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Mik’s Favourite Music Videos 2014


Nader Sadek – Re:Mechanic

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Album Review: Soen – Tellurian


soen-tellurian-7113“I will fight the system, break it down and redesign it, I don’t want anything the way it’s created by them. Where is my right to choose, if all the options are theirs?

Release Date: November 4th 2014 on Spinefarm Records

Tracks: 9

Length: 53 minutes

Genre:  Atmospheric progressive metal

Previous releases: Cognitive 2012

Location: Sweden/US

Recommended for fans of:  Opeth, Leprous, Rishloo, Riverside, Karnivool

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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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Best of the Rest: Honorable Mentions of 2012


bestof2012Making my Top 15 Albums of 2012 list this year was a bit daunting.  There were so many records I heard, and many of the excellent and well deserving of a bit of extra attention.  Being as I am, I felt guilty for leaving some of them off, so here I will present, in no particular order other than random, a good handful of albums that came out during 2012 that I enjoyed and feel that you lovely readers should give a listen to.  Check ’em out and enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Album Review – Soen – Cognitive


In music it is very common to hear a band take a style set by another popular band and expand on it.  This method leads to the constant evolution and maturation of the medium and often time leads to truly original combinations of styles that create wonderful and unique music.  With their immense popularity and following one band that I am surprised to have not heard anyone expand on their unique style is Tool.  Their tribal drumming and mesmerizing bass lines infused with cosmic guitar playing, powerful singing, and philosophical lyrics seemed like a style that many musicians would be thriving to expand upon, but no, that never really happened and the only band that I can say sounds like Tool is Tool.  Well that would have been until I came across Soen and their debut album Cognitive.

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Video of the Week – Ideate (stop spamming this post)


The other day I got my copy of Soen‘s debut album Cognitive in the mail, and what can I say, it’s awesome.  In case you don’t know, Soen features Martin Lopez, the ex-drummer of Opeth and Amon Amarth, and Steve DiGiorgio, amazing bassist for hire and previously of Testament.  After I have absorbed it some more I’ll post a full-fledged review, but I can tell you now that it is well worth picking up, especially if you enjoy Tool/A Perfect Circle and Opeth.

Here’s a cool video of them doing an acoustic rendition of the song “Ideate” off of Cognitive.  This track works great as an acoustic song and has a different feel to it then the album version.  I’ll also post the official video for the song “Savia” again, which if you haven’t seen or heard yet is a great song and a visually appealing clip.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

P.S. If the “Ideate” Vimeo embedding code is giving me a headache, so you can click on the link below to check out the video, sorry 😉

Click here to check out the acoustic version of “Ideate”

And here’s the video for “Savia”

Do You Like Tool/A Perfect Circle and Opeth?


If you find yourself digging on bands like Tool and A Perfect Circle you need to know about Soen.  Check out the video below for “Savia” from their debut album Cognitive.  There is a heavy Maynard James Keenan influence in the music, almost to the point of a rip off, but damn, it’s awesome.  It’s not like we’re going to hear anything new from Tool for a while (I do hope I’m wrong about that one).  Oh, and this is the new home of ex-Opeth drummer Martin Lopez and bassis Steve DiGiorgio of Testament/Death.  Expect a review of the album as soon as I get my hands on it which should be very soon.

Cognitive is going to be released Feb. 13, 2012 in Europe and is set to hit the States Feb. 21, 2012.