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  1. MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Nope, not yet but will be doing as I have loads of time off in December to catch up on my to do list of albums.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Need to get on this. NP: Walknut “Grave Forests and their Shadows”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    In The Woods... “Cease the Day” Hissing “Permanent Destitution”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Extremity "Coffin Birth"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    The Panopticon folk/dark Americana stuff i found largely entertaining enough, a couple of tracks were the lyrics came across as quite juvenile and immature saw the skip button get used but the atmosphere was still there throughout most of the compositions. The black metal disc is still the superior of the two on offer but I have something in my collection now that is a little different that was completely unexpected. I doubt it will get a lot of revisits but I am certainly going to be returning to it at some point. Fooking Hell! There’s a blast from the past!
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Corpsessed “Impetus Of Death” - well done Finnish style DM, seems to have been an age since their debut.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Sargeist "Unbound" Archgoat "Luciferian Crown"
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Panopticon "The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I"
  9. MacabreEternal

    What's on your mind?

    We celebrated 11 years together yesterday with alcohol and Chinese takeout. Drank more than i thought as I feel terrible today but worth it all the same.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Haven’t heard to compare.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Panopticon "The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness II" - second half of this two disk offering is the bluegrass/folk style of the band. Not my preferred sound by any means but it is refreshing change if nothing else.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Marduk "Viktoria"
  13. MacabreEternal

    What Are You Listening To?

    Craft "White Noise and Black Metal"
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    Judas Priest "Firepower"

    When I was 14 I witnessed the video on Raw Power TV to the title track from Judas Priest's "Painkiller" album. I hadn't heard any Priest up until that stage despite me having a good selection of Iron Maiden and Saxon records under my belt by that age. "Painkiller" blew me the fuck away! I mean, what was not to love? Thunderous drums, a mix of gruff and shrill vocal antics and duelling lead guitars. I went straight out that afternoon and bought the album on blasted it for consecutive days for the next 3 months. All in all, not a bad gateway album to the band. The final point to make about "Painkiller" was that the record kicked the ass of most other releases in what was simply a stellar year for metal with "Rust in Peace", "Cowboys from Hell", "Danzig II: Lucifuge" and "Harmony Corruption" all dropping that same year, to mention but a few. The real draw of "Painkiller" was the memorability of the experience, the intensity aside (which in itself was a fucking energising venture) one run through the record left seared scorch marks across your brain. For years after I could run through the entire album in my head note for note. "Firepower" is exactly the same. A mere 24 hours after it coming into my life and I can sing along with the lyrics, air guitar to near note perfection and bash my fingers bloody to the drums on my desktop. It's full of anthemic choruses and simple yet effective hooks that just pull you in. Now, here's where the "Painkiller" comparisons stop. "Firepower" is not another "Painkiller" in terms of pace or intensity by any means (whoever expected as much is dreaming). It is however really strongly written and the arrangement is damn near perfect. Let's not forget that Priest formed in 1969. That's 49 years ago and they can still put out relevant and exciting metal almost without effort. Try and not headbang to any of the opening six tracks, if you can achieve it you are almost certainly dead inside. Try not to make ridiculous gurning faces to any of the lead work on here and again if you succeed, check your pulse! Sad though it maybe that Glenn has confirmed his Parkinson's is now progressed enough to stop him from touring there is no doubt that he can exchange blows, pound for pound with Faulkner and barely break a sweat. Travis is as solid as ever behind the skins and although all my attention is on those fucking guitars he thumps along well enough to lynch the sound to a rhythmic core, as Hill rumbles along moulding his bass lines to the rest of the instrumentation nicely. Halford still sounds strong to my ears, not his old self by any means but he carries off "Firepower" brilliantly. There's no point doing a track by track description here, if you have read the review to this point you'll get the idea. Criticisms? It is too long, by about 2 or maybe 3 tracks. However, you can easily suffer the dips in the quality here and there as you are rarely away from some truly great music. It does get a little samey at times too but that's forgivable to me as nobody is looking to reinvent any wheels here this may cause issue with the longevity of the record though for me. Right now though I love it, I fucking love it. 5/5
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Panopticon “The Scars Of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, Part 1.”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Bloodbath "The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn" - meh!
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Recall visiting them during an alternative rock venture I went on years back but yeah, they just made my shit itch too much. Can’t recall which albums I listened to though.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    I actually love it. The jarring vocals and punk melodies that somehow make something completely different to punk yet not too alt for my tastes either. I find there’s a clean aggression to it that grabs my attention whilst also takes me on a bit of a journey. Like a cab ride with a disturbed driver.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Gruesome "Twisted Prayers" Aborted "TerrorVision" At The Drive In “Relationship Of Command”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Brutality "Screams of Anguish" Hooded Menace "Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed" - revisiting some DM from 2018 as I start to think about my top 10 DM albums for 2018. A brief look at some titles all in one list makes me a little deflated as not a lot really stands out as being that memorable but a revisit should confirm or dispel my thoughts. Horrendous "Idol" - yawn. Wanky technical/proggy structures at the expense of common sense! Burial Invocation “Abiogenesis” Ataraxy “Where All Hope Fades” Golgothan Remains “Perverse Offerings to the Void”
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    What's on your mind?

    First world problem time! Despite being an undeniably fantastic resource for music in general, Bandcamp for iPad sucks big time! It basically is just the mobile app and so behaves like i have an iPhone in the middle of my iPad screen. No auto-rotate, no optimisation for the screen so just looks and behaves inferior to other music streaming apps from the word go. Whilst i get that the mobile market is probably strong for them as a company, why they wouldn’t make every effort to optimise the tablet experience also is beyond me? Just smells of lazy development (or a lack of expertise/funding to fulfill this basic requirement. Sigh, rant over! p.s. yes i know i can just access the website on my tablet but that isn’t the point!
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Yeah, made a list on a train the other week and had some time to finally review over the weekend. Off work sick so the time is extended into the week. Every cloud.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Brutality “Screams of Anguish”
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Tsjuder "Kill for Satan"
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    Top 3 albums/eps of the week.

    Disincarnate "Dreams of the Carrion Kind" - James Murphy doing his own shit predictably brings some inventive riffage and melodic solos. Not a lot wrong here. Mütiilation "Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul" - the grim majesty of this collection of dark incantations is excellent. Each track is as cold, dank and depressing as the rest and delivered with an almost unforgiving rawness and visceral poise. Been on rotation for 3 weeks now. As soon as the autumn starts out comes the BM. Morta Skuld "Dying Remains" - the very epitome of slow to mid-paced DM combined with a dark atmosphere. Takes all the best bits of Obituary and Autopsy and applies them in amongst plenty of their own ideas.
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