Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #12 – #10

MetalCatHow reliably descriptive are genre labels? Often, not very. Two bands today illustrate a case in point. “Progressive metal” is too sweeping for the label-makers, so Darkwater and Aghora have both been labelled “progressive heavy metal”. Even so, they play very different types of metal. Darkwater slots in comfortably alongside Dream Theater or Symphony X. Aghora is much more avant-garde, better matched with the likes of To-Mera or Scale The Summit.

As for The Vision Bleak… well, dark metal is dark metal and this song is beautiful (so are the other two today, of course). Dark Metal Cat is purring in harmony. The music is labelled symphonic dark, although I would have said it was more Gothic.


2007, #12: Darkwater – All Eyes On Me

Album: Calling the Earth to Witness
Country: Sweden
Genre: Progressive Heavy Metal


2007, #11: Aghora – Atmas Heave

Album: Formless
Country: USA
Genre: Progressive Heavy Metal


2007, #10: The Vision Bleak – Evil is of Old Date

Album: The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey
Country: Germany
Genre: Symphonic Dark Metal



About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on October 7, 2014, in Mammal's 21-Year Hit Parade and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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