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Dronevil

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Aug 15 2016 · 131 views

Finally managed to get my hands on a physical copy of my second favourite Boris album, and it is beautiful.

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Boris CDs are always really neat. Makes me feel a lot better about the prices of these Japanese-only ones.


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Vinyl

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Aug 07 2016 · 102 views

I have now begun my quest to get around 10-15 of my favourite albums on vinyl, to go alongside the CDs.

The first such acquisition is either my second or third favourite album - Das Seelenbrechen by Ihsahn, in lovely limited edition coloured vinyl. Here it is next to the digibook CD version:

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Bloody gorgeous.


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Ihsahn

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Apr 24 2016 · 145 views

Time for an updated Ihsahn collection post I guess, given the new album:

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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. 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
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After (Limited Edition)
Eremita (Limited Edition Digibook)
Das Seelenbrechen (Limited Edition Digibook)

Arktis. (Limited Edition Digibook)

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 Dødheimsgard.
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

Silence in the Snow by Trivium
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and *Heck* by Ulver



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Arktis.

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Apr 19 2016 · 149 views

Finally received my copy of the new Ihsahn album the other day, after there being some delays with the limited editions.

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An excellent album which was well worth the wait. Not quite as good as his previous three, but I'd still be surprised if it isn't my album of the year.

Perhaps I'll do an updated post of my entire Ihsahn collection later, when I'm not busy listening to Arktis.


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My Top 15 Albums of 2015

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Jan 06 2016 · 252 views

15 - Asia, Urban Dance and Warpath by Boris

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I'm going to treat these three albums as one for the purposes of this list, just to make it easier. Which should be fine, since they were released at the same time, and are obviously meant to be part of the same trilogy.
They released a pretty big album last year, so for the most part this is just Boris relaxing a bit and doing some noise and drone rather than writing songs, and as usual, doing it very well. Usually one probably wouldn't describe releasing three albums at once as "relaxing", but this is Boris after all.
However, between all the noise and soundscapes, there is an actual song hidden here. Surrender, which is the second track on Urban Dance, is actually a very nice post rock piece, interspliced with a little bit of noise, which comes as a nice surprise.


14 - Hades (The Nine Stages of Change at the Deceased Remains) by 死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)

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I know it might seem like this would be a pretty bleak album, but it's actually some pretty upbeat shoegaze/noise pop, though there is the occasional darker and more atmospheric song. A very enjoyable album with some great melodies and riffs, as well as some truly fantastic atmosphere on those occasional tracks.


13 - A N D by tricot

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Not quite as good as T H E, but still an excellent math rock album. Catchy, and filled with great instrumentation.


12 - Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper by Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balázs Pándi & Thurston Moore

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A big collaboration resulting in a great free improvisation record, with plenty of harsh noise and jazz within. A very crushing and abrasive album, but one that is quite the experience.


11 - The Dreaming I by Akhlys

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That cover sure reminds me of Behemoth's The Satanist from last year. As do some aspects of the music contained within. I mean, it's not a rip-off or anything, with the music being quite different, but Akhlys definitely took some inspiration from that album here, and have created a great black metal album with elements of dark ambient, and much like The Satanist, a great sense of atmosphere and grandeur.


10 - Graveward by Sigh

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The production on this album may be quite bad, but it does not hide Sigh's signature avant-garde/black metal brilliance. Great riffs, excellent songwriting, and of course the usual Sigh weirdness.


9 - Atheist's Cornea by Envy

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An excellent mix of post-rock and post-hardcore, with some great atmosphere, and moments of both slow beauty, and fast paced aggression.


8 - Abyss by Chelsea Wolfe

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A mesmerising album of haunting and ethereal beauty, which sounds exactly what the cover looks like - dark, eerie and desolate.


7 - Into the Shadows by Anoice

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A beautiful and melancholy album, blending post-rock with modern classical for some incredible compositions. It's very easy to get lost in the world that this album creates.


6 - Fantasy Empire by Lightning Bolt

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An excellent noise rock/math rock album, with some fantastic instrumentation. The production gives it a very nice sound, with a layer of noise and muted vocals over top of the band rocking out on their instruments. Amazing riffs too.


5 - Frozen Niagara Falls by Prurient

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A terrifying mass of harsh noise and industrial, which you can't break away from. It grabs and suffocates you, while taking you on a journey through bleak and hopeless soundscapes, with the occasional glimmer of beauty which inevitably gets drowned out in cold darkness. An experience unlike anything else.


4 - Sgùrr by Thy Catafalque


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An amazing progressive metal album with an avant-garde flavour. Full of long and winding songs with incredible instrumentation and unique atmosphere, often going off in unpredictable directions. The riffs on this thing are seriously out of this world.


3 - The Plague Within by Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost continue their streak of perfect albums, this time seeing the return of growls and other death metal elements which have been long absent. Combining these elements with their current sound, Paradise Lost have achieved one of the best albums of their long and already highly impressive career. Great songwriting and riffs, their own brand of haunting beauty, the occasional symphonic elements, it's all here and it all makes for an incredible album.


2 - The Battle of Being by Outside the Coma

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The latest project of Mikee Goodman, known for SikTh and Primal Rock Rebellion, is quite a wild ride. I don't even know how to describe it, to be honest. I guess that SikTh would be the closest point of comparison, but the experimentation and insanity is turned up to a whole different level here. It's a bizarre and eccentric album, and probably the best thing that Mikee's done, which is definitely no small praise when that means outdoing SikTh.


1 - Freedom by Refused

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It's been 17 years since Refused revolutionised music with The Shape of Punk to Come - which I happen to think is the best album of all time. And for those 17 years, the world was convinced that there would never be another Refused album. Yet, here we are. And I couldn't be happier about it.
Is Freedom as good as TSoPtC? No, of course not, don't be silly. It's not even close. Nothing is. So it's a good thing that Refused are not concerned with trying to replicate it, and instead do the same thing they've always done: change their sound with every album and never stop evolving.
17 years, but Refused have not aged a day. The band is still as skilled and talented as they've ever been, and deliver an album of infectious punk anthems with plenty of twists to keep it interesting and unique. Although lacking the bold experimentation of the previous album, there's still plenty of new ideas here, and the excellent songwriting has not gone anywhere.
Welcome back, Refused. Long live the New Noise.



So that's my list done. Now it's time for the honourable mentions, since I can't be bothered to do a separate entry for them this year:

Thier by Amestigon
Arcturian by Arcturus
Crypt of the NecroDancer OST by Danny Baranowsky
Near Death Revelations by Blaze of Perdition
The Devil by Blue Stahli
Psychic Warfare by Clutch
Lore by Elder
Beware the Sword You Cannot See by A Forest of Stars
Holographic Violence by Grave Babies
Enki by Melechesh
II by METZ
Exercises in Futility by Mgła
Autumn Eternal by Panopticon
Monotony Fields by Shape of Despair
International Blackjazz Society by Shining
Opacities by SikTh
Ordeal by Skepticism
The Ride Majestic by Soilwork
Never Were the Way She Was by Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld
The Moon Lit Our Path by Tempel
The Children of the Night by Tribulation


And that concludes my look back at 2015's music. Here's hoping that 2016 is anywhere near as good.


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Symphony for the Lost

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Nov 21 2015 · 261 views

Been a while since one of these music collection updates. Received the new Paradise Lost live album on vinyl + DVD today, and it's quite nice:

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Really looking forward to giving it a listen/watch later. The first half of it is done with an orchestra and seems fantastic from the teasers.


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Refused

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Jul 16 2015 · 344 views

After two weeks of delays, I finally received my limited edition copy of the new Refused album.
Protip: don't buy stuff from Kings Road Merch. I wouldn't have, since this isn't the first time I had problems with them, but it was the only place you could get the limited edition from.

Anyway, the new Refused album. Freedom. 17 years after releasing what I consider to be the greatest album of all time, The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused have finally returned, and I couldn't be happier. I'm still not over the fact that this album actually exists. For 17 years, a new Refused album seemed like it would never happen. Yet, here it is:

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Such an excellent album too. It's no TSoPtC of course, but that's fine. Nothing is. And Freedom doesn't try to be anyway. Just like they used to do on their previous albums, Refused drastically changed their sound again, continuing to experiment with new things, while retaining the unmistakable Refused qualities.

I guess it's time to show off my updated Refused collection, which are words I did not think I would get to say:

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On the left:

This Just Might Be... The Truth
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (limited edition digipak)
The Shape of Punk to Come (2010 deluxe reissue)
Freedom (limited edition book)

On the right:

This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 1 (Also Known as The EP Compilation)
This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 2 (Also Known as The Demo Compilation)
The New Noise Theology EP

Hopefully this time around it won't be too long until there's another thing to be added to this collection.
Long live the New Noise.


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The Plague Within

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Jun 07 2015 · 323 views

After some delays with the official Century Media store, my copy of the new Paradise Lost album finally arrived yesterday:

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A thing of beauty, and probably my album of the year. Of the announced albums I'm aware of this year, only Refused or Ihsahn have a chance of dethroning it.


This also means that it's a good time for a Paradise Lost collection post:

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So, the two on the left are:

Drown in Darkness - The Early Demos
Symbol of Life (Limited edition digipak)

Then the pile in the middle:

Lost Paradise
Gothic
Shades of God
Icon (Limited edition digipak)
Draconian Times
One Second (Limited edition digipak)
Host
Believe in Nothing
Paradise Lost (Limited edition digipak)
In Requiem
The Anatomy of Melancholy
Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)
The Plague Within (Limited edition digibook)

And finally the two on the right:

Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Limited edition digibook)
Tragic Idol (Limited edition box set; signed by the band)

One of my all-time favourite bands, and one of my most valued collections.


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Emilie Autumn

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music May 29 2015 · 261 views

It's time for an updated Emilie Autumn collection post, since I recently made a few acquisitions:

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On the left we have the albums:

Enchant
Opheliac (The Deluxe Edition)
Laced/Unlaced (Limited edition digibook, limited to 2000 copies)
Fight Like a Girl

And on the right we have the compilation and EPs:

A Bit o' This & That (Limited edition digibook, limited to 3000 copies)
Liar/Dead Is the New Alive EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)
4 o'Clock EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Bohemian Rhapsody EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)

Which are all sitting on a signed copy of her book.

And that's basically everything. I wouldn't mind getting the digibook edition of Enchant, but it's not a big deal, and otherwise I've got everything of hers I'd want. So that's nice.


Don't mind that sound, that's just my bank account crying.




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Ihsahn

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music May 15 2015 · 273 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
angL
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.






Amplifier Worship

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-Mini-Bio-

Age:
22
Location:
London, UK

Beliefs:

Atheist

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_

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