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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 7:17 pm 
 

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^ That band apparently has some members of Stygma IV in it - great if long-winded old obscure PM band.

Yeah, that must have been how I found out about them, but I have no memory of what Stygma IV sounds like. I don't have any album of theirs.
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Crowbar - Broken Glass (1996)
I don't know why I love this so much, but I do. I have no interest whatsoever in anything either sludge, stoner, southern metal, plaid shirts etc., but this just hits me in the feels, as the kids say. Maybe it's just Kirk's raw expressiveness that goes right into my soul? And the extremely well written songs. Although every song is very heavy, dense and intense, it never gets tiresome or overwhelming, which it logically should. There are these small nuances throughout that make the albums flow. And I think the drumming is a big part too, there are no static patterns, they are always moving and living. Like in the below song, the opening gives me goosebumps, although not much is happening. 5/5

A song full of despair:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKAu1kPduyE
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Crowbar - Odd Fellows Rest (1998)
The song tiltle "Planets Collide" is such an apt description of Crowbar's music!
I was just about to lower the score for this album to 4.5 for being a bit too long, when the last song came on: Remember Tomorrow. Just a perfect ending to the album. One of very few covers that matches the original. 5/5

Crowbar covering Iron Maiden:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w759AI7J8LE


Crowbar - Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form (2001)
Another perfect album! 5/5

A beautiful song full of despair:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0bc0hkbOew


Crowbar - Lifesblood for the Downtrodden (2005)
I don't like this one. To paraphrase Kirk: You have failed! Too many fast bits and way too many riffs. Crowbar is about the long lines, twin guitar melodies and the occasional plucked guitar, not regular heavy metal. I think Kirk must have been a bit giddy here.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOi4V4MBwg
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Crowbar - Sewer the Wicked Hand (2011)
Now we are back to how it should sound with those lovely twin guitar lines. I do believe the tempos are a bit faster than on the early albums, but otherwise it's back to normal.
But, I do believe old Kirk has gone religious. Several allusions in the lyrics about being saved. But I guess that's how it goes with recovering drug abusers. It's funny though reading the thank you lists. On Odd Fellow's Rest he thanks "liquor, pot and pills", on Sonic Excess he has "the man upstairs" far down on the list, and on Lifesblood and this one god comes first. Though I don't know what he has to complain about now that he has rejoiced in the lord, he still sounds just as miserable as usual. 5/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8_H7UK4F7s
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Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden (2015)
Really good doom this! The singer sounds a bit like Rob Lowe, that's a good thing. Other than that I don't know what bands they sound like. They sound nothing like Candlemass though, which it says they do in the "similar artists" tab.
As you all should know by now, I'm a strong proponent of keeping album lengths as short as possible. This one could have been 10 minutes longer though. 7 songs in 42 minutes is not enough for such a great doom album. 4.5/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmd9ZK5DSpc
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2022 9:28 pm 
 

Cynic - Focus (1993)
If I were to rate complexity, this would get 4. If I were to rate musicianship this would get 5. If I were to rate replayability this would get 2. If I were to rate how much I like vocoder it would be a negative number. 3/5

A complicated song:
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Dantesco - De la mano de la muerte (2005)
This isn't epic doom metal, this is dramatic doom metal. Very very dramatic doom metal. Just like Erico La Bestia's voice is big and grandiose, so is the music. It's not really sad or solemn, and not a trace of despair. Dantesco have what I really like in metal, and that is when a band gives it all and really goes for it. It can get slightly wobbly at times, but that doesn't matter. 4/5

A very dramatic song:
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Dantesco - Pagano (2008)

This wasn't at all as much fun as the previous one. The songwriting and the production is dull. The music is uneventful and sounds restrained. The only one that's going full force is the singer, which makes it seem lopsided. 3/5 ...or 2.9/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXlbdl97_5A
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Dark Avenger - Dark Avenger (1995)
This is a hidden power metal gem. They really should have made it big, but I guess being from Brazil and releasing a power metal album in 1995 wasn't the best conditions. Stylistically this is similar to Bruce Dickinson's late solo albums: heavy, dark and very melodic metal with great vocals. And the vocals really is the selling point here, Mario Linhares (rip) was a world class singer with a fantastic register.
The lyrics aren't all that great, should probably have had them in Portuguese. There are three ballady songs that could have been cut out, would have for a better album length. But anyhow, I really like this. 5/5

Here's the full album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cRG4BPwbSc


Dark Avenger - Tales of Avalon: The Terror (2001)
Six years later and a completely new line up, only the singer remains. This is a concept album about the Arthurian legend based on a play(!) written by the singer. Unfortunately, they don't pull it off. There's nothing in the music that ties it together, and the songs all lack character. It just drags, already from the beginning and for the rest of the albums duration. 64 minutes. 3/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78YdSU8luN4
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Dark Forest - The Awakening (2014)
I got this band recommended to me when I asked for bands with lots of twin leads, and this band has that! Lots of guitaring! It's like folk/power metal, but it's neither folk metal nor power metal. They have a sound all of their own. 5/5

A bloody brilliant song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hQsKSoA1bQ
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Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil (2016)
I don't like this as much as the previous one. It doesn't have those big, sweeping choruses. Maybe it's a grower? Also, it's too long! 70minutes is too much. There are three instrumentals that doesn't add anything but album length. A track or two could be cut out too to get it to the proper length. Apparently they did just that on the next record. I haven't heard that one (yet). 4/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Dn62_sm-Q
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:57 pm 
 

Dark Moor - The Hall of the Olden Dreams (2000)
It's like they listened to Rhapsody and Stratovarius and made a power metal template. Then they added all the necessary ingredients on top of each other. There's absolutely no dynamics here. Layered guitars, layered vocals, layered keyboards, in the verses, in the choruses, in the bridges, and all the bits in between. And I can't figure out if it's a drum machine or a real drummer playing an electronic kit. if it indeed is a real drummer, he manages to be as boring as a drum machine. 2.5/5

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Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer (1993)
When listening to this, my feelings sway between "Yeah, this grooves!" and "What the hell are they doing?". The music is mostly two guitar lines doing different things with no regards to harmony, and horrible vocals on top of that (and I'm a fan of Fridén's vocals in In Flames). This is just too amateurish. 2/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVt6tWYBeOQ


Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery (1995)
And all of a sudden they get everything right! I wonder if new guitarist Fredrik Johansson (who I just found out died from cancer earlier this year) had something to do with the jump in quality, or if it was Fredrik Nordström.
The cover art is very fitting. Just like the music it's completely out there, but somehow still makes sense. And the bass! You can hear actual bass lines throughout the album. A rare thing in metal, let alone in any kind of death metal. 5/5

Punish My Heaven. Such a great start to a great album!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW_qlf5O4Es
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:49 pm 
 

I'm really curious to know your opinion on DT's "Projector".
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:06 pm 
 

Last time I listened to Projector, a long time ago, I really liked it.
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Dark Tranquillity - The Mind's I (1997)
This was a difficult one. I had to listen through it several times to begin to grasp it. The music is harder, riffs faster, and I believe Stanne is a little bit angry. I didn't like it as much at first, but it grows. 4/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x76jXUXuN0


Dark Tranquillity - Projector (1999)
This is just absolutely fantastic. It's like they found the very essence of Dark Tranquillity. It's experimental, but 100% sincere in it's expression. No doubt a 5/5!

The best song they ever made:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfb8pdi ... OzK2XCf-3i


Dark Tranquillity - Haven (2000)
The difference between this and Projector is basically that they added a lot more electronics. I don't like electronics. The songs are still good though. 4/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjCK1dn48wk


Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done (2002)
I'm noticing a pattern here: every other album is perfect. This one is more straightforward, and it's more melodic than before. 5/5

What can you tell me of the inside?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_GwkkgSJHY


Dark Tranquillity - Character (2005)
I don't know if I have gotten burnt out on DT, but this isn't any fun at all. I feel the typical DT atmosphere is gone. Their strength was that their compositions were quite quirky. As if the words and vocals decided the structure and harmony of the songs. That doesn't seem to be the case here, this is more like "normal" heavy metal now. 3/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm7Voo0KeE0


Dark Tranquillity - Fiction (2007)
Oh great, now they have gotten 7-string guitars! I give up! 3/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-s6s5zkHrA
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Dark Tranquillity - Projector (1999)
This is just absolutely fantastic. It's like they found the very essence of Dark Tranquillity. It's experimental, but 100% sincere in it's expression. No doubt a 5/5!

The best song they ever made:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfb8pdi ... OzK2XCf-3i




That's my fav DT song, too. The clean vocals are godly and make the song.

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[b]Dark Tranquillity - Projector
(1999)
This is just absolutely fantastic. It's like they found the very essence of Dark Tranquillity. It's experimental, but 100% sincere in it's expression. No doubt a 5/5!


Yes, this album is great, one of my all times favorites actually; it's such a shame they didn't release anything like this ever again.
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Dark Tranquillity - Projector (1999)
This is just absolutely fantastic. It's like they found the very essence of Dark Tranquillity. It's experimental, but 100% sincere in it's expression. No doubt a 5/5!

The best song they ever made:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfb8pdi ... OzK2XCf-3i

I was hoping the song was Auctioned or The Sun Fired Blanks. Such a great album all round though. Easily the best thing they've done.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2022 11:45 am 
 

This topic has inspired me to attempt this challenge myself, should I post it here or make a separate topic?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2022 2:27 pm 
 

I won't mind, it's up to the mods if they want several topics like this.
I'm on a five week vacation now, so won't post much.
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Opus wrote:
I won't mind, it's up to the mods if they want several topics like this.
I'm on a five week vacation now, so won't post much.


I’ll leave it up to the mods, I just didn’t want to hijack your topic from you :-P

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Deadly Blessing - Ascend from the Cauldron (1988)
I don't know why this is listed as Progressive Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal. It doesn't get any more speed metal than this. It's full of great riffs, some are outright funny, in a good way. But the vocals. I'm a huge fan of high pitched vocalists, but this guy takes it too far even for me. A shame, since he has a very good mid-range - as can be heard in the song below - while his falsetto is quite thin. Had it been more of those vocals I'd give this 4/5. Now it's 3.5/5.

Mindbender, an atypical song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrceKFsz25U
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Deceased - Supernatural Addiction (2000)
Put King Diamond and Slayer in a bucket. Shake vigorously. Throw in Cronos as vocal coach. Shake some more. You got
Deceased.
This is really good, despite the ill-fitting vocals. 4/5

A typical song: A Very Familiar Stranger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdQv12md2C4
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Deceased - Supernatural Addiction (2000)
Put King Diamond and Slayer in a bucket. Shake vigorously. Throw in Cronos as vocal coach. Shake some more. You got
Deceased.
This is really good, despite the ill-fitting vocals. 4/5

A typical song: A Very Familiar Stranger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdQv12md2C4


Anything involving King Fowley is a win in my book :np:
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Deceased - As the Weird Travel On (2005)
More Saxon than Slayer this time. Saxon on speed. 4/5

A typical song: Fright
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Deceased are so fucking stellar
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Thexhumed wrote:
Deceased are so fucking stellar

It's really not my cup of tea, but there's a charm and honesty that's impossible to resist.
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Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards (1999)
This is a classic! Magic happened here! There's a dark and mystical vibe that ties the whole album together. The arrangements are very simple and very effective: rhythm guitar, a great drummer that only plays what's absolutely necessary and the occasional guitar lead. And on top of that lots and lots of Hansi. 5/5
(The completely unnecessary cover of White Room really should result in a deduction, but since it's last on the album and easy skippable we can just pretend it doesn't exist.)

A typical song: Blood on My Hands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjVR9gfBGy4
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Balance of Power - Heathen Machine (2003)
If they were Queensrÿche light previously, they now have gone full USPM/prog. They even got a Tate-style singer, the fantastic John K. Much darker and heavier than before, but still have the big choruses. After this album they have made nothing.
This band really is a hidden gem. 5/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNkX-qJNGbw


I finally bought this one on CD and it's been my most listened to album since, such a great piece of music this one is.
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