In deed, it's pretty awesome (in a negative way) that Symbol of Life & Host beat Draconian Times & Icon... I love Paradise Lost experimentation... but... c'mon guys, THOSE are their better records. PERIOD.
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@versionfiv: I'm glad for such a well-researched opinion, but I beg to differ. There was a huge, HUGE amount of very good and genre-defining releases in that time period. Also: I love it how disagreeing with people makes you labelled as a "troll", metal community is certainly open-minded.
I love everything PL released so far but I have to admit I agree with you, I much more prefer a little bit of courage, and dammit all my favorite albums are actually among 1997 and 2005 in every metal subgenre
@ Borreh: hahaha, yeah, it has always been. And every year has its own great releases in any genre. Looking at his profile it seems, that this guy is a lot into extreme Metal. In this genre (I also listen to it) there have been a wee bit lesser sublime releases in the timescale he mentioned, I agree with that leastwise. Nevertheless, be good children! And keep on rockin' !!
But I am open minded, and I get to know a lot of gems regardless of the genre or heaviness. I'm just tired that every single band currently tries to sound as heavy and "down-to-roots" as it can. It gets more tiresome than nu metal in the 2000's.
@trollborreh "Everyone does that nowadays. "Fuck all the nuance and maturity we gained through the years, let's play MORE METAL!" - This altitude resulted in a huge number of boring releases. In the 2000's the metal bands were searching, experimenting, trying new things." 99% of metal releases from 97-2005 were TOTAL SHIT.
If the new album is just about surrendering to demands, the demands must have been "make us feel more miserable". It seems like a natural progression to me. The mid-tempo death doom dirges are like reminiscences of the past, while the melodic and somber sounds they developed in later years are still present and entwined within. They've come full circle.
Everyone does that nowadays. "Fuck all the nuance and maturity we gained through the years, let's play MORE METAL!" - This altitude resulted in a huge number of boring releases. In the 2000's the metal bands were searching, experimenting, trying new things. Now every second one of those olders bands tries to prove they are the most trv brvtal thing around and conitues to throw out generic, uninspired stuff, that gets 10/10 reviews because it's HEAVY. Apparently the only real indicator of music's quality.
It does indeed seem that any band 'going back to their roots' automatically receives a lot of 'blind' praise without judging it by the actual quality of the music, same issue with the last Megadeth album.. which I think is quite boring. But because it's supposedly an all-out thrash album, everyone's raving about it. I was quite stoked for The Plague Within because I could definitely see them pull it off succesfully, but sadly I also have to say it's a hit or miss album, with more 'misses' than 'hits' i.m.o. Shame because I love the previous 3 albums.
First song I heard from The Plague Within blew me away. Months later I got to hear the new album and am somehow disappointed. Great great songs and mediocre songs, but the real problem is that I just don't hear it as an honest release, more like an album fans demanded from them and they made to follow the current Old School Metal trend.