went by train and bus through the amazing mountains and forests, and boat in the fjords, all with Satyricon, Emperor and Taake in my headphones. I remember standing on the deck of the boat, staring up at the huge mountains on the side of the Sognafjord, listening to Windir and just having the most spiritual experience. #truenorwegianblackmetalstories
  17. Requiem

    Mayhem

    I would have to say that 'Daemon' would be the album I'm most anticipating from all of Mayhem's output. It could go either way. I have a feeling that it's going to be a lot closer to 'Esoteric Warfare' than they're making out. At least the album cover is much better than 'Esoteric Warfare', which really didn't come out well at all despite being from flavour of the month Zbigniew Bielak, who has now done covers for Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Vltimas, Mayhem, which means basically every second album I buy has a bloody Bielak quirky thin lines drawing on the cover. Da fuck. Actually, @True Belief isn't a huge fan of the 'Daemon' artwork, but I'll excuse his oversight. So it will be interesting to see what old Teloch can do. I really hope there's some atmosphere on the album. What's with all this modern black metal without any atmosphere these days? I'd rather listen to Mgla a thousand times in a row than 'Esoteric Warfare'. Oh yeah, I was also a bit deflated when I heard the album title: 'Daemon'. I guess it's cool, having lived with it for a few days, but at first glance I thought it seemed a bit generic. It's hard to imagine Euronymous coming up with it... So yeah, bring it on! Can't wait to hear 'Daemon'. And Hail 'Deathcrush'. 32 years young! What a beautiful piece of work. I would love for the band to bring Blasphemer back and get him to do a 'Deathcrush 2'. Just throw all that technical shit to the wind and go crazy. Fuck click tracks and triggers. Hail Satan.
  18. I bought this because of the cool box it comes with. Like a lot of experimental black metal it leaves me a bit bewildered: NP: Anathema - 'We're Here Because We're Here' The last of the truly great Anathema albums. I sort of wish it was their swansong, because for me they've gone right off the rails. The first 5 tracks on 'We're Here' are so beautiful and emotional when I'm in the mood.
  19. I have been deliberately tryng to listen to new music lately too. However, it has mostly been power electronics for me. Sent from my SM-S327VL using Tapatalk
  20. Well it seems my theory on how to stop Smith has been proven corrects now the question becomes is he good enough to counter the tactic? Due to the rain we didn't get to find out last night but I suspect even if he is England will be taking a huge first innings lead here.
  21. Mötley Crüe- The Dirt Soundtrack
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  23. Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom Mournful Congregation - The Incubus Of Karma Mournful Congregation - The Monad Of Creation Opeth - Damnation
  24. Yes. And they make the best music videos ever.
  25. "Sanguinary Trance deliver an EP that does not deviate from the stylistic point of view, finding its most obvious references in the classic sound of the second wave of black metal, and therefore typically 90s, but also highlights the attempt made by the mastermind of the project to find his own "voice" within this sound. The results that are undoubtedly worthwhile of attention. - 80/100 Points" - Insane Voices Labirynth (via Google Translate)
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