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kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 04:35 AM
To elaborate a bit on the thread title, this isn't some kind of "essential metal albums" list. I'm more going for lesser known things or bands/albums that I've never seen talked about around here. These aren't in any order and I'm just posting as I think about them and are by no means my favorite albums of all time. These are just my opinions, so feel free to tell me how much a particular album sucks or whatever. Anyway, here it goes.

Edit: Dammit. Proofread the body, but not the thread title.

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 04:37 AM
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Artist: Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire
Album: Songs of Ill Hope a Desperation
Genre: Grindcore / Death Metal
Release Year: 2010

Gonna just go balls out and start with some grindcore. This is simply a great grind album. It's a really groovy style of grind, but with no lack of frenzied grind madness. It's different from a lot of grindcore releases in that it's song lengths average about three minutes. It's got its fair share of filler, but all in all nothing really bad, except for the last like four minutes of the album which just consist of something reminiscent of a baby crying. The standout tracks are "Cloven", "I Walked Away From the Human Race" and "Piss."

I would post Youtube links, but I can't really find anything from this album on Youtube.
Here's a link to a song from their first album because I can only find like three songs on Youtube...Black Ram (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OETScGS00qQ)

Natrlhi
03-21-2012, 05:30 AM
I've never heard of this. I'll have to check it out.

BTW, this looks like it has the potential to be a very interesting thread. (*bookmarks*) :fist:

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 03:14 PM
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Artist: Benighted
Album: Icon
Genre: Deathgrind / Tech Death
Release Date: 2007


I've already seen this band mentioned in some old thread that I was checking out, but dammit, that's just not enough. This band is technical, grindy amazingness and this album is by far their best. Songs like "Grind Wit" are just all over the place with in your face brutality to a melodic breakdown to a French rap verse (I know, right?). The vocalist encorporates a bunch of different vocal types in here using death growls, grindcore screeches and a few pig squeals here and there. The con of this album is that most of the good tracks are at the beginning and it begins to lose momentum a bit towards the end, with the exception of track 10, "Invoxhate." Also, there's an undeniable hardcore influence, which may lose some, but I personally like it. The whole band are really talented musicians and I think that you should check them out if you haven't. The standout tracks to me are "Grind Wit", "Slut" and "Invoxhate."

Grind Wit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44nmr3YhDu4)

Slut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j913gtJxNsQ)

treghet
03-21-2012, 04:04 PM
I love that album. There's nobody else that sounds quite like them. Their newest one sort of disappointed me though.

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 04:09 PM
I love that album. There's nobody else that sounds quite like them. Their newest one sort of disappointed me though.

You're actually the one that I saw mention it. Yeah, their new one wasn't that good. It had a couple good songs on it though. Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth and Hostile are the only songs that are worth mentioning.

treghet
03-21-2012, 04:17 PM
Well I'm glad to have turned you onto them. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 04:33 PM
Well I'm glad to have turned you onto them. :fist:

I've been listening to them for a couple of years, man.

treghet
03-21-2012, 04:36 PM
Oh I thought you meant that me mentioning them was what got you into them. :lol:

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 04:48 PM
Oh I thought you meant that me mentioning them was what got you into them. :lol:

Ah, I was saying that I saw one of your posts mentioning them and that's the only mention of them that I've seen on here. But anyways...great fucking band. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 05:33 PM
http://www.pasifagresif.com/wp-content/uploads/goi_goi.jpg

Artist: Arkona (Аркона)
Album: Goy, Rode, Goy!
Genre: Pagan / Folk Metal
Release Date: 2009

Again, I've seen this mentioned on here, but not nearly enough. This album is top of the game in the folk metal department. I saw this band back in November open for Korpiklaani and I went into that show really liking Arkona, but I left absolutely loving Arkona! From the vocalist, Masha, who was wearing a damn wolf pelt to their Ron Jeremy look-alike bassist, everything was spot on. Anyway, focusing on the album, it's pretty much become my standard for folk metal. I like how it really goes from being bouncy and folky to so fucking heavy completely seemlessly. For example, "Goi, Rode, Goi!" starts out with a little Oceanic Ambiance to something heavy as hell and culminates into some tribal sounding chants. I usually hate when bands slow it down mid-album for some emotional, melancholic song, but the one on this album, Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov, is such a great song. This band just really knows what they're doing and I'm glad that they're finally getting some American exposure. The standout tracks for me are "Goi, Rode, Goi!", "Yarilo" and "Arkona."

Fun Fact: You could actually say that they got some U.S. exposure when their song "Yarilo" was featured in a St. Patrick's Day episode (Season 6, Episode 19) of The Office.

Goi, Rode, Goi! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR4LVp9wjN4)

Yarilo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl13dNSIwAw)

kalfitegrdan
03-21-2012, 07:32 PM
I've never heard of this. I'll have to check it out.

BTW, this looks like it has the potential to be a very interesting thread. (*bookmarks*) :fist:

Thanks, man!
Shit though. Pressure's on. :tongue:

kalfitegrdan
03-22-2012, 05:59 PM
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Artist: Carnal Decay
Album: Chopping Off the Head
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Release Date: 2008

This band is coming over to that States from Switzerland to do a bunch of summer death fests (much to my chagrin, CIM isn't one of them) and I haven't seen anyone react to that the way that they should, so these guys are my next write-up. So, about two years ago I was doing some late night Youtubing and randomly found this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyTrsk1Ey8) video on a related video to some shit like Alf playing the drums to a Carcass song and have been a fan of this band since. If I had to describe this album in one word, it would be: Intense. The brutality in this album is just seemingly unrelenting. They'll slow it down a ilttle bit in songs like "One by One", but not for long dammit. An aspect to this album that some may view as a negative is the audio samples at the beginning of over half the songs on the album, but being the cinephile that I am, I enjoy it. I do really like the vocals on this album because they're actually somewhat comprehensible at a bunch of points on the album. If nothing that I just said got you, well, here's something for all you horndogs out there...the guitarist is a chick. Anyway, the standout tracks to me are "Shotgun Facelift", "Bowel Bondage" and "Mutilation is My Passion."

Shotgun Facelift (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTESp-43Cdw)

Bowel Bondage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHY6lMg0-So) (Youtube only had a really shitty quality version of this song)

metallicbrian666
03-22-2012, 06:13 PM
Good shit, sounds like a cross between Disgorge and Dying Fetus

PowerMaiden
03-22-2012, 06:36 PM
interesting thread !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 03:44 AM
Good shit, sounds like a cross between Disgorge and Dying Fetus

:fist:

interesting thread !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Thanks!

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 04:09 AM
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Artist: Dawn of Ashes
Album: The Crypt Injection
Genre: Aggrotech / Dark Electro
Release Date: 2007


Black metal vocals + Club music + Horror movies = This band in a nutshell. This was my very first venture into the wonderous genre of aggrotech and I still to this day love it. The whole album is basically just a whole bunch of creepy, yet infectious beats with some cool ass vocals and some samples thrown in for good measure. It's a simple as hell formula, but I can't even tell you how much I love it. After this release though they turned in to a very subpar melodic black metal band with only like one or two good songs to show from an entire album's worth of material. I got a chance to see them when they opened for Dimmu Borgir in the hopes that they'd play some of their old songs, but no such luck. It seems that they've completely abandoned their roots. Most albums of this genre tend to get boring after awhile, with the exception of one or two songs, this album keeps me thoroughly entertained and I suggest that if you like anything in the electronic genre, that you give this a try. The Standout songs to me are "Blade in the Dark", "Torture Device," "Inhuman Salvation," "Still Born Defect" and "The Crypt Injection."

A Blade in the Dark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53p9JrECiik)

Torture Device (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK2idp98bo4) (The blood soaked music video)

So, there. Judge me at will. Just wait until I pull out a few of my favorite deathcore gems. ;)

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 04:34 AM
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Artist: Cirith Ungol
Album: One Foot in Hell
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 1986

The band is named after Lord of the Rings which automatically gives them mad props in my book. This is a traditional heavy metal album through and through with galloping riffs, some kick ass (albeit unique) high vocals and shredding solos. This band is definitely influenced heavily by the NWOBHM style, but they're from California. The vocals, to me, sound a bit dirtier than in most albums of the genre, if you know what I mean, and I'm pretty sure the production in the reason for that and I personally like it. One of the main reasons that I love this album is that it's so damn catchy. Everything from the riffs to the choruses is memorable. And Jerry Fogle (RIP) just shreds it up with some really great solos, which is something coming from me because I usually don't like solos too much. Anyway, this is definitely something to check out for all you classic metalheads. The standout tracks to me are "Chaos Descends," "Nadsokor," "100 MPH" and "War Eternal."

Nadsokor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYtTlJC_Ml8)

100 MPH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp4mjFQN_nI)

GarageMetal468
03-23-2012, 06:59 AM
Cirith Ungol is awesome, though it is a damn shame I can't find their stuff anywhere

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 02:23 PM
Cirith Ungol is awesome, though it is a damn shame I can't find their stuff anywhere

They have a bunch of stuff for decent price on Amazon.

As for downloading, I saw a lot of people saying that they couldn't find it to download anywhere, but I found it on some site like 3 or 4 years ago.

Seventhzealot
03-23-2012, 03:12 PM
They have a bunch of stuff for decent price on Amazon.

As for downloading, I saw a lot of people saying that they couldn't find it to download anywhere, but I found it on some site like 3 or 4 years ago.

Cirith Ungol are fantastic. I just have one of their CDs though and its not this one.

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 03:46 PM
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Artist: Make Them Suffer
Album: Lord of Woe
Genre: Blackened / Symphonic Deathcore
Release Date: 2010

I know, I know, it's deathcore, but hear me out. This is only a five song EP and I would rank this miles above any other deathcore album that I've heard, with the exception of one. Now, the keyboards and symphonic elements aren't just there so they can call themselves a symphonic band or whatever, they completely add a new element to the music, even chilling at times and beautiful at others. The vocals are just amazing, imho. The vocalist utilizes some classic death growls and his highs are just tortured black metal screams from the depths of hell that fit the music so well. And the drums...so many blast beats! The breakdowns are ridiculously heavy as well and not so abundant that it takes away from the song. It's hard to believe that this band has escaped recognition for so long. They just got signed to Roadrunner Records Australia about a month ago and their full length is slated to come out this year, I believe. They're also releasing a music video for a new song on April 1 that I am beyond excited for. If you have ever liked any deathcore song, ever, then check this band out. The standout tracks are all of them. So, in summation: I AM YOUR FUCKING END!!!

Weeping Wastelands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJyrBb7LFY)

Lord of Woe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZpoRUkXED8)

Maelstrom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_KomOhJDGE)(Single that they released last year that is definitely worth mentioning.)



...Deal with it. :cool:

kalfitegrdan
03-23-2012, 04:11 PM
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Artist: Chthonic
Album: Mirror of Retribution
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Release Date: 2009

I love the gimmick of putting folksy shit in your music. I'll say that now. That's something I've always liked about folk metal bands and bands like Nile and Melechesh. This album is different from a lot of those types of albums because you don't often get an oriental feel to your albums, but that is what this band delivers on. I feel that Chthonic are a fresh breath of air in a genre that can sometimes feel a bit stale. Don't get me wrong, I love my Mayhem and Emperor, but there's something refreshing about hearing oriental music fused into my blistering black metal. The album does seem to drag on a bit after track 8, but what can ya do? I love me some tortured black metal sceeches and the vocalist does it so well in songs like "Hearts Condemned." Also, when talking about this band, the guitarist doesn't get mentioned enough, but he is a damn good guitarist. The riffs are really strong and catchy on this album and he even throws in a few sweet solos in case you were doubting him. Although the riffs sound a bit more mainstream-y then what I'm used to in black metal, but I'm not complaining. When I saw them live, they upstaged all the other bands they were with (Arch Enemy, DevilDriver and Skeletonwitch) and watching the vocalist, Freddy, play the hena was pretty magical. The standout tracks to me are "Hearts Condemned," "Sing-Ling Temple" and "Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains."

Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDT2_hl__kc&feature=related)

Sing-Ling Temple (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QykPomunskE)

kalfitegrdan
03-26-2012, 04:14 AM
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Artist: Torture Killer
Album: Swarm!
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: 2006

This rivals any of Cannibal Corpse's first four albums as the best thing that Chris Barnes has ever done. He joined Finnish death metallers Torture Killer for this one album and it is just top notch. This album would probably land somewhere in my top 20 death metal albums of all time. The album starts off with a part instrumental track (the only lyric is swarm) aptly titled "Swarm!" that literally (to me at least) sounds like a swarm of bees attacking during the guitar solo. The track "Forever Dead" is very reminiscent of "Stripped, Raped and Strangled" by Cannibal Corpse in the first few verses of the song. The album continues with fast paced songs with really catchy choruses and doesn't let up the whole way through. If you're a fan of old school death metal at all, definitely check out this record. The Standout tracks are "Swarm!," "Forever Dead," "Multiple Counts of Murder" and "Cannibal Gluttony."

Forever Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C41QOBGeWAs)

Multiple Counts of Murder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct5tFBFh_FI)

Natrlhi
03-26-2012, 09:21 AM
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Artist: Chthonic
Album: Mirror of Retribution
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Release Date: 2009

I love the gimmick of putting folksy shit in your music. I'll say that now. That's something I've always liked about folk metal bands and bands like Nile and Melechesh. This album is different from a lot of those types of albums because you don't often get an oriental feel to your albums, but that is what this band delivers on. I feel that Chthonic are a fresh breath of air in a genre that can sometimes feel a bit stale. Don't get me wrong, I love my Mayhem and Emperor, but there's something refreshing about hearing oriental music fused into my blistering black metal. The album does seem to drag on a bit after track 8, but what can ya do? I love me some tortured black metal sceeches and the vocalist does it so well in songs like "Hearts Condemned." Also, when talking about this band, the guitarist doesn't get mentioned enough, but he is a damn good guitarist. The riffs are really strong and catchy on this album and he even throws in a few sweet solos in case you were doubting him. Although the riffs sound a bit more mainstream-y then what I'm used to in black metal, but I'm not complaining. When I saw them live, they upstaged all the other bands they were with (Arch Enemy, DevilDriver and Skeletonwitch) and watching the vocalist, Freddy, play the hena was pretty magical. The standout tracks to me are "Hearts Condemned," "Sing-Ling Temple" and "Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains."

Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDT2_hl__kc&feature=related)

Sing-Ling Temple (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QykPomunskE)I fucking love this album. It's very original, and the unusual instrumentation sounds right at home.

Nice assessment. :fist:

dcmetal108
03-26-2012, 12:28 PM
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Artist: Torture Killer
Album: Swarm!
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: 2006

This rivals any of Cannibal Corpse's first four albums as the best thing that Chris Barnes has ever done. He joined Finnish death metallers Torture Killer for this one album and it is just top notch. This album would probably land somewhere in my top 20 death metal albums of all time. The album starts off with a part instrumental track (the only lyric is swarm) aptly titled "Swarm!" that literally (to me at least) sounds like a swarm of bees attacking during the guitar solo. The track "Forever Dead" is very reminiscent of "Stripped, Raped and Strangled" by Cannibal Corpse in the first few verses of the song. The album continues with fast paced songs with really catchy choruses and doesn't let up the whole way through. If you're a fan of old school death metal at all, definitely check out this record. The Standout tracks are "Swarm!," "Forever Dead," "Multiple Counts of Murder" and "Cannibal Gluttony."

Forever Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C41QOBGeWAs)

Multiple Counts of Murder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct5tFBFh_FI)

Gonna check this out.

PowerMaiden
03-26-2012, 12:54 PM
The 2 songs of Torture Killers are great !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

kalfitegrdan
03-26-2012, 03:11 PM
I fucking love this album. It's very original, and the unusual instrumentation sounds right at home.

Nice assessment. :fist:

Yeah, this album is just so great.

Thanks! :fist:

Gonna check this out.

Definitely do, man.

The 2 songs of Torture Killers are great !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Glad you liked it!

hellawaits77ny
03-27-2012, 12:44 AM
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Artist: Benighted
Album: Icon
Genre: Deathgrind / Tech Death
Release Date: 2007


I've already seen this band mentioned in some old thread that I was checking out, but dammit, that's just not enough. This band is technical, grindy amazingness and this album is by far their best. Songs like "Grind Wit" are just all over the place with in your face brutality to a melodic breakdown to a French rap verse (I know, right?). The vocalist encorporates a bunch of different vocal types in here using death growls, grindcore screeches and a few pig squeals here and there. The con of this album is that most of the good tracks are at the beginning and it begins to lose momentum a bit towards the end, with the exception of track 10, "Invoxhate." Also, there's an undeniable hardcore influence, which may lose some, but I personally like it. The whole band are really talented musicians and I think that you should check them out if you haven't. The standout tracks to me are "Grind Wit", "Slut" and "Invoxhate."

Grind Wit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44nmr3YhDu4)

Slut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j913gtJxNsQ)

FUCK. YES.

On of my top death metal albums. Such variety and brute!

hellawaits77ny
03-27-2012, 12:49 AM
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Artist: Torture Killer
Album: Swarm!
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: 2006

This rivals any of Cannibal Corpse's first four albums as the best thing that Chris Barnes has ever done. ]

That's one bold ass motherfuckin statement, MF. Will have to check this one out. One thing real quick, though. I'm a fan of SFU's 13 (released in '05). Even though I do like it, Barnes' voice was shit at this point, so I can't imagine it will sound better vocal-wise than '13'. Is he somehow able to overcome?

Just wondering. Won't be able to check till later, can't do YT at work.

kalfitegrdan
03-27-2012, 01:32 AM
That's one bold ass motherfuckin statement, MF. Will have to check this one out. One thing real quick, though. I'm a fan of SFU's 13 (released in '05). Even though I do like it, Barnes' voice was shit at this point, so I can't imagine it will sound better vocal-wise than '13'. Is he somehow able to overcome?

Just wondering. Won't be able to check till later, can't do YT at work.

There's a few parts that his voice sounds shitty on, but overall it sounds more like old school Barnes. The song "A Funeral for the Masses" sounds closer to the new Barnes and is probably my least favorite on the album. Bold statement indeed considering CC is one of my favorite bands.

kalfitegrdan
03-27-2012, 04:18 AM
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Artist: Viraemia
Album: Viraemia
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Release Date: 2009

Before I go into this album, I feel that I must tell you how I came upon this band. I was walking into my college like a year and a half ago and some guy pointed at my Lamb of God shirt and said, "You like that kind of music? Check out my cousin's band, Viraemia." I decided to do so, expecting some shitty Hemlock-influenced groove metal. That was not the case. What I got was a blistering tech death band of epic proportions! As a reviewer on MA put, "5 Songs, 19 Minutes, And 20,000 Notes." Now this would probably fall into the "wank" category for some, but I absolutely love this EP and think that every member of this band is extremely talented. Let's just start with the bassist, Scott Plummer...he plays a MOTHERFUCKING ten string bass that he made himself! Which he uses to its full potential in the music. The vocals are something that gets lost in a lot of tech death with a lot of one tone vocalists, but the vocalist changes it up quite a bit with using death growls, some pretty good high vocals on occasion and something that resembles a squeal, but isn't quite a full one. Simply put, this band just scrambles your brain with techy brutality. The standout tracks are all of them really on this short five song CD.

Cancrum Oris (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4JCP7Tyxo)

The Prodromal Phase (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFpdw5bGFxo)

Bassist and his ten string bass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVyk_TObCo)

kalfitegrdan
03-27-2012, 04:41 AM
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Artist: Gorerotted
Album: Mutilated in Minutes
Genre: Goregrind / Brutal Death Metal
Release Date: 2001

If anybody has heard of the British death metal band The Rotted, this is who they were before they changed their name. This is just fast, gory, humorous grind with heavy death metal influences. This album contains possibly one of the funniest song titles I've ever heard, "Severed, Sawn, Sold as Porn," which is rivaled by the song on their next album called "Zombie Graveyard Rape Bonanza." This album gets fast as hell, but doesn't lose its coherence like some grind albums tend to do and has a distince melody to many of the riffs. The vocals can take a bit to get used to, at least that's the case with his high vocals for me, but now I definitely love 'em. A lot of the song titles rhyme ("Bed 'em Behead 'em" and "Put Your Bits in a Concrete Mix" to name a couple) which gives the gore an almost nursery rhyme feel a la Macabre. I'm tired as hell, so I'm just gonna wrap this up by saying that this is a great album that should please grind and death metal fans alike. The standout tracks are "Hacksore," "Stab Me Till I Cum," "Mutilated in Minutes, Severed in Seconds," "Gagged, Shagged, Bodybagged" and "Severed, Sawn and Sold as Porn."

Hacksore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyiCnxMluM0)

Gagged, Shagged, Bodybagged (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcs9CHhZVmw)

kalfitegrdan
03-28-2012, 04:23 AM
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Artist: Lord Belial
Album: Enter the Moonlight Gate
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: 1997

Ah, some kick ass Swedish black metal that some crackhead in the train station in Chicago told me to listen to. This black metal ablum is a great listen, albeit pretty standard with tremolo picking and blast beats aplenty. The production isn't very good, but that's to be expected on most '90s black metal albums and I personally like the atmosphere that it gives the music. Some songs, like the title track, feature a woman doing melodic vocals that kind of back up the lead vocalist's tormented howls. The one thing that sets this apart from your run of the mill black metal is that the guitar work seems more inspired and interesting on a lot of the songs than your average black metal riff. Anyway, I would rank this among my top 10 albums of '90s black metal and if you like the genre, you should check it out. The standout tracks are "Unholy Spell of Lilith," "Path With Endless Horizons" and "Lamia."


Unholy Spell of Lilith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrCHh6HuUJk)

Path of Endless Horizons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icnugzpp2yY&feature=related)

kalfitegrdan
03-28-2012, 04:44 AM
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Artist: A Loathing Requiem
Albums: Psalms of Misanthropy
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Release Date: 2010

This is a great one man band consisting of the former guitarist from the band Enfold Darkness, Malcolm Pugh. You can tell that this guy is heavily inspired by the likes of Necrophagist. Most songs are relentlessly fast, with pauses that I can only imagine are meant for a pause to rest his fingers and for the listener to take a break from their ferverous headbanging. Even the vocals are pretty good, which is something that isn't always the case with tech death and he uses layering on some songs that gives the vocals a more powerful effect. A con of the album is that after a little over 20 minutes of listening to it, all the songs just kind of start to blend together. The standout tracks are "Rapturous Euphoria," "False Gods Render Death," "And Darkness Was Cast" and "Architect or Arsonist."

The quality of the Youtube videos aren't very good.

And Darkness Was Cast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN-xAiki89U&feature=related)

Architect or Arsonist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNZkUymrFg8)

kalfitegrdan
03-29-2012, 04:31 AM
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Artist: Gallows
Album: Orchestra of Wolves
Genre: Hardcore
Release Date: 2006

I first heard of this band on some compilation from Metal Hammer magazine back around the time of this album's release. This is a hardcore realse, but it doesn't feel like it. I'm no expert on hardcore, but this just doesn't sound like any hardcore that I've ever heard. If I were to describe this album in one word, that word would be: Chaotic. The guitars are just all over the place and create a feel of chaos throughout the album. A perfect example of this is the opening riff of "In the Belly of a Shark." I feel like this band was heavily influenced by Converge and bands of that sort on this album, which gives it an almost mathcore type of feel, but there's an underlaying Rockabilly vibe to some of the riffs, imo. It's a shame that this style didn't carry over to their next release, Grey Britain, or this would easily be one of my favorite bands. The vocals are a traditional type of hardcore yell/scream with a thick British accent, which I mention the accent because I think it really adds to the music. Some of you may be familiar with the track "In the Belly of a Shark" as it was in the third installment of the Guitar Hero franchise. The standout tracks are "Kill the Rhythm," "Come Friendly Bombs," "Abandon Ship," "In the Belly of a Shark," "Orchestra of Wolves" and "Staring at the Rude Bois (The Ruts cover)"

Abandon Ship (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-q3X0otmWs)

In the Belly of a Shark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29ht2hwbmns)

Orchestra of Wolves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlqiKM4suCA)

Staring at the Rude Bois (The Ruts cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ScST1yb4U) (This is actually a bonus track on the re-issue and it's a bit different, stylistically, but it's a killer track all the same.)

kalfitegrdan
09-11-2012, 06:32 AM
Streets resurrected his thread after months of inactivity, so fuck it, I'm gonna do the same.




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Artist: Sanctuary
Album: Refuge Denied
Genre: Power / Traditional Metal
Release Date: 1988


I'm sure a lot of people here know this album, but I feel that it is underrated. It's kind of hard for me to classify this album. It's probably more power metal than anything, but it contains more than a few elements of trad. metal, thrash and prog (which they would expand more upon in their second album). This is probably my favorite clean vocal performance on any album. Warrel Dane's high vocals are just over the top ridiculous on tracks like "Battle Angels" and "Termination Force" and pretty much every other song and I absolutely love it! I feel that Dane toned down his vocals a little bit on the next album to let the progginess of the instruments shine and that's why I think I'll never be able to get into that one as much. I'm glad I got a chance to see them live (even if they didn't play my favorite song :flame:) because it gave me a chance to rediscover this gem of an album.


Battle Angels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOoklqEDlFw)

Termination Force (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoxRwaBMVEw)

Ascension to Destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeRTln9Z8ZY)

Mental Pain
11-03-2012, 05:43 AM
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Artist: Benighted
Album: Icon
Genre: Deathgrind / Tech Death
Release Date: 2007


I've already seen this band mentioned in some old thread that I was checking out, but dammit, that's just not enough. This band is technical, grindy amazingness and this album is by far their best. Songs like "Grind Wit" are just all over the place with in your face brutality to a melodic breakdown to a French rap verse (I know, right?). The vocalist encorporates a bunch of different vocal types in here using death growls, grindcore screeches and a few pig squeals here and there. The con of this album is that most of the good tracks are at the beginning and it begins to lose momentum a bit towards the end, with the exception of track 10, "Invoxhate." Also, there's an undeniable hardcore influence, which may lose some, but I personally like it. The whole band are really talented musicians and I think that you should check them out if you haven't. The standout tracks to me are "Grind Wit", "Slut" and "Invoxhate."

Grind Wit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44nmr3YhDu4)

Slut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j913gtJxNsQ)

It's quite diverse, I mean it has everything in it. A giant mix of everything from a tad of French rap, to breakdowns you'd hear expect in metalcore, all the way back to ear-assaulting brutal riffs. It's most certainly a very unique album.

MetalIsArt
11-03-2012, 06:51 AM
It's quite diverse, I mean it has everything in it. A giant mix of everything from a tad of French rap, to breakdowns you'd hear expect in metalcore, all the way back to ear-assaulting brutal riffs. It's most certainly a very unique album.

Looks interesting. Any bands to compare them to?

kalfitegrdan
11-05-2012, 04:00 AM
Looks interesting. Any bands to compare them to?

Hmm...maybe Aborted meets avant-garde metal.

MetalIsArt
11-07-2012, 06:30 AM
Well... it's intense to say the least lol.