Generic, Bog Standard Album-By-Numbers (That I Enjoy)


The title pretty much says it all. Feel free to tell me your poor taste in albums, and I will add them as well.

Created by: V01d | 13.01.2015



1. Behemoth - The Satanist
Oh hey look, it's modern day Venom. I guess the days of being a watered down Nile are behind them?
2. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars
Obviously the best BaN album of everything ever. The best at being GENERIC. Of everything ever.
3. Children Of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet?
Chugga-wuggah. I like it.
4. Chthonic - Seediq Bale
Sorry guys, but it will take more than an erhu to separate you from the droves of symphonic metal being shat out everywhere.
5. Cradle Of Filth - Nymphetamine
Some of the most sterile production and flat out pedestrian songwriting I have heard, yet this album was my first foray into the eclectic world of extreme metal. How I hate sentiments.
6. Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus
What can I say? This is Dark Funeral's fifth debut album.
7. Dark Tranquillity - Construct
The sweet, sweet sounds of familiarity. Watered down familiarity.
8. Deafheaven - Sunbather
Oooooh, burn.
9. Deathspell Omega - Infernal Battles
Yeah, that's right. Disciples of the Ultimate Void for the win.
10. Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra
Makes every aforementioned band seem even more exciting.
11. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
Watered down gothic doom that is praised by all who are oblivious to what doom really is. I love this album.
12. Dragonlord - Black Wings Of Destiny
Dragons go well with cheap synthesizers. Now this is REAL black metal. Like Dimmu.
13. Epica - Design Your Universe
The novelty of symphonic female fronted metal. This is the only one I can stomach, besides (old) Tristania, and one other. I actually enjoy this one quite a bit. For shame.
14. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
You should have seen the look on your face.
15. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
Production, what even is it?
16. Gorgoroth - Twilight Of The Idols
I fancy the thoughtless hatred coming from such ho-hum music.
17. Hypocrisy - The Arrival
I grew up with this band, love 'em to this day.
18. Korn - Untouchables
Favorite Korn album. Not even going to try to be apologetic.
19. The Kovenant - Animatronic
Can this even be considered generic for its time? Well, I think so. Still love it.
20. Moonspell - Night Eternal
More watered down gothic/symphonic metal. Extra Generic Points go to Seth's wonderful album art. My favorite Moonspell album.
21. Naglfar - Sheol
Naglfar are well known for creating wonderfully [REDACTED] albums.
22. Nazxul - Iconoclast
In all honesty, I think these guys do the symphonic black metal thing right. Still generic.
23. Nightwish - Imaginaerum
I'm in over my head here.
24. Ninnghizhidda - Blasphemy
More painfully watered down extreme symphonic metal. Not too shabby.
25. Old Man's Child - Vermin
Includes edgy thrash riffs to keep things...fresh?
26. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Probably my favorite symphonic styled album. Must be the artwork.
27. Swallow The Sun - New Moon
Doom for people who hate doom.
28. Taake - Nattestid...
Anti-human anti-life True Norwegian Black Metal? Not with those happy melodies falling out of your skirt, Hoest.
29. Watain - Lawless Darkness
I actually really enjoyed this one a lot. They did a good job at making their generic melodies dynamic.



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13.01.2015 - 12:37
Ilham
Giant robot
Haha, I loved the little lines. We have quite a few bands/albums in common.
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13.01.2015 - 12:39
!J.O.O.E.!
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"Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
You should have seen the look on your face."

Nice way to mess with people there
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13.01.2015 - 12:55
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
Damn, that Esoteric one scared me.
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13.01.2015 - 15:12
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
After long time two lists(JOOE's 2015 jammin' and this) came across which is damn interesting.

Both get my thumbs up.
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13.01.2015 - 18:52
V01d
Thanks guys, I'm glad you got a kick out of it =)
Yeah I was hoping that Esoteric one would get the jump on a few people, haha.
Joe's 2015 list is one I'm going to be checking up on throughout the year, it's great.
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13.01.2015 - 19:00
!J.O.O.E.!
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14.01.2015 - 22:48
Erik M.
Nathan will hate this list. Would say MVIII is way more fitting than MVII since it's way more generic and boring.

And Arcane Rain Fell? Seriously? Say what you will about Draconian (loads of people hate them, I know), but that album, along with the debut, is without a doubt their best work. As for Epica, Design Your Universe is good, in contrary to their latest two bad albums. Totally generic.

And as for Moonspell, the only correct answer to what their best album is, is of course Wolfheart.

Just giving my opinion; I know this list is totally subjective. I do agree with most (being generic) though.
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14.01.2015 - 22:50
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Erik M. on 14.01.2015 at 22:48

the only correct answer to what their best album is...

That's not what this list is about though.
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15.01.2015 - 01:30
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by deadone on 15.01.2015 at 01:21
My entire collection?

This made me laugh way too much.
I love the description for Deafheaven's feature on this list lol
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15.01.2015 - 01:38
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
This is my favorite list on the site now. As for generic stuff I enjoy, I'd include about every OSDM album ever, and something like The Priest Of Satan by The Black
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15.01.2015 - 03:29
V01d
Erik: I haven't listened to MVIII, and I am in no rush to do so, despite my rather newfound love for BaN, so I'm going to have to take your word for it. I'll throw it up there if you'd prefer.

I agree that Draconian's first two are their best, and I enjoy them. Doesn't stop them from sounding like the plethora of other mushy Don't Cry for Me Argentina watered down generic toothless (fuck commas) melodic McDoom band available for consumption.

Epica was always generic in the wake of progenitor bands such as Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania.

Like Joe said, the list isn't about the best releases in the band's discography.

Deadone: Pray tell =)

Alex Fenger: Thanks man! Throw some OSDM my way and I'll throw it up there =)
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15.01.2015 - 03:57
mz
OSDM you say? Listened to these three fucking great records tonight:
https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-heart-of-the-netherworld
http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/odori-sepulcrorum-2
http://pulverised.bandcamp.com/album/relics-of-sulphur-salvation

All of them are very recent
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16.01.2015 - 22:32
Erik M.
Written by V01d on 15.01.2015 at 03:29

Epica was always generic in the wake of progenitor bands such as Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania.


Epica's debut is far from being generic, it's excellent. Its sound, themes and lyrics are nothing like anything ToT and Tristania ever did. Epica in general isn't similar to those bands, as they're not really gothic, but rather symphonic metal. And they've only become more symphonic (bombastic) with each release (which I dislike).
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16.01.2015 - 22:40
V01d
Written by Erik M. on 16.01.2015 at 22:32

Written by V01d on 15.01.2015 at 03:29

Epica was always generic in the wake of progenitor bands such as Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania.


Epica's debut is far from being generic, it's excellent. Its sound, themes and lyrics are nothing like anything ToT and Tristania ever did. Epica in general isn't similar to those bands, as they're not really gothic, but rather symphonic metal. And they've only become more symphonic (bombastic) with each release (which I dislike).


So let me get this straight...you dislike (to some extent) Epica's newer releases for becoming more of what they already are?

I'm just bustin' ya.

In all seriousness, Epica's debut is cool, but it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from similar bands like After Forever, Edenbridge, Sirenia, and all other manner of generic symphonic female fronted metal lite deluxe. I guess it's lost on me.
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16.01.2015 - 22:45
Erik M.
Written by V01d on 16.01.2015 at 22:40

So let me get this straight...you dislike (to some extent) Epica's newer releases for becoming more of what they already are?


Actually, you're totally correct. They've become too over-the-top for me. The Phantom Agony at least has great themes, a rather distinct sound (to me at least) and is by no means over-the-top. Especially compared to their later albums. The balance is perfect on that album.

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In all seriousness, Epica's debut is cool, but it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from similar bands like After Forever, Edenbridge, Sirenia, and all other manner of generic symphonic female fronted metal lite deluxe. I guess it's lost on me.


It's more similar to After Forever indeed. And the first two AF albums are surely excellent as well. Edenbridge I haven't listened to. Sirenia had a great start with the first two albums and quickly became totally generic.

I think it's safe to say we simply disagree on this.
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16.01.2015 - 23:48
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Erik M. on 16.01.2015 at 22:45



It's more similar to After Forever indeed. And the first two AF albums are surely excellent as well.


well, duh!!! Why do you think that is (that Epica is more similar to the first two AF albums)?
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16.01.2015 - 23:54
Erik M.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.01.2015 at 23:48

well, duh!!! Why do you think that is (that Epica is more similar to the first two AF albums)?


Obviously due to Mark Jansen's influence on the music. Of course I know that. Then again, he has totally lost it now. Last two Epica albums are pretty bad.
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16.01.2015 - 23:55
V01d
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.01.2015 at 23:48

Written by Erik M. on 16.01.2015 at 22:45



It's more similar to After Forever indeed. And the first two AF albums are surely excellent as well.


well, duh!!! Why do you think that is (that Epica is more similar to the first two AF albums)?


One can't be too quick to ascertain, but I'm GUESSING.....it may have something to do with Mark Jansen
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16.01.2015 - 23:59
V01d
Though I'm still confused about the not liking symphonic because it's over the top thing.

No one sits down to listen to symphonic metal for an evening in of restrained listening.

The only time I ever listen to symphonic metal is on the occasion that I want something over the top. That's pretty much the bread and butter of the genre.
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17.01.2015 - 18:33
Erik M.
Written by V01d on 16.01.2015 at 23:59

Though I'm still confused about the not liking symphonic because it's over the top thing.

No one sits down to listen to symphonic metal for an evening in of restrained listening.

The only time I ever listen to symphonic metal is on the occasion that I want something over the top. That's pretty much the bread and butter of the genre.


Compare a song such as Facade of Reality to this song. The former is symphonic yet subtle enough while in the latter they went full retard, as in totally over-the-top. Also it comes off as quite poppy. I would say they're now symphonic power metal, which would immediately explain why I really hate their new sound. The debut is is no possible way power metal. Brilliant debut indeed.
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18.01.2015 - 03:02
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha at Erik and his misconceptions
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18.01.2015 - 15:05
Erik M.
Says the guy who fails to hear a clear difference in sound between two songs. How ironic indeed.
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18.01.2015 - 16:10
CyberSymphony
Ollie
Here's a few for your list and mostly female fronted bands:
Blood Stain Child - Epsilon (Yes I could call this generic and a massive filler release but who cares I still love this addictive album)
Amaranthe - Amaranthe (Same as BSC, extremely catchy, pop music but fun)
Delain - The Human Contradiction (Again quite poppy and same old formula in Symphonic metal, but highly enjoyable)
Visions Of Atlantis - Trinity (This one has to be one of the most generic symphonic bands I've heard, though this release had extreme re-play for me at one time)
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18.01.2015 - 18:23
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Erik M. on 18.01.2015 at 15:05

Says the guy who fails to hear a clear difference in sound between two songs. How ironic indeed.


How do you manage to come to the conclusion I fail to hear the difference in sound between the two songs you posted? They are both horrible to be honest and one is just a bit more horrible than the other.
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18.01.2015 - 21:03
Erik M.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.01.2015 at 18:23

How do you manage to come to the conclusion I fail to hear the difference in sound between the two songs you posted? They are both horrible to be honest and one is just a bit more horrible than the other.


Well, which apparent misconceptions were you referring to then? I was simply explaining that Epica became much more bombastic (over-the-top) with each album they released and while the debut is bombastic as well, it's on a whole other level than the most recent album, which is the reason I do like the debut and not their later stuff. Maybe I'm wrong about them being symphonic power metal though, but I don't really care either way. To me Epica is the kind of band that started off great and becomes worse and worse with each release.
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23.01.2015 - 05:38
Mad Arab666
Surprised Behemoth didn't make the list.
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29.01.2015 - 06:38
V01d
Written by Mad Arab666 on 23.01.2015 at 05:38

Surprised Behemoth didn't make the list.


I hate Behemoth, but they deserve a spot up there. Done.
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