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Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of the Year + Honorable Mentions


2015-woodWell, here we are again, another end of year list.  First, big thanks to you for reading and engaging with us.  I have to say, this year’s list is more well-rounded than previous year-end lists.  I guess it is because I continue to get exposed to new bands and others that have been out a while, but are new to me.  Take my #1 for example.  I knew they were out there, but took it took me a while to sit down and have a serious listen.  I am glad I did.  One major difference between this year and my other lists is the (almost) absence of thrash metal bands.  While there are a few, not as much as I would normally have on my list.  Seems as though my taste in progressive based metal is expanding.  I guess it’s time to see for yourself.  Enjoy, and let’s have another great year in metal. Read the rest of this entry

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Album Review: Queensrÿche – Condition Humän


queensrycheconditioncd-300x300As I age (I’m in my lower 40s now) I ponder the fate of my long-standing favored bands.  Let’s face it we’re all getting older and for me that means there will come a time when I read a story about a favorite band of mine quitting or retiring.  Queensrÿche, along with the Big Four bands and many others have been around long enough that I dread the day of their eventual end.  I thought Queensrÿche might have been headed there earlier than necessary with their former vocalist at the helm and all the craziness that ensued.  But damn, Queensrÿche dusted themselves off, picked up a great lead vocalist, and threw some uppercuts.  2013’s self-titled album paved a new foundation for the band and there appears to be no looking back…only aiming forward.  Read the rest of this entry

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #12 – #10


MetalCatTwo modern variations of heavy metal appear on my list today. The added richness of more complex compositions and instrumentation doesn’t always appeal to “mainstream” heavy metal fans. Regardless, the old heavy metal roots are strongly evident. In my ancient, creaking mind, there’s still not much that can beat that chunka-chunka guitar sound, the powerful riffs, the soaring solos and those high tenor vocals.

 

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Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of 2013


Black Bomb A, Olympic (Nantes) 17/11/2006Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10.  My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year.  After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums.  So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year.  So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.

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Lots of free music? Of course you want some!


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Here are links to five different metal compilations from three different labels, all FREE to download. They include bands like Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Skyharbor, Devin Townsend, Extol, Misery Signals and many more. It would be stupid to not take advantage of this opportunity to check out some new bands or just get free songs. Basick Records, for example, is my favourite label and they have some excellent progressive/tech/core bands. I hope you find something to your liking too!

Century Media Records 
http://www.carnivalofsounds.com/

Facedown Records

http://facedownrecords.com/sampler/

Basick Records
http://music.basickrecords.com/album/basick-records-2013-sampler

http://music.basickrecords.com/album/basick-2012-free-sampler

Album Review: Queensryche – Queensryche


Queensryche-QueensrycheTo start things off, as I refer to the band Queensrÿche in this review, I am referring to the newly invigorated Queensrÿche featuring new vocalist Todd La Torre.  As if you needed me to say that, but if you haven’t been following the drama between Queensrÿche (La Torre) and… Queensrÿche (Tate), I thought I would let you know which review this is.  Instead of just talking about how good I think this self-titled album is (I’ll get to that later), let’s talk a walk down memory lane and look at where the band has been all these years leading up to the current release of their self-titled album this week on 25 Jun 2013.

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Full Album Streams: Queensryche (sans Tate)


QR_COVER_650So, I’m about 5 songs into the new Queensryche album and I have to say, Holy Shite!!!!  If it isn’t obvious after listening to just a few songs on this record, it’s quite obvious who was holding the band back for nearly a decade.  New singer Todd LaTorre of Crimson Glory fame fits in with the band perfectly and the writing on the record reaches back to when Chris DeGarmo was the lead scribe of the band, albeit with a more modern and updated touch.  I am thoroughly impressed so far.  I really don’t have much else to say other than if you have been yearning for some quality Queensryche material, consider today your birthday.  Give it a listen and let us know what you thought!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Click Here To Go To The Album Stream!

Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #18 – Comfortably Numb


comfortably-numb-brickDare I say I am not a Pink Floyd fan? I never have been a fan and to this day I have heard enough of their music to honestly say they will never make my list of favorite bands.  Blasphemy to some, I know.  I do, however, like when other bands cover their music.  I think this is some kind of genetic mutation I cannot fully explain.  Enter Dream Theater and their cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.  I totally dig it and can listen to it repeatedly, but when the original comes on, I turn the channel or whatever.  Like I said, I can’t explain it.

Comfortably Numb appeared on the 1979 double album, The Wall.  Obviously, it is very popular and has been covered many times.  I did see a great live rendition of the song at a co-headlining Dream Theater and Queensryche show around 2003-ish.  Both bands collaborated on stage for Comfortably Numb which you can see on Queensryche’e The Art of Live DVD or on YouTube or below.  It was awesome to say the least especially now knowing Geoff Tate is no longer part of Queensryche.

Here is the original song recorded recently in London, 2011.

Here is Dream Theater’s version which appears on their (bootleg) release of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Below is the bonus Dream Theater/Queensryche collaboration.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #15-11


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  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 close 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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Themed Thursday – Collaborations


I like when masters of the metal world collaborate to make music.  A couple decades ago the word duet would have been more appropriate, but every time I hear the word “duet” all I can think of is Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.  So, let’s call these a collaborative effort between metal musicians.  Sometimes it can be an epic fail, but more often than not they usually create a great new song or even breathe new life to an older song.  This week I am looking at collaborations I thought were done quite well.  I know there are much more collaborative recordings out there, but that’s what blogs are about…sharing information.  If there is something not on this list you think should be then please, by all means share and share alike.  Here are a few I thought up held up well over the years.

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