Parrots dance to music they like. Few types of birds do. Parrots, however, move to music in ways they never move to anything else. They ignore slow beats, so there are few if any funeral doom parrots. If you want a dancing parrot, play speed metal. That gets them moshing, bobbing their heads up and down while they shuffle from side to side like goofed-out metalheads.
I mention this because I don’t have a parrot. If I get one I’ll call her Thrasher. If I can find a male to mate with her, she’ll hatch out metal chicks.
There are no parrot songs in my selections for today.
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: Áldás, Dalriada, death thrash metal, Deathcore, Emma-O, Flyover, Folk Metal, Ignotum, jazz-rock, King Dude, Lauri Porra, Love Fear and the Time Machine, Luciferian neo-folk rock, Mammal's Best of 2015, Mechanical, Ozric Tentacles, Part 8/10, Progressive Metal, Reality Field, riverside, Sigma Project, Songs of Flesh and Blood, space rock, Spock's Beard, symphonic progressive rock, Technicians Of The Sacred, The Oblivion Particle, The Voynich Code
This was where the really tough part began. It was difficult enough to narrow my selections down to 75 metal albums. Making a final list of my Top 50 was more challenging still. Choosing my favourites from those 50 for my Top 20 sometimes felt impossible. In some ways it still does.
The challenge was as great in my rankings of the other genres in my hit parades.
My top few on every list shouted out to me clearly that they were extra-special. For the others in my top rankings, the order would quite likely change if I were to re-rank them. Enjoyment of music can change very subtly under the tiniest of emotional or other influences.
I shan’t even try to make a combined top list from all of my preferences in different genres.
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: Alternative Rock, Atrorum, avant-garde black metal, beast, Casket Soil, Ei Valo Minua Seuraa, Folk industrial metal, Folk Pagan Metal, Freitag Der 13., Fusion jazz, In The Gardens Of Vermin, Khatsaturjan, Machine & Man, Mammal's Best of 2015 – Part 7/10, melodic death metal, Nightland, Nik Turner, Obsession, Polyester Zeal, progressive death metal, Psychedelic space rock, Red Sun Rising, Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, Space Fusion Odyssey, Structurae, Sylva, symphonic progressive rock, Tanzwut, Vorna
Many thanks again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of the last month. In case you haven’t seen one of these posts before, we do a digest of their reviews. They specialise in rock and metal with female vocalists.
Everyone who is or wants to be anyone in FF rock and metal must, must visit Sonic Cathedral. They have a website/online store and a Facebook page. I don’t know any music site that goes into more depth in its reviews.
Posted in News
Tags: Anfel, Beth out of Hell, Chaos Magic, Cinematic Gothic Metal, Experimental jazz-metal fusion, Fire and Ashes, Gothic Doom Metal, Grievances, Icy World, Inheritor, Karnataka, Melodic Metal, Mestizo, Rolo Tomassi, Secrets of Angels, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for August, Symphonic Metal, symphonic progressive rock, The Murder of my Sweet, Xandria
Weekends are when I park off in the Metal State vaults while the other writers argue about who should have won the Eurovision song contest. Unsupervised, I pick out new prog rock and extra-proggy metal to try. This afternoon, between naps and snacking, I found some goodies.
Some of these new or forthcoming releases are pure prog rock. Others are crossover prog rock / prog metal, some are prog metal, and some are… they’re music. Good music doesn’t recognise the boundaries that are supposed to surround it.
Posted in Exploring New Things
Tags: Amaran, Arcturian, Arcturus, Armed Cloud, Ascension, avant-garde progressive metal, Crossover progressive rock, experimental post metal, Inner Odyssey, IO Earth, Jealousy with a Halo, Kraków, Lazy proggy Sunday afternoon, New World, Progressive Metal, symphonic progressive rock