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Reggie’s August (2016) Roundup

Continuing with what I think will be my regular review format (short and sweet), it’s time to discuss what I was spinning in  August; a variety of interesting things to say the least.  In fact, I was quite pleased with everything I took the time to listen to.  It may be worth mentioning though, that I will not just post only what was released in the last month, but also what was new to me even if it was released months ago. Or even years ago…

downloadCarnifex – Slow Death / Death Metal / Deathcore – Released on 5 Aug 2016 by Napalm Records

A solid dose of brutal riffs.  What more can I say?  Carnifex carnage continues.  There are no ballads on this album!  3.5 out of 5  Read the rest of this entry

Festival Review: Loud Park 2015 (Tokyo, Japan)

IMG_1633When I left England, I thought my days of hitting up summer festivals were over. America (my home) is not known for festivals though there are a few traveling ones here and there, but nothing on the scale of Europe’s legendary metal festivals. Now that I live in Japan, it’s great to see a three-stage major metal event called Loud Park. And, it’s in Tokyo! Lucky me! This year’s annual experience was the 10th anniversary and was well stocked with heavy-hitting brand names such as Slayer (day 1 headliner), Anthrax, Arch Enemy, Gojira, All That Remains, Testament, Children of Bodom, Metal Allegiance (featuring Big Four members and then some), Hammerfall, Royal Hunt, and Gamma Ray. Since I typically attend one day, I felt this lineup was the weaker of the two. Here is my review of day 2 featuring headliners Megadeth.

First things first though. Attire is important; at least the top half anyway. When going to a festival it makes choosing my tee more difficult. I have a general rule against wearing a shirt of a bands I am going to see. I think it is obvious I like the band if I am there. Therefore, I opted for a Machine Head shirt; one I hadn’t worn yet since I got it from their show in July. Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals – #22 & #21

Warlock-Metal-Master-Blade-MMWGSVBKI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This is list comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

22.  The Call of the Ktulu – Metallica

Of all the songs on the track list for Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, I think this one was the best one.  It was already dark and moody to begin with, but toss in a symphony and it gave this song much greater depth.  The rest of that album didn’t do much for me, but this one stuck out.  So, this one applies to both versions of the song.

21.  Coat of Arms – Sabaton

A band I never heard of until I saw them open one of the stages at Sonisphere 2010 in the U.K. (I think that was the year).  They got the crowd moving during their 10am set…or whenever it was they started.  Their music can be so motivational. For example, when I am working out and about to quit and call it a day I often turn to Sabaton to gather the motivation I need to go another 15 minutes or so.  Though there are some background vocals in this instrumental, I still consider it instrumental.

Song of the Week – Carolus Rex

Recently, we featured our top lists of 2012.  We had a list for albums, videos, and another one which featured anything in the entertainment world not associated with metal; i.e. videogames, TV, movies.  Unfortunately, we cannot listen to “every” metal album released in a year so some potentially cool albums get left off the list.  Sometimes things get put on the back-burner and for me that’s what happened with the newest release from Sabaton, Carolus Rex.  I just never got to it until last week. I have to say it was well worth waiting for and today I chose the title track off that album for our Song of the Week.  Have a great day and enjoy Carolus Rex off the album Carolus Rex…a day late.  Sorry about that, but here a fan video to enjoy.

SOTD- 10 December 2010

Happy Friday Metalheads!

Today’s song of the day is “Ghost Division” by Sabaton, from their album “The Art of War”

I went to the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, UK earlier this year.  Before that day, I had never heard any of Sabaton’s music.  They were the first band we saw that day, and we were waiting to see Evile on a second stage.  When we stopped to catch some of their show, I was blown away.  Sabaton opened with this song, and I knew within the first 15 seconds of their show that I was a fan.  It was great to find a new band to listen to.

That’s enough from my soapbox.  Have a great weekend, everyone.  Album of the Week posting is tomorrow.