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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Corrosive in New to metal and looking for music   
    The phrase "heavy metal music" was coined by William Burroughs, in 1962, to describe the preferred tastes of "the heavy metal people on Uranus" ... I think the book was called Soft Machine ... which is also the name for a progressive rock band from the 70s (that's worth checking out). The concept was strongly associated with "drug culture" in its early years, that is to say before 1975, when Judas Priest decided to create a unique image for themselves, with various paraphernalia from sadomasochism (the studs and the leather and all that malarky) and a way sharper focus on the guitar shredding. They were the first to describe themselves as a heavy metal band ... a label that Black Sabbath has vehemently denied for their own work all along ... even though it's customary to name them as the founders of the genre and the first "real metal band". 
    Inspired by Burroughs, the band Killing Floor released an album (in 69 or 70, I don't remember) called "Out Of Uranus". Knowing that obscure beatnick language connection will make it easier to see the pattern all along the way. When beatnicks said "heavy" they meant something very serious, or profound, either way something that had a heavy impact on you. Like drugs. However that may be, "drug culture" peaked between 1968-73, and has been in decline ever since, so that's hardly even relevant anymore. Nowadays, people mean only the sound (and some of the image) when they talk about what is and what isn't "metal" ... but for those who can remember the old times, there will always be the "brown acid and pink amphetamine" connection. 
    Liking melody might mean that one of the real classics, "Rising" by Rainbow, could be of interest. 
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Moonhead in The Official Black Metal Recommendations Thread   
    Man, this is a looooong thread ... that took some time to get through. But it's also a very interesting one. I'm going to throw in a band that Euronymous was fervently championing for a while ... before his life came to such an untimely end. They weren't heard of for the longest time, but are out with a (relatively) new one now, called Planet Satan. Their sound will NOT appeal to everyone ... but if you like the thin and noisy guitar mix thing, this might just work for you. Oh,and yeah, they use a drum machine ... which I suppose makes them somewhat "industrial". Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mysticum (possibly my personal favourite among BM bands, from any time or "subgenre"):
    Another great band that should be mentioned among the old guard from the 90s is Windir, although they may not be much known outside of the Norwegian scene. More melodic and "viking" than Satanic, really ... but it ought to appeal to those who like Ulver. Or at least, so I think. This is Journey To The End:
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from salmonellapancake in What Are You Listening To?   
    Meshuggah. This will take some time.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Athame in What Are You Listening To?   
    Meshuggah. This will take some time.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Necturion in Thoughts on metal and negativity   
    This is abso-fucking-lutely correct. What y'all young ones may not think about right now is ... where does this leave me 30 years down the road? As a time travelling reporter who's been there and seen that, I can inform you that you stand to gain exactly fuck all by giving up your independence of mind and body. Those who did invariably became old and fat and boring. Yeah they got some money, a bit of job security and a fine car or whatever, but they lost their souls. Keep that in mind, boys and girls. This battle isn't over until they start shovelling dirt down over your cold dead body.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Parker in Weed   
    I've been a friend of the weed (mostly in the form of hashish) since 1976. My consumption has been up and down, though. It really peaked after I decided that to quit drinking alcohol (after having been a moderate to heavy drinker all my adult life), but has since evened out ... to the point of living a mostly sober lifestyle now. No drinking, no drugs, no nothing, really, except for the black coffee. Which is a whole different kind of trip, to be honest. Being sober is a really fucking psychedelic thing. Seriously.
    However, should I feel like smoking some weed, that's "allowed". I don't think I'll ever drink again though.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Musel in The Official Black Metal Recommendations Thread   
    Mayhem, Emperor, Darkthrone.
    Not because there is a lack of other good bands but because those are (still) my three main BM bands. 
    Can I have another three?
    Satyricon, Tsjuder, Mysticum. 
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from H34VYM3T4LD4V3 in Rate the song above you!   
    Yeah I remember that one ... and how I felt more optimistic about Halford's solo thing than the continuation of JP. It was weird for a while, but I like that album. I play it every now and then. 6/10. 
    Now for some 80s stuff ...
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from ChainsawAkimbo in [Discussion] Guitar Smashing and Instrument Destruction   
    When Jimi Hendrix did it I think it was between him and the guitar. They had a "special relationship" that almost certainly included some hate. Pete Townsend was the certified bad boy of his time. The Who were always the worst. They had a reputation to keep up. The first time I saw someone smash up their guitar on stage was in 1980. It was Paul Stanley of Kiss. I even secured a part as he was tossing them into the audience. But it was of course not his good guitar. Everybody could see that. 
    My thoughts on this is that if they are your instruments, they are yours to do whatever you want with, including smashing them up. However, I fail to see what's "badass" about destroying your own property just for the hell of it. If it's a part of some greater show of message, sure, why not, but the general rule of thumb is that musicians should be careful with theatrical antics. It doesn't always play out as they had imagined it would.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from H34VYM3T4LD4V3 in Greatest Song to Close an Album   
    Nothing has ever come close to being a better album closer than Black Rose from the album by that same name, released by Thin Lizzy in 1979. You don't even have to be Irish to get that one.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from H34VYM3T4LD4V3 in Classical (Pre-Metal)   
    1. The "Mars" movement from Gustav Holst's Planet Suite. It is, literally, the tritone theme that inspired the song Black Sabbath, by the band by the same name. So a bit like heavy metal, yes. 
    2. That gunfire thing from the 1812 overture by Piotr Tchaikovsky.
    3. I feel like there should be something by Wagner. Let's do the classic, Ride of the Valkyries.
    (I'll leave the Paganini angle to someone else.)
    Rite of Spring is by Stravinsky. Big scandal in Paris back in the day. Fascinating story.
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    MaxFaust gave a Damn to Athame in Rate the song above you (non-metal edition)   
    I absolutely love this song. I even posted here in this thread too some time ago, so 9/10
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from stonywings in Rate the song above you (non-metal edition)   
    Hmm. I was under the impression that Therapy was considered a valid "nu metal" band, kind of genre similar with Primus, Prong and SOAD ... but whatever. I've heard "rock band" too. Either way, I like that sort of thing. 7/10.
    Now for something completely different:
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Athame in Rate the song above you!   
    Fucking classic!!! A major musical kick back in the day. 9/10.
    Sone years later ... and also somewhat inspired ... "black space metal" from Norway ...
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from H34VYM3T4LD4V3 in Rate the song above you!   
    This only reminds me of that old problem with Judas Priest and album covers. Scream for Vengeance is easily one of the best metal album covers ever ... whereas this sucks six different kinds of ass. Musically, it isn't all there either. They are definitely "at work" and doing a decent enough job as such ... meaning that it may not be a great Priest album, but it's still way above the "lesser" bands. I'm gonna give that song, on its own merits, a 7/10.
    Okay ... now for something completely different:
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Natassja in Judging by the cover   
    Literally ... my first and quite immediate association:
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in Do you care about lyrics?   
    They do, because it's fucking stupid. These ridiculous nancy boys can take their nazi fantasies and stuff them up their poop shoot. WTF. Either they are real nazis, in which case they deserve a solid beating every day for the rest of their lives, or they're just common morons who think this is a valid way of making yourself interesting. Either way, I'm not gonna start crying when that nazi ass is getting kicked.
    Creating art is a valid reason to break the normal rules for acceptable conduct and good taste. Morality isn't even an argument. However, this must not be confused for a free pass to be as stupid as you want, and get away with it. Nazi propaganda is not okay. Pretending to be into that stuff isn't cool. Nazis are no better than child molesters, when it comes to how much respect they deserve. Why even try to communicate? Better to just punch them on the nose without any further ado. 
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Natassja in Gates Of Death Metal   
    I don't know when (or even if) I got into "death metal". Apparently, I'd been listening to it without being aware of it. Earliest? Probably Death, Obituary or Morbid Angel. Or why not Cannibal Corpse? I remember the band name from before having even heard any of their music. At the time I was more "black" oriented.
    An album worth mentioning though, is Heartwork, by Carcass.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Fraser in Rate the song above you!   
    I'm gonna have to give Monolord 9/10 ... because I fucking love that album. If I were forced to "sacrifice"most of what I've acquired over the last couple of years, the Monolord album would be among the last to go.
    Over to some Mexican proto-metal from way back in Aztec times. 
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    As you probably know, Norway has two official written languages, that are pretty much identical in the eyes of foreigners. "Noregs Vaapen" is a grand mal violation of the boundaries between them. (Vaapen being an archaic "conservative" form, whereas Noreg is radical "neo-Norwegian". People get killed over that shit.) It's also perhaps a point that "vaapen" in normal use will translate into "coat of arms" more often than "weapons". Context is everything. The way it is written up is best translated as "this is the real symbol of Norway" ... if you want to know what it means, that is. 
    That being said, great fucking album!
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Natassja in What Are You Listening To?   
    As you probably know, Norway has two official written languages, that are pretty much identical in the eyes of foreigners. "Noregs Vaapen" is a grand mal violation of the boundaries between them. (Vaapen being an archaic "conservative" form, whereas Noreg is radical "neo-Norwegian". People get killed over that shit.) It's also perhaps a point that "vaapen" in normal use will translate into "coat of arms" more often than "weapons". Context is everything. The way it is written up is best translated as "this is the real symbol of Norway" ... if you want to know what it means, that is. 
    That being said, great fucking album!
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    "Human" by Death has been on high rotation these last few weeks.
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Athame in Rate the song above you (non-metal edition)   
    Definitely 8/10. Psychobilly is "up there" ... and Nekromantix is among the best.
    But now for something completely different. I bought this on 7" in 1981 ... based only in the creepy looking cover art (it was some kind of industrial gulag death camp thing). I was expecting some kind of punk act, but what I got was much, much better ...
     
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    MaxFaust given a Damn from Will in Top 10 Albums of 2018   
    Of albums released in 2018 ... are you fucking kidding me? I'm not even up to date with the 80s yet ... it seems kind of random what I hear about and not, so it's not like I've made any informed and conscious choice based in what I've listened to and subsequently arranged in some kind of neat order ... I can only say that there are two albums that have seriously hit it home with me this year of 2018: 
    There is Craft, "White Noise And Black Metal" ... it appeals to me for the same reasons that the "new" Mayhem appeals to me. There is some kind of weird "surgical chaos" vibe going on in there that I find pleasing. Very competent work with several layers of discreet complexity. The "trve evil kult" black metal kids are probably not going to like this album, but metal conisseurs, musicians and intellectuals might just find a gem.
    Then there is Rivers of Nihil, "Where Owls Know My Name" ... which is one of those projects that break the form, in that it incorporates elements of various, seemingly incompatible things, such as chugging death metal riffs with a mellow saxophone solo ... which really should NOT work, but it kind of does anyway. Very interesting album, also a strangely beautiful creature.
    My third mention is going to be Outre-Tombe ... but I haven't quite processed that one yet. However, it seems so far that it might just become one of my "legends". We shall see.
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    MaxFaust gave a Damn to Fraser in Rate the song above you!   
    Not my kind of Vocals but not a bad track 5/10
     
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