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Author:  Jonpo [ Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:59 am ]
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This is actually from their EP Will To Power, which came out just before Stillbirth Machine. I've always known you would fall for this band if you heard the right thing in the right moment. I think we're getting there. You nailed down my favorite thing about them,
I think: It's got all the atmosphere and violence of death metal but the riffing is PURE. There's nothing in there but Frost, Voivod,
and hardcore punk. Period. You will not find a riff that sounds like canonical Possessed, or Death, or Morbid Angel. Keller just didn't write like that. And the drumming is completely off the wall which I assumed you'd dig. Hardly ever blasts, if ever. If he does it's some one-footed slop.

Skip Stillbirth Machine. Check out Dawn Bringer. Trust me. It has that rehearsal room sound that you're craving.

Lugubrum are gods.

Author:  Xlxlx [ Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:17 pm ]
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You seemed to enjoy Lugubrum, and that's cool. The chances were about fifty fifty (or something) that it'd get someone who hated it. They are a weird band but once you get it, there's just no turning back. Not sure if you were familiar at all before now but it sounds like you pinpointed their kind of aesthetic from the sound exactly. Of course, this is from the Arabic/Mid-east-inspired album, but I guess they are speaking Flemmish. I always look for the eccentric metal bands and Lugubrum have had me ensnared ever since their "Darkthrone-on-crack" De Totem album.

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Oi, yeah Abom, that stuff was pretty cool, actually! It's not really something I would've ever stumbled upon on my own, as black metal isn't really my field, but I like what I heard. I should probably give the full album a listen. I'm a sucker for Arabic influences in metal.

Author:  FatTheGates [ Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:45 am ]
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Belladonna - "Spells Of Fear".

Smells of rear.

Author:  colin040 [ Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:00 am ]
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Wrong thread? :p

Author:  colin040 [ Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:22 am ]
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Let's bring this thread back from the dead!

Droid - Cosmic Debt

Youthful, energetic thrash here. I recall their debut being even proggier in parts (which I've sampled but might as well just listen to at one point) but parts of this actually make me think of Metallica's respected debut, even though this guy doesn't sound like James Hetfield at all. Still, you get plenty of wild frantic riffing that's not very technical and definitely not crushing. I'm glad this doesn't sound like some band taking the usual thrash-gone-retro style but It's just that I'm not getting moved hearing this. I don't doubt that they're not trying - this sounds passionate and it's listenable and whatnot, but, eh yeah.


Author:  ~Guest 417309 [ Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:48 am ]
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Septicflesh - The Eldest Cosmonaut

Love me some early Septicflesh. This starts with a wall of watery guitar harmonies, and then quickly drops off into a plodding doom section replete with eerie clean guitars and keyboards. Clean female vocals provide contrast to Spiros' guttural proselytizing to quite a nice effect. Definitely has that 'Underwater Garden' vibe. The dual guitars shift from accentuating the main melody proffered by the keys and vocals with lead runs and melodic ornamentation, to becoming the dominant force and chugging the song into an entirely new direction with a surprise set of gnarly, twisted riffs. The main melody comes back, and by this point the main leitmotif has become addictive to go along with emotionally effecting. A set of melodic riffs builds nicely into another reiteration of the theme, then gives way to a plodding chug over which the female vocalist continues to wail. Fade to silence, and there you have an excellent song. Nobody sounded like early Septicflesh. Overall, another brilliant combination of gothic harmony, death metal vocals and doomy riffs that forge a mighty vehicle of musical transportation.


Author:  Peyp [ Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:06 pm ]
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Crimson Thorn - Prophet of Death

Either this is a pretty cool underground thrash band, or I just live under a rock. It has a powerful chugging riff that I love, and I like the speed this one has. Not sure about the vocals though... for thrash I think I'd like something a little more understandable, and the vocalist's pronunciation reminds me of vocalists that don't even speak English as their first language. But I think I'll take a closer look at this demo sometime... I don't listen to a lot of thrash but I'm trying to change that.


Author:  colin040 [ Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:19 pm ]
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Anthelion - The Tome of Broken Souls

Black metal from Taiwan eh? I suppose that I could compare this to Emperor's debut but while that record seem somewhat listenable, even if it's not my thing, this is just a bit of a bore. It start off rather well actually, but as soon as the riffs stopped and the vocals just kept going on, I knew this would be annoying. I'm all in for breaks between riffs and whatnot, but here I can't say that they do the song any favor at all. The vocals are standard BM vocals, the blasbeats and whatnot are fine, but err, give me more riffs! Honesty since I'm not an expert on this kind of thing, I don't have much else to say.

Couldn't the individual track on YouTube, but I don't think that should be a problem.


Author:  Metal_Jaw [ Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:48 pm ]
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Doomentor - "Undead Rising" (I think)

Solid German death/doom. The riffs themselves are just kinda meh, but everything else works really nicely. The demo production gives the songs a reverb-drenched, ethereal quality. The frontman sounds really vile and full of conviction, while the guitars have this nice, meaty old school quality. Good stuff.


Author:  Flowersofevil [ Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:33 pm ]
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Stereo Nasty -“Kill or Be Killed”

Fun, old school style metal band, complete with chunky guitars, raspy falsetto vocals,
and a driving beat. I definitely am into the whole throwback thing bands like this and Vulture are doing, although part of me feels like this sounds too much like Judas Priest. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing though, because I love Judas Priest.

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Author:  colin040 [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:17 am ]
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Nocturnal Blood - Devastated Graves

This is some rough blackened mess - with a certain production job that makes the music sound quite cavernous. The faster sections really go one ear in and one ear out and while the song does slow down eventually, I can't say it things really change for the better as it just plods along until things speed up again. I also find the rough vocals to be a bit too dominant in the mix, making the riffs come off rather buried. Sure, this sounds dark and whatnot, but this kind of black metal has never been appealing to me.


Author:  Abominatrix [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:14 pm ]
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Thanks for keeping this thread alive, Colin and others.

Runemagick: "Abyss of Desolation"

Runemagick: A band I always meant to give some time but neglected, for whatever reason. This is a heavy, storming track, with a propulsive rhythm and pushy guitarwork that could be in a traditional metal band, though I think they downtune quite a bit here. I like the production a lot and the vocals are appropriate and have a nice vicious bite to them without standing out too much -- something that's actually hard to accomplish in this genre, where the singing is often either weak and reedy or just too "brutal" for what the melodicism of the song seems to demand. The song is generally faster than i was expecting (when it became I thought we were in for some trudging death/doom) and I like the way the band ends off the song with some more staccato "chugging" riff patterns. They really know how to write a tune and I admire that. The only thing that disappointed me a little was that I thought the guitarist was going to let loose with a screaming lead part, and it never happened -- indeed, lead guitar sections are short and understated/to the point, which I suppose many fans of this style might prefer, anyway (this ain't Arch Enemy, after all). I just thought there was a wild solo coming and felt a little empty when it didn't occur. Still though, really good song.


Author:  colin040 [ Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:29 pm ]
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Thanks man, I try. :lol: Also I'm not surprised you decided to check this out. Runemagick are a band I've been revisiting much of lately and Enter the Realm of Death has becoming one of my favorites. That song in particular might my favorite on there and personally I love the somewhat morose feel of it. I do agree that the lead part could be expanded but otherwise it's a really fantastic track.

Author:  MammothRider [ Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:31 pm ]
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Lords of the Crimson Alliance - In the Arms of Morpheus

As with most of their tracks, this begins with a hilarious, hard to understand spoken intro. After the intro, we're blessed with some pretty crazy vocals, which are common on the rest of the album. In fact, the vocals on this record are some of my favourites in all of USPM. This track is slower than some of the others on the record, but the riffs and drumming are still spectacular, and the bass is prominent in the mix, which is always a plus for me. The solo seems to begin at the end of the last chorus, a little buried in the mix before being thrust to the forefront for the remainder of the song. All in all, this track kills, and this band kills. Check it out!


Author:  colin040 [ Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:41 am ]
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Hell - The Devil's Deadly Weapon

Hell are one of those bands that I've checked some material of but never bothered to hear more of. Apparently this song was written back in the 80's and it makes me wonder whether the demo version would sound more pleasant to my ears - the guitars sound loud but something about the tone doesn't excite me as much and the keys seem to appear for the sake of it. I could have done without this introduction but around the two minute mark we finally hear some riffs and as the song progresses, it doesn't really grab my attention or anything. The vocals have a rather dramatic feel to them and I'm not sure if it makes sense, but they remind me of a bit more sane and listenable version of Warrel Dane. I can think of better lengthy metal epics, this sure aint one of them in my book.

Couldn't find this track apart, but it's the first one of this album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jtR4lqLQcQ

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