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55. Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance

Maybe it's my growing interest in black metal that made me take a more open-minded approach to this album, but all I know is that every other time I've tried listening to this band I have come away with a feeling of "that certainly wasn't bad, but I can't really explain why I would consider it good". Until this album. I admit that since I've never really gotten into this band, this one could be no better than all the others, or perhaps even worse, but based on other stuff I've read about it, this is one of Belphegor's best works. All I know is that, in addition to the significant black metal influence here, this album is composed of some truly brutal heavy tracks, and at times, I'm almost reminded of albums such as Nile's "Those Whom The Gods Detest" (yes, seriously). The title track is especially good, combining a brutally fast and heavy, nearly continuous blast-beat assault with some nice creepy vocal effects and other atmospheric elements to create a really memorable composition that made me sit up and take notice. Belphegor, you now have my attention.
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Great selections and great write-ups as well. This thread is a treat to read, thanks Nat.
Awww, thanks. :blush:

Just for that, I'll do another.
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Awww, thanks. :blush:

Just for that, I'll do another.
Yay! More procrastination for me.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:54 AM
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54. Bruce Lamont - Feral Songs for the Epic Decline

This is the first solo release from a guy about whom I've learned a whole lot this past year. First of all, he is the saxophone-wielding, screaming / singing frontman and one of the lead creative forces behind Chicago's doom/sludge/post-metal outfit Yakuza. He also fills a very similar role in the Illinois-based metal all-star collective Bloodiest, who had one of the most awesome releases of 2011. Lastly, in addition to being one of the folks who runs the Empty Bottle, a metal-oriented venue in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, he is a major figure in the Chicagoland metal scene and one hell of a nice guy. I saw him perform twice this year, once on tour with Man's Gin promoting this album and once as a headliner for a show with Batillus, The Atlas Moth and Yakuza. Both times, his performance left me speechless. What he does on this album is very psychedelic, tribal-sounding and atmospheric. I don't use drugs (anymore??? ), but if I did, this would be a great album to use them to. There are a lot of loops, delays and other effects at play, and even though one might be tempted to write off music which uses technology so heavily as "taking the easy way out", as a person who has seen him do this live can attest, it's not easy in the slightest (he just makes it look and sound that way). Any way you slice it, this is a highly interesting album from an extremely prolific and influential musician, and I'm damn glad I had the opportunity to buy a copy of it from the artist himself. Plus, the album cover is fucking kickass, too (duh).

EDIT: Oh, and lest I forget - the night I bought this CD, I got to see / hear a Cobalt song performed live. So suck it.
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Great list, man. Glad to see some great albums that I didn't expect to see on anybody's lists like, Rotten Sound, Beastie Boys and Belphegor.
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On deck:

#53 - melodic, majestic depressive black metal with some post-rock influences (from New South Wales)
#52 - sophomore album from a super-progressive instrumental trio of musical prodigies
#51 - Leviathan-era Mastodon songs made in 2011, anyone?
#50 - another awesome grind album, with some more o' that sweet, sweet buzzsaw guitar tone
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On deck:

#53 - melodic, majestic depressive black metal with some post-rock influences (from New South Wales)

#50 - another awesome grind album, with some more o' that sweet, sweet buzzsaw guitar tone
Woods Of Desolation- Torn Beyond Reason

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Wormrot- Dirge?
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This isn't going to be finished until June... at the earliest...
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