I haven’t referred to my list of top albums of 2013 that I posted on Metal State at the end of last year. I don’t need to because I know it’s markedly different to my current sets of year-by-year hit parades. This series has featured my favourite songs, not albums. It hasn’t included non-metal, whereas my top albums list did.
I set another condition for myself at the start of this exercise, which has been a wonderfully enjoyable game. To spread the pleasure among the artists who’ve given me so much pleasure over the years, I chose only one song per year per artist. There too I’ve been arbitrary at times. There are albums so good that just about any song would be a contender for top song by that artist.
No doubt my lists would look different if I re-did them in a year’s time. Music shapes itself to our moods.
By the way, elephants don’t have four knees. That’s a common misconception among people who are interested in knees and/or elephants. Like other mammals, they have knees on their hind legs, not the front pair.
Dark Metal Cat slept last night with one knee on my ear. When I try to move him he bites me. No elephants have ever done that.
Prog metal dominates the top of my personal 2010 hit parade. That makes sense since I deeply love progressive rock in its many forms. Metal which is partly influenced by prog structures naturally strikes many chords in me.
The three types of prog metal today are very different, covering melodic, Oriental and the more avant-garde styles. As far as I’m concerned, a lot of symphonic metal (thank you, Therion) is also laced with prog.
Dark Metal Cat likes anything laced with catnip.
One day when I’m old and grey—.
Start again. When I’m even older and greyer or hairless, I’ll still be listening to all of these albums pretty often. I work alone in an office at home. I play music while I pretend to be busy. Often I get through ten albums a day. Without music, I’d go mad. My wife says that without metal, I might become sane, but she also says she’s used to my music making the panels on my desk vibrate. She’s lucky she can’t see what it’s doing to my insides.
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Simple enough, here are my picks for my favorite music videos of 2013. Enjoy and share your picks! Peace Love and Metal!!!
#5: Intronaut – Harmonomicon
Trippy and great camera shots. Simply beautiful cinematography. Great song as well.
#4: Revocation – Fracked
Beyond how kick ass the song is I really enjoyed the collage of anti-fracking images, video clips, and animations which really worked well for creating an anti-establishment metal video. Good on Revocation for bringing this travesty being done to our planet for oil to a wider audience.
#3: Maximum the Hormone – え・い・り・あ・ん (A.L.I.E.N.)
This video perfectly captures the sheer insanity of Maximum the Hormone. I love how they start with the standard ‘band in a basement’ cliché’ and then turn it on its head. I’m especially fond of the cool effects when the ‘funk’ part kicks in. If you’ve never experienced MtH before, be prepared for a faceful of WTF.
#2: Haken – Cockroach King
I f’n love The Muppets. So, when I caught wind of a video for a prog metal band heavily inspired by Jim Henson’s legacy I was quick to check it out. Little did I know just how perfect the Muppets by way of Bohemian Rhapsody would make for such a perfect music video that fits the song better than a pair of tailored Levis. Favorite scene, when the Muppet spits out the insects, made me lol so hard.
#1: Toxic Holocaust – Acid Fuzz
Perfection. This is possibly the most metal music video ever. The video for Acid Fuzz should be the blueprint on how to make metal videos. Colors, animation, metal, decapitation, sharks ripping people in two, drugs, hallucinations, explosions, boobs, skulls, demonic conjuring, and the list goes on and on. Just watch this masterpiece of a video.
Thus concludeth my selection of albums that couldeth be either prog rock or prog metal, as the mantis said unto the moth before eatething it. Muncheth, muncheth, went the mantis. “Ow! Verily, friggin’ oweth!” wailed the moth.
This is the first time I’ve started a music post with a biology lesson.
Posted by RiffRaff
Fact: Muppets make anything more awesome. Fact: Queen is an awesome band and Bohemian Rhapsody is an awesome video. Fact: Haken’s new single “Cockroach King” is prog metal awesomeness.
What happens when you mix all these awesome facts together? You get one of the most awesome videos you will ever see. I really can’t see how Haken could have visually represented “Cockroach King” any better and the nods to Queen are just too cool. Give it a watch along with their other super trippy video for “Pareidolia”. Both are off their new album The Mountain which in super quick review format (full review coming soon…ish) is a must for any self-appriciating fan of anything prog and if you don’t check it out you should feel ashamed of yourself. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!