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  • John Mosley

    Is the album title spelling error a deliberate nod to Isis?

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      Whatever it is, its aggressive. Excellent vid, btw.

  • Mad Gone Jarek

    Post metal ain’t my thing so here’s something completely unrelated: did you guys get the Elvenking promo?

    • We did and a review is forthcoming.

      • Mad Gone Jarek

        That’s great to hear, thanks Steely D :)

  • The Akerstache

    Daniel Liljekvist you say? Gonna have to check this out now, the embedded track is very good, and knowing that an ex-Katatonia member is part of this too just seals the deal.

    • Thought stealer.

      • The Akerstache

        I mean, with thoughts that good I kinda had to.

        • As long as we’re in agreement that all good thoughts are Muppet property, even the ones that aren’t.

          • The Akerstache

            Like using “yo” in a review?

          • That’s not so much an idea as a way of life.

          • The Akerstache

            Speaking as a younger millennial who uses “lit as a tit” and “yeet n’ yate” in regular conversation, your quips confuse and baffle me.

          • Nukenado

            异议!
            At least you’re not acronym-ing…

          • The Akerstache

            Uhm… about that…

            I don’t acronym on websites, I find it’s a lot easier to just write my actual thoughts out without imo, lmao, lol, tbh or anything of the sort, but my texts are a different story.

          • Nukenado

            Huh. Interesting.
            I try to write and speak in all sentences. Nobody texts me anyways, so I don’t really know about texts, hah.

          • Oh I’m batshit crazy, if you understood me 100% of the time you’d be doing better than me and would probably need to seek help. I’m not even kidding, I’m pretty sure my brain’s got a million problems but giving a fuck ain’t one, normal people scare the shit out of me.

          • The Akerstache

            I mean, last I checked we inhabit a website titled Angry Metal Guy, with running gags based around unicorns and 5.0 HMG reviews, and a screaming concrete bin. If I was completely sane I wouldn’t be here.

          • As far as yo-ing goes, I just find it wildly entertaining to end something particularly creative or verbose with “yo” as kind of shock value derailment. I do a similar thing in real-life if I feel like a conversation is becoming unnecessarily serious. So there’s that, anyway.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      Yep ….all the right names dropped in this review.

      • Yeah, reckon they’ve finally gone and sold out; built a name-drop bot to get more page views… like them porno’graphy sites I’ve heard about…

    • welyyt

      Liljekvist is probably the most underrated drumer to ever live; the very technical, yet superbly creative and tasteful stuff he did on The Great Cold Distance and after has made Katatonia the band that healed my rotten soul. He’s since played on In Mourning’s Afterglow, but he didn’t do anything remotely as interesting (my guess was that he wasn’t particularly involved in the writing). The embeded track is alright, but now I gotta check the whole thing out despite disliking most post- and doom stuff, because everything that guy touches deserves at least one listen.

      • Everything Kataton-ic is at least part gold. Fucking October Tide… Their latest was fairly meh but the three beforehand are all essential cold weather jams. There isn’t a bad track on Tunnel of No Light, I’ve been known to loop “Of Wounds to Come” or “Emptiness Fulfilled” alone for hours.

        • welyyt

          Disagree big time: The Fall of Hearts is a astonishing record, not because they made their sound a bit more overtly progressive (which they’ve been since TGCD), but because it was the first time they allowed the music to feel optimistic – there is a certain hopefulness to it that the band has never tackled, and while I slightly prefer DEK and NitND, the latest one is a confident step in a new direction, while keeping the approach of the last few albums. Sure, Katatonia are great rainy day music, but they have matured into something much much more a while ago, and The Fall of Hearts draw attention to a lot of what has been a core part of their identity as a band.

          • I fail to see the disagreement yo. I’m as much of a Katatonia fanboy as one can be, and I was talking about October Tide, a band featuring ex Katatonia members and whose music used to be composed by Lord Seth himself. I, too, enjoy of deep falling hearts, plus I never referred to it at all so again, I’m not sure what we’re supposedly disagreeing on.

          • Nukenado

            welyyt likes The Fall of Hearts a lot.

          • But… I do too!

          • I figured it out! I moved on to October Tide, said something about their latest, guessing the “they” got misconstrued as meaning Katatonia’s latest album. I’m the fuckin man.

          • welyyt

            Oops, I apparently can’t read; sorry about that, bud. I’ll check out October Tide, as I’ll do anything for Renkse, although I think that he matured after Last Fair Deal Gone Down and grew from an alright vocalist to a human embodiment of voices of angels. Seriously, whatever happened to him between Viva Emptiness and TGCD changed his vocal delivery completely.

          • No worries yo, the mystery got solved and if nothing else you displayed far more grace and eloquence than most of the internet during a perceived disagreement, though that does seem to be how we roll round these parts regardless of individual tastes. As for OT, Renske only wrote for them as a channel for his more brutal doom side, I don’t believe he ever contributed sonically and I don’t know that he has anything to do with them these days, but the Norrman brothers are still active members and their sound shows up pretty recognizably. Those haunting guitar melodies we all know and love blended with crushing doom and killer death vocals… It’s a great fix for the Katatonia fan in need of darker, heavier fare. I can’t recommend Tunnel of No Light enough, though the world at large seems to favor Rain Without End. Either way, I think you’ll be pleased. Solid outcome all in all, everybody wins.

          • welyyt

            Sure thing. Unrelated, but that Trespasser EP you keep mentioning is indeed great. Not sure if it’s your thing, but the new Kardashev EP is pretty fantastic too.

          • It’s totally my thing, cuz it is fantastic! I’ve recently fallen shamelessly in love with Illyria, who do a phenomenal job blending black metal, prog, post metal and *gasps* emo sounds into something just fucking excellent.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Have you heard Helms Alex?

          • I have not, I’ll rectify that post coma and update thee accordingly.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Wonder if the metal gods would ever allow Jonas Renkse to guest vocal a la Julie Christmas on a future Cult of Luna album?

          • That would be fuckin incredible, I’m sure.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse was a cool release too for the more “Unfurl” like side of Katatonia.
            Pretty sure Jonas did play drums and sing for OT at the onset of the band but he became more of a producer/contributer (ie: Jon Oliva with Savatage ) later on.
            It’s that haunting/melancholy that Katatonia do so well that is hard to replicate.
            Cult of Luna nailed it IMHO on Vertikal.
            Looking forward to getting into V.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          Tunnel of No Light is phenomenal. Perfect soundtrack to a Southern Canadian autumn.

          • Where Maine is basically Canada condensed into one state and sprinkled with a light dusting of redneck, I’d have to agree.

      • The Akerstache

        He was definitely an important part of Katatonia’s charm, while I absolutely loved The Fall of Heartsm his influence will be sorely missed. He helped make LFDGD, TGCD and NitND (which is my favorite Katatonia album) the fantastic albums they are.

        V certainly has a ton of potential, and if anyone can help them realize that potential it’s Daniel, I’m super excited for what they do next.

  • manimal

    I am confrontation!

  • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

    Not too bad, vocals remind me of Dance of December Souls era Katatonia, and the video is very Tool-esque.

  • Nukenado

    Since I don’t see a good place to ask, I’ll just ask here:
    Is there a way to search multiple tags? Like “3.5” and “Thrash” together?

    Also, are we getting the new Jess and the Ancient Ones album for review?

    • Yes on Jess.

      • Nukenado

        Yay for… yay for Satan I guess.

  • Meh.

  • Name’s Dalton

    I never thought about it, because it was current at the time and I wasn’t listening to metal back then anyway, but to me, Helmer was post-hardcore, not post-metal. They were pre-post-metal. Post-metal to me is just the heavier end of the noisier post-rock indie bands, as Russian Circles, Neurosis, Cave In, Old Man Gloom, all are from that world (which leans heavily on Bitch Magnet, Slint, Gastr del Sol, June of 44, Rapeman and others).

  • Strapping Old Fart

    How come some wanker hasn’t already claimed the “post-music” genre tag?

    • Phil glass?

      • Strapping Old Fart

        Well OBVIOUSLY I can’t be expected to keep track of all the wankers in the world!!!! Also, he’s a mere post-minimalist.

  • Mollusc

    Album title is an anagram of “His Goat Penis”. Just sayin

  • mxtspanya

    “With almost no clean singing…”

    Imagine my shock when less than 2 minutes into the embedded track the clean singing kicks in

    • mxtspanya

      btw track does sound good but I don’t really get why post-metal is a genre still, the first bands that started it (15 years ago) were also the high water mark