Make a recommendation to a fellow member of The North

First Post November 25, 2019 06:58 AM

If you think one of your clan-mates might really dig something you can make a recommendation to them here.

November 25, 2019 08:14 AM
I'm obviously not in The North and try to steer away from black metal especially the raw aggressive original kind, but there's one album I would recommend to both Infinite and North members; Deathspell Omega's "Paracletus", which is, like Daniel said in his Hall of Judgement submission, "as much avant-garde metal as it is black metal". So as much as I, on the behalf of avant-garde black metal listeners, would like you to listen to that album if you haven't, I would also like you to please cast the remaining 3 votes left on this album in the Hall of Judgement, if you haven't voted yet, and let the Hall choose its fate...
November 25, 2019 10:56 AM

Agalloch's The Mantle - Folk Black Metal, needs to be heard for The North members.

Ensiferum - Ensiferum - When I think of folk/viking metal I think of this

Eluveitie - Celtic Metal. Ategnatos may very well be my favorite folk metal if not metal album of 2019.

Equillibrium (pre-2014) - Rekreator is quite possibly my favorite metal album of all time. (Sagas is a close second, Rekreator just grabs me more personally) Symphonic Folk Metal at the absolute best.  New album is horrific, don't waste your time with it. 


November 25, 2019 05:17 PM

I'll be checking out Equilibrium sometime today probably, since the only stuff I've heard from them has been Waldschrein and onward. I'm glad we can both agree that their new 2019 album is absolute garbage. 

November 28, 2019 07:24 PM


Equillibrium (pre-2014) - Rekreator is quite possibly my favorite metal album of all time. (Sagas is a close second, Rekreator just grabs me more personally) Symphonic Folk Metal at the absolute best.  New album is horrific, don't waste your time with it. 

I actually enjoyed Sagas more, but Rekreator is still a great album. I think I liked the folkier and more varied style of Sagas, whereas Rekreator felt safer and more straight up metal focused. There were more standout and memorable moments on Sagas for me personally. They're definitely two of the best examples of straight up Folk Metal I've heard though, can't believe I didn't go back and check out older Equilibrium sooner. 

January 15, 2020 11:18 AM

Xephyr, if you haven't already checked out Primordial's "To The Nameless Dead" album from 2007 then I'd strongly urge you to do so ASAP.


January 15, 2020 05:42 PM

The vocal style and riff structure is very unique and smooth! I don't instantly dig it as much as you did judging by your other post giving it a 4.5, but this could easily grow on me. It's just so clean! It really gives off that Irish folk vibe without necessarily using other string instruments or something like bagpipes to force it, which is cool.

January 15, 2020 06:25 PM

I'm keen to hear how would you genre tag it Xephyr.

January 15, 2020 07:44 PM

If I didn't look at the tags I would have said a very progressive sort of Melodic Black Metal. The raw and messy guitar tone and lack of chug throws it out of Melodic Death Metal, but the lack of consistent double-bass and slower than average blast-beats and tempos means it's not fully Black Metal either. "As Rome Burns" dips into the more sweeping Viking/Folk Metal feel, but it never quite gets there either. Even though I'm not great at discerning genres yet, I would've settled on some strange hybrid child of Black, Viking, and Progressive. 

But of course since I saw it was tagged as Folk by a majority of people I can definitely see where they're coming from. 

January 17, 2020 10:26 PM

Well the band actually sent me a message this morning that should clear things up a bit:

"It's not really folk metal. We have many friends and fans in that scene but we came from 2nd wave Black Metal and the old early 90s pagan/black (enslaved/hades/in the woods etc.) era. Folk metal adopted us! and that's fine...…

We are maybe the dark side to folk metals 'moon'.....or however you want to phrase it."

May 06, 2020 08:30 PM

Paysage d'Hiver - "Im Wald" (2020)

Ben, Sonny & Vinny, you simply have to hear this. Particularly the second hour which is absolutely sublime.

May 08, 2020 07:45 AM


Paysage d'Hiver - "Im Wald" (2020)

Ben, Sonny & Vinny, you simply have to hear this. Particularly the second hour which is absolutely sublime.

Quoted Daniel

Yep this is on my bank holiday weekend to do list.  Cheers.

June 05, 2020 01:41 AM

What did you end up thinking of "Im Wald" Vinny?

June 05, 2020 01:42 AM

Ben, I notice you haven't rated this one. Can I assume that you're already all over it?

June 05, 2020 06:40 AM


What did you end up thinking of "Im Wald" Vinny?

Quoted Daniel

Still on my Trello board under ‘need to review” list.  Been out doing lots of yard work and also some weightlifting so have been listening to lots of fist pumping stuff this past week to keep me motivated.  Today’s wet weather means BM may stray onto rotation.

Ben
Ben
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June 05, 2020 01:10 PM

Ben, I notice you haven't rated this one. Can I assume that you're already all over it?

Quoted Daniel

Yep. I consider myself a fan of the most recent two albums by Mgla, but all the listening so far has been while doing other things (such as adding albums to Metal Academy). I really need to sit down and focus on them before giving them a rating.

September 15, 2020 08:38 PM

Kaatayra - Só quem viu o relâmpago à sua direita sabe & Toda história pela frente

Ben and Sonny, this extremely interesting solo project from Brazil has released two albums here in 2020 and I thought that both of them were excellent. They're certainly unique as the first one listed is almost entirely acoustic, with a lot of influence from Brazilian Folk music. It's some of the best Atmospheric Black Metal I've heard this year, save for Im Wald, although it may not be for everyone.