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How do people feel about them?

Until I caught them live, a year or so ago, I had never managed to get into them.

Then picked up The Ultimate Incantation, which I liked straight away, but still couldn't quite get past the vocals on subsequent releases.

It now appears that I do really like the bulk of their material, and indeed that I appreciate the vocals, all of a sudden. Funny how that happens.

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3 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Not really on my radar at all sadly.  Never heard anything from them to make them stand out from the crowd enough to peak my interest.  Capable band, no doubt, but just a bit hum-drum for me.

This. Never felt a moment of real interest in this band despite numerous listens over the years.

If they have a spot of sheer brilliance that I've overlooked, someone please steer me in its direction.

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On 5/7/2019 at 6:50 PM, FatherAlabaster said:

If they have a spot of sheer brilliance that I've overlooked, someone please steer me in its direction.

I think The Ultimate Incantation is pretty great. And they are certainly impressive live. Where my recent conversion to full fan status is concerned, I would say that a big 'in' was realising how much early Slayer influence is present throughout their discography. On which note - they definitely have a formula, which is probably another factor where my getting hooked is concerned.

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Sothis (1994) and De Profundis (1995) are probably my favourites, after The Ultimate Incantation (1992).  I also like tracks from Back To The Blind (1997), Litany (2000), Revelations (2002), The Beast (2004), Impressions In Blood (2006), Tibi Et Igni (2014)... entirely possible that there’s more good material out there which I just haven't heard yet too, they've got a big discography. On which note - consistency throughout the 90s/early 00s - that's got to be another selling point!

I believe that De Profundis is widely considered to be their best album.

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