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The Semi-Official Heavy Metal Thread
(05-18-2018, 01:19 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: The new Ghost track, "Dance Macabre," has hit and it's great:

I am loving what they are doing with this album.

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"Dance Macabre" sounds a lot like something Blue Oyster Cult would've conjured up around the Fire of Unknown Origin era, and I can't think of too many greater compliments.
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The new Amorphis record Queen of Time dropped today. I can’t say enough about how this band is quietly pushing the boundaries between rock, metal and psychedelia.
“I feel a connection with you. A man connection. A mannection.”
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My year of Doom continues, week by week:

1. Neurosis - Times of Grace
2. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
3. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
4. Saint Vitus - Born Too Late
5. Khemmis - Above The Water
6. Sleep - Holy Mountain
7. Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World
8. Trouble - Psalm 9
9. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
10. Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues
11. Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
12. Cathedrel - The Carnivale Bizarre (replaced Forest Of Equilibrium)
13. Witchfinder General - Death Penalty
14. SubRosa - More Constant Than The Gods
15. Boris - Dear
16. Melvins - Houdini
17. Pentagram - Relentless
18. Yob - Atma
19. Warning - Watching From A Distance
20. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
21. Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
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This year I will have gone to more concerts than I think I have in the past 10 years combined. It's a crazy year for music tours.

Weird Al
BabyMetal
Foreigner/Whitesnake/Led Zeppelin tribute with Jason Bonham
Slayer

and I'm skipping stuff like Def Leppard/Journey, Poison, Five Finger Death Punch, Steel Panther, and Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson just because either I can't fit them in my schedule or I've already spent too much money. Lol.
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(05-20-2018, 06:11 AM)kriegaffe Wrote: My year of Doom continues, week by week:

1. Neurosis - Times of Grace
2. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
3. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
4. Saint Vitus - Born Too Late
5. Khemmis - Above The Water
6. Sleep - Holy Mountain
7. Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World
8. Trouble - Psalm 9
9. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
10. Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues
11. Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
12. Cathedrel - The Carnivale Bizarre (replaced Forest Of Equilibrium)
13. Witchfinder General - Death Penalty
14. SubRosa - More Constant Than The Gods
15. Boris - Dear
16. Melvins - Houdini
17. Pentagram - Relentless
18. Yob - Atma
19. Warning - Watching From A Distance
20. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
21. Dreadnought - Bridging Realms

Any particular favourites or dislikes from this list? I'm ashamed to say there are a bunch of these I've never heard.



I'm seeing Sleep live for the first time tomorrow. Psyched!
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(05-25-2018, 10:27 AM)Shreds Wrote: Any particular favourites or dislikes from this list? I'm ashamed to say there are a bunch of these I've never heard.


I'm seeing Sleep live for the first time tomorrow. Psyched!

It kind of depends. My rule is the wikipedia page needs to describe the album as Doom, Sludge or Stoner. Some of those bands are quite 'light' for a Doom album (i.e. Elder, Dreadnought) while others have a good dose of rock'n'roll (i.e. Orange Goblin). So even within a specific Metal sub-genre there's a quite a lot of variation.

Anyways, the 3 that most blew my mind would be:
1. Subrosa for the female vocals, violins and overall drama
2. Khemmis for being a solid modern doom D&D band
3. Trouble cause I hadn't heard them before and of all the Sabbath-like bands in the 80s, I'm liking them best.
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Iron Maiden kicked off its new tour in Estonia tonight, and the setlist is making me very happy:

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/iron-maid...d2020.html

No U.S. dates until next year, sadly.  For those in Europe going to the shows, enjoy!
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Anal Cunt’s guitarist dead after fall from escalator.

http://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/prov...1205599899

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Hooray I just got my digital download of Ghost's new album in my e-mail. Can't wait to give this a listen!

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Debated posting this here since opinion on how metal (or "of metal") they are varies wildly, but this preview of the new forthcoming concept album is a fucking killer and I'll have none of your contrary views!



Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.
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Fits here too!

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If you're a Dio fan, you'll have a blast at a Last in Line show.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that I have lost my way. The good news is that I'm way ahead of schedule.
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I should mention I got to see Cradle Of Filth live a couple of weeks ago. It was great! I'm only really a fan of their earlier stuff + the last two albums. However, they put on a great show in a relatively small venue in Canberra.
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Their last two albums are SO GOOD.

I bet that was a great show.

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A friend of mine saw them live a couple months ago and said it was the best he'd ever seen them. Having a steady lineup really seems to have upped their game.

Also Sleep are awesome live. Sound was great. Band played very well.
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I'm digging Gruesome lately.  They're a retro death metal band with a particular interest in the late 80s/early 90s (even down to the artwork!).  



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If you like them you’ll love Toxic Holocaust.
“I feel a connection with you. A man connection. A mannection.”
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They have a particular interest in sounding exactly like Death.



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Yeah, retro metal adds nothing new to the table (with some exceptions).  If you like the sound, you'll have fun with it, but very little of it is going to be making top ten lists at the end of the year.

And Toxic Holocaust is fun.  I got to see them live about a decade ago opening for Danzig.
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I didn't mean it as a put down at all. I saw Death To All with Matt Harvey on vocals and the loved them. Gruesome is a direct continuation of that tribute to Death, with full support of Chuck Schuldiner's relatives. It just seems weird to me to mention Gruesome and not mention the band that they themselves would immediately admit is the direct inspiration for their style.

I'm very curious to see if Gruesome will make the same technical leap forward Death made after their first three albums or if they'll stick to the old school style they've shown so far.
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Enjoy, and watch it until the end.  This'll put a smile on your face.



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Been really digging the new Parkway Drive:



"I mean don't get me wrong fucking the wolf man is impressive but ugh." - Waaaaaaaalt
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That new Parkway Drive album is a pretty good hard rock album.

And did anyone else see Ghost's Prequelle landed a top 3 debut. Amazing.

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The new Orange Goblin, The Wolf Bites Back is very good again too. Really want to see them live again. They've got a great frontman.
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Bad Wolves donated $250,000 to Dolores O’Riordan’s family.

From proceeds made from their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”.

That is very classy, and at the same time, that is an insane amount of money they’ve made so fast.

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My two most fun albums of late were Ghost's Prequelle and Nervosa's Downfall Of Humanity. Which make for a very interesting juxtaposition of style vs message.

On one hand you have Ghost doing 80's power ballads for Satan, on the other Germanic Thrash for social justice.
"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."
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I got my vinyl copy of Prequelle in the mail and the artwork is something to behold. My copy happens to have a front cover that is lenticular 3D.

Prequelle sounds like a mashup of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Blue Oyster Cult.

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I just hope their success causes them to play somewhere near me. I've been fucking pushing them on my friends for years. They owe me.
"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."
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They haven't played Greece yet? Seems like they hit most of the major markets pretty good lately.

I have very fond memories of being absolutely blown away by them live at the time of Infestissumam, when I didn't know them that well yet.
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You'd be surprised at how few big names we get. I don't think the market is there unless you get Iron Maiden big.
"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."
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I posted this in the "Dead Celebrity" thread, but we'd be remiss not to talk about Vinnie's death here as well:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/vinn...27375.html

Quote:Vinnie Paul, drummer and founding member of the heavy metal band Pantera, died at the age of 54 Friday night, the band announced on Facebook. No immediate cause of death was provided.

"Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," Pantera wrote. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time."

The Texas-born Paul formed Pantera alongside his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and bassist Rex Brown in 1981. After recording three albums in the early Eighties with vocalists Donnie Hart and Terry Glaze, the band recruited singer Phil Anselmo in 1987 to form Pantera's classic lineup of Anselmo, Abbott, Paul and Brown.

I hope Vinnie gets to see his brother again.

I've seen tons of concerts, but Pantera was one of the feasible bands that eluded me.  I had a chance in high school, but I didn't take it; I've regretted it ever since.  I was supposed to see Damageplan about a week before Dimebag's death, but ended up not seeing that show either.  

I did get to see Vinnie perform with Hellyeah last year, thankfully.  I'm not a fan of the band, but just watching Vinnie play for a good 45 minutes during a festival was cool enough.  It was a big deal to me, and I'm more thankful than ever that I got to see him perform.
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Pantera help me get through some really hard times in their unexpected way. Listening to Far Beyond Driven was kind of a ritual for me for a time. It's sad, slowly seeing these people go away.
"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."
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Ah, man.

Terrible news.

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Lizzy Borden's My Midnight Things is awesome! He still has all of that voice. Its not just his range that impresses me, it the haunting quality is well.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that I have lost my way. The good news is that I'm way ahead of schedule.
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