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  1. 3 points
    Requiem

    What's on your mind?

    Today marks the anniversary of my birth to the sum of 40 years! While in one sense it's somewhat frightening that things have got this far out of hand, I'm also consoled by the dark lords who have gone bravely before me into the 40s realm. Those people know who they are, and I salute them. Ave. Spent most of the day at an athletics relay carnival where my eldest vampire daughter performed admirably in the Under 9 Mixed Relay Team for her club, making it to the finals and giving it a great shot. A proud father, I nearly had tears of blood as I saw my little killer helter-skelter around the track, strong, tall, powerful. Was I the only person out of thousands in a Taake shirt? Yes I was. Last night the Countess and I went out to a great steak restaurant in the city where I was in absolute bliss with the beef. It was amazing. I could cry (tears of blood) just thinking about it now. Tonight, however, will be a more standard family restaurant experience, and I'm still tossing up between Indian and Italian. At this stage I'm leaning towards the evils of Maha Kali and the Indian deathcults (armageddon). Time shall tell. I have spoken. 40 years of history echo through my words. Hail to you all.
  2. 2 points
    Obsequiae established a very well-defined style on their first record, and they've stuck with it ever since. The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings is their third album, and much like the second one, it offers subtle refinements and expansions of their sound, but no big surprises. If you haven't heard them, it's a great place to start; if you have, you know what to expect. That's not a bad thing at all. If you like what they do, you'll like this album. It's chock full of flowing, triumphant medieval-European-flavored melodies and dual guitar interplay, reminding me of certain parts of Opeth's Orchid along with some other 90s melodic death, black, and folk metal. The songs remain generally mid-paced and propulsive, with the occasional blastbeat or meter shift, but nothing outlandish; the expected harp interludes are pretty-sounding, moody without being gloomy. The sense of atmosphere is well-realized and pervasive. A caustic vocal rasp echoes from within, I dunno, monastery walls? Tombs of ancient warriors? Something. So, what's different this time around? More complex, layered songwriting and musicianship; more prominent and interesting bass lines; a detailed, full-sounding mix that's a lot more clear than their debut and more powerful than the sterile sound of their last recording; a couple of sections with clean vocal harmonies that fit in nicely, and even a spoken word bit. The details add up to a compelling experience. My one real complaint about this band has been how homogeneous their stuff is. Every song tends to sound like a variation on the same couple of ideas, and that can make it all come across as a bit of a gimmick. I'm a fan of melodic metal and I love medieval Western music, so it's a gimmick I've enjoyed. This album doesn't feel like a gimmick. It's not some great departure, but it's not a mere rehashing, either; it's deeper, clearer, more varied and nuanced than their other material. I have a special place in my heart for the energy and rough edges of their debut, and there's plenty of nice stuff on Aria Of Vernal Tombs, but this might actually be the best thing they've done.
  3. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    I frequent all the beaches on my island frequently, but maybe we can have a sand sculpture season each year. We will take turns hosting it. I make a mean up-turned bucket castle. One bucket’s unfortunately my limit (unless it’s full of fermented coconut milk). NP: Vltimas - ‘Something Wicked Marches In’ Strange title, paraphrasing Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ like that. Great album though. So good.
  4. 2 points
    Titan Force - s/t Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
  5. 2 points
    Obsequiae - The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings
  6. 2 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth
  7. 2 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
  8. 2 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Disma - Towards The Megalith
  9. 2 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum - Belus
  10. 2 points
    Depraved

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mgla's entire discography Trying to somehow survive work today. 🙄
  11. 1 point
    RelentlessOblivion

    What Are You Listening To?

    Slayer - Angel of Death
  12. 1 point
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Flux Capacitor required?
  13. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    I guess it's already December 6th where you are? Oh to be living in the future... I'll be checking it out tomorrow.
  14. 1 point
    Requiem

    Cradle of Filth

    Finally bought 'Eleven Burial Masses', the Peaceville re-release of 'Live Bait for the Dead' from their 2001 Nottingham Rock City show. Great live album. 75 minutes of classic era Cradle with a crystal production, guitars up front, Dani sounding great, faultless song choice. Great line-up too: Dani, Allender, Gian Pyres, Robin Graves, Martin Powell, Erlandsson. The booklet contains a cool essay from journalist Dom Lawson, and a few small and admittedly unexciting live photos. Get around it if you want the songs with a slightly wild abandon in the live setting.
  15. 1 point
    True Belief

    Pets

    World’s laziest cat
  16. 1 point
    True Belief

    What are you drinking?

    Very strong coffee this morning.
  17. 1 point
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    The Burning Halo is actually their first of their material I bought. Like you, I faithfully bought more convincing myself I should be more interested... Been giving Hooded Menace's 'Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed' a fair bit of air (earphone) time this week.
  18. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Megadeth - Peace Sells....
  19. 1 point
    RelentlessOblivion

    What's on your mind?

    Oh Req you truly are a Pom at heart. Seems the all-conquering Australians have another Pakistani pummelling in mind and I doubt even mother nature can prevent a 2-0 series victory. Nice warm-up games for the real series against New Zealand.
  20. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Ear candy. I stand by my review of it. NP: Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
  21. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    NAS - New York State Of Mind
  22. 1 point
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Borknagar - Winter Thrice
  23. 1 point
    RelentlessOblivion

    What Are You Listening To?

    Obituary - Slowly We Rot
  24. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Helmet - Unsung
  25. 1 point
    Requiem

    What's on your mind?

    The other local landlord tyrants from families ancient and terrible are gathering for a work dinner tonight. I’m having a pre-dinner pint. Gotta love the work dinner. 10 or so colleagues all getting together to talk about work. I’m just going to talk about black metal and see how it pans out.
  26. 1 point
    Balor

    Most offensive metal song?

    I think that they changed their styles over time, but, then again, I am also not an avid listener of their music. That being said, I tend to think of their music as more humorous than offensive. The deliberate extremism in content, when blended with live performances that are downright hilarious, make their music appear to be an attempt to make fun of prevailing standards of both morality and music. I never heard of that documentary before, and it sounds really interesting. I will have to look and see if I can locate a copy/place to see it.
  27. 1 point
    Requiem

    The fake "Horns Up"

    @Grievous just gave me an ironic horns up. Good lad.
  28. 1 point
    Requiem

    The fake "Horns Up"

    I thought this thread was about when people like Kim Kardashian and Avril Lavigne do the horns up... like, it's fake cause they're falses. I think the whole Horns Up thing on this site isn't great anyway. Yeah, it's sort of cool to show your appreciation for a post, but I'd rather see them discontinued. It screams teen social media to me.
  29. 1 point
    Balor

    Drone Metal

    Does anyone know any drone metal bands other than Sunn O)))?
  30. 1 point
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Ultravox- Vienna. Just a great song.
  31. 1 point
    Perdition69

    Testament - Good Or Bad + Why?

    Testament started out strong. The Legacy and Practice What You Preach (and a couple songs from Souls Of Black) are absolutely excellent for some classic thrash. They only sold out when they adapted a death metal sound in Dark Roots Of Earth or Formation Of Damnation. Overall, they have some excellent melodies, solos, and songs. I'd rate them good, in fact, maybe even my favorite Thrash bands.
  32. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Holy Moses - Finished With The Dogs
  33. 1 point
    Balor

    Albums You Love With Artwork You Hate

    Who thought that was a good idea? Was this ever even considered good animation? Sent from my SM-S327VL using Tapatalk
  34. 1 point
    The next two are pretty cool, just as original as Welowie, but Welowie has the better song writing. Pusty Wieczor can be really strange, synths drowing out the guitars. Very original sound, the synths are so loud and then vanish, can be very odd but cool. Krew Naszych Ojcow has a lot of weird ambient things and sound effects going on as well. But yeah, Welowie is the one you fall in love with.
  35. 1 point
    Thrashman

    New Purchases/Acquisitions

    Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth Cannibal Corpse - Live Cannibalism The Chasm - Spell Of Retribution Gutted - Bleed For Us To Live Six Feet Under - Haunted Morgoth - Ungod
  36. 1 point
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Gutted - Bleed For Us To Live
  37. 1 point
    The only one I know of theirs is "Welowie" - great record. How's their other stuff?
  38. 1 point
    I ate the last of my frozen hash brown patties with some eggs this morning, but I do have a bag of chopped roasted potatoes with peppers and onions in the freezer too. I'm the Jeffery Dahmer of the potato world.
  39. 1 point
    Not yet but at the local farm shop yesterday I bought 3 big ones. The domestic life vampire I live with says they are for baking only at that size but I will be making chunky chips from them to accompany the flat iron steak I also purchased. SMASH THE SYSTEM!
  40. 1 point
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Monstrosity - Millennium
  41. 1 point
    Slidhr - The Futile Fires Of Man Slidhr - Deluge
  42. 1 point
    I'm repulsed and amazed in equal measure. And both are at high levels.
  43. 1 point
    I've really gotten into alestorm atm. Would really like to start a tribute. Even have a band name approved by the landlubbers themselves!! Get in touch if your interested.
  44. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Vader - The Art of War
  45. 1 point
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Motorhead - 1916
  46. 1 point
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mayhem - 'Daemon' In the car today: My Dying Bride - 'Trinity'
  47. 1 point
    Depraved

    Metal Memes

  48. 1 point
    Parker

    Word to Sentence

    Big Ass Lubed Dong RATS
  49. 1 point
    I don't mind lo-fi album covers, but those particular ones are clumsy and devoid of skill. There's no atmosphere there for me, no marriage of form and function, they're just bad. That's ok though, like I say it never affected my enjoyment of the music. Here's a stupid, poorly done painting. I don't love Deteriorate's Rotting In Hell but I like it a lot. The best I can say for the image is, at least it's memorable...
  50. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    Has anyone heard of crabcore

    Crabcore is a kind of crustacean metalcore that scuttled sideways to hide in the depths of musical irrelevancy. It's tough and scary-looking on the outside, but inside it's just a bunch of mush. Most of the crabcore you can buy at the store isn't even real crab these days - it's completely fake. Pretty sad, really.
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