A Hundred Albums? Part 3


Written by: Darkside Momo
Published: 16.08.2017


Hi all!

With this, the third installment of my 'A Hundred Albums' series, I decided to go all Too Extreme!

Just kidding.
But yeah, here's a selection of extreme stuff, musically or otherwise. Loosely. My reactions, or the impact the album had on my life, might just be the extreme in there

As always, remember these albums are albums that mattered (and still matter) to me, and while all are great in their own right, this is not really a best-of list.

A note to the unwary, though: Quite a few of these albums are pretty intense on the emotional department - which is why they're so awesome to begin with - but, as Fear Factory said with one of the samples they used on Obsolete, 'listener discretion is advised'. Anyway, enjoy!

Special thanks to Killing Joke for the title, and to Morbid Angel for the song-so-awful-it-almost-became-a-meme.

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Ten albums, part three: Extremities, Dirt, And Various Repressed Emotions
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Rhapsody (Of Fire) - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands (1998)

You can't find more extremely cheesy - in a good, excellent way - in Power Metal than the mighty Rhapsody. And that album, released when I was in uni roleplaying my nights out with D&D (and others too), soon became quite a soundtrack! Now, raise your swords and sing along: "For the king, for the land, for the mountains..."

Link: here's a YouTube link.







Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done (2002)

If you read these lines now, it's because that album saved my life. Simple as that. In the depth of depression in summer 2002, Nightwish's Century Child might finish to drag me down (song titles like "Slaying The Dreamer" and "End Of All Hope" weren't what I really needed at the time - even if both are fantastic tracks I still love), but Damage Done, while darker, did help me endure and was that 'Something To Cling To' as I attached myself to it like a drowing guy holding on a piece of driftwood. "Hours Passed In Exile" and "Single Part Of Two" still hold a special place in my heart to this day.
Many music fans who suffered from depression have that band who saved them; for some it's, say, Anathema, for me it was Dark Tranquillity. Eternal gratitude, guys!

Link: there's a full YouTube stream here.






Strapping Young Lad - City (1997)

You want extreme? There you are. This is a maelstrom of violence and rage, it's pure anger given music form. Think of whatever agressive metaphor you like to talk about this album; while totally relevant, this will only show how difficult it is to describe this beast. City is a one-of-a-kind marvel that'll leave you drained and exhausted after a listening session. Cathartic? Hell yes.

Link: As always, YouTube is the place to go.







Machine Head - Through The Ashes Of Empires (2003)

This is Machine Head's turning point. After the trendy and shitty Supercharger, the band was lost. They found their salvation and a renewed energy in what's obviously Robb Flynn's most personal album and lyrics to date. The whole album drips with anger, rage and pain, particularly when Robb deals with his childhood's emotional scars.
And while this album only hinted at better musical things to come (read that The Blackening), it's still my fave MH album by far, because of that sheer emotional impact.

Link: another YouTube link






Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (2005)

They're death metal, pushed to a higher level of awesomeness by the addition of some seriously good black metal and an insanely great progressive, convoluted, songwriting flair. And if you ask me, no Akercocke album does it as well as WTGU,DTDU does. Just listen to "Shelter FromThe Sand" if you still doubt.

Link: Find it on Bandcamp!







Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale (2008)

While my first - good! - contact with funeral doom was Ahab's The Call Of The Wretched Sea, Esoteric was like… Well it's difficult to describe this album anyway. Imagine a downward spiral of despair, hopelessness and depression sucking you in deeper and deeper for an hour and fourty minutes long ride? Yeah, that's about it, and that doesn't even scratch at the surface of the intense emotional trial this album proposes. Proceed with caution, as it's as dark as it's awesome (and God/Devil/Whatever awesome it is!)

Link: Once again... Youtube






Dälek - Absence (2004)

Hip-hop can be this dark and bleak? Oh yes! Sure it came as a surprise for me too. It's like, as a French reviewer once said, being tortured by a rusted razor blade, while being held by rusted manacles attached to a rusted staircase, in a basement in whatever rundown surburbia you can imagine.
And yes, that's kinda what this album sounds like. It's hip-hop made the classic way, but with samples and inspiration coming from - mostly - the industrial scene. Impressive and surely not for the regular rap listener.

Link: as usual, YouTube is the place to go.







Breach - Kollapse (2001)

Swansong of an great band - way to finish on high note! Sure, I myself discovered this gem while digging in Terra Tenebrosa's past… But wow! As far as post-hardcore goes, they give Neurosis a run for their money, and then some! For sure Breach mastered the art of build-ups that never explode… but balanced them on Kollapse with really aggressive hardcore tracks. Impressive.

Link: another unofficial upload on YouTube






Death Grips - The Powers That B (2015)

Now we're familiar with Dälek, let's see what we can do with electronically enhanced hip-hop gone over the edge. The Powers That B is one hell of a fucked-up answer to that.
And while I'd REALLY recommend this to all adventurous music listeners, be warned: it mixes hip-hop, breakcore, electronica of all stripes, fucking emotional singing, punk, and Björk in a non-orthodox violent output. That was my first contact with Death Grips, and seriously, nothing they did before (even if the first one is great, granted) or after so far can compare with that mindfuck of an album…

Link: YouTube again!







John Zorn - Kristallnacht (1993)

Yes, there's probably a trend going on when the last four albums here are not metal albums… but all are extreme in their own right.
Anyway… To be honest, I listened to John Zorn's Kristallnacht only four times yet. The first one was enough to understand this was an album not to be trifled with. Its emotional impact is beyond all I've known in music so far, with only a few exceptions. Yes, we're talking about the historical Kristallnacht, for that's the way John Zorn chose to reconcile himself with his Jewish heritage.
It's jazz. It's klezmer. It's totally industrial. That second track, "Never Again", is almost twelve minutes filled with noises of broken glass and terror - and the few respites won't help you calm down. And then, all the following tracks will have you deal with the aftermath, whether be it sorrow, pain, or more violence.
You're shocked and assaulted by Kristallnacht? Does it hurt? If so, you probably still have a functionning heart, and that's good to know.

Link: yet another YouTube upload





Previously...
Part 1
Part 2

And next...



 



Written on 16.08.2017 by Once your regular Hellfest reporter, now retired. I (strangely enough) listen to a lot of metal. And enjoy good beers, comics, novels and role-playing games.


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16.08.2017 - 00:18
Darkside Momo
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16.08.2017 - 00:29
Demonic Tutor
The Enemy Within
What a list once more.

I hear you about Damage Done, it is a powerful upllifting album. I am glad it saved one more awesome metalhead in this world.

Anathema and Esoteric have had the same strangely positive impact on my life.

Rhapsody and DOD, yeah, we might even have shared a DOD session together at the university dorms!
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16.08.2017 - 02:23
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Written by Demonic Tutor on 16.08.2017 at 00:29

What a list once more.

I hear you about Damage Done, it is a powerful upllifting album. I am glad it saved one more awesome metalhead in this world.

Anathema and Esoteric have had the same strangely positive impact on my life.

Rhapsody and DOD, yeah, we might even have shared a DOD session together at the university dorms!

I'm not sure we did play together, but we sure have played with the same person (Nicolas your neighbor, named Nicool around these parts)

As for Anathema, Philippe Lageat (of Rock Hard France) did say that Alternative 4 and Judgement helped him through his own depression. And I'm also glad if Dark Tranquillity did help another person - obviously someone awesome too indeed
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"I've lost too many years now
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I'm awake now"
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16.08.2017 - 05:47
thenormalone
Fantastic list as always! Really interesting
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16.08.2017 - 11:13
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Written by thenormalone on 16.08.2017 at 05:47

Fantastic list as always! Really interesting

Thanks!
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16.08.2017 - 12:15
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Yay!

Damage Done is my favourite DT album, so I can relate to that in some way Anathema was it for me though, in dark times. DT was always more fun to me than anything else. I just had so much fun when I listened to that album and it's so headbangable.

Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is also among my favourites! It's almost a twin of Choronzon since they are both so good.

Funny to see Machine Head there as well, Burn My Eyes was my first album of theirs and still love it.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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16.08.2017 - 15:34
Darkside Momo
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Written by BloodTears on 16.08.2017 at 12:15

Yay!

Damage Done is my favourite DT album, so I can relate to that in some way Anathema was it for me though, in dark times. DT was always more fun to me than anything else. I just had so much fun when I listened to that album and it's so headbangable.

Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is also among my favourites! It's almost a twin of Choronzon since they are both so good.

Funny to see Machine Head there as well, Burn My Eyes was my first album of theirs and still love it.

Yes to DT being headbangable, but the emotions Mikeal always manage to deliver are so much more important for me
As for Choronzon, well, for some reason this one never really clicked with me - I actually prefer Antichrist to it tbh.

And while Burn My Eyes might be musically better - as far as pure thrash is concerned it indeed is, it's not a classic of the genre for nothing - as I said TTAOE has the impact of a band that gave all they had cause they had nothing to lose by then, and it's their most intense as a result. (well, for me at least)
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21.08.2017 - 20:19
Diverge
So glad you didn't go Too Extreme!

That Breach album sounds rad. Thanks for the rec.
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22.08.2017 - 01:52
Darkside Momo
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Written by Diverge on 21.08.2017 at 20:19

So glad you didn't go Too Extreme!

That Breach album sounds rad. Thanks for the rec.


And you're welcome. Rad it is indeed!
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22.08.2017 - 14:46
VIG
Eraserhead
Great list. It's awesome to see Akercocke, Esoteric, Dalek, and Breach on here!
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22.08.2017 - 16:22
Darkside Momo
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Written by VIG on 22.08.2017 at 14:46

Great list. It's awesome to see Akercocke, Esoteric, Dalek, and Breach on here!

Yeah, right?
Thanks for reading!
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"I've lost too many years now
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23.08.2017 - 14:35
DeliciousDishes
Great to see breach here! When I dug back from Terra Tenebrosa I was blown away by how good the band actually is.
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23.08.2017 - 15:51
Darkside Momo
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Written by DeliciousDishes on 23.08.2017 at 14:35

Great to see breach here! When I dug back from Terra Tenebrosa I was blown away by how good the band actually is.

Same here! I didn't know them before, but they were a great discovery for me - and I discovered how influenal they were, too - on bands like Kruger, for example...

anyway, thanks for reading!
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"I've lost too many years now
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I'm awake now"
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25.08.2017 - 02:01
ylside
Hours Passed In Exile has a special place for me aswell, although not for the same reasons.
It was the first song I ever heard by DT, from "Hard N' Heavy Vol. 49" . Loved it ever since.
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25.08.2017 - 05:33
Darkside Momo
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Written by ylside on 25.08.2017 at 02:01

Hours Passed In Exile has a special place for me aswell, although not for the same reasons.
It was the first song I ever heard by DT, from "Hard N' Heavy Vol. 49" . Loved it ever since.

I didn't know you have / had Hard'n'Heavy in Morocco
Anyway, I still consider - all emotional ties aside - "Hours Passed In Exile" as one of Dark Tranquillity's finest songs ever
(and thanks for reading!)
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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25.08.2017 - 21:27
ylside
Written by Darkside Momo on 25.08.2017 at 05:33

I didn't know you have / had Hard'n'Heavy in Morocco
Anyway, I still consider - all emotional ties aside - "Hours Passed In Exile" as one of Dark Tranquillity's finest songs ever
(and thanks for reading!)

We didn't, I borrowed that one from a friend who got it from France back then
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25.08.2017 - 21:52
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Written by ylside on 25.08.2017 at 21:27

Written by Darkside Momo on 25.08.2017 at 05:33

I didn't know you have / had Hard'n'Heavy in Morocco
Anyway, I still consider - all emotional ties aside - "Hours Passed In Exile" as one of Dark Tranquillity's finest songs ever
(and thanks for reading!)

We didn't, I borrowed that one from a friend who got it from France back then

Oh OK
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"I've lost too many years now
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I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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30.08.2017 - 18:26
Apothecary
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You've got Death Grips and Dalek. Add Clipping and complete the Unholy Trinity of experimental hip hop
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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30.08.2017 - 19:01
Darkside Momo
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Written by Apothecary on 30.08.2017 at 18:26

You've got Death Grips and Dalek. Add Clipping and complete the Unholy Trinity of experimental hip hop

never listened to them... Any album to reccomend?
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30.08.2017 - 19:19
Apothecary
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Written by Darkside Momo on 30.08.2017 at 19:01

never listened to them... Any album to reccomend?

They're noise hip hop basically, more similar to Dalek than to Death Grips, but beats are a little more formless, odd time signatures, stuff like that. The rapping comes from Daveed Diggs, who also plays Thomas Jefferson in that popular Hamilton musical that's been a thing lately. Very versatile, multitalented guy, and his flow and lyrics are very unique.

I'd say start with the Midcity mixtape, or CLPPNG, the first "proper" debut. Either work for a good impression of the group, the former's just a little dirtier and more noise influenced.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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31.08.2017 - 02:53
Darkside Momo
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Written by Apothecary on 30.08.2017 at 19:19

Written by Darkside Momo on 30.08.2017 at 19:01

never listened to them... Any album to reccomend?

They're noise hip hop basically, more similar to Dalek than to Death Grips, but beats are a little more formless, odd time signatures, stuff like that. The rapping comes from Daveed Diggs, who also plays Thomas Jefferson in that popular Hamilton musical that's been a thing lately. Very versatile, multitalented guy, and his flow and lyrics are very unique.

I'd say start with the Midcity mixtape, or CLPPNG, the first "proper" debut. Either work for a good impression of the group, the former's just a little dirtier and more noise influenced.

So I checked both. It's really fucked up at times , and really interesting, but probably a bit too minimalistic for me. That said, I'll be coming back to them, as after first listen, some songs ("guns.up", "Body & Blood"...) did really catch my ear. So thanks for the rec, even if they won't probably end up there in my personal top100 albums anytime soon
(also, that has indeed such an impressive flow )
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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31.08.2017 - 09:56
nikarg
Old Nick
So much stuff I need to explore. DT and Akercocke are obvious choices and Dälek is pretty cool too (btw I used to dislike hip-hop until I saw the Ghost Dog film and was blown away by the soundtrack), however I could never get into Machine Head for some reason. My longtime obsession with WWII makes Kristallnacht sound very interesting.
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31.08.2017 - 11:04
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Written by nikarg on 31.08.2017 at 09:56

So much stuff I need to explore. DT and Akercocke are obvious choices and Dälek is pretty cool too (btw I used to dislike hip-hop until I saw the Ghost Dog film and was blown away by the soundtrack), however I could never get into Machine Head for some reason. My longtime obsession with WWII makes Kristallnacht sound very interesting.

Let's be honest, I still don't like hip-hop on the whole, same as jazz but for very different reasons (btw, never saw Ghost Dog, but I guess the Samurai Shamploo anime did help in softening me a bit) - but Dälek and Death Grip have that dark, aggressive side on top of being experimental, that appeal to me (compared to metal, you could say it's darkness in a different light, and I love that). As for Kristallnacht , be warned that it stands out even in John Zorn's particularly dense and varied discography
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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31.08.2017 - 17:48
Apothecary
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Written by Darkside Momo on 31.08.2017 at 02:53

So I checked both. It's really fucked up at times , and really interesting, but probably a bit too minimalistic for me. That said, I'll be coming back to them, as after first listen, some songs ("guns.up", "Body & Blood"...) did really catch my ear. So thanks for the rec, even if they won't probably end up there in my personal top100 albums anytime soon
(also, that has indeed such an impressive flow )

Glad you found some enjoyment man! And yeah, Diggs is an amazing rapper. Sometimes that hyperfast "speed rapping" of his gets a little irritating, but thankfully he doesn't do it all that often and there's plenty more variation to his delivery. I particularly like his more hushed, whisper like approach like on "Dream."
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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31.08.2017 - 18:26
Darkside Momo
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Written by Apothecary on 31.08.2017 at 17:48

Glad you found some enjoyment man! And yeah, Diggs is an amazing rapper. Sometimes that hyperfast "speed rapping" of his gets a little irritating, but thankfully he doesn't do it all that often and there's plenty more variation to his delivery. I particularly like his more hushed, whisper like approach like on "Dream."

Yeah, Dream is quite impressive indeed
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"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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01.09.2017 - 07:33
BitterCOld
Gringo
More good stuff... Esoteric and my fave SYL album as well.

RHapsody of Flame and Fire or whatever... haha. Heroes of the Lost Valley always makes me laugh as it sounds like the narrator has a mild speech impediment.
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01.09.2017 - 14:56
Darkside Momo
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Written by BitterCOld on 01.09.2017 at 07:33

More good stuff... Esoteric and my fave SYL album as well.

RHapsody of Flame and Fire or whatever... haha. Heroes of the Lost Valley always makes me laugh as it sounds like the narrator has a mild speech impediment.

Yeah, it's funny - and part of the charm for me, as it's not [i]that[i]bad But thanfully they got better with their narrators later on (Christopher Lee...)
Thanks for reading!
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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02.09.2017 - 12:55
nikarg
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Written by Darkside Momo on 31.08.2017 at 11:04

Let's be honest, I still don't like hip-hop on the whole, same as jazz but for very different reasons (btw, never saw Ghost Dog, but I guess the Samurai Shamploo anime did help in softening me a bit) - but Dälek and Death Grip have that dark, aggressive side on top of being experimental, that appeal to me (compared to metal, you could say it's darkness in a different light, and I love that). As for Kristallnacht , be warned that it stands out even in John Zorn's particularly dense and varied discography

You need to watch Ghost Dog immediately . Forest Whitaker deserved an Oscar for this. I listened to Kristallnacht and I agree, it is intense. The glass breaking part was pretty disturbing for my stomach and passes the message across very convincingly.
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02.09.2017 - 16:05
Darkside Momo
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Written by nikarg on 02.09.2017 at 12:55

Written by Darkside Momo on 31.08.2017 at 11:04

Let's be honest, I still don't like hip-hop on the whole, same as jazz but for very different reasons (btw, never saw Ghost Dog, but I guess the Samurai Shamploo anime did help in softening me a bit) - but Dälek and Death Grip have that dark, aggressive side on top of being experimental, that appeal to me (compared to metal, you could say it's darkness in a different light, and I love that). As for Kristallnacht , be warned that it stands out even in John Zorn's particularly dense and varied discography

You need to watch Ghost Dog immediately . Forest Whitaker deserved an Oscar for this. I listened to Kristallnacht and I agree, it is intense. The glass breaking part was pretty disturbing for my stomach and passes the message across very convincingly.

Yeah, it does....
And I know I should watch Ghost Dog someday - a friend of mine did pester me about it - so yes, I'll do it someday
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"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
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