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John Anderton
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Last Active 04-27-12 2:39 am
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08.22.08 Moar Late Listening05.11.08 My Latest Delvings

Moar Late Listening

More recent listenings by me, the king of stating who he is. Me.
1The End
Elementary


This has quickly become my favorite album as of late. I'd say I hit this up 2-3 times a week, usually when I'm working out. It's got everything: awesome riffs, fantastic vocal work, and creative songwriting. I cannot wait to see where The End goes from here. A band to watch in today's over-saturated metal scene.
2Agalloch
The Mantle


For me, this album is timeless. I can listen to it doing ANYTHING. The instrumental work, while not complicated, is ace. Everything is where it should be. A band with a real knack for building up and setting off crescendos.
3Operation Ivy
Energy


A true classic in spa/punk's long, somewhat ugly history, you can really see where these early musicians began many of their ideas that would later flourish in their careers. Matt Freeman rocks the bass as always.
4  Nokturnal Mortum
Goat Horns


I have had a penchant for listening to black metal lately, and even more recently, symphonic black metal such as this. An album that puts just about any other symphonic bm album I can think of to shame, NM's ability to have two keyboardists and not drown us with synths is amazing.
5Suffocation
Pierced From Within


Taking a hint from a recent review of their album, I sought out their album. This is a band that knows how to tastefully employ a breakdown, as well as a great deal of many other things. Vocals are more ace than they have a right to be on a death metal outing.
6Ulver
Perdition City


On the rare occasion that I want relaxing music, and I don't want to listen to Agalloch, I turn to Ulver, who seem to have a knack for being good at whatever the fuck they feel like. Whatever you call this album, I call it "amazing".
7Manegarm
Vargstenen


Easily one of the best modern viking/folk metal albums I have heard, from the guitar lines and melodies, to the drums and the vocals, everything is perfect here. Album is brought down by its excessive length.
8Island
Orakel


This album is an anomaly for me. It is awesome, for sure. But every time I listen to it, I get a different vibe from it. Worth checking out for all metal fans.
9Estatic Fear
A Sombre Dance


I don't know what it is about putting a flute, an acoustic guitar, and a keyboard/piano together, but when you do, I nearly gag on drool. Perfect in so many ways, and way above average in places not perfect. A must listen for any doom fan.
10Dropkick Murphys
The Warriors Code


Honestly, I've also been listening to The Meanest of Times and Sing Loud, Sing Proud. It seems that no matter what these Irish Bostonians put out, it's adrenaline powered rockin' fun. One of the best punk bands around right now.
11 Women
Ladies


They're fuckin' awesome man. 'nuff said.
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