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Iceni last won the day on November 3

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About Iceni

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    Born in Santa Fe, NM to an American mother and a South African father.
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    The Atomic City (Los Alamos, NM)
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    Drawing, writing fiction and metal lyrics, reading good fiction, politics, philosophy and theology
  • Occupation
    Studying International Politics - Working Summer Conference Assistant and Research Assistant

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    : The Capitol Swampy (Washington DC)
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    Drawing, writing fiction, African politics, religion, weapons
  1. What Are You Listening To?

    Ay oop m8. Finishing up that NORSE album I conclude it's worth everyone's time. "Further Nowhere" by Cold Insight. Pretty good drawing music provided what you're drawing is kinda miserable. It's not phenomenal but it does suit the mood. Features some guy who's part of Enshine and used to be in Letheian Dreams, so there's some melodic cred for you.
  2. Do you think Djent is an actual genre?

    I think it's a subgenre of prog, in its purest form, that borrows a lot from hardcore. It's got its own tropes and approaches to other genre tropes. That said, it seems more a production technique than anything else. Evidence being that bands like Novallo, Shattered Skies, Voyager and even Orden Ogan have used said elements but incorporated them with their own style.
  3. Your favorite death metal bands?

    Quo Vadis could probably get back to top of the heap if they issued a new album, but for now it's gotta be Gorod. If First Fragment follows up Dasein with one or two albums that are even remotely as awesome they'll blast right up the rankings too. Same goes for Dawn of Dementia, Deviant Process and Vale of Pnath, and their latest work. As for new bands, I'd say Inanimate Existence has shown the best combination of quality and consistency.
  4. Most anticipated albums of 2018

    Oh man, I'll keep an eye out for that. Apparently Augury will be releasing something, very excited for that.
  5. Hello from Phoenix!

    Welcome, fellow Sun Belt native here from New Mexico. Check out Sunless Rise for some quality melodeath if that's what you're spinning now.
  6. What Are You Listening To?

    I recall their first album "A hunger rarely sated" being better, but I'm not sure. NP: "The Divine Light of a New Sun" by NORSE. Definitely something @MacabreEternal should look into, sounds kinda like a more industrial and blackened (albeit less crushingly heavy) Altarage. Imagine putting a diesel engine inside a washing machine, turning on both and plugging a MIDI cable into it, cranking the reverb and then kicking it down a really long flight of stairs.
  7. What Are You Listening To?

    I've just noticed I used "That being said" twice in that paragraph. Good Lord, I really have gotten lazy with my writing...in any case, I might not buy from Ihsahn but I'm more than happy to throw him on when I'm on YouTube or something. "The Ache of Want" by Anopheli. The musicians describe this as "Cello-driven emo crust", which sounds a lot shittier than the actual music. It's more like a type of black/doom-death with entirely different approach and production, and the aforementioned cello. @FatherAlabaster don't think I tagged you on FB for this but I imagine you'd enjoy.
  8. Amaranthe "Maximalism"

    Sorry deathstorm, I don’t like it. It took me a while to come round to Amaranthe. I first heard them when they were announced for the roster of ProgPower XIII and thought they sounded too poppy, sage musical critic that I was. I did entertain the idea that that was the entire point, but dismissed them as being too technically lacking in any case. Their second album, The Nexus, featuring the least inventive album art I’d seen in a while, was a marked improvement, with its title track nearly a total ripoff of the leading single from their self-titled debut but a demonstrably better take. Everything was more or less the same, just done right. The riffs were on point, there were a higher proportion of peppy bubblegum tracks that sounded like Cascada doing djent (or just a slightly less sugary Blood Stain Child) – it was their best album. They followed this up with Massive Addictive, a somewhat weaker but nonetheless slightly different album with a couple tracks that sounded like they could have been composed by MrWeebl. As far as third albums went, it wasn’t bad – and the slow songs were actually all rights, even on the acoustic versions. It was also a little closer to regular melodeath. That brings us to Maximalism. In principle, the concept behind this album is fine. Amaranthe always imitated pop, so why not imitate current pop? It could inject some life into this worthless moribund slurry of pink noise that the post-Trump miasma has been nice enough to slowly excrete over this most recent tax period. I mean, the only way this would could fail is if modern pop were so limp-wristed and ineffectual that even the nuclear cocaine infusion of metal failed to resuscitate its bloated heart. Whoops. It’s fascinating how one can avoid actually discussing the album for so long here just because of the hilarious incidental commentary. All of the songs here a poppy in an obligatory sense, rather like the current generation of pop. I remember hating Ke$ha back in 2012 when she was big, but hearing “Tik Tok” after a bleak slog through a bunch of mopey nonsensical dogshit and limp-wristed soggy whining is a godsend. At best, Maximalism is a poor man’s version of their previous output, and at worst it’s an imitation of modern pop in the sense that you don’t remember anything about it other than that it sucked. Anyway, what about the actual songs? “Maximize” is a terrible opening track. On one hand, it’s a pale imitation of the band’s previous pop-metal efforts, with all of the elements watered down – and on the other hand, it’s about as close as they get to their previous work. Compared with the other songs on the album, it’s not bad, but using it as an opener sets the listener up for disappointment. I remember thinking “well, that was kinda weak – let’s see what else you got” and then Maximalism kinda shuffles its feet before presenting the listener with a couple of nearly uncut metal tracks. Well, that’s not quite true. “Boomerang” is pretty fun if a little repetitive. Watch the music video because it is definitely the funniest I’ve seen in years. Oddly, Elle King seems to have been one of the stronger influences on this album. The combination of rhythmic country/blues-type riffs and poppy choruses has been combined with metal plenty of times before, but that doesn’t mean Amaranthe aren’t willing to take a few whacks at the deceased equine. It’s OK, I suppose. “21” is passable. “On the Rocks” is good, although the “na na na” shit certainly triggered an allergic reaction that clouded by judgment of the song for some time. The other tracks are a relatively dull mixed bag. “Limitless” has a dreary false energy and an utterly forgettable chorus. In other words it’s an excellent imitation of the vast majority of Daya’s work. “Fury” is the least poppy song on here, more or less just a modern melodeath tune. It works on its own merits, but it’s not particularly interesting. “Faster” is attempting to be an Amaranthe song and sorta falling short. The chorus is melodic, but it doesn’t work for me. There’s one track on here that instantly distinguishes itself as the worst song. “That Song”, the same old song. Too damn right. It is the same old song, the same old song I’ve heard from those perennially overpublicized Nevadan jackoffs they call Imagine Dragons. I usually despise songs made by these guys on the basis that they're trying to make powerful music but invariably fail because they're imitating a genre that sounds better with distortion. Amaranthe were nice enough to prove to me that even a bonafide metal band can make a song worthy of an Infiniti crossover. Let me be a little more clear-headed here. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad album (except for That Song, of course). Part of the bridge from “Supersonic” is all right, sounds kinda like Queen. The fact that the best song on this album is “Break Down And Cry” is a semantic joke the band have made for me, but it’s good nonetheless. Pretty strong keyboard and a decent chorus. “Endlessly” is a genuinely good ballad if a bafflingly austere end to the album. These tracks are…sorta catchy, and competently performed. “Fireball” is a good example of what I’m talking about. It’s a perfectly good song. The problem is that it’s not a good Amaranthe song. An Amaranthe song should be an earworm that you have genuine trouble dislodging. None of the songs here have that quality. “Drop Dead Cynical” and “Digital World” from the previous album were quite memorable despite being relatively weaker than previous work, but nothing on Maximalism sticks out like that. If you want a modern artist to imitate, go for someone energetic and chirpy like Allie X or Ariana Grande and imitate their best songs. All I’m asking for is a metal version of Greedy, because that song’s sexy as hell. Bottom line, Amaranthe are at their best when they’re being as bubblegum as possible, and this album sees them stray farther from that aim.
  9. What Are You Listening To?

    I hadn't looked at the lyrics...I've been doing that less and less because I largely can't be arsed. That being said, I did see he apparently supported Satanism so I doubt I'd care for what he has to say. That being said, the music is fairly unique and he also looks kinda like one of my professors. "Maximalism" by Amaranthe. Definitely their weakest output so far.
  10. What Are You Listening To?

    "On The Shores" by Ihsahn. Yet another band I need to explore more thoroughly.
  11. What Are You Listening To?

    "Burden of Truth" album by Circle II Circle. It's taken me a while to appreciate this one, but man this is a great album and man does it suck that the band isn't this good anymore. This band comes from the creative milieu revolving around Savatage that involves Jon Oliva's Pain and Trans-Siberian Orchestra and expertly combines the strongest elements of each band. The whole album has this wonderfully and distinctly American sound that synthesizes the saccharine with the technical and comes off as honest and unashamed.
  12. Hi from PA!

    I might end up in Pittsburgh depending on how grad school applications and finances work out. How d'you like it there?
  13. Metal books

    Even if that's true he sure doesn't seem play it very well or doesn't choose to given the option of full creative control. His solo album was such worthless dross that the marketing copy almost exclusively talked about the man himself and didn't occupy itself very much with praising the music. I heard someone say it was influenced by Tom Waits, which is a little bit like saying a 12-year-old's clumsy rendition of Chopsticks is "influenced" by Jordan Rudess. I wrote a couple reviews for Metal-Temple this year and that album probably got the worst score I ever issued. I realize this is somewhat off topic but I figured it was a relatively germane response pls don't exile me Mr. Abra Macabra Eterna
  14. Who are your current top 5 bands?

    Redemption Adora Vivos Persuader Aletheian Threshold
  15. What Are You Listening To?

    "Liberation" by Katatonia on a cool dark evening riding the train home. This seems like the right atmosphere.