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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #16 – #13


MetalCat“So, Mammal, your true colours are really showing now,” a few of you say, although not in tune with each other. “Four songs today, and all of them are progressive metal. You’re just a hippie in metalhead clothing.”

“Not true!” I protest, in perfect harmony with myself. “I’m a hybrid. It just happens that my favourite songs sorted themselves this way when I was compiling my hit parade.”

Dark Metal Cat adds, “Yeah, and a non-metal creature listening to those four songs consecutively wouldn’t ask if they were all prog metal, it would ask if they’re the same kind of music at all apart from having guitars and drums.”

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #9 – #7


MetalCatWithout preamble, herewith a foreword. This hit parade has been compiled in compliance with the principles of not using a preamble to introduce the methodology. The results were not audited by a big accounting firm in exchange for high-profile TV exposure.

 

 

 

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Retro Roundtable Review: Textures – Polars


polars-4f273e55ef3b3Label: Listenable Records

Release Date:  2003

Songs:  8 tracks, 56 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: Drawing Circles 2006, Silhouettes 2008, Dualism 2011

Location:  Tilburg, Netherlands

For fans of: Strapping Young Lad, Cynic, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquillity, Iced Earth, Gojira

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #10-6


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#10 Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

Intriguing and entertaining in every way. The melodies, the lyrical themes, the insane music and incomprehensible singing/noises. I love this album to bits.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #20-16


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#20 Ihsahn – angL

I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.

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EP Review: Uneven Structure – 8 (re-release)


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Release Date:  3 June 2013 by Basick Records

Tracks:  8 tracks played as one single piece

Length: 24m, 21s

Genre: Progressive metal/djent

Previous releases: Their EP ‘8’ came out in 2009 and their debut album ‘Februus’ was released in 2011 (full album review here)

Recommended for fans of: Progressive metal, Meshuggah, TesseracT, Textures, Vildhjarta, djent, metalcore

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Themed Thursday-An Introduction to Djent



About a month ago I finally decided to take a look into this strange word that has been popping up all over the place on various metal blogs and sites.  That odd word is “Djent”.  Is it a genre?  Is it a style?  Is it a sound?  Well after a bit of good ol’ online research I have found that is a combination of those 3 questions.  It is an umbrella genre that is used to classify a style of music that uses specific techniques to create distinct sounds.  The music within this “Djent” genre is very diverse going from very graceful to very aggressive often being a mix of the two. While all the music within this new-found genre are often quite different from each other they share 2 main things in common: a focus on percussive sounds and a love for the technical side of things(before the genre term was coined you could say that much of the music contained within would be considered progressive or math metal).

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A Steady Stream of Metal


Now the big thing to combat music piracy in the metal realm is to make an official stream of a new release available to the public.  Personally I think it’s a great idea and would like to see more of it.  It gives lesser known bands the opportunity to get their name out there and convert someone who may have never heard them into a purchaser, and for bigger bands it lets fans get a taste of a new album before it hits shelves.  I’ll tell you what, all of the following bands I will link the stream to I either never heard of or have heard of but never got around to/took a chance on picking up an album by or giving a good listen to, now they are all high on my radar with a purchase sometime in the future.  I know just about everything can be previewed on Youtube, but I’m the type of dude who like to pop on an album and let it go and follow the flow of the album.  So, this preview method works great for me.  Check out these free full album streams before they expire(probably a week or so I guess), I dig them all, especially the Skeletonwitch album, f’n brutal and awesome blackened melodic death thrash metal(say that 5 times fast, lol), look for a review of that in the near future.

Skeletonwitch-Forever Abomination (Blackened Melodic Death Thrash Metal)

3-The Ghost You Gave Me (Prog Rock/Metal)

Textures-Dualism (Prog Metal)

So there you have it a few hours of some great new metal to check out.  Did you enjoy any of these albums?  Plan on picking any of them up?  Do you like the idea of new album streams?  Any album streams we should be talking about?  Let us know what you think.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!