A Poser’s Playlist – Essential Listening for the New and the Lazy

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Back on August 19, I posted a collaborative Spotify playlist to the TovH Facebook group and asked our fine community to add albums they deemed to be essential listening for someone looking to explore the classics and the greats of metal (i.e. me). Any genre. Any period. The one catch is that I only allowed two albums per artist. Any album added to the list I had already heard would also be thrown out.

Let me tell you, flushers, there’s a lot of really obvious shit I had not heard. My pose was showing HARD. Though in the end, are we not all posers in one sense or another? I mean besides, like, Lemmy or Halford.

Most of what was added to the playlist is death metal, because death metal is an incredibly rich genre with an almost excessive amount of essential material. Nevertheless, I’ve endeavored to include at least a couple of other genres in these few highlights that you may or may not be intimately familiar with:

cynicCynicFocus (1993)

Cynic broke up this month. Again. The news got me thinking about how I’d heard about this record over and over again from fellow metalheads whom I respect. So what was my big fat problem? I don’t know, but here we are 22 years later, and I’m bursting into an empty room like HAY Y’ALL HERD THAT CYNIC?? Focus is what modern progressive death metal bands try and mostly fail to achieve (both the album and the action). Just the bass guitar alone on this thing is enough to make most of these bands sit down and cry. The originality on display here is immediately evident, and once your brain grasps what’s happening, the hooks are in forever. This, like every other album I will talk about here, has been reviewed to death, so I’ll just say this – don’t be a fool like me. Go listen to this now.

dismemberDismemberLike An Everflowing Stream (1991)

I’m coming to grips at this point with the pure, distilled self-hatred I felt the first time this album started playing. This might be my favorite death metal album now. And it’s been out there since 1991? What even is my life at this point? Like An Everflowing Stream is what I’ve been unknowingly craving every time I listen to death metal. The songs achieve a perfect balance of crackling energy and dark-as-soot atmosphere, with brilliant guitar leads and original, shifty riffs that groove like a thing that is really good at grooving. The riff beginning at 3:13 on “Override of the Overture” is heavy metal nirvana, and it’s just one of many equally incredible moments on one of death metal’s most perfect records.

bolt throwerBolt ThrowerRealm of Chaos (1989)

Since the terrible news of drummer Kiddie Kearns’ passing at the way-too-young age of 38, I took it upon myself to become more familiar with Bolt Thrower and added a couple of their most highly recommended albums to the playlist myself. I don’t remember which album it was that I heard first so many years ago, but it did absolutely nothing for me. So I wrote them off and moved on with my pathetic life. Whatever it was, it wasn’t Realm of Chaos, because this album does everything for me. I think the only other band I’ve heard that comes close to achieving this perfect of a guitar tone is Triptykon (which is also essential listening, by the way). Though back in 1989 no one else was writing death metal like this, it has become clear to me in the last few weeks the sheer volume of Bolt Thrower copycat bands I’ve heard in my life, and I’m pretty sure they were all listening to this record. That’s a whole lot of flattery. Pay special attention to the drumming, and remember one of the greats.*

griefGriefCome to Grief (1994)

If you’re a fan of filthy, angry sludge/doom in the vein of Indian, Keeper, or Lord Mantis, you have some hat tipping to do here. Grief did it first, and Grief did it very fucking well. The riffs are slow and repetitive, heaving under the weight of so much guilt and hatred as to never quite get off the ground. But on the ground is where this music belongs. Writhing in the mud and guts of human suffering. Researching the history of this album, it’s clear the world wasn’t quite ready to Come to Grief in 1994, but 2015 is as good a time as any to show some love.

cirith ungolCirith UngolKing of the Dead (1984)

If you’re nerdy enough, you’ll recognize “Cirith Ungol” as the name of the giant spider Shelob’s lair in Lord of the Rings. With that in mind, you probably have a pretty good idea of what kind of metal we’re dealing with here. And you’re almost right, except instead of power metal, it’s actually a concoction of traditional heavy metal and doom. So really you’re not almost right at all. Anyway, King of the Dead is home to some of the tastiest riffs and guitar solos known to metal, and vocalist Tim Baker’s badass pipes. This is hanging-in-the-parking-lot, roach-smoking, brown-bagging, bright-white-high-top-wearing heavy metal done so right. Your inner nerd deserves this.

That was only 5 of over 100 albums (and counting) on the playlist. And yes, it’s still public and it’s still collaborative, which means you can add anything you deem truly essential as long as you observe my two album per artist limit. Since this is now a community playlist and no longer just about me, I won’t even delete the albums I’ve already heard. Go nuts (within reason) and make this a kick ass resource.

 

*Thanks to KSOFM for pointing out that Andrew Whale was the drummer for Realm of Chaos and not Kiddie Kearns. I told you I was a poser.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Can’t forget about the first Deicide album!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVKy2Va7Ds0

    • They only got worse from here. Still like Legion and Once upon the Cross a lot though. Scott Burns production sort of irritates me a lot. All well.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        The whole Morrisound is garbage.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Perfect.

          • sweetooth0

            whoa, whoa, calm down here guys. Some of the best death metal of all time came out of Morrisound with Scott’s production.

          • Agreed, it doesn’t mean I like his production though. Blessed Are the Sick is one of my favorite MA albums, but that production is just no good.

          • Max

            He didn’t do Blessed Are the Sick. In fact, he didn’t do any of the Morbid Angel albums.

          • It was Morrisound Studios though I thought?

          • Max

            It was at Morrisound, but A and B were both done by Tom Morris himself. Scott Burns worked there, but he never did any Morbid Angel. He pretty much did everything but.

            There is, of course, a similarity in the production styles due to the same studio and methodology; but I always thought there was a difference between the Morris brothers and Burns. I used to hate Burns’s productions at first, whereas I didn’t mind Morris’s; so that probably tells you that there was a difference. (That said, Blessed Are the Sick probably does feature my least favourite of any Morbid Angel production job besides Heretic. So I can understand your point of view on that one. Altars sounded fine, though.)

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I agree wholeheartedly, but the production is stale as fuck.

          • sweetooth0

            I’ll cop that those old albums definitely have a pretty “dry” sound to them. I do think Tomb of the Mutilated sounds perfect though.

          • Max

            I think he was pretty hit-and-miss. Sometimes his approach really, really worked.

            The good Scott Burns production jobs:
            Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
            Obituary – The End Complete
            Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding
            Terrorizer – World Downfall

          • sweetooth0

            As much as I dig it, I do think Terrorizer’s production sounds a little too “death metal” for a grindcore album.

          • I agree, but I think that’s what gives it Terrorizers sound in a way. They really never were a very punk sounding grind band I thought.

          • sweetooth0

            This is true. I’m thinking the Morbid Angel connection might have something to do with that.

          • Yeah, I’m certain that it is. Still love Terrorizer either way.

          • Max

            Technically, yes it does. But you must admit, it certainly sounds a bit more organic than many of Burns’s other (death metal) productions (or more, indeed, than a lot of modern grindcore production jobs which basically just sound like modern death metal records with shorter songs – that ain’t where it’s at!).

            He played a pretty straight bat on that one, sound-wise. Not even the kick-drums were triggered, from what I can hear. And the lack of reverb helps keep it “down-to-earth”, punk-rock style, which is really where grindcore lives. To me it almost sounds like the Reign in Blood of grindcore albums.

          • sweetooth0

            I can agree with those points Max. I honestly haven’t listened to it for a while, so maybe it’s time to revisit it again. My memory of it though was that there was a heavy early Morbid Angel influence that didn’t feel quite right in the setting of a political grindcore album.

          • Max

            Very true. By the time they did that record, Pete had already done Altars of Madness and learnt how to play double-kick, which wasn’t strictly a grindcore thing; but he plastered it all over World Downfall.

            It certainly doesn’t sound like a grindcore record in the same way that the debut albums of Napalm Death and Carcass do (although ironically, Carcass themselves have never considered Reek of Putrefaction to be a “grindcore” album, though they are resigned to the classification in hindsight).

          • sweetooth0

            Yeah Carcass also tried to claim Necroticism wasn’t a death metal album either. Riiiiiiiiight. I think they just enjoy being contrarian

          • Max

            They might, but I think it’s something deeper than that. In hindsight, here’s how the scene categorizes Carcass’s albums:
            Reek of Putrefaction – Grindcore
            Symphonies of Sickness – Death metal
            Necroticism – (perhaps) Prog death metal
            Heartwork – Melodeath
            Swansong – Death’n’Roll
            Surgical Steel – OSDM

            Now, according to interviews with Jeff Walker I’ve read, here’s the band’s own categorizations of their work:
            Reek of Putrefaction – Death metal
            Symphonies of Sickness – Metal
            Necroticism – Metal
            Heartwork – Metal
            Swansong – Metal
            Surgical Steel – Metal

            Obviously the fans’ and journalists’ categorizations are more thorough and descriptive than Carcass’s for the purposes of what they sound like; but I do think Jeff Walker has a point in some ways.

            For one thing, the terms “melodeath” and “prog-death metal” didn’t even exist at the time Heartwork and Necroticism were released; but those records both copped their share of flack from fans accusing them of selling out and playing something that wasn’t death metal anymore. Weird in hindsight I know, but I can assure you that’s how it was at the time.

            As for Reek – “Grindcore” was a term invented by Mick Harris to describe his band only. It was then picked up by Earache as a marketing term and applied to anybody from Godflesh to Repulsion (whose recorded output actually pre-dated the term anyway). Many other “grindcore” bands of the day – such as Carcass and Extreme Noise Terror – resented the term and couldn’t see how it possibly applied to them. (Ironically, nowadays Jeff Walker often uses the term “grindcore” to describe Reek and even sometimes Carcass’s music in general, but that’s because over the years he’s given up trying to fight the way history has been written – as many artists eventually do.)

            To the members of Carcass, “death metal” is a movement that started in the mid-’80s and was all over by the end of 1989. They saw their first record (rather presumptuously) as the last “real” death metal record, everything which followed under that banner as generic copycats, and their own output from Symphonies onward as “just heavy metal but with harsher vocals.” In other words, they’re looking at the whole thing from a completely different perspective to the way us fans do.

          • sweetooth0

            Here’s how I see it:
            Reek of Putrefaction – Goregrind (the first goregrind release I would say)
            Symphonies of Sickness – Goregrind/Death Metal
            Necroticism – Death Metal
            Heartwork – Melodic Death Metal
            Swansong – Death’n’Roll
            Surgical Steel – Melodic Death Metal

            Of course as you say, many of those genres weren’t genres at the time since Carcass was a band that can be considered a pioneer in most of them.

          • Max

            A perfectly reasonable summary.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            DEATH ROCK!!!!!!

  • Herr Schmitty

    I finally went and picked up Nile’s Annihilation of the Wicked, only about 200 more classic albums for me to assimilate and absorb!

  • Celtic Frosty

    This morning I added Kvist and Obtained Enslavement because of a Twitter convo I was following about 90’s black metal. Obtained Enslavement is fucking sweet.

    • RJA

      I have never heard obtained enslavement – these type of lists and discussions really put a hit on my kvlt points.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Obtained is great. Pest, pre/during/post Gorgoroth.

    • BobLoblaw

      Kvist is awesome. Check out For blood, honour, and soil by twin obscenity

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Realms of Chaos had Andrew Whale on drums.

    • Celtic Frosty

      Ah, fuck me…I could’ve sworn I’d read somewhere that he was their drummer from the beginning.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        No biggie, not harping on ya dude. No harm, no foul. Just being a cunting fact checker for accuracy.

        • Celtic Frosty

          We’re adding an editor’s note now. Thanks for the heads up.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            No problem!

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Would’ve been a bit hard for “Kiddie” to tour with BT back in ’89, given he was 12 at the time

  • Did not expect to see Craft in that playlist. Craft is some mean sounding black metal! Total Soul Rape & Terror Propaganda are probably my 2 favorite albums by them. Definitely worth checking out. Just some good ol’ fashioned simple/mean sounding black metal with the right riffs.

    • RJA

      They are immensely underrated. The first time I heard those albums I thought “how are these not talked about more”.
      How does dismember end up on this list frosty? Jesus Christ.

      • Indeed, you rarely ever see their name brought up. I think this whole MDF thing will generate more exposure for em though in the U.S. We’ll see.

  • Megan Alexandra

    I hate myself for not knowing this Dismember record.

    • Celtic Frosty

      It’s incredible.

      • Dismember >>>>>>>>>>

      • JamesGrimm

        went those the guys that did europa burns?

    • Hubert

      Fucking amazing.

    • Such a grrrrrreat record!

    • Óðinn

      Love yourself for knowing it now, Megan.

    • Scrimm

      Don’t feel too bad I almost wish I hadn’t so I could discover it again.

  • DCLXVI

    fuck yes

  • DCLXVI

    ok….how do I find this playlist on Spotify?

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Welp, I’m goign through the list again and Frosty, you might just be worse than Archbauer when it comes to this.

    • I resent your implications and shit

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Least you knew Nile.
        I mean , I’m no biggie on just going through oldies and nought more, but sheesh.

        • I knew a lot of stuff, I just didn’t listen to it.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Aye, but knowing, not having heard of.

          • OldMetalHead

            Sure. But, it’s so easy to immerse yourself in a band/genre to the exclusion of everything else that you forget about the other good bands/genres. At least, that’s been my experience.

        • Oh man, that reminds me – I need to listen to Nile today. Between the new Lynch Mob and Soilwork I have been neglecting the new Nile LP. Much thanks Beargod!

          • Herr Schmitty

            I’m enjoying the new Nile (and the old Nile that I’ve just started exploring) and yet the new Soilwork is cock-blocking the hell out of Nile for me ATM.

            I just can’t turn it off. This might be my favorite Soilwork album ever.

    • Celtic Frosty

      I was a late metal bloomer. Didn’t really start getting heavily into it until like 5 years ago, so I missed A LOT of classic stuff. I’M TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR IT JEEZ

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Ok, not to be obvious, but you have checked out Celtic Frost?

        • Celtic Frosty

          I have, yes. I don’t think I’m brazen enough to call myself Celtic Frosty having not heard the band before.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I know. Just had to ask.

      • Hubert

        Same thing for me.

      • Maik Beninton™

        Yeah I also was really late, when I started to get into Linkin Park they were already releasing Minutes to Midnight, and I didn’t have friends that listen to heavy metal so discovering bands would be done using wikipedia or finding bands that are related to another on lyrics websites like vagalume.

      • I think we all have, in our different ways.

      • OldMetalHead

        …And, it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut Metal genre wise. When I was in to Hard Rock, it took me years to get into NWOBHM. When I was into NWOBHM, it took me years to get into Thrash. Then, Thrash was my end all be all for at least a decade. I’ve only relatively recently started listening to the different subs of Death Metal, Black Metal, Sludge, Doom. Lot’s of guys my age never got past Hard Rock or NWOBHM. I have real respect for the level of knowledge expressed on this blog daily. It’s inspiring really.

    • #LeaveFrostyAlone T-T)

  • Disgustache

    Fuckin luh dat Bolt Thrower.

  • Hubert

    I’ve long accepted that I’m a total poser, and that catching up will take fucking century’s. But it really doesn’t matter. I shouldn’t complain about having more stuff to listen to.

    • I am glad you have finally joined the exclusive Total Poser Wiener Cousin Club, my hooved friend.

      GL

  • Guppusmaximus

    Wut?! No Atheist – ‘Unquestionable Presence’?!

    • Celtic Frosty

      Yeah, the playlist was initially about me, and I’d already heard it, so that’s why it isn’t on there. It’s open to everyone at this point, though, so adding it ain’t no thing.

      • tertius_decimus

        Add these masterpieces to the list as well:

        Nocturnus – The Key;
        Sadist – Above The Light, Tribe;
        Pestilence – Spheres.

        • BRUH!

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Upvoted for The Key. There’s no praise high enough for it. Pretty sure I, or someone else did add it though, I remember discussing it at the time with Frosty.

          • Celtic Frosty

            Yeah, it’s on there.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Aw, yes…Sadist – Above the Light. A time in Metal when the bands weren’t afraid to experiment:)

        • Celtic Frosty

          That Sadist album isn’t on Spotify, so I’ll have to check it out elsewhere.

      • Guppusmaximus

        Cool… have you heard ‘Elements’? Funny enough, Atheist is one of the few Death metal bands where I could care less about their first album…

  • Disgustache

    I like this article because it gives me hope that I’m not the only person out there that overlooks obvious stuff and feels like I’m missing out on information. Toilet ov anxious confessions.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I’ve overlooked a ton of obvious stuff. It’s too hard for me to listen to everything, but it is really fun to come back to it and hear it later in life. Sometimes that can give you a good perspective on it.

      • Celtic Frosty

        Weird how that works.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    BLOOD FARMERS: the best Doom band that no one talks about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Nq3kOP_fY

    • Disgustache

      Click baity ass title.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Has the extra added bonus of being true.

        • CT-12

          Dude, did you hear Dave is gonna lay down some guest guitarwork on the next Church of Misery album? Also, you ever check out his sludge band the Disease Concept? Really good stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Lq-oYsWnY

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Yes, and no. I’ll check it out.

    • CT-12

      Article is in the works buddy!

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Looking forward to it.

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      There’s a name I haven’t heard in ages!

  • Come to Grief >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    One of my favorite Sludge albums of all time. So bleak.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      A band I’ve neglected forever. Not on purpose though. Listening now, good shit.

      • You’ll life just became much shittier. Embrace the shit life!

        “Hate, it’s more than a word, A way of life, You’re on your own, Nobody gives a fuck about you, or me”

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          As if I needed more hate and shit. I embrace the hate!

    • CT-12

      Really should give Grief another shot. I have “Miserably Ever After” and just find it to be boring, save for a few songs. Maybe CTG will change my mind.

  • Óðinn

    Thanks, Celtic Frosty.

  • I like this, and support this.

    4/5 this time! <3

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    This post introduced me to Grief. Now I shall pose slightly less.

  • DCLXVI

    Trey’s guitar tone in Blessed is one of my favorite tones ever

  • tertius_decimus

    Long-time Cynic and Sean Malone fan here.

    On a sad note, their pompous reunion fell victim of overwhelming originality of “Focus”. When in 2006 they announced reunion, many fans all over the world were on the seventh sky. Expectations were high and they skyrocketed even higher after the first public appearance of the new song – “Evolutionary Sleeper”, that Cynic have played at Hovefestivalen in Norway. However, “Traced In Air” was a pale shadow of the “Focus”, lagging behind in every single aspect. Even studio version of “Evolutionary Sleeper” sounded like crap. Fans (me included) got the album as something different, something that was never played before, so to get into the vibe of “Traced In Air” it has required insane level of perception as “Focus” had such a requirement back in the day. Fact: people were throwing bottles at them as they were touring in 1994. I had many listens to “TIA” in all kinds of moods, with many mindsets and still it was’t speaking to me. I was eagerly awaiting to the moment when the music will strike me.

    You know what? That moment never came. Everything Cynic has released since 2006 was lackluster synthetic crap (yes, I really dig “robotic” vocals in “Focus” — the main point of concern from critically set nay-sayers). Songs “Evolutonary Sleeper” (live version) and “Wheels Within Wheels” were great but still it’s too little to compare with Cynic’s sophomorous debut.

    2¢.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I’d agree with you, if I didn’t think Traced In Air was almost as good as Focus.

    • Vote for Jeb

      I actually really liked Traced in Air. That could be because I didn’t think of it as death metal.

      • tertius_decimus

        Me neither. Death metal is a standard and popular genre. Bands that set the new genre branches are very rare. Cynic was one of them, so I’ve never took Cynic as a straight death metal band.

      • Waynecro

        I agree. It might be heresy, but I think Traced in Air is my favorite Cynic album. I have a lot of good memories tied to that record, which is probably why I like it so much.

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      I dunno, I loved Traced In Air, and they totally killed it when I saw them live. Focus definitely set a very very high bar, but I think TIA was every bit as good.

  • Celtic Frosty

    The main effect I’d like for this article/project to have is – don’t let more knowledgeable listeners intimidate you into not admitting you don’t know something. I’ve found so much amazing music by just asking people what the hell they’re talking about. I get strange looks, but I also learn something.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      It’s one of the many reasons I’m here, to learn about new (or new to me) stuff.

    • Unless you’re talking to Molenaar. Don’t ever ask him about whatever the hell he’s talking about.

    • Guppusmaximus

      This was new to me (this weekend):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oPqwT1gT74

      • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

        Blackalicious’ name sounds like either a porno or a 70’s Pam Grier flick!

    • OldMetalHead

      Agreed! My main purpose for being here (other than entertainment value) is to pick your brains and expand my horizons. And, if I can help any of you find something different, all the better. It’s admittedly hard keeping up with most of you nerds though. At one time I considered myself knowledgeable and passionate about Metal, but damn!

    • RJA

      This is fantastic advice for music but even more so for life. It is very hard to learn when you pretend to know.

    • This! I love being an elitist prick sometimes, but I will always be glad to help anyone who asks for music advice

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Cirith Ungol bring the riffs, but those vocals? Ack.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Heretic. Burn. Die. Agony.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        The music is top notch, but that voice makes me want to perforate my eardrums to end the agony.

      • Celtic Frosty

        I liked them immediately. *shrug*

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          So did I. The riffs, man, the riffs.
          Tim Baker>>>>>>>>>>

          I fricken wrote about them.

          • YES!

            That was my guide.

          • RJA

            Your article is mandatory to mention when cirith ungol comes up – great post.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Thanks, but looking back at it. It feels very lackluster.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      They’re an acquired taste.

    • Scrimm

      They grow on you, I thought the same thing.

    • OldMetalHead

      I don’t know how I missed Cirith Ungol back in the day. They should have been firmly in my wheelhouse when I discovered Manowar back in the early 80’s.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        I’ve always known about them but as I said, those vocals…

        • OldMetalHead

          How do you feel about Blackie Lawless?

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I liked the 1st WASP album way back when, but haven’t really cared since then. I got free tix to see the Headless Children tour. It was fun.

    • Count_Breznak

      Seems to be a theme here, just check out that Cynic album.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    This is probably going to end up being the playlist I keep in shuffle for a couple of weeks. Should probably remove demo versions of songs and duplicates though.

    • Celtic Frosty

      I’ve done a little bit of that, but I do need to go back through it.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Remove demos?????????????????? POOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

        I mean we can keep the demos and remove the re-recorded ones, it’s the fact that they’re duplicates that bothers me.

        • Only compilations with the same song recorded 30 different shitty ways are real.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I know, just fucking with you……………………………………Poser.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General
    • Hey dude. Did I mention that I saw Acid Witch and that they ruled?

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        No you did not. Awesome.

        • Yup. Good time. I’ve really never listened to them, but after seeing them live I want to check out more of their shit. They killed!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Agreed.

      • CT-12

        Those guys are so fucking fun/funny live. When I saw them they were tossing all this candy and rubber snakes and shit into the audience. Really fun show.

  • EsusMoose

    Cirith Ungol wasn’t the name of the lair but the area it was near. NERD AWAY! Time to herd some hobbits.

  • 365chaosriddendays

    The two albums by Cynic and Dismember are great but there are some albums that I shamefully missed in my past even if I solved this matter:

    1) Edge of Sanity – “The Spectral Sorrows” (1993)
    2) Sinister – “Hate” (1995)
    3) Bathory – “Hammerheart” (1990)
    4) Celtic Frost – “To Mega Therion” (1985)
    5) Unanimated – “Ancient God of Evil” (1995)

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      It took me an embarrassingly long time for someone who studied classics to figure out what To Mega Therion meant. I always just though it was motioning towards a person or place called Mega Therion.

      • 365chaosriddendays

        It’s kinda funny, when I heard the title I wanted to know immediately its meaning, now I know that is an ancient greek word that means “the great beast” used by Aleister Crowley as a pseudonym but before this I thought was something related to a spiritual place, something about religion, well, not at all!

      • Vote for Jeb

        I learned what it was because of the band Therion.

  • JWEG

    So just to clarify – the reason I can only see 200 songs on the Spotify playlist, is that there *are* only 200 songs on this first one of several…

    Also: is the fact that the playlist doesn’t match the 5 albums listed intentional, or is mine broken?

    • Open the playlist in Spotify. There’s a limit to what the playlist will display when embedded.

      • JWEG

        I probably should have guessed that, but I use Spotify too rarely for even the easy explanations to seem sensible.

        Cheers, though. I’ll open it on my iPad once I get out on a break…

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    No trees ‘n shit black metal?

  • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

    I’d think that if you liked one Bolt Thrower CD, you’d pretty much like all of them. They’re not exactly known for progression or radically changing their sound.