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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: 1998 / #6 – #4


MetalCatBornagar, Therion and more Dimmu Borgir in today’s selection.

Black Metal Cat says all the Norse music is starting to make him feel like a Viking. I told him he wouldn’t be a very good one. He doesn’t have a beard, just very long sideburns.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #25-21


Top100A 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.

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#25  Orkenkjott – Onskediktet

‘Onskediktet’ is a really odd, proggy debut album from Norway, with influences from 70’s prog but with a heavier sound. It feels very middle-eastern at times, and it’s not only because the band is called “desert meat” and claim they play “desert rock”. They have an extraordinary vocalist whose voice takes some time to get used to, but I like their unique style, with many weird and amazing moments.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #45-41


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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.

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# 45 Ne Obliviscaris – Portal Of I


Ne Obliviscaris is a band I feel deserve a lot more attention. They are an extreme/progressive metal band from Australia and their debut ‘Portal of I’ ended up on many best of the year-lists in 2012, and rightfully so. The technically complex blend of progressive and melodic black metal with jazz and classical influences is stunningly beautiful. The violins play a big part in their songs and it creates a chilling, haunting sound that is impossible to not get addicted to.

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Album Review: Erimha – Reign Through Immortality


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Release Date: 9th of June 2013 on Victory Records

Tracks:  10

Length: 45 m, 63 s

Genre:  Symphonic Black Metal/Blackened Death Metal

Previous releases: Debut album ‘Irkalla’ from 2010

Recommended for fans of:  Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Cradle of Filth, Keep of Kalessin, Emperor

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #75-71


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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 almost a year 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.

#75 Symphony X – The Divine Wings of Tragedy

I discovered this band in a record store in Stockholm. This song ‘Sea of Lies’ was playing through the speakers, I liked it immediately; the melodic heaviness with dark undertones and fantastic choruses and composition was something I hadn’t heard before and I bought the album the same day. I’m glad I did, it has given me so many great experiences over the years. Released in 1997, it’s still their best album in my opinion.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #39-40


 

#40 Dimmu Borgir – In Death’s Embrace

“Unhallowed by the infernal one, we are forever captured, by the embrace of death”

The fast paced piano and energetic drums in the beginning of this song are just a pleasure to listen to. This is one of my favourite Dimmu Borgir’s songs, mainly because they make the piano sounds so good with their style of symphonic black metal. From the album ‘Enthrone Darkness Triumphant’, released in 1997.

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Crushing Hammers of Metal


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After discovering that the word ’monolith’ is used in quite a few song- and album titles (here), I started to look for other words that are common in heavy metal. With the help of my buddies on The History of Metal forum on FB, I ended up with a pretty long list of songs, albums and band names that have the word ‘hammer’ in them. So what is the deal with hammers?

A heavy, crushing, smashing weapon made of metal. That represents the sound of many bands in our favourite genre. But it can also be a mysterious and mighty magic item, like Thor’s hammer in old Norse mythology. There is also the judge’s hammer of justice that has the power to change your life. And, of course, the construction tool that makes lots of noise, used to build up and break down structures. What do you think is the reason so many bands chooses to include hammers in their music? It’s not always obvious what they symbolize in the lyrics. What’s your interpretation?

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #16 – Progenies of the Great Apocalypse (Dimmu Borgir)


The beginning of this song has such an ominous feeling; perfect for the end of the world.  Dimmu Borgir brings us today’s song for the 16th day of doomsday countdown.  It was a single off the album Death Cult Armageddon.  I have it from the MTV 2 Headbanger’s Ball Vol 2, disc 2.  Personally,  Dimmu was hard for me to get into at first, but I am getting used to them and enjoying their music more and more.  Enjoy your day as we near the final two weeks.

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Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra Album Review


As I mentioned before, death metal (for me) is best injected in small doses.  I first heard Dimmu when I saw a video for the song “The Serpentine Offering” off the album In Sorte Diaboli.  If was pretty powerful stuff and enjoyed the rest of the album…in small doses.  Before I purchased Abrahadabra, I read some reviews on iTunes where it was blasted…for the most part.  Dimmu added some symphony to this album and if you ask me, Black Metal lends itself to symphonic melodies.  I can’t explain it, but it just works.  Black Metal and symphonies go together like pepperoni and pizza.  Cradle of Filth did it and it worked.  So I am not opposed to this particular album.  I like the symphony part with this kind of music.  As for the music, it actually isn’t bad.  This is a solid effort and worth the purchase.  Here are the good points.

Its 59 minutes so you get headbang for your buck

Top tunes:

Gateways

Dimmu Borgir

Born Treacherous

Endings and Continuations

If you want to sample Abrahadabra, you might like these songs.

There are also a couple of symphonic mixes.  Also a nice feature of iTunes on occasion is the inclusion of a music video.  In this case it is for the song Gateways.  That’s always a nice addition to an album purchase. 

Overall I give Abrahadabra 3 of 5 Devil Horns.