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  1. 9 points
    My show is finally up!
  2. 7 points
    Whether you love or hate Cannibal Corpse, their penchant for churning out accessible, fun and consistent DM can't be denied. Yes when they suck they really do suck (Gallery of Suicide), but even if technically never more complicated than most Kinder egg toys there's always a familiarity to CC albums that appeals. I get those that hate that familiarity. If you prefer to become lost in a Portalesque vortex when enjoying your extreme metal then the obvious churn of CC won't be for you. However, for every complex and archaic DM record in my collection I like to have a fair amount of surety too (someone will be along in a minute to replace "surety" with "safety" no doubt) and "Red Before Black" is as familiar to me after a few listens as most of the band's previous outpyt. "Red Before Black" reinvents no wheels, either in terms of DM in general or the CC specific brand. It is naive to say it has no variety as this simply isn't true, the pace of "Remaimed" for example goes from a slight itch to a raging STD style of a rash. Opening track "Only One Will Die" comes for you like a deranged serial killer, devoid of any bizarre macabre master plan to use your body in some horrific piece of death art, just driven instead by the need to rip your head off and shit down your neck. "Firestorm Vengeance" starts like a thrash track, chopping away at the bars like a lumberjack on LSD defacing a tree. The mastery of "Scavenger Consuming Death" is undeniable as it chugs away sitting imperiously glaring at you like some cocksure domestic pet who just shat in your sock drawer! Sonically, the album seems a little more developed than usual without ever dissolving into the territory of "guitar wankery". My only instrumentation grumble is the slightly soft edge to the drum sound which taps along instead pummelling in unison with the rest of the activity on display here. Whilst still being relevant (and it has achieved this without becoming "core" orientated either) and it staying in my head a lot better than the last two Suffocation records (for example) it sets nothing alight. As solid a DM record as this is my face isn't torn off at any point, my ears aren't battered and my neck doesn't get sore due to some over-exuberant headbanging session. Most tracks do dip away unfortunately. Let's take nothing away from the effort though. To not be producing shit metal at this stage in your career is an achievement in itself, I just start to question if motions are starting to just be gone through?
  3. 7 points
    gregsbrews

    What Are You Listening To?

    Death - Human
  4. 7 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Wow, had a great couple of days with my GF, and we've decided to get engaged soon. We know right now we shouldn't get engaged yet because we've haven't been together long enough, so we aren't officially engaged yet. But, we're pretty sure, and we've bought the rings. This is just completely amazing and unreal feeling. I feel like I've found who I've been looking for my whole life. I've never felt like this. For so many years I was just so full of anger and hatred and bitterness, and I hated myself and thought I was worthless. It's actually confusing to try to process these emotions I'm just so not used to. When I left her place this morning, sitting in my car while it was warming up, I burst into tears, just so overwhelmed by emotion. It's just so hard to believe that someone loves me and I'm worth something. I can't wait to put that ring an her finger.
  5. 7 points
    And look who I got a picture of! @Ghouly made it to the gallery to say hi.
  6. 6 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    Not metal related, but the local weekly paper in the city where we're having a group painting show chose one of my pieces to print alongside the article. It hit me that for all the times I've seen my obscure little album and t-shirt illustrations floating around the internet, this is the first time I can recall seeing one of my personal paintings in print. I'm a little bit more excited than I should be, maybe.
  7. 6 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Darkthrone - Ravishing Grimness
  8. 6 points
    Fraser

    What Are You Listening To?

    Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
  9. 6 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sepultura "Beneath the Remains"
  10. 6 points
    “Hard at it” on the next MF review.
  11. 6 points
    RelentlessOblivion

    What's on your mind?

    So I may or may not be performing at an exhibition run by the place I do my guitar lessons. I guess you'd call it a showcase. Myself and some other students will be there. Should be fun though I don't know what I'll play. Maybe 'Crown Of Sympathy' by My Dying Bride.
  12. 6 points
    MacabreEternal

    Pets

    As promised.
  13. 6 points
    Ulver - Bergtatt
  14. 6 points
    dilatedmind

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  15. 5 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
  16. 5 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sepultura - Arise
  17. 5 points
    salmonellapancake

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum- "Filosofem"
  18. 5 points
    MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    So the significant other, female half of the undead partnership I co-exist with said yes to my marriage proposal by the shores of Manhattan earlier tonight. This marriage will cost human kind dearly but each sacrifice will be worth it.
  19. 5 points
    MetalheadFromBama

    What Are You Listening To?

    Danzig - Danzig (1988) Danzig’s first album has become my go-to album for weight lifting.
  20. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Deicide - Deicide
  21. 5 points
    MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    We celebrated 11 years together yesterday with alcohol and Chinese takeout. Drank more than i thought as I feel terrible today but worth it all the same.
  22. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sodom - Persecution Mania
  23. 5 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sarcofago - INRI
  24. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum - Det Som Engang Var
  25. 5 points
    Powerslave

    What Are You Listening To?

    Type O Negative - Christian Woman
  26. 5 points
    Gorguts- "Obscura"
  27. 5 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Carcass - ‘Surgical Steel’ Death - ‘Symbolic’
  28. 5 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sarcofago - INRI Sarcofago - The Laws Of Scourge
  29. 5 points
    Powerslave

    What Are You Listening To?

    Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon
  30. 5 points
    Fairy Glen today. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  31. 5 points
    MattCantina

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sarcófago - INRI
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk Kroda - Fullmoon Witch
  34. 5 points
    Earendel

    What Are You Listening To?

    At the moment I'm listening to Bergtatt. I listen to this album every autumn evening.
  35. 5 points
    Lords of Chaos. True Belief Studios. Req left; TB right.
  36. 5 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    I couldn't bring myself to write up tasting notes for all of these interesting, fresh, subtle, unique, well-made beers, especially since I was up until 4AM drinking them. Train ride through a rainy New England autumn day with Opeth's "Orchid" on headphones was a great way to recuperate this afternoon.
  37. 5 points
    Black metal is the snow-covered forest at sunset; the full moon glimpsed through jagged trees; the candle that flickers in ghost winds; the indelible emptiness of the lonely human soul that cries out to empty skies.
  38. 5 points
    ChainsawAkimbo

    What's on your mind?

    I´m still alive at least. I´ve been too exhausted mentally (too much forced socializing) and physically too to do much of online interactions, the problem of being an introvert.. There is a limit, and sometimes the limit will be filled with shit you would not prefer. Trying to finish my cook school, not much left and been practicing at a restaurant, working mostly evenings so usually when i get home i just shut the outside world away and grab a book to my hands. The free days that i´ve had i always try to focus on my daugter, who i haven´t seen nearly enough feels like (weekly but still..) Funny thing i saw an email of this post and meant to reply to it earlier, but it just slipped my mind. Got another email today reminding me of this great place. I haven´t been awol just from here, basically from everything apart from little bit of facebooking. Of course listening to Metal every day, no better way to relax and get the annoying shit out of your head imo. \m/
  39. 5 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Just got back from spending the night at my girlfriends place. We are very happy together. BTW, someone (sorry, can't remember who right now) has a stormtrooper (SW, not NS) as an avatar, and that's way cool!
  40. 5 points
    FatherAlabaster

    Say Cheese

    Myself and the lady wife at the Ren Faire earlier today:
  41. 5 points
    BlutAusNerd

    What Are You Listening To?

    Obituary - Slowly We Rot Obituary - Cause of Death Obituary - The End Complete Obituary - World Demise Obituary - Xcecutioner's Return Obituary - Left to Die
  42. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sodom - Persecution Mania
  43. 5 points
    Metallica - Ride The Lightning
  44. 5 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    Thanks! Thought I had mentioned it here a couple of times, but I haven't been really plugging it anywhere. It's been in the works for a while, but now that it's closer, the reality of me having to finish a bunch of work and collect all my stuff and figure out how to talk about it if I'm asked to is all feeling more immediate. I'm looking forward to it because it's a really cool gallery here in town, and I have a good few pieces that I'm proud of that I haven't ever shown before. Maybe some of them will even sell - that would be a real boon right now. I'm not counting on it though, just looking forward to having them up. Had a lovely (if very short and exhausting) trip to NYC - I've had easier driving experiences, but nothing terrible, and totally worth it. I picked up three paintings, got to see a few friends, had some pizza from my favorite spot in my old neighborhood, and one of my friends gave me a care package he'd put together including a retro gaming system with emulators for a lot of classics. First actual video game system I've ever owned. So now my son and I have real controllers and we can battle the forces of evil together, or beat the snot out of each other, and we've spent all day doing just that...
  45. 5 points
    My semi-local metal pub, front bar. The skull theme is everywhere - they have a couple of large animal skulls up above my head (I'm taking the photo of course) on the wall we can't see. Their house beer is called Skull Lager and it's simple and delicious. To the left next to where I'm sitting is the entrance, and to the right of those figures at the bar is the door through to the band room where they hold gigs. Through the band room is the entrance to the beer garden. They have original metal bands play at least three times a week, often more, and the PA in this front room here plays metal at all hours. They have amazing speakers and play a good variety, favouring the classics like Dio and Black Sabbath, but you're just as likely to hear Mayhem etc. I like to get here early before it fills up a little more as I'm sitting in a very comfortable armchair when I took this shot. There's a warm and cosy vibe here that this photo seems to miss, but I guess it's enough to get a sense of the place.
  46. 5 points
    Fjara

    What Are You Listening To?

    Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
  47. 4 points
    MacabreEternal

    Judas Priest "Firepower"

    When I was 14 I witnessed the video on Raw Power TV to the title track from Judas Priest's "Painkiller" album. I hadn't heard any Priest up until that stage despite me having a good selection of Iron Maiden and Saxon records under my belt by that age. "Painkiller" blew me the fuck away! I mean, what was not to love? Thunderous drums, a mix of gruff and shrill vocal antics and duelling lead guitars. I went straight out that afternoon and bought the album on blasted it for consecutive days for the next 3 months. All in all, not a bad gateway album to the band. The final point to make about "Painkiller" was that the record kicked the ass of most other releases in what was simply a stellar year for metal with "Rust in Peace", "Cowboys from Hell", "Danzig II: Lucifuge" and "Harmony Corruption" all dropping that same year, to mention but a few. The real draw of "Painkiller" was the memorability of the experience, the intensity aside (which in itself was a fucking energising venture) one run through the record left seared scorch marks across your brain. For years after I could run through the entire album in my head note for note. "Firepower" is exactly the same. A mere 24 hours after it coming into my life and I can sing along with the lyrics, air guitar to near note perfection and bash my fingers bloody to the drums on my desktop. It's full of anthemic choruses and simple yet effective hooks that just pull you in. Now, here's where the "Painkiller" comparisons stop. "Firepower" is not another "Painkiller" in terms of pace or intensity by any means (whoever expected as much is dreaming). It is however really strongly written and the arrangement is damn near perfect. Let's not forget that Priest formed in 1969. That's 49 years ago and they can still put out relevant and exciting metal almost without effort. Try and not headbang to any of the opening six tracks, if you can achieve it you are almost certainly dead inside. Try not to make ridiculous gurning faces to any of the lead work on here and again if you succeed, check your pulse! Sad though it maybe that Glenn has confirmed his Parkinson's is now progressed enough to stop him from touring there is no doubt that he can exchange blows, pound for pound with Faulkner and barely break a sweat. Travis is as solid as ever behind the skins and although all my attention is on those fucking guitars he thumps along well enough to lynch the sound to a rhythmic core, as Hill rumbles along moulding his bass lines to the rest of the instrumentation nicely. Halford still sounds strong to my ears, not his old self by any means but he carries off "Firepower" brilliantly. There's no point doing a track by track description here, if you have read the review to this point you'll get the idea. Criticisms? It is too long, by about 2 or maybe 3 tracks. However, you can easily suffer the dips in the quality here and there as you are rarely away from some truly great music. It does get a little samey at times too but that's forgivable to me as nobody is looking to reinvent any wheels here this may cause issue with the longevity of the record though for me. Right now though I love it, I fucking love it. 5/5
  48. 4 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Going to see my girl today, can't wait. She lives about 60 miles from me, so we can only see each other once a week. Hopefully that will improve in the future.
  49. 4 points
    MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    The new kitten (Odin) is settling in nicely and some early signs of integration with our existing two. Busy week ahead with work but should have someone home with him beginning and end of the week.
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