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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – Part 6/10



Over the weekend I checked the album selections for 2015 on quite a few websites that cover the various genres I love. Some of them, especially those with long lists like mine, feature bands I’ve never heard of. No doubt my lists include bands many people don’t know.

I believe I speak for all of us at Metal State when I say we end every year with a nagging, twitchy feeling that we missed something great during the year. It’s almost certain that we did. In the last 12 months we were offered a couple of thousand albums to review. No person, and no team of four reviewers, could possibly listen properly to that many albums.

To the bands that did make it onto my lists, even if I ranked you #50 that means I liked your work more than a few hundred other albums I played and enjoyed. The same goes for the lists my weird esteemed colleagues have posted. More good music is being made now than at any time, and I’ve been listening to plenty of music during most of my two-thirds of a century on this planet.


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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #23- Vulgaris Magistralis covered by Heidevolk

1734917-1330118100The first time I heard this song I had believed that it was an original song done by the Dutch metal band Heidevolk.  In reality though, it turned out to be a cover of a song from another dutch rock band called Normaal.  I’ll be honest and say that Vulgaris Magistralis is the only song from them I now know and will give them mad props on writing a song that is mad catchy and fun to sing, even though I don’t know one lick of Dutch.  But, to my ears Heidevolk simply rocks the hell out of this tune about a Dutch hero the songs name is coined after.  Every time I listen to it my beard becomes more burly, my chest more furry, and my beer more flowing.  Check out the cover and the original (translated lyrics are embedded in the Heidevolk video).  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Heidevolk cover:

Original by Normaal:

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Music Video Mania

A while ago on my personal blog(which I really haven’t been giving much attention to lately, poor thing) I started doing this weekly post where I chose some kind of theme and posted a bunch of music videos pertaining to that theme.  It was fun to do as I enjoy music videos and making lists of things, but then I migrated myself over to this here blog and got a little lazy and the short lived Music Video Mania got neglected.  Well, I am going to try to right the wrong and bring the series back, not on a weekly basis again but on a when ever I feel up to it basis(a couple times a month about) here on A Metal State of Mind.  For today’s episode I will ctrl-c/ctrl-v one of my older posts and will send over some of my better episodes here and there as well as new ones popping up also, so if some of the things I say in the post seem a bit dated it’s because I’m lazy and didn’t go back and update things that I wrote.  Hope you all enjoy and if you have any suggestions on themes or videos to recommend, let me know.  Without any further ado, here Music Video Mania: Worldwide Metal!!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Video of the Week- Nehalennia

Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the Netherlands is legal weed and Amsterdam.  But the country has a much deeper culture than hydro and hippies and Dutch metal band Heidevolk wants you to know that.  Even if they sing completely in their native tongue the music give you a great feel for their culture.  “Nehalennia” comes off their third album Uit Oude Grond(From Old Ground).  Check it out, it’s a killer song and video, and let us know what you think.

Nehalennia is a (possibly either Germanic or Celtic) goddess attested on and depicted upon numerous votive altars discovered around what is now called the province of Zeeland, the Netherlands, where the Rhine River flowed into the North Sea, whose worship dates back at least to the 2nd century BC, and who flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

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