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1 hour ago, Requiem said:

Dimmu Borgir - ‘Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia’

Easily the gem amongst modern commercial black metal roughs. Hail Nick Barker. Hail Mustis. 

Dimmu really aren't a favourite of mine. CoF either though Cruelty is one of my favourite black metal albums. Then again I do prefer the more metallic BM stuff as opposed to the overly symphonic sound.

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4 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

Dimmu really aren't a favourite of mine. CoF either though Cruelty is one of my favourite black metal albums. Then again I do prefer the more metallic BM stuff as opposed to the overly symphonic sound.

Thanks for sharing. 

NP: Eluveitie - ‘Ategnatos’

Album of the year. 

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Howling Sycamore- Seven Pathways to Annihilation. Possibly not as immediate as the debut but it’s perfect for the train trip home. Really digging this.

FA - thoughts? I’ve seen you list this numerous times in this thread. I think you’re the one in here who discovered this band?

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35 minutes ago, True Belief said:

Howling Sycamore- Seven Pathways to Annihilation. Possibly not as immediate as the debut but it’s perfect for the train trip home. Really digging this.

FA - thoughts? I’ve seen you list this numerous times in this thread. I think you’re the one in here who discovered this band?

I really like it. Love some of those guest solos... Marty Friedman? Kevin Hufnagel? All win. I agree with you that it's not as immediately catchy. The songwriting and instrumentation are busier, more layered, a little more intricate. After a few listens, I think that's a good thing - it has a lot of replay value for me, it feels like the kind of album that will unfold over time, and it avoids being just a rehashing of the first one despite using the same palette. I'd initially wanted the debut to be more complex than it was, so I guess I got what I wanted this time around.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse - 'Veleno'

This band just gets better with every release. With time they could be nudging my top ten. The lyrics and philosophy are just so impacting. Madly gifted musicians and songwriters too. A real phenomenon this band. 

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I bought Gore by The Deftones when I was drunk, by the way. Don't think I've listened to that CD since. Not that it's a bad album, but I very rarely listen to Deftones for some reason, much as they have a lot of great material. I saw them at Glastonbury once upon a time, a really muddy year... Chino started a mud fight with the crowd as I recall, good times :D

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