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Festival Review: Loud Park 2015 (Tokyo, Japan)

IMG_1633When I left England, I thought my days of hitting up summer festivals were over. America (my home) is not known for festivals though there are a few traveling ones here and there, but nothing on the scale of Europe’s legendary metal festivals. Now that I live in Japan, it’s great to see a three-stage major metal event called Loud Park. And, it’s in Tokyo! Lucky me! This year’s annual experience was the 10th anniversary and was well stocked with heavy-hitting brand names such as Slayer (day 1 headliner), Anthrax, Arch Enemy, Gojira, All That Remains, Testament, Children of Bodom, Metal Allegiance (featuring Big Four members and then some), Hammerfall, Royal Hunt, and Gamma Ray. Since I typically attend one day, I felt this lineup was the weaker of the two. Here is my review of day 2 featuring headliners Megadeth.

First things first though. Attire is important; at least the top half anyway. When going to a festival it makes choosing my tee more difficult. I have a general rule against wearing a shirt of a bands I am going to see. I think it is obvious I like the band if I am there. Therefore, I opted for a Machine Head shirt; one I hadn’t worn yet since I got it from their show in July. Read the rest of this entry

Video of the Week – Unfit for Human Consumption

This video has been out a while as was the killer album Surgical Steel.  It made my #2 album of the year in 2013 and it’s still stimulating that mass of gel and tissue between my ears.  I am not one to normally notice when videos are released.  I am normally asleep at the wheel when it comes to videos.  The forums of the world do a great job posting then when they come out, but I still miss them…to include this gem, Unfit for Human Consumption.  Yes, today is my first viewing and probably is for some of you too.  I can’t be the only one missing out right?

I like the subtle close-ups of the instruments (both medical instruments and the ones the band plays).  I like when the focus is not directly on the band, but other imagery.  Though some of the video is a bit cheesy toward the end, I still think that the simple things make for cool videos.  See for yourself and have a great weekend!

Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of 2013

Black Bomb A, Olympic (Nantes) 17/11/2006Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10.  My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year.  After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums.  So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year.  So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.

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Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn’s Album of 2013

Maik Weichert, founder member and guitarist for HSB, is uncompromising about his selection for this year: “There was only Surgical Steel in 2013, nothing else!” That is high praise indeed from a man and a band pretty much synonymous with metalcore. If Maik says the 2013 album by death grind band Carcass is that good, you can take his word that it’s exceptional. I did. It is. Many thanks, Maik.

Here’s Unfit For Human Consumption, one of the all-excellent tracks from Surgical Steel.

HSB delivered one of the best music vids of 2013. It’s Hunters Will Be Hunted, from the album Veto. If you’ve seen the video, enjoy it again — it’s one damn fine song too.


Album Review: Carcass – Surgical Steel

Carcass-Surgical-Steel-300x300I have to admit that when I first heard Heartwork oh, a very long time ago in 1993, death metal or melo-death as it is now called really wasn’t my thing. In fact, around that time I was going through a serious Grunge hangover and getting back to what I loved most in music…Thrash metal.  Heartwork with all its grandiose brutality was tempered by melody and that was the door that opened allowing me to branch my wings into a much faster and heavier form of metal.  I guess it was a big deal for me because I was beginning to listen to a lot of bands no one around me (except for a select few) heard of.  I did as any enthusiastic fan would do and bought some of their older albums and enjoyed the hell out of them.  As quickly as Carcass entered my hip pocket of go-to bands (we had cassettes back then so it literally fit in the pocket), they seemed to disappear, but not before giving us Swansong which I really tried to like and it was ok, but something was missing.  Then, Carcass went missing.  Talk about disappointing!

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #22 – Heartwork

113185_photoThe extreme style of Fleshgod Apocalypse is both enjoyable and hard to listen to at time…just due to the speed and intensity. I can typically listen to a band like this is short durations, but I enjoy those short bursts of insanity.  To give you a bit of history, Heartwork was the first Carcass song I ever heard and it made me an instant fan of the band.  Unfortunately they didn’t last, but their music lives on and is now being covered which tells me they have an influence on newer generation metal bands.  Fleshgod Apocalypse is ball-busting Technical Death Metal (or whatever you want to call it).They did a great job of infusing their brand of madness to make Heartwork their own, but also ensured it is easily recognizable to Carcass fans; job well done.  This actually made me pull out some old Carcass material for a revisit.  And yes, I do like the older material as well.  Not sure if it’s true, but we could see a new Carcass release in 2013.

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Song of the Day, 16 March 2011, R**k the Vote

Hello Everyone,

Before I post the SOTD, I want to say welcome to our new metal brother, atleastimhousebroken.  I know he will do great things for our humble blog.  It is always awesome to meet someone who not only has the same interests, but also is not shy about expressing themselves.  Welcome to the team, sir. 

Today’s SOTD is “R**k the Vote” by Carcass, from the album Swansong.

I only own two Carcass albums, Swansong and Heartwork.  And I have to say, the difference between these two albums is staggering.  When Michael Amott left Carcass, their sound changed dramatically.  That being said, both albums kick serious ass.  I can hear a more groove-grind feel with the Swansong album, while Heartwork is a little more death-thrash. 

I chose this song because I like the intro to the song.  The guitar part throughout is great, and the whole song is pretty straightforward.  I have come to realize that I am very partial to groove-metal songs and artists, which may be why I prefer the Swansong album over Heartwork.