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post #51 of 2684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Headless Fett

As for BLIND GUARDIAN, since the release of NIGHT AT THE OPERA they've slowly turned into shit. Which is sad since they're power metal legends.
I understand, though I think you might be a bit harsh. Going to shit would be what Iced Earth and Metallica have done. A Night at the Opera was just a bit too dense, over-produced and slick for it's own good - but there is a few good songs on there, and there's most-definitely some good songs on A Twist in the Myth, like This Will Never End and Otherland.
post #52 of 2684
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Originally Posted by Andrew Collins
The best "power metal" band ever anyway is Blind Guardian (yes, including Helloween), so the point is moot.
Not sure I can get on board with that. I prefer a little more grit. They're good at what they do though.
post #53 of 2684
Good song: I Spit On Your Grave by Sinergy
post #54 of 2684
I guess I have more hardcore tastes than a lot of people. I listen to mainly brutal death metal (Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Deicide), black metal (Anaal Nathrakh, Mayhem, Marduk) and grindcore (Gorerotted, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation). When I'm feeling mellow though, Opeth's Damnation is a damn fine listen. Dying Fetus and Suffocation are regular listens as well (when I want something brutal but decipherable).
post #55 of 2684
High on Fire's new one has been receving daily rotation for the past week. I'm also mightily impressed with Machine Head's most recent effort The Blackening.

If you're looking for some technical stuff, check out Athiest and Cynic, although their releases are around 10-15 years old. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Intronaut, and Between the Buried and Me are also well worth looking into.

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Can someone throw a couple of suggestions about new stuff, preferably thrash?
The Absence. An American band hailing from the state of Florida. Their newest album, Riders of the Plague, is one of the best albums I've heard this year.
post #56 of 2684
I've been listening to Dead Horse lately, they've been long disbanded, but if you haven't heard them they're definetly worth checking out. They also have a pretty good cover of Rock Lobster.
post #57 of 2684
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Originally Posted by Chris Wood
Not sure I can get on board with that. I prefer a little more grit. They're good at what they do though.
Well, there's not really too many "power metal" bands that have any grit.
I was just talking about that specific high clean vocal/double kick/dragon genre, not metal in general.


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Originally Posted by MyRoommateFloyd
I guess I have more hardcore tastes than a lot of people. I listen to mainly brutal death metal (Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Deicide), black metal (Anaal Nathrakh, Mayhem, Marduk) and grindcore (Gorerotted, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation). When I'm feeling mellow though, Opeth's Damnation is a damn fine listen. Dying Fetus and Suffocation are regular listens as well (when I want something brutal but decipherable).


Anaal Nathrakh is very, very good. I am excited they have a new record coming out.

Also great right now - Between the Buried and Me's new one "Colors". There are a few really mind-blowing tracks on that thing.
post #58 of 2684
I never paid much attention to them before, but I kind of like the new direction Trivium's taken on their latest album. And by "new" I mean equal parts Metallica and Manowar.

"Anthem (We Are the Fire)"
post #59 of 2684
I agree, that was a decent album (though completely just stealing from the first 3 Metallica records).
I don't see or hear one second of Manowar though.

Are you just talking about general cheese and bombast?
post #60 of 2684
Trivium's singer has a better voice than that. He did some excellent work on Roadrunner United.

The End: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XqRQmGoaB4
post #61 of 2684
That was one of my favorite songs from the Roadrunner United.
I liked Trivium on the Ascendancy album. The Crusade...... too much aping of Metallica.

On the Anthem video, 2:57 - 3:27 is just too much for me.
post #62 of 2684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Collins
I agree, that was a decent album (though completely just stealing from the first 3 Metallica records).
I don't see or hear one second of Manowar though.

Are you just talking about general cheese and bombast?
I mean those lyrics have a serious "brothers of metal" vibe (not at all a bad thing):

Quote:
The music connects, unites us more
Our masses strengthened, an unstoppable horde
We're all now a family
Together let's show the world what we say
Wimps and posers, leave the hall!
post #63 of 2684
Just heard these guys on the internet radio. Infernoise

from Madrid. Heavy Trash. Decent axe work and vocals.

http://www.myspace.com/infernoisemusic
post #64 of 2684
Discreate from Boston Mass.
Sounding pretty good.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...iendID=3967922
post #65 of 2684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Collins
Also great right now - Between the Buried and Me's new one "Colors". There are a few really mind-blowing tracks on that thing.
Agreed and agreed.
post #66 of 2684
The new Exodus is pretty great if you're looking for some straight up thrash.

And the new Between the Buried and Me is indeed phenomenal.
post #67 of 2684
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Originally Posted by jefelee
Fuck I miss Nick Menza. .
I'll see your Nick Menza and raise you a Gar Samuelson.
post #68 of 2684
Is the latest Megadeth album any good?
post #69 of 2684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Wood
Is the latest Megadeth album any good?

Eh, for me it's a huge disappointment. I think there are some stellar tracks on it (Washington is Next, the title track), but they're few and far between. Most of it sounds like stuff that wouldn't be caught dead on a Megadeth B-side compilation.

Of course, this is coming from someone who gets chastised by his peers because he thinks The System Has Failed is a kickass Megadeth album, so my opinion may mean absolutely nothing.
post #70 of 2684
Just thought I'd let all you young'uns know there's archaic, od school Metal fans around here as well. Earliest concert reference I saw so far was 93. Mine was Iron maiden on the "Seventh Son" tour back in 1988.

I admit I can't add much to the discussion on new bands you're having. I haven't heard of most of them. BUt I can say this for wat it's worth: Saw maiden on their last 2 tours, and they can still bring it. The first of these was one of the best shows I'd ever seen. Motorhead opening for them helped a bit. THOSE fuckers can still rock the house, too. And old as he is, I saw Ozzy a couple years ago at an Ozz Fest, and he still puts on one hell of a show.

Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. Thanks for listenin'. keep this thread alive. It's given me some ideas of cool stuff to check out. Up the Irons!
post #71 of 2684
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Originally Posted by IggytheBorg
Just thought I'd let all you young'uns know there's archaic, od school Metal fans around here as well. Earliest concert reference I saw so far was 93. Mine was Iron maiden on the "Seventh Son" tour back in 1988.

I admit I can't add much to the discussion on new bands you're having. I haven't heard of most of them. BUt I can say this for wat it's worth: Saw maiden on their last 2 tours, and they can still bring it. The first of these was one of the best shows I'd ever seen. Motorhead opening for them helped a bit. THOSE fuckers can still rock the house, too. And old as he is, I saw Ozzy a couple years ago at an Ozz Fest, and he still puts on one hell of a show.

Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. Thanks for listenin'. keep this thread alive. It's given me some ideas of cool stuff to check out. Up the Irons!

The only time I caught Maiden was back in 2005 on their Ozzfest run. Enjoyed the fuck out of 'em, and it was even better since they stuck strictly to songs from the self-titled to Powerslave. Not that there's anything wrong with their later out-put (barring a few post Somewhere in Time albums and especially the Blaze Bayley stuff - although that era ain't as bad as most people preach), but if you've only got an hour to see Maiden perform, well, most of he stuff you want to see them do they wrote pre 1984.

They come anywhere near the Albany, NY area again and I'm there. Definitely one of my favorite bands of all time.
post #72 of 2684
This was announced a few days ago but I missed it:

"Heaven & Hell" (the Black Sabbath line-up during the Dio years) will be recording a full-length album of new songs next year.

This is both great news and a hearty middle finger in the face of Ozzy. Hooray!
post #73 of 2684
Too bad that didn't happen a decade ago.

Here's another Swedish band, sounds a little like Guns N' Roses meets Alice in Chains:
Hell n' Diesel - "Miss Cocaine"
post #74 of 2684
Thread Starter 
So was the last three months all a dream?
post #75 of 2684
I think the admins are aware that posts in most threads have gone missing.

To fill in the gap, my last three months have involved Opeth, older Arch Enemy and Dethklok
post #76 of 2684
I was talking about Agalloch and Anaal Nathrakh a lot.

I'm glad I found this thing, the search function is working not.



that rhymed.
post #77 of 2684
Right now my thoughts are on Anthrax and I had started a thread on their reunion tour DVD.
post #78 of 2684
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Originally Posted by billylove View Post
Right now my thoughts are on Anthrax and I had started a thread on their reunion tour DVD.
That thread is gone, into the black abyss.
post #79 of 2684
Another old timer here: My first concert was Rush back in '86 for 'Hold Your Fire'.

I'm more of a prog-metal fan, so Dream Theater is always somewhere on my playlist. I really liked 'Systematic Chaos' from last year. The last one by Therion, 'Gothic Kabbalah', was good and is definitely worth a listen to if you like symphonic metal. If you can take the cookie monster vocals, you really can't go wrong with Opeth...give 'Blackwater Park' a spin.

I'll also add to the Iron Maiden love; what a great live band.
post #80 of 2684
Having bought a lot of modern bands lately, I'm changing direction in my heavy metal journey by collecting a few classic albums. I just bought Iron Maiden's "Number of The Beast" and it is pretty awesome.

Not sure what to get next. Thinking about Dimmu Borgir or perhaps Slayer.
post #81 of 2684
Speaking of older stuff, for anybody who has read Devin's review of the doc about Anvil you'd be doing yourself a favor to pick up an album by them. Along with Exciter and Razor you have a trio of sadly neglected Canadian thrash bands. Good stuff and well worth your headbanging dollar.
post #82 of 2684
Dethklok is ruling my iPod two months running. Just thought this'd be a good place to state such things.
post #83 of 2684
Thread Starter 
(I had posted this in CHUD's alternate timeline, and since that's about as gone as Biff's casino, I'm reposting this (with some edits and additions)...)

Here's a look ahead at projected metal album releases in 2008, feel free to add anything I've overlooked...

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - Scream Aim Fire (Jan. 29) - If you like metal whinier and wussier than Trivium...I'm only including this to be a completist. And they do have a cover of "No Easy Way Out" (that's a Rocky IV montage song, people) on this record. Unfortunately the cover is simply waaay too straight-forward my tastes.

MYGRAIN - Signs Of Existence (Feb. 13) - Pretty decent melodic death with lots of keyboards. Think early Soilwork.

DEGRADEAD - Till Death Do Us Apart (Feb. 19) - Produced by several members of In Flames, these guys sound shockingly like an In Flames Jr. Pretty good stuff though.

KINGDOM OF SORROW - Kingdom Of Sorrow (Feb. 19) - Supergroup featuring Kirk from Crowbar and Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed on vocals. Think uber-aggressive Down.

DARK AGE - Minus Exitus (Early 2008) - Really solid melodic death from this German band. Better "clean" vocals than most bands. It's already leaked, but I'm only guessing about an actual release date.

BENEDICTUM - Seasons Of Tragedy (March 4) - San Diego based band with an atypical female singer (actually hard to tell it's a girl). Sort of an updated 'classic' sound (think like Priest's last album).

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY - Inflikted (March 25) - The long-awaited reunion of Max and Igor Cavalera, with Soulfly's Marc Rizzo on guitar and Gojira's Joe Duplaintier on bass. Supposedly sounds like updated Arise-era Sepultura. Their shows should be interesting since Max has said they'll not only play new songs, but also old Sepultura, Soulfly, and even Nailbomb songs.

MERCENARY - Architect Of Lies (March) - Danish band that's got sort of a proggy melodic death sound.

IN FLAMES - A Sense Of Purpose (April 1) - New single, "The Mirror's Truth" drops on March 9th, with several non-album tracks as B-sides.

SEVENDUST - Chapter VIII: Hope And Sorrow (April 1) - Southern nu-metallers back at it. Again just listing this to be a completist...how the hell are they churning out records like this (Alpha just came out last year)?! Who's buying them? Don't people realize they've put out the same record seven times now?!

TESTAMENT - The Formation Of Damnation (April 29) - Now that thrash metal is back in vogue, guess who's back with a "very traditional" sounding record? Guitarist Eric Peterson compares it to a cross between The Legacy and The Gathering. Hopefully the return of Alex Skolnick to the band's lineup will help matters.

SCAR SYMMETRY - Holographic Universe (Spring) - Underrated Swedish metallers third record. Very unique in their mix of black metal and "clean" vox. No one does the clean vocals like they do.

SOULFLY (July) - Coming out sooner that I figured. Record is already done, will be interesting to see how Max and Marc Rizzo balance this with their Cavalera Conspiracy obligations.

METALLICA (Fall) - Produced by Rick Rubin who supposedly asked the band to use Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets as 'reference points.' for this new record. Encouraging signs are a return to standard tuning and the elimination of the two 'new' songs played two summers ago. We should hear some new material as the band plays some Euro festivals this summer.

HEAVEN & HELL (Late 2008) - The guys are getting together to continue writing in April, will be interesting to hear the results.

SLIPKNOT - (Late 2008) They're scheduled to begin work in February. It will interesting seeing how this turns out. It's been four years and several side projects since Vol. 3 - The Subliminal Verses.

TRIVIUM (Late 2008) - Work has already commenced on the follow-up to admittedly-rushed The Crusade record. New album will supposedly feature a return to Ascendancy style vocals.

ANTHRAX (2008) - Who knows when their new record will debut with new singer Dan Nelson. Supposedly everything is done but the vocals, but I'm sure things will be re-worked to incorporate the new guy.

JUDAS PRIEST - Nostadamus (2008) - A concept album (perhaps a double album) that was rumored to be out in 2007 and still has no official release date. Band plans to tour on a "classics" tour and then a tour where they play the record top to bottom (a la Maiden).

BLEED THE SKY
(2008) - New album from Orange County metalcore group is done, just awaiting official release date. Produced by Fear Factory's Chistian Olde Wolbers (who also produced Threat Signal's highly overlooked debut in 2006).
post #84 of 2684
Yeah, out of that lineup I'll be picking up the new Heaven & Hell, Priest and Testament.

Anyone who buys Bullet For My Valentine and/or Trivium is definitely not playing a full deck or has a vagina.
post #85 of 2684
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Originally Posted by jefelee View Post
(I had posted this in CHUD's alternate timeline, and since that's about as gone as Biff's casino, I'm reposting this (with some edits and additions)...)

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

SEVENDUST

TESTAMENT

SOULFLY

ANTHRAX
Looking forward to these.

I heard some good things about the new Sevendust album, but I also heard good things about their last one and it really turned out to be more of the same. But, this time it seems they are working on updating their sound. So who knows.

Testament, yeah goes without saying. I needs Testament!

Soulfly, I love their stuff, but it doesn't really hit except when it's live. I may pick it up and some of their other albums since I'm lacking Soulfly music in my collection.

Anthrax, I would buy it if it was 60 minutes Scott Ian typing away on his Apple.
post #86 of 2684
So what radio stations do you guys listen to?

I usually frequent www.525.com and www.chronixradio.com.

I don't subscribe to satellite radio, I believe a monthly fee is a waste of my money. Outside of online radio I just listen to my music collection on my mp3 player and on my laptop.
post #87 of 2684
Sevendust has been putting out the same album 4 times now. Up to Seasons, they'd only been growing as a band. It's been downhill since. I'll hope for the best.

I've got only one more album of goodwill for Metallica. They fuck this up, I'm done with 'em.

REALLY curious what the Slipknot record's gonna sound like. Despite some boring slipups (Looking right the fuck at you, Before I Forget, you Grammy winning bitch), that band grew up on Subliminal Verses. I'm hoping that's the start of an upward trend....Iowa has NOT aged well.
post #88 of 2684
Jesus Crossdressing Christ, that No Easy Way Out cover is terrible.
post #89 of 2684
Thread Starter 
Yeah, it's pretty lazy....and shitty. I prefer it when bands put their own 'spin' on a cover (great example of this=System Of A Down's cover of Berlin's "The Metro"). I guess BFMV's 'spin' is just to make it crappy.
post #90 of 2684
Thread Starter 
Official Cavalera Conspiracy songs for ya:

Sanctuary
Inflikted


Pretty cool!
post #91 of 2684
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Originally Posted by jefelee View Post
Official Cavalera Conspiracy songs for ya:

Sanctuary
Inflikted


Pretty cool!
Damn, I love it!
post #92 of 2684
FYI: It's possible we may get a new Fear Factory album this year. I hope so, because I think the last album had some really good songs on it, with a little more focus and polish, I think they could produce a really great album.
post #93 of 2684
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
Another old timer here: My first concert was Rush back in '86 for 'Hold Your Fire'.

I'm more of a prog-metal fan, so Dream Theater is always somewhere on my playlist. I really liked 'Systematic Chaos' from last year. The last one by Therion, 'Gothic Kabbalah', was good and is definitely worth a listen to if you like symphonic metal. If you can take the cookie monster vocals, you really can't go wrong with Opeth...give 'Blackwater Park' a spin.
Bless you for name-dropping an unloved Rush album/tour that I adore.

Also, Therion's good. I think I like Lemuria/Sirius B better than Gothic Kabbalah, sadly.
You listen to Symphony X at all? Paradise Lost, fantastic new album.

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Originally Posted by Tom Roberts View Post
Having bought a lot of modern bands lately, I'm changing direction in my heavy metal journey by collecting a few classic albums. I just bought Iron Maiden's "Number of The Beast" and it is pretty awesome.

Not sure what to get next. Thinking about Dimmu Borgir or perhaps Slayer.
Getting classic albums?
Not that I should be telling anyone what to do, but...

GET THESE:
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Cradle of Filth (I know, I know) - Cruelty and the Beast (fuck off it's a classic).
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind/Seventh Son of a Seventh Son



I actually came in here to talk about how bad that Rocky 4 cover was...
post #94 of 2684
http://www.myspace.com/darkane

Quote:
"I can't even imagine how the band must feel about this album; to be a part of something so spectacular and self-assuring as a musician must be overwhelming. Rarely do they come as brilliant and untouchable as this record is from start to finish. Layers of Lies is a stunning triumph — not for just Darkane, but for heavy metal as a genre. By choosing not to pick up this album, you're not only failing me, you're essentially failing all of Metal."

-metalreview
Good enough for me...
post #95 of 2684
Thread Starter 
In case y'all missed it...Maiden has started their "Somewhere Back In Time Tour '08." Here's their set (blackened for spoilers):

01. Intro - Churchill's Speech
02. Aces High
03. 2 Minutes to Midnight
04. Revelations
05. The Trooper
06. Wasted Years
07. The Number of the Beast
08. Run to the Hills
09. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
10. Powerslave
11. Heaven Can Wait
12. Can I Play With Madness?
13. Fear of the Dark
14. Iron Maiden
-----------------------------
15. Moonchild
16. The Clairvoyant
17. Hallowed Be Thy Name


Very cool, although Moonchild? I don't even own a live version of that, and there are better songs off Seventh Son (ahem, 'The Evil That Men Do'). Can't wait to see them here in LA on the 19th.

The full Cavalera Conspiracy album leaked last week, and while I like it, I'm not falling over crazy about it like I wanted to be.

Other than that, I've been digging on Panic Cell from the UK. Think a Zakk-less, more dynamic-sounding Black Label Society. Very good, straightforward metal.
post #96 of 2684
Video of the Dillinger Escape Plan on Conan, the other night.

http://www.redlasso.com/ClipPlayer.a...e-fdddf9d81b9e

No wonder why Ben Weinman always seems to be injuring himself. Conan with the glow stick...priceless.
post #97 of 2684
Pissing Razors
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...endID=80970385

Group out of El Paso Texas. They've got that Crowbar/Pantera kinda vibe to them.
post #98 of 2684
Thread Starter 
If you really can't get enough Pantera, try Spain's Infernoise.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...endid=56706631

It's actually not bad...but geez...what do you have to do to get sued these days?
post #99 of 2684
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Originally Posted by heLL pAso View Post
Video of the Dillinger Escape Plan on Conan, the other night.

http://www.redlasso.com/ClipPlayer.a...e-fdddf9d81b9e

No wonder why Ben Weinman always seems to be injuring himself. Conan with the glow stick...priceless.
Whe Conan pulled out that glow stick, I just about lost my shit.
post #100 of 2684
Maiden is playing Moonchild because they are throwing an obscure bone to the hardcore fans, and they've played The Evil That Men Do quite a bit in the last 5 or 6 years. I would prefer Infinite Dreams, but it's still a fun choice.

I just wonder why they are playing Fear of the Dark.
That song needs a rest.
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