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  1. MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Churchburn "None Shall Live...The Hymns of Misery" Druid Lord "Grotesque Offerings" Tomb Mold "Manor of Infinite Forms" Nocturnal Graves "Titan" Carpe Noctem "Vitrun” Svartidaudi “Revelations of the Red Sword” - this is the kind of album most of the media would have you believe Behemoth put out this year. There’s real, solid and varied structures present here. Post rock style skeletons fleshed out by dark and majestic extreme metal (and majestic without any of the Behemoth pomp). Enjoyed this.
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    What's on your mind?

    Had a catch up with a friend (former client as it happens) yesterday, we hit a micro brewery and bar near where he lives and enjoyed a 9% porter that literally coated the soul. Today will be spent adding further patches to my vest and trying to not let this damn wheezy chest get the better of me.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Churchburn “None Shall LIve...The Hymns Of Misery”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Yes Andy Synn. Didn’t get on with Gorod, very underwhelming.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Gorod “Aethra” nocleansinging.com dropped his top ten releases of 2018 (this album isn’t one of them, more of an “also ran” so I am going to spend tomorrow working through it.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Druid Lord “Grotesque Offerings”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Today’s car journey album playlist: The Prodigy “Music for the Jilted Generation” Opeth “Still Life” Sadus “Swallowed in Black”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    As with much of this year’s releases, it was “okay”. Not bad, but nothing special either. I can’t think of one DM record that has sunk it’s teeth in me like a “Shrines Of Paralysis” or a “Pleiades Dust” did a couple of years back. Ripped to Shreds was good too but highly overrated from some of the reviews I read online.
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    Hi you all!! 8-]]

    Hi, welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy it here. We are solid little community here so the activity might not be at FaceBook proportions but we love our metal and beers in the main so feel free to stick around and contribute.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Golgothan Remains “Peverse Offerings to the Void” Of Feather and Bone "Bestial Hymns of Perversion" Ripped to Shreds "Mai Zang"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Bloodbath “The Arrow of Satan is Drawn”
  12. MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Benediction “The Grand Leveller”
  13. MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Alberto Iglesias
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    What Are You Listening To?

    I don’t know, I listened through Vangheld’s latest release yesterday and it really struck a chord straight away. Again, not exceptional but just appealed to my inner doom/death child instantly. Will check out Amphisbaena thanks.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Had a go with the new Evoken earlier and I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped. It isn't a bad record per se, just a little too accessible for me and in all honesty a little showy. That's not to say it is full of wankery and gush I just feel it's almost too grandiose in what it is trying to deliver. I am going to give it another couple of listens but first impressions haven't left positive footprints.
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    New Purchases/Acquisitions

    Asphyx "Deathammer" - had this on digital for a while but really enjoy it and so thought I would add it to the CD collection. My PC speakers are fucked so the CD player is getting some hammer at mo.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Obliteration “Cenotaph Obscure”
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    Immortal "Northern Chaos Gods"

    Behind every great man, there's a great woman. Behind every camped up, shape throwing, garrulous Black Metal vocalist there's a great song writer. Both of these statements are true, except the second one actually does not commend Abbath as being the imaginative, creative and artistic driving force behind Immortal. This is blatantly obvious if you have heard his solo pop/rock record of a couple of years ago. What "Northern Chaos Gods" does is essentially pull off one of the best tattoo removal jobs in the history of "I Love Sharon" ink stains on most truck drivers (married to a woman called Rose) arm's being obliterated by lasers. Despite a big character no longer being present on this record, I don't for one second miss Abbath. Demonaz and co manage to put out an album that sounds so much like Immortal of old you could be forgiven for crying "Fake News!" at every mention of the turmoil and split between the founding members given the music is as strong as it has been in some while. Demonaz even sounds like a more in control albeit slightly more subdued Abbath. But it isn't the vocals that will get you sweating like a blind lesbian in a fishmongers. Nope, IT'S THE FUCKING RIFFS MAN!!!!!! It is genuinely like getting twatted by an octopus for 42 and a bit minutes, listening to this record. Utterly relentless in their delivery, Immortal just pummel away at you, occasionally throwing an atmosphere building intro before thundering off on hoofed steed to epic landscapes such as "Where Mountains Rise". There's no Judas Priest or Iron Maiden esque dip in output here in the absence of their established frontman here. Demonaz and Horgh have - to put it in layman's terms - just picked up and ran with the established format. Don't get me wrong, it isn't anywhere near the quality of "At The Heart of Winter", alhtough it does piss all over "All Shall Fall". Think of it as being the record "Damned In Black" could have been as a better precursor to the great "Sons of Northern Darkness". They have a song called "Blacker of Worlds"!!! I mean what grown man with the mind of a pubescent boy doesn't think that is cool as fuck??? If the start of closing track "Mighty Ravendark" doesn't bring you out in goose pimples, you're dead inside. Fist pumping, neck snapping metal right here folks. 4/5
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    Behemoth "I Loved You At Your Darkest"

    The first song I heard ahead of the full 2014 release ("The Satanist") from Behemoth was "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel". It immediately peaked my interest, setting the tone nicely for what was to become one of my favoured full lengths of that year. This time around I heard "God = Dog" (which I think means the band are more cat people?). It sounded blunted and frankly restrained. Yes, there was a brief passage of some interesting string work towards the end but generally it just passed me by. Sadly, just as my experience of the lead song/single from 2014 was an excellent benchmark for my expectation of the full length, the same has happened in 2018 but with a very different outcome. "I Loved You At Your Darkest" rarely achieves touching distance of the band's previous full length. There's lots of things that stop it from doing this, indeed the list is as long as either one of my lanky and lengthy arms. The songwriting is poor, it lacks any real structure the majority of the time. As a result there is a constant sense of this just being a very hastily written, rush of ideas. Tracks like "If Crucifixion Was Not Enough" and "Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica" show this in abundance, the former nailing the lid down on its own coffin with one of the laziest attempts at a menacing riff I have heard in a while. When we do actually settle into some sense of structure it actually works well. "Bartzabel" is a sole triumph in the songwriting/structure stakes here and this is almost ruined by the annoying double layered, chanting backing vocals. Next on my list of grumbles? The sound. It is one of the most sterile and strained sounding mixes I think I have ever heard on a record. The drums sound like they were tracked for a completely different purpose on some of the tracks, "Wolves ov Siberia" and "Rom 5:8" in particular. I can't believe that this was the intended sound the band wanted to achieve. I follow Behemoth on Instagram and they make much majesty and menace over their theatre and general pomp when performing live it seems. Surely then they haven't listened to the final playback of this record? Now then. I don't recall chanting children on a record ever working well? But there's a couple of tracks here of children chanting their disdain for Christianity alongside Nergal and co. It sounds frankly fucking ridiculous and trite even over only two tracks! In summary, this is a massive disappointment whether you enjoyed "The Satanist" or not. Hastily put together, poorly arranged and mixed terribly to boot. 1/5
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Sounded like your bag when I was listening through it earlier. I find it a little too jarring although this doesn't necessarily put me off entirely. np: Blackrat "Dread Reverence"
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    Corpsessed "Impetus of Death"

    It was 2014 when Corpsessed released their debut full length and mighty fucking good it was too. Some 4+ years later and it is time for the sophomore release to land in my music stream and seek my attention. When I say seek I actually mean possess my attention. Although the album is by no means perfect, this record grabs hold of you by your very soul, dragging it off on a journey littered with horror, darkness and crushing heaviness to boot. One of its main successes is the atmosphere that is obvious from the opening of "Impetus of the Dead" and plays an integral part over the remainder of the release. It is a very well structured album too, with strong song writing that layers tracks up to behemoth size and proportions. Yet at the same time there's a real sense of balance too, for every cavernous and mammoth like structure there's shorter and more intense bursts that whilst moving the pace slightly away from the heaviness, don't distract too much from it. "Paroxsymal" and "Sortilege" are great examples of this, two well placed tracks that add a variety to the pace and increase the memorability of the whole experience. The album only has two weak points for me. The penultimate track on the record seems just a random and not altogether necessary inclusion, especially given the quality of "Forlorn Burial" before it and the vast ending of "Starless Event Horizon" after it. Secondly, the production does seem to give off a muddled sound on some tracks although the horror of the atmosphere and those lead guitars certainly do rescue the day on more than one occasion. In a year that has struggled overall to bring many standout DM records, "Impetus of Death" will be a welcome addition to any fan's Top 10 DM Albums of 2018 no doubt. It is one of the stronger records of 2018 and also a fine step up from their debut offering also which makes me excited for album number 3. 4/5
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Portal "Ion" Ulthar "Cosmovore"
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    What's on your mind?

    My career as a legitimate butcher was short lived.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Drudkh “They Often See Dreams about the Spring”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Wallachia "Monumental Heresy"
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