Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 7
It’s been quite fascinating to see the picks of 2014 by two colleagues at Metal State, first RiffRaff (Matt), then WarpRider (Reggie). We didn’t consult each other about our lists. We did expect that we’d each by touched more deeply than the others by certain types of metal. When Irmelinis (Mik the SuperSwede) posts her selection, I’ve no doubt her list will be as different as the lists posted by us blokes/guys/fellows/chaps/dudes.
This makes me (ChristopherMammal, aka Old Fart) feel very warm inside. When I was a young man, you either liked metal or you didn’t. There were only two types to choose from initially, heavy metal or doom metal, and they were pretty much the same thing anyway back then. Now there are as many genres and sub-genres of metal as there are member states of the United Nations. Long may the Metal Universe continue to expand.
Game of 2014
Yes, playing Scrabble with a real board and letter tiles is so twentieth century. Our board is so old and worn that it’s held together by adhesive tape in many places, and some of the black paint in the recessed letter tiles is starting to wear pretty thin.
Most evenings my wife, Lynn (Sexiest Creature On Planet), and I play two or three games. It’s a super-refreshing break from the routine of household and other chores and probably a healthy retreat from the computer that holds me in the glare of its monitor for so many hours a day. The cats seldom jump on the table and scatter tiles all over the floor.
Countdown: Metal Albums
12. Behemoth – The Satanist
(Poland, Death/Black Metal)
11. Haken – Restoration
(UK, Progressive Metal)
10. Eira – Lacrimosa
(USA, Progressive Death Metal)
Countdown: Progressive Rock Albums
4. JPL (Jean-Pierre Louveton) – MMXIV
(France, Crossover Progressive Rock)
Countdown: Jazz & Jazz-Related Albums
4. Mats/Morgan – [schacki-tati]
(Sweden, Avant-Garde Jazz-Prog Fusion)