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Reggie’s 25 Favorite Cover Songs #8 – Aerials

systemOfADown-aerials.03I can’t say I am a fan of System of a Down, but now and then I do listen to a few of their songs.  I had their self-titled album, System of a Down, but after that never really followed them.  If they had something on TV or radio I would listen, but they never caught my attention for more than their most popular songs.  I was familiar enough with the song Aerials to recognize it when it appeared on Amon Amarth’s latest release Surtur Rising as a cover.  The original Aerials song appears on SOTD’s album Toxicity (2001) which I think was their most popular and resulted in Grammy nods and chart positions.

Amon Amarth’s version is not far removed from the original, but much more down-tuned and doomy.  It’s a cool cover mainly because it came unexpected from a band like Amon Amarth to cover something from the new-ish wave of American metal.  Surtur Rising is Amon Amarth’s 8th studio album and was released in Mar 2011.  I am not sure if the cover of Aerials is on printed CD at this point, but when it was released it was an iTunes special edition track.

This is the cover off the album Surtur Rising (fan video).

This is the video from System of a Down found on the album Toxicity.

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #14 – Doom Over Dead Man (Amon Amarth)

I imagine, given our unfortunate fate, Doom Over Dead Man applies to women as well.  I don’t think this list would be complete without fitting in some melodic Death metal and Amon Amarth is the perfect band to be on a countdown to world demise.  You can find this song on their latest album Surtur Rising.  In my opinion one of the best songs on the album.  Today is the 15th day (counting backward)…just over two weeks to go.  Have you ticked some boxes on your bucket list?  I am just going to go gracefully when the time comes, but I am definitely going to be listening to good quality metal.  However, I do have a song in mind if we wake up on the 22nd 😉  Have a great weekend…there is only two left.  The video below is a fan video since there isn’t an official one.

Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011

To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Concert Review – Amon Amarth – London 23 Oct 2011

Amon Amarth photo credit (above) to Mr. M. Mucha.  Thanks bud!

Amon Amarth with special guests As I Lay Dying and Septic Flesh took the stage last night at the HMV Forum in London. Located in the London area known as Kentish Town, the HMV Forum is a suitable theater that provides ample viewing for whatever band you are going to see. It’s not too big and not too small. After seeing three shows there, I will say that the sound quality in the venue is not the best, but if the band is performing a top-notch set it makes up for the sub par sound quality.

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Video of the Week – Twilight of the Thunder Gods

This post is coming to you late on a Friday night so it will be short and sweet. I am pretty excited that I was able to score a ticket to Amon Amarth in just a little over a week.  I had no idea they were even touring Europe so this is a  treat for me.  So, this weeks video comes from the Swedish metal masters for their song Twilight of the Thunder Gods.  It is also accompanied by their newest video Destroyer of the Universe.  Enjoy them both and have a great weekend.

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Amon Amarth, Destroyers of the Universe

Thought I’d let all you wonderful metalheads out there know that Amon Amarth has released a video for the song “Destroyers of the Universe” off the album Surtur Rising.  The video is pretty much live footage which is epic in its own right.  Check it out, and if you haven’t picked up Surtur Rising, you may want to do so, it’s awesome.  Check out Plantera’s review on it if this video doesn’t convince you.

Album Review – Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising

Amon Amarth have done again what they do so well; combine death metal (Viking style) with melody.  Surtur Rising is a bit more raw that their previous album, Twilight of the Thunder Gods.  That is not to say that Twilight was any less impressive.  Surtur Rising starts off with a very short riff intro and then jumps straight to brutality in the form of War of the Gods.  The album incorporates classic Amon Amarth sound and vibe with some noticeable little changes in their style.

My non-musical mind will have a hard time describing what I am trying to say, but there are some guitar samples here and there that are just different that what you might be used to. You can hear what I am talking about in the song For Victory or DeathSurter Rising is riff heavy which is a big part of Amon Amarth’s overall sound.  They just seem to put the right mix together to make melodic death metal sound so good.

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