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49 minutes ago, Requiem said:

1. You didn't even take the time to check the forum titles to find the 'Self Promotion' forum. This is a discussion website to talk about music. Get involved. 

2. What are your top 3 albums of the week? 

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Listened to some new stuff during December. What caught my attention:

1) Svartidauði - Revelations of the Red Sword. Significantly more death metal than their previous stuff, but turns out it still works fine. They decided to go for medium-lenght instead of the usual 10 mins compositions (Flesh Cathedral, Untitled etc..) but it really fits the more aggressive approach.

2) Death Karma - The History of Death & Burial Rituals part II. I'm really digging this. Was expecting a typical caverncore release, got an experimental album instead, that combines heavy death metal riffage with folklore and legends of various populations.

3) Baise Ma Hache - F.E.R.T.  One of their best albums so far. Title track really stands out, and the rest is pretty good too.

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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.


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Rapture - ‘Songs for the Withering’ Heartbreakingly effective melodic doom with growled and clean vocals that slay me. 

Cradle of Filth - ‘Nymphetamine’. Gorgeous production, four or five classics and a theme of love/sex addiction. Underrated classic. 

Iron Maiden - ‘Piece of Mind’. Great album with anthems all through it. Good accompaniment to Martin Popoff’s Iron Maiden Album by Album book. I’ll be updating the book thread once I’m off this damn phone and find a computer.

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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.


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