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21 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Crowbar - Lifesblood For The Downtrodden (2005)

 

This again.  I never really clicked with Crowbar, mostly because of Kirk's vocals.  However, something just fell into place this week and I have had this on a few times (great workout music I have discovered).  Bring on the sludge!

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46 minutes ago, zackflag said:

Just lasted about 5 minutes with the new Blood Incantation ambient album. That's gonna be a gigantic FUCK NO from me. Whatever that thing is, it is not my cup of tea...

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Super disappointed what BI did - there are plenty people that may buy the album blindly because of the past releases of this band. Obviously you could argue if that's smart but I guess we all did it. But then be exposed to this ambient shit is almost a scam. If you want to step out of what your band normally stands for then start another band! And then these crap metal zines that review the album (It's nothing to do with metal!) and still give high scores. Unbelievable.

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Just for clarity's sake, I'm not talking about anyone here with this comment. I assume most of us knew going in what kind of album they were releasing, and just wanted to see what it sounded like out of curiosity. In all honesty though, I was surprised at the number of people who were getting so excited about the new Blood Incantation. They told us straight up it was an ambient album, and 2 seconds of looking into Paul Riedl's side-projects should have given people an idea what that was going to sound like, but all I kept seeing was the hype train for a new release. I've got not sympathy for casuals who walk into this album with their eyes shut, expecting Starspawn or Human History part 2...that's entirely on you

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4 minutes ago, SurgicalBrute said:

Just for clarity's sake, I'm not talking about anyone here with this comment. I assume most of us knew going in what kind of album they were releasing, and just wanted to see what it sounded like out of curiosity. In all honesty though, I was surprised at the number of people who were getting so excited about the new Blood Incantation. They told us straight up it was an ambient album, and 2 seconds of looking into Paul Riedl's side-projects should have given people an idea what that was going to sound like, but all I kept seeing was the hype train for a new release. I've got not sympathy for casuals who walk into this album with their eyes shut, expecting Starspawn or Human History part 2...that's entirely on you

Yeah, they were pretty clear in all their social media posts before release. Lots of advance preview of the album on socials too. Not sure what anyone was expecting. I got hyped when I saw they were planning a new release, but as soon as I read the post, I realized what was coming. They are planning a regular DM release later this year (Fall iirc).

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