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Requiem last won the day on December 29 2017

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  1. What bands did you see live in 2017?

    Jeez... who did I see? It's in the dark past now. I won't bother listing local gigs. Mayhem performing 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', and not a single second more thank you very much Necromoneybagsbutcher. Pretty boring, with Harry Potter theatrics - fake candles, purple velvet tablecloths etc. It was about as authentic as an overweight teenage goth girl's Halloween party. (5th time seeing them) Sebastian Bach. Nostalgic, fun, and he sounded great. Amazing crowd in Melbourne's best venue (The Forum). (1st time) Wintersun. Amazing, one of the best shows I've seen. (1st time) Insomnium. Amazing, one of the best shows I've seen. (1st time) Paradise Lost. Look, I love these guys, but man, it was pretty boring. A bunch of motionless 50 year-olds standing on a dark stage with no backdrop or lights show. Pretty hard to keep excited after 20 minutes when they lost interest after 5. (3rd time) Primordial. No one takes himself more seriously than good old Alan, and I stood in disbelief as I saw his mic cord fall out of the mic at least five times in the first song. It was a mixture of funny and disappointing because the atmosphere was ruined. Why doesn't he shell out for a cordless? I left early. Where greater mic-cords have fallen. (2nd time) Can't remember any others. If I think of them I'll edit.
  2. What Are You Listening To?

    You're right. If I think about my favourite Dimmu songs, they're all (mostly) based around a killer riff: 'Mourning Palace', 'Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny' etc. It's puzzling as to why they have pushed on in this symphonic-lite style. Is it really appealing to them as musicians? Hard to imagine, and I'd hate to put a more sinister, financial, reason on the table.... Yeah, the first movement of 'Winter's Gate' is beautiful. I saw them live when the played the whole album through and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Speaking of, I'm now listening to Wintersun - 'The Forest Seasons'. Are you into it oh blessed one? I can't get over how good this album is. I get chills every time I hear it. They were amazing live too.
  3. The Dio hologram?

    I'm very old fashioned, I'm afraid, and against the hologram idea. I just can't get away from the notion that it's a money-making scheme. It's canned Dio - you pay some cash then they open the can and out he pops. I just don't see what it's adding to anyone's experience of Dio. In fact, I could go further and lament the loss of the tactile world for one that is digital and, ultimately, unreal.
  4. Top 3 albums/eps of the week.

    Rotting Christ - 'Lucifer Over Athens'. Two huge disk of live Rotting Christ songs from across their full career. Great track selection, good musical production on the guitars - terribly washed out cymbals. Bizarrely poor mixing of crowd sounds. It doesn't feel like a live show at all as there is absolutely no atmosphere. It sounds like a rehearsal tape I reckon. It could have been so much better with the live vibe coming through by leaving the crowd sounds up a bit during songs, and waaaay higher between them. Pretty weird release. First Blind Guardian, now Rotting Christ - I think atmospheric bands lose a bit of what makes them special when they're just a bunch of blokes jamming it out live. I guess it's back to the albums for me where I can lose myself in a magical world of darkness and transcendence... Eldamar - 'A Dark Forgotten Past'. A beautiful and mesmerizing album. Borrowing the template from Summoning, this is one-man-band atmospheric black metal par excellence. Kiss - 'Animalize'. I'm really at the end of my 80s Kiss obsession now, but this still gets a few plays in the car on a sunny afternoon on the way home from work. It stays on after track three if I'm getting beer that night....
  5. Bands with the Best B-Sides

    Here's a slightly different example - bands who record a plethora of songs, release some for the album then release the rest for an EP a year or two later. My Dying Bride have an excellent recent example of this. The 'A Map of All Our Failures' album from 2012 was a good album, but probably not a great one. However, the EP 'The Manuscript', released in 2013, contains tracks from the 'Map' sessions, which I consider are actually superior to all but one of the 'Map' tracks. (I feel that track two of 'Map', 'The Poorest Waltz' is the best song from the sessions). I find it really interesting that some fairly mediocre tracks made it on to the album, and some stunning material made it onto the later EP. Incidentally, I actually own 'The Vaulted Shadows' which is 'The Manuscript' along with their 20 minute + track 'The Barghest o' Whitby' (2011), and 'Manuscript' slays the tedious, plodding 'Whitby'.
  6. The Blessing Way (gothic metal ireland)

    Hey, I just checked out a few tracks. Really nice stuff! There's a lot of work in this. I really love the overall approach - songwriting, titles, guitar work. I know programming is a necessary evil if you want to make metal without the huge expense of recording real drums. So yeah, overall this is really cool. Great work man.
  7. What Are You Listening To?

    Insomnium - 'Winter's Gate' I'd forgotten about this gem. What a masterpiece. I still don't own it, which is yet another travesty.
  8. Cradle of Filth

    His work on ‘V Empire’, ‘Dusk and Her Embrace’, ‘Cruelty and the Beast’ and Dimmu’s ‘Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia’ are some of my all time favourite drum performances. They really help to make those albums the masterpieces they are.
  9. What Are You Listening To?

    Finally the new Dimmu Borgir track 'Interdimensional Summit' has been released. I'm a Dimmu fan from way back, but I don't know. This song is pretty strange on first and second listenings. It's so poppy it's crazy. It's great to hear Shagrath's voice again after 8 years, but the chorus, wow, it's like Nightwish. As the youtubers are saying, it's like a mix between Nightwish and Therion. The first riff also really reminded me of 'Fuel for Hatred' by Satyricon. I'm looking forward to the album, but this song left me very bemused.
  10. What's on your mind?

    Surgery went well and everything's good. She came home yesterday and is in pretty good spirits - even going to a birthday party today. She's a little trooper. Tough 36 hours for us all really... Well, obviously my arm wasn't broken, but you know what I mean. 1 degree in Norwich Town! I'm so nostalgic for England these days, it really bothers me. And keep away from those cherubs, you monster.
  11. Paradise Lost

    I'm listening to 'Grand Morbid Funeral' now, and I like it a lot more than when it first came out. I think I must have demonised Nick's voice in my mind a little bit, cause it's alright here. A little scary to see that it came out in 2014. Time moves so quickly these days it's ridiculous.
  12. Portal "ION"

    One of the great emperor's new clothes bands when it comes to their live shows if you ask me. I've seen them many times in Australia and the sound is literally a wall of noise with no discernible riffs or even notes. Just some guy with a clock around his neck gurning at the audience for 40 minutes while randoms create fuzz on their instruments. Really preposterous stuff.
  13. General Pics (Holidays, walks, outings etc.)

    Nice to see your yard coming along. It looks done! I want to roll around on that grass. Thailand looks amazing! Can't wait till July! Come and crash at the Castle R. All the guest rooms are haunted, of course.
  14. Favourite Debut Albums

    How have I missed this juicy little thread? I'm sure I've done a Requiem's Top 10 Debut Albums which everyone has learnt by heart (right? right??), but here are some at short notice. Dissection - 'The Somberlain' Emperor - 'In the Nightside Eclipse' Anathema - 'Serenades' Tristania - 'Widow's Weeds' Cradle of Filth - 'The Principle of Evil Made Flesh' Moonspell - 'Wolfheart'
  15. What Are You Listening To?

    Cradle of Filth - 'Hammer of the Witches' I'm only now just realising how much I love this album more than 'Cryptoriana'.