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thiefofprose -
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What is art? Is art an expression of life made timeless?... Is art a feeling?... Does it make YOU feel something?... Does art make a statement? Is it political?... What does it make you feel?

Does it matter?

Zwart Vierkant is the sophomore album from Dutch avant-garde "metal" group, Grey Aura. A brilliant work of art, written and mostly recorded before the pandemic and left to sit and marinate and age deliciously until it was just right. And while their first full length, ... read more

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thiefofprose -
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The Singularity, Phase I was one of my favorite releases from last year. With its psychedelic, alien atmosphere and frantic, driving drum beats, it still captures me to this day. On Phase II, Thisquietarmy and Away slow things down to draw out their spacy vibes into a work that is very often beautiful like a starry expanse, but while it is as a whole wonderfully composed, some of the more sparse and wide-open sections do begin to feel a bit monotonous to me. And while this doesn't quite live up ... read more
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this song fucking owns
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if u put ketchup on ur hotdogs we cannot b friens
thiefofprose -
70
The feel good death thrash album of the summer has arrived folks!

Inhuman Condition isn’t doing anything groundbreaking or unconventional on their debut, but for old school as fuck thrashy death metal it’s very well executed and tons of fun!
thiefofprose -
55
Stumbled across this new German art rock duo and thought that the concept sounded pretty interesting.

They have broken into the scene with an atmospheric, sometimes psychedelic, and energetically post-punk infused collection of tracks that pretty clearly comes off as The Mars Volta inspired. In concept, it's very strong, and the opening track (Re.sign) along with the final two tracks (Re.cover, Re.create) sell me on the hype and ARE pretty sick.

Unfortunately, the rest of the EP is held ... read more

Shoutbox

Jun 22, 2021
Hey, I hope you're doing well.

I'm making a list and I'd love to know which album has had the greatest influence on your current taste in music? If you want, I'd also appreciate it if you could say exactly how it's made you grow/learn more as a listener (don't worry, you don't have to do this part).

Thank you for reading and answering, if you do.
Jun 10, 2021
I can see that! There are some moments that I felt that Pyrrhon did better on some of their albums, but regardless of Pyrrhon, I still think it still stands on its own as a definitive statement for Schwegler. On it's own I think it's one of the year's most thoroughly realized releases, and is chocked with so many small details waiting to be discovered. I still maintain that Phantom Indigo has a shoegaze tinge to the production, the main riff to "Tautology" in particular feels like it could slot right into Hum's Inlet or Nothing's The Great Dismal, and I think this album could be the start of death metal bands experimenting with shoegaze (deathgaze if you will). The crazy part is that I don't think Schwegler was really influenced by shoegaze judging from interviews, it's just that the sound fits so well with the overarching concept.
Jun 10, 2021
I see you've gotten around to Phantom Indigo, what are your thoughts?
Jun 5, 2021
Thanks so much for the rec! I'll check it out. Appreciate it.
Jun 3, 2021
Sent a friend request on Discord :)
Jun 2, 2021
oh yeah, forgot to mention, it's a metal / hardcore punk server :P
Jun 2, 2021
Hey do you happen to have a discord account? I'd like to invite you to a far-left leaning discord server with no tolerance for nazi / abuser music, if you're interested.
May 28, 2021
You can't go wrong with the new french Oi! bands. Check my "Oi" tag, all that stuff is amazing
May 28, 2021
Good to see more people are interested in/rating Oi! on AOTY!
May 4, 2021
I used to think that black metal was a riff focused genre, and while it can be to some extent, the more bm albums I listen to the more I realize how texture focused it is and how unhurried their pacing is

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| BLM | ACAB |

Fuck Burzum. All my homies hate Burzum.

Ratings:
10's - The Best Shit
9's - Favorites
8's - Great
7's - Good to REALLY Good
6's - Pretty Good to Good
5's - So-So
4's - Weak
3's - Pretty Bad
2's - Bad
1's - Garbage
0 - Delete This

Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/thiefofprose

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