• The best nordic heavy metal bands!

    26 aug 2010, 22:24 av Izzystone

    This is complication of the very best bands coming from the northern area, the nations of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and surroundings!

    There's no ranking. These are just all the most magnificent bands from the nordic area! All these bands are among my absolute favourites!


    Sabaton
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    Lyrical themes: History, Warfare, World wars, Strategy, Heroism



    Pagan's Mind
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    Lyrical themes: Mythology, Paganism, Science fiction, Philosophy


    Ensiferum
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    Lyrical themes: Folklore, Epic battles, Heroism, Myths



    Circus Maximus
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    Lyrical themes: Philosophy, Morality, Spiritualism, Spiritual conflicts



    King Diamond
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    Lyrical themes: Horror stories, Occultism, Witchcraft



    Seventh Wonder
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    Lyrical themes: Human nature, Etichs, Conceptual tales, Conciousness



    Wintersun
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    Lyrical themes: Emotions, Winter, Hallucinations, Death, Fantasy



    Jorn
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    Lyrical themes: Fantasy, Personal struggles, Vikings, Patriotism, Mother nature.



    Opeth
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    Lyrical themes: Death, Depression, Nature, Darkness, Anger



    Sonata Arctica
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    Lyrical themes: Love, Personal struggles, Relationships, Fantasy



    Keep of Kalessin
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    Lyrical themes: Fantasy, War, Darkness, Religion



    Communic
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    Lyrical themes: Life, Philosophy, Human nature, Dreams, Conspirations.



    Guardians of Time
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    Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Science Fiction



    Amon Amarth
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    Lyrical themes: Norse Mythology, Warfare, Vikings, Fantasy



    TNT
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    Lyrical themes: Love, Sex, Engines, Rock'n Roll



    Scar Symmetry
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    Lyrical themes: Science fiction, Mysticism, Inner struggles, Philosophy



    Mercyful Fate
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    Lyrical themes: Horror stories, Satanism, Evil, Occultism



    Yngwie Malmsteen
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    Lyrical themes: War, Love, Heroism, Fantasy


    Susperia
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    Lyrical themes: Personal struggles, Life, Nature



    Enslaved
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    Lyrical themes: Norse mythology, Personal issues, Nature, Ethics


    Highland Glory
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    Lyrical themes: Love, Fantasy, Surrealism, Religion



    Borknagar
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    Lyrical themes: Science, Cosmos, Nature, Astronomy, Mythology



    Stratovarius
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    Lyrical themes: Space, Fantasy, Heroism, Love, Religion



    Nightwish
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    Lyrical themes: Fantasy, Love, Astrology



    Meshuggah
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    Lyrical themes: Futurism, Apocalypse, Chaos, Subconciousness



    Arcturus
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    Lyrical themes: Supernaturalistic objects, Madness, Literature, Astronomy



    Windir
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    Lyrical themes: Misantrophy, Local History, War, Myths



    Whoa, that was a huge load of bands!

    Well, that's all! A great collection of the best metal bands from the Nordic and scandinavian area! Enjoy! :)
  • The top 10 Norwegian vocal gods!

    19 aug 2010, 23:09 av Izzystone

    Here's a list of the best Norwegian singers. These guys make me proud to be a Norwegian!

    1. Nils K. Rue - Pagan's Mind
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    Nils Rue has an enormous range, a well-trained melodic voice with a wide specter, and he can scream better than most vocalists in his league. Like a crossover between Rob Halford and James LaBrie. A wonderful singer with an amazing voice!


    2. Jørn Lande - Jorn, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Avantasia
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    Jørns powerful voice is already legendary, and his status as the "new Coverdale" has made him a star worldwide, and his popularity is rising every day. His voice is full of punch, power and heaviness. A true voice of rock!


    3. Michael Eriksen - Circus Maximus
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    Michael has a very clean, melodic and plain beautiful voice with a wide range and a huge potential. He is one of Norways hidden diamonds. His voice is relaxing and soft, and fits the powerful prog metal of Circus Maximus perfectly!


    4. Roy Sætre Khan - Kamelot, Conception
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    Khan also has the soft voice, but he also has a touch of opera in it. His operatic style fits the theatrical music of Kamelot, and his voice is calming and very relaxing.

    5. Jan Thore Grefstad - Saint Deamon, ex- Highland Glory
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    Jan Thore's extremely powerful high-pitched voice is in the league of singers like Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Hansi Kürsch and even Bruce Dickinson. Powerful and thrilling!


    6. Morten Harket - a-ha
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    Morten Harket is a natural born vocal-talent, and with his soft and calming voice he certainly deserves a place among the greatest.


    7. Simen Hæstnes/ISC Vortex - Ex Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus, Borknagar
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    Most known from Dimmu Borgir, and his operatic and very powerful voice is well-known to most extreme metal fans. He is also and opera-singer in the Norwegian opera, and he has also played in various metal bands.


    8. Athera - Susperia
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    Athera is perhaps one of the most underrated singers in the world. He has a kickass thrashy voice with melodic undertones in it, and he fits perfectly in the raw, brutal metal of Susperia!

    9. Thorbjørn Schei (Thebon) - Keep of Kalessin
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    Half-growl with melodic tones, and also very underrated. Thebon's voice is perfect for Keep of Kalessins epic and melodic extreme metal-theater. Full of strenght and power!

    10. Åge Sten Nilsen - Wig Wam
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    Åge Sten Nilsen has a very strong, high pitched voice like the singers had back in the 80's. He reminds of a younger, more aggressive Vince Neil crossed with the power screams of Rob Halford.

    Well, there it is. The finest of the Socialist Kingdom!
  • History of Heavy Metal in 10 Songs

    19 aug 2010, 05:29 av JCJen7

    For fun, I am going to list what I think 10 songs best describe the evolution of heavy metal.

    Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath (1970)
    The first song on the first album, by the first heavy metal band, and its all Black Sabbath. After forty seconds of evil sounding thunder, rain, and bells, that {in)famous three note riff that ever since has defined a genre. Black Sabbath has made some of the creepiest sounding, heaviest, and timeless music in history. Ozzy's puts on one of the emotional vocal performances of his life, and Iomni's guitar tone mixed with the occasional bell makes that simple riff sound like pure gold. This is what started heavy metal, and this is what defines heavy metal.

    Hell Bent for Leather-Judas Priest-Killing Machine 1978)
    Judas Priest may have earned their spot in metal hearts during their 80's hits British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Defenders of Faith and their 90's masterpiece Painkiller, but it is early priest that defined them as one of the most aggressive heavy metal acts of the 70's. Their dual lead attack of Tipton and Downing made Hell Bent for Leather a fierce track.

    Black Metal-Venom-Black Metal (1980)
    This evil track was incredibly ahead of its time. Opening Venom's sophomore album is this track straight from hell. This album succeeded in influencing several genres including later heavy weights such as thrash and the appropriately named, black metal. This song showed the first real underground movement of metal, as guitars roared faster, drums were beaten brutally, and vocals became harsh and brutal.

    Angel of Death-SLAYER-Reign in Blood (1986)
    Thrash rose as one of the best sub-genres of heavy metal, and no song, band, or album captured its raw power better than this. Reign in Blood is a 30 minute thrash fest straight from hell. Angel of Death starts off the album beautifully, with Araya's blood curdling scream at the beginning, and his lyrics about the death camp, Auschwitz. This song oozes all things chaotic, and captured the heart of thrash metal.

    Dr. Feelgood-Mötley Crue-Dr. Feelgood (1989)
    Mötley Crue already had control of the Sunset Strip, and a huge part of the heavy metal scene when Dr. Feelgood came out. However, this slickly produced, sleezy metal album sent them soaring to the top. The title-track shows some of the best glam metal ever made.

    Enter Sandman-Metallica-Metallica (1991)
    Metallica had spent the 80's conquering the underground metal scene, and were ready for more. 1991's "The Black Album" sent them from thrash legends to household rockstars. Enter Sandman was the song that did it. The song works perfectly. The riff builds, the cleverly dark lyrics kick in, the fitting solo, the prayer by the innocent kid, it all makes this song one of the anthems of heavy metal. Love it or hate it, this song made metal cool, and was Metallica making sure that the world new that they were still relevant, even if metal wasn't anymore.

    Walk-Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power
    Pantera was one of the few metal bands that were able to find success in the 90's. They made a heavier form of thrash called groove metal. In no other song did Dimebag show his chops better then the chunky "Walk". Phil is also on top of his game, as Pantera released this mid-tempo powerfouse. This album opened the door to other bands such as Machine Head and Lamb of God.

    I Saw Them Die-Dismember-Massive Killing Capacity (1995)
    I am not going to sit here and say I know anything about death metal. I have never found it very appealing. However, I know it is a huge part of recent heavy metal, so it definately deserves a spot on this list. So, some song by Death, Cannibal Corpse, or Morbid Angel would probably be more appropriate, but I don't think much of any of those bands, so I will put my favorite song off my favorite death metal album in its place. Dismember is by far my favorite death metal song, although short, it releases some sick riffs, and fitting vocals.

    Aesthetics of Hate-Machine Head-The Blackening
    This song just makes me glad that I am not on Rob Flynn's bad side. This song is a obvious, and dare I say it AWESOME call out to a worthless man (I don't care to remember his name). If you don't know the story, google "Aesthetics of Hate article". However, the lyrics of this song are harsh, relevant, and performed to perfection. This song is the song of a thousand riffs, and they are all presented beautifully. The Blackening showed the return of Machine Head after a wierd break of relevant albums.

    Buried Alive-Avenged Sevenfold-Nightmare {2010)
    This song is special in many ways. The first album after their multi-talented drummer, The Rev, died was a scorcher. With Metallica throwbacks such as the title track and this ballad show that Avenged Sevenfold knows what their fans want. I thought it to be fitting to put this song because one of the most promising acts in heavy metal finally made an album worthy of what their capable here, and this is the top track. Heavy metal has really stumbled around without an identity for nearly ten years I'd say, (since Dimebag's death) and I have been rooting for Avenged Sevenfold to take the torch ever since Waking the Fallen was released. Although their future is very uncertain at this point, I hope that they can get a permanent drummer and become the true metal gods that I truly believe they have inside them.

    So, those are my picks. If anyone ever reads this, and feels compelled to make a comment, I have a few things you could talk about.

    1) Don't be afraid to call me out, I know choosing Enter Sandman, Avenged Sevenfold, Dismember for death metal, and the lack of Maiden might piss some of you off, so let me know what you think I should have done differantly.
    2) Make your own list, with short descriptions, I would be interested to know.
    3) Help me out with death metal. Someone that knows a lot about that particular subgenre please help me out. If you could give me some tips on more easily accessible death metal, that would be appreciated. I have already ruled Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under, I can't stand that singer (forgot his name), but what other death metal albums would you suggest?
  • ILLFM - Tune In Drop Out

    13 aug 2010, 00:42 av Poison_Creeper

    Helios Creed Feat. Genesis P. Orridge - The Book Of The Highest Initiation
    My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Martini Built for Two
    Boyd Rice+Frank Tovey - Extraction 7
    Cabaret Voltaire - Electro-Motiv
    Einsturzende Neubauten - Stella Maris
    The Young Gods - Skinflower
    Diamanda Galas - Double Barrel Prayer
    Swans - Power For Power
    Coil - Solar Lodge
    Test Dept - Shockwork
    Genocide Organ - God Sent Us
    Sui Generis Umbra - Psychomachia
    Allerseelen - Cruor
    Haus Arafna - Must We Burn
    Ah Cama Sotz - vio-lenza vivi-section
    Throbbing Gristle - We hate you (little Girls)
    Rasthof Dachau - Viva Santeria
    Kristus Kut - Chupa
    Brighter Death Now - Adipocere
    Vivenza - Ordre Dynamique Du Bruit (live At Umbertide, Italy)
    Green Army Faction - Birth Of An Invisible
    Thorofon - Genetic Shredding
    Club Moral - Here Lives My House
    Herbst9 - Nanab Ishtar

    12.08.2010 @ www.illfm.net
  • Dada EP released

    11 aug 2010, 20:34 av Hoxerijo



    This EP includes first 4 tracks from forthcoming Hox Vox new record Dada, a concept album about Dadaism art movement seen through famous Dadaists' points of view. Hugo Ball and Tristan Tzara are two electronic ballads, winding between kraut rock and trip-hop. Hans Arp is a tragic cabaret piece with a war scenario on the background, George Grosz is quite Motown meet Stockhausen.



    You can listen/download it also from:

    Jamendo http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/72821
    Bandcamp http://hoxvox.bandcamp.com/album/dada-ep

    All the images / videos / music in Hox Vox project are made by Gianluca Missero (Hox), and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License,

    so they are free to download, listen and share.
  • CerebralMix Episode 10: Guitar World Released

    2 aug 2010, 02:10 av SndChaser

    CerebralMix Episode 10: Guitar World IReleased

    This week, the first of a series of occasional shows, we present both acoustic and electric guitars in settings as diverse as progressive rock, ambient, jazz, death metal, blues, and more. So be prepared for just about anything in the world of the guitar, this week, on the CerebralMix.

    Website: CerebralMix Episode 10: Guitar World | Subscribe to RSS Feed
  • Two New Speculativism Albums

    31 jul 2010, 21:56 av speculativism

    War and Peace (released 25th of June 2010)

    Pauper at the Gates of Dorking (released 31st of July 2010)

    Both albums free to stream or download.
  • New Full-Length Lo-Fi Psychedelic album release called "Rise"

    30 jul 2010, 16:13 av Guittard

    The “Rise” album is a set of songs, that I hope, capture the times in which we live across the world.

    At the heart of it all is the message to stay true and be happy amongst the chaos in the world that is often pushed at us through the propaganda lense of the media.

    The songs were done in a rough do-it-yourself folk-freak way because this is what I do. Some of the songs were rather improvised especially with the lyric.

    The album was recorded on my 8-Track Tascam machine in Portland, Oregon, Dallas, Texas, and Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Credits:
    Jim Guittard: Lead and background vocals, electric lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic 12-string guitar, bass, shakers, percussion, drums, keyboard, and effects.

    My wife helped out on the vocal for Roller Coaster Ride.

    Here's the link to listen and download:
    http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/72151

    Here's the video for the track Freakout that is on the album.


    Please feel free to comment, download, review, or simply listen.

    All the Best,
    Jim Guittard
    Sofia, Bulgaria 2010
  • The AK Forty Sexuals are Magic!

    30 jul 2010, 15:51 av nCogNeato



    The AK Forty Sexuals are ... Magic!

    Debut album from former members of Chemical Valley, jewish party machine, Couchboy, and the ones that got away.

    Featuring Columbus, Ohio prodigy sea tone on the track Digital Gospel.

    320 Kbps album download is available on Megaupload.
  • Why "Hardcore Kids" suck!

    26 jul 2010, 23:04 av Izzystone

    This is a list of reasons why "hardcore kids" suck. This is fully written based on my own personal experiences, both local, on meetings with larger groups and on internet forums.

    Everyone who listens to metal experiences these little faggots (yes, I'm not fully heterosexual, so I have the right to use this word). These annoying, bitter, arrogant little walking wordbombs called "hardcore kids".
    I love music, and I try not to generalize it. I love many kinds, but my main attraction is energy, therefore, around 70 % of my musical taste contains of metal music, hard rock and rock music. Because of this, I get attacked verbally by these little gnomes very often. This is a list of reasons why they are really musically and personally degenerated. Not all are like this, of course, but I've met/experienced a lot of these guys, and I'm speaking based on 95 % of them.

    1. They are generic.
    - Therefore they blame YOU for being it. Because they are afraid of their own true personality, and they try to believe they are unique, but really are they all just a big flock of sheep. Nothing wrong with that, it's human nature, but hardcore kids are denying it, and that makes them even more generic. And if you listen to metal music then you're the one they blaming for being it. They don't care if you listen to other music genres, but if you have some metal bands in your charts they assume you're just another generic metalhead. Time to come out of the closet, savvy?

    2. They are prejudists.
    - If you listen to metal, then you're an elitist. That's what they think. "A hardrocker is a hardrocker and noone of them can actually be people with diverse musical taste". Jesus christ, I say. I personally don't like elitists, but I can with my hand on my chest say that I prefer the most ignorant elitist rather than a narrow-minded prejudist hardcore kid. Now that's in the open and no longer bothering me.

    3. They are arrogant.
    - Perhaps something in the childhood messed them up? Maybe not, but the fact is that most of them are very arrogant, and uses ruling-techniques all the time, thinking they are the most superior creations in mother earths nature. They think their opinions are superior, and if they argue with a person who likes metal, then he is a stupid little cunt, because they are more "civiliced and emotional".

    4. They have no respect for opinions.
    - If you disagree with one, you're always the one being wrong. Because they are very convinced that they are right. All the time. And if you don't like their music, then you're the narrow minded one and you're the meathead. And of course, if you don't like their music, you don't respect them as people and you're just another generic metalhead (again). Why don't open your eyes and see that not all people think that Bring me the Horizon is a good band. Because it's really not. My opinion.

    5. They always turn to personal attacks.
    - When they have failed an argument, and also failed to realize it, they start using personal attacks, and here they use their well-evolved arrogance to formulate them. Suddenly they know everything about you and your life and your taste and they desperatly tries to convince you and themselves that they are right about it, and uses the well known prejudism as a weapon. And that's my final reason.


    So why are they like this? They accusate everyone who likes metal for being stereotypes, when they are the real stereotypes. They accusate every metalfan, even if the metalfan also likes tons of other music, for being generic, when they are even more generic and insecure. They blame metal fans for being narrow-minded when they are the ones failing to see other opinions and to respect these.
    Is this psychological? Why are the majority of them such narrow-minded prejudict, arrogant assholes with no respect for others opinions and tastes? Is it like a zombie-virus ? Maybe we'll never know, but some of us will have a good recogniseable laugh when reading this!


    So, now that the truth is out in the open, feel free to troll as much as you like ;)