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1. Necronomicon - Escalation: Their best album, in my opinion.

2. Deströyer 666 - Unchain the Wolves: Fantastic blackened thrash and a great debut. 

3. Cauldron Born - Born of the Cauldron: Some of the most sophisticated power metal I've ever heard.

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Correct, sometimes "the" matters!

Anyways, I've had their albums for a coupla years, but last week I really delved into them thanks to a Commemorative French Magazine that I bought at Charles De Gaulles airport on my way back from LA a month ago.

"The Guns Of Brixton" particularly resonates with me! 

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4 hours ago, Skull_Kollektor said:

Correct, sometimes "the" matters!

Anyways, I've had their albums for a coupla years, but last week I really delved into them thanks to a Commemorative French Magazine that I bought at Charles De Gaulles airport on my way back from LA a month ago.

"The Guns Of Brixton" particularly resonates with me! 

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"When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come?"

 

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Exactly! Incredible lyrics and delivery. So confronting, so in yer face!

With your hands on your head, or on the trigger of your gun.

As a matter of fact, reading that magazine got me so hooked on the London Calling album, that it made wanna reach out to my complete collection of Mott The Hoople. Their first 3 albums and the fourth happen to be produced by the same Guy Stevens who produced London Calling. And apparently those records were among the reasons that made Mick Jones pick him up. "Mad Shadows" is brutal. The album opener tramples all over your ears!

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3 hours ago, Skull_Kollektor said:

Exactly! Incredible lyrics and delivery. So confronting, so in yer face!

With your hands on your head, or on the trigger of your gun.

As a matter of fact, reading that magazine got me so hooked on the London Calling album, that it made wanna reach out to my complete collection of Mott The Hoople. Their first 3 albums and the fourth happen to be produced by the same Guy Stevens who produced London Calling. And apparently those records were among the reasons that made Mick Jones pick him up. "Mad Shadows" is brutal. The album opener tramples all over your ears!

Haha yeh they're great! That song has been sampled so many times made me listen to Cypress Hill actually..'What's ya number'..

That's interesting, wasn't aware of that.

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1. Teleport - Ascendance: Definitely one of the stand-out releases of last year. 

2. Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence: A small glimpse into what might have been. Great prog metal, regardless. 

3. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace: This band will never cease to be incredible. 

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Obituary "Inked In Blood" - although far from being near their best this has some entertaining moments and some well written pieces also.  I accept that the balance across the album is off but overall I still enjoy it.

WASP "The Last Command" - it has been ages since I played this and I sang along in the car like I was 14 again.  I had this on vinyl at some point but now it is on a double disc Cd shared with their debut.  I still prefer this to their debut purely because it was the first WASP record I ever owned.

The Ruins Of Beverast "Exuvia" - this blew my mind at the weekend when I played it.  Full of dark, shamanic, ritualistic pomp and ceremony with an almost cinematic soundtrack quality to it.  Top notch stuff.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse - 'King' (they're playing in Melbourne next week and I still haven't bothered with a ticket.... I really liked them last time. All these live shows are adding up!)

HIM - 'Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice' 

HIM - 'Razorblade Romance' 

 

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Eldermar - 'The Force of the Ancient Land'. Amazing one man atmospheric black metal from Norway. 

Saor - Guardians. Amazing Celtic/Scottish atmospheric black metal. (Hail my forefathers). 

Children of Bodom - Halo of Blood. I finally decided to buy this because I had a store voucher. It's cool and better than I expected. It's not as good as the downtuned masterpiece that follows it though. 

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1. Pentagram - Relentless: One of my favorite doom metal albums. 

2. Bathory - Hammerheart: NOW APPROACH THE SHORE AT DAWN, ALL IS STILL, THE LIGHT OF DAYBREAK'S YET TO BE BORN! CLAD IN MORNING DEW ASLEE-sorry. 

3. Saracen - Heroes, Saints and Fools: Awesome NWOBHM material. 

 

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1. Paramaecium - Exhumed Of The Earth

Among the heaviest albums doom has produced. The songwriting is excellent as well and if you've been paying attention to the 'What Are You Listening To?' thread you know this has pretty much consumed my life.

umm actually that's all I have this week...

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Sort of a "Top 3 of the last 4 weeks" such is my lack of time at the minute to sit down and properly enjoy music:

Satyricon "Nemesis Divina" - a toning down of the folk influence here but it is still there amongst the plod, symphony, blast and atmosphere of this record.  Vocally a strong record.

Kreator "Terrible Certainty" - a little more thrashy than it's predecessors (if not also a little less intense and rabid as a sacrifice), this is the remastered version that contains the "Out Of The Dark..." EP and six live tracks from an East Berlin show in 1990.

Sargeist - "Satanic Black Devotion" - the Moribund Records Bandcamp page is the find of the year for me with Leviathan, Behexen, Horna and Archgoat to mention but a few all being available on there.  Still only ever heard two Sargeist albums but been enjoying revisiting this.

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Last three regular spinners during my commute. 

To/Die/For - 'Epilogue from the Past' (best of). Luscious goth-pop from this band's heyday. 

Ex Deo - 'The Immortal Wars'. Ancient Roman anthems chronicling the events of Hannibal's attempted invasion of Rome, including bringing war elephants across the alps. A stunning moment in history immortalised in metal. 

Eluveitie - 'Helvetios'. Another example of an album that's too long and boring. 17 tracks that all largely sound the same. They should have taken the best four tracks and the intro and made a killer EP. 

 

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