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Post Bands whose best release wasn't an album
...and the release which was actually their best.

For example:
Ghost - 1st demo
Carcass - Tools of the Trade e.p.
HellOweeN - s/t e.p.
Celtic Frost - Emperor's Return e.p.
Husker Du - 8 Miles High 7"
Sabazius - The Watchers mini-album


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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
Cathedral - Soul Sacrifice and Statik Majik EPs.

Some people would say AIC - Jar Of Flies qualifies for this. I don't agree, but it's still a very strong work.

What about live albums? Can they count? For example, my favourite Nirvana release is Unplugged, my favourite Hawkwind album is Space Ritual [duh], my favourite Rainbow album is Live In Germany 1976, etc. etc.


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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
I'd take issue with 4 of those, but for now the only one i can think of is...


Lawnmower Deth - Mower Liberation Front split LP with Metal Duck

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This instantly came to mind:

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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
Cosmic Equilibrium wrote:
Cathedral - Soul Sacrifice

Agreed. I was thinking of putting that in my initial list, but I'm not a fan of Cathedral really (the singing is fucking shit), so I thought best leave it out.

Solaris wrote:
This instantly came to mind:

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Definitely the best post-Dorrian/ Steer line up release anyway. There's also an argument for the Mentally Murdered 7" as being their best release.


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Cosmic Equilibrium wrote:

What about live albums? Can they count? For example, my favourite Nirvana release is Unplugged, my favourite Hawkwind album is Space Ritual [duh], my favourite Rainbow album is Live In Germany 1976, etc. etc.

Yes. I was gonna make it "Bands whose best release wasn't a studio album" There's Live After Death, Live At Budokan, Live and Dangerous, Strangers in the Night, etc. But it would probly just become another live albums thread then.


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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
Deathspell Omega - "Kénôse" E.P. (2005)

The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton - "Irony Is a Dead Scene" E.P. (2002)

Warlord - "Deliver Us" E.P. (1983)

Sortilège - "Sortilège" E.P. (1983)

Vader - "The Art Of War" E.P. (2005)


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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
robitusson wrote:
...and the release which was actually their best.

For example:
Ghost - 1st demo
Carcass - Tools of the Trade e.p.
HellOweeN - s/t e.p.
Celtic Frost - Emperor's Return e.p.
Husker Du - 8 Miles High 7"
Sabazius - The Watchers mini-album


I disagree with all of those with the exception of Sabazius because I have never heard them before.


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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
Rob's right about Ghost, no doubting that.

robitusson wrote:
Solaris wrote:
This instantly came to mind:

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Definitely the best post-Dorrian/ Steer line up release anyway. There's also an argument for the Mentally Murdered 7" as being their best release.

Nope. Nothing with Dorrian's barking gets anywhere near a 'best release' argument when it comes to Napalm.

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It was also released as a live album, but I'm referring to the DVD specifically, here. It's phenomenal.

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Cosmic Equilibrium wrote:
Cathedral - Soul Sacrifice and Statik Majik EPs.

Some people would say AIC - Jar Of Flies qualifies for this. I don't agree, but it's still a very strong work.


Cathedral's best release is "Forest of Equilibrium" for mine while AIC's is definitely "Dirt".


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It was also released as a live album, but I'm referring to the DVD specifically, here. It's phenomenal.


I completely agree.


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Opaline is correct about AIC of course, but Cathedral's best release is their second album, despite what they themselves think.

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Post Re: Bands whose best release wasn't an album
opaline wrote:

I disagree with all of those with the exception of Sabazius because I have never heard them before.

Carcass have SoS and NDTI as potential best releases. I think TotT ep has the perfect mix of song quality but raw sound that makes it possibly Carcass' peak. The Husker Du one could be argued - that single really is exceptional though. But all the others are pretty far ahead of the rest of each band's output.


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The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton - "Irony Is a Dead Scene" E.P. (2002)

Warlord - "Deliver Us" E.P. (1983)

Both good calls - particularly Warlord.


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Toss-up between that (Malevolent Grain EP) and Two Hunters, but there's no loser in that argument. As for Husker Du, my vote goes to:

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...though, I confess, it's the only EP/single of theirs that I've heard. It's a good'un, though.

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^ Actually Metal Circus could be a better choice than that 7". Which also brings to mind that any of those first 4 Black Flag e.p.s are better than any of their full-length albums.


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I agree with your Underworld call but not the Sugar one.


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Sugar - Beaster.

Good call. Unforgivable that I didn't think of that, doubly so now that I'm currently listening to Metal Circus.

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Bang on with Jesu, I'd favour Heart Ache but both are definitive.

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Anathema's best release from their 1st incarnation is The Crestfallen EP.
Cradle of Filth VEmpire possibly
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