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 +1Posted on May 11th, 2012 | re: Album Of The Week: Tragedy Darker Days Ahead (50 comments)

I can understand disliking a vocal style. I can’t understand getting aggressive about these types of vocalists and making a bunch of assumptions about why they do it. In the entirety of music, there are so many odd styles in otherwise accessible places like folk and blues. Cultures develop around these things, and new bands reflect them back. It’s not about being juvenile, or manly posturing, although plenty of bands like that do exist. I mean, in this case, it’s not even that hard to put together: The vocals are nearly another percussive instrument, matching tone and pitch with the rest of the music. It isn’t about being pretty, but what about this music is?

As for it all sounding the same, well, no, it really doesn’t. Even in the same sub-genre, there are plenty of vocalists who sound nothing like this. And maybe the fixation on someone doing something decidedly not much like singing makes it hard to realize, but the variations in style and pitch are fairly broad if we’re going to talk about “screamy” vocalists as though they’re part of one large genre. Tragedy’s vocalist ain’t exactly Varg Vikernes.

 0Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

I loved the first. Aesthetica was a nice attempt at something new, I just don’t think it was successful. Literally, half the album plainly annoys me to listen to.

I’m not going to comment much on Triple H himself in a thread focused on the music. I’ll just admit that every time I read about or hear him speak, it annoys me so much that it must be getting to the point where it taints my opinion of the music.

 +1Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

I MEAN FUCK WHERE IS JAMES BLAKE ON THIS THING YOU ASSES

TRYING TO NOT BE PITCHFORK YOU BUTTHOLES

 0Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

I’m a bit cooler on this list than the one Haxan posted above, though it’s reminding me to check out some of the bands that I tend to not gravitate towards immediately. I’m not a melo death fan at all, but I’ve been meaning to check out that Amon Amarth record after hearing an early track that blew my mind.

Mostly I’m posting this to note how civil the behavior in the HTC comments are over the list posts on the main page. Christ, you can breathe in here.

 0Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

OH SHIT I STILL HAVEN’T HEARD THE NEW CAVE IN

FUCK

Anyway, I was disappointed by the new Krallice (it didn’t go far enough into new territory for me personally) just as much as I was surprised by that Yellow Eyes record (really undeniably solid songs). Nice to see it get a mention.

Anyway, you have many of my favorites in your list, but there are a few I haven’t heard at all. I’m going to be hitting some blogs and the local record store pretty hard this weekend, and if the stuff I’m unfamiliar with on here is as good as the stuff I love that you’ve picked, I’ll be having a pretty nice long weekend.

 +1Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

Maybe it’s because Deafheaven was mentioned here, but it seems to me like many of the newest USBM bands come from the early Darkthrone/Burzum model. That was the most interesting fork of the Scandinavian sound to me, as well as the one with the most possibilities, as focused on mood over metal tropes as it was. Still, it’s another spin on a Scandinavian inspiration.

I do agree that we’re slowly making our way out; I’ve just noticed that many of the same people who were into post-hardcore/punk/screamo in the 90′s and 00′s have moved to black metal, and many of these bands are clearly inspired by the old guard mentioned above. I like most of the music, I just don’t find it nearly as exciting as the outer reaches of, say, the French bands, which seem to have very little urge to play in Varg’s territory.

 0Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 | re: Altar Of Plagues - "Feather And Bone" (Stereogum Premiere) (14 comments)

I found the drumming in this song to be kind of limp despite the clear technical prowess. I really loved the drumming on some of those tracks on Sol especially. This is not bad by any means, though.