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New Song: A Reason To Breathe – Dark Horse

This very musical band from Spain caught my attention with the description of their new song: “Katy Perry cover (Pop goes Punk).”

Katy Perry? Surely not. Punk? Also surely not. When you hear it, however, you’d better agree with me that this is what Katy Perry should sound like or I’ll make you go to one of her concerts. The music is also punk in the sense that you are an Ice Age hunter-gatherer. Punk is the ancestor of hardcore, hardcore was the progenitor of post hardcore, and the band has modified the gene pool  further with the addition of electro-metal influences.

A Reason To Breathe is Drean (vocals and synth), Mota (bass), Ruben (a guitar), Javi (another guitar) and Mario (drums). Two guitars add richness, hey?

Meet the band on their Facebook page.


Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #20 – #17

MetalCatDark Metal Cat says it’s healthy to have a mixed diet. Mine today consists of melodic power metal, prog metal, post hardcore and folk death.

He also has a mixed diet. He eats all his own food and all of the other cats’ food. His favourite kind of metal music tastes like tuna, he says.




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Roundtable Review: Haze – Clouds Surround And Breathe

ArtWork!Label: Frail Abuse Records

Release Date:  10 August 2014

Songs:  9 tracks                  Length: 45 minutes

Genre:  Post rock/core

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  UK

Recommended for fans of: God Is An Astronaut, Architects, Echoes



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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #15 – #13

MetalCatMy selections today are a typically mixed bag from the trans-genre Mammal. They include los bagpipes from the Argentine Highlands, for example. Och aye, amigos. Yet again metal shows it’s universal and multinational.



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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #15 – #13

MetalCatToday I blithely invite the most scathing criticism from people who may assert that none of my three selections are real metal. They may say post hardcore is progressive punk, “Drone” is art rock and Sieges Even play neo-prog, not prog metal.

I asked Dark Metal Cat how he would respond. He licked himself in a place I can’t.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #12 – #10

MetalCatArjen Lucassen’s Ayreon kicks off today’s selection. I really look up to him. So does almost everyone. He is 2.03 metres tall (6 feet 8 inches). In nautical terms, he is more than a fathom deep. In astronomical terms, a beam of light that started at his toes would take approximately 0.0000000077 seconds to reach the top of his head.

Collectively, the members of Isis and Dark Moor have many more arms and legs than Arjen.

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Roundtable Review: Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together


“We’re all on our own, we can’t decide what’s true. Why are we fighting, when I’m just like you?”

Label:  Epitaph Records

Release Date:  March 11, 2014

Length: 43 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metalcore, post-hardcore

Studio Albums: Nightmares 2006, Ruin 2007, Hollow Crown 2009, The Here and Now 2011, Daybreaker 2012

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