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post Mar 27 2009, 11:50 PM
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So I figure we should a make a thread about what album we are currently listening to and giving it also a quick review so it doesnt just become one huge list thread. This shall give other viewers more input on what we thought about the album, w/o writing 2 pages worth of stuff on the review section. This shall be in all aspect of genre.

As for me, I snatched this up last night going home from school.


Wolves in the Throne Room- Malevolent Grain EP
My first run through the EP, the sound was something a bit unusual. Its definitely weird for something Wolves in the Throne Room would do. Almost like a slight combination of Post-Rock and Ambient Black Metal. I'm not sure yet what to feel about this new sound and release from them, but its definitely something to get use to because I heard Dark Cascade is fairly similar to this. Its not bad by any means, but its just different from other releases. Its definitely not Two Hunters or Diadem of 12 Stars thats for sure.

3.5/5 for right now. I'll spin it again tonight to see if my review will change.

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post Mar 28 2009, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE (VinceG @ Mar 27 2009, 11:50 PM) *
So I figure we should a make a thread about what album we are currently listening to and giving it also a quick review so i

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3.5/5 for right now. I'll spin it again tonight to see if my review will change.


Wow, when you mean album....you mean record album!

I'm listening to the new LOG - Wrath. Which probably isn't surprising to any metal head at GMC.

This album is kick ass, and I"m drunk.


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post Mar 28 2009, 12:43 PM
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In Flames- The Jester Race
Pretty much my favorite album ever. Every single song is a perfect blend of melody and heaviness. Perhaps not as heavy as their debut, but far more impressive, both in its execution, and its scope. Multiple instrumentals serve to spice up the album, and really, this album should be listened to front to back. 5/5

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post Mar 28 2009, 01:02 PM
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QUOTE (VinceG @ Mar 27 2009, 11:50 PM) *
So I figure we should a make a thread about what album we are currently listening to and giving it also a quick review so it doesnt just become one huge list thread. This shall give other viewers more input on what we thought about the album, w/o writing 2 pages worth of stuff on the review section. This shall be in all aspect of genre.

As for me, I snatched this up last night going home from school.


Wolves in the Throne Room- Malevolent Grain EP
My first run through the EP, the sound was something a bit unusual. Its definitely weird for something Wolves in the Throne Room would do. Almost like a slight combination of Post-Rock and Ambient Black Metal. I'm not sure yet what to feel about this new sound and release from them, but its definitely something to get use to because I heard Dark Cascade is fairly similar to this. Its not bad by any means, but its just different from other releases. Its definitely not Two Hunters or Diadem of 12 Stars thats for sure.

3.5/5 for right now. I'll spin it again tonight to see if my review will change.


I just thought I could inform you. Black Cascade is really really really not similar to Malevolent Grain, this feels a lot more post rock-ish than Black Cascade. Allthough Hate Crystal isn't that super post rock'ish imo.

But nice thread, I'll write something when I'm listening to something worth writing about.

Edit: wow that sounded bitchy when I read it, and I reallyreallyreally didn't mean it that way.

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post Mar 28 2009, 01:20 PM
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I am listening to Mastodon - Crack The Skye

It's a trip for your ears, great record with more melody and groove than previous Mastodon albums.


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post Mar 28 2009, 01:22 PM
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post Mar 28 2009, 01:42 PM
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Tool - 10000 Days

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The most recent Tool album (from 2006) and definitely my favorite.

It can easily be regarded as a concept album since many tracks relate to each other (Wings for Marie Pt1. and Pt2. or Lost Keys + Roseta Stoned + Intention etc.) This album delivers all typical odd time, dropped D rhythms that are trademarks of Tool and the very cool harmonization of the vocals over the instrumental background.

The 1st track, Vicarious, kicks in with an unmistakable Tool-feeling, and you could imagine yourself to have just started a long and heavy journey. The TalkBox effect over the solo of the second track Jambi is an awesome feature (it's basically the only solo on the album except for repetitive motifs from the lead guitar on later tracks). Sometimes a track consists of one or two motifs, but the tension is professionally built up - these tracks are pure awesomeness. One of my favorite tracks is Roseta Stoned. The rhythm guitar here is awesome and very effective - the saturated timbre of the Dropped D riffings is very cool (Gibson LP Silverburst from the 80s I guess...). In general the sound of the album is really well mixed - the low frequencies don't interfere with each other, the drums are very well tuned. The drums and the bass have a great, juicy voicing and it's physical pleasure to listen to it... you just don't want it to end.

Joe Kataldo has an awesome lesson featuring Tool 10000 Days riffs (the first part of the lesson is based on the riffs of Jambi, the second on the riffs of Roseta Stoned - very cleverly selected material I must say cool.gif) You can find the lesson here: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...l-style-lesson/

Tool has recently announced the recording of a new album and the kick off of a new tour. Hope the album's gonna be out this year. cool.gif

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post Mar 28 2009, 03:21 PM
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Suffocation-Effigy Of The Forgotten
Brutal, Brutal, Brutal! This may be my favorite death Metal album ever. The amount of technical musicianship and all out brutality is second to none. Terrence hobbs and Doug Cerrito are Just astounding guitar players, and Frank mullens vocals still blow my mind. just a perfect album. 5/5


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post Mar 28 2009, 03:47 PM
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Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian

Best album ever! (this is a very quick review I guess wink.gif )


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post Mar 28 2009, 11:17 PM
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Yngwie Malmsteen - Angel Of Love

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This album was released on March 10th, just found it yesterday.

It contains new, acoustic-only arrangements of Yngwie's older songs (from the albums Trilogy, Odessy and the other masterpieces), this time without any vocals. The songs are merely enhanced by some additional synthesizers and some choir-effects. There is only 1 new song on the disc called "Ocean Sonata". Other than that, this album is pretty much about Malmsteen ripping his older stuff on steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars. There are some pretty good arrangements, but the choir-effect is overused and sometimes the good ol' classics just become dull. This album certainly a nice little collectiion but I guess nobody would ever refer to it as an album among Yngwie's best works. It has a pretty lady on the cover tho. cool.gif



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post Mar 29 2009, 10:08 AM
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@Collin. Dude, I love that Suffocation record. It shows that Suffocation is one of the few bands that can use a Breakdown in its rightful context. Liege of Invecacity is the best song Suffocation ever written. That second to last riff at the end is just a total mind blown.

@ Fsgdjv. Thanks for the heads up about Black Cascade. I shall give it a listen when Southernlord releases it on record. It sure got my hopes up though that its quite different from Malevolent Creations. Also, you can write bad reviews too if you want. Its totally up to you if you don't like it or something. This doesn't have to be about just good albums.

As for me tonight


Jesu/Battle of Mice split LP

This is probably one of the more recent things that made me sad about music. Jesu becoming toooo soft with music. The songs are a lot more pretentious and boring on this split. Its a lot more calmer like a wave on a lake. They got rid of the dark undertones with this one. Honestly, I'm not into liking this new Jesu sound at all. They need to revert back to what they do best and stick with Industrial Ambient Post-Rock/Metal. Battle of Mice side is pretty rocking though. Its noisy, sludgy and awesome. This is actually the first time I've heard of em, but I am quite impress with there side.

hmm 2/5 for Jesu side while 4/5 for Battle of Mice side. Is it worth a listen? Possible if you've never heard of Jesu, but if you already know em, I think this is the weakest of all there release thus far. Good thing Battle of Mice is good or I will not recommend this split at all.

Also guys, thanks for keeping this thread up. I thought at first that this was a bad thread or something, but since a few people are contributing, then I am happy. Let's keep this thread a live!

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post Mar 29 2009, 10:53 AM
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Right now I'm listening to The Empyrean by John Frusciante.



It doesn't sound like his work with RHCP and personally I like this alot better. This album has alot of cool rock songs on it of which "Central" is my favourite.
The album opens with a long track that seems to be a reference to "Maggot Brain", which in my opinion is one of the greatest songs ever.
Another thing that must be noted is that John can really sing, his voice is perfect for this album. The only track I don't like has vocals from someone else.
This album get's 4.5/5 from me.


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Gary Moores newest Album "Bad For You Baby"

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At the moment I'm listening to this compilation by Whitesnake...and trying to jam a long to it.
Just having a play..Not a more profound reason than that.
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Mastodon-Crack The Skye
Wow. I never expected this. i held off listining to any of their pre release singles, so i was very surprised when i gave this album a spin. it is truly an epic, what a concept album should be. As a whole, it is Very progressive, and i must say, i enjoy it even more than thier last. 5/5


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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Mar 28 2009, 03:47 PM) *
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian

Best album ever! (this is a very quick review I guess wink.gif )


Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian

I don´t know that one, I´ll give it a shot smile.gif

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Toxic Holocaust- Evil Never Dies

This album is just maniacal. Total thrash madness w/o the cheesy 86 thrash stuff. A bit inspired by Sodom, but hell of a lot faster than Sodom. Black Thrash w/o the cheesy crap from both sides of the spectrum. Really great album. Can't believe how one guy can create this much madness into a record.

3.9/5

Dissection- Storm Of Light's Bane

Sweden masters of Melodic Death/Black Metal. Honestly, one of the best Metal records to ever be produced. Its melodic w/o sacrificing being monotonous. Its what I think of when Black Metal pops up in my head. The classical acoustic passages are warm, and the riffs are as cold as the Scandinavian mountains. I love this record. I wish Sweden is still producing quality stuff like this.

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QUOTE (berko @ Mar 29 2009, 12:17 AM) *
Yngwie Malmsteen - Angel Of Love
This album was released on March 10th, just found it yesterday.

Awesome! I didn't know about that new album.
Must check in out, thanks biggrin.gif


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Daylight Dies- Dismantling Devotion

Man, I thank Uncreator everyday for exposing me to this band. Its really awesome. Brooding, slow, melancholy, just everything there is to say about a quality Melodic Doom Metal. The guitars just strum a long to the winding endless painful vocals of Nathan. The solo's are masterful. The riffs are original. The drums are like heart beat. Just a perfect album all around.

5/5. You just have to hear this album. Full of emotions. I regret not seeing them in January.


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