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    What Are You Listening To?

    Queensryche - 'Operation Mindcrime'
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    Anger Management

    Try this on for some anger and pain:
  3. 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. I'm not averse to image per se, and I love the image of black metal bands that get it right, because it seems to fit. Everything in context. The old shots of Darkthrone and Mayhem are haunting and amazing, because they fit the vibe of what's going on. I love image and theatre when there's a sense of authenticity to it. The shoe has to fit for it to make sense.
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    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    This had nothing to do with your Coroner shirt. You receive respect and tribute wherever you go. Nice list by the way and it reminds me I have some listening to do.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Fleshgod Appcalypse - ‘King’ The Dead Daisies - ‘Burn it Down’
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    New Purchases/Acquisitions

    Aleister Crowely - ‘Liber al vel Legis’ Aleister Crowley - ‘The Book of the Goetia’ Thy Light - ‘Suici.De.Pression’ Korpiklaani ticket Eluveitie ticket
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    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    Well, it's clear that 1989 was a strange year that was dominated by hair metal and hard rock for me. Let's check out 1988 where the proper metal stands up and shouts. Requiem's Top 10 Albums of 1988 10. Running Wild - 'Port Royal' I've barely heard this band and I certainly haven't listened to this album in its entirety, but it takes the number 10 spot in honour of my brother @True Belief, who is a fan. Hail. Great 80s style pirates (the band)-in-a-tavern cover. I should actually listen to this at some point. 9. Candlemass - 'Ancient Dreams' Candlemass are always worthy of a listen, and this album has some nice moments. I really need to spend more time with it. Strange sort of fantasy novel cover, but it's cool as always. Candlemass will never be my favourite band but they're always respectable. 8. Bathory - 'Blood Fire Death' This is where Quorthon shifts his modus operandi from black metal to viking, and this album is the halfway mark. It's a bit rougher than things would become with 'Hammerheart', but it does the business with songs leaning towards the epic. I have a cheap re-release that lacks proper liner notes and lyrics, and I need a proper version. Stunning album art of valkyries in flight. 7. Slayer - 'South of Heaven' This and 'God Hates Us All' are probably my favourite Slayer albums, and I find this a lot more listenable and engaging than 'Reign in Blood' due to the slower pace and greater emphasis on melody, which I think actually adds to the menace rather than detracts. 'Mandatory Suicide' is mandatory listening and I remember playing this on drums back in high school in the 90s. Fitting album artwork. 6. Cinderella - 'Long Cold Winter' The worst thing this band ever did was give themselves such a limp band name, as Cinderella are actually pretty ballsy for a hair metal band. With Brian Johnson style vocals and a heavy blues vibe, this album is brilliant. The songwriting is just amazing. Of course, come 1991 no band called Cinderella could ever stand a chance. Boring all white cover. 5. Megadeth - 'So Far So Good So What' This is a strange album from Megadeth, probably because the production is so thick and the album cover is so alien. There are amazing songs on this release, such as the brilliant 1, 2 opening volley and of course 'In My Darkest Hour'. 'Mary Jane' is also a great haunting song. For some reason a kid at school chopped up a CD booklet and made it into a butchered cassette cover, which I had for years and frustratingly could only read half of the lyrics due to the scissor cuts. Strange what we remember from our youth... 4. Manowar - 'Kings of Metal' What an amazing album this is. 1987/1988 Manowar is some of the best and most fun metal I've heard, from the drama of 'The Warrior's Prayer' to untouchable epics like 'The Crown and the Ring'. For years I had underestimated this band, thinking they were just a corny Spinal Tap sort of thing, but no, they're the real deal. Brillant warrior album art. 3. Iron Maiden - 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' The classic light blue album from Maiden. The addition of those guitar synths, or whatever they are, give this a fantastical vibe that works really well, and the concept album message is pretty good although a little vague. The band are on fire, however, especially Bruce on songs like the title track and 'Infinite Dreams'. You can't deny them that this is a great album. Awesome cover of Eddie with the icebergs. 2. Metallica - 'And Justice for All' Yes, there's no bass and it's weird, but as a kid I had no idea anything was missing and I just loved this for what it was. Listening to it now, this album is simply stunning. The songs are epic, the drums click and clack and those guitars just soar. Listen to those twin guitars in the intro of 'Blackened'. Pure chills. Metallica are more like cartoon characters these days, but they once hit heights of perfection. Very impressive album cover that has sort of become an icon of 80s metal. 1. Ozzy Osbourne - 'No Rest for the Wicked' Compared with the genius of Metallica, this pulls up short, but for enjoyment factor this is it. Zakk Wylde's first album with the Ozman is a bit more serious than 'The Ultimate Sin', with Bob Daisley's lyrics emphasising the darker side of life, 'Crazy Babies' notwithstanding. The production is phat with 80s babies, 'Miracle Man' is catchy and Ozzy and Bob, this time with Zakk, produce the album of 1988 for Requiem Corp.
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    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    Hail the 80s! I can't keep this posting pace up for too long, but here's another list. 1989 was the year and era of thrash and those first few proper death metal albums, which I admire but don't find myself loving. I blame my teenage years and that I have a soft spot for songs about girls and the Sunset Strip. Requiem's Top 10 Albums of 1989 10. Candlemass - 'Tales of Creation' Not my favourite Candlemass album, but this - Messiah's last at the time - is still a solid slab of doom. It's funny, I was listening to it today and it was more Sabbath than Sabbath were at this stage. Some of this plods a bit and I find myself wishing I was listening to 'Epicus...'. Beautiful album cover as usual. 9. Morbid Angel - 'Altars of Madness' If it wasn't for all those damn catchy hair metal albums that came out this year, this album would be a lot higher up the list. Crystal production for 1989, don't know what's going on there but it's amazing. I love that Morbid Angel style with the original three guys and I have a real soft spot for the first four albums. Interesting album cover. I like it a fair bit. 8. Blind Guardian - 'Follow the Blind' I've always neglected old Blind Guardian, which is a pity, because these old albums are great. The choruses on songs like 'Banish From Sanctuary' and 'Valhalla' are to/die/for. Hansi's voice is amazing on any music, so this album really stands out from the crass thrash morass of 1989. Terrible but funny/cool album cover of... what... goblins? 7. Alice Cooper - 'Trash For me this is by faaaar the best Alice Cooper album, and I'm surprised at how weak-sauce the albums both before and after this one happen to be. Led by 80s anthem 'Poison', which I maintain is one of rock's greatest songs, there are plenty of other cracking tracks that make this a winner. Cool cover of Alice looking cool. 6. Aerosmith - 'Pump' Speaking of cracking tracks. Another 70s act that made it bigger than ever in the 80s, 'Pump' is their best album and went 7x platinum. 'Janie's Got a Gun' is great but a bit serious, so I'm more into party rock anthems like 'Love in an Elevator' and 'F.I.N.E'. Steven Tyler's voice is to/die/for. Dodgy album cover but funny and cool for the 80s. Trucks having sex hur hur hur. 5. Warrant 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' Is this really better than 'Pump'? It has an innocent frivolity about it that just kicks it into number 5. Look at the band photos, my god. This is girl-metal of the highest order, with barnstormers like '32 Pennies' and a simply awesome title track. See, most of you are listening to Kreator and Terrorizer... I'm listening to Warrant and considering putting my wife's lipstick on. Awesome album cover of fat rich man. 4. Whitesnake - 'Slip of the Tongue' The follow-up to '1987' was never going to measure up, and this doesn't, but it's still a fantastic album. Steve Vai on guitar playing Adrian Vandenberg's riffs, with David Coverdale at his puerile best. Just ridiculous lyrics, but that's half the fun. Album art is a rip-off of their previous album and isn't as good, but still cool. Miss John Sykes though. 3. Black Sabbath - 'Headless Cross' The first Tony Martin album is probably the best of Martin Sabbath, and throw in good old Cozy Powell on drums and you've got a great version of Black Sabbath that sounds and looks nothing like the 70s - and proper - version. Excellent gothic doom lyrics by Martin and all the 80s glory metal you could want. Dark heavy riffs that presage the gothic metal movement. Excellent gothic artwork. 2. Skid Row - 'Skid Row' The debut, this was and remains a huge album. Classic tracks like 'Big Guns', 'Youth Gone Wild', '18 and Life' and 'I Remember You' make this hair metal heaven for the Sunset Strip set. I tell you what, those New Jersey lads were lucky to find young Canadian Sebastian Bach. Without him they're nothing. Still waiting for the reunion... Great cover. 1. Motley Crue - 'Dr Feelgood' And the best album of 1989 comes from these four Sunset Strip stooges: Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy. When I first heard this in 1990 I was 10 years old and I-could-not-believe it. I had Motley Crue posters all over my juvenile bedroom walls. I still love this album and have two copies on CD, one permanently in my car and one in the mansion. Huge Bob Rock production, 'Kickstart My Heart', 'Dr Feelgood'. Look at these tracks. Wonderful green album cover. This just works. Bit worried about 'The Dirt' movie though...
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    Whatcha Eatin'?

    I'm coming over...
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    Whatcha Eatin'?

    Nice! I had a coupon anyway. I ate the whole thing and now I don’t feel as great about it...
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    Whatcha Eatin'?

    Very soon I shall be dining on Dominos Pizza. I'm very excited.
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    Top 3 albums/eps of the week.

    Fleshgod Apocalypse - 'King' This album has really blossomed for me lately. I can't get over how amazing it is to me and I really 'get' it. Cradle of Filth - 'Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa' Not as bad as I remember it. Scary to think it came out 9 years ago. I still see it as a recent album! It has some decent moments. My Dying Bride - 'A Line of Deathless Kings' Great album. In fact, probably their most underrated, and I was guilty of this for years, probably because the first track is the weakest and put me off a bit. As of track 2 it's game on.
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    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    There are a plethora of metal classics released in 1990, many that I am unfortunately not an authority on or that don't gel with me personally. I'm getting deja vu writing this list and may have done it elsewhere before. Anyway, here are ten that I feel some degree of affection for. Requiem's Top 10 Albums of 1990 10. Entombed - 'Left Hand Path' This is another one of those time and place type of albums. It just represents the dawn of a pretty significant movement in the Swedish death metal scene, and the sound of that guitar pedal has a lot to answer for. I'm not getting this tattooed on me, but it's a good listen and I respect it as much as admire the tunes. Nice old school album cover. 9. Pantera - 'Cowboys from Hell' This is a pretty happening album, and the first major label foray for these formally spandex bandits. The title track and 'Cemetery Gates' are classics. Nice riffing and drums, of course. Awesome album cover, and I remember as a 12 year old being pretty impressed with the bar room scene. Still am. 8. Slayer - 'Seasons in the Abyss' I like this more melodic version of Slayer. I can't say I listen to this very often - I don't even actually own it - but I nod my head appreciatively when it comes on somewhere. 'War Ensemble' and 'Dead Skin Mask' are killer songs. Album cover is a bit shit, but I guess it's now part of the landscape so it's ok. 7. Paradise Lost - 'Lost Paradise' Am I really being objective about my love for this album? Possibly. The Paradise Lost name and the guys who play on this album are like a warm comfort blanket, so before I've even heard the riffs I like this album. There are definitely great moments here and the birth of the Peaceville doom sound is taking place. Wacky album cover. 6. Iron Maiden - 'No Prayer for the Dying' This album is awesome and it tends to get a hard time from some people. I think it still has some really killer songs like 'Hooks in You' and 'Mother Russia' and each song has something to offer me personally and it's just a good-time Maiden album. The album cover's awesome with Eddie emerging from a grave (again). 5. Warrant - 'Cherry Pie' Shut up, this is metal. A cracking album from the talented Jani Lane, with some of hair metal's greatest songs - yes, including the title track. Attractive album cover with Lane's future wife Bobbi Brown. Warrant 4 lyf. 4. Judas Priest - 'Painkiller' I still don't own this, but I'm at the cusp of making the purchase. I've never been the biggest Priest fan, and in fact I've never actually owned a full album from these guys, which seems really odd. This is a great album though, obviously. I need it explore it more and become one with it. Man and CD. United in glory. 3. Black Sabbath - 'Tyr' Smashing album. Tony Martin's vocals here are brilliant, with Iommi's riffs fat and juicy with a great 80s vibe lingering across the glossy product. Opening track 'Anno Mundi' is a masterpiece. Hail Tony Martin. Hail Tony Iommi. Brilliant viking themed album cover. 2. Bathory - 'Hammerheart' Speaking of which. 'Hammerheart' is a milestone and the first true viking metal album. This is where it all comes together best for Quorthon, with 'One Rode to Asa Bay' and 'Father to Son' raising the hair on the back of my northern European neck. Brilliant vocals. Brilliant atmosphere, and one of the greatest metal album covers of all time. 1. Megadeth - 'Rust in Peace' As much as I love 'Hammerheart', I just can't go past this. This is a freakish album. Let's list the masterpieces within: 'Holy Wars', 'Hangar 18, 'Tornado of Souls', 'Rust in Peace... Polaris'. I also can't get enough of the original production and mix (fuck the remixes) that just sounds so great. Excellent alien conspiracy album cover. Every song is a classic. Easily the best album of 1990 for me.
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    Upcoming Albums, 2019 Edition

    Well, I'll be interested in checking the Darkthrone album out if that's the case. Although history shows us that when bands make claims about the next album's sound they're almost always fraudulent. Hopefully it's something that appeals to me, if not, no big deal.
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    Top 10 Albums of Any Given Year

    It's nearly been two years since I last posted a list here, and I have covered every year from 1992-2016 in this thread. My 2017 and 2018 lists are in their own threads. I really want to look back further and move into the 80s to see what I can come up with. Without second wave black metal and gothic doom I have a feeling we'll be seeing a bit of hair metal... So here we go again: Requiem's Top 10 Albums of 1991 10. Dismember - 'Like an Ever Flowing Stream' This is the era where death metal reigned, and I'm not the hugest fan of death metal. Nevertheless, this classic is a special album, with great production and a real sense of authenticity. I play this album all the time. Epic album artwork. 9. Carcass - 'Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious' This tends to be as rough as I go with Carcass, and I think they got the balance pretty right here. Those British medical voiceovers, the great guitar riffs and the songmanship all make this an enjoyable listen, especially when I'm feeling like severing a few limbs.... Unusual and imaginative album cover. 8. Bathory - 'Twilight of the Idols' I definitely prefer 'Hammerheart' to this, but dammit there's something so engaging about Quorthon's vocals and that big epic sound of his. The last song proper, confusingly called 'Hammerheart', reminds me too much of a hymn we sang at school, 'I Vow to Thee My Country' but apparently they're both based on a Holst work, so I guess it's ok. Suitably viking album cover. 7. Cathedral - 'Forest of Equilibrium' I don't love this as much as the hardcore fans out there, and sometimes I find it a bit dull, but overall this is a special moment in time that I do enjoy quite a lot when I'm in the right mood. Brilliant Dave Patchett artwork. 6. Type O Negative - 'Slow Deep and Hard' I'm a late convert to this album, and I think it generally performs well in a weaker year for my personal musical taste. Still, there's no arguing with the foundation of the great Type O sounds of the future. I'm still not a huge fan of the humour. Foolish album cover. 5. Darkthrone - 'Soulside Journey' Bloody great album, this. Obviously more death metal than black, this still nevertheless exudes the vibe that really resonates with me, and it's basically just a really cool album. The album cover is strange but excellent - I really love it. 4. Skid Row - 'Slave to the Grind' Lifelong classic in Castle Requiem, I still remember the first time I heard it back in 1991 as an 11 year old. I still feel that same thrill today, 28 years later. Sebastian Bach's voice is off the charts on songs like 'Monkey Business' and 'Quicksand Jesus'. Weird album cover but I'm used to it - apparently a painting by Sebastian's father. 3. Guns n Roses - 'Use Your Illusion II' I'm not listening to this every day, but this album is an out and out classic. I don't rate the first 'Use Your Illusion' anywhere near this masterpiece, as tracks like 'You Could Be Mine', 'Locomotive', 'Estranged' and 'Pretty Tied Up' are just next level. They should have released the best songs from this plus 'November Rain' and made it a single album. But no... Album covers for these are pretty dumb, even though they come from a Raphael masterpiece. 2. Paradise Lost - 'Gothic' A monolithic album that created a genre (more or less). This is a special album that contains an atmosphere that would really shape my listening habits throughout my life. Morose riffs, gothic atmosphere, some female vocals, all laying down the archetypes. Again, strange album cover but it's very effective. 1. Ozzy Osbourne - 'No More Tears' Ah Ozzy. It's no secret that I'm an Ozzy tragic and this would be up in my top three or four of his albums. I've sort of overplayed this over the years, but it's one classy album that has become a full on classic. The title track alone is worthy of placing this at number 1. Brilliant album cover of classy Ozzy.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Watain - various tracks in preparation for their live show in a couple of weeks. Even though I own their last four albums I can't say I'm the biggest fan, so I'm spinning their setlist. I make a point of not reading setlists prior to seeing bands so that there's a degree of surprise, but for part time fandom like Watain I'm making an exception in the hope that I'll recognise and enjoy the songs more.
  18. Funny you should say that, because I actually took out a subscription with Zero Tolerance right after the Terrorizer blimp went down. The customer service was a thousand times better. I let that subscription lapse because I wasn't finding enough bands that I was personally interested in reading about. Also, the small format of the magazine I found to be a little hard to deal with - the font was bloody tiny. Why do they publish it in A5(?) size? It's like the magazine shrank in the wash... Haven't read a Kerrang or Metal Hammer since high school in the 90s, and even then I knew there was something not quite right with them. Having said that, I've since bought an 80s copy of Kerrang on ebay for the nostalgia/history. In fact, I foolishly bought two of the same issue about six months apart if you can believe that. What a knucklehead I am. Good times.
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    Upcoming Albums, 2019 Edition

    New Insomnium? Excellent! There are so many of my favourite bands releasing albums this year, it's going to be huge. Rotting Christ and Saor both release their albums on Feb 15. Can't say I'm overly excited by another Darkthrone jam session caught on tape...
  20. It's certainly a different world now, and I feel for any company trying to keep hardcopy publishing going on. Except Terrorizer... It's a far cry from the 80s when Kerrang used to fly journalists out to festivals around the world, put them up in great hotels and pay all expenses, just to get a special feature!
  21. The rot started a lot longer than a year ago. Here's my story: I started buying Terrorizer in 1997, and I still have at least two copies from that year. Coincidentally, I just sent @True Belief a picture of one of them a couple of days ago (the Mayhem cover). For a kid in Australia in the 90s, it was easily the best way to get news and information about quality metal bands, and the journalism was comparatively fantastic when compared with the competition. I still sometimes flick through these old editions for the historical value. I was a regular purchaser from newsagents for several years, even getting the newsagent to hold me a copy, until I finally took out a subscription in about 2001 I think. I was a subscriber from then through to about 2011 or 2012, I can't recall for certain, but I kept every copy and I have a garden shed full of literally hundreds of copies in cardboard boxes, smelling of lawn mower fuel now I've discovered. I once had a letter published in the letters section and my first album was reviewed when I was living in England. From memory they gave it 6/10. I had a track on one of their Fear Candy c.ds too later on. So anyway I was a huge supporter, until.... Back around 2012 or thereabouts - I really can't remember specifically- there were huge problems with distribution all of a sudden. Without notification the magazine stopped arriving in my mailbox and this happened to many other people as well. Month after month went by with nothing, despite having paid in full. Emails and facebook messages to the publisher went ignored, and it was quite a scandal at the time. I felt really let down. I had literally purchased every copy from about 1997 through to 2012 which amounted to a huge investment, and then I was literally ripped off. It wasn't just me though, it was obviously many, many people. After about six months my subscription elapsed and that was it - no renewal letter, no email. So I just let it go. All this time, however, they were updating the website and advertising on facebook, and issues were appearing in the newsagents. It was crazy. People were losing their shit over it and there was venom and vitriol on their social media platforms. I could be wrong about the 2012 date, but that seems to be when my collection ends so it seems about right. I had noticed that the standard of journalism had been slipping for a couple of years before that too. A quick comparison between the late 90s and early 2000s issues and the 2010s issues reveals much shorter album reviews and artist features in the later editions. As in 50% shorter. The articles about bands became more like blurbs than full stories and I never really understood why. I'm sort of amazed when I flick through the 2010-2012 issues even now at how everything became truncated and simplified. I haven't read an issue since my subscription disappeared into the aether. So screw you Terrorizer. You owe me about 50 bucks for the remainder of my subscription many years ago! What bothered me much more than that, however, was the fact that you couldn't even be bothered to send me a quick note to explain what was going on. Just bizarre. And probably a "thanks" for about 15 years as a regular customer. I want it in writing and signed in blood.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Dimmu Borgir - 'Forces of the Northern Night' Wacken performance with the orchestra and choir. Good clean fun.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Borknagar - 'The Olden Domain' To my shame, this one and 'The Archaic Course' aren't in my collection. I need to pick them up to complete the Borknagar saga.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    'Thy Raven Wings' and 'The Poorest Waltz' are truly great tracks. Classics even. NP: Mutiilation - 'Vampires of Black Imperial Blood' This has become one of my favourite albums. The riffs are so simple yet so stunning and haunting. I actually own two versions of this, the Drakkar Productions official re-release and a shitty bootleg with a rearranged track list.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Ah, excellent. I've resolved to buy the other Saor releases too at some point. From what I've heard of the new album it sort of confirms in my mind that Saor are one of the best projects in the world right now. Been playing some My Dying Bride albums lately, especially albums I haven't heard in a while: 'A Line of Deathless Kings' - amazing album and much better than I usually give it credit for. The opening track is the weakest, all the others are (mostly) killer. 'For Lies I Sire' - also really good. 'A Map of All Our Failures' - doesn't do it for me. This and the EP track 'Barghest o' Whitby' (great title) just plod along for the most part with fairly uninspiring riffs. The riffs are often bland with no chill-down-the-neck factor. What really lets this album down - and to a lesser degree 'Feel the Misery' - are Aaron's vocals. For some reason he's become quite whiney rather than the graceful croon of the past. His flow is also quite awkward, with an unbalanced number of syllables per line that are just forced in there. I also maintain there are too many lyrics in most of the songs and he needs to shoosh a bit so that the music can do its thing. It's weird that this is happening at this stage of his long and illustrious career. Let's hope the next album sees a bit more class and good decision-making from Aaron and the lads.
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