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Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of the Year + Honorable Mentions


2015-woodWell, here we are again, another end of year list.  First, big thanks to you for reading and engaging with us.  I have to say, this year’s list is more well-rounded than previous year-end lists.  I guess it is because I continue to get exposed to new bands and others that have been out a while, but are new to me.  Take my #1 for example.  I knew they were out there, but took it took me a while to sit down and have a serious listen.  I am glad I did.  One major difference between this year and my other lists is the (almost) absence of thrash metal bands.  While there are a few, not as much as I would normally have on my list.  Seems as though my taste in progressive based metal is expanding.  I guess it’s time to see for yourself.  Enjoy, and let’s have another great year in metal. Read the rest of this entry

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #20 – #17


MetalCatMost of you were too young to listen to metal before this year. You were still doing “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Humpty Dumpty”. To help you catch up on some of the great music of the most recent years, I’ll be posting 20 songs per year from 2008 and after, not 15 or 10 songs. That’s four songs per day for a year per week excluding weekends.

If you’re still too young to listen to metal, see my parallel series, “Mammal’s Thousand Years Of Nursery Rhymes”.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #6 – #4


MetalCatI hope you’ll find upliftment in the darkness and blackness of  a couple of today’s selections. Here’s some related information to uplift you — proof that you’re probably more intelligent than average. A study reported in The Guardian in 2007 revealed that a disproportionate number of members in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth listed metal as their favourite music.

The Academy is a body of students who rank in the top 5% in academic achievements. Thus the brightest of the bright love metal the most.

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Matt’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2013


tumblr_m4us9a0NRd1rxpxj7o1_500Simple 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.

Slamming Spotify Spotlight – Noteworthy New(ish) Releases


metal_fan2Not much of an intro to write here other than here are some really great albums that have come out in 2013 that I’ve been digging on that are available on Spotify.  It’s a bit of a mixed bag without any rhyme, order, or reason (much like my music listening habits), some underground stuff, some popular stuff.  Maybe there’s something here you overlooked or never heard of.  Enjoy and give a shout out to any 2013 albums on Spotify you’ve been digging on!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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