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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #1 – Death Knell (Ghost)

Death Knell is defined two ways; 1.  Something that heralds death or destruction and 2.  A bell rung to announce a death.  For the purpose of 21 Days of Doomsday, we’ll go with definition #2.  It is lights out; time to ring the bell for humankind…an experiment gone bad…dead at the hands of (most likely) ourselves.

Ok enough of that.  It was fun making a list for doomsday at the expense of the Mayans who probably just decided they had gone far enough and wanted to focus on other things.  Perhaps they were wiped out, who knows? The bottom line is that we will all wakeup on the 22nd and prepare to spend the end of 2012 in a festive manner fitting to your culture.  We hope you enjoyed this particular countdown, it’s the only time it is going to happen.  There probably could have been a better #1 out there, but Death Knell defined seemed so appropriate.  Have a good, hopefully uneventful, night.


21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #5 – Doomsday (Six Feet Under)

If there were even a band to emphasize death and dying, Six Feet Under would be one of…well, many.  Today’s song of the countdown is Doomsday and comes off the album Commandment released in 2007.  This is one of several songs Six Feet Under centers around zombies…they seem to be popular these days.  I suppose the Mayans could not possibly predict a zombie infestation, but if that’s the case zombies move pretty slowly which increases my odds of survival.  I hope you enjoy this fine Monday and Six Feet Under kicking off our last five days till doomsday.

…death is now on its way waiting to end today
sludge of the human waste you will have died in pain
a plague has been let loose
sickness within us grows
death is now on its way waiting to end today…doomsday

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #8 – Troops of Doom (Sepultura)

Most rumors and predictions concerning the end of the world on the 21st revolve around some sort of natural world destruction.  They even made a movie about it (2012)…lots of special effects if you like that kind of thing.  I can’t imagine troops of any kind causing the world to end unless it is with the push of a few buttons or an alien invasion.  Needless to say, I have not prepped for either.  I am going out with a (head) bang.  Today’s song on our doomsday list is classic Sepultura with the song Troops of Doom.  You can find this song on the Schizophrenia album released in 1987.  Here is what they had to say at the time…

Total eclipse hides the Earth
The night of doom has come
Antichrist soldiers are proclaimed
To send souls to the Hell

Catastrophe and destruction
Mankind is slaughtered without mercy
Sulphur clouds are in the air
Legions winds corrode the universe

The Messiah’s, redeemers of mankind
Chained in the valley of Hades
Crowds blinded by evil
Only death is real

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #9 – Death Walking Terror (Cannibal Corpse)

Death Walking Terror sounds like no matter what the means, the end result going to be bad…really bad.  Whether it’s zombies or the fall of mankind and ensuing chaos, Death Walking Terror embodies the darkness within all of us.  Sorry to get so deep.  I think this is a nice heavy song to represent our little countdown to extinction (hint for a song later on).  Nine days left…just barely over a week.  Have you suddenly become a doomsday prepper?  Maybe I should get a case of water or something.  In the meantime, enjoy this mother of all heaviness from Cannibal Corpse  This song appears on the album Kill released in 2006.   And as I said earlier in the countdown…have a super sparkley day!

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #12 – Honesty in Death (Paradise Lost)

I don’t think a Doomsday list would be complete without notable Doom-metal bands.  Paradise Lost certainly fits the bill.  Their new album, Tragic Idol, showed a return to their heavier gothic roots.   With doomsday just 12 days away, will you have a moment of honesty or will you take your secrets with you?  If you have been a fan of the band for many years, you have seen a swing in musical style with the most recent albums mirroring their early days.  Whether you like this song or not, it is fitting for end times.  Also, whether you like this song or not, you should try numerous other Paradise Lost songs before you pass judgement on the band.  There is so much to hear…

…In amidst the anguish
My only prayers are to myself
Resistance crashes
As clemency compels…

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #18 – Beating on Death’s Door (Lamb of God)

18 days left to enjoy what’s left of this fruitful life; need more METAL!  I thought I would kick things up a notch in ferocity, hence Lamb of God for today’s 18th day of doomsday.  I had a hard time getting into this band, but Beating on Death’s Door helped open that door just a bit.  Seeing Lamb of God live a few times helped as well; they do put on a great show.  Today’s song comes off the album Sacrament (2006) and to be honest, I think the album is pretty good, but I do not know which one would be considered the best.  Like I said, this was a tough one for me to get into, but this song, along with Redneck, were the first two songs I thought were bad-ass.  Enjoy, put your fist in the air, and go out with a bang…17 more times!  See you tomorrow.

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday – #21 Countdown Doom (Biohazard)

According to the Mayan calendar, we have 21 days to live.  That’s kind of a bummer…if that were true.  Despite doomsday looming, A Metal State of Mind is going to embrace our last 21 days on earth by posting a song of the day for the next 21 days.  Since we aim to go out with a bang we have 21 songs for you that deal with doom, doomsday, death, mayhem, blood, fear, apocalypse, and the end of time in general.  Some of the songs might not directly deal with our untimely demise in particular, but the title says enough to make the list.  Here is our first song…

Countdown Doom comes off Biohazard’s latest album Reborn in Defiance.  Below is a lyric video for song #21 in our 21 Days “Till Doomsday marathon.  Were you a big fan of the New York Hardcore/Thrash masters?   I, for one, enjoyed their latest effort and I hope they manage to keep a lineup to bring us good quality brutal music.  Enjoy and tune in tomorrow for another apocalyptic song.  Enjoy!