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What I listened to last year.

Created by: Oaken | 01.09.2012



1. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Epic Doom Metal [7.5] Fuzzed-out stuff. Emotional, but tedious at times.
2. Alda - : Tahoma :
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.0] A massive-sounding mix of black metal and acoustics.
3. Alrakis - Alpha Eri
Ambient Black Metal [7.0] Cosmic black with 'soothing' soundscapes. You'll float.
4. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion
Blackened Grindcore [9.0] Insane, crazy and crushing. The soundtrack of an asylum.
5. Ash Borer - Ash Borer
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.0] A grim sounding piece of thoughtful black metal.
6. Benighted - Asylum Cave
Brutal Death Metal [9.0] This is crushing. Feels like being slammed with a mallet.
7. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
Industrial Black Metal [8.0] Twisted and grotesque black metal with industrial elements.
8. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Industrial Black Metal [8.0] Twisted and grotesque industrial with black metal elements.
9. Cold Body Radiation - Deer Twillight
Blackgaze [7.5] Ethereal and beautiful. Airy and gorgeous.
10. Deafheaven - Roads To Judah
Atmospheric Black Metal [9.5] Passion. Pure, unadulterated passion. Close enough to a 10.
11. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Funeral Doom Metal [7.0] Very, very long. For me, this is weakened by its length.
12. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Post-rock [8.5] My introduction to post-rock. Great stuff.
13. Falls Of Rauros - The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood
Atmospheric Black Metal [7.5] A black metal meddle with folksy elements.
14. Fell Voices - Untitled
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.0] An obscure slab of droning black metal.
15. Fen - Epoch
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.5] Majestic. More post-rock here than on The Maledictions Field.
16. Infestus - E x I s t
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.5] It's very hard to imagine that ONE person is behind this great work.
17. Lantlôs - Agape
Atmospheric Black Metal [7.5] Artistic. It grew on me a lot since I first listened to it.
18. Necros Christos - Doom Of The Occult
Death Metal [8.5] Filthy album, with the nostalgic old-school atmosphere.
19. Oak Pantheon - The Void
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.5] Agalloch-clones, but they do it in their own way.
20. Obscura - Omnivium
Technical Death Metal [8.5] Technical death played with soul. Vortex Omnivium is killer.
21. Petrychor - Effigies And Epitaphs
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.0] Black metal infused acoustic flamingo? Seems legitimate.
22. Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Black Metal [9.0] Hoest is a nut in real life, but his music is spot-on black metal.
23. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym
Progressive Folk Metal [8.5] Caught me off guard. Catchiest album I've ever heard.
24. Verwüstung - Beyond The Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
Ambient Black/Drone Doom Metal [7.0] Good experimentation, but it's quite pretentious.
25. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Atmospheric Black Metal [9.0] Features Wolves In The Throne Room at their catchiest.
26. Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal [9.0] Melancholy taking an aural form. Melodiously beautiful.
27. Ygg - Ygg
Atmospheric Black Metal [8.5] Minimalist album of grating, folksy black metal.



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MechanisT - 01.09.2012 at 01:38  
Are you really even remotely serious with your description of Agape?
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 01:39  
Written by MechanisT on 01.09.2012 at 01:38

Are you really even remotely serious with your description of Agape?

Well yes, what's wrong with it? I really found it lacking.
MechanisT - 01.09.2012 at 01:43  
Personally, I don't think the "shortness" of the album has any say on its quality whatsoever. I've heard too many "magnum opuses" which are proclaimed to be such just because they have "epic" album length (but totally fail to justify their billing). Going nowhere? Well, tastes differ so won't contest that. To me it was ABM album of the year, hands down.
Also; just a personal opinion. Not attacking you or anything.
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 01:48  
Written by MechanisT on 01.09.2012 at 01:43

Personally, I don't think the "shortness" of the album has any say on its quality whatsoever. I've heard too many "magnum opuses" which are proclaimed to be such just because they have "epic" album length. Going nowhere? Well, tastes differ so won't contest that. To me it was ABM album of the year, hands down.
Also; just a personal opinion. Not attacking you or anything.

It's an album that always gives me mixed feelings after listening to it. I'm going to give it a listen now (it's been very long since I've initially heard it) to see if I like it more. As for the length, I think this album's flow is a little underwhelming and without a climax. With the short length it ends without climaxing IMO, but as I said, I'll listen to it now.
MechanisT - 01.09.2012 at 01:53  
Written by Oaken on 01.09.2012 at 01:48

Written by MechanisT on 01.09.2012 at 01:43

Personally, I don't think the "shortness" of the album has any say on its quality whatsoever. I've heard too many "magnum opuses" which are proclaimed to be such just because they have "epic" album length. Going nowhere? Well, tastes differ so won't contest that. To me it was ABM album of the year, hands down.
Also; just a personal opinion. Not attacking you or anything.

It's an album that always gives me mixed feelings after listening to it. I'm going to give it a listen now (it's been very long since I've initially heard it) to see if I like it more. As for the length, I think this album's flow is a little underwhelming and without a climax. With the short length it ends without climaxing IMO, but as I said, I'll listen to it now.


Eribo - I Collect the Stars takes all that built up atmosphere and ends the album in a superb fashion, fulfilling the role of a "climax". Again, my opinion. Sorry if I act bitchy because I really have a personal affinity to that particular album, and that's saying a lot since I don't recall having this kind of connection with any kind of black metal. It just grabbed me from the word "go".
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 01:56  
Written by MechanisT on 01.09.2012 at 01:53

Eribo - I Collect the Stars takes all that built up atmosphere and ends the album in a superb fashion, fulfilling the role of a "climax". Again, my opinion. Sorry if I act bitchy because I really have a personal affinity to that particular album, and that's saying a lot since I don't recall having this kind of connection with any kind of black metal. It just grabbed me from the word "go".

Yes, I recall Eribo was a great track. I'm going to listen now and report to you.
Boxcar Willy - 01.09.2012 at 02:10  
I don't understand how Watercolor... was pretentious?

Just a good, genre mixing album.
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 02:13  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.09.2012 at 02:10

I don't understand how Watercolor... was pretentious?

Just a good, genre mixing album.

It's a boring album, nuff said. That guy tries to act like he's the one who can make deep, atmospheric stuff, but ends up with a noisy wall of sound. Watercolor was decent at max, but the new one is totally pretension.
My opinion only.
Boxcar Willy - 01.09.2012 at 02:27  
Well you know theres that fact that he does make some good atmospheric stuff, that's also noisy and full of awesome
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 02:28  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.09.2012 at 02:27

Well you know theres that fact that he does make some good atmospheric stuff, that's also noisy and full of awesome

It seems I have an aversion to this type of stuff... It's my opinion, and you can ignore it
Lokaeda - 01.09.2012 at 03:04  
Just my opinion, but Verwüstung is a shitfest.
Oaken - 01.09.2012 at 03:13  
Written by Lokaeda on 01.09.2012 at 03:04

Just my opinion, but Verwüstung is a shitfest.

I think borefest would be more fitting.
Mr. Doctor - 01.09.2012 at 12:35  
Man so many things I disagree here. Esoteric definitely isn't weakened by its length. Someone saying that simply doesn't like the style of the music at all since no one who was really into funeral doom would say such a thing and this is not a fanboy comment. Just a fact on how the songwriting of the genre is supposed to be.

Also, the Alrakis comment is so off. Doesn't take much to see that besides the space themethere's close to nothing in common with Alrakis and Darkspace Same thing but clearly not the same approach to black metal AT ALL.
Oaken - 02.09.2012 at 04:04  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.09.2012 at 12:35

Man so many things I disagree here. Esoteric definitely isn't weakened by its length. Someone saying that simply doesn't like the style of the music at all since no one who was really into funeral doom would say such a thing and this is not a fanboy comment. Just a fact on how the songwriting of the genre is supposed to be.

Also, the Alrakis comment is so off. Doesn't take much to see that besides the space themethere's close to nothing in common with Alrakis and Darkspace Same thing but clearly not the same approach to black metal AT ALL.

Concerning Esoteric, well you know, I just couldn't stand the sheer length. Like "when is this going to end?". It really gets tedious, and I don't actually appreciate the music very much, yet I acknowledge the band as being geniuses.
Concerning Alrakis, what I meant is that they embrace the 'cosmic' theme like Darkspace, but instead of doing it in the harsh tremolo-picking style of Darkspace, they create ambient soundscapes. Description clarified.

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