24th September 2013, 3:10 PM
Track from Solstice's upcoming "Death's Crown Is Victory" mini LP coming out next month digitally and the month after physically from what I gather.
I've already heard the track as they played it live when I saw them in 2011, but it's nice to hear it recorded.
25th September 2013, 1:03 AM
That new Dream Theater album came out today. It's about what you'd expect, if maybe a little better. "The Enemy Inside" is probably the only song like it on the album, at least, in terms of general sound -- the rest is still basically Dream Theater. "The Looking Glass" borrows heavily from Rush songs for its sound in some areas. The 22-minute finisher seems a little disjointed. "Along for the Ride" is kinda forgettable, but I understand why it would be released as a single.
In all: I think I was way more excited for this album than I should have been.
25th September 2013, 10:10 AM
I really don't have any desire to listen to it out of anything other than curiosity. But given I've been in a more shoegazy mood this last fortnight, It's like the complete opposite of what I've been in the mood for, so I haven't bothered.
1st October 2013, 1:58 PM
Samples from the soon out Atlantean Kodex album
sounds like it's going to be massive.
12th October 2013, 2:36 AM
Krimh's (ex-decapitated drummer) solo project came out a few weeks ago. It's a one man project and it's pretty sweet groovey instrumental prog. it's worth checking out
here's his bandcamp www.krimh.bandcamp.com
saw tesseract / scale the summit / anciients the other day.
all bands blew me away especially tesseract who surprised me. I actually wasn't too big a fan of their new style and altered state but boy were they
great live especially their vocalist!
14th October 2013, 1:13 PM
I thought the new DT-album was just mediocre as hell. Not their worst album, but there was nothing interesting going on, and it wouldn't even make my top80 albums of 2013 so far.
17th October 2013, 4:03 AM
oh my god this. everyone is beating off over it but i thought it was 100% boring start to finish i hate how they either went full \m/ RUUURUURGH MEHTUL\m/ or ridiculously soft. i miss the good balance that albums like SFAM and SDOIT had
Originally Posted by Zantera
along the way
18th October 2013, 6:35 AM
I've kinda given up on DT at this point, I haven't liked an album of theirs since SDOIT.
Overall I'm really happy with this year musically so far, a lot of fantastic releases.
24th October 2013, 10:50 AM
The Mighty Solstice are back, you all need to hear this.
30th October 2013, 1:13 AM
I'll be honest on the new Dream Theater album -- I liked it when I first heard it, but now, a few weeks later, I can't remember a single song off it except for "The Enemy Inside." Ehhh.
Monster Magnet's Last Patrol was pretty good, though. I have Motorhead's Aftershock to listen to still, but do I have to? Motorhead definitely have a consistent level of quality to their albums.
30th October 2013, 9:56 AM
Over the last few days I can't stop listening to the new Atlantean Kodex. It's so good, and so much better than the Golden Bough. I find it's a lot more immediately memorable, and the vocals are more powerful, and more melodic. Definately going to be in my top 10 come the end of the year I think.
31st October 2013, 11:43 AM
Just listened to the new Nails album, and whilst it's more hardcore than metal, or entombed-core as seems to the the phrase used these days, I really liked it a lot. I've got the new Convulse on now which seems pretty good. It doesn't feel new, which I think is a good thing.
Then I've got albums from Falkenbach, Everlasting, and Monolithe lined up. Quite a mixed day to say the least haha.
5th November 2013, 1:58 AM
Though there is some lighter stuff I like, pretty much the only thing I listen too is heavy metal. Mostly black, death/melo death, and a little power metal. My two favorite bands are Kalmah and Disarmonia Mundi. Just got the new Kalmah album around a month ago, and though there's some unusual parts to it, I'm loving it a lot.
A few of the others I like:
Mystic Prophecy; Shadows fall; Ouroboros; Arch Enemy; Scar Symmetry;
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29th November 2013, 11:46 PM
Giving the thread a well deserved bump with the latest Alcest single. I love it.
30th November 2013, 8:39 AM
Eh I can't get into it at all. Too light for my tastes, and this is from someone who loves what Alcest has done in the past. Anyway, seeing how close to the end of the year we are, anyone else have their top 10 lists ready yet? I'm pretty sure Helloween's in there somewhere, Straight out of Hell was a joyous romp, and it deserves to be up there.
30th November 2013, 3:40 PM
I could probably put together a top ten, but with Germ, Beastmilk and Ceremony all releasing albums in December I don't want to jump the gun. But at the moment a top ten probably looks like.
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Black Hearted Brother - Stars Are Our Home
Csejthe - Réminiscence
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll
Fanisk - Insularum
LowCityRain - LowCityRain
Sonnenbrand - В осознании превосходства
Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes
Stargazer Lillies - We Are The Dreamers
Wędrujący Wiatr - Tam, gdzie Miesiąc opłakuje Świt
The ones in bold are the metal albums.
3rd December 2013, 4:46 PM
Serious question, where the hell do I find a cohesive list of releases by year? Metallum just does genre/country, but I want a year by year list. Neither does metal storm. Never mind, just filtered the releases on metal storm and found one! Now to do some research....
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7th December 2013, 10:24 AM
For anyone who likes their heavy/speed metal, check out Stallion.
And for anyone who likes Anathema circa Judgement, but also appreciates a bit of black metal, check out Vaura
18th December 2013, 3:25 PM
My favourite 2013 Metal release has to be Heart Of Oak by Anciients. I recommend it to Mastodon or Stoner fans in general.
2nd January 2014, 11:29 PM
It's that time of year, come on guys, top tens? We've have a bit of a discussion drought of late.
3rd January 2014, 12:22 AM
Only a few of my favorite metal bands released an album this year. More of them came last year.
Dillinger Escape Plan's "One of Us is the Killer"
Defeater's "Letters Home"
Protest the Hero's "Volition"
Stay from the Path's "Anonymous"
Aside, Defeater's 2011 LP Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is one of my favorite albums of all time.
3rd January 2014, 4:43 PM
3rd January 2014, 5:17 PM
I posted my top100 albums/EPs for 2013 here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php...&listid=136871
Not all of it is metal though, it's very mixed.
3rd January 2014, 5:32 PM
I realise it's at 97, so it's hardly like your praising it from the high heavens, but I'm one of those who didn't think much of the M83 Oblivion soundtrack. There were a couple of tracks towards the end that worked with the visuals, but beyond that, I found it very tame, both for a soundtrack, and given the past output of M83.
I was also a bit hit and miss about the Only God Forgives soundtrack. I adore Cliff Martinez, I did a presentation on him at uni, and his soundtrack for Solaris is one of my favourite soundtracks despite not liking the film, but OGF didn't really click. Again, some worked with a visual counterpart, but a lot of the synthy stuff using what sounded like trillian and omnisphere just felt a bit lazy. Much prefered his contributions to the Spring Breakers soundtrack from this year too.
I still don't think much of Deafheaven.
I also think MBV is over rated, Ceremony, Stargazer Lilies, Flyying Colours, The Cherry Wave, and arguably Seirom (though very hard to pin a sound to them, it's certianly not traditionally shoegaze) all put out better shoegaze albums/EP's this year
Nice to see Vaura, Savages, The World is a Beautiful Place and I am Not Afraid to Die, and Nails in there though.
3rd January 2014, 5:43 PM
In lack for better words, I found the M83 soundtrack to Oblivion to be.. enjoyable. It wasn't bad, it wasn't spectacular. I would say it was a disappointment compared to their last studio album, but this was also a soundtrack, so they are kinda hard to compare. I thought the music worked well with the movie, but like you said it could have been a bit more memorable. I felt like the soundtrack was very much like the movie itself, for the most part enjoyable, but didn't reach the highest highs. The Only God Forgives OST I liked a bit more, something about the music and the visuals from that movie just stuck with me, even though it's not a movie for everyone.
I find the polarizing opinions about Deafheaven to be quite interesting. From my experience, they seem like the metal band that non-metal fans would really like, and a lot of metalheads would find harder to enjoy. I've seen people who aren't into metal praise the album, and compare it to something like Godspeed You Black Emperor (yeah there are similarities for sure) and use words like "breathtaking" and "mindblowing", and I have also seen some more elitist metalheads who say "what, that was a bunch of crap". So it's quite interesting. It's very much a combination of different styles, and I would say that I think of it more as a Post-Rock and Shoegaze album than a Black Metal album, but the overall sound is really interesting. It's one of those bands that just transcends genres, and for someone who loves bands who mixes things up, Sunbather was just really awesome.
MBV is another album I've seen different opinions about. I think some people probably ruined their own chances of liking the album by having too high expectations, and others felt like it sounded very dated I guess. I had high expectations, but I didn't really expect it to break new ground or anything like that. It sounds like a follow-up to Loveless. It may be 20 years after its time, but I would still say it's a very worthy follow-up, and a better album than their debut was. Did anyone really expect them to top Loveless?
I wanted to appreciate Vaura more than I did, because I love Toby Driver, and even though he only plays a bass in Vaura (i think), that's really the reason I found them in the first place. I thought this one was as solid as their first, but nothing really stuck with me. I strongly recommend the Kayo Dot album though (my AOTY, Toby Driver's main band), some really good stuff.
The World is a Beautiful Place, Nails and Savages were all really strong albums that I enjoyed. I didn't get around to checking out Nails until very late, but it seems everything I hear from Deathwish just blows me away, and everything Kurt Ballou has produced sounds so good. I really hope we'll get a new Converge album in 2014, but 2015 seems more likely.