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    Posted: 18 Jan 2022 at 4:27pm
If the results are posted to Facebook, it's possible to tag any artist who has a Facebook account in the post. I've done that other years and had some responses from artists. 


Comments from Threshold, Unleash the Archers and the singer of MindMaze. Additional Likes and acknowledgment from Anubis Gate and some record labels. 


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I don't think it makes any sense to do for a huge band, most aren't going to care. I think it'd be worth contacting any independent bandcamp artists outside the mainstream though if their album has any kind of placement. I think they'd appreciate it.
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Think it’s a great idea
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I´m not sure if this is something we´ve done in the previous years, but I think it would be a great idea to contact the number 1 artist (their label or management, if the artist is not available directly), to let them know that their album ended up being number 1 on the list. I´ve done this in the past with smaller artists when I´ve downloaded their albums from Bandcamp, to let them know that a review of their release now exists, and some of them has used bits and pieces from my review as promotion. 

This would primarely serve the purpose of promoting MMA though, as hopefully the artist will use the win for for their own promotion of their release and mention us in the process.
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Originally posted by 666sharon666 666sharon666 wrote:

A late year discovery that has only just been added to MMA, that I hope people don't miss, especially those who like black metal. Three long tracks of atmospheric BM. 


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/ethereal-shroud/trisagion

Gave it a listen and its getting my award for last minute upset. Might not quite knock Mare Cognitum off my number one, but it's going to be in there. 
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A late year discovery that has only just been added to MMA, that I hope people don't miss, especially those who like black metal. Three long tracks of atmospheric BM. 


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/ethereal-shroud/trisagion
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A few recent aquisitions from Blood Red Throne and Aborted might nudge some of those lower entries off my list.
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

The 2nd half of Bishop's self-titled debut is some of the trippiest black metal I've heard.

The album started off reminding me of Celeste, and transformed into this hypnotic industrial horror music. A bit like Lord Mantis meets Thorns.  Also for fans of Darkspace & Bezmir.  Awesome

edit:  come to think of it, side A reminds me more of Indian than Celeste




Just listened to that Bishop album and enjoyed it immensely. Wouldn't be surprised if that knocks something off the current list. Thanks for the recommendation!
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From Lithuania....delightfully brutal post-metal/sludge (mildly blackened)....highly recommended.



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Thanks Paul, I'll keep it in mind. I've posted a preliminary list but the lower half is definitely not safe yet. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Willing to take any recs you wanna throw my way. 

I'll be very surprised if you dont like this symphonic/progressive/heavy metal gem Adam. Of interest to King Diamond fans as well.



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Originally posted by Tupan Tupan wrote:

Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Lordi just dropped one of the best thrash albums in years with Abracadaver (and disco album, but unfortunately that isn't eligible)

Their pop album seems catchy as hell too! Waiting for the prog album


I'm really looking forward to all of them, Lordi are such great songwriters and I'm convinced they can do any kind of music well.
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Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Lordi just dropped one of the best thrash albums in years with Abracadaver (and disco album, but unfortunately that isn't eligible)

Their pop album seems catchy as hell too! Waiting for the prog album
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Lordi just dropped one of the best thrash albums in years with Abracadaver (and disco album, but unfortunately that isn't eligible)
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Cryptosis is one I have lined up in Spotify still. 
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^^2 late releases that I'm just getting into now are Unanimated - Victory In Blood sitting between melodic death and melodic black metal is excellent. Also Hypocrisy - Worship, very good melodeath. The former in particular might be of interest to you Adam and I'll 2nd Cryptosis that Jonas suggested.
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^Well since the new Gojira is number one on my list this year, that would be a recommendation from me.

The Cryptosis album may also be of interest to you, and I´d recommed giving the new White Stones album a listen too.
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Okay, here's what I'm working with so far. Willing to take any recs you wanna throw my way. Most of these have been played only once so far so I expect a lot of primary ratings to change yet.

5/5:

Lovebites - Glory, Glory to the World (EP)
Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm
Pharaoh - The Powers That Be

4.5/5

Aquilus - Bellum I
Darkthrone - Eternal Hails.....
Devil Electric - Godless
Epica - Omega
Esoctrilihum - Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath
Eternity's End - Embers of Ear
First Fragment - Gloire éternelle 
Helloween - Helloween
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
Mastodon - Hushed and Grum
Obscura - A Valediction
Panopticon - ...and Again Into the Light
Spectral Lore - Ετερόφωτος
The Vintage Caravan - Monuments
Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe (both versions but won't vote for as I don't see if as relevant enough)

4/5

Anna Pest - Dark Arms Reach Skyward With Bone White Fingers
Blazon Stone - Damnation
Crypta - Echoes of the Soul
Dream Theater - A View From the Top of the World
Forhist - Forhist
Nervosa - Perpetual Chaos
Paradox - Heresy II: End of a Legend
Project: Roenwolfe - Edge of Saturn
Rebellion - We Are the People
Running Wild - Blood on Blood
Skyliner - Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
The Neal Morse Band - Innocence & Danger (also won't vote for due to not seeing as relevant; they completely nerfed the metal elements that helped to define the first three NMB albums on this one)
The Ruins of Beverast - The Thule Grimoires
Ungfell - Es Grauet
Wizardthrone - Hybercube Necrodimensions
Wolfchant - Omega: Bestia

3.5/5

Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I (biggest growing potential I think)
Logistic Slaughter - Lower Forms of Life
Naitaka - Naitaka (EP)
Sonic Haven - Vagabond
Warmoon Lord - Battlespells

3/5

Dvne - Etemen Ænka
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Triceratopsoil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2021 at 12:55pm
The 2nd half of Bishop's self-titled debut is some of the trippiest black metal I've heard.

The album started off reminding me of Celeste, and transformed into this hypnotic industrial horror music. A bit like Lord Mantis meets Thorns.  Also for fans of Darkspace & Bezmir.  Awesome

edit:  come to think of it, side A reminds me more of Indian than Celeste


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Usually that happens if the file is too big, I think the limit is something like 300kb. If you make it smaller and save it as a jpg it'll probably work. Love that album cover too, and would definitely frame a vinyl copy. I just have it on CD though.

If I had to pick, Free Hand is probably my favorite, but the two before it are very close. I love most of their stuff though, even the later albums have great songs. There will never be another band like them, such amazing songwriters and having some of the most beautiful songs out there. Closest another band comes to them was 10cc, which to me are the pop equivalent of GG in terms of songwriting style, sense of humor, and eclecticism.
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