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    Батюшка Controversy

    Literally can hear about 50% of what he says. Dude, turn the music off for 3 mins give folks a chance to hear what you have to say.
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    Top 3 albums/eps of the week.

    He’s banned.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    This for the second time today.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Acherontas "Amarta अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification, Pt. II)"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Nargaroth "Herbstleyd"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Deicide "The Stench of Redemption"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Deicide "In the Minds of Evil" Deicide "Serpents of the Light"
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    What's on your mind?

    We just played our yearly game of Trivial Pursuit and I won again. I am so unbearably smug right now.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Megaton Leviathan "Mage" My Dying Bride "As the Flower Withers" Deicide "In The Minds Of Evil"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Fórn "Rites of Despair"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Gevurah "Sulphur Soul"
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    What's on your mind?

    Sat waiting/dreading the girlfriend’s family Boxing Day get together. This year Lady Eternal has been smart and offered to host it so I have no obvious means of escape. Will keep a selection of pins close at hand to stick in my eyes later when things get really bad.
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    Top 10 Albums of 2018

    5. Portal "Ion" Patchy year for DM this year and this thankfully remains a high point near 12 months after it was released.. A more refined and calculated record (by Portal standards at least) although no sacrifice is made of the usual mind destroying chaos that we have all grown to know and love. A great build on the use of the horror elements of "Vexovoid" to create more atmosphere than a divorce hearing. Here's hoping 2019 can raise the stakes somewhat in the DM world. 4. Svartidaudi “Revelations of the Red Sword” The revelations here are all dark and majestic, carrying a dissonance and extremity at the same time, combining fathomless black with the angry stabs, slashes and protracted strokes of red promised by the sword. A truly well written and thought out record, that sits way high above the likes of Behemoth’s paltry excursion of 2018 that the internet seems to love. I have listened to this regularly for weeks now but still feel I have so much more to learn and discover about it. That my friends is the sign of a good record. 3. Megaton Leviathan “Mage” Hazy, gazy(?), doomy, drony goodness here with a shit (mega)ton of melody and harmony to make ya feel good about life. Vocally it doesn’t always exactly sit right but musically the songwriting and instrumentation are near perfect. My - slightly odd - analogy is that this album is like decorating a room, the laminate flooring effortlessly clicks together and the colours on the walls blend superbly to give vivid and vibrant shine to the room. But then some of the furniture is a little out of place but somehow it still really works. Not my normal bag but...me likes it. 2. Winterfylleth “The Harrowing Of Heirdom” No surprise here that this places high on my list, it was top of my BM release list despite not having one moment of BM present. The folk storytelling theme of this record captures a mood of dark and ethereal tales told via dulcet harmonies and medieval strings. It weaves scriptures of musical mystique noted on scrolls of poetic parchment. 1. Mournful Congregation “The Incubus Of Karma” Funeral doom on top of the list, what an odd year 2018 turned out to be. The fact is “The Incubus Of Karma” generates enough emotion, atmosphere and density to crack windows. I can’t recall any release since the last couple of Bell Witch albums, that establish such a memorable and impacting experience based largely on the use of one instrument. The guitars on the latest Mournful Congregation album just sing for virtually the whole record. Never do they become smothering or even mildly irritating and naturally for the genre in question they aren’t remembered through excessive technical wankery. They just do such a great job of constructing tracks that bore into your bones. For hours and days after each listen I can hear tracks echoing around my head like it is devoid of all organ matter and is just now some cavernous void with the best of acoustics. The success for me of this record shows why I couldn’t get my head around Evoken’s offering from this year. It had lost all menace, all definition and virtually all tangible emotional connection with me. I wanted to feel consumed by it and instead felt a bit nibbled at and the effort required to try and figure out the direction was just not worth the eventual reward. “The Incubus Of Karma” ate me whole, digested me, absorbed me into it’s blood stream and I am swimming for all eternity...
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    MacabreEternal's Top 10 BM Albums 2018

    At the start of pulling this list together I had thought it to have been a "light" year for BM releases. It was only when I got into compiling my "Best of 2018" that I realised it had in fact been quite a good year. 2018 in BM saw the return of some well established acts, some of them doing what they have always done well whereas others took to the recording studios minus long standing members. When all is said and done, I think it all turned out rather well. Honorable Mentions It is a Top 10 folks and sadly not everyone has a place, so appreciative nods in the general direction of: Shining "X-Varg Utan Flock"; Alghazanth "Eight Coffin Nails"; Summoning "With Doom We Come"; Varathron "Patriarchs of Evil" and Watain "Trident Wolf Eclipse". 10. Panopticon "The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I & II" By far the latest release on the list in terms of me catching up with it. Usual atmospheric BM goodness on disc 1 and not too shabby folk/bluegrass/dark americana on disc 2. Does grow on me the more I listen. 9. Wallachia "Monumental Heresy" A recent revisit to this album boosted it into the list. Those lush orchestrations supply a great foundation to those tremolo riffs and acoustic passages throughout "Monumental Heresy". Nice work. 8. Wiegedood "De Doden Hebben Het Goed II" Aggression is the name of the game here, as death and anger are thrust at you from every corner. Can pass you by completely if you don't give it proper attention, and doing so will reap rich rewards as there is so much going on here beneath the surface. 7. Die Kunst Der Finsternis "Queen of Owls" Another fine slab of vampiric, gothic and horrific BM from Sweden's finest lord of the night. This truly is the art of darkness at work right here. 6. Craft "White Noise and Black Metal" Dodgy record title aside, Craft return with a real class release some seven years after their last outing. Catchy and scathing at the same time, the Swedes fifth full length make it two back to back releases from the country of IKEA into my top 10. 5. Drudkh "They Often See Dreams About the Spring" Still no bad releases from Drudkh after 15 years of atmospheric BM. The atmosphere is just as prevalent as ever on release number 11, built into the intelligent song structures and mature riffing and growling we have all become ever so familiar with. There is just no getting away from the feeling of vastness on this record as it swallows you up track by track. Sadly this is also its main flaw as the attention required to fully enjoy this is a little too intense for my aged metal brain, otherwise it could have placed higher. 4. Immortal "Northern Chaos Gods" Abbath who? I mean this is one the most Immortal sounding Immortal albums ever, right? Showing Demonaz as the real songwriting force behind Immortal, "Northern Chaos Gods" is just chock full of FUCKING RIFFS MAN! I mean play this in a dark room, get up to switch the light and you will trip over at least 4 riffs whilst trying to get to the light switch! They have song called "Blacker of Worlds" on here, I mean if that doesn't get your average corpse paint laden BM teenager wet then there's no hope for humanity. 3. Marduk "Viktoria" Ok, this caught me completely off guard. I mean, pants down, around the ankles, pooing in a bag, in a forest in hi-vis work gear - caught off guard! Now I have stopped shitting in the woods like some giant luminous bear I am just having the time of my life listening to the short, sharp yet thoroughly enjoyable blasturbation of Marduk. Cold and melancholic melodies swirl throughout the album and fill your head like for days afterwards. 2. Sargeist "Unbound" Another band that simply can do no wrong in my book is Sargeist. I am at the point now where I listen to each new release with trepidation, just in case this is the one that drops a bollock the weight of Finland itself as the band have decided to go all Euro Pop! Thankfully, "Unbound" is most definitely not Euro Pop. It is a furiously trve representation of Sargeist's traditional sound that is complemented superbly by melodic stylings from a largely new and reinvigorated line up. No Sargeist entry at Eurovision this year folks! 1. Winterfylleth "The Harrowing of Heirdom" So, controversially not an actual BM record but most definitely a release by a BM band. I can't quite put into sufficient wording just how much I enjoy this record of acoustic storytelling. I sing along to every line, I get teary at every lush piece of instrumentation and atmosphere and I smile content as a Bond villain at every warm tone that washes forth from my speakers/headphones. An earthy, emotional and endearing experience that sits proudly atop of my list for 2018.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Benediction "The Grand Leveller"
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    The Year In Anything Besides New Releases

    Cool thread @FatherAlabaster Ok, this year I went off on a discovery trip trying to fill gaps in my black, thrash and death metal collection with all three ventures returning some great experiences. I will pick one from each genre. Mütiilation "Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul" (1999) "Vampires of Black Imperial Blood" was my gateway to this band, unlike Requiem I had not even got them to lurker status until earlier this year. I find "Remains..." an incredibly authentic sounding black metal record. Dank, grim and depressing yet delivered with such effortless majesty it just feels completely unforced. At near 20 years old it holds up really well still which is not something that can be said for all BM from the late 90's. Get some candles going and a few glasses of red and put this record on folks! Vektor "Black Future" (2009) Still hands down one of the most astonishing records I have ever heard. "Forests of Legend" is permanently ingrained into my brain for all of time. Not only is this adventurous but it is very, very capable also. Technique, flair and structure are here in heaps and remain obvious throughout. What also shows the standing of this record is that I have yet to even bother moving on to anything else in their discography as I am so enthused still with this release. Mystifier "Göetia" (1993) Occult laden, blackened death metal from Brazil kicked my scrawny ass for several weeks of rotation during my DM discoveries period earlier this year. Full of pitch black atmosphere and an ever present (yet never dominant) doom influence throughout, this record absorbs you in its dark immersive presence. P.S. really cool thread.
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    First 10 Songs

    Of Feather and Bone "Resounding From the Depths" Yob "Beauty In Falling Leaves" Overkill "In Union We Stand" Bathory "Revelation of Doom" Immortal "The Darkness That Embraces Me" Asphyx "Cape Horn" Xentrix "Dark Enemy" Sargeist "Hunting Eyes" My Dying Bride "The Bitterness And The Bereavement" Enslaved "Lightning"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    A little yes, comes across more “blackened” then I remember. Less immediate stuff that I don’t dismiss outright to begin with usually creeps back into rotation soon enough, played it twice today in total and definitely warming to it.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Bloodbath “The Arrow Of Satan is Drawn”
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    What's on your mind?

    You too mate.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Ulthar “Cosmovore”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    That Carpe Noctem is an interesting listen. Not 100% onboard with it yet as requires my full attention but hoping to get some quality time with it at the weekend.
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    Checking in from Indiana

    Likewise I grew up on Pantera but don't give them as much listening time anymore. Welcome aboard.
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    Top 10 Albums of 2018

    MacabreEternal’s Top Ten Releases Of 2018 10. Septic Tank “Rotten Empire” Knarly hardcore punk with loose Thrash and death metal grains running through it is my nearest explanation for this. Revived after the passing of Cathedral we get a full length some 24 years after the (then) side projects inception. Lyrically laughable yet appropriately entrenched with enough social venom to let the lyrics slide, tracks like “Social Media Whore” and “Fucked” do exactly what they say on the tin. Something different to start the end of year list. 9. Burial Invocation “Abiogenesis” Turkish Death Metal takes spot number 9. I would struggle to make a top ten DM list for 2018 but this slab of well paced guttural death metal made a welcome appearance this year. Bludgeoning and well structured tracks that have the sustainability to stick around for longer than your average box of blastbeats making the album sort of a mini affair having just 5 tracks. It is one of the few DM records I have revisited this year with any regularity. 8. Saxon “Thunderbolt” I have laboured long over these next two slots but a final run through of both records this week sealed the order and Saxon take a still very respectable 8th place in this year’s list. I like quite a few Saxon albums and I have stated here elsewhere on the threads that “Power & the Glory” was my first ever vinyl record listen. Some 30 years on from my first listen date the band is still going strong and this year have churned a real treat. “Thunderbolt” is action packed, full of licks and leads to please any fan of metal (they walk the line between hard rock and metal superbly on this). There’s memorability galore here, “Sons Of Odin”, “Nosferatu”, “Predator” and the title track all stick around long after the record has finished. Sadly, there’s some filler here too (“And They Played Rock n’ Roll”) which sees the skip button deployed. That having been said Saxon have still produced one of my most listened to records of the year, proving the old guard still have it. 7. Judas Priest “Firepower” Continuing the flag bearing for the old guard we have Priest in 7th slot. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is their best since “Painkiller” (it is nowhere near it in terms of quality but is a step up in quality still from everything else released since the 1990 opus). What “Firepower” does really well is drop quickly into 5th gear and stays the fuck there more or less throughout. No matter what you are doing or where you are the record will have you air guitaring and throwing your head around like an exorcist victim. Catchy, memorable and more metal than Steely McSteel from the town of Steelsburgh who fell out of the steel tree, hit every steel branch on the way down and rolled down Steel Hill into the Steel stream....oh I think you get it. 6. Yob “Our Raw Heart” The emotion present on this record is positively tangible. Mike’s battle with illness has seen the band further embrace and enhance their epic sound to infuse heartfelt and deep reflections that are as uplifting as they are raw. A real cold winter night with a few beers type of a record. More to follow.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Interested to hear your take on these two? I rate both quite highly although I have now placed Druid Lord over Hooded Menace in the Death/Doom stakes for 2018 but still "Ossuarium..." is a great record I feel.
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