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18 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:


Cool record cover. (the church aflame one) Could you please translate the logo and the elaborate font for me? I'm font challenged, unless it's Arial, Tahoma or Verdana I generally can't decipher it. 


NP: Tank - This Means War, UK 1983, always thought this guy had the best NWOBHM voice.


elffor's malkhedant https://elffor.bandcamp.com/album/malkhedant

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On 1/27/2023 at 10:49 PM, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Three questions Jon:

1. How can you stand to view the forum with the white background? I'm so used to the black I tend to forget that everyone else doesn't view it this way too.

2. How come you can post your own pictures for all to see and I can't?

3. What's with the fingerless "Fagin" gloves? (or is it maybe an homage to the Breakfast Club?) You doing your part to reduce carbon emissions by keeping the heat off? Or is it that being raised in New Zealand you forget you even have a heating system?

Thanks for a hearty Monday morning chuckle. Because, of course, I do not log in over the weekend.

1. I hadn't thought about it too much, but now you mention it, I do ordinarily have google set to black. I just set my outlook to black too after a few months on the new job not even noticing it was white. I am so progressive. As to the forum....yes it would be a good feature. I like it black, like my men.

2. All I do is drag the picture into the bottom of the entry box (it literally says "drag files here to attach"), although you usually have to resize to quite a small jpeg to get it to work.   And, I posted about this a month or two ago, one has to delete the image files periodically otherwise your allocation gets full. You do this by editing the old post to delete the image.

3. They are not fingerless gloves but a thumb loop on the cuff of my fleece sleeve. It's a bit out of character to have such a luxurious feature, a reckless extravagance even, but I am at peace with it now. After researching for bleeding ages for ethical brands I found UK-based Rab who blab on about ethical manufacture....and then when it arrived found it was made in fucking China. 

We have merely two electric storage heaters in the whole house (a one level apartment) which only turn on at non-peak times when the power is cheap. It's warm enough, just.

Fagin. My dad played Fagin in a local stage production of Oliver! when I was a lad. I have the LP of the original cast (John Pertwee who later was Dr. Who, was Fagin). Classic.

I'm reviewing the situation
Can a fellow be a villain all his life?
All the trials and tribulations!
Better settle down and get myself a wife.
And a wife would cook and sew for me,
And come for me, and go for me,
And go for me, and nag at me,
The fingers, she will wag at me.
The money whe will take me.
A misery, she'll make from me...
I think I'd better thing it out again!
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17 hours ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

But what's happened to fuck around Friday or whatever it was called? When you'd review some random album each week. I used to look forward to that. Now it doesn't even feel like Friday without it.

Yeah, bloody job keeps getting in the way of that.  S'ok though, I am working on getting myself fired.

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11 hours ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

They're calling this "symphonic" but I'm not sure why, this is really good Serpie, good call. I've never heard of these Spaniards before but I see they have a slew of albums out so I'll have to investigate further.


thanks. yeah. i don't agree with the symphonic classification, either. i consider the band epic black metal since elffor sounds much closer to summoning than dimmu borgir

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Heathen - Victims of deception (1991)

It was the time when Heathen had not yet turned into a kind of melodic Exodus (Heathexodus ? Exothen ?). After Breaking the Silence, the band had offered us a superb album. Always a pleasure to listen to it.

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