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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #41-42


Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!

#42 Edguy – No More Foolin

“No more foolin’
you will save all your love”

An excellent intro and song where Edguy lets the guitars do the talking. This song can be found on their third full-length ‘Vain Glory Opera’ from 1998.

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Song of the Week: Sky Chariots


One band I feel that is criminally underrated is this sludgy, nwobhm-ish, prog metal band called The Lord Weird Slough Feg.  Maybe it was lack of publicity or their name that made people not take notice, cause I’m sure that if one would take a couple minutes to listen to them, the music certainly isn’t anything that would turn any metal fan sour.  Anywho, someone over at Metal Blade Records has finally given this long-running, storied band a shot to gain some more fans by signing them to their label.  One of the best parts other than even more people will be able to enjoy Slough Feg, is that Metal Blade is re-releasing 3 of the bands earlier albums all done up with some cool packaging and a shiny new coat of remastering.  A 3 CD boxset will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and will contain Twilight of the Idols (1999), Down Among The Deadmen (2000) and Traveller (2003).  Of the 3 I have Traveller, and can attest that is a damn fine record.  The other 2 I am looking forward to hearing, especially after hearing the single track that Metal Blade has released.  “Sky Chariots” is simply damn fine heavy metal and should appease nearly all metal fans of all colors.  Check the tune out, get excited for this neat box set re-release, and get even more excited for the fact that a new Slough Feg record is most likely coming out pretty soon.  You can do some backtracking into the bands ginormous back catalog while you wait.  Enjoy!!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Video of the Week – Lead Into Demise


If you are a fan of Hatebreed, Down, and Crowbar there stands a chance that you might like Kingdom of Sorrow.  The band was formed by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kurt Windstein (Down/Crowbar).  When you listen to a spin of Kingdom of Sorrow, you can definitely hear influences from their day jobs.  Kingdom of Sorrow has released two albums so far with this particular song, Lead Into Demise, appearing on the most recent album Behind The Blackest Tears released in 2010.

The video itself is nothing special; just the guys playing is what looks like a warehouse or parking garage.  Sometimes nothing more is necessary; band footage is always good.  As for the song, it a nice wake up in the morning and throw a chair kind of song.  Have a great weekend and enjoy the Video of the Week.  What do you think of the song?

Concert Review: Baroness


To be writing this concert report is slightly surreal to say the least, given the circumstances that unfolded the day after, but I feel motivated to give my thoughts on the happier side of events, the Tuesday evening filled with enjoyable music and excitable people in a small venue in Bristol. Several other gigs were on in the area at that time, but I was certainly glad to be attending this one, despite only knowing the headliner’s latest release Yellow & Green. But first, to describe the venue.

The Fleece in Bristol is a bar-cum-gig venue, relatively small in size and anti-moshpit in setup: several support poles that would be quite painful to run headlong into. That aside (and thankfully Baroness are not a moshpit band), it has a cozy atmosphere, particularly with the posters adorning the walls (Muse, The Dandy Warhols and Amy Winehouse to name a few), and a decent view of the stage from everywhere in the venue. And so, eventually the lights dimmed and the first band were up: local lads Black Elephant.

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