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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2015…For Now…In No Particular Order

top-15-iphone-app-development-companies_0Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.

This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

downloadAlbum: The Plague Within

Label: Century Media

Release Date: 2 Jun 15

Songs: 10

Length: 51 Minutes

Genre: Doom/Goth

Previous Albums: This is their 14th album. See article for the rest of the albums.

Location: England

There are very few bands out there that you can say started out one way, evolved into something completely different, and then came back to their roots. At least not the way England’s Paradise Lost has done it. They have come damn near full circle with their latest release, The Plague Within, which we’ll talk more as I build up to it. In the late 90s, they formed Paradise Lost…what is now considered one of the pioneers of gothic metal. Their first four albums, Lost Paradise (1990), Gothic (1991), Shades of God (1992), and Icon (1993), were heavily gothic/doom albums – not the kind of songs you would have heard on the radio…at least not in America. Most of Nick Holmes’ vocals were gritty and growling and the music was dark and brooding. Icon started the slow and eventual evolution that Paradise Lost embodied for nearly two decades. Here is a clip from their debut album, Lost Paradise.

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Album Review: Paradise Lost – Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)

downloadI am coming down off my Paradise Lost high resulting from their latest release Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) which celebrates a long f’kin time in the music business – 25 years in case that number threw you off.  I dive into so-called “rare” albums cautiously and it’s not very often I find them worth my time.  But, I do like Paradise Lost; setting all bias aside let’s talk about the new (compilation) album.  First, if you dug hard enough you would have probably heard these songs at some point.  If you are the kind of person that buys extended editions or looks for that one song on a record company compilation, you may have heard these songs.  Instead of calling this an album of rarities, let’s call it what we used to call it…a collection of B-sides.  The Rarities encompasses a multi-decade career however, doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to Paradise Lost’s very early days…therefore, the songs aren’t really that rare…meaning old except for two of them.

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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 (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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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #12 – Honesty in Death (Paradise Lost)

I don’t think a Doomsday list would be complete without notable Doom-metal bands.  Paradise Lost certainly fits the bill.  Their new album, Tragic Idol, showed a return to their heavier gothic roots.   With doomsday just 12 days away, will you have a moment of honesty or will you take your secrets with you?  If you have been a fan of the band for many years, you have seen a swing in musical style with the most recent albums mirroring their early days.  Whether you like this song or not, it is fitting for end times.  Also, whether you like this song or not, you should try numerous other Paradise Lost songs before you pass judgement on the band.  There is so much to hear…

…In amidst the anguish
My only prayers are to myself
Resistance crashes
As clemency compels…

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #55-51

This is the part of my Top 100 favorite albums list that seems to be fluid.  I have moved these bands around several times trying to make sense of how they can be lumped together.  Some of these bands span a generation…perhaps they mean something different to me from two dissimilar time periods even if I don’t really listen to some of these older albums much today.  Either way, they made an impression on me either at age 38 or 13.  Strangely, it was harder to place these albums in the 60, 50, and 40 range than it was to select my top 20 albums of all time.  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.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to the mid-point and follow-up to #1 several weeks down the road.

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Theme Thursday – Concert DVDs

Personally, I am huge fan of a live show.  I love the energy, the performance, the roar of the crowd, and most importantly the decibel level of my favorite songs being played by talented metal musicians.  I like being in a crowd of peers; people who have at least one big thing in common with me…the band!  I like looking at all the band shirts and sparking up conversation about the shirt you are wearing.  It is all well worth going to work the next day red-eyed and ears ringing.  The only bad thing about a live show is that the things I love about them rarely translate well to film.  Some concerts have serious production value which is always cool, but in the end a DVD/Blu-Ray concert just does not do a show complete justice.  Does that stop me from buying them?  Hell no, it’s the next best thing to being at the show.  The theme this week is about some concert DVDs that I think are so well made that, if you are a fan of the band, these are must buys.

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

Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Concert Review: Paradise Lost

Nick/Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost graced the Waterfront in Norwich, Norfolk, on 30 April 2012.  I had the fortunate experience of being there, center stage, to watch the veterans of gothic doom perform a wide range of their discography to the loud, albeit sparse Monday night crowd.   This concert review is coming from a different angle this time around.  Instead of reviewing the show from a distance as a spectator, my review is based on the experience.  Not only did I get to meet Paradise Lost, I also got to meet the Finnish support act, Insomnium – double bonus!  This is more than just a show review…it’s my awesome VIP experience with veteran doom masters.

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