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MetlaNZ
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:19 pm 
 

Jophelerx wrote:
Unrelated: did anyone else notice Howie say in the Best-of 2000s Poll thread that he's rerecorded ...And Rome Shall Fall with a new vocalist and has new demo material in the works? I mean, ...And Rome Shall Fall is a great album as-is, but it happens to also have a terrible drum sound and there's something about the production in general that always felt a bit off to me, though it's hard to put my finger on. Either way, a different take on the tracks with another vocalist would be interesting to hear if nothing else.

I had a listen to Eternal Winter last night to suss out the new vocalist and the dudes bloody talented but what's up with the David Defeis impressions??!! I really hope he gets his own thing going with Cauldron Born cause he's clearly got the chops but the world doesn't need another Defeis.
As for the rerecording... why? Just reissue it. I'd like to know the reasoning for this. I've been listening to that album since it came out and it is what it is warts n all. Reissue it so new fans can get it cause you know people are still gonna want the original despite the rerecording. I want new stuff dammit.

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colin040
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:01 pm 
 

MetlaNZ wrote:
I had a listen to Eternal Winter last night to suss out the new vocalist and the dudes bloody talented but what's up with the David Defeis impressions??!! I really hope he gets his own thing going with Cauldron Born cause he's clearly got the chops but the world doesn't need another Defeis.


You know that David DeFeis did guest vocals on track 9, right? Surely you must have heard that one. :lol:

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doomicus
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:17 pm 
 

Yeah, I saw Howie's Cauldron Born update. Obviously I love ...And Rome Shall Fall (it was my number one album of that decade poll), but I'm really excited to see what Howie and crew do with the re-recordings. I fucking love how over the top Eternal Winter are, and feel like Matthew Knight is an excellent fit. Kind of a match made in heaven. I am lucky enough to own the ...And Rome Shall Fall CD, so it'll be a blast to compare the two versions to each other.
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MetlaNZ
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:05 am 
 

colin040 wrote:
MetlaNZ wrote:
I had a listen to Eternal Winter last night to suss out the new vocalist and the dudes bloody talented but what's up with the David Defeis impressions??!! I really hope he gets his own thing going with Cauldron Born cause he's clearly got the chops but the world doesn't need another Defeis.


You know that David DeFeis did guest vocals on track 9, right? Surely you must have heard that one. :lol:

Hahaha yeah I actually fell asleep about half way through the album. The vocals on the first track were all over the place and not in a good way but he toned it down for the others I heard. I went back and heard track 9, nuthin special, the duet didn't do anything for me (David Defeis' vocals and songwriting have been average to fuckin terrible since at least 2010). As a longtime fan of Cauldron Born (I've namedropped them a few times around here), I REALLY don't want squeaks, squawks and 1000 different vocals going on in Cauldron Born songs. But hey, ultimately it's up to Howie and the band, and ultimately I don't have to buy it if I don't like it, pretty bloody simple really.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:09 pm 
 

Has anyone heard the 2021 Golden Core remaster of Legend's (NWOBHM) self titled debut? I'm wondering how it compares to the remaster done for the Monster Records comp back in 2002.

I'm really disappointed in those bonus tracks though. Couldn't even put the full EP on there? I'm guessing the other two tracks will be the bonus to Death in the Nursery. The Monster Records comp got both full lengths, the EP, and the previously unreleased demo on 2 discs.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:13 pm 
 

MetlaNZ wrote:
colin040 wrote:
MetlaNZ wrote:
I had a listen to Eternal Winter last night to suss out the new vocalist and the dudes bloody talented but what's up with the David Defeis impressions??!! I really hope he gets his own thing going with Cauldron Born cause he's clearly got the chops but the world doesn't need another Defeis.


You know that David DeFeis did guest vocals on track 9, right? Surely you must have heard that one. :lol:

Hahaha yeah I actually fell asleep about half way through the album. The vocals on the first track were all over the place and not in a good way but he toned it down for the others I heard. I went back and heard track 9, nuthin special, the duet didn't do anything for me (David Defeis' vocals and songwriting have been average to fuckin terrible since at least 2010). As a longtime fan of Cauldron Born (I've namedropped them a few times around here), I REALLY don't want squeaks, squawks and 1000 different vocals going on in Cauldron Born songs. But hey, ultimately it's up to Howie and the band, and ultimately I don't have to buy it if I don't like it, pretty bloody simple really.


Doomicus, thanks in advance for your continued support! I will have the CDs by the second week of July. I will make an announcement soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:48 am 
 

New Pharaoh rules, as expected. They never rest on their laurels, do they?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:31 am 
 

Trashy_Rambo wrote:
New Pharaoh rules, as expected. They never rest on their laurels, do they?


It's definitely in the albums of the year running for me at this point. A grower because of just how thoroughly developed it is.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:35 am 
 

I can't imagine much topping the Pharaoh album for me. Just so fucking good. Nobody really writes like them. There's just a kind of dextrous melodic craftsmanship that you don't always get with metal and it comes with this real personal DIY kind of feel that a lot of really cool bands have.

Helloween surprisingly came close though. A splendid piece of metal. Just everything you want in PM right there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:40 am 
 

I'm not the biggest connoisseur of Japanese power metal or even power metal in general, but Anelas' 2020 debut Time to Change is REALLY fucking good. Unlike most of the Japanese power metal that seems to get mentioned around here, these guys aren't particularly neoclassical or "flowery," I have no idea what fellow countrymen to compare them to, I'd say the biggest comparisons my not-so-knowledgable about power metal mind can make are Iron Maiden and Helloween. I also heard a little bit of Priest in at least one song and Thin Lizzy in another song, but those influences are dwarfed by the Maiden/Helloween influences. There's a real epic flair to the songwriting in a lot of the songs (mostly in the first half of the album) that remind me of bands that typically have "epic" in their genre tag on this site. The only downside to this album for me is the vocals aren't too strong, but they're not too bad either. The vocals are not at all DIckenson or Kiske like, they stick mostly to mid-range and his accent is quite noticeable. The guitars fucking RULE though.

Basically if you like not-so flowery power metal and like it mostly for the guitars, definitely check it out.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 12:17 pm 
 

New Helloween will likely be my album of the year, but I need more time with the new Pharaoh.

Just dropped a new solo track today, featuring the drummer from Adamantis behind the kit. It's an ode to classic speedy power metal, some of you folks may dig:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 4:48 pm 
 

That was pretty much excellent, Mr Man! Give me an album anyday.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:15 pm 
 

DoomMetalAlchemist wrote:
I'm not the biggest connoisseur of Japanese power metal or even power metal in general, but Anelas' 2020 debut Time to Change is REALLY fucking good. Unlike most of the Japanese power metal that seems to get mentioned around here, these guys aren't particularly neoclassical or "flowery," I have no idea what fellow countrymen to compare them to, I'd say the biggest comparisons my not-so-knowledgable about power metal mind can make are Iron Maiden and Helloween. I also heard a little bit of Priest in at least one song and Thin Lizzy in another song, but those influences are dwarfed by the Maiden/Helloween influences. There's a real epic flair to the songwriting in a lot of the songs (mostly in the first half of the album) that remind me of bands that typically have "epic" in their genre tag on this site. The only downside to this album for me is the vocals aren't too strong, but they're not too bad either. The vocals are not at all DIckenson or Kiske like, they stick mostly to mid-range and his accent is quite noticeable. The guitars fucking RULE though.

Basically if you like not-so flowery power metal and like it mostly for the guitars, definitely check it out.

Interesting...sounds kind of like Liege Lord travelled a few years forward in time and abducted mid-90s Tobias Sammet to do the vocals. Sounds pretty good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:30 pm 
 

Just heard there's supposed to be new Seasons of the Wolf stuff in a few weeks plus another album early next year. Here's hoping it'll all be killer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:53 pm 
 

Empyreal wrote:
Just heard there's supposed to be new Seasons of the Wolf stuff in a few weeks plus another album early next year. Here's hoping it'll all be killer.

Wicked.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:04 pm 
 

On metalcrypt.com I just read a review of Marta Gabriel's (Crystal Viper) debut solo album, which releases July 16. It's a cover album and the songs are all by female fronted metal bands, really cool idea I thought. Having no original material I guess disqualifies her from having a page on this site, so I wanted to give a heads up in case someone misses out on this record for that reason. "Metal Queen" originally by Lee Aaron here:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:31 pm 
 

Element_man wrote:
Just dropped a new solo track today, featuring the drummer from Adamantis behind the kit. It's an ode to classic speedy power metal, some of you folks may dig:



Just heard the track, count me in as far as this project goes. Really fresh, Riot-ish speed metal with a little bit of Vicious Rumors thrown in (to my ears). Shit fucking RIPTS! Great job.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:14 pm 
 

New Portrait song just dropped. Not sure how I feel about it yet. I'll have to give it a couple more listens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCmak39UYLw
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:23 pm 
 

Trashy_Rambo wrote:
New Portrait song just dropped. Not sure how I feel about it yet. I'll have to give it a couple more listens.

Great track, nothing to think about here. And once again, it's easier to appreciate the song if you don't watch the video.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2021 2:31 am 
 

I didn't think I'd ever say something like this, but they might actually be better as a Mercyful Fate worship band. At least on Crossroads, I think they managed to really capture some of what made Mercyful Fate SO good.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:08 pm 
 

doomicus wrote:
Yeah, I saw Howie's Cauldron Born update. Obviously I love ...And Rome Shall Fall (it was my number one album of that decade poll), but I'm really excited to see what Howie and crew do with the re-recordings. I fucking love how over the top Eternal Winter are, and feel like Matthew Knight is an excellent fit. Kind of a match made in heaven. I am lucky enough to own the ...And Rome Shall Fall CD, so it'll be a blast to compare the two versions to each other.

My problem with the re-recording is mostly that I thought they really nailed the vocals on the original. The instrumental side sounds much better, the original sounds like they were recorded underwater, but man, after hearing ...And Rome Shall Fall, did ANYONE think "gosh, this is good, but if only the vocals were a little more over the top." The new guy is actually pretty great when he sticks to the midrange, but he really overdoes the warbles at the high end and it really spoils some of the choruses for me. "Finder of the Black Stone" is a prime example.

Not to dump on it too much, it definitely has its merits and I'll be picking up a copy for sure. It's just not the "definitive version" I was hoping for, where we can all safely chuck the old version in the trash (or Recycle Bin, if you're using Windows). Each does some things better than the other.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:47 am 
 

Yeah, "Finder of the Black Stone" is the one song where I was like "Damn, the original is just straight up better than this." Based on the thread in MetDisc, it sounds like most other people enjoyed the high warbles (well, two people did, at least), but I also think they're the one thing that kind of spoils it a bit. I think overall it's better than the original (largely due to the world of difference production-wise), but yeah, it's definitely not "the definitive" version. Honestly, though, I think I'd rather have two different versions to listen to for slightly different moods rather than just chucking the old one in the trash. But that's just me.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:52 am 
 

"Finder of the Black Stone" may be my favorite on there, guess I gotta hear the old one then.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:21 pm 
 

failsafeman wrote:
doomicus wrote:
Yeah, I saw Howie's Cauldron Born update. Obviously I love ...And Rome Shall Fall (it was my number one album of that decade poll), but I'm really excited to see what Howie and crew do with the re-recordings. I fucking love how over the top Eternal Winter are, and feel like Matthew Knight is an excellent fit. Kind of a match made in heaven. I am lucky enough to own the ...And Rome Shall Fall CD, so it'll be a blast to compare the two versions to each other.

My problem with the re-recording is mostly that I thought they really nailed the vocals on the original. The instrumental side sounds much better, the original sounds like they were recorded underwater, but man, after hearing ...And Rome Shall Fall, did ANYONE think "gosh, this is good, but if only the vocals were a little more over the top." The new guy is actually pretty great when he sticks to the midrange, but he really overdoes the warbles at the high end and it really spoils some of the choruses for me. "Finder of the Black Stone" is a prime example.

Not to dump on it too much, it definitely has its merits and I'll be picking up a copy for sure. It's just not the "definitive version" I was hoping for, where we can all safely chuck the old version in the trash (or Recycle Bin, if you're using Windows). Each does some things better than the other.


I'm honestly hugely into over the top and unorthodox performances, so the vocals on the re-recordings really do it for me. I think in the end I'll end up preferring the new versions, but I'll definitely be revisiting the original regularly as well. I love that I get to nerd out on both releases. I can understand those that do find Matthew Knight too over the top, though, as he sort of fits in an acquired taste niche zone.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:24 pm 
 

I think Knight is the good kind of over the top, he really adds a lot to this I feel.
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