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Author:  Admiral Steev [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:09 pm ]
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The Anaal is good, Clint. Nothing you haven't heard from them before, but an aggressive, violent romp. 4 fists.

Author:  Painkiller [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:10 pm ]
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I think all of Gene's whining finally paid off - I'm finding it hard to give a shit about Anaal these days.

Author:  Solaris [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:13 pm ]
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I didn't bother with the last 2 at all. Hell Is Empty... and In The Constellation... weren't bad as such, but they inspired so little enthusiasm from me that I haven't felt any need to listen to them since.

Author:  Admiral Steev [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:26 pm ]
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The last 2 are essentially the same album repeated (Passion and Vanitas), but it's a good album they've repeated and they don't fuck about, 40 mins or less. Neither are as good as Eschaton, but they are still worthwhile enjoyable blasts of noise.

Author:  Painkiller [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:28 pm ]
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Eschaton
Domine...
Codex Necro

Other

Author:  Solaris [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:31 pm ]
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Painkiller wrote:
Eschaton
Domine...
Codex Necro

Other

Agreed.

Author:  Clint Ruin [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:38 pm ]
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Powersteev wrote:
The Anaal is good, Clint. Nothing you haven't heard from them before, but an aggressive, violent romp. 4 fists.


That's more or less what I heard, 'Passion' was better than I'd imagined (started off badly with a directionless 7-minute song then unexpectedly got souped-up and blasted off) and if this is a 'Passion' clone then I'll keep an eye out for it. Also, Kevin Stewart-Panko liked it and he's usually a reliable journalist.

Author:  Ed Blackadder [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:11 pm ]
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Speaking of reliable journalists... I had a look at the writers' Top Tens (very exciting to see each person's individual top ten... or for me anyway), and I think I was the only person to vote for Sigh's 'In Somniphobia' AT ALL! I'm genuinely shocked. I thought I must have made a mistake and it actually came out in 2011, but no. I really can't believe no-one else would even have voted for it, it's such a great album.

Author:  hj864 [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:31 pm ]
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Further proof that Terrorizer is shit.

Not that we needed any more.

Author:  bás [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:29 am ]
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Ed Blackadder wrote:
Speaking of reliable journalists... I had a look at the writers' Top Tens (very exciting to see each person's individual top ten... or for me anyway), and I think I was the only person to vote for Sigh's 'In Somniphobia' AT ALL! I'm genuinely shocked. I thought I must have made a mistake and it actually came out in 2011, but no. I really can't believe no-one else would even have voted for it, it's such a great album.

Ed. I've always wondered if there is a rule as to how many times you should listen to an album before reviewing it? Especially since Terrorizer deal with some difficult music that requires at least 3 uninterrupted listens before judgement can be made.

Author:  Admiral Steev [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:01 am ]
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Trust me, some shit only needs one listen

Author:  bás [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:04 am ]
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Powersteev wrote:
Trust me, some shit only needs one listen

True but seriously is there any recommended number of listens or do reviewers just throw fists/red squares around willy nilly.

Author:  Admiral Steev [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:19 am ]
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Interested to hear how Ed and Chantler do it. For me, it depended on the album, what was going on in life at the time, how much of an impact the album made, how close to deadline I got my copy, whether I was doing the interview, how "high profile" the album was etc etc

I'll be honest, some album I didn't even give a full listen to, some would get 6 or 7 spins, it depended on all of the above.

I remember my review of The Fragile (NiN), I got it less than a week before deadline gave 7/10 to and said in it I hadn't had enough time to get into it properly and they were asking too much of their listeners. But I'd still say that stands up as relevant criticim now. That album only ever "worked" for me once - while stoned out my box about 6 months later, lying near comatose on the sofa, and it all drifted into it's separate parts, everything was clear and it made sense. Every other time I listened to it, it seemed overlong mish-mash of good and bad, "singles" and filler/linking music

Reviewing Brave New World (Maiden) was impossible - had 2 listens in a boardroom at EMI, not overly loudly either, and then we were ushered out, no advance copies as they were shit scared of it leaking, nothing else, just some scrawled notes on a tracklist. I also gave it 7/10, but obviously that wasn't enough to get a proper feel, as I'd say it's a bone fide 5 fister now.

Author:  bás [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:29 am ]
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Thanks for that Steev. The Fragile was a massively important album for me when I finally bought it 3 or 4 years after it's release. I was obsessed with it and the live dvd and album. Downward Spiral was also a big moment for me at 15 or 16.

Strange thing is I barely listen to them now.

Author:  Solaris [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:37 am ]
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bás wrote:
Thanks for that Steev. The Fragile was a massively important album for me when I finally bought it 3 or 4 years after it's release. I was obsessed with it and the live dvd and album. Downward Spiral was also a big moment for me at 15 or 16.

Strange thing is I barely listen to them now.

All great albums. First time I heard The Fragile was through a fucking sweet 5.1 system in my mate's cinema. The bass drums at the start sounded amazing, as did the rest of the album.

Author:  Admiral Steev [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:41 am ]
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I bought The Fragile out of my own money. No freebie copies of that. Same with Brave New World, and Metallica's Garage Inc. Even though I reviewed them. Boo.

I dunno, NiN never really did it for me. Can't put my finger on what it was about them that didn't click.

Author:  Solaris [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:49 am ]
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Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile - all 5/5 releases. They went to shit after that (well, after And All That Could Have Been), I was actually glad when he announced he was packing it in. Of course, now he's recording again, fuck knows what he'll come out with.

Author:  Shallowthing [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:58 am ]
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Solaris wrote:
Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile - all 5/5 releases.

Well, that's Wackiest Poster 2013 sewn up, then.

Author:  bás [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:37 am ]
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Shallowthing wrote:
Solaris wrote:
Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile - all 5/5 releases.

Well, that's Wackiest Poster 2013 sewn up, then.

That's not a remotely wacky statement. 5 fists might be a bit generous for all of them but they never dipped lower than 4 except on remix albums.

Author:  Ed Blackadder [ Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:09 am ]
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I can only speak personally obviously but I aim to give an album two listens minimum before I write a review. I'd always like to do more, but firstly that's not always possible given how long you've got between being given the album and what else you have to do in your life that week, and secondly a lot of albums don't merit that - they aren't going to get any better the more you listen. Since most of what I get given is towards the grind end of things it's rarely anything very complex that needs time to digest and mull over - I'd imagine reviewing a new Deathspell Omega album is very different from reviewing the second album of some German no-hope grind band.

I've thankfully never had to do one of those 'listening sessions' that Steev referred to, and since they only tend to do them for big albums I doubt I ever will. They seem like such a daft idea - how are you supposed to form an opinion of the music while listening to it once in a room with loads of other journos?

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