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    Avid music fan who enjoys heavy music of many stripes; avid kayaker paddling mostly in the DC area and work part time for a paddle sports outfitter, refugee from Metal-Fi
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  1. The man of of many names who must not be named has held top posting position at both Metal-fi and here on Metal Forum, but at M-F I was often in the top 5, here I don't rank in the Leaderboard. My power is waning here on Middle Earth.
  2. Autopsy-Morbidity Triumphant-like this also Ken Mode-Null Lord Mantis-Death Mask Siege/Drop Dead-30th Anniversary addition Dystopia/Humans=Garbage Joy Division/Unknown Pleasures-back in college when I was working with a fledgling Shakespeare troupe, my friend fellow Shakespearean cast member, Steve Barney (RIP) who was into alternative rock and punk and such lent me a Joy Division tape he thought I might like knowing I liked metal. I always knew this was an influential album but never really delved into the backstory. The CD I bought a few years ago has a second live CD with the same tracks for the most part and is very good, sonically. It's actually a good live rendering of the studeio tracks. I read the liner notes for the first time and it talks about how raw the band was live and how the producer was difficult to work with and treated the band like children. Some of the members hated the album's production initially even going so far as to say it made them sound like Pink Floyd (which it certainly does not). In retrospect, the the surviving members all seem to agree the production choices were a masterstroke despite him being a control freak. The band felt manipulated but the collaboration resulted in an iconic piece of music. Now, years later, I understand why Steve wanted me to listen to one of his favorite bands. Steve was a very intelligent and interesting character-lanky, quirky, fun loving, compassionate dude with long curly hair-he looked like a rock'n'roll Gollum. He waved his freak flag proud. We maintained our friendship when we both moved to the DC/Baltimore area. He got married, cut his hair and became a civic engineer. He was so creative, often writing scripts and producing theater and continued to perform until the end of his life whereas I moved on with my extra curriculars . He was a kind man who was loved by everyone he knew. Sadly, he passed from cancer a few years ago. Steve was one of of those unique and special individuals who touch your life and pass on through the unknowable looking glass, proving the good often die young. But he must have realized back in the 80's that the dark, slow burn, seething sounds of Unknown Pleasures, teetering on loss of control and madness was metal adjacent. The university of Google informs me it influenced diverse metal artists including Tom Warrior and Neurosis. It must have been an influence on post metal and sludge, metal genres that were years from being born. The companion disc catches the way the band must have sounded live, whereas the producer felt that a studio album shouldn't simply replicate the band in a live setting. One of the great rock albums of all time.
  3. Actually, kind of same for me. My parents in the foreign service in the 60's became strong lefties, somewhat radicalized for the time. After the repression of their upbringing in the bible belt of TN in the 40's and 50's, Sargent Peppers seemed to liberate my Dad in a way that rocked his world and he never really recovered that time and that music-bring back the 60's, man. My Dad and I unfortunately didn't gel as adult men, but we vibed over music. He had a deep love of the delta blues and fight the power and loyalty to the workers movements of the 30's and the tragedy of racial injustice in the culture he was born into. Even though he was white and grew up in a proper Christian background which he later rebuked, I think, in his own way he was emotionally scarred and traumatized by the injustices he saw in rural TN that he described as a kind of lawless wild west in which blacks had zero recourse to the profound tragedy and torture of their lives without any equal justice and today we'd call apartheid. He needed something to set him free. It was his heroine although he was not one to dabble in drugs. Music was a big part of it for so many in the 60's in terms of that culture as we both know. It intoxicated that generation I believe in a way that we, even we as their children-but of the more selfish , indulged "me generation" can't completely grasp. When I was 6 we moved to Northern Virginia and my Dad had these reel to reel tapes with several albums on each tape. Those were magic. Nothing really cool. No Floyd or Zeppelin. But there was shit tons of The Beatles, CCR, The Who's Tommy. I loved the later Beatles period. I guess, I'd have to say I prefer Lennon and Harrison as songwriters to Mr. Silly love songs even though the cute one had an amazing knack for writing pop rock. TBH, with Lennon/McCartney as a songwriting team I wasn't always sure who actually wrote each song. And, then of course, Paul was really dead right? 😛 And my parents also LOVED the Mamas and Papas and Simon and Garfunkel. I can't lie, I bought some Mamas and Paps and S & G on disc a few years ago for nostalgia. Both kind of corny for those uninitiated in 60's flower power (I consider myself sort of a hippie metal fan at heart, certainly not in appearance ) but they both cranked out some irresistible harmonies that have never really been outdone in my book.
  4. In truth, I often make quick snap judgements about bands and then turnaround completely. I'm still digesting. I hear the remnants of 90's grunge, not style so much as in accessibility and by that I mean accessibility relative to heavy music. No my wife was clear Sunday morning with her disenchantment with one TON track or another that was on. For my money, and I know they are oft classified as goth metal progenitors, their sound hits me more or less like a form of doom, I find the Peaceville Three, EW and YOB's entire discography, Pentagram even, and all the bands they spawned more "interesting", certainly more impactful in terms of being metaaaaal. Guess I didn't realize how much you liked the Beatles. Of course, I remember on MF discussing given our age how we have an appreciation for Dylan and The Beatles in way even guys in their late 40's probably don't and I remember debating the relative merits of Abbey Road with you, essentially my regard for that album being higher than years as I consider that one of the cornerstones of great classic rock, but yeah also surprised you still listen to that much of the fab 4 given you generally eschew classic rock. Joy Division/Closer Agalloch/The Serpent and the Spehre-speaking of lush, nearly forgot how elegant their last album was.
  5. Autonoesis/Moon of Foul Magics-Thanks to Zack for posting this. I'm liking this quite a bit first time through.
  6. That's what I was thinking listening to some of these new post punk bands. The male vocals sound affected like they are mimicking a sound they think they they have to sound like.
  7. I listened to this one today. Quite different.
  8. Type O Negative/Bloody Kisses-this fares better, clearly going for a more metal, albeit accessible sound -like a gothic doomy Danzig. I see it's considered a classic. After time spent with Swans/White Light and Various failures which are variously great and clumsy post punk comparisons-Swans can't be pigeonholed by anyone as they transcend genre description-----listening to: Joy Division/Unknown Pleasures Opeth/Pale Communion-because....well, I have no excuse, because I possess the disc.
  9. Decided to try Type O Negative-October Rust. Know a lot of you guys like these guys. So 90's. Sorry lads, I think this blows.
  10. I'd heard about Killing Joke for years as far as their influence on metal, naturally but never bothered to check them out until the Metal-Fi days and finally grabbed those two early classics-the S/T and What's This For! I mean IDK, yeah, I like those albums allright and they add another dimension to my collection but I wouldn't say I love them, but they're interesting in the way they have a heavy sound without being what I'd call metal and I like their in your face post punky thing and to me rather novel in the way they utilize industrial, punk and dance beats or whatever. Guess I should listen to some of their more recent stuff but, given the decades and developments in heavy music, for some reason they give me a feeling of meh.
  11. Filth and Cop are two of the early albums I haven't heard. What do you think?
  12. Sorry to hear about your election-seems to be a worldwide movement to fascist-like parties attracting large minority votes. I got into Swans with Seer. The albums FA and I are talking about are a transitional period that in my mind bridge the gap between the two eras. I haven't heard all the earlier albums but have some of them. The Great Annihilator is very good.
  13. I like it very much. I've only listened once, and can't really compare the first or second disc or for that matter compare Various Failures to the 3 disc White Lite from the Mouth of Infinity/Love of Life comp which I think is excellent and has so music music it took be the better part of a week to digest. And then there's World of Skin from around the same time period I believe. Lots of good stuff, quite varied, bizarre in places (well we are talking Swans) and overall a low key version of Swans. Digging into the 2014 vaults: Primordial/Where Greater Men have Fallen-Primordial were on quite the streak in the early aughts with The Gathering Wilderness and To The Nameless dead, the quality here isn't the same but it's still pretty dang good. Pallbearer-Foundations of Burden I have exactly one Pallbearer album and it's probably their best. Clean doom over all in the current era just doesn't hit the nail like the classics-talking bands like Trouble, Candlemass and Pentagram and pretty much Wino's entire career-like hard doom which I'd call anything with some extremity and that includes cosmic doom and doom genre shifting bands which most def would include Electric Wizard and YOB-those two bands pretty well encapsulate the best doom has to offer IMHO. Yeah, one Pallbearer album which is pretty decent and two Khemmis albums and TBH, the two bands are as indistinguishable to me as the greater part of GG's entire collection is-in fact, I think they they are actually same band.
  14. More raiding my long lost (not really) 2015 vault: Tribulation/Children of the Night Horrendous/Anareta-I remember these guys got some hate and I don't remember why. Too proggy I guess, but it's not soft cock DM, it's fairly complex and knotty, maybe too noodley or serpentine and not direct enough, but I think this is a good listen. A mix of trad DM, prog sensibilities-like I can hear echoes of Atheist, and at times melodeth with swedeath influenced vocals which just means to me more hardcore influenced horse rasp-thank you Martin Van Duren. Maybe someone here can tell me why they are supposed to suck so bad-haha. Afghan Whigs/How Do You Burn-I've never actually listened to AW. Saw they had a well reviewed new one, and surprise-kind of like this! Decent and varied rock/indie rock. Now for some of Navy's post punk queued up on Sonos/Spotify Crimes of Passing-definitely see the appeal here, I like the fairly overt punk, forceful sound with lots of melody-there's a pop punk aspect that's still angsty and dirty enough to be gutter level which is a good thing. In other words, it's not too sweet and pretty. Casket Casette-not liking this as much....but just a couple of tracks in.
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