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Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 1)


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Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2014, part 2. Kadinja, Orion, Nexilva, Meta-stasis, Jon Gomm


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Remember, this festival review won’t cover all the bands playing, I’ve chosen the ones I personally liked the best.
Part 1 can be found here.

Thanks to Carrie-Anne Pollard for the lovely photos, check out more great shots from Tech Fest on Me Vs The World! Photography

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coverKadinja – There is quite a buzz around this young, French band at the moment and rightfully so. They come with a breeze of fresh air and huge potential, brilliant technical skills and an uplifting sound. It was a bit unfortunate that the sound in the building didn’t do the music justice, but if you were familiar with their songs before Kadinja did not disappoint. Behind a curtain of long hair there is some incredible guitar work going on and the loud bass instantly puts a smile on my face, all coming out so playful and tasty. The singer’s strong, distinctive voice is very pleasant on the ears and particularly impressive during the clean parts in the song “Henry Call Mash Yes” (such a fun song title, and also one of my favourite singles this year). It’s great to see how everyone in the band is having a good time on stage and that their music is loved by the crowd as well. I’m hoping to see Kadinja live soon again, for now I’m (im)patiently waiting for a full album.

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #18 & #17


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

18.  Spastic – Revocation

This is probably one of the newest songs on my countdown of favorite instrumental songs.  This is another one that is loaded with cool guitar rhythm and lead and speed.  It is also very much a Revocation song complete with all their technical progressiveness just a lack of vocals.  This one appears on their self-titled 2013 release.  This play through video of the band is pretty bad ass too.

17.  Orion – Metallica

Other than Leper Messiah which launched me into thrash metal way back in the day, Orion was the other stand out song for me on this pivotal Master of Puppets album.  Again, guitars are quite prominent in this one, including bass, but I also like the rhythm and smooth tempo.  I felt I was able to lose my 13 or 14 year old self in this song. This is the last of the Metallica instrumental songs on my list.  I have seen Metallica five times and I do not recall ever seeing this song played live.  Bummer!

Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #20- Orion covered by Rodrigo y Gabriela


rodrigo-y-gabriela-area-52Quite famous in Latin America, Rodrigo y Gabriela are a duo of acoustic guitarists that jazz up their music with a great metal flair.  One of their biggest influences from the metal realm is Metallica and they often jam out on their songs on numerous occasions during their live shows.  So, it would only be natural for the 2 to record a full cover of one of their favorite metal bands songs.  Given that the duo doesn’t utilize vocals in their music, a Metallica instrumental would make the most sense, and of the handful of vocal-less songs to choose from, they went with the classic “Orion”.  Of course they totally kill it and add a beautiful Latin groove to the tune, especially in the solo section.  I also love how Gabriela translates the percussion of the song into slaps and taps on the side of her guitar.  Some really cool stuff and worth listening (and do check out more from Rodrigo y Gabriela, they write some wonderful music).  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Rodrigo y Gabriela Version:

Original Metallica Version:

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Song of the Day- 29 December 2010


Hello Everyone,

Today’s SOTD is “Orion” by Metallica, from their album “Master of Puppets”

I chose this song because of a cover that I recently downloaded by Rodrigo y Gabriela off their self-titled album.  They did an excellent job covering the song with two spanish guitars, and it made me like the original even more.  If you are looking for a decent cover, check them out.

Have a great day, everyone.