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Roundtable Review: Red Mourning – Where Stone And Water Meet

CoverLabel: Bad Reputation

Release Date:  May 15, 2014

Songs:  13

Genre:  Blues-core/groove/stoner

Studio Albums:  Time to go 2008, Pregnant With Promises 2011

Location:  Paris, France

For Fans of: Pantera, Down, Lamb Of God, Alice In Chains

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Roundtable Retro Review: N.O.L.A. by Down

95_nolaLabel: Electra Records

Release Date: Sept. 1995

Songs: 13

Genre: Sludge, Stoner, Doom, Southern Metal

Studio Albums: 3 studio albums, 2 E.P.s

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Videos of the Week: Witchtripper, Domino the Destitute, Astral Bodies, and Devil’s Jukebox

I had a bit of trouble singling out this weeks video of the week, so, to take the path of least resistance, here all 4 videos that I watched and found damn awesome.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

First up is the new video from Down in support of their new, and totally kick ass E.P., Down IV, Pt. I – The Purple E.P.  “Witchtripper” shows Phil, Pepper, Kirk, and Co. getting their LARP on with this silly video clip.  It was funny enough to see the doomsters in costumes, but when they took the title of the song literally and tripped a witch, man did I laugh my ass off.  The song is damn catchy too.

Next 3 after the jump.

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Video of the Week – Lead Into Demise

If you are a fan of Hatebreed, Down, and Crowbar there stands a chance that you might like Kingdom of Sorrow.  The band was formed by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kurt Windstein (Down/Crowbar).  When you listen to a spin of Kingdom of Sorrow, you can definitely hear influences from their day jobs.  Kingdom of Sorrow has released two albums so far with this particular song, Lead Into Demise, appearing on the most recent album Behind The Blackest Tears released in 2010.

The video itself is nothing special; just the guys playing is what looks like a warehouse or parking garage.  Sometimes nothing more is necessary; band footage is always good.  As for the song, it a nice wake up in the morning and throw a chair kind of song.  Have a great weekend and enjoy the Video of the Week.  What do you think of the song?

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #90-#86

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#90 Leviathan by Mastodon

I think I may have permanently injured my neck from the rate of headbanging I did when I first heard “Blood and Thunder”. That tune is the very essence of metal. Oh, and the rest of the album is about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick you say, F’ yeah! Boy am I happy I paid attention to that one in school. This album is so heavy it should come with a ‘lift with caution’ warning label. If you’ve never checked out Mastodon before this is a good starting point. It has the brutality of their earlier works and the beginnings of the prog side the band would later explore.

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Monday Metal Madness – Post-Pantera Battle

Congratulations to Moonsorrow for winning last week’s Epic Battle for Finland Poll.

Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end.  The same could be said about Pantera.  One of the premiere bands that took metal to new heights and withstood the genres most difficult decade, the Nineties.  Obviously, they disbanded and formed other bands and we know where the story goes from there.  How do you feel about the bands that are active today featuring former Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul?  This battle is Down Vs. Hellyeah.  They both seem to have a “southern” vibe to them though their musical styles are not necessarily the same.  It’s time to cast your vote for the best post-Pantera band.

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Theme Thursday-The Softer Side of Metal

Sometimes a metal band gets a little bored with writing brutal in your face riffs and songs and to keep themselves fresh they venture into alien territories.  A lot of times those territories show a much more mellow side of a metal artist or band and also allow the artists to explore different parts of themselves and when they return to the metal side of the realm, they are back refreshed and in full force to get back into your face and pound out some more metal.  For a musician, I feel that doing something like this is absolutely necessary, whether it be a song on an album, a side or solo project, or an album with the band, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, one tends to become disenchanted with what it is they are doing and break is needed to keep the creative juices flowing.

Here is a list of some of the stuff that has been released by metal artists and bands that deviate from the bone crushing force of metal and venture into the softer more mellow side of metal.  Hope you enjoy, and as always, if you see an artist or band not featured here that you know has a softer side, let me know in the comments.  Peace Love and Metal!!

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