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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #12 – #9

MetalCatA small percentage of people of any age listen to metal. Probably an even smaller percentage listen to classical music. If you mix the two forms you risk bombing out completely. Fortunately bands like Dark Moor are masters of neo-classical integration.

Who was the master of pure integration? All you British, hands up for Newton. All you Germans, give a yell for Liebnitz. Of course a lot of the work both of them did was derivative.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #9 – #7

MetalCatI’m sure the guys from Dark Moor are terrific blokes. None the less…

Have I ever mentioned that I heart Angela Gossow? I heart her with all my love. It’s such a pleasure to have her here today. It’s such a pleasure to have her here on any day.

Have I ever mentioned that I love Masha Scream? Wow, two heart girls on the same love, or is it the same day? They scramble my brain.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #12 – #10

MetalCatToday’s selections portray articulate sensitivity, shadowy depths and a lust for hectic adventure. That sounds like the psychological profile of a typical metal fan. Has anyone told you you’re a strange bunch?



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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #12 – #10

MetalCatArjen Lucassen’s Ayreon kicks off today’s selection. I really look up to him. So does almost everyone. He is 2.03 metres tall (6 feet 8 inches). In nautical terms, he is more than a fathom deep. In astronomical terms, a beam of light that started at his toes would take approximately 0.0000000077 seconds to reach the top of his head.

Collectively, the members of Isis and Dark Moor have many more arms and legs than Arjen.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2002 / #9 – #7

MetalCatSoaring prog metal from Germany, thoughtful experimental metal from Sweden and stompin’ power metal from Spain. That feels like a good mid-week mix to me.

Dark Metal Cat caught and killed a mouse this morning. I had to buy a new one from the computer shop.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #15 – #13

MetalCatI’m celebrating the last year of the 20th century by choosing 15 songs, not the usual ten, for 2000. That was the year I turned 50. It feels like 14 years ago.

Dark Metal Cat hadn’t been born yet. He maintains he has always existed, if not physically, then in the deepest recess of inaccessible places. He sounds like Electric Wizard.

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Mini Review: Mortal Form; Grimmortal; Dark Moor; Bakken; Circle of Unexisted

Mortal Form coverThe Reckoning is the forthcoming album from Dutch quintet Mortal Form.  The thrash/death inspired band brewed a concoction of brutal riffs, killer double-bass, and vicious vocals.  Reminiscent of Death, Kreator, and In Flames; Mortal Form can carry a headbanging harmony, incorporate melodic solos, and also be completely and utterly evil.  The Reckoning is about 40 minutes of ferocity with a great deal of appeal to fans of Thrash and Death metal.  The entire album is an uncompromising blitz of 10 songs surely to encourage sore necks and broken furniture.  It’s nice to see something come out of The Netherlands that isn’t coated with symphonic keyboards and female vocals…not that those bands are  a bad thing at all.

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