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On 10/21/2023 at 11:37 PM, JamesT said:

Alestorm - "Captain Morgan's Revenge"

Alestorm - "Curse of the Crystal Coconut"

Alestorm - "Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum"

I cannot believe I just discovered these guys today!  Seven glorious albums to get familiar with!  Now having this fantastic folk/pirate metal on top of the new Angelus Apatrida, Cirith Ungol and making my way through the entire Judas Priest discography, my head is spinning!

Here in 2023, we've already had Overkill, Metallica, Girish and the Chronicles, Angelus Apatrida, KK's Priest, U.D.O., Primal Fear, Nervosa, Evile, Cattle Decapitation, and Cirith Ungol release killer albums. 

And in 2024, both Judas Priest and DragonForce are already confirmed to release new albums (both in March), and we should also be getting a new album from the mighty Accept who are, in my opinion, currently in their greatest era with Mark Tornillo fronting the band.  If Airbourne ever gets on the ball and puts out their 6th album of hard rock 'n' roll greatness, I'll be thoroughly unable to contain myself.  Long live heavy metal!!

Big up evile

On 8/15/2023 at 12:08 PM, JamesT said:

I think you'll enjoy Wreck-Defy!  The musicianship and vocals are equally great.  

You and I have definitely both been on the "Congregation of Annihilation" train!  I just can't get over how perfect Marc Lopes is for the band's sound.  He can hit the Halford-like highs and can let out some fierce growls the very next moment.  Very impressive singer. 

I completely agree with you about the new Evile album, "The Unknown".  It took a few listens for me to get into it.  It's such a contrast from their 2021 comeback album, "Hell Unleashed", which is my second favorite album of theirs, only behind "Enter the Grave".  But now that I've listened through "The Unknown" several times, it has really grown on me.  It does have a couple of solid thrashers in the middle of the track listing, but the doomier songs are heavy in a completely different way, and I'm enjoying it!

Same town band...evile

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NP: Kobold - Chaos Head

I posted the link and cover a while back so I'll spare that, but I've been coming back to this album a lot lately. That intro to Medieval Cam-Whore Punk has got to have one of the weirdest lead ins I've heard in years, and when that guitar chug actually kicks even though it's slightly more in the background than some of the higher notes it still has the heft to cave in some sternums. Thing is the whole album is sorta like that. There's no mistaking this group for a different band for sure. Of course it's not in the league of something like Bonded By Blood but I mean it when I say every single track has something interesting to show. What a unique band.

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Demolition Hammer - Time Bomb (1994)

Yes, I know: I must be a bit of a masochist... After THE monument that is Epidemic of Violence, listening to its successor... Time Bomb... Unless I'm mistaken, Time Bomb was a project that wasn't intended to be called Demolition Hammer. But the band's label decided otherwise. What a shame!


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2 hours ago, Arioch said:

Demolition Hammer - Time Bomb (1994)

Yes, I know: I must be a bit of a masochist... After THE monument that is Epidemic of Violence, listening to its successor... Time Bomb... Unless I'm mistaken, Time Bomb was a project that wasn't intended to be called Demolition Hammer. But the band's label decided otherwise. What a shame!


Yeah, Time Bomb is not a choice for regular rotation, but there's some decent stuff there. No real way to follow Epidemic. That record is just brutal face ripping madness. I've never heard them revisit Time Bomb live either, so my take away is it's in their "Cold Lake" category.

I lost interest in many of the second tier thrash acts around the time they changed their sound as grunge took over the world. This one falls in with Coroner - Grin, Sadus - Elements of Anger, and a few others that didn't impress me when they rolled out, but revisiting years later they're not as bad as I remembered. Not the same sound as earlier works, but once you separate your expectations for how that band should sound from what is there...it's easier to appreciate them for what they are. I would note that the same logic doesn't work for me with the albums from the Big 4 around the same time. I've tried revisiting the Black album, God Hates Us All, Youthanasia, even throw in Roots for good measure and just can't do it.

Bewitcher - Under the Witching Cross


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