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(Retro) Roundtable Review: Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…When I Can’t Even Smile Today


Suicidal_Tendencies-How_Will_I_Laugh_TomorrowLabel:  Sony Music Entertainment

Release Date:  1 Sep 1988

Songs:   11

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Punk/Skater

Studio Albums:   12 studio albums.  This one is their 3rd.

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals – #25, #24, #23


Warlock-Metal-Master-Blade-MMWGSVBKI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This is list comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

#25 Soulfly – V

This song is part of a running theme of self-titled/numbered songs that appeared across numerous Soulfly albums.  It definitely showcases a more subtle approach to the songwriting and often incorporates jazzy elements.  V appears on the 2005 release of Dark Ages.  It comes in at just over 10 minutes and features two main parts. First the rhythmic calming section, then a focused acoustic solo.  Overall, it is definitely a softer side of Soulfly, but not something that is so out there it’s a head scratcher.  It suits the album nicely.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #15-11


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  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 close 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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Monday Metal Madness – Revolving Doors


Contrary to what I have been reading on several websites and facebook groups; looks like 61% the voters here at A Metal State of Mind want to see a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar.  Though, no one could really replace Dimebag, Zakk would certainly do the job justice.  As far as I am concerned, I would be a ticket holder for such an event.   Thank you for voting and joining us on our Monday Metal Madness polls.

This week, I am going with a trivia-based poll.  Over the years, doing research for reviews and other articles revealed that some bands (more than I imagined) had quite a revolving door of band members.  The bands listed in this poll have all had no less than 13 “former” band members.  The numbers I used for this poll does NOT include the current band members.  Also, I used the internet for my research and we all know the World Wide Web is not always accurate.

Here is your challenge:  Without doing any research, which of the following bands had the most “former” members?

Also, since I came up with this trivia poll, I will obviously not be voting on my own poll.  Enjoy, and if you want to comment with your thoughts about revolving band members let’s chat about it in the comments box.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #45-41


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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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #55-#51


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#55 La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 by White Zombie

Thanks to one of my perennial favorite T.V. shows, Beavis and Butthead, I got my first taste of White Zombie with the song “Welcome to Planet Mother Fucker”. What more could a teen ask for, a Beavis and Butthead approved metal band with a sick groove and a love for the same cheesy horror and sci-fi movies I was so into at the time (and still am 😉 ). This record stood the test of time still rocking hard and feeling fresh after 20 years (damn, has it been that long, I feel old). To this day I have yet to hear a newer band reciprocate White Zombie’s recognizable brand of metal, which makes this record something even more unique.
I love this video for “Thunder Kiss ’65”, can anything get any more ’90’s?

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #75-#71


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#75: Grace for Drowning by Steven Wilson

Going from touching and heartfelt to eerie and scary this album just hits every emotion that one can experience while listening to music. He also takes you through journeys with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you with surprise and awe at every bend. The top-notch prog-rock borders on metal territory at times, and is welcome to cross over and visit anytime. The lyric writing is superb as well, while being a bit cryptic at times, Mr. Wilson uses his words to build an image or emotion and when placed upon the backdrop of his music they create a tightly woven listening experience. IMHO this is some of Mr. Wilson’s best work and fans of all music should give this a listen, it’s just, wow. I also love the trio of music videos released for the album, the work that Lasse Hoile does with Steven is just A/V bliss.

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Themed Thursday: Storytellers – River Runs Red


By 1993, Grunge had pretty much thumped American Thrash Metal back to the Stone Age as far as its popularity in the mainstream is concerned.  Thrash didn’t die; it was more or less pushed aside.  Only a handful of Thrash metal bands were still able to sell-out venues while the rest were getting pushed underground, getting released by major record labels, and going back to touring the club circuit.  The airwaves were dominated by the Seattle surge of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana.  Then something magical happened from the Northeast; almost as far away in America as you could get from Seattle.  Brooklyn’s Life of Agony provided an alternative to Alternative.  Their fusion of metal, hardcore, and thrash opened another path for metalheads who needed an escape from Grunge.  Keith Caputo’s powerful baritone vocal style, accompanied by Joey Z, Alan Robert, and Sal Abruscato quickly became a new sensation.  But, in addition to their killer riffs and headbanging rhythm, Life of Agony’s debut album, River Runs Red, was a dark and tragic story.

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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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Best Of Albums


Usually when a band puts out a Best Of album, I often pass up on the offer.  Most of the time it’s a selection of their radio hits or the singles that should have been hits and often times really don’t give a good representation of the band as a whole.  And if it’s a band I’m into, chances are I already own everything by the artist already, so what’s the point of wasting money on stuff I already own(unless it has really cool packaging).

That said, one of my all time favorite bands, Blind Guardian, are releasing their Best Of album, Memories of a Time to Come, and I’m quite interested in picking it up.  Not only is it a great selection of songs that really show off their diverse catalog, almost all of the songs are going to be remixed and a handful completely re-recorded.  Of the re-recorded songs is “Valhalla”, a huge hit in the Blind Guardian favorite live songs, but on the album that song just has a weird feel to it(mainly because I don’t care for Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray‘s guest vocals on the track).  So I am actually excited to be able to listen to a great studio version of that song.  They are also including some demos of pre-Blind Guardian years when they were known as Lucifer’s Heritage with the set also, a nice bonus for us long time fans.

So, if you’re a fan of the band this seems to be shaping up to be a great package, and if you’re a newcomer there is some great introductory music on here to(even though nothing will top the full albums, this is a nice taste of whats available).  It will be available in 2 disc and 3 disk editions(I highly recommend the 3 disk, there’s some great stuff on the third disk) and releases January 20, 2012.

Track Listing:

CD 1:

  1. Imaginations from the Other Side (7:11) *
  2. Nightfall (5:34) *
  3. Ride into Obsession (4:46) *
  4. Somewhere Far Beyond (7:32) *
  5. Majesty (7:29) *
  6. Traveler in Time (6:01) *
  7. Follow the Blind (7:11) *
  8. The Last Candle (6:03) *

CD 2:

  1. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
  2. This Will Never End (5:07) *
  3. Valhalla (5:13) **
  4. Bright Eyes (5:15) *
  5. Mirror Mirror (5:09) *
  6. The Bard’s Song (In the Forest) (3:26) *
  7. The Bard’s Song (The Hobbit) (3:41) **
  8. And Then There Was Silence (14:06) **

CD 3: (only available with the deluxe limited edition)

  1. Brian ***
  2. Halloween (The Wizard’s Crown) ***
  3. Lucifer’s Heritage ***
  4. Symphonies of Doom ***
  5. Dead of the Night ***
  6. Majesty
  7. Trial by the Archon
  8. Battalions of Fear
  9. Run for the Night
  10. Lost in the Twilight Hall
  11. Tommyknockers
  12. Ashes to Ashes
  13. Time What is Time
  14. A Past and Future Secret
  15. The Script for My Requiem

*   Remixed 2011
**  Re-recorded 2011
*** Re-worked 2011

Now for the second part of this post.  It seems Blind Guardian have created a Best Of package that looks to satisfy both long time fans as well as newcomers.  I ask you, what are some Best Of collections that you deem worthy of purchasing?

Other good and interesting Best Of collections I liked listening to were Prime Cuts by Suicidal Tendencies where all the songs were given a make over and remixed to show a more funky style of the band, and to be perfectly honest, I prefered a lot of the remixes over the originals.  Same could be said for AmorphisMagic and Mayhem:Tales From the Early Years where they re-recorded their older tracks with the new lineup of the band, and new vocalist Tomi Joutsen adding a new flavor to the songs while keeping the integrity of the original in tact. Dream Theater‘s Greatest Hit(…and 21 other pretty cool songs) was a good one too as it was a great album to pass along to a newcomer and it had a couple different versions of their songs on it for the long time fans.