Originally Posted by carp
Hmm - never heard of Atrophy but I like the description on Amazon, I see they are compared to Testament and Sodom.
Hey Carp, thought I'd check out your thread.
BTW, Atrophy is some of the tightest thrash you'll ever hear.
Holy smokes! 740+ posts. It'll take me a while to get through it.
I'm not going to go through my whole metal history because I'm older than most here and there's a lot of it. When I was knee high to a grasshopper my first album was Black Sabbath's Paranoid. I've been hooked on metal ever since.
Besides Judas Priest, not much happened in metal until about 1982-83, so I was into a lot of progressive rock during the mid-late 70's. All of a sudden these British bands like Angel Witch and Witchfinder General started coming out. But 1984 was the year I went full-fledged. That's when I first heard a few Metallica songs. Quickly followed by an album that was my favorite for a long time, is still my favorite doom album of all time and still receives regular play - Trouble's Psalm 9. From 1984-91 I bought just about every piece of thrash, doom and power metal that was worthwhile. You name it I probably have (had - some was stolen) it. About 1991 grunge came out and basically drove metal underground again. I never got into 1990's death metal because it was too chaotic (although just recently I've found a few from that period that are excellent). Every once in a while a good piece would be released, like Fight's A Small Deadly Space, and I'd snap it up, but 1992-2002 was basically metal's Dark Ages for me.
Around 2003-4 some worthwhile metal started to pop up again and some death metal went "groovy" instead of chaotic. And that's mostly what I listen to today. Bands like:
Cataract (best metalcore I know of, especially their With Triumph Comes Loss),
Kataklysm (I'm obsessed with their last four albums),
Cannibal Corpse's Evisceration Plague,
Chimaira's 2004 self-titled and Resurrection,
Killswitch Engage's End of Heartache,
Dawn of Demise,
Full Blown Chaos,
The Agony Scene,
Machinehead's The Blackening,
and many others.
As I go through the thread I'll see if I can answer any questions.