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  1. 5 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Gorgoroth - Pentagram
  2. 5 points
    Wedding pics. These aren't the professional ones, just stuff guests took.
  3. 5 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Well, about to get married in 3 hours. Wish me luck, or something.
  4. 5 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
  5. 5 points
    MetalheadFromBama

    What Are You Listening To?

    Danzig - Danzig (1988) Danzig’s first album has become my go-to album for weight lifting.
  6. 4 points
    This morning was: Repulsion - Horrified Sodom - Agent Orange Coroner - No More Color Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
  7. 4 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sarcofago - INRI
  8. 4 points
    I suppose yesterday was the last official day of summer, but it felt like a perfect start to autumn. We went to an orchard, got lost in a corn maze, went apple picking, had a nice meal afterwards. Such days are rare. There's something surreal about being surrounded by acres of trees with the apples hanging off almost like bunches of grapes. Wish I'd gotten more pictures.
  9. 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.
  10. 4 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Now: Death - Spiritual Healing Was: Thanatos - Emerging from the Netherworlds.
  11. 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.
  12. 3 points
    salmonellapancake

    What Are You Listening To?

    Incantation- "Tribute to the Goat" Gorguts- "Considered Dead" Amon- "Feasting the Beast" Disgorge- "Cranial Impalement" Inveracity- "Circle of Perversion" Mortician- "Mortal Massacre" For a long drive I took last night.
  13. 3 points
    Not bad, I usually take a punt on anything Incantation release nowadays. You know exactly what you are getting with them and that’s not always a bad thing if their existing formula works. P.s. I have a real problem with lyric videos though. Does anybody else find them really distracting as the vocals are all you find yourself focusing on? Had to turn away from the screen to just listen properly. Fuck I am weird.
  14. 3 points
    ratsandmetal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Megadeth - Tornado of Souls
  15. 3 points
    ratsandmetal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Tool - Fear Inoculum
  16. 3 points
    salmonellapancake

    What Are You Listening To?

    Gorguts- "Considered Dead" Man, I forgot how much I fucking love these riffs.
  17. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    New Purchases/Acquisitions

    Time to retire my beloved Gibson after 21 years of service. This showed up today: Schecter E-1 SLS Elite "Evil Twin". Fucking amazing so far - lighter, clearer-sounding, easier to play, stays in tune like a champ... So happy I was able to pull the trigger on this. I might even like the active pickups!
  18. 3 points
    noblastbeats

    What Are You Listening To?

    Rotting Christ - Rituals
  19. 3 points
    Nocturnus - The Key Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
  20. 3 points
    Just finished at 2AM this morning - a cover painting for the upcoming Rannoch album "Reflections Upon Darkness":
  21. 3 points
    Lethal - Programmed Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
  22. 3 points
    Natassja

    What Are You Listening To?

    Taake - Noregs Vaapen
  23. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Since my last post we’ve had Burzum, Mayhem, Carcass, Judas Priest and King Diamond played in the pub. This is a public bar, front room, on a Thursday afternoon I’m talking about. What an amazing place. I just want to hang out here to listen to music, let alone drink.
  24. 3 points
    RelentlessOblivion

    What's on your mind?

    Just back from Obituary and damn that was a good show. Loud but great.
  25. 3 points
    If that is for me then yes of course! not from 'someone I scalped earlier'
  26. 3 points
    RelentlessOblivion

    What's on your mind?

    Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas. May the music be heavy and the food plentiful.
  27. 3 points
    Depraved

    What's on your mind?

    I dreamed last night that I was exploring ancient ruins and playing poker with Mayhem and Darkthrone on some tiny quarantined island in the north Atlantic while "In the Shadow of the Horns" played over and over again and we were all dying from plague. Wtf, brain. 😂
  28. 3 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Deicide - Once Upon The Cross
  29. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum - s/t
  30. 3 points
    They need slogans, like "Doody Baldrs" or "Ea, Lord Of The Naps".
  31. 3 points
    Wow, those Pantera covers are pathetic, lol. As for the Cancer album, that's from the original version of Dawn of the Dead, both shows it in the movie and was used as a promonent promotional still. I suspect that if they had gotten the right to use the original it probably would have looked much better.
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  33. 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.
  34. 3 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Katatonia - Discouraged Ones
  35. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Chimera" - Mayhem
  36. 3 points
    Testament - Souls of Black
  37. 3 points
    Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
  38. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Bergtatt" - Ulver
  39. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Craft - White Noise And Black Metal
  40. 3 points
    Depraved

    What Are You Listening To?

    Paradise Lost - Gothic
  41. 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
  42. 3 points
    Control Denied the fragile art of existence
  43. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts Chopin - Nocturnes (Brigitte Engerer)
  44. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Album playlist today in car on a long drive to and from a meeting: Yob “Our Raw Heart” Satyricon “Nemesis Divina” Pestilence “Consuming Impulse” Mutiilation “Remains Of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul”
  45. 2 points
    Opeth - Ghost Reveries
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    MacabreEternal

    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    Ok, I am starting again on my lists going from the year I first got into metal. Why? Well, lockdown and time off work. MacabreEternal's Top Ten Albums from 1989 Number Ten - Skid Row - self titled The list starts with two records that hold massive nostalgia for me personally and also two releases that still get rotation play some thirty years later. Skid Row were every mother's nightmare and every school girl's dream. Five long haired, full-bloodied young men singing about tits, broken hearts, prison sentences, romantic nostalgia and partying was absolute sustenance to a generation of youth unable to be satiated by the likes of more mature acts such as Aerosmith and the Scorpions and unimpressed by the softer proclivities of the Bon Jovi's of the time. This was hard rock with a real metal edge that had no reliance on make up and hairspray like Poison or Motley Crue to sell the gimmick. The debut album from Skid Row grabbed hold of you by the collar with both hands and shook the living shit out of you. When you weren't drenched in it's rampant hooks or being left breathless by the sultry tones of Sebastian Bach you were virtually drowning in your levels of adrenaline, stimulated to the point of flat-lining on the sheer energy of the record. Hit singles like Piece of Me, Youth Gone Wild, I Remember You and 18 & Life had the band a household name setting them up for their eventual number one position on the billboard chart with their sophomore release some two years later. They never topped this release for me though and although I steadily drifted away from the band over subsequent releases, I still come back to this record to this day. Number Nine - Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood One of the first albums I ever owned on vinyl (sadly long since gone) was the fifth release from glam rockers Motley Crue. There was nowhere to hide here from the sleazy allure of the endless stream of hit singles like the title track, Kickstart My Heart, Without You, Same Ol' Situation and Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) as the tracklisting as a whole just buried it's hooks in you and clung on for dear life. You can feel it on a record when a band is in the zone. When they are hitting all the markers with effortless precision (which considering all the shit in the veins of the members was no mean feat), when they are delivering without breaking a sweat, where they just serve the years of experience onto a smoking hot platter with sufficient garnish and sauce to make the taste linger in your mouth for years. Vince, Mick, Tommy and Nikki did exactly all of the above, flying out of the traps from the opening of the record and making sure the dust wasn't going to settle too soon before they headed back. Another record that for me has never been topped by the band and actually the only record of theirs that I still own to this day. Nothing else before or after this release had the same level of impact, the same immediacy or equal presence. A quick look back at the Honorable Mentions part at the start of this section should tell you that the competition this year was tough, but the Crue shone through brilliantly. Number Eight - Macabre - Gloom Yep from hard rock to death thrashing grindcore and the disturbing and morbid fascination with murder of Illinois' Macabre. All bets are off on this record as to just what the fuck you are going to get next on this twenty four and a half minute fest of spazzing, jerking and convulsing "murder metal" as it blasts its way through nineteen tracks of serial killer related lyrical gibberish. Humour aside, there's almost a lazy intelligence to this record that borders on genius. The shock value of taking some of history's most notorious serial killers and writing two minutes (max) songs about their exploits is niche I grant you. But to be able to expand on that by utlising some of the most simplistic lyrics adds an almost layman like style to proceedings that you just can't fail to be enamored by. Case in point, on track two Trampled to Death (a song about the death of 11 fans at a Who concert in the 70s): "You went to see the Who And the people there trampled you You were underneath their shoes There was nothing you could do" As laughable as it is, there's still very clear contrast between the baseness of the lyrics and the unpredictable nature of the music that serve as an excellent combination to give real dimension to proceedings. You see, this isn't just a few immature kids writing music to upset their parents, whether planned or not there is a striking juxtapose in the songwriting here that adds weight to the appeal of the record beyond just its lyrical or musical content in singularity. We got treated to more of the same in a slightly more structured way on the follow up to this release, Sinister Slaughter, which further cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with. However, the importance of the debut to both death metal and more specifically grindcore at the time is of massive importance, over and above even the World Downfall or Horrified's from the same year. Number Seven - Faith No More - The Real Thing Occupying a more eclectic spot on the list for this year is the third album from alternative/avant-garde rock/metal's most revered exponents, Faith No More. I will be honest, this was a late addition to the list after I revisited it when the list was almost complete. The memory nodes that this review listen triggered in my brain went into overdrive more or less immediately and I soon found myself predicting the next riff or lyric like I had never been away from this record. What occured to me when looking at this album was that at the time of its release it didn't really make any significant waves in my world. I was fucking pissed off at the time with the song Epic as the music video was on virtually everytime I switched the TV on and although I enjoyed the album it was not an instant standout until some years later and this feeling was confirmed upon revisit. Bear in mind that this came out before grunge ever became a thing or nu-metal sometime later and for its time this record made that connection between having enough metal to be considered acceptable but also creating that bridge over into more mainstream tastes also. Its brand of sometimes funk, sometimes rock, sometimes ballad and sometimes lounge music was something you would expect historically from a Frank Zappa record. It oozed cross-disciplinary music style and still had a catchiness most pop artists would kill for. The balance within the individual instruments was really well set too. You could hear Big Jim's riffs alongside Bottum's keys and hear Patton's nasal and sneering vocals just as well as Boden's drums and Gould's funky bass. This was the first album to feature Mike on vocals and he took just two weeks to write all the lyrics for the already fully written album. Not bad for an album that went on to be certified platinum in the US and gold in the UK. Number Six - Autopsy - Severed Survival Two years after Reifert was one half of the duo that created the whole death metal genre with Scream Bloody Gore, he partook in the release of a real lumbering beast of a record that sacrificed any form of burnished delivery, opting instead to go for a clumsy and lurching approach to death metal. If Scream Bloody Gore was the college football symbol figure of death metal then Severed Survival was it's estranged, butt-fuck ugly brother with a murderous intent coupled with a truly sick imagination. The guy who ate roadkill without even cooking it. With its first press artwork banned, the debut release was off to a real flyer in terms of cult status on the underground, and with song titles like Disembowel, Ridden with Disease and Embalmed the album was full of horrific promise to appeal to the average death metal consumer of the time. Severed Survival was sticky in a seedy and grimy way in the sense that it stuck in your brain because the riffs were almost slapped out onto the vinyl and they left the same mess on your memory banks once you span the record. The looming threat of the instrumentation, coupled with the demented ramblings of Reifert made for a truly ghastly experience. Unapologetic in its delivery and unwaivering in its momentum the album sounded like your mate's death metal band that practised in someone's garage but didn't care to refine anything and just took it into the studio raw and then sacked the producer for any attempt to clean any of the recorded output up. Take a look at what else was out there at this time in the world of death metal and you will quickly see that there was a uniqueness to Autopsy that was absent virtually everywhere else in the scene. The debut isn't their best release but it is still massively important. Number Five - Sodom - Agent Orange Sodom's progression from their dark and dank first couple of releases to a more refined and accessible sound on Persecution Mania was a taste of what to expect come on their third full-length. By now their blackened roots were all but a memory and the focus had shifted to retaining the aggression but deploying sufficient levels of melody to really open them up to the wider market. Songs like Remember The Fallen pushed the more melodic riffing throughout the whole song whilst the more frenzied pace was exemplified on the title track. There was even more of the punk vibe continued from Bombenhagel on the previous album with the single Ausgebombt (which also included the cover of Tank's Don't Walk Away which made into onto the two disc, 2010 digpak release of Agent Orange). Whilst less technical than fellow Germans Kreator, the more immediate nature of the Sodom sound simply made the album more entertaining than Extreme Aggression which had tried that more full-frontal assault approach to less effect the same year. Arguably it was too simplistic for some and has seen many reviews stating that Agent Orange is overrated in the grander scheme of things. I find that true to some extent as there is nothing groundbreaking on this album yet when you measure its significance in the overall discography of the band it is a vital release, one that shows maturity as a band without needing to reinvent the wheel. Sodom had mastered their art form to some degree here and had retained enough of their character to not sound like a sell out. My exploration of the back-catalogue to date has not gleaned anything in there to top this release (I haven't heard every Sodom release but there aren't many left)and it still gets rotation play to this day, preserving a deserved mid-list spot well. Number Four - Pestilence - Consuming Impulse The rabid death/thrash sound of the debut album from Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum was replaced by a more straight forward death metal sound. Still a massively riffy affair, Consuming Impulse was the sound of extreme music delivered skillfully. Patrick Mameli's dexterity on guitar knows no bounds on the band's sophomore release. He took simple riffing and elevated into a frenzied intensity that still had enough in the way of catchiness to make them memorable and repeatable, either in your head or on your own six string. On the same record there were still more complex passages that showed his range yet still they gave space to Van Drunen who set about his trademark unhinged, deranged and crazed vocal style to great effect on what was to be his final release with the band (very much a big loss as it turned out to be). This was all from a band several thousand of miles away from the developing US death metal scene, yet the Dutch band from Enschede, Overijssel dropped an album of such magnitude and presence that it could trade blows with the Morbid Angel's and Obituary's of the time and only narrowly lose out on points. In a rapidly developing scene the release of Consuming Impulse showed just how the spread of death metal could infect the European market as it went on to infect the world. This album acted like a super-spreader, taking all the good elements of the debut and marrying them up with an enhanced arsenal of riffs and howls. The rabid thrashing of the debut became the threat of greater devastation from a slightly more measured delivery. Number Three - Sepultura - Beneath The Remains I am a big fan of what I term to be "golden runs" of albums. A series of albums by the same band that show continued development and progress on each release, often taking what starts as a very raw and primitive sound that can rely on little more than attitude to carry it through a debut release and then watch that grow into a more refined yet by no means less threatening prospect. An example of such a band is Sepultura. Their releases from 1985 through 1991 are a consistent and incremental improvement with each release. From the crudity and vulgarity of Bestial Devastation to the rabid and and yet systematic assault of Arise, the band's sound, stature and reputation grew steadily. By the time 1989 rolled around they had a record deal, a fledgling Scott Burns sat in the producer's chair and a hastily written album to deliver. They missed their first recording deadline for this record. They simply did not have enough material written by the time Roadrunner had signed off on the deal. Despite years of waiting for the big contract to become a reality, Sepultura weren't actually ready when the time came. This could so easily have been a disaster. Running late on the timeline, with a producer who had never done the job solo before (let alone outside of Morrisound Studios back home in Florida) all with a language barrier to overcome to boot. The fact that anything got recorded at all is a real feat in itself. Beneath The Remains sent Sepultura into the upper stratosphere of not just thrash metal but metal in general. Hailed as a rival to Reign In Blood at the time (it isn't to my ears btw) the raw brutality of the riffing style of the band came alive in the hands of a good producer in a decent studio. The fury and range of the vocal and rhythmic abilities of the Cavalera brothers were captured superbly and the excellence of their songwriting shone for the first time. The essence of many albums on this list is that they not only represent landmark releases for the year for me but also landmark releases for the bands also. Sepultura had one more trick up their sleeve when they released Arise some two years later, an album which was the very pinnacle of their powers. But Beneath The Remains wiped the floor with all other thrash releases in 1989 and was a release from a band truly hitting their stride. Number Two - Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness "One man's insanity is another man's genius and from these altars of madness the heretic rejoices in things unseen" According to Trey Azagthoth there was no more fitting a title for their debut album than Altars of Madness. Anyone who has heard it would be hard pushed to disagree. The classic line-up of the aforementioned Azagthoth, fellow guitarist Richard Brunelle (R.I.P 2019), drummer Pete Sandoval and bassist/vocalist David Vincent conjured a mind-bending and horrific opus back in 1989 that to this day retains every last drop of the nefarious intent behind its commital to tape. Altars of Madness is a timeless release. It will still be as relevant in 60 years time as it is at just over 30 years. The true essence of death metal sits within the very grooves of the vinyl that sits on my shelf today. It is extreme, it is full of menace and shock and yet is skillfully balanced as a full-length. The intensity it generates never rages out of control, even in the more horrorific moments, due in no small part to the proficiency of guitarists to cast sonic spells in the midst of tempestuous and violent tides of riffs that temper and add depth at the same time. The riffs on opener Immortal Rites mine the very depths of the earth via the speakers from which their hellish sound emits. The sonics score and scorch the air around them as they fire as brief licks that stoke the flames. By his own admission, Trey's non-conformity with certain keys or scales made this the music of pure chaos in the face of known foundational order. The album was his opportunity to challenge the norms he so despised and to commit this distaste to record regardless of the confusion that it spread as a result. The performance of Pete Sandoval is a masterclass in blastbeats, a show stopping performance in hyperspeed rhythms and calculated auditory punishment. David Vincent meanwhile sits astride of the engine, reving it with his ghastly vocals, dropping in guttural frequency that could reverberate from the bowels of hades themselves. Morbid Angel's debut is a complete experience. It is replete with the finest death metal you could hope to hear and is firmly sat in the top ten death metal albums of all time. It is only beaten to the top spot on this list due to sheer nostalgia for the album that occupies the top slot. For two albums though, Morbid Angel were untouchable. Unique in their sound with that cavernous edge to the riffs that seemed to defy the laws of distance and space and utterly devoted to their task of delivering piercing and racking death metal. Number One - Obituary - Slowly We Rot There's a story here so bearwith. I had never heard any death metal when I bought this album. I had read about it in magazines and fallen madly in love with the idea of what sounded evil just by it's description of "death metal". I bought Slowly We Rot completely blind/deaf for two reasons therefore. Firstly, because I wanted to be an edgy little fucker who owned some of that death metal stuff that would scare people and secondly because of that FUCKING ALBUM ARTWORK! There is nothing to not like about that album cover when you are thirteen and trying to be the Prince of Darkness in a village in the North West of England in the late eighties armed with a bus pass and a Music Zone carrier bag that you are not going to use because you want everyone to see what a menacing fucker you are with your blood-soaked record under your arm and a million zits on your face! Seriously though, that logo! The font for the title! The seedy and grimy imagery of a youth decaying in a gutter spoke volumes to me. Back then my father worked night shifts and so playing the record at home in the middle of the day wasn't an option. Luckily for me, my grandparents lived down the street and my grandfather had a cool as fuck hi-fi/sound system in their lounge. The speakers in there were used to having Don Williams and Foster & Allan soothing the air around them so they were in for a real treat. I remember my grandfather being in the room when I put the record on. His face a mask of utter confusion as he attempted to stop the record because he thought that either it or his much loved and well maintained hi-fi was faulty. For a brief moment I wasn't sure either, I mean I hadn't heard this music before so was hardly the expert. I convinced him that it was supposed to sound like that and that the garden probably needed more attention from him than Obituary's debut release did. With the room to myself I spent the next few hours playing the record over and over again, getting lost in it's dark and looming atmospheres, recoiling with mouth-agape at the abrasive riffs of Allen West and Trevor Peres, cowering in the corner of the room at John Tardy's spewing vocals that covered me head to toe in their marauding horror, vaguely aware that some drums and probably a bass were in there too. This was what death metal sounded like and I fucking loved it. Here in 2020, forty-four year old me listens to Slowly We Rot with a slightly more critical ear. I mean, now I have heard Cause of Death and so I know the debut isn't the best album the band ever made. I have also now heard probably every other death metal band out there (well probably not every death metal band) and have hundreds of releases littered around the place in various formats so I know more about the genre than thirteen year old me ever could have hoped to. But I know that I bought one of the greatest ever death metal albums from 1989, one that for me at least will have a timelessness associated with it for the introduction it gave me to the genre, without which most of the aforementioned hundreds of releases that I now own might not be here. Slowly We Rot is my gateway album into death metal and for the rest of my time on this shithole planet it will have my eternal gratitude. Did I mention that FUCKING ALBUM ARTWORK???
  47. 2 points
    Just watched that myself and now I'm playing Leprosy.
  48. 2 points
    Funny, when I was fourteen I got a drawing pad and some markers from my grandparents for Christmas and I went upstairs and made a drawing kind of like this but with more flames and less boobs. When my grandma saw it she said she should never have gotten me art supplies. Always liked this painting style.
  49. 2 points
    Great fucking album! NP: Carnage- "Dark Recollections" The remaster with the demos
  50. 2 points
    Athame

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