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6 hours ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

I didn't say I was buying the pumpkin ales, just that they have been suddenly showing up at all the liquor stores reminding me that it's Fall. I don't like pumpkin flavored coffee either but I do like pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin muffins. But I really haven't been buying much of the sweet shit lately if I can help it. I'm sure I'll have a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving at my sister's next month though, white chicks be damned. 

 

NP: Gråinheim - Hexndeifl 

 

My mum - who was English and had many English ideas - always said that pumpkin was only fit to be cattle food.  She said this partly to be contrarian, but partly because it's true.

And it is true.

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1 hour ago, Dead1 said:

Xentrix Shattered - Existence - quite a good slab of thrash metal that probably marred by the fact it was one of a thousand other similar thrash acts around in 1989.  Oh and British - for some reason British thrash never took off.

Sabbat = head and shoulders above all British thrash bands.

NP: Rage - Resurrection Day. 

Outside of the mighty never to be bettered "Secrets in a Weird World", I've never enjoyed these guys. But this one is their best ever - and definitely the best since 1989. Where did this come from??

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28 minutes ago, True Belief said:

Sabbat = head and shoulders above all British thrash bands.

NP: Rage - Resurrection Day. 

Outside of the mighty never to be bettered "Secrets in a Weird World", I've never enjoyed these guys. But this one is their best ever - and definitely the best since 1989. Where did this come from??

 

 

I always found Sabbat a tiring listen - they don't let the music "breathe" and it seems it is just Martin Valkyier spewing out a torrent of vocals without a pause.  I did enjoy Skyclad - Prince of the Poverty Line is well and truly classic.

 

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2 hours ago, True Belief said:

Sabbat = head and shoulders above all British thrash bands.

Sabbat were fantastic. History of a Time to Come had a big impact on me.

Ironically, I never heard Dreamweaver and the much maligned Mourning Has Broken until quite recently. 

Dreamweaver is good but as @Dead1 said there is a tendency for Martin Walkyier to just spit out lyrics as a dense fog which is a bit overwhelming at times. Mourning Has Broken was ill conceived. Some of the music is decent. I even thought the new vocalist was ok; he had a Russ Anderson/Forbidden vibe, but by the end of the album I had to admit....yeah, it's not great.

However, History of a Time to Come is classic. I heard the track "Hosannah in Excelsis" on a student radio metal show the same day I heard Carcass and Fear Factory (Martyr) for the first time. I recorded the show on a C-90. Holy shit, that day changed my life. 

  

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5 hours ago, KillaKukumba said:

I wonder if all, or any, of KK's bitterness would have surfaced if he'd stayed in JP. I know a lot of his bitterness is because he hasn't been asked back but there is more than just that floating in his mind. I'm not suggesting the other guys are completely innocent because there was obviously tension before he left. But that sort of tension could have left the band a complete wreck, whereas now, at least we still have a JP even if it's not the line up everyone wants.

I will say this about Ripper, him and KK make a good pair in the press, both have a massive problem with foot in mouth disease. I would really liked to have seen KK hire someone other than Ripper, if only to get away from the idea he was trying to make a cover band.

I ordered this months ago on a whim but it only showed up on Saturday morning. 

Delighted to note that the track Brothers of the Road is cut from the LP version. Lamentably, it is still on the accompanying CD. It was an odd choice that the nine minute Return of the Sentinel finishes the album on a prolonged mellow part. I expected it to go back heavy for an epic fade out. 

Have only listened through once so far and generally agree with the comments of my colleagues. It is so cheesy it makes Manowar sound sophisticated. But I want to like it. Whereas modern JP comes with too much trepidation to really be enjoyable for me. Richie has just too much influence on JP songwriting with paint by numbers metal anthems. He is an incredible player and I wish him well while he recovers from a massive heart attack, but JP could release one last classic if KK was back on board, alongside Richie for lead studio and live work. 

Since KK had the good sense to limit the length of the album I personally prefer Sermons of the Sinner to Firepower. Fight me. It could have been way better with some less awful lyrics and more oversight on Ripper's vocals. He tends to be a bit of a one trick pony. I wonder whether he was left to record the vocals on his own in his basement during lockdown and KK just said "yeah, that'll do."

The solos are ripping though. KK proved he can write a decent album on his own which is admirable for a 70 year old that hasn't played much in the last 10 years. If you check out the writing credits on all the 70s Priest albums then Glenn Tipton wrote the lion's share, before they democratically started sharing all credits in the 80s. It is clear that Glenn was objectively the bigger talent in Priest and KK may have grown to resent that, but they were the greatest dual guitar team in metal history. There's no taking that away.

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7 hours ago, Thatguy said:

My mum - who was English and had many English ideas - always said that pumpkin was only fit to be cattle food.  She said this partly to be contrarian, but partly because it's true.

And it is true.

Heathens, ignoramuses and philistines, the lot of you. I'm gonna have my slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving no matter what your mum says buddy.

 

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Shitty weather is right, it's raining and thundering like hell out there now. Need a few things from the store but I can't be bothered to go out and get wet. The kid will be home in another 40 minutes, then some dude is supposedly coming by at 6pm to buy 3 windows we listed Fri on FB Marketplace for half price 'cause my idiot contractor ordered the wrong size. (too tall) So I think I need some atmospheric black metal.

 

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Disparaître - Urchig, France

 

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Traipsing my way through a prog/avant-garde/post-metal playlist on Spotify and realising how limited my palate is for stuff in this area of metal.  Fair enough the likes of Symphony X and Evergrey are inoffensive enough but stuff like Faxed Head or Carbonized just do not sit well with me at all.  Avant-garde doesn't always have to mean "messy", right? 

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