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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: 2007 / #15 – #13

MetalCatIt’s very melodic here today, thanks to Kamelot, Devin Townsend and After Forever. It makes a welcome change from all the whining and complaining that usually happens in this world.

Dark Metal Cat is right — we should ask Ziltoid to transport us to a happy, contented planet. We can conquer the inhabitants and let them do the whining.

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Video of the Week- Juular

I gotta give the person in charge of make-up mad props for his work in this video.  At first I didn’t realize that the crazy old man wasn’t just some bum they picked up off the side of the road and paid $50 to do a silly dance, but it is Devin Townsend.  Making a guest appearance is someone Devin Townsend fans will recognize immediately.

“Juular”, in case you’re wondering what it means, “Started as ‘Jugular’ till [Devin Townsend] messed up the spelling, then decided it would be a good name for a fictional religious fanatic who spends his life in penance not due to appreciation of the infinite, but more based on the need to be right.”

So, about the video, my call on it is the old man is the Devin used to be, the wild and must know the answers to everything side.  The Devin in the suit is him now and represents his calm, cool, and collected side.  In the video it is a confrontation of the two sides of him and in the end the more mature part, smiles, says thanks for the fun, and walks away keeping composure in his trip to visit his insanity one last time.  Or…  The old man represents an all knowing god and he is pissed that Juular has reached a personal tranquility and has no need of him anymore and is comfortable with the unknown.  What’s your call?

This is the first video off of The Devin Townsend Project‘s latest album Deconstruction.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend you do so, as of right now it’s in the lead for my favorite album of this year and the more I listen to it the more I love it.  It’s serious, it’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s loony, and has a full choir singing about a cheeseburger.

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