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Album Review: Overkill – White Devil Armory


downloadRecord Label:  Entertainment One U.S.

Release Date:  22 July 2014

Songs:  13 (including two bonus tracks)

Length:  61 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash

Studio Albums:  Seventeen of them

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #16 & #15


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!

16.  Frankenstein – Overkill

Initially, I never knew this was an Edgar Winter’s Group cover from the early 70s.  I can’t remember how it was pointed out; maybe it was in the liner notes, but after giving it a second thought it did seem to sound a bit different from the rest of this outstanding Horrorscope album from 1991.  Overkill certainly held true to the original vibe, but trash-ified the songs nicely.  This album needs a remaster!

15.  Stream of Consciousness – Dream Theater

These guys make great instrumental songs and it’s one of the reasons why they are the only band to have three songs on my list.  This one appeared on the Train of Thought album released in 2003.  I saw that tour, but never got to see this song played live; at least not that I can remember.  Even today, I look to see if Dream Theater adds an instrumental on their new albums and I am glad this is still a practice of theirs.  They are quite good at it.

Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #47-48


Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!

#48 Overkill – Come And Get It

Overkill is not my style of metal, but this thrashy intro is awesome. The fact that it’s also the opening song of the album ‘The Electric Age’ from 2012, makes it even better, what a good, crushing, shredding, storming start of an album!

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Album Review: Speed Kill Hate – Out For Blood


Speed Kill Hate - Out For Blood

Apparently even thrash fans need to find some catharsis for their anger. Not content with the frenzy he cooks up in Overkill, guitarist Dave Linsk is back with his side-project Speed Kill Hate for something even heavier than his main band. On sophomore Out For Blood, the lineup almost completely differs from last time round; only Linsk remains. That doesn’t seem to have mattered too much, as the new band have had enough time to gel and create a slab of thrash that also dabbles in East Coast hardcore and groove metal. As you can imagine, that combination is pretty testosterone-driven.

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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012


2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #5-1


It’s over!  Here are my last five in the long journey of my Top 100 Favorite Albums of all time.  As much as I look at my list I don’t think I would change anything for some time to come.  If you have been following along, you know that a bunch of us at The History of Metal on facebook have been sharing our favorite albums over the course of several months.  Some of us are complete while others joined in fairly recently.  So, we are all still sharing.  If you are new to this, it’s never too late to throw down your favorite albums.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #20-16


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us close to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Concert Review: Overkill – O2 Islington, London


This was my last show in England and I really couldn’t have asked for a better band to end my four-year experience of attending regular concerts.  Overkill is one of my long time favorites and they always put on a great energetic show.  The O2 Islington in London was the place; the same as last year.  So, I thought I would spice things up a bit by standing on the opposite side of the stage this time 😉  I very much enjoyed the view of Derek “The Skull” Tailer in 2011, but this time I got to watch the marvelous guitar solos of Dave Linsk and up close and personal bass playing of D. D. Verni.

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Monday Metal Madness – Revolving Doors


Contrary to what I have been reading on several websites and facebook groups; looks like 61% the voters here at A Metal State of Mind want to see a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar.  Though, no one could really replace Dimebag, Zakk would certainly do the job justice.  As far as I am concerned, I would be a ticket holder for such an event.   Thank you for voting and joining us on our Monday Metal Madness polls.

This week, I am going with a trivia-based poll.  Over the years, doing research for reviews and other articles revealed that some bands (more than I imagined) had quite a revolving door of band members.  The bands listed in this poll have all had no less than 13 “former” band members.  The numbers I used for this poll does NOT include the current band members.  Also, I used the internet for my research and we all know the World Wide Web is not always accurate.

Here is your challenge:  Without doing any research, which of the following bands had the most “former” members?

Also, since I came up with this trivia poll, I will obviously not be voting on my own poll.  Enjoy, and if you want to comment with your thoughts about revolving band members let’s chat about it in the comments box.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #40-36


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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