"My Arms, Your Hearse" is great, but "Blackwater Park" and "Still Life" are superior to it IMO.
I think Blackwater Park is when Opeth started to slip. I think SL and MAYH are Opeth's strongest work. Its amazing what happens when a band renown for self-indulgence restrains itself. I love Porcupine Tree, especially the early stuff, but ever since Steven Wilson started producing Opeth both bands have suffered quality-wise.
Listened to some Nocturnus on the weekend. Forgot what a good band they were.
If you like it, you might also like After Death, a continuation of Nocturnus.
That Lamb Of God 3 disk Hourglass Anthology set kicks ass. After trying to find and purchase a copy of one with no success, my girlfriend was the one who found and bought me the last copy of one as an early Xmas gift last week. Plus, she also preordered me the special UK edition of Lamb Of God's new and upcoming album "Resolution" that will be coming with a 2nd bonus live disk (that won't be available with the Canadian/American version) of songs preformed on the 2009-10 "Wrath" tour. How ****ing awesome and killer is that???
But anywho, even though I didn't need Volumes 1 and 2 of the three disk Hourglass anthology set (since I have all of Lamb Of God's discography with the exception of their Burn The Priest album) I wanted it for the 3rd disk of demos, previously unreleased in North America bonus tracks, early Burn The Priest stuff, etc. Am just listening to it now and it's ****ing awesome.
My buddy just told me about these guys, pretty awesome stuff!
Agony is a great album, and IMO clearly their best, probably because I really dig their symphonic sound, which are much more present on Agony than on Oracles and Mafia.
Not often that you see a metal album where all the songs are veiled together so that it if you listen to it from end to end it comes together in a special way, kinda like Pink Floyd did on some of their albums. The songs are great individually, but when listen to in succession it just have an extra epic feel to it.
How do you guys feel about metalcore? I was wondering because it gets blackballed alot in the community.
I was/still am into the hardcore scene. I grew up in the late 90's with bands like Disembodied, Earth Crisis, Morning Again etc etc who were the grandfathers of that style. I still listen to those records. In fact one of my favorite records was Martyr AD's "the human condition in twelve fractions". ex Disembodied members.
Im not into the metalcore myself. It seems like kids trying to hard to be Brvtal. Some do it better than others like Lamb of God and Shadows Fall but for the most part they dont pull it off. And I hate bands like Suicide Silence.
Im not exactly sure what the It factor is that these bands are missing but they dont pull off being a Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary etc. Most of it is just unlistenable.
It like defining Art. I dont know what it is but I know what I like.
Metalcore sucks, the music is okay but I can't stand the vocal style. I can deal with bad guitar playing, out of time drumming but if the vocals aren't right for me, I can't stand to listen to it. Hence why I don't really like hardcore or listen to all those sludge bands ripping off Neurosis.
Finally getting sober here.. been away to see 10 bands the past week. I've seen alot of crap but also very awesome concerts. Decapitated last tuesday in Copenhagen was fantastic. Vogg is my favorite deathmetal guitarist and he's such a nice guy aswell, had a nice talk to him and got a few pictures taken etc.. But the highlight was clearly Kvelertak on Saturday in London... do they ever put up a live show or what. Soaking wet after 3 songs hehe. They have in my eyes still released the best cd to come out over the past two years and probably the best debut album I've heard since I dont know when. If you havnt heard Kvelertak before I strongly recommend their selftitled release. Mix of Hard Rock, Black Metal and Punk.. sort of. Heard someone calling them AC/DC on steriods singning in norwegian at the concert