Following The Official Metal Appreciation ThreadŽ Page 424

  • Deleted user 8 March 2021 17:39:49
    RIP Lars-Göran Petrov :(
  • TechnoHippy 9 Mar 2021 08:39:59 19,031 posts
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    As we're dipping into the past I'm listening to Left Hand Path, and will do Wolverine Blues next.

    Great stuff.
  • Deleted user 10 March 2021 02:16:42
    I usually can't be bothered with black metal crap anymore, but I recently stumbled over Xasthur's Subliminal Genocide. It's fucking amazing and it's 14 years old, I can't believe I missed it.

  • Drakesmoke 14 Mar 2021 08:48:34 795 posts
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    The LG Petrov news was indeed awful.

    I'd fully recommend a listen to their last one as a full band, Serpent Saints, there's a good half of that album I'd put up against anything off Wolverine. A unique band IMO. I randomly picked up their album Morning Star in a second hand shop years ago and that was it.

    Now listening to the Soilwork EP 'Whisp of the Atlantic'. Interesting stuff with a proggy sixteen minute title track including jazz sax interludes and then a few songs of what they've been up to for the last few years really.

    Always find them melodically impeccable but they can be a bit one ear and out the other until I've had a few listens.
  • TechnoHippy 22 Mar 2021 10:57:40 19,031 posts
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    Fancied something a bit gentler last night and as I'd not listened to them in a while put on some Apocalyptica and immediately enjoyed this new (to me) song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqGTCR0a3Hw

    The guy's voice is excellent, and I realised that I hadn't listened to any Sabaton before. Remedying that now - it's a bit softer than I usually listen to, but fine listening so far.
  • robthehermit 22 Mar 2021 12:39:48 8,420 posts
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    Yeah, Sabaton are pretty good. It's been a (long) while since I listened to them, but I really enjoyed the first couple of albums way back when.
  • TechnoHippy 22 Mar 2021 13:23:48 19,031 posts
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    There's a definite war theme going on - a softer Bolt Thrower :-)
  • drhickman1983 22 Mar 2021 13:25:14 7,520 posts
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    For some reason I've just never got Sabaton. They tick a lot of the boxes I should like - power metal; themes of war and historical war - but something just fails to click for me, and I've no idea what.
  • wuntyate 22 Mar 2021 14:43:28 17,031 posts
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    The Last Stand is an album that I still listen to regularly and it's one of their standouts imo. Sabaton are a massive cheese fest but I can't fail to love them.
  • drhickman1983 23 Mar 2021 00:14:07 7,520 posts
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    ever so slightly related to the description of Sabaton as a lighter Bolt Thrower, I've just realised that Karl Willets' current band Memoriam now have FOUR albums out. I kind of enjoyed their first, the second I heard but entirely forgot, and I wasn't even aware of the third.

    I'm enjoying the newest, very recent release. It's pretty much meat-and-potatoes old school death metal, but I don't think that's a bad thing per se. It's pretty solid. I might well forget it in a months time but it has a decent groove.

    It's no Bolt Thrower but it's basically the closest we're likely to get.
  • wuntyate 23 Mar 2021 12:30:18 17,031 posts
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    @drhickman1983 I might check them out, sounds like the kind of thing I'm needing right now, been listening to a bit of bolt thrower recently.
  • TechnoHippy 23 Mar 2021 12:56:11 19,031 posts
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    I do love Bolt Thrower - Memoriam sound interesting - I'll give them a try during my painting session this afternoon.
  • Chug666 23 Mar 2021 14:16:51 760 posts
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    I've not heard any Bolt Thrower- which album is a good place to start?
  • drhickman1983 23 Mar 2021 16:04:18 7,520 posts
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    @Chug666

    I'd say "...For Victory" and"Those Once Loyal" are good places to start.

    For most of their career they didn't really change their sound that much, more just refined it, so you can pretty much pick any album and get a decent idea of their sound *except* their first album (In Battle There Is No Law!) which had more a grindcore / punk influenced sound. This carried through into their second album a fair bit too (Realm of Chaos) so might not be the best place to start.
  • Chug666 23 Mar 2021 16:19:36 760 posts
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    Cheers- I'm listening to Those Once Loyal as I type. Feels a bit slayer-y so far (not a bad thing!).
  • TechnoHippy 23 Mar 2021 16:41:53 19,031 posts
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    For me The IVth Crusade and Realm of Chaos are my Bolt Thrower favourites. War Master was also brilliant, although to be fair I've enjoyed pretty much everything they've done :-)

    As for Memoriam their sound is very similar and I like it, not quite as much, but very similar and it's always nice to listen to something new.
  • StixxUK 23 Mar 2021 17:12:23 8,647 posts
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    If you've only got time for one song maybe Cenotaph (off War Master)

    That's what I always think of when I think of Bolt Thrower!
  • RichDC 23 Mar 2021 17:36:38 9,085 posts
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    Bolt Thrower are awesome, even if they basically just released the same album over and over again with a few changes for 15 years. :p
  • TechnoHippy 23 Mar 2021 18:43:55 19,031 posts
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    I had the picture disk for Realm of Chaos - awesome 40K artwork.
  • BreadBinLidHero 23 Mar 2021 19:25:39 10,594 posts
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    Bolt Thrower are amazing. Had the chance to see them a few years ago but didn't go. Obviously one of my biggest regrets now.
  • TechnoHippy 23 Mar 2021 19:39:29 19,031 posts
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    They were great live - I saw them 30 odd years ago on a grindcore tour with Morbid Angel if I remember correctly.
  • BreadBinLidHero 23 Mar 2021 22:04:23 10,594 posts
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    The sounds like a gig and a half!
  • TechnoHippy 24 Mar 2021 15:50:24 19,031 posts
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    It was the Grindcrusher tour- had some awesome bands:

  • StixxUK 24 Mar 2021 17:41:34 8,647 posts
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    Wow, nice line-up

    Seen a few positive reviews of this band Dvne, getting quite Crack the Skye-era Mastodon vibes off what I've heard so far. Different enough to be their own thing though. Liking it.

  • Vortex808 24 Mar 2021 17:46:57 15,143 posts
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    TechnoHippy wrote:
    I had the picture disk for Realm of Chaos - awesome 40K artwork.
    Ha! I had the gatefold of that one & saw them that tour.

    Paradise Lost touring their second album played the day after, or day before too. I forget, as it was fucking ages ago! 😃
  • TechnoHippy 24 Mar 2021 18:29:03 19,031 posts
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    Paradise Lost are one of my favourite bands, and their sound had quite a circular evolution. Although I did enjoy their heavy Depeche Mode era.
  • StixxUK 1 Apr 2021 09:08:04 8,647 posts
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    Been diving into Morbid Angel's earlier albums recently, Blessed are the Sick is INCREDIBLE.

    I'd listened to Altars of Madness quite a bit as it's generally touted as the best death metal album of all time but had generally found it a bit like a slightly amped up but still not as good Slayer (will probably go back and find I love it at some point and wonder what the hell I was smoking).

    But this is really good - the riffs, vocals, the atmosphere, they fucking nailed it. Getting a bit more why they were the kings of DM in the 90's. Feels like they found their own niche with this instead of just pushing the boat out on what already existed.
  • TechnoHippy 14 Apr 2021 10:12:58 19,031 posts
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    Listening to Draconian Times - one of my favourite albums.
  • Wayne 14 Apr 2021 10:16:31 3,370 posts
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    Without having gigs to go to, my interest in metal has almost evaporated. It's really highlighted how important the live aspect of metal is to me. So I've listened to very little over the last year or so.

    That being said, the four tracks that Gojira have released from the new album are superb. Cannot wait for that to release.
  • Wayne 15 Apr 2021 10:27:10 3,370 posts
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    Booked tickets for Iron Maiden today (June 2022). It's a long way off, but it does feel good booking tickets for a gig that will probably(?) happen.
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