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Concert Review – Testament/Flotsam and Jetsam


083I find it interesting that the days before and immediately after this Testament show was/is snowy and miserable.  A cancellation would not have surprised me, but on Monday the 25th, the sun was shining and the Interstate highway nice and clean…as if a gift from the Metal Gods telling me I must attend the show.  So, after a full day of work and a 103 mile drive to Denver with my GPS voiced by America’s best Dad Homer Simpson, I made my way to the Summit Music Hall in downtown Denver, CO.  My goal was to get there before Flotsam and Jetsam, but as luck would have it I arrived in time to see all the bands…which was a super bonus.

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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012


2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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Album Review: Testament – Dark Roots of Earth


Testament’s 10th studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, shows a return to the late 80’s early 90’s era Testament.  Chuck Billy’s deep growls have subsided for the more melodic singing we were once accustomed to on Practice What You Preach and The Ritual era albums.  Dark Roots of Earth, however, is not a complete return to that particular style.  There is definitely a balanced approach to the vocals on this album which boasts the best of both Billy’s growling and signing.  After four years between studio albums, Testament has released probably the most well-balanced and meticulous album of their career.

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