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  1. Hey folks, just swinging by quickly to say hi. I'll be away for a while longer... not that it particularly matters... lots going on here. The little girl turned one last week, the young lad is turning eleven this weekend, and we've just agreed to relocate a couple hours farther north for a good job opportunity for my wife. I hate moving but it looks to be a better situation for all of us. Probably making it happen in late June. In the meantime I'm working on an illustration project and a couple of recording things which will probably be shared here at some point. Hope everyone is well, best wishes, and I'm off to continue my walk around the outer borders.

  2. 5 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

    Easy old timer, we all had our gateway bands

    Is true. Before I found Metallica, GNR, and Rush in 1990ish, I was listening to New Kids On The Block. 

    And, remember well the lesson of Dirty Diana. 

  3. 30 minutes ago, MacabreEternal said:

    Headed back over to the place I grew up in yesterday (it is not that far away).  From the age of about 13 upwards I frequented the streets of the place, bought my first vinyl records from a (now long gone) record store we had there, drank in every pub/bar and nightclub in the town and have many tales of drunken debauchery that I will keep to myself.  I lived there when I turned 19 up to about the age of 30 in my own house and everything and then when I got divorced had my own pad right in the centre of town in a classic Victorian terrace.

    Went back yesterday because my brother in law who was technically homeless has been given a flat (apartment for you overseas folks) after over a year in sheltered accommodation and Mrs Macabre wanted to go help him clean (he has mental health problems as well as some physical disabilities to boot).  His new place is about 4 doors down from where I used to live.  Looking at my old place yesterday it was in a terrible state of disrepair and neglect.  Front door was clearly rotten and the blinds/curtains were all drawn and dirty looking.  Sad to see it that way as it held a high level of nostalgia for me as being my first (and only) bachelor pad.

    It was however an indication of the whole town's decline.  Shuttered shop fronts in row upon row with "To Let" signs hopefully plastered over them as if anyone would invest any money in that area nowadays.  The road network in the town centre seemed unnecessarily complex for all but a trickle of traffic through the place.  It was a thoroughly stark  drive through the place to drop of Mrs Macabre and then go back to pick her up afterwards.  Certainly felt a long way from "home" anyways.

    Whilst she was at her brother's, I met two buddies and we went for a walk around a nature park on the outskirts of town and then up onto a canal that has seen a lot of redevelopment since I was last there.  For once, I felt they had developed good places instead of millions of houses and apartments the size of matchboxes.  Actually looked like a nice place to live, looking over the canal and onto the nature park (even though far too many cars and people still for my personal taste).  Was good to get somewhere different and get some steps in with some company anyways, shame about the shitty state of the town in general though. 

    You describe it well. I've lived in a lot of different dwellings in a few towns and I've been back by some of them. It's always weird; it's never home. Seeing it hollowed out that way must be an extra punch in the gut.


  4. 4 hours ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

    Ulthar - Anthronomicon, not sure what I think about this one. Everyone seems to be unanimously on board with it, but my first impression is it's a bit too technical for me. So probably not a purchase. Like the cover though.

    Still haven't heard this. I thought Cosmovore was great, Providence not so much. I've had a shitty combination lately of less time to spend listening to new stuff and less enjoyment when I get to it, but if you think something is a bit too technical, then there's a chance I'll think it's just technical enough :D


  5. 24 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

    12th man never got so much applause, and SA took out our first win. I’m expecting to carry drinks again tomorrow but if we keep playing well don’t really mindI can't believe how quickly this week has gone by. I’m also pinching myself over taking a wicket on debut for SA. 

    I don't know what any of this means, but congratulations, I think.

  6. 6 minutes ago, navybsn said:

    I liked everything up through Reroute at the time it came out (even saw them on that tour), but I'd say it hasn't aged well. When I feel the mood for In Flames, it's Colony or earlier. The stuff that came after just hasn't aged as well.

    Nothing they did has aged well IMO. I got into them along with all the other Gothenburg stuff, but somewhere along the way it started sounding like bubblegum. Even Jester Race and the EPs don't make the cut for me anymore. I can't say that completely makes sense, because I still like a bunch of other old melodeath, but such is life.

  7. 1 minute ago, AlSymerz said:

    Our news last night reported on somewhere in America, don't remember where, having a wind chill of -75 yesterday and it's the coldest wind chill ever recorded on earth. I don't know how true that is but anyone who chooses to live somewhere that is even possible needs help!


    Oh right... Celcius. Yeah, the wind chill got down there on Mt Washington. I think it was some kind of record.

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