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Album Review: Soulfly – Archangel


SoulflyArchangelMax Cavalera has to be one of the busiest guys in metal at the moment; balancing three bands.  Soulfly’s 10th album, Archangel, continues the barrage of thrash they have perfected over the years.  We Sold Our Souls to Metal opens the album in blistering speed and angst followed up by the bone-crushing Archangel.  Despite a revolving door of musicians entering and leaving the fold, Soulfly manages to maintain a staunch level of continuity.  There aren’t any real surprises with Archangel, but in terms of band progression, album #10 is a step forward for the band compared to Savages and Enslaved.  Overall, Max Cavalera shows no signs of slowing down and Soulfly’s Archangel is evidence of that.  For a ripping good time…purchase, hit play, and try not to break anything.  3.75 out of 5

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  14 Aug 2015

Songs:  13

Length:  46 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Soulfly (1998); Primitive (2000); 3 (2002); Prophecy (2004); Dark Ages (2005); Conquer (2008); Omen (2010); Enslaved (2012); Savages (2013).

Location:  US/Brazil

Previous Album Reviews:  Savages, Enslaved, and Chaos A.D.

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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2015…For Now…In No Particular Order


top-15-iphone-app-development-companies_0Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.

This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: In Times by Enslaved


enslaved-in-times-recensioneLabel: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: 6 March 2015

Songs: 6

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Extreme prog/Viking/black metal

Studio Albums: 11 previous

Location: Bergen, Norway

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #15 – #13


MetalCatHistory, technology and fantasy make up today’s three listings. Those sound like the ingredients for a modern religion.

Dark Metal Cat agrees. He say’s it’s high time humans started worshipping cats again. I gently reminded him that I already do.

 

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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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Video of the Week: The Grip Tightens by Revocation


By far my favorite newer metal band at the moment Revocation play a style of thrash metal that is impossible to ignore.  While having a good amount of seriousness in their sound, they do not shy away for a second from having some good ol’ fun with their music, and now in their videos.  The video for “The Grip Tightens” is by far the best performance footage video ever released.  Props to the makeup artist for his work in making the guys in Revocation into old men.  My eyes are still tearing and sides are still ripping from laughing so hard.  Comedy gold.  Check out the video and don’t forget you can get the E.P., Tetrogenesis, that this song is from for FREE (Click Here), so don’t forget to do that.  It’s really damn great.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

More great videos after the jump!

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Song of the Week: Thoughts Like Hammers by Enslaved


Starting off as a black metal band that wanted to buck the trend and write songs about Vikings instead of Satan during the black metal explosion in Norway during the 90’s, Enslaved’s music has done nothing but continue to push the envelope.  Each record shows them looking to expand their sound and unlike many bands that lean heavily on experimenting with their sound, Enslaved has the uncanny ability to explore new territory without alienating any of their established fanbase.  I have yet to listen to their new record Riitiir, but the buzz around the interwebs is saying it is the best and most fleshed out Enslaved experience yet.  And going by today’s Song of the Week, that hype could be very well merited.

“Thoughts Like Hammers” is the first single off Riitiir and what a musical journey it is.  I love how the tune creates this atmosphere that paints pictures of one floating through a colorful cascade of erupting nebulae in the far reaches of outer space.  And there is also the great balance between the dissonance, aggression, melody, and beauty all creating a great dynamic.  Check out the song and let us know what you thought.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

 

 

 

Monday Metal Madness: Battle of the Black (Scandinavian Branch Pt. I)


Looks like you all like the stylings of John Bush to Joey Belladonna for your favorite Anthrax singer.  Congrats!!

Well, continuing my theme of modern black metal bands let’s move to the most black area of the world, Scandinavia, the birthplace of black metal.  This week we will see progressive black metallers Enslaved in mortal combat with the more traditionalists, Taake.  Agalloch have won the American branch beating out Wolves in the Throne Room, lets see how the other side of the world fares.  Vote on!!!

Norway’s Taake was one of the first bands to really bring black metal to a modern area adding professional production and a bit more than screeched vocals and tremolo guitars backed by insane amounts of blast beat.  However, they (he, Høst is the sole member of the band, except for live shows) still keep an oldschool feel to their music.

Also hailing from Norway Enslaved take the traditional style of black metal and add a heaping dose of progressive style to it.  They have been reigning the black metal scene for many years with 11 albums under their belt.  The band, which started out as a rather standard black metal band, have add more prog elements to their music with each release leading up to the black prog metal masterpiece Axioma Ethica Odini.  Typical lyrical themes revolve around Vikings and Norse mythology.

Album Review: Soulfly – Enslaved


I prefer not to read other album reviews before I write mine because I do not want outside interference with how I really feel about an album.  In this case I went against my gut and read about three or four Enslaved reviews.  They all complained of the same thing, predictability.  I don’t understand.  These reviews come from the same metal fans that crucified Metallica for trying something different, but now they crucify Max Cavalera for NOT coming up with something different.  Yes, all of his bands; former and present do having striking similarities.  Is that reason enough to stop listening to Soulfly?  Don’t get me wrong, I love it when a band goes against the grain and shatters my expectations.  But, I also find it comforting to know there are some bands that I can count on to give me what I expect.

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Game Review- Enslaved:Odyssey to the West


What would the world look like years after the apocalypse? I bet images of nuclear fallout, grey skies, and world devoid of any plant life pass through your mind. In our modern way of thinking the most likely way of our civilization on the plant Earth coming to an end would be through nuclear war, and at this moment in time, you would be right. But what about possible another angle? Like another classic end of the world scenario, our obsession with computers, convenience, and technology turning against us and wiping out the human race. That’s the angle that developer Ninja Theory took when developing the world that inhabits Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

It’s that angle that works in spades in the favor of Enslaved. Since there has been no nuclear war plant life is allowed to flourish, and because plant life is allowed to flourish the Earth is able to retain all its majestic and natural beauty. With all this natural beauty that the Earth provides for us the world of Enslaved is able to utilize just about every color under the sun and give the player a lush and alluring world to explore. We get beautiful vistas, color drenched landscapes, ruins of old cities overgrown with foliage, and on top of all that, we get one hell of a narrative.

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