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Old 12-24-20, 04:13 PM
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Re: The Official METAL! Thread- Metalcore, Thrash, Progressive, Death, and MORE

More generally, I've always been somewhat wary of music that was explicitly commissioned for movies and tv shows (and now video games) by rock and heavier bands. They seem to have a "throwaway" vibe to them, where it sounds almost like old leftover material that is "repurposed".

For example, stuff like:

Rock Star soundtrack (2001 movie)
ELO - Xanadu soundtrack
Fastway - Trick or Treat soundtrack (1986 movie)
Old 12-25-20, 11:57 AM
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Re: The Official METAL! Thread- Metalcore, Thrash, Progressive, Death, and MORE

Listening to Venom "Storm The Gates" from 2018.

Other than Cronos' iconic voice, this doesn't sound like a "Venom" album at all. Also has a very crappy production, compared to their previous few albums (such as "From The Very Depths".

If I didn't know this was Venom, I would have thought it was one of those faceless thrash bands that flooded the vinyl market in the late 1980s.
Old 12-25-20, 07:52 PM
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Listening to Bloodfeast "Kill For Pleasure". This was one of those crappy 80s thrash albums on New Renaissance Records, which I found in the $2 dump bins around 1989-1990.

It sounds sorta like a poorly produced possessed album.
Old 12-29-20, 10:02 PM
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Listening to Indestructible Noise Command "The Visitor". It was released on Giant Records, which was more of a punk/hardcore label than metal.

It was another one of those faceless thrash bands which flooded the vinyl market back in the late-1980s.
Old 12-31-20, 12:39 AM
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Listening to "Socialized Hate" by Atrophy.

It was one of those faceless thrash albums released by Roadrunner's american operation in 1988, before Florida death metal became popular.

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Listening to "Think This" and "World Circus" by Toxik. These two albums were released by Roadrunner's american operation in 1987 and 1989, and were actually produced/engineered by Tom Morris and Scott Burns as assistant engineer on "Think This". (In the days before Florida death metal became popular).

They sound like a poor man's version of shred guitar played thrash style on "Think This". Basically another faceless thrash band from the late 1980s.
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Re: The Official METAL! Thread- Metalcore, Thrash, Progressive, Death, and MORE

I thought I'd post my five favorite metal albums of 2020 (don't have the energy for more than that right now).

1. Havukruunu - Uinous Syomein Sota ("Languish, thou war of my heart") -Finnish pagan/viking/black metal band. This was an early contender for me ever since it came out this summer, and nothing beat it. Amazing album that takes you on a journey, black metal usually doesn't sound so triumphant and jubilant like this, that's where the viking part comes in. I can't say enough good things about this.

2. Kvaen - The Funeral Pyre -one man project by Swede Jakob Byornfot (with some guests), totally energetic and fun melodic black/ blackened speed metal. I'm really looking forward to more from this "band".

3. Kvelertak - Splid -Norwegian band that mixes heavy metal, punk, hard rock, black metal and even a bit of thrash and created an album that's really unique yet very catchy.

4. Valkyrie - Fear - US hard rock/doom metal album that sounds like it could have been recorded in the 70's, very retro sounding. Great, catchy riffs, nice long guitar solo sections, and a couple parts even remind me of Television, which really surprised me. Really cool band!

5. Hellripper - Scottish blackened speed/thrash. One review described it as "Motorhead on cocaine", I don't think I can add anything to that.

Necrophobic's Dawn of the Damned almost made the top five, and I also really enjoyed the "new" Isengard (solo project from Fenriz of Darkthrone), but I consider it more of an archival release as these were "lost" recordings from around 30 years ago.

Honestly, this was a pretty good year of releases, there are very likely others that might have made it on list if I had given them more of a listen. I need to start going back to 2020 releases that I may have missed or didn't give enough time to the first time around.

What did everyone else like from this year?

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Old 01-08-21, 05:29 PM
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My picks:

1. Sojourner - Premonitions. This album takes me on a journey. Love the blend of the brutal and the beautiful.

2. Havukruunu - Uinuos Syomein Sota. Perfect music to psych me up before I go into one of my Viking battles. Nice to see someone else loved this .

3. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still. Like being trapped in a thick forest ,while stalked by a demon beast. Hidden melodies give a reprieve from the suffocating sound. I can't be the only one to see this as a fitting soundtrack to 2020.

4. Testament - Titans of Creation. The veterans show they still got it

5. Necrot - Mortal. Death Metal with some groove.

Honorable mentions:
Vader - Solitude in Madness
Anaal Nathrakh - Endarkenment
Armored Saint - Punching the Sky
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Havukrunnu! The Testament and Necrot albums are good, I still need to check out the Sojourner and Ulcerate albums, I've heard good things about them but there is just too many albums coming out! (not a bad thing I suppose, I just can't keep up)

I just pre-ordered the new album from Grima, a Siberian atmospheric black metal band that is heavy into pagan and nature themes. I love this kind of atmospheric stuff.



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Listening to Atrophy's second album "Violent by Nature".

Better than their first album "Socialized Hate", but still somewhat generic sounding thrash.
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This came out a week or two ago, finally gave it a listen. Pretty good considering it's almost a completely new lineup.
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Listening to Neckbeard Deathcamp.

Funny black metal/noise parody, with lyrics satirizing hardcore "edgelord" online type stuff.
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Originally Posted by morriscroy
Listening to Neckbeard Deathcamp.

Funny black metal/noise parody, with lyrics satirizing hardcore "edgelord" online type stuff.
I saw them at Maryland Deathfest in 2019. It was clear that their message was not popular with some of the other bands at the festival. Personally I enjoy them for what they are and some of their song titles are absolutely fantastic (Please Respond (I showed you my penis) and The Fetishization ov Asian Women Despite a Demand for a Pure White Race being my favorites).
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Originally Posted by PerryD
This came out a week or two ago, finally gave it a listen. Pretty good considering it's almost a completely new lineup.
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https://youtu.be/AKUgsbP7PXE

Here's a vocal playthrough of the title track by their new vocalist Diva Satanica. I've developed a bit of a crush on this girl. She's a great vocalist and addition to the band, and has even appeared on Spain's version of The Voice.


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Re: The Official METAL! Thread- Metalcore, Thrash, Progressive, Death, and MORE

Originally Posted by morriscroy
Listening to Atrophy's second album "Violent by Nature".

Better than their first album "Socialized Hate", but still somewhat generic sounding thrash.
I have a huge soft spot for late 80s b- and c-list thrash metal. Even when it wasn't as good as the top-tier bands, it was still pretty good. Like pizza or sex.

There was also an aspirational thing, where I would listen to bands like Atrophy or Toxik or Defiance, and think that, hey, my friends and I could start a band like that, that get and album on Metal Blade or Roadrunner, and tour North America and Europe opening up for a bigger band.
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Came across a long forgotten 80s band produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange.




"Cry Myself To Sleep" by Romeo's Daughter.

It is just as slickly produced as Def Leppard's Hysteria.
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Listening to another long forgotten 80s metal band from Toronto Canada.

"Metal Of The Night" from Hanover Fist.



I completely forgot about this band, until I recently pulled out my old vinyl copy of the Wild Life movie soundtrack which had "Metal of the Night" on it.

(The Wild Life was a long forgotten 80s movie which was a clone/copy of Fast Times At Ridgemont High, which featured Sean Penn's brother playing a similar character).
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"Marshall Law" by Obsession.

An early metal blade release, which sounded like proto-speed metal type stuff from 1982 or 1983.
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Re: The Official METAL! Thread- Metalcore, Thrash, Progressive, Death, and MORE

Originally Posted by morriscroy
Listening to Atrophy's second album "Violent by Nature".

Better than their first album "Socialized Hate", but still somewhat generic sounding thrash.
Yeah they took their cues from Metallica but are notable because of one member: Guitarist Chris Lykins never intended to be a musician, it was just something he did for fun while in college. After finishing his bachelors, he did a final tour with the band and left for Yale Medical School, was elected class president TWICE (it usually goes to a senior in their final year), graduated at the top of his class and is now one of the most respected ENT doctors in the country.. US News and World Report voted him one of the 10 best doctors in the country in 2012.

I love the irony of a metal musician becoming a specialist in ear and neck issues.

http://entscottsdale.com/teams/dr-ch...her-lykins-md/

Not so good for Atrophy. Chris was chief songwriter and the voice of the band. When he left, Metal Blade gave up on them and dropped them. THey were disbanded for years but got back together a couple years ago with two new guitarists and play the nostalgia circuit.


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Originally Posted by Traxan

I love the irony of a metal musician becoming a specialist in ear and neck issues.
That's pretty funny. I love hearing about metal musicians who end up having a career that's goes in a completely different direction, like Anthrax's Dan Spitz becoming a world class watchmaker, or The Mentors' Dr. Heathen Scum becoming a real doctor with a PhD in engineering.
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The late Victor Agnello, former drummer for Lz Rockit, joined the Army and became an allergist-immunologist.
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Originally Posted by cultshock
or The Mentors' Dr. Heathen Scum becoming a real doctor with a PhD in engineering.
Thank god he didn't become a gynecologist.
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That's pretty funny. I love hearing about metal musicians who end up having a career that's goes in a completely different direction, like Anthrax's Dan Spitz becoming a world class watchmaker, or The Mentors' Dr. Heathen Scum becoming a real doctor with a PhD in engineering.
I have a similar fascination. There are a bunch of examples, too.

* Chris DeGarmo of Queensryche is a private pilot
* Tim Calvert of Nevermore and Forbidden was a commercial pilot with SkyWest before his death in 2018 from ALS
* The guitarist for Roxy Blue, a 80s hair metal band that totally ripped off Van Halen but were based in Memphis, not LA, is now an oral surgeon
* Terry Chimes, ex-Clash drummer, is a chiropractor
* Tori Castellano, the cute blond drummer for The Donnas, recently graduated from Harvard Law School.
* Nasty Suicide, the guitarist for Hanoi Rocks, is now a respected drug researcher in his native Finland. The irony of that one is off the charts because even Nikki Sixx thought he had an out of control drug problem.
* Jason Everman, guitarist for Nirvana and bassist for Soundgarden, served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and then became a Green Beret.
* Can't remember his name but a member of a Brazilian death metal band called Sarcofago is now an economics professor

Plus Brian May has his PhD in astrophysics and Dexter from The Offspring is either a masters or PhD in some kind of hard science, I want to say microbiology.
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Originally Posted by Traxan
I have a similar fascination. There are a bunch of examples, too.

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* Tori Castellano, the cute blond drummer for The Donnas, recently graduated from Harvard Law School.
Former Runaways bassist Jackie Fox also went to Harvard Law. (Puportedly Obama was one of her classmates at Harvard).

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-b...minds_b_121621
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Decided to listen to Roxy Blue's first album "Want Some".

They sound like generic hairspray metal around 1990-91. Rather forgettable.

I didn't even recognize the Mike Clink production. Around that time period, Clink also produced stuff like Megadeth "Rust In Peace", Guns 'N Roses - "Use Your Illusion" 1 and 2, Whitesnake "Slip of the Tongue", etc ....

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