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A Few Things to Check Out…


I wish we had time to talk about every band/artist that gets sent to us.  Unfortunately, time is not always on our side despite our finest efforts.  But, we do our best to spread the word because no one should be deprived of metal in whatever metal subgenre it comes in.  Here are a few bands we checked out that may or may not find a home in your music library someday.

Have you ever thought about what Maroon 5 would sound like with growling vocals?  Neither have I.  Honestly, I never knew such a thing existed.  Personally, I can’t really stand Maroon 5, but hearing someone else metalize it puts a new spin on it.  The Persevering Promise currently has their debut album out called An Illusion in Shambles.  If you are into genre labels, they are considered post-hardcore, but it would be hard to tell from the cover song, so I included another song from their album.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #16 – #13


MetalCatToday we have brown, red and black music. That’s not the colour of the musical notes but the colours used on the artwork of the albums from which this selection is taken.

Isn’t that a marvellous coincidence? Those colours match the brown of my teeth, the red of my eyeballs and the black of my blood. They also match Dark Metal Cat’s coat when he stands in bright sunlight with harsh shadows.

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Roundtable Review: Haze – Clouds Surround And Breathe


ArtWork!Label: Frail Abuse Records

Release Date:  10 August 2014

Songs:  9 tracks                  Length: 45 minutes

Genre:  Post rock/core

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  UK

Recommended for fans of: God Is An Astronaut, Architects, Echoes

 

 

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Tales From Bandcamp: Undermine The Supremacy – Ashes


When you think of metal and their country of origin, do you automatically think of the US or Europe?  Is Australia the first country that comes to mind when thinking about cool metal bands?  Perhaps you should start thinking about Australia a little more often.  It seems like as each day passes there are more bands popping up from down under well worth checking out.

Undermine the Supremacy is one I am focusing on today that slipped their band info into our inbox.  Thank you for that, by the way.  This Queensland five-piece is all about metalcore, you should know.  I am not going to spell out how bone-crunching their songs are or how deep the vocalist can growl.  I won’t waste any of your time talking about their chunky riffs or headbanging cadence either.  Why do all that when you can just check it out for yourself.  Go ahead.  Hit that play button!  If you enjoy the bombastic breakdowns of metalcore, you’ll have a hard time hitting the stop button.

For fans of:  Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Heaven Shall Burn, Calaban, Lamb of God.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #9 – #7


MetalCatToday’s selections are all songs about coffee. “What Drives the Weak” – coffee works for me. “Night of the Living Dead” – that’s what it would feel like without caffeine. “The Essence” – Jamaica blue mountain, percolator ground, please.

Dark Metal Cat says the answers to those three song titles are: a dark cat chasing them; what they are when he spots them; what they taste like unless they’re smelly cicadas.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt may seem ironic that Chimaira wins one of the top three spots in my year-by-year hit parade a week after they finally split up, supposedly for ever. They made a live come-back that reportedly drew ridiculously small audiences.

Whatever the reasons for their calling it a day, I wish all of them well. They gave me some good listening, which is ultimately all that anyone can ask of a band.

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Roundtable Review: Down Royale – Sway


Down Royale_Album Art_03_RGB_1600x1600Label:  N/A

Release Date:  29 June 14

Songs:   11

Length:  46 Minutes

Genre:  Groove / Metalcore

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album.

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New music for Monday: Set Before Us – Wildfire


Set Before Us, a new Swedish metalcore band, have just come to our attention. They’ve released their first single and it impressed me. If this is the shape of things to come, I’d like to hear their first album too.

 

Stream of the Week – Whose Hearts Were His


This week’s Stream of the Week hails from Kansas City, Missouri.  Gabe Fry is the brain behind Whose Hearts Were His – his new solo project.  He was formerly part of Solace and Stable, a band we featured here on A Metal State of Mind a couple of years ago.  If you would like to check that project out as well, you can click here.  The new self-titled album is set for release in the near future – not date indicated just yet, but if I am supplied one I will let you know.  For now you can check out this track, Tongues Like Knives, to water your mouths for more of what’s to come.

For fans of:  Gojira, Between The Buried and Me, The Red Chord

Members:  Gabe Fry