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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #6 and #5

MetalCatDark Metal Cat says I should post only the intro to my hit parade stuff on the home page and put the songs on a turn-page so that (a) I don’t use up the first three screens of the home page and (b) he can be on the home page.

I had 1995’s #10 and #9 yesterday. I am not skipping #8 and #7. I did them last week by mistake because of solar flares and asteroid belts and the Oort Cloud and such phenomena.

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Mammal’s Merry Memories: Ozzy Osbourne – Thunder Underground (1995)

Since Ozzy needs no introduction, here’s a quick anecdote instead. A journalist friend who reviewed lighter music gave me her review copy of Ozzmosis in 1995 because it was way too heavy for her taste. A few days later some old buddies came to visit and one of them happened to ask, “Do you think Ozzy’s still got it, or is he a has-been?” I played this song. My mate withdrew his question.


Top 10 Halloween Songs

Since this past Wednesday was Halloween, I was going through my iPod listening to songs I considered to have a Halloween theme. It’s probably no surprise that many of them were by metal bands. By the end of the day I had come up with what I thought provided the best soundtrack for the day. Feel free to leave suggestions as to what I should put on my playlist for next year!

10-I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery by Woods of Ypres: The song is a haunting one, perhaps best suited for those with a more philosophical side to them. After all, who knows what the afterlife holds and what happens if you’re a ghost.

9-This Situation is Getting Hairy by the Workout:  What would you do if someone you knew turned into a werewolf? The Workout seek to answer this in this semi-romantic song.

8-Dragula by Rob Zombie: Zombie describes what might make for a good Halloween night: Burning witches! (Maybe I’m a little biased on this one since  I live close to Salem)

7-Welcome Home by King Diamond: Having your granny back in your life may seem nice at first, but turns into a nightmare when you realize she rose from the dead.

6-The Fatal Feast by Municipal Waste: Two words: Space Cannibalism

5-Enter Sandman by Metallica: Metallica’s hit song and accompanying music video gave me plenty of nightmares as a child.

4-Bark At the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne: Horror is a theme in classic Ozzy tunes but this one’s particularly campy. Bonus: Ozzy in werewolf makeup.

3-Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden has some pretty dark songs but this one is the most nightmare worthy.

2-American Psycho by the Misfits: There are plenty of spooky songs by the Misfits but this encapsulates the way one feels when watching a classic slasher flick.

1-War Pigs by Black Sabbath: Iron Man is the usual Halloween favorite to play but this embodies the holiday perfectly.

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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Monday Metal Madness: Black Sabbath: Ozzy or Dio?

In their long and storied career, besides practically inventing this genre of heavy music we all love to death, Black Sabbath have employed 2 of metal’s best and most prolific vocalists.  John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio.  Not too shabby.  Both were excellent fits for the band and they also brought different flavors for the rest of the band to play off of.  So, fans of Black Sabbath, I ask you, which is your favorite Sabbath vocalist.  Do you prefer the doom-y beginnings of Sabbath or the high-flying later years of the band.  Tough choice, I know, lol.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!

Ozzy Era

Dio Era




Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #90-#86

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#90 Leviathan by Mastodon

I think I may have permanently injured my neck from the rate of headbanging I did when I first heard “Blood and Thunder”. That tune is the very essence of metal. Oh, and the rest of the album is about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick you say, F’ yeah! Boy am I happy I paid attention to that one in school. This album is so heavy it should come with a ‘lift with caution’ warning label. If you’ve never checked out Mastodon before this is a good starting point. It has the brutality of their earlier works and the beginnings of the prog side the band would later explore.

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Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Metal for the Non-Metal Spouse

If you are like me then you married someone who doesn’t listen to metal.  It was never a prerequisite for me to marry someone who listened to metal like I do.  Strangely enough I dated someone in high school (many many moons ago) that listened to music I liked at the time…80’s rock/metal.  One would think that metal + metal = happiness, but this was not my case.  We actually fought about music.  My metal was better than her metal and vice versa.  It was strange and I chalked it up to being young, but I also told myself that musical taste was not a prerequisite to marriage except when it concerned country.

To make a long story short I married a Sting, Billy Joel, Cheryl Crow, Michael Buble fan.  It isn’t the type of music I bought albums for, but I do respect artists that have talent.  So early on I knew my wife didn’t like metal and it didn’t matter.  There is more to a relationship than musical interests and I could tell that my wife, like me, respected talented musicians.  When I told her I liked metal she didn’t make a face or ask “are you satanic?”  She might have thought it, but didn’t ask it.  I knew she was (and is) open-minded and that was good enough for me.  Besides, when we are together I let her listen to whatever she wants.

So I tried to introduce her to some things I thought she might at least like…some things I thought were more commercially accessible.  I started with Dream Theater.  Surprisingly that didn’t work out too well.  Although she accompanied me to a 3-hour Dream Theater concert in San Francisco, it was not her cup of tea.  Her comment was “really talented dudes, but the songs were too long.”  So prog was not her thing.  I even tried some Megadeth songs…nope.  I took her to see Judas Priest.  She actually seemed interested in that show because growing up in the 80’s…who didn’t know Judas Priest?  Well, Anthrax opened and that was a definite bust, but she knew some Judas Priest and thought they put on a good show. I think she enjoyed watching the 40+ year olds in he crowd with mullets and balding heads more than the band.  But it was a nice sharing a bit of my musical culture with her.  Of course it works both ways.  She took me to Matchbox Twenty, a ballet in the front row, and a musical featuring all Billy Joel music.  I thought they were very well-done performances.  So we shared our interests as couples should do.  I still wanted to try to find one band; just one band made of metal that should would like.  Not just put up with, but like.

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Album of the Week, 12 March 2011, Ozzmosis

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for tuning in this weekend.  Hopefully your weekend is a good one so far.  If it isn’t, know that heavy metal is always there for you. 

The album of the week is “Ozzmosis” by Ozzy Osbourne, released in October 1995.

This album was released when I was in high school (Sorry if that makes you feel older).  I was a huge Ozzy fan during my high school days.  This is probably one of the best albums that came out that year, and for me, this is the last truly great Ozzy Osbourne  album.  I thought Black Rain was okay, but nothing beats this album for me.  This is a really good album from beginning to end.  It’s not perfect, but it is pretty close. 

This album was released when heavy metal music was still being played on daytime radio.  “Perry Mason” and “I Just Want You” were regularly on the radio.  I miss those days.  Usually you won’t hear any great metal (for the most part) until around 1 in the morning on a Wednesday.  It’s disappointing to say the least.  But I digress.

I recently read that this album was re-released in 2002 with extra tracks, but I have not heard them.  The ten tracks on the original album are enough for me.  You won’t usually find double bass blast beats on an Ozzy Osbourne album, but this is a good example of heavy rock music.  There is a lot of solid grunt on this album, and Ozzy used a varied vocal style, which gave the album some depth.  Zakk Wylde, to me, is the hero of this album, and his guitar playing on this album is outstanding.  Geezer Butler played bass for this album, how awesome is that?     

I will always respect Ozzy Osbourne.  I was a little peeved that he did his own pseudo-scripted reality show with his family, but I admire the fact that he is still around making albums, even though I may not like them.  You have to admire the fact that he is still around period.   

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.