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Yeah, they were fog-king awesome. First night of the first North American headlining tour and zero technical difficulties. Every song they played was better than the studio versions (well, seemed like it, anyway). And they were so incredibly tight! I guess you have to be with that kind of music, but still...(!). And the setlist was well-nigh perfect -- they played every song I would've wanted them to play. I am SO GLAD that you just happened to mention that they were playing live, and I just happened to follow up right away -- didn't even realize we were going to the same show.

And that version of "Sight to Behold" was kind of groovy. (Not unlike this one:

YouTube - Gojira - A Sight To Behold Toulouse 07-02-2009

...).

Don't know the setlist -- what was that one song towards the beginning where the bassist just leaned his head back and had this huge ear-to-ear grin? He was obviously in heaven, and it was contagious. Do you know?

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm pretty sure it was Backbone.
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Yeah, it was probably Backbone... I think that was the third song they played, following Oroborus and that song from Terra Incognita. I think I enjoyed Backbone more than anything else that night actually - it translates so well to a live setting.

Are you in the Northern VA area? Cynic is playing in the same place next Tuesday :P
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I'm going to try and make it, but Tuesdays are harder for me, so perhaps not. I also forget sometimes until like midnight or so, at which point it's too late.
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Sound samples for this new Isis are blowing me away............could be album of the year, for sale tomorrow 5/5/09

Just what we need after Mastodon came through with Crack the Skye
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Amazon MP3 store has great price on new Wolves In The Throne Room:
Black Cascade $3.96



The only thing that keeps WITTR from becoming a great dark metal band is that extreme vocals are just average generic sounding, a few anguished wails thrown in but so much more can be done with skilled vocalist........they do remind me of Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh) (Burzum)
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Amazon MP3 store has great price on new Wolves In The Throne Room:
Black Cascade $3.96

I love plastic
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Any WiTTR recc's? I picked up Two Hunters out of curiousity and liked it. It's the only CD I've seen here, though, so anything else would be ordered, so less impulse and more recc driven
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Sound samples for this new Isis are blowing me away............could be album of the year, for sale tomorrow 5/5/09

Just what we need after Mastodon came through with Crack the Skye
I really gave an effort to get into Isis, but it bored me... and that says a lot. Usually I will give an album a few good spins in my car to get the structure in my head so I can break it down at home, but every time I put on Panopticon I drove not feeling any energy. I wanted to change each track... and it didn't get any better. The vocals are not very good, and the music is very repetitive. Obviously these are just my observations, but I really do not understand the love for them. What am I missing?

In other news, I made it all the way through The Maniacal Vale last night. The definite highlight was Circle (As I have listened to it 18 times already), but overall an outstanding album. A real mood piece though.

I am beginning to wind my way through Haggard and Mastodon's discographies. I really dig The Last Baron from Crack The Skye. I have the deluxe version of Leviathan, but I never gave it a proper audition, so I will try that soon...
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I really gave an effort to get into Isis, but it bored me... and that says a lot. Usually I will give an album a few good spins in my car to get the structure in my head so I can break it down at home, but every time I put on Panopticon I drove not feeling any energy. I wanted to change each track... and it didn't get any better. The vocals are not very good, and the music is very repetitive. Obviously these are just my observations, but I really do not understand the love for them. What am I missing?
RTN do not give up on Isis................the album you listen to Panopticon as the cover art suggests is a progressive ambient style for them, the new album Wavering Radient is much different and much better! In a way they are returning to a more refined version of thier early hardcore roots.

Producer is same guy who did Tool and the drums and bass now are much more prominent, music is much more dramatic now combining elements of Opeth, Pink Floyd, and Tool. Vocals are clean and extreme as needed, very rich palatte of sound that is very majestic yet savage with great sound quality........I am 99% sure you will like new album

Dusty and Asmox...........you need this also!
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Dusty and Asmox...........you need this also!
Yup. It's on my long list of things to get.
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Few other bands I ran across recently -

Gnostic - sounds a lot like early Atheist (somewhere between Piece of Time and Unquestionable Presence). Makes sense, since they have Steve Flynn on drums and it is indeed the drumming that most gives the band "that sound". They only have two demos out at the moment, but it looks like their first LP is due out some time this year.

The Agonist - anybody who gets the urge to play in traffic at the first mention of the word "metalcore" should probably stop reading now. Their first album was generic and overall not very good, but their last - Lullabies for the Dormant Mind - is not bad at all. Musically, I guess it's somewhere between Protest the Hero and Arch Enemy. The riffing is reminiscent of many technical death metal and Scandinavian melodeath bands; drumming has lots of blast beats, lots of double bass, and lots of fills; vocals are performed by a raging female who growls, shrieks, and sings (and it doesn't suck). It's obviously rooted in metalcore, but it is a lot less whiny and a lot more death metal.

Black Hole Generator - sounds a bit like they're pushing to be the next Anaal Nathrakh, but I think this is quite a bit better. It isn't as noisy, the influences are more wide-spread and more apparent in the music, the melodies are more clearly defined, and the production values are a bit unreal for a black metal album (that is, they are very good). Overall, really cool BM.

Cloudkicker - one-man band from the UK. All instrumental. He recently released all of his material for free @ Cloudkicker. Rhythmically, this reminds heavily of Nothing and Catch Thirty-Three-era Meshuggah. However, on top of the angular riffing and the mechanical rhythmic patterns are layers upon layers of atmospheric melody that make this music come across as some kind of math-metal/post-metal hybrid. Think a mixture of Meshuggah, Textures, and something like Isis or Long Distance Calling. Pretty impressive for a one-man thing anyways.

Also, did you guys know that maudlin of the Well have a new album due out in a few weeks? I just found out a few days ago. I am so out of the loop... :[
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RTN do not give up on Isis................the album you listen to Panopticon as the cover art suggests is a progressive ambient style for them, the new album Wavering Radient is much different and much better! In a way they are returning to a more refined version of thier early hardcore roots.

Producer is same guy who did Tool and the drums and bass now are much more prominent, music is much more dramatic now combining elements of Opeth, Pink Floyd, and Tool. Vocals are clean and extreme as needed, very rich palatte of sound that is very majestic yet savage with great sound quality........I am 99% sure you will like new album

Dusty and Asmox...........you need this also!
I'm not much into Isis either, sure, they are rather good but just as roadtonowhere08 I just wasn't INTO it.

That said, the song "Ghost key" from Wavering Radiant is just incredible. I've had it on repeat more than a few times.

EDIT: It's on spotify, so hurry over there!
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Dusty and Asmox...........you need this also!
Got it, been listening to it repeatedly (and by repeatedly, I mean repeatedly: I accidentally put it on my iPod twice, so every track plays twice when I play the album -- and it's so good, I don't mind at all).

Love the use of electric piano with extreme metal distorted guitars. Love. Goosebumpy love. The tones are so complimentary, I wonder why more bands don't do it, but then I remember that most extreme metal keyboardists are about as interesting on stage as watching someone iron.

I suspect this will be a top 3 of the year for me (the other two being more proggier non-extreme metal -- Steven Wilson & OSI).
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Just received Apostasy - Cell 666. Fantastic album in my eyes. I love keyboards in metal, but most bands don't do it for me. I like keyboards for atmosphere. In this album the keyboards are almost organ like, and give the album a rather creepy gothic feel.

Quality wise, everything flows nicely, little on the bassy side, but I'd rather have a bit more bass than usual than no bass at all.
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Septic Flesh - Esoptron



came across this a couple of days ago. liking it quite a bit. something addictive about it
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