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Albums currently kicking your ass

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by The Ozzman, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. EspaDa

    EspaDa Damage Case

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    SymbolicDeath666 Hell's Guardian

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    all the first five opeth albums are pretty 'unique', tonally speaking, and each quite different from one another too - even stuff that opeth fans recommend as similar doesn't tend to hit the same spot in my experience. ORCHID is more of a hushed moonlight forest album or w/e, MORNINGRISE is more for autumn mornings, but both are riff salads that may as well have been structured using a RNG. there are some truly abysmal passages on those alongside the good stuff ('nectar' is a shitty song for example, as is half of the nonsensically long 'black rose immortal'), but they're probably the most appealing aesthetically - more organic+otherworldly and less navel-gazing than what followed.

    MY ARMS YOUR HEARSE is their most intense, haunting and passionate record, and among the most structurally coherent with proper arcs of tension/release - it's the only one with several moments that give me shivers even today. it's hardly a flawless masterpiece or anything but definitely my favourite. something always bothered me about STILL LIFE, always felt very self-indulgent and overwrought somehow, i'd have to listen again to pinpoint what i mean in more detail, it's been a long time. it has its moments in any case, and it's not too far from MAYH stylistically.

    BLACKWATER PARK tones that issue down but kinda goes the other way into grey blandness, with by far the least emotionally charged clean-vocalled sections they'd had up to that point, but it's still aight in a wintery melancholy kinda way--there just isn't the same rawness of feeling there anymore. DELIVERANCE and DAMNATION were even blander but also had some of their least cringey songwriting, i never minded nor cared about either particularly. lost interest in them after that, couldn't get into the next couple records at all.

    not sure if yall are aware but not unlike MDB they actually began playing old school doom-death of sorts, their demos are fucking horribly produced though lol, not in a good way. they also covered 'circle of the tyrants' and 'remember tomorrow' which are both great choices in my book, not that they come close to beating the originals but y'know.
     
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  4. requiem

    requiem I bleed sir, but not killed

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    This is more or less my assessment too. People were obsessed with Opeth around here, getting the O tattooed on their personages etc. It was out of control. I really liked Opeth but never to the extent of most people. I was in awe of the scope and musicianship but the proggy parts were less appealing to me. I think you underrate 'Still Life', which to me is quite a landmark in metal. At least 'The Moor' is.

    'Blackwater Park' is a lot less interesting to me and I'm surprised it became their breakthrough album of sorts. Still, I really respect them as a band (back in the day). Just so original and different. Certainly back in 1999 there wasn't much like 'Still Life' on the market, that's for sure. These days everyone plays the heavy part/soft part and it's a part of the metal landscape, but it's easy to forget that once upon a time it really wasn't like that at all.
     
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  5. Omni

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    I remember when people used to get into stupid arguments about Opeth and say that Agalloch ripped them off, even though the two are pretty different.
     
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    Master_Yoda77 Juggalo

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    Mirror of Deception are one of those great doom bands that I have yet to listen to. Same with Internal Void.
     
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  7. JontRevolting

    JontRevolting FALSE ARREST! FALSE ARREST!

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    Is that Mirror Of Deception a Metal Supremacy release?
     
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    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    Vilden From the holy kingdom of Harmonia

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    Final Chapter had released that album, I think Miskatonic has released a few of their earlier stuff.
     
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    JontRevolting FALSE ARREST! FALSE ARREST!

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    Yeah I knew they were on Miskatonic at one stage.
     
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    JontRevolting FALSE ARREST! FALSE ARREST!

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    I suppose I'm in the minority by thinking latter era Opeth is the best, excluding Heritage and Pale Communion , which i like also buuutttt...
    I thought Ghost Reveries showcased a band at the height of their powers , Admittedly I was a latecomer to Opeth , getting onboard with Blackwater but being a fan I went backwards and collected their earlier work. I never got the O tattooed on me though.
     
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    This was a blind purchase and after only being familiar with Crystal Logic through The Deluge, the heavy use of growling vocals on this came as a surprise. I now also own Mystification and I'm wondering what else from this band is worthwhile?
     
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    Vilden From the holy kingdom of Harmonia

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    Everything?

    Edit: I would probably start with Spiral Castle and Gates of Fire though.
     
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    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    Going to have to agree with the crowd here, if you like the early era, the mid era, and the new era.... You're in pretty deep. I'll add if you have any thought in your head that you like early hard rock/proto metal, make sure you check out their first two, Metal and Invasion, the latter being one of my overall favorites from the band.
     
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    Mark of the Beast is pretty underrated. Nobody talks about it, but it's one of their cooler albums.
     
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    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    On a relisten, the first 4 are alright. After that listening to th3 band gets tedious as it all sounds the same..
     

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