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Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Album Review – City of Fire – City of Fire

This is what happens when key members of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad join forces.  I don’t like it.  There, point-blank, I just can’t seem to get into City of Fire’s self titled debut release which was available to the public on 24 Aug 2010.  I was excited to hear what the possibilities could have been, but for me it fell short.  I never got into Strapping Young Lad, but I was a pretty big fan of Fear Factory throughout the years.  So based on that, I tried them out.  They got pretty good reviews on iTunes, but it doesn’t cut the mustard for me.  These songs just do not seem to flow for me.  I like songs that flow (see Megadeth and Overkill).  I like a well-defined beat or rhythm.  City of Fire seems to me to be just out there doing whatever they feel like.  I guess I can’t really explain the musical part of it because I am not a musician.  I just know what I like and don’t like.  I won’t say City of Fire is the worst band, but do review it or borrow it before you buy it.  Sorry Burton, stick with Fear Factory.

I give City of Fire – City of Fire 2 of 5 Devil Horns


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