Sunday Sesh: Late Bloomers

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We just wrapped up a whole week of celebrating the best albums of the year. Some of these albums hooked us immediately. Others took more time to marinate in our mental cauldrons before they were ready for proper consumption. Today we celebrate the growers rather than the showers.

In his acknowledgement of his number 5 pick, Mysteries by Black Cilice, the Masterlord commented:

Quite possibly the rawest release of the year; Mysteries sounds like absolute fucking shit, and in the best way ever. Black Cilice has been around for a while, but when Joe slung me the promo for Mysteries I had no idea what I was getting. During my first cursory listen, I still had no idea what it was. After three or four listens, I still… you get the point. It took a while to settle into its own, but once it did, it did, man. The endless layers of distortion, the dying-whale-in-a-wind-tunnel howling, the hauntingly melodic ebb and flow of deliberate feedback, all coalesce into a suffocating soundscape of coarse but captivating sum of its parts. I had trouble explaining the appeal when I reviewed this way earlier this year, and that hasn’t changed. But this has stuck with me, and I find myself throwing it on every time I need a depressing dose of raw ambiance.

I experienced something very similar with one of my own choices, Black Wisdom by Grey Heaven Fall. Though I was immediately drawn to the sound of “The Lord is Blissful in Grief”, the remainder of the tracks took me a fair amount of attentive listening to parse.

It’s curious to me that music we should, ideally, take to immediately so often requires effort for us to enjoy. I am no stranger to challenging metal. I love Jute Gyte and Krallice and even heaped praise upon Hirngemeer by Todesstoß, remarking:

Clocking in at a grueling 75 minutes, Hirngemeer is a nigh-impenetrable mess, and that’s exactly what mastermind Martin Lang intended. Each of the three songs is a steel spider-web of gibbering screeches and maniac grunts, drunk tremolo riffs, bio-organic percussion, and other, weirder elements (including synths and harmonica). There is no discernible structure to be found, just a loose, sprawling impressionist painting of our fever dreams in sonic form. If you want music that tests both your patience and your sanity, there are a lot of parts to enjoy in these three long tracks, but you’re going to be investing quite a bit of your time to pull out those small nuggets of brilliance. However, if you embrace fluid definitions of black metal and want to see it pushed to artistic limits, listen to the album here.

Still, Black Wisdom was a challenge for me to grasp. Perhaps it was due to the length of the songs. Perhaps it was due to the uniformity of the relentlessness across tracks. Perhaps my brain is just exhausted here at the end of the year.

Perhaps, though, music catches us and grips us at just the right moments in our lives. I can think back to a number of records that meant something profound to me at a certain point in my life. Artists like Nine Inch Nails and Agalloch took on new meaning for me over the years as I accumulated certain life experiences and underwent the appropriate triggers that allowed those songs to resonate with me where I was. Perhaps the same is true for an album like Black Wisdom.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad I persevered, as dissecting every subtle chord change and rhythmic shift, every little eccentricity and deliberate oddity, inherent in the record has been a gratifying experience. I’m doubtless you’ve experience the same sort of joy that comes from working to understand and enjoy a particular album. I’m sure that not every one of your favorite albums meant the same to you when you first heard them as they do now.

This is your moment to weigh in on that. What have been some of your favorite late bloomers, either of the year or all time?

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  • Boss the Ross

    Though not quite Metal and not recent at all, the first time I listened to The Who’s Tommy I just thought, “yeah, it’s good, I guess.” Pinball Wizard was good and a couple other moments were cool too. And then i listened to it again, same results for a few more times. Then i invested myself into the story and really listened intently, no distractions. The album started taking on new life with me. The musical intricacies that Pete Townshend was creating presented themselves to me in new form. No longer was this a simple rock and roll album with some acoustic guitar. It was a masterpiece of electric majesty rooted on an acoustical background. Every piece adding to the glorious orchestra. And then the lyrics started to finally click. I understood what was happening, what Tommy was going through and what he represented. It was an eclectic story of mankind, society and religion.

    It soon became one of my favorite albums of all time and started my interest in concept albums. There was a time when I was listening to this album at least once a day. The album now gets a little less spins, but still holds it’s own among my favorites of all time.

    Anyways, yeah, thats my first answer for now.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Substitute(heh) “Quadrophenia” for “Tommy” and I can save some typing.

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        I have to agree with you there.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          It’s my favorite Who album.

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            Same. I had it on 8 track when I was in high school.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I still have the vinyl and some DVD audio.

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            I gave all of my 8 tracks away. A friend bought a car that still had an 8 track player in the mid 90’s. I didn’t have any way to play them by then. So I gave them to him since he had a way to use them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That’s why I still have a lot of vinyl. I have a turntable that works just fine. I haven’t owned a functional 8-track player since the late 80s.
            Despite never using them, an old friend still has all his vinyl and 8-track tapes, probably because he still has the space to store it all.

          • Boss the Ross

            I think space is definitely a deciding factor in how much of and what kind of a music collection someone has. I’d love to have a cd collection twice the size I have(it’s decent) plus stacks of vinyl and cases of tapes. But i have nowhere near the space for all of it. Or the money, hahaha.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Space is at a serious premium in my neighborhood. For 2 bed/bthrm, you can pay up to $3000/month for something really nice or about $2500/month for not so nice.

          • Boss the Ross

            Holy hell!

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            It’s like that in a lot of places. Denver is getting like that New York has been like that for years.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yeah, but it’s literally one of the most walkable neighborhoods in The US. If you work within the Metro Boston area, you can get there via subway and 4-5 bus routes. There’s supermarkets, butcher shops, restaurants, movie theaters, pubs, etc. Even on a work night, you can have a complete high end fun night out without walking more than 3-4 blocks. There’s also Family Dollar, Dunkin’ Donuts, and every chain store has cheap, affordable stuff on sale. Also, my part time job is only a 10 minute walk from my apartment. ; )

          • Boss the Ross

            Damn, that is convenient.

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            I left all of my vinyl with a friend when I left New York. I know it is in good hands with someone who will listen to it. One day I will buy a turntable and want it back. But until then my buddy can keep it and enjoy.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yeah, I had an arrangement like that for a time with a friend. I held on to his records while he lived in CT and then spent a couple months playing Dead Head in the Vermont woods, gave it back to him when he was done.

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            I pretty much gave everything away when I left. My music was the only thing I really cared if I got back. It was just too much money to get all of my stuff across the country. You can always get material things back.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            One of my turntables has an 8 track player built in.

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            What I remember of those turntables with built in 8 track players. Was that they were of really poor quality.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Mine has a dual cassette deck.

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            Old school.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Late 80s-early 90s Sanyo.

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            By then I had a system with separate components. Which was the most expensive thing I owned at the time.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Back in those days I was far more concerned with having high end portable stuff because I was never home, the polar opposite of how I am now. I always made sure to have a good Sony Walkman and good head phones, usually Sony as well. I had a set of Bang & Olufsen headphones for a time, but they were way too fragile for partying.

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            I always had portable stuff as well. A Sony Walkman as well as booming radio. For when we were hanging out in the park or where ever. I never went anywhere without music. It is like that now too. Just everything is on my phone. My truck has a cd player. It doesn’t even have the radio stations tuned in. Since I never listen to the radio. It isn’t like New York where there are a bunch of college radio stations playing good music.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The 80s were the best of both worlds for that. Depending on where you hanging out, you could overhear the latest Metal, Hip Hop, or whatever the townies were playing while trying to pick up women in their various IROCs or Fieros. It always seemed like there was music in the air around Harvard Sq.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Fun fact: the 80s holds my favourite metal album of all time,

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m sure most here can say the same. If I wasn’t a fossil, I would too.

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            But you were there for the golden age of metal. I know I wouldn’t change that for anything.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m thinking my favorite Metal album is probably Master Of Reality. If it wasn’t for Sabbath or Purple, my absolute favorite Metal would be an 80s album.

            Being there for the very best years makes it very tough to be excited about newer stuff, but I do it anyway.

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            I find I like a lot of new stuff but at the same time a lot doesn’t do it for me. Sabbath will always be #1 for me. But I like so much stuff in particular order. That’s why I never do those lists. If I Ike it I like. But there is no real order.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Maybe about a couple dozen albums a year catch my interest. Of those, just over half are worth money to me. With my lists, you’re seeing what I actually spent money on.

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            I’m about the same with what really catches my attention. One thing I do know is. If that other blog gives something 5 horns. I am almost positive I won’t like it.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yeah, I didn’t have much common ground with those yokels this year either.

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            Any year. They should be ashamed to call themselves metal bloggers. I saw Rhombus at the Black Sky after party last week. I have figured out who he is from things he has said in his articles. I didn’t say a word to him. There were plenty of much more knowledgeable people there to talk music with. Even his show review made me wonder if we saw the same show. That has been more than once by the way.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            TOH is the only metal blog I go to. I go to Metal Archives and Blabbermouth here and there, but those aren’t exactly blogs.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’m actually a bit surprised by it, because I hate mlst things from the 80s.

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            It is without a doubt my favorite Mercyful Fate album.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Unless you’re a Sabbath, Purple, or otherwise fan of older Rock, the 80s is where most, if not all, of today’s sub-genres got their start.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Which album is it?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Don’t Break the Oath

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            That is a good #1!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That is a good choice

          • Boss the Ross

            Those riffs! And of course the greatest falsetto ever.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk
          • Are you excited for Ulver’s new record?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’ve had it preordered before you even knew about it , fuckface.

          • I’ve had your mom preordered before you even knew about her, fuckface.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Why’d you have to seek me out? Go back to MS!

          • You go back to MS! We all want you back! Ask Nik! Remember the horrible times we had together? Plz, Tapir…

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Never going back

          • Is it because of those fuckers? Because if it is, I understand.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Well, because it’s the Ben Carson of metal blogs. That, and you are one creepy little fuck with stalker issues, and it’s not the first time MS folks have come over here to troll people (especially trolling Tapir). Can’t you do something better with your life? Like take a bath in ammonia and bleach with the door closed?

          • Tapir is a good/bad friend of mine. We use to be MS buddies. Ever since he left, it’s been shit, and a lot of people want him back. So Nik and I decided to look for him again and see if he would come back. So I spoke to him about it, and he doesn’t want to come back. That’s all.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Nope, he’s no friend of yours from what I can tell. Having a MetalSucks buddy is about like saying your pubic lice are roommates or like saying a garbage disposal is a pocket pussy.

          • We were friends, I guess. He just doesn’t like me anymore.

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            Hey I have Conan’s personal email address. I like the guy.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Conan the guy who used to be on here? I’m friends with him on FB, but it’s been a while since we chatted.

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            Yes he is a good dude.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Indeed he is! I’ve tried getting him back on here, but for some reason he won’t. Same with Dave (Cookie Monster on Blabbermouth).

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            He comes once in a great while. He got pissed when JJD got banned and called us all a bunch of elitists.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            50% because of those fuckers, 50% of you fuckers

          • Remember Larry? Your old husband? Yeah, he called me today and told me to tell you that he wanted you back. Do you know what I said? I said that you were with Jimmy. He flipped out. That’s what you get.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The fuck’s a Larry?

          • It’s a fat middle-aged man with half a neckbeard.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            So you?

          • MY NAME IS NOT FUCKING LARRY, TAPIR!!!! MY NAME IS SMITTY! Get yo damn facts right.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            But you are a fat old man with a neckbeard that likes to touch little children is his mother’s basement.

          • Not anymore.

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            Tapir belongs to the Toilet. Get used to it. Stop fucking stalking him. It is creepy and psychotic.

          • Fine. I, along with other people, just wanted him back. With that being said, bye to everyone here. You people clearly don’t want me here, so I’m just gonna leave. If any of ya want me, I’ll be at MS.

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            How does it feel to want?

          • It’s just boring without him. We would have funny conversations and shit, and now that’s all gone. He was just a cool commenter in the MS realm.

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            You ca blame the douche bags on MS for that.

          • Yeah, really. I left that site for a while. I may just stay here, actually. MS is now complete trash.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Don’t go back to that smoldering fecal hole of racist comments. Stay here with us. We’ve got Tapir and Aubrey Plaza gifs.

          • Oh I am. Trust me, MS is a shithole, now.

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            It was like that where I lived too. Now all I hear everywhere is this crap that passes for hip hop now and narco corridos.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Harvard Sq is too different now because the property values are through the roof even more than normal. There are still some record stores and good restaurants, but not enough for any kind of scene to survive. Last time I even biked through Harvard Sq on a nice day, I stopped for a moment and looked around. Other than tourists and students, there was nothing and no one there, not even teenagers or crust punks. Nothing.

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            Gentrification tends to have that effect on things. I was reading an article the other day here. About a place in a Denver park called Stoner Hill. I’ve been there I just don’t go there very often. But a lot of younger kids and travelers hang out there. Across the street from the park they built a bunch of high rise condos. The rich people who bought them, want Stoner Hill closed down. As if they have more rights to public spaces than anyone else. These kinds of things really piss me off. Young people have few enough places they can go and congregate. Without rich people acting like they own everything. I say fuck them and their property values.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Wow, it’s had the opposite effect in Somerville. If anything, the leadership here encourages youth and weirdness. It’s why I still like living here after all this time.

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            It is not the leadership of the city. It is condo home owner associations. But they are pressuring the city government. I think public spaces need to stay public. Which is inclusive to everyone. Not just wealthy condo owners in lower downtown.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Public space with lots of trees is a priority in Somerville. There are lots of great spaces for chilling out, walking, and biking. Somerville is about 4 sq miles altogther with about 77,000 people living in it. That kind of crap from pissy condo owners just wouldn’t have merit here. No matter where you go here, there are lots of people. Nothing for it.

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            It is a priority here also there are over 200 parks. The problem is those assholes think they can do whatever they want. Because they have money. Like they have more rights than those with much less than them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That’s a problem in the Boston area in general. Even shithole neighborhoods like Chelsea and Dorchester, and surrounding cities like Revere and Everett, where shooting deaths still occur on a near daily basis are barely affordable because of that kind of greed. As such, even the cities that try to do right by their citizens end up getting priced out of their range because those cities end up becoming more desirable to live in. It’s fucked.

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            This is happening here in a huge way. It is fucked.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’s an issue all over The US, just more pronounced in major cities. At some point before too long, only the rich will be able to even rent property, never mind own it.

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            Yep the rich get richer. The rest of us are fucked. That will never change.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Me and my disabled mother are still here because we’ve been here for decades and we took the initiative in making sure we couldn’t be forced or priced out for any reason. All my local gv’t people know me. My mom is on the Disability Commission. We put in the time and work to cement our place here despite many roadblocks and now, we live in a much nicer city that has a bit more compassion than it used to. That’s how it’s done imo.

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            That is awesome. The only reason I am in Denver is because I have a good living situation. If I didn’t have the situation I have. I would be in one of the suburbs. In a much less desirable neighborhood.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Same thing here, for reasons already stated.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            I’d be back in Chicago if it wasn’t such an overpriced, gang-ridden human dumpster of a city nowadays. And it’s only about to get worse.

          • Boss the Ross

            That Is excellent to hear.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            When you’re in that situation, you have to stand up for yourself or you’re done. It’s really that simple despite my long post about it.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Sounds like Chicago! Or any big city/metro area in general (unless it’s Detroit).

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            About the same as when they tore down the projects in Chicago and started trying to gentrify the neighborhoods. Not very many well to do folks moved into the new condos and apartments, and tearing down the projects just spread the gangs all across the city, versus having them all in one place. But then again, people bitched for decades to have them torn down, without bothering to think of the fallout.

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            People need to be careful of what they wish for. Things can always work out worse.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Especially a society thinking short term versus long term. More than sure that they’d prefer that all the gangbangers were in one place, even if it was at the taxpayer’s dime.

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            Yep because it is easier to round them up and contain them like that.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            If you only go after symptoms instead of root causes, you’ll fail every time.

            If you’re wounded and need stitches or staples, you’ll bleed out if you just use a band aid.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Prevention is the best cure, as they say. Same thing goes with gun control and people getting into gangs.

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            You are absolutely correct. Speaking of bleeding out. The FDA approved this the other day for gunshot wounds. It is a syringe that is filled with tiny sponges. That they stick right in the wound and the sponges absorb the blood. It is meant for the battlefield. But I bet EMS in every major cit will get their fair share of them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep, at this point EMTs and Paramedics will need to be equipped with those measures and more, especially once roadside bombings in major cities becomes more of a thing, and it will.

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            This is why my views on certain things are the way they are. Like not letting Syrian refugees into our country. We have enough issues already without inviting more. Even if only 1% are terrorists it can wreak havoc onto us all. Until we know who is who. We need to protect ourselves. You don’t invite your enemies to dinner

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The thing is, I’m equally worried about the right-wing TP nuts that are already here doing the same thing. Also, the San Bernadino shooters were US citizens who got their guns legally. All the walls and laws and restrictions in the land won’t stop that.

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            Exactly we have enough home bred psychopaths. We most certainly don’t need to import more. Only one of the San Bernadino shooters was a citizen the mail order wife was radicalized there and from there.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            What I’m trying to say is that the genie is already out of the bottle. Pandora’s Box(shut up KJU) is already open. Like the old Jim Carroll song says,”It’s Too Late”. In fact, as much as I’m loath to admit it, the gun nut’s dream of every citizen in The US packing some kind of gun will be a reality before long. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

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            You do realize that a big part of the reason that we have never been invaded by another country, isn’t our military. But other countries are afraid because the actual citizens here are armed. I have never been against guns. I am against them being in the hands of criminals and psychos.

          • May I say, you are smart.

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            With age comes wisdom.

          • Boss the Ross

            More beer, I’ve said it once and i will say it again, your’re my hero.

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            You’re making me blush.

          • So let me guess, you’re for Cruz?

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            I’m not for either major party.I usually vote for whatever 3rd party candidate is running. Yea I know it is wasting my vote. But at least my vote isn’t going to those responsible for the mess we are in now.

          • It’s not a wasted vote, it’s who you want to vote for. At least you’re actually voting.

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            That is true. But voting for someone who will never win is a waste of a vote. But a great big fuck you to the democrats and republicans.

          • Amen to that.

          • OldMetalHead

            This is a bit of a sore point with me. The belief in wasted votes is what keeps us under a two party monopoly. There are no shortage of apologist for which ever Democrat or Republican is currently fucking things up. At least they’re better than the other guy, right? How about we all stop voting for the lesser of two evils and vote for who we think will do the best job.

            The Republicans and Democrats are scared to death of a viable 3rd party candidate, which is why they keep changing the rules to exclude said candidates from the debates and make it harder for them to get on the state ballots. If you think Ross Perot gave the election to Bill Clinton or Ralph Nader gave it to GWB I have nothing more to say to you. Why do we think the major party candidate has some sort of divine right to the presidency? Not having a king is why we fought the revolutionary war to begin with.

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            I Vote 3rd party every time. It just gets discouraging knowing that they are not going to win. I certainly want someone other than the 2 major parities in power. But as you said they keep changing the rules. They will never win if the game is rigged. I will continue voting the way I always have. Because I feel strongly about getting the Democrats and Republicans out of power. Since both of them are basically the same thing and refuse to work together for the good of the people. That is their job to represent us the people. But instead all we get is them protecting their own interests. Until people realize that voting down party lines is bad for America nothing will change.

          • OldMetalHead

            You are so right Brother!

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            Some how we need to get people to stop voting down party lines. The problem is most won’t do that.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            If you’re in a non-battleground state, it doesn’t matter if you vote 3rd party. Unless Sanders is nominated, I’m going 3rd Party. If a Democrat can’t win in Massachusetts, they have no business running for office.

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            Colorado can be a strange state. There are a lot of republican strongholds here. Especially presidential elections can be a real toss of the coin. Recreational Marijuana only won by 4%.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Colorado Springs. I’ve heard about that place. Ugh.
            I’m sure the legalization initiative will win in MA by at least a 10% margin. The decrim vote in 2008 was about 60%-40% in favor.

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            There is a lot in Northern Colorado as well. They tried to ban dispensaries in Fort Collins. It just isn’t a cut and dry state. When it come to politics.

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            I go to shows down there once in a while. It is a strange scene down there. Dubs’ folks live down there also.

          • Boss the Ross

            That is freaking interesting…

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            It caught my attention. Apparently it works because it has been battlefield tested.

          • Boss the Ross

            It’s like quickclot x2

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            I don’t think it really clots as much as blocks and absorbs.

          • Boss the Ross

            Oh, okay, I’m gonna look into it.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Well, that also has to do with BU shutting down The Rat when they purchased that area down the street from Lansdowne just so that failing Blockbuster could move in. And, The Middle East hasn’t offered up any Punk shows in a long time. Not a knock on them. I think it has to do with the scene drying up quite some time ago. I don’t Johnny D’s really helped to keep the scene going either and now both D’s & TT’s are closed.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I honestly go to the Middle East more now than I did then because they have more Metal than they did in the 80s, Brighton Music Hall/Harper’s Ferry too. I also think the Middle East people are going to re-open TT’s before too long, at least that’s what they say.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Didn’t Cynic play @ Harper’s Ferry? I remember when that club was a bit of hippie jam band joint. Or maybe that was my misconception of the place. My only real experience with Harvard Sq. was during the 90s Punk explosion. A buddy of mine was the editor (out of the two people running it) for Rapid Fire Magazine, so, even though I was a Metal Head I went with him to see quite a few shows though I missed VGS (Voodoo Glow Skulls) because I was sick.

      • Boss the Ross

        Haha, that substitute joke was amazing!

        I heard Tommy first though. But Quadrophenia really is an amazing experience of an album. BELL BOY!

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          Plus the movie is better than Tommy.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            As much as I love Ken Russell, there’s no point in watching Tommy without excessive drugs unless you really wanna watch Ann-Margaret roll around in baked beans. KJU might dig that, but not me.

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            I’ve seen it a couple of times. I was never like, what a great movie.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Tommy was decent, but I’m not really into The Who to begin with.

          • Boss the Ross

            It’s hard for me to decide which i like better, they’re so different from each other. I will say Quadrophenia is the better movie, but Tommy does have Ann-Margaret.

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            There are plenty of movies with hot chicks. They are everywhere for that matter. It is just I think the story in Quadrophenia is much better.

          • Boss the Ross

            I agree with you in that aspect.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          They made a version of Quadrophenia with an orchestra called Classic Quadrophenia this year. It’s really good.

          • Boss the Ross

            I will check it out.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      My late bloomers when it comes to The Who are Face Dances and It’s Hard.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        They have decent songs, but Kenney Jones is too cold and precise, too much of a difference.

        • Boss the Ross

          Keith Moon forever.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Its better than The Who without John Entwistle.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Neither is acceptable. I saw The Who in 1989 w/John Entwhistle.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My dad saw that tour where they performed Tommy. He said it was good.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That’s 1989. They did either the whole thing or about an hours worth depending on if they were up for it. Fortunately I only got the condensed version because I wanted a bigger variety of songs. Also, Simon Phillips was the drummer instead of Jones.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Skronky stuff is still late blooming, for me

    • Dubs

      Git gud, scrub

  • CyberneticOrganism

    My Dick – My Dick

    • more beer

      Penicillin might help.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Penisillin

        • more beer

          Yea it’s an antibiotic. It is a miracle cure for dick diseases.

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      You’ve gotta pussaayyy, I have A DICK-AH!

    • Air Raid From The Top Bunk
    • Salvador Dalí Lama
      • CyberneticOrganism

        Eternal.

        • Salvador Dalí Lama

          Dickternal.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Peeternal.

    • if we could send just one recording into outer space for aliens to hear, this would be it

      • CyberneticOrganism

        We’ve assaulted the aliens with enough music: classical, folk, afro-cuban… blech. All pale in comparison. They deserve better. They deserve My Dick.

      • more beer

        Just to solidify how stupid we are as a species.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    As far as this year goes, that Abyssal album took quite a lot of listens for me to actually like. I still can’t find myself liking most skronk, like Artificial Brain or Imperial Triumphant, but not because they’re too harsh, I just can’t find anything to like about them.

  • The new Vision Of Disorder, Razed To The Ground may end up being a grower for me. I say that because I was not feeling The Cursed Remain Cursed right away when it came out and wound up loving it. I feel like I need to give this one the same courtesy before writing it off. Right now I can only say that I like half of it.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Trivium-Silence In The Snow.

  • My all time favorite grower is probably Gaza’s I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die. There were enough upper level type riffs to keep bringing me back which led to me being able to immerse myself in the album and absorb the whole experience.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    This was mentioned last night on the FB group, but, one of 2015’s late bloomers for me was Tribulation’s The Children of the Night. It just kept sneaking back into my rotation and getting better and better. I played it last night; it’s got some real bangers.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      They were aight live

      • Stanley

        I’ll probably go and see them on the Decibel tour with Abbath. I would have seen them last time but Deafheaven.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Deafheaven is p amazing live (ive seen em twice)

    • Dagon

      Definitely. This album is a grower and sounds great in the car.

      • Lacertilian

        I enjoyed playing it in the car too.
        The first time I listened to it was on the night I was driving myself to see Red Fang. Was an odd experience for me, both in terms of going to a gig solo and also driving to a concert faced with the prospect of not being able to get completely hammered and make a bigger dick out of myself than normal.

        • Dagon

          I really want to see Red Fang live. It’s one of the bands I’d like to see the most, they sound great in live clips…

  • ┼yree

    Drowning the Light – From the Abyss took a long while for me to digest this year. Once it finally clicked I was completely hooked though. I think it had something to do with the long run time. That’s an album you really need to be focused on the whole time with out any interruptions. I hate to use the word “epic” but that’s what that album is and the only way to make it an epic experience is to be 666% lost in it.

    • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

      I dunno, it clicked with me from the get go.

  • I didn’t have trouble digesting anything this year. Just trouble getting around to purchasing albums that I had a sneaking suspicion I would love. Abyssal being the prime example. I just bought it last week and can’t stop listening to it. It’s not catchy, but damn is it fascinating. Mesmerizing, even.

    Solefald’s Neonism is easily one of my top 5 albums of all time, but when I originally bought it I just thought it was “interesting”. A couple years later I started to spin it constantly, and it remains in rotation to this day.

    I had even more trouble seeing the genius in Solefald’s follow-up, Pills Against the Ageless Ills. I was so disappointed upon first listen that I actually sold the album. Then, for whatever reason, years later I revisited it and fell in love. I think the themes of the album finally resonated with me, and I could hear how those lyrics interlocked with the music. This is another one that is in more or less constant rotation.

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    I’ve had quite a number of growers over th years, but the one that comes to mind is Tiamat’s ‘Wildhoney’. At first I thought it was the most boring CD I’ve ever heard, but over the years I came to appreciate it more and more. I also couldn’t stand Depeche Mode at first, then years down the line, I ended up listening to almost every CD they made back to back. I hated Meshuggah when I first heard them, and just thought of it as a huge pile of redundancy. A little while later, I listened to it piece by piece, and started noticing just how complex it actually is.

    I’d definitely have to agree with Dubs on Nine Inch Nails. I’ve always liked Downward Spiral, but the more I listened to it with a mature ear, the more and more layers I noticed, and am still noticing new layers to this day. It wasn’t until I started listening to Haujobb that I started noticing multi-layering in music, rather than listening to it all in one huge clump of sound.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Meliora is amazing. Ghost deserves all the accolades they’re receiving.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Co-signed.

      • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

        Indeed! Much like the new Deafheaven, I was reluctant, but thanks to you Toilet folks practically ready to stone my balls, I listened to them, and loved it!

      • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

        BTW, a very overlooked CD and video from Sponge this year (yes, they’re still around).

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_ulf8koyb4

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    Apparently, Izegrim is going for the Orange Is The New Black look. Where to I even begin with the bro on the left?!? Or the might-be-on-a-sex-offender-registry drunk uncle in the back?

    http://assets.blabbermouth.net/media/izegrimband2015_638.jpg

    • Who are these clowns? Was this their label’s idea?

      • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

        No idea about their music, but the photo is hilarious. Oddly enough, they’re on Listenable, which is a good label. I’d expect something like this from Roadrunner, Victory or Napalm.

        • Big chesticles, yes. I just don’t know what this image is supposed to convey. Are these dudes & dudette hard? Are they not to be trifled with? Why do some of them have their prison jumpsuits half-off? And what is that dude in back hiding?

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            They’re Dutch, which automatically throws the ‘hardass’ shtick out the window. A Dutch prison probably involves people making shanks out of cheese wheels and beating each other with clogs.

          • more beer

            You can fuck someone up with one of those wooden clogs.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Pretty sure Mario Batali could fuck someone up with his orange crocs, too.

          • more beer

            Only if his fat ass, could get them off fast and be able to catch you.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            A lifetime of eating sweet, sweet prosciutto has rendered him unable to move faster than a slow waddle.

          • more beer

            So pretty much everyone in somewhat decent shape can escape the orange croc beat down.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • more beer

            Hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            I’m pretty sure that the guy in the back has done some prison time, and not for something cool like armed robbery or a big time bank heist. Probably more like something that involves candy, minivans and playgrounds, or having a Buffalo Bill sex dungeon in his house. He’s the creepy uncle that isn’t allowed at the family reunions, or that one guy at work who constantly makes female coworkers report to the district manager.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Goodbye horses…

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk
          • more beer

            Hey did you know Bruce Campbell is playing Ronald Reagan in season 2 of Fargo?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep. I know people who watch it. There might be clips on youtube at this point, only 3 eps left for Ash this season. : (

          • more beer

            Right on. You can watch it on thewatchseries.to just type that into your browser. It is better than Netflix and free. Granted I think this site is a huge internet grey area. But fuck Comcast and their thieving monopoly.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Comcast is the real Great Satan.

          • more beer

            Yep and that’s why I have no problem watching their content elsewhere.

          • Boss the Ross

            Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?! Guess i need to watch that show now too.

          • more beer

            I put it off for a while, but it is pretty fucking good. I will say I have liked season 2 more than season 1. But 1 was also good.

          • Boss the Ross

            Cool. I was really skeptical when it was announced. Being a fan of the original, it was hard to see how an adaption for tv would work so i never really checked it out.

          • more beer

            That is what I thought too. But it works.

          • more beer

            The only explanation to the suits being half off is they are on the down low.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            The creepy uncle guy in the back definitely isn’t on the down low. You can tell by looking at him that he’d fuck anything that isn’t nailed to the ground, and plenty of things that are nailed to the ground. He’s the real life Bueno Excelente!

            https://scaredbunny.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/jyw8v7o.jpg

          • more beer

            Oh yes he is like Ian Watkins.They have to be down low with that kind of shit. He just has that look.

          • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

            Didn’t everyone say the exact same thing about Jared Fogel, then everyone was shocked? I mean, fuck, Superbad predicted it years ago!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_jJ5RmvSCk

          • more beer

            Yep!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      *sucks in gut, puffs out chest, holds it*

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    Something for everyone to look forward to in April!

    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/babymetal-to-release-second-album-in-april/

  • Dagon

    Mine was definitely Abyssal Gods. Everyone seemed to jump on it quick, and the early release date definitely helped.

    I dismissed the record, but after Ed wrote about it later this year (way into the second semester) I suddenly felt entranced by it. Very solid LP.

  • still waiting for Mgla to click. that’s not an insult or a joke, i listen to their music about once a week trying to grasp what everyone’s loving. not giving up yet!

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk
  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    And congrats to our friend, Link, and his lucky gal! All the best to both of you!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB3eiZATeLM

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    And congrats to our friend, Link, and his lucky gal! All the best to both of you!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THcwF7H7xBU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB3eiZATeLM