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Commisaur
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:44 pm 
 

I didn't really notice this until recently, but there are certain styles of albums that I only listen to during daytime and then at night when its dark I'm in the mood for something completely different.

During the daytime I usually listen to death/thrash or death metal, something really fast, heavy and aggressive, but then at night everything is black metal, blackened metal, atmospheric, epic and melodic.

Anyone else have the same listening hours preference?

I only seem to be in the mood to listen to these albums and albums like them at night (and except for Dark Fortress and Amorphis they are all Swedish bands with blackened melodic sounds from the 90s!):

Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
Dissection - The Somberlain
Amorphis - Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts
Dark Fortress - Tales from Eternal Dusk
Lord Belial - Unholy Crusade
Unanimated - Ancient God of Evil
Vinterland - Welcome My Last Chapter
Dispatched - Blackshadows
Sacramentum - Far away from the Sun
The Moaning - Blood from Stone
Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
In Flames - Colony
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Rippingheadache
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:58 pm 
 

Not really. I pretty much listen to whatever whenever.

That said, if I had to pick an album that's perfect for nocturnal spins, it'll probably be "Dance of December Souls" by Katatonia. I love its atmospheric production, and the music itself has a soothing, almost hypnagogic quality that I associate with foggy nights.

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:01 pm 
 

I have a fondness for mixing up my playlist in accordance to the seasons or time of day, but that's more for the fun of matching aesthetics than anything outright mandatory.
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blackmantram
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:05 pm 
 

No really, but Esoteric sounds 10x times better at night

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PluviaSomniums
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:36 pm 
 

It is always night in my world

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ChildClownOutlet
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:51 pm 
 

I do that lot with weather changes.
If it's snowing I usually pick up a Catamenia/Dissection album.
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Sick6Six
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:26 pm 
 

A lot of my favorites that I just posted in the black metal thread are great night albums. I listen to most at whatever time, but I used to fall asleep to Drudkh, Lord Belial, and Wigrid all the time. Wigrid is probably the one that I mostly only listened to at night. I've started listening to music before/during sleep again for the first time in years and it's awesome. Filosofem is another great one to zone out to in the dark, fell asleep to that last night actually.

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Olika
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:28 pm 
 

Commisaur wrote:
Are there certain albums that you are only in the mood to listen to at night?

Yes, at night, I especially enjoy the combination of slow/mid-tempo doom or black/doom metal and dark ambient music, and I prefer albums where are both clean and extreme vocals.
As for the mood/lyrics, it doesn’t have to be calm/peaceful, sometimes I need some "dark and evil" musical background for insomnia.
The album "Toward The Dusk" by Void of Silence is one of my current favorites.

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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:42 pm 
 

If my day has been pretty hectic, I have to listen to something instrumental in the late evening. It divorces my brain from language.

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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:29 am 
 

ChildClownOutlet wrote:
I do that lot with weather changes.
If it's snowing I usually pick up a Catamenia/Dissection album.

Same here. But, sometimes, it's the opposite logic (dark music for summer).

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Gravetemplar
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:50 am 
 

Nope, sorry. Weather or day/night cicles don't change my listening habits.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:51 am 
 

I don't actually listen to much music at night. Often early morning is similar to my past choices for night music.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:30 am 
 

Mostly when im at my summerplace, when im actually outside listening to music the weather/time of day/season can play a role in what mood im for. Warm summer days its more thrash & heavy, cold autumn nights invited the atmosphere of black metal ect...
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HaPoStaPu
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:53 am 
 

Probably (though a late night and an afternoon siesta can require similar albums) but I generally listen to everything whenever. There are certainly albums that seemed like a great idea at 3am and then turned out to be stinkers when they arrived in the post a couple of days later. Beware of late night internet shopping.

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LordStenhammar
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:03 am 
 

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Drawing Down the Moon for me (Suuri Shamaani too, by the way, but that's only metal related).
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jimbies
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:54 am 
 

I don't really do this with day/night BESIDES some jazz music like Chet Baker, and big band stuff like Benny Goodman. Those are reserved for late nights / night caps.

But I do this a lot with seasons. The biggest one for me is Thin Lizzy. I only listen to Thin Lizzy from May-Labour Day (but boy do I overdose during that time). Same with Van Halen.

Sentenced and Cradle Of Filth are reserved for winter. Opeth is MOSTLY autumn/winter, but that isn't as strict.

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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:54 am 
 

jimbies wrote:
Sentenced and Cradle Of Filth are reserved for winter. Opeth is MOSTLY autumn/winter, but that isn't as strict.

Ooh, Sentenced just before Christmas. I dunno why, I just have a biological clock that means I need to hear Mika Tenkula's solos when I smell fir trees.

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InnesI
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:44 am 
 

For me its not so much about the time of day but the time of year. Most noticeably the autumn period. When it gets colder, and especially foggy days, I'm just drawn to post metal. It suits the weather so well. Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Toundra etc. Also any cold sounding black metal makes its way into my headphones more regularly at this time of year. Not that full, bass heavy, production but the more thin kind. Burzum, early Darkthrone etc.

In the summer time I often look for easier music. Usually not as complex or extreme. More catchy melodies and such. I often drift more towards non-metal during the summer months. Melodic swedish punk: Dia Psalma, Radioaktiva Räker, Strebert etc. More pop as well like Morrissey, Amy MacDonald, Zaz etc.

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frostjunkie
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:51 pm 
 

No

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:47 pm 
 

to a degree as they had the most impact on me at night cause I listened to them real late at night as in when I first got them around 2am and again driving home from playing a show around that same time. so I can listen to them normally but just have more impact at night:

Novembre: Dreams D'Azur
Novembre: Novembrine Waltz
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Oxenkiller
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:01 am 
 

I listen to most stuff at night, so as not to annoy my co-workers...

My I.T. department (who, incidently, consider Metal Archives to be a "porn site") recently banned people listening to music on their computer at work, because CD's are a security risk to the network, or something. What can I say, they're kind of dicks. I think you can still listen to tunes on a portable CD player, for now anyway. But actually, even then, my musical tastes tend to run lighter during work hours. Last thing I listened to at work (Before the CD ban) was Tame Impala. Then, five o clock rolls around, I get home and crank up the metal.

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CynicalDux
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:03 am 
 

Strangely, Master of Puppets of Metallica and I fell asleep quite easily and nicely. That's no trolling but a true story!

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putrevomitory
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:47 pm 
 

Most piano based albums or epic metal stuff really shines at night. Nocturnal hours also perpetuate melancholy like cold weather accentuates black metal appreciation and enjoyability.
Bands like Summoning and Windir are just more tastier at night. Nacht.
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Mellifleur
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:47 am 
 

Everything sound better when you aren't crammed in a cubicle with some crappy ear buds or stuck in a hot car in rush hour traffic. And everything sounds better when you relax in the cool night air without a care in the world (for the next few hours)…

That said when I worked night shift I found that the things I previously had enjoyed more during the night I now enjoyed in the early morning because that was my new downtime. A lot of the night preference might just be because that's the time of day you don't have to work or run errands or deal with the world's bullshit.
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Commisaur
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:03 pm 
 

Interesting responses. Most of the time when I am listening to music I am driving. I listen to the bands I mentioned in my opening post often when I am driving at night in particular.
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