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  1. Show last night. Hardcore kids playing death metal. Little heavier on the DM side than the core side, so it was ok. Local, weekend, $12. Works for me. Tombstoner (NYC), Accursed Creator (FL), and Skulldozer (MS). Tinnitus is cranking this morning. NP: Blind Guardian - Nightfall Helloween - Walls of Jericho Sepultura - BTR As an aside, the daughter's boyfriend comes over yesterday. Cool kid, into all sorts of music, vintage audio and vinyl. Likes most everything but usually turns up his nose at metal despite my best efforts. We usually meet at post-punk and psych/garage rock. Shows up in a Mortician shirt. I was like damn, just jump in the deep end of the pool. Talked for a bit and he had just picked up Hacked up for Barbecue and Chainsaw Dismemberment. Also Deicide - Once Upon the Cross. Realizing my opportunity, we went to the music room and took junior to school. Turned him on to a bunch of stuff and even a bit of black metal. All the goods. He left with some Dissection, Inquisition, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Opeth, and a few others. Next lesson will be some grind. Kid's alright.
    7 points
  2. Can confirm... Chthe'ilest is legit live. Maybe the best set I've seen since The Chasm in 19 which is the stuff of myth. Definitely up there with Blood Incantation in 18.
    5 points
  3. Sepultura - BTR Sepultura - Arise
    5 points
  4. Immortal - Pure Holocaust
    5 points
  5. Fucking great stuff. Caught them live a few years ago and that was pretty special. Coroner - No More Color Coroner - Mental Vortex Coroner - Death Cult
    5 points
  6. Too early report for tonight: Spectral Wound - the truth and the light Bolzer - god tier 1349 - sound was blown out Ahab - I remember liking this more back in the day Agalloch - same
    4 points
  7. So far today: One Master - solid mid tempo black metal Surge - solid fuckin dude Aura Noir - meh Siege Column - War mentally goodness Noctem - ok bm
    4 points
  8. TEN TON SLUG - Colossal Oppressor ....this is good.... IGGY POP - Live At BBC .....but this is better.....
    4 points
  9. This. There's a local venue to me that I respect the hell out of for their support of the scene and making ends meet through COVID etc. I'll go and see anything remotely metal even if I don't know the bands. NP Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind (Actually I'm currently sitting in a webinar about body image for mental health week. One of the speakers is transgender. I'm so progressive! But will go back to swans when it's over) Wanted to follow up with @markm and @FatherAlabaster about how much I am enjoying this album. As promised I first listened to it on a 17 hour flight to Perth. I fell asleep but kind of welcomed that at the time. It works great as music for my working day. I seem to like it more than The Seer, which is already good. Anymore recommendations on which to pick up next?
    4 points
  10. Aoratos - Gods Without Name, Colorado 2019 Akhlys - Melinoë, Colorado 2020, same 2 guys as Aoratos
    4 points
  11. JamesT

    What Are You Listening To?

    My Dying Bride - "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" My Dying Bride - "The Dreadful Hours" It's been a fantastic 34th birthday jamming to these death/doom pioneers! Loving every bit of it.
    4 points
  12. No idea dude. That's quite a leap. He also name dropped Agoraphobic Nosebleed when we were talking. I was a bit shocked, like how the hell does he even know who these guys are? Not exactly household names and he doesn't have any metal friends/relatives other than me. And I don't exactly listen to either on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a year. Best guess is a youtube rabbit hole or the like. Funny thing though, last show I took him too (ASG & Red Beard Wall) i was telling him he needed to up his black t-shirt game since he only ever wears a tour shirt from The Church. Next time I see him... At least it's not some shitty death-core nonsense.
    4 points
  13. MDF day 5 final report. Pretty decent day. This fest was fairly end loaded. Started slow and kept snowballing. Don't mind. Weather was great, company was better, and except for the cluster fuck at the main intersection, the new layout worked fine. Daeva - more black than last few times I've seen them (more black thrash then). Solid set. Spirit Possession - maybe the set of the fest. I'll need some time to process but if I had to vote now... No idea this was just 2 guys. Holy shit this ruled. Ripper - not bad. Greasy fun, but nothing special. Primordial - love these guys. Good set if a bit long form for a festival. I thought his other band (Dread Sovereign) was better, but possibly because I'd not heard it before and went in with no expectations. Still enjoyed Primordial a good bit. Abbath - decent. He seemed relatively sober. Still couldn't understand a fuckin thing he said. Played some Immortal but mostly newer stuff. I wanted Pure Holocaust. Oh well. Cryptopsy - pizza break but managed to catch their set while eating. All of Blasphemy. Would have rather Whisper Supremacy, but it was good save for the 2-3 times the PA dropped out. Grave Miasma - knuckle dragging cave man shit. Decent. Skipped Gorguts and Mayhem. Body conservation if I want to finish strong. Bloodbath - sound was blown out. Ditched for a good spot for Archgoat. Archgoat - absolutely crushing live. Killer set spanning Anglecunt to the new record. I mean what can you say. Looked forward to seeing them for years and they did not disappoint. And that's a wrap. Last fest until 25. Nice way to close out fest season. The weather was great, the food and riffs were tasty, and the beer was cold and plentiful. Couldn't ask for anything more.
    3 points
  14. Didn't get started until Forbidden, and I have to say, as someone who doesn't do a lot of traditional thrash this was a really fun set...they were definitely killing it. Deathhammer was next...fast as hell and kept the energy high. Great follow up to that killer Forbidden set Sacrifice was after that, and agree with Navy 100%. Boring set...they just had nothing going on and the crowd had no energy for them. Ditched out on the last Sacrifice song to head over for Vomitory. Maybe they managed to finally get it sorted, or maybe it was just the spot I was in, but either way I wasn't able to make it through even one song. It was all snare and tom drum The vocals were buried and the guitars were muddy. Really bummed, because you could see they were going hard, but I think theres something about the way that Power Plant stage is enclosed on all sides including the top, that screws with the sound. Dismember was a straight up bucket list band for me, so I was standing out there rain or shine. Thankfully they delivered in a massive way, pulling tracks from pretty much all their albums. It was definitely a madhouse inside the actual venue area, and if you were too far back, it sounded muffled because of the amount of people in there. The thing was, one of my friends and I had noticed on our way to get food earlier, that the pathway around the venue, outside the fence, runs very, very close to the stage area. The view wasn't perfect for seeing them, since you were looking partially through a fence, but damn...that sound was totally dialed in. Honestly couldn't have asked for much better from this set. Spectral Voice...I think after the Dismember set, I just wasn't in the mood for them. They sounded good and thick but it just didn't come together for me. Definitely enjoyed the last time i saw them a lot better. After that was a break, to rest up for Haemorrhage. I tend to forget how groovy they are as a grind band...its not all blast beats by any means. Band had a ton of energy...they were clearly into it, and so was the audience. Really great way to end the night! ...and while I failed to mention it previously, Navy...it was a total pleasure, brother! I mean, it's literally their only album...so technically this is true in the absolute literal sense. It is a pretty goddamn rough album though, even though i know its got its defenders. Personally. I don't care about the clean vocals all that much, but dumping all those riffs for a more simplified music style was a complete mistake.
    3 points
  15. Sacred Reich - Surf Nicaragua
    3 points
  16. Yeah Agalloch works on CD but not so much live. Weekend Nachos was fun, but they're no Birdflesh. It was 18 for Bolzer last. Better set than last night but it was still pretty damn good. Ahab was cool towards the end but I only ever had their first 2, so wasn't familiar with a lot of the set. Today should be good. Lineup is getting better building towards tomorrow. Tentative list for today: Perdition Temple Yellow Eyes Death Hammer Sacrifice Vomitory Dismember Soilent Green Spectral Voice Mork
    3 points
  17. On tap today aside from a beer with my dude Surge: Aura Noir Siege Column Spectral Wound Bolzer 1349 And tracking down a Fuck Me Jesus bootleg for my future SIL (man that's a good kid. Big improvement over the previous one). Surely will run into something else interesting.
    3 points
  18. Old enough to not want to walk anymore than I have to with 5 days on my feet. Edison is cool as long as everything you want to see is there, but trying to get back to Soundstage or the like to catch a set is a pain. We'll see how the setup this year works. So far I dig it, but Sunday is the real test as I want to see pretty much everything. At least there are more food options this year. Merch setup is better than previous years too. We've got to get you sorted and back down in the near future so I can buy you some tacos y cervezas. Same. Liked it but anxious to see how it is live. They were supposed to be here in 18 and cancelled at the last minute. I've definitely seen it go both ways with these bands (i.e. Suffering Hour, Phrenelith, etc)
    3 points
  19. There is a long tradition in metal of reusing all or part of classic album and song titles. Necromantical Screams was a classic Celtic Frost song from 1984, so the word is in the metal lexicon and fair game to be borrowed. Sure your spellcheck may not like it, but it's a real word as far as I'm concerned. And let's face it, like 'goat' you can slap 'necro' on almost anything and it'll always make it better afaic. Your pedantic little rant reminds me though, my Kiwi wife and I used to argue over the word oriented. She always said it as 'orientated' adding a pointless extra syllable for no reason as they are wont to do down there, and across UK and the Commonwealth I would imagine as well. Drove me nuts that she did that, and it drove her nuts that I dropped that syllable that to her belonged there. Which was funny because she always abbreviated everything as they like to do in AUS/NZ English, reasoning that less syllables were always better than more syllables. Except of course when the American way of saying something used less syllables, then we were stupid ignorant knuckle-dragging Yanks for butchering the once noble and glorious English language. As far as the music here, this is what they're calling raw black metal now, anything with the slighly fuzzy production like this. Seems there has become a bit of a divide lately between this kind of thing and truly raw black metal, so I smell a new sub-genre on the way any month now. If you want my take, I like the production here and the vocals, but the songs themselves were a bit lacking and the riffs were very generic. This became easy listening background music very quickly as I've heard a thousand other albums that basically sound just like this. Never would have guessed they were Greek until I looked them up. NP: Pestilential Shadows - Devil's Hammer, Wollongong NSW. I sometimes have trouble accepting black metal from sunny sub-tropical Australia so I might judge it a little harsher than need be, but my first impression is that this is pretty damn good. Hey get out of my head dude. Annoys me too, people who use your for you're, but it's the ones who can't keep there/their/they're straight that send me over the edge.
    3 points
  20. MDF Eve - one of my favorite days of the year. Looking forward to 5 days of debauchery and sore feet. Punk-O-Rama 3 Punk-O-Rama 4
    3 points
  21. I think they're all worth having. If I was trying to be objective I'd say Still Life is the "best" - and it's the first one with the full lineup from BWP, since Åkerfeldt had to record bass on My Arms. But they each have a unique atmosphere. The lineup on those first two albums is really cool, love all the high melodic stuff their old bass player did. Orchid in particular has a vibe I've never heard anywhere else. What I'm saying is, once you pop, you can't stop.
    3 points
  22. Lichen - Spear & Stone, black metal Virginia Beach Nachzehrer/Mephisto - Cries of the Midnight Horde... Split, SF Bay Area 2023
    3 points
  23. My favorite Metallica album! Great choice!
    3 points
  24. Ifernach - The Green Enchanted Forest of the Druid Wizard, Quebec 2020 Megiddo - The Devil and the Whore, Toronto 2000 You was just a little kid in the 80's, bro! I could not take a whole day full of Rob Halford. I think two Pweest albums would be about my limit, and even that'd be pushing it. But have fun dude. Wish I could meet up with you again in Baltimore next week my friend, but babysitting has really become an issue these last couple of years, so no can do. Little dude's actually home from school today with a sore throat and a 102° fever, strangely reminiscent of 2022 when I was all set to put him on the school bus and then hit the road for Baltimore that Friday morning, until he woke up with a fever that day which he had given to me as well by Saturday, so I had to eat my tix.
    3 points
  25. The 80's were the shit. Definitely my favorite decade so far. Today - all Priest all day. Going to see the current tour Sunday night (this weekend is a doozy - Gatecreeper/Creeping Death Saturday, Priest on Sunday, and MDF coming up on Wednesday). So I'm starting with Rocka Rolla and going chronologically through the catalog.
    3 points
  26. I like Grey Islands alright, but for me Death Magic Doom is the real standout of everything past the first 4 albums. Just really solid songwriting front to back. Probably play DMD more than any of their other albums except for the classic debut of course, because who doesn't want to die in Solitude? Find it hard to wrap my mind around the fact that some of you kids weren't even born yet when Epicus came out in June of '86. A real game changer that one was, I didn't have any experience with doom metal before that unless you wanna count Sabbath as doom metal. That record was on repeat all summer. Until Reign in Blood came out a few months later in the fall anyway, then that became my obsession. So many killer records came out that year, wish you could've been there with me JT, you would've loved the 80's. NP: Candlemass - Nightfall, 1987
    3 points
  27. The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    3 points
  28. All the fucking horns. Never met a Mayhem album I didn't like, but GDoW should have been an EP. This morning: Perihelion Ship - To Paint a Bird of Fire - Finnish prog metal goodness Perihelion Ship - A Rare Thunderstorm in Spring
    3 points
  29. COFFINS - Sinister Oath ....these guys are the fucking coolest......
    3 points
  30. the return of darkness and evil (1985) - bathory reek of putrefacation (1988) - carcass butchered at birth (1991) - cannibal corpse once upon the cross (1995) - deicide
    3 points
  31. All the bullet belts weighed them down, so they just could never get to the top of the pile. One of the little known dangers of being too metal. Necroblood - Collapse of the Human Race Oath of Cruelty - Summary Execution at Dawn
    3 points
  32. markm

    What Are You Listening To?

    Reverend Bizarre/ In the Rectory/Return to the Rectory-Finnish traditional heavy doom purists hit career highlight with their debut album, In the Rectory, while Return to the Rectory, a nearly 70 minute EP is largely forgettable. Repetitive, monotonous but also fantastic, I like to listen to In the Rectory every couple of years to remind me why I love trad doom when done right. James inspired me to listen to some of my favorite My Dying Bride discs MDB/Turn Loose the Swans-one of those legacy albums that was on the backburner for a long time and I finally picked it up in the last couple of years-and indeed all things considered, maybe they're strongest album front to back that 've heard. I'd call it a work of art with heavy death doom passages, and alternating poetic, gothic experiments. The one I've got has a companion disc with the album played with band audio commentary kind of a like a extended director's cut film DVD reminding of Peter Jackson's director's cut of LOTR. Hearing these articulate, British gentlemen go over the recording process sheds light on the genius of this album...and I'd say this is one of their heavier albums before disbanding DM vox on their following also classic, Angel and the Dark River. MDB/Songs of Darkness, Words of Light-mid period highlight for me......one of my favorite albums of all time. Accept/Balls to the Wall Accept/Restless and Wild-another desert classic that I only picked up in the last two years and I think GG is probably right, this is the gem in their discog even though I still enjoy Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart. Fast as a Shark, surely one of the essential and seminal proto thrash tracks o fall time.
    3 points
  33. I saw this forum and thought it looked interesting. I was born in 2008 and I'm a Mayhem fan, I'm checking out some other pioneer Black Metal bands like Bathory & Venom too though. I also like Burzum, I think their Det Som Engang Var album is pretty good. I hope I can increase my knowledge on the history of Metal & find some new bands to listen to while on this forum.
    3 points
  34. Suicidal Tendencies - S/T
    3 points
  35. 3 points
  36. Opeth/My Arms, Your Hearse-Ok, after several spins of the rather gloomy and rainy Morningrise, this is starting to sound more like the Opeth I came to know with BWP and Ghost reveries.
    3 points
  37. Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
    3 points
  38. NP: Dolmen Gate - Gateways of Eternity ▶︎ Gateways of Eternity | Dolmen Gate (bandcamp.com) Marcolin era Candlemass is pretty easily identifiable as the primary source of influence. You could probably point to a little Trouble or Pentagram here and there. I do enjoy some of the Marcolin Candlemass albums, so this is a pretty easy going listen for me. The songwriting is excellent on this, even if I'm not a fan of echo laden Solitude Aeternus style production. The vocal layering is frustrating since the singer clearly has the pipes to carry her weight through the style. It's the same sort of frustration I feel when I hear the early Fates Warning albums with John Arch. They should really just trust their vocalist enough to leave the mix a little rawer and pick up a lot more of the inflections that the production seems to smooth over. Still definitely my kind of doom. B+ from me. Mayhem have had such an interesting career. I'm one of those nutcases who will actually defend A Grand Declaration of War onward era Mayhem. This album in particular seems to love making use of rests and what I would call very loud silences in the guitar work. It tends to push Attila's rangy growls a little further to the front, but in return we get erratic quick lashing riffs that actually finds me listening to the rests as intently as the notes themselves. You don't get into the listener's head like that without long years of experience and high confidence in your songwriting.
    3 points
  39. This...they were fucking massive live...on a totally different level than their albums ...also, Navy...hit me up brother. We should at least say "hi"and exchange manly hugs real quick
    2 points
  40. That would have been 2015, because that's the last time Neurosis played MDF. Really appreciate you tracking me down and saying hi. Still don't know how you just randomly found me out there in the crowd of metalheads. All I remember was one of my friends tapping me on the shoulder, I turned around, he pointed in your direction and said "Marko" and I was like WTF?? Where did he come from? We only hung out for a little over an hour, and most of that time we were just watching Neurosis' set, but still that was definitely one of the sweetest highlights of all my MDF's, meeting the mighty Marko in the flesh. So glad that you're still with us 9 years later my friend. Even if you do put seeing Devo, GB and Madness above Fossilization, Spectral Wound and Archgoat. Enjoy your trip to Vegas this weekend dude, and I guess Roadburn in the Netherlands was last month so I hope that was awesome too.
    2 points
  41. Schattenfall - Death's Eternal March, Ukraine Flammae - Hellfire, Poland Have fun man. Be sure to shoot us daily reports from the hotel room when you're soaking your tootsies. I don't even remember who all's playing this year.
    2 points
  42. Strychnos - Armageddon Patronage ▶︎ Armageddon Patronage | Strychnos | Dark Descent Records (bandcamp.com) Man do I love this sound. I completely understand that the somewhat surprising and sudden off-mainstream incursion Hooded Menace fell into has more than a few genre fans a little skittish (undeservedly so, from my perspective), but we seriously need more death/doom like this. It makes absolutely no concessions to the impatient listener who would have it at a slow trot rather than a mudscraping belly crawl, and is far better for it. This one earned my money two songs in.
    2 points
  43. Isole - "Bliss Of Solitude" (I can't find the full album on YT but here's a track): 3rd And The Mortal - "Sorrow" (great female vox, love the atmosphere on this): Marrowfields - "Metamorphoses" - friends of mine from MA, they have a new one in the works
    2 points
  44. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
    2 points
  45. Thanks my friend. That's about what I would have hoped for. I'm not sure I can get over my feelings of unrequited loved of not having seen them circa Defenders tour which would have placed me at age 19. Sort of like, I wouldn't want to see a girlfriend from college years because I just want to remember her looking 20 forever Lol.
    2 points
  46. This was me in 1991. I could say the stuff I heard a few years later had more of an impact, or stuck with me for longer, but the groundwork was laid when I was about 11. We had just moved into yet another new place and I discovered MTV and boom.
    2 points
  47. I'll turn a few up for you brother. If anyone else is heading to MDF, hit me up. The one thing I'm not looking forward to is 5 days on my feet. Between now and Hell's Heroes in March, I've developed some foot pain that I can't seem to shake. So I'll be heavily medicating to get through the week. A smarter man would find more appropriate things to do with my free time, but I've not often been accused of being very smart. 11 in 1986, so yeah just a kid. An impressionable yute when all the good shit started to hit. And did it hit. Probably why in the intervening almost 40 years I've never really been able to shake drive for the extreme side of the musical landscape.
    2 points
  48. Nunslaughter - Goat (2003)
    2 points
  49. This morning's menu: Darkthrone - It Beckons Us All (2024) Deicide - Banished By Sin (2024) Pentagram (Chile) - Eternal Life of Madness (2024)
    2 points
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    2 points
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