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Bathory - 'The Return'

Obviously well known as an inspirational black metal album, but did you know that Gorgoroth's 'A Sorcery Written in Blood' demo title is taken from the first line in the track 'The Return of Darkness and Evil', and that Marduk's 'Infernal Eternal' live album title is taken from a line in the song 'The Right of Darkness'. Well now you do.

Hail Bathory, thou influential beast, thou. 

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Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Volume I

I like Bell Witch a lot but this feels a bit of a let down as I listen.  There's no sense of forboding anywhere and too much in the way of clean lyrics for my liking making it sound like Funeral Doom meets Fleet Foxes.  I never get bored of Bell Witch records but this is losing me pretty quickly.

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Gorgoroth - 'Instinctus Bestialis' 

I really didn't vibe with this album when it was first released, but now I consider it an emotive and impeccable album. I even love those down and deep growled vocals that everyone complains about. 

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Watain - 'Lawless Darkness' 

and prior to that Watain - 'Sworn to the Dark'. 

Both are very good albums that I think you have to be in the mood for. There's a degree of gay abandon in both albums that really allows you to let your hair down. Is one better than the other? They're very similar when listened to back-to-back. I'm going with 'Sworn' as it's solid all the way through and was there first. 

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Necromantia - 'Scarlet Evil, Witching Black'

For some reason I had the first track 'Devilskin' on a four track Osmose compilation back when this came out in about 1995. I remember it also had 'Punish My Heaven' by Dark Tranquillity on it. Can't quite remember the other two tracks on it.

I always loved 'Devilskin' but it took me over two decades to actually buy the album. The 'no guitar' gimmick is ok but when your bass sounds like a fuzzy guitar anyway, and you have guest leads, it's not profoundly different from factory settings. 

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Aseitas----False Peace

 

HOLY SHIT HAS ANYBODY ELSE CHECKED THIS BAND OUT?

I stumbled onto them on BandCamp.  So heavy, vocals are guttural and dark, sometimes the mudic is melodic and maybe technical /progressive soumdimg,other times its heavy sludgy , and chaotic.  Only other band Ive had this reactiom to waa Conjuror.

Gonna grab one of the double LPs they have available for pre-orderr

Love the vox!!!

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