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  1. Memoriam 'Requiem for Mankind' - what a triumph this is. @Thrashman you were right.
  2. Okay, I am going to be honest. This is my first taste of Memoriam, albeit the release that is purportedly their best; according to the internet at least. Things start well, on the riffing front at least. 'Shell Shock' motors like a fucking tank, being driven with precision through its destructive and relentless path. Similiarly, 'Undefeated' with it's groovy as fuck riff and chopping rhythm continues in a full on attack of the senses. The sophistication and poise both come up a couple of notches with 'Never The Victim', with its defiant mood and melancholic melody. By this point my initial concerns about the vocals being too buried in the mix appear to be just confined to the first track as they sit perfectly well by this stage. The politically charged 'Austerity Kills' takes things off on a crusty/hardcore slant with the visceral hatred for the subject matter barked out by Willetts in an almost matter-of-fact way. It feels relevant, modern and appealing to listen to, whilst at the same time the echoes of Bolt Thrower still ring in distant chambers somewhere behind. The more melodic start to 'In the Midst of Desolation' soon builds into a chunky riff monster whilst maintaining a brooding sense of looming danger throughout. The experience and ability is obvious here. Whale's drumming is on point from start to finish here. Willett's vocals are as strong as ever and the performance of Fairfax on guitars is nothing short of superb. Healy, meanwhile is a bit drowned in the mix which is not necessarily a bad thing that detracts from the sound in any way, it is just obvious. As we get towards the final third of the record things show no sign of calming down. I will have the scathing riffs of 'Refuse to Be Led' on my brain for the rest of my time on this mortal coil for sure. There's no obvious drop in quality, energy or pace it is pleasing to note. The toying delivery of 'The Veteran' just marauds and mauls the listener's ears into submission. The title track just cements the foundations of what has been built over the seven tracks prior to it. Washing over the listener with wave after wave of brooding tremolo riffs. As the band launches into the defiantly titled 'Fixed Bayonets' with the gusto of a quickly forming infantry, those heady days of Bolt Thrower at their very best are inevitably rekindled. This is the only track that sounds like a Bolt Thrower b-side. Don't get me wrong there's hints throughout but on this track it is much more obvious. As the band closes proceedings with the instrumental 'Interment' there's a real sense of justice to the victorious, soaring guitars on show as end to end this album is a complete triumph. 5/5
  3. Tomb Mold 'Planetary Clairvoyance'
  4. Not spent enough time with it but the 2 tracks I got through hit the spot well enough. Think an EP might work better for me as opposed to a full length since I rarely go back to their records even though I enjoy them.
  5. It’s made my top ten albums of the 21st century in the thread o’er yonder. NP: Nocturnus AD 'Paradox' - I admire the effort here and the musicianship is exceptional at times, but it just feels really clunky (albeit after one listen). The internet loves this but I can't fight the felling of it being a little forced. We shall see what further listens glean. Barbarian 'To No God Shall I Kneel' Mayhem 'Wolf's Lair Abyss'
  6. Marduk 'Those of the Unlight' Still sits in the shadow of the coat tails of 'Dark Endless' but a step up in terms of songwriting prowess and structures. Good use of atmospherics and pace overall to give the record that more rounded feel yet still obvious that they had space to grow into at this stage. Masters of Classical Music 'Mozart' Slightly unorthodox second entry this week but my Dad gave me his entire classical music collection and I still have never listened to more than a fraction of it. A lot of it is compilation based like this one and that suits me as I explore the collection as I can flick and flip to my heart's content. Anyway, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik', 'Turkish March' and 'Piano concerto in A major' have all kept me sufficiently pleased this week. Rippikoulu 'Musta Seremonia' Finnish death doom at its very best really. Get a real sense of cavernous spaces from this, filled with that brooding atmosphere and the dirge of the sheer weight of the sound. Really should play this more.
  7. Krieg 'The Black House' Rippikoulu 'Musta Seremonia'
  8. Nightbringer/Acherontas 'The Ruins of Edom' Destruction 'Release from Agony'
  9. ** moved to review section ** I certainly echo the thoughts here of a lot of their post 'Blackwater Park' stuff leaving me cold. I started to get to grips with their last effort back on holiday last year in a particularly peaceful and soul rehabilitating place in Wales with it's own stream and waterfall in the garden. Even in this environment that left me more open to new things, I couldn't help but feel that they were trying too hard to be "quirky" with their songwriting. The sense of time changes just being there for the hell of it as opposed to being part of the whole majesty of progressive rock was just too imposing. Prog for prog's sake. Their output of recent years feels like something intrusive is being done to the listener as opposed to something with potential allure is being presented to the listener.
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    I think for me Marduk had a very mixed debut. 'Dark Endless' sat in the death metal seats with occasional (although not always fleeting) visits to the black metal section. I find the debut more appealing than 'Those of the Unlight' although I have to accept the songwriting improved significantly by the time the second album dropped, even if they only truly hit their stride with 'Opus Nocturne'. I have the first three records on CD now so am planning on taking them out with me in the car tomorrow on my drive to a meeting. My only other real experience of their discography was the release that was my gateway into the band which was the 'Iron Dawn' EP which I love as much now as I did 8 years ago. More recently I found 'Viktoria' to be an unexpected like with its blasting delivery. I do plan on venturing further into their discography with 'Nightwing', 'Heaven Shall Burn...' and 'Panzer Division Marduk' all queued on my stream.
  11. Marduk 'Those of the Unlight'
  12. I found 'In the light of Darkness' perfectly competent after one listen although I remember very little. Will definitely be returning to them. NP: Merciless 'The Awakening' Thanatos 'Realm of Ecstacy'
  13. It is very much more of an appeal for it's "blackened" elements, with its dry production sound giving some edge to the melodic dm aspect of the sound. Still has a rawness to it that appeals in the same way that "The Red Sky is Ours" does. Not perfect but seems a decent effort for the time it was released. There's some quality lead work on here that is admirable also. NP: Unanimated 'In the Light of Darkness'
  14. JS Bach Various tracks Marduk 'Those of the Unlight' Unanimated "In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead'
  15. The “judiciary” have issues with me using fire. Like that is my biggest threat to society! Sometimes it is like the upholders of the law don’t even know me.
  16. Begun working on a long term solution to the never ending weed growth in the back garden. Spent time at a local garden centre today effectively accepting my fast approaching middle aged status by buying Weed Control Cloth and plum slate to deny growth space and light for weeds. Problem is that whilst on one side my neighbours are very good with maintaining their garden, the ones on the other side are just happy to have their garden in the state of a permanent jungle, meaning weeds are now growing under the fence and into my flower beds.
  17. Thanatos ‘Realm of Ecstasy’
  18. Marduk Those of the Unlight
  19. Cultes Des Ghoules ‘Henbane’ 2013 Be aware dear listener for here lies nefarious music for nefarious means and grim nights of even grimmer storytelling around sacrificial altars strewn with carcass after carcass of lambs and virgins. ’Henbane’ is what a young person who knows how to describe good things would term to be “sick”. It drips with a sneery sarcasm, unforgiving and unrepentant for its disdain for humanity. Surprisingly measured in its delivery and approach the record comes off as both memorable and disturbing in equal amounts. Krieg 'The Black House' 2004 Aside from having bleak as fuck artwork that speaks to my very soul, 'The Black House' is just as fucking punishing a listen. Draining in terms of both the emotional intelligence required to sit through it and the sheer physical energy it evokes in your body as I throw myself around my room to it, there's no place to hide when this record is on. Akhlys 'The Dreaming I' 2015 Naas Alcameth is a renowned genius and album number two from his Akhlys project further cements this. It is like an exploration of the true heart of darkness. On the journey topics such as madness, desolation and nightmares are explored. Full of dark ambient as well as authentic BM this is a real treat, always driven by a sense of discovery and balance that gives each new hellscape time to embed with the listener.