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Artist: Аркона (Arkona)
Album: Явь (Yav)
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: Easily the Arkona album that hasn't held up too well because with the hindsight of a further release, it's clear that Yav was very much a transitional album for the band from the sound they'd had on their last few albums to what fully emerged with Khram. It's still a solid release and at the time of release I was one of Yav's biggest defenders because it was different, which the band probably needed to be at that point. I don't rule out finding a new appreciation for it one day, but it hasn't happened yet. 

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Artist: Nile
Album: Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: I left Nile's debut for last for a reason. I think this is objectively their most underdeveloped album: a real case of a band still finding their sound. It's still pretty solid stuff, but the work of a band that would come on by leaps and bounds after this. 

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This is my favourite still, possibly because it's a bit under-developed. The albums after this are crisper and tighter, but I love the rough around the edges sound. In The Beginning is a collection of demos from before this album and is rougher still, but shows promise, and shows the roots of a lot of the songs here.
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Artist: Аркона (Arkona)
Album: Храм (Khram)
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: The first step on a planned rewinding revisit of the Arkona albums I own, it's actually a case where a metal band's music has become less accessible as they've gone along. The first time their music has been more fully in the pagan black metal camp than folk metal and with songs concentrating on long running times, Khram is far from an easy listen. I like it a lot, but it's damn difficult even today and a far cry from the lively Slavic folk metal that made me a fan of the band in the first place.

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Artist: Akercocke
Album: Antichrist
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: I sometimes legitimately forget that I own this. It was actually one of the first death metal records I purchased - something I also tend to forget when I think back through my journey through death metal. I also forget how good it is, since it's not an album I spin very often and I don't own anything else by them. These then tweed suit wearing extreme metallers have some odd elements in their music and are much more progressive than they've ever really been given credit for, notably being absent from PA despite them having accepted the likes of the decidedly un-prog Nightwish as a fully blown progressive metal band, long before Imaginaerum gave them a case. Just looking at some of the individual song tags on RYM should give you clue that they were no ordinary death metal act: Death Industrial, Electronic, Post-Punk, Dark Folk, Avant-Garde Metal, Neoclassical Darkwave, Rital Ambient and Gothic Metal, it's all there in at least one song. Their growls were among some of the most incomprehensible I've ever heard though. Akercocke later split after this album but reformed a few years ago and made a comeback, though I've never checked it out. According to RYM, they returned as even more of a prog act. Still not on PA though. Anyway, this is definitely an album I've neglected a lot. It's pretty fucking great. My review from years on this is likely very inaccurate now.

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Artist: Nile
Album: Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: I left Nile's debut for last for a reason. I think this is objectively their most underdeveloped album: a real case of a band still finding their sound. It's still pretty solid stuff, but the work of a band that would come on by leaps and bounds after this. 

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



Verdict: For some bands it takes a record or two to find their sound, but with Orchid Opeth already had their (original) sound. It would go on to receive refinement before morphing into the growl-free band they are today, but everything that made the extreme metal Opeth special was already present and correct here. A damn fine debut album.

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Artist: Abysmal Dawn
Album: Leveling the Plane of Existence
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Abysmal Dawn are for me one of those bands where you really need to own one album and for me that one had always been Leveling the Plane of Existence. I actually really like this one. It's a death metal album with a basic but solid sound and songs that have identity. Unfortunately they just don't excite me much beyond this, though I do tend to eventually give their newer works a listen.

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Artist: Obscura
Album: Omnivium
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: Omnivium is an important album for me regarding the way my taste in metal developed. Although it was far from the first death metal album I owned it certainly was one which marked a turning point for me in listening to more death metal. Although to this day I still don't consider myself that well versed in death metal since it's a mood that tends to come and go for it (one I am very much in lately), this is one I tend to revisit fairly often at least with its best tracks if not as a whole. Beyond this I have not paid that much attention to Obscura and have not bought either of their subsequent albums, although I do also own their first one. They are a band I feel I could use getting to know better outside of Omnivium. 

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^ You really need the last 2 nile albums Adam. Wink
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Artist: Nile
Album: Black Seeds of Vengeance
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: It was great to listen to this one again. Like all my Nile albums I've really neglected it for a long time and when I was getting into them and buying records I had a real special fondness for this one, which is quickly revived on the revisit. I'm almost through all the Nile albums I own now and I've realised that I probably should have picked up their more recent releases too. 

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Artist: Opeth
Album: Chris' avatar...I mean Still Life
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: Albums like Still Life make me realise that there is not only too much music in the world to ever be able to appreciate everything to the level it deserves, but I also own too much to make sure even the best albums I own get a regular airing. 

According to my Last.fm stats, I've not even played this half a dozen times in the last ten years. And that's probably still more than a lot of albums I own, including other Opeth ones.

But it still feels bloody neglectful. 

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Artist: Nile
Album: In Their Darkened Shrines
Old Rating: 4/5



Verdict: Historically I've struggled with this Nile album a bit, which is odd considering it's also held up as one of their best. But it's also one that a long time away has done wonders for. This time around it absolutely kicked my arse. And Unas Slayer of the Gods may just be the greatest thing they've ever recorded. Won't jump this up all the way to top tier on one listen, but it's going to 4.5 at least.

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Artist: Allegaeon
Album: Elements of the Infinite
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: It's amazing just how different tech death bands can be from each other. As I take a breather from my Nile albums, but still very much in death metal mode and mood, I come across Allegaeon, a band that I haven't exactly stopped following but haven't bought either of their subsequent records this this one (though I have picked up an earlier one on the cheap which will show up in this series sooner or later). This is melodeath tinged technical death metal and between complexity it's also about as catchy as a band with growling vocals can be. A pretty epic , fun record, though some may find their style too polished.

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Artist: Nile
Album: Annihilation of the Wicked
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: This is one Nile album I have never played enough, which is odd considering it's often upheld as their best and I've always rated it a 4.5 at minimum myself. I don't think one revisit is enough to see if this can get up to a 5, but it's certainly one I must remember that I have more often and be able to get to know it in the same way as I know it's next two follow-ups. 

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Artist: Nile
Album: Those Whom the Gods Detest
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: I consider Those Whom the Gods Detest to be among Nile's very best albums and that's saying something when it's a band that has such a high level of consistency in their work. While many death metal acts struggle to produce tracks that stand out individually even after repeated listened, Nile is a band that has perfected the art of memorability. For my money, it's an essential album. 

Now can I get a chant of Arra Arra! Dagon Dagon!

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Artist: Nile
Album: Ithyphallic
Old Rating: 5/5



Verdict: My first Nile album, so it holds a special position in my esteem for the band. I've never understood why this one is sometimes singled out as a weaker offering from Nile or why for years RYM'ers have been insisting that unlike their other albums, this one is 'just' death metal, not tech or brutal. The first of many Nile to revisit.

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It's long overdue Paul. I somehow keep forgetting about it. 
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^ Great album from a great band. If you haven't checked out Grand Morbid Funeral yet I'd recommend it.
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Artist: Bloodbath
Album: The Fathomless Mastery
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Now here's a band that I should really listen to more from. And an album I own that I really should play more often. Not only does like one have Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt on vocals, more recent work has instead Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes. Two of my favourite bands! Plus I've always rated this one highly. Believe it or not I actually picked this one up at a car boot sale for 50p. One of my best used scores ever.

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Artist: Beyond Creation
Album: The Aura
Old Rating: 4.5/5



Verdict: Beyond Creation represents my kind of tech-death: progressively inclined with an ample helping of fretless bass work. While the individual songs tend to blur together a bit for me - a problem I have in death metal in general beyond some few very special exceptions, as a complete experience this band is pretty much tailor made for me, although they aren't a group I have returned to that often, this marking this one's first spin since 2016. It probably deserves to be played more though. 

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