Community Post: Discog Diving

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Three or four years ago, if you had asked me to name my ten favorite metal bands, I could have promptly produced an itemized list. Today, I’m not so sure. There are still bands that I hold in higher esteem than many others, but I feel that attempting to name my ten favorite bands at the moment would be a rather quixotic task. I have gazed too long into the deep abyss of the metal void, and as such, my interests and tastes have become more fluid and mercurial. In some ways, I feel that this is a wonderful way to approach music. By expending less energy on slavish devotion to only a handful of bands, my consciousness has been pried wide open. I, like many of you, find myself drowning in the flood of sludge and mercury that constantly flows from the molten heart of Mt. Metal.

However, I wonder sometimes if something is lost in the process. In developing a wider acceptance for the art of metal, I feel that in some aspects I have lost a deeper appreciation for individual bands. Attempting to consume so much metal on a daily basis leaves me with less time to explore the grander intricacies of an individual artists’ craft. This is a topic Howard Dean, Tyree, and I have discussed at length.

So what’s the point of this post? A week or two ago, I was struck by a new release from a band I had often overlooked. In my gluttonous fury to consume an every growing list of new releases, I had simply neglected a more traditional and steadfast band that has been regularly and reliably plodding along in the face of change. Folks, I was simply delighted from the moment I pressed play on Monster Magnet’s Milking the Stars, a reimagining of last year’s Last Patrol. I had to ask myself, “Why have I never given these metal stalwarts the time of day?” My only guess is that in my rush to imbibe from the fountain of ever-evolving extremity, I simply overlooked a band that wasn’t reinventing the wheel or making gigantic waves. However, I realize now that I’ve been missing out on some traditional, headbanging, and sincere metal anthems. I’m spelunking deep into the back catalogue of this established act and look forward to learning more.

Inspired by this newfound fervor to explore an established band’s oeuvre, I posed a question to the ToH writing community. What new release has inspired you to further explore an established band’s discography that you’ve simply overlooked for one reason or another? Did some post here at the Toilet inspire you to dig deeper? Here’s what my co-conspirators had to say.


Stockhausen: I had heard the name Wreck and Reference here and there, but I always passed them up for one reason or another. My appreciation for bands on The Flenser should have been enough, but it was the dark, simplistic cover for their 2014 album, Want, that was finally intriguing enough for me to get off my metaphorical butt and press play. I was met by a fascinating blend of brusque, harsh electronics, a wide range of vocalizing, and an attitude of complete detachment. I got the feeling that Wreck and Reference didn’t particularly care whether I liked this album or not, because only posers care about feelings. Backing all of the dark, brooding bluntness was a deep sense of pop structure, a familiarity that worked to drive home the cold, mechanical apathy. I was immediately hooked, and I had to dive into their back catalogue. I found their previous work on their Bandcamp page, most of it at “name your price,” and I threw a few bucks down and got to listening. Throughout their still evolving discography, Wreck and Reference will never play into your expectations; they’ll always make you work for it, but the payoff is always worth it. The only downside here is that it took me until 2014 to hop on this train. Learn from my ignorance, kids.

Pick up Want by Wreck and Reference here.


Deputy Dipshit: Skinless, and it was from you posting of one of their songs on one of the articles, W. I can’t get enough of them and I can’t believe I never paid them any mind through all these years.


Guacamole Jim: I first heard of Humanfly by way of the Toilet’s own HessianHunter. I have to admit that when I first started reading the article and checking out the music, I was less than impressed. About three songs into “A God Among Insects” I lost interest and switched to a different (and probably lifeloving) band. But I knew the Toilet and HH wouldn’t have steered me wrong, so I came back to the article later, checked out Awesome Science, and promptly blew my load all over my work computer — it was that fucking good. After I cleaned my office (and made a few weak excuses to my colleagues about how my yogurt superheated or something and exploded), I downloaded their albums and began to devour them. Of course I only listened to Awesome Science initially, but after a while I delved once again into their two earlier albums, and realized that I enjoyed them much more than I had on first listen. Hearing them through the aural lens of Awesome Science provided me with an inexplicable framework by which I was able to better understand the music and to better appreciate the artistry of Humanfly across their (all too short) lifespan.


Simon Phoenix: It’d be Diocletian for me. I didn’t care for their output initially, but then I listened to Gesundrian, and it blew my mind. So I reevaluated their discography and now I love it all.


Howard Dean: Calm Hatchery for me!


Jack Bauer: I discovered Benighted earlier this year when they released their most recent album Carnivore Sublime. To which a certain website gave an undeservedly shitty review. Benighted write absolutely quality deathgrind and try to throw a little bit of variety into their songs as well. I also discovered Aborted because they were listed in a “similar artists to Benighted” thing. So I really have Benighted to thank for their discography as well as Aborted’s, although I’m sure I would have found out about Aborted real fast with that monster of an album they released this year.


MoshOff: Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Man’s nothing short of a genious and I’m kicking myself for not listening to him earlier.


So now it’s your turn, ToH readers. What band have you unfortunately overlooked until now? Has our humble blog inspired you to explore any individual artist? Sound off in the comments.

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  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    I recently did this with AC/DC and found them to be very repetitive.

    • VV.

      Yah, I haven’t willingly listened to AC/DC in years.

      • MoshOff

        lol willingly, I know that feeling all too well. Every single rock/metal bar I go to plays AC/DC at leats once every 15 minutes.

        • I remember everyone wearing ac dc stuff in high school and there I was headbanging to Rammstein Disturbed and Linkin Park. I never understood the fascination with that band.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            agreed! I was in middle school when highway to hell was releasaed..at that time they were heavy duty…but that was like 77! lol

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        lol! just playin..great post! The new electric wizard album made me dig deeper! Also Pantopticon…yes only two releases but l still a discog dive!

    • Back in Blaaaack

    • There’s a band called Airbourne that is basically a modern ac dc and they are much better. That’s not saying much though.

    • Consider your old man card officially revoked.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        haha! Just clownin guys! lol! Great post W. My latest discog dive thanks to u bros is Deathgrips…

        • VV.

          It goes it goes it goes it goes

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            hahaha! i need lyric sheets! damn!

          • Call the Slambulance

            GUILLOTIIINE YUH

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I FUCK THE MUSIC I MAKE IT CUM

    • the only time i listen to AC/DC:
      iron man, iron man 2, the avengers

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        good call

  • Tyree

    Before I read this I just want to say.

    The Descent >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • VV.

      Is the sequel worth watching?

      • yup!

      • Tyree

        I thought the first one was really well done and had a great ending. The second movie felt very unnecessary honestly.

        • VV.

          I think that’s why I never watched it. It seemed unnecessary, as most horror sequels do.

          • Tyree

            Very true. It’s very rare to have a great horror movie sequel.

        • ORIGINAL ENDING!

      • i want more people to chime in on this…
        i say “it’s okay, not a waste of time”

  • HessianHunter

    Glad to help, Guacamole Jim. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who freaked out about Awesome Science.

    • HessianHunter

      Goddammit, I have to leave for work but now I just want to sit here and listen to Humanfly all day. DAMN YOU, JIM. DAMN ME, HESSIANHUNTER.

      • Gvacamole Jim

        They are so fucking killer! They’ve been one of my absolute favourite Toilet recommendations so far, if not my favourite. You’ve actually given me a ton of killer music. I still remember learning about the Punch Brothers from you back in the day when you ran FFB.

        • HessianHunter

          Punch Brothers >>>>>>>>
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxaPbOEm070

          This is what “grandpas guitars” are for.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            These guys would be the second band you’ve turned me on to, the first being Children 18:3, as I’ve already mentioned on the FB page. I am not a fan of pop punk at all, but those dudes (and lady) are great.

  • My pick this year: Katatonia. Damn, that band would’ve make disasters with my feelings in my teenager years jajajaja!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz7E_BsKrVI

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Katatonia: always solid as fuck. Also, feels — but not in a lifeloving way.

      • i’ve got this weird feelings when I listened this band for the first time. I read the lyrics and I was like: “okay, this guys want to be all time depressed, I don’t care about it”.. But the music, for me, makes me go full introspect (not a difficult thing for me).

        I’ve always wanted a music from a metal band that makes me go deeper into my thoughts and emotions raw, to help me think.. And I found it with those last records of Katatonia 🙂

    • Xan

      This band, as well as a bevy of other death doom and gothic bands are things that I need to go through. With my new-found appreciation this year for these styles of music, I feel as if there are a ton of bands I’ve missed out on.

      • baby steps and you will like other bands 😀 I’m digging more Paradise Lost, for example

        • Xan

          I get annoyed that my tastes shift so much. This time last year, I was blasting doom metal like a motherfucker. I don’t really enjoy half of that music now. This year has been my “melancholy as fuck” music phase. Bands like Woods of Ypres, Yearning, YOB, Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, A Pale Horse Named Death, Type O Negative, and Solstafir have been frequently played this year. I’ve also been loving of the weird death metal.

          • Jajajaja, I understand you. But, I think that’s ok. If you listen the same as always you give yourself the oportunity to find good stuff.

  • At the behest of many of you guys I’ve tried to go through a bunch of the Devin Townsend discography… aaaand it doesn’t do much for me. I dig Ki and Casualties of Cool tho.

    • HessianHunter

      Those are far and away my favorite releases from him. Ki has such a unique, smoldering quality.

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Ocean Machine is my favourite by him, but I prefer SYL. He’s epic as fuck live though.

      • VV.

        Ocean Machine is solid.

      • Gvrp

        Did you get to see “Lucky Animals” live?

        • Dental_Damnation

          *Jazz hands*

        • VV.

          I did. @Dental_Damnation:disqus stole my comment, haha.

          • Gvrp

            Did you jazz hands it up like a real man?

          • VV.

            You better believe it.

          • Gvrp

            Fuck yeah!

        • Gvacamole Jim

          We don’t speak of that.

          • Gvrp

            AND WE’RE LUCKYYYYYYY

          • Gvacamole Jim

            WE DON’T SPEAK OF THAT

    • I’ve listened Epicloud. Long as fuck, but the ambient sections are <3

    • the hard part for me (one of the biggest fans of SYL in st. louis) was the change. at first i was all “this sucks, go back to SYL” but after months of forcing myself to listen to it, it grew on me. i can totes understand somebody not feeling it at this point in musical history.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      That’s because it’s Devin Townsend.

    • Lacertilian

      Ki has some nice chill tracks on it.

  • OldMetalHead

    For me it’s Bloodbath. I heard a cut from Grand Morbid Funeral and immediately started looking for more. Their EP Unblessing The Purity just fucking slays!

    • VV.

      I actually like the older stuff a lot more than GMF. Happy diving!

    • Dental_Damnation

      That EP changed my life.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Hi Old metal head! I too am an old metal head! Good to have another amongst our ranks! I recently “discovered” Bloodbath too…

    • I liked GMF and Nightmares Made Flesh 🙂 but I prefer their newer

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Black Sabbath. Shame on me

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Deputy, this community also got me to respect and admire Skinless but I haven’t delved as fully into their discography as I would like, yet. They are great.

    For me, and I should have thought of this prior to this going up, Prurient. It seems hard to believe, but, I am somewhat confident I first listened to a Prurient album in 2014 and I dove into his discography whole-heartedly this year. See also, many noise artists/musicians.

  • MoshOff

    Ah, did not know I was going to be in this haha. Thanks W!

    • VV.

      Haha, I thought you did.

      • MoshOff

        If I did I would have sent you a link myself, but you picked a great one.

  • Gvrp

    Too many for me to name off the top of my head.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Apparently due to his schedule with Nightwish, Kai Hahto will NOT be participating in the new Swallow the Sun album/Tour

  • Dental_Damnation

    BLOOD RED THRONE. Their back catalogue is arguably better than the recent stuff. Never gave them the time of day because I have a problem with band names longer than 2 words. But holy shit, their ability to harness groove in death metal is unparalleled.

    • VV.

      Props for BRT!

  • Herr Schmitty

    For me this year it’s Gojira… and Solution .45. Grabbed a few Gojira CD’s when they announced their tour with Mastodon so I could know some more of their material besides L’Enfant Sauvage (a track I loved, but never explored their material further.).. and I have no regrets. They rip super hard and are really nice humans as well.

    Solution .45 I was always destined to get into. I love Christian Alvestam like a family member, and feel like his work with Scar Symmetry produced some of the very best melo-death ever made.

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Dude. Solution .45 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      For Aeons Past seriously become one of my all-time favourite metal albums ever, which is surprising because it’s not normally the kind of metal I really dig. But everything on that album is constructed so perfectly it’s impossible not to get hooked. To me, it’s a perfectly written pop-metal album.

      • Herr Schmitty

        It really is great. It has grown on me as well; I gave it some cursory jams the week I got it, but then went on to explore other things in greater detail (like Revocation’s sterling Deathless). But then, maybe two weeks ago, it really grabbed me hard, and I’ve rotated it pretty heavily ever since. Bladed Vaults is my jam, as is Clandestinity Now.

        Solution .45 is in the studio RIGHT NOW producing two separate albums that, according to them, will be released at the same time as a sort of ‘double album’ situation. Should come out relatively early next year! I’m pretty stoked. Meanwhile, Alvestam keeps joining more and more bands to do recorded vox.

        • Gvacamole Jim

          They’re in the studio?? This is exceptional news!

          • Herr Schmitty

            Yes sir! Two albums too, not even just one! They’re keeping a studio blog over on their band’s FB page… which I would link to you here, but for some reason it’s not showing up in my browser to copy/paste to you.

    • I remember singing along Scar Symmetry with my friends in the college <3.. awww, good times

  • i had never heard of Akercocke until our friend @dario_argento:disqus spoke about them. i can’t pretend to know their whole discography but listen to a lot of their albums and i dig it!

    • Tyree

      If you like Akercocke check out the drummer and guitarists new band
      ANTICHRIST IMPERIUM. Shit is pretty brutal.

      • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

        Hard to take anything called “Antichrist Imperium” seriously.

    • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

      @Tom Waits For No Slave, and @Tyree you both need to check Voices. It’s by the members of Akercocke and pretty Akercocke-ish.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Tyree

    I never really gave Dissection a chance until this year thanks to King Shit. The first album I heard by them was Reinkaos and I was not to impressed. When I heard Storm of the Light’s Bane for the first time I was hooked though. The Somberlain is great too!

  • So many, Gojira is a big one, along with Dead Congregation, Gorguts, Cattle Decapitation, and Nails to name a few. This here toilet is the best thing to happen to my music tastes since college.

    • VV.

      Dead Congregation for me too. And Blood of Kingu.

      • Tyree

        Both great! You got me into Blood of Kingu.

        • VV.

          Tyree, I can’t wait for the split to arrive.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Which of you guys were really pimping Falls of Rauros? I feel like that’s the next band I need to explore; they’re from my city of residence, kinda seems like I should check them out!

          • VV.

            Stockhausen and Pagliacci.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Got it. I’ll harass them and see where they think I should start.

            YOU HEAR THAT, STOCKIACCI? I’M COMING TO BOTHER YOU BOTH!

          • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

            Personally, I’d start with The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. That’s still my favorite release from them. Then move on to Believe In No Coming Shore. Then, if you’re hooked, finish with Hail Wind and Hewn Oak. That one is a little more raw.

          • Stockhausen

            Personally, I’d start with The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. That’s still my favorite release from them. Then move on to Believe In No Coming Shore. Then, if you’re hooked, finish with Hail Wind and Hewn Oak. That one is a little more raw.

            That was a very long and convoluted way of saying “My thoughts exactly, Pagliacci.”

          • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

            Hell yes, you do.

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Hey Dub, if your really wanting to dive deeper into Monster Magnets earlier works I will recommend the album before Mastermind. That ones better than Last Patrol. They’re to big commercial releases The unfuckable Powertrip and Decibals HoF Dopes to Infinity. 4 Way Diablo is very good. I would stay away from Monolithic Baby. God Says No is hit or miss and Superjudge is considered a stoner rock masterpiece, but that and their earlier works has a different sound. I hope this helps and listen to more Rollins Band!

      • Howard Dean

        VV,

        Just getting around to reading this article now (I was on vacation when it dropped). Good shit!

        I imagine the average “awareness” of new bands and new releases for members of the ToH community has skyrocketed in the last half year or so since inception. Though I’ve been pretty entrenched in the underground for the music scenes I enjoy for many years now (and therefore already aware of most of what the subgenres have to offer), I discovered several new bands and great albums within my preferred niche of black and death metal because of the ToH. Having that many eyes and ears out there searching for new stuff is a powerful tool.

        For me, I’ve had to just say no (enter Nancy Reagan) to a lot of the new stuff recommended around the Terlet, simply because I don’t and could never have the time to properly explore it all. I like to give things as thorough and complete a chance as possible.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Toilet has offered me many new bands, like Dead Congregation, but sadly I have returned only to a very few even when I liked many. Like Black Crown Initiate which I hadn’t heard of before the Toilet.

    • Herr Schmitty

      That has actually been my biggest problem too; I’ve bought more new music this year than any other year in my life, and I only listen to things so much before jumping around to other albums… unless a particularly catchy song drags me into listening to that album over and over and over.

      I’ve leaped around from Solution .45 to Revocation to Gojira to old Scar Symmetry to Soilwork to Rivers of Nihil to The Ocean to all kinds of shit. I’m everywhere. The downside is that maybe I treat each of these bands with a little less passion and reverence compared to when I had a narrower perspective on what is ‘out there.’

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        Coming to realize a similar problem to that mentioned in this article I decided to start listening to all my albums systematically, if only one or two a day. Because I don’t want to have music I don’t listen to.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Dr. John, although not metal, is such an artist. I had heard a few songs and even liked them but mostly ignored him for whatever reason, until Locked Down came out a couple of years ago. I bought it and have been all over him ever since.

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Never heard of this fellow. BRB checking out.

    • Tyree

      I saw Dr. John with Donald Fagen and Levon Helm. It was incredible!!!

      • nice

        • Tyree

          Natalie Merchant was there too. I forgot.

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        You are now on the list of persons I envy with slightly violent passion.

        • Tyree

          Levon died the next year I believe. I’m honored to say that I saw him perform.

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            STOP TWISTING THE KNIFE. I loved Levon too.

          • Tyree

            Hahaha, Indeed. Levon dominated.

  • NefariousDude

    VAURA. Nuff said

    • VV.

      Vaura >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • NefariousDude

        w >>>>>>>

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    I want to hike to the peak of Mt. Metal.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    The toilet’s given me so much to listen to its hard to expound on all the discogs I’ve gone thru since being here.

  • JWG

    I credit you guys* for my the massive increase in my CD and Bandcamp collections in just this year.

    I’m complete or near-complete the discogs of certain specific artists and bands I’d heard of but hadn’t ever quite been on my radar (Wolvhammer, Dead Congregation, and the slightly lengthier activity of Evoken, YOB and The Ocean come to mind). And there’s lots I’d like to add to, and probably will next year (Mournful Congregation – I only got this year’s EP but I want more now).

    * In truth, you and Grim Kim. But there’s an undeniably large overlap there.

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      Keep it sludgy and doomy, JWG >>>>>>>>

      • JWG

        That’s almost exactly [though formed as a rhetorical question] what the guy at Scrape Records said when I bought all of those at once.

    • Tyree

      I forgot about that Mournful Congregation release. I don’t remember being too impressed. I’ll have to give it another play here.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I know a lot of people here have mixed feelings about GK, but, I would consider being compared to her in terms of discovering music a compliment for this site.

    • Xan

      I think I acquired roughly 400 CDs just from this website this year (granted, a great many were free on bandcamp). BandCamp has done wonders to help me have great music for free. I always try to give something if I can but I’ve got to pay for college too. I never pirate music unless it isn’t available in any location.

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    I almost hate to admit this, but I wasn’t into Neurosis until Honor Found In Decay. I bought Enemy of the Sun when it first came out, but I think it was just too “out there” for me at that time. I pretty much ignored them after that. But once Honor Found In Decay blew me away, I worked backwards through the discography until I got back to Souls at Zero. That earlier material still isn’t my favorite, but I can appreciate it a lot more now. Neurosis is one of the few bands left on my bucket list that I feel like I have to see at least once.

    • VV.

      Honor Found in Decay is a great album, but it almost sounds like old veterans settling down with the ruins of a life misspent. The older releases are much more imposing.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Maybe one of the reasons I don’t keep jp with a lot of these bands I get introduced to is that I also buy a lot of older albums every year. Do you guys only buy new ones/older only in cases you’ve just discovered the band.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Someone recommend me some Grind right now that’s more groove than blasty. GO!

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Before toilet I hardly knew any PExxx except Grunt, so there is that. I guess Edward and Cybernetic Organism deserve a hats off. (Also all kinds of noise and dark ambient and stuff)

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      YES.

  • Stockhausen

    Another one for me was the insane world of Mories. I’ve been at it for awhile and I’m still working through his catalogue.

  • Count_Breznak

    Red Harvest….and Runemagick

  • Xan

    Ceremonial Castings was one of my favorite discoveries. They’ve made metal for years and I’d never given them a listen until the Lovecraft posts. Aevangelist is another. God dang, that is some gnarly stuff.

    • God

      Whenever someone tells me there is no such thing as good symphonic black metal, I strap one of CC’s CDs to my dick and smack them in the face with it.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    I’ve overlooked Spooky Tooth, The Electric Prunes and a ton of other rock bands you have never heard of.

  • Ayreon is fucking amazing. Have you listened to ‘The Human Equation’ yet? Mikael Ackerfelt, Bruce Dickinson, Devin Townsend and a ton of other heavyweights are on that one.

    • VV.

      Ayreon >>>>>>>>>>>

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    There are actually too many to name, I disovered so much music through the past year and a bit. Agalloch, Septicflesh, Gojira, Sylosis, OPETH and the list goes on…