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Marduk - 'Heaven Shall Burn When We Are Gathered'

Just an amazing album. I think this tends to get overlooked in Marduk's canon for the more marquee releases, but this is from start to finish an atmospheric riff-fest of really high quality. I definitely prefer the re-release though with the new artwork, which lends the album some dignity after that foolish 'orc' album cover of the original. 

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Mayhem - 'Daemon' digital edition because the release has been pushed back to November 8. 

I really really like this, but I keep tuning out, realising later that I've missed most of the song. That's not a good sign, is it...

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Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen

Selbst - s/t

 

9 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Oddly, I struggled to find much of anything to hold onto with this.  It is definitely got BAN written all over it and reminds me of the Memoria stuff a lot but I just can’t quite get at it as a whole record at present.

It sounds similar but it takes a different mindset. it doesn't have the "focal points" of the Memoria Vetusta albums. I wouldn't call it background music, but it has a meditative quality that lends itself to a flow state, rather than demanding attention. Those chanting vocals take me away. I find myself listening with it rather than to it, or something like that... Hallucinogen indeed. I could see it feeling like a letdown if you go into it expecting a provocative and gripping black metal album.

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Spent sometime today playing with SMART audio outputs from my TV using my phone and got to play the new Mayhem in its entirety.  Early impression but it was very samey and although most definitely a hark back to the less experimental days it actually does sound bland to some extent.

Also got to the new 1349 earlier and again it just kind of passed me by, tried it in the car earlier this week also (which is normally where I focus best on music) but I just found it really generic and found myself skipping a few tracks.  Both records will get revisits but neither have set my world alight at first couple of run throughs.

Have been digging Abnormality - Contaminating the Hive Mind this week though, some straight up brutal tech-death has made me smile at least.
 

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2 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Also got to the new 1349 earlier and again it just kind of passed me by, tried it in the car earlier this week also (which is normally where I focus best on music) but I just found it really generic and found myself skipping a few tracks.

There are some really good songs on there (well songs I enjoy, at least) like "Through Eyes of Stone" and "Striding the Chasm" which sounded excellent live and actually fit right in with their older material. I do think the thrashy riffs can work for them in the right amount despite what almost everyone else is saying. But yeah, like half of that album kind of sounds like filler to me which is a shame. 

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Graveland - 'The Celtic Winter'

I was a huge Graveland fan back in the early 2000s, and it's great to pull the old CDs out and give them a spin every now and then. This album/demo is a classic. 

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25 minutes ago, Requiem said:

Borknagar - ‘True North’

Oh man. I can’t handle this degree of aural excellence. 

I hope everyone is getting their 2019 top 10 albums list sorted out. 

I for one am not getting a top 10 list organised because I haven't heard a single album that's been released this year.

 

NP: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

Wow once you get past The Trooper this album has very little to offer honestly.

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8 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

I for one am not getting a top 10 list organised because I haven't heard a single album that's been released this year.

 

NP: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

Wow once you get past The Trooper this album has very little to offer honestly.

You’re correct about ‘Piece of Mind’, but as it’s the sixth song, that means there are five absolute classics before it.

But yeah, Maiden have terrible filler on a lot of their albums. The hits are nestled in amongst shite. 

One of life’s pleasures is checking out new releases from bands you love. Try it.

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Tyr - ‘Eric the Red’

One of the great pagan metal albums of all time before they went power metal. 

If you want authentic music listen to this album.

Odin, modern Tyr sucks compared to this. 

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2 hours ago, Requiem said:

You’re correct about ‘Piece of Mind’, but as it’s the sixth song, that means there are five absolute classics before it.

But yeah, Maiden have terrible filler on a lot of their albums. The hits are nestled in amongst shite. 

One of life’s pleasures is checking out new releases from bands you love. Try it.

My issue isn't a reluctance to check out albums, it's more the guilt I would feel were I to listen through an album I'm not in a position to purchase. A position I have been in for some time now unfortunately.

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5 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

My issue isn't a reluctance to check out albums, it's more the guilt I would feel were I to listen through an album I'm not in a position to purchase. A position I have been in for some time now unfortunately.

This doesn't really make sense, pretty much every new release these days is made available to hear in full by the bands or the labels. They want you to listen to their music. I can't see why guilt should figure into playing an album the band themselves posted on Youtube.

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26 minutes ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

My issue isn't a reluctance to check out albums, it's more the guilt I would feel were I to listen through an album I'm not in a position to purchase. A position I have been in for some time now unfortunately.

How much did you pay for 'Piece of Mind'? 

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Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites

Bit disappointed really - I've never quite managed to get into Nile, and the preview tracks made me think this might finally be the moment... but it does still seem like a strong album, as Nile albums go.

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