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A Metal State of Mind’s Slightly New Direction For 2015

scanners-originalReaders, bands, artists, publicists, and friends; 2014 was a great year for metal in both quality and quantity.  We greatly appreciate your support!  We did as much as we could…reviewing enough material for an album review just about every other day in addition to other articles.  We were literally posting, in most cases, multiple articles a day.  Seriously, who has time to read all that?  Between roundtable reviews and solo reviews…all that metal kept us busy.  Having said that, here is what we have in store for 2015.

We are adopting a new policy of less is more.  It sounds cliché I know, but really we need to prevent burnout.  There is just too much music to review and no matter how hard we try, the list of “albums pending” continuously expands.  The first order up for business is reducing the total amount of album reviews to somewhere around a couple per week; sometimes more, sometimes less.  We will also be curbing our frequency of roundtable reviews.  Though they are fun and offer multiple opinions on the same album, we all live in different countries and coordinating such a review takes a bit of effort.

These new site modifications do not mean we will stop talking about you.  We want to listen to your music and talk about it, but spreading the gospel of metal is going to come in various forms as well as album reviews.  Sometimes we may just post your new album or video directly to A Metal State of Mind or feed it to one of our social media outlets.  We might feature your band as an album stream or album stream of the week.  We are going to focus on strong, though less frequent album reviews.  In the end, we hope to offer more discussion or opinion pieces, lists, themed articles; basically more things to engage with you as a loyal reader.

We hope you’ll be hanging around with us in 2015.  We look forward to another year of increased viewership and subscriptions.  Thank you so much for hanging out with us and talking about something we all have in common; metal!  Thank you so much for following us into our fifth year!

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New videos for metal lunatics

HeadacheThere are two common factors in this selection of new videos. One, they are all hard ‘n’ heavy. Two, they are all the sort of music that makes non-metal people splutter: “You must be crazy to listen to that stuff.”

So, tighten your strait jackets, tell all your hippie friends to leave the room, and crank the volume up to 11 to satisfy your insanity.

Here, chew on this packet of ball-bearings while you listen.


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God Forbid NJ Shore Benefit Concert

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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.