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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
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
  3. 5 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Sepultura - Arise
  4. 5 points
    salmonellapancake

    What Are You Listening To?

    Burzum- "Filosofem"
  5. 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.
  6. 4 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Ozzy - Bark At The Moon
  7. 4 points
    Mgla - Exercises in Futility
  8. 4 points
    True Belief

    Pets

    So that was then - this is now.
  9. 4 points
    Iron Maiden ‘Piece Of Mind’ Darkthrone ‘The Hardship Of the Scots’
  10. 4 points
    Depraved

    What Are You Listening To?

    Type O Negative - October Rust
  11. 4 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Now: Death - Spiritual Healing Was: Thanatos - Emerging from the Netherworlds.
  12. 4 points
    Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes My Dying Bride - Like Gods Of The Sun
  13. 4 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Death - Symbolic
  14. 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
  15. 4 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Metallica - ‘Ride the Ligtning’
  16. 3 points
    FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Lethal - Programmed Opeth - Orchid
  17. 3 points
    Depraved

    What Are You Listening To?

    Slayer - Show No Mercy
  18. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    Opportunity to take a new job and essentially double my salary (OTE could be in excess of 100k per annum). Massive pressure associated with it though obviously. They came to me though so must think I can do it. I have the weekend to think it over.
  19. 3 points
    GorboGorboze

    Post here if you're drunk

    Come the fuck at me BITCHES , hashtag “this is that day for it” hostage enjoy your freedom, hashtag nearly drunk at nearly three pm dot commercial. Fucking dot comertial dot com. Now I’m pretty much ready to satart partying Merica style. If if you ain’t than we will get to your ass in a minute for sure. In in the final analysis real deal of it though, across the board , I advise you get down to business of being free, as free as you can be. just because it rhymes doesn’t meant it’s not the the way to go. with love to all and not all that done in as I might seem, Gorbogorboze wishes to u well.
  20. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Gorgoroth - 'Pentagram'
  21. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Chimera" - Mayhem
  22. 3 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Obliveon - From This Day Forward Criminally underrated/unknown album/band.
  23. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Death - Leprosy
  24. 3 points
    This thing showed up:
  25. 3 points
    Innominate

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
  26. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    I was pretty tipsy when I made that “life-changing” quote. Let’s see if it changes lives in the long-run. NP: Paradise Lost - ‘Icon’. Life-changing!
  27. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Mgla - 'Exercises in Futility' The music, the lyrics. Life-changing.
  28. 3 points
    True Belief

    What Are You Listening To?

    Megadeth- Peace Sells
  29. 3 points
    Kilian_Leon

    Pets

    Some people thinks this is a nasty and weird animal to have but it's the best thing that happened in my life. Here's my little lovely dove named "Nugget" (first photo is one week after I rescued her)
  30. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Obliveon - Droidomized
  31. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Iron Maiden ‘Killers’
  32. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    I don’t know how you guys listen to two or three albums simultaneously. It must be a right cacophony. Requiem listens to one album at a time exclusively. NP: Mayhem - ‘Dawn of the Black Hearts’. Hail the old spirit.
  33. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In I think I Saw @MacabreEternal listening this here for the first time if I'm not wrong, then I decided to search it because the name of the band looks like a portuguese word, so for a sec I thought it was a Brazilian/Portuguese band. Anyways, sick album!
  34. 3 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Covenant
  35. 3 points
    H34VYM3T4LD4V3

    What Are You Listening To?

    KISS - Detroit Rock City
  36. 3 points
    Cannibal Corpse - Gallery of Suicide & Worm Infested
  37. 3 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
  38. 3 points
    Thrashman

    What Are You Listening To?

    Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In
  39. 3 points
    Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
  40. 3 points
    Dismember - Like An Everflowing Stream Learning Override of the Overture right now so I thought this was appropriate.
  41. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Beherit - The Oath of Black Blood
  42. 3 points
    Balor

    What Are You Listening To?

    "Bergtatt" - Ulver
  43. 3 points
    Athame

    What Are You Listening To?

    Danzig - Danzig
  44. 3 points
    MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Destruction ‘Release from Agony’
  45. 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
  46. 3 points
    Requiem

    What Are You Listening To?

    Satyricon - ‘The Shadowthrone’
  47. 3 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
  48. 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."
  49. 3 points
    Vampyrique

    What's on your mind?

    Brave soul. Giving up sex and money altogether.
  50. 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!
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