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    I've heard various things by TMBG here and there over the years, including some of their children-targeted stuff, and always had a bit of a "sensible chuckle" sort of reaction to their brand of whimsical-ness; not negative/I tend to find it at least somewhat enjoyable but not compelling enough for me to dig deeply into their material. So I looked forward to listening attentively through Lincoln in its entirety. The songs are short and digestible but extremely dense in content and, yes, whimsicality -- not only in the lyrics but also in the musicality/instrumental parts, unique timbres and weird noises, which I found perhaps most surprising -- how intriguing and creative the music itself is. I think to some extent I had almost written TMBG off as gimmicky and silly, representative of a particular time and genre of nerd culture that I tend to cringe at, but I tried to approach this album without any of that a posteriori jaded mindset lol, and listen on its own terms, and it proved quite a fun experience.

    It was really quite musically rich and full of surprises, and overall I enjoyed it quite a lot as every track painted a new elaborate picture and on the first listen I never really knew what was coming next. On a second listen I focused a little more on lyrics to fill in more pieces and was fascinated by a lot of the themes and wordplay, it's really impressively dense with clever tidbits. I was surprised by how dark and insightful a lot of the writing is -- definitely not just silly.

    I only had some passing prior familiarity with a couple tracks; "Ana Ng" I believe I'd heard and is quite catchy, and most notably "Shoehorn with Teeth" I had heard a cover of in an album by humorous-nerd-acappella-group Da Vinci's Notebook I had as a kid and had thought it was hilarious, so that was a fun nostalgic tidbit.

    Other highlights: the various noises and instruments on "Cowtown", the playful vocals at the end of "Purple Toupee" as well as its lyrical themes, the clever phonetic wordplay dense with references such as in "Cage and Aquarium" and "Mr. Me", the instrumental parts of "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", the jazzy vibe of "The World's Address", the total stylistic whiplash of "You'll Miss Me", the banjo(?) in "Stand On Your Head"

    Final verdict, this was quite an enjoyable and impressive album and while it hasn't quite reached the tier of "I want to listen to them more regularly" it definitely contributed to a greater understanding of why this is seen as such an iconic and influential band. The songs were unique and held my interest, and certainly did some things that would have been very innovative when this came out. I admire their ability to switch between musical styles to match the theme of each song. One aspect that still holds me back is something about the lead singer's vocal style and articulation, which is typically a hurdle I can overcome with enough listens anyway if I enjoy the rest of the music, which I do. Thanks spf!

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    I'd like to make an effort to check out some of the other subbed albums though it may be longer before I get to many of them (and with a new week already starting a backlog will pile up lol plus I should prioritize walrus judging). I'm already quite familiar with Get to Heaven as well as October Language which I can both vouch for being awesome. I know just enough material by Thank You Scientist, Steve Roach, Jeff Rosenstock, and Powderfinger to look forward to those in particular.
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    Tristania - Beyond The Veil
    6.5/10

    Review:
    I need to preface this with this album cover sucks, a lot. And not in a campy enjoyable way either, just a really cringey 90s metal cover complete with naked women in veils because they're oh so mysterious and cool. I would post it here but there's literal 14 year olds on this site and I don't particularly feel comfortable sharing that, even if it might not strictly speaking be 18+. Anyways, that didn't impact my thoughts on the album or anything I just felt the need to share.

    This album hits some really high notes and some, fairly low ones for me. The opener/title track demonstrates that pretty well I think. Some really great string passages, some great little bridges and very interesting passages that keep me thoroughly entertained and always guessing what comes next. The vocals aren't quite as great, heavy use of the choral vocals sometimes hits the spot and other times feels a little melodramatic and just overdone, and the guy sounds WAY better when he isn't trying to sing with clean vocals. Sequel of Decay is probably the best use of this, and demonstrates that the band really shines when they're trying to work in the more gothic elements of gothic metal, aka the non standard metal stuff. Features a really great acoustic guitar passage (which I'm always a sucker for) and the whole song is overall just one huge build (which I'm also always a sucker for) and shows that they can write a song that has more of a cohesive identity.

    Almost every song on this album like I said is super diverse and is constantly changing, which can be a great thing, but is also a bit of a detriment because none of the songs really linger on anything that sounds GOOD either, and it feels a lot of the time like they're just substituting knowing how to have a good song structure with just, "this part is cool uhh what do we do next just add a different song in." This shows up most obviously in the sometimes abrupt passage changes which just give you whiplash (and not in an enjoyable way) and the numerous fade outs, obligatory rabbit "bands use fadeouts when they don't know how to end a song" yadda yadda.

    They also love their unusual instruments, which almost ALWAYS works fantastically imo, but they also love to throw in like, weird production quirks and what almost sounds like those wacky sfx dvds things. Those uh, do not sound as great and come up more the deeper you get into the album. By far the worst example of this is Of Ruins And A Red Nightfall which is an otherwise kinda forgettable more standard death metal song but with these almost mortal kombat esc hits that sound bad, bizarre fake slide guitar, what almost feels like an early deepfry affect, an honest to god church bell that almost kinda works but also isn't really in tune, and a vocal effect that transports me to ordering in the drive through menu. Heretique has a pretty spooky and cool intro that creates a great atmosphere, and with the exception of these questionable HEEEE HAAAA vocals that pop in every so often is a perfectly fine song... and then, it uh, hm. It turns into a Sneaker Pimps esc like, electronic lofi beat. Yeah I'm not joking, I don't really know how to describe it. It's not even *bad* its just, very out of place. Another example of maybe the band trying to get TOO out of their comfort zone or mix things up a little too much without any thought of if it actually fits in place with the rest of their song imo. Open Relinque is by far the worst example of a "we CAN do this" not "SHOULD we do this" though. A song with a dope musical box opener and some keyboard instrument passage, and some swaps between a more stripped down passage and a heavier section that plays off the same melody (which actually start to become a little jarring and neurotic after the first couple swaps). Then, and I $%#! you not, it enters into what I have dubbed the "porn passage." I think that's about all I really need to say about that.

    Aphellion also has those awful mortal kombat esc hits as well, but is otherwise way better of a song and has an organ section that just grooves and a sweet outro. But it suffers more from my larger problem with this album. And thats that the drums are metronomic and robotic at times to a maddening degree. I've never been great at telling apart drums vs drum machines but I'm pretty sure this is a drum machine. This song is seven minutes long and I swear the drums are nearly identical the entire way through. As a matter of fact the entire album feels just a little too cleanly put together for my taste. I expect old metal to sound like it was recorded over a toddlers K Mart cereal box microphone in a shack in the woods durring a hurricane, so its refreshing to hear it be not that but it does kinda suffer from the opposite problem at times to me, which is everything sounding very cleanly produced. The guitars don't feel as heavy or grimey as I think they should at times. Drums like I mentioned sound just kinda, sterile. Etc etc.


    TLDR
    I think this album has some pretty great highlights, and the band clearly wants to experiment with a bunch of different sounds and production techniques. But they don't always do a great job with making sure that the things they're choosing sound good, especially in conjunction with eachother. Similarly, they are pretty great at writing individual passages, seriously great stuff, but for the most part each song is not more than just throwing them together at random and kinda hoping it works. Which sometimes it does, for sure, but not always. This is going to be a funny thing to say about an album over 20 years old but if it was coming out now I'd be interested to see if their following work, because this demonstrates that they have the potential to put out something I think is significantly better overall as a listen than this. Also cut out the porn noises, that needs to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutella (#51)
    I've heard various things by TMBG here and there over the years, including some of their children-targeted stuff, and always had a bit of a "sensible chuckle" sort of reaction to their brand of whimsical-ness; not negative/I tend to find it at least somewhat enjoyable but not compelling enough for me to dig deeply into their material. So I looked forward to listening attentively through Lincoln in its entirety. The songs are short and digestible but extremely dense in content and, yes, whimsicality -- not only in the lyrics but also in the musicality/instrumental parts, unique timbres and weird noises, which I found perhaps most surprising -- how intriguing and creative the music itself is. I think to some extent I had almost written TMBG off as gimmicky and silly, representative of a particular time and genre of nerd culture that I tend to cringe at, but I tried to approach this album without any of that a posteriori jaded mindset lol, and listen on its own terms, and it proved quite a fun experience.

    It was really quite musically rich and full of surprises, and overall I enjoyed it quite a lot as every track painted a new elaborate picture and on the first listen I never really knew what was coming next. On a second listen I focused a little more on lyrics to fill in more pieces and was fascinated by a lot of the themes and wordplay, it's really impressively dense with clever tidbits. I was surprised by how dark and insightful a lot of the writing is -- definitely not just silly.

    I only had some passing prior familiarity with a couple tracks; "Ana Ng" I believe I'd heard and is quite catchy, and most notably "Shoehorn with Teeth" I had heard a cover of in an album by humorous-nerd-acappella-group Da Vinci's Notebook I had as a kid and had thought it was hilarious, so that was a fun nostalgic tidbit.

    Other highlights: the various noises and instruments on "Cowtown", the playful vocals at the end of "Purple Toupee" as well as its lyrical themes, the clever phonetic wordplay dense with references such as in "Cage and Aquarium" and "Mr. Me", the instrumental parts of "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", the jazzy vibe of "The World's Address", the total stylistic whiplash of "You'll Miss Me", the banjo(?) in "Stand On Your Head"

    Final verdict, this was quite an enjoyable and impressive album and while it hasn't quite reached the tier of "I want to listen to them more regularly" it definitely contributed to a greater understanding of why this is seen as such an iconic and influential band. The songs were unique and held my interest, and certainly did some things that would have been very innovative when this came out. I admire their ability to switch between musical styles to match the theme of each song. One aspect that still holds me back is something about the lead singer's vocal style and articulation, which is typically a hurdle I can overcome with enough listens anyway if I enjoy the rest of the music, which I do. Thanks spf!

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    I'd like to make an effort to check out some of the other subbed albums though it may be longer before I get to many of them (and with a new week already starting a backlog will pile up lol plus I should prioritize walrus judging). I'm already quite familiar with Get to Heaven as well as October Language which I can both vouch for being awesome. I know just enough material by Thank You Scientist, Steve Roach, Jeff Rosenstock, and Powderfinger to look forward to those in particular.
    great writeup - im really glad you enjoyed it!

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    Powderfinger - Vulture Street

    So on initial listen I thought this album was just a generic classic rock sounding album which wasn't bad, but failed to really impress me in any way. Then I gave it a couple of more listens, and I think it definitely grew on me.
    The guitar is crisp and clean and their lead guitarist Ian Haug really carries the rest of the group, but not my much. Vocals are pleasant and don't really hinder the songs in anyway, but they don't go above and beyond like the lead guitar in some of the songs.
    Sad to see the group broke up in 2010 and 2020, but all good things must come to an end and I hope every member is doing well with their new gigs.

    Favorite Tracks : Rockin' Rocks, Since you've been gone. Pockets
    Least Favorite Tracks : How far have we really come,

    Final Score : Light 7 to a Solid 8

    I wrote this wearing my red flanel


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    I'm going to need more time with Summoning to say anything coherent, and I probably won't get to participate for a couple weeks.

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    lmao @Kane that was a funny review

    and not just for reasons you expect @Zack
    :wiwe

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    i subbed ocean man - 10 hours to this

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    « Week 2 - Great Album Cover »
    Week 2 - Great Album Cover!

    Apologies for the delays! We had an odd number of submissions this week so I sat out, but I'll just pick something that sounds interesting. Anyways, without further ado

    Trades
    @Visorslash Depressive Silence - Depressive Silence II
    its a $%#!in journey maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan also album art is great

    damn this good $%#! friend

    with
    @PunchyTheCat Adult Mom - Driver
    Folky autumn album with a great combination of her voice and the instrumentals behind it. Phoebe Bridgers-esque, I think?



    @soah Mechina - Siege
    Symphonic metal/industrial metal/djent. Ethereal vocals. Great atmosphere. Mostly background music that makes an hour disappear really fast, but with enough subtleties to make active listening workable. Accessible to people who enjoy music.

    with
    @Shad Torche - Harmonicraft
    90s-vibing stoner rock/metal

    (believe it or not random.org decided this was the pair straight up, without me having to even do any preference manipulation or anything. It was just fate)


    @FTFlush Judas Priest - Painkiller
    Heavy Metal Classic about demons and $%#!

    with
    @nutella alt-J - An Awesome Wave
    * ~ triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet ~ * I know alt-J get made fun of a fair amount (god bless that one parody), but I will stand by the belief that their music is genuinely and uniquely good. In addition to having really cool cover art aesthetically, this album is a favorite of mine because it's sonically rich and not quite like the sound of any other band; while the vocal style may not be for everyone, their harmonies and instrumentation create beautiful tapestries as well as catchy hooks in each song. The bridge of "Dissolve Me" is one of my all-time favorite minutes of music.



    @tonystarkprime Led Zepplin - IV
    Famous hard rock album which turns 50 years old as of today with cool package design (no writing on inside or out). You can skip stairway, but the album is a must have for any young aspiring drummers, as I once was. Nostalgic in that way.

    with
    @Bloobird Rook - Shearwater
    So I actually prefer the album cover from the Golden Archipelago, but this is also very evocative and the album's just way better. Rook sounds incredibly organic, there's something about them that whispers of the wild constantly, and Meiburg's voice is an ethereal delight. Another one for my all-time great opening lines: "When you were a child, you were a tomboy. And your mother laughed at the serious way that you looked at her."



    @roro__b Jónsi - Obsidian
    This is the front-man from Sigur Rós, Jónsi who's got a ton of interesting solo projects, some more obscure than the others. This one is fairly Sigur-Rós'y and nice and amazing to listen to, but the cover is goated so main reason why I picked it over his other albums.

    with
    @Kane Ghost - Meliora
    "Metal" but more pop than metal. Satan/Death. Ghost a masters of theatrics. On trakcs like he is the song and music video are presented as a Christian soft rock but the lyrics tell another story. There live shows are insane, and their music is pretty good on it's one



    @vanity. Kjjjjjjjjj - Kjjjjjjjjj
    instrumental math rock from argentina. excellent performances and compositions all over this album. some of the material off this record actually seems slightly more off-kilter than your average math rock. a pretty enthralling listen, especially if you're into this style. as a side note, the final track is decently different from most of the album, but i think it's interesting for what it is.

    with
    @Ampharos Three Trapped Tigers - Silent Earthling
    experimental electronic instrumental rock. mathy. amycore, allegedly. i like it because it is good



    @ladd Pinback - Blue Screen Earth
    indie rock/punk, great lyrics and rhytms. very chill

    with
    @Ephemera Otogi - Eve
    Urban fantasy in a jpop music album - the sort of songs which sound cheerful, nonsensical even at times, but have meaning and sentiment you can find if you look for it. Aside from the album art, the animated music videos are quite stunning - although that's not quite this week's theme :P



    @shubaka17 Nothing But Thieves - Broken Machine
    I actually recommend against the deluxe version, the extra tracks and versions don't add anything except clutter to the original release. This album got some decent radio play off of Amsterdam for being catchy and repeatable, but my favorite is probably I'm Not Made By Design. Angry, angsty, whiny vocals combined with rock backings the whole way home.

    with
    @benneh Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
    post-garage punk or something? i like driving to this album. i feel tougher than i am when i listen to this loud with headphones. gritty. fun. it features the guy from drive like jehu. idk just listen to it yourself jfc.


    And that's it! I said I was going to do this last week, but pushed it back so we'll try it out now. I'm going to try to organize pairs before albums are decided, and then you can exchange once you know your partner from there. Meaning, if you want to do next week's album exchange, let me know by this Friday, the earlier the better. DMs over MU, discord, or just pinging me with the message or telling me and seeing I respond all work. As long as I can see it.

    Thanks for participating in Week 2 all who did!
    Pinging ppl who exchanged week 1 but not 2, expressed interest in maybe exchanging at some point, or who i just think would be maybe interested
    @staypositivefriend @Tangrowth @Zack @ploonet @MyNameIsNothing @BLOODYRAIN10001 @Arapocalypse @Hally @Chloe @TheKnightsOfCydonia @Ace Marvel @Logic @Manasi (did her username get fixed yet?) @Frog @fluffy rabbit @


    Edit: OH and here's the link to the full submissions spreadsheet
    Last edited by LordQuas; November 9th, 2021 at 05:42 PM.
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    The year is 2009 and you’re in your mid-teens. You’re wearing neon checkered vans, skinny jeans and a hoodie unzipped to show off your Christian metalcore band T-shirt. Your penny-sized gauges glimmer in the light like smooth beach glass poking out of sand. All the normies think you’re scary, and the punks and hipsters think you’re a wannabe-goth, but things could always be worse: at least you don’t listen to Brokencyde.
    :wiwe

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    What's this? sounds interesting.

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    lol

    optimal pairing for what i subbed

    since i have time i'll get a write-up probably by tomorrow.

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    its called depressive silence 2 on youtube but this should be a hq version



    another link in case


    glgl
    Last edited by Visorslash; November 9th, 2021 at 06:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kane (#54)
    Powderfinger - Vulture Street

    So on initial listen I thought this album was just a generic classic rock sounding album which wasn't bad, but failed to really impress me in any way. Then I gave it a couple of more listens, and I think it definitely grew on me.
    The guitar is crisp and clean and their lead guitarist Ian Haug really carries the rest of the group, but not my much. Vocals are pleasant and don't really hinder the songs in anyway, but they don't go above and beyond like the lead guitar in some of the songs.
    Sad to see the group broke up in 2010 and 2020, but all good things must come to an end and I hope every member is doing well with their new gigs.

    Favorite Tracks : Rockin' Rocks, Since you've been gone. Pockets
    Least Favorite Tracks : How far have we really come,

    Final Score : Light 7 to a Solid 8

    I wrote this wearing my red flanel

    very fair review lol

    they are kinda just a regular old rock band but i like em anyway

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    oh wait there was a theme? lol

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    The Moon nutella's Avatar Discord Moderator
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    man idk about this pairing lmao
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    adult mom - driver

    youtube comments spitting fire:


    shadowback
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    I like the voice a lot but Adult Mom's songs are incredibly bleak and non-variant. Like listening the same riff all over again for 4 minutes is just fraying and the ambient sounds and FX are not helping. The vocal parts remind me of female version Alexi Murdoch, but it lacks any structure. Sometimes not having a structure works but not here.
    I'd also argue that this one specifically wasn't mixed properly.
    gotta be honest, every song sounds the same

    with the last album i listened to (kanes) while not many tracks really stood out to me while listening, i could hear the differences in each track and they were doing different things, going for different sounds and was a generally interesting album if not really earcatching

    this on the other hand, is basically 10 variants of the same songs with similar riffs and guitars, with minor differences between each

    its all washed out, its all strummy, its all got that upbeat tone (except for the requisite sad songs)

    if you like her voice (its nice enough) and you like the genre that you dont mind listening to a medley of the same song, this is an album for you

    at least its short so its not egregious to listen to

    i think i could go back to kanes album and find stuff there that i really like, i think i could dig into that more if i wanted to

    this? the shovel breaks when you hit the ground

    its alright if you like this sort of thing, not worth it if you dont or are on the fence.
    Last edited by Visorslash; November 9th, 2021 at 06:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordQuas (#58)
    @Shad Torche - Harmonicraft
    90s-vibing stoner rock/metal
    I was hearing something that reminded me hard of a specific song from the 90s that I couldn't put my finger on, and then:

    Shad — Today at 7:05 PM
    There is definitely a strong 90s vibe to it
    Specifically Corgan in the guitar, I think
    And then I realized the song I was thinking of was Cherub Rock, lol.

    I don't know how often I'd ever be in the mood to seek out this album, but it's definitely the type of thing I'd play in the background when I have friends over. It's oddly nostalgic for an album from 2012 that I'd never heard before.

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    harmonicraft is good btw. listened to it a long time ago and i should revisit it

    kicking especially is a fantastic song and has made its way into my permanent rotation

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    Soah sent an album already sitting on my top 5 of 2021 list, so it's been switched to Nekrodelirium - Apocalypse

    Also:
    Quote Originally Posted by soah
    I picked a metal album to appeal to non-metal people so then of course I end up paired with you
    Quote Originally Posted by Shad
    I did the exact same thing lol
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    I still owe MNIN comments on the fuzzy ambient music. To which I will say, I thought it was nice, but too fuzzy and also maybe it didn't go anywhere enough? I dunno, ambient music isn't really supposed to go anywhere.

    I had a prof once tell a story about one of his profs who said, "the music doesn't make you feel [sad][insert emotion here], you feel sad in the presence of the music". In that case, this piece just reveals that I have a stone heart because I didn't feel anything. But still, cool to listen to that kinda stuff.

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    so I already own Led Zeppelin IV, bought it in my teenage years when I felt a need to investigate all the 'classics', but I haven't listened to it in years

    gave it another spin, thoughts below

    there's three solid rockers on there (Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Four Sticks)

    two fairly awful songs that sound embarrassingly dated at best (Battle of Evermore, Misty Mountain Hop)

    one genuinely great song apart from the bit where Robert Plant goes 'lalalala' for no reason and sounds like a prize plum (Going to California)

    one great intro that unfortunately has a very long, mostly dull song attached to it (When the Levee Breaks)

    and Stairway to Heaven (Stairway to Heaven)

    so yeah, my opinion that this is bloated and overrated is unchanged, sorry tsp

    it's not awful, just not something I think is anywhere near worth its place as one of the 'all time greats'
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    @LordQuas I'm in for next week btw, will post that now before I forget

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    in for next week (and every week, obv)

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    me too

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    yeah in for next/always
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    otogi - eve


    I really have trouble listening to full albums in a language I don't understand, mostly because I find it extremely hard to remember which song is which or to differentiate them

    I like some songs spanish, japanese etc.. but I don't think I ever listened to a full album in another language so it was p interesting


    I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, I really like the non-sung part of the album and it's pretty chill overall. Its just more something that I'd put on in the background than something I'd actively listen to

    Also while the part where he sings aren't bad per se, they also don't really do much for me. His voice aint bad tho

    I listened to it twice, once with full attention and the other in the background. Kaede was my fav song both times

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    i am in for next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleHaven (#284)
    HEY $%#!S
    Since some people obviously don't know this, even though it should be BASIC COMMON SENSE, I guess i have to point it out. if you are PR, and are about to be misyeeted, YOU NEED TO CLAIM. You need to claim with at least 45 seconds, preferably 1 minute left so that people have time to refresh and unvote you. If you claim at 30 seconds, if you claim at 15 seconds, if you don't claim at all, YOU WILL BE MISYEETED. PR staying alive is extremely important for town. There was a post on the general mafia forum about win rates when PR is yeeted D1 in turbos and its 1/14 or some $%#!.

    I'm not going to call this gamethrowing, because some new players might not understand how important PR is to a setup, and others come from sites where you can't claim as PR. But please, for the love of god, claim if you're being killed. Thank you.

    Copypasta over.
    Quote Originally Posted by King Bowser (#5246)
    Just picture King Bowser wearing baggy cargo pants, and trying to shove an enormous fluffy and supremely enraged kitty into his pockets all game, and all that happens is the cat keeps biting him and clawing him and tearing up his scaly flesh, while hissing and screeching with rage the whole time.

    Yet King Bowser is just as stubborn and insists the kitty goes in his pocket, despite numerous failed attempts.

    In the end, kitty was never pocketed. Did not survive the process, but left Bowser bloody and shredded and looking quite the fool.

    Then everyone else in town is like, dude, Bowser, what happened to your faaaaaace. And your cat.

    I uh... cut myself shaving. I'm still totally townie, honest.

    That is the legend of Goat Cat.

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    Do I understand this correctly? I can send someone an album of my choice (no category fit or anything) to listen to. Someone sends one to me. I have a week to listen and give my thoughts on it?

    If so, I'd like to try it once

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbae (#80)
    Do I understand this correctly? I can send someone an album of my choice (no category fit or anything) to listen to. Someone sends one to me. I have a week to listen and give my thoughts on it?

    If so, I'd like to try it once
    there have been loose prompts like the first week was just "an all-time favorite" and the second was "great album cover" - quas is doing a slightly different system with the pairing for next time but i'm guessing there will still be some theme
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    so, judas priest is... really, really, really not my thing, sorry. I find this style of music tired, stale, uninteresting, overly cheesy and incredibly grating. There are a couple aspects I can appreciate like some of the guitar work -- there were a few shiny instrumental fast riff-y parts that I got some degree of enjoyment out of. but I would never listen to this voluntarily, and the vocal style is especially unpleasant. I'm committed to fully participating in this with an open mind and giving everything at least one full listen-through, but this felt more like a chore.

    I'll probably find @Shad's and @soah's albums more accessible lol, we can swap swaps tbh (again I'm intending to check out as many of the other submissions as I can get to anyway)
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    ok torche is actually kinda whatever so far imo, mechina description sounds 1000x more enticing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shad (#69)
    Soah sent an album already sitting on my top 5 of 2021 list, so it's been switched to Nekrodelirium - Apocalypse
    @soah

    In continuation of the long-standing tradition of bands whose names start with "Nekro-" outperforming bands whose names start with "Necro-", this is pretty decent.

    Distorted Device really grabbed me from the start. It has 90s BM vibes--feeling Dissection in the melodic drive with vocals and a relentlessness that had me thinking of various eras of Gorgoroth. Grief is aptly named but probably the least memorable track of the four for me. Necromentia's my favorite track on early listens, maybe due to the brief acoustic bit really cementing the melody in my head. Apocalypse feels like more Dissection worship that I haven't fully absorbed yet.

    I would say they don't bring anything new to the table and are maybe too direct to get me on an encompassing aesthetic level, but they accomplish what they set out to fairly well. I gave it a couple spins at work and a more attentive one this morning. I'm not going to treat this album trade thing like a walrus and give everything a dozen immediate plays, but I picked it up on Bandcamp, so it will have some more opportunity to grow on me.

    Of the soah recommendations I've bought this year, and good lord there are probably a dozen of them, Faustian Pact has stood out as my favorite so far.

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    « Week 3 - Last Decade »
    Week 3 Album Exchange!

    This is attempt two at writing this after MU ate the entire first post, rip

    We're trying something a little different this week and pairing people with partners ahead of time for the album exchange, so here you go!

    @lute with @shubaka17
    @soah with @nutella
    @MyNameIsNothing with @Shad
    @Bloobird with @Visorslash
    @vanity. with @benneh
    @Ampharos with @Arapocalypse
    @ladd with @Ephemera
    @Sunbae with @Kane
    @staypositivefriend with @Logic
    @TripleHaven with @LordQuas (There's a few people I'm waiting to hear back from since I did this so late, so I will drop out and someone can take my spot if we get an odd number)

    @tonystarkprime and @roro__b you didnt let me know if you wanted /in or not & were unavailable when i randed ultra late at night, but I'm assuming you want in anyways so if you do you'll exchange with eachother
    Edit (late subs):
    @Ace Marvel and @PunchyTheCat


    Submissions
    The theme for this week is Music from the last decade, aka it has to be from the last 10 years! This can be kinda nebulous if you want to be really specific with dates recorded/released and such, but who really cares, a little wiggle room is ok and I'll leave it up to your best judgement. Don't put out a 30 year song that was only released last year through shenanigans or something though, stick with the spirit.

    Submission link is here, and remember you can cater a little more to your partner's tastes this week, so feel free to ask them some questions if you want! Not required of course, but maybe not the worst idea if its someone you don't know that well
    Last edited by LordQuas; November 13th, 2021 at 09:54 PM.
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    bloobird you like australian crawl right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visorslash (#87)
    bloobird you like australian crawl right
    idk what this means but if it's powderfinger I am on record that they are boring and suck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shad (#85)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shad (#69)
    Soah sent an album already sitting on my top 5 of 2021 list, so it's been switched to Nekrodelirium - Apocalypse
    @soah

    In continuation of the long-standing tradition of bands whose names start with "Nekro-" outperforming bands whose names start with "Necro-", this is pretty decent.

    Distorted Device really grabbed me from the start. It has 90s BM vibes--feeling Dissection in the melodic drive with vocals and a relentlessness that had me thinking of various eras of Gorgoroth. Grief is aptly named but probably the least memorable track of the four for me. Necromentia's my favorite track on early listens, maybe due to the brief acoustic bit really cementing the melody in my head. Apocalypse feels like more Dissection worship that I haven't fully absorbed yet.

    I would say they don't bring anything new to the table and are maybe too direct to get me on an encompassing aesthetic level, but they accomplish what they set out to fairly well. I gave it a couple spins at work and a more attentive one this morning. I'm not going to treat this album trade thing like a walrus and give everything a dozen immediate plays, but I picked it up on Bandcamp, so it will have some more opportunity to grow on me.

    Of the soah recommendations I've bought this year, and good lord there are probably a dozen of them, Faustian Pact has stood out as my favorite so far.
    I actually agree with most of this, except that Grief was the first song of theirs I heard and I liked it quite a bit (but the music video trims it down quite a bit so that it's less repetitive, so maybe you'd have thought differently if that were the version you were familiar with). I definitely had a moment where I felt like the vocals were reminding me of something, and Dissection was the answer I came up with for that.

    One thing I'd add is that I find it interesting that they veer pretty heavily toward depressive black metal, and the emotions come through pretty clearly yet the actual style of the music remains squarely in the realm of traditional second wave stuff. So it leads to a paradox in which it seems like they aren't doing anything original, but doing DSBM this way actually is rather unique.

    I recognized right away that the songwriting from this duo was well above average, but I was still surprised by how much I kept getting the urge to go back and keep listening repeatedly. Something really clicked for me. It's nothing groundbreaking but... it's just good. The title track also grew on me quite a bit. The lead guitar is just so whimsical. It changes the whole outlook of the song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visorslash (#62)
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    its called depressive silence 2 on youtube but this should be a hq version



    another link in case


    glgl
    oh my god

    this was an experience

    loved this so much

    i genuinely feel bad for sending what i subbed and receiving this back
    I like mashes

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    so uh, three trapped tigers' silent earthling.

    this is a pretty interesting album to say the least. definitely a lot more instrumentally dense than what i submitted lol. there's influences from math rock, electronic music in general, and maybe a touch of post-rock and idm at times? but despite all those genres i rattled off, this might be a bit more physical of an album than you might anticipate. this isn't something you can just sit back, vibe to, and take in the textures, though i do think there is an important textural aspect to this album, especially on a track like hemisphere. this is more of an album that sorta forces it to give you at least most of your undivided attention.

    this is also sort of an interesting album for me because it forces me to look at a lot of genres that's going into this album in a different light. i can't really listen to this like a math rock record where i'm taking in all of the odd time signatures and grooves, or an idm record where it's more of a meditative and textural experience for me... i think more than anything else, it's probably just best to listen to this as a very hard hitting electronic rock record more than anything else, that is occasionally danceable. in fact, sometimes i actually forget i'm listening to a rock record while listening to this.

    thankfully, i do enjoy a majority of the songs compositionally on this record, which is sorta a must when dealing with instrumental music in general for me. the tracks that tend to grab me more melodically and sonically are the ones that are tending to be my favorites. silent earthling is a very strong opener. i really love the main synth melody that hovers over a majority of the track, and the dizzying 32nd or... it might be 64th notes? that create this odyssey like atmosphere. it's easily one of the strongest tracks on the record and i enjoy a lot of the individual passages it traverses through.

    kraken might be my favorite track on the entire record. not only does it kick off with an awesome guitar and synth riff, it also has a ton of intricate drumming and a very catchy synth melody that plays off a lot of the other instrumentation. eventually it builds into this wall of sound later into the track with some frenetic drumming, monolithic synths, and even some background vocals if my ears aren't deceiving me. it's a fantastic climax. ending of the song isn't nearly as hype, but it's still nice.

    rainbow road has a somewhat similar climax. honestly, especially with the start of the track, it does seem like something that could have racing game vibes given its title is literally a staple racetrack in every mario kart game. in fact, this is probably one of the most aggressive tracks on the record, and the climax on it is also really nice. the way this band builds these walls of sound is really quite something lol. the ending of this song is also super chaotic.

    hemisphere is probably my second favorite, mostly due to how it takes more of an idm approach to its instrumental. to me, this song is just textural euphoria. it sorta sounds to me what autechre would sound like if they took a more visceral approach to their tracks. the resounding and busy percussion and off-kilter melodies on this track are just fantastic.

    tekker is also somewhat idm-esque too, especially with its percussion and certain synth tones that are used as well. i really dig a lot of the melodicism on this track and how physical it is as a whole. i should say this song particular is a good example of how the melodies and soundscapes on this album can feel really hypnotic and enveloping. wasn't as hot on this track initially, but it really grew on me. probably still not one of my absolute favorites.

    elsewhere is an excellent closer. though it somewhat starts as a bit of a slower track, it actually slowly builds into another high octane banger pretty quickly. they do that a lot on this record lol. they take songs that you might think might be more smooth or minimalist compared to the rest of the tracks, and slowly amp up the intensity. i also really dig some of the busier percussion passages in this song; they almost seem aphex twin esque. the track also concludes really freaking epicly.

    i wasn't really as hot on the rest of the songs, but they do still fit into the album really nicely and they're by no means bad. i actually really dig the first half of strebek with its main melodies and rhythms, but i'm not crazy for the second half. the synth drone at the end is nice though and sorta reminds me of the title screen music of oneshot lol.

    some of the start-and-stop passages on blimp were cool, but i wasn't a huge fan of the composition as a whole. cool drumming on this song though. the track engrams is apparently the album's main (and only?) single, and because of that i feel weird saying that this song seems a bit more underwhelming than some of the other material here lol. there's a cool climax near the end of this song too, similarly to kraken and rainbow road, but it just doesn't hit in the same way for me for some reason. probably because i'm just not as enamored with the composition as a whole. i thought some of the more electronic sequenced drums in the first half felt a little off. still a good song, just didn't wow me in the same way as other songs.

    overall, this record is super cool! it's very maximalist and overwhelming during a lot of its moments, and it's not (in my opinion) an album you can just throw on randomly and just vibe to. this is an album that demands your attention, and it extremely consistently keeps my attention. i don't think it's a perfect album for me personally, but i did enjoy a vast majority of what i heard.

    probably going to slap 4 stars on this on rateyourmusic. glad i listened to it.
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    part 1 of nutella is an overachiever and intends to listen to everything in this thread eventually in some order


    Thank You Scientist - Terraformer: quite good, bit long but holds my attention, some really incredible sections, extremely fun stuff very good amycore, doot doot

    Powderfinger - Vulture Street: as much as I liked Pockets in walrus, the rest of the album doesn't really do anything for me, found it pretty boring and basically lost my attention while listening, like it was just in the background. pockets is a great track but nothing else really sticks with me

    Torche - Harmonicraft: not getting much out of this either, it's... uh. better than judas priest lol but idk it's kinda just there

    Mechina - Siege: sounds like an epic fantasy movie soundtrack or something, it's pretty cool. The djent-y bits are still a bit on the heavy side for my taste, but a lot of the album is quite pleasant. The vocals are pretty and there's some really cool symphonic as well as electronic-y parts.

    Steve Roach - Structures from Silence: very soothing, absolutely love this stuff it feels so comfy.

    Depressive Silence - Depressive Silence II: ooohhh this is not at all what I expected from the name lol, this is so cool. insert shad dungeon synth category gif here. spooky vgm vibes, kinda reminds me of the theophany zelda stuffze. some epic hype, some eerie suspenseful, some peaceful pretty vibes. this is aaaawesome for listening while working tbh

    Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY: Have heard and liked a couple tracks from this before. I really like his general sound and he's a good lyricist too -- fairly emotionally heavy stuff and it's arranged to music perfectly so it hits just right and with so much hype. Damn this is actually a fantastic album wtf, every track is extremely solid. There's like, idk, more refined composition than a lot of folk-punk-y stuff, while still having that raw and expressive feel. I absolutely love this, I've had the impression that Jeff Rosenstock has reached a legendary status for some and now I'm understanding why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordQuas (#86)
    Week 3 Album Exchange!

    This is attempt two at writing this after MU ate the entire first post, rip

    We're trying something a little different this week and pairing people with partners ahead of time for the album exchange, so here you go!

    @lute with @shubaka17
    @soah with @nutella
    @MyNameIsNothing with @Shad
    @Bloobird with @Visorslash
    @vanity. with @benneh
    @Ampharos with @Arapocalypse
    @ladd with @Ephemera
    @Sunbae with @Kane
    @staypositivefriend with @Logic
    @TripleHaven with @LordQuas (There's a few people I'm waiting to hear back from since I did this so late, so I will drop out and someone can take my spot if we get an odd number)

    @tonystarkprime and @roro__b you didnt let me know if you wanted /in or not & were unavailable when i randed ultra late at night, but I'm assuming you want in anyways so if you do you'll exchange with eachother
    Edit (late subs):
    @Ace Marvel and @PunchyTheCat


    Submissions
    The theme for this week is Music from the last decade, aka it has to be from the last 10 years! This can be kinda nebulous if you want to be really specific with dates recorded/released and such, but who really cares, a little wiggle room is ok and I'll leave it up to your best judgement. Don't put out a 30 year song that was only released last year through shenanigans or something though, stick with the spirit.

    Submission link is here, and remember you can cater a little more to your partner's tastes this week, so feel free to ask them some questions if you want! Not required of course, but maybe not the worst idea if its someone you don't know that well
    the full spreadsheet is here

    You can find your own partner and what they sent, i prodded everyone that hasn't submitted already so if they still haven't bug them more

    @lute with @shubaka17
    @soah with @nutella
    @MyNameIsNothing with @Shad
    @Bloobird with @Visorslash
    @vanity. with @benneh
    @Ampharos with @Arapocalypse
    @ladd with @Ephemera
    @Sunbae with @Kane
    @staypositivefriend with @Logic
    @TripleHaven with @LordQuas (There's a few people I'm waiting to hear back from since I did this so late, so I will drop out and someone can take my spot if we get an odd number)

    @tonystarkprime and @roro__b you didnt let me know if you wanted /in or not & were unavailable when i randed ultra late at night, but I'm assuming you want in anyways so if you do you'll exchange with eachother
    Edit (late subs):
    @Ace Marvel and @PunchyTheCat
    Last edited by LordQuas; November 15th, 2021 at 01:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanity. (#95)
    punchy and ace both subbed emotion lmao
    lmfao i didnt even notice

    yall might wanna change subs
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    The year is 2009 and you’re in your mid-teens. You’re wearing neon checkered vans, skinny jeans and a hoodie unzipped to show off your Christian metalcore band T-shirt. Your penny-sized gauges glimmer in the light like smooth beach glass poking out of sand. All the normies think you’re scary, and the punks and hipsters think you’re a wannabe-goth, but things could always be worse: at least you don’t listen to Brokencyde.
    @Bloobird I entered this as my suggestion last week
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    Man y'all have some whack suggestions for future themes. Was I the only person who suggested something reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shad (#98)
    Man y'all have some whack suggestions for future themes. Was I the only person who suggested something reasonable?
    I only put them in the first week so they're not there but I put like... albums that you associate with mafia, or albums you associate with a specific memory or time of year or something, and uhh I think a couple other good ones so I hope quas still has them lol
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