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35 minutes ago, Thatguy said:

Doesn't ruin it for me, but significantly diminishes my enjoyment of it.


Biggest probelm I had with Heimdal is that they hit me right in the face with the too much cleans and all those lame keys right off the bat in the first (and worst) song. They must've thought it was "epic" or something. I thought the album picked up a bit from the 2nd track on.

Good thinking. I really love that 2nd Arde album, so I guess it's time to try out their first.


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27 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Biggest probelm I had with Heimdal is that they hit me right in the face with the too much cleans and all those lame keys right off the bat in the first (and worst) song. They must've thought it was "epic" or something. I thought the album picked up a bit from the 2nd track on.

Good thinking. I really love that 2nd Arde album, so I guess it's time to try out their first.

Agree entirely. The first track put me right off and I wanted to like the album. It made me comment as I did initially because the whole first listen was shaded by that track. The rest is better.

And I only just found the first Arde album. I really enjoyed it. It does not sound like a first album. Either the dudes had been playing together a lot before they recorded, or they were already veterans.

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19 minutes ago, Hungarino said:

Fucking killer, and NYP

Poland is the new Finland!

No nation shall surpass FInland.

These are the rankings (loosely) as I see them for where I'm finding most of the best black metal:

1.) Finland

2.) Germany

3.) USA

4.) Poland

5.) Norway

6.) Sweden

7.) Canada

8.) Spain

9.) Netherlands

10.) France/Italy



Kiira - Iättömän Sanat, Finland


Ciemra - The Tread of Darkness, Belarus, mandatory.


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To be sure there's a lot of great black metal from a lot of other countries as well, but they can't all be in the top 10. There's a ton of great bands from Chile in several subs including black/thrash and black metal, but I think of Chile more for death metal. They'd easily be in my top 5 for death metal exporters along with the US, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.


Atshen - Purification, Quebec, Canada


Minenwerfer - Feuerwalze, Sacramento, California


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Frozen Dawn - The Decline of the Enlightened Gods, Spain, fell asleep last night around 4 am before I could post this definite future purchase. Finally in March I'm starting to look for current year stuff again. Had only picked up five 2023 albums until last night.


REZN - Solace, Chicago, heavy trippy psyche/stoner. Not my usual kinda thing as a good portion of this is super mellow, (there might even be a few seconds of tasteful saxophone at 30:30) but I'm shifting gears here, been out cleaning snow off the car and shovelling the driveway and I'm in cool down mode now. Enjoying my late morning coffee as I get mentally prepared to go downstairs into the cold unheated kitchen and continue wet sanding my concrete countertops. What a fucking mess we're making, we've got plastic over everything, the sander sprays the cement slurry everywhere in all directions. But the island's looking good at 400 grit. Gotta take the faucet off and do around by the sink today.


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MASTODON - Emperor of Sand

KRIEGSMASCHINE - Apocalypticists

FRED FRITH TRIO with Lotte Anger and Susana Santos Silva  - Road. You don't know Fred Frith?  You're not worthy.

SULPHUR AEON - Svallowed Bt The Ocean's Tide. Yep, Svallowed.

Thatguy has been outside with his headphones on all morning. It's a perfect early autumn day here in lovely Canberra.

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