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    Nodding back at the good old Moroes: time, never enough time. And I've been reminded of its scarcity this week, the last few days were frantic with releases which absorbed both time and attention.
    1. Csejthe - L'horreur de Čachtice. Relentless pacing, unwavering assault. At times almost cacophonous into a voluntary and self-assumed overemphasis.
    2. Amdusias - Away... From Them. To get the obvious out of the way, it's merely a demo. A compilation of sketches and fragments. Don't let that misguide you, an abundant melancholy shrouds these disjointed efforts and renders them enjoyable if you're used to the gloomy minimalism of raw black and/or dark ambient.
    3. Drawn Into Descent - The Endless Endeavour. A definitely charismatic exercise in atmospheric black, with the added disclaimer of graduating into various post-black flavors every now and then. It's as mellow as you'd expect it to be, casual listeners of black won't struggle assimilating it.
    4. Akasha - Canticles Of The Sepulchral Deity. It illustrates the mindset and approach of Csejthe, but it pushes the psychosis even farther. Most likely it will be an acquired taste, I'd say; both #1 and #4 are good albums, but their flamboyance can become tiresome occasionally.

    Quote Originally Posted by goriq View Post
    Hehe, what an eclectic amalgam of bits and pieces, it's quite impressive to witness them actually coalesce together; sounds interesting, a noteworthy teaser to harbinger their latest release. On an otherwise related note, my cluelessness is unraveled: I haven't listened to Bethlehem for so long that I had no idea they started to work with Yvonne from DNSC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlitd View Post
    Hehe, what an eclectic amalgam of bits and pieces, it's quite impressive to witness them actually coalesce together; sounds interesting, a noteworthy teaser to harbinger their latest release. On an otherwise related note, my cluelessness is unraveled: I haven't listened to Bethlehem for so long that I had no idea they started to work with Yvonne from DNSC.
    Yeah, they had a comeback album in 2016. An all new line-up aside from Bartsch, if I recall correctly. It was a great album if you ask me and I'm excited for the new one. Yvonne is killing it on the mic. One of the best vocalists currently active.

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    Doubtlessly, this pair of albums shouldn't be considered within the rigid frame of a particular style of metal or another. They deserve the attribute of being "transcendental", in my opinion.
    1. An Isolated Mind - I'm Losing Myself. Let others be concerned about the menial dichotomies (is it black? death? blackened death?), and absorb wholeheartedly this acoustic flow of dissonance instead. Thinking about this album, I conjure the concept of sand castle; it's deliciously experimental, as if a child was playing in the sand. And it's probably meant to be experienced in a similar way, surfing them surges! Yes, yes, it's silly reference to the one and only Surf Rider which has been cast into immortality by Tarantino.
    2. Sacrificia - Pestilentia. What a jewel of a release, there aren't nearly enough praises to describe the unadulterated joy I find listening to it. An astute observer will remember perhaps that I've already recommended another release of Sacrificia this year, but the current one is drastically shifting the paradigm. Whereas the previous Nostalgia favored a dark ambient setting and theme, Pestilentia is a seamless transition from one aperture of the black metal spectrum to another (atmospheric to symphonic to neoclassical to progressive, even featuring the occasional dungeon synth bits here and there). This album isn't just good; it isn't merely an effortless candidate to a purposeless "album of the year" listing. To me it's jaw-dropping in the most non-metaphorical sense.

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    I've been an Eluveitie fan for almost half my life and am pretty excited about their new album that's coming out in a couple of weeks. Everything I've heard from it so far sounds good.

    I was a bit worried over the lineup changes (particularly when Anna Murphy left) a couple of years ago, but they seem to have found suitable replacements.



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    Also the new Amon Amarth stuff sounds good.

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  5. #10385
    A slew of interesting releases last week, will enumerate them briefly as I'm short on time.
    1. Mŕk - Delumination. Raw.
    2. Suicidal Madness - Dégénérescence. DSBM.
    3. Aoratos - Gods Without Name. Naas, a name that will probably catapult the album on many AOTY listings. Not so sure myself that it has managed to at least reach the same level as The Dreaming I, released under the Akhlys banner.
    4. Vaina - P U R I T Y. Really solid dark ambient (/noise), but it will creep out the uninitiated. Not for casual listeners of black.
    5. Funérarium - Crepusculum. Atmospheric.

    Give them a spin if you're into black, my circumstantial laconism doesn't do them justice.

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    Finally!

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    Latest releases which have captured my attention:
    1. Obscuring Veil - Fleshvoid To Naught. Look, it's almost guaranteed you won't understand it after the first audition; quite likely that you'll fail to discern its intricate layers with the second. It happened to me too, the first few times the unsuspecting listener is bound to become bogged down in chaos. A display of entropy, for which you'll need time and patience. Enjoyable only after you've decrypted it, their intentional obscurity will be achieved effortlessly. Not for casual listeners of black metal.
    2. Revenant Marquis - Polterngeyst. Take the whimsically adorable ingenuousness of doom, then desecrate it through the means of raw black. The forlorn roots are indeed still traceable, but the perversion is all-encompassing. For a hilariously descriptive analogy, conjure the image of Little Red Riding Hood getting deflowered by the Big Bad Wolf; that's roughly the level of relevance of the doom remnants over here, stylistically present but otherwise functionally extinct.

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    Dude. Seriously, knock it off.

    You read like an edgy 18 year old trying to show how kvlt he is.

    Repeat after me: There are no casual listeners of black metal

    That whole 'blacker than thou' attitude is getting more aggravating with each passing post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laerrus View Post
    Finally!

    Damn, right. I was just about to mention it. I am glad you did.
    I think that is awesome what they are doing.
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    https://abyssal-home.bandcamp.com/al...thropinization
    How did I miss this last year? I'm not really an Abyssal fan but with how much hype there was surrounding their previous album I thought any new music by them would get more recognition than none at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goriq View Post
    https://abyssal-home.bandcamp.com/al...thropinization
    How did I miss this last year? I'm not really an Abyssal fan but with how much hype there was surrounding their previous album I thought any new music by them would get more recognition than none at all.
    It was a split.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duilliath View Post
    Dude. Seriously, knock it off.

    You read like an edgy 18 year old trying to show how kvlt he is.

    Repeat after me: There are no casual listeners of black metal

    That whole 'blacker than thou' attitude is getting more aggravating with each passing post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paarthurnax View Post
    10 Problems of a BLACK METAL head
    WHAT KIND OF FOOL PASSES ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO SHEIK YERBOUTI??!??



    Ok, its not metal. But Zappa did actually expect his band to able to play metal/reggae/ska/etc. versions of his songs. Use your imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellhamster View Post
    It was a split.
    It's new Abyssal music though. I wasn't expecting the same hype they got for their last album but I would expect at least some of the websites I frequent to pick up on it.

    Whatever though, that's in the past now. You don't drop by here very often anymore, how's life been?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goriq View Post
    It's new Abyssal music though. I wasn't expecting the same hype they got for their last album but I would expect at least some of the websites I frequent to pick up on it.

    Whatever though, that's in the past now. You don't drop by here very often anymore, how's life been?
    Busy, also not much to talk about, no great releases in the recent past bar a few exceptions. Metal in general is becoming stale for me I guess. Every once in a while, and I mean like maybe once a year, some band releases something exciting that reignites my interest, but overall it's stuff that repeats itself. I also listen to overall a lot less metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellhamster View Post
    Busy, also not much to talk about, no great releases in the recent past bar a few exceptions. Metal in general is becoming stale for me I guess. Every once in a while, and I mean like maybe once a year, some band releases something exciting that reignites my interest, but overall it's stuff that repeats itself. I also listen to overall a lot less metal.
    If I had to say last year was probably one of the best years for metal for me since I started actively following new releases (~2013). At least in terms of its peaks. But yes, for people familiar with metal there's too much derivative shit out there. Still, I always keep a list with upcoming releases. Lice (Teitanblood/Kvarforth collab), Gaahl's Wyrd, Idle Hands and Bethlehem all have albums coming up that sound promising.

    I'm still looking for better ways to keep track of new releases outside of metal aside from the terribly biased RYM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goriq View Post
    If I had to say last year was probably one of the best years for metal for me since I started actively following new releases (~2013). At least in terms of its peaks. But yes, for people familiar with metal there's too much derivative shit out there. Still, I always keep a list with upcoming releases. Lice (Teitanblood/Kvarforth collab), Gaahl's Wyrd, Idle Hands and Bethlehem all have albums coming up that sound promising.

    I'm still looking for better ways to keep track of new releases outside of metal aside from the terribly biased RYM.
    There's sputnikmusic but it's pretty terrible as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellhamster View Post
    There's sputnikmusic but it's pretty terrible as well.
    Yeah... I feel like metal is very "organized". There are so many blogs and publications dedicated to the genre or even subgenres and people are always looking for ways to share the music with others. I mean, like this thread, really. There are no similar threads on here for any other genre. I wish other genres would see as much of an investment from the community. Some do, but never to the same degree.

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    Possibly because metal already requires commitment to get into beyond just getting your toes wet.

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