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Owen W

Massachusetts
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So much good music, so little time. But no time to start like the present, right?

My tastes lean towards black metal, folksy music, melodic strains of extreme metal subgenres, experimental stuff, and any combination of the above.

I use my wishlist to keep track of albums I'm yet to listen to or still deciding if I want to buy, so the contents switch in and out regularly.
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  1. Jane Doe
    by Converge
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    Fault and Fracture Fault and Fracture
    I'm not the kind of person who enjoys classic albums very often, but boy was this an exception. The mathcore instrumentals strike the perfect balance between being technically impressive while still sounding emotive, conveying the pain and anger of the obscured lyrics. But it's the vocals that sold it for me, because I don't think there could be a better metal vocal tone than this one. Jacob Bannon perfected the extreme music scream on this album, as far as I'm concerned.
  2. Voyage Into Eternity
    by Valhalore
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    Augury of Death Augury of Death
    They say don't judge a book by its cover, but I knew I'd love this when I saw that awesome album artwork, and I'm happy to say it lives up to that impression. Bombastic folk metal or maybe viking metal with a good helping of power metal, some of symphonic metal's swell, and a dash of extreme vocals. Valhalore combine all these different influences into one cohesive style and top off with a grand, big-budget production sound. Easy sell for me.
  3. Hour of the Nightingale
    by Trees of Eternity
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    Hour of the Nightingale Hour of the Nightingale
    I don't know whether singer Aleah Stanbridge (R.I.P.) knew about her diagnosis as she sang these songs, but her voice, understated but still powerful and moving and the perfect fit for this kind of gothic doom metal, sounds like the lamentations of someone greeting death like an old friend. The result is an album that captures a feeling that I didn't think music could capture: emotional numbness. But it captures it in a way that's compelling, immersive, and keeps me coming back.
  4. Guardians
    by Saor
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    The Declaration The Declaration
    Saor comes through with an album that brings their pagan black metal influence more front and center alongside their atmospheric black metal influence, feeling just as visceral as ethereal. Like Aura before it, the cover art captures the sound perfectly: clearer and chillier, more imposing than sublime, darker than Aura. But the beauty of the Celtic instrumentation shines through just as brightly as before.
  5. A Frozen Flame Of Ice
    by Far Beyond
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    Evernight - Part I Evernight - Part I
    Sitting somewhere between symphonic metal, power metal, and melodic death metal, this album has a soaring, lush sound that's grounded by the melodeath influence. The more symphonic/power-metal-y parts remind me of Kamelot, but the more extreme elements give the band a sound all their own.
  6. case/lang/veirs
    by case/lang/veirs
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    Atomic Number Atomic Number
    Absolutely beautiful. Serene, lavish folk music fleshed out with arranged instrumentation and angelic harmonies that floats past like a warm summer breeze. The three singers each bring their own unique voices, sensibilities, and topics to the songs they take the lead on. But rather than sounding disjointed, the album is unified not just by a common sound, but by the fact that every song sounds so in love with whom or what is being sung about.
  7. Wriggle
    by clipping.
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    Wriggle Wriggle
    clipping. embraces some more full-bodied beats as they keep bringing us abrasive and alienating, but also visceral and catchy noise hop excellence. The impressive amount of variety on these five songs (plus an intro), from the cavernous "Back Up" to the bubbly "Hot Fuck No Love" to the icy, Pruient-like "Our Time" makes for a satisfying listen, even at only 20 minutes.
  8. Paradise
    by WHITE LUNG
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    Hungry Hungry
    Admittedly this is my first exposure to White Lung, but it was love on first listen. A potent collection of punk (and sometimes post-punk) songs that are catchy as hell and keep me bobbing my head throughout.
  9. Terminal Redux
    by Vektor
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    Charging the Void Charging the Void
    Technical, progressive thrash metal as epic as its subject matter. The progressive compositions keep it dynamic and interesting for the whole listen, but it's still a visceral listen, never devolving into showmanship for its own sake. It's hard to pick a favorite track because the songs flow so well into one another, like one long 73 minute song, without any lulls or parts that feel unnecessarily drawn out. That might be the album's greatest achievement.
  10. Andromeda [2016]
    by Mechina
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    A nice bite-size version of the eight-course meal of Progenitor. Same operatic swell, same extreme instrumentation providing a great foundation, one-sixth of the time commitment.
  11. All For Rum & Rum For All
    by Lagerstein
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    Drink The Rum Drink The Rum
    Bombastic folk/pirate metal that makes me tap my feet and puts a smile on my face. One of the most outright fun metal albums I've heard in a while. "Drink the Rum" in particular has one of the most catchy, sing-along-able choruses I've ever heard in a metal song.

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