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  5. Iron Maiden Birthday Special on CACOPHONY. ~C A C O P H O N Y~ Christchurch's very own HEAVY METAL radio show on… RDU98.5FM Tuesday's 10pm-12pm Radio Addington 107.5FM, Friday & following Monday at 10pm Listen or Download CACOPHONY at www.cacophonynz.podomatic.com We're on Facebook! [Who isn't?] www.facebook.com/cacophonynz www.metalradio.co.nz to hear the best Metal Radio NZ has to offer... This week on CACOPHONY, an Iron Maiden Birthday Special courtesy Captain Catsquid & Corpral Jigsore. It's been 30 years since the Squidman lost his Iron Maiden cherry and to celebrate he plays us some of his favourites and classics from the Iron Maiden catalogue. We also hear a brief history of mid-late 1980's metal progression, and Reginald makes an unwelcome appearance to collect a debt... GIGS - send your Gig Listing to gigs(at)cacophony.co.nz Fri 19th Jul @ Valhalla [Wellington] - Banding Together For Christchurch feat. The Heathen Collective, Curlys Jewels, Kairillion Theory, Hadees Drudge, Lucifer Gunne. R18 8pm. www.cosmicticketing.co.nz/event/show/5769 www.facebook.com/events/2107303746055204/ Thu 15th August @ Valhalla [Wellington] - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” NZ Tour Fri 16th August @ Club Tavern [Christchurch] - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” NZ Tour Sat 17th August @ Neck Of The Woods [Auckland] - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” NZ Tour www.soundworkstouring.com www.facebook.com/disentomb Sat 31st Aug @ Club Tavern [Christchurch] - Swap Dweller with Enfire & Snailrider. R18 $10 Door. www.cosmicticketing.co.nz Mon 9th Sep @ Valhalla [Wellington] - Dark Funeral - NZ Tour. R18 8pm Tue 10th Sep @ Whammy [Auckland] - www.utr.co.nz www.valhallatouring.com Thu 12th Sep @ The Studio [Auckland] - Cradle Of Filth - 1st Time NZ Show - playing “Cruelty and the Beast” in full. R18 8pm www.utr.co.nz www.eventfinda.co.nz Sat 5th Oct @ Club Tavern [Christchurch] - Guardians Of Azguard [Amon Amarth Covers] Thu 31st Oct @ Mt Smart [Auckland] - Metallica [USA] Worldwired Tour 2019 feat. Slipknot [USA]. www.utr.co.nz metallica.com/ Fri 8th Nov @ Club Tavern [Christchurch] - Sticky Filth [New Plymouth, NZ] 20 years since South Island Tour. R18 8pm $30+bf Sat 9th Nov @ The Cook [Dunedin] - www.cosmicticketing.co.nz www.utr.co.nz OZ TOURS Sat July 20th @ Sydney / Crowbar - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” Oz Tour Fri July 26th @ Adelaide / Enigma Bar - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” Oz Tour Sat July 27th @ Hobart / The Brisbane Hotel - Disentomb [Oz] “The Decaying Light” Oz Tour 3rd - 10 Sep - Cradle Of Filth Australian Tour feat Cruelty and the Beast in Full. R18 8pm www.destroyalllines.com/tour/cradle-of-filth-2/ August 22nd-28th - Devildriver “Australian Tour 2019” feat. All That Remains www.destroyalllines.com/tour/devildriver/ Thur 5th Sep @ The Triffid [Brisbane] - Dark Funeral & Immolation with Christ Dismembered, Descent. Fri 6th Sep @ Crowbar [Sydney] - Dark Funeral & Immolation with Christ Dismembered, Abrramelin, Reaper. Sat 7th Sep @ Max Watts [Melbourne] - Dark Funeral & Immolation with Christ Dismembered, Abrramelin, Reaper. www.oztix.com.au *Contact CACOPHONY* www.cacophony.co.nz www.cacophonynz.podomatic.com www.facebook.com/cacophonynz www.twitter.com/cacophonyradio eMail [email protected] sMail CACOPHONY, POBox33044, Barrington, Christchurch 8244, New Zealand.
  6. Remembered I still haven't updated this, so I'm doing it now, because it's 6 AM and I can't sleep haha. There are many bands I believe I could exchange in the bottom ten on this list, but I'm sticking with what I have here. Some of these depend on whether I've been listening to them recently or not, but most, especially top ten, are solid. I could, however, substitute any number of bands - Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Dark Funeral, Candlemass, Dream Theater, and so on and so forth. So these 20 are not quite written in stone as favorites, except the top 6-8. Anyway. 20. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil I like the Crue, although I must admit I have to listen to glam with a grain of salt. I believe this is their best album, it's by far their heaviest, and pretty much every song on here feels iconic of the LA scene in the early 80s. It's also got my favorite guitar work from Mick Mars, who in my opinion is one of the most underrated guitarists ever. 19. Scorpions - Love at First Sting Sort of the same deal here as with Motley Crue. This is the kind of stuff I listen to in the background at work. Heavy enough to keep my interest, but for the most part, completely non-threatening and free of any introspective feelings or ideas like most of the music I listen to is more or less completely immersed in. It's just fun to listen to and the band sounds great. 18. Immortal - At the Heart of Winter I could say this or Pure Holocaust is my favorite, depending on my mood. The riffs on this album are massive, but Pure Holocaust is their best work overall, in my opinion. Immortal is not my preferred black metal, although I do find myself listening to this album sometimes, when I still want to listen to black metal but want a small break from the completely grim and serious. 17. Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime Or, as I like to call it, Operation Mindfuck. One of the most underrated bands of the 80s, and I think it's unfortunate they have been saddled at times (inaccurately) with the "glam" or "hair band" labels. Right out the gate with their self-titled EP, these guys are a sonic punch right in the face. Geoff Tate's vocals are so unique and powerful, and I love how they build intensity in their songs. Honestly, I probably could have picked any album as a favorite up to and including Empire, but Operation Mindcrime, lives up to its positive reviews in just about every way. 16. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind Similarly, I could probably pick just about any Maiden album up until Fear of the Dark as a favorite. For a bands that's been around since what was essentially the birth of metal, they're pretty damn consistent from album to album, although I can't say I enjoy their later albums with the same zeal. There are just so many classics in their discography, and Piece of Mind is probably the album I've listened to the most cover to cover. 15. Suicidal Tendencies - Lights...Camera...Revolution! I love how these guys meshed thrash metal with hardcore punk without becoming some bullshit metalcore band. Love the guitar work on this album, lyrics are ultra relatable. Some of my favorite music to listen to when I'm pissed off. Mike doesn't mince words about stupid people and fucked up society, a great way to put things back into perspective when I'm made to feel like I'm the crazy one. Just great, ass-kicking music. 14. Death - Symbolic Ah, Death. I'm much more on the black metal side of things, but I have a soft spot for Death. Not only were they such an innovative band, and with this album specifically, but the misanthropic themes on Symbolic really speak to me, and there are few bands I can say can express this theme with the same level of fury and honesty. "Empty Words" and "Crystal Mountain" are timeless classics and personal favorites of mine. 13. Gorgoroth - Antichrist I prefer Gaahl-era Gorgoroth (Incipit Satan is pretty damn hard to beat), but Antichrist just has a certain atmosphere about it which I find especially enjoyable. I'm not sure if it's the production, or perhaps because they almost approach doom metal at times (especially the closing track), but this is exactly the kind of thing I love to listen to on a cold, rainy night. And, I mean, it's Frost behind the kit, can't go wrong there. 12. Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta Black metal with a heavy dose of folk influence? Yes, please! I typically have to be in a certain mood to listen to this sort of thing, but this album is so good, every song on here is equal parts beautiful and aggressive. They're also not as annoying as a lot of other similar bands can sometimes be. Rarely, if ever, do I feel compelled to quit listening to them halfway through an album. 11. Korpiklaani - Tales Along This Road I don't listen to this band as much as I used to, and in retrospect, a lot of what they do is just the same regurgitated tropes (though still good fun in the right setting). I do, however, still really like this album, especially "Tuli Kokko", which may well be my favorite "folk metal" song ever. 10. Turisas - Battle Metal Again, not a band I listen to as much anymore, though their much smaller discography makes it easier to revisit them over the course of an afternoon. Battle Metal and The Varangian Way still hold up and I still like them, Battle Metal being, in my opinion, groundbreaking in its own way. Sadly, I think this band has fizzled out after a rather short career. 9. Finntroll - Jaktens Tid I won't lie, I love Finntroll. I love every single album they've ever done. Not a 100% serious band, nor do I believe they ever were, but I like what they do. Really difficult for me to pick a favorite, and all of their albums get equal rotation from me, but there's an intangible about Jaktens Tid which bumps it just a bit higher than the others. 8. 1349 - Hellfire I'm not entirely sure if this band would rank as high on my list if they had a different drummer, but I still love their sound and aesthetic regardless of Frost's genius. I appreciate that they continue to maintain an authenticity to black metal when so many others have for the most part abandoned the genre. Again, tough to pick a favorite album, but I tend to listen to Hellfire the most. 7. October Tide - Rain Without End October Tide itself, is not what I would say have been a terribly influential or groundbreaking band by any means throughout its existence, given the fact that this genre was already sort of established at the time, but goddamnit do I love this album. It's like the extra early Katatonia album (more on that later) with such a perfect atmosphere, memorable riffs, beautiful lyrics, great vocal performance. An obscure jewel of an album. 6. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky Okay, here's where we're getting into what I would call something like "The Most Untouchable Metal Bands in Depraved's Humble Opinion". To say this album was hugely influential and still such a classic is an understatement. They really mastered and perfected the sound, and to think it was one of the first Norwegian black metal albums ever recorded, really speaks to its importance despite the direction the band began to move in after Transylvanian Hunger. Simply put, it's one of the most perfect Norwegian black metal albums ever written. 5. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times Where do I begin with them? I believe they're the quintessential gothic metal band, whose influence was quite far-reaching, more so than was probably originally thought. What they became after this album I believe was a travesty, despite their efforts to redeem themselves in recent years, but their earlier material - and this album especially - are untouchable. Some reviews I've seen say it's a little cheesy or compare Nick Holmes's vocals to James Hetfield (???) which I don't agree with at all (actually never drew any connection with Hetfield until I read that and I guess I can kind of see why some people would hear a similarity, but still sounds nothing like a "gothic Metallica" or some other stupid things I've read). Paradise Lost did everything right with this album, the songwriting, the lyrics, the clean tones, the artwork, even the samples. There is something inexplicable about this album - which is usually a great sign when it comes to music - which can't be expressed in words, but this album creates such a specific mood. This album takes me alone to a graveyard in autumn in the rain, that sort of quiet, internal sorrow and existential introspection. It's that feeling, in musical form. 4. Opeth - Orchid I know I'm an outlier for choosing Orchid here, but early Opeth, up until Still Life are some of my favorite albums ever written. Opeth was actually the first metal band I really listened to, and so maintain a certain special place in my heart, and at one time I would have told you they're my favorite band. That's not exactly the case anymore, but I still thoroughly enjoy their early material whenever I revisit it, and Orchid is probably the only album of theirs toward which my feelings still haven't changed. Like Draconian Times, it's difficult for me to put my finger on what it is specifically about this album that I love so much. The riffs, that goes without saying, but it's something more than that. The structure of the songs, while unconventional and sometimes meandering even by Opeth standards or those of progressive metal as a genre, is very unique, in a way that makes each piece feel like a journey. The acoustic parts are beautiful, too. Some people might say it's a bit of an amateur effort, but I don't really see it that way. For whatever little they lack in technicality, they make up for in scores with passion and innovation. 3. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina Somewhat underrated compared to their contemporaries, but Satyricon's first three LPs really capture the atmosphere and meaning of the genre. I absolutely love Dark Medieval Times and The Shadowthrone as well, but Nemesis Divina is their magnum opus in my opinion and a culmination of their earlier creative efforts. Listening to these albums is like a mesmerizing, dark, grim fantasy, which no other band has seemed to be able to recreate in quite the same way. I believe this is due, in part, to the use of piano and acoustic bits here and there where they're least expected. Something about that, combined with the rawness of the riffs and Satyr's demonic vocals, makes this album such a great listen and is one of the best black metal has to offer. I've already mentioned Frost a couple of times in this post, so I don't really need to talk about him again (wait - what am I saying?) If this album was already perfect for its riffs and melodies, Frost's drumming puts it over the top. His style is so aggressive, urgent, and complex and really fits with the mood of the album. He's one of my all-time favorite drummers - if not my favorite - and some of his best work is showcased here. 2. Katatonia - Dance of December Souls They're almost number one on my list and they may well be tied for that spot. Such an original sound, heavy and melancholic without sacrificing melody. I could fanboy for hours about their early material and it almost makes listening to their later output sort of bittersweet, simply because it's always felt overshadowed by their first two LPs. My first introduction to them was Brave Murder Day, and I didn't think metal could get much better than that, but then I listened to Dance of December Souls and I was completely blown away. I'm not sure what it is, and it feels foolish to attempt to express how I really feel about this music in words, but I think these guys demonstrate better than anyone else the very definition of artistic expression through music, all while (in the early-mid 90s, at least) pushing the boundaries of creative license. I don't think I'll ever be able to quit talking about Dance of December Souls. It's so haunting and beautiful and gut-wrenching all at the same time. Kingpins of doom/death for sure. 1. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas I'm not sure what I could possibly say about them that hasn't already been said. De Mysteriis... is, in my opinion, black metal's finest hour. Dead's lyrics, Euro's riffs, the aggression and atmosphere this album creates...the only thing which could have made it better is if they had been able to record it when Dead was still alive. I'm not a huge fan of Attila's vocals, but it's not like they ruin the album or anything. Perhaps the reason these guys are at the top of my list is mainly because of their legacy and influence, but the early material still blows me away. I don't think anyone who came after has been able to touch them, as many good black metal bands as there have been. Mayhem's classic lineup just had something intangible about them; the perfect storm gone horribly awry, but it's the lyrical themes and hair-raising guitar tone that keep me going back to their debut full-length.
  7. 3 minutes is your limit in so many ways...
  8. Yesterday
  9. I've been following them since Morningrise, and nearly all of their albums have taken multiple listens to really grab me. Morningrise itself took a couple of months; Ghost Reveries took a whopping seven years. I still hold out a bit of hope that I'll warm up to some of the later albums, but it hasn't happened so far. If they keep on churning out non-events like this track, it won't happen at all.
  10. Paradise Lost - Frozen Illusion Demo
  11. ** moved to review section ** I certainly echo the thoughts here of a lot of their post 'Blackwater Park' stuff leaving me cold. I started to get to grips with their last effort back on holiday last year in a particularly peaceful and soul rehabilitating place in Wales with it's own stream and waterfall in the garden. Even in this environment that left me more open to new things, I couldn't help but feel that they were trying too hard to be "quirky" with their songwriting. The sense of time changes just being there for the hell of it as opposed to being part of the whole majesty of progressive rock was just too imposing. Prog for prog's sake. Their output of recent years feels like something intrusive is being done to the listener as opposed to something with potential allure is being presented to the listener.
  12. MacabreEternal


    I think for me Marduk had a very mixed debut. 'Dark Endless' sat in the death metal seats with occasional (although not always fleeting) visits to the black metal section. I find the debut more appealing than 'Those of the Unlight' although I have to accept the songwriting improved significantly by the time the second album dropped, even if they only truly hit their stride with 'Opus Nocturne'. I have the first three records on CD now so am planning on taking them out with me in the car tomorrow on my drive to a meeting. My only other real experience of their discography was the release that was my gateway into the band which was the 'Iron Dawn' EP which I love as much now as I did 8 years ago. More recently I found 'Viktoria' to be an unexpected like with its blasting delivery. I do plan on venturing further into their discography with 'Nightwing', 'Heaven Shall Burn...' and 'Panzer Division Marduk' all queued on my stream.
  13. Totally. A lot of my favorite albums have something awkward or jarring in the songwriting that sets them apart. Didn't appreciate it as much when I was younger, but those "flaws" help them stand the test of time.
  14. Try finding power metal bands like Epica, Rhapsody of Fire or Blind Guardian. And by the way, you will probably start liking harsh vocals later on without any effort.
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  16. Balor


    This is exactly how I felt about the album. I sometimes wonder whether Mayhem is nearing its end. Their more recent studio recordings do not sound compelling, and seem more and more monotonous. However, they are still awesome live. Maybe they should just focus on releasing some more live albums for the time being.
  17. Yeah, exactly. I would almost go as far as to say the somewhat amateurish aspects of it only makes it better. The imperfection of it makes it sound raw and real. Same with the production. Definitely in my top 5 favorite metal albums ever written. It never gets old and it's one of the few albums I can sit through in its entirety only to turn around and listen to the whole thing all over again immediately. It's got some of the most beautiful, most memorable riffs I've ever heard as well.
  18. Excellent and unique album. It might be a bit amateurish, but it's creative, consistent, and sincere, and I wouldn't change anything about it.
  19. Katatonia - Dance of December Souls Fuck I love this album so much. I know so many people write it off because it was early but no other album sounds like this. I love how all the reverb (intentional or not) creates such a haunting and dreamlike atmosphere. And those heavy riffs and twinkly keys. Nothing like it. Blackened roses in the cradle of sleep, whisper "our death is eternal". AUURRGH!!!
  20. I completely agree with @FatherAlabaster and @Requiem here. I, too, have sensed a decline in their music since Blackwater Park, at least in comparison with their Candlelight stuff and Still Life, which are some of my most favorite metal albums ever written. To me, there are just too many progressive rock influences which they've been adding in ever larger proportions with each subsequent album since then, that by Ghost Reveries, they really sound like a band which isn't entirely sure what they are anymore. It's not that their later albums are unlistenable - well, I called it quits after Watershed - but there isn't a whole lot that they've done recently which sticks in my mind. I believe there's a time in every band's career when they've exhausted their creative genius, or perhaps their priorities in songwriting just aren't what they used to be for any number of reasons, but when I heard the new single, it was pretty much what I was expecting - bland and forgettable. I find that many bands that talk about "progressing" or "maturing" or "evolving" are really just diluting their original unique sound. There's nothing at all wrong with melody and clean vocals (Opeth was probably the best I've ever heard at juxtaposing acoustic parts and clean singing with their overarching harshness and aggression), but in this case, as well as many other bands I listen to, it begins to come across like a sort of lack of new ideas. Which isn't surprising, when it's a band that's been around for three decades, but no matter how much I like them and their earlier material, I'm not going to call something ingenious or groundbreaking when it sounds like they've just been mentally fumbling around and struggling to come up with anything new for the last 10 years.
  21. Requiem


    Listen away, but there's no getting away from the fact that 'Ordo ad Chao' is a smudgy mess of riffs with little structure and fewer hooks. It's obviously Blasphemer's farewell to the band and that scene, so he's gone all out to make an album that tries to order chaos, to paraphrase the title. For me, this means it's boring, alienating and unenjoyable. It's an art piece; a post-modern expression of one artist's self-penned epitaph. But like all things, it has its moments and I may change my opinion as I get older. As for 'Esoteric Warfare', it's a cheap Blasphemer rip-off, and I mean cheap. Therefore it leaves no lasting emotional resonance - like 'Wolf's Lair' and 'Grand...' do - because it's not a new thing, it's a homage done poorly. It sounds like the self titled Thorns album except way weaker and more meaningless. It's little wonder that Hellhammer is talking about how the new album is going to be darker and closer to their accepted classic. Knowing bands, though, I bet it will be the same damn thing as 'Esoteric Warfare' hahaha. In fact, I'm sure it was Hellhammer and Necrobutcher who told Teloch how 'Esoteric Warfare' needed to sound, and when you lack a master like Blasphemer to just forge ahead, you're going to get the drummer and bassist's version of the album. Apparently Teloch wrote other material for the album which was rejected, so he wrote 'Esoteric Warfare' as we know it. This is a red light to the idea that he wasn't able to really pursue his own vision - either that or his own vision sucked. I just hope there's more to Teloch that we haven't seen yet. To be the guitarist in Mayhem you need to be an artist, a visionary, and a rebel. Euronymous was one, so was Blasphemer. Is Teloch? Not on the evidence of 'Esoteric Warfare'. The new album will be pretty important to how he's going to stake his legacy as well as his impact on this band.
  22. I just can't get excited by Opeth these days, although I was never a huge fan even in the late 90s, which I consider to be their apex. In fact, when 'Blackwater Park' first came out, my friends and I thought it was a step down from 'Still Life' and 'My Arms, Your Hearse'. These latter two remain my favourite Opeth albums, yet it's 'BP' that seems to get most of the praise from the peanut gallery. There's a bit of a carry-on too about Mikael over the last decade or so that's a bit on the nose. Also, the word you are looking for is "segue", not "segway", which I believe is the corny corporate transportation device. We would also traditionally say, "nothing to sniff at" rather than "snuff at", but perhaps your malapropisms mean you're just a pioneer. Interesting first post, too, to just come in and drop a review of a single. Nothing wrong with that; I hope you stay and chat about a range of bands and threads.
  23. Ah True Belief. More dollars than sense. Last time I spent 3 minutes out of the house in my underwear I was arrested... Also, go England! So glad they won the World Cup, although it would also have been good for New Zealand to win. God bless her Majesty and her 11 gentlemen sportsmen.
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