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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #16 – #13

MetalCatAgalloch, possibly Dark Metal Cat’s favourite band, sing about midwinter fires. I’m about to kindle the spirit of a springtime fire. It’s hot, sunny and anything but midwinter here in Zululand.

I’ll be using litchi wood, branches that fell off an ancient tree in the garden. It’s hard and burns for a long time. The last barbecue fire still had glowing embers after 13 hours. That’s even longer than I spend listening to music most days.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #12 – #10

MetalCatHow reliably descriptive are genre labels? Often, not very. Two bands today illustrate a case in point. “Progressive metal” is too sweeping for the label-makers, so Darkwater and Aghora have both been labelled “progressive heavy metal”. Even so, they play very different types of metal. Darkwater slots in comfortably alongside Dream Theater or Symphony X. Aghora is much more avant-garde, better matched with the likes of To-Mera or Scale The Summit.

As for The Vision Bleak… well, dark metal is dark metal and this song is beautiful (so are the other two today, of course). Dark Metal Cat is purring in harmony. The music is labelled symphonic dark, although I would have said it was more Gothic.

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