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|Stuff That Rules|
Albums I've been spinning a lot over the past few months. Can't get enough of 'em. First 5 have the most plays by far, and the last 3 are *gasp* not metal. Rest are in no particular order.
Traced In Air
No emotion blah blah blah, overrated blah blah blah, vocals suck, blah blah blah, w/e dudes. Over a thousand plays and counting.
|2|| ||The Morningside|
The Wind, The Trees, and the Shadows of the Past
Somehow, this is exactly what I want to hear almost every time I'm not listening to Traced in Air. Simply sublime.
Graveforests and their Shadows
Christ I've played this so many times over the past few days I think there's something wrong with me. I'm having serious trouble finding anything wrong with it, everything is just way too awesome. As I listen I descend blissfully into darkness. (f u coke)
This was like my black metal trigger. I've been listening to a lot more bm and enjoying it a lot more since I found this album. Needs more whoring, check it out bitches!!!
How the hell do you get that little 2 for the squared? Anyway, this very effectively takes me to another place.
Tears of Mortal Solitude
So very dark and beautiful at the same time. Awesome stuff. If the sampler on their myspace is any indicaiton, Crown of Winter will own.
The Second Philosophy
The electronics are hard to get used to and the atmosphere is really weird, but if you let this grow on you, it will give you a very unique and powerful feeling you're unlikely to find elsewhere.
There seems to be a pretty clear split between people who think this album is a perfect streamlining and progression of their sound, and people who think it's overly simplified generic averageness. I'm one of the former.
|9|| ||Before the Rain|
...One Day Less
One of my favorites from Willie's doom list. Was gonna be a 3.5 but then the title track damn near drowns me with it's awesomeness.
Kicking drums, sweet melodies, chilling vocals, this is one of those albums whose greatness I think would have escaped me had I not been so in love with Lantlos.
|11||Wolves in the Throne Room|
This just hit me. Like way harder than most it seems. Hate Crystal is my favorite song from them to date.
Weight of Light
Groovtacular. The rhythms on this thing are so damn catchy and though it took me a while, I really love the lead singer.
|13||Ablaze In Hatred|
The Quietude Plains
Some seriously epic doom here, along the lines of Hanging Garden and Darkflight...speaking of which
Symphonics and Atmospherics abound, which make distract/deter the purists. But dammit, this is just so fantastically sorrowful, so powerful, so well executed, so epic...it's Perfectly Perfect. Speaking of epic...
This ingenious work of art manages to blend intelligent songwriting, precise instrumentation, catchiness, and emotion while still keeping it heavy and intense.
Lost to the Living
For some reason, whenever I didn't listen to this for a while, I kept forgetting how awesome it was, and how easy it is to listen to. Now I can't stop playing it. Great background music for a variety of...activities...
Way slower and heavier than you're expecting, this thing beats your brains in for 47 minutes and you couldn't be happier.
Huge, enormous, titanic, gigantic, colossal...big. It's all been said. This album is a lot to take in, but is so very rewarding when you devote enough time to it.
Ocean of Illusions
All chick doom. Actually good? No. It's fucking awesome. Some of the heaviest, darkest doom out there. Speaking of dark and heavy...
Journey Through Lands Unknown
The first half of the album has some really strange song progressions, and some truly odd instrumentation, but for the most part it works. The more you listen however, you the more you realize that this unfamiliar territory makes the transition into the second half of the album all the more unsettling. And that second half is bleak and foreboding in the most delightful way.
Mirror of Vibrations
I copped this a while back and loved it, but didn't really give it the attention is deserves. Immaculately blending middle-eastern melodies with raw, rancid, raging black metal, this is what Mabool would sound like if they weren't a bunch of faeries. Yeah I said it.
Can't seem to get into Japanese metal (X-Japan, Intestine Baalism, Sigh). Korean metal however. Killer vocals, some excellent drumming, sweet keyboards and ambiance...throw in a few solos (that are actually good) and you've got a recipe for kick-assery.
Today We are All Demons
Like half the album is completely disposable, but the other half I could bump for ages. All Pain is Gone, Can't Change the Beat, Sent Us to Destroy, Get Out of My Head, and At the End of it All have some truly addictive beats.
Turn on the Bright Lights
So delectably mellow. Smoke up, spin this, and forget the world.
The Best of Sade
Add together all the rage, passion, sadness, regret, pain, sorrow, and determination from every album I listed before this. That's about how much hope, trust, peacefulness, and love this has by itself. Soothing, sensual, and unforgettable.
|awesomeness=1,4,7,13,18. Need to get a lot of the other stuff off this.|
|1 is great but just gets unexciting after a while. still a solid 3.5 from me. this list is full of win though, 2,8,11,12,15,18,20,24 are amazing albums. a few of these i need to check out|
|jrowa if I manage to, however indirectly, rec something to you that you like, I will have returned but a tiny portion of the favor of awesome music you have brought to me with lists such as these. Cheers for years to Symbyosis man. |
|some good stuff here (though I'm one of those thinking Hollow Crown is avarage nonsense). and for Coldworld: it's Melancholie first of all ;)|
and for the 2 try: ²
|oh wait: ² and then a ;|
|fuck it anyway.|
|Amazingily bonerific list. Amazing. Amazing. |
|a thousand plays is mental, but good on you!|
|awesome list, much fucktastic metal.|
|thanks AP, glad i couldve been of assistance. youve gotten me into a lot of good albums from all your lists. Symbyosis for life!|
|Chthonic is from Taiwan. Just letting you know.|
|Awesome list. I just checked out 14 since I've never heard of them and I think I'm in love.|