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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #4 – #1


MetalCatThe theme running through my top four songs of 2011 is Bloody Good Musical Music Performed Bloody Well.

By the way, elephants don’t have four knees. That’s a common misconception among people who are interested in knees and/or elephants. Like other mammals, they have knees on their hind legs, not the front pair.

Dark Metal Cat slept last night with one knee on my ear. When I try to move him he bites me. No elephants have ever done that.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #8 – #5


MetalCatThis has nothing directly to do with my hit parade except that good singers don’t use AutoTune. Today I heard something so ridiculous that my beard grew inwards by a few centimetres. Dark Metal Cat laughed so hard that he vomited on my desk.

Get this… “What’s wrong with AutoTune? Why shouldn’t singers use electronics to make their voices sound in tune? Your bands use electricity to make their guitars sound loud.”

If you don’t happen to know what AutoTune is, the Mammal Dictionary defines it as “something that makes you vomit on your desk.”

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #12 – #9


MetalCatPart 1: “Nayh,” I hear a few of you say in strange accents, “you’re revealing your other true colours. Yesterday was all prog metal. Today it’s almost all folk metal. You’re just a Simon & Garfunkel in a dirndl that would look much better on a Vraulein with less hair on her knees.”

 

 

 

Laura Binder, Sarah Layssac, Masha Scream

Part 2: Have I mentioned that I love Laura ❤ Binder of Dalriada?
Part 3: Have I mentioned that I love Sarah ❤ Layssac of Arkan?
Part 4: Have I mentioned that I love Masha ❤ Scream of Arkona?

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #16 – #13


MetalCat“So, Mammal, your true colours are really showing now,” a few of you say, although not in tune with each other. “Four songs today, and all of them are progressive metal. You’re just a hippie in metalhead clothing.”

“Not true!” I protest, in perfect harmony with myself. “I’m a hybrid. It just happens that my favourite songs sorted themselves this way when I was compiling my hit parade.”

Dark Metal Cat adds, “Yeah, and a non-metal creature listening to those four songs consecutively wouldn’t ask if they were all prog metal, it would ask if they’re the same kind of music at all apart from having guitars and drums.”

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #20 – #17


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Rare photograph of a New Zealand alligator playing the Belgian violin.

Yet again today I encountered some of the weird prejudices that prevail in the world of popular music, as in FM radio and the current Top 20 Best-Marketed Hits of the Week.

The young fellow I spoke to in a store was surprised that someone of my age, which is 64, would listen to modern music at all [Prejudice 1]. He was even more surprised that I would listen to something as weird as metal [Prejudice 2]. When I mentioned that I would be posting some of my favourite music from Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand, he exclaimed: “Oh, well, I wouldn’t listen to it anyway. I don’t listen to anything unless it’s from England or America because I can’t understand the words [Prejudice 3].”

I could add [Ignorance 1] but maybe they don’t speak English in New Zealand. Isn’t it a region in Mongolia?

 

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Concert Review – Machine Head – London, 3 Dec 11


It was a hungry crowd at London’s Wembley Arena on 3 Dec 2011.  Metal is what they wanted and metal is what they got.  Machine Head with special guests Darkest Hour, DevilDriver, and Bring Me The Horizon brought an old and new style of metal to the London audience.  Some of it was highly appreciated and some of it wasn’t.  I will get to that later.  I was happy to be part of the experience, though my ear drums are paying for it today and probably for the next few days.  It was one of the loudest shows I have experienced in the last several years.

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Concert Review- Opeth- Alcatraz, Milan, Italy- Nov.24, 2011


For years upon years I’ve waited for my opportunity to experience a live Opeth concert.  Whenever they would go out and tour, where ever I happened to be is the place they were not.  So, when I found out that they would be performing at the now famous Alcatraz Night Club in Milan, Italy, which is a stones throw away from my humble abode, I dove at the opportunity and grabbed tickets as fast as I could.  Content, you could say so.  And then to sweeten the deal another band I hold in very high regards, Pain of Salvation, announced that they would be taking the support slot for the show.  Needless to say, I went from content to elated.  Not since when I got my hands on my first Iron Maiden concert tickets did I wait in such anticipation for a concert.  Finally after months of being suspended in a bated breath November 24th rolled around and there I was, beer in hand, watching Daniel Gildenlöw of P.o.S. demonstrate his unearthly voice as him and the rest of the band poured out every ounce of their souls on the stage putting on a wonderful and high energy show.

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“Tragedy’s A’Comin'” From Primus


The long awaited official taste of new material from Primus has finally arrived.  The new single is called “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” and shows the more upbeat and funky side of the oddballs.  While listening to it I couldn’t help but notice how similar it sounds to “The Ballad of Bodatious” off of Antipop and has the feel of many of the songs off The Brown Album.  That’s not to say it’s Primus ripping off Primus and it’s not a great tune, it just seems to lack that something that I was expecting to hear(that something being a sound closer to what was put forth on thier 2003 EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People).  It does contain a feel similar to Les Claypools solo projects, where he also worked closely with now full time Primus drummer Jay Lane, which I feel will have a large impact on the album.

In the end I really dig the song even if it wasn’t what I was expecting and look forward to hearing Green Naugahyde in September.  I’m sure it will be an album that infuses the many styles of Primus that Priums has worked up over their illustrius career.  What do all you think?

Best of 2011, So Far….


It’s now July 2011 and we have hit the halfway point in the year.  So far there have been tons of outstanding metal releases and there will be some upcoming releases to hit in the second half of the year(September is going to be one hell of a month).  I’d like to present you with my top 10 favorite albums to be released so far in 2011.  Let’s see how many maintain their hold till the end of the year.  A few I haven’t gotten around to reviewing but be sure that will eventually pop up soon.  And as always, what were your favorite albums for the first half of 2011.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Machine Head releases the Locust


Long time metal band Machine Head have released an advanced mix of a song titled “Locust” which will be on their unnamed upcoming September release.  Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

While I think that the song is pretty damn good, there is a lot missing in the production department.  The drums especially don’t sound very well mixed and don’t hit as hard as the drums in a Machine Head song should.  The bass is practically inaudible and the vocals are way too high in the mix.  The tone of the guitars sounds off to me also, it’s as if the mixer jacked up the treble and left it as so.  Since this is an advance mix, I’m not letting the lousy production quality of this track weigh in on my anticipation of the album, but come on guys, you can afford a lot better production for a taste of the new album for the fans.