20:51 - !J.O.O.E.! Decent quality too.160 OGG Vorbis, which is something like 192 / 214 mp3 bitrate. I can't remember the last time I had a buffering issue in all honesty, and my connection isn't great. Newer clients might have issues though.
20:50 - Zaphod I'm mostly talking about the streaming aspect. I don't know if the 2011 version was good, but every version I've used was painful to use and the buffer has always been terrible compared to every other single streaming platform.
20:49 - Apothecary I've always been more about Bandcamp than any of those other sites. Not only is it a wonderful "try before buy" model, but the tag feature helps you find SOOOO much more good shit
20:48 - !J.O.O.E.! Never understood the issue some people had with older versions of Spotify (the one I'm using is from 2011 apparently). Quick, ergonomic, well organised, easy to use. Has 95% of the music I want to listen to that's not on my HDD
20:46 - Zaphod Spotify has always been shite in my experience.
20:45 - !J.O.O.E.! I don't know . It's a constant pain. The new Last.fm means I can no longer see gigs via a specifically selected location, which means it's now way harder to track local stuff. Last.fm is now useless to me.
20:44 - Alex Fenger Why can't anyone just do stuff right for a consistent period of time?
01. Darkland 02. Evig Natt 03. Until The End 04. I Die Again 05. Sjelelaus 06. The Wanderer 07. Withered Garden 08. My Sin 09. Epitaph
By the looks of it Evig Natt are a Norwegian gothic metal band and Darkland is their second full-length. They like combining the heaviest parts of gothic metal with the most melodic parts and the result is that at times they actually sound close to melodic black metal and close to symphonic power at others.
Accordingly the vocals vary between female singing and some nice, heavy male grunts. Darkland is keyboard-laden and very much about atmosphere. Dense, distorted guitar-work and mostly double-bass drumming (Harald "Revheim" Helgeson, ex-Enslaved) make up the rest of the instrumental base.
I like this album as a whole. While it misses any really outstanding or memorable parts, it's interesting and enjoyable. Variation is certainly there and the atmosphere is great on some songs. However exactly that's the rub. The big setback this album has, is inconsistency.
Let's take the female vocals. They're excellent on "My Sin", but dull and uninspired on "I Die Again". Some songs have me waiting for the extreme metal outburst to pass, so the melodic side of the band can shine again. But there are as much tranquil parts that have me wishing for some more blackened gothic goodness. Of course the song quality greatly varies as well.
It's obvious that Evig Natt still have some songwriting issues to work on, but still Darkland is an enjoyable album. If you like both black and power metal and are wondering what their gothic metal bastard kid would sound like; give this one a shot.