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BloodoftheKings
08-20-2011, 06:15 PM
Open your itunes and press shuffle on all songs, and then review the album that the song is from. Write a full review in the style that most of us here do it with the picture, paragraph, and recommended track(s). You Can re-roll as much as you wan't until you find an album you think you can write a good review for. And don't review anything you have already reviewed on this website. I'll start.

Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/Dirt.jpg

A landmark grunge release and quite possibly my favorite in the history of the genre. This album is what mainly got me into grunge some time ago. I would hear some of AiC's big songs like Man in the Box and Them Bones from time to time and I figured "yeah this is pretty good" but never bothered to listen to the full albums. One day I was at the community library sifting through the cd rack looking for something new to listen to (this method is now obsolete thanks to spotify) and while I couldn't find any metal I did find Facelift and this album and figured it would be worth checking out since I already knew some songs and liked them. I listened to them over the next couple days and while Facelift was good and all this one was something special. There isn't a weak track on this album. The first to tracks are more upbeat but by track 3 it's more of the depressing sound that Alice in Chains is known for, usually you don't use that as a good adjective for something but the depressing tone of AiC's music is what makes them so great. and After hearing this I went on to explore the grunge genre and found more albums I now love. At a time where I wasn't listening to much outside of the metal genre this helped expand my horizons, although many would argue it is pretty much a metal album.

Recommended Tracks:
Dam That River (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a7sCkGFD6A&feature=related)
Rooster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs)
Dirt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAZcFVuSo0M)

Indestructible
08-20-2011, 06:28 PM
Great album. Why is that no one ever calls AIC metal when they are metal? Why do they always call them grunge when they are not?

BloodoftheKings
08-20-2011, 06:37 PM
Great album. Why is that no one ever calls AIC metal when they are metal? Why do they always call them grunge when they are not?

They are metal but they are also grunge. Grunge is actually more of a movement then a genre. AiC is more of a metal band and Nirvana is more of a punk/alternative band but you can't deny that there is similarities in the sound of these bands as well as other bands that are considered grunge like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. If a band is considered grunge, it doesn't necessarily mean they aren't metal or punk or whatever.

ShatteredFlame
08-20-2011, 07:38 PM
Well it's not a metal album.

Carissa's Wierd - Songs About Leaving (2002)

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/8809e954d872e7e3bf4fe38102e98ec0/o28550.jpg

My friend recommended me this band a few months ago and I have been loving them as well as a lot of other slowcore bands. While the song names and album cover are comical, this album is actually really depressing. I am not someone who finds home in depression but I do find this album to be quite beautiful. Their main strategy is combining dual vocals (both male and female) with chamber influences(piano, violin etc.). I love it when dual vocals are implemented well. Here the two vocalist take turns in delivering one depressing line after another, it almost sounds as if they are trying to outstage the other with who can brake you down first. I enjoy how self destructive they sound, like they are pissed and want to make everything around them feel miserable. Both of their voices are great btw. The chamber influences/acoustics sound incredible. Songs like "Ignorant Piece of Shit" are meant to be depressing but honestly I find the instruments to be quite lively. The lyrics are what seem to unease people the most, especially those who have been dumped or lost someone. I can't really relate and I honestly enjoy the lyrics due to the vocal deliveries but still I do find warmth inside this albums depression.

Recommended Tracks:
Ignorant Piece of Shit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdl6V5otgoY)
You Should Be Hated Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPJw9-uWIRE&feature=related)
Sofisticated Little Fuck Princess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJlZTY2Qlk&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
08-20-2011, 08:33 PM
3 Inches of Blood - Advance and Vanquish (2004)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_C5rldKQr9DQ/R-nvN-lADzI/AAAAAAAAAJ0/gHU7n2hr-Lc/s320/3+Inches+Of+Blood+-+Advance+And+Vanquish+(2004).jpg

From What I hear most people consider Fire Up the Blades to be 3IOB's bestwork but this is definitely my favorite album by them. I really dig 3IOB's unique blend of thrash, power, and traditional heavy metal. While I do like the most recent album they did their music just isn't the same without Jamie Hooper's screams to complement the high pitched vocals of Cam Pipes. Another thing I love about this band is their epic "true" metal lyrics.

"mighty warriors with metal on their side!
enemies of metal, your death is our reward!"

Sure it's kinda silly but when I listen to this album I can't help but get pumped. This is one of my favorites to listen to at the gym.

Recommended Tracks:
Deadly Sinners (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVx8PvCeOz8&feature=related)
Wykydtron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfMISL3dqGY&feature=related)
Destroy the Orcs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gCgluVD0Aw&feature=related)

christopher
08-20-2011, 09:21 PM
Well it's not a metal album.

Carissa's Wierd - Songs About Leaving (2002)

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/8809e954d872e7e3bf4fe38102e98ec0/o28550.jpg

My friend recommended me this band a few months ago and I have been loving them as well as a lot of other slowcore bands. While the song names and album cover are comical, this album is actually really depressing. I am not someone who finds home in depression but I do find this album to be quite beautiful. Their main strategy is combining dual vocals (both male and female) with chamber influences(piano, violin etc.). I love it when dual vocals are implemented well. Here the two vocalist take turns in delivering one depressing line after another, it almost sounds as if they are trying to outstage the other with who can brake you down first. I enjoy how self destructive they sound, like they are pissed and want to make everything around them feel miserable. Both of their voices are great btw. The chamber influences/acoustics sound incredible. Songs like "Ignorant Piece of Shit" are meant to be depressing but honestly I find the instruments to be quite lively. The lyrics are what seem to unease people the most, especially those who have been dumped or lost someone. I can't really relate and I honestly enjoy the lyrics due to the vocal deliveries but still I do find warmth inside this albums depression.

Recommended Tracks:
Ignorant Piece of Shit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdl6V5otgoY)
You Should Be Hated Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPJw9-uWIRE&feature=related)
Sofisticated Little Fuck Princess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJlZTY2Qlk&feature=related)

I'm really digging this, thanks :D

mankvill
08-20-2011, 09:59 PM
Judas Priest - Metal Works '73 - '93

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lq9jwhxBVZ1r1nixao1_500.jpg

The first piece of music by Judas Priest that I owned. A two-disc set spanning their first 20 years of albums, and it's nearly perfect. Including live cuts from Unleashed In The East, possibly the best live metal album ever. I can't listen to the regular version of Victim of Changes because of this record. Great cuts from across the board, gets all the classics and some deeper stuff too. If you're looking to get into Judas Priest, I can't recommend this enough.

BloodoftheKings
08-21-2011, 03:02 PM
Austrian Death Machine - Total Brutal (2009)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_UxkkwW-H1ck/Srz82bENonI/AAAAAAAAAio/YyDUj7DouYQ/s400/%5BAllCDCovers%5D_austrian_death_machine_total_bru tal_2008_retail_cd-front.jpg

Austrian Death Machine is a side project of As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis. The bands gimmick is that all of their songs are about Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and have an Arnold impersonator doing skits and additional vocals. I personally believe that ADM is far superior to AILD. Total Brutal is essentially a thrash metal album with some core influence. Most of the vocals here are handled by Tim but thankfully we don't hear much of his lame metalcore clean vocals. Additional vocals and speaking during the albums many skits comes from Destroy the Runner vocalist Chad Ackerman who delivers a rather impressive Arnold Schwarzenegger impression. While the whole gimmick of this band can grow old after a while some of the music is actually pretty damn good. I'd recommend it to metal heads who dig music with a sense of humor, not a masterpiece by any means but it's all good fun.

OF COURSE ALL THE SONGS SOUND THE SAME. THEY ALL SOUND BRUTAGHL!

Recommended Tracks:
Get to the Choppa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPIO86jTrQQ)
I Am a Cybernetic Organism, Living Tissue Over (Metal) Endoskeleton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADTIzf-4tuA)
If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQF_DR_uDU4)

jhdeity
08-21-2011, 03:20 PM
This is quickly becoming my favorite thread on here. Cool concept and content! That Choppa video was f'n great

Nick_to_the_face
08-21-2011, 03:27 PM
Most of the vocals here are handled by Tim but thankfully we don't hear much of his lame metalcore clean vocals.

He doesn't do their clean vocals :finger:

BloodoftheKings
08-21-2011, 03:35 PM
He doesn't do their clean vocals :finger:

Well I don't know much about the band but I've seen the video for their song "Confined" and I remember the video showed Tim singing the chorus. Sorry if offended anyone.

NecroRob
08-21-2011, 03:38 PM
Cloudkicker - Beacons

http://f.bandcamp.com/z/14/58/1458442241-1.jpg

Beacons is undoubtedly one of my favorite albums from last year, and I can safely say that its luster has not diminished in the slightest one year later. Ben Sharp truly created something special with Beacons. The musicianship on this album shown by Sharp is second to none, but that's not what made this album really stand out for me. For me what truly makes this album special is the numerous emotions I experience while listening to each song. Pain, despair, love, triumph, redemption...just to name a few. This may sound a bit corny, but this album really speaks to me in a way that most albums with vocals fail to do. Every song here serves a purpose and nothing feels out of place. To put it bluntly, this album is perfect.

Recommended tracks (you should really just listen to the whole thing in one sitting...)
Here, wait a minute! Damn it! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed8at5ygXh4)
We're going in. We're going down. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N5AJxxL8hA)
Oh, God. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqqnH7mR9IU)
Push it way up! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEcct1wjcvg)

makethemsuffer12
08-21-2011, 07:36 PM
Well I don't know much about the band but I've seen the video for their song "Confined" and I remember the video showed Tim singing the chorus. Sorry if offended anyone.

Which is why would think Austrian Death Machine is better. ;)

makethemsuffer12
08-21-2011, 07:49 PM
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/2/8/228.jpg

The last album before Pantera really broke through, and arguably one of the band's best. Before trying to constantly out-heavy themselves, before the tough-guy attitude, Pantera made one of the most badass, straight-up heavy metal albums ever. The best way to describe Power Metal would be that it's the transitional album between Glamtera and the Pantera we all know and love. It is definitely heavier and more speed/thrash influenced than the band's previous releases, but it still maintains Phil's more Halford-esque singing style and the anthemic '80s metal hooks. Probably my favorite Pantera album behind CFH. Oh, and Dime absolutely RIPS on this album. Might just be his best work.

Standout track:
Power Metal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUKneC71HDI)

BloodoftheKings
08-21-2011, 08:07 PM
Which is why would think Austrian Death Machine is better. ;)

I've heard a good deal of AILD's music, I don't need to know the history of the band and who sings what parts to know I don't like them.

BloodoftheKings
08-21-2011, 08:10 PM
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/2/8/228.jpg

The last album before Pantera really broke through, and arguably one of the band's best. Before trying to constantly out-heavy themselves, before the tough-guy attitude, Pantera made one of the most badass, straight-up heavy metal albums ever. The best way to describe Power Metal would be that it's the transitional album between Glamtera and the Pantera we all know and love. It is definitely heavier and more speed/thrash influenced than the band's previous releases, but it still maintains Phil's more Halford-esque singing style and the anthemic '80s metal hooks. Probably my favorite Pantera album behind CFH. Oh, and Dime absolutely RIPS on this album. Might just be his best work.

Standout track:
Power Metal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUKneC71HDI)

I've never listened to Glamtera but that song is actually quite good. That album cover is god awful though, one of the worst i've ever seen.

Nick_to_the_face
08-21-2011, 08:27 PM
Well I don't know much about the band but I've seen the video for their song "Confined" and I remember the video showed Tim singing the chorus. Sorry if offended anyone.

i'm just givin you shit man

Dextrimental
08-21-2011, 09:08 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WoWorGyeeco/S2BDU_KnDwI/AAAAAAAAAhw/zzc_4FaqRaA/s320/Tool10000Days2006.jpg

Tool - 10,000 Days

The first Tool album I heard in full, and to this day it's a strong contender for my favorite, despite loving all their works for different reasons. From the off with the ethereal Vicarious, this album grabs your attention and takes you on an amazing journey which deals with everything from the singers mothers death, to the current constant state of war the world seems to be in, to alien abduction. This is more than just an album, this is a musical journey.

Standout Tracks:
All of them. Listen to it from track one and just let the music go!

MPF
08-21-2011, 09:28 PM
I will be doing this a lot in the near future.

BloodoftheKings
08-21-2011, 09:43 PM
Descendents - Cool To Be You (2004)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/Descendents_-_Cool_to_Be_You_cover.jpg

This was my first exposure to who are now one of my favorite punk bands. I was sifting through the used rack at the record store and I found 2 albums by this band. I was in the mood to hear some punk and I knew these guys were considered one of the greats. The albums I found were this one and Enjoy! but I only bought this one. When I first bought this and didn't know much about the band I mistook this for Milo Goes To College because the covers are pretty similar (I didn't know the album by name at the time I just recognized the cover). When I went home I realized this wasn't Milo Goes To College and that this is actually the most recent album and at that point I regretted my purchase, but once I started playing the album my regrets faded away. I think this is actually one of Descendents strongest albums, I would place it as my 3rd favorite behind MGTC and Everything Sucks. This is definitely their poppiest record but that's not exactly a bad thing. Though it's pretty poppy they still keep their sound pretty raw. After hearing this I checked out the rest of their discography and fell in love with this band.

Recommended Tracks:
Nothing with You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poql2nzpVZY)
'Merican (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLkRxVYdUko&feature=related)
Cool To Be You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjRofXR4us0&feature=related)

powerslave_85
08-21-2011, 10:11 PM
The Gits- Frenching the Bully (1992)

http://mxmsound.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/gits.jpg?w=300&h=300

Given all that was going on in Seattle in the early 90s, it's inevitable that a few amazing bands from that scene would be left behind in the shadows of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The Gits are probably one of the least known, but also the best. They cranked out punk fury with impeccable musicianship that propelled singer Mia Zapata's flawless, bluesy voice. Zapata sang with unparalleled passion about addiction, loss, and general angst, but you could tell it wasn't an act. Frenching the Bully, their debut album, has many of their best and most well-known songs, such as the anthemic "Wingo Lamo" and "Second Skin." Sadly, they only released one other album before Zapata was tragically murdered in 1994. Today, they remain one of punk's best-kept secrets, and I would count this as one of my all-time favorite records.

Recommended tracks:
"Second Skin" (http://youtu.be/nEu8xhU4GSQ)
"Another Shot of Whiskey" (http://youtu.be/7r0KslhEJZc)

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 07:25 AM
I've never heard of The Gits before but they sound great. I'm gonna listen to that album later.

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 09:46 PM
Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead (2007)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/df/FinalElect_The_Dead.jpg

I've heard some SOAD fans hate on Serj's solo work. I completely understand why one wouldn't like his recent album Imperfect Harmonies (I only listened to it one myself) but I for one think this record is great. I just got into SOAD when they were wrapping up their final tour before the hiatus and I was saddened to hear they were taking a break just when I started loving their music. Thankfully this album dropped within the next year and partially filled the void the was left when SOAD stopped. I remember when this album first came out my mom bought it for me and even she really liked the album. She was really into the peace movement at the time and she really dug Serj's lyrics and even thought his voice was really good. Looking back there isn't much weak tracks on here. I pretty much like all of them up until the last 2 which are more forgettable. This album isn't really metal but it's still very accessible to the average SOAD fan. If your a SOAD fan who hasn't heard this already then definitely give it a listen, it's better then some SOAD albums IMHO.

Recommended Tracks:
Empty Walls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CxKA1uETxE)
The Unthinking Majority (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQeRG72E3OM&ob=av3e)
Sky is Over (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY9kQcWLvEM&ob=av3e)

jd091
08-22-2011, 09:55 PM
He doesn't do their clean vocals :finger:

Yeah, this. Even then, if you don't like the clean vocals in As I Lay Dying, then you are crazy or stupid, since they are the best in all of metalcore.

makethemsuffer12
08-22-2011, 10:06 PM
http://image.lyricspond.com/image/b/artist-bullet-for-my-valentine/album-the-poison/cd-cover.jpg

Well...here we go. Adored by your typical Hot Topic shopper, hated by pretty much anyone who knows shit about their metal. Well, fuck that shit. This album was one of my favorites back in my earlier metal days, and I still like to jam out to it every now and then. I honestly don't think the band is anywhere near as band as some make them out to be, but I can totally see where the hate comes from. I mean, shit, I would probably hate on them too if it wasn't for the fact that I was really into them. I was probably the only person going crazy for them in the whole damn Nassau Coliseum when they opened for Maiden in '06. Overall, a solid melodic metalcore release, not too far off from what Trivium did with Ascendancy. And really, if it wasn't for them, then we probably wouldn't have the Asking Alexandrias and the Attack Attacks of this world for us to hate on. ;)

Standout Track.
Room 409 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdXrce0m8b0)

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 10:09 PM
Gwar - Ragnarok (1995)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/RagNaRok.jpg

This was the Gwar's 5th album and the 2nd in what some might call the "experimental" era of Gwar. Starting with This Toilet Earth in 1994 Gwar moved in a new direction. They started making albums that were insanely diverse where pretty much every song sounded different from the last. The 4 albums released during this time are not very accessible and are only really enjoyed by die hard Gwar fans. What sets this record apart from the rest of their discography is the use of synths that are present on many songs here. Another thing worth noting is all the different vocalist who sing on this album. Oderus handles lead vocals on 9 out of the 14 tracks but the 5 other songs have vocals done by Gwar characters Sexicutioner, Sleazy P. Martini, Slymenstra Hymen, Beefcake the Mighty, and even Gwar's arch nemesis Cardinal Syn. Whargoul has gotta be my favorite track here, it's a song about a full length novel that Dave Brockie wrote during this time that was just officially published recently. Supposedly this album has some kinda story about a comet coming to destroy earth that's actually a robot that makes Oderus and Slymenstra fuck eachother and have a mutant baby but I can never follow the story on these albums. In conclusion I really like this album but I can't really recommend it to much people. Check out the recommended tracks anyway, you never know.

Recommended Tracks:
Whargoul (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SJaCA4SwH8)
Knife in Yer Guts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9ZPgj0_vTA)
Martyr Dumb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihlu_9k3qT4)

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 10:11 PM
Ian, I am disappoint.

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 10:14 PM
if you don't like the clean vocals in As I Lay Dying, then you are crazy or stupid, since they are the best in all of metalcore.

Even if they did have the best clean vocals in metalcore that's like being the smartest kid with down syndrome.

EDIT: Sorry if thats fucked up, it's just the best analogy I could think of.

makethemsuffer12
08-22-2011, 10:41 PM
Ian, I am disappoint.

Said the kid that didn't even know about Tony Martin-era Sabbath.

P.s. I'll take The Poison over any GWAR album. :finger:

BloodoftheKings
08-22-2011, 11:47 PM
Said the kid that didn't even know about Tony Martin-era Sabbath.

99% of BFMV fans don't know about it either.

P.s. I'll take The Poison over any GWAR album. :finger:

Blasphemy. For one thing I don't think you've ever heard a Gwar album, and secondly there is very few bands on the planet worse then BFMV. I'd say Bring Me The Horizon, Brokencyde, Blood on the Dance Floor, and Design the Skyline are the only bands worse then BFMV, and the most recent BMTH album is slightly better then BFMV.

OraclesofAgony
08-23-2011, 12:19 AM
Slayer - Christ Illusion (2006)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Slayer_-_Christ_Illusion.jpg

This album marked the return of Dave Lombardo to the band and it's a beast. It's full of aggression and headbangable riffs. I remember listening to Cult over and over in my high school days when this first came out, that opening riff got me so pumped up, and it still does. I consider this to be Slayer's best album outside of their classic era (and by that I mean everything before and including Seasons). The only track I don't care for on here that much is Eyes of the Insane, which they actually won a Grammy for. The rest of the album though is pure Slayer intensity that gets me headbanging furiously.

Recommended Tracks:
Flesh Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o4pZC6z7Ek)
Catalyst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKH9I4nu4Ak)
Jihad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlkuyPDFhyo)
Cult (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J11s-hXrew)

makethemsuffer12
08-23-2011, 09:29 AM
99% of BFMV fans don't know about it either.



Blasphemy. For one thing I don't think you've ever heard a Gwar album, and secondly there is very few bands on the planet worse then BFMV. I'd say Bring Me The Horizon, Brokencyde, Blood on the Dance Floor, and Design the Skyline are the only bands worse then BFMV, and the most recent BMTH album is slightly better then BFMV.

I've heard enough GWAR to know that I don't really care for them.

makethemsuffer12
08-23-2011, 09:31 AM
Slayer - Christ Illusion (2006)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Slayer_-_Christ_Illusion.jpg

This album marked the return of Dave Lombardo to the band and it's a beast. It's full of aggression and headbangable riffs. I remember listening to Cult over and over in my high school days when this first came out, that opening riff got me so pumped up, and it still does. I consider this to be Slayer's best album outside of their classic era (and by that I mean everything before and including Seasons). The only track I don't care for on here that much is Eyes of the Insane, which they actually won a Grammy for. The rest of the album though is pure Slayer intensity that gets me headbanging furiously.

Recommended Tracks:
Flesh Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o4pZC6z7Ek)
Catalyst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKH9I4nu4Ak)
Jihad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlkuyPDFhyo)
Cult (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J11s-hXrew)
:fist:
Such an underrated album. One of my favorites, for sure.

Natrlhi
08-23-2011, 09:39 AM
This is a cool idea for a thread. I can't contribute at the moment - due to lack of time - but I'll tune in and lurk this one, and maybe eventually contribute something after I get some other reviews done that are long overdue...

I'm not naming any names, but there's a particularly awesome stoner / sludge album from this year whose title has something to do with the willful killing of some very large geographical structures, for which my review is sorely fucking overdue (sorry, Andy :snivel:)


EDIT:
:fist: Such an underrated album. One of my favorites, for sure.
Ewwww. No.

daimonos
08-23-2011, 09:43 AM
I'm not naming any names, but there's a particularly awesome stoner / sludge album from this year whose title has something to do with the willful killing of some very large geographical structures, for which my review is sorely fucking overdue (sorry, Andy :snivel:)


Great album! Been diggin' it alot, lately.

Natrlhi
08-23-2011, 09:48 AM
Great album! Been diggin' it alot, lately.So I've read. Also, it would seem that my lame attempt at being mysterious was completely ineffective (at least for a fan as shrewd as yourself). :lol:

BloodoftheKings
08-23-2011, 10:01 AM
I've heard enough GWAR to know that I don't really care for them.

Touche.

jd091
08-23-2011, 10:03 AM
Enslaved - Ruun

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_f1N3dpNTjWI/S2ZyH8Ryd5I/AAAAAAAAApo/N03_fgXJ5S8/s400/451.jpg

HOLY SHIT, what an album to randomly flip to! :bowdown:

I actually didn't get into this album until mid-2010, but once I did, I fell in love. It's my second favorite release by the almighty Enslaved, behind Vertebrae and barely in front of Below the Lights. To sum it up: this album is pretty much the definition of perfection. Every riff, every sung verse, every solo, every ambient noise... it all sounds like it's in the right place. I could write a fucking 15 page essay on every nuance of this album. It's that good. I can't get enough of their proggy-black metal sound, almost a throwback to 60's and 70's prog rock at times. The screams are some of my favorites in black metal, and the sung parts are incredible.

It's near impossible to give a couple tracks which stand out since they're all so good, but I have a soft spot for "Fusion of Sense and Earth" and "Ruun". I don't know how many times I've listened to them. Even though it's black metal, Ivan Bjornson knows how to write killer, catchy riffs. Absolutely incredible. If you haven't heard this album, you are missing out in one of metal's absolute masterpieces.

Notable tracks:
Fusion of Sense and Earth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwLrRUgRKUI)
Ruun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFsa9rlC0mU)

:rocker::rocker::rocker::rocker:

daimonos
08-23-2011, 11:34 AM
Enslaved - Ruun

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HOLY SHIT, what an album to randomly flip to! :bowdown:

I actually didn't get into this album until mid-2010, but once I did, I fell in love. It's my second favorite release by the almighty Enslaved, behind Vertebrae and barely in front of Below the Lights. To sum it up: this album is pretty much the definition of perfection. Every riff, every sung verse, every solo, every ambient noise... it all sounds like it's in the right place. I could write a fucking 15 page essay on every nuance of this album. It's that good. I can't get enough of their proggy-black metal sound, almost a throwback to 60's and 70's prog rock at times. The screams are some of my favorites in black metal, and the sung parts are incredible.

It's near impossible to give a couple tracks which stand out since they're all so good, but I have a soft spot for "Fusion of Sense and Earth" and "Ruun". I don't know how many times I've listened to them. Even though it's black metal, Ivan Bjornson knows how to write killer, catchy riffs. Absolutely incredible. If you haven't heard this album, you are missing out in one of metal's absolute masterpieces.

Notable tracks:
Fusion of Sense and Earth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwLrRUgRKUI)
Ruun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFsa9rlC0mU)

:rocker::rocker::rocker::rocker:

:fist:

christopher
08-23-2011, 10:51 PM
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I somehow ended up getting this album as the first one to come up as random on my itunes:lol:. Not only is it a great movie, but the sound track is awesome! This album shows that Russel Brand is a decent singer. A lot of the lyrics in the album are very very cheesy, but very catchy at the same time. After listening to this, I don't feel that African Child is the 3rd worst thing to happen to Africa.

Fury Walls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2bf76wn54)
African Child (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS0pR6eKyWw)

hellawaits77ny
08-23-2011, 11:26 PM
Slayer - Christ Illusion (2006)

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This album marked the return of Dave Lombardo to the band and it's a beast. It's full of aggression and headbangable riffs. I remember listening to Cult over and over in my high school days when this first came out, that opening riff got me so pumped up, and it still does. I consider this to be Slayer's best album outside of their classic era (and by that I mean everything before and including Seasons). The only track I don't care for on here that much is Eyes of the Insane, which they actually won a Grammy for. The rest of the album though is pure Slayer intensity that gets me headbanging furiously.

Recommended Tracks:
Flesh Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o4pZC6z7Ek)
Catalyst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKH9I4nu4Ak)
Jihad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlkuyPDFhyo)
Cult (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J11s-hXrew)

I'm a fan of this album for sure. If it weren't for some filler (Catalyst - ugh, one of Slayer's worst songs, Black Serenade, Supremist), it might be in my top 5 Slayer albums. I fuckin love Flesh Storm. That opening rythym sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. I was listening to it on YT a couple weeks ago, and my kitten was walking on my computer desk. She had the misfortune of having her little head next to the speaker as the "boom" after the intro hit. Her ears went WAY back, LOL. Big fan of Jihad, Eyes....., Consfearacy and especially, CULT. I wish they still played Cult live.

OraclesofAgony
08-24-2011, 01:55 AM
I'm a fan of this album for sure. If it weren't for some filler (Catalyst - ugh, one of Slayer's worst songs, Black Serenade, Supremist), it might be in my top 5 Slayer albums. I fuckin love Flesh Storm. That opening rythym sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. I was listening to it on YT a couple weeks ago, and my kitten was walking on my computer desk. She had the misfortune of having her little head next to the speaker as the "boom" after the intro hit. Her ears went WAY back, LOL. Big fan of Jihad, Eyes....., Consfearacy and especially, CULT. I wish they still played Cult live.

And that's a recommended track by me. :lol: I like that track. And yeah I forgot to mention in my review that I also don't care for Black Serenade either. Flesh Storm would be so damn awesome live. I wish they would've thrown something from this album in their Big 4 set. Any track off this album would've been better than Americon.

hellawaits77ny
08-24-2011, 02:20 AM
And that's a recommended track by me. :lol: I like that track. And yeah I forgot to mention in my review that I also don't care for Black Serenade either. Flesh Storm would be so damn awesome live. I wish they would've thrown something from this album in their Big 4 set. Any track off this album would've been better than Americon.

YES!! I'd kill to see Flesh Storm live again. Maybe they'll throw in Jihad or Cult in their set at the Big 4 in NY.

powerslave_85
08-24-2011, 08:23 AM
People don't like "Black Serenade?" I thought that was the one that sounded the most like old-school Slayer.

llama lom
08-24-2011, 10:56 AM
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Note: I'm reviewing the original, not the re-release with extra material and covers.

The Xasthur/Leviathan split. When I first heard about this I went apeshit since I'm a huge fan of both projects and couldn't believe they came together for a release. Both bring their typical style to the split, but I think Wrest definitely took his shit to a new level. Although he only has two songs on this, I think they could easily be the two best songs he's created. "Unfailing Fall into Naught" is a slower song, but it has that doom-ish element that still drives it for seven minutes. The last three and a half feature some classical sounding sampling that nicely finishes the track. Somehow Wrest's vocals sound different than usual on this song, more distant, more painful. Like I said, he went to a new level on this split. Next comes "The Remotest Cipher (Beside the Last Breath Banished)" and it starts with a standard tremolo chord riff and his vocals. The thing that gets me on this song is his drumming. He really tries to stay away from being repetitive and typical and has some cool fills and whatnot. Around the 4:15 mark is where my favorite part comes. I don't know why, but the riff and repetition often makes me space out and start thinking about abstract stuff. I won't even notice it until the song ends. Maybe it'll have different effects on other people, but I think this is a true section worth mentioning.

Next comes Xasthur's "half" of the split. Malefic comes with four tracks, one being an instrumental. Now with Wrest having just brought two amazing songs to the mix, it's pretty hard for the rest of the split to follow up, which unfortunately it doesn't. As much as I love Xasthur, the songs are fairly standard material for him. "The Eerie Bliss and Torture (Of Solitude)" starts with a somewhat arpeggiated guitar part, synth background, standard programmed drums and his vocals. Typical Xasthur. Yet at the 2:11 mark, a nice part comes in with a cool drum part that switches then to a doomy section. The two switch off for a little and it makes for a nice contrasting section. "Keeper of Sharpened Blades (And Ominous Fates)" has the same riff going on for most of the song, except for when Malefic adds over-the-top double bass, and another "clean" section, followed by the same riff again. "Conjuration of Terror" actually comes in with a haunting sound from the combination of synth and guitar, and a bit of variance from Malefic's typical vocal style. This song actually has a spookier vibe than the rest of the songs so far despite the faster drumming. However, it doesn't last long as it almost immediately switches into a slower section, almost killing the vibe. Finally comes "Instrumental" and it follows the same as the last three songs, sounding like typical material. It does offer some variance in drumming, but it sounds too frenzied and doesn't fit too well (this is actually Wrest's fault as this is the only time the two actually collaborated to make a song). However, when this stops it goes into a nice, more relaxed section that sounds quite good.

Basically the Leviathan half easily dominates the Xasthur, but both are still worth listening to.

Favorite Tracks:
The Remotest Cipher (The Last Breath Banished) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9KS4d-qA6I)
The Eerie Bliss and Torture (Of Solitude) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zPNOetAwRQ)

mankvill
08-24-2011, 11:33 AM
Picked up that split at a cool record shop in Columbia, MO. Honestly, some of the best black metal I've ever heard. Especially Leviathan's side.

JRA
08-24-2011, 11:41 AM
People don't like "Black Serenade?" I thought that was the one that sounded the most like old-school Slayer.

I'll be the judge of that.

makethemsuffer12
08-25-2011, 10:08 AM
People don't like "Black Serenade?" I thought that was the one that sounded the most like old-school Slayer.

Gonna have to disagree on that. Maybe if they played it in Eb instead of C#. It's still a killer song, though. I honestly don't think there is a single bad song on the album. Sure, some songs aren't Slayer's best, but fuck, I honestly don't see why so many people hate on it. It's a great mix of the GHUA-style and the more traditional Slayer sound.

BloodoftheKings
11-23-2011, 08:38 PM
Necromancing this thread. Stay tuned.

BloodoftheKings
11-23-2011, 09:07 PM
GWAR - Violence Has Arrived (2001)
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I almost didn't wan't to review this because it would look like i'm not going by the threads rules and just picking albums I felt like reviewing but this is seriously the first thing that came up when I hit shuffle. This was Gwar's return to metal after straying pretty far from the genre in the late 90's. As Gwar's album and ticket sales dwindled Dave came to a realization that Gwar worked better when they played metal so he set out to make the next Gwar album heavy from start to finish with no songs like Sex Cow or Fuckin' an Animal thrown into the mix. On this album it seems a little like they were trying too hard to be heavy. The guitar sound on here is kinda muddy sounding and i'm not too crazy about the production. On the next album guitarist Cory Smoot (R.I.P.) would come in to help them perfect their new sound. Despite it's flaws this is a pretty solid album. The first half of this album is by far the heaviest stuff in Gwar's discography in 2001 but the second half is more punk sounding. The one truly great song on this disc is the live favorite Immortal Corrupter. Other songs like Abyss of Woe, The Apes of Wrath, Beauteos Rot, and Biledriver I like to listen to from time to time but I don't listen to this one in it's entirety very often.

Recommended Tracks:
Immortal Corrupter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYJwsKUxH6Q)
The Apes of Wrath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSpvgy1zj0Y&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL8E3CE6FD8AD4CBE0)
Abyss of Woe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuEigUCymA) (IF YOU KILL THEM, THEY WILL DIE!)

BloodoftheKings
11-24-2011, 07:50 PM
Lil B "The Based God" - Illusions of Grandeur (2010)
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"The most prolific mixtape in hip hop ever to come out" - Lil B

Most people know Lil B for his songs like Wonton Soup, Ellen Degeneres, and Pretty Bitch but he actually has a rather large amount of styles. The Illusions of Grandeur mixtape is one of his more serious tapes. You won't find any cooking music on here. That's not to say this tape is a display of skillful rapping and lyricism. Lil B has stated numerous times that he doesn't give a fuck and he just wants to get his message across. Some times he just doesn't even attempt to rap. How I Feel is just an incoherent rant about whether he's an 80's kid or a 90's kid since he was born in 89 but his childhood was in the 90's. Most of his lyrics on this tape as well as several others he did deal with being positive and and the problems with hood mentality. Lil B's rapping style in unorthodox and wouldn't typically be seen as good by most rap fans. He says in the track Based 4 Ya Face "I just talk, you connect the dots", that pretty much sums up his style. If your looking for some swagged out cooking songs this tape isn't for you, this is some serious emotional shit. #Based4life

Thank You Based God

Recommended Tracks:
Based 4 Ya Face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVDYmcgc2dw)
No Peace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB5VMeCpCeQ)
Baby Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGWIsf1wGB4)

christopher
11-27-2011, 01:22 AM
A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step (2003)

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This is such an amazing album. Those of you who are familiar with the awesomeness that is known as Tool should know of A Perfect Circle. If not, then Maynard is the singer of APC. APC is not as heavy as Tool in any sense, but has such an amazing sound nonetheless. Thirteenth Step is a great step after the first album Mer De Noms. Most bands take a few albums to get to their maturity, but APC showed it in their second album. This is seriously one of the best albums that came out in the first decade of the 2000s.

Tracks to check out:

Blue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5xuY3OFHvA)

The Outsider (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXlKkzjkheg)

The Nurse Who Loved Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWRDZwV8jGE)

I find it weird that this album came up for me. I really didn't want to hear APC for a while because I saw them with a girl that meant everything to me and we just ended. This was our band to enjoy together. hmmm