Xanthochroid Blessed He With Boils
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DarthMann
January 8th 2013



13476 Comments


definitley up there with emperors best tbh

sixdegrees
January 8th 2013



16802 Comments


did a double-take there at ur avy



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DarthMann
January 8th 2013



13476 Comments


nobody is safe

sixdegrees
January 8th 2013



16802 Comments


fuck

DarthMann
January 8th 2013



13476 Comments


"From the synth/classical interludes akin to Nox Arcana and Midnight Syndicate on the opener “Aquatic Deathgate Existence”, to the extreme-blistering-pure black metal sequences compared to the likes of Emperor and Ihsahn on “Blessed He With Boils”, to the blissful melancholic clean vocals similar to Empyrium’s Weiland on “Winter’s End”, to the folk/melodic dynamics of Wintersun’s self-titled LP on “The Leper’s Prospect”, to the audible bass underlay’s complementing the likes of Tool’s softer passages from Lateralus on “Rebirth of an Old Nation"


this is the stupidest thing ive ever fucking read

CaptainDooRight
January 8th 2013



28340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

apparently u never listened to this

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DarthMann
January 8th 2013



13476 Comments


u r intelligent beyound belief

CaptainDooRight
January 8th 2013



28340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's what my mom says

zaruyache
January 9th 2013



5883 Comments


This band sounds very little like Emperor, outside of the obvious "it has harsh vocals/cleans/blast beats/is melodic black metal."

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oltnabrick
January 9th 2013



30148 Comments


Emperor destroys this band 7 ways to sunday

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Hawks
January 9th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love this, but it's not up there with Emperor.

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sixdegrees
January 9th 2013



16802 Comments


ok that's the last time that particular band is allowed to be name-dropped in this thread

oltnabrick
January 9th 2013



30148 Comments


emperor is a great band and this band is average

sixdegrees
January 9th 2013



16802 Comments


ur fukin dun kid

DarthMann
January 9th 2013



13476 Comments


who the fuck reads their own posts

oltnabrick
January 9th 2013



30148 Comments


i will survive, i will survive

CK
January 16th 2013



4884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is decent, most certainly epic, but I'm not finding it all that original or engaging.

Vrid
January 18th 2013



116 Comments


People would gladly compare this to Opeth, but not Emperor?

leycec
January 23rd 2013



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The principal problem with this album in regards to metal is that *IT ISN'T*. It's just not metal.

Without running the analytical Fast Fourier Transform, I'd eyeball this album as no more than 35% metal – and that's probably being generous. The remainder is a somnambulent admixture of Tim Burton-esque filmscape worship ("Aquatic Deathgate Existence"), blatant acoustic Opeth emulation ("Winter's End", the middle third of "Rebirth of an Old Nation"), and familiar campfire-fed Cascadian Black Metal hippery ("Deus Absconditus: Part I", "Land of Snow and Final"). None of those things are metal.

The 35% that's left just isn't enough. So why do I like this as much as I do? Desperate nostalgia. I miss Emporer. I miss Opeth. That's a pretty awful basis on which to rate albums... but there it is. With Emporer and Opeth either decapitated or simply moribund, Xanthochroid was the closest fix in 2012: a cover band without the covers.

If that isn't a bleak indictment of modern-day progressive death and black metal, I don't know what is.

Keyblade
January 23rd 2013



14253 Comments


Album Rating: 4.5

wat

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