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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – Part 7/10



This was where the really tough part began. It was difficult enough to narrow my selections down to 75 metal albums. Making a final list of my Top 50 was more challenging still. Choosing my favourites from those 50 for my Top 20 sometimes felt impossible. In some ways it still does.

The challenge was as great in my rankings of the other genres in my hit parades.

My top few on every list shouted out to me clearly that they were extra-special. For the others in my top rankings, the order would quite likely change if I were to re-rank them. Enjoyment of music can change very subtly under the tiniest of emotional or other influences.

I shan’t even try to make a combined top list from all of my preferences in different genres.


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Album Review: DevilDriver – Winter Kills

DevilDriver-Winter-Kills-300x300If DevilDriver were a baseball player, they would be the dependable hitter the crowd goes wild for in clutch situations.  They nail the walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th inning.  For those that not know baseball, instead think of DevilDriver as the little engine that could and did; or the dependable postman stepping through a foot of snow to deliver your Amazon package.  They are the focused pilot landing a fighter on an aircraft carrier in the dark, in the fog, in the rain, in the wind, while using night vision.  DevilDriver is unwavering, dependable, and consistent.  Whether DevilDriver has a stellar groove laden album (DevilDriver) or a fierce, chaotic album (Pray for Villains), there is always a constant with DevilDriver and that is their ability to deliver.  Winter Kills, their sixth album, is no exception.  They have signed, sealed, and delivered an album that is more focused on the groove they established themselves with.  I won’t say it’s a return to roots, but perhaps the fresh start on the new label Napalm gave them a bit more freedom.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011

To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Album Review- Devildriver: Beast

I must tell you, I was really looking forward to the new Devildriver album being released.  One thing you must know about my album reviews: I only review albums that I want to.  I am not a professional critic, other than the fact that I listen to a ridiculous amount of heavy metal music and I have a background in music. 

With that being said, I am a huge fan of this album, because I am a huge Devildriver fan.  

I am going to be perfectly honest with you.  This is the best Devildriver album to date.  From the first track until the end, this album will kick you in the ass and not let up.  Pray for Villiains was a tough album to follow, but these guys definitely have taken their game to the next level.  This is a great example of groove metal at its finest.

My favorite tracks on the album are “The Blame Game”, “Shitlist”, and “Coldblooded”.  These tracks kick serious ass, but the whole album is great.  I have listened to this album well over a dozen times, sometimes listening to the album multiple times in a row.  I have listened to every nuance of every song.  I spent a lot of time with headphones in walking around listening to this album, and this is an amazing metal album.  The guitar/bass work, the drumming, and the vocals are all outstanding.  I have heard some stuff on this album that I have never heard before, nothing even close.  Every metal fan knows when they hear a great album: your heart starts to race, and the hair on your arms and the back of your neck stand up.  This album has definitely met that criteria. 

I am very happy to award Devildriver’s Beast the full 5 out of 5 devil horns, with no prejudices or equivocations whatsoever. 

Buy this album, turn the volume up, hit the repeat button, and rip the damn knob off.

It’s a great year for metal, so far.  More reviews on the way. 

Have a great day.

Song of the Day- 22 February 2011, The Blame Game

Metalheads of the world rejoice.  The new Devildriver album is out today.  I have to admit I have had the album for about a week (I assure you I obtained it through legal means).  This album and the new Evergrey album have been the only two albums I have listened to for the last week. 

In honor of the new release, today’s Song of the Day is “The Blame Game” by Devildriver, from the album Beast.

I will tell you this: buy the album.  You won’t be disappointed.

My review of Devildriver’s “Beast” and Evergrey’s “Glorious Collision” will be posted soon.  The only place you can read my reviews is here on this blog.

Have a great day, everyone.