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    Posted: 17 Jun 2021 at 3:18pm
Hope you come back to it one day Adam. It's been an enjoyable read.
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It's been a fascinating read Adam.Clap
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Okay so, I haven't touched this for over a month. I think that after over 300 albums written about, I finally got a bit burned out on it and I just have been putting off writing about further entries time and time again until I'm now at a point where I'd have to listen to a couple of the recent albums again in order to fairly write about them.

So I've decided that I will end this blog now. I'm honestly surprised that I kept it up to date for as long as I did (it ran for close to a full year, from late May 2020 until the last entry dated May 11th 2021).

It's not a given that I won't eventually take it up again, as I am in one of my major film phases right now and haven't been listening to much music at all except in the car, but for now The Great Collection Rediscovery Project is over. I hope provided a bit of enjoyment to those who took the time to read it or better yet, put them onto something they didn't know about. 
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Artist: Mortillery
Album: Origin of Extinction
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: One of my most played thrash metal albums surely, especially from modern bands. The song F.O.A.D. is about as immature as it always was (though is quite the anthem), but overall it's a very fun thrash record with a classic heavy metal edge. 

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It's a good album. Some time since I've listened to Anathema though. I'll have to correct that.
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Artist: Anathema
Album: Alternative 4
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: This one's pretty good rock with some heavier moments still hinting at their roots. Probably one of the better Anathema albums for me. I'm liking this band more the second time around but they don't look to ever be the running for being a favourite.

Also, this marks 300 albums since this project started!

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Artist: Yhdarl
Album: Loss
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: A band that has mostly operated in the drone metal genre (which I don't enjoy), on Loss Yhdarl instead played atmospheric black metal. It's a solid album, but I don't feel that I listen to this one or even think about it enough to keep it on a 4.5.

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Artist: Аркона (Arkona)
Album: Гой, Роде, гой! (Goi, Rode, Goi!)
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: Probably my favourite of the Arkona albums, although the one prior to this is also a contender (as may be the one before that). This is a real beefy folk metal album, running almost 80 minutes and for me is a genre classic. 

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Artist: Panopticon
Album: Kentucky
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: For an album that I seem to play a lot, I'm surprised it's taken this long to get featured here. Kentucky is easily my favourite Panopticon album. He hasn't made anything else that's quite like this one with it's alternating mix of black metal and bluegrass. 

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Watershed is my favourite Opeth album. I love the last 2 albums but when I compare them to the best of the "old" Opeth they're not in the same league. They're a totally different band now of course and an excellent one at that but I have my doubts I'll ever hear anything new again from them as good as Watershed, Ghost Reveries, Blackwater Park, Deliverance and Still Life.
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Artist: Аркона (Arkona)
Album: Слово (Slovo)
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Initially an album I liked just as much as the three directly before it, Arkona's Slovo hasn't aged that well for me and today seems like just a solid record from a band that have the ability to do better. 

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Artist: Opeth
Album: My Arms, Your Hearse
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: Historically an Opeth album I've not counted among their best, this revisit opened it up a lot more for me. Though I have to say that I still don't get the fixation a lot of fans seem to have on Demon of the Fall. It has never struck me as being among Opeth's best tracks, let alone the best. 

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I love Watershed dearly. Always found it had more of a whacky nature than other Opeth albums.
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I have seen them live. In 2008. Feels a looooooong time ago now. I've watched Garden of the Titans recently though.
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Four great Opeth albums. I actually struggled with Heritage more than Pale Communion. For me Sorceress was a real return to form. Not sure if you’ve had the opportunity to see them live but the death vocals are still very evident live.
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Artist: Opeth
Albums: Deliverance & Damnation
Old Ratings: Both 4.5/5



Verdict: I thought it made sense to write about these two together. Deliverance is for me easily Opeth's heaviest work and Damnation is still surprisingly easily their lightest despite the permeant change to a prog rock direction from Heritage onward. I really like both of these albums and I think that Deliverance especially is one that's aged really well. There is great stuff on both though and they really do work well as contrasting releases. 

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Artist: Opeth
Album: Sorceress
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Much more metallic than they'd been for a while, I think Sorceress is the point where I really started to get into Opeth's new sound. I liked Heritage but Pale Communion took a long while to click (or even be bought by me). This is the one that helped me to find a new appreciation for Pale Communion and it's an all round great album. 

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Artist: Opeth
Album: Watershed
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Who would have thought back in 2008 that this would be the last album of the classic Opeth sound? Not me, that's for sure. I guess in hindsight the signs were there, with only three of its seven songs using growls, but always thought that was balanced out by the simple existence of Heir Apparent, which is easily more death metal than anything on Ghost Reveries. 

I guess post-Watershed Opeth lost some fans. I wasn't amongst them, but I do miss the classic sound sometimes. I actually found Watershed on this re-listen to be even better than I remembered it and I'm actually itching to play it again already. 

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Artist: MorningStarlett
Album: MorningStarlett
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: The year was 2012. Some folks thought the world was going to end (on my birthday no less). It didn't, which was good for a lot of reasons, not least among them that the self-titled debut album of MorningStarlett wouldn't be their only release...oh wait it's nearly ten years later and it's still their only release.

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

Still, this little known album from the American band (founded by Blue Öyster Cult guitarist Richie Castellano), at least have one of the best heavy metal albums ever made to their name.

Yeah, you read that right. 

I actually play this one quite a lot, so I'm surprised in almost 300 albums not written about for The Great Collection Rediscovery that it hasn't been featured yet. Just go check the damn thing out already. 

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