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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #6 – #4

MetalCatBe glad you don’t live on the Planet of the Dolphins or in any other sub-aquatic civilisation. You can’t do chemisty, make fire or smelt metals under water. It would probably be even more difficult in salt water. I should imagine it would also be quite a bugger trying not electrocute yourself with a big amp.

On Water Planet there is no music except for The Whale Glee Club and the Coral Crackers.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #12 – #9

MetalCatMy choices today are mostly dark and deep except for Pathfinder, which is about 1.5 seconds above us at the speed of light.

I don’t want to visit the Moon. All that dust would make me sneeze. Nor do I need to visit any other planetary or lunar bodies in our solar system. I’ll wait for an advanced civilisation to invite me to visit their world where they destroyed AutoTune as soon as it was invented.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #10 – #9

MetalCatToday’s words of wisdom and solid advice, based on personal and very recent experience: If you’re wearing headphones, your cat is sitting on your keyboard and you start nodding your head rhythmically in time to the music, your cat may think you want to play a game. If he bites you on the top of your head, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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Roundtable Album Review: Anathema – Distant Satellites

Anathema_coverLabel: KScope

Release Date: 10 June, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 57 minutes

Genre: Atmospheric Metal

Studio Albums: Nine previous albums

Location: UK




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Full Album Stream: Broughton’s Rules – Bounty Hunter 1853

If you missed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Broughton’s Rules, let me fill you in a little bit.  I missed them too, so don’t worry.  Let’s learn about them together.  First, they are an instrumental band picked up by Relapse Records.  We received an email telling us they have just entered the studio to record their second full-length album.  Great, but I never heard the first one.  Lucky for us (and now you) there was a link to an album stream where we can all check it out.  The email noted that the new album should be out in the autumn and was described as “appropriate music to listen to while sipping herbal tea during the apocalypse.”  Personally, I was looking for such a band for such an event and now I have found them.

Bounty Hunter 1853 is the name of the stream in question today.  It was released in November 2010 and you can stream it below and follow the links as necessary.  From my standpoint, I enjoy instrumental music.  Broughton’s Rules falls along the lines of alt, indie, and atmospheric rock; perfect for tea the end of the world.   I think you know you have done instrumental music right when each song tells a story.  Check it out for yourself.

*note – there are some vocals.

Roundtable Review: Nothing – Guilty of Everything

CD cover NothingLabel:  Relapse Records

Release Date:  28 Feb 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  39 Minutes

Genre:  Ambient/Alternative Post-Rock

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

Location:  United States (Pennsylvania)

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