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  1. Finally saw a metal show again, first time since we moved last summer. Local show in a really tiny venue an hour and a half away in Burlington. None of it is stuff I would listen to at home, but it was super fun to just be in a room with loud music and people jumping around.
    6 points
  2. navybsn

    What's on your mind?

    For sure. We don't get to choose of course, but no one would opt for that. I've had several family members make it into their 90's. All relatively independent and fully functioning until the last few months. As soon as I have to rely on others to complete the activities of daily living (ADLs), I'm ready to go. As someone who's almost died twice, you're never really ready. Always want a little more time. Best strategy is just to live every day like it's your last. Rather than advanced condolences, congrats to the old girl on a life well lived.
    4 points
  3. Took a day off work today after spending some of the weekend keeping vigil at my 97 year old grandmother's (eventual) death bed side. Cold but sunny day here so perfect day for a long walk. I don't want to live to be 97, surely such a big number deserves some option to go out on your own terms, not get eaten away by cancer and die high on morphine whilst soiling yourself.
    4 points
  4. Goatwarming. Word of the week, maybe of the month.
    4 points
  5. I probably ran into The Sound around the end of the 80's. They were in the group of bands similar enough to the more well known goth/Post-Punk acts like The Cure, Bauhaus, Joy Division etc but a bit underground for the states. Iirc, I was dating some goth chick who had all sorts of stuff I'd never knew existed. The Sound, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Chameleons, Clan of Xymox, Fields of Nephilim... Some stuck with me, some didn't. The first 3-4 from The Sound are excellent and the live album from 85 is one of the better from that subgenre. Hope little 'Noise gets back on his feet soon. The Cult - Electric Fields of Nephilim - Dawnrazor And Also the Trees - Virus Meadow Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame New Model Army - Ghost of Cain
    4 points
  6. Swans - White Light From the Mouth of Infinity, 1991 Bauhaus - In the Flat Field, 1980
    4 points
  7. Power Metal day. Something I'm not usually in the mood for but just feels right today. My ass is dragging after a brutal travel schedule of late, so a little pick me up I guess. Throw all the shit into a playlist and let it go. German Blind Guardian - Memories of a Time to Come Gamma Ray - Heading for Tomorrow Helloween - Helloween, Keeper pt 1 & 2 US Queensryche - EP & Rage for Order Crimson Glory - self titled Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction Liege Lord - Master Control Attacker - Battle at Helm's Deep Omen - Battle Cry Savatage - Sirens Fates Warning - Guardian & Spectre Warlord - Deliver Us Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance Not Power Metal, but close enough The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Traveler & Deadmen
    4 points
  8. Caress of Steel is where it's at. Was just jamming The Necromancer earlier today. F'ing love that song. Love the dirty/gritty guitar tone on that album (no it's not Goat Mafia dirty, but definitely considerably moreso than any other Rush album). Aside from the radio hits, I never understand the hate for early Rush. It's prog. I guess if you just hate prog, then no way you'll like it, but it's miles ahead of the other celebrated genre stallwarts like Yes (rather have herpes than listen to Jon Anderson) and Genesis, slightly less weird/more listenable than King Crimson, and more consistent than Uriah Heep. 80's stuff, totally get it even if I don't agree. The sound wasn't for everyone (keyboard forward) even if the songwriting was excellent as was the musicianship. Post 90 stuff was a bit hit or miss. Most albums had 3-4 really strong songs and a good bit of filler. I like all of it, but I do get why some fans of the older stuff didn't stick around after the shift in their sound around 84. Later Rush probably still wouldn't do it for you, but Geddy's voice did mellow with time. Their last album (Clockwork Angels) is probably the best thing they did post-1990. Hell maybe even post-84. Worth a listen. Maybe my 3 favorite songs off the album. I guarantee you'll enjoy this more than anything by Tay-Tay. Brought Up To Believe The Garden The Wreckers Do they not play music in Aussie grocery stores or other general retail outlets? There's no escaping the general Top-40 bullshit here in the States unless you live in a bunker and avoid all public spaces. Granted, I'd have no idea who sings any of these songs if it weren't for the women in my life, but regardless it's piped in everywhere.
    4 points
  9. Terrorizer - World Downfall (1989)
    4 points
  10. Sodom - Agent Orange
    4 points
  11. Bandcamp Friday New This Godless Endeavor by Nevermore New Leprous Daylight by Fossilization New "Luciferian Towers" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada by Godspeed You Black Emperor! A Journey told through Fire by Sworn Some old and new. I liked the Scorn one although it veered into tech death territory sometimes the dilution of which a capricious blackened veteran wouldn't like.
    4 points
  12. The albums I listened to on my train journey this morning: Nuclear Assault - Survive Nuclear Assault - Handle with Care Pestilence - Consuming Impulse Tankard - Chemical Invasion Undead Prophecies - Sempiternal Void
    3 points
  13. Riot - Fire Down Under, 1981 Riot - Restless Breed, 1982 Plasmatics - Coup D'Etat, 1982 ✊
    3 points
  14. Blood Incantation - Starspawn
    3 points
  15. markm

    What Are You Listening To?

    Ihsahn/Ihsahn 2024-first time listen, I thought interesting, but nah, not for me. Now, the album's growing on me-the symphonic elements are incorporated pretty well without sounding cheesy. Lucifer/V-nothing spectacular, some might say dad rock and boring. 70's retro bullshit, but for some reason, I'm digging this album. The Smile/Wall of Eyes (non metal) '24-basically the songwriting duo of Radiohead....super laid back, jazz infused and beguiling and for some reason, I've been digging on this in the way I might have enjoyed Steely Dan's Asia album 40 years ago. Sun of Nothing/Maze Eternal Storm/A Giant Bound to Fail Nadja/Labyrinthine Farsot/Life Promised Death
    3 points
  16. Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods (2018)
    3 points
  17. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
    3 points
  18. Tau Cross - Pillar of Fire Tau Cross - Tau Cross Amebix - Sonic Mass Napalm Death - Scum Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption Napalm Death - Throes of Joy Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent Killing Joke - Hosannas
    3 points
  19. Goatwarming? Yeah, baby.
    3 points
  20. Hey. Thank you guys for your encouraging words. It seriously means a lot. Nah. I know what I believe to be right, but better? No way man. If anything I've seen your general sense of empathy on this board and the way you fret over this little cobwebbed corner of the internet is... What's the metal equivalent of heart warming? I'll have to think on that. The stinky human element is honestly something that I'm the least worried about. Grandpa is primarily suffering from something hard to pin down that's causing blood pressure spikes, and loss of balance. If this continues to worsen before they know what's going on, it may come to full time care. We're not to the point of ass-wiping yet, but it's certainly a possibility. I know nobody's quite as quick mentally in their eighties as they were before, but I've been told that mentally he has detectably lost a step. His wife (my grandmother) died about seven or eight years ago with dementia among other problems, and those last few years were very hard on him, but from what I understand he's still self aware and able to read and write and speak. He just gets a little lost sometimes when in conversation and has trouble tracking the course of discussions that get a little lift off. Typical two alarm stuff for his age. Financially I can live like a Spartan if I have to, and speaking as a stinky bag of offal and meat myself, I've seen what we all look like turned inside out, and I don't consider it an indignity personally. Only real concern in that regard is if my aunts and uncles believe I'm responsible enough for the task, and I honestly relish the chance to prove my worth in that measure. Ahh. The sacred rite of the elderly to make the young people around them uncomfortable by talking about their own death. Is it weird that I'm actually looking forward to that for myself? One really awful trait I've always had is my staunch belief that there are few things in life funnier than frightening children, and making young adults squirm. I don't know how I would have ever made it to my thirties if I wasn't allowed to laugh at some wealthy people getting crushed in a depressurized submarine or some backwoods fellow pouring half a bottle of whiskey up his ass to fire firecrackers from his torched lower GI system. These things are funny, and on witnessing them I will exercise my right to laugh. As far as my own death I have expressed in no uncertain terms that I am to be taken to the Henry Dorly Zoo with a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 and not to be stopped from trying to ride the rhino. A victory for both of us.
    3 points
  21. As someone living with the consequences of family not making plans for an elderly loved one in their later years, good on you @Nasty_Cabbage. I'll be honest, I contemplate murder more than I should, but I also practice a good deal of restraint. I wouldn't say I asked to be in the situation or even rogered up for it, but there are zero resources where I live and I can't see the old bag homeless. We're getting on alright but praying for a speedy end. Just be sure to take time for yourself because I promise, despite the best of intentions, it will weigh on you heavily after a while. Especially if and when the dementia kicks in. Here's hoping you find it better than I.
    3 points
  22. WTF? You might be running a fever. Interesting album tho. NP: Integrity-Howling for the Nightmare Shall Consume (2017) -forget all this retro NWOHM and bogus so called proto metal copycat stuff, many albums from which I, in fact own, if you want to find classic metal, the best stuff is imbedded in extreme metal of one form or another like this Integrity album. WP (was playing): Woe/Quietly, undramatically
    3 points
  23. I've listened to close to half of their albums over the last few days, but not in order or back to back or anything. I don't do full catalog runs for bands with that many albums, I'd get bored listening to just one band for two days straight. I'll jump around and listen to two or three at a time and then play some other stuff in between to break it up. And Also the Trees - The Klaxon, 1993 experimental UK post-punk. The Underground Youth - Mademoiselle, Manchester born, Berlin based, 2010
    3 points
  24. I saw them last year with Exhorder. I'll admit, I've never been an Overkill fan. Just one of those bands that flew under my radar. Really good live. Blitz sounds great although you can tell that performing is physically taxing for him at his age. A lot of the old guard still bring it live. Exciter, Razor, Possessed, Megadeth, Suicidal, Sodom... I'm just trying to see as many as I can while I can. Never know how many more opportunities we'll get. Having grown up in an area that never saw many tours, I missed pretty much everything back in the day, so now I travel to see everything I can. Anyway, lazy Sunday morning. Schizophrenic Florida has decided we needed one more blast of winter and it's 40 degrees outside. So coffee and tunes until it gets tolerable outside. The Sound - From the Lions Mouth
    3 points
  25. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis (2016)
    3 points
  26. Destruction - Sentence of Death, 1984, a little rough around the edges but cool for '84 I guess. Destruction - Eternal Devastation, 1986, production is absolute shit but this is still their best album.
    3 points
  27. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap i’ve been given control of the household stereo for the night while we have guests around on the condition that I don’t play anything “too heavy“ and a night full of AC/DC, Thin Lizzie, deep purple, Led Zeppelin, rainbow, and the like is infinitely more appealing than whatever pop nonsense I’d normally have to put up with.
    3 points
  28. Hello everyone! I need to listen to some music to take my mind off things. Ihsahn - Ihsahn (2024)
    3 points
  29. Coroner - RIP
    3 points
  30. Demolition Hammer - "Time Bomb" Overkill - "Necroshine" Overkill - "Bloodletting" HammerFall - "Glory to the Brave"
    3 points
  31. Same. My wife won't touch pop music with a barge pole. She was brought up listening to baroque (her family thought Mozart was too modern and a sell out). on the one hand and Pat Metheny elevator music jazz on the other. With a side helping of Genesis. She actively hates my favourite vocalists: Halford, Mercury, Steele and Scott (with especial loathing of Dickinson, although I agree he's overrated anyhow); but tolerates the grunting and shrieking stuff with only minor dissatisfaction just because it's not even pretending to be singing in the first place.
    3 points
  32. Bathory - Hammerheart
    3 points
  33. Archgoat Live Hellfest 2016
    3 points
  34. Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator, Finland 2015 Archgoat - Worship the Eternal Darkness, 2021. Just ran through about 5 Archgoat albums while doing some late night painting. And I still want more.
    3 points
  35. Arioch

    What Are You Listening To?

    Thanx to all of you
    3 points
  36. DEVIATED INSTINCT - Dance Of The Plague Bearer ....truly sad news....he hailed from my birth city of Danville...although he was born in Chapel Hill..... MONO NIXON & SKID ROPER- Amsterdam Dogshit Blues
    3 points
  37. Of Feather and Bone - Bestial Hymns of Perversion Coroner - Punishment for Decadence
    3 points
  38. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
    3 points
  39. Vision Master - Sceptre Krigstjorn - Mod Guders Svig Opeth - Orchid
    3 points
  40. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988) Fugazi - 13 Songs (1989)
    3 points
  41. Sepultura - Arise
    3 points
  42. Kerry King's Slayer Mk II is terrible. Judging by the promo teaser Orca posted anyway. Every bit as rubbish as Arch Enemy or post-2000 Slayer. Don't think the addition of Loomis would be enough to save it. NP: Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Häxan Sabaoth, Chile
    3 points
  43. Why wouldn't I approve? I love tons of melodic black metal, it's among my favorite sub-genres. Unlike melodic death metal, which I generally seek to avoid. In this case the album in question is nothing in any way special, and yeah, if asked I would probably advise them to dial back the keys just a bit, but I can see my way clear to "approve" of it as being legit black metal. It's not like it's prog or something truly heinous like power metal or Balloon-knot or one of Doc's lame-o semi ambient post-metal affairs. As far as Purulency's 18 minute EP goes, if you really dig it (I certainly approve of this one) just play it twice then it'll be perfect album length of 36 minutes. This is much slower than Autopsy though, I'm hearing more of a typical cavernous death/doom that's more Incantation than Autopsy. I've actually been starting to wonder lately, why should I of all people need to approve of stuff? I've seen 3 or 4 forum members make comments in recent months about how I probably wouldn't like something or approve of it or whatever, and I'd just like to implore everyone to please just listen to whatever youse want and stop speculating as to what my thoughts and feelings on it might be. I don't even know what I might like and what I won't until I hear it, and I surprise myself all the time by liking shit that I wouldn't have expected myself to like, and conversely, by not liking stuff that I thought I probably would. So if I don't even know, I really don't see how anyone else could possibly know. And who the fuck cares what I think anyway? Seriously, who the fuck am I? Feel free to like whatever youse want, you don't need to run it by me or get my approval. I know I can be a loudmouthed asshole and everything much of the time, but I really don't expect everyone else to adopt my love of filth and exclude all the rest. I really wouldn't want this to turn into the goat filth forum, I do genuinely appreciate and enjoy exploring recos from outside of my caprine comfort zone every now and then. Sendero Inexorable - Chilwe, Chilean black metal
    3 points
  44. LEFT CROSS - Chaos Ascension
    3 points
  45. Ok, back in the country post metal cruise. Full report incoming. Note: I'm at risk of losing my goat metal cred after 5 days of Euro weenie metal, but I have to say it was fun as always. Also, much of my report will be heavily effected by copious amounts of mojitos and mai-tais so don't judge too hard. NP: Blind Guardian - Memories of a Time to Come So here goes: The Good Sodom - the only bucket list band on the bill. I honestly wasn't expecting much. I mean Tom is like 143 years old and looks more like a ring wraith than a metal god these days. Sat next to him at breakfast one morning and literally thought the guy could drop dead any minute, but once on stage he was as good as ever. They fuckin ripped live. 2 full sets with just about everything you could want to hear. They didn't play Obsessed by Cruelty or Witching Metal, but pretty much everything else. All of Agent Orange, Outbreak of Evil, Sodomy and Lust, The Conquerer, Nuclear Winter... Unreal dude still rips this hard at his age. I'll see them 2 more times this year, but they were definitely the highlight for me. Blind Guardian - I'm not a power metal guy. I start and end with Helloween. So not expecting anything going into this. They were a co-headliner I guess so they got prime times. Have to say that I was completely blown away. This stuff kills live. Hansi can sing his ass off and the 2 guitarists shred. Bombastic, theatrical, a bit cheesy, but tight as hell and badass. Caught both sets. Would definitely catch them again given the chance. Saor - Scottish folk black metal with flute and bagpipes. I know, wtf? But shit works live. Skyforger - Latvian folk black. Best new discovery of the week. Apparently been around since 95, but I'd never heard of them. Really good live. A bit more black than folk based on their set. Unfortunately I only caught 1 of the 2 sets. These dudes really don't like Germans which was quite funny considering about half the boat was from Germany. Unleashed - good old comfort food for the soul. Meat and potatoes swedish death metal. I've never seen them live before and they were great. Caught both sets. Blood Red Throne - nasty death metal from Norway. Batushka - no idea which version this was officially but it was the guitarist's version. The schtick is kinda tired and I much prefer the Cult of Fire take on this type of metal but I have to say this was pretty good live. My Dying Bride - ok I said Sodom was the only bucket list band on the bill, but I lied. MDB are one of those bands I liked back in the day but haven't listened to in forever. I always preferred Anathema out of the Peaceville 3 and they're the only ones I usually go back to. Mistake. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick this was the heaviest thing I've seen in a long time. Just crushing. Forgot how much they fell on the death metal side of the spectrum. Have to give them props as the only ones still playing the style. I've seen Paradise Lost who I like a good bit, never seen Anathema. MDB is the one I want to see again (and will at MDF). Bonus points for playing my favorite tune - The Forever People. Ran into Aaron coming out of the bathroom. Dude's like 9 feet tall. Cool mofo too. The guilty pleasure: Epica. Now I will say that my only impetus to see Epica was Simone Simmons. Holy God she's smoking hot. Like Hall Pass approved hot. And I'm a sucker for redheads, so I had no choice but to sit through a set (or 2). Straight up Disney princess metal but it works really well live. Chick has some ungodly pipes. The band was tight and a good bit heavier than I expected. Bonus points for the sparkly black skin tight bodysuit. By far the only person on the boat I wanted to run into, but no such luck. Probably saved me a lot of headache with Mrs. Navy. The Ridiculous: Nanowar of Steel. There's always a few joke bands on the bill. I guess that stuff is big in Europe. Pirate metal, Troll metal... This year it was Dwarf metal and then these guys. By far the most fun of the weekend. Completely ridiculous and unhinged but a 10/10 show. A Wham! cover, a wall of love in the pit, lead singer dressed as Father Guido Sarducci... just insanity. Their song "Norwegian Reggaeton" is permanently stuck in my head (don't click the link and say I didn't warn you) The Pedestrian: The Halo Effect - newer Gothenburg DM from one of the original In Flames guys. Not bad, not special. Crypto & Nervosa - I'll lump these together. Brazilian death/thrash. Enjoyable sets Pentagram (Chile) - old school shit from South America. Lich King - pizza thrash from Massachusetts Graceless - meat and potatoes from the Netherlands Avulsed - filthy shit from Spain. The "Oh God make it stop": So many fit here but the only one most people would know was Katatonia. I've been tricked into seeing these pukes 3 times now only because some of the other dudes were really into there old stuff. Admittedly I did have The Great Cold Distance back in the day, but fuck this is so bad. I made it 1 song, which is slightly more than the last 2 times. I'd rather have syphilis than have to sit through another minute of these guys for the rest of my life. Second place goes to the city of Miami. What a total shit hole. I didn't expect much and got even less. Anyway, first fest of the year is in the books. I enjoyed it even if I feel like pounded ass this morning. 2 more coming in the next few months (Hell's Heroes and MDF) and possibly another in the fall (Metal Threat). The lineups get better with each fest, but some good takeaways from this one. Can't say I can recommend 70K, but it is well run and fun, just ridiculously expensive. Spent more money on this than the other 3 fests coming up combined, and that was before the bar tab. So back to listening to Blind Guardian to get this power metal shit out of my system.
    3 points
  46. It's my favourite one too, although I'm not that familiar with the discography. Certainly a great vocalist, backed by phenomenal guitar work. Loomis should really start something new along the lines of Nevermore as chief songwriter because he was wasted in Arch Enemy.
    3 points
  47. Behold... The Arctopus - Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning I got this album from a friend about 15 years ago and really liked it for a while, but I haven't played it in several years. Funny how some of you are shitting on it for being too chaotic, I had remembered it being more spastic and inaccessible than this. I think the mix sounds a bit unpolished and the playing is a little rough and loose sometimes, and maybe that makes it feel a little more frantic than it is. And maybe it comes off a little less intelligible without the "glue" a vocal would provide. Not surprised some of y'all don't get it, I would never expect the Goatster to enjoy a Colin Marston vehicle. But I'm happy this prompted me to put it back on. Philistines.
    3 points
  48. As to the complaint about Behold...The Arctopus being random, I don't hear it that way. I'm not foolish enough to think I could possibly sway anybody's opinion on this though. Music wouldn't be a matter of taste and preference if I could. Even somebody like Schoonenberg had the twelve tone system in place as a guide to his compositions. Not that Schoonenberg comes without his share of detractors. There's something very enjoyable about B...TA that I find inviting and well worth my time. The atonal and completely alien sound is a part of it. The degree to which the notes being played are meticulously controlled to purposely avoid melody is another. It makes me really want to put them under a microscope and closely examine every detail. That's probably just my wiring though. The Council of the Rats - Gorgons Gorgons | The Council Of The Rats (bandcamp.com) Band name caught my eye. They seem to only have the one demo that came out a month ago. Still it's contents is more than enough to get a place on my 'bands to look out for' pile. Blackened death.
    3 points
  49. Believer - Extraction From Mortality (1989)
    3 points
  50. Kreator - Flag of Hate (1986)
    3 points
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