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  1. Was in a real death metally mood this evening... Immolation - Close To A World Below Immolation - Unholy Cult Wormed - Exodromos Eskhaton - Horracle (2022) Incantation - Mortal Throne of Nazarene
  2. Immolation - Here In After Jesus didn't die for me.... JESUS DIED
  3. Depressive Witches - Distant Kingdoms (BM, France, 2022) Getting strong Inquisition vibes from this. Loving it so far.
  4. Haha yes, I remember this now. I believe "Vortex whack-a-mole" was the term that was coined from this. God, I have a hard time even imagining being this petty.
  5. They also really seemed to subscribe to a "quality isn't subjective" ethos. There is objectively good and objectively bad music, and of course they're the only ones with the authority to ordain such things.
  6. Haha I never knew this (or I just forgot) but funnily enough Snyde sent me a similar PM around that time basically saying the same thing. To his credit, he was cordial about it, from what I remember, but the message was clear. Ya'll are not wanted! lol.
  7. Belenos - Errances Oniriques
  8. I think Blackbraid is perfectly fine. It's nothing special, but neither are the never-ending wave of one-man, bedroom, raw black metal projects. And black metal fans seem to have no problem gobbling up that tsunami of mediocrity. As for it getting a big push because the man behind it is Native American? I dunno, could be. I find it to be a breath of fresh air, personally. Something different from yet another Scandinavian or eastern European larper screaming about "muh pagan/viking heritage".
  9. Decibel still doing Decibel lists and Nergal is still a jabroni.
  10. Happy Satanic Socialist day!!!!
  11. The Misfits - The whole Danzig era on shuffle
  12. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin at Dusk Stormkeep - Tales of Othertime These pair together quite nicely.
  13. Or...... after that there are non-Finnish bands that sound Finnish.
  14. Darkthrone - Astral Fortress I'm ready for these guys to mix something up a bit. The doomy-Darkthrone thing they've been doing is wearing thin for me.
  15. Darkthrone - Caravan of Broken Ghosts New Darkthrone track. Sounds pretty in line with their last three albums, which is a-okay with me. I'm digging it. Hyped for the full album!
  16. I feel like there was a higher percentage of kids listening to heavy music during my high school years (2003 - 2008). This was of course the peak years of metalcore's popularity and nu-metal was still really big so it seems to me there was an uptick in interest in heavier music among the youth. It was not uncommon to see Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium and Slipknot t-shirts in the hallways at school.
  17. Interestingly enough, Deafheaven seem to have completely lost all their momentum and fallen out of the limelight. Last I heard of them they had completely abandoned metal altogether and just went full shoegaze, and as a result, the whole blackgaze movement seems to have become passe. Or at least it's not nearly as prominent as it was in the mid 2010's. Looking back now, Deafheaven really were a flash in the pan. They blew up then faded away. Them and the whole blackgaze thing didn't seem to have any real staying power. Interesting example of how when a musical movement's biggest act either breaks up or changes their sound it can kill the whole movement.
  18. Gevurah - Gehinnom (2022) Oh fuck yeah! This is good. This is very good.
  19. So this talk of scene tourists got me thinking. Thinking particularly about this new crop of Death metal from the last 3-4ish years that's clearly heavily influenced by hardcore, or "death metal played by hardcore kids" as I've frequently heard it referred to. Basically all the Maggot Stomp records stuff, bands like Sanguisugabogg, Frozen Soul, 200 Stab Wounds or other stuff like Creeping Death, Genocide Pact and the biggest and most popular of the bunch, Gatecreeper. All very popular among the hardcore crowds and I've even heard many of them labeled as hardcore bands and not death metal. In fact, I've noticed that like 1 in every 3 new DM releases these past couple years seems to be somewhat hardcore-adjacent. It's crazy big trend right now. And many of these bands have been picked up by big labels (Century Media, Relapse, Nuclear Blast). Could this be an example of tourists coopting an established sub-culture or genre and bending it to their will? The "tourists" in this case being hardcore kids who had some level of interest in death metal. If this is a thing that happens, it would certainly look that way to me.
  20. Couldn't agree more, Navy. I've gotten to a point where I'm usually not even excited about new music because the sheer glut of it has driven me to apathy. I've also noticed that very little of the hundreds and hundreds of new releases I've accumulated over the last five-ish years have really stuck with me. Even albums that ended up on my year-end lists. I might be really into something for a few weeks to a few months, but then it's on to the next new thing...... because there's ALWAYS a next new thing. Lately I'm getting way more enjoyment and excitement from listening to old favourites or discovering older stuff that's passed me by.
  21. Nothing. I don't want extreme metal to be commercialized either, I'm just not as convinced or as worried as you are that it's happening on a mass scale. It also wouldn't bother me as much if it was. I'm not nearly as in tune to the more mainstream end of the metal spectrum as you are, and thus don't have much of a stake in it. I find it pretty easy to ignore actually. My interest in metal is more underground and black metal focused. And unlike Surge, I'm not convinced there's a scourge of tourists attempting to appropriate it. You guys probably think I'm naive, or even outright stupid, but that's okay with me. I don't find it disagreeable that some feel a sense of community in metal. However, if preserving that sense of community mean devolving into exclusionary sectarianism then that's where I take issue. I don't view "casuals" "tourists" or "posers" as some kind of existential threat that need to be expunged from whatever this so called community may be and I don't view metal as a sacred culture that is in danger of being appropriated. Keeping people out of metal inevitably leads to stagnation which will hurt the genre far more than the Kardashians wearing a Slayer t shirt.
  22. Okay I'm starting to see what the crux of this issue is...... people who take being a metalhead WAAAAAAAY too seriously. And thus seeing perceived outside forces "infiltrating" metal as an attack on themselves, personally. Which doesn't seem like healthy, emotionally mature behavior to me.
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