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ChristopherMammal’s Top Albums Of 2013: #20 – #11

Metal 2013


From the agonising it required just to select an initial Top 60, I’d say 2013 was a damn good year for metal. We saw great bands from the past continuing to turn out fantastic albums. A surge of new bands across all genres arrived and pumped new interpretations and sheer skill into the metalsphere. Current and recent favourites lived up to their reputations and delivered outstanding work.

It won’t surprise my Metal State Of Mind colleagues that nearly half of my final Top 20 are progressive metal. At the same time it pleases me that my list includes eight different main genres. This is further proof that bands across the metal spectrum have been deliciously productive this year. Gauging by the various schedules of new albums on the way, 2014 is going to be another good vintage.

I’m not going to write anything about the individual albums on my list. As far as I’m concerned, the quality of all of them speaks much more eloquently than I can (and I’m a lazy Mammal). All I ask is that you accept I had special reasons for loving all of these albums, not just for the music but for sundry other reasons as well. They all struck special chords in the part of my head where other people have brains. Read the rest of this entry


Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #18- Perfect Strangers covered by Dream Theater

perfect-strangers-1Want to know how I got into Deep Purple?  It can all be credited to Dream Theater and their awesome cover of “Perfect Strangers”.  After hearing the tune and totally loving the groove I packed my bags and went in search to discover one of the best hard rock bands out there.  And while nothing will beat the original track, the DT version adds a nice modern punch to the tune and I really find James LaBrie’s vocals very fitting for the tune.  Enjoy!!!!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!

Dream Theater Version:

Original Deep Purple version:

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Version featuring Dream Theater and Bruce Dickinson after the jump:

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