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Tales From Bandcamp: In Pieces by Oak Pantheon


a2504124681_10Some years ago I remember checking out an album by Oak Pantheon (2012’s From a Whisper), digging it enough to buy it, and then it kinda got lost among the mountain of mp3s on my player. Basically, it was a good album, but not memorable enough to really solidify itself in my consciousness. The band name stuck more with me than the music. Luckily, remembering the band name and associating it with something pretty quality I clicked on the preview for the new album, In Pieces, over at Bandcamp and an hour later left with more than just a killer band name fixed in my head.

Crafting an absolutely enthralling collection music, Oak Pantheon have delivered one of the most engaging atmospheric black metal albums I’ve heard to date.  Each track strikes balance between hypnotizing and ferocious, Earthly and astral.  Twists and turns that flow seamlessly rock you into a meditative state like laying back on a boat on an isolated sea. This album is a journey; a journey that will leave one changed. Outstanding instrumental performances to boot!

If you dig on bands like Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth, Panopticon, and Agalloch, In Pieces is a must. If you just love well crafted music regardless of genre, this is a must. It will be a serious album of the year contender for me! Go give it a listen and a purchase if you enjoy it! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – The Winners


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My heartiest congratulations go to the winners in all of my categories. So does my deep gratitude to all of the finalists and winners for making such great albums in an excellent year for all the types of modern music I love. To you good folks who’ve been following my hit parades, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of your picks included in my lists, and I hope you also found something new to explore.

Keep on rawkin’.

 

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Mammal’s most recommended new albums: Black metal


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So much good metal has come out during the year to date that it’s impossible to listen to all of it. In black metal I took a long time to select the 15 best albums I’ve heard this year, then narrow that down to the five I like the most up to now.

Those who know me won’t expect my top picks to be old-school, aggressive, scrotum-busting tirades of fury and deafening thunder. Because my taste is influenced by my love of prog rock and other non-metal, I tend to prefer the melodic, symphonic, progressive or atmospheric forms of the various metal genres. As for my taste in black metal… hey, blame Dimmu Borgir.

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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: 2007 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt’s jolly to end my 2007 metal year with different types of favourites among favourites. My top three songs of the year are by Myrath (Tunisia), my favourite band from my continent of Africa; Thurisaz (Belgium), my favourite atmospheric black metal band; and Riverside (Poland), for many years my favourite prog metal band and also one of my top bands of any genre or style.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #6 – #4


MetalCatI hope you’ll find upliftment in the darkness and blackness of  a couple of today’s selections. Here’s some related information to uplift you — proof that you’re probably more intelligent than average. A study reported in The Guardian in 2007 revealed that a disproportionate number of members in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth listed metal as their favourite music.

The Academy is a body of students who rank in the top 5% in academic achievements. Thus the brightest of the bright love metal the most.

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Roundtable Review: Ifing – Against This Weald


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Release Date:  May 6, 2014

Length: 36 minutes, 3 tracks

Genre:  Atmospheric/pagan black metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  Michigan, USA

For fans of: Moonsorrow, Opeth, Summoning, Windir, Bathory, Caladan Brood

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Album Review: Locrian – Return To Annihilation


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“Eternity in the midst of profound dusk, projected endlessly through this void

As a veil, as an aura, as an apparition, to awaken the world from its dream of itself”

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Release Date: June 25 2013 on Relapse Records

Tracks:  7

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Post rock/Industrial/Black/Ambient

Previous releases: Debut full-length ‘Drenched Lands’ 2009, ‘Territories’ 2010, ‘The Crystal World’ 2010, ‘The Clearing & The Final Epoch’ 2012, ‘New Dominion’ 2012

Recommended for fans of:  Ambient, post rock, drone, industrial, experimental, atmospheric black metal

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Album Review: Gris – À l’âme Enflamée, l’äme Constélle


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Release Date: July 9, 2013

Tracks: 10

Length: 80 minutes, 2 discs

Genre: Atmospheric depressive black metal (with many acoustic parts)

Previous releases: Neurasthénie, 2006 (under the name Niflheim), Il Était Une Forêt…, 2007

Recommended for fans of:  Alcest, Agalloch, Sombres Forêts, Drudkh, Lantlôs, Forgotten Tomb

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