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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #4 – #1


MetalCatProg metal dominates the top of my personal 2010 hit parade. That makes sense since I deeply love progressive rock in its many forms. Metal which is partly influenced by prog structures naturally strikes many chords in me.

The three types of prog metal today are very different, covering melodic, Oriental and the more avant-garde styles. As far as I’m concerned, a lot of symphonic metal (thank you, Therion) is also laced with prog.

Dark Metal Cat likes anything laced with catnip.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #6 – #4


MetalCatThis is a good day for nothing more energetic than listening to music. The combination of temperature and humidity here in Zululand gives us a humiture, or heat index, of an effective 41 degrees C. That’s on the boundary between “Dangerous” and “Extremely Dangerous” for outdoor activity that requires any exertion.

The Zulu kids on the lawn in front of my office are playing football. I’ll stay here with cool music.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt does happen. The three songs I’ve chosen as my top favourites of 2000 all feature clean singing. I’m not particularly biased towards either dark or clean vocals, although most of the metal I listen to these days does have plenty of growling.

Dark Metal Cat has a growling purr and a clean sandbox.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1998 / #6 – #4


MetalCatBornagar, Therion and more Dimmu Borgir in today’s selection.

Black Metal Cat says all the Norse music is starting to make him feel like a Viking. I told him he wouldn’t be a very good one. He doesn’t have a beard, just very long sideburns.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1997 / #8 and #7


MetalCatPlatinum used to be the heaviest known metal that humans could handle safely. Denser metals tend to be radioactive. Iridium, which arguably has the highest specific gravity of the elements that doesn’t decay in fractions of a second, is toxic in its pure form.

I’ve discovered a new metal that can be as heavy as you want it to be. It’s called Mammalum. It seems to be just the right specific gravity to match whatever kind of metal I’m enjoying. I thought you should know that.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #8 and #7


MetalCatIt must be true that opposites attract. I live in Africa in the summer swelter and winter mildness of Zululand, South Africa. It’s never snowed here. There’s never been frost. Yet so much of the music I love comes from the frozen north or is about the myths, legends and heroes from the top of Europe.

Maybe I have Viking blood. That is questionable, though, because I get seasick.

 

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #49-50



Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!

50. Therion – To Mega Therion

“POWERS OF THAGIRION, WATCH THE GREAT BEAST TO BE,

FOR TO MEGA THERION, THE DRACONIAN MELODY!”

It sure is a mighty grandiose opening by the professional choir in this metal opera! An absolutely brilliant start with a catchy chorus and a galloping melody that will get stuck in your head. This is a song that represents Therion’s operatic and symphonic sound very well. It can be found on the album Theli from 1996.

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