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Graveland - 'Memory and Destiny'

The three albums that Darken did between 2000 and 2003 ('Creed of Iron', 'Memory and Destiny', and 'The Fire of Awakening') are quite possibly the greatest atmospheric black metal albums ever created. 

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Mayhem - 'Grand Declaration of War' (remixed and remastered version). 

Shit, there's more bass here than at a Steve Harris look-alike competition. For an album that used to be cold and hard, it's now warmer than a fucking cuddle from your obese aunt after too many glasses of sherry. The drum sounds here are fuller than yo mamma at an all you can eat buffet. 

And what's with the album artwork? It used to be a dove caught in barbed wire. Now it's a dove being held lovingly by Jesus. Lol what the fuck's going on? 

Edit: the snare sound on this is an absolute-fucking-joke. I'm enraged. 

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Katatonia - Dead End Kings
Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia - various "bonus" tracks
Katatonia - Dethroned And Uncrowned   ...still not a compelling listen for me. I love the originals and this just sounds like the muzak version. Nice dinner music, I guess.

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14 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Katatonia - Dead End Kings
Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia - various "bonus" tracks
Katatonia - Dethroned And Uncrowned   ...still not a compelling listen for me. I love the originals and this just sounds like the muzak version. Nice dinner music, I guess.

I can't stand 'Dethroned and Uncrowned', partly because I didn't enjoy 'Dead End Kings' to begin with, but mostly because they just aren't that interesting. I rate this album as probably their worst, and really the only time that they seem to be getting a little too self-aware. And look what happened to Anathema when that happened to them....

Everything else though, great playlist! 

NP: Rotting Christ - 'Live Over Athens'. 

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