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Metal Discussion / Wall of the Ox
« on: June 10, 2021, 10:29:30 PM »
Just got recommended this new demo from a doom channel I am subscribed to on YouTube and its intriguing title and cool artwork caught my attention. It's essentially sludgy doom but with more character than that often implies. At least it has its own sound and a somewhat atypical un-generic approach conceptually.
One's to hopefully keep an eye on.

Metal Discussion / Diabolical Fullmoon
« on: May 27, 2021, 11:22:40 PM »
This sounds right up my street and the band pic reminds me of the early Myrkr promo pics, which is always a good thing. Heavily distorted riffs buried under prominent keyboards, simple effective eerie melodies and harsh vocals. Originality nil, BM one!

Metal Discussion / Antediluvian- The Divine Punishment
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:44:58 PM »

A new track is online from their third album which is due in September. It's something else. Can't wait to get this.

Classifieds / Free metal mags
« on: May 21, 2021, 12:18:07 PM »
I'm clearing out the gaff and I have a box of old Zero Telerance, Iron Fist and various fanzines to give away. The only catch is you have to come to Maynooth to collect it. First come first served.

Metal Discussion / In the Woods...
« on: May 14, 2021, 08:04:23 PM »
Soulseller have just announced a vinyl, CD and tape reissue of 'HEart of the Ages'. Quite a unique, epic and complex album so I think the vinyl version is a must seeing as I only have it on tape. A bit of merch with the album artwork wouldn't go astray either. I have only skimmed their later releases but they haven't grabbed me, possibly only for the fact that they don't sound like that album rather than not being my bag so I'll return to them and see if they click.

Metal Discussion / :Hinthial:
« on: May 11, 2021, 09:06:20 PM »
New Italian black metal with a strong Greek influence. Sounds quite catchy to me. Maybe avert your eyes from the band bio, though!

Metal Discussion / Mortajas
« on: May 10, 2021, 10:45:08 PM »
I just came across these lads. Chilean trad doom with powerful and gritty vocals all sung in Spanish. Going to have to pick this album up.

Metal Discussion / diSEMBOWELMENT
« on: May 03, 2021, 04:24:30 PM »
I finally picked up a copy of 'Transcendence into the Peripheral' after intending to do so for years and years,  but always having been previously put off by the high price. I think its influence on the current crop of death metal bands can be heard clearly,  but none of those bands seem to capture the same sense of otherworldliness. The heavy guitars overlaid with prominent clean sections; the spasmodic blasting drum patterns; the unique lyrical preoccupations that seem to lean into Zen Buddhism or something along those lines; the minimal artwork that makes sense when viewed in terms of the lyrics; the vast production that makes the whole thing feel open and often deceptively minimal. It's definitely one that stands out from that era as being particularly unique. I know many here will hold this record in high esteem so let's go!

Metal Discussion / The Shakesperean Frog
« on: April 05, 2021, 09:52:16 PM »
The name and artwork caught my eye as being ludicrous and evocative so I couldn't resist having a listen. I was expecting some form of Dungeon Synth but it's more of a mellow classical/ film score buzz. It's really nice stuff, in fact. I'm listening to the A Wonderful Meeting recording with Goose Mother so perhaps the other albums/ demos are different,  but this one is tremendous.

Metal Discussion / The Lone Madman
« on: April 01, 2021, 10:31:52 PM »
Well this is something. Doom metal in the vein of Reverend Bizarre but also bursting with its own inventions. Fantastic and often surprising song writing and the flute sections actually work unlike with Blood Ceremony who I never clicked with. This is the business.

Edit. I'm detecting a Griftegård influence too. Some other hints in there that I'm trying to decipher...

Metal Discussion / Black Wings of Devastation
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:33:10 PM »
A new Black Metal project from the grim midlands of Ireland. Demo coming soon.

Metal Discussion / Mystic Charm- Shadows of the Unknown
« on: February 23, 2021, 09:50:29 PM »
Just came across this and it sounds good to me. A Dutch doom death band from the 90s who released only this one full length,  along with a few demos and EPs. It's got a cheap, raw production that works for me, female death vox and some Beherit robot voice, church bells, loud acoustic bits... kind of cliched, but in the right way as far as I'm concerned. It's got some goodbad artwork too,  probably made for the singer's junior cert art project  8)

It is getting a tape reissue through Headsplit Records,  so I'll have to fire in an order.

Metal Discussion / :Nodfyr:
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:36:16 PM »
These lads are a new one on me. Kind of like a Dutch Forefather with distinctive vocals. Epic stuff.

Metal Discussion / Backwards evolved who bands
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:25:32 PM »
Just a little thought I have been mulling over lately, but are there any bands whose sound devolved, or evolved away from clarity and into oddballery and/or rawness? The general trajectory seems to be for bands to release a demo and then focus their sound more and more over subsequent releases. The sound more often than not trends towards professionalism but often the rough around the edges early stuff is full of promise and potential that gets wiped out in the maturing phase or, in many cases also might get replaced with something slicker and equally engaging. It is as if the fact that the demo stage is a bit more loose and unfocused, often also more poorly recorded, that it offers the listener's imagination more room to manoeuvre, to fill in the blanks or to simply wonder at the direction the band might go in. When the so-called maturing part happens then a lot of doors close, and in many cases the band goes the predictable, professional sounding route. Schrödinger's cat metal, cat often being the operative word (sorry, I couldn't resist).

I am on a particular buzz lately where I want the next thing I release, hopefully with Bacterium if we can get our shit together in the next couple of months, to go wonkier, more unpredictable, even less professional and utterly regressive, but perhaps not in an obvious way. Are there any bands who have taken that sort of avenue, I wonder. Maybe Fleurety? The sheer wonkery and disjointedness of Department of Apocalyptic Affairs springs to mind. Arguably Solstice, whose last album sounded less polished than their earlier stuff. Not many spring readily to mind, really, but I'd be interested to hear other examples.

Added brainfart- perhaps Covid might change the landscape. If gigs become a thing of the past could we see a little more risk taking from bands? Probably not, but a boy can dream...

Metal Discussion / Black Candle Wax
« on: February 02, 2021, 10:26:45 PM »
Really cool stuff here from the US. It's raw as Hell with gnarly distorted bass and prominent keyboards, and reminiscent of the likes of Forbidden Temple, Perverted Ceremony, Moenen of Xezbeth, Ride for Revenge etc. As such it's nasty sounding but sort of catchy and epic. Check it out if those other bands appeal to you.

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