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1 hour ago, Thatguy said:

If this means what I think it means, you have the wrong end of the pineapple

Hey Doc man listen, you're the one who volunteered that you went and saw them perform live, I'm not making this shit up. I'm assuming no one forced you, you were there of your own accord. And please believe me when I tell you, I don't want any part of either end of your pineapple. 😁

 

Nadyrr - Descente de Nihil, Spain 2022

 

 

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6 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Hey Doc man listen, you're the one who volunteered that you went and saw them perform live,

Yeah, but I feel I must re-iterate that I went to see Fallujah and walked out on KSE because they sucked as much as I expected.

And, yes, clearly you have hit on a sore point so keep on picking the scab...😉

PSICOSFERA - Summa Negativa. Despite the smart arse band name -  they are just waiting for you to mis-pronounce it so they can condescendingly correct you - I rather enjoyed this.

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2 hours ago, Thatguy said:

I went to see Fallujah

I think I'd probably rather suffer through KSE's set than subject myself to Fallujah's fluffy prog/tech wankery nonsense. But it's been years and years since I checked out any KSE so there's a chance they could turn out to be even worse than I remember. On the other hand, how could anything be worse than Fallujah? Ad Nauseam or Pyrrhon maybe. Archspire, Artificial Brain, Krallice, Imperial Triumphant, Haken...yeah forget I said that, I guess a lot of shit can be worse than Fallujah. 

 

Feral Howl - Worshipper, bm Norway. Really had no choice but to click on this one when I saw the band name uses our word of the day. 

 

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Rare  chime in here, doom/sludge in its many variants is probably my favorite overall genre.  Unfortunately, I found all of the Rob Lowe Candlemass albums had moment of euphoria  but inconsistent C+ disappointing affairs and pretty boring/uninvolving.  From memory, King of the Grey Islands is probably the best of the lot. 

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34 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

On the other hand, how could anything be worse than Fallujah? Ad Nauseam or Pyrrhon maybe. Archspire, Artificial Brain, Krallice, Imperial Triumphant, Haken...yeah forget I said that, I guess a lot of shit can be worse than Fallujah. 

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27 minutes ago, markm said:

disappointing affairs and pretty boring/uninvolving.

And I don't need to listen to know that the vocals suck too.

39 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

when I saw the band name uses our word of the day. 

This is feral in the Strine colloquial sense and not the formal English sense, in as much as it sucks. Thin sound, synths way too high in the mix, perfunctory structure. No redeeming features so far - third track and I'm out.

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7 minutes ago, Thatguy said:

This is feral in the Strine colloquial sense and not the formal English sense, in as much as it sucks. Thin sound, synths way too high in the mix, perfunctory structure. No redeeming features so far - third track and I'm out.

Tbh I was ready to bail after two songs as well Docarooni, because I only clicked on it when I saw the word Feral. But I stuck with it and it did get much better for me towards the end. I'll have another listen tomorrow see how I feel about it as a potential purchase then. T'was a lot better than any Fallujah wankery though, I can assure you of that. 

I get that you don't like Rob Lowe's voice and that's cool man, to each his own. He's not my singer of the year or anything like that, as we both know I rarely listen to metal with clean vocals. But I've always thought he was a good fit for Candlemass and I really enjoyed my Death Magic Doom spin first thing this morning. I guess this is kinda like when I say Rob Halford is a shit singer and everybody goes crazy on me. But what can I do, I really genuinely can't stand the sound of his voice.

 

Nattfly - Sånger för den kalla modern, (Songs for the Cold Mother) Sweden. Doesn't sound like any Swedish black metal I've ever heard. Too many violins I guess. Not synths, the dude's really going to town on his fiddle in a harsh somewhat atonal manner. Probably should have turned it off but I can't seem to tear myself away from it, I'm actually captivated by this and now there are only 5 minutes left to go so I might as well let 'er finish.

 

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Step to Freedom - Step to Freedom, Novgorod Russia. This has gotta be the best random NYP thing I've picked up all year. It's like the perfect mix of death metal and crust punk with killer riffs galore. Impossible for me to just play this once and move on, I have to go for two or three in a row every time.

 

Genogeist - Genogeist, Portland Oregon stenchcore 2019

 

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13 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Yellow Eyes - Silence Threads the Evening's Cloth (2012)

 

I had yellow eyes once. Thought I was metal as fuck until it turned out to be liver failure.🤔

NP: Penitence Onirique - Nature Morte

▶︎ NATURE MORTE | Pénitence Onirique | Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions (bandcamp.com)

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Not sure about this one. The decidedly atmospheric approach has an interesting way of highlighting the harmonies in the musicianship, and they definitely have no issues hitting the newer post-whatever style with an amorphous wall of sound the way certain parts of Krallice and their ilk might. There's the issue of them being a newer young band that will certainly garner an eye roll or two from metal veterans of the old guard. For me personally, I don't mind it as long as it doesn't push the 'core' influence too hard. They're at their best when they bring their buildups to a sudden precipice and drop you off the dense soundscape cliff right into the waiting maw of stark and unadorned riffs. Closest comparison I could here would be like a more ornate Artificial Brain (and I actually really like Artificial Brain). Above average I'd say, but it's going to have to work harder than most albums to truly win me over.

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1 hour ago, Arioch said:

Nile - Black Seeds of Vengeance (2000)

 

Fantastic choice!  I enjoy all of Nile's material, but those early albums especially had a ferocity and creativity about them.  "Annihilation of the Wicked" is my favorite Nile album, but "Black Seeds of Vengeance" and "In Their Darkened Shrines" are up near the top of the list as well!

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Annihilation of the Wicked is also my favourite Nile album. The first two tracks are unforgettable: the construction and evolution of the main riff in Dusk falls upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise throughout the track, Cast down the Heretic. These two tracks alone at the start of the album are well worth the diversions.

I really like In Their Darkened Shrines too (ahhhhhhh, Wind of Horus!).

I'm less familiar with Black Seeds of Vengeance, but you recognise Nile from the first few seconds of the first track. There's no mistaking it.

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2 hours ago, Arioch said:

I'm less familiar with Black Seeds of Vengeance, but you recognise Nile from the first few seconds of the first track. There's no mistaking it.

I find myself coming back to Black Seeds of Vengeance most....but that might just be because it is loaded on my DAP, and no other Nile albums are. 

I always really liked Those Whom the Gods Detest. In Their Darkened Shrines was a favourite for a long time, but I listened to it a while ago and found the production a bit distracting.....however, just found it on bandcamp and the drums aren't too bad. In Their Darkened Shrines | Nile | Relapse Alumni (bandcamp.com)

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3 hours ago, Arioch said:

you recognise Nile from the first few seconds of the first track. There's no mistaking it.

Nile packs in too many notes in their riffs. Doesn't matter which album, I can't do it, that's not what I'm here for.

 

53 minutes ago, JonoBlade said:

I find myself coming back to Black Seeds of Vengeance most....but that might just be because it is loaded on my DAP, and no other Nile albums are. 

I think you just might be onto something here.

 

 

Fatum - Edge of the Wild, Russia 2018

 

Katorga - Demo 2022 Melbourne Stenchcore

 

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7 hours ago, Arioch said:

Annihilation of the Wicked is also my favourite Nile album. The first two tracks are unforgettable: the construction and evolution of the main riff in Dusk falls upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise throughout the track, Cast down the Heretic. These two tracks alone at the start of the album are well worth the diversions.

I really like In Their Darkened Shrines too (ahhhhhhh, Wind of Horus!).

I'm less familiar with Black Seeds of Vengeance, but you recognise Nile from the first few seconds of the first track. There's no mistaking it.

I've probably seen Nile play at least a dozen times. They're one of those road warrior bands like Clutch that, for one reason or another, I always find myself in the vicinity of. Not that that's a bad thing. I don't want to unequivocally make out as if my experience with them is wholly representative of what they are though, but just anecdotally, I remember when they were notorious for having a "muddy" live sound that made picking individual songs out from their 'gravel in a blender with a gut-shot badger' approach to playing live pretty rough going on the old ears. I think that was probably primarily the venues they were playing though. Then after Annihilation dropped they must have opted for new gear because their sound suddenly became absolutely pristine in any size venue. Dallas Toller-Wade's drumming was impeccable, and they even made their twin vocal attack worth paying attention to. The atmospheric tracks were eerie, and the guitars were murderously precise (and keep in mind when I see a band whose studio output I'm familiar with I always pay attention to the fingerings and picking on their axes just in case somebody tries to pull some of that live-tracking bullshit). It's definitely been a treat to watch their careers play out. Black Seeds is still probably my favorite, but Annihilation is still an amazing feat to see.

...and can I just say that it's very appropriate that we've moved from Candlemass to Nile in the discussion, since Nile inadvertently took the infamous riff from Cmass' Well of Souls on one of the tracks from In Their Darkened Shrines. I've actually asked them about that particular riff and they were pretty good sports about it, and said before people started pointing that riff out to them they'd never really heard Candlemass.

NP: Diabolic Night - Beneath the Crimson Prophecy

▶︎ Beneath The Crimson Prophecy | Diabolic Night (bandcamp.com)

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Another album another skippable overlong keyboard intro track. Death/Thrash that leans away from the sometimes frustrating "pizza party thrash/crossover" template a lot of the young'ns have been adopting since Municipal Waste. It sits comfortably in the more arch minor-key and euro influenced style of things without losing sight of it's thrash roots.

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