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  1. 2 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Grift - Syner ...argh, nvm. Carpathian Forest - Strange Old Brew Svartidauði - Revelations Of The Red Sword Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury Guðveiki - Vængför Délirant - s/t
  2. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    Upcoming Albums, 2019 Edition

    Here's a list of bands I'm personally interested in that are either confirmed or strongly rumored to have new material coming this year, to be updated from time to time as I hear more. _____ Wormed Contrarian Funebrarum Cruciamentum Nocturnus AD Afterbirth Krypts Antediluvian Windswept Altarage Mitochondrion Blood Incantation Ad Nauseam Krallice In Human Form Pseudo Sentai Mo'ynoq _____ Anybody else have upcoming albums you're excited about? Feel free to share info, promo tracks, etc. Normal forum rules apply -- this is for fan discussion only, any misplaced promotion will be treated as spam.
  3. 1 point
    I think it's worth talking a little bit about the unintentional and perhaps ironic damage that some bands' image does for them. This has been something on my mind for a while now, and it's only crystalised into an idea worth posting with the recently released tracks from Rotting Christ. I'm a huge fan of fairly well produced melodic metal, but unfortunately a lot of the time these bands are targeting a younger audience with, frankly, foolish imagery and bally-hoo. I think it backfires in a lot of cases. Cradle of Filth is the most obvious example. As I've stated on this forum many times, they are one of my favourite bands. I consider four of five of their albums to be metal classics, whilst also accepting that another three or four are quite appalling. What bothers me most, however, is the ridiculous image Dani has created for the band. I love the puns and wordplay, and I love the generally dark/gothic artwork when it's done well (and mostly it's not), but gosh most of the time they look like tools dressed up like a bad Marilyn Manson cover band. A lot of the time they look so stupid and embarrassing that it completely undermines the complexity and intellectualism of the music and lyrics. They do get the image thing right some of the time. The band pictures from 'Cruelty and the Beast' and the last couple of albums are examples of them getting it right. But as a rule, when I avoid their videos/pictures and just listen to the music I find it so much more compelling and meaningful. The new Rotting Christ songs are a similar case in point. I watched the lyric videos for 'Heaven and Hell and Fire' and 'Fire, God and Fear' and for the first few times I saw them I was really unimpressed with the songs. I thought they sounded commercial and unexciting. Of course, I was watching them with the animated lyric videos. After hearing them a few more times I bought both tracks on itunes because I was heading out and wanted to give them a proper listen. Well, suddenly they bloomed into life as magnificent tracks, free from the corny imagery of a commercial black metal marketing exercise. Septicflesh are another band who have done this. Their song 'Prometheus' from the 'Titan' album is one of my all time favourite metal songs. It's about the rise, fall and rise again of the average man, and speaks to me on so many levels. But the video shows the band playing amongst pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling that have no relevance to anything. They look like cyber-goths and it feels foolish. Again, a sophisticated band that produces great art is reduced to an embarrassing S&M photoshoot. Dimmu Borgir are another band. Their 'Eonian' album is one of my favourites from last year, but those stupid sequined hoodies they're wearing in the promo shots are just lame. My lord. To their credit, the pictures in the 'Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia' and 'Death Cult Armageddon' sleeves are fantastic, as are the nature shots in 'Eonian'. But why the band feels the need to dress up like idiots is beyond me. Even when I picture them walking down the street on Halloween in those hoods I start laughing. There's NOTHING evil or cool about them. I don't want to over-egg the pudding here, but there are just so many examples of bands who are putting out great albums and then, in my jaded 39 year old eyes, undoing their good work with cheesy imagery. It's almost reached a point where I deliberately avoid videos so that I don't have the beauty of the music sullied. So the point of all this is: if you're a great band, please don't overdo the image thing. Be reserved, be classy, look cool and everything but let the music do the talking. Try some sophistication like Fleshgod Apocalypse in their promo shots (although even their videos are corny in the extreme). Pull it back about 40%. Because I've had enough of you fools looking like idiots.
  4. 1 point
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Rotting Christ’s last two albums, two new tracks and the almighty ‘Sanctus Diavolos’. Hail the kings of modern occult metal. No one can touch these guys for melody, groove and fist-pumping epic glory.
  5. 1 point
    Natas

    What Are You Listening To?

    TRAPPED UNDER ICE BY METALLICA!
  6. 1 point
    Requiem

    What's on your mind?

    Good news: It’s happy hour at the metal pub with half priced pints Bad news: They’re playing punk over the speakers. So it’s an up and down afternoon. Better get tips.
  7. 1 point
    Working my way through these slowly xD So far i'm really digging Crimson Glory (In Dark Places inparticular) and Fates Warning - Point of View is a great song.
  8. 1 point
    H34VYM3T4LD4V3

    What Are You Listening To?

    Motörhead - Bad Religion
  9. 1 point
    Requiem

    Upcoming Albums, 2019 Edition

    With the current album cycle sitting around 3 years at best, it's more of an event than ever before when new albums are released by some of my favourite bands. Back in the mid 90s it was every year, or two years at worst, when bands could actually sell copies and recoup the costs. Ah, the modern world of downloads and spotify... Ok, here are the albums I'll be buying upon immediate release: Swallow the Sun - 'When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light' (although I'm hoping it's not too dirgey as Juha Raivio stumbles through his unmitigated grief at the loss of Aleah.) The single 'Upon the Water' is amazing after a few listens. Rotting Christ - 'The Heretics'. Best thing I ever did was purchase the two songs released so I could listen to them while walking around the city without the corny lyric videos. They are so much better when de-identified from image. Candlemass - 'The Door to Doom'. I'm super excited about the return of original vocalist Johan Langqvist and, to a much lesser extent, the Tony Iommi solo... I can't wait to hear this! Rhapsody of FIre - 'The Eighth Mountain'. Bit nervous about this with its complete stripping of critical members, but the keyboardist and great new lead guitarist is still there so I'll roll the dice. Children of Bodom - 'Hexed'. Hell yeah. Wildchild's going to bring it. Whitesnake - 'Flesh and Blood'. Ordinary title, but I'm hoping David C can bring the goods. and the following, who have less info: Septicflesh. Fingers crossed with these guys. I have such high hopes. Moonspell. Amazed if we get an album from these guys but it could by my album of the year if it comes out. Fleshgod Apocalypse. I'm always interested in what these maestros have to offer. Brilliant lyrics too. Eluveitie. New female singer so I'm a bit cold on it, but I'm trying to keep an open mind. And I'm hoping for some underground masterpieces from Saor and Eldamar
  10. 1 point
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Rapture - 'Songs for the Withering' Amazing melodic doom band that never got the full esteem they deserved.
  11. 1 point
    Innominate

    What Are You Listening To?

    Dismember - The God That Never Was
  12. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Craft - White Noise And Black Metal Craft - Terror Propaganda Borknagar - Empiricism
  13. 1 point
    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
  14. 1 point
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    Der Sturmer / Wehrhammer split "Demo 2018" - Grizzly Fetish This was very good (black/death/grind with experimental and atmospheric influences) , I would highly recommend it.
  15. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Wardruna - Runaljod: Gap Var Ginnunga Wardruna - Runaljod: Yggdrasil
  16. 1 point
    Hiwatt

    Picks for Tremolo Picking

    I use the Dunlop XL Jazz III series picks. They will help you play faster.
  17. 1 point
    FatherAlabaster

    How many of you are using spotify?

    I really hate Spotify. Bandcamp and YouTube are great for checking out new music. I buy music either through Bandcamp or (for physical purchases of stuff that isn't on BC) I'll look for CDs on themetaldetektor.com. I'll put CDs on in the car, or occasionally in my studio room, but mostly I buy digital or rip the albums and listen on my phone or computer.
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