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Mammal’s most recommended new albums: Jazzy stuff

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Last time I did death metal. Next time will be more death metal. As an interlude and a diversion, I offer you my top choice of jazz and jazz-related albums of the year so far. Once again I’m wearing my Other Music Guy hat that my colleagues at Metal State made for me. It has pictures of bunnies and kittens on it.

Most jazz doesn’t slot easily into most metal brains. There are, however, metal lovers whose tastes are broad. Yes, some of you even like jazz, or at least the better rock, prog or metal with a jazzy flavor. If you have a sense of adventure and exploration, try this bunch. They are five very different types of music. Jazz has numerous sub-genres, just as metal does.

You may note I’ve given the highest rating to all of these picks.

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EP Review: Trepalium – Damballa’s Voodoo Doll

TrepaliumLocation: Poitou-Charentes, France

Genre: *Big breath…* Off-the-wall progressive jazz/swing death/thrash/groove metal

Release date: 9 February 2015

Label: Klonosphere

Previous releases: Through the Absurd (CD, 2004), The Holy Party (DVD, 2005), Alchemic Clockwork of Disorder (CD, 2006), XIII (CD, 2009), H.N.P. (CD, 2012)

Tracks: 6

Length: 24 minutes

Recommended to: Fans of Destrage, Meshuggah, Protest the Hero, Diablo Swing Orchestra

Mammal’s rating: 5 out of 5

Trepalium are highly esteemed in France for their wildly eccentric and addictive style of metal. They’re not yet totally famous around the world, although four of the five members have been together since 2000 and the present members started making demos in 2002. If you’re not familiar with Trepalium but you love the most musical of experimental metal, be prepared for Damballa’s Voodoo Doll to blow you away in an orgasm of creativity. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the Week: Sick Boogie Murder by Trepalium

Over on a forum I’m part (join up here)of a game was started where we would pick a person and try to find a song/band that they have never heard and would dig.  Turned out to be pretty fun and lots of new music was discovered by all.  One person tagged me with the song I chose as The Song of the Week, and boy is it a doozy.  Take the funky styling of Dog Fashion Disco and blend it in with some Cannibal Corpse and you will get “Sick Boogie Murder” by Trepalium.  I’ve gone on to check out some more stuff by the band and found them to be one hell of a great hidden gem with a really fun and unique take on the groovier side of death metal.  Well worth checking out if you dig this tune, which honestly, you should.  I mean who couldn’t love a death metal song with full on Louis Armstrong style scat vocals jazzing up the tune!  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!