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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Zigmand in New to the forum   
    Welcome. There are plenty of recommendations to be had in various threads in the BM subforum and you'll find quite a few other Burzum and Gorgoroth fans among our ranks. Hope you enjoy the place.
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in Albums You Love With Artwork You Hate   
    "John, we need to make an album cover where we look all gothic and imposing!"
    "S'ok Dave, my Mum's got this old sideboard and chair we can use.  Will even use one of the old girl's candles too!"
    "Ah, spot on John!"
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    Death - The Sound of Perseverance
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from True Belief in What Are You Listening To?   
    Craft - White Noise And Black Metal
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    Craft - White Noise And Black Metal
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Thrashman in What Are You Listening To?   
    Yeah, "Ten" is an amazing album. I never listen to it anymore but it's pretty much inscribed on my bones from when I was younger.
    NP: Enslaved - E
    Actually never listened to this one. I'm a fan of "Times Of Grace", "A Sun That Never Sets", and a couple other things I've heard from them, but never sought out anything earlier than "Enemy Of The Sun". What's it like?
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Thrashman in What Are You Listening To?   
    Pearl Jam - Ten

    Don't care, it rules.
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Thrashman in Your Artwork   
    Nice!!
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Thrashman in Your Artwork   
    Happy I can finally share one of the pieces I worked on earlier this year - a cover illustration for In Human Form's upcoming album "III":

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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Athame in General Pics (Holidays, walks, outings etc.)   
    My son the ham. I have no idea how they get him to smile for school pictures.

     
    Indeed. They were amazing, too... I almost forgot how much better apples are right off the tree. We're right in the heart of apple country (take that, Immortal) so everything here is pretty legit, but I've run across some of those flavorless monstrosities before.
     
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Depraved in General Pics (Holidays, walks, outings etc.)   
    I suppose yesterday was the last official day of summer, but it felt like a perfect start to autumn. We went to an orchard, got lost in a corn maze, went apple picking, had a nice meal afterwards. Such days are rare. There's something surreal about being surrounded by acres of trees with the apples hanging off almost like bunches of grapes. Wish I'd gotten more pictures.

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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Thrashman in What Are You Listening To?   
    Pyrexia - Sermon Of Mockery
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in What's on your mind?   
    Starting my weekend in style drinking Starbucks ahead of a cheeky overnight stay in a pub/hotel as we are doing afternoon tea on a steam train tomorrow.  Also, secured promotion at work this week after a long and drawn out process.  
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Athame in What Are You Listening To?   
    My Dying Bride - The Light At The End of The World
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from H34VYM3T4LD4V3 in Albums you didn’t like at first but grew to like?   
    Yes, lots. Some of my absolute all time favorites took me a while to get into. My Dying Bride's Turn Loose The Swans didn't click for a year or two, and then one day I had it on headphones while walking around a local public garden in late afternoon and everything just came together for me. I didn't think much of Opeth when I first heard Morningrise, and then a couple months later I was listening to it every day. Ghost Reveries took me something like seven or eight years to enjoy; same with Borknagar's Empiricism. Katatonia's Discouraged Ones and Viva Emptiness both took repeated listens for me to dig, I couldn't stand The Fall Of Hearts when it first came out, Bethlehem's Dark Metal grew on me pretty significantly, Gorguts' Obscura gave me a headache the first time I heard it, Death and Enslaved in general took years for me to warm up to. Couldn't stand Type O Negative or Tool the first time I heard them (Bloody Kisses and Undertow respectively). I vaguely recall completely hating Parallels by Fates Warning in the 90s, and I fell in love with it at some point over the past couple of years. Several others come to mind as well. This is why I always go back to albums I still don't enjoy. I've had my mind changed enough times that I really never know how or when something's going to click for me.
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Parker in Albums you wish you could unhear.   
    "Ground"
    "Arabica .6"
    "The Caffeinist"
    "I Roast You To Your Darkest"
    And of course fan favorite "Demitasse".
    That'll show Opeth and their frilly little beer.
     
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Balor in Albums you wish you could unhear.   
    They need slogans, like "Doody Baldrs" or "Ea, Lord Of The Naps".
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Thrashman in Albums you wish you could unhear.   
    They need slogans, like "Doody Baldrs" or "Ea, Lord Of The Naps".
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Thrashman in Incantation   
    Now you're taking - this sounds awesome! Think I'm going to have to order myself a copy.

    FatherAlabaster - always delivers the best recommendations 🤘

    I really like the Chasm, by the way, Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm in particular.
    Some kind of accessibility is essential for me, much as I equally don't tend to enjoy anything too clean... each to their own and all that though anyway.
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to Balor in Albums you wish you could unhear.   
    Band merch is getting way out of hand!  First Behemoth starts making coffee and before you know it Burzum has baby clothes!
    https://www.zazzle.com/burzum_baby_bodysuit_white-235635393799851160
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from Thrashman in Incantation   
    I like some Incantation albums a lot, but haven't ever really clicked with Onward To Golgotha despite repeated listens over the past, eh, 23 or 24 years. My favorite is Diabolical Conquest, with Daniel Corchado from The Chasm on vocals -- something about this one just comes into focus for me, more so than the rest of their material that I've heard.
     
    @the_thrashing, I agree about the blackened vibe -- they have a flair for creepy angular tremolo-picked melodies, and more of a focus on atmosphere than a lot of other DM from that era. Vicious without being "brutal".
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from the_thrashing in Incantation   
    I like some Incantation albums a lot, but haven't ever really clicked with Onward To Golgotha despite repeated listens over the past, eh, 23 or 24 years. My favorite is Diabolical Conquest, with Daniel Corchado from The Chasm on vocals -- something about this one just comes into focus for me, more so than the rest of their material that I've heard.
     
    @the_thrashing, I agree about the blackened vibe -- they have a flair for creepy angular tremolo-picked melodies, and more of a focus on atmosphere than a lot of other DM from that era. Vicious without being "brutal".
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    FatherAlabaster gave a Damn to the_thrashing in What Are You Listening To?   
    Anacrusis fucking sweet!  They were very original with the proggy/alternative whatever you want to call that to the songwriting, they really stood apart from the pack as far as thrash bands go.
     
    Lately I've been listening to-
    Shub Niggurath- A deadly call from the stars- and - evilness and darkness
    Mexican straight forward death metal. Evilness and Darkness is really fast.
     
    Mortem- the devil speaks in tongues - and - deinos necromantis
    Peruvian primitive death metal, fast and slow stuff but definitely not death doom.
     
    Oraculum - sorcery of the damned ep
    Chilean primitive death metal, kind of doomy slow parts but there's a fast song on here too. Killer John Carpenter Halloween intro to the ep.
     
    The Chasm- Deathcult for Eternity: The Triumph
    They are from Mexico but moved to the US. Killer old school death metal with dark yet melodic parts but this in no way shape or form melodeath.
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from the_thrashing in Personal favourite album covers   
    Funny, when I was fourteen I got a drawing pad and some markers from my grandparents for Christmas and I went upstairs and made a drawing kind of like this but with more flames and less boobs. When my grandma saw it she said she should never have gotten me art supplies. Always liked this painting style.
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    FatherAlabaster given a Damn from CrowSeer in BEGINNER musician in need of Black Metal advice   
    It all depends on what kind of learner you are and how dedicated you'll be. Classical guitar would be the obvious choice here, but it's demanding and time-consuming and a good amount of what you learn won't be immediately relevant to black metal. For getting started on guitar in general, some lessons with an instructor will really help with the basics. Check out some YouTube playthroughs and tutorials, get some picks, find some tabs for songs you like, start playing along... You can do all of that on an acoustic and it'll translate fine, but you'll need an electric to get the sounds you're after.
    I suggest all that because it'll give you a leg up on understanding how the music you like is put together. You can also disregard all of it and just muddle through. I had some lessons when I first started off, basic rock and blues stuff - church chords, barre chords, simple chord progressions, pentatonic lead licks - and I was lucky enough to learn how to hear intervals early on. Other than that, I just started putting my fingers down and making sounds I liked. 27 years later, I'm happy with some of what I've written, frustrated by gaps in my technique and knowledge, and still learning all the time. I'd like to say you should learn how to walk before you run, and approach the guitar in a more well-rounded way, but really you should just do what you're inspired to do, and do as much of it as possible.
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