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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011

To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Monday Metal Madness – The Battle For Supremacy

We are going to try something new at A Metal State of Mind…a video battle.  If you guys and gals want to “play along” this is something we were thinking of posting weekly.  Check it out!

For this week, I decided to choose similar style bands that both have new videos and also new albums.  I decided to call it The Battle for Supremacy since both bands are basically at the edge of something bigger than themselves, but can’t quite seem to “get there.”  Maybe Trivium has a slight edge, but they are basically in the same ballpark.  The videos are Trivium’s Built to Fall and Chimaira’s Year of the Snake. If you want to play, all you have to do is watch and vote.  In the next installment of Monday Metal Madness, we will announce the winner and set up a new poll and then keep it going.

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Trivium – In Waves – Review

I am not even sure where to begin with reviewing Trivium’s In Waves.  I have mixed feeling about what I thought they would create and what I am hearing on their new album.  I will say right off the bat that In Waves is all metal and all thrashing, but just a departure from the path Trivium created.  Allow me to explain…

I think Trivium grew tired of being called Metallica copy cats and tried to define themselves as a force to be reckoned with.  It is unfortunate because I never thought of Trivium as a Metallica copy cat.  I guess that is what they get after covering Master of Puppets flawlessly.  I always thought Trivium was a unique metal band (modeled after old school metal) and were doing just fine carving out their niche in the world.  Trivium probably felt the pressure to make some changes and it is evident on In Waves.

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Trivium Releases Dusk Dismantled

Trivium released another thrasher upon us.  Check out the YouTube clip for Dusk Dismantled. 

Here is the Youtube clip for Dusk Dismantled. 

In Waves, Trivium’s 5th album, will be released on August 9th, 2011.  Trivium is currently about to embark on the Mayhem tour in the U.S. with Megadeth, Machine Head, Disturbed, and Godsmack then take a short detour for two European shows (Wacken Festival in Germany, and opening for Iron Maiden in London.  After that, back Stateside for a bit, then Trivium will embark to Europe headlining the Defenders of the Faith tour with In Flames in support.  More to follow on that since not all bands have been announced.  Defenders of the Faith III promises to be bad-ass and tear up Europe (Germany, England, France, Netherlands, and Belgium) in late 2011.  I am sure they will be back around to catch the rest of Europe in 2012.  That tour seems too short.

If interested in the special edition In Waves album, it will have a Sepultura cover for the song Slave New World. I can attest that it is a bad-ass cover, I got to see it live last year.  The special edition will also have some DVD footage and a 40-minute documentary.

In Waves was mixed and produced by Colin Richardson who is also responsible for the likes of Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, and Fear Factory productions.  If that says anything at all, I think this album will be heavy and take Trivium to new levels in the metal world.

And in case you haven’t seen it last time we blogged about it, here is the video for In Waves.

Trivium Releases First Song Off New Album

Again, the upcoming months are going to be great for metal.  As I was checking out Facebook I saw Trivium announced the release of the track In Waves off their upcoming album scheduled for release sometime around August.  This is good news for those of us in England who will catch Trivium opening for Iron Maiden in August (yes, that’s me and I am rubbing it in a little).  We might get to hear some new stuff live which will be great.  According to Roadrunner Records, Trivium has been working on this album for quite some time…about a year and a half.  Now, last time a band (Metallica) took a year an a half to record an album it worked out quite well.  I am not comparing Trivium to Metallica, I’m just sayin… 

Personally, I do like Trivium a lot because these dudes remind me of old school no frills metal.  Now here are my thoughts on In Waves.  First of all the song is really well done.  I am willing to bet that this is probably one of the weaker songs on the album because I believe the record company is going to try to market the album to as wide a metal fanbase as they can.  According to some blokes on YouTube, this happened with the song Dying In Your Arms...which is the closest thing to a ballad Trivium has ever done…and metal chicks like that song.  I can tell from the response when I see Trivium live.  I will chalk the release of In Waves up as record company trickery, but no matter the reason for releasing this particular song, it is a good solid rocking Trivium song.   I think this new record is going to be some serious metal from the Tampa, FL boys.  Here is the YouTube clip for your listening pleasure.  It already has almost 7K hits in one day.  It just goes to show metal fans are the MOST dedicated music fans in the world.