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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012


FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

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Video(s) of the Week – Honesty In Death & Regain The Fire


This week’s video of the week is a double dose of doom and gloom. I mean that in a good way. In the near future I will have the pleasure of seeing Paradise Lost with special guest Insomnium. It just so happens, both bands released new videos and you can wrap up your week with them here. The double feature is Paradise Lost, Honesty in Death, from their forthcoming album Tragic Idol and Insomnium, Regain the Fire, from their current release One for Sorrow.

I am new to Finland’s Insomnium; I really like their blend of death metal and doom. One For Sorrow is the first album I bought from them and it has had regular play on my music playing devices. I think their appearance on the upcoming Paradise Lost will provide a harder edge compared to the more slow/doom that Paradise Lost has mastered over the years. This is Insomnium’s latest video. Enjoy!

Tragic Idol is the new album from the U.K.’s Paradise Lost. Fans will be graced with its presence in April; just around the corner. Honesty in Death is their new video, another visually stimulating depiction to follow-up the more disturbing Faith Divides Us video from their album Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us. Based on this video, it appears Paradise Lost is continuing with their trend toward the more heavy-doom style they started with many full-moons ago. I am definitely looking forward to the new album. Have a great weekend.

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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Album Review – Insomnium – One For Sorrow


When you come across good metal unexpectedly it makes for a real nice treat. That’s what happened to me today when I realized I forgot to look and see what was released this past Tuesday. With all the bands that have released new material over the last 6-weeks, I forgot to check and see what else was released. This is how I came across Insomnium. To the best of my knowledge, I never heard of this band before, but based on the band’s name, I guessed a couple of things correctly. A – they would probably be from Scandinavia and B – they would sound like they were from Scandinavia. If this were a final question on Rock Jeopardy, I would have won a lot of money.

One for Sorrow was released on Tuesday the 18th in North America; a bit earlier in other parts of the world. Insomnium created a piece of work that masterfully intertwined all the elements that make Scandinavian death/melodic/melancholy bands so great. It’s all there; the awesome guitar work; growling & semi clean vocals; and a melody that leaves you feeling beaten, bruised, and well…tranquil. Melancholy is supposed to make you feel sad and depressed, but in metal it’s more of a soothing effect…like the calm before a storm.

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