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Good Things Take Time

Essentially I composed this list as a note-to-self not to take my negative first impressions so seriously. Most of these tend to be works I initially rated a couple points (/10) lower, because the music didn't seem all that great to my ears. Again, most, tend to have increased value once I delved into the lyrics - sometimes entirely away from the music. Yeah... normally I couldn't care less whether you're singing about clown-phobias, alien invasions, SC battles, real war on Earth or alternative uses for vacuum cleaners. Oh, and on that note: Acid Reign (ensure Bandcamp-player is enabled in your user Settings) - is that another band's music entirely?

1. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
2. Anthrax - Stomp 442
3. Cathedral - Kingdom of Ends
4. Hypocrisy - Catch 22
5. Intruder - Psycho Savant

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Created by Syk on 06.01.2014

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Worship at the Altar of Demos

No, I haven't yet really checked out MS' own 'Clandestine Cuts' demo-highlighting series. Lemme know, if you will, which ones might be the aces in the holes - and what's the best demo you've ever heard?

(write-ups are also on the way for Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, & possibly Nasca and Verm; text for Asphyx & Abandoned may or may not come... they kinda sing for themselves)

1. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions demo
2. Deadfall - Ordeal by Fire
3. Testament - Demo:1
4. Vektor - Demolition
5. Ackros - Ackros

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Created by Syk on 22.12.2013

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Please Stop Feeding Crap to Your FOC

In the last several hours, I have (as is rarely the case) had a good, big breakfast + dinner.

I feel great. is rarely the case. So - what have I consumed, to put this diamond-in-the-rough smile on my dial? For once, no junk. No crap. No chips, no lollies, no chocolate bars, no Great White Bread. No shark either - but indeed, some fantastic fish.

1. Anata - Under a Stone with No Inscription
2. Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
3. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
4. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
5. Entombed - Left Hand Path

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Created by Syk on 23.01.2013

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Really Wucking Fish I Had a Drum-Set

Apologies, of the most sincere kind, for the Spoonerism. It's really not my style, but some could argue it was necessary...

1. Metallica - ...And Justice for All
2. Deadfall - Ordeal by Fire demo/EP
3. Dãm - The Difference Engine
4. Neil Young - Mirror Ball
5. Slayer - Reign in Blood

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Created by Syk on 15.06.2012

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Love It All - 30 Fave Releases Since Y2K

Howzat, two of my all-time fav releases recently turned 10 and 5 years old. They should get anniversary reissues. Make those great bands some more dough, among other things...

Numbers 10 and 28 on this list are so good, I can't really pick favourite songs. Could say that Sons' opening number is a bit forgettable, and The Difference Engine's fourth track might be just a bit too weird for me. Still, I score 'em at around 98 point two. Best possible result, eh?

1. Fatboy Slim - Halfway between the Gutter and the Stars
2. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
3. Offspring - Conspiracy of One
4. Eidolon - Nightmare World
5. Muse - Origin of Symmetry

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Created by Syk on 07.04.2012

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Why These Are My Favourite Albums: Avant-80s Selections From Perfect Or Near-Perfect Works

Here they are, in order of year, and order of personal preference within each year. My utterly favourite songs from pre-1980 classics, rendered in my never-really-humble opinion, as everything should be.

Yes, that last bit may have been a touch of sarcasm. But this isn't. With few exceptions, every song on each album that made the list rocks - that's why I've rated them 9 or 10 - but these are my absolute favourites:

1. Deep Purple - Shades of Deep Purple
2. Neil Young - Neil Young
3. Jethro Tull - This Was
4. Cream - Wheels of Fire
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

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Created by Syk on 12.01.2012

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Top (and/or unduly passed-over) Power Metal (?)

With the express exclusion of Na, Mg, K, Ca, Cr, Fe, Cu, W, Hg, etc.

EP, full-length albums, & single song picks from a Guy Who's Not Really into PM... Yeah, I should have put up Viron's cover art as the image but that Dokken single (theme song of Nightmare on Elm Street movie #3) just looks far more interesting. Whether or not that was a PM addition to a Hollywood soundtrack may be a point of relevance, but to me it's immaterial. Go listen to the music!

1. Eidolon - Nightmare World
2. Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi
3. Brainstorm - Soul Temptation
4. Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera
5. Nightwish - Wishmaster

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Created by Syk on 01.12.2012

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My To-Tab List

by 15/10/14 these 4 should move to my 5th list and be replaced by <10 others
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1. Anacrusis - Annihilation Complete
2. Altar - Until Heaven Forbids
3. Usurper - Diabolosis
4. Usurper - Threshold of the Usurper

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Created by Syk on 06.07.2012

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More Of The Best Music Ever Made: Non-Fatally Flawed Favourites Of The Frightful Nineties

Pretty much my top 5 of each year, 1990-1999. It may have been black metal's finest hour, but for the most part I don't care for the genre - check some other lists for recoms there.

As if I needed to say that... ...on with the show... (looking for more words? scroll down to #44)

1. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions demo
2. Anthrax - Persistence of Time
3. Forbidden - Twisted into Form
4. Pantera - Cowboys from Hell
5. Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare

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Created by Syk on 09.03.2012

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Some Of The Best Music Ever Made: Syk's Picks Of Les '80s

They were the best of times, they were the worst of times. Then thrash kicked glam out of the way, and once again, it was the best of times. Haha. Def Leppard's debut came close. Box of Frogs may yet make an appearance (or two). (Probably not two... something in the air there's just rather Average.)

1. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
2. Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
3. Jeff Beck - There and Back
4. Iron Maiden - Killers
5. Neil Young - Trans

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Created by Syk on 10.02.2012

Like Bass like This

A few important ones missing, I know... 8 Foot Sativa, Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Kataklysm...

1. Artillery - The Mind Factory
2. Dismember - Indecent and Obscene
3. Judas Priest - British Steel
4. Mortal Sin - I Am Immortal
5. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

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Created by Syk on 18.02.2014

Just, Great Songs, Part III

A good many of these also had promo videos. If you've got adecent sense of humour I'd like to point out (Bark) and (10th one). Perhaps also for some funny Sugar... (and speaking of;

1. Aoife Ní Fhearraigh with choral accompaniment - Metal Gear Solid
2. Bush - Golden State
3. Cathedral - Hopkins
4. Dio - We Rock
5. Glen Hansard - Drive All Night

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Created by Syk on 21.01.2014

Sugg, Ol' Timey

Collection of various suggestions I've made for addition to MS's db, not necessarily new bands or with new releases, but with a few "bonus" recent things on the end to check out in the future

Please don't forget, you're able to search fragments on MS, so "kanam" (from the right place/page) should return #3 on this list; searching "ggress" on the suggestions page (link provided) will show band #2 (and atm, one other) while "gress" will also find and show in the results all bands that have been labelled as "progressive"

1. The Abominable Iron Sloth
2. Aggression - Spanish thrashers
3. Akaname - local tech (now instru)metal (and not so local anymore)
4. Aneurysm - interesting (or not) mix with undeniable effort, from Italy
5. Arcana Imperia - Rus

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Created by Syk on 14.01.2014

Titles. Messages? Food for Thought

1. Anathema - Judgement
2. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
3. Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand
4. The Doors - Morrison Hotel
5. Ian Dury & the Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Best Of

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Created by Syk on 30.12.2013

A Touch of Prog / Evil Underachievers

1. Exence - Tabula Rasa
2. Guillotine (IND) - The Cynic
3. Akaname - Akaname
4. Rex Mundi - Balance between Madness and Hope
5. AraPacis - So Many Leapers

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Created by Syk on 14.12.2013