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Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music May 15 2015 · 70 views

It's time for my biggest music collection post thus far: Ihsahn.

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Terrible quality picture, but I don't even know how I would get all those in a single picture and keep it good.

Anyway, yes Ihsahn. This collection includes basically everything he's ever been on, and it's a collection that is particularly close to my heart, as Ihsahn is currently my favourite musician. At least as far as individual people are concerned. Refused are still my favourite band, but as far as individuals go, Ihsahn is second to none.

Now then, let's tackle this bunch of CDs, starting on the left:

Thou Shalt Suffer, which is essentially the earliest incarnation of Emperor. They originally released one death metal/black metal EP in 1991 - Into the Woods of Belial - before the band split up, with Ihsahn and Samoth forming Emperor immediately afterwards. However, Ihsahn used the name again in 2000 to release his solo album Somnium, this time it being a neoclassical/darkwave/ambient album. Both releases are pictured.

Next up, the legendary Emperor, one of the most influential and well regarded black metal bands in the history of the genre (and for very good reason, I might add). The releases are:

Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant (a compilation including the self-titled EP and the first demo)
In the Nightside Eclipse
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
IX Equilibrium (Special Edition)
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath
In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition)

Following this, we have Peccatum, an avant-garde band which Ihsahn formed with his wife Ihriel (aka Starofash) as Emperor was coming to an end. Here we have:

Strangling from Within
Amor Fati
Lost in Reverie
Oh, My Regrets EP
The Moribund People EP

Now we get to my favourite of these: Ihsahn's solo work which is what he primarily occupies himself with these days. Included here are:

The Adversary
After (Limited Edition)
Eremita (Limited Edition)
Das Seelenbrechen (Limited Edition)

Before we get to the stack all the way on the right, let's look at the three at the bottom:

Blood Must Be Shed - a one-of EP by members of Emperor, Satyricon and Dodheimsgard.
Grimen by Hardingrock - an experimental folk project by Ihsahn and Ihriel, joined by Norwegian folk musician Knut Buen.
Fjelltronen by Wongraven - the dark folk/ambient/medieval project by Satyr of Satyricon, on which Ihsahn plays the grand piano and synths.

As for the stack on the right, that one is for all the albums Ihsahn has appeared on as a guest:

The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
Deconstruction by Devin Townsend Project
Plains of Oblivion by Jeff Loomis
Bilateral by Leprous
Coal by Leprous
Iter.Viator by Starofash
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and **** by Ulver

And there you have it, my Ihsahn collection. Truly an incredible musician, going with ease from black metal, to classical, to the avant-garde and experimental, and doing it all flawlessly. He has an album in the works which is expected to come out this year, and I am very excited to see where he goes next.


Say Hello to My Little Friend

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music May 11 2015 · 104 views

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Note that the friend in question is the guitar, not the cat. Cat's been here for a few years already. She does love the guitar bag though.

But yes, I have this guitar now. Which is exciting. I've still got a couple pieces of equipment to arrive in the post in the next couple of days, but then I'll be all good to go and start failing at playing it.

Here's a slightly better picture as well. As it turns out, black guitars are not great for taking pictures of in the night with a phone.

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Deus Ex

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Video Games Apr 08 2015 · 98 views

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I simply can't wait for this.

I usually try really hard not to buy into hype or get too excited when there's very little information available, but sometimes even I can't help it. This is probably the most excited I've ever been for a video game.

It's been known for a while that Eidos have been working on the next Deus Ex game, but now we finally have actual information and it's all getting me psyched.

This is the first time in the series that we'll have a returning protagonist, but I am more than happy with more Adam Jensen. Elias Toufexis' voice acting work as him is just excellent. Michael McCann will also be composing the soundtrack again, which is great to hear as well.

What they've said about the story thus far definitely has my interest, and I have total faith in Eidos that the writing will be just as good as it was in Human Revolution. Gameplay so far sounds like it's going to build on the previous game, with stuff like more fluid use of augmentations and even more open levels, which is just fine by me.

So yeah, I am very excited. Human Revolution is my second favourite game of all time, and the original of course also has a spot in my top ten, so I have extremely high hopes for the new game. The only thing I'm not fond of is the title which just sounds cheesy, but that can be easily ignored if the game ends up as good as HR.



Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Mar 30 2015 · 97 views

Well, here is my recently completed Björk collection:

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Selmasongs: Music from Dancer in the Dark
The Music from Drawing Restraint 9

Got to say I'm not overly fond her newest album, but I love pretty much all of the other main albums, especially Post and Debut.


Rage Against The Machine

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Mar 12 2015 · 98 views

It's been a while since my last music collection post, so here's my recently completed collection of Rage Against the Machine related stuff:

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So, here's what we have, going left to right:

The special edition 20th anniversary reissue of the self-titled album.

Rage Against the Machine stuff consisting of:
Rage Against the Machine
Evil Empire
The Battle of Los Angeles
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Bulls on Parade single
Guerrilla Radio single

Tom Morello's solo project, The Nightwatchman:
One Man Revolution
The Fabled City
Union Town EP
World Wide Rebel Songs

No Spiritual Surrender by Inside Out, which was Zack de la Rocha's pre-RAtM hardcore punk band

The self-titled One Day as a Lion EP, which is a project Zack formed after RAtM

...and that's it. With the B-sides from the singles and the bonus tracks from the self-titled reissue, I think I have every song RAtM have recorded, as well as the band members' other worthwhile projects.

What's that? 'Audioslave'? You must be mistaken. I don't think such a band exists, and if they did I probably wouldn't be a fan.


Emilie Autumn

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Feb 11 2015 · 98 views

Received my copy of Emilie Autumn's first album today, which means that I've completed my collection of her stuff:

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Here we have:

Opheliac (The Deluxe Edition)
Fight Like a Girl

All sitting on top of a signed copy of her book.

There's a few EPs that I don't have which I may one day want to hunt down, but these are all four of the actual albums.
Well, technically I suppose she had an album before Enchant, called On a Day, which contained her performances of several classical pieces, but a remastered version of that album is included as the first half of Laced/Unlaced, so it's all good.


Tim Skold

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Feb 09 2015 · 105 views

Recently finished my collection of albums by one of my favourite musicians - Tim Skold.
While there are a couple of things I'm missing, I have everything that I actually want.

So let's go through it:

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Terrible picture I know, but it's hard to fit everything in at a good resolution without the file size being too big.

Anyway, at the top left we have his solo project - Skold:
Suck EP
Tonight EP

Top middle, we have the KMFDM albums with him as a member of the band:

Top right, Shotgun Messiah, which was his first band:
Shotgun Messiah
Second Coming
Violent New Breed

Bottom left, we have the self-titled Skold vs KMFDM album which was a collaboration between the two a few years after Tim left KMFDM.

Bottom middle, the self titled album from the short-lived MDFMK. This was a project formed by Tim and two other members of KMFDM after they split up following Adios. However, MDFMK turned back into KMFDM just a couple of years later when the band officially reformed with Attak.

Bottom right, I Declare: Treason by Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult - an industrial metal supergroup with Tim on bass.

And finally, all the way off to the right side there, we have Infamous by Motionless in White, which was largely produced and engineered by Tim, although is otherwise a rather unremarkable album.

Obsessed? Maybe a little, but he definitely is a prolific artist.

The only things I'm missing are the three Marilyn Manson albums he was a member on which I honestly have no interest in, and the new Motionless in White album which he produced again, but apart from one song which was originally written by Tim and features him on vocals, that album is just kind of bad so I don't really intend on getting it.


Massive Attack

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Jan 15 2015 · 124 views

Completed my Massive Attack collection today:

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Left to right:

Blue Lines
100th Window
Danny the Dog Soundtrack

Allegedly they've been working on a new album, so if that's true, I'm definitely looking forward to it. And also hoping that it's better than Heligoland...



Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Jan 13 2015 · 95 views

Finally received my CD copy of one of my favourite albums, Boris at Last -Feedbacker- by Boris.
Took quite a while to find a copy at reasonable price, and it still wasn't cheap, but I am now very happy to finally own it.
An updated picture of my Boris collection:

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Boris at Last -Feedbacker-
Smile (US Version)
New Album
Attention Please
Heavy Rocks (2011)

Which not counting collaborations, is still only eight out of nineteen. Twenty if the Japanese and US versions of Smile are counted as separate, which they should be.
So still a long way to go, but with most of the rest being Japan-only releases, I'm not getting my hopes up for getting anything else in the near future. The price for imports of some of their albums go up to the hundreds here.
Plus, some of those albums are vinyl only. Now, Japan-only CDs are really expensive as is. Japan-only vinyl is a different beast altogether.
For now I'm just hoping that some of their older albums get reissues with world-wide releases.


My Top 15 Albums of 2014, Part 3 - The Return of the King

Posted by Emilie Autumn , in Music Jan 13 2015 · 88 views

5 - Longhena by Gridlink

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The final album by Gridlink is a ferocious technical grindcore goodbye with incredible musicianship.
Over the course of just 23 minutes Longhena delivers one of the most intense listens of the year. It's fast and brutal, yet filled with a sorrowful beauty.
Farewell, Gridlink.

4 - Noise by Boris

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The 19th Boris album has a rather deceptive title, as there is in fact pretty much no noise contained within.
What it does contain is a trip through several styles across eight tracks, and Boris doing what only Boris do.
Opening with a couple of incredibly catchy and enjoyable stoner rock tracks not too dissimilar form their 2011 Heavy Rocks album, it carries on into highly atmospheric ambient and post-rock, before hitting the listener with a J-pop song.
While all this sounds fantastic and is excellently written, the crown pieces here are without a doubt tracks 6 and 7 - Angel and Quicksilver.
Angel is a 19 minute epic of Boris' experimentation through melancholy and beauty, with both a fantastic build up and an incredibly satisfying climax. Quicksilver on the other hand is the closest the album comes to its title. It's an eccentric and fast-paced 10 minute blast through excellent riffs and melodies, with clean vocals in the foreground and dissonant screams in the back.
Both tracks feature incredible songwriting, accompanied by the usual guitar mastery one has come to expect from Wata. I think at this point it can safely be assumed that she is no mere mortal, and her talent and skill with the guitar are of supernatural origins.
With Noise, Boris continue their constant evolution and refusal to sound the same. Can't wait to see where they go next.

3 - The Satanist by Behemoth

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One of the most talked about metal albums of the year, and it deserves all of its attention.
As the first Behemoth album since Nergal's lengthy battle with leukemia, The Satanist stands tall as a statement of his defiance of death.
Incredibly grandiose, and just as brutal and crushing, this album contains the most well written music Behemoth have done. Filled with great riffs and captivating vocals, its an enthralling piece which doesn't let you out of its grip until it's done.
Displaying Nergal's Nietzsche-inspired philosophy on art, it is ugly and beautiful in equal parts, going with ease from fast-paced death metal assault on the ears to enchanting spoken word parts, before it all culminates in the absolutely incredible closing track.
The Satanist is quite the statement.

2 - Enter by Fire! Orchestra

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Fire! Orchestra are a 28-piece experimental big band/free jazz group, which delivered one of the best jazz albums of the century in 2013, with Exit. They are now back just a year later with Enter - an album that lives up to, and in some areas surpasses, its predecessor.
Like Exit, this album sounds huge. With such a large cast, it is chaotic and organised at the same time, with a ton going on in the music at any given moment. At times it pushes even further into experimental territory than Exit did, but at other times, such as the closing track, it can be a lot more straight forward and easy to follow. Well, by Fire! Orchestra's standards, anyway.
It's a magnificent album unlike anything else.

1 - Dark Space III I - by Darkspace

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Darkspace are an enigmatic band which fuse dark ambient and atmospheric black metal, with lyrics about... well, dark space and the mysteries of the cosmos.

With three tracks adding up to just over an hour of music, Dark Space III I is an absolutely captivating experience with a strong eerie atmosphere and excellent instrumentation. It's an ethereal and terrifying journey through the darkest and blackest depths of space, with only the infinite void surrounding you. Indeed, even the flow of time seems distorted with this album, as throughout its long duration it never once drags or leaves you anywhere else but the edge of your seat.
Listen to it on BandCamp.
The MP3 is also currently stupidly cheap on Amazon, at $3/£3. Do yourself a favour if you like metal or atmospheric music and pick it up.

Amplifier Worship

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London, UK
Currently Studying:



Main Music Tastes:
Metal, Rock, Industrial, Dark Cabaret, Jazz
Favourite Bands:
Refused, Boris, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend, Ihsahn
Favourite Books:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Phillip K. Dick, Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem, A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Favourite Movies:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Matrix, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, 2046, Ghost in the Shell
Favourite Video Games:

American McGee's Alice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Hitman: Blood Money, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Thief II: The Metal Age

Where Else To Find Me:

Twitter: @_Malchior_

Steam: Malchior

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