Sunday Sesh: Charity

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We often like to think of metal as more than just a style of music. The words brotherhood and community get tossed around a lot. If the unity that we as a listening community share is genuine, then no one of us listens to metal in a vacuum free of the influence of his or her peers. No metalhead is an island, as it were. Today we celebrate the albums and bands that your friends gave to you. Today we celebrate the way your buddies turned you on to one of your favorite bands.

#MetalBandcampGiftClub is still rocking. I’ve personally received a bunch of albums from you fine folks, and I treasure all of these. Again, I say thank you. However, as these are all technically items I wishlisted myself, none of them really fit the criteria of today’s post. Instead, I have to dig back a bit into my memory to find some records that I would not have discovered as quickly (and subsequently fallen in love with) or even discovered at all without the recommendation of my peers. After pondering the question for a bit, two things come to mind, one old and one new.

Old: Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction

Scene: I had just graduated from high school and was excited to soon join the collegiate world in a city far, far away from home. I wanted to try to connect with some folks from my future alma mater, so I joined a Myspace (lol) group for engineering students at my university. One particular fellow named Tom and I became friends, and after chatting for a while, we discovered a mutual interest in heavy metal.

Aside: At the time, I was into metal, but nothing very extreme. I liked Metallica and Pantera, but most of what I listened to back then (a decade ago) would fall under the umbrella of nu metal/metalcore (yes, we were all posers at one point).

So, after finding out I liked Metallica, dear old Tom besought me to explore the oeuvre of one of the other great thrash bands, Megadeth. I’m not entirely certain how I picked my entry point, but I guess Countdown to Extinction was as good a place as any to start. I was immediately enamored of that simple riff in “Symphony of Destruction” and soon came to love many of the other cuts on the record, particularly “Sweating Bullets.” A few months later I would plumb the depths of death metal, math metal, and prog metal, but for a brief time in my affections, Megadeth reigned, and I can thank ol’ Tom for that.

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New: Blood Incantation – Interdimensional Extinction

“Hey Dubs, check out this sweet artwork. This band sounds like Timeghoul. Very rad.” These were the words (or something approximately like them) that my dear sweet Leif Bearikson used to seduce me into listening to Blood Incantation. As it turns out, he was not wrong. Our own Richter predicts the full length album from these death metal masters of the 4th dimension will be the Toilet’s darling this year, and if the sweet riffs and ghastly vocals keep coming in measured pace through well-crafted songs, he may very well be right. If you still haven’t heard it, get listening.

So now it’s your turn. Share with me your loves that your loves have helped you to love. Bring me your loves, my loves.

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  • If it wasn’t for the toilet, I would never have heard this album and thus never fallen in love with black metal, cause this is the album that made me take the plunge into the void of black metal. https://bloodofkingu.bandcamp.com/album/dark-star-on-the-right-horn-of-the-crescent-moon

    • DVRKBEVRD

      nice

    • Dubs

      This warms my cockles, Bauer.

  • Pentagram Sam

    Oh man here we go! From waaaaay back in the 4th and 5th grade in Houston, my next door neighbor and I met at the bus stop. We started shooting the shit and I went over to his house one day to hang out. I was all video game nerd and he was music nerd and he introduced me to bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Pearl Jam, all the stuff going down in 93-94. I bought Nevermind and Incesticide and played those two relentlessly. He also got me into punk forays cos he had NOFX Punk in Drublic and the version of Ribbed that came with the condom. We’d watch MTV a bunch and just listen to music. He’d usually draw with pencils and stuff while I’d look at all the cd booklets and read the lyrics cos this stuff was all new to me.

    The big one was Metallica though. Beavis and Butthead were *gasp* controversial cos of some dipshit claiming that the episode were they were all “Fire, Fire!” caused someone to light his cousin or some shit on fire. We started watching that together and seeing crazy music vids like Detachable Penis by King Missile, and real cool underground shit. But we were wondering about the shirts they were wearing. We knew AC/DC but I hadn’t heard Metallica before. So, one day we were chilling in his pool and he went “Hey man, I got a cd by Metallica. It’s really cool there’s this song you should hear.” So we went up to his room and he gave me the lyrics and put on One.

    Oh man, reading those lyrics of despair and misery and then the pounding I got when it came to the machine gun riffs / LANDMINE! part just blew me away. (Plus it was really cool seeing how they called everyone “fuckers” in the thank you part of the liner notes eg. Crew Fuckers, Sound Fuckers, Producer Fuckers,)

    Moved outta Houston after 6th grade to Midland where I met a couple of other dudes, one into punk mainly and then another who was also into Metallica. Shit, the Metallica dude and I just went off on accelerated metal growth together. It stemmed from both of us being into Stephen King and there’s this part in IT were Richie Tozier comes into town in the 80’s and the billboard on the theater says “Heavy Metal Mania – Judas Priest and Iron Maiden! Coming soon Megadeth and Anthrax” I got Live After Death and shortly thereafter Painkiller, he got Among The Living and I wanna say Peace Sells but it might have been Killing Is My Business.

    We’d go to each other’s houses and bring our cds with us and play video games and listen to em all night. Gotta be honest though, he introduced alot more bands to me than I to him cos he would discover bands and get albums right away and somehow he always grabbed the “right” ones.

    I tended to branch out a little more slowly by filling out most of a bands discography before jumping to another one, and hell Maiden and Priest had some extensive discographies.

    But shit man, almost all the old thrash I discovered thru this dude and us playing video games and looking at the cd booklets. Overkill, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Misfits, Anthrax, Megadeth, were basically on constant rotation.

    I’ll think of new reccs after work but those early days were fucking glorious man.

  • Spear

    Right around the time I started college, I discovered a Legend of Zelda fan forum. I spent most of my time on the theories board (I’ll go back into my locker now), but there was a big metal thread going at the time. As I was very new to metal at the time, I jumped in looking for recommendations. The conversation was revolving around death metal at the moment, which was something my shitty poser brain had rejected every time I’d heard it. Screaming was pointless to me, and I said as much. Instead of rebuking me, the other guys started asking what I was into- at the time, it was pretty much just thrash, metalcore, and prog. One of them told me to check out Opeth and come back with an opinion. Having not yet discovered the advent of Youtube (we had dial-up where I lived… dark times), I immediately ran out and bought Ghost Reveries.

    That album changed everything. The fact that someone had such a brutal growl and an amazing singing voice blew my mind, and he could play guitar like nobody’s business. Over the course of those 66 minutes, I went from being completely opposed to screaming to being voracious for more. Of course, I still preferred singing to screaming, but Ghost Reveries opened so many new doors for me. So thank you, random Zelda nerds, for getting me to reevaluate my opinions on what music could be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a267gFmAxTw

  • Spear

    Also, I made a thing. The dongs must flow:

    • Boss the Ross

      Hahahahahahaha!

    • tigeraid

      Breathtaking.

    • The God Emperor of Mankind

      Look here buddy, I am God Emperor of a lotta shit. And you best believe Dong is one of them.

      • Spear

        You’ll have to take that up with Leto Dongtreides II.

    • Max

      Blasphemy!

      – Muad D’ong.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAK GET INTRO TO BLACKS METAL LIKE 20 YEAR AGO!!!!!!!!!
    https://youtu.be/YtUbwjMJAD4
    https://youtu.be/8XNsZ-BAXgw

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      CoF <<<<<<<<<<<<

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        1997 THEY WERE ACTUALLY BAND MOSTLY ELITIST LISTEN TO!!!!!!!! THIS HAPPEN MUCH LATER:
        http://loudwire.com/files/2011/11/Dani-Filth1.jpg

        • Eliza

          Unfortunately.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Personally I never liked them. Not even their debut or Dusk and Her Embrace, which is considered to be their finest work. Even saw them live at some fest and I just couldn’t make it through the whole set.
          I don’t really dislike them because they aren’t considered “tr00”. I don’t really consider myself elitist and tr00. There’s still quite a certain amount of “mainstream” metal I like. It’s just that there’s something about their sound that I really dislike.

          • Eliza

            The added effects and organ can sometimes be to much.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            & DANI VOCAL RANGE 4 SOME!!!!!!!!!

          • Eliza

            That doesn’t bother me at all actually.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I think Dani’s vocal range is actually their strong point. I mean, if I HAVE to give them credit for something.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            CRADLE & EMPEROR WERE STARTING POINT 4 ME TO LIKE BLACK METAL IS ALL!!!!!!! EMPEROR STILL A FAVORITE!!!!!! CRADLE ME CONSIDER FAR FROM BEST OR WORST!!!!!! & HAVEN’T DONE BLACK METAL IN OVER DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Mannequin is a cracking tune and it irks me that they didn’t play it on either of the times I saw them.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Emperor was actually my starting point for BM as well. Still am a fan of Eclipse and Anthems. Prometheus, I don’t like as much.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Nah they’ve always beeen shit

  • Count_Breznak

    There hasn’t been enough mathy grind lately https://anoia.bandcamp.com/

    • Dubs

      Morgue Supplier is out now.

      • Count_Breznak

        Sounds pretty good so far.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    as a big giant nerd im going to just pull a big thank you out to the terlet for my newfound love of dungeon synth and dark ambient. it goes perfect with my oldschool love of regular dungeons.

  • tigeraid

    TURBID NORTH, WES. TURBID NORTH. I WOULD NOT HAVE DISCOVERED TURBID NORTH WITHOUT MY FRIENDS AT THE TOILET, WES.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9vxasYHz4

    • Eliza

      This band is awesome.

    • Boss the Ross

      So good.

    • You will NEVER LIVE THIS DOWN.

  • tigeraid

    Other than that, it was a buddy that actually turned me on to Iced Earth, which is now forever “my favourite band.” I had listened to lots of thrash, and lots of power, but had never heard of IE, being from way up here in the frozen wasteland of Canada. The Internet was my gateway and IE was my drug.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMOtwk9oXjA

  • Eliza

    I remember that one day, my dad asked me if I know a band called “A Perfect Circle”. As I hadn’t heard of that band before, I decided to check the out, the album that I listened to being Thirteenth Step. In the recommendations list on YouTube, there was a video with an eye-catching thumbnail that made me click on it instantly. That video was the full upload for an album called Lateralus by a band called Tool. However, I didn’t listen to the album then, since it is really long and I didn’t have the time. Months later, an accident forced me to stay in bed for two weeks. Since I had a lot of time, I decided to give that Lateralus album a try and it was the greatest thing ever. Tool is one of my favourite bands now, thanks to my dad who indirectly introduced me to them. I like A Perfect Circle a lot as well. BTW, I’d also like to thanks all the people here who introduced me to a lot of great music I wouldn’t have never heard of otherwise.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I’m quite a big Tool fan, but somehow A Perfect Circle never did much for me.

      • Eliza

        I love how emotional APC can get, but I understand why someone wouldn’t be drawn to that.

    • Boss the Ross

      Being introduced to Tool was a major turning point for me also.

      • Eliza

        They’re really amazing!

        • Boss the Ross

          Yes they are.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Some time ago I saw their name dropped on here a few times, so I decided to check these guys and this album out. I’m not sorry, one of the finer incarnations of traditional BM I’ve heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HxZzJ8Fnrw

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      This album is a favourite of mine.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        It really is one of the best albums I’ve come across in this particular style. Even enjoy it way more than the older Gorgoroth albums, to which they’re somewhat comparable.

  • Maik Beninton™

    Friendship is kind of a vague concept for me because I barely talk to people, and because of that I never really got into a band through friends recommendations, closest thing I can think of is seeing some guys (who I don’t even talk to anymore) jamming Slipknot in first year of high school, and a girl showing me some Metallica songs that I forgot later on.

    • Eliza

      I can relate so much! Except that nobody at my school played anything even remotely close to metal.

      • Maik Beninton™

        A true story: my discovery of hard/heavy music began by watching Counter Strike Source montage videos, all of which were of zombie mod gameplay.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          man, i miss counterstrike

          • Maik Beninton™

            Me too. Played a lot of zombie mod, but most were of infinite clip type. It was hard to find a normal clip type.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            mustve been after i quit playing

          • Maik Beninton™

            Ever tried Global Offensive?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            the console version?

          • Maik Beninton™

            There is for PC.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            ah, i piddled around with it on console when it came out. it had a bunch of problems so i never went back to it

          • Maik Beninton™

            Boy it changed a lot ever since it came out, I don’t know about the console version, but the PC version has become a lot more competitive.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            perhaps one of these days ill have to check it out again

          • we should all try and find it and play sometime. it’s gotta run on modern systems right? and be cheap?

          • Maik Beninton™

            I don’t have a good PC for gaming though. Outside of flash games, and Max Payne 3 on PS3, I don’t play games for years.

          • it’s old Maik. how slow IS your pc?

          • Maik Beninton™

            It doesn’t have a video card.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            Maik wins

          • DVRKBEVRD

            it should still be on steam, and CS:S has been around for a long time, i quit not too long after the switch from 1.6. my guess is just about anything can run CS:S

        • Eliza

          I discovered rock/metal music partially thanks to my parents and partially thanks to VH1, when it was still watchable.

  • Well, I was never a poser. I was birthed out of Satan’s fiery asshole with the Celtic Frost logo branded on my forehead as a birthmark.

    I will say that KSoFM got me into a lot of the shit I listen to now which also furthered my fascination and exploration with evil and savage sounding black metal madness. Too many bands to call out though.

    • The God Emperor of Mankind

      And I still can’t decide if I wanna listen to black metal Bathory or Saxon. How do you do it man?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Saxon is the shit. I’m not a Bathory fan.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          “I’m not a Bathory fan.”

          You’re missing out.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve tried to listen to them. I did not like it.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            A lot of the classic BM, as well as DM bands require an effort to get into. They’re not build upon catchy hooks, rather than transporting you into a certain atmosphere. You won’t immediately like the classic stuff of bands such as Bathory, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum, Venom…(for blackened metal) or bands such as Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram…(for doom metal). But once you’re hooked, you stay hooked.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Saxon is better.

          • Boss the Ross

            I cannot agree more with this statement.

          • Pentagram Sam

            Try Blood On Ice. from 1996. That was the first one for me that my metal Midland buddy discovered at Hastings for like two bucks. Great Conan inspired storyline, mainly clean vocals and really cool songs. One Eyed Old Man is like acid rock w some of the greatest YEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHS! out there. Also, it has EXTENSIVE liner notes and because “The Return…” was called one of the most evil albums ever, it immediately shot to MUST GET status for the two of us.

            I like this album better than the Nordland ones actually

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6lKeH4C3wU

          • Pentagram Sam

            One more from Blood On Ice. This one’s real slow and doomy, but has one of the greatest choruses. No spoilers, but the story in a nutshell is this. Dude gets his family wiped out in a raid as a kid. He seeks help on a vengeance quest from mystical folks and along the way he basically removes his physical self to transform. His heart gets ripped out by a woodwoman and placed in a sweet tree to become immortal, he plucks his eyes out and throws them into THE LAKE (right hurrrr) and his eyesight is now thru the eyes of two ravens, he gets an 8 legged horse to trample shit, and also gets a sword of maximum asslaying capacity to go after the demon dude who wiped out his village.

            Cool thing is, ending song “Revenge Of Blood On Ice” starts with the same chants the opening song does. Garrrr! Need to listen to this now! YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCUx5WKIZ1E

          • I don’t understand that quote.

            http://i.giphy.com/ZYiHYntNcNegg.gif

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      You’re welcome, fucker.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Anyway, my story of getting into metal seems quite different compared to a lot of other metal fans. Where I live there isn’t really a huge community of metal fans and growing up I never hung around in metal circles. At school I was “one of the popular kids” – I mean, if I can call it like that, I knew all the right people, hung out with the “tough crowd”, had buddies that regularly got expelled from school for selling drugs and punching teachers, got into group fights with people from other schools in the area, smoked joints in the morning while listening to Cypress Hill before class, went to clubs (still do from time to time)… So yeah, I had all the makings of being a stereotypical “high school scumbag”, though I never directly bothered anyone and just always tried to get along with everyone.

    I just got into metal, because I was a bit tired of music that was popular at the time and that everybody was listening to already. My father already has a huge collection of blues, jazz, prog, folk, 70’s rock…so I was looking for a genre to explore myself. And I deemed metal to be the most explorable and diverse genre I could find at that time. And I’ve been a fan of the genre ever since.

    • Boss the Ross

      Solid. Glad to have you.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Thanks man!

    • tigeraid

      Cypress Hill is metal. Basically.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        They have done some songs with metallic arrangements. And B-Real and Sen Dog are known to be metal fans.

      • Boss the Ross

        They are definitely one of the more “metal” hip hop groups.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    We Are The World is the best charity song.

  • EsusMoose

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlWq6WXIv7M
    tl;dr random guy in a limited size high school course helped get me into megadeth and the rest is years and years of passive internet searching.
    So in a way this is snake-ish, early high school I was introduced to radio rock and metal by my friend, we ended up going to 4-5 concerts within the next year, multiple larger groups (Slipknot, Metallica, Mastodon) and a local band show. I was hooked but during our sophomore year he and a few of his other friends hatched the great idea of starting a band but they needed someone who’d hold a bass, I was that guy. I picked it up and started taking lessons, I had no idea what I was doing. I would learn later that year my school district offered a class on music production, as my group needed someone that knew how to record I volunteered.

    Fast forward six months and I learned a childhood friend that I stopped talking to years before also was taking it, we decided to work together. Most of that year was he’d show me a song he wanted to record (mainly indie rock), I’d find tabs and learn it. As the year progressed the class’s project schedule slowed down ridiculously due to it being relatively new and I got to talking to other people in the class. One guy who’d talk to me and the teacher one day made a remark about picking up bass again and trying to learn Peace Sells. I who at this point was just getting into mainstream but not radio played stuff and wanted to learn more songs on bass after school shot home to youtube peace sells. It was love, the riffs, lyrics and energy all clicked with me. I started listening to the other videos that were related, finding a few I had heard before and new ones that continued to set the kindling aflame. A couple months later I would learn of the big 4’s concert tour releasing a dvd of the shows and bought them immediately. I ended up watching them probably twenty times.

    As most of my friends were into metalcore or deathcore I went to the internet to find more, which after multiple years brought me to comment section of metalsucks. So thank you random guy whose comment would send me down the porcelain brick road. I can thank many of you for doing the same, getting me into a lot of modern groups and underground stuff.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I learned about a lot about dad rock from my uncle. I learned about WASP from an old friend. I learned about Fear Factory from an Ozzfest compilation my friend gave me.

  • tigeraid

    Further to the toilet specifically, Link and Rand’all were very useful in making me realize that Power metal is still alive and well, even in North America–it’s just buried on bandcamp and on this here blog. Without them I wouldn’t have heard Judicator, Noble Beast or Terminus, or what have you.

    But also, the Toilet really twisted my sensibilities over to Doom, or Power-tinged Doom, much moreso than they had been. Since coming around here, the majority of my listening pleasure is now in this sort of genre–I knew about Grand Magus already, but now I can add Visigoth, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Tulsadoom, Khemmis, Crypt Sermon and Magic Circle to that list. Horizons expanded.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    To a pretty large extent my taste has come from reading about or hearing things myself. MTV2, Kerrang and Scuzz on the TV, Kerrang, NME, occasionally Q, once or twice Metal Hammer in print. Then later I’ve done very well from specifically requested recommendations. For example, a couple of years ago a single thread I made on a music forum asking about atmospheric and unusual metal put me on to Spektr, Striborg, Beherit, Asva and Menace Ruine.

    But putting my mind to it, there’ve been at least a couple of important unsolicited recommendations to me. Both around ages 16-17, when I was sort of wobbling around being a pretty staunch gloomy and obnoxious nu metal/post grunge kid. One of my brothers introduced me to Capdown, Mad Caddies and Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, which led to an appreciation for punk in general, but more importantly a sense that it was ok to really have fun with music, let ones hair down, fight the world or escape from the world, but above all not let things grind you down. I’m not that big on punk these days, though I still do dig quite a lot that I used to, but that shift in attitude was a big thing to me.

    Also, a school friend of mine who was a bit more of an indie kid type and had a not exactly hip but fairly well listened dad introduced me to Pixies, Van Morrison, Buckley’s Jeff & Tim, and a few other classic pop and alternative types. That got me into a fondness for a classy tune, but also weirdness and atmosphere and personality in a big way. That’s become maybe a fundamental feature of my music tastes.

    As for here, I’m super forgetful and dumb and often inebriated, so examples of direct recs are a bit tricky. Articles are enduringly good for me, I return every so often to the series on Lovecraftian metal to remind myself of any I might have missed. And the series on dark metal whose name I forget, for the same reason. The one that started with None so Vile. But personally, the only thing currently springing to mind is that it was folk here that got me properly into Marduk, who I previously disdained as I’m not too hot for Panzer Division Marduk and read an interview with the guitarist in which he came across as rather a knob. But now with each album I pick up they’re rising into my black metal favourites.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Friends recommendations for metal are teh good. Learned about these guys over the weekend thanks to one.

    http://youtu.be/RDpHjuWXK8Q

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Dope band.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    And thanks to all you toiletries for the great black metal recs in the last year, full of trees & shit.

  • Boss the Ross

    I’m going to just stick with Metal for today’s sesh.

    Metal was always in my life. I have home videos of myself headbanging at a young age with Metallica and Sabbath playing in the background. As I grew older my tastes started to develop and around 6th grade is when I started hitting heavy and really searching for bands and artists to satisfy my eager ears. Reading books, magazines and websites was a daily task for me and how i discovered a lot of mt favorite bands. Unfortunately I really didn’t have any metal friends until High School, and at that point I was the one introducing them to the music we love and adore. I had one friend that I really got into Metal and he and I were constantly trading albums back and forth. As I was going down the path of Doom and Punk, he was finding Death and Power Metal. I had already delved into Death with Cannibal Corpse and a few others, but more importantly he loaned me Nile’s Annihilation of the Wicked and Amon Amarth’s With Odin On Our Side. Those two albums helped me get into the, at the time, newer Death Metal that was happening, instead of the classics that were described in books and magazines. I still play those two albums on occasion and enjoy them thoroughly. He is also the one that said “Look up Blind Guardian” and the rest is history.

    After high school I branched out into most subgenres of Metal and recently the Toilet has been an asset to my catalog. Bandcamp was introduced to me here and the floodgates were opened further in my neverending search for more Metal.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      that friend of yours deserves a medal

      • Boss the Ross

        Yes he does.
        So does everyone here.

        • DVRKBEVRD
        • more beer

          I saw these guys also last night. I must say I never heard of them before. But will not forget them now. Solid fucking grind.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ndjREtAy4

          • DVRKBEVRD

            I told you they were gonna be good

          • more beer

            You did. Me and my friends were very impressed with them. I will be seeing them again. Hopefully in a space that isn’t a bookstore next time.

          • Boss the Ross

            Cool, I’ll check them out

            I’d also like to thank you, more beer, for some of the recent recommendations that you have given me.

          • more beer

            No problem bro. I’m glad you are enjoying them.

          • Boss the Ross

            I found myself a copy of Roads to Riches yesterday and Black Army Jacket is in the mail.

          • more beer

            Sweet. You know I recommend both of those very highly.

          • Boss the Ross

            And i enjoy your recommendations quite a lot.

          • more beer

            If you aren’t familiar with this record you should be.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcE9KKG_0K8

          • Boss the Ross

            I believe i have heard the name before, thanks man.

          • more beer

            It may take a listen or 2 for it to click. But once it does you will realize what a really clever album it is. It’s an absolute masterpiece.

          • Boss the Ross

            Holy shit. This is awesome. It’s so wacky and different, but that’s what makes it so good.

          • more beer

            That’s why I told you it might take a listen or 2. But it is a classic!

          • CT-12

            Dude, fuck yes, “Most People are Dicks” was one of my favorite songs in high school.

          • more beer

            It’s sad but true!

  • Warheart

    Well, not into metal, kind of the opposite story.

    I have been into metal since childhood, the heavier the better, clean bands were posers and all that stuff. Years ago, It was the time when a lot of known bands started to change to a more lighter sound, so one day a colleague and I were trading some cd’s, and he was like:”Man, you have to listen the new Anathema”, and I “Yeah, ok, whatever” I didn’t care at all, back in the day, I had listen Serenades and Crestfallen, but I dismissed them since then, because reviews said that they weren’t a metal band anymore.

    So this guy played the Judgement album, and it was like a truck hitting me, this album of clean (not metal) music was so enlightening and beautiful, and to me it was a turning point, it opened my mind and I started to get more into non metal music.

    • I like these stories more than the “how you get into merol?”.

      It’s kind of a juvenile compulsion to find more extreme things (faster double bass, guitar weedlies, insane vocals, shorter songs, noisy production). But, there’s a point in which you stop and evaluate your music tastes and explore the unexpected. That was your major turning point, and it was great.

  • Blood Incantation? that some kind of Scrimm band?

    • Scrimm

      What exactly is a Scrimm band, by your definition?

      • i’ve got a loose theory. it’s gotta have really fast, fierce death metal riffing. any other aspects aren’t of great importance.

        • Scrimm

          Then how do you explain the Maiden worship?

  • in high school i was a total nerd (ok still am) but also had mild depression and severe social anxiety. i rarely left the comfort of my computer monitor and hated most people. for my first job i worked with many of the “skaters”, the folks who smoked on the street corner before class and listened to nu-metal (this WAS 1996 after all). i came to realize that the skaters (the outcasts of my high school) were in fact nice as could be, and that judging people was a big mistake. they got me into NIN, Soulfly, Marilyn Manson, and KoRn.
    …which was cool but i found i needed heavier. a local radio station “104.1 eXtreme radio” occasionally spun “Descent” by Fear Factory, and i was curious. so my first truly metal CD was Fear Factory’s “Obsolete” from those mail-order companies, and it was all downhill from there.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      obsolete, and subsequently demanufacture, was a p big turning point for me too

    • Me and all my metallest friends had our cocks ripped off by Obsolete whatever year that was when it came out.

      They’re all posers now.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I prefer Demanufacture. The drumming on that album is astounding. I’m seeing Fear Factory perform it live in April. I will buy a shirt of it.

        • The drum machine on that album is astounding, yes.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            there are many times when ive admired a decent drum programming

          • There are many times when I’ve admired your admiration for admirable things.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            thats admirable of you

          • astonishing

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I love all of those bands!

      • they love you!

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          They sure do.

          • Boss the Ross

            Hey man, why haven’t we seen any more posts on Dad Rock Revue?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve been busy and the review I’m working on is taking a while to finih.

          • Boss the Ross

            Alright man, I’ll keep checking back.

    • JWEG

      I didn’t really have my metal epiphany until Graduate School (the first one).

      I can’t really count my discovery in high school of Ozzy and Metallica. Neither led me any further into metal because at the time (’95-96) I had neither internet to go beyond the city’s borders nor awareness of the ‘real’ metal scene (back in the 90’s in Victoria it was way underground).

      My peers were all into either rap or radio rock, the latter being how I found those two, and only those two…

  • I can’t figure out wether it was Lacertillian, Stanley or Tyree who first put me onto Barghest (facebook group search has revealed nothing) but whoever it was, thanks a billion. I’ve been mainlining that shit ever since. Digging them has opened me up to a new general sound in black metal, so there are tons of other bands that have benefited from that recommendation.

    Thanks to Edward for inadvertently cluing me into the metal iteration of Crowhurst.

    Thanks to Dubs for the Vampillia.

    And a big non-Toilet thanks to the aquariusrecords.org review list which, in the days before the Toilet’s existence, introduced me to amazing shit like Chelsea Wolfe, Bosse-de-Nage, Wreck & Reference, Have a Nice Life, and a jillion quirky metal/rock/experimental/whatever releases from all over the world.

    • Lacertilian

      My search worked.

  • The God Emperor of Mankind

    Top Priority is amongst my favorite Rory Gallagher records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKoF5mjfIig

  • Max

    The two major friends’ recommendations that I can think of is –
    1) When somebody I know pointed me in the direction of Bloodbath’s Resurrection Through Carnage. That guy also turned me onto Peter Gabriel’s Passion. Both are now all-time favourites.
    2) Another friend lent me Slayer’s Live Intrusion video. I was already into Slayer at that point, but only just, and this performance put me firmly down the rabbit-hole from which I will never emerge. I now have my own Live Intrusion DVD, long after having bought all of the studio albums that lent songs to the video’s setlist.

  • Stanley

    Do you like riffs of the black thrashing variety?

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

    • Boss the Ross

      Yes.

    • CT-12
      • Stanley

        “Re-e-on, prostitution”. This rips.

        • CT-12

          I’ve been listening to it almost nonstop since I bought it last week; tis a good one for sure.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Good stuff. Will join Terrörhammer on the list of bands I seek consolidation to Ketzer-drawbacks from.

  • EsusMoose

    Gonna finally listen to Load, Reload and St.anger as I never have, then to add to the masochism, listen to Super Collider, Risk and The World Needs.

    • tigeraid

      eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh I can recommend Load. The rest I would skip.

      • EsusMoose

        Load isn’t that bad so far, definitely can see the evolution of the sound from the black album. I have usually written these albums off, so I’ve decided to try them and then I can have my own experience with them to back up my opinions instead of just saying they’re (probably) bad.

        • tigeraid

          Load is an excellent hard rock/grungy album. If you pretend it’s not Metallica, you’ll suddenly find you’ll enjoy it.

  • JWEG

    Indeed, all of what I’ve been given as gifts from #MetalBandcampGiftClub are from my wishlist, and all that I have given are from others’ wishlists. I’m not daring enough to deviate and just gift something, anything, that I like and think others should hear.

    Things in either my Bandcamp or CD collection that were recommended to me via either (a) the TovH or (b) members of this community in posts on blogs which will remain nameless that pre-existed it, include:

    – Church of Misery
    – The Ocean
    – Indian
    – Dead Congregation
    – Vale of Pnath
    – Sulphur Aeon
    – Vainaja
    – Waft
    – Khemmis
    – Saturndust
    – Turbid North
    – Elder

    Random non-metal aside: I remain tempted to start a #HawaiianSlackKeyBandcampGiftClub. One of these days, my bandcamp followers will each wind up with one random album from one of the living masters.

  • RJA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmH8ggzRS7g
    This one stands out because it was something I had truly never heard of before it being recommended here in the toilet – masterlord I think?
    Of course all kinds of nasty stuff by way of Tyree also.

    • RJA

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVKIFAd02gM
      This would be the one that stands out most from Tyree.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        yo. i straight up bought them. good call, tyree.

        • RJA

          I just went and bought them now that you reminded me – had to grab the Earth and Pillars record too.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i would have grabbed a couple more because they got a bunch of good stuff but i got some others lined up just waiting for my taxes

        • Lacertilian

          New Skáphe came out today.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            both LPs already been purchased leezard

    • Lacertilian

      Yep, Masterlord sent me that one for our record swap.

  • A.P.

    Timeghoul is a personal favorite, so this Blood Incantation is very sweet. Thank you for the recommendation.
    I wish I could contribute much to the conversation, but I’ve had very few metal friends in my time and the ones I’ve had would usually come to me to learn and find new musics. When I was much younger, it was last.fm that I used to discover music, then YouTube, which is still a valuable resource, and now I get a lot of my new musics from this here toilet. Some of you guys are so unbelievably, insanely knowledgeable, I’ve got such respect for you all.