Tech Death Thursday: Enfold Darkness

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So, in terms of news there really doesn’t seem to be much aside from Vale of Pnath amping up the teasing and this hilarious music video from Allegaeon. It’s like there’s some giant stupid corporate holiday that stresses everyone out looming on the horizon or something…

As many of you know, I’m like some sort of hero or something. I may have saved the world a few times, disarmed a few bombs, interrogated a few terrorists. I also kidnapped a corrupt president if memory serves me. While all these things are fine and dandy, it seems I have also committed a major atrocity. No it does not involve liking the Pretty Reckless, that’s a damn fine decision if I may say so myself. However, I have neglected to feature a certain band that I should have featured ages ago. That band is Enfold Darkness. Enfold Darkness are the unrepentant gods of blackened tech-death and anyone who says otherwise clearly has a case of the lolbuttz. Exhibit A:

Just listen to how menacingly evil that open riff sounds! I could listen to that riff all day!. There is no shortage of talent in this band. If the riffs arent enough for you there are also some extremely epic solos. Vocals reminicent of the Black Dahlia Murder, combined with the production and feel of of a black metal band are complemented by the time signatures, pace, and technicality of tech death. It all combines to make one hell of a package. I absolutely love the black metal vibe these guys have, and this is coming from someone who normally isn’t all that impressed with black metal unless we’re talking about the Venom cover that Vader did. Another thing that I have always liked about these guys is that they don’t sound brutal. Now I don’t mean that as a bad thing — obviously brutal is good — but I believe finesse and flow is even better in some instances. The songs Enfold Darkness write flow like lava down the side of a mountain, at an ominous, sort of brooding pace. Or maybe I’m just crazy and should stop rambling. I’m having trouble finding the exact words to describe why I love this band. They aren’t your typical tech death, and I think that uniqueness is a big reason why I’m having brain farts right now. Anyway, now that I have sufficiently made an idiot out of myself, let me just say again that these guys do a phenomenal job of combining black metal and tech death into one badass package. If you are a fan of either you should do yourself a favor and check them out some more.

Enfold Darkness released their most recent album Our Cursed Rapture back in 2009 via Sumerian Records, and are supposed to be releasing a new one next year, so be prepared for that. I thought I remembered them posting some teaser for the new album, however I can’t seem to find it. If any of you know where that is, feel free to post it in the comments. Here’s one more song for the road:

That’s it for this week, next week should be another community written thing if all goes according to plan.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Gurrp

    ENFOLD DEEZ NUTS, BITCH

    • Gurrp

      That Allegaeon video was great. I love the other one where they spoof all the subgenres.

  • Howard Dean
    • Gurrp
    • VVorld Peace

      This took me a minute, but I see what you did there.

        • VVorld Peace

          I was like, “The hell does a crossbow have to do with anything?”

          • Howard Dean

            Hahahaha.

          • VVorld Peace
          • Howard Dean

            ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE

          • VVorld Peace

            I got the joke and was impressed. You’ve done well today, Howard.

          • Howard Dean

            Thanks, W!

            Aside: I’m still not at all jealous that you were a two-term president and I blew my chances at becoming president by publicly screaming my head off and generally acting like a schizophrenic person at a rally in 2004.

          • VVorld Peace

            Less screaming, more butt-kissing. That’s the W. key to politics.

          • JWG

            Granted I’m not an American citizen so this is an extreme hypothetical, but I’d totally vote for Dean without a second thought if he decided to try again – even if just for a lark.

            I wish politicians were even marginally as obviously passionate around here. Even when they claim to be fired up about one issue or another, they just seem way too subdued to be believable.

          • To be fair, I had no idea until your comment

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    I actually tried to summon a archdemon to do my bidding using the title track to Our Cursed Rapture. But since my dabbling in the dark arts is rusty, I got something that looked like fucking Janenba before he became a badass.

    Just goes to show that magic is harder to use than an Ithaca twelve gauge.

    • Howard Dean

      Of a motherfucking phaser gun!

      • Simon PhoenixKing

        2015 is in two weeks. We don’t have phaser guns or fucking hoverboards. I am disappointed in society.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I thought that someone was working on hoverboards.

          • no just hoverhounds

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Someone made a hoverboard from leaf blowers. Here’s a link to that article and how you can do it yourself.

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2874540/Move-Marty-Texan-creates-hoverboard-using-garden-LEAF-BLOWERS-make-160.html

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            *hoveround imo

          • oh oops i put an h lol

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            JACK BAUER RIDES A HOVEROUND AND LISTENS TO GODSMACK

          • there is a good godsmack song, I dunno what it’s called though as it hasn’t been written.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I despise Godsmack. They suck worse than Adema and Slaves On Dope.

          • I don’t know what adema or slaves on dope is but I’ll take your word for it.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Sad thing is, I’ve heard of both bands. Consider yourself fortunate.

          • Edward #negrod4eva
          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            My dad’s never been a metal guy, but he’s always loved rock. I remember being 4 or 5 and jamming to this song with him.

          • 1000 horsepower baby!

          • CT-12

            Not gonna lie, if that songs playing on my radio, I’ll totally leave it on…and then crank it up…and then accelerate and sing all of the lyrics….and then park in 2 spaces at BDubs and guzzle some Nattie lites.

          • never lie Crazy Taco.. never lie.

          • CT-12

            Hey man, by the way, totally loved that “Ravenous” movie, great recommendation!

          • excellente! so glad you enjoyed it. i could probably write another one of those articles… but you should do it first. you are way better than me at it

          • CT-12

            Oh hell no sir, feel free to write one whenever you want to, I’m not a column tyrant (thanks for the compliment as well)! I’m currently working on a few articles at the moment anyhow, so if you’ve got a movie you’re itching to write about, go for it hombre.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Nothing beats riding a hoverhound.

        • True, but I do have a device in my pocket that has like all the knowledge in the world. And I can comment here with it. So that’s kinda cool.

          • I also have my knowledge containment device, but I just use it to look up cats http://westchesterpuppies.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Exotic-Shorthair-2.jpg

          • That too.

          • Howard Dean

            That cat is going to make me cry with its sheer cuteness.

          • Don’t look up Exotic Shorthair kittens then

          • Howard Dean

            I won’t … yet. I need to make sure I’m not around anyone when I do it so that I can cry like a woman watching Steel Magnolias or The Notebook.

          • Howard Dean

            Oh shit… there’s something in my eye, I swear!

          • Tyree

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Goddammit Randall. Now I *speech rendered incoherent by yogling*

          • or Savannah cats

          • Guacamole Jim

            THOSE ARE THE BEST

          • JWG

            See also: Sand Cats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_cat

            They can actually totally resemble a domesticated cat (1). Some varieties even have adults that just look like ‘larger’ kittens (2).

            They’re definitely not to be mistaken for a harmless kitty, though (3).

          • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

            True. If a Sci-Fi movie would come out in the 70’s about a future society where a large part of the populace carried a small device with which we could talk to anyone with a similar device in a instant, look up any information we would want to have, and many other such stuff, people would be like: ‘wha, this will never be possible within now and a few hundred years’.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Hmm. I usually just use my device to stalk Maite Perroni on this new fangled website where you put your thoughts out in 150 characters or less, and people respond to you.

            Don’t judge.

          • /Googles Maite Perroni
            No judgement here.

          • Stan Laurel

            My cock is also all-knowing.

        • I’ll allow it because cattle decapitation sylosis and gojira

        • KJM

          I’m also guessing that by 2019 I won’t be able to start a new life on an off-word colony. [/BladeRunner]

        • more beer

          Jet packs they were saying everyone would have one by now in the 70`s

      • Tyree

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Yay, tech death!

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    The “Stay Tech” is a link to Gorguts. 🙂

    • 🙂

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I wish that a tech death band would cover Megalomania by Black Sabbath. I’ve never seen a cover of that song by a good band.

  • I have a hard time considering this to be tech death, but this is good

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      It is tech death. It’s just different than other tech death.

      • It’s got techy parts, to be sure, but it on average feel more like modern death metal with blacky parts

        • They are listed as death/black metal but I figured they are technical enough to fit in to TDT

          • They definitely should appeal to fans of tech death

          • CT-12

            Hey man, I sent Joe some bands to send your way a few weeks ago, but I don’t know if you ever got relayed that message?

          • Hmm I’m not sure if I did. I changed up the whole guest submission thing though to it being a whole post, so if you got a band in mind you can write the next TDT. Assuming that appeals to you 🙂

          • CT-12

            I’ll try to get one wrote up. Can’t promise I’ll have it done by next Thursday, but I definitely have a ton of bands I keep meaning to tell you about.

          • Keep em coming, I always check the stuff I get sent in, just takes me forever to actually write about them because of work and what not.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I see what you mean but if there’s weedilies and deedilies it’s still tech death.

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    JB I’m gonna check out these tracks when I’m not at the office, as per usual ToH affairs.

    Everyone else, cheers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcS0CVJ1KPg

  • Howard Dean

    “…someone who normally isn’t all that impressed with black metal…”

      • Is that michael sera?

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I enjoy certain deathcore bands. Breakdown’s can be fun sometimes. But I still love Black Metal. 🙂

        • That’s the thing with deathcore is that it’s so saturated with shitty by the numbers bands, but then there are some really good gems that are hidden among all of that crap as well.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I blame Emmure. But I love bands like Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Within the Ruins, etc.

          • I havent heard much Carnifex and I’m not big on suicide silence but I love the other two. Plus you have bands like lorelei or Ovid’s withering. Some of the technical deathcore bands are really talented as well.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Listen to “Lie to me” or “Hell Chose me” by Carnifex. Freaking heavyyyyy my friend.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            The couple of first Carnifex releases were not bad and I do enjoy some prog/tech-deathcore but overall I can’t bring myself to harvest the good bands amidst the boresome.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            This isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll ever listen to this again purposefully

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I like deathcore because it’s fun to workout with. It’s fast, it’s heavy, and it’s angry. Not something I listen to at work, before bed, or doing homework.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I hate Emmure. They’re the reason I’m not seeing Suicide Silence when they come near me. Why couldn’t they get someone better than Emmure? They have Within The Ruins and Fit For An Autopsy with them but they had to pick Emmure to be the co-headliner.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Dude same here! Instead I’m going to Wovenwar, ATR, and In Flames.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t brag. In Flames isn’t coming near me and that makes me sad. I’ve also been unfortunate enough to see Emmure before and they were mediocre.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            My favorite In Flames release is “A Sense of Purpose”. That may not be one of their iconic releases, but damn that album speaks to me

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            My favorite of theirs is either Siren Charms or Colony.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I liked Siren Charms. I don’t understand the hate.

          • CT-12

            I love “Sense of Purpose”, though “Whoracle” and the “Jester Race” are probably my all time favorites from their catalog. Glad I’m seeing more people who actually dig their newer stuff though; they’re great rock/metal albums, though I hated “Siren Charms” and I thought “Sounds of a Playground Fading” was pretty half ass.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I totally agree that “Sounds of a Playground Fading” was halfass. And I totally can see why people would hate “Siren Charms”, I just like how they don’t want to put out the same album over and over again. Like I didn’t like “At War With Reality” because I found it incredibly bland

          • CT-12

            Totally agreed. I haven’t heard “At War With Reality” yet, I should probably check it out at some point, even after hearing so many negative things. Also, you just reminded me how much I love “I Am the Highway”, shit’s my jam when in the car with some buds.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Terrific song indeed. My favorite on that album is a toss up between “Alias” and “The Mirror’s Truth”

          • VVorld Peace

            As bland as rice cakes.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            melodeath is just over done

          • more beer

            This tour isn`t coming by you but almost everything comes to New York. I know Metro North goes to Poughkeepsie. You don`t even have to drive to shows take the train. I used to do it all the time. You have everything at your fingertips there take advantage of those things. What`s the worst thing that can happen you miss the last train home and have to hang out in the city until 5 in the morning. I used to have a lot of fun doing that.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I do too but trains are expensive. If I had the money I’d go down and see In Flames and Opeth tonight. I don’t have the money though.

          • more beer

            Not having money sucks. Trains back and forth from where you are is less than $25. It`s less than gas and parking if you were to drive. It just seems to me that rather than shows not coming near you, you don`t have the means to go to them. You know I come from not to far away from you. I was just making a suggestion to you. Since you are not that far from the city and there is always something going on there.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That’s much cheaper than I expected. I might actually take your advice and go down to see In Flames and Opeth. I may not have any cash but I do have quite a bit of savings so I’ll probably take a train down and buy a ticket to the show if I can hurry.

          • more beer

            Between Metro North and the subway it`s not that much. Go have a fun show. It`s when you are buying those weekly and monthly passes that things get expensive. Actually the train ticket from where you are is only 50 cent`s more than a ticket from White Plains was to Grand Central 15 years ago. Which is a much shorter train ride.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I wish I would’ve known about this tour earlier. I bought tickets to see Down the same day. It was a great show, but I missed Opeth. If you go let me know how incredible it was. 🙁

      • Stockhausen

        AAAAAHHHHH KILL IT!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        best pic, giff, meme, photoshop chop

    • I just can’t man, i try, but I just can’t get into it.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

        I’m just recently getting into the Black Metal, but so far it’s been pretty >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Hey man what is this sounds like wail of a wimp

        • Gurrp

          All power metal vocalists?

        • It’s just the whole I hate everything omg satan hurrrr shit turns me the fuck off.

          • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

            That’s a flawed image of Black Metal.

          • I vowed to try getting in to black metal again in 2015 so you all have your work cut out for you. This year was the year I got hooked on grind and some power metal.

          • but..but… deathspell omega?

          • Gurrp

            I myself am partial to ‘I hate everything omg nature hurrrr’ black metal.

          • That is what Enslaved is for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvxVbrHSFuE

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            “That is what Emperor is for.”
            FTFY

            https://youtu.be/N9xNxdmMwXo

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Early on in their career emperor claimed to be satanists, so that RULES THEM OUT!

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            True. But it doesn’t make their songs any less epic.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That much is true.

          • Howard Dean

            Their days of claiming to be Satanists doesn’t really extend beyond the Wrath of the Tyrant demo days. Even by the Emperor EP and In the Nightside Eclipse days, they weren’t really much of a “satanic” band. And certainly by Anthems, Ihsahn was focused on portraying his own individualized spiritual journey or whatever in the lyrics.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I know it didn’t last long, alas, Ihsahn still has to decline it sometimes on interviews and I suspected that hating all satanist bands might lead into dislike towards Emperor all together.

          • can confirm, this is better than that enslaved vid.

          • VVorld Peace
          • Howard Dean

            Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is a very “huge” and Wall of Sound-y record, and I think you would probably be a fan of that album (aside from the bit of cheesiness it employs).

            In all honesty, very few people start listening to black metal within the first few years they are exposed to extreme metal. It is certainly an acquired taste, and someone who started listening to extreme metal relatively recently will lean towards other types rather than black metal (doom metal, thrash metal, death metal). It usually progresses outwards from two starting points: Either 1. Metalcore/nu metal –> deathcore –> groove/tech (i.e. Gojira) –> tech death –> brutal death metal –> onwards to OSDM, traditional heavy metal, black metal, etc; or 2. thrash metal –> death metal –> brutal death metal –> black/death metal –> black metal.

            Of course, patterns of listening are different for anyone. But I honestly won’t fault most people for not digging black metal.

          • VVorld Peace

            You pretty much nailed Path 1 for me. It was:
            Metallica/Mudvayne/Avenged Sevenfold -> Tool -> Meshuggah -> Vader -> Keep of Kalessin -> Black metal

          • This is similar to mine except replace mudvayne with disturbed and after a7x i got into trivium and then lamb of god and devildriver, eventually discovered sylosis who are still my favorite band and early last year I stumbled across archspire’s rapid elemental dissolve and fell in love with tech death. This year Randall hooked me on some power metal and I got into grindcore, two things I thought would never happen. I’m sure black metal is a matter of time.

          • Howard Dean

            You are well on your way. All it will take is that one band that just clicks one day, and you will then be seeking out more stuff that sounds similar.

          • yep that’s usually how it goes, I should probably throw thrash in there but then again I got tired of that quickly.

          • Howard Dean

            Thrash is the subgenre that often gets overlooked completely or discarded quickly. A lot of classic thrash has old school production, so it doesn’t sound as immense, immediate, or vibrantly brutal as modern death metal. It causes lots of people to ignore it, and it’s understandable when they have so much other stuff they are hearing. But it’s definitely worth it to listen, as many of today’s stalwarts cannot match the sheer ingenuity, freshness, and riff-writing ability as the thrash progenitors.

            I’ve recently made a significant jump back into thrash. Tastes and preferences come and go.

          • CT-12

            Dude, I love the production of old school thrash way more than most of the shit I hear nowadays. I mean, I’ll take what I can get now if it’s good, but I don’t need all the gloss that most new releases have. I’ll take Autopsy’s “Mental Funeral” drum production over most new bands drum production any day.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Thrash is probably the largest subgenre of metal. When people say heavy metal to someone who isn’t a metalhead, thrash is usually the first thing that comes to mind for them.

            What this means is that there are a FUCKTON of thrash bands out there. It’s perfectly understandable why people get burned out by it so quickly.

          • VVorld Peace

            There are still certain thrash bands I come back to, but on the whole I don’t listen to it as often anymore.

          • you said it best a couple of times. thrash is a riff man’s dream. the songwriting definitely takes a backseat to the RIFF!

          • VVorld Peace
          • This is great, I don’t mind death/black metal. it’s the straight up black that i can’t get into.

          • VVorld Peace

            This band was a gateway for me, so I’m glad you dig it.

          • Kind of feels like a faster behemoth.

          • VVorld Peace

            KoK > Behemoth, in my opinion.

          • Yea I may have to acquire this album.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            My path was bands like Static X and Mudvayne followed by heavier nu metal such as Slipknot and Motograter. Then I discovered the wonders of Iron Maiden and Metallica followed by Slayer and Death. Now I like stuff like Electric Wizard when it comes to metal. I also like Black Sabbath a lot even though I discovered them through the album Forbidden back in fifth grade.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            It was hard for me to get into grind. All it took was some Cattle Decap. The Monolith of Inhumanity is just woooooow.

          • Tyree

            I don’t consider that to be grind honestly.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Whether or not it’s grind, that’s the album that got me into grind. It just takes that one band or album.

          • Tyree

            Nice.

          • Howard Dean

            Monolith of Inhumanity is definitely more death metal than grindcore (Cattle Decap has been playing a hybrid people call “deathgrind” for awhile). It has some grindcore riffing, but that is essentially a death metal record–and a relatively progressive one to boot.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Regardlless what it is, freaking beautiful album. Travis Ryan is not a human because a human doesn’t sound like that.

          • I’m of the opinion that deathgrind is the best hyrbrid ever.

          • Howard Dean
          • LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Yup. Path 1: Avenged Sevenfold/Atreyu/Underoath –> August Burns Red/The Acacia Strain/Every Time I Die/Within the Ruins –> Lamb of God/Gojira/Fallujah/TBDM –> Cattle Decap/Nails/Revocation –> Dead Congregation/Blut Aus Nord/Behemoth/Gorguts

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            My path: Metallica/Slipknot/Tool/The Deftones, —-> Mastodon/Gojira/Sepultura/Slayer,——-> As I Lay Dying/Whitechapel/Suicide Silence/Hatebreed, —-> Cannibal Corpse/Death/Bathory/Emperor——-> Basically anything now.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I put my path above. I still love classic rock and the mall screamo from my youth such as Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein which was another path for me entirely.

          • Howard Dean

            Majestic as fuck. One huge motherfucker of a song.

            “Uuuupon these seeeeeaaas (refrain: “uh-pon these seas”), wherein I drowned so maaaaaannnny times! I scatter the ashes of destinyyyyyyy. Still my flame is in huuuuunger!”

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            This song and Thus Spake the Nightspirit are my favorite songs on the album. When people put black metal and epic in the second sentence, they are usually the first songs that come to mind.

            Edit: My typing skills are killing me right now.

          • Emperor rules, but idk if they’re better than Enslaved. or vice versa

          • Howard Dean

            What Emperor created with In the Nightside Eclipse and Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is remarkable. Those are amazing and classic records.

            But overrall, they are not a better band than Enslaved. Enslaved has too much great consistency–too many great albums over two decades of existence. They are the “little ‘True Norwegian Black Metal’ band that could.” They’ve evolved but never jumped the shark. They are probably the best Norwegian band making music right now.

            Aside: the current state of Norwegian black metal is pretty bad. The Norwegian death metal scene is much healthier, with Obliteration and Execration leading the charge.

          • VVorld Peace

            I support this statement of Enslaved’s greatness.

          • Exactly my thoughts. Those two albums Emperor made may be, individually, greater than any single album Enslaved has created, but if we’re talking long term careers here? Enslaved has forged onwards for years with nonstop high quality albums. They may be a style that some don’t prefer anymore, compared to their raw BM roots, but they’ve always progressed in a (IMO) satisfying and mature way.

            I don’t like thinking about two of my favorite bands being better than the other though

          • Howard Dean

            Well said, Randall!

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            In my opinion. “In the Nightside Eclipse” is the best Black Metal album of all time. Pure evil, and pure beauty. I also love Bathory’s first release.

          • This is one of those statements I want to disagree with, but I don’t have anything to say except ‘WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I DON’T KNOW’

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Just my opinion though man. I’m very biased with those album because those albums got me into black metal, so I always recommend those albums.

          • at least we agree on favorite Emperor album 🙂

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I bought it because of the album art. I was 14 or 15 and hadn’t heard any black metal. Changed my life man.

          • The first album I bought for the art was Death is this Communion by High on Fire. It screamed at me from the shelves for MONTHS before i bought it. I cannot stand when people tell me art is not important to an album.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Another album I bought because of art was Death’s “Symbolic”. My god that album still gives me chills

          • CT-12

            We need a “Best Album Artworks of 2014” on the toilet, there were a lot of good contenders this year.

          • Stan Laurel

            Enslaved are playing at Slim’s on March 7th. Do yourself a favor and pop along. They’re being supported by YOB so you don’t have to hurry to get to the venue. 🙂

          • Why would you miss Yob?

          • Stan Laurel

            Cos it’s difficult to sleep standing up. 🙂

          • Stan Laurel

            Seriously though, Doom is just not my thing. Except maybe old school Candlemass with Messiah on vocals.

          • Stan Laurel
          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I support Randall Thor for once

          • Stan Laurel

            You and many others. Their new album got a lot of love on the year end lists.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            And Doom is maybe the one genre I’ve listened to most of all metal.

          • with you on this. doom sucks.

          • Stan Laurel

            I’ve tried getting into some doom especially the stuff that has had some critical acclaim. I always end up turning it off mid way through a 45 minute song (wtf!), after patiently waiting for something interesting to happen which of course never does.

          • Lacertilian

            Doom?
            Quake 2 was the peak.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I’ve been thinking about it!

          • Howard Dean

            For the black metal era of the band, Bathory s/t is trumped by Under the Sign of the Black Mark (which was essentially a blueprint for second wave bm). But I’ve always found the transitional album Blood, Fire, Death and the Viking albums Hammerheart and Twilight of the Gods to be Quorthon’s best stuff.

          • I can’t get over how much I love Hammerheart

          • Howard Dean

            One Rode to Asa Bay has legitimately made me tear up before, and I’m not ashamed to admit that.

          • I would pick One Rode to Asa Bay over kittens every day

          • Howard Dean

            I pick “Howard Dean Rode to Asa Bay in a carriage drawn by 200 adorable kittens and then cried about the destruction of traditional Norse culture at the hands of the invading Christians.”

          • Please save me a seat on that glorious chariot, so that we may, together, celebrate what was and mourn what could have been.

          • VVorld Peace

            Blood, Fire, Death rules buttz.

          • CT-12

            Anytime I hear this song, I have to quietly (and if I’m in a secluded environment, loudly) yell this fucking chorus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVt5puLmmKA

          • Stan Laurel

            This was one of the albums that got me into Black Metal. Especially the song Deadhymn.

          • sweetooth0

            Satan and Metal go together like Peanut Butter and Jam. All of the best metal bands have at least some amount of good ol’ Satan thrown into the mix.

          • Tyree
          • I like the sound but I purposely stay away from some of the more “I hate God and Jesus and bibles and shirts that have the word bible!” bands. For me, I stick to the bands who like to sing about storms and shit. Emperor, Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Forefather, Cult of Fire, Sinmara, Ceremonial Castings, and Patrons of the Rotting Gate are all good.

          • CT-12

            Ceremonial Castings is great, glad to see they’re getting more of a reputation outside of just Seattle, they deserve the praise. You might dig these guys as well; WA boys, and this album is actually a really good black metal release, deserves more attention. https://sacramentovimpurity.bandcamp.com/

          • I’ll check it out.

          • CT-12

            Totally know what you mean homeboy. I actually like a good amount of black metal, but it seems to be the genre most rife with pretentious, overbearing jackasses, and unfortunately enough, some bands in that scene totally cash in on that elitist edge. To put it simply, I don’t hate black metal, it’s the fanbase I (usually) can’t stand.

      • Stan Laurel
        • This isn’t bad actually.

          • Stan Laurel

            This album is on the ‘catchier’ end of the BM spectrum and could be the gateway drug that you seek.

          • could be

          • CT-12

            Jack, this album just has to be up your alley, especially this song. Main riff is sort of techy yet but definitely emanates the frost of BM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MAO-fYYbPM

          • I dig abigail williams, have one of their albums. A thousand suns or something.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        Try Bathory’s debut album, or Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse”. Those albums made me fall in love with Black Metal. 🙂

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    Listening to it now. It’s pretty cool, also pretty catchy, so that’s good. But how exactly did this band manage to get on Sumerian?

    • Not sure, but I’m pretty sure they are unsigned atm.

    • Simon PhoenixKing

      It really is an enigma isn’t it? They are easily the best band on Sumerian not named Dillinger or Body Count.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

        Or Periphery.

        • Gurrp

          I listened to Periphery II the other day. Markedly better than the first album.

        • Stan Laurel

          Or Darkest Hour.

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    Tech death is the music I’ve been listening to lately. Gorguts, Necrophagist, and Revocation have been playing nonstop on my phone.
    On a side note, I really enjoyed most ov Matt Heafy’s top 10 list. http://kiichichaos.com/mkh-top-ten-2014-album-releases/

    • I’m pretty tired of Trivium at this point, I have played them to death on my playlist. Once they release new stuff I’ll probably listen to em again. Anyway, I have mad respect for Heafy. He’s a good guy.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I don’t listen to them very much anymore either. But if they’re ever near me I’d be there in a second. And I totally agree about him being a good guy. He actually follows me on Twitter. He’s one of the guys in metal that I hope to meet.

  • OldMetalHead

    I love that Allegaeon video. Glad they don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh, song rips too!

    • VVorld Peace

      I dug it. Pretty sure Ezra was taking a jab at Pitbull.

  • Fuck my ass! This is one of the best tech bands I’ve ever heard.