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Posts posted by MacabreEternal

  1. 16 hours ago, MattCantina said:

    Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis. Better than Vermis, roughly on the same level of The Destroyers of All. Everything is Fire is still their best effort though. Looking forward to hear news from Paul Kelland and the others, a new album would be a fine surprise.

    Strangely enough I have never gotten around to "The Destroyers of All", I have just queued it on my radar list (along with half a million other albums).  I think everything I have heard thus far has been an improvement on the previous and I thought "Shrines.." to be the pinnacle for me.  Will check out "The Destroyers..." though.

  2. I have a few I am looking forwards to this year:

    Candlemass "The Door To Doom" - like @Requiem I am super pleased that Johan is back.  The EP they released last year was a bit, meh!  Hopefully his return will inject some life back into the band.

    Body Count "Carnivore" - I really enjoyed their last offering albeit the cover of Slayer was pants.  Hoping they can bring that same energy to 2019 as they exhibited two years ago on "Bloodlust".

    Carcass - rumours at this stage but "Surgical Steel" was decent enough for me to still be interested in anything they release.

    Megadeth - about to release (another) greatest hits comp.  Fuck's sake...

    Triptykon - please let this be true, when Tom has finished his Hellhammer appreciation stint rumour is there's a new Triptykon album in the works.

    Finally, Deftones are due another record and although I found "Gore" to be dreamy pop nonsense the rumour is that after threatening to walk last time, Carpenter is getting more of what he wants this time around - as in some fucking actual riffs - so will be interested to see how this pans out.

  3. Alice In Chains "Rainier Fog" (2018 - BMG)

    I had heard positive things all over various haunts of mine on the internet about how good this album was.  Naturally, mere weeks after confirming my 'best of' list for 2018 I finally get round to listening to what would have made the top five at least.  There's such a sense of unity and harmony across the band on this record that there's little not to enjoy.  From the stabbing riffs of "The One You Know" through to the melancholic vocal harmonies of album closer "All I Am" it is just an all encompassing experience over ten tracks.  It inspired me to go back to 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" but there is not the same level of dark beauty or flow to that record (even though it stands up as a solid record in it's own right).

    Verheerer "Maltrér" (2018 - Vendetta Records)

    German BM takes a welcome rotational slot on my weekly playlist this week.  I will be honest, the teenage boy in me drew me to this based on the cover alone.  Blood red artwork depicting grim and frost bitten mountain ranges and druid-like figures makes 13 year old Macabre a happy boy!  Thankfully the musical content stacks up brilliantly a well.  A real sense of power is obvious throughout this record and it is this forceful delivery that makes the ears prick up and take real notice of the grim majesty being forged over these seven tracks.  That isn't to say it is all pounding BM ferocity either, the experience as a whole is well paced and uses this to create atmosphere to good effect.  Another one that got away from me in 2018!

    Cretin "Freakery" (2006 - Relapse Records)

    My first experience of Cretin was during a CD swap we did years ago on another forum I frequented.  I found them a little too much for me at that stage if I am honest.  The whole sound and delivery just a little too overwhelming for Macabre"Snowflake"Eternal.  Years later I would hear "Stranger" and dive right in and purchase without quibble, waver or doubt.  Anyway, I decided to make sure that as well as making more of an effort to stay on top of new things in 2019 I would ensure I was paying sufficient attention to older material too and this week I have found "Freakery" to be an absolute fucking blast(beat).  Thirty minutes or so of fucking frenzied death metal/grindcore has been a welcome enema for the ear holes.


  4. 16 hours ago, H34VYM3T4LD4V3 said:

    Hey Murph! Damn that's awesome, I had a great Christmas, wish i'd come on here sooner to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, but its been a very weird year for me, depression and several job changes, but i'm intending to start posting here regularly again :D

    Chin up Dave,  hope the depression eases soon fella.  Hope also you are around more too.  We can always use more Dave around here.

    In other news I am off to work in Ireland most of the coming week. Did 11 weeks out there a couple of years back but for some reason took no opportunity to take in the beautiful landscapes of the country.  That was mostly in the North of the Republic but this time I am more Dublin based but have a hire car so will use to full potential.

    @RelentlessOblivion sounds like a great present, enjoy.

  5. Deicide "In The Minds of Evil" (2013 - Century Media Records)

    I haven't really bothered with very much from Deicide after "Once Upon The Cross" but the release of "Overtures of Blasphemy" in 2018 made me wonder if the life in the old dog was worth a review of other releases from the latter years of Benton and co's career.  "In The Minds of Evil" stacks up surprisingly well with its riffage and overall song structure.  It is a tad too long for me though but worth a few listens this past week.

    Nargaroth "Herbstleyd" (1998 - No Colours Records)

    The latest edition to my favourite BM records largely due to the sheer totality and fullness of approach to this record.  It is all on here, from the haunting atmospheres enhanced with German spoken word passages to the tremolo fury you'd expect from a hate-filled Black Metal band.  It opens strongly and immediately I feel like I am being told a story and am instantly captivated.  One of my favourite "old" discoveries of 2018.

    Acherontas "Amarta अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification, Pt.II)" (2017- World Terror Committee)

    My lasting memory of this record is the beautiful acoustic opening and closing to the album.  What this bridges is some fine occult BM from an artist sadly under-present in my music collection (until now).  A real feel for pace and sensible structure as the record builds up to a great ending over the final two tracks that represent the longest compositions on here.  I haven't heard Pt.1 of this either so that is on the rotation list also for a future spin or two.


  6. Worked most of the festive period taking only the public holidays off.  Have enjoyed my more detached Xmas and New Year since I have been able to focus on the festivities on the actual days they matter (not from 6 weeks before like the TV seems to think it all starts from).

    Busy year ahead methinks for the great undead one.  Population culling, creating “legitimate” business fronts, long walks in the country, sacrificial virgin quotas that are barely achievable, a dip in suitable European fodder from March onwards, craft items to make for the church fayre, an additional recycling bin collection, extensive police “enquiries” and some potatoes to grow.

    Makes me tired just thinking about it.