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Now Playing: Deafening's Playlist

Greetings metal heads, here is my first Now Playing column. This should give an outline on what I am either praising or bitching about …

Whilst waiting for the new In Flames album to show itself I have been occupying myself with Arch Enemy’s “Doomsday Machine” album, as well as Nevermore’s “This Godless Endeavor” and I have managed to give Fear Factory’s “Transgression” a listen to as well.

Being an Arch Enemy fan right from the “Black Earth” album I have become very demanding when it comes to expectations from the band and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed from this latest work.

Personally, I find it is the kind of album that you could play from start to finish without having to skip a single track. There are not a lot of albums out there that I can say the same for.

A while back when I had first heard “Enemies of Reality” by Nevermore I was not an instant fan but I felt the band was definitely worth investigating further. I listened to a couple of more songs and although not becoming a die hard fan I definitely had them in a playlist or two. However after listening to their latest work “This Godless Endeavor” I can say I have gone from the kind of fan that just listens and nods to going out and raving about the band. It’s truly an exceptional piece of work that any metal head should make an effort in listening to. I look forward to some more work from these guys.

Being quite a big Fear Factory fan I am sad to report that “Transgression” is far from being a hallmark Fear Factory album. I found that a lot of the elements that were unique to Fear Factory’s sound were scrapped and it seems to me that the band is perhaps trying to create some new kind of sound. Although I would not say it is a terrible album I will say that even the most hardcore Fear Factory fan should give it a listen to before parting with their hard earned cash. I found about three tracks from the album that I enjoy listening to.

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LordAgony's avatar

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1. LordAgony writes:

Hmmm....Arch Enemy huh?

I hate chick lead singers...they sound like sh**....

Other than that, you mentioned some pretty good bands...

# Oct 10, 2005 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

Arch Enemy's latest isn't bad, but I like Anthems a little more for its thrashiness. I need to look into Nevermore - I like what I've heard, but never really listened to a full CD of theirs.

# Oct 10, 2005 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RollMonkey writes:

What? You like Arch Enemy after Burning Brides? Weird.

I've heard that Transgression was a horrible album, so I never gave it a listen. I don't have high expectations.

And do lok into Nevermore. Dead Heart in a Dead World was my favorite album by them, but that's just me.

# Oct 10, 2005 @ 9:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Indeed. Archenemy are kind of hit and miss for me...still deciding which singer I like better, I personally liked "Burning Bridges" and "Wages of Sin" better than "Anthems" but have yet to write the band off yet or listen to the new one.

Alot of people jumped on the Archenemy bandwagon because of the new singer (there was a major shift in the crowd size when "Wages" came out and "Ravenous" was getting airplay)...there was a great deal of publicity surrounding Angella Gassow being a death metal vocalist with a voice that many had assumed was a guy as well.

Fear Factory sorta lost me after "Obsolete" (their last solid record) but "Archetype" was at least decent....Not too keen on "Transgression" but Fear Factory had to come to this juncture, I think they've burnt themselves out, especially without Dino. Bask in the greatness of "Obsolete" and "Demanufacture" when it comes to FF their glory days are long gone.

I really do need to checkout Nevermore, I can scarcely call myself a metal fan and not know something about them but I honestly don't, they flew under my radar. So I'm picking their latest up in the next couple of paychecks.

# Oct 10, 2005 @ 11:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
deathbringer's avatar

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5. deathbringer writes:

There's just too much good metal out there to have heard it all. That's why we're running this site and these columns - to get people introduced to more metal and even give some recommendations!

# Oct 11, 2005 @ 12:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. dravenmaxx writes:

Good calls all through! I'm glad AE made this list 'cause after seeing them tear Edmonton apart opening for Cradle of Filth before last Christmas anyone who might say a female can't lead growling should have their testicals checked for malfunctions! Long live Nevermore and well, as much of a let down as Fear Factory has been lately, I'll never denounce what they HAVE done! Long live metal!

# Oct 11, 2005 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. key to nothing writes:

the only problem with angela on vocals is that she is rather basic with her songwriting,her lyrics are pretty cheesy but can inspiring to some degree,vocally she can scowl like any of the guys so dont tell me she "sounds like sh**",i also think people overate how "good looking " she actually is,pretty average in that area if ya ask me

# Oct 11, 2005 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RollMonkey writes:

Seeing Arch Enemy live is a great show, no matter what.

Angela is a pretty horrible songwriter. All we need to do is hear the words "Carniverous Jesus" for proof in that. But seeing them live is amazing, and Angela's got a fine metal voice. At least it's not Kittie.

But still, each CD seems to be getting a step down. Wages of Sin had a couple songs for it, Anthems had Dead Eyes and maybe two or three more, and I've yet to really give DM a good spin, just been putting it off to listen to new tunes (Like the new DevilDriver, maybe).

# Oct 11, 2005 @ 7:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. DEADGUY writes:

Michael Amott writes 90% of the lyrics for Arch Enemy

# Oct 12, 2005 @ 12:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. JPMETALUNDERGROUND writes:

Nevermore's Neon Black Album is better I think

# Oct 12, 2005 @ 2:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. thereshitonthewalls writes:

Ah, Fear Factory and Arch Enemy, right up my alley!

I'm seeing Arch Enemy in 2/3 weeks, which I'm looking forward to. Doomsday Machine is good, but it ain't that good. Especially if you listen to it after Burning Bridges or Wages of Sin. Angela is an excellent vocalist, but I found her performance a bit weak on DM.

I actually thought Transgression was big step in the RIGHT direction for Fear Factory. Since dumping Dino's fat a$$ after career lowpoint Digimortal they gone from strength to strength. Demanufacture and Obsolete are obviously their peak output, but Transgression isn't that much worse. Actually it's only the U2 cover and weaker tracks like Supernova or New Promise that drag down Transgression's score.

I thought Nevermore were balls when I first heard them 6 years ago. I think I'll give them another chance though... I seem to remember that Warrel Dane had a rather insipidly weak voice, but I don't remember it that well.

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