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New videos for the open-minded

MetalheadWe’ve received a pleasing mix of new music videos in the last couple of weeks. I’ll post them in batches. They feature cool music in a variety of genres and many creative visual approaches.

Here are four for today, with more to come this week.


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High Horse: Tracklist Hype

So I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, someone pissed in my Cheerios, and I feel like doing a small rant on something that irks me when I go and make my rounds across my favorite metal websites.  As you see here on Metal State I rarely write about metal news unless it is something really big or interests me particularly.  I have no problem with sites doing the metal news thing (unless you are one of those sites that takes the lazy route and ctrl-c/ctrl-v each and every press release that comes your way without adding any personal commentary on the subject) and I often toss in my 2 cents on various articles and news items.  I just never feel inspired to write about them myself. But if there is one thing I just don’t get and somehow irks me is how some sites and bands make a big deal about a band releasing a tracklist for an upcoming album.  What is the point of making a big deal about it? I’m curious.  There is nothing substantial there, just a bunch of words that say nothing about the music contained within the album.  I can even understand to a degree getting hyped when seeing an album artwork.  The artwork of Heritage by Opeth, for example, showed that there was going to be change in the bands sound, but if were just to see the track list, a song like “Nepenthe” could just as well be a song title on Still Life.

A couple of weeks ago I saw that the Deftones released the tracklist of their new album and fans were salivating all over it saying it was going to be the best album yet.  Based on what?  Does the title “Goon Squad” tell you that the song will be the most brutal yet beautiful song the band has written yet?  Oh well, I guess I’m just old and grumpy and have a fixation on needing something more substantial, like a full song, to get me hyped up for a new album more than I already am (based on a bands pedigree.  I’ve seen people getting excited for a track list of a debut….. Way over my head).

Am I just a grumpy old fart and a negative Nancy?  Do you get hyped up when a band releases a track list?  Would just a tracklist sway your opinion on whether or not to buy an album?  Let me know.  Peace Love and Metal!

P.S. Here is the new single for the upcoming Deftones record.  Now I am properly hyped.

Blind Guardian Back to Work on that Orchestral Album

A rather lengthy update on Blind Guardian‘s website has brought more light to the long awaited orchestral album that the Bards have been teasing us fans with for what seems like a lifetime.  According to Hansi Kürsch they have enlisted the help of German high fantasy author Markus Heitz to help write the story and help build the concept to the album.  Mr. Heitz has gained acclaim in the realm of fantasy literature with his novel The Dwarves(Die Zwerge in its original language) series.  Personally I have not read anything by him yet, but have seen his novels readily available.  I guess my ignorance of his work will be changing very soon, authors suggested by Blind Guardian have always been good recommendations(if not for the Bards I would have never picked up George R.R. Martin, my now favorite author).

Blind Guardian says that they feel really comfortable working with Markus because he is already very familiar with their music and is as a large of a nerd as the Bards themselves as they both grew up in the fantasy scene reading many similar books and playing the same role playing games in the 80’s and 90’s.  Because of the same shared passionate interests Blind Guardian and Markus have an easy time time exchanging ideas and concepts.

I for one am really excited for this project to finally come to fruition as they have been teasing us with it for many a year now.  Some of my favorite Blind Guardian work was when they worked with a full orchestra(yup, I was one of those people who loved A Night at the Opera) and if there’s one band that can pull of an orchestral fantasy album there is no better band to do it than Blind Guardian(Rhapsody of Fire, maybe).  They are expecting the album to come to fruition some time in 2013, it seems like a lifetime away, but I have a good feeling it will be worth the wait.

Your can read the announcement letter here.