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2 hours ago, JJWO said:

I just got Death - Symbolic - it's my first Death! It's very interesting

I've been thinking of picking up a Slayer record (I'm saying this having none), I had a live record back in the day that I enjoyed... can't remember its name... I'm thinking of picking up Christ Illusion. Any recommendations on Slayer records? 

What wonders await you... Reign In Blood is widely regarded as being the best Slayer album, and for good reason, but South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss might be a better starting point. Oh, and all Death albums rule, in different ways. The debut is my personal favourite, and arguably the first ever proper death metal record.

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36 minutes ago, Thrashman said:

What wonders await you... Reign In Blood is widely regarded as being the best Slayer album, and for good reason, but South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss might be a better starting point. Oh, and all Death albums rule, in different ways. The debut is my personal favourite, and arguably the first ever proper death metal record.

nice, the true roots

2 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Symbolic is an excellent record. Great sense of melody and memorable songwriting. Every period of Death's output has its adherents and detractors, but you can't really go wrong with any of their albums. Their stuff from Human onward is my favorite.

 

cool, I was thinking of checking out The Sound of Perseverance next

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2 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Not Christ Illusion.

Basically I think everything after Seasons in the Abyss is awful (barring Undisputed Attitude) and the band might as well have split up already.  They are not quite at the comedy band level of Metallica nowadays but they haven’t been far off on more than one occasion with their output.

You can’t go wrong with any of the first four albums, but my gateway album was Seasons in the Abyss and is good place to start.  I also have a lot of time for the Decade of Aggression live record.

Hmm, I really like the riffs from Christ Illusion (just off of the samples), but I'll check out those 3/4 records from Seasons in the Abyss and before first

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10 minutes ago, JJWO said:

nice, the true roots

cool, I was thinking of checking out The Sound of Perseverance next

I love that album. It's a natural step forward from Symbolic. The songwriting is a lot more open and sprawling, so it can take some getting used to. My favorite of Chuck's vocal work. It's also the most modern-sounding, something to bear in mind when you listen to their older stuff. Individual Thought Patterns has the weakest mix of them IMO, but the music rules.

As far as the roots of DM, Death was one of the originators, but "Seven Churches" by Possessed (1985) usually gets the nod as the first death metal studio album past the gate.

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57 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I love that album. It's a natural step forward from Symbolic. The songwriting is a lot more open and sprawling, so it can take some getting used to. My favorite of Chuck's vocal work. It's also the most modern-sounding, something to bear in mind when you listen to their older stuff. Individual Thought Patterns has the weakest mix of them IMO, but the music rules.

As far as the roots of DM, Death was one of the originators, but "Seven Churches" by Possessed (1985) usually gets the nod as the first death metal studio album past the gate.

cool I'll check that out too

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8 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

As far as the roots of DM, Death was one of the originators, but "Seven Churches" by Possessed (1985) usually gets the nod as the first death metal studio album past the gate.

Never sounded like DM to me, but these things are pretty subjective. Never liked that album either so I am quite possibly biased.

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12 hours ago, JJWO said:

I just got Death - Symbolic - it's my first Death! It's very interesting

I've been thinking of picking up a Slayer record (I'm saying this having none), I had a live record back in the day that I enjoyed... can't remember its name... I'm thinking of picking up Christ Illusion. Any recommendations on Slayer records? 

The live record is probably Decade of Aggression. I haven't listened to too much recent Slayer to be honest but World Painted Red is good. Seasons in the Abyss is my favourite and Divine Intervention is always high on my play list.

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6 hours ago, Thrashman said:

Never sounded like DM to me, but these things are pretty subjective. Never liked that album either so I am quite possibly biased.

Subjectively, I agree with you on both counts - it's always sounded transitional and thrash/heavy metal influenced to me, and I find it kind of boring. But you can hear where it was going. The real roots are what those guys and a handful of other bands were playing in the early to mid 80s, and at least we have some documentation even if it's just crappy demo recordings. Funny to think of that stuff as being so old and obscure and then compare it to all the high-polish studio music coming out at the time.

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God Dethroned - 'Illuminati'

The new GD album. I haven't been listening to these guys for years, so they're still a new entity to me. This is decent but I miss the war element a little bit. Not sure what prompted them to address the illuminati, which feels a bit 90s/X-Files to me. 

14 minutes ago, Abronsius said:

Tyr - Eric the Red

Brilliant album. 

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Mortician- "Mortal Massacre"

Two things that will always stay with me, regarding this EP:

1) 12 and 1/2 minutes. I've had times taking a number 2 that were longer than that, and yet they established the perfect brutal death metal sound in that short time. 

2) 1991. It is ridiculous how heavy this is for it's time. The only bands who were around at the time that I'd put on this scale of utter crushing aural assault are Blasphemy and Sarcófago, and of course Sarcófago was already done with the ultra heavy stuff. 

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Dummy Burger - 'Enthrone Darkness Triumphant'

What an amazing album this is. I keep thinking that 'Mourning Palace' is the only drawcard, but then you play the full album through and damn me if there aren't 7 or 8 absolute bangers (as the kids say these days). It's a bloody genuine classic. 

 

Katatonia - 'City Burials'

One of the few upbeat tracks on the album (damn it's a slow album) is the cover song 'Fighters'. Great version. Good enough for my signature. I don't mean on this website, I mean I'm literally walking around signing legal documents with lyrics from 'Fighters'. 

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