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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #11 – Nobody’s Fault


testament-the-new-orderWhen The New Order first came out in 1988, I was a fledgling metalhead.  My world was exploding with all kinds of headbanging bands especially the ones from L.A. and the Bay Area.  On that beloved album, for which I went through two whole cassette tapes, was a cover of Aerosmith’s Nobody’s Fault.  Funny thing is that I never knew it was a cover, but even when I was blasting this tape on my dual cassette boombox, the song seemed out-of-place from the rest of the album.  I figured it was a cover, but it took a while for me to figure it out even though the liner notes (I think) said Perry and Tyler.  I was not a fan of Aerosmith and barely knew what they were up to.

Probably one of the main reasons I never heard the original song is because I was three years old when it was released.  It comes off the Aerosmith album Rocks released in 1976.  Hearing Testament cover it was the first time I ever heard it; and obviously I still dig it.  I like the video they did for it as well.

This is the cover from the fine 1988 Testament album, The New Order.

Here is the original I never knew existed off the album Rocks by Aerosmith.

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Concert Review – Testament/Flotsam and Jetsam


083I find it interesting that the days before and immediately after this Testament show was/is snowy and miserable.  A cancellation would not have surprised me, but on Monday the 25th, the sun was shining and the Interstate highway nice and clean…as if a gift from the Metal Gods telling me I must attend the show.  So, after a full day of work and a 103 mile drive to Denver with my GPS voiced by America’s best Dad Homer Simpson, I made my way to the Summit Music Hall in downtown Denver, CO.  My goal was to get there before Flotsam and Jetsam, but as luck would have it I arrived in time to see all the bands…which was a super bonus.

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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012


2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2012


bestof2012I know every year I say that this was one of the best years in metal, but its true, and 2012 was no different.  I guess that says a lot about the state of modern heavy metal.  The genre has grown into something that was unfathomable at its inception.  In no other genre will you find such a diverse set of different acts all boasting such pure passion for what they do.  I was also exposed much more music than usual this year since Metal State kinda took off with a spike in readers (thank you!!!) and we started receiving promos from labels and bands looking for exposure (don’t worry, we won’t tell you about the crappy stuff or skew our opinions because a label hooked us up with some free music or a t-shirt).  So, when I think about 2012 in metal I can’t help but to return to reflecting on how diverse the genre has become.  You will see in my toplist that no single sub-genre really dominates (well I guess you can tell I am a fan a prog metal and was big into the female fronted doom metal bands this year) and there are some amazing albums all across the board in metal this year.  There were also a ton I left out which I will post about in the coming days in a quick honorable mentions post.  So enough dilly dallying, let’s get it on!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #10-6


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 10.  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.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #20-16


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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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #35-#31


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!!!

#35 BE by Pain of Salvation

Who is God, what is God, where is God, does God know what he is doing, does God believe in himself, what is the meaning of life? These are some questions that PoS explore within their sci-fi concept album BE. Within the record some of the questions and concepts they arise on the subject are some of the most interesting I’ve heard on the subject. While I do not believe in a ‘God’ in the popular sense of the word, delving into the themes and doing some extracurricular research on the album has led to me asking myself some serious questions. And then there’s the music contained within to boot. Even if you’re not concerned with the concept, PoS weaves some of the most touching and most emotional pieces of music they have written throughout their career, ranging from metal to classical piano suites to heart strung ballads. And “Vocari Dei” (the God’s answering machine song) is one of the most powerful and emotional pieces of music that PoS have ever written. This is one album, regardless of preferred musical genre or faith, I recommend everyone listening to.

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Song of the Week: The Preacher


Since I got my hands on Testament’s new album, The Dark Roots of the Earth, they’ve been getting some pretty regular play.  And the more I listen to them my opinion that Testament deserve a spot in the Big 4 more than a couple of bands already in there just gets solidified more and more.  For they’re entire career they’ve been completely consistent with the quality of their albums and even with they’re 9 year break between The Gathering and The Formation of the Damned they show that they are top-tier thrash metal.  I say Testament, Overkill, Slayer, and Anthrax team up for the Big 4 of Thrash tour.

Since Testament is such a killer thrash band, let’s jump into a time machine and take a trip back to 1988 and revisit their breakthrough album, The New Order.  “The Preacher” was released as a single and helped The New Order reach and maintain its position at #136 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, a big feat for a thrash metal band at the time.  This song is classic Testament, huge Skolnick solos, break-neck speed riffs and rhythms by constant axeman Eric Peterson and rhythms by Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums), and the classic Chuck Billy vocals we’ve all come to love.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

 

 

 

Album Review: Testament – Dark Roots of Earth


Testament’s 10th studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, shows a return to the late 80’s early 90’s era Testament.  Chuck Billy’s deep growls have subsided for the more melodic singing we were once accustomed to on Practice What You Preach and The Ritual era albums.  Dark Roots of Earth, however, is not a complete return to that particular style.  There is definitely a balanced approach to the vocals on this album which boasts the best of both Billy’s growling and signing.  After four years between studio albums, Testament has released probably the most well-balanced and meticulous album of their career.

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Theme Thursday – Pit Music


Back in the day, going to a show was priority and when we got there it was all about good friendly violent fun.  The mosh pit; the epicenter of all that is angst was the place to be to let off a little steam.  I remember one of my first pit experiences fondly.  It was (almost positive) on August 19th 1990, at a dive club called “The Channel” in Boston, MA.  I think this may have actually been my first club show.  Death Angel was the headliner supporting their album Act III and opening for them was another bay area band, Forbidden.  We also saw a couple of local bands – Cardinal Sin and Atomicaust.  The pit was an intimidating sight to see – all that hair, sweat, and movement.  People were diving off the railings; it was complete chaos…the kind I wanted to be a part of…and so I jumped in with both feet and off I went.  Needless to say it was a marvelous, exciting, and bruising time, but damn I felt good…so good that I remember that show to this day down to the six other people I went with…we all crammed into a small Hyundai I think – one dude in the trunk for the hour-long trip to Boston and then back.  That’s the shit we did to get to the show and get into the pit.

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