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Behind These Eyes...

There are goblins, they are stomping. They make themselves heard. Rhythmic in movement, scratching your skin as they crawl into your face. They deafen you, deaden you. Take you in with their banshee-like hypnosis...

IT'S COMING... EVER CLOSER...

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My Top 20 Albums
(liable to change, hah)

These are the 20 albums that over time have both changed the way I think, and also have left me obsessing over for large periods of time. The list has changed again! As follows:
 
1. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
2. In Flames - The Jester Race
3. Opeth - Morningrise
4. Tool - Ænima
5. Opeth - Blackwater Park
6. Slipknot
7. Satyricon - The Shadowthrone
8. Tool - Lateralus
9. Cult of Luna - The Beyond
10. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire and Demise
11. Slayer - Reign In Blood
12. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
13. Thorns
14. The Tea Party - The Edges of Twilight
15. Arachnes - Primary Fear
16. A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
17. King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King
18. Alchemist - Spiritech
19. Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar
20. Final Fantasy VII - Original Soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu

The Last Album I bought...

Thought it'd be a good time to update this snippet of useless info as I think I should lay off the purchasing for a little bit. Last time I put money into the music industry was rather pleasant! Now for my inferior reviews:
 
SATYRICON - Dark Medieval Times
Moonfog Productions
 
I bought The Shadowthrone some months ago and I absolutely love it. Though I tend to like a full, bass heavy and crystal clear production for the most part, Satyricon, Emperor, Entombed, Darkthrone et al have all impressed me with the savagery on display. The Shadowthrone sounded very full of life regardless and I expected much of the same with their first album. Not having listened to any of the kind of raw, unproduced demos that stir the underground I didn't know a guitar could sound so... I don't know, I couldn't make it out for all the distortion. But to be perfectly honest, with the acoustics, drumming and general atmosphere I didn't really care. Really love the black metal atmosphere. Which I bring up so much because I can't really cling to anything else with this music. The songs aren't the typical songs where lyrics, riffs and vocal tones rest comfortable in the mind. And other than the traditional pieces, it certainly isn't going to be indicative of its time either. But to create the violence, straightforward dogma, skepticism and organic nature within its world, the essence is what will override. And Satyr and Frost have created a beautiful world (10/10)
 
IN FLAMES - Lunar Strain (Enhanced/Bonus material)
Regain Records
 
Hmm. My introduction to In Flames after hearing their name started right at the very end. I bought Soundtrack and loved it, but I knew there would be something better with some digging. Now that I have five of their seven albums, I am totally convinced of their talents as instrumentalists and songwriters. Fuck deriding them for going from acoustic instruments (although the acoustic guitars are an awesome weapon) to electronic interludes and reducing the guitar virtuosity. That's progression. Of course I'd be mad as well if the synthesis done away with the flash and pace changes further into their bright future but I'm sure they're smarter than that. And this fine piece of work is testament to that. The songs really aren't there. There's no "hooks" to speak of. Vocals are sparse and blend into the swirl of the music. The light/shade and use of dynamics is just a little off kilter. But like all the black metal I've heard so far, this enhances both the journey and the unsettled feeling within. The guitar work is awesome. All roles well played. Michael Stanne has good timing and vocals. And that is all why this is an important album from a very important band. (8)
 
 
OTEP - Sevas Tra
Capitol Records
 
I've been itching to buy this for years. Well since it came out anyway. I heard about them from every damned magazine I read. And I never, ever once saw this in the stores. Until now. And my filthy little hands snapped it up. Now I know that with the idea of a screaming/rapping rugged female at the forefront, some curiously tattooed and made up guys all around her. Some distortion of the English language and so on, people will be scared of that fucking nu-metal tag again. But like the accusations thrown recently at In Flames, and all the negativity this label has brought talented bands like Deftones, Slipknot, Korn, Mudvayne and System of a Down, the genuine soul has diminished the insult. If this is nu-metal as they say, this is how it should sound. Ok it's down-tuned, it's mid-paced, there's a lot of attention to vocals. There's a fair bit of the stop-start interplay at work. But these songs are aggressive, well written and well performed. The feeling is draining, the album is as heavy as heavy gets and the creativity is maximum. Ideas pour from this band at every turn, and although the adventurous and technical virtuosity is not a factor, this is it's own reality and it's a frightening and brilliant one at that! (9)

I am the foolish, the left-handed Satan Spawn, the hack, the preacher of nothing...