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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. moonbathers
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    I've been listening to Delain's new album basically nonstop since it came out last Friday. It's called Apocalypse & Chill and it is in fact mostly about the environment/climate collapsing. Of the...

    I've been listening to Delain's new album basically nonstop since it came out last Friday. It's called Apocalypse & Chill and it is in fact mostly about the environment/climate collapsing. Of the singles released before the album came out, I thought Masters of Destiny was great, Burning Bridges was solid, and Ghost House Heart didn't grab me. I'm still surprised that Hunter's Moon (which is on the EP of the same name that Masters of Destiny was also on) didn't make the final cut, but the album does already have thirteen songs. I found that a bunch of the non-single songs were as good as anything they've ever written and that's what's had me listening to the album over and over.

    tl;dr if you like symphonic metal or power metal you'll probably like this.

    They've continued to evolve in a way that's not jarring but is still noticeably different than their past, just as they did on their last album. Chemical Redemption sounds like it could almost be a pop song if you changed out the guitar, and I don't mean poppy in the way most metalheads use it. Both Masters of Destiny and Legions of the Lost are more power metal than anything they've written since their first album. Let's Dance has a chorus that reminds me of Ghost. The Greatest Escape sounds to me like what would be the music of humanity's last moments. The album is finished out with a djenty instrumental called Combustion. The guitarist is clearly into prog and djent; he plays an 8-string guitar and wrote a song on the previous EP in those styles.

    The biggest thing I've gotten out of it is that I think Delain is going to be relevant in the metal world (or at least to me) for a long time. They've shown over the last two albums that they've got enough range that their next album won't be a carbon copy of this one as so many bands in their sphere end up doing. I just hope we don't have to wait three and a half years to hear what they come up with next.

    3 votes
  2. [4]
    Staross
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    I've watched a pretty good top 10 metal albums of 2010's video last weekend, so I've been listening to a lot of metal, mainly Rivers of Nihil's last record. I'm not a fan of the production on that...

    I've watched a pretty good top 10 metal albums of 2010's video last weekend, so I've been listening to a lot of metal, mainly Rivers of Nihil's last record. I'm not a fan of the production on that album (too clean, not enough dynamic) but it's still fantastic. I've tried a bit of Gojira but I have to say I'm not a fan so far (a bit too simplistic for my taste), but maybe I'll get it eventually. Amenra wasn't in that top 10 but I still listened to it a lot apparently. Glass Graves is an obscure lofi rock album I've been listening to for years.

    https://i.imgur.com/yZkzzbb.jpg

    2 votes
    1. [3]
      calm_bomb
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      Gojira too simplistic? What albums have you listened to? Because the last two were indeed a bit more simple, almost "commercial" for me, but the first four albums are amazing and those are the...

      Gojira too simplistic? What albums have you listened to? Because the last two were indeed a bit more simple, almost "commercial" for me, but the first four albums are amazing and those are the real Gojira!

      1 vote
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        Staross
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        L'enfant sauvage mainly, I'll check their previous albums.

        L'enfant sauvage mainly, I'll check their previous albums.

        2 votes
        1. calm_bomb
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          Start with "From Mars to Sirius".. then you can go back to "Terra Incognita" (which is more raw/metal) and then try "The Way of All Flesh".

          Start with "From Mars to Sirius".. then you can go back to "Terra Incognita" (which is more raw/metal) and then try "The Way of All Flesh".

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    Echinops
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    Most of the Silk Road Ensemble discography (many with Yo Yo Ma) on shuffle. It's very eclectic and varied, with some powerful music from across the globe. Absolutely phenomenal in almost every regard.

    Most of the Silk Road Ensemble discography (many with Yo Yo Ma) on shuffle. It's very eclectic and varied, with some powerful music from across the globe. Absolutely phenomenal in almost every regard.

    2 votes
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      Staross
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      Seems good, it reminds me of Ensemble Aromates.

      Seems good, it reminds me of Ensemble Aromates.

      2 votes
      1. Echinops
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        That's very good, quiet similar. The Silk Road is very diverse across the albums, almost to the extent that one album or even one song does not represent the entirety of the work. I'd highly...

        That's very good, quiet similar. The Silk Road is very diverse across the albums, almost to the extent that one album or even one song does not represent the entirety of the work. I'd highly recommend all of it.

        1 vote
    2. [2]
      cfabbro
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      Nice. Silk Road Ensemble is fantastic, as is Yo-Yo Ma. If you're a fan of his, you might also get a kick out of this playlist I put together on Spotify. It's my attempt to recreate an album that...

      Nice. Silk Road Ensemble is fantastic, as is Yo-Yo Ma. If you're a fan of his, you might also get a kick out of this playlist I put together on Spotify. It's my attempt to recreate an album that he put together of his personal favorite songs/pieces, and released through Starbucks (yes, the coffee shop company), and it's one of my absolute favorites.

      1 vote
      1. Echinops
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        Definitely going to give this a go. THANKS!

        Definitely going to give this a go. THANKS!

        1 vote
  4. knocklessmonster
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    I've been putting on the new Squarepusher album, "Be Up a Hello," and it's got a lot of familiar sounds in it. Half of the reason to listen to Squarepusher is to see where he goes with a given...

    I've been putting on the new Squarepusher album, "Be Up a Hello," and it's got a lot of familiar sounds in it. Half of the reason to listen to Squarepusher is to see where he goes with a given sound, and I'm frankly not disappointed with it. It's got a lot of the same vibe as Ufabulum and Damogen Furies, but also some tenderness like Beep Street or Feed Me Weird Things. It feels like a culmination of his career, more than anything.

    Went back to some classic IDM with μ-ziq's Lunatic Harness, which is just a great, laid-back album. I don't have much to say about it, but it's a smooth album with nice drum programming, and gentle synths.

    2 votes
  5. asoftbird
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    Ihsahn's new album, Telemark. https://youtu.be/xL0ZHYcuDe0 It's both classic Ihsahn(ex-frontman of Emperor) and completely different, though still great music. It's mostly black metal blended with...

    Ihsahn's new album, Telemark.

    https://youtu.be/xL0ZHYcuDe0

    It's both classic Ihsahn(ex-frontman of Emperor) and completely different, though still great music. It's mostly black metal blended with jazzy elements + saxophone, which sounds pretty fresh and interesting. Drums are done by Tobias Ørnes Andersen and saxophone by Jørgen Munkeby, both from Shining, a fairly weird jazz metal band, both having very good technical skills. Ihsahn's vocals are a lot more diverse than l've heard before, and it's also the first time l've heard him sing in his native language(Norwegian), where the lyrics sound a lot more fluent and poetic than in English.
    The sound quality and production is great as well.

    He's also releasing another album later this year that'll apparently be more prog metally, so l'm looking forward to that as well.

    1 vote
  6. ntgg
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    Top tracks this week - one per artist: Run - Joji Back Home - Caribou The Gospel Truth - Clarence Clarity DIET_ - Denzel Curry pay attention! - Underscores I've listened to a bunch of Caribou in...

    Top tracks this week - one per artist:

    1. Run - Joji
    2. Back Home - Caribou
    3. The Gospel Truth - Clarence Clarity
    4. DIET_ - Denzel Curry
    5. pay attention! - Underscores

    I've listened to a bunch of Caribou in anticipation of his new album coming out on the 28th. I haven't listened to him in a while, and completely forgot how much his songs slap. The singles have also all been top, so I am unreasonably hyped for the album.

    1 vote
  7. [3]
    FishFingus
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    A bit of the Red Army Choir, who I've loved for a good while now. I've never come across a group with the beautiful range of emotion their performances convey. They make me want to reminisce,...

    A bit of the Red Army Choir, who I've loved for a good while now. I've never come across a group with the beautiful range of emotion their performances convey. They make me want to reminisce, weep, sit back in awe, then get up and dance.

    The Roads
    Dark Eyes
    Let's Go
    Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl
    It's a Long Way to Tipperary
    The Cossacks
    Gandzia

    1 vote
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      cfabbro
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      I had never heard of them before.... but you piqued my curiosity, which led me here: The Last Concert of the Alexandrov Red Army Choir (2016)...

      I had never heard of them before.... but you piqued my curiosity, which led me here:
      The Last Concert of the Alexandrov Red Army Choir (2016)
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandrov_Ensemble#2016_plane_crash
      :(

      Absolutely beautiful music though (that last concert was amazing), thanks for sharing!

      1. FishFingus
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        Mmm, 'the mouldy cherry atop an absolute crapheap of a year. I call them the Red Army Choir for simplicity, and because that's what they were called on the first album I found, but I think there...

        Mmm, 'the mouldy cherry atop an absolute crapheap of a year. I call them the Red Army Choir for simplicity, and because that's what they were called on the first album I found, but I think there may be at least two choirs - Alexandrov and MVD. The Red Army Choir has been reformed again since the tragedy, I think. During WWII they lost more than a hundred members.

        1 vote
  8. Enigma
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    I've been relistening to some old some of the older instrumental music I have saved on Spotify, including: E.S. Posthumus - Moonlight Sonata I usually just have it going in the background to get...

    I've been relistening to some old some of the older instrumental music I have saved on Spotify, including:
    E.S. Posthumus - Moonlight Sonata

    I usually just have it going in the background to get myself in the zone while I'm coding. Drowns out all the background noise/distractions and helps me focus :)

    1 vote
  9. CrazyOtter
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    Lots of Phil Collins, especially in the morning when getting ready for work.

    Lots of Phil Collins, especially in the morning when getting ready for work.