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Username Valdis   (number: 11782)
Name (Nick) Sisslith  (ex-Valdis23)
Average of Ratings 79.5 (493 Albums)   [ Rating detail ]
Join Date 2014-10-16 00:08 Last Login 2018-02-11 01:41
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Artist name Genres Country Albums Votes Date
preview Atlases Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock Finland 1 1 2017-12-08
preview Inferitvm Black Metal Spain 2 1 2017-10-13
preview Genocide Generator Grindcore, Brutal Death Metal, Industrial Metal Germany 2 2 2017-09-18
preview Tyakrah Atmospheric Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal Germany 2 2 2017-09-15
preview Brünndl Pagan Black Metal Italy 2 2 2017-09-14
preview Fellwarden Atmospheric Black Metal, Blackgaze, Post-Rock United Kingdom 1 1 2017-09-07
preview Mediis Tenebris Depressive Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal France 1 1 2017-09-01
preview Codeia Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock Germany 1 1 2017-08-31
preview SaaR Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock France 1 1 2017-08-31
preview Wampyrinacht Black Metal Greece 1 1 2017-06-01
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cover art Artist name Album title Release date Rating Votes Date
Penumbra preview preview Penumbra 2017-10-27 75 1 2017-12-08
Endless Journey preview preview Endless Journey  [Split] 2017-12-01 80 1 2017-12-08
The Way Forward preview preview The Way Forward 2017-12-01 90 1 2017-12-02
Die on My Ride preview preview Die on My Ride 2017-06-02 60 1 2017-12-02
Wintergedanken preview preview Wintergedanken 2017-10-22 70 1 2017-10-23
W2246​-​0526 preview preview W2246​-​0526  [EP] 2017-10-20 55 1 2017-10-22
The War of the Witches preview preview The War of the Witches  [EP] 2016-11-05 65 1 2017-10-13
The Warlock preview preview The Warlock 2015-10-31 - 0 2017-10-13
III preview preview III 2017-06-08 55 1 2017-10-04
Soul in Sight preview preview Soul in Sight 2016-05-01 70 1 2017-09-28
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preview  Tengger Cavalry  -  preview  Die on My Ride (2017) (60/100)    2017-12-02
Die on My Ride Folk metal is a very broad musical genre. It encompasses a wide range of styles, from "Celtic metal" (e.g. Skiltron) to "Mesopotamian metal" (e.g. Melechesh). I’ve listened to many different forms of folk metal, the last one being "Chinese metal" by Dream Spirit. But never before had I heard of a "Mongolian metal" band.

Tengger Cavalry, which means something like "cavalry of the sky god" (Tengger seems to derive from Tengri, a Mongolian and Turkic deity), have been in the metal scene for seven years. They are quite a prolific band since they have released thirteen studio albums so far. "Die on My Ride" is their penultimate offering, and it is an unusual one.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is the highlight of the album. Although most of the guitar riffs and solos are pretty basic and simple, some of them (the galloping riffs on Die on My Ride or the ones on Cursed, for example) are catchy and interesting enough to keep the listener’s attention. Nevertheless, a few songs, such as Independence Day and To the Sky feature several parts that are extremely dull and uninspired. To be honest, at those moments I just wanted to skip both songs.

Now then, not everything is doom and gloom. The folk passages are undoubtedly the best part of the record. For instance, the opener track, Snow, is perfect to set the mood: the igil and the morin khuur, accompanied by a delicate piano, create some emotive and slow folk melodies. It is also noteworthy how these instruments are effectively used on other tracks like Die on My Ride (my favourite song of the album), Strike and Me Against Me.

On the other hand, the vocal performance is the main flaw of this album. Throat singing is characteristic of Mongolia’s traditional music. It is a curious and odd way of singing, but in this record the raspy vocals don’t convey anything to me -definitely not my cup of tea. The auto-tuned vocals on Ashley (yes, you read well, auto-tuned) are the last straw. They are completely random after five Mongolian throat singing pieces and make the album feel rather messy, even though it’s just one song. The choruses, however, are great: they sound pretty epic and, oftentimes, give a vibe of nomadism.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy this album after all. The positive aspects don’t make up for the bland and slightly haphazard songwriting. Die on My Ride features some notable songs and an extremely appealing folk sound, but Tengger Cavalry should improve many aspects of their music, especially the guitar riffs. However, music is one of the most subjective things and I am sure that a lot of metalheads might appreciate this record much more than I do. Lastly, I would recommend listening to this release if you like folk metal and want to discover different and distinctive sounds.

Originally written for: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/die-on-my-ride/376940
preview  Dream Spirit  -  preview  将·军 (2017) (80/100)    2017-10-27
将·军 It is true that nowadays metal music has spread throughout the world, and never before had it been so popular. Countries like China, however, still remain quite unknown in the metal scene. Proof of this is provided by the Encyclopaedia Metallum, where less than 300 Chinese metal bands are listed on the database. What is more, very few of these bands, such as “Tang Dynasty” or “Suffocated”, are really known in the West.

Despite the fact that “Dream Spirit” was formed in 2005, they didn’t release their debut studio album, “Mountains and Rivers”, until 2014. Three years later, this Chinese metal band present the world their second work: “General Triumphant”.

As the title suggests, this is a concept album which focuses on a fictional ancient general and his adventures (military, political, etc.). A detailed explanation of the album's background given by the band can be found at the end of the review, if anyone is interested.

General Triumphant consists of 44 min of pure Chinese folk metal blended with traditional heavy metal and symphonic metal elements, although the latter are relegated to a second place. Nevertheless, they are predominant and effectively used in the opening track to set the mood, along with traditional Chinese musical instruments.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is excellent. Every song is well-structured, the riffs and guitars verses are solid and catchy, and the album features various great, technical and melodic guitar solos. On the other hand, and this is probably the major drawback, the vocals feel somewhat lacklustre, even though a wide variety of vocal range is used on the album –even some death metal growls. If I had to pick one song among all, I would undoubtedly choose “Of Daggers and Men”. It is precisely this track the one that encompasses all the assets of this record: beautiful folk melodies, catchy choruses, solid riffing and proficient guitar solos.

All in all, General Triumphant is an interesting and enjoyable album recommended for folk metal fans and for those who want to discover new bands from distant countries like China. Hopefully, Dream Spirit will make a name for themselves in the following years.

Background information of the album: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dreamspirit-cn/general-triumphant-about-the-album/1522997844431981/

Originally written for: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/将·军-general-triumphant/355039
preview  Jupiter  -  preview  Tears of the Sun (2017)  [EP] (85/100)    2017-05-26
Tears of the Sun After the departure of bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki, Jupiter released the single "The Spirit Within Me", which featured Rucy and Daisuke playing bass and drums, respectively, as guest musicians. However, it wasn't long before they joined Jupiter as permanent band members. A few months later, the new line-up released their latest work: "Tears of the Sun".

There are several things that quite surprised me whilst listening to this EP. First of all, their music is progressively becoming darker. Unlike many bands of the genre who soften their sound throughout the years, Jupiter seem to have much interest in adding death metal traits -we could already see this in previous songs, such as "Allegory Cave" or "Darkness"- and atmospheric elements into their musical pieces -just listen to the track "The Crucifixion". It is precisely in this song where Zin delivers an impressive performance by blending his tenor voice with death metal growls. Nevertheless, Jupiter's unique sound is still very recognizable, and a great example of it is the title track, in which the initial choir followed by a blast of symphonic metal and the melodic, neoclassical and highly proficient guitar solos by Hizaki and Teru are the band’s trademark.

Secondly, the production, both mixing and mastering, is simply flawless. It is so polished and well-done that it reminded me of albums like “Into the Legend” by Rhapsody of Fire, where it is a noticeable feature. Moreover, the lyrics fit in extremely well with the aforementioned dark sound. Although I don’t understand Japanese, the English verses depict feelings of struggle in our current society, going against the established order and so forth: “Live the pain and keep the struggle alive” or "I don't know why I was given breath, yet I still must go find the answer, no matter what", for example.

Finally, the musicianship is undeniable. Regarding the new members, their contribution is significant and they have their moments too. For instance, the bass in “We Against” and in “Guilty as Sin” or the drumming in the third track. But the symphonic elements and the guitars are the evident focus, and they take the stage.

Overall, Tears of the Sun is a really good release which represents the new phase Jupiter is entering. Not only have they maintained their characteristic sound, but they are also taking a new direction into heavier territories, in my opinion. Highly recommended for symphonic/power metal fans.

Originally written for: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/tears-of-the-sun/342295
preview  Eximperitus  -  preview  Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchni (2016) (70/100)    2016-06-15
Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchni I am not a big fan of brutal death metal, but this album's unusual title and its dark and eerie cover art definitely caught my attention.

Regarding the music, I believe that the vocal work is quite average. In fact, the singing sounds similar to other innumerable bands, and the mediocre production of the album does not help to solve it. Nevertheless, the instrumental work is fairly good and creates an obscure atmosphere throughout the record. Those ephemeral and sinister Middle Eastern melodies are the best part of it.

In relation to the rest of "Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje...", there are many different elements present in the cover art and within the enigmatic lyrics, which must contain hidden meanings and deep symbolism. However, the whole thing seems very complicated, and I do not have the time nor the will to decipher it.

Finally, I would recommend listening to this album only because of its occultism and strange attractiveness. Perhaps, I will listen to it again someday.

An interesting analysis of the title and cover art can be found here: http://canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/explaining-eximperitus
preview  Symfonia  -  preview  In Paradisum (2011) (70/100)    2016-04-25
In Paradisum This album has been strongly criticised by a huge part of the metal community. It is true that with this experienced and masterful line-up anyone would expect a memorable album. Of course, this is not the case. In Paradisum lacks originality and creativity, its production and covert art are mediocre, the composition is very generic, the vocals are weak in several songs and many lyrics are cheesy and boring. So what? This does not mean that it is a bad album. In fact, it is quite solid for a power metal album. We could highlight the following elements, which make In Paradisum a plain, yes, but enjoyable album nonetheless: catchy and powerful choruses, very well executed guitar and keyboard solos, well-placed interludes, nice melodies overall and some meaningful lyrics.

What we have before us is a power metal album in every sense of the word. This will not be an album to be remembered, a masterpiece or a classic. In Paradisum is just another good power metal album, generic and extremely influenced by other great power metal bands, but entertaining and convincing enough if you listen through it.
Tactics Of God Wars preview  Dragon Guardian  -  preview  Tactics Of God Wars (2017)  [Single] (60/100)    2018-02-10
On this single, Leo Figaro's voice sounds a bit off to my ears. Good melodies and riffs overall, but it's not a great release whatsoever.
Best Album 2009-2012 Anthologie preview  Versailles  -  preview  Best Album 2009-2012 Anthologie (2013)  [Compilation] (90/100)    2018-02-10
Great compilation. "Love Will Be Born Again" sounds much better with Japanese lyrics.
The Greatest Hits 2007 - 2016 preview  Versailles  -  preview  The Greatest Hits 2007 - 2016 (2016) (80/100)    2018-02-10
Unnecessary compilation. The production of the re-recorded songs is poor and I recommend sticking to the original ones. The new songs are decent, though.
Weedpecker preview  Weedpecker  -  preview  Weedpecker (2013) (75/100)    2018-02-10
Solid stoner metal. The heaviest record of their discography so far.
II preview  Weedpecker  -  preview  II (2015) (75/100)    2018-02-10
Quite similar to III. Good psychedelic stuff.
Muscle of Love preview  Alice Cooper  -  preview  Muscle of Love (1973) (70/100)    2018-02-10
A weaker and more commercial album compared to Alice Cooper's previous ones. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable and solid record overall.
Love It to Death preview  Alice Cooper  -  preview  Love It to Death (1971) (80/100)    2018-02-10
Another noteworthy classic.
III preview  Weedpecker  -  preview  III (2018) (75/100)    2018-01-20
Soothing and mesmeric psychedelic/stoner rock with space rock influences.
X - Varg Utan Flock preview  Shining  -  preview  X - Varg Utan Flock (2018) (75/100)    2018-01-20
Good stuff. Recommended.
Archaic War preview  Solar Demise  -  preview  Archaic War (2018) (50/100)    2018-01-20
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Life Life (100/100)    2017-08-31
preview  Adagio  -  preview  Life (2017)
Led Zeppelin IV Stairway to Heaven (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Rock and Roll (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Black Dog (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin III Since I've Been Loving You (100/100)    2017-07-18
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Over Wide Spaces Wings' Motion (90/100)    2017-06-08
preview  Concordea  -  preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
Over Wide Spaces Breathe New Life (90/100)    2017-06-08
preview  Concordea  -  preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
oltreLuna [.subLuce.] (90/100)    2017-06-03
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura  -  preview  oltreLuna (2017)
oltreLuna [.Pianeta.Zero.] (90/100)    2017-06-03
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura  -  preview  oltreLuna (2017)
An Extraconscious Lucidity Pyre of Ascendance (90/100)    2017-05-25
preview  Mare Cognitum  -  preview  An Extraconscious Lucidity (2012)
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