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  • Diary #3

    1. Jun. 2014, 0:11


    Diary #3

    Rant - Top 8

    I decided to share a few thoughts about my current heterogeneous top 8 on last.fm. The first thing I should mention is that this is actually my second account (the first one was called Greater_Art), and it currently has less scrobbles than the old one. On the previous account, my top 3 was Lake of Tears, Therion and Celtic Frost (can't remember the precise order). Enough about the past, let's jump into the bands.

    1. The Alan Parsons Project (APP)

    For a long time I knew of APP only due to the reference in Austin Powers. The spy who shagged me. While listening to some prog rock on Spotify, I saw APP as a related artist, and decided to give it a shot. When I have no prior information about a band, I usually begin either with the first album, or with a best of, or with the album title which seems to be the most interesting. That time I went with what I thought was the first one, I Robot (1977), but as it turns out, the APP début was Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976), and I Robot was the sophomore effort. Strangely enough, the next albums that have caught my attention were Stereotomy, by chance, and Gaudi, which was recommended by my dad. I say strangely because these are the latest APP albums.

    I love APP because although it is very accessible prog rock, it's also interesting and has a peculiar charm. Melancholy and irony, often related to love, blend nicely in the lyrical landscape, and some songs are pure and excellent Pink Floyd worship (e.g. Time). The cultural references to Poe, Asimov, Gaudi and others are definitely a form of captatio benevolentiae in my case.

    2. Jex Thoth

    Jex Thoth belong to a relatively new metal subgenre blending elements of doom with psychedelic/progressive/occult rock (e.g. Coven, Black Widow). The solid riffs, the delicious keyboards, the ominous drums and the perfect vocals create a vivid portrait of spiritual despair. The songs develop as a trial of conscience, as a hanging of yourself, an ever-increasing sea of pain seeking relief and release from the pulsating destructive waves. Ethereal poisoned blades pierce your mind and heart like the shirt of Nessus, and you are left powerless in the musical hurricane that engulfs everything, breaking bone, muscle and will. It is a bittersweet testament, a crisis against the immuable. Defeat is a cosmic tragedy (Obsidian Night) and victory is laced with resentment, venom and revenge (Warrior Woman). I love every song that this band has crafted, and own all their material except the Pagan Altar split and the Circles single. In my opinion, their work is filled with authentic energy and passion that violently erupt from streams of gloom and melancholy. The lyrics are awesome, conjuring inner struggle and impending misfortune, rather than aiming to shock through cheap and clichéd satanic imagery.

    3. Lana Del Rey

    This is probably the biggest outlier in my top 8. I have a soft spot for bubblegum pop. Lana is not really bubblegum, but rather a fake spoiled bad girl charming/annoying kitty cat. Like all pop, it's bad, but Lana is bad in a way which I love. There is a partially conscious, partially involuntary (self-)irony in her music that makes it sink its hooks in the unsuspecting victim. The vanity and fake quality that I mentioned, by being partially assumed, create seduction. It's like I know this is cheap, but I'm gonna flaunt it anyway, because I have a nice package. I appreciate her music the same way I enjoy a Joan Miró painting; its virtues are simplicity and immediate aesthetic impression.

    4. The Devil's Blood (TDB)

    Beloning to the same loved/hated subgenre as Jex Thoth, TDB are not as subtle as the Americans, but they pack sweet riffs and summon a whirlpool of cursed energy. Repetition and progression is a key element in their music, and, in comparison to Jex, their style is cleaner, less drone-y, more rock, less doom, and the vocals are the only elements that evoke damnation, while the instruments bleed uplifting energy.

    5. Absu

    I didn't instantly fall in love with Absu, and like most newbies in extreme metal, I started to get them through Tara. I was fascinated by the cryptic lyrics, eclectic and obscure references, as well as by the interesting black hybrid style. Now I absolutely love the band and there are few songs that I don't enjoy. Some songs feel like levitation, e.g. on the Absu album, I adore Amy, 13 Globes and Those of the Void will re-enter. The drumming is jaw-dropping in speed and creativity and the guitars just burst out of the rhythmic backbone creating an intense, mystical and epic feel. The songwriting is top notch and, as I mentioned related to Jex Thoth, there is an overwhelming sense of passion and authenticity that draws me to Absu like a moth to the flame.

    6. The Meads of Asphodel

    The Meads of Asphodel are a band that you either get or you don't. Fortunately I got them, and the process didn't take long. Extreme lyrical sarcasm and (self-)irony mix so well with a black hybrid. The experimental touches flow like milk and honey against shores of corpses - all casualties of petty politics, monstrous human hybris and ego exhibited by corrupted leaders and holier than thou attitudes effused by mainstream religion. The Hawkwind covers are a blast, and even though the production is a little bit dirty, you can hear a thundering bass hammering away at everything.

    7. Christian Mistress

    I'm afraid this is strike three in the doom metal-occult rock section. Though unlike Jex Thoth and TDB, Christian Mistress bring an awesome old school heavy metal vibe that makes them stand out. Desert Rose and Haunted Hunted are my favorite songs, but the two albums to date are very consistent. Vocals are heaven (or hell if you prefer) and the songs are catchy, heavy and sometimes epic.

    8. Darkthrone

    Since I'm not a (pure) black metal fan, I enjoy mostly the death and the speed/crust Darkthrone eras. There's not much one can say about such a famous band. Dirty riffs, pissed off vocals, cymbal streaked impeccable drumming, weird/clever/in-your-face-fuck-you lyrics, what's not to love? Have you listened to Venom's Acid Queen yet?
  • Diary #2

    16. Mai. 2014, 17:26


    Diary #2

    (Sub-)Genre -

    Motto: In Soviet-Lovecraftian universe, black gazez you.

    Yet another bm subgenre?

    Blackgaze, perhaps better known as shoegaze black metal, is a controversial subgenre of black metal (bm). The first issue is the necessity of yet another bm subgenre, since there is considerable overlap between blackgaze and depressive bm, atmospheric bm and, naturally, post bm. Unfortunately it's impossible to control the multiplication of musical tags, but despite this, my view is that the genre can be justified as a combination of shoegaze vocals with (insert above mentioned subgenre) bm music. Specifically, I mean the Alcest 2005 EP Le secret that shaped blackgaze as we know and love. The non-bm vocals and backing vocals on Le Secret are not characteristic of any other bm subgenre. Is this enough to justify the genesis of another tag? That's up to you to decide. It's beyond the scope of this text to go into the roots of blackgaze, i.e. the pop-rock subgenre called shoegaze and the related bm subgenres, so I'll jump into the impact of blackgaze.

    In hindsight, it is clear that blackgaze divided opinions in the metal community into at least three categories:
    1. bm apologists - people who reject blackgaze as a black metal, or even metal subgenre.
    2. shoegaze apologists - people who dismiss blackgaze because they perceive it as lacking authentic or inspiring influence from the beloved shoegaze forefather.
    3. blackgaze fanboys - people who think blackgaze is the best thing since buttered toast.

    Personally, I'm definitely not in the first two categories, yet I'm also not enough of a fanboy to include myself in the third. The reasons might be that I was never a pure bm fan (and I'm still not one); secondly, I discovered shoegaze simultaneously with blackgaze, and I appreciate both styles for their particular qualities, without judging the progression or regression from parent to offspring.

    Elevated beyond secret

    So what happened after the miracles of hot water and Le Secret? (I should mention I consider Le Secret to be the best Alcest and blackgaze output to this day.) Well, the first Alcest album came out in 2007, and, in 2009, an essential split album called The World Comes To An End In The End Of A Journey cemented blackgaze as a style. The latter is a joint effort by six artists: Ethereal Beauty, Shyy, Heretoir, Soliness, Dernier Maryr and Dopamine. It is impossible to list here all the bands that further developed the genre, but here are some examples: Lantlôs, Thränenkind, Les Discrets, Arctic Plateau, Airs, Hypomanie, Sleeping Peonies etc. Some suggest that the British artists Altar of Plagues, Fen, Wodensthrone and others were influenced by blackgaze.

    Blackgaze today

    Although the hype of blackgaze is long dead, its echoes can be sensed in (quasi-)underground acts such as A Light In The Dark, Sounds from the Marshes, Vagrond and others. However, the most significant impact seems to belong to the Americans of Deafheaven, especially with the 2013 release of the Sunbather album. This created an inevitable resurgence of fanboys versus haters of blackgaze. My dispassionate ear judges the LP as a decent and enjoyable effort. Meanwhile, Alcest have continued to craft albums of consistent quality, gradually distancing themselves from bm, and their last album to this date, Shelter (2014), marks a clear separation from the metallic roots, in favour of the shoegaze influence.

    Links

    Alcest - Elevation
    The World Comes To An End In The End Of Journey (Split - Full Album)
    Deafhaven - Sunbather (Full Album)
    A Light in the Dark - Bleak Waters
  • Diary #1

    3. Mai. 2014, 18:48


    Diary #1

    Here I'll paint happy little thoughts about happy little songs, and in the corner there I'll add some happy little links and that will be our secret, ok?

    Artist - Chelsea Wolfe

    This week I discovered LA artist Chelsea Wolfe and I was instantly hooked on Pain is Beauty (2013). Based on the album cover, I expected something gothy, but I was pleasantly surprised by the eccentric stripped-down rock/electronic soundscapes and the haunting vocals. The minimalistic approach to music, which evokes raw and deep feelings, becomes more subtle once a brooding progression unfolds, breaking the straightforward blinding black & white motif into thousands of nuanced shards. The resulting kaleidoscope is ominous, beautiful, sometimes chaotic, but always powerful and heavy. It leaves you wanting for more, it is the beginning of an endless journey, and once a song finishes, it is up to you to build the rest of the broken bridge towards an ethereal destination. Nature and love, as well as the Baudelaireian correspondences between the two, are the thread of the lyrical web. The former is always untamed and unpredictable, the latter is always troubled, incomplete, and both reflect an apparently irreconcilable inner struggle.

    I also listened to Apokalypsis (2011), and various songs from the other two (or three if you count Mistake in Parting) records. My favourite tracks overall are: Pale on Pale (perhaps the most doomy song on the two mentioned albums), Winter, Feral Love, We Hit a Wall, Demons.

    Pain is Beauty (Full Album)
    Apokalypsis (Full Album)
    Live Performance

    Album - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

    I've listened to this album several times now, and it keeps growing on me, although my favourite GYBE work remains Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada. The first couple of listens you'll be mostly bored or struggling to ingest & digest the sound of the band, but once you go past sound and into a sea of emotion and a process of living and a rite of dying, suddenly everything falls into place and you can appreciate all the pieces of the maddening puzzle of (non-)existence. I will keep coming back to it, since every listen is a new rewarding experience.

    Full Album

    Album - Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers

    I'm not an avid hip hop listener, but I stumbled on the Fantano review, and I thought I'd give it a shot. It was definitely worth it. I felt like I was listening to a fantasy concept album on ninjas from da hood, their real struggles and their sick imagination. The lyrical frenzy, the crazy vocal styles and the amazing songwriting got me hooked. It takes a while to get used to all the intermezzos and samples, which sometimes are all filler & no killer, but with these exceptions noted, the meat is there: da ass was fat. Highly enjoyable, original and very catchy. Dolla dolla bill y'all.

    Full Album Playlist

    Demo - Bewitcher - Wild Blasphemy

    This demo got most of my overall play time during the last month. The fresh black'n'roll, or as the band calls it, black/speed, opus is insanely addictive, filled with densely packed riffs, over the top yet not pretentious lyrics, vicious rhythm and a short'n'sweet bass solo (Black Speed Delirium 1:43). The four songs are of consistently high quality, but my ears were especially delighted by Black Speed Delirium, an authentic, yet inevitably tongue-in-cheek, ars poetica that can be summarized by the chorus: "Heavy metal at the speed of Satan / Rock'n'roll on the wings of the devil". The clean production works surprisingly well on this black hybrid, and makes everything louder, more vivid, more energetic and more fun. I really like the album cover, and some basic reverse image search suggests it's a Parisian circa 1910 postcard, which is bizarre to say the least (link 1, link 2).

    Full Demo (Bandcamp)

    Misc

    I also watched this (see related videos for parts 2,3,4) short and mediocre documentary on Linda Perry.
  • 2014

    1. Jan. 2014, 9:53

  • 2013

    1. Jan. 2013, 20:54

  • Cover songs

    11. Aug. 2012, 15:48

    This is a list of cover songs and their originals that I enjoy.

    The Cardigans-Do You Believe and the cover by Lord Vicar

    The Alan Parsons Project-The Tell-Tale Heart and the cover by Slough Feg

    Samhain-To Walk the Night and the cover by The Gates of Slumber

    Raga Rockers-Noen å hate and the cover by Vreid
  • Album cover slaughter time

    25. Mär. 2012, 1:58

    Just wanted to save the pics from a shout exchange with myrmidonmage.

    Credits (you can find much, much better/funnier ones there): NWN thread and MA thread.

    Creation time 5-15 min, no undo, no talent, just fun.





  • 2012

    1. Feb. 2012, 21:06

    The mini-reviews actually serve the purpose of notes to myself, so take them as such.

    Top Ten

    1. Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65
    2. Jess and The Ancient Ones - Jess and The Ancient Ones
    3. Christian Mistress - Possession
    4. Overkill - The Electric Age
    5. Alcest - Les Voyages de l'Ame
    6. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
    7. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
    8. Bunker 66 - Infernö Interceptörs
    9. My Dying Bride - A Map of all Our Failures
    10. Aura Noir - Out to Die

    Not Ranked



    Great


    • Alcest - Les Voyages de l'Ame * post *
    • Christian Mistress - Possession * heavy metal *
    • Asphyx - Deathhammer * death * ~ solid album from the dutch death metal masters. Not much innovation or shift in style, but if it's good, why ruin it? Being a CF fanboy, I greatly appreciated the bonus "Os Abysmi Vel Daath" cover.
    • Aura Noir - Out to Die * black/thrash * ~ as expected, a very good effort by AN. The album displays a lot of creativity and aggression, and shouldn't be avoided by black, thrash and black/thrash fans. It's all about the riffs! *omnomnom*
    • Overkill - The Electric Age * thrash * ~ following the direction established by "Ironbound", this album thrashes left and right. It's filled with meaty, riff-tastic and well written tunes, so let's see some highlights: def. the singles "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Wish You Were Dead", and I'll also throw in "Save Yourself" and "All Over but the Shouting".
    • Black Breath - Sentenced to Life * death * ~ Great progression from the EP to the first album to the second. Energetic, fun, more death metal influenced than the debut. Enough said, go and give it a listen!
    • Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma * experimental black * ~ Excellent debut from a Greek band with quite an eclectic style (they've been labeled as prog/psychedelic/black - though I wouldn't use tags so liberally). The veins of this music are filled with black metal, but its delivery is drowned in a potpourri of melody and folky and symphonic elements, good-type-of-weird solos. Nevertheless, you'll feel the stench of a dying soul amidst the exotic aromas, and you WILL shiver in horror, even while knowing it's all a dream. Highlights: "Let Your Devil Come Inside", "Against the Curse, We Dream".
    • Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65 * trad doom * ~ Album of the year so far for me. What a great return from the doom pioneers of Saint Vitus! I was a little disappointed by the last track that sounds filler-ish, but everything else is trad doom metal at its finest. Highlights: "The Bleeding Ground", "Blessed Night".
    • Barren Earth - The Devil’s Resolve * melodic death * ~ I gotta confess, it's the first time I'm listening to these guys, but man, oh man, do they make some good melodic death metal. Forget any negative experience with (pseudo-)melodeath and give this album a try because it's catchy, diverse and aggressive at the same time. I have to explore more material by this band.
    • Jess and the Ancient Ones - Jess and the Ancient Ones * occult rock * ~ Comparable to The Devil's Blood and Jex Thoth, the Finns have produced an album that rivals the best of the "occult rock revival". It is filled with melody, passion, fire and ice. Not as distorted and gloomy as Jex Thoth, more keyboard focused than The Devil's Blood, more haunting and melodic than Blood Ceremony and with very good female vocals, JaTAO leave a distinctive trail in the revival's general trend. Highlights: almost all really, but personal favorites are Twilight Witchcraft and Come Crimson Death.
    • Kreator - Phantom Antichrist * thrash * ~ I had negative expectations about this album and after 2-3 listens I would have included it in the Good category, but it has something similar tot Sodom's "In War and Pieces" that just doesn't let you do it. It's very catchy and aggressive, and although it does get a little boring towards the end (last 2 tracks), it somehow maintains consistency. Expect good modern Kreator! Highlights: eponymous track, , The Few, The Proud, The Broken and Your Heaven, My Hell.
    • ketZer - Endzeit Metropolis *thrash/black* ~ A very unorthodox sophomore album from Ketzer. One might dismiss them as Destroyer 666 clones, but there's so much going on in these guys' music, it's impossible not to acknowledge the awesome riffs and songwriting (just listen to "Aesthetics and Ecstasy").
    • Candlemass - Psalms for the Dead * trad doom * ~ The farewell album? Well, it's a really good one. I really enjoyed "Dancing in the Temple (of the Mad Queen Bee)" and "Black as Time", I need to listen to it more though.
    • My Dying Bride - A Map of All Our Failures *doom*
    • Bunker 66 - Infernö Interceptörs *black/thrash*
    • Destruction - Spiritual Genocide *thrash*
    • Windhand - Windhand *stoner/doom*
    • Seamount - Earthmother IV *trad doom*
    • Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction *trad doom*


    Good

    • Les DiscretsAriettes oubliées * post rock *
    • Swallow the Sun -The Emerald Forest and the Blackbird * death/doom *
    • Nekromantheon - Rise, Vulcan Spectre * black/thrash *
    • Xandria - Neverworld's End * gothic *~ catchy, no-surprises, honest gothic / symphonic metal album. Although Lisa has left the band and will be missed by the fans, the new vox is actually pretty good.
    • PilgrimMisery Wizard * trad doom *
    • Anathema - Weather Systems * atmospheric rock * ~ The band continues in the style of "We're here because we're here", and IMO they do a good job too. However, I am strongly biased by an interview with Danny where he kept describing the atmosphere and themes of songs in terms of other song titles. It was as if Danny's words were turning back the head of Orpheus, such that the album's potential for profoundness and expressiveness disappeared faster than Eurydice back to the Underworld. I really enjoyed some of the tunes, and the songwriting was inspired, but alas, I'll revisit this material once I mentally erase that damned interview.
    • Drudkh - Eternal Turn of the Wheel * post black *~ Despite the almost ubiquitous bashing of "Handful of Stars", I really enjoyed it and have fond memories of listening to "Towards the Light", as well as the other three proper songs . This album maintains the same direction, but somehow it doesn't impress me as much. It's borderline "Meh" actually, but I'll leave it here for now and give it a few more listens before a final verdict.
    • Angel Witch - As Above, So Below * heavy * ~ An enjoyable, but not memorable album. The vocals are a bit too weird for my taste (though I don't mind Manilla Road style vocals and love Cirith Ungol in that respect). The stand-outs for me are: "Gebura" (should've added an "h" at the end if they are referring to the sephirot) and "Brainwashed".
    • Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol * gothic * ~ Perhaps people had high hopes for this album, DDU-FUU was really well received from what I've read - though it didn't do much for me, same as this one doesn't really tickle me in any special place. I'd take Requiem any day over TI, or DDU-FUU, or any other album in the modern catalog of PL for that matter. The only song that seems to shine is "Honesty in Death", and the rest of the songs are good, but quite forgettable imo.
    • Unleashed - Odalheim * death * ~ The new Unleashed misses the Great category by a straw. Its comparable to its direct predecessor, "As Yggdrasil Trembles", and the band is known for being quite constant in terms of style. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about it, but it feels like there's a little something missing, despite the energy, riffs and warcries. Maybe it's because I've played Unleashed too many times over the years. :-)
    • Gorod - A Perfect Absolution * tech death * I'd name this album "A Perfect Second Half", because, weirdly enough, the second half of the album is much better than the first. When I listened to it backwards (in terms of track order, lol) it made much more sense. This is the only reason it isn't in the great category. "Varangian Paradise" and "Tribute of Blood" are mo-nu-men-tal tracks that I imagine will have a long life in my playlist. As pointed out in the comments, it's definitely not insipid tech death, but a progressive and inspired effort.
    • Kathaarsys - Rara Vez * prog black *
    • Crystal Viper - Crimen Excepta * heavy *
    • Huntress - Spell Eater * heavy * ~ Interesting debut from Huntress, but I feel their EP ("Off with her Head") was more promising. It is riffed with fillers, sorry, filled with riffs, most of them interesting or at least rocking, but the element of "wow! this makes me want to headbang so hard" (or "air guitar" or something) is missing. It is NOT a boring album, and being the debut, the band has plenty of time to evolve. About the vocals, they are nice, she CAN sing, but obviously they're not very innovative or super-duper proficient. And the obligatory mention of big, juicy boobs. That is all for now.
    • Delain - We Are the Others * gothic *
    • Enthroned - Obsidium * black *
    • Grand Magus - The Hunt * heavy/doom *
    • Witch Mountain - Cauldron of the Wild * doom * ~ very blues-y doom. I really liked it, but I didn't hook me enough to include it under 'great'.
    • Testament - Dark Roots of Earth * thrash * ~ I enjoyed this one, usually Testament bores me.
    • Azoic - Gateways * black * ~ The band plays black, with a little death, and a spoonful of je-ne-sais-quoi. It's interesting, some of the songs really grab you, it is consistent and I like its atmosphere. Despite this, many parts are easily forgettable.
    • Natur - Head of Death * heavy * ~ Good album, but a little underwhelming after the awesome demo.
    • Turbonegro - Sexual Harassment * "death-punk" * ~ The new singer is all right, though Hank was much better. The album is ok I guess, I really liked "You give me worms".
    • Abnormality - Contaminating The Hive Mind *prog death*
    • Wintersun - Time I *melodic death*
    • Daylight Dies - A Frail Becoming *doom/death*
    • Tankard - A Girl Called Cerveza *thrash*
    • Master - The New Elite *death*


    Meh

    • Anneke van Giersbergen - Everything Is Changing * rock *
    • Eluveitie - Helvetios * melodic death *
    • Spawn of Possession - Incurso * tech death * ~ the side of tech death that I don't get. After 4 songs, I liked some bits and pieces, but my brain was unable to solve the whole puzzle. Also, the sterile and dispassionate style that tech death often gets bashed for is a showstopper for me on "Incurso" (not a fan of the band, and I've limited knowledge of the genre).
  • Top 2011

    1. Feb. 2012, 20:59

    Hybrids

    Alcest - Ecailles de Lune
    Alcest - Autre Temps (Single)
    The Wolves of Avalon - Carrion Crows Over Camlan
    Absu - Abzu
    Midnight - Satanic Royalty
    Vreid - V
    Old Silver Key - Tales of Wanderings
    Waldgeflüster - Femundsmarka - Eine Reise in drei Kapiteln
    Burzum - Fallen

    Death

    Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
    Septic Flesh - The Great Mass
    Necros Christos - Doom of the Occult
    Krisiun - The Great Execution
    Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich
    Morbus Chron - Sleepers in the Rift

    Melodeath

    Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
    Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

    Heavy

    Riot - Immortal Soul
    Midnight Chaser - Rough And Tough
    Manilla Road - Playground of the Damned
    Skull Fist - Head of the Pack

    Prog

    Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
    Arch & Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
    Communic - The Bottom Deep

    Doom

    Lord Vicar - Signs of Osiris
    Arkham Witch - On Croms Mountain
    40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
    Pentagram - Last Rites
    Pantheist - Pantheist
    Wooden Stake - Dungeon Prayers And Tombyard Serenades

    Thrash

    Antichrist - Forbidden World
    Toxic Holocaust - Conjure and Command
    Assassin - Breaking the Silence
    Sabbat - Sabbatrinity

    Power

    Stratovarius - Elysium

    Others

    The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
    Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancients

    Stuff that needs more listens

    Vektor - Outer Isolation
    The Gates of Slumber - The Wretch
    Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance
  • Some Doom...

    30. Jan. 2012, 23:58

    ...I'm not ashamed to recommend:

    Worship
    Funeral
    The Graviators
    Katatonia
    KYPCK
    Officium Triste
    Saturnus
    Pagan Altar
    Remembrance
    Shape of Despair
    Morgion
    Solstice
    Starchild
    Swallow the Sun
    The Gates of Slumber
    The Slow Death
    Thorr's Hammer
    The Wounded Kings
    Trouble
    Pentagram
    Wine from Tears
    40 Watt Sun
    Evoken
    Candlemass
    Saint Vitus
    Count Raven
    Lord Vicar
    Reverend Bizarre
    Spiritus Mortis
    The Obssessed
    Spirit Caravan
    Cathedral
    My Dying Bride
    Winter
    Thergothon
    Wooden Stake
    Witchfinder General
    Age of Taurus
    The Lamp Of Thoth
    Arkham Witch
    DoomDogs
    Solitude Aeturnus
    Isole
    Forsaken
    As Autumn Calls
    Depressed Mode
    Novembers Doom
    Doom:VS
    Esoteric
    Aarni
    While Heaven Wept
    Nomad Son
    The Howling Void
    Hanging Garden
    Daylight Dies
    Thou
    Warning

    When you're bored with these, I can post more.
    Always look on the bright side of life. :-"