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Album Review: Annihilator – Feast


68470_annihilator_feastTwenty-six band mates later Jeff Waters and Co, also known affectionately as Annihilator, has released their 14th studio album, Feast.  It strikes me as extraordinary that a band can stay in the business so long, yet receive so little national attention.  It may be different for them in Canada and across the oceans, but in America Annihilator had so much promise in the Thrash world.  Then, probably due to Grunge, fell off the radar.  Yet, they soldiered on churning out album after album and in many cases within or close to year apart.  There is a lot of creativity and determination flowing out of Mr. Waters and the only other permanent member is vocalist Dave Padden (employed since 2003).  Current “live” members since 2010, Al Campuzano and Make Harshaw, were also part of the recording of Annihilator’s latest creation.  I guess the revolving door of musicians is one way to keep ideas flowing.

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Monday Metal Madness – Revolving Doors


Contrary to what I have been reading on several websites and facebook groups; looks like 61% the voters here at A Metal State of Mind want to see a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar.  Though, no one could really replace Dimebag, Zakk would certainly do the job justice.  As far as I am concerned, I would be a ticket holder for such an event.   Thank you for voting and joining us on our Monday Metal Madness polls.

This week, I am going with a trivia-based poll.  Over the years, doing research for reviews and other articles revealed that some bands (more than I imagined) had quite a revolving door of band members.  The bands listed in this poll have all had no less than 13 “former” band members.  The numbers I used for this poll does NOT include the current band members.  Also, I used the internet for my research and we all know the World Wide Web is not always accurate.

Here is your challenge:  Without doing any research, which of the following bands had the most “former” members?

Also, since I came up with this trivia poll, I will obviously not be voting on my own poll.  Enjoy, and if you want to comment with your thoughts about revolving band members let’s chat about it in the comments box.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #85-81


Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind


This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Themed Thursday – Canadian Metal


Is it possible to dislike anything about Canada?  It’s the land of hockey, curling, maple syrup, snow bunnies, Ice Road Truckers, and other cool stuff eh?  Now you can add metal to that list.  You may have never given it much of a thought, but some pretty cool metal comes from the land of the great white North.  I mean snow by that reference, not people.  I am going to use this Themed Thursday to talk about what Canada brings to the fight when in regards to metal.

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Song of the Day- 04 FEB 2011- The Nightmare Factory


Wow, our humble blog has shot up quite a lot in the past few weeks (in visitors, not heroin).  Thanks to each and every one of you for visiting.  Granted, we would still post if only 2 people subscribed, but it is nice to talk music with/to like-minded people.

Today’s SOTD is “The Nightmare Factory” by Annihilator, from the album All For You.

I really like this album as a whole, but this song is definitely one of my favorites from the album.  This song is one of those songs where a specific part makes the whole song.  The song is good from beginning to end, but the syncopated guitar/bass section from 3:20 takes the song to a new level.  Take a listen, you know you’re curious.  I’ll have to make a post that lists awesome parts from good songs, there are quite a few.       

Holy Hell it’s Friday.  Enjoy your weekend, everyone.  Stay tuned tomorrow for Plantera7’s choice for album of the week.