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Metal Discussion / Nocternity
« on: February 01, 2021, 08:50:47 PM »
Somehow we haven't got a thread for Nocternity yet but Amor Fati Productions have just reissued a few of their early EPs and their debut album and a nice looking new t-shirt design so now is as good a time as any to praise this excellent band.

I'm only familiar with Harps of the Ancient Temples and Onyx, both of which are a master class in epic mid paced black metal, so the reissues are a must have for me.

Allegibly there's a new album in the works as well!

Metal Discussion / Moss
« on: January 17, 2021, 10:58:10 PM »
Moss were so fucking good in their prime. I have Sinister Histories vol 1 on here and it's something else. The slowest, fucking nastiest and most evil sounding noise that I've yet encountered. There are countless bands trying the ultra slow, wall of sound approach, but much of it lacks that sense of mystery and otherworldliness that Moss conjured up at their best. I know a lot of people hated them because they were so ridiculous and minimal, but to me that was the whole point. It sort of fed your imagination. The song titles and grotty artwork were an essential component in nudging you into a certain frame of mind. I travelled across South America in 2006 and spent many a night sitting on a bus, travelling through desert and listening to Cthonic Rites on my Creative Zen, drawing all sorts of nutty stuff in my notebook. Good memories.

I find myself pulled back to those old sounds lately and it feels like that time in the early 00s was a very exciting and fruitful time for unorthodox extreme doom. Things went sideways somewhere along the way and the bands all lost that sense of obscurity and weirdness. I suppose it became cool to play two notes for half an hour through a huge stack of amps,  but the spirit of darkened crusty filth got traded in for bland bespectacled middle classery.

I'd like to see some properly fucking evil decaying filth re-emerge- bands who didn't just mention Lovecraft in interviews to seem hip,  but actually seemed to truly invoke the beasts of his imagination through their music. Bands who sang about and musically reflected dripping torture chambers, gloomy candlelight and cold, dripping caves or the terror lurking in the hateful cosmos.

Until then I'll keep returning to Moss and a few others from that era who defied all good taste and created something important.

Metal Discussion / Sigh
« on: January 15, 2021, 07:08:22 PM »
On a little Sigh buzz for the first time in a while. I have Infidel Art on and it's a cracking album. You can clearly hear their influences- a bit of Celtic Frost here,  a bit of Master's Hammer there,  even a bit of Cathedral in places perhaps? Despite that they have an instantly recogniseable sound,  not least of all because of Mirai's cool vocals.  The only other early release I have my them is Ghastly Funeral Theatre so last night I finally ordered Scorn Defeat, which sounded great from my little YouTube listen. Dunno why I never got around to it before now,  but that's often how it goes.  I never connected with their later stuff but the old BM style they had was the business.

Metal Discussion / Emperor
« on: January 07, 2021, 05:18:42 PM »
It seems there is no dedicated thread to Emperor so let's get one going. One of the first BM albums I picked up in the 90s was a promo copy of In the Nightside Eclipse for a pound in Freakout, if anyone remembers that little place. In retrospect it was one of the more fucked up and dark albums in my collection at the time and it still stands up alongside any of the other classics of Norwegian BM. It sounded unique with its combination of ultra violent yet catchy riffing, sweeping keyboards,  shrill vocals and occasional explosions of ultra noisy samples. The production is nasty as Hell but the drums sound monstrous in that Grieghallen kind of way. Add some iconic artwork and brilliantly pretentious waffly lyrics for good measure. Total winner!

Today I ordered the half speed master vinyl, which will be my third purchase of this savage album having picked up the CD remaster some years ago as well.

Can anyone explain what half speed master actually means or does for the sound? I simply want it on vinyl but really have no clue if that provides an actual sonic improvement or is a cool new gimmick?

Metal Discussion / John the Baptist- trad doom from Finland.
« on: January 03, 2021, 10:06:12 PM »

There was a time when I was utterly burnt out on this Reverend Bizarre style doom, when every Tom,  Dick and Harry was at it but the trend eventually died down and now in the absence of those giants I'm perhaps feeling a little more forgiving. John the Baptist are doing it and doing it well to my ear. There doesn't appear to be much here in terms of innovation admittedly, but I think the lads know how to capture a similar gravitas. Certainly worth a listen.

Metal Discussion / Andvaka
« on: December 31, 2020, 06:05:08 PM »
Listening to these Icelandic lads on bandcamp and I like it. They/he plays a type of quite laid back funeral doom with mostly clean low sung vocals (bit of a Wyrding influence there perhaps?). It may be of interest to some off you.

General Discussion / BBC4 Metal night this evening
« on: December 29, 2020, 06:37:49 PM »
What it says above. From 9pm there's an interview with Bruce Dickinson followed by BBC archive footage of metal bands playing and a Metallica gig. Might have to grab a few Guinni!

Metal Discussion / Carnún- Malkuth
« on: December 21, 2020, 10:48:27 PM »
I'm listening to this old Irish demo on YouTube at the minute and despite it sounding somewhat naive, it is a decent enough listen. I checked discogs to see if there are any copies floating about for sale and there was one copy going for €85... pass!  :laugh:

It would be cool to see it get some form of reissue in the future and I saw mention of a second unreleased demo (or album?) which I would also be curious to hear.

I know the black, death and doom gems from 90s Ireland are few and far between but hook me up with any interesting oddities from that era if they exist.  Cheers.

Edit.  Links to interviews, band pics and vids welcome as well.

Metal Discussion / Venefices- filthy as fuck Polish DM
« on: December 18, 2020, 06:47:40 PM »
Just checking this demo out now and it sounds utterly filthy and insane. I haven't been particularly drawn to this style in a while but this is hitting the spot.

Metal Discussion / Rajamaa
« on: December 16, 2020, 08:28:01 AM »
I clicked on this earlier fully expecting it to be a band from India. It's not. It's a band from Finland which is apparently a different place entirely. You learn something new...

I think it sounds cool. Mid paced, sort of melodic and symphonic but with an aggressive touch courtesy of the nasty vocals. Eye-catching artwork too that would look nice one a Christmas geansaí (I'm only half joking).

Metal Discussion / Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom
« on: December 11, 2020, 10:32:54 PM »
Bretwaldas have a new EP that arrived this year and it sounds great. I somehow never picked up anything by these lads despite finding them oddly fascinating on the occasions I listened to them. The new stuff maybe sounds a little more refined than the older stuff but is still fairly rough and ready in a Venom, Amebix, The Meads of Asphodel sort of way. CD ordered!

Metal Discussion / Primordial
« on: December 01, 2020, 12:36:48 PM »
I searched for a dedicated Primordial thread to no avail. An unforgivable oversight!

I have A Journey's End on at the moment and it's not one I reach for very often when in a Primordial mood. I don't know why I don't give it more time as it is a fantastic album. They arguably peaked with their early embryonic style on the next album,  Spirit the Earth Aflame, but this album is so gloomy and experimental that it really captures my imagination whenever I do choose to listen to it. The old musty photographs of the trees and the workmen walking through the fields captures the atmosphere of the music quite well, too. I love the mix of styles used across the album, and yet despite the difference between the epicness and savagery of the likes of Bitter Harvest, the acoustic Dark Song, the drone of Solitary Mourner (an unusual choice for the time, perhaps?), the seemingly omnipresent acoustic guitar strumming behind the electric, the album is a coherent whole. There is so much to get lost in.

It is the sound of a band out on their own, haunting the outer periphery of black metal, pagan folk metal and doom. A masterpiece? Maybe baby.

Metal Discussion / En Minor
« on: November 22, 2020, 09:08:03 PM »
I've been listening to bits and pieces from En Minor, Phil Anselmo's new band, over the past week or two. I really like it. It has a Nick Cave sort of feel to it but I also hear similarities to Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly's solo stuff. Phil's voice has been run ragged over the decades but the rough husky depth really suits the style here. I'll have to grab the CD one of these weeks.

Metal Discussion / Gallows Whisper
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:23:07 PM »
New German doom of the traditional variety with a raw production and cool as fuck lyrics and vocal delivery (in my opinion, ov korpse). Probably suitable for fans of Saint Vitus, Witchfinder General, Reverend Bizarre, Pagan Altar and so on.

Metal Discussion / Wytch Hazel
« on: November 17, 2020, 07:39:43 PM »
Playing 'III: Pentecost' at the minute. These guys have to be one of the most consistent bands on the go. A lot of new heavy metal bands seem too gimmicky to me. I get a sense of the bemulleted LARPer about a lot of it, whereas Wytch Hazel sound completely uncontrived while also being stuck unashamedly in the 70s and 80s. I think this one (and 'Pure Black Energy' for that matter) will be on repeat in the car for the foreseeable.

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