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    Also, everyone knows you can't fight the forces of darkness while growling. Everyone knows that. We also all know that only higher pitched vocals will kill dragons. This is all pretty much science.

    In case you're looking to make a serious counter argument, it's just a joke.
    Bah! Keep that pretty boy stuff. I like my guitars tuned lower than the underworld and my vocals deeper than Satan's armpits.

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    Bah! Keep that pretty boy stuff. I like my guitars tuned lower than the underworld and my vocals deeper than Satan's armpits.
    Dude, I get you like music that is different from the music I like, and I'm okay with that. My problem is that's just unsanitary. You should probably take a shower to wash off whatever you got on you in those two places.

    Shower with GLORY with shower heads made of STEEL!

    Just don't use the conditioner made of the swords of heroes. I did that once, and I still have cuts from it. Fun Fact: holy steel doesn't dull, neither does the steel enchanted with the power of ancient dragons.

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    Eh, I'm an unashamed fan of those girly gothic/symphonic metal bands. If anything, they tend to be looked down on even more than your usual power metal. But metal is a huge genre, and you can obviously listen to whatever you want. Can't like every genre of metal equally. Anyway, anyone who tells you the likes of Iced Earth or Blind Guardian isn't real metal don't know what they're talking about.

    Power metal can be silly, but that's not intrinsic to the genre; it's up to each individual band. Same with quality. Anyway, not all bands need to be as serious as, say... Cannibal Corpse


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    Oh man, I love this band. The only reason this wasn't in my best-of list is that I liked their previous album better. But yeah, Sorcerer is great. They do the epic Candlemass-doom so well.
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    I know, I'm just pissing about. Don't tell anybody but I actually like some Angra.
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    Subrosa AND Sleep! That's not crazy, that's a good investment!

    As to the previous conversation, elitists are silly in every genre, and anyone who tells you what you should or shouldn't listen to can be safely ignored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Eh, I'm an unashamed fan of those girly gothic/symphonic metal bands. If anything, they tend to be looked down on even more than your usual power metal. But metal is a huge genre, and you can obviously listen to whatever you want. Can't like every genre of metal equally. Anyway, anyone who tells you the likes of Iced Earth or Blind Guardian isn't real metal don't know what they're talking about.

    Power metal can be silly, but that's not intrinsic to the genre; it's up to each individual band. Same with quality. Anyway, not all bands need to be as serious as, say... Cannibal Corpse
    Power metal is one of my favorite subgenres, but among those favorites it does have the highest crap to not crap ratio. When it's good, it can be great, when it's bad, it's often actively grating, whereas lesser thrash and death metal records are usually just dull.

    Oh man, I love this band. The only reason this wasn't in my best-of list is that I liked their previous album better. But yeah, Sorcerer is great. They do the epic Candlemass-doom so well.
    I got into them with the new record, and only recently picked up Shadow of the Inverted Cross. So far I think I prefer Crowning of the Fire King, but we'll see.

    I hear a lot of Symphony X in their melodies as well. The singer sounds like a less raspy Russel Allen.
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    As to the previous conversation, elitists are silly in every genre, and anyone who tells you what you should or shouldn't listen to can be safely ignored.
    Even Anthony Fantano?
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    So there's a new Drudkh album coming. That's always good news. Their previous ones were... well, pretty much all the same. But I like what they do so I'm interested in the new one.

    I got the new Sinistro. Damn it's good. I'm all about that vocalist... she's got such an amazing voice. That gothy/doomy music is also right up my alley.

    Been listening to the new Summoning as well. I'm not always in the mood of excessive synths, but Summoning scratches that itch like nothing else. Not sure if I like it more than Old Mornings Dawn, but it's damn good nonetheless.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhamBamSam View Post
    Power metal is one of my favorite subgenres, but among those favorites it does have the highest crap to not crap ratio. When it's good, it can be great, when it's bad, it's often actively grating, whereas lesser thrash and death metal records are usually just dull.
    Heh, yeah you're right. I think I have a higher tolerance for crappy power metal though - not so much death metal and the like. I'm more likely to write off a DM band entirely if I don't like the vocalist's growls or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Been listening to the new Summoning as well. I'm not always in the mood of excessive synths, but Summoning scratches that itch like nothing else. Not sure if I like it more than Old Mornings Dawn, but it's damn good nonetheless.
    I love this record. It made me go dig back through all of summoning's stuff. Definitely feels right in the new wave of popularity dungeon synth has been getting lately.

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    Heh, yeah you're right. I think I have a higher tolerance for crappy power metal though - not so much death metal and the like. I'm more likely to write off a DM band entirely if I don't like the vocalist's growls or whatever.
    I feel the same way. I think this is because it's a lot easier to do bad death metal than it is to do bad power metal. Like anyone can do drop tuned chugs with crappy growls. Power metal has something of a bar of entry (Not saying of course that all power metal is good or performed by great musicians though)
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    There are many musicians in this thread, therefore I'd like to ask: is anyone still using record labels to get their music out, or are everyone changed into being their own label?
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    There are many musicians in this thread, therefore I'd like to ask: is anyone still using record labels to get their music out, or are everyone changed into being their own label?
    Labels are still important to make things happen. I work in the music industry. Feel free to PM me.
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    Aaand I'm back. Just came back from the UAE, so that was fun Not a lot of metal, though.

    Got the new Arkona yesterday. It's really good. Not a lot of changes since Yav - maybe slightly heavier even. But the vocals are as excellent as always and I've always liked their folky bits. I honestly think this might be one of my albums of the year... we'll see.

    Listened to the new Orphaned Land as well. Not quite sure if I like it yet... I'll always compare everything they do to Mabool.

    Also Ulver has a new EP out... don't think I knew about it. It's... pretty good I guess. Does't really have that same ethereal quality as Ceasar, which is why they left them out I guess. Oh well, more Ulver is always nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Also Ulver has a new EP out... don't think I knew about it. It's... pretty good I guess. Does't really have that same ethereal quality as Ceasar, which is why they left them out I guess. Oh well, more Ulver is always nice.
    The sort of sunthpop-y one where they do a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power of Love"? Unsurprisingly, I loved that! Definitely a different direction from the krautrock-y album before, but it was right up my alley. I hope they do more in that style. Also: welcome back and glad you had a good trip!

    As far as labels go, you certainly can make a go of it without easier than you could 20 years ago. If you are good at and/or enjoy the promo and distribution ends of things, staying DIY will keep everything under your creative control, and keep a larger share of income of course. The other side of it is with label support you have access to infrastructure and expertise that you might not otherwise. As a solo artist, I can see the appeal of having some help and/or external perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Listened to the new Orphaned Land as well. Not quite sure if I like it yet... I'll always compare everything they do to Mabool.
    I compare everything they do to Orwarrior, but I'm in a similar boat.

    Haven't gotten around to a full listen yet, but first impressions of the songs I've heard were favorable. At the very least, the world seems to have shaken them out of the lazy kumbaya crap from All Is One into something that feels a bit more genuine.

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    I compare everything they do to Orwarrior, but I'm in a similar boat.
    I really enjoyed it. I mean I haven't really spent time with the band since the last record which BLEW MY MIND for about six months before I put it away for good. That being said, interesting stuff.

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    The sort of sunthpop-y one where they do a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power of Love"? Unsurprisingly, I loved that! Definitely a different direction from the krautrock-y album before, but it was right up my alley. I hope they do more in that style. Also: welcome back and glad you had a good trip!
    Yeah, I must say I'm very pleased with Ulver's direction these last couple of albums (Childhood's End excluded, coz I mean... wow). I'd like them to do a bit more dark ambient stuff like Shadows of the Sun and the Silence EPs, but yeah. They can synthpop it up as much as they want, for my money.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhamBamSam View Post
    I compare everything they do to Orwarrior, but I'm in a similar boat.

    Haven't gotten around to a full listen yet, but first impressions of the songs I've heard were favorable. At the very least, the world seems to have shaken them out of the lazy kumbaya crap from All Is One into something that feels a bit more genuine.
    Hah! I wasn't too troubled by All is One - I think of it as their folksy "gimme". But they were due for a return to more hard-hitting stuff.


    New Abigor out. It's pretty brutal. Pure old-school black metal, Austrian style.
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    A query for the wise heads at this thread:

    I think that the old Black Sabbath songs I like qualify, but do any of these songs from an old man's playlist count as "Metal"?


    AC/DC


    The Creation


    The Dictators


    Iggy & the Stooges


    The MC 5


    Motörhead


    The Radio Birdman


    The Saints


    The Stooges


    T-Rex


    The Yardbirds


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    Heavy rock, I'd think. Motorhead is basically an honorary metal band. Rest I'm not sure about, but like... psychedelic rock, punk-rock or something?


    So SA band Crow Black Sky just released a new album, and I wasn't aware of it at all. I've seen these guys live a couple of times and they're quite something. Kinda spacey atmospheric black metal. The album is Name Your Price on Bandcamp so... you know. No reason not to.
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    Heavy rock, I'd think. Motorhead is basically an honorary metal band. Rest I'm not sure about, but like... psychedelic rock, punk-rock or something?

    I'm still pondering what are the qualities that make for "Metäl"

    Is Black Sabbath is still considered Metäl?

    Because their song

    Paranoid (from 1970) does sound (to my ears) a bit like


    Breaking the Law by Judas Priest (from 1980), which is usually considered "Metal", but both the songs sound more like


    Sonic Reducer by the Dead Boys (from 1980),which is usually considered "Punk" than they do to:


    In League With Satan by Venom (from 1981), which is also considered 'Metal", but which sounds to me more like:


    T. V.Eye by the Stooges (from 1970) which apparently isn't considered Metal?



    When I was a youth, "Hardcore Punk" bands like The Dead Kennedy's would play at Ruthie's Inn, but so would "Thrash Metal" bands like Exodus (but not on the same night), but I'd see some of the same faces in the audience, but they were sartorial differences between the audiences.

    What are the audible difference that makes

    The Wizard by Black Sabbath Metal, but makes


    Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC not Metal, and


    Ace of Spades by Motöhead just "honorary metal"?
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    When I was a youth, "Hardcore Punk" bands like The Dead Kennedy's would play at Ruth's Inn, but so would "Thrash Metal" bands like Exodus (but not on the same night), but I'd see some of the same faces in the audience, but they were sartorial differences between the audiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razorback View Post
    I bet we rubbed shoulders down in the pits in the mid to late 80's. Was there for the last show at The Stone.

    Kinder and gentler times.

    Oh wait....

    ...no, sctually the complete opposite!


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    I'm still pondering what are the qualities that make for "Metäl"
    Well, this is the age old question. For me, a part of it is about scales. Heavy Rock is usually pentatonic, while metal more often has 8 tone scales. Black Sabbath is by this definition heavy rock, playing mostly blues scales more or less up to the dio-era, when I believe they started more with classical scales due to Dios background
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    Well, this is the age old question.....

    Much obliged for the response.



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    On Friday I played a gig with The God Bombs, an Industrial/Metal trio out of Brooklyn. This Spring they're touring with Ministry. Really solid performers, the lead singer has a punk-meets-shock vibe. Crazy energetic, i'd recommend catching these guys if you can. They have a video for their new single:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VEH8DWP9F0U
    They are going blow 2018 Ministry out of the water.

    Less metal, more industrial, my friend Jim is putting out volume 5 of his industrial music cancer benefit comp. As always, tons of great artists (I LOVE Stoneburner and Leaether Strip). I have a track on the expanded collector's edition, which will likely be the least industrial thing there.
    http://www.distortionprod.com/electr...-5-remembrance

    And not metal at all, I won a remix contest for The Dead Milkmen's last single! I don't do a lot of remix type stuff, so that is an encouraging sign that I could learn to do more, and better. Went for a sort of dark trance-y style thing, and am pleased with how it came out.
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    So I went and saw the first show of the Sabaton/Kreator North American Tour a few days ago from when I post this. I thought I'd give my personal thoughts and opinions as a sort of a review. I also want you all to know that this was my first metal concert.

    Exmortus (opening act): Exmortus started right away playing Slave to the Sword and it made a really good opening to the entire night. After that, they did a good job as entertainers and an amazing job especially as guitarists. There was also a decent mosh pit behind me during the whole thing (I was almost at the very front) and everyone had a great time. My only complaint was that the bass drums drowned out the vocals. However, that didn't detract too much from the experience from me, as I never really liked them for their vocals.

    Kreator: After the opening act, Kreator came on. Although they did play well, they weren't that good at keeping the crowd engaged. For those who like moshing would have been disappointed, as their mosh pit quickly turned into four or five people running in circles. They played well, but I wasn't really a fan of Kreator to begin with, and it looked like most people weren't either, as most people were wearing Sabaton gear and talked mostly about Sabaton and other power metal bands out in the line. I saw some actually counting minutes until the show was over. I honestly believe it was the weak point of the concert.

    Sabaton: Sabaton started by quieting the excited crowd down by slowly playing (offstage) a half of a cover of In the Army Now by Status Quo before exciting the crowd again by running onstage to play Ghost Division. The songs were great, their performance as entertainers was fun to watch (and funny), and the entire crowd (including me) was participating and singing along. I thought almost everything about them was good, although as a Sabaton fan I might be biased. They were just all around rad and a fun end to the night. My only problem was at the beginning there was this weird mood whiplash (Blood of Bannockburn to Cliffs of Gallipoli to Lion of the North to The Final Solution), but maybe that's how it was meant to be, to show that the subjects of their songs weren't fun and games. A disclaimer in a sense.

    Anyways, that was my opinion of the Sabaton/Kreator concert (playing in Portland, OR as I write this). If anyone here is planning to go, I would advise you to get ready to have a blast.
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    Interesting lineup for the concert. I've never heard Exmortus before, but looked them up on youtube. They sound quite good. I think they are an ok pairing with Kreator, however I think Sabaton is far to different from the other two bands. They should in stead have gone for Testament or maybe Amon Amarth. Sabaton I think is a bad match for bands that aren't powermetal or traditional heavy metal.
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    Exmortus is super hit and miss for me. They have some absolutely killer materiel on In Hatred's Flame, but most of their later stuff... eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8BitNinja View Post
    So I went and saw the first show of the Sabaton/Kreator North American Tour a few days ago from when I post this. I thought I'd give my personal thoughts and opinions as a sort of a review. I also want you all to know that this was my first metal concert.
    Cool, I've got a ticket for their montreal show in a few weeks, should be fun based on prior experiences and your review.

    Also, in less hardcore news then what a lot of you guys are posting (yes I know I'm sort of basic in my rock/metal tastes, I can live with that), I went to see Stone Sour yesterday, here are my impressions of the 4 bands:

    The dead deads were a ton of fun, they were apparently touring with Halestorm 2 days ago and I can see why, they're got the same sort of fun rocker vibe. I bought the tshirt (because cool design and Stone Sour's were kind of lame) and would love to see them again for a longer set.

    New year's day were... less good but still fun. Weird but good cover of pantera's ****ing hostile and a few good original songs but overall they didn't blow me away

    In this moment... meh. They've got a few good songs IMO but it almost seemed like more effort went into drawing attention to the singer's (admittedly really nice) thighs than in the actual music. Not really my thing, and I feel sort of like when I saw Manson a few years ago that a big elaborate stage show might not be the way to go when you're not headlining since the minute-odd costume changes are really noticeable when your set is pretty short to begin with.

    Stone Sour: Corey Taylor is one hell of a showman with or without the mask, and the crowd was putty in his hands. They played a good mix of songs from the new record and older albums (could have used more house of gold and bones IMO) and I am super hoarse this morning from shouting along to at least 3 songs. The music was good and everybody had a fun time, which since apparently Stone Sour's mission statement for the latest album is to make rock fun again I think makes yesterday an unqualified success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Comrade View Post
    My recent hardcore punk kick (by 'recent' I mean 'ongoing for the past ten years') has inspired thoughts of kicking up a thread similar to this, but for punk. Any thoughts-- would any of you find that worth posting in?
    I'd probably pop in every once in a while, though my tastes in punk tend to be pretty old school and/or pop-y, rather than hardcore (and by pop-y, I don't mean like Green Day, I mean more like Bad Religion and SNFU). I'm pretty up on post-punk stuff, both classic (Suicide and Joy Division are two of my favorite bands) and newer (The Soft Moon is a new favorite). That said, music threads other than this one don't seem to stick around much, so you could just talk about punk here, as I often do goth/industrial!

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