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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #12 – #10

MetalCatHow reliably descriptive are genre labels? Often, not very. Two bands today illustrate a case in point. “Progressive metal” is too sweeping for the label-makers, so Darkwater and Aghora have both been labelled “progressive heavy metal”. Even so, they play very different types of metal. Darkwater slots in comfortably alongside Dream Theater or Symphony X. Aghora is much more avant-garde, better matched with the likes of To-Mera or Scale The Summit.

As for The Vision Bleak… well, dark metal is dark metal and this song is beautiful (so are the other two today, of course). Dark Metal Cat is purring in harmony. The music is labelled symphonic dark, although I would have said it was more Gothic.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #12 – #10

MetalCatToday’s selections portray articulate sensitivity, shadowy depths and a lust for hectic adventure. That sounds like the psychological profile of a typical metal fan. Has anyone told you you’re a strange bunch?



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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #9 – #7

MetalCatToday’s selections are all songs about coffee. “What Drives the Weak” – coffee works for me. “Night of the Living Dead” – that’s what it would feel like without caffeine. “The Essence” – Jamaica blue mountain, percolator ground, please.

Dark Metal Cat says the answers to those three song titles are: a dark cat chasing them; what they are when he spots them; what they taste like unless they’re smelly cicadas.

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