SLUGS! He Created SLUGS! - 2019 In Music


Music of 2019






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Created by: Mercurial | 03.01.2019



1. Rosetta - Sower of Wind
[Ambient / Drone - USA - Pelagic Records] - This short, 4 track experimental piece by the post-metal band showcases subtle, but cinematic, audio explorations of drone and ambient atmospherics, themed on ideas spawned from four parts of Utopioid, which is a record I still don't think I've listened to. Anyway it's super chill, and definitely music for headphones late at night. Rosetta might be a post-metal band at heart, but their peripheral outputs have always been a bit more interesting to me - http://tiny.cc/k9h61y - [ 7 ]
2. Decayos - Apterous
[Technical Experimental Grind + Ambient - USA - Hylopathic Productions] - I like a band where my description of its genre is me basically haphazardly ball-parking it because it's pretty impossible to nail down. Apterous is pretty weird; it's a percussive bulldozer, but it's also atmospheric as fuck with floating riffs that come from outside the cosmos. Thankfully it's one of those rare experimental bands that doesn't sound like it was produced in an outside latrine. Everything comes together, if you let it - http://tiny.cc/2rz41y - [ 7 ]
3. MZ.412 - Svartmyrkr
[Black Ambient / Death Industrial - Sweden - Cold Spring] - The inventors of the so-named "black ambient" genre have finally returned after 12 years, on the 30th year of their first album too. Rather than the ambient-laden black metal people here are more used to, MZ.412 weave elements of black metal into frightening ambient music. Thick, industrialised atmospherics often belies the occasional banshee shriek or ghostly semblance of riff. It's all very cinematic. Nice to see a band this old on form - http://tiny.cc/u1c71y - [ 8 ]
4. Embrional - Evil Dead
[Death Metal - Poland - Independent] - I think I used to extol the "weirdness" of this band in previous records, but maybe because death metal got pretty weird in recent years they seem patentely normal these days. The best way to appreciate Embrional is to think of them as a very good, very tight tech-death band that don't overdo the tech part of their sound. There's plenty of surprising song flow on the new one, and as such it's a nice middle ground between the old-school and the nu - http://tiny.cc/hrd71y - [ 7.5 ]
5. Rashōmon - 病原菌X "Pathogen X"
[Hardcore Punk - Japan - Iron Lung Records] - For a nation built on politeness, punk from Nippon often seems to be really good, even if I don't listen to a whole lot of it. This should keep me going for a while though, even though it's just shy of the 12 minute mark (who wants long punk records anyway). Balls-to-the-anus, super energetic, spot-on production grit and nice anthemic melodies, this is pretty much how I like my old-school hardcore, when I eventually listen to it - http://tiny.cc/kvt81y - [ 7.5 ]
6. Obed Marsh - Dunwich
[Black / Doom - Australia - Independent] - Pretty safe to say Lovecraft has never been more en vogue than it is these days. Of course nothing is as cool as Bloodborne, but Obed Marsh are pretty damn fine in their own right. Weirdly otherworldly doom, slow doom, with a black metal tentacle wrapping itself around it. The vocals are the most unusual aspect of their sound and need to be heard, but this is atypical doom through and through, both sorrowful and eerily unknowable - http://tiny.cc/1l981y - [ 8 ]
7. Leśniewski / Nowacki - Ślęża
[Noise / Drone - Poland - Independent] - Absolutely stellar guitar-based droning noise consisting of one nearly-14 minute long track. It's not quite Yellow Swans-level of beautiful noise, but the feedback layering, improvised jams and ad-hoc backdrop drones make this a highly listenable psychedelic soundscape, rather than a challenging harsh noise wall assault. The ritualistic vocals add an extra dimension which helps ground the music into a pleasantly comfortable hallucinatory state - http://tiny.cc/bin91y - [ 8 ]
8. Uluru - Acrophilia
[Instrumental Psychedelic Rock / Metal - Turkey - Tonzonen Records] - Amazingly full-bodied experimental, psychedelic rock from Istanbul. Often I miss the vocals from psych-rock but Uluru clearly don't need them. Borrowing a fair amount from heavy metal and stoner gives it a sturdy base for their sound, on which they pile on the jams to an obscene degree, with hyperbolic melodies and unabashed soloing. Because of the somewhat metallic base the songwriting remains driving, familiar and satisyfing - http://tiny.cc/dio91y - [ 8 ]
9. The Body - Whitehorse & The Body [Collaboration]
[Industrial Sludge / Doom / Drone / Noise - Australia / USA - Independent] - I like Whitehorse a lot more than The Body, but thank Ebrietas the banshee shrieks on this collaborative effort are faily well placed: i.e. safely tucked away in the back and gruff growls take much of the limelight. You might be not very surprised to know that this 2 track EP is a pretty fucking hellish nightmare of unrepentant, crushing and dismal music, but there's still "music" hidden in there somewhere - http://tiny.cc/5lqa2y - [ 7 ]
10. Mo'ynoq - Dreaming in a Dead Language
[Black Metal - USA - Independent] - Mo'ynoq are undoubtedly the first killer black metal band release of 2019. I was already impressed by the released single but the full thing is even more than I anticipated. Hyper-dynamic, frenetically paced modern black metal with savvy melody that draws on death metal, most notably much of the extraordinary vocal flair. The true star though is probably the drums; they drive and shape this record to its highs and are absolutely unrelenting - http://tiny.cc/0vya2y - [ 8 ]
11. Soilwork - Verkligheten
[Melodic Death Metal - Sweden - Nuclear Blast] - Soilwork are the only melodeath band that still matter. Pretty much every other legacy band of the genre have fallen foul of tired songwriting or ill-advised genre changes, but somehow Soilwork are aging like wine. This one is a fair bit more melodic and laid-back than the previous record, but to their credit they sound like they're having a fuck ton of fun on it. Speed's vocals remain the defining factor of the sound. An anachronistic pleasure for me - http://tiny.cc/8mdb2y - [ 8 ]
12. Musmahhu - Reign of the Odious
[Black / Death - Sweden - Iron Bonehead] - It's a Swartadauþuz project which means it's going to be great and probably a wee bit psychedelic (check out Gnipahålan in the mean time). Turns out it is indeed great, and maybe a very tiny bit psychedelic if you feel for it. The occasional use of cyber effects is interesting and works surprisingly well given the tone. Absolutely first rate written, produced and played blackened death metal that's going to be hard to match this year - http://tiny.cc/uvfc2y - [ 8.5 ]
13. RAIC - Multiplicity
[Free Jazz / Black Metal - International - Thirsty Leaves Music] - Lengthy, highly experimental musical exploration featuring an absolute multitude of artists from all over the world. While it predominantly focuses on experimenting with jazz tapestries, it also veers into black metal on a couple of tracks. An interesting dichotomy, and one that works well. Often whimsical, occasionally challenging, it's an all round fascinating experience that's a lot more easily enjoyed than I initially expected - http://tiny.cc/4ime2y - [ 8 ]
14. Defacement - Deviant
[Atmospheric Blackened Death Metal - Netherlands - Independent] - Ludicrously frantic, tight black / death metal with a penchant for both dissonance as well as suffocating atmospheric production and sounds. This feels like another record that's really driven by its percussion, which is breathless to a fault. While it may employ atonal musicianship, its atmospheric, murky nature balances that out nicely, and it doesn't feel like one of those pointless, songless excercises - http://tiny.cc/hrme2y - [ 7.5 ]
15. Barshasketh - Barshasketh
[Black Metal - Scotland - W.T.C. Productions / Blut & Eisen Prod.] - While this is lacking some of the oomph and melodic dynamism of Ophidian Henosis, it's hard to really knock Barshasketh as they do the modern black metal sound really quite well, even if undiscovered countries remain thoroughly undiscovered. The self-tltled release is perhaps thinner and dryer in approach. but competent familiarity and adherance to convention can go quite a long way in crafting a solid piece of music - http://tiny.cc/7bne2y - [ 7 ]
16. Noctambulist - Atmospheres Of Desolation
[Post-Death Metal - USA - Blood Harvest] - Noctambulist are a pretty serious band. This only ended up being like 25 minutes long but it's very serious stuff. Super atmospheric, post-death metal in a very similar vein to Ulcerate's brand. Actually their album title is one of the most fitting I've heard of and does exactly what it says on the tin. Highly technical, fevered songmanship and cutting gruff vocals find a superb balance between the realms of two distinct genres - http://tiny.cc/hegh2y - [ 8 ]
17. Starless Domain - EOS
[Black Metal - USA - Indepedent] - I suppose the plebby way to describe this would be to compare it to Darkspace, but really it doesn't sound much like them, even if it exists in the slightly ambient-oriented black metal subgenre. This isn't necessarily the most exciting record this year, but I appreciate cosmic black metal bands that don't go in for the saccharine "cosmic" sound that's everywhere. Their approach is far stronger and more immediate, even if the songwriting is somewhat slow-burning - http://tiny.cc/wsih2y - [ 7.5 ]
18. Helium Horse Fly - Hollowed
[Avant-Garde Metal / Art Rock - Belgium - Independent] - If Virus were an art rock band, this is what they would probably sound like. Compositionally spacious, dark and bleak, it weaves together angular avant-garde metal, indicative of the known greats, with moments of noise rock discord, far-distant brass and quieter, eerie bass-driven lulls. Overseeing all this are near-serene female vocals that are mostly ever so slightly off-kilter, but inviting all the same. Something for the discerning listener - http://tiny.cc/h3zh2y - [ 8.5 ]
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22. Kaleikr - Heart Of Lead
[Prog Black / Death - Iceland - Debemur Morti - February 15] - Probably my most anticipated record this year from the track I heard. Thankfully sounds very different to the standard Icelandic band we're used to now - http://tiny.cc/h3z41y
23. Chimp Spanner - Title TBC
[Ambidjent - UK - TBC] - I dearly love Chimp Spanner, and even though this album was meant to be out years ago I'm holding on to hope it'll see a release this year, as Ortiz has reworked this demo track - http://tiny.cc/ha041y
24. Varego - I, Prophetic
[Psych-Sludge - Italy - Argonauta Records - February 15] - I was pretty dead set on them after this one song. Very catchy, anthemic writing, vocals that do it for me and nice trudging sense of psychedelia - http://tiny.cc/ke041y
25. Blue Hummingbird on the Left - Atl Tlachinolli
[BTC Black Metal - USA - Nuclear War Now - February 8] - By no means my favourite Black Twilight Circle band, but they are a BTC band, and sound like they've refined their sound, so worth getting excited for - http://tiny.cc/ai041y
26. 0N0 - Cloaked Climax Concealed
[Jesu Funeral Doom - Slovakia - Transcending Obscurity - March 3] - Super dense, kind of uncomfortable atmospheric funeral doom with elements of Jesu and the like. Pretty original - http://tiny.cc/to041y
27. Khaotic - The Antithesis
[Black Metal - Brazil - TBA] - One-woman black metal band whose previous recordings gave me some Blut Aus Nord-ian vibes with the epic melodies. Hopefully this will follow suit - http://tiny.cc/vq041y
28. Feral Light - Fear Rides A Shadow
[Black Metal - USA - Init Records - February] - Excellent sounding rough 'n' tumble black metal out this year from Feral Light. Great sound and nice bouncy, interesting riff style. Can't say much more than that - http://tiny.cc/wt041y
29. Yerûšelem - The Sublime
[Industrial - France - Debemur Morti - February 8] - That guy from Blut Aus Nord is releasing an album that's not Blut Aus Nord. The available songs sound fairly interesting so hype is probably warranted - http://tiny.cc/ky041y
30. Ruins Of The Past - Alchemy of Sorrow - Gold
[Melodic Death Doom - Germany - Independent - March 2] - I'm not usually into the melodic side of death doom but these guys sound like they have some legitimately interesting songwriting chops - http://tiny.cc/j1041y
31. Jubal - Through Flesh and Bone
[Black Metal / Old School Melodeath - Netherlands - Clandestine Faith - 2019] - I dunno, I just like the sound of this. It's black metal, but it's also kinda Terminal Spirit Disease with its subdued melodies, which is nice - http://tiny.cc/l2j51y
32. Tunic - Complexion
[Noise-Punk / Rock - Canada - Self Sabotage Records - February 8] - Sort of blurring the lines between hardcore and noise-rock, Tunic have a nice sound. Gritty, sort of psychedelic and very DIY - http://tiny.cc/0k541y
33. Vukari - TBA
[Black Metal - USA - Bindrune Recordings - TBA] - New demo track showcases a much less post-black affair than the previous outing, foregrounding a more direct and aggressive sound whilst keeping the sweeping melodies - http://tiny.cc/1xh61y
34. Oldd Wvrms - Codex Tenebris
[Avant-Garde Doom - Belgium - Cursed Monk Records - February 15] - This band has a sick sound. My guess is some kind of doom, but mired in dark effects, clean guitar and heavily bassy, possibly even slightly avant-garde - http://tiny.cc/8sm61y
35. Y I Y - Dkvdnt
[Instrumental Prog Black - France - Egregor Records - February 15] - New project of one of the Dysylumn band members. Instrumental, pretty technical prog black. Should be good given Dysylumn's inimitable quality - http://tiny.cc/sys81y
36. Ringarë - Under Pale Moon
[Atmospheric Black Metal - USA - Iron Bonehead - 2019] - Slightly Fen-ish, high quality atmospheric black metal that sounds like it'll avoid the cascadian cheese of many US bands. Nice present bass sound too - http://tiny.cc/81s81y
37. Devil Master - Satan Spits on Children of Light
[Punky Black Metal - USA - Relapse - March 1] - Riotously fun old-school punk / heavy laden black metal. Digging that beefy but slightly wobbly production and guitar tone as well - http://tiny.cc/0zpa2y
38. Deaf Center - Low Distance
Modern Classical / Ambient - Norway - Sonic Pieces - March] - Owl Splinters is easily one of my most played records of all time so Deaf Center announcing a new album is also going to excite the fuck out of me - http://tiny.cc/jjec2y
39. Akrotheism - Law of Seven Deaths
[Black Metal - Greece - Osmose Productions - March 29] - It's another big, murky and dissonant sounding black metal release. Does sounds pretty good though and could have the chops to stand out against others - http://tiny.cc/e5mg2y



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04.01.2019 - 18:36
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Yo ho ho, Blue Hummingbird On The Left getting a proper debut album? Thanks for the tip, I'm not sure I would've been aware of that otherwise. Hopefully some other BTC bands will follow suit soon then, particularly this one
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04.01.2019 - 18:42
Mercurial
Written by Apothecary on 04.01.2019 at 18:36

Yo ho ho, Blue Hummingbird On The Left getting a proper debut album? Thanks for the tip, I'm not sure I would've been aware of that otherwise. Hopefully some other BTC bands will follow suit soon then, particularly this one

Yeah fingers crossed this is the year of the BTC (with plenty of touring).
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05.01.2019 - 17:31
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Looking forward to new..

Disillusion
Lantlos
The Moth Gatherer
Hum
Coroner
Eden Circus
Numenorean

Fuck, Time Bandits all-time fav movie of mine...
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05.01.2019 - 19:00
Mercurial
Written by tea[m]ster on 05.01.2019 at 17:31

Looking forward to new..

Disillusion
Lantlos
The Moth Gatherer
Hum
Coroner
Eden Circus
Numenorean

Fuck, Time Bandits all-time fav movie of mine...

Yeah mine too, such an immense film. Need to check out The Moth Gatherer actually.
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05.01.2019 - 19:04
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Oh boy I wonder how long until you just stop updating or straight up delete this
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05.01.2019 - 19:05
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 05.01.2019 at 19:04

Oh boy I wonder how long until you just stop updating or straight up delete this

I think you're confusing me with LoG
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05.01.2019 - 19:07
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Also try that funeral doom album that Maco shilled for and also this
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05.01.2019 - 19:11
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 05.01.2019 at 19:07

Also try that funeral doom album that Maco shilled for and also this

I've heard part of Maco's rec already. Didn't find it massively interesting. I'll give yours a good seeing to though.
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07.01.2019 - 13:25
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
I check this every day to see if you listen to my reccs
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07.01.2019 - 13:27
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 07.01.2019 at 13:25

I check this every day to see if you listen to my reccs

I had a skim I'm not really used to that sort of classical avant doom black type thing though so will probably take a bit more time to figure out if it works for me.
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07.01.2019 - 13:46
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 07.01.2019 at 13:27

Written by RaduP on 07.01.2019 at 13:25

I check this every day to see if you listen to my reccs

I had a skim I'm not really used to that sort of classical avant doom black type thing though so will probably take a bit more time to figure out if it works for me.

What do you mean? You listen to albums more that once?
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07.01.2019 - 13:57
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 07.01.2019 at 13:46

What do you mean? You listen to albums more that once?

I open three tabs and listen to it thrice simultaneously.
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10.01.2019 - 11:12
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Hmmm still no Lochrian Poem hmmm
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10.01.2019 - 11:16
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:12

Hmmm still no Lochrian Poem hmmm

I don't think it's quite my thing :'(
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10.01.2019 - 11:17
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 11:16

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:12

Hmmm still no Lochrian Poem hmmm

I don't think it's quite my thing :'(

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10.01.2019 - 11:23
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:17



Do a review, innit.
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10.01.2019 - 11:29
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 11:23

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:17



Do a review, innit.

It's in the queue, let me just finish my school projects, my last 2018 review, my MSA work and I'll do it.
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10.01.2019 - 11:33
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:29

It's in the queue, let me just finish my school projects, my last 2018 review, my MSA work and I'll do it.

You need to beat last year's record and kick out 200 reviews this year.
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10.01.2019 - 11:35
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 11:33

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:29

It's in the queue, let me just finish my school projects, my last 2018 review, my MSA work and I'll do it.

You need to beat last year's record and kick out 200 reviews this year.

Sorry, I go exponentially, not linearly. 1000 reviews.
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10.01.2019 - 11:37
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:35

Sorry, I go exponentially, not linearly. 1000 reviews.

It'll have to include at least 473 Merzbow reviews then.
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10.01.2019 - 11:44
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 11:37

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:35

Sorry, I go exponentially, not linearly. 1000 reviews.

It'll have to include at least 473 Merzbow reviews then.

I was actually thinking of reviewing a Merzbow collab album with Genesis P-Orrige when I saw it promoted on FB by some label, but then I realized it's a reissue so it wouldn't be front page.
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10.01.2019 - 11:49
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:44

I was actually thinking of reviewing a Merzbow collab album with Genesis P-Orrige when I saw it promoted on FB by some label, but then I realized it's a reissue so it wouldn't be front page.

That would have been sick. Wasn't sure he (she?) was still doing music but looks like there's some touring still going on.
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10.01.2019 - 12:02
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 11:49

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 11:44

I was actually thinking of reviewing a Merzbow collab album with Genesis P-Orrige when I saw it promoted on FB by some label, but then I realized it's a reissue so it wouldn't be front page.

That would have been sick. Wasn't sure he (she?) was still doing music but looks like there's some touring still going on.

Yeah I haven't listened to anything Throbbing Gristle related released since like 1980. I probably should.
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10.01.2019 - 12:05
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:02

Yeah I haven't listened to anything Throbbing Gristle related released since like 1980. I probably should.

Part Two: The Endless Not is some wicked weird jazzy industrial, and The Third Mind Movements is more odd ambient meanderings, and is also great.
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10.01.2019 - 12:33
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 12:05

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:02

Yeah I haven't listened to anything Throbbing Gristle related released since like 1980. I probably should.

Part Two: The Endless Not is some wicked weird jazzy industrial, and The Third Mind Movements is more odd ambient meanderings, and is also great.

Thanks for the reccs, bud

*proceeds to never actually listen to them*
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10.01.2019 - 12:36
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:33

Thanks for the reccs, bud

*proceeds to never actually listen to them*

If there isn't an article by The Onion entitled "Music fan actually listens to album someone recommended to them" there damn well should be.
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10.01.2019 - 12:41
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 12:36

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:33

Thanks for the reccs, bud

*proceeds to never actually listen to them*

If there isn't an article by The Onion entitled "Music fan actually listens to album someone recommended to them" there damn well should be.

That's gotta be The Hard Times
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10.01.2019 - 12:42
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
So you don't like Lochrian Poem but you like Soilwork hmmmmmmmmmmmm
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10.01.2019 - 17:00
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:42

So you don't like Lochrian Poem but you like Soilwork hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Just wait until I pluck up the courage to add a particular new album to this list. My designated guilty pleasure album for this year.
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10.01.2019 - 17:27
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 10.01.2019 at 17:00

Written by RaduP on 10.01.2019 at 12:42

So you don't like Lochrian Poem but you like Soilwork hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Just wait until I pluck up the courage to add a particular new album to this list. My designated guilty pleasure album for this year.

The new Backstreet Boys?
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