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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #9 – #7


MetalCatI listen to huge amounts of melodic death and progressive metal. Nu metal isn’t a genre I follow closely. When a good song happens along, however, it sticks.

Dark Metal Cat also doesn’t follow nu metal closely. He does, however, follow a huge number of mice and geckos.

Don’t dare tell him he can’t follow a tune. He has very, very big, sharp claws.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #8 and #7


I see I royally screwed up yesterday. I posted my #8 and #7 for 1995, not 1994. I’ll edit that post to show the correct year. Here are the songs I should have used for 1994.

1994, #8: In Flames – Lunar Strain

Album: Lunar Strain
Country: Sweden
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

 

1994, #7: Vanden Plas – My Crying

Album: Colour Temple
Country: Germany
Genre: Prog Metal

 

Album Reviews: Taketh – Ignorance Is Strength and Noumena – Death Walks With Me


a1775136158_10Taketh – Ignorance Is Strength

Taketh is a Swedish melodic death metal band and this is their second full length album. It contains ten tracks of typical sounding melo death, with growling vocals, melodic choruses and middle paced songs. The songs are well written and well performed and although the lyrics are a bit simple and too cliché, it still works out okay. After a couple of listens it gets a bit repetitive, both the music and the vocals don’t have much variation to them and some riffs seem a bit overused. I like the guitar solos and the more screamy, powerful vocals that appear at times. More of that and a little more diversity and maybe it could have been a more than average release. The last song is titled “Mind Numbing Crap” and makes me suspect the band isn’t overly serious about this release and when I hear it ends with someone saying “Oh well, shut up” in Swedish, I smile to myself and think my suspicions were probably right. But I hope Taketh are having fun when creating music, which is all that matters in the end!

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #81-85


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A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

#85  At The Gates – Slaughter of The Soul

This is still one of the best melodic death albums in the genre’s history. Relentless, heavy and guitar-oriented. At The Gates was a band that made melodic death metal what it is today. Too bad they broke up after this release.

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Album Review: Elysian – Wires of Creation


4198506320-1It was the unique cover art and the band name that drew my attention to this record. For a fan of Dark Tranquillity and old In Flames, like me, this was a really nice find! Elysian created a fine and diverse melodic death metal album that I think metalfans of any genre can appreciate. It’s aggressive music with a melancholic mood, with bits of traditional heavy metal, thrash and some proggy influences at times.

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Sonisphere UK update 28 Jan 11


Slipknot was the first band to be announced as a headliner for the Sonisphere festival UK.  I was pretty much sold on that day right off the bat since I have yet to see Slipknot live.  I hear its a spectacular show.  Then another headliner was announced in the form of Biffy Clyro.  I scratched my head on that one, but I have to remember that festivals are supposed to have a little of everything for everyone.  I guess I can’t complain with that because it made my decision to see Slipknot even easier.  Then there was the big news…Sonisphere promoters signed up the Big Four for their first ever Big Four UK appearance.  Sorry Slipknot, I will be buying a different day pass for my participation in this year’s Sonisphere UK weekend.

So to recap so far, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax will be headlining the Friday 8 July show, Biffy Clyro on the 9th, and Slipknot on the 10th.  The latest announcement listed a few more bands to the mix, but did not list which day they would play.  They are:

Motorhead – Classic

In Flames – No real experience with this band

Parkway Drive – never heard them

Mastodon – Seen them once; this band made my list of bands I think I should like, but do not…and I still don’t know why.

So there you have the latest for Sonisphere.  There are probably 90+ bands yet to be announced.  Are you going to go?  Which day?

You can stay tuned with Sonisphere at their website http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com/

Song of the Day- 23 December 2010


Hello.  Thanks for tuning in again. 

Before I post the SOTD for today, I just wanted to take a second to thank each of you for supporting A Metal State of Mind (and by supporting us, I mean stopping in and reading our blog).  We may not have the highest totals on the web, but I know our subject matter is solid and timeless.  I sincerely hope you will continue to follow us in the new year.

Today’s Song of the Day is “My Sweet Shadow” by In Flames, from the album “Soundtrack to Your Escape”

I am a huge fan of In Flames.  These guys are pioneers of melodic death metal, and they have a very unique sound.  Although their founding guitarist left the band earlier this year, I am confident their new album will be great (scheduled for a 2011 release).

Have a great day.