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1  Metallus Maximus Forums / The Asylum / Re: 6 years later & still no phone call on: January 11, 2015, 12:56:21 AM
Listen to that band, Protag.

He would have wanted that.
2  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: Top 15 of 2014? on: January 11, 2015, 12:45:41 AM
1. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
2. Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
3. At The Gates - At War With Reality
4. Voices - London
5. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
6. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
7. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
8. Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall
9. Horrendous - Ecdysis
10. Zom - Flesh Assimilation
11. Morbus Chron - Sweven
12. Capilla Ardiente- Bravery, Truth & The Endless Darkness
13. Behemoth - The Satanist
14. The Haunted - Exit Wounds
15. Electric Wizard - Time To Die
3  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: New Sanctuary Video "Frozen" on: November 02, 2014, 05:16:59 PM
Well.  This will be a purchase.
4  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: New At The Gates? on: November 02, 2014, 05:12:41 PM
I've only given it one listen so far.  It's good, maybe even much better than that, but it doesn't have the hooks and the heft of SOTS.  I would have liked the guitars to sound a little more raging on the new one.
5  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: New OPETH on: August 31, 2014, 02:39:49 PM
Yeah.  Got it Tuesday, didn't bother until Wednesday, haven't returned to it.

Normally by this point, I'd have listened to a new Opeth album about a dozen times.
6  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: New OPETH on: August 28, 2014, 07:10:55 PM
I wish I would have enjoyed it a lot more on first listen, but that's not always a bad thing.  Could be a real sleeper for me, we'll see.

No matter how much I may prefer older Opeth, I have all the respect in the world for Akerfeldt.  He's decided to do follow his heart, and he's recording the music he wants to make, not the safe stuff others want.  Better a unique Pale Communion than a passionless clone of Blackwater Park.
7  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / So I'm recording, er, music on: August 28, 2014, 07:02:57 PM
Yeah, just sitting around with my guitar, playing sloppy song ideas into Logic.

This is just a hobby, I really have no idea what I'm doing at this point, so please keep that in mind.  Just thought I'd share.

Constructive feedback is welcome.

8  Metallus Maximus Forums / The Asylum / Re: What movie have you seen more than any other? on: August 26, 2014, 12:01:34 AM
This is Spinal Tap.  Easily 50 times since I first saw it in '86.

Followed by both Wayne's World movies, maybe 30+ times… and Almost Famous, about 20 times.
9  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Vader - Tibi Et Igni on: August 22, 2014, 12:19:54 AM
Anyone digging the new Vader?

Great record.   beerbang
10  Metallus Maximus Forums / The Asylum / Re: Beer Thread on: August 20, 2014, 11:51:02 AM
Not sure these links will be much good for those of you not in Canada, but I've been posting on FB about new beers I've tried in recent years.  There are a few international beers in here:

2012: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151067184061480.476211.631731479&type=1&l=9c2e49a0a3
2013: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151648374881480.1073741827.631731479&type=1&l=36e0ac7f36
2014: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152080225601480.1073741830.631731479&type=1&l=0f9ecd34e6
11  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: At the Gates - At War with Reality -- Your thoughts on the upcoming album on: February 24, 2014, 09:43:33 PM
It's going to feel a little strange that Slaughter of the Soul will no longer be the band's final, brilliant statement.

That said, this has been the unspoken promise of the reunion.  I say bring it on.
12  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: Rebuilding my collection - let the hauling begin on: February 22, 2014, 06:37:48 PM
It's the last one that I enjoyed that much from beginning to end, for sure.  I think the next one has some really great moments, but it was a little mailed-in.  Gotta wonder if Ozzy's much-publicized substance abuse at that time didn't really hurt the second half of Jake's tenure.

Anyhoo.  More stuff.

I picked up four Primus discs yesterday.  I won't go on and on about them, because they aren't metal, but few records have bent my mind and kept my loyalty like the brilliant Sailing The Seas of Cheese.  Also picked up The Brown Album and two EPs that I wasn't sure I'd be able to easily locate: Miscellaneous Debris and Rhinoplasty.  Primus sits just outside metal... Claypool and Lalonde taking their time in the scene and making something truly unique and special out of it.

Happy to say I got my hands on one of the classic doom records of the '80s.  Candlemass - Tales of Creation is my favourite record from the band's '80s output.  Dark Reflections being the standout track for me.  The charging rhythm, Marcolin's soaring vocal, and the uncommon song construction with the bridge building and weaving throughout the song as a way to heighten the tension.  Under The Oak is another winner here, so is The Edge of Heaven.  Great record, well, except for the spoken-word stuff.  I can overlook it, though.  9 out of 10.

Also got the record that I considered the best thing to come out back in 2003: Katatonia - Viva Emptiness.  This one picked up on the direction of Last Fair Deal Gone Down and basically perfected it.  It's just an awesome and tight melancholy metal record, full of powerful guitar progressions, affecting vocals and a great light/dark dynamic.  Katatonia has basically kept evolving this sound over the last decade, but I think this record is where it works best.  9 out of 10.
13  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: Rebuilding my collection - let the hauling begin on: February 19, 2014, 10:10:43 PM
I'm not even sure where to begin with my purchases since the last post.  I've picked up a lot of stuff, and a few things I find truly essential.  The following thoughts don't make a review... just ruminations on how this record fits into my life.

Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon.  You know, I probably paid $5-6 on the day this sucker hit shelves.  Memory tells me that was November 27, 1983, though the Interwebs tell me that day was a Sunday.  So, no.  But some time late that month (or was it October?), 15-year-old me hauled butt from suburbia all the way downtown to Toronto's legendary and long-dead Cheapie's and picked this up.  Oh, the crazy album cover!  Oh, the anticipation of hearing the replacement for the much-missed and much-loved Randy Rhoads!  I'd already heard the title track, saw the video, and could barely wait to spin this thing.  I loved it.  All of it.  Right from the get-go.  I probably wanted to love it, which helped.  Truth be told, it doesn't have the mind-blowing (for its day) raw energy of the first two featuring Randy, but this is so damn good.  So atmospheric, heavy and musical.  Jake E Lee's guitar work here is stellar, though the complexity doesn't always cut through the mix.  His chord choices, passage construction and the note selection in his solos separates him from most guitarists of his era.  He never got the credit he deserved, which is a true shame.  No Ozzy guitarist since him has reached the heights of Bark At The Moon.  The record is, of course, aided greatly by the song-writing prowess of bassist Bob Daisley, whose contribution to Ozzy's early works is obvious, important and unforgivably dismissed by the Ozzy camp these days.  Shame.  From the hyper-charged title track through to spine-chilling thrills brought on by Waiting For Darkness & Centre of Eternity, I still love this record all these years later.  And this time, I got it for $10.  Not bad.  10 out of 10.
14  Metallus Maximus Forums / The Asylum / Welcome KDrummond! on: February 19, 2014, 09:46:35 PM

I've been sharing board space with a lot of you for about a dozen years, and I hold this place in high esteem because of the quality of the membership.  That's why I told an old high school friend of mine (who has a deep knowledge and curiosity about music) he should consider joining.

He's going under the name KDrummond.

Please welcome him here.

15  Metallus Maximus Forums / Metal On Metal / Re: Sahg - Delusions of Grandeur on: December 08, 2013, 08:24:11 PM
It's an excellent record.  This band just doesn't miss.

Protag: I feel your pain.  Hard record to find, harder still at a decent price.
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