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  • robpal

    This is a phenomenal album. Very atmospheric, even haunting at time. Julie’s vocal performances are stellar.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    That noodly bit in Cygnus from about 2:45 on is one of my favorite musical passages of 2016. Glad to finally see Mariner getting a nod here.

    Now if only you could cover SubRosa, I’d truly be a happy man.

    • slipjackthewanderer

      Agreed. Subrosa should have topped everyone’s year end list.

    • Roquentin

      Out of all the writers on AMG, I might be SubRosa’s only fan, and I thought their new record was merely “OK”. I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as “More Constant Than the Gods”.

      In other words, no TYMHM for that one. Sorry.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Man, that’s disappointing. Battle of Ages is one of my favorites this year. Definitely head and shoulders above any other female-fronted doom record I’ve heard all year.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        André has been asking for a TYMHM for Subrosa in every other TYMHM feature. I think he should be allowed to write his own review and have it posted on AMG as a TYMHM. I understand this is not a democracy, but a Tiranny under one Angry Metal Tyrant but that’s fine since as of late I am starting to believe more and more that democracy doesn’t work.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          Well, if asking for it in every other TYMHM feature means literally only this one and A7X, then, yes, you would be correct.

          Though I have been sprinkling some SubRosa love here and there. They deserve it.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I meant to write “every” instead of “every other” in order to exaggerate but clearly something went wrong ;)
            And by the way “sprinkling love” is a phrase you should use in your SubRosa review.

        • RuySan

          I think it was actually me who asked first for a SubRosa review on the A7 review. Or some other review.

          Not that I’m claiming to be a bigger fanboy than André, but there’s no other band right now as magnificent and daring.

          So, yes, SUBROSA review, please.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Let’s hope we don’t have a fight to the death to determine who the biggest Subrosa fanboy is. That would be entertaining, but the world needs more sprinklings of love, to use a phrase André wrote.

      • It’s a grower. But the band needs to grow too.

      • RuySan

        I also was disappointed at first, but the album is even more of a grower than the last one. It’s an album with one mighty erection.

        And “For this we fought the battle of the ages” might be the best album title. Ever.

    • El_Cuervo

      SubRosa? Aren’t they just an inferior Dreadnought and Eight Bells?

      I’ll answer: yes, yes they are.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Phahaha worse than Eight Bells… Pahahahahaha worse than Dreadnought! You’re a riot Cuervo.

  • The Unicorn

    Man Julie Christmas is a whackadoodle, but this sounds good!

    • herrschobel

      i met her once after a show in Berlin and she was actually chatting me up at first. After 15 mins or so i realised that she is totally insane and not a very nice person to chat with ( at least in that particular moment).

    • Óðinn

      Julie Christmas >>>>>>>>>>

  • Roquentin

    Great record, this one.

  • Kronos

    Man the Ts YMHM this year are really not brutal. Still, this is a decent album, though I’m not really a fan of Julie Christmas’ vocals.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Apparently the brutal things were notorious enough to not be missed by anyone this year.

    • El_Cuervo

      Don’t miss that Imperial Triumphant EP if you haven’t heard it. It’s pretty hectic and has jazzy shit.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Oh I bet he’s heard it.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I wish you have a Julie Lunatic Christmas!

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Feliz Navidad, Juan!

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Feliz Navidad, Monsterth!

    • Piet

      You should leave

  • razerwolf

    Absolutely fantastic album, easily in my top 5 for the year. Christmas’ vocals add so much to the dynamic we saw in Vertikal. SS Needle was one of my catchiest songs of the year too.

  • Wilhelm

    I wish the dude would sing better, or at least less often. Musically this sounds good, and the female vocals are great but I can’t stand the shouting vocals that are sadly common in the genre.

    • CyberJesus

      They’re an acquired taste. I personally hated them for a long time (especially the Cult of Luna shouts) but eventually i started to enjoy them for some reason.

  • ambivalent metal guy

    Couldn’t agree more. Had a passing interest in CoL’s stuff before, but they never fully grabbed my attention. This one however, sunk its hooks deep and fast. Definitely my AotY. Really hoping they collaborate again on a follow up.

  • Bretton Melanson

    Lol, things you might have missed. Like there was a chance I would miss a cult of luna album coming out. Album of the year fo sho.

  • Rob W

    My album of the year, too.

  • Holy crap I only got this last week and it just became my AOTY. Seriously had it on repeat the entire time…

  • This is an album you really shouldn’t have missed. It’s my album of the year probably.

  • sir_c

    That song, A greater call, is a fucking crusher. That alone justifies buying the album. At first i was a bit bored by the track intro, but that song is heavily back loaded, so be patient.

  • Óðinn

    This is good.

  • GWW

    Maybe Christmas should sing all the time for COL because their singer has always been a horrible unimaginative croak that kills their amazing songs.