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Which of the many bands called Ghost are you talking about, anyway? The context in which they're mentioned makes me curious about them - any recommendations?


I think it's this Ghost the talking is about (I can't stand it myself):


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Thanks! Sounds like classic Heavy Metal to me - a genre I'll never get into.

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Thanks! Sounds like classic Heavy Metal to me - a genre I'll never get into.


the catchy songs I like, but generally it's not my cup of tea....

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Ghost have been unmasked via internal financial disputes (sad), while Katatonia put out a(nother) Record Store Day EP... meh.


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Katatonia have been solid, but I really find I have to be in a certain mood for their music. It can't be put on at any time.... mostly when I'm tired and on the metro.


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Thanks to their awesome gig at this year's WGT, I've finally managed to get into Alcest's back catalogue, and I honestly can't see why anyone would consider 'Kodama' weak compared to their earlier albums. It's not very different in terms of style and songwriting. Sure, it doesn't bring anything new to the table, but I still think it's possibly their best - on par with the sophomore at least.

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Katatonia have been solid, but I really find I have to be in a certain mood for their music. It can't be put on at any time.... mostly when I'm tired and on the metro.

I really liked Katatonia when they made Dance Of.... They used very little instruments and created a vast and epic sound. This is an album I play regulary since it came out. I also have Discouraged Ones, which I like, but which is by far not as good as Dance.... I also heard to the other albums 1-2 times but the don't get me. Saw them 5 years ago when PL headlined. But live.... I don't know... Not so good.

However Dance Of Decembre Souls is one of may all time favourites!

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- "Square Hammer" is probably my favorite song of 2016. Obnoxiously catchy. Gets stuck in my head constantly. I've liked every Ghost full length more than the last, so i'm very much looking forward to the new one.

- I've tried, but I haven't really loved a Katatonia release since "The Great Cold Distance", which is my second favorite of theirs behind "Viva Emptiness".

- Opeth i'm not the biggest fan of, but I haven't heard anything since "Ghosts of Perdition" so I can't comment on newer material. "Blackwater Park" and "My Arms, Your Hearse" are still great.

- I think I know 2 Alcest songs and they're not new.

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- Not amongst the title bands, but the debut album from Pillorian (The ex-Agalloch frontman's new band) is outstanding. I like it more than the last few Agalloch releases.

- Due to their sound change, any fan of Opeth should look into the new Akercocke. I say that, but at the same time think it's far better than anything i've heard from Opeth in the last 20 years, it just bears a resemblance stylistically, but more often than not their songs are far more to the point, unlike Opeth (one of the main issues I take with Opeth). One of my 10 favorite records from 2017.

- Not metal at all, but the new Ulver is the best Pop album of the year. It is a delightful listen, especially if you also like Depeche Mode (I know there's a few of you!!).


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- Not metal at all, but the new Ulver is the best Pop album of the year. It is a delightful listen, especially if you also like Depeche Mode (I know there's a few of you!!).


Video doesn't work where I am but it's on Spotify. I was skeptical as I have listened to Depeche Mode over twice as much as any other band (see last.fm link in signature!) the last couple of years, and I thought it might be a fairly shallow resemblance, but yeah, this really does have the same sound and vibe. I'm liking it so far. Have you heard the latest Depeche Mode? I think it is the best for a long time. Saw them last month and was amazing :inlove:

I gotta admit, the only Ulver I have heard is the one with all the songs about wolves that sounded like it was recorded in a biscuit tin. I am aware they have a sizable and varied discography though - what else is good?

Checked out a bit of the Akercocke too, sounds good. I've never really rated his vocals, but also not listened to them a great deal. I kind of wrote them off as that gimmick band in the suits way back when.

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I gotta admit, the only Ulver I have heard is the one with all the songs about wolves that sounded like it was recorded in a biscuit tin. I am aware they have a sizable and varied discography though - what else is good?



You have their entire discography ahead of you then!
I think Perdition City is the one album of theirs that has the strongest repeat-value. All of their post-BM stuff have a strong soul/crooner songs vibe. It's very soothing, but Perdition City keeps an peculiar anxious edge: it conveys a urban, nocturnal feel, it's like a glimse in the night-life of a big city, it's made of little frames each capturing a certain intensity, unwinding a little drama, a little film... Well, it has this evocative cinematographic quality....
Blood Inside is more daring, a bit cahotic, harder to get into. I think I've missed two releases of theirs...
Their interpretation of Blake's poetry is rather interesting also, although abit erratic and inconsistent.
A quick fix of Melancholy is a very depressing little EP...

Maybe Shadow of the Sun is their most atmo and subtle work...

I'd really say that latest one, The Assassination, is their most achieved effort to day, though...

With each release, they experiment new directions, it's an exciting project for sure!

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Have you heard the latest Depeche Mode? I think it is the best for a long time. Saw them last month and was amazing :inlove:



You are getting old and mellowing down... :p I found it rather embarrassing... musically and lyrically... come on... they are in their '50s (they are my age)...

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Detox wrote:
- Not metal at all, but the new Ulver is the best Pop album of the year. It is a delightful listen, especially if you also like Depeche Mode (I know there's a few of you!!).


Video doesn't work where I am but it's on Spotify. I was skeptical as I have listened to Depeche Mode over twice as much as any other band (see last.fm link in signature!) the last couple of years, and I thought it might be a fairly shallow resemblance, but yeah, this really does have the same sound and vibe. I'm liking it so far. Have you heard the latest Depeche Mode? I think it is the best for a long time. Saw them last month and was amazing :inlove:

I gotta admit, the only Ulver I have heard is the one with all the songs about wolves that sounded like it was recorded in a biscuit tin. I am aware they have a sizable and varied discography though - what else is good?

Checked out a bit of the Akercocke too, sounds good. I've never really rated his vocals, but also not listened to them a great deal. I kind of wrote them off as that gimmick band in the suits way back when.


Over the last year or so I really latched onto both Depeche Mode and The Cure, after really just only knowing major hits for many years. Love them both now.

Ulver I was never big into until this new album. But I would give "Shadows of the Sun" and "Perdition City" a shot. "War of the Roses" also is pretty good. They also just released a 3 song EP which essentially extends the sound of their new album a few more songs, which I highly appreciated.

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