13:12 - !J.O.O.E.! Failing that, he could always talk about one of his favourite dark ambient albums: A Deeper Kind Of Slumber by Tiamat.
13:02 - Marcel Hubregtse So could I. Especially given the fact I was hugely into heavy music at the time in both Singapore and The Netherlands and no one (not the user :p ) ever mentioned heavy hard rock in those countries.
12:11 - !J.O.O.E.! Tell us more about the "heavy hard rock" genre that was so well established in the 80s. I could do with a laugh.
01. Wrathful Deities 02. Figures Of Chained Spirits 03. Curse Seeping Through Flesh 04. Gateways To The Cemetery Of Being 05. Poisoned Tongue 06. Spirit Of Noxious Miasmas 07. Adorned & Iridescent 08. Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin
I find them decent at best. Lots of better bands from the style.
Those tracks were more than just decent for me but I cannot refute your statement about the existence of loads of better bands. Bands in this style which I am familiar with could be counted on the fingers and I happened to check them just very recently
Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Diocletian, Corpsessed, Temple Nightside, Ignivomous, Antediluvian, Vorum (earlier stuff), Witchrist, Hellvetron, Muknal, Embrace of Thorns, Dead Congregation, to name a few off the top of my head. All vaguely from the same area of death metal. Some more doomy, others a bit black etc.
Have a look through here and this thread. Lots of similar stuff there.