Crunch time approaches. We’re into to the Top 10 in my metal hit parade and the runners-up in my other categories. I’d love to have all of the albums in today’s selection. Oh, wait, I do!
Some of us are born with big floppy ears, some are born lucky, and I’m a guy with big floppy ears who got lucky too.
Without music the world would be a much poorer place. Without metal and prog and all my other loves, the world might as well not exist. My ears and my brain would have nothing to do.
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: Atlantis, EAS, Eidos, Experimental/jazz metal, folk darkwave, Ghost, Grievances, John Zorn, Kingcrow, Mammal's Best of 2015, Meliora, Mord'A'Stigmata, Our Hearts Slow Down, Plugs of Apocalypse, Poire, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic progressive rock, Rolo Tomassi, Simulacrum, Symphonic Deathcore, Symphony X, Underworld
Over the weekend I checked the album selections for 2015 on quite a few websites that cover the various genres I love. Some of them, especially those with long lists like mine, feature bands I’ve never heard of. No doubt my lists include bands many people don’t know.
I believe I speak for all of us at Metal State when I say we end every year with a nagging, twitchy feeling that we missed something great during the year. It’s almost certain that we did. In the last 12 months we were offered a couple of thousand albums to review. No person, and no team of four reviewers, could possibly listen properly to that many albums.
To the bands that did make it onto my lists, even if I ranked you #50 that means I liked your work more than a few hundred other albums I played and enjoyed. The same goes for the lists my
weird esteemed colleagues have posted. More good music is being made now than at any time, and I’ve been listening to plenty of music during most of my two-thirds of a century on this planet.
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: 6:33, Alco Frisbass, Bloom, Caligula's Horse, Deadly Scenes, Eclectic jazz-prog fusion, Ecstatic Vision, Experimental Metal, Extinct, Eye of Providence, Gothic Dark Metal, Heavy psychedelic rock, Heidevolk, Inventor, Mammal's Best of 2015 – Part 6/10, melodic death metal, Messer Chups, Moonspell, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Sonic Praise, The Agonist, The Anagram Principle, The Incredible Crocotiger, Velua, viking metal
Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: May 18th 2015
Length: 23 minutes
Genre: Creative progressive rock
Studio Albums: Emergence 2012, We Build Mountains 2013
Location: Carlisle, UK
For fans of: Circa Survive, Children of Nova, Dream Theater, Tesseract
I’ve heard it said that Sonic Cathedral agreed to let Metal State publish a digest of their reviews because I train the Sonic Cathedral unicorns. This is untrue. Their unicorns are untrainable. It is very dangerous to stand in front of them when they are moshing. It’s also dangerous to stand in front of their unicorns.
Sonic Cathedral reviewed nine female-fronted albums during April. We’re doing a two-part digest of those reviews, including the album details and a very short summary of each review. Here are the first five. Part 2 will cover the next four.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Apocalypse? No Way!, Behind the Black Veil, City of Heroes, Dark Sarah, Kiske/Somerville, Limitless, Mechanism, Melodic Heavy Metal, Melodic Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 1/2, Symphonic Metal, Temperance, The Way I Am, Whispering Tales
Genre: Symphonic progressive metal
Release date: 13 January 2015
Label: Taklit Music
Previous releases: Temporary Psychotic State (EP, 2004); Suspended Animation Dreams (album, 2005); Home (EP, 2013)
Length: 39 minutes
Recommended to: Prog metal fans of Orphaned Land, Haken, Leprous, To-Mera, and Oriental and Middle Eastern metal; neo-prog rock fans of *Frost, Blind Ego, Galahad.
Mammal’s rating: 5 out of 5
Visiting every corner of “The Great Bazaar” is an experience of unfolding wonder and amazement. Subterranean Masquerade are purveyors of musical splendour and delight. Their integration of any number of metal and prog rock styles is constantly unpredictable, varied, and jaw-droppingly delectable.
I know and love VOLA, from Denmark, for their earlier and largely unheralded music. When I first heard them in 2009 they were a progressive rock band with a strong flavour of math rock in their compositions.
The new VOLA album, “Inmazes”, features a different line-up and a much more exploratory approach. It’s a beautiful merging of prog and math rock, prog and math metal and djent. I believe this must greatly broaden VOLA’s potential fan base. From my point of view as a metal-prog hybrid, this album will be too good to miss. It should be available now.
Find out more at VOLA’s Facebook page.
“Gutter Moon” is from the new album.
For comparison, “Like The Rainbow” is the first track on the 2009 EP, “Homesick Machinery”. Both songs are deeply satisfying.
The title track of Broadsword is a Viking song with a difference. It presents the perspective of the poor sods who see the Viking ships approaching. That must have been a slightly unnerving experience.
Jethro Tull mostly played progressive folk rock. This song, however, may appeal to fans of hard rock, prog metal and, er, Vikings.
Release Date: 13 May, 2014
Length: 57 minutes
Genre: Dark progressive rock (also listed as melodic metal)
Studio Albums: A Town Like This (1998), In Therapy (2002)
Posted by RiffRaff
Label: Nightmare Records
Release Date: Out Now
Studio Albums: This is their 5th release
Location: Oklahoma, USA Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by Reggie
It’s time for the third installment of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox for 2014. This time around we have excess material floating in the mailbox, therefore I will sift through it and bring you what I think is the best and most eclectic bunch. Here you go, I hope you find something you like. Enjoy!
Song: Save Me
Genre: Power/fantasy metal