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My list of favourites and interests for this year ordered roughly in descending order. My new years resolution is to branch out a bit and listen to new and unfamiliar genres, metal and non-metal.

Edit: Anything above about a 7/10 I'll keep here. Now with approximate rating in a .5 scale and ordered according to **replay value** i.e how often I listen to them. AND now with some comments, adding them gradually.

And be sure to scroll down to the bottom, where I've put some interesting EP's that I've heard.

Following Strade's initiative I'll leave here the most recent additions:
Klone, Behold The Arctopus, Acyl, Anglagard, Aoria, Árstíðir Lífsins, Butterfly Temple, Civilization One, Deathhammer, Destinity, Faal, Flotsam & Jetsam, Headspace, Hellwell, Neurosis, Opera Diabolicus, Orden Ogan, Paradox, Seven Kingdoms, Saturnus, Sulphur Aeon, Virus, Obsidian Kingdom

Created by: R'Vannith | 12.01.2012



1. Enslaved - RIITIIR
(9.5) Progressive Black: Albums are rarely as diverse and captivating at the same time as this one. Each track is completely it's own and there isn't a trace of repetitiveness. Given time each piece falls into place to reveal what is exceptionally well composed songwriting. While it still retains an essence of black metal it's clearly pushing at the genre boundaries with its union with an extreme form of progressive metal. Stylistically it is something which I find difficult to describe, shifts in sound can be quite staggering at times. An example is "Storm of Memories" which makes transformations from a hazy amalgamation of post-metal and under-layered psychedelic vocals to a melodic black driven mid-section which again becomes something else entirely with an extreme progressive sound with clean vocals. The amount of ingenious material is too great to outline here in detail, it's absolutely stuffed with engaging and unique music. Simply put, this is progressive in every sense of the word, even by this band's standards.
2. Pharaoh - Bury The Light
(9.5) Power: With riff after riff delivered in a meticulously precise driving catchiness, with that powerful voice oozing charisma, with the expertise with which all the pieces are placed together to craft such a well conceived gem of an album how could it not be one of my favourites so far this year? There is very little in this album which was not purposely placed before you to enjoy, attention to detail is what makes this album truly stand out.
3. Anglagard - Viljans Öga
(9) Symphonic Progressive Rock
4. Overkill - The Electric Age
(9) Thrash: Raw energy is not so difficult to come by in the genre of Thrash these days. Trouble is channeling that energy into something coherent and tangible. Something that doesn't just lash out at you, but hits you with a determined knowledge about where best to unleash that energy. With age comes wisdom, and Overkill are as wise as they come for an old agenda stepping to the fore to show the unlearned how its really done.
5. The Foreshadowing - Second World
(9) Gothic Doom: An album with an incomparable atmosphere which seems to both dominate yet give you room to breathe. Like a slowly enveloping recollection of a dream which grows in intensity the more you remember, the more each element falls into place and leaves you with an album that is essentially a continuous flow of Gothic/Doom as it was meant to be.
6. At The Graves - Solar
(9) Psychedelic Sludge/Doom: The most surprising album I've heard all year, this is a sludge induced trip into psychedelia which never manages to bore. At all times the drumwork holds an astonishingly gripping presence which literally leaves you hanging on for every next beat. The distorted guitarwork maneuvers it's way around from the shorter sludge trips to the elongated doom laden passages which somehow dominate your attention throughout. The vocals would likely be an issue for some, but I'm too busy zoning out to care much.
7. Ihsahn - Eremita
(9) Extreme Progressive: Where will you be when you descend into madness? In the mind of Ihsahn that's where, a strange piece of grey matter filled with the swerving of accessible forms of extreme prog, its frightening thoughts fueled by a captivating combination of black metal and the sax. It's hard to draw your attention away from this excellent album.
8. Psycroptic - The Inherited Repression
(9) Technical Death: Another case in which the vocals would likely be the source of deterrence.. but those sweet riffs! Technical death.. no scratch that.. music of ANY kind is rarely this catchy! They are so well defined and dart about the place with wild and unrelenting abandon yet are astonishingly easy to follow. Consider this technical death for the uninitiated by all means, as I am, I have yet to find a catchier album from the genre.
9. Obsidian Kingdom - Mantiis
(9) Avantgarde/Post-Black
10. In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
(9) Progressive/Melodic Death: A harder hitting follow up to the fantastic "Monolith" which isn't quite as engaging but the melodic riffs are no less impressive. Turning from the slightly more progressive previous album to this effort which is more inclined to the basis of the bands music, the melodic death aspect, provides no repercussions. Not all progressive tendencies are left behind of course, tracks like 'From a Tidal Sleep' still run along a melodic line strung together with some Opeth like meanderings. 'A Vow To Conquer Oceans' is an interesting track as it shifts from Amon Amarth like riffage to more tranquil moments which gradually evolve then return fullcircle.
11. Ørkenkjøtt - Ønskediktet
(9) Progressive Black: Well I'll be darned if this isn't one of most peculiar albums I've heard this year. Norwegians seem to have this nifty way of coming up with with progressive metal that is as distinct as it is engaging. Leprous springs to mind, but this album is an amalgamation of the dominating atmosphere of Opeth and the jarring chaos of avantgarde act Virus.
12. The Firstborn - Lions Among Men
(9) Progressive Black/Death: A journey to the Buddhist far east with a suspicious entourage of avantgarde black and progressive melodic death. In other words, shit gets trippy with an eastern vibe. With chunky yet elegant songwriting and strong production this is no doubt one to impress a wide variety of metal fans.
13. Yakuza - Beyul
(9) Avantgarde/Experimental
14. Astra (USA) - The Black Chord
(9) Progressive Rock: A flashback to the progressive rock heydays like no other with the charming sounds of the well handled mellotron and a rich tantalizing style. Brings to mind influences such as Yes, Hawkwind, Camel, Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream.
15. Xandria - Neverworld's End
(9) Symphonic: An invigoration of the classic Nightwish sound which doesn't happen to be just a mere recap but performs it to an exceptionally high degree. Issues of originality fall away for me based purely on how impressively the album is written and produced.
16. Soen - Cognitive
(8.5) Progressive/Alternative Metal: Derivative and samey yet precise and engaging. Seems like a contradiction on paper but works wonders when put into music would you believe.
17. Borknagar - Urd
(8.5) Melodic/Progressive Black: This was a creeper of an album for me, initially it had little impact but I found myself enticed to return for more. Gets under your skin like a thorn and is melodic black at it's most deceptive, that is its a highly melodic/progressive album which hides its black metal roots well enough to ensure a broad range of tastes are satisfied.
18. Anathema - Weather Systems
(8.5) Atmospheric Rock: Absolutely effortless to listen to this album isn't going to surprise you, but it will be difficult for you not to get a bit sentimental. Smooth sailings.
19. Ancestors - In Dreams And Time
(8.5) Sludge/Doom/Progressive: An unprecedented, at least to my knowledge, kaleidoscope of stunning colours. While not always blending without producing a few laboriously drawn out passages it is a very ambitious attempt to mix such an interesting collage of sounds into one image. Like a 70's prog band attempting to play a doom paced sludge and throwing in a stoner edge for good measure.
20. Atoma - Skylight
(8.5) Atmospheric/Post: You will get lost in this atmosphere, that is a guarantee. Though if you get too lost you'll drift off into the nothingness of space, and if you happen to not require oxygen to survive it will get boring at some point. But its space, no-ones going to hear you so quit complaining and just listen and drift.
21. Vintersorg - Orkan
(8.5) Progressive Folk: This album is a bitterly cold frostbitten black metal in the harshest recesses of the Scandinavian wilderness... or it's just Frosty the Snowman in corpse-paint. In any case everyone's having a great time being grim. But that would go against the whole idea of 'grimness' wouldn't it? Forget I said anything. Just know that this album is astonishingly fun.
22. Conan - Monnos
(8.5) Stoner/Doom: One of the heaviest albums I've ever heard. Simple as that. Sludgey stoner riffs reign supreme and roll over you with no remorse. The only let up is the excellent 4th track 'Golden Axe' which provides not only a breather but a slow and subtle introduction to the final two monstrous songs. The combination of vocals and backing vocals, while perhaps not sounding impressive initially, enhances the atmosphere a great deal.
23. In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad
(8.5) Atmospheric/Progressive: Debut albums rarely come as well conceived as this beauty, a stunningly performed atmospheric yet edgy progressive metal with Gothic undertones which remind me of some of Katatonia's best moments
24. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata
(8.5) Avantgarde: With an album name like that you are left guessing as to what surprise waits to be released once you swing the bat. Many delectable goodies are likely to burst forth from this overly stuffed Piñata which are impossible to describe in so short a space. Be mindful though that whatever you find has been meticulously constructed to best ensure your enjoyment.
25. Om - Advaitic Songs
(8.5) Stoner: Om, just Om. Get into your meditative positions people and breathe it in. For best effect make sure you're seated on a fine rug in some Persian bazaar with enough incense to lift the roof away. Or just listen to some guys crafting some stoner tinged ambiance. I dunno.
26. Paradox - Tales Of The Weird
(8.5) Thrash
27. Devin Townsend - Epicloud
(8.5) Progressive: Nothing has quite the same effect on me, as I'm sure it does for many others, as the music of Townsend. This album sounds so irresistibly whimsical and simply oozes a catchy happiness. With pop sensibilities cranked to the max, the album does an astonishing job of retaining Devin's heavy progressive/industrial sound. Heavy and happy, what more could you ask for really?
28. Ahab - The Giant
(8.5) Funeral Doom/Post: The title of the first track says it all, the band are moving on to different waters. Whether this is a welcome change will depend on your own ability to acclimatize and keep with them as they sail into post metal territory. They are natural sailors and you will have nothing to worry about in that regard, they are in full control of their vessel. Post metal that will crush you in the oceanic depths.
29. Nekromantheon - Rise, Vulcan Spectre
(8.5) Thrash: If you could capture adrenaline in a 30 minute musical experience, this would likely be what it would sound like. This is absolutely savage, menacing, unforgiving thrash designed for one purpose and one purpose alone, to break your fucking neck! This is none of that modern sleek thrash, this is a nod, or rather an extremely aggravated indication, to 80's thrash of the likes of Kreator, Morbid Saint and Slayer.
30. Dissona - Dissona
(8.5) Progressive: As varied as it is unique this is a debut to remember. Jam packed with surprises and an exceptional vocalist steals this exuberant show.
31. Sigh - In Somniphobia
(8.5) Avantgarde: You can breathe a "sigh" of relief, it's some more unmatched black metal tinged zaniness from this avantgarde troupe. Mixing in all manner of musical styles and tidbits there is something here to please just about any metal fan.
32. Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine
(8.5) Power
33. Anguish - Through The Archdemons Head
(8.5) Doom: The exact opposite of cleanliness this is some gritty, dirty doom. Which drags at you relentlessly. It really can be quite the effort to trawl through but once you reach the end you'll feel so accomplished that you want a second round of this unpolished gem.
34. Horn Of The Rhino - Grengus
(8.5) Sludge: Well honed with the scent of death this is menacing sludge propelled forth by some of the most impressive vocal work you'll likely hear from a sludge band. Fits their style like a glove. Just monstrous really.
35. Bloodshot Dawn - Bloodshot Dawn
(8.5) Progressive Melodic Death: This a teeming mass of riffs which not only put the death back into melodic death but is quite technical and lined with thrash veins. Powerful sinews which deal doses of punchy guitar work that have you craving another bout.
36. Pepe Deluxe - Queen Of The Wave
(8.5) Psychedelic Pop
37. The Sword - Apocryphon
(8.5) Heavy/Stoner
38. Sunpocrisy - Samaroid Dioramas
(8.5) Progressive Sludge/Post
39. Evoken - Atra Mors
(8.5) Funeral/Death Doom
40. Oceans Of Time - Faces
(8.5) Progressive Power
41. Akphaezya - Anthology IV: The Tragedy Of Nerak
(8.5) Avantgarde
42. Dordeduh - Dar De Duh
(8.5) Atmospheric Folk/Black
43. Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension
(8.5) Gothic/Death Doom
44. Deathhammer - Onward To The Pits
(8.5) Thrash
45. Oddland - The Treachery Of Senses
(8.5) Progressive
46. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
(8.5) World
47. Opera Diabolicus - 1614
(8.5) Progressive Power
48. Lurk - Lurk
(8.5) Sludge/Doom
49. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
(8.5) Gothic
50. Kamelot - Silverthorn
(8.5) Symphonic Power
51. The Great Old Ones - Al Azif
(8.5) Black/Ambient
52. Butterfly Temple - Дыхание
(8.5) Pagan/Melodic Death
53. Iron Fire - Voyage Of The Damned
(8.5) Power
54. High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
(8.5) Sludge
55. Beardfish - The Void
(8.5) Progressive Rock
56. Verdunkeln - Weder Licht Noch Schatten
(8.5) Psychedelic Black
57. Enochian Theory - Life... And All It Entails
(8.5) Progressive
58. The Faceless - Autotheism
(8.5) Progressive/Technical Death
59. Aberrant Vascular - Aegisthus
(8.5) Operatic/Avantgarde
60. Wildernessking - The Writing Of Gods In The Sand
(8.5) Progressive Black
61. Anhedonist - Netherwards
(8.5) Death/Doom
62. Suspyre - Suspyre
(8.5) Progressive
63. A Forest Of Stars - A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
(8.5) Atmospheric Black
64. Kälter - Ubuntu
(8.5) Progressive/Melodic Death
65. Indesinence - Vessels Of Light And Decay
(8.5) Death/Doom
66. OSI - Fire Make Thunder
(8.5) Progressive
67. Dol Ammad - Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed
(8.5) Electronic/Symphonic
68. Dyscarnate - And So It Came To Pass
(8) Death
69. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
(8) Alternative/Gothic
70. Accept - Stalingrad
(8) Heavy
71. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
(8) Heavy/Power
72. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
(8) Melodic Death
73. Dalriada - Napisten Hava
(8) Folk
74. Dawnbringer - Into The Lair Of The Sun God
(8) Heavy
75. Master - The New Elite
(8) Death
76. Amberian Dawn - Circus Black
(8) Symphonic Power
77. Gazpacho - March Of Ghosts
(8) Progressive Rock
78. Klone - The Dreamer's Hideaway
(8) Alternative Metal
79. Mencea - Pyrophoric
(8) Progressive Death
80. Horseback - Half Blood
(8) Psychedelic
81. Grand Magus - The Hunt
(8) Heavy
82. Sulphur Aeon - Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide
(8) Death
83. Wilderun - Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
(8) Symphonic/Folk
84. Royal Thunder - CVI
(8) Southern Rock
85. Darkend - Grand Guignol - Book I
(8) Symphonic Black
86. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
(8) Technical Death
87. Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
(8) Melodic Death/Doom
88. Behold! The Monolith - Defender, Redeemist
(8) Stoner/Doom
89. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
(8) Progressive Death
90. My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures
(8) Gothic/Doom
91. Nightmare - The Burden Of God
(8) Heavy/Power
92. Ketzer - Endzeit Metropolis
(8) Black/Thrash
93. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Alter
(8) Psychedelic Doom/Stoner
94. Arcana - As Bright As A Thousand Suns
(8) Ambient
95. Vindicator - United We Fall
(8) Thrash
96. Jeff Loomis - Plains Of Oblivion
(8) Instrumental Progressive
97. The Howling Void - The Womb Beyond The World
(8) Funeral Doom
98. Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned
(8) Stoner
99. Maitreya - Remember The Stones
(8) Post/Sludge
100. Shadowdance - Future Negative Fantasy
(8) Progressive Power
101. Words Of Farewell - Immersion
(8) Melodic Death
102. Rage - 21
(8) Heavy
103. Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma
(8) Progressive Black
104. Destinity - Resolve In Crimson
(8) Melodic Death
105. Asphyx - Deathhammer
(8) Death
106. Saturnian - Dimensions
(7.5) Symphonic Black
107. White Skull - Under This Flag
(7.5) Power
108. Les Discrets - Ariettes Oubliées...
(7.5) Shoegaze
109. 3 Inches Of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
(7.5) Heavy
110. Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Lost In The New Real
(7.5) Progressive Rock
111. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
(7.5) Progressive Rock
112. Castle - Blacklands
(7.5) Heavy/Doom
113. Flotsam & Jetsam - Ugly Noise
(7.5) Heavy/Thrash
114. Galaktik Cancer Squad - Celestia
(7.5) Atmospheric/Progressive Black
115. Sybreed - God Is An Automaton
(7.5) Industrial/Djent
116. Orden Ogan - To The End
(7.5) Power
117. Vertigo Steps - Surface/Light
(7.5) Progressive
118. The 11th Hour - Lacrima Mortis
(7.5) Doom/Death
119. Acyl - Algebra
(7.5) Oriental Folk/Progressive
120. Behold The Arctopus - Horrorscension
(7.5) Instrumental/Progressive
121. Heidevolk - Batavi
(7.5) Folk
122. Panzerballett - Tank Goodness
(7.5) Progressive/Jazz/Funk
123. Grave Digger - Clash Of The Gods
(7.5) Heavy/Power
124. Delain - We Are The Others
(7.5) Symphonic
125. Pathfinder - Fifth Element
(7.5) Symphonic Power
126. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
(7.5) Progressive Black
127. Kayo Dot - Gamma Knife
(7.5) Avantgarde Rock/Metal
128. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
(7.5) Progressive Death
129. Rush - Clockwork Angels
(7.5) Progressive Rock
130. Thy Majestie - ShiHuangDi
(7.5) Symphonic Power
131. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
(7.5) Thrash
132. Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False
(7.5) Progressive Death/Gothic
133. Lethian Dreams - Season Of Raven Words
(7.5) Atmospheric Doom
134. Headspace - I Am Anonymous
(7.5) Progressive
135. Bilocate - Summoning The Bygones
(7.5) Blackened Death/Doom
136. Reserve De Marche - The Last Twenty Years
(7.5) Post
137. The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
(7.5) Progressive/Avantgarde
138. Circus Maximus - Nine
(7.5) Progressive
139. Wintersun - Time I
(7.5) Extreme Power
140. Eschaton - Isolated Intelligence
(7.5) Progressive Black
141. The Levitation Hex - The Levitation Hex
(7.5) Extreme Progressive
142. Dodecahedron - Dodecahedron
(7.5) Avantgarde Black
143. Steelwing - Zone Of Alienation
(7.5) Traditional
144. Yaşru - Öd Tengri Yasar
(7.5) Folk/Doom
145. T.R.A.M. - Lingua Franca
(7.5) Instrumental/Progressive/Fusion
146. Faal - The Clouds Are Burning
(7.5) Black/Doom
147. Baroness - Yellow & Green
(7.5) Progressive/Alternative Rock/Sludge
148. Unipolar Manic-Depressive Psychosis - Psychodelicus Decibeli
(7.5) Avantgarde/Groove
149. Bezoar - Wyt Deth
(7.5) Psychedelic Stoner/Sludge
150. Obscurcis Romancia - Theatre Of Deception
(7.5) Neoclassical Black/Death
151. Civilization One - Calling The Gods
(7) Power
152. The Omega Experiment - The Omega Experiment
(7.5) Progressive/Industrial
153. Horrendous - The Chills
(7.5) Death
154. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Primum
(7.5) Psychedelic Doom/Stoner
155. Dragonforce - The Power Within
(7) Power
156. Sear Bliss - Eternal Recurrence
(7) Melodic Black
157. Allegaeon - Formshifter
(7) Technical Death
158. Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
(7) Progressive Rock
159. Árstíðir Lífsins - Vápna Lækjar Eldr
(7) Black/Folk
160. Woods Of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
(7) Doom/Black
161. Daylight Dies - A Frail Becoming
(7) Melodic Death/Doom
162. Hellwell - Beyond The Boundaries Of Sin
(7) Heavy
163. Old Man Gloom - No
(7) Sludge/Post
164. Primal Fear - Unbreakable
(7) Power
165. Moonspell - Alpha Noir / Omega White
(7) Gothic
166. Aoria - The Constant
(7) Alternative/Progressive/Post
167. Tank - War Nation
(7) Heavy
168. Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Ascending To Infinity
(7) Symphonic Power
169. Herodias - Dance Of The Seven Veils
(7) Darkwave/Doom
170. Landforge - Servitude To Earth
(7) Instrumental/Post
171. Unisonic - Unisonic
(7) Heavy/Power
172. Savage Messiah - Plague Of Conscience
(7) Thrash/Power
173. Torche - Harmonicraft
(7) Stoner
174. Christian Mistress - Possession
(7) Heavy
175. Lord Of Mushrooms - Perspectives
(7) Progressive
176. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
(7) Post/Sludge
177. VonDream - Glimpse Into Reality
(7) Melodic Death
178. Mindplotter - Event Horizon
(7) Djent/Electronic/Post Rock
179. Perversion - Pillars Of The Enlightened
(7) Death
180. ----------(Short and Sweet: Interesting EP's)----------
181. Monolithe - Interlude Second
(9) Drone
182. Crown - The One
(8.5) Industrial/Sludge/Doom
183. Cerber - Mad At Soul
(8.5) Stoner/Sludge/Hardcore
184. Surgeon - Surgeon EP
(8.5) Experimental/Instrumental Rock
185. Wildernessking - .​.​.​And The Night Swept Us Away
(8.5) Progressive Black
186. Helloween - Burning Sun
(8) Power
187. Virus - Oblivion Clock
(8) Avantgarde
188. Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis
(8) Post/Sludge Metal
189. Defecto - Defecto EP
(8) Progressive/Symphonic
190. Revocation - Teratogenesis
(8) Technical Death/Thrash
191. Old English - EP
(8) Progressive Rock
192. Flourishing - Intersubjectivity
(7.5)
193. Nasag - Part 1
(7.5) Post/Drone
194. Dark Tranquillity - Zero Distance
(7) Melodic Death
195. Garuda - Labyrinths Of Stone
(7) Stoner/Sludge
196. Ovid's Withering - The Cloud Gatherer
(7) Djent/Extreme Symphonic
197. Deformitas Pictura - Life Is Life Processing
(7) Technical Death
198. Tiarra - Le Monde Des Tenebres
(7) Gothic



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strade - 26.01.2012 at 05:54  
Awesome, glad you have Lurk, Horrendous, and Dodecahedron in there. Some great debuts already, eh?
R'Vannith - 26.01.2012 at 08:07  
Written by strade on 26.01.2012 at 05:54

Awesome, glad you have Lurk, Horrendous, and Dodecahedron in there. Some great debuts already, eh?


That Lurk album really is a beast! Yeah, hope the big names deliver some decent material as well.
Dissona - 18.02.2012 at 01:32  
Greetings! We are flattered that you featured us in your list and even more flattered that you gave us an 8.6 rating! Would you be willing to write a full album review and submit it to our Metal-Archives site? We would be willing to send you a free, autographed copy of the album for your time and effort.

Metal-Archives site: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dissona/3540340441

Please contact us at dissona@hotmail.com if you do complete the review!
Milena - 01.03.2012 at 13:44  
Defecto ftw. One of the better Clandestine Cuts I've heard.
R'Vannith - 01.03.2012 at 14:48  
Written by Milena on 01.03.2012 at 13:44

Defecto ftw. One of the better Clandestine Cuts I've heard.


And to be honest it's one of the first I've heard. I haven't paid close enough attention to the CC's it seems, Defecto was great.
Alex Fenger - 10.08.2012 at 19:43  
I like seeing Wildernessking and Ancestors on here, and i'll have to check out Ørkenkjøtt. If you want a suggestion than you might like Galaktic Cancer Squad (look them up on Bandcamp). Everything by this guy is free and he's released three full lengths this year.
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:02  
Written by Alex Fenger on 10.08.2012 at 19:43

I like seeing Wildernessking and Ancestors on here, and i'll have to check out Ørkenkjøtt. If you want a suggestion than you might like Galaktic Cancer Squad (look them up on Bandcamp). Everything by this guy is free and he's released three full lengths this year.


Thanks, I'll check it out, the name alone sounds interesting. That Ancestors album was really impressive I thought, mixes all those subgenres so well most of the time. You seem to dig black metal and I'd make a suggestion but you've got just about all I've heard from the genre covered. Dunno whether you like Thrash but Ketzer might be your thing, some great black/thrash, mostly the latter though.
Alex Fenger - 10.08.2012 at 20:04  
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:02

Thanks, I'll check it out, the name alone sounds interesting. That Ancestors album was really impressive I thought, mixes all those subgenres so well most of the time. You seem to dig black metal and I'd make a suggestion but you've got just about all I've heard from the genre covered. Dunno whether you like Thrash but Ketzer might be your thing, some great black/thrash, mostly the latter though.

I'll check ketzer out, as my favorite thrash is when they mix black into it
tea[m]ster - 17.10.2012 at 02:51  
Great list. Obviously I like many of these. I may need to expand my musical tastes too. Oh, be careful, your list is getting as long as IronAngel's :0
R'Vannith - 17.10.2012 at 11:14  
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.10.2012 at 02:51

Great list. Obviously I like many of these. I may need to expand my musical tastes too. Oh, be careful, your list is getting as long as IronAngel's :0

Thanks man, in all honesty mine has nowhere near the diversity that Iron's does, with all that non-metal shizzle. I set myself up to branch out a bit, that's only really happened within a metal context so far. Sludge and stoner in particular has gotten a hold on me this year, and I'm tentatively continuing my way into Black metal, as always.
And I've been meaning to give some from your own list a go, I need me some more post/atmo stuff!
Ag Fox - 18.10.2012 at 06:09  
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.10.2012 at 02:51

Great list. Obviously I like many of these. I may need to expand my musical tastes too. Oh, be careful, your list is getting as long as IronAngel's :0
no love for mines? D:
Written by R'Vannith on 17.10.2012 at 11:14

I'm tentatively continuing my way into Black metal, as always.
you need some Wilds Forlorn! I know you don't like "straight-up" black metal, but this should go nicely with your recent tastes
I think you will enjoy Blut aus Nord's 777 - Cosmosophy as well. Definitely very accessible (which kind of makes some others not liking it as much, but we are talking about you here :3)
R'Vannith - 18.10.2012 at 10:59  
Written by Ag Fox on 18.10.2012 at 06:09

you need some Wilds Forlorn! I know you don't like "straight-up" black metal, but this should go nicely with your recent tastes
I think you will enjoy Blut aus Nord's 777 - Cosmosophy as well. Definitely very accessible (which kind of makes some others not liking it as much, but we are talking about you here :3)


Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give them a go! I've been meaning to give Blut Aus Nord a crack, will probably start at the beginning of that trilogy thingo.
I did really enjoy "The Work Which Transforms God"... or more accurately I was really freaked out by "The Work Which Transforms God"
Ag Fox - 18.10.2012 at 12:45  
Written by R'Vannith on 18.10.2012 at 10:59

Written by Ag Fox on 18.10.2012 at 06:09

you need some Wilds Forlorn! I know you don't like "straight-up" black metal, but this should go nicely with your recent tastes
I think you will enjoy Blut aus Nord's 777 - Cosmosophy as well. Definitely very accessible (which kind of makes some others not liking it as much, but we are talking about you here :3)


Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give them a go! I've been meaning to give Blut Aus Nord a crack, will probably start at the beginning of that trilogy thingo.
I did really enjoy "The Work Which Transforms God"... or more accurately I was really freaked out by "The Work Which Transforms God"
among the trilogy, Sect(s) is probably the hardest to get into. I recommend you try Cosmosophy first.
JohnDoe - 18.10.2012 at 13:02  
No Threshold or Headspace? Nice to see Astra and Marillion (only a rating of 7 ?!). Oh well...
R'Vannith - 19.10.2012 at 07:00  
Written by Ag Fox on 18.10.2012 at 12:45

Written by R'Vannith on 18.10.2012 at 10:59

Written by Ag Fox on 18.10.2012 at 06:09

you need some Wilds Forlorn! I know you don't like "straight-up" black metal, but this should go nicely with your recent tastes
I think you will enjoy Blut aus Nord's 777 - Cosmosophy as well. Definitely very accessible (which kind of makes some others not liking it as much, but we are talking about you here :3)


Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give them a go! I've been meaning to give Blut Aus Nord a crack, will probably start at the beginning of that trilogy thingo.
I did really enjoy "The Work Which Transforms God"... or more accurately I was really freaked out by "The Work Which Transforms God"
among the trilogy, Sect(s) is probably the hardest to get into. I recommend you try Cosmosophy first.

In that case I'll go through them in reverse
R'Vannith - 19.10.2012 at 07:02  
Written by JohnDoe on 18.10.2012 at 13:02

No Threshold or Headspace? Nice to see Astra and Marillion (only a rating of 7 ?!). Oh well...


Threshold.. I knew I forgot something. Well I've probably forgot heaps of good prog this year, like that Headspace. I'll make a point of checking them out. Yeah the new Marillion really didn't impress me at all, though it may get better after some more listens, time will tell I guess.
PocketMetal - 19.10.2012 at 23:42  
Check out the new The Gathering too , I am very impressed with that album . I'm gonna listen to Astra and Ancestors asap .
tea[m]ster - 20.10.2012 at 01:37  
Written by R'Vannith on 17.10.2012 at 11:14

And I've been meaning to give some from your own list a go, I need me some more post/atmo stuff!


Give them a shot man. I pretty much update that list weekly. 2012 has been a wonderful year for the post-whatever genre!
Lit. - 09.11.2012 at 21:07  
No Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore or Hooded Menace?
BoxCar Willy - 10.11.2012 at 00:59  
I love that Cerber Ep too, such a fun album.
Fredd - 10.11.2012 at 21:46  
Man, have I ever told you how I love this list?
R'Vannith - 11.11.2012 at 09:48  
Written by PocketMetal on 19.10.2012 at 23:42

Check out the new The Gathering too , I am very impressed with that album . I'm gonna listen to Astra and Ancestors asap .

Written by Lit. on 09.11.2012 at 21:07

No Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore or Hooded Menace?


Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'll get on those. Maybe I'll even give the Cattle Decapitation one a go despite my dislike for grindcore. I haven't really had much of a look into The Gathering after their departure from metal territory.
R'Vannith - 11.11.2012 at 09:52  
Written by BoxCar Willy on 10.11.2012 at 00:59

I love that Cerber Ep too, such a fun album.


It really surprised me, didn't expect half the fun that I had/still having with that one. Mantra is the one that pulls me back the most I think.
R'Vannith - 11.11.2012 at 09:54  
Written by Fredd on 10.11.2012 at 21:46

Man, have I ever told you how I love this list?


You have now Much appreciated Fred.
K†ulu - 07.12.2012 at 09:16  
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Consider this technical death for the uninitiated by all means, as I am, I have yet to find a catchier album from the genre.

Try Gorod's "Leading Vision" or even "Process of a New Decline" (although many people will tell you not to listen to this one )
R'Vannith - 07.12.2012 at 09:36  
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 09:16

Quote:
Consider this technical death for the uninitiated by all means, as I am, I have yet to find a catchier album from the genre.

Try Gorod's "Leading Vision" or even "Process of a New Decline" (although many people will tell you not to listen to this one )


I remember having a brief listen to some of their tracks on youtube, from some prior to their latest album. Someone on MS recommended I check out their previous stuff.. not sure where but it might have been you actually. The new Gorod is very.. chunky is how I'd describe it in comparison to Psycroptic. Took me a while to get my teeth into it, whereas Psycroptic was pretty much addictive from the get go. Do the previous ones have that chunky kind of sound? (if I'm making any sense )
K†ulu - 07.12.2012 at 10:28  
Written by R'Vannith on 07.12.2012 at 09:36

Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 09:16

Quote:
Consider this technical death for the uninitiated by all means, as I am, I have yet to find a catchier album from the genre.

Try Gorod's "Leading Vision" or even "Process of a New Decline" (although many people will tell you not to listen to this one )


I remember having a brief listen to some of their tracks on youtube, from some prior to their latest album. Someone on MS recommended I check out their previous stuff.. not sure where but it might have been you actually. The new Gorod is very.. chunky is how I'd describe it in comparison to Psycroptic. Took me a while to get my teeth into it, whereas Psycroptic was pretty much addictive from the get go. Do the previous ones have that chunky kind of sound? (if I'm making any sense )

Yeah, I have been evangelizing people to listen to Gorod, but I don't remember if I have reached out to you yet... what do you mean by chunky? By the way, I have not listened to the new Psycroptic... need to correct that.
R'Vannith - 07.12.2012 at 15:34  
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 10:28

Yeah, I have been evangelizing people to listen to Gorod, but I don't remember if I have reached out to you yet... what do you mean by chunky? By the way, I have not listened to the new Psycroptic... need to correct that.


It's something to do with the guitar tone that leads me to describe it like that. It has a chunkier, heavier sound that wasn't as immediately accessible for me. I think it might be the fact that it sounds closer to death metal than say Psycroptic, perhaps the vocals have something to do with that as well.
That's probably the only problem with the Psycroptic album really, those -corish vocals.
K†ulu - 07.12.2012 at 16:25  
Written by R'Vannith on 07.12.2012 at 15:34

Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 10:28

Yeah, I have been evangelizing people to listen to Gorod, but I don't remember if I have reached out to you yet... what do you mean by chunky? By the way, I have not listened to the new Psycroptic... need to correct that.


It's something to do with the guitar tone that leads me to describe it like that. It has a chunkier, heavier sound that wasn't as immediately accessible for me. I think it might be the fact that it sounds closer to death metal than say Psycroptic, perhaps the vocals have something to do with that as well.
That's probably the only problem with the Psycroptic album really, those -corish vocals.

And with the new Gorod --> don't like the new vocalist. Also agree that Gorod quite chunky indeed: while they are very technical, they are also genuinely brutal and heavy. By the way, I see that you like Beyond Creation --> another reason to check Gorod although the former is closer to Obscura. Anyways, Gorod is just one of the best and most original bands in the genre. Period. P.S. Have you read my Transcendence review?
R'Vannith - 07.12.2012 at 16:46  
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 16:25

Written by R'Vannith on 07.12.2012 at 15:34

Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 10:28

Yeah, I have been evangelizing people to listen to Gorod, but I don't remember if I have reached out to you yet... what do you mean by chunky? By the way, I have not listened to the new Psycroptic... need to correct that.


It's something to do with the guitar tone that leads me to describe it like that. It has a chunkier, heavier sound that wasn't as immediately accessible for me. I think it might be the fact that it sounds closer to death metal than say Psycroptic, perhaps the vocals have something to do with that as well.
That's probably the only problem with the Psycroptic album really, those -corish vocals.

And with the new Gorod --> don't like the new vocalist. Also agree that Gorod quite chunky indeed: while they are very technical, they are also genuinely brutal and heavy. By the way, I see that you like Beyond Creation --> another reason to check Gorod although the former is closer to Obscura. Anyways, Gorod is just one of the best and most original bands in the genre. Period. P.S. Have you read my Transcendence review?


I've read it now, I have to ask did they have any more of that flamenco on previous albums and that EP than the new one? That's the most outstanding element that differentiates them from what little I've had a go at from the genre. They sure can pick an awesome theme too, well for me at least.
I was also going to say that they sound more technical than Psycroptic though I'm not entirely sure what I mean by that. Psycroptic is more fun for me but doesn't seem to have the same density in their songwriting.
K†ulu - 07.12.2012 at 23:24  
Written by R'Vannith on 07.12.2012 at 16:46

I've read it now, I have to ask did they have any more of that flamenco on previous albums and that EP than the new one? That's the most outstanding element that differentiates them from what little I've had a go at from the genre. They sure can pick an awesome theme too, well for me at least.
I was also going to say that they sound more technical than Psycroptic though I'm not entirely sure what I mean by that. Psycroptic is more fun for me but doesn't seem to have the same density in their songwriting.

Not really... "Edaenia 2312" has a very distant flamenco feel in the drumming, "Hidden Genocide" has a great "gypsy jazz" outro, but, dear friend, do yourself a favor and listen to Leading Vision in full. It has so much groovy goodness it should not be hard for you digest it.

Also the flamenco thing is a novelty, but what people really like them for is the groove, and that is why "Process of a New Decline" caused somewhat of backlash from some of the fans.
R'Vannith - 08.12.2012 at 04:47  
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2012 at 23:24

Not really... "Edaenia 2312" has a very distant flamenco feel in the drumming, "Hidden Genocide" has a great "gypsy jazz" outro, but, dear friend, do yourself a favor and listen to Leading Vision in full. It has so much groovy goodness it should not be hard for you digest it.


I'll head for Leading Vision in that case. Yeah I guess the flamenco is a bit of a novelty, only pops up every so often in the music. Still it makes it even groovier for me when they do that!

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