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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1993 / #2 and #1


And so we come to the end of my 1993 selection. Next week will be 1994. I’m surprised by my Number One of 1993. It’s not metal, it’s Gothic rock, and it’s not by a band I listen too very often.

1993, #2: Sepultura – Territory

Album: Chaos A.D.
Country: Brazil
Genre: Thrash/Groove Metal

 

1993, #1: Sisters of Mercy – Under the Gun

Album: A Slight Case of Overbombing
Country: UK
Genre: Gothic Rock

 

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Christopher Mammal’s Top Albums Of 2013: #10 – #1


Metal 2013

One day when I’m old and grey—.

Start again. When I’m even older and greyer or hairless, I’ll still be listening to all of these albums pretty often. I work alone in an office at home. I play music while I pretend to be busy. Often I get through ten albums a day. Without music, I’d go mad. My wife says that without metal, I might become sane, but she also says she’s used to my music making the panels on my desk vibrate. She’s lucky she can’t see what it’s doing to my insides.

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Album Review: Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart


image0021-300x300The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is the lengthy title of Sepultura’s 13th studio album.  They have added yet, another new band member to the mix – drummer Eloy Casagrande who was able to add to the actual writing and recording process.  The album was also produced by Ross Robinson who previously produced the very tribal-sounding Roots album; one that I am very fond of.  So, before I even had a chance to listen to the album I had a couple of reasons to be optimistic that Sepultura would be fresh and brutal as they continue to churn out albums.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #55-51


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A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

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#55 Soilwork – Natural Born Chaos

This is one of the catchiest and most infectious albums I’ve ever heard. Impressive drums, frenetic guitarwork, brilliant clean vocal choruses, the typical positive Soilwork-energy. This album has it all. I like how they manage to balance heaviness with insanely catchy melodies and never become cheesy or boring to listen to. Every song on ‘Natural Born Chaos’ is fantastic and very “headbang-and-sing-along”-friendly. It’s Soilwork at their best.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #31-32


#32 Tool – Bottom

From their debut album ‘Undertow‘ that came out in 1993.

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #8 – Troops of Doom (Sepultura)


Most rumors and predictions concerning the end of the world on the 21st revolve around some sort of natural world destruction.  They even made a movie about it (2012)…lots of special effects if you like that kind of thing.  I can’t imagine troops of any kind causing the world to end unless it is with the push of a few buttons or an alien invasion.  Needless to say, I have not prepped for either.  I am going out with a (head) bang.  Today’s song on our doomsday list is classic Sepultura with the song Troops of Doom.  You can find this song on the Schizophrenia album released in 1987.  Here is what they had to say at the time…

Total eclipse hides the Earth
The night of doom has come
Antichrist soldiers are proclaimed
To send souls to the Hell

Catastrophe and destruction
Mankind is slaughtered without mercy
Sulphur clouds are in the air
Legions winds corrode the universe

The Messiah’s, redeemers of mankind
Chained in the valley of Hades
Crowds blinded by evil
Only death is real

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #40-36


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  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 just up 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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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #75-71


Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albumsbeing one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Monday Metal Madness: Max Cavalera


Max Cavalera certainly has been busy over the years.  Would you say he watered himself down, can’t find himself, has ADD, or is a musical genius?  Some say Sepultura crashed and burned when he left and took the band’s identity with him.  Other say Cavalera Conspiracy is the new Sepultura…or what Sepultura should be today.  Soulfly, of course, is somewhere in the middle.  Or perhaps you like (Derrick Green) Sepultura better than all of this. Have you ever heard of Nailbomb?  Given the choices, which incarnation of Cavalera do you like the best, if any?  Have you seen any of these bands live?  Your vote doesn’t necessarily have to be based on the video.  These are just here for reference.  Happy voting!

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Sepultura – Kairos – Album Review


Oops, I did it again!  It has nothing to do with Britney Spears.  I mean, I bought another Sepultura album.  It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but since Max Cavalera left the band over a decade ago, Sepultura just isn’t the splendor of a metal band they once were, in my humble opinion.  Let me explain…

Sepultura is one of those bands where their lead singer had such a presence behind the mic and on guitar that when he left, he took the feel and attitude with him.  Look at this way…could you imagine Megadeth, Metallica, or Motorhead with a different singer?  No! I don’t care who you are it just wouldn’t work and I think Sepultura was one of those bands.  I am also not saying that Max Cavalera was the greatest thing since electricity either.  He is just Max, but a prominent former member of a great thrash band.

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