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FatherAlabaster last won the day on December 8

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  • Birthday 11/05/1979


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    After several days in a larval stage, I have finally achieved immobility, and am currently digesting my own former body while I wait for new jaws to form.
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    Death metal, black metal, grind, guitar, vocals, painting, Star Trek, books galore

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  1. Have you read Roberto Calasso's "The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony"? Really engaging de- and re-construction of Greek myth and poetry. He mentions the story of the killing, dismemberment, and consumption of Zagreus, who became identified with Dionysus and got retconned into being part of his origin story. Lots of interesting connections to other ideas. I'm not too surprised the word hasn't popped up in metal music before though, it sounds more like a dinner dish than something tough and cool like flaying and dismemberment.
  2. Spectral Voice - Sparagmos promo track ("Red Feasts Condensed Into One") ...fun stuff, this is plodding I can get behind https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sparagmos
  3. Welcome. Moved this to the promotion forum, please keep posts related to your own band in this section.
  4. Krallice - Mass Cathexis 2 Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current
  5. Yeah, I hear that. My negative hot take on first listen: Exactly the sum of its parts. Some great ideas that get overused and needlessly complicated in a way that sounds forced/cerebral and misses out on emotional depth. I really like a lot of the riffs, but the rhythmic hiccups and stutters don't convince me. Less of that would have been more. There's something about it that's weirdly all surface-level, polished, not disorienting or surprising in a meaningful way. Krallice and Ad Nauseam feel authentic when they do this kind of thing; this album just feels like a "hey look, we do it too". Having said that, I like this band and I want to enjoy their stuff. Might have been listening in the wrong mood. Maybe I'll warm up to it.
  6. Yeah baby indeed. I liked the synth parts you didn't on Crystalline Exhaustion but it's thrilling to hear them get back to this kind of stuff.
  7. I hadn't listened to it yet. Thanks for the reminder. I just put it on. Seems to get more interesting as it goes on, definitely worth coming back for a second listen, but I'm not sure how much of this I need in my diet right now.
  8. Yup. Felt like it was plodding, I wanted the songs to do more than they did.
  9. I don't think it's for me. Cool riffs and enjoyable drumming, though. NP: Krallice - Mass Cathexis 2
  10. No duplicate threads please. Closing this. Don't worry, people will see your OP in the death metal section.
  11. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current Carpenter Brut - Leather Terror ...argh, these vocals are killing me. I can't.
  12. I liked Michael Crichton's books a lot when I was younger. Sphere was the first one I read. I feel like his older books hold up better and his newer ones just feel like retreads of the same schtick, but maybe that's just because I happened to read the older ones first.
  13. The first October Tide (Rain Without End) is really good if you like the older Katatonia stuff. Second one (Grey Dawn) is good too but feels a little more polished and less interesting to me. I don't know if it'll appeal to you. But honestly, I've never come across an album that really sounds like Orchid. Unique and one of my favorites. I like everything from Opeth until Watershed but there was a bit of magic in that early sound that they lost afterwards. It also took me a while to come around to some of their later albums, so who knows, you may find yourself warming up to something unexpected. Rain Without End:
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