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  1. 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.
  2. 5 points
    salmonellapancake

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum- "Filosofem"
  3. 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.
  4. 4 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky (inthenorthern... sky... ugh) Bathory - Hammerheart Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
  5. 4 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Metallica - ‘Ride the Ligtning’
  6. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Danzig - Danzig
  7. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Destruction ‘Release from Agony’
  8. 3 points
    Evoken - Hypnagogia Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed ...that Celtic Frost cover basically demands that I listen to some Celtic Frost afterwards Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion Celtic Frost - Into The Pandemonium
  9. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Krisiun - Black Force Domain
  10. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer Dark Tranquillity - Of Chaos And Eternal Night Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
  11. 3 points
    Thrashman

    Your Artwork

    A new one.
  12. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Satyricon - ‘The Shadowthrone’
  13. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Carcass - Surgical Steel
  14. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Death - ‘Symbolic’ This is not a game! This is not a test of power!!!!
  15. 3 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Speaking about medications, it reminds me of my favorite Beavis & Butthead quote. Beavis was watching a commercial for diarrhea medicine and said, "Those diarrhea medicines just don't work. I took some for a whole week one time and I didn't get diarrhea once! . . . about a month later I popped a brick though . . . I still have it in my sock drawer if you wanna see."
  16. 3 points
    Vampyrique

    What's on your mind?

    Brave soul. Giving up sex and money altogether.
  17. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Was surprised to find the album offerings on the plane on the way over quite appealing. Had chance to listen through Guns n’ Roses ‘Appetite...’ and Van Halen ‘1984’. Go transatlantic flights!
  18. 2 points
    RelentlessOblivion

    recommendations?

    I couldn't pick just 3 doom bands, there have been too many amazing bands to choose from. There's one of these threads stuck to the Doom metal sub-forum and I'd highly recommend looking through the video posts made by BlutAusNerd. What I can do is list my top 10 doom metal albums but keep in mind the genre makes up most of my album collection so will be incredibly diverse. 10. "Through The Darkest Hour" - Solitude Aeturnus. This is a stunning example of the epic doom metal style. Rob Lowe is an amazing vocalist backed up by great songwriting. 9. "Forest of Equilibrium" - Cathedral. This is some of the heaviest doom/death you'll ever hear. Despite that the band maintain some of the psychadelic tendencies they'd later be known for. 8. "Exhumed of the Earth" - Paramaecium. Doom/Death from Australia don't let the christian lyrics deter you these guys craft a huge, dramatic, sound. 7. "Psalm 9" - Trouble. Traditional doom at it's finest, once again the lyrics are christian but the music is so heavy and so well written you won't care. 6. "Nightfall" - Candlemass. Another example of epic doom metal this album is phenomenal. Heavy, heartfelt, and memorable songs litter this record. 5. "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth" - Morgion. This is a more atmospheric doom/death album. Morgion's sound is complex and beautifully crafted. They alternate clean and heavy passages wonderfully well. 4. "Turn Loose the Swans" - My Dying Bride. Crushingly heavy, melodic, memorable, and heartfelt MDB have an amazing sound and really haven't released any bad albums. 3. "The Monad Of Creation" - Mournful Congregation. This is an example of melodic funeral doom from Australia. Memorable, heavy, dripping with atmosphere. Be warned this album (and indeed all funeral doom) is very slow, focusing more on atmosphere then riffs. If that's your thing you'll probably like this but if not you should pass. 2. "Embrace the Emptiness" - Evoken. More funeral doom, this band craft a cavernous sound, crushingly heavy, and with some melody but much less then Mournful Congregation. 1. "Stream From The Heavens"- Thergothon. This is by far the most unique funeral doom album. It's a great shame we only got one album from them. Lovecraftian lyrics, a weird atmosphere, this has to be heard at least once.
  19. 2 points
    Morbid Angel- "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh" Vital Remains- "Let us Pray" These two have been in my regular rotation lately.
  20. 2 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Gorgoroth - Incipit Satan Gorgoroth - Antichrist
  21. 2 points
    There’s so much win here you could slice it, toast it and spread butter on it’s blackened crumb! Mmmmmmmmmm...blackened crumbs!
  22. 2 points
    Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
  23. 2 points
    Musel

    Hi 🤘

    Good afternoon everyone, I want to introduce myself. Im a Pharmacist from Poland and I absolutely love Black and Death Metal. I came here to find more people who are deeply connected with metal music - like me - and talk and discuss about different subjects to learn about the community. 🤘 My favourite bands are : Dark Throne, Mayhem, Burzum, Bloodbath, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir but I like also : Tsjuder, Avertia, Deicide and a lot more (Im not focused only for some bands I love to discover new).
  24. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Xasthur - s/t EP (2006) Xasthur - 'A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors'
  25. 2 points
    Moonsorrow ‘Verisakeet’
  26. 2 points
    Moonsorrow ‘Verisakeet’
  27. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Impaled Nazarene - 'Absence of War Does Not Mean Peace'
  28. 2 points
    Immortal- "Pure Holocaust"
  29. 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
  30. 2 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
  31. 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.
  32. 2 points
    Diabolical Masquerade ‘Nightwork’
  33. 2 points
    Well I turn 20 today, I played my first show with my new band last night and proceeded to get fucked up out of my mind the rest of the night. It was a good one.
  34. 2 points
    Marduk “Panzer Division” Dissection "Storm of the Light's Bane"
  35. 2 points
    Inquisition 'Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer'
  36. 2 points
    Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse Opeth - Deliverance Opeth - Orchid
  37. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mayhem - ‘Live in Leipzig’ Black magic caught to tape.
  38. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Iron Maiden - Powerslave
  39. 2 points
    @BlutAusNerd @Iceni @NTNR @Midi @Frostaudn @jfk36 @Black Milk @SBird94 @~Mere~ @mindy6158 @Ghouly @forge @salmonellapancake @Thrashman @Skull_Kollektor @Kristiko @Ikard
  40. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    Post here if you're drunk

    Let's all take a moment to admire this post. I love this thread.
  41. 2 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum - Key To The Gate
  42. 2 points
    Been listening to Sound Barrier, Running Wild and Medieval Steel a lot lately. Sound Barrier's Speed of Light album, Medieval Steel's EP, especially the title track and Port Royal from Running Wild. Also, Stargazers from Rainbow and Stars from Hear N' Aid. And the soundtrack of Shocker.
  43. 2 points
    In no particular order, aside from number one, here's my stab at a top 20 "all time favorites" list: Opeth - the only place for this band is at the top of my list. I was lucky enough to catch them kind of early on, at a formative time for my music taste and songwriting ideas. Tranquil melancholy, intuitive melodies, and dark aggression were held together by abstract songwriting that always had a sense of grace and clarity. I don't care for their last few recordings, but their first eight albums are all gold in my book. The first one I heard, and the one that had the biggest impact on me, was Morningrise. Katatonia - although they've covered a good amount of stylistic ground in their 20+ years of development, from the raw, blackened melodic doom (dark metal, you say?) of their early albums to the polished modern prog-gloom sad rock of their latest, their heartfelt sense of melody remains a constant. Hard to pick one album out of a pretty big and somewhat varied discography; if forced to do so, I'd pick the one that won me over: Tonight's Decision. Type O Negative - Gothic rock, punk aggression, 60s psychedelia, sprawling song structures, sarcastic humor, sincere explorations of shame and abandonment issues. Nobody else had Pete's voice; nobody could write songs like Pete. RIP Pete. Desert island album: World Coming Down. My Dying Bride - another unique combination of aggression and melancholy melodies. I'm sensing a theme here. Doom-death with a growing gothic tinge, evocative guitar lines, long songs full of weird and often awkward transitions. I don't love every single album, but they're still doing good work. The definitive classic: Turn Loose The Swans. Rush - my first "favorite" band as a kid, and one I've grown to appreciate even more as I get older. I've consistently enjoyed these guys since I first heard them almost thirty years ago. Their musicianship gives us all something to aspire to; Geddy Lee's polarizing vocals stand guard at the gate, keeping out all but the true seekers. Or something. The archetypal ur-text of prog rock in my internal mental library: Moving Pictures. Soundgarden - ah, Chris Cornell. This guy could put anything from a delicate, intricate melody to a furious howl over pretty much any clunky odd-meter riff or weird chord change, and make it sound natural. Matt Cameron could make it groove. Kim Thayil could write it to begin with. And Ben Shepherd could... well, he played the bass. (Ok, sorry, he wrote stuff too, and also sang backup, and really helped expand their sense of what was possible in songwriting when he became Hiro Yamamoto's permanent replacement in 1990-91.) These guys could - and did - make memorable themes out of almost anything. One of the big superstars of "grunge", with a wide-ranging willingness to explore. Even the dad rock of their comeback album had a lot of great moments of genuine inspiration. Cornell's suicide hit me like a ton of bricks. Most unique statement: Superunknown. Alice In Chains - while we're on "grunge", the story of my life wouldn't be complete without the nihilistic, drug-laden emotional rollercoaster of AIC's early albums. Honest riffing, clear and deceptively simple songwriting, and a raw, fiery edge to their trademark dual vocal attack, opening a door on the inner conflict hinted at by their cryptic lyrics. Anger, sadness, boredom, and the occasional epiphany, always with the sense of something horrible lurking around the corner. Hardest gut punch: Dirt. Swans - primitive, abrasive fury? Proto-industrial bludgeoning? Spiteful declamations? Lush, reverb-drenched atmospheres? Gothic anthems of the bombastic or meditative natures? Unnerving soundscapes? Pains and pleasures to frighten the uninitiated, magic carpets to transport the half-awake, blankets to smother the enlightened? Anyway I like this band a lot. They've been all over the place since their inception in the early 80s, and one can't encapsulate that kind of career in a single album; but if one wants to try, one might listen to Children Of God. (If one wants to forgo the theatrics and just hit things for fun, one would be advised to listen to Filth instead.) Enslaved - A couple teenagers from Norway in the early 1990s like the sound of black metal, but would rather write about Viking stuff than Satan. One of them turns out to be a prolific songwriting genius who develops a unique fusion of black and folk metal with psych rock and 70s prog, over the course of fourteen albums and counting. There's a mysticism in this music, the sense that you're going on a journey, or that the world is going on a journey around you; and energy is always present, even if it bubbles under the surface. Favorite mystical journey: Below The Lights. Death - one of death metal's pioneers since their demo recordings (as Mantas) in the early 80s. Various lineups (including some serious A-list talent) under the direction of guitarist/songwriter/frontman Chuck Schuldiner put out seven influential and increasingly eclectic albums in an eleven-year period, before "disbanding" to focus on new music with a different vocal style. Chuck's distinctive riffing and soaring melodies helped define prog death for me, and probably a generation of other metalheads. A difficult choice between any of the last four albums for me, but the one that first opened my eyes was 1993's Individual Thought Patterns. Isis - another band that opened me up to a new way of thinking about songwriting. Big, open structures, layers of different textures, lush atmosphere, and carefully considered dynamic shifts across a spectrum from sparse post-rock to harsh, abrasive sludge. When you don't know what to call it, call it "post-metal"... I was a fan of the early, noisy stuff, but they really hit me with 2002's Oceanic. Akercocke - blackened progressive death metal with tons of great melodies, varied and passionate vocals, and tasteful synth/electronic elements, at the service of enjoyable, memorable, cohesive songs that often pull together my favorite parts of disparate influences as if by magic; what's not to love? Their early stuff is vicious, and their comeback album from a couple of years ago was stellar, but the one that cemented them in my head as a favorite was 2005's Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone. Gorguts - a dark, uncompromising death metal powerhouse, from their enjoyable early albums through their idiosyncratic, twisted late 90s/early 2000s material to the gorgeous intricacies of their newest recordings. This band tried things few others had even thought of, and managed to succeed. I absolutely love what they've done since their new lineup formed, and in a vacuum I might prefer to listen to it, but in the context of an "all time favorites" list, my pick has to be 1998's seminal Obscura. Amorphis - a cold wind blew down from Finland when I was fourteen, carrying with it a sense of other possibilities in death metal aside from the meat-and-potatoes pummeling I'd gotten into - stark, angular melodies, slower rhythms, brooding gloom, cultural context. They'd shift gears pretty quickly, leaving death metal - and me - behind, but (for my taste) their debut is one of DM's pillars, wrapping most of what I love about the Finnish scene into a simmering yet catchy package: The Karelian Isthmus. Queensryche - those vocal melodies! Those memorable riffs. That tasteful lead guitar work and skillful songwriting. I've loved their music since I was ten or eleven, I like their first three albums as much as anything above, and I used to jam the shit out of even the two after that. Hugely important to my musical development. And yet I don't care much for the vast majority of what they've done, including nearly everything from the past thirty years, and a full two-thirds of their output is steaming turds. Ah well. Forget that they didn't break up in 1990, and focus on their cinematic narrative concept prog-metal masterpiece, Operation: Mindcrime. Cradle Of Filth - years of actual filth can't obscure the ambition and brilliance of their early stuff, particularly the second, third, and fourth albums. Interesting melodies, intense drum work, detailed and wide-ranging songs that turn on a dime, topped off with Dani's unique shrieks and dense lyrics. Almost a toss-up here, but I have to go with the grandiose, impressively well-realized black/death/gothic/symphonic synthesis of Cruelty And The Beast. Nevermore - this band had great technical chops and real chemistry, which tends to get a little lost in the modern polish of their recordings. Jeff Loomis could (can?) write a mean riff, and he's one of the few flashy soloists whose playing I not only admire, but actually enjoy. Warrel Dane's haunting vocal tone, forceful delivery, thoughtful lyrics, and highly personalized melody and harmony ideas were the centerpiece of their songwriting. Brilliant inflection points were scattered throughout. Even their weaker music was accomplished and engaging; at their best, they were transcendent. Most heartfelt and cohesive album: Dreaming Neon Black. Meshuggah - their influence on modern metal, and on me, can't be denied. It's easy to think these guys had that one idea, that one time, and figured out how to make a career out of it. Their big chunky polyrhythms and half-tone/whole-tone lead lines gave rise to a lot of tiresome ripoffs; I have to admit that I hate most of the bands they directly inspired. I don't play their stuff much these days. But when they first hit their stride, they sounded like nothing else, pulling together rhythms and textures with a sense of purpose that blew teenage Alabaster out of the water. Often imitated, never duplicated. For clarity, textural variety, and focus in songwriting, the untouchable gem in my book is their second album, Destroy Erase Improve. Dark Tranquillity - for a little while, DT was my favorite melodic metal band in the world. Well-differentiated songs full of awesome guitar harmonies, and bold twists and turns that may as well have leapt from the head of Zeus. It couldn't last; they "streamlined" their third album into a passable answer to contemporary At The Gates before making a career out of music that I can't stand. They almost shouldn't be here. But their second album is my favorite thing to come out of the Gothenburg scene, and it's still relevant to me today: 1995's majestic The Gallery. Metallica - ugh, I really have to put Metallica on this list. I don't want to; like a few of the other bands I listed, and to a greater degree than most, they went tits up, jumped the shark, shat the fucking bed. Not only that, but I hardly ever listen to them anymore, maybe once every year or two. And yet. And yet. Wow, these guys were a bolt of lightning. They put out the first metal album I owned, and they were the first "heavy" band I liked. They wrote the first guitar part I figured out by ear. They played the first concert I went to. I saved up money working all summer to buy legit tapes of their albums and a stereo to play them on. The riffs, the vocals, the songs... it's all there at the foundation of my musical journey. Maybe the most important band in my library. That's probably true for countless other people as well. Out of the albums I still enjoy, I'd have to choose 1988's bitter, intense, sometimes unexpectedly personal ...And Justice For All. _____ In a different year, under different lighting, any of the following bands might have made the list: Pantera Suffocation Rotting Christ Deicide Cannibal Corpse Beyond Dawn Fear Factory Faith No More At The Gates Darkthrone Satyricon Ulver Deftones Hedningarna Sisters Of Mercy Joy Division Deine Lakaien King Crimson Celtic Frost Anathema Demilich Ulcerate Obituary
  44. 2 points
    MacabreEternal

    New Purchases/Acquisitions

    Autopsy 'Severed Survival' CD - reissue from last year with 3 bonus tracks and the censored album cover.
  45. 2 points
    FatherAlabaster

    The Fallen Ones

    Whoa, Mindy and Thrashman! Nice to see you both, and nice post @MacabreEternal. I definitely get nostalgic about the community as it stood a few years ago. I also understand not having the time, I've had precious little of it myself lately and have actually gotten off of FB to try and get my head back on straight.
  46. 2 points
    Parker

    What's on your mind?

    Congratulations, MacabreEternal. I'm surprised to hear about Deathstorm, never saw him post anything inappropriate. Most of his posts were just: Today was a good day, looking forward to a wrestling show.
  47. 2 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Last few: Rotting Christ - Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers Cradle Of Filth - The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh Cradle Of Filth - Cruelty And The Beast Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
  48. 2 points
    Candlemass - Nightfall
  49. 2 points
    Picked up these 4 albums for 20 quid! all I need to get now is the deluxe edition of Eternal Idol, and I have the full Tony Martin collection! Love Headless Cross and TYR, but need to listen to Forbidden and Cross Purposes, i’ll listen to them on my Pizza Deliveries 😁
  50. 2 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Black Sabbath - 'Master of Reality'
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