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Roundtable Review: Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches

Cradle-Of-Filth-Hammer-Of-The-Witches-Artwork-wpcf_300x300Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  10 Jul 2015

Songs:   13

Length:  69 Minutes (is that a coincidence?)

Genre:  Symphonic Black Metal

Studio Albums:   The Principal of Evil Made Flesh (1994); Dusk…and Her Embrace (1996); Cruelty and the Beast (1998); Midian (2000); Damnation and a Day (2003); Nymphetamine (2004); Thornography (2006); Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder (2008); Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (2010); The Manticore and Other Horrors (2012).

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Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth

If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #6 – #5

MetalCatIncluding today’s posts, I see five of my six selections so far for 2001 are various types of black metal. My Zulu friends would approve if Zulus liked metal. Few do. One who does is my almost-grandson, Simphiwe, now all of 11 years old, who calls me Mkhulu (Grandfather). He’s not wild about black metal, though. He likes death. He’ll happily listen to a couple of death albums in a row. For an 11-year-old, concentrating on anything for that long is quite remarkable.

He’s good friends with Dark Metal Cat. They both mosh like aces.

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(Retro) Roundtable Review: Cradle of Filth – Midian

large2191Label:  The End Records

Release Date:  14 Nov 2000

Songs:   11

Length:  59 Minutes

Genre:  Extreme / Gothic / Symphonic / Black / Metal

Studio Albums:   They have 11 studio albums (including the 2014 remaster), Midian is their 4th.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #10 and #9

MetalCatBlack & Doom. That’s a formula to make me happy, although I prefer the melodic or atmospheric forms of both genres.

I hope you find both of these songs to be as uplifting as Dark Metal Cat and I do.




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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #86-90


A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 


# 90 Karnivool – Sound Awake

Great vocals, atmospheric music and lots of diversity from a band that always had a huge potential. One of the best rock bands in the world.  At least in my world.

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21 Days’Till Doomsday #17 – Death Comes Ripping (Cradle of Filth)

On the 17th Day of Doomsday I bring to you a special edition cover song; I believe it’s the only one on this unfortunate countdown to destruction.  The Mayans were not specific as to how the world would end.  Their calendar just stopped, so how this is all going to play out is really up to speculation.  I wonder if there is a death-pool in Las Vegas?

I present two fan made videos today.  First is the 17th Day of Doomsday song, Death Comes Ripping, covered by Cradle of Filth.  You can find this track on the EP (Bonus Track) From The Cradle to Enslave released in 1999.  The bonus edition video is the original song from The Misfits off their 1983 album Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood.  Both videos display an array of violent ways to die, none of which I hope happen to us, but only time will tell 😉  Enjoy and have a super sparkley day.

Video of the Week – Frost on Her Pillow

I have been thinking about videos lately; basically noticing how some bands try with their videos while others seem to care less.  Maybe it’s a budget thing.  Rammstein always has good videos; most bands are hit or miss.  Pearl Jam had a gem of a video with Jeremy and I liked Slayer’s Eyes of the Insane even thought it doesn’t feature the band at all.  Cradle of Filth has some consistency with their videos.  This is a band that adds a little meaning to their songs with some sort of visual concept.  The Video of the Week this chilly Friday is for their new song off their new album The Manticore and Other Horrors.  Personally, my favorite album from them is still Midian, but I like the new one…seems a bit more of the older style with still some “softer” elements the band has introduced over the years.  Review to follow in due time.  For now here is their new video for Frost on Her Pillow and also a bonus video of theirs called Scorched Earth Erotica.  Have a great weekend.


Concert Review – Cradle of Filth

I think it’s been a little over a year since Cradle of Filth graced fans with a tour and even longer for fans in the local area of East Anglia, England.  I thought when I got stationed in England in 2008, I would have an opportunity to see UK-based bands like Cradle of Filth more often than I could see in the States.  It’s hasn’t necessarily worked out that way.  I thought that living in the same county as Dani Filth might afford me a chance to see more Cradle of Filth one-off club shows in the area; not quite so.  On August 2, I finally got my chance to see the (Symphonic) Black metal band at a spacious club in Cambridge, England.  This was labeled as their warm up gig before their performance at Wacken, Germany which went on this past weekend.  This was my second time seeing Cradle of Filth – the first in the UK.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #100-96

I recently went to see Paradise Lost in Norwich, UK, and while there another fan asked me what my Top 10 bands were.  Honestly, I couldn’t answer him because that has been a burning thought in my mind for a long time.  There are too many great bands out there.  I listed a few bands, but other than that steam started coming out of my ears – Three Stooges style.  There are just too many good bands out there to think about which one is best.  My top bands list is a project for the future.  I did, however, find it easier to list my favorite albums.   Jumping on the bandwagon at THOM, I finally formulated my list – a bit later than everyone else.  With my list, I limited myself to a maximum of three albums by a band just to be fair and mostly unbiased.

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