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d4m0 wrote:

Well hey! Tomb Mold put out a surprise new album last Friday after four years away with no big releases. And it's really quite fantastic. The first song is true to form and then they go into some new territory that, to me, is a great expansion for them. It never ceases to amaze me that the drummer is the vocalist in this band.

I've read plenty of negative talk about the new direction, but for me, this album is still excellent. I do frequently wish my favorite bands would never change, but they do. Sometimes it's amazing! In this case, I'd say this album probably won't be my favorite in their whole discography, but it's one I will continue to enjoy through the years.

I've listened to it now a bunch more times since posting that, and I still think it's one of their best releases. I really like what they did with this one. I guess I'm not surprised some people are talking it down, it always happens when a band makes a change to their sound.

I heard a great interview with three of the members of Tomb Mold on the Into the Combine podcast and among many other things they go into why there was a change in direction. It's pretty much what you'd think: "we wanted to do something cool and different, so that's what we did." They made the album they wanted to make beginning to end, and I can get behind that.

I just want them to come to Houston! As far as I can tell, they never have. Hell, I'll drive to Austin, like I recently did for the Jungle Rot / Phobophilic / Enforced / Molder tour.

I know I've talked about Phobophilic a lot here, but man, they're so good.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
d4m0 wrote:

Well hey! Tomb Mold put out a surprise new album last Friday after four years away with no big releases. And it's really quite fantastic. The first song is true to form and then they go into some new territory that, to me, is a great expansion for them. It never ceases to amaze me that the drummer is the vocalist in this band.

I've read plenty of negative talk about the new direction, but for me, this album is still excellent. I do frequently wish my favorite bands would never change, but they do. Sometimes it's amazing! In this case, I'd say this album probably won't be my favorite in their whole discography, but it's one I will continue to enjoy through the years.

Maybe I'm not as online in metal circles as others, but my (small) online friend group is all OBSESSED with this release. Personally, I think it's one of the best jazzy tech-death albums since the greats (Atheist - Unquestionable Presence, Cynic - Focus, and Pestilence - Spheres). It's doing things I've never heard before.

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Also sorry if it feels like I only come here to link my own stuff, but I got a bit of recording down the other day.

It's coming up to almost a year with my annoying thumb injury which has stopped me from playing much guitar, so I've been dabbling with slower doom-drone which doesn't put too much stress on the joint.

I've been really into Boris and SUNN lately, so here's something I recorded (it's a take on Boris - Blackout). Since I'm using amp sims, it's been really challenging creating that analog raw, fuzzy, and layered feedback sound. I was pretty happy with the result!

Aaaaaallllllllllllllright. It's about time for me to dip my toe into some metal again.

Please note that the last Metal album I enjoyed the sh*t out of was "Once More 'Round The Sun."

That said, as I think I mentioned here before, I was really, really, really surprised at how much I enjoyed Backxwash's "His Happiness Shall Come First..."

2023 is almost over, and I'm way behind even on my "things to listen to in 2022" list, so I'm looking for a trio of recommendations to try out. My reading tells me I enjoy sludge metal more than stuff like Blasphemy, which, bless their hearts, I tried out and didn't understand a lick of what was going on.

Also, what is Lacuna Coil and am I lame for thinking they're a bit more in my lane?

Prederick wrote:

My reading tells me I enjoy sludge metal more than stuff like Blasphemy, which, bless their hearts, I tried out and didn't understand a lick of what was going on.

Blasphemy is jumping straight into the deep end. They’re foundational for the war metal / bestial black metal subgenres, which is definitely fringe territory.

Also, what is Lacuna Coil and am I lame for thinking they're a bit more in my lane?

Lacuna Coil is vintage turn-of-the-millennium goth metal. And if you played Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, they’re the album poster you got in your apartment, as well as the song from the ending.

*Legion* wrote:

Blasphemy is jumping straight into the deep end. They’re foundational for the war metal / bestial black metal subgenres, which is definitely fringe territory.

Well that makes sense, because God bless it, I tried, I really did.

It appears that Cradle of Filth is a bit more my style?

Even as a fan of black metal, Blasphemy honestly doesn't do much for me. There are multiple shades of black metal, and they are much more on the chaotic/thrashy/punk side.

It sounds like you enjoy more melodic and produced music, so you could check out Wolves in the Throne Room, Soar, and Agalloch. If you want to explore more traditional yet melodic black metal, you could consider "atmospheric" or "depressive (DSBM)" tags in your searches (Woods of Desolation, Xasthur, Thy Light, Coldworld).

Here's one of the songs I usually show non-black metal listeners to explain that the genre isn't all about raw guitar, tape recorders, and burning churches. I love 'em.

It appears that Cradle of Filth is a bit more my style?

Look, I'm nitpicking here but they arguably aren't black metal past the first handful of releases. I used to love them, then started to find their brand of "goth" a bit grating, and have only just come back around in the last 2 years because their newest stuff is pretty damn solid. Given your comments about Lucuna Coil, I'm assuming you've heard this song, but if not...

If you want to dig deeper into CoF, they have some distinct phases.

Dusk and Her Embrace is the peak of their more traditionally black metal albums (The first 3). The Principle of Evil Made Flesh is genuinely great, but quite raw and may not be an easy listen if you don't love black metal.

After their first 3 albums, they started playing more symphonic metal. Midian is often considered their best album before they transitioned into a more gothic metal group (the above song is very much in this gothic metal phase).

Nymphetamine is their peak gothic metal and a lot of their output afterwards is skippable.

But! They came back really strong with Existence is Futile (2021) and Trouble and their Double Lives this year. I'm really impressed with how much better these 2 are than everything post-Nymphetamine.

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Also, what is Lacuna Coil and am I lame for thinking they're a bit more in my lane?

Nothing lame about it! They are a great band. After Forever, Within Temptation, Leaves Eyes and Kamelot all have very similar vibes (While Kamelot has a male vocalist, I LOVE them and discovered them at the same time as Lacuna Coil so they are forever linked in my mind).

@Prederick I'm guessing you're familiar with The Sword since they're nothing new, but if not you should check them out. One of my most played playlists lately is just my Mastodon and The Sword favs.

Couple others in that wheelhouse, Melvins and Red Fang

As for newer stuff, I can't stop listening to PetroDragonic Apocalypse by King Gizz. WizardM0de mentioned it some pages back, but here's a different track:

On a different note, I also recently rediscovered MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, who are very fun:

And if anyone's still reading, here's some deathcore Got to see AngelMaker live this summer

Angelus Apatrida just released a new LP (Aftermath) for the thrash heads and it doesn't disappoint (like all their others). A couple:

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Got to see TOOL a few weeks back. Awesome show, but also made me realize I've reached "go to concerts with earplugs" age if I want to actually hear lyrics. Absolutely amazing watching Danny work the drumkit, and our vantage point let us see Maynard taking breaks every time Danny or Adam drop into minutes of solos.

TD Garden? I was there too!

My big gripe was not enough songs from the older albums I really love, still worth it though. I googled it and found an old interview where Maynard said it damages his vocal chords too much to do a whole set of older songs which feature more screaming.

No, we saw them a night or two before Boston, when they were in Manchester, NH at SNHU Arena. A friend looked into getting tickets, hated the pricing, and then realized he could put a box on his credit card and find people willing to join in for less than the available ticket prices.