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Unearthly Trance - Stalking the Ghost

Unearthly Trance - Stalking the Ghost (2017)

Added: August 18, 2019
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2.0
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0.0
Unearthly Trance - V

Unearthly Trance - V (2010)

Added: August 18, 2019
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0.0
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0.0
Unearthly Trance - Electrocution

Unearthly Trance - Electrocution (2008)

Added: August 18, 2019
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0.0
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0.0
Unearthly Trance - The Trident

Unearthly Trance - The Trident (2006)

Added: August 18, 2019
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0.0
Unearthly Trance - In the Red

Unearthly Trance - In the Red (2004)

Added: August 18, 2019
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0.0
Jucifer - If Thine Enemy Hunger

Jucifer - If Thine Enemy Hunger (2006)

Added: August 14, 2019
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Jucifer - Lambs EP

Jucifer - Lambs EP (2001)

Added: August 14, 2019
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0.0
Shihad - FVEY

Shihad - FVEY (2014)

Added: August 05, 2019
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Shihad - Killjoy

Shihad - Killjoy (1995)

Added: August 05, 2019
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Shihad - Churn

Shihad - Churn (1993)

Added: August 05, 2019
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Derdian - DNA

Derdian - DNA (2018)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Derdian - Revolution Era

Derdian - Revolution Era (2016)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Derdian - Human Reset

Derdian - Human Reset (2014)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Derdian - Limbo

Derdian - Limbo (2013)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Derdian - New Era Pt. 3: The Apocalypse

Derdian - New Era Pt. 3: The Apocalypse (2010)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Rebaelliun - The Hell's Decrees

Rebaelliun - The Hell's Decrees (2016)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Rebaelliun - Annihilation

Rebaelliun - Annihilation (2001)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Rebaelliun - Burn the Promised Land

Rebaelliun - Burn the Promised Land (1999)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Rebaelliun - Bringer of War

Rebaelliun - Bringer of War (2000)

Added: August 18, 2019
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0.0
Kronos - Arisen New Era

Kronos - Arisen New Era (2015)

Added: August 16, 2019
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Shaman - Ritual

Shaman - Ritual (2002)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Shaman - Ritualive

Shaman - Ritualive (2003)

Added: August 19, 2019
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Beyond Twilight - For the Love of Art and the Making

Beyond Twilight - For the Love of Art and the Making (2006)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Beyond Twilight - Section X

Beyond Twilight - Section X (2005)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Beyond Twilight - The Devil's Hall of Fame

Beyond Twilight - The Devil's Hall of Fame (2001)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Downfall of Gaia - Ethic of Radical Finitude

Downfall of Gaia - Ethic of Radical Finitude (2019)

Added: August 16, 2019
Ratings: 2
Reviews: 1
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3.8
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3.8
Downfall of Gaia - Atrophy

Downfall of Gaia - Atrophy (2016)

Added: August 16, 2019
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0.0
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Downfall of Gaia - Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay

Downfall of Gaia - Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay (2014)

Added: August 16, 2019
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Downfall of Gaia - Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes

Downfall of Gaia - Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes (2012)

Added: August 16, 2019
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4.5
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4.5
Laster - Het wassen oog

Laster - Het wassen oog (2019)

Added: August 16, 2019
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0.0
Hallows Eve - The Neverending Sleep

Hallows Eve - The Neverending Sleep (2008)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Hallows Eve - Evil Never Dies

Hallows Eve - Evil Never Dies (2005)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Hallows Eve - Monument

Hallows Eve - Monument (1988)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Hallows Eve - Death & Insanity

Hallows Eve - Death & Insanity (1986)

Added: August 18, 2019
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Hallows Eve - Tales of Terror

Hallows Eve - Tales of Terror (1985)

Added: August 18, 2019
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3.0
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3.0
Callous Daoboys, The - Die on Mars

Callous Daoboys, The - Die on Mars (2019)

Added: August 15, 2019
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Callous Daoboys, The - Animal Tetris

Callous Daoboys, The - Animal Tetris (2017)

Added: August 15, 2019
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Callous Daoboys, The - My Dixie Wrecked

Callous Daoboys, The - My Dixie Wrecked (2017)

Added: August 15, 2019
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Fuming Mouth - The Grand Descent

Fuming Mouth - The Grand Descent (2019)

Added: August 12, 2019
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S.O.B. - Vicious World

S.O.B. - Vicious World (1994)

Added: August 11, 2019
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Disiplin - Radikale Randgruppe

Disiplin - Radikale Randgruppe (2011)

Added: August 12, 2019
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Eisheilig - Imperium

Eisheilig - Imperium (2009)

Added: July 31, 2019
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Eisheilig - Elysium

Eisheilig - Elysium (2006)

Added: July 31, 2019
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Obliveon - Carnivore Mothermouth

Obliveon - Carnivore Mothermouth (1999)

Added: July 26, 2019
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Diabolicum - The Dark Blood Rising

Diabolicum - The Dark Blood Rising (2001)

Added: July 25, 2019
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The Fallen
The Fallen

Members: 32

Releases: 1612

The Gateway
The Gateway

Members: 8

Releases: 721

The Guardians
The Guardians

Members: 21

Releases: 2748

The Horde
The Horde

Members: 41

Releases: 1945

The Infinite
The Infinite

Members: 31

Releases: 1211

The North
The North

Members: 43

Releases: 1872

The Pit
The Pit

Members: 27

Releases: 1400

The Revolution
The Revolution

Members: 4

Releases: 860

The Sphere
The Sphere

Members: 1

Releases: 577

Saxon

I rarely discover a band's discography in order of release.  Often, I find my experience of a band starting somewhere other than their debut release.  Saxon are no exception to this rule.  My first taste of Barnsley's finest was "Power & The Glory" from 1983 (and I didn't hear it until 1989).  I only got around to their debut full length about 4 years ago, some 3 decades after it was released.

At first listen it was a little disappointing.  A bit tame for usually more extreme tastes as I get older perhaps.  However, it has grown in stature over the past few years of occasional spins as part of the Original Album Series box set I picked up on holiday one year.  The initial, pensive reaction to the mid-paced and bass heavy, ploddy NWOBHM esque, near cabaret feel was thankfully replaced on repeated listen with the understanding that this not only was a fine piece of late 70s hard rock but that so much of the sound that was to influence me throughout the 90s was literally dripping out of the speakers.

I actually quite enjoy the melodic and kind of mysterious opening to the eponymous debut.  "Rainbow Theme" & "Frozen Rainbow" feel like the band aren't giving too much away too early on in the record/their recording career.  The more upbeat "Big Teaser" is pure Yorkshire cock rock and by the time we are at the end of track four we have been treated to a variety of pace, skilled musicianship and harmonious band performances come the final throes of "Judgement Day".

There's little to not enjoy throughout side one.  Yes, Biff's vocal range is limited but his ability marries perfectly with the tight playing of his band mates.  It's hard not to chuckle through side two's penultimate track"Still Fit To Boogie" with it's defiant message of wanton youth a little tarnished by the delivery and the subsequent years, but Oliver and Quinn's guitar work on both rhythm and lead carry the track through superbly.

Don't get me wrong, "Saxon" is not perfect.  Whether I am typing this in 1979 in red and black striped trousers or in my tracksuit bottoms in 2019 there's criticism to be levelled.  For instance, it never quite feels exciting or moving even.  It just plays well and quite safely in the corner.  It is like a candle sat on a very big saucer, you don't mind leaving the room with it still lit for 5 mins because you know it'll be fine and won't run away with itself and spill wax all over your sideboard.  For an eight track record there's remarkably a piece of filler present in closing track "Militia Guard".  I mean it is played well enough and Dawson's bass makes it sound like every other track on here, but it is just oddly paced and feels a bit unnecessary.

Let's acknowledge though that this record is 40 years old this year.  It might not be my favourite Saxon record and it might not even be my second or third favourite.  It is however, still getting plays.


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MacabreEternal MacabreEternal / August 18, 2019 07:21 PM
Patterns in Mythology

Apparently this is the first of the band's albums to be recorded by Colin Marston and while it is undeniably an album of quality atmo-black compositions, I have reservations about the polishing of the band's sound which has toned down the urgency of the music and resulting in, for me, an album that feels a bit neutered.

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Sonny92 Sonny92 / August 17, 2019 07:19 AM
Vigilance Perennial

An album of Post-Rock inflected Atmospheric Black that has a little more going on than a lot of their contemporaries. Veering from melancholic to discordant to blisteringly heavy, this is sufficiently interesting to stand out in the crowded scene of nature-themed black metal releases and, for me, is the band's best album.

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Sonny92 Sonny92 / August 17, 2019 07:11 AM
Deliquesce

Four tracks of thundering blackened doom with a real vitality, getting under the skin and taking hold like an itch you can't scratch.

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Sonny92 Sonny92 / August 17, 2019 06:57 AM
Ethic of Radical Finitude

This is DoG's fifth album and is an exploration of the philosophical idea that it is the finite nature of life that makes it worth living. This takes the musical form of atmospheric black metal in the vein of Saor or Winterfylleth. It's blasting is often counterbalanced by gentle, calming sections of acoustic recuperation before once more launching into their pummelling attack. The songs are nicely structured so that neither form overpowers the other and exist in a kind of balance, possibly representative of life itself.

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Sonny92 Sonny92 / August 16, 2019 12:29 PM

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