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  1. Listening to a bunch of black metal from islamic countries; I want to make a playlist from whatever songs I like. This is one of those: Amelnakru (from Iraq) with "Wrath"
  2. I've neglected my Mercyful Fate & King Diamond collection for far too long (only possessing the albums up to 1988) so I decided to catch up; not every album was for sale on my online shop of choice, but I got: Mercyful Fate: In the Shadows Time 9 King Diamond: The Spider's Lullabye Voodoo Abigail II: The Revenge The Puppet Master Great albums! I could be sorry for having missed out on them for so long, but it's rather the opposite: I'm glad to learn to know a whole bunch of unknown albums!
  3. There *is* a an intro called Choir of the Damned on the original record, but it is about a minute shorter than on the new release. (My description of the additional minute as 'organ' was incorrect and misleading; both the old and new pieces seem a mix of both guitar and keyboard). Somebody uploaded a vinyl rip to Youtube; this is the original intro:
  4. I was randomly looking at bands, and at one point I reached the page of Aschmicrosa. They have an absurd number of full-length releases; from 2012 and on they release at least two full-lenghts a year, and some years three or even four! (Btw some of these 'full-lenghts' are under 30 minutes, while their one EP is 26 minutes. Weird.) I haven't been able yet to check out their music, but if their albums are any good they must be one of the most productive bands in the genre!
  5. I like (and love) a lot of non-metal music as well, to the extent that it can get me into ecstasy, but with metal (especially black metal) there is often a sensation (maybe a realization, or maybe just an illusion) of a deep understanding on a level that unites both philosophy and emotion, which I seldom have with other music. An attempt at self-reflection: I'm a person who, confronted with a problem, or even just a task that needs to be done, always starts with giving a synopsis of everything that possibly could go wrong. By doing this, I have all these possibilities off my chest and they don't bother me afterwards, but other people often find this very annoying, and seem to think it is like inviting bad omen (which I find ridiculously superstitious). Maybe this is why I feel so connected with the alleged negativity in black metal...
  6. Does your copy too begin with some organ tune that wasn't there on the original album? It's not that I dislike this organ tune, but I'd rather had had it left off, because I'd have liked the album it to be like in '86. (Maybe there's a story behind it like "we would have done that if we had had the money for it at that point in time", like Jabba the Hutt appearing in the re-release of Star Wars; A New hope?) Oh well, I can always play my old vinyl copy. Apart from that, it is a fine package indeed. Funny to read that Faces of Death, which was a popular cult movie at the time, was a big inspiration for the album!
  7. Great thread! I've already picked out a bunch of bands that I will inspect closer in the nest few weeks. It seems that the Russian black metal formation Blackdeath hasn't been mentioned yet. Ofcourse the bandname is rather generic so maybe that makes people overlook them? But they're actually a great band; especially their newer releases are worthwhile (the older ones can be enjoyed too, but they are of a more questionable quality, both production- and musicianshipwise — but of course this can have its own charm as well). "Das Pestreich" from "Katharsis: kalte Lieder aus der Hölle" [2010] "Das Zähnefletschen Des Engels (Phobos)" from "Phobos" [2013] "Der Hammer des steineren Molochs" from "Gift" [2015] "Hass in den Adern der Erde" from "Phantasmhassgorie" [2019] These folks —two Russian brothers and a woman from Georgia (the country, not the U.S. state)— also have a non-metal side project, Cthulhu Biomechanical (or variations of that name, depending on what they are doing) which could be called 'industrial psychedelic'
  8. For me, these dark currents in most of the metal bands I listened to when I was 15-17 yo, have acted as a catalyst in seeing through mainstream morality. I already had a tendency towards that, but the music and texts of e.g. Venom and Mercyful Fate speeded up the process. I never took the satanic messages and imagery literally; they were a metaphore (and/or allegory) to me. I grew up to be a fairly harmless person though
  9. Nice to make your acquaintance 😊 My musical taste is varied, and while for most of the artists/genres that I like I have (offline) friends to discuss this with, none of them really appreciates metal to the extent that I do. So I figured I that might as well subscribe to this forum. I suppose that I mostly like black metal, in all of its incarnations (which certainly doesn't mean that I like every band labeled as such) including the arguably-trash-rather-than-black first few records of Venom, which were incredibly important to me when I was 15/16 yo. At that time, during the mid 1980s, the distinctions between black, death, thrash and even speed metal were vague; in retrospect the term 'extreme metal' is more convenient (see the next paragraph for examples of my taste). But I also enjoy some more mainstream metal like Iron Maiden, the 2nd and 3rd of Metallica and about half of the oeuvre of Manowar. Some other bands/artists that I like (and in many cases just a bunch of their records, or maybe even just a few songs, not everything): Bathory, Possessed, Exodus, Slayer, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Voïvod, Destruction, Kreator, Onslaught, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Ildjarn, Veles, Vlad Tepes, Skálmöld, Blackdeath, Klabautamann, Alcest, Nav' (HABb), Root, Sammath, Todesstoß, Absurd, Akitsa, Al Namrood, Besatt, Book of Sand, Botanist, Brujeria, Darkspace, Enthroned, and more. That seems like a lot, but whenever I read a magazin about Metal, it is always full with bands that I've never heard of! The mystique/drama (whatever you want to call it), that is mostly seen in the black metal scene also has my interest. I find it often both ridiculous and impressive at the same time! Some non-metal music that I like (again, not everything) includes hard rock, stoner rock, krautrock (e.g. the first 8 or so records of Tangerine Dream), psychedelic rock, space age bachelor pad music (I mean the genre, not the Stereolab album; e.g. stuff like Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Esquivel), jazz, classical, so-called 'old music', minimal music (like Steve Reich and Philip Glass), ambient, and more. Well, I suppose I might run into some of you on the forums
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