A Hundred Albums? Part 8


Written by: Darkside Momo
Published: 15.02.2018


Hi everyone!

My oh my, how I've been lagging on this series...

Oh well, back to business now! The last three articles won't be addressed by genres, I must say, even if I somehow did some weird groupings here and there. Just like in this blog post, where you'll find two bands with two albums each. That's why they're 'fav bands' after all - even if you can find flaws in them, there's always that something special you'll like... And you probably can tell some anecdotes about how they impacted your life.

So yeah, maybe not that many surprises around here... But is that a problem anyway? (As always, these albums are albums that matter(ed) to me, and are listed in order of discovery)

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Ludwig Von 88 - Tout Pour Le Trash (1992)

I was still in high school (we can that "lycée" in France) when I was first introduced to LV88. They're without doubts one of the best bands to emerge from the second wave of French punk. Nonsensically fun lyrics - or caustic ones - are a trademark of theirs, but never underestimate their will to experiment musically here and there. On this Tout Pour Le Trash, we're clearly more on the ironic and/or poetic side of things, and that's awesome. Oh, btw, they're not nazis at all.

Link: Let's start with YouTube.







Fear Factory - Demanufacture (1995)

I discovered both Demanufacture and Obsolete roughly at the same time, and both bring back good university memories. And while I might have a softer spot for Obsolete, Demanufacture is definitely better and so goddamn impressive. And some wonder why I love indus metal. This album is one of the obvious answers!

Link: another usual YouTube playlist!






Dark Tranquillity - Haven (2000)

This one was my first Dark Tranquillity album - thanks Laurent! - and one of the steps that led to extreme metal. I loved it at first listen. Yet, it's mellow and one of DT's worst, so go figure. Oh, yeah, obviously: Dark Tranquillity's worst can still compete with many, many other band's outputs (and seriously, "Not Built To Last" or "At Loss For Words"...)

Link: it's here on YouTube!







Dark Tranquillity - Projector (1999)

That's actually the third Dark Tranquillity album I pick - guess they're not one of my fave bands for nothing. Projector is one the albums that define "proverbial desert island album" for me. Sure, I have less memories associated with it (still, there's "Nether Novas") - but it's one of the best DT albums. Period.

Link: The whole album is on YouTube here!






Moonspell - The Antidote (2003)

As already more than hinted in comments on previous blog posts, here's one of my fave Moonspell album ever. The underrated gem of their discography, for sure, yet it's filled with great songs ("From Lowering Skies", anyone?) and is one of the most atmospheric Moonspell releases for sure. Fun fact: I bought this album the exact 10-years anniversary day I really listened to metal for the first time.

Link: YouTube as always!







Orphaned Land - Mabool (2004)

I waited eight years for this album - well, seven actually, as I discovered Orphaned Land thanks to Jean-Nic' in 1997. And to be honest, I never thought this good band could become so... godly. Mabool is really a one-of-a-kind album. But you knew that already, right?

Link: YouTube is here for you...






Neurosis - Souls At Zero (1992)

Souls At Zero not the album I discovered Neurosis with (that was Times Of Grace), but it's most probably the one that impressed me the most. It might not be as relentlessly crushing as some of their other works (I'm looking at you, almost every other Neurosis release that came afterward), but it's beyond amazing by the sheer creativity and potential it holds - it hints at greater things to come, both for the band and the whole post- genre at large. And this is just staggering.

Link: go to BandCamp!







Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORWarrior (2010)

Being the album released just after a masterpiece ain't easy - especially when this one is Mabool. Yet - and I know most fans were disappointed - Orphaned Land nailed it once again with ORWarrior. It might have some flaws, but in the end in really it fits the more human nature of this record (as opposed to Mabool's biblical metaphor). It sure did help me on my own path at the time, and I'm certainly thankful for that! (and I enjoyed so much doing that interview!)

Link: here's a full YouTube stream.






Negura Bunget - Om (2006)

It's been stated over and over again how this album is just a towering milestone of both folk and black metal. It took me some time to actually check it, but once I started listening to it, I couldn't stop praising it. Words fail me to describe how perfect is this aural rendition of some First Ages mysticism, and communion with Nature that's as beautiful as it is terrible.
Yeah I guess perfection can't be described, just experienced (and appreciated or not, but that's another matter).

Link: head to BandCamp now!







A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames (2013)

It seems I was one of the rare people to find much more emotion and anguish in A Storm Of Light's latest effort. Oh well, whatever. While I never felt the Mastodon-ish vibe (a band that, for whatever reason, can't manage to move me at all... so far), I did feel the huge industrial twist and apocalyptic feel. Indeed, this album is the pre-apo soundtrack of our societies's downfall. It's so intense and unstellingly creepy that, one week after the Paris terror attack, I was walking at night in my city with music at random on my headphones - I just needed to - when one song (that was "Apostles Of Hatred" with its almost subphonics crowd roars) came on. Honesly, I just felt as if, well, other catastrophies had come over us before realizing it was only the music, not real terror in the air. Frightening.

Link: BandCamp!





Previously...
Part 7
or start at the beginning here



 



Written on 15.02.2018 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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15.02.2018 - 21:20
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Weird pick for a Moonspell album
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15.02.2018 - 21:38
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Written by RaduP on 15.02.2018 at 21:20

Weird pick for a Moonspell album

I know that, but as I said, I hinted at it earlier - and remember the other Moonspell album I mentioned in an earlier blog article is Sin/Peado
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16.02.2018 - 12:29
BloodTears
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It's not weird. As I've said before, I also love The Antidote But it's very underrated indeed. Don't know why people kind of ignore it but here in Portugal especially it opened doors for Moonspell with "Everything Invaded". I remember that song played in the radio.

So many good albums on this one, Mabool, Haven, Projector, A Storm Of Light. We're kindred spirits!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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16.02.2018 - 22:43
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Written by BloodTears on 16.02.2018 at 12:29

It's not weird. As I've said before, I also love The Antidote But it's very underrated indeed. Don't know why people kind of ignore it but here in Portugal especially it opened doors for Moonspell with "Everything Invaded". I remember that song played in the radio.

Whoa. Was not expecting it to play on any regular radio
Written by BloodTears on 16.02.2018 at 12:29

So many good albums on this one, Mabool, Haven, Projector, A Storm Of Light. We're kindred spirits!

You'll make Rod jealous
But to be honest, as I said I think Haven is one of the worst albums Dark Tranquillity ever released. That doesn't make it less important for me anyway
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19.02.2018 - 05:23
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
I just fucking LOVE this track on OM in particular, even if it's just a little interlude. Sounds like some primal war march and I bring out the battle armor every time.

Great article as usual man, even if I'm not the biggest fan of all albums here
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19.02.2018 - 05:48
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Written by Apothecary on 19.02.2018 at 05:23

I just fucking LOVE this track on OM in particular, even if it's just a little interlude. Sounds like some primal war march and I bring out the battle armor every time.

Great article as usual man, even if I'm not the biggest fan of all albums here

Thanks! Sure, our tastes differ, but each person's path into music is different after all - and I suppose that's part of the beauty of it all...
Ah, "Norilor". Love that one too, and I'm so glad they played it the only time I saw NB live (that was the Negru-only line-up, but still). I don't feel that much the 'primal war march' vibe, even if it's percussive and stuff - I just feel it to be too mystical for this but that's really a 'to each his own' topic
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21.02.2018 - 16:31
Warman
Erotic Stains
The Antidote was my first Moonspell album and it really is underrated. One of their best and so, so atmospheric.
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21.02.2018 - 16:51
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Written by Warman on 21.02.2018 at 16:31

The Antidote was my first Moonspell album and it really is underrated. One of their best and so, so atmospheric.

And that a good way to start with them imo.
Thanks for reading!
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27.02.2018 - 08:04
nikarg
Old Nick
The Antidote
Om
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27.02.2018 - 19:22
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Written by nikarg on 27.02.2018 at 08:04

The Antidote
Om

yes and yes!
As always, thanks for reading
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