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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #12 – #10


MetalCatAlthough I love almost every style of metal, not much core music or industrial metal has made it into my annual hit parades. It has to compete against my usually preferred variations of melodic, progressive, folk, symphonic and atmospheric metal, often built on black, death or doom metal

None the less, when good ‘core or factory music hits my ears, it wins my heart.

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #7 – Doomsayer (Hatebreed)


Your doom awaits you!!
Selfish ones who think this world revolves for them
Around their games and illusions.
They give nothing but their hands are always out to take.

I guess now is a good time to make amends…it’s not to late, just one week to go.  I am thinking positively, so I went ahead and ordered my son a birthday cake anyway.  Poor kid is 7 on the 21st.  We’ll make it fun though no matter what happens on doomsday; raining blood, earthquakes, volcanos, zombies, or some sort of religious end-all event 😉 We’ll be eating cake and playing with some new toys we got for him.

Hatebreed is coming to you on our doomsday countdown.  Doomsayer can be found on their 2003 album The Rise of Brutality.  I like some good Hatebreed.  I can only listen to them in small durations, but when they make a good heavy song, they do it quite well.  Jasta has a strong voice; they meld together the best parts of Hardcore and Thrash.  Have a good weekend because it may be your last 😉

Song of the Week – Put it to the Torch


It’s not too often we use the Song of the Week to promote something that is going to be released in the near future.  Usually, it’s just a random song we hear or perhaps something that inspired us in some way.  Today, I heard something new that I am interested in; today’s particular song off the forthcoming Hatebreed album, The Divinity of Purpose, set for release on January 29th, 2013.

Put it to the Torch is not much different from what you would hear on a Hatebreed album.  It’s a mix of Thrash and Hardcore and just plain brutal. orch You can always count on Hatebreed for a few of those songs on each of their albums. Put it to the Torch is that song, the first song on the album, and just over 2 minutes of the brutality Hatebreed does well.

I don’t think you need to be a fan of the band to like this song.  Check it out and judge for yourself.  Also, if you have any loose objects near you like  chair, this song may tempt you to throw it.  Fair warning.  Enjoy!

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?

Jasta – Album Review


Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow released a new solo self-titled debut album, Jasta on 26 June 2011.  Although similar in style and sound to Jamey’s other bands, Jasta has one element you may not have heard before; Jamey Jasta actually sings on most of the songs vs. intense screaming/growling you have become accustomed to.

I was a little apprehensive when I saw the album.  I wondered how this could be any different from Hatebreed and Kingdom of Sorrow.  Both Hatebreed and KoS have enough differences between them to distinguish themselves as separate bands, but throw in another new Jamey Jasta project?  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after several listens at work and at the gym on maximum volume, I am impressed.

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Theme Thursday – A Decade of Thrash


What is your opinion of the standard thrash recipe?  Do you think thrash as become weak over the years, stayed the same, got better, or a little bit of everything?  Does thrash make you want to puke or snap your fingers…snap your neck?  The theme for this week is going to focus on thrash from 2001-2010.  Not so much the bands themselves, but the songs that define the music.  I will cover the last 10 years with a few words on what’s out in 2011 already. Part II of this theme is that all the songs I talk about fit onto one CD-R.  If you like the tunes I picked it makes for a great mix.  I  will let the playlist do the talking and by all means feel free to comment.

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Awesome Covertunes


It’s always nice when a band plays tribute to some of their influences.  So I’ve compiled a list of 10 covertunes that are really, really, really wicked good.  Personally, covertunes should be done one of two ways; either cover the song exactly for what how it was intended or completely remake it, but keep it at least recognizable as a tribute song.  Anywhere in the middle is usually blah…

So here is my list of 10 covertunes that bring an older song back to life.

Bullet For My Valentine – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Original by Metallica

Faith No More – Easy – Original by The Commodore’s

Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company – Original by Bad Company

Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver – Original by Dio

Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name – Original by Iron Maiden

Trivium – Master of Puppets – Original by Metallica

Chimaira – Disposable Heroes – Original by Metallica

Hatebreed – Ghost of War – Original by Slayer

The Bronx Casket Company – My Way – Original by Frank Sinatra

DevilDriver – Wasted Years – Original by Iron Maiden

It looks to me like a good pool of songs to cover were originally recorded by either Metallica or Iron Maiden.  There are many more covertunes that could have made this list, but these are the ones that stuck out for me the most.  I could probably easily redo this list with 10 other songs.  You know what, lets extend it out five more songs…here goes.

Susperia – Lack of Comprehension – Original by Death

Machine Head – Message in a Bottle – Original by The Police

Queensryche – Synchronicity II – Original by The Police

Children of Bodom – Hell is for Children – Original by Pat Benetar

Dream Theater – Comfortably Numb – Original by Pink Floyd

If you know more covertunes that deserve special attention please let us know.   I’m going to stop now before I go another five…

Album of the Week- 18 December 2010


Ah, the weekend before Christmas.  If you are reading this, it means you have finished all of your holiday shopping and are well-prepared for the holiday.  If not, thanks for getting your priorities straight.  Metal above all.

This week’s Album of the Week is “Hatebreed” by Hatebreed, released in 2009.

 These guys have hardcore metal down to a science.  No frills, no keyboards, just straight up face-breaking metal.  These guys have been around a while, and they have definitely perfected their craft.  While they are not really for everyone, I am a huge fan.  A lot of the material on this album blew me away.  Very, very intense metalcore listening experience. 

Have a great weekend.

SOTD for 27 October 2010


My bad for missing out on posting the 25 OCt SOTD.  My unique work schedule this week caused a lapse in better judgment…I basically forgot.  Thank you to Yungviticus for picking up the slack.  Do you want to start off your day on a heavy note?  Today’s SOTD comes from a Hatebreed-Crowbar mix:

Monuments of Ash by Kingdom of Sorrow off the Behind the Blackest Tears album.

Have a great humpday!

Ultimate Workout Playlist!


Even metalheads need to stay in shape for a night in the pit.  I have devised a brutal playlist that is an assault on the senses.  It will surely keep you motivated for 30 minutes of intense cardio.  This playlist took some deep thought, then it was put to the test today for my 30-minute 3.47 mile run on the comfort of a gym treadmill.  Let me tell you that each song kept my blood pumping as well as a desire to thrown something.  I looked forward to each song and never felt the need to forward through any of this playlist.  This list should be assembled in order for best results.  Disclaimer – this playlist is rated “R” for mature headbangers only.  Here goes:

1.  DevilDriver – Nothing’s Wrong – DevilDriver

This one is raw power and is great to get the workout started.  It never lets up and if it makes you want to throw a chair, channel that energy into getting your workout on.

2.  Chimaira – Power Trip – The Impossibility of Reason

Another song of great aggression and angst!  It’s short and to the point.

3.  Slipknot – Disasterpiece – Iowa

The longest song of the set and a bit toned down from the first two.  You should be getting into the groove by now.

4.  Slayer – Hate Worldwide – World Painted Blood

Just when things let up a tiny bit, Slayer kicks in and kicks your butt.  Step it up!

5.  Cavalera Conspiracy – Terrorize – Inflikted

Another song of great speed and angst (we like that word). 

6.  Hatebreed – Defeatist – Supremacy

The third song in a row that should keep you motivated…you are halfway done!

7.  Cannibal Corpse – Make them Suffer – Kill

A quick switch to death metal – this song does not let up, its quick, and should keep you moving.

8.  Bloodbath – Devouring the Feeble – The Fathomless Mastery

Continuing with death metal – this is probably my favorite death metal song of all time.  This song is just so damn heavy.  This is the one that will take you to the limit…terminal velocity approaching!

9.  Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God – Twilight of the Thunder God

Nothing like Swedish viking melodies to take you to the 30-minute mark.  This is where your workout will come to a close.  If you are too tired to finish the workout, just imagine Amon Amarth chasing you down in the woods late at night with sword and shield.

10.  Pantera – Walk – Vulgar Display of Power

As cheesy as it is, this song is intended for the cool down and should take you to the 35-minute mark overall…yes walk, as the name implies.  Just a bad ass groovy metal tune. 

I hope you enjoy your workout with this playlist.  It made my workout go by pretty quick which is the way I like it.  If you think this is too heavy, let me know.  I am an equal opportunity metalhead.  I can easily do a toned down playlist for let’s say…a bike ride or something.