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iTouch Report – November 2011

It’s that time of the month to see what has been burning through your preferred music player. I am not surprised at what I am looking at on my iTouch. Most of these albums were played while working in my office and others selected during workout time; it’s an eclectic mix. I have also been using my workout time to work on a new “Workout Tunes” theme in the coming weeks. Starting from the #10 album down to #1, this is what has been played the most. Computer equipment never lies.

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iTouch Report – October 2011

It is that time of month for a heavy metal discussion piece.  As usual, it’s time to look at the play count on your personal digital music player…if you have one.  If you listen to CDs then you can guess what you have been listening to the most.  I will do this again for November and December, but will probably discontinue this post.  Mainly, my iTouch is screwy with its play count.  I am not sure why, but there is no way possible that I listened to one song over 1,300 times in one month.  I am not sure why that happened, but I reset the play count every month and refresh my playlist with new music every month.  So, for the play count to be nowhere near accurate defeats the purpose of talking about what I listened to most this month.  December will be my last post on this topic.  For now, here is what my iTouch thought I listened to the most in the month of October.  I can’t say I disagree…I just disagree with the number of times played.

10.  Symphony XWhen All Is Lost – I still can’t get enough of this album.  It is more than likely going to be a top 5 of 2011…easily.

9.  OpethHaxprocess – Although not my favorite Opeth album, I don’t think its as bad as some folks made it out to be.  It’s actually great as a 70s prog album.  But we all know what kind of Opeth we want to hear.  Next time…I hope.

8.  Machine HeadI Am Hell (Sonata in C#) – What an amazing opener for Unto The Locust.  This whole album has great potential for my #1 of 2011.

7.  Amon AmarthDoom Over Deadman – Surtur Rising is another great album release of 2011.  Nuff said!

6.  NightwishThe Poet and the Pendulum – Not sure how this popped up so much on the playlist, but it is a great song.  We should see something new from Nightwish in 2012.

5.  NevermoreThe Termination Proclamation – I never got into this band until this album.  I am glad I did, but also bummed that they done.

4.  Dream TheaterOutcry – Dream Theater is back!  Can’t wait to see them next year.  In fact, my tickets just showed up today and planning to take my son to his first show.  Nothing like spreading the gospel of metal to the generations 🙂

3.  Megadeth1,320′  – This is probably one of my favorites on Endgame.

2.  Chimaira – Scum of the Earth – Chimaira took a bit of flack on some sites, but I dig this album a lot and I am quite happy that they were able to keep the machine working despite a heavy turnover in personnel.  Again, can’t wait to see them next year.

1.  TriviumWatch the World Burn – Another one that took some flack.  In Waves is not their strongest album, but it’s still good music.  This is probably going to at least be in the top 1o for me at the end of the year.

So what’s been causing the ringing in your ears this October?  Is there anything on my playlist that surproses your or something you haven’t heard in a while?  Whatever is your metal pleasure, let’s hear it.  Perhaps you will introduce me to something new.  Have a great night!

Monday Metal Madness – The Battle For Supremacy

We are going to try something new at A Metal State of Mind…a video battle.  If you guys and gals want to “play along” this is something we were thinking of posting weekly.  Check it out!

For this week, I decided to choose similar style bands that both have new videos and also new albums.  I decided to call it The Battle for Supremacy since both bands are basically at the edge of something bigger than themselves, but can’t quite seem to “get there.”  Maybe Trivium has a slight edge, but they are basically in the same ballpark.  The videos are Trivium’s Built to Fall and Chimaira’s Year of the Snake. If you want to play, all you have to do is watch and vote.  In the next installment of Monday Metal Madness, we will announce the winner and set up a new poll and then keep it going.

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iTouch Report – September 2011

This month has been an exciting month for metal.  My iTouch has been busy playing a wide variety of music; old, but mostly new.  Unfortunately, there wasnt enough time for the counter to rack up counts on some of the most recent releases such as Opeth and Machine Head or even Dream Theater.  This month I will list my top 10 bands/albums instead of songs like I normally do. 

10.  Tool – Aenima

9.  Anthrax – Worship Music

8.  Porcupine Tree – In Absentia

7.  Six Feet Under – Bringer of Blood

6.  The Sword – Warp Riders

5.  Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events

4.  Megadeth – Endgame

3.  Jasta – Jasta

2.  Chimaira – The Age of Hell

1.  Trivium – In Waves

In Waves turned out to be a good album to workout to, so I can see why that one got so many plays, so much more than the rest.  I am not sure how Jasta got so many plays because I don’t remember intentionally listening to them that much.  So what have you been listening to lately?  For it’s been nonstop Machine Head.  I am sure that will reflect in the October iTouch report.

Trivium – In Waves – Review

I am not even sure where to begin with reviewing Trivium’s In Waves.  I have mixed feeling about what I thought they would create and what I am hearing on their new album.  I will say right off the bat that In Waves is all metal and all thrashing, but just a departure from the path Trivium created.  Allow me to explain…

I think Trivium grew tired of being called Metallica copy cats and tried to define themselves as a force to be reckoned with.  It is unfortunate because I never thought of Trivium as a Metallica copy cat.  I guess that is what they get after covering Master of Puppets flawlessly.  I always thought Trivium was a unique metal band (modeled after old school metal) and were doing just fine carving out their niche in the world.  Trivium probably felt the pressure to make some changes and it is evident on In Waves.

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Iron Maiden – Concert Review – London, 6 Aug 2011

The final show of the Final Frontier World Tour may as well have been the last show on Earth.  If someone told me that this was the last concert I would ever see; I would say that it was a great run and it couldn’t have ended better!  Iron Maiden shattered all of my expectations.  Maiden is probably the one band I have wanted to see for 20+ years and my wishes finally came true.  I just never had the chance to see them before and to see them on their home turf in London made my Maiden experience that much more special.

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Trivium Releases Dusk Dismantled

Trivium released another thrasher upon us.  Check out the YouTube clip for Dusk Dismantled. 

Here is the Youtube clip for Dusk Dismantled. 

In Waves, Trivium’s 5th album, will be released on August 9th, 2011.  Trivium is currently about to embark on the Mayhem tour in the U.S. with Megadeth, Machine Head, Disturbed, and Godsmack then take a short detour for two European shows (Wacken Festival in Germany, and opening for Iron Maiden in London.  After that, back Stateside for a bit, then Trivium will embark to Europe headlining the Defenders of the Faith tour with In Flames in support.  More to follow on that since not all bands have been announced.  Defenders of the Faith III promises to be bad-ass and tear up Europe (Germany, England, France, Netherlands, and Belgium) in late 2011.  I am sure they will be back around to catch the rest of Europe in 2012.  That tour seems too short.

If interested in the special edition In Waves album, it will have a Sepultura cover for the song Slave New World. I can attest that it is a bad-ass cover, I got to see it live last year.  The special edition will also have some DVD footage and a 40-minute documentary.

In Waves was mixed and produced by Colin Richardson who is also responsible for the likes of Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, and Fear Factory productions.  If that says anything at all, I think this album will be heavy and take Trivium to new levels in the metal world.

And in case you haven’t seen it last time we blogged about it, here is the video for In Waves.

Theme Thursday – A Decade of Thrash

What is your opinion of the standard thrash recipe?  Do you think thrash as become weak over the years, stayed the same, got better, or a little bit of everything?  Does thrash make you want to puke or snap your fingers…snap your neck?  The theme for this week is going to focus on thrash from 2001-2010.  Not so much the bands themselves, but the songs that define the music.  I will cover the last 10 years with a few words on what’s out in 2011 already. Part II of this theme is that all the songs I talk about fit onto one CD-R.  If you like the tunes I picked it makes for a great mix.  I  will let the playlist do the talking and by all means feel free to comment.

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Trivium Releases First Song Off New Album

Again, the upcoming months are going to be great for metal.  As I was checking out Facebook I saw Trivium announced the release of the track In Waves off their upcoming album scheduled for release sometime around August.  This is good news for those of us in England who will catch Trivium opening for Iron Maiden in August (yes, that’s me and I am rubbing it in a little).  We might get to hear some new stuff live which will be great.  According to Roadrunner Records, Trivium has been working on this album for quite some time…about a year and a half.  Now, last time a band (Metallica) took a year an a half to record an album it worked out quite well.  I am not comparing Trivium to Metallica, I’m just sayin… 

Personally, I do like Trivium a lot because these dudes remind me of old school no frills metal.  Now here are my thoughts on In Waves.  First of all the song is really well done.  I am willing to bet that this is probably one of the weaker songs on the album because I believe the record company is going to try to market the album to as wide a metal fanbase as they can.  According to some blokes on YouTube, this happened with the song Dying In Your Arms...which is the closest thing to a ballad Trivium has ever done…and metal chicks like that song.  I can tell from the response when I see Trivium live.  I will chalk the release of In Waves up as record company trickery, but no matter the reason for releasing this particular song, it is a good solid rocking Trivium song.   I think this new record is going to be some serious metal from the Tampa, FL boys.  Here is the YouTube clip for your listening pleasure.  It already has almost 7K hits in one day.  It just goes to show metal fans are the MOST dedicated music fans in the world.

Theme Thursday – Favorite Firsts

This week’s theme is about bands that I love and the first song from that band that started it all.  Since I am still pressed for time for a couple more weeks I will limit this post to probably about five or six songs and their accompanying videos, if there are videos out there.  Believe me this one could go on and on.

Lately I have been thinking about songs that were the hook to get me into a band; some of which I still love to hear more than 20 years later.  So without further adieu, here is the list.

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