Posted by christophermammal
Metal State often receives ten invitations a day to review new albums. In physical terms, it would be impossible for a whole battalion of writers to do full reviews of so much new music. In practical terms, we don’t want to overwhelm our readers with so many posts that few would have or make the time to read them all. How then to do some justice to the many outstandingly good submissions we take in each day?
One way to help the best bands reach a wider audience is to compile digests of new albums, and that’s what I’m starting to do here. The graphic shows what type of ground I’ll be covering in the next few weeks, months and the rest of my life. After that, I’ll do mixed digests of different flavours of metal and other music as soon as possible after it arrives at our dungeon. For now, I’ve sorted my best albums received so far this year into main categories. You can see them in the graphic on the left. I’ll tick off each category as I add posts.
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Posted by Reggie
Label: Hell, Etc.
Release Date: 20 Jan 2015
Length (deluxe edition): 66 Minutes
Previous Albums: 8 studio albums
Genre: Shock Rock / Industrial / Alternative
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Posted by christophermammal
I haven’t referred to my list of top albums of 2013 that I posted on Metal State at the end of last year. I don’t need to because I know it’s markedly different to my current sets of year-by-year hit parades. This series has featured my favourite songs, not albums. It hasn’t included non-metal, whereas my top albums list did.
I set another condition for myself at the start of this exercise, which has been a wonderfully enjoyable game. To spread the pleasure among the artists who’ve given me so much pleasure over the years, I chose only one song per year per artist. There too I’ve been arbitrary at times. There are albums so good that just about any song would be a contender for top song by that artist.
No doubt my lists would look different if I re-did them in a year’s time. Music shapes itself to our moods.
Posted by Irmelinis
The Italian band PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was formed in 2005 and has now released their second album ‘A Sense of Decay’. The first thing to catch my attention was the attractive cover art with a picture of a colorful butterfly; half of it is alive and the other half is turning into dust. It’s beautiful. PTSD plays a style of alternative rock/metal that often strays into a progressive metal sound that reminds me of a melodic Dream Theater. There is also a slight feeling of bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and 30 Seconds To Mars.
Posted by RiffRaff
Until Fear No Longer Defines Us is an album I’ve been meaning to write about for a while, but my ‘ADD’ always seemed to hinder it’s progress. It’s really a great album. Since I’m not familiar with any of Ghost Brigade’s previous work I can’t call any comparisons from this to any of their earlier albums (something that is now being rectified). Anywho, I really enjoy this record a lot. Between the somber acoustic songs, to groove metal, to the crushing post-metal anthems there is a lot of varied music to absorb throughout this L.P. Beyond the great music, Until Fear… boasts some excellent lyric writing with some profoundly deep and interesting words that match wonderfully with the music that they are accompanying. If you’re a fan of bands like Alice in Chains, Isis, Paradise Lost, and Neurosis definitely give this record a listen, I’m sure you will love it. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Also check out the amazing video for the song “Clawmaster”. One of my all time favorite music videos.
Posted by RiffRaff
One of my favorite things a band can do to make me really pay attention to their music is incorporate other styles other than brutality piled upon brutality. Don’t get me wrong, I like some good kick in the teeth metal as much as the next guy, but the stuff I really get into tends to push the metal envelope. Portugal’s Skypho described themselves to me as a band that combined tribal beats with metal in unique and characteristic ways. I thought as I was about to spin the album that I was going to be listening to something along the lines of Max-era Sepultura/Soulfly, but I found that I was wrong and was pleasantly surprised by their debut L.P. Same Old Sin as it turned out to be a much more melodic affair than I had expected.