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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – The Winners

Logo Winners


My heartiest congratulations go to the winners in all of my categories. So does my deep gratitude to all of the finalists and winners for making such great albums in an excellent year for all the types of modern music I love. To you good folks who’ve been following my hit parades, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of your picks included in my lists, and I hope you also found something new to explore.

Keep on rawkin’.


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Roundtable Review: Meliora by Ghost (B.C.)

ghostmelioracdAlbum Review: Ghost – Meliora

Label: Lorna Vista Records (USA), Spinefarm/Rise Above (Europe)

Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2015

Songs: 10

Length: 41:35

Genre: Doom Metal/Psychedelic Rock/Pop

Studio Albums: Opus Eponymous, Infestissumam

Location: Linköping, Sweden

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More Goodies of 2014: Schöngeist / Kreyskull / Myrkur / Slow Season / Synodik

SealThese albums all carry the Mammal Seal of Approval. So will the other Goodies of 2014 we’ll be sharing in the next few days. My seal is more powerful than the US Navy Seals and as handsome as an elephant seal.

This year we’ve reviewed close to 150 albums and posted streams, songs, videos and previews from as many again. We must have listened to about 300 other albums that we haven’t discussed. Some of those albums are more than worth mentioning as the year draws to a close.

Go on, give them a listen. They’re not presented in any order of preference.


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Mammal’s Merry Memories: The Small Faces – Happiness Stan (1968)

I dug down through the vinyl in the Metal State catacombs this morning until I found the album in the round cover. The cover unfolded into six circular sections. Unless you left in its plastic sleeve, it used to roll off the shelf, which was annoying.

The album is Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, an archetypal psychedelic rock classic of the 1960s. The Small Faces recorded it in 1968 and it was one of my three favourite albums that year. The second side, a whole 19 minutes long, is a single story called “Happiness Stan”. The narration between songs was written in the garbled style of English that John Lennon wrote in his books of nonsense.


Tales From Bandcamp: White Hoarhound by Alunah

It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I do need take a step back from time to time and stop seeking out new and awesome music and spend a little time appreciating what is already in my collection, whether it’s my new CDs or revisiting a classic.  But enough, as you may have noticed I’ve taken a liking to this recent explosion of doom and psychedelic metal and rock.  The bands that employ a female singer also gain bonus points in my book as I feel that a female voice fits this style of music perfectly.  It never comes off as being over-dramatic ala Nightwish or just trying to be ‘one of the boys’ too hard like Arch Enemy.  It just works and feels natural.  So given, whenever I come across a female fronted doom-psyche band, I need to check ’em out.  Most of the time, like almost everything, it’s hit or miss (leaning more often to the hit side), and in a few rare cases it’s one hell of a homerun hit.  Such is the case with today’s Tale From Bandcamp.

White Hoarhound by the UK-based Alunah is an album really lacking surprises or polish, and it is for those reasons it shines.  Think of walking through a forest.  It has trails paved in dirt, trees grow in all directions, a rhyme, reason, or flow is lacking, but as you make your way amid the wood and foliage a sense of beauty pervades.  The imperfections of all that surrounds you come together as a whole to create a familiar and always awe-inspiring world.  Such is so with this record.  The dirty riffs build great atmospheres in tandem with the sultry vocals culling in occult themes as slow and mid paced rhythms work to move your body into a trance.  So, give a listen to White Hoarhound and if you dig on it buy yourself a copy or at least share it with your friends.  Enjoy and let us know your opinion on the record!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

PS. Since today is Election Day in the USA, remember to go vote dammit!

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