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  1. metalsonata

    The Eclectic Underground Dumpster

    Some good stuff from this Slovenian avant-folk band.
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    The Eclectic Underground Dumpster

    Here's a remarkable recording of the great Zabelle Panosian from 1917, courtesy of Canary Records.
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    The Eclectic Underground Dumpster

    Dang, some good stuff here. Thanks to WraithApe for the tip. Here's my contribution: Artist: The Gray Field Recordings Track: Nancy's Song to Charlie From the 2005 album Hypnagogia Genre: Broody wyrd folk
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    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

      Exactly--I think it's more about individual taste in humor than it is broad American vs. British humor. Also, often I find that if my friends don't enjoy a British comedy it's got less to do with the comedy itself and more to do with the accents/slang.
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    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

    I'm not certain--I love Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but do really hate The Meaning of Life. I just don't think it's funny at all, full stop. 
  6. metalsonata

    Lets Talk Metal

    Oh yeah, I didn't mean to imply that The Kinks are the most influential band on metal or anything like that, just that it can be fun to listen to the influences of the influences. Black Sabbath is the most influential metal band, full stop. They practically invented heavy metal and doom metal in...
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    Lets Talk Metal

    I'd say, as others have, Black Sabbath, though certainly there are a few bands that predate them that had some significant influence. The blues were a major influence on Sabbath, so look to Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf for some proto-Sabbath sounds and lyrical themes. And you can't ignore the...
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    Rate the video games you're currently playing

    As a former long-time player of XI (I consider it to be my true MMO love, and yearn for the golden days when it was at its height) and a former player of XIV (played it for about a year), I can tell you that they are very different games. XI is very much in the vein of Everquest, and XIV in the...
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    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

    Kubo and the Two Strings (2016): 9/10   And that rating is mostly just reflective of the stunning technical accomplishment that this movie is. Surely one of the finest examples of stop-motion animation ever.
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    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

    Star Wars: Rogue One (2016): 7/10   I found that the back-half of the film almost entirely redeemed the bloated and scattered first-half, though some serious problems remained (the characters, mostly). Other problems include its frequent clunky callbacks to the original trilogy, the score...
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    Lets Talk Metal

      Ooooooooooo thanks for the heads up.
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    Lets Talk Metal

    Lots of activity here recently! I love lists, especially lists that are posted a month before the end of the year, which gives me plenty of time to listen to everyone else's and have mine pretty well cemented by the last day of the year. I tend to shuffle my personal list around a lot--something...
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    Rate the video games you're currently playing

    Finally beat The Witcher III and its accompanying expansions. Really enjoyed my time with it. Hearts of Stone in particular was fantastic--some of the best writing I've ever come across in a video game. Both the base game and Blood and Wine were a little rockier but still serious achievements in...
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    Tabletop Gaming?

      If it makes you feel any better, I don't think I've ever played a game of Ticket to Ride where someone wasn't a mere 1-2 points behind someone else--usually behind the person in first.    Played four newish games recently--Epic Spell Wars, Smash Up, Mysterium, and Mechs vs. Minions. Didn't...
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    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

      Trailer made it look really cheesy, and the GF grew up in a Seventh Day Adventist family and had Doss's story memorized forwards and backwards by the time she was a teen--so she has absolutely no desire to see it. So it'll probably get a miss from me, even though I'm curious about Gibson's...
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    Lets Talk Metal

      After I let Ulcerate soak in this weekend I'll see if I concur.
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    Lets Talk Metal

    Figured I'd share what I've been listening to and enjoying recently that has a decent shot at making my personal top 50 albums (period, not just metal) at the end of the year.   <a...
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    Lets Talk Metal

      Well, except it came out 5 years ago. :-P   Their new one just came out though, and I haven't listened to it yet, which I need to rectify.
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    Tabletop Gaming?

      Get this to the table yet? One of the couples in our gaming group picked up Arkham Horror and want to foist it on us, even though I warned them that an 8-player game of it with mostly new players was likely to take 8 hours. Having pretty mixed feelings about our next board game night now...
  20. metalsonata

    Rate The Last Movie You Watched

      I can't speak to Psycho-Pass, but at least in Shin Godzilla I think it was obviously lack of effort, as they did go out of their way to hire several non-Japanese English and German-speakers--either that or the actress in question is a recognizable face or a 'name' actress that they just...
  21. metalsonata

    Lets Talk Metal

      I don't know that I could just pick one, but if I could pick a handful it'd probably be this handful:   Bathory: Blood Fire Death (or Under the Sign of the Black Mark) Burzum: Filosofem (or Hvis lyset tar oss) Negura Bunget: OM Weakling: Dead as Dreams Deathspell Omega: Paracletus...
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    Tabletop Gaming?

    Well, it's worth noting that the 7 includes me, and that of that 7, only 1 other is really into table top, and before we started, 4 had never played anything more complex than Monopoly, so it was a learning process for them. They seem pretty into it now, but there's still some games I can't get...
  23. metalsonata

    Lets Talk Metal

      Indeed it does, but that's why it's not a terribly useful genre descriptor. Wikipedia itself quotes a source as saying that it's more an idea than it is a genre, and that particular entry doesn't differentiate between folk and pagan metal at all beyond their thematic concerns. In the circles...
  24. metalsonata

    Lets Talk Metal

    I'm not sure that there is much of a distinction, but to my understanding it has to do with folk metal = a heavy fusion of folk music with black/symphonic/power metal and clearer production and pagan metal = black metal with melodic folk instrumentation and generally rawer recording and a colder...
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    Tabletop Gaming?

      The make-it-or-break-it for me is do I have to leave it set up between sessions or is it scenario-based? Neither myself nor anyone in my gaming group has a dedicated gaming room, and we all have cats whose favorite game to play with our games is Godzilla. I have heard of it though--I even...
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