Thumbs up: +8
Rating:
10 - Allmost impossible to get. The band need to create something astronomical good.
9 - Only the best albums of the year gets this.
8 - A really good album on all levels.
7 - A good album, but nothing special.
6 - An average album with some good songs.
5 - Not a good album, maybe 1 or 2 good songs.
4 and below - I rather not waste my time on it...

Created by: zarahuztra | 12.03.2014



1. Behemoth - The Satanist
9
2. Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
9
3. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
9
4. Opeth - Pale Communion
9
5. Aenaon - Extance
9
6. A Sense Of Gravity - Travail
9
7. Christian Muenzner - Beyond The Wall Of Sleep
9
8. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
9
9. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
9
10. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
9
11. Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly
9
12. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
9
13. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
9
14. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
9
15. Voyager - V
9
16. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
9
17. The Contortionist - Language
9
18. Gazpacho - Demon
8
19. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
8
20. Agalloch - The Serpent And The Sphere
8
21. Spectral Lore - III
8
22. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities, The Abscinded Universe
8
23. John McLaughlin - The Boston Record
8
24. Periphery - Clear
8
25. Ian Anderson - Homo Eraticcus
8
26. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
8
27. The Algorithm - OCTOPUS4
8
28. Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon
8
29. Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
8
30. Amoral - Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows
8
31. Septicflesh - Titan
8
32. Vintersorg - Naturbål
8
33. Pryapisme - Blastbit Rococollider
8
34. Stilva - Gemini Act 1 I 8
35. Chelsea Grin - Ashes To Ashes
8
36. Millie & Andrea - Drop The Vowels
37. D'AccorD - D'AccorD III
8
38. Destiny Potato - Lun
8
39. IQ - The Road Of Bones
8
40. Marty Friedman - Inferno
8
41. Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
8
42. Monuments - The Amanuensis
8
43. Sithu Aye - Pulse
8
44. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
8
45. Tusmørke - Riset Bak Speilet
8
46. Kaukasus - I
8
47. Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
8
48. Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer
8
49. Psycrence - A Frail Deception
8
50. Assimilate - ep
8
51. Cormorant - Earth Diver
8
52. Stamina - Perseverance
8
53. Manes - Teeth, Toes And Other Trinkets [Compilation]
8
54. Anup Sastry - Lion
ep
55. Imaginator - Imaginator
ep
56. Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder
8
57. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
8
58. Whispered - Shogunate Macabre
8
59. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
8
60. Khonsu - Traveller
8
61. Los Random - Pidanoma
8
62. Anubis Gate - Horizons
8
63. Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun
8
64. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
8
65. Brimstone - Mannsverk
8
66. The Antikythera Mechanism - Pathos
8
67. Shades of Black - Ocean
7
68. Glass Hammer - Ode To Echo
7
69. Appearance Of Nothing - A New Beginning
7
70. Lies Of Nazca - Aleph
7
71. Mayan - Antagonise
7
72. Cullooden - Silent Scream
7
73. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
7
74. Dan Johansen - Power Suite
7
75. Atmospheres - Atmospheres
7
76. The Blue Prison - Rosetta
7
77. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
7
78. Vital Science - Imaginations Of The Subject Of Infinity
7
79. Existem - Phoenix
7
80. Actress - Ghettoville
7
81. Pervy Perkin - Ink
7
82. Lee Bannon - Alternate/Endings
7
83. Whitechapel - Our Endless War
7
84. Epitimia - (Un)reality
7
85. Mechina - Xenon
7
86. Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own
7
87. Thoughts Factory - Lost
7
88. Al-Namrood - Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq
7
89. Casey Crescendo - Amour & Attrition
7
90. Saga - Sagacity
7
91. Serdce - Timelessness
7
92. Yes - Heaven & Earth
7
93. The Unguided - Fragile Immortality
7
94. Manes - Vntreve
ep
95. Seven Impale - City Of The Sun
7
96. Symbiose - Like All Shamans - 7
97. Stam1na - SLK
7
98. Shokran - Supreme Truth
7
99. Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad
7
100. Kanding Ray - Solens Arc
7
101. Trollfest - Kaptein Kaos
7
102. James LaBrie - I Will Not Break
ep
103. Strandhugg - Norn
7
104. Astra - Broken Balance
7
105. Alcest - Shelter
7
106. AnovA - Omnis
7
107. Miroist - Curve
7
108. Hardcore Anal Hydrogen - The Talas Of Satan
7
109. Astral Display - Breath
7
110. Maahlas - Nightmare Years
7
111. Sothoros - Overneath
7
112. Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniforms
7
113. Akbal - Of Darkness And Light
7
114. The Birds Of Satan - The Birds Of Satan
7
115. A Feast For Kings - Hell On Earth
7
116. Anathema - Distant Satellites
7
117. Buckethead - Pike 43
6
118. The Wisdoom - Hypothalamus
6
119. Sovereign - Sovereign 6
120. Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues
6
121. Betraying The Martyrs - Phantom
6
122. Hour Of Penance - Regicide
6
123. Bigelf - Into The Maelstrom
6
124. Osian - Rhizome
6
125. Burzum - The Ways Of Yore
6
126. Phaze I - Uprising
6
127. Frequency Drift - Over
6
128. Intervals - A Voice Within
6
129. The Kennedy Veil - Trinity Of Falsehood
6
130. A Dying God - Anthems To Ascension [ep]
6
131. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
6
132. Stilla - Ensamhetens Andar
6
133. Arkona - Yav
5
134. Kel'Thuz - The Nihilist
5
135. Within Temptation - Hydra
5
136. Moron Police - Defenders of the Small Yard
3
137. Pellek - Power Rangers Megamix
2
138. .
139. not rated yet:
140. .
141. Abandon Hope - Settle The Score
142. Abstract - Lightheory
143. A.C.T. - Circus Pandemonium
144. Achenar - Sacret Duality
ep
145. Adamantra - Act II Silent Narratives
146. Adventure - Caught In The We
147. A Dying God - Anthems To Acension
ep
148. Aeneis - Hypothesis
ep
149. Aeons - Harbour The Existence
ep
150. Aeon Zen - Ephemera
151. Ageless Oblivion - Penthos
152. A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
153. Aittala - Effigy
154. Akbal - Of Darkness And Light
155. Akeldama - Akeldama
156. Among The Thorns - The Rebirthing
157. Ancient Ascendant - Echoes And Cinder
158. Ancient Pariah - Pillars Of Hate
ep
159. Anthelion - Obsidian Plume
160. Anup Sastry - Titan
ep
161. Any Face - Perpetual Motion Of Deceit
162. Archspire - The Lucid Collective
163. A Red Nightmare - A Red Nightmare
164. Arjuna's Eye - The Invisible Landscape
165. Aronious - Truth In Perception
166. Arteries - Layers
167. Art Far Away - Verisimilitude & The Second Estate
168. Arthedain - The Light Of The Moon
169. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
170. A Secret River - Colours Of Solitude
171. Ashen Horde - Sanguinum Vindicta
172. Aspherium - The Fall Of Therenia
173. Asylum - Committed - ep
174. Atlantica - Memorias De Una Luz Entre Las Sombras
175. Atlas Concept - Atlas Concept
176. A Traitor's Pact - Reconstruction Of A Shattered Mind
ep
177. Balrog - Minas Morgul
178. Benevolent - The Covenant
179. Ben Frost - Aurora
180. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
181. Beyond The Setting Sun - The Villain
182. Black Tounge - Born Hanged
183. Blank Forest - Kayros
184. Bleak Flesh - Transcendence
185. Bloodway - Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon
ep
186. Boyfrndz - Breeder
187. Bohemian Groove - Event Horizon
188. Botanist - VI Flora
189. Brian Maillard - Reincarnation
190. Brood Of Hatred - Skinless Agony
191. Burning Dominion - In The Wake Of The Rising Sun
192. Bränd Jord - Ledan & eländet
193. Cacotopia - Inhuman Agitation
194. Cantabile Wind - Deliverance
195. Carrion Kind - The Collapse Of All To Come
196. Cleanup - Sun Life
197. Cold Body Radiation - A Clear Path
198. Collibus - The False Awakening
199. Colossal Figures - Clockwork Dilation
200. ControlState - The Delta Path
201. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Zim Zam Zim
202. Crimson Hill - Denied
203. Curse of Wotan - - It eats me​.​.​.​wants me (a shadow​)
204. Cybernetika - Solar Nexus
205. Darkaeon - Nihilism
206. Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
207. Darkspace - III I
208. Darren Korb - Transistor Original Soundtrack
209. Dawn Of Destiny - F.E.A.R.
210. Deadalus - Remnant Of Oblivion
211. Deep In Hate - Chronicles Of Oblivion
212. Defying - Nexus Artificial
213. Deliberate Chaos - Future changes the past
214. Descend - Wither
215. Desolate Default - The House at R'lyeh
ep
216. Desolate Dreams - The Tree That Never Saw The Sun
217. Destroy Until Improvement - Loop State
218. Det Skandaløse Orkester - No Har De Laget Skandale Igjen!
219. Dialectic Soul - We Are Born From The Pain
220. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Tief. Tiefer
221. Disforia - The Age Of Ether
222. Disigma - Disigma
ep
223. Diskord - Oscillations
ep
224. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
225. Dol Kruug - Eat Me
226. Don Airey - Keyed Up
227. Doom:VS - Earthless
228. Dramatic Morals - Inner Sound
ep
229. Droptide - Droptide
230. Dying Blynd - To Your Stations
ep
231. Dylan Furr - Legator
232. Dyspanic - Enuma Elish
233. Eeuwig Verdriet - The Way To Suicide
234. Eldritch - Tasting The Tears
235. Electric Citizen - Sateen
236. Ellorsith - 1959
237. Emphatica - Winterscape
238. Empty Yard Experiment - Kallisti
239. Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides
240. Enthroned - Sovereigns
241. Entropia Utopia - The Flourishing of Thesis and Antithesis
242. Eternal Valley - Screams Of Eternal Emptiness
243. Eternal Void - Catharsis
244. Etherna - Forgotten Beholder
245. Ethersens - Your Wandering Ghost
246. Eukaryst - Dreams In The Witch House
247. Exhausted Prayer - Ruined
248. Exist - Sunlight
249. Fisthammer - Infallible
250. Flaming Row - Mirage A Portrayal Of Figures
251. Flashback Of Anger - T.S.R.
252. Focus - Golden Oldies
253. Folge Dem Wind - To Summon Twilight
254. Forces United - Forces United
255. Forever Dawn - The Long Journey Home
256. Forevermore - Telos
257. Forgotten Deity - Winter
258. ForTiorI - Reflection
259. Fountainhead - Fear Is The Enemy
260. Fragments Of The Orient - Somewhere Outside The Present Human Sphere
261. Freak Kitchen - Cooking With Pagans
262. From The Embrace - The Sun Betrays Us To The Night
263. Gardenjia - Materia Oscura
264. Hadal Maw - Senium
265. Halfdream - Kaleidoscope
266. Halcyon Days - Elevate
267. Halcyon Way - Conquer
268. Hazardeur - Rational Gaze
269. Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Enfant Terrible
270. Hemina - Nebulae
271. Hibernal - Replacements
272. Hilastherion - Signs Of The End
273. History Of Fail - Equilibrium
274. Horizon Ablaze - Dødsverk
275. Hortus Animae - Secular Music
276. Humaniac - Abandon The Eternity
277. Hybrid Circle - A Matter Of Faith
278. Icosa - The Skies Are Ours
279. Inanimate Existance - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
280. In My Shiver - Delicate Poison
281. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
282. Infestum - Monuments Of Exalted
283. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
284. InnerHate - Anthropoexodus
285. Insense - DeEvolution
286. Ipsilon - Las Crónicas De Enki
287. Islander - Violence & Destruction
288. Iter Pactum - Diabolical Cruicifixtion
289. Janvs - Nigredo
290. John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess - An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess
291. Kari Rueslåtten - Time To Tell
292. Kenziner - The Last Horizon
293. Kevin Suter - Pathways
294. Kinetik - Relativity Speaking
ep
295. King Bong - PINNG, Or the Underwater Adventures of a Young Cthulhu
296. Kraken - Requiem
297. Laibach - Spectre
298. Last Scattering - Eidolon
299. LazerWulf - The Beast Of Left And Right
300. Left Lane Cruiser - Slingshot
301. Leonov - Leonov
302. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
303. Like Thieves - The Wolves At Winter's Edge
304. Lorelei - Lore Of Lies
305. LoreWeaver - Italic
306. Lungorthin - The Shadows Of The Trees
307. Lux Occulta - Kołysanki
308. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
309. Maat - As We Create The Hope From Above
310. Made Of Hate - Out Of Hate
311. Magistina Saga - Creaith Anthem
312. Make Me A Donut - Olson
313. Mammoth - Polymorphism
314. Manigance - Volte-Face
315. Masal - Viens Des Quatre Vents
316. Mater Thallium - Abandoned By The Sun
317. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
318. Melodius Deite - Episode II - Voyage Through The World Of Fantasy
319. Menace - Impact Velocity
320. Merkabah - Moloch
321. Miasm - Dark Roads
322. Misery Index - The Killing Gods
323. Mindplotter - Depths
324. Misophonia - Vinctus
ep
325. Moonlit Sailor - We Come From Exploding Stars
326. Morost - Solace In Solitude
327. Morowe - S
328. Mortanius - Ethereal Waltz
ep
329. Moto Armonico - Down To Timavo
330. Mysarium - Minimalist
331. Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind
332. Nagaarum - Eventum Fatali
333. Nebula Orionsis - Summer
ep
334. Necrosy - Promo
335. Need - Orvam: A Song For Home
336. Neo Noir - Agosto
demo
337. Nexilva - Eschatologies
338. Nihternnes - Son Of Sun
339. No Sin Evades His Gaze - Age Of Sedation
340. Nostalgie Depression - November Moon
341. Noturnall - Noturnall
342. Novembers Doom - Bled White
343. Nyksta - Lieka Tik Sienos
344. Obedience To Dictator - The Greater Of Two Evils
345. Oceans Of Night - Midnight Rising
346. Ohrenbetäubende Stille - N°1
347. Old Souls/██████ - Split
348. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
349. Orbifold - Space of others
ep
350. Orcus - Planet Of Silence
351. Overkill - White Devil Armory
352. Overwind - Illustrator
353. Patrons of The Rotting Gate - Misc - I
354. Peculate - The Chain Industry
355. Perceptionist - Evolve
356. Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings
357. Philm - Fire from the Evening Sun
358. Pictura - The Equilibration of Minds Vol. I
359. Planet Epiphany - Alone In The Wasteland
360. Plebian Grandstand - Lowgazers
361. Polyphia - Muse
362. Presto Vivace - Periferia Vital
363. Prophets Of War - The Angel And The Hourglass
364. Protokult - No Beer In Heaven
365. Psychotropic - An Indelible Stain
366. Psygnosis - Human Be[ing]
367. Quintessence Of Versatility - Reveal The Truth
ep
368. Radio 9 - Learn To Walk Through Walls
ep
369. Radio Moscow - Magical Dirt
370. Raster Density - Ov Hands And Bestial Pleasure
371. Requiem For Oblivion - Dark Tales Of Forgotten Mindscapes
372. Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad
373. Ruinant - EP 2014
374. Salt Of Tusj - Redwings Nest
375. Saor - Aura
376. Scanning Antarctica - Bipolar Winter
377. Scorched By The Flaming Goat - Felony
ep
378. Semargl - Love
379. Separatist - Closure
380. Seventh Seal - The Ghosts Of What We Are
381. Shear - Katharsis
382. Shift - Music For Atheists
383. Short-Stay Mission - Life Signatures
384. Shotgun Cure - Swarm
ep
385. Siegewyrm - Harvest Begins
386. Signalfeide - Fornjot
demo
387. Signals From Saturn - Prodigals
ep
388. Silence The Aria - Act II The Contagion Threshold
389. Silence The Sky - Ancient
390. Sinners - Doom
391. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
392. Skyliner - Outsiders
393. Soap Revelations - Dreamachine
394. Sólstafir - Ótta
395. Son Of Aurelius - Under A Western Sun
396. Sparrows - Mark Of The Beast: Erradiction
397. Spectres - Ghosts Of Revolution
398. Steamforged - The Endless
399. Stilla - Ensamhetens Andar
400. Stoic Dissention - Autochtcon
401. Stork - Broken Pieces
402. Structural Disorder - The Edge Of Sanity
403. Subject Delta - Petrichor
404. Subscribe - This Moment Will Soon Be Gone
405. Suicide Silence - You Can't Stop Me
406. Super Massive Black Holes - Calculations Of The Ancients
407. Syndemic - For Those In Desperation
408. Tartavara - Last Morning
409. Tartavara - Спевы Памерлых Балот
410. Tellusian - Collision
411. Temnein - 404 B.C.
412. The Bellerophon Project - Mental Abscess
413. The Conjuration - Surreal
414. The Down Troddence - How Are You, We Are Fine, Thank You
415. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - All Sadness, Grinning into Flow
416. The Healing - Transcendence
ep
417. The Helix Nebula - Meridian
418. The Morningside - Letters From The Empty Towns
419. The Oath - The Oath
420. The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
421. The Seer - Prologue
422. The Tea Party - The Ocean at the End
423. Thirteen - A Shot in the Dark
424. Thorns Of Creation - Continuum
425. Thornyway - Absolution
426. Thy Disease - Costumes Of Technocracy
427. Timeshift - Timeshift
428. Timo Tolkki's Avalon - Angels Of The Apocalypse
429. Tombs - Savage Gold
430. Transcendency - The Odyssey
431. Transistor Original Soundtrack - Darren Korb
432. Treha Sektori - Severh Sehenh
433. Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence
434. Troldhaugen - Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez
435. Tyrant Of Death - Ascendancy
436. Universal Mind - Timeless Dimension
ep
437. Unjustly Labeled - Grotesque
438. Upon A Burning Body - The World Is My Enemy Now
439. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
440. Vaginal Cadaver - The Art Of Masturbation
441. Valyria - Collatus
442. Varga - Return Of The Metal
443. Veni Domine - Light
444. Vexed Mechanism - Drag Your Nemesis
ep
445. Volumes - No Sleep
446. Watchmoore - Watchmoore
447. Whetstone - Unearthed Knowledge
ep
448. Whispers In Crimson - Suicide In B Minor
449. Wide Eyes - Samsara
450. Widek - Outside The Universe
451. Wilder Falotico - Skin Is Strong But Only So Thick
452. Within The Ruins - Phenomena
453. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
454. Wretched - Cannibal
455. Xerath - III
456. Xothist - Simulacrum
457. Zentraedi - Seven Medley Sins



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Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 18:59  
Btw, I feel sorry for zarahuztra... we took over his list.
Ilham - 09.08.2014 at 19:01  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:58
And whether my posts make sense to you or not is irrelevant since I only was stating how I judge music, not how others do it. Except for the thing I said about reviewers needing more spins to judge music as well, because in all fairness I can't say a thing like that. Aside from that I still stand by everything I said.
Yeah no problem, can't imagine how crazy this last hour must have been for you haha. Hey, usually, when I go out of my way to include this ugly ":P" or any other emot it means it's humour, it was my way of saying that I could finally understand your point. I don't write off people's opinions as nonsense when they happen to go against my way.
Yeah, poor guy, that OP.
Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 19:06  
Written by Ilham on 09.08.2014 at 19:01

Yeah no problem, can't imagine how crazy this last hour must have been for you haha. Hey, usually, when I go out of my way to include this ugly ":P" or any other emot it means it's humour, it was my way of saying that I could finally understand your point. I don't write off people's opinions as nonsense when they happen to go against my way.
Yeah, poor guy, that OP.


Yeah, every time I refreshed the page I had like 1-3 new notification during the last hour or so.

But okay, good to know this discussion has ended, more or less. (yeah, this emoticon kind of sucks, even though I somehow regularly use it...)
zarahuztra - 09.08.2014 at 22:54  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:59

Btw, I feel sorry for zarahuztra... we took over his list.

thats ok
Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 23:37  
Written by zarahuztra on 09.08.2014 at 22:54

thats ok


Well, if anything, it's popular as fuck now.
Troy Killjoy - 12.08.2014 at 23:35  
-1 for the debate taking place in the comments.
deadone - 15.08.2014 at 09:25  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:15


I've seen lots of people state they "need" multiple spins to judge an album. For example, this album seems to have that effect on the majority. The term "grower" is used for that, as you know. And it's a term often used at that. Doesn't make it a fact of course, but my point is that people in general often refer to a certain album as a "grower".



I definitely need a few spins to judge an album on average. Seldom do I like anything on first listen. Though I can usually dislike something on a 1 listen but even then it could be a couple of listens.

For example new Morbus Chron took a few listens to figure out I didn't like it.

I'm still plugging away at new Mastodon too.

Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 16:58


The difference is that when I watch a movie, I pretty much give it my full attention. I always combine music with stuff like Facebook and MS (mainly) so I rarely give it my full attention. When it comes to movies I literally always judge them after one view (but my opinion can change after multiple views as well, for the record). The replay value of a movie is far less important as well. Most movies that I've watched I only saw once. In case of music replay value is far more important. If I buy an album, I expect it to spin it multiple times. When I buy a movie I might watch it twice in a few years, or maybe even three times, but more than that is very uncommon.



I agree with this too.

Watching a movie is an active task. Your primary focus is watching the movie. Others tasks like shoveling food into one's mouth is secondary and almost subconsious.


Like Eric I listen to music at work or at home and do other stuff whilst I'm listening to tunes. And there's other factors such as my mood, my health, whom I'm with (not easy listening to new tunes with a family), interuptions etc.

I also like to get to know the ins and outs of an album and know it's every nuance. That takes time and many repeated listens.


But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2014 at 19:29  
Written by deadone on 15.08.2014 at 09:25
But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.

This is just getting ridiculous. You play this victim card/me against the world (of MS) across different threads! It's beyond annoying and honestly pretty pathetic. Once again, people have stated their opinion - that it doesn't require more than one listen to grasp an album - and others have stated they believe it does. Nothing more, nothing less.

As others have pointed out, maybe you wouldn't have as hard a time grasping an album if you listened to music in the same way you watch a movie. Or maybe it comes down to you lacking the skill to comprehend things aurally. Not everyone learns by simply listening, and maybe more visual learners have trouble grasping new music immediately. Speculating/guessing, not assuming of course.
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.08.2014 at 19:43  
*facepalm* What an inferiority complex...
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 19:56  
The discussion ended on a positive note. And during the whole time neither Erik, nor I, nor anyone else resorted to something like that. Why does it have to re-start with personal accusations? Is that really necessary? Instead of actually discussing the matter at hand, people will only reply to the gratuitous shots you take at them. I mean I can't understand the logic. And that comes from someone who supposedly "likes debate". You don't like what comes out of the debate, you like the debate, and by debate, I mean the convoluted way of discharging your anger, aggression and fear in the form of forum posts.
Erik M. - 16.08.2014 at 00:09  
Written by deadone on 15.08.2014 at 09:25

I definitely need a few spins to judge an album on average. Seldom do I like anything on first listen. Though I can usually dislike something on a 1 listen but even then it could be a couple of listens.

For example new Morbus Chron took a few listens to figure out I didn't like it.

I'm still plugging away at new Mastodon too.


Well, after 1 spin I can most of the time tell whether I like it enough to give it more spins. But yeah, sometimes I have the same experience, as in: not liking something after more listens, or vice versa.

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I agree with this too.

Watching a movie is an active task. Your primary focus is watching the movie. Others tasks like shoveling food into one's mouth is secondary and almost subconsious.


Like Eric I listen to music at work or at home and do other stuff whilst I'm listening to tunes. And there's other factors such as my mood, my health, whom I'm with (not easy listening to new tunes with a family), interuptions etc.

I also like to get to know the ins and outs of an album and know it's every nuance. That takes time and many repeated listens.


But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.


Yeah, there's a big difference in how much I pay attention to movies and music. That doesn't mean I like music less, but it's simply nice to combine it with other stuff. Actually I'd assume most people do this, since not everyone has loads of free time so that they can spend hours a day just listening to music without doing anything else besides it (I sure as hell haven't). Fine by me if people do that, but not me. Also, multiple spins are a necessity for me when it comes judging the replay value. If I don't enjoy an album anymore after 5-10 spins, I would never consider it a masterpiece. All my 10's are albums that I've listened to many times (most of them 20+). I pretty much always listen to music alone (except when I'm in the train to work and back), because I can't enjoy it if I know someone else might not enjoy it as much as I do. So it's highly personal for me. In any case, it seems we totally agree on this then. Or rather: we judge music the same way.
deadone - 18.08.2014 at 04:22  
Written by Erik M. on 16.08.2014 at 00:09


Well, after 1 spin I can most of the time tell whether I like it enough to give it more spins. But yeah, sometimes I have the same experience, as in: not liking something after more listens, or vice versa.


I usually can tell if I hate something in 1 spin.

Stuff like Mastodon or Morbus Chron requires effort as there's elements I like and elements I dislike. It's a matter of repeated listenings to see whether the likes or the dislikes prevail.


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Yeah, there's a big difference in how much I pay attention to movies and music. That doesn't mean I like music less, but it's simply nice to combine it with other stuff. Actually I'd assume most people do this, since not everyone has loads of free time so that they can spend hours a day just listening to music without doing anything else besides it (I sure as hell haven't). Fine by me if people do that, but not me. Also, multiple spins are a necessity for me when it comes judging the replay value. If I don't enjoy an album anymore after 5-10 spins, I would never consider it a masterpiece. All my 10's are albums that I've listened to many times (most of them 20+). I pretty much always listen to music alone (except when I'm in the train to work and back), because I can't enjoy it if I know someone else might not enjoy it as much as I do. So it's highly personal for me. In any case, it seems we totally agree on this then. Or rather: we judge music the same way.


Yup - totally agree.

I prefer to listen to music by myself but life doesn't allow that. Very often I'll buy a CD and then have to listen to it in 3-4 sessions due to time constraints and family life. Even listening to at work means I'm focused on work and there's always interruptions ala phone calls, meetings or people coming into my office.

It was easier when I was a teenager and I would just lie down on my bed and listen to music.

It's also influenced my musical tastes. I've grown to like shorter, catchier songs because lack of time and "life noise" means I don't have time to focus on long and complicated opuses. Basically I have to be able to come in and out and pick up a track straight away. I also like listening to the whole song and that's much easier with 3-5 minutes tunes than longer ones. E.g. overall the whole weekend all I managed to listen to was the first 4 tracks of Shadow Fall's Art of Balance and that was whilst playing with a 2 year old!
zarahuztra - 15.09.2014 at 23:37  
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Erik M. - 18.09.2014 at 23:23  
450+ albums in less than one year?

That's like almost 10 times as much as what I've listened to so far this year.
Ilham - 18.09.2014 at 23:29  
Written by Erik M. on 18.09.2014 at 23:23

450+ albums in less than one year?

That's like almost 10 times as much as what I've listened to so far this year.

You said so yourself many times, you're working and have less time now. It just depends on your occupation and if your work allows you to have music on.
Edit: he stopped rating them after number 137. So maybe he just listened to those 137 albums.
Erik M. - 18.09.2014 at 23:34  
Written by Ilham on 18.09.2014 at 23:29

You said so yourself many times, you're working and have less time now. It just depends on your occupation and if your work allows you to have music on.


True, but even when I was studying/unemployed I didn't even come close to guys like the creator of this list.
Ilham - 18.09.2014 at 23:38  
Written by Erik M. on 18.09.2014 at 23:34

True, but even when I was studying/unemployed I didn't even come close to guys like the creator of this list.

Well according to my last.fm/notebook/album votes I'm not far from 350 since april/may when I got back into metal, and into hardcore. But that's exceptional because I am discovering a whole new genre I love, and I sometimes listen to ten albums in a day. But then I am unemployed/looking for a job, and when I'm working, it's from the comfort of my home.
zarahuztra - 19.09.2014 at 19:32  
U should see this list more as a semi-complete list of all prog related releases ive heard of this year. im thinking of adding genre descriptions to the bands, so it will be easier to read through. im also a music writer for the norwegian music magazine Hissig.no, so i figured i need some place to just dump all records i might write about.
currently im writing an article on all norwegian prog related metal n rock releases this year. u can find the first part at this adress: http://www.hissig.no/ny-norsk-prog/
im writing in norwegian, so if u dont translate, just check out the sound-links
zarahuztra - 30.09.2014 at 18:57  
Written by zarahuztra on 19.09.2014 at 19:32

U should see this list more as a semi-complete list of all prog related releases ive heard of this year. im thinking of adding genre descriptions to the bands, so it will be easier to read through. im also a music writer for the norwegian music magazine Hissig.no, so i figured i need some place to just dump all records i might write about.
currently im writing an article on all norwegian prog related metal n rock releases this year. u can find the first part at this adress: http://www.hissig.no/ny-norsk-prog/
im writing in norwegian, so if u dont translate, just check out the sound-links

=) been a couple of periods like that in my life..

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