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What have you been listening to this week?

What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)

Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

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  1. [3]
    chromebby
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    I'm visiting Iceland and have been playing tons of European metal - melodeath mainly. Recently, I was trying out a Spotify user playlist when Ensiferum came on. They're a Finnish folk metal band...

    I'm visiting Iceland and have been playing tons of European metal - melodeath mainly. Recently, I was trying out a Spotify user playlist when Ensiferum came on. They're a Finnish folk metal band and are super skilled and awesome! So now I'm attempting to listen to their discography in order. Should be a lot of fun.

    Oh and I discovered Ghoultown! I think the description from Sputnik Music says a lot: "Picture a cross between George Romero, Clint Eastwood, and Johnny Cash." I think anyone could put on "Drink with the Living Dead" and get a kick out of it. :D

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      tomorrow-never-knows
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      If you're digging Ensiferum, particularly the first two albums, then I highly recommend a detour into Wintersun from their former vocalist/guitarist Jari. The first album is a masterpiece of...

      If you're digging Ensiferum, particularly the first two albums, then I highly recommend a detour into Wintersun from their former vocalist/guitarist Jari. The first album is a masterpiece of Nordic melodic metal.

      Specifically on the Icelandic front, they have a ridiculously vibrant metal scene for such a small population. Depending how heavy you want to go, try the likes of Solstafir's Svartir Sandar or else full on into Misthyrming's stuff.

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      1. chromebby
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        Hey, thanks for the recommendations. Now Wintersun I've heard of, might've listened to a song or two. I'll do some research on which albums to start with. Don't think I've listened to any...

        Hey, thanks for the recommendations. Now Wintersun I've heard of, might've listened to a song or two. I'll do some research on which albums to start with. Don't think I've listened to any Icelandic metal - I've just never come across any bands somehow - so I'm very curious to check it out!

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  2. streblo
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    Little Stranger - Sat Around Trippin These guys released a new album a week or so ago that I've been listening to a lot this week. I don't love the first couple of songs but the rest more than...

    Little Stranger - Sat Around Trippin

    These guys released a new album a week or so ago that I've been listening to a lot this week. I don't love the first couple of songs but the rest more than make up for it.

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  3. DFGdanger
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    Allegaeon - technical death metal with some progressive elements. Their last album DAMNUM (2022) was incredible. I listened the crap out of it when it released and every few months come back to...

    Allegaeon - technical death metal with some progressive elements. Their last album DAMNUM (2022) was incredible. I listened the crap out of it when it released and every few months come back to it. Some standout tracks:

    To Carry My Grief Through Torpor and Silence - A demonstration of the absurd pace the vocalist can deliver harsh vocals, the dynamic tempo changes and classical guitar interlude. I also like some of the lyrics a lot, though they are hard to make out especially if you're not that used to tech death (like me haha).

    I come to my feet and careening
    Screaming into the empty
    Looking for something, for anything
    Other than me to carry my grief away

    ...

    My tongue is laced with blades of ire
    To scrape away this taste
    Left by tears and rain and ashes and waste
    The faceless coward within me glowers
    Taking and giving out misery

    Called Home - doing their best Opeth impression. The song is about coping with the loss of a friend taking their life. To be honest a lot of the lyrics don't work well for me but the delivery is really something else. There are a lot of beautifully sung clean sections. There's also a reference to a poem:

    All dim, all pale, so lift me on the pyre
    The feast is over, the lamps expire

    from The House of Caesar by Viola Garvin. American Author Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian)'s suicide note read

    All fled, all done, so lift me on the pyre;
    The feast is over and the lamps expire.

    so I guess it is more of a reference to this but they quoted the original poem verbatim instead of the modified version.

    If this all sounds too depressing, DAMNUM has a lot of that, but they have some more light-hearted things in their body of work.

    Some of their songs are just about natural processes like cell division (Interphase // Meiosis) or volcanic action (Terrathaw and the Quake)

    The video for 1.618 has them parodying different subgenres.

    They also have done some covers of prog rock bands (Subdivisions and Animate by Rush and Roundabout by Yes).

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  4. [2]
    Captain_calico
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    Quantic - Dancing while failing This is a very solid dance album that's been added to my work out music rotation. This is a departure to some of his latin/cumbia inspired music or jazz influenced...

    Quantic - Dancing while failing

    This is a very solid dance album that's been added to my work out music rotation. This is a departure to some of his latin/cumbia inspired music or jazz influenced electronic sound. But a welcoming change

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    1. Comfortable_Occasion
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      Listening to this was absolutely glorious, thank you.

      Listening to this was absolutely glorious, thank you.

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  5. skybrian
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    Lately I've been listening to Korean pop music that's based on traditional Korean folk music. ADG7 is a band with three singers and other musicians playing traditional instruments. My favorite is...

    Lately I've been listening to Korean pop music that's based on traditional Korean folk music.

    ADG7 is a band with three singers and other musicians playing traditional instruments. My favorite is the music video for Yeong Geong Geo Ri. The singing sounds like ritual chanting. I don't understand a word, but in some ways I prefer that since I can focus more on the sound and don't feel bad about not hearing the lyrics. I heard of them a while ago from a Tiny Desk Concert. It has subtitles, but the lyrics still seem rather nonsensical, and that is fine.

    Leenalchi is another Korean pop band that I stumbled across more recently. They play pop based on a different kind of folk music. One song I like is called You Know Who I Am. I don't know who they are (the subtitles seem rather ambigous and bizarre), but I like the singing anyway. They also did a nice concert video. It's labelled "sound in the lab," presumably because the sound is somehow made in studio, and it does sound good with headphones. They have other amusing music videos that they did along with a dance troupe, and they seem to have a rabbit theme going.

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  6. mysterylevel
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    Alpinisms - School of Seven Bells

    Alpinisms - School of Seven Bells

  7. 0x29A
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    Missed the prior week so combining them. June 28 best releases Masako Ohta - Solo - Solo piano Washed Out - Notes From a Quiet Life - Electro / indie pop Sabire - Jatt - Sleazy, psych-y heavy...

    Missed the prior week so combining them.
     

    June 28 best releases


    Masako Ohta - Solo - Solo piano
    Washed Out - Notes From a Quiet Life - Electro / indie pop
    Sabire - Jatt - Sleazy, psych-y heavy metal
    Nighthammer - Land of Fear - Punky, crusty black metal
    Wraith - Fueled by Fear - Black/thrash
    200 Stab Wounds - Manual Manic Procedures - Death metal (gore warning)
     

    July 5 best releases


    Non-metal

    Kiasmos - II
    Ambient/atmospheric electronic music with Ólafur Arnalds on piano. Beautiful, subtle, warm techno.
     

    Metal (clean-sung or metal-adjacent genres)

    Piah Mater - Under the Shadow of a Foreign Sun
    Mostly clean-sung, strong influence from mid-to-late era Opeth (prior to their the 70s prog change). Saxophone, string arrangements, plenty of beautiful melodies. Basically a band taking a particular Opeth era of sound and doing their own twist on it, and it's beautiful.
     

    Extreme Metal

    Surra - Falha Critica
    Self-described "thrashpunk". A Brazilian thrashy, hardcore punk with strong political lyrical themes. In your face righteous hardcore anger.

    Arx Atrata - A Reckoning
    Melancholic, atmospheric black metal from the UK. Icy, wintry, synthy.

    Armnatt - Mountains Summoning
    Raw black metal from Portugal. Raw but still retains plenty of tone. Shrieking, cold, haunting vocals.

    Bloody Run - Decapitate the Tyrant
    Death/thrash/grind from PA. Razor sharp production, buzzing tone. Angry as all hell.

    Cryptic Hatred - Internal Torment
    Finnish old school death metal. Great riffs, leads, and plenty of energy. Deep death metal growls. Full speed ahead.

    Unholy Altar - Veil of Death! Shround of Nite
    Raw, shrieky PA black metal. Unholy, ritualistic, chaotic.

    Kryptos - Decimator
    Indian heavy/thrash that has been around since the 90s. My only qualm with it, is the tracks feel too slow. The tempo on some songs drags on and feels like it needs to be about double the speed. Still enjoyable but lacks a bit of a punch of excitement and tempo that it needs.
     

  8. BuckWylde
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    My top 3 artists this week are: Morbid Angel (Heretic & Formulas albums mainly) Judas Priest Oranssi Pazuzu

    My top 3 artists this week are:

    Morbid Angel (Heretic & Formulas albums mainly)
    Judas Priest
    Oranssi Pazuzu