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13 minutes ago, navybsn said:

Nervosa - Perpetual Chaos

Awesome choice!  After all but one original member left the band, I wondered how the newest album would sound.  But it is an absolute killer!  Might be their best one yet. 

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13 hours ago, navybsn said:

The @GoatmasterGeneral killing it with that Thy Feeble Saviour and Black Witchery. I've got to check out those other 2. Haven't heard of either.

Rahu - S/T

 

You must've seen Black Witchery at least once with them being out of Orlando?

Castigo is just a one man raw black/death project from Chile, I dug it but it's nothing truly special.

That Vortex of End album is absolutely mandatory though, not my typical primitive 4-chord goat metal affair. It is black/death, but there is a lot more going on there than most of what I post. It was on my list a month ago but I know there were a lot of albums on my list. And I just tacked it on the end because I had only just discovered it a couple of days earlier and didn't want to reorder my entire list but I needed to get it on there. Get it in you as Doc would say.

 

 

NP:  Ultra Silvam - The Sanctity of Death, a little more polished than these Swedes' last effort but this is more killerer.

 

Henbane - Through the Sabbath Black Sky, German bm

 

2 hours ago, KillaKukumba said:

Testament - The Gathering

(trying to figure out why they got Dave back! )

Because Hog-leg quit and apparently being in 7 bands wasn't enough for Dave he needed one more because maybe he needs the money? I honestly never knew that Testament has had 18 different and unique drummers in their 35 year history until just now. That's an average of a different drummer every two years. 

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Never got to see Black Witchery @GoatmasterGeneral. Most of their "active period" was when I was on active duty and far from Florida. I know any chance to see the original lineup is gone, but maybe I can catch the current version if they put together a show in the future. Definitely a band I would drop everything to go see.

Since I started on the trilogy, it's mandatory that I finish it. TBH, I can't remember the last time I listened to these 3 records. They're so burned in my brain I usually skip them when picking a Darkthrone record to listen to.

Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon

Darkthrone - Transylvanian Hunger

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14 hours ago, KillaKukumba said:

Testament - The Gathering

(trying to figure out why they got Dave back! )

 

Lombardo was probably their best option to replace Hoglan. Great drummer + history with the band + availability. He'll probably do 1-2 albums with them and leave again. Seems to be his pattern. He's basically become a session drummer/gun for hire since leaving Slayer. I saw some folks on social media speculating they would get Chris Adler, but I think Lombardo is a better fit for the band. I haven't been that interested in new Testament output in quite some time and felt they have been a bit stale, but I'll probably check out the new album when they put it out to see if they can resurrect some of the old magic with the new lineup.

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