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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #16 – #13

MetalCatToday we have brown, red and black music. That’s not the colour of the musical notes but the colours used on the artwork of the albums from which this selection is taken.

Isn’t that a marvellous coincidence? Those colours match the brown of my teeth, the red of my eyeballs and the black of my blood. They also match Dark Metal Cat’s coat when he stands in bright sunlight with harsh shadows.

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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012

2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-#91

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!!!

#95 Deloused in the Comatorium – The Mars Volta

I don’t even really know how to begin explaining this album (as with any Mars Volta album). It’s eclectic, all over the place, cryptic, heavy, mellow, emotional, chilling, beautiful, and many many more superlatives. While it shows some homage to old school prog rock at times it is a totally unique listen and The Mars Volta are a band without comparison. Deloused… is just the start to this bands wildly progressive career.

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God Forbid – Guitar and Bass Player Alert!

For the players out there, God Forbid just released a guitar demonstration video for the song Overcome off their latest album Equilibrium.  It also includes the bass, let’s not forget the bass player.  You can check out the video below.

In other news, God Forbid is about to embark on the Trespass America Festival with six other bands beginning in July:  Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Battlecross, Emmure, and Pop Evil.  More on this tomorrow for the Video Of The Week.  Enjoy!

Theme Thursday – Reggie’s Top 5 of 2012 So Far

We are at the time of year to reflect upon at what albums really made an impression on me – it’s time for the mid-year best of list.  We are half way through a pretty amazing year as far as metal is concerned.  Quite a few veteran bands out there released some stellar music…with one New Jersey band topping my list so far.   One thing I love about blogging with fellow metalheads is that we all love metal equally, but definitely have a fondness for different subgenres.  Both Matt’s and Mark’s lists are great and unique and give me something to listen to…some of that stuff I haven’t heard yet.  I hope I can offer the same in return.   Here is my Top 5 list for mid-year 2012.

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Song of the Week: Verbrannte Erde

So since yesterday I’ve been kicking an idea around in my head, and the more I mess with it the more I have fun doing it.  It involves the combination of 2 things I have enjoyed for many years now, which are cheesy fantasy novels and heavy metal.  Unlike many projects I set out to do, I am going to push to actually accomplish this one.  I’m looking to create a fantasy world complete with knights, epic battles, dragons, elves, dwarves, and all that other stereotypical fantasy based around different genres of metal.  For example, power metal would be the arrogant and elegant nobles, thrash would be like the raiders from Mad Max, black metal would be the self-isolated people who thrive for a pure race, the prog metallers would be a complex mystical race, kinda like the Protoss from Starcraft, etc etc.  I’ve drafted out a couple of charts and have been kicking a couple storylines around in my head.  My aim is to make a somewhat silly concept having a laugh a the stereotypes of both fantasy and metal, but at the same time add good bouts of seriousness and maturity to balance it out and try to make the various characters believable.  On paper it’s looking like a cool idea, but alas I have no training in writing or things of this sort other than what I write on this blog here and the tons of short stories I wrote throughout my youth which are now lost in oblivion.  It’s worth a try anyways (and will be much better written than the short story I wrote from the hip yesterday that got the gears running on the idea) and I’ll keep updates popping up here and there.

Anyways while I was sitting jotting down different ideas and makeshift character and race charts a song from German folk metal band Equilibrium came on and I thought that it would be a perfect song to have playing during an epic battle and let to images of an army creeping over a hill on the verge of an attack on the opposition.  After Google translating the lyrics “Verbrannte Erde” (Scorched Earth) is about almost just that, a huge, epic battle.  Anyways check the tune out and if you have yet to check out anything by Equilibrium do so, everything they have released is solid gold.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Album Review: God Forbid – Equilibrium

If someone were to ask me for best album in the metalcore genre, without any hesitation I’d reach for God Forbid‘s 2004 offering Gone Forever.  That album exuded such passion and energy that almost no album in its genre could touch it.  The band enjoyed a great rise to success with that release, but, while all their following offerings were damn solid, quality releases, they never equaled to or topped that groundbreaking album.  Now it’s 2012 and God Forbid have just released their sixth album, Equilibrium, and with pure passion, fury, love, and rage they have found an absolute perfect balance in their sound and metalcore now has a new ‘best in genre’ album.

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Song of the Week – Don’t Tell Me What To Dream

New Jersey’s God Forbid are set to release Equilibrium on March 26th; their sixth studio album since 1999.  The song of the week, Don’t Tell Me What To Dream, is track off the forthcoming album.  If this isn’t killer enough, God Forbid will support their latest effort touring with New Jersey legends Overkill.  The month-long tour will hit both coasts. Hopefully, they will make it to a venue near you.  Here are the rest of the dates and an accompanying YouTube clip.  Have a great week!

04/20/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

04/21/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

04/22/2012 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

04/23/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willies

04/24/2012 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

04/25/2012 – Chicago, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE

04/26/2012 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club

04/27/2012 – Denver, CO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER

04/28/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

04/29/2012 – Seattle, WA @ EL CORAZON

05/01/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

05/02/2012 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom At The Regency

05/03/2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

05/05/2012 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

05/06/2012 – Dallas, TX @ TREES

05/08/2012 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

05/09/2012 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM

05/10/2012 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

05/11/2012 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

05/12/2012 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

Backtrack- Equilibrium- Sagas

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if the Predator were to be the lead singer in a metal band that took musical from inspiration travel commercials? Well, if you ever had enough time on your hands to allow that thought to sneak its way into your head, here’s the answer. It would sound Awwwsome.

Hailing from Bavaria, Equilibrium‘s second full length album, Sagas, takes a different turn on the folk metal style in many ways. Unlike most bands in this genre which create melodies and harmonies with violins, fiddles, bagpipes, various keyboard effects, tribal sounding drums and tin whistles, Equilibrium takes it a step further and introduces the sounds of pan flutes, steel drums, and Bavarian melodies into the mix on many of the songs on this recording. The addition of these create quite a fresh, adventurous, and fun sound. From the opening track “Prolog Auf Erden” to the epic closer “Mana”, the auditory assault does not let up for one second.

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Theme Thursday- Metal Songs of Epic Proportions

A nice quick 2-5 minute metal song is a great thing.  The band gets right to the point, does their thing, closes up shop, and then gets right to kicking your ass with another great metal song to keep your blood pumping.  That’s all fine and dandy, but sometimes I want a song that I can really sink my teeth into, to take me on a musical journey, and that’s where the longer songs come into play.  They take their time to build up and when they get going they take you on a ride that can’t be fully realized or appreciated in just a few minutes.  To successfully pull of a long song is no easy feat on the bands part, they need to have the skill to compose a track that will keep the listeners attention for the whole expedition and also make that listener want to come back to experience it again to gain a deeper appreciation for the song.

Here are some metal songs that successfully pull off the long song format and make you want to come back for more(well me at least, but I think many of you out there will enjoy them as much as I do).  I’ll limit myself to not going over 2 songs per band, as some artists are masters at crafting some epic journeys and will start the qualifying time for entry at 10 minutes.  A couple artists have crafted albums that are essentially one long song, so I will only be posting a part of that song(if you get into it you can most likely listen to it in it’s entirety on Youtube, or better yet, purchase the album).  And as always, What are some of your favorite long playing metal songs? Read the rest of this entry