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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #25-21


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #35-31


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #60-#56


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#60 Tales from the Punchbowl by Primus

I still remember the day that I bought this record. Me and my family were taking a road trip to Florida to go to Disney and Tales… release happened to be one of the days we were all on the road. I kept having my dad take a random exit here and there in hopes that there would be a record store close by so I could grab my precious new Primus album and make the long hours of the drive pass by more quickly. After 2 days on the road we finally found a random record store and I got my Primus fix.

At first I didn’t know what to think of Tales… I wouldn’t call it a departure from Primus’ earlier work as all that bass heavy quirkiness is there. That dark atmosphere from Pork Soda also carried over, but initially I had mixed feeling about this album. It was just weird, for Primus standards that’s quite a feat. As time went on and I kept listening it really started to grow on me. The dark, psychedelic songs really started to click and before long it was getting regular rotation. The fun songs like “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and “De Anza Jig” were always a blast to listen to, but tracks like “Mrs. Blaileen” and “Glass Sandwich” really made an impression on me with an atmosphere unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. And then there’s the Pink Floyd-ish “Southbound Pachyderm” and the insanity drenched “Over the Electric Grapevine”, two of the best songs Primus has ever written.

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Monday Metal Madness – The Art of Covertunes


Last week, Alestorm proved to be more seaworthy than their American pirate metal rivals, Swashbuckle.  Congrats to the Scots for taking 80% of the votes in last week’s Monday Metal Madness.

This week, you do not need to appreciate these bands to appreciate the covers they recorded.  In my opinion, they are both awesome renditions of classic metal songs although one is much older than the other.  Our battle is between Machine Head covering Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden and UK newcomers Evile covering Pantera’s Cemetery Gates.  Both songs are outstanding; one covered by a veteran act and one a (relative) newcomer.  Only one can win.  What say you?

Themed Thursday – Album Intros


A good intro to a record serves many purposes, but most importantly it is the bands starting point to grab a listener’s attention and set the mood and tone for the rest of the album.  If it is a concept album it sets up the themes and story if there is one, if it’s a straight up brutal album it should be a track to really get the adrenaline running.  And so on and so forth.  Intros come in the form of an instrumental song, spoken word, or just a really strong track to get things started off on the right track.

Here are some of my favorite album intros.  Some may be composed of 2 tracks due to the first part seamlessly transitioning into the second more or less making the 2 part of 1.  Enjoy and let us know what some of your favorite album intros are!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Download Festival Update


At what point do you look at a festival lineup and decide you are in or out? Is it the headliner, the bands leading up to the headliner, or is it the smaller bands spread out across a multitude of stages? For me, I guess it’s a combination of everything, but the weight of the day has to either be a major headliner or all others leading up to the headliner. The bottom line is that it has to be worth the time and money to make me want to go. Based on headliners revealed a few weeks ago, I am undecided.

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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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Matt’s(Atleastimhousebroken) Top 15 Albums of 2011


Hey all!!!  Hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and kick off to the New Year.  Now that we are at the start of 2012 I think it’s fair that we release our personal Top 15 Albums of 2011.  Making this years list was quite a difficult charge.  I’ve been seeing around on the internets that many were disappointed in 2011…  Myself, this was one of the best years in metal, ever, making the narrowing down of the best around a bit tricky.  There were great follow-ups, amazing breakthrough albums, and some wonderful debut albums.  I also discovered many new bands to listen to this year with a good handful cracking my Top 15.  If anyone is complaining that “new music sucks”, well they aren’t listening.  There is an innumerable amount of great stuff to check out, you just have to have an open mind and give anything that catches your ear a listen (or eye if the album has great artwork).  If you do a little searching for your tunes every year will be the best year in music for you(and with the internet finding awesome tunes is so much easier and cheaper than before, until you start finding music you love and going on some shopping sprees 🙂 ).  Positive thinking and law of attraction and all that stuff.

When making my list the criteria I used was how often I listened to each album, initial impact and how long that first impression lasted, and how well the album grew on me.  I hope you all enjoy my picks and hopefully find some cool new music to listen to.  And if you look at my list and think of a band that would be right up my alley, let me know!!  And let us know what some of your favorite albums were for 2011.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top Shows of 2011


2011 was a great year for concerts, in my humble life anyway.  I had the pleasurable experience seeing so many of my favorite bands and several new ones.  I feel fortunate enough to live somewhere (for a while) where I can pick and choose which shows I want to see.  I didn’t always have an opportunity like I do here living fairly close to London.  After 9 concerts and 24 bands, I have narrowed my favorite shows to seven.  Here is the pool of candidates:  Black Label Society, Godhead, Overkill, Destruction, Heathen, After All, Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy, Amon Amarth (twice), Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax (Big Four), Iron Maiden, Trivium, Septic Flesh, As I Lay Dying, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Cake, Machine Head, Bring Me The Horizon, and DevilDriver.

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Song of the Week – Davidian


After seeing Machine Head last weekend, I am still on the concert high.  I have been spinning some of their older material. It’s pretty much something that happens whenever I see a band live. This week’s song of the week is the song that made me a fan of the Machine Head hook, line, and sinker; Davidian from the album, Burn My Eyes. Let freedom ring with a shotgun blaaaaaaaast!

When metal was struggling in the mid 1990s (some bands “softened” their sound), Machine Head and others like Pantera and Fear Factory weren’t compromising.  They kept the fires of fury alive and kicking. Enjoy the song of the week!