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On 6/2/2019 at 9:47 AM, FatherAlabaster said:

Infernal Torment - Man's True Nature   @salmonellapancake and @Thrashman, I know I've mentioned this one before. Check it out if you haven't. Knuckle-dragging, bludgeoning mid-90s DM from Denmark that wouldn't have sounded out of place in the Long Island scene.

Ahhh, need something like this. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Cheers.

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Fatoumata Diawara - Fatou

Mulatu Astatqe - Ethiopiques 4

...my son has been more hyper lately (if such a thing is possible), and he's even gotten into a bit of trouble at school, so I'm trying to help counteract that by listening to more chilled-out stuff when he's around. Is it working? Who knows? I suppose I could conceivably play him Thergothon...

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Paradise Lost - Draconian Times

Someone recently posted about how great this album is. I hadn't heard it in maybe over a decade or more, so I'm giving it a spin. Is it a great album? No, IMO. But, it is a good, solid, entertaining album and I'm glad I dicided to listen to it again. Highlights are The Last Time and Forever Failure.

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Nightbringer - Hierophany of The Open Grave

Sinmara - Within the Weaves of Infinity; speaking of Sinmara I heavily suggest checking out their Bandcamp page since some of their albums (except the last one) are completely free to download. 

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1 hour ago, Balor said:

How is this?  I have one of their other albums, but never checked out any of their others.

It’s my favorite after “Ego Dominus Tuus”. I also feel like it was an improvement over “Death and The Black Work” and “Apocalypse Sun”. It might even be their best, honestly.

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      The album kicks of with a great build to opening track "Last Man Standing" and for the first 4 tracks of the album the Overkill crew stomp, bash and groove their way to a solid level of consistency.  The lead work is of particular note and Blitz sounds as sneery and scathing as ever.  The album is well produced and mixed too with all parts of the thrash machine audible as the five piece hammer away at your skull with the usual blend of chugging riffs and infectious anthems.  


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