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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #9 – #7

MetalCatToday’s selections are all songs about coffee. “What Drives the Weak” – coffee works for me. “Night of the Living Dead” – that’s what it would feel like without caffeine. “The Essence” – Jamaica blue mountain, percolator ground, please.

Dark Metal Cat says the answers to those three song titles are: a dark cat chasing them; what they are when he spots them; what they taste like unless they’re smelly cicadas.

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Album Review: Fire From the Sky by Shadows Fall

Some years ago I found myself in a metal rut.  I was a bit negative toward the new wave of metal that was coming in as I didn’t really care for the new wave of bands that were coming in around the early 2000s.  Slipknot is alright but, I don’t know, I never was blown away by them, same with bands like Korn the like.  I just kinda stuck to the bands that I had already established that I liked and didn’t really give the new stuff much of a shot.  Then one day I had a friend at work introduce me to an album called The War Within by Shadows Fall, to keep things short, I was blown away by it and from there I started paying attention to a lot of great new bands in this New Wave of American Heavy Metal deluge that was happening around 2004.  Ya, things got diluted also, but man were there some shiny gems with The War Within standing at the top.  Their follow-up, Threads of Life, well, it’s best we forget about that record and their previous record Retribution was damn solid, but never lived up to the greatness of The War Within.  They now have a new album called Fire From the Sky.  Does it capture the awesomeness and energy of their apogee The War Within?  Well, let’s see.

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Shadow’s Fall Rain “Fire From the Sky”

Making its rounds on the internets, Shadow’s Fall new single and title track “Fire From the Sky” off their upcoming album is making some waves.  And so it should, it’s a kick ass track.  Each member is at the top of their game especially their outstanding drummer Jason Bittner, who is greatly under-appreciated in the realm of metal.  That dude is a beast.

I’m totally looking forward to this record as after the bands little ‘hiccup’ with Redemtion they came back full force with fists a-swingin’ on Retribution.  A phenomenal album to listen to if you haven’t heard it yet.  Where else could you get a metal version of a Bob Marley song? 🙂  Anyways, Fire From the Sky releases May 15th, 2012, put it on your radar.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

And a special thanks to Metalised for bringing this great track to my attention!  Check out their page for some great metal funnies and various other cool metal news.

Theme Thursday-Unlikely Covers

Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material.  Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers.  And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song.  If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal

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SOTD- 25 January 2011

Greetings Metalheads.  It’s great to be back.

Today’s Song of the Day is “Destroyer of Senses” by Shadows Fall, from the album “The Art of Balance”

This is a great metal song by a pretty solid metalcore band.  That’s all there is to it. 

Have a great day.