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  1. 5 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Well, about to get married in 3 hours. Wish me luck, or something.
  2. 5 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
  3. 5 points
    MetalheadFromBama

    What Are You Listening To?

    Danzig - Danzig (1988) Danzig’s first album has become my go-to album for weight lifting.
  4. 4 points
    Wedding pics. These aren't the professional ones, just stuff guests took.
  5. 4 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Thanks guys! Just got back from the wedding. Everything went well, and we scored over a thousand dollars in gifts, which will come in handy on the honeymoon. Will post pics when I have them. This is the happiest day of my life.
  6. 4 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Now: Death - Spiritual Healing Was: Thanatos - Emerging from the Netherworlds.
  7. 4 points
    MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    Just taken Facebook off my phone and deactivated my account. Fucking sick of it. Brexit, foreigners are ruining the integrity of our nation, we don’t know why we voted at all, look at this video of my kids’ birthday party, this immigrant gets social welfare share if you think this is a disgrace, this person in this image I randomly copied from google is someone completely different to me share if you think this is a disgrace, I am stuck in a traffic jam and illegally using my phone to tell you all, I ate this for dinner, tomorrow is Friday YEY EVERYBODY! My life is so hard can one of my friends like the fact that I just posted a message to my dead granny because if she hadn’t died 20 years ago today she would be 105, nihilism is for communists, Instagram is for wankers, my sports team lost today so I am publicly shaming them to improve their performance next week, cat video.
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  9. 3 points
    Depraved

    All Time Top 20 Favourite Metal Bands

    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.
  10. 3 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Katatonia - Discouraged Ones
  11. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Chimera" - Mayhem
  12. 3 points
    Testament - Souls of Black
  13. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Bergtatt" - Ulver
  14. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Craft - White Noise And Black Metal
  15. 3 points
    Depraved

    What Are You Listening To?

    Paradise Lost - Gothic
  16. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    I have to say it seems a bit ominous that we haven't heard from you since you posted this
  17. 3 points
    Control Denied the fragile art of existence
  18. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts Chopin - Nocturnes (Brigitte Engerer)
  19. 2 points
    H34VYM3T4LD4V3

    What's on your mind?

    Have a great time! My Mum and I bought the last two tickets to a Saxon concert in Manchester, absolutely stoked 😁😁
  20. 2 points
    Alice in Chains - self titled
  21. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    Hey Everyone

    Our Australian residents on here will keep you in the loop on band activity/gigs I am sure. @Requiem, @True Belief C'mon folks, help a girl out.
  22. 2 points
    2019 is slowly unveiling some fine releases. With Altarage, Overkill and Candlemass all making me grin thus far in the past three months, despite a slow start and some disappointments (Venom, Queensryche and Legion of the Damned). Naturally, your ears prick up when you hear Flo Mounier, Rune Eriksen and David Vincent have decided to get together and make some unholy communion. Straight away I thought we had potential AOTY material right here given the obvious talent and experience present on this record. I wasn't disappointed. Whilst not flawless, 'Something Wicked Marches In' is a glorious display of DM, performed by intelligent and capable artists who manage to individually stamp their authority on the record yet at the same time are mature enough to work as a complete and cohesive unit. Let's start with David Vincent. He's by no means at an 'Altars...' or 'Blessed...' level of stature here yet his performance grabs the attention, not in the least due to the vocals being so forward in the mix. His grim and menacing style compliments the music perfectly, adding atmosphere and clearly enunciated declarations of wicked intent alongside his familiar growls. The painful memory of 'Illud...' is put to bed firmly here, much more effectively than Morbid Angel's mediocre follow up offering of 2017, it has to be said. The dissonant , gnawing and at times melancholic guitar of Eriksen builds Mayhem-esque structures within solid chugging death metal riffs, offering variety and diverse pace throughout. Again, whilst sounding like Eriksen throughout the record it never feels at any point like his guitar work is dominating proceedings. His work moulds well around the percussion and vocal performances, crafting a real sense of balance and true artistic unison. Then of course we have the machine that is Mounier. The famed Cryptopsy skin-basher is as you would expect on good form here, the varied pace of the album lending well to showcase the many sides to the repertoire of the Frenchman. Whether it is the faster pace that dominates much of the album or the more mid-paced tracks or passages that populate the album in abundance, Flo is there blasting and pounding as required with all the surety and aptitude you would expect from a man of his experience and ability. Standout tracks include the title and opening track that sets the tone so well for the rest of the album with its multifarious pace. Straight away the performance feels tight and professional and as the blasting opening to 'Praevalidus' smashes into the listener like some DM freight train the quality level is immediately maintained. The ritualistic feel of 'Monolilith' with its chanted admiration of the demon of the night is superb and as enticing as the subject matter herself. As I say, it is not a flawless record. For a start the bass is virtually lost in the mix (not 'And Justice For All...' lost but, nonetheless, undervalued somewhat in the mix. There are also times when you forget you are listening to an album as such since some of the tracks merge together a little and sound the same, almost like you are listening to established group jamming in their studio instead of recording a full-length. These are only minor quibbles since when 'Something Wicked Marches In' is on point it is fucking amazing. 4/5
  23. 2 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    Vacation time! It's only a couple of days but I'll take it. Time to hit the beach.
  24. 2 points
    Parker

    What Are You Listening To?

    Tubeway Army - Replicas
  25. 2 points
    Paradise Lost - Gothic
  26. 2 points
    electricwizard

    What Are You Listening To?

    Celtic Frost - A dying god coming into human flesh
  27. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Immolation “Close to a World Below”
  28. 2 points
    RelentlessOblivion

    What Are You Listening To?

    Death - Empty Words
  29. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mayhem - 'Live in Jessheim' Like the 'Live in Sarpsborg', the liner notes and interviews are amazing. Beautiful release by Peaceville Records of an unutterably important show.
  30. 2 points
    I should thank Count Requiem for this since his best closers thread gave me the idea. So what do we think are the best opening tracks in music? Not just metal but in anything you like listening to. Here are some of my favourites: Death - Scavenger of Human Sorrow - The Sound of Perseverance Megadeth - Holy Wars...the Punishment Due - Rust In Peace Judas Priest - Exciter - Stained Class Iron Maiden - Moonchild - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  31. 2 points
    Innominate

    What Are You Listening To?

    Witchery - Symphony for the Devil
  32. 2 points
    Obsequiae - Aria of Vernal Tombs
  33. 2 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Megadeth - Youthanasia
  34. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Xasthur - s/t EP (2006) Xasthur - 'A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors'
  35. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Rotting Christ - ‘Rituals’ This slays ‘The Heretics’ with a death-curse and resurrects its carcass through Rituals of arcane energy exclusively only to slay it again.
  36. 2 points
    Inquisition 'Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer'
  37. 2 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mayhem ‘Grand Declaration of War’
  38. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Overkill “The Wings Of War” Candlemass “The Door To Doom” Heads for the Dead "Serpent's Curse" - blasting the vinyl on this, sounds great. Darkthrone "Under a Funeral Moon" - onto CD for this, this can stay out and get taken in the car with me tomorrow for my 2 hour drive to my meeting.
  39. 2 points
    Innominate

    What Are You Listening To?

    Carcass - Swansong
  40. 2 points
    True Belief's favorite albums of 1988 10. Riot: Thundersteel The previous two releases sucked quite frankly, but a brand new lineup pushed this into a more European speed metal sound and that's a good thing. New vocalist Tony Moore's vocals are a standout as is the unapologetic speed metal approach. Starts off with the powerhouse coupling of "Thundersteel" and "Fight or Fall" and seldom relents. The galop of "Flight of the Warrior" (later covered very well by Hammerfall) and the Accept-like riffage of "On Wings of the Eagle" other standouts. I recall being blown away with the speed and intensity of the thing at the time. Thank god they ditched that absurd half man-half seal mascot thing. Today they exist as Riot V and are absolutely worthy of your attention. 9. Death: Leprosy Picks itself this one, its just a matter of where in the 10 it sits. I wasn't a huge DM fan back then but taste's change so it sits up quite high at #9 for me. Bludgeoning production, deliciously thick riffs..."Leprosy", "Forgotten Past", "Left to Die", "Pull the Plug", "Open Casket", "Born Dead"...Rick Rozz's powerhouse riffing sitting perfectly alongside Chuck's shredding and a more mature songwriting approach (especially lyrically). A death metal masterpiece that showcased Death's growing musical sensibilities. 8. Running Wild: Port Royal My first Running Wild album and damn if I didn't love it to death. I wasn't really taken by the whole Pirate thing but the songwriting was just irresistible. Probably the greatest power metal band of all time with an 8-album run of perfection from the preceding year's Under Jolly Roger to 1998's "The Rivalry". Rolf's vocals were a bit of a weak link back then but he had such an ear for melody and an incredible ability to pull riffs out of the air. 8 minute epic closer "Calico Jack" is brilliant. Shit the bed unfortunately and are pretty much a solo act nowadays. They've never recovered from the Angelo Sasso scandal hah ha! 7. Iron Maiden: Seventh Son Its funny how you evaluate things differently in the fullness of time. If I'd compiled this list 10-15 years ago there's no way this would have featured in my favorite 50 let alone favorite 10. In fact after I bought the lead single "Can I Play with Madness" I half considered not grabbing the album proper when it landed. To me the changes evident on the (admittingly incredible) "Somewhere in Time" were further solidified here and at the time my friends and I were really worried. Nowadays in the context of their whole career I can look back and enjoy it for what it was - not fear it for what I thought was a sign of the band shitting the bed for good. There's some filler and the cover sucks but this is really good music. 6. Ozzy: No Rest for the Wicked Damn this is underrated. Ozzy's first with Zakk Wylde and there's a massive change in sound from the lightweight, thin and squeaky clean "Ultimate Sin". Much heavier with a real focus on thick riffs and groove, I would concede the production is little muddy but that doesn't matter because there are some absolutely smoking tracks on this. "Miracle Man", "Bloodbath in Paradise", "Demon Alcohol", "Tattooed Dancer" and the amazing "Breaking all the Rules" which rolls along on such a simple yet brilliant riff and a massive bottom end. Truth be told I enjoy this album more than "No More Tears'. 5. Coroner: Punishment for Decadence Bit of a transition album this one imo, Coroner branching out a little in terms of the incorporation of more technical and experimental moments which would culminate in sheer brilliance on the follow-up to this. However theres no doubting the brains and technical proficiency here. Quite chaotic yet totally coherent all at the same time. "Absored" is a fantastic opener showcasing all the timing changes, progressiveness and Celtic Frost inspired thrash we'd expect (and get) throughout. Coroner were so underrated; nowadays their name seems to get dropped by people courting respect in the metal world but I'm glad I was there from (almost) the start. Tommy Vetterli take a bow. You are a monster. {Note: Full disclosure, I did wear my "Punishment.." shirt to the Dee Snider concert last week and I got plenty of respect, people getting out of my way as I headed to the bar...nodding as I walked by.} 4. King Diamond: Them As a kid growing up the whole Mercyful Fate/King Diamond thing was just so damn confusing. Being down in Australia I think the MF hiatus after 1984 didn't really reach me. I got lost in what the hell was going on. I probably overlooked KD releases (hard to believe you'd overlook Abigail!), thinking it was a 'temporary' thing - hard to explain. Fatal Portrait sounded 'ok' but it wasn't anywhere near the magnificence of "Don't Break the Oath", "Melissa" or the s/t EP. Anyway, "Them" changed things for me and while its not my favorite King Diamond album, its impeccably constructed and performed. My musical pallet was opening up around this time too and I started to warm to King's theatrics. Musicianship on this album is flawless. Andy La Rocque, Pete Blakk and Hal Patino deserve all the credit and respect they get. Mikkey Dee's final album with KD. 3. Sabbat: History of a Time to Come I want everyone to take note: "History..." is one of the most blistering, complex and musically brilliant thrash albums of all time. Andy Sneap (yes....THAT Andy Sneap) producing an absolute factory of riffs; Martin Walkyier's raspy almost Jeff Walker-like vocals and a subtle yet noticeable pagan influence standing this so far apart from the standard commercial US thrash sound. After a brief intro..."A Cautionary Tale" blasts out of the speakers and make no mistake this is serious business. Cracking song, cracking album. Handle with care - absolutely razor sharp. Thrash metal royalty. Could easily have landed this at #2. 2. Metallica: And Justice for All (except Jason) When I think of this album I think of us going to the record store upon release and one of my friends picking up the double-gatefold version and walking out with a copy under his jacket. We then got (ran to) the bus and went home drooling over the thing..wondering what the hell was inside. These were the days when record stores kept the wax inside the cover so you could pick it up and walk out with it. Things changed pretty quickly. Flaws aside, this is James' best vocal performance by a mile; the guitar tone is godly and similar to old mate Requiem, at the time I thought it was a bit 'dry' sounding but didn't notice all the fuss about the missing bass. "Dyers Eve" is a bona fide classic, although I'm a bit tired of it given its 30 years old "One" still contains moments of face melting goodness and the brooding "Harvester of Sorrow" is criminally overlooked. Not really sure where the band had to go after this.... 1. Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime Hands down the single greatest collection of 'songs' complied to form a single album that I own. Yes it was all bound in a brilliant storyline and yes it was woven together by some wonderfully emotive and thoughtful instrumental interludes (for example hear how 'Waiting for 22' bleeds into 'My Empty Room' which explodes into the single most monumental album closer of all time "Eyes of a Stranger"). And yes Geoff Tate & Chris DeGarmo can never be replaced (unlike drummer Scott Rockenfield, new singer Todd La Torre laying down all drum tracks for the upcoming album.)….. Album highlights are too many to mention but I will anyway "Revolution Calling", "Operation Mindcrime with the brilliant telephone conversation intro...the melodic, gothic master play of "The Mission"... Pamela Moore's appearance as "Sister Mary". The commercial 1-2 of "I Don't Believe in Love" and "Breaking the Silence"....the speedy Helloween-inspired "The Needle Never Lies". I remember buying this form a little store called "Metal for Melbourne" here in (funnily enough) Melbourne while my dad was holding a talk at the National Gallery of Victoria over the river. Funny how you recall these little moments. No band has ever been able to perfectly weave the phrase 'raison d'etre' into a song like Geoff Tate. Buy this album folks.
  41. 2 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Jungle Rot - What Horror Awaits Jungle Rot - Terror Regime
  42. 2 points
    Hail the 80s! I can't keep this posting pace up for too long, but here's another list. 1989 was the year and era of thrash and those first few proper death metal albums, which I admire but don't find myself loving. I blame my teenage years and that I have a soft spot for songs about girls and the Sunset Strip. Requiem's Top 10 Albums of 1989 10. Candlemass - 'Tales of Creation' Not my favourite Candlemass album, but this - Messiah's last at the time - is still a solid slab of doom. It's funny, I was listening to it today and it was more Sabbath than Sabbath were at this stage. Some of this plods a bit and I find myself wishing I was listening to 'Epicus...'. Beautiful album cover as usual. 9. Morbid Angel - 'Altars of Madness' If it wasn't for all those damn catchy hair metal albums that came out this year, this album would be a lot higher up the list. Crystal production for 1989, don't know what's going on there but it's amazing. I love that Morbid Angel style with the original three guys and I have a real soft spot for the first four albums. Interesting album cover. I like it a fair bit. 8. Blind Guardian - 'Follow the Blind' I've always neglected old Blind Guardian, which is a pity, because these old albums are great. The choruses on songs like 'Banish From Sanctuary' and 'Valhalla' are to/die/for. Hansi's voice is amazing on any music, so this album really stands out from the crass thrash morass of 1989. Terrible but funny/cool album cover of... what... goblins? 7. Alice Cooper - 'Trash For me this is by faaaar the best Alice Cooper album, and I'm surprised at how weak-sauce the albums both before and after this one happen to be. Led by 80s anthem 'Poison', which I maintain is one of rock's greatest songs, there are plenty of other cracking tracks that make this a winner. Cool cover of Alice looking cool. 6. Aerosmith - 'Pump' Speaking of cracking tracks. Another 70s act that made it bigger than ever in the 80s, 'Pump' is their best album and went 7x platinum. 'Janie's Got a Gun' is great but a bit serious, so I'm more into party rock anthems like 'Love in an Elevator' and 'F.I.N.E'. Steven Tyler's voice is to/die/for. Dodgy album cover but funny and cool for the 80s. Trucks having sex hur hur hur. 5. Warrant 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' Is this really better than 'Pump'? It has an innocent frivolity about it that just kicks it into number 5. Look at the band photos, my god. This is girl-metal of the highest order, with barnstormers like '32 Pennies' and a simply awesome title track. See, most of you are listening to Kreator and Terrorizer... I'm listening to Warrant and considering putting my wife's lipstick on. Awesome album cover of fat rich man. 4. Whitesnake - 'Slip of the Tongue' The follow-up to '1987' was never going to measure up, and this doesn't, but it's still a fantastic album. Steve Vai on guitar playing Adrian Vandenberg's riffs, with David Coverdale at his puerile best. Just ridiculous lyrics, but that's half the fun. Album art is a rip-off of their previous album and isn't as good, but still cool. Miss John Sykes though. 3. Black Sabbath - 'Headless Cross' The first Tony Martin album is probably the best of Martin Sabbath, and throw in good old Cozy Powell on drums and you've got a great version of Black Sabbath that sounds and looks nothing like the 70s - and proper - version. Excellent gothic doom lyrics by Martin and all the 80s glory metal you could want. Dark heavy riffs that presage the gothic metal movement. Excellent gothic artwork. 2. Skid Row - 'Skid Row' The debut, this was and remains a huge album. Classic tracks like 'Big Guns', 'Youth Gone Wild', '18 and Life' and 'I Remember You' make this hair metal heaven for the Sunset Strip set. I tell you what, those New Jersey lads were lucky to find young Canadian Sebastian Bach. Without him they're nothing. Still waiting for the reunion... Great cover. 1. Motley Crue - 'Dr Feelgood' And the best album of 1989 comes from these four Sunset Strip stooges: Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy. When I first heard this in 1990 I was 10 years old and I-could-not-believe it. I had Motley Crue posters all over my juvenile bedroom walls. I still love this album and have two copies on CD, one permanently in my car and one in the mansion. Huge Bob Rock production, 'Kickstart My Heart', 'Dr Feelgood'. Look at these tracks. Wonderful green album cover. This just works. Bit worried about 'The Dirt' movie though...
  43. 2 points
    Innominate

    What Are You Listening To?

    Slayer - Show No Mercy Varathron - Patriarchs of Evil Tartaros - The Red Jewel
  44. 2 points
    Tortuga

    Word Association

    Google If you do not know what a word like judicatory means, then google it, which was the first thing I thought of
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    Depraved

    Top 5 Second Wave Black Metal Albums

    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Satyricon - Nemesis Divina Satyricon - The Shadowthrone Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky Yeah, I know, I'm such a Satyricon fanboy especially for their early stuff. Can't help it. No demos, no EPs, no live albums. That gets too tricky. De Mysteriis... is pretty much required imo. A Blaze in the Northern Sky, of course. I believe these five albums are essential listening and among the best music ever made.
  46. 2 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    I basically shut myself in my room today and wrote some music. Time contracted and disappeared. First time in a couple of years that I've felt able to be productive with it, and it feels great, sort of like part of my mind took a bath it didn't know it needed. Whether the band will be able and willing to play the thing is another issue, but at least I have this little plateau to enjoy.
  47. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Judas Iscariot "Heaven In Flames"
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    H34VYM3T4LD4V3

    What Are You Listening To?

    Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon Testament - The New Order Alice Cooper - Bed Of Nails
  49. 2 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" - Emperor "Ragnarok (A New Beginning) - Burzum
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    Ecthelion

    What Are You Listening To?

    Artillery - Fear of Tomorrow
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