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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1998 / #3 – #1

MetalCatOpeth becomes the first band to have two Top Songs of the Year on my very personal metal list. My other two in the top three for 1998 are also Scandinavian. Yet I still don’t like rollmops.

Black Metal Cat says he’ll eat my share any time.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #96-100


A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

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Reggie’s Favorite 25 Favorite Cover Songs #7 – Fade To Black

fade_to_black_by_zaiduck-d4gpr7dOne of the most impressive sets at Sonisphere UK 2010 was seeing Apocalyptica.  Not because they are so different, but hearing those cellos at rock concert volume was pretty powerful and a cool experience.  The whole day was great, but this Finnish band really stood out. Fade to Black (the original) appears on the Metallica album Ride the Lightning released in 1984.  It is one of their more well-known dark and gloomy songs that any old-school Metallica fan can probably sing.  This is also the infamous song where pyrotechnics burnt James Hetfield in Montreal, Canada back when they toured with Guns n’ Roses.

Apocalyptica started out as a Metallica tribute band, but has since blossomed into a full-blown band.  Their more recent albums contain scores of special guests including Dave Lombardo, Cristina Scabbia, Joe Duplantier, Max Cavalera, Corey Taylor, Till Lindemann, and many more.  This cover of Fade to Black can be found on the album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos released in 1996.

Here is the cover version from Apocalyptica.

Below is the live version from Metallica.

Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers

I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one?  Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using  a basic shell of the original song?  For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good.  I like both kinds of cover tunes.  Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others.  For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there?  I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers.  Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate?   Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist?  You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth.  I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill.   I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.

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Song of the Week – Not Strong Enough

I think one of the coolest experiences of going to Sonishphere U.K., 2010 was seeing Apocalytpica.  Up to that point, I didnt know much about them, but when they came out and opened with their string (and drum) version of Metallica’s Master of Puppets, I was hooked.  Their set was cool and overall, I like their approach to (cello) metal.  Over the last week or so, I have been revisiting some of their CD’s especially the one featuring today’s Song of the Week, Not Strong Enough, which features Brent Smith of Shinedown.  I think he has a strong voice and fits well with Apocalyptica.  What do you think of it?  Do you like Brent Smith with this song, but not with his own band?