I was interested to hear how the various circumstances the band went through within the last few years would affect the songwriting - frontman Randy Blythe (also a presidential candidate in 2012) was arrested, held, tried, and eventually acquitted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, stemming from the accidental death of a stage-diving audience member at one of their shows. those dark days are indeed reflected in the lyrics of the new album, but also in the songwriting as well - it is, in my opinion, the fiercest, darkest, most caustic album they've done since 2004's Ashes of the Wake and probably my favorite since that album. really good stuff.
top to bottom:
- Burn the Priest (2006 reissue; self-titled debut released under the band's original name)
- New American Gospel (2005 reissue)
- As the Palaces Burn
- Ashes of the Wake
- Sacrament (producer edition featuring a bonus disc of song stems)
- As the Palaces Burn 10th Anniversary Edition (remixed/remastered reissue featuring bonus DVD)
- VII: Sturm und Drang (FYE-exclusive deluxe edition featuring bonus tracks and bonus disc of instrumental versions)
these guys have had an interesting stylistic progression - from heavy sludge/stoner metal on Red Album to a more progressive/alternative rock sound on Yellow & Green, with Blue Record somewhere in between. all of it is really good, though, which is not something that can be said about all bands that go through such drastic changes in direction (coughOpethcough).
top to bottom:
- Red Album
- Blue Record
- Yellow & Green (2CD double album)
these guys also have two EPs, First and Second, which are out of print and really hard to find. I'm currently keeping an eye on a set of both that's up on eBay for a decent price, but it's got three days left and I imagine it'll be driven way up by the time it's sold.
top to bottom:
- Gothic (Icarus Argentina pressing)
- Shades of God
- Draconian Times
- One Second
- Reflection (best-of compilation)
- Symbol of Life (US edition with bonus tracks)
- In Requiem
- Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
- Tragic Idol
- The Plague Within (US digipak edition with bonus track. currently my favorite album of 2015.)
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as a side note, if everything goes as scheduled, I should have an entry up tomorrow about a very cool box set I ordered last week.
okay so it's a few days late but that's the postal service's fault.
I almost pre-ordered this from their UK webstore for about $40 USD when it was first announced. thankfully I didn't, because less than a month after it was released, I was able to get it from Amazon for $20.
great set. I'm pretty sure the DVD is region-locked so it won't work for me, but I bought it for the CDs anyway. I'm a bit iffy on Judgement's remastering, but it's still great to finally own these albums, especially in a package as nice as this. the case is pretty much a hardcover book, and while I didn't get pictures of them, the actual pages inside are pretty cool. full lyrics, artwork, and credits for each of the albums plus some additional commentary and information.
I also own a physical copy of their latest album Distant Satellites which I probably could've shown here, but maybe I'll save that for when I have more of their albums and I can do a collection post.
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