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Old 05-06-2015, 02:42 PM   #9281
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I have just the thing for you dthmtl3:

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Cult of Fire's Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is a swell album.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:33 PM   #9282
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For me, a good DM band has to offer either rhythm, melodicity, or complexity or a combination of those. Plus a good br000tal sound. Nothing annoys me more than so many bands that offer nothing interesting and sound like heck.


Yea but how many bands have you heard that have all of those and still ****ing suck? I think it goes deeper than that but I'm probably just over complicating things.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:41 PM   #9283
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What separates a good DM band from a mediocre one for you guys? After all my years of listening it seems I'm still not any closer to figuring out why I like certain bands over others because it seems like every time it's something different that sets a band apart. Maybe it's stupid to even think about but I find it interesting.

This is a good question but somewhat muddled by putting the focus on bands. It would probably be better to focus on albums specifically, as many good bands can turn to shit and awful bands sometimes have one good album in them.

The best death metal albums tend to break from convention, even conventions of metal in some sense, to create terrifying abstract music. Since guitars are the lead 'voice' in metal and vocals are indiscernible, great death metal focuses all its energy into constructing a sequence of riffs that tell something like a story formed from impression of impact and atmosphere.

Sometimes (a good example would be Autopsy) the works of death metal bands resemble collections of spooky / horror stories. The type that might be found in anthology works. They are all similar in nature, despite being seemingly unrelated, and in aggregate have the effect of forcing you to confront the absolute sublime horror of death and the unknown / unknowable, placing man in his rightful place in a vast, cold, indifferent universe of abominations.

Also, gotta luv those chugga chugga riffs
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