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Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain


CannibalCorpse-ASkeletalDomain-300x300I have been sitting here trying to think of an approach to review Cannibal Corpse’s new album, A Skeletal Domain, their 13th studio album since 1990.  I mean when you take a band that churns out speedy riffs and ruthless death metal album after album, what words can I use to describe the brutal consistency of the band?  I guess if there is one thing Cannibal Corpse has going for themselves is their stability with their lineup; it’s been the same since 2005.  As much as apprentice members can breathe new life into a band, having the same members for a long period can allow a band to grow together and become a leader in their genre; the example to emulate.  This is where Cannibal Corpse stands out among their peers. Read the rest of this entry

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1998 / #9 – #7


MetalCatToday’s posts reflect a minor problem that occurs constantly in metal – how the hell do you categorize a particular type of music? Sometimes it’s easy and obvious; heavy metal sounds like heavy metal. But when you have bands as different as Liquid Tension Experiment and Ayreon both labelled as progressive metal, that could easily confuse anyone listening to either band for the first time.

For each of us individually, there are only really two kinds music – the music we like and the music we don’t. If you prefer Elton John to Cannibal Corpse, that’s your business and nobody else’s.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012


FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #9 – Death Walking Terror (Cannibal Corpse)


Death Walking Terror sounds like no matter what the means, the end result going to be bad…really bad.  Whether it’s zombies or the fall of mankind and ensuing chaos, Death Walking Terror embodies the darkness within all of us.  Sorry to get so deep.  I think this is a nice heavy song to represent our little countdown to extinction (hint for a song later on).  Nine days left…just barely over a week.  Have you suddenly become a doomsday prepper?  Maybe I should get a case of water or something.  In the meantime, enjoy this mother of all heaviness from Cannibal Corpse  This song appears on the album Kill released in 2006.   And as I said earlier in the countdown…have a super sparkley day!

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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Video of the Week – Encased in Concrete


There are a couple of things you can count on with Cannibal Corpse.  1– Absolute brutality and 2 – um, well, more brutality.  This week’s video is for their new single Encased in Concrete off the album Torture.   If you ask me, that’s a very Slayer-esque guitar solo intro.  Nothing a like a dose of death metal to cap off a long work week.  Have a great weekend.

Theme Thursday- Heavy Metal Zombies


Yes, that's Scott Ian as a zombie.

Zombies.  Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re a force in pop culture that isn’t going away anytime soon.  From video games, to movies, to literature the living dead clawed, chewed, and gnashed their way into our hearts.  Why do we love these bumbling husks of humanity so much?  Probably because it gives us a chance to take our frustrations out on all the other ‘morons’ that get in our way on a daily basis.  Walking down a crowded street, haven’t you wished at least once you could drive a bulldozer over all the people in your way but tucked that thought in the back of your mind due to the legal consequences that come with it.  If everyone was a zombie I bet you wouldn’t even think twice before doing it.

Much like mowing down hordes of the undead in games and movies is a stress relief, so is music, and zombies have certainly found their way into that too, especially heavy metal.  Here’s a bunch of songs and music videos in many different styles of metal that pay tribute to societies favorite monster, the zombie.  What are some of your favorite metal songs and videos about zombies? Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Braaaaaiiiinnnnssssss!!!!

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Ultimate Workout Playlist!


Even metalheads need to stay in shape for a night in the pit.  I have devised a brutal playlist that is an assault on the senses.  It will surely keep you motivated for 30 minutes of intense cardio.  This playlist took some deep thought, then it was put to the test today for my 30-minute 3.47 mile run on the comfort of a gym treadmill.  Let me tell you that each song kept my blood pumping as well as a desire to thrown something.  I looked forward to each song and never felt the need to forward through any of this playlist.  This list should be assembled in order for best results.  Disclaimer – this playlist is rated “R” for mature headbangers only.  Here goes:

1.  DevilDriver – Nothing’s Wrong – DevilDriver

This one is raw power and is great to get the workout started.  It never lets up and if it makes you want to throw a chair, channel that energy into getting your workout on.

2.  Chimaira – Power Trip – The Impossibility of Reason

Another song of great aggression and angst!  It’s short and to the point.

3.  Slipknot – Disasterpiece – Iowa

The longest song of the set and a bit toned down from the first two.  You should be getting into the groove by now.

4.  Slayer – Hate Worldwide – World Painted Blood

Just when things let up a tiny bit, Slayer kicks in and kicks your butt.  Step it up!

5.  Cavalera Conspiracy – Terrorize – Inflikted

Another song of great speed and angst (we like that word). 

6.  Hatebreed – Defeatist – Supremacy

The third song in a row that should keep you motivated…you are halfway done!

7.  Cannibal Corpse – Make them Suffer – Kill

A quick switch to death metal – this song does not let up, its quick, and should keep you moving.

8.  Bloodbath – Devouring the Feeble – The Fathomless Mastery

Continuing with death metal – this is probably my favorite death metal song of all time.  This song is just so damn heavy.  This is the one that will take you to the limit…terminal velocity approaching!

9.  Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God – Twilight of the Thunder God

Nothing like Swedish viking melodies to take you to the 30-minute mark.  This is where your workout will come to a close.  If you are too tired to finish the workout, just imagine Amon Amarth chasing you down in the woods late at night with sword and shield.

10.  Pantera – Walk – Vulgar Display of Power

As cheesy as it is, this song is intended for the cool down and should take you to the 35-minute mark overall…yes walk, as the name implies.  Just a bad ass groovy metal tune. 

I hope you enjoy your workout with this playlist.  It made my workout go by pretty quick which is the way I like it.  If you think this is too heavy, let me know.  I am an equal opportunity metalhead.  I can easily do a toned down playlist for let’s say…a bike ride or something.