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Response to Metal Hell 2016-02-12 11:20:59 Reply

At 2/12/16 04:14 AM, TOXlCITY wrote: Anybody like the Deftones here? They've got a new album coming this April, already got one single. I've been listening to it and the rest of their discography religiously lately.

Personally they're probably my favorite band.

They are okay. I will check out the new album before I purchase it.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-02-22 15:37:51 (edited 2016-02-22 15:38:56) Reply

The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal

Surprisingly insightful article on metal and globalization in the Wall Street Journal. When we usually get articles that reduces metal as a weird thing that can only have appeal to teenage social outcasts, this article actually tries to explain what metal is, how it expands and to describe the complexity and diversity that goes along with it.

I recommend ready it, guys.

Of course the article isn't an "in-depth" exploration of metal and still has an "outsider" perspective on metal, but there is still quality journalism behind it.

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-02-22 15:46:21 Reply

Sounds like it should be worth a read...

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-02-23 11:13:22 Reply

At 2/22/16 03:37 PM, HeavenDuff wrote: The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal

Surprisingly insightful article on metal and globalization in the Wall Street Journal. When we usually get articles that reduces metal as a weird thing that can only have appeal to teenage social outcasts, this article actually tries to explain what metal is, how it expands and to describe the complexity and diversity that goes along with it.

It is always good to see how metal effects different parts of society. Thanks for the link. I will check it out.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-05 06:06:31 Reply

I got into Before the Dawn in 2014, definitely recommend their final two albums, Deathstar Rising and Rise of the Phoenix to anyone who's curious. Unfortunately, they've disbanded since 2013.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-05 16:25:20 Reply

At 4/5/16 06:06 AM, Porkchop wrote: I got into Before the Dawn in 2014, definitely recommend their final two albums, Deathstar Rising and Rise of the Phoenix to anyone who's curious. Unfortunately, they've disbanded since 2013.

That is a great band. It is a shame when a great one breaks ups, but lame ones drag on forever.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-07 06:59:37 Reply

I dunno what it is about them but I absolutely adore Nekrogoblikon. Their live shows are so damn energetic and the concept/execution of the band is ridiculous enough to be unique.

Definitely recommend their album Stench to anyone who's in for a solid metal album, Goblin Island or Heavy Meta for anyone wanting a bit more concept in the mix.

Speaking of concept, anyone pick up Babymetal's newest album? They played Gimme Choko on Late Night w/Stephen Colbert last night, caught me way off guard.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-14 09:24:31 Reply

https://youtu.be/dL1IJ678LbM?list=PL-I_csOoi8Bih_nCtpGRFookV3whEn76E

Happy hump day, folks.

Have some Kalmah.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-15 13:50:09 Reply

At 4/14/16 09:24 AM, Porkchop wrote: https://youtu.be/dL1IJ678LbM?list=PL-I_csOoi8Bih_nCtpGRFookV3whEn76E

Happy hump day, folks.

Have some Kalmah.

Good music will make any day better. Thanks for the link. Stay Cool.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-21 10:16:10 Reply

It's 421!

Fixin to catch Nekrogoblikon with Psychostick and Urizen next Wednesday in Flint, MI, so I thought i'd link some good stuff because i'm super stoked.

Nekrogoblikon - No One Survives (Feat. Kayden Kross)
Nekrogoblikon - Bells and Whistles
Psychostick - Girl Directions
Psychostick - Bruce Campbell
Urizen - The Lonely Resident
Urizen - A Budding Consciousness

Anyone going to a concert here soon?


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-29 03:21:41 Reply

Kylesa split.

Goddamn it.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-29 08:36:18 Reply

At 4/29/16 03:21 AM, Sense-Offender wrote: Kylesa split.

Goddamn it.

What!? Why!?


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-29 14:09:44 Reply

the new babymetal album is actually pretty good

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-29 14:12:53 Reply

At 4/29/16 02:09 PM, DeIirium wrote: the new babymetal album is actually pretty good

Ha I was just listening to that...it's not bad actually.

I know it's not technically metal (maybe more prog rock) but I'm so stoked for the new Haken album.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-29 14:14:33 Reply

At 4/29/16 08:36 AM, Viper wrote:
At 4/29/16 03:21 AM, Sense-Offender wrote: Kylesa split.

Goddamn it.
What!? Why!?

I dunno. Sounds like they're just done with each other. I've seen a few comments from people who saw them more recently saying they weren't putting on as good a show as they used to. Their last album was awesome, though.

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-30 01:59:55 Reply

At 4/21/16 10:16 AM, Porkchop wrote: Fixin to catch Nekrogoblikon with Psychostick and Urizen next Wednesday in Flint, MI, so I thought i'd link some good stuff because i'm super stoked.

Let us know how it goes.


Nekrogoblikon - No One Survives (Feat. Kayden Kross)
Nekrogoblikon - Bells and Whistles
Psychostick - Girl Directions
Psychostick - Bruce Campbell
Urizen - The Lonely Resident
Urizen - A Budding Consciousness

Thanks for all the music. :)

I have to go to a concert sometimes soon. It has been way too long.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-30 12:37:01 Reply

At 4/30/16 01:59 AM, DoctorStrongbad wrote:
At 4/21/16 10:16 AM, Porkchop wrote: Fixin to catch Nekrogoblikon with Psychostick and Urizen next Wednesday in Flint, MI, so I thought i'd link some good stuff because i'm super stoked.
Let us know how it goes.


Nekrogoblikon - No One Survives (Feat. Kayden Kross)
Nekrogoblikon - Bells and Whistles
Psychostick - Girl Directions
Psychostick - Bruce Campbell
Urizen - The Lonely Resident
Urizen - A Budding Consciousness
Thanks for all the music. :)

I have to go to a concert sometimes soon. It has been way too long.

I survived. Show was multiple shades of excellence despite the ample amounts of assbeating I took during Psychostick's set. They called me out right before a gag involving a straw hat, that was great. Hung out and shot shit with all of the bands after, anyone familiar with the Machine Shop knows it's a smaller, fairly intimate venue. I definitely was caught off guard with how good Urizen's set was. Very interactive, definitely worth a shot for anyone curious. They're about halfway through their tour, if anyone wants to try for it.

At 4/29/16 02:09 PM, DeIirium wrote: the new babymetal album is actually pretty good

How did you feel about the last 2 or 3 songs on it? They felt more like standard J-pop than the mesh of Metal/Jpop they're aiming for. Not a bad thing, necessarily, just kind of felt out of place. Aside from Karate, I dug the album fairly well too. I think they're on tour right now, too.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-04-30 14:18:19 Reply

At 4/30/16 12:37 PM, Porkchop wrote: I survived. Show was multiple shades of excellence despite the ample amounts of assbeating I took during Psychostick's set. They called me out right before a gag involving a straw hat, that was great. Hung out and shot shit with all of the bands after, anyone familiar with the Machine Shop knows it's a smaller, fairly intimate venue. I definitely was caught off guard with how good Urizen's set was. Very interactive, definitely worth a shot for anyone curious.

Did you give as good as you got during the assbeatings? Meeting the band after a show is awesome.

How did you feel about the last 2 or 3 songs on it? They felt more like standard J-pop than the mesh of Metal/Jpop they're aiming for. Not a bad thing, necessarily, just kind of felt out of place. Aside from Karate, I dug the album fairly well too.

I didn't like the last 3 songs. Thought it was just me. lol


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-05 19:47:03 Reply

http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2016/05/05/electric-wizard-new-album-2016/
New Electric Wizard album coming out this year.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-08 23:30:11 Reply

Anyone get into any new bands lately?


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-11 18:13:35 Reply

At 5/8/16 11:30 PM, Viper wrote: Anyone get into any new bands lately?

A lot of black metal for me, actually.

I've been enjoying Mgla's music a lot lately. And if anybody in here doesn't know them yet, you would do well to fix that problem. They are an amazing Polish band! For real!

Mgla - With Hearts Towards None Part III

I've also been listening to that black/doom band Bathuska, Polish as well, and they are pretty damn amazing two.

Batushka - Litourgiya I

I'd also like to give a listen to the new Vektor soon. If you guys like well-produced, well-mixed, pounding and riff driven prog thrash, this band is for you!

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-13 10:28:11 Reply

At 5/8/16 11:30 PM, Viper wrote: Anyone get into any new bands lately?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwnWuCbVTFk

oldschool japanese metal band anthem, really good stuff.

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-17 00:59:48 (edited 2016-05-17 01:01:45) Reply

Very surprised that there was no mention in here of Agalloch's break-up. It was made official about three days ago. And as far as I know, it was pretty much the decision of John Haughm to end it all, and the other guys disagreed with that decision.

Here's what Don Anderson wrote on his Facebook wall on the matter:

Dear Everyone,
Usually statements like these open with expressions of gratitude for the fans, friends, colleagues, and people we’ve worked with. There is a sort of form to the break-up letter that long-running bands produce: “thanks everyone that has supported us over the years, bought our records, came to our shows,” and so forth. Then the apologies arrive from fans, friends, and family members: “we’re so sorry to hear this. We hope you are ok.” But, I can’t start like that—it seems too mechanical. I can’t start that way because it is I who should apologize to all of you.

I am sorry you won’t ever hear new music from Agalloch. I am sorry our fans in Latin America, China, Russia, Japan, Australia, will never see us play. I’m sorry I won’t personally meet many of you after a show and talk about music, movies, school, and share a shot of bourbon. I’m really, really sorry because I had every intention of continuing.
This was not my decision.
I did not want this.
I still maintain it was not necessary.

I’m sorry it had to be this way. I am personally devastated and have not felt this level of grief since my father passed away ten years ago. So, if you are sad, upset, pissed, or bitter—I share these feelings with you. I know Agalloch deeply touched a lot of people. And I honor that by grieving in solidarity with all of you. Agalloch was an incalculable part of my identity and I’ll be walking as half a man for some time now.

I want to thank many people. I am terrified of forgetting anyone as my mind isn’t all that clear today. So, for now, I really want to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart. My favorite activity was meeting all of you after a gig, or before a gig. The spiritual connection you and I shared during a show was the closest I, an atheist, have ever felt to God. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You might think our music helped you through the dark times in your lives, but all along you were helping me avoid the darkness.

Sincerely,
Don Anderson
New York, May 14, 2016

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-17 10:20:33 Reply

That sounds like a suicide note, honest to god.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-17 12:15:21 Reply

agalloch was one of my favorite modern metal bands for sure.

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-17 17:27:35 Reply

Why are my favorite bands splitting?


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-18 18:25:48 Reply

At 5/17/16 05:27 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: Why are my favorite bands splitting?

Because Haughm is throwing a bitch tantrum? I don't know man... it's total crap to see Agalloch go like this. I know Haughm felt that the other members were too busy with their personal lives for the band, but the way all this went down is just... not cool.

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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-19 13:27:12 Reply

At 5/18/16 06:25 PM, HeavenDuff wrote: Because Haughm is throwing a bitch tantrum? I don't know man... it's total crap to see Agalloch go like this. I know Haughm felt that the other members were too busy with their personal lives for the band, but the way all this went down is just... not cool.

Seems like the best bands break up, and the newer ones can never fill their shoes.


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-22 10:44:34 Reply

Nick Menza died.

This is what I fucking come back to...


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Response to Metal Hell 2016-05-23 02:39:28 Reply

At 5/22/16 10:44 AM, Sense-Offender wrote: Nick Menza died.

This is what I fucking come back to...

It's crazy, right? So many musicians have died so far this year... I can't believe it.

Nick Menza is one of my favorite drummers, if not my favorite. He's one of the musicians who first got me into metal, and more specifically into drumming, an instrument I overlooked way too much throughout most of my years of music listening.

Poor guy died at age 51...