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8 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

 

Borknagar - Empiricism

A cracker of an album. I love Borknagar and don’t often see their name evoked around these parts. Hail Vintersorg. 

NP: Swallow the Sun - ‘Emerald Forest and the Blackbird’.

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15 hours ago, Requiem said:

A cracker of an album. I love Borknagar and don’t often see their name evoked around these parts. Hail Vintersorg.

I always used to prefer the debut. Garm's early vocals never cease to amaze me. But I think it's safe to say "Empiricism" has become my favorite of theirs at this point.

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3 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I always used to prefer the debut. Garm's early vocals never cease to amaze me. But I think it's safe to say "Empiricism" has become my favorite of theirs at this point.

Like a lot of bands, they moved quite a distance from the sound of their debut. It’s a great album, I love it. I haven’t vibed quite as much with ‘Olden..’ and ‘Archaic...’ but everything else is great. I think the musical philosophy changed a lot since the debut, but they’re all great. It’s great. Gr8.

NP: Amorphis playlist. 

 

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Just now, Requiem said:

Like a lot of bands, they moved quite a distance from the sound of their debut. It’s a great album, I love it. I haven’t vibed quite as much with ‘Olden..’ and ‘Archaic...’ but everything else is great. I think the musical philosophy changed a lot since the debut, but they’re all great. It’s great. Gr8.

NP: Amorphis playlist. 

 

I'm with you on that to an extent -- The Olden Domain has never resonated with me in the same way, and I'm just not a fan of Vortex. Vintersorg's vocals on Empiricism are fucking amazing, gr8 is as good a way to describe them as any.

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3 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I'm with you on that to an extent -- The Olden Domain has never resonated with me in the same way, and I'm just not a fan of Vortex. Vintersorg's vocals on Empiricism are fucking amazing, gr8 is as good a way to describe them as any.

Are you a fan of ‘Winter Thrice’? Just beautiful vocal interchange between Vintersorg, Vortex and Lars Nedland (and Trickster G himself on the title track). 

All the albums from ‘Empiricism’ onward are gr8 Vintersorg moments. Obviously I’m not the biggest fan of progressive music but for some reason the notes of Borknagar have really hit a chord with me. 

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17 hours ago, Requiem said:

Rapture - 'Songs for the Withering'

Amazing melodic doom band that never got the full esteem they deserved. 

The twin melodic leads that start and continue throughout "Gallows" = heaven. Stunning song. Stunning production. Great album.

Recent listens include King Diamond "The Spider's Lullaby" (the first half in particular is classic King. Underrated album), and Abigail. I've also been pounding the song "Magic" from The Puppet Master, which is surely one of the finest KD classic songs of all time (off an otherwise average album). Go on - give it a listen (you know you want to).

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1 hour ago, True Belief said:

The twin melodic leads that start and continue throughout "Gallows" = heaven. Stunning song. Stunning production. Great album.

Recent listens include King Diamond "The Spider's Lullaby" (the first half in particular is classic King. Underrated album), and Abigail. I've also been pounding the song "Magic" from The Puppet Master, which is surely one of the finest KD classic songs of all time (off an otherwise average album). Go on - give it a listen (you know you want to).

I’ll give it a listen. 

NP: new Rotting Christ songs. Much enjoyment. 

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Rotting Christ’s last two albums, two new tracks and the almighty ‘Sanctus Diavolos’.

Hail the kings of modern occult metal. No one can touch these guys for melody, groove and fist-pumping epic glory. 

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Dimmu Borgir - 'Eonian'

I'm convinced that a lot of the critics of this album didn't give it ample time to sink in and gel with them. Obviously if you've never liked Dimmu you're going to hate this album, but if you're in anyway Dimmu/dark commercial metal inclined, this album is just amazing. It continues to open up with each listening, even after 30-40+ plays. I'm very impressed. 

I'd be concerned that Dimmu Borgir would be missing out on genuine accolades if it wasn't for the fact that they sold out the first Melbourne show and played a second, so they're obviously not doing too badly. 

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Was: Type O Negative - 'World Coming Down'. Apart from a couple of songs I find this pretty boring. Not enough songs about girls. I like goils. 

Now: Theatre of Tragedy - 'Aegis'. This is more like it. This reminds me of when I was on campus at university and my current girlfriend (goils!) would put this on prior to settling in for the night, if you know what I mean. As much as I love this album, and it's a beautiful gothic record, it's hard to untangle it from those late night sessions, when life was new and the whole world was at our feet. Beautiful, classic, music with early modern, Shakespeare, style lyrics - the final time this band would do that. Liv Kristine at her absolute peak. Haunting and gorgeous.

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