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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #2 – #1


MetalCatOpeth does it again, taking Number One spot for the fourth time in the nine annual lists I’ve selected so far. Arjen Lucassen also does well again, this time with Ambeon.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #4 – #3


MetalCatBorknagar’s folk black metal pops up again today, but I think this is the first appearance of Gojira’s thrash death in my selections. I could try to remember but that won’t work. I don’t even remember… now what was it I don’t remember? Damn. I could check on my year-by-year lists but that would mean switching on the computer. I’m not feeling very energetic today. Dark Metal Cat says I should do as he does and sleep 20 hours a day.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #6 – #5


MetalCatIncluding today’s posts, I see five of my six selections so far for 2001 are various types of black metal. My Zulu friends would approve if Zulus liked metal. Few do. One who does is my almost-grandson, Simphiwe, now all of 11 years old, who calls me Mkhulu (Grandfather). He’s not wild about black metal, though. He likes death. He’ll happily listen to a couple of death albums in a row. For an 11-year-old, concentrating on anything for that long is quite remarkable.

He’s good friends with Dark Metal Cat. They both mosh like aces.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #8 – #7


MetalCatIt’s a dark, moonless night in my home territory of Zululand tonight. It’s a perfect setting for two different kinds of black metal in this installment of my hit parade.

Dark Metal Cat thinks I can’t see him when he prowls through the garden on nights like this. Ha! All I have to do is follow the lead from his guitar.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #10 – #9


MetalCatMy opening selections for 2001 unrelentingly show what a musical hybrid I am. I’m grateful the other Metal State writers tolerate me. They probably do so only because of my youthful, boyish charm and my vast wealth.

Number 10 is prog metal but it could fit comfortably in a classic prog rock set. Number 9 is undeniably metal but its opening minute and the string interludes could be classic heavy prog.

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