Vangough – Warpaint (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Vangough
Album: Warpaint
Genre: Metal
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 353 MB
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Warpaint is an album that took me by surprise. I had been a big fan of their previous full length Between the Madness for a few years now, and found out about this album while scrolling through the new releases on the 17th. This is an album that seems calculated. It’s the kind of work where the influences are obvious (Pain of Salvation is the usual suspect for them, but I have a feeling their lineup has also been listening to a lot of Leprous and Opeth, with a hint of Alice in Chains showing up in the vocal harmonies) at the same time, it sounds distinctly like them. It is a concept album, but in a looser sense. This is an album about facing the death of a dream, with some healthy frustration about the state of society mixed in. Clay Withrow, Vangough’s primary songwriter has stated in an interview recently he was frustrated by the poor performance of the last album, and his music career in general. Since Between the Madness he has taken on a corporate job and feels as though he has to let go of his desire to make it.

These emotions are well represented in the music. At times frantically, and others at a sludgy pace. The pace of the album is well represented by the opening track, where a glittery (but rather familiar) arpeggio over a creeping bassline gives way to a syncopated breakdown. Vocal delivery throughout this album switches between frustrated and gritty upper register belting, to more somber soft laments, to more traditional fully harmonized choruses, and yes, to death growls rarely. The feel of this album is at once completely dejected and triumphantly defiant. The music, when heavy has a good mix of simple chords over a rhythm and nasty guitar riffs. Nothing is particularly standout in terms of skill. This is not a virtuoso album, and really it wouldn’t fit. Guitar solos aim toward simpler and bluesier than shreddy. There are chops, but that isn’t what grabs you. There is a lot of melody in this album. Each song is packed with singable (but not in a cheesy way) parts across all instruments. The drumming is at times simpler, but will surprise you with some interesting fills just when you start to get bored. The dynamics are very interesting, across tracks there is clearly a good amount of different ideas coming to the forefront, but they all feel cohesive. Track transitions are not very noticeable, it tends to feel like one piece.

It isn’t all rainbows. The mix at times gets a little muddy. Some of the solos are really low in the mix, which frustrated me. Some of the songs overuse sections (but on the flip side of that, there are prominent themes that are well variated). This is a moody and at times sappy album. If that isn’t something you enjoy, this album might not be for you. It isn’t a perfect album, but if you’re a fan of their influences you’re sure to love this offering. Altogether whether you’ve heard them before, or this is your first time listening, give Vangough’s Warpaint a shot if you like groovy progressive rock with clean vocals that decided to get lost in the mud of metal.

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Within Temptation – Collection (1997-2014) [FLAC]

Within Temptation - Collection (1997-2014) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Within Temptation
Album: Collection
Genre: Metal
Year: 1997-2014
Size: ~ 10.83 GB
Source: CDs, Digital download
Format: FLAC, APE (image + .cue / tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Goth metal stars Within Temptation marry the guitar-driven force of hard rock with the sweep and grandeur of symphonic music, and the results have made them one of the most popular bands ever in the Netherlands. Within Temptation were formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, who are partners on stage and off. Within Temptation’s early material caught the attention of the Dutch label DSFA, which signed the group to a record deal; the band’s first album, Enter, was released in 1997. Up until this time, Within Temptation had been a studio project, but the success of the album led to invitations to play several live shows, including the Dynamo Music Festival, one of the biggest live music events in the Netherlands. Within Temptation demonstrated their strength as a concert act, and began playing Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Booked to play Dynamo’s main stage in 1998, Within Temptation felt recording new material was in order, and they released the Dance EP for the occasion. Shortly afterwards, Within Temptation went on hiatus as the group’s members dealt with personal commitments and Westerholt and den Adel built a studio for their ambitious recording projects.

In late 2000, Within Temptation returned with their second full-length album (and first for Sony), Mother Earth, and the band continued to appear at major music festivals in Europe and the Netherlands; the album was a major commercial success, and the song “Ice Queen” was released as a single, rising to number two on the Dutch charts. After several years of steady touring (including major festival appearances in France and Mexico), Within Temptation returned to the studio to record their third album, 2004’s The Silent Force, an ambitious project featuring a full orchestra and 80-voice choir accompanying the band. It was their first disc to be released simultaneously in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, and became a major commercial success, going platinum at home and reaching the Top Ten in Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Finland. Having become the Netherlands’ best-selling international act, Within Temptation finally landed an American record deal with the venerable metal imprint Roadrunner, which released their fourth album, The Heart of Everything, in 2007. Black Symphony, a live CD/DVD recorded at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam with a full choir and orchestra, followed in 2008.

Their 2011 effort The Unforgiving was a concept album heavily influenced by ’80s pop and rock, and supported by a series of short films as well as a comic book written by Steven O’Connell. It was a great commercial success, hitting the top ten in seven European countries, and the band toured heavily in promotion of it. In 2012 the band’s contract with Roadrunner came to an end and they decided to self-release their next album, signing distribution deals with Nuclear Blast for the USA and, strangely, Dramatico, Mike Batt’s pop label and home to Katie Melua, for the UK. Their sixth album, Hydra, was slated for release in February 2014 and saw them branching out into a number of new and unexpected styles, as symbolized by the titular, many-headed mythical beast. It included guest vocal performances by Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, rapper Xzibit, and former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen on the single “Paradise (What About Us?).” ~ Mark Deming

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Primal Fear – Collection (1998-2017) [FLAC]

Primal Fear - Collection (1998-2017) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Primal Fear
Album: Collection
Genre: Metal
Year: 1998-2017
Size: ~ 7.05 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The European power metal combo Primal Fear has been kicking around the metal underground for years, refining their brand of melodic riffing and soaring vocals. Their sound, highly influenced by Gamma Ray (who has traded members with this band) and Judas Priest, was introduced on their 1998 eponymous debut. The following year found them gathering a press following when Jaws of Death garnered positive reviews from most respectable metal critics. On top of that, their European popularity flourished as power metal enjoyed moderate success in the overseas mainstream. Nuclear Fire followed in 2001, leading to their first U.S. appearances in the guise of several large metal festivals throughout the year. They returned to the studio in early 2002, recording and releasing Black Sun by the end of spring. 2004’s Devil’s Ground and 2005’s Seven Seals saw the band expanding their fan base via a run of heavy touring, including a European and Japanese tour with Helloween, and 2007’s New Religion featured a guest vocal from Epica’s Simone Simons, as well as ambitious orchestral arrangements from Matz Ulmer and Mat Sinner. 2009 saw the release of the band’s eighth studio long player, 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead), followed in 2012 by a string of well-received LPs that included Unbreakable (2011), Delivering the Black (2014), and Rulebreaker (2016).

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Megadeth – Collection (1985-2016) [FLAC]

Megadeth - Collection (1985-2016) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Megadeth
Album: Collection
Genre: Metal
Year: 1985-2016
Size: ~ 8.41 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine’s dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, the band is credited as one of the genre’s “big four” with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal’s development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements. Themes of death, war, politics and religion are prominent in the song lyrics.

In 1985, the band released its debut album on the independent label Combat Records. The album’s moderate commercial success caught the attention of bigger labels, which led to Megadeth signing with Capitol Records. Their first major-label album, Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, was released in 1986 and influenced the underground metal scene. Despite its prominence in thrash metal, frequent disputes between its members and substance abuse issues brought Megadeth negative publicity during this period.

After the lineup stabilized, the band released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Rust in Peace (1990) and Countdown to Extinction (1992). These albums, along with touring worldwide, helped bring public recognition to Megadeth. The band temporarily disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and re-established in 2004 without bassist Ellefson, who had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson settled with Mustaine out of court and rejoined the group in 2010. Megadeth has hosted its own music festival, Gigantour, several times since mid-2005.

As of 2014, Megadeth had sold 50 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for five of its fifteen studio albums, and received twelve Grammy nominations. Megadeth won its first Grammy Award in 2017 for the song “Dystopia” in the Best Metal Performance category. The band’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead, regularly appears on album artwork and, since 2010, in live shows. The group has experienced controversy over its musical approach and lyrics, including canceled concerts and album bans. MTV has refused to play two of the band’s videos that the network considered to condone suicide.

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Ex Eye – Ex Eye (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Ex Eye - Ex Eye (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Ex Eye
Album: Ex Eye
Genre: Metal
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 300.99 MB
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

EX EYE was conceived during the sessions for Colin Stetson’s landmark 2016 album, Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony. Liturgy drummer Greg Fox and keyboardist Shahzad Ismaily (Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3) both played on that record, and the trio undertook discussions of forming a band that engaged black and post-metal aesthetics. Stetson reached out to his longtime friend, guitarist Toby Summerfield, and the quartet commenced playing festivals. Relapse Records heard and signed them almost on the spot. This debut four-track album embraces and challenges accepted notions about post-metal, black metal, and doom metal.

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The Interbeing – Among the Amorphous (2017) [WEB FLAC]

The Interbeing - Among the Amorphous (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: The Interbeing
Album: Among the Amorphous
Genre: Metal
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 313 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

What we’ve seen so far from The Interbeing has been impressive, even though the Danish tech-industrialists have been painfully slow to release their second album. Their 2011 debut, Edge Of The Obscure, melded Fear Factory-esque steel riffery with sinister djent ambience to nightmarish effect. Six years on, the band have finally arrived at Among The Amorphous, an epic, sci-fi, dystopian concept album. The dark undercurrent that rippled through their earlier material has seeped cinematically into …Amorphous’s every pore, including the Matrix-meets-Covenant artwork. Spiral Into Existence is a bold opener, flexing polyrhythmic muscles with a hulk of a chorus, and the band start as they mean to go on. A brutal salvo follows with Deceptive Signal, Sins Of The Mechanical and Borderline Human, each precise and punishing with excellent choruses that rise from the twisted metal below, bathed in apocalyptic electronics. And while Meshuggah influences abound on tracks like Pinnacle Of The Strain, they feed rather than consume the music. Let’s hope album number three arrives soon.

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Motorhead – Collection (1977-2015) [FLAC]

Motorhead - Collection (1977-2015) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Motorhead
Album: Collection
Genre: Metal
Year: 1977-2015
Size: ~ 14.7 gb
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Motrhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to, or one of the earliest members of, the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motrhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums.

Motrhead released 23 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years. Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep ’til Hammersmith cemented Motrhead’s reputation as a top-tier rock band.The band are ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.As of 2016, they have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

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