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1 hour ago, King Mal the Glorious said:

Saturday was the third time I've seen Mgla and the third time I've wandered off after 15 mins. They do nothing for me live. Alcest were brilliant, tied with Gost as the best of the day.

Mayhem's sound was awful (PA kept cutting out) and security were total bellends but otherwise, a good day.

Seen Gost support Mayhem and they done nothing for me, to be honest. There's something there - the sound would easily walk into so many movies now where that kind of soundtrack is in vogue - but the crowd weren't into it at all when we saw them and it made the whole thing feel like some guys who looked like they could really do with a full band. Even someone on an electronic drumkit just to bring a bit more dynamism to things. They did give me a proper lash of anxiety, though, to their credit. I'm predisposed anyway, and I've quit drinking, so small dark venues combined with gig excitement will do that to me now until the main act has settled me down. Kavinsky x Motionless in White, though they'd probably hate me saying that.

Mayhem was a fucking warzone. The Daemon stuff is so-so, for me, I prefer atmospheric Mayhem. They divided their set in three though, which was brilliant. Post Euronymous/Daemon stuff, DMDS and an encore of Deathcrush songs which ripped the place apart. 

Enjoyed Gaahl's Wyyrd on the night, too. He's a bollocks, but something about the project seems to have humbled him. He was snaking around the merch stand for ages afterwards hanging out with people. Bought the vinyl afterwards. I love anything blackened that goes down a gear and gets a bit more pagan-ethereal.

Next up for me is Ghost. I've heard they were a huge inspiration on Blue Öyster Cult, so it should be fun. 

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Thats an insane lineup. I never pegged Deftones to be big enough to headline a show of that magnitude though.

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I'm eyeing that up at the moment, would be my first "proper" festival in nearly 10 years if I go. Normally metal festival line-ups don't do a lot for me - there'll be one headliner I like, or a bunch of cool stuff on a smaller stage, but that's the first time in years I've seen a near complete line-up that's hooked me. A good 20+ bands I'd consider "must see" for me on there, and a few others I'd go for if I was free

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Id recommend Hellfest, i went in 2016. The main stage is a write off though unless you fancy arsing about in a massive crowd all day in the heat all eay, its ridiculously big. The War Zone stage and the long hangar type tents are great though.

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Anyone caught Slayer's last tour yet? I'm going this week, and I've heard Phil Anselmo will be doing a Pantera setlist, so that should be pretty cool.

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yeh Anselmo & The Illegals are doing a Pantera set, that could be quality.

I saw the Slayer tour when it was over here, the setlist spans the career which is cool cause they could have gone full old school but it shows the faith they have in the later material, i got a bit too pissed on the night but it was typical Slayer. Oh, and theres lots of fire.

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Full of Hell have had all their gear stolen while on tour, this seems to be a pretty common thing lately with touring bands being targeted in the US.

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any thoughts on albums of the year? ive slacked this year in terms of listening to new stuff, im listening to a few podcasts though to try getting some recommendations.

anyone?

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I haven't been feeling to much metal this year, super hyped stuff like Blood Incantation and Tomb Mold have left me cold.

Devour by Pharmakon is my fav of any genre.

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Don't Wait Til Tomorrow by Yonaka has been one of my most played albums this year. 

It's either that or Berkley's On Fire by Swmrs just because it attempted something different with a lot of its hip hop sound influences. 

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A few metal/punk/rock records I've enjoyed from this year:

Black Futures - Never Not Nothing

Car Bomb - Mordial

Cloudkicker - Unending

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Celebrity Mansions

Idiot Pilot - Blue Blood

Ithaca - The Language of Injury

JOHN - Out Here on the Fringes

Lingua Ignota - CALIGULA

Minors - Abject Bodies

PUP - Morbid Stuff

The St Pierre Snake Invasion - Caprice Enchante

 

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