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adamclark52
12-23-2012, 05:29 PM
Everyone else is posting their lists of Top-20 for the year. I honestly don't know if I've even heard twenty albums this year. So instead I'll go the old route of just posting my 20 favorite albums. I'd post one a day or something but I doubt anyone really will be waiting with baited breath, so I'll kill it pretty quickly before Christmas.

20. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones (2010)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/df/Eparistera_Daimones_gatefold_LP_cover.jpg
I have great memories of this album since it was the last thing I listened to by myself with a very strong drink in my basement before my first-born son came home. As I listened to the end of the Prolonging I realized that this was it, everything’s changed.
Favorite Song: My Pain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1HU14vdlk)

19. Genghis Tron – Cloak of Love (2005)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/61/Cloakoflove.jpg
To cram so much into twelve minutes and make it work; WOW. I loved this album because it was fun listening to it wondering what the hell they were going to do next. And I still am entertained by it.
Favorite Song: Laser Bitch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZW93ovXxp0)

18. Sigur Ros - Takk… (2005)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Takk.jpg
When I started my first level of Trade School in fall of 2005 I was worried sick that if I didn’t make it through that was it. I’d lose my house, my job, everything. In the end it was really easy. But this album came out around that time and helped ease my stress that fall.
Favorite Song: Glůsůli (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz8iEJeh26E)

17. Beck - Mellow Gold (1994)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3e/MellowGold.jpg
Probably the album on this list that I’ve had for the longest. Who wasn’t hooked by Loser back in 1994? Unlike a lot of people I actually listened to the rest of the album and found a lot more stuff on it that I loved. Back then, as a teenager, I’d never heard someone combine pretty much every style on one album. Beck’s early stuff is wicked, there’s a lot of cool stuff you should check out. I still love it after almost twenty years.
Favorite Song: Sweet Sunshine (I can't find a video of it)

16. Enslaved – Ruun (2006)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/37/Enslaved_ruun.jpg
I got this album for Christmas 2006. I have great memories of it because I was working a terrible job and in my downtime I’d play Final Fantasy XII and listen to it. And watching them play Essence live a few weeks after I got it was the moment I realized that I had to go to more concerts.
Favorite Song: Tides Of Chaos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXiqhkrRK6g)

15. Nadja – Touched (2007 re-recording)
http://www.alien8recordings.com/release_image/name/192/size600/ALIENCD67CoverRGB.jpg?1259252857
This was an album that I could just get on my iPod, hop on the train and get completely lost in for the entire forty-five minute ride. Everything stops when I listen to it.
Favorite Song: Flowers Made of Flesh (can't find a video)

14. Tool – Lateralus (2001)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/63/Tool_-_Lateralus.jpg
I’ve never been a huge Tool fan, in fact a lot of times I don’t like them because so many people jump on their bandwagon when they come back every couple of years. But this album floored me from the beginning. I was unemployed from February to August of 2001 and this album came out right when I was hitting a breaking point (in May). Listening to this album made me happy in a very bad time.
Favorite Song: Ticks & Leeches (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RelR85j09XY)

13. Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante (1995)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/36/Disco_Volante_album_cover.jpg
I remember first hearing this album in 1998 and wondering what the hell I was listening to. “I thought this was the singer from Faith No More’s other band”, was all I kept thinking. “This is like some sort of soundtrack”. But on my second listen I got it.
Favorite Song: Desert Search for Techno Allah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3r5vwlNyso)

12. Kyuss - …And The Circus Leaves Town (1995)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/Kyuss_...And_the_Circus_Leaves_Town.jpg
I just really enjoy this album. I got it for Christmas from my mom in 1997. I don’t know how she found it, or what made her get it over any of the easier to find albums I had on my Christmas list that year, but I’m glad she did. I always loved that the vocals were muddy and further back in the mix.
Favorite Song: Phototropic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3drNmupSLDA)

11. Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka (1998)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d0/Nile_catacombs.jpg
The moment I started loving this album was on a train ride home in early 2007. I feel asleep earlier on in the album and woke up during the acoustic part of Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand. I was in that place between awake and asleep and the song sounded so wicked. When it was over I woke up and said to myself, “this album rules”. I got it around the same time as Enslaved ‘Ruun’, so it has those memories to go with it as well.
Favorite Song: Barra Edinazzu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COApujFgFRY)

Other ten tomorrow or something.

Sepultura69
12-24-2012, 05:26 AM
17. Beck - Mellow Gold
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3e/MellowGold.jpg
Probably the album on this list that I’ve had for the longest. Who wasn’t hooked by Loser back in 1994? Unlike a lot of people I actually listened to the rest of the album and found a lot more stuff on it that I loved. Back then, as a teenager, I’d never heard someone combine pretty much every style on one album. Beck’s early stuff is wicked, there’s a lot of cool stuff you should check out. I still love it after almost twenty years.
Favorite Song: Sweet Sunshine (I can't find a video of it)


Great Minds think alike. Mellow Gold is also one of my favorite albums. Beck was truly a gifted artist and ahead of his time. I'm with you on that one; I am also one of those people that love this record and listen to it for more than just "Loser" which was a great single back in the day. My favorite songs on the album are "(Snoozer)Pay No Mind" and "Whiskyclone hotel city 1997". Ahhh I have some pretty fond memories during my hey days walking around a big dark forest at three in the morning while under the influence of some powerful psychedelics while playing the tunes of "Snoozer(pay no mind) on my headphones while zoning out to the sky. Becks music was very powerful back then(and pretty trippy)..

Thanks for the list man, looking forward to reading the rest my friend

:rocker:

VoidFlame
12-24-2012, 05:39 AM
Awesome picks. I'm loving the personalized comments about them too. Can't wait for the rest of it.

adamclark52
12-24-2012, 09:48 AM
10. Ocean Machine – Biomech (1997)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/26/Biomech.jpg
After all these years and so many albums this is still my favorite of anything Devin Townsend’s done. It reminds me of a great time in my life (second year of college, 1999) and I’ll carry those memories all my life.
Favorite Song: the Death of Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekd1a5FwDUk)

9. Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten (1991)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/11/EffigyoftheForgotten.jpg
I’m relatively new to Suffocation (I never heard this album until early 2009) but this is what I want when I want to listen to death metal. Sheer brutality from the get go, songs that aren’t overly long or too complex and dirty, bass heavy production.
Favorite Song: Liege Of Inveracity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpUHfjXb-6Q) (the album version of this song has been my ringtone for close to two years)

8. Thee Silver Mountain Reveries – Pretty Little Lightning Paw (2004)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7d/Mtzionprettylittle.jpg
This is a strange album that has terrible production, but that adds to the appeal. I don’t really have much more to say about why I love it, I just do. I think I got it around the same time as Sigur Ros' 'Takk...', so it helped me during that difficult time too.
Favorite Song: Pretty Little Lightning Paw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35w0B9dR_dA)

7. Type O Negative - October Rust (1996)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/Octoberrust.jpg
The build to this albums release was intense and frustrating. I remember it got delayed a few times and when it did come out it was right before summer was over. So I’d spent the whole summer counting down the days for this album inadvertently counting down to when I had to go back to school. At first I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as gritty as Bloody Kisses but over the years I keep coming back to it.
Favorite Song: Haunted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R11CHOLiBA)

6. Blut Aus Nord – the Work Which Transforms God (2003)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/Bluttransform.jpg
I’m newer to this album and band but from the second I heard it I knew I was listening to what it was to record absolute terror. I can’t picture anything when I listen to this album other than BDSM, dark rooms, torture, agony, pain and disease. It scares the hell out of me, and I love it.
Favorite song: Our Blessed Frozen Cells (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDzRBymDLOI)

5. Today is the Day - Sadness Will Prevail (2002)
http://www.jasonsrecords.com.tw/uploada/31422374516pic.jpg
This album is best summed up by the girl on the front cover. It’s a bit long in the tooth and drags a bit during the second disk. But it has the perfect mix of aggressive songs and strange experimental stuff. The ONLY problem I really have with this album is the production is too trebly.
Favorite Song: Myriad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8nP_m2dRu0)

4. Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/24/Faith_no_more_angel_dust.jpg
I didn’t like this album as much when I first heard it. It was when I saw the MTV performance of Caffeine on the Who Cared A Lot? video compilation that I realize how awesome that song was, how awesome the band was and how I should go back and revisit it.
Favorite Song: Caffeine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7iwPl1Rppo)

3. Melvins – the Maggot (1999)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/12/Melvins-themaggot.jpg
There’s a lot of really good Melvins music out there but this was them at their absolute heaviest. And it (along with the Bootlicker and the Crybaby) were probably the last great Melvins albums.
Favorite Song: AMAZON (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FfnZalI6jc)

2. Pig Destroyer - Natasha (2004/2008)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/66/PigDestroyerNatasha%2Cjpg.jpg
I know this is the worst example of PxDx’s “usual” music, but when I first heard the section from about twenty minutes in until the end I knew I was hearing some of the most beautiful music I'd heard in my life. After their first two albums I knew PxDx were capable of writing some really good, longer songs but I had no idea they could come out with something like this.

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O. (2002)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2b/Gybeyanquiuxo.jpg
This album is an album I will never get tired of, ever. GY!BE have been my favorite band for over ten years (that was cemented by the great album they released in 2012) and choosing a favorite album by them is hard since they don't release bad music. It comes down to the closing moments of Motherfucker=Redeemer (Part Two). That’s a climax. And that's how you leave people wanting more for over ten years.
Favorite Song: Motherfucker=Redeemer (Part Two) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEWZw2FldlQ)

adamclark52
12-24-2012, 09:59 AM
Great Minds think alike. Mellow Gold is also one of my favorite albums. Beck was truly a gifted artist and ahead of his time. I'm with you on that one; I am also one of those people that love this record and listen to it for more than just "Loser" which was a great single back in the day. My favorite songs on the album are "(Snoozer)Pay No Mind" and "Whiskyclone hotel city 1997". Ahhh I have some pretty fond memories during my hey days walking around a big dark forest at three in the morning while under the influence of some powerful psychedelics while playing the tunes of "Snoozer(pay no mind) on my headphones while zoning out to the sky. Becks music was very powerful back then(and pretty trippy)..

Thanks for the list man, looking forward to reading the rest my friend

:rocker:

Beck released some great music up until Odelay. The Loser single is really good too. Try find the one with Corvette Bummer, Alcohol, Soul Suckin' Jerk (Reject) and Fume. There's another version that cuts out a few songs and adds a song called MTV Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack, but aside from the title it's really not a very good song.

W0unds
12-24-2012, 10:13 AM
Nice list man!

Effigy of the Forgotten would definitely be in my top 10 as well.

I enjoy a number of other albums on here - October Rust, The Work Which Transforms God, RUUN, and Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka.

I like that you posted a short comment about the time of your life or emotions each particular album captures for you. I think it is always interesting to hear about music which has helped people through hard times or was the soundtrack to good times.

adamclark52
12-24-2012, 10:31 AM
Thanks, I wanted to express why they are my favorite albums, not necessarily each bands best. People will argue over Effigy of the Forgotten vs. Pierced from Within or In Their Darkened Shrines vs. Those Whom the Gods Detest for years. But those arguments are for another thread. In Their Darkened Shrines probably is a better album from a song-writing and performance standpoint, but that doesn't make it my favorite.

OraclesofAgony
12-24-2012, 10:29 PM
Thanks, I wanted to express why they are my favorite albums, not necessarily each bands best. People will argue over Effigy of the Forgotten vs. Pierced from Within or In Their Darkened Shrines vs. Those Whom the Gods Detest for years. But those arguments are for another thread. In Their Darkened Shrines probably is a better album from a song-writing and performance standpoint, but that doesn't make it my favorite.

Pierced is great, but Effigy is legendary.

adamclark52
02-16-2013, 05:14 PM
As with all lists, after you've done them you think, "shit I should've added that" or "I completely forgot that one". My top twenty still stands but I've decided to start posting some "honorable mentions". No order really, just as they cross my mind or something inspires me to write about them.

Honorable Mention #1.
Danzig - 4p (1994)
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No one will argue that the first four Danzig albums are all classics. To me though after twenty plus years the first two are really showing their age. And even Danzigs’s 5 and 6:66 sound dated now. But Danzig 4p still sounds fresh to me almost twenty years later. I find it to be such a dark, dark album. The cover, the artwork (all black, white lyrics) and one grainy picture of the band really helps add to the darkness. And while I find Danzig III has aged really well too I just think the songs are way better on 4p. Going Down To Die, Until You Call on the Dark, Dominion, Sadistikal, Stalker Song and Let It Be Captured are all sound so dark to me. And Brand New God/Little Whip, Cantspeak and Bringer of Death are just awesome songs. My favorite evil memory of this album happened in 1998, when I was listening to a tape recorded copy of Until You Call On the Dark. It was really late at night and I was trying to get to sleep, during a thunderstorm. A huge thundercrack hit and the tapedeck started fucking up and the tape got all wound up around itself; then started playing backwards during the last part of the song where Danzig is singing, “oh it’s so long”. Swear to god backwards he’s repeating “I love Satan” over and over again. I rewound the tape and tried playing it again but the tape had corrected itself, or Satan had released his grasp on my tapedeck. That...was awesome.
Favorite Song: Cantspeak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCXak-hAO-4)

adamclark52
02-16-2013, 05:41 PM
Honorable Mention #2
the Angelic Process – Weighing Souls with Sand (2007)
http://images.wikia.com/lyricwiki/images/7/7c/The_Angelic_Process_-_Weighing_Souls_With_Sand.jpg
This album somehow got lost in the shuffle but it probably should have been in my top twenty. I don't know what happen but I think when I was going through my list of albums it was sandwiched between two bands that I have a couple albums by that I knew weren't going to be in my top twenty and I highlighted them all an deleted them, inadvertently deleting this one. So I'll call this the official #21 (at least). There’s not much I can say about this band or album. They weren’t around for very long and only released a few very hard to find albums (I’ve never even heard any of the other ones). And they had a very sad ending when the guitarist, vocalist, main person suffered a hand injury that left him unable to play guitar and he ended up taking his own life a year later (other factors probably played into that but there’s really not much information on them). Regardless, this was my Album of the Year in 2007. The music is very much in the drone/wall-of-noise genre. Just a huge guitar sound with layers upon layers of distortion. Added to that are some beautiful whispered vocals and some really great keyboards. The only place the album comes up short is the drums, which are programmed and really basic. But I guess that’s best for music of this genre. The first four songs hit especially hard. Each are just so haunting, beautiful and captivating. I remember it was summer when I got that album and it was before I had children. I don't know where my wife was but I just listened to those songs louder than I have probably ever listened to anything else in my life and sat in a chair. The album slows down after that and loses a bit of interest. But when this album is awesome (which is for about seventy five percent) it’s fucking AWESOME. If you ever listen to it, listen to it as loud as you speakers will allow.
Favorite song: The Resonance Of Goodbye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebV8uz7UuO4)

adamclark52
02-16-2013, 08:07 PM
Honorable Mention #3
Suffocation – The Close of a Chapter: Live in Quebec City (2005)
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I normally hate live albums. I find listening to the audio of a concert just doesn’t stack up to being there yourself. And live albums are usually just “greatest hits” or “best of” albums anyway and offer nothing I haven't heard before. So I almost never buy them and when I do I usually ask myself why I wasted my money. But this one stands out. Suffocation are a beast live, most people will agree that they’re one of the best live bands they’ve ever seen. But what draws me to this album is the vocals. I won’t lie that everything after Effigy of the Forgotten had a different vocal style and I didn’t like it as much. Even now on the eve of a new Suffocation album I’m expecting to be a little disappointed that Frank probably won’t go back to the gruff, caveman vocal style. But live their songs take on a whole other meaning for me because he tends to go back to that older gruff style. So songs like Thones of Blood, Pierced from Within and Funeral Inception are even better than they were on album. And lesser songs (pretty much anything from Souls to Deny) are transformed into classics that are awesome standing next to the older stuff. And anything off Effigy of the Forgotten is even better since they’re sped up a bit. The tracklist is a greatest hits of Suffocation (up to that point), but I’d say if you’ve never head Suffocation than this is actually a really good place to start.
Best song: what else; Liege Of Inveracity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dffivjWUTo) (here's a nice live version from 1991)

adamclark52
02-16-2013, 08:35 PM
Honorable Mention #4

Immolation – Majesty and Decay (2010)
http://www.riotact.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/immolation_majestyanddecay_lg.jpg
As a fan of death metal I really don’t know as much about Immolation as I should. This, and the album that came before it and the Providence EP, is pretty much all I’ve ever heard by them. But what I love about this album is that it has one thing that most death metal albums don’t: actual SONGS. I can hear the riff from A Token Of Malice, Majesty and Decay or The Rapture Of Ghosts and I automatically know that it’s Immolation and it’s from this album. I love blistering fast, super technical death metal from bands like Disgorge and Origin but let’s be honest, can you listen to any Disgorge song and tell me what the title is? And if I play another one can you tell me the title of that one? And if I play you ten songs would you even notice if I played the same one twice? I love that this album is brutal and heavy (and I mean fucking heavy) but after it’s all said and done I still have the riffs and songs stuck in my head.
Best song: Majesty and Decay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNd3lqoNp5I)

adamclark52
02-22-2013, 12:00 PM
Honorable Mention #5
Chrono Trigger OST (1995)
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/25630745/Chrono+Trigger+OST.jpg
Not only is Chrono Trigger one of the best games I’ve ever played but it has one of the greatest soundtracks as well. Being a video game soundtrack there's well over sixty songs on this and I'll say that pretty much all of them are great (except the world map music from 65000000 BC, that's just annoying). It’s so impressive they were able to do so much with such a basic audio system. I don't know what the SNES worked off of but I'm sure it wasn't very advanced. It goes through so many emotions and fit every scene in the game perfectly. The scenes with Belthasar and his Nu in 2300 AD are pretty bleak as it is but the music just made it so much more depressive.
Favorite song: Sealed Door (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEB4ZmOCi3s)

adamclark52
02-22-2013, 12:12 PM
Does anyone reading this know who the MOD's are here? I'm trying to get the title of this thread changed.

adamclark52
02-22-2013, 06:27 PM
Honorable Mention #6
Napalm Death
From Enslavement to Obliteration (1988)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d94/984_napalm_death_from_enslavement_to_obliteration. jpg
Leaders Not Followers (1999)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oz4NUt7_ShI/S7G8Wu-cr8I/AAAAAAAACQE/J2d6JkbwHHk/s320/Leaders+1.jpg
the Code is Red…Long Live the Code (2005)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d8/997_napalm_death_the_code_is_red_long_live_the_cod e.jpg
Smear Campaign (2006)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5cNcAvRTTnA/TasbFji6UtI/AAAAAAAAB8c/rZ5b0_wkHgY/s400/smear-campaign-napalm-death.jpg
Even though I consider Napalm Death to be one of my favorite bands I didn’t have any of their albums in my top twenty. It’s probably just because I love Napalm Death as a whole. And while some of their albums may be a little better than others pretty much everything they’ve released has been solid. Of their earliest grindcore albums I prefer From Enslavement to Obliteration because the songs and production are just better and I like Lee Dorins vocals better. For some stupid reason though I always call it From Enslavement to Oblivion and I have to go back and correct every post I make that makes mention of it. Like this one, I had to correct myself three times. Leaders Not Followers is awesome because it’s short, sweet and has two of the most brutal ND songs of all time in Incinerator and Nazi Punks Fuck Off (even though they’re covers). And the one-two punch of the Code is Red…Long Live the Code and Smear Campaign is just awesome. If any album by them was to have made it into my top twenty it would probably have been the Code is Red…Long Live the Code.
Favorite Song (From Enslavement to Obliteration): Uncertainty Blurs The Vision (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDuGb4SiiH8)
Favorite Song (Leaders Not Followers): Incinerator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z8rbQXIMso)
Favorite Song (the Code is Red…Long Live the Code): Right You Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFQUI7-7amA)
Favorite Song (Smear Campaign): Sink Fast, Let Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th2X60045Z0)

I also love how terrible some of their videos are. If you watched the one for Incinerator you probably noticed that it didn't even look like Barney was singing that song. I think the one for Suffer the Children was like that too, and I think their were a few more as well.

adamclark52
02-23-2013, 12:02 PM
Honorable Mention #7

Final Fantasy OST (1988 - present)
Specifically Final Fantasies IV, VI, VII, XII and XIII
http://allrpg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Final-Fantasy-Logo-main_Full.jpg
On my iTunes I have close to nine hundred Final Fantasy songs. And I don’t even have them all. To pick a favorite Final Fantasy song is next to impossible. I could say Who…Are You? from Final Fantasy VII is my favorite Final Fantasy song. But then the random play on my iTunes could play Village & Void from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and I’d say it’s that was my favorite. To pick a favorite game soundtrack is even pretty hard. Each Final Fantasy soundtrack is a little different: the depressing/dark overtones of FF VII, the innocent throwback of FF IX, the modern J-Pop of FF XIII. But each fits the game it backdrops perfectly. I’ve been playing Final Fantasy games for over twenty years and most of them have been really good, while some of them have been really bad. But the one consistent is the music. I pick Final Fantasies IV and Vi as two of my favorites because they were really the only Final Fantasies I played up until 1998, so there's a lot of fond memories associated with those games and music. Final Fantasy VII has a really creepy soundtrack that's different from a lot of the other games. XII is probably my favorite Final Fantasy so it's only natural that I love the music. And XIII was a terrible game with probably my favorite soundtrack of them all. That's not to say all the rest of the games don't have great music. You can go back to the very first Final Fantasy on the NES and there are still a lot of great, memorable songs (who can forget the Marsh Caves or Matoya's Cave). Those are just my favorites.
Favorite Song (Final Fantasy IV): Tears of Sorrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUG1EIfPz88)
Favorite Song (Final Fantasy VI): Tina (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7RPY-oiDAQ)
Favorite Song (Final Fantasy VII): Who...Are You? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M-s3piOMbM)
Favorite Song (Final Fantasy XII): Esper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13GyoLq_4dw)
Favorite Song (Final Fantasy XIII): Test of the L'Cie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5EH1KsoCE4)

adamclark52
03-01-2013, 11:29 AM
Honorable Mention #8

KoRn (1994)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KdzaoSxXrpk/S-3p-oMaf9I/AAAAAAAAAXI/vBnws3U-tYQ/s1600/152388_main.jpg
KoRn - Life Is Peachy (1996)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uukym2sLpxw/TChjDLpzPJI/AAAAAAAAAe8/HSnag5Vp5rU/s320/korn_-_life_is_peachy_1996.jpg
It’s easy to hate KoRn. A lot of people blame them for bringing Limp Bizkit and the whole nu-metal thing into prominence in the late 1990’s. And a lot of their later music has been, to put it nicely, fucking terrible. But you have to take yourself back to 1995 when I got into them. Back then they were still an upper-tier underground band. There were still purists who hated them (only because of the rap influences) but there was a lot of excitement too for this band that was doing something that was really different. I’ve stated in a couple other posts here that while I love brutal, technical, mind-blowing music I also really like something catchy. KoRn’s first album wasn’t brutally heavy but it was still really heavy and more importantly each song stood out on its own. I personally loved the guitar work. The second album surpassed the debut by having that same style but sounded a little rawer to me. I’ll never forget when me and my friend Eric first bought that album and hit play. When the album started with Twist we looked at each other with our eyes bugging out. At the time it was the most insane music I’d ever heard in my life. In hindsight, a lot of KoRns music is something that I loved when I was younger but grew out of. I listen to some of it now and wonder what the hell I saw in it. But there’s still a lot of music from these first two albums that I love. My dad fucking hated KoRn too, so as a teenager that made me like them even more.
Favorite Song (KoRn): Clown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs_E9TP6cvE)
Favorite Song (Life is Peachy): Chi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTNjNKQGBkI)

adamclark52
03-01-2013, 11:58 AM
Honorable Mention #9


Woods of Ypres – Against the Seasons: Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer Heat (2002)
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I’ve only heard a couple of WoY’s albums and all the other ones I heard I found were too long and full of a lot of filler. But this album (a demo actually) was something really special. It was a totally different band at the time with David Gold only playing the drums. He did, however, write the entire thing. This album is a lot rawer than anything I've heard from them. The first song (two songs actually) is just an unrelenting attack that goes on for close to ten minutes. It never really gives up and for it never gets old either. It’s too bad it fades out because I could’ve put up with at least ten more minutes of it. The two other members left after this and David took over as frontman and vocalist. I really wish this incarnation of the band had of stuck around because they put out some really wicked black metal.
Favorite song: The Shams Of Optimism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbVnTG_zPUU)/Crossing The 45th Parallel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB-H1GuE0e8) (the two have to really be listened to as one so here's a really good live version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBFLUJ1LyL0) that puts it all together)

adamclark52
03-01-2013, 05:07 PM
Honorable Mention #10

iwrestledabearonce Ė Itís All Happening (2009)
http://www.rockfreaks.net/files/a/1248277390.jpg
Iím prepared for all the shit Iíll get for naming this album one of my favorites, but I really donít care. I love this album for a lot of the same reasons I loved the Genghis Tron album in the top twenty. Just not knowing what was coming around the next corner. I donít really like the ďmetalĒ parts of this album but I really enjoy the experimental and techno parts. And I really like the singers singing voice. She reminds me of Bjork, who Iíve always liked too.
Favorite song: The Cat's Pajamas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgGH5pMz0Y8)

adamclark52
03-01-2013, 05:10 PM
Honorable Mention #11

Sepultura – Chaos A.D. (1993)
http://lifeisabullet.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/sepultura-chaos-ad-287016.jpg
Sepultura were one of the first really heavy bands I got into. I liked stuff like Nine Inch Nails and Type O Negative but Sepultura were a different league. You could almost call them a gateway band into death metal. My Sepultura story goes back to 1987-88. I was seven or eight years old and I had just seen a video on Muchmusic by Bon Jovi, I think it may have been Bad Medicine. I went to bed and all I could think was “is that the heaviest music there is out there, there has to be something heavier, I just want to see a band that’s a guy with a guitar just screaming into a microphone”. Remember, I was seven years old thinking this stuff! I don't even know if we had Nintendo yet so I don't know what was warping my mind. Anyway, a few years later (in 1994) I heard Sepultura and I remembered those thoughts I had as a young child and I realized I’d found that band. Thank you, Sepultura.
Favorite Song: Amen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl60yuTJXZg)

adamclark52
03-01-2013, 08:32 PM
Honorable Mention #12

Melvins – pretty much anything released during the 1990’s, plus the Crybaby (2000) and Electroretard (2001)
http://sfugue.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/buzzo-wuzzo.jpg
I first got into the Melvins back in the “Napster days”: late 2000/early 2001. I was unemployed for a long time then and I spent a lot of time on the internet. And Napster was still in full swing then so I spent a lot of days just downloading music. A friend of mine got me into the Melvins a year or two earlier in college but I never bought any of their stuff. Since music was free those days (?) I was able to find everything by them on Napster and had pretty much their entire discography (as well as so many other artists). But then the realization of what I was doing (plus the closing of Napster) made me see the error of my ways and I got rid of all those hundreds of burnt CDs. But the Melvins was the one band of all those whose albums I went out and purchased legally afterwards. It was really hard for me to pick a favorite Melvins album for my top twenty because everything they released in that decade was awesome, even Prick. If they still released music of that caliber today they would probably be my favorite band. But alas, they’ve settled into this hard rock, two-drummer stage that I honestly don’t enjoy at all. And I didn’t really care for their 1980’s output either. But for every year in the 1990’s there was at least one (sometimes two) awesome release from the Melvins. Full lengths, EP’s, splits, singles; do yourself a favor and check some of it out. I didn’t even list it all but any of it is worth your time.
Favorite Song (Bullhead): If I Had An Exorcism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8a44EQdOJ8)
Favorite Song (Lysol): With Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs2m6cS0sTA)
Favorite Song (Eggnog): Charmicarmicat "Bastards" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEj5LFDrUQg)
Favorite Song (Houdini): Night Goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwSOrd4E7yw) (greatest bass riff EVER)
Favorite Song (Prick): Rickets (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqNSNWNsTKM)
Favorite Song (Stoner Witch): Shevil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhBpmfoCF38)
Favorite Song (Stag): Lacrimosa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYf_TyR4w5E)
Favorite Song (Honky): They All Must Be Slaughtered (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGxdmNQOxs)
Favorite Song (the Bootlicker): Mary Lady Bobby Kins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsI8k7WIAPU)
Favorite Song (the Crybaby): Divorced (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5gIL8CI-M0) w/Tool
Favorite Song (Electroretard): Tipping the Lion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB69Ifm9Fzg)

adamclark52
03-02-2013, 05:27 PM
Honorable Mention #13

Celtic Frost – Monotheist (2006)
http://royalflushmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/celticfrost-cd.jpg
Older Celtic Frost is cool but I don’t really know why people revere the band so much. This album is a fucking monster though. It’s got to be one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard, as well as one of the bleakest. Just listen to A Dying God Coming Into Flesh, Drown In Ashes and (especially) Obscured and tell me you don’t feel like you’re all alone and the rain is pulling you down, again. :eyes: And the artwork is fucking fantastic too. I love what they did with the bands photos. It only figures that this band morphed into Triptykon, a band whose sole album ended up in my top twenty. What separates that from this is there are a few songs I don’t care for on this album and I don’t even remember, and I found listening to the closing triptych to be more of a chore than a cool experience. If you're interested in this album I strongly recommend getting the deluxe edition. I don't like digipacks but it has a bonus song called Temple Of Depression tacked in the middle and that song crushes. It's actually the song I heard that made me want to buy the album.
Favorite Song: Obscured (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOgn8wYG3Fs)

adamclark52
03-02-2013, 05:32 PM
Honorable Mention #14

Devin Townsend Band – Synchestra (2006)
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/432/cover_425053062009.jpg
I don’t know why of all Devin’s albums this one is oft-forgotten except for the song Vampira (which really doesn’t fit the flow of the album at all). This has to be one of the best things he’s released in his career. Unlike a lot of his albums that lose a lot of steam towards the end this one actually starts out somewhat slow but then really picks up halfway during Mental Tan and gets better and better in one seamless forty minute section. Even though that last forty minutes is almost entirely instrumental it’s so well put together and thought out. Just one climax after another. It’s too bad the Devin Townsend Band was dissolved after two albums because they were two of his best albums.
Favorite Song: A Simple Lullaby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7jslsdmQpw)

adamclark52
03-02-2013, 07:20 PM
Honorable Mention #15

Darkthrone Ė Transilvanian Hunger (1994)
http://graphics.crucialattack.nl/covers/Dark_Throne_-_Transilvanian_Hunger-CD.jpg
To me this album is just COOL. The cover is just awesome and is still one of my favorite t-shirts to wear as I chase my two year old son in and out of stores at the mall. Seeing the t-shirt at concerts is actually what drew me to this band at first but the music is fantastic too. The title track is one of the most hypnotic songs Iíve ever heard in my life. Just listen to it late at night when youíre in that place between asleep and awake and see if you donít end up buying this album the next day. The rest of the album captures that magic again in quite a few places. Itís a really great album if you want to get lost for a while. The only problem I have with it is the same problem I have with all Darkthrone albums, and that is the production. I know that is one of the calling cards of Darkthrone but I listen to a lot of music on my iPod on random. So when you go from something by Amon Amarth, to some Type O Negative, to some Sepultura to anything by Darkthrone you canít help but scruntch your nose a little bit by the terrible loss in audio quality.
Favorite Song: Transilvanian Hunger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iaj2w7Bp58)

SomewhereInTime72
03-02-2013, 08:59 PM
Honorable Mention #13

Celtic Frost Ė Monotheist (2006)
http://royalflushmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/celticfrost-cd.jpg
Older Celtic Frost is cool but I donít really know why people revere the band so much. This album is a fucking monster though. Itís got to be one of the heaviest albums Iíve heard, as well as one of the bleakest. Just listen to A Dying God Coming Into Flesh, Drown In Ashes and (especially) Obscured and tell me you donít feel like youíre all alone and the rain is pulling you down, again. :eyes: And the artwork is fucking fantastic too. I love what they did with the bands photos. It only figures that this band morphed into Triptykon, a band whose sole album ended up in my top twenty. What separates that from this is there are a few songs I donít care for on this album and I donít even remember, and I found listening to the closing triptych to be more of a chore than a cool experience.
Favorite Song: Obscured (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOgn8wYG3Fs)

:horns: :bouville:

adamclark52
03-03-2013, 05:43 PM
Honorable Mention #16

Sonic Youth

EVOL (1986)
http://vinyldestination.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/sonic-youth-evol.jpg?w=640

Sister (1987)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/Sonic_youth_sister.jpg

Goo (1990)
http://o.scdn.co/300/06006562d8ee3937c68a8bb2eac23be2e44bf5ea

Washing Machine (1995)
http://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/media/ProductImage/largeImage/ProductImage-1674284.jpg
Iím relatively new to Sonic Youth, but thatís not the reason I didnít put anything by them in my top twenty. The reason is that for every good song on an album there are two experimental songs that I usually skip on my iPod. Take Sister for example. It has Schizophrenia, one of my favorite Sonic Youth songs but then it has a lot ofÖcrap...too. Two other things that always annoy me about Sonic Youth. I still love album artwork and I find theirs to be terrible. And I play guitar and it sucks that every song is in a different custom tuning. I got a guitar tab for Schizophrenia last summer and it was great that I could play it. But I almost broke two strings trying to tune my guitar and once I had the tuning down I couldn't play any song other than Schizophrenia. These four albums are the best oneís Iíve heard but they have a lot of stuff (later stuff mostly) that I havenít even heard yet. I wouldíve liked to see them live but it seems like theyíre pretty much done now.
Favorite Song (EVOL): Shadow Of A Doubt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJs8gJ9c1ic)
Favorite Song (Sister): Schizophrenia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kHj3yysRrI)
Favorite Song (Goo): Titanium Expose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lWwdpBeZd0)
Favorite Song (Washing Machine): the Diamond Sea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_4e8Tq-CKQ)

adamclark52
03-09-2013, 05:01 PM
Honorable Mention #17

Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zWciPjkudhY/TxkFoIbJBxI/AAAAAAAAACc/25jepDVyR7A/s1600/wu_tang_clan_enter_the_wu_tang_36_chambers-f.jpg
Forever (1997)
http://headz.ch/media/bilder/3698.jpg
I like to consider myself one of those guys who have a more diverse taste in music than most people, but I really don’t. I hate R&B, country, jazz, reggae, soul, funk, do-wop, swing and most classical. So really my tastes don’t go much further than metal, some rock, some alternative, a little techno and very little hip-hop. I don’t think I even own ten hip-hop albums. But five of those albums are from the Wu-Tang Clan and two of those albums are incredible. The debut I love for the gritty, underground darkness. The best songs are any featuring RZA or Ghostface Killah, so it’s natural that my favorite song from them of all time is their duet; Tearz. The massive follow up could be better. Being a double album had it been trimmed down to one disc it probably would’ve been (or if it had of only been disc one with a few tracks off disc two). But like with all double album it gets to be a bit much by the end. This album is all Ghostface. Anything he’s on is fucking incredible. I really should check his solo stuff out. I’m not going to get too much further into analyzing this work or anything because I don’t have too much knowledge of this genre.
Favorite Song (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)): Tearz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOR3LZGGWHY)
Favorite Song (Forever): Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don't Nothing Move But The Money) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvYv6bWHF9M)

IrritatedTrout
03-09-2013, 05:18 PM
Good picks.

adamclark52
03-09-2013, 05:53 PM
;)

adamclark52
03-09-2013, 07:26 PM
Honorable Mention #18

Mr. Bungle (1991)
http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/rkt/MEDIUM//07/64/76457.jpg
I love this album almost as much as I love Disco Volante (which was in the top twenty). But what kept this album out of the top twenty was that Iíve listened to it so much itís pretty much dead to me. And it loses a bit of steam after Carousel.
Favorite Song: Quote/Unquote (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtDEmtwuTlI)

adamclark52
03-09-2013, 07:31 PM
Honorable Mention #19


Mass Effect OST
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Is it becoming obvious that I love video game music yet? A lot of Mass Effects soundtrack is pretty ambient, unnoticeable stuff. Until you put it on your iTunes or something while you’re typing. Songs will come on and you’ll be like, “what the hell is that? That’s cool” (checks iTunes, sees what it is) “Ohhhh, Mass Effect!”. Of course, the standout tracks really stand out. Personally I love the club music. When I first walked into Upper Afterlife and heard that pumping music through the door I wondered what was going on. Then I walked into the room, saw all the video screens, the dim lights, the Asari dancers and the music hit me in the face. That was fucking awesome. I'm the biggest, fattest, Harry Potter look-alike geek out there, but I still want the music from Purgatory in Mass Effect 3 to follow me wherever I walk.
Favorite Song (Mass Effect): Vigil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w097Q0fZE-A)
Favorite Song (Mass Effect 2): Lower Afterlife (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gnY04qkmQ8)
Favorite Song (Mass Effect 3): Purgatory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW8UxuRNDeQ)

adamclark52
03-10-2013, 10:57 AM
One of the MOD's was able to change the title of this thread. So I'm going to leave top twenty at the beginning and get rid of all the honourable mention numbers. I'm just going to keep posting stuff I like in random order.

adamclark52
03-10-2013, 06:03 PM
Shallow, North Dakota - This Apparatus Must Be Earthed (1997)
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Another album that was on the cusp of being in my top twenty. This is probably one of the best hardcore/sludge albums I’ve ever heard and no one here has probably ever heard of it. Shallow, North Dakota are in fact from Hamilton, Ontario. Why that name, who cares? The only thing that matters is that when this album wants to be fast it is blistering fast, and wants to be heavy it is heavy as fuck. To give you an idea, seven songs plow through in a little over seventeen minutes while the other three plod along in around twenty three. It sounds like it was recorded live in studio too, which gives it a wicked raw sound. And some songs sound like they don’t even have a guitar but two bass’ instead. They’re probably one of the greatest live bands I’ve ever seen too. I saw them opening for Sons of Otis at the El Macambo in Toronto in late 1999 and they were incredibly heavy. And during the show the guitarists amp blew a head, so while he found and set up a new one the drummer just pounded his one symbol at a very slow, plodding pace. I mean he was pounding it so hard I was surprised the thing didn’t snap in half. After the amp was fix the guitarist strummed the same D-chord for about five minutes before the next song started. You had to be there, but it was surreal! I don’t even know if they’re still around. Their massive drummer/vocalist (three hundred pound plus Tony Jacome, who used bass drums as toms) seemed happier working in the Hamilton lumberyard than trying to be a rock star. And bassist “Biff” was climbing the ladder at Blockbuster the last time I spoke to him but that was fifteen years ago. I think they may have released a vinyl only album in 2004 but I don’t own a record player so I’ve never heard it.
Favorite Song: Speed King (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PzAZyEZYrc) (the song starts at 6:29 of the video but you may as well enjoy the rest)

adamclark52
03-10-2013, 06:16 PM
Kittens - Tiger Comet (1995)
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Kittens actually have a connection to the last band Shallow, North Dakota. They played a lot of shows together in the mid to late 1990ís, they were signed to the same label and they did a bunch of split EPs with them. I never got to see any of those shows but I bet they were insane. And no this isnít Kittie (the band that almost caused the death of music in the late 1990ís) this is Kittens, the manic three-piece noise band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Theyíve always reminded me of Today is the Day but stripped down to the most simplistic basics. Their riffs are usually one or two note progressions, the drumming and bass is just a constant rhythm that follow along and the vocals are just slightly distorted screaming. But it works so well. It works so well because they are able to do so much with so little. Some of the scariest music youíll ever hear from three of the most normal looking guys youíll ever see. Listen to the first verse of Hornet and tell me something isnít wrong with that guy when he laughs/screams. This album couldíve been in the top twenty too if it werenít for a fact that it actually gives me a bit of a headache after a half hour. It never lets down.
Favorite Song: Hornet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-huDF2tp-dw)

larvtard
03-11-2013, 02:13 PM
This is such an awesome thread. :party: Between this, and your old concert reviews, you're becoming one of my favorite posters here...

Anyway, sonic youth and the melvins are two bands that I've actually wanted to get into for a while now, but have been intimidated by the massive size of their discographies, so I'm glad to see 'em on here! I definitely will check out houdini, eggnog, bullhead, lysol, honkey, and the maggot....

as for Sonic Youth, I dig all the songs you posted, especially schizophrenia... the only album I've listened to by them is Daydream nation, which I heard a couple months ago; I wasn't terribly impressed, but I thought the "trilogy" at the end was amazing :drool:

ALSO: do you like KEN mode? I think you'd like them based on shallow, north dakota and kittens (very cool bands)

adamclark52
03-11-2013, 04:07 PM
This is such an awesome thread. :party: Between this, and your old concert reviews, you're becoming one of my favorite posters here...

Anyway, sonic youth and the melvins are two bands that I've actually wanted to get into for a while now, but have been intimidated by the massive size of their discographies, so I'm glad to see 'em on here! I definitely will check out houdini, eggnog, bullhead, lysol, honkey, and the maggot....

as for Sonic Youth, I dig all the songs you posted, especially schizophrenia... the only album I've listened to by them is Daydream nation, which I heard a couple months ago; I wasn't terribly impressed, but I thought the "trilogy" at the end was amazing :drool:

ALSO: do you like KEN mode? I think you'd like them based on shallow, north dakota and kittens (very cool bands)

Wow, thanks for the kind words. I didn't think anyone liked the old concert reviews but I'll see if I can dig up a few more for you.

With Sonic Youth I'd suggest checking out Goo first. Daydream Nation is good but I think they have better. Just remember what I said that for every good song on their albums there's usually a fucked up, skippable song. And for the Melvins I'd suggest Houdini.

KEN mode is opening for Today is the Day next month I think, so if I get to go I hope to make it there in time for them. Did they just release a new album that has some Lovcraftian looking octopus on the cover or something?

adamclark52
03-12-2013, 11:42 PM
Strapping Young Lad – City (1997)
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Yeah, I’m one of “those guys”. The guys who got into Devin Townsend early on in Strapping Young Lads run and never understood what people see in Alien or Deconstruction. The guys that are like “what the fuck guys, his best album with Strapping was City”. City has probably one of the greatest openings in the history of recorded music. Velvet Kevorkian isn’t anything special but when it segues into All Hail the New Flesh, all that feedback and chaos, then the guitar riff starts playing, then the whole band kicks in and shit gets real. Yeah, Alien (:rolleyes:). But maybe Alien is more consistent. After Detox this album does lose a lot of steam, only picking up during Underneath the Waves and the last song Spirituality. But you can’t blame it for losing steam. The first half of this album is just unrelenting and by Home Nucleonics I’m just done. You always have a special place in your heart for “your first”, and this was my first Devin Townsend record. This would've been in my top thirty because in all seriousness guys, his best album with Strapping was City.
Favorite Song: Detox (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f20L0msLsM)

adamclark52
03-12-2013, 11:57 PM
Entombed
Clandestine (1991)
http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/store/images/Entombed%20Clandestine.jpg
Wolverine Blues (1993)
http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID5629/images/wolverineblues.jpg
DCLXVI: To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth (1997)
http://www.viipaleita.net/webnest/collection/covers/a809570e_1.jpeg
Sepultura was the first really heavy band I got into but Entombed was the first one hundred percent legit death metal band I was into. It started with my friend Eric buying Wolverine Blues (for reasons unknown, he hated death metal) then giving it to me. I loved the hell out of it. I don't know why but I guess we always thought albums had to be an hour long because we found it so funny that a band would put out an album that was only a half hour (my version is the one that cuts Out Of Hand). Then I got DCLXVI and loved it even more. At that tender age I had never heard a piano solo in the middle of an extreme metal album (the title track) so I thought it was some of the coolest stuff I’d ever heard in my life. But things hit full tilt ten years later (don’t ask why it took me ten years) when I got Clandestine. That album just floored me, thanks in large part to the insane first two tracks Living Dead and Sinners Bleed. That little whistling feedback between the two songs into the chugging riff of Sinners Bleed is one of the best segues I’ve heard in my life. I personally love the odd chugga-riff and the one in Sinners Bleed is right up there with the Art of Dying by Gojira. One thing I’ve always loved about Entombed is their use of feedback. I don’t know if it’s done on purpose but all three songs I selected as my favorites have very prominent feedback. What kept the first two albums out of the top twenty is that there are just albums I like better, and what kept Clandestine out is I just don’t like the mastering. The volume’s too low. People may have a problem with Left Hand Path not being here but while that album has its moments, aside from the title track I’ve never really liked it that much.
Favorite Song (Clandestine): Sinners Bleed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4qQD4Ha88U)
Favorite Song (Wolverine Blues): Eyemaster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rtyP4bOpMU)
Favorite Song (DCLXVI: To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth): Wreckage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl_WNgP_dps) (I never even knew there was a video for this song until I went to post this!)

adamclark52
03-14-2013, 10:41 AM
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51arHmy5I7L._SL500_AA280_.jpg
I canít believe that this album is almost twenty years old. A lot of music I have from back in the day is showing its age but this album still sounds as fresh to me now as it did then. This album opened my mind a lot. At the time I was listening to Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Primus; all great music but very barebones. There was so much going on during this album that it blew my head off. After listening to it on my CD player for weeks I taped it and started listening to it on my walkman and heard so much more that wasnít present during my first listens. The broken keyboard melody during the closing moments of Piggy, the tripped out guitar work during the intro to Eraser and the depressing theme that repeats during the end of Closer and the title track. Even today Iíll hear a song once and awhile and notice something I never heard before. It was also a lot more disturbing that a lot of the music I was listening to. Itís a sick, twisted album detailing sex, torture, disease and death. Tame by todayís standards, even tame then considering Cannibal Corpse was around, but pretty intense for a mainstream album that sold millions of copies.
Favorite Song: Reptile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfhkXxmnYHc)

adamclark52
03-14-2013, 11:05 AM
Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood (1996)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_y_Am0c7DFvo/R1UxQkpnYkI/AAAAAAAAAlw/anaBryfyEGY/s320/4906.jpg
I’m of the minority that likes Neurosis’ later work but doesn’t see what the big deal is. A Sun That Never Sets wasn’t that good. The Eye of Every Storm sucked. Given to the Rising had its moments. The newest album I haven’t heard. I think they peaked with this album. While their later stuff is pretty stripped down and organic sounding this album is still undoubtly Neurosis but was very mechanical and almost industrial in parts. You just have to hear the sample that opens the album and you’ll realize that it’s not the same band. Now when they get into those long drawn out ambient parts they can get really boring but for whatever reason on this album it works for me. I think there’s just more going on. The bagpipes during the end Purify are so haunting and cleansing after the chaos of the song, and the intro to Strength Of Fates sends chills down my spine. I found too on this album that when they did rock they did it with a lot more aggression then they do now. The last shreds of the hardcore edge were still present on this album. And the artwork is fantastic. It fits how the music sounds perfectly. I still respect Neurosis but I don’t enjoy them as much as I did back then.
Favorite Song: Aeon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7M5ZrK8prA)

larvtard
03-16-2013, 07:29 PM
Wow, thanks for the kind words. I didn't think anyone liked the old concert reviews but I'll see if I can dig up a few more for you.

With Sonic Youth I'd suggest checking out Goo first. Daydream Nation is good but I think they have better. Just remember what I said that for every good song on their albums there's usually a fucked up, skippable song. And for the Melvins I'd suggest Houdini.

KEN mode is opening for Today is the Day next month I think, so if I get to go I hope to make it there in time for them. Did they just release a new album that has some Lovcraftian looking octopus on the cover or something?

I've never read any Lovecraft but is this what you're talking about? http://www.metalchesh.com/uploads/posts/2013-03/1362775811_1362775407_ken-mode-entrench-small.jpg I just heard it the other day, it's fantastic.

All right, so I checked out Goo, Sister, EVOL, and Washing Machine. (Dirty's queued up next.) Those first three kinda blend together, but I'm mostly a passive listener so I definitely need to spend more time with them. EVOL's probably my favorite of those three, though. and Washing Machine is just amazing. I probably won't get to the Melvins for a while as I'm gonna try to listen to all of Sonic Youth's shit in the coming days/weeks.

And while I'm on this thread...
I've been checking out Neurosis' discography recently. TSAB is pretty good but Times of Grace is my favorite by far.
Downward Spiral is great, obviously.
I've always liked Dismember more than Entombed, dunno why, but recently I've gotten so sick of the Sunlight Studios guitar tone it's ridiculous. (probably because of all the southern lord bands I've been listening to...)

adamclark52
03-16-2013, 07:51 PM
I've never read any Lovecraft but is this what you're talking about? http://www.metalchesh.com/uploads/posts/2013-03/1362775811_1362775407_ken-mode-entrench-small.jpg I just heard it the other day, it's fantastic.

All right, so I checked out Goo, Sister, EVOL, and Washing Machine. (Dirty's queued up next.) Those first three kinda blend together, but I'm mostly a passive listener so I definitely need to spend more time with them. EVOL's probably my favorite of those three, though. and Washing Machine is just amazing. I probably won't get to the Melvins for a while as I'm gonna try to listen to all of Sonic Youth's shit in the coming days/weeks.

And while I'm on this thread...
I've been checking out Neurosis' discography recently. TSAB is pretty good but Times of Grace is my favorite by far.
Downward Spiral is great, obviously.
I've always liked Dismember more than Entombed, dunno why, but recently I've gotten so sick of the Sunlight Studios guitar tone it's ridiculous. (probably because of all the southern lord bands I've been listening to...)

That's the cover.

Dirty's actually my least favorite Sonic Youth album that I've heard but a lot of people like it. I got laid-off the day I bought it so it has some shit memories associated with it. It's their most mainstream sounding album that's for sure. I listen to that album and I hear early-1990's. Theresa's Sound-World, Wish Fulfillment, Sugar Kane, Against Facism and On The Strip are all good songs.

Times of Grace is a really good too (that's why I didn't mention it when I was listing all my gripes with later Neurosis;))

And the Sunlight Studios guitar tone had its time but it sounds dated today.

adamclark52
03-16-2013, 08:12 PM
"Masters of Misery" Black Sabbath: the Earache Tribute (1992/1997)
http://earache.com/uswebstore/images/VariousMOM_CD.jpg
This is a special album. I go turned onto so many bands from buying this tribute album. I first bought it just for Sleeps cover of Snowblind, then I listened to it and it didn’t grab me as much as their original work. So I looked at the back cover and was a little worried. Rather than have all Earache’s bigger acts (Napalm Death, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Entombed) the album was filled with bands I’d never heard of or didn’t really like. But I gave it a whirl anyway. The first surprise was that I liked the Cathedral song. I never liked them that much but that gave me hope. After that it was an hour of a whirlwind when every band was actually more enjoyable than the last. I couldn’t believe it. This comp introduced me to Godflesh, Anal Cunt, Fudge Tunnel, OLD and Brutal Truth; all bands I ended up buying music by afterwards and even seeing live if I had the chance. Then there were a ton of bands that were enjoyable but I wasn’t too interested in hearing anything else by. Even the gabber-beats techno cover of Paranoid by Ultraviolence was pretty cool. This is a great comp because the bands make the songs their own to the point where you don't even realize they're doing Black Sabbath covers. If you ever come across this little gem pick it up, whether you’re a fan of Black Sabbath or any of the bands on it.
Favorite Song: Who Are You? covered by OLD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY4sCJtfUJU)

adamclark52
03-17-2013, 04:59 PM
the Crow (1994)
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/36187033/The+Crow+crow.jpg
Nine times out of ten soundtracks are crap. Even if it’s full of your favorite bands the songs are usually just:
a) leftovers that weren’t good enough to make it on their last album
b) covers
c) remixes
d) already on albums so therefore you already have them
e) just not very good songs
But every once and a while a really good soundtrack comes along. The Crow soundtrack was one of those. The movie was actually pretty good and it had some of the best alternative bands of the era on it (Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Helmet, who all had great songs). There were some great dark songs on it by the Cure and Rollins Band, some great underground industrial from My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and one of the best Pantera songs out there; a cover of Poison Idea’s the Badge. But there was some filler by artists I didn’t really care for; like Jane Siberry and the Violent Femmes. But those songs were all still really dark and fit in. Really with this album the bands I knew had songs I really liked. And all the bands I didn’t know or knew I didn't like already had songs that I didn’t, except My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (that song was awesome). I wish I knew what happened to my copy of this album. It's gone, somewhere, and I don't really feel like buying it again. If you've never seen the movie you should check it out too.
Favorite Song: Burn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyr5WdrEvGI) by the Cure

IrritatedTrout
03-17-2013, 06:18 PM
I don't really listen to much of the stuff listed but I have to say that this list is diverse as hell which is cool.

adamclark52
03-20-2013, 08:56 AM
Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath (1994)
http://o.scdn.co/300/1b0fd32d1f48ab332ce723899d7ea4eb4bdce9b1
This album is nowhere near as good as the Earache records one a few posts ago but nevertheless it was so important to young adamclark52. When I bought this album it was the first time I ever heard Sepultura. So who knows where my musical tastes wouldíve gone if I never heard them. And it was also the first time I ever heard Type O Negative, one of my favorite bands of all time. Those two reasons alone are why this was such an important album for me. But there were some other really good songs on here too (the covers by White Zombie, Megadeth, 1,000 Homo DJís, Corrosion of Conformity, Faith No More and Ugly Kid Joe were all great). I havenít listened to this album in years and if I lost it I wouldnít be heartbroken but it pretty much turned me into a metal head.
Favorite Song: Black Sabbath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnXo5y8Lb7s) by Type O Negative

adamclark52
03-20-2013, 09:02 AM
Morbid Angel - Formulas Fatal to the Flesh (1998)
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When most people rattle off their favorite Morbid Angel album you usually hear Alter of Madness, Illud Divinum Insanus or Coventant. The Steven Tucker years are always forgotten and I donít understand why. I guess itís because I never listened to them during the David Vincent years but this album is fucking sick. It has some of the best riffs Morbid Angel ever came up with (the intro to Nothing Is Not, the bridge in Prayer Of Hatred :drool:) and I really think Steven Tucker has a better death growl than David Vincent. It's short, it's fast and it's super sludgy. If thereís anything that kills this album itís the last three instrumental tracks. I donít see why they wouldnít have strewn them between tracks on the album. Or really theyíre not very good so I donít know what made them decide that they had to be on the album in the first place. But aside from those there is really nothing wrong with this album and I think itís worth your time. Theyíre released worse.
Favorite Song: Prayer Of Hatred (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0VxpLcgWHQ)

adamclark52
03-20-2013, 09:12 AM
Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene (2005)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fKLhx-J5L._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Forgiveness Rock Record (2010)
http://o.scdn.co/300/c0c09f4e44f01afe1585ff2d2f59875a36f4f144
Another Canadian band that I doubt many people on this forum have ever heard of but a pretty popular band in Canada. I usually hate most radio rock but Broken Social Scene do something a bit different. It’s not just verse-chorus-verse-chorus music and it doesn’t sound a bit like Three Days Grace. BSS were a pretty creative band and on the self-tiitled album they took it to a whole other level. It was a very experimental, spastic almost improvisational album. BSS was basically two guys at the core who invited friends to come and play and on their albums you had everyone just doing their thing but making it work in the end. It could’ve been a mess but it turned out really good. The follow up was a little more laid back and thought out but was still a great album. The best memories I have of that album are that I got it around the same time my first son was born. So the bliss of new parenthood still surrounds the songs. It’s too bad they go away for years at a time because I’d love more music from them.
Favorite Song (Broken Social Scene): Superconnected (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYDKZDSADDs)
Favorite Song (Forgiveness Rock Record): Sentimental X's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ_x0FNTnLM)

IrritatedTrout
03-20-2013, 09:14 AM
When most people rattle off their favorite Morbid Angel album you usually hear Alter of Madness, Illud Divinum Insanus or Coventant.[/URL][/I]

:lol:

adamclark52
03-22-2013, 07:46 PM
Opeth
Morningrise (1996)
http://www.allflac.com/covers/b/b_55294_Opeth-Morningrise-1996.jpg
My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)
http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/covers/opeth-my-arms-your-hearse.jpg
You know what, I bite my tongue a lot when people are discussing Opeth. But I’m just going to say it; new Opeth is gay. I can’t believe that the same band that released these two wicked albums turned into that lame-ass coffee shop band. My Arms, Your Hearse is pretty important to me since it was one of the first underground albums I ever got. I was still listening to a lot of Roadrunner bands in 1998 (Machine Head, Fear Factory) so they were totally different for me. Odd that they would sign to Roadrunner some years later. I'll never forget when my friend Evan came to my house with this import CD by some band that I had no idea how he'd discovered. The vocal fade-in for April Ethereal sent a shiver down my spine then blasted into one of the heaviest songs I'd heard in my life. They were pretty much the heaviest band I'd heard up until that point. Now I even hear they're doing an acoustic version of Demon of the Fall. Sigh. Morningrise is just a better album I think; just the songs are a little too long (I’m looking at you Black Rose Immortal). There are some boring parts but then are those incredible parts that grab you. Like that little bass break at 3:13 of Nectar :lovedup:. I love the covers for both albums too.
Favorite Song (Morningrise): the Night and the Silent Water (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD4u3TclUSs)
Favorite Song (My Arms, Your Hearse): April Ethereal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf8PJvUpjog)

El Gordo
03-23-2013, 06:46 AM
Lots of diverse shit here dude, nice list. I totally agree with you on that Nativity in Black album. I never ever listen to it anymore but it really turned me on to Sepultura, that cover of Symptom is still one of the heaviest things ever. That album also got me way more interested in Sabbath. I think the only albums I had by them at that point were Paranoid and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

I definitely don't share your love for Broken Social Scene though. They're very near the top of the "bands I can't fucking stand" list. My wife listens to them though, so I've heard a lot of their stuff. Also, I see you're going to the Sigur Ros show next Saturday (another band on that list lol). I won't be there, but my wife and her best friend will be. My wife asked me if I wanted to go, but I don't understand why you'd pay 30 bucks to go sleep in a concert hall when you can sleep at home for free! :tongue:

adamclark52
03-23-2013, 12:29 PM
Lots of diverse shit here dude, nice list. I totally agree with you on that Nativity in Black album. I never ever listen to it anymore but it really turned me on to Sepultura, that cover of Symptom is still one of the heaviest things ever. That album also got me way more interested in Sabbath. I think the only albums I had by them at that point were Paranoid and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

I definitely don't share your love for Broken Social Scene though. They're very near the top of the "bands I can't fucking stand" list. My wife listens to them though, so I've heard a lot of their stuff. Also, I see you're going to the Sigur Ros show next Saturday (another band on that list lol). I won't be there, but my wife and her best friend will be. My wife asked me if I wanted to go, but I don't understand why you'd pay 30 bucks to go sleep in a concert hall when you can sleep at home for free! :tongue:

I spent way more than thirty bucks.

I'm actually looking forward to that show more than any of the others in my signature. I only wish it wasn't at the Air Canada Center but it's a Saturday night so there was no reason for me not to go.

El Gordo
03-23-2013, 01:52 PM
I spent way more than thirty bucks.

I'm actually looking forward to that show more than any of the others in my signature. I only wish it wasn't at the Air Canada Center but it's a Saturday night so there was no reason for me not to go.

Lol I had no idea it was at the ACC. Sigur Ros can fill that place?!

adamclark52
03-23-2013, 02:35 PM
Lol I had no idea it was at the ACC. Sigur Ros can fill that place?!

I was really surprised by that too. I'd imagine they'll have the smaller setup which is I think around five to seven thousand people.

El Gordo
03-23-2013, 02:46 PM
I was really surprised by that too. I'd imagine they'll have the smaller setup which is I think around five to seven thousand people.

Ah, OK. That makes more sense.

adamclark52
03-23-2013, 06:49 PM
Pig Destroyer Ė Terrifyer (2004)
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I put the Natasha EP in my top twenty so it only makes sense that the album it was originally packaged with is one of my favorites as well. I remember when I first got this I was listening to it late at night and after the first five songs I had to restart itÖbecause what I was listening to was so fucking awesome. For an album to blaze by so quickly but still be so captivating is a rarity. But PxDx do it every time. The biggest drawback to this album is Iíve always found the production too trebly. But the fucking riffs on Boy Constrictor, Thumbsucker and Gravedancer! :drool: And the last segment of Towering Flesh. :drool::drool::drool::drool:
ďher lips are wet with venom
her posture's serpentine
she'll touch my arm and flowers grow there poisonous and obsceneĒ
Fuck me.
Favorite Song: Towering Flesh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnymA33eoII)

adamclark52
03-24-2013, 06:53 PM
Pearl Jam
Vs. (1993)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eh-orV%2BoL._SY300_.jpg
Vitalogy (1994)
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I’ve been on a bit of a Pearl Jam kick the last little while and have put them on the top of the list of bands I really do need to see some day. For the longest time I hated Vs. I always blamed it on the sound compared to Ten (there is an obvious difference) but over the last year I’ve come to realize there’s a lot more I like on Vs. Now I like Vs. a lot more than Ten; though I still love a few songs on that album (which will make the older members here vomit in their mouths). Vitalogy, however, I loved from the moment I heard it. Late-1994 (1994 in general) was a really cool time and it came out right in the thick of it, with it’s fucked-up little booklet and Hey Foxymophandlemama, That’s Me. I think it was definitely the most experimental album they ever put out. Two solid albums from a band I’ve been listening to for well over twenty years.
Favorite Song (Vs.): Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka12hnyeo9Y)
Favorite Song (Vitalogy): Immortality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbJm1OcII-g)

adamclark52
03-25-2013, 11:29 PM
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity (1999)
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/9615175/Calculating+Infinity+CalculatingInfinity.jpg
I bought this album without hearing a single note of Dillinger Escape Plan’s music. I’d heard a lot of great things about them and they’d opened for Mr. Bungle the summer before so I figured they must be good. In hindsight it was a really stupid thing to do. I think it cost me close to thirty dollars for an album I wasn’t even sure I’d like. And at first I didn’t like it. I think I was expecting them to be a death metal band. There were parts I thought were cool, like the main riff from 43% Burnt, but things changed so quickly and I just wasn’t ready for that type of music at that point in my life. You gotta remember, in 2000 there weren’t as many bands like DEP as there are today so it was a huge shock. I can even remember thinking stupid things like, "maybe if they had a better singer I'd like this album more". A couple years later they got the singer to end all singers (Mike Patton) and I ended up not liking that too much and realized they were better off with the guy they had on this album. Over the years it's grown on me more and more and I’ve really found myself loving it. It’s really the only DEP I like, aside from the Under the Running Board EP which is way over-priced whenever I see it (twenty-five bucks for seven minutes of music, no thanks).
Favorite Song: Weekend Sex Change (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtZxG7d_DbM)

adamclark52
03-26-2013, 11:22 AM
Ministry

Psalm 69 (1992)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_eprW5uVjrdc/R0ThuaaoSKI/AAAAAAAAAU4/5s15uG9GfNA/s320/Ministry+-+Psalm+69+-+Front.jpg

Filth Pig (1996)
http://darthmarino.cdcomplete.com/cdimages/3742.jpg

Dark Side of the Spoon (1999)
http://a1.smlycdn.com/data/product2/1/e0fb6d2b2f85dfa8a93fe3b4cd6073bbf6f143b9_m.jpg
The 1990’s were a dark time for Ministry. And the music makes a perfect backdrop for all the personal strife and controversy. They started the decade off with what was without a doubt the greatest album they’ll ever release. What isn’t perfect about Psalm 69? I don’t want to get into every single song because everyone here has heard the album a million times over. But when an albums outro (Grace) is three minutes of one chord, random cymbals, distortion and screaming and is still so awesome you know they were on to something. Actually, I do have one problem with the album. I loved Al’s vocals in N.W.O. so much and he only sang for a small fraction of the song. But is that really a complaint? That it’s so awesome that I wanted more. Filth Pig wasn’t really as bad an album as people made it out to be. It just had the task of following up such a landmark album. There was no way to follow Psalm 69 really without people being a little disappointed. But calling it a career low (musically) isn’t just. Even when it first came out I really enjoyed five out of the ten songs. From the moment I heard the Fall and the piano during the outro I was reminded of Baywatch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuYrRebvFHc&noredirect=1). And what sixteen year old boy doesn’t like thinking about Baywatch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lAQQWpFN8I)? Dark Side of the Spoon is another of their albums that gets shat on and I don’t know why. Unlike Filth Pig I loved that album from the second I heard it and I still think today that there are some great songs on it. Sure a couple songs suck (Step, 10/10) but there are still seven songs on here deserve your attention. That three song spread of Nursing Home, Kaif and Vex & Siolence is fucking mint.
Favorite Song (Psalm 69): Grace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u9jOcJXsno)
Favorite Song (Filth Pig): the Fall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLISqqS8foM)
Favorite Song (Dark Side of the Spoon): Vex & Siolence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsSoOQbUBQY)

adamclark52
03-29-2013, 08:24 PM
Blut Aus Nord Ė MoRT (2006)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qmicN86KAxQ/Ru2Awtubk5I/AAAAAAAAGBY/e_hLfz0-Oes/s320/Blut+aus+Nord-3.jpg
In my top twenty I described Blut Aus Nordís Ďthe Work Which Transforms Godí as ďlistening to what it was to record absolute terror. I canít picture anything when I listen to this album other than BDSM, dark rooms, torture, agony, pain and disease.Ē Their follow-up MoRT stripped The Work Which Transforms God of anything that could be considered music and took it to another level. I canít even say that this is what hell would sound like. This is what would be playing if you were stuck in that place between life and death, between heaven and hell, between reality and your imagination. A place where nothing has always existed and always will. This is a different kind of evil from typical black metal. Itís just twisted, demented, sickening filth. After listening to this youíre a different person.
Favorite Song: Chapter V (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGuapcwxOA) (though you really have to just listen to the entire album start to finish to get the full effect)

adamclark52
03-31-2013, 06:48 PM
Sigur Růs
Ńgśtis Byrjun (1999)
http://www.austinchronicle.com/binary/e0f405cc/music_recviews-10159.jpeg

() (2002)
http://media.salon.com/2002/11/sigur_ros.jpg

Hlemmur (2002)
http://991.com/newGallery/Sigur-Ros-Hlemmur-Soundtrac-285376.jpg

Valtari (2012)
http://www.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/550744e8ead5f1acae0cb72e0713517dd38213b5.jpg
Sigur Růs are probably one of my favorite bands of all time. It started when I was in the midst of one of the very long droughts of unemployment that Iíve probably mentioned in these posts already. I was watching a late night alternative video show on Muchmusic called the Wedge and they played the video for Svefn-G-Englar. I was in that place between awake and asleep and the video memorized me. The song reminded me of Radiohead, but way better. So the next day I downloaded the entire Ńgśtis Byrjun album and instantly fell in love with it. It was around the same time I got Toolís ĎLateralusí and I was in need of some decent to music to help me out, and help me out it did. When they released () a year later I again fell in love. The opening four songs are so incredible, and the closing songÖholy shit. Hlemmur is a soundtrack to an Icelandic documentary that Iíll never see. The music is almost entirely instrumental and keyboards but itís very Sigur Ros. Itís probably some of the most beautiful music ever put to tape. I really encourage you find it (even though itís almost impossible to find). They fell off the radar for seven years but came back really strong with Valtari. Thatís an odd album of almost all ambient music but itís really well done. At first I was really confused by it but after a couple listens to it I just found myself sitting in my car after it was done playing in silence reflecting on how good it was. The ending isn't as climactic as Untitled 8 from () but it's nevertheless hypnotizing. I really encourage you to check out all the singles and EPís theyíve released over the years too. Pretty much everything theyíve ever done is really good (the only exception is 2008ís ĎMeū Suū Õ Eyrum Viū Spilum Endalaustí) so I really think you should stop listening to all the haters and click on the first link to the video for Svefn-G-Englar.
Favorite Song (Ńgśtis Byrjun): Svefn-G-Englar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cZDhGK18zw)
Favorite Song (()): Untitled 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwDHBqFedFg)
Favorite Song (Hlemmur): ”skabŲrn Ģjůūarinnar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zadhcFS5EA)
Favorite Song (Valtari): Valtari (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DnPtTzUb9s)

adamclark52
03-31-2013, 07:06 PM
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - everything
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/arts/2012/10/10/1349877989929/Godspeed-You-Black-Empero-001.jpg
Godspeed You! Black Emperor have been my favorite band for a long time. I think itís all summed up in this post I made on a thread here early last year (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=434771&postcount=13). I still feel the same way, if not more because they ended up coming back really unexpectedly late in 2012 and released my favorite album of the year. There are no words, they are the perfect band for me. You're really letting yourself down not listening to them.
Favorite Song (F# A# Infinity): Providence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tZ_uwDlmPY)
Favorite Song (Slow Riot For New Zero Kanata): Moya (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsf2LoLk3SA)
Favorite Song (Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven): Antennas To Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivY_iRdSBQ)
Favorite Song ('Alleujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!): Mladic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXdF9uhVrI0)

VoidFlame
04-01-2013, 06:12 AM
Those two bands.

adamclark52
04-11-2013, 08:25 PM
1349 – Revelations in the Black Flame (2009)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_atKrCdoiKZ4/SnsSgqfyZHI/AAAAAAAADaU/LWXZnDM065s/s320/1349.jpg
I’ve never been a huge fan of 1349. I saw them open for Carcass in 2008 and the best part of their show (I thought) was the ominous, ambient music that played over the speakers between songs. It gave the show a wicked, evil vibe. So when they released this album I wasn’t turned off like pretty much every fan the band had. Yes, the band was just aping what Deathspell Omega does (better) but there were some really cool parts, like the intro to Invocation, the weird ass piano interludes and the creepy as fuck last three songs. There were two or three standard 1349 songs on here and they were okay too. But even the band seems to have tried to forget this album ever came out. Too bad, I really liked it.
Favorite Songs: Uncreation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuEytBbxO7w)

adamclark52
04-11-2013, 08:34 PM
the Berzerker Ė Dissimulate (2002)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d59/4810_the_berzerker_dissimulate.jpg
I thought the Berzerker were stupid as hell when I first saw their promo pictures with the ridiculous masks (http://www.anniemayhem.com/blog%20pics/TheBerzerker.jpg). But a few years later I actually listened to the music and heard some of the most insane shit Iíd ever heard. It was pretty intense grindcore as it was but with those gabber beats in it they took it to a whole other level of craziness. Without the gabber beats I may not have cared about them. Now I miss the masks.
Favorite Song: Painless (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV0Vws5-cH0)

kalfitegrdan
04-11-2013, 09:41 PM
Haven't listened to them in forever. I loved them after I heard their "Corporal Jigsore Quandry" cover on Liquid Metal.

treghet
04-11-2013, 10:20 PM
Haven't listened to them in forever. I loved them after I heard their "Corporal Jigsore Quandry" cover on Liquid Metal.

That cover is how I discovered Carcass. :D

adamclark52
04-11-2013, 10:26 PM
Carcass with gabber beats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zF3eC_rbJg), what's not to love? This live video is way better than when I saw the Berzerker in 2009. The beats were barely there and the singer talked over all their intros (I like their intros) so I had no idea what was going on. It was really a mess.

kalfitegrdan
04-11-2013, 11:35 PM
That cover is how I discovered Carcass. :D

Me too! :)

adamclark52
04-14-2013, 06:02 PM
Zao
Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest (1998)
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/300x300/53410699.jpg

Liberate Te Ex Inferis (1999)
http://www.drindustrial.com/graphics/CDs/Z/Zao/LiberateTeExInferis.jpg

(Self-Titled) (2001)
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/80536351/SelfTitled+Folder.jpg

The Fear is What Keeps Us Here (2006)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qCEZETWkBL0/SoSEi4WrKgI/AAAAAAAAEyc/AzwDrXMaoeI/s320/Cover.jpg
Zao should be more popular today than they are. They released some wicked fucking albums in the late 1990s. It started with Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest. That album goes right for the jugular from the get go and never really stops. Musically it’s top-notch but what makes it so great is Daniel Weyandt’s vocals. I always compared them to Jeff Walker from Carcass, just in a metalcore band. A lot of bands have tried to emulate him in the years that have passed but in 1998 when I first heard them it was something really different. He’s probably in my top five vocalists of all time and Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest would’ve been in my top thirty. The follow up Liberate Te Ex Inferis was almost as good, it just dragged towards the middle. And it peaked with the best Zao song ever: Savannah. After starting an album with a song like that the only place to go is down unfortunately. (Self-Titled) was frigging awesome too, with a wicked triggered drum sound that probably turns a lot of people off. But I thought it was awesome. It does have probably not just the worst Zao song but one of the worst songs ever in the End of His World. That’s unfortunate. They released a few crappy albums after that but came back in 2006 with the Fear is What Keeps Us Here. Not Zao’s best album song-wise but what I love about that album is that it has one of the most vicious, ferocious production sounds ever. Their vocals were always a high point but on that album they just rip your ears to shreds. It’s unfortunate they’ve suffered from so many line up changes and setbacks because they really deserve to be up there with the As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engages of the world. They should even have those bands opening for them.
Favorite Song (Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest): Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuxmNiAISlU)
Favorite Song (Liberate Te Ex Inferis): Intro/Savannah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUypNdrnTdg)
Favorite Song (Self-Titled): A Tool to Scream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5YZWLIZel4)
Favorite Song (the Fear is What Keeps Us Here): It's Hard Not To Shake With A Gun In Your Mouth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_w6zPLC9g)

larvtard
04-14-2013, 07:10 PM
Dude. The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation. C'mon :nonono:

adamclark52
04-14-2013, 07:21 PM
Dude. The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation. C'mon :nonono:

I was never able to get into those first two albums. I first heard them with Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest and when I went back and tried with the earlier albums I wasn't too impressed. I wasn't too into hardcore then, it was like two different bands. They did the religious thing a bit too much back then too.

adamclark52
04-14-2013, 10:51 PM
At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul (1995)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d83/280_at_the_gates_slaughter_of_the_soul.jpg
I can’t see many fans of extreme metal not liking this album. It’s really a perfect album in every way. There are so many good riffs on it and at only a little over a half an hour long it leaves you wanting more. Blinded by Fear into Slaughter of the Soul is one of the best openings in the history of metal. And the highest point for this album; the massive guitar sound. If I ever played in a band again I’d want my guitars to sound like they do on this album. For the longest time this album was in my top five but it fell out of even my top twenty after I listened to it SO MUCH around the turn of the century and it's pretty much dead to me. If you’ve never heard this album do yourself and just buy it. Anyone will agree; you will NOT be disappointed.
Favorite Song: Slaughter of the Soul (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URhmC865SGI)

adamclark52
04-14-2013, 11:18 PM
...and Oceans – Cypher (2002)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a4/...And_Oceans_-_Cypher.jpg
I was really into pounding/catchy industrial sounding music around 2002 and this album came out at the perfect time. I was already a fan of everything …and Oceans had done. And I watched over the course of only a few years as they morphed from a traditional black metal band into this futuristic black metal/industrial hybrid. Then this album came out and they turned into exactly what I described in the first sentence of this paragraph. A lot of people still are disappointed that they changed so much in such a short time but I was blown out of my seat within the first ten seconds of Picturesque: Cataclysm Saviour: And The Little Things That Make Us Smile. That was what I needed. And it kept on coming; song after song. What confused me about this album is how they’d take nice melodies and just fuck them up totally; like in the verse of Angelina: Chthonian Earth: Her Face Forms Worms where they twist the keyboards in the total opposite direction you think they’re going to take them, and the vocals just go somewhere out there. The vocals were a little hard to digest on this album, that was my only complaint. There were moments they were totally crazy and other moments were I can only compare them to those crazy, evil henchmen who live underground in 1980’s fantasy movies. But the massive riffs on this album:drool:. And the fucked up song titles?!?! Some truly disturbed individuals made this album. They took it to a level of extreme on their follow up (after changing their name to Havoc Unit) that I'm not sure even I can handle.
Favorite Song: Debris: The Magenta Harvest: Liquid Flesh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJSgmWOOPu8)

adamclark52
05-01-2013, 12:24 AM
Old

The Musical Dimensions of Sleastack (1993)
http://pixhost.me/avaxhome/00/91/00149100_medium.jpeg

Formula (1995)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8ZjZsrwpzf0/SR1DinWvkVI/AAAAAAAAAj0/fKHCJoEmgVg/s400/R-345084-1204494475.jpeg
Old was one fucked up band. People always remember them for their debut album (which is actually one of the worst things I’ve heard in my life) but I think everyone should listen to the Musical Dimensions of Sleastack. I’ve never heard an album that is so much better described by it’s cover art. I did another review of it in this thread about six months ago but I can't find it right now. The follow-up, and Old’s last album, strips any metal away and only leaves what I can best describe as trance-synth-industrial. I’ve never heard any other album like it. It’s actually really good if you go in with an open mind. James Plotkin should be a lot more popular than he is.
Favorite Song (the Musical Dimensions of Sleastack): Creyap'nilla (not available on youTube so here's Two of Me (Parts 1 & 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iW0HsI41bA) instead)
Favorite Song (Formula): Break [You] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fOdwwVlcUs)

adamclark52
05-01-2013, 12:35 AM
Salem - King Night (2010)
http://experimedia.net/images/SALEM-King-Night-Cover.jpg
A lot of people hate this band. I'll admit, their concerts do seem terrible (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6t6nD6u6HY&feature=endscreen), their interviews are brutal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-YxB1J2j5o) but I don't really care about that. I love their music. Here's a short review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=504846&postcount=1) I did about this album earlier this year.
Favorite Song: Trapdoor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GVl4vduI8A)

adamclark52
05-03-2013, 12:14 AM
Origin Ė Echoes of Decimation (2005)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U9NAacjlFnQ/SiOQ1St87EI/AAAAAAAAADY/D1LekcAsr6A/s320/origin+echoes+of+decimation+2005.jpg
This is another album thatís great when you just want to get your face smashed in for a half an hour. I think this album was perfect for Origin. It wasnít quite as technical or polished as their later stuff, the production was a little muddier and twenty six minutes is pretty much the ideal length for an album by a band like this. And I like it for all those reasons.
Favorite Song: Reciprocal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A2z2vSFPM0)

adamclark52
05-03-2013, 12:24 AM
Hypocrisy – Abducted (1996)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d57/3026_hypocrisy_abducted.jpg
I don’t really listen to or enjoy most of what Hypocrisy puts out these days but this was one of the first really underground albums I got in around 1999. The reason I’ve always liked this album much more than anything else by Hypocrisy is the vocals. On this album, rather than a typical guttural death growl Peter went for a more robotic screech with a bit of distortion added. I really don’t think I’ve ever heard another album like it, be it Hypocrisy or another band. There were some really catchy, memorable songs on this album too which really adds to my enjoyment (Roswell 47, Buried, When The Candle Fades). And ending it with two totally different, almost ballads was a really cool touch. The only problem I've ever had with this album (and a lot of Hypocrisy's other stuff) is there are a lot of sudden, fast fade-outs on a lot of their songs. I generally don't like fade-outs but they're even worse when I feel the song could go on for another half a minute or so.
Favorite Song: Roswell 47 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rKezCsU9KA)

adamclark52
05-03-2013, 07:56 AM
Slayer
Hell Awaits (1985)
http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/slayer_hell_awaits.jpg

Reign In Blood (1986)
http://www.heavymetalnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HEAVYMETALNOW.COM-SLAYER-RIB.jpg

Undisputed Attitude (1996)
http://images.cryhavok.org/d/9735-1/Slayer+-+Undisputed+Attitude.jpg

Diabolus in Musica (1998)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_atKrCdoiKZ4/S0-H1XEEVtI/AAAAAAAAEV4/txgUC14gagg/s320/Slayer.jpg
I was eventually going to get to Slayer. But in light of what happened yesterday I’ve been inspired. I like all of their pre-2000 albums but these few always stick out. Hell Awaits was a lot different for them with a lot more complex, lengthy songs. It seems to be forgotten amongst their discography but I may like it more than Reign in Blood. The production is a bit weak but the album is almost thirty years old so it can’t be faulted for that. Reign in Blood I have to include. When I first heard it, I won't say it was the most intense thing I’d heard in my life since I never really heard it until later in my teens. But I could appreciate it and understood how it had fucked so many people up a decade earlier. Any metalhead loves that album and there’s nothing I can write that hasn’t been written a thousand times over. Undisputed Attitude gets a ton of hate and I hated it when I first heard it. But over the years I grew to like it, especially in small doses. It’s much better when a song pops up on random on iTunes. It can get exhausting listening to it from front to back. And Diabolus in Musica is another forgotten album that seems to be getting a lot more praise these days. It had a lot more groove than most Slayer, but what’s wrong with making songs that make you want to move? Sick artwork too. I used to have a t-shirt with the mouth picture (http://www.freecovers.net/preview/7/1fcffe018ead04e0a2dcf1f54c5599db/big.jpg) from the inlay on it. That got girls. :tp: I remember Rhonda Webber (who was hot) saw me wearing it to class in college once, scrunched up her face and just said "ew".
Favorite Song (Hell Awaits): At Dawn They Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd1QGbp40J8)
Favorite Song (Reign in Blood): Postmortem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go0zDPdFCrU)
Favorite Song (Undisputed Attitude): Richard Hung Himself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pt7BOtzThk)
Favorite Song (Diabolus in Musica): In The Name Of God (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGXvlyUIDok)

RIP Jeff

Dextrimental
05-03-2013, 08:12 AM
Diabolus is my personal least favorite Slayer album, but Slayer are one of those bands who even when they're bad are entertaining to me. I just love what they do. Those first 3 are scary albums in context. No other band with that kind of imagery and those kind of themes got commercial success in that length of time, before or since. They're still 3 of the most metal albums ever.

adamclark52
05-04-2013, 06:56 PM
Beck Ė Loser (1994)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/eb/Beck_Loser.jpg/220px-Beck_Loser.jpg
Even though this is a single for Beckís massive hit Loser itís still one of the best things he ever released. Singles are usually reserved for remixes, b-sides that werenít good enough for the album or live tracks. This, however, features four entirely new songs (albeit one is a reworked version of Soul Suckiní Jerk off Mellow Gold) and all four are fucking awesome. Two (Corvette Bummer and Soul Suckiní Jerk (Reject)) are classic Beck lo-fi rap epics. Just a basic beat with some of the most out-there lyrics Iíve ever heard in my life. ďROCKIN THE TOWN LIKE A MOULDY CRUTONĒ. Alcohol is probably the weakest song, just a basic Beck folk anthem sandwiched in the middle. The vocals are more layered than usual and the ending is totally fucked. Fume is one of the all-time Beck classics. It starts out a typical Beck song (if there is such a thing) but halfway through falls apart and turns into this hardcore, ripping, screaming grunge song. I first heard this before Mellow Gold was even out. I saw the video for Loser and went out the next day to the CD store and they had just received one copy of this an hour earlier. I listened to the whole thing on repeat all weekend (itís only about twenty five minutes long) and played Secret of Mana on SNES. That was an awesome weekend.
Favorite Song: Fume (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzzQisxu3Ho)
Note: thereís another version of this single that omits Alcohol, Soul Suckiní Jerk (Reject) and Fume and include the songs Totally Confused and MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack. The latter has become one of Becks more famous b-sides based on itís title. But aside from the first thirty seconds (the part with just Beck and guitar) itís not really a very good song at all. Totally Confused is really good too but is also available on the Beercan single. If you ever want this go for the version with five songs because if you miss out on Fume you are really missing out.

adamclark52
05-04-2013, 07:26 PM
Elevator to Hell– Parts 1-3 (1996)
http://shopbase.finetunes.net/shopserver/BinaryCacheServlet?albumid=1334768444917&datatype=fc300
I doubt anyone here has heard of this band. First off, they aren’t metal at all. More lo-fi, pop/rock with a lot of psychadelia later on. Secondly, they were from Moncton, New Brunswick. I doubt most people here have even heard of that place. See the cover, that's pretty much Moncton right there. From September to May. Third, they never got any press despite releasing a lot of music on Sub Pop Records (a fairly large indie label). It wasn’t so much a band at this point as one guy with a four track named Rick White. This was a collection of his/their earliest three EPs on one CD and has some great, catchy, worry-free music. The first eight songs make up Part 1; it’s more lo-fi, dreamy acoustic pop/rock. The next nine songs are Part 2 and it’s a bit more experimental, with a lot of drum machine and casio keyboard. The last ten songs are Part 3 and it’s more rock with a bit better production. All good, all retain this dreamy atmosphere, but Part 2 is a little weak. The problem I have with a lot of the songs is they all follow the same formula of verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-end in total chaos. They could never end a song. And it gets to sound pretty similar after twenty seven songs and over an hour. Hearing the three EPs separate and at a different time would probably be better.
Favorite Song (Part 1): Rather Be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spy9a1n-Nc0)
Favorite Song (Part 2): Elevator to Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_YdQjMjI0)
Favorite Song (Part 3): Analysis 1313 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtZtT-C5c_M)

adamclark52
05-04-2013, 07:37 PM
Kyuss
Blues For the Red Sun (1992)
http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/kyuss_blues_for_the_red_sun.jpg

Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
http://www.garciavsgarcia.com/testing/Content/Uploaded/Images/skyvalley.jpg

Kyuss put out three of the best stoner rock albums you will ever hear. The. End.
Favorite Song (Blues For the Red Sun): 50 Million Year Trip (Downside Up) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfWI-yV7TUY)
Favorite Song (Welcome to Sky Valley): Whitewater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcY3UF6_IaM)

If you’re looking for the third it’s …and the Circus Leaves Town and it was number twelve in my top twenty.

adamclark52
05-14-2013, 10:56 PM
Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters (2010)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UAUZ8Hhmk8/TYQc6lmkvbI/AAAAAAAAAmk/snW9t2pr3vk/s1600/dawn.jpg
Despite the ridiculous getup I really enjoyed this band. I saw them curtain jerking on that tour with Dimmu Borgir in late-2010, saw the people laughing at the make-up, and I felt a little bad for them. I actually found their make-up and costumes pretty cool and the movements of the band (especially the keyboard player) pretty cool. And I thought their music was really awesome. I ended up buying the album a few months later and was really impressed. There’s not much substance and they’re not really trying to impress anyone too much but they wrote a really catchy black metal (lite) album. The music was put together really well and I found the vocals to be really good. And as I keep alluding to: tr00 kvlt black metal is cool but sometimes I want something really catchy. That's where an album like this comes in. If it weren’t for the make-up I think this band could’ve made more of a mark. Unfortunately they gave up after one album and went back to being an EBM band, something I just can’t get into.
Favorite Song: Conjuration of the Maskim's Black Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcE2r4ciWPE)

adamclark52
05-14-2013, 11:12 PM
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim OST (2012)
http://ziedrich.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/skyrim.jpg
An awesome game (albeit flawed if you’re a PS3 owner like myself) deserved an awesome soundtrack. The music in this game took you to the world of Skyrim and turned you into that character. I hear Under an Ancient Sun and I feel myself in a cold, icy, frozen over lake. And it’s dark. When I hear Dawn I’m waking up in a forest, it’s blurry and I have no idea where I am. Imperial Throne; we've lost, it's over, just give up. Or when I hear Kyne's Peace it’s just me and my son, everyone’s gone, he’s asleep, we’re alone, and I have no idea how I can get him through another day. Great music does that to you.
Favorite Song: Under an Ancient Sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrc7Pn8FB6c)

kalfitegrdan
05-15-2013, 01:20 AM
Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters (2010)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UAUZ8Hhmk8/TYQc6lmkvbI/AAAAAAAAAmk/snW9t2pr3vk/s1600/dawn.jpg
Despite the ridiculous getup I really enjoyed this band. I saw them curtain jerking on that tour with Dimmu Borgir in late-2010, saw the people laughing at the make-up, and I felt a little bad for them. I actually found their make-up and costumes pretty cool and the movements of the band (especially the keyboard player) pretty cool. And I thought their music was really awesome. I ended up buying the album a few months later and was really impressed. There’s not much substance and they’re not really trying to impress anyone too much but they wrote a really catchy black metal (lite) album. The music was put together really well and I found the vocals to be really good. And as I keep alluding to: tr00 kvlt black metal is cool but sometimes I want something really catchy. That's where an album like this comes in. If it weren’t for the make-up I think this band could’ve made more of a mark. Unfortunately they gave up after one album and went back to being an EBM band, something I just can’t get into.
Favorite Song: Conjuration of the Maskim's Black Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcE2r4ciWPE)

I never really got into this album (aside from the track you posted), but the album they put out before this, The Crypt Injection, is one of my favorite albums of all time. I fucking love their old aggrotech shit. Their new album was pretty okay as well. I always saw their music as being club music + horror movie soundtrack + black metal vocals.

TheWildAndTheYoung
05-15-2013, 08:56 AM
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim OST (2012)
http://ziedrich.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/skyrim.jpg
An awesome game (albeit flawed if youíre a PS3 owner like myself) deserved an awesome soundtrack. The music in this game took you to the world of Skyrim and turned you into that character. I hear Under an Ancient Sun and I feel myself in a cold, icy, frozen over lake. And itís dark. When I hear Dawn Iím waking up in a forest, itís blurry and I have no idea where I am. Imperial Throne; we've lost, it's over, just give up. Or when I hear Kyne's Peace itís just me and my son, everyoneís gone, heís asleep, weíre alone, and I have no idea how I can get him through another day. Great music does that to you.
Favorite Song: Under an Ancient Sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrc7Pn8FB6c)
This is an incredible game soundtrack and definitely one of the best (along with The Hobbit game soundtrack).Skyrim is my favorite game of all-time, and I am PS3 owner also

adamclark52
05-15-2013, 10:34 PM
Alice in Chains Ė Dirt (1992)
http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/loudwire.com/files/2012/09/Dirt.jpeg
An album like this is a lot like my Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Primus albums. It reminds me of high school, the early 1990ís and not giving a fuck. Those were good days and this album was part of the soundtrack. But I donít just enjoy it because it brings back good memories. The fact is itís a fucking awesome album. Any Alice in Chains is really, but this is the quintessential Alice in Chains album. Itís got the heavy, riff-tastic songs like Them Bones, Junkhead, Angry Chair (and so many others) and those beautiful melodic slower songs like Rooster and Down in Hole. Those are the best songs on any Alice in Chains songs, where Jerry Cantrell really steps up. Fuck, Iíve been listening to Rooster for twenty years and the first verse still sends shivers down my spine. Click on the link below and go to school kids.
Favorite Song: Rooster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAE6Il6OTcs)

adamclark52
05-15-2013, 10:37 PM
Special Post: adamclark52's LEAST Favorite Albums

Old Lady Drivers (1988)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NDWGX_PGKqM/S3ecwvQ_b3I/AAAAAAAAA80/dVQaCX7dqHQ/s320/old.jpg
I first heard Old Lady Drivers in early 1999 when I got that Earache Black Sabbath tribute album I went into a few pages ago. I had zero money and there wasnít much streaming available on the internet those days so all I could get about the band was a little bit on a few Geocities fan pages. I got their later albums but couldnít find this one, not even samples. All I found was one fanpage that had the cover and the lyrics. So I read them with my college buddies and we thought it was fucking hilarious. But I couldnít hear the music. Over the years I scoured every record store I went into hoping to find a copy of this album but never anything. And for years there was still very little information on the internet about it. I even contacted Earache records once asking if there were any plans to rerelease it but I never got an answer. Once eBay got big in the early part of the millennium I was able to find copies of it but only on vinyl. Thatís when I realized that it was never pressed on CD. So I had to just keep hoping. Finally, in the last year someone posted most of the songs on youTube and it became available on iTunes. So I could finally hear this album Iíd been looking for for almost fifteen yearsÖand it was fucking garbage. Maybe, if Iíd heard it in 1999 when I was just coming into being a metalhead I wouldíve found it entertaining. But now itís just noise. And not good noise, itís just fucking crap. I listened to the first few songs and by time I got to the third song Supermarket Monstrosity and itís cartoon pitch-shifted vocals I knew that Iíd been wasting all my time. The rest made Napalm Deaths Scum sound like something recorded by angels (I like Scum, but the quality is crap). I canít believe I spent fifteen years wanting to hear this crap.
Worst Song: Supermarket Monstrosity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7RzoWnSH_Y)

John The Drummer
05-16-2013, 12:29 PM
Dawn of Ashes Ė Genocide Chapters (2010)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UAUZ8Hhmk8/TYQc6lmkvbI/AAAAAAAAAmk/snW9t2pr3vk/s1600/dawn.jpg
Despite the ridiculous getup I really enjoyed this band. I saw them curtain jerking on that tour with Dimmu Borgir in late-2010, saw the people laughing at the make-up, and I felt a little bad for them. I actually found their make-up and costumes pretty cool and the movements of the band (especially the keyboard player) pretty cool. And I thought their music was really awesome. I ended up buying the album a few months later and was really impressed. Thereís not much substance and theyíre not really trying to impress anyone too much but they wrote a really catchy black metal (lite) album. The music was put together really well and I found the vocals to be really good. And as I keep alluding to: tr00 kvlt black metal is cool but sometimes I want something really catchy. That's where an album like this comes in. If it werenít for the make-up I think this band couldíve made more of a mark. Unfortunately they gave up after one album and went back to being an EBM band, something I just canít get into.
Favorite Song: Conjuration of the Maskim's Black Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcE2r4ciWPE)

That logo looks familiar :lol:

larvtard
05-16-2013, 01:53 PM
Elevator to Hell– Parts 1-3 (1996)
http://shopbase.finetunes.net/shopserver/BinaryCacheServlet?albumid=1334768444917&datatype=fc300
I doubt anyone here has heard of this band. First off, they aren’t metal at all. More lo-fi, pop/rock with a lot of psychadelia later on. Secondly, they were from Moncton, New Brunswick. I doubt most people here have even heard of that place. See the cover, that's pretty much Moncton right there. From September to May. Third, they never got any press despite releasing a lot of music on Sub Pop Records (a fairly large indie label). It wasn’t so much a band at this point as one guy with a four track named Rick White. This was a collection of his/their earliest three EPs on one CD and has some great, catchy, worry-free music. The first eight songs make up Part 1; it’s more lo-fi, dreamy acoustic pop/rock. The next nine songs are Part 2 and it’s a bit more experimental, with a lot of drum machine and casio keyboard. The last ten songs are Part 3 and it’s more rock with a bit better production. All good, all retain this dreamy atmosphere, but Part 2 is a little weak. The problem I have with a lot of the songs is they all follow the same formula of verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-end in total chaos. They could never end a song. And it gets to sound pretty similar after twenty seven songs and over an hour. Hearing the three EPs separate and different time would probably be better.
Favorite Song (Part 1): Rather Be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spy9a1n-Nc0)
Favorite Song (Part 2): Elevator to Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_YdQjMjI0)
Favorite Song (Part 3): Analysis 1313 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtZtT-C5c_M)

My friend was playing the 13th Floor Elevators for me earlier and I thought of this thread... alas, wrong band :lol: But this is really cool; I added the full album to spotify. thanks man.

also, I've listened to Sonic Youth's entire discography, basically, and now I consider them one of my favorite bands :rocker: You're right, goo, evol, sister, and daydream nation are clearly the best. But I also really dig the early noise stuff like Confusion is sex and Bad moon rising. Their later stuff is hit or miss... sonic nurse and a thousand leaves are pretty good. I also love washing machine.

IrritatedTrout
05-16-2013, 03:02 PM
Dirt is sweet and that story about Old Lady Drivers is fucking great. I just listened to that song, I can only imagine waiting 15 years for that shit. :lol:

adamclark52
05-16-2013, 10:51 PM
My friend was playing the 13th Floor Elevators for me earlier and I thought of this thread... alas, wrong band :lol: But this is really cool; I added the full album to spotify. thanks man.

also, I've listened to Sonic Youth's entire discography, basically, and now I consider them one of my favorite bands :rocker: You're right, goo, evol, sister, and daydream nation are clearly the best. But I also really dig the early noise stuff like Confusion is sex and Bad moon rising. Their later stuff is hit or miss... sonic nurse and a thousand leaves are pretty good. I also love washing machine.

You've probably heard more Sonic Youth then me now. I've heard from EVOL thru Washing Machine plus a few songs from before and after. And the 'Silver Sessions for Jason Knuth', which is something for only the hardest of the hardcores.

Thousand Leaves will be the next one I get when the urge hits me. I'm going chronological from hear on, then I'll get the really old stuff later.

And that's Elevators main guy Rick White on the cover of that album. He's the stonedest of the the stoned.

adamclark52
05-16-2013, 10:56 PM
Dirt is sweet and that story about Old Lady Drivers is fucking great. I just listened to that song, I can only imagine waiting 15 years for that shit. :lol:

The thing is I really like everything else by Old and James Plotkin, so my expectations were way too high.

The only saving grace for that album was that it cost me nothing. I have another least favorite I'm working on that goes differently.

adamclark52
05-17-2013, 04:22 PM
Dirt is sweet and that story about Old Lady Drivers is fucking great. I just listened to that song, I can only imagine waiting 15 years for that shit. :lol:

And I forgot to mention in my initial review how much I love the solo in Junkhead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EV2OTBh7Y). Eight notes, a simple repeated melody, less than thirty seconds and probably one of my favorite solos of all-time. Listen to the whole song, but the solo starts at 2:49.

adamclark52
05-17-2013, 08:06 PM
Type O Negative

the Origin of the Feces (1992)
http://www.depot-mailorder.de/Mailorder/Gesamtangebot/t/type-o-negative/cd_type-o-negative_the-origin.jpg

Bloody Kisses (1993)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VtuC8gllL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://pixhost.me/avaxhome/82/e9/000ce982_medium.jpeg (original cover, digipack cover)

Type O Negative has always been one of my favorite bands. The thing is they took so long between albums that I’d forget about them. Then they’d finally come back with something new and remind me why I loved them. But, my love for them started with these two albums. I first heard them on that Black Sabbath tribute album a few pages ago and ran out and bought Bloody Kisses. At first I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a song that was similar to their cover of Black Sabbath (except the bonus track Suspended in Dusk). But over time (like an hour) I grew to love the album more and more. They were able to be so crushingly heavy at times and then so melodic and beautiful at others. And they were able to be both at the same time (see the first four minutes of Christian Woman). I first had the digipack version on the album and bought the standard edition a few months later. I still prefer the digipack version; the running order makes more sense to me. Between the two versions they still hold the record for spending the longest amount of time in my five-disc CD changer; eleven months. The only reason Bloody Kisses left my CD changer was that October Rust came out and that album took it's place. I got the Origin of the Feces shortly after Bloody Kisses and was a little put off by the fact that it was a little less gothic sounding. But again, over time I grew to love it. And the story behind the albums recording (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Origin_of_the_Feces) makes me love it even more. That’s just genius. A lot of my idols have fallen in the last few years but Peter Steele is the one that really hits me the hardest. I still can't believe he's gone.
Favorite Song (Origin of the Feces): Are You Afraid? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0_ecYSiQfc)
Favorite Song (Bloody Kisses): Blood & Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka4UOVnjdP4)

adamclark52
05-17-2013, 09:32 PM
Misfits
https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1905669593/Misfits-FiendSkull.jpg
I can’t really go by album with the Misfits since they only released two full lengths with Glenn Danzig, four if you count the two unreleased albums. By basing my write up on those four albums I would leave a lot of really good material out. So let me just say that I love the Misfits (with Glen Danzig on vocals) as a whole. Really, there aren’t too many songs that I didn’t like. None really. I was already a Danzig (solo artist) fan when I joined my first band in late 1997. I’d heard of the Misfits but never heard any of their music until then. To say I loved the Misfits from the get go would be an understatement. I couldn’t believe that punk music (I never have been a fan of much punk) could be so catchy, dark and awesome. We used to cover She, We Are 138, Halloween, Attitude and if I could’ve I’d have scrapped all the originals and just played Misfits covers. They were simple and fun to play and everyone loved them. We even somehow got the chance to open for the Misfits in St. Cathrines, Ontario at a club show for the American Psycho tour but my mom wouldn’t let me go so we had to drop off. Honestly, Misfits are probably in my top ten bands of all-time. To even pick five favorites is impossible because the sixth song I’ll listen to will be one I love as well. If there's anything wrong with them it's that the recording quality of well, everything is pretty spotty. But most of it was recorded in basements in the late 1970's so it's forgivable. American Psycho was a great album too, even without Glen.
Five Favorite Songs: Hollywood Babylon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHVs9NNgkLw) (terrible version but I can't find a studio one), Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08Ww0onnJ64), Some Kinda Hate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI0Q2iahC_s), Halloween II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyfnhQXxVWc), Cough/Cool (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wfHhd95S7Y)
Favorite Song (American Psycho): Shining (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsMQ5dnzASM&list=PL0BB21B8DCC38D7A7)
Here's a bonus of Entombed covering Hollywood Babylon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDEZXLpNFOM), because it's one of the best covers I've ever heard. The fact that they added the beeping from Die, Die My Darling is just brilliant.

VoidFlame
05-18-2013, 06:12 AM
I'm in love with this thread. It's fascinating to see someone so passionate and open-minded; and the descriptions are really fun to read. Keep it up man!!

adamclark52
05-18-2013, 07:01 AM
Glad people are finding it fun. There's still quite a bit to come.

adamclark52
05-18-2013, 06:50 PM
Faith No More

King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime (1995)
http://www.qpratools.com/gallery/0002/faith_no_more-king_for_a_day_-_fool_for_a_lifetime-front.jpg

Album of the Year (1997)
http://trueslant.com/michelecatalano/files/2010/04/faith-no-more-album-of-the-year-1997.jpg

Faith No More really are one of the greatest bands of all time. There is no reason not to like them. They were able to incorporate pretty much every style of music on their albums. King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime was the prime example of that in my opinion. It has sleazy sex lounge music (Evidence), 1920ís big band music (Star A.D.), chilled out island calypso music (Caralho Voador), drunken, depressed country bar music (Take This Bottle), hardcore punk (Ugly in the Morning, Digging the Grave) and 1970ís soul music (Just a Man). Not to mention a heaping pile of awesome 1990s alternative rock. And it was all done so well. What held this album back was it followed up such a landmark (1992s Angel Dust, number four in my top twenty). But it is worth you attention. 1997s Album of the Year was just that. When I started compiling my year end lists it was the album of the year for that year. It was a big more straightforward than King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime but nevertheless excellent. Listening to Pristina still brings a tear to my eye since it was the end of such a great run. Two flawless albums from start to finish. Two albums that are top fifty material for sure.
Favorite Song (King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime): King For A Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAUXPkx7gMI)
Favorite Song (Album of the Year): Pristina (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAsVa768r8E)

adamclark52
05-18-2013, 06:58 PM
Special Bonus: adamclark52's LEAST Favorite Albums

Mike Patton – Adult Themes for Voice (1996)
http://o.scdn.co/300/d4a57d137769643e1d69d9b9ecbf27da48b7b9f1
I’m not sure when my love affair with Mike Patton and anything he touched started. I think it may have been in 1999 when I went full-on retard for Mr. Bungle. But I know when it ended. When I heard this album. It was some time in the early-2000’s. I was already underwhelmed by Tomahawks debut but still salivated whenever I heard Mike Patton was putting his voice on anything. I was like so many others who worshipped the ground he walked on and would pay money even for an album that was forty minutes of him farting into a microphone. This album is the closest you can get to that. I’ve never listened to the whole thing so there may well be a song that’s him farting into the mic. Most of what I made it through was just yelling and random vocal noises. No instruments, no beats, no structure. Like grindcore but without the good. I guess if you were into the most abstract avant-guard music out there and liked shooting heroin you may enjoy this. But I don’t do either of those things. It was after this I started looking at his music differently. I realized that everything he touched was not gold (see Fantomas ‘Suspended Animation’, the Peeping Tom album, the EP with the Dillinger Escape Plan). I think it’s all a joke though by Mike. He knows people would pay for an album of him farting in a microphone so he put one out to test if the theory was correct. And I paid thirty dollars for it. That fucking troll.
Worst Song: Inconsolable Widows In Search Of Distraction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgex1ukrsko)

adamclark52
05-19-2013, 06:20 PM
A Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... (2000)
http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/a/a-silver-mt-zion/album-he-has-left-us-alone-but-shafts-of-light-sometimes-grace-the-corners-of-our-rooms.jpg
Hands down the most depressing album I’ve ever heard. With Godspeed You! Black Emperor on hiatus for most of the 2000’s I was very happy when I discovered Silver Mt. Zion (or whatever variation of that name they’re going by on any given album) in late 2005. They’re pretty much a stripped down version of GY!BE with vocals. This album starts with a four part piece that builds very slowly for the first two parts (Broken Chords Can Sing a Little and Sit in the Middle of Three Galloping Dogs) before hitting its full on in the third part (Stumble Then Rise on Some Awkward Morning). The second part has some wicked samples. Then the fourth part (Movie (Never Made)) comes in with the vocals. And while that may throw some fans of GY!BE they’re pretty much what you’d expect from these guys: the saddest vocals you can imagine. Those first four songs take a little over twenty three minutes but just leave your jaw hanging open. If you're not ready to kill yourself after that the second half of the album will probably do it. 13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round the Side of Your Bed and Long March Rocket or Doomed Airliner (which is just the last seven seconds of the previous song fading out) are two haunting drones and For Wanda is probably the saddest song I’ve ever heard, especially when you read the story of the song and album (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Has_Left_Us_Alone_but_Shafts_of_Light_Sometimes _Grace_the_Corner_of_Our_Rooms...). This is an album that you just put on, lay down in the middle of the floor and get lost in for an hour. Because even though it’s only forty seven minutes you’re going to lay there for a few minutes after it’s done and just reflect for a bit.
Favorite Song: 13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round the Side of Your Bed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQZfGa5t4e8)

John The Drummer
05-20-2013, 12:26 PM
I realized that everything he touched was not gold (see Fantomas ‘Suspended Animation’, the Peeping Tom album, the EP with the Dillinger Escape Plan).


Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Thems be fightin' words right there!!!

adamclark52
05-20-2013, 02:18 PM
Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Thems be fightin' words right there!!!

The problem I had with that EP was rather than being "the Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton" it was "Mike Patton... with the Dillinger Escape Plan". Instead of complimenting them it became too much of a Mike Patton show. It was like they were just his backing band. But that's the problem with Mike Patton, he's usually at the forefront of anything he does. And it's usually justified because he's so good. Just in that case it wasn't working for me.

The Fantomas/Melvin's Big Band live album was another one where he was just too much in the forefront. So many Melvins songs got butchered on that album.

John The Drummer
05-21-2013, 12:22 PM
The problem I had with that EP was rather than being "the Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton" it was "Mike Patton... with the Dillinger Escape Plan". Instead of complimenting them it became too much of a Mike Patton show. It was like they were just his backing band. But that's the problem with Mike Patton, he's usually at the forefront of anything he does. And it's usually justified because he's so good. Just in that case it wasn't working for me.

The Fantomas/Melvin's Big Band live album was another one where he was just too much in the forefront. So many Melvins songs got butchered on that album.

Fair enough. Personally, I do not like DEP at all, other then that one EP, only because of what Mike Patton did on it :lol:

adamclark52
05-23-2013, 11:25 PM
Bathory – Twilight of the Gods (1991)
http://ring.cdandlp.com/osmoseproductions/photo_grande/114207764.jpg
I’m not too into the world of Viking metal. I’ve got everything by Enslaved but they just seemed to have Viking elements mixed in with mostly black metal. And Amon Amarth is just melodic death metal played by guys who look like Vikings. I think this album epitomizes what Viking metal is. Every song just has this epic feeling to it. Just listen to the choir in title track and tell me you didn’t fashion a spear out of one of your dads’ three hundred dollar pool cues. Even my three year old son, who spends most days bouncing off walls and jumping on my head, stops dead when he hears that choir and starts zombie walking. What makes this album so awesome is that the band (or just Quorthon I guess) wasn’t trying as hard as others these days do. The music seems really natural. Like this is music, this is what it’s supposed to sound like. I think he wasn’t setting out to making a Viking metal album. He was making an album and people took it upon themselves to categorize it as "Viking metal". What I love more than anything is Quorthons’ off-key vocals. Some people may wonder why there’s a singer on this album that can’t hold a tune but I think it adds so much charm to the music. Just listen to Under the Runes. The guy is way off key during the chorus but it really works. Those moments are all over the album and a lot of their other songs as well(One Rode to Asa Bay wasn't on this album but it's another prime example). I like that most of the black metal is gone from Bathory at this point too. The black metal sections were always really good but the production was always really crappy too. That’s another high point for this album; it sounds pretty much perfect for the band and the time. Cool cover too, Bathory albums always have wicked covers. A simple landscape my not seem too special these days but twenty years ago their weren't as many bands, so it was a really cool thing. I haven’t heard much Bathory but I really have to get around to it, because everything I’ve heard is pretty fantastic. And come on, there’s seven songs on this album and THREE have the word “blood” in the title. How Viking is that?
Favorite Song: Twilight of the Gods (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_w72-AsoGQ)

IrritatedTrout
05-24-2013, 03:00 PM
I always found Bathory to be really interesting. I don't have any of their albums but I dig their stuff when I hear it.

adamclark52
05-24-2013, 06:17 PM
Rotting Christ - Κατά τον δαίμονα του εαυτού (2013)
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/0/5/360530.jpg?1120
My thoughts on this album haven't changed. (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=516855&postcount=1)
Favorite Song: In Yumen - Xibalba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq7F_fSiZi0)

adamclark52
05-25-2013, 06:26 PM
My Bloody Valentine Ė Loveless (1991)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UNfnMazsPrY/Tx3gLdA-SoI/AAAAAAAAABg/EkppXEvf1EQ/s1600/My+Bloody+Valentine+-+Loveless.jpg
Even though this album is NOT METAL itís probably one of the loudest albums Iíve ever heard. Thatís one hundred percent thanks to the wall of guitar Kevin Shields perfected on this album. The cover pretty much sums the album up, a guitar distorted and blurred to the point where youíre not even sure if what youíre listening to is a guitar. Iím no engineer but it sounds to me like there are at least five layers of guitar on any given track. And theyíre way up in the mix. I barely notice the drums and canít even make out the bass. On top of all that they have this totally unique effect on them that sounds like the quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape is breaking down, or theyíre wailing on their whammy bars the entire album. It wouldnít work on most albums but itís one of the coolest guitar sounds Iíve ever heard in my life. Thatís what sets this album apart from everything else. Without that guitar effect it would be a decent pop/rock album. That said; there are some wicked songs on here too.
Favorite Song: To Here Knows When (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdHS1sbV5xw)

adamclark52
05-25-2013, 07:50 PM
I always found Bathory to be really interesting. I don't have any of their albums but I dig their stuff when I hear it.

They're a very important band in the world of Scandinavian metal; Emperor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW4Basxpte4) covered them (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut7ED9s2pmM)!

adamclark52
06-01-2013, 05:21 PM
Ninja Gaiden Series (NES, 1988-1991)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/9/9b/20120924065414!Ninja_Gaiden_(NES).jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/66/Ninja_Gaiden_II-_The_Dark_Sword_of_Chaos_boxart.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ec/Ninja_Gaiden_III_The_Ancient_Ship_of_Doom.jpg
I guess this isn't an album but it's nevertheless some of my favorite music of all time. Aside from the Beatles I can't think of anything I've listened to longer in my life than this. It was a couple of years before even Final Fantasy or Nirvana. If you were a kid in the early 1990’s you probably thought ninjas were pretty fucking cool. And you probably had Nintendo. So these games were the shit. I loved ninjas, and I had Nintendo, but when my friend Fred first rented Ninja Gaiden II I was more interested in the music. Basic to the core MIDI music but good programmers back in those days could still convey tons of feelings out of it to set the mood perfectly. I played Ninja Gaiden Sigma on PS3 and all I remember from that game was Rachel (http://gamedrunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/rachel1.jpg). But I’ve known the music from these three games, when they occur and what’s going on when they’re playing for twenty years. The first one is probably the best of all three, despite the second game being my favorite. And the third I don’t remember too much, but it wasn’t as bad a game as people will tell you. As long as you had Game Genie.
Favorite Song (Ninja Gaiden): Mines, Act 4-2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LZFly74qV8)
Favorite Song (Ninja Gaiden II: the Dark Sword of Chaos): The Parasprinter, Act 3-2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEnv2JQ38OI)
Favorite Song (Ninja Gaiden III: the Ancient Ship of Doom): Lava Caverns, Act 2-2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfrZ3oc-Nnk)

adamclark52
06-01-2013, 05:27 PM
It's funny, after I did the last post I noticed the tag line on Ninja Gaiden II read "Hard to Beat". That was the only one of the three that I could get to the final boss in. I couldn't beat him but I got there. I can't remember how far I could get in the first and I still remember only being able to get to Act 3-2 of the third. Of course, Game Genie fixed all that.

adamclark52
06-06-2013, 11:49 PM
I love mid-1990's Scandinavian black metal, tonight I'm posting some of my favorites from that genre.

adamclark52
06-06-2013, 11:57 PM
Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997)
http://m.cdn.blog.hu/ze/zenezenezene/image/Covers/Emperor%20-%20Anthems%20to%20the%20Welkin%20at%20Dusk.jpg
My first black metal album almost didnít happen. Iíll admit that when I first saw the epic video for the Loss and Curse of Reverence I was like ďwhat the fuck is this, all I hear is keyboards, bass drum and something resembling vocalsĒ. I may have even laughed at it because I was young, dumb as fuck and just not ready for music like this. But after it was done it stuck with me for a year. It was in my head and when I ended up at a music store a year or so later I went straight for Emperor. I couldnít even remember the name of the song so of all their albums I grabbed this one and kept my fingers crossed. I listened to the album wondering if Iíd come across ďthat songĒ but after the first couple of songs it didnít matter, this album RULED! By the time I got to the Loss and Curse of Reverence I was already sold on Emperor. We just drank and listened to this album at maximum volume in out college dorm, and everyone loved us for it. Most of Emperors other material is essential too (In the Nightside Eclipse) but this was their peak. And I consider the Loss and Curse of Reverence to be the greatest music video of all-time. Fuck you Tool!
Favorite Song: the Loss and Curse of Reverence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BI4_NMxPb8)

adamclark52
06-07-2013, 12:03 AM
Dissection Ė Storm of the Lightís Bane (1995)
http://metalship.org/archives/albums/album1214.jpg
I donít really have a wicked story or memory associated with this album. I first heard it in college in late 1999 but that was an average drunken night. I probably got beaten up a little later on in the evening and I probably deserved it. All I have to say about Dissection is I really am not a fan of what Iíve read about Jon NŲdtveidt, his beliefs and his actions. I look past all that and just appreciate the fact that they put out two really wicked albums in the early 1990ís, this one being the better of the two. If you consider yourself a fan of black or death metal and havenít heard this you best click on the link below.
Favorite Song: Where Dead Angels Lie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-uM6oDkw8c)

adamclark52
06-07-2013, 12:13 AM
Ulver
Bergtatt (1995)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d21/3089_ulver_bergtatt.jpg

Kveldssanger (1996)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1e/Ulver-kveldssanger.jpg

Nattens Madrigal (1997)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d23/3091_ulver_nattens_madrigal.jpg
Ulver released three essential 1990’s Scandinavian black metal albums in my opinion. The three could not be anymore different from one another yet all encompass an essential thread of black metal. The first (and my personal favorite of the three) Bergtatt is just a beautifully crafted and thought out album. The melodies are strong, the vocals are haunting and the mood perfectly grim. It’s a perfect album except for the fact that it’s just over a half an hour long. Way too short. The follow-up Kveldssanger was a total curveball: all acoustic, Gregorian folk music. Despite the stylistic change it still has the same overall feeling of their first album. It can get a little old after awhile though, I prefer listening to songs from it on random on iTunes. Then they went in the complete opposite direction again with Nattens Madrigal. They went from a soothing acoustic album to the harshest black metal album I’ve ever heard. There are bands out there with shitty production (Darkthrone), angry riffs (Inquisition) and disgusting moods (Watain) but this album tops anything any of those bands ever did. The stories behind this album are abundant and we’ll never get the real truth. But as it is this is the harshest black metal ever recorded and it has to be heard to be believed. Then after these three albums Ulver ceased to be black metal and went on to dark ambient music leaving us with this epic trilogy.
Favorite Song (Bergtatt): Capitel V: Bergtatt - Ind I Fjeldkamrene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC2mMl9EQEk)
Favorite Song (Kveldssanger): Halling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsCns0YfQVg)
Favorite Song (Nattens Madrigal): Hymne VI: Of Wolf and Passion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZhpWgTWYOw)

Rocco44
06-07-2013, 10:22 AM
Yes yes and yes. Those are some great albums.

I don't listen to Nattens Madrigal too often due to the terrible production but damn does it have some great riffs.

adamclark52
06-10-2013, 12:27 AM
Weezer (1994)
http://www.banquetrecords.com/item.jpg?5338537
In 1994 this album just floored everyone. I donít know one person from my high school who didnít love Buddy Holly and the ones that bought the album found out that the band had nine other songs that were even better. This is the perfect pop-rock album. Catchy as hell with some awesome riffs and wicked harmonies. I personally loved the distorted bass that also drove this album from not only being catchy but also really fucking heavy. 1994 was a great fucking year.
Favorite Song: No One Else (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRGYNdxX2qU)

adamclark52
06-10-2013, 12:30 AM
Skinless Ė Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead (2006)
http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/skinless_trample_dead.jpg
This is another death metal album that isnít overly complex but is so awesome because the songs are memorable. It has some of the fattest riffs in death metal, some of the best samples and (the highlight) some of the sickest vocals out there from Jason Keyser, in his one appearance with the band. I love that his vocals are a little lower in the mix. It gives the album a really raw feeling despite the fact that itís really well produced. Iíve heard heís in Origin now so itíll be cool to hear what they come up with if they ever record with him. The seven original songs on here are just fucking awesome. Itís got the perfect length of almost a half hour. The only thing that kills the album a bit is the cover of Black Sabbaths Wicked World thatís tacked on at the end. It's good but sounds really out of place.
Favorite Song: A Unilateral Disgust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsUwJayZSQU)

adamclark52
06-10-2013, 12:33 AM
the Prodigy Ė Experience (1992)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31EV3R2AAXL.jpg
Dance/electronica/techno is another genre that Iím really not all that in to but I know a good album when I hear it. This album has some pretty decent beats but my favorite parts are the vocals and samples. I donít listen to this music too often so vocals that are pitch shifted up is something alien to me. Iíve heard vocals pitch shifted down a million times in metal music and when the vocals are pitch shifted up in metal it usually ends up sounding terrible (see the review of Old Lady Drivers a few weeks ago). In this music I canít imagine anything else. Their follow up has better songs (including one with one of the greatest music videos ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svJvT6ruolA)) but it has some really bad ones too. This album is more consistent so therefore itís better.
Favorite Song: Music Reach 1/2/3/4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM_tK0oLM_4)

larvtard
06-21-2013, 10:51 PM
Dude, that Silver Mt. Zion record... fuck. I love it. Those violins - so melancholic.

I should really start listening to more post-rock. I've always had a hang-up about it because of the lack of vocals, but I don't really mind that anymore. I also just checked out 65daysofstatic and while they're not very depressing, I dig 'em a lot.

(Ulver and Skinless sound pretty cool too.)

adamclark52
06-22-2013, 03:27 AM
Dude, that Silver Mt. Zion record... fuck. I love it. Those violins - so melancholic.

I should really start listening to more post-rock. I've always had a hang-up about it because of the lack of vocals, but I don't really mind that anymore. I also just checked out 65daysofstatic and while they're not very depressing, I dig 'em a lot.

(Ulver and Skinless sound pretty cool too.)

I'm glad you're getting so much out of this thread. If I can help one person out then my job is done. There's still a bit to come but this has taken a backseat for my Napalm Death thread. But I'm not done.

Judging by what you've enjoyed in this thread you may like Ulvers later dark-ambient stuff. I've never listened to it too much so I can't comment, but you should check it out.

adamclark52
06-22-2013, 07:45 PM
Desert Sessions, The - Vol. 1&2 (1998)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513TRF2Q3TL.jpg
I was never too into drugs in my teenage years. But when I was, I listened to this. A ďsupergroupĒ of sorts that was made up of Josh Homme (pre-rockstar) and a bunch of guys from bands Iíve never heard of going into the desert, dropping acid and jamming. They released ten EPís under this name but this is really the only one (two, I guess) worth your time. I canít say too much more other than go get really fucking high and listen to it.
Favorite Song: Screamin' Eagle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvTWKO24aQA)

adamclark52
06-22-2013, 07:55 PM
Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain (1992)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/62/Sleep's_Holy_Mountain.jpg
Since we’re on the topic of getting high…Sleep. I remember being high as a kite sometime in 1996 or 1997 watching Muchmusic’s Friday night metal show Loud. They always played a lot of stuff I liked, but they always closed the show with a bit more obscure, “how the hell did this end up on the air, even if it’s one o’clock in the morning” videos that I loved. You gotta remember, this was a decade before youTube. Dragonaut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-FjO3E8K-E) was one of those videos. My mind…was blown. Like so many other times I ran to the CD store the next day and they actually had two copies of Holy Mountain. There was some other half baked there in front of me buying it too (he was probably watching Loud the night before too). I got home and didn’t even smoke any weed; I just listened in awe to this album. I did like the songs Aquarian, Holy Mountain, From Beyond and the aforementioned Dragonaut best at first, because I preferred the singing over the yelling. But this album isn’t about the singing; it’s about those fucking riffs. You can’t find one song that doesn’t have one riff in it that is anything less than EPIC. All due respect to Tony Iommi, he wrote some of the greatest riffs in metal history. But they were never played with the ferocity of this album. If you like riffs, weed or a combination of both you are a fool for not listening to this album. Sleep recorded another album really good album (I think you all know the one I’m talking about (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_and_Dopesmoker)) but this was just fucking awesome. Earache records was really an awesome label in the early 1990’s.
Favorite Song: From Beyond (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3ORzWqSqws)

adamclark52
06-28-2013, 09:45 AM
Sons of Otis – Templeball (1999)
http://www.whitedwarfrock.com/media/images/info/sonsofotis_templeball.jpg
Still on the topic of getting high here is a Toronto blues/stoner band that everyone should check out. I mentioned these guys earlier in my post about Shallow, North Dakota. I never really listened to Sons of Otis before that show either but after the show I spent two years looking everywhere for this damn album. And unlike a lot of other times when I spend eons looking for an album only to be disappointed, this was actually worth it. The only bad thing about this album is the drums are a (terribly programmed) drum machine. But it has some bad-ass riffs. I really recommend smoking a big fat joint before listening to this album because it will be an experience you’ll want to relive over and over. That is, if you can even find this album.
Favorite Song: Super Typhoon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3xx9HJ617o&list=PLFFB43892EB5EDB7F&index=5)

adamclark52
06-28-2013, 10:03 AM
Nachtmystium Ė Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2 (2010)
http://metalasfuck.net/zine/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium/nachtmystium_addictsBlkMedd.jpg
Iíve been talking about getting high a lot lately, maybe even glorifying it a bit too much. Itís perfectly okay to get high if youíre careful. If youíre not youíll end up like this album. Itís just very dirty and depressing. But, it has a lot of really good songs on it. And for as dirty and depressing as this album makes me feel a lot of the music is surprisingly upbeat. The keyboards are really good on songs like No Funeral, The End Is Eternal and Every Last Drop. And the guitar work is fantastic on the whole damn album. No single song sticks out. Iíd recommend this album if you like Motorhead or Darkthrone. Those are the two bands that I hear when Iím listening to this album. But if the video for Every Last Drop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCwauWLlo_c) doesnít make you feel a little sick to your stomach youíve got something wrong with you.
Favorite Song: Ruined Life Continuum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZbvIgzti1o)

adamclark52
07-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Aphex Twin – Drukqs (2002)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_mzFnEtUMVcY/R78AOJ-GJPI/AAAAAAAAAGw/U_iOIelziC4/s320/aphex+twin+drukqs.jpg
Aphex Twin is quite the hard pill to swallow. I don’t really consider Aphex Twin techno, electronica, dance or whatever. They (he) encompassed elements of those styles but put it all together to create a sound that was just…Aphex Twin. I usually refer to this music as “broken computer music”. Think of your computer wigging out, sparks flying out of it, weird images coming out of the screen and smoke coming from the back. Aphex Twin is the soundtrack to that visual. On this album he added a lot of piano interludes that gave you some time to breath after the chaos. And some of them are actually beautiful. So of them though, could be considered filler. If he had trimmed a bit of the fat and made it one disc it would have been top twenty material. As it is it's just incredible, and the amount of work that went into creating it is astonishing. Disc One is far superior to Disk Two.
Favorite Song (Disc One): Jynweythek Ylow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KD8kWksOmc)
Favorite Song (Disc Two): Beskhu3epnm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUz8NvXZizE)
Both of those are piano interludes, so here’s my favorite “dance song” off the album: Vordhosbn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iEl7OKrLGI)

And if you've never heard of Aphex Twin you should probably watch this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MBaEEODzU0). I wouldn't be posting it if it wasn't another one of the greatest music videos of all-time.

adamclark52
07-01-2013, 01:33 PM
Nails – Abandon All Life (2013)
http://dyingscene.com/wp-content/uploads/abandonalllife-300x300.jpg
I’m really, really new to this album. I’ve only had it for two or three weeks. But it only took me a few seconds to realize that it was one of the best albums I’d heard in a long time. I love me some short, fast songs and this has it in abundance. The production and mixing is goddamn perfect. I know I said earlier that I was a little tired of the Stockholm guitar sound but it works here. The vocals are insane. Like, perfectly insane. Even the artwork is incredible. The band picture (http://cdn2-www.craveonline.com/assets/uploads/2013/02/file_205115_0_nails-band.jpg) is scarier than any of those cheesy black metal bands from Portland. And the songs, which are the most important part afterall, are fucking mint. They write some of the heaviest riffs I've heard in a long time and play them for only ten seconds, which is genius because it leaves you wanting more, MORE, MORE! Now’s the time where I’d usually say, “however…”. But not this time.
Favorite Song: No Surrender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4_7peU2RUU&list=PLr3ViTcgePdh9MXrtApAS-McRrSRTjY8i) (that riff thirty seconds in:drool:)

kalfitegrdan
07-02-2013, 06:08 AM
Nails Ė Abandon All Life (2013)
http://dyingscene.com/wp-content/uploads/abandonalllife-300x300.jpg
Iím really, really new to this album. Iíve only had it for two or three weeks. But it only took me a few seconds to realize that it was one of the best albums Iíd heard in a long time. I love me some short, fast songs and this has it in abundance. The production and mixing is goddamn perfect. I know I said earlier that I was a little tired of the Stockholm guitar sound but it works here. The vocals are insane. Like, perfectly insane. Even the artwork is incredible. The band picture (http://cdn2-www.craveonline.com/assets/uploads/2013/02/file_205115_0_nails-band.jpg) is scarier than any of those cheesy black metal bands from Portland. And the songs, which are the most important part afterall, are fucking mint. They write some of the heaviest riffs I've heard in a long time and play them for only ten seconds, which is genius because it leaves you wanting more, MORE, MORE! Nowís the time where Iíd usually say, ďhoweverÖĒ. But not this time.
Favorite Song: No Surrender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4_7peU2RUU&list=PLr3ViTcgePdh9MXrtApAS-McRrSRTjY8i) (that riff thirty seconds in:drool:)

Just a phenomenal record!

That Aphex Twin album is pretty damn good as well. I haven't listened to him in forever.

adamclark52
07-11-2013, 12:49 AM
Amon Amarth Ė With Oden On Our Side (2006)
http://www.churchofmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/amon-amarth-with-oden.jpg
Amon Amarth is one of those bands that any album is interchangeable. They are the AC/DC of death metal. What I mean, basically, is every album is the same. If you like one there is no reason why you wouldnít like the others. Thereís nothing wrong with that. Consistency is good and sometimes you need something you can rely on. And you can rely on the fact that an album by Amon Amarth will have forty minutes of solid metal. Great melodies: check. Catchy songs: check. Epic stories about Vikings: check. You always remember your ďfirstĒ. Your first girl, your first car and your first album by a certain band. This was my first Amon Amarth album so it holds fond memories for me. I keep telling a story about the time in my life that was winter 2006/2007, playing Final Fantasy XII and the music I was listening to at the time and how much it helped me. Well, this is another album I got at that time. I can say itís better than Vs. the World or Twilight of the Thundergod but if I had heard those albums first they may have taken this spot on the list. I donít understand why though that if they play any songs off this album live now itís usually the three worst songs off it (Asator, Runes to My Memory and the Cry of the Blackbirds). Just listen to Amon Amarth because itís always quality music.
Favorite Song: Prediction Of Warfare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIL-p9Gu6cw)

adamclark52
07-11-2013, 01:01 AM
Enslaved Ė Isa (2004)
http://images.thegauntlet.com/pix/Enslaved%20-%20Isa%20CD.jpg
I always hop back and forth on what my favorite Enslaved album is; this or Ruun. Iím pretty sure itís Ruun but damn this album is right at its heels. What separates the two is Ruun was very organic and singular song driven where as this is very spacey and taken better as a whole. I remember buying it after I saw the video for Isa. I didnít even care for the song (even today I think itís one of the weaker songs) but I bought the album anyway. Damn, was I glad I did. I think I was in Intermediate Trade School at the time and was stressing out big-time. This album helped me relax. I got Ruun shortly afterwards and the one-two punch of such great albums made me think Enslaved may be the best band in the world. Unfortunately Iím not too high on their other albums (save a song here and there) and I rank this and Ruun light-years ahead of anything else theyíve put out. I can remember Revolver magazine :dorky: even gave this album five out of five, in an article that was probably bookended by literary wisdom of Vinnie Paul talking about pussy and Christina Scabbatia talking about her pussy. I'm thankful to have seen them on the Ruun tour twice and saw them play most of this album live. Today, you'll hear the title track and that's it. So bad that such a great album has been lost to time.
Favorite Song: Violet Dawning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-cfYLYpfI)

Rocco44
07-12-2013, 05:03 PM
Nice. I would have picked different albums from Amon Amarth and Enslaved but they are two of the most consistently great bands out there so any album would be a good choice.

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:19 PM
I'm going to burn through some death metal tonight. No real memories or stories. In fact, a lot of these albums are "staples" in the world of death metal. But maybe some of the younger readers will hear something they like and throw out all their Oceano CD's.

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:23 PM
Suffocation Ė Pierced from Within (1995)
http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID20872/images/Pierced_From_Within.jpg
I said months ago that the debate of Effigy of the Forgotten verses Pierced from Within will never end. I personally love Effigy of the Forgotten for the raw brutality. Pierced from Within is a totally different beast with way better production and better song writing overall. But I just donít like Frankís vocals as much on this album. If you could combine the song writing on this album with the vocals of Effigy of the Forgotten you would have had an album that wouldíve been in my top five.
Favorite Song: Thrones of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37OXNakWPEE)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:26 PM
Cryptopsy Ė None So Vile (1996)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d68/265_cryptopsy_none_so_vile.jpg
Technical Br00tal Death Metal is a tricky thing to do well. You can go too overboard and up being one of those noodle-core bands. Rings of Saturn can play a million notes but I have no idea what any of their songs are, when one starts, when one finishes, if Iím listening to a ten minute song or ten minute long songs. But if you have enough restraint (and talent) you can make a technical death metal album and have songs that people will remember after itís done. Cryptopsy, on this their masterpiece, crafted songs that were brutally heavy, uber-technical, dirty, disgusting and yet all stand out on their own. And I can even hear the bass! Thank god too, because itís fucking fantastic. Thereís a reason why people hold this album in such high regard; itís fucking awesome.
Favorite Song: Crown of Horns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYv269-HcqU)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:34 PM
Deicide
Deicide (1990)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fi/6/6d/Deicide_kansi.jpg

Legion (1992)
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/C9YAAMXQySpRR7Lr/$T2eC16NHJHYE9nzpcwejBRR7LrNfgg~~60_35.JPG?set_id= 8800005007

White alert, white alert, white alert, the listeners are here.
Our patrols spotted him in the jungle.
Quick, drink the potion they've come to kill us.
Quick, drink the wine, drink the wine.
They'll be here with flame throwers, drink, drink.
If you chug it you'll feel drowsy
You'll lie down and go to sleep, sleep forever...

I like Deicide. I know a lot of people hate them and I can admit they’ve only released two above average albums since 1995. But I still always liked them. That said; they did peak right at the beginning of their career. You just can’t fuck with those first two albums (three, because Once Upon the Cross is really good too but just not as good as these two). It’s not technical, it’s not flashy but it’s well put together, fun to listen to and (here’s that word again) catchy. I instantly know any song off either of these albums. And seriously, that riff in the verses of Sacrificial Suicide has to be one of the best death metal riffs of all-time.
Favorite Song (Deicide): Sacrificial Suicide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0TXXMtvovI) (here's that classic cable access version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxLdgcWS-WU) too)
Favorite Song (Legion): Revocate The Agitator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuGwlkmoIS0)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:44 PM
Carcass Ė Necrotism: Descanting the Insalubrious (1992)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d80/277_carcass_necroticism_descanting_the_insalubrios .jpg
Carcass. What more can I write about Carcass that hasnít been written? Truth be told I like Carcass but I donít LOVE them like so many people. I really didnít like the first two albums and Heartwork has three or four songs that I really like. Same for Swansong. Itís all good stuff but itís just not stuff I love. Except this album. This album is mint from start to finish. There are so many great songs but then there are little fills here and there that just make you go ďwhoaĒ (like those little fills at around 5:15 of Inpropagation :drool:). This is such a guitar album. There are just so many great riffs. If there's a downfall to this album it's that there is just so much going on that it can get exhausting to listen to. It was number two in Decibel Magazines recent "Top One Hundred Death Metal albums" special issue. There are a lot of other albums I personally like better but as a general concensious and in the grand scheme of things, and considering how influential this album was, it probably should have been number one.
Favorite Song: Incarnated Solvent Abuse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At_JuydL-Ko)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:51 PM
Behemoth Ė Demigod (2005)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3c/Behemoth_-_Demigod_2004.png
I've enjoyed everything Iíve heard by Behemoth but this album is head and shoulders above it all because the vocals are so awesome, thanks to all they layering on them. Itís like a choir of evil in every song. Their other albums have great songs but they never jump out at me. This album the songs just fly out of the speakers. The first five songs especially. Itís just like, ďwhoa! Shit! Holy cow! Jesus Christ!Ē I remember the first time I listened to it by time I got to Towards Babylon I was just like; ďthis album is so fucking awesome, these vocals are so damn brutal!Ē I guess you could say this was the album that made Behemoth famous. And rightfully so because itís just a great album.
Favorite Song: Demigod (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o7SamPkmeg)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 06:55 PM
Nile - Black Seeds of Vengeance (2000)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d91/3060_nile_black_seeds_of_vengeance.jpg
For the longest time I considered this Nile's best album. Thatís probably because it has two of their greatest songs: the title track and Masturbating the War God. But then I really listened to Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka and came to the realization that was the better album. Not to say this wasnít an incredible album too. They really upped the Egyptian thing, especially with some of the later songs. And some of the filler songs make this feel like Nileís ďdirtiestĒ album. Like when I listen to this album I just feel myself getting wrapped in dirty, old mummyÖwrap. Thereís just a bit too much filler and a few songs drag on a little bit. But as I said, you should own this because the title track and Masturbating the War God are two of the best songs Nile have ever written.
Favorite Song: Masturbating the War God (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppBmxfQYt4)

adamclark52
07-12-2013, 07:02 PM
Disgorge
Consume the Forsaken (2002)
http://deathmetalnow.com/uploads/posts/2013-05/thumbs/1368951302_front-cover.jpg

Parallels of Infinite Torture (2005)
http://www.allflac.com/covers/b/b_8715_Disgorge-Parallels_Of_Infinite_Torture-2005.jpg
Iíve heard a lot of Br00tal Death Metal in the last few years and a lot of it ranges from shit to just okay. Disgorge, especially on these two albums, are probably the best band Iíve heard doing this kind of music since the year 2000. Theyíre over shadowed (of course) by pre-millennium stuff by Suffocation and Cryptopsy. But I consider them a ďnewerĒ band and I think theyíre the best ďnewerĒ br00tal death metal band out there. Iím contradicting myself a lot here but I like that their albums are just a blur of riffs, blast-beats and death vocals. Something about this band is just better than any of the million other bands out there doing this.
Favorite Song (Consume the Forsaken): Divine Suffering (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkYv1-sib_Y)
Favorite Song (Parallels of Infinite Torture): Descending Upon Convulsive Devourment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf5RCUyRnc8)

adamclark52
07-20-2013, 08:23 PM
Skrew Ė Angel Seed XXIII (1997)
http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_250/MI0002/094/MI0002094896.jpg?partner=allrovi.com
Skrew should have been bigger than they ended up. They released some really solid industrial metal in the early 1990ís that any fan of Ministry would enjoy. Then they released what I felt was their best album (this album) just at a bad time. 1997 was not a good time for metal (unless you sounded like KoRn or the Deftones). It was a dark time and a lower-tiered band like Skrew suffered greatly. It didnít help that the only magazine that promoted the album was Metal Edge, which was laughable at the time. But this is an excellent ďforgotten gemĒ. They do tend to rip off a few other bands: the main riff in King Of The Hole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N01ncB9ZLsw) is pretty damn close to A New Level (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ0bG_7L3Sw) by Pantera (for you, John the Drummer) and the drums in Kosmo's Seed sound an awful a lot like the Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. I can't find an audio sample of that song but trust me. But thereís a lot of really good stuff going on here. Their earlier stuff was pretty straight-forward but they experimented a lot with their sound on this album. I loved this album from the second I heard it and still listen to it today. It's pretty much impossible to find and that's really to bad because it's really good. This album performed so poorly the band broke up less than a year after it was released but they're back together now and are prepping a new album for 2013. I hope they release Angel Seed XXIV. It's that good.
Best Song: Porcelain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnC4NugzL9A)

adamclark52
07-21-2013, 04:19 PM
Pulp Fiction Soundtrack (1994)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/PulpFictionSoundtrack.jpg
I donít have too much to say about this soundtrack. There is a lot on it that I donít like but then there are a few standout songs that are just incredible, most notably the surf music. Surf music is something I have no insight on but anything that Iíve heard has been so cool. And friggin' dark too. The dialogue clips on this album are fantastic too. As is the movie.
Favorite Song: Surf Rider by the Lively Ones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ65e9QHRMY)

adamclark52
07-21-2013, 04:32 PM
Special Bonus: adamclark52's LEAST Favorite Albums

We Reach: the Music of the Melvins (2005)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61yGEEAoETL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Tribute albums can go either way. I posted those two Black Sabbath ones a few months ago and went on about how fantastic they were. But then you get tribute albums that just don’t work. The Melvins are one of my favorite bands. And you look at the line-up on this album (the Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, Pig Destroyer, High on Fire, Isis, Eyehategod) and it’s a bunch of bands that I really enjoy. So you’d think that this was a surefire hit. And boy is it not. Nothing works on this album save the cover of Raise a Paw by Disengage, and it's only a minute and fifteen seconds long. With the Masters of Misery Black Sabbath tribute album I was listening with bated breathe for every next to see how much cooler the next band was. Total opposite here. I struggled to listen to a song and couldn’t believe how much worse the next one was. Sometimes the stars just don’t align and this is an example. I guess this proves that there is only one Melvins and no one should ever try to be them. Avoid this at all costs, whether you’re a fan of the Melvins or any of the bands involved.
Worst Song: Echohead/Don’t Piece Me by Pincer 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT2cBT8SlEc)

Sepultura69
07-21-2013, 06:10 PM
Pulp Fiction Soundtrack (1994)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/PulpFictionSoundtrack.jpg
I donít have too much to say about this soundtrack. There is a lot on it that I donít like but then there are a few standout songs that are just incredible, most notably the surf music. Surf music is something I have no insight on but anything that Iíve heard has been so cool. And friggin' dark too. The dialogue clips on this album are fantastic too. As is the movie.
Favorite Song: Surf Rider by the Lively Ones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ65e9QHRMY)

"Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!"


I love this fucking soundtrack. I have a boatload of great memories with this soundtrack, and film of course.. :hmm:

adamclark52
07-23-2013, 07:50 AM
Faith No More Ė We Care A Lot (1985)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7d/Faith_No_More-We_Care_A_Lot.jpg
Iíd forgotten how awesome this album was until I was cycling through all the songs to list them from best to worst on another thread (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=534717&postcount=70). I listened to them all and realized there isnít really a bad song on this album and it may be Faith No Moreís second best album (after Angel Dust, of course). They really were a different beast in these days. The biggest difference is obviously the fact that Mike Patton wasnít singing on this album. Chuck Mosley had a very unique delivery. Completely out of tune, out of time even on a lot of parts. Really, heís a terrible singer. But thereís a certain charm to his vocals. Itís a perfect case of so bad itís good. The keyboards were a lot more simplistic on this album too. They really only have one sound to them on this album; that cheesy 1980ís synth sound. But it all sounds so youthful and carefree. And there are some damn fine songs on this album, including a version of the title track thatís a million times better than the one of their second album. Iíve never had a CD copy of this album. My guitar teacher had a copy of it on cassette that he let me borrow shortly before his passed away. I donít have a tape player anymore but I still hear this album and I remember him. Itís almost impossible to find (itís rarely on eBay, never on Amazon and not even on iTunes) but if you ever find a copy buy it and send it to me.
Best Song: Mark Bowen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By5p2rqbm5A)

adamclark52
07-23-2013, 07:55 AM
Paradise Lost - One Second (1997)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/09/Paradise_Lost_One_Second_album_cover.jpg
Paradise Lost has morphed their sound a lot over the years; from death/doom metal to straight-up metal to gothic hard rock, back to doomy metal. This was probably the biggest stylistic change for the band and it brought my favorite album they ever released. Itís probably one of the least representative of Paradise Lost as a whole but damn there are just some fine songs on this album. I think the reason I just loved this album so much was they sounded a lot like a more gothic Faith No More. It was pretty catchy stuff and thereís really no a bad song on this album. And if you ever see them live and they donít play the title track you have my permission to sack Nick Holmes.
Favorite Song: The Sufferer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMJvtgbQuzQ)

adamclark52
08-01-2013, 01:06 AM
"Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!"


I love this fucking soundtrack. I have a boatload of great memories with this soundtrack, and film of course.. :hmm:

That's a sound-byte if there ever was one.

adamclark52
08-01-2013, 09:40 AM
The Darkness – Permission to Land (2003)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41X52ZPCVAL.jpg
Sometimes is can get overwhelming listening to all this br00tal, deep and thought provoking music. Sometimes you just need to relax and have (:eek:) fun. Listen to some fun music that’s light and catchy, has zero sustenance to it and is not trying to prove anything. The Darkness’ first album fits right into that category. It’s just fun to listen to. Poppy, CATCHY and enjoyable. Hey, you can only listen to so much Blut Aus Nord before you start turning into Gollum. I hated the Darkness at first because I Believe in a Thing Called Love was so damn overplayed on the radio. But instead of growing to hate that song each time it got played I actually started to really enjoy it. I think the awesome video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRYNYb30nxU) helped out. So I got the album after being barraged with that song for six months and couldn’t believe how much I liked it. The rock songs were all great but what surprised me even more was the ballads. I HATE ballads. Like, hate. But the ballads on this album were some of the better songs on an already great album (Love Is Only A Feeling). Bravo, the Darkness. I just loved too that the band did not take themselves seriously at all. It’s too bad their second album was such a disappointment and the band fell of the face of the earth for close to ten years. They were poised to take over the world for a while there.
Favorite Song: Givin’ Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mde1b-IY3u4)

adamclark52
08-25-2013, 02:48 PM
My friend was playing the 13th Floor Elevators for me earlier and I thought of this thread... alas, wrong band :lol: But this is really cool; I added the full album to spotify. thanks man.

also, I've listened to Sonic Youth's entire discography, basically, and now I consider them one of my favorite bands :rocker: You're right, goo, evol, sister, and daydream nation are clearly the best. But I also really dig the early noise stuff like Confusion is sex and Bad moon rising. Their later stuff is hit or miss... sonic nurse and a thousand leaves are pretty good. I also love washing machine.

I just got A Thousand Leaves the other day and its incredible. I'll probably go out and buy Sonic Nurse and Murray Street this week. They remind me of she I got into the Melvin's, every album impresses me a little more than the last. And there have been no real missteps yet.

larvtard
08-25-2013, 05:39 PM
I just got A Thousand Leaves the other day and its incredible. I'll probably go out and buy Sonic Nurse and Murray Street this week. They remind me of she I got into the Melvin's, every album impresses me a little more than the last. And there have been no real missteps yet.

:lovedup: I like most of A Thousand Leaves. Sonic Nurse is even better - and I only have to skip two songs! :eek: That's really good for them. :lol:

I haven't commented in here lately, but I like a lot of the things you've been posting. I should really check out more Aphex Twin. Oh, and seeing as how much you love Nails, check out All Pigs Must Die. Very similar sound, and I favor the latter much more highly.

adamclark52
08-25-2013, 06:04 PM
:lovedup: I like most of A Thousand Leaves. Sonic Nurse is even better - and I only have to skip two songs! :eek: That's really good for them. :lol:

I haven't commented in here lately, but I like a lot of the things you've been posting. I should really check out more Aphex Twin. Oh, and seeing as how much you love Nails, check out All Pigs Must Die. Very similar sound, and I favor the latter much more highly.

If there's any problem with A Thousand Leaves it's that it's a little too long. And it peaks early with Sunday, Female Mechanic Now on Duty and Wildflower Soul. But if anyone was a fan of the Diamond Sea from Washing Machine there's no reason for them not to love the whole A Thousand Leaves album. Every song is like the Diamond Sea (just not as good).

adamclark52
09-01-2013, 05:21 PM
Prong - Rude Awakening (1996)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d9/24758_prong_rude_awakening.jpg

A lot of people loved Prongs earlier albums and pushed this one aside. Iím the complete opposite. Their earlier stuff is okay but this album is one hundred percent awesome. Itís pretty simplistic, short and most of the songs follow the same ďverse-chorusĒ formula. But when itís a really good formula why deviate from it? If this album did anything bad itís that it was a precursor to the late 1990ís nu-metal movement. And itís especially a precursor to one of nu-metals most polarizing bands: Static-X. You can really hear a lot of this album (and its predecessor Cleansing) in Static-Xs debut, especially the drumming. But I liked Static-Xs first album so I donít let it bother me. Prong fell apart after this album. I think Sony dropped them within a few weeks of releasing this album. Shortly after that they broke up and Tommy Victor joined Danzigs touring band (a job he still holds to this day). The band got back together in the early part of the millennium and started releasing new music again but back in the vein of their earlier stuff. Too bad, this was a wicked album.
Favorite Song: Rude Awakening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXC-n_XVAl8) (another one of my all-time favorite music videos)

adamclark52
09-01-2013, 05:44 PM
Trans Am
Trans Am (1996)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9a/Trans_Am_album.jpg

Red Line (2000)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nVLGgp_W3TM/S3X_bA5NlII/AAAAAAAAA6k/jU1BNIEzi60/s400/Trans_am_Red_line-2000.jpg

Trans Am are one of those bands that when theyíre good theyíre GOOD, and when theyíre not they SUCK. Any of their albums are worth your time and money but their debut is far and away their best. They were more of a straight-ahead indie rock band then, all instrumental though. But there are some damn fine, catchy songs on that album. If thereís a shortfall itís that itís too damn short (barely a half an hour). Red Line was their last rock album before they went into synth rock and it suffers from the exact opposite symptom as their debut, itís a little too long. But the songs that are good are so damn good. Trans Am have nine full-length albums and if you took all the very best songs youíd probably have four albums worth of material. But these two would be strongly represented, the debut especially.
Favorite Song (Trans Am): Orlando (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArsrkwVP7WU) (I can't find a decent clip of that song on its own so here's a link for the whole album. You may as well listen to the whole thing but Orlando starts at 15:06)
Favorite Song (Red Line): Iím Coming Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wgBjp-a2X8)

adamclark52
09-01-2013, 06:05 PM
Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve (1995)
http://666daysofmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Meshuggah.jpg

I will get lynched for saying this but I think anything Meshuggah released after this sucked. Chaosphere was good but was a bit too chaotic. ObZen and I were good. Nothing, Catch 33 and Koloss bored the hell out of me. People blow huge loads over everything they’ve done since but I don’t think those albums are worth it because this album was a goddamn masterpiece. I really shouldn’t have to get too much into this album because everyone here has heard it. But for the two of you who haven’t the band was a totally different beast back in these days. Now they play this bored sounding robotic dronish metal. Back in these days they had these crazy, spastic riffs and all these fucked up time signatures. They didn't have those stupid eight string guitars (which may as well be bass guitars). They had a real drummer (I know they still have the same drummer today but isn’t everything on albums programmed?). And unlike their later albums all of the songs brought something different to the table. The punishing beating of Soul Burn, the frantic chaos of the title track and the ominous doom of Suffer in Truth. You have to put yourself in my shoes in 1997. The late 1990's was such a great time for metal. And no band sounded like this. This was faster, heavier and more technical than almost anything else out there. When you’re just getting into extreme metal like I was than this is an album that will stick with you forever. I don't buy Meshuggahs albums anymore but anything I hear by them is instantly compared to this and is cast aside. Because nothing they ever put out will come close to being as good as this.
Favorite Song: Terminal Illusions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzWqP9s_EOA)

adamclark52
09-03-2013, 11:42 PM
:lovedup: I like most of A Thousand Leaves. Sonic Nurse is even better - and I only have to skip two songs! :eek: That's really good for them. :lol:

I haven't commented in here lately, but I like a lot of the things you've been posting. I should really check out more Aphex Twin. Oh, and seeing as how much you love Nails, check out All Pigs Must Die. Very similar sound, and I favor the latter much more highly.

Yeah, I've been on this massive Sonic Youth kick the last two weeks and have gotten five of their later albums. A Thousand Leaves is awesome. I love how it's so dreamy. The only things that throw me are the first song just is a weird way to start things off. And the last song isn't a very good closer. NYC Ghosts & Flowers is a very dark sounding album but it's probably one of their worst albums. It has a couple decent songs but has some songs that are really bad (I'm looking at you StreamXSonik Subway and Lightnin'). The title track has some really nice vocals near the beginning. And Renegade Princess is a cool song for the first half. Murray Street was really good. I like how jammy it feels. Sonic Nurse was good, mature and poppy. I Love You Golden Blue is probably one of my favorite vocal perfromances from Kim. And Rather Ripped was good and poppy, but unexceptional. Every song on that album was pretty much the same. Not that that's a bad thing. Just nothing on that album jumped out at me.

I'm still getting used to them all since it's only been a little over a week with all of them. But I really like them all, except NYC Ghosts & Flowers was a letdown. All of them are unmistakably Sonic Youth. They all bring something a little different to the table but yet still are all "them". A Thousand Leaves: dreamy. NYC Ghosts & Flowers: dark. Murray Street: improvised and loose. Sonic Nurse: mature. Rather Ripped: poppy.

In the grand scheme of all things Sonic Youth I'd say things rank like this, but it will probably change because it always does.
1. Goo
2. Washing Machine
3. EVOL
4. Sister
5. A Thousand Leaves
6. Murray Street
7. Sonic Nurse
8. Daydream Nation
9. Rather Ripped
10. Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
11. Dirty
12. NYC Ghosts & Flowers
The only two I really don't like are Dirty and NYC Ghosts & Fowers.

I'm with you and I consider them in my top ten bands now. I really wish I could've seen them live. But, in a way I'm glad they're done. Kim is sixty now and the rest of them all in their mid-to-late-fifties so they couldn't have gone on for much longer. It's too bad that it ended on a very sour note though (infidelity on Thurstons part). And who knows, they very well could get back together next year.

larvtard
09-04-2013, 06:06 PM
Hey, I'm not sure if you are aware, but Thurston and Kim actually are in new bands now. Thurston's new band Chelsea Light Moving is actually playing in Toronto in a couple weekends (http://www.chelsealightmoving.com/).

Kim's new band is Body/Head but they don't seem to be playing in Toronto, at least yet. I haven't listened to either band though, yet.

Dirty actually has a couple really good songs (Theresa's Sound World, Sugar Kane), but I agree, not their best. You're not alone in thinking NYC ghosts and flowers is horrible... Pitchfork gave it a 0.0 (http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/7342-nyc-ghosts-flowers/). :lol::lol:

I don't remember if I've heard Rather Ripped or not. I think I may have heard the first two songs. Either way, public opinion indicates that I shouldn't bother. :eyes:

Haven't listened to Murray Street in a while, but I remember I didn't care for the first half at all, but was pleasantly surprised by the second. Will have to re-listen soon.

I'm glad I re-initiated your interest in Sonic Youth :D

ALSO, Trans Am have been on my list of bands to check out for a couple months now. I've really been getting into that 'scene' recently... have you heard of Polvo or Slint?

adamclark52
09-04-2013, 11:22 PM
Hey, I'm not sure if you are aware, but Thurston and Kim actually are in new bands now. Thurston's new band Chelsea Light Moving is actually playing in Toronto in a couple weekends (http://www.chelsealightmoving.com/).

Kim's new band is Body/Head but they don't seem to be playing in Toronto, at least yet. I haven't listened to either band though, yet.

Dirty actually has a couple really good songs (Theresa's Sound World, Sugar Kane), but I agree, not their best. You're not alone in thinking NYC ghosts and flowers is horrible... Pitchfork gave it a 0.0 (http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/7342-nyc-ghosts-flowers/). :lol::lol:

I don't remember if I've heard Rather Ripped or not. I think I may have heard the first two songs. Either way, public opinion indicates that I shouldn't bother. :eyes:

Haven't listened to Murray Street in a while, but I remember I didn't care for the first half at all, but was pleasantly surprised by the second. Will have to re-listen soon.

I'm glad I re-initiated your interest in Sonic Youth :D

ALSO, Trans Am have been on my list of bands to check out for a couple months now. I've really been getting into that 'scene' recently... have you heard of Polvo or Slint?

I knew about Thurstons new band but I haven't heard anything. I was actually going to go to that show in Toronto but the club they're playing in always has shows start way too late for me. I'm an old man and I have kids. I just can't be out past midnight anymore.

The Trans Am scene I have no idea on. I've never heard any of those bands. But you should check out Trans Am. They're a lot like Sonic Youth though in that for every good song there are two you'll skip. Except their debut album is all good.

adamclark52
09-06-2013, 06:51 PM
Converge Ė All We Love We Leave Behind (2012)
http://www.epitaph.com/dispatch/_depot/title/2e24e69dfb9a11e1c41ad02f1e5b8069.jpg

Sometimes I get caught up in buzz for an album and go out and buy it without hearing a note of the music. Sometimes I fail miserably and Iím left with an album that sits on the shelf collecting dust. But sometimes I get totally blown away by something thatís unlike everything else I usually listen to. This album falls into the latter. They topped a lot of year-end polls with this album and rightfully so. This album has such a great live, raw, unpolished feel to it. Listening to it I feel like Iím sitting on a couch in the bands rehearsal space watching them jam out. It has a great flow to it and the use of feedback between songs is great. Short and fast when it needs to be, slow and sludgy when it needs to be. If thereís anything negative about this album itís that the last song seems out of place. They shouldíve ended with the title track.
Favorite Song: Shame in the Way (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK53MlKvtD0)

Rocco44
09-06-2013, 09:34 PM
Completely agree. I just listened to that album the other day and it still destroys. "Aimless Arrow" is a perfect opener and the title track should have been the perfect closer.

adamclark52
09-11-2013, 10:02 PM
Nails – Unsilent Death (2010)
http://deathwishinc.com/estore/graphics/00000001/nails.unsilent.hi.jpg

This really needs to be a two-word review. And those two words are “Holy” and “Fuck”. That’s how damn good this album is. I was already blown away by 2013’s Abandon All Life from the second I heard it. Then I had some other people tell me that Unsilent Death was even better and I was like “yeah, sure, maybe, but how”? So I bought this album and expected to be very impressed. Not totally blown away, again. Serious, how this band can pack so much anger, intensity and fucking…awesomeness…into everything they put out is beyond me. Every riff is awesome, every vocal line is awesome, every song is awesome. Not a second of this albums scant fourteen minutes is wasted. This is just…fuck. This rules. It fucking rules. In January 2013 I had no idea who Nails were. Here we are in September and they’re one of my favorite bands. I can’t describe this other than by just saying that this is fucking awesome. Nails, if you ever read this…change nothing.
Favorite Song: Unsilent Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE_FydqZuJI&list=PL240F663CC9D2FA94&index=6)

adamclark52
11-02-2013, 06:33 PM
Satyricon Ė Now, Diabolical (2006)
http://www.apochs.net/CDs/Satyricon-NowDiabolical.jpg
A lot of people will tell you if you donít like Satyricons earlier albums you arenít a fan of black metal. Those same people will tell you that if you like Satyricons later stuff you are a sell-out, no knowledge, bandwagon hoping, mainstream loving douche and you should just go listen to 30 Seconds to Mars (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=505560&postcount=65). Well, okay then. Here I go: I think Nemesis Divina sucks. Forgive me for liking music that is simple, catchy, well written, well produced and enjoyable to listen to. Maybe I should just force myself to listen to Nemesis Divina even though I think it sucks and is torturous to listen to just so I donít have to trade in my ďtr00 kvltĒ card for a gift certificate to Hot Topic. Or maybe Iíll just continue to enjoy this. A great album that follows the road they (Satyricon) started on Rebel Extravaganza and Volcano but stripped of whatever cold and grimness was left in them. What weíre left with is a really catchy, blackened hard rock album. A review I read about this album when it came out stated that this was Satyricons ĎBlack Albumí. Thatís really the best description of this album Iíve heard and thereís nothing wrong with that. Itís full of wicked, catchy songs and awesome melodies. The guitar work is so simple yet so awesome. A lot of the riffs are just single notes with sight string bends but itís so damn hypnotic. And thatís the best way to describe later Satyricon: hypnotic. Theyíll just lock into a groove and before you know it five minutes have passed and youíll hit repeat. There's not a bad song on this album. Fuck Nemesis Divina, listen to Now, Diabolical!
Favorite Song: A New Enemy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux9XQTYv6xk)

adamclark52
11-02-2013, 06:52 PM
Memento OST (2001)
http://www.downloadost.com/ost/big-memento-ost.jpg
Memento is one of the best movies youíve probably never seen. So you should Netflick or stream or whatever you kids do these days and watch it right now. The movie is awesome and the soundtrack is just as good. Almost. I donít like it when a soundtrack is filled with songs that are ďinspired byĒ the movie yet werenít even in the movie. Half the songs on this album (save David Bowies Something in the Air) werenít anywhere to be heard in the movie. And none of them are that great anyway. But what this album does have is the hypnotic score. It really never consists of more than droning keyboards and dialogue from the movie but fuck is it cool. In the movie the music is perfect for every scene and on itís own the music is just as cool. Buy the movie and buy the soundtrack. I can guarantee youíll watch the movie at least twice the first day and probably a few more times in the coming weeks. I usually watch a movie once. Even if I liked it I very rarely watch them more. But Iíve probably watched this movie at least ten times and will watch it again some day. That doesnít sound like much but thatís a lot for me. Just take my advice. Some guy named Christopher Nolan made it too, that may mean something to some of you.
Favorite Song: Leonard And Natalie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO9MfqJwEEQ)

This is my favorite scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyVSJcL-7BA).

illuminatus917
11-03-2013, 04:23 AM
Early Satyricon is blown waaay out of proportion, just like early Darkthrone. It's listenable, and I like it, but there's much better black metal out there.

Neither Satyricon or Darkthrone have released an album as good as Ash Borer's Cold of Ages, for instance.

kalfitegrdan
11-05-2013, 04:52 PM
Maybe I should re-watch Memento. I had to watch it in a class in high school and I remember absolutely hating the ever-loving shit out of it.

I've also always liked Now, Diabolical and didn't understand all the hate for it. I guess it's just elitists being elitist. I've never actually listened to Nemesis Divina though, but if it's anything like Dark Medieval Times (my favorite Satyricon album) then I suppose I'd dig it.

adamclark52
11-05-2013, 11:14 PM
Maybe I should re-watch Memento. I had to watch it in a class in high school and I remember absolutely hating the ever-loving shit out of it.

I've also always liked Now, Diabolical and didn't understand all the hate for it. I guess it's just elitists being elitist. I've never actually listened to Nemesis Divina though, but if it's anything like Dark Medieval Times (my favorite Satyricon album) then I suppose I'd dig it.

...they "made" you watch Memento in a class at highschool? Did the sign on the door at the highschool read "greatest highschool in the history of time"?

You probably just hated it because you were being forced to watch it against your will. And as a teenage male you forced yourself to hate it no matter what. I'd suggest you check it out again. Not in a large group either. By yourself late at night.

kalfitegrdan
11-06-2013, 02:52 AM
Well, we also watched The Shining and I loved that. It was for a "Media Literacy" class that was basically studying movies, TV shows and video games. We also watched someone play Mass Effect, wrote a paper on The Departed and watched The Wire (which I also did like at the time), The Daily Show and Cold Case.

I assume I probably didn't like it because I was 15 at the time and movies that made me think weren't really my thing. Plus, watching it in a class with twenty other people probably didn't help.

John The Drummer
11-06-2013, 04:33 PM
Satyricon Ė Now, Diabolical (2006)
http://www.apochs.net/CDs/Satyricon-NowDiabolical.jpg
A lot of people will tell you if you donít like Satyricons earlier albums you arenít a fan of black metal. Those same people will tell you that if you like Satyricons later stuff you are a sell-out, no knowledge, bandwagon hoping, mainstream loving douche and you should just go listen to 30 Seconds to Mars (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=505560&postcount=65). Well, okay then. Here I go: I think Nemesis Divina sucks. Forgive me for liking music that is simple, catchy, well written, well produced and enjoyable to listen to. Maybe I should just force myself to listen to Nemesis Divina even though I think it sucks and is torturous to listen to just so I donít have to trade in my ďtr00 kvltĒ card for a gift certificate to Hot Topic. Or maybe Iíll just continue to enjoy this. A great album that follows the road they (Satyricon) started on Rebel Extravaganza and Volcano but stripped of whatever cold and grimness was left in them. What weíre left with is a really catchy, blackened hard rock album. A review I read about this album when it came out stated that this was Satyricons ĎBlack Albumí. Thatís really the best description of this album Iíve heard and thereís nothing wrong with that. Itís full of wicked, catchy songs and awesome melodies. The guitar work is so simple yet so awesome. A lot of the riffs are just single notes with sight string bends but itís so damn hypnotic. And thatís the best way to describe later Satyricon: hypnotic. Theyíll just lock into a groove and before you know it five minutes have passed and youíll hit repeat. There's not a bad song on this album. Fuck Nemesis Divina, listen to Now, Diabolical!
Favorite Song: A New Enemy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux9XQTYv6xk)

AMEN! ...for the most part at least :D. I cannot get into older Satyricon whatsoever. Their first album is not for me, and Nemesis (although I do like it in small doses) is a bit over rated. Have you checked out their latest release? I LOVE it, possibly my favorite release from this year :rocker:

adamclark52
11-06-2013, 04:59 PM
AMEN! ...for the most part at least :D. I cannot get into older Satyricon whatsoever. Their first album is not for me, and Nemesis (although I do like it in small doses) is a bit over rated. Have you checked out their latest release? I LOVE it, possibly my favorite release from this year :rocker:

Have I yet; no. Do I want to and will I; yes. I only heard Age of Nero once and wasn't too impressed. But the reviews and feedback I got on that one are nothing compared to the new on. So I'll probably get it soon.

John The Drummer
11-07-2013, 11:58 AM
Yeah, Nero was rather bland. A couple good songs, but not too great. The s/t is really great. Makes Nero look like a red headed step child.

adamclark52
11-14-2013, 11:37 PM
Ciccone Youth – the Whitey Album (1988)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_c9YUOg3ry0g/TExW4VXe6JI/AAAAAAAAAsA/tNeefQuEu_I/s1600/ciccone.jpg
This is one fucked up album. For those of you who haven’t heard of Ciccone Youth, it’s basically Sonic Youth and Mike Watt (of Minutemen fame) joined together poking fun at pop music of the day. The name “Ciccone Youth” comes from Madonna’s maiden name and the cover is a close up of her iconic 1980’s look. They even cover two of her songs (Burnin’ Up and Into the Groove(y)) and one very popular song by Robert Palmer (Addicted to Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7TuWdHNsYY)). Since it came out in 1986 it was relevant to that day and age but it sounds pretty dated now. The three covers of popular pop songs of the day are…fucking terrible. I think they’re purposely fucking terrible in an effort to mock the songs, the artists and their style of music. But beyond the three covers there is some wicked original music. The first half especially has some wicked instrumentals (Macbeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyE6--wXKJ0), Children of Satan/Third Fig) and some awesome fucked up shit (G-Force and Platoon II, which are essentially the same song, back-to-back none the less). And Hi! Everybody!, that song is just fucked right up. The second half gets a little hard to listen to and boring. The cover of Addicted to Love is in the second half and it’s just so fucking bad that it just kills the album. There is some weird shit on this album and some really cool shit too. It's a dark album too, really fucking dark. It just oozes dirty, sleazy 1980's bad hair, no bra and too much lipstick...(basically Kim Gordon). Just watching the video for Macbeth makes me feel dirty. If you’re a fan of Sonic Youth I strongly recommend it. It's one of those albums that when it's good it's GOOD, but when it's bad it's BAD.
Favorite Song: Children of Satan/Third Fig (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhd2y5lwCQE)

adamclark52
11-16-2013, 07:56 PM
Sonic Youth – Silver Session (For Jason Knuth)
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You may be wondering how an album comprising entirely of feedback can ever make its way onto someone’s “favorite albums of all time” list. I always thought the same thing too, until I heard this album. I find this album really soothing and hypnotic rather than shrill and annoying. It’s not over done too. Most times feedback tracks can drag on forever but the tracks on here rarely last longer than three minutes. Even though the songs are mostly the same there are enough little changes here and there (like the beats in Silver Son and Silver Mirror) to keep me fully entertained for a full half an hour. And while I usually hate fade-outs and fade-ins I really like the drawn out fades on this album. It adds to the soothing feeling of this album. If you only ever buy one album consisting of a half an hour of feedback, buy this one.
Favorite Song: Silver Panties (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5kePKN2Z5Q&list=PL8C59957DC1DB4117)

adamclark52
11-23-2013, 07:29 PM
adamclark52's LEAST favorite albums

Death Ė Individual Thought Patterns (1993)
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ďDerp, youz ner liks Death? yr nut metal, yr nut br00tal, yr nut tr00 kvlt, derp, you Justin Beiber, yoz false metal, derpĒ
No, I have great respect for Chuck Schuldiner and the contributions he made to death metal. I recognize that death metal would not be what it is today if it was not for him. And I feel his untimely death was a great loss to the underground metal community and a tragedy. But I donít like Death. At all. This is the only Death album I ever owned and by all accounts itís their/his worst album. But Iíve listened to a lot of the other stuff and I just donít enjoy it. Part of it is that a young adamclark52 first heard Death in 1995 and thought that a band named ďDEATHĒ shouldíve been the heaviest, guttural death metal band ever, and they werenít. I just didnít find Death heavy enough. Another part of it is the music is just too boring for me. Too much wankery. And that can be said for my opinion on every other progressive death metal band: Cynic, Decrepit Birth, Atheist, they just all bore me. Give me unbridled brutality any day over technical proficiency. Another reason is I just donít get why people love Death so much more than Suffocation or Deicide. I remember Decibel magazines top 100 death metal albums issue had two Death albums in the top ten. And had almost every other Death album was on it. Why wasnít EVERY album by Immolation on it? Why was Pierced from Within number sixty two? And the last reason is I think I was just born in the wrong decade to fully appreciate Death. Had I been a teenager in the 1980ís I may be singing a different tune. But I wasnít and I think this album sucks. I bought it for the Philosopher and enjoyed that song. But everything leading up to it just bored the hell out of me. I should go back and re-listen to it again today but I canít because I actually sold it five years ago.
Worst Song: doesnít matter

jhdeity
11-23-2013, 11:56 PM
Memento OST (2001)
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Memento is one of the best movies youíve probably never seen. So you should Netflick or stream or whatever you kids do these days and watch it right now. The movie is awesome and the soundtrack is just as good. Almost. I donít like it when a soundtrack is filled with songs that are ďinspired byĒ the movie yet werenít even in the movie. Half the songs on this album (save David Bowies Something in the Air) werenít anywhere to be heard in the movie. And none of them are that great anyway. But what this album does have is the hypnotic score. It really never consists of more than droning keyboards and dialogue from the movie but fuck is it cool. In the movie the music is perfect for every scene and on itís own the music is just as cool. Buy the movie and buy the soundtrack. I can guarantee youíll watch the movie at least twice the first day and probably a few more times in the coming weeks. I usually watch a movie once. Even if I liked it I very rarely watch them more. But Iíve probably watched this movie at least ten times and will watch it again some day. That doesnít sound like much but thatís a lot for me. Just take my advice. Some guy named Christopher Nolan made it too, that may mean something to some of you.
Favorite Song: Leonard And Natalie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO9MfqJwEEQ)

This is my favorite scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyVSJcL-7BA).

I think more people have seen Memento than you think. It was hyped pretty heavily when it came out. I liked it but didn't have interest in watching it again and that scene didn't change that fact. What it did do is crack me up because of the "I used to love this movie when I was Emo" comment. That was funny as hell...

A movie with a great soundtrack that you may not have seen that I feel like you do about Memento is Strange Days. My buddy's band used to cover that Skunk song Selling Jesus. Love that shit!

adamclark52
12-06-2013, 05:57 PM
Deicide
Scars of the Crucifix (2004)
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the Stench of Redemption (2006)
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There was a time when Deicide was a joke. I had two albums in my list a few pages ago that are essential for any death metal collection. They followed those two albums up with a very strong Once Upon the Cross (1995) and a solid but somewhat mediocre Serpents of the Light (1997). Then around the turn of the century they got fed up with their label and released two completely terrible albums (2000ís Insineratehymn and 2001ís In Torment in Hell). People figured the band was done and itís not hard to agree with them when you listen to either of those albums. Scars of the Crucifix had the misfortune of following in the shadow of those two albums. Itís actually a really, really good album. Thereís a rekindled sense of anger and just all-around pissed-off vigor that was missing on their last three albums. The songs were some of the most brutal, heavy and fastest that Deicide has penned since their first two albums and they really havenít sounded this angry since then. Glenís vocals on this album just sound POSSESSED. Itís just too bad that people had given up on them and this album flew under the radar. I strongly encourage you check it out; itís one of my favorite Deicide albums. While no one cared about Scars of the Crucifix the same canít be said for the Stench of Redemption. For whatever reason people took notice of this album when it came out and it was massive, highly praised and a career rejuvenation for the band. The biggest reason was obviously the fact that they had two new guitar players in the band that breathed new life into the music. Ralph Santollas neo-classical shred stylingís were a total one eighty for the band after years of basic, brutal speed and aggression. They were like a whole new band on this album but at the same time they were still Deicide. Just *gasp* matured. Itís not my favorite Deicide album (although it is in my top five) but itís the perfect album to release to tell people ďweíre backĒ. Even if you don't like Deicide or death metal you should probably hear this album. Truth be told, it was the first Deicide album I ever heard. I got it for Christmas 2006, which was a special time in my life that Iím working on a write-up on right now.
Favorite Song (Scars of the Crucifix): Conquered By Sodom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F_9EUHzUmY)
Favorite Song (the Stench of Redemption): Death To Jesus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj964IWv8v8)

adamclark52
12-13-2013, 08:30 PM
Christmas 2006

Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997)
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Dissection – the Somberlain (1993)
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Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse (1994)
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Napalm Death – Scum (1987)
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Origin – Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002)
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Satyricon – Volcano (2002)
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Christmas 2006 always sticks in my mind as my favorite Christmas of all-time. Or at least recent memory. I’m sure there were years as a child when I got that GI Joe toy I really wanted that were pretty awesome. But 2006 was a good year for me and this was the perfect ending. I’ve already posted Cryptopsy’s ‘None So Vile’ (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=533729&postcount=135), Deicide’s ‘the Stench of Redemption’, (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=548772&postcount=174) Enslaved’s ‘Ruun’ (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=503809&postcount=1), Nile’s ‘Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka’ (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=503809&postcount=1) and Ulver’s ‘Kveldssanger’ (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=529723&postcount=116) elsewhere on this thread. But I got some other albums that day that were cool, just not some of my favorites. Some of them like Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ and Satyricons ‘Volcano’ just weren’t what I was expecting. Scum…I don’t know what I was expecting. I think the production just turned me right off. Why I thought a grindcore album from twenty years earlier would sound GOOD I don’t know. And the only Satyricon I’d heard at that point was Now, Diabolical, and Volcano isn’t Now, Diabolical. Other’s, like the Dissection and Origin albums, were bands that I already liked but those albums just weren’t as good as the ones I’d already heard (namely Storm of the Lights Bane and Echos of Decimation). So while they were both really good albums they didn’t catch me off guard and excite me as much. Dimmu Borgir was just there. It was a bit of an overload getting all that great music in one day and they just got lost in the shuffle because I think it was the last one I listened to. Something had to be last and it just happened to be that album. But if you’ve ever been interested in Dimmu Borgir I’d say it’s the best album to own by them. In the Nightside Eclipse I’d already had as a CD-R for years so it was really nothing I hadn’t heard before. Just now I owned a legit copy. It’s a fucking great album though, you should check it out. I always jump back and forth on which album by them (this or Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk) is the better Emperor album but as of now I prefer Anthems. Overall, it was just such a great day. In 2006 I made the decision to buy more underground, hard to find shit and this Christmas was the culmination of that year. I think anyone will agree that I got a lot of wicked albums that day. I also got one of my favorite games of all-time that Christmas, Final Fantasy XII, and I have so many great memories of just relaxing, playing that game and listening to this music. I have kids now and Christmas is special for other reasons but this will always go down as one of the better ones.
Favorite Song (Enthrone Darkness Triumphant): Entrance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jQOb7oPlbo)
Favorite Song (the Somberlain): Mistress of the Bleeding Sorrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3vKBXnpPt0)
Favorite Song (In the Nightside Eclipse): Inno A Satana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PvYoCVAgFg)
Favorite Song (Scum): the Kill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzibXbPwnk)
Favorite Song (Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas): Insurrection (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAhu3CymD5E)
Favorite Song (Volcano): Repined Bastard Nation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2vjJnXRSfs)

adamclark52
03-28-2014, 09:44 AM
Beck - One Foot in the Grave (1994)

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When I first got this album sometime in late 1994 I hated it. I was listening to a lot of Beck in those days. There wasnít that much out but what he did have was pretty off the wall (Mellow Gold, the Loser and Beercan EPs, Stereopathetic Soul Manure). There are still a few songs that are a bit wilder on this album (Burnt Orange Peel, Ziplock Bag) but for the most part it's just Beck, his acoustic guitar and some friends on melodic background vocals and drums. I was very young at the time and didn't appreciate music like that. But over the years (Jesus Christ, itís been twenty) Iíve grown to really appreciate and love this album as a nice chill out album with quite a few beautiful songs that have (unfortunately) been forgotten over time. You could call this a precursor to Becks later material.
Favorite Song: Forcefield (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWSJKm5uQzg)

larvtard
03-28-2014, 10:53 AM
Beck - One Foot in the Grave (1994)

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When I first got this album sometime in late 1994 I hated it. I was listening to a lot of Beck in those days. There wasn’t that much out but what he did have was pretty off the wall (Mellow Gold, the Loser and Beercan EPs, Stereopathetic Soul Manure). There are still a few songs that are a bit wilder on this album (Burnt Orange Peel, Ziplock Bag) but for the most part it's just Beck, his acoustic guitar and some friends on melodic background vocals and drums. I was very young at the time and didn't appreciate music like that. But over the years (Jesus Christ, it’s been twenty) I’ve grown to really appreciate and love this album as a nice chill out album with quite a few beautiful songs that have (unfortunately) been forgotten over time. You could call this a precursor to Becks later material.
Favorite Song: Forcefield (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWSJKm5uQzg)

Shit, this is great. I need to listen to his new album. I've heard some Beck before and wasn't into it, but maybe it was because it was his full-band stuff. I generally prefer "man/woman with his/her acoustic" anyway.

EDIT: It was Midnite Vultures that I wasn't into. I don't remember if I liked Mellow Gold or not, but "Loser" is a great song obviously. I've heard great things about Sea Changes, too.

adamclark52
03-28-2014, 12:01 PM
Shit, this is great. I need to listen to his new album. I've heard some Beck before and wasn't into it, but maybe it was because it was his full-band stuff. I generally prefer "man/woman with his/her acoustic" anyway.

EDIT: It was Midnite Vultures that I wasn't into. I don't remember if I liked Mellow Gold or not, but "Loser" is a great song obviously. I've heard great things about Sea Changes, too.

Midnight Vultures is where he lost me too. Odelay was good at the time it came out but over the years I've fallen out if love with it. Mellow Gold was in my first posts on this thread a year and a half ago in my top twenty. But if you're into the "guy and his guitar" thing One Foot in the Grave is what you want. I've heard Mutations was similar but I've never heard it. And Sea Change but again I've never heard it.

I feel out of love with Beck around Midnight Vultures and only got back in to him last year when he released those two singles (I Won't Be Long (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLIBuuJnQHg) and Defriended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDSjOM42HZU)) and now I'm playing catch-up on fifteen years of music.

But he was at his best in the early days (pre-Odelay).

adamclark52
05-03-2014, 04:47 PM
Jesu – Silver (2006)
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I’m really not a huge Godflesh fan and I’ve really never listened to any other Jesu. From what I gather this is a little more polished, upbeat, electronic and less-sludgy than most of Justin’s Jesu material. It’s another album I got around that fabled Christmas of 2006 but I got it at a more tumultuous time, a few months earlier when I was struggling (big-time) through Intermediate Trade School. So an album that was depressing yet had a glimmer of hope surrounding it was a welcome listen at the time. The title track starts things off with a more typical sludgy dirge. It’s more shoegaze than doom. It was the song that first brought the album to my attention. Star is a lot poppier and upbeat, with some nice jangly guitar and some wicked droning keyboards in the last few minutes. Wolves is another slow song that is more doom-metal with a lot of electronics. Call it “electronic-doom-metal” if you like. It starts off rather slow and plodding but once it hits the halfway point watch out. Dead Eyes is an instrumental that finishes everything off and it’s really good with some great electronics. Too bad this is not an album but an EP. It ends way too early (even though it’s twenty seven minutes long). Like I said, I haven’t heard any other Jesu but what I have heard is no where near as good as this. If this had of been a full-length album it’d have been top twenty material.
Favorite Song: Wolves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfytPS6j4Cw)

adamclark52
05-03-2014, 05:17 PM
Fear Factory Ė Soul of a New Machine (1992)
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Fear Factory Ė Demanufacture (1995)
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Fear Factory was a great gateway band for me when I was in my mid-teens and was just getting into underground metal. Theyíre not considered ďundergroundĒ today but in 1996 there wasnít the internet there is today. I had Muchmusic (Canadaís MTV) and their late-night metal show LOUD (Canadaís Headbangers Ball). It was only once a week and it was only an hour long and it was the only way I heard any metal music. So that was how I discovered Fear Factory. Iíll go backwards with this review and start with Demanufacture because it was the first one I heard. I didnít really ďloveĒ Replica but I thought it was neat enough and the CD was actually available at my local HMV so I bought it. And I knew somehow that owning it would make me more metal. Needless to say, Replica was one of the better tracks but there were a lot more that I loved. Their barked verses and clean chorus style has gotten pretty tired over the years. The same can be said for most bands that use that style (cough*KillswithEngage*cough) but at the time Iíd never heard anything like it so I thought it was fucking awesome. A few months later Fear Factory was touring with Type O Negative (one of my all-time favorite bands) and I was stoked to go to that show. Fear Factory was awesome at that show, but what impressed me even more was the three older songs they played from their first album Iíd never even knew they had (Martyr, Scapegoat and Scumgrief). So I ran out and bought it the next dayÖand hated it. It was a lot gruffer and raw than Demanufacture (or the performance Iíd heard the night before) so I wasnít too happy. But over the years it grew on me more and more. I still love the barked verse/clean chorus songs that I was dissing earlier on but for 1992 it was really cool. And the fact of the matter is some of those melodies are just fantastic.
Favorite Song (Soul of a New Machine): Lifeblind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QMCqQ9K98w&list=PLzDMOar-1Y_wdKAR4z_yjVnRnR9eoMZUp)
Favorite Song (Demanufacture): Pisschrist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWSkQqvAAM4)

Something thatís irked me about Soul of a New Machine for years is how people always go on how Fear Factory were totally aping Napalm Death in their early days. Specifically the album Fear, Emptiness, Despair. They did sound a lot like F.E.D.-era Napalm Death on Soul of a New Machine but the funny thing isÖFear, Emptiness, Despair came out two years after Soul of a New Machine. So who influenced who? And you can say they still were aping the Napalm Death style anyway but nothing Napalm Death had released up to then sound anything like Fear Factory, save the vocals a bit. So stop accusing Fear Factory of ripping off Napalm Death.

dredg822
05-03-2014, 07:20 PM
Jesu Ė Silver (2006)
http://www.ondarock.it/images/cover/jesu.jpg

Iím really not a huge Godflesh fan and Iíve really never listened to any other Jesu. From what I gather this is a little more polished, upbeat, electronic and less-sludgy than most of Justinís Jesu material. Itís another album I got around that fabled Christmas of 2006 but I got it at a more tumultuous time, a few months earlier when I was struggling (big-time) through Intermediate Trade School. So an album that was depressing yet had a glimmer of hope surrounding it was a welcome listen at the time. The title track starts things off with a more typical sludgy dirge. Itís more shoegaze than doom. It was the song that first brought the album to my attention. Star is a lot poppier and upbeat, with some nice jangly guitar and some wicked droning keyboards in the last few minutes. Wolves is another slow song that is more doom-metal with a lot of electronics. Call it ďelectronic-doom-metalĒ if you like. It starts off rather slow and plodding but once it hits the halfway point watch out. Dead Eyes is an instrumental that finishes everything off and itís really good with some great electronics. Too bad this is not an album but an EP. It ends way too early (even though itís twenty seven minutes long). Like I said, I havenít heard any other Jesu but what I have heard is no where near as good as this. If this had of been a full-length album itíd have been top twenty material.
Favorite Song: Wolves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfytPS6j4Cw)

My favorite Jesu record. Four perfect songs. Conqueror and self-titled are also wonderful. Sorta lost track of them though. Haven't listened to their newest music yet.

adamclark52
06-26-2014, 10:17 AM
Life of Agony - River Runs Red (1994)

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I LOVE Roadrunner Records releases from the 1990ís. That was a time when pretty much EVERYTHING they were releasing was something I liked and itís still one of my favorite eras of music. At first I didnít like this album because it was a little lighter than the other Roadrunner stuff I liked (Type O Negative, Fear Factory, Machine Head) and a bit more "hardcore" than I liked. But after a few listens it hit me how beautiful, tourtured and mournful this album was. What really makes this album is Keith (Mina) Caputo's vocals. They're like an instrument in their own. Twenty years later I can still hear the title track and get chills when he sings ďI got the razor at my wrist because I canít resistĒ. Musically it's great too. I don't mosh. but ther verses inThrough and Through get me there. ďRAISE YOUR HANDS IF YOU UNDERSTANDĒ. Everything else Life of Agony released was crap but this was one thatís still worth checking out. Such a great album. Picking a favorite song was tough. There are about eight songs on here that are my favorite when I'm listening to it. Then another comes on and I'm like, "shit no this one is my favorite". But you gotta go with the title track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IezsthA7nnI).
Favorite Song: River Runs Red (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxeWIASqWqg)

John The Drummer
06-26-2014, 10:22 AM
A band I always wanted to get into but never did :D
Good job keeping up with this! I kinda gave up on my "Favorite Albums" thread because it felt like a waste of time :lol:

300%_Density
06-26-2014, 10:56 AM
Couldn't really ever stand them vocally. Just irritated me to no end. But River Runs Red was played on The Office one time in Dwight's car made me almost like it.

adamclark52
06-26-2014, 10:56 AM
A band I always wanted to get into but never did :D
Good job keeping up with this! I kinda gave up on my "Favorite Albums" thread because it felt like a waste of time :lol:

I'm getting close to the end of this one. I was going to kill it in one shot a few months ago and then do an official "top one hundred" but that's been tough.