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llama lom
07-07-2011, 11:31 PM
So this is by no means an accurate list as it would probably change on a day to day basis. This is basically the general gist of what I typically listen to. I'm also not doing this in order since I can't choose. The majority is metal, but there's a couple non-metal stuff that I listen to as often, if not more, than others. Most of you will probably recognize most of these, but hopefully some won't and will check them out. And so it begins:

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Abigail Williams - In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns

This is a great album, and pretty exciting. I don't think I've heard another album with the same sound as this. With Trym Torson's drumming on the majority of it and Ashley Ellyllon's keys, it makes for a great record. Ken Sorceron is a pretty good songwriter, and from what I understand on Facebook, he's a pretty cool guy. I think that many people tend to overlook this band because of their -core past, but this is definitely worth the listen.

Favorite Tracks:
The World Beyond, Empyrean: Into the Cold Wastes, The Departure

mankvill
07-07-2011, 11:47 PM
Honestly, I think Abigail Williams (or abby willy as I call them) get so much more shit than they deserve, especially nowadays. They're pretty much a straight-forward black metal band now. Saw them a loooong time ago open for Vader/Malevolent Creation/Cattle Decapitation and they were great.

llama lom
07-07-2011, 11:54 PM
They really do. From what I've seen either people hate them or just ignore them. The recent album was pretty good, but could be improved. I'm hoping they'll pull a couple of good songs off this album on the tour. ;)

hellawaits77ny
07-07-2011, 11:54 PM
Not a big fan of AW, but they sounded great live when I saw them open for God Dethroned.

MPF
07-07-2011, 11:56 PM
Abigail Williams are a great group of guys, crazy as fuck too.

llama lom
07-08-2011, 08:31 PM
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So for the longest time, Spiritual Black Dimensions would have been in this spot since I just love Vortex's vocals on that album. But I gave this a fresh listen about a month ago and it easily overtook it. A great blend of black metal and symphonic elements. I know there are some better bands/albums, but this one just really gets to me. I can easily listen to this in almost any mood and be content.

Favorite Tracks:
Spellbound (By the Devil), Tormentor of Christian Souls, Prudence's Fall

llama lom
07-10-2011, 06:56 PM
I may or may not get some crap for the next two, but oh well.

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I loved Whitechapel when I was in my "core" phase, but even as I grew out, I've still loved them. I loved the brutality that a deathcore band could bring out, and some of the songs were pretty catchy too. This album I feel is Whitechapel's best to date. It maintains the deathcore sound, but it sounds a lot more melodic (due to lack of any other way to describe it) and a lot more focused. This is probably their most accessible release to date (depending on how you look at it), and I think it's gotten them a lot more (good) attention.

Favorite Tracks:
Breeding Violence, End of Flesh, Murder Sermon

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Yeah I love Korn. After starting off with the newer releases and working backwards, I realized how bad they've gotten with the newer albums. This album probably shows the Korn sound the best, and can get dark at times. With a lot of Korn classics like Good God and A.D.I.D.A.S., this is pretty much a staple with the discography.

Favorite Tracks:
Good God, No Place to Hide, Ass Itch, Kill You

llama lom
07-11-2011, 09:33 PM
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Awesome brutal death metal. Deep gutturals and all. GS was one of the first brutal death bands I found and I was blown away. The unrelenting sound of every song just obliterated my young mind. The guitars can get pretty crazy at times, but the drums really get to me. A million changes every second and it really adds to the chaos. For 95% of the album, I can't tell what time signature it's in, let alone if there even is one. It's just that crazy. Then come Blue's vocals. They aren't the typical gutturals from what I know, not the super burpy kind. From what I know they're inhales, but they're good inhales. Just listen to the damn thing.

Favorite Tracks:
Coprophilic Asphyxia, Torturous Impregnation by Fecalized Insemination, Sculpting Fragments of Mangled Cunt

hellawaits77ny
07-11-2011, 10:24 PM
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Awesome brutal death metal. Deep gutturals and all. GS was one of the first brutal death bands I found and I was blown away. The unrelenting sound of every song just obliterated my young mind. The guitars can get pretty crazy at times, but the drums really get to me. A million changes every second and it really adds to the chaos. For 95% of the album, I can't tell what time signature it's in, let alone if there even is one. It's just that crazy. Then come Blue's vocals. They aren't the typical gutturals from what I know, not the super burpy kind. From what I know they're inhales, but they're good inhales. Just listen to the damn thing.

Favorite Tracks:
Coprophilic Asphyxia, Torturous Impregnation by Fecalized Insemination, Sculpting Fragments of Mangled Cunt

These guys have some classy lyrics :D

llama lom
07-12-2011, 09:38 PM
These guys have some classy lyrics :D

Indeed!
"Grandma always did like all my girlfriends."
;)

llama lom
07-15-2011, 06:36 PM
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This was the first full Death album I listened to and I LOVE this album. I my opinion, this was their best, so I think Death ended on a high note. The album is great from start to finish with no real filler material. The only qualm I really have about the album is the over used bass-riff thing in Spirit Crusher and Scavenger of Human Sorrow. It sounds too similar and that kind of ticked me off. Regardless, there are two real all-stars on the album: Chuck (duh) and Richard Christy. The drumming on this is phenomenal and fits everything perfectly. I think that Christy gets underrated sometimes, but he should get the credit he deserves. This lineup truly gave a great Death album, and did some awesome work. :rocker:

Favorite Tracks:
Bite the Pain, Story to Tell, Flesh and the Power it Holds, Painkiller (cover)

Rocco44
07-15-2011, 10:57 PM
Great album for sure, I love "Voice of the Soul"

llama lom
07-19-2011, 11:35 AM
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Funnily enough, after just mentioning it in hellawaits77's thread, it's next on my list. This is probably Cannibal Corpse most technical release to date. The riffs are all over the place, it's fast, it's awesome. The album starts with "Savage Butchery" which starts bashing your face in almost immediately. I LOVE Corpsegrinder's vocal patterns in the beginning, they aren't over the top stuff, but it works. The chorus is awesome too. Next is "Hatchet to the Head". Honestly, in the verse after the chorus, the riff is fucking amazing. Simple, fast palm muted triplets but cool. Just watch a video of that part being played. "Pit of Zombies" comes on, and personally, I don't like this track too much. Maybe it's because it was the only song I knew on the album for a while, but I think I've just overlistened to it. Still a good zombie song though. After comes "Dormant Bodies Bursting". At two minutes exactly, it does what it needs to in that amount of time. The best part comes with Corpsegrinder doing what are probably his deepest lows ever about halfway through the track when he repeats the title. "Compelled to Lacerate" comes on with the great groovy riff in the beginning and it sounds great throughout the track. The next song is "Drowning in Viscera". An alright track overall but I don't find anything special about it. "Hung and Bled" is an awesome track. The beginning sounds like it could have been off Gallery of Suicide as it's a slow one, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was a left over riff from those writing sessions. The verse has Corpsegrinder doing his fast vocals again and the vocal patterns just amaze me. "Sanded Faceless" is the next track on the album and it's your typical Cannibal Corpse song. Pretty standard. Now "Mutation of the Cadaver" comes up. The beginning is almost proggy in it's own way with the bass intro and constant time changes. The chorus is the same way, minus a bass "solo". "When Death Replaces Life" is awesome. Another slower track, but not boring. The beginning sounds kind of creepy with the effects on the lead guitar and atypical chords. The solo is your typical CC solo, lots of wah and indistinguishable notes. The album ends with "Grotesque" and personally, I think it's a great track to end the album with. The ending has Alex Webster doing a tap bass solo, and Corpsegrinder with his progressive low to high scream matching the guitar riff. As a whole, the album is alright, but it has a good amount of technical, catchy songs that make this one of my favorites.

Favorite Tracks:
Hatchet to the Head, Mutation of the Cadaver, Dormant Bodies Bursting, When Death Replaces Life, Grotesque

llama lom
07-31-2011, 07:39 PM
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This has to be Buckethead's most relaxing, chill release to date. Lot's of acoustic guitar, clean guitar, some great drums from Brain (as usual) and an overall great release. The only track I don't like on this is "City of Woe", but mainly because it doesn't really fit amongst the other tracks. It has a completely different sound and vibe. This is the perfect album to sleep to, as I've done dozens upon dozens of times in the past. To be blunt, this album is beautiful, for Buckethead at least.

Favorite Tracks:
Chaos of the Unconscious, Sled Ride, Cookies for Santa, Wax Paper

jd091
08-10-2011, 11:46 AM
Sorry I'm coming in here late, but boy oh boy, what a list! :highfive:

This is really, really interesting. I'm loving the choice with Abigail William's early album and early Dimmu Borgir. I respect those releases a lot. Personally, I find it really sad that Abigail turned into a generic black metal band; they had an interesting style going for them on their first EP. Cool choice, though.

As for the Whitechapel: interesting choice, as well. I didn't know you even had a shred of respect for deathcore. :lol: I'll say that it was a solid release, and they're trying more and more to be accessible to the death metal crowd, and abandoning their scene roots.

Death is awesome, as well. Can't wait to see the rest! :rocker:

llama lom
08-13-2011, 10:01 PM
Sorry I'm coming in here late, but boy oh boy, what a list! :highfive:

This is really, really interesting. I'm loving the choice with Abigail William's early album and early Dimmu Borgir. I respect those releases a lot. Personally, I find it really sad that Abigail turned into a generic black metal band; they had an interesting style going for them on their first EP. Cool choice, though.

As for the Whitechapel: interesting choice, as well. I didn't know you even had a shred of respect for deathcore. :lol: I'll say that it was a solid release, and they're trying more and more to be accessible to the death metal crowd, and abandoning their scene roots.

Death is awesome, as well. Can't wait to see the rest! :rocker:

Damn I'm just seeing this lol

I agree about Abigail Williams, I personally prefer the older stuff, but the new stuff is alright too.

I LOOOOVEEE Whitechapel lol. I enjoy a bit of deathcore, but so much of the scene is too repetitive and overdone, which is why I enjoyed that CD so much.

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My god. The first time I heard this I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was so new, so enticing, so awesome! Of course I found these guys after hearing that Alex Webster was the bassist so I gave them a shot, and I'm so glad I did. Prog metal with obvious death metal influences, but it works so well. It doesn't get boring with repetitive, long riffs or with oodles and oodles of nonsensical shredding. Ron Jarzombek is a hell of a guitarist and performs excellently on this release. I read somewhere that he uses the 12 note theory on everything, so he doesn't stick to a key, and tries to use every half-interval note possible. It probably isn't that new or innovative for a prog group, but it just think it's interesting. Anyways, I just really enjoy this album, and some of the songs are just unbelievable.

Favorite Tracks:
:rocker:BLEEDING IN THE BRAIN:rocker:, Laser Labotomy, Synaptic Plasticity, Adenosine Buildup

jd091
08-13-2011, 10:16 PM
Huh. I've heard of Blotted Science before, but have never listened to them. Sounds awesome. I'll remedy that right now, thanks to the MAGICAL STREAMING POWERS OF SPOTIFY!

llama lom
08-13-2011, 10:21 PM
Huh. I've heard of Blotted Science before, but have never listened to them. Sounds awesome. I'll remedy that right now, thanks to the MAGICAL STREAMING POWERS OF SPOTIFY!

YouTube also works y'know? :D

llama lom
08-14-2011, 06:56 PM
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When Mine Eyes Blacken - When Mine Eyes Blacken

From the same man who brings us Exiled from Light, there is this wonderful project. Although some depressive suicidal black metal can be repetitive and boring, this has the repetition, but it's meant to be more ambient. Drums here are the key. A lot of DSBM I've heard has simple drumming, with hi-hat every beat and snare every 2 or 4. I'm not going to lie, I don't mind it, I think it fits well. But with WMEB, it breaks from the tradition and does some extra things. I'm not talking Leviathan-esque drumming here, but other simple stuff, like fast double bass or a fill of all snare. It's really the little stuff here that makes it special. Vocals are typical, he sounds like he's being tortured in a cave, usual guitars with dissonant arpeggios, but the bass is actually audible and present within the mix. There are times when the bass has some cool moving parts that also break from the possibility of boringness. Of course, this may be boring for people who aren't already used to the genre, but with time comes everything. Speaking of time, this is a 48 minute release with only four tracks, the shortest of which is seven and a half minutes. The length of the songs shouldn't deter you though, as I feel they all are the perfect length. Honestly, just listen to it hahaha

Favorite Track:
Secluded Within Sorrow, Solace Awaits

jd091
08-14-2011, 08:33 PM
^ sounds like the music Brad masturbates to.

Will check out, though. And Spotify loads much quicker and is more central and neater than YouTube!

llama lom
08-14-2011, 08:41 PM
^ sounds like the music Brad masturbates to.

Will check out, though. And Spotify loads much quicker and is more central and neater than YouTube!

Brad?

Oh really? Do you have any invites left? This seems like it warrants a try.

jd091
08-14-2011, 09:06 PM
Brad?

Oh really? Do you have any invites left? This seems like it warrants a try.

Brad, aka the mighty DETHMAIDEN.

And I haven' given out any invites yet; I'll see what I can find and let you know.

llama lom
08-15-2011, 09:15 PM
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Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies

Well what can be said about this album? I think it's one of the best ones KSE has released, at least in the Howard Jones era. A lot of my favorite songs are on this album, and those that aren't my favorite are still pretty solid. There are some good riffs on here, and most of the songs are damn catchy. The fact is that this is a good combination of the melody that has made Killswitch famous nowadays, and there's still the metalcore aspect in the majority of this album. The breakdowns for the most part aren't the typical standalone breakdowns, and there's usually something else going on that keeps it from being stereotypical. The vocals are good, I don't know if they're Howard's best or worse, as I think he does a good job on each album he's worked on, but he keeps the ratio of screams to growls to clean vocals pretty well and I don't think he overuses any of them here (except on Arms of Sorrow, which is all clean until the very end). The drums can be pretty standard and simple at times, not really much special, but hey, it works. The only thing is that the bass is a bit inaudible (or at least it's hard to make out) at times. You can feel that it's there, you can tell, but you can't focus on it as much as you could say the guitars or drums.

This was the first Killswitch album that I listened to in it's entirety, and I'm glad. This is a very solid release from the band and is probably a staple in their later discography.

Favorite Tracks:
Daylight Dies, This is Absolution, For You, Desperate Times, Reject Yourself

Not related, but I apologize for these reviews/summaries, I feel like so much of it is vague that it's not really saying much.

Semi-related. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWmuUAt87wo)

jd091
08-15-2011, 09:22 PM
Naw, it's a good review. Although I like End of the Heartache about twice as much (and Jesse-era KSE is a different story), this was the first KSE record I ever bought, and it still fucking rocks. Some of those riffs are just killer.

Daylight Dies is still one of my favorite metalcore songs. Eye of the Storm is beastly, too. :rocker:

llama lom
08-15-2011, 09:31 PM
Naw, it's a good review. Although I like End of the Heartache about twice as much (and Jesse-era KSE is a different story), this was the first KSE record I ever bought, and it still fucking rocks. Some of those riffs are just killer.

Daylight Dies is still one of my favorite metalcore songs. Eye of the Storm is beastly, too. :rocker:

Eye of the Storm is definitely great, it's actually on right now. :D

llama lom
08-17-2011, 10:30 AM
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Sunn O))) - Black One


This is a favorite of mine mostly because of the amalgamation of drone and black metal. You can see this in almost all the tracks, either through the "riffing" or just because of the presence of Wrest or Malefic. Although Wrest only makes one appearance on this album (It Took the Night to Believe), it's worth listening to. He really gives it his all, and it sounds like it could have been released under the Leviathan name. Malefic makes many more appearances, not just on vocals, but also on guitar and keys. His best track (arguably) on this is Bathory Erzsebet, where the band went so far as to lock him in a casket to record vocals (Malefic is claustrophobic). This one track lacks the vocal distortion that is typical for his vocals which really changes things. Instead of the haunting style that is typical of Malefic, you can truly get the feeling that he's scared. It's so wonderful. The other tracks are "standard" Sunn tracks, full of prolonged chords and feedback. However, each has something special that makes it slightly different than a normal Sunn song, whether it be the vocals, slight drumming, or just a different style, and it truly makes this album more of an experimental effort than anything. There's also an Immortal cover (if you can call it that) in here that's worth checking out.

Favorite Tracks:
Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons), Cry for the Weeper, Bathory Erzsebet

treghet
08-17-2011, 11:19 AM
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jd091
08-17-2011, 11:34 AM
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:lol: I've tried to get into them before... and, uh... yeah... maybe I'm not stoned enough?

llama lom
08-17-2011, 11:39 AM
:lol: I've tried to get into them before... and, uh... yeah... maybe I'm not stoned enough?

You don't even have to be stoned (although that sounds like quite an experience). Try listening to them when you want to relax?

jd091
08-17-2011, 11:41 AM
You don't even have to be stoned (although that sounds like quite an experience). Try listening to them when you want to relax?

*large sigh* Okaaaaay. I'll give this album a legitimate chance later. Maybe I'll suddenly love it; I dunno.