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Sunday, April 16, 2006

It's all over.

It's true, it's over.

The last few weeks I've been thinking a lot about the blog, about its purpose. I know what I'm doing, how good and how bad it is.

Yesterday, I got emails from many people living around the world, from Chile to Lithuania. They have the same passion for metal music just like you and me, and they thanked me for what I've been doing here. It's the good thing about the blog, many people get to know some great bands and really have some good time with the music.

Last week Chris Black from Pharaoh contacted me, he complained about my blog. It's the bad thing about the blog, it's not right to distribute music without permission, even when you just share it with some friends. People hurt when you show little respect to what they've done.

I've been uploading about 200 albums within the last 3 months. I could never imagine of this number when I started this blog.

The blog's rank on Alexa is 4431 at the moment I'm writing these words. It's very very high and I admit that it's a big surprise to me. I could never know that my blog would become one of the most well-known addresses on the Internet. I have never been prepared for it.

Another reason is that I'm too busy with my study and my work. I'm in the university from 6h30 to 11h30. From 13h to 17h I work as a freelancer, do several things from coding/designing templates for Content Management Systems like Joomla, ModX,... to modeling 3D mechanical parts. Usually this was the time when I upload those cds and share them with you. But my study is getting harder, a lot of projects to do and I must concentrate on them. It's beyond my ability to keep uploading cds like this.

So I think it's time to close the blog. Sooner or later, I know this day will come. I'll keep the blog online until April 30. After that day, it'll be offline.

I'm sorry about my promises to reupload some cds for you. I can't keep it.

Thank you for all your sharings and encouragements. Thank you for reading and understanding my decision.

Huỳnh Thế An (Andy Wong)
a Vietnamese die-hard metalhead

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Keep of Kalessin - Armada (2006)

Black Metal

1. Surface
2. Crown of the Kings
3. Into the Fire
4. Vengeance Rising
5. Winged Watcher
6. The Black Uncharted
7. Many Are We
8. Deluge
9. The Wealth of Darkness
10. Armada


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Diablo - Mimic 47 (2006)

Melodic Death Metal



Dimness Through Infinity - Nymph (2004)

Ambient Doom Metal

by Icewind Dale

1. Celestial Divinity
2. And Begins The Tragedy...
3. Lurid (1st path)
4. Dying Embrace
5. Mourning (part I)
6. The Solitude Echoes
7. Mourning (part II)
8. Woe to Nymph 05:42
9. Unknown Foliages, Faraway
10. Lurid (2nd path)
11. Tepid Romance In The Lunar Charm
12. Down & The Fallen
13. In The Forest of Melancholy


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Moonspell - Memorial (2006)

Gothic Metal

1. In Memoriam
2. Finisterra
3. Memento Mori
4. Sons of Earth
5. Blood Tells
6. Upon the Blood of Men
7. At the Image of Pain
8. Sanguine
9. Proliferation
10. Once It Was Ours!
11. Mare Nostrum
12. Luna
13. Best Forgotten


Dark Lunacy - The Diarist (2006)

'Dramatic' Melodic Death Metal

guys and gals, here comes the long awaited album: The Diarist.

my first impression: as usual, a lot of unique Dark Lunacy melodies. each song brings you something new and different to sink in. there're even some soft, smooth, sweet moments in the album.

although imo it doesn't as good as the previous albums, it's still a very good album of 2006. i know i'll listen to this cd for a long time more.

1. Aurora
2. Play Dead
3. Pulkovo Meridian
4. The Diarist
5. Snowdrifts
6. Now Is Forever
7. On Memory's White Sleigh
8. Heart Of Leningrad
9. Prospekt
10. Motherland
11. The Farewell Song


Ian Parry - Visions (2006)

Progressive Metal

"After the release of his highly acclaimed Progressive Rock Opera Trilogy “Terra Incognita” CONSORTIUM PROJECT III, Ian Parry delivers his 1st solo CD in 10 years since the release of “Thru’ the looking-glass”.

“Visions” is a fusion between Power Metal and Classic Rock, enhanced by Ian’s passionate lead vocals and outstanding melodic female choirs. This is a quality dynamic metal production from this well respected vocalist/ songwriter and producer.

For the past 2 years Ian has been working on his 4th solo CD “Visions”. This new solo album is surely something Ian and his loyal fans can be proud of as Ian shares some of his personal experiences and a view of life in a multi-cultural society. Ian says: “This time I wanted to try something more modern and commercial, but still containing the raw energetic power from my years of progressive rock and symphonic metal. I also thought particularly long and hard about the lyrical content of the songs. I hope my passion will touch the hearts of many”.

The album features appearances by some of the leading musicians of the current scene. Having a career covering more than 2 decades producing many albums including ELEGY and CONSORTIUM PROJECT, Ian’s experience can be fully recognized in this new solo offering. In short, “Visions” is a touch of magic." - Escape Music


Monday, April 10, 2006

Regicide - Break The Silence (2006)

Gothic Metal

i like it when more & more bands are using violins like this cd. but ho ho, it cannot match Dark Lunacy.

oh and F.A.M.E. Recordings is also the current label of Schandmaul. they have some cool albums i must say :)

1. Plastic Dove
2. The Hanger-On
3. Pirates
4. Nothing In Here
5. Break The Silence
6. A World Without Oceans
7. This Unpredictable Life
8. Forgotten Promises
9. An Embracing Space Pt III
10. Perfect Strings


Zyklon - Disintegrate (2006)

Industrial Death Metal

01. In Hindsight
02. Disintegrate
03. Ways of the World
04. Subversive Faith
05. A Cold Grave
06. Vile Ritual
07. Underdog
08. Wretched
09. Vulture
10. Skinned and Endangered


Sunday, April 09, 2006

Shades Of Dusk - Caress The Despair (2006)

Melodic Death Metal

their debut

1. Shaped to Symbolize
2. Carved Within the Milestones
3. The Mournful Dawn of Existence
4. A Dreadful Melody
5. Into the Abyss of Torments
6. As Daylight Fades
7. Caress the Despair
8. Upon Burning Wings
9. Shades of Dusk


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Novembre - Materia (2006)

Doom Death Metal

The Roman masters of melodic beauty!


Friday, April 07, 2006

Van Der Graaf Generator - Present [2CDs] (2005)

Symphonic Progressive Rock

If there is a band who never got worldwide recognition, but belongs on the same patamar occupied by GENESIS, YES, FLOYD, GENTLE GIANT and ELP, this band is VDGG! Frontman Peter Hammill holds one of the most beautiful voices ever heard, with an infinite range of dynamics added to it, giving an odd atmosphere to the usual thoughful lyrics. Switching from sweet to aggressive moods, the vocals outstand upon a peculiar organ oriented music conducted by the geniality of Hugh Banton, yet counterpointed by beautiful saxes and other wind instruments. - http://www.progarchives.com

CD One: SONGS - 37:29
1. Every Bloody Emperor (7:03)
2. Boleas Panic (6:50)
3. Nutter Alert (6:11)
4. Abandon Ship! (5:07)
5. In Babelsberg (5:30)
6. On the Beach (6:48)

1. Vulcan Meld (7:19)
2. Double Bass (6:34)
3. Slo Moves (6:24)
4. Architectural Hair (8:55)
5. Spanner (5:03)
6. Crux (5:50)
7. Manuelle (7:51)
8. 'Eavy Mate (3:51)
9. Homage to Teo (4:45)
10. The Price of Admission (8:49)

Total Time: 102:50


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Time Requiem - Optical Illusion (2006)

Neo-classical / Progressive Metal

Hmm, can i call it Progressive? Anyway, i like this album.

Time Requiem is a project band of keyboard player Richard Andersson (Majestic).

Here's some info about this album:

"On the first of September 2005 Richard Andersson started to compose the songs for “Optical Illusion”, Time Requiems third studio album. Taking only two months to complete the eight songs, Richard had Göran Edmans voice in mind the whole process through.

Since Richard has always been interested in film music and the way they build up the special movements, just like the classical masters; the music could best be described as neo - progressive film - musical metal...

Everything was recorded, mixed and even mastered in Richards Lipton studio. Having this total control from beginning to end is the fact that the result is vividly stunning. The artwork idea was developed by Richard in collaboration with art director Mattias Norén (I admire his work very much) at Progart Media in Sweden. Mattias has done artwork for artists such as Ayreon, Evergrey and Stratovarius…

“Optical Illusion” will once again prove that Time Requiem is in the elite of bands playing neoclassic influenced metal. Their musicianship is stunning, the songs enticingly progressive, perfectly composed and performed. This is an album for the true neoclassic metal connoisseur." - http://www.anderssonmusic.com/


Planet X - Moonbabies (2002)

Progressive Metal

oh i made a mistake when i typed 2005 in the filename. sorry :D

Derek Sherinian plays keyboards in this project.


Terasbetoni - Metallitotuus (2005)

Power Metal


At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul (1995)

Death Metal / Sweden

An excellent album, i recommend.

by ffiaux


Dark Tranquility - The Gallery (1995)

Melodic Death Metal / Sweden

I don't like those definitions to bands, such as melodic death metal... but what can i do? This is how Dark Tranquility used to be known as and used to be good as. Nowadays they are playing something that i don't like... anyway, an excelent album.

by ffiaux


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Vortex - Imminence Of Death (2005).



Monday, April 03, 2006

Void of Silence - Human Antithesis (2004)

Haunting Doom Metal

1. Human Antithesis
2. Grey Horizon (M.P.H. MMIII)
3. Untitled
4. To a Sickly Child
5. Dark Static Moments

beautifully doomed


Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler (1994)

Black Metal

by Icewind Dale

Taken into the Mountain - A Fairy Tale in 5 Chapters:
1. Chapter I : Lost in a Forest of Trolls
2. Chapter II : The Sun goes down Behind the Hills
3. Chapter III : She Noticed she was being Watched
4. Chapter IV : A Voice is Calling
5. Chapter V : Into the Chambers of the Mountain


Saturday, April 01, 2006

In Extremo - Sünder ohne Zügel (2001)

Medieval Folk Metal

01. Wind
02. Krummavísur
03. Lebensbeichte
04. Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
05. Stetit Puella
06. Vollmond
07. Die Gier
08. Omnia Sol Temperat
09. Le´Or Chiyuchech
10. Der Rattenfänger
11. Óskasteinar
12. Nature Nous Semont
13. Unter Dem Meer


In Extremo - Verehrt und Angespien (1999)

Medieval Folk Metal

01. Merseburger Zaubersprüche
02. Ich Kenne Alles
03. Herr Mannelig
04. Pavane
05. Spielmannsfluch
06. Weiberfell
07. Miss Gordon Of Gight
08. Werd Ich Am Galgen Hochgezogen
09. This Corrosion
10. Santa Maria
11. Vänner Och Frände
12. In Extremo
13. Herr Mannelig (Acoustic Version)


Hate Forest - Sorrow (2005)

Raw Black Metal with Ambient Elements