Average Rating: 3.30
Rating Variance: 0.81
Objectivity Score: 87% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classic40 Watt Sun The Inside RoomThis is essentially a more grown up version of Watching From A Distance, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible.A Forest of Stars Opportunistic Thieves of SpringAgalloch The MantleAgalloch Pale FolkloreAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAgalloch Marrow of the SpiritAnathema Judgementheh changed my mind, anathema's best for sure and one of my favourite albums ever without a doubt. :]Black Wreath A Pyre Of Lost Dreamsmy favorite funeral doom album. listen to this now. :]Darkspace Dark Space IIIEmuul Crawling Across The Raftersabout as good as electronic/drone/ambient can get. minimalistic, atmospheric brilliance. couldn't recommend this enough.Esoteric The Pernicious EnigmaEsoteric Epistemological DespondencyEsoteric The Maniacal ValeEstatic Fear Somnium ObmutumGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.Jakob SolaceKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeLimbonic Art Moon In The ScorpioMono You Are ThereMoonsorrow VerisakeetMoonsorrow V: HavitettyMoss Sub TemplumMy Dying Bride A Map Of All Our Failurestheir best album in years and years. despite stripping down the sound even more bare, they accentuate every aspect that they do really well. it feels far more subtle and natural than any of their more recent outputs, and with improvements all across the board (especially aaron's vocals which have made a huge step forward), this album serves as a glorious return to form for my dying bride. :]Nadja Radiance of ShadowsRosetta Wake/LiftShape Of Despair Angels of DistressSummoning Oath BoundSummoning Old Mornings Dawnthis just gets better and better the more you listen to it, absolutely fucking glorious albumTrist (GER) Hin-Fortfor goodness sake people, fucking listen to this. this is pretty much the best example of hypnotic/ambient black metal you will ever, ever hear. no excuse, listen now!! >:[Warning Watching from a Distance4.5 superbAgalloch The Compendium ArchiveAgalloch WhitedivisiongreyAltar of Plagues TidesLove it, a much grittier sound than White Tomb, and though it doesn't quite meet that standard, I think it's fucking awesome nonetheless. They sound like some really great live songs that are well composed and put together.Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injurysorry for doubting you, altar of plagues. album of the year so far. :] Amia Venera Landscape The Long ProcessionAnathema A Natural Disastera marked and huge improvement over the last album, this album creates a very unique atmosphere and sound and best of all is far more varied than the mid-era atmospheric rock albums from anathema (judgement etc.). the album lacks the immediacy and pure hard-hitting tones of those albums as a slight drawback, but this really was a breakthrough considering the last album really didn't deliver. the experimentation on this album is a lot more refined and works a lot better than their previous experimentations on albums like alternative 4 and feels far more like a cohesive unit than all their other atmospheric rock releases. highly recommended. :]Anathema We're Here Because We're Hereanathema really do know how to deliver, that's for sure. their first effort in 7 years is just as strong as their last album, along with being a distinct and welcome change in atmosphere, this album is varied and covers many different emotions and soundscapes that anathema have covered over the past two decades under a new veil of light. there are a few missteps here and there, the formulaic dreaming light and the quite frankly awful get off get out but for every 1 bad track there's 4 great ones (literally). really excited to see where they go next because even after 2 decades, i still think this band have a LOT to offer. :]Arsaidh Roots"oh shit dude hahaha the guy from falloch made an album let me put on my helmet because this is going to suck okay here we g-HOLY FUCKING SHIT"Asylum Party BorderlineBenighted In Sodom OceanBlack Boned Angel VerdunBlack Boned Angel Christ Send LightBlack Boned Angel Eternal Love / Eternal Hungerbought this lp blindly. best 10 pounds ever spent. Blut Aus Nord Ultima ThuleeBlut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the StarsBlut Aus Nord 777 - Cosmosophythis is the best album in the 777 series - the increased emphasis on atmosphere and flow, a big flaw of the previous albums, has much improved and made much more of a believable atmosphere and enjoyable album runtime from start to finish. though this is far from a black metal album, the clean vocals and sparse to mid-paced tempo and beats dominating much of its runtime, the sinister and disorienting blut aus nord atmosphere remains. flaws remain such as the clean vocals not quite being up to scratch but this is a very fitting end to the 777 trilogy and a marked improvement. :]Bohren & Der Club of Gore Sunset MissionBohren & Der Club of Gore Black EarthBoris FloodBossk .1Burning Witch Crippled LuciferCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCorrupted El Mundo FrioCorrupted Garten Der UnbewusstheitDarkspace Dark Space IIDystopia Human = Garbage (Re-release)Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at DuskEmpyrium Songs of Moors and Misty FieldsEquilibrium SagasEsoteric MetamorphogenesisEsoteric Paragon Of DissonanceEstatic Fear A Sombre DanceGhast Terrible CemeteryBlack metal and doom metal are two of my favorite genres these days, but despite my love for both of them, there's an almost alarming lack of people combining the two together well. Perhaps it's because aesthetically they have some key differences that don't seem to marry well into each other. Sometimes people attempt to make doom with the thinner, black metal guitar sounds and it just doesn't work and grows incredibly monotonous before the song is out. Or they use the thicker, deeper sound in a fast, up-tempo black metal context and it soon becomes too overwhelming to sit through or a complete and utter mess. In terms of lyrical content that most black metal and doom metal takes up, the two should go together perfectly, but it often isn't the case. Luckily though, Ghast shows us that there are some bands that can do it right, having the perfect balance between each side and coming out with an EP that accentuates every aspect of the album the band chooses. To add to that, at just under 30 minutes it's the perfect length to not grow too tiring but not disappear before you'd like it to. Recommended. :]Godflesh StreetcleanerGodspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaImmolation Close to a World BelowIn The Woods... Heart of the AgesJakob Cale:DrewJakob DominionJesu SilverJohnnytwentythree JXXIIIFor those who will take the usual response of "another instrumental post-rock band with train samples? I'll stick with Godspeed", you might want to take a second look at Johnnytwentythree. Not only is this executed to perfection, it's profound, brilliant and damn near flawless - and this is only a debut. You'd be an idiot to pass this up.Krallice Years Past Matterit's another krallice album - disorientating, pummelling and ferocious in all the right ways but with better production and tighter execution. for those that claim it's more of the same yeah, of course, krallice sounds like krallice, why is that a surprise for any band to sound like themselves? there are differences that are very evident if you actually listen.Leech If We Get There One Day...i know, right?! it's crazy!! :] Ludicra The Tenantthis is fantastic, perhaps one of the better black metal records of 2010, listen to this :]Manetheren Timewell yeah of course something as phenomenal as this album goes completely unnoticed. that's just how it works, apparently. if you like post-black metal then this is essential in every sense of the word.Mar De Grises Draining The Waterheartmaudlin of the Well Bathmaudlin of the Well Part the SecondMitochondrion ParasignosisMonolithe Monolithe IIIif you can find any better doom than this from this year i'd like to hear it, this is amazing. intricate,infectious guitarwork, great dynamics, a perfectly executed spacey atmosphere, not to mention it has such a diverse palette of musical influences so seamlessly worked together into one monolithic masterpiece. you'd be an idiot to miss this one. album of the year.Moonsorrow KivenkantajaMoonsorrow Voimasta Ja KunniastaMoonsorrow TulimyrskyMoss Tombs of the Blind DruggedMournful Congregation The Monad of CreationMournful Congregation Tears from a Grieving HeartMustan Kuun Lapset Viimeinen Laulu KuolemastaBrilliant CD. It's criminal that this isn't better known.My Dying Bride The Dreadful HoursMy Dying Bride Turn Loose the SwansNadja ThaumogenesisNadja TouchedNadja The Bungled & the BotchedNokturnal Mortum The Voice of SteelObtained Enslavement WitchcraftOvermars Born AgainOvermars Affliction, Endocrine...VertigoPortal VexovoidProfetus ...to Open the Passages in Duskexcellent funeral doom - cold, expansive, atmospheric. like someone crossed skepticism with mournful congregation and made it slower and sparser, which for me is a real treat. it's repetitious but it comes with the territory of the genre and it rarely gets tiring for those adept in the genre. a very enjoyable album - recommended. :]Rosetta The Galilean SatellitesRosetta A Determinism of MoralityRosetta/Balboa Project MercurySlowdive Just for a DayStars of the Lid Avec LaudenumSummoning StrongholdSummoning Dol GuldurSunlight Ascending All the Memories, All at OnceAmazing for a debut, potential has never been so promising - superb.Sunlight Ascending You Don't Belong HereSunn O))) Black OneSunn O))) OracleSwans White Light From the Mouth of InfinitySwans Soundtracks for the BlindSwans Swans Are DeadThe Angelic Process Weighing Souls with SandThe Angelic Process Coma WaeringThe Evpatoria Report MaarThe Necks Hanging GardensThe Necks AetherThe Necks Drive ByThee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...Thou SummitWeakling Dead as DreamsWolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 StarsWolves in the Throne Room Black CascadeWoods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reasonone of the best albums this year so far, great stuffYear of No Light AusserweltYears Of Rice and Salt Nothing of Cities4.0 excellentAarni BathosAbigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)Absu Abzufast riffs!! :] it thrashes haaardddd! [: Abyssmal Sorrow LamentAgalloch The GreyAgalloch The WhiteAgalloch The Silence Of Forgotten LandscapesAgalloch The Demonstration Archive: 1996-1998Agalloch Faustian Echoeswoah, okay. totally different than what i expected - perhaps better. i don't think agalloch will ever fail me, thank goodness. i was nervous about this ep but it's proven to me that the nervousness was all for nothing. the track flows better than just about anything else they've put out, constantly going in different directions, meandering (but in a good way) yet progressing at the same time. the production and instrumentation is a lot tighter than marrow. they do the theme justice - incredibly impressed. :]Ahab The Divinity Of OceansAlcest Les Voyages De L Ameit's another alcest album. some tracks fantastic, some not so, but it's certainly a more consistent effort than ecailles de lune. i can't imagine any alcest fans being disappointed. it's nothing but really pretty, but isn't that what alcest has always been? :]All Pigs Must Die God is WarAlrakis Alpha Erithis would likely bore a lot of people who don't appreciate spacey music, the record is pretty uneventful. but for those that do (aka me), this is a really good record to get drawn into and lose yourself in the atmosphere of. very lovely stuff, a lot of potential here.Amia Venera Landscape Amia Venera LandscapeAn Autumn For Crippled Children Only the Ocean KnowsAnathema Alternative 4what is perhaps one of their more experimental albums shows some of the best and worst of their career. the awkward sounding tracks in the first half really drag it down, fragile dreams losing its way after the first couple of minutes and empty's awful ending. but after that showcases some of the band's best work, inner silence onwards being winner after winner. it's a mixed bag but it's certainly a great album thanks to the greater songs like feel and inner silence. :]Anathema The Silent Enigmawhat is perhaps one of their more underrated works, and perhaps one of the most underrated works of the british death/doom movement, the silent enigma delivers on nearly every front. it isn't heavy or crushing but for what it lacks in brutality it more than makes up for with the sheer beauty and control of the record. the riffs are great and the vocals hit just the right spot, and the record is far more varied than the mid-era atmospheric rock records these guys put out. if you're not one for doom metal don't let it scare you away, as far as doom goes this is a pretty tame album and is a perfect gateway into the genre if you're a fan of anathema's other work. superb stuff, especially for its time. :]Anathema Pentecost IIIAnathema HindsightAntediluvian Through the Cervix of HawaahApse SpiritArcana Coelestia Le mirage de l’idéalArckanum ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞAsh Borer Ash BorerASVA Futurists Against the OceanASVA What You Don't Know Is FrontierASVA Presences of Absencesi really, really love this. one of the better albums this year. :]Ataraxie Slow Transcending AgonyAtoma SkylightAverse Sefira Tetragrammatical AstygmataBenighted In Sodom Reverse BaptismBiosphere SubstrataBlack Boned Angel Bliss and Void InseparableBlack Boned Angel The Endless Coming to LifeBlack Boned Angel The Witch Must Be KilledBlack Boned Angel The EndBlack Clouds Everything Is Not Going To Be OKBlack Lotus Harvest Of SeasonsBlack Swan Black Swan (In 8 Movements)Black Swan Aeternabest black swan yet. aoty so far, probably. :] @sif: i said so far, which is true [: Bohren & Der Club of Gore DoloresBongripper Satan Worshipping DoomBorgne IVBoris Boris At Last - FeedbackerBoris Dronevil FinalBrian Eno Ambient 1: Music For AirportsBrutal Truth Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme ResponsesBurzum Hvis Lyset Tar OssCaladan Brood Echoes of Battleaoty so far, fantastic stuff. the world needs more summoning ripoffs [:Castevet Mounds of AshCeltic Frost MonotheistChthonic Seediq BaleCode Nouveau GloamingConan Horseback Battle HammerCorrupted Se hace por los suenos asesinosCorrupted Paso InferiorDarkspace Minus Onedon't overlook this just because it's a re-recording of the first demo, it's ten times better than the original recording and absolutely essential if you're a darkspace fan. :]Darkthrone PanzerfaustDead Can Dance The Serpent's EggDead Congregation Graves of the ArchangelsDeath in June But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?Deathspell Omega KenoseDeathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem AeternumDeathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet In AeternumDeathspell Omega Mass Grave Aestheticsbest release they've put out to date imo, brilliant ep.Deathspell Omega Diabolus Abscondituspales in comparison to their other releases, this EP is just generally very uninteresting and drags like crazy. for completionists only. :]redit: nvm it grew on me [:Desolate Celestial Light BeingsDesolate Shrine The Sanctum of Human Darknessi knew something would come up that would totally fuck up my top 10 of the year list. dISEMBOWELMENT Transcendence Into The PeripheralDraconian Dark Oceans We CryEa Ea IIEa Au EllaiEarth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I More of the same, but much better. 2011's off to quite a start.Embers ShadowsEmperor In the Nightside EclipseEmpyrium Where at Night the Wood Grouse PlaysEmuul The Drawing of the LineEmuul The Ghostwood EstatesEntombed Left Hand PathEvoken Antithesis of LightEvoken A Caress of the VoidEvoken Embrace the EmptinessEyehategod DopesickFairyland Of Wars In OsyrhiaFairyland Score To A New BeginningFall of Efrafa InleFareWell Poetry Hoping for the Invisible to IgniteFauna Avifaunawoah, what an improvement in every single way. highly recommended, the best 'cascadian black metal' album (whatever that is) to come out in agesFleurety Min Tid Skal KommeFlourishing The Sum of All FossilsForest of Shadows Six Waves Of WoeGeneration of Vipers Howl and FilthGiant Squid The IchthyologistGiant Squid CenotesGod Is An Astronaut A Moment of StillnessGod Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGod Is An Astronaut God Is an AstronautGorement The Ending QuestGorguts ObscuraGregor Samsa 55:12Griftegard Psalm BokHades Almighty Alone WalkyngHyatari The Light CarriersIntronaut Valley of SmokeInverloch Dusk|SubsideIO MaterioptikonIrreversible SinsIrreversible AshesIsis OceanicIsis PanopticonIsis Wavering RadiantJakob Subsets of SetsJakob JakobJesu Heart AcheJesu ConquerorJesu Sun Down / Sun RiseJesu Opiate SunJesu Heart Ache/DethronedKatatonia Brave Murder DayKayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper TongueKayo Dot Gamma KnifeKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingKrallice DiotimaLantlos .neonLantlos Agapethere's far too many slow movements for such a small album, and the slow movements take up the majority of the album. just when you're getting into it you suddenly realize you're at the last track already. it's nice while it lasts but it's not enough. would have been a great EP, but there's just not enough meat here for it to stand on its own.rthe idea behind the sound and the direction is great, but it just feels lacking. it's certainly worth a listen though. :]redit: the bonus disc with 2 tracks really does improve this album, hence my score increase. if you're going to check this album out, get the bonus disc too. :]Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Penséesbetter than Ecailles de lune :] Leucosis LeucosisLocrian The Crystal WorldLonging For Dawn A Treacherous AscensionLonging For Dawn Between Elation And DespairLudicra Fex Urbis Lex OrbisMael Mordha Gealtacht Mael MórdhaMagnus Ostrom Thread Of LifeManegarm VargstenenManegarm Urminnes Havd - The Forest SessionsManegarm Vredens TidManegarm NattvasenMar De Grises Streams InwardsMasakari The Prophet FeedsMathias Grassow Alchemysterymaudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body MapMean Knowingreally great, a very subdued jakob-like style of post-rock with occasional electronica influences (though very subtle). a really meditative, personal listen that makes the wait for the new jakob not quite as unbearable.Melencolia Estatica LetumMelvins HoudiniMelvins LysolMeniscus War of Currentsthe best post-rock of 2011 probably, if not at least some of the best. get on this. for fans of jakob and sleepmakeswaves. :] Mithras Time Never LastsMogwai Young TeamMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMono / Worlds End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder RefrainMoonsorrow Tämä Ikuinen TalviMoonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden MaassaBusiness as usual for Moonsorrow as they proceed to make all other 'viking metal' bands look like a joke, even if it's not as varied as previous offerings. 2011's looking good.redit: TheSpirit/Brandon I bumped your sound off bro :]Moss Cthonic RitesMournful Congregation The Book of KingsMournful Congregation The Dawning of Mournful HymnsMurmuure MurmuüreMy Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of LightNadja Skin Turns To GlassNadja Bliss Torn From EmptinessNadja Desire in UneasinessNadja BodycageNails Unsilent DeathNegative Plane Stained Glass RevelationsNegura Bunget OMNightbringer Apocalypse SunNocturnus The KeyOakenshield GylfaginningObsidian Gate The Nightspectral VoyageOctober Falls The Womb of Primordial NatureOctober Falls A Collapse Of FaithOpeth Still LifePantheist O SolitudePantheist Pantheistfirst 3 songs were great but then it just got far too sappy and cheesy.
edit: this grew on me quite a bit. still hate 'be here' and 'live through me' though. :]Paysage d'Hiver WinterkaeltePentemple O))) Presents... PentemplePortal SwarthPrimordial The Gathering WildernessPrimordial To The Nameless DeadProcession The Cult of DiseasePrurient Rose PillarRide Today ForeverRome Flowers From ExileRorcal Vilagvegewent into this expecting it to be really overratedrbeing proven wrong is p. fucking sweet [:Rwake Restholy shit. this is how sludge/doom is done. highly, highly recommended!! :]r@riff: oh you silly little thing, you! [:Sailors With Wax Wings Sailors With Wax WingsSaturnus Paradise Belongs to YouShape Of Despair Shades Of...Shining (NOR) BlackjazzShining (SWE) V - HalmstadSigur Ros ( )Sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks TomorrowSleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everythingSleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and ClosingSlumber FalloutSolefald Norron LivskunstSuffocate For Fuck Sake Blazing Fires and Helicopters on the FroSummoning Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your FameSummoning Nightshade ForestsSummoning Minas MorgulSun of the Blind SkullreaderSunn O))) DømkirkeSunn O))) ØØ VoidSunn O))) Monoliths and DimensionsSunn O))) and Boris AltarSwans FilthSwans The Great AnnihilatorSwans Children of GodSwans CopSwans OmniscienceSwans My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The SkyTaake Hordalands DoedskvadThe Angelic Process SighThe Angelic Process We All Die LaughingThe Axis of Perdition Deleted Scenes From Transition HospitalThe Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble From the StairwellThe Knife Silent ShoutThe Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation AnthropomorphicThe Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation EgorThe Necks ChemistThe Necks SexThe Ocean PrecambrianThe Residents Duck StabThe Residents Buster & GlenThe Residents Animal LoverThe Seven Mile Journey The Journey StudiesThe Seven Mile Journey The Metamorphosis ProjectThe Seven Mile Journey Notes for the SynthesisThe Water Witch The Heavens In TractionThee Silver Mount Zion Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...Thee Silver Mount Zion Horses in the SkyThee Silver Mount Zion This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather and Singthorr's hammer DommedagsnattThou PeasantTiamat WildhoneyTowards Darkness BarrenTrap Them Seizures In Barren PraiseTrap Them Filth RationsTriosk The Headlight SerenadeTriptykon Eparistera DaimonesTroum Grote MandrenkeType O Negative World Coming DownUlcerate Everything Is FireUlcerate The Destroyers of AllUnwound Fake TrainVali ForlattVampillia and Nadja The Primitive WorldVarious Artists Whom The Moon A Nightsong SingsVed Buens Ende Written In WatersVindensang Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts…Vinterriket LichtschleierVinterriket Der letzte Winter - Der Ewigkeit entgegenVit -Vit The Dry SeasonWalk Through Fire Furthest From HeavenWintersun Time Idoubtlessly good but the lack of progression from the self-titled to here makes the delivery of this album pretty bittersweet. all the pissing about with orchestration amounted to almost nothing that the s/t didn't do and sometimes better, time i often just coming across as bloated in comparison.
edit: fuck it this is awesomeWodensthrone Cursehuge improvement on loss in every aspect, where it still drags a little bit it's nowhere near as monotonous and is a much more diverse and surprising black metal album. superb stuff. :]Wolves in the Throne Room Two HuntersWorm Ouroboros Worm OuroborosWormphlegm In an Excruciating Way...Worship DooomWorship Terranean Wakecolour me surprised - this is excellent. Wreck and Reference Black CassetteZuriaake Afterimage of Autumn3.5 greatAbigail Williams Becominga lot better than anything else they've put out. :] zaruyache: well yeah maybe if the new wittr didn't suck i wouldn't like this as much, but it did so [: Abigor Time Is The Sulphur In The Veins Of The Abyssmal Sorrow Abyssmal SorrowAdversarial / Antediluvian SplitAgalloch Of Stone, Wind, and PillorAgalloch From Which Of This OakAgalloch Tomorrow Will Never ComeAgalloch SplitAgrimonia Rites of SeparationAhab Call Of The Wretched SeaAhab The GiantAlcest Souvenirs d'un autre MondeGood, but inconsistant. It just doesn't go anywhere, and the best of the album is heard in the first track.Aldebaran Embracing the Lightless DepthsAll Pigs Must Die All Pigs Must DieAltaar DodsonskeAltar of Plagues White TombAltar of Plagues SolAn Autumn For Crippled Children LostAncients Star Showers On The EuphratesArckanum Fran MarderAsh Borer Cold of Agesi'm genuinely impressed, a lot better than the s/t. :]Avathar Where Light and Shadow CollideAxis of Light By the Hands of the Consuming FireBenighted In Sodom Plateau: The HarrowingBlack Swan The Quiet Divide Black Swan Heavenit's a drone album, it drones, it drones in the same way as the other black swan albums with a very slightly different tone. what were you guys expecting, really?Black Swan RedemptionBlut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta I:Fathers Of The Icy AgeBohren & Der Club of Gore BeileidBolt Thrower ...For VictoryBoris Amplifier WorshipBoris DronevilBotanist III: Doom in Bloom / AlliesBotanist IV: MandragoraBurial KindredBuried at Sea GhostBurzum Det Som Engang VarBurzum Burzum/AskeBurzum BurzumBurzum BelusBurzum From The Depths Of DarknessCaspian TertiaCelestiial Where Life Springs EternalCeltic Frost To Mega TherionCold Body Radiation The Great White EmptinessColosseum (Fin) Chapter I: DeliriumConan MonnosCormorant DwellingsCorrupted Llenandose de GusanosCurrent 93 DawnDarkspace Dark Space IDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDeathspell Omega Si Monumentum Requires CircumspiceDeathspell Omega Droughtparacletus in a desert. it's awesome but it makes me a little thirsty. :] Desolate Shrine Tenebrous TowersDimmu Borgir StormblastDispirit Rehearsal At OborotenDodecahedron DodecahedronDolorian DolorianDraconian Where Lovers MournDraconian Arcane Rain FellDrapsnatt SkelephtDrudkh Blood In Our WellsDrudkh Autumn AuroraEa Ea TaesseEarth Earth 2Earth Hex: Or Printing In the Infernal MethodEarth The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's SkullEast of the Wall RessentimentEf Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!Ef Mourning Golden MorningEf Delusions of Grandeureverything that was great about ef before remains great now, and thanks to them focusing a little more on the vocals (which were always the strongpoint of ef's music), it really raises above much of the material on mourning golden morning. fans of this band and post-rock in general can't go far wrong with it. :]Elffor The Unblessed WoodsEluvium Talk Amongst the TreesEluvium CopiaEluvium Static NocturneEmpyrium A RetrospectiveEnsiferum EnsiferumEnsiferum From AfarEnslaved RIITIIRtouche, enslaved. :] Envy RecitationEsoteric Subconscious Dissolution into the ContinEvoken QuietusEvoken Shades of Night DescendingFaal The Clouds Are BurningFairyland The Fall Of An EmpireFalkenbach Heralding - The FirebladeFalkenbach ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...Finntroll NattfoddGallowbraid Ashen EidolonGhast May The Curse BindGnaw Their Tongues L Arrivee De La Terne Mort TriomphanteGod Is An Astronaut The End of the BeginningGod Is An Astronaut Age of the Fifth SunGod Is An Astronaut trade beautifully intricate post-rock climaxes and wonderful soundscapes for monotony and boredom. The result is their worst album yet.Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A#(Infinity) [Vinyl]Gorgoroth Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem TrahuntGrouper WideGrouper A I AGrouper Violet ReplacementHaarp HusksHammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an EchoHammock The Sleep-Over Series (Volume 1)Heidevolk Walhalla WachtHeidevolk De Strijdlust Is GeborenHope Drone Hope DroneImmortal All Shall FallIsis CelestialIsis In the Absence of TruthJesu JesuJesu Duchess | Veiledveiled is jesu's best track in years, well worth a look. the duchess cover's okay i guess. regardless, this turned out far better than i was expecting.Junius JuniusJunius The Martyrdom of a CatastrophistKatatonia Discouraged OnesKatatonia Dead End Kingsnot terrible, what do you know? :] Kauan Aava Tuulen MaaKayo Dot Stained GlassKerretta SaansiloKrallice Dimensional BleedthroughKroda Schwarzpfadfolk metal bands, listen up - this is how it's done. complex song structures, wide atmospheres, authentic folk instruments and captivating melodies make this the best folk metal release of 2011 so far. :]Lantlos LantlosLeech The Stolen ViewLes Discrets/Alcest SplitLethargy of Death NecrologyLimbonic Art In Abhorrence DementiaLudicra Another Great Love SongLurk LurkMael Mordha ManannánMathias Grassow and John Haughm Mosaicmaudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed CombustibleMaybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was GoneThis is a good album but there's nothing spectacular about this and it all adds up into an unremarkable (though admittedly enjoyable) experience.Meniscus Absence of IMono Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered....Mono Under The Pipal TreeMono One Step More and You DieMonolithe Monolithe IIMorne Asylumit's definitely a good album, sometimes really pushing on excellence but it really needs more meat, sometimes it just feels a little too empty without having much to stand on. better than the debut though, for sure. :]Mournful Congregation The June FrostMourning Beloveth FormlessMustan Kuun Lapset KauniinhautaMutilation Rites Demo 2010My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the WorldMy Dying Bride The Manuscriptperhaps coming across as the lesser-quality offcuts of the last album, they're still really good songs and it's quite remarkable that a band can remain so productive over the 20+ years they've been together without much of a change in sound and still sound fresh. really enjoyable ep.Nadja Belle BêtesNazgul De Expugnatione ElfmuthNightwish OceanbornNivathe Enveloped in a Diseased AbyssNjiqahdda Yrg AlmsNovembers Doom The Pale Haunt DepartureNovembers Doom The Novella ReservoirOctober Falls TuoniOctober Falls MarrasOctober Falls The Streams Of The End (EP)October Falls SarastusOctober Falls The Plague of a Coming AgeOdium (NOR) The Sad Realm of the StarsOld Man Gloom Seminar III: ZozobraOpeth Blackwater ParkOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth WatershedOrakle Tourments et perditionPaysage d'Hiver SchattengangPetrychor DryadPortal OutrePrurient Cocaine DeathRishloo FeathergunRorcal HeliogabalusRosetta/Restorations Rosetta/Restorations SplitRwake Voices of OmensSecede TryshaslaShape Of Despair Illusion's Playthis is great but the filler here does make it their worst album, but still a worthwhile listen if you liked their other records since a few of the songs here are among their best (entwined in misery for one). :]Shape Of Despair Written In My ScarsGreat stuff, but the songs seem to end before they even get going. Too short.Shining (NOR) One One OneShining (SWE) IV - The Eerie ColdSigur Ros BrennisteinnSkagos Anarchicsurprising turnaround for what used to be a really terrible band. all but dropping the forced nature worship and atmospherics and just making interesting black metal with plenty of twists. touche, skagos.Sleep Sleep's Holy MountainSoulfallen Grave New WorldSuidAkrA CrogachtSummoning Lost TalesSunlight Ascending The AppointmentSunn O))) The Grimmrobe DemosSunn O))) White2Sunn O))) Flight of the BehemothSwans Love Will Tear Us ApartThe Ascent of Everest How Lonely Sits the CityThe Atlas Moth An Ache for the Distancebetter than the debut. fans rejoice. :] The Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Echelon Effect MosaicThe Evpatoria Report GolevkaThe Howling Void Shadows Over The Cosmosgreat for zoning out to, and it has a very endearing atmosphere, but it's very basic in terms of composition so it's not really for close listens, more for a really enjoyable sound in the background. take it for what it is. :]The Howling Void The Womb Beyond the Worldfar from the strongest doom of the year, arguably too simplistic and repetitive but for an easy to digest funeral doom album you can't do that much better for when the more challenging bands like evoken and esoteric don't seem to suit your mood [:The Howling Void RunaThe Residents Commercial AlbumThe Sun Came Up Upon the Left And the Dreams so Rich in ColorThe Wounded Kings In the Chapel of the Black HandThee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen MoonsThee Silver Mount Zion Kollaps TradixionalesThis Will Destroy You Tunnel BlanketThou TyrantThy Light Suici.De.pressionTODTGELICHTER AngstTombs Path of TotalityTorture Chain Time is but a Doorway to the IncineratorTowards Darkness SolemnTrap Them Darker HandcraftTriptykon ShatterTrist (GER) WillenskraftTrist (GER) Tiefenrausch (Ein Abstieg in fünf Stufen)Two People In A Room Two People In A RoomType O Negative October RustTyranny Tides of AwakeningUlcerate Of Fracture and FailureUnexpect Fables of the Sleepless EmpireUrfaust Der freiwillige BettlerValkyrja ContaminationVastum Carnal LawVinterriket WinterschattenWalknut Graveforests And Their ShadowsWe Lost The Sea The Quietest Place on EarthWe Made God It's Getting ColderWindir 1184Wintersun WintersunWolves in the Throne Room Malevolent GrainWorship Last CD Before DoomsdayYear of No Light Nord3.0 goodA Forest of Stars The Corpse of RebirthA Storm Of Light As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us...Across Tundras Old World WandererAlcest Tristesse HivernaleAlcest Ecailles De LuneThe first half is amazing, but it just falls apart towards the end.Alcest Le Secret (Re-release)Algor Mortis Die Freiheit des Denkenden GeistesAmenra Mass IIIIAn Autumn For Crippled Children Everythingmore shitty uninspired bland post-black metal, yay :[ they're just watering down the same formula rather than making any genuine improvements as musicians.r@Rodrigo: me? gay? don't be silly, dear :]Anathema Eternitythe emotional strength of this album can't be questioned but the majority of the tracks here just don't really cut it as far as anathema's other material goes. tracks like hope and the eternity tracks just don't resonate at all and sometime the guitar tone and production is really unpleasant and confused like they're having a difficult time deciding how they want things to sound. that's forgiveable though consider to all intents and purposes it's a transitional album. it's a good album, it just doesn't showcase the best of the band and i'd recommend you move to this one after you've heard some of the others. :]Anathema ResonanceAnathema Resonance 2Anathema Falling Deeperreally on the fence. first tracks are great, but some are awful, particularly Sunset of Age which is just far too busy and ambitious to have any kind of comparable atmosphere. Alone is just boring, as is J'ai Fait Une Promesse, or some just seem far too subdued to leave any kind of impression (We, the Gods).ri'd check out the first two or three tracks, though. :]Anti The Insignificance of LifeHas potential but the band really have to have more of an eye on dyanamics and adding some complexity to their sound. They have the atmosphere down to a tee but they really need to put more effort into making their sound more diverse.Aosoth III - Violence & VariationAosoth IV: An Arrow in HeartAsunder Works Will Come UndoneBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBeware Of Safety dogsBlut Aus Nord The Mystical Beast of RebellionBlut Aus Nord Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by IlluminationBlut Aus Nord What Once Was... Liber IBlut Aus Nord What Once Was... Liber IIBohren & Der Club of Gore GeisterfaustBohren & Der Club of Gore Midnight RadioBoris PräparatBossk .2Burial Truant/Rough SleeperBurzum FilosofemBurzum AskeCarbonscape Artistry of Exhaustion IICaspian Waking SeasonCathedral The Guessing GameColdworld MelancholieCradle of Filth Dusk... and Her EmbraceCradle of Filth NymphetamineCyclopian CyclopianDarkspace Dark Space -IDeadhorse We Can Create Our Own WorldDeathspell Omega Inquisitors Of SatanDeathspell Omega ParacletusDeep Mountains Deep Mountainszuriaake is way better than this, and chinese too :]Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness TriumphantDo Make Say Think You, You're a History in RustDolorian VoidwardsDornenreich FlammentriebeDraconian Turning Season WithinDrudkh MicrocosmosEa Eanever mind it grew on me, i think it's the weakest ea album but still goodEarth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light IIpretty much the best continuation of the last album that could have been made. if you liked the last one, you'll love this one. it has a distinctly colder feel, like a cool breeze, it perfectly compliments part 1. :]Efrim Manuel Menuck Plays "High Gospel"Electric Wizard DopethroneEluveitie SpiritEluvium When I Live by the Garden and the SeaEmpyrium A WintersunsetEncircling Sea A Forgotten Landthis is a good, well balanced, if a bit clean, minimalistic black metal album. i will say it's a little bit too simplistic and predictable for my taste, the riffs and structures being very, very simple and easy to follow but it's not always against the band's favour, and it's pretty much void of any kind of grit, production wise sounding much more like a post-rock album than a black metal one. it's a cut above the average wittr worship so it's worth hearing at least.Enshine OriginEnsiferum Victory SongsEnslaved Below the LightsEsoteric Esoteric Emotions - The Death of Ignorancenothing compared to their next two albums but a worthy listen, lacks the refinement in atmosphereEvoken Atra Morsit's like every other evoken album but with really shitty distracting mastering. it's still pretty good but i hope to hell this grows on me or this could be one of the bigger disappointments of the year.rseriously guys, how come i'm like the only one to notice that the production here is so fucking god awful that it makes the album nigh-impossible to listen to?ralso if you want good funeral doom from this year give towards darkness - barren a spinExplosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareFalkenbach Ok Nefna Tysvar TyFalkenbach ...En Their Medh Riki Fara...Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells In Rotten WoodFalse UntitledFauna The Huntan album with a lot of potential but overall comes across as a little bit dull and lifelessFell Voices Fell VoicesFen DustwalkerFinntroll NifelvindGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gorgoroth PentagramGorgoroth Under The Sign Of HellGris Il Etait une Foret...Grouper Way Their CreptHammock KenoticHammock Departure SongsHeretoir HeretoirJesu Pale SketchesKauan LumikuuroKrallice KralliceLifelover ErotikLight Bearer Lapsus"This album is, in my eyes, possibly the best post-metal release ever. It is THAT good." oh come on.Limbonic Art Epitome Of IllusionLunar Aurora AndachtLunar Aurora HoagaschtMar De Grises The Tatterdemalion ExpressMerrimack The Acausal MassMidnight Odyssey Funerals from the Astral Sphereit's a good album, and it doesn't necessarily get boring through its runtime but the moments that make you say "wow, this is really good" are too far and few between. it doesn't really harbor the hypnotic feeling to feel like it doesn't drag on and several of the tracks here could have been cut down or cut completely to make a one-disc album and it probably would have benefited from it. some of the atmospheres feel great but a lot of them sound really forced, the reverb-soaking just veiling very average keyboards. again, it's not bad, but could have been a lot better. :]Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You WillMonads Intellectus Iudicat VeritatemMonolithe Monolithe IMoonsorrow Suden UniMoonsorrow MetsäMorne Untold WaitMy Dying Bride As The Flower WithersMyrkgrav Trollskau, Skromt og KolabrenningNadja CorrasionNecrophobic HrimthursumNeurosis The Eye of Every StormNightwish Century ChildNightwish WishmasterNokturnal Mortum Goat HornsNovembers Doom Into Night's Requiem InfernalOlafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of DarknessOpeth DamnationOskoreien OskoreienPallbearer Demo 2010Panopticon Social DisservicesPaysage d'Hiver NachtPaysage d'Hiver Paysage d'HiverPaysage d'Hiver EinsamkeitPaysage d'Hiver Das TorPelican Australasiapg.lost Yes I Am EPpg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!Portal SeepiaPrimordial Redemption At The Puritan's Handthis is a great album, which holds a pretty steady standard throughout (spare a few uninteresting moments that I wish were briefer). standout track is easily The Mouth of Judas, which could be one of the best tracks they've ever put out. it's not a disappointment, but it's not mindblowing either.ralso hawks do you have to bring up Marrow wherever you go? we're listening to Primordial ffs :TRed Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...Remembrance Silencing The MomentsSadhaka TermaSamael Solar SoulSamael Lux MundiSecrets of the Moon Seven BellsShining (SWE) VI - KlagopsalmerSkepticism StormcrowfleetSkepticism EthereSolstafir KoldSolstafir Svartir Sandaroh dear oh dear oh dear... it's not like i needed another reason to earn the negative noctus title but oh no :[ranyway the songs don't progress, they just meander through a few similar ideas before going to the next track and doing the same thing again. the sound that solstafir inhabits just isn't interesting when they're not going balls out and crushing mountains and rthis whole album is just the total opposite of that.rit's barely atmospheric enough to suck you in, it's barely climactic enough to keep you interested and the way it's structured and put together just seems so aimless. kold already dragged on in places, but the lack of interesting songs here make that album look like a masterpiece.Stars of the Lid Per Aspera Ad AstraSuidAkrA Eternal DefianceSunn O))) White1Swans The Burning WorldTerra Tenebrosa The TunnelsTesseracT OneThe Angelic Process ...And Your Blood Is Full Of HoneyThe Angelic Process SolipsisticThe Atlas Moth A Glorified Piece of Blue SkyThe Axis of Perdition UrfeThe Axis of Perdition Tenements (Of The Anointed Flesh)The Butterfly Explosion Lost TrailsThe Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This WorldThe Devin Townsend Band Accelerated EvolutionThe Devin Townsend Project AddictedThe Devin Townsend Project DeconstructionThe Fall of Every Season AmendsThe Howling Void Megaliths of the AbyssThe Morningside TreeLogia (The Album As it is Not)The Ocean HeliocentricThe Ocean PelagialThe Ruins Of Beverast Foulest Semen of a Sheltered EliteThe Vision Bleak Set Sail To MysteryThorngoth LeereUlver Shadows of the SunUnexpect In a Flesh AquariumVaura SelenelionVelvet Cacoon GenevieveVelvet Cacoon P aa Opal Poere Pr. 33Velvet Cacoon Atropinethis album is everything it was intended to be. monotonous, devoid of emotion and totally lifeless. i guess it succeeds in that respect. good to put on in the background when you're trying to sleep. :]Vhol VHOLWardruna Runaljod - gap var GinnungaWodensthrone LossWoe Quietly, UndramaticallyWoe WithdrawalWolves in the Throne Room DemoWolvhammer Black Marketeers of World War IIIWoods of Ypres Against the SeasonsXasthur Subliminal GenocideYear of No Light Vampyri liked this a lot until the re-recordings of tracks from ausserwelt came in that simply weren't as good as the originals. shame, that. still, rest is pretty good.YOB The Illusion Of Motion2.5 average*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo65daysofstatic The Fall of MathA Forest of Stars A Shadowplay for Yesterdaysdespite my expectations being rather low, a forest of stars did a very good job. this album has virtually no filler, it's dense and intricate and well realized. the instrumentation is top notch, the atmospherics are well handled and most of all there really isn't another album like this, even by the band. great stuff. :]Abigail Williams LegendAbigail Williams In the Absence of LightAddaura Burning for the AncientAlcest Le SecretAlestorm Captain Morgan's RevengeAlestorm LeviathanAnathema A Fine Day To ExitAnathema SerenadesAnathema The CrestfallenArckanum Sviga LæAsh Borer BloodlandsBathory HammerheartBlut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms GodBurzum FallenChthonic Takasago ArmyCobalt GinCult of Luna SalvationDark Tranquillity We Are The VoidDeafheaven Sunbatherwell isn't this a pleasant surprise Dimmu Borgir For All TidDimmu Borgir AbrahadabraRemember when Shagrath told us to enter the supreme unknown in their press release for the album? Well, it looks like he's possibly the biggest liar I've ever heard of. Where most bands with talent would emphasize on said talent and progress into a powerful force of a band, Dimmu Borgir have decided to just re-tread their same old style - but this time, slathered it in orchestral wankery, over-production, and over-complicated and tedious songwriting. No place like home, I guess.r@nomos: pfffft.DOOM:VS Aeternum ValeDrudkh EstrangementDrudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheelso drudkh make yet another album of the same damn atmosphere that's even more simplistic and basic than ever with nothing but a few cool basslines to hold it together and you guys still eat it up like i'd eat up a cock. goodness me. :[Elffor Frostbitten PainEluveitie SlaniaEluvium SimilesEnsiferum IronEnslaved FrostEnslaved VertebraeEquilibrium Turis FratyrEquilibrium RekreaturExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneExxasens PolarisIt's a good album but it does come across as a bit unambitious and formulaic at times, which makes it seem a bit samey. They've
nailed the atmosphere they're trying to create with some great sound effects, but in places it sounds like they made a 2 minute
song and just copy and pasted the first 2 minutes onto the end of it to make a song. That's not a bad thing all the time, but
when it's every song, it does take away from the album.Falkenbach TiuridaThough fans of Falkenbach's previous material will certainly appreciate this, it really is
just more of the same. Where it isn't bad, it really is just incredibly average and does
little to make it stand out from all the other viking metal bands out there, despite
Falkenbach being revered as one of the best in the trade.Fauna RainFen The Malediction FieldsFen EpochSlightly better, but still suffers from the same issues as the first one. Generally uninteresting, baffling production decisions (Yeah yeah production on a black metal album etc., but did they really have to plaster everything in an annoying reverb that takes the impact out of everything?) and just a very worn niche when compared to bands that do it a million times better.Frigoris WindGiles Corey Giles CoreyGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeThough it doesn't top their other efforts, it's still a good release.Gorgoroth Ad Majorem Sathanas GloriamGrey Waters Below The Ever Setting SunHeidevolk Uit Oude GrondHellveto ZemstaHyatari They Will SurfaceIf These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the SkyIf These Trees Could Talk Red Forestit's alright yea Ihsahn The AdversaryInter Arma Sky BurialJesu Lifeline EPJesu ChristmasKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKvelertak KvelertakLake Of Blood The Burial Grounds SessionsLes Discrets Ariettes Oubliees...this really wore off me, and fast. shame it didn't have the lasting appeal of the first album. :[Lethian Dreams Bleak Silver Streamsif draconian weren't even trying this would be them Lethian Dreams Season of Raven WordsLeviathan True Traitor, True Whorenot feeling it at all but the last track is nice. :]
edit: well what do you know, it grew on me a bit! [: Limbonic Art A Legacy of EvilMamiffer Mare DecendriiMgla With Hearts Toward NoneMogwai Earth DivisionMy Bloody Valentine m b vas someone who has never heard loveless before tonight i notice more colour and layering in loveless than in this. it's fine but a lot of the tones contrast to me, kind of on the fence. where loveless feels sedated this just sounds apathetic, distant. intentional? maybe, but i don't think it's done much for the result.
@Hyperion1001: uhh, i simply just wanted to give an impartial, unbiased viewpoint because i thought it might be different from the background that most would have going into this. i don't really see what's retarded about hearing one thing, then hearing another and then comparing them, regardless of how much you've listened to both.My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark RiverMy Dying Bride 34.788%... CompleteNadja DagdrømNattsol StemningNeurosis Souls at ZeroNeurosis Times of GraceNightwish OncePallbearer Sorrow And ExtinctionPanopticon CollapsePanopticon/Wheels Within Wheels IIPelican Ataraxia/TaraxisPetrychor Effigies and Epitaphspg.lost In Never Outpg.lost KeyProgenie Terrestre Pura U.M.A.this could have been a really, really interesting album. unfortunately for U.M.A., the concept itself is far more interesting than the content. there's an absolutely massive melting pot of ideas beneath all the atmosphere but not a lot of it adds up to anything. nothing builds on top of each other, it's all just there and while it sounds pretty nice when it's playing, absolutely none of it resonates because it's basically an album of elements that distract from one another. it's been so scrubbed and processed that it's difficult to find a single compelling element amidst the mess of sounds. its busy without being overly technical and the highly produced sound just makes it all sound so artificial and scraped clean of personality with absolutely nothing complimenting each other. that's not to make out that the album is bad, however - it's far from it. it's an enjoyable ride from pretty much the beginning but it lacks a soul to make it human. or extra-terrestrial, whatever.Prurient Bermuda Draina real mixed bag of great songs and horrendous ones. but the great ones really are great. it's a shame the others let them down. a very different and unique release in any case, never heard a mix like this before.Russian Circles GenevaSigh Scenes from HellSigur Ros Valtarihurray, all of the boring parts of ( ), thanks sigur ros :] :] :] Sigur Ros KveikurSilencer (SWE) Death - Pierce MeSkepticism Lead and AetherSkepticism AlloySpectral Lore IISuidAkrA Book of DowthSummoning LugburzSummoning Upon The Viking StallionSvartsot Ravnenes SagaSwans The Seerthis has grown off me a lot, sorry guys :[ Taake KveldTaake Noregs VaapenThe Calm Blue Sea The Calm Blue SeaThe Last Days When The Tomorrow Is a Grey DayThe Morningside Moving Crosscurrent of TimeThe Ocean AnthropocentricThis Will Destroy You This Will Destroy YouThy Catafalque RengetegUlver KveldssangerUlver BergtattVelvet Cacoon DextronautVelvet Cacoon NorthsuiteWolven Ancestry The Wrath Of GaiaWolves in the Throne Room Wolves in the Throne RoomWoods of Desolation Toward the DepthsWoods of Ypres Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Lightit's certainly not as bad as the rest of their stuff considering they dropped the whole nature-worship-contrived-agalloch thing for good, and it certainly isn't anywhere near as excruciating as the last album, but the fact is that it's still as crude as it is dreary. the album is pretty gimmicky and there's just about no subtlety in the execution at all and really instead of a mess we have a monotonous and samey experience. i can see fans of woods of ypres eating this up, but it's definitely not for me. shame we'll never be able to see if they would have improved.YOB The Unreal Never LivedYOB The Great Cessation2.0 poor65daysofstatic One Time for All Time65daysofstatic We Were Exploding AnywayAbigail Williams In the Shadow of a Thousand SunsAlda :Tahoma:Alestorm Black Sails at MidnightAltar of Plagues MammalThe problem with Mammal is the fact they made it sound so impersonal and sterile which makes it incredibly difficult to get sucked into, where their previous records sounded as if they put everything into it. Mammal is nearly faceless in comparison to their previous efforts. Not to mention the mind-numbingly boring drumming which makes the whole thing beyond tiring to get through.Amenra Mass VAnathema Weather Systemsnot their best, not their worst. they really impress on a bunch of these tracks but the insipid lyrics kind of kill it and on occasion make it come across as very contrived. i think we're here because we're here is the superior album because they still relied in their strengths as a band, and here they rely a little too much on the orchestra and female vocals. neither of which are bad, i just thought they were a lot better when they were more subtle. nonetheless, a great album, it just makes me hope they change directions again. :]Apse Climb UpAquilus Griseusa bloated, uneventful, meandering mess of opeth worship and annoying keyboard interludes. it's okay for a couple of tracks but after that you're just begging for it to end. the sounds here are well down, it just needs to be stripped down and be done with better riffs and ideas.Asunder A Clarion CallBaroness Blue RecordBlind Guardian A Twist in the MythBlut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)it's great but it feels a bit lacking in places. that could be because there's 2 other albums similar to this one coming out this year, though. it's difficult to judge this without the rest of the apparent trilogy.Blut Aus Nord 777 - The Desanctificationit's basically an improved version of 777 - Sect(s), which is everything i hoped for from this. it's pretty much the same but it's more slow-paced and atmospheric than the previous album, which is great because the best moments on sect(s) were the slower bits. that's not to say that it's not intense, because it is and in all the best ways. it flows far, far better than sect(s) and overall is just a better album. fans of the last album, proceed with confidence. :]Burzum HliðskjálfCold Body Radiation Deer TwillightCradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's ThunderCult of Luna Vertikalit's an improvement on salvation, the only other cult of luna album i've heard but these guys don't know how to interestingly pace an album for their lives. i think one of the biggest problems is that nothing about this album really seems interesting or new, the electronics simply being an extension of what isis has been doing for years, the riffs being largely uninteresting, the vocals basically just sounding like isis but far less versatile and everything just being so crudely put together that there's very little to really appreciate in it.Dead Can Dance AnastasisDiablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's BallroomDimmu Borgir Death Cult ArmageddonDimmu Borgir Stormblast (Re-Recording)Dimmu Borgir In Sorte DiaboliDisma Towards the MegalithDraconian A Rose For The ApocalypseEluveitie VenEluveitie Evocation I: The Arcane DominionElysian Blaze Blood GeometryREVERB EVERYTHING IT MAKES IT ATMOSPHERIC HONEST Empyrium WeilandEnsiferum Unsung Heroesthe execution is far more epic than the ideas that they started with, the whole album kind of falls flat and sounds like a mere immitation of what they achieved before. there are no bad moments here (apart from the opera singers in passion proof power) but there aren't very many good ones. :]Enslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEnslaved The Sleeping Godspretty much exactly what I expected from this, but there are some really interesting moments here that make it exceed Axioma Ethica Odini for me like the track Synthesis and its electronic influences, though unfortunately that track drags beyond belief. that aside though, everything here (for the most part) is to a consistent standard that will keep every Enslaved fan satisfied and probably wanting more. Exxasens Beyond the UniverseFell Voices UntitledGhost B.C. Opus Eponymoussit down and be quiet Giles Corey Deconstructionistover-elaborate bullshit Gorgoroth Incipit SatanHammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the GhostsJesu Why Are We Not Perfect?Jesu InfinityJesu AscensionJunius Reports From The Threshold of Deathat an attempt to go heavier Junius lost their charm and spark, as well as their sense of structuring songs properly, resorting to verse/chorus most of the time. the songs lack the subtlety of the last two albums, and where i think this album might be among their best for live performances, it doesn't transcend well to record. it's not bad, and in the right context i'm sure it's really enjoyable (that being a live show), but as an album it just doesn't deliver. it's too straight forward and predictable to be engaging. shame, but there are a few tracks worth taking from it. :]Katatonia Viva EmptinessKatatonia Night Is the New DayKayo Dot Blue Lambency DownwardKayo Dot CoyoteKorpiklaani KarkeloKylesa Spiral ShadowLight Bearer Silver Tonguei can't get over how basic this is, almost nothing happens throughout the whole album, it's just one predictable build to another predictable build to another boring riff with a simple drum beat over and over and over for 80 fucking minutesLiturgy Aesthethicathis is without a doubt one of the most irritating albums I've ever had to listen to.r@Hyperion1001: yeah it's secretly great!! ;]Loss Life Without Hope... Death Without ReasonLou Reed and Metallica LuluMayhem De Mysteriis Dom SathanasMgla Grozai don't think this album could be any blander if it tried, even if it tried to imitate stale crackers. which to be honest is probably what it's already doing. :]Mono For My Parentsmore of the same but less. tepid, linear and without what made what mono so formulaic before forgiveable. it does very little outside what your every day hollywood soundtrack would do. :[r""For My Parents" isn't going to change anyone's opinions on this band, but am I a sucker for dem climaxes." what climaxes? this album barely even utilizes any real or satisfying climaxes, which is one of my biggest issues with it. ]:Moving Mountains Waveseh they always sucked anyway, don't know why people are so disappointedMy Dying Bride Like Gods of the SunMy Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless KingsMy Dying Bride For Lies I SireMy Dying Bride The Barghest O’ WhitbyNargaroth Black Metal Ist Krieg (A Dedication Monument)Nargaroth JahreszeitenNeurosis Through Silver in BloodNeurosis A Sun That Never SetsNeurosis Given to the RisingNeurosis Honor Found in Decaywell at least it's not their worst Nightwish Dark Passion PlayOak Pantheon The VoidOld Silver Key Tales of Wanderingsyawn :[ drudkh are bland and boring and neige sounds like he's singing in his sleep
but at least neige sounds like an angel as always despite sounding sleepy :]
edit: and Neige sounds like an angel as always. Om Advaitic SongsOpeth Heritagenoctus no like :[ the song structures just seem non-sensical in the fact they don't hold their own or build to anything so the album just seems disjointed, which would be okay if this album had its moments, but it just doesn't. it's just a bunch of boring moments from opeth's past all glued together. their worst yet.Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Panopticon KentuckyProcession Destroyers Of The FaithRadiohead OK ComputerRosetta/Junius SplitRussian Circles EmprosSaturnus Saturn in AscensionShining (SWE) VII: Fodd ForlorareSigh Imaginary Sonicscape"it's weird therefore it is good!" Skagos Astit's like wolves in the throne room but bland, boring and incipidSlint SpiderlandSunlight Ascending Leaving My Waiting Roomreally disappointed with this, what happened, guys? Svartsot Mulmets ViserThe Antlers HospiceThe Devin Townsend Project KiThe Devin Townsend Project GhostThe Devin Townsend Project Epicloudi liked it when devin wasn't doing metal covers of lazytown songsThe Fall of Every Season From BelowThe Great Old Ones Al AzifThe Morningside The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...This Will Destroy You Moving on the Edges of ThingsTortoise Millions Now Living Will Never DieTrollfest VillandenTrollfest BrakebeinTurisas Stand Up and FightWithin Temptation Mother EarthWolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineagecelestial lineage shows the utter extent of how far a band can carry a style whilst changing very little, turns out it's 3 albums. where each wittr album before this tried something different each album in terms of mood, and were all quite distinct from each other, this shows wittr just trying to re-create two hunters and failing. be it the overuse of drone or the lack of dynamics that the other albums made good use of, trying to re-create what many claim to be your best album is a slippery slope that wittr have slipped down head-first, making an album that has its occasional moments but doesn't seem varied or cohesive enough to hold the attention of the listener. :[Woman is the Earth This Place That Contains My SpiritXasthur All Reflections DrainedXasthur Portal Of SorrowYndi Halda Enjoy Eternal BlissYOB Atmai really hope this is a grower because right now this is really bad :[1.5 very poorAlcest BBC Live Sessionpoorly performed and completely pointless Alestorm Back Through TimeAmesoeurs AmesoeursBlut Aus Nord MoRTBurzum Dauði BaldrsBurzum Umskiptari like the concept of the album slowly and subtley dropping elements as the album progresses (or regresses, respectively) but none of the musical aspects are engaging enough to carry the momentum of the concept. this is the first time i've listened to a burzum album and genuinely not even remembered one riff, which was burzum's strongpoint. he's finally run himself dry.Burzum Sol Austan, Mani VestanChthonic Mirror Of RetributionCradle of Filth ThornographyDeafheaven Roads To Judah"for once in a long time this is a metal release that sounds DIFFERENT.." hahahahahahahaahahahaaaaa oh man :]Drudkh Handful of StarsElectric Wizard Black MassesEluveitie Everything Remains As It Never WasEluveitie HelvetiosFell Voices Regnum Saturniwish i knew what people saw in this bland, boring band. pretty poor songwriting with awful production (i don't mean badly recorded, i mean the recording style just doesn't work with the album) that just goes on and on and on.Ghost B.C. InfestissumamHypothermia RakbladsvalsenKorpiklaani Ukon WackaLights & Motion ReanimationLimbonic Art PhantasmagoriaThe lack of Morfeus ruined Limbonic Art's edge - their brilliant work of atmospherics, leaving an empty shell of boring black metal.Loss Despondsmall amounts of potential with the most distractingly awful things imaginable littered all over it. in fact it's so undepressing that it almost reaches its goal - almost. ultimately there's very little to salvage, it's too soft to be striking and it's too offensively bad to even be background music thanks to the vocals and dreary delivery of just about everything. the bits with potential are cookie cutter at best, the rest is just a cringe-worthy reverb-laiden mess.Morbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusMoss Horrible Nightsreally disappointing to see a band that had such a great, fairly unique atmosphere and sound go the way of every other stoner doom metal band these days
the clean vocals really aren't very good and get really, really tiring a few tracks in. it's saved from being a total disaster by the riffs and production but this really is weak in comparison to their last two albumsMoving Mountains PneumaMy Dying Bride Bring Me VictoryMy Dying Bride EvintaNightwish Walking in the Air: The Greatest BalladsNightwish ImaginaerumI WANT MY TIME BAAAAAAAAAACK :] :] :] Njiqahdda Nji. Njiijn. Njiiijn.Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOROv HELL The Underworld RegimeAn awfully cliched mess of black metal, generic and underwhelming. It's evident Shagroth had nearly no input on the music, he was simply asked to sing. Further proof that King is evidently a one trick pony.Periphery PeripherySigh In Somniphobiaanother sigh album goes by and i ask myself yet again, what do people see in this band? :[Swashbuckle Back To The NooseTarja Turunen My Winter StormTarja Turunen The SeerTurisas Battle MetalTurisas The Varangian WayWatain Lawless Darknessblahhhhh been there done that. Honestly, after like 3 listens I can't find anything redeemable from this album at all. It just made me want to listen to bands who do it better.Windrider A Warrior's Talerepetitive, uncreative, unredeemable rubbish. it's like every folk metal band were stripped of everything that made them good in the first place. avoid.Woods of Ypres Woods III: Deepest Roots and Darkest Blu1.0 awfulCeltic Frost Cold LakeDeuce The Two Thousand Eight EPDeuce Call Me Big DeuceDeuce Nine LivesDoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in FleshFalloch Where Distant Spirits Remainhaaaaaaahahahahahaahhahaahahahahaaaaaa oh goodness :] :] :]redit: feanaro, it seriously, seriously is that bad. i'm not even kidding. :[redit 2: because it takes post-black, waters it down, tries to add artificial depth by using stupid post-black buzz words. this is just a shameless cash-in on the post-black scene. 7 utterly meaningless and dreadful songs with dreadful lyrics and even worse vocals that all follow the same damn structure. this is everything wrong with this scene.rthis is owl city for black metal fans. not even kidding, it's beyond atrocious.r"I wouldn't even consider this post-black. Only really bad things here are the vocals." well yes because they've watered it down to absolutely nothingrit's like the music version of homeopathic medicineNightwish Made In Hong KongSleeping Peonies Rose Curl, Sea SwirlSleeping Peonies Ghosts, and Other ThingsImagine if you took Velvet Cacoon and put them in Disneyland, gave them a MIDI machine and told them to make an album out of what they saw out of the window. Not to mention giving them shrooms. Enter Sleeping Peonies. The sound-off could end right here, but for the sake of my own entertainment and yours, allow me to divulge.
Sleeping Peonies is a direct result of the existence of Alcest and similar bands, but they decide to take it into an even more whimsical and incoherent direction. Be it the horrible production, the bad performance of everything, the awful song structures with the least subtle transitions imaginable or the general sickening feeling you get listening to it; Ghosts, and Other Things fails on all fronts.
Much like eating an entire huge bar of chocolate, it makes you feel bad and unclean after having it all in one go. This record is pretty much that feeling. But on the plus side, if it keeps you away from sweets, it might be a neat weight loss scheme. :]Sleeping Peonies s l o w l y d i s a p p e a r i n gSonic Syndicate We Rule the NightStalaggh Projekt Terrori like the part where it's like AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHUaral Sounds Of Pain..."Sounds of Pain..." no fucking shit in the fact that this was painful to listen to. avoid unless you want to hear a grown man burp and cry like a baby to boring as hell instrumentation. :]Venom Black MetalWhen Bitter Spring Sleeps When Bitter Spring SleepsWolfchant A Pagan StormWolfchant Determined DamnationWoods of Ypres Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of the EarthWoods of Ypres Woods IV: The Green AlbumWoods of Ypres Independent Nature 2002-2007
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