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Sons Of Northern Darkness | Immortal (bandcamp.com)

Obviously a bit of a weird vibe to this band now. But I like the alboom. And the most recent ones are on bandcamp.

Thra | Urskek (bandcamp.com)

Just bought this. Weeks ago @Thatguy posted a tip of a year end list on canthisevenbecalledmusic.com. I spent some time going through the recommendations, which were nice and succinct, but the only one which really grabbed me was this Dark Crystal themed doom. Not as cool as my favourite Indiana Jones themed black metal band, Sallah, but a good listen. 

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5 minutes ago, BlackSmith said:

Candlemass - Bewitched


Fantastic choice!  I've been on a Candlemass kick lately, myself.  Listened through the whole discography three times in the past month or so.  "Ancient Dreams" ranks as my #1 Candlemass album, but "Nightfall" is right behind it at #2.  Not a huge doom fan in general, but Candlemass never fails to be a satisfying listen.

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Maledictus Eris - Occasus Mundi, Guatemalan black metal


Sumus Diabolus Incarnatus - Les Louanges de Baël - Livre 1, 2022 French black. Independent first release out of nowhere. I missed this one last April but this is a definite keeper, worth the €7 Euros. And it's not even filthy, it's well produced. I'll be keepin' my eye out for a follow up.


10 minutes ago, AlSymerz said:

Motörhead - Bad Magic

Last Motörhead album, who ya gonna do next? Cliff Richard?

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Today will be a special Napalm Death day for me!

I'll update this post as the albums are chosen.

And here we go! I start with...

Leaders Not Followers: Part 2 - (2004)

Scum - (1987)

Apex Predator-Easy Meat - (2015)

Diatribes - (1996)

Fear, Emptiness, Despair - (1994)

Utilitarian - (2012)

Well, there you go. I listened to 6 records that I didn't know yet from Napalm Death.

Until now, I only knew two records from them: Harmony Corruption and the last album (my album of the year when it was released!).

I wanted to discover more music from this band and I did. And I don't intend to stop there!

Through these 6 albums, I discovered a band with multiple facets but all pleasant to listen. I enjoyed it !

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Destronomer - The Two Horns (2023)

Fuck Around Fridays hits me with some stoner metal this week in the shape of Australians (like we need more of them here, right?) Destronomer which is a terrible name for a band.  Anyway, this is their one and only release as far as I can tell.  Sounds like every other stoner metal band out there but it will do for me.

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